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The Ethics Center is pleased to announce that a generous gift from Center Board member Norbert Weissberg and his wife, former Board member Judith Schneider, will enable the national expansion of the Advocacy For Policy Change Initiative – a model program for civic engagement. Details.
The 18th cohort of Sorensen Fellows journeyed back to their home countries or to new places for their summer internships. Their experiences so far have been both intense and thought provoking. Details.
“One Rock, Three Religions” explores humanity’s connection to one of the world’s most revered and disputed places, Jerusalem’s Haram Al Sharif or The Temple Mount. A screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the director, the producer, and other special guests. Details on Facebook.
Prenatal testing for Down syndrome creates a series of ethical questions related to choice, autonomy and quality of life. Explore the issues in our newest Ethical Inquiry, researched and written by Leah Igdalsky '14. Read it.
The eight Sorensen Fellows are in the field at internships in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Norway and around the United States. Read about their internships.
2014-15 Richman Fellow Julian Bond spoke at Brandeis about how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and where his activism has taken him over the ensuing decades. He highlighted important people and events of the 1960s, and discussed other movements that have grown out of the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the fight for marriage equality and the opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline. See the list of public events featuring Julian Bond.
Brandeis students explored the ethical implications of digital photo manipulation, particularly implications concerning women, racial and ethnic conceptions of beauty, and effects on body image and expectation for young people at this event. Read the Ethical Inquiry to be discussed: "The Ethics of Digital Photo Manipulation: Alterations in Pursuit of 'Beauty". Event details on Facebook.
The Responsibility to Protect at 10: the Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle recognizes that the international community has a role to play when sovereign states fail to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. This conference brought together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about philosophical and practical aspects of R2P. Details.
Two undergraduate interns from Brandeis provided support throughout the 2015 Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Michael Abrams '15 and Amelia Katan '15. Read their reflections on the experience.
The Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) provides members of the international judiciary with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. The 10th BIIJ took place in Malta in January, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more.
Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.
The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Programs in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:
Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law
- Judicial colloquium held in The Netherlands addressing sexual violence under international and domestic law in the case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full news report and slideshow available.
- Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Complete report of the ninth session now available [PDF].
- His Royal Highness Prince Zeid of Jordan spoke at Brandeis on "Nuremberg: the Future of International Criminal Justice." Details, video and PDF.
Transforming Violence Through Creativity
- New interdisciplinary minor focused on the intersection of peacebuilding, justice and culture: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). Details.
- Acting Together on the World Stage: Anthology, documentary and toolkit now available.
Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders
- Sorensen Fellowship: the 2014 anthology of narratives is now in print: From Looking to Bearing Witness [PDF].
- "Advocacy for Policy Change" (LGLS 161b) students work with Massachusetts legislators and advocacy groups to reform and propose laws. Read more.
- 'DEIS Impact: Looking back at the fourth annual Brandeis "festival of social justice" – with photos, videos, summaries of events, and more...
- The Center hosts two University-wide awards on behalf of the Office of the President: the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize and the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life.