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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 and how to apply for the ENACT faculty fellowship here.
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 2015, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more and download the full report [PDF].
The newest issue of "Ethics Central" is now available, featuring news, updates and opportunities from the Ethics Center. Read it here.
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.
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.
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.The Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)
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
- "The Responsibility to Protect at 10: The Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations" conference brought leading scholars and practitioners together at Brandeis.
- Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Complete report of the tenth 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.