2006 News Archive

December 2006

Alone With Five Others: Dispatches from a Changing World (12/07/2006)
The 2006 Ethics Center Student Fellows presented their summer experiences abroad to the larger Brandeis community, and unveiled the publication containing their post-internship reports.

The Free Play Theatre Cooperative presents "The Black Eyed"
Written by Betty Shamieh, the play tells the story of four Palestinian women from different historical periods that meet in the afterlife.


November 2006

Center Staff Member Gives Keynote Addresses at Two International Peace Conferences
Mari Fitzduff, director of the Master of Arts in Coexistence and Conflict, also participated in dialogue & mediation training for a department of the United Nations.

"Who Needs Reforming the Most - the U.N. or its Members?" (11/14/2006)
Hans Corell, International Advisory Board member and former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, spoke on the subject of U.N. reform at the monthly meeting of the San Diego County Bar Association International Law Section.

Margaret Marshall, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, attends the Brandeis unveiling of Andy Warhol's painting of Louis Brandeis (11/13/2006)
Marshall, a member of the Center's International Advisory Board, joined President Jehuda Reinharz and an audience of hundreds to highlight Justice Brandeis's contributions to American jurisprudence on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Assessment Report: The Brandeis 2005-06 Intercultural Residency Series
The inaugural year of the ICRS, sponsored by the Slifka Program and MusicUnitesUS, is assessed by co-directors Cynthia Cohen and Judith Eissenberg.

"War Criminals, Beware"
An article in The Nation highlights the Center for Constitutional Rights -- headed by Center Board Member Michael Ratner -- and its impending case against U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for alleged war crimes.

Coexistence International Advisory Board Member Dekha Ibrahim Abdi Featured in PeaceWomen Publication
The book, published by a Swizterland-based committee, profiles each of the 1,000 women the committee nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Woodrow Wilson International Center Publication Highlights Mari Fitzduff's Work
Fitzduff suggests a list of core competencies for graduate programs in coexistence and conflict work.


October 2006

ECSF 2005 Alumna Receives Pauli Murray Fellowship
The newly-created fellowships honor Brandeis students who have benefited from exploring >

Musical Metaphors from the East: Improvisations on Persian and Turkish themes (10/18/2006 - 10/21/2006)
A series of events featuring Kayhan Kalhor, a virtuoso on the kamenche, and Erdal Erzincan, a master saz player, kick off the 2006-07 Intercultural Residency Series (ICRS) at Brandeis University.

Ethics Central (10/19/2006)
The Center's newsletter, sporting a brand new title, is now available in print and online.

Kate Bornstein speaks (10/04/2006 - 10/06/2006)
The author, playwright, and performance artist discussed sexual energy and sharing as a way to follow desire.


September 2006

Brandeis Provost Releases Report from Committee on Exhibitions and Public Expression on Campus (09/25/2006)
The committee examined the "Voices of Palestine" controversy that arose in May.

Scars, Roots and Hope: Latin American Emigrants in Israel (09/20/2006)
Israeli psychologist Tamara Melnick, who lived in Chile for 13 years before emigrating to Israel, discusses the challenges faced by Latin American Jews who emigrate to Israel.

"Peace by Artful Means" (09/17/2006)
ABC Radio National reports on Coexistence International's peacebuilding efforts

9/11: Brandeis Reflects Five Years Later (09/11/2006)

"International Law in Flux," by Hans Corell (PDF) (09/08/2006)
Center Board Member Hans Corell speaks at a global issues forum in Berlin

Center Associate Director Marci McPhee Speaks to STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) (09/07/2006)
McPhee's speech was the keynote event of the vigil commemorating the second anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Assistant Professor Ted Johnson Joins the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence for the 2006-07 Academic Year (09/01/2006)
A Senior Program Manager with Mercy Corps Conflict Management Group and a Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University, Johnson will teach a Mediation course, a short Research Methods course, and a short Conflict and Development course, as well as design a short course on Trends in Diversity Management.


August 2006

The Center and the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence Welcome the 2006-07 Class of the Master's Program in Coexistence & Conflict
Fifteen students representing 12 countries will spend an academic year at Brandeis, followed by a semester-long field placement.

Center Board Member Publishes The International Struggle Over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council, 1980-2005
David M. Malone, High Commissioner Designate of Canada, has produced a comprehensive analysis of the U.N. Security Council's involvement in Iraq over the past 25 years.

Commencement Profile: ECSF Alumna Darnisa Amante
Amante, a 2004 ECSF alumna, was profiled in the Summer 2006 issue of Brandeis University Magazine for her work in and out of the classroom.

Center Board Member Michael Ratner '66 Receives 2006 Alumni Achievement Award (08/28/2006)
The president of the Center for Constitutional Rights is one of two recipients of the University's highest honor bestowed on alumni.

The stories behind the Ethics Center greeting cards
Read about the artists, their backgrounds, and the works they created that are displayed on the greeting cards sent out by the Center.


July 2006

Marci McPhee Visits Will Chalmus at the School of Playback Theatre in New York
Chalmus, a 2006 Ethics Center Student Fellow, is conducting an internship at Playback through the end of July.

The 2006 Ethics Center Student Fellows Reach their Destinations
Six students are spending the summer in Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, Mexico, Senegal, and South Africa.

Brandeis Alumna and Slifka Scholar Lands at Local NGO
Mariva Pevzner '04 becomes Executive Director at the Central Square Business Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Three Center Staff Members Receive Promotions (07/01/2006)
Cynthia Cohen, Marci McPhee, and Leigh Swigart have new titles and responsibilities as of July 1, 2006.


June 2006

Iraq Memory Foundation Releases Inaugural Newsletter
The organization founded by Kanan Makiya, the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University, puts out its first issue of "Memory." The newsletter features an editorial by Hassan Mneimneh, Director of the Memory Foundation's Documentation Project, profiles of witnesses interviewed by the Oral History Project, and links to recent media coverage of the MF.

"Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace" (06/29/2006 - 07/03/2006)
Coexistence International staff attend the biennial conference of the International Peace Research Association

The 2004-05 Master's Students: An Update
A look at what the first class of Coexistence and Conflict master's students are doing since graduating from the program

Former Brandeis International Fellow Helps Bring Cambodian Stories to U.S.
Ly Daravuth, director of the Reyum Institute for Arts and Culture, partnered with the Asia Society and Inta Inc. to bring Japanese-American artists Eiko and Koma to 10 U.S. cities.

2006 Ethics Center Student Fellow Continues Tradition
Dana Sawitz '08 works with the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal


May 2006

Jordan's Prince El Hassan bin Talal delivers keynote address at 2006 commencement ceremony (05/21/2006)
Bin Talal was also one of six to receive honorary degrees from the University.

Center Teams with Boston University Professor to Promote Human Rights Awareness in Africa (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2006)
Associate Director Leigh Swigart and B.U. Professor John Hutchison traveled to The Gambia to attend the 39th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Center Staff Responds to "Voices of Palestine" Controversy (05/07/2006)
Dan Terris and Cindy Cohen each wrote an open letter addressing the exhibit and its removal from Goldfarb Library

"The One I Love" - A Teatro Revolucion Presentation (05/07/2006)

Administrators from Al-Quds University Spend a Week at Brandeis (05/05/2006)

New Publication: House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
Center board member and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll's new book chronicles the U.S. military's amassing of power from World War II to the present.

Uncommencement: A Celebration of Graduating Seniors' Accomplishments (05/04/2006)
Three ECSF alums were presented with awards for their outstanding work at Brandeis.

Peace, Love, and Coexistence: A Journey Through Oz (05/03/2006)

Ethically Speaking
The Center's newsletter is now available in print and online.


April 2006

Center Affiliate Catherine Filloux Receives PeaceWriting Award
The award for Best Imaginative Work is given out for "Lemkin's House"

Alan B. Slifka Visits the Coexistence Program (04/24/2006 - 04/25/2006)
The benefactor visited with students enrolled in the program he helped to found.

Center Publishes Report on Prosecutors Colloquium Hosted by ICTR
Held in Arusha, Tanzania, the colloquium was attended by representatives of the ICTR, the ICTY, the ICC, and the SCSL.

Transcending Conflict: A Celebration of Shared Traditions in Middle Eastern Music (04/10/2006)

Coexistence International Strand One Meeting (04/06/2006 - 04/07/2006)
Nineteen coexistence practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and donors met at Brandeis

Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws: Designing Peacebuilding Rituals (04/05/2006)


March 2006

"Arna's Children" - Film Screening and Discussion with Director Juliano Mer-Khamis (03/30/2006)

Al-Quds University Graduate Students in American Studies Visit Brandeis (03/20/2006 - 03/30/2006)

Coexistence International Launches its New Website
The site (www.coexistence.net) will serve as a gathering place for information on the field

What If We're Killing the Wrong Man? Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, Leads a 'Day of Innocence' (03/22/2006)

Auschwitz to Srebrenice: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and the Possibility of Justice (03/21/2006)

"A Land Twice Promised," a One-Woman Play by Noa Baum (03/18/2006)

The Long View: Distinguished Leaders Focus on World Problems We Ignore at Our Peril (03/09/2006)

Board Member Spotlight: A Conversation with International Advisory Board Member Hans Corell (03/09/2006)
Formerly the U.N. under-secretary-general for legal affairs, Corell discusses the rule of law and the shift in global economic power foretold by economists.

Board Member Spotlight: A Conversation with International Advisory Board Member Shiranee Tilakawardane (03/09/2006)
A justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Tilakwardane discusses responses to terrorism and the definition of equality.

2006 Ethics Center Student Fellows Presentation (03/08/2006)

Wandering Souls: Ritual and Theatre in the Cambodian Context (03/08/2006)

The Genetic Wealth of Nations: Ethics, Politics, and Commerce in Genetic Information (03/01/2006)


February 2006

Threads of Hope: Arpillera Exhibition and Gallery Talk (02/14/2006)

Hamas' Electoral Victory and the Upcoming Israeli Elections (02/13/2006)

Music and Poetics as Political Action - Featuring a Live Performance by Sol y Canto (02/10/2006)

Meet the 2006 Alan B. Slifka Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict Graduates
The 11 students are the first to complete the 16-month program

Weave and Warp: Considering Community Memories and Art (02/01/2006)

New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman pens an article about the partnership between Brandeis University and Al-Quds University


January 2006

The Center hosts the fourth Brandeis Institute for International Judges (01/03/2006 - 01/06/2006)
Held in Dakar, Senegal, BIIJ 2006 was immediately followed by the West African Judicial Colloquium, bringing together 12 high court judges from West Africa, four international judges, and eight other legal specialists.

Arts in the One World: A Consideration of Genocide - A presentation of Coexistence International and Theatre Without Borders (01/26/2006 - 01/29/2006)

Geobodies: A Question of Boundaries - Artist Lecture and Panel Discussion (01/24/2006 - 01/25/2006)

Cynthia Cohen participates in the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (01/21/2006)
Cohen's panel, "Art and life in a Time of War," included Toni Blackman, Catherine Filloux, Joanna Sherman, and Marty Pottenger.

Human rights activist and Center associate Kanan Makiya returns to Brandeis (01/17/2006)
Prof. Makiya, the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, had been gathering evidence of human rights abuses in Iraq for four years