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August 2017

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Summit (8/9)
The National Conference of State Legislatures' Annual Legislative Summit brought more than 5,000 state legislators and others to Boston in August. ENACT was there. Read more here.

Sorensen Fellows 2017 Updates from the Field (8/4)
The 2017 Sorensen Fellows reflect on their experiences in the field this summer, contributing to work in the arts, criminal justice, LGBT rights, medicine and public health, refugee resettlement, access to mental health services, and racial justice.

June 2017

At a Time of Political Change, a Focus on State Government (6/10)
A report on the progress of ENACT (The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation) programs around the country, including spring updates from ENACT classes at Drake University, the University of Mississippi, the University of New Hampshire, and Boise State University.

May 2017

Uncommencement (5/4)
We hosted a reception in honor the members of the Class of 2017 who’ve studied and worked with the Ethics Center: Ariella Assouline, Mauria Atzil, Sara Cardenas, Shikha Chandarana, Emily Conrad, Annie Fortnow, Regine Guevara, Alex Gustafson, David Herbstritt, Sondos Khawaled, Michelle Kim, Kira Levin, Wilkins Lugo, Regina Roberg, Ayelet Schrek, Shadi Sheikh Sharif, Emma Silver, Ashley Simmons, Chantal Sochaczevski, Heather Spector, Cassidy Tatun, Morgan Winters. Please see photos from the event here

Documenting the Immigrant Experience: Family, Sacrifice, Courage, Hope (5/2)
Students in Prof. Azlin Perdomo’s new course “Documenting the Immigrant Experience,” offered by the CAST (Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation) Program, partnered with Waltham High School’s English Language Learners program to tell the stories of several high school students. The Brandeis student teams documented the experiences shared with them, turning them into films. Read more about one such documentary here.

Brandeis ENACT Course Holds Annual "Present and Defend" (5/1)
On May 1, students in the ENACT course at Brandeis taught by ENACT Academic Director Melissa Stimell engaged in their annual "Present and Defend" session. 

March 2017

Artists Mining/Lifting Community Identity and Capacity (3/29)
This presentation featuring Ethics Center board member Germaine Ingram excavated a recent artist residency at the Village of Arts & Humanities in Philadelphia.  The residency with Olanrewaju Tejuoso focused on themes of remembrance, memorialization and transformation. The presentation considered the intentions of the project, the opportunities and challenges of this arts-driven community engagement, the short-term and potential impacts of the project, and the lessons learned. It also looked at how this project raises up questions about art’s capacity to stimulate social change, and the challenges for artists inherent in pursuing social practice.

Cultural Spaces in the Rebuilding of Communities: Examples from Colombia, Syria and the United States (3/27)
The panel discussion adressed the question: How can culture and the arts be mobilized as communities seek to recover from violence, conflict and disorder? The panel consisted of members of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life including: Germaine Ingram - Dancer, choreographer, songwriter, and vocal and dance improviser; civil rights lawyer (Philadelphia, PA), Ángela María Pérez Mejía - Chief Cultural Manager of Banco de la República (Bógota, Colombia), John Shattuck - Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former president of the Central European University (Boston, MA).

2016 Sorensen Fellowship Publication (3/27)
The Sorensen Fellowship Publication, From the Outside Looking In: Six Stories of Difference and Discovery, is now available online. The six 2016 Sorensen Fellows shared their summer internship experiences working with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (Boston), the Yerushalmit Movement (Jerusalem), and more. Read about their experiences here.

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Award Presentation and Lecture by Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown (3/22)
The Richman Fellowship is coordinated by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President of Brandeis University, cosponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies; Brandeis Arts Council; Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST); Division of Creative Arts; Department of Fine Arts; and the Rose Art Museum. Be sure to attend the March 3rd event, but first, learn more about The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life here.

February 2017

In the Boston Globe: "Rebecca Walker Speaks at Brandeis Social Justice Festival" (2/2)
The Boston Globe covers the 'DEIS Impact keynote address by Rebecca Walker. 'DEIS Impact is a weeklong festival of social justice, sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life as well as the Student Union. 

'DEIS Impact 2017
Articles in the Justice and Hoot covered this year's sixth annual social justice festival. Read a recap of Rebecca Walker's keynote address here and Susan Polgar's visit to Brandeis here. Jewish and Muslim comedians performed on campus, read about that here. The Justice covered a panel regarding environmentally conscious business practices, which can be accessed here. The HSSP and LGLS departments held a panel as well, titled "Exploring Social Justice in the Classroom and Beyond: Courses, Internships, and Careers." Read about that here. Another panel explored mass incarceration, covered by The Justice here. Speakers also discussed the issue of housing insecurity, for more details read about that here.

January 2017

University of Mississippi ENACT Students Meet with Governor and House Speaker Pro Tempore (1/31)
On January 31st, ENACT Faculty Fellow James Slack took a group of 7 students from his University of Mississippi ENACT seminar on a field trip to the State Capitol. Read the story here

'DEIS Impact 2017 Keynote Address: "The World in You and You in the World: Identity in Action" (1/31)
This year's keynote events feature founder of the Third Wave Fund for Social Justice, Rebecca Walker. Free tickets are required in order to attend the Jan. 31 keynote address. For more information, visit the Keynote Events page, and then read more about 'DEIS Impact here.

'DEIS Impact 2017: A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice" (1/26-2/5)
Brandeis University’s sixth annual weeklong "festival of social justice" will take place Jan. 26 - Feb. 5. Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments will host dozens of events, featuring talks, workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions. Read more about 'DEIS Impact here!

Brandeis ENACT Advocacy Award winner Joseph DeFerrari ’18 addresses opioid abuse in Massachusetts (1/23)

Each year, students in the course “Advocacy for Policy Change” may apply for an Advocacy Award to continue working on their course project over the summer, or to undertake a proposed new advocacy project. Joseph DeFerrari ’18, one of the spring 2015 Advocacy Award winners, writes about his experience working on the opioid abuse epidemic and on the related bill H.3993. "Advocacy for Policy Change" is a part of ENACT, a new national program based on this course at Brandeis. Read more about DeFerrari's work this summer here.

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