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October 2018

Ethics Center's Cynthia Cohen delivers remarks at Brandeis campus vigil (10/30)
Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Ethics Center's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, spoke on behalf of the Ethics Center at a Brandeis campus vigil in memory of the victims of the October 27, 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Read her remarks here. Read more about the vigil at BrandeisNOW

The 2018 Brandeis ENACT Anthology is available online (10/22)
The 2018 Brandeis ENACT Anthology "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts law" is now available as a PDF. View or download here. Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) is taught by Professor Melissa Stimell and is part of the national program ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

September 2018

Bringing Together Peacemakers, Cultural Artists, and Brandeis Students (9/4)
The Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) Program and Brandeis' Imagining Together Platform of Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) brought together peacemakers, cultural artists, and Brandeis students for a multi-day workshop in September. Guests spoke about how arts can create social transformation. Read more here in the Brandeis Hoot

Melissa Stimell Appointed Interim Director for the Ethics Center (9/1)
Melissa Stimell, Professor of the Practice in the Legal Studies Program and Academic Program Director of ENACT, has been appointed Interim Director of the Ethics Center. She succeeds Director Emeritus Daniel Terris, who earlier this summer became dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Read more

August 2018

Imagining Together: Designing a Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) (8/1)
The Center’s Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts has been awarded a planning grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation to support an 18-month process to design a university-based infrastructure for the field of arts, culture and conflict transformation. Read the story here, and learn more about IMPACT here.

July 2018

Marci McPhee, Ethics Center Director of Campus Programs, retires after nearly 30 years with Brandeis (7/31)
Director of Campus Programs Marci McPhee retired in July, after 20 years with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. McPhee was involved in the planning of the Center from its inception in 1998, and was key to embedding the Ethics Center in the fabric of Brandeis during her nearly 30 years at the university. Watch a short video celebrating McPhee's dedication and service.

Now available: Oslo Recommendations for Enhancing the Legitimacy of International Courts (7/26)
Read the Oslo Recommendations for Enhancing the Legitimacy of International Courts, drafted by Brandeis Institute for International Judges participants during the 2018 institute.

June 2018

12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) held in Oslo (6/2)
From May 30 to June 2, 2018 the 12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) took place in Oslo, Norway. Read a summary of the session now, and stay tuned for a downloadable pdf report.

May 2018

Second ENACT Institute Brings New Cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows to Brandeis (5/20-24)
The second ENACT Institute brought 13 new ENACT Faculty Fellows to Brandeis. Read more here.

Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris Appointed Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Terris, Founding Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University will be stepping down from the Ethics Center in June 2018 to accept the position of Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution. In addition to his professorial appointment at Al-Quds, he will be a visiting Professor of the Humanities at Bard College. Terris will become Director Emeritus of the Ethics Center. Read more here

April 2018

ENACT - Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend (4/18)
The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legislative advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. The students persuaded people to vote for their bills, which are being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. The event encouraged people to exercise their right to influence public policy. Find out more about the event here. Learn more about ENACT here.

ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagement (4/9)
Massachusetts State Senator Cindy Friedman and former New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy in conversation with the students of the Brandeis ENACT course and members of the public. The event took place on Monday, April 9. For more information about the event, click here. Learn more about ENACT here. View a full video of the event here. Read an article by The Justice

March 2018

Jennifer Almodovar Jimenez featured in BrandeisNOW (3/23)
Jennifer Almodovar Jimenez discusses her experiences working closely with the Ethics Center as a 2016 Sorensen Fellow and through 'DEIS Impact. Read about her Brandeis experience and more here.

2017 Sorensen Fellowship Publication (3/15)
The Sorensen Fellowship Publication, Progress in Process: Stories of Growth Towards Justice, is now available online. The six 2017 Sorensen Fellows shared their summer internship experiences. Read about their experiences here.

Ethics Center Advisory Board member Norbert Weissberg remembers Abraham Feinberg (3/12)
On the occasion of the Center's 20th anniversary, Ethics Center International Advisory Board Member Norbert Weissberg reflects on the history of the Ethics Center and remembers Abraham Feinberg, whose generosity made possible the establishment of the Ethics Center in 1998. Read Weissberg's comments.

Ethics Center Director Daniel Terris featured in BrandeisNOW about his forthcoming book, “The Trials of Richard Goldstone" (3/12)
On the 20th anniversary of the Ethics Center, Daniel Terris was interviewed by BrandeisNOW on his upcoming book about Richard Goldstone, a South African-born judge and human-rights lawyer who has served on the Center’s International Advisory Board since its founding. Read the BrandeisNOW interview here.

The Ethics Center 20th Anniversary Celebration (3/12)
In 2018, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life celebrates its 20th year! As part of the celebration, there was a symposium, a reception, and a performance. For full details of the events click here. View the Facebook event here. Read a BrandeisNOW story about the anniversary here. Read an article from The Brandeis Hoot here.

Vanita Gupta named 2018 Richman Fellow (3/6-3/7)
The former top civil rights prosecutor in the U.S. and current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta was named the 2018 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life. She is the first woman and the first child of immigrants to run the largest civil and human rights coalition in the nation. Vanita Gupta was in residence at Brandeis University from Tuesday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Read more about her visit here. View videos of her lectures here. Read a BrandeisNOW article about her visit here

February 2018

DEIS Impact 2018 (2/1-2/11)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s seventh annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. Read more about 'DEIS Impact here.

January 2018

Second Cohort of ENACT Fellows has been announced (1/25)
The 13 new ENACT Faculty Fellows come from colleges and universities across the United States. They join 16 Faculty Fellows who are teaching new courses or enhancing existing courses that engage students in hands-on study and work related to state-level legislation. Read about the newest ENACT Fellows here. Learn more about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation here.

ENACT Student Delegates begin their second semester strengthening the ENACT network (1/10)
Four alumni of ENACT courses across the country are serving as the first ENACT Student Delegates this academic year. Read about the ENACT Student Delegates here. Learn more about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation here

Winter/Spring 2018 Ethics Central Newsletter is now available (1/10)
The Winter/Spring 2018 Ethics Central Newsletter is now available in print and online. Articles include, "In Their Own Voices: Language Interpretation and International Criminal Justice," a report on IMPACT- Imagining Together: A Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation, and an excerpt from Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's Gittler Prize lecture "Race, Reform, Retrenchment Redux: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality Beyond Post Racialism". View or download it here.

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