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March 2018

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 will be in residence at Brandeis University from Tuesday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Read more about the upcoming visit here.

February 2018

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

December 2017

Progress in Process: Stories of Growth Towards Justice (12/7)
The 2017 Sorensen Fellows presented for the final time about their work this past summer around the world. The students talked about their work in Kumasi, Ghana; Boston, United States; Baltimore, United States; Bronx, United States; Pretoria, South Africa; and Chicago, United States. This was the final Sorensen Fellowship presentation after the conclusion of the Sorensen Fellowship this fall. Learn more about the event here.

The Immigrant Experience. Our Experience. (12/6)
The students in the practicum "The Immigrant Experience in Waltham," taught by Marci McPhee, shared what they learned from a semester working with Waltham Family School or WATCH CDC. 

October 2017

Richman/Gittler Library Corner Unveiled (10/25)
The Richman/Gittler Library Corner, located in Farber Library was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25. The Library Corner is dedicated to celebrating past winners of the Richman Fellowship and Gittler Prize. Read a BrandeisNOW article about the unveiling here.

Kimberlé Crenshaw named winner of 2017 Gittler Prize (10/23-10/25)
The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize is presented annually to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics 2016-2018, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. She is a groundbreaking scholar of intersectionality who pioneered the intellectual movement known as Critical Race Theory. Kimberlé Crenshaw was in residence at Brandeis University from Monday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Read a BrandeisNOW story about Crenshaw's visit here. Read an article from The Hoot about the visit here. Read an article from The Justice here. Video of her lecture and an interview with Dr. Crenshaw will be available online here.

Blog post written by Leigh Swigart published in blog series of the Language and Development Conference in Dakar (10/5)
Leigh Swigart is the director of Programs in International Justice and Society at the Ethics Center. Her blog post, titled "Bringing Little Heard Voices to an International Platform", was chosen to launch the blog series for the Language and Development Conference in Dakar, Senegal. Read the blog post here.

Documentary Film Screening of "Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity" (10/4)
The Programs in International Justice and Society sponsored a screening of the film "Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity". The film looks at testimony from survivors of crimes against humanity to make a case for a new global treaty. More information about the event is available here. Read an article from The Brandeis Hoot about the event here.

Applications are now being accepted for the second cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows (10/3)
Applications for ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation faculty fellows will be accepted through December 1, 2017. Read details about the fellowship and access the online application here. Learn more about ENACT here.

Complete Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Collection now available (10/1)
All of the interviews conducted as part of the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project are now available to the public. The Oral History Project aims to preserve the voices of those individuals who worked to bring justice to areas of conflict through the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). More information about the completion of the project is available here. The full collection can be accessed here.

September 2017

A Student Perspective on ENACT: Gail Miller, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota (9/8) 
Gail Miller, a student in ENACT Faculty Fellow Kathleen Cole's ENACT course in the spring 2017 reflects on the experience. Read about her experience here. Learn more about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation here.

August 2017

Concluding and Celebrating 20 Years of the Sorensen Fellowship (8/29)
The Ethics Center will be concluding the Sorensen Fellowship program in December 2017, capping off 20 years of supporting incredibly talented, dedicated Brandeis undergraduates in ethics-related summer internships in the U.S. and abroad.

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 addressed 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. Read the Boston Globe article here.

'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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