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April 2015

The 2015 Sorensen Fellows Head Out to the Field (4/29)
Within a few days the eight Sorensen Fellows will be on their way to internships in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Norway and around the United States. Each Sorensen Fellow will take his or her academic learning from spring courses at Brandeis into the field. Read about their internship plans.

Ethics Center celebrates its graduating seniors at "UnCommencement" 2015 (4/29)
At "UnCommencement" 2015 the Ethics Center celebrated the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center during their time at Brandeis University: Michael Abrams, Shota Adamia, Damiana Andonova, Lisette Anzoategui, Chen Arad, Marta Baran, Anna Bessendorf, Marisa Budlong, Brad Burns, Brandon Gale, Erica Granor, Jemesh Hunter, Brontte Hwang, Amelia Katan, Hailey Magee, Shelby Magid, Sarah McCarty, Ryan Millis, Andrew Nguyen, Olivia Aviva Pobiel, Alina Pokhrel, Nelly Schlafereit, Karia Sekumbo, Sohyun Shin, Sydney Skov, Aliza Sotsky, Leah Staffin, Sneha Walia, Flora Wang, Heather Yoon, Hannah Young, Gil Zamir. See photos from the event.

Announcing the National Expansion of Advocacy for Policy Change (4/28)
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. Read more and sign up to receive updates on the expansion.

Advocacy for Policy Change: "Present and Defend" (4/28)
The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. Issues addressed by projects included: The Health Care of Minors, Pre-trial and Bail Reform in the Commonwealth, The Cost of Veteran Higher Education, Protecting Access to Confidential Healthcare, Women's Health and Economic Equity, Consent and Counseling of Pregnant Women under 16 years of age, Sexual Violence on College Campuses, Immigration Rights and Safe Driving, Improving the Earned Income Credit for Working Families, The Hinton State Laboratory. Read more on Facebook.

March 2015

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Lecture: How I Got in the Movement: A Civil Rights "Living Legend" Tells His Story - Julian Bond  (3/31)
H. Julian Bond delivered the Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life lecture. Named a “Living Legend” by the U.S. Library of Congress, H. Julian Bond has been a driving force for social change for more than 50 years – as a civil rights leader, politician, scholar, and writer. Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz '69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz '97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser '01, in honor of Carol's parents, Fred and Rita Richman. Read more.

The Responsibility to Protect at 10: the Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations (3/8-3/9)
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle recognizes that the international community has a role to play when sovereign states fail to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. This conference brought together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about philosophical and practical aspects of R2P. Details.

February 2015

Advocacy for Policy Change receives Jewish Social Change Matching Fund grant (2/10)
The Advocacy for Policy Change Initiative received a grant of $25,000 in the inaugural competition of the Jewish Social Change Matching Fund. The Fund, which was created by seven foundations in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, sought out social change projects guided by Jewish values. The grant matched a generous gift made by Board member Norbert Weissberg, who, along with his wife and former Board member, Judith Schneider, has championed the social justice initiatives of the Ethics Center, and particularly the Advocacy Initiative, since its founding. Read more.

'DEIS Impact: the fourth annual weeklong "festival of social justice" (1/30-2/9)
Sponsored by The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union, students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events throughout the week, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. Full schedule of events and more information on the festival here.

Announcing the 2015 Sorensen Fellows (2/4)
This summer, the 2015 Sorensen Fellows will travel to locations around the world to put social justice into action. Read about the work of Ariella Assouline '17, Bethlehem Seifu Belaineh ’16, Tove Freeman '16, Shaoleen Khaled '16, Anni Long '16, Wilkins Lugo '17, Regina Roberg '17, and Bezaye T. Toshome '16 here

'DEIS Impact Keynote with Alan Khazei, Co-Founder of City Year and CEO of Be The Change, Inc. (2/3)
The 2015 'DEIS Impact Keynote speaker Alan Khazei delivered his address "Social Change Through Civic Engagement and Pragmatic Idealism." A co-founder of City Year, which now operates in 20 U.S. cities and Johannesburg and London, Khazei is currently the CEO of Be The Change, Inc., an organization he started to do collective impact work. Khazei has been a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and teaches a course on social entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Read more.

January 2015

'DEIS Impact: A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice" (1/30)
Brandeis University’s fourth annual weeklong "festival of social justice" began!  See February for more.

Announcing the Spring 2015 Ethics Center Leadership Council (1/20)
This spring, Annie Fortnow '17, Emma Silver '17, and Sophia Warren '18 will be the "social justice street team," working to increase awareness of and engagement with the Ethics Center's resources, as well as promoting conversations about social justice within the Brandeis community. 

Innovative work by Brandeis faculty supported by grants from the CAST program (1/12)
The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) has just awarded grants of $2,000 each to four members of the Brandeis faculty, for research and creative projects: Adrianne Krstansky (Theater), Judith Eissenberg (Music), Azlin Perdomo (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies) and Ilana Szobel (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies). The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. Read more.

The 10th Brandeis Institute for International Judges: "International Courts, Local Actors" (1/4-1/8)
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 January, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more.

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