Recent News & Events
Ethics Center celebrates its graduating seniors at "Uncommencement" 2013 (5/2)
At "UnCommencement" 2013 the Ethics Center celebrated the graduating seniors whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center during their time at Brandeis University: Yoni Battat, Jordan Birnbaum, Amanda Dryer, Alia Goldfarb, Ariana Hajmiragha, Ashraf Hussein, Sarah Johnson, Jessye Kass, Sarah G. Kim, Todd Kirkland, Rachael Koehler, Lijun Li, Mangaliso Mohammed, Gloria Park, Jackie Okanga, Suzanne Rothman, Aditya Sanyal, Aziz Sohail, Robyn Spector, Paul Sukijthamapan, Sarah Van Buren and Nusrath Yusuf. View photos from the event here.
Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and Arts (4/14 - 4/20)
From April 14th through 20th, ten young visual artists from Bahrain attended an intensive one-week training conducted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. These artists are part of the Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project, an initiative supported by the US Embassy in Bahrain in partnership with Bahraini artists and Brandeis University's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts that aims to develop community-based art initiatives that strengthen relationships across differences. At Brandeis the Bahraini artists displayed their exhibition as part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, as well as participating in a presentation on the Ulafa'a project and engaging the community in an opening reception for the exhibition. Read more about their visit in The Hoot. Read more about their visit and the Brandeis/Bahrain partnership here.
Gideon at 50: The Future of the Right to Counsel (3/18)
A distinguished panel discussed the progress and unmet challenges of providing legal representation for those who can least afford it on the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Panelists discussed both the significance of the 1963 decision, and how well the promise of Gideon is being met. Read a piece in BrandeisNOW discussing the event, as well as an article in The Justice.
The Rule of Law Comes Home: Can the UN Live Up to Its Own High Standards? (3/11)
Members of the Ethics Center's International Advisory Board addressed the responsibilities of the United Nations with respect to redressing wrongs done by individuals and other members of the organization. Panelists discussed past and current debates, as well as potential future solutions. For more about the event, the panelists, and the issues discussed, as well as photos and video of the event, click here.
Brazil's Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights (3/5)
Experts from diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – examined the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in often conflicting sectors, in this symposium. The event provided a forum for dialogue regarding how Brazil may best fulfill its obligations locally, nationally, and internationally. Read an article featured in BrandeisNOW, an International Business School article about the event, and an article in The Hoot. To learn more, click here. Watch the entire event here.
2013 Sorensen Fellows Announced (2/20)
The Ethics Center announces the 2013 undergraduate Sorensen Fellows: Damiana Andonova '15, Cynthia Wangui Charchi '14, Hailey Magee '15, Nelly Schläfereit '15, Abie Troen '14, and Hannah Young '15.
'DEIS Impact! returns to campus (2/1 - 2/10)
The Ethics Center and the Student Union present the second annual weeklong "festival of social justice" at Brandeis. The festival features dozens of events by individuals, departments and clubs, as well as a keynote address by Eliza and Judy Dushku on February 6. They will address their work in the organization THRIVE-Gulu, as well as their social justice journeys, in their keynote address: "Uganda by Way of Hollywood & Boston: a Social Justice Journey." Read about 'DEIS Impact! in BrandeisNow; to read more about 'DEIS Impact! click here.
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein at Brandeis (1/30)
In his visit to Brandeis University, Prince Zeid – Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations – delivered a Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights, and participated in a discussion in conjunction with Professor Donald Ferencz, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Planethood Foundation. The discussion, "Defining the Crime of Aggression," preceded his lecture "Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice." To read more about these individual events, click on the event titles. Prince Zeid's visit was featured in The Justice student newspaper. Read the article here.
Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Ethics Central now in print and online (1/21)
Read about the Center’s work from August through December 2012, and learn about new resources and events in the Winter/Spring issue of Ethics Central. Highlights include: Details on the peacebuilding explorations catalyzed by the Rose Art Museum exhibit "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" … The necessity and limits of compromise in politics … The release of the Advocacy for Policy Change annual publication … Details on an upcoming visit by 10 young visual artists from Bahrain in April, as part of the Ulafa'a reconciliation art project … Excerpts from Michel Noureddine Kassa's keynote address: "National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa" … An analysis of the relevance of Louis Brandeis to national and international law today by Brandeis Legal Studies Program director Richard Gaskins … and more. Now available [PDF].
'DEIS Impact! in the news (1/18)
The Boston Globe and the Watertown TAB newspaper both published features on the keynote speakers in the upcoming 'DEIS Impact! event: Eliza and Judy Dushku. Both articles featured the work the Dushkus will discuss in their keynote address, concerning their work with THRIVE-Gulu and social justice. Read more about the 'DEIS Impact! here, and about the keynote address (including ticket information) here.