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August 2014

Putting Social Justice into Action: Sorensen Fellows Reflect on a Summer of Connections and Reconnections (8/15)
The 17th cohort of Sorensen Fellows recently returned from summer internships as near to Brandeis as Washington D.C. and as far afield as Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya and Poland. Whether they were reconnecting with a community of origin or encountering an entirely new nation and culture, they strove to be of service, and to reflect deeply on the experience. Read more.

June 2014

Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (6/18)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life congratulates International Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on his appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prince Zeid was nominated earlier this month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and was unanimously confirmed by the UN General Assembly as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 16. In 2013 Prince Zeid delivered the Planethood Foundation-sponsored Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights at Brandeis University. Read more.

The 2014 Sorensen Fellows are "in the field" and around the globe (6/11)
The 2014 Sorensen Fellows are putting social justice into action around the globe this summer. Read about the work of Ibrahima Diaboula '16, Shimon Mazor '16, Elad Mehl '16, Ngobitak Ndiwane '16, and Sneha Walia '15 here.

Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America conference (6/10 - 6/12)
The Ethics Center was a cosponsor of this conference at Brandeis University, hosted by the American Studies Department, marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Among the featured events: a keynote address by Congressman John Lewis, a screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary Freedom Summer (2014), and a discussion of "Satchmo at the Waldorf" with actor John Douglas Thompson and playwright Terry Teachout. Info: http://www.amstconference2014.com

May 2014

Winners of the 2014 Advocacy for Policy Change Award announced (5/6)
Four Brandeis students have been awarded $500 each to work on advocacy projects over the summer. The winners are: Sela Brown '15, Marisa Budlong '15, Dillon Harvey '14, and Sophie Miller '15. The Advocacy Awards are a component of Advocacy for Policy Change, an initiative launched by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life in 2009. The initiative is designed to encourage citizens to bring moral and ethical insights to the process of making and revising laws.

New podcast: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" (5/6)
Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.

2013 Sorensen Fellow Hailey Magee is first student to be featured in NARAL Pro-Choice America's Choice Out Loud blog series (5/5)
Her work in the area of reproductive rights includes her 2013 Sorensen Fellowship and her work in the Ethics Center-supported course Advocacy for Policy Change.

President Obama recognizes Brandeis alumna and past Sorensen Fellow Kelsey Grab '12 (5/2)
President Obama highlighted Brandeis alumna Kelsey Grab's work as a teacher in rural Malaysia in engaging her students with Boston and its history during his recent visit to Malaysia. Read about Grab's Sorensen Fellowship experience here [PDF]

April 2014

Ethics Center celebrates its graduating seniors at "UnCommencement" 2014 (4/30)
At "UnCommencement" 2014 the Ethics Center celebrated the graduating seniors whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center during their time at Brandeis University: Rida Abu Rass, Sasha Anderson (graduate student), Anastasia Austin, Kochava Ayoun, Sasha Beder-Schenker, Cynthia Nunu Charchi, Alexandra Cottrell, Jacklyn Gil, Alex Glomset, Raustin Hernandez, Dina Kapengut, Jennifer Kim, Vanessa Lubiner, Avishek Neupane, Amina Nur (graduate student), Ivan Ponieman, Ricky Rosen, Suzannah Scanlon, Karia Sekumbo, Geeta Talpade, Abie Troen, Andrea Verdeja, and Emily Zoller.  See photos from the event.

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend (4/29)
The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. Projects included working on legislation concerning homeless youth, in-state tuition for undocumented students, Congo conflict minerals, earned sick time, employment leave for victims of domestic violence, comprehensive sex education, prevention of farm animal cruelty, appropriate use of solitary confinement, suicide prevention training in schools, and funding health care laboratory. Read more on Facebook.

Strategic Action in African Regional Courts (4/3) 
Nicole de Silva, PhD candidate in political science at Oxford University, spoke in the fourth and final of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

Workshop: Exploring the ‘Acting Together’ Toolkit in Belfast, Northern Ireland (4/1 & 4/2)
Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen held a workshop on "Acting Together on the World Stage" at the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

March 2014

Rule of Law and Development in Africa (3/27)
Emily Strauss, Special Counsel with Lawyers Without Borders, spoke as part of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice. Read more.

Inaugural Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Lecture: Angela Glover Blackwell (3/25)
Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, delivered the inaugural Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Lecture. Her talk was titled "All-In for an America That Works for All." Additional info at BrandeisNOW.

Extremists and The Challenge of Public Conversation (3/10)
Diego Arria, former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations (Venezuela), Richard J. Goldstone H '04, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court (South Africa) and Shiranee Tilakawardane, former Justice of the Supreme Court (Sri Lanka), reflected on the moral, political, and strategic dilemmas of public conversation. Read more. View photos here.

February 2014

The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Justice in Africa (2/24)
Dr. Alana Tiemessen, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Department of Political Science, addressed students and staff as part of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

'DEIS Impact, annual festival of social justice (2/1-2/10)
The third annual 'DEIS Impact "festival of social justice" explored social justice on the Brandeis campus, in Waltham and around the world, with 50+ events within ten days as part of a unique collaboration between the Student Union and the Ethics Center. Photos, videos, and summaries of events here.

January 2014

On Knife's Edge: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's Impact on Civilian Violence (1/23)
Jacqueline McAllister, PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University, a visiting professor at Wellesley College and the Spring 2014 Ethics Center Fellow, spoke in the first of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

A short film from the Acting Together project accepted to Culture Unplugged, online film festival
"Dijana Milosevic: Performing Truth in the Face of Denial", part of the Acting Together project of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, was accepted to online film festival Culture Unplugged. The film describes the response of Dah Theatre to civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and its role in supporting Serbian citizens. 

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