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Inaugural Symposia Panelists

The Business of the University and the University as a Business: Issues of Work, Money and Power and the Liberal Arts University

Professor of International Business

Benjamin Gomes-Casseres received a B.A. in economics and history from Brandeis in 1976. He also holds an M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He works on business strategy, with a focus on interfirm alliances in technology industries. At the Brandeis International Business School, he directs the M.B.A. program and co-directs the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship. Previously, he served as an economist at the World Bank (1978–1981) and a professor at Harvard Business School (1985–1995). His book “The Alliance Revolution” pioneered the study of multifirm alliance constellations; a later book, “Mastering Alliance Strategy,” gives advice on how to use business partnerships for competitive advantage. His work has appeared in academic and managerial journals and has been cited in the industry press. He has been a strategy consultant and executive trainer to companies worldwide.


Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization

Jane Kamensky, who received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, has been at Brandeis since 1993 and has won two university awards for excellence in teaching. Her recent publications include “The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse” (Viking, 2008), a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and the novel “Blindspot,” written jointly with Jill Lepore (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2008). Kamensky’s scholarship has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Co-editor of the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution,” she is currently at work on a book about American artists in London in the late 18th century.


Vice President for Global Affairs

Daniel Terris earned a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University. In addition to serving as vice president for global affairs, he is also director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. He has taught courses on individualism, poverty, American literature and the roots and causes of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. His books and articles include writings on business ethics, international law and human rights, and 20th-century history, literature and religion. He has helped initiate numerous programs, including the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence and the Sorensen Fellowships.