Recent Events

"Not My Life," March 26, 2012<

"The Red Market: Scott Carney," March 7, 2012.

"Undoing FGM," March 7, 2012.

Documentary screening: "The Reconstruction of Asa Carter," November 13, 2011.

Social documentary screening: "The Interrupters," October 27, 2011.

Sherron Watkins: "Enron: A Case Study in Whistleblowing and American Journalism," October 26, 2011.

"Representing Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness Trapped in a Nightmare: The California Prison Overcrowding Case," October 17, 2011.

Village by Village, Barrio por Barrio: Integrated Development in Nicaragua, September 19-22, 2011.

When Hope Ends in Slavery: Human Trafficking in Israel, September 13, 2011. (Event pictures.)

1st Annual SoJust Leadership Forum: "Journeys in Social Justice, Brandeis and Beyond," September 6, 2011. (Event pictures.)

Race, Class and
Crime in America:
A discussion with
Charles J. Ogletree

March 22, 2011

Reporting from Jerusalem:
Women, Journalism,
and the Middle East
with The Jerusalem
Report's Editor-in-Chief
Eetta Prince-Gibson

Lecture, March 21, 2011

Microfinance: Does It Work?
Panel discussion
March 10, 2011

"A Small Act"
documentary screening
November 17, 2010

Oscar-Winning Actor,
Louis Gossett, Jr.

November 10, 2010

Journalism Brown Bag Lunch Session with Edwin Vidal '77, Director of Operations for Castalia Communications, Friday, October 29, 2010, Hiatt Career Center.

Anna Badkhen, war-zone correspondent, Wednesday, October 13, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Acting Together on the World Stage," Brandeis launch of documentary, Tuesday, October 12, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Conviction" screening, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, Monday, September 27, 2010.

Paul Rogat Loeb
"How can you make your voice heard and your actions count?,"
lecture & book-signing, September 16, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Hidden in Plain Sight: The news media's role in exposing human trafficking," USUN / UNODC / Schuster Institute sponsored panel discussion, UN Headquarters, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

"Slavery Today: Sex, Labor and Pornography," panel discussion, Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

"Building pathways to sustainable peace in Sudan: Why we can't wait" with Gloria White-Hammond, My Sister's Keeper, humanitarian activist," Monday, March 22, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Student Engagement with World Leaders," Monday, March 8, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery with E. Benjamin Skinner, investigative reporter and award-winning author, Monday, February 22, 2010—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Who's Counting? Women and the Media"
Brandeis University
Alumni Association
Faculty Lecture 
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Public Lecture with New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Ethan Bronner "Covering the Middle East in 2010: A Report from the Field"
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

"International Criminal Justice: Developments and Reflections on the Future," Hassan Jallow, chief prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Monday, November 30, 2009—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell," documentary
Wednesday, October 21, 2009—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Talk to an Iraqi," Haider Hamza, journalist
Tuesday, October 20, 2009—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

"Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" 
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lecture by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Hank Klibanoff: "The Race Beat—Then and Now"
Thursday, October 8, 2009

6th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture featuring Maria Hinojosa
Mexican Feminist Journalist Activista:
The political responsibility of owning one's voice
September 17, 2009

*TMI: Social Justice in the Age of Facebook
September 10-11, 2009

"Free the Slaves,"
Kevin Bales, abolitionist

September 2, 2009—a Social Justice Leadership Series event.

More Past Events>


Not My Life

Not My Life poster 

"Not My Life," docmentary screening and discussion

Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:45 p.m.
Olin Sang 101 

Filmed on five continents, "Not My Life," directed and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, “probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery—multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film’s narration says, ‘on the backs and in the bed of our planet’s youth.’” A wrenching exposé of the reality of one of the worst forms of human rights abuse and its most vulnerable victims: millions of children across the globe. "Not My Life" raises awareness and highlights the passionate commitment of modern-day abolitionists. Despite the dark and harrowing content, the film leaves the viewer with a sense of hope and a clear challenge to take action.

Dr. Mei-Mei Ellerman, member of GaIDI and Board Director of the Polaris Project—a leading anti-human trafficking NGO in the United States and Japan—will give an overview of the issues of modern-day slavery and a brief introduction to the film. Following the screening, she invites the audience to remain for a discussion of "Not My Life," the role of the twenty-first-century abolitionists, and how to join the fight against slavery in our times. For more information, contact Mei-Mei Ellerman.

This event is presented by the Gender and International Development Initiative at the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.

It is copsonsored by Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), Brandeis University; Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis; Women's and Gender Studies, Brandeis; Gender Working Group, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis; Environmental Studies, Brandeis; Coexistence and Conflict Program, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis; Interfaith Chaplaincy, Brandeis; Amnesty International Brandeis Chapter; Student Union, Brandeis; Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Brandeis; Africana Studies, Wellesley College; American Studies, Wheelock College; Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Suffolk University; Our Bodies Ourselves; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Boston University. 

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC unless otherwise stated.

*For full description and calendar listings of SoJust events, please visit our pages dedicated to the Social Justice Leadership Series.