Recent Events

"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.

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Undoing FGM

Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldes, the surgeon who restores the clitoris

"Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldes, The Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris"

Reading by Hubert Prolongeau, author of "Undoing FGM," and Tobe Levin, author of "Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 12:00 noon
Lieberman-Miller Lecture Hall, WSRC 

According to the author, female genital mutilation is a massive human rights abuse affecting more than 100 million girls and women, and one which remains underreported, especially in the USA. In this first English translation of novelist Hubert Prolongeau’s unique biography of surgeon Pierre Foldes, readers learn about the experiences of young victims and their efforts to reclaim their identities, sexualities, and birth anatomies. The book recounts how Foldes discovered, almost by accident, how to restore the amputated clitoris, relieving pain, and offering hope to the more than 3,500 African women who consulted him. “Restoration is born of sympathetic listening,” Foldes contends in the book. 

Dr. Mei-Mei Ellerman, a scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center, will lead the discussion following the reading. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mei-Mei Ellerman. 

This event is presented by the Gender and International Development Initiative (GaIDI) and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. It is cosponsored by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; Women's and Gender Studies Program; Gender Working Group at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management; Amnesty International Brandeis Chapter; Student Union; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University; Our Bodies Ourselves; Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University; American Studies at Wheelock College; and Africana Studies, also at Wellesley College.

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.