Community Events

In September 2015, the Louis D. Brandeis 100 organizing committee invited members of the extended campus community to propose innovative ways to mark the centennial during the spring 2016 semester. These events, projects, and exhibits showcased the broad range of student, faculty, and staff creativity, while illuminating the spirit and values of the University’s namesake.  

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS: AN INSPIRING LIFE

Date Jan. 28-Sept. 1, 2016 (Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Presented By Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department
Location Archives & Special Collections (Goldfarb Level 2)
Description An exhibition celebrating the life of the University's namesake, Louis Dembitz Brandeis. Part of Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now, an exciting series of events in the winter and spring of 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nomination and confirmation of Louis D. Brandeis to the United States Supreme Court.

 

A VISUAL TIMELINE OF THE BRANDEIS NOMINATION AND CONFIRMATION

Date Installation January 2016
Presented By Sarah Shoemaker (University Archives), Dan Breen (Legal Studies)
Location Shapiro Campus Center main floor (across from ticket window)
Description A physical timeline following the period from January to June of 1916, incorporating facsimiles of photographs, letters, and other papers in the Louis D. Brandeis collection in Special Collections as well as other materials were installed on campus and available online.

 

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS DIGITAL EXHIBIT

Date Permanent
Presented By Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department
Location https://omeka.lts.brandeis.edu/ldb-100
Description Celebrating the life of Justice Brandeis, this digital exhibition highlights pieces from the Louis D. Brandeis collection (including Brandeis family photographs, letters, and other materials). It also includes interactive and multimedia pieces such as a new recording of the Brandeis University alma mater. Research and content for this exhibit created by Zoe Waldman, '16.

 

BALANCE/JUSTICE

Date Winter/Spring 2016
Presented By Yage Wang ’18
Location Outside of Shapiro Campus Center
Description An art installation related to themes being explored during the celebration. See a photo of the artwork.

 

GITTLER PRIZE LECTURE: "BYSTANDERS, UPSTANDERS AND JUSTICE"

Date Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Time
4 p.m.
Location Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Description The winner of the 2015-16 Gittler Prize was Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School and one of the world’s leading figures in bringing legal ideas and scholarship to bear on issues of identity, race and equality, including innovative approaches to reconciliation among divided peoples. Minow's work echoes the ideas and the spirit that Louis D. Brandeis brought to issues of law and society, beginning with his own days as a student at Harvard Law School. 
Video of Lecture Watch "Bystanders, Upstanders, and Justice"
Video of Interview Watch "Forgiveness, Law and Justice" – Martha Minow talks with Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, associate director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

  

BETWEEN FREE SPEECH AND THE SPRAY CAN: GRAFFITI AS PROTEST FROM THE MARGINS

Date Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Presented By Laura Brown (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Description Building on Justice Brandeis’ famous ruling in Whitney v. California, this panel examined the way in which graffiti works in the spread of “political truth,” particularly for people and spaces characterized by limited freedom of expression. The discussion evaluated Justice Brandeis's ruling, how it does and does not apply to graffiti, and interrogated how illegal graffiti may or may not fit in with the responsibilities of public discourse. 
More Information Visit the Latin American and Latino Studies Program website.
Schedule View or download a PDF of the event poster with schedule.

 

PROFILES IN COURAGE: A PRESIDENT PICKS A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

Date Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time 5 p.m.
Location Golding Auditorium
Presented By Thomas Doherty (American Studies), Stephen Whitfield (American Studies); Dan Breen (Legal Studies)
Description A screening of an episode of “Profiles in Courage” that discussed the nomination of Justice Brandeis by President Wilson, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Tom Doherty and Steve Whitfield (American Studies Program) and Dan Breen (Legal Studies Program).

 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL OF THE CREATIVE ARTS

Date April 14-17, 2015
Presented By Ingrid Schorr (Office of the Arts)
Description The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni. The 2016 Festival included a series of events related to themes of the LDB 100 celebration.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY, LAW, AND THE PURSUIT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: A CONFERENCE IN HONOR OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS

Date Saturday, April 16, 2016 
Time 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location Schwartz 103
Presented By Doug Bafford (Anthropology) MA ’15, PhD ’20
Description A conference organized by graduate students to explore the broad uses of social science research and their application to the law, inspired by Justice Brandeis’ application of research to the law.
More Information Visit the Department of Anthropology website for the call for papers.
Flyer View or download a PDF of the conference flyer.
Program View or download a PDF of the conference program.

 

UNCHECKED INSTITUTIONS: A LEADER-SCHOLAR COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM

Date Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time Noon - 2 p.m.
Presented By Sana Shaikh (Media & Politics Leader-Scholar Community) PhD ’19
Description Louis D. Brandeis was a critic of unchecked power, believing that large corporations impeded individuals from thinking autonomously and critically of social issues. The Media & Politics Leader-Scholar Community Symposium encouraged the Brandeis community to engage with scholars about their critiques of media and politics. 

  

ALUMNI COLLEGE

Date Friday, June 3, 2016
Presented By Brandeis University Alumni Relations
Description Head back to the classroom at Alumni College and relive the intellectual and engaging experiences that define a Brandeis education. Choose four of eight classes covering a range of informative and timely topics that are sure to spark your imagination and challenge your thinking, as only Brandeis can! In honor of the centennial of Louis D. Brandeis' nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court, four sessions are dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the legacy of our namesake.
More Information Visit the Alumni College website for the full schedule of courses and registration details.