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  • Revving it up in and out of the classroomDec. 18, 2014

    Jen Swain ’15 has made the most of her Brandeis experience. While busy with her studies during the week, on many fall Saturdays she is at Gillette Stadium cheering on the New England Revolution as a member of the Rev Girls.

  • The Americanization of HanukkahDec. 15, 2014

    Jonathan Sarna '75, MA'75, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, discusses the growing significance of Hanukkah for American Jews.

  • Grandparents and the holidays: Tips on gifts, expectations and moreDec. 8, 2014

    Celebrating the holidays can provide obstacles for grandparents and parents of grown children. Resident Scholar Ruth Nemzoff offers some advice.

  • Special offer from Brandeis University PressDec. 5, 2014

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, Brandeis University Press and University Press of New England are offering all Brandeis students, faculty, staff and alumni a 35 percent discount on all books for a limited time.

  • Alumnus paints fencing room muralsDec. 2, 2014

    Former Judges fencer Chris Spencer ’94 has painted two murals in the fencing room, one of university namesake Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis holding a saber. The other is of three fencers, each representing one of the sport’s disciplines — foil, epee and saber.

  • Learning from past epidemics: What can smallpox tell us about Ebola?Dec. 2, 2014

    Leff Families Professor of History Michael Willrich discusses the parallels between the U.S.’s response to the smallpox epidemic at the turn of the 20th century and the current Ebola epidemic.

  • New England agriculture and the evolving Thanksgiving tableNov. 24, 2014

    Farming historian and associate professor of environmental studies Brian Donahue discusses the traditional Thanksgiving menu and its evolution over the centuries.

  • Supreme Court case could set standard for Internet threatsNov. 24, 2014

    Elonis v. United States will be the subject of a conference at Brandeis on Dec. 2, featuring speakers who wrote briefs submitted to the Supreme Court.

  • Judges soccer teams compete in NCAA playoffsNov. 18, 2014

    After two home wins, the men's soccer team will play Amherst College in Oneonta, NY in round three, while the women's team shutout Penn State Behrend before falling to Misericordia University in the second round.

  • Enter Jesse Appell ’12: comedian and global Internet sensationNov. 14, 2014

    Fulbright Scholarship to study Chinese comedy leads Brandeis alumnus to use humor to connect people and nations.

  • Symposium and concert to celebrate Irving Fine's centennialNov. 13, 2014

    As part of a yearlong celebration of Irving Fine's centennial, Brandeis will host a symposium and the acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble will perform an all-Fine program on Nov. 15.

  • Brandeis goes global during International Education WeekNov. 12, 2014

    Campus will connect with the world for a weeklong celebration of diverse cultures, people, and ideas.

  • Kate Moran awarded Humboldt FellowshipNov. 11, 2014

    Kate A. Moran has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to support her work on a book that explores how dependence and interdependence fit into Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, especially his theory of autonomy.

  • When the Berlin Wall fellNov. 10, 2014

    Associate Professor Sabine von Mering shares her memories of growing up in a divided Germany and being at an aunt’s birthday party in West Germany when the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989.

  • Shota Adamia carves his niche in the fashion worldNov. 4, 2014

    After winning a $10,000 scholarship and connecting with designers and clothing retailers worldwide, a career of runways and red carpets awaits.

  • Ruderman Scholars committed to improving the lives of people with disabilitiesOct. 28, 2014

    After completing an internship geared at helping people with disabilities, four Brandeis undergraduates will take part in a research assistantship.

  • Fall Fest offers families a slice of campus lifeOct. 28, 2014

    Brandeis welcomed its students' families to campus for a weekend-long celebration of its character and identity.

  • Midterm elections: motherhood, age and gender's influence on political behaviorOct. 27, 2014

    Associate Professor of Politics Jill Greenlee gives a fresh perspective on understanding voters' decisions at the ballot box.

  • Alumni and students show Judges pride at homecomingOct. 21, 2014

    As Brandeis celebrated its annual Athletic Homecoming, hundreds of former student-athletes reconnected with campus and the current crop of Judges.

  • The Brandeis Judges: If you can play, you can playOct. 17, 2014

    Brandeis Athletics is joining the You Can Play Project to support equality and safety for all athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation.

  • Liz Hood '15 shines on and off the courtOct. 14, 2014

    Senior volleyball player Liz Hood has been a force for Brandeis on the court, while excelling in the classroom as a business major.

  • Lemberg Children's Center officially unveiledOct. 7, 2014

    The new Lemberg Children's center was unveiled and dedicated on Tuesday, as Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy honored Brandeis and President Lawrence for their role in helping educate Waltham's toddlers and infants.

  • Lisa Lynch appointed Brandeis provostOct. 6, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence has named Lisa M. Lynch, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

  • Ghanaian President John Mahama visits BrandeisSept. 30, 2014

    John D. Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, visited Brandeis to present his lecture "The Promise of Africa."

  • Men’s soccer’s Soboff named National Player of the WeekSept. 24, 2014

    Following an impressive week in Division III play, Judges midfielder/forward Michael Soboff '15 earns nationwide recognition.

  • New Center for Teaching and Learning opensSept. 24, 2014

    Directed by Associate Provost Dan Perlman, the center provides one-on-one consultation, sponsors peer group discussions, coordinates visits to classrooms and links educators to campus resources.

  • The places you’ll go: Students prepare to study abroadSept. 22, 2014

    The Office of Study Abroad hosted its annual fair for students who are considering going overseas to continue their academic and cultural growth.

  • President Lawrence addresses the state of the university at staff town hallSept. 18, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence updated staff members about the state of the university at his annual town hall meeting in Levin Ballroom.

  • Meet Sneha Walia '15, President of the Brandeis Student UnionSept. 17, 2014

    Student Union President Sneha Walia '15 is relishing her role as a campus leader and has a range of new ideas for the Brandeis experience.

  • Beyond her 300th win, Dallamora is a players' coachSept. 10, 2014

    Women's soccer head coach Denise Dallamora has been a game changer both on and off the field for her players.

  • Ferguson vigil and town hall address institutional racism in the USSept. 8, 2014

    Several hundred members of the Brandeis community came together on Thursday, Sept. 4 for an evening of introspection, unity and to remember the lives lost to institutional racism in the U.S.

  • Students return to modernized Foster ModsSept. 5, 2014

    Upper classmen residence hall opens after summer-long renovations

  • Food for the future: A vision for New England farming and food productionAug. 29, 2014

    Brian Donahue, professor of environmental studies, and colleagues from across New England have published a perspective on the future of the region’s food needs.

  • Sylvia Hassenfeld, trustee, former Board vice chair, diesAug. 17, 2014

    Sylvia Hassenfeld, H'98, a longtime trustee and former vice chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees, died on Aug. 15. Hassenfeld was known as a tireless advocate on behalf of Brandeis and for her profound impact on the university.

  • Arthur Cohen, Brandeis trustee, diesAug. 12, 2014

    Longtime Brandeis Trustee Arthur Cohen, a prominent New York City real estate developer, died on Aug. 9 at his home in Kings Point, N.Y. He was 84.

  • Rose Art Museum appoints board of advisorsAug. 6, 2014

    The Rose Art Museum has named 15 new members to its board of advisors and reappointed eight former board members, representing another important step in a new era in the museum's history.

  • Scholarly collection now freely available digitallyJuly 31, 2014

    A small trove of scholarly books is now available in multiple digital formats through the Brandeis University Institutional Repository.

  • Sam Hunter, Rose Art Museum's first director, diesJuly 29, 2014

    Sam Hunter, whose keen insights into the art of his day allowed him to build the Rose Art Museum’s acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary art, died on July 27 in Princeton, N.J. He was 91.



  • Touchette named director of community livingJuly 29, 2014

    Timothy M. Touchette has been appointed director of community living. He will oversee the management and daily operations of 11 residential areas, which house approximately 2,900 students.

  • World War I and the African-American experienceJuly 21, 2014

    On the centennial of the First World War, AAAS professor Chad Williams talks about the war's affect on African-Americans and how it sowed the seeds of the civil rights movement.

  • High school students look at the Future of MedicineJuly 11, 2014

    Brandeis' Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine provides the country's top high school students with behind-the-scenes insight into the health care field.

  • Brandeis Magazine: Love is all aroundJuly 1, 2014

    Love is a crazy little thing. An itching in your heart. All you need. The Summer issue of Brandeis Magazine, available online now, examines the emotion in its many guises and through a variety of lenses.

  • Chasalow, noted composer, educator, named GSAS deanJuly 1, 2014

    Eric Chasalow, a renowned composer of both electro-acoustic and traditional music and the Irving Fine Professor of Music, was named dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis, effective July 1.

  • N.E. governors convene, discuss opioid abuse crisis June 17, 2014

    The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management will partner with five New England states to assist in the region’s fight against opioid abuse.

  • Brandeis launches MS in eLearning design, technologyJune 5, 2014

    Brandeis has established a new master of science degree in online instructional design and technology in response to the growing national need for professionals highly skilled in the development of digital learning resources.

  • Rose, Tel Aviv Museum of Art promote Israeli video artMay 30, 2014

    Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art announced an initiative to support the work of emerging Israeli video artists who have demonstrated considerable promise but have not been the subject of a solo museum exhibition.

  • Class of 2014 celebrates, ready for new challengesMay 21, 2014

    More than 7,000 friends, family members, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate with the graduates participating in Brandeis' 63rd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18.

  • Brandeis honors alumni for professional achievementsMay 20, 2014

    Brandeis will bestow its Alumni Achievement Award to three alumni who have made distinguished contributions to their professions. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 7 during Reunion 2014 and are the highest Brandeis honor for its alumni.

  • Grads: ‘leave the country better than you found it’May 18, 2014

    More than 7,000 celebrated the academic achievements of their loved ones and friends during Brandeis' 63 commencement ceremony on May 18.

  • Rachel Emily Benjamin '14 sings the national anthemMay 18, 2014
  • Geoffrey Canada's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Excited. Anxious. Nervous. Proud.May 18, 2014

    Parents bask in pride as Brandeis’ newest alumni take a backward glance, reflecting on the college experience and the surreal reality of leaving it as they embrace the future.

  • Heller graduates reminded to ‘pull together’May 18, 2014

    Graduates of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management gathered in Spingold Theater on Sunday morning for a diploma ceremony recognizing Master of Business Administration, Sustainable International Development, Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy in Coexistence and Conflict and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy recipients.

  • Advice at Rabb ceremony: 'geek out'May 18, 2014

    In Sunday's kickoff diploma ceremony, the Division of Graduate Professional Studies at the Rabb School of Continuing Studies conferred nearly 100 graduate degrees and certificates on a diverse group of professionals from across the country and around the world.

  • Eugene Kogan's graduate student addressMay 18, 2014
  • Ariana Boltax's undergraduate addressMay 18, 2014
  • #Brandeis commencement social media wrap-upMay 18, 2014

    Graduates, family and friends took to social media to express their joy, trepidation and nostalgia at Brandeis' commencement.

  • President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Commencement weekend fast approachingMay 13, 2014

    Brandeis University will hold its 63rd commencement ceremonies on May 18 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, will present the commencement address.

  • Luis Yglesias, longtime faculty member, diesMay 8, 2014

    Luis Yglesias, associate professor emeritus of Spanish and comparative literature and a Brandeis faculty member for 42 years, died at the age of 78. He is remembered for his love of teaching, storytelling, poetry, and the lifelong friendships he formed with faculty and students. He also was known for his passion for working the land on his New Hampshire homestead, including a football field-sized garden.

  • Seniors look back at their time at BrandeisMay 7, 2014

    As commencement draws near, 14 graduating seniors shared their thoughts on video about graduation, their senior bucket list, the perfect day at Brandeis, what they will miss about Brandeis, and advice for incoming students.

  • Phi Beta Kappa elects 69 membersMay 7, 2014

    The Brandeis chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 69 new members. Brandeis, which established the Mu chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1961, holds the distinction of achieving the quickest chapter chartering in relation to an institution’s founding.

  • Brandeis Achievement Award winners announced May 7, 2014

    Five rising juniors have earned the Brandeis Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and academic achievements. The honor includes a scholarship of $5,000 per semester for the students’ remaining four terms of study.

  • Waltham High students earn Brandeis scholarshipsMay 5, 2014

    Brandeis awarded Stroum Family Waltham Endowed Scholarships to four Waltham High School seniors. Samuel J. Stroum, a Waltham High graduate and Seattle businessman and philanthropist, and his wife, Althea, established the scholarship to provide tuition for the top Waltham High seniors who are enrolling at Brandeis.

  • Arts and Sciences awards faculty honorsMay 2, 2014

    Dean of Arts and Sciences Susan Birren recognized Xing Hang, Marion Smiley, Laura Goldin and Jonathan Sarna with the school's annual awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

  • Heller recognizes faculty, staff excellenceMay 2, 2014

    Heller School Dean Lisa Lynch honored Theodore A. Johnson, Mari Fitzduff and Meaghan Cummings for their commitment to rigor and creativity in teaching, learning and supporting a community of learning.

  • Update on sexual assault prevention effortsApril 30, 2014
  • Brandeis staff and faculty are running for goodApril 17, 2014

    Several members of the Brandeis community will be running in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21. A few of them shared their thoughts with BrandeisNow about their motivation for being part of this year’s marathon.

  • BEMCo at the Boston Marathon — then and nowApril 15, 2014

    Yedidya Ben-Avie ’15, a member of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, believes in being proactive when an issue arises. This philosophy was put to the test last April when the bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line, and close to where he was stationed as a medical volunteer.

  • Brandeis staff to run Boston Marathon for bombing victimApril 11, 2014

    The 2014 Boston Marathon will have extra meaning for many, including assistant swim coach Breda O’Connor and club sports coordinator Matt Callahan. They will be running the race to raise money for Marc Fucarile, Callahan’s cousin who was seriously injured in the bombing attack during last year’s marathon.

  • Israeli Parliament members visit BrandeisApril 7, 2014

    Six members of the Israeli Knesset met with Brandeis leaders, faculty members and alumni as part of the Ruderman Fellows Program, an initiative of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with Brandeis, to create and strengthen connections between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.

  • Sexual harassment in America, then and nowApril 4, 2014

    Anita Hill, whose newly released film 'Anita' revisits the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas in 1991, discusses the issue of sexual harassment in the United States, the need to confront it and society’s response to it.

  • Geoffrey Canada to speak at commencementMarch 31, 2014

    Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, is recognized for his organization’s groundbreaking work to provide students in Harlem with educational, social and medical services that follows them from birth through college.

  • Inside the archives: The screen siren and the scholarMarch 27, 2014

    Actress Joan Crawford became involved with Brandeis in the mid-1960s, thanks to her friendship with Nathan and Frances Spingold — early supporters of the arts at Brandeis. She began exchanging letters with Brandeis’ founding president Abram Sachar and the two embarked an unlikely friendship.

  • Taking on cancer – one step at a timeMarch 24, 2014

    The Brandeis community came together for the Relay for Life on March 23-24 to demonstrate its commitment to bringing an end to cancer, to show support for those who have cancer and to remember those who have died from the disease.

  • Ronny Zinner, trustee, vice-chair of Heller overseersMarch 20, 2014

    Longtime Brandeis University Trustee Rhonda (Shapiro) Zinner, whose family’s generosity helped transform Brandeis and who enhanced her own individual impact with a type of personal philanthropy that brought her close to many students, died on March 18 in Boston.

  • What’s your extraordinary Brandeis Story?March 17, 2014

    As commencement nears, we are looking for stories that illustrate what makes Brandeis so Brandeis. Are you a graduating student who has had a Brandeisian experience? Do you know of a graduating student who has made a difference on campus and beyond? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Brandeis launches leadership incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionalsMarch 10, 2014

    The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis, has launched the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator, a 12-month fellowship for Russian-speaking professionals who work at Jewish communal organizations in the United States and Canada.

  • Ambassador Power highlights Mangok Bol’s plight in UN speech March 7, 2014
  • Timo Gilmore, professor emeritus of English, dies at 72March 5, 2014

    "Devoted friend to all," Timo helped Brandeis’ English department achieve a national reputation in the study of American literature, particularly in 19th-century literature and culture.

  • Chad Williams speaks at White House panel on African American veteransFeb. 28, 2014
  • And the Oscars go to ... Brandeis Feb. 28, 2014

    The Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections house not one, but two Academy Awards, belonging to composer Victor Young and screenwriter George Froeschel

  • Throwback Thursday: Winters pastFeb. 27, 2014

    We can all agree — this has been a long, rough winter and it’s not over yet. Yet, the cold and snow are almost a rite of passage on Brandeis’ campus and the 2013-2014 winter has hardly been the worst. Let’s take a look at Brandeis’ winters past, and take heart that spring is less than a month away.

  • Going to the head of the class in teachingFeb. 25, 2014

    The Davis Teaching and Learning Fellowship has become an invaluable resource for faculty to explore, discuss and implement effective teaching methods.

  • Update on crosswalk safetyFeb. 24, 2014
  • Assistance for Mangok BolFeb. 16, 2014

    The Brandeis community is helping Mangok Bol, MS ’13, who is traveling to South Sudan to assist in the search for his three nieces and a nephews, aged 2 through 8, who were abducted in a raid in which their parents were killed.

  • Mandela’s grandsons laud ’DEIS Impact, seek to create ‘African Dream’Feb. 11, 2014

    Who better to inspire a ballroom full of young social justice enthusiasts than the grandsons of a man who inspired the world to fight discrimination? Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa, gave ’DEIS Impact’s keynote address to a packed Levin Ballroom.

  • Are you Generous U?Feb. 10, 2014

    Generous U, a national college-based philanthropy contest, was launched by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis’ Heller School in 2009 to increase philanthropy on college campuses. This year, the contest will award $10,000 to the winning student group and $1,000 to the runner-ups operating engaging, sustainable and impactful philanthropies. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 3.

  • Experience makes all the difference for HSSP majorsJan. 31, 2014

    The HSSP major requires hands-on learning through internships, pre-approved summer programs or research projects. Since its launch in 2003, the interdisciplinary major has become one of Brandeis’ most popular.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Winship wins prestigious fundraising awardJan. 24, 2014

    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education's District I honored Nancy K. Winship, P’10, P’13, with the prestigious Quarter Century Circle Award for distinguished professional achievement.

  • Brandeis announces changes to its executive compensation policiesJan. 23, 2014

    The Brandeis University Board of Trustees approved significant changes to its executive compensation policies as well as several new procedures for setting, reviewing and disclosing executive compensation.

  • Another step in preventing sexual violenceJan. 22, 2014

    College administrators from around the country gathered at Brandeis for a full-day seminar on sexual assault prevention and response on campuses. The program, led by The Clery Center for Security on Campus and the Victim Rights Law Center, focused on how to implement federal laws to best protect sexual assault survivors and universities.

  • Celebrating MLK's legacyJan. 21, 2014

    The 9th-annual memorial, 'For the Love of a Dream!' included performances by Emmy Award-winning Sean Fielder and the Boston Tap Company, Brandeis’ own Kaos Kids, songstress Erica Barnett, Brandeis Bridge Fellow Malakani Mak, motivational speaker Jermaine Hamilton and talks by the MLK Scholarship students who fundraised for five African American and five Jewish students to travel to Israel together, and the keynote team of Jane and Hubert Sapp.

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