Category: Humanities and Social Sciences

  • New community center in Prospect Hill celebratedOct. 17, 2014

    Brandeis, Bentley and the city of Waltham have collaborated to establish the center, staffed predominantly by students volunteers from the universities.

  • Study: Dengue fever vastly underreported in IndiaOct. 7, 2014

    The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is 282 times higher than officially reported, and the disease inflicts an economic burden on the country of at least US$1.11 billion each year in medical and other expenses.

  • Gustavo Gutiérrez presented the Gittler PrizeOct. 6, 2014

    In an hour-long lecture before receiving the prize, Gutiérrez said he considered his theological work a series of attempts to express his love for his faith.

  • Antony Polonsky appointed historian of new Polish Jewish museumOct. 1, 2014

    The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw will open Oct. 28 with Brandeis Professor Antony Polonsky as its chief historian.

  • 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."

  • One-Dimensional Man at 50: Conference explores Marcuse's workSept. 23, 2014

    Herbert Marcuse arrived at Brandeis with almost no scholarly reputation. He left as a towering intellectual figure.

  • Robert Reich awarded the first Heller School Dean's MedalSept. 15, 2014

    The former Secretary of Labor and Brandeis professor was given the medal in a ceremony held as part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management's 55th anniversary.

  • Aida Yuen Wong to give AHL Foundation LectureSept. 10, 2014
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez, founder of liberation theology, winner of 2014 Gittler PrizeSept. 4, 2014

    The annual prize, which includes $25,000 and a medal, is presented to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations.

  • New hirings bolster African diaspora studiesAug. 27, 2014

    Two new professors and a fellow are joining Brandeis as part of a plan to expand studies of the African diaspora.

  • 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.

  • Shostak, Cunningham honored at ASA annual meetingAug. 15, 2014

    Professors Sara Shostak and David Cunningham will be honored at the 2014 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 16-19 for their recent books.

  • 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.

  • Vienna Project honors Austrian Holocaust victimsAug. 7, 2014

    The ambitious yearlong project, directed by Brandeis resident scholar Karen Frostig, aims to give equal recognition to all victim groups under Nazism.

  • Lenny Bruce’s papers are coming to BrandeisJuly 29, 2014

    Brandeis has acquired the personal papers of Lenny Bruce, the late comedian and free-speech advocate known for his biting, often obscenity-laced satirical commentary on American society.

  • 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.

  • Trouble at the borderJuly 17, 2014

    Professor Emerita Silvia Arrom discusses challenges and possible solutions to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of migrant children are stranded and awaiting legal hearings.

  • The poet’s poetJuly 8, 2014

    BrandeisNow asked a few of Allen Grossman's former students, now accomplished writers in their own right, to share their recollections of the man known as the poet’s poet.

  • 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.

  • Allen Grossman PhD’60, poet and professor, dies at 82June 30, 2014

    Grossman was a charismatic and influential teacher at Brandeis for more than three decades, a mentor to poets and scholars and the author of many reflections on poetics and the philosophy of poetry.

  • Anti-slavery rescuer earns a hero’s recognitionJune 26, 2014

    The U.S. Department of State has recognized Van Ta, Heller MA/SID'12, as a "Trafficking in Persons Hero," for his efforts to rescue young people and women who have been forced to work in sweatshops or in the sex trade.

  • 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.

  • Congressman Lewis exhorts audience to right wrongsJune 11, 2014

    Brandeis American Studies Program sponsored a conference that looked at the connections between blacks, Jews, and social justice in America. Congressman John Lewis, who presented the keynote address, reminded the audience that while much progress has been made, more is needed.

  • Brandeisians earn Fulbrights, Goldwater, Gates CambridgeMay 13, 2014

    Nine current students and recent graduates of Brandeis have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Most will continue their studies overseas, including in England, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan, and Thailand.

  • Brandeis teams selected for Davis Peace PrizeMay 13, 2014

    Two projects from Brandeis University have received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant funded by the Davis United World College Scholars Program for designing international initiatives that foster understanding, provide opportunity and promote peace.

  • Marc Brettler's "Three Testaments" wins IPPY book awardMay 9, 2014
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conference looks at impact of the Holocaust on IsraelApril 30, 2014

    Two-day international meeting explores how the Holocaust influences Israel and its art, literature, music, foreign policy, politics, Zionism, memory, and identity.

  • Rwandan president meets with faculty and students April 25, 2014

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame came to Brandeis University on Wednesday, April 23, for a round-table discussion with faculty and invited guests, including Brandeis students originally from Rwanda. The Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Sustainable International Development program and Coexistence and Conflict program sponsored the visit.

  • David Engerman awarded Guggenheim Memorial Foundation FellowshipApril 22, 2014
  • Fishman earns national Jewish studies honorApril 14, 2014

    The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry has selected Sylvia Barack Fishman to receive the 2014 Marshall Sklare Award in recognition of her significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry. She is the fourth Brandeis faculty member to earn the honor.

  • 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.

  • Don’t beat yourself up, you’ll live longerApril 3, 2014

    In a recently published paper, Brandeis University researchers report they found a connection between a self-compassionate attitude and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation. The discovery could lead to new techniques to lower stress and improve health.

  • Equity and opportunity is the key to US economic growthApril 1, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University, says embracing the national demographic shift and creating a more inclusive society will hasten the recovery of the U.S. economy.

  • Scholars focus on the rights of people with disabilitiesMarch 27, 2014

    A Ruderman Family Foundation grant establishes the Ruderman Social Justice Scholars in Disability, helping Brandeis prepare undergraduates to become leaders in disability-related fields, including research, advocacy and service provision, and to advocate for the full community participation of people with disabilities.

  • Ulka Anjaria awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Research FellowshipMarch 24, 2014

    Ulka Anjaria, assistant professor of English, was chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies to receive the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for her study of contemporary literature and popular culture in India. This fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Naghmeh Sohrabi awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship March 24, 2014

    Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and associate director for research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, was awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Students experience Jewish life in Moldova and UkraineMarch 21, 2014

    Students enrolled in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program traveled to Moldova and Ukraine this past February to learn about the current state and challenges of Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and to deepen their understanding of Moldovan and Ukrainian Jewish history.

  • New online database tracks wellbeing of US children March 12, 2014

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database for tracking and analyzing the wellbeing and equity of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • More programs added to Justice Brandeis Semester March 10, 2014

    Students welcome the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic, combining traditional classroom studies with a mix of field work and community-engaged learning.

  • 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
  • Teach-in to focus on South Sudan humanitarian crisisFeb. 27, 2014

    The recent outbreak of ethnic strife in South Sudan has spurred another crisis in an already hard hit region. Brandeis is hosting a panel discussion to raise awareness about the humanitarian emergency in South Sudan and the prospects for peace-building and reconciliation.

  • Revisiting Verdun's battlefieldsFeb. 20, 2014

    As the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I approaches, a new book by Professor Paul Jankowski assesses the heavy toll exacted by the Battle of Verdun.

  • If our two loves be oneFeb. 12, 2014

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ramie Targoff discusses 17th century English love poetry and its sensual evolution.

  • Scholarships promote civil societies abroadFeb. 11, 2014
  • 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.

  • Williams keynote speaker at San Francisco Black History Month celebrationFeb. 9, 2014

    Chad Williams joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as a keynote speaker at the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society’s 2014 Black History Month kick off event.

  • Blackwell named Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Feb. 6, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, a national advocate for promoting economic and social equity for low-income people and communities of color, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis.

  • Study finds feeling in control may increase longevity Feb. 4, 2014

    People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education, according to a new study by Brandeis University and the University of Rochester. The study was published online in the journal of Health Psychology.

  • Venetian accounts book tells story of 18th-century Jewish communityJan. 31, 2014
  • 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.

  • ’DEIS Impact unites campus to pursue social justiceJan. 28, 2014

    The third annual ’DEIS Impact, Brandeis’ festival of social justice, kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31. The festival continues through Feb. 10 and will feature more than 50 events, including a keynote address by Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, as well as talks, workshops, performances, and exhibitions organized by students, faculty, clubs and academic departments.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Artist mines experience as member of 'blood generation'Jan. 21, 2014

    Using fabric, photographs, and wood, multi-disciplinary artist Lisa Rosowsky mines her experience as a member of the so-called 'second generation' – one who did not directly suffer or witness the horrors of the Holocaust, but in whom the 'blood memory' of her family's experience lives. Her work will be on exhibit in the Kniznick Gallery beginning Jan. 21.

  • 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.

  • Three reasons to raise the federal minimum wageJan. 16, 2014

    Lisa M. Lynch, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, shares her thoughts on the Fair Minimum Wage Act, proposed legislation that would incrementally raise the federal minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016.

  • Alum recalls meeting young MLK on campusJan. 14, 2014

    Campus will celebrate King’s life and work with the 9th-annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: 'For the Love of a Dream!' The event will be held on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

  • Sarna elected president of the Association for Jewish StudiesJan. 6, 2014

    Jonathan D. Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and chair of the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, was elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies at its annual meeting.

  • Brandeis condemns American Studies Association's boycottDec. 24, 2013
  • Allyala K. Nandakumar appointed to U.S. Agency for International Development Dec. 17, 2013

    Brandeis University professor Allyala K. Nandakumar has been appointed chief economist for global health in the Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Spotlight on the black experience in AmericaDec. 12, 2013
  • Campus mourns Nelson MandelaDec. 6, 2013

    Nelson Mandela, the 95-year-old former South African president who helped end apartheid, died yesterday, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and social justice. Brandeis students and faculty have always been closely aligned with Mandela and the campaign to promote human equality.

  • The Heller School’s Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy receives $2.9 million grantDec. 5, 2013

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to fund completion and launch diversitydatakids.org, the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database tool for finding data, policy information and analysis on the wellbeing of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • Engerman, Willrich tapped for endowed professorshipsDec. 4, 2013

    Michael Willrich has been named the Leff Families Professor of History and David Engerman the Ottilie Springer Professor of History.

  • Remembering Joachim Gaehde, professor emeritus of fine artsNov. 26, 2013

    Joachim Gaehde, a scholar of Carolingian illuminated manuscripts and the "eminence grise" of the department of fine arts, passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 92.

  • Put on your yarmulke, it's time for ThanksgivukkahNov. 25, 2013

    This year, Jewish Americans will be carving the Thanksgiving turkey and lighting the menorah on the same night. It’s the last time the two events will coincide for thousands of years to come. Rabbi Elyse Winnick '86 of the Brandeis University Interfaith Chaplaincy answered a few questions about this unusual confluence of celebrations.

  • Celebrating unsung heroesNov. 22, 2013

    At a celebratory 35th anniversary party and website launch Thursday, generations of women and men looked ahead and back at the founding of the women’s and gender studies program, and the cultural climate that led to it.

  • What is your generational moment?Nov. 21, 2013

    We all have that moment — that moment that imprints itself on the fabric of our lives and the lives of a whole generation. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, BrandeisNOW asked professors, students and alumni to share their generational moments.

  • Justice Brandeis Semester expands its offeringsNov. 19, 2013
  • The immortal Gettysburg AddressNov. 19, 2013

    English professor John Burt, author of the critically acclaimed 'Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism,' shares his thoughts on the Gettysburg Address, 150 years after its delivery.

  • Henry Grossman '58 to be profiled by '60 Minutes'Nov. 8, 2013

    As a young photographer during the early 1960s, Henry Grossman ’58 enjoyed unusual access to President John F. Kennedy and the Beatles. The photos he was able to capture — startling in their directness and intimacy, and many of them seldom seen — will be featured by '60 Minutes' in a segment that will air this Sunday, Nov. 10.

  • Seventy-five years later, Kristallnacht invokes national reflection Nov. 7, 2013

    On the night of November 9, 1938, Nazi thugs orchestrated attacks against nearly 1,000 synagogues and Jewish businesses across Germany and Austria. On the 75th anniversary of “the night of broken glass,” scholars still grapple with the ramifications of that watershed event.

  • The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation gives $5.25M to BrandeisNov. 4, 2013

    The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation awarded $5.25 million to fund a faculty chair and to strengthen programming at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.

  • Witches in the archives Oct. 31, 2013

    Among those treasures in the university archives are a number of history’s most famous works about demonology and witchcraft, exposing humankind’s deep fascination with the supernatural, and the tragic realities behind such beliefs.

  • Panic, presented by Welles Oct. 30, 2013

    Seventy-five years after the 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast, many wonder whether the hysteria it created could ever happen again. Professor of American studies Thomas Doherty offers his analysis.

  • Chad Williams: Africans in AmericaOct. 22, 2013
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