Category: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Roundtable addresses American Jewish community disengagement, offers solutionsNov. 23, 2015
Seven Brandeis professors and scholars shared their perspectives on the vitality of American Jewish faith, life and culture during a public discussion of a study — and a response to the study — that suggests the American Jewish community is becoming increasingly less engaged.
- Talking heads: what toilets and sewers tell us about ancient Roman sanitationNov. 19, 2015
In recognition of the United Nations declaring Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department of classical studies, writes in The Conversation that ancient Romans' sense of cleanliness and privacy around bathroom matters differs greatly from contemporary standards.
- Kevin Dupont ’16 has made the world his classroomNov. 16, 2015
After working for United Nations while studying abroad and traveling to Asia, Africa and Europe to study social media around the world, this Brandeis senior has truly global roots.
- Tending the congressional flock: Study examines House and Senate chaplain prayersNov. 13, 2015
Professor Wendy Cadge studied prayers by congressional chaplains and found they were more likely to ask for something of God than to give thanks.
- Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on the need for investigative journalismNov. 12, 2015
Brandeis screened the critically acclaimed film about the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese and hosted the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for a panel discussion.
- Video game industry critic Anita Sarkeesian talks tropes at BrandeisNov. 4, 2015
The founder of Feminist Frequency outlined some of the ways women are objectified in video games during a talk at Wasserman Cinematheque.
- Michael Walzer ’56 argues for states to include all communitiesNov. 4, 2015
In a lecture that examined socialism, nationalism and the Jewish state, Michael Walzer offered his thoughts on the obligations of a state toward the people living within its borders.
- Koloski-Ostrow to be honored nationally for contributions to archaeological educationNov. 2, 2015
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department of classical studies at Brandeis and co-director of the graduate MA program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
- Theaster Gates to be awarded prestigious Richman FellowshipOct. 28, 2015
The Chicago-based artist and social activist will visit campus and deliver a talk in March.
- Alum, former Sorensen fellow, returns to campus for mini-residencyOct. 27, 2015
Ariele Cohen ’99 shared the story of her transformative fellowship with current students
- Home Within: Kinan Azmeh’s Musical Prayer for SyriaOct. 23, 2015
MusicUnitesUS brings the Syrian composer to campus Oct. 26 to 31, with a performance at the Slosberg Music Center on Oct. 31.
- Brandeis Re:Joyces for Joyce Antler '63, a historian, activist, mentor and friendOct. 20, 2015
Joyce Antler's colleagues and students gathered for a weekend-long symposium to honor her life's work as a cultural historian, feminist and mentor.
- New faculty bring wide array of expertise to labs, classroomsOct. 14, 2015
Brandeis welcomed a robust group of scholars to campus this fall, one of the largest group of tenure-eligible faculty appointments in recent years.
- Echavarria, Graves shine the spotlight on an imperfect criminal justice systemOct. 13, 2015
Florence Graves and the students and staff of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism spent years working to free Angel Echavarria from a wrongful murder conviction. Graves recently spoke to Waltham High School students about his case.
- Martha Minow named winner of 2015-16 Gittler PrizeOct. 6, 2015
Minow, dean of Harvard Law School and an advocate for issues of social justice, civil rights, and education, will receive the medal and speak in an event at Brandeis in February.
- Lachman to Receive GSA’s 2015 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology AwardOct. 2, 2015
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Margie E. Lachman, PhD, of Brandeis University as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.
- Anita Hill's appointment as University Professor celebratedSept. 29, 2015
Hill, the seventh University Professor in Brandeis history, presented a lecture on bias and discrimination, and was feted at a reception.
- Brandeis students digging up Concord’s hidden historySept. 29, 2015
Professors offer their students a chance to get down and dirty at an archaeological dig site that seeks to uncover clues about a farm’s former inhabitants, from Native Americans to German prisoners of war.
- Studying abroad prepares students to be world citizensSept. 29, 2015
At the Office of Study Abroad's annual fair, students had the opportunity to learn about various academic programs around the world that promise to further enrich their four years of college.
- French-Canadian docudrama based on Fischer’s book wins a prix GémeauxSept. 25, 2015
David Hackett Fischer’s bestselling book “Champlain’s Dream” was the basis and inspiration for a French-Canadian docudrama series that won a prix Gémeaux, which is known as the Emmy Award of francophone Canada.
- 3-D learning channels the senses in Brandeis classroomsSept. 16, 2015
Brandeis professors from a wide array of academic disciplines — from the sciences, to the arts to the classical studies — are using 3-D printing technology to help their students learn in new and engaging ways.
- Crown Center for Middle East Studies celebrates 10 YearsSept. 10, 2015
An event that looked back on the center's founding and toward its bright future was held Sept. 8.
- Rose Art Museum fall season features Lisa Yuskavage, 60s pop art and moreSept. 3, 2015
The Rose opens for the fall Sept. 12. Check out a sampling from the exhibitions.
- Segal Fellows carry social justice torch, determined to make positive societal changeSept. 3, 2015
Six graduate and undergraduate students participated in summer internships focused on social justice and leadership as Segal Fellows, a program founded in memory of Eli Segal ’64.
- Noah Litwer '15 plants a seed at Prospect HillAug. 21, 2015
With a Davis Projects for Peace grant, Litwer has started two community gardens at the affordable housing development.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 years laterJuly 23, 2015
Professor Susan Parish of the Heller School for social policy and management offers her thoughts on the positive outcomes from the ADA as well as areas in which the law could be improved.
- Library & Technology Services program helps faculty to develop student information literacyJuly 15, 2015
Library & Technology Services has established a grant program to support faculty collaboration with librarians to build meaningful information literacy education into their classes.
- Iranian nuclear agreement: questions and politicsJuly 15, 2015
Nader Habibi, the Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East in the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, discusses the Iranian nuclear agreement and its potential impact on Iran and the Middle East and how it might affect the petroleum market.
- Representatives of Brandeis fly on El Al’s maiden Boston to Tel Aviv flightJuly 7, 2015
- Campus candlelight vigil honors Charleston shooting victimsJuly 6, 2015
Members of the Brandeis community gathered to remember the victims of the shootings in Charleston with a candlelight vigil.
- David Hackett Fischer wins Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime AchievementJune 30, 2015
The award recognizes Fischer's contributions to enriching the understanding of military history
- Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, what's next?June 26, 2015
Michael Doonan, director of the Master of Public Policy, program explains what the Supreme Court ruling means for the future of health care.
- #CharlestonSyllabus raises the conversation on shootingsJune 24, 2015
Brandeis Prof. Chad Williams created the hashtag to crowdsource books, films and educational materials to serve as a basis for an informed conversation on the shootings.
- David Ellenson to lead the Schusterman Center for Israel StudiesJune 22, 2015
Ellenson, an internationally renowned scholar of modern Judaism and academic leader, to begin serving as acting director of the center July 1.
- Racial and caste oppression have many similaritiesJune 22, 2015
The Heller School's Raj Sampath writes in The Conversation that in studying racial inequality in America and caste inequality in India, the story of one struggle for social justice can illuminate the pitfalls and prospects of success of another.
- Prof. Ilan Troen '63 elected president of the Association for Israel StudiesJune 17, 2015
Troen, the Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies, assumed the presidency June 3.
- Update: Schuster Institute’s dogged work exonerates man of wrongful murder convictionJune 16, 2015
After 21 years in prison, Angel Echavarria, who has maintained his innocence against a murder conviction for years, has been cleared of all charges.
- Study: Brandeis PhD in History program among most prestigiousJune 4, 2015
The program is among the best at producing tenure-track faculty.
- Hebrew College awards honorary doctorates to Brettler, ReinharzJune 2, 2015
Hebrew College recently presented honorary doctoral degrees to Marc Brettler and Shulamit Reinharz.
- Brandeis names Irving R. Epstein interim provostMay 28, 2015
Irving R. Epstein, who has served in a number of senior leadership positions at Brandeis, will become interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1.
- Kathryn Graddy: Putting a value on stolen artMay 27, 2015
Boston's latest case of missing art begs the question: does stolen artwork gain value once it's found? Brandeis International Business School professor and art auction expert Kathryn Graddy sits down with BrandeisNOW to help answer that question.
- Brandeis Magazine’s Spring issue has sprungMay 27, 2015
Pick up the current issue to read about Brandeis-educated curators who are shaking up the museum world. Meet Nadia Hashimi ’00, who writes novels that explore Afghanistan. Take a peek at how Brian Donahue ’82, MA’93, PhD’95, constructed a “slow-wood” house. And, in a Q&A with politics professor Jytte Klausen, learn what experts are discovering about domestic jihadism.
- Bateman wins Rabb School Outstanding Teacher AwardMay 20, 2015
Leanne Bateman, the academic program chair for the Project and Program Management and Strategic Analytics programs, has been the given this year's Rabb Outstanding Teacher Award and a $1,000 prize.
- Senior faculty research leaves awardedMay 20, 2015
Brandeis has awarded research leaves to four senior faculty members, providing them a semester free of teaching responsibilities and enabling them to focus on a scholarly or creative project.
- Jamaica Kincaid to humanities grads: 'Don't be afraid to wonder who you are'May 17, 2015
Renowned author provides address during the humanities diploma ceremony, challenges graduates to make society better and to live a full life.
- Yotam Ottolenghi explains the stories and traditions behind his cookbook, 'Jerusalem'May 17, 2015
Ottolenghi spoke at the Fellows and Trustees Breakfast before receiving an honorary degree during Brandeis’ commencement ceremony on Sunday.
- Allysha Roth's graduate addressMay 17, 2015
- Arts and Sciences honors four faculty membersMay 14, 2015
Eva Bellin, Isaac Krauss, Jennifer Cleary and Jané Kondev have all been honored by the School of Arts and Sciences with annually given faculty awards.
- Tavares hopes her path to becoming a college graduate inspires others May 12, 2015
After immigrating to the U.S. from Cape Verde at age 15, Lara Tavares '15 will graduate from Brandeis on May 17 and has her sights set on closing the nation's education gap.
- Leader-Scholar Communities bond over research projectsMay 7, 2015
First-year students recently presented their findings – and recommendations – from their year-long projects that focused on addressing societal issues.
- Sarna unveils his new book on Lincoln's interactions with JewsApril 30, 2015
Jonathan Sarna examines President Lincoln's relationships with Jewish people with co-author Benjamin Shapell in their book, "Lincoln and the Jews: A History."
- $4.5 million grants to boost hospital chaplain research literacyApril 27, 2015
Wendy Cadge is co-leader of a project, funded by two grants from the John Templeton Foundation, that will better equip hospital chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate and advocate for the spiritual care they provide.
- A Balancing Act: The Liberal Arts Research University in the 21st CenturyApril 27, 2015
Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence was joined by faculty for a discussion that celebrated his tenure and looked to the future.
- Julieanna Richardson '76 building something special with 'The HistoryMakers'April 23, 2015
Alumna has collected 9,000 hours of interviews for the oral history project, which has teamed with Brandeis for a grant.
- David Kertzer, PhD'74, wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Pope and Mussolini'April 22, 2015
For the second consecutive year, a Brandeis alumnus has won a Pulitzer Prize. This time, it was David Kertzer winning the Pulitzer Prize in biography for his book “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.”
- French students win International Video CompetitionApril 21, 2015
Students representing eight of the languages offered at Brandeis showed off their acting and foreign language speaking skills as they presented their short films.
- Anita Hill named University ProfessorApril 15, 2015
The Brandeis Board of Trustees unanimously voted to recognize Anita Hill, a senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, with a promotion to University Professor.
- Sharing stories of war and struggle leads to new friendships April 14, 2015
Students working in the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry uncover previously unknown, first-hand accounts about living in the Soviet Union before and after World War II.
- 2015 Richman Fellow Julian Bond visits campusApril 6, 2015
The civil rights leader presents keynote address, meets with students and the Brandeis community in a series of campus events.
- Lincoln and the Jews: A story of mutual respectApril 2, 2015
Professor Jonathan Sarna's new book takes us back in time and reveals how one of the most celebrated presidents of all-time helped make Jews equals in American society.
- Ancient cities destroyed by modern madnessApril 1, 2015
To date, militants in Northern Iraq have bulldozed at least two ancient cities and destroyed or looted hundreds of artifacts. Professor Tzvi Abusch discussed with BrandeisNOW the destruction of these sites and their impact our understanding of the ancient world.
- GRAMMY Foundation grant to support restoration of Lenny Bruce recordingsMarch 31, 2015
The historic recordings are extremely fragile and would be lost without restoration and reformatting.
- Former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering to speak at commencementMarch 30, 2015
Senior statesman is one of five honorary degree recipients being recognized for achievements in literature, international relations, dance and culinary culture.
- An online odyssey to better understand the BibleMarch 30, 2015
Marc Brettler eyes greater Biblical literacy among the public through his contributions to Bible Odyssey, an online source for academic perspectives on one of the most important books ever assembled.
- Former Miss World encourages sexual assault survivors to speak outMarch 25, 2015
Linor Abargil came to Brandeis to screen her documentary, "Brave Miss World," and speak to the community about eradicating rape and sexual assault.
- Using a 20th century murder to understand the history of evidenceMarch 24, 2015
New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore visited Brandeis to present her lecture "Foolproof: a brief history of evidence."
- Myra Kraft Transitional Year students celebrate the Stamp ActMarch 24, 2015
Students put on a performance and create an exhibit as part of History lecturer Craig Bruce Smith's course, "Preserving Boston's Past: Public History and Digital Humanities."
- Milford Graves headlining first Brandeis Improv FestivalMarch 23, 2015
The festival will bring together improvisers from all walks of life. It runs from March 27 to 29.
- Civil rights leader Julian Bond to visit campus March 31 to April 2 as Richman FellowMarch 23, 2015
The former Georgia state senator and chairman of the NAACP will be part of a series of events around campus during his visit.
- Sorensen Fellows prepare for summer journeysMarch 20, 2015
The eight Brandeis undergraduates will participate in internships around the globe this summer.
- Lilith Magazine archives added to special collectionsMarch 13, 2015
The Jewish feminism magazine's archives have been acquired by the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections.
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