Category: Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Sorensen Fellows reflect on summer journeysDec. 15, 2014

    The six fellows had internships that took them around the globe. They described their experiences in a recent presentation.

  • 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.

  • World of Work helps open doors for ambitious undergradsDec. 8, 2014

    The Hiatt Career Center program awards stipends for Brandeis students performing unpaid internships. For some students, it allows for opportunities that wouldn't have been possible.

  • Ku Klux Klan’s lasting legacy on the U.S. political systemDec. 4, 2014

    David Cunningham reports in a study that the Ku Klux Klan’s activities in the 1960s have had an enduring effect on U.S. politics.

  • 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 Brandeis research consortium promotes healthy aging through active livingDec. 1, 2014

    The National Institute on Aging awarded Brandeis University $1.5 million to lead a research consortium that will develop, test and promote healthy aging strategies.

  • 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.

  • ADHD pandemic causes researchers to fidgetNov. 18, 2014

    In a recent paper in the journal Social Science and Medicine, professor Peter Conrad and coauthor Meredith Bergey examined the growth of ADHD in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil.

  • 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.

  • Child Opportunity Index outlined at Health Affairs eventNov. 11, 2014

    Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy, was among a group of featured authors from the November issue of Health Affairs to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Errol Morris and director Vanessa Lapa talk 'The Decent One' after screeningNov. 10, 2014

    "The Decent One" is narrated by recently discovered letters by Heinrich Himmler, read in German by actors and translated into English subtitles. The letters chronicle Himmler's life, from his childhood to his death in 1945.

  • Ebola in West Africa: The outbreak's impact and a look to the futureNov. 6, 2014

    Public health physician and adjunct professor Theo J.C. Lippeveld and director of the PhD Program at the Heller School and Chief Economist of the Global Health Bureau for USAID Allyala K. Nandakumar talked about Ebola in West Africa last week.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marty Krauss appointed Heller School's interim deanOct. 23, 2014

    President Frederick M. Lawrence and Provost-elect Lisa M. Lynch have named Marty Krauss PhD '81, a renowned expert in intellectual disabilities, as interim dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

  • 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

    Associate Professor of Asian Art Aida Yuen Wong will deliver a lecture in New York City on costume reform and Korean modernization as part of the AHL Foundation's 2014 public lecture series.

  • 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.

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