Category: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Educator examines quality of parental involvementJune 11, 2013
Speaking at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education’s lunch seminar, Marci Borenstein, director of Brandeis' Office of High School Programs, shared frameworks and findings from an 18-month ethnographic study of immigrant parent involvement in two elementary schools in New York City
- Alum brings 'Seinfeld' characters into 21st centuryJune 6, 2013
What if 'Seinfeld' were still on the air? That’s a question Josh Gondelman ’07 and his friend Jack Moore posed to each other one lazy Sunday afternoon. The result: @SeinfeldToday, a Twitter profile that now boasts more than 588,000 followers, and offers a variety of possible answers to the question.
- Research council honors Hadassah-Brandeis InstituteJune 6, 2013
The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) has given its Research and Scholarship Award for 2013 to the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The award recognizes recent outstanding research and the production of knowledge built on theoretical perspectives that advance understanding of the experiences of women and/or girls in society. The council also honored HBI founder Shulamit Reinharz.
- History of Holocaust literature explores genreJune 4, 2013
A two-part guide to Holocaust literature recently published by Brandeis University Press explores the definition of the genre and includes both well-known and obscure pieces of writing. It took David Roskies '69, PhD '75 and Naomi Diamant nearly three years to complete.
- Families and Work Institute to honor BarnettJune 3, 2013
Rosalind Barnett of the Women's Studies Research Center has written well over 100 articles and is currently finishing her ninth book. Her work is particularly focused on how gender stereotypes affect women in every stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, from classrooms to boardrooms.
- Students learn international court from the insideMay 28, 2013
How international trials work in practice has been the focus of two Brandeis students studying in The Hague this past semester. Both Haleigh Brockman ’14 and Amelia Katan ’15 are spending April and May as interns at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Remembering Emeritus Professor of Music, Harold ShaperoMay 18, 2013
Classical music composer, pianist and longtime professor of music at Brandeis University, Harold Shapero, died in his sleep on May 17, following complications from pneumonia. He was 93.
- Memory of Abraham Maslow faded, not forgottenMay 14, 2013
Walk into his former office in the Brown Center for Social Sciences and you’ll find nothing of Abraham Maslow. There is no plaque, no picture, not even a doorstop marking the place where one of the world’s most influential psychologists did his most important work. But some say it's not too late to honor the man and his contributions.
- Right-wing radicalism conference leads to a bookMay 9, 2013
- Medicine Wheel Productions to honor CohenMay 9, 2013
- Marc Brettler elected to American Academy for Jewish ResearchMay 7, 2013
- Peace Corps veterans beat path to Heller School doorMay 7, 2013
Brandeis ranks fifth in the nation on the Peace Corps’ list of top Coverdell Fellows programs, though it only began participating in the fellowship two years ago. Currently, 27 returned Peace Corps volunteers are studying at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
- Photographer donates Israel then-and-now collectionMay 6, 2013
Photographer Dan Tassel has been collecting and shooting photographs of the Middle East for decades, and recently donated some of what he's amassed to the Robert D. Farber Archives & Special Collections, in the hopes students can put them to use.
- Kansas State students win Generous U competitionMay 2, 2013
- Callahan lecturers say entitlement reform a mustMay 1, 2013
Panel members addressed the reason for the Social Security crisis, the failure of the political system to fix Medicare funding problems, and the resulting accumulation of debt with which future generations will have to deal.
- Brandeis-Israel research collaborations announcedApril 29, 2013
Five faculty projects have won funding for the second year of the Bronfman Brandeis-Israel Research Collaboration, which was set up to encourage projects of scholarly merit between Brandeis faculty and faculty at Israeli universities.
- Chinese, Russian language students win multilingual video contestApril 29, 2013
- Five Heller students are finalists for Presidential, Fulbright and Boren fellowshipsApril 29, 2013
- Unconventional approach speeds Chinese fluencyApril 29, 2013
Yu Feng, an associate professor of Chinese, devised a method of teaching the language that doesn’t require students to write characters at the outset, as the conventional approach demands. Feng’s method promotes speaking fluency as students learn a system of simplified Chinese characters, known as Pinyin.
- Ceremony to celebrate service, social justiceApril 26, 2013
The Department of Community Service will host the fourth annual Celebration of Service and Commitment to Service Award Ceremony on Monday, April 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Sherman Function Hall.
- Professors discuss import of Dead Sea ScrollsApril 25, 2013
Professor of Biblical Studies Marc Brettler told the audience in Rapaporte Treasure Hall that the scrolls are 'missing links' that have opened the way to learning about the Second Temple and early Christian periods. Others spoke of the importance of scientific techniques for studying antiquity.
- Ibrahim Sundiata to be celebrated at retirementApril 24, 2013
The sly humor, gentility and self-deprecation that are hallmarks of Sundiata style will be on offer Friday afternoon when colleagues, students and alumni gather from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall to celebrate Sundiata's long and distinguished career.
- First Brandeis multilingual video festival is April 25April 23, 2013
- The Hague puts students' classroom learning to testApril 23, 2013
Can the international community really put a sitting president on trial for serious crimes? As Brandeis students studying in The Hague have learned, international justice presents a bold mix of politics and law.
- Rob Romasco '69 to join Lynch, Altman and Kotlikoff for Heller forumApril 22, 2013
- Dead Sea Scrolls come alive at Brandeis April 23April 18, 2013
Students and other members of the Brandeis community are invited to sample food from the era and learn about the scrolls, their political and social context and the science of artifacts from the ancient world. 5 p.m. Tuesday in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
- Program to commemorate Warsaw ghetto uprisingApril 18, 2013
At Brandeis, the anniversary will be marked with a program of Yiddish songs and diary texts on Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Participants include literary scholar Susanne Klingenstein MA ‘83, pianist Eugenia Gerstein, mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux and Dr. Kathy Lawrence.
- On the role of the artist in promoting social changeApril 15, 2013
Yishay Garbasz’ multimedia art works explore trauma, identity, memory and gender. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, including at the 2010 Busan Biennale in South Korea. Her first public program at Brandeis is at 12:30 p.m. April 16.
- Robin Feuer Miller wins Guggenheim in HumanitiesApril 12, 2013
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Robin Feuer Miller, PhD, the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities, a fellowship to complete a book project on two towering figures of the 19th-century Russian novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy.
- Learn to change the world at Sorensen Fellowship info sessionApril 12, 2013
- Paul Anastas, father of green chemistry, says world on an unsustainable courseApril 10, 2013
- Women in Israel: From back of bus to top of agendaApril 9, 2013
Anat Hoffman has been detained by police many times in the course of her decades-long crusade for social justice, during which she has repeatedly confronted gender segregation and discrimination at Jerusalem’s Western Wall and elsewhere.
- Scholars to examine acceptance of gay marriageApril 7, 2013
The discussion will feature professors Nancy Cott of Harvard, Jennifer Evans of Carleton University in Canada, Bruno Perreau of MIT, Florence Tamagne of the University of Lille in France, David Patternotte of Universite Libre of Belgium and Axel Hochrein of the Federal Association of Gays and Lesbians in Germany.
- Global terrorism class to get visit from American Islamic CongressApril 4, 2013
- Sara Shostak explores human, environmental health issuesMarch 28, 2013
As the public struggles to make sense of how chemicals in the environment affect our health, major changes are underway in environmental health science and regulation. Sara Shostak explores decades of environmental science research and policy-making in her new book.
- Kathy Schultz: Teachers should rethink meaning of student silenceMarch 22, 2013
- Gideon will be revisited, 50 years after decisionMarch 15, 2013
On March 18, 50 years to the day after the decision was handed down in Gideon v. Wainwright, President Fred Lawrence and a distinguished panel of legal thinkers will discuss progress and the unmet challenges of providing legal representation for those who can afford it least.
- Brazil's Balancing Act: Panel looks at competing interestsMarch 14, 2013
- Brandeis on White House honor roll for community service commitmentMarch 13, 2013
- Latin American and Latino Studies celebrates 50 yearsMarch 11, 2013
Fifty years after its founding, the Latin American and Latino Studies program will bring three of its distinguished alumni back to campus to celebrate its history and accomplishments with a discussion and screening on March 13 and 14.
- Panel to address refugees seeking asylum in IsraelMarch 10, 2013
Both a Brandeis-Genesis Institute For Russian Jewry (BGI) fellow and a Hiatt Scholar working with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Dina Kapengut '14 was cooked up a panel sponsored by both programs: 'Citizens of Nowhere: African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Modern Day Israel.' The event will be held March 12 at 5:45 p.m.
- Retired US Air Force officer to speak on counter-terrorismMarch 8, 2013
- Mock classes advance student group's push for Korean language instruction March 8, 2013
- Russian Culture Week brings food, music, moreMarch 6, 2013
From traditional cuisine to an authentic Russian dance party, this week of evening events will showcase Brandeis’ high Russian population – one of the largest in the Boston area. Talent show will benefit blind students in Russia.
- Lisa M. Lynch reappointed dean of Heller SchoolMarch 5, 2013
A former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Lynch is an internationally recognized scholar on employment issues who led the creation of the Heller School's new strategic plan. The appointment is for a five-year term.
- Gloria White-Hammond to deliver Ruth First lectureMarch 4, 2013
An impassioned advocate for women and children from Boston to South Sudan, White-Hammond will speak about her major initiatives at the annual talk dedicated to the memory of First, a heroine of the South African freedom struggle.
- Panel to consider Brazil's economic, environmental concernsMarch 4, 2013
- Museum of Science staff to outline scrolls openingsMarch 4, 2013
Opportunities for students to work on the upcoming 'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times' exhibition at the Museum of Science in Boston will be outlined in an information session with representatives of the museum on Wednesday, March 6.
- Generous U competition is growing exponentiallyMarch 3, 2013
The Heller's School's Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy created the contest for college and graduate students across the United States to encourage social justice philanthropy. The winning team gets $5,000 towards its club or organizational mission.
- Fellows building bridges, serving India's needsMarch 1, 2013
The Brandeis-India Initiative's fellowship program annually sends student ambassadors to India to work on social justice oriented projects and strengthen the university's ties with parents, alumni, educational institutions and organizations there. An information session about the fellowship is scheduled for March 6; deadline for applying for the next group of fellows is March 22.
- Heller study finds public policy widens wealth gapFeb. 27, 2013
New research by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy unearths the dramatic gap in household wealth existing along racial lines in the United States. Researchers say the gap cannot be attributed to personal ambition and behavioral choices, but rather reflects policies and institutional practices that create different opportunities for whites and African-Americans.
- Sounds from Arab Lands celebrates musical fusionsFeb. 25, 2013
'REMIX: New Sounds from Arab Lands' will come to campus this week for a three-day residency as part of the MusicUnitesUS program, which promotes the understanding and appreciation of other cultures through music. REMIX brings together distinguished performers and composers from Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia who create music inspired by the cultural heritage of the Arab lands.
- Students teach healthy habits to next generationFeb. 22, 2013
Brandeis students have partnered with civic group Healthy Waltham in a variety of ways through the years, often working with local youth to teach them healthy habits.
- Prince of Jordan speaks on future of criminal justiceFeb. 20, 2013
In a lecture, 'Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice,' hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan delved deeply into the question of how men and women seek to restore their humanity in the wake of genocide and other atrocities.
- 'Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism' looks at the president's moral evolutionFeb. 16, 2013
- Burt draws accolades for ‘Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism’Feb. 14, 2013
Burt spent over two decades working on his book, which has also been the basis of his coursework: Examining 19th-century political oratory and asking how a political culture founded on deal-making and compromise comes to terms with conflicts over moral issues where deal-making and compromise may be scorned, as in the final debates over slavery preceding the Civil War
- Proust's letters to his editor, publisher highlighted with Close Looking eventFeb. 12, 2013
- Class project evolves into fully staged documentaryFeb. 6, 2013
The actors dug into the history of the Vietnam era, examining archival documents, records, newspaper articles and interviews shared with them by Julian Seltzer '15 and Amanda Stern '15, the students who developed the production from a dramatic reading to a full production.
- Heller team competes for $1 million in quest for social goodFeb. 5, 2013
- Gender-rights expert says systemic changes neededJan. 31, 2013
The inaugural Anita Hill Annual Lecture in Gender Studies brought sexual rights and gender-based violence expert Juhu Thukral to campus to speak about the need for systemic changes in how we solve problems of gender-based violence, exploitation and trafficking.
- 'DEIS Impact festival explores questions of social justiceJan. 28, 2013
What is social justice? Members of the Brandeis community will have the opportunity to explore that question for themselves as ’DEIS Impact 2013, the university's annual festival of social justice, will be held Feb. 1 to 11 at locations around campus.
- Slifka-Malkin Scholars to speak on peaceful coexistence at Walden ForumJan. 28, 2013
- Women's Studies Research Center celebrates women making musicJan. 28, 2013
The Women and Music Mix, a group of musician-scholars within the Women’s Studies Research Center, in collaboration with numerous dignitaries of the Boston music scene, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Judith Tick’s groundbreaking anthology, 'Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950' with a concert and talk on Sunday Feb. 3.
- MS program helps people understand genetic factsJan. 27, 2013
Who is at risk of developing life-altering diseases, and how can they process the results if the future looks threatening? Genetic counselors analyze inheritance patterns and risk for recurrence, discuss options, and provide counseling to families.
- Traveling lecture series named for Anita Hill starts on Jan. 30Jan. 25, 2013
Inspired by last year's 'Anita Hill 20 Years Later' conference, feminist activist group Soapbox Inc. is sponsoring a new traveling lecture series dubbed the 'Anita Hill Annual Lecture on Gender Justice.' Brandeis will host the inaugural lecture by Juhu Thukral, director of law and advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda.
- MLK event focuses on our duty to Dr. King's dreamJan. 22, 2013
Herman W. Hemingway ’53 bracketed his Martin Luther King Day keynote address with the poetry of Langston Hughes, evoking first a grim consideration on what happens when a dream is unrealized and finishing with a heartfelt expression of dreaming’s necessity.
- Trustee's gift establishes Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Jan. 17, 2013
- Hemingway '53, brother of King, shared the dreamJan. 17, 2013
Herman W. Hemingway '53, the first black man to graduate Brandeis, and who worked to further the cause of social justice and fight racial prejudice,will return to campus Monday, Jan. 21, as keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Day observances.
- Brandeis University Press authors win book awardsJan. 15, 2013
The Jewish Book Council has announced the 2012 National Jewish Book Award winners, two of whom are Brandeis University Press authors. This is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature, which recognizes outstanding books of Jewish interest.
- Jordanian prince to speak on future of international criminal justiceJan. 15, 2013
- Student in Sustainable International Development Program works in BoliviaJan. 15, 2013
- Schuster, PBS, WGBH reporting on slaveryJan. 14, 2013
Joint effort involves public radio series on present-day slavery and leading abolitionists, as well as investigations and essays by affiliates of Brandeis' Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, collected under the theme “Investigating Slavery Now and Then.”
- Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit to create opportunitiesJan. 14, 2013
The exhibition, created by the Israel Antiquities Authority, will include fragments from 20 of the Dead Sea scrolls and more than 500 artifacts. It is scheduled to open on May 19 and to continue until mid-October.
- New courses: Memory, music and digital humanitiesJan. 10, 2013
Memory Architecture, African American Military History and Introduction to Digital Humanities are among the 57 new courses being offered at Brandeis this spring. Professors Talinn Grigor, Chad Williams and John Unsworth offered some thoughts on their upcoming classes.
- MLK Day to feature Herman Hemingway, Chad WilliamsJan. 7, 2013
The 8th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial “The Duty of A Dream!” will take place on Monday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. The keynote speaker, Herman Hemingway ‘53, is the first black man to graduate from Brandeis, and was a fraternity brother and mentee of Dr. King’s.
- Alain Lempereur teaches students to wage peaceDec. 21, 2012
The Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution, who came to Brandeis in 2011 to run the master's program, says people must be trained as professionals just as warriors are trained.
- Lansing receives modern language awardDec. 19, 2012
Richard Lansing, professor of Italian studies and comparative literature, received the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Publication Award for the manuscript entitled, 'Dante’s Lyrics: Poems of Youth and the Vita Nuova.' Lansing is the editor of 'The Dante Encyclopedia,' among other publications.
- Sorensen Fellows to discuss wide range of experiencesDec. 11, 2012
A unique opportunity for sophomores and juniors to integrate coursework with summer internships in the United States and overseas, the fellowships are open to students in any major and include a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.
- New programs available for Justice Brandeis SemesterDec. 4, 2012
- Bunnies: A cute, elusive route to online community?Dec. 4, 2012
Sarah Bierman ’14, creator of the outdoor installation titled “There are Bunnies Everywhere,” says she hopes to evoke from viewers the thoughts she has when she sees bunnies throughout campus at night: cute but elusive. Bierman says she also sees her project as a metaphor for many human experiences.
- Marusic awarded Marie Curie Fellowship for philosophy researchDec. 4, 2012
- 'Doroga' helps connect actors, audiences with pastDec. 3, 2012
Using theater as a tool, The Lost & Found Project aims to connect a group of Russian-Jewish actors with their roots. The play, 'Doroga,' written by the cast as vignettes, helps audiences connect to their roots as well. The troupe will gives its only Boston-area performance in the Shapiro Theater Saturday.
- Segal Fellowship offers experience, networkingDec. 2, 2012
As the architect of the AmeriCorps program, Eli Segal built a legacy of commitment to community. Following his death in 2006, family members and the Clinton Family Foundation created the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis.
- Gittler Prize winner says inequality at longtime highNov. 29, 2012
Following his acceptance of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Stanford Sociology Professor Doug McAdam said income inequality in America is currently more extreme than at any other time since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and is continuing to increase.
- Brandeis debate team ranked 2nd in US and aiming for the top Nov. 26, 2012
The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society has reached its highest ranking to date, and has three times been voted the club other teams' members would want to join. With its top-notch reputation, members hope the club will continue to expand.
- Nemzoff offers families tips on holiday challengesNov. 20, 2012
It’s the time of year when a single table in one home may very well be shared by turkey lovers and vegans, war protesters and NRA cardholders, the amicable and the austere. Ruth Nemzoff, a resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center shares ways to foster family relationships with tips from her new book.
- Marusic awarded Humboldt research fellowship Nov. 20, 2012
- Adamia, Van Buren and Odenheimer win Karpf and Hahn peace awardsNov. 19, 2012
- Elizabeth Stoker '13 wins Marshall ScholarshipNov. 19, 2012
A native of Arlington, Texas, Stoker has earned a near-perfect GPA while pursuing a double major in English and sociology and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic studies. During her first semester, she founded the Brandeis: Be Our Guest program, which allows students to donate meal plan guest meals to be cooked and served at a homeless shelter in Waltham. She has been deeply involved in community service activities throughout her Brandeis career.
- Mandel Center celebrates 10th anniversary with colloquiumNov. 12, 2012
- Gittler Prize winner to speak on race and inequalityNov. 12, 2012
A professor of sociology and director of urban studies at Stanford University, McAdam is the author of two books on the civil rights movement. He will deliver the Gittler Prize lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
- Blog features Josse Collection of Holy Land MapsNov. 12, 2012
- Stein to deliver war diaries performanceNov. 12, 2012
In 1994, Susan Stein purchased Etty Hillesum’s letters and diaries at a yard sale. Stein later based her one-woman play, 'Etty,' on the material, which she’ll perform on campus Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. The diaries were kept during Nazi occupation by Hillesum, a young Jewish woman from Amsterdam. The play will be followed with an interdepartmental discussion.
- Why America's working moms love MondaysNov. 8, 2012
The conventional wisdom is that Monday morning is a downer after the freedom and fun of the weekend, but that's not what mothers of young children told Hadassah-Brandeis Institute's Michelle Cove during her year of research for her new book, 'I Love Mondays.'
- Class investigated funding of controversial state labNov. 5, 2012
Students from last spring’s 'Advocacy for Policy Change' class were taken aback recently when the state lab for which they were lobbying was thrust into a maelstrom of controversy after an employee allegedly falsified criminal drug tests. Was the testing disaster that affected 1,140 prison inmates a result of insufficient funding, which they had been working to change, or the responsibility of a rogue technician?
- Herbert, Kuttner say war on poverty is being lostNov. 4, 2012
At the close of a Brandeis conference marking the 50th anniversary of Michael Harrington's 'Poverty in America,' former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert said that government intervention is needed immediately to help reverse the economic decline of some 100 million people.
- Shteyngart, great 21st century satirist, here todayNov. 2, 2012
This Leningrad-born, New York-bred literary phenom always seems to be in character, and his character is profane, ironic, comedic, melancholic, sarcastic, satirical…. The list goes on. He'll be reading his work in Rapaporte Treasure Hall at 4:45 p.m. Monday.
- Michael Sandel '75 to speak at JustBooks eventOct. 30, 2012
The renowned Brandeis alumnus will address morality in the world of money and markets. He is appearing as a guest lecturer for the JustBooks First Year Seminar program, which provides an opportunity for students to work on critical thinking, close reading, analytical writing and oral argument.
- Rose exhibit catalyst for peacebuilding explorationsOct. 30, 2012
Dor Guez, the artist behind The Rose Art Museum exhibit '100 Steps to the Mediterranean' will be joined in conversation tonight at 6 p.m. by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Peacebuilding and the Arts program and Dabney Hailey, director of academic programs at the Rose. Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, will moderate the discussion.
- Race and gender forum today at the ICCOct. 30, 2012
Race and gender have intersected repeatedly during the course of the 2012 election season. How they have shaped the strategies of the candidates and informed their public policies is the subject of of forum today organized by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at 5 p.m. at the Inter-Cultural Center.
- Poverty in America, 50 years after Harrington bookOct. 29, 2012
A symposium Thursday at the Heller School will assess poverty conditions in the United States on the anniversary of the 1962 publication of Michael Harrington's 'The Other America,' which challenged prevailing views of that era. Robert Kuttner and Bob Herbert will help.
- 'Voltaire and Frederick' looks at lives in lettersOct. 19, 2012
The pen-pal friendship between the French Enlightenment philosopher and the ruler of Prussia spanned almost half a century. A play based on their exchanges will be performed at Brandeis Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandel Humanities Center Atrium.
- Race and gender in 2012 campaign is focus of panelsOct. 19, 2012
Race and gender have intersected repeatedly during the course of the 2012 election season, though the candidates rarely speak of either subject. The department of African and Afro-American Studies has organized two forums on how race and gender issues have shaped campaign strategies.
- German-American Campus Week returns for second yearOct. 16, 2012
- Conference honors breadth of Lewis S. Feuer's workOct. 16, 2012
A hundred years after his birth and a decade after his death, Brandeis will honor the life and work of scholar Lewis Feuer with a conference Wednesday. His collection is one of the largest held at the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections.
- Hamid focuses on personal side of global themesOct. 14, 2012
The author brings to life people at numerous strata of the globalizing world, from families in hard-scrabble rural villages, to ennui-ridden twenty-somethings sliding toward failure, to people who are 'making it' but don’t like what they've become along the way.
- Mellon Foundation to fund a Revolutionary seminarOct. 14, 2012
The Brandeis-based seminar, led by Professors Jane Kamensky and Susan S. Lanser, will bring together area scholars focusing on the American, French and Haitian revolutions of the late 18th Century. Several public events are planned.
- Larson investigates military substance abuse Oct. 12, 2012
US military have experienced significant drug and alcohol abuse problems historically and in the recent Iraqi and Afghani wars. To better understand the problem, and what can be done to curb it, the Department of Defense asked the Institute of Medicine to analyze current policies and programs.
- Accordionist, singer tells Berlin's story in songOct. 10, 2012
Annika Krump, an accordionist and singer from Berlin, will perform a new program at Chum's Coffee House on Thursday, Oct. 11, taking audiences on a journey through the Berlin of the last 100 years. With help from chansons made famous by cabaret singers, Krump will tell the city's story from the Weimar Republic to the present.
- Information session offered for Segal program public-service internshipsOct. 5, 2012
- Social justice and Judaism at heart of Aylon's workOct. 5, 2012
Artist Helène Aylon is known for iconoclastic performance-art pieces. Themes of social and environmental justice are at the heart of her work, but just as integral to her vision is her identity as a Jewish woman. Aylon's career and her new memoir, 'Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Orthodox Jewish Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist,' will be celebrated at the Rose Art Museum Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
- Justice Brandeis Semester intense and rewardingOct. 3, 2012
Through the Justice Brandeis Semester, students explore a thematic topic through a combination of classroom and hands-on work. Students not only learn by doing, they also make lasting connections in their chosen field. Three years out, the program is flourishing, and new offerings are expected for the spring and summer of 2013.
- Provost Steve Goldstein on medical and scientific researchOct. 2, 2012
- Politics as usual, with Dan KryderOct. 1, 2012
- Lydia Kann Nettler’s forests of paper tell storiesSept. 28, 2012
The Western Massachusetts-based artist creates site-specific installations of sculptural and charcoal-drawn forest scenes that explore the impact of being the child of a Holocaust survivor, single parenthood, mental illness, and poverty. Opening Oct. 1 at the Women’s Studies Research Center.
- From Mars to Gothic novels, Sherman's podcasts deliverSept. 28, 2012
David Sherman says literary studies brings up fundamental questions and exciting problems that make the pleasure we take in reading a novel or a poem much richer. His passion inspired him to create a series of interviews with literary critics and scholars that can now be downloaded on itunes.
- Antony Polonsky wins prize for work on Polish historySept. 20, 2012
For his three-volume monograph, 'The Jews in Poland and Russia,' Professor Antony Polonsky has received the Pro Historia Polonorum Prize for best recent Polish history written in a foreign language from the Polish Senate. Polonsky, the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, accepted the honor in Krakow this month.
- Obama nominates Unsworth to National Council on the HumanitiesSept. 19, 2012
- Researcher of contentious politics wins Gittler PrizeSept. 11, 2012
Stanford sociologist and urban studies director Doug McAdam has studied civil-rights volunteers, Teach for America 'graduates' and the relationship between religious and civic activity in Chicago neighborhoods -- often with unexpected results.
- Special exhibit examines campus' previous occupantSept. 10, 2012
For nearly two decades, 415 South Street was home to Middlesex University, a medical and veterinary school. That school's battle for accreditation ended in defeat, but its legacy continues. Alumni of Middlesex and their families will attend an exhibit Wednesday to pay homage.
- A personal look at one family's 'Desert Roots'Sept. 6, 2012
Mitra Shavarini, a lecturer in the Women's and Gender Studies and Peace, Conflict and Coexistence programs, will give a talk on the impetus for writing her newly published book on her parents' immigration to America and return to Iran on Friday at 5 p.m. in the Laurie Theater. Music and improv performances will explore themes of the book and reactions to the talk.
- Alternatives to Medicare’s fee for service examined
Sept. 5, 2012
For years policymakers have attempted to replace Medicare’s fee-for-service payment system with approaches that pay one price for an aggregation of services. Stuart Altman and Robert Mechanic will discuss the challenges behind this program at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
- Student NGO promotes health care as human rightSept. 4, 2012
Taking lessons from Brandeis classrooms and putting them into play on the frontiers of healthcare infrastructure development, a student-run NGO supports health care as a human right and send volunteers to Timor Leste.
- Myanmar removes Schuster fellows from blacklistAug. 31, 2012
- Reflections on a summer interning, grantmakingAug. 20, 2012
A rising senior got started exploring social justice and repairing the world in a Brandeis class that was given $10,000 to make grants to nonprofit organizations. She spent the summer getting further into grantmaking with the Jewish Teen Philanthropy Network. This fall, she returns to campus to TA in the course where she started.
- Hadassah-Brandeis Institute concludes 13th summer internship programAug. 6, 2012
- Book series bringing US, Mideast into Jewish canonAug. 2, 2012
Two volumes – one featuring the writings of Moses Mendelssohn, the other recapturing Jewish thinking on race – have already been published. Two more volumes are due out in the coming academic year and a half dozen more are in the pipeline of the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought.
- Wendy Cadge on spirituality, religion and medicineJuly 27, 2012
Sociologist Wendy Cadge does not count rosary beads, daven or meditate, though she has gone to great lengths to research them all, including living in Sri Lanka where she immersed herself in Buddhism. Her new book, “Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine,” explores how today’s doctors and hospitals address prayer, religion and spirituality.
- Six recent alumni receive Fulbright grantsJuly 24, 2012
Six recent alumni – Jesse Appel '12, Daniel Servando Chavez '10, Skye Fishbein '12, Olivia Edelman '12, Rachel Klein '12 and Kelsey Grab '12 – will all pursue their passions abroad with Fulbright grants for the 2012 to 2013 academic year.
- The 2012 Sorensen Fellows report from the fieldJuly 23, 2012
As the 2012 Sorensen Fellows grapple with harsh realities around the world, they report from the field on political conflict, religious tolerance, the arts and coexistence, the legacy of genocide and environmental and economic development. They'll process those experiences in an 'Internship in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence' seminar in the fall.
- Saxe to be honored for studies of American Jewry July 19, 2012
- Teachers-to-be get their hands on therapy dogsJuly 18, 2012
Master of arts in teaching students, just days away from graduation, got a treat from their professor on Tuesday. Leandra Elion invited Laura Rice and her three certified therapy dogs for some play time in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Center atrium, which was intended to help relax students before their final presentations.
- Study examines autism law, financial burdensJuly 16, 2012
Families who have children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with expensive health care needs. But these costs can be markedly different if they live in Massachusetts or Maine. A new study looks at the effectiveness of these so-called parity laws in reducing families’ financial burdens.
- Awards support student summer advocacy work July 9, 2012
Four Brandeis students have been awarded $1,000 each to work on advocacy projects this summer. Topics range from domestic violence issues and reproductive choice to clean water and food security. Awards are a component of Advocacy for Policy Change, an initiative launched by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
- Four accomplished journalists named Schuster Institute senior fellowsJune 28, 2012
- Supreme Court rules on healthcare, with Stuart AltmanJune 28, 2012
- Tumen exhibition expresses passion for Jewish narrativeJune 28, 2012
Zachary Albert, who received a master's degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies this spring, became involved with Holocaust survivors and museum narratives of their stories as the result of a sixth-grade field trip.
- Stuart Altman to be featured guest on NPR's 'On Point' with Tom AshbrookJune 26, 2012
- Hadassah-Brandeis Institute welcomes interns for summer 2012June 26, 2012
- Senior faculty leaves focus on technology, societiesJune 26, 2012
Four members of the Brandeis faculty have been granted leaves for the spring semester to work on their individual scholarship. Projects range from research on Church and society in imperial Russia to Roman thinking about technology, engineering and art.
- Williams to chair African and Afro-American StudiesJune 24, 2012
Chad Williams, an associate professor at Hamilton College and instructor at the W.E.B. Scholars Institute, is an authority on African-American military and political environments of the World War I era. He will begin his new post in July.
- Exploring the hows and whys of Birthright IsraelJune 22, 2012
Taglit-Birthright Israel is by all measures the most successful Israel-encounter program ever for young American Jews. Brandeis scholars have studied it from its beginnings 12 years ago.
- 'Acting Together on the World Stage' creators honored with Telly AwardJune 20, 2012
- Morrie program to air on WGBH Sunday, June 24 June 19, 2012
More than 15 years has passed since Morrie Schwartz, the Brandeis sociology professor, who suffered from ALS, shared lessons about his imminent death with Ted Koppel. Cokie Roberts covered the historical meetings in the show 'Morrie,' which will air on WGBH Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m.
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