Category: Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 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
  • Strangers on the prairieOct. 18, 2013

    Karen Hansen, professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies, uncovers the complicated coexistence of Scandinavian and Native American families who lived side by side on a North Dakota Indian reservation around the turn of the 20th century.

  • Brandeis launches MS in Strategic AnalyticsOct. 16, 2013

    Graduate Professional Studies announced today it has launched a new Master of Science degree in strategic analytics. The online program is designed to harness the proliferation of data in all aspects of business using advanced analytic tools. With the advent of “big data,” businesses can reduce risk and improve performance through better-informed decision-making in areas such as revenue management, dynamic pricing and business modeling.

  • Ancient scrolls inspire new interdisciplinary research Oct. 15, 2013

    For the past six months, Brandeis University has partnered with the Museum of Science, Boston on the installation, “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,” a special exhibition that brings fragments of the scrolls and other artifacts from ancient Israel to the public eye. Tens of thousands of visitors from the Boston area and beyond have viewed the exhibition so far, and more are expected before it closes Oct 20.

  • Remapping your cultural cloutOct. 14, 2013

    When you live or work in another part of the world, you have to adapt your behavior to fit in, says Brandeis’ global dexterity expert. But you can also still be you. Andy Molinsky, associate professor of organizational behavior at Brandeis International Business School (IBS), spoke to students about cultural dexterity on Oct. 8 during Brandeis’ International Education Week.

  • Rare editions of Shakespeare's work in Archives and Special CollectionsOct. 11, 2013
  • The generation that eradicates poverty Oct. 10, 2013

    Poverty is simpler to stamp out than you may think, Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge told a packed Zinner Forum at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Tuesday night. The lecture was the first in a new series about social justice and human rights sponsored by the Heller School and numerous programs and departments.

  • Hundreds come out for inaugural Year in Service and Volunteer FairOct. 10, 2013
  • Brandeis grows 21st-century scholarship with African diaspora studiesOct. 10, 2013

    Brandeis University has launched a bold hiring initiative that reaffirms its historic commitment to social justice while expanding its reach as a global institution. This year Brandeis will seek to hire two faculty members as the first phase of a multi-year cluster hire initiative in African diaspora studies.

  • Discovered manuscript shows Marcuse’s evolutionOct. 9, 2013

    The recent unearthing of a draft of a classic text, 'One-Dimensional Man,' by former Brandeis politics professor Herbert Marcuse promises to spark the kind of heated debate among academics, students and fellow thinkers for which Marcuse, a Marxist, was legendary and, in some quarters (even at Brandeis), notorious.

  • New journal explores signs across cultures, disciplinesOct. 8, 2013

    Richard Parmentier, professor of anthropology and director of the graduate program in global studies, is the editor of a new journal, Signs and Society. It is funded by Hankuk University and published by the journals division of the University of Chicago Press. Parmentier recruited Brandeis English professor John Plotz and anthropologist Javier Urcid to join the Board of Editors.

  • Documents from Dead Sea Scrolls era show diversity of women’s rolesOct. 7, 2013

    Ancient documents written around the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls paint a lively picture of the positions of power and influence held by some Jewish and Christian women. So says Professor Bernadette J. Brooten, who skillfully wove together evidence from inscriptions, papyri and other sources to show that women in traditional cultures often held very nontraditional roles, in a lecture she presented on Oct. 2 at the Museum of Science.

  • Soli Sorabjee lecture to focus on food and cultureOct. 4, 2013

    The Fall 2013 Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies will feature a discussion led by author Aruna D’Souza on the relationship between food, cooking and colonialism in historic and contemporary India.

  • Building Bridges the Brandeis wayOct. 4, 2013

    A new student initiative to strengthen ties between black and Jewish undergraduates is about to take off — to Israel. Brandeis Bridges will send five black and five Jewish students to Israel to learn about coexistence firsthand in early January.

  • Burt and Gessel awarded named professorshipsOct. 1, 2013
  • Crown Center talk tackles Syrian conflictSept. 23, 2013

    The Crown Center for Middle East Studies will explore some of the complex and thorny questions surrounding the Syrian civil war in an annual kickoff event Sept. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library. It marks the first time the Crown Center has dedicated an opening discussion entirely to one issue.

  • Yearlong project a catalyst for rethinking revolutionSept. 23, 2013

    Revolutions have long been seen as pivot points in history. But scholars often examine these transformative moments from within the silos of their own specializations. That’s why two members of the Brandeis faculty, Jane Kamensky and Susan S. Lanser, proposed a yearlong interdisciplinary seminar, 'Rethinking the Age of Revolution: Rights, Representation and the Global Imaginary.' An inaugural symposium will be held Sept. 27.

  • Discuss and celebrate the Dead Sea ScrollsSept. 11, 2013

    On Oct. 20, the Museum of Science exhibition, 'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,' co-sponsored by Brandeis University, will close. Between now and then, Brandeis will host several events to discuss and celebrate the mystery, impact and importance of these ancient scrolls, discovered decades ago in a cave overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Life Decisions: Articles of Faith?Sept. 10, 2013

    PhD candidates Emily Sigalow, Michelle Shain and Meredith Bergey found that faith influences some traditionally secular decisions, such as choosing where to live or work, among Christians and other faith-based communities. They focused on four questions: How do religious principles influence career choice, marriage, place of residence, and number of offspring.

  • Scholar of race and gender honored with Gittler PrizeSept. 9, 2013

    Patricia Hill Collins, an eminent scholar and Brandeis alumna who has dedicated her career to understanding the intersections of race, gender and class, will receive the fifth annual Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize for lasting and outstanding contributions to racial, ethnic and religious relations.

  • Advocacy for Policy Change: Classroom to courtroomSept. 6, 2013

    Students are taking on the world in Professor Melissa Stimell’s class, Advocacy for Policy Change. The centerpiece of an Ethics Center initiative, students in the course conceive solutions to real-world injustices, with help from their professor and prominent guest lecturers. Students then take their fight to the State House and courts, and learn firsthand how to turn a bill into a law.

  • Chandler Rosenberger: The man in BratislavaSept. 3, 2013

    Most Americans probably cannot imagine the experience of cobbling together a democracy from the rubble of authoritarianism. But Chandler Rosenberger, assistant professor of international and global studies and sociology, doesn’t have to imagine. He experienced it first hand. This fall, he will leverage that experience in a new class about democracy hopes and practice in the United States, China and India.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author addresses new studentsAug. 29, 2013

    The Class of 2017 got their first real taste of academic life at the Helen and Phillip Brecher New Student Forum, where, like true Brandeisians, they posed challenging and thought-provoking questions to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones.

  • March on Washington: Dreams met and unfulfilledAug. 28, 2013

    Associate Professor Chad Williams, President Fred Lawrence and Jules Bernstein '57 recall the tumultuous years leading up to the historic March on Washington and its lasting impact. For many involved, Dr. King's dreams remain unrealized.

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