Category: International Affairs
- 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.
- Poetic justiceNov. 22, 2013
For Richard Blanco, known to many as President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, the story begins much further back than a phone call from the commander in chief. The youngest person, first Latino and first openly gay man to assume the honor, Blanco debuted at Brandeis his new book, 'For All of Us, One Today' (Beacon Press, 2013), which chronicles the life-changing experience.
- Music From China balances contemporary, traditionalNov. 20, 2013
Contrast. Balance. Yin and yang. That’s how Susan Cheng, founding member of the ensemble Music From China, describes Chinese music. But it’s just as apt a description of the two concerts they’ll perform at Brandeis this week as part of a MusicUnitesUS residency.
- 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.
- Korean, 'Brandeis-style'Oct. 28, 2013
This fall, the university’s first-ever Korean language course, Korean 10A, launched, exceeding enrollment limits in a couple of hours thanks to the popularity of Korean pop music.
- 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.
- 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.
- Queer students look back at studying abroadOct. 11, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rare film gems to sparkle at NCJF’s mini-festivalOct. 2, 2013
You won’t see the films 'I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany' or 'Sons of Liberty' on Netflix or Pandora. But you can see both features at The National Center for Jewish Film Mini-Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts Oct. 3-13. Professor of American studies Thomas Doherty, author of the critically acclaimed new book, 'Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-39,' will introduce both films at a screening Oct. 9.
- New undergrad business program among most popularSept. 26, 2013
Launched in 2010, the business major has become the fourth most popular major at Brandeis, with nearly 200 students, behind biology, economics and psychology.
- Wasserman screens 'Juche Strong,' 'The Act of Killing' with filmmakersSept. 24, 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.
- 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.
- Initiative to foster partnerships between Brandeis and Israeli scientistsAug. 19, 2013
- Summer institute takes Israel studies around globeAug. 15, 2013
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies hosts a small group of fellows each summer, but the lessons learned in its interdisciplinary Summer Institute for Israel Studies reach a larger global audience. The fellows, teachers from universities around the world, return home with new and improved courses for their students.
- To be let alone: Brandeis foresaw privacy problemsJuly 24, 2013
Thanks to Louis Brandeis, Americans have a constitutional right to privacy. Long before the invention of the Internet, Brandeis warned how technology could be used to invade privacy. What would he make of the government's wide-ranging electronic surveillance programs such as PRISM?
- Students win Fulbrights to pursue passions abroadJuly 18, 2013
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will send seven Brandeis students and young alumni around the world this year to pursue their passions while promoting global understanding. Three of the Fulbrighters will teach English in countries as distant as Thailand and Azerbaijan, and four will conduct research abroad.
- A lost boy finds community on campusJuly 9, 2013
Mangok Bol's journey has taken him from South Sudan, to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, to New Hampshire and finally to Brandeis, where he has found a home and community on campus — as a student and then as administrator for the International and Global Studies Program and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.
- Business school ranked No. 1 by Financial TimesJune 27, 2013
In the Financial Times' annual rankings of pre-experience master’s programs released this week, Brandeis International Business School was ranked No. 1 in the United States for the third straight year for its Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (Lemberg Program).
- Crown Center brief analyzes legacy of Iran's AhmadinejadJune 6, 2013
- 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).
- Right-wing radicalism conference leads to a bookMay 9, 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.
- John Nunes '13 wins State Dept. scholarship to study RussianMay 3, 2013
- Wander with this year's Study Abroad participantsApril 30, 2013
Wander: Brandeis Abroad, the magazine which chronicles in photos, poetry and prose the experiences of Brandeis students who spend a semester studying overseas, has published its fourth edition, in conjunction with the Office of Study Abroad. It is available online and in print.
- 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
- 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.
- Healthcare CEO receives leadership award from IBSApril 24, 2013
Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the world's largest distributor of health products and services to office-based doctors, dentists and veterinarians, received the Brandeis International Business School’s 2013 Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership.
- 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.
- 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.
- Davis prize-winners work on AIDS preventionApril 18, 2013
Davis Projects for Peace is a philanthropic initiative that funds grassroots projects promoting peace and addressing causes of conflict. Recently, the initiative awarded Ardak Meterkulova ’13 and Mangaliso Mohammed ’13 $10,000 each to develop their ideas for AIDS prevention.
- 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.
- Matt Kupfer '12 named Carnegie junior fellowApril 14, 2013
A double major in international and global studies and anthropology with a minor in Russian studies, Kupfer wrote his honors thesis on “Interethnic Conflict in Southern Kyrgyzstan” after witnessing the conflict in Osh firsthand during an internship.
- Learn to change the world at Sorensen Fellowship info sessionApril 12, 2013
- CGES students to lead discussion on growing up German after the Holocaust April 11, 2013
- Students, faculty-staff to face off at Hoops for HaitiApril 10, 2013
The Brandeis Haiti Initiative will host “Hoops for Haiti,” the annual staff and faculty versus students basketball game to raise funds for Haiti, at 6 p.m. on April 14 in the Gosman Athletic Center. Tickets are free for students; donations are appreciated.
- GPG grant boosts institute for Russian JewryApril 10, 2013
Genesis Philanthropy Group and Brandeis University have signed a multi-million dollar partnership agreement to support the further development and expansion of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, which was founded by GPG and the university in 2009.
- International Journal hosting 'Closer Look into North Korea'April 9, 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
- Crown Center Brief: The good, bad and ugly of Egypt's political transitionMarch 18, 2013
- Brazil's Balancing Act: Panel looks at competing interestsMarch 14, 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
- Brandeis screens 'Gatekeepers' at CAA in LAMarch 7, 2013
The Academy Award-nominated documentary focuses on Israel’s conflict with Palestinian terrorism, as viewed through the eyes of six former heads of the Israeli domestic security service, Shin Bet, who led the agency from 1980 until 2011.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Heartbeat envisions peace through songFeb. 22, 2013
The Israeli-Palestinian youth ensemble Heartbeat has begun its debut U.S. tour, and will perform in Levin Ballroom Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The group, which composes and plays music together, tries to combat fear and violence in the Middle East with voices of cooperation and peace.
- Wieseltier, Shapira keynote conference on ZionismFeb. 22, 2013
The Schusterman Center and Israel Institute cosponsored the two-day conference 'Zionism in the 21st Century: Contemporary Perspectives From and About Israel.' New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier and Anita Shapira, author of 'Israel: A History' were the keynote speakers.
- 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.
- Scholars to ponder role of Zionism in Israel's futureFeb. 14, 2013
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute are cosponsoring a two-day conference, Feb. 17 to 18, to examine how the lessons of the past and the realities of the present may affect the role of Zionism in the future of Israel.
- 'In the Heart of America' comes to Laurie TheaterFeb. 7, 2013
The Brandeis Theater Company will bring playwright Naomi Wallace's 'In the Heart of America' to the Laurie Theater stage Feb. 7 through 9. The play, which explores violence, racism and patriotism, is part of this year's 'DEIS Impact Festival. Janet Morrison directs.
- Eliza and Judy Dushku to keynote 'DEIS Impact WednesdayFeb. 2, 2013
Eliza’s connection to Uganda began when she joined one of her mother Judy’s Suffolk University classes on a two-week trip to the war-torn African nation in 2009. The students wanted to learn about the rehabilitation of child soldiers. What they found was shocking.
- 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
- Miller hits Mideast myths, praises bVIEW's initiativeJan. 27, 2013
A veteran US diplomat and Middle East negotiator, Aaron David Miller, gave the keynote speech at a conference on Israel discourse. He joined President Fred Lawrence in urging student organizers to broaden their depolarization effort.
- Mideast expert Aaron Miller keynoting student Israel conferenceJan. 24, 2013
The conference was conceived and organized entirely by students whose interest is improving the quality of campus discussions of Israel and reducing the polarization that has long divided Israel-oriented members of the community.
- President Lawrence visits Indian alums, educatorsJan. 17, 2013
Accompanied by Harleen Singh, the Helaine and Alvin Allen Assistant Professor of Literature and co-chair of the South Asia Studies Program, and his wife, Dr. Kathy Lawrence, the president met with dozens of members of the Brandeis family in India at receptions in Delhi and Mumbai in early January.
- Jordanian prince to speak on future of international criminal justiceJan. 15, 2013
- Mideast experts to discuss Israeli election prospectsJan. 14, 2013
A panel of Brandeis experts and guests will discuss the campaign and potential impacts of the results on Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab world and the West at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
- 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.
- 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.
- American jihadis: Where are they coming from, where are they going?Dec. 17, 2012
Jytte Klausen, the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation, has received a $459,969 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to research the role of social networks in the evolution of Al Qaeda-inspired violence in the United States.
- 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 student group focuses on visions for Israel's futureDec. 10, 2012
Chen Arad, Natan Odenheimer and Gil Zamir didn't know one another when they arrived at Brandeis in 2011 fresh from military service in Israel. Now they're pals, and they and some American friends are trying to change the way people on campus and beyond talk about their homeland. In January, they're planning a conference here of Israel-interested students from throughout greater Boston.
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