Category: International Affairs

  • Israeli Parliament members visit BrandeisApril 7, 2014

    Six members of the Israeli Knesset met with Brandeis leaders, faculty members and alumni as part of the Ruderman Fellows Program, an initiative of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with Brandeis, to create and strengthen connections between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.

  • 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.

  • Brandeis Global Brigade captures Brandeisian spiritMarch 13, 2014

    The Global Brigades builds relationships with villages in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana and sends students and professionals to work within the communities to implement health, economic and education initiatives.

  • Brandeis launches leadership incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionalsMarch 10, 2014

    The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis, has launched the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator, a 12-month fellowship for Russian-speaking professionals who work at Jewish communal organizations in the United States and Canada.

  • Brandeis team ready to tackle worldwide challengeMarch 3, 2014

    A five-person Brandeis team was among the 200 teams chosen from 10,000 applicants to participate in the Hult Prize regional finals in six locations, including Boston March 7-8. The winner of each region will present their start-up solutions at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York this September.

  • 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.

  • Trio da Kali brings musical tradition of MaliFeb. 21, 2014

    For the past 11 years, internationally renowned musicians such as Senegalese percussionist Lamine Toure, Palestinian oudist Simon Shaheen, and Homayun Sakhi, a rubâb player from Azerbaijan, have been creating beautiful soundscapes during their residencies at Brandeis. When Trio Da Kali comes to campus for their residency, they'll share the music of the griot tradition of Southern Mali.

  • 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.

  • Long-distance loveFeb. 14, 2014

    Cambodian graduate student Soothe Phan asked his wife for a first date on Valentine's Day 2012 - just before learning he received a scholarship to get his degree at the Heller School. This Valentine's, they are expecting their first baby.

  • 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.

  • Venetian accounts book tells story of 18th-century Jewish communityJan. 31, 2014
  • Iran, OPEC, and the future price of oilJan. 28, 2014

    In exchange for halting the development of key facets of its nuclear program, Iran will be able to increase its oil exports. Economist Nader Habibi says this could turn up the heat on a number of issues simmering in the Middle East, especially between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

  • Brandeis condemns American Studies Association's boycottDec. 24, 2013
  • Magazine promotes wanderlustDec. 20, 2013

    'We hope the magazine transports readers to other places, as well as inspires them to travel themselves and see what the world has to offer them,' says Isaac Steinberg '15, editor in chief of student-run magazine Wander. He recently completed the fifth edition of the magazine.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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