Noteworthy News

Professor Doherty at the German Historical Institute, Moscow


Professor Doherty gave a talk in Moscow this September entitled "The Rise and Fall of the Committee for the First Amendment," about the group of Hollywood directors and stars who flew to Washington to protest the hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

Professor Gaskins in The Hague

hagueRichard Gaskins was teaching in The Hague during the past Spring and Summer.  Students from Brandeis and other US universities come to The Hague for intensive studies of global justice and human rights.  The diverse international courts found in The Hague serve as our learning laboratory, especially the International Criminal Court (ICC).  We saw trials and hearings dealing with international crimes committed in the Balkans, Kenya, the Congo, and Lebanon.  Spring students held internships in various Hague courts and NGO’s, while the summer students engaged with judges and lawyers in a series of mock legal exercises.  Our cozy host city of Leiden is an historic university town, which came alive in June to cheer on the Dutch soccer team in the World Cup.   

"Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America" June 10-12, 2014


Marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the American Studies Program at Brandeis University hosted a conference on the theme “Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America," on June 10-12, 2014. 

cucolo with facultyAn Exciting Event with Major General Anthony Cucolo

On April 2nd Major General Anthony Cucolo gave a talk titled, "The Media: A Serviceman's View," which was received with enthusiasm by both Brandeis students and Faculty. Maj. General Cucolo is the 49th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, he spent ten months as the Director of Force Development for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, at Headquarters, Department of the Army in the Pentagon. cucolo with studentsHis office on the Army staff tied resources to requirements to develop equipment solutions for the entire Army, active, Guard and Reserve–from uniforms and rifles to attack helicopters and armored vehicles.

A Special Event with Thomas Doherty

October 9th, 7:30 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Brandeis University professor Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939, reconstructs what Hollywood produced for the big screen during the emerging Nazi threat, and how the Jewish backgrounds of many of the Hollywood studio executives affected how they treated Hitler and his victims. Did Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm

Honored alum shares good news and praise for former Department Chairman Larry Fuchs

Julieanna Richardson '76, a major in American Studies (as well as Theatre Arts), is, we believe, the first of the graduates in our program to receive an honorary degree.  Professor Lawrence H. Fuchs was long the chair of the Department of American Studies. Her letter is below.

Dear Professor Fuchs:
[Greetings to you this Memorial Day weekend.]
Professor Whitfield called and told me that he told you of my recent honor. I WANTED TO SHARE THIS GREAT NEWS WITH MY MENTOR, MY FRIEND. [I had called you to tell you the news, but the phone just rang and Professor Whitfield told me that you have an assistant that if I e-mailed you, your assistant would read you my e-mail. I was so pleased to know this.]
I just received an Honorary Doctorate of the Humanities from Howard University on Saturday-May 12th in Washington, D.C. I was honored along with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, singer John Legend and Pulitzer Prize winner author Isabel Wilkerson(author of The Warmth of Other Suns). It was a day that has immense meaning to me as you know. It is an honor that I will cherish for a lifetime. I could not help think of you the day of my acceptance. You and Brandeis played a seminal role in my development.  You not only agreed to supervise my honors thesis, but you nurtured me and my desire to explore my own history. You and Betty also welcomed me into your lives and every decision from that point on, I would consult with you on. There is nothing like a mentee/mentor relationship and in you, I found one of the world’s best. I wanted to write and let you know that The HistoryMakers digital archive now has users in 51 countries around the world.  While our work is far from over, people are now starting to appreciate my work and vision. Thank you, Professor Fuchs—thanks for believing in me and my dreams.
Forever in gratitude in respect.
Julieanna L. Richardson
Founder & Executive Director
The HistoryMakers