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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Stephanie Grimes
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Saturday, October 26th

8:45 AM: Museum of Fine Arts and Quincy Market

Bus meets at Spingold Theater Center at 8:45 am 
Bus returns to campus at 4:00pm

Come explore the world through art at the world renowned Museum of Fine Arts in Boston! Professor Jane Kamensky (Women’s and Gender Studies/History) and Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow (Fine Arts/Anthropology/ Classical Studies/ WGS) will be presenting on the Art of the Early Americas and the Greco-Roman Acquisitions, respectively. Then travel around the food world with lunch at one of over 40 restaurants at Quincy Market while exploring our unique corner of the world in historic Boston. Price includes museum fare and transportation. Lunch not included in ticket price.


Adults: $35.00.
Brandeis Students and Youth 17 and under: $15.00. 
Tickets are available through Brandeis Tickets. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the bus; cash or check only. Thank you.

For more information, email or visit the MFA website and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace website.

9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Fall Fest Welcome and Registration Area
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Beginning at 9:00 AM: Shabbat Services
Services include Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall
Conservative, Berlin Chapel

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Presentations by the Royal Academy of Brandeis
Mandel G3, Olin-Sang 101

Attend a variety of faculty and staff presentations from several different departments on Brandeis. Several spotlights for this event include Robert Reitano from the Business department and his lecture on “Risk Management in the Corporate World,” Eric Chasalow with his wife, Barbara Cassidy, featuring in "Many Ways to Write a Song," and many more!       
11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM

Social Forces and Investing Behavior (Mandel G3)

Rawley Heimer 

• PhD ’13 of Economics

• Individual investors in financial markets trade too much, too aggressively, and underperform relative to traditional benchmarks. This research provides empirical support for two novel explanations of this puzzling behavior. First, data drawn from an online social network for retail traders, as well as a household survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau, suggests that social networks encourage excessive portfolio churning. Secondly, the quasi-experimental setting created by the market reforms under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act demonstrates that reductions in the amount of leverage available to investors has the potential to improve trader performance.

Primer on Risk (Olin Sang 101)

Robert Reitano

• Professor of the Practice in Finance

• Introductory talk on examples of risk management in corporate world, business, contexts, evaluation of options and implementation of potential solutions. Explains what financial risk is, when it occurs, and how it is managed. Must present valid federal or state-issued photo ID to board ship

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Discussion and Conversation on Experiential Learning & Teaching @ Brandeis with Brandeis Experiential Learning Fellows and Staff (Mandel G3)

Avishek Neupane, and So Hyun Shin

• Class of 2014

• Come hear a panel discussion focused on how to maximize the benefits of Experiential Learning and Teaching @ Brandeis. Parents: come learn the basics of Experiential Learning pedagogy and how you can play a role in your child's experiential learning

Tell Me a Story: The Art and Science of Child Development & Psychopathology (Olin Sang 101)

Joseph Cunningham

• Professor of Psychology

• Children love stories --- listening to them, reading them, and making them up. And we grownups get lost in novels, become avatars online, and beg our friends for the scoop. The art and science of narrative have much to teach us about development and child-clinical psychology, and about the power of a story to nurture children’s cognitive, emotional and social development. We will review research on the nonverbal stories that babies and parents tell each other through their vocal and facial expressions, and what it reveals about healthy and unhealthy attachment. We will read and discuss Where The Wild Things Are, considering what we loved in Max as children and what he means to us as adults. We will also explore what Max’s story meant personally to its creator, Maurice Sendak, and how his imagination was grounded in his own experience of risk and resilience as a child. In short, we will come away with an enriched sense how all of these aspects of the story inform our understanding of typical and atypical development in children and families.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Death in Mexico (Mandal G3)

Elizabeth Ferry 

• Associate Professor of Anthropology

• A discussion of the political and religious uses of death in Mexico - drawing on the 19th and 20th century engravings, Day of the Dead celebrations, a newly growing worship of "La Santa Muerte"" (Holy Death) in poor neighborhoods (and perhaps among narcotraffickers), and a current social movement protesting the 40,000 people killed in the last few years as the result of drug-related violence.

Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers and World War I (Olin Sang 101)

Chad Williams

• Associate Professor of African & Afro-American Studies

• For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in World War I, Woodrow Wilson's charge to make the world "safe for democracy" carried life- or- death meaning. In this talk, Professor Chad Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with civil rights activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fighting for democracy at home and beyond.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Spiritual Life at Brandeis: Being Faithful to Your Tradition and Learning From Others (Mandel G3)

Reverend Matthew Carriker

• Protestant Chaplain, Christian minister in the United Church of Christ

• Brandeis, while a non-sectarian University, has roots in the Jewish community. Today we value that tradition but many students are from a wide variety of faiths. The Interfaith Chaplaincy tries to make sure that all of our students have an opportunity to deepen their personal faith connection and also to make sure that all traditions are honored and respected

Who studies Israel, and why? (Olin Sang 101)

Ilan Troen

• Professor of Israel Studies, and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

• Over the last decade the Brandeis University Schusterman Center for Israel Studies has been the catalyst for bringing the academic study of the State of Israel to more than 180 universities worldwide. This is part of a larger phenomenon of which Brandeis is the world leader. Why and how have Israel Studies emerged as a new topic in the curriculum of so many institutions? How does the Brandeis program navigate between the extremes of the polemics of illegitimacy and of uncritical celebration? Finally, how and why did Brandeis emerge as the prime venue for this rapidly growing and contentious topic?

Many Ways to Write a Song (Mandel Atrium)

Eric Chasalow

• Irving Fine Professor of Music, and Barbara Cassidy

• MA Sociology and Women's Studies '98

• Professor Eric Chasalow is known for his work in electroacoustic music, often using found and familiar spoken and sung texts as source material. He also teaches a course on the songs of the Beatles and performs and records original folk music with his wife, Barbara Cassidy. Eric and Barbara will discuss working with words and music in these very different worlds - how it is more similar than it might seem at first - and they will sing some songs.

11:00 AM – 12:00 midnight: Open Gameroom for Siblings and Others

12:00 PM: The Reform Club Luncheon
An informal “meet and greet” with Brandeis Faculty and Roosevelt Fellows where students and families are welcome to learn more about classes, majors, and any other academic points of interest.

12:00 PM– 5:00 PM: Visit the Rose Art Museum

2:00 PM and 8:00 PM: Department of Theater Arts: Studio Series [title of show]
Merrick Theater, Spingold Theater Center

2:00 PM and 8:00 PM: Brandeis Players presents Boeing Boeing
Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center

By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross & Francis Evans
Directed by Jason Haberman
Tickets: $5 (students $3), on sale at Brandeis Tickets

5:00 – 8:00 PM: Dinner as a “Family”

Take some time tonight to enjoy dinner together at one of the many area restaurants! 

Beginning at 5:05 PM: Shabbat Services
Services include Orthodox (Sherman Function Hall)
Conservative (Berlin Chapel)
Reform (Pearlman Lounge). Kiddush/3rd Meal will take place in Hassenfeld Lobby and Hall.

8:00 PM: Annual Fall Fest Variety Show
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Take a break from globetrotting and come to the Annual Fall Fest Variety Show, a fan favorite! This year, join us for an around-the-world experience, featuring acts like Kaos Kids, Starving Artists, TSA, and other exciting and impressive student performing groups! Come enjoy all that Brandeis students have to offer!

8:00 PM: New Music Brandeis Composers Collective
Slosberg Music Center


Undergraduate and Graduate composers perform new compositions.