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Operating hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall Fest Advisors:

Stephanie Grimes
Director of Student Activities

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Sunday, October 27th

8:00 AM - 12:00PM: Chabad 5K Race

Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn

The Chabad House at Brandeis and Chabad Student Club is delighted to invite you to its inaugural Ufaratzta 5K Run, in support of the Chabad House and the Chabad Student Club. 

Ufaratzta (Hebrew) means to break out of your limitations and inhibitions, a key motto of Chabad, and there is no better way to do that than to walk or run 5K (3.1 miles). Siblings of all ages, as well as parents and grandparents are invited to join in this fun filled activity and support a great cause. 

5k chabad

Advance registration through Brandeis Tickets:
Regular: $25; $20 Brandeis students; $10 children (under 12)
Registration at the door: $30
Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by the race at 9:00 a.m.

All runners will need to complete the waiver (pdf) in order to participate in the race.  Waivers can be sent prior to the race to Alyssa Bickoff at  

10:00 AM: Catholic Mass
Bethlehem Chapel

Join us for a special service open to family and friends, with a continental breakfast following.

11:00 AM-2:00 PM: Presentations by the Royal Academy of Brandeis
Room Luria and Room Levine-Ross in Hassenfeld Conference Center

Attend a variety of faculty and staff presentations from several different departments on Brandeis. Several spotlights for this event include James Morris from the Biology department and his talk on enimas in evolution, Jennifer Cleary and her presentation about the relationship between theater and social change, and several more!

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Playing for Change: Theatrical Art as Dialogue Modality for Community Building and Social Change (Levine - Ross)

Jennifer Cleary

• Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts

• Using theatrical techniques for community- building, conflict resolution, dialogue, and social change.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Explaining Enigmas in Evolution (Lurias)

James Morris

• Associate Professor of Biology

• Focus on observations, complexities, and paradoxes in the natural world, and show how evolution provides a way to make sense of them all. It's a general talk for the public, inviting participants to think about nature and evolution.

Modernizing the Ancient, or, how was Chinese Antiquity Rediscovered in the Twentieth Century? (Levine - Ross)

Pu Wang

• Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Language and Culture

• The priority of the present over history seems to be a starting point of our modern But the experience of modernity also involves constant reinterpretation the backdrop of modernism and revolution, Chinese antiquity–the civilization–underwent radical reevaluation. This talk will examine two cases: the first case is about the earliest Chinese anthology of poetry, the Book of Songs edited by Confucius. The various English translations of its first poem conceal the linkage of ancient primitive thinking and literary modernism. The second case concerns the oracle-bone inscriptions–one of the most important archeological discoveries in the twentieth century. We will see that the archeological philological interpretation of some ideograms (dating back to the 11th century BCE) became laden political implications in twentieth century China. The bridge between the two cases, of antiquity. Against axis of a world - historical interestingly, is the American poet Ezra Pound’s controversial ideal of ideogram.

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Brandeis World's Fair
Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn

Come join us for an afternoon of fun, including special attractions, snacks and more!  Spend some time with Brandeis' student clubs and departments on our favorite location to kick back and relax.

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 point of interest.

2:00 PM
: Department of Theater Arts: Studio Series [title of show]
Merrick Theater

2:00 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

7:30 PM: Catholic Mass

Bethlehem Chapel

Join us for a special service open to family and friends.