Brandeis is home to world class faculty, a dedicated and dynamic student body, and leading-edge research and academic facilities. The best way to experience Brandeis is to attend a virtual Fall for Brandeis Day. 

We invite prospective students and their families to experience our academics and community by attending small group sessions and sample classes with faculty. 

The program starts with DEISbreakers, where small groups of prospective students, led by current Brandeis students, will get to know each other and learn about the university. Next, students will choose one of three faculty lectures to get a taste of the academic experience. After the lectures, students will rejoin their small groups for The Dish on Deis, where they can get real answers to all of their questions about life as a Brandeisian. Parents are welcome to join the faculty lectures, but are asked to let their students join DEISbreakers and The Dish on Deis alone.

Visit our calendar to register for a Fall for Brandeis Day that coordinates with your schedule.


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Click on the date below to see the faculty lectures for each Fall for Brandeis Day.

Saturday, October 31 - register now!

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

When you register, you'll choose to attend one of the lectures listed below. 

All Perception is Illusion
Donald Katz, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Katz teaches behavioral neuroscience and runs an academic research lab. The post-doctoral researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Katz Lab study the neural ensemble dynamics of sensori-motor processes in awake rodents, combining behavior, multi-neuronal electrophysiology, complex analysis and modeling, pharmacology and optogenetics to probe ongoing spiking activity in real-time.

Mathematical Notions of Privacy
Keith Merrill, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Keith Merrill earned his M.A at University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. His research lies at the intersection of number theory, dynamics, and geometry; specifically the field of Diophantine approximation. His expertise is in Dynamical Systems, Ergodic Theory, and Lie groups.

So, You Think You Know Odysseus?
Joel Christensen, Associate Professor of Classical Studies
This class distills several sessions of a Classical Mythology Course into one hour of that famous Greek hero, Odysseus. We will talk about how to define ‘myth’ from the perspective of what storytelling does in the world and then talk about the flexibility and innovation central to ancient storytelling. In particular, we will talk about Odysseus, that warrior known for his tricks and for struggling to get home to his wife and only son…and why the mythical tradition gives him many different “wives” and even more children.

>>Register for Fall for Brandeis Day on October 31.

Saturday, November 7 - register now!

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

When you register, you'll choose to attend one of the lectures listed below. 

3D Game Design in Teaching and Research
Tim Hickey, Professor of Computer Science
Timothy Hickey received his BA from Brandeis and his PhD from University of Chicago. His lecture will give an introduction to how he teaches 3D Game Design at Brandeis followed by some of the research directions students and faculty are pursuing that involve game design.

Roman Toilets: the Black Holes of Ancient Space
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Professor of Classical Studies and The Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Endowed Chair in the Humanities
What can Roman toilets teach us about daily life in ancient Rome? What does the archaeology of these structures reveal about Roman hygiene, public sanitation, customs related to purity or cleanliness? In a talk that investigates and illustrates some key examples of public and private Roman toilets from Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia, we take a trip down into the black holes of ancient space for some answers.

Impact of China's Silk Road Global Development Project on the Middle East
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East
Nader Habibi earned his PhD from Michigan State University. He is a professor in the Department of Economics and the International Business School. He teaches classes on microeconomics, economics of the Middle East, managerial economics, sustainable economic development strategies, and economic analysis for managers.

>>Register for Fall for Brandeis Day on November 7.

Sunday, November 15 - save the date!

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Please check back for details on the faculty lectures available on November 15.