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ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagement


On April 8th, Massachusetts State Senators Diana DiZoglio and Cindy Friedman and Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy, as well as their perspectives on political engagement, particularly at the state level, in conversation with the students from ENACT courses around the United States. Learn more about the event here. More info on Facebook here

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend

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On Wednesday, May 1st, the students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) will present the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester and will try to persuade you to vote for their bills, which are currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. Attend and exercise your right to influence public policy! Learn more about the event here. More info and RSVP (optional) to the Facebook event here

The Trials of Richard Goldstone book launch event


In “The Trials of Richard Goldstone,” Daniel Terris examines the extraordinary life of Richard Goldstone and the price he pays for his convictions. The Ethics Center hosted a reading, discussion and reception featuring author Daniel Terris, director emeritus of the Ethics Center, and Richard Goldstone, Ethics Center board member. Read more about the event here

Ethical Inquiry: Recommended Books from 2018 


For the December installment of "Ethical Inquiry" we are taking the opportunity to recommend some books published last year on topics related to the work of the Ethics Center and by people affiliated with the Center, as well as a few selections not as closely tied to our work that have impressed members of our staff. Read our recommendations for 2018 here

The Winter/Spring 2019 Newsletter is now available online


The Winter/Spring 2019 Issue of "Ethics Central" is now available in print or online. Read or download the latest issue [PDF] here

'deis IMPACT 2019: A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"logo

Brandeis University’s eighth annual weeklong "festival of social justice" took place February 3rd - 9th, 2019. Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, including talks, workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions. Learn more about 'deis IMPACT here! 

2018 Gittler Prize Winner Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum visited Brandeistatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on racial identity and resegregation in America, is the 2018 winner of the Gittler Prize. Tatum visited campus for a residency and award ceremony in October 2018. She gave a lecture about issues relating to her critically acclaimed landmark book from 1997, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race. Read more about her visit here. View a video of her lecture here. Read a BrandeisNOW article about her here

The 2018 Brandeis ENACT Anthology is now available online


The 2018 edition of Brandeis ENACT Anthology "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts Law" is now available online. Read or download it [PDF] here

Melissa Stimell Appointed Interim Director for the Ethics Center


Melissa Stimell, Professor of the Practice in the Legal Studies Program and Academic Program Director of ENACT, has been appointed Interim Director of the Ethics Center. Read more

The Center's Marci McPhee retires after nearly 30 years at Brandeis


In July 2018, Director of Campus Programs Marci McPhee retired after 20 years with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Watch a short video celebrating McPhee's dedication and service.

12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) held in OsloBIIJ 2018

From May 30 to June 2, 2018 the 12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) took place in Oslo, Norway. Read a summary of the session now, and stay tuned for a downloadable pdf report.

Second ENACT Institute brings new cohort of Faculty Fellows to BrandeisENACT Institute 2018

From May 20 to 24, 16 new Faculty Fellows visited Brandeis to attend the second ENACT Institute. Read about the Institute here, and learn more about the newest cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows here.

The Ethics Center Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!Ethics Center logo

In 2018, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life celebrates its 20th year! The anniversary celebration took place on Monday, March 12. There was a symposium, a reception, and a performance. Full details here. Read a BrandeisNOW story here.

Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris Appointed Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences
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In June 2018, Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris stepped down from the Ethics Center to accept the position of Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution. Terris is now Director Emeritus of the Ethics Center. Read more here

Complete Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Collection now availableoralhistory

All of the interviews conducted as part of the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project are now available to the public. The Oral History Project aims to preserve the voices of those individuals who worked to bring justice to areas of conflict. More information about the completion of the project is available here. The full collection can be accessed here.

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The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the ArtsPrograms in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:

Programs in International Justice and Society

Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Transforming Violence Through Creativity


The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation
  • A new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Details.
  • 29 Faculty Fellows from colleges and universities across the country have joined Brandeis in the ENACT network.
  • Four Alumni of ENACT courses from across the country serve as the first cohort of ENACT Student Delegates

Brandeis Campus Programs

Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders