Keynote address: Feb. 6th

Judy and Eliza Dushku

Keynote Address: Uganda By Way of Boston & Hollywood: A Social Justice Journey
Eliza Dushku and Judy Dushku

February 6th, 2013

Film and TV star Eliza Dushku and her mother Judy Dushku, professor of politics at Suffolk University, spoke about their work with THRIVE-Gulu, which addresses issues of child soldiers, sex slavery and other post-conflict concerns in Uganda.

Keynote Address

 Download or view background information for the keynote address here [PDF].

Judy Dushku is the founder of THRIVE-Gulu; Eliza Dushku has had a

significant role supporting the organization.

View the entire keynote event here.

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'Deis Impact! 2013: Exploring social justice on campus, in Waltham & around the world

'DEIS Impact 2013 poster

February 1–11, 2013
Brandeis University

'DEIS \dis, diz\ Brandeis: a university uniquely committed to social justice since its founding

im*pact \impakt\ the force of impression of one thing on another: a significant or major effect

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s second annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments planned dozens of events throughout the week, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions.

'DEIS Impact was a feature on the Brandeis homepage! Check out the story here, and go directly to the video here.

Read summaries of the events, see photos, and view videos from 'DEIS Impact!

View student-produced videos and full events.

What is social justice? Community members define it in the context of 'DEIS Impact!


Directions and Parking

More Resources

View or download the poster [PDF].

View or download the official DEIS Impact 2013 program book [PDF].

View or download a guide to the resources available to continue your 'DEIS Impact! experience one day, one week, or one year from now. [PDF].

See the complete list of cosponsoring departments and clubs.

Read what people are saying about 'DEIS Impact!

Some of the questions explored during the week:

  • What does social justice really mean? Does trying to define the term help us think more clearly and work together more productively? Or is trying to define it a useless rhetorical exercise?
  • How can I get involved more effectively in social justice work?
  • How can I turn my passion into a career?
  • What will be different because of this ‘DEIS Impact week? How will I be different?

Meet the 2013 'DEIS Impacters!2013 DEIS Impacters

'DEIS Impacters are the undergraduate core committee responsible for planning, supporting, and following up the 'DEIS Impact festival of social justice. Read more

What IS "Social Justice?"

During 'DEIS Impact 2013 we explored this question. In that spirit, after first meeting the 'DEIS Impacters, Ethics Center Director Dan Terris challenged himself "to describe social justice in a way that was clear, accessible, and provided some boundaries." What do you think of his draft description? How does it compare with your own understanding of "social justice"? Comment on his blog and join in the conversation

Read the collected thoughts of affiliated community members on this very question, and let us know your own thoughts on Facebook!

Student Se Jun Lee '16 examines the question of "What is Social Justice?" in the Brandeis community. For a full-screen version of the video, click here.

RSVP on Facebook (optional) for updates.

Check out photos and more from the first 'DEIS Impact!
Check out photos from the 'DEIS Impact 2013 launch party!

'DEIS Impact is a collaboration between the Brandeis Undergraduate Student Union and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, with support from the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice.

For more information:

Marci McPhee (Ethics Center): 781-736-7744 or

Todd Kirkland (Student Union): 781-521-2855 or

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