Core Programs

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life comprises four core programs:

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ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

Coordinated by David Weinstein, ENACT is a national program engaging students at colleges and universities across the United States in state-level legislative change by teaching them how to work with legislators, staffers and community organizations to advance policy, with a substantial hands-on component in which they engage directly in that process, modeled on the “Advocacy for Policy Change” course at Brandeis.

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Peacebuilding and the Arts

Directed by Cynthia Cohen, the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts works with artists and peacebuilders to discover and articulate the distinctive contributions of culture and the arts to the transformation of conflict.

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Programs in International Justice and Society

Directed by Leigh Swigart, the Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society enhance the work of the international justice system by informing the general public about its accomplishments and challenges, serving the needs of the international judiciary through institutes and meetings, and encouraging inquiry on related activities in the fields of human rights and complementary justice programs.

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On Campus

The Ethics Center's on-campus mission is to reinforce deep and sustained consideration of issues of ethics, coexistence and justice as a central and dynamic feature of Brandeis University, encouraging a climate of balanced consideration, creative response and ethical reflection on those issues. In support of that mission, the center administers two university wide awards on behalf of the Office of the President: the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize and the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life.