Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions


Professionals in every field face a formidable array of moral and practical dilemmas. Yet the pressures of the modern work environment seldom permit people to listen to one another and to discuss issues of common concern. Brandeis Seminars generally served two kinds of groups: peer and organizational. Peer groups, such as judges, teachers or physicians, have common professional concerns but tend to have few opportunities to interact meaningfully with colleagues. Alternatively, organizational groups unite professionals from a variety of levels within an organization (such as a law firm or a corporation) who may work together regularly, but who welcome the chance to reflect together on the demands of professional life.

Major Funders

  • Exxon Foundation
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • State Justice Institute


In 1995, the program was selected by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities as the outstanding project funded by the foundation for the past 20 years.