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"Brandeis has always taken pride in its belief in social justice, and ‘DEIS impact takes that belief to a whole new level. It is that week when the Brandeis community collectively comes together to celebrate our community's strength to make a positive change in our world.” – Shikha Chandarana, '17, 'DEIS Impacter

"I was in a 'DEIS Impact event my first year on campus, and was overwhelmed with how many issues were brought to the forefront of the university as a result. 'DEIS Impact is such a uniquely Brandeis experience.” – Jessica Plante, '16

"Last year's festival was my absolute favorite week I've experienced at Brandeis. Every single event I went to or participated in left my mind and soul empowered and enriched, and I still feel the power of these events months later. I finally felt like I was a part of a larger, impassioned Brandeis community.Regina Roberg, '17

Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, 2016

A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s fifth annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, featuring talks, workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. View featured events, including a special featured event with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 2015, four events were conducted with Waltham community partners.

Check out 'DEIS Impact coverage in The Brandeis Hoot. 

Read summaries and see photos from 'DEIS Impact 2016 here. Also, check out summaries of 'DEIS Impact College classes. For the original listing of 'DEIS Impact College, click here

Read a welcome message from our organizers.

2016 'DEIS Impact Keynote Address and Performance with Germaine Ingram

See her feature in Brandeis Now!

Germaine Ingram
Photo by J.J. Tizio

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2:00-3:20 p.m. (performance), 3:30-4:30 p.m. (talkback) in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Performance of "Freedom Underfoot", with Germaine Ingram (bio here) about the final horrific year of the Civil War in Atlanta, consisting of original songs and dances, combined with text from slave narratives, diaries, women's autobiographies, and letters that excavate the ambitions, fears, and internal conflicts of southern women – slave, free, white and black. Musicians Dr. Jacqueline Pickett and Diane Monroe shared their musical talents in this performance (bios here and here). 

Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Keynote Address- "The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice"

Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram illuminates her lives in the law, arts & culture, and the broad civic arena as avenues for advancing fairness, respect, and inclusion. This keynote includes excerpts from her performance, "Freedom Underfoot," presented Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Violinist Diane Monroe will shared her musical talents at this event (bio here).

See an excerpt of Ingram's work from a suite of original music and dance inspired by Click! Song, a novel by John A. Williams about the personal and professional journey of an African American journalist in the period from World War I to the Civil Rights Movement. Music is by bassist Tyrone W. Brown.

This event is free and open to the public. 

These keynote events were part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration, and co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

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