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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. 26 - Feb. 5, 2017


A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s sixth 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. In 2017, three events were conducted with Waltham community partners.


Read summaries and see photos from 'DEIS Impact 2017 here. Also, check out summaries of 'DEIS Impact College classes. For the original listing of 'DEIS Impact College, click here


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'DEIS Impact 2017 Keynote Address: "The World in You and You in the World: Identity in Action" with Rebecca Walker

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Read the article in the Boston Globe, the article in the Hoot and the article in the Justice.

Germaine Ingram
Photo by David Fenton

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Founder of the Third Wave Fund for Social Justice, Walker was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. Bestselling author of "Black White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and many other works, she brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about identity, culture and power. For more information click here.



"Transparent" screening with post-show discussion featuring Rebecca Walker

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center 

Rebecca Walker is deeply engaged in today's new wave of progressive television. Through her work on lesbian comedian Tig Notaro’s show, "One Mississippi," television adaptations of her own works "Black Cool" and "Black, White and Jewish," and her affiliation with "Transparent," the Amazon original series created by Jill Soloway, Walker uses television as a medium to explore issues of identity and representation. "Transparent," now in its third season, follows the relationships of a Jewish family after learning that their father identifies as transgender.  There was a screening of the "Transparent" episode "Kina Hora" (season 2 episode 1), in which Rebecca Walker is featured on screen. Following the screening there was a discussion about the “New Hollywood" with Walker and panelists Dr. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (professor of ENG, AAAS, and WGS, author of "Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race"); Brie McLemore and Alex Montgomery, both joint Heller MPP/WGS candidates; and Triskelion member Ruth Galaviz '17.

Co-sponsored by Film, Television and Interactive Media Program and The Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
For more information: ethics@brandeis.edu 


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