2019 Programming Highlights | 'deis IMPACT

Keynote Event Featuring Angela Davis ’65

Due to the strong presence and brand of ‘deis IMPACT!, the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS), as part of their 50th anniversary commemoration, invited the discussion with Angela Davis '65 and Julieanna Richardson '76, H'16, to be a keynote program for 'deis IMPACT!.

Davis discussed her experiences at Brandeis and the ways she engaged with and cultivated her scholarship and activism at Brandeis and beyond. It was standing-room only in Levin Ballroom with a video-feed to a projector/screen in the Shapiro Campus Center. The event was also live streamed.

Pillar Programs

In 2019, a nightly programming experience, called Pillar Programs, highlighted particularly meaningful social justice themes and speakers. Each of these were considered "Feature Programs" and included:

Justice for All: The Ongoing Fight for Reform of the Justice System and Prisoner Rights

This event included four Brandeis alumni from various generations speaking about their work and experiences in fighting for justice reform and prisoner rights.

From Protest to Politics: The Ferguson Uprising; Challenging Longstanding Injustices

Pastor Cori Bush from Ferguson, Missouri, joined us to share about her experiences.

The Talk Back Session: Inclusion in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)

A roundtable discussion of Brandeis faculty, students and alumni.

Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life Featuring Su'Ad Khabeer

Su’ad Khabeer, a performance artist, performed her one-woman show.

Angela Y. Davis '65 in conversation with Julieanna L. Richardson '76, HD'16

Davis captured the attention of the standing-room-only audience with memories of her experiences at Brandeis and the ways she engaged with and cultivated her scholarship and activism at Brandeis and beyond. 

Particularly Impactful Events

Although many of the 56 programming opportunities were meaningful, some were particularly impactful based upon the numbers of participants and level of engagement of those who participated. These included:

Boycott Wendy's: Why and How

Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers spoke about the current boycott on Wendy’s restaurant.

Power, Privilege and Climate Justice

Mariama White-Hammond, a Boston-based faith leader, spoke forcefully about environmental racism, oppression and privilege.

10 Years of Brandeis in The Hague: Alumni Panel Exploring Social Justice from an International Legal Perspective

Brandeis alumni from different stages in their academic and professional careers reflected upon how oppressed people can or cannot rely on the system of the international criminal courts. These reflections were taken from their experiences as participants in the Brandeis in the Hague program.

Sex, Violence and Media Literacy

This workshop introduced critical consumption theories around race, gender and other social identities in the context of the media we consciously and unconsciously consume.