Upcoming Events


All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.


Screening of Claude Lanzmann's ShoahA photo of the film poster for Shoah

Monday, January 27, 2020


Time: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (with three intermissions)
Location: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar Building

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, January 27, was introduced by the United Nations in 2005 to commemorate the Holocaust and the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on January 27, 1945. Brandeis University joins a worldwide screening of Shoah, a 9.5 hour documentary where surviving victims and perpetrators relate the events of the Holocaust to audiences in their own words.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University (CGES) and cosponsored by the Ethics Center, among others.

Questions? Please contact Sabine von Mering


Voting and Democracy in 2020 and BeyondVote 2020 pins

Monday, March 9, 2020


Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

There has been an increased focus on voter engagement, voter access and voter suppression at the local, state and national levels in the United States in recent years, with a particular focus on voter registration and participation on college campuses. Join us for a panel discussion of these and related issues featuring elected officials. Voter registration information and assistance will be available at the event, as well.

Panelists: Boston City Councilor Lydia EdwardsMassachusetts State Senator Becca Rausch '01

Moderator: Jay Kaufman '68, MA '73, Founding Director of Beacon Leadership Collaborative, former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Ethics Center Board member

Introductory Remarks: John Shattuck, Ethics Center Board Chair, Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP (optional) on Facebook here.

Sponsored by ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, a national program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis.

Questions? Please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.



Headshot of Rebecca Cokley

2020 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life: Rebecca Cokley

"Achieving Inclusive Democracy: What It Means for Every Voice to Count"

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis

The Americans With Disabilities Act, one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the country, is turning 30, and yet 60 million disabled people still struggle to access key parts of the American Dream.

Join the Brandeis community in welcoming the 2020 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Rebecca Cokley

Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, Cokley has worked as a disabilities rights activist to seek deeper connections across communities pursuing civil rights. Inducted into the inaugural class of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Cokley has also appeared on the Vox/Netflix series "Explained" and "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver. 

The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz '69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz '97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser '01, in honor of Carol's parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life is hosted by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.