2015-16 Events

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend

April 19, 2016

The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) tried to persuade the audience to vote for their bills on a wide range of topics, from regulating Uber to combating climate change. Participants exercised their right to influence public policy.

Negotiating Meaning: Translating at a War Crimes Tribunal

February 9, 2016

In war crimes trials, witnesses testify — through an interpreter — about translated documents tendered as evidence; attorneys argue — also through an interpreter — about both the translated documents and the interpreting; and judges adjudicate on interpreted testimony and translated evidence. Ellen Elias-Bursac, former translator/reviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, discussed how translators and interpreters are key to the negotiations over meaning in every trial.

Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son: Story of Two Immigrants

November 18, 2015

The story of two illegal immigrants — one, a present-day Chinese man who overstays his visa, and the other, Mayflower passenger William Bradford of 17th-century England — is told in a 54-foot graphic mural by internationally known artist Wen-ti Tsen, illustrating the complexities of modern-day immigration issues. Part of I Am Global Week at Brandeis.

portrait of ariele cohen, former Sorensen Fellow and current financial lawyer in New York City.

Ariele Cohen ’99

Ariele Cohen ’99 in Mini-Residency

October 22, 2015

Former Sorensen Fellow Ariele Cohen ’99, a Wall Street financial lawyer in New York City who has also done pro bono work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and special education litigation in the U.S., helped kick off Fall Fest 2015 at Brandeis with a mini-residency comprising two public events: "A Sorensen Fellow's Journey From the Balkans to Wall Street: Implementing Lessons Learned in Unexpected Ways" (Oct. 22) and "Living in Sri Lanka: A Sorensen Fellow Reflects on 'Anil's Ghost'" (Oct. 23). Cohen also held office hours on Oct. 23.

poster for one rock, three religions
Film Screening and Discussion: 'One Rock, Three Religions'

September 3, 2015

A private screening, free and open to the Brandeis community, of the 2015 feature-length documentary "One Rock, Three Religions," followed by a discussion with the film's director, Isaac Hertz, and producer, Valentina Castellani Quinn as well as Brandeis professor Kanan Makiya, who is featured in the film; David Ellenson, acting director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; and Bobby Sager ’76, chairman of Polaroid.