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2014 News Archive


December 2014

American Theatre Magazine features the CAST minor and the the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts (12/11)
The Ethics Center's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and the new Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) minor, were highlighted in the December issue of American Theatre Magazine, the primary communications vehicle for professional theater in this country. Read more.

PAX 89a/ Sorensen Fellows Presentation: "From Looking to Bearing Witness" (12/9)
The 2014 Sorensen fellows shared their experiences from their internships in Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya, Poland and Washington, D.C. Emphasizing the theme of transformation through building relationships of trust, the fellows reflected on their summer journeys around the globe. Their anthology "From Looking to Bearing Witness" and their individual stories are available here. Read more.

Threats, Free Speech, and the Law in the Internet Age (12/2)
On December 2nd, students and faculty of POL 97a, "The Supreme Court Colloquium" spent an afternoon with experts on civil liberties, hip-hop, hate speech, victim's rights, domestic violence and press freedom to discuss the Supreme Court case, Elonis v. US. This case, while it evaluates a single conviction, will affect future prosecutions for threats made through rap lyrics and social media. With new forms of "speech" emerging due to the growing social media age, Elonis v. US will determine what types of speech are protected under the First Amendment. Read more.

November 2014

Replacing the Rule of Force with the Rule of Law (11/7)
 During his first visit to Brandeis Benjamin Ferencz spoke about his philosophy on international law. Appointed Chief Prosecutor for the United States in the Einsatzgruppen Case, a section of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials, Ferencz stated that the world now needs to adopt a sense of  "planethood" – the concept for which his foundation is named. “We are all inhabitants of one small planet and we must learn to live on this planet together in peace and human dignity regardless of our race or creed." Read more.

October 2014

Faculty and Students Gather to Launch New Brandeis Minor (10/28)
The Brandeis community gathered in late October to launch the new minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). The interdisciplinary curriculum was designed to support undergraduates that hold interests in the arts, creative expression and a commitment to social justice and transformation of conflict. The new minor pulls from the Ethics Center, faculty members and cultural organizations within the Brandeis community. Read more here.

The 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize recipient, Reverend Gustavo Gutiérrez,  delivered a lecture on the ethics of faith-based organizations working in the developing countries of Latin America. Founder of "liberation theology,"  Gutiérrez has taught at many major universities in both Europe and North America and is now the John Cardinal O'Hara Endowed Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.  Read more.

September 2014

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (9/11)
Imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation, forced into exile and blown up by a car bomb; Albie Sachs, an anti-apartheid activist, lawyer, and South African Constitutional Court Judge still fought for justice and reconciliation. Sachs' story, told through the film "Soft Vengeance" was screened at the Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center.  Read more.

Launching 'DEIS Impact 2015 (9/4)
Students, faculty and staff met with ’DEIS Impact organizers to discuss how to organize and obtain funding for a ’DEIS Impact event, which could range from talks, workshops, and discussions to exhibits and performances. The launch party was “amazing” said Heather Spector '17, the ’DEIS Impact Vice Chair. Spector appreciated “the passion all of the speakers had for ’DEIS Impact,” and cannot wait for the team to begin planning the festival. This year Brandeis University’s fourth annual 'DEIS Impact Festival of Social Justice, organized by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union will take place January 30 – February 9, 2015. Read more.

August 2014

Putting Social Justice into Action: Sorensen Fellows Reflect on a Summer of Connections and Reconnections (8/15)
The 17th cohort of Sorensen Fellows recently returned from summer internships as near to Brandeis as Washington D.C. and as far afield as Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya and Poland. Whether they were reconnecting with a community of origin or encountering an entirely new nation and culture, they strove to be of service, and to reflect deeply on the experience. Read more.

June 2014

Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (6/18)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life congratulates International Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on his appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prince Zeid was nominated earlier this month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and was unanimously confirmed by the UN General Assembly as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 16. In 2013 Prince Zeid delivered the Planethood Foundation-sponsored Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights at Brandeis University. Read more.

The 2014 Sorensen Fellows are "in the field" and around the globe (6/11)
The 2014 Sorensen Fellows are putting social justice into action around the globe this summer. Read about the work of Ibrahima Diaboula '16, Shimon Mazor '16, Elad Mehl '16, Ngobitak Ndiwane '16, and Sneha Walia '15 here.

Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America conference (6/10 - 6/12)
The Ethics Center was a cosponsor of this conference at Brandeis University, hosted by the American Studies Department, marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Among the featured events: a keynote address by Congressman John Lewis, a screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary Freedom Summer (2014), and a discussion of "Satchmo at the Waldorf" with actor John Douglas Thompson and playwright Terry Teachout. Info:

May 2014

Winners of the 2014 Advocacy for Policy Change Award announced (5/6)
Four Brandeis students have been awarded $500 each to work on advocacy projects over the summer. The winners are: Sela Brown '15, Marisa Budlong '15, Dillon Harvey '14, and Sophie Miller '15. The Advocacy Awards are a component of Advocacy for Policy Change, an initiative launched by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life in 2009. The initiative is designed to encourage citizens to bring moral and ethical insights to the process of making and revising laws.

New podcast: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" (5/6)
Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.

2013 Sorensen Fellow Hailey Magee is first student to be featured in NARAL Pro-Choice America's Choice Out Loud blog series (5/5)
Her work in the area of reproductive rights includes her 2013 Sorensen Fellowship and her work in the Ethics Center-supported course Advocacy for Policy Change.

President Obama recognizes Brandeis alumna and past Sorensen Fellow Kelsey Grab '12 (5/2)
President Obama highlighted Brandeis alumna Kelsey Grab's work as a teacher in rural Malaysia in engaging her students with Boston and its history during his recent visit to Malaysia. Read about Grab's Sorensen Fellowship experience here [PDF]

April 2014

Ethics Center celebrates its graduating seniors at "UnCommencement" 2014 (4/30)
At "UnCommencement" 2014 the Ethics Center celebrated the graduating seniors whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center during their time at Brandeis University: Rida Abu Rass, Sasha Anderson (graduate student), Anastasia Austin, Kochava Ayoun, Sasha Beder-Schenker, Cynthia Nunu Charchi, Alexandra Cottrell, Jacklyn Gil, Alex Glomset, Raustin Hernandez, Dina Kapengut, Jennifer Kim, Vanessa Lubiner, Avishek Neupane, Amina Nur (graduate student), Ivan Ponieman, Ricky Rosen, Suzannah Scanlon, Karia Sekumbo, Geeta Talpade, Abie Troen, Andrea Verdeja, and Emily Zoller.  See photos from the event.

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend (4/29)
The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. Projects included working on legislation concerning homeless youth, in-state tuition for undocumented students, Congo conflict minerals, earned sick time, employment leave for victims of domestic violence, comprehensive sex education, prevention of farm animal cruelty, appropriate use of solitary confinement, suicide prevention training in schools, and funding health care laboratory. Read more on Facebook.

Strategic Action in African Regional Courts (4/3) 
Nicole de Silva, PhD candidate in political science at Oxford University, spoke in the fourth and final of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

Workshop: Exploring the ‘Acting Together’ Toolkit in Belfast, Northern Ireland (4/1 & 4/2)
Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen held a workshop on "Acting Together on the World Stage" at the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

March 2014

Rule of Law and Development in Africa (3/27)
Emily Strauss, Special Counsel with Lawyers Without Borders, spoke as part of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice. Read more.

Inaugural Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Lecture: Angela Glover Blackwell (3/25)
Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, delivered the inaugural Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Lecture. Her talk was titled "All-In for an America That Works for All." Additional info at BrandeisNOW.

Extremists and The Challenge of Public Conversation (3/10)
Diego Arria, former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations (Venezuela), Richard J. Goldstone H '04, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court (South Africa) and Shiranee Tilakawardane, former Justice of the Supreme Court (Sri Lanka), reflected on the moral, political, and strategic dilemmas of public conversation. Read more. View photos here.

February 2014

The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Justice in Africa (2/24)
Dr. Alana Tiemessen, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Department of Political Science, addressed students and staff as part of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

'DEIS Impact, annual festival of social justice (2/1-2/10)
The third annual 'DEIS Impact "festival of social justice" explored social justice on the Brandeis campus, in Waltham and around the world, with 50+ events within ten days as part of a unique collaboration between the Student Union and the Ethics Center. Photos, videos, and summaries of events here.

January 2014

On Knife's Edge: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's Impact on Civilian Violence (1/23)
Jacqueline McAllister, PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University, a visiting professor at Wellesley College and the Spring 2014 Ethics Center Fellow, spoke in the first of a series of lectures by young academics and practitioners in the field of international justice.

A short film from the Acting Together project accepted to Culture Unplugged, online film festival
"Dijana Milosevic: Performing Truth in the Face of Denial", part of the Acting Together project of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, was accepted to online film festival Culture Unplugged. The film describes the response of Dah Theatre to civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and its role in supporting Serbian citizens. 

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