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December 2016

"From the Outside Looking In: Six Stories of Difference and Discovery" (12/8)
The six 2016 Sorensen Fellows shared their summer internship experiences working with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (Boston), the Yerushalmit Movement (Jerusalem), and more. Read more about the 2016 Sorensen Fellows and their internships. See photos from the presentations here.

ENACT in action in four states! (12/2) This fall, students in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa and Maine joined ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation. In courses designed and taught by members of the first cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows they studied state legislation, visited state capitols and met with current and former legislators and leaders of community organizations. Read more here.

November 2016

An update from the 2016 Advocacy Award Winners (11/14)
Two Brandeis students were awarded funding each to work on advocacy projects over the summer and fall following the “Advocacy for Policy Change” class (LGLS 161b). Joseph DeFerrari '18, has been working to support the treatment rather than incarceration of drug addicts, and Lilah Kleban '17’s award-supported work focuses on the joint issues of women’s health and economic equity. Read more about the work they've been carrying out here.

In The Brandeis Hoot: "'Ebony Axis' Provides Space for Black Women's Expression" (11/11)
The Brandeis Hoot features "Ebony Axis", a 'zine created by LaShawn Simmons '18 with the help of a Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) Program grant. The 'zine features the art and creative writing of Brandeis' black women, and was created as a space for creative and personal expression for black women on campus. Says Simmons in the article, “It is a space in which we can be ourselves, not worry who is watching and be unapologetic.” Read the full article here, and be sure to view the most recent issue of "Ebony Axis", out now.

In The Brandeis Hoot: "Brandeis student discusses the fabric that comprises social identity" (11/4)
Featured in The Brandeis Hoot is LaShawn Simmons '18 for her participation in and organization of the recent three-part salon series featuring artist-in-residence Jane Sapp. The article covers the final event in the series, "Staging Social Change", in which Simmons and Sapp asked the question, “If you are a tapestry, what are the threads that knit you: family, community, the world you are a part of, your struggles?” Presented by the Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation Program (CAST), the event focused on the development of both cultural and personal identity. Read the article here, and then visit the original Facebook event page to learn more.

"Social Change Through Art and Projects in Turkey": Eylem Ertürk event featured in The Brandeis Hoot (11/4)
The Brandeis Hoot covers visiting Rose Art Museum arts manager Eylem Ertürk's November 1 presentation, “Arts, Culture and Dialogue for Conflict Transformation and Diversity in Turkey", co-sponsored by the Rose Art Museum and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Said Ertürk at the event, "Although we cannot change the world, we can make a difference in people’s lives." Read the full article here.

Samantha Lakin '08 interviewed by BrandeisNOW regarding recent research in Rwanda (11/4)
Samantha Lakin '08, now a PhD candidate at The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, was interviewed by BrandeisNOW regarding her recent work in Rwanda with survivors of the 1994 genocide. From the interview: "When thinking about justice, there’s no right way to do things, especially in cases of extraordinary crimes...What I’m trying to show is there is a broader impact within the social relationships between people, healing, and seeking justice. There isn’t one definitive form of justice that fits all people." The interview was given prior to her Nov. 7 campus talk "Rwanda: From Genocide to Dignity and Justice" which was cosponsored by the MA Programs in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and the Ethics Center. Read the full interview with BrandeisNOW here, and view the original Facebook event page here.

"Rebuilding Cities Destroyed in War: Arts and Culture and Planning for the Future of Aleppo" (11/1)

The Rose Art Museum and students in the undergraduate minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) partnered with The Aleppo Project to host a design lab that explored the role arts and culture can play in the eventual post-conflict restoration of that besieged city. Cynthia Cohen of the Ethics Center facilitated as instructor for “Introduction to CAST.” Read more here, and learn more about the Aleppo Design Lab, including student recommendations here.

"America in the Election Mirror" covered by The Justice (11/1)
The event, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, reflected on the 2016 election season and what might be learned from the events of the past several months. From the article: "'What is this election season teaching us about America?' asked Acting Director of the Ethics Center Cynthia Cohen, opening the event. She went on to ask two familiar questions about the election: Are we seeing what was always there? What does this election tell us about ourselves?" We invite you to read the story here, then learn more by visiting the Facebook event page.

October 2016

The October 2016 Advocacy for Policy Change Anthology is here (10/31)
The 2016 Advocacy Anthology has arrived! The Anthology features excerpted material from students in the Spring 2016 "Advocacy for Policy Change" (Legal Studies 161b) class, which is being offered again in the Spring of 2017. View the most recent edition of the Anthology here.

Looking Ahead...To The Last Election (10/27) In October the Center sponsored two conversations looking at the then-approaching presidential election in terms of larger issues, providing frameworks, guiding questions and ideas for moving forward: “How Are We Talking About Immigration in the Election?" and “America in the Election Mirror: What can we learn about America from the 2016 presidential election?" Read more about these two events and the considerations they raised here.

In The Justice: Speakers Examine Obstacles that Undocumented Immigrants Face in Higher Education (10/24)
The Justice covers a panel discussion concerning the difficulties faced by undocumented students accessing higher education. The discussion was associated with the course EL 16a , "The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum" (IP), taught by the Ethics Center's Marci McPhee. Read the article here, and consider taking the course, to be offered again Spring 2017.

The Hoot calls Amy Merrill's “THE SQUARE” "...stunning beyond belief." (10/21)
The Brandeis Hoot visited a developmental reading of Amy Merrill’s play “THE SQUARE”, which was co-sponsored by the Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation Program (CAST) and the Division of Creative Arts. From the article: "'THE SQUARE' is a play that immerses audiences in the tumultuous life of Link (Jeremy Browne), a veteran of the Iraq War, and his wife, Rosemary (Melissa Jesser), both of whom are hit hard by the aftermath of his traumatic experience abroad." Read the full story here.

University of Hartford ENACT students visit the Connecticut Capitol (10/20)
On October 6th, ENACT Faculty Fellow Katharine Owens of the University of Hartford took a group of 15 students on a field trip to the Connecticut Capitol. Read the story here.

"Prof. Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity," says The Brandeis Hoot. (10/7)
The Brandeis Hoot profiled the Ethics Center's Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Says Cohen in the article: “Creativity, I think, can help with almost any complicated problem...creativity allows us to imagine what does not yet exist. It allows us to imagine the experiences of others. It allows us to imagine a future that is different, more just, more vivid, less violent, than current conditions. It allows us to put seemingly disparate elements into relationships that are meaningful and beautiful.” Read the full article here, then learn more about the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.

September 2016

"CAST Unique Minor Offered to Brandeisians": The Brandeis Hoot publishes an article about the Center's Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) minor. (9/9)
From the article: “A minor in CAST is perfect for anyone who feels as though the most pressing global challenges of our time, whether that be climate change or widening social inequality, need responses that harness the full range of our human capacity. By appealing directly to our senses and guiding us into new ways of seeing, the arts are uniquely positioned to encourage us to imagine a range of possibilities that would otherwise be obscured. Become part of the exploration!” Read the full article. Read more about the CAST minor.

July 2016

The 2016 Sorensen Fellows Intern Across the Globe (7/29)
The 19th cohort of Sorensen Fellows – Jennifer Almodovar ’18, Marcelo Brociner ’18, Jake Greenberg ’18, Yael Sammi Jaffe ’18, Brandon F. Tran ’18, and Sophia Warren ’18 – scattered across the globe for their summer internships. Their experiences so far have been challenging, surprising – and even inspiring. Read and see photos here.

New members join Ethics Center International Advisory Board (7/28)
The Center welcomes new four Board members: Germaine Ingram, dancer, choreographer, songwriter, and vocal and dance improviser, from Philadelphia, PA;  Jay Kaufman '68, MA '73, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, founding director of Beacon Leadership Collaborative, from Lexington, MA; Ángela María Pérez Mejía, Chief Cultural Manager of Banco de la República, from Bogotá, Colombia; and Elaine Reuben '63, former activist academic, engaged philanthropist from Washington, D.C. Read more about them here.

June 2016

Ethics Center hosts the 11th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges in Copenhagen (6/21-6/30)
Center director Dan Terris and director of Programs in International Justice and Society Leigh Swigart convened the 11th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, together with colleagues from iCourts. This event, unique in the world of international justice, was carried out as an institutional partnership between the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life of Brandeis University, and iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Read more here.

Director of Ethics Center awarded Fulbright Scholarship (6/21)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life is pleased to announce that Daniel Terris, Director of the Ethics Center, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Terris will be based in Jerusalem as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar from August 2016 through June 2017. He will be teaching in and working on the development of the Masters program in American Studies at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution on the West Bank. Read more.

May 2016

ENACT Faculty Fellows from 15 States Come to Brandeis to Support “Laboratories of Democracy” (5/26)
In May, the Ethics Center welcomed the inaugural cohort of 15 ENACT Faculty Fellows to Brandeis for a 5-day institute. They hail from colleges and universities in or near state capitals across the US, and are leading the expansion of ENACT, which builds on an initiative begun at Brandeis. Read more.

Remembering Former Board Member Michael Ratner '66 (5/11)
The Ethics Center notes with sorrow the passing of passionate, principled human rights attorney Michael Ratner ’66, a former member of our International Advisory Board. Read our remembrance.

Ethics Center celebrates its graduating seniors at "UnCommencement" 2016 (5/3)
At "UnCommencement" 2016 the Ethics Center will celebrate the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center during their time at Brandeis University: Eva Ahmad, Margaret Back, Gal Barak, Bethlehem Seifu Belaineh, Sophie Brickman, Naomi DePina, Ibrahima Diaboula, Daniela Dimitrova, Ohad Elhelo, Stacy Finley, Tove Freeman, Aviv Glick, Yeng Her, Shaoleen Khaled, Leonie Koch, Jennifer Largaespada, Se Jun Lee, Talia Lepson, Anni Long, Nyah Macklin, Shimon Mazor, Allie Mazzella, Elad Mehl, Rebecca Mitchell, Lindsay Mitnik, Ngobitak Ndiwane, Pichya Nimit, Holly Rutledge, Rebecca Schulz, Nate Shaffer, David Stiefel, Bezaye Teshome, Brontë Velez, Shane Weitzman, and Queen White. See Facebook event here.

April 2016

Advocacy for Policy Change: "Present and Defend" (4/19)
The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. Issues addressed by projects included: Regulating UBER, The Opioid Crisis: treat or arrest, Should Illegal Immigrants Get a License to Drive, Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses, Pay Equity for Women, Paid Family and Medical Leave and Temporary Disability Leave, College Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, Combatting Climate Change, Health Coverage for the Contraceptive Method of your Choice, The Right to Choose for Young Women, Health Care for Homeless Youth. Read more on Facebook.

March 2016

Theaster Gates named 2015-16 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life (3/21-3/24)
Acclaimed artist and social activist Theaster Gates was named the 2015-16 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life. The fellowship brought Gates to the Brandeis campus from March 21 through March 24, including a public talk on Wednesday, March 23. Read more here. Read coverage in BrandeisNOW, the Hoot, the Justice and the Boston Globe.

February 2016

Martha Minow named winner of 2015-16 Gittler Prize (2/25)
From the article: "Brandeis University has selected Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, as the winner of the 2015-16 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. The Gittler Prize is presented annually to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations...Minow is one of the world’s leading figures in bringing legal ideas and scholarship to bear on issues of identity, race and equality, including innovative approaches to reconciliation among divided peoples." Minow was formally honored at a ceremony and reception at Brandeis on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Read the full article here. Read the BrandeisNOW article here.

"Negotiating Meaning: Translating at a War Crimes Tribunal" featured Ellen Elias-Bursac (2/9)
Ellen Elias-Bursac spoke about her work as a a former translator/reviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In war crimes trials, witnesses testify—through an interpreter—about translated documents tendered as evidence; attorneys argue—through an interpreter—about both the translated documents and the interpreting; and judges adjudicate on interpreted testimony and translated evidence. The translators and interpreters are key to the negotiations over meaning in every trial. The event was cosponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Culture and the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH). See the Facebook event here.

5th annual 'DEIS Impact is a success (2/7)
The 2016 'DEIS Impact, presented by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union, ended successfully. The fifth week-long social justice festival featured a multitude of events, as well as a keynote address by Germaine Ingram. Read more about 'DEIS Impact here.

Germaine Ingram delivers 2016 'DEIS Impact keynote (2/3)
From the article: "Germaine Ingram, an accomplished civil rights lawyer and celebrated tap dancer who has pursued social justice both on the stage and in the courtroom, was this year’s keynote speaker for ’DEIS Impact 2016. Ingram’s keynote address, “The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice," was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater." Read the full BrandeisNow article here. Read the full Justice article here. Read about her address in BrandeisNow here and in the Justice here. Read more about Ingram's visit and other ’DEIS Impact events here.

January 2016

Students explore social justice through 'DEIS Impact (1/29)
From the article: "This year, 37 events have been planned for ’DEIS Impact in addition to seven sessions of ’DEIS Impact College. The former have been planned by more than 50 clubs and student organizations at Brandeis, aided by a core committee of 14 undergraduate ’DEIS Impacters, who were selected back in September and have been meeting weekly ever since." Read full article in the Hoot here.

'DEIS Impact 2016 begins (1/28-2/7)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presents Brandeis University’s fifth annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments will host dozens of events, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. Read more about 'DEIS Impact here.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Louis D. Brandeis’ Appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court (1/26)
Brandeis University presented an exciting series of events through the spring of 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary LDB's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The series began on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the 100th anniversary to the day of President Woodrow Wilson’s nomination of Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Videos, photos, transcripts and more are online.

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