ENACT event puts spotlight on young political leadership

March 10, 2020

The forum at Brandeis discussed of the challenges and opportunities for young people in politics, and the politics and political advocacy careers of four young state legislators: Connecticut state Rep. Quentin Phipps, Maine state Rep. Harold "Trey" Stewart III, Massachusetts state Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Massachusetts state Rep. Maria Duaime Robinson.

State senator, city councilor appear at 'Voting and Democracy' panel

March 9, 2020

The panel, "Voting and Democracy in 2020 and Beyond," featured a discussion by Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Massachusetts state Sen. Becca Rausch ’01 on voter engagement, access and suppression.

paul lederach holding book

Paul Lederach

October 30, 2019

John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the winner of the 2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. Lederach is the author or editor of 24 books and manuals, including "Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies" (United States Institute of Peace, 1998) and "The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace" (Oxford University Press, 2010).

October 26, 2019

"Let's Make a Better World" explains how more fair and efficient social and educational policies can be found through studying the works and efforts of Sapp, the highly regarded performer, songwriter, recording artist and educator.

Dance in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

October 22, 2019

This two-part lecture/demonstration sponsored by the minor in CAST at Brandeis featured Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, a first-generation, Cambodia-based choreographer who learned to revive classical dance following genocide in her native country. She had discussed choreography in late-20th and early-21st century Cambodia, and the relationship between legacies of violence and contemporary expressive culture. Additionally, Prumsodun Ok, a former student and protégé of Sophiline's, shared his story of countering enduring forces of conflict through the founding of the first all-male gay classical dance company in Cambodia.

Toni Shapiro-Phim

Toni Shapiro-Phim

October 21, 2019

In an interview with Ethics Center colleague and fellow anthropologist Leigh Swigart, Shapiro-Phim, assistant director of the center's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, describes her longtime engagement in the field of human rights and the arts. As part of her new role, Shapiro-Phim will will co-chair the CAST minor, offer its core course, Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST 150b) and develop two new CAST-designated courses.

cover of 2019 ENACT anthology

September 19, 2019

The 2019 edition of "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis Students Work to Reform Massachusetts Law" is now available. Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) is taught by Professor Melissa Stimell as part of the national program ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation.

Cover of "Legitimacy of Unseen Actors"

August 12, 2019

Leigh Swigart, director of programs, recently had a chapter published in the Cambridge University Press volume "Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication," edited by Freya Baetens. Her chapter, "Unseen and Unsung: Language Services at the International Criminal Court and Their Impact on Institutional Legitimacy," is based on Swigart's ongoing ethnographic research at the International Criminal Court. Read more about her work at the IntLawGrrls blog.