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October 2019 

Dance in the Aftermath of Mass Violence (10/22)
This two-part lecture/demonstration sponsored by the Minor in (CAST) at Brandeis University featured Cambodia-based award-winning choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro,  a first generation who learned to revive Cambodian classical dance following genocide in her 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. 

Brandeis Now Features a Profile of New Ethics Center Staff Member Toni Shapiro-Phim (10/21)
Toni Shapiro-Phim sits down with Ethics Center colleague and fellow anthropologist Leigh Swigart to describe her longtime engagement in the field of human rights and the arts. Read the full BrandeisNOW article here.

September 2019 

The 2019 Brandeis ENACT Anthology is available online  (9/19)
The 2019 Brandeis ENACT Anthology "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts law" is now available as a PDF. View or download here. Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b), as seen in our Spring Courses, is taught by Professor Melissa Stimell and is part of the national program ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

Applications are now being accepted from across the United States for the third cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows (9/16)
Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019. Read details about the fellowship and access the online application here. Read about the first cohort of Faculty Fellows here and the second cohort here.

August 2019 

Leigh Swigart’s ethnographic research at the ICC included in newly-published volume, Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication
Leigh Swigart, Director of Programs in International Justice and Society at the Ethics Center, recently had a chapter published in a Cambridge University Press volume entitled Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication (Freya Baetens, ed.). Her chapter, "Unseen and Unsung: Language Services at the International Criminal Court and Their Impact on Institutional Legitimacy," is based on her ongoing ethnographic research at the International Criminal Court (ICC). You can read a blogpost about this work and download an extended version of the recently published chapter here

June 2019 

Tony Shapiro-Phim Joins the Ethics Center (6/1)
The Ethics Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Toni Shapiro-Phim as Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and Assistant Director of the Center's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Beginning in the fall semester 2019, she will support the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, 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. Read more here.

May 2019

ENACT Featured in BrandeisNOW (5/28) 
BrandeisNOW, part of Brandeis's offical media team, has written about the ENACT program and student particpation in classes and events. To read the article, "Brandesians leading through legislation," and to find out more about the ENACT mission, click here.

ENACT Awarded a Multi-Year Grant to Expand to All 50 States (5/17) 
ENACT will be able to expand to all 50 states thanks to a grant from the Teagle Foundation. 

April 2019

ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagement  (4/8) 
Massachusetts State Senators Diana DiZoglio and Cindy Friedman and Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy, as well as their perspectives on political engagement, particularly at the state level, in conversation with the students from ENACT courses around the United States. Read more about the event here. A Brandeis HOOT article also goes in depth about the panel: read it here.

March 2019

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life - Anna Deavere Smith (3/21)
The 2019 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Anna Deavere Smith, gave a lecture titled “Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition”. Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theater to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. 
The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theater — a
 blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Smith's film and TV appearances include The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, and Black-ish. Read a BrandeisNOW article about Smith's lecture here. Watch her presentation here

The Trials of Richard Goldstone(3/18)
The Ethics Center hosted a reading, discussion, and reception featuring Richard Goldstone, Ethics Center International Advisory Board member and former chair; and Daniel Terris, Director Emeritus of the Ethics Center. In The Trials of Richard Goldstone (published in December 2018 by Rutgers University Press), Daniel Terris tells the story of this extraordinary individual and the price he paid for his convictions. Richard Goldstone’s dramatic life story reveals that even in a world rife with prejudice, nationalism, and contempt for human rights, one courageous man can advance the cause of justice. Read more about the event here

February 2019

'DEIS Impact (2/3-9)
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Student Union, supported by The Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice and The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, presented Brandeis University’s eighth annual weeklong "Festival of Social Justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, featuring talks, art making workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. Read more about 'DEIS Impact here

January 2019

Leigh Swigart Featured in TV Series (1/6)
Leigh Swigart was featured in an episode of the Curiosity Foundation’s TV series “New England Authors with Kameel Nasr” discussing The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World’s Cases, which she wrote with Daniel Terris and Cesare P. Romano. Watch the episode here. 

"Year Abroad, Queer Abroad" (1/22)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; the Office of Study Abroad; the Gender and Sexuality Center; and the Intercultural Center hosted the annual YEAR ABROAD, QUEER ABROAD: LGBTQIA+ Returnee Panel. This panel of students spoke on their experiences as LGBTQIA+ students who have traveled abroad, followed by a Q&A session. Read more about the 2013 event here

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