Class Correspondent

Amy Lipton lives in Greenwich, Conn., with her husband, Richard. Their two adult children live in Manhattan. After practicing law for almost 20 years, she now focuses her time on pro-Israel advocacy and Israel-related philanthropic nonprofits (mostly involving education inequality). Jonathan D. Sarna ’75, MA’75, and Ruth Langer are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son, Aaron, to Talya Housman of Brookline, Mass. A June wedding was planned. Jonathan is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis. His recent book, “When General Grant Expelled the Jews,” was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Author, public relations expert and mental health advocate Terrie Williams was named to theGrio’s 100 for her trailblazing efforts in bringing national attention to the issue of depression in the African-American community. One of Ebony magazine’s Power 150 for Activism and Woman’s Day magazine’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, she bravely shared her own story of depression in Essence magazine in 2005. For more than 30 years, she has used her influence and communications expertise to educate and engage audiences in causes. Her latest book, “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting,” is credited with starting an unprecedented national dialogue about depression and the impact the stigma of mental illness has, particularly on the African-American community. Frances Hagopian is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Associate Professor for Brazil Studies at Harvard University and the faculty chair of the Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She is the author of numerous books on the comparative politics of Latin America, with emphasis on democratization, political representation, political economy, and religion and politics. She took part in a panel discussion at Brandeis in March during the 50th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

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