What’s ahead at Brandeis in 2019

At Brandeis, the new year will ring in an unprecedented number of special events, including major milestones for signature Brandeis programs

The number "2019" with light bulbs in the numbers arranged on a table
At Brandeis, the new year will ring in an unprecedented number of special events, including major milestones for signature Brandeis programs. In no way an exhaustive list, here’s a sneak peek at some of the largest events in store for the coming semester. Don’t forget to regularly check the campus calendar so you don’t miss out!

Midyears arrive – Sunday, January 13

The midyear student class of 2022 arrives on campus along with transfers to move into residence halls and start new student orientation. Orientations Leaders (OLs) have a robust program planned to help their new peers settle in and get up to speed on all things Brandeis.

Ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of Service – Monday, Jan. 21

Brandeis community members will honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in social justice discussions with Brandeis clubs and local non-profits and packing meals for food pantries and congregations that serve the homeless community. The day includes a series of workshops on spirituality and prejudice as well as a keynote talk by Kevin C. Peterson of the New Democracy coalition. All are welcome to attend and make donations.

The Rose Art Museum features Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen – February 1 - May 19, 2019

For nearly five decades, Howardena Pindell has explored the intersection of art and activism. “Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen” features early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979.

The Rose Art Museum’s presentation is a major return of the artist to the museum. In 1993, the Rose hosted “Howardena Pindell: A Retrospective, 1972 to 1992.” “What Remains To Be Seen” explores the continued arc of Pindell’s career, celebrating her singular vision and its enduring imprint on contemporary art.

‘deis Impact! – Feb. 3 - Feb. 9

‘deis IMPACT! is Brandeis’ festival of social justice. The week-long program empowers the entire campus community to sponsor programming opportunities connected to important social justice themes.

Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) 50th Anniversary Commemoration – Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9

A two-day academic celebration of Brandeis University’s AAAS department, a pioneer for African-American studies across the country, sponsored by the Office of the President, Alumni Relations, Legacy Fund for Social Justice, Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, DEIS Impact and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

The Friday program features a poetry reading by Askia M. Touré, a panel about Ford Hall 1969 and a keynote address from Angela Davis ’65 and Julieanna Richardson ’76 H’16. Saturday’s schedule includes panels on AAAS and alumni legacies while Hortense Spillers PhD ’74 will also deliver keynote remarks.
2019 Beanpot Fencing Invitational – Wednesday, Feb. 13

The Beanpot Fencing Invitational features the top four collegiate varsity fencing programs in Massachusetts: Brandeis, Harvard, MIT and Boston College. The Judges are hosting this year’s invitational for the first time since 2014 inside the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center field house.

UAA Track and Field Championships – Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24

The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center field house will host this year’s University Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. Brandeis Judges runners will compete against their peers from Carnegie-Mellon, Case Western, Emory, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, and Washington University-St. Louis.
Celebrating 60 years of the Wien International Scholarship Program – Saturday, March 9 and Sunday March 10

Established in 1958, the Wien International Scholarship Program at Brandeis brings students from every corner of the globe to campus. Numerous international students have gone on to become renowned leaders in the fields of science, arts, politics, business and the humanities thanks to the support of Lawrence A. Wien, Mae L. Wien and the entire Wien family.
Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz and his wife, Jessica, will honor the Wien International Scholarship Program’s 60th anniversary at a gala dinner on March 9.

Rosenstiel Award Ceremony – March 25

Stephen C. Harrison will deliver a lecture and add another honor to his impressive breadth of academic achievements on March 25 when he accepts the 48th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research at Brandeis for his fundamental and far-reaching studies of protein structure using X-ray crystallography.

Harrison is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Chief of Harvard Medical School’s Division of Molecular Medicine and the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Professor of Basic Medical Studies.

The Rosenstiel Award was established in 1971 for scientists who make recent discoveries of particular originality and importance to basic medical research. Thirty six of the 90 Rosenstiel Award winners (some years featured multiple winners) have also gone on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or in Chemistry.

MusicUnitesUS Presents – March 25-30

“The Notion of Melody – An Interweaving of Culture and Spirit,” led by Māori composer, Horomona Horo, Australian composer Ian Munro and Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate.

Musicians also include New Zealand violist Gillian Ansell, U.S. violinist and Brandeis professor of the practice of music Judith Eissenberg, U.S. cellist Rhonda Rider, and New Zealand/Australian violinist Wilma Smith.

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts – April 7-13

The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, faculty and alumni.

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