Category: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Schuster Institute’s dogged work helps bring one man his freedomMay 21, 2015
After 21 years in prison, Angel Echavarria, who has maintained his innocence against murder charges for years, might be within touching distance of his freedom.
- Bateman wins Rabb School Outstanding Teacher AwardMay 20, 2015
Leanne Bateman, the academic program chair for the Project and Program Management and Strategic Analytics programs, has been the given this year's Rabb Outstanding Teacher Award and a $1,000 prize.
- Senior faculty research leaves awardedMay 20, 2015
Brandeis has awarded research leaves to four senior faculty members, providing them a semester free of teaching responsibilities and enabling them to focus on a scholarly or creative project.
- Jamaica Kincaid to humanities grads: 'Don't be afraid to wonder who you are'May 17, 2015
Renowned author provides address during the humanities diploma ceremony, challenges graduates to make society better and to live a full life.
- Yotam Ottolenghi explains the stories and traditions behind his cookbook, 'Jerusalem'May 17, 2015
Ottolenghi spoke at the Fellows and Trustees Breakfast before receiving an honorary degree during Brandeis’ commencement ceremony on Sunday.
- Allysha Roth's graduate addressMay 17, 2015
- Arts and Sciences honors four faculty membersMay 14, 2015
Eva Bellin, Isaac Krauss, Jennifer Cleary and Jané Kondev have all been honored by the School of Arts and Sciences with annually given faculty awards.
- Tavares hopes her path to becoming a college graduate inspires others May 12, 2015
After immigrating to the U.S. from Cape Verde at age 15, Lara Tavares '15 will graduate from Brandeis on May 17 and has her sights set on closing the nation's education gap.
- Leader-Scholar Communities bond over research projectsMay 7, 2015
First-year students recently presented their findings – and recommendations – from their year-long projects that focused on addressing societal issues.
- Sarna unveils his new book on Lincoln's interactions with JewsApril 30, 2015
Jonathan Sarna examines President Lincoln's relationships with Jewish people with co-author Benjamin Shapell in their book, "Lincoln and the Jews: A History."
- $4.5 million grants to boost hospital chaplain research literacyApril 27, 2015
Wendy Cadge is co-leader of a project, funded by two grants from the John Templeton Foundation, that will better equip hospital chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate and advocate for the spiritual care they provide.
- A Balancing Act: The Liberal Arts Research University in the 21st CenturyApril 27, 2015
Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence was joined by faculty for a discussion that celebrated his tenure and looked to the future.
- Julieanna Richardson '76 building something special with 'The HistoryMakers'April 23, 2015
Alumna has collected 9,000 hours of interviews for the oral history project, which has teamed with Brandeis for a grant.
- David Kertzer, PhD'74, wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Pope and Mussolini'April 22, 2015
For the second consecutive year, a Brandeis alumnus has won a Pulitzer Prize. This time, it was David Kertzer winning the Pulitzer Prize in biography for his book “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.”
- French students win International Video CompetitionApril 21, 2015
Students representing eight of the languages offered at Brandeis showed off their acting and foreign language speaking skills as they presented their short films.
- Anita Hill named University ProfessorApril 15, 2015
The Brandeis Board of Trustees unanimously voted to recognize Anita Hill, a senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, with a promotion to University Professor.
- Sharing stories of war and struggle leads to new friendships April 14, 2015
Students working in the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry uncover previously unknown, first-hand accounts about living in the Soviet Union before and after World War II.
- 2015 Richman Fellow Julian Bond visits campusApril 6, 2015
The civil rights leader presents keynote address, meets with students and the Brandeis community in a series of campus events.
- Lincoln and the Jews: A story of mutual respectApril 2, 2015
Professor Jonathan Sarna's new book takes us back in time and reveals how one of the most celebrated presidents of all-time helped make Jews equals in American society.
- Ancient cities destroyed by modern madnessApril 1, 2015
To date, militants in Northern Iraq have bulldozed at least two ancient cities and destroyed or looted hundreds of artifacts. Professor Tzvi Abusch discussed with BrandeisNOW the destruction of these sites and their impact our understanding of the ancient world.
- GRAMMY Foundation grant to support restoration of Lenny Bruce recordingsMarch 31, 2015
The historic recordings are extremely fragile and would be lost without restoration and reformatting.
- Former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering to speak at commencementMarch 30, 2015
Senior statesman is one of five honorary degree recipients being recognized for achievements in literature, international relations, dance and culinary culture.
- An online odyssey to better understand the BibleMarch 30, 2015
Marc Brettler eyes greater Biblical literacy among the public through his contributions to Bible Odyssey, an online source for academic perspectives on one of the most important books ever assembled.
- Former Miss World encourages sexual assault survivors to speak outMarch 25, 2015
Linor Abargil came to Brandeis to screen her documentary, "Brave Miss World," and speak to the community about eradicating rape and sexual assault.
- Using a 20th century murder to understand the history of evidenceMarch 24, 2015
New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore visited Brandeis to present her lecture "Foolproof: a brief history of evidence."
- Myra Kraft Transitional Year students celebrate the Stamp ActMarch 24, 2015
Students put on a performance and create an exhibit as part of History lecturer Craig Bruce Smith's course, "Preserving Boston's Past: Public History and Digital Humanities."
- Milford Graves headlining first Brandeis Improv FestivalMarch 23, 2015
The festival will bring together improvisers from all walks of life. It runs from March 27 to 29.
- Civil rights leader Julian Bond to visit campus March 31 to April 2 as Richman FellowMarch 23, 2015
The former Georgia state senator and chairman of the NAACP will be part of a series of events around campus during his visit.
- Sorensen Fellows prepare for summer journeysMarch 20, 2015
The eight Brandeis undergraduates will participate in internships around the globe this summer.
- Lilith Magazine archives added to special collectionsMarch 13, 2015
The Jewish feminism magazine's archives have been acquired by the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections.
- Thomas Friedman ’75, H’88: Role of climate change overlooked in Middle East turmoilMarch 2, 2015
Thomas Friedman '75, H'88 said the “-ism” that will determine the Middle East’s future will be environmentalism, not radicalism or extremism, during a talk at Brandeis.
- Board approves tenure appointments, two new degree programsFeb. 13, 2015
The Board of Trustees has approved tenure for two Brandeis International Business School faculty members and the establishment of two new degree programs.
- Brandeis alumni and scholars win prestigious book awardsFeb. 11, 2015
- City Year founder tells his story at 'DEIS ImpactFeb. 6, 2015
Alan Khazei, who delivered the keynote address at the fourth annual 'Deis Impact, encouraged students to be determined in their pursuits of social justice.
- Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian takes on gamingFeb. 3, 2015
The outspoken advocate for gender equality in gaming was scheduled to deliver the Martin Wiener Lecture in Computer Science on Feb. 9. It was postponed due to the weather.
- Alan Khazei to give keynote address at 2015 'DEIS ImpactJan. 22, 2015
The festival of social justice runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9.
- Brandeis celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and 'The King in Us All'Jan. 21, 2015
Roy DeBerry '70 was the featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.
- Brandeis to host showing of ‘Selma,’ panel discussion on race and civil rightsJan. 20, 2015
A week of reflection on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., includes special screening of the critically acclaimed "Selma" on Jan. 21 and a faculty discussion on race, civil rights and social justice on Jan. 22.
- International Center for Ethics organizes gathering of judgesJan. 16, 2015
Judges serving on the benches of 11 international courts and tribunals around the globe gathered in Malta from Jan. 4 to 8 for the 10th Brandeis Institute for International Judges.
- Jankowski's 'Verdun' wins World War One Historical Association's book prizeJan. 16, 2015
Paul Jankowski, the Raymond Ginger Professor of History, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”
- Ethan Stein '15 launches cyber security company, eyes changing the worldJan. 15, 2015
CyberSecurityPlan, the recently started venture of Brandeis senior Ethan Stein, is set to offer companies and organizations a stronger and safer defense against cyber attacks.
- PBS airs documentary on Cunningham's "Klansville, U.S.A."Jan. 12, 2015
The PBS “American Experience” documentary based on a 2013 book by Brandeis sociology professor David Cunningham debuted nationally on Jan. 13.
- University of Bern honors BrootenJan. 12, 2015
The University of Bern has awarded an honorary doctorate in theology to Bernadette J. Brooten, the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies.
- Brandeis named a top 10 school for a sociology degreeJan. 7, 2015
- Jonathan Sarna lecture to air Dec. 27 on C-SPAN 3Dec. 23, 2014
A class lecture by Jonathan Sarna on Henry Ford and his support of anti-Semitic publications will be broadcast on C-SPAN 3, Saturday, Dec. 27, at 8 p.m.
- Winter issue of Brandeis Magazine in mailboxes and onlineDec. 22, 2014
The latest issue explores what it means to be Brandeisian, from Ebola clinics in Africa to legal courts in the United States.
- Revving it up in and out of the classroomDec. 18, 2014
Jen Swain ’15 has made the most of her Brandeis experience. While busy with her studies during the week, on many fall Saturdays she is at Gillette Stadium cheering on the New England Revolution as a member of the Rev Girls.
- Sorensen Fellows reflect on summer journeysDec. 15, 2014
The six fellows had internships that took them around the globe. They described their experiences in a recent presentation.
- The Americanization of HanukkahDec. 15, 2014
Jonathan Sarna '75, MA'75, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, discusses the growing significance of Hanukkah for American Jews.
- World of Work helps open doors for ambitious undergradsDec. 8, 2014
The Hiatt Career Center program awards stipends for Brandeis students performing unpaid internships. For some students, it allows for opportunities that wouldn't have been possible.
- Ku Klux Klan’s lasting legacy on the U.S. political systemDec. 4, 2014
David Cunningham reports in a study that the Ku Klux Klan’s activities in the 1960s have had an enduring effect on U.S. politics.
- Learning from past epidemics: What can smallpox tell us about Ebola?Dec. 2, 2014
Leff Families Professor of History Michael Willrich discusses the parallels between the U.S.’s response to the smallpox epidemic at the turn of the 20th century and the current Ebola epidemic.
- New Brandeis research consortium promotes healthy aging through active livingDec. 1, 2014
The National Institute on Aging awarded Brandeis University $1.5 million to lead a research consortium that will develop, test and promote healthy aging strategies.
- New England agriculture and the evolving Thanksgiving tableNov. 24, 2014
Farming historian and associate professor of environmental studies Brian Donahue discusses the traditional Thanksgiving menu and its evolution over the centuries.
- Supreme Court case could set standard for Internet threatsNov. 24, 2014
Elonis v. United States will be the subject of a conference at Brandeis on Dec. 2, featuring speakers who wrote briefs submitted to the Supreme Court.
- ADHD pandemic causes researchers to fidgetNov. 18, 2014
In a recent paper in the journal Social Science and Medicine, professor Peter Conrad and coauthor Meredith Bergey examined the growth of ADHD in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil.
- Brandeis goes global during International Education WeekNov. 12, 2014
Campus will connect with the world for a weeklong celebration of diverse cultures, people, and ideas.
- Child Opportunity Index outlined at Health Affairs eventNov. 11, 2014
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy, was among a group of featured authors from the November issue of Health Affairs to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
- Kate Moran awarded Humboldt FellowshipNov. 11, 2014
Kate A. Moran has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to support her work on a book that explores how dependence and interdependence fit into Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, especially his theory of autonomy.
- When the Berlin Wall fellNov. 10, 2014
Associate Professor Sabine von Mering shares her memories of growing up in a divided Germany and being at an aunt’s birthday party in West Germany when the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989.
- Errol Morris and director Vanessa Lapa talk 'The Decent One' after screeningNov. 10, 2014
"The Decent One" is narrated by recently discovered letters by Heinrich Himmler, read in German by actors and translated into English subtitles. The letters chronicle Himmler's life, from his childhood to his death in 1945.
- Ebola in West Africa: The outbreak's impact and a look to the futureNov. 6, 2014
Public health physician and adjunct professor Theo J.C. Lippeveld and director of the PhD Program at the Heller School and Chief Economist of the Global Health Bureau for USAID Allyala K. Nandakumar talked about Ebola in West Africa last week.
- Ruderman Scholars committed to improving the lives of people with disabilitiesOct. 28, 2014
After completing an internship geared at helping people with disabilities, four Brandeis undergraduates will take part in a research assistantship.
- Midterm elections: motherhood, age and gender's influence on political behaviorOct. 27, 2014
Associate Professor of Politics Jill Greenlee gives a fresh perspective on understanding voters' decisions at the ballot box.
- Marty Krauss appointed Heller School's interim deanOct. 23, 2014
President Frederick M. Lawrence and Provost-elect Lisa M. Lynch have named Marty Krauss PhD '81, a renowned expert in intellectual disabilities, as interim dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
- New community center in Prospect Hill celebratedOct. 17, 2014
Brandeis, Bentley and the city of Waltham have collaborated to establish the center, staffed predominantly by students volunteers from the universities.
- Study: Dengue fever vastly underreported in IndiaOct. 7, 2014
The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is 282 times higher than officially reported, and the disease inflicts an economic burden on the country of at least US$1.11 billion each year in medical and other expenses.
- Gustavo Gutiérrez presented the Gittler PrizeOct. 6, 2014
In an hour-long lecture before receiving the prize, Gutiérrez said he considered his theological work a series of attempts to express his love for his faith.
- Antony Polonsky appointed historian of new Polish Jewish museumOct. 1, 2014
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw will open Oct. 28 with Brandeis Professor Antony Polonsky as its chief historian.
- Ghanaian President John Mahama visits BrandeisSept. 30, 2014
John D. Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, visited Brandeis to present his lecture "The Promise of Africa."
- One-Dimensional Man at 50: Conference explores Marcuse's workSept. 23, 2014
Herbert Marcuse arrived at Brandeis with almost no scholarly reputation. He left as a towering intellectual figure.
- Robert Reich awarded the first Heller School Dean's MedalSept. 15, 2014
The former Secretary of Labor and Brandeis professor was given the medal in a ceremony held as part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management's 55th anniversary.
- Aida Yuen Wong to give AHL Foundation LectureSept. 10, 2014
Associate Professor of Asian Art Aida Yuen Wong will deliver a lecture in New York City on costume reform and Korean modernization as part of the AHL Foundation's 2014 public lecture series.
- Gustavo Gutiérrez, founder of liberation theology, winner of 2014 Gittler PrizeSept. 4, 2014
The annual prize, which includes $25,000 and a medal, is presented to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations.
- New hirings bolster African diaspora studiesAug. 27, 2014
Two new professors and a fellow are joining Brandeis as part of a plan to expand studies of the African diaspora.
- Sylvia Hassenfeld, trustee, former Board vice chair, diesAug. 17, 2014
Sylvia Hassenfeld, H'98, a longtime trustee and former vice chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees, died on Aug. 15. Hassenfeld was known as a tireless advocate on behalf of Brandeis and for her profound impact on the university.
- Shostak, Cunningham honored at ASA annual meetingAug. 15, 2014
Professors Sara Shostak and David Cunningham will be honored at the 2014 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 16-19 for their recent books.
- Arthur Cohen, Brandeis trustee, diesAug. 12, 2014
Longtime Brandeis Trustee Arthur Cohen, a prominent New York City real estate developer, died on Aug. 9 at his home in Kings Point, N.Y. He was 84.
- Vienna Project honors Austrian Holocaust victimsAug. 7, 2014
The ambitious yearlong project, directed by Brandeis resident scholar Karen Frostig, aims to give equal recognition to all victim groups under Nazism.
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