Category: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Brandeis undergraduates and recent alums win Fulbright grantsApril 26, 2016
Five Brandeisians have been awarded grants from the prestigious program and will assist in teaching English to non-native English speakers at posts around the world for a year.
- Brandeis honors three professors with teaching awardsApril 26, 2016
Arts and Sciences presented the Lerman-Neubauer ’69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, the Michael L. Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching, and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
- Watch Kerry Washington and Anita Hill talk HBO's 'Confirmation' at Brandeis April 14, 2016
View the entire discussion from March 6, 2016 between University Professor Anita Hill and actor Kerry Washington
- Student researchers search for the truth to set the wrongfully convicted freeApril 11, 2016
Brandeis students have worked together over the years at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism to help exonerate two wrongfully convicted men
- Brandeis names American Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna '75, MA'75, University ProfessorApril 8, 2016
Sarna, a leading expert in the field of American Jewish history and the author or co-author of more than 30 books, is set to receive one of Brandeis' highest honors.
- Brontë Velez ’16 wins a 2016 Davis Projects for Peace GrantApril 1, 2016
- Food Tank offers food for thoughtMarch 29, 2016
Students, faculty and staff come together for month-long think tank on making food production and consumption more sustainable.
- Theaster Gates honored with Richman FellowshipMarch 24, 2016
The artist and community builder delivered a lecture that was more of a performance, incorporating song, humor and reflection.
- Brandeis benefactor Joseph Mandel dies at 102March 23, 2016
Brandeis honors and remembers the lasting legacy of one of its most generous benefactors
- Brandeis Inside Out: David Benger '14March 18, 2016
For David Benger, campus connections have been a valuable resource beyond graduation.
- MusicUnitesUs presents: Masters of the Korean traditional music gugakMarch 14, 2016
The group of musicians are visiting campus for a weeklong residency, culminating in performances on March 19 and 20.
- Justices Scalia and Brandeis: History repeats itself (sort of)March 10, 2016
One hundred years ago, Washington became embroiled in one of the biggest struggles over a Supreme Court justice in American history. What can it tell us about what's going on today?
- Mirsky’s book nominated for prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish LiteratureMarch 7, 2016
- Behind the Scenes at Brandeis’ First Diversity Conference March 3, 2016
A group of undergrads conceived and organized a daylong conference on diversity, held on February 27 in the Shapiro Campus Center.
- Take Our Battle of the Verdun QuizFeb. 29, 2016
To mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun during World War I, we've posted this quiz testing your knowledge of one of the West's greatest military conflicts. Based on the book "Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War," by Brandeis professor of history Paul Jankowski.
- Martha Minow awarded Gittler PrizeFeb. 29, 2016
After receiving the prize, the Harvard Law School dean delivered a lecture on bystanders, "upstanders," and how privatization is playing an increasing role in the world.
- Experts and students discuss campus climate policyFeb. 26, 2016
Brandeis continued the discussion on climate change policy when it invited students, faculty and leading experts in environmental science to discuss divestment and greening the campus.
- Alleged anti-Semitism at Oxford condemned by Jonathan SarnaFeb. 23, 2016
Brandeis professor Jonathan Sarna ’75, MA’75, an expert on American Jewish history, weighs in on reports from across the country and globe regarding the alleged rise of anti-semitism on college campuses.
- Beyond the Supreme Court: Stephen Whitfield, PhD'72, explains Louis D. Brandeis' legacyFeb. 19, 2016
The late Supreme Court Justice, from whom Brandeis University gets its name, is still remembered for his work on behalf of all citizens, not only those who were privileged and wealthy
- Brandeis’ Schuster Institute helps free another wrongfully convicted manFeb. 12, 2016
George Perrot spent 30 years in prison on a break-in and rape conviction. Five years after the Schuster Institute took on his case, Perrot was freed from prison, the second wrongfully convicted person its investigative journalists and legal team have helped free in the past seven months.
- How health systems respond to ZikaFeb. 11, 2016
Diana Bowser of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management explains how health systems respond to outbreaks like Zika virus.
- Louis Brandeis hiding in plain sight, on the campus that adopted his nameFeb. 9, 2016
Archives and Special Collections staff at Brandeis maintain one of the most significant collections of Louis D. Brandeis' personal items in the world, and present it for the university to see.
- Ingram dances between the law and arts in 'DEIS Impact keynoteFeb. 5, 2016
The tap dancer and civil rights attorney addressed both of her areas of expertise. 'DEIS Impact runs through Feb. 7.
- American Jewish Historical Society honors SarnaFeb. 3, 2016
Brandeis professor Jonathan Sarna is being presented the Lee Max Friedman award for his writings on American Jewish history on June 20 in New York City.
- Carina Ray’s scholarship was sparked by her personal experiencesFeb. 1, 2016
The newest African and Afro-American Studies professor will begin teaching courses at Brandeis next semester.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits campus to celebrate Louis BrandeisJan. 29, 2016
One hundred years to the day that Louis Brandeis was nominated to the nation’s highest court, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in the centennial celebration highlighting Brandeis’ continued influence on public discourse and American jurisprudence.
- Lessons learned from Louis D. BrandeisJan. 28, 2016
- Timeline offers intimate peek into Louis Brandeis’ Supreme Court appointmentJan. 26, 2016
As the university prepares for the 100th anniversary celebration of Louis Brandeis' nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court, Professor Daniel Breen and his students have compiled a number of the Justice's personal items into a timeline that will unfold during the spring semester.
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences launches Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion ScholarshipJan. 25, 2016
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has established the Diversity, Excellence, and Inclusion Scholarship to make graduate studies a reality for students who are often overlooked in traditional admissions processes.
- Brandeis celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.Jan. 22, 2016
The university community gathered Jan. 18 to memorialize the civil rights icon with an evening of performances, reflections on his legacy and a film screening.
- How student debt impacts the racial wealth gapJan. 20, 2016
Heller School’s Thomas Shapiro reports that findings from the latest Racial Wealth Audit highlighted the racial disparities that exist in student borrowing and how student debt impacts the racial wealth gap among young households.
- Brandeis faculty books finalists for National Jewish Book AwardsJan. 20, 2016
The Jewish Book Council named two books by Brandeis faculty as finalists for the National Jewish Book Award, North America’s longest running Jewish literature awards program.
- Lynch outlines workplace-training needs in the ‘new economy’ at international economics meetingJan. 15, 2016
Interim President Lisa Lynch shared her insights on how technological advances, globalization, an aging workforce and changing work organization are changing the skills workers need to do their jobs.
- Germaine Ingram to deliver 2016 'DEIS Impact keynoteJan. 11, 2016
Ingram has pursued social justice as both a professional jazz tap dancer and a civil rights lawyer. She will deliver the keynote address at 'DEIS Impact and give a performance.
- America, its public debt and the world economyJan. 7, 2016
George Hall, the chair of the economics department and the Fred C. Hecht Professor of Economics, sits down with BrandeisNOW to discuss America's current debt and what the future could have in store for the global community.
- David Engerman elected president of Society for Historians of American Foreign RelationsJan. 6, 2016
David C. Engerman, the Ottilie Springer Professor of History and chair of the department of history, has been elected president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
- A year in pictures: A photographic retrospective of 2015Dec. 31, 2015
From record snowfall to the naming of a new president, it was a busy and notable year at Brandeis. Take a few minutes to enjoy a photographic retrospective of the year that was on campus.
- Heller School partners with Harvard to address substance abuse in the U.S.Dec. 21, 2015
Brandeis and Harvard use a $3.6 million National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to establish a center focused on reducing the substance use problem in the U.S.
- Karpf and Hahn Peace Award winners namedDec. 21, 2015
- Hunker down with the Winter issue of Brandeis MagazineDec. 15, 2015
The Winter issue of Brandeis Magazine contains a season’s worth of stories to curl up with — including a retrospective on Louis D. Brandeis’ lasting impact on our ideas of privacy, free speech, inequality and social justice — as well as Class Notes, campus news and more.
- American Historical Association awards book prize to LanserDec. 11, 2015
The American Historical Association has awarded Susan S. Lanser, professor of comparative literature, English, and women's, gender and sexuality studies, with the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for her book “The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830."
- 'While I ran to war, she ran from it'Dec. 10, 2015
Phoenicia Lewis, SIDCO'16 (left) and Wafaa Arbash, SIDCO'16, graduate students in the Heller School’s Coexistence and Conflict/Sustainable International Development dual degree program, offer their unique perspectives on finding humanity amid the dust of war.
- KRS-One visits Brandeis for Art, Race, Activism talkDec. 9, 2015
The hip-hop icon KRS-One delivered a free-flowing talk, took questions from the capacity audience and shared his picks for the top five hip-hop albums of all time.
- Targoff honored by Modern Language Association of AmericaDec. 4, 2015
Brandeis' director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities earns honorable mention for her book on posthumous love's portrayal in English poetry.
- Roundtable addresses American Jewish community disengagement, offers solutionsNov. 23, 2015
Seven Brandeis professors and scholars shared their perspectives on the vitality of American Jewish faith, life and culture during a public discussion of a study — and a response to the study — that suggests the American Jewish community is becoming increasingly less engaged.
- Talking heads: what toilets and sewers tell us about ancient Roman sanitationNov. 19, 2015
In recognition of the United Nations declaring Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department of classical studies, writes in The Conversation that ancient Romans' sense of cleanliness and privacy around bathroom matters differs greatly from contemporary standards.
- Kevin Dupont ’16 has made the world his classroomNov. 16, 2015
After working for United Nations while studying abroad and traveling to Asia, Africa and Europe to study social media around the world, this Brandeis senior has truly global roots.
- Tending the congressional flock: Study examines House and Senate chaplain prayersNov. 13, 2015
Professor Wendy Cadge studied prayers by congressional chaplains and found they were more likely to ask for something of God than to give thanks.
- Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on the need for investigative journalismNov. 12, 2015
Brandeis screened the critically acclaimed film about the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese and hosted the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for a panel discussion.
- Video game industry critic Anita Sarkeesian talks tropes at BrandeisNov. 4, 2015
The founder of Feminist Frequency outlined some of the ways women are objectified in video games during a talk at Wasserman Cinematheque.
- Michael Walzer ’56 argues for states to include all communitiesNov. 4, 2015
In a lecture that examined socialism, nationalism and the Jewish state, Michael Walzer offered his thoughts on the obligations of a state toward the people living within its borders.
- Koloski-Ostrow to be honored nationally for contributions to archaeological educationNov. 2, 2015
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department of classical studies at Brandeis and co-director of the graduate MA program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
- Theaster Gates to be awarded prestigious Richman FellowshipOct. 28, 2015
The Chicago-based artist and social activist will visit campus and deliver a talk in March.
- Alum, former Sorensen fellow, returns to campus for mini-residencyOct. 27, 2015
Ariele Cohen ’99 shared the story of her transformative fellowship with current students
- Home Within: Kinan Azmeh’s Musical Prayer for SyriaOct. 23, 2015
MusicUnitesUS brings the Syrian composer to campus Oct. 26 to 31, with a performance at the Slosberg Music Center on Oct. 31.
- Brandeis Re:Joyces for Joyce Antler '63, a historian, activist, mentor and friendOct. 20, 2015
Joyce Antler's colleagues and students gathered for a weekend-long symposium to honor her life's work as a cultural historian, feminist and mentor.
- New faculty bring wide array of expertise to labs, classroomsOct. 14, 2015
Brandeis welcomed a robust group of scholars to campus this fall, one of the largest group of tenure-eligible faculty appointments in recent years.
- Echavarria, Graves shine the spotlight on an imperfect criminal justice systemOct. 13, 2015
Florence Graves and the students and staff of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism spent years working to free Angel Echavarria from a wrongful murder conviction. Graves recently spoke to Waltham High School students about his case.
- Martha Minow named winner of 2015-16 Gittler PrizeOct. 6, 2015
Minow, dean of Harvard Law School and an advocate for issues of social justice, civil rights, and education, will receive the medal and speak in an event at Brandeis in February.
- Lachman to Receive GSA’s 2015 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology AwardOct. 2, 2015
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Margie E. Lachman, PhD, of Brandeis University as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.
- Anita Hill's appointment as University Professor celebratedSept. 29, 2015
Hill, the seventh University Professor in Brandeis history, presented a lecture on bias and discrimination, and was feted at a reception.
- Brandeis students digging up Concord’s hidden historySept. 29, 2015
Professors offer their students a chance to get down and dirty at an archaeological dig site that seeks to uncover clues about a farm’s former inhabitants, from Native Americans to German prisoners of war.
- Studying abroad prepares students to be world citizensSept. 29, 2015
At the Office of Study Abroad's annual fair, students had the opportunity to learn about various academic programs around the world that promise to further enrich their four years of college.
- French-Canadian docudrama based on Fischer’s book wins a prix GémeauxSept. 25, 2015
David Hackett Fischer’s bestselling book “Champlain’s Dream” was the basis and inspiration for a French-Canadian docudrama series that won a prix Gémeaux, which is known as the Emmy Award of francophone Canada.
- 3-D learning channels the senses in Brandeis classroomsSept. 16, 2015
Brandeis professors from a wide array of academic disciplines — from the sciences, to the arts to the classical studies — are using 3-D printing technology to help their students learn in new and engaging ways.
- Crown Center for Middle East Studies celebrates 10 YearsSept. 10, 2015
An event that looked back on the center's founding and toward its bright future was held Sept. 8.
- Rose Art Museum fall season features Lisa Yuskavage, 60s pop art and moreSept. 3, 2015
The Rose opens for the fall Sept. 12. Check out a sampling from the exhibitions.
- Segal Fellows carry social justice torch, determined to make positive societal changeSept. 3, 2015
Six graduate and undergraduate students participated in summer internships focused on social justice and leadership as Segal Fellows, a program founded in memory of Eli Segal ’64.
- Noah Litwer '15 plants a seed at Prospect HillAug. 21, 2015
With a Davis Projects for Peace grant, Litwer has started two community gardens at the affordable housing development.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 years laterJuly 23, 2015
Professor Susan Parish of the Heller School for social policy and management offers her thoughts on the positive outcomes from the ADA as well as areas in which the law could be improved.
- Library & Technology Services program helps faculty to develop student information literacyJuly 15, 2015
Library & Technology Services has established a grant program to support faculty collaboration with librarians to build meaningful information literacy education into their classes.
- Iranian nuclear agreement: questions and politicsJuly 15, 2015
Nader Habibi, the Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East in the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, discusses the Iranian nuclear agreement and its potential impact on Iran and the Middle East and how it might affect the petroleum market.
- Representatives of Brandeis fly on El Al’s maiden Boston to Tel Aviv flightJuly 7, 2015
- Campus candlelight vigil honors Charleston shooting victimsJuly 6, 2015
Members of the Brandeis community gathered to remember the victims of the shootings in Charleston with a candlelight vigil.
- David Hackett Fischer wins Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime AchievementJune 30, 2015
The award recognizes Fischer's contributions to enriching the understanding of military history
- Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, what's next?June 26, 2015
Michael Doonan, director of the Master of Public Policy, program explains what the Supreme Court ruling means for the future of health care.
- #CharlestonSyllabus raises the conversation on shootingsJune 24, 2015
Brandeis Prof. Chad Williams created the hashtag to crowdsource books, films and educational materials to serve as a basis for an informed conversation on the shootings.
- David Ellenson to lead the Schusterman Center for Israel StudiesJune 22, 2015
Ellenson, an internationally renowned scholar of modern Judaism and academic leader, to begin serving as acting director of the center July 1.
- Racial and caste oppression have many similaritiesJune 22, 2015
The Heller School's Raj Sampath writes in The Conversation that in studying racial inequality in America and caste inequality in India, the story of one struggle for social justice can illuminate the pitfalls and prospects of success of another.
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