Of Note

Brandeis a capella group Starving Artists appear on 'Sing that Thing!'Posted: May 20, 2019
Starving Artists on set at Sing that ThingPhoto/Meredith Nierman/WGBH

The Brandeis a capella group Starving Artists appeared on a recent episode of WGBH's choral music competition show "Sing that Thing!"

Eighteen ensembles representing genres from barbershop and pop to gospel and classical compete across eight episodes in three age-based divisions. A panel of three coaches will select two groups from each division to perform on the "Grand Finale," when one group will be named the overall champion.

It was the second appearance on the show for the Starving Artists, who also performed on "Sing that Thing!" last year, bowing out in the final round. In their first appearance this season, they performed Birdy's "Strange Birds."

Watch the full episode.

Sarah McCarty '16 awarded Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling FellowshipPosted: May 9, 2019
Sarah McCarty '16 has been named one of three winners of a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship.

The fellowship provides $19,000 to students in the visual and fine arts for travel and living expenses outside the United States. With the support of the fellowship, McCarty will live in Germany and conduct field and historical research in supremacy ideology. This research will lead to the creation of video works, writing, and collaborative community gatherings.
”Sarah has the ability to gain knowledge from a wide range of research perspectives,” said Tory Fair, associate professor of sculpture. “The fellowship will allow Sarah to continue to grow as a practicing artist and as a citizen who is expressing comprehensive concerns in our human and global environment.”

Funded by the Mortimer and Sara Hays Endowment, Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowships are highly competitive and open to recent graduates of Brandeis, Boston University, The City College of New York/CUNY, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Gallaudet University, Harvard University, Rochester Institute of Technology/NTID, Wesleyan University and Yale University.
Template for sharing the news about earning your Brandeis degreePosted: May 6, 2019

Many local news outlets share graduation news about current or former residents. If you would like to share an announcement about your (or your child's) graduation, below is a template you can follow that will work for many news organizations. Some outlets allow you to include a photo - if you do, be sure to identify the graduate and any family members who may be in the photo.




[TOWN/CITY] resident graduates from Brandeis University

WALTHAM, Mass.—[STUDENT FIRST NAME LAST NAME] of [TOWN/CITY] graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass on Sunday, May 19.




About Brandeis University

As a top-tier private research university with a focus on the liberal arts, Brandeis University is dedicated to teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, engaging them meaningfully in the groundbreaking research of our faculty.

Founded by the American Jewish community in 1948 as a nonsectarian institution at a time when exclusionary practices prevented equal access to some of the nation’s best universities, Brandeis has always welcomed talented students and faculty of every ethnicity, religion and cultural background.

Our 235-acre campus is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation.

Anthropology professor Sarah Lamb named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie FellowPosted: April 23, 2019
Professor of Anthropology Sarah lamb, seated wearing glasses and gray checked blazerPhoto/Mike Lovett

Sarah Lamb

Professor of Anthropology Sarah Lamb, a cultural anthropologist who focuses on aging and gender, has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Lamb is the first Brandeis faculty member to receive a so-called “Brainy Award” from the program, in which scholars receive a $200,000 grant to devote time to research, writing and publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

The program has provided $32 million in grants to more than 160 fellows since 2015. Its overall objective is to offer fresh perspectives on the humanities and solutions to the urgent issues of today. Lamb was one of 32 fellows selected from more than 300 applicants nominated by their university presidents.

Lamb’s recent research has focused on perspectives of “successful aging,” the concept that individuals can postpone or even eliminate the negatives of old age by medical intervention and individual effort. She will use the grant to expand the cultural reach of her studies, adding more diverse populations in the U.S. and expanding her international research from India, where she has already engaged in research, to China. The research will be conducted over a two year period, and Lamb intends to publish her findings in a book.

“How societies construct aging culturally, legally, medically, and institutionally is a pressing global issue of human existence and human rights,” Lamb said. “By bringing together diverse perspectives, my aim is to illuminate taken-for-granted assumptions, helping people envision other, more humane possibilities for making lives meaningful in older age, and diminish social inequalities tied to current successful aging visions.”

A distinguished panel of 16 jurors chose the fellows based on the quality, originality, and potential impact of their proposals, as well as each scholar’s capacity to communicate the findings to a broad audience. The jurors are all scholars and intellectual leaders from some of the world’s leading educational institutions, foundations, and scholarly societies, and six are either current or former university presidents.

“Professor Lamb perfectly embodies anthropology’s mission to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange, in order to help us out of the cultural boxes in which we live — and age,” said Brandeis University Provost Lisa M. Lynch. “Her research will continue to provide us with a better understanding of how elders in diverse social circumstances and cultural contexts relate to the prevailing ideas of so-called successful aging.”
Brandeis students receive competitive study abroad scholarshipPosted: April 16, 2019
Out of an applicant pool of over 2,300 applicants, two Brandeis students have been selected as recipients of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship. This prestigious and competitive scholarship aims to increase access to study abroad for underrepresented students. This year, Brandeis University celebrates the accomplishment and selection of two students as FEA scholars, Jaila Allen ’21 and Arlenne Serna ’21.

Jaila Allen ’21 is a Health: Science, Society, and Policy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies major from Atlanta, Georgia. Jaila is studying abroad this fall 2019 semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received the FEA DIS study abroad scholarship for students studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark through the DIS program. Jaila’s top three goals for study abroad are: To learn about Denmark’s outlook on LGBTQ+ people and their healthcare system; To learn how to cook at least five Danish dishes; To build lasting relationships with both her host family and other DIS students.

Arlenne Serna ’21, is a Sociology, Education Studies, and International and Global Studies major from San Antonio, Texas. Arlenne is studying abroad this fall 2019 semester in Seoul, South Korea. She is a recipient of the Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship through FEA. Three of Arlenne’s goals for her semester is abroad are to visit historical places, learn to dance K-pop, and to try a lot of different Korean foods.

The Office of Study Abroad at Brandeis aims to make study abroad accessible for all students and provides help and resources for students in apply for the Fund for Education Abroad scholarship, as well as other scholarship opportunities.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III visits BrandeisPosted: April 15, 2019
Yehudah Mirsky and Representative Joe KennedyPhoto/Tarah Llewelyn

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III (right) with professor Yehudah Mirsky

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III visited Brandeis University on April 12 to discuss American politics and the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Kennedy, who has represented Massachusetts’ fourth congressional district since 2013, accepted an invitation to campus from the Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee (BIPAC).

In an hour-long discussion with near eastern and Judaic studies professor Yehudah Mirsky, who also previously served in the state department under President Bill Clinton, Kennedy stressed that the United States’ strong ties to the State of Israel will always out-weigh any policy disagreements that may arise between leaders in both countries.

He also discussed the Iran deal, Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS), working with the Trump administration, and the Democratic Party's tactics heading into the 2020 campaigns.