Of Note

Sodexo contract to continue due to pandemicPosted: Aug. 6, 2020
Due to the pandemic, the process for selecting a food service vendor was suspended.  Sodexo will continue to operate as Brandeis' food service vendor under a two-year contract that includes several improvements to the dining experience for the upcoming academic year, including, a full-time nutritionist, revised meal plan choices, third-party oversight of allergen safety, and more diversity in food selection.
Herbert PhD'26, Khilji '20 named Fulbright ScholarsPosted: July 17, 2020

Two Brandeis alumni that were named alternates for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program have been promoted to principal status.

Alexander Herbert PhD '26 has been awarded a research grant to Russia where he will examine environmental politics in the Soviet Union in the decade before collapse using the Leningrad "dam" as a case study to evaluate the growing importance of environmental politics, and how it became a lens through which journalists, activists, and artists began to challenge the Communist Party on a local and national level.

Herbert will work with a number of Russian environmental organizations and NGOs like Greenpeace and Ecodefense. He has also been invited to give guest lectures at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. After completion of his Fulbright grant, Herbert plans to return to the U.S. to complete his PhD in History and conduct research that strengthens connections between environmental historians of the late 20th century on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. Herbert authored the book “What About Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot,” He won the 2020 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award at Brandeis.

Sohaima Khilji BA '20 has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Taiwan. An International and Global Studies major and recipient of a Humanities Fellowship and Segal Fellowship, Khilji also studied abroad with SIT Rabat in Morocco during her junior year.

She served as president of the Brandeis Muslim Student Association, and was an Orientation Leader and part of the Orientation Core Committee. She has also served as an English as a Second Language Teacher for refugees, and has worked with low-income Muslim youth.

While in Taiwan, Khilji is eager to promote dialogue about the broad range of American identities, actively engaging with the local Muslim community and mosque to develop spaces for this dialogue and to share her experience as a Pakistani Muslim-American. She also hopes to engage with the local Muslim community by developing interfaith activities and events where Taiwanese Muslims can discuss what life is like as a Muslim in Taiwan. After completing her Fulbright grant she plans to pursue a career as an immigration attorney.

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute welcomes nine to the Gilda Slifka "virtual" summer internshipPosted: July 10, 2020

Every summer, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute welcomes a cohort of Gilda Slifka summer interns to explore HBI’s mission of fresh ideas about Jews and gender from a variety of angles.

The four pillars of the program include assistance to an HBI-affiliated scholar, development of an individual research or creative project, weekly outings to research archives and places of Jewish interest and weekly discussions with Jewish studies and gender studies scholars that expose the interns to various methodologies and academic frameworks.

This year, HBI’s Gilda Slikfa Summer Internship went virtual with nine interns from the U.S. and Canada. The intern class hails from Brandeis, Brown, Clark, Concordia universities, The University of Chicago, New York University and Smith College. Read more about HBI’s interns and their work here

Croquer steps down as head of Rose Art museum; Gannit Ankori named interim Posted: June 4, 2020

Brandeis University has announced that Luis Croquer, the Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum, has decided to step down after three years as director.  

Since Croquer came to Brandeis he has overseen critically acclaimed exhibitions, significantly increased attendance, and brought a new sense of optimism and possibility to the Rose. Attendance at the museum increased 43 percent between 2017 and 2019 and the number of public programs increased by 11 percent. Croquer focused on increasing grants, efforts that led to a prestigious Henry Luce Foundation Grant awarded in 2020.

In designing the Rose’s programs and exhibitions, he focused on creating spaces for true dialogue in the context of a deeply polarized world.  As chief curator he brought extensive knowledge and understanding of contemporary art to carefully and meticulously explore the Rose’s extraordinary permanent collection of more than 9,000 objects. Inspired by these works, he created memorable exhibits with never-before-shown pieces.

Croquer balanced presentations from the permanent collection with temporary exhibits featuring new artists such as Tuesday Smillie and bringing back to campus artists such as Howardena Pindell. He also made significant progress restructuring the museum’s staff to better align with the new vision for the museum, expanding the integration of the Rose with the University’s academic programs, building more robust financial and curatorial systems, and making significant progress in fundraising.  

Lizbeth Krupp, chair of the board of advisors of the Rose Art Museum, said “Under Luis’s leadership, the Rose has become much more integrated into the cultural and intellectual life on campus, embracing the university’s values of academic excellence, social justice, engaged learning, and global citizenship. It was a pleasure working with him.”

Gannit Ankori, professor of art history and theory at the departments of fine arts, women, gender and sexuality studies, and the Schusterman center, has agreed to serve as interim Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum starting July 1. Ankori is a critically acclaimed author, curator and educator, who brings a deep knowledge of the unique role that the Rose Art Museum plays as a world-class museum of contemporary art within a university setting. Her leadership will be invaluable, especially at this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

“In times of crisis and loss we palpably realize that art is an essential human need. Over the last months we have witnessed first hand the vital role of the arts in helping individuals and communities cope, heal and make meaning. The importance of the Rose Art Museum and art in general for our community and our world cannot be overstated,” Ankori noted.

Ankori has published numerous books, catalogues and articles about modern and contemporary art viewed from a global perspective, with emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, identity, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity, disability and their manifestations in the creative arts. Her books and essays have been published in numerous languages including Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. She is internationally renowned for her groundbreaking scholarship on Frida Kahlo. In addition to her books and articles, she has also worked on innovative curatorial projects, most recently in collaboration with Mexican fashion curator Circe Henestrosa, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2018), at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York (2019), and at the De Young museum in San Francisco (2020). She served as the founding head of Brandeis’ division of creative arts (2013-2019), curated three exhibitions with accompanying catalogues at the Rose Art Museum (2012, 2015, 2016), is a member of the museum’s collections committee and board of advisors, and was the Director of Integrated Arts and Faculty Curator at the Rose (2013-2017).

“I want to thank Luis for his inspired work at the Rose these past several years, and for expanding its audience,” said Brandeis president Ron Liebowitz. “I am delighted that Gannit has agreed to step into the role of interim Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum. Her deep devotion to the museum, scholarly acumen, curatorial expertise, and proven capacity to lead and inspire make her the ideal choice for this leadership position. Brandeis is committed to the creative arts and to our stellar museum, and we are eager to partner with Gannit to support, uplift, and celebrate the Rose.”

 

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Alert your hometown media about your graduation from BrandeisPosted: May 21, 2020

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. 

Date: [CURRENT DATE]

Contact: [SENDER’S NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS]

[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 24.

[STUDENT LAST NAME] is a [YEAR OF STUDY, E.G., SOPHOMORE] majoring in [PROGRAM(S) OF STUDY]. [LAST NAME] is the [SON/DAUGHTER/CHILD] of [PARENT(S) NAMES] and a [YEAR OF GRADUATION] graduate of [NAME OF HIGH SCHOOL].

[ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN INCLUDE: CLUBS JOINED, ATHLETIC TEAMS, STUDY ABROAD, FUTURE PLANS]

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Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi wins prestigious Berlin PrizePosted: May 15, 2020
Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and director of research for the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, has been named by The American Academy in Berlin as one of its Berlin Prize recipients for 2020-21.

During her semester-long fellowship at the Academy in spring 2021, Sohrabi will reconstruct the intimate lives that were folded into the vastness of the 1979 Iranian revolution. She aims to illuminate the small-scale experiences that together—and after the fact—came to define “revolutionary experience.” She asks “What does a revolution feel like to those in its midst before this term [is] used to define their experience?”

The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients with the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to engage in academic and artistic projects they might otherwise not pursue. Fellows work throughout the semester with Berlin peers and institutions in the American Academy’s well-established network, forging meaningful connections that lead to lasting transatlantic relationships. During their stay, fellows engage audiences through public lectures, readings, and performances, which form the core of the American Academy in Berlin’s public program.

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