Upcoming Events

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Hot Cakes and Hot Takes - Super Tuesday Edition

March 5, 2020

12-2 PM
Olin Sang 207

Come enjoy breakfast for lunch with your politics professors and discuss the results of Super Tuesday and the direction that the electoral politics are taking in the US.

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Book talk – We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism – American Style

March 10, 2020

7:00-8:30 pm
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

Is Democrat Socialism on the horizon in America?  Trump is worried. “America will never be a socialist country,” President Donald Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union address.  More than at any time since World War I, Americans are talking about socialism. A 2019 Gallup poll, 43% of all Americans, and 58% of those between 18 and 34, believe that socialism would be a “good thing” for the country. Why is that word, and its egalitarian vision, enjoying a resurgence in the United States?  And does it mean, contrary to the president, we might see a socialist America in the not-too-distant future?  What would democratic socialism look like in America?

Professor Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College, will be visiting Brandeis to speak about his newest book, We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism – American Style. Hosted by the Department of Politics and sponsored by Jules Bernstein ’57.  For the registration page, please click here.

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March 15, 2020

1-4 PM
International Lounge, Usdan

Please join us for a half-day nonpartisan training for women on how to run for student government and political office. Participants will consider their own candidacy, discuss the importance of women running for political office, examine the issues they care about, map out their support networks, craft and deliver elevator speeches, learn more about campaign strategy, hear from incredible speakers who have run for office, and more.  To nominate someone to participate in this event, fill out this form.

This workshop is free with lunch provided.  Please register here!
co-sponsored by the Gordon Center for American Public Policy and WGS.


Past Events

January 30, 2020

It took 72 years for us to win the right to vote. Learn about the mobilization from 1848 at Seneca Falls to 1920, and passage of the 19th Amendment. Presenters: Professors Joyce Antler, Jill Greenlee with Theo Tyson, Anja Parish and others. Co-sponsored by Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Politics, Hadassah Brandeis Institute.

Greenberg Scholars Research Forum

April 15, 2019

Greenberg Scholars, Tamar Lieberman, Tal Richtman, and Julianna Scionti, will present their research projects. Support of their research was made possible by a generous donation from the Joshua Greenberg Memorial Fund. Joshua Greenberg (1970-1998) graduated from Brandeis, '92, with a major in Politics. The Joshua Greenberg Memorial Fund was established by Joshua's family and friends to honor his life and preserve his memory.

Countering & Preventing Violent Extremism: A Panel Discussion

February 27, 2019

Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Paul Turner, Director and Senior Advisor for CVE, Creative Associates
Saida Abdi, Director of Community Relations, Boston Children's Hospital Refugee Trauma and Relilience Center
Be the Change: An Advocacy Workshop with the ACLU and the Politics UDRs

February 14, 2019

Session 1: Featuring Olivia Santoro of the ACLU Massachusetts, who will describe their legislative priorities.
What to Expect From the Trump Presidency

January 25, 2017


  • Robert Art

  • Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations

  • Shai Feldman, Judy and Sidney Swartz Director's Chair of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics

  • Lucy Goodhart, Lecturer in International & Global Studies and Politics

  • Jill Greenlee (Moderator), Associate Professor of Politics

  • Jeffrey Lenowitz, Assistant Professor of Politics

What Just Happened? Analyzing the 2016 Elections

November 29, 2016


  • Charles Stewart III, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT

  • Kay Lehman Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakey Professor of Political Science at Boston College

  • David A. Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College

"Hamilton, the Panel: The Politics of Default, Bailouts, and the Power of the Purse in the Aftermath of the American Revolution"

September 29, 2016

Interdepartmental Forum: History, Politics and Economics


  • George J. Hall (presenting)

  • David Hackett Fischer

  • Steven L. Burg

  • Paul Jankowski

Guest Lecture: Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

May 4, 2016

"2016: The Constitution at a Crossroads"

The Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia and the Future of the Supreme Court

May 3, 2016

A Panel Discussion

Richard Blanco Poetry Reading and Book Signing

May 3, 2016

A Face in the Crowd

March 22, 2016

A special Primary Season screening of Elia Kazan's classic film, "A Face in the Crowd," with commentary by Prof. Bernie Yack

Defeating ISIL

February 2, 2016

A talk by Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden