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Questions or concerns about Family Weekend may be directed to Student Activities at 781-736-5065.

Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Family Weekend Advisors

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean of Students

Steve Pagios
Director of Student Activities

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Events

Family Weekend 2016 Schedule

Please note this is the 2016 schedule; the schedule for 2017 will be updated in the fall.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

JustArts Faculty/Staff Exhibition
9 a.m.–9 p.m., Dreitzer Gallery, Spingold Theater Center
Interested in another side of the Brandeis faculties and staffs? Come to the exhibition to see their wonderful works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more!

"America in the Election Mirror"
2 p.m.–3:20 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
What can we learn about America from the 2016 presidential election? What has this election season illuminated about issues in America, particularly around immigration, gender and race? What can activists, educators and policymakers do to address systemic issues in the political system? Looking ahead, what work do Americans need to do as a nation, regardless of the outcome of the election in November? 
A conversation with a panel of Brandeis professors in an open session of Prof. Jeffrey Lenowitz's Politics166b class, "Civil Liberties in America."

Early Bird Welcome and Registration
5 p.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center
If you arrive early, don’t worry, come to check in the Student Activities Office in Shapiro Campus Center, Room 203.

Treasure-Hunting
8 p.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center
Want to get familiarize of Brandeis campus on the very first day? Want to know some other parents on your trip? Join us for a unique experience of Treasure-hunting starting from Shapiro Campus Center! Participants will get a coupon of the Stein besides the final prize. 

Bingo
9 p.m.–10 p.m., The Stein, Hassenfeld Conference Centerleaf
We have some great BINGO prizes, but we're not telling what they are. It's a surprise!  Don't miss them.



Thursday, October 27, 2016Friday, October 28, 2016

Comedy and the Constitution: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce
8 a.m.–9 p.m., Rapaporte Treasure Hall
The American Studies Program and the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department at Brandeis University are pleased to announce a conference scheduled for October 27–28 to evaluate the legacy of comedian Lenny Bruce. His corrosive and transgressive satire as well as his boldness in pushing the envelope of the laws of obscenity have made him an iconic figure in American culture. In March 2014, the Special Collections Department at Brandeis University acquired Bruce’s papers from his daughter, Kitty Bruce, who is scheduled to attend the conference on campus.

“Comedy and the Constitution” will coincide with the formal opening of this collection of archival material associated with the most influential American comedian of the post–World War II era. Panel presentations will include such topics as the nature of obscenity; aspects of Bruce’s work (LPs, nightclubs, television, autobiography); First Amendment rights; Jewish humor; Cold War culture; the transformations of the 1960s; and Bruce’s comedic predecessors, contemporaries and descendants.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.brandeis.edu/lenny-bruceleaf2-2


Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Fest Welcome and Registration
9 a.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Open Classes*
9 a.m.–2 p.m., Various Locations
Want to see how academic is like at Brandeis? Attend a class from a list of available courses and experience what it is like to be a Brandeisian!
*Detailed information coming up soon!

Game Room Open for Siblings and Others
11 a.m.–Midnight, Lower level, Usdan Student Center
Visit the Usdan Game Room for a great place to hang out and watch the hottest sporting event or challenge your friends in one of the variety of arcade and video games.

El Symposium
1 p.m.–4 p.m., The Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center     
Come to the 7th annual Experiential Learning Symposium to interact with Brandeis students as they showcase the diverse and impressive ways that they engage with their course material, the Brandeis community and the greater world. Through their interactive presentations, students will share their experiences, ideas, and projects that have enabled them to develop a better understanding of themselves and the impact they have on others.

Welcome Reception
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
, Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Come join us, faculty and staff, at this campus-wide welcoming event! You will get to meet our two mascots: the Judge and Ollie the Owl. Take this opportunity to take pictures and mingle with other families! Food and light refreshments would be provided.

Off Campus Trip: Night at Improv Asylum in Boston
4 p.m.–10 p.m., Leaving from campus at 4 p.m.; boarding begins at 3:45 p.m.
Enjoy an evening in Boston at this one of kind performance, which showcases the skills of improvisation, humor, and acting. This main stage show blends fast paced games, hilarious scenes, skillful storytelling, memorable music and 100% voluntary audience participation. Dine at a local eatery in Boston's North End or surrounding areas before the performance at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $45/person and include tickets to the show and transportation (dinner is not included). Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.

Women Soccer vs Emory University
5 p.m.–7 p.m., Gordon Field
The first of four University Athletic Association (UAA) soccer matches over the weekend sees the Judges take on their rivals from Atlanta, Emory University. 

Shabbat Services
5:30 p.m.
, Various Locations
Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)
Conservative/Egalitarian, International Lounge, Usdan Student Center
Reform, Pearlman Lounge
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

Men’s Soccer vs Emory University
7 p.m., Gordon Field
Brandeis Men's Soccer takes on their rivals from Atlanta, Emory University, in a University Athletic Association clash. 

Hillel’s Shabbat Dinner and Oneg Shabbat
7 p.m.
, Dinner in Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center
Oneg Shabbat in International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Dinner tickets are required for all family members, including children over 12. Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400. Regular: $36; children 12 and under: $18. For children 12 and under, please call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400. All pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

Current Brandeis students can register for FREE at go.brandeis.edu/shabbat.  (All Saturday meal reservations - for Family Members and Brandeis Students - must be made via the online Shabbat meals form or at the Cashier in Sherman Dining Hall.)

Hillel's Oneg Shabbat Program (beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m.) is free and open to all members of the Brandeis Family!

Please come back to visit to learn more about the guest at this year's Oneg Shabbat program.

Comedy Showcase featuring Myq Kaplan
9 p.m., Mainstage Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Watch Myq Kaplan perform live at Brandeis! Myq has been seen on the “Tonight Show,” “Conan,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” in his own half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special, and in his own one-hour special on Netflix, "Small, Dork, and Handsome." He has been a finalist on "Last Comic Standing" and most recently appeared on "America's Got Talent". His album "Vegan Mind Meld" was one of iTunes' top 10 comedy albums of the year. And that's only the past! Even more to come in the future!

General public: $10; Brandeis family members and Brandeis faculty & staff: $5; Brandeis students: $3. Purchase tickets in advance through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400. Tickets will also be available at the door, beginning at 8 p.m.

Hotel Walk Back
8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
,Leaving from Usdan Student Center
Brandeis students will be available to walk families staying at the Boston Marriott Newton back to the hotel.leaves


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Fest Welcome and Registration
9 a.m.–5 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center 

Shabbat Services
Beginning at 9 a.m., Various Locations
Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

Off Campus Trip: Day in Salem
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Leaving from campus at 10 a.m.; boarding begins at 9:45 a.m.
Salem is a city north of Brandeis which is famous for its 1692 witch trials, during which several locals were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Landmarks from this episode include the Witch House, the former home of a trial judge. The Peabody Essex Museum has a massive collection of global art and artifacts, including a rebuilt Qing-era Chinese house.  Halloween weekend is one of the most exciting times to experience this historic Massachusetts town. Trip includes transportation and five hours to explore Salem. Tickets are $20/person. Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.

Academic/Faculty Presentations
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Mandel Center for the Humanities
Academic presentations allow faculty, staff, and departments the chance to deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics based on your interests. So if you are you looking for a fun and engaging experience, make sure to attend one or all of our academic presentations!  Come back to see what exciting presentations we have this year!

Open Game Room for Siblings and Others
11:30 a.m.–Midnight, Lower level, Usdan Student Center

Women’s Volleyball vs Roger Williams
Noon, Auerbach Arena, Gosman Sports and Convocation Center
During the final home matches for Brandeis Volleyball, they face Roger Williams University at noon and Babson College at 4 p.m. The Babson match will feature Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.

Women’s Volleyball vs Babson
4 p.m., Auerbach Arena, Gosman Sports and Convocation Center

Shabbat Services
Beginning at 5:05 p.m., Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Conservative, Berlin Chapel
Reform Pearlman Lounge, Pearlman Hall
Kiddush/Third Meal, Hassenfeld Conference Center Lobby and Hall

JSA Haunted House 
7:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Intercultural Center
Come celebrate Halloween early by visiting JSA's Japanese-style Haunted House, or "Obakeyashi." Join your friends and family for a frightful but fun experience in the Intercultural Center.

Annual Family Weekend Variety Show
8 p.m., Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center
Join us as Brandeis students showcase their talents at our Annual Fall Fest Variety Show! See amazing acts from student groups, such as Kaos Kids, Adagio, No Singer Clef Behind and other exciting performance groups! Behold, the talent!

Lydian String Quartet
8 p.m., (Preconcert talk, 7 p.m.), Slosberg Music Center
Second violinist Judith Eissenberg, violist Mark Berger, and cellist Joshua Gordon welcome new first violinist Andrea Segar to the legendary quartet in a captivating performance of Mozart’s Quartet in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance,” Bartók’s Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67, Ravel’s String Quartet, and a world premiere from Yu-Hui Chang.

Tickets are $20; $15 for Brandeis community and seniors; $5 for students. Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.leaf2


Sunday, October 30, 2106

Chabad 5K Race
9 a.m.–Noon, Great Lawn, Shapiro Campus Center
The Chabad House at Brandeis and the Chabad Student Club are delighted to invite you to its fourth annual Ufaratzta 5K Run. Ufaratzta (Hebrew) means to break out of your limitations and inhibitions. At Chabad students from different religious and cultural backgrounds join a welcoming community, to learn, explore and grow as individuals and leaders. Whether you've done a 5K before or this is your first one, everyone is encouraged to partake in this experience! Students, relatives, and friends are invited to join us in walking or running the Chabad 5K and supporting a great cause. This fun filled event will be followed by a brunch on the Great Lawn for all participants!

Registration and brunch are both FREE! Sign up HERE: https://docs.google.com/a/brandeis.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdl_VkHxutzJflgwaVx2qmroTKtYatGmXYVBuhz-1HF4cqwVQ/viewform

Day-of registration will be at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.

Brandeis Legacy Reception
9 a.m.–11 a.m., Faculty Club, Main Dining Room
The Brandeis University Alumni Association invites you to the Fall Fest Legacy Reception recognizing Brandeis alumni with family ties to current students. Please join us to reconnect with old friends and make new Brandeis Legacy connections. Breakfast will be served.

Academic/Faculty Presentations
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Academic presentations allow faculty, staff, and departments the chance to deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics based on your interests. So if you are you looking for a fun and engaging experience, make sure to attend one or all of our academic presentations! 

Catholic Mass
10 a.m.
, Bethlehem Chapel
Join us for a special service open to family and friends, with a continental breakfast following.

Women’s Soccer vs Rochester University
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Gordon Field
Brandeis Women's Soccer takes on Rochester during their final regular-season home match. The Judges will honor the seven seniors during their finale.

Men’s Soccer vs Rochester University
1:30 p.m., Gordon Field
Brandeis Men's Soccer takes on Rochester during their final regular-season home match. The Judges will honor their 11 graduating seniors prior to the match. 

Carnival on the Great Lawn
Noon–4 p.m.
, Great Lawn, Shapiro Campus Center 
Pack up your excitement and get your adventurous spirit ready. Start your adventure from our specular Brandeis Carnival!  Enjoy delicious food, exciting games, inflatable obstacle course and more! Come to experience how unique memories Brandeis clubs and departments have been providing to the Brandeis community!

Fafali: Interactive Ghanaian Drumming Workshop
2 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
Learn to play the traditional percussion instruments of Ghana, West Africa.  

Catholic Mass
7:30 p.m.
, Bethlehem Chapel
Join us for a special service open to family and friends.fallenleaf


Monday, October 31, 2106

Open Classes*
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
, Various Location
Want to see how academic is like at Brandeis? Attend a class from a list of available courses and experience what it is like to be a Brandeisian!

Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive
2 p.m., Shapiro Residence Hall
Brandeis community members trick or treat for nonperishable food items in local Waltham Neighborhoods. All food is donated to the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham. Volunteers can collect food items on the day of the drive or help spread the word to local homes by flyering one week before the drive.

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