Auditions for “When Rebellion Becomes Revolution” for ‘DEISImpact

November 27th, 2012

In Spring 2012 Professor Joyce Antler’s History as Theater class wrote the play “When Rebellion Becomes Revolution” and gave a dramatic reading in the International Room, with more than 70 people in attendance and rave reviews. The play lives on and will be part of ‘DEISImpact in February 2013; performance dates are February 8 and 9 and 8 p.m. and February 10 at 3 p.m..

Auditions for roles will be held on Wednesday, 11/28 and Thursday, 11/29 in Luria from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, please email

When Rebellion Becomes Revolution is presented by the Free Play Theatre Cooperative, the American Studies Program, and ‘DEISImpact.

American Studies Major Helps Earn Brandeis Finalist Spot on Today Show

September 20th, 2012

Brandeis is one of six finalists for a live broadcast on The Today Show, and senior Rachel Nelson, an American Studies and Business and Journalism minor, is one of the driving forces behind the push. Seniors Nelson and Reed Zukerman produced this video for a Today-Show sponsored contest to bring Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Clark, the show’s co-hosts, to Brandeis for a live, one-hour broadcast.

The push to catapult Brandeis in the lead is on, from emails, tweets and Facebook postings generated by students and senior administration officials to articles chronicling the drive.

Voting for the six finalists, which include Brandeis, Ohio State, University of Tennessee, Creighton, University of South Florida and Syracuse, closes September 21 at 3 p.m.

AMST Graduate Daniel Liebman’s Commencement Speech

May 22nd, 2012

Our congratulations to Daniel Liebman, American Studies major and 2012 graduate, for his outstanding work as commencement speaker for the 61st Commencement exercises at Brandeis on May 20, 2012.

A full video of his speech is featured on BrandeisNow. Watch it here.

Three Generations at Brandeis: Alana Abramson ’12, American Studies Graduate

May 19th, 2012

BrandeisNOW features a story about Alana Abramsom, a 2012 graduate from the American Studies program and also a Gila Prize winner, and her mother and grandmother — all Brandeis graduates.

From the article:

Precisely because Brandeis was omnipresent while Alana growing up – she first visited campus as a nine-month-old for her mother’s 10th reunion and was back again five years later for her 15th – she wanted to be sure that she did not choose to attend Brandeis just for tradition’s sake.

“When Alana was younger, I always told her that she would go to Brandeis. I was just joking of course but she thought I was serious,” Naomi remembers. “It certainly was not preordained that she would attend the university.”

As a high school student, Alana visited several elite colleges and universities around the Northeast before deciding to apply to Brandeis as an early-decision candidate in November 2007. “It turned out that Brandeis had everything I was looking for,” Alana says.

Although they arrived on campus 32 years apart, Alana and Naomi each took a class with longtime American Studies Professor Jerry Cohen. According to Naomi, that may have been the only similarity in their academic experiences.

“I wasn’t half the student that Alana is,” Naomi explains. “She understood all the resources available to her and was a much more mature student. She just exploded intellectually and had a tremendous experience.”

Alana learned that the centrality of the unique Brandeis student-faculty connection to the overall academic experience was more than just admissions marketing hype. A political science and American studies double major, she met frequently with her professors and developed a particularly close relationship with Stephen Whitfield, Ph.D.’72, the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization. She took three of Whitfield’s courses and he served as her senior thesis adviser.

“It only takes one teacher to inspire you and make you believe in yourself and give you the courage to pursue your potential,” Susan says of the first of her nine grandchildren, who will graduate Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.

Congratulations to Alana and to her family. Alana moves on to the Columbia University School of Journalism in the fall for graduate school.

American Studies student Daniel Liebman to speak at Brandeis commencement

May 15th, 2012

Congratulations are in order for graduating senior and American Studies major Daniel Liebman. As BrandeisNOW reports:

Being the one student who will represent a graduating class of 825 may seem a daunting task, given that they hail from approximately 53 countries and 43 American states, and speak some 37 languages. But there are more similarities than differences among Brandeisians says Daniel Liebman, who has been chosen by his classmates to deliver the Student Address at this year’s commencement.

Students are already aware of what Brandeis has done for them, says Liebman — from teaching critical thinking skills and capacities for scholarly inquiry to forging enduring bonds of intellect and affection with professors and each other. It’s what the class of 2012 has done for Brandeis that Liebman will ask his classmates to ponder.

“You are not the same person you were four years ago; and as a result, this university is not the same place that it was four years ago,” he plans to say at commencement. “Think about what you have done for Brandeis. Indulge me for a moment. I guarantee that you have left your mark in some way or another.”

The honor of speaking at commencement is open to everyone in the graduating class. It begins with a call to write and submit a speech by the end of February. Usually there are 25 to 30 applicants; this year, there were 27.

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