July 12, 2020

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Photo of presenters during Alumni College 2019
You are invited to experience the excitement of being back in the classroom at Alumni College. Quench your intellectual curiosity as you explore timely topics and engage in dialogue with Brandeis faculty and distinguished alumni speakers, May 31-June 2.
Register today!

Alumni College 2019  


Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Fake News vs. Real News: Media Literacy as the Foundation of Democracy, a conversation with Walt Mossberg ’69, former personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Prof. Maura Farrelly, associate professor and chair of American studies, in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Justice


Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, a lecture and book event featuring Bill Schneider ’66, author, professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and CNN’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009


Class Sessions — Return to the classroom with world-class Brandeis faculty to explore politics, world affairs, trade, the economy, music, cultural studies, Jewish life and more.


Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Women in Science at Brandeis and Beyond, a panel discussion featuring Brandeis trailblazer Eve Marder ’69, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience and winner of the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for her groundbreaking research on the nervous system


Sunday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Hands-on Demonstration — Visit the MakerLab: Building a Culture of Innovation the ‘DEIS Way. View 3D printing demonstrations and check out drone simulators, virtual reality technology and more.


View the 2019 session schedule.


Registration: Alumni College is $35 per person and includes lectures and classes, continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, May 31. Welcome coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center. Registration also includes programs on June 1 and 2. All sessions take place on campus.


For more information: Visit our FAQ page, email alumnicollege@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-4012.


We look forward to welcoming you back to Brandeis!


Arts Festival

Words and Artifacts: Treasures of a Cuban Jewish Exile
Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University

Ruth Behar, a Cuban-Jewish anthropologist and the first Latina MacArthur Fellow, shows how culture is both an artifact of history and a vehicle of ongoing memory. Join us for a reading of her latest book of poetry, followed by reception and book signing.

RSVP Recommended.

Co-sponsors:  Brandeis Alumni Association, the Brandeis International Business School, & Latin American & Latino Studies Program

This is a highlighted event of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Program.

Book and Author luncheon

Join us on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Wellesley Country Club. Details to follow.

Event: Book and Author Luncheon – April 25th

Please join us for our book and author luncheon on Wednesday, April 25, 2018! This event will feature two authors as well as boutiques at 10 a.m. and a luncheon at 12 p.m. at the beautiful Wellesley Country Club.

ELINOR LIPMAN, a Massachusetts native, began her writing career after taking an adult education class in creative writing at Brandeis University. She is the author of novels including The View from Penthouse B, The Inn at Lake Devine, and Then She Found Me. Then She Found Me is now a major motion picture starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick.

Her featured book for this event, On Turpentine Lane, is a feel-good jaunt into the world of homeownership, mystery, and the exasperations of family and relationships. When Faith Frankel buys a house a Turpentine Lane and finally feels like her life is coming together, she finds artifacts in the house that make her question other aspects of her life. Punctuated with witty dialogue, quirky characters, and twists, On Turpentine Lane earns its recommendation by the Oprah Book Club as “The Novel You Must Read Over Spring Break”.

EILEEN MCNAMARA is a Pulitzer Prize winner, Director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis, and a Professor in the Journalism and American Studies departments at Brandeis. She previously was a reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe, in addition to contributing to the coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston.

In Eunice, McNamara brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America’s promise of equality.

Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of
her time and out of step with it: a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.

Event at Brandeis: Looted Art for Sale – March 21st


We invite you to this interdisciplinary conference that will provide an international perspective on the last twenty years of art recovery. Our invited guests include former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, a primary leader in the creation of U. S. restitution policies, Hector Feliciano ‘74, Nicholas O’Donnell, Professor Meike Hoffmann, Victoria Reed, Inge Reist, and Lucian Simmons. The filmmaker, John Friedman, will screen excerpts from his forthcoming documentary on Tuesday evening, March 20th (6:30pm), in Edie & Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, “Restitution: Art and Memory.”

RSVP for Film Screening

RSVP for Looted Art for Sale Conference

Katy Graddy and Nancy Scott

Looted Art for Sale will be sponsored by the Brandeis Center for German and European Studies, the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance at Brandeis International Business School, the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Department of Fine Arts.

For more information visit http://www.brandeis.edu/looted-art-for-sale/index.html

Art Keeps Us Human


Opening Meeting

Join us for one of the favorite events of the year! Everyone is in a festive mood–happy to see friends after the summer hiatus, welcoming new members, meeting prospective members, enjoying our entertainment AND feasting on our delectable brunch buffet!

Book & Author Luncheon

Book and Author Luncheon
November 7, 2016 at noon
Boutiques open at 10:00 am

The Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, MA
All proceeds to benefit the BNC Scholarship Campaign
downloadTova Mirvis is the author of three novels, Visible City, The Outside World and The Ladies Auxiliary, which was a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies and newspapers including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe Magazine, Commentary, Good Housekeeping, and Poets and Writers, and her fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has been a Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, and Visiting Scholar at The Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.
Visible City is an intimate and provocative novel about three couples whose paths intersect in their New York City neighborhood, forcing them all to weigh the comfort of stability against the costs of change. With enormous empathy and a keen observational eye, Tova introduces a constellation of characters we all know: twenty-somethings unsure about commitments they haven’t yet made; thirty-somethings unsure about the ones they have; and sixty-somethings whose empty nest causes all sorts of doubt. Visible City invites us to examine those all-important forks in the road, and the conflict between desire and loyalty.
hood1Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction.
In The Book That Matters Most, Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Her mission is to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and her daughter, Maggie, the chance to remake their lives. It is an enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature.

download (1)William Landay is the best-selling author of Mission Flats (winner of The Dagger Award for Best Debut Crime Novel), The Strangler and Defending Jacob (winner of the Strand Magazine Award for Best Mystery Novel. His novels have been lauded by critics, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he was an assistant district attorney before turning to writing.
A gripping tale of murder, the search for justice, and the anguish of parently love. Defending Jacob asks us all to face dark physchological issues: is there such a thing as a `murder gene’? How well do we know our own children? Are some people inherently evil? How much should parents protect their children when those children pose a threat to society? Set in Newton, Defending Jacob strikes very close to home. It gets to the heart of who we are as families and as members of a close-knit community. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Kansas City Star, Toronto Globe and Mail, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus Reviews.

Fall Bulletin

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