June 1, 2023

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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: Downtown Lunch with Kerry Chase – April 10th

The Alumni Association is very excited to invite BNC Boston to join us for an informative day in Boston. Our presenter, Kerry Chase, will be discussing the role of US international relations and commitments in the current administration. We are in a particularly interesting time of international politics with an administration that has rebuked or backed out of international agreements and institutions. In his talk, Kerry Chase will examine why they are making these choices and how this will affect the US, its global reputation, and the landscape of global cooperation.

Kerry Chase in an Associate Professor in Brandeis’ politics department as well as the director of the graduate politics program. He teaches and researches international relations with a special focus on the international political economy, international organizations, and US foreign economic policy.

This event takes place over a lunch at One Financial Center, Boston. Please feel free to bring your own lunch or pre-order a bagged lunch. Complimentary drinks will be provided by the hosts.

Lunch pre-orders must be placed by April 3rd. 

RSVP by April 5. On the day of the event building security requires both a reservation and ID. 

Click here for further information and to RSVP.

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

Event: Brandeis WGS Reads Book Group – March 12th or March 14th

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program of Brandeis University invites BNC Boston to participate in its inaugural WGS Reads Book Group. These events are in honor of Women’s History Month. The group is to read, discuss, and debate current feminist events while making new connections  and engaging intellectually. The book we will discuss is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. It is a collection of essays spanning a variety of topics. It is alright if you do not have time to read the entire book, just choose a few appealing essays and come ready to discuss!

Please RSVP on the WGS event website which also contains further details.

WGS Reads RSVP and Details

Event Flyer


2018 Winter Bulletin

The Winter 2018 Bulletin is here! We have lots of exciting events and learning opportunities arranged for our members this season. As ever, we make an effort to include a variety of topics to ensure there is something of interest for everyone. Topics include the ever anticipated spring Book and Author Luncheon, museum tours, art appreciation, film, history, literature discussion groups, and Brandeis campus events. The bulletin also includes important contact information and forms. Check it out below!

2018 Winter Bulletin

Special Event: 18th Annual Holiday Reception – December 10th

The Alumni Club of Greater Boston would like to invite BNC members to join Brandeis Alumni at their 18th Annual Holiday Reception at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This is a unique chance to learn about JFK and his family from Brandeis experts while exploring the library and museum after hours.

Our featured speakers will be Karen Adler Abramson ’85, the director of archives at the library and museum, and Brandeis Professor Eileen McNamara.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a drink will be served.

RSVP by Monday December 4th. 

See more details here.


Event: Lunch with Hallie – December 1

Join us on December 1st in welcoming award-winning author Hallie Ephron. Ephron’s suspenseful works have been reviewed as “deliciously creepy”, while grounded in a realistic world. Her newest book, You’ll Never Know, Dear, tells the story of a child’s disappearance and her doll that could reveal her fate. Ephron is a four-time Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist, in addition to a Edgar Award finalist for her how-to-write book.

Help us welcome Ephron to the chapter at SKY Restaurant as she enlightens us about the world of suspenseful writing.

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