July 13, 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.

Announcement: Louis Brandeis Award

We are very excited to announce that the BNC Greater Boston chapter has won the Louis Brandeis Award for 2018. This award recognizes the achievements of the chapter in various areas over the past year including meeting financial and membership goals, running study groups with Brandeis authored study guides, hosting a University on Wheels program, serving the community, and participating in leadership development training, among other criteria.

We would like to thank all of our members and chapter leadership for their support of Brandeis University and enthusiastic participation in chapter activities. We look forward to spending another wonderful year learning, exploring, and supporting Brandeis together.

Fall Bulletin

BNC Boston is excited to announce the Fall bulletin has arrived! As always, we strive to provide the most interesting programming possible for our members. This season we have several exciting opportunities lined up that we are sure you will love. The bulletin also contains important information about study groups, leadership, chapter news, and registration forms.

Highlights to look forward to include a lunch at Sky Restaurant with a Boston Globe columnist, a potluck brunch with Ingrid Schorr from Brandeis, and Art Adventures tours.

Check out the Fall Bulletin here.

Announcement: Magnify the Mind

Brandeis has long had one of the best neuroscience programs in the country. Nobel Prize winner Michael Rosbash, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Gina Turrigiano and world-renowned neuroscientist Eve Marder are all pioneers in the field. Their breakthroughs have helped transform our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism.

But to remain cutting edge — and continue to make advances in our understanding of human health — Brandeis needs to upgrade its microscopes. The university currently owns an aging fluorescence microscope that uses a technique called two-photon excitation to image intact brain circuitry in the living brain. This technique has allowed Brandeis researchers to study how genes and experience interact to produce functioning brain circuits. However, this equipment is no longer state-of-the-art because it uses old and slow scanning technology that takes only one image per second. This speed severely limits the type of research questions that can be answered.

The Brandeis National Committee would like to provide Brandeis with a next generation resonant scanning two-photon microscope. This new technology would enable Brandeis researchers to take 30 to 50 images per second. This increase in speed can be used to observe the brain much closer to its native processing speed, or can be used to take many photographs of the same tissue that can be averaged together to create very high resolution views, allowing Brandeis researchers to study structures as small as single synapses in the living brain.

Brain plasticity — how neurons react to changes in the environment — is one of the most important areas in brain research, understanding what brings about changes in behavior. When the processes responsible for plasticity malfunction, it can give rise to neurodegenerative illnesses. Resonant scanning will generate a trove of new insights and data to understanding why this happens.

Researchers at Brandeis will further be able to explore the role of molecules, dendrites and synapses in the brain and reveal operating principles. The Brandeis National Committee’s campaign to raise $500,000, launches July 1, 2018. Contact 781-736-7588 to donate today.

View the video here.

Brandeis News: $1 Million Grant for Science

Brandeis University has been awarded a $1 million, 5-year grant from The Howard Hughs Medical Institute (HHMI) to aid in fostering undergraduate diversity in the sciences. The funding will help the Brandeis support undergraduates in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — especially those students who are first generation college students, from low-income backgrounds and military veterans.

Brandeis is one of 33 institutions of higher educations to receive the HHMI Inclusive Excellence award this year for its commitment to increase its capacity for inclusion. Part of the funding will be used to continue the success of the Science Posse program which focuses on attracting and retaining talented, underrepresented student in science.  Another part of the grant will go towards the Galaxy Program, a mentoring program intended to provide extra support and guidance to undergraduate students in the early stages of a scientific education.

These programs, as well as initiatives enabled by the grant, will further Brandeis’ commitment to social justice by helping all talent shine through in the sciences field, regardless of background.

We would like to thank all of our BNC members for your continued support of Brandeis’ sciences and libraries. Your generosity makes it possible for students from all walks of life to excel even when grants are not available.

Read the full article here.

Summer Reading Recommendations

As we officially enter summer, we hope all our members have some time to kick back and enjoy the sun. What better way to enjoy the warmth (or the AC) than with a good book? Brandeis University has released its list of summer reading recommendations from various professors and librarians. This extensive list ranges from historical and political analysis, to graphic novels and crime thrillers.

Here is the list:

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Kathy Cramer and recommended by Jill Greenlee, Associate Professor of Politics.

No Fire in the Ashes: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore and recommended by Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) by Craig Johnson and recommended by Matthew Sheehy, University librarian

In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle and recommended by Jytte Klausen, Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation

Biogea by Michel Serres and Highway Kind by Justine Kurland, both recommended by Peter Kalb, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cythia L.and Theodore S. Berenson Chair and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel and recommended by Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies

Haifa: City of Steps by Nili Scharf Gold, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger, and The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine by Gabrielle Rossmer Gropmand and Sonya Gropman, recommended by Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Executive Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry


See the original article for further details about each book.

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.

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