I guarantee you’ve never heard of many of these amazing individuals who have and continue to work to change our world. Fun fact–each of these incredible people are or were at one point affiliated with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life! Read on for crazy amounts of inspiration…
Cover of Wendi Adelson’s 2011 novel This is Our Story
- 1999 Sorensen Fellow who worked with The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina during her fellowship
- Clinical professor at Florida State University College of Law
- Director of a student-led legal clinic that provides free legal services (disability and immigration) to homeless, disabled and undocumented patients in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Author of This is Our Story, a novel about human trafficking and the law in the United States, based on her own experiences with her clients, published in 2011. This is Our Story was selected as the work all first-year students will read and discuss for Florida State University’s “One Book/One Campus” shared reading program in 2014.
- Read more about Wendi’s work in Argentina here
- Participant in the Brandeis in the Hague program
- 2011 ECLC member
- One of the founding members of ‘DEIS Impact “festival of social justice”
- Researched and wrote an Ethical Inquiry entitled “Seeking Justice After War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity: Which Approach?”
- Worked on the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Uganda
- Read more about Kate’s work on the Justice and Reconciliation Project here
Jocelyn Berger, at Brandeis in 2002, holding the publication that features the internship projects of the 2002 Sorensen Fellows. Read it here
- 2002 Sorensen Fellow who worked in Sri Lanka
- Has worked for a number of faith-based, secular, community, social justice, humanitarian, and peace building nonprofits and NGOs
- Completed a Master’s degree in International Affairs at The Fletcher School at Tufts, focused on post-conflict peace building and development.
- Currently works in community engagement and political organizing at American Jewish World Service
- Read about her Sorensen Fellowship experience in Sri Lanka here
Will Chalmus, Natasha Faria, Eileen Kell, and Abigail Steinberg ’12 (right to left) during a Playback workshop at ‘DEIS Impact 2012. Photo by Sheila Donio
- 2006 Sorensen Fellow who interned with Playback Theatre, a type of theatre used to provide a forum for the exchange of diverse–and sometimes traumatic–experiences
- Became a member of the board of directors for the worldwide Center for Playback Theatre
- Currently teaches Playback Theatre in a Special Topics course in the Brandeis University Department: “Topics in Theater and Drama” (THA 195a)
- Read more about Will’s Sorensen Fellowship here
Richard Goldstone (center) speaks during an Ethics Center sponsored event: “Extremists and The Challenge of Public Conversation”
- Chair of the Center’s International Advisory Board
- Retired Justice for the Constitutional Court, South Africa
- Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
- Succeeded Kofi Annan as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court
- Faculty Advisor for the Brandeis Institute for International Judges since 2002
- Read more about Judge Goldstone here
Sorensen Fellow Daniel Koosed ’08 (third from left) in Arusha, Tanzania in 2007
- 2007 Sorensen Fellow who worked in Arusha, Tanzania as an Academic Intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR):
- Attended law school at the University of Miami where he obtained another fellowship and returned to Arusha as a Legal Intern during the summer of 2010
- Koosed passed the Florida Bar Exam and is now working full time as an associate immigration attorney in Miami with a law firm called Rodney & Rodney & Bernstein, P.A.
- Read more about Daniel’s Sorensen Fellowship in Tanzania here
Rebecca Miller (left) at the Massachusetts State House (Photo: Ruth Weld)
- Member of the Advocacy For Policy Change class in the spring of 2011
- Lobbied for a Massachusetts state bill that guaranteed 15 non-paid days of leave for victims of violence and sexual assault
- Won an Advocacy Policy Change award that allowed her to build on her lobbying efforts by undertaking other advocacy initiatives the following summer (See “Awards support student summer advocacy work”)
- Now works as legislative aide to Massachusetts State Representative Tom Sannicandro and is assisting current Advocacy for Policy Change students with their efforts on Beacon Hill!
- Read more about Rebecca’s work in Advocacy For Policy Change here
Michael Ratner (at right) speaking with other Ethics Center International Advisory Board members at “Social Justice and the University: Perspectives from the U.S. and Abroad” in 2012
- Member of the Ethics Center board
- President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and is Chairman of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin
- He and the Center for Constitutional Rights are currently the attorneys in the United States for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. He is still trying to get Guantanamo closed and the indefinite detention scheme it spawned ended
- Writes and litigates on the enforcement of the prohibition on torture and murder against various dictators and generals who travel to the United States
- In 2006, the National Law Journal named Ratner as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States
- Graduated from Brandeis in May of 2013 with a major in Art History
- Ethics Center Leadership Council member 2012-2013
- 2 year member of the Ethics Center advisory Committee and former ‘DEIS Impact steering committee member.
- Was sent to Quetta for 10 days by Herald Magazine, Pakistan’s largest English-language monthly news magazine, to engage with the contemporary art landscape in the city and province.
- Now works as Studio Director for Rashid Rana, one of Pakistan’s most prominent contemporary artists
–Talia Lepson ’16, member of the Ethics Center Leadership Council