Davis Peace Prize

November 27th, 2012

At least one Brandeis student will win


Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2013. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.

Application deadline: January 18th, 2013

Interested in applying? Speak with Professor Gordie Fellman (fellman@brandeis.edu) prior to Winter Break

Questions? Contact Cheryl Hansen at chansen@brandeis.edu


Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf & Ari Hahn Peace Endowment Award Recipients

November 16th, 2012

The peace prize this year has been awarded to Shota Adamia ’15, Natan Odenheimer ’15 and Sarah van Buren ’13.

Shota is going to conduct research in Ireland and Northern Ireland, regarding the issues of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. In Spring 2013 semester, Shota is scheduled to arrange an exhibition of photos and films he will take and will combine with relevant texts he will write. The exhibit will be open to public.



Natan is going to conduct and co-moderate 5 informal, non-affiliated meetings of teams in special units in the Israeli army and a young Arab-Israeli leader. Natan’s project is “catered towards the kind of people who likely would never otherwise go to a coexistence event.” He is going to blog about his experience over the course of the project.



Sarah is working on the implementation of a domestic violence module in an existing midwife education program for community based health workers from rural regions of Timor Leste. This winter, she will be conducting field work with fifty rurally based midwives regarding the above-mentioned issue.



More information coming soon.

“Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis”

November 16th, 2012
Join the COEX Program for its final film on
“the Responsibility to Negotiate or to Fight”


“Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis”
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
HERO or TRAITOR? Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann, rescuing 1700 Jews on a train to Switzerland, and may have saved tens of thousands more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; accused as a collaborator in a libel trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the “man who sold his soul to the devil.” It was a verdict overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court but too late for Kasztner. He was ultimately assassinated by Jewish right wing extremists in Tel Aviv in 1957.
Director, Gaylen Ross, investigates this tale of murder, intrigue, and heroism through accounts of the inflammatory political trial, startling revelations after 50 years by Kasztner’s assassin, Ze’ev Eckstein, and a chilling meeting between the killer and Kasztner’s daughter, Zsuzsi.
Join a post-film discussion with:
  • Gaylen Ross, the film’s director
  • George Rozsa, Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose family was on the “Kasztner train”
  • Jehuda Reinharz, President Emeritus, Brandeis
  • Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University
  • Alain Lempereur, Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis
”If you know the name Rezso Kasztner, you won’t need any encouragement to see “Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis.” If you don’t, that is even more reason to see this documentary on the strange and compelling life and death of one of the most morally complex figures to come out of the Holocaust. “   – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“One of the Ten Best Films of The Year” – Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post
 ‘Splendid” – Jerome Chanes, The Jewish Forward
Awards and Festivals:
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
Official Selection Titanic Film Festival, Budapest
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Boston Jewish Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Minneapolis Jewish Film FestivalSeen in over 11 countries, acclaimed theatrical release in the Untied States, France and Israel, with official presentations Museum of Jewish Heritage, Bergen Belsen Memorial, Yad Vashem, and Memorial de la Shoah in Paris.
Sponsored by the Master’s Programs in Coexistence and Conflict
With the support of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation
 (download poster here).
Free and open to the public

Refreshments Served

Funding opportunities for Ph.D. Students

November 16th, 2012
Tauber Institute Graduate Research Awards
The Tauber Institute offers grants of up to $5,000 for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies. Application deadline: December 7, 2012. Read more.

GSAS Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships
Awards a 12-month stipend ($2,750/month) and a $2,000 research fund for students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are in the final year of dissertation writing. Only students who will be entering their fifth- or sixth-year in the fall 2013 may apply for this fellowship. Fellows commit to graduating by May or August 2014. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The DoD offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships
These fellowships are intended to support students researching and writing doctoral dissertations that address the nature of international conflict and ways to prevent or end conflict and sustain peace. Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome. Priority will be given to projects that will help inform policy on international peace and conflict issues. The fellowships award up to $20,000 for 10 months. Citizens of any country may apply. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to fund graduate students studying and conducting research in the U.S. who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance. The fellowships also aim to attract students with an outstanding academic record who hold promise in their chosen field of study. The award includes tuition and a $18,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All applicants must turn in the hard copy of their completed application to Brooke Ball at GSAS (MS 031) no later than January 14, 2013. Please do not staple any parts of your application. GSAS will then submit its three nominees’ applications to the DZL by the postmark deadline. Read more.

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program supports students pursing a Ph.D. in areas such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science or properties of materials under extreme conditions. The fellowship includes: a $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, a 12-week research practicum, and a $1,000 yearly academic allowance. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years. Application deadline: January 16, 2013. Read more.Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Mellon Fellowships
The Fellowships are intended to help students registered as doctoral candidates work in original source materials in the humanities in the United Kingdom.The Pre-dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $5,000) is offered for a maximum of 2 months and is intended to help candidates draw up and revise a dissertation proposal.The Dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $25,000) is offered to candidates already working on their dissertation and who need to spend time in the United Kingdom to carry out archival research. Application deadline: January 21, 2013. Read more.

Boren Fellowships
The National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) Boren Fellowships are intended to support students who will study languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Fellowships enable both master’s and doctoral level students representing a broad range of academic and professional disciplines to add a significant language and international dimension to their curricula. The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work for the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.

”Etty” – A play on the life of Etty Hillesum

November 9th, 2012

Check out this awesome play co-sponsored by PAX!

When? November 15th at 7:30 pm
Where? Rappaport Treasure Hall
What? Using only Etty Hillesum’s words, Susan Stein’s adaptation brings us to 1943 when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland. As she prepares for the three day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing  that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty’s words,  insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to  leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of say in what she hopes will be a new world.


Film screening of “Acting Together on the World Stage”

November 7th, 2012

The Peace, Conflict and Coexistence studies Program will be hosting the film screening of “Acting Together on the World Stage.

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Pearlman Lounge

Program director of Peacebuilding and the Arts, Professor Cynthia Cohen (International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life/ Peacebuilding and the Arts) will be joining us for a Q&A session after the film.
See the power of arts and peace building unfold!

Ethics Central Weekly

November 5th, 2012

To view the weekly edition of news by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public life, which includes information about upcoming events and talks by students please visit the given link.