2014 Davis Peace Prize Winners in Action for the Summer

July 9th, 2014

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world.  In this year’s round of applications, four Brandeis students were given grants to spend their summers in India and Israel to work towards their causes.

Abie Troen and Andrea Verdaja are in India filming a documentary promoting the rights and entitlement of Dalit (untouchable) women. Abie and Andrea have made this video, showing some of their work in India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edq0i_NHDzs

Catie Stewart ’16 and Eli Philip’s ’15 are spending their summer in Israel working on their project, “Brandeis University – Al Quds University Student Dialogue Inititative” is working on establishing a long-term dialogue between students of the two universities.


PAX and SJSP Graduation Reception

April 28th, 2014

Calling all PAX and SJSP minors!!

Make sure to come to the department’s graduation reception on May 18th, from 2:00 to 3:30pm on the Rappaporte Treasure Hall. Professors Gordie Fellman and David Cunningham will be saying their final greetings to the Class of 2014, along with invited guest speakers. For more information, please contact Cheryl Hansen at chansen@brandeis.edu.

Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

April 24th, 2014

The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!
For more information, please contact Alex Vasquez at avasquez@brandeis.edu.
We hope to see you there!


SpeakOut! Brandeis exhibit at SCC

April 10th, 2014

SpeakOut! Brandeis is a student-led initiative to raise awareness about the subject of Sexual Assault, Violence and Harassment that affects the entire Brandeis community, and allow those affected by it to anonymously have their voices heard. Today a physical display with most of the submissions that SpeakOut! has received so far has been launched in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to keep raising awareness about the issue that needs attention and effort of each member of our community to step up and tackle it.


The Whales Have Won

April 7th, 2014

On March 31st, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made a decision in the case of Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan, New Zealand intervening). In a vote of 12 to 4, the Court has found that Japan’s whaling program, JARPA II, does not conform with many rules of scientific research set by the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. The press release states that the Court “orders that Japan revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence to kill, take or treat whales in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits under Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the Convention, in pursuance of that programme.” Before the verdict, advocates were worried that the hunting of non-endangered whales would be permitted, but the ruling states that JARPA II must conform to the regulations for all whales. Read the full judgement here and more information about the decision from the view of conservation programs here!

A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru

PAX Dinner on April 10!

April 2nd, 2014

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March 18th, 2014

Waltham, MA. ― College students across the country have once again been challenged to design and undertake Projects for Peace.  A total of 127 winning projects have been selected and are being awarded $10,000 each for implementation during the summer of 2014. Projects for Peace was the vision of philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis beginning in 2007 on the occasion of Mrs. Davis’ 100th birthday. Until her death at 106 in 2013, Mrs. Davis was intent on advancing the cause of peace and sought to motivate tomorrow’s promising leaders by challenging them to find ways to “prepare for peace”.

The Davis family has chosen to honor her legacy by continuing to fund Projects for Peace and is heartened by the quality and inventiveness of the projects to be undertaken in 2014.  Projects that address conflict resolution and reconciliation, foster understanding, provide opportunity, and community building are among the many winning proposals submitted by motivated students this year.

Projects for Peace invites all undergraduates at the 91 American colleges and universities which are partners in the Davis United World College Scholars Program (see www.davisuwcscholars.org) to compete for these grants. Other participating institutions include International Houses Worldwide, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Future Generations Graduate School, and the University of Maine.

“Competition is keen and we congratulate those students whose projects have been selected for funding in 2014,” said Philip O. Geier, Executive Director of the Davis United World College Scholars Program which administers Projects for Peace. “We are pleased to once again help young people launch some initiatives that will bring new energy and ideas to improving the prospects for peace in the world.”

Two projects have been selected from Brandeis University. Abie Troen and Andrea Verdeja will be traveling to India to work on their project, “A Call for Dignity: Ending Manual Scavenging” in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India”.  Abie and Andrea hope to make a documentary promoting the rights and empowerment of Hindu and Muslim Dalit (Untouchable) women in their ongoing struggle to eliminate the caste based practice of cleaning the toilets of upper caste people by hand and transporting the waste in buckets carried by hand for miles to disposal places.  The film Troen and Verdeja will make will become part of a larger movement to end the caste-based scavenging process as it has continued to this time.

Catriona Stewart & Eli Philip will be traveling to Israel to work on their project, “Brandeis University – Al Quds University Student Dialogue Initiative”.  Catriona and Eli plan to visit Al Quds and work with students to create a framework for long-term student dialogue between Brandeis University and Al Quds University.
For more information on Projects for Peace, see www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.

JBS Summer offerings!

March 3rd, 2014

Check out the Justice Brandeis Summer offerings for the summer of 2014!

Joint Information Session for both Sociology programs next week!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
From 1:00-2:00 pm
Study Abroad Conference Room
Usdan 169

Why choose JBS this summer?

Are you interested in gaining work and research experience this summer while earning 12 academic credits in Sociology?  These two JBS programs may be for you!

Students say the JBS experience is unlike any they’ve found in a standard classroom setting. It offers an intensive, hands-on engagement in the field with first-hand exposure to issues related to social justice.  It’s a great way to earn 12 credits while getting work and research experience over the summer

PLEASE NOTE:  The final application deadline for all JBS programs is March 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so sign up now!

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National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa

October 12th, 2012


Thursday, October 18, 2012
5-6:30 pm; Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Mistrust, rivalries, and manipulation of the legacies of the past are among the hurdles societies face after conflict on the way to national cohesion and peace. How can we pursue sustainable and ecologically responsible development in a globalized and exposed puzzle of nations, networks and interests?
You’re invited to a keynote by Michel Noureddine Kassa, Country Team Leader for the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in residence 10/15-10/19/12 at Brandeis.