“Deconstructing War, Building Peace” course this semester!

September 6th, 2013

fellmanIt’s no surprise that Professor Gordie Fellman’s classes are adored by Brandeis students. TIME magazine wrote an article about America’s most sought after undergraduate courses, and ”Deconstructing War, Building Peace” is one of them!

 

To read the full article please visit:

http://nation.time.com/2013/09/05/the-hottest-seats-in-class/

Student wins ASA award

June 27th, 2013

Andrea Verdeja ’14, a Politics major at Brandeis University, was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Elise Boulding Award from the American Sociological Association, the highest Sociology professional association in the country. Verdeja, a Roosevelt Fellow, wrote the award-winning paper for the fellowship course on identity issues amongst Palestinians. Her essay was named ” “The Merging of Times: Refugee Identity within the West Bank,” and Professor Gordie Fellman recommended that she applied to the prize due to the paper’s outstanding quality. Prof. Fellman also won an award from ASA a few years ago for his distinguished scholarship. Verdeja was not only commended on the excellent quality of her writing, but was also invited to attend the ASA meetings  that will take place in New York City this August in order to receive her award in person and meet the committee that selected her. We’re very proud of Andrea for nationally representing Brandeis University and for all of her accomplishments!

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PAX Graduation Reception

April 26th, 2013

PAX minor? Class of 2013? Then don’t forget to attend this year’s PAX RECEPTION! Your faculty will be there and they are looking forward to saying their farewells and meeting your families. This year’s reception will be held from 2:00 to 3:3opm, Friday, May 17th at Rapaporte Treasure Hall (at the Library). See you there, and get ready for your big day!

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Kathryn Davis passes away at age 106

April 26th, 2013

Kathryn Davis, one of the United States’ most well-known philanthropists, passed away at age 106 at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Dr. Davis has made an everlasting impact at Brandeis University through her funding of the Davis Peace Projects. In 2007, for her 100th birthday, she pledged $1 million in order to provide 100 college students with the opportunity to develop peace projects that would be implemented throughout the world. She kept on providing grants for students all over the country since then. This year, Ardak Meterkulova ’13 and Mangaliso Mohammed ’13 were the recipients of the grant, and they will be implementing AIDS projects in Kazakhstan and Swaziland. Brandeis University is forever grateful for Dr. Davis’ generosity and kindness. Click here for more information regarding Kathryn Davis’ life and accomplishments.

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Celebrate Peace on the Earth Day

April 12th, 2013

April 22nd, from 12 – 1:30 pm
SCC Art Gallery (317)
THERE WILL BE FOOD!

Reception for this year’s Peace Prize Winners

Sarah Van Buren ’13, Natan Odenmeier ’15, Shota Adamia ’15 (Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize)
Mangaliso Mohammed ’13 and Ardak Meterkulova ’13 (Davis Peace Prize)

Sponsored by the Peace, Conflict & Coexistence Program, and Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Department of Sociology

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Davis Peace Prize Winners!

March 20th, 2013

Two Brandeis students have been awarded $10,000.00 each to spend this Summer working on their projects promoting peace.  The awards come from the Davis Projects for Peace.  Our Brandeis students, Mangaliso Mohammed and Ardak Meterkulova, entered the annual competition for this prestigious award.

Mangaliso Mohammed and Ardak Meterkulova both designed projects that address AIDS prevention in remarkably different ways.

Back to Basics: Food for Healing HIV

Brandeis senior Mangaliso Mohammed will implement his project in his home country of Swaziland. Mohammed’s project takes  a holistic approach to HIV treatment through fresh food with plans to reach out to HIV orphans in Nkwalini by engaging them in the creation of a vegetable garden and a free-range chicken farm at the area’s Health and Social Center. Mohammad also plans to extend the farming project to at least 20 homes in the area, promoting healthy eating and encouraging traditional methods of food production. This project will provide a stable food supply within a population struggling with poverty, filling the bellies of HIV patients whose medication’s effectiveness improves with regular healthy meals. In addition, extra food will provide a source of income to keep the project going and establish a Farmer’s Market.

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HIV/AIDS Education

Ardak Meterkulova, a senior from Kazakhstan, who is an HSSP and Business double-major plans on raising HIV/AIDS awareness by creating a bilingual educational film, in Russian and Kazakh in the Almaty region of her home country. Meterkulova’s film will be used in summer camps along with exercises and texts, in order to enlighten 9th graders as to the nature of the illness, ways to prevent it, and how to respond compassionately to those infected by it. Meterkulova plans to locate ten medical students interested in HIV/AIDS work and set them up with USAID training to help her implement the educational aspect of the project. There is expected to be a big impact from the film and educational program on Almaty’s heavily conservative Muslim community, which does not implement any type of sex education.

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New Facebook Page!

March 18th, 2013

Please take a look at our new PAX Facebook Page! Like, comment and let us know your opinions and suggestions.

Women Peacemakers on the Ethnic Borders of Bosnia Herzegovina

March 4th, 2013

 

The Women’s Research Center at Brandeis will be hosting an upcoming lecture and discussion on women’s roles in peacebuilding in Bosnia on the borders between Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox Christian villages. This event will feature Zilka Spahic Siljak, a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, who has conducted fieldwork and interviews with women peace activists in the Bosnian postwar society. Please join us at 4PM on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Women’s Studies Research Center (Epstein).
More event info at: http://www.brandeis.edu/investigate/events/2013/Women-Peacemakers-Bosnia-Herzegovina.html
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KATHRYN DAVIS’ 106TH BIRTHDAY!

February 25th, 2013

Kathryn Davis, the founder of Davis Projects for Peace, just turned 106th years old! Brandeis University is lucky to be one of the recipients from this project, awarding a prize every year for a Brandeis student.

Davis Projects for Peace is funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist (who earned a B.A. from Wellesley, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva) who is now over 105 years old. She is the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program currently involving 90 American colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis feels some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world and so is committing $1 million to fund these numerous $10,000 projects for peace. She believes that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.

Happy birthday to Kathryn Davis, and for more information, check out the website:

http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/