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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March 11, 2013
5:00 – 6:30pm
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room 303, Brandeis University
In September 2012, the United Nations reaffirmed, along with world leaders and civil society representatives, that “the rule of law applie[s] equally to all States and international organizations, including the United Nations. All persons, institutions and entities [a]re accountable to just, fair and equitable laws, and entitled to equal protection before the law, without discrimination.”
Given this position, what is the responsibility of the UN toward human rights organizations that demand compensation for victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, allegedly brought to the island by its own peacekeepers? What is the appropriate institutional response when UN peacekeepers and other staff are charged with acts of wrongdoing in conflict zones, including sexual violence and arms trafficking?
For more information on this event, please visit its website: http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/events/UN_main.html
Resources regarding the panel’s topic can be found at http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/events/UN.html
Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights
March 5, 2013
Experts working in diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors.
- Mr. Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, Lecturer, Harvard Law School
- Professor Cristina Espinosa, The Heller School, Brandeis University
- Dr. Daniel Luis Gleizer, Banco Itau BBA – Vice President (Saõ Paulo)
- Dr. Moises Lino e Silva, Lecturer, International and Global Studies and Anthropology, Brandeis University
- Dr. Biorn Maybury-Lewis, Executive Director, Cambridge Institute for Brazilian Studies (CIBS); Institute for International Urban Development; University of Massachusetts, Boston
The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.
The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.
Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies with Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
Thursday, Feb 28th at 5:00pm
Counts for 4 courses - 16 credits – No prerequisites
Life After Death Row: Justice Brandeis Innocence Project Students Talk with Released Inmate Damien Echols, His Wife, His Defense Team Advisor, and the Reporter Who Believed Him
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-9pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
In 1994, at the age of 18, Damien Echols was convicted, along with Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, of the horrific murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Echols, considered the “ring leader” of the “West Memphis Three”, was sentenced to death and spent 18 years on Death Row in Arkansas for a crime many believed he did not commit. While on Death Row, Damien married Lorri Davis, a landscape architect from New York who became convinced of his innocence and moved to Arkansas to be nearer to him while she worked on his case. Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and director Peter Jackson were all strong, public supporters of Echols’ innocence. In August of 2011, after DNA evidence was found to be inconsistent with all three defendants, Echols, Miskelley, and Baldwin were released from prison, although have not been legally exonerated. After his release, Echols wrote a memoir, “Life After Death” chronicling his time on Death Row.
Join Brandeis students who investigate wrongful convictions as they lead a discussion with Echols, his wife Lorri Davis, Lonnie Soury, a media expert with a particular expertise in wrongful convictions issues, and Erin Moriarty, a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours” who interviewed Echols both on death row and after his release. Video clips from 48 Hours and “West of Memphis,” the documentary produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Amy Berg, will also be screened. Echols’ book will be available for purchase and signing.
Unite-Here Local 26 represents Boston’s hotel and hospitality workers (including Brandeis’ cafeteria workers), and we are looking for volunteers to help us radically improve working conditions in the service industry. Without workers united to demand better lives for themselves and their communities, employers will make life hell for workers in hotels, restaurants, and cafeterias.
We need volunteers who are PASSIONATE, DEDICATED, and READY to help us win justice for Boston workers!
Gendered Violence is EVERYONE’S Problem
Thursday, February 7, 12-2 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center
Gendered violence is not “someone else’s problem.” It’s everyone’s problem including yours, as a supporter of social justice. Join us for this compelling two-part session. You will hear from a panel about why they care and what they do about gendered violence. Then participate in breakout sessions with the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Casa Myrna and the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project to discuss ideas like forces perpetuating violent culture, victims, victim blaming, being an ally, and special considerations for vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ individuals with the ultimate goal to prepare you to navigate these issues in a socially responsible way. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Heller Gender Working GroupEvent Timeline:
12:00-12:45: Welcome and panel
12:50-1:30: Breakout discussions
1:30-2:00: Regroup and share insights
“Gender. Sex. Money. New Frontiers in the Fight for Sexual Rights.”
A lecture by Juhu Thukral
Where? Rapaporte Treasure Hall
When? Wednesday, January 30th at 5:00pm
For more information, visit http://www.brandeis.edu/provost/diversity/Events/Index.html