Social Justice and the University: Perspectives from the U.S. and Abroad

Monday, March 12, 2012
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Reading Room 303

Some say that universities are simply in the “knowledge business.” Others contend that a liberal arts education should propel students to action, particularly in the realm of social justice. What is the right answer for Brandeis University? As Brandeis undertakes a comprehensive strategic planning process under new leadership, setting priorities for years to come, what models from the U.S. and abroad can inform our thinking? Join distinguished members of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, including leaders in government, education, business, and law from Mauritania, South Africa, Sweden, Sri Lanka, the U.S., and Venezuela.

Join us! This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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  • Diego Arria (Venezuela), Former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Former President of the UN Security Council
  • Hans Corell (Sweden), Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations
  • Richard Goldstone (South Africa), Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa (retired)
  • Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah (Mauritania), Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General for West Africa
  • Shiranee Tilakawardane (Sri Lanka), Supreme Court Justice, Sri Lanka
  • Norbert Weissberg (U.S.A.), Philanthropist; Chairman, Package Research Laboratory LLC and Stapling Machines Company LLC

Full bios and complete list of Ethics Center Advisory Board members here.

Fund For Public Interest Info sessions and interviews- March 1 @SCC

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country.  We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America.  This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns. Last summer our staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations.  We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues.  You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.  While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process. There will be a table in the SCC. Info sessions and Interviews are at 10am, 2pm, 4pm and  6pm


J Street National Conference: March 24-27, Washington DC

J Street is the nation’s largest Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace advocacy organization in America, working to encourage American leadership on behalf of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The J Street National Conference brings together thousands of activists, lawyers, politicians, academics, analysts, journalists, and students for 3 days of learning, networking, and advocating.  The conference will feature numerous speakers on nearly two dozen panels ranging from “The Arab Spring and Prospects for Peace” to  “The Impact of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on America’s Interests: A Military Perspective” to “Iran: The Nuclear Options.”  In past years, speakers have included members of the Israeli Knesset, members of the US Congress, and former National Security Advisor James Jones.

There are generous stipends available for students who would like to attend the conference.  For more information, and to register, visit:

Talk by journalist Helen Zia – Thursday March 1 @ ICC Lounge- 1 pm

     Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People,” a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Helen Zia will present a talk titled, “From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality: Reflections on Hate Violence, Human Rights and Interconnectedness 30 Years After”. She is also co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of “My Country Versus Me,” which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.” Zia is former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies. She was named one of the most influential Asian Americans of the decade by A. Magazine. Zia has received numerous journalism awards for her ground-breaking stories; her investigation of date rape at the University of Michigan led to campus demonstrations and an overhaul of its policies, while her research on women who join neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations provoked new thinking on the relationship between race and gender violence in hate crimes.

Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Ana Villalobos: “Balancing Work and Family” on Friday, March 2nd

The Department of Sociology’s Undergraduate Departmental Representatives Jeff Herman ’14 and Yosep Bae ’12 present the Brown Bag Lunch event on Friday, March 2nd. Professor Ana Villalobos will speak with students about “Balancing Work and Family” from 11:15 – 12:15 pm in Pearlman 108 at Brandeis University. Join us for an informal chat with our new tenure track professor Ana Villalobos, leading a discussion about her greatest areas of interest: the sociology of work, gender and family.

Colloquium: March 29th, Professor Sarah Sobieraj discuses “Covered: Activists, Journalists, and News in a Shifting Media Landscape”

Thursday, March 29th
Mandel Reading Room-3rd Floor
Intercultural Center- Second Floor Multipurpose Room (NOT HP accessible)
Professor Sarah Sobieraj, Tufts University
“Covered: Activists, Journalists, and News in a Shifting Media Landscape”
Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund

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