President of Ghana to speak at Brandeis

The President of the Republic of Ghana, John D. Mahama, will present a talk at Brandeis on Monday, Sept. 29, 12:45-1:45 pm, in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the Brandeis community.

In his address, “The Promise of Africa,” President Mahama will discuss recent and current growth and development on the African continent and the need for the international community to support and encourage these new development achievements. He will highlight Ghana’s efforts to attain economic growth and reduce poverty in charting a sustainable course as a stable middle-income country.

Tickets are required to attend the talk and are available at the Shapiro Campus Center box office during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m. The box office will be closed Sept. 25-28 for Rosh Hashanah. Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. One ticket will be issued per Brandeis ID.

Please note that security measures will be in place. No bags, cameras, video cameras, or signs or banners will be allowed in the theater. The Secret Service may also implement other restrictions. Doors will open at 12 noon.

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Sustainable International Development program is sponsoring President Mahama’s talk as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. President Mahama will also meet with President Frederick M. Lawrence and attend a lunch with faculty, staff and students.


Event with Sister Helen Prejean


Dead Men Still Walking: A First Hand Account of Death Row by Death Penalty Activist Sister Helen Prejean
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7p.m.
Levin Ballroom
What’s it like to be sentenced to death—for a crime you did not commit?
Sister Helen Prejean—perhaps the most famous Roman Catholic nun in the U.S.—knows better than most. A spiritual advisor to death row inmates for more than 25 years, she’s also America’s most famous advocate for ending the death penalty.
In 1982, Sister Helen unexpectedly became the spiritual adviser to death row inmate Patrick Sonnier, convicted of killing two teenagers, who had been sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Witnessing his execution prompted her to write the bestselling Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States (Random House, 1993), which became a movie for which Susan Sarandon won the Oscar for playing Sister Helen—and sparking a nationwide debate over the death penalty’s injustice.
Sister Helen says that 80 percent of those on death row live in the ten Southern states that practiced slavery, and that 80 percent of those executed are poor people who kill white people. “When people of color get killed in this country, it doesn’t even hit the radar screen in district attorneys’ offices,” she says.
Sister Helen is an electrifying speaker, whose paired sense of humor and sense of moral urgency make it clear why her work has helped transform American attitudes and laws. Her gripping talk at Brandeis’s Spingold Theater in 2006 was standing room only. The rare opportunity to hear her, live and in person, is not to be missed. Please join us as Sister Helen talks about the true costs of death row.
Sponsored by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Peace and Coexistence Studies and Sociology Department
Contact person and email: Liz Eckley,, x63873

Brandeis Garden Week

Brandeis Garden Week, a week full of plants and volunteering, is ending today. Brandeis Garden Week is a campus-wide initiative to increase awareness of urban agriculture and garden education.
This past week, there have been indoor garden displays in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium, the Shapiro Science Center lobby, and Goldfarb Library. The displays were a successful hit for students, and they show that even in the cold weather, we can garden inside!
About a week and a half ago, there was a bike tour of Waltham gardens, ending at Waltham Fields Community Farm where there was a bicycle-powered cider press! The event was sponsored by DeisBikes and was a great opportunity for students to enjoy the fall weather and be outside.
Last Wednesday, students went to the Waltham Fields Community Farm to spend the morning working outside in the community.
Today is Brandeis Garden Week’s final event, which is a cooking event with Sodexo cosponsored by HSSP and Brandeis Pluralism Alliance. The event is free for the students who are meal plans and $10 otherwise. If you would like to attend, it is not too late! The event is from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and you can sign up here.
As Brandeis Garden Week is ending, we are reminded not only how important and healthy it is to have locally grown foods, but also how much fun it is!

The Black-Jew Dialogues

The Black-Jew Dialogues is coming to Brandeis!

What’s so funny about two US American marginalized groups that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? 

That’s what you’ll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism and the power of tough conversations that push us closer to coexistence. The Black-Jew Dialogues combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, multi-media, puppets and a game show to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. at universities, high schools, synagogues, and theaters.

Where: Lown Auditorium

When: November 14, 9:30 PM

Entrance is FREE!

View the trailer here. Hope to see you there!


The Rule of Law Comes Home: Can the UN Live Up to its Own High Standards?

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:
Resources regarding the panel’s topic can be found at


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