Davis Peace Prize and Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize Award Presentations

Are you interested in learning about the amazing work Brandeis students have done or are planning to do around the world to promote peace? Then come check out this year’s winners of the Davis and Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize Awards as they present their projects! Presenters will include Irfan Amali, who will be discussing his project titled, “Promoting Peace and Tolerance to Muslim Children,” and Renena Gal with her project, “Empowering Young Rwandan Women and Children Through Theater.” These are just two of the projects that will be discussed; you will have to attend to see the others! The event will be held in the Peace Room in the Usdan Student Center on March 30th at 3PM. Refreshements will be served and anyone is welcome to attend, so bring a friend!

Peace Prize Presentations

Interested in:

Learning more about peace and coexistence?

Hearing about the amazing work Brandeis students have done or are planning to do around the world to promote peace?

Relaxing in the comfortable and cozy Peace Room? Then come check out the:

Davis Peace Prize and Karpf + Hahn Peace Prize Award Presentations

Where? The Peace Room in Usdan When? Friday, March 30 at 3:00PM


“Embracing Israel/Palestine” by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, makes the case for why peace activists must be BOTH pro-Israel and pro-Palestine and that a lasting peace in the Middle East will only emerge if it fosters a transformation in the consciousness of both Israelis and Palestinians, and a triumph of the most loving and generous parts of the religious traditions in each community.  This dialogue explores how such lasting peace is unlikely unless it reflects a similar transformation in the U.S. away from expecting “homeland security” to come from political, economic or cultural dominance.

Embracing Israel/Palestine is a must-read for those who care about peace in the Middle East. It is provocative, radical, persuasive, and, if given the attention it deserves, could make a major contribution to reconciliation. Please read this book!     Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2-3:30pm–Golding 110, Brandeis University

“Disrupting the Script” March 19, 2012

B&A 2012

The “Disrupting the Script” conference will take place this coming Monday, March 19th. At the heart of the conference is a theater performance portraying a woman’s and her community’s reaction to her rape. This conference will help participants to disrupt the cultural scripts and narrative structures deeply embedded in our history that hinder justice for Black women who experience rape or sexual assault. We ask that participants pre-register to help us plan better, but you may also register at the door.

We will videotape parts of the conference and post them to the Feminist Sexual Ethics website after the conference, so that teachers can bring the insights of the conference into their classrooms, religious congregants into their communities, and activists into their group discussions. In addition, we will live-stream parts of the conference to: www.brandeis.edu/projects/fse/.

Domestic Violence Symposium

Interested in participating in a campus-wide discussion concerning Domestic Violence? A Domestic Violence Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 8thfrom 5:45pm-8:30 pm in the Third Floor Art Gallery of the SCC. The goal of this symposium is to create a dialogue amongst the Brandeis and greater Waltham community to discuss community response to domestic violence.  We will have faculty and community members speaking on a panel discussion followed by reflection activities. After the reflection period, we hope to display posters created by students that focus on domestic violence with resources available. Hope to see you all there!

–Event Schedule:

-Event registration from 5:45-6:00

-Panel discussion from 6:00-7:00

-7:00-7:10 – break

-7:10-7:40 – break-out discussion groups (5), topics including:

-Internship and volunteer opportunities

-Research LBGT issues

-Law and Policy

-Minority issues

-Community organizing/men

–Panelists and other professionals contributing to the event:

-Judge Jeffery A. Abber, Massachusetts Family and Probate Court

-Alison Berry, REACH

-Stacey Lantz, BARCC

-Julie Youdovin, Jewish Families and Children Services

-Sara Woten, Project coordinator for Brandeis University Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, MA Sociology and Women and Gender Studies

-Deidre Hunter, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Internship on Intimate Partner Violence course professor

-Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Senior Scientist, Heller School

-Caitlin Abber, Schiff Undergraduate Research Fellow


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.
For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.
RSVP on Facebook here (optional).


  • 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: http://conference.jstreet.org/

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.

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