This fall, we are excited to inaugurate the Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS). This year-long seminar will meet most Friday afternoons at 3 pm, and will include our anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests as well as presentations by Brandeis anthropology faculty and graduate students. Moises Lino e Silva, curator of the Anthropology Research Seminar for the coming year, describes the seminar as “a venue for rigorous and creative intellectual engagement with current anthropological research.” Often we will close the Friday afternoon seminar with an opportunity for socializing with the invited speaker and each other, sometimes off campus at a nearby pub or other gathering place.
Professor Janet McIntosh will give the first talk at 3:00 p.m. on September 12th, 2014.
Professor McIntosh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, language ideology, narrative and discourse, personhood, essentialism, religion, ritual, Islam, ethnic identity, colonialism and postcoloniality, and East Africa. After earning a BA at Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a second BA at Oxford University (first class honors), she undertook graduate training at the University of Michigan, earning her Ph.D in 2002 and winning a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. McIntosh has published in such journals as American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Africa, Journal of Religion in Africa, and Language and Communication. Her book “The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethnoreligious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast” (Duke University Press, 2009) won the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is currently in the late stages of a project on the narrated dilemmas of former colonial settlers and their descendants in Kenya.
August 25th, 2014
Two Brandeis University professors will be honored at the 2014 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 16-19.
Professor David Cunningham will be awarded the Outstanding Book Award from the Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict for “Klansville, U.S.A,” his work on the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, the book received an honorable mention from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.
Associate professor Sara Shostak will be awarded the Robert K. Merton Book Award by the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology and the Elliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Section on Medical Sociology for her book, “Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health.”
Read more about Shostak’s awards on Provost Direct.
August 25th, 2014
October 1-2, 2014, Rapaporte Treasure Hall
This two-day conference will explore the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse.
The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse’s most famous book, “One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society,” and our recent discovery of an early draft of this book that was given to Brandeis by Marcuse himself.
All conference events will be held in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Brandeis’ Goldfarb Library.
Registration for the conference is free.
Lunch will be provided both days.
For more information, please see the conference website.
August 6th, 2014
Catie Stewart, one of the Davis Peace Prize recipients, emailed the Department of Sociology letting us know that she and the other Brandeis students at Al Quds are safe in Jerusalem. She also sent us pictures showing some of her experiences and an article written about the initiative: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4529734,00.html
Best wishes to Catie and the students at Al Quds, who are helping to promote peace and understanding in Israel amidst all the violence.
July 15th, 2014
The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world. In this year’s round of applications, four Brandeis students were given grants to spend their summers in India and Israel to work towards their causes.
Abie Troen and Andrea Verdaja are in India filming a documentary promoting the rights and entitlement of Dalit (untouchable) women. Abie and Andrea have made this video, showing some of their work in India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edq0i_NHDzs
Catie Stewart ’16 and Eli Philip’s ’15 are spending their summer in Israel working on their project, “Brandeis University – Al Quds University Student Dialogue Inititative” is working on establishing a long-term dialogue between students of the two universities.
July 15th, 2014
Sociology professor Sara Shostak’s new book Exposed Science: Genes, The Environment, and the Politics of Population Health was awarded best book of the year in the American Sociological Association’s science, knowledge, and technology section. This is an incredible honor for Shostak, as this is a highly competitive and prestigious award. Sara’s book has been highly praised and has received much national attention. The Sociology Department congratulates Sara on her book’s success.
July 15th, 2014
The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.
We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!
We hope to see you there!
April 28th, 2014
*Save the Date! Brandeis Annual Celebration of Service*
Monday, April 28 7-8:30pm Sherman Function Hall
Get PUMPED for Brandeis’ annual community-wide celebration of service. This tradition marks a special opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community to celebrate each other’s remarkable passion for community service. Furthermore, it is a moment to reflect on what makes our campus so special. As a volunteer, you deserve to be celebrated. Please join us for a fun night of dining and entertainment and celebrate the impact you or a friend has made on the community.
The event will feature semi-formal dress, elected guest-speakers, free appetizers and beverages, a presentation to Commitment to Service Awards Honorees, and much more. RSVP here!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vB33ybZgdf1vSFFhWKg0SDJ3B_Ws37CQGgHN33_Wc6A/viewform and check out the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/523690311108095
Kosher and Vegetarian options will be available. We encourage all students to invite their faculty, staff, and peers to celebrate their dedication to our community. This is a truly wonderful event that marks an important tradition on our campus. Please join on us on Monday, April 28 from 7-8:30pm in the Sherman Function Hall as we further this tradition. If you have questions please email Nate Shammay.
Cosponsored by: Department of Community Service, Waltham Group, and Sodexo.
April 28th, 2014
SpeakOut! Brandeis is a student-led initiative to raise awareness about the subject of Sexual Assault, Violence, and Harassment that affects the entire Brandeis community, and allow those affected by it to anonymously have their voices heard. Today a physical display with most of the submissions that SpeakOut! has received so far has been launched in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to keep raising awareness about the issue that needs attention and effort of each member of our community to step up and tackle it.
April 10th, 2014
On March 27, Latin American and Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, and Fine Arts UDRs hosted a documentary screening of Waste Land. Students came together from all disciplines to watch the film while eating South American food.
The film is about Vik Muniz, a famous Brazilian artist who currently lives in the United States. Muniz traveled to the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro to speak with catadores, or people who pick up recyclable material from the landfill for work.
Muniz took photographs of the catadores, then worked with the catadores to make artwork in the shape of the portraits with recyclable materials. After selling photographs of the artwork, all of the money went to the catadores. With the money, they bought equipment and a truck and built a learning center and a library so that people could learn about recycling.
The movie focused on the lives of the catadores and how they were moved by the experiences of creating art from recyclable materials then seeing their portraits become famous.
The screening was followed by a discussion about the lives of the catadores, recycling, and artwork. Overall, it was a meaningful film that brought students of many different disciplines together.
April 7th, 2014