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Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) receives the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography

Posted by musegade on April 22nd, 2015

Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) has just received the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography for his The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and The Rise of Fascism in Europe. Judges cited the book as “an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.”  http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2015-Biography-or-Autobiography

Currently a professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University, Kertzer was appointed Provost in 2006, serving in that role until 2011. Kertzer founded and directed the Anthropological Demography program. He was also founding director of the Politics, Culture, and Identity research program of the Watson Institute for International Studies. A Brown alumnus (A.B., 1969), Kertzer received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1974.

In an introduction written especially for the Brandeis Magazine (Winter 2014), David Kertzer describes how he came to his galvanizing topic: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2014/winter/featured-stories/pope.html

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Activism from Vietnam to Palestine

Posted by musegade on April 13th, 2015

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Winners of the 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Award

Posted by musegade on April 13th, 2015

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Behind the Scenes @ Brandeis: The Masks We Wear

Posted by musegade on April 13th, 2015

Behind the Scenes @ Brandeis: The Masks We Wear

Thursday, April 23 9am-9pm in the Farber Mezzanine

Reception 6:30-8:30 pm

SOC 128b: Documenting Race, Class, and Gender will present an interactive photo exhibit on Thursday, April 23 in the Farber Mezzanine. The exhibit will be open from 9am-9pm with a reception from 6:30-8:30 pm. Led by Professor Powers, the students from SOC 128b document their personal experiences at Brandeis through photo essays in order to examine intersections of race, class, and gender. This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

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Patrick Brown Receives a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Russia!

Posted by musegade on April 9th, 2015

Congratulations to Patrick Brown for receiving a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Russia!

Patrick’s research focuses on working-class history from 1926 to 1941: a period during which the Soviet Union mobilized all possible resources to achieve accelerated industrial growth.

While in Russia, Patrick will be examining largely neglected published and archival materials and will interview workers and the families of those who labored during the period of “socialist construction.” Focusing on two distinct industrial districts of Nizhnii Novgorod—the older Sormovo district and the new Gorky auto district—the project will explore several dimensions of working-class history: social composition, commonalities and differences (in identity, cultural norms, material condition, expectations), and the party’s effort to orchestrate rapid growth and resolve or mask these internal differences within the “single” working class.

Patrick’s research will culminate in a dissertation titled, “Revolution in the Working Class: Community, Conflict, and Identity in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1917-1941.”

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Professor David Cunningham’s Going Away Party

Posted by musegade on April 7th, 2015

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The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Posted by musegade on April 3rd, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Art

Professor Joyce Antler, author of A History of The Jewish Mother, is a guest speaker for The National Center for Jewish Film’s 18th Annual Film Festival, which runs from April 30-May 15. Purchase tickets and find out more at www.jewishfilm.org!

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Sociology Meet the Majors!

Posted by musegade on April 2nd, 2015

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Derron Wallace Awarded the 2014-2015 AERA’s Division G Distinguished Dissertation Award

Posted by musegade on March 19th, 2015

Derron is a Florence Levy Kay Fellow and Lecturer in Education and African and Afro- American Studies. He is a sociologist of education whose research interests include global perspectives on urban education, comparative and international education, Black ethnic relations, and disability studies. He recently received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar. Previously, he worked as a community organizer and consultant with Local Educational Authorities in London. Derron currently teaches ED 170a, Critical Perspectives in Urban Education.

Derron was recently awarded the 2014-2015 AERA’s Division G Distinguished Dissertation Award, which is given to honor a dissertation of exemplary conceptual, methodological, and rhetorical quality on an important topic that addresses social contexts of education.

Congratulations, Derron!

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“American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street”

Posted by musegade on March 5th, 2015

American Pulp

A talk by Paula Rabinowitz at University of Minnesota

March 5th at 4:00 p.m. Mandel Atrium

Paula Rabinowitz ’74 is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Her new book, “American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street,” tells the story of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and how they brought modernism to Main Street, democratized literature and ideas, spurred social mobility and helped readers fashion new identities. Drawing on extensive original research, Paula unearths the far-reaching political, social and aesthetic impact of the pulps between the late 1930s and early 1960s.

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