In the last years of the 20th century, Hollywood was big on causes.
But in the 1930s, American cinema was virtually silent on one of history’s most urgent moral issues: The rising persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.
This silence was especially curious because the era’s most powerful movie moguls were Jews, who themselves had fled Russian pogroms a generation earlier.
Presenting at the daylong conference, Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, Stories Told/Stories Untold, Professor Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, will delve deeper into this complex story with a panel of experts at Drew University in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.
Read more about the conference and Professor Doherty’s talk here.
November 12th, 2014
A talk by Professor Joyce Antler
Thursday, November 20th 12:00-1:00, Mandel Center 303
Reconstructing the lost Jewishness of radical feminism, Professor Antler explains why the honor-roll of women’s liberation pioneers includes so many Jewish women—and the complex identity politics behind their own—and others’—failure to chronicle this history.
November 10th, 2014
Sara Shostak, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University and author of Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program (2004-2006).
Human Capital Blog: Your book, Exposed Science, won two awards from the American Sociological Association: the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section and the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT). Congratulations! What do these awards mean for you and your work?
Sara Shostak: Thank you! I am deeply honored that Exposed Science won those awards. This kind of recognition from one’s colleagues is tremendously meaningful on a personal level, especially as there are many scholars in these sections whose work has inspired me for years.
More broadly, the dual awards signal something important about the connection between these two domains of inquiry—medical sociology and the sociology of science. That is, science and the politics of science are important foci of analysis for sociologists concerned with population health. The conditions under which scientists do their research—the political economy of knowledge production—is a critical context for what we do and do not know about human health and illness.
Population health researchers often observe that in the United States, health disparities research tends to focus on differences between racial and ethnic groups, while in the United Kingdom the focus tends to be on variations by social class (or what U.S. researchers more often call socioeconomic status). Scholars of science, knowledge, and technology can help us understand how and why these differences emerged, and with what consequences. My book raises questions also about how any of these determinants get operationalized in laboratory-based research. All of these aspects of how science is done have direct implications for public policy, as well.
Read more at the Human Capital Blog
November 6th, 2014
Please join the Social Science Forum lunch gathering as Brandeis Professor of Economics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Elizabeth Brainerd presents: “Missing Women in the Former Soviet Union? Son Preference and Children’s Health in the Transition from Communism.”
Date: Wednesday, November 5th
Time: 12 -1pm
Place: Board of Trustee’s Conference Room – Irving Enclave
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Judy Salvucci (firstname.lastname@example.org
) as soon as possible. Please remember to include any dietary restrictions.
November 3rd, 2014
A talk in the Mandel Reading Room from 12:00-1:15 on Wednesday, October 29th.
- Jon Levisohn, Associate Professor and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Educational Thought in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies
- Derron Wallace, Florence Kay Fellow in African and Afro-American Studies and Education
October 27th, 2014
Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. Mandel Center G03
Arnie Reisman is an award-winning writer, producer and performer. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial(Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS’ AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets. He was also the former executive editor of the news weekly, Boston After Dark (now the Boston Phoenix). This October, Reisman was named Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate for a two year term from 2014-2016.
October 24th, 2014
“If you know how to do it, the time commitment is not huge,” says Brian Donahue of his farming plan.
Brian Donahue, a Brandeis historian and Massachusetts farmer, believes that New Englanders need to grow more of their own food. We’ll never be entirely self-sufficient, but if we made better use of our productive land, we could make ourselves healthier, he argues, by eating fresher produce and protecting our environment. In a new plan, called A New England Food Vision, Donahue and some colleagues suggest that we should be growing half of our own food by 2060. To do that, we’ll need to plant more suburban yards and convert precious timberlands to pasture.
Read Brian’s interview at the Boston Globe.
October 22nd, 2014
The deadline for the Karpf and Hahn Award application is October 29th. Though primarily intended for undergraduates, graduate students may apply and have been awarded in the past. It is a great opportunity to implement a peace project, attend a peace-related conference or develop art work on something you care about. Prizes range from $300 to $3500.
For more information, please look at the application:
If you’re interested in applying, you should set up a time to talk to Professor Fellman about your idea ASAP.
For additional questions, please contact Lauren Jordahl email@example.com
October 22nd, 2014
A Screening of Detour (1945) with Introduction and Q&A by Noah Isenberg
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Schwartz 106
Noah Isenberg, Professor and Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, will introduce and provide Q&A for Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film, Detour on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Schwartz 106.
Professor Isenberg is the author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times called “a page turner of a biography.” His other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and, as editor,Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era(Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterlymagazine, and is currently writing a new book, Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught Us to Love Movies, to be published by W.W. Norton in the US and by Faber & Faber in the UK. For additional information, please see Professor Isenberg’s website.
October 14th, 2014
One of our Davis Peace Prize summer projects involved a trip to Al Quds University in the West Bank to meet and build relationships with Palestinian students. Next week, the students who participated in this dialogue initiative will be talking about their experiences to the Brandeis community. For more information, take a look at their Facebook event page.
October 1st, 2014
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