Kaprf and Hahn Peace Prize Winner gives voice to poetry on campus

March 3rd, 2015

Source: The Hoot (link)


By Dana Trismen

Rohan Narayanan ’15 is changing the Brandeis community, one poem at a time. When the 2014-2015 school year began, the senior was already involved in an extensive amount of Brandeis extracurricular activities, including his position as president of Brandeis Television (BTV) and his critical role on TRON, the men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. But over the summer, Narayanan spent most of his time writing spoken-word poetry. He returned to Brandeis with the confidence to perform and the desire to create a safe space for others to express their emotions.

Since August, Narayanan has performed his poetry at many highly public Brandeis venues, including the Mela and Brandeis is Our House events. His spoken-word performances have been met with praise from students, faculty and staff, despite the fact that he admits he does not have any academic knowledge of the art form. “I started writing poetry a little over a year ago, and it just kind of took the form of spoken word … I think because I talk really fast and have a lot of angst and opinions, spoken word is absolutely the right medium for me,” he said in an interview with The Brandeis Hoot this week. Read more at the PAX blog here.

Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

March 2nd, 2015

PhimThe CAST minor will host singer/activist Fatu Gayflor and anthropologist/dance scholar Toni Shapiro-Phim, both now living in Philadelphia. Fatu is a renowned Liberian singer who is the founder and the artistic director of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, a group that focuses on domestic violence, post-conflict reconciliation and other issues of concern for Liberians in the Philadelphia region. The Chorus is an initiative of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, an arts and social justice organization where Toni serves as Director of Programs. Toni has conducted extensive research on the performing arts of Cambodia, and edited an anthology on dance and human rights across the globe.

Fatu and Toni will be giving five presentations during their time at Brandeis.

View dates, times, locations, and details about their five presentations.

Source: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/cast/news-events/2015_03_Residence_Gayflor_ShapiroPhim.html

Sociology Major Shota Adamia Featured in the Hoot

March 2nd, 2015

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Excerpt from The Hoot’s article featuring Adamia:

“His hard work eventually earned him a nomination for a Geoffrey Beene Scholarship. “I had to write a case study on technology and fashion, and I ended up working on a project regarding 3D printing and its revolutionary influence on fashion,” Adamia said.

“Essentially I was doing academic research, and I spoke with many designers, bloggers and experts who are doing research in regard to both the technology and design aspects. I produced the case study and presented it to the YMA’s executive board, which consists of top-level executives of places such as Geoffrey Beene, Levi Strauss & Co., FIT and many others,” Adamia explained. After the presentation, Adamia won one of four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarships to be used for future education and career aspirations.

“In fashion, it depends on your background and what you’re looking for—money, fame, experience, looking for it as a stepping stone into a social world or connections. I found my channel through this organization which I am insanely grateful for and am still trying to find ways to expand my experience. Getting into it is very individual for everyone,” Adamia said about the difficulties of getting into the fashion world.”

Professor Conrad featured on the Brandeis Hoot

December 12th, 2014

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By Charlotte Aaron

 “I was the kind of kid who would get up and walk around, look at the goldfish, read the encyclopedias in the back of the room, talk to neighbors,” Peter Conrad, a professor of sociology, said in regard to his  childhood. “Had ADHD been an option as a diagnosis in the ’50s, which it wasn’t, I would have been probably labeled and gotten a trial and medications.”

Professor Conrad has researched ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, since he wrote his dissertation on identifying hyperactive children 40 years ago. While only three to five percent of school children were diagnosed with ADHD when he started his research, today, that number has increased to 11 percent. “That’s a lot of kids,” Conrad commented.

Read the remaining article here!

Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize Winners

December 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Karpf and Hahn Peace! They will be pursuing their projects all over the world and reporting back to Prof. Fellman.

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