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

Posted by musegade on March 3rd, 2015

Source: The Hoot (link)

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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.

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Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

Posted by musegade on 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

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Sociology Major Shota Adamia Featured in the Hoot

Posted by musegade on 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.”

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Department of Sociology Newsletter

Posted by musegade on January 29th, 2015

The Department of Sociology just published their 2014-2015 newsletter, which provides faculty notes, student news, alumni updates, and department tidbits. To check out the newsletter, download the PDF here!

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Sociology Faculty making contributions to Medical Sociology

Posted by musegade on January 20th, 2015

“Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics – Old Critiques and New Engagements ” is a medical sociology book written by Susan Bell and Anne Figert. Brandeis’ own Prof. Peter Conrad wrote the preface, while Prof. Sara Shostak contributed a chapter. For more information on the book, check the link.

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The 2014 Tomlinson Prize

Posted by musegade on January 15th, 2015

Dr. Paul Jankowski, Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”

The prize is offered annually for the best historical work on World War One by The World War One Historical Association. It consists of a check for $3,000 and a bronze plaque. For more information on the programs and publications of The World War One Historical Association, consult our website, ww1ha.org.

The winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College. Other members of the selection panel are Dr. Michael Neiberg of the U. S. Army War College and Amb. Leonard G. Shurtleff, a former WW1HA president.

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Researcher Calls “Successful Aging” Form of Ageism

Posted by musegade on January 12th, 2015

Following her presentation at the Gerontological Society of America in November, Professor Sarah Lamb’s story was featured in New American Media.

Discussing America’s obsessions with staying forever young, Professor Lamb explains that, “so-called successful aging articles and books tell readers how to “direct” their own aging, and paint disability as “bleak,” and dependence on others as “demeaning.” But much of the aging process is beyond our control, which Americans are loath to acknowledge – a symptom, Lamb said, of ageism.”

For the original story with audio, check out the KNBA website

To read the article in New American Media, click here.

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The 2014 Tomlinson Prize

Posted by musegade on January 9th, 2015

Dr. Paul Jankowski, Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”

The prize is offered annually for the best historical work on World War One by The World War One Historical Association. It consists of a check for $3,000 and a bronze plaque. For more information on the programs and publications of The World War One Historical Association, consult our website, ww1ha.org.

The winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College. Other members of the selection panel are Dr. Michael Neiberg of the U. S. Army War College and Amb. Leonard G. Shurtleff, a former WW1HA president.

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Brandeis Sociology Department in Top Ten in the Nation!

Posted by musegade on January 7th, 2015

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USA Today reported College Factual’s ranking of the nation’s top undergraduate Sociology programs and Brandeis was ranked #6 overall out of over 500 sociology departments!  http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/27/top-ranked-colleges-for-a-major-in-sociology/  Quite an accomplishment everyone can be proud of – faculty, staff, alumni, current students.   The ranking looked at “quality schools that are focused on delivering an education in Sociology and that are successful at it”.  The Brandeis Sociology department comes in at #6 overall, right behind Princeton and just ahead of Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, and Penn!  The ranking methodology emphasizes former majors’ career salaries, the percentage of current students enrolled in the major, departments’ connections to associated majors/programs, and overall college/university quality, so it’s great to see how well we fare relative to our distinguished peers.

Check out the list at USA Today.

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Brandeis ranked one of the top ten schools to earn an Economics major!

Posted by musegade on December 12th, 2014

USA Today recently ranked Brandeis as one of the top 10 schools to earn an economics major.

Describing the department the article writes:

Brandeis University is a private liberal arts school that focuses on promoting an interdisciplinary education. Students are challenged to apply theories taught in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Economics is one of the most popular majors at Brandeis.

By providing a broad range of courses — including international economics and finance, macroeconomics, monetary economics and labor economics — Brandeis prepares students to pursue a variety of careers following graduation. The comprehensive education gives economics majors the tools needed for success, with graduates earning an average early career salary of $54,000, jumping to $96,000 at the mid-career level.

Read the entire article here!

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