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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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The Responsibility to Protect at 10: The Challenge of Protecting the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations

Posted by musegade on March 3rd, 2015


March 8-9, 2015
Hassenfeld Conference Center – Brandeis University

The Responsibility to Protect principle, adopted by leaders across the globe in 2005, recognizes that the international community has a role to play when sovereign states fail to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. As R2P reaches its ten-year milestone, many questions remain about the principle’s legitimacy, implementation and potential abuse. This conference is designed to bring together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about both philosophical and practical aspects of R2P. Thematic sessions will include: “R2P: Ethical Considerations;” “New Actors and Vulnerable Populations;” “The International Arena;” “Implementation of R2P: Practical Challenges;” “
R2P in the Real World” (a double panel with presentations on Kosovo, Somalia, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, and the Central African Republic); and “Justice and Accountability.” The conference will end with a plenary discussion focused on “The Future of R2P and Global Governance.”

For more information, visit http://webtest.brandeis.edu/ethics/internationaljustice/R2P/DetailedSchedule.html

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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)


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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