Economics professor Benjamin Shiller’s research paper on customized online pricing – charging different consumers different prices for the same product – was recently featured in a Forbes article. The article summarizes his paper, and then adds several insightful thoughts about much wider implications. Shiller’s referenced research investigates how much more profitable customized pricing would be when the price an individual is charged is based on his/her online browsing history, as opposed to a single demographic variable (e.g. student discounts). The answer is a lot, implying firms are more likely to implement the strategy, leading to pricing that may be viewed as unfair.
The Forbes article, available online since September 1st, is available here. Those further interested can read more insightful comments here and here on the Washington Post blog.
September 11th, 2013
The Interfaith Chaplaincy invites the Brandeis community to join them this Wednesday at noon at the Peace Memorial near Usdan Student Center to join in a brief remembrance of the events of 9/11.
September 10th, 2013
It’s no surprise that Professor Gordie Fellman’s classes are adored by Brandeis students. TIME Magazine wrote an article about America’s most sought after undergraduate courses, and ”Deconstructing War, Building Peace” is one of them!
To read the full article please visit: http://nation.time.com/2013/09/05/the-hottest-seats-in-class/
September 6th, 2013
Brandeis University’s first-ever Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Rethinking the Age of Revolution,” will feature a number of exciting public events this year. Lincoln Mullen, a PhD student in History, and Maura Conron, WGS Program Coordinator, have designed a spectacular website for the seminar, which you can view at http://brandeis.edu/revolutions.
Please mark your calendars for our featured events!
September 27, 2013 – 2:00-5:00pm Mandel G03
Symposium: The Axes of Revolution: Space, Time, Idea
Session to explore the genealogy of other seminar “keywords” including rights, liberty, sympathy, and equality, tracking the evolution of these concepts through time and across space.
- Doris L. Garraway (Northwestern), “On Liberty and Sovereignty in the Haitian Revolution and the Early Haitian state”
- Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire), “The Greater American Revolution and the Problem of Dual Sovereignty”
- Lynn A. Hunt (University of California, Los Angelese), “The Invention of Revolutionary Time”
November 14, 2013 4:00-5:30pm Mandel 303
Mini-Symposium: People in Revolution
Mini-symposium followed by seminar session, to explore the figure of the heroic individual in stories of revolution from the eighteenth century to the present. How have the eighteenth-century revolutions been populated (with heroic martial men, for example), depopulated (of children, the enslaved, most women, and other dependents), and repopulated over time? How and why do certain figures stay in focus—George Washington and Marie Antoinette, for examples—while others crucial at the time recede? Centered on the intersections of biography and history, this session asks big questions about the relationship of the individual to longue durée historical events. We also investigate the age of revolution on a human scale, exploring new ways to recover the intimate history of empires and nations. Will begin with an afternoon public panel discussion.
- Kathleen A. DuVal, University of North Carolina
- Amy Freund, Texas Christian University
- Emma Rothschild, Harvard, Cambridge University
February 27, 2013 4:00-5:30 Mandel 303
Mini-Symposium: Limits of Revolution
Mini-symposium and seminar session to center on arenas where revolutionary thought and practice reached their limits, particularly where matters of race, class, gender, and religion were concerned. How did proponents of new world orders in France, Haiti, and the United States define and delimit the boundaries of citizenship? How did slavery shape ideas of liberty, and vice versa? When and where were the vaunted “rights of man” gendered as opposed to generic? Did the age of revolution expand or limit the freedoms of women, individuals of African descent, Native Americans, and other subject peoples? How were the limits of our three central revolutions replicated or revised by the revolutions that followed? Will begin with an afternoon public panel discussion.
- Christopher L. Brown, Columbia University
- Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Malick Ghachem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 25, 2013 2:00-5:00 Mandel G03
Symposium: The End(s) of Revolution
This session will attempt a reckoning of the age of revolution, and of our three core revolutions, as seen from the multiple vantage-points of the proletarian movements of 1848 and 1917, the civil rights and student movements of the 1960s, and especially the current moment, where “Arab spring” and “Occupy” arguably constitute revolutions but where the word “revolution” has also been debased into advertising copy and heritage harmony. Most importantly, we will ask how the age of revolution did and did not reshape rights, representation, the global economy and the political map, and we will ask what cultural work eighteenth-century revolutions are performing today.
- Howard G. Brown, SUNY Binghamton
- Laurent Dubois, Duke University
- Jill Lepore, Harvard University
August 28th, 2013
This BBC radio program explores the legacy of Abraham Maslow, the founding chair of the Psychology Department at Brandeis. The BBC series MindChangers premiered Friday, April 17, with this program on Maslow. At Brandeis from 1951-1969, Maslow studied the fulfillment of human potential and introduced the idea of a Heirarchy of Needs, which he modeled as a pyramid with fundamental physiological needs at the base and the highest human aspirations at the pinnacle. Lawrence Fuchs, recently deceased, who knew Maslow, was interviewed to provide commentary on the broad impact of these ideas in social science practice and theory; Margie Lachman analyzes the threads of his ideas which survived empirical scrutiny and emerged as modern Psychological theory; Verna Regan, his administrative assistant, provides a view of Maslow’s working style.
May 10th, 2013
Professor Jytte Klausen’s POL 160, The War on Global Terrorism, will host two special guest speakers this Spring. Both events are open to the campus and will take place from 2:00-3:20pm in Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G03.
Nasser Weddady, Civil Rights Outreach Director, The American Islamic Congress will speak on American Muslims and civil liberties after 9/11.
NASSER WEDDADY is a native of Mauritania and grew up in Libya and Syria, traveling extensively through the Middle East, before coming to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2000. A few days after the September 11 attacks, the FBI falsely detained Nasser because of his ethnic appearance. Nasser’s engagements with AIC reflect his background in anti-slavery activism in his homeland. Nasser has organized conferences for young activists across the Middle East that offer budding activists the leadership skills to pursue their own human and civil rights campaigns. Most recently, he spearheaded a series of workshops to launch AIC’s Tunisia Bureau. As one of the few activists working not only in the MENA region, but in the U.S. as well, Nasser has developed a unique perspective on the global struggle for human and civil rights. He has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Baltimore Sun; appeared on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Radio Liberty; and testified to Congress’ Human Rights Caucus. Fluent in five languages, Nasser has lectured at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and diverse interfaith settings. Nasser currently is the chair of AIC’s New England Council. On February 16 The New York Times published Weddady’s Op-Ed on “How Europe Bankrolls Terror” linking ransom payments by European governments to Islamist militants to the ongoing destabilization of the Sahel.
About the course:
Terrorism is defined as violent acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public (1994 UN General Assembly Resolution 49/60). Islamist extremism has emerged over the past decades as the deadliest of all modern terrorist movements. Al Qaeda’s attacks against US targets on September 11, 2001, marked a turning point in American history. Nearly 3,000 people died that day. The fight against Al Qaeda motivated two wars: the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in cooperation with NATO allies and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since then, 7,000 US and NATO soldiers and an unknown number of civilians have died as casualties of war against Al Qaeda and allies. “Homegrown” terrorism linked to Al Qaeda continues to present a threat here at home and in Europe, and has stirred a backlash against Muslims.
March 20th, 2013
Are you considering graduate school after Brandeis? Many students have the same questions about the application process, paying for graduate school, and deciding whether to go at all. Regardless of the advanced degree you are seeking, this event will address many of your questions! Please join us on March 13, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. to hear from and pose your questions to staff from our own Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Heller School, The Rabb School of Continuing Studies, International Business School and the Hiatt Career Center. The event will be held in Kutz 130. Please RSVP in B.hired>Events>Workshops so that we can plan seating for the students attending.
March 11th, 2013
Thursday March 14
Location: Pearlman Lounge
Doug Harper, Professor of Sociology, Duquesne University
(PhD Brandeis University ’76)
Title: Seeing Society: The Long and Winding Road
March 7th, 2013
March 20, 2013, 5:00 p.m., in Mandel G03
The Suppressed Desires of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture
Lois Rudnick is professor emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught American literature and culture for 36 years, 26 of which she chaired the American Studies Department. She has published numerous books and articles on modern American culture, and the artists and writers colonies of Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, including her multiple award winning Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture (1996).
This talk is sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program
March 6th, 2013
Latin American and Latino Studies was founded in the Spring of 1963, becoming the first interdisciplinary studies interdepartmental program at Brandeis. It has come a long way since, and to mark the occasion of our 50th anniversary we have organized a panel featuring three remarkable Brandeis alumni as speakers. They represent different disciplines and career paths that together exemplify the extent and significance of Latin American and Latino studies inside and outside academia. We would like to extend a special invitation to the Brandeis community to celebrate and reflect together on the present and future of area studies, interdisciplinary studies, and the Latino and Latin American presence inside and outside academia.
The event will take place on Wednesday March 13th at 4:30pm at the Shapiro Admissions Center conference room.
As director of the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project and of the Cuba Documentation Project, Peter Kornbluh ‘78 has been writing and researching on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and beyond for decades. Frances Hagopian ‘75 is the Lemann Visiting Associate Professor for Brazil Studies at the Department of Government at Harvard and theFaculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). Professor Hagopian is the author of numerous books on the comparative politics of Latin America, with emphasis on democratization, political representation, political economy, and religion and politics. Our most recent guest-speaker alum is Jeff Arak ‘07, an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker who lives in New York and has just finished his film Life on Death Beach, about a group of volunteer lifeguards in a town on the cost of Oaxaca, Mexico.
March 5th, 2013