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Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar

Posted by musegade on September 10th, 2014

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“Institutional Betrayal: The case of Campus Sexual Assault” Presented by Prof. Jennifer Freyd

Posted by musegade on September 4th, 2014

Special Lecture

Institutional Betrayal: The case of Campus Sexual Assault

Presented by Prof. Jennifer Freyd
University of Oregon
Department of Psychology

Friday, September 12, 2:00 PM
Sachar International Center, Wasserman Cinematheque

Co-sponsored by The Department of Psychology, The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and The Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences
Hosted by Prof. Ray Knight

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Jillian Powers on “The Morning Shift” WBEZ Chicago

Posted by musegade on September 3rd, 2014

On September 3rd, 2014, Jillian Powers was the guest expert on “The Morning Shift,” WBEZ Chicago’s morning program at 10:20 a.m. Powers spoke on the topic of “America, Traditions, and New Immigrants. Click here to listen to the program! Powers’s segment begins at 31:00.

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Anthropology Department Hosts Research Seminar Series

Posted by musegade on August 25th, 2014

This fall, we are excited to inaugurate the Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS). This year-long seminar will meet most Friday afternoons at 3 pm, and will include our anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests as well as presentations by Brandeis anthropology faculty and graduate students. Moises Lino e Silva, curator of the Anthropology Research Seminar for the coming year, describes the seminar as “a venue for rigorous and creative intellectual engagement with current anthropological research.” Often we will close the Friday afternoon seminar with an opportunity for socializing with the invited speaker and each other, sometimes off campus at a nearby pub or other gathering place. 

Professor Janet McIntosh will give the first talk at 3:00 p.m. on September 12th, 2014.

Professor McIntosh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, language ideology, narrative and discourse, personhood, essentialism, religion, ritual, Islam, ethnic identity, colonialism and postcoloniality, and East Africa. After earning a BA at Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a second BA at Oxford University (first class honors), she undertook graduate training at the University of Michigan, earning her Ph.D in 2002 and winning a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. McIntosh has published in such journals as American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Africa, Journal of Religion in Africa, and Language and Communication. Her book “The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethnoreligious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast” (Duke University Press, 2009) won the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is currently in the late stages of a project on the narrated dilemmas of former colonial settlers and their descendants in Kenya. 

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Shostak, Cunningham honored at ASA annual meeting

Posted by musegade on August 25th, 2014

Two Brandeis University professors will be honored at the 2014 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 16-19.

Professor David Cunningham will be awarded the Outstanding Book Award from the Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict for “Klansville, U.S.A,” his work on the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, the book received an honorable mention from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

Associate professor Sara Shostak will be awarded the Robert K. Merton Book Award by the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology and the Elliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Section on Medical Sociology for her book, “Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health.”

Read more about Shostak’s awards on Provost Direct.

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The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse Conference October 1-2, 2014

Posted by musegade on August 6th, 2014

October 1-2, 2014, Rapaporte Treasure Hall

This two-day conference will explore the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse.

The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse’s most famous book, “One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society,” and our recent discovery of an early draft of this book that was given to Brandeis by Marcuse himself.

All conference events will be held in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Brandeis’ Goldfarb Library.

Registration for the conference is free.

Lunch will be provided both days.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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More Info on Davis Peace Prize Al Quds Initiative

Posted by musegade on July 15th, 2014

Catie Stewart, one of the Davis Peace Prize recipients, emailed the Department of Sociology letting us know that she and the other Brandeis students at Al Quds are safe in Jerusalem.  She also sent us pictures showing some of her experiences and an article written about the initiative: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4529734,00.html

Best wishes to Catie and the students at Al Quds, who are helping to promote peace and understanding in Israel amidst all the violence.

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2014 Davis Peace Prize Winners

Posted by musegade on July 15th, 2014

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world.  In this year’s round of applications, four Brandeis students were given grants to spend their summers in India and Israel to work towards their causes.

Abie Troen and Andrea Verdaja are in India filming a documentary promoting the rights and entitlement of Dalit (untouchable) women. Abie and Andrea have made this video, showing some of their work in India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edq0i_NHDzs

Catie Stewart ’16 and Eli Philip’s ’15 are spending their summer in Israel working on their project, “Brandeis University – Al Quds University Student Dialogue Inititative” is working on establishing a long-term dialogue between students of the two universities.

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Professor’s book wins top honor

Posted by musegade on July 15th, 2014

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Sociology professor Sara Shostak’s new book Exposed Science: Genes, The Environment, and the Politics of Population Health was awarded best book of the year in the American Sociological Association’s science, knowledge, and technology section.  This is an incredible honor for Shostak, as this is a highly competitive and prestigious award.  Sara’s book has been highly praised and has received much national attention.  The Sociology Department congratulates Sara on her book’s success.

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Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

Posted by musegade on April 28th, 2014

The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!
For more information, please contact Alex Vasquez at avasquez@brandeis.edu.
We hope to see you there!

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