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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


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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*Brandeis Annual Celebration of Service*

Posted by musegade on April 28th, 2014

*Save the Date! Brandeis Annual Celebration of Service*

Monday, April 28 7-8:30pm Sherman Function Hall
Get PUMPED for Brandeis’ annual community-wide celebration of service. This tradition marks a special opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community to celebrate each other’s remarkable passion for community service. Furthermore, it is a moment to reflect on what makes our campus so special. As a volunteer, you deserve to be celebrated. Please join us for a fun night of dining and entertainment and celebrate the impact you or a friend has made on the community.

The event will feature semi-formal dress, elected guest-speakers, free appetizers and beverages, a presentation to Commitment to Service Awards Honorees, and much more. RSVP here!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vB33ybZgdf1vSFFhWKg0SDJ3B_Ws37CQGgHN33_Wc6A/viewform and check out the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/523690311108095

Kosher and Vegetarian options will be available. We encourage all students to invite their faculty, staff, and peers to celebrate their dedication to our community. This is a truly wonderful event that marks an important tradition on our campus. Please join on us on Monday, April 28 from 7-8:30pm in the Sherman Function Hall as we further this tradition. If you have questions please email Nate Shammay.

Cosponsored by: Department of Community Service, Waltham Group, and Sodexo.

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Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies at Brandeis University SpeakOut! Brandeis exhibit at SCC

Posted by musegade on April 10th, 2014

SpeakOut! Brandeis is a student-led initiative to raise awareness about the subject of Sexual Assault, Violence, and Harassment that affects the entire Brandeis community, and allow those affected by it to anonymously have their voices heard. Today a physical display with most of the submissions that SpeakOut! has received so far has been launched in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to keep raising awareness about the issue that needs attention and effort of each member of our community to step up and tackle it.


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Waste Land Screening

Posted by musegade on April 7th, 2014

On March 27, Latin American and Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, and Fine Arts UDRs hosted a documentary screening of Waste Land. Students came together from all disciplines to watch the film while eating South American food.

The film is about Vik Muniz, a famous Brazilian artist who currently lives in the United States. Muniz traveled to the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro to speak with catadores, or people who pick up recyclable material from the landfill for work.


Muniz took photographs of the catadores, then worked with the catadores to make artwork in the shape of the portraits with recyclable materials. After selling photographs of the artwork, all of the money went to the catadores. With the money, they bought equipment and a truck and built a learning center and a library so that people could learn about recycling.


The movie focused on the lives of the catadores and how they were moved by the experiences of creating art from recyclable materials then seeing their portraits become famous.

The screening was followed by a discussion about the lives of the catadores, recycling, and artwork. Overall, it was a meaningful film that brought students of many different disciplines together.


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Accepted Students Day

Posted by musegade on April 7th, 2014

Accepted Students Day, the main recruitment day for the upcoming Class of 2018, was held this past Sunday, April 6th. By the time the Academic Fair opened, students flocked to the Environmental Studies booth where the UDRs, Esther Mann and Adam Krebs, stood. There was a line of eager students and parents in front of the booth for the two hours that the fair was held. The parents’  most common question was, “Tell me about the major” while the students asked, “Can I double major?” Most people were most interested in the experiential learning opportunities, the ratio of science and social science courses, and internships, yet they also asked about faculty, research opportunities, specific focuses in the major, study abroad opportunities, clubs and ways to get evolved, and future job options. Overall, the students were extremely excited to start learning Environmental Studies at Brandeis this upcoming fall.

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Putting Your Degree to Work: The Intersection between HSSP* and the Health Professions

Posted by musegade on April 5th, 2014

Interested in a career in health?

Not sure how to put your degree to work?

You might want to come to Heller 163 on Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. to…

Putting Your Degree to Work: The Intersection between HSSP* and

the Health Professions

This event will explore how Brandeis HSSP majors can and have put their knowledge and skills to work in professional settings, including internships and careers. We will have 5 speakers, both HSSP alumni and not, with a variety of experiences within the health professions. The speakers will discuss how majors can make the most of their degree beyond Brandeis with an emphasis on practical tips for professional development.

Date: Thursday, April 10 | Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Location: Heller 163

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to Andy Hart (andrew.robert.hart@gmail.com)

For additional information about the panelists, please download the PDF here.

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PAX Dinner on April 10!

Posted by musegade on April 4th, 2014


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