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Tuesday, 2/12, 5 p.m. “The Civil War and Emancipation in the Age of Obama”

Posted by mzoltan on 28th January 2013

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic, will be coming to Brandeis on Tuesday, February 12. His talk, “The Civil War and Emancipation in the Age of Obama” will be at 5:00 pm in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. This event is sponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies with the History Department, Journalism Program, Student Affairs, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Black Students Organization as co-sponsors.

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Thursday, 11/1, 4:30 p.m., Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winner Isabel Wilkerson

Posted by mzoltan on 24th October 2012

The 9th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture (November 1, 4:30 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall) will feature Professor Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New York Times’ bestseller, “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. Wilkerson has also won the George Polk Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Wilkerson has spoken on the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs and 2oth Century history at universities across the country and in Europe. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, PBS’s Charlie Rose, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NBC’s Nightly News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and others.

Her talk is entitled “The Decision of their Lives: Caste, Gender and the Great Migration.”

The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture Series was created in 2004 to honor Eleanor Roosevelt’s commitment to social justice and her important place in women’s history.

Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program with co-sponsors AAAS, History, the Mandel Center for the Humanities and Journalism.

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Social Science Majors Helps Push Brandeis on The Today Show

Posted by mzoltan on 24th September 2012

Brandeis was one of six finalists for a live broadcast on The Today Show, and senior Rachel Nelson, an American Studies and Business and Journalism minor, and Reed Zukerman, an Economics and Business major, were the driving forces behind the push. Seniors Nelson and Zukerman produced this video for a Today-Show sponsored contest to bring Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Clark, the show’s co-hosts, to Brandeis for a live, one-hour broadcast.

The push to catapult Brandeis in the lead generated emails, tweets and Facebook postings generated by students and senior administration officials to Boston.com articles chronicling the drive.

The Today Show announces the winner today on their live broadcast and while Brandeis did not win (that honor goes to the University of Tennessee), Rachel Nelson and Reed Zukerman showed the impact of student-driven social media initiatives.

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Journalism Professor Eileen McNamara Honored by Columbia Journalism School

Posted by mzoltan on 20th September 2012

Brandeis’ Journalism Program proudly announces that Professor Eileen McNamara is being honored by the Columbia Journalism School as one of its “Great” alums. The honor is part of a year-long celebration of the Journalism School, which was founded by Joseph Pulitzer 100 years ago.

Professor McNamara, who earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia in 1976, was honored specifically for her coverage of the clerical sex abuse scandal that first began rocking the Archdiocese of Boston more than a decade ago.

You can read an example of that coverage here: http://centennial.journalism.columbia.edu/2002-the-clergy-sex-abuse-scandal/

Columbia will ultimately choose 100 stories from 100 alums to celebrate the school’s 100 anniversary. So far, it has released the names and work of the first 50 winners, and we here at Brandeis were delighted — but not at all surprised — to find Professor McNamara’s name in that group!

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Wednesday, 3/7, 5:30 p.m., “The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers.”

Posted by mzoltan on 6th March 2012

A lecture and book signing with Scott Carney, investigative journalist, author and Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, in Rappaporte Treasure Hall.

Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Scott Carney spent five years investigating the “rise, fall, and resurgence” of a multibillion-dollar hidden economy known as the “red market.” In his book, “The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers,” Carney writes about poor villagers in India who sell their kidneys for cash, grave diggers who steal human bones for the Western market’s demand for anatomical skeletons, and temple owners who sell the hair of their devotees to American wig makers for $6 million dollars a year.

Carney’s multimedia presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, book signing, and light refreshments.

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Thursday, 3/1, 1 p.m. “From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality: Reflections on Hate Violence, Human Rights and Interconnectedness 30 Years After”

Posted by mzoltan on 27th February 2012

Thursday, 3/1, 1p.m. Helen Zia will present a talk titled, “From Vincent Chin to Marriage Equality: Reflections on Hate Violence, Human Rights and Interconnectedness 30 Years After” in the ICC Lounge.

Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

She is also co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me, which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.”

Zia is former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies. She was named one of the most influential Asian Americans of the decade by A. Magazine.

Zia has received numerous journalism awards for her ground-breaking stories; her investigation of date rape at the University of Michigan led to campus demonstrations and an overhaul of its policies, while her research on women who join neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations provoked new thinking on the relationship between race and gender violence in hate crimes.

Sponsored by: American Studies, Journalism, Women’s & Gender Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, Brandeis Asian American Student Association, Student Union, Conference & Events, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Women of Color Alliance, Her Campus Brandeis, Girl Effect, Vagina Club, Pre-Law Society, the Justice, Triskellion, Intercultural Center, Wellesley College Asian American Student Association

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