July 11th, 2014

More Info on Davis Peace Prize Al Quds Initiative

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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July 9th, 2014

2014 Davis Peace Prize Winners

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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July 8th, 2014

Professor’s book wins top honor

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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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April 24th, 2014

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

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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April 22nd, 2014

Governing Immigration in Advanced Welfare States: The Scandinavian Case

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2pm in Mandel Reading Room 303, 3rd Floor

The Scandinavian countries today face different kinds of challenges in relation to multicultural immigration. Questions of social cohesion and the sustainability of societal formation have been raised in all three countries over the last 10-15 years. Grete Brochmann will describe and analyze the dynamics generated when these challenges meet the traditionally equality oriented and ethnically homogeneous Scandinavian countries. She asks how the political approaches available for governance are formed by the institutional structure of the region, in which the welfare state plays an essential role. Information about the speaker can be found here.
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Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, the Department of Politics, International and Global Studies, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and the Department of Sociology.

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April 22nd, 2014

Critical Engagements Symposium

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.
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April 2nd, 2014

Meet the Majors on Thursday April 3!

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March 17th, 2014

Colloquia Series: Assistant Professor Ofer Sharone on “Unemployment Experiences: Why Americans Blame Themselves and Israelis Blame the System”

Join us this Thursday, March 20th at 3:30 pm to learn about MIT Assistant Professor Ofer Sharone’s research on unemployment experiences in the United States and Israel. The event will be held in Pearlman Lounge, and is handicap accessible. Great food provided! See below for more information. We hope to see you there!

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Sponsored by the Brandeis Department of Sociology, The Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

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March 3rd, 2014

Justice Brandeis Summer offerings

Brandeis is expanding its offering of Justice Brandeis Summer programs, and these two might be of particular interest to any Sociology students. Check them out!

Joint Information Session for both Sociology programs next week!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
From 1:00-2:00 pm
Study Abroad Conference Room
Usdan 169

Why choose JBS this summer?

Are you interested in gaining work and research experience this summer while earning 12 academic credits in Sociology?  These two JBS programs may be for you!
Students say the JBS experience is unlike any they’ve found in a standard classroom setting. It offers an intensive, hands-on engagement in the field with first-hand exposure to issues related to social justice.  It’s a great way to earn 12 credits while getting work and research experience over the summer.
PLEASE NOTE:  The final application deadline for all JBS programs is March 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so sign up now!

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March 3rd, 2014

Teach-In on South Sudan Conflict

Source: BrandeisNOW

The outbreak of ethnic strife in South Sudan last December has spurred a humanitarian crisis in a region that already has experienced great suffering. The United Nations estimates that the fighting has resulted in 10,000 deaths, the displacement of nearly 500,000 people and untold human rights violations and abuses.

This quickly developing tragedy has touched the Brandeis community directly. Mangok Bol, an administrator for the international and global studies program, the graduate global studies program, and the Mandel Center for the Humanities, learned in early February that his brother and sister-in-law were murdered and their four children were abducted when gunmen attacked their village. In all, 28 adults were killed and 11 children were taken.

To help focus attention on the needs of South Sudan and the surrounding region, Brandeis is hosting a teach-in on Monday, March 3, 6-7:30 pm, Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.

The teach-in is sponsored by the departments of anthropology and African and Afro-American studies, the global studies, international and global studies, and women’s and gender studies programs, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

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