November 7th, 2014

Prof. Shostak featured on Robert W. Johnson Foundation website!

Check out this link to read about Professor Sara Shostak’s new book: Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health on the Robert W. Johnson Foundation website.

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November 6th, 2014

Shota Adamia ’15 featured on BrandeisNOW

Source: BrandeisNOW

Shota Adamia carves his niche in the fashion world

Named finalist for the highly competitive, $30,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarship

Shota Adamia ’15 gets the most out of each day.

The Tbilisi, Georgia native has no qualms about staying busy or balancing schoolwork with his many passions. Ask him what he does during his spare time and Adamia will respond, “what free time?”

Indeed, the economics and sociology double major has little down time but many accomplishments to show for it. He’s fluent in five languages — Georgian, English, Russian, French and German. He has served as chairperson and vice president of the European Youth Parliament. He has made the Dean’s List every semester at Brandeis. Adamia also has earned the Wien Scholarship, which is awarded to international students who display outstanding academic and personal achievement, and the Karpf and Ari Hahn Peace Prize as a sophomore for his research on the political and ethnic conflicts in the Northern Ireland region.

Now Adamia has his focus on the fashion industry, and he has found quick success.

“I’ve been interested in fashion my entire life,” says Adamia. “Fashion is an expression of art and social formation in our communities because we project our meanings onto the garments and accessories we wear. This is how we convey ourselves.”

In 2013, Adamia entered the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition. Working through the Hiatt Career Center and in consultation with professors Alice Kelikian, Chandler Rosenberger and Grace Zimmerman, he submitted a winning case study on how to improve JCPenney’s sales, which earned him a $5,000 scholarship and a summer internship with Thom Browne in New York City, where he worked in the sales department and facilitated orders for 40 retailers worldwide.

Adamia recently learned that the YMA has named him one of eight national finalists for one of four Geoffrey Beene Scholarships, which comes with a $30,000 award to help with education and career goals. Adamia earned $10,000 for being selected a finalist.

This January he will travel to New York to present his case study on the potential impact of 3D printing on the fashion industry before the YMA executive board, which includes CEOs, COOs and board chairs of major corporations in the fashion and related industries.

In between prepping for his January presentation, interviewing prospective students at admissions and working on his honors thesis, Adamia is also gearing up to work in the showroom for Thom Browne’s Milan fashion sales campaign in three weeks.

Like always, Adamia is busy, but he’s embracing it.

“I have all of these amazing resources and I don’t want to miss out on any experiences because I think they’re invaluable,” Adamia says. “To do this while I’m in college and right after college is amazing. I try to integrate all my interests and my responsibilities as a student, a son, and a citizen. We face many responsibilities. It’s hard, but very rewarding to address all of them.”

In addition to providing scholarship support, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund facilitates internships with prestigious fashion companies and provides career mentoring by prominent senior executives who serve on the organization’s Board. Participating companies have included Calvin Klein, Li & Fung, VF Sportswear, Fishman & Tobin, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Bloomingdale’s, Levi Strauss & Co., Target, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Randa Accessories to name just a few.

Paul Rosengard ’80, CEO of DDK/Boston Traders and co-president of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, arranged for the university’s participation in the program beginning in the 2010-11 academic year. So far, 11 Brandeis students have received scholarships, internships and career mentoring from prominent senior fashion executives. A total of 46 colleges and universities participate in the program.




October 22nd, 2014

Karpf and Hahn Peace Prize

The deadline for the Karpf and Hahn Award application is October 29th. Though primarily intended for undergraduates, graduate students may apply and have been awarded in the past. It is a great opportunity to implement a peace project, attend a peace-related conference or develop art work on something you care about. Prizes range from $300 to $3500.

For more information, please look at the application:

If you’re interested in applying, you should set up a time to talk to Professor Fellman about your idea ASAP.

For additional questions, please contact Lauren Jordahl at

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September 30th, 2014

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild, an award-winning journalist and the author of King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africs, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-18, and other books, will be coming to Brandeis this October 13th from 3:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall.

Hochschild spent most of his career writing about human rights and social justice, and is currently a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. This October, he will be delivering a public lecture about the public debate in Great Britain over the outbreak of World War I.

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 will be available for purchase and signing.


September 23rd, 2014

Meet the Majors

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September 19th, 2014

Graduate School in London workshop

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September 15th, 2014

Karpf Hahn Peace Grant

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July 11th, 2014

Davis Peace Prize Winners report from Israel

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:,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.












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:

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.


July 8th, 2014

Professor’s book wins top honor


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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