Welcome Back!

It is the first day of classes here at Brandeis University and the campus is humming with excitement!

As the amazing summer comes to a close, the early signs of fall are already apparent. Daylight is beginning to soften, classrooms are filled with earnest students, and the evenings are crisp and cool in Waltham.

As you settle into your new class routines, we wish you the best with your studies this fall. If you encounter a course that you are unable to fit into your schedule, or if a required course is already closed, be sure to check back with us to see if we will offer it in Summer 2020!

Curious when classes will be announced, registration opens, or if new classes have been added? Join our email list so that you will be the first to know about any summer school updates!

If your summer plans take you away from Waltham, you can still earn Brandeis credits and continue your degree progress by taking an online summer course.  Online courses give you the flexibility to balance your summer work, travel, family commitments and social life. Learn more about online classes here.

If you have any questions about the upcoming summer, check out our website for more information or send us an email at summerschool@brandeis.edu. We are always happy to discuss any items of interest with you.

Enjoy the fall semester!

…and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.

Congratulations to all of our students for making another season of Brandeis Summer School a success!

Although we are looking forward to seeing the colorful fall leaves and indulging in pumpkin spice everything, we are sad to see the summer come to an end.

We could not have achieved so many academic accomplishments without the help of our talented group of Teaching Assistants, Program Assistants, and Activities Staff. We are very grateful for their hard work and dedication to every aspect of our summer classes.

Summer 2020 will arrive before we know it! Preparation for the upcoming season is already in progress – and we want to hear from you! Interested in taking a specific class? Improvements you’d like to suggest? Questions to ask? Email us at:  summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We are always happy to hear from our students.

We look forward to seeing you around campus and hope that you’ll join us again for a course or two next year!

In the meantime, best of luck with your studies and enjoy these last lazy days of summer.

Final Week of Summer School 2019

We have entered the final week of Brandeis Summer School 2019!

This summer included a variety of activities freely offered to students during the different sessions.

The Summer School team worked hard to provide an assortment of programs throughout the weeks and weekends to cater to all of our students’ varied schedules and interests.

Activities are designed to provide students with an opportunity to interact with their peers as well as the community around them. We realize our summer courses are academically challenging, and these activities are scheduled to help give students a study break.

Earlier this summer,  we took a group of students to Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox play the Chicago White Sox. We also offered regular trips to local grocery stores, welcomed ice cream trucks to Brandeis, and helped get students off campus and into the city.

This week we will host an ice cream social, movie night, and trivia game in order to help students take some time to relax during their finals. For more information on Summer activities, visit our website.

You can also always email us with questions: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Lastly, be sure to follow us on social media to receive all of the latest Summer School updates: Instagram; Twitter; Facebook.

Good luck with finals!

Explore Chinese Calligraphy and Suzuki this Summer!

Interested in awakening your creative side? Take a course in Chinese Calligraphy or Suzuki this Summer!

THA 130A – SUZUKI

The purpose of this course is to examine the training techniques of Japanese theater director Tadashi Suzuki. A major figure of the Postmodern Theatre revolution in Japan in the decades following World War II, Suzuki has created a unique, multi-faceted method for training actors that has been acclaimed by theater directors worldwide and has been adopted by training programs and theater companies across the United States.

Following Suzuki’s premise that “culture is the body”, students will be asked to examine their own
physical presence through a series of exercises developed by Suzuki and members of his acting company: developing breathing techniques for control and ease; developing the ‘total-body voice’; awakening the actor consciousness; and developing a heightened awareness of ensemble.

View the full Suzuki course syllabus here.

FA 178a – Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

This seminar examines the art and history of Chinese calligraphy. The goal is to introduce students of different Chinese-language levels (not limited to native-speakers) to canonical works of calligraphy as well as the enthusiasm and creativity these works have generated through the ages. From anonymous oracle bones and stone inscriptions to famed masterpieces, such as Wang Xizhi’s “Lanting Pavilion Preface,” and from original renderings to copies of others’ compositions, this course showcases the kaleidoscopic range that makes calligraphy a visuallinguistic art form beyond “words.” The multifaceted functions of stylized writing—such as for political, religious, and expressive purposes—will also be explored.

Students will also engage in hands-on study through copying and creating calligraphy. We will discuss and reflect on calligraphy aesthetics through the ages, and students will gain a better appreciation of art from concept to product.

View the full Calligraphy course syllabus here.

Session 2 Regular Registration Deadline is Friday, June 28!

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Tell me your zip code, and I’ll tell you your life expectancy.

The environments where we live, learn, work, play, and pray shape our day-to-day lives and long-term health and well-being in complex ways. Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, famously said “tell me your zip code and I’ll tell you your life expectancy.”

If you are interested in understanding how these social and structural factors affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations in the United States, then register for this summer’s Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care course!

This Summer School course addresses the following inequity concerns and how they relate to health:

  • In New Orleans, the life expectancy of residents from the poorest zip code in the city is 26 years lower than for residents of the wealthiest zip code.
  • The median net worth for Black Bostonians is $8.00 compared to
    White median net worth of $247,500.00.
  • In 2015, women working full-time earned 80% of what men
    working full-time earned, and if trends continue, white women will have to wait until 2056 to see equal work for equal pay.
  • Hispanic women will have to wait 232 years for the pay gap to close without active policy intervention.

This course will also review and critique key theoretical frameworks and evidence from public health, social policy, and community development that demonstrate how social and structural factors influence health and well-being, and how these same factors drive health disparities and inequities.

Each week, a case study of a health equity 2 policy, practice, or initiative will be analyzed, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the case will be discussed.

This course also prepares students interested in a wide range of disciplines to understand and advance health and equity in their future careers by achieving the following course outcomes:

  • Define key terms and constructs related to health disparities and health equity.
  • Identify patterns of inequities in health status by race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status from an epidemiological perspective.
  • Explain how systems, policies, and ideologies contribute to disparities in rates of illness, quality of life, premature death, mental health, and population-level health inequities.
  • Identify and critique current theories for racial/ethnic disparities in health status, access and quality.
  • Become familiar with and critically assess conceptual models,
    policies, initiatives, and strategies for reducing and/or eliminating
    health disparities.

Space is Limited! Register Now!

Course Details:

HSSP 114B: Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care 

With Jessica Santos, Ph.D.

Summer Session 2: July 8 to August 9, 2019

Meets Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays

View the Full Syllabus here.

Questions?

Email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu

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