Summer School Classes Inspire Students To Create Social Change: 2015 ‘Deis Impact

Brandeis’ 4th annual social justice festival, ‘Deis Impact, kicked off January 30th. During the weeklong festival students, professors, clubs, and academic departments host dozens of events featuring talks, art workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions.

As part of the festival, Alan Khazei, CEO of Be the Change, Inc.  delivered the keynote. In his address, Khazei recalled spending late nights with friends discussing social justice issues in their dorm rooms. Later, with his Harvard roommate Michael Brown, Khazei cofounded City Year,  a national service program which provides targeted student interventions to “at-risk” students by placing full time AmeriCorps volunteers in schools throughout the country.

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Hundreds of students attended the events of ‘Deis Impact and left inspired to make a difference. In order to effect social change, students need to understand the power of protest, the history of effective activism, the methods of social movements, and the role technology is playing in creating social change. We’re proud to be offering three great opportunities this summer that will help students do just that:

SOC 155b: Protest, Politics, and Change – Social Movements
Summer Session II: July 6 to August 7, 2015
In this course, students will look at case studies of social movements and examine their methods and approaches. As part of the course, students will examine collective behavior, resource mobilization, rational choice, and newer interactive models.

IGS: A new course titled “Social Movements”
Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
Here, students will learn about social movements in the U.S. and around the world and the role they have played in making our world more humane, equitable and environmentally healthy. Topics will include the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, Animal Rights, Anti-apartheid struggles, the Anti-Caste Movement of India, Women’s Liberation, Gay Rights Movement, Anti-slavery Movements today and other social movements.

Justice Brandeis Semester: Connect to Change – Social Media for Social Movements
Special Summer Session: June 1 to July 31, 2015
This special Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) offering will inform students about the role technology plays in effecting social change. Students will spend nine weeks in a dynamic, hands-on experience that combines computer science and social movement theory. Using skills learned in the JBS, students will create applications designed to make meaningful change.

Perhaps the next great idea in social justice won’t be hatched in a dorm room, but in a Brandeis classroom this summer.

Brandeis Sociology Program Earns a Top Ten Ranking in the US

According to USA Today’s “College Factual” report, Brandeis University’s Sociology program ranks #6 out of over 500 sociology departments in the US. Other schools that made the list include Princeton, Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, and UPenn. Ranking methodology  consisted of 10 different factors including former graduates’ career salaries, the percentage of current students in the major, the departments’ relation to other majors offered within the institution, and overall quality of the university.

Sociology, the study of social behavior, can lead to a wide range career options in the nonprofit sector, business, education, human services, health care policy, law, and communications. To fully understand human social behavior and how to go about creating social change, it is important to gain a well rounded perspective.

Why not consider one of the following sociology courses being offered this summer?

  • Sociology of Work and Gender
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Families and Kinship
  • Protest, Politics and Change: Social Movements
  • Health, Community, and Society

5 Tips to help stay cool in school

5 tips to stay cool in schoolKeeping focused in a summer course when you are hot and sticky can be a real challenge.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

1. Stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Consider putting a bottle or two of water in the freezer for use the next next day, don’t forget to leave enough space in the bottle for the ice to expand.

2. Don’t eat large meals, graze.  Choose salads, vegetables and fruit, avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods that can increase your metabolic heat and add to water loss. Here are a few ideas.

FYI: Beer & ice cream actually make you hotter!

3. Buy or make your own mister by filling a spray bottle with water and spraying your neck, face and wrists occasionally. You can also buy a fan mister for under $10 at CVS or Walgreens.

4. Stay out of the light. Avoid the sun, turn out the lights and close shades when possible.

5. Wear loose fitting clothes. Choose cotton, linen and other natural fibers that help absorb moisture or select a synthetic wicking material. If you aren’t wearing flip flops, be sure to wear socks to avoid sweaty swamp foot.

Finally, no matter how well you manage the heat, it’s a good idea to remember the deodorant, maybe even carry a spare in your bag. Your classmates will appreciate it.


Fulfill your curiosity, interests, and academic requirements with some of Brandeis’ most inspiring instructors.



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Summer Session I June 2 to July 3, 2014
Summer Session II July 7 to August 8, 2014
Extended Summer Session June 2 to August 8, 2014

Stay one step ahead this summer at Brandeis University:
• Fulfill prerequisites
• Focus on a challenging topic
• Enroll in a class you always wanted to take
• Work on a second major or minor
• Study with world-class faculty
Phone: 781.736.3424

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5 Ideas to Kick off Spring


As the days get longer and the temperatures warm up, Boston slowly begins to thaw from its long dark winter. Take out your date book and make some plans to enjoy all the area has to offer…outdoors finally!! The 5 things you want to do this spring are:

1) Red Sox Opening Day

Welcome back our World Series champions on Friday April 4, 2014 in the Fenway. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, you can still spend the day with Red Sox Nation at any of the venues on Lansdowne Street or Brookline Avenue. GameOn!, Cask ‘n Flagon, The Yard House, and more will likely have opening day parties or special events to celebrate. You may even be able to find a last minute ticket on the ticket resale site StubHub. The beard brigade may be gone, but the spirit is alive. Get out and get your Fenway Park on!

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2) Relive History

Each April we celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It’s a day to remember the American Patriots of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Each year the battles are reenacted in and around the Minute Man National Historical Park. Though the holiday is officially Monday, April 21, 2014, the entire weekend is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. Visit Battle Road to learn more about our local history or patriotic reenactments.

3) Walk For Hunger

Did you know almost 700,000 children and adults in Massachusetts can’t predict when or where they’ll eat their next meal? Project Bread, a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger in Mass, hosts the Walk for Hunger each May to raise awareness and funds for the families in need. This year’s walk is Sunday, May 4, 2014 and you can choose to walk the 20 miles, build a team, or volunteer along the route in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, or Cambridge. Volunteer opportunities exist year round so visit the website above for more information.

4) Open Markets

By now, most people have heard of or been to a farmers market, but did you know we have our own network of open markets, easily accessible by public transportation? New England Open Markets offer a little bit of something for everyone. From the freshest picked produce, to handmade crafts, to food trucks and more, the open markets in the South End, Cambridge, and Salem have it all. There’s really no better way to spend a sunny spring day checking out everything the markets have to offer. The SoWA open market (in Boston’s South End)  is open every Sunday from 10am-4pm, beginning May 4 and ending October 26, 2014.

5) The Lilac Festival
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Arnold Arboretum will host Lilac Sunday. With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. People come from all over New England to see and smell the lilacs in bloom . For many, it’s the real beginning of spring. The day draws a large crowd and traveling public transportation is recommended. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. The Arboretum offers something for everyone and self-guided tours are available on the website.

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