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5 Things to do in Boston this winter

Winters in New England bring shorter days and colder temperatures, but don’t let those things get you down. There’s still plenty to do in Boston and the surrounding areas this winter so get if you need some time away from campus, check out these upcoming events:

chinese new year 2014Bruins, Celtics and more at the Garden
There’s always something for everyone happening at the TD Banknorth Garden and this January the US Figure Skating Championships are in town January 5-12. If an amazing night out with Jay-Z is more your style, he’s in town on January 18th. Tickets to see the Celtics or Bruins are available for almost anyone’s budget this winter so take the train to North Station for a great time downtown. Discount student Bruins tickets available.

Celebrate MLK at the MFA 
On Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors free of charge to all visitors. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more! Best of all, the green line E train will drop you right at the museum’s front door.

Skiing/Snowboarding w/ Boston Ski and Sports Club
Whether you like to hit the slopes or enjoy a good book by a roaring fireplace, The BSSC can offer you the chance to get out of town this winter. For $83 you can enjoy stress free transportation and lift ticket to a nearby mountain in Maine (Sunday River) or Vermont (Killington). Busses leave from various locations so visit the BSSC website to learn more and play your day in the snow.

Chinese New Year Celebration
The year of the horse officially begins on January 31, but the Chinese New Year parade is scheduled for February 9th this year. It’s one of Boston’s most popular activities to celebrate the new year and you can take public transportation to the orange line Chinatown stop to check out all the festivities. Watch the Facebook page: here.

Skating on the Frog Pond
Some folks say it’s not officially winter in Boston until you lace up your skates and take a lap around the rink at the Frog Pond in the beautiful Boston Commons. Grab some friends and head downtown on Tuesday evenings to get discount admission with your college ID. The Frog Pond is open daily and skate rentals are just $9.

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2014 Summer School Planner

While summer 2014 is still far way, we are busy putting together an impressive roster for Summer School 2014. Here are just a few key dates to keep in mind for next year.

Summer School 2014 SessionsSummer at Brandeis

  • A 5-week session from June 2 to July 3, 2014
  • A 5-week session from July 7 to August 8, 2014
  • A 10-week session from June 2 to August 8, 2014

Summer 2014 courses will be posted in early 2014. If you are subscribed to our notifications, you will be sent key details as they become available – if not, sign up now.

In the meantime, consider browsing the 2013 site to get a sense of the topics and courses offered. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Hope to see you on campus next summer!

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Whitten at The Rose Art Museum

If you don’t know Jack, you should and here’s how.

This fall, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University features the earlier works of Jack Whitten, an American artist whose work is based on Abstract Expressionism, a post-WWII art movement that helped define and bring new life to the art scene in New York City. This exhibition is the pioneering artist’s first solo exhibition in New England, and features several never-before exhibited monumental canvases from the early 1970s.

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Photograph by Mike Lovett

Access to an exhibition like Light Years is part of what makes Brandeis University an experience for students that is second to none. Offering a program of learning that emphasizes an in interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems is what helps develop the leaders of tomorrow. Jack Whitten left Alabama in the 1960s amidst a backdrop of civil rights turmoil to pursue his new truth and become an innovator in his field.

In the 1994 summer issue of BOMB, an art magazine written and edited by artists, Jack Whitten is interviewed Kenneth Goldsmith. Whitten says, “Transformation is very important. Materials are just raw materials, that’s all. It’s like a word, anybody can have access to the same word, but a word in your mouth is totally different from a word in mine.” In his work on display at the Rose Art Gallery, Whitten speaks to new audiences by adding depth to the canvas and removing gesture from stroke. He moves into a space of his own, defining his work for himself and presenting it to the masses.

If you don’t know Jack yet, you should, and find the inspiration to master the power of your words before Light Years closes on December 15, 2013. The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is always free and open to the public, Tuesdays – Sundays, 12-5pm.

News and Notes @BrandeisSummer

While we are planning our Summer School program for 2014, Brandeis is bustling with activity. Here are a few highlight articles from around campus, enjoy!

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Brandeis Bridges

Beginning this semester, the Brandeis Bridges program offers 10 students the opportunity to identify and share the similarities of being either Black or Jewish, rather than differences. These students will travel to Israel together in early January and, through that shared experience, make discoveries about themselves and others that will shape their interactions with diversity throughout the rest of their lives.

Students practicing in the program will share their findings with the peers when they return, continuing to educate themselves and others with their newly formed knowledge.

Full article


New Korean language course, Korean 10A

Brandeis also offers students the opportunity to learn another language this semester with the introduction of the first Korean language course, Korean 10A. An interest in Korean language and culture, partially brought about from the rise of pop-singer Psy in conjunction with the student formed BKCLI (Brandeis Korean Course and Language Initiative), paved the road to access funding for a full-time hire. Graduate student Sung-Chul Hong is teaching Korean 10A. Whether or not the program will grow from the beginner language course is yet to be determined, but for the students enrolled, the opportunity is a stepping-stone for their future.

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Summer School Email Notifications

Summer School may not be top of mind right now with the holidays approaching, but remember, Summer School is great time to experience something new. Whether its making new friends, exploring new lands, or learning another language there are countless opportunities to grow at Brandeis. Don’t forget to sign up for key date reminders for Summer 2014 here.


Hoot Impressions

Perhaps you’re not interested in exploring lands and languages outside of New England, but are curious about other Brandeis students. The Brandeis Hoot, the University’s Community Newspaper, offers readers an impression of the thoughts and advice shared by the student community, in the section aptly titled, “Impressions.”

Recently Eliana Sinoff shared her thoughts on how best to get your voice heard when working with others on projects or in clubs, while Michael Wang encouraged others to explore the city of Boston for themselves to discover what it has to offer. Perspectives on live music, campus food service, and sorority life are also shared by students who look to offer their insight to the larger Brandeis community. Reading “Impressions” offers you the opportunity to learn something new without leaving your computer.

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Summer Instructor Profile: Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary brings creativity and a hands-on approach to Summer School teaching.

Last spring, Professor Jennifer Cleary spent a lot of time talking about social media. In a theater course on Ensemble Production, her students collaborated to produce an original performance piece called iShow. The production gave students the chance to reflect creatively on the way social media shapes their lives. Professor Cleary facilitated the production, helping students learn about ensemble production while asking real questions about their daily experiences.

This interplay between life and education, between the passions that move us, the questions that drive our everyday lives, and the learning we pursue in the classroom motivates all of Professor Cleary’s teaching. She recently developed a course in Creative Pedagogy for students in the Brandeis Education Department, exploring creativity in education to help budding educators imagine new possibilities in and out of the classroom. Her course, Playing for Change, pushes Brandeis theater students to find ways to use theater to drive social change and foster community-building in the real world. Students leave Professor Cleary’s classes better prepared to participate in a changing society.

A regular instructor for the Rabb Summer School, Professor Cleary draws on more than a dozen years of teaching experience at Brandeis. With a diverse background in performance, theater, experiential learning, and more, she offers Rabb Summer School students an exciting opportunity to explore public speaking almost every summer. Look for her course THA 15b: Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication when summer course lists arrive in the spring.

When we asked Professor Cleary about what makes teaching Rabb Summer School student special, she called it one of her “most enjoyable teaching experiences!” Some think of the summer session, she explained, as laid-back experience, where the “relaxing nature of shorts and flip flops makes learning watered down.” “In fact,” she said “it’s quite the opposite.”

tha15-2013-jenclearyProfessor Cleary with her adorable dog Zooey

Because the summer sessions are compressed, Professor Cleary’s students do a lot of work in their five-week course. “It can be hard when it comes to public speaking,” she explained, “because it’s something people can be enormously afraid of, and it can take time to overcome those fears.” But this intensive effort allows the classes to become “invested in the work and in each other” in a way that the regular semester schedule sometimes prevents. Above all, she explains, “It is the smaller class for me in summer, which I love, because the community we build is vital to the progress made in the work.”


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