Are you mesmerized by the musical traditions of the State of Israel? If so, a new summer course, MUS 18b – Musical Evolution in the Land of Israel, may be just what you’re looking for this summer!
Whether you are a fan of Israeli folk music, Zohar Argov and Musiqa Mizrahit, Israeli Rock, or Hadag Nachash’s uniquely Israeli form of hip hop/rap, this exciting new class will offer students a rewarding opportunity to study the fascinating and richly diverse forms of music encountered in Israel. Throughout this 5-week course, students will be encouraged to read, listen and share their thoughts in a cozy, seminar atmosphere. In addition, several films will be shown and discussed in class.
This class is being offered by Gilad Harel and meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011). The course meets on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Students can review a course syllabus for “MUS 18b – Musical Evolution in the Land of Israel” online. To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.
Justin Dore is a remarkable bundle of energy. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Brandeis and his path to pursuing science is a great story.
After being invited to observe his uncle’s participation in a long distance foot race, Justin was intrigued by the physiology of long-distance runners. He leapt into the big time; training and entering triathlons. To ensure that his body was receiving the best fuel and conditioning possible, Justin began to study exercise physiology and nutrition on his own. The intersection of biology, anatomy, biochemistry and human physiology continued to absorb his interest and led to pursuit of a Master of Science in Boulder, Colorado. His research focus was comparative study of cardiac biochemistry in diabetic vs. nondiabetic populations. Training in high altitude is what sets world-class runners apart and Justin used his time in Boulder to his advantage.
Degree completed, Justin returned to his native Massachusetts. His research focus led him to work in the Diabetes Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. After several years at MGH, Justin decided to consolidate his interests and expand his knowledge by pursuing a Ph.D. here at Brandeis.
Through it all, he’s never slacked on training and running. For those of you who have checked out his biology courses on the Summer School website, you’ll note that they’ll begin a bit late. Justin will be participating in the historic Comrades Marathon, an international ultramarathon of 90 kilometers, in Durban, South Africa. He’s living his dream: teaching what he loves and applying that expertise in athletic competition.
The Brandeis Summer School can help if you’re planning on applying to a professional school after graduation. Take courses taught by same instructors who have helped Brandeis undergraduates achieve the extraordinary graduate admissions record compiled below. For over 35 years, Brandeis has been offering top quality summer science courses. See this year’s summer science course listing.
Opened in January 2009, the Carl J. Shapiro Science Complex offers state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities. In the Brandeis tradition, award-winning researchers share the new building with the introductory science classes. Both are served by the latest in technology and design. For more information, see the new science center here.
Summer courses! Summer courses? To enroll or not to enroll?
The reasons for taking summer courses are as diverse as the students who take them. Some might be:
- Focus on an especially challenging course
- Prepare to study abroad
- Work on a second major or minor
Sometimes the decision isn’t based on academic concerns at all. In times when summer jobs are sparse, it may make more sense for some families to invest today in advancing a student’s degree than having them remain idle for the summer.
Whatever your situation, the staff at the Brandeis Summer School have the experience to advise you and your family about the choices before you. Call or visit!