Summer PSYC 52a Project Poster Session


PSYC 52A: Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology with Professor James Cressey Will be hosting their Student Poster Session:

Thursday, August  4, 2011

Brown 1st floor hallway

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us to see the students’ final research projects which they have designed themselves!

The teams will be there to discuss their results and answer any questions you may have.

Refreshments will be provided! 


Summer Event: The Stage Hypnosis of Steve Marino

On Thursday, July 28th from 5:15pm to 6:30pm enjoy a free Hypnosis Show with Steve Marino and after the show, enjoy ice cream sundaes

Hypnotist Steve Marino has extensive experience delighting audiences throughout the USA with his unique style of stage hypnosis where volunteers become stars by unleashing their talents in a fun filled and tasteful manner.

This event will take place in the Ridgewood (A) Commons on Thursday, July 28th from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.

After the show, enjoy Ice Cream Sundaes with other members of the Brandeis Community.

This FREE event is open to everyone – Faculty, Staff, Students, and Student Employees

For more information about the performer, visit his website at


Learning a vital life skill: Public Speaking

Study after study has shown that “glossophobia” (fear of public speaking) is the number one fear among most people. Some estimates suggest up to 95% of the population fears speaking in public.

But when you stop and think about it, we speak in public all the time!  As Brandeis Lecturer Jennifer Cleary points out, “Public speaking isn’t only about presenting a speech from behind a podium… it is just a small part of what speaking in public is all about. We always have an audience, whether it is an audience of one or one-hundred. To become a strong speaker, you must begin at the foundation of where speaking lives in our daily lives: with our families, friends, classmates, colleagues, and in our professions. Naturally, we choose different communicative skills depending on our environment and audience.”

Throughout THA 15b Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication, students will gain the skills necessary to be comfortable, confident, and prepared to succeed in a variety of speaking engagements, and to overcome any fears of public speaking through practice, discussion, and collegial support/feedback.

The course is appropriate for a variety of skill levels, from the novice and more fearful speaker, to a more comfortable speaker looking for a place to focus and develop stronger skills.

This evening class is open to all students, regardless of background and is being offered by Jennifer Cleary.  The course meets in the Extended Summer Session (May 31-August 5, 2011) on Monday evenings from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM.  During the weeks with Monday holidays (Memorial Day and July 4th) the class will meet on Wed. night.

Students can review a course syllabus for THA 15b Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication.  To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.

About the Instructor: Ms. Cleary has stage-managed professionally with the New Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and Gloucester Stage. She received her Ed.M. in Arts-in-Education from Harvard University and works with theatre student teachers in the Brandeis Education Program.  Also, she previously worked as the Artistic Liaison for Opera Boston, serving as their Chorus Manager. She is in her 11th year of teaching at Brandeis.  Pictured is the “un-official class mascot”, Ms. Cleary’s dog Zooey.

Ms. Cleary's dog Zooey


Explore the diverse world of American Music this summer!

Brandeis Summer School is thrilled to offer an excellent seminar on American Music: MUS 38a: American Music(s): Its Origins, Traditions and Trajectories.

In this course, students will investigate the exciting, complicated and diverse world of American music. This survey course will investigate the historical and current musical worlds from the Rockies to the Appalachians, from the deep South to the colonial Northeast.

As a class students will listen to, and talk about, the familiar and unfamiliar tunes that make up the American soundscape. Through attending concerts, lectures and in-depth class discussions we will try and sift through the complexities of politics, religion, race, gender and class to make better sense of, or at least to gain a greater appreciation for, our American musical heritage.

This evening class is open to all students, regardless of musical background and is being offered by Christian A. Gentry.  The course meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.  Students can review a course syllabus for MUS 38b – American Music: Its Origins, Traditions, and Trajectories online.  To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.

About the Instructor: Christian Gentry*Christian A. Gentry*, an Arizona native, received his BM at the University of Utah and MM at the University of Louisville, where he was a Bomhard Fellow. He is now a Mildred and Herbert Lee Graduate Fellow at Brandeis University where he is pursuing a PhD in Music Theory and Composition.

He has written music for a variety of instrumentation and genres including, orchestra, choir, art song, chamber music, film, theater and electroacoustic music. Some of his works have been played and/or recorded by Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, Arsenal Trio, Emily Hindrichs (soprano), East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Juventas, White Rabbit, the Lydian String Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, VERGE Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

He has been a composer fellow at June in Buffalo, Wellesley Composers Conference and Yale’s Norfolk New Music Workshop. He received a Barlow Endowment Composition Commission to write *Flux Flummoxed* for Jihye Chang (piano) and Benjamin Sung (violin) which premiered in the spring of 2010 and will appear in a recording summer 2011.

His current projects include *Corps Sonore* for percussionist Bill Solomon and *riff(s) and/or transfiguration(s)* for trombonist Ben Herrington, with pianist Geoffrey Burleson and percussionist John Ferrari. In addition to his compositional work, while at Brandeis Christian has taught three UWS courses that cover the topics of Popular Music Interpretation and Criticism, and Country Music and American Society. He has also been a primary instructor in the music department teaching first year music theory, musicianship and has assisted with several other music courses. Lastly, he served as Co-Director of the New Music Brandeis Concert Series (2010-11) and was the Production Assistant and Program Coordinator for the 2011 BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon, which received the 2011 IBM Innovation Award through the Boston Cyberarts Festival. He is currently working on his dissertation which explores György Kurtág’s *Kafka Fragmente *for violin and soprano.

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