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.

Prof. Flesch – One of Newsweek’s “Four Great College Professors”

Did you know that Newsweek Magazine named Brandeis Professor of English Literature William Flesch one of their “Four Great College Professors”?:

This summer, Prof. Flesch is offering three great summer classes at Brandeis:

Antique English PenENG 33a – Shakespeare
Survey Shakespeare’s most powerful dramatic plays representing all periods of Shakespeare’s dramatic career.

ENG 147a – Film Noir
Study the classics of the film noir genre like “The Killers,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Touch of Evil” as well as more modern contributions to the genre like “Chinatown,” and “Bladerunner”.

ENG 180a – Modern American Short Story
Explore the masterworks of American short fiction from the last hundred years.  Read stories by Henry James, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cather, Flannery O’Connor, Hammett, West, Pynchon, Denis Johnson, and Stuart Dybeck.

Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for students to take a class with one of the top teachers in the country in a smaller, more intimate, summer class setting.

Brandeis Summer Instructor, Randall Geller, wins the prestigious Glatzer Prize

The Brandeis University Summer School would like to congratulate one of our summer instructors, Randy GellarRandall Geller, on winning the prestigious Glatzer Prize.

The Glatzer Prize is awarded each year to the most exceptional doctoral dissertation in the NEJS Department. The prize is named for Nahum Glatzer, who served as the Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis and served as Chairman of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis from 1957 to 1969.

Mr. Geller will be teaching NEJS 189a: The Arab-Israeli Conflict this summer.  This course explores the origins and development of one of the most intractable conflicts of our time – the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will examine the diplomatic and military options the two sides have used, within the limitations of international constraints, to achieve their objectives. The impact of oil, religious fundamentalism, and political militancy will be evaluated in this context. Special attention will be given to the developments of the last decade, including the building of a separation wall between Israelis and Palestinians beginning in 2004, the Second Lebanon War of 2006, the Gaza War of 2008-2009, and current plans and prospects for the peaceful resolution of the more than century-long conflict. Mr. Geller’s course will make extensive use of newscasts, documentaries and portions of dramatic movies to illuminate the history of the conflict.

This evening class is open to all students and meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM – 1:30PM.  Interested students can review a course syllabus for NEJS 189a: The Arab-Israeli Conflict online.  To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.

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