Summer courses that could bring out the Sherlock in you

Have you ever watched a TV detective show and said, “Where do they come up with this stuff?” School, that’s where.

This summer at Brandeis you can brush up on your investigation skills by taking a course on bones or practice your reasoning with a class in logic. In fact, you can even take a shot at writing yout own screenplay and perhaps show those TV detective writers a thing or two…no moustache needed.

 In Anthropology 116a, Human Osteology, not only will you learn about the scientific study of bones, but you’ll also gain hands-on experience in the lab with sessions focused on estimating age at the time of death, determining sex, assessing skeletal variability, detecting instances of bone remodeling, and identifying cultural and natural modifications to bone tissue.

 If you thought The Da Vinci Code was a page-turner, you should definitely consider registering for an Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Philosophy 6a). This type of logic provides concepts and formal techniques that help with deductive reasoning (incredibly useful if you’re taking the LSATs in the future). Topics in this course will include truth-functional connectives, quantifiers, validity, truth, and proof, sharpening those critical thinking skills.

 Last but not least, if you think you have what it takes to tell a better story to the masses, make sure to sign up for English 79a, Directed Writing: Beginning Screenwriting. This course will help you understand about structure, plot, conflict, character, and dialog while students read screenwriting theory, scripts, analyze files, and produce an outline and the first act of an original screenplay!

Visit the Brandeis Summer Registration site to enroll now!


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
Email: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Visit our website for expanded course descriptions (http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/index.html). Hope to see you this summer!

Summer Violin Workshop with Daniel Stepner

Each summer, Brandeis University welcomes talented violinists from around the country to participate in the Aston Magna at Brandeis University Summer Music Workshops. These talented musicians participate in a six-day intensive workshop focused on the solo violin works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but touches on other music and on general performance issues for violinists.

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During this intensive, students are treated to private coaching, private practicing, complimentary communal group lunches, master classes, lecture demonstrations, a group visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Musical Instrument Collection, and admission to rehearsals of the Aston Magna professional concerts. The week concludes with a participants’ concert at week’s end.

The summer Unaccompanied Bach Workshop for violinists is under the direction of Mr. Daniel Stepner. Mr. Stepner is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, and is in residence at Brandeis University, where he is Professor of the Practice in the Brandeis Music Department. He also teaches at Harvard University, where he is a Preceptor in Music and team-teaches a course with Robert Levin. He is also Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival.
Participants from previous years have praised the program:

“The intensity of a coaching session every day and the follow-through/consistency which this allowed was a very special opportunity”
— Georgia L., violinist and musicologist

“It was a special treat to have intense one-on-one lessons with Prof. Stepner. I studied everything from the dynamics of voicing, the drama of harmonic phrasing, and chromatic fingerings especially helpful in solo Bach — to bowings and small technical points that can make a performance stylistically convincing. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their understanding and performance of Bach’s solo music.”
— Lisa P., emerging professional violinist

The Unaccompanied Bach Workshop for violinists is open to students, serious amateurs or professionals. The program is currently accepting applications and audition recordings from violinists at: http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/workshops/violin.html

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