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Imagine the Impossible This Summer

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The Leonard Bernstein Festival for the Creative Arts kicked off yesterday at Brandeis.  The festival, which runs through this Sunday, features work from local and national artists, as well from the Brandeis community.

Highlights of this year’s festival include Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, hosted by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, with performances by acclaimed soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin; the Brandeis Theater Company production of “Visions of an Ancient Dreamer”; and a concert by the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.

Your creative energies need not be subdued at the festival’s end – enroll with Brandeis Summer School to continue your creative pursuits!  No matter what your creative interests are, there is a summer course for you.  Click the links below to see Summer 2013 offerings in:

Some of the great creative arts summer courses include Directed Writing: Beginning Screenwriting where you can produce an outline and first act of an original screenplay.  If you’re more into music, check out our six-day Music Workshops for violinists, clarinetists, oboists, bassoonists, and horn players.  Studio arts offerings range from Into to Digital Photography to Drawing II: Wet Media.

These are just a few of the many opportunities that Brandies Summer School offers.

For more information, or to register for classes, check out the Brandeis Summer School website.

See you at the festival!

Mark Your Calendars – Key Dates Summer School 2013

logoLooking forward to Brandeis Summer courses this year? With the start of March, there are 37 school days left this semester – that means it’s almost summer and time to start planning for summer courses!

Below are some key dates for Brandeis Summer 2013:

March: Watch our Facebook page during this month for ways to earn Brandeis gear!

April: Early April is when registration begins for summer courses.  Priority applications for summer housing will be due this month.

May: May 24: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 1.

June: June 3: Summer Session 1 & Extended Summer Session begins

         June 28: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 2.

July: July 8: Summer Session 2 begins

Stay up-to-date with Brandeis Summer School with email updates.  Click here for a simple sign-up!

Top 5 Reasons to Take Summer Courses

1. Have some fun!

Summer is a time to explore new areas of study and to dig deeper into topics you know.  With smaller classes and shorter  instruction periods, Brandeis Summer School gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and foster relationships with award-winning faculty.  In addition, Brandeis students can choose to live on campus during the summer and take advantage of the campus’s proximity to Boston.  With festivals and baseball games, concerts and beaches – a summer in Boston promises to fun.

2. Build your resume.

The variety of courses offered each summer at Brandies allows students who wish to double major, or pick up a second minor, to do so without pushing back their graduation date.  Summer is also a perfect time to get prerequisite classes completed so you can take upper-division classes during the school year.

3. Free up time in next year’s schedule.

By taking required courses in the summer, you can lighten your course load for the following year.  With your extra time, maybe you can study abroad or get an internship – two experiences future employers will notice.  Or, take the time you freed up through your summer study and sleep (you remember what your parents said – your brain needs 8 hours to function properly.)

4. Get your challenging class over with.

We all have that required class we are dreading for one reason or another.  Maybe the there is a lot of material to memorize or time-consuming projects.  Don’t sweat it – take the class over the summer when you can focus all your energy on it for a short period of time.  You still get the academic credit, you just don’t have to worry about it during the school year.

5. Earn credits for less.

Summer courses offer equivalent class credit – for less money.  That’s right, same credit, some course, same teachers – lower price.  Whether you’re a current Brandeis student, or a student at another university home for the summer, Brandeis University offers a variety of quality courses to help fulfill your requirements for graduation.

Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid teaches 2 courses this summer

Photo of Anthropology Professor Javier UrcidBrandeis Associate Professor and Chair of the Brandeis Anthropology Dept., Javier Urcid, will be teaching two classes this summer.  Prof. Urcid will be teaching ANTH 5a: Human Origins and ANTH 116a: Human Osteology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Prof. Urcid studies the development of ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, political economy and settlement patterns, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

Recently, Prof. Urcid was the feature of a video on his work helping students understand ancient societies using Brandeis’ rich collection of artifacts.

Several Anthropology courses are being offered this summer:

ANTH 1a: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies with Ieva Jusionyte
Sage class number: 2109

ANTH 5a: Human Origins with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2070

ANTH 61b: Language in American Life with Laura Ann John
Sage class number: 2110

ANTH 105a: Myth and Ritual with Adam Gamwell
Sage class number: 2111

ANTH 116a: Human Osteology with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2072

ANTH 129b: Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities with Noah Tamarkin
Sage class number: 2073

ANTH 144a: The Anthropology of Gender with Anna Jaysane-Darr
Sage class number: 2112

To register for 2012 Brandeis Summer Classes, visit:

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/registration/ready.html

Introductory Biology 15b

BIOL 15b is one of the more basic biology courses that fulfills the science requirement. Often you’ll see non-science majors in the lecture hall alongside those newly embarking on a science concentration.  This class touches on many of the same concepts found in the AP Biology curriculum, which explains why the registrar recommends against taking this course if you have taken AP Bio.  Because there is a lot of material to cover, it is important that you remain focus throughout the session and try to absorb as much of it as possible.  If you are taking this course with the intention of enrolling in BIOL 22a/b in the future, this course will provide an excellent foundation for those future courses.  Be sure to save your notes and lectures, perhaps they will be useful in semesters to come!

Course Tuition: $2,236 plus a nonrefundable, once per summer $50 registration fee.
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/offerings.php?sessionid=0&programid=25#