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Explore Chinese Calligraphy and Suzuki this Summer!

Interested in awakening your creative side? Take a course in Chinese Calligraphy or Suzuki this Summer!

THA 130A – SUZUKI

The purpose of this course is to examine the training techniques of Japanese theater director Tadashi Suzuki. A major figure of the Postmodern Theatre revolution in Japan in the decades following World War II, Suzuki has created a unique, multi-faceted method for training actors that has been acclaimed by theater directors worldwide and has been adopted by training programs and theater companies across the United States.

Following Suzuki’s premise that “culture is the body”, students will be asked to examine their own
physical presence through a series of exercises developed by Suzuki and members of his acting company: developing breathing techniques for control and ease; developing the ‘total-body voice’; awakening the actor consciousness; and developing a heightened awareness of ensemble.

View the full Suzuki course syllabus here.

FA 178a – Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

This seminar examines the art and history of Chinese calligraphy. The goal is to introduce students of different Chinese-language levels (not limited to native-speakers) to canonical works of calligraphy as well as the enthusiasm and creativity these works have generated through the ages. From anonymous oracle bones and stone inscriptions to famed masterpieces, such as Wang Xizhi’s “Lanting Pavilion Preface,” and from original renderings to copies of others’ compositions, this course showcases the kaleidoscopic range that makes calligraphy a visuallinguistic art form beyond “words.” The multifaceted functions of stylized writing—such as for political, religious, and expressive purposes—will also be explored.

Students will also engage in hands-on study through copying and creating calligraphy. We will discuss and reflect on calligraphy aesthetics through the ages, and students will gain a better appreciation of art from concept to product.

View the full Calligraphy course syllabus here.

Session 2 Regular Registration Deadline is Friday, June 28!

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Tell me your zip code, and I’ll tell you your life expectancy.

The environments where we live, learn, work, play, and pray shape our day-to-day lives and long-term health and well-being in complex ways. Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, famously said “tell me your zip code and I’ll tell you your life expectancy.”

If you are interested in understanding how these social and structural factors affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations in the United States, then register for this summer’s Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care course!

This Summer School course addresses the following inequity concerns and how they relate to health:

  • In New Orleans, the life expectancy of residents from the poorest zip code in the city is 26 years lower than for residents of the wealthiest zip code.
  • The median net worth for Black Bostonians is $8.00 compared to
    White median net worth of $247,500.00.
  • In 2015, women working full-time earned 80% of what men
    working full-time earned, and if trends continue, white women will have to wait until 2056 to see equal work for equal pay.
  • Hispanic women will have to wait 232 years for the pay gap to close without active policy intervention.

This course will also review and critique key theoretical frameworks and evidence from public health, social policy, and community development that demonstrate how social and structural factors influence health and well-being, and how these same factors drive health disparities and inequities.

Each week, a case study of a health equity 2 policy, practice, or initiative will be analyzed, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the case will be discussed.

This course also prepares students interested in a wide range of disciplines to understand and advance health and equity in their future careers by achieving the following course outcomes:

  • Define key terms and constructs related to health disparities and health equity.
  • Identify patterns of inequities in health status by race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status from an epidemiological perspective.
  • Explain how systems, policies, and ideologies contribute to disparities in rates of illness, quality of life, premature death, mental health, and population-level health inequities.
  • Identify and critique current theories for racial/ethnic disparities in health status, access and quality.
  • Become familiar with and critically assess conceptual models,
    policies, initiatives, and strategies for reducing and/or eliminating
    health disparities.

Space is Limited! Register Now!

Course Details:

HSSP 114B: Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care 

With Jessica Santos, Ph.D.

Summer Session 2: July 8 to August 9, 2019

Meets Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays

View the Full Syllabus here.

Questions?

Email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu

Summer is Here!

Happy First Day of Summer!

Session 1 and Online classes are in full swing!

Session 2 classes begin on July 8!

(Don’t forget to register for Session 2 classes before the regular deadline next Friday, June 28!)

 

We know you are busy and that life can get stressful – and that is why the Brandeis Summer School is here to help. We created a Summer Activity program filled with fun and uncomplicated events just for you! Whether you’re living on campus, back home for the summer, or renting nearby, you’re welcome to participate.

Calm your mind and strengthen your body with a yoga session, satisfy your sweet tooth with free ice cream, go shopping at the local malls, take a trip off-campus to see wild animals at the Franklin Park Zoo, venture into Boston for a Red Sox game or museum tour, escape to Newport Beach, or just relax with netflix and pizza at an on-campus movie night. View our Activities Calendar for the full schedule of events this summer! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest activity updates.

We encourage you to participate in the summer activities scheduled by our program. We do ask that you RSVP for events as appropriate, as space fills up quickly for certain events.

We look forward to seeing you during your study breaks!

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EXPLORE | EXPERIENCE | EXCEL

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If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Summer School Late Registration

Summer School Late Registration for Session 1 and Session O!

Although self-service registration in Sage has closed for Session 1 and Session O classes, you can still register for classes by emailing our office.

Mention “SUMSCH2019” in your enrollment email and we will waive the Late Registration fee!

Register by emailing us now!

Use this Summer to:
  • Earn credits toward graduation, and fulfill major, minor, and graduation requirements
  • Focus your attention on one or two challenging classes at a time.
  • Prepare for study abroad or make time for an internship by lightening your course load in future semesters
  • Take a class that you always wanted to take and explore a new passion.
  • Avoid future waitlists for popular courses.
  • Work on a second major or minor.
  • Enjoy class sizes that are smaller than the same courses in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Course Details:

Take a look at our Summer Course Listings and learn more about Online Classes.

Balance Work and Play:

Review course workload by browsing summer course syllabi.

Hurry! This offer ends on May 31!

Email any of your questions to summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Still Undecided on your Major/Minor?

Do you want to explore your major or minor options but haven’t had the time? Brandeis Summer School provides students with a general overview of many different fields of study by offering several introductory courses over the summer.

Perhaps you want to consider philosophical questions such as: What can we know about the world external to our senses? What can we know about the thoughts and feelings of others? What is the relationship between our minds and our brains? What makes an action right or wrong? The PHIL 1A: Introduction to Philosophy course aims to motivate these questions and introduce students to the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy.

Maybe you want to study the basics of neuroscience from a biological perspective: How does the brain talk to the body? How is visual information transformed from the eye to the brain? How does learning and memory work? The NPSY 11B: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience course considers cells, circuits of neurons, and regions of the brain, but does not require prior specific biological knowledge.

Or maybe you wonder about “Globalization” and how it touches our lives more each and every day. The IGS 10A: Introduction to International and Global Studies class introduces the historical origins of globalization, then addresses the challenges of globalization to national and international governance, economic success, individual and group identities, cultural diversity, and the environment.

Perhaps you want to join the journey through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity, which highlights the emergence of bipedal locomotion, the increased levels of encephalization, changes in subsistence practices, the control of fire, the appearance of language, and the anthropogenic impacts of the global dispersal of modern humans, in ANTH 5A – Human Origins.

Whatever your interest, the Summer School offers courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines including: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Contemporary Art, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Health Care Policy, History, International and Global Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Screenplay Writing, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We look forward to learning with you this summer!