Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!
For more information, please contact Alex Vasquez at
We hope to see you there!

Funding opportunities for Ph.D. Students

Tauber Institute Graduate Research Awards
The Tauber Institute offers grants of up to $5,000 for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies. Application deadline: December 7, 2012. Read more.

GSAS Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships
Awards a 12-month stipend ($2,750/month) and a $2,000 research fund for students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are in the final year of dissertation writing. Only students who will be entering their fifth- or sixth-year in the fall 2013 may apply for this fellowship. Fellows commit to graduating by May or August 2014. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The DoD offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships
These fellowships are intended to support students researching and writing doctoral dissertations that address the nature of international conflict and ways to prevent or end conflict and sustain peace. Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome. Priority will be given to projects that will help inform policy on international peace and conflict issues. The fellowships award up to $20,000 for 10 months. Citizens of any country may apply. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to fund graduate students studying and conducting research in the U.S. who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance. The fellowships also aim to attract students with an outstanding academic record who hold promise in their chosen field of study. The award includes tuition and a $18,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All applicants must turn in the hard copy of their completed application to Brooke Ball at GSAS (MS 031) no later than January 14, 2013. Please do not staple any parts of your application. GSAS will then submit its three nominees’ applications to the DZL by the postmark deadline. Read more.

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program supports students pursing a Ph.D. in areas such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science or properties of materials under extreme conditions. The fellowship includes: a $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, a 12-week research practicum, and a $1,000 yearly academic allowance. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years. Application deadline: January 16, 2013. Read more.Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Mellon Fellowships
The Fellowships are intended to help students registered as doctoral candidates work in original source materials in the humanities in the United Kingdom.The Pre-dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $5,000) is offered for a maximum of 2 months and is intended to help candidates draw up and revise a dissertation proposal.The Dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $25,000) is offered to candidates already working on their dissertation and who need to spend time in the United Kingdom to carry out archival research. Application deadline: January 21, 2013. Read more.

Boren Fellowships
The National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) Boren Fellowships are intended to support students who will study languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Fellowships enable both master’s and doctoral level students representing a broad range of academic and professional disciplines to add a significant language and international dimension to their curricula. The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work for the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.

Harry Potter Alliance event

Andrew Slack ’02, co-founder and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, spoke in Pearlman Lounge last Thursday about the forthcoming Brandeis chapter fo theHPA, as well as the organization’s goals and initiatives in an event sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

According to the HPA website, the organization “work[s] for human rights, equality, and a better world” by drawing parallels to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.


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Anne Frank: An American Heroine?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Location: Olin-Sang 112

Anne Frank’s Diary was turned into an American play in 1955 by Goodrich and Hackett. In this version, Anne was viewed as a victim of universal suffering, not just Jewish suffering. The Jewish playwright Meyer Levin protested loudly and took his complaints to court.

Come hear a talk on the controversy by David Barnouw, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, co-editor of the Revised Critical edition of Anne Frank’s Diary and author of several works on the Dutch experience in WWII.

This event is cosponsored by the University Writing Program and the Ethics Center. For more information, contact Heather Lefebvre.


Indigenous Peoples, Women, Violence, and Peace Building

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 1:50 pm
Location: Heller G4

Ligna Pulido, indigenous leader from Colombia, will address U.S. policies toward Colombia (particularly the Colombian Consolidation Plan), and the effects these policies have on indigenous communities and, most especially, on women. The discusion will illuminate the connections between militarization, trade agreements, indigenous rights, women’s rights, land rights, and environmental protection.

Pizza and refreshments will be served. This event is presented by Witness for Peace New England and cosponsored by SID and the MA in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School, along with the Ethics Center. For more information, contact Prof. Cristina Espinosa.

Social Justice and Social Policy Announcements …from your UDR!

Hello SJSP-ers!

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and that things are off to a great start! My name is Becca Miller and I’m your SJSP Undergraduate Department Representative! I’m a senior studying Social Justice and Social Policy, Sociology and Women and Gender Studies! I’m here to talk with you about any/all SJSP related things.. classes, class registration, the minor program, events on campus, social justice topics, what people do with SJSP minors after Brandeis, where to find free food on campus or whatever else you can think of… So feel free to contact me!
I’ll be sending out emails with upcoming SJSP events and other announcements so stay tuned for some awesome events this semester.
To start it off here are two exciting events! One is tonight so don’t forget to check it out!!
1. Brandeis Labor Coalition & Jobs with Justice presents a forum on the recent acceptance by the Heller School of 5 million dollars from Wal-Mart —> TONIGHT, 7pm, Polaris Lounge! (PIZZA!!)
2. The Art of Dialogue: a conversation with coexistence facilitator Farhat Agbaria. Wednesday, September 19th – 12:15-1:45pm Heller G-4. Free and open to the Brandeis community.
For more info on these events.. scroll to the bottom and see attached!
Enjoy the long weekend!
– Becca
See attached Flyer

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