Brazil’s Balancing Act

Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights

March 5, 2013
2-5 pm 

Experts working in diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors.


The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.

The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.


2:00 – Welcome and introductions
2:15-3:30 – Panelist remarks
3:30-3:45 – Short break
3:45 – 4:45 – Moderated discussion with panelists, followed by Q&A with audience
4:45 – Reception (all are welcome)


“Bureaucracy and Masculinity in India after Independence”

Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies with Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University

Thursday, Feb 28th at 5:00pm

Shapiro Admissions Center, Presentation Room

Our Spring 2013 lecture, entitled “Bureaucracy and Masculinity in India after Independence” will feature Prof. Inderpal Grewal from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Yale University. This talk will analyze four memoirs written by administrative officials in India who moved from the British Indian Civil Service into the Indian Administrative Service after Independence.


Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row: Justice Brandeis Innocence Project Students Talk with Released Inmate Damien Echols, His Wife, His Defense Team Advisor, and the Reporter Who Believed Him

 Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-9pm

 Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

In 1994, at the age of 18, Damien Echols was convicted, along with Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, of the horrific murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Echols, considered the “ring leader” of the “West Memphis Three”, was sentenced to death and spent 18 years on Death Row in Arkansas for a crime many believed he did not commit. While on Death Row, Damien married Lorri Davis, a landscape architect from New York who became convinced of his innocence and moved to Arkansas to be nearer to him while she worked on his case.  Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and director Peter Jackson were all strong, public supporters of Echols’ innocence. In August of 2011, after DNA evidence was found to be inconsistent with all three defendants, Echols, Miskelley, and Baldwin were released from prison, although have not been legally exonerated.  After his release, Echols wrote a memoir, “Life After Death” chronicling his time on Death Row.

Join Brandeis students who investigate wrongful convictions as they lead a discussion with Echols, his wife Lorri Davis, Lonnie Soury, a media expert with a particular expertise in wrongful convictions issues, and Erin Moriarty, a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours” who interviewed Echols both on death row and after his release. Video clips from 48 Hours and “West of Memphis,” the documentary produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Amy Berg, will also be screened. Echols’ book will be available for purchase and signing.



Gendered Violence awareness session

Gendered Violence is EVERYONE’S Problem
Thursday, February 7, 12-2 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Gendered violence is not “someone else’s problem.” It’s everyone’s problem including yours, as a supporter of social justice. Join us for this compelling two-part session. You will hear from a panel about why they care and what they do about gendered violence. Then participate in breakout sessions with the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Casa Myrna and the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project to discuss ideas like forces perpetuating violent culture, victims, victim blaming, being an ally, and special considerations for vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ individuals with the ultimate goal to prepare you to navigate these issues in a socially responsible way. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Heller Gender Working GroupEvent Timeline:
12:00-12:45: Welcome and panel
12:50-1:30: Breakout discussions
1:30-2:00: Regroup and share insights


MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Source: Charles Radin, BrandeisNOW

Brandeis University’s 8th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial “The Duty of A Dream!” will take place on Monday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

This evening of performance, oratory and testimony is intended to evoke the prophecy, the mission and the commitment of one of America’s most-dedicated advocates for social justice.

The keynote speaker, Herman Hemingway ‘53, is the first black man to graduate from Brandeis. A fraternity brother and mentee of Dr. King’s, Professor Hemingway has maintained King’s spirit and values in his personal and professional life.

Eliana Light ’13 will tell of Dr. King’s work with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; Amanda Dryer ’13 will read an original poem. The Brandeis hip-hop group Kaos Kids will join forces with the So Unique Step Team, and jazz impresario Louise Grasmere will sing.

Dr. King’s presence will be resurrected further through the delivery of one of his great speeches by MLK Scholar Amanda Pereira ’15, and the Boston Tap Company will return to campus with a performance specially created for this occasion.

The evening will be hosted by Associate Professor Chad Williams, chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

The event is free and open to the public; seating will be available at 6 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early.

The annual King Day observance is sponsored by MLK Scholars and Friends, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Communications.

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Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations, will deliver a Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights.

Wednesday, January 30 2013
5:30 PM
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Generously funded by the Planethood Foundation.For more information, contact

‘Deis Impact! Keynote Talk

Keynote Talk on Feb. 6, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom, Usdan
By Eliza and Judy Dushku

Actress Eliza Dushku and her mother, Judy, a professor at Suffolk University, will speak about their work with the social-justice organization that Judy founded in war-torn Uganda.

For more information, contact Marci McPhee ( and Todd Kirkland (

Sorensen Fellowship Presentation: ”Tracing Roots: Uncovering Realities Beneath the Surface”

When? Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where? Alumni Lounge, Usdan

What? The 2012 Sorensen Fellows present on their experiences abroad during the summer of 2012. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Sorensen Fellowship and volunteering abroad in general!

For more information, contact



Hiatt co-sponsors SoJust Leadership Forum (2/11), capstone ‘DEIS Impact! event


Brandeis University’s 2nd Annual
SoJust Leadership Forum

Monday, February 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

The SoJust Forum will be the capstone event that comprises ‘DEIS Impact, a “festival of social Justice” at Brandeis. Featuring Brandeis alumni in diverse fields including education, law, activism, this networking event will inspire current Brandeis students to see how their passions and experiences – through academics, volunteerism, internships and campus leadership – can translate into a career in public service and social justice.


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