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2017 JBS Programs have been announced!


The Summer 2017 JBS Programs have been announced

The 2017 Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) programs have been announced!

The JBS programs are engaging, immersive academic programs in which small groups of students explore a topic in depth while working closely with faculty.  In addition to a strong, connected classroom component, students participate in field trips, innovative project work, and engage with guest speakers. Students earn 12 credits toward graduation while building their professional resume.  Most students also earn a semester of residency toward graduation (With enough credits, this allows a student to potentially graduate early – students should consult their Academic Advisor if attempting to graduate early).

Each JBS is tailored to a specific area of interest and is an immersive, hands-on learning experience. Summer 2017 programs include:

    • A “Bio-Inspired Design” JBS program where students study the natural world and then use nature’s example to create innovative products using the resources of the Brandeis MakerLab.
    • A “Psychology Research into School Bullying” JBS where students take two core PSYC classes (Statistics and Research Methods) while learning about, and developing solutions to, the school bullying epidemic.
    • A “Health, Law, and Justice” JBS where students explore the legal, ethical, and policy issues facing American health care. Also, given the recent presidential election, students will consider “What comes next for American health care?”
    • And a “Voice, Web and Mobile Applications” JBS where Computer Science students work in teams to design their own working smartphone apps!

Look for applications for these unique summer program to open soon!

Summer 2016 JBS Applications are now OPEN!

The date many students have been waiting for is finally here.

Applications for the Summer 2016 JBS programs are now open!  To submit your application visit:

Because of the unique nature of the JBS programs, most programs have a limit to the number of students who can enroll.  The size of each program is limited for a few reasons.


First, the JBS is an intensive summer program where students receive a lot of direct attention from their instructor.  Last summer, the 6 JBS programs offered had an average of just 11.5 students enrolled!  Even the largest JBS program had only 17 students.  These students were working with 2 Instructors and 3 Teaching Assistants over the course of their JBS.  So students really get personal attention as they learn about the topic of their JBS.

Second, JBS programs do some amazing things that wouldn’t be possible with a large group.  For example, this summer:

  • The Emerging Powers JBS will be travelling to New York City for a few days to meet with journalists, and UN diplomats
  • The Health, Law, and Justice JBS will be meeting with lawmakers on Beacon Hill and experts int eh health care industry.
  • The Sports Writing JBS will have unprecedented access to organized Training Activities at Gillette Stadium while Patriots players train for next season.
  • The Art Today JBS will be travelling to art galleries and artist studios to learn from working professionals what it takes to succeed in today’s art world.
  • The Voice, Web, and Mobile Applications JBS will be creating apps for smartphones and tablets and meeting with key figures in the Boston tech world about how to create a commercially successful app.

Logistically, these unique programs couldn’t be as meaningful and as exciting if each program had too students many enrolled.

In addition to the fact that each program has a limited number of openings, there is also a limited amount of financial aid available for these programs, so early application is encouraged!

Apply today.  Don’t be closed out!

Summer Instructor Profile: Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary brings creativity and a hands-on approach to Summer School teaching.

Last spring, Professor Jennifer Cleary spent a lot of time talking about social media. In a theater course on Ensemble Production, her students collaborated to produce an original performance piece called iShow. The production gave students the chance to reflect creatively on the way social media shapes their lives. Professor Cleary facilitated the production, helping students learn about ensemble production while asking real questions about their daily experiences.

This interplay between life and education, between the passions that move us, the questions that drive our everyday lives, and the learning we pursue in the classroom motivates all of Professor Cleary’s teaching. She recently developed a course in Creative Pedagogy for students in the Brandeis Education Department, exploring creativity in education to help budding educators imagine new possibilities in and out of the classroom. Her course, Playing for Change, pushes Brandeis theater students to find ways to use theater to drive social change and foster community-building in the real world. Students leave Professor Cleary’s classes better prepared to participate in a changing society.

A regular instructor for the Rabb Summer School, Professor Cleary draws on more than a dozen years of teaching experience at Brandeis. With a diverse background in performance, theater, experiential learning, and more, she offers Rabb Summer School students an exciting opportunity to explore public speaking almost every summer. Look for her course THA 15b: Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication when summer course lists arrive in the spring.

When we asked Professor Cleary about what makes teaching Rabb Summer School student special, she called it one of her “most enjoyable teaching experiences!” Some think of the summer session, she explained, as laid-back experience, where the “relaxing nature of shorts and flip flops makes learning watered down.” “In fact,” she said “it’s quite the opposite.”

tha15-2013-jenclearyProfessor Cleary with her adorable dog Zooey

Because the summer sessions are compressed, Professor Cleary’s students do a lot of work in their five-week course. “It can be hard when it comes to public speaking,” she explained, “because it’s something people can be enormously afraid of, and it can take time to overcome those fears.” But this intensive effort allows the classes to become “invested in the work and in each other” in a way that the regular semester schedule sometimes prevents. Above all, she explains, “It is the smaller class for me in summer, which I love, because the community we build is vital to the progress made in the work.”


Ways to beat the Summer heat at Brandeis

MC900311124-1Here are a few of our favorite ways to beat the summer heat:

1) Cool off with a ice cream.  One of our favorites is Lizzy’s Ice Cream on Moody St. in Waltham.  Closer to campus Cappy’s, Prime Deli, and Village Market all sell ice cream as well.

2) Take in a movie at the Embassy Cinema  in downtown Waltham. There’s nothing like a 2 hour escape into the air-conditioned bliss of a Hollywood summer blockbuster.  To maximize your escape, check the running times of the movies.  Given all the choices, if a movie is just 87 minutes long, it may impact your movie selection.

3) Take a dip in a pool, without leaving campus. The Linsey Pool is in the Gosman Sports and Recreation Center. Be sure to bring your student ID and towels! Visit their website for hours:

4) It is cooler near the water. Head into Boston using the air conditioned commuter rail and spend a few hours on the Boston waterfront, or along the Charles River.  Here is the schedule for the train:

5) Last but not least, air conditioning! It seems a no-brainer, and most of the buildings on campus have AC.  But in some buildings the AC is stronger than others.  If you are living in Ziv Quad for the summer, the AC is very good, but you may want to  keep your blinds down during the day to keep your room from roasting in the summer sun.  A few of our other picks for strong AC on campus are the Shapiro Campus Center and the Libraries.

Child's Shovel and Pail at the Beach

Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take a writing course at Brandeis in Summer 2013

Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take ENG 129a Writing Workshop in Summer Session II: July 8 to August 9, 2013

The class meets T, W, Th 11:00 AM – 01:30 PM, and is a 4-credit hour course fulfilling the Brandeis Graduation Requirements of Writing Intensive (wi) and Humanities (hum),

In this course, this writers’ circle will explore various approaches to writing in the genre of your choice: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

As models for writing, we will choose from such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried), Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Pico Iyer, and, among other poets, Billy Collins.  However, the focus of this workshop will be on your original work, including options in literary journalism, travel writing, and memoir.

Your final projects will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

This course is available for Undergraduate Credit only in Summer 2013. You can view a syllabus for this class here.  This class is a graded course but Brandeis students may use up one of their Pass/Fail options for this course.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Instructor, Professor Joseph Coroniti, at:

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