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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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Summer at Brandeis is not just about sitting in the classroom and studying, we know everyone wants to be enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. That is why Brandeis summer school is sponsoring a variety of fun summertime activities that you won’t want to miss.

Students hanging around campus this summer can enjoy lemonade and cookie stands, ice cream socials, trivia nights, volleyball, kickball, field trips to Boston and Newport, movie nights, and BBQs on the campus green. Summer school students get priority on all events and the subscription events are limited to enrolled summer students. All the more reason to take a class or two this summer!

Here are of some of the activities you can be a part of this summer:

6/19/15 3-5pm: Lemonade & Cookies, in The Fellows Garden
6/19/15 5.15pm: Boston Harbor Cruise
(Limited. Requires Sign Up.)
6/21/15 1.15pm: Kayaking on the Charles river
(Limited. Requires Sign Up.)
6/24/15 5:15pm: Trip to the Museum of Fine Art
(Limited. Requires Sign Up.)
6/26/15 3pm: Ice Cream Truck!  Free ice cream!
6/26/15 9pm: Movie on Chapels field; Jurassic Park open to all!
Popcorn served!
6/27/15 12-2pm: Frisbee on Chapels Field! Free Frisbees!
6/28/15 12pm-4pm: Laser Tag! On Chapels Field.
7/01/15 4pm: Study Break BBQ! On Chapels Field.
7/09/15 7pm: Movie Night!  Citizen Kane in the Wasserman, talk back following with Professor William Flesch!
7/10/15 3-5pm: Lemonade & Cookies, in The Fellows Garden
7/11/15 12-4pm: Pick up Volleyball!  Chapels Field.
7/13/15 12-4pm: Laser Tag Chapels Field
7/15/15 7pm: Trivia night
07/30/15 Dinner on us! Enjoy a trip to Margaritas in Waltham.
we will provide a gift card for your entree!
(Limited. Requires Sign Up.)
7/31/15 3pm: Ice Cream Truck!  Free ice cream location TBA.
7/31/15 9pm: Movie on the Grass; Space Jam! On Chapels field.
8/01/15 12-4pm: Kickball – Chapels Field
8/05/15 4pm: BBQ on the grass; on Chapels field.

Events are listed here and flyers are distributed around campus. More to be announced soon and even more great field trip opportunities coming your way!

For more information on how to join the fun this summer contact our summer activities director Alex Jacobs at

Keep Your Intellectual Edge Sharp with Convenient Summer Courses

Summertime is here, how will you be spending it? It’s not too late to enroll in a great summer course

If you are underwhelmed by your current or summer job, it might be time to consider how you can turn things around. The Brandeis summer program offers great opportunities to increase productivity and inspire change. Better yet, it is open admission so anyone who has completed high school can create a student record and easily register for classes! Are you ready to make this summer count?

Since summer courses are accelerated, it is easier to find time to make the commitment to learning something new while maintaining other obligations. For some it could be a continuation of what they previously started, while others could be inspired for change.

Whatever your reason is, Brandeis summer school offers something for everyone.

The Summer School a great selection of courses beginning in July that are easy to register for. All you have to do is create a student record in SAGE if you have not done so already, and the possibilities are endless.

We hope to see you on campus this summer!

Rock your summer with Charles Stratford’s new “History of Rock” course

An exciting new course is being offered this summer for non music-majors with any level of experience in playing or studying music. Using analytical methods employed in understanding classical music, students will gain the opportunity to see rock music in a whole new light.

stratford-brandeis-summer-2015Charles Stratford is a PhD candidate in musicology who has been a teaching fellow at Brandeis for the past 2 years. His interest in rock music began at the early age of 4, inspired by music of The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. He is trained as a classical bassoonist and has played on PBS, national radio, and in Hollywood recording studios. He also played the bassoon and analog synthesizer in a rock band for two years. Most recently Stratford conducted his doctoral research in Vienna, Austria at the Arnold Schoenberg Center.

“One of the things I love about teaching popular music is the opportunity to deepen one’s understanding of music one might already be familiar with” he says.

See the full course description:

MUS 35a – History of Rock

Summer Session II: July 6 to August 7, 2015
This undergraduate survey course examines the historical context, stylistic development, and cultural significance of rock and roll from the early twentieth century to the present. Some questions shall be posed: what are the origins of this art form, and how did the styles, technology, and business strategies of early rock and roll artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and others pave the way for more contemporary forms of popular music such as indie rock and electronic dance music? This course also addresses how instruments, technology, mainstream media, and popular culture affect how rock music is created, marketed, and celebrated worldwide. Designed as listening intensive, this course aims at developing listening skills and the ability to reflect on the music through weekly writing assignments, with the goal of being able to discuss and think about rock intelligently. While some musical knowledge is beneficial, this course is intended for non music-majors with any level of experience in playing or studying music.

We hope you’ll be tuned in this summer for this great new opportunity.

5 Ideas to Kick off Spring


As the days get longer and the temperatures warm up, Boston slowly begins to thaw from its long dark winter. Take out your date book and make some plans to enjoy all the area has to offer…outdoors finally!! The 5 things you want to do this spring are:

1) Red Sox Opening Day

Welcome back our World Series champions on Friday April 4, 2014 in the Fenway. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, you can still spend the day with Red Sox Nation at any of the venues on Lansdowne Street or Brookline Avenue. GameOn!, Cask ‘n Flagon, The Yard House, and more will likely have opening day parties or special events to celebrate. You may even be able to find a last minute ticket on the ticket resale site StubHub. The beard brigade may be gone, but the spirit is alive. Get out and get your Fenway Park on!

>>Don’t forget to sign up for Brandeis Summer Course updates

2) Relive History

Each April we celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It’s a day to remember the American Patriots of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Each year the battles are reenacted in and around the Minute Man National Historical Park. Though the holiday is officially Monday, April 21, 2014, the entire weekend is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. Visit Battle Road to learn more about our local history or patriotic reenactments.

3) Walk For Hunger

Did you know almost 700,000 children and adults in Massachusetts can’t predict when or where they’ll eat their next meal? Project Bread, a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger in Mass, hosts the Walk for Hunger each May to raise awareness and funds for the families in need. This year’s walk is Sunday, May 4, 2014 and you can choose to walk the 20 miles, build a team, or volunteer along the route in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, or Cambridge. Volunteer opportunities exist year round so visit the website above for more information.

4) Open Markets

By now, most people have heard of or been to a farmers market, but did you know we have our own network of open markets, easily accessible by public transportation? New England Open Markets offer a little bit of something for everyone. From the freshest picked produce, to handmade crafts, to food trucks and more, the open markets in the South End, Cambridge, and Salem have it all. There’s really no better way to spend a sunny spring day checking out everything the markets have to offer. The SoWA open market (in Boston’s South End)  is open every Sunday from 10am-4pm, beginning May 4 and ending October 26, 2014.

5) The Lilac Festival
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Arnold Arboretum will host Lilac Sunday. With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. People come from all over New England to see and smell the lilacs in bloom . For many, it’s the real beginning of spring. The day draws a large crowd and traveling public transportation is recommended. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. The Arboretum offers something for everyone and self-guided tours are available on the website.

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