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Spotlight on Sugar

Pichya Nimit
(03/08/16 12:10am)

At the 88th  annual Academy Awards last Sunday, Brandeis alumus Michael Sugar ’95 stepped onto the stage at the Dolby Theater to accept the Academy Award for “Spotlight,” which won Best Picture as well as Best Screenplay that night.“Spotlight” follows the true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team of journalists who investigated the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

"Confirmation" Conversation

Brianna Majsiak and Kirby Kochanowski
(03/08/16 12:18am)

“She’s worth standing for,” laughed Kerry Washington as the packed Wasserman Cinematheque rose to their feet for the second time, welcoming University Professor Anita Hill (HS) into the room. They previously stood for Washington herself, who first gained widespread fame for her role as Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit television series “Scandal.”Washington visited campus on Sunday afternoon to talk about the upcoming HBO film “Confirmation,” in which she portrays Hill.

Undressing "Intimate Apparel"

Kirby Kochanowski
(03/14/16 11:01pm)

“The play is titled ‘Intimate Apparel’, which is an indicator that costumes are going to be very important,” Mary Hurd (TA), the costume director for the Brandeis Theater Department, said in an interview with the Justice. The play, produced by the Brandeis Theater Department, ran from March 3 to March 6 and featured costumes designed by Mary Lauve, the costume design assistant at the Huntington Theatre Company, and actualized by Hurd.“Intimate Apparel” is the story of a 35-year-old African-American woman named Esther, played by Ashley Ertilien ’17, who works as a seamstress in New York. Set in 1905, Esther creates corsets and other intimate apparel for women.

Writing Rebel

Sagie Tvizer
(03/14/16 11:02pm)

Last Tuesday the Women’s Studies Research Center celebrated International Women’s Day with Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard (WSRC), a self-proclaimed feminist before the women’s movement. Bouvard seeks to bring attention to women around the world, as well as to female poets and writers like herself, who use literature as a form of expression and as a call to action.

Evolving Families

Kirby Kochanowski
(03/21/16 9:46pm)

In 1998, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute created its 26 word mission statement: “The mission of the HBI is to develop fresh ideas about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects, and public engagement.” They’ve yet to make any changes, “which means we’re either stuck in the mud, or we came up with a good one,” said Prof.

Please Stand Up

Rachel Lederer
(04/04/16 9:30pm)

Josh Gondelman ’07 is many things: a stand-up comic, a writer for “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver, the co-author of the widely popular @SeinfeldToday Twitter account, a former preschool teacher and a Brandeis alumnus. His newest comedy album, “Physical Whisper,” debuted at number 4 on the comedy Billboard charts and, on Mar.

The art from war

Sagie Tvizer
(04/11/16 9:25pm)

Last Wednesday, many gathered in the Wasserman Cinematheque, where the History department and the Film, Television and Interactive Media program co-hosted the North-American film premiere of “Verdun, They Won’t Pass.” The film is a historical documentary created by Serge de Sampigny, a French filmmaker who has written and produced three historical documentaries previously.

Growing Narrative

Jaime Kaiser
(04/11/16 10:41pm)

Each student in her class was asked to produce a sculpture made from a book. In a spurt of inspiration, Brontë Velez ’16 decided to cut a hole through her book’s pages and fill it with soil and a dead bouquet of flowers. She reached out to Harry Pickering, an artist-friend from Vassar College whom she met while studying in Prague that day.