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Survivor recounts her Holocaust experience

(11/13/18 11:00am)

Holocaust survivor Rena Finder spoke about her experiences in Oskar Schindler’s factory and in Auschwitz at an event last Wednesday held by Facing History and Ourselves, an international nonprofit organization whose goal is to engage with and educate students about racism and anti-Semitism. The talk, sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, was held to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a series of attacks against the Jews in Nazi Germany that is often seen as the beginning of the Holocaust.


Former Senator Tom Harkin talks state of disability policy

(11/13/18 11:00am)

The architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act, former Democratic Iowa senator Tom Harkin, discussed the importance of disability legislation on Wednesday as the featured speaker of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy’s Annual Distinguished Lecture. Harkin’s lecture, titled “True Integration: Meaningful Work for People with Disabilities,” celebrated the expansion of rights for Americans with disabilities since the 1990 passage of the ADA, but criticized the lack of progress made in government policies to encourage economic self-sufficiency for citizens with disabilities.


Author reflects on Lauryn Hill’s ‘Miseducation’

(11/13/18 11:00am)

Journalist and feminist author Joan Morgan explored the relationship between hip-hop, feminism and musician Lauryn Hill — an American singer, rapper and songwriter — in a Wednesday event sponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the Creativity, Arts, and Social Transformation program, the Music department and the Dean of Students. The event, titled “20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: A Conversation with Joan Morgan,” began with Prof. Chad Williams (AAAS) introducing Morgan, author of “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down” and “She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” 








University alumnus arrested on charges of anti-Semitic hate crimes

(11/13/18 11:00am)

Brandeis alumnus James Polite ’18 was arrested on hate crime charges in New York City last Friday after vandalizing Brooklyn’s Union Temple with anti-Semitic graffiti. He was charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated harassment, two counts of arson and three counts of criminal mischief for actions taken at three different Brooklyn locations, according to the office of the NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information. 


Massachusetts elects new House members, decides ballot measures

(11/13/18 11:00am)

Massachusetts residents have set a new record for voter turnout the 2018 midterm election, according to a Nov. 9 CBS Boston article. On Friday, Secretary of State Bill Galvin confirmed that 2.7 million voters had gone to the polls, compared to 2.1 million in the 2014 midterms. At the time, ballots were still being counted. Massachusetts re-elected Republican governor Charlie Baker. FiveThirtyEight considers Baker to be a “moderate, or perhaps even liberal, Republican.” Voters also elected an all-Democratic House of Representatives delegation to Washington, D.C. The state also voted on three ballot questions. 




Former Catholic chaplain was removed after alcohol-related ‘incident’ with University student

(11/06/18 11:00am)

Father Walter Cuenin, the University’s Catholic chaplain from 2006 to 2015, was removed from ministry and his position at Brandeis due to alcohol addiction and a “related incident” involving an adult male student, the Archdiocese of Boston’s Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs Terrence Donilon confirmed in an Oct. 3 email to the Justice. The University had originally attributed Cuenin’s departure to unspecified “health reasons”in a Jan. 13, 2015 email from Dean of Students Jamele Adams.



J Street U petitions to add Palestinian voices to Birthright

(11/06/18 11:00am)

The Brandeis chapter of J Street U is circulating a petition calling on Brandeis Hillel to include Palestinian speakers in future Hillel-led Birthright Israel trips. Written by board member Sivan Ben-Hayun ’19, the petition explains, “Our community values complexity, nuance, and the inclusion of multiple experiences and narratives,” and asks that Birthright participants “learn about the Israeli occupation from Palestinians who are living under it.” 


Harvard prof. examines climate change impact

(11/06/18 11:00am)

Dr. Jim Anderson, a Weld professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard, blamed climate change for the rise in storms, droughts, wildfires, food shortages and skin cancer in an Oct. 29 lecture. He also explained how improvements in science education can help future generations better understand and deal with climate change in the future.


Scholar explains research on social working memory

(11/06/18 11:00am)

At any given moment, Meghan Meyer explained, roughly 18 million Americans are socializing, and about two-thirds of those interactions involve the exchange of information about people. We are constantly juggling information about ourselves and those around us. But, Meyer asked, “How do our brains keep track of all this social information that’s chronically buzzing around us?”


HBI project launch event features reimagined Anne Frank life story

(11/06/18 11:00am)

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project in Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies held its launch event last Thursday in the Riemer-Goldstein Theater at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. Titled “A Latin American Pen, A Global Memory: Imagining Anne Frank Today,” the event highlighted the ongoing relevance of Anne Frank in Latin America.