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.”
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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.
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?”
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.
REFUGEE CRISIS: Dr. Jim Anderson analyzed the way that climate change has led to food shortages and crop failures, contributing to the global refugee crisis.
On the evening of Oct. 14, Information Technology Services began remotely deleting personally identifiable information in temporary and hidden folders from University-owned Windows computers. These now-weekly deletions are one of four security initiatives that ITS is in the process of implementing — or will roll out soon — that are aimed at protecting the University’s technology and data.
A new American fusion restaurant named Balani has opened on Moody Street. It takes the place of Raffaele’s Ristorante, which closed in spring 2018, according to an Oct. 29 Waltham Patch article. The restaurant’s Instagram page describes the restaurant as “making really tasty yums in a fun space.”
Panelists discussed Berklee staff, student and administrator reactions to a Boston Globe article published last year which revealed that 11 Berklee professors had been terminated after sexual harassment and abuse allegations. The event, titled “Sexual Harassment: Case Study of a College in Distress,” featured members of the Feminist Faculty Alliance of Berklee College of Music, as well as Jessica Teperow, an expert on domestic violence, speaking at the Women’s Studies Research Center last Thursday.
Representatives from the Brandeis chapter of Active Minds presented to the Senate on Sunday to request club status. Active Minds is a national organization designed to raise awareness for mental health and wellness, the presenters explained.
‘EXCEPTIONAL’ COMMUNITY: University President Ron Liebowitz discussed the University's strengths and shortcomings on Monday.
University President Ron Liebowitz urged the Brandeis community to strive for a strong, secure and sustainable future in a speech outlining his vision for the University yesterday. About 350 people attended the all-campus presidential announcement, with more watching the livestream, in which he shared the “Brandeis Value Proposition,” his framework for the University’s future.
The replacement of steam and telecommunication lines in front of the Shapiro Campus Center should be completed in about two weeks, according to Vice President for Operations Jim Gray in an interview with the Justice. The area has been fenced off and under construction since Aug. 27, when the University began investigating and repairing an underground steam line malfunction that melted telecommunication wires and led to phone and internet service disruptions.
Facing History and Ourselves, an international nonprofit whose goal is to engage and educate students on racism and anti-Semitism, held a talk last Monday called “Echoes of the Holocaust: Beyond Sides of History” with the University’s Center for German and European Studies. Rachael Cerrotti, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, and Julie Lindahl, whose grandparents were Nazis, shared their experiences uncovering and documenting their family histories.
LOOKING AT ART: David Getsy examined how movements for transgender rights have developed throughout history.
Author Mira T. Lee stood behind Harlan Chapel’s granite lectern, reading passages from her debut novel, “Everything is Beautiful.” Last Tuesday night, Brandeis faculty, staff and students listened to Lee share the ways her personal experiences growing up in immigrant communities and with family members suffering from schizophrenia influenced her novel. The organizers of the event placed two lamps near the front of the chapel but kept the main lights off, leaving audience members in dim lighting.
Tuesday Smillie, the University’s Perlmutter artist-in-residence, and David Getsy, an art history professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, joined members of the Brandeis community on Saturday to screen the movie “Happy Birthday Marsha!” and to discuss “genderqueer archival research,” per the event description.
Prof. Andy Molinsky (IBS) and Brandeis Visiting Scholar Sheila Pisman led an interactive workshop for members of the Brandeis community on searching for careers as a recent college graduate. Titled “Advance: A Career Roadmap for Ambitious Young Leaders,” the workshop focused on the key challenges and concerns plaguing recent graduates entering the workforce and proposed future programs highlighting steps that can be taken to alleviate these issues.
‘DORM ROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM’: Prof. Andy Molinsky (IBS) explained what he sees as a gap between the skills students gain in college and the skills and confidence they need for professional employment.
Rachel Adatto, the architect of Israel’s so-called “Photoshop law,” joined two Brandeis scholars on Thursday to reflect on the law’s legacy. Adatto, a women’s health expert and former member of Israel’s parliament, authored the law to counter misperceptions of healthy body shapes by imposing regulations on images that distort body size and shape.