Nationally renowned storyteller, poet and multicultural motivational speaker Bobby Gonzalez was the featured guest at AHORA’s, Brandeis’s Hispanic and Latino Organization, coffee talk on Hispanic identity, coordinated by AHORA Event Coordinator Alana Alves ’17. In celebration of the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month, Gonzalez took the floor to discuss the importance of recognizing Hispanic identity as a blend of cultures and heritage that should be inclusive for everyone.
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On Tuesday, the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry hosted Karen Auerbach, Ph.D. ’09, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a discussion on the book she is currently writing, “‘For God and Country’: Jewish Publishers of Polish Books in the Nineteenth Century.”
EVOLVING ROLES: Auerbach discussed how pressure to convert affected the role Jews played in the Polish publishing industry throughout the 19th century.
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a new group of over 80 universities nationwide including all eight members of the Ivy League, have announced that they plan to develop a new “Coalition App” as an alternative to the Common Application. The Coalition Application is intended to uproot the application system, which coalition members claim prioritizes students from privileged backgrounds.
On Sunday, the Senate met to recognize clubs and discuss promoting transparency by recording all Senate votes.
The Psychological Counseling Center will be adjusting its policies on students’ 12 guaranteed free therapy sessions to include more group therapy options for students, Senior Associate Director and Clinical Director of the center Dr. Joy von Steiger said in an interview with the Justice.
Group led by Brandeis professor makes new claims about nature of black holes and gravitational waves
A recently published study led by Prof. David Roberts (PHYS), the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Astrophysics at Brandeis, as well as researchers at the Raman Research Institute in India, offers new insights into the implications of gravitational waves predicted in Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, concluding that the prevalence of these waves is much smaller than Einstein had originally predicted.
Over the past two years, four scholars in the Women Studies Resource Center have explored gender, culture and politics across India, Cuba, El Salvador and Indonesia. On Sept. 24th, these scholars — Mary Berg, Rajashree Ghosh, Siti Nurjanah and Ellen Rovner — spoke about their research and hands-on efforts toward the betterment of women’s lives worldwide. The event was called “Hand in Hand: Helping to Transform Women’s Lives.”
Dr. Qiao Guo Qiang brought together two distant cultures — American and Eastern European Judaism — in his lecture, “The Jewish Identity Bifurcated in the Connection and Disconnection: A Talk on Saul Bellow’s ‘The Bellarosa Connection’ on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 11, Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate Vivek Vimal ’16 and Department of Community Service Specialist Brian Quigley led a discussion about Vimal’s work to build a partnership between science programs at the University and students attending Waltham High School. The talk touched on Vimal’s own life experience and transitioned into an open discussion about science and community service.
On Oct. 8, the Women’s Studies Research Center held a panel discussion on “Collateral Damage: Civil Society in War.” Through their research and artwork, the three panelists — WSRC scholars Mary Hamill and Linda Bond and senior lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Bonnie Donohue — discussed how society changes both during and after war.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful — was introduced by three individuals at his rally at the MassMutual Center on Oct. 3: standing alongside esteemed environmentalist author Bill McKibben and co-president of National Nurses United Karen Higgens was Lexi Oullette ’18.
In the coming months, the University will be focusing on the results of the recent sexual assault climate survey, energy efficiency initiatives and changes to public safety procedures, Interim University President Lisa Lynch announced at Friday’s faculty meeting.
Prof. Anita Hill (Heller) was appointed a Brandeis University Professor — the highest honor a professor can receive from the University — on March 26. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Offices of the President and Provost hosted an event to honor Hill’s appointment as a University Professor.
In a Sept. 22 email to the student body, Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees Grady Ward ’16 and Emily Conrad ’17, sent out a survey on financial aid in an effort to gather information on the “non-economic costs of financial aid and its impact on students’ future decisions.”
On Sept. 29, the Chaplaincy Working Group released its report on the University’s chaplain services, recommending many changes to the current Interfaith Chaplaincy structure, including its leadership and system of reporting.
On Sunday, the Senate met to recognize clubs and discuss a proposed amendment to its bylaws that would require the recording of all Senate votes.
The Student Union held its second round of elections on Friday Oct. 2 to fill four seats that were left vacant in the first round of elections on Friday Sept. 11. Max Byer ’19 was elected as Massell Quad Senator, William Jones ’18 was elected as Rosenthal Quad Senator, Kenyon Fraser ’16 was elected to the position of Mods Quad Senator and Valarie Timms ’16 was elected to fill the position of Charles River/567 Senator.