On the final day of the 2018 Family Weekend, parents and students gathered to hear Catherine A. MacKinnon speak about the movement to counter sexual harassment around the country. MacKinnon, currently an Elizabeth A. Long professor of Law at the University of Michigan and a 2018-19 James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, spoke on the topic of “Sexual Harassment: The Law, The Politics, and The Movement” for the 10th Annual Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
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COMMUNITY: The Gender and Sexuality Center collected donations from the Brandeis community prior to the clothing exchange, receiving sweaters, shirts, dresses, jackets, pants and pairs of shoes; all items were then given out on Thursday.
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Gender and Sexuality Center held a clothing exchange for queer and transgender students on Thursday. For over a month prior to the event, the GSC collected clothing from the Brandeis community.
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DO MORE THAN BELIEVE: In her Sunday lecture, Catherine A. MacKinnon urged university administrations to go beyond expressing support for survivors of sexual assault and actively investigate accusations and listen to survivors' voices.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: BEMCo staff were on standby at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center during the hazardous material incident at the Mods on Friday afternoon.
The Brandeis Department of Community Service held a volunteer training to prepare University students to engage in the greater Waltham area on Wednesday. The event, titled “Waltham: The More You Know Experience,” was open to current and prospective student volunteers so they could gain a greater understanding of Waltham’s demographics and history through their engagement in community service.
Members of the Brandeis community celebrated the 70th anniversary of the University’s founding at this year’s family weekend. University professors gave TED Talk-style presentations on their work at Brandeis and the school’s history, showcasing the University’s “notable successes,” according to the event’s website. They discussed topics such as student protests over the decades, projects at the Women’s Studies Research Center and Brandeis’ environmental impact.
Members of the University’s administration joined students in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium on Thursday night to stand in solidarity with those affected by sexual violence. The Prevention Advocacy Resource Center (PARC) announced the We Believe You Vigil in an Oct. 10 email, just one day before the event.
Fossil fuel divestment and the University’s finances and future were among the topics discussed by the Board of Trustees at its Sept. 26 to 27 meeting. In an Oct. 10 email to the Brandeis community, University President Ron Liebowitz described the tone of the meeting as “ optimistic yet realistic.”
Sharline Nabulime became the first AfricanAmerican to join the Waltham City Council, as well as Ward 6’s first refugee councilor and first female representative, according to an Oct. 11 Waltham Patch article.
This week’s Senate meeting continued discussions on purchasing pianos for both first-year residence quads.
On the first night of a two-day event celebrating the Center for German and European Studies’ 20th anniversary, members of the Brandeis community gathered to hear German Ambassador Emily Haber discuss the importance of the continued communication and allyship between the United States and Europe in the aftermath of World War II.
Waltham Municipal officials responded this week to a Justice poll that asked students to report how safe they felt in the city. The Justice interviewed Councilor-at-Large Diane LeBlanc, Ward 5 City Councilor Joseph LaCava and Ward 7 City Councilor Kristine A. Mackin Ph.D ’14. The officials highlighted the high incidence of sexual harassment in the poll as well as the positive and negative aspects of the University’s relationship with its host city.
ICH BIN EIN BRANDESIAN: German ambassador Emily Haber spoke to faculty at the 20th birthday dinner for the Center.
On Oct. 3, University President Ronald Liebowitz presented Dr. Beverly Tatum with the 2018 Gittler Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly work on racial, ethnic and religious relations. According to Liebowitz’s introductory remarks, the members of the Gittler prize selection committee described Tatum’s work as “brilliant, elegant, insightful, unpretentious — a model for all in the academy.”
ACROSS LINES OF DIFFERENCE: Dr. Beverly Tatum accepted the Gittler Prize from President Ron Liebowitz on Wednesday.
On Oct. 1, a white, middle-aged man driving a light-colored sedan exposed himself to a Brandeis student walking down South Street, according to an Oct. 4 email from Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan. The Department of Public Safety reached out to the Waltham Police Department and are conducting a joint investigation into the incident, per the same email.