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What's so bad about LSD?

(03/07/17 12:29am)

“Those who consume their medicines rarely understand the risks that were taken to create them. In a society that has made their work a crime, the psychedelic chemist is an outlaw.” The smooth, focused narrating voice of Hamilton Morris carried through the crowded auditorium at the International Business School. On Feb. 13, the latest episode in filmmaker Hamilton Morris’ documentary series on psychedelic drugs for Viceland, titled “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia,” was screened at the Sachar International Center.

Campus Power Couples

(02/14/17 1:35am)

As Brandeis University students well know, Louis D. Brandeis’ career achievements were groundbreaking and revolutionary — but many may be unaware of the achievements of Alice Goldmark Brandeis, Louis Brandeis’ wife. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, Alice Brandeis  was an outspoken advocate for progressive movements and dedicated her time to causes she was passionate about.  Alice Brandeis supported third-party presidential candidate Robert La Follette, whose progressive politics advocated against war and in favor of  small business and civil rights. Alice Brandeis also garnered controversy for her outspoken criticism of what she perceived as the U.S.’s lack of effort in helping the Jewish cause during World War II. 

Pioneering Programmers

(02/07/17 2:37am)

    It all started with a photograph. Kathy Kleiman noticed an image of women surrounding the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, one of the first ever electronic computers. She was curious about their role, but was told by the cofounder of the Computer History Museum that the women were little more than models hired to show off the computer in promotional photos. When Kleiman realized the true role the women played in creating the functioning ENIAC, she was astounded.

Looking Through “Transparent”

(02/07/17 2:20am)

     What is progressive television? Are we really making progress? And how can the trend toward inclusive entertainment be continued and solidified. The ’DEIS Impact Festival hosted a screening of the Emmy award-winning Amazon Prime show “Transparent,” followed by a discussion panel featuring ’DEIS Impact keynote speaker Rebecca Walker. Other panelists included Dr. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (AAAS), Brie McLemore M.A., Alex Montgomery M.A. and Ruth Galaviz ’17. Walker is a renowned champion of third-wave, inclusive feminism and progressive television. Including her creative involvement with the development of “Transparent,” some of her recent television projects include “One Mississippi,” “Black Cool” and “Black, White, and Jewish.” The screening and paneling explored and discussed the importance and impact of progressive and inclusive television.

Forging Paths

(01/31/17 4:13am)

For many students, college is a time to explore new subjects while rediscovering old passions. It’s a time to find yourself. The panel “Exploring social justice in the Brandeis classroom and beyond: courses, internships and careers” met on Monday at noon in the Hassenfeld Conference Center and featured 5 student speakers who each detailed their own Brandeis journey. The presentation itself was co-sponsored by the Health: Science, Society and Policy Program and the Social Justice and Social Policy Program and was part of ’DEIS Impact.

The art of aging

(01/24/17 5:46am)

Though he was called “Red” in affectionate homage to his flaming hair, Mindy Fried’s ’89 M.A. ’96 Ph.D. father’s nickname can also used in reference to his political views. Emanuel “Red” Fried was an active member of the American Communist Party. His political affiliation greatly influenced Mindy Fried’s childhood, as she explained at the discussion of her new book, “Caring for Red,” hosted by the Women’s Studies Research Center on Thursday.

Coffeehouse for a Cause

(12/06/16 2:51am)

    Aging is a topic of growing importance. In current society, ageism is rarely discussed in relation to prejudice. Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease helped to address the lacking presence of this issue in society and provide a better understanding of the stigma regarding aging at their coffeehouse held last Thursday at Cholmondeley’s Coffee House.

Louis' Literature: Alice in Manhattan

(11/22/16 2:24am)

    Dan Hirshon ’04 grew up in Wonderland. An entire portion of his childhood home was filled with collectables of all kinds from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” This very specific decor was the result of his father’s obsession with all things Alice. Though this would seemingly make holiday gifts easy to find, Hirshon explained that at one point in his childhood, he realized he would have to get creative with presents for his father because most “Alice in Wonderland” paraphernalia already existed in his home.

Constructing the Castle

(11/15/16 12:50am)

It’s the end of a royal era. At the end of this semester, Usen Castle will officially be closed as a residence hall for undergraduate students. The iconic building has existed as part of Brandeis since the University’s inception. Students, faculty, alumni and Waltham residents alike lamented the news when it was announced in January that parts of the Castle would be demolished to make room for a new dormitory. Though there have been multiple attempts to prevent this change to the Brandeis landscape, the University has announced no changes to its plan regarding the building. There can be no doubt that, for many, the Castle is quintessential to the Brandeis campus, yet the castle was first constructed as part of a different university.

"Black Is Week"

(11/08/16 3:29am)

 On Sunday night, Nov. 6, Brandeis students gathered to eat delicious comfort food and mingle with old and new friends. The event was advertised as “Black Is Delicious” and was what many consider to be the highlight of “Black Is Week,” a week’s worth of fun and inspired events run by the Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO). The annual event consists of “Black Is Power,” a discussion on the role of being Black in America; “Black Ain’t New,” a fun dance party at Chums; “Black Is Delicious,” a communal meal with traditional comfort foods and “Black Is Self-Love,” which is a relaxing study break to hang out with friends. The culmination of these events is “Election Day,” where BBSO invites all students to watch history unfold with the comfort of a nacho bar.