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Violence in Syria

(12/04/18 11:00am)

The Syrian Civil War began on March 15, 2011, when government security forces clashed with protesters demanding democratic reforms, such as the release of political prisoners, increased freedoms and an end to corruption. An armed insurgency opposing the state security and calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad grew from the protests. The violence ultimately turned millions of Syrians into refugees fleeing political violence.

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. 

Planting Happiness

(10/23/18 10:00am)

      If you were wondering what an oasis of greenery was doing in the middle of the Shapiro Campus Center on Oct. 17 and 18, or why people were leaving with tiny plants, wonder no longer. It was just Randy Skolnick, Brandeis’s friendly neighborhood plantsman.

Not So Trivial

(10/02/18 10:00am)

The story of trivia begins in the Ancient World. Trivia, meaning “unimportant matters,” derived as a back-formation of trivialis, which meant “found everywhere, commonplace” or “vulgar.” An online column from Merriam-Webster, shedding light on the etymology of trivia, noted that the term — and the titular game — “sometimes gets a bad rap” because of a related word, trivial, meaning “of little worth or importance.” When used in a singular construction, it means “a quizzing game involving obscure facts.” The lay meaning of the trivia, according to Merriam-Webster, is “obscure facts and details that aren’t applicable to one’s day-to-day life.” 

Always Booked

(09/18/18 10:00am)

Cider, donuts and iMacs: what do all of these apple products have in common? They were all in the Brandeis Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, to mark the annual Meet Your Personal Librarian event, offering students the opportunity to mingle with their librarians over autumnal refreshments. Students could ask general questions, receive help with research, connect with various library resources or just get to know their personal librarian better. Among the attendees was Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction Laura Hibbler, who talked about her job in an interview with the Justice, about what it’s like to be a personal librarian at Brandies.

What do CAs Actually Do?

(04/17/18 10:00am)

“CAs are like a box of delicious chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get,” joked Ruaidhrí Crofton ’18. He quickly clarified that Community Advisors fulfill all sorts of vital roles for students living in residence halls. “We promote a community that is accepting to everyone,” added Brandon Hong ’19, explaining the intent behind their title — Community (rather than Residential) Advisors.

“Rankism” in the Workplace

(03/20/18 10:00am)

Before he became a “nobody,” Robert Fuller was an accomplished physicist, author and civil rights advocate who was the youngest college president in the United States. After a four-year stint as the president of Oberlin College, Fuller resigned, saying he believed his mission had been accomplished and that it was time to move on. Following his resignation, Fuller found that his status as a public figure had vanished and that his rise, and sudden fall from status was a phenomena as equally deserving of academic exploration as the cosmos. Curious and searching for answers, he embarked on a mission to form a social movement to “advance human dignity.”

Stories for the Ages

(01/23/18 11:00am)

A word in the Hawaiian language, kupuna, often means an elder, grandparent or older individual. However, it takes on at least three more meanings: the source or process of personal growth, an honored elder who has the life experience needed to be a family and community leader, and an ancestor who has the spiritual wisdom and presence to guide people through hardship.

Getting Oriented

(01/16/18 11:00am)

How do you stump a couple of Orientation Leaders? Try asking them to pick their favorite part of Orientation. From discovering all the resources Brandeis offers, to facilitating social and informational events to integrating their grouplets (Brandeis slang for new students at Orientation) into the Brandeisian way of life, Maya Fields ’19 and Ben Korman ’19 revealed in an interview with the Justice what it’s like to be an OL, and why picking their favorite part is such a delightful dilemma.

Autism in America

(11/14/17 11:00am)

“My dad says that ‘Every rabbi has only one sermon, and they spend their entire lives trying to perfect it.’ So, this is my effort … to try and continue to perfect that sermon,” said Dr. David Mandell in his presentation titled “The Broken Links Between Policy and Practice in Autism Care.”

Exploring Immigration

(05/23/17 3:28am)

The aroma of Guatemalan pastries filled the Multipurpose Room in the Shapiro Campus Center on May 3 as Marci McPhee, director of campus programs at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, opened this semester’s Immigrant Practicum Presentation with an explanation of its purpose. Each preceding week, Hannah Baker-Lerner ’20, graduate student Olivia Wang and Daniella Cohen ’18 spent three hours in a base class relevant to Anthropology or International and Global Studies, three hours in a community organization supporting immigrants and an hour in “The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum,” a course taught by McPhee. The Immigrant Practicum Presentation concluded these immersive journeys, allowing the students to share what they learned.

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.