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Cultural Connections

Many associate Cuba with communism, the Castro family and the Cold War. These Cuban stereotypes remind many Americans of another political system and cultural circumstances.


Building Peace

On Sunday afternoon, Dan Rugomba ’16 — brimming with confidence and a touch of nerves — walked across the stage of the International and Global Studies commencement ceremony to receive his college diploma.


Looking at Lisa

Following Former University President Frederick Lawrence’s departure, Interim President Lisa Lynch did a great deal more than keep a seat warm for President-elect Ronald Liebowitz.


Growing Community

Despite the dark clouds and steady drizzle of rain, the children of the Lemberg Children’s Center played outside happily.  Meanwhile, working in the garden on the other side of the fence, Judy Fallows, the coordinator of environmental education for Lemberg, Elizabeth Milano ’16, one of the co-leaders of Symbiosis, and a group of volunteers didn’t allow the rain to deter them either. On Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m., Symbiosis and the Waltham Group Habitat for Humanity paired up to work on the Lemberg Community Gardens.


Growing Narrative

Each student in her class was asked to produce a sculpture made from a book. In a spurt of inspiration, Brontë Velez ’16 decided to cut a hole through her book’s pages and fill it with soil and a dead bouquet of flowers.  She reached out to Harry Pickering, an artist-friend from Vassar College whom she met while studying in Prague that day.


The art from war

Last Wednesday, many gathered in the Wasserman Cinematheque, where the History department and the Film, Television and Interactive Media program co-hosted the North-American film premiere of “Verdun, They Won’t Pass.” The film is a historical documentary created by Serge de Sampigny, a French filmmaker who has written and produced three historical documentaries previously.


You can have your cake and read it, too

Last Friday, Goldfarb Library hosted its third annual Edible Book Festival, in which students and faculty from the Brandeis community were invited to combine cooking ingredients with words in order to create their own edible bestsellers.  The International Edible Book Festival, the inspiration for the Brandeis festival, started in 2000.


Please Stand Up

Josh Gondelman ’07 is many things: a stand-up comic, a writer for “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver, the co-author of the widely popular @SeinfeldToday Twitter account, a former preschool teacher and a Brandeis alumnus.  His newest comedy album, “Physical Whisper,” debuted at number 4 on the comedy Billboard charts and, on Mar.


Awareness through art

A voice from the back of the theater emerged and Nyah Macklin ’16 walked down an aisle singing  “Take Me to the Water,” by Nina Simone.


Illustrating Activism

Janet Mock, a contributing editor for Marie Claire, a transgender rights activist and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, & So Much More,” came to campus last Tuesday for a conversation with Professor Jasmine Johnson (AAAS) about her memoir.


Bridging the Gap

“Brandeis Bridges is an on-campus organization that was founded a few years ago that seeks to create dialogue between the Black and Jewish students on campus.


Evolving Families

In 1998, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute created its 26 word mission statement: “The mission of the HBI is to develop fresh ideas about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects, and public engagement.” They’ve yet to make any changes, “which means we’re either stuck in the mud, or we came up with a good one,” said Prof.


Writing Rebel

Last Tuesday the Women’s Studies Research Center celebrated International Women’s Day with Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard (WSRC), a self-proclaimed feminist before the women’s movement.  Bouvard seeks to bring attention to women around the world, as well as to female poets and writers like herself, who use literature as a form of expression and as a call to action.


Undressing "Intimate Apparel"

“The play is titled ‘Intimate Apparel’, which is an indicator that costumes are going to be very important,” Mary Hurd (TA), the costume director for the Brandeis Theater Department, said in an interview with the Justice.  The play, produced by the Brandeis Theater Department, ran from March 3 to March 6 and featured costumes designed by Mary Lauve, the costume design assistant at the Huntington Theatre Company, and actualized by Hurd. “Intimate Apparel” is the story of a 35-year-old African-American woman named Esther, played by Ashley Ertilien ’17, who works as a seamstress in New York.  Set in 1905, Esther creates corsets and other intimate apparel for women.


"Confirmation" Conversation

“She’s worth standing for,” laughed Kerry Washington as the packed Wasserman Cinematheque rose to their feet for the second time, welcoming University Professor Anita Hill (HS) into the room.  They previously stood for Washington herself, who first gained widespread fame for her role as Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit television series “Scandal.” Washington visited campus on Sunday afternoon to talk about the upcoming HBO film “Confirmation,” in which she portrays Hill.


Spotlight on Sugar

At the 88th  annual Academy Awards last Sunday, Brandeis alumus Michael Sugar ’95 stepped onto the stage at the Dolby Theater to accept the Academy Award for “Spotlight,” which won Best Picture as well as Best Screenplay that night. “Spotlight” follows the true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team of journalists who investigated the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.


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