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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.


Making a mark behind the lens

Rosemary Rodriguez ’83 has been fascinated with films since childhood, but it wasn’t until her senior year at Brandeis that she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking.


Reaching across cultures

According to Moroccan-born Israeli anthropologist and author André Levy, “In my eyes, anthropology, more than any other discipline in the social sciences, aspires to be present in life itself, in order to make sense of it and to give it meaning.


The Netherlands and beyond

Like many Brandeis students, David Benger ’14 was a first-year with diverse interests and no intention of settling on one life path — at least not before exploring where each of his passions might lead.


Uniting across nations

A new club that aims to support and empower women worldwide has materialized here at Brandeis. The club is a local chapter of the GirlUp campaign of the United Nations Foundation, a foundation separate from the United Nations itself that aims to connect the U.N.


A Voice for Veterans

Leroy Ashwood ’71 has always been social by nature. During his first year at Stevens Business College, he spent his weekends visiting friends at Brandeis until they convinced him to transfer in 1968 as a sophomore.


Classroom cultivation

On a warm fall afternoon inside a classroom in Waltham High School (WHS), six high school students talk about their own petri-dish experiments using sunscreen and yeast.


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