Last Thursday, professor of sociology, anthropology and political science at Boston University and distinguished adjunct professor at Lingnan University in Honk Kong Liah Greenfeld led a lecture titled "The Cultural Foundation of Mental Illnesses" in Pearlman Hall for the last meeting of the Sociology Colloquia series. The author of Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience and several other works on mental illness, Greenfeld focused on the impact of nationalism on schizophrenia, manic depression and other mental illnesses. Greenfeld claimed that the rates of mental illness have reached "epidemic" proportions.
The University endowment increased 17.6 percent over the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year, and a seven percent increase is projected for the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year, according to data provided by Chief Investment Officer Nicholas Warren in an email to the Justice.
Last week, J Street U Brandeis, Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee, Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World and Hillel at Brandeis issued a partnership statement to reaffirm their commitment to a constructive dialogue on Israel at Brandeis University. "The student body of Brandeis University has a unique connection to and a high level of engagement with Israel.
Since its peak in 2009, Ph.D. programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have experienced a decline in the number of students enrolled due to cuts in funding from the University after the economic downturn. According to Associate Dean for Enrollment and Marketing at GSAS David Cotter, the Curriculum and Academic Restructuring Steering Committee, otherwise known as CARS, chaired by the then-Dean of Arts and Sciences Prof.
Corrections appended. Last week, the Rev. Yosvany Carvajal of Havana visited Brandeis, and on Wednesday, he led a talk titled "Cuba Today: The Church, State and Private Entrepreneurship." Carvajal is the director of the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center in Havana, which started Cuba's first ever Master of Business Administration program, and now provides a course for new entrepreneurs in Cuba called the Cuba Emprende Foundation. According to Mrinalini Tankha, program coordinator for emerging markets at the Brandeis International Business School and lecturer in Anthropology, Carvajal's residency was sponsored by Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers of IBS Alan Hassenfeld, and was organized in conjunction with the Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program.
Last Tuesday, author and activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues Jennifer Finney Boylan delivered the 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture.
Class of 2016 Senator Jon Jacob has initiated a project that would add local businesses to the University's WhoCash program. Currently, Cappy's Pizza, the Prime Deli and the Village Market in Waltham are all participants in the WhoCash program.
The special election for the four unfilled positions of associate justice, Village Quad senator, Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program senator and off-campus senator took place last Wednesday, leaving only three of these positions filled. Luky Guigui '15 was elected associate justice.
The federal government shutdown, which began last Monday at midnight for the first time since 1996 after Congress failed to agree upon a working budget for the 2014 fiscal year, will postpone new research awaiting approval for funding from being conducted at Brandeis. According to Senior Vice President for Communications Ellen de Graffenreid, the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation, along with most other federal agencies that fund university research, are not accepting proposals during the shutdown.
On Oct. 1, comedian and Hamilton, Mass. native Bo Burnham released his first book of poetry, titled Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone. Burnham began his career on YouTube, and just four days after his 18th birthday, became the youngest comedian to have taped his own Comedy Central special.