Fundraising & Grant Writing Workshop Series – April 5th and 7th

Interested in pursuing a job in the non-profit field, but unsure of what the different opportunities are?

The Office of Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations have teamed up to offer two workshops next week focused on successful fundraising and grant writing, two of the most viable non-profit jobs on the market today.

These workshops were specifically designed to fit the interests of the Brandeis social justice focused undergraduate, and depending on student feedback and participation there is a strong possibility that a longer workshop series will be offered in the fall semester. So make sure to RSVP for one (or both!) sessions through Hiatt NACElink

Fundraising 101 | Tuesday, April 5th 5-6:30pm | Shapiro Campus Center Room 313
• Terminology and acronyms
• How to get started
• Where to look for grants
• Deciding where to apply
• Reviewing RFP’s (Requests for Proposals)

Successful Grant Writing | Thursday, April 7th 5-6:30pm | Shapiro Campus Center Room 313
• Overview of grant writing
• Writing a letter of inquiry
• Crafting a convincing proposal
• Group analysis/writing exercise

New BrandeisNOW

The new BrandeisNOW website seems pretty spiffy. Hopefully it’ll catch on.

It’s interesting that there are a few different takes on the “centralized” event calendars for Brandeis. There is one on BrandeisNOW, on, there’s the community Activist Calendar (right here on the right), the Steph Grimes Weekend emails, there are the Student Union Announcement Emails.

The lack of an authoritative and widely-read calendar has opened space for a variety of entrepreneurial approaches to fill that niche. We’ll see how that shakes out.

Great author event today at 4:30

At 4:30 PM today, Hank Klibanoff, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, will be speaking about his book The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. From the Facebook event:

Hank Klibanoff will discuss the subject of his book The Race Beat — namely, how, when, and why it is that the nation’s press, after decades of ignoring the civil rights violations that characterized the first half of the twentieth century in the United States, finally started to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle…turning it, ultimately, into the most a significant domestic news “event” of the century.

I’m very excited for this, and hope to see you there. It’s in the Pollack Auditorium, which is right next to the Rose Art Museum (as you approach the Rose, it’s on the left).

Oh, and also today:

“Chasing your Dream: Pursuit to Higher Education”
– A panel discussion on challenges faced by racial minorities in the pursuit of higher education featuring Brandeis Faculty and a Harvard Law Student. 5:30pm, Pearlman Lounge.

The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

Vaginas, Maple Magic and Climate Wars

One stop shopping for Brandeis activist related events  for the rest of the week:


“Climate Wars,” a lecture presented by Prof. Harald Welzer – from 12-2pm in the Faculty Lounge

Lunchtime Immigration Seminar – 12:15-1:45, Heller Rm. 163

International Women’s Day Celebration at Brandeis – 5:30-6:30pm in Rapaporte

Monsters, Messiahs, or Something Else? Representations of Mixed-Race in Science Fiction Movies – 7-8pm in Schwartz

Moolade, a movie showing on Female Genital Mutilation – 7-9pm in Shiffman 219

He Said, She Said: A Discussion of Gender Relations between Men and Women of Color – 8-9pm in ICC

Weekly meetings of Student Peace Alliance, Students for a Democratic Society, Trisk, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, and Radical Film Night.


Vigil for Peace – Noon

Ethical Eating Night – 8-9pm in Lurias

Vagina Monologues – 8pm in Shapiro Theater


Maple Magic Day!!! – Learn to make maple syrup 8:30am-3pm in Natick

Vagina Monologues – 2pm and 8pm in Shapiro Theater

For more information about all events see the Brandeis Activist Calendar to your right. To have your event posted, email

From Peace-combatants in Israel to Activism in Thailand

A summary of events happening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week:


Israeli and Palestinian Combatants For Peace at Brandeis – 5:30pm in Shapiro Art Gallery

Weekly meeting of Students Organized Against Racism at 8pm in the ICC and FRESH Water Coalition at 9:30 in the library.


A new event in the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, Tuesdays with Father Walter Cuenin, from 4-5pm in Shapiro Art Gallery.

The first in the Disabilities Series of March Events – a lecture by Valerie Leiter, Brandeis ’01 PhD, author of Youth with Disabilities Entering Adulthood, in Pollack Auditorium at 6:30pm

Weekly meetings of Sex and Sexualities Symposium, Brandeis Labor Coalition, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, Democracy for America, STAND.


Celebrate first generation college students at I am the First, from 3:30-6pm in the International Lounge.

Community Activism in Thailand: Working with “Scavenger” Communities and the Urban Poor, in Rapaporte Treasure Hall from 4:30-6pm.

Activism and Community Organizing in the U.S. and in Thailand: An Open Exchange with Mr. Kovit Boonjear, in ICC at 8pm. There will be ice cream.

Positive Foundations Coffeehouse from 9-11pm in Chums.

Weekly meetings of AHORA!, Student Global AIDS Campaign, MLK and Friends, Students for Environmental Action and Students for a Democratic Society.

For more information about all events, refer to the Activist Calendar to your right. To have your social justice related event posted, email

This Week at Brandeis (UPDATED)

It’s the last week before winter break but don’t give up yet! There are a few really interesting events this week to distract you from studying for your first round of midterms, if you are like me and lucky enough to have any.

First, you should stop by Polaris Lounge in North Quad tomorrow night at 6:15 to learn how to make hummus at the Home-made Hummus Party, hosted by NaturaLiving Club. You’ll be able to learn how to make your own hummus, and then eat it!! There will be HUMMUS (of course) and chips and veggies for dipping too. Feel free to bring your dinner with you, too, and eat it with the hummus.

Later, at 7:30 SEA and BOO are co-hosting TO BE GREEN: An Environmental and Tu B’shvat Celebration, an event which will voice student perspectives from each club about how we can protect and preserve our environment, decorate canvass tote bags to use instead of plastic ones, and plant seeds in homemade planters to keep in your dorm rooms! Delicious foods will be provided and bring your own mug/cup/used plastic bottle to use as a planter***

Also tomorrow, the Sociology Department will be showing Babel at 8pm in Golding Auditorium. Snacks will be served and immediately after the film there will be a brief discussion of the film to delve into its sociological implications.

If you’re not interested in seeing Babel, you could also go to the ICC at 8:30 to watch Rice and Potatoes, a documentary co-sponsored by Brandeis Asian-American Student Alliance and Trisk, that explores gay Asian/Caucasian relationships. Following the movie, there will be a discussion.

At 9pm on Monday, Mixed Heritage Club is hosting a Valentine’s Day Interracial Dating Event. There will be a discussion of interracial, inter-ethnic and multicultural dating and relationships and pink lemonade and Valentine’s Day treats will be served!

You may have never heard of the club FRESH at Brandeis, but you should go to their meeting this week on Monday at 9:30 because they are dedicated to helping areas affected by issues of unclean water, an issue that could use a lot more attention than it gets.

On Tuesday, there aren’t many events happening, but you can be a part of a lot of planning of future activism by going to Sex and Sexualities Symposium from 2-3pm, Brandeis Labor Coalition 8-9pm, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy 8-9pm, Brandeis Open Mic Series 9-10pm, and Democracy for America 9-10:30.

There is no lack of meetings on Wednesday with an informational meeting about hiking Israel’s National Trail at 6pm in Shapiro 315, and AHORA! General Meeting and MLK and Friends meetings from 8-9pm and SEA and Students for a Democratic Society from 9-10pm.

On Thursday morning at 10:30am, Women’s and Gender Studies presents Gender at the End of Life: Dying, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia with keynote speaker Susan M. Wolf. Later in the day at 3:30pm in Usdan International Lounge, Dr. Brian Williams an Epidemiologist working for the World Health Organization, will give the keynote address of Fighting AIDS in Africa: Public Health vs. Human Rights. In his address, Dr. Williams will attempt to reconcile the disparate views of public-health experts and human-rights advocates to explore how policymakers, donors, scientists, and service providers can work together more effectively. Also on Thursday will be Student Peace Alliance Meeting 8-9pm, FMLA 8:30-9:30pm and Radical Film Night 9-10pm. Brandeis Theater Company’s production of Siddhartha which opened on Friday night, will continue for the second and final weekend starting on Thursday  at 8pm, and continuing on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

If your club is doing an event that is not on this calendar or you have heard about one, please email us at

Human Rights, Climate Change, Microfinancing, Siddhartha… and more!

This week is LOADED with events.  The highlights are a series of events about the memorialization of Guantanamo on Monday and Tuesday, a Microfinance Symposium and building tours showcasing what Brandeis has done to increase sustainability on campus, both on Wednesday, and the Brandeis Theater Company’s production of Siddhartha beginning on Thursday.  See the Innermost Parts Activist Calendar for more information on all events. Some events require an RSVP.


On Monday you can start out by going to Jehuda’s office hours from 3-4:30 to let him know what you think about the closing of the Rose.  But, make sure you don’t stay too long because from 4-5pm you won’t want to miss the panel discussion Memorializing Guantanamo: Part I (in Feldberg Lounge, Hassenfeld Conference Center), moderated by Anthropology professor Mark Auslander. A couple hours later at 7pm, you’ll be able to continue the discussion by attending Michael Ratner’s (’66) speech Beyond the Shadows of Guantanamo: Restoring the Rule of Law in the Post-Bush Era (in the Zinner Forum, Heller School). Ratner was part of the small group of lawyers that first took on representation of the Guantánamo detainees.


The series of events about Guantanamo continues on Tuesday beginning with Memorializing Guantanamo: Part II from 12:10-1, followed by various exhibitions and discussions until 4:30 in the afternoon (all events in the International Lounge, Usdan). If you can’t get enough of Ratner, who spoke on Monday, go to the Old State House in Boston at 8pm for the Brandeis University Spotlight on Our Constitutional Rights moderated by Director of the Ethics Center Dan Terris.  Student group and club meetings on Monday include Sexualities Discussion Group (2-3, ICC Lounge), Brandeis Labor Coalition (8-9:30pm, Shapiro 313), Democracy for  America (9-10:30, Pearlman Lounge) and Brandeis Open Mike Series (9-10pm)


On Wednesday morning, check out Democracy and Peacebuilding: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom,” with Dr. Howard Wolpe (in the Alumni Lounge in Usdan from 11-2:30). Also, go to Shapiro Atrium between 12-3 to learn methods to save money and cut carbon at the Sustainability Solutions Showcase. To get a tour of the newest buildings on campus and learn what Brandeis did to make them sustainable, go to Ridgewood at 11, and Shapiro Science Building at 4pm, and take part in the National Climate Change Solutions Day Building Tour of each location. From 6:30-8pm in the SCC Art Gallery you can hear speakers from faculty at IBS and leading microfinance organizations talk about microfinancing solutions at the Microfinance Symposium. Also on Wednesday are the AHORA! General Meeting (8-9pm in Swig Lounge, ICC) and the SEA meeting (9-10pm in the SEA office in SCC).


Pardon the shameless plug but on Thursday you won’t want to miss the preview performance of Brandeis Theater Company’s production of Siddhartha, based on the book by Hermann Hesse, at 8pm in the Laurie Theater in Spingold. Student Peace Alliance (8-9 in Pearlman Lounge),  Trisk (8-9, Trisk Lounge, 3rd floor SCC), and FMLA (8:30-9:30 in the Women’s Resource Center in SCC) also have meetings on Thursday.


Siddhartha opening night!


Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a performance exhibiting various aspects of Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year traditions followed by dinner and a night market. Also, two more performances of Siddhartha at 2pm and 8pm!

Activist Calendar

You’ve probably noticed that here at Innermost Parts we have created the Activist Calendar on the sidebar for your convenience. The newest addition to the site is that you can now email your events to and they will be added to the calendar for you. We will also try out a weekly Activist Events post.

This week’s events include all the weekly/bi-weekly meetings of FMLA, BLC, DFA, SPA, Trisk, and the Sexualities Discussion Group. In addition, check out B’deis Democrats’ Free Rice Competition on Thursday from 8-9pm in Shapiro Multipurpose room.

Don’t forget to email your events to:

UPDATE: Sexualities Discussion Group is now Sex and Sexuality Symposium and is on Tuesdays from 2-3.