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(CIO) REPORT By Sharon Cohen - Chapter Information Officer
BRANDEIS OCTOBER 2017 CHAPTER INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO) REPORT
Sam Shepard left an enormous legacy in American theater, film and literature when he died Monday, July 31 due to complications from ALS. He also holds a small place in Brandeis history.
Sam Shepard received a Brandeis Creative Arts Award citation in 1976 and a medal in 1984.
When Shepard was recognized in 1976, he was living on a ranch in California and unable to make it to New York to receive the award, but he sent his theater producer and director Wynn Handman to accept it on his behalf.
This is what Sam Shepard wrote;
"In a public form of literature such as theatre is, the 'public' often becomes a phantom partner to a writer. He always knows it's with him but he can't put his finger on it somehow. An award like this, which you've generously seen fit to give me for my work, helps to verify that phantom and even adds another dimension to my personal aims in writing for the theatre. I'm dedicated to the possibilities of exploration and discovery in my work and it's even more exciting when the results of that exploration find a home in a wider audience. I gladly accept this citation not as a token of high achievement but as an indication that experimental theatre and experimental writing in particular is able to be seen as a rejuvenating influence and not merely as a "promising snot-nosed kid." Thank you"
Sam Shepard was a wonderful actor, writer and director. He will be missed.
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The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
The Brandeis Beginnings Tidbits:Brandeis University is the youngest private research university in the United States and is the only nonsectarian college or university in the nation founded by the American Jewish Community
Albert Einstein was one of the original planners of Brandeis University
Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of the faculty, teaching a course on international affairs that drew on her experience as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was also the first Commencement speaker, for the class of 1952
The University's first professor of music and director of the School of Creative Arts was composer Leonard Bernstein. While at Brandeis, Bernstein debuted Trouble in Tahiti on June 12, 1952 as part of the first Creative Arts Festival
Notable alumni: Tony Goldwyn '82 actor, director, producer, starred in such cinematic hits as: Ghost, Tarzan, The Pelican Brief and Kiss the Girls. His directorial works include:: Someone like you and A Walk on the Moon.
Brandeis University counts among its alumni five Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel laureate and several Emmy Award-winning actors, broadcasters and producers.
Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis University is ranked in the top tier of universities in the country. Founded in 1948 and named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, it is the only nonsectarian, Jewish-founded university in the country, known for its academic excellence and ideals of social justice. At the same time as Brandeis’ founding, eight women from Boston, all leaders in the community, were asked to help in supporting this new university. They were given the task of building on the collection of 2,000 books in the Library, which was housed in a converted horse stable. The dedication and perseverance of these women, who now called themselves the National Women’s Committee continues today, sixty years later, as the Brandeis National Committee. With over 70 chapters nationwide and over 39,000 members, BNC is one of the largest and most successful “friends of a library” organizations in the world. Over the years, we have placed over one million books in the
Brandeis libraries, and raised over $100 million for Brandeis University and its libraries, scholarship and research. Brandeis University has become one of the youngest private research universities, with ground-breaking exploration in neurodegenerative and age-related diseases.