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INTERESTING FACTS FROM BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
(CIO) REPORT By Sharon Cohen - Chapter Information Officer
My job is to bring you interesting information about what is going on at Brandeis University and Brandeis National Committee. From time to time I will give you a little history of Brandeis University. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you to my predecessor Shelly Wasserman for her good wishes.
On June 1, President Ron Liebowitz, of Brandeis University joined other university presidents, governors and local officials in signing a statement in support of the Paris Agreement pledging to work together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U. S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
"“Brandeis is proud to stand with other universities and innovative businesses, mayors and governors from across the U.S. who are all committed to working within our institutions and together to advance sustainability while combating climate change," Liebowitz said.
Ohad Elhelo ’16, MA ’17 is the founder and CEO of Our Generation Speaks (OGS), a fellowship program and startup incubator with the mission of bringing together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders through entrepreneurship. Last summer, OGS brought together 22 highly motivated fellows - half Israeli and half Palestinian - to Brandeis to create socially driven startups together.
Five new startups are now operating in the region, creating jobs in Israel and Palestine and making a growing impact. OGS is building a community of change agents that work together across ethnic and political lines.
Could a cluster of startups incubate peace in the Middle East?
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
If we desire respect of the law, we must first make the law respectable.
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.