Art Inside Out
Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum
The talk will explore innovative ways in which museums can make themselves available to a diverse range of constituents by extending their activities beyond the walls of the institution and into the public sphere.
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis is an educational and cultural institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the finest of modern and contemporary art. The programs of the Rose adhere to the overall mission of the University, embracing its values of academic excellence, social justice and freedom of expression. Since its founding in 1961, the Rose has played an active role in the academic, cultural and social life of Brandeis.
Voice for Life: Refresh, Renew, Rejuvenate
Associate Professor of Theater Arts
Our goal: to tune your voice for all arenas of communication – at home and abroad, for business and pleasure. This workshop offers an uncomplicated approach to vocal work. Professor Lowry will explore ways to physically wake up the body and warm up the voice for all forms of vocal use – from public speaking to singing, lecturing to reading bedtime stories. We will tune resonators for greater range and ease of speaking, learn to fill space effortlessly and find delight in vocal expression.
Who's Afraid of Assimilation?
Associate Professor of Jewish Education in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Assistant Academic Director, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
The Jewish community in North America is blessed to live in a welcoming, pluralistic society. But for many members of the community, this blessing has a downside: Jewish lay and professional leaders often worry that assimilation threatens the health and vitality, and perhaps even the very existence, of Judaism in America. The term "assimilation" is familiar from sociology of immigration, but what does it really mean? Why is it such a concern for Jews? And what should they do about it?
The Making of "An Accident of Hope": The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton
Director of University Writing and Associate Professor of English
"An Accident of Hope" connects excerpts from Sexton's therapy tapes with selections from her poetry to offer a never-before-seen perspective on the artist's experience and creative process. Professor Skorczewski will discuss her efforts to provide an intimate glimpse into a psychologically tortured yet immensely creative woman during a period of emerging feminism and cultural change. Her work invites a reappraisal of Anne Sexton, her poetry and the history of psychoanalytic treatment. The session will focus on Skorczewski's efforts to write about a creative mind that struggled with the thin line between creativity and self-destruction.
Influences of Age and Culture on Memory
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Professor Gutchess will discuss behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) studies investigating memory changes that occur with age and cross-cultural differences in memory. While memories tend to be less specific and more general with age, memory may be relatively preserved when information is relevant to social contexts or the self. In terms of cross-cultural differences in memory, she will explore how culture can act as a lens to shape information processing, affecting memory for specific visual details as well as memory errors.
Private Media, Public Obligation: Profit and the Fourth Estate
Maura Jane Farrelly
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Director of the Journalism Program
The advertising industry has become the financial backbone of the news industry in the United States – an industry that is a cornerstone for our entire democratic system. Professor Farrelly will examine the development of the publicly-traded, for-profit news model in the United States, paying particular attention to the history and impact of the relationship between news and advertising. She will challenge her audience to consider the role that America's collective "character" played in the development of a democratic system -- unusual in the West -- that ties a primary means by which individuals prepare themselves to meet the mandates of citizenship to commercialism.
What Makes Us Like The Foods That We Like?
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
One of life's great joys is eating tasty food. But what makes one food taste better than another? Amazingly, the nature of the food itself is just one small part of the answer to this question. In fact, your likes and dislikes are determined by a collusion of many factors, including natural selection and genetics, your senses of smell, touch, and vision (as well as taste), your lifetime of experiences, and social pressures. Professor Katz will discuss how our brains combine this welter of information such that most of us end up liking sweets, some of us end up liking beer, and all of our tastes are subject to change.