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Join Brandeis faculty online to explore contemporary and historical topics ranging from the arts, world affairs, cultural studies and more. These interactive programs offer a unique opportunity to engage, reflect and ask questions of some of your favorite professors and experts, and to join an intellectually engaged community of lifelong learners. Explore webinars on career topics with the Hiatt Career Center or continue your professional studies with Brandeis University's Graduate Professional Studies division, offering 12 fully online part-time master's degrees and professional development programs.

Upcoming Online Courses

Prof. Sabine von Mering

May 10 - 25

Good News About Climate Change from Europe and Beyond

Sabine von Mering, Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Center for German and European Studies and affiliate faculty, Environmental Studies Program.

Climate change is a human-made problem, but that means the solutions to this problem will also have to be human-made. Many people have long been working on this, especially in Europe, but also here in the United States. This course outlines initiatives, enterprises, policies, and creative projects aimed at solving the climate crisis. Learn about the goals of the Paris Agreement, and Germany’s national Energiewende (energy transition) project. Examine case studies with proposed solutions to the climate crisis from across the European continent.

Course description: This two-week course includes two online meetings with a lecture by Professor von Mering. Each meeting is preceded by short activities, required readings, and a movie, which will enrich the discussion to follow Professor von Mering’s presentation.

Please note: Course enrollment period is closed. 

View the welcome video

View the course overview

Prof. Peter Kalb

June 11 - 25

Life Into Art: A History of Contemporary Art, Part 1

Peter Kalb, Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art

This art history survey offers an introduction to contemporary art rooted in the historical context of the mid-to late-20th century. Explore the work of artists who came of age in the aftermath of the Second World War. With their eyes trained on the intersections of aesthetics, politics, history, and the economy, two generations of artists established the foundations of the art world as we know it today. Learn about the transformation of art-making during the volatile decades of the 1960s and early 1970s. Future iterations of this course will examine art at the turn of the millennium.

Register by June 1

Course description: Each week includes an online meeting with Professor Kalb. The topics will be presented in two self-paced modules, which will be made available over the course of two weeks. The course will remain open beyond the first two weeks so that you may review and/or continue to advance through the short lectures and readings. The course includes a series of videos and readings, a class discussion, online meetings and quizzes.  

Enrollment: Class size is limited to 25 participants.

View the course overview

Online Lecture

Jonathan Sarna

June 25, 12 - 1 p.m. EDT

Bernstein and the Boston Jews

Jonathan D. Sarna '75, MA '75, University Professor and the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein at 100 with Professor Sarna as he explores the early years and influences of the acclaimed American composer and conductor. 

This lecture seeks to place Leonard Bernstein within the context of the Boston Jewish community in which he was raised. It was at Boston's Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the family's synagogue, where Bernstein first encountered serious music. He was particularly influenced by Prof. Solomon Gregory Braslavsky, the music director and organist of Mishkan Tefila, whose influence on the young Bernstein was far greater than previously recognized.  In 1973, Bernstein wrote to Braslavsky, "[I] never forget the tremendous influence you and your music made on me when I was a youngster."  As we shall see, Bernstein meant what he said.  

Learn more about Bernstein and the Boston Jews

Register by June 10

Tuition/Fees: Online courses are $125 per course. Online lecture fee is $15.  

Career Webinars

Hiatt Career Webinars

The Hiatt Career Center sponsors a monthly career webinar series, open to the full Brandeis community, featuring expert presenters and topics that appeal to alumni of all ages and stages. Live webinars are typically held on weekdays at 12 noon ET. More than 50 webinars are archived online for viewing 24-7. Topics include career transition, personal branding and networking, job search strategy, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship and more.

Credit and Professional Studies


Brandeis University's Graduate Professional Studies division offers 12 online master's degrees in applied fields, a graduate certificate program in Learning Analytics, and opportunities for professional development through individual online graduate-level courses. View Spring courses and Future Students information.

Around Campus Links


Brandeis University is home to three university-wide centers of inquiry and twelve interdisciplinary research centers/institutes focused on issues of global significance. They range from the study of regional economic trends to the study of international justice. Visit Global Brandeis for more information or view a complete listing of Brandeis Centers and Institutes.

View the latest videos, lectures and news from Brandeis Centers and InstitutesBrandeisNOW Multi-Media and Brandeis YouTube.


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Alyson Saykin
Director, Special Programs