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  • Hortense Spillers and Shoniqua Roach
    Hortense Spillers, PhD’74 and Shoniqua Roach discuss black women, black feminism and justice on May 11. 
  • Bob Woodward and Michael Horowitz
    A conversation with Bob Woodward and Michael Horowitz ’84 is one of the many landmark events at Alumni College this year. 

Enjoy Alumni College 2021 online!

Explore timely topics with Brandeis faculty and alumni speakers at Alumni College 2021 online! All alumni, parents, friends, Brandeis National Committee (BNC) and BOLLI members are invited to join the sessions.

Alumni College 2021 Schedule

April 29, 2021

Join two Alumni Achievement Award 2021 recipients, microbiologist Susan Weiss ’71 and immunologist Drew Weissman ’81, MA ’81 P’15, in a discussion moderated by bioethicist Art Caplan ’71, to explore the groundbreaking research that led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. 12-1:30 p.m. ET 

May 4, 2021

Join Julian Zelizer ’91, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and Leah Rigueur, the Harry Truman Associate Professor of History at Brandeis, for a dialogue about the significance of the American presidency and leadership, especially during times of crisis. 7-8:30 p.m. ET 

May 11, 2021

Join Professors Hortense Spillers, PhD ’74, an American literary critic, Black feminist scholar, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University and Brandeis University Alumni Achievement Award recipient, and Shoniqua Roach, assistant professor of African and African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for an intimate conversation about past, present and future possibilities for Black Women, Black feminism and justice. 4-5:30 p.m. ET.

May 19, 2021

Explore the life and legacy of iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe with Roxana Robinson, author of the definitive biography, “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life” and Nancy Scott, O’Keeffe scholar and professor of fine arts at Brandeis. Moderated by Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman ’1912-1:30 p.m. ET

May 25, 2021

Join Harvard University Government Professor Michael Sandel ’75, MA’75, HHL’00 and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Friedman ’75, HHL'88 for a discussion about the inherent problems with meritocracy. Can American citizens rise above their “uncivil war,” redefine success, and approach the concept of the common good? 4-5:30 p.m. ET

May 27, 2021

Explore the creative genius of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with Gannit Ankori, noted Kahlo scholar, Brandeis professor and the Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum. 12-1:30 p.m. ET

June 11, 2021

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward and Inspector General Michael Horowitz ’84 of the U.S. Department of Justice for a discussion of seeking truth in our current era and the challenges facing journalists and government watchdogs who seek to carry out their oversight responsibilities. Moderated by associate professor and American Studies Chair Maura Jane Farrelly. 12-1:30 p.m. ET

June 22, 2021

Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Endowed Chair in the Humanities, explores what we can learn from the distant Roman past about some of our most critical concerns today, from clean water to the importance of trash and waste removal. 12-1:30 p.m. ET

June 30, 2021

Join Professors Harleen Singh, Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) director and associate professor of South Asian Literature and Women’s Studies, and Rajesh Sampath, associate professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change at the Heller School, for a discussion about the role of Dalit women in India’s Anti-Colonial movement, their participation in modern Indian government, and their conflicted status in Indian society. 12-1:30 p.m. ET

For more information about Alumni College 2021, email To learn more about Alumni Weekend 2021, please refer to the Alumni Weekend FAQs.