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Dear Reader 

The Judges seems an appropriate 
name for the athletic teams of 
a university named for a Supreme 
Court justice. The student 
newspaper, the Justice, follows the 
same model. When I was a 
freshman, The Supremes gave 
a concert in the gym, but I think 
that was just a coincidence. 
Still, there is an obvious theme 
here into which owls do 
not readily fit. Yet, an owl is our 
University's mascot. 

Owls are wondrous birds, 
able predators without whom 
we would easily be up to 
our collective eyeballs in rodents. 
I know how well they control 
the mouse, vole, shrew, and rat 
populations — the squirrel, 
rabbit, and skunk populations, 
too, to a lesser degree — because 
I have often taken inventory 
of the contents of their pellets, 
an activity much akin to 
a small-scale archaeological dig. 

Large owls, like the great horned 
owl and the barred owl, both 
common to our area, tend to 
swallow their smaller prey whole. 

Their digestive systems dissolve 
and absorb the edible parts, while 
the hair and bones, cleaned to 
perfection and packed into thumb- 
sized pellets called castings, 
are regurgitated about eight hours 
later. Piles of castings near the 
base of a large tree will reveal not 
only an owl's favored roost, but 
a menu of available prey species. 
Entire disarticulated skeletons, 
skulls and all, are to be found 
within the castings and provide 
incontrovertable evidence of 
each owl's prodigious pest-control 
contribution and its inap- 
propriateness as a household pet. 

Owls' flight feathers are built for 
silent flight. Their prey, even 
the most keen of hearing, are deaf 
to the dire approach. The night 
vision of owls is exceptional; 
their eyes take up an extraordinary 
proportion of their skull cavity. 
They are admirable birds, but they 
are undeserving of their reputation 
for wisdom and intelligence. 
On the avian roster of prodigies, 
they fall pitifully far below ravens, 
crows, and jays. They are not 
nearly as smart as wild turkeys. 

So, how is it that an owl came 
to be the mascot of Brandeis 
University? One might easily 
assume that, despite the 
exposition of some smarty-pants 
editor, owls are traditional 
symbols of wisdom, as are judges. 

and since it is far easier to 
graphically represent an owl than a 
judge, the owl is a logical choice. 
But while that may be true, it is not 
the reason. 

The origin of the owl as our mascot, 
legend has it, goes back to the 
very infancy of Brandeis University 
when the relics of Middlesex 
University were still warm to the 
touch. One such relic was a wishing 
well (see this issue's "Then and 
Now") in which hung a caged owl. 
Early students considered the 
bird as something of a Campus pet 
until local authorities got wind 
of the whole thing and quickly put 
an end to that flagrant violation 
of the Migratory Bird Act. 
After the owl flew the coop, as it 
were, it was decided to memorialize 
it in caricature. Thus was born 
our mascot. Any first-hand 
validation of this account will be 
greatly appreciated. 

Be sure to look on page 3 for 
the details of a highly pertinent 
contest that could well be 
dubbed an artistic "talon show." 


Brandeis Review 


Cliff Hauptman '69, 
M.F.A, 73 

Vice President tor 
Public Affairs 

Michal Regunberg 72 

Assistant Editor 

Audrey Griffin 

Editorial Assistant 

Veronica Blacquier 

Alumni Editor. Class Notes 

Catherine R Fallon 

Staff Writers 

Stephen Anable 
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Design Director 

Charles Dunham 

Senior Designer 

Sara Beniaminsen 

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Volume 15 
Number 1. Fall 1994 
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Fall 1994 

Brandeis Review 

Volume 15 

Number 1 


The new Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems presents 
a new way of doing science 

Cliff Hauptman '69, M.F. A. 73 18 

Dino Don '73 

The founder of The Dinosaur 
Society roamed Brandeis 
more than two decades ago 

Marjorie Lyon 


Beats and Bytes 

Interactive Kerouac in 

the artistry of Fran Forman '67 

Cliff Hauptman '69, M.F.A. 12, 28 

Catskiil Culture 

A sociologist and former 

hotel waiter serves up 

a history of "the Borscht Belt" 

Phil Brown, Ph.D. '79 


Five members of the 
early science 
faculty in Ford Fiall, 
February 1953. 
Back row, left to 
right: Robert L. 
Edwards, instructm 
in zoology; 
Carl J. Sindermann, 
instructor in 
biology; Samuel f. 
Golub, assistant 
professor of biology. 
Front row, the 
owl, title unknown; 
Albert G. Olsen, 
instructor in biology. 


Faculty and Staff 


2 Books 


5 Then and Now 


16 Alumni 


Class Notes 



Liz Fassler '95 

There's a secret each year at 
Brandeis that is kept as 
guarded as the formula for 
Coca Cola or Queen 
Elizabeth's private tele- 
phone number. And Liz 
Fassler, the coordinator of 
orientation at Brandeis, was 
one of the few people to 
know it. 

Fassler headed a committee 
in charge of welcommg new 
students that was 180- 
members strong. She was 
inspired to volunteer for 
this demanding assignment 
by her own freshman 
orientation experience. 

"I'm a triplet," says the 
Portland, Connecticut, 
native. "One of my sisters 
went to Penn and the other 
came with me to Brandeis. 
But we agreed that we'd 
have separate lives at 
college, so when she left my 
room for her own dorm that 
first day here, I felt 
completely alone. We'd 
been best friends; we'd 
never been separated for 
more than two weeks. 

That's when the orientation 
team made such a difference 
for me. They stopped me 
from being lonely by getting 
me involved in activities 
and introducing me to 
campus life. They were just 
wonderful, so helpful and so 

Fassler wanted to replicate 
that warm, accepting feeling 
for the members of the new 
freshman class. "For me, 
now, volunteering for 
orientation is a great way to 
give back to the University. 
Each year, the color of the 
shirts the volunteers wear is 
different and is kept secret 
until it's time for the 
program to begin. This year 
it was yellow. It's really fun 
to wear that orientation 
staff shirt for that whole 
week, to help people 
become accustomed to 

Orientation started the 
Sunday before Labor Day. 
(Earlier, there were special 
programs for minority 
students.) Two-hundred 

Liz Fassler (far right) 
with some members of her 
Orientation team 

people applied for the 1 80 
volunteer slots to help with 
the program. "We had to 
turn volunteers away," 
Fassler laughs. Fassler 
recently attended a regional 
conference for orientation 
directors, where she picked 
up some new ideas, 
including some interactive 
events. "One of the most 
successful things we did 
this year was to hold a 
scavenger hunt around 
Boston," Fassler says. 
"Students had to retrieve 
things, like five napkins 
from five different 
restaurants at Quincy 
Market — and learn bits of 
obscure information, like 
the names of famous artists 
carved into the wall of the 
Boston Public Library. It 
was a great way to 
introduce students to the 

Fassler is a psychology and 
history major. Her ties to 
Brandeis began when her 
older brother enrolled at 
the University. Later she 
participated in Summer 
Odyssey, a Brandeis science- 
study program for gifted 
high school students, held 
on campus. Fassler took 
marine biology and creative 
writing and discovered 
that, unlike the rest of her 
family, she was not a 
scientific person, but she 
was attracted to the course 
offerings and small size of 
Brandeis and was impressed 
by the University's 
reputation and the 
friendliness of the campus. 

The academic experience 
has proven as stimulating as 
she's expected. History 
Professor David Hackett 
Fischer's courses — The 
American Revolution and 
Slavery and the American 
Civil War — have been 

especially intriguing to 
Fassler "because of the way 
he makes history come alive 
with the anecdotes he tells 
about the past." 

Fassler takes full advantage 
of the cultural opportunities 
of the Boston area, going to 
the ballet, the Museum of 
Fine Arts, and Quincy 
Market. She also ventures 
north to ski. 

After Brandeis, Fassler hopes 
to enter the "Teach for 
America" program. She says, 
"It's a new organization that 
was started by recent college 
graduates, a kind of teachers' 
Peace Corps for the United 
States. They train new people 
with bachelor's degrees, then 
place them in school districts 
that really need teachers, 
places like East L.A. They 
pay you a beginning teacher's 
salary and while you work, 
you earn your teaching 

Eventually, Fassler would 
like to attend law school, 
then work as an advocate for 
the rights of disabled 
children. She discovered her 
talent for working with 
children when she was 16. "I 
took a job with handicapped 
kids at a summer camp. It 
gave me a great feeling, 
knowing that I was helping 
them. Helping people is a big 
part of what makes me tick — 
helping them succeed and 
feel good about themselves." 

To stay involved with the 
younger generation, Fassler 
works on campus at the 
Lemberg Children's Center. 
She says, "Watching kids 
grow and learn is a great 
feeling. If I can teach one 
thing to one kid, that makes 
me feel terrific, just knowing 
that I've had some part in 
making someone grow." 

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Applications Yield 
Impressive Results 

A student from California 
traveled to the Dominican 
Republic to help build a 
much-needed hospital 
outside Santo Domingo. 
One from Maine produces 
bare bones budget horror 
films in his spare time. 
Another from California has 
won awards for both figure 
and freestyle skating. They 
are this fall's freshmen 
students — the Brandeis 
Class of 1998— and they 
break the mold of the 
"Generation X" myth by 
being aware, creative, 
and involved. 

They were selected from the 
largest applicant pool in the 
University's history. They 
represent 37 states and 40 
foreign countries. Many are 
from New England and the 
Middle Atlantic states, but 
increasing numbers are 
from the West, particularly 
California. The seven 
percent of international 
students come from all over 
the world — from 
Argentina to Nepal, from 
Sri Lanka to Ghana. 

Their academic 
achievements are impres- 
sive. A Justice Brandeis 
Scholar from California will 
be the first person in his 
family to attend college. 
This son of Mexican 
immigrants, who partici- 
pated in summer science 
enrichment programs at 
Brandeis and Phillips 
Academy, has done 
extensive laboratory 
research on AIDS. Another 
Californian is a Bible 
scholar who placed second 
in a national Bible contest, 
then went on to represent 
the United States in an 
international competition 
held m Israel. A young New 
York woman studied 
butterfly behavior at a 
summer science program at 
the University of Texas 
zoology department. And a 

Pennsylvania native won 
her state's Junior Academy 
of Science State Fair for her 
research on the effect of 
rainwater pH levels on the 
roots of food crops. 

Many incoming students 
have performed outstanding 
acts of community service. 
A young man from 
California won the Los 
Angeles Times Volunteer of 
Distinction Award for 
contributing 1,450 hours of 
community service; he 
donated the award's $5,000 
prize to the American Red 
Cross. A young woman 
from Washington, D.C., 
headed the committee that 
organized SHADES 
(Students Helping to 
Advance Diversity and 
Ethnic Understanding), a 
conference with workshops 
on violence in the streets, 
African-American culture, 
and race relations. And a 
young man from Iraq, a 
Kurd exiled by the fighting 
in his country, volunteered 
with the United Nations 
Commission for Refugees. 

An impressive collection of 
athletes arrives with the 
Class of 1998, including an 
Illinois woman who is the 
number one foil fencer in 
her state, among the top 10 
in the Midwest, and ranks 
30th in the nation. A 
student from Missouri won 
a gold medal in the 
National Russian 
Olympiada. And a Martha's 
Vineyard, Massachusetts, 
native was halfback on a 
state championship football 
team while serving as editor 
in chief of a nationally 
recognized high school 
literary magazine. 

Student interest in the arts 
runs high. A Missouri 
vocalist sang in the St. 
Louis Children's Choir for 
nine years, appearing with 
the St. Louis Symphony in 
Carnegie Hall and 
throughout Europe. A 
Florida actor won numerous 

awards after honing his 
skills at the Northwestern 
University High School 
Institute for Drama and the 
Williamstown Theater 
Festival at Williams 
College. Musicians include 
a bassoonist from New York 
who played for the 
Manhattan Symphony Pre- 
College Orchestra and a 
young man from Vermont 
who was principal violist 
for both the Vermont Youth 
Orchestra and the All-State 

Students' hobbies and 
avocations vary. A young 
man from Maryland won 
first place in a worldwide 
competition for developing 
his human-powered 
submarine. A New York 
computer whiz/ 
entrepreneur created an 
electronic bulletin board 
serving over 150 users in 14 
states and several foreign 
countries. A young 
Nebraskan served as a cadet 
commander in the Civil Air 
Patrol, competing in 
national competition on the 
military drill team and 
earning the prestigious 
Earhart Award. And a New 
Jersey environmental 
activist was the leader of 
her school's environmental 
group and worked as an 
intern at the National 
Marine Fisheries 

This is a small sampling of 
the diverse, talented group 
of young men and women 
who unpacked their 
belongings this fall to begin 
their four years at Brandeis 
as the Class of 1998. 
Congratulations to all — and 

Update the Owl 

Brandeis Proiect Prideis 
sponsoring "Design Our 
Mascot," a contest to create a 
new design of the University 
mascot for the Brandeis 
community. Open to all 
Brandeis alumni, Trustees, 
faculty, staff, and students, 
creations should be based on an 
owl, and the winner will be 
displayed on clothing and on a 
banner in the sports center. 

Entries must be received by 
December 21, 1994. 

JFor more information, the rules 
^f the contest, and an entry 
form, please contact Senator 
lanet Lipman at the Brandeis 
[Student Senate, Usdan 38, 
|p.O. Box 9110, Wahham, 
Massachusetts 02254-91 10, or 
call 617-736-3760. 

3 Fall 1994 

Boston Globe Cites 
Heller as Straight Path 
to Jobs 

Applications open 
for Mortimer 
Traveling Fellowships 

The Heller School's 
Master's in Management of 
Human Services Program 
was lauded as a sure way to 
secure higher-level and 
better-paying jobs in a 
recent Boston Globe Living 
With Work column. 

In September, the program 
started evenmg courses 
offering the same degree and 
almost the same curriculum 
as the full-time program. 
"Students can now continue 
earning while learning," 
said column writer Juliet F. 
Brudney, who interviewed 
many of the program's 1992 
graduates. She wrote: 

"Andrew Roberts dropped 
out of college, took an 
entry-level job working 
with emotionally disturbed 
teenagers. 'It made me feel 
good, but after three years I 
realized I needed a college 
degree to get anywhere.'" 

After earning a B.A. from 
Brandeis, he entered the 
Heller program. 

"Several months before 
completing the program 
Roberts was hired as a part- 
time research assistant by 
Join Together, his current 
full-time employer, a 
national foundation/ 
resource center for 
communities fighting 
substance abuse. He's now 
assistant to the director. 
'Heller's the East Coast 
social welfare Mecca. The 
part-time job came from 
telling faculty I was 
interested in substance 
abuse policy. They said talk 
to an adjunct professor. He's 
now my boss.'" 

Roberts started Harvard 
Business School this fall for 
an M.B.A. Other graduates 
told Brudney the Heller 
program applies technical 
knowledge to practical 
situations, an invaluable 

Completing the evening 
degree takes two-and-a-half 
to four years, compared 
with 15 months for the full- 
time, daytime program. A 
bachelor's degree and 
"significant work 
experience and a 
commitment to human 
services" are required. 

An employment consultant 
and author, Brudney said, 
"daytime students have 
included work force 
reentries, up-the-ladder 
aspirants, career-changers 
from the profit to nonprofit/ 
public sector, and the 
unemployed, or soon-to-be. 
About two-thirds are 
women. A substantial 
number are minorities." 

Class of 1995 of Brandeis 
are invited to make 
application for the 
Mortimer Hays-Brandeis 
Traveling Fellowship 
program. Three fellowships 
in the amount of $12,000 
each are awarded annually 
to students wishing to 

the visual 
including ; 

. eiiGwsnips are awaraea to 

one year beginning July I, 

1 995, and ending June 30, 

1 996. The application 
deadline is January 31, 
1995. To be eligible an 
individual must have 
received an undergraduate 
degree no more than thrci 
years prior to the start o* 

university, i-iai 

Universitv, National 

Deaf at Rochester Institute 

4 Brandeis Review 

Faculty and Staff 

Senior Development 
Vice President Named 

Nancy Kolack Winship 

Husband and Wife to 
Teach Against 
Domestic Abuse 

President fchuda Remharz 
has announced the 
appointment of Nancy 
Kolack Winship as senior 
vice president for 
development and alumni 
relations. Formerly the vice 
president for endowment 
and development at the 
Comhined lewish 
Philanthropies (CIP), 
Winship assumed her duties 
at Brandeis in October. 

During her tenure at CJP, 
Winship IS credited with 
building an endowment, 
planned giving, and donor 
research department, and 
helping to raise several 
seven-figure gifts for the 
first time in the 
organization's history. She 
also serves as a fundraismg 
consultant to many Boston- 
area organizations, 
including the Rashi School, 
Temple Israel, Harvard 
Hillel, and Hebrew College. 
She is a member of the 
National Committee on 
Planned Giving and the 
Planned Giving Group of 

New England. Winship has 
a B.A. degree from the 
University of Massachusetts 
and was a Ph.D. candidate 
at Harvard University in 

She fills the position held 
by Daniel J. Mansoor, who 
resigned in May to become 
the executive vice president 
of the American Friends of 
Hebrew University. At the 
Brandeis Development 
Office, total voluntary 
support for the fiscal year 
ending June 30 was more 
than $33.2 million. 

A husband-and-wife team are 
teaching a group of Brandeis 
students how to stop 
domestic abuse against 
women and children. Bonnie 
Zimmer and (ames Ptacek 
have dedicated their lives to 
preventing domestic abuse. 
Zimmer is a clinical social 
worker with a background in 
women's health. Ptacek is a 
sociologist, university 
lecturer, and group 
counselor. They are a marital 
balancing act; Ptacek works 
mainly with male batterers 
and Zimmer concentrates on 
victims and survivors. 

The Women's Studies 
Program at Brandeis offers 
the course/internship on 
preventing domestic violence 

against women and 
children. In addition to 
classroom sessions, the 15 
students will spend about 
10 hours a week in the field. 
They are putting in time at 
programs for men who 
batter, battered women's 
shelters, rape crisis centers, 
courts, child assault 
prevention programs, and 
hospital-based programs 
linking services to abused 
children and women. 

"It's a time of life when 
students are really open to 
learning about social 
problems," Zimmer said. 
"The lessons of domestic 
abuse are that violence 
knows no class boundaries, 
from the wealthiest to the 
poorest of us, women are 
being beaten and killed." 
Ericka Tavaies 

James Ptacek and Bonnie 

5 Fall 1994 

New Tenure-Track 

New Data 
Support Link 
Between Aluminum 
and Alzheimer's 

Gerald Fasman, Louis and 
Bessie Rosenfield Professor 
of Biochemistry, and his 
colleagues have recently 
discovered new data that 
supports a possible link 
between aluminum and 
Alzheimer's disease (see 
Spring 1992 issue of the 
Brandeis Review, Toward a 
More Gentle Night: Seeking 
a Cure for Alzheimer's). The 
research led the group to 
conclude that limiting 
human exposure to high 
aluminum concentration 
might reduce the incidence 
of Alzheimer's disease and 
other aluminum-related 
neurodegenerative diseases. 

"Our research gives 
credence to the proposition 
that aluminum plays a role 
in Alzheimer's disease," 
Fasman says. "Minimizing 
aluminum intake or 
removing it from the body 
may serve as a preventive 
measure in reducing 
Alzheimer's." As a result of 
acid rain, aluminum is 
found in drinking water 
today at levels at least 20 
times higher than 20 years 
ago. Limiting exposure to 
aluminum is a difficult 
task, but, according to 
Fasman, a medicine may be 

developed that will remove 
It from the body and reduce 
the probability of the aged 
developing Alzheimer's 

The group synthesized 
portions of brain cell 
proteins most affected by 
Alzheimer's. Using calcium 
and aluminum ions for the 
experiment, Fasman 
determined that aluminum 
may play a role in the 
formation of tangles, 
insoluble proteins that are 
characteristic of the 
neurodegenerative disease. 
More importantly, the 
changes in the protein shape 
caused by the calcium ions 
could be chemically 
reversed, and the effects of 
the aluminum ions could 
Traci Massaio 

In a hiring season that 
University administrators 
are calling extraordinarily 
fruitful, nearly 20 new 
faculty members have been 
appointed to tenure-track 

Susan Birren, assistant 
professor of neurobiology 
and Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems, 
received her Ph.D. from the 
University of California-Los 
Angeles. Birren is a 
molecular biologist whose 
research attempts to 
understand the genes and 
growth factors that play 
roles in the determination 
of cell fate during the 
development of the 
mammalian peripheral 
nervous system. She has 
been a U.S. Public Health 
Service/NRSA Predoctoral 
Trainee and was a Damon 
Runyon-Walter Winchell 
Cancer Research Fund 
Postdoctoral Fellow at the 
California Institute of 
Technology before coming 
to Brandeis. 

Gianni De Nicolo, assistant 
professor of economics, 
received his Ph.D. from the 
University of Minnesota. 
De Nicolo's expertise is in 
the areas of monetary 
theory, financial economics, 
and empirical finance. His 
dissertation was a 
contribution to studies of 
contractual arrangements 
between banks and 
depositors which provide an 
optimal allocation of risk 
and guarantee stability of 
banking systems. For the 
last three years, he has been 
a research assistant at the 
European University 
Institute and a lecturer at 
the University of Rome. 

Dana Gordon, assistant 
professor of chemistry, is an 
organic and synthetic 
chemist with expertise in 
carbohydrate chemistry. He 
received his Ph.D. from 
Oxford University. After 
being a National Science 
Foundation Predoctoral 

Fellow and University 
Fellow at Oxford, he held a 
two-year National Cancer 
Institute Postdoctoral 
Fellowship at Harvard 
University before coming to 

Arthur Holmberg, 
instructor in theater arts, 
received his M.A. from 
Harvard University and is a 
doctoral candidate in 
comparative literature at 
Harvard. His expertise is 
American drama and theory 
of drama with an interest in 
Hispanic and Latin 
American theater and ritual. 
The author of An Eye with 
a Mind of Its Own: The 
Theater of Robert Wilson 
and U.S. editor of World 
Encyclopedia of 
Contemporary Theater, 
Holmberg is former director 
and dramaturge of the 
American Repertory 
Theater and a theater critic 
and former editor of ART 
News. Upon receipt of the 
Ph.D., he will assume the 
rank of assistant professor. 

Paul Jankowski, who has 
been a lecturer in the 
history department for the 
past four years, has just 
successfully competed for 
the tenure-track position in 
20th-century French history 
and been named assistant 
professor of history. He 
received his D.Phil, from 
Oxford University. A 
historian of modern France 
between the two World 
Wars, he is the author of 
Communism and 
Collaboration: Simon 
Sabiani and Politics in 
Marseille 1919-1944. His 
work has been supported by 
the National Endowment 
for the Humanities, 
American Philosophical 
Society, American Council 
of Learned Societies, and 
the Centre National de la 
Recherche Scientifique. 
Jankowski is currently 
working on a book about 
the nature and function of 
scandal in French politics 
and society during the Third 

6 Brandeis Review 

Michael Kahana, assistant 
professor of psychology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, received 
his Ph.D. from the 
University of Toronto. 
Kahana is a cognitive 
psychologist with interests 
in human memory and 
learning and mathematical 
modeling. He has just 
completed a postdoctoral 
fellowship at Harvard 
University supported by a 
National Institutes of 
Health Individual National 
Research Service Award. 

Ann Koloski-Ostrow, 
assistant professor of 
classical studies, received 
her Ph.D. from the 
University of Michigan. 
Koloski-Ostrow, who has 
been a lecturer at Brandeis 
since 1985 and recipient of 
the 1988 Louis Dembitz 
Brandeis Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching, has 
just successfully competed 
for the tenure-track position 
in classical archaeology. 
Her special interests are 
Roman and Greek art and 
archaeology and Latin and 
Greek language and 
literature. She is the author 
of The Sarno Bath Complex, 
a comprehensive study of an 
enormous Pompeian 
apartment complex-cum- 
bath consisting of over 100 
rooms on six levels. In 
1992, she received a Marion 
and jasper Whiting 
Foundation Grant and is 
currently a Trustee of the 
Vergilian Society of 
America. Koloski-Ostrow 
has just won a Bunting 
Fellowship to pursue her 
research on social customs 
related to matters of health 
and sanitation in antiquity. 

Melissa Moore, assistant 
professor of biochemistry 
and Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, received her Ph.D. 
from the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 
Moore researches the 
molecular mechanisms of 
mammalian pre-mRNA 
splicing, an essential step in 
gene expression. Her 
research has been supported 
by a National Science 
Foundation Predoctoral 
Fellowship and a Helen Hay 
Whitney Postdoctoral 
Fellowship. Moore, who 
comes to Brandeis after four 
years as an American 
Cancer Society Postdoctoral 
Fellow at the MIT Center 
for Cancer Research, has 
just been named a Searle 

Yitzhak Nakash, assistant 
professor of modern Middle 
Eastern studies in the 
Department of Near Eastern 
and Judaic Studies, received 
his Ph.D. from Princeton 
University. A historian of 
the modern Middle East, 
Nakash has just published 
The Shi' is of Iraq. The first 
comprehensive work on this 
subject, it challenges the 
widely held belief that the 
culture and politics of Iraqi 
Shi'is reflect Iranian Shi'ism 
and illustrates the power of 
the modern state to shape 
and control even such basic 
social phenomena as 
religious identity and its 
expression. Nakash's 
research was supported by 
Rothschild, Fulbnght, and 
DAAD fellowships and a 
grant from the American 
Historical Association. 

Sacha Nelson, assistant 
professor of biology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, is a 
neurobiologist whose 
expertise is in cellular 
systems and computational 
neurobiology. He received 
his M.D. and Ph.D. from the 
University of Califorma-San 
Diego. His research interest 

is understanding the 
cellular and circuit-level 
properties that underlie the 
stimulus specificity of 
single neurons in the 
mammalian visual cortex. 
He comes to Brandeis after 
being a National Institutes 
of Health Postdoctoral 
Fellow at MIT. Nelson 
assumes a halftime 
tenure-track assistant 

Michael Randall, assistant 
professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
received his Ph.D. from 
Princeton University. 
Randall's expertise is the 
I6th century, with 
particular interest m logic, 
theology, and literature of 
the late medieval-early 
French Renaissance. He is 
completing Back to the 
Future: Analogical 
Discourse in the Early 
French Renaissance, which 
uses the works of three late 
authors to illustrate how 
contemporary nominalism 
undermined possibilities for 
substantive, essential 
allegorization as it had been 
practiced in the I3th and 
I4th centuries. 

Ruibao Ren, assistant 
professor of biology and 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center, 
received his Ph.D. from 
Columbia University. After 
training as a physician at 
Beijing Medical University, 
Ren pursued graduate 
studies in molecular 
biology. His interest is the 
mechanism of signal 
transduction in regulating 
cell growth and 
differentiation, especially 
the analysis of intra-cellular 
signalling pathways that 
result m cancerous cell 
growth. He comes to 
Brandeis supported by the 
Howard Hughes Medical 
Institute after completing a 
postdoctoral fellowship at 

Rockefeller University 
supported by the Cancer 
Research Institute. 

Faith Smith, instructor in 
African and Afro-American 
studies and English and 
American literature, 
received her M.A. from 
University of Wisconsin. 
She is a doctoral candidate 
at Duke University, writing 
a dissertation examining 
19th-century Caribbean 
intellectual life with special 
reference to constructions 
of Africa; Pan-African 
nationalism; the 
relationship to Victorian 
ideologies of race, nation, 
and gender; and the 
recontextualization of 
20th-century post-Colonial 
writing. Smith will assume 
the rank of assistant 
professor in both 
departments upon receipt 
of the Ph.D. 

Gina Turngiano, assistant 
professor of biology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, received 
her Ph.D. from the 
University of California-San 
Diego. She is a 
neurobiologist whose 
expertise is in cellular 
systems and computational 
neurobiology. She has been 
a National Institutes of 
Health Postdoctoral Fellow 
at Brandeis since 1990. Her 
research interest is to 
determine the molecular 
mechanisms by which 
activity is able to regularize 
the intrinsic electrical 
properties of neurons and to 
understand how such 
processes help to shape the 
activity of intact neural 
circuits. Turrigiano assumes 
a halftime tenure-track 
assistant professorship. 

7 Fall 1994 

Three Promoted to 
Full Professorships 

The Board of Trustees 
announced the promotions 
of Arthur Lewbel, Dagmar 
Ringe, and Malcohn Watson 
to the position of full 

Professor of Economics 
Arthur Lewbel's research 
has established him as the 
leader of the current 
generation of demand- 
system economic 
researchers. He works in 
three general areas: 
econometrics, or the 
statistical methods used for 
analyzing economic data; 
consumer demand theory, 
which deals with how 
people allocate their 
budgets into large categories 
such as food versus 
clothing; and aggregation 
theory, which concerns the 
links between aggregate 
data and data on individual 
firms and people, and how 
the behavior of individuals 
translates into aggregate 
data over time. Much of his 
work involves designing 
sophisticated computer 
models for the analysis of 
economic data. 

Lewbel received grants from 
the National Science 
Foundation for his research 
and funding from the 
Department of Health and 
Human Services. He 
received his Ph.D. from 
MIT. He has published 
dozens of articles on 
economic theory and is 
associate editor of three 
economics journals, 
including the Journal of 
Applied Economics. 

Dagmar Ringe, professor of 
biochemistry, chemistry, 
and Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, is a structural 
biologist and protein 
crystallographer whose area 
of expertise is the solution 
and interpretation of crystal 
structures pertinent to 
enzyme mechanisms. Her 
path-breaking work in 
determining the atomic 
structure of proteins and 
designing active site- 
directed inhibitors led 
Ringe to develop a method 
of mapping the complete 
binding surface of any 
crystalline protein. Her 
work has been published 
widely in scientific 
journals, and has been 

supported by the National 
Institutes of Health, the 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 
the National Science 
Foundation, and Procter and 

She was the first recipient 
of the Margaret Oakley 
Dayhoff Award for 
Outstanding Performance in 
Research from the 
Biophysical Society and has 
published dozens of articles, 
two book chapters, and 
translated a chemistry 
volume. Ringe received her 
Ph.D. from Boston 

Professor of Psychology 
Malcolm Watson is a 
developmental psychologist 
whose research with young 
children ranges from the 
value and use of toys to the 
comfort children find in 
fantasy. He is especially 
interested in children's 
individual development as 
influenced by outside 
factors such as family 
events and parenting styles. 
Recently, his research has 

Dagmar Ringe 
Malcolm Watson 
Arthur Lewbel 

focused on antecedents of 
aggression in children. 
Along with two former 
students, he conducted the 
first study to assess the 
relationship between long- 
term toy gun play in 
preschoolers and aggression 
(see Summer 1994 issue of 
the Brandeis Review. Toy 
Gun Play and Aggression). 
Watson's work on 
preschoolers' reactions to 
divorce, sexual abuse, and 
family conflict, supported 
by the MacArthur 
Foundation, spans areas 
such as social psychology, 
clinical psychology, and 
aesthetic development. He 
recently received a grant 
from the National Institute 
of Health and Human 
Development to study 
antecedents of aggression in 

Watson received his Ph.D. 
from the University of 
Denver. In 1982 he was the 
first recipient of the 
Michael L. Walzer '56 Prize 
for Excellence in Teaching. 
He is coauthor of New 
Directions for Child 
Development: Children's 
Perspectives on the Family. 
and 10 chapters in 
psychology books, as well as 
numerous articles and 

8 Brandeis Review 

Robert Manners 
Honored by 

On October 13th, friends, 
students, and family 
members joined colleagues 
in paying tribute to Robert 
A. Manners, professor 
emeritus of anthropology, 
for his many years of 
service to the University as 
well as his scholarly 
contributions to the field of 

The occasion was marked 
by a conference in the 
afternoon during which two 
of Manners' former students 
delivered papers on 
anthropological topics. 
Herbert S. Lewis '55, who is 
currently professor of 
anthropology and director of 
the African studies program 
at the University of 
Wisconsin-Madison, spoke 
"On the Parlous State of 
Anthropology Today" and 
Lawrence Rosen '63, 
currently professor and 
chair of the anthropology 
department at Princeton 
University, spoke on 
"Defending Culture; The 
Law's Use of 'Culture' and 
the Cultural Defense Plea." 

In the evening, after a 
reception and dinner 
attended by almost 100 
persons from various parts 
of the United States as well 
as Puerto Rico, several 
friends and colleagues 
offered informal 
recollections of Manners' 
career and contributions to 
the discipline. He was then 
presented with a bound 
volume of selections from 
his writings. The 
establishment of the Robert 
A. Manners Award was 
announced by Robert N. 
Zeitlin, chair of the 
anthropology department. 
The evening concluded with 
some remarks by Professor 

Manners came to Brandeis 
in 1952, the year of the first 
graduating class. At the time 
there were no departments 
at the University, only four 
schools. As the University 
grew, departments were 
established, first a combined 
department and later, in 
1958, a separate 
anthropology department 
over which Manners 
presided as the department's 
first chair. This was one of 
several stints as 
departmental chair. It was 
under his guidance that 
graduate studies in 
anthropology were 
inaugurated in 1959. 

professional journals. He 
has done field research in 
Puerto Rico, among the 
Indians of the American 
Southwest, in the British 
Caribbean, and among the 
Kipsigis of East Africa. He 
served as editor in chief 
of the American 
Anthropologist, the official 
journal of the American 
Association, from 1973 to 
1975 and was president of 
the Northeastern 
Association in 1978-79. In 
addition to the many years 
he taught at Brandeis, 
Manners was also a visiting 
professor at various other 

Bob Manners (right) 
jokes with Director 
of the Transitional 
Year Program 
Tony Williams at the 

Manners was always one of 
the most popular classroom 
teachers in the department. 
His effectiveness as an 
educator received 
recognition when the Class 
of 1955, at one of its 
Reunions, selected him as 
the most outstanding 
teacher they had had during 
their days at Brandeis. 
Professionally, Manners has 
published, singly or in 
collaboration, nine books 
and numerous articles in 

institutions, among them 
Harvard and Columbia 

Manners became an 
emeritus in 1979. He has, 
however, maintained an 
office at Brandeis and 
continues to be active in 
departmental and University 

9 Fall 1994 

New Faculty 

Revolutionaries for a 
Modern Day Movie 

A handful of Brandeis 
graduate students has been 
resurrecting the dead this 
summer. Their professor, 
award-winning historian 
David Hackett Fischer, 
asked them to research the 
lives of various 
revolutionaries in his 
acclaimed nonfiction 
bestseller Paul Revere's 
Ride to round out how they 
will be portrayed on the 
silver screen; Paramount 
Pictures and Kennedy/ 
Marshall bought the feature 
film rights to the book. 

Graduate student Martha 
Gardner of Brookline, 
Massachusetts, has been 
researching Prudence 
Cummings Wright, the wife 
of a leading Pepperell, 
Massachusetts, townsman. 
When the men of Pepperell 
marched off to battle, the 
women organized 
themselves into a military 
company and elected 
Wright captain. Dressed in 
their husbands' clothing, 
they guarded a bridge and, 
at gunpoint, captured a Tory 
named Captain Leonard 

Another female 
revolutionary being 
researched is Rachel Walker 
Revere. Like a detective, 
graduate student Jenny Hale 
Pulsipher of Belmont, 
Massachusetts, searched 
state and city archives, 
historical and genealogical 
societies, and church 
histories to uncover clues 
about Paul Revere's second 
wife. "I found out that she 
was just as ardent a patriot 
as Paul Revere was. She's in 
Boston, he's on the outside, 
and he's trying to get her 
and the family out," 
Pulsipher said. "He's 
bribing British officers, 
sending veal. She's taking 
beer and wine to the junior 

Graduate student Jeffrey 
Kahana of Somerville, 
Massachusetts, is looking 
into Paul Revere's legal 
dealings and has uncovered 
several incidents, including 
a fist fight with a neighbor, 
while fellow student 
Nicolas Bloom of 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 
is tracking down leads on 
African- American 
participation in the war. 
Fischer said some of the 
students had uncovered 
important details and 
stories that would be useful 
for the film. "This job 
encourages them to think in 
terms of presenting history 
to a large public." 
Ericka Tavaies 

Among the new faculty 
appointed this fall are a 
scholar of German, a former 
associate dean of Bryn 
Mawr College, and an 
expert on the teaching of 

Stephen Dowden, associate 
professor of German, 
received his Ph.D. from the 
University of California- 
Berkeley. Dowden comes to 
Brandeis after spending the 
year in Germany on a 
Humboldt Fellowship and 
nine years as a member of 
the Yale faculty, where he 
was Director of the Summer 
German Language Program 
and Director of Graduate 
Studies in the German 
Department. He is the 
author of Sympathy for the 
Abyss: A Study in the 
Novel of German 
Modernism, Understanding 
Thomas Bernhard, 
Hermann Broch: Literature, 
Philosophy, Politics, and is 
currently at work on The 
Origin of German 
Modernism: From Goethe 
to the Modern Novel. 

Richard Gaskins, professor 
of American studies and 
director of legal studies, 
received his Ph.D. and J.D. 
from Yale University. 
Gaskins designed and 
implemented a successful 
Law and Social Policy 
Program at Bryn Mawr 
College for 10 years, where 
he also served as Dean of 
the Graduate School of 
Social Work and Social 
Research. He comes to 
Brandeis after acting as 
Associate Dean at the New 
School for Social Research. 

His range of interests and 
knowledge include law, 
public administration, 
economics, and social 
welfare. He is the author of 
Environmental Accidents: 
Personal Injury and Public 
Responsibility that 
discusses the limits of the 
American legal system with 
respect to victims of 
environmental disasters and 
Burdens of Proof in Modern 
Discourse that analyzes 
rules of litigation and the 
implications of such public 
policy issues as race and sex 

Victor Luftig, associate 
professor of English and 
American literature and 
director of University 
writing, received his Ph.D. 
from Stanford University. 
After administering the 
Freshman English Program 
at Stanford University, 
Luftig was codirector of the 
Bass Writing Program and 
director of the Writing 
Intensive Program at Yale 
University. Based on his 
experience designing and 
administering traditional 
first-year English courses as 
well as writing courses that 
are both discipline-specific 
and cross-disciplinary, he 
has recently authored 
Writing for College Courses: 
Disciplinary Modes and 
Models. Luftig's Seeing 
Together: Friendship 
between the Sexes in 
English Writing from Mill 
to Woolf is a study of 
heterosexual friendship in 
19th- and 20th-century 
British literature. Luftig 
coedited a special issue of 
the fames foyce Quarterly 
and is currently at work on 
Poetry and Idiom in 
Contemporary Culture: 
Irish Instances. 

10 Brandeis Review 

Faculty Notes 

Jeffrey Abramson 

professor of politics, had his 
book, We. the Jury: The fury 
System and The Ideal of 
Democracy, published by 
Basic Books. 

Pamela Allara 

assistant professor of fine 
arts and Petrie Term 
Assistant Professor, had her 
article, "Mater of Fact: 
Alice Neal's Pregnant 
Nudes," published in 
American Art, the scholarly 
journal of the National 
Museum of American Art, 
Smithsonian Institution. 

Bernadette Brooten 

Myra and Robert Kraft and 
Jacob Hiatt Associate 
Professor of Christian 
Studies, co-led a conference 
at the Protestant Academy 
of Hofgeismar, Germany, 
addressing the problem of 
feminism facing anti- 
Semitism especially in the 
German churches. 

David Buchsbaum 

professor of mathematics, 
was appointed to the 
Berenson Chair in 
Mathematics. The Berenson 
Chair was established in 
1984 by the Theodore W. 
and Evelyn G. Berenson 
Charitable Foundation for 
an academician in the 
mathematics department 
"widely known and well 
respected in academic 
circles and by members of 
his or her scholarly 

James Callahan, Ph.D. 

human services research 
professor and director. 
Policy Center on Aging, 
received a 25-year 
membership award from the 
American Society for Public 
Administration at its 
National Training 
Conference, Washington, 
D.C., for management of 
the Massachusetts Medicaid 
Program at the Department 
of Elder Affairs and the 
Department of Mental 

Eric Chasalow 

assistant professor of 
composition, was awarded 
the International Society for 
Contemporary Music Prize 
for 1994 for his 
composition, First Quartet, 
for string quartet. The 
piece, premiered last 
November by the Lydian 
String Quartet, will be 
performed in New York 
City during the concert 
season. This Way Out for 
tape was performed during 
the First Annual Brazilian 
Symposium on Computer 
Music. Also, two other 
works. Over the Edge for 
flute and tape and Fast 
Forward for percussion and 
tape were released on two 
CDs by the Society for 
Electro-Acoustic Music in 
the United States. 

Jon Chilingerian 

associate professor of 
human services 
management, was elected 
chair of the Health Care 
Division of the Academy of 

Jacques Cohen 

Zayre/Feldberg Professor of 
Computer Science and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was the 
invited panelist m a 
conference organized by the 
National Science 
Foundation m Snowbird, 
UT, congregating the 
principal investigators of 
large equipment grants 
awarded by the foundation. 
Cohen and James Storer 
professor of computer 
science and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems, were the co- 
principal investigators in a 
one million dollar grant 
awarded to Brandeis for the 
purchase of supercomputers 
to be used in the Volen 

Peter Conrad 

Harry Coplan Professor of 
Social Sciences, presented 
"Emergency Medicine as 
Community Medicine" at 
the World Congress of 
Sociology in Bielefeld, 
Germany. Also he presented 
"Has the Gene for 
Alcoholism Been 
Discovered Three Times 
Since 1980? A News Media 
Analysis" at the meetings of 
the Society for the Study of 
Social Problems in Los 
Angeles. He was also 
elected president-elect of 
the Society for the Study of 
Social Problems. 

David Eisenbud 

professor of mathematics, 
has been selected as a co- 
director of a semester-long 
program on Riemann 
Surfaces^ hosted by the 
Centre Emile Borel, a 
mathematics research 
institute, of the Institut 
Henri Poincare in Paris 
while he is on sabbatical for 
the 1994-95 year. 

Edward Engelberg 

professor of comparative 
literature and European 
cultural studies, received 
the 1994 Brooklyn College's 
Distinguished Alumnus 
Award of Honor. 

Gordon Fellman 

associate professor of 
sociology, delivered two 
papers: "On the Adversary 
Compulsion," at the annual 
meetings of the Consortium 
on Peace, Research, and 
Education Development in 
Minneapolis and "On Peace 
Studies and Activism" at 
the War and Peace section 
of the annual meetings of 
the American Sociological 
Association in Los Angeles. 
He was also one of the 
facilitators at the 
innovative ASA Presidential 
address/discussion. He 
published an op-ed piece, 
"The Sins of Kirkpatrick," 
in The Boston Globe which 
was reprinted in The Jewish 
Journal oj Greater Los 

William Flesch 

associate professor of 
English and American 
literature, wrote the 
chapter, "De Man and 
Idolatry" in Tainted 
Greatness: Antisemitism 
and Cultural Heroes, 
published by Temple 
University Press. 

Gregory L. Freeze 

professor of history, 
directed a National 
Endowment of Humanities 
"Summer Seminar for 
College Teachers" held in 
Moscow that provided an 
opportunity to research 
newly declassified archives. 
He is also the chief editor of 
the "Russian Archive 
Series," which has 
published guides to secret 
archives and secret files for 
Stalin, Molotov, Beria, and 
other leaders. 

Lawrence H. Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor in American 
Civilization and Politics, 
testified as vice chair of the 
U.S. Commission on 
Immigration Reform before 
the Senate Judiciary 
Committee regarding 
immigration policy. Prior to 
that, the Commission met 
in Washington for executive 
sessions and held public 
hearings in Lowell, MA. His 
work on immigration policy 
was mentioned in the New 
York Times, U.S.A. Today. 
the Los Angeles Times, the 
Washington Post, and other 
newspapers. His article 
Multiculturalism and 
American History" 
appeared in The National 
Forum and his review of 
Douglas Massey's American 
Apartheid appeared in The 
American Journal of 
Sociology. He helped to 
design a new National 
Endowment of Humanities 

11 Fall 1994 

program entitled "A 
National Conversation: 
What does It Mean to Be an 
American'" to be launched 
nationally. He was the 
keynote speaker at the 
Hubert Humphrey Institute 
Policy Forum in 
Minneapolis speaking on 
"The American 
Community: Melting Pot or 
Boiling Point:" and he also 
spoke at the National 
Symposium on Civil Rights 
at the Balch Institute m 
Philadelphia on "The 
Changing Meaning of Civil 
Rights: 1964-1994." 

Andrew Hahn, Ph.D. '78 

associate dean for external 
affairs, human services 
research professor and 
director, Program on 
Innovations, was elected 
chair of the advisory board 
to the new International 
Center for Residential 
Education, a Washington- 
based group promoting 
healthy youth development 
through residential 

Milton Hindus 

emeritus professor of 
humanities, has been 
named editor of The Library 
of Conservative Thought by 
Transaction Publishers; the 
board of editors of 
Humanitas; and a 
contributing editor of 
Modern Age. 

Barbara Hyams 

lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
German, is contributing 
coeditor of a collection of 
scholarly articles entitled, 
Jev\^s and Gender: 
Responses to Otto 
Weininger. In addition to 
coauthoring the 
introduction and translating 

two articles on "Weininger 
and the German novel" and 
"Weininger and Kafka," 
Hyams wrote an article on 
"Weininger and Nazi 

Morton Keller 

Samuel I. and Augusta 
Spector Professor of 
History, delivered a paper 
on "American Liberalism, 
1865-1940" at the annual 
convention of the 
Organization of American 
Historians, Atlanta. He 
served as member of the 
National Council for 
History Standards, 
overseeing preparation of 
national standards for World 
and U.S. History in primary 
and secondary schools. His 
book. Regulating a New 
Society: Public Policy and 
Social Change in America, 
1900-1993, was published 
by Harvard University 

Thomas King 

assistant professor of 
English and American 
literature, delivered a talk 
on the castrato Farinelli, 
"'Divine Ravishment' or 
'Unmeaning Motion'-: 
Aristocratic Melancholy 
and the Sweet Pipes of 
Eunuchs," at the 
Association for Theatre in 
Higher Education in 
Chicago. He published 
"Performing 'Akimbo'; 
Queer Pride and 
Epistemological Prejudice" 
in The Politics and Poetics 
of Camp edited by Morris 

Marty W. Krauss, Ph.D. 

associate professor and 
director, Starr Center for 
Mental Retardation, 
coedited Life Course 
Perspectives on Adulthood 
and Old Age published by 
the American Association 
on Mental Retardation, 
Washington, D.C. 

Mary Lowry 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
spent a residency at the 
Barter Theater in Virginia 
playing the role of Birdie in 
The Little Foxes and 
originating the role of Ruth 
Cole in the premiere of 
Three To Get Ready. 

Melissa J. Moore 

assistant professor of 
biochemistry, was named a 
Searle Scholar by the 
Chicago Community Trust. 
Brandeis will receive a 
three-year grant of $180,000 
to support her research. 

Paul Morrison 

associate professor of 
English and American 
literature, wrote the 
chapter, "lewspapers": Ezra 
Pound, Poststructuralism, 
and the Figure of the Jew in 
Tainted Greatness: 
Antisemitism and Cultural 
Heroes, published by 
Temple University Press. 

Jessie Ann Owens 

associate professor of 
music, was awarded a 
National Endowment of 
Humanities Summer 
Seminar grant for her course 
on analyzing early music. 

Marilyn Ranker 

Saltzman Visiting Artist in 
Fine Arts, had her work 
entitled, "The Sculpted 
Image," shown at the Millis 
Gallery of the Boston 
Center of the Arts in the 
South End of Boston. She 
was the recipient of a 
Sachar Grant, which 
supported in part, the 
creation of her new work. 

Benjamin Ravid '57 

(ennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
presented a paper on 
"Inquisition and Martyrdom 
on the Renaissance and 
Early Modern Iberian and 
Italian Peninsulas" at a 
symposium on 
"Martyrdom: Past and 
Present," at Smith College. 
Also, he has been appointed 
assistant treasurer of the 
Association for Jewish 

Shulamit Reinharz, M.A. 
'69, Ph.D. '77 

professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program, delivered the 
following invited lectures: 
"Faye Berger Karp: 
Synthesizer Par Excellence" 
for the Social Psychology 
Section and "Gender Issues 
in Sociological Methods" at 
the Sex and Gender Section 
Preconference Workshop of 
the American Sociological 
Association at the annual 
meetings in Los Angeles; 
"Combining Jewish Studies 
and Women's Studies" and 
"Overcoming Inaccuracies 
in Contemporary Writing 
on Manya Wilbushewitz 
Shohat" at the Workshop on 
Contemporary Jewish 
Civilization at the 
International Center for 
University Teaching of 
Jewish Civilization in 
Jerusalem. She has been 
appointed chair of the 
National Commission on 
American Jewish Women. 
In addition, she has raised 
sufficient funds to launch 
an Internship Program in 
the Prevention of Violence 
against Women and 
Children that is part of the 
Women's Studies Program 
and uses both work in the 
field and classroom 

1 2 Brandeis Review 

Nicholas Rodis 

professor of physical 
education, attended a 
meeting of the Sports 
Regulations Commission of 
the International University 
Sports Federation in 
Brussels to discuss 
regulations for the World 
University Summer and 
Winter Games and other 
World University Sports 

Myron Rosenblum 

Charles A. Breskin Professor 
of Chemistry, traveled to 
Israel and to Moscow, 
where he lectured at the 
Haifa Technion, the 
Weizmann Institute of 
Science, Tel Aviv 
University, and the Russian 
Academy of Sciences- 
Nesmeyanov Institute of 
Organoelement Compounds 
on "Face-To-Face 
Metallocenes: Synthesis, 
Structure and Properties." 

John Schrecker 

associate professor of 
history, was invited to the 
Third International 
Symposium on Sino- 
German Relations in Berlin 
where he presented a paper, 
"The First Chinese Embassy 
to Germany; The 
Burlmgame Mission in 
Berlin, 1869-70." 

James H. Schuiz 

Ida and Meyer Kirstein 
Professor for Planning and 
Administration of Aging 
Policy, presented a series of 
lectures, sponsored by the 
World Bank, on "aging, 
pensions, and social policy" 
to the Ministry of Social 
Protection in Belarus. 

Barry Snider 

professor of chemistry, was 
selected by the American 
Chemical Society to receive 
the 1995 Arthur C. Cope 
Scholar Award, a $25,000 
unrestricted research grant, 
m recognition of his work 
in organic chemistry. 

Gary Taylor 

professor of English and 
American literature, wrote 
the program notes for the 
Royal Shakespeare 
Company production of 
Henry V. 

David Wilson 

artist-in-residence in 
lighting and sound, spent 
his fifth year as resident 
lighting designer at the 
Central City Opera, Central 
City, Colorado. The 
productions included 
Manon. La Boheme. and 
The Vagabond King. He 
also developed and 
organized the first 
educational design seminar 
for Varilite moving lighting 
fixtures, which took place 
at Spingold Theater with 
lighting technicians and 
designers from across the 


Harris Faigel, M.D. 

director of health services, 
was elected a Fellow of the 
American College Health 
Association at its annual 
meeting. He was recognized 
for his contributions to the 
association and to college 
health. Faigel, the author of 
numerous articles on issues 
affecting the health of 
college students, chairs an 
ACHA committee on 
national health care reform, 
and has been a leader in its 
response to federal 
proposals that could impact 
health services for college 

Carolyn Locke 

associate dean of arts and 
sciences for graduate 
education, served as the 
chair of the Massachusetts 
State Planning Committee 
of the American Council on 
Education National 
Identification Program for 
the Advancement of 
Women in Higher 
Education Administration. 

Ann C. Schaffner 

assistant director for the 
Science Library, has been 
appointed cochair of the 
Association of College and 
Research Libraries Science 
and Technology Section's 
Publisher/Vendor Relations 
Committee and also serves 
on the Library Advisory 
Board for the Institute of 
Physics. Her article, "The 
future of scientific journals: 
lessons from the past," 
appeared in Information 
Technology and Libraries. 

Judith Sizer 

associate general counsel, 
was appointed the new 
chair of the College and 
University Law Group of 
the Boston Bar Association. 

Brandeis University 

inauguration of the 

;ommunity in celebra^ 
the inauguration of Jeh 
Reinharz, Ph.D. 72, as the 
seventh President of 
Brandeis University. 

Hold the Date 

Sunday, April 9, 1995 

3:00-4:30 pm 

Brandeis University 
Waltham, Massachusetts 

A. reception will follow the 

13 Fall 1994 

The Very Model 

of a Teacher Professorial 

by John F. C. Wardle 

(with apologies to W. S. 

It is a little known truth 
that physicists will burst 
into song at the least 
provocation. Such was the 
case at a retirement party 
held in October 1993, to 
celebrate the career of Jack 

S. Goldstein, professor, 
dean, astrophysicist, 
colleague, friend, and 
teacher extiaoidinaiie. 
Colleagues, past graduate 
students, and wives joined 
boisterously in the chorus. 

led by the chairman of the 
department's thin baritone, 
and accompanied fairly 
accurately by Professor Larry 
Abbott on the piano. 


He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 

He propagates his knowledge at both lecture and tutorial 

He knows his stellar structure and the data spectroscopical 

And lectures on disasters from both long ago and topical.' 

He's very good at calculus and problems different-i-al 

And solves Maxwell's equations for the vector of potent-i-al 

At many-body problems he's both clever and quite practical 

With answers that explain to us the shape of things 



with answers that explain to us the shape of things 


with answers that explain to us the shape of things 


with answers that explain to us the shape of things galactic- 



He carried out with skill and verve the office of the deanery' 
And his bow ties did beautify the academic scenery.^ 
In short, in matters clerical and in all things sartorial, 
He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 


In short, in matters clerical and in all things sartorial. 
He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 


His mastery of English bears no cliche or verbosity. 

He riddles all his writing with linguistic virtuosity; 

His book on Zacharias is profound and quite definitive," 

With ne'er a dangling partic'ple nor single split infinitive. 

He lectures on how things go wrong in cases real and 


Enticing students into math and arcana statistical, 

'bout falling bridges, Chernobyl, and other things 


In ways that entertain but in a manner quite didactical. 


In ways that entertain but in a manner quite didactical 
In ways that entertain but in a manner quite didactical 
In ways that entertain but in a manner quite didactic- 


He was the chairman two times of the physics professoriate. 

And kept the peace between us all in ways we had to glory 


In writing memoranda and in things conspiratorial. 

He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 


In writing memoranda and m things conspiratorial. 
He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 

14 Brandeis Review 


He shoots a lot, his photos hang up in the science lihrary,-' 

He hkes a beer and holds quite dear occasional imbibery. 

He welcomes new ideas without nerves or fretting tizzycal; 

He's learning still, with eager will, things radio 


And when he knows just what we mean by radio flux 


And studies quasars with his mathematical propensity, 

And when he's learnt alt-azimuth from mountings 


We'd say there never was a better teacher professorial. 


We'd say there never was a better teacher professorial 
We'd say there never was a better teacher professorial 
We'd say there never was a better teacher professori-orial... 


Yet still his search for knowledge is both plucky and 


His wisdom reaches far beyond the finish of this century; 

And in all matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 

He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 


And in all matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
He is the very model of a teacher professorial. 




PHSC 7b, Technology and 
Public Risk, PHSC 9a. The 
Dilemma of the Nucleus: 
From X-rays to Chernobyl, 
see the Bulletin for further 

One of his major research 
mterests has been stellar 
dynamics and the evolution 
of clusters of stars. 

3. Dean of Graduate School. 
1972-74: Dean of Faculty, 

4. Still wears them. 

5. A Different Sort of Time: 
the Life of lerrold R. 
Zacharias. bv fack S. 
Goldstein, MIT Press, 1992. 

6. See footnote 1. 

7. There is one in the Museum 
of Fine Arts, too. 

8. The author of this doggerel 
is still hoping to collaborate 
with the subject on 
research in radio 

9. Different ways of building a 
radio telescope. 

John F. C. Wardle is a 
professor of astrophysics 
at Brandeis University 
who, while displaying the 
often remarkable 
versatility common 
to a large percentage of 
Brandeis faculty, has 
been frequently advised 
not to quit his day job. 

15 Fall 1994 


Alumni, Parents, 
Friends Help 
Launch Drive for 
Science Library 

Three hundred alumni, 
parents, students, staff, and 
friends of Brandeis have 
helped the Brandeis 
University National Women's 
Committee get off to a 
roaring start on its program 
to fund the expansion of the 

Attendees of the dedication 
ceremony search the 
Science Library courtyard 
for the names of loved ones. 
At right, BUNWC President 
Belle furkowitz '55 
(left) and Eleanor Shuman. 
national chair of the 
Pathways program, cut the 
ribbon at last summer's 
dedication ceremony. 

16 Brandeis Review 

Gerstenzang Science 
Library. The Women's 
Committee honored these 
charter members of its 
"Pathways to the Future" 
program at a special 
ceremony last summer. 

For a gift of $1,000 donors 
can designate a name to be 
engraved on a brick in the 
courtyard that links the 
new Benjamin and Mae 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems to the 
Science Library. Many 
contributors to "Pathways" 
have used this opportunity 
to permanently link their 
names to Brandeis or to 
honor or memorialize a 
spouse, parent, child, 
'grandchild, or other family 
member or friend. 
Donations will endow the 
purchase of scientific 
research journals and create 
a state-of-the-art electronic 
resource center in the 
Science Library. 

\11 parts of the Brandeis 
lamily joined in the effort to 
make this program's first 
year a success. Among first- 
year donors were alumni 
Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 
President of Brandeis, and 
National Women's 
Committee President Belle 
Jurkowitz '55. Others 
included University 
Trustees, members of the 
administration, and parents 
of students — from recent 
graduates to incoming first- 
year students. 

One donor used "Pathways" 
to honor a dear friend who 
died recently. Another made 
three gifts in her name and 
the names of her two 
sisters, and these three 
bricks are together in the 
Brandeis courtyard. Many 

groups are pooling 
donations to honor friends 
or family members who 
have a strong connection to 

In its first year, "Pathways" 
raised $260,000, contribut- 
ing to the record $3,313,928 
collected through the wide 
variety of programs that 
the National Women's 
Committee sponsors. 

The second year of the 
program is off to a strong 
start, with plans for a 
second dedication ceremony 
during the Women's 
Committee's national 
conference next June. 
Actual construction on the 
multi-phased expansion of 
the Science Library is 

scheduled to begin in the 
spring of 1995. Describing 
expansion plans. University 
Librarian Bessie Fiahn said, 
"We have strong collections 
and a tradition of service, 
but we have outgrown our 
facility. The science library 
was built at a time long 
before computers came into 
our daily lives. The 
requirements of a science 
library are very different in 
the new electronic age. To 
meet the needs of our 
world-renowned scientists, 
we must design a state-of- 
the-art library that will 
facilitate their work." 

Information on "Pathways" 
is available from the 
National Women's Com- 
mittee at 617-7364160. 

r dfi.B. K S'lBOV 

Dedication of the 
Hazel and Joseph 
Conference Room 

The Hazel and Joseph 
Schwartz Conference Room 
in the University's newest 
science facility, the Benjamin 
and Mae Volen National 
Center for Complex Systems, 
was dedicated on Sunday, 
September 11, in a late 
afternoon ceremony. As sun 
filtered through the half 
moon cascade of windows, a 
plaque was unveiled naming 
the Hazel and Joseph 
Schwartz Conference Room. 

Some 75 friends and family 
members filled the room to 
capacity, listening intently to 
a short program including a 
speech by President Jehuda 
Reinharz, and comments by 
Linda Rosenbaum, the 
Schwartz's daughter, and 
Rabbi Michael Menitoff of 
Congregation Mishkan Tefila 
of Newton. 

Labor Department 
Awards $2 iViiliion 
in Contracts to 
Center for Human 

"Joe Schwartz, together with 
his beloved wife and 
helpmate. Hazel, has always 
taken to heart the biblical 
injunction to love thy 
neighbor as thyself. The 
presence here today of so 
many of Joe and Hazel's 
friends and family is 
testimony to the love, 
affection, and respect which 
all of you feel for Joe, and 
the warm and loving 
memory in which Hazel is 
held," said President 
Reinharz. He presented Joe 
Schwartz with an engraved 
bust of Louis D. Brandeis. 
Also to honor the occasion, 
Reinharz announced that Joe 
and Thelma Linsey, close 
friends of the Schwartz's 
who attended the ceremony, 
made a gift of a "paver" in 
memory of Hazel Schwartz 
to the National Women's 
Committee. A reception 
followed in the lobby outside 
the conference room. 

Brochure Now 

The Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations, in 
conjunction with the 
Office of Publications, has 
recently produced an 
elegant brochure entitled 
Expanding Possibilities. 

The piece features written 
profiles of several valued 
benefactors accompanied by 
the stunning photographic 
portraiture of Gabriel 
Amadeus Cooney. 
The brochiu-e also lists the 
Endowed Scholarships, 
Endowed Fellowships, and 
Named Endowed Library 


available to Brandeis ' 

undergraduate and graduate 

students and provides 

information on how to 

create one of these vital 


For a complimentary copy 
of Expanding Possibilities, 
call the Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations at 617-736-4000. 

Brandeis's Center for 
Human Resources has been 
awarded $2 million in 
contracts from the U.S. 
Department of Labor to 
evaluate its national 
summer youth employment 
program and to provide 
technical assistance to 
cities in the department's 
Youth Fair Chance 
Initiative. The principal 
investigator for both 
projects is the Center's 
director, Susan P. Curnan. 

To evaluate the summer 
program, the Center will 
work with SPR Associates, 
the lead contractor and a 
nationally recognized 
research firm in Menlo Park, 
California. The three-year 
initiative will include a 
study of the impact of the 
summer program on the 
academic and work-related 
skills of the young people in 
the program, ages 14 to 21. It 
will include case study 
analysis of the design and 
operation of programs at 30 
selected sites. This 
evaluation will draw heavily 
on the Center's experience 
in a related project. Summer 
Beginnings, which is a 12- 
city network of summer 

work and learning programs 
the Center created and 
managed under a separate 
Labor Department contract. 

To provide training and 
technical assistance to 
cities in Youth Fair Chance, 
the Center for Human 
Resources will work with 
lead contractor KRA Corp. 
of Washington, and Abt 
Associates Inc., of 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
Youth Fair Chance is a $50 
million, 16-city program to 
establish comprehensive, 
community based education 
and employment strategies 

for low-income youths ages 
16 to 29. For five years, the 
Center, KRA Corp., and Abt 
Associates will provide 
assistance to each city's 
local governing boards, 
program management, and 
staff on program design and 
local governance issues. 

The Center is one of the 
nation's leading research, 
training, and policy 
development organizations 
in the fields of youth 
development, employment, 
and education. As part of 
The Heller Graduate 
School, the Center's 
mission is to improve the 
quality of employment and 
education services. 

17 Fall 1994 



ss^lready attracting the worldVVii^K 

brightest students and faculty, Brandeis's 
new Volen Center is recognized by 
scientists around the world 
as a cutting edge institution, transforming 
the way we think of science. 

by Cliff Hauptijian '69, 

ists, all trying to figure 
ut how the human brain 
jorks. Imagine, though, that 
lach of them is approaching 
he subject from a different 
ingle. Each has a unique 
Mispecialty. Each has a world- 
class mastery of some 
singular aspect of the 
^^-^immensely complex subject. 

J/ Appreciate, too, if you can, 
the enormity of the concept 

I that the smallest new 
observation and insight of 
each scientist is almost 
certain to be of some 
importance, is likely to open 
yet farther some small 
window, may even serve as a 
significant leap in at least 
one other scientist's work 

think about how essential it 
would be to ensure the 
greatest possible opportunity 
for communication among 
those scientists, how 
desperately important it is 
that they interact and share 
expertise. Imagine \ti^ 
extraordinary possibim; 
foment hew ideas. Imagine 
the potential for 
breakthrough knowledge. 

The Benjamin and Mae Volen 
National Center for Complex 
Systems is such a place. It | 
has already spawned dozeris 
of stories of whlQh this. 


I^ibriefly, is but one: a 
neuroscientist who studies 
the brain at the most basic 
level, a level that deals 
with single molecules jind 
how they send sigmj 
to their neighbors, olserved 
an interesting property in 

one of the molecules he was 

Studying. Out at the water 
fountain in the hall outside 
his lab, he ran into a fellow 
scientist, a biologist, 
who studies neural networks 
^on a theoretical level. In 
other words, he creates 
.^computer models of bunches 

„,bf cells, which themselves 
are groups of the molecules 
studied by the neuro- 
scientist. The neuroscientist 
told the biologist about his 
'Observation, not necessarily 
because he thought 
it would be of any specific 
use to him, but because 

4^ they both happened to be the 

'^'participants in a chance 

meeting of two intellectually 
vigorous scientists with 
a common interest in the 
workings of the brain, and 
they were both thirsty at 
the same time. The biologist 
carried that bit of information 
back to his lab and 
passed it along to another 
neuroscientist with 
whom he worked. She is 
an experimentalist in the area 
of neural networks, which 
means that she often 
creates experiments in which 
the biologist's theoretical 
models can be tested on 
living tissue. She observed 
the same phenomena in a 
neural network that the other 
neuroscientist observed 

on the molecular level. Then, 
a post-doctoral student froni 
that same lab began talkl""- 
about the observation wli,, ^ 
yet another biologist whose^:)^^ 
interest is in the nature c 
memory, and they discusse 
the implications of the 
observation and how Jt miflj 
lead to models of shf^^v^ 
term memory. That biologis 
discussed with a 
psychologist in the building ''^.- 
the studies that had been 
done in the field, prompt^ 
the psychologist to explore, ^ 
from the top down, an : 

idea whose seed had grown^ 
from the bottom up. Within 
a matter of only months,gfl 
an idea went from the ^ 
study of a single moleculV 
to studies involving a huma 
subject. There was a ^ 
seamless flow of ideas. Tjil 
Center worked as planneoR 

och a place, available not only for 
e work of established scientists 
but also for the teaching of students, 
Professor of Psychology Arthur 
Wingfield, a member of the Center 
whose research in speech recognition 
has led him into an exploration of the 
effects of aging on memory, as well 
as insights that may lead to a better 
understanding of such diseases 
of the elderly as Alzheimer's, has this 
to say: "I think for our undergraduates 
fto see this easy interaction among 
faculty whose parent disciplines 
are experimental psychology or 
physics or biology, interacting and 
talking meaningfully about common 
topics,. teaching them the 
valuable lesson that science goes 
or should go where the questions 
are and not be bounded by arbitrary 
departmental lines." 

Brandeis is truly producing a new 
breed of scientist, unfettered by the 
more traditional, department-based 
disciplines. Real life, after all, is 
not so neatly divided. It is, rather, 
^rn\A/HoH intn tho fuzziness of edges. 

Ecologists, in fact, will recognize 
in the innovative composition 
and orchestration of the Volen Center, 
a most enticing analog to the 
natural world. 

Ecologists are familiar with a concept 
known as edge theory. It reveals a 
more diverse aggregation of lifeforms 
at the margins of an environment than 
within the pure environment itself. 
More importantly, it exposes a greater 
biodiversity at edges where two 
distinct environments meet than in the 
two environments separately. The 
edge where a meadow abuts a marsh, 
for example, contains species from 
the meadow, the marsh, and species 
unique to marsh/meadow edges. 
In other words, something new 
is created at the interface, something 
made possible wholly through the 
act of interfacing. A potent application 
of intellectual edge theory is alive 
and thriving in the Volen Center. 

The Center is the brainchild of Arthur 
Reis, associate provost of Brandeis 
University. Reis had developed, in the 
early 1980s, a series of lectures 
on Campus for high school students. 
"And many of the faculty in the School 
of Science," recalls Reis, "talked 
to students for an hour, an hour and 
a half, brought them back to their 
laboratories, showed them what they 
did. And I noticed, because I was 
highly involved in that series, that 

many of the faculty on this 
campus were involved in areas of 
neuroscience and advanced 
computation, and many of them 
did not know what others were 
doing, even though we are a very 
small campus." 

In 1986, Reis was asked by then 
President Evelyn E. Handler to 
suggest new initiatives in the School 
of Science, and realized that he 
had come upon an area — specifically 
that of neuroscience, linguistics, 
cognitive science, as well as 
advanced computation— in which 
scientists might benefit merely by 
somehow getting together and talking 
to each other. Initially, the Center 
took shape in the form of retreats and 
seminars, informal luncheons at 

20 Brandeis Revi'e? 

y^ -^^i 

which faculty members from different 
disciplines could share their work. At 
the same time came a formal proposal 
to the federal government followed 
by a group to work on architectural 
plans for the construction of a major 
new scientific center on Campus, 
in which that basic idea of maximized 
communication across disciplinary 
lines could become a working reality. 

On May 15, 1994, the Benjamin and 
Mae Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems officially became 
a physical reality. Faculty from seven 
different disciplines — biology, 
biochemistry, chemistry, physics, 
computer science, psychology, and 
cognitive science and linguistics — 
now share laboratories, lunchrooms, 
water fountains, conversation, and 
ideas within its 60,000 square feet. 

"The building itself is designed in a 
fashion unlike any other building 
around, as far as I know," says Reis. 
"First, it's a place where people 

from all these different disciplines are 
housed. But then they actually share 
laboratories. Four or five departments 
share a floor. There are areas 
within the building where people have 
to bump into each other. There are 
boards — light boards, chalkboards — 
in hallways, seating areas in hallways, 
integration of laboratories, conference 
rooms, and offices." 

The result, as any visitor to the Center 
wandering the halls can easily 
observe, is that people do talk to each 
other, constantly. The chalkboards, 
conveniently located in lunchrooms, 
at water fountains, and near other 
places where a chance meeting might 
occur, are covered with the 
provocative hieroglyphics of point 
and counterpoint. The labs are hives 
of activity. The lunch area, its large 
bay windows providing a lofty vista 

of Chapels Field and the wooded 
hills beyond, buzzes with discussion. 
"We just walk out the door, and 
we're smack into each other in the 
hallways," says Dan Oprian, associate 
professor of biochemistry whose 
laboratory is studying a family 
of proteins in the human retina. 
"What I found is that we spend much 
more of our time talking about 
science, just off the cuff, just having 
an idea and bumping into 
somebody and talking about it..." 

Irving Epstein, provost, senior vice 
president for academic affairs, and a 
Center member whose work in j 

oscillating chemical reactions closely 
ties into the behavior of electrical 
potentials in nerve cells, concurs: "In 
the Center, the people you're likely to 
run into in the hall or in the restroom 
are people who are working — perhaps 
in a different discipline — on problems 
that are so closely related to yours 
ttiat if you tell them about the results 

you've just uncovered in your lab, they 
might well say, That's really 
fascinating because last week I did 
this experiment, and I found such and 
such. And it sounds like it really 
reinforces what you've just found.'" 

The work going on in the Center is 
as exciting as the concept itself. Reis 
likes to explain it this way: "Close 
your eyes and I'll ask you to do certain 
things. I will ask you to remember 
a familiar face: a brother, sister, 
or a grandmother. I will ask you to 
actually experience what roast 
chicken smells like baking in an oven. 
I will ask you to hear the clanging 
of a bell, or I will ask you to feel what 
sandpaper is like. And then I'll 
ask you to open your eyes, and I'll 
say, 'How did you do that? How did 
you, as a living biological entity, have 
these wonderful, complex memories 
of something that you've seen or 
smelled or heard or felt? You're not a 
computer chip. How did you do that?'" 

The people in the Volen Center are 
trying to answer that question at every 
level, from the molecular level of 
ion channels, a series of specialized 
proteins that generate the electrical 
signals basic to all signaling in the 
brain, to how ion channels are packed 
into cells, how those cells are packed 
together to form neural networks, 
how the neural networks form units 
of the brain and nervous system, 
and, finally, how those units manifest 
themselves in such human behavior 
as the acquisition of language 
and the generation of memories and 

emotions. Those explorations are then 
taken one step farther in the Center 
by trying to duplicate what we know of 
the living system into the 
computational world of artificial 

Irwin Levitan, director of the Volen 
Center and the Nancy Lurie Marks 
Professor of Developmental 
Neuroscience, studies ion channels, 
the properties of which are 
fundamental to understanding how the 
brain takes in information, acts on 
that information, and then generates 
output in the form of behavior. "We 
study ion channels by a combination 
of biochemical, molecular, biological, 
and electrophysiological approaches," 
says Levitan. His work puts 
him in close contact with Dan Oprian, 
Larry Abbott, Eve Marder, and John 
Lisman, among others. 

Dan Oprian, mentioned earlier, whose 
work with the light-absorbing 
proteins in the retina has led him 
into the related areas of color 
perception and misperception, finds 
himself incidentally shedding new 
light on the molecular basis for 
retinitis pigmentosa, a devastating 
degenerative disease of the 
retina. Oprian's work keeps him 
in close contact with John Lisman. 

John Lisman, professor of biology, 
has a long-standing interest in 
the study of vision on the most basic 
level, but in ways that differ from 
Oprian's area of expertise. Yet, both 
scientists have recently found 
that their research has implications 
for the understanding of disease. 
Says Lisman: "It's been very exciting 
to see that one's hope, namely that 
basic science will eventually relate 
to the understanding of disease, turns 
out to be very real." Most recently, 
Lisman has turned his attentions 


to the study of memory. His laboratory 
is working in the areas of iong- 
and short-term memory, specifically. 
"What is it that physically changes 
in the mind or in the brain that 
would encode a long-term memory?" 
That area of study creates an 
interface not only with the 
psychologists and computer scientists 
in the Center, but also with Larry 
Abbott and Eve Marder. 

The combined specialties of Larry 
Abbott, professor of biology, and Eve 
Marder, Victor and Gwendolyn 
Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, 
allow them to collaborate on 
understanding how nervous systems 
worl< — how they process information 

and how they adapt to different 
situations. Abbott, a theorist, does 
modeling and computational studies, 
while Marder, an experimentalist, 
works with the living systems. 
Basically, the working relationship 
involves Abbott's taking Marder's 
data and trying to incorporate it into 
his computer models while 
suggesting ways for Marder to test his 
models in her laboratory. They have 
actually succeeded in wiring a 
computer model into a living neural 
network so that changes in the living 
part of the network can be 
observed as a result of controlled 
changes in the computer model. 

James Storer, professor of computer 
science, is working not only on the 
problems of parallel computing — 
large numbers of processors working 
simultaneously — but also on data 
compression and storage. In 
explaining the interface of computer 
science to the life sciences in the 
Center, Storer says that "it's more 
than just computer applications. We're 
talking really about the actual 
computer science interacting with the 
other departments, not just the fact 
that the other departments are making 
use of computers as tools. Computer 
scientists ask, 'How can we make 
computers as smart as brains?' 
And people studying the brain often 
ask, 'How can we use computers 
to model what we think might be going 
on in the brain?"' 

Bob Sekuler, Lois and Frances 
Salvage Professor of Psychology, 
studies the perception of moving 
targets and the parts of our nervous 
systems that are specialized for 
helping us see moving targets 
and judging their direction and motion, 
as well as their likely impact on 
our bodies when they hit us or we hit 
them. "My studies are primarily 
behavioral measurements," he says. 
"We develop special stimuli, patterns 
presented on computer displays 
that are designed to probe the visual 
system in various ways to challenge 
it. And we make measurements, 
usually with normal human observers, 
sometimes with people who have 
had various kinds of brain damage 
that specifically effects their ability 
to judge motion." 

Those faculty members and their 
projects are but a sampling of the 
scientists connected with the Volen 
Center. Yet it takes no great effort 
to see the ready opportunities for 
the expertise of each to productively 
impact the work of the others. 

Arthur Reis says that the goals of 
the Center are three; "One is to really 
understand the brain, intelligence, 
and advanced computing. The second 
is to take what we learn on a very 
basic level and to transfer it to 
understanding areas of medicine 
and disease and areas of developing 
new computers and new software. 
And third is to train students in a truly 
new manner." In its first six months 
of occupancy, the Volen Center 
has already begun accomplishing 
each of its goals, which should come 
as no great surprise to students 
of edge theory. As Arthur Wingfield 
states, "If the interactions continue 
at this rate the way they have been in 
this short time, in 10 years from 
now I can't imagine where we'll be."B 


7 3 

Meandering like 
a IVIesozoic river, 
the career path 
of America's 
foremost authority 
on dinosaur 
hunters proves 
the value 
of a Brandeis- 
style liberal 
arts education. 

The quintessential Brandeis 
graduate might be someone 
who keeps his life open 
to choices, understanding and 
reveling in the 

interconnectedness of different 
disciplines. He would be 
creative, of course, relishing 
the process of breaking 
through to new ways of seeing 
things and then implementing 
the new. Obviously he 
would be a lifetime seeker of 
knowledge, never content with 
the status quo, challenging 
with questions and answering 

with research and discovery. 
And he would strive to 
have a positive effect on 
others, teaching them, perhaps 
profoundly altering their 
perceptions, opening them 
to new horizons. Indeed, 
he would strive to provide 
them with a gift as basic 
and powerful as fuel for love 
of learning. 

Before you say "Aw, c'mon, 
nobody is like that," meet Don 

24 Brandeis Review 

by Marjorie Lyon 

Come visit. Th^kont vestibule, 
filled with soccergfejes, 
sports equipment— RHls 
stuff in disarray— herald the 
ambiance inside. This is 
a comfortable house, complete 
with fluffy little gray and 
white yapping, jumping dog. 
Hike up steep stairs to the 
attic office, and it is exactly 
as you might imagine: 
slanted ceilings, cluttered, 
computer perched amid 
piles of papers, books, and 
strange objects. 

Lessem is a truth-teller who 
wants to clean up 
misconceptions and set the 
records straight, while 
building new discoveries. He 
focuses on those intriguing 
creatures that have captivated 
children for a long time — 
dinosaurs. He holds up what 
looks like a piece of a huge 
bone, smoothed by time, the 
shape of a rib, rounded 
on one side, flat on the other. 
He picks up another jagged 
remnant, its edge dotted 
with tiny holes, like bubbles. 

"One way you tell the fossils 
besides the shape is the 
little holes— the bones are 
spongy," he says. 

Professor? Adventurer? 
He seems a little of each. 
Bushy mustache, tousled dark 
brown hair, tall and 
slender, he is casually 
dressed, relaxed, soft-spoken 
with quiet panache- 
imagine Hollywood meshed 
with a computer whiz kid. 

"A researcher would lick the 
fossils," he is explaining, 
"and see if his or her tongue 
got stuck in all the little holes. 
Then it was clear that it 
was a bone and not a rock." i^ 
He picks up a shiny greenish 
rock embedded with a teardrop 
pattern. "The skin doesn't 
get saved, but the animal gets 
mummified and presses 
down into sand, which hardens 
into rock, and thus the 
imprint," he says. The fossils 
come from places like China, 

25 Fall 1994 

Mongolia, Arctic Alasl<a, Nova 
Scotia, and Montana, 
and Lessem found most of 
them himself. 

"You goto a desert, where 
there's erosion. It keeps wiping 
away into layers, and actually 
if you go back to the same 
site 10 years later, and you've 
run out of bones the first time, 
erosion would have exposed 
a whole new set of bones. 
Intact, a lot of new dinosaurs 
are found by going back 
to old places. Or going to 
the basement of the museum, 
where nobody figured 
out what it was they dug up," 
Lessem explains. 

"They find a new kind of 
dinosaur every seven weeks — 
a whole new kind, not just 
a different specimen. So in the 
last 20 years, since we were 
kids, we have twice as many 
dinosaurs. Now we've only 
found 300. We're talking about 
animals that ran the earth for 
150 million years. So odds 
are there are probably several 
thousand. They have certain 
qualities in common, but they 
can certainly be bizarre. For 
example, one was just found 
with kind of a double mane 
down its back, like a horse but 
bony. And they just found in 
South America what is 
probably the biggest dinosaur 
of all. So every kid learns about 
the biggest dinosaur from a 
book, and the books are very 
quickly wrong," he says. 

Few people have fashioned a 
job like Lessem's. Put yourself 
in his place: focus on 65 
million years ago. Pick the far 
corners of the earth — and go 
there. Sit in a teepee in the 
middle of the Badlands. Get 
your hands dirty, digging. 
Wear whatever you want. Sleep 
overnight out in the wilderness 
with incredibly interesting and 
eccentric characters. "A lot of 
dinosaur researchers are 
serious and concerned 
scientists," explains Lessem, 
"but it also attracts a lot of 
mavericks that have remnant 

26 Brandeis Review 

childlike interest— showmen 
and dreamers and lost boy 
scouts." Teach children about 
a subject they are already 
drawn to, and amplify their 
fascination, in short, go back 
to those years as a child when 
you were enthusiastic and 
curious and relive it as an 
adult, this time with the ability 
to find the answers yourself. 

Even more than the adventure 
of the search, a psychological 
component is compelling. 
Says Lessem, "There's such 
a regular reinforcement in 
finding fossils, it's like a 
gambling addiction. You go out 
and you never know what 
you're going to find. And then 
one day you find this 
humongous jackpot. It's 
a wonderfully rewarding thing. 
And it is like a treasure hunt, 
a scavenger hunt — how 
are you going to get all the 
pieces? How do you 
put it back together again?" 

A plethora of false and 
superficial recycled sloppy 
information about dinosaurs 
floods the marketplace, says 
Lessem, and he set out 
to create an antidote. Founding 
a nonprofit organization 
called The Dinosaur Society, 
his goal was to raise money for 
dinosaur research, supporting 
a small band of some 50 
people worldwide who 
dig dinosaurs. "There's a huge 
disparity between the 
commercialism of dinosaurs 
and the real information, which 
is being parroted and 
oversimplified," Lessem says. 
"These were real animals, 
why not bother to portray them 
the way they really were?" 
Tailored for an amateur with an 
intense interest. The Dinosaur 
Society gives 2,000 adult 
members a quarterly 
newsletter with the current 
news before it gets published 
in scientific journals, reports of 
what's going on in the field, 
a list of the accurate books and 
the good products, a catalogue 
of products approved by 
scientists, and information on 
digs that the whole family can 
go on. 

For The Society's 8,000 
members who range in age 
from preschool to 14, Lessem 
publishes Dino Times, 
a monthly newsletter. He sees 
it as a way to cultivate and 
amplify in children a love of 
scientific exploration. "I think it 
can be a powerful vehicle to 
build a foundation for a lifelong 
interest in science. Instead 
of presenting science in a 
stultifying way, we can give the 
kids a chance to explore. 
How about going out on a dig? 
That's the kind of thing 
that makes a lifelong devotee." 

He has a direct line to some 
1 ,000 youngsters each year 
who write to Dino Don, 
responding to his column in 
Highlights for Children 
magazine and Dino Times. 
"Certain questions come up 
often. Why did they die out? 
What color were they? A lot of 
these questions are not 
known— or knowable." But that 
is what he enjoys. "I still like 
the aspect of not knowing 
everything about it. It's far 
more interesting to me that it 
has at least a patina of mystery 
to it, and that you can never 
know all the answers. I'd rather 
imagine something that once 
was, and that might have 
been, than something that is." 

To make that fantasy more 
authentic, Lessem was asked 
by Steven Spielberg to join the 
movie Jurassic Park as a 
consultant. There he sat, next 
to the director, telling him how 
to make the dinosaurs 
scientifically correct. Then in 
one inspired moment, he 
engineered, as he describes it, 
"the biggest revenue generator 
for dinosaur science ever." 
At the end of Jurassic Park, he 
asked Spielberg if he could 
have all the props — full life- 
size dinosaurs with elaborate 
jungle sets — to make an 
exhibit to benefit The Dinosaur 
Society. The answer was 
"sure." The resulting Dinosaur 
Society's 1 1 ,000 square-foot 
international traveling exhibit. 

Lessem (left), Steven Spielberg 
(center), and dinosaur 
hunter Jack Horner (right) on the 
se/o/Jurassic Park. 

"The Dinosaurs of Jurassic 
Park," broke attendance 
records for museums. Original 
props from Jurassic Park 
are accompanied by monitors 
to dramatize the dinosaurs "in 
action" with the use of actual 
movie footage. And — leave 
it to Lessem — the exhibit is 
more than just Hollywood glitz. 
It is an educational experience 
as well. Fossils, cast 
specimens, and a computer 
activity center challenge 
visitors to learn more. More 
than one million visitors to date 
have been captivated. 

It is hard to imagine a time 
when Lessem had nothing to 
do with dinosaurs. Although a 
dinosaur-obsessed 6-year-old, 
Lessem, growing up in 
Scarsdale. New York, had 
turned to other interests by age 
8. It would be 30 years before 
he returned. A transfer student 
at Brandeis from the University 
of Wisconsin and Columbia, 
Lessem studied oriental art 
history, not thinking much 
about a career at the time, he 
says. In fact, being a color- 
blind art historian was not such 
a good idea. But "it was the 
seventies," he says, summing 
up his freewheeling days. 

"I liked the idea of the freedom 
that I felt Brandeis offered— 
I could do a lot of different 
things. I wrote the 
homecoming play with my 
roommate (Marshall Herskovitz 


73. executive producer, 
"thirtysomething" and 
currently co-producer, "My So- 
Called Life"). I was in the 
football club and on ttie track 
team. Academically I could try 
other things besides art 
history," he says. 

After a job in the admissions 
office at Brandeis, Lessem 
decided to go to graduate 
school, earning a master's 
degree in biobehavioral studies 
from the University of 
Massachusetts in Boston. 
"Gorilla society had a lot of 
appeal to me — I was still an 
idealistic youth. I was attracted 
by what I imagined as these 
gentle, misunderstood 
vegetarians," he remembers, 
admitting that he probably felt 
some kinship. 

While discovering that gorillas 
were not quite so kind, he also 
found a field that suited him. "I 
realized that I didn't like doing 
the research as much as I liked 
learning about everybody else's 
research. I didn't really have 
the discipline to stay in one 
place. As a journalist, you learn 
a little about everything. It was 
less the writing that appealed 
to me than the learning. 
The writing was just a way to 
make a living at it." He began 
working as a volunteer for what 
had been an adjunct to the 
Smithsonian and became a 

nonprofit group called the 
Center for Short Lived 
Phenomenon. They would 
gather scientist's reports on 
"sort of the odd lots and 
remainders of science, like rain 
frogs in Sumatra," he says. 

Writing a newsletter for kids 
about endangered species, and 
a children's book [Ute is No 
Yuk for the Yak), which after 
much effort — 1 9 tries — he was 
able to sell, solidified his 
writing career. After several 
floundering years as a 
freelancer, now married with 
two daughters, he went to 
work for a weekly newspaper 
called Worcester Magazine. 
"doing investigative reporting 
for three years with a plan in 
mind that this time I would go 
back to freelancing with a set 
number of assignments so that 
I could make a living at it." 

His plan and a personality he 
describes as "pushy." paid off. 
"I always like to aim very high 
and was willing to take the 
many rejections, instead of 
working the other way around," 
he says. Freelancing for the 
Boston Giobe and the 
Smithsonian, Lessem was able 
to go back to working for 
himself more successfully. 

A Knight Fellowship in science 
journalism in 1988 (he 
attended classes at MIT and 
Harvard) gave him a chance to 
step off the treadmill and take 

stock, once again. "The idea is 
you go back to your newspaper 
refreshed and informed. The 
reality is that often you explore 
a new career and don't go 
back, which was the case for 
me." A growing realization that 
he was tired of being an instant 
expert on a different subject 
each week, that he wanted to 
probe one area in depth, ran 
smack into opportunity. 
"Coincidentally. the Globe 
/Wagazme asked me — I didn't 
ask them— to go out and do a 
story about dinosaur diggers. I 
hadn't really thought much 
about it since I was a kid." 
Lessem loved everything about 
the assignment. And a 
champion of popular 
understanding of dinosaur 
science was born. 

Lessem is the author of eight 
books on dinosaurs. He reveals 
a lot about himself when 
he says that after taking the 
highest bid for a book 
proposal, he chafed at what he 
called the publisher's "interest 
in a starkly oversimplified view 
of the science." At intellectual 
loggerheads, he gave back 
all of the advance and sold the 
book for a lot less money. 
"But I got the book I wanted," 
he says. 

True to his theme of accuracy, 
his children's books 
"communicate current scientific 

information," he explains, 
"instead of recycling erroneous 
information." With the same 
mission, Lessem writes and 
hosts NOVA programs, lectures 
at universities, museums, 
and schools, has developed 
16 educational vignettes 
for Microsoft Dinosaurs, 
a software program, creates 
documentaries for CD-ROM 
technology, and is working on 
a TV series for kids (an 
antidote to Barney, the portly 
purple dinosaur who romps 
and sings). He has plans for a 
novel whose characters are 
true to what dinosaur behavior 
was, "which in itself makes 
for a great mythic story," 
he says. Also in the pipeline is 
taking exhibits out of the 
museums and bringing them to 
where the people are — the 
shopping malls, for example. 

Sounds busy? He enjoys it. 
Finding himself with some 
extra time last summer, 
Lessem wrote a screenplay — 
about baseball. Yes, he intends 
to head in new directions. 
But where? The guintessential 
Brandeis graduate would 
leave it open, without 
limits, dancing with ideas, 
actions, serendipity, and fate. 
When asked what he will 
be doing in five years, 
Lessem hesitates, then laughs, 
delighted that he doesn't 
really know. ■ 

27 Fall 1994 

n d 

by Cliff Hauptman '69, 

M.F.A. 73 

Art by Fran Forman '67 

28 Brandeis Review 

Fran Forman '67, social 
worker, photographer, 
collagist, animator, and 
graphic designer, has had 
the extraordinary good 
fortune of having her formal 
education, work experience, 
and substantial talent all 
come neatly together in a 
small, quietly whirring box 
on her desk. Yet it is only 
quite recently that computer 

hardware and software of 
adequate sophistication and 
memory have allowed that 
to happen. 

In the mid-sixties, a 
pervasive attitude that a 
career in art was a bit too 
narcissistic for the 
community-minded, buoyed 
by a pragmatic sense of the 
need to make a living. 

Merging artistic talent 
and high tech, a 
Brandeis alumna is on 
the road to defining the 
aesthetics of a new 
literary multi-medium 

impelled Forman into 
sociology as a 
concentration at Brandeis 
and, eventually, into social 
work as a profession. After 
six years in a promising 
occupation that included a 
master's degree in 
psychiatric social work and 
advising in a drug treatment 
program, Forman turned 
down a post-master's 

fellowship in the field of 
substance abuse to 
establish a full-time career 
in art, a significant interest 
that had been relegated to 
the margins of her life. 

She studied every medium 
from stone-carving to 
photography, not finding 
any one, alone, that fit. 
Then she discovered 

graphic design, a field that 
not only offered real 
opportunities for earning a 
livelihood, but one that 
combined Forman's 
disparate skills and 
manifold talents. As a 
member of one of Boston 
University's first graduate 
classes in graphic design, 
she earned another 
master's degree in 1977. 

29 Fall 1994 

She has designed 
numerous corporate 
identities. She created the 
banners for the North 
and South Market buildings 
at Boston's renowned 
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 
plus kiosks, lighting 
schemes, and signage. 
She has designed class 
banners for Brandeis, and 
she attained brief national 

notoriety for having 
created a flag for the island 
of Martha's Vineyard 
during its short-lived threat 
of secession from 
Massachusetts in 1977. 

Although she flourished 
in architectural and 
small-scale retail design — 
graphics within a three- 
dimensional space — the 

rapid advancements in 
computer technology, 
especially breakthroughs in 
memory-size and the 
sophistication of graphics 
and multi-media vehicles, 
ultimately allowed Forman 
to carve out an artistically 
satisfying and pioneering 
niche. Indeed, it seems 
as if her distinct blend of 
aptitudes and artistic 

leanings lay waiting for just 

the right industry 

to be invented for them. 

Forman's works on these 
pages were never intended 
to see print — in fact, many 
have been somewhat 
changed in character by the 
process of reproducing 
them on paper. They are, 
rather, facsimiles of the 

30 Brandeis Review 

electronic pages of a CD- 
ROM book, created on 
a computer and meant for 
viewing on a computer. 

A Jack Kerouac Romnibus'". 
produced and directed by 
Ralph Lombreglia and Kate 
Bernhardt, is scheduled for 
release momentarily. The 
CD-ROM contains the entire 
text of Kerouac's novel 

The Dharma Bums; 
portions of his Mexico City 
Blues. Tlie Town and the 
City. Visions of Cody, and 
Vanity of Duluoz. all linked 
as text annotations to 
the novel: archival materials 
from the Jack Kerouac 
estate and the collection of 
Ann and Sam Charters, 
including correspondence, 
journals, photographs. 

paintings, and memorabilia: 
digitized audio of the music 
of the era and recordings 
of Beat writers reading 
their own and Kerouac's 
work: digitized film footage: 
excerpts from Kerouac: 
A Biography by Ann 
Charters: a historical 
timeline: biographical notes 
about people in the 
books: a portrait and art 

gallery: a documents 
archive: and a number of 
other features that 
are still in development. 
In short, the program 
is effectively like having 
an entire reference library 
of related materials 
at your disposal while 
reading a novel, but 
the appropriate references 
are instantly accessed 

31 Fail 1994 



Hopping a freight out of Los Angeles at 
high noon one day in late September 1955 I 
got on a gondola and lay down with my 
duffel bag under my head and my knees 
crossed and contemplated the clouds as we 
rolled north to Santa Barbara. It was a local 
and I intended to sleep on the beach at Santa 
Barbara that night and catch either another 
local to San Luis Obispo the next morning 
or the firstclass freight all the way to San 
Francisco at seven p.m. Somewhere near 
Camarillo where Charlie Parker'd been mad 
and relaxed back to normal health, a thin old 
little bum climbed into my gondola as we 
headed into a siding to give a train right of 
way and looked surprised to see me there. 
He established himself at the other end of 
the gondola and lay down, facing me, with 
his head on his own miserably small pack 



electronically, simply by 
touching a word in the 
text or a spot on the page. 

While the original 
interactive aspects and the 
astonishing complexity 
of cross references give 
the program its remarkable 
educational potential, 
it is Fran Forman's graphic 
design and illustration 

that define its look, its 
character, its visual 
interface with the user. 

"Fran is a brilliant designer," 
says Grant Kornberg '80, 
executive producer of 
the project. "This product is 
on the cutting edge, so 
it is actually defining a new 
medium. Fran is helping 
to invent the aesthetic for a 

literary multi-medium. 
How often do you get to do 
something like that? 
The last new aesthetic was 
probably the one for rock 
and roll, before that, TV, 
and before that, movies." 
Kornberg's marketing firm, 
Largely Literary Design, 
places literature-related 
products in bookstores. The 
company is perhaps best 

known for its ubiquitous 
T-shirts adorned with 
the caricatures of famous 
authors. Kornberg and 
Forman were unaware 
of each other's connection 
to Brandeis until 
this article was started. , 

32 Brandeis Review 


At left is a typical page 
layout showing the 
interface illustration, 
text scroll, and 
boldfaced annotation 
links. The top button 
is used to access 
the Help feature. The 
middle button 
accesses Preferences. 
And the bottom button 
brings up the Main 
Menu. The slider bar 
along the bottom is the 
page turner This 
interface illustration is 
from Chapter One; 
other chapter 
illustrations are shown 
throughout the article. 


33 Fall 1994 

Catskiil Culture 

Raised within tlie hotel 
milieu of "the Mountains," 
a sociologist explores the 
significance of a resort 
area that has touched the 
common consciousness 
of American Jews 
for more than a century 

by Phil Brown. Ph.D. 79 

A hundred miles northwest of New York City lies 
a magic land, enveloped in a rich legacy and a 
rampant mythology. The "Borscht Belt" — the 
Jewish resort area in the Catskiil Mountains — 
was the playground of Jews, mainly from 
metropolitan New York, of all classes and 
occupations. They went as guests to hotels, 
bungalow colonies, and cultural camps. They 
went as workers to eke out a living, and. for 
younger people, to work their way through 
college and professional school. They went to 
preserve cultural and religious affinities, to 
escape the drudgery of the year's hard work, 
and to find romance and marriage. Without truly 
knowing it. they were creating a unique 
environment that would linger in powerful 
memories long after it declined in the 1970s. 

Ultimately, the Catskills represent a unique 
Jewish-American experience of the leisure-time 
and workaday activities of the first generations 
of 20th-century Jews in this country. This 
reverberated in music, humor, business ethics, 
and teenage coming-of-age dramas. Because 
Catskiil culture was a major facet of the Jewish 
experience, it has also influenced a larger, 
secular, cosmopolitan culture — at least of the 
East Coast. 

For most people who experienced the Catskills, 
it was not the Grossinger's mock-up from Dirty 
Dancing or the Concord of singles weekends in 
the 1980s and 1990s. A few books have 
appeared over the last decade and a half, 
focusing largely on the mega-resorts and major 
celebrities, but they do not do justice to the 
ordinary guests and staff who populated the 
'Jewish Alps." Too often people remember the 
least significant parts of this phenomenon, for 
instance Jackie Mason's roots there. It is truly 
less important which comedians (most of them!) 
got their start there. It is much more interesting 
how many teachers, doctors, lawyers, and other 
professionals got their start as busboys and 
waiters, chauffeurs, musicians. And, the 
grandeur of the Concord Hotel has a different 
meaning for those who vacationed there than for 
the guests who patronized the multitudes of 
smaller resorts. 

The heart of the Mountains was a hefty number 
of small- and medium-sized hotels, laced with 
bungalow colonies. Strung mainly through Ulster 
and Sullivan Counties, the Catskills were not 
even the "real" Catskiil Mountains but merely 
foothills to the legendary Rip Van Winkle 
topography. The tallest hills around, in Ulster 
County, are the beautiful Shawangunk 
Mountains in whose valley Ellenville nests. 

34 Brandeis Review 

The familiar Catskills are gone, with only 
handfuls of very large hotels remaining. Smaller 
ones were burned for insurance, sold to Hasidic 
groups, redone as Zen meditation centers, 
converted to drug rehab programs, or just left to 
fall apart; bungalow colonies were divided up as 
summer condos. Many people who were guests, 
and a good number who were staff, have passed 
away or are very old. While there are still 
enough old-timers to reflect and remember, 
there remains time to bridge the gap between 
those who knew, and those who only know of, 
the Catskills, 

Arthur Adams, author of The Catskills: An 
Illustrated Historical Guide with Gazetter. tells us 
that the definition of what is in the Catskills has 
always changed. The original appellation 
referred to the area in Greene County west of 
the town of Catskill. As hotels developed in more 
southern areas, they sought through their 
promotional activities to be included in the 
Catskills geographical grouping. Officially, the 
New York Temporary State Commission to 
Study the Catskills. established in 1973. 
includes Greene, Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster, 
Schoharie, Otsego, and part of Albany County, 
an area of nearly 4 million acres and 373,000 
people. This is an area dozens of times larger 

than the "Jewish Alps," a 250 square mile 
enclave which includes not even the whole of 
Sullivan and Ulster Counties. 

As early as the 1 820s. Jews had dreams of 
living in the Catskills. as a rural refuge. Mordecai 
Noah, journalist and diplomat whose father 
fought in the Revolution, considered such a 
move. Faced with warnings of poor tilling and 
disputes over land claims, he opted instead for 
an upstate tract near Buffalo, which never got 
underway. The 1837 Depression put an end to 
another attempt, by the Society of Zeire Hazon 
(Tender Sheep). That same year. Robert Carter 
leased several hundred acres in Wawarsing. 
Ulster County, and took five families to create 
the colony of Sholem (Peace): 12 more families 
joined the next year. After four years of 
capmaking, quill production, and clothing 
peddling, the Sholem settlers went bankrupt and 

The more modern Jewish presence into the 
Catskills began with Charles F. Fleischmann, an 
Ohio senator famous for yeast and distilleries 
who, in 1883. bought 60 acres in Ulster County 
and established a town with his name where he 
set up an elaborate family resort compound. 
Jews had begun summering in the Catskills in 
the 1870s. but the massive Eastern European 

35 Fall 1994 

Phil Brown received his 
Ph.D. degree in sociology 
from Brandeis in 1979. 
He is Professor of 
Sociology at Brown 
University. This article 
includes material from a 
book in progress, and is 
supported in part by 
grants from the Lucius 
N. Littauer Foundation 
and the Brown 
University Dean of 
Research. Brown is 
working with a group of 
Catskill residents and 
veterans to organize a 
conference on the 
Catskills, probably to be 
held in New York City. 
The group is actively 
seeking foundation and 
private support for this 

immigration was met with nativist and anti- 
Semitic policies. Faced with loss of entree to 
Gentile-owned hotels and boarding houses, 
Jews started their own. Simon Epstein started a 
Jewish boarding house in Saxton in 1889, but 
was faced with an anti-Semitic riot. By 1899, ads 
appeared for Jewish boarding homes providing 
kosher food. Several of the larger hotels began 
at this time — Grossinger's, Morningside, 
Tamarack, Flagler, and Esther Manor. 

Jewish overcrowding on the Lower East Side 
played a big role. Tuberculosis was rampant, 
and clean air the best prescription. Faced with 
expected exclusion from the J. P. Morgan- 
financed Loomis sanitarium in Liberty, Jews built 
their own. The Workmen's Circle sanitarium 
opened in 1910. and was followed by other 
welfare societies and unions who sent members 
to Catskill boarding houses. Many of these 
houses had already been established — in the 
first decade of the century, over a thousand 
farms had been sold to Jewish families, mostly 
near Ellenville, with the bulk of them used as 
boarding houses. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 
191 1 even figured in — an ILGWU project to 
improve working conditions led the union to start 
the Unity House resort for workers to recuperate 
in the Mountains. 

In the first few years of the century, leading 
Jewish cultural figures added to the Catskill 
origins. The celebrated Yiddish stage actor, 
Boris Thomashevsky, built a resort with an 800- 
seat outdoor theater and a 500-seat indoor one. 
With plays, bands, and poker games, he started 
the cultural and entertainment traditions that 


Memorabillia provided by Bemie 
Cohen and the Catskills Enlertammeni 
Hall of Fame S Museum 

would dominate Catskill culture. Abraham 
Cahan, founder of the Jewish Daily Forward, 
penned a series of essays on the Mountains' 
virtues. In his novel. The Rise of David Levinsky, 
he described the 1910 hotel atmosphere, which 
would be familiar a half century later — weekend 
husbands, grand meals, fancy dressing. 

Many Catskill hotels began as boarding houses 
on operating farms, including Tamarack, 
Grossingers, and the Nemerson. The Nevele 
was a working farm until 1938. Leba Sedaka, 
daughter of the owner of Esther Manor and wife 
of Neil Sedaka, whom she met when his band 
played there, recalled her sorrow at giving up 
her pet calf when the expanding hotel ended its 
agricultural activities. Hotels quickly ceased their 
pastoral enterprise when they saw more money 
was to be raised from housing visitors. The 
Jewish Agricultural Society constantly sought to 
encourage Jewish farmers rather than tourism, 
but this never became a major force. Some of 
the failed farmers turned to business, and the 
major towns of Liberty, Monticello, and South 
Fallsburg developed a large number of Jewish 

For those who could not afford the hotels, there 
were kuchaleyns (cook-alones), boarding homes 
where people shared a kitchen for preparing 
their own meals. This term remained after such 
facilities departed the scene, being used to 
describe bungalow colonies, which first had 
shared kitchens but later all stand-alone units. In 
a bungalow, you still cooked and you were not a 
guest, and in that sense you remained different 
from the vacationers in hotels who were served 
by others. Generally, bungalow dwellers were far 
lower down the class ladder than hotel guests, 
though sometimes people who could afford two 
weeks in a hotel opted for the two-month 
bungalow for the same price. 

Hotels with a full range of facilities and 
entertainment did not spring up overnight. Early 
hotels had few amenities, and only developed 
them when they worried that competitors were 
taking away their guests. Many staff worked 
multiple jobs. In the "mature" years of the 
Catskills, it was mostly only the small "shiock 
houses" that maintained the practice of multiple 
jobs. In most places my parents or I worked, 
there was a social director — often called the 
social macher— who organized calisthenics, 
arranged and announced special trips or 
activities, emceed shows and other nighttime 
entertainment, and sometimes sang or joked on 
stage. But there were special staff for most other 
tasks — lifeguards, bellhops, camp directors, 
camp counselors, chauffeurs, waiters, busboys, 
chambermaids, kitchen help, and maintenance 

One area where multiple jobs remained 
important was in hotel basketball teams, which 
played in an informal intramural league. Large 
resorts like Young's Gap, Kutshers', Brickman's, 
Klein's Hillside, and the Ambassador hired 

36 Brandeis Review 

college players for the dining room. Criteria for 
the job were basketball rather than dining room 
skills, and players like Bob Cousy and Wilt 
Chamberlin were among the recruits. Betting 
pools resulted in point shaving, and racketeers 
recruited players in the Catskills for regular 
college season game fixing. 

Expansion moved slowly for most hotels, which 
lacked the ready capital of the large 
entrepreneurs. The early hotels had guests 
sharing rooms with strangers. Private rooms 
came later and were often smaller than the 
average motel room, even though a family of 
four might sleep there. Bathrooms were shared 
in most smaller hotels, with a smaller number of 
higher-priced rooms containing baths and 
telephones. Things stayed this way even until 
the last years of the small hotels in the 1970s. 

Despite the long legacy of the Catskills as a 
Jewish resort area, most of the legend is mainly 
a postwar phenomenon. The 1950s and 1960s 
were the heyday of the borscht circuit. The 
postwar economic boom allowed for hotel 
expansion and widespread car ownership, and 
more people could afford vacations. In 1957, the 
Route 17 Quickway was completed, making the 
Catskills only 90 minutes away from New York 
City. The Ontaho and Western Railroad stopped 
running, but car and bus transportation became 
more popular. This led to a new boom in hotels, 
with expansion of pools, nightclubs, sports 
facilities, phone wiring, and new deluxe 

Mountain Memories 

accommodations. Then in 1958, Monticello 
Raceway was built, a harness track funded by a 
consortium that included many top hotel owners. 
Memories of the simpler days could still remain, 
while the greater amenities of the later period 
coddled guests more. This was a supernova 
period — the Catskills grew large and bright 
before exploding. 

One thing that made the 1950s and 1960s so 
special is that these Jews were playing, 
vacationing, relaxing, at a time of fresh and 
piercing memories of the Holocaust. The escape 
to the Mountains was in part an escape from that 
horror, when many of their family and fnends 
were killed by the Nazis, The resurgence of 
religiosity so widely discussed also led Jews to 
seek their Jewish cultural roots in the Yiddishkeit 
of the Catskills. 

Catskills clientele had become increasingly 
middle-aged and elderly. These guests died or 
grew infirm. For young adults and older 
divorcees seeking romance, singles bars 
became available in the city for meeting 
spouses. The very style of the resorts — gross 
overeating, ethnic entertainment, self- 
deprecating humor — seemed embarrassing. 
Cheaper air travel and the development of more 
exotic vacation areas drew people away. In the 
1970s, business conventions became a major 
staple of the hotel industry. Special weekends 
were run for other ethnic groups. Church 
organizations had meetings in the remaining 
mega-resorts. Singles weekends and sports 
sessions were more frequently offered. By the 
1980s, just 12 large hotels survived. 



I grew up in a family of 
mountain rats, " parents 
who lived and worked in 
the "The Mountains" 
most of their lives. 
Shortly before I was born, 
they began as owners of 
a small hotel, Brown's 
Hotel Royal, on White 
Lake. When the chef quit 
at the start of the season, 
my mother took over, and 
never left the kitchen 
again. After the business 
failed two years later she 
spent most of the rest of 
her working years as a 
chef In other hotels. My 
father worked variously 
as a maitre d', clerk/ 
chauffeur for an 
employment agency, and 
operator of small 
"concession " coffee shops 
rented for the season 
from hotels or bungalow 

When I was 13, a busboy 
missing at the last 
moment late in the 
season gave me the 
opportunity of a lifetime — 
I grabbed a cutaway 
jacket and went to work 
full-time. The next 
season, at 14, 1 only 
needed a year of the 
busboy apprenticeship, 
and at 15 was a waiter. I 
worked the mountains 
every summer until the 
end of college. 

Serving lunch, and 
especially dinner, the key 
thing was to get on the 
'main line" early, where 
waiters ordered and 
picked up main dishes. 
Guests may have 
leisurely drifted in and 
eaten appetizers and 
soups, easy items to pick 
up in the kitchen. If you 
didn't get caught by an 

irate owner who felt the 
waiter should be doing 
the serving, you could 
even pick the food up and 
hand it immediately to 
your busboy, poised 
beside you. But not main 
dishes — the chef, steward 
(who ran the kitchen), and 
owners might be 
lackadaisical on soups 
and appetizers, but they 
got deadly serious with 
mains, wfiich were more 
costly and were truly the 
waiter's job. Mains were 
large, and unlike soup, 
could not be stacked on 
your tray in sufficient 
quantity to serve your 
whole station at once. If 
you were at the head of 
the line for your first trip, 
you'd be back quickly, 
pleasing your customers 
with quick service. 

You could get 'hung up " 
during any course, but 
once you were late with 
mains, you completely 
lost control of the meal, 
and got through too late 
to have an evening out. 
Some waiters routinely 
got hung up because they 
let guests send them into 
the kitchen too often. The 
trick was to not make 
extra trips for a single 
request, since you'd 
never stop running. You 
bided time until several 
requests were pending, or 
until you had finished 
serving the current 
course. Waiters prone to 
getting hung up never 
learned to manage 
themselves or others. It 
was pathetic to see the 
frenzy of a hung up 
waiter. They would be 
running around, dripping 
sweat, asking other 

37 Fall 1994 

In addition to the author's 
experiences, material in this article is 
drawn from the following sources' 

Adams. Arthur G 1990 The 
Catskills: An Illustrated Historical 
Guide with Gazetteer 
NY Fordham University Press 

Berger, Joseph 1993 "New Accents 
for Old Ritual: Vacationing in the 
Catskills " New York Times My 12, 

Cahan, Abraham. 1917 The Rise of 
David Levinksy NY: Harper 

Kanfer. Stefan 1989 A Summer 
World The Attempt to Build a Jewish 
Eden in the Catskills. From the 
Early Days of the Ghetto to the Rise 
and Decline of the Borscht Belt NY 
Farrar, Straus. Giroux 

Frommer. Myrna Katz and Harvey 
Frommer, 1991 It Happened in the 
Catskills: An Oral History in the 
Words of Busboys. Bellhops. Guests. 
Proprietors. Comedians. Agents, and 
Others Who Lived It NY Harcourt 
Brace Jovanovich 

Goldman, Ari L. 1993 "Thruway Rest 
Stop Provides Place for Jews to 
Pray " New York Times My 25. 1993 

Not only does the Concord now have ethnic 
weekends of every stripe, but even Spring Break 
for college students who dance to grunge bands 
and stage-dive as in a mosh pit. Korean 
businessmen have bought four Sullivan County 
hotels, including the venerable Grossingers. 
which had been closed for some years. 

Hasidim and other Orthodox Jews have brought 
many changes to the land. As thousands make 
their way up to the bungalows they now 
dominate, they stop and pray the late afternoon 
Mincha service. At first, this was at the shoulder 
of the New York State Thruway, a dangerous 
undertaking. Highway authorities then set aside 
a marked "Mincha area" at a regular rest stop 
where as many as 200 worshippers are found at 
once. One participant offered that "In my 
opinion, if the tVlessiah is going to come, it is 
going to be right here on the Thruway." 

One way we can look at the specialness of the 
Catskills is to envision a living theater with 
multiple stages upon which are played the 
gamut of social roles, relations, and 
entertainments. In picking up on this approach, 
Stefan Kanfer. in his social history of the 
Catskills, concludes that: 

theater: hustlers and gangsters, basl<etball stars 
and basketball fixers: waiters and busboys who 
were later to run hospitals and serve on 
appellate courts: and audiences who saw It all 
from the beginning. 

Many veterans and commentators have focused 
on the coming-of-age theme. Norman Hanover, 
a CUNY historian, recounts his years: "What I 
learned I learned there. Whether it's sex, 
whether it's business, whether it's the wise guy- 
ness of that character charging in the tearoom, 
or the brutality of some of the guests, whether 
it's the jokes, the getting along, the fabulous 
Mountain earnings giving me the means to get 
an education and make it — to all of us who 
worked there as young people, going up to the 
Catskills was an awakening of unbelievable 

Catskill culture was for many people a (if not. 
the) fundamental social realm. Musician Elliot 
Finkel recalls that "Growing up in the 1950s, I 
could name at least 200 hotels in the Mountains 
the way kids could name baseball players and 
batting averages. " This resonates with my 
experience. Because my parents knew so many 
people in the Catskills. because my father spent 

There has never been a domain like It in 
America: with performers who shaped the taste 
of a nation, men and women who affected the 
operations of film studios and the commercial 

BROWN'S HOTEL ROYAL, White Lake, N. Y. — Telephone White Uke 120 

waiters for any extra 
dishes of food they might 
have, whining at 
their busboys to cover 
for them. 

The best thing was to 
train" your guests. You 
didn't want them to send 
you back and forth to the 
kitchen for little side 
dishes, so you told them 
that it would be easier to 
ask for everything at 
once. To preclude their 
choosing from too many 
possible selections, you 
brought out what you 
thought would be the 
oreferred soup and 
simply started serving. If 
they wanted the other 
choice, you told them that 
it would mean waiting 
until you could get back 
to the kitchen after you 
served the rest of the 

38 Brandeis Review 

so many years working for the employment 
agency, and because I often went withi him on 
his rounds delivering staff. I saw a lot and heard 
endless stories about what was going on at 
many hotels. Collecting hotel stories and seeing 
hotels in operation was truly my kind of 
childhood pastime. My most commonly recurring 
dream to date is getting dressed to wait tables, 
only to find my black bow tie missing and 
nowhere to buy or borrow one in time for the 
meal. The Catskills have taken up residence in 
my unconscious and have given me a way to 
manifest some fundamental anxiety concerning 
being unprepared in life. 

Looking through a larger sociological lens, the 
Catskills are a deep channel through which flow 
the major currents of modern American Jewish 
culture. In It Happened in the Catskills. the 
Frommers write that the evolution of the 
Catskills "mirrored — even crystallized — a twofold 
process: the Americanization of the Jewish 
population on the one hand, and the impact of 
Jewish culture on America on the other." It was 
Americanization in that the idea of vacationing 
was new for most Jews of the time. It imparted 
Jewish culture from the comedians who 
"delivered their particular view of life — with its 
pathos, irony, self-mockery, sarcasm, and 
vulgarity — that would via radio, movies, and 
television reach the nation at large. So was 
America informed about the Jewish mother, the 
insatiable Jewish appetite, the anxieties, foibles, 
and feats of the American Jew." 

Beyond the Frommers' notion of conveying 
stereotypes and images, I view the Catskills as a 
central vehicle for Jews of Eastern European 
descent to become Americanized while keeping 
Jewish. Orienting themselves to the business 
and professional worlds of America, they needed 
to also play like Americans. Adult camps and 
resort hotels let them do that, while keeping 
varying levels of y/dd/s/i/(erf culture and Jewish 

All ethnic/religious groupings need symbol sets 
to demarcate their unique experience. Basically, 
the Jews needed a cultural location to symbolize 
what had transpired for them: their growth into 
the middle class, their ability to replace some 
anxiety with relaxation, their particular brand of 
secularizing their religion while still preserving 
some religiosity in their secular life. New York 
City was the essential urban cultural location of 
American Jewry: could it be otherwise that the 
New York Jews' resort area would play its 
cultural role? The Catskills were so special 
because everything happened there. And the 
abrupt fall of the Borscht Belt likewise is so 
dramatic because it represents the fear that so 
much of our normal cultural symbolism can so 
readily be lost. ■ 

guests at the table (who 
were behaving by 
accepting your choice). It 
was common practice at 
breakfast to stockpile an 
assortment of plates of 
lox, pickled herring, 
stewed prunes, and 
grapefruits. When a guest 
requested something, you 
retrieved it quickly, 
saving a trip and 
impressing him or her 
with your speed. This 
method was termed 
"speculating"; bosses 
and stewards hated it 
because food often got 
messed up from being 
piled up in your 
sidestand. Worse, still, if 
no one ordered the 
speculated food, you 
were likely to 
conveniently ditch it in 
the busbox rather than 
return it to the kitchen 
where you'd get yelled at 
for speculating. 

Another big sin was 
"scarfing," eating guest 
food, especially at your 
sidestand. At breakfast, 
while waiting for guests 
to amble in, you could 
move a chair beside your 
sidestand so that it was 
hidden from the view of 
the maitre d', and eat in 
peace. If time was short, 
you just stooped down 
and gobbled up a whole 
honeydew slice in a big 
gliding-mouthed swallow. 
Scarfing was also 
possible on the way from 
the kitchen to the dining 
room, when you passed 
through anterooms 
containing toasters, egg- 
boiling machines, 
breadboxes, and 
bathrooms. We scarfed 
because the staff food 
was so bad, though I'm 
sure we would have done 

it even If that had not 
been the case. They 
served us leftovers, but 
often they were dishes 
we'd have rejected even if 
fresh — tike flanken, boiled 
short ribs of beef whose 
grey color made you think 
of putrefaction. 

If you worked the 
teenage station, " you 
had it made because you 
could even get one kid at 
each table to take orders, 
and you could dish out 
food for everyone to pass 
around. Busboys could 
get a whole table's dishes 
collected and stacked 
without lifting a finger 
until the pile reached the 
end of the table nearest 
the busbox. Teenagers 
had the added feature of 
mostly not liking soup 
and appetizers, so there 
was a lot less to serve. 

They also enjoyed 
helping you set up tables 
after the meal. On the 
romance end, "working 
teenage " meant you 
usually got the first 
opportunity to meet new 
arrivals on Friday night 
and make a date for 
afterward. This, plus the 
ease of non-complaining 
guests, made it worth the 
lower tips. 

Where else could you 
make this kind of money 
as a teenager? Even 
spending freely on 
entertainment, you 
returned home in 
September with at least 
$1,000 of your own 
money. For a teenager in 
the 1960s, that was a lot. 

39 Fall 1994 



R. Shep Melnick 

Professor of Politics 

Between The Lines: 
Interpreting Welfare Rights 
The Brookings Institution 

Between The Lines 
examines how statutory 
interpretation has affected 
the development of three 
programs: aid to families 
with dependent children, 
education for the 
handicapped, and food 
stamps. It explores how 
these decisions have 
changed state and national 
policies and how other 
institutions — especially 
Congress — have reacted to 
them. Although these three 
programs differ, in each 
instance court action has 
expanded program benefits 
and increased federal 
control over state and local 
governments. The author 
ties trends in statutory 
interpretation to broader 
political developments, 
including the expansion of 
the agenda of national 
government, the prevalence 
of divided government, and 
the resurgence and decent- 
ralization of Congress. 

Silvan S. Schweber 

Professor of Physics and 
Richard Koret Professor in 
the History of Ideas 

QED and the Men Who 
Made It: Dyson, Feynman, 
Schwinger. and Tomonaga 
Princeton University Press 

In the 1930s, physics was in 
a crisis. There appeared to 
be no way to reconcile the 
new theory of quantum 
mechanics with Einstein's 
theory of relativity. In the 
post-World War II period, 
four eminent physicists rose 
to the challenge and 
developed a calculable 
version of quantum 
electrodynamics (QED). 
This formulation of QED 
was pioneered by Freeman 
Dyson, Richard Feynman, 
Julian Schwinger, and Sin- 
Itiro Tomonaga, three of 
whom won the Nobel Prize 
for their work. In QED and 
the Men Who Made It, the 
author tells the story of 
these four physicists, 
blending discussions of 
their scientific work with 
biographical sketches. 

Constance M. Morgan, 
Mary Ellen Marsden, and 
Mary Jo Larson 

Morgan is a research 
professor, Marsden is an 
associate research professor, 
and Larson is a senior 
research associate at the 
Institute for Health Policy 
in The Florence Heller 
Graduate School for 
Advanced Studies in Social 

Substance Abuse: The 
Nation's Number One 
Health Problem — Key 
Indicators for Policy 
The Robert Wood Johnson 

Reducing harmful effects 
of alcohol, illegal drugs, 
and tobacco is one of three 
major goal areas of the 
Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation. The Foundation 
selected Brandeis University 
to monitor changing trends 
in substance abuse by 
developing leading 
indicators on problems 
related to alcohol, drugs, 
and tobacco. This report 
depicts the extent 
of substance abuse and 
patterns of use, the medical, 
social, and economic 
consequences of substance 
abuse, and measures which 
have been taken to address 
the problem. 

University Press 

The Brandeis Series in 
American Jewish 
History, Culture and Life 
Jonathan Sarna '75, M.A. 
'75, editor 

These Are Our Children: 
lewish Orphanages in the 
United States, 1880-1925, 
by Reena Sigman Friedman. 
The large influx of Jewish 
immigrants into the United 
States during the late 19th 
and early 20th centuries 
signaled a dramatic change 
not just in American society 
as a whole, but also in the 
existing American Jewish 
community. As the 
population of Eastern 
European Jews grew, so did 
the need to care for their 
orphaned and destitute 
children. The author studies 
three representative 
orphanages — New York's 
Hebrew Orphan Asylum, 
Philadelphia's Jewish Foster 
Home, and Cleveland's 
Jewish Orphan Asylum — 
that were hailed nationwide 
for their progressive 
policies. This recognition 
came at a price, however: 
while they all reflected 
traditional Jewish teachings, 
the same philosophies that 
enabled children to embrace 
life in the New World 
frequently caused estrange- 
ment from their natural 
parents and the Old World 
cultures of their families. 

The Tauber Institute for 
the Study of European 
Jewry Series 
Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. 
'72, editor 

Breaking the Silence: The 
German Who Exposed the 
Final Solution, by Walter 
Laqueur and Richard 

40 Brandeis Review 


rii.-.l.'NV-nit.l (III Ih 
Viilhiiriiic- in I miir 

1) \ \ I I, I c \ li r I 

Breitman, is the story of the 
powerful German 
industriaUst who first 
warned the West of Nazi 
plans for the mass murder 
of Jews. Through historical 
detective work, Laqueur and 
Brietman reveal the tale of 
Eduard Schulte, the Breslau 
business leader who risked 
his life to gather 
information about such 
Nazi activities as the 
revised date of the German 
attack on Poland and the 
Nazi plan for mass 
extermination of European 
Jews. First published in 
1986, Breaking the Silence 
is now being reissued with a 
new foreword and afterword 
by the authors. 

Between Mussolini and 
Hitler: The lews and the 
Italian Authorities in 
France and Tunisia, by 
Daniel Carpi, is a study of 
the forces shaping Fascist 
Italy's policies toward Jews 
in occupied territories 
during World War 11. Carpi 
depicts the fate of some 
5,000 Jews in Tunisia and as 
many as 30,000 in 
southeastern France, all of 
whom came under the aegis 
of the Italian Fascist regime 
early in the war. While the 
Fascist regime disagreed 
with Hitler's Final Solution 
for the "Jewish problem," it 
also saw actions by Vichy 
French police or German 
security forces against Jews 
in Italian-controlled regions 
as an erosion of Rome's 
power. Thus, although these 
Jews were not free from 
oppression, the author 
shows that as long as Italy 
maintained control over 
them, its consular 
officials were able to block 
the arrests and mass deporta- 
tions occurring elsewhere. 


Nancy J. Chodorow, M.A. 
'74, Ph.D. '75 

Chodorow is professor of 
sociology at the University 
of California. 

Femininities, Masculinities, 

Sexualities: Freud and 


The University Press of 


In this treatment of 
sexuality and love, the 
author addresses questions 
that continue to trouble 
feminists, gay and lesbian 
theorists, cultural and 
historical critics, and 

psychoanalysts. Drawing on 
a close reading of texts 
beginning with Freud and 
on her own clinical 
experience, Chodorow 
argues that psychoanalysis 
has yet to disentangle male 
dominance from 
heterosexuality. She 
demonstrates also the 
paucity of psychoanalytic 
understanding of 
heterosexuality and the 
problematic polarizing of 
normal and abnormal 
sexualities. She contends 
that psychoanalysis must 
pay attention to individual 
specificity and personal, 
cultural, and social setting. 
Such a methodology entails 
a plurality of femininities 
and masculinities and 
enables us to understand a 
variety of sexualities. 

Mark R. Cohen '64 

Cohen is professor of Near 
Eastern studies at Princeton 

Under Crescent et) Cross: 
The Jews in the Middle Ages 
Princeton University Press 

The exacerbation of Arab- 
Israeli conflict at the time 
of the Six-Day War in 1967 
gave birth to a radical 
revision of Jewish-Arab 
history. At stake was the 
myth that Jews living under 
the crescent enjoyed greater 
security and a higher level 
of political and cultural 
integration than did Jews 
living under the cross. 
The author offers an in- 
depth explanation of why 
medieval Islamic- 
Jewish relations, though not 
utopic, were less 
confrontational and violent 
than those between 
Christians and Jews in the 
West. Cohen presents a 
systematic comparison of 
the legal, economic, and 
social situations of Jews in 
medieval Islam and 
Christendom and also the 
differences in theology that 
helped influence the way 
Muslims and Christians 
treated Jews. 

John J. Courtney '85 

with Rob Dodson 
Courtney teaches in the 
English Language Center of 
Assumption University, 

Ticket to Thailand: a study 
of tourism 

Assumption University 

Tourism is the largest 
industry in the world with 
the gross output being about 
$3.5 trillion in 1992-over 12 
percent of all consumer 
spending. Ticket to 
Thailand is in response to 
the growing share of arrivals 
to the Asian and Oceanian 
regions. The authors explore 
the composition of 
constructive touristic 
forces. Has tourism 
benefited society at large. 



The Jews 

in the 


Mark R. Coli< 

particularly developing 
countries; Can it bring 
equitable, economic 
results — a more even 
distribution of resources — 
and also, m Pope John Paul 
II's words, "become a real 
force for peace?" Focusing on 
Thailand, the book seeks out 
the philosophic and 
pragmatic parameters and 
directions of tourism. 

Nancy Foner '66 

Foner is professor of 
anthropology at the State 
University of New York, 

The Caregiving Dilemma: 
Work in an American 
Nursing Home 
University of California 

Along with increasing life 
expectancy comes the 
knowledge that many 
Americans will one day 
enter nursing homes. Who 
are the people who will care 
for us or for our relatives? 
Foner provides a study of 
institutional care that 
focuses on the strains and 
contradictions facing nursing 
aides. Aides are asked to 
look after patients with 
kindness and consideration, 
but nursing home 
regulations and bureaucratic 
forces can hinder even the 
best efforts to offer 
consistently supportive care. 
In their relations at work, 
race, ethnicity, and gender 
also play a role, at times 
exacerbating tensions with 
different groups in the 
nursing home. The author's 
description and analysis of 
caregiving dilemmas 
contribute to the study of 
work, bureaucracy, health 
care, and the future of an 
aging American population. 

41 Fall 1994 

Gloria Goldreich '55 

Goldreich is the author of 
Yeats of Dreams. Mothers. 
Leah's Children, and other 

That Year of Our War 
Little, Brown and Company 

That Year of Our War is a 
nostalgic story about the 
final year of World War II 
and its profound 
consequences for a young 
woman and her extended 
family. For Sharon 
Grossberg, 1944 was a year 
of death and a year of birth. 
It began with D-Day, the 
day Sharon's mother died 
after a painful battle with 
leukemia. With Sharon's 
father in Europe serving as 
an army doctor, she is left 
in the care of her aunts and 
uncles. It is a year during 
which birth and death 
converge, hope trmmphs 
over despair, and the 
national tragedy of world 
war and the yearning for 
peace dommate thought and 

Robert I. Lerman '65 

and Theodora J. Ooms, eds. 
Lerman is professor of 
economics at American 

Young Unwed Fathers: 
Changing Roles 
and Emerging Policies 
Temple University Press 

While public attention has 
focused almost solely on 
unwed mothers, there is an 
emerging new interest in 
unwed fathers. New 
research is presented that 
examines the patterns, 
causes, and consequences of 
unwed fatherhood. The 16 
essays in this book bring 
together a wide and 


balanced array of research 
perspectives on unwed 
fatherhood: describing 
unwed fathers' 
characteristics and behavior, 
examining policies to enforce 
child support, assessing 
programs designed to help 
unwed fathers assume 
parental responsibility, and 
discussing the legal and 
ethical rights and obligations 
of unwed fathers. 

Harold Livingston '55 

Livingston is the author of 
seven novels and lives in Los 
Angeles where he writes 

No Trophy. No Sword: An 
American Volunteer m the 
Israeli Air Force During the 
1948 War of Independence 
edition q, inc. 

Livingston was one of 
an eclectic group of former 
World War II aviators, 
mainly Jews, who in early 
1948 volunteered to fly arms 
and fighter planes to Israel. 
The infant nation possessed 
little or no modern military 
equipment and not a single 
fighter plane to defend itself 
against relentless enemy 
aerial attacks. The volunteer 
flyers were on a "Mission 
Impossible": flying war- 
weary C-46 transport planes 
smuggled out of the United 
States and circumventing the 
British blockade of the 
Palestine coast. These 
volunteer flyers were crucial 
to the success of Israel's war 
for independence. 
No Trophy. No Sword is 
Livingston's personal story, 
but it is framed within the 
events of a far more 
important story: the creation 
and survival of the State 
of Israel. 


Ch:ingine Rutes" 
and Emcniing P< 

Edited by Ruben i. Lfnniui 
and Thcodiira J Oonu 

Ian S. Lustick '71 

Lustick is the Richard L. 
Simon Professor m the 
Social Sciences at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Unsettled States, Disputed 
Land: Britain and Ireland. 
France and Algeria. Israel 
and the West Bank-Gaza 
Cornell University Press 

Lustick seeks to answer 
such questions as why state 
expansion is common while 
contraction is relatively 
rare; why some major 
changes can be 
accomplished peacefully 
whereas disputes about 
smaller territories may 
produce violent struggles,- 
and why changes in the 
shape of states are often 
associated with changes in 
the character of their ruling 
regimes. By examining two 
cases in which the 
sovereign territories of 
modern European states 
have shrunk — Britain's 
relationship with Ireland 
and France's relationship 
with Algeria — the author 
advances a comprehensive 
theory of state expansion 
and contraction. He then 
deploys both theory 
and history to illuminate 
Israel's evolving 
relationship with the West 
Bank and Gaza Strip — 
territories it has controlled 
since 1967. 

Norma Marder '56 

Marder's stories and essays 
have appeared in the 
Georgian Review and the 
Gettysburg Review. This is 
her first novel. 

An Eye For Dark Places 
Little, Brown and Company 

This novel uses fantasy as a 
common language to tell 
the story of a woman's 
liberation. Like a prophetic 
and realistic dream, it draws 
us, through strangely 
familiar visions, into a 
world that is surprisingly 
recognizable. England in the 
future is ruled by a faceless 
Triangle. Elections and 
religions have disappeared. 
Anarchy lies at the heart of 
order. Sephony Berg-Benson, 
obedient but at odds with 
her time, is plagued by a 
persistent hunger for a life 
far beyond what her world 
can provide. One afternoon, 
a hole appears in her pantry 
floor and an unusual man 
invites her to descend. She 
begins a voyage of spiritual 
and emotional awakening 
that challenges everything 
she thought she knew 

Marilyn Reuschemeyer, 
Ph.D. '78, ed. 

Reuschemeyer is 
professor of sociology at the 
Rhode Island School of 
Design and adjunct 
professor of sociology at 
Brown University. 

Women in the Politics of 

Postcommunist Eastern 


M.E. Sharpe, Inc. 

This volume focuses on the 
political scene, on what has 
happened to women during 
the various stages of 
transition from 
communism to a market 
economy and a multiparty 
political system, to 
societies in which 
nationalism has increasing 
appeal and legitimacy or 
where the church has 
gained in power. The new 
policies that are emerging 
in the postcommunist 

42 Brandeis Review 

Iiivenliiifi; the 
Feeble iVIiiul 


societies of Eastern Europe 
are neither simply reprises of 
precommunist procedures 
nor new imitations of the 
West. They also reflect the 
changes that have taken 
place in these societies since 
World War II. Therefore, an 
assessment of the position of 
women in communist 
societies is crucial for our 
understanding of what is 
happening now. 

Paul Salstrom '88 

Salstrom teaches West 
Virginia history at West 
Virginia University. 

Appalachia's Path to 

Dependency: Rethinking a 

Region's Economic History 


The University Press of 


In this book, Salstrom 
examines the evolution of 
economic life over time in 
southern Appalachia. 
Moving away from the 
colonial model to an analysis 
based on dependency, he 
exposes the complex web of 
factors that has worked 
against the region. The 
author argues that economic 
adversity has resulted from 
three types of disadvantages: 
natural, market, and 
political. Whereas other 
interpretations of 
Appalachia's economy have 
tended to seek social or 
psychological explanations 
for its dependency, this work 
compels us to look directly 
at the region's economic 

Christina Hoff Sommers, 
Ph.D. '79 

Sommers is an associate 
professor of philosophy at 
Clark University. 

Who Stole Feminism: How 

Women Have Betrayed 


Simon & Schuster 

Sommers has exposed a 
disturbing development: 
how a group of zealots, 
claiming to speak for all 
women, are promoting a 
dangerous new agenda that 
threatens our most 
cherished ideals and sets 
women against men in all 
spheres of life. In case after 
case, the author shows how 
these extremists have 
propped up their arguments 
with highly questionable 
but well-funded research, 
presenting inflammatory 
and often inaccurate 
information and stifling any 
semblance of open scrutiny. 
The author maintains such 
a breed of feminism is at 
odds with the real 
aspirations and values of 
most American women and 
undermines the cause of 
true equality. 

Ron Sun, Ph.D. '92 

Sun is assistant professor of 
computer science at the 
University of Alabama. 

Integrating Rules and 
Connectionism for Robust 
Commonsense Reasoning 
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

One of the most difficult 
problems facing researchers 
in artificial intelligence has 
been the inability of 
traditional models to 
capture the flexible and 
robust nature of 
commonsense reasoning. 
The author's work takes a 
new approach to this 

persistent problem by 
explaining and modeling 
commonsense reasoning 
with a combination of rules 
and similarities, all under a 
connectionist rubric. The 
book surveys areas of rule- 
based reasoning, and 
introduces a new 
framework and a novel 
connectionist architecture 
for modeling commonsense 
reasoning that synthesizes 
many of these areas. 

Carol Tavris '66 

Tavris is a social 
psychologist, writer, and 

The Mismeasure of Woman: 
Why women are not the 
better sex. the inferior 
sex, or the opposite sex 
Simon & Schuster 

In The Mismeasure of 
Woman, Tavris challenges 
the false assumptions that 
govern how we think about 
women and men: that 
women are more passive, 
more peaceful, or more 
emotional than men,- that 
they are less logical, 
competent, and sexual than 
men; and that their 
hormones, brains, and 
psyches are fundamentally 
different from men's. The 
author concludes that her 
point is not to replace a 
view of woman-as-problem 
with one in which men are 
the problem; rather, she 
moves the discussion 
beyond "us-them"argu- 
ments entirely, and asks us 
to think anew about how 
women and men together 
can create the lives, the 
loves, and the society we 
most want. 

James W. Trent, Jr., Ph.D. 

Trent is associate professor 
of sociology and social work 
at Southern Illinois 
University at Edwardsville. 

Inventing the Feeble Mind: 

A History of Mental 

Retardation m the United 


University of California 


Half-wits, dunces, dullards, 
and idiots: though often 
teased and tormented, the 
feebleminded were once a 
part of the community, cared 
for and protected by family 
and community members. 
But in the decade of the 
lS40s, a group of American 
physicians and reformers 
began to view mental 
retardation as a social 
problem requiring public 
intervention. For the next 
century and a half, social 
science and medical 
professionals constructed 
meanings of mental 
retardation, at the same time 
incarcerating hundreds 
of thousands of Americans in 
institutions and "special" 
schools. The author uses 
public documents, private 
letters, investigative reports, 
and rare photographs to 
explore our changing per- 
ceptions of "feeble minds." 

43 Fall 1994 

Then and Now 



44 Brandeis Review 

Having already raised 
the memory of the wishing 
well in the "Dear Reader" 
column, it seems 
appropriate to revisit 
it visually here. The portrait 
of the well (top left) was 
probably made by Ralph 
Norman in the very year of 
Brandeis's founding, 1948. 
The caged owl is strangely 

In 1956, the Kalman Science 
Building (bottom left) took 
its place upon the 
hill, providing an imposing 
backdrop for the wishing 
well, which remained 
a much-loved Campus 
landmark until 1965 when, 
as we see by the photo 
below, made recently by 
Campus Photographer 
Julian Brown for this "Then 
and Now," the wishing 
well was razed and the site 
paved over to create 

Parking Area K, serving the, 
then, new Gerstenzang 
Science Quadrangle. 
The southernmost end of 
Kalman can still be 
seen here, peeking out 
from behind the Edison- 
Leeks Chemistry Building. 
There is no sign of the 
owl in this photo, either. 

In addition to keeping you 
current on physical changes 
to Campus, "Then and 
Now" is intended to 
stimulate a bit of nostalgia. 
If a specific location 
on Campus holds 
particular meaning for you, 
please send us a short, 
personal anecdote, 
and we will try to reprint 
it along with a photo 
of the spot, then and now. 

45 Fall 1994 


Brandeis Alums 
Press Awards 

Second Class of 
Inductees Enter 
Sports Hall of Fame 

Arthur Levine '70 
of Teachers 
College, Columbia 

Brandeis alumni were well 
represented among the 
winners of the American 
Jewish Press Association's 
Rockower Awards for 
Excellence in Jewish 
Journalism this year. Rabbi 
HiUel Goldberg, M.A. 72, 
Ph.D. '78, editor of Denver's 
Intermountain Jewish News 
(IJN), was honored with the 
association's Joseph 
Polakoff Award for ex- 
emplary service to the field 
of Jewish journalism. It was 
easy to see why: the 
IJN won seven Rockower 
awards this year, including 
awards to Goldberg for edit- 
orial and feature writing. 

Freelance writer Michele 
Chabin '81 was cited for her 
1992 article describing the 
harrowing evacuation of 350 
Jewish, Serbian, and 
Moslem residents of 
Sarajevo, the besieged 
capital of Bosnia- 
Herzegovina. Adam H. 
Katz-Stone '88, assistant 
editor of the Minneapolis 
American Jewish World. 
was also honored for 
international reporting for 
his piece on the Jewish 
community of Austria. 

The B'nai B'rith 
International Jewish 
Monthly, which is edited by 
Jeff Rubin '81, received five 
Rockower Awards, 
including first-place honors 
in the photography and arts 
categories. Rubin's most 
recent production is Samuel 
Jordan Rubin, his third son. 

Brandeis University and the 
Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics have announced 
the second class of 
inductees into Brandeis's 
Athletic Hall of Fame. The 
induction ceremonies were 
held on Saturday, April 16, 
1994, at the Gosman Sports 
and Convocation Center. 

Bill Orman '57, chair of the 
Hall of Fame selection 
committee commented, "I 
felt that the number and 
quality of the nominations 
that we received showed us 
how distinguished and 
exceptional Brandeis's 
athletic accomplishments 
have been. We received a 
vast collection of student 
athletes who have since 
become leaders in their 
professional lives. Our 
committee was dedicated to 
making intelligent choices 
and as our deliberations 
carried on, we came up with 
a group that we're very proud 
of. It's a second step for the 
Hall of Fame and there has 
been tremendous excite- 
ment around the country." 

Members of the Brandeis 
Athletic Hall of Fame 
initiated in 1994 standing 
left to right are Manuel 
(Manny) Rivera '74, Marry 
Stein '58, Steve Finnegan 
'79, Fran Beauregard '81, 
and John Perry '74; seated, 
left to right, are Dorothy 
Stein and Carol Stein- 
Schulman '70, widow and 
daughter, respectively, of 
the late Brandeis coach, 
Harry Stein, who was 
inducted posthumously. 
Claudia Jaul '84. Joseph 
Linsey, and Nicole Fogarty- 
Fossas '89. 

"The inaugural Hall of 
Fame Dinner was an 
enormous success and the 
most significant action yet 
taken by the Friends of 
Brandeis Athletics," said 
FOBA president Ruth Porter 
Bernstein '57. "We view it 
as a fitting honor for all 
those associated with the 
program and a potential 
rallying point for all 
alumni. The purpose of the 
Hall of Fame is to annually 
recognize and honor those 
who have distinguished 
themselves as competitors 
in, or in the development 
of, intercollegiate athletics 
at Brandeis University." 

The new members of 
Brandeis University's 
Athletic Hall of Fame are: 
Fran Beauregard '81, soccer; 
Steve Finnegan '79, 
baseball; Nicole Fogarty- 
Fossas '89, cross country 
and track; Claudia Jaul '84, 
soccer, softball, and 
baseball; Joseph Linsey, 
contributor; John Perry '74, 
basketball; Manuel Rivera 
'74, cross country and track; 
Harry Stein, basketball 
coach and assistant football 
coach; and Morry Stein '58, 
football and baseball. 

"I grew a mustache while I 
was at Brandeis to look older. 
A year ago in September, I 
looked in the mirror and 
noticed it had flecks of grey. 
That's old enough, I said, and 
shaved it off." 

Arthur Levine '70 has left 
behind the mustache and the 
sixties radicalism. But his 
mission — unwavering and 
passionate — has remained the 
same since he graduated: to 
reform education. 

Now he has an opportunity 
to have a profound impact. 
Last July, Levine became 
president of Teachers 
College, Columbia Univer- 
sity, the world's oldest, 
largest, and most comprehen- 
sive private graduate school 
of education. Levine is the 
ninth president in Teachers 
College's 107 year history. 

He has a way of laughing at 
his mistakes and green years, 
forming theories and taking 
action based solidly on first- 
hand research, pushing 
forward huge projects with 
unyielding tenacity, and 
tossing off major 
achievements with an affable 
shrug. Levine has advised 

46 Brandeis Review 

more than 250 colleges and 
universities on curriculum 
and other academic affairs 
issues. "Higher education is 
a very small world, and 
after you speak enough and 
do enough consulting and 
write enough, you're offered 
all kinds of jobs for which 
you're highly unqualified," 
he chortles. 

At Brandeis, fresh from the 
elite Bronx High School of 
Science, he majored in 
biology, something he 
realized he "didn't like and 
wasn't very good at. I didn't 
think the humanities were 
real, and I had no idea why 
someone studied the social 
sciences." Then came one 
of those moments when he 
made a choice, flippantly, 
almost, and it profoundly 
changed the rest of his life. 
Levine spent his senior year 
as one of two student 
members of the Brandeis 
University educational 
policy committee, a 
curriculum review board. 
He argued passionately, he 
recalls, that "the fate of the 
world depended on dropping 
certain course requirements 
from the curriculum." 

After graduating with a 
degree in biology, Levine 
teamed up with a fellow 
student, John Weingart '70, 
spending the next two years 
using minimal grant funds 
("foundations felt sorry for 
us, and we got pity money") 
interviewing faculty and 
students at 26 colleges and 

universities around the 
country to see how 
undergraduate education 
actually worked. "It was a 
huge project, but we were 
naive," he says now, "two 
crazy kids who didn't know 
how to write." 

During that time, while also 
substitute teaching in the 
Boston schools, Levine says, 
"I kept trying to figure out 
what I wanted to do when I 
grew up. I was a poster boy 
for the Educational Testing 
Service — I took the med 
boards, the law boards, the 
business boards, the GREs, 
personality testing, the civil 
service exam — you name 
the test, I took it." 

After 44 publishers rejected 
the book that came out of 
their research, a little- 
known publisher named 
Jossey-Bass said yes. 
Published in 1973, Reform 
of Undergraduate 
Education won the 1974 
"Book of the Year Award" 
from the American Council 
on Education. And Levine 
was given recognition that 
was to escalate steadily. 
"Ultimately what happened 
was the study which grew 
out of the educational 
policy committee is what 
made my life. Whatever I'm 
doing now I really owe to 
Brandeis," he says. 

Arthur Levine 

Earning a dual Ph.D. in 
education and sociology 
from the State University of 
New York at Buffalo in 1977, 
Levine was also a senior 
fellow at the Carnegie 
Foundation and the Carnegie 
Council for Policy Studies in 
Higher Education from 1975 
until 1982, writing books 
about curriculum. He 
yearned to put his well 
researched theories into 
practice, and got the perfect 
opportunity when he applied 
(along with 250 other 
candidates) for the job of 
president of Bradford 
College, a 400-student, four- 
year liberal arts college in 
Haverhill, Massachusetts. "I 
wanted that job more than 
anything in my life," he 

To the great benefit of 
Bradford, he got it. Levine is 
credited with leading the 
revival of Bradford College 
through creation of a 
practical liberal arts 
curriculum, which became 
known as the "Bradford 
Plan." After six years, in 
1988 he became the chair of 
the Institute for Educational 
Management at Harvard 
University's Graduate 
School of Education. 

Recently moved back to 
New York with his wife and 
two daughters, Levine has 
come a long way from his 
childhood in a housing 
project in the South Bronx, 
the son of a housewife and a 
mailman who dreamed the 
American Dream for him. 
The author or editor of nine 
books and more than 50 
articles, he is one of the 
nation's best known com- 
mentators on trends in 
education. And now, at the 
helm of Teachers College, 
Columbia University, his 
vision will further influence 

Season Premieres 
Put Alumni 
in Prime Time 

Brandeis's nationally ranked 
theater arts department has 
turned out some of 
Hollywood's hottest 
producers and writers over 
the years. Two new shows 
making their prime-time 
debut this fall were created 
by Brandeis alumni. 

Marshall Herskovitz '73, 
David Crane '79, and Marta 
Kauffman '78, are the 
creators of the two most 
anticipated new shows this 
fall, "My So-Called Life" 
and "Friends." 

Herskovitz is the co- 
producer of "My So-Called 
Life," the story of the 
highs and lows of growing 
up as seen through the 
eyes of 15-year-old Angela 
Chase. It began August 25, 
and will air Thursdays at 
8:00 pm on ABC. The 
show marks Herskovitz's 
return to television after 
the legendary 
"thirtysomething," which 
won 14 Emmys by the 
time it ended in 1991. 

Kauffman and Crane's 
"Friends," the story of six 
young adults living together 
in New York, is the latest 
of many projects by the 
duo that formed at Brandeis. 
The show won the coveted 
8:30 pm NBC time slot 
on Thursdays before the 
hit show "Seinfeld" and 
after "Mad About You." 
"Friends" began its season 
on September 22. 

47 Fall 1994 

Class Notes 



Norman Diamond, D.D.S., Class 
Correspondent, 240 Kendrick 
Street, Newton, MA 02158 

Sanford A. Lakoff has published 
an article entitled "The Mind and 
Faith of Max Lerner" m the 
September 1994 issue of Social 
Research, the quarterly published 
by the New School for Social 
Research. The paper was first 
presented at Brandeis in 1993. 


ludith PauU Aronson, 22371 Cass 
Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 

Risa Hirsch Erlich returned to 
education by joining the staff of a 
new New York City public high 
school based on the principles of 
the Coalition of Essential 
Schools. She describes it "as hard 
work, but fascinating, and an 
opportunity to try and bring to 
the high school level the 
principles 1 had practiced as head 
of a pioneering math lab years 
ago." In 1983 she loyfully became 
the mother of two by adopting a 
brother and sister, now 14 and 15. 
Nancy Wolkenberg Greenblatt is 
a therapist in Manhattan. She is 
involved in historical research for 
Congregation B'nai leshurin 
where she grew up and is still an 
active member. She invites 
Brandeis alumni who may have 
personal memories or artifacts of 
that congregation to share or lend 
to contact her. Julian Smith 
announces that his youngest 
daughter Sonya Joy, has been 
accepted at Brandeis. She has 
delayed her matriculation until 
September 1995 and will spend 
the year studying at B'not Torah 
Institute in Jerusalem. His son 
was graduated magna cum laude 
from Brooklyn College last year, 
and his daughter is a senior at 
Barnard. He reports that "my 
darling wife, Sharon, my life 
partner of 27 years, still keeps me 
laughing and is as feisty as ever. 
We are both very grateful for all 
our many blessings." 


Leona Feldman Curhan, Class 
Correspondent, 366 River Road, 
Carlisle, MA 01741 

Rena Shapiro Blumberg, 

Brandeis's first trustee emerita, 
was honored in Cleveland at a 
Brandeis Night event in lune. She 
is CEO of Rainmakers Inc., a 
Cleveland-based corporate 
advisory organization in the areas 
of media, business, politics, and 

health. She is also community 
relations director for a local radio 
station, a radio talk show host, 
and author of an uplifting memoir 
describing her successful battle 
with cancer. Blumberg was the 
first female secretary of the 
Brandeis Board of Trustees, and 
chaired the University's honorary 
degree committee from 1985-91. 

Rena Shapiro Blumberg 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller, Class 
Correspondent, 14 Larkspur Road, 
Waban, MA 02168 

Richard Bergel was named 
chairman and chief executive 
otficer ot Lechmere Corporation, 
the housewares and electronics 
retailer. He was previously the 
vice chairman of Montgomery 
Ward dJ. Company. Bergel lives in 
Illinois with his wife, Myrna 
(Mimi) Kaplan Bergel Moriel 
Schlesinger Weiselberg is 
enjoying retirement after 
becoming acclimated to life on 
Long Island by remaining very 
active in the community. She is 
involved with the Massapequa 
Philharmonic, the Northport 
Chorale, chamber music groups, 
and giving and taking viola 
lessons. She still finds time to 
teach copperplate calligraphy for 
an adult education program, to be 
a hospice volunteer, and take 
classes with a cantor and rabbi. 
She is considering studying for a 
Bat Mitzvah and enjoyed a recent 
trip to the Pacific Northwest with 
her husband, Howard. 


Allan W. Draehman, Class 
Correspondent, 115 Mayo Road, 
Wellesley, MA 02181 

Marjorie Greenfield is employed 
as an environmental activist after 
more than three decades of 
running hospital libraries and 
working in bookstores. She has 
been published in various genres 
under the name Marjorie Morgan 
and remains committed to 
lesbian, feminist, peace, and 
justice advocacy. 

Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Subhi Abugosh, Ph.D., is director 
of the Sharia Courts in Israel. 
Previously, he taught in the 
political science department at 
the University of Tel Aviv. Alicia 
S. Ostriker participated in a 
popular Reunion panel on 
feminism at Brandeis in May and 
recently published another book. 
The Nakedness of the Fathers, in 
which she rereads the Bible from 
the perspective of a 20th-century 
Jewish woman. She was thrilled 
at the arrival of her first 
grandchild, Abigail Jean, in April. 
Larry Selinker, the first Baring 
Foundation Chair and professor of 
applied linguistics at Birkbeck 
College, University of London, is 
working on interlanguage and 
computational linguistics 


Joan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
Unit 28, Branford, CT 06405 

Burton L. Raimi moved to 
Sarasota, FL, and opened a new 
law firm specializing in corporate, 
securities, and bank regulatory 
law. The firm, McCaffrey & 
Raimi, PA., has offices m 
Sarasota and Naples which 
consume much of his time. Raimi 
comments, however, that he is 
close to being able to "enjoy some 
of what I |have| been working for 
over the past 30 years since 
graduation from law school." He 
adds that he hopes his new 
lifestyle in Florida will include 
"golf, fishing, other healthy 
outdoor pursuits, and just plain 
enjoying our beautiful new 


Judith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 

Arthur Green, Ph.D., is the 
Phillip W. Lown Chair in Jewish 
Thought at Brandeis. Previously 
he was president of the 
Reconstructionist Rabbinical 

College where he received the 
Keter Shem Tov award ("the 
Crown of a Good Name"). Green 
has written numerous books and 
various shorter studies on a 
variety of topics, Zina Jordan is 
assistant provost for faculty 
personnel at Brandeis. Leo 
Spitzer, professor of history at 
Dartmouth University, has been 
awarded a 1994 Guggenheim 
Fellowship that will support his 
study of Central European Jewish 
emigration to Bolivia during 
World War II. Spitzer's own 
parents fled Nazi-dominated 
Austria for Bolivia, where he was 
born and raised until he came to 
the United States at age 10. The 
study will produce a book which 
he has tentatively titled Surviving 
Memory: An Emigration to the 
Edge of the Holocaust, in which 
Spitzer says he will have a double 
voice — that of historian and 


Ann Leder Sharon, Class 
Correspondent, 13890 Ravenwood 
Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 

Benjamin Lerner has joined the 
Philadelphia law firm of 
Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & 
Kauffman as counsel to the firm. 
He continues to concentrate his 
practice in areas of complex civil 
litigation and white collar 
criminal defense matters. Lindy 
Levy Peck is professor of history 
at the University of Rochester 
and a winner of a 1994 
Guggenheim Fellowship for her 
research in early modern British 
history. The grant will help 
support a project titled "Britain in 
the Age of the Baroque," which is, 
she says, a "study of 17th-century 
British culture and the impact of 
continental material culture and 
political thought on England, 
Scotland, and Ireland m the 17th 
century." Peck is a fellow of the 
Royal Historical Society, a 
member of the advisory board of 
the Yale Parliamentary Diaries 
Center, a NEH fellow at the 
Folger Shakespeare Library and 
the Huntington Library, and a 
fellow at the National 
Humanities Center. Stephen J. 
Solarz was appointed by President 
Clinton to head the new Central 
Asian-American Enterprise Fund, 
designed to promote investments 
m the former Soviet republics of 
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, 
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and 
Turkmenistan. The United States 
plans to provide $150 million in 
capital for the fund over the next 
three to four years, making 
investments and loans and 
offering technical assistance for 
private companies and 

Arthur Green 

48 Brandeis Review 

News Notes 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 

Joyce C. Doria has been elected to 
the board of directors of Virginia- 
based Booz, Allen & Hamilton, 
Inc., a management and 
technology consulting firm. A 
vice president, she has been with 
the firm since 1979 and is a 
recognized expert in 
organizational improvement, 
change, and total quality 


Rochclle A, Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 113 Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147- 

Marilyn Berthelette is minister of 
music at St, James Episcopal 
Church in Greenfield, MA, and an 
award winning needleworker. She 
is on the executive board of the 
Diocese of Western 
Massachusetts Episcopal Church 
Women and has three grown sons. 
Howard G. Foster, Ph.D., is 
associate dean for academic 
programs at the School of 
Management at the State 
University of New York at 
Buffalo. He lives m WiUiamsville, 
NY, with his wife, Laurie Lookner 
Foster '66. They have a grown son 
and daughter who work and 
reside m Durham, NC, and 
Boston, respectively. Peter Z. Zoll 
is head of the portfolio 
management group at Chase 
Manhattan Private Banking m 
Geneva, Switzerland. He has four 
daughters and one son, mcludmg 
Natalie Zassenhaus Brader '85 
who IS a computer programmer m 
San Antonio, TX. 


Joan L. Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord Road, 
Maynard, MA 01754 

Martin Fassler is an attorney in 
the legal department of the 
California State Department of 
Industrial Relations. He was 
previously in private practice, 
representing teachers and other 
plaintiffs in employment cases. 
He is happily married and lives 
with his wife, Kathryn, a 
daughter, Emma, age 7, and a son, 
Jared, age 4. Sidney H. Golub, 
Ph.D., executive vice chancellor 
at the University of California at 
Irvine, specializes m cellular 
immunology and immunobiology 
of cancer and is a past recipient of 
the Jonsson Prize for Research 
presented by the California 
Institute for Cancer Research, 
Formerly interim dean of the 
UCLA School of Medicine, he 
chairs the Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute Advisory 

Committee, sits on the board ot 
directors of the Drew University 
School of Medicine and Science in 
Los Angeles, and serves on the 
University of California Taskforce 
on Primary Care. Ellen Gordon, 
president of Tootsie Roll 
Industries Inc., was named 
number 17 on this year's list of 
the Top 50 Women Business 
Owners that is researched and 
published by Working Woman's 
Magazine. Robert I. Lerman, chair 
of the Department of Economics 
at American University, was 
honored with the university's 
Award for Outstanding 
Contributions to Academic 
Development. He reports that 
fellow Brandeis alumna, Naomi 
Baron '68, who served as associate 
dean of the College of Arts and 
Sciences, helped him achieve this 
honor. Lerman recently coedited a 
book that was published by 
Temple University Press, Young 
Unwed Fathers: Changing Norms 
and Emerging Policies. Donald 
Lubin is well known as a fern 
enthusiast; in fact, he grows 
about 25 species in his garden in 
Allston, MA. He has been hunting 
ferns on the Blue Hills 
Reservation to update the Flora of 
1896. in celebration of the 100th 
anniversary of the reservation. 
Lubin's "pre-Jurassic Yard" and 
his love for his community have 
attracted recent coverage in 
several newspapers, including The 
Boston Globe. He is a member of 
the Neighborhood Advisorv 
Committee in Allston and reports 
that "we try to educate the 
community while holding the 
CDC [Community Development 
Corporation) accountable to the 
neighborhood." Barbara S. Penny 
is a massage practitioner in 
Garherville, CA, where she lives 
with her partner, Kristi. She was 
reunited this year with her 
daughter, Ruth, whom she had 
not seen in 28 years. "We are very 
happy to have found each other," 
she reports. 


Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Mary Chilton 
Road, Needham, MA 02192 

Berhanu Abebe started a public 
share commercial farm 
development company called 
Agri-Mech and organized a 
development consultancy firm, 
Development Studies Associates, 
which undertakes economic 
studies for international, 
bilateral, and nongovernmental 
organizations. He was previously 
vice minister of trade in Ethiopia. 
Abebe lives with his wife, Nancy 
Hafkin '65, and their two 
children, Rebecca, age 15, and 
Michael, age 9. Phyllis Nichamoff 
Segal was confirmed by the 

United States Senate to a five- 
year term as a member of the 
Federal Labor Relations 
Authority. President Clinton 
designated her Chair of the 
Authority. Prior to this 
appointment, she was senior 
mediator and director of 
Employment Dispute Resolution 
Services at ENDISPUTE, Inc., a 
national dispute resolution 
business providing mediation, 
facilitation, arbitration, dispute 
system design, and training 
services. Before ioining 
ENDISPUTE, she practiced law 
for 18 years m the public and 
private sectors. She served as 
deputy attorney general of the 
Massachusetts Attorney General's 
Office, General Counsel of the 
Massachusetts Executive Office 
of Transportation and 
Construction, legal director of the 
NOW Legal Defense and 
Education Fund, and litigator 
with the New York firm of Weil, 
Gotshal and Manges. 


Anne Reilly Hort, Class 
Correspondent, 4600 Livingston 
Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10471 

Ahmad S. Djudzman is a 
computer systems consultant at 
Kaiser Permanente in Walnut 
Creek, CA. During the week, he 
lives in Moraga, CA, rather than 
facing a daily 76-mile commute 
from Sacramento, where he and 
his wife live. Barbara Ernst- 
DiGennaro has been awarded a 
Conant Fellowship from the 
Harvard School of Education 
where she is a doctoral candidate 
in the Teaching, Curriculum, and 
Learning Environments Program. 
She has been working in the 
Boston Public Schools for the past 
10 years and is a published author 
whose professional goal is to 
"break down the barriers between 
universities and schools to help 
create a world where education is 
honored as a central focus of 
community life." Deborah Dash 
Moore is a professor at Vassar 
College and just published a new 
book titled To the Golden Cities: 
Purchasing the American lewish 
Dream in Miami and LA., which 
is the "fruit of seven years labor." 
She has two sons, Mordecai, who 
was graduated from Oberlin this 
year, and Mikhael, who is a 
sophomore at Vassar; they both 
chose to major in history "like 
their mom." Alan P. Sager, Ph.D., 
was promoted to the rank of 
professor at the Boston University 
School of Public Health where he 
teaches health care finance, 
regulation, and administration as 
well as working on a study that is 
looking at the access and 
affordability of health care in 
Massachusetts. He and his wife. 

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49 Fall 1994 

Sandra A. Bornstein '69, have two 
sons, Joshua and Matthew. 
Howard D. Scher was named to 
the management committee at 
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker 
S. Rhoads m Philadelphia, where 
he has won significant victories 
for both plaintiffs and defendants 
in many types of complex 

beyond compliance, to see value 
in getting themselves to a point 
where they can market 
themselves as 'green' companies." 


Nancy Sherman Shapiro, Class 
Correspondent, 9437 Reach Road, 
Potomac, MD 20854 

Howard D- Scher 

business litigation. He serves as a 
trustee of the Federation of Jewish 
Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, 
vice president and a director of 
the Jewish Employment 
Vocational Service, a board 
member of the Akiba Hebrew 
Academy, and a member of the 
President's Council at Brandeis. 


Jay R. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, One Childs Road, 
Lexington, MA 021 73 

Roberta Marke Hunter received 
an independent study grant from 
the Council for Basic Education 
to study relationships among 
women in Jane Austen's novels. 
She is also a student of Alan Stein 
'58, a teacher consultant and staff 
developer at the Lehman College 
Writing Consortium. J. Mark 
Kravitz is a practicing general 
litigation attorney in Delaware 
County and Philadelphia, PA, and 
was married last year to Margaret 
E. Griffin, Ph.D., director of the 
Early Childhood Initiatives 
Settlement Music School &. 
Kaleidoscope. They have an 
infant son, Ethan Daniel, whom 
Dad describes as "alert, active, 
and healthy, with a calm 
disposition." [ay R. Kaufman, an 
environmental consultant, and 
candidate for the state house of 
representatives from Lexington 
and Lincoln, MA, is also an 
ombudsman for the 
Environmental Assistance 
Service, of the Small Business 
Association of New England, 
which helps small businesses 
meet and exceed federal and state 
environmental regulations. 
"We're not just compliance 
driven," he said. "We want 
companies to see opportunities 

Richard G. Curran 

Richard G. Curran, Ed.D , was 
appointed as editor of the Boston 
Catholic Directory for the 
Archdiocese and has received a 
certificate from the National 
Catholic Educational Association 
to acknowledge his contributions 
to Catholic education in North 
America. Father Curran also 
reports that he had the 
opportunity last year to interview 
Chris Burke, star of Life Goes On, 
and his family, for a cable show 
that aired last Thanksgiving. 
Sharyn T. Sooho has formed the 
Law Offices of Sharyn T. Sooho in 
Newton, MA. 


Charles S. Eisenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

Marilyn Kanrek Cranney has been 
promoted to first vice president 
and assistant general counsel of 
Dean Witter Intercapital, Inc., a 
branch of Dean Witter that 
handles investment management. 
Cranney specializes in corporate 
and securities law. Arthur E. 
Levine was named president of 
Teachers College at Columbia 
University. The College trains 
professionals in education, 
psychology, and health services. 
Levine is well known in the 
educational community as a 
commentator and writer on 
trends in education; he has 
written nine books and advised 
more than 250 colleges on 
academic issues. Previously he 
chaired the Institute for 
Educational Management at 
Harvard University's Graduate 
School of Education, and served 
as president of Bradford College 
from 1982-89. Robert Nayer is 
chief financial officer at 
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 

Colorado Springs, CO. Mary E. 
O'Connell is a member of the 
faculty of the Northeastern 
School of Law, teaching courses 
on family law, the law and 
children, and the basic course in 
contract law. Her recent 
publications in the Tulane Law 
Review and The American 
Prospect have focused on our 
shrinking fringe benefit system 
and the impact of this trend on 
women. She lives with her 
husband, Terrence M. Troyer, two 
children, Margaret Troyer, age 13, 
and Russell O'Connell, age 8, 
'and a very badly behaved dog, 
Tinkerbelle, age I." Robert F. X. 
Sillerman, chairman and CEO of 
the Sillerman Companies and SEX 
Broadcasting, Inc., and chancellor 
of Long Island University's 
Southampton College since 1993, 
was honored in May in New York 
City at a celebration of the 

interface for a videodisk-based 
intelligent tutoring system 
funded by the United States Air 
Force. Cohen holds a patent for 

Robert F. X. Sillerman 

College's 30th anniversary. 
Southampton College is dedicated 
to protecting and improving the 
environment through its 
nationally-recognized Marine 
Science Program. Brenda 
Wineapple, professor of English at 
Union College, was named to the 
Irving Chair in May. She is a past 
recipient of a prestigious 
fellowship from the National 
Endowment for the Humanities 
to write Genet: A Bibliography of 
Janet Planner and a Guggenheim 
Fellowship to support her 
research on Gertrude and Leo 
Stein. She has also been named a 
Fellow at the Institute for the 
Humanities at Indiana University. 


Mark L. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Devens Road, 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

Wendy Cohen, senior designer at 
Siegel & Gale, a communications 
firm in New York, specializes in 
electronic interface design. She 
was previously interface designer 
and senior programming analyst 
at the Educational Testing Service 
m Princeton, NJ, where she 
created the graphical user 

Wendy Cohen 

one of the interfaces she 
developed in Princeton. Thomas 
S. Crow, Ir. has had his work 
published in four comic books. 
He is negotiating with a well 
known comic book publisher to 
move into the mainstream press. 
Dvora Yanow, associate professor 
at California State University, 
received the first "Breaking the 
Frame" award for best 
contribution to the first two 
volumes of the Journal of 
Management Inquiry. She 
collaborated with her husband, 
Scott Cook, in writing the 
prizewinning essay entitled 
Culture and Organizational 
Learning, that appeared in the 
December 1993 issue. 


Marc L. Eisenstock, Class 
Correspondent, Plastics 
Unlimited Inc., 80 Winter Street, 
Worcester, MA, 01604 

Marc L. Eisenstock is president of 
Plastics Unlimited in Worcester, 
MA, an officer of the Friends of 
Brandeis Athletics, and a member 
of the Brandeis Hall of Fame 
Selection Committee. He has two 
sons, Jordan, age 18, and Lee, age 
15. Eisenstock has resumed his 
golf after suffering a heart attack 
in June. Rosalie Gerut appeared as 
Mrs. Shlemiel in the Cambridge- 
based American Repertory 

Rosalie Cciut 

50 Brandeis Review 

Theater production of Shlemiel 
The First. She also tounded her 
own recording company, Blue Hill 
Recordings, and has composed 
and released several full length 
albums, including her latest, 
Sleep My Child. As the daughter 
of Holocaust survivors, she 
remains active in human rights 
groups and Holocaust survivors 
organizations and has recently 
been invited to assist with a 
medical/therapeutic team for 
survivors of recent atrocities in 
Zenica, Bosnia. 


John E. Edison organizes legal 
services tor people with AIDS and 
administers a private trust. In his 
free time, he likes to travel to the 
arctic, climh mountains, watch 
birds, and fish, iVlarshall 
Herskovitz is producer of his new 
ABC television series "My So- 
Called Life" which premiered in 
August. It is a provocative new 
drama aimed at younger 
audiences which looks at the life 
of a teen-age girl. Herskovitz is 
well-known for producing the 
popular television series 
"thirtysomething. " Lome Prupas 
has a small clinical psychology 
practice and is a staff psychologist 
at Simon Fraser University in 
Burnahy, British Columbia, where 
he earned his Ph.D. 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

Michael Allosso directed / Hate 
Hamlet at the New Repertory 
Theater in Newton, MA, and Into 
the Woods, the inaugural 
production at the Worcester 
Forum's new outdoor theater. He 
also directs the Young Arts 
Program at the Wang Center in 
Boston and a program in advanced 
directing at the Boston 
Conservatory. Kenneth M. Raskin 
made his Broadway debut this 
season, portraying Letou in Walt 
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." 
Last year he was featured as the 
lead clown in the world-famous 
Cirque du Soleil's NouvcUe 
Experience. He is an artist m 

residence at Emory University in 
Atlanta, where he directs and 
teaches physical comedy and 
Commedia del Arte, 


Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 First Avenue 
#4G, New York, NY 10009 

Since leaving Bantam Books last 
fall after nearly 13 years, Barbara 
Alpert has edited Susan Powter's 
The Pocket Poivter, written a 
cookbook newsletter, found an 
agent to market her book 
proposals, worked as a 
ghostwriter, composed her 750th 
piece of romance cover copy, and 
taught lunior Great Books to 
fourth graders in the New York 
City School Volunteer Program. 
Now if someone would offer to 
publish her Antarctica photos...! 
David H. Baum was named a 
Fellow in the Academy of 
California Adiiptum Lawyers. 
Lydia Baumrind juggles work and 
family in Brookline, MA, where 
she is a psychologist in private 
practice, specializing in working 
with couples. Writing from 
Moshav Zipori, a rural settlement 
in the Galilee, where she works 
in lewish education at a non- 
religious regional school and is 
actively involved in Arab-|ewish 
activities, Roberta Bell-KIigler 
notes that "things are always 
lively with 4 children, horses, a 
dog, birds, and a fig orchard to 
tend." Diagnosed two years ago 
with breast cancer, Roberta says 
she feels the worst is behind her, 
and hopes for health and peace. A 
psychologist in private practice in 
Toronto, Robert Besner is also a 
candidate in psychoanalytic 
training at the Toronto Institute 
of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 
Leah Bishop and Gary Yale 
survived the LA. earthquake, as 
did their daughters, Elizabeth, age 
8, and Rebecca, age 6. Gary works 
for the Seiko Time Corporation, 
while Leah is a tax partner at 
O'Melveny &. Myers, specializing 
in estate planning and 
administration and the 
representation of tax-exempt 
organizations. She was recently 
elected as a Fellow of the 
American College of Trust and 
Estate Counsel. Luigi Burzio has 
been promoted to professor at The 
lohns Hopkins University. He has 
been a faculty member in the 
Department of Cognitive Science 
since 1991 and is well known for 
his studies in syntactic theory, 
especially of the Italian language. 
His most recent book. Principles 
of English Stress, challenges the 
prevailing wisdom in phonology. 
Brian Cassie reports; "I spend a 

lot of my time teaching children 
about nature. When 1 was 10, 
grown-ups 'trashed' nature, often 
literally. Today, kids consider our 
national heritage extremely 
important. I think we have our 
generation to thank for that. It is 
going to get better." Sandra 
Charton is a labor lawyer working 
for a union that represents public 
sector employees. Married to tax 
lawyer, Tom Collins, she has 
three children: Samantha, age 10; 
Greg, age 7; and Nicole, age 4; and 
a great dog. Storm. Gail Chmara 
Chartoff works in the 
administrative computing 
department of the Massachusetts 
College of Art. A senior vice 
president m State Street Bank's 
credit & risk management area, 
Joseph P. Chow earned a master's 
degree in city planning and 
management from MIT before 
joining Bank of Boston, where he 
worked from 1981-1990. Married 
since 1981 to Selina lung, he has 
three children; Joanna, age 7; 
)ason, age 5; and Kathryn, age 1 . 
He describes his life as "a 
balancing act — but a very 
satisfying experience. I can't 
imagine it any other way." On 
sabbatical this past year from 
teaching at Sonoma State 
University. CA, Faye Pollock 
Cohen writes from Jerusalem, 
where she is a full-time working 
mom, raising two daughters, ages 
3 and 6, with her Israeli building 
contractor husband, and 
employed as an agent for CNN 
and other cable programming. She 
writes, "My thoughts are 
preoccupied with peace — would 
that It were only possible! — and 
very mundane, everyday things, 
like getting some sleep. Right 
now I'm watching Disney movies 
with my kids and feeling very 
content." For the past 10 years, 
Phyllis Brenner Coburn has 
headed up the Alumni 
Admissions Council in the 
Washington, DC. area. Feeling 
very much a part of the Brandeis 
community even nearly 20 years 
after graduation, Phyllis notes 
that "the future of the University 
IS in very good hands. These kids 
are as bright, as committed, and 
as 'off-center' as we all were at 
that age." Lynn Cominsky has 
been doing research in particle 
astrophysics at the Stanford 
Linear Accelerator Center, 
working on designs for a new 
generation of space-based high- 
energy gamma-ray detectors. She 
and husband Garrett Jernigan 
enjoy riding horses through the 
beautiful Mann County parks 
near their home. Currently chief 
economics correspondent for The 
New York Times and based in 

Washington, D.C., Thomas L. 
Friedman has joined the Brandeis 
Board of Trustees after winning 
two Pulitzer Prizes and receiving 

Kenny Raskin 

Thomas Friedman 

an honorary degree from Hebrew 
Union College last spring. David 
Glasser, Ann Blonston, and "two 
goofy dogs" live in Springfield, 
VA, where David is owner and 
chief engineer of AIRSHOW, 
INC., a digital audio editing and 
CD mastering facility that "most 
likely germinated over 20 years 
ago, late at night, stoned, at 
WBRS." Proud to report that CDs 
mastered at AIRSHOW received 
seven Grammy nominations and 
one Grammy award this year, he's 
also thrilled and gratified to be 
working and collaborating with 
many of the musicians he's 
enjoyed listening to in the past, 
including Doc Watson, Peter 
Rowan, Sweet Honey in the Rock, 
Jerry Douglas, and Beausoleil. 
David adds, "Sandoz, campus dog 
and trusty companion, passed 
away in 1986 at the age of 15. I 
know some of you out there 
remember him." Chief 
disciplinary counsel for the West 
Virginia State Bar m charge of 
lawyer discipline, Sherri D. 
Goodman reports she's still 
working on the hard stuff — 
growing up and struggling with 
how conservative Judaism treats 
women Peter Grossman is 
manager of network software 
development at Boston 
Technology, which sells voice 
application platforms. Married to 
Susan Berger, he's the father of 
Shelby, age 9, and Jeffrey, age 7. 
Assistant professor of 
neuropathology at Kansas 
University Medical College (after 
residencies and fellowships that 
took him to Milwaukee, Chicago, 
and New York), iHichael S. 
Handler, M.D. lives in Kansas 
City, where he also runs the 
regional Alzheimer's and 
Parkinson's Diseases Brain Bank. 
He is married to medical 
malpractice attorney Gabrielle, 
with whom he has two children, a 
daughter, Stacy, age 4, and a son. 

51 Fall 1994 

David, age 2, Michael says, "We 
all love living in Kansas City, 
where we've been for five years 
now." After years of living and 
acting in New York City, Katie 
McDonough Herzog returned to 
school and got her paralegal 
certificate. When she and her 
actor-husband, John Herzog, 
moved to Los Angeles, she 
worked as assistant director of 
International Distribution at 
Twentieth Century Fox before 
moving to The Welk Group (yes, 
Lawrence Welk), which handles 
records and resorts. Katie's 
daughter, Molly, recently turned 

3. Managing editor of Multimedia 
Today as well as running a 
successful high-tech marketing 
business, Mindy Littman Holland 
is married to software engineer 
and jazz musician Grant Holland, 
and has one stepson and three 
stepgrandchildren. "I definitely 
don't feel old enough to be 20 
years out of college, but being a 
grandmother is really pushing it!" 
Active as a member of the adjunct 
faculty at the University of 
Houston Graduate School of 
Social Work, and the University 
of Texas Medical School at 
Houston, and as guest lecturer at 
Baylor College of Medicine, 
Sondra Kaplanwald has a private 
psychotherapy practice and enjoys 
teaching adults about lewish 
feminism at local synagogues and 
temples. She founded and serves 
as Houston area director of 
Adoption Affiliates, a nonprofit 
pro-choice adoption agency. 
Married almost 10 years, she has 

a daughter, Hanna, born in 1984, 
and adopted shortly after birth. 
Practicing urology in Miami, FL, 
Mark R. Kaufman, M D , has two 
children and has been happily 
married for 18 years. His first 
book, an ecofeminist novel called 
The Teiraformeis, is under 
contract with a literary agent. 
Now in his fifth year as an 
independent health data analysis 
consultant, Matthew Klionsky is 
doing business as Managed Care 
Analysis. He and wife, Susan 
Rosenberg, have three children; 
Gideon, age 5 1/2; Abigail, age 2 
1/2; and infant Naomi. In 
Shanghai, China, since July 1992, 
where she did economic reporting 
in her capacity as foreign service 
officer, Lisa Jean Shapiro Kubiske 
returned to Washington, D.C., in 
July to take an assignment 
working on monetary issues in 
the former Soviet Union. Her 
husband, Dan, is a journalist, and 
sons, Philip, age 7, and Adam, age 

4, are "professionals at play." 
Now the father of three, two sons 
Jeremy, age 6, Brett, age 3, and an 
infant daughter, Shaine, Steven 
Leibowitz, M.D., continues his 
private practice in ophthalmology 
and ophthalmic plastic surgery in 

Beverly Hills and at UCLA, in 
addition to recently opening an 
office in Las Vegas. Arlette R. 
Liebgatt-Twersky earned a 
master's degree m music therapy 
from Hahnemann University and, 
while raising lour children, 
Joanie, Avital, Naomi, and Joshua, 
continues to pursue her interests 
in singing anci teaching folk 
dancing. Haris A. Makkas moved 
from New York to Athens last 
year and is now country treasurer 
and deputy general manager for 
Bank of America — Greece. He and 
his wife, Mary, had a daughter, 
born in 1993 and are "enjoying 
Greece for the moment, but have 
our sights set on San Francisco in 
a few years." A graduate of the 
University of Virginia Law School 
'79, David Markell is now 
teaching environmental law at 
Albany Law School. He and his 
wife, Mona Jacobs, are proud 
parents of two daughters, 
Rebecca, age 2, and infant, Jenny. 
Busy raising her three wonderful 
children, two sons, ages 1 1 and 9, 
and one daughter, age 6, Pamela 
Gaudet Marsocci keeps her hand 
m theater activities by 
performing and directing with 
local theater groups and directing 
for area high school drama 
programs. Adoption and school 
issues consume much of her time 
and thoughts, she comments, but 
"life IS full and fun!" Risa 
Hochbaum Miron and her 
husband, Robert, and son James, 
age 6, vacationed with Frances 
Goldstein and her husband, 
Jonathan Bloom '76, and son, 
Jacob, age 7, at the Polynesian 
Resort at Walt Disney World. Risa 
reports that "Frances was 
outstanding, having memorized 
the entire unofficial guide to 
Disney — we did not miss one 
thing over the five days!" After 
receiving an M.S. degree at 
Oregon and a Ph.D. degree at 
Cornell, David F. Mitchell, Ph D., 
returned to New England to work 
in lake assessment and 
restoration. Now a senior 
ecologist with ENSR, he lives in 
Sturbridge, MA, with his wife, 
Carol, and son, Matthew, where 
they "en)oy the historical 
ambience between commutes." 
Margaree King Mitchell's first 
children's book. Uncle fed's 
Barbershop, which was published 
by Simon S. Schuster in 1993, 
won the Coretta Scott King 
Honor Award for Illustration and 
was named an American Library 
Association Notable Children's 
Book. Melanie Terner Pinkert has 
returned to school full-time, 
pursuing a master's degree in 
music education and certification 
in music teaching. "I've been 
teaching music on many different 
levels to many different age 
groups for years and decided to 

make it official!" Also the happy 
but tired mom of Anna Eleanor, 
age 9, and Alan Isaac, age 4, 
Melanie is married to Marvin 
Pinkert '74 and conducts off- 
campus interviews for the 
Alumni Admissions Council. 
Peretz Rodman is working 
overtime as a translator, educator, 
and administrator m order to live 
m Jerusalem — "exactly the city I 
most want to live in, in exactly 
the neighborhood I most want to 
live in. I never expected to have 
my life directed so much by place 
instead of, say, career, but this is 
home." A veteran of 13 years in 
the Bronx, New York's District 
Attorney's Office, and deputy 
chief for the past 7 years of a trial 
division, Paul Rosenfeld enjoys 
trying murder and major felony 
cases. "It's exciting and 
challenging — I love going to work 
each day!" Married to Jamie 
Hoffman-Rosenfeld, a 
pediatrician, and father of Kira 
and Asner, Paul still finds time to 
run half-marathons and 
triathlons, is active on the Board 
of Directors at his synagogue, and 
teaches Israeli folk dancing "once 
in a while! " Patti Kriger Schaffer 
IS director of marketing at Bristol 
Myers Products |the consumer 
division of Bristol Myers SquibbI, 
married to Michael Schaffer since 
1987, and the mother of one son, 
Jordan, age 4. She keeps in touch 
with Susan Etra, Joyce Leifer, and 
Nancy Spinner. "Are we having a 
Reunion:" she asks. You better 
believe it! Michael A. Schwartz is 
assistant attorney general in the 
Civil Rights Bureau of the New 
York State Attorney General's 
office and is married to Patricia 
Moloney. Seth W. Silverman, 
M.D., continues as medical 
director of The Silverman Group 
in Houston. He is the proud 
father of Charlotte, age 2, and 
infant Spencer Phyllis Witzel 
Speiser, M.D. has been appointed 
chief of the Division of Pediatric 
Endocrinology at North Shore 
University Hospital of the 
Cornell University Medical 
College. Public health dentist for 
the Maricopa County Department 
of Health Services, Pauline Tom- 
Yee, D.M.D., lives in Scottsdale, 
AZ, with her anesthesiologist 
husband. Dr. Bruce Yee, and three 
children, Catherine, age 12, 
Stephanie, age 9, and Christopher, 
age 6. Executive vice president 
and owner, with her husband, 
Ron Zimmerman, of The 
Herbfarm in Fall City, WA, (lust 
outside Seattle), Carrie Van Dyck 
oversees a fast-growing family 
business that includes a top-rated 
restaurant (one of only five 
nationwide receiving 29 points 
out of 30 from Zagat!) featuring 
herb-inspired cuisine, a country 
store, 17 herbal theme gardens. 

more than 300 classes (on herb 
gardening, cooking, crafts, 
basketry, and herbal medicine), 
and a mail-order catalog of 
products shipped all over the 
United States. Director of Public 
Affairs for the New Israel Fund, 
husband to Simha Rosenberg '76, 
and daddy to Adin Zakkai, age 4 
1/2, Simkha Y. Weintraub is 
editing Healing of Spirit. Healing 
of Body, soon-to-be-published by 
Jewish Lights Publishing, a 
collection of "bridges" to 10 
Psalms from the Book of Psalms 
which the Hassidic master, Reb 
Nahman of Bratslav, designated 
Psalms of Healing. Featuring a 
foreword by Bill Cosby, Terrie 
Williams's book. The Personal 
Touch: What You Really Need to 
Succeed m Today's Fast-Paced 
Business World, was launched 
with a lO-city tour in September 
by Simon &. Schuster. A leading 

Terrie Williams 

public relations entrepreneur and 
president of her own firm, Terrie 
has represented such clients as 
Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, 
Hammer, Sally Jessy Raphael, 
Essence Communications, and 
AT&T. Her philosophy: "People 
do business with people they like, 
so know that your reputation for 
dealing with people is important. 
When you meet people, get to 
know what's important to them." 
Roger Zeitel works as Senior 
Computer Programmer for the 
Skadden, Arps law firm in New 
York City Pamela Zickler- 
Rikkers is producing a video 
documentary on a controversy 
over a new comprehensive 
curriculum for sexuality 
education in Newton, MA, and 
watching her four wonderful 
daughters "develop into 
interesting young women." Gary 
Winter is enrolled in a master's 
degree in social work program at 
Boston University after working 
for an international cost-of-living 
research firm in Cambridge for 16 
years. As part of a final-year work 
placement program, he is working 
at the Cambridge Hospital 
Outpatient Psychiatric 
Department. Living in Seattle 

52 Brandeis Review 


since 1985, Dan Petegorsky is 
married to Roberta Delaney. They 
have a daughter Nicole, age 6, and 
are expecting their second child 
late in 1994. For the past seven 
years, he has hecn regional 
director ot the Peace 
Development Fund, active in 
social change philanthropy, and a 
volunteer on the hoard of the 
Western States Center, which 
supports progressive community 
organizations and elected officials 
in eight western states. "Our 
longue-in-cheek motto is 'riding 
the range for social change.'" Dan 
writes that in late spring 1994 he 
attended a Western States 
conference where he was 
introduced to a new program 
officer from the Colorado-based 
family foundation, the Needmor 
Fund^and was pleased to run 
into Isabel Olivera-Morales. "The 
last time 1 remember seeing Isabel 
was at Brandeis in the seventies, 
when we worked together 
organizing against the Vietnam 
War. Now here we were, 20 years 
later, never having been in touch 
in between, but brought together 
by our common work of building 
a more just and equitable future. 
This incident underscored lust 
how strong and enduring the 
values were that led us to 
decisions we made 20 years ago 
about how we wanted to live our 
lives." Dan's letter echoed what 
so many of our class felt back 
then and still feel: "Since my days 
at Brandeis, it's been a constant 
tor me — the desire to look myself 
in the face each day and feel that 
what I'm doing amounts to more 
than simply bringing home a 
paycheck. That work is never 
really done; the present always 
holds out the challenge of a better 
future, and that challenge can 
elicit despair or cynicism just as 
easily as hope or perseverance. So 
It's always gratifying when I run 
into others from the 'good old 
days' who have resisted giving 
way to cynicism and have stayed 
young by keeping hope alive." 


Beth Pearlman Rotenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 2743 Dean 
Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416 

Ellen Feinberg Blitz writes of her 
concern over the whereabouts and 
well-being ol Wien classmate, 
(ames Sawalla Guseh of Liberia, 
and asks anyone with news of 
him to contact her or the 
University. He held an important 
government position before the 
current civil war and has been out 
of touch. After completing a two- 
year State Department tour as 
commercial attache at the 
American Embassy, Nassau, 
Bahamas, Scott Edelman left for 
even more sun and sand on 
special assignment as a civilian 

observer with the mixed military- 
civilian multinational force 
which patrols the Sinai to 
monitor compliance with the 
Israel-Egypt peace treaty. He 
invites fellow alumni in Israel or 
Egypt to visit the MFO North 
Camp at El-Goreh, a tormer 
Israeli air force base near Rafiah. 
Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, Ph.D., 
is an associate professor at 
Harvard Business School where 
he teaches courses in 
international strategy and the 
international political economy 
for the M.B.A. degree program. He 
lives with his wife, Susan Wexler, 
and their daughter, Rachel. Eve L. 
Kaplan is a portfolio manager in 
charge of fapanese equities at 
Robeio Group in Rotterdam, The 
Netherlands. She and her 
husband, Andrei, have a son, 
Ariel, age 5 Beryl M. A. Khabeer 
is instructor of philosophy at 
Cuyahoga Community College in 
Cleveland. She is the writer of 
experimental dramas including 
The Way They Play House, The 
Souls of Men, and The 
Battleground. Khabeer was 
presented the Editor's Choice 
Award from the National Library 
of Poetry for her poem "To My 
Dearly Departed Child." Morris 
(Moshe) E. Kranc is director of 
software development for News 
Datacom, a lerusalem-based 
subsidiary of the News 
Corporation, which specializes in 
encryption and scrambling 
systems. He lives in the Talpiot 
neighborhood of lerusalem with 
his wife, Elise, and four children, 
Aaron lonah, age 8, Hannan Ariel, 
age 4, Tehilla Hannah Haya, age 
2, and infant Jacob loel. 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, Apt. 2C, 
New York, NY 10028 

Donald Bumiller is a partner in 
the trial-piactice law firm of 
Leavitt and Bumiller and 
chairman of the Essex County Bar 
Association's section on 
litigation John R. Caban, a 
certified public accountant, lives 
in Bedford, MA, with his wife, 
Deborah, and their children, 
Sarah and Jennifer. Veronica A. 
Williams is founder, principal and 
managing director of ACT, Inc., a 
marketing consulting firm that 
provides marketing services and 
mobile computing solutions to 
companies in the information 
management industry. She has 
published several articles and 
participated in panels on wireless 
communications. Williams has 
traveled extensively to South 
America and the South Pacific, 
and is an avid scuba diver. "I am 
still enioying the single life and 
visit other Brandeis alumni from 
time to time," she reports. 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 


Fredric Hayward 


February 9, 1994 


J. Mark Kravitz 

Ethan Daniel 

December 28. 1993 


Ninon Kafka 

Kimberly Sarah Veklerov 

May 3. 1994 


Matthew Klionsky 


February 4, 1994 

Harold A. Lancer. M.D. 

Blair Leigh 

June 22. 1993 

Roger Zeitel 


February 26. 1994 


Joan Pitzele Sacks 

Rachel Shira 

January 18, 1994 


Mark C. Leyner 

Gabrielle Pinto 

June 26, 1993 


Elyse Goldstein 

Micah Benjamin 

January 19, 1994 

Julian E. Hyman 

Benjamin Ari 

Aprils. 1994 

Harry A. Lebowitz. M.D. 

Aleia Mariel 

March 24. 1994 

David Schneiderman 

Marco Alec Benson 

July 29. 1993 

Susan Darman Shwom 

Naomi Ellen 

December 16, 1993 


Kenneth C. Fried 

Joseph Edward 

June 16, 1994 

Allison S. Zaum 

Gregory Robert 

September 15. 1993 


Gary S. Barker 

Morgan Leigh 

lanuary 7, 1989 

Mitchell Jordan 

March 30, 1990 

Brett Taylor 

April 15. 1992 

Daniel Berger 

Frederic Lee 

May 4, 1993 

Nancy Tobkes hunt. Ph.D. 

Evan Tobkes Lunt 

March 23, 1994 

Janet Cohn Perlman 

Benjamm Aaron 

lanuary 20. 1994 


Stuart Miller. MD 

Emily Nicole 

March 21, 1994 

Barry J. Moltz 

Ethan Jeremy 

lanuarv 9, 1993 

Tamar L. Schriger 

Levona Tova 

March 14. 1994 

Scott D. Schwartz 

Brooke Elliot 

May 5. 1994 


Edy Rosenson Blady 

Emily Ann 

December 31. 1993 

Marjorie L. Baros and 

Ashley Victoria 

February 8, 1994 

Philip N. Kabler 

Susan Alexanian Jacobsen 

Gabrielle Molly 

May 11. 1994 

Karen Pasternack Straus and Gaily Pasternack 

April 12, 1994 

Andrew Straus 

Michael Weinstein 

Spencer Yael 

May 28, 1994 


Cheryl Cutler Azair 

Samuel Jacob 

June 7, 1994 

Barry J. Barth 

Alexander William 

March 20. 1994 

Deborah Bornstein Sosebee 

Isaac Benjamin 

Iune22. 1994 

Martha Lemer Byrne 

Margot Helena 

March 22. 1994 

Donna Butler 

Benjamin Nathaniel 

July 4, 1992 

Eliana Kristal 

Aprils. 1994 

Terrence J. Cullen and 

James Michael 

March 20. 1994 

Lori Hirsch Cullen 

llene Polly Dulman 

Russell Scott 

September 30, 1991 

Allison Rae 

April 19, 1994 

Marian Garber Marlowe 


January 13. 1994 


Lori Kaufman Goodian 

Jeffrey Daniel 

April 16, 1994 

Risa Klein-Greene 

Jessica Loren 

December 15. 1993 

Leslie Antin Levy and 

Jacob Ian 

June 29, 1993 

Bruce Levy 

Amy Palman Price and 


May 22, 1994 

Ira M. Price '83 


Janice Rovner Feldman 

Matthew Lawrence 

March 4, 1994 

Bruce Merenstein 

Carter Stephen 

March 14, 1994 

Deborah Schwarz Tallon 

Rachel Leigh 

December 2. 1993 


Stephanie Harte Ankus 

Emily Joy 

April 2. 1994 

Estelle Milcbman Davis 

Maxwell Isaac 

May 23. 1994 

Michelle Engel Eckstein and 

Arielle Samantha 

April 28. 1994 

Neil Eckstein 

Janice Hochster Martin 

Sydni Lynne 

December 23. 1993 

Michelle Butensky 

Gabriel Natan 

April 7, 1994 

Scheiathal and 

Eitan Ghaniel 

April 7, 1994 

Stephen M. Scheinthal. M.D. 

Ari Lee 

April 7, 1994 

Matthew Weinberg and 

Rebecca laime 

Novembers. 1993 

Pamela Flaum '87 

Aileen Walborsky-Josephs 

Jonathan William 

May 17. 1994 


Michelle D. Cote 

Shane Michael 

September 9. 1993 

Ross Nadeau and 

[ulia Lynn 

November 22, 1993 

Debbie Favreau-Nadeau 

Ryan Matthew 

November 22. 1993 

Allison Needle McGlinchey 

Joseph III 

Iulv3. 1994 

Mark Miller 

Andrew Jacob 

July 27. 1993 

Jeffry T. Waldman and 

Rebecca Sydney 

November 4, 1993 

Barbara Nackmaa Waldman 


Roni Leff Kurtz 

Ezra Chanan Kurtz 

lanuary 3, 1994 

Robert A. Cohen and 

Michael Evan 

May 16. 1994 

Michelle Weisberg Cohen '85 


Karen Kirychuk and 

George Kirychuck 

Haley Elizabeth 

May 1. 1994 

GRAD Jonathan Yavner. M.A. 89 

lean Morris 

November 14. 1993 

53 Fall 1994 


Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 210 West 89th 
Street #6C, New York, NY 10024 

Mark H. Blecher, M.D., was 
elected president of the 
Pennsylvania Academy of 
Ophthalmology. He lives and 
works m Philadelphia as associate 
surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, 
attending surgeon at hoth St. 
Agnes and Methodist Hospitals, 
and assistant clinical professor at 
Jefferson Medical College, [ulian 
E. Hyman is vice president of 
fixed income sales at BayBank 
Boston. He lives with his wife, 
Francine, daughter, Mara liana, 
age 2, and infant son, Benjamin 
Ari. David F. Schneiderman 
survived the floods, earthquakes, 
and recessions that California has 
experienced in recent years. He 
lives with his wife, Julia, and son, 
Marco, age 1, in Pacific Palisades, 
CA. He continues to build 
Investech Systems Ltd., a 
technology consulting firm that 
focuses on the financial and 
securities industry and reports 
that he looks forward to the 20th 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angler Road, 
Lexington, MA 02 173 

Pamela K. Anderson is area 
manager of the Peace Corps m 
Chicago. Laurence M. Cohen is m 

his 12th year as practicing 
attorney and partner in the 
Kuvara and Cohen Law Firm. He 
and his wife, Jastell, restored their 
century old home in California. 
"If you ever saw The Money Pit, 
that could have been us," he 
comments. Last summer, he and 
his wife celebrated their 10th 
wedding anniversary as well as 
the 7th birthday of their daughter, 
EUary, and the 5th birthday of 
their son, Spencer. Richard I. 
Jaffee is a vice president and 
institutional equity salesman and 
vice president at Goldman, Sachs 
&. Company. He lives in Rye, NY, 
with his wife, Nancy, and two 
children, Laura, age 4, and Ben, 
age 3. Seth D. Moldoff works in 
equity investment with AIDC, 
Ltd., a subsidiary of the 
Australian Industry Development 
Corporation. He invests in the 
infrastructure and natural 
resources industries in Australia 
and Asia and specializes in 
investing equity funds in the 
power industry. He lives in 
Mosman, Australia, with his wife, 
Donna, and three children: David, 
age 5, and Phillip and Joshua, 
both age 3. He reports that his 
family is "very happy m Australia 
but (we) miss our family and 
friends in the United States." 


Lisa Gelfand, Class 
Correspondent, 19 Winchester 
Street #404, Brookline, MA 02146 

Susan L. Blumberg, a licensed 
clinical psychologist in Denver, 
recently bought a home with her 
husband, Lewis Getschel. Scott 
Corwin has joined the New York 
office of A. T. Kearney, a global 
consulting firm assisting 
corporate clients successfully 
implement critical strategic 
operational and organizational 
change. Benjamin D. Fox, 
supervising assistant state 
attorney in Florida, is in charge of 
the misdemeanor and domestic 
violence divisions. He lives in 
South Daytona with his wife, 
Regina Sowards-Fox. Nancy 
Tobkes Lunt, Ph.D., is a protein 
chemist for Regeneron 
Pharmaceuticals and is married to 
John Lunt, M.D., an orthopedic 
surgeon. They live in Danbury, 
CT, and are the parents of a son, 
Evan. Elaine Sachter, M.D. 
practices internal medicine at 
Virginia Mason Medical Center 
and lives in Seattle with her 
husband, Michael Newman, and 
three children, Maya, Tamar, and 
Ari. Steven P. Skulnik practices 
law as a partner of Pavia &. 
Harcourt in New York, where he 
specializes in commercial 
litigation and arbitration. He lives 
with his wife, Lynn, and their 
daughter, Cathy. 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

Aline G. Carriere is practicing 
general law in Salem, MA, after 
graduating from Boston 
University Law School in 1990 
and serving as a law clerk to the 
Justices of the Superior Court in 
Massachusetts. She and her 
husband live with their year-old 
daughter, Laura Gisele, in a home 
that was built for them in 
Amesbury, MA. Michael D. 
Eggert lives in Newton, MA, with 
his wife, Carolyn Shultz, and son, 
Benjamin. He is practicing real 
estate law with a Boston law firm 
and reports that he is "thankful 
for the lifelong friends I made at 
Brandeis." Diane Ferber is vice 
president in charge of account 
management at Association 
Expositions and Services, a Reed 
Exhibition company that 
produces trade shows. She lives 
with her husband, Albie Collins, 
and their son, Max, in Stamford, 
CT, Robyn E. Gold is developing 
hei own communications 
consulting company. Gold Chip 
Communications, in Belmont, 
MA. Previously she was a product 
account manager for ITT Publitec 
in The Netherlands. Stuart D. 
Miller, M.D., has joined the 

Stuart D. Miller 

orthopedic surgical staff at Union 
Memorial Hospital in Baltimore 
upon completion of his fellowship 
in foot and ankle surgery. Barry J. 
Moltz started a business called 
SciTech International with Ken 
Kornbluh, husband of Ruth 
Richman '82. The company 
distributes scientific and 
technical software worldwide. 
The business is a "raving 
success," he says. Marc D. 
Schneider and Eileen Merker 
Schneider moved to Hillsdale, NJ, 
where he is assistant vice 
president of planning and analysis 
at Children's Television 
Workshop and she is a clinical 
social worker with a private 
practice specializing m the 
treatment of children with 
attention deficit disorder. They 
have two children, Michael, age 7, 
and Robin, age 3. Tamar L. 
Schriger and her family live in 
Mevasseret Zion, Israel, and are 
enjoying her extended maternity 
leave. Frank A. Segall is a partner 
in the real estate department of 
the law firm of Hinckley, Allen &. 
Snyder where he specializes in 
lending and workout transactions. 
Scott D. Schwartz is managing 
and developing real estate as 
president of the Spencer-Scott 
Real Estate Group and CEO of the 
Mika Company in California. He 
lives in Malibu with his wife, 
Patricia, and three children, 
Spencer, age 7, Justin, age 4, and 
infant, Brooke. 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1738 Mayfield 
Avenue #111, Los Angeles, CA 

Betsy Boms is in her third season 
of writing and co-producing 
ABC's popular television show, 
Roseannc. Last year, she won a 
Peabody Award, the GLAAD 
Media Award, and a Golden Globe 
Award Dana E. Casher of 
Krulewich &. Associates in Boston 
was elected to serve as treasurer 
of the New England region of the 
Commercial Law League of 
America, the nation's oldest 

organization of commercial and 
bankruptcy law professionals. She 
received her J.D. degree from 
Suffolk University Law School in 
1987 Mark Evan Kutner opened 
his own law office in Houston, 
TX, where he specializes in 
personal injury law. Lisa Burke 
Simon teaches economics at 
Cuesta Community College. She 
iL ports that "teaching the same 
beginning classes that Professor 
Barney Schwalberg taught me 
brings back fond memories of 
Biandeis and the challenge and 
excitement I enjoyed while 
studying economics there." Debra 
P. Stark, an assistant professor at 
The John Marshall Law School, 
teaches courses in property, 
contracts, and real estate 
transactions. A graduate of 
Northwestern University School 
of Law, she formerly practiced 
real estate and finance law with 
the Chicago firm of Katten, 
Muchin ik Davis. Shelley R. 
Tauber is a manager for a group of 
computer programmers at Chubb 
Insurance Company. Garthleen E. 
Thomas is a technical writer for 
the Electronic Data Systems 
Corporation in Herndon, VA. Last 
spring she was graduated from 
The Johns Hopkins University's 
Leadership Development Program 
for Minority Managers, a highly 
selective program that is designed 
to prepare outstanding minority 
professionals to assume 
leadership positions in both 
private and public organizations. 
Michael Weinstein is a global 
telecommunications consultant 
at AT&T Bell Laboratories who 
has traveled to Europe, Africa, 
and Latin America. He lives in 
Tinton Falls, NJ, with his wife, 
Robin, and two daughters, 3-year- 
old Aliyah and newborn, Spencer. 
Benjamin W. Westervelt received 
a tenure track appointment in 
European History at Lewis iS. 
Clark College in Portland, OR, 
after earning master's and Ph.D. 
degrees m history from Harvard 
University. He specializes in the 
Renaissance and Reformation, as 
well as early modern 


Eileen Isbitts Weiss, 456 9th 
Street #30, Hoboken, NJ 07030 

Barry J. Barth is in-house counsel 
at J. Baker, Inc., in Canton, MA. 
He lives with his wife, Fran, in 
Sharon, MA. Adam P. Brown, 

M.D., is completing a one-year 
fellowship in cerebrovascular and 
skull base surgery at the Barrow 
Neurological Institute in Phoenix, 
AZ, where he lives with his wife, 
Darlene, and their dog. Bo. Last 
spring. Brown completed his 
residency in neurological surgery 
at Barres Hospital, which is 

54 Brandeis Review 


affiliated with the Washington 
University School of Medicine, 
St. Louis, MO. Steven E. Cooper 
received the Associated Press 
Avi'ard for Best Coverage of 
Breaking News. Terrence J. 
CuIIen IS practicing corporate and 
securities law at Goodwin, 
Proctor, and Hoar in Boston while 
his wife, Lori Hirsch Cullen, is 
busy at home taking care of their 
two boys, Terrence, age 3, and 
infant, James. Irene Stern Frielich 
is assistant vice president of 
training and development and 
instructional design at BayBank 
in Waltham after earning an 
M.B.A. degree from Babson 
College in 1991. She and her 
husband, Seth, live in Sharon, 
MA, with their two sons, Joshua, 
age 4, and infant, Jonah. She 
resumed her avocation as a 
flutist, and plays with the Sharon 
Community Band. Samuel 
"Shoobie" Gesten has joined Sally 
& Fitch in Boston as a civil 
litigator after leaving his post of 
deputy attorney general with the 
California Department of Justice. 
Last December, he and former 
roommate, Bobby Lepson, both 
became parents. Ironically, their 
baby girls were born at the same 
hospital, 48 hours apart, and the 
new mothers were assigned 
adjacent hospital rooms after 
their respective births. Shoobie 
reports that it "didn't take long 
for him to feel like he was back at 
Brandeis, living in the dorms." 
Lepson works as a financial 
planner with the Chcsnut Hill 
Financial Group. Daniel B. 
Hellerstein is studying the 
valuation of non-market benefits, 
focusing on methodological 
issues, for the USDA Economic 
Research Service in Washington, 
D.C. He lives with his wife, 
Susan, and their 2-year-old twins. 
Hellerstein reports that he owns 
his house, a car, and a kayak. 
"The Potomac keeps me sane," he 
writes Phillip J. Lerner, M D , 
enjoyed being an economics 
major at Brandeis hut eventually 
pursued a career in medicine. He 
is employed as an occupational 
health physician at 3M in St. 
Paul, MN. He and his wife, Sue, 
enjoy living in the Twin Cities, 
although the "winters are a bit 
cold." David J. MuUer and his 
wife, Joyce, moved to Hamilton, 
Ontario, where their children, 
Jacob, age 5, and Rachel, age 3, are 
enrolled at the Hamilton Hebrew 
Academy. They also moved their 
business, MuUer's Meats, to 
Kitchener, Ontario. Michael S. 
Schwartz is a resident in radiation 
oncology at Downstate Medical 
Center in New York. Andrew L 
Silfen IS a senior associate at the 
New York office of Ober, Kaler, 
Grimes & Schriver. Previously he 
received a corporate LL.M. from 

the New York University School 
of Law. He and his wife, Merryll, 
have a daughter, Jessica. Brandon 
Toropov, a writer and editor from 
Middleton, MA, was selected to 
attend the 1994 Playwrights 
Conference in July. His new play, 
^7} Undivided Heart, concerns 
the problem of priests who abuse 
children, and was one of 13 
projects chosen from hundreds 
submitted to the O'Neill Theater 
Center in New York to be given a 
script-in-hand reading at the 1994 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 211 East 18th 
Street #5-G. New York, NY 10003 

Leslie Meltzer Aronzon is vice 
president at Houlihan, Lokey, 
Howard & Zukin, Inc., in Los 
Angeles, where she advises 
companies, creditors, and other 
interested parties on matters 
ranging from restructuring to 
financial analysis and litigation 
support. She lives in Santa 
Monica with her husband, Paul. 
Marcia Book and her husband, 
Brad, live in Manhattan, where 
she is an editor at Silhouette 
Books and he is an executive 
recruiter Scott Carlin is an 
environmental studies instructor 
at Long Island University and 
lives with his wife, Victoria 
Fabish, and his two "beautiful 
kids," Stephanie and Deborah. 
Seth Chasin is director of 
business planning and analysis at 
loseph E. Seagram 6i Sons in New 
York, where he lives with his 
wife, Bonnie Goldfine, and son, 
Michael. He reports that he 
fulfilled his lifelong dream when 
he attended game seven of the 
Stanley Cup finals and saw the 
New York Rangers win the cup. 
Bruce Decter, M.D., joined 
Cardiovascular Consultants of 
Long Island and is admitting 
patients to North Shore 
University Hospital, Long Island 
lewish Medical College, St. 
Francis Hospital, and Little Neck 
Community Hospital. He is also a 
clinical instructor in medicine at 
Cornell University Medical 
College. Decter lives in North 
Woodmere, NY, with his wife, 
Shan, and his three children, 
lacob, Ashley, and Gabnelle. 
Steven Fink was named senior 
consultant at Arthur D. Little, 
Inc., where he has been for six 
years. Previously he earned his 
M.S. degree in management at 
MIT's Sloan School of 
Management. He lives in 
Ashland, MA, with his wife, 
Barbara, two children, fennifer, 
age 4, and Andrew, age 2. Caryn 
Schlecker lives in Miami with her 
partner, Anne, and their two 
daughters, Shamayim, age 3, and 
infant, Haviva. 

lames R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 5733 Aldea 
Avenue, Encino, CA 91316 

Lyone S. Fein has received a 
University of Iowa Stanley Grant 
for Scholarship in Foreign 
Language. She enrolled in the 
Hindi Language Program at the 
Landour Language Institute in 
India last summer, and is 
currently continuing her Ph.D. 
studies in Iowa, concentrating on 
the history of Asian religions. 
Seth H. Grae frequently travels 
overseas in his capacity as general 
counsel of RTPC, a small 
company in New York in a loint 
venture with Raytheon. Orna 
Hananel received her M.D. degree 
from the Technion in Haifa, Israel 
in 1992. She is completing her 
residency in family practice/ 
primary care at UCLA where her 
main interests are in women's 
health and prenatal care. Her 
program concentrates on the 
underserved, uninsured in 
Southern Los Angeles 
communities. She is cochair of 
the Homeless Outreach Program 
in the South Bay. Samuel G. 
Kaufman works for a 
geodemographics firm in software 
maintenance and support for 
whom he developed a CRA 
compliance tool for mortgage 
lenders. In his spare time he 
enjoys "bridge, cycling, music 
making, travel, and being a quiet 
gay activist." lonathan M. 
Mattana has been trading oil 
futures for the past nine years, 
specializing in Number 2 heating 
oil. He has been a member of the 
New York Mercantile Exchange 
since 1985, was married in 1989, 
and has a 2-year-old daughter, 
Zoe. Geoffrey A. Negin, M.D., 
completed his neuroradiology 
fellowship training at the 
University of South Florida 
College of Medicine in fune and 
then moved to Fort Myers, FL, 
with his fiancee, Angelique 
Eaton, to join a hospital-based 
private diagnostic radiology group 
practice. Beth Goldstein Weiner is 
a marketing manager for a 
publishing company in Arlington, 
MA, and lives m HoUiston with 
her husband, Mike, and daughter, 


Illyse Shindler Habbe, Class 
Correspondent, 89 Turner Street, 
Brighton, MA 02135 

Jose R. Azout is president of a 
multinational flower export firm 
in Bogota, Columbia. Marcy 
Abelson Bandick works in 
employee relations at Eh Lilly 
and Company in Indianapolis, IN, 
where she lives with her husband, 
Michael. Neil Eckstein is a fifth- 
year associate attorney at Willkie 

Parr & Gallagher in New York, 
while his wife, Michelle, is "busy 
playing mom" to their two 
children, Matthew, age 3, and his 
infant sister, Arielle. Joel F. 
Freedman was named vice 
president and general counsel for 
Dial Call Communications, Inc., 
a specialized mobile radio 
subsidiary of Dial Page, Inc., 
located in Atlanta, GA. 
Previously, while practicing with 
Ropes and Gray in Boston, he 
served both groups as outside 
corporate counsel. Todd A. 
Goldstein is director of marketing 
at Ruland Manufacturing 
Company in Watertown, MA, 
after earning his M.B.A. degree at 
Babson College in 1993. Richard 
S. Klein is a top aide to Senator 
John D. Rockefeller of West 
Virginia, working on 
speechwriting and 
communications. He recently 
traveled to Japan as a member of a 
Congressional delegation 
examining U.S. -Japanese 
relations, trade, and security 
issues. When he is not working 
on senatorial matters, he is busy 
m his role of director of the Wild 
Goose Brewery, which he 
founded, it is located in Maryland 
and produces several English-style 
ales that are distributed 
throughout the East Coast from 
Boston to the Carolinas. Sonya 
Starr was graduated from the 
Reconstructionist Rabbinical 
College (RRCl m Wvncotc, PA 

Sonya Stan 

While attending RRC she assisted 
at the Hebrew Association of the 
Deaf in Philadelphia and engaged 
m Hillel work at Bucknell 
University, congregational work 
at the Congregation of Fairbanks, 
AK, and organizational work in 
the Jewish Women's Studies 
Project at RRC. Matthew 
Weinberg is managing director at 
Smith Barney Shearson in New 
York City and is married to 
Pamela Flaum '87 They live m 
New York City with their infant 
daughter, Rebecca. Sharon L. 
Weiner is working for a 
behavioral medicine system at 
MetroWest Medical Center in 

55 Fall 1994 

Frammgham, MA. She received 
an MBA, degree from Boston 
University in 1990. Gary S. Zel 
moved from New York, where he 
was a marketing manager at 
Time, to Miami, where he started 
his own company that performs 
marketing services for magazines. 
He and his wife, Antoinette, 
recently bought their first home 
in Miami Beach. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 45 East End 
Avenue, Apt. 5H, New York, NY 

Russell Abrams, M D. is a 

neurology resident at the Long 
Island Jewish Medical Center. He 
is married to Racine Zechowy '89, 
M.D., a pediatric resident at Long 
Island Jewish Medical Center. 
Alyse Richman Barbash is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
social work at the University of 
Connecticut. Daniel Bigel is an 
equity trader at Lipton, Caston & 
Company in New York. Bonnie 
Gittleman Brensilber is working 
in finance at Bickford & Partners, 
Inc., a boutique investment bank, 
after receiving an M.B.A. from the 
Columbia University Business 
School. She lives in New York 
with her husband, David M. 
Brensilber '86. Andrew Busch was 
ordained this spring at Hebrew 
Union College in Cincinnati and 
was appointed assistant rabbi of 
Pittsburgh's oldest and largest 
congregation, Rodef Shalom. He 
looks forward to developing new 
programs for singles of all ages 
and for younger families. His 
wife, Dcbra Pine, is also assistant 
rabbi at the same temple. Donna 
H. Ezor IS senior staff writer and 
editor of The Arts section of the 
MetroWest Jewish News in 
Whippany, NJ, and has been 
honored by New Jersey Press 
Women for the third consecutive 
year in the 1994 State 
Communications Contest. She 
won first-place awards for a 
special arts and entertainment 
article and for a section she edited 
for a fashion supplement, along 
with a second-place award in 
feature stories and two honorable 
mentions for page layout of The 
Arts and for a personality profile. 
Corrin M. Ferber is a member of 
the New York, Virginia, and 
District of Columbia Bar 
Associations, and a former child 
welfare attorney for the City of 
New York, but she will not be 
practicing law for a while because 
her husband, Brian C. Abraham, 
was appointed assistant country 
director for the Eastern Caribbean 
with the United States Peace 
Corps. They will live in St. Lucia, 
West Indies, until December 
1996 Rina Glatzer Glickman 

received an outpouring of support 
from Brandeis alumni when her 
son, Jacob, age 2, was born with 
biliary atresia, and eventually 
required a liver transplant. She 
and her husband, Steven, had to 
move from Vancouver, WA, to 
San Fransisco, CA, for 2 1/2 
months while Jacob was treated 
at the California Pacific Medical 
Center. During that time, she 
writes, her family was "warmly 
welcomed" by several Brandeis 
alumni who loaned things ranging 
from holiday hospitality to a car. 
Glickman added that "her best 
roommate ever, Leah Sullivan, 
also took time off from work to 
visit and offer much needed 
support." The family is back 
home m Vancouver where Rina 
teaches kindergarten half-time 
and Steven recently received his 
B.S. degree in psychology from 
Washington State University. 
Gary J. Golden is the vice 
president and partner (with his 
father) of International Marine 
Insurance Services, a seven-year- 
old brokerage specializing in 
insurance for yachts, which 
means "I get to spend my days 
talking boating with fellow 
boaters." Joseph A. Hirsch is an 
attorney at law in Media, PA, 
where he has a private practice 
after earning his J.D. degree from 
the ViUanova University Law 
School in 1992. He lives in Bala 
Cynwyd, PA, with his wife, 
Cassandra J. Krivy, daughter, 
Ariel Leila, age 4, and son, 
Jonathan Macabi, age 2. Melissa 
Klar-Magid completed her M.S. 
degree in an accounting program 
at Northeastern University and is 
an audit manager in the New 
York office of Coopers & Lybrand. 
She reports that she "could never 
have imagined that Professor 
Evans's course in managerial 
accounting would have such a 
profound effect on (her) life. Reva 
Schlesinger Mandelcorn, 
marketing manager at the 
Massachusetts Office of Business 
Development, directs 
promotional marketing activities 
for the Commonwealth's 
domestic and international 
business development initiatives. 
She received her M.B.A. degree in 
international marketing from 
McGill University in 1991. 
Mandelcorn lives in Boston with 
her husband, Howard Mandelcorn 
'86. Steve Najarian is an editor for 
a legal publisher in Rochester, 
NY Aimee P. Rudman is 
primarily practicing estate law in 
Pennsylvania after receiving her 
J.D. and M.B.A. degrees in 1991 
from the University of 
Pittsburgh's School of Law and its 
Katz Graduate School of Business. 
She lives in Voorhees, NJ, with 
her husband, Alan. Michelle 
Butensky Scheinthal was teaching 

the fifth grade at the Kellman 
Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ, until 
she gave birth to triplets, all boys. 
Her husband, Stephen M. 
Scheinthal '86, M.D , is a 
psychiatry resident at the 
University of Medicine and 
Dentistry of New Jersey in the 
School of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Deborah Scheinthal '94 is among 
the triplets' godparents. Matthew 
G. Shulman is a stockbroker at 
Prudential Securities in New 
York. Jeffry T. Waldman, M D., 
completed his residency in family 
medicine at York Hospital in 
York, PA. He and his wife, 
Barbara Nackman Waldman live 
with their baby daughter, 
Rebecca, in CenterviUe, VA, 
where he is part of a private 
practice and she has taken time 
off from her regular job to devote 
her energies to family life. Pamela 
Flaum Weinberg owns Hospitality 
Dynamics, a public relations firm 
in New York City. She lives in 
Manhattan with her husband 
Matthew Weinberg '86 and their 
daughter, Rebecca. 


Susan Tevelow Feinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 2201 Broughton 
Drive, Beverly, MA 0I9I5 

Aviva Troobnick-Abeshaus and 

her husband, Martin, moved back 
to the Boston area after she 
received her M.S.W. degree from 
Marywood College in July. 
Arianna Licet Ariza is enrolled in 
a film and video graduate program 
at American University and is 
concentrating her studies on 
scriptwriting. Earlier this year she 
completed a three-week 
internship in the press office at 
the Cannes Film Festival in 
Southern France. She reports that 
"it was amazing" and that she is 
planning to return to France to 
work on films. Edward L. 
Benjamin is sports director at 
Cable 6 Television in 
Middletown, NY, where he 
conducts the weekday sportscast, 
hosts a weekly local sports 
interview show, and produces and 
hosts broadcasts of high school 
and college football and 
basketball games. David E. 
Bernstein is a research fellow at 
Columbia Law School after 
graduating from Yale Law School 
in 1991 where he was coeditor of 
Phantom Risk: Scientific 
Inference and the Law, and 
numerous law review articles. 
Robert R. Cohen is the 
Republican counsel to the United 
States Senate Small Business 
Committee. Elliot M. Felig is an 
associate writer for Viacom, 
working on the Beavis e) 
Butthead television series. 
Deborah Rosen Fidel is enioying 
life in Pittsburgh as an assistant 

district attorney in Allegheny 
County, a position that she 
describes as both "exciting and 
challenging." She was married in 
March and bought a house in the 
same neighborhood in which she 
and her husband were raised. 
When they are not working, "we 
play lots of golf together," she 
reports. Beth Gates was promoted 
to a senior level executive with 
Macy's East. She is a group 
merchandise manager at Macy's 
Menlo Park in Edison, NJ, and is 
responsible for areas including 
fine jewelry, women's shoes, 
cosmetics, accessories, and 
sportswear. Peter Levin is 
practicing veterinary medicine at 
Ludwig's Corner Veterinary 
Hospital in Chester Spring, PA, 
after graduating from the 
University of Pennsylvania 
School of Veterinary Medicine. 
Lisa Morse Oren moved to Berlin, 
Germany, for approximately one 
year. She reports that she "can't 
wait to travel and explore 
Europe " Ronald K. Reeves 
received his M.D. degree from 
Mayo Medical School and is now 
enrolled in postgraduate training 
m physical medicine and 
rehabilitation at the Mayo 
Graduate School of Medicine in 
Rochester, MN. Risa L. Rosen is 
the Northeast Regional Field 
Coordinator for B'nai B'rith 
Women for whom she works in 
development, programming, and 
expansion. She resides in 
Trumbull, CT, with her husband, 
David J. Vine. Karen B. 
Rubenstein is working as part of 
the M.B.A. Executive 
Management Program at The 
Franklin Mint in Philadelphia, 
having earned an M.B.A. degree in 
marketing from the Indiana 
University Graduate School of 
Business. Eric L. Schnur is 
working at W.R. Huff Asset 
Management in Morristown, NJ. 
She received an M.B.A. degree in 
taxation at New York University's 
Stern School of Business and is a 
licensed CPA, and a candidate for 
CFA (Chartered Financial 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 119Waltham 
Street, Newton, MA 02165-1331. 

David Blatteis is an associate 
attorney at Tompkins, McGuire 
& Wachenfeld in Newark, NJ, 
after graduating from the 
American University Law School 
and clerking foi a New Jersey 
judge. Michelle Weisberg Cohen 
IS a second year associate 
attorney with Paul, Hastings, 
Janofsky &. Walker and lives with 
her husband, Robert, and infant 
son, Michael Evan, in the 
Washington, D.C. area. Joseph M. 

56 Brandeis Review 

EUner received his M.B.A- from 
the lohn M. Olin School ot 
Business at Washington 
University in St. Louis and is the 
head of corporate sales for 
Adelman Travel Systems in 
Milwaukee, where he lives with 
his wife, Michele. Anil V. George 
received his J.D. degree from 
American University's 
Washington College of Law and is 
a trademark attorney at the 
United States Patent and 
Trademark Office. Philip J. 
Goldstein was promoted to 
managing associate in Coopers ^ 
Lybrand's higher education 
consulting practice. He is a 
candidate for an M.B.A. degree in 
lune 199S from New York 
University's Executive M.B.A. 
Program. Goldstein lives m 
Stamford, CT. Michael S. Green is 
a computer systems business 
analyst with the Department of 
Housing Preservation and 
Development in New York City. 
He lives in Rivcrdale with his 
CPA wife, Darcy Trachtenherg. 
Alan N. Kamis is director of the 
Elizabeth Township Area 
emergency medical services and 
is currently enrolled m a dual- 
degree master's program in 
business and health 
administration at the University 
of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, 
Hayley Cagan Kamis '89, live in 
McKeesport, PA, with their two 
dogs, Sam and Lexi. Gail Oxfeld 
Kanef is an associate with the 
Newark law firm of Balk, Oxfeld, 
Mandell tf*. Cohen where she 
specializes in labor, employment, 
and worker's compensation law. 
She was graduated from the 
Boston University School of Law 
in 1992 and served as law clerk to 
a New Jersey Superior Court 
judge. George H. Kirychuk 
teaches Bible, math, and English 
classes at Upton Lake Christian 
School in Clinton Corners, NY, 
where he lives with his wife, 
Karen Kirychuck, and daughters, 
Galina Icy, age 3, and infant 
Haley Elizabeth. Stephen L. 
Lessnick earned a Ph.D. degree in 
molecular biology at UCLA and 
began his third year of medical 
school there. Shari D. Lurie 
received her M.D. degree from the 
Hahnemann University School of 
Medicine in Philadelphia and is 
completing an anesthesiology 
residency at the Baystate Medical 
Center in Springfield, MA. Karen 
L. Marks and her husband, 
Johannes, moved back to the U.S. 
after 4 1/2 years m the 
Netherlands Karen G. Roller is a 
survey project leader at Buck 
Consultants, where she manages 
actuarial studies and related 
projects. She is simultaneously 
working towards an M.B.A. 
degree in finance at Fordham 
University and reports that her 
economics degree from Brandeis 

"certainlv prepared me well." 
Julie Leamon Rosen is in her 
second year at Brooklyn Law 
School. Stephanie L. Schear is 
attending Harvard Business 
School this fall. Previously she 
worked in investment banking 
with Alex, Brown &. Sons in 
Boston where she specialized in 
underwriting and strategic 
advisory work for high-tech 
companies in Europe, Israel, and 
North America. She formerly 
worked on U.S.-lapan trade 
negotiations for the Treasury 
Department. Paul I. Walborsky is 
a Latin American Financial 
Specialist in New York City. 


Judith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue, #9E, New York, NY 

K. Vasken Babigian was graduated 
from the Massachusetts School of 
Law earlier this year. Rosalia 
Baiamonte is an associate with 
the law firm of DaSilva ik Keidel 
Esqs. in Garden City, NY, after 
receiving a J.D. degree from the 
Syracuse University College of 
Law. Stacy Mara Borans, received 
her M.D. degree from the 
Hahnemann University School of 
Medicine in Philadelphia and is 
completing an internal medicine 
residency at Thomas Jefferson 
University Hospital in 
Philadelphia. Carla Fernandez and 
her husband, Leo Starkman, are 
living in Honduras. Damon 
Gannon is a guest student at the 
Woods Hole Oceanographic 
Institution in Woods Hole, MA, 
as part of the M.A. degree 
program in biology at Bridgewater 
State College. He is also a 
research associate at the 
Plymouth Marine Mammal 
Research Center in Plymouth, 
MA. He was the recipient of the 
Louis Carmel Stearns Award at 
Bridgewater. Scott C. Gladstone 
lives in Decatur, GA, where he is 
a public defender. Brian S. Haftel 
was graduated from the 
University of Florida College of 
Medicine and will be completing 
a preliminary medicine internship 
at Long Island lewish Hospital 
followed by an anesthesiology 
residency at Mount Sinai Hospital 
in New York City. Elizabeth A. 
Sheehan Harvey completed New 
York University's Early 
Childhood Special Education 
Program for which she was 
selected while earning her 
master's degree m special 
education. Wendy C. Lowengrub 
is attending law school at Indiana 
University at Bloommgton. 
Previously she was deputy staff 
director for the Subcommittee on 
Civil Service in the United States 
House of Representatives, where 
she helped develop policy and 

legislation on matters relating to 
federal employees. Marc A. Moniz 
is a fifth year graduate student 
studying anthropological sciences 
in a doctoral program at SUNY 
Stony Brook. Jackie L. Perczek 
joined the law firm of Entin, 
Schwartz & Margules in Ft. 
Lauderdale, FL, after graduating 
cum laude from Suffolk Law 
School this year. While attending 
Suffolk, she was the editor of the 
Rhode Island Book of the Law 
Review, won the Goodwin 
Scholarship for best trial advocate 
and the Drinan Fellowship for 
dedication to the criminal justice 
system. She also won the 
Northeast Regional Trial 
Competition, sponsored by the 
Association of Trial Lawyers of 
America, and was a member of 
the National Trial Team. Andrew 
H. Rubenstein earned his master's 
degree from the Lemberg Program 
in international business and 
finance at Brandeis in 1993 and is 
a management consultant for 
Arthur Anderson in Seattle. 
Dawn M. Zelmanowitz is an 
administrative analyst at the Jules 
Stein Eye Institute. Earlier this 
year she was awarded the UCLA 
Medical Center "Employee 
Humanistic Care Award," that 
was created to recognize 
individuals who provide 
exceptional service to those who 
use, visit, or work in the UCLA 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 165 Palmer 
Street, Arlington, MA 02174 

Yafitte L. Bendory is assistant 
press consul at the Israeli 
consulate in New York. Last 
summer she completed a master's 
degree program in journalism and 
Near Eastern studies at New York 
University. Nigel J. Cohen is an 
elected member of the student bar 
association in his third year at the 
University of Pittsburgh School of 
Law. He has had internships in 
the county Public Defender's 
office in Greensburg, PA, and in 
the federal Public Defender's 
office in Pittsburgh. David Max 
Dahan was graduated from Tulane 
Law School in May. T. Noel 
Fadden is a business analyst at 
the State Street Bank & Trust 
Company m North Quincy, MA. 
while he atttends Bentley College 
as a 1996 M.B.A. degree 
candidate Vanessa Abbe Ferbcr 
was graduated from the Bcniamin 
N. Cardozo School of Law and her 
fiance, Erik Kruger, will graduate 
from the Chicago Medical School 
next year. Brian M. Fox was 
admitted to the Georgia Bar 
Association after graduating from 
Emory University Law School in 
May. Joshua Glazer teaches 
history and geography to students 

from over 35 countries at the 
Tabeetha School, an international 
high school in Jaffa, Israel. He 
lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. Susan M. 
Goren was appointed an area 
coordinator at Mary Washington 
College in Fredericksburg, VA, 
after graduating from the 
University of Georgia with a 
M.Ed, in student personnel in 
higher education. Allyson P. Guy 
was graduated from Emory Law 
School and passed the Georgia Bar 
Exam Robert I. Herman is 
enrolled in the M.B.A. degree 
program at the Weatherhead 
School of Management at Case 
Western Reserve University in 
Cleveland Pamela L. Heyer is 
attending the Leonard N. Stern 
School of Business at New York 
University. Last summer she was 
an intern in the corporate banking 
division at the Bank of Nova 
Scotia-New York Agency. Julie R. 
Hoffman competed in August at 
the Ninth World Tae Kwon-do 
Championships in Malaysia. She 
IS an intern at the Boulder Daily 
Camera in Boulder, CO, where 
she writes environmental 
features. Hoffman congratulates 
her classmate, Rebecca 
Eppenstein, on her recent artwork 
exibit. After three years in 
Washington, Rachel A. Kogan is 
in a master's program in public 
health at the University of 
Michigan. Robert I. Lax was 
graduated from the Cardozo 
School of Law at Yeshiva 
University m June. April Minerd 
Leytem is pursuing a Ph.D. degree 
at North Carolina State 
University after working as senior 
planner for Delaware County in 
New York. She is married to 
Sargeant Michael Laytem. Alan 
H. Martin is a commodity trader 
at Dean Witter Reynolds in New 
York. Katie McCormick went to 
Kenya for three months this year 
where she studied wildlife 
management and ecology with 
the School for Field Studies. She 
previously worked in the biology 
office and labs. Boi C. Nguyen 
lives with her husband in 
Rochester, NY, and reports that 
she will "either go back to school 
or work for a while before 
increasing family size." Nguyen 
previously lived in Paris and was 
a manager at Claus Wickrath. 
Daniel A. Rabinowitz is an 
associate at the New York law 
firm, LeBoeul, Lamb, Greene ^ 
MacRae after graduating from the 
University of Chicago Law School 
in June. Matias A. Ringel is an 
associate in Solomon Brother's 
Latin America Group working 
long hours and traveling a fair 
amount. He reports that he is 
very happy but he misses 
Brandeis and realizes now that 
"it's hard to rewind in life." 
Michael D. Roth is senior 

57 Fall 1994 

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financial analyst for field 
operations at CBS in New York, 
after earning his M.B.A. degree 
from Columbia University in 
1993. Lynn Steiner is enrolled in 
the master's degree program in 
social work at the Addams 
College of Social Work in the 
University of Illinois, Chicago. 
Eve R. Theurer is an elementary 
school counselor in Westchester, 
NY, after earning her M.A. degree 
in counseling from Boston 
College in 1993. She lives with 
her husband, Carl Finger '90, m 
Jericho, NY. Kenneth H. Wong is 
pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the 
Joint Program in Bioengineering 
sponsored by the University of 
California at San Francisco and 
the University of California at 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 6 Oak Street, 
Harrington Park, NJ 07640. 

Leah Froum appeared as Dorothy 
in a national children's tour of 
The Wizard of Oz. Last summer 
she performed regional theater in 
New England Sherri L. Geller 
was awarded the degree of Master 
of Science in Public Relations 
from Boston University. She 
completed an internship with the 
public relations office of the 
Boston Celtics, which she reports 
was a "dream job." Lisa A. 
Goldman works part-time at 
Porter/Novelli, a public relations 
iirm in Washington, D.C., while 
attending Georgetown 
University's Post-Baccalaureate 
Premedical Program. Jacqueline 
Gordon is attending Hofstra Law 
School. Previously she was a legal 
assistant at Skadden, Alps, Slate, 
Meagher & Flom. Monica Goryn 
IS a financial analyst for 
international operations for a 
small construction company in 
North Carolina doing "everything 
m the company," including 
finance, marketing, and 
production. Jason L. Haas earned 
an M.A. degree in political 
science from Duke University in 
May. Naomi R. Leeds is enrolled 
in Brandeis's new Post- 
Baccalaureate Premedical 
Program. She plans to study 
premedical sciences at Brandeis 
for one year and then attend 
medical school. Debra Mandrel 
completed her first year of 
graduate study in voice at the 
University of Texas at Austin. 
She performed in scenes from 
Gordon Getty's opera Plump Jack 
and then attended the AIMS 
Opera Studio in Austria last 
summer. Kenneth R. Poudrier is a 
portfolio administrator at State 
Street Bank and Trust Company 
in Quincy, MA. David E. Schorr is 


completing a two-year program m 
international relations at St. 
Anthony's College at Oxford 
University where he was awarded 
an overseas resident scholarship. 
Charles H. Tanowitz received a 
master's degree in journalism from 
Columbia University this year. His 
master's project was a 
documentary entitled Mom. Dad. . 
.I'm Gay that aired on the New 
York PBS station last summer. 


Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Goldenrod 
Circle, Amherst, MA 01002 

Joel Bloch received M.B.A. and 
M.S. degrees in accounting from 
Northeastern University's 
Graduate School of Professional 
Accounting and will be joining the 
New York office of Deloitte and 
Touche m January. Michael P. 
Bruckheim is in his second year of 
law school at American 
University. He is a member of the 
Law Review and will be serving on 
the 1994-95 Moot Court Executive 
Board. "I've been very busy, but I 
am happy with the school and my 
accomplishments," Bruckheim 
reports. Eric J. DaRosa is a fixed 
income treasury analyst at 
Lehman Brothers in New York 
City. Jacqueline Jeruss is enjoying 
medical school at the University of 
Vermont, but reports that she 
"misses Brandeis more and more 
every day." Deborah A. Leffert is a 
research associate on the Domestic 
Utility Consulting Staff at RCG/ 
Hagler, Bailly Inc. Sue Lindenblatt 
IS spending a year in Europe after 
"floating around Israel learning 
things on a Kibbutz that they 
forgot to teach at Brandeis, such as 
avocado picking and baby 
feeding!" Last summer she created 
plays with American teens from 
all over the United States who 
were in Israel on Jewish tours. 
Joanne Moore is studying for a 
Master's of Science degree in 
economic development at the 
London School of Economics. Eric 
S. Parker is enrolled at the Boston 
Conservatory pursuing a bachelor's 
of music degree and a career as an 
opera singer. Joel Rubin is teaching 
environmental education in Costa 
Rica on a two-year assignment 
with the Peace Corps. Rachel 
Schroeder is living in Paris and 
studying mime at the Ecole de 
Mime Corporel Dramatique. She is 
also studying modern dance, 
singing, and voice production for 
the actor and reports that "Paris is 
fab." Robert Scripp worked last 
summer for the City Manager in 
Ocala, FL, near Orlando, where he 
has been involved in most of the 
management affairs involving the 
city and has learned a lot about 
government and management. He 
has a graduate assistantship at the 

58 Brandeis Review 



class Name 









Rachel B. Spevack to Clif Kianish May 22. 1 994 

Michael Schwartz, M-D. to October 2. 1994 
Daivn Cohen. M.D. 

Leslie Meltzer to Paul Aronzon December 4. 1993 

Marcia Book to Brad Aduim November 7, 1993 

Sharon B. Josephs to Charles Shereff '84 June 19. 1994 

Marcy Abelsott to Michael Bandick May 8. 1994 

Sharon Green to Robert LeBoyer August 8. 1993 

Russell Agrams. M.D. to March 19. 1994 
Racine Becbowy '89. M.D. 

Daniel Bigel to Marni SuUam February 19. 1 994 

Corrin M. terber to Brian C. Abraham October 10, 1993 

Gary J. Golden to Ruth Newman Drake March 8. 1994 

Alyse Richman to David Barhashj May 29, 1994 

Reuben D. Rotman to Devorab Silverman June 19. 1994 

Aimee P. Rudman to Alan H. Vladimir June 5. 1994 

David Bernstein to Solveig Singleton October 1994 

Cheryl Florence to Loren Baron '89 July 3, 1994 

Julie Rosenblatt to Eric Zieft June 19. 1994 

Karen Seaton to Robert Hyams August 8. 1993 

David Blatteis to Carin Wolfenson June 12. 1994 

Debbi Glickman to Aaron Charles June 19. 1994 

Michael S. Green to Darcy Trachtenberg October 17. 1993 

Julie Leasnon to Ted Rosen November 7. 1993 

Karen L. Marks to Johannes Trip May 20, 1994 

Lori Raff to Timothy Harris May 29. 1 994 

Ellen Silberman to Philip Shapiro May 7. 1994 

Julie Levinsohn to Joshua Miiner September 4. 1994 

Carta I. Fernandez to Leo Starkman January 8. 1994 

D. Jeremy Pressman to Audrey J. Sobel May 29. 1994 

Eve R. Theurer to Carl Finger '90 August 28. 1994 

Beth Manes to Jason Kasler June 4. 1994 

Lori Ann Goldsmith to Adam Smith May 22. 1 994 

Jennifer S. Cohen to Jason Canel July 30. 1994 

Jean Bethke Elshtain (Ph.D. '73| is 
Centennial Professor of Political 
Science and professor of 
philosophy at Vanderbilt 

University of Florida and will be 
living in Gainesville for the next 
year as he completes work on his 
M.B.A. degree. Eva I. Shafir is in 
her second year at the University 
of Houston Law Center, and is 
living in Fort Worth. Deborah L. 
Shufrin is a credit analyst at 
Morgan Stanley & Company, Inc. 
in New York, Previously she 
completed an internship as a 
market research analyst at 
International Data Corporation. 
Ilan E. Simon is in his second 
year at Rutgers Law School and 
worked for a judge in the federal 
district court in New Jersey last 


Sandy Kirschen, Class 
Correspondent, 512 Brandon 
Avenue, Apt. A-5, Charlottesville, 
VA 22903 

Jennifer B. Lewin was among only 
85 students nationwide to receive 
a Mellon Fellowship, which 
carries a 512,730 stipend and 
covers full tuition and fees for one 
year at the school of her choice. 
She is attending Yale. 

Idsinui M \hlncr 
Julie A. Levinsohn 

Jean Bethke Elshtain 

University, where she received 
the highest award for 
undergraduate teaching. Her 
academic interests explore the 
connections between society's 
political and ethical convictions. 
She has written, edited, or 
coedited about a dozen books 
including coauthoring one. But 
was It Just: Reflections on the 
Morality of tile Persian Golf War. 
Steven H. Gorin |Ph D '83, 
Heller), executive director of the 
New Hampshire chapter of the 
~ itional Association of Social 
. I irkers was one of 47 health 
; itessionals who were asked 
ily-on in the Clinton 
I ministration to aid the White 
1' luse by providing feedback on 
:!c administration's health care 
plan. Dan S. Honig (Ph.D. '72), 
principal research chemist in 
paper chemicals at Cytec 
Industries in Stamford, CT, was 
named one of four recipients of 
the 1993 Circle of Excellence 
Award, Cytec's most prestigious 
research honor, recognizing 
individuals who have made 
significant and innovative 
contribution to the company's 
research efforts. Susan (Noah) 
Kitty (J.C.S. 1988) is the rabbi at 
Shir HeHarim in Brattleboro, VT. 
She was graduated from the 
Recontructionist Rabbinical 
College (RRC) in Wyncote, PA. 
While attending RRC, she worked 
at Princeton University Hillel, 
Congregation Adath Shalom in 
South Philadelphia, and 
Congregation Beth Israel in 
Media, PA. fon Christopher 
Nelson, |M.FA. '88, Ph.D. '91) is 
the recipient of a 1994 
Guggenheim Fellowship award 
which will help support research 
that he is conducting on 
contemporary classical music 
during a seven month stay in 
Sweden. He is assistant professor 
of music theory and composition 
at Florida International 
University and has also been 

recognized with a composition 
fellowship from the National 
Endowment of the Arts for 
several original compositions 
combining live music with 
electronic and computer music. 
Judith Becker Ranlett (M.A., '71, 
Ph.D., '74), chair of the 
Department of History at the 
State University of New York at 
Potsdam since 1987, was named 
to another three-year term as 
department chair earlier this year. 
Michael P. Schulhof (Ph.D., '70) 
was elected to the Board of 
Trustees of the Brookings 
Institution. He is the president &. 
CEO of the Sony Corporation of 
America, as well as a director of 
Sony Corporation, Japan. 
Schulhof spearheaded the 
development, introduction, and 
marketing of compact discs, and 
was the first American 
businessman to be appointed to 

Michael P. Schulhof 

the board of a major Japanese 
corporation. He is also a Trustee 
of Brandeis University. Jim 
Sherman's (M.F.A. '83) play, The 
God of Isaac, was performed at 
Brandeis in October. Roberta 
Ward Walsh, (Ph.D. '89, Heller) is 
associate professor of consumer 
studies at the University of 
Vermont in the department of 
Community Development and 
Applied Economics. Jonathan A. 
Yavnet |M.A. '73) is the software 
team leader for the Oxford 
Student Dictionary project, a line 
of electronic pocket dictionaries 
of English with annotations in 
Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, 
Japanese, Bulgarian, German, and 
Italian, all published by the 
Franklin Company. Yavner 
reports that "sometimes I feel 
like a juggler with far too many 
balls in the air." 

59 Fall 1994 


Ashley A. Boone, Jr. '60 died on 
May 1 at his home in Beverly 
Hills of pancreatic cancer. He had 
a successful career in motion 
picture marketing and 
distribution for United Artists, 
20th Century Fox, the Ladd 
Company, Columhia Pictures, 
Lorimar Pictures, and MGM. He 
was a member of the President's 
Council at Brandeis, and is 
survived by two sisters and a 
brother, his companion, Mark 
Bua, and his father. The 
University has been notified that 
Francine Nison Brown '64 of 
Toronto passed away on April 9, 
1994, after a long illness. Stanley 
Glickman '58 died suddenly at his 
Newton Centre, MA, home of a 
heart attack on August 3, 1994. A 
partner in the law firm of 
Cherwin and Glickman m 
Newton, he was a former 
president of the Boston Chapter of 

Stanley Glickman 

the Brandeis Alumni Association 
and a member of the President's 
Council at Brandeis. An avid 
theatergoer and theater "angel," 
he coproduced the musical revue 
"All Night Strut!" and invested in 
many Broadway productions. He 
leaves his wife of 35 years, Sally 
Marshall Glickman '59, a 
daughter, a son, and three 
grandchildren. Contributions in 
his memory may be made to 
Brandeis University. Felice 
Samuel Greene '60 died on May 
29, 1994, m Bethesda, MD. She is 
survived by two sons, Neal 
Steven and leffrey, her father, and 
a brother. Lenore Kodner Israel 
'57 died on luly 4, 1994, after a 
five year battle with cancer. For 
30 years she taught English at 
Lawrence High School in 
Lawrence, NY, where she is 
remembered by fellow teachers 
and students as an educator who 
inspired and cared for everyone 

she met. She is survived by her 
husband Philip, two sons, Lavey 
and Daniel, her mother, and a 
brother. Stephen L. Karp '72, a 
retired public relations executive 
in New York, died on July 15, 
1994, of AIDS. He leaves his 
companion, Barry Lewis, his 
mother, Evelyn Winter, and two 
brothers. Marcia Loskove Stiefel 
'58 of Ardsley, NY, passed away 
on February 11, 1994, leaving her 
husband, Maurice. Word has been 
received of the death due to AIDS 
of David Steiger Wolfe '76 on 
April 3, 1994. 

At press time, word was received 
of the death in an Indiana plane 
crash of Maurice B. "Morry" 
Stein '58, beloved husband of 
Amy Stein '59 and devoted father 
of Eric, Anthony, and George. A 
complete obituary will appear in 
the next issue. 

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Dear Reader 

I have been watching crows, on 
most days this winter, from our 
editorial offices on Ridgewood 
Terrace. Early in the day, various 
small feeding flocks stop by to 
check out the dumpster and the 
area around the cottages, but 
towards the end of the day, other 
groups come by to briefly occupy 
the skeletal oaks. For a while, they 
cavort among the trees, calling and 
tumbling, spreading the finger-like 
primaries at the tips of their wings 
in such a way as to make even a 
calm day seem wild: tattered rags 
in a gale. Then they are off to join 
other flocks, collecting brethren 
on their way to the communal 
winter roost for the night. 

When I was a graduate student, I 
lived on the side of a densely 
wooded hill in Waltham. On 
winter afternoons, the crows 
poured in like bats, small groups, 
mostly from the south and west, 
arriving in a constant flow for an 
hour before dusk. Hundreds 
gathered there, blackening the 
hillside with their throng, rending 
the deepening dusk with excited 
communication. My hillside was a 
preroosting site, a place of 
convergence where numerous 

flight lines intersected and 
provided a relatively unpeopled 
place in which small, individual 
feeding flocks that had spent the 
day in the cornfield stubble and 
rowen fields of outlymg suburbs 
could gather into one of the major 
sub-flocks before heading off to 
the primary, communal roost yet 
farther east. 

A primary roost can contain 
thousands of crows. All crows 
within about a 20-mile radius 
spend the night together there. 
The closest roost to Brandeis is 
currently in the area of the former 
Shopper's World in Framingham. It 
has been in that general area for a 
decade or two and by midwinter 
may hold nearly 10,000 crows. It is 
thought by naturalists that such 
communal roosts give mdividuals 
and feeding-groups a chance to 
exchange information, to share 
what they have learned about the 
flush places and the lean places 
and the places of danger and 
safety. The utterances of which 
crows are capable are known to be 
varied and complex, and it is 
certain that crucial data of 
remarkable sophistication are 
being shared. Thus, a small group 
that has found a meager menu in 
Medford may be apprised of a 
bonanza in Brookline and, so, head 
off in a whole new direction the 
next morning. 

What instills awe in those of us 
who study such things is that 
crows bother to act like this at all. 
They are not, after all, like bees. 
The communal roost is nothing 
like a hive. Individual crows can 
survive quite nicely alone,- they 
are the smartest of birds, clever, 
artful, remarkably resourceful. It is 
as though crows help each other 
simply because they have an 
inherent understanding that 
ensuring the welfare of the entire 
species is in the best interest of its 
individuals. Generally, I hate 
anthropomorpnism, but you can 
learn volumes about community 
by watching crows. 

You can also learn volumes about 
a university by weighing its sense 
of community. Note the general 
themes throughout the feature 
articles of this issue; human rights 
and dignity; service to the local 
and global community; in short, 
an active concern for humankind 
and its future. Those are matters 
about which Brandeis University's 
faculty, students, and most 
certainly its eponym have 
traditionally held deep and 
enduring convictions. It is the 
thing that makes me most proud 
of my association with this place. 


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Winter 1995 

Brandeis Review 

Volume 15 

Number 2 

The View from Cairo 

A biologist looks at world 
population trends and fears what 
he sees 

Lawrence J. Wangh '68 


Creating a 

Human Rights Culture 

Even the "Land of the Free" is 
sorely limited in its guaranties of 
human rights 

Joseph Wronka, Ph.D. '92 


"Life is Not Hard; It is a 
Struggle": Women and Work 
in a Rural Cooperative 

From Grenada, text and photos 
show what initiative and 
determination will build 

Dessima Williams 


Mending the World 

For 25 years, Brandeis's TYP and 
Waltham Group have been 
bettering people's lives 

Marjorie Lyon 


Pick the Winner 

A flock of finalists await your vote 
in the "Design our Mascot" contest 


Shortly after its founding in 1966. the 
Waltham Group sponsored Children 's 
Day. held on December 10, 1967. Motl 
than 200 children participated, as did 
nearly as many Brandeis students, among 
them Don Aptekar '69, shown here 
having his portrait done by a budding 
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2 Benefactors 

Founders' Weekend 1994 

3 Books 



4 Alumni 


8 Class Notes 



Birds of a Feather 

Dear Cliff, 

Where do these rumors come 
from?? As a member of the 
first class ('52), I enjoy 
reading the occasional article 
about my era. Thus, I was 
mystified by your account of 
the owl in the cage. I 
remember the wishing well, 
but an owl? Thmkmg maybe I 
was having a memory lapse, I 
interviewed my ex-roommate 
('52), and next door neighbor 
('53), neither of whom had 
any memory of such a thing. 
From what we can remember, 
the mascot was, hohum, 
because of the judge. Sorry to 
debunk your story, but all of 
us were astounded by it. 


Miriam (Smith) Miller 

Lexington, Massachusetts 

Dear Cliff: 

Legend has it, my Aunt 
Fanny! Cliff, I think you 
made up the whole owl story. 
I realize that we old geezers 
can't remember what we had 
for breakfast this morning, 
but things that happened 
almost 50 years ago 
(omigawd) are still fresh in 
what's left of our mmds. In 
the good old days, before you 
young whippersnappers were 
even prenatal gleams, we had 
the pleasure and great fun of 
creating instant history, and 
there warn't no owl. And, 
even if there was one, 
Norman Grimm would have 
made Shepherd's Pie or leg of 
mutton out of it. And 
knowing him, it would have 
served all 107 of us, plus 
whoever of the faculty had 
the guts to eat in The Castle 

The Justice was easy to 
name, the nickname "The 
Judges" was obvious, but 
where in tarnation did the 
damned owl come from? 

Laurence M. Nigrosh '52 
Randolph, Massachusetts 

Don't you think you folks 
from the Class of 1 952 are 
taking this "Truth Even 
Unto Its Innermost Parts" 
business a bit too far? If you 
keep debunking all our 
sacred Brandeis legends, all 
we'll have left are the dozen 
or so former U.S. presidents 
and Nobel laureates among 
the alumni, the 
extraterrestrials discovered 
living in the basement of 
Ford Hall, the time Elvis 
played Cholmondeley's. and 
Leonard Bernstein's having 
written West Side Story in 
The Castle. The owl story, 
by the way, came directly 
from Ralph Norman. 

You Can't Tell a Book by 
Its Coverage 

Dear Cliff Hauptman: 

As a Brandeis alumna, I was 
shocked by the shoddy 
summary of Christina Hoff 
Sommers's book Who Stole 
Feminism that you printed 
on page 43 of the Fall 1994 
issue of the Brandeis 
Review. True you state in 
small print inside the cover 
that opinions are those of 
the author, but no author is 
cited for the book 
summaries. Given the 
outright lies in this 
summary, I can only guess 
that it was written by 
Christina Hoff Sommers 

"In case after case," the 
summary reads, "the author 
shows how these extremists 
have propped up their 
arguments with highly 
questionable but well-funded 
research, presenting 
inflammatory and often 
inaccurate information and 
stifling any semblance of 
open scrutiny." 

Numerous things are wrong 
with this statement. 

1. Christina Hoff Sommers' 
$164,000 funding from the 
right wing Olin, Bradley and 
Carthage Foundations and 
her six-figure advance from 
Simon and Schuster are far 
greater funding than feminist 
researchers receive. 
{Democratic Culture, Vol. 3, 
number 2, Fall 1994, p. 17.) 

2. The charge of inaccuracy 
is more likely to stick on 
Christina Hoff Sommers 
than on the feminists she 
criticizes. Nina Auerbach, 
professor of English at the 
University of Pennsylvania 
pointed out numerous 
inaccuracies in her review of 
Who Stole Feminism for the 
New York Times Book 
Review (June 12, 1994). John 
K. Wilson, a graduate student 
at the University of Chicago, 
has pointed out others in his 
articles in Democratic 
Culture, 1994. These include 
misrepresenting Blanche 
Weisen Cooke's careful 
research on Eleanor 
Roosevelt (p. 20), Ann 
Peterson's research of 
adolescent girls (p. 144), 
Claire Renzetti's research on 
lesbian violence (p. 199), 
Mary Koss' research on rape 
(p. 201), the history of the 
rule of thumb (p. 204), and 
distortions of the AAUW 
study Shortchanging Girls. 

I find your mouthing of her 
lies all the more startling 
because they appear on the 
same page as a summary of 
Carol Tavris's wonderful 
book The Mismeasure of 
Woman and two pages away 
from Nancy Chodorow's 
Femininities. Masculinities. 
Sexualities. These major 
authors in the field of 
women's studies are Brandeis 
graduates. In fact, a 
disproportionately large 
number of prominent 
feminists scholars today are 
Brandeis alumnae. To attack 
them (or us) in your 
magazine without any 
opportunity for rebuttal is 
unscholarly and downright 

I expect to read my letter 
and others' in your next 
issue of the Brandeis 
Review and to see 
authorship of the book 
summaries noted routinely 
in the future. 

Eleanor Linn '67 
Associate Director 
Center for Sex Equity 
in Schools 

Apparently, the role of 
the "Books" department 
of our magazine needs 
clarification: we regularly 
run "Books" as a means of 
informing our readers of the 
prolific authorship 
activities of Brandeis' s 
faculty, staff, and alumni. 
The texts that accompany 
the author, title, and 
publishing information are 
not reviews (nor, even, 
summaries); the sizes of our 
staff and budget preclude a 
thorough reading of each 
work. Recognizing, 
however, that some hint of 
each book's contents and 
subject may be helpful, 
we include promotional/ 
marketing materials 
gleaned from the books' 
dust jackets or from 
information provided by 
the author and/or publisher. 
Under the circumstances, 
that is the fairest way of 
giving each author equal 
publicity. We of the 
Brandeis Review cannot and 
do not make decisions 
about the aptness or 
accuracy of each book's 
promotional materials. If, 
however, enough of our 
readers feel that this 
policy's danger of 
misleading or offending 
outweighs the benefits of 
the information it provides, 
we will consider dropping 
the blurbs and simply 
listing the books' authors, 
titles, and publication data. 
We welcome your 

2 Brandeis Review 

Founders' Weekend 

More than 200 students, 
faculty, staff, and guests 
includuig Congressman 
Edward Markey attended the 
official dedication of the new 
Benjamin and Mae Volen 
National Center for Complex 
Systems, held during 
Founders' Day Weekend, 
October 20-22, 1994. 

Festivities began with a two- 
day scientific symposium 
and continued throughout 
the weekend with a dinner 
and panel discussion titled 
Grandmother's Face: How 
Memory Functions" Friday 
evening, and a formal 
luncheon followed by the 
official dedication ceremony 
on Saturday, October 22, 

During the ribbon-cutting 
ceremony in the Volen 
Center courtyard. President 
lehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 
Associate Provost Arthur 
Reis Jr., Center Director and 
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor 
of Developmental 
Neuroscience Irwin Levitan, 
Markey, and National 
Women's Committee 
President Belle lurkowitz '55 
talked about the importance 
of the Center and expressed 
their thanks to all who were 
involved in its development. 

"The Volen Center 
represents Brandeis's 
commitment to the 
interdisciplinary study of 
the sciences and to quality 

research," Reinharz said in 
his opening remarks. He 
later called Thelma Sachar, 
wife of the late Founding 
President Abram L. Sachar, 
out of the audience to cut 
the ribbon on the new 

"Today is a day of great pride 
for Brandeis, Massachusetts, 
and the country as a whole," 
Markey said. "I firmly 
believe that great strides in 
understanding the brain will 
take place at Brandeis, and 
the Volen Center will 
become an extremely 
important national 

After the dedication, many 
honors and awards were 
presented to alumni for 
outstanding leadership and 
service to Brandeis and/or 
the community. 

The prestigious Alumni 
Achievement Award was 
given to Suk-Won Kim '70, 
for his remarkable 
entrepreneurship as 
chairman of the Ssangyong 
Group, one of the leading 
business conglomerates in 
South Korea. Based on his 
work at Brandeis, Kim has 
published many articles on 
business development 

Barbara Cantor Sherman '54 
and Jeffrey H. Golland '61 
were presented with Alumni 
Leadership Awards, based on 
their loyal and undying 
support and involvement 
with the University. 
Sherman has had a long 
relationship with Brandeis. 
She has served on many 
class Reunion and annual 
fund committees, and is a 
lifetime member of the 
National Women's 
Committee, and a Fellow of 
the University. Sherman is 
currently the chair of the 
Friends of Theater Arts, an 
organization whose mission 
is to preserve excellence and 
to build on the proud 
tradition of theater arts at 

Suk-Won Kim 

Thelma Sachar, centei, cuts 
the zibbon on the Volen 
Center as, from left. 
Congressman Edward J. 
Markey, President fehuda 

Golland was an active 
member of many campus 
organizations, including the 
Alumni Admissions 
Council, Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics, and the Alumni 
Career Network. He served 
as president of the Alumni 
Association for two terms 
in 1985-89, is a former 
member of the President's 
Council, and a Fellow of the 

The 1994 Young Leadership 
Award was given to Brian 
Saber '84. During the 1 1 
years since receiving his 
degree from Brandeis, he 
constantly strengthens his 
relationship with the 
University in countless 
ways including serving as 
president and vice president 
of the Chicago chapter of 
the Alumni Association, as 
a member of his class 
Reunion gift committee, as 
a volunteer for the Hiatt 
Alumni Career Network, 
and as a charter member of 
the Legacy Circle. Saber 
also established a Women's 
Studies Scholarship in 
memory of his father. 

The recipient of the Alumni 
Admissions Council Award 
was Judith Paull Aronson 
'55. A member of the 

Reinharz, Volen Cemei 
Director Irwin Levitan, and 
Chair of the Board of 
Trustees Louis Perlmutter 
look on. 

Legacy Circle and Fellow of 
the University, Aronson has 
been an active supporter in 
the Alumni Admissions 
Council. She is currently 
the chair of the Alumni 
Admissions Council for 
Southern California, a 
position she has held since 

Unable to attend the 
ceremony was Ambassador- 
at-Large Robert Gallucci, 
M.A. '68, Ph.D. '74, former 
assistant secretary of state 
for political-military affairs 
and veteran career diplomat. 
Gallucci, who was to be 
presented with an Alumni 
Achievement Award, was in 
Geneva concluding a treaty 
agreement with North 
Korea. Gallucci came to 
Brandeis m January to 
receive his award and give 
an address. 

In addition, five alumni 
were named as President's 
Councilors and presented 
with special plaques by 
President Reinharz: 
Kwabena Akufo '77, Yehuda 
Cohen '81, Edward '61 and 
Judith '63 Feldstein, and 
Susan Jay '71. 

3 Winter 1995 


Daja Meston '96 
West Meets East 
Meets West 

Imagine experiencing 
everything as new, with a 
child's perspective of 
continual discovery, but 
you are an adult. Instead of 
a dull sense of repetition 
solidified into habit during 
the day, you are delighted 
by — and struggle with — 
constant surprises. To Daja 
Meston '96 that is the way 
life seems. "Nothing has 
prepared me for this, really. 
Every smgle class I take, 
everything I read, I study, I 
hear, is all new. I'm like a 
sponge. It's fascinating, the 
things so many people take 
for granted," he says. 

He IS intrigued because 
the most familiar and 
psychically comfortable 
surrounding that framed his 
childhood and teenage years 
is a Buddhist monastery 
nestled in the breathtaking 
landscape near Katmandu, 

Nothing could be further 
from the experience of a 
typical American child. 
Picture a 6-year-old in the 
United States — he faces the 
huge demands of first grade, 
learnmg to read, to write, to 
understand number 
relationships, his thought 
process itself molded to 
solve problems. 

Not so for Meston. Born in 
Geneva as his American 
parents meandered through 
Europe and Asia on their 
vintage sixties quest for 
meaning, he accumulated 
none of the underpinnings 
that most college students 
take for granted. As a 
toddler and preschooler, he 
was able to participate in 
his parents' journey to see 
the world. But at the age of 
4, radical changes were in 
store for him. And by 6 — 

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when most Americans 
begin first grade — he was 
preparing to enter a Tibetan 
Buddhist monastery. 

His parents wended their 
way through life subject to 
whim and advice from 
unconventional sources. 
Consider his mother's 
approach when their van 
broke down in Afghanistan. 
As chance would have it, 
Americans passing through 
offered to take them to a 
city in India. Would they 
go? His mother consulted 
the I Ching, the Chinese 
oracle. The affirmative 
response sent them on 
their way. 

Traveling south from the 
mountains of Afghanistan, 
a slow trek on rock strewn 
roads past villages of mud 
and straw huts, they came 
to the northern India town 
of Dharmsala. The home of 
the Dalai Lama and a center 
of Tibetan Buddhism, this 
exotic and spiritual place 
captivated Meston's 
parents. Embracing 
Buddhism, they studied 
there for more than a year, 
moving to Katmandu, 
Nepal, to continue their 
search for enlightenment. 

Blessed with astounding 
vistas and rich with a sense 
of the spiritual, Katmandu 
marked a turning point. The 
family would never be 
together again. Meston's 
father became ill and 
returned to the United 
States. His mother decided 
to become a Buddhist nun, 
living in retreats in India 
and Nepal. And Meston- A 
long-term boarding 
arrangement made by his 
mother for her 4-year-old 
placed him with a family 
of Tibetan nobles exiled 
by the Chinese occupation 
of their country. 

Daja Meston 

The large pink concrete 
house that became his 
home was bustling: the 
father, his two wives, who 
were sisters, and 12 
children swallowed up the 
little boy. "The most 
difficult part of this adopted 
family was that I looked 
different, and I didn't know 
why," Meston remembers. 
The man of the house wore 
western-style clothes, while 
his wives wore the 
traditional silver jewelry 
and Tibetan dress, skirts 
with bright, embroidered 
aprons. Like the other 
children, Meston was 
required to memorize 
lengthy Buddhist prayers by 
the strict, strap-wielding 
father. "I was terrified of 
him," Meston says. "But in 
spite of him I started seeing 
these people as my family. I 
didn't comprehend the 
arrangements they had 
made with my mother." By 
the time Meston's mother 
came to visit, to talk and 
bring him candy, he spoke 
Tibetan, not English, and 
she could not communicate 
with him. 

She was also part of an 
American culture of which 
he knew practically 
nothing. What did seem 
natural to him was her 
decision that he would 
become a Buddhist monk. 
Having his head shaved and 

being fitted for red monk's 
robes, Meston describes 
himself as excited and 
happy. "It's not uncommon 
in Tibet for a small 
boy to go to a monastery," 
he explains. 

A typical day in his young 
life began at 5:30 am with a 
splash of cold water on his 
face to wash. "There was no 
hot water at the monastery 
and the monks (the oldest 
were in their mid-30s) 
didn't shower. We didn't 
bathe very often," Meston 
explains. "And I never wore 
shoes. I was black with dirt, 
but I wasn't aware that I 
was dirty," he remembers. 

Isolated, with no access to 
television or magazines, the 
80 monks' world centered 
on memorizing prayers, 
reciting what was learned, 
debating philosophical 
questions, and cleaning 
assigned areas. Sparse meals 
were served with numbing 
repetition. "The worst thing 
about the monastery was 
the food. It was very bad 
and always the same — but I 
never had enough. I was 
constantly hungry," Meston 

Breakfast? Tea and a kind of 
pita bread, eaten between 
early morning prayers and 
late morning memorizing 
and oral exams. Lunch? 

Rice and dahl, an Indian 
lentil dish, before afternoon 
lessons in philosophy. 
Dinner? Not until 7:00 pm, 
when noodle soup was 
served. The evening hours 
were spent discussing 
philosophy, then reciting 
the material learned that 
day. A strict regimen — but 
nothing like education as 
taken for granted in the 
West. "I was taught to read 
Tibetan, but not to write," 
explains Meston. "I had no 
math or history. The 
teachers emphasized 
Tibetan Buddhist 
philosophy." What he has 
retained is not the ritual, for 
which he says he has little 
use, but a core mandate to 
treat others with kindness 
and compassion. 

That was not how he was 
treated. Taller than most of 
his Asian peers and looking 
different, he was teased. "I 
knew I was different 
because everybody noticed. 
They called me names," he 
says. During the time he 
stayed at the monastery — 
from 1976 until 1985 when 
he was 15 — he had no close 

There was one hiatus in 
1980 — a brief trip, four 
months visiting his mother 
m London and about 10 
days in Los Angeles to see 
his great-grandmother. He 
packed in a cornucopia of 
experiences in stunning 
contrast to the preceding 
four-year litany of 
repetition. Suddenly lots of 
people looked the same as 
he did. "I felt liberated, 
to be one of the crowd 
instead of always standing 
out," he says. 

And of America? "I loved 
every bit of it." It was 
California's sleek endless 
freeways that dazzled him, 
in contrast to Nepal's 
pitted, primitive roads. And 
the swimming pools, he 
recalls with delight: "I'd 
wake up at six or seven 
o'clock just to get into the 
pool. In the whole of 

Katmandu, there was only 
one public swimming pool, 
where we went once a year 
on a special occasion." 

The compelling taste of 
Western culture lingered 
when Meston returned to 
Nepal, Its intrigue amplified 
when he was sent, m 1985, 
to a massive monastery 
with over 3,000 students in 
southern India, near 
Mysore. There, he describes 
hitting bottom. "It was 
unbelievably difficult for 
me. Sick and miserable, I 
finally decided I didn't want 
to be a monk anymore." 

So he left. Frightened and 
alone at 16, he was willing 
to venture into completely 
unknown and forbidding 
territory, sustained by the 
knowledge, he says, that his 
natural curiosity and 
enjoyment of learning new 
things would always be 
with him. Selling his monks 
robes and sleeping bag for 
fare to travel, speaking 
Tibetan, Hindi, Nepalese, 
and very little English, what 
he got was a crash course in 
survival skills. But also, 
says Meston, it was a time 
that he felt "free." Touring 
London for a month, he 
pedaled a bicycle around the 
magnificent city wearing a 
Walkman and listening to 
Madonna, relishing 
spontaneity. Then it was a 
year in Italy — Venice, 
Florence, Rome — and a 
Buddhist center near Pisa, 
staying not as a monk but 
as a handyman and cook. 

But this lifestyle did not 
satisfy what Meston 
describes as "a driving force 
in me — to get an 
education." With that in 
mind, he came to America 
in 1987. Meston had a lot of 
catching up to do. "I 
remember not being able to 
write, not being able to 
subtract," he says. Staying 
with family friends in 
Southern California, 
attending high school in 

Orange County, he was 
such an oddity that he was 
the subject of a profile in 
The Los Angeles Times. 
Indeed, almost everything 
was new for him. Accepting 
the owner's suggestion to 
work in a factory on 
weekends, Meston was 
astonished when he was 
offered money. He was 
doing it, he thought, as a 
favor. And paid by the hour- 
To him that seemed 
impossibly extravagant; in 
Nepal, workers are paid by 
the month. 

Attracted by the large 
choice of colleges in 
Massachusetts, he enrolled 
at a junior college in 
Worcester. But the courses 
there did not satisfy his 
vision. Transferring to 
Brandeis brought him to a 
place of discovery. 

Now he is exploring his 
heritage. In 1989 he learned 
that both his parents were 
lewish. In fact, he is related 
to famed Zionist leader and 
Hadassah founder Henrietta 
Szold. "Before I came to 
America, I really didn't 
know what a lew was," 
Meston says. Eager to take 
ludaic studies courses at 
Brandeis, and to someday 
visit Israel, Meston, a 
sociology major, is focused 
first on getting a good 

And of his unusual life 
journey, he says "For me, 
I'm happy I went through 
all those experiences 
because it gave me a unique 
background. And everything 
here is remarkable to me." 
Savoring the novelty, he is 
bringing a far-flung past 
into perspective with 
American culture. The 
juxtapositions are 
extraordinary. In the same 
breath that he mentions his 
Tibetan name, Thubten 
Wangchuk, he can also tell 
you that his grandfather 
wrote and produced the old 
western TV series 

Married to a Tibetan 
woman from India whom he 
met in the United States, 
Meston struggles with a 
sense of identity and lack of 
roots. Soft-spoken, with a 
ready smile, he notes with 
amusement that his 
appearance is completely 
misleading, as if he lives in 
a white body that houses a 
Tibetan. He enjoys his 
ability to straddle two 
disparate cultures, to be 
able to choose either to 
participate in the subtle 
intricacies of each or to step 
outside and look in with a 
foreigner's cool eye. And he 
has a way of being in the 
world that stems from 
Buddhist philosophy — 
something Westerners often 
seek to quickly obtain — 
impossible to put into 

Eleven-year-old Daja 
Meston (Thubten 
Wangchuk) memorizing 
prayers with fellow 
monks at a monastery in 

words, acquired only 
gradually, over many years. 
Presently, he greatly 
appreciates the opportunity 
to be a Brandeis student. 
His joyful curiosity sustains 
him and provides a steady 
source of strength. "I feel 
that I'm always growing, 
that I'm very curious, and I 
keep finding out there are a 
lot of interesting things to 
be learned and understood. I 
get a lot out of seeing that 
process in myself," Meston 
explains. He is convinced 
that adventure is always 
available to him. 

5 Winter 1995 

A Resource for 
Campus Women 

Student Killed in 
Auto Accident 

!\,:: ::i !\l._,lJ vj 111 the 

Women's Resource Center 

The Women's Resource 
Center, located on the 
second floor of Usdan 
Student Center, features 
a library of more than 300 
books on women's issues 
and women writers. It also 
serves as a meeting place 
for several student 
organizations, including a 
support group for women 
survivors of rape and sexual 

"One of the important 
thmgs about the center is 
that It remain a safe space 
for all the people here," said 
Nikki Horberg '95, a 
member of the organizing 
committee for the center. 
It aims to foster an 
atmosphere of mutual 

Men's Soccer 
Team Wins ECAC 

respect in which everyone 
can feel comfortable 
expressing her views. 

The center was opened in 
March 1993 by a committee 
of representatives from 
campus women's groups 
with funding from the 
Office of Campus Life. It is 
open Monday through 
Thursday from 1 1:00 am to 
4:00 pm, and Sunday from 
12:00 to 3:00 pm. 

The center recently 
initiated a project called the 
Brandeis Women's Archive, 
described as a collection of 
history past, present, and 
future of the experience at 
Brandeis for women. Oral 
histories and other 
documentation from 
alumnae, students, faculty, 
staff, and clubs arc sought 
as part of a chronicle 
showing that Brandeis is a 
place where strong women 

Brandeis student David 
Henner '96 died November 
22, 1994, following an 
automobile accident 
in Belchertown, 

Henner, from Valley 
Stream, New York, is 
survived by his parents, 
Leo and Estclle Henner, and 
his brother, Adam. 

At a memorial service on 
December 13, 1994, in 
Slosberg Recital Hall, 
Henner was remembered 
by loyce Antler, associate 
professor of American 
studies, lacob Cohen, 
associate professor of 
American studies, and 
Andreas Teuber, associate 

Hiatt Center 
Program Pairs 
Graduates, Prelaw 

Matthew Murphy '98 steals 
the ball from a Wheaton 
College opponent. 

Three straight wins over 
top-rated opponents led the 
Brandeis men's soccer team 
to Its first-ever Eastern 
College Athletic Conference 
(ECAC) Division III New 
England championship. 

In the opening round of the 
tourney, forward Ken 
Hannan '95, scored two 
goals late in the first half 
and added a second-half 
assist to lead Brandeis to a 
4-0 win over host 
Bridgewater State College. 
Bridgewater State, which 
downed Brandeis 1-0 in the 
first round of the ECAC's 
last year, was the champion 
of the Massachusetts State 
Athletic Conference this 

In the semifinals, Hannan 
and forward Mark Moroney 
'96, scored a goal in each 
half to lead Brandeis to a 2-0 
win over Colby College. 
Hannan then scored a pair 

of goals to clinch a 4-2 win 
against Wheaton College in 
the championship game. 

Hannan was named most 
valuable player for the 
tourney. He finished the 
season with a team high of 
15 goals, and is seventh on 
the all-time scoring list 
with 32 goals and 15 assists, 
for 79 points. "In our last 
few games we came out and 
destroyed everybody," said 
Hannan. "I don't think 
there's any team in New 
England that could stop us." 

Coach Michael Coven, 
ending his 22nd season at 
Brandeis, called his players 
"as good a team as I've ever 
had. ..Even when we weren't 
winning, every day going 
out to practice was fun." 

Lori Gannon '95 is getting 
an insider's view this 
semester of what life in law 
school is really like. 
Through phone calls and 
e-mail messages with first 
year Harvard Law School 
student Jason Mogel '93, 
she's hearing about all-night 
study sessions, oral exams, 
and a grueling pace that 
"gets tougher week by 

Gannon and 22 other 
Brandeis seniors have been 
matched up with students 
at Harvard Law, who will 
guide them through the 
application process and 
inform them about the 
realities of law school. The 
program, begun last month 
by the Hiatt Career 
Development Center, has 
already had some "very 
positive reports," according 
to Center Director Frank 

6 Brandeis Review 

Tourney raises 
money for 
children with AIDS 

Brandeis Student 
Brings Medical 
Care to the Poor 
of Guatemala 

fabes Otoniel Rojas- 
Hemandez '97 

professor of philosophy, as 
someone who was a 
"pleasure to teach," and as 
a loyal and involved student 
in the American studies 
department. President 
lehuda Reinharz noted 
[hat Henner had been 
thoroughly involved m 
life outside the classroom 
also, from sports to Doing 
lustice, the Social Board, 
and other Student Senate 

The service, attended by 
an overflow audience of 
students and community 
members, was officiated 
over by Rabbi Albert 
Axelrad. The Psychological 
Counseling Center provided 
individual and group 
counseling services for 
students affected by the 
loss of their classmate. 

A recent basketball 
tournament organized by 
two Brandeis students raised 
more than $2,000 to benefit 
the Foundation for Children 
with AIDS. 

Elaine Waldman '96 and 
Diane Morof '95 organized 
the three-on-three basketball 
tournament that was held 
Saturday, October 29, 1994, 
at the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center with a 
little help from the Boston 
Celtics. The event coincided 
with a Celtics open practice 
at the Gosman Center, and 
the team donated prizes of 
autographed basketballs and 
tickets to a game for the 

Sixteen teams of Brandeis 
students participated in the 
event, which was 
cosponsored by Brandeis 
Health Services, Friends of 
Brandeis Athletics, and 
several corporate sponsors. 

While Gannon has not met 
in person yet with her 
mentor due to his schedule, 
he recently provided advice 
and commented on a draft 
of Gannon's all-important 
personal statement for her 
law school applications. 

"He's a sympathetic ear 
who knows the whole 
process," said Gannon. 
"That aspect is what makes 
it different from going to 
the Hiatt Center. It's 
someone your age who's 
gone through it. And that's 
very helpful." 

Gannon said Mogel, in the 
midst of preparing for 
rigorous exams, has joked 
that maybe she should be 
comforting him. Still she 
said she "wouldn't refuse" 
if accepted at Harvard and 
plans to sit in soon on 
classes there. 

The program was the idea of 
Brandeis alum Eric Lanyard 
'93, a second year student at 
Harvard Law, and is being 
coordinated by Meryl Glatt- 
Rader, associate director of 
the Hiatt Center. Lanyard 
said the program is based on 
one that Harvard runs for 
its own undergraduates. He 
said he did not have any 
trouble recruiting mentors, 
but the Brandeis alumni at 
Harvard have been the most 

"I would have really gotten 
a lot out of something like 
this when I was at 
Brandeis," said Lanyard. 

When sophomore Jabes 
Otoniel Rojas-Hernandez '97 
went to Guatemala to bring 
medical care to the poor this 
summer, the faces on the 
villagers streaming down dirt 
paths to makeshift clinics did 
not look that different from 
the face in the mirror. 

"It was a humbling 
experience," said Rojas- 
Hernaudez, who was born in 
Guatemala and moved to the 
United States at age 9. "You 
realize that we have a lot." 

Delivering free health care to 
the indigenous residents of 
San Lucas Tollman was the 
goal of Rojas-Hernandez, 
three doctors from Harvard 
Community Health Plan, and 
seven other volunteers. From 
luly 23 to August 21, 1994, 
they taught basic hygiene, 
distributed vitamins and 
medicine, and gave checkups 
and immunizations in a 
grass-roots mission known as 
the San Lucas Project. 

Mission workers visited a 
different village each 
weekday, frequently walking 
miles as roads designed for 
four-wheel drive vehicles 
narrowed to walkways. Rojas- 
Hernandez said word of the 
doctors' arrival spread 
quickly through the lush 
mountains of the 
Guatemalan Highlands. 

Roias-Hernandez's main 
responsibility was translating 
Spanish for English-speaking 
doctors. Determining the 
patients' needs was a slow 
process because he had to 
wait for a local medicine man 
to translate from an 
indigenous dialect to Spanish. 

Although many of the 
patients had never been to a 
doctor, he said they were not 
afraid. "They trusted Western 
medicine in a mythical way," 
he said. 

Rojas-Hernandez, the first 
member of his family to 
attend college, wants to 
become a doctor. He is 
studying in the Premedical 

Studies Program and Latin 
American studies. A Martin 
Luther King Jr. Scholar, he 
belongs to the University's 
jAhora! club, Intercultural 
Center, and Big Brother 

Rojas-Hernandez was so 
impressed with the project 
that he plans to go again next 
year and would like to spend 
two years in Guatemala 
before entering medical 

In its sixth year, the project 
helps the people of 
Guatemala who live in 
extreme poverty, the majority 
without running water or 
electricity. The country, 
where workers on banana, 
sugar, and coffee plantations 
earn the equivalent of three 
dollars a day, has the lowest 
immunization rate in Latin 
America. An estimated 80 
percent of the population 
cannot meet the most basic 
nutritional needs. 

In the months before the 
mission, travel bureaus 
issued warnings to avoid 
Guatemala because foreign 
medical workers were being 
attacked. But Rojas- 
Hernandez raised money for 
his airfare and $2,300 for 
medical supplies, including 
$300 from Brandeis, and was 

"I wanted to go... I am not a 
tourist, I am a native. And I 
loved it," he said. 
Encka Tavares 

7 Winter 1995 


Miller Named 
Dean of Arts and 

Williams Serves 
on International 

Robin Feuer Miller, an 
internationally recognized 
scholar of 19th-century 
Russian fiction and the 
European novel, has been 
named dean of arts and 
sciences by the Board of 

Miller, a professor of 
Russian and comparative 
literature at Brandeis and 
fellow of the Russian 
Research Center at Harvard, 
succeeds Irving Epstein, 
provost and senior vice 
president for academic 


affairs, in one of Brandeis's 
highest ranking academic 
posts. She started the new 
job in lanuary. 

Miller is one of the most- 
often quoted scholars on 
Dostoevsky, about whom 
she has authored two 
books — The Brothers 
Karamazov: Worlds of the 
Novel [1992] and 
Dostoevsky and The Idiot: 
Author. Narrator, and 
Reader [198\]. She edited 
Critical Essays on 
Dostoevsky (1986), and 
most recently authored yet 
another book on 
Dostoevsky — Dostoevsky: 
Transformations and 
Conversions. She is editing, 
with Malcolm (ones. The 
Cambridge Companion to 
the Russian Novel. 
In addition to handling all 
faculty related issues, 
Miller's responsibilities 
include implementing and 
overseeing an innovative 
new curriculum introduced 
for the first time this past 
fall, and "upholding the 
academic excellence and 
competitiveness of the 
Brandeis faculty and student 
body," Epstein said. 

Miller earned her Ph.D. and 
master's degree from 
Columbia University. She 
has taught at Hobart and 
William Smith Colleges, 
Cornell University, and 
Harvard University. 

Dessima Williams, visiting 
associate professor of 
sociology, listened to 
heartrending testimony 
while serving on an 
international tribunal that 
could lay the groundwork 
for trials of those who have 
killed and committed 
human-rights violations on 
behalf of Haiti's military 

In Montreal on September 
30 and October 1, 1994, 
Williams served on a panel 
of seven experts that 
amassed evidence about the 
patterns of rights violations 
in Haiti. They heard from 
survivors of rights abuses 
that were committed by the 
military regime that 
overthrew jean-Bertrand 
Aristide m 1991. These 
abuses included torture. 

President Named 
to Board of 
Governors of 
Jewish Agency 

rape, kidnapping, and forced 
exile, said Williams, the 
former Grenadian 
ambassador to the United 
States who has visited Haiti 
twice in the past year for 
the New England Observers 

The panel did not render 
formal judgments against 
those accused of abuses in 
Haiti, since they were not 
present to defend 
themselves, said Williams. 
It was designed as a serious 
attempt to use international 
law and people's 
experiences to draw 
attention to human-rights 
abuses in Haiti, where at 
least 3,000 pro-democracy 
Haitians have been victims 
of political killings. The 
triljunal was organized by 
the International Centre for 
Human Rights and 
Democratic Development. 

Brandeis President Jehuda 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, has 
been named to the Board of 
Governors of the Jewish 

Established in 1929, and 
reconstituted in I97I, the 
Jewish Agency operates 
under a covenant with the 
government of Israel. It is a 
voluntary, national 
institution with 
philanthropic sources of 
income, representing the 
Jews of the world and Israel. 
Through the years, it has 

expedited the absorption of 
2.3 million newcomers to 
Israel, established hundreds 
of rural settlements, and 
cared for 300,000 children 
in Youth Aliyah 

In the United States, the 
Jewish Agency accom- 
plishes its mission through 
a partnership with the 
United Jewish Appeal. The 
Board of Governors of the 
agency directs policy and 
manages, supervises, and 
controls its operations 
and activities. 

8 Brandeis Review 


Judith Krieger 
Dies Suddenly 
in Jerusalem 

In the "Faculty and Staff" 
department of the Fall 1994 
Brandeis Review, Gina 
Turrigiano and Sacha 
Nelson, assistant professors 
of biology and the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, were 
mistakenly identified as 
half-time assistant 
professors. However, both 
hold full-time tenure-track 
appointments. We apologize 
for the confusion this might 
have caused. 

Judith Krieger Gardner 

Judith Krieger Gardner, 
associate research professor 
in The Florence Heller 
Graduate School for 
Advanced Studies in Social 
Welfare died unexpectedly 
at the age of 51 on Saturday, 
November 26, 1994, in 

She became ill three weeks 
prior while trekking 
through Nepal with a group 
of friends. 

Gardner was known for her 
research and advocacy on 
behalf of children. She 
directed the Family and 
Children's Policy Center 
at the University, and had 
been studying ways that 
communities and families 
could better provide care to 

children with serious 
emotional disorders. She 
was the author of many 
articles and edited various 
books, including one 
widely used in teaching 
developmental psychology. 
Gardner founded the 
Atrium School Play Group 
and served on the board of 
the Fellowship in Israel for 
Arab-Jewish Youths. 

She leaves a daughter, 
Kerith; two sons, Jay and 
Andrew; her parents, Sylvia 
and Bernard Krieger; and her 
brother-in-law and sister-in- 
law, Len and Marion Saxe. 

Funeral services were held 
at the Spingold Theater on 
campus on November 30, 

Reinharz to Chair 



Shulamit Reinharz, M.A. 
'69, Ph.D. '77, professor of 
sociology and director of the 
Women's Studies Program, 
has been named chair of a 
new national commission 
that will examine the 
personal values and 
communal goals of today's 
American Jewish women. 

Hadassah, the world's 
largest women's Zionist 
organization, announced the 
creation of the National 
Commission on American 
Jewish Women in late 1994. 
Composed of a diverse 
group of 23 women leaders, 
the commission is 
overseeing a major 
qualitative work, the 

"Hadassah National 
Women's Study; The 
Changing Outlook for the 
American Jewish Woman." 
The goal of the study, 
conducted by the Cohen 
Center For Modern Jewish 
Studies, is to compile, 
examine, and analyze the 
most in-depth and current 
information about Jewish 
women in the United 

To obtain data for the 
study, the Cohen Center 
conducted a nationwide 
series of 18 focus group 
discussions moderated by 
Cohen Center senior 
research associate Sylvia 
Barack Fishman, assistant 
professor of contemporary 
Jewry and American Jewish 
sociology. Reinharz and the 
commission will announce 
the study's results and the 
commission's recommen- 
dations in June 1995. 

,-aalamit Reinharz, right, 
with Hadassah National 
President Deborah Kaplan 

9 Winter 1995 

Burt, Simister 
Recognized for 
Excellence in 

John Davies Burt, associate 
professor of Englisfi, and 
Neil Simister, assistant 
professor of molecular 
immunology and Rosenstiel 
Basic Medical Research 
Center, were honored at the 
November 1994 faculty 
meeting with the 
University's two annual 
awards for excellence in 
teaching. Burt was named 
winner of the Louis 
Dembitz Brandeis Prize for 
Excellence in Teaching 
while Simister won the 
Michael Walzer Award for 

Burt has been praised by his 
students for his enthusiasm, 
his entertaining and 
engaging lectures, and an 
"ability to spark interest 
and even awe in the texts he 
teaches." Still, when asked 
about his philosophy of 
teaching, I5urt said the best 
teaching and learning often 
take place in classrooms 
that can appear at times 
unexciting, even dull. 

"The mistake people make 
is to think of teaching as 
performance," Burt said. 
What's more important is 
providing the opportunity 
for reflection and 

thoughtful discussion, he 
said. "To my mind real 
teaching should look like 
thinking and not like acting." 

This year's winners of the 
Walzer Award and the 
Brandeis Prize were chosen 
from among 55 faculty, 
tenured and nontenured, 
who were nominated to the 
Committee for the Support 
of Teaching by undergraduate 
and graduate students, and 
by faculty and staff. The 
committee relies on 
information gathered through 
the Course Evaluation 
Survey, direct nominations, 
and departmental input. 

Simister said the award was 
an honor for him because 
the process of evaluation is 
initiated by students. "It's 
especially important for 
me because it means my 
students like the way I 

Working on the frontiers of 
cell biology and immunology 
to study how antibodies 
transfer from mother to 
child, Simister said he often 
"brings back" ideas from his 
teaching to use in his 

Irving Epstein and John 
Davies Bun 

Nei] Simister 

"I've been really delighted 
with the students I've 
encountered here at 
Brandeis," he said. "They 
are willing to engage. 
tackle the subject, and 
that's the most important 

Simister was cited in his 
evaluations for his 
organization and the helpful 
lecture notes he hands out 
in advance. He said he 
wants students to have time 
to listen and reflect rather 
than spend all their energy 
taking notes. "I like to have 
their heads up." 

Provost Irving R. Epstein 
said that both professors 
were praised in their 
nominations for their 
accessibility to students. 

Simister, who joined the 
biology department in 1990, 
teaches courses in 
introductory and advanced 
cell biology. Burt, at 
Brandeis since 1983, teaches 
in the areas of poetry, 
fiction, American literature, 
and philosophy of 

The Committee for the 
Support of Teaching also 
recognized other nominees 
who won special praise 
from students this year: 
Gila Hayim, associate 
professor of sociology,- 
Susan Lovett, assistant 
professor of biology and 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Research Center,- and Dora 
Older, lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
Spanish. Committee 
members were Pamela 
Allara, assistant professor of 
fine arts and Petrie Term 
Assistant Professor; Emily 
Dudek, adjunct professor of 
chemistry; Jane Hale, 
associate professor of 
French and comparative 
literature; Shep Melnick, 
professor of politics; Linda 
Rost, graduate student in 
biology; and Associate Dean 
for Undergraduate 
Academic Affairs Milton 

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New Faculty 

Among the new faculty 
appointed this winter are an 
economics advisor to the 
President, an experimental 
computer scientist in the 
field of connectionism, and 
a researcher in robotics. 

Adam Jaffe, associate 
professor of economics, 
received his Ph.D. from 
Harvard University. laffe 
comes to Brandeis from the 
Harvard University faculty 
after serving on the 
President's Council of 
Economic Advisors. He is 
an applied econometrics 
specialist with substantive 
interests in the economics 
of research and 
development and industrial 
organization. Most of his 
research addresses the 
problem of measurement 

and hypothesis-testing 
related to spillovers in the 
production of scientific 
knowledge. More recently, 
he has pursued research on 
the measurement of the 
contribution of universities 
to national productivity. 
Jaffe will divide his time 
between Brandeis and the 
National Bureau of 
Economic Research. 

Jordan Pollack, associate 
professor of computer 
science and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems, is an experimental 
computer scientist in the 
field of artificial 
intelligence and neural 
networks known as 
connectionism. He received 
his Ph.D. from the 
University of Illinois and 
comes to Brandeis from 
Ohio State University. He is 
the coeditor of High-level 

Connectionist Models: 
Advances in Connectionist 
and Neural Computational 
Theory. His most recent 
work attempts to use the 
theory of chaotic dynamical 
systems to characterize 
neural networks. Pollack is 
the creator and maintainer 
electronic archive where 
researchers may announce 
and store their technical 
research reports. He has 
served as associate editor of 
Artificial Intelligence 
Review and Journal of 
Experimental and 
Theoretical AI. His research 
is supported by grants from 
the Office of Naval 
Research and the Air Force 
Office of Scientific 

Maja Mataric, instructor in 
computer science and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, received 
her M.S. from the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology. Mataric, whose 
interest is artificial 
intelligence, including 
cognitive science, 
neuroscience, and ethology, 
is completing her doctorate 
on "Interaction and 
Intelligent Behavior" at 
MIT. She has done research 
on machine learning, 
robotics, artificial life, and 
distributive Al. The 
recipient of the NCR 
Graduate Engineering 
Fellowship and of the GE 
Foundation Faculty of the 
Future Fellowship, Mataric 
will assume the rank of 
assistant professor upon 
receipt of the Ph.D. 

Award Presented 
to Dybwad 

Maurice Auslander, a 
mathematician who taught 
at Brandeis for 37 years, 
died in Trondheim, 
Norway, on November 18, 
1994. He was 68 years old. 

Auslander taught 
mathematics at the 
University until October 
1994. He held the Sol Kittay 
Chair in Mathematics and 
served as chair of the 
mathematics department 
from 1959-61 and 1976-78. 

Bom in Brooklyn, New 
York, he also taught at 
Columbia University, the 
University of Chicago, and 
the University of Michigan 
before coming to Brandeis 
in 1957. He earned his 
bachelor's degree in 
mathematics from 

Columbia College, and liis 
Ph.D., also in mathematics, 
from Columbia University. 

Auslander was a fellow of 
the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences, a 
member of the Royal 
Science Society of Norway, 
and fellow of the American 
Association for the 
Advancement of Science. 

A memorial service was 
held on campus in Berlin 
Chapel on November 27, 
1994. The Brandeis 
community, particularly 
his many friends and 
colleagues on the faculty, 
mourned his passing. 

The Adaptive Environments 
Center Lifetime Achievement 
Award in Universal Design 
was presented to Gunnar 
Dybwad, professor emeritus 
of human development. The 
Heller School, at a reception 
last fall honoring sponsors, 
advisors, and participating 
design faculty of the 
Universal Design Education 
Project. "Dr. Dybwad was the 
first international advocate 
for the design of places that 
emphasized the human 
potential and opportunity for 
control by institutionalized, 
vulnerable people with 
mental retardation," said 
Elaine Ostroff, executive 
director of Adaptive 
Environments and presenter 
of the award. "In 1966 he 
convened and initiated the 
work of the first International 
Working Conference on 

Architectural Planning, 
highlighting the central role 
that architects can play in the 
growing movement toward 
developing community living 
opportunities for people with 
substantial disabilities." 

Dybwad has been the 
recipient of numerous 
national and international 
awards from rehabilitation, 
legal, and social welfare 
organizations, but this award 
from Adaptive Environments 
is the first from a design 
advocacy organization. 

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Brandeis Authors 
Receive "Honor 

Callahan Named 
Head of 
Committee on 

James J. Callahan, Jr., 
human services research 
professor and director of 
The Heller School's Policy 
Center on Aging, has been 
named head of a national 
steering committee for the 
National Academy on Aging 
in Washington, D.C. 

The Department of Health 
and Human Services 
Administration on Aging 
awarded $2 million to the 
Gerontological Society of 
America to establish the 
freestanding public policy 
institute. The National 
Academy on Aging will 
define and frame the issues 
facing an aging society 
through forums, policy 
papers, and briefs, and it 
will work with the media to 
publicize these issues. "The 
academy was created 
because the issues of aging 
are so pervasive they affect 
every element of our 
society," said Callahan. 
"We will now have a 
national forum to focus on 
these issues in a 
nonpolitical setting. I'm 
delighted to have been 
selected as head of the 
steering committee." 
Callahan has devoted years 
to programs aimed at 
extending the independence 
of older people. His research 
is especially relevant today, 
since life expectancy is 
rising and the percentage of 
elderly is increasing more 
rapidly. The number of 85- 
year-olds in this country is 
expected to grow by 58 
percent by the year 2010. 

Former host of the weekly 
TV show "Senior Circuit" 
on Boston's CBS-affiliate, 
Callahan was the 
commissioner of mental 
health in Massachusetts and 
served under Governor 
Michael Dukakis as 
secretary of elder affairs. He 
has also been a consultant 
to the Departments of 
Aging in Pennsylvania and 
Ohio as well as other 
organizations. Callahan was 
the first winner of the 
prestigious Maxwell A. 
Pollack Award for 
excellence in bridging the 
worlds of research and 

Callahan's current research 
focuses on strengthening 
neighborhoods to be more 
hospitable for the elderly, 
coordinating elderly 
services, examining 
methods of financing 
programs, and modifying 
homes as their owners age. 

The Gerontological Society 
of America is dedicated to 
research, education, and 
practice in the field of 
aging. It will receive 
$500,000 per year for four 
years to operate the 

The Jewish Book Council 
has selected Brandeis 
President Jehuda Reinharz's 
new book, the second 
installment of the definitive 
biography of Chaim 
Weizmann, Chaim 
Weizmann, Volume II 
(Oxford University Press) 
and Sylvia Barack Fishman's 
A Breath of Life: Feminism 
in the American fewish 
Community (The Free 
Press), as "Honor Books" for 

Assistant Professor of 
Contemporary Jewry and 
American Jewish Sociology 
and Senior Research 
Associate at the Cohen 
Center For Modem Jewish 
Studies, Fishman is an 
authority on the changing 
roles of Jewish women and 

contemporary American 
Jewish literature. She has 
studied the contemporary 
American Jewish family, 
intermarriage and 
assimilation, and the 
measurable impact of 
Jewish education. Last fall 
she had three articles 
published, and she is the 
author of Follow My 
Footprints: Changing 
Images of Women in 
American fewish Fiction. 

An authority on the Middle 
East, Reinharz won the 
National Jewish Book 
Award in 1986 for the first 
volume of his Chaim 
Weizmann biography. The 
book was selected by The 
New York Times as one of 
the "notable" books for 
1985. Reinharz is the 
coauthor or editor of 19 
books and more than 80 

Nurse Midwives 
Focus on Human 
Genetics at 










fames f. Callahan, ir. 

nurse midwives and other 
primary health care 
professionals came to 
campus recently to be 
briefed on the latest 
developments in human 
genetics. The November 12, 
1994, conference, "The New 
Genetics and Health Care: 
Impact on the Practice of 
Nurse Midwives" was 
sponsored by the 
University's Genetic 
Counseling Master's Degree 

Judith Tsipis, director of 
the Genetic Counseling 
Program and adjunct 
professor of biology, said 
the event was intended to 
inform nurse midwives, 
OB/GYN nurses, and nurse 
practitioners about the 
many new ethical, legal, 
and policy issues that are 

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being raised in the field of 
genetics. Increasingly, she 
said, nurse midwives and 
other primary health care 
professionals will be called 
on to provide genetic 
information and services 
and to make referrals. 

The day-long series of 
lectures, panel presentations, 
and case-based workshops 
covered the basics of human 
and clinical genetics and 
provided participants with 
information and resources 
needed to integrate genetic 
health information into their 

Miriam Schoenfeld DiMaio, 
of the Yale University 
Medical School, a social 
worker and genetic 
counselor since 1980, gave 
an overview of medical 
genetics and genetic diseases 
such as Down's syndrome. 

Research Suggests 
Progression of 
Could be Delayed 

Irving Zola 

Zola, Champion 
of the Rights of 
the Disabled, Dies 

As reported in the Fall 1994 
issue of the Brandeis 
Review, Gerald Fasman, 
Louis and Bessie Rosenfield 
Professor of Biochemistry, 
and his colleagues 
discovered new data that 
support a link hetween 
Alzheimer's disease and 

On Novembers, 1994, 
proceedings of the National 
Academy of Sciences 
published results from 
experiments that now 
suggest Fasman and 
Brandeis researchers may 
have found a way to 
minimize aluminum levels 
in the circulatory systems 
of Alzheimer's victims — a 
development which some 
believe could slow the 

disease and postpone for 
years the need for 

Fasman and Cathy Moore, a 
postdoctoral research 
associate at the University, 
say the results from their 
research are strong enough 
to encourage clinical trials 
to alleviate the tragic effects 
of Alzheimer's on patients 
and their families. 

The researchers used model 
neuronal peptides in the 
laboratory to cause 
formation of structures, 
called tangles, which were 
identical to those found in 
the brains of Alzheimer's 
victims when aluminum 
was present. 

Fasman said the breakthrough 
came when silicates were 
added and shown to cause a 
reversal of the plaque and 
tangle formations from 
deposits caused by aluminum. 
"The insoluble deposits will 
dissolve upon the addition of 
silicates," he said. 

According to Fasman, use of 
silicates as a therapeutic agent 
could bind the aluminum in 
the blood stream, remove it 
from the circulatory system 
and thus decrease dramatically 
the amount crossing the 
blood/brain barrier. That may 
help to slow down the progress 
of Alzheimer's disease and 
delay hospitalization "by a 
significant number of years," 
Fasman said. 

Irving Zola, Mortimer 
Gryzmish Professor of Fluman 
Relations, died suddenly in 
his home on December 1, 
1994. He was 59. 

A champion of the rights of 
the disabled, Zola began his 
career as a research 
sociologist at Massachusetts 

cystic fibrosis, neural tube 
defects, and cancer. 

Keynote speaker Philip 
Reilly, adiunct professor of 
legal studies and director of 
the Shriver Center for 
Mental Retardation in 
Waltham, updated the 
audience on the Human 
Genome Project and its 
impact on primary health 
care delivery. He also spoke 
about genetics as 
preventative and predictive 
factors, and the problem of 
genetic information about 
disease being used against 
people by insurers. 

Other topics of discussion 
included new reproductive 
technologies, pre- 
conceptual and prenatal 
genetic counseling, genetic 
screening, and genetic 
resources in the community. 
/. Thompson '97 

General Hospital. He joined 
the faculty at Brandeis in 
1963, where his main 
research interests included 
ethnicity, the sociology of 
health and illness, and 
disabilities studies. 

Zola was active both on and 
off campus. He was a 
consultant-in-residence to 
the World Health 
Organization and the 
Netherlands Institute of 
Preventive Health. Most 
recently, he served as a 
member of President 
Clinton's transition team 
on national health care in 
the areas of long-term care 
and personal assistance. 

Zola was president of the 
Eastern Sociological Society 
in 1994 and was former 
chair of the Medical 
Sociology Section of the 
American Sociological 
Association. He was a 
founding member of several 
organizations including 
Greenhouse, a free standing 
mental health cliniC; the 
Boston Self-Help Center, an 
advocacy and counseling 

center for people with 
disabilities; and 
Community Works, a 
Greater Boston alternative 
to the United Way. He also 
served on the editorial 
boards of more than 20 
journals and was a panelist 
and reviewer for various 
departments in the federal 
and state governments. Zola 
collected many awards 
throughout his 
distinguished career, 
including the N. Neal Pike 
Prize for Service to the 
Handicapped in 1989, the 
Leo G. Reeder Award for 
Distinguished Service to 
Medical Sociology in 1990, 
and in 1993, the Lee 
Founders Award for the 
Society for the Study of 
Social Problems. 

The professor was the 
author of many articles and 
books including "Missing 
Pieces: A Chronicle of 
Living with a Disability," 
an autobiographical story 
detailing his own 
experiences as a young man 
with polio. 

Zola was born and raised in 
Boston. He graduated from 
Boston Latin School in 1954 
and from Harvard College in 

1958. In 1962 he received 
his doctorate from the 
Department of Social 
Relations at Harvard 

He leaves his wife, fudy 
Norsigian; a son, Warren 
Keith; two daughters, 
Amanda Beth Mosola and 
Kyra Zola Norsigian; a 
brother, Michael; and a 
grandson. Peter Conrad, 
Harry Coplan Professor of 
Social Sciences and chair of 
the University's sociology 
department, said in a 
statement, "Irv was a 
profound critical thinker in 
medical sociology, a pioneer 
in disability studies, and a 
tireless advocate for people 
with disabilities. He was a 
great colleague, full of life, 
with a wonderful sense of 
humor. The sociology world 
and all who knew him will 
miss him." 

A memorial service was 
held at Brandeis on 
December 6, 1994, in the 
Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. 

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Faculty Notes 

Nadya Aisenberg 

adjunct associate professor of 
women's studies, published 
Ordinary Heroines: 
Transforming the Male 
Myth, Continuum Press. 

Bracha Azoulay 

lecturer in Hebrew, took a 
group of Brandeis students to 
the Hebrew Summer School 
at Ulpan Akiva, Netanya, 

Susan Dibble 

artist-in-residence in stage 
movement, directed the 
Summer Traming Institute at 
Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, 
MA. She performed The Body 
Reveals and The Sandman, 
two new works created over 
the last year. The Body 
Reveals and The Man and 
The Angel were performed at 
Mobius, an experimental 
performance theater in 
Boston. In addition to the 
performance, her drawings 
and paintings were exhibited 
in the gallery at Mobius. 

Judith Eissenberg 

artist-in-residence in music, 
codirected Music From 
Salem, which received a 
grant from the National 
Endowment for the Arts. The 
festival features artists from 
the U.S. as well as abroad in 
chamber music concerts in 
Cambridge and Salem, NY. 

Edward Engelberg 

professor of comparative 
literature and European 
cultural studies, chaired a 
session on "European 
Identities" at the XlVth 
Congress of the International 
Comparative Literature 
Association in Edmonton, 
Alberta, Canada. His essay, 
"Yeats Among the 
Europeans," appeared in a 
special volume of Yeats: An 
Annual of Critical and 
Textual Studies. He is 
general editor of the series 
Critical Studies in Irish 
Literature and Catholic 
University Press has 
published the fourth volume. 

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Irving Epstein 

provost and senior vice 
president for academic 
affairs, Helena Rubinstein 
Professor of Chemistry, and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systcins, and 
Kenneth Kustin, professor 
of chemistry, have been 
awarded a grant by the 
National Science Foundation 
to conduct research on "U.S.- 
Hungary Research on 
Oscillating Chemical 

Sylvia Barack Fishman 

assistant professor of 
contemporary Jewry and 
American [ewish sociology, 
was awarded the (ewish Book 
Council's 1994 National 
Jewish Book Award Honor 
Book in the Contemporary 
Jewish Life category for A 
Breath of Life: Feminism m 
the American fewish 
Community in a ceremony 
in New York. She also had 
three articles published, 
"The Changing American 
Jewish Family Faces the 
1990s," in The fewish 
Family and Jewish 
Continuity I "Rebecca 
Goldstein," in fewish 
American Women Writers, 
and "Soldier in an Army of 
Mothers: Reflections on 
Naomi and the Heroic 
Biblical Women," in Reading 
Ruth: Contemporary Women 
Reclaim a Sacred Story. She 
delivered a paper, "Beyond 
Compartmentalization: The 
Interplay of Secular and 
Judaic Elements in 
Contemporary American 
Jewish Life," at the 
Association for Jewish 
Studies Conference in 

Eberhard Frey 

associate professor of 
German, coedited the 
collected poems of the exile 
author Berthold Viertel 
entitled Berthold Viertel: 
Das graue Tuch. Gedichte, 
published by Verlag fiir 
Gesellschaftskritik, Vienna. 
His introductory essay on 
the exile experience as 
reflected in Berthold Viertel's 
poetry is a part of this 

Chandler Fulton 

professor of biology, was 
elected a Fellow of The 
American Association for the 
Advancement of Science, 
honoring his "diverse 
discoveries in biology" and 
his "outstanding 
undergraduate teaching." 
He was also appointed to the 
editorial board of The lournal 
of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 

Arthur Green, Ph.D. '75 

Philip W. Lown Professor of 
Jewish Thought, was invited 
as the keynote speaker to the 
Academic Colloquium of the 
Central Conference of 
American Rabbis in 

Andrew Hahn, Ph.D. '78 

associate dean for external 
affairs, human services 
research professor, and 
director. Program on 
Innovations, presented his 
findings from a four-year 
study of young people from 
public assistance 
backgrounds enrolled in a 
comprehensive youth 
development program — The 
Quantum Opportunities 
Program — to a group of 
national leaders meeting at 
the Ford Foundation. He also 
published an article on foster 
care in Children and Youth 
Services Review, entitled 
"The Use of Assessment 
Procedures in Foster Care to 
Evaluate Readiness for 
Independent Living." 

Sara Hascal 

lecturer in Hebrew, presented 
a paper, "Authentic Materials 
for Developing Listening 
Comprehension in Hebrew," 
at the 1994 National 
Association for Professors of 
Hebrew Conference on 
University Teaching of 
Hebrew Language and 

Gila J. Hayim 

associate professor of soci- 
ology, was invited to deliver a 
paper on "Complexity and 
Contingency in New System 
Theory" at the international 
conference on System Theory 
and Cultural Studies, Indiana 
University, Bloomington. She 

also served on two panels: 
Postmodernism: From 
Contradiction to Paradox 
and Transdisciplinary 
Perspectives — The Case of 
Science and the 

James B. Hendrickson 

Henry F. Fischbach 
Professor of Chemistry, 
delivered the plenary 
lecture on the University's 
SYNGEN program for 
synthesis design at the 
French National Organic 
Chemistry Symposium, 
LeCroisie, France. He also 
demonstrated the 
University's COGNOS 
program for reaction 
retrieval from databases at 
the American Chemical 
Society Congress, 
Washington, D.C. 

Judith Herzfeld 

professor of biophysical 
chemistry, delivered an 
invited lecture at the 
University of Minnesota on 
her studies of the crowding- 
induced organization of 
skeletal filaments in cells. 

Sherry Israel 

adjunct associate professor 
of Jewish communal 
service, Hornstein Program, 
was appointed research 
director for the Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies' 1995 
demographic study of the 
Greater Boston Jewish 
community. She was a 
discussant on "Has 
American Jewish Civil 
Religion Changed'" at the 
Wilstein Institute of Jewish 
Policy Studies' Sherman 
Conference on 
"Transforming American 
Jewish Life," in Boston; 
participated in a panel on 
"The Future of American 
Jewry" at the Association 
for the Social Scientific 
Study of Jewry's session at 
the Association for Jewish 
Studies Conference, Boston; 
and was invited as guest 
lecturer for the tri-state 
Professional Development 
Seminars sponsored by the 
Jewish Federation of Greater 

William P. Jencks 

Gyula and Katica Tauber 
Professor Biochemistry 
and Molecular 
received the American 
Chemical Society's James 
Flack Norris Award in 
Physical Organic Chemistry 
for his work on reaction 

Edward K. Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
attended a workshop for 
department chairs 
sponsored by the American 
Association of Departments 
of Foreign Languages held in 
Albany, NY. His article, 
"Sacred versus Symbolic 
Religion: Abraham Joshua 
Heschel and Martin Buber, " 
appeared in Modern 

Reuven Kimelman 

associate professor of Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies, 
was chosen by the Council 
of Jewish Federations to 
conduct Its professional 
enhancement training on 
both coasts in Berkeley and 
Boston. He published, 
"Homosexuality and 
Family-Centered Judaism" 
in Tikkun, "Psalm 145: 
Theme, Structure, and 
Impact" in The Journal of 
Biblical Literature, and 
"The Conflict between R. 
Yohanan and Resh Laqish 
on the Supremacy of the 
Patriachate" was reprinted 
in Studies in Jewish History 
in the Mishna and Talmud 

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, was the 
featured lecturer at the J. 
Paul Getty Museum where 
she delivered the latest 
information about the 
archaeological excavations 
of the Villa of the Papyri in 
Herculaneum, Italy, in her 
talk, "Light From Dark 
Places Along Naples Bay." 
For her report she had 
received special permission 
from the Italian government 
to climb down a well 27 
meters underground into 

the excavation tunnels. Her 
adventure was published by 
Arcliaeology magazine. She 
also was an invited speaker 
at Pompeii, Italy, for the 
Ninth International 
Conference of the Cura 
Aquarum (ancient 
waterworks) in the province 
of Campania. Her paper 
which was entitled "Finding 
Social Meaning in the 
Public Latrines of Pompeii," 
will be published in the 
conference proceedings. 

Rena Lavie 

lecturer in Hebrew, 
presented a paper, 
"Authentic Materials for 
Developing Reading 
Comprehension in 
Hebrew," at the 1994 
National Association for 
Professors of Hebrew 
Conference on University 
Teaching of Hebrew 
Language and Literature. 

Nancy Levy-Konesky 

lecturer in Spanish and 
language coordinator, 
French, Spanish, and Italian 
Language Programs, 
presented two papers at the 
American Association of 
Teachers of Spanish and 
Portuguese Biennial 
Northeast Regional meeting 
at Yale University. In the 
session titled "Creative 
Uses of Video" she 
presented "Videotecnicas: 
Culture and Langtiage" and 
in the session titled 
"Bringing the Community 
into the Classroom" she 
presented a paper on her 
Spanish Practicum/Seminar 
of Puerto Rico course, 
"Tying into the Hispanic 

Lydian String Quartet 

artists-in-residence in 
music, received an Aaron 
Copland Grant for 
Recordings which will fund 
a disc of the music of Leo 
Ornstein on the Koch 
International label. They 
performed a series of three 
concerts of American music 
at Columbia University 
featuring works by Brandeis 
graduate Allen Anderson, 
Yehudi Wyner, Walter W 

Naumburg Professor of 
Composition, Irving Fine, 

late faculty composer, and a 
Brandeis commissioned work 
by John Harbison. They also 
appeared in a mini-residency 
format at Princeton 
University and Dartmouth 
College performing concerts 
and working with student 
composers and 
instrumentalists and made 
their London debut with two 
Wigmore Hall concerts as 
well as an appearance on the 

Daniel J. Margolis 

lecturer in Jewish education, 
received the Shazar Prize for 
Excellence in Jewish 
Education in the Diaspora as 
executive director of the 
Bureau of Jewish Education 
of Greater Boston. The Prize 
is awarded by the Joint 
Auth<irity for Jewish and 
Zionist Education and 
Culture and was presented 
by Israel's President Ezer 
Weizmann in a ceremony in 
the President's house. 

Sarah Mead 

artist-in-residence in music 
and concert coordinator, 
performed works of Bach and 
Rameau with Professor 
Emeritus Robert Koff 
and harpsichordist Rosalind 
Koff during the "April m 
Paris" marathon of French 
music at Slosberg. Also she 
was featured with the 
Philharmonia Virtuosi of 
New York. Her chapter on 
"Aspects of Renaissance 
Theory" appears in A 
Performer's Guide to 
Renaissance Music 
published by Schirmer 
Books. She was named 
program director for Early 
Music Week at Pinewoods, 
where she has taught for 10 

Zila Naor 

lecturer in Hebrew, 
presented a paper, 
"Introducing Hebrew 
Literature to American 
Hebrew Learners," at the 
1994 National Association 
for Professors of Hebrew 
Conference on University 
Teaching of Hebrew 
Language and Literature. 

Bonit Porath 

lecturer in Hebrew, 
presented a paper, 
"Listening and 
Comprehension in the 
Hebrew Class," at the 1994 
National Association for 
Professors of Hebrew 
Conference on University 
Teaching of Hebrew 
Language and Literature. 

Barbara N. Porter 

lecturer in Akkadian, 
received the John Frederick 
Lewis prize of the American 
Philosophical Society for 
her book. Images. Power, 
and Politics: Figurative 
Aspects of Esarhaddon's 
Babylonian Policy. 

Benjamin C. I. Ravid 

Jennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
published an article on 
"The Third Charter of the 
Jewish Merchants of 
Venice" in the Jewish 
Political Studies Review. 
He has also been appointed 
a member of the editorial 
board of the journal Italia. 

Shulamit Reinharz, M.A. 
'69, Ph.D. '77 

professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program, delivered a talk on 
"Miscarriage: Social 
Variation, Social Invisibility 
and Social Control" at a 
National Institutes of 
Mental Health Invited 
Meeting in Bethcsda, MD, 
titled "Sociocultural and 
Environmental Research in 
a Changing Society: 
Creating a Research 
Agenda." She has been 
appointed chair of the 
National Commission on 
American Jewish Women, 
sponsored by Hadassah, and 
officiated at a meeting in 
New York City where the 
results of research, 
conducted by the Cohen 
Center of Modern Jewish 
Studies, were presented and 
deliberated. As director of 
the Women's Studies 
Program, Reinharz received 
gifts enabling the Program 
to offer two new courses: 
Sex Discrimination and the 

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Law (cosponsored by the 
Legal Studies Program) and 
Psychology of Women 
(cosponsored by the 
psychology department). She 
has been appointed to the 
editorial board of a new 
journal, Qualitative Inquiry 
and to a three-year term on 
the Dissertation Prize 
Committee of the American 
Sociological Association. 

Rhonda Rider 

artist-in-residence in music, 
was featured in an mterview 
for the Oberhn Conservatory 
magazine that highlighted her 
work with the Lydian String 
Quartet. She concertized at 
the Castle Hill Festival in 
Ipswich, MA, Music From 
Salem in Salem, NY, and 
performed on National Public 
Radio's "Performance Today" 
program. She was also heard 
on WGBH-Radio as a guest 
artist with the Boston 
Conservatory Chamber 
Ensemble. Rider presented a 
lecture in "Contemporary 
String Techniques" for 
student composers at Oberlin 
and the New England 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer in Hebrew and acting 
director, Hebrew and Oriental 
Language Programs, directed 
and led the 1994 Brandeis 
Summer Institute for 
Teachers of Hebrew at the 
Secondary and Post- 
Secondary Levels follow up, 
which was funded by a grant 
of the National Endowment 
for the Humanities. She also 
lectured on "A Competency- 
Based Curriculum for 
Teaching Modern Hebrew at 
the Secondary and Post- 
Secondary Levels" at the 
National Association for 
Professors of Hebrew 
Conference on University 
Teaching of Hebrew Language 
and Literature and "Teaching 
for Speaking Skills" at the 
Bureau of Jewish Education. 

Jonathan D. Sarna '75 

loseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History, has 
published two articles, 
"The Greatest Jew in the 
World since Jesus Christ': 
The Jewish Legacy of Louis 
D. Brandeis," in American 
Jewish History and "The 
Secret of Jewish 
Continuity" in 
Commentary. He has been 
appointed to the editorial 
board of Jewish Social 

James H. Schuiz 

Ida and Meyer Kirstein 
Professor for Planning and 
Administration of Aging 
Policy at The Heller School, 
was appointed chair of the 
Advisory Committee to the 
United Nations Aging Unit. 
He also presented and 
chaired a session at an 
international research 
meeting in Vienna 
sponsored by the 
International Social 
Security Association. 

Susan L. Shevitz 

adjunct associate professor 
of Jewish education, 
Hornstein Program (on the 
Sumner N. Milender Family 
Foundation), taught a course 
on organizational change at 
the University of Judaism's 
Certificate of Advanced 
Studies summer program. 
She presented a paper on 
institutional readiness for 
change processes at a 
briefing of the New York 
Federation UJA's 
Continuity Commission, 
and one on characteristics 
and motivations of Jewish 
education graduate students 
to the board of the 
Association of Institutes of 
Higher Learning for Jewish 
Education. Her paper, "An 
Orientation to 
Transformation m the 
Congregational Setting," 
was published in Creating 
an Environment that 
Transforms Jewish Lives by 
Avi Chai Foundation. In 
addition, she was guest 
faculty at the Wexner 
Foundation's Alumni 

Laurence R. de Zoysa 

adjunct associate professor 
of politics, traveled to 
Africa to help train relief 
workers in the use of 
airtight grain storage 
"cocoons" which were 
adopted by the International 
Committee of the Red 
Cross for use in the 
Rwandan refugee 
settlements. This 
technology was developed 
by Simon in collaboration 
with Israeli scientists. Also, 
he was appointed to the 
planning team for a 
conservation project in 
Sri Lanka under a grant to 
the Harvard Institute for 
International Development, 
funded by the United States 
Agency for International 

Gary A. Tobin 

associate professor of 
Jewish community research 
and planning (Hornstein 
Program) and director, 
Cohen Center for Modern 
Jewish Studies, addressed 
the California Society of 
Fund-raising Executives 
on "Patterns of 
Philanthropy of Major 
Jewish Philanthropists." 

Stephen J. Whitfield, 
Ph.D. '72 

Max Richter Professor of 
American Civilization, 
delivered lectures on 
various aspects of American 
culture in the Czech 
Republic, Greece, Romania, 
Austria, and Germany 
under the auspices of the 
U.S. Information Agency. 
He also presented a paper on 
black anti-Semitism at a 
conference on American 
race and ethnicity in 

Harry Zohn 

professor of German, made 
three presentations at an 
international conference on 
literature in exile at 
Wuppertal, Germany, and 

was interviewed over the 
West German Radio 
Network. He was presented 
with the Gold Medal of 
Honor by the city of Vienna 
and participated m a panel 
discussion at Vienna City 
Hall. Also, he was elected 
to the board of the PEN 
Center of German-Speaking 
Writers Abroad. 


Linda Kent Davis 

coordinator of senior 
services, Hiatt Career 
Development Center, was 
named chair for the Eastern 
College and Employer 
Network's annual spring 
conference which is to be a 
leading resource for those 
who provide career 
management and 
employment services to the 
college educated workforce 
to be held at Fairfield 

Andrea Kramer 

assistant director of 
financial aid, was named 
editor of the monthly 
newsletter for the 
Massachusetts Association 
of Student Financial Aid 

Linda A. Melanson 

manager, electron 
microscopy facility, 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center, 
was invited to teach a 
course, "Cryo-Transmission 
Electron Microscopy for 
Imaging Biological 
Specimens in Suspension" 
at the Microscopy Society of 
America meeting. New 
Orleans, LA. She is also 
president of the New 
England Society for Electron 

Judith R. Sizer 

associate general counsel, 
was appointed chair of the 
College and University Law 
Group of the Boston Bar 
Association. The Group 
discusses legal issues of 
interest to the higher 
education community. 

16 Brandeis Review 













Braiideis UiiiversiU' 

The Inauguration of Jehuda 
Reinharz, Ph.D. 72. as the 
seventh President of Brandeis 
is scheduled for 3:00 pm on 
Sunday. April 9, 1995. in the 
Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. 

The entire Brandeis 
community — students, faculty, 
and staff — as well as alumni 
and friends of the University 
are invited to attend the 
Inauguration. If you would like 
to attend and do not receive a 
form to request tickets, please 
call the Inauguration ticket line 
at 617-736-3099. Invitations 
are also being extended to 
presidents of other universities 
and colleges, representatives 
of learned societies, and state 
and local officials. Also, a 
block of tickets is being held 
for residents of Waltham. 
Following the Inauguration, the 
entire Brandeis community will 
gather to greet President and 
Mrs. Reinharz at a reception in 
their honor. 

17 Winter 1995 


Movie Opening 
Raises $120,000 
for Voien 

Brandeis Alum 
Gives $3 i\/liiiion 
to Endow Main 
Stage Theater 

Before it became the 
number one film in the 
United States and Canada, 
the newest "Star Trek" 
adventure helped to raise 
$120,000 for the Benjamm 
and Mae Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems at Brandeis. 

An estimated 800 people 
attended a November 17, 
1994, Los Angeles premiere 
of Star Trek Generations, 
held at the Paramount 
Pictures lot to benefit the 
Volen Center. The center is 
home to scientists whose 
research is aimed at better 
understandmg illnesses 
such as Alzheimer's disease, 
strokes, and schizophrenia. 
Dedicated to the 
interdisciplinary study of 
the brain and intelligence, it 
has been called one of the 
most comprehensive of its 
kind in the world. 

Sumner M. Redstone, 
chairman of the board of 
Viacom Inc., told the 
premiere audience that 
Paramount was happy to 
lend its support to the 
University's research 
endeavors. He expressed his 
strong commitment to 
Brandeis, where he is a 
visiting professor. 

Redstone chaired the 
premiere event with 
actress/director Gates 
McFadden '70, who stars as 
Dr. Beverly Crusher, chief 
medical officer on the USS 
Enterprise-D; and Brandeis 
Trustee and alumna Barbara 
C. Rosenberg '54. Other 
attendees included Brandeis 
President lehuda Reinharz. 

Paramount Pictures is part 
of the entertainment 
operations of Viacom Inc. 

Herbert Beigel '66, founding 
partner of the law firm of 
Beigel Schy Lasky Rifkind 
Goldberg & Fertik, with 
offices in Chicago, New 
York, New lersey, and Los 
Angeles, donated $3 million 
to endow The Herbert and 
Nancy Beigel Main Stage 
Theater in the Spingold 
Theater Arts Center at 
Brandeis University. The 
gift is believed to be the 
largest single gift to any 
performing arts organization 
in Boston and is the largest 
single donation to Brandeis 
by an alumnus in the 
school's 46-year history. 

"By reinforcing and helping 
to underwrite Brandeis's 
commitment to the creative 
and performing arts, the 
Beigels have made a lasting 
contribution to our 
University," said President 
Jehuda Reinharz. He added 
that the gift is also 
"confirmation that 
Brandeis's alumni have 
come of age and are taking 
their rightful place as major 
supporters of the 

A check of Boston's most 
well endowed professional 
performing arts 
organizations and academic 
performing arts programs — 

including the American 
Repertory Theatre, the 
Huntington Theatre 
Company, The Boston 
Ballet and the Boston 
Symphony — revealed that 
this is the largest single gift 
on record. 

"Usually individuals give 
$100,000, $500,000, or even 
$1 million," according to 
Philip Conley, director of 
library services at 
Associated Grantmakers of 
Massachusetts. "This is 
unusually generous," he 

The Beigels decided to 
endow the theater for 
several reasons. "We are 
aware of the enormous 
difficulty the arts face today 
in trying to raise necessary 
funding," Mr. Beigel said. 
"And we believe the 
presence of the theater is 
important to the experience 
of students and an 
important ingredient in the 
cultural life of the entire 

The Spingold Theater Arts 
Center was built in 1965, 
and Beigel's class was one of 
the first to take courses in 
the new center. "My 
experience at Brandeis was 
certainly enriched by the 
Theater Arts Program," he 
said. Beigel, a native of 
Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated 
with honors from Brandeis 
in 1966 and received his law 
degree from the University 
of Pennsylvania in 1969. In 
addition to his successful 
law practice, Beigel is the 
author of Beneath the 
Badge (Harper & Row 1976), 
a study of police corruption. 

The Beigel gift will fund 
two main stage productions 
a year in the 750-seat 
theater. It will help 
continue a tradition of 
artistic excellence that has 
been a part of Brandeis since 
the theater was built. 

In its nearly 30 year history, 
the space has been used for 
productions both by 
professional touring 
companies and by graduate 
students in the professional 
theater training program. 
Between the national 
theater and dance 
companies that have 
stopped by and the 
productions presented by or 
sponsored by the theater 
arts department, the main 
stage has been graced by the 
likes of actors Molly Picon, 
Morris Carnovsky, Ben 
Kingsley, to name a few, 
and has been the site of 
performances by Alvin 
Alley, Paul Taylor, Erick 
Hawkins, Actors of the 
London Stage, National 
Theater for the Deaf, Flying 
Karamazov Brothers, Haifa 
Municipal Theater 
Company, The Traveling 
Jewish Theater, and off- 
Broadway's Woza Albert! 

A formal dedication 
ceremony will be held 
Saturday, April 1, 1995, 
preceding a performance 
of Anton Chekov's The 
Cherrv Orchard. 

18 Brandeis Review 

BUNWC Chapters 
Rife with 
Service Projects 

Gail Heyman is fighting 
morning rush hour traffic as 
she drives into Atlanta. 
Hers is no ordinary worker's 
commute, however. She is 
going to see her "story pals" 
at the Anne E. West 
Elementary School. 

Twice a month Gail makes 
this trip from her suburban 
home to one of Atlanta's 
poorest neighborhoods to 
read books, talk, and share 
feelings and friendship with 
20 students in kindergarten 
through third grade. Gail is 
one of the many members 
of the Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee — best known 
for Its fund-raising for the 
Brandeis Libraries and its 
study groups — who "give 
back" to their communities 
through chapter community 
service programs. 

From Westchester Shore, 
New York, where members 
record for the Jewish Braille 
Institute in five languages, 
to Tucson, Arizona, where 
volunteers make 700 
sandwiches weekly for the 
hungry and homeless and 
teach dancing to retarded 
men and women. Women's 
Committee members are 
responding to the special 
needs of their own 
communities. With literacy 
as a major emphasis, there 
are 14 chapters in California 
alone tutoring in local 

In Atlanta, 20 Women's 
Committee volunteers, 
most of them young 
mothers, participate in the 
Story Pals Program as part 
of the Atlanta Proiect, a 
program created by former 
President Jimmy Carter to 
help that city's 

communities gain access to 

the resources they need. 
Under the auspices of the 
Atlanta Jewish Federation, 
the Jewish community 
adopted the southside of 
the city, the area where 
many Jews settled in the 
late 19th century. 

In Annapolis, Maryland, 
Women's Committee 
volunteers are working with 
middle and high school 
students who are struggling 
to learn English and do 
their school work at the 
same time. 

Members of the Broward 
West Chapter in Fort 
Lauderdale have fun 
working with adults trying 
to master English through 
their Conversation Partners 
Program. Volunteers and 
their "partners," 
immigrants trying to 
improve their English, meet 
weekly for informal 
conversation on the subjects 
of their choice — sports, 
television, work, etc. 

While "Partners" volunteers 
have the satisfaction of 
knowing they have touched 
and changed many lives, 
participants in the Suncoast 
Chapter's Guardian ad litem 
program feel they are saving 
lives — the lives of abused 
and neglected children. As 
guardians ad litem for one 
of the circuit courts in the 
Tampa-Clearwater area, 
these volunteers act as 
advocates for children 
caught up in abuse and 
neglect cases. When 
assigned a case they meet 
with the child or children 
regularly, monitor their 
living environment, work 
with the government's 
social service agency to 
protect the child's rights, 
attend all court proceedings, 
and submit reports to the 
judge. Cases typically last 
several months and often 
the guardian ad litem is 
the only person who 
knows everything about 
the child's case. 

Thousands of Women's 
Committee members are 
making a difference in 
communities throughout 
the country through their 
community service 
programs. One by one, they 
reach out and touch the 
lives of children, the 
elderly, immigrants, and 
shut-ins in ways that only 
the individual volunteer can 
do. At the same time, they 
enhance the reputation of 
Brandeis and indirectly aid 
the work of the National 
Women's Committee in 
raising funds for the 
Brandeis Libraries. For 
information on Women's 
Committee programs in 
your community, call 

S-o-o-o big: National 
Women's Committee 
volunteers Karen 
Rittenbaum (left) and Gail 
Heyman enjoy a story with 
their "story pals" at the 
Anne E. West Elementary 
School in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Pholo by Nick Arroyo, Atlama Journal-Constitution 

19 Winter 1995 

Joseph Linsey, 
Former Trustee 
and University 
Contributor, Dies 
at 95 

The Annenberg 
Foundation Gives 
$100,000 to the 
Waitham Group 

The Annenberg Foundation 
has given Brandeis a 
$100,000 endowment to 
support the Waitham 
Group. The foundation's 
advisory committee is 
particularly interested in 
outreach programs serving 
social, educational, and 
recreational needs of 
children, and was impressed 
with the Waitham Group's 
childrens' programs. 

Waitham Group programs 
include Companions to 
Elders, General Tutoring, 
Big Siblings, Hunger and 
Homelessness, Language 
and Cultural Enrichment 
(LACE), Prospect Terrace/ 
Dana Court Recreations 
Program, and Community 
Connections, a student-run 
referral service that 
matches interested students 
with area volunteer 
opportunities. Members 
serve meals to needy 
families at the Bristol Lodge 
Soup Kitchen, conduct 
clothing and food drives for 
the Salvation Army, 
participate in fund-raising 
efforts on behalf of the 
Battered Women's Shelter, 
and campaign to increase 
the number of blood donors 
to the Red Cross. (For more 
information on the 
Waitham Group, see story 
on page 38.) 



Awards Grant to 


RNA Researcher 

Assistant Professor of 
Biochemistry Melissa I. 
Moore has been awarded a 
five-year, $500,000 David 
and Lucile Packard 

The award provides 
$100,000 per year, and is 
presented to 20 of the most 
promising young science 
and engineering researchers 
at U.S. universities. 

Moore came to Brandeis last 
spring from MIT. Her 
research focuses on the 
mechanisms of RNA 
processing and has already 
yielded significant results. 
Her studies of RNA splicing 
address a fundamental 
mechanism for gene 
expression, the formation of 
tumors, and the progression 
of retroviral infection, 
including the HIV virus. 
Her work was recently 
published in the journals 
Science and Nature. 

"Not only will the Packard 
award provide a significant 
amount of funding for my 
lab, it will allow us to 
pursue more innovative 
research methods than 
might be possible with 
other grants," said Moore. 

Moore has also received a 
Searle Scholar award of 
$60,000 per year for three 
years, and a Harcourt 
General New Investigator 
Award of $50,000 per year 
for two years. 

The Packard Fellowship is 
the nation's largest 
nongovernmental program 
of unrestricted grants for 
young faculty members. It 
was established to help 
further scientific 
advancement and to 
encourage a steady flow of 
talented graduate students 
to undertake university 
research in the United 

The David and Lucile 
Packard Foundation was 
created in 1964 to support 
and encourage organizations 
that are dependent on 
private funding and 
volunteer leadership. It 
makes grants for programs 
in the arts, community, 
marine biology, 
environment, population, 
education, and children's 

Joseph M. Linsey, former 
Trustee and major 
contributor to Brandeis 
University, died Tuesday, 
November 29, 1994, at 
Faulkner Hospital in 
Boston. He was 95. 

A well-known businessman 
and philanthropist, Linsey 
became a Trustee of the 
University in 1955. He was 
awarded a L.H.D. degree 
from Brandeis in 1976, and, 
most recently, he was 
inducted into the Brandeis 
Athletic Hall of Fame in 
April 1994. 

Born in Russia, he 
emigrated to the United 
States with his family at the 
age of 1 in 1900. Due to his 
father's sudden death, 
Linsey suspended his 
education while in grammar 
school to work with his 
mother in the family's 
grocery store. 

In the 1930s he founded and 
became president of 
Whitehall Liquors, a major 
New England distributor. 
He remained head of the 
company until his 
retirement in 1975. 

During his lifetime, Linsey 
was a past president of the 
Wine and Spirits 
Wholesalers of 
Massachusetts; served as 
the chair of the Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies in 
Boston; was director of the 
New England Region Anti- 
Defamation League and of 
the American Friends of 
Hebrew University. He was 
also a past president of 
Jewish Memorial Hospital 

"* and a trustee of Beth Israel 

^ Hospital and LRF 
Investment, Inc. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Thelma, of Palm Beach, 
Florida; a sister, Ruth 
Sterman; and numerous 
nieces and nephews. 

Melissa }. Moore 

20 Brandeis Review 

Lauder Named 
Chair of Sakharov 
Archives Board 

Ronald S. Lauder has agreed 
to serve as chair of the 
Board of Trustees of the 
Andrei Sakharov Archives 
at Brandeis. 

A noted philanthropist, 
Lauder is president of the 
Ronald S. Lauder 
Foundation, and has won 
recognition for his strong 
support for the preservation 
of Jewish communities of 
Eastern Europe and of the 
sites of the Auschwitz and 
Birkenau Nazi death camps. 
He received the Jewish 
National Fund International 
Peace Award in 1993, and 

Grant of $250,000 
Received from 
Davis Educational 

founded the Ronald S. 
Lauder Institute for East 
European Jewry at the 
Rabbinical College of 
America in Morris 
Township, New Jersey. The 
youngest son of Estee 
Lauder, he is also a member 
of the U.S. Holocaust 
Memorial Council. 

Lauder, who had the honor 
of meeting Sakharov in 
1^88, said, "to properly 
preserve access to and study 
the words of Sakharov is a 
very expensive effort. For all 
Andrei Sakharov 
accomplished in his career 
and his dedication to 
principle, it will take the 
dedicated efforts of many 
people in this country to 
ensure that the preservation 
of the archives is a success." 

The archives have also 
announced plans for two 
concerts by world renowned 
cellist and conductor 
Mstislav Rostropovich: one 
in Moscow in 1996 in honor 
of the late Andrei Sakharov's 
75th birthday, to benefit the 
Sakharov Foundation, and 
one in the United States in 
honor of the 50th anniversary 
of the founding of Brandeis, 
to benefit the Sakharov 
Archives. A series of 
symposia on the archives is 
also planned. The first 
symposium, titled "The 
Responsibility of Scientists in 
the Modern World," was held 
November 2, 1994, in the 

The University has received 

$250,000 from the Davis 
Educational Foundation. 
The funds will facilitate 
new electronic technologies 
for key academic and 
administrative processes 
serving students and 
faculty. The implemen- 
tation of these new systems 
will enable the University 
to reduce costs on a 
continuing basis, with the 
ultimate goal of keeping 
down the cost of tuition. 

The grant will be used to 
implement a computer 
multipurpose advising 
system, phone registration 
system, and information 
transfer system. 

The multipurpose advising 
expert (MAX) will give 
advisors and students a 
resource to construct the 
details of academic plans 
accurately and quickly. For 
example, students will be 
able to sit in their dorm 
rooms and use the computer 
network to access MAX at 
any hour in order to plan 
their academic programs. 
They will be able to learn 
about the features of the 
new curriculum, find out 
which courses can satisfy 
degree and program 
requirements, and translate 
their academic goals into a 
schedule of specific courses. 
Advisors and faculty will 
use the same advising 
system to inform students 
of course options and degree 
and program requirements. 
They will be able to advise 
greater numbers of students 
more efficiently. 

A phone registration system 
will facilitate student 
registration and course 
enrollment, as well as 

faculty and student access 
to academic records. 
Students will be able to 
enroll at their convenience, 
eliminating clumsy 
paperwork. Callers will 
be able to inquire if an 
application for admission 
was complete, whether 
financial aid forms have 
been acted on, if a balance 
is due on an account, or if 
a final course grade had 
been posted. 

The information transfer 
system will assist in 
processing student loans 
and transmitting academic 
transcripts. For example, 
usually, information in one 
computer system that needs 
to be transferred to another 

system has to be committed 
to paper, sent elsewhere, 
and then converted to 
electronic form again 
through data entry. The 
information transfer 
system will cut out the 
intermediate paper and data 
entry steps. Brandeis will 
apply it to process academic 
transcript requests and to 
share information with the 
National Student Loan 
Clearinghouse. Cost 
reductions are expected to 
be in the range of half to 
two-thirds. And students 
will get faster and more 
accurate service. 

The Davis Educational 
Foundation was established 
by Stanton and Elisabeth 
Davis. Prior to his 
retirement, Davis was the 
chair of Shaw's 
Supermarkets, Inc. 

21 Winter 1995 

""■ i \:Mm^ 


by Lawrence J. Wangh '68 

A Brandeis biologist returns from Egypt with dire warnings about world population and development. 

I am writing to give you my impressions and 
assessments of the International Conference on 
Population and Development, held in Cairo in 
September 1994. I will do so in two parts. First I 
will tell you about the setting in which the 
meeting took place, how it was organized, and 
who participated. Then I will tell you the five 
major conclusions that I drew from the meeting. 

The human population has increased 
spectacularly in the last 150 years. By the year 
2000, just five years away, we will reach a total 
of six billion people. It is quite clear that this 
superexponential increase cannot continue 
much longer, but even by the best United 
Nations projections the maximum value we will 
reach in the future and how long we will remain 
at that level is far from clear. Compounding our 
difficulties is the fact that these changes are 
happening very quickly. Just under 90 million 
people are currently added to the planet each 
year, and based on the number of young people 
alive today, we will almost inevitably reach eight 
billion by the year 2020. merely 25 years away. 
Implications of these facts were made very real 
to me in Cairo. Yet, as I write about these 
coming realities, I feel like Alice who traveled 
through the looking glass and found a world in 
which rules of logic, order, common sense, and 
common morality either do not apply or are 
severely threatened, 

I went to Cairo as a representative of Brandeis 
University, and because I teach human 
reproductive biology. Strange to say, I think I 
was the only participant in the meeting with a 
purely academic affiliation. Everyone I met and 
everyone else listed in the catalog was 
associated with some type of nongovernmental 
organization devoted to population issues. 

Egypt is a nation of almost 60 million people 
whose life support systems come from two 
sources: the Nile river valley and substantial 
amounts of American aid. The population of 
Cairo, now almost 12 million, is twice what it was 
10 years ago. The city stretches across the Nile 
valley, about 25 kilometers from desert to 
desert. Because expansion into the desert is 

impossible, the city engulfs the fertile valley as it 
grows. The Sphinx who once asked, "What 
animal walks on four feet in the morning, two 
feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?" now 
asks, "Where did you all come from?" The city 
and the garbage reach right up to her feet. 

Urbanization is a fundamental aspect of 
population explosion and is occurring not just in 
Egypt but everywhere. From the air, most towns 
in Europe look like the pseudopods of an 
amoeba, eating the farmland as they spread. 
The Cairo Program for Action points out that by 
the year 2015, just 20 years from now, nearly 56 
percent of the global population will live in urban 
areas, up from 45 percent today. In developing 
countries, this represents a 100 percent 
increase since 1975. 

The Cairo Conference on Population and 
Development was actually two very large 
meetings held at the same time on the Olympic 
sports ground. In one building governmental 
delegations from 174 nations met to discuss and 
finalize the conference Program for Action. Most 
aspects of this document had already been 
agreed to in two previous meetings in New York 
City. The one paragraph on abortion was highly 
publicized, but the document is actually over 100 
pages long, outlining principles, objectives, and 
actions to be taken on a broad range of topics. 
These include the interrelationship between 
population, sustained growth, and sustainable 
development; gender equality, equity, and 
empowerment of women; the family, its roles, 
composition, and structure; population growth 
and structure; reproductive rights, sexual and 
reproductive health, and family planning; health, 
morbidity, and morality; population distribution, 
urbanization, and internal migration; 
international migration; population, development, 
and education; technology and research; 
national and internal action and cooperation; and 
cooperation with nongovernmental 

The most controversial issue was whether a 
woman has a right to have an abortion. This is a 
serious health issue since 50 million abortions 

23 Winter 1995 

are performed annually worldwide, many under 
unsafe conditions. The Islamic countries and the 
Vatican, of course, would not agree that women 
have a right to safe abortions, since abortions 
are not legal in their countries. In the end, 
however, a woman's right to health care, 
including post-abortion care, was agreed to, and 
in many respects, this is a much greater victory. 

Other areas of controversy included the rights of 
immigrant families and the rights of indigenous 
peoples in many countries. The U.S. 
government opposes the notion that immigrant 
families have a right to be reunited, because it 
would open the floodgates to immigration. The 
United States, as well as several South 
American governments, also opposed use of the 
term indigenous peoples as compared to 
indigenous people, because these governments 
do not want to have to negotiate with each 
Indian tribe separately. 

For the most part, however, the Program for 
Action was agreed to without major revision. 
Individual governments are now expected to 
enact new laws and put new policies and 
practices into place along the lines of the 

agreement. Money, apparently to the tune of $17 
billion per year, is supposed to be made 
available, primarily from Western nations. But let 
me emphasize that these agreements are 
voluntary and are, therefore, subject to the 
national aspirations and cultural and legal 
Idiosyncrasies of each country on earth. 

How quickly countries will act is, of course, the 
big question. Moreover, many of the changes 
required, particularly in family planning, women's 
health, and education, require one-on-one 
instruction of virtually all people on the planet. 

As I have stated, there were two meetings in 
Cairo. The second one, which I attended, was 
called the NGO Forum. NGO stands for 
nongovernmental organization. The building in 
which we met was directly across two large 
parking lots from the ICPD meeting. 

Representatives from several hundred NGOs 
participated, including many family planning 
organizations, the World Bank, several 
organizations within the United Nations, U.S. 
AID, and several major U.S. private foundations. 
But even dissenting voices, like the "right-to- 
lifers," were present, their booth always well 

Each day started with reports from three major 
caucus groups. The women's caucus was the 
most vocal and powerful. Caucus meetings 
informed NGO participants about the major 
issues that the governments were arguing over, 
and often ended in a call for increased lobbying 
efforts. Caucus meetings were also the place 
where leaders representing women in seven 
regions of the world got up to voice their own 
agendas and grievances. 

Caucus meetings were followed each day by 
talks, video presentations, and formal speeches. 
At many times there were up to 15 presentations 
going on simultaneously, and 1,500 such events 
were staged over nine days. Major presentations 
were given in the three small arenas, and 
speeches were translated into English, Arabic, 
French, and Spanish. 

Most of the participants were women who came 
from all over the world, the majority of whom 
were policy makers and field workers, out in the 
field every day trying to deliver family planning 
services. They all had real-life experiences to 
relate, which were far different from the purity of 
my academic isolation. But many of these 
people were also teachers, struggling with the 
problem of how to get a message across, and 
the people I spoke with were invariably 
interested to know that Brandeis University is 
thinking and teaching about population issues. 

The NGO Forum served three major functions. 
First, through talks, literature, and videos it 
provided up-to-date information about population 
and development from all over the world. 
Second, it was a place to meet people, to 

network, and to feel strengthened by finding out 
tfiat ttiere are many fine individuals all over tfie 
world who are also worrying about population, 
development, and the environment. Third, it was 
an intensely concerned, and sometimes divided, 
political body watching the official government 
meetings and trying to influence their 
proceedings. The opportunities for exerting 
influence were substantial, far greater than ever 
before in the history of the United Nations. Some 
NGOs were, in fact, official government 
delegates. In addition, other NGOs, particularly 
those from the women's caucus, had access to 
the ICPD meeting and were able to lobby 
governmental representatives whenever an 
official meeting came out of closed session. 

Now let me turn to my five major conclusions. I 
warn you in advance that, although there is good 
news to tell, my conclusions are pessimistic and 

My first major conclusion concerns the very best 
news of all to come out of Cairo. The meeting in 
Cairo was the first time in history that a very 
large meeting of world leaders was held in 
parallel with a very large meeting of 
nongovernmental agencies. Why was this so 
important? Because as one United Nations 
official put it, the people are out of the bottle and 
the politicians will never be able to conduct 
business in private again. 

When Nafis Sadik, the secretary general of the 
ICPD, showed up at the women's caucus to 
announce that a compromise text on the 
abortion issue had been agreed to, everyone 
cheered. What moved me most was that fact 
that she thanked all members of the caucus for 
their efforts to pressure their governments. I sat 
with tears of happiness in my eyes and I thought 
back to days when the United Nations served as 
the forum for Khrushchev to bang his shoe on 
the table. 

Of course, policy is one factor — how it is applied 
in each country is another matter entirely. The 
intent of the Program for Action is to directly link 
the influx of new money to the establishment of 
family planning clinics, health clinics, and new 
educational programs, particularly for girls. Much 
of this money is supposed to go through 
governments to the nongovernmental agencies 
already doing the work in the field. Thus, one of 
the outcomes we will certainly see worldwide is 
a big increase in the number of 
nongovernmental agencies. 

My second major conclusion is broader and 
much more ominous. After listening all week in 
Cairo, I am convinced that there are multiple 
crises facing our species and our biosphere, and 
that these are so profound in nature that they 
require fundamental, perhaps even 
revolutionary, changes in at least four major 
areas of human behavior: human reproductive 
practices, human sexual practices, human 
consumption of natural resources, and human 
responses to crowding. 

These enormous changes are demanded by 
rapid degradation of our planetary home. I 
believe that we are, in fact, reaching the limit of 
our environmental support system. To make 
matters worse, the problems we face are often 
interactive and sometimes contradictory. The 
time to act on all of these matters is 
immediately. Denial of our state of peril may be 
the greatest danger of all. 

My third major conclusion concerns the HIV 
infection and AIDS pandemic. As pointed out in 
the Program tor Action, the total number of HIV 
infected people has now passed 14 million and 
is expected to increase to 30 to 40 million by the 
end of the century. Four-fifths of all persons ever 
infected with HIV live in developing countries 
where the infection is transmitted mainly through 
heterosexual intercourse, and the number of 
new cases is rising most rapidly in women. 
These facts should serve to dispel the myth that 
this is a disease restricted to homosexuals and 
intravenous drug users. 

In the absence of an extraordinary technological 
breakthrough, our only preventive strategy relies 
on education with the aim of changing human 
behavior. But I am concerned that the changes 
in reproductive behavior needed to curb 
population growth may well run counter to the 
changes in sexual behavior required to stop the 
spread of a deadly disease. China is a good 
example of this dilemma. 

China has a population nearing 1.2 billion, or 
one-fifth of the world's people. But this country 
has only seven percent of the earth's arable 
land. The government takes family planning very 
seriously and promotes long lasting, highly 
effective contraceptive methods like the lUD and 
male and female sterilization. They know that if 
they relax their rigid approach even slightly, their 
numbers will quickly rise above sustainable 
levels. Thus, condoms, which have a pregnancy 
rate of from five to 10 percent, are too risky for 
the Chinese to depend on. Besides, condoms 
are culturally taboo in China because they imply 
extramarital relationships. 

The Chinese government does not acknowledge 
AIDS in their country, yet a nongovernmental 
Chinese group in Cairo reported that AIDS is 
present among drug abusers and prostitutes in 
several southern Chinese cities and is 
spreading. They also pointed out that increased 
urbanization is accompanied by increased 
extramarital and premarital sex, particularly 
among students. There is no escaping the clear 
implication of this report. The AIDS pandemic is 
poised to explode in China, as it has in Thailand. 

I was left wondering when the Chinese 
government will change its official policy on 

AIDS, and once it does, how that vast country 
will train enough health care workers to convince 
their people, many of whom have already been 
sterilized, that they must nevertheless practice 
safe sex through the scrupulous use of 

Let me be perfectly clear, besides abstinence, 
condoms are currently the only means we have 
to slow the spread of HIV between infected and 
non-infected individuals. But condoms as a 
contra-AIDS device are not the same thing as 
condoms as contraceptives. There are many 
situations in which sexually active couples 
cannot become pregnant but can still transmit 
the HIV virus. After seeing Cairo and hearing 
about other overcrowded and impoverished 
cities of the world, it is impossible for me to 
imagine how human behavior will be modified 
sufficiently in the next decade or two to stop the 
spread of AIDS. 

My fourth major conclusion concerns the 
complex relationship between population 
explosion, development, and the unalterable 
limits of the global environment. Despite the 
clear warnings of environmental degradation 
contained in the preamble to the Plan of Action, 
very little was actually said in Cairo concerning 
the environment, global warming, or the ozone 
layer. The Cairo Program for Action views 
sustainable development as a necessary adjunct 
to family planning, and it may well be. Without 
education and new economic opportunities, 
particularly for women, it is very difficult to 
convince people to stop procreating. But the 
Plan of Action does not address how the 
environmental costs of development are to be 
paid. For this reason, I think the Cairo Program 
for Action fails to address the most important 
consequences of population growth and 
resource consumption. 

Very few speakers in Cairo actually addressed 
the ecological and climatological consequences 
of overpopulation and, amazingly, I only heard 
the term "carrying capacity of the earth" used 
twice in Cairo. Dr. Norman Myers, a British 
scientist working with the Climate Institute, was 
a notable exception. He passionately pointed out 
that 18 million of today's 40 million refugees are 
migrating because of ecological catastrophe. He 
also predicts that by the year 2025, that number 
will rise to 120 million. 

Myers also concludes that global warming is 
clearly in the pipeline. We should expect a rise 
in the sea level of at least one and a half feet. 
This will be accompanied by coastal erosion, 
loss of wetlands, intense storms, and 
salinization of low-lying fertile plains like those 
of the Eastern United States, the Nile delta, and 
Bangladesh. While these chaotic events appear 
certain to take place, they are impossible to 
place in time or space, precisely because they 
are chaotic. 

Thus, my fifth and final conclusion is that the 
Plan of Action adopted in Cairo will not achieve 
population stabilization as it claims. The promise 
of population stabilization is based on a very 
simplistic calculation. Zero population growth will 
occur when birthrates decrease to equal death 
rates. Mortality rates have fallen everywhere 
over the last 1 00 to 1 50 years and are now 
relatively low. Birthrates are, indeed, decreasing 
all over the world, except in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Increased efforts in family planning, women's 
health, and education for girls will certainly 
accelerate these trends. But will that lead to 
population stabilization for the next 200 to 300 
years, as was suggested by John Caldwell, one 
of the major demographers at the meeting? 

I think not, because it seems to me that the flaw 
in these projections lies in the assumption that 
mortality rates will remain relatively low. There is 
no reason to assume that this must be the case 
and, as I have outlined above, there is good 
reason to doubt that it will. I conclude that we 
are headed for an extended period of 
environmental instability and substantially 
increased mortality. Unfortunately, because the 
causes of increased mortality are likely to be 
many and chaotic in nature, they cannot be 
predicted with precision. This is the reason why 
demographers do not include them in their 
calculations, and governments do not prepare 
for them. 

Let me close by emphasizing that nature does 
not care what becomes of the human species. 
We are going to have to demonstrate wisdom of 
forethought and the moral courage to change. 
Each of us who has not yet had children, or is 
still having children, should not only ask how 
many kids can I afford, but how many kids can 
the planet afford? Each of us who is sexually 
active must ask ourselves honestly and directly, 
am I sexually safe, and am I sexually 

responsible? In addition, all of us must learn to 
talk openly to each other and our children about 
human sexuality, human health, and human 
rights. Contraception has separated human 
sexual pleasure from human reproduction. Now, 
both of these behaviors must be patrolled by 
human consciousness. Each of us, particularly 
here in the United States, must make a 
concerted effort to cut back our consumption of 
energy and natural resources. We have to put 
greater value on our environment, and we will 
have to pay higher prices for earth's products. 
This seems inevitable, because it is probably the 
only way to curb consumption. Finally, each of 
us, without resorting to violence, will have to 
learn how to live in a hotter world with less 
space per person and more interactions with the 
people around us. 

To accomplish these revolutionary changes in 
human behavior we will have to invent, teach, 
and practice new ethics based on the biological 
realities of our times. Fortunately there is good 
news. As the preamble to the Program for Action 
states: "Never before has the world community 
had so many resources, so much knowledge, 
and such powerful technologies at its disposal 
with which it could foster socially equitable and 
environmentally sustainable world development." 
Equally important is the fact that the conference 
took place and that all of the countries of the 
world are now beginning to think about and face 
the problems ahead. 

It is rare that an individual gets a chance to put 
his head above the trees and look out over life. 
Cairo was my opportunity to do so, and it is 
obvious that what I saw and heard moved and 
troubled me profoundly. Thank you for letting me 
share these burdens of consciousness with you. _ 

Lawrence J. Wangh 

Lawrence J. vvangn is an associate proressor 
of biology at Brandeis University. He received 
his B.A. summa cum laude with honors from 
Brandeis in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Rockefeller 
University in 1973. He holds a long-standing 
personal and professional concern for the human 
population explosion and its repercussions. 

The author gratefully acknowledges Judith Tsipis, 
adjunct professor of biology and director of the 
Brandeis University Master's Program in Genetic 
Counseling, and Greg Shesko, assistant provost 
for academic finance and administration at 
Brandeis, for their financial support. He also 
thanks Ruth Morgenthau, Adiai E. Stevenson 
Professor of International Politics, and Amy Higer, 
a graduate student In the Brandeis University 
politics department, for helping him prepare for 
this trip. Finally, he most warmly thanks Dr. Salah 
and his sons for their generous hospitality in Cairo. 

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_; rticle 22 Everyone, as a 
member of society, has the right 
to social security and is entitled 
to realization, through national 
effort and international co-oper- 
ation and in accordance with 
the organization and resources 
of each State, of the economic, 
social and cultural rights in- 
dispensable for his dignity and 
the free development of his 

United Nations 
document that has gone largely unknown 
to Americans for 46 years may hold 
the key to the creation of a fairer and more 
humanitarian world. 

by Joseph Wronka, 
Ph.D. '92 

On December 10, 1948, 
the United States signed, 
and the U.N. General 
Assembly endorsed with 
no dissenting vote, the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights. The chair 
of the drafting committee, 
Eleanor Roosevelt (who 
later became a professor at 
Brandeis) referred to it as a 
new Magna Carta for 
humanity. The U.N. 
Human Rights 
Commission asserts that 
it is the authoritative 
definition of human rights 
standards left undefined 
by the U.N. Charter, 
which alleges only a vague 
commitment to human 
rights. World leaders, such 
as Pope John Paul II, have 
called it a "milestone in 
the long and difficult 
struggle of the human 

Despite its world acclaim 
and burgeoning legal 
status, most Americans 
have never heard of this 
document. And if they 
have, they seem unaware 
of the scope of rights it 
contains. Human rights 
violations are more than 
what appears generally 
understood to occur in 
such far away places as 
Tiananmen Square in 
China, or the jungles of 

Originally meant to be 
merely a hortatory 
document, today the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights is of 
heightening global 
significance and is 
increasingly referred to as 
customary international 
law by human rights 
scholars and even federal 
judges. In the case 
precedent, Filartiga vs. 
Penfl(1980), a United 
States court ruled against 
a military commander for 
torturing and murdering a 
17-year-old high school 
student, Joelita Filartiga, 
in Paraguay. Federal 
Judges Kaufman, Kearse, 
and Feinberg of the Second 
Circuit reached the 
following conclusion: 
Official torture is now 
prohibited by the law of 
nations. This prohibition 
is clear and unambiguous 
and admits no distinction 
between treatment of 
aliens and citizens. ...This 
prohibition has become 
part of customary 
international law, as 
evidenced and defined by 
the Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights. (630 
F.2d 884-885) 

The ruling was against 
Pena, the military 
commander. After the 
torture, Joelita's father and 
Pena had moved to the 

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K rticle 28 Everyone is 
entitled to a social and inter- 
national order in which the 
rights and freedoms set forth 
in this Declaration can be 
fully realized 

_, rlicte23 tu Everyone has the 
Ti^hl ttt wink, tn free choice of employment, 
to lust and fat'oiirabtc conditions of zvork 
and to protection against ttnemployment. 

(2( Et'erxone. witliout any discrimtnalton. 
has the right to equal pay for equal icork 

I'it Lver\onc who ivorks has the Tight to 
rust and favourable remuneration ensuring 
for himself and his family an existence 
worthy of human dignity, and supplement- 
ed, if necessary, hy other means of social 

14i Everyone has the right to form and to 
join trade unions for the protection of his 

i rticle 25 11) Zlieryotte has lite 
right to a standard of living adetitiate 
for the health and ivell being offtinisetf 
and of his family, tncludiitgfood. cloth- 
ing, housing and medical care and 
neccssari' social services, and the right 
to security in the event of iinemplov 
nient. sickness, disability, tridoti'hood. 
old age or other lack of livelthood in 
circumstances beyond his control 

t2i Motherhood and childhood are 
entitled to special care and assistance- 
All children, tvhcther born in or out of 
wedlock, shall en/oy the same social 

K rticle 24 Everyone 
has the right to rest and 
leisure, including reason- 
able limitation of work- 
ing hours and periodic 
holidays with pay. 

United States. Upon 
learning of Pena's 
whereabouts, Filartiga 
filed suit. The ruling came 
after extremely long 
litigation. What has 
become known as the 
"Filartiga" principle has 
been used against torturers 
from other countries who 
have tried to settle in the 
United States. Recently, a 
Massachusetts court ruled 
against General Hector 
Gramajo, a former 
Minister of Defense in 
Guatemala, who ordered, 
among other things, the 
disembowelment of 
children in front of their 

The Filartiga case spawned 
numerous articles and 
commentary m such 
journals as the Harvard 
Human Rights Journal and 
the American Society of 
International Law, which 
argued that in addition to 
the prohibition against 
torture, other rights 
contained in the Universal 
Declaration should be 
considered part of 
customary international 
law. According to human 
rights scholar Richard 
Lillich, noting that 
"numerous judges and 
litigants have already 
invoked the Declaration," 

arguments that other 
human rights now are part 
of customary international 
law can be expected to be 
made with increasing 

In brief, the Universal 
Declaration of Human 
Rights consists of 30 
articles, written as the 
drafting committee 
wanted it: not for the 
doctorate in jurisprudence, 
but for the everyday 
layperson in 
understandable, easy to 
read language. Basically, it 
consists of four crucial 
notions. The first is 
human dignity, 
emphasized in Article 1. 

The second is civil and 
political rights, supported 
in Articles 2 through 21 . 
These are known as 
negative rights, as they 
emphasize government's 
responsibility not to 
interfere in such basic 
human rights as the 
freedoms of speech, the 
press, religion, and 
assembly. They are also 
known as first generation 
rights because they arose 
primarily in the 18th 
century in response to the 
abuses of such tyrannical 
monarchs as King George. 
The American Bill of 
Rights exemplifies these 
fundamental freedoms. 

The third notion is 
economic and social 
rights, covered in Articles 
22 through 27. These are 
known as second 
generation or positive 
rights because they stress 
responsibility to provide 
for certain basic human 
needs like shelter, health 
care, education, 
employment, and security 
in old age. They arose 
primarily in response to 
the abuses of 
industrialization in the 
19th and 20th centuries, 
which in essence replaced 
the previously abusive 
monarchs. The Soviet 
Constitution of 1917 
emphasizes these 

The fourth crucial notion 
is that of solidarity rights 
or third generation rights. 
Although still in the 
process of conceptual 
elaboration, these 
remaining articles 
emphasize, first, the 
notion of duties. The right 
to have food, for instance, 
requires the duty not to 
overconsume. In essence, 
they stress the need for 
individual and 

international cooperation 
to realize such rights as a 
clean environment, peace, 
and international 
distributive justice. They 
have arisen from the 
failure of domestic 
sovereignty to solve such 
global issues. 

The creation of the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights is the 
culmination of struggle. In 
1938 at the Conference of 
Evian, called largely upon 
the initiative of the 
United States, many 
nations of the world stood 
horrified at Hitler's 
atrocities against his 
fellow Germans. As it 
turned out, the world's 
outrage was not so much 
over the horrors of the 
Third Reich but over the 
gall of other countries to 
intervene in another's 
domestic affairs. The 
conference concluded that 
no country had that right. 
What resulted was one of 
the most dreadful events 
in history — the Holocaust, 
the wanton genocidal 
massacre of 10 million 
innocents, primarily Jews, 
but also such groups as 
homosexuals, gypsies, 
Poles, and people with 

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It the cf'ininunity m which alone the pee 
and lull det'eliipment ol his penonatity is 

(21 In the exercise ol hts rights and free- 
doms, everyone shall be subrecl onlv to 
such limitations as are determined by law 
solely lor the purpose ol secttrnif^ due recog- 
nition and respect lor the rights and Iree- 
doms ol others and ol meeting the lusl 
requirements ol morality, public order and 
the general wetlare in a democratic society 

(31 These rights and Ireedoms may in no 
case be exercised contrary to the purposes 
and principles ol the Vnited \ations 

Jrticle 1 Alt human 
beings are born free and equal 
in dignity and rights. They are 
endowed with reason and con- 
science and should act towards 
one another in a spirit of 

' rlicle26 1 1 1 Ereryont has tile riKhl lit 
eduiMliii ft Litucaiion sliatl belree. at least in 
Iht elt'nenlar\' and lundttTicnlat stores tlemcn- 
(un educolion shall tie compuhar^' Tei:linical 
and protessiimal education shall tie madeeetier- 
atlv available and higher education shall or 
equally accessible to all on the baiisol mem 

121 tducalion shall be directed to the lull 
dezetopmenl ol Ihe human personality and to 
the strengthening ol respect lot human lights 
and jundamenlat Ireedoms It shall promote 
understanding, tolerance and jnenaship among 
all naliom, racial or religious groups, and shall 
lurthei the activities ol the inited \alions lor 
the maintenance ol peace 

f J) Parents liai'e a prior right to chouse the 
lltnd ol education that shall be given to their 

rticle30 Nothing in 
this Declaration may be inter- 
preted as implying for any 
State, group or person any 
right to engage in any activity 
or to perform any act aimed 
at the destruction of any of 
the rights and freedoms set 
forth herein. 

From the ashes of World 
War II, in order to prevent 
such a bloodbath from 
ever happening again, 
countries formed a 
"United Nations" at the 
San Francisco Conference 
in June 1945. But still 
many governments 
appeared hesitant at that 
time to include detailed 
provisions of "human 
rights," a term the U.N. 
Charter officially coined. 
The Soviet Union, after 
all, had its Gulag, the 
United States its 
numerous racial problems 
and sprawling ghettos, and 
Europe its many colonial 
empires. But, according to 
John Humphrey, first 
director of the Division of 
Human Rights, were it not 
for the efforts of a lew 
deeply committed 
delegates and 
representatives of some 42 
organizations — primarily 
labor and religious groups 
called in largely by the 
United States — human 
rights would have received 
"only a passing reference." 

The Universal Declaration 
ol Human Rights may be 
described, therefore, as 
truly a "people's 
document," which is also 

a philosophical and 
political compromise 
among divergent beliefs, 
countries, and traditions. 
Today, no government 
would dare say that it is 
against human rights. 

Research for my doctoral 
dissertation at The 
Florence Heller Graduate 
School for Advanced 
Studies in Social Welfare, 
which eventually evolved 
into a book. Human 
Rights and Social Policy 
in the 21st Century: a 
history of the idea of 
human rights and 
comparison of the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights with 
United States Federal and 
State Constitutions, 
revealed that in our federal 
constitution, human 
dignity is nowhere 
mentioned, and while 
exemplary m regard to 
civil and political rights, 
in the area of economic, 
social, cultural, and 
solidarity rights, it is 
sorely lacking. Apart from 
general protection for an 
author's interests, there is 
no mention of such 
fundamental rights as 
shelter, food, employment, 
health care, education, 
special protections for 
children, security in old 
age, and a clean 
environment. The 

majority of state 
constitutions mention 
only education as a human 
right. If, as is often stated, 
constitutions can legally 
mandate the fulfillment of 
human needs, can these 
omissions account for our 
many hungry, homeless, 
and unemployed, whom 
Thomas Jefferson asserted 
were "excluded from the 
appropriation. ..of the earth 
as a common stock to 
labor and live on"? In 
these twilight years of the 
20th century, would it not 
be wise to heed the words 
of Justice Louis Brandeis, 
who urged in his famous 
phrase that states act as 
"laboratories of 
democracy" to expand the 
rights found in the Federal 
While it is easy to contend 
that the United States is a 
rights-based culture — it 
does, after all, sustain the 
legacy of its Bill of Rights, 
a beautiful but 
nevertheless limited 
statement of fundamental 
freedoms — advancing 
human rights here will not 
be easy. As Philip Alston, 
chair of the United 
Nations Committee on 
Economic, Social, and 
Cultural Rights has 

commented, anyone trying 
to advance economic and 
social rights in the United 
States will undoubtedly 
meet with much 
resistance. Individuals 
such as Robert Bork, who 
was against the Filartiga 
decision, have expressed 
fear that notions of 
"customary international 
law" will revolutionize 
society. Jeanne 
Kirkpatrick, former U.S. 
ambassador to the United 
States referred to the 
Universal Declaration as 
"a letter to Santa 
Claus.. .neither nature, 
experience, nor probability 
informs these lists of 
'entitlements,' which are 
subject to no constraints 
except those of the mind 
and appetite of their 
authors." The former 
United States 
representative to the 
U.N. Human Rights 
Commission, Morris 
Abrams, further stated 
that the official position of 
the United States was the 
"priority" of civil and 
political rights. This 
position is antithetical to 
the official U.N. position 
that rights are 
interdependent and 
indivisible. What is 
freedom of speech, for 
instance, if a person is 
unemployed, homeless, 
and hungry? 

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rlicle27 (1) Everyone has 
the right freely to participate in the 
cultural life of the community, to 
enjoy the arts and to nhare in scien- 
tific advancement and its benefits- 
12} Everyone has the right to the 
protection of the moral and material 
interests resulting from any scien- 
tific, literary or artistic production 
of which he is the author 

i rticle 2 Everyone is entitled to 
all the rights and freedoms set forth in 
this Declaration, without distinction of 
any kind, such as race, colour, sex. lan- 
guage, religion, political or other opinion, 
national or social origin, property, birth 
or other status 

Furthermore, no distinction shall be 
made on the basis of the political, juris- 
dictional or international status of the 
country or territory to which a person 
belongs, whether it be Independent, 
trust, non-self-governing or under any 
other limitation of sovereignly 

S rticle 3 Everyone has 
the right to life, liberty ami 
the security of person. 

Wc need a "human rights 
culture," what I call a 
"lived awareness" of the 
principles of not only the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights, but also 
the long train of covenants 
and declarations that have 
followed it — the 
Conventions Against 
Torture and the Rights of 
the Child, for example. We 
have ratified neither, 
although Congress is 
presently deliberating over 
the Convention Against 
the Elimination of 
Discrimination Against 
Women. It is here where 
education, broadly 
defined, may play a key 
role, as I recently argued 
in my article, "Human 
Rights and Social Policy in 
the United States: an 
educational agenda for the 
21st century" in the 
Journal of Moral 
Education. Thus, not only 
must we know cognitively 
that we need "a social and 
international order," in 
which human rights can 
be realized, as the 
Declaration asserts, but 
we must also engage in 
social movements to 
guarantee basic human 
rights and carry these 
principles into our 
everyday lives. 

Public sentiment, then, is 
the key to advancing the 
principles of the Universal 
Declaration. We need to 
work to expand the 
mandates of such fine 
organizations as Amnesty 
International and local, 
state, and other human 
rights commissions that 
often limit themselves to 
such parochial issues as 
affirmative action rather 
than employment for all. 
We need to have 
ordinances endorsing the 
principles of the Universal 
Declaration. In addition to 
monitoring only limited 
notions of rights m 191 
foreign countries, as in the 
Department of State's 
Country Reports on 
Human Riglits Practices 
for 1993, we also need to 
respect the ancient 
injunction to look at the 
log in our own eye before 
plucking out the speck 
from another's. Should we 
not begin to examine 

I have begun, with Dr. 
David Gil, professor of 
social policy and director 
of the Center for Social 
Change at The Heller 
School, The Universal 
Declaration of Human 
Rights Project, a joint 
undertaking of Brandeis 
University and Springfield 
College. The project 

commits itself to raising 
awareness of the Universal 
Declaration, monitoring 
compliance with it, and 
suggesting ways to 
overcome violations. 
Results would not be m 
vain, for as Gil m his 
Violence Against Children 
has found, unemployment 
is a major predictor of 
domestic violence; lack of 
education, according to 
Constance Williams, 
associate professor at The 
Heller School, in her 
Black Teenage Mothers: 
Pregnancy and Child 
Rearing From Their 
Perspective, is a major 
predictor of teenage 

This challenge is a 
challenge for all citizens of 
the world, but particularly 
to the Brandeis 
community, which 
traditionally has had a 
strong commitment to 
these rights, let alone the 
visions of its namesake. 
Given the Clinton 
endorsement of the 1993 
Vienna Declaration, which 
referred to the Universal 
Declaration as a "timeless 
document," and its 
initiatives for universal 

health care, the time 
appears ripe to form 
"partnerships of 
empowerment" with all 
people to create a more 
humane and socially just 
world. ■ 

This article is based on a 
presentation "On the 
changing spectrum of 
human rights and civil 
liberties" by the author at 
Brandeis University, May 
20, 1994, at the conference 
"Spotlight on Human 
Rights," sponsored by the 
Alumni Association. 

Joseph Wronka, Ph.D. '92, 
is associate professor in 
the department of social 
work at Springfield 
College, Springfield, 
Massachusetts, as well as 
a research associate in The 
Heller School's Center for 
Social Change at Brandeis 
University. Wronka is also 
principal investigator for 
The Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights Project. 

31 Winter 1995 

While Caribbean 

nations live 

in oceans of high 


a women's 

cooperative in 


Is a respite for 

a few and the 

pride of a village. 




in a 



In what some see as an idyllic 
setting — sparkling turquoise 
waters, abundant fruits, and 
exceptional climate — small 
Caribbean island nations have 
difficulty warding off high 
unemployment and poverty. 
Centuries of colonial relations 
have distorted local priorities. 
Tied in to the vision of export- 
oriented production, the 
Caribbean's bountiful agricultural 
products of cocoa, bananas, 
citrus fruits, and spices leave via 
U.S. and European corporations. 
Meanwhile up to 50 percent of 
the food consumed is imported. 
Writes James Ferguson in his 
book Far From Paradise: "The 
Caribbean became a region 
producing what it does not 
consume and consuming what it 
does not produce. This means 
profits for the companies both 
from exports and imports at the 
expense of poor people who 
cannot afford to buy even basic 
foodstuffs such as milk or flour." 

Thirty years after Caribbean 
independence, structural 
limitations persist; open, 
dependent economies; 
deteriorating terms of trade; 
small internal and regional 
markets; and a shrinking tax 
base due to youthful populations 
and widespread emigration. 
Recently "adjustment" and neo- 
liberal economic policies have 

aggravated social and economic 
health, leading to high 
unemployment. For the 20 
million throughout the region, 
excluding Cuba and Suriname, 
joblessness averaged 16.5 
percent in the early 1990s. 

In Grenada, with a total 
population of about 92,000 of 
which 28,000 is in the labor 
force, overall unemployment 
stands at 32 percent with 
estimates as high as 50 percent 
for women. The majority of these 
are women who did not complete 
high school and have no 
industrial skills. Most, along with 
men, emigrate to fill unskilled 
jobs in Toronto, New York, and 
Miami. Women were well 
represented in the 13.3 percent 
of Grenada's population who 
emigrated legally to North 
America in the decade of the 
1980s. Those who remain often 
create their own employment 

In the small fishing village of 
Grand Roy on the West Coast of 
Grenada, 13 women, ages 26 to 
48, own and operate the 
Grenfruit Women's Cooperative. 
Under the fiscal watch of the 
Grenada Cooperative 
Development Agency 
(GRENCODA), local fruit 
preserves and spices make their 
way to the domestic market and, 
through OXFAM America's sales 
catalog, into North American 
homes for Christmas. 

Grenfruit has been an alternative 
to a drift into the poverty born of 
unemployment in a society with 
a per capita annual income of 
US$1,200 (1992) that provides 
limited opportunities for the 
poor. On a quality of life scale of 
1.0, Grenada scores 0.707. 
Average life expectancy is 70 
years, but slightly higher for 

With self-honed skills, Grenfruit 
women negotiate prices with 
local farmers for fruits such as 
condicion, tamarind, and papaya, 
and spices such as nutmeg, 
saffron, cinnamon, and ginger. 
After cleaning and sectioning, 
the produce is dried in locally- 
constructed solar heaters. The 
women keep a constant eye on 
the baking sun, the torrential 
tropical rain, and the hurricane 
gusts, all of which affect the final 
flavor and coloring of the 
product. After a thorough drying, 
which leaves the items crisp and 
aromatic, the produce is ground 
into a dusty powder. Then comes 
bottling and packaging. Using 
their hands and small-scale 
industrial machinery, the women 
paste attractive saffron-colored 
labels on the bottles and 
packages. With a hired driver 
and minivan, one member 
traverses the small island twice a 
month, distributing the products 
to supermarkets and shops. 

Since its beginnings in 1979, this 
simple micro-scale development 
project has been a place of 
struggle and a source of 
community pride. Only two of 
the women completed high 
school; all are mothers, some 
have the fathers of their children 
living at home. There are few 

by Dessima Williams 


by Heather Pillar 

33 Winter 1995 

On the previous page, 
a Grenfruit member 
inspects dried spices 

Below, Carmen Scott, a 
Grenfruit member, at 
home with her 
daughter Reisha and 
two of her other 

sponsored daycare 
graduation ceremony 
for 3-year-olds 

34 Brandeis Review 

prospects for jobs in Grand Roy. 
"I would have either had to work 
in somebody's kitchen [domestic 
work] or on the estate 
[plantation]," volunteered one of 
the women. The cost of bus 
transportation, meals, and other 
work-related expenses, and the 
unavailability of child care, 
discourage low-income people 
from gomg outside Grand Roy to 

With the cooperative, Grenfruit 
women have given themselves 
an alternative. A typical day for a 
Grenfruit woman (and most 
Grenadians) starts at 5:30 am. 
Co-op member. Carmen Scott, a 
mother of four children ages 1 2 
to 4, first gathers water to wash 
clothes, dishes, her children, and 
herself. She then prepares 
breakfast and feeds and dresses 
her smaller children. (Her 
children's father will help later 
with evening chores.) On her 
walk to work, Scott. 32, leaves 
her toddler at GRENCODA's day 
care center. Another 10 minutes 
of up-hill climb, and she arrives 
at the Grenfruit factory, an 
unpainted two-story concrete 
building, at 9:00 am, 

Scott completed fifth grade. She 
explained how hard her life is in 
terms of meeting her children's 
needs and expectations: "It is a 
struggle, but I am accustomed to 
this. I can't feed [the children] 
with bush tea: they want corn 
flakes and milk." In 1983, 
Grenfruit was unable to pay its 
members for several months. 
Feeling "this is ours we have to 
make it work," according to 
founding member Anastasia 
Noel, they stuck it out. In 1991, 

the business grossed 
EC$200,000 (US$74,630). That 
year, monthly salaries averaged 
EC$400 (US$150). 

Sticking it out for 15 long and 
difficult years has earned the 
co-op a place of pride in the 
village. Grenfruit (and its 
sponsor GREIMCODA) are seen as 
providing stability and a sense of 
purpose. They have become a 
symbol of women's tenacity in a 
village of tight community bonds 
and deep pride in its own. 
"Grenfruit doesn't always make 
money, but they are trying. That 
[is] good. They never give up; 
that [is] good." said Grand Roy 
resident Grosener Mark. Her 
daughter, Margaret, who worked 
at the co-op for 10 years until 
1993, still identifies with 

This small enterprise plays its 
part in Grenada's development. 
Its domestic sales reduce the 
food import bill, while its foreign 
sales earn needed foreign 
exchange. The women all insist 
that life "is a struggle" as it is for 
the working poor the world over. 
They work hard but laugh easily, 
and they look to the future with 
hope. That hope is in their 
children, all of whom attend 
school, Cheryl Thomas, mother 
of three, says: "I want to give 
[my children] a good 
education. ..that is a major thing 
I want my son to be a nurse, a 
doctor, whatever...! want my two 
girls to be educated too." 

Grenfruit's 15-year veteran, 
Anastasia Noel, took the long 
view: "My life is not hard," she 
said. "It's just a struggle, and we 
have to continue with it." The 
solidarity among the women is 
obvious: and they are not really 
poor. Noel spoke of their riches: 
"Grenada is better than a lot of 
countries. We have food to eat: 
we have it to the fullest. But we 
just don't have money." 

Myona Charles 
cares for her 

35 "Winter 1995 

Dessima Williams, visiting 

was a member of an observer 

associate professor of 

delegation scheduled to 

sociology, has begun a 

accompany Haiti's President 

tradition at Brandeis of tal(ing 

Jean-Bertrand Aristide on his 

students to her native 

return to power. Despite 

Grenada in the summer. 

the Haitian military's defiance 

During 1994, she collected 

of the Governors' Island 

oral histories vi/ith graduate 

Accord, Williams led the 

student and University 

observer delegation to Haiti to 

photographer Heather Pillar 

bear witness to the continuing 

and undergraduate Lori Smith 

terror and to advocate 

'96. They focused on 

for Aristide's restoration. 

women's (un)employment. 

Her report, "Haiti: Courage 

Washing Over Misery," 

Williams served for five years 

was presented at the 

as Grenada's ambassador/ 

World Population Conference 

permanent representative to 

in Cairo. 

the Organization of American 

States and as deputy governor 

In November, Williams 

to the World Bank. She was 

convened 200 people for 

also an alternate permanent 

a conference at the Harvard 

representative to the Inter- 

Law School titled, "Ending 

American Commission on 

Violence Against Women 

Women. In October 1993, she 

in Haiti: Toward Democratic 

Renewal." She is now 

preparing for the World 

Summit on Social 

Grenfruit membe.. 
prepare condlcion 

The Grenviile 

36 Brandeis Review 

Development in Copenhagen 
and for the Fourth Conference 
on Women, to be held in 
Beijing. China. 

Heather Pillar is a student in 
the joint Master's Program in 
Sociology and Women's 
Studies, specializing in 
documentary photography. In 
November 1994, a 
photograph from her body of 
work on Grenada was 
selected to be in the Fourth 
Annual Gordon Parks 
Exhibition, a traveling 
exhibition based in Fort 
Scott, Kansas. 

Judy Williams, director 

37 Winter 1995 

i'i LH I L". 1 1 1 lj: 

Nurturing the social 
embodied by the 
University since its 
founding, two 
Brandeis programs, 
born in the sixties, 
still flourish. 

■ „L-iVffl^ 

by Marjorie Lyon 

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, 
violence screamed, the horror reverberating in 
the hearts of professors and students across the 
country. Spurred by that particular event and 
shaped by the philosophy of programs such as 
Outward Bound and Head Start. Transitional 
Year Program (TYP) was founded at Brandeis by 
professors determined to give inner-city minority 
students the skills they needed to succeed at 
college. At approximately the same time, some 
students, also fueled by the spirit of the times, 
vowed to make a difference through organized 
volunteer service, and the Waltham Group was 
born — a nonprofit, student-run, community 
service organization operating programs that 
serve the Waltham community. Responding to 
the needs of community children and adults, 
these programs provided tutorial, recreational, 
mentoring, and advocacy services. 

That was a generation ago. What has happened 
since? Have these idealistic endeavors survived 
the freewheeling seventies, the materialistic 
eighties, the "Generation X" nineties? Who are 
the participants and how can we measure their 
efforts? Can we point to changed (saved) lives? 
Nurtured psyches? Forged bonds? 

It turns out that both TYP and the Waltham 
Group have flourished. Maybe it is because they 
are perfectly aligned with the culture inspired by 
Brandeis. "Give a child a name, and see what 
happens," says Michael Kalafatas '65, director of 
admissions since 1979. "We're named after 
Louis Brandeis — the conscience of the court, the 
people's attorney — and I think much of the 
culture here is inspired by his name and from our 
association with the Jewish community," he 
continues, "with long traditions of service, of 
tzedakah. charity, of tikun olam. to mend the 
world. Finally," he says, "somewhere imbedded 
in all we do is the notion that the great aim of 
education, ultimately, is action." 

It was action as experiment for the professors 
who plunged into teaching the first TYP students 
who arrived on campus; both teacher and 
student were venturing into completely unknown 
territory. "It was an effort to teach ourselves," 
says Robert Preyer, professor emeritus of 
English and passionate TYP supporter and 
teacher. With a mission to realize potentials and 
remedy weaknesses, TYP professors had to first 
establish a link of trust with students who were 
wary on alien turf and conditioned to view the 
world with suspicion. As Preyer explains it, he 
and other professors made an effort to connect 
on some kind of common ground. They made a 
deal— "I'll teach you skills you will find useful in 
the work world; you teach me about what you 
know." Preyer emphasizes that it was at times 
extremely difficult, that the culture of poverty 
from which some of these students came left 
them without, for example, a learned ability to 
tune out the noise of a truck going by outside the 
classroom so that they could focus on the 
teacher. With such basic obstacles, it was feared 
progress might be nil. 

38 Brandeis Review 

But progress was made, and steady. Over the 
years more than 600 people have gone through 
TYP, many becoming Brandeis or other lop 
ranked schools' alumni. More than 90 percent go 
on to full programs annually — more than half to 
Brandeis — becoming lawyers, doctors, teachers, 
entrepreneurs. Thompson Williams. Jr., director 
of the program since 1979 (and at Brandeis 
since 1969). descnbes TYP as "the span that 
carries the educationally handicapped, by 
circumstances of race, economic class, and poor 
secondary school preparation, toward 
opportunity." He wears many hats for the current 
30 TYP students — counselor, facilitator, 
surrogate parent. AsW him to describe his role, 
and he says, "I wouldn't even try." Then he 
dissolves into his hearty, warm laugh, and you 
know it's all of the above and then some. 

Of central importance to the success of TYP is 
the choice of applicants, and Williams knows 
how to pick them. "In most cases, I'm looking for 
some kind of insight on the part of the student — 
some kind of epiphany — that results in an ability 
to take responsibility, to fess up to their own 
mistakes. You know, I don't want to hear 'I 
would have been a great student, but so-and-so 
didn't like me.' See ya later, kid," he says, 
adding, "Well, I'm not quite as gruff as that. If the 
applicant says 'so-and-so didn't like me. but I 
screwed up. I didn't go to class, I didn't give it 
the appropriate priority, I got caught up in 
extracurricular activities,' then they've already 
made a critical choice: to take responsibility for 
their actions," says Williams. In short, those 
applicants have the power to benefit from the 

It was obvious at the age of 16 that Norma 
Sanchez-Figueroa '84 had qualities that would 
guarantee her success in TYP. Speaking only 
Spanish at home, growing up in the United 
States, and spending much time in Puerto Rico, 
Sanchez-Figueroa was eager to perfect her 
English writing skills. Now here's where you 
hear the key: "Some people shy away from it 
when they know they have a weakness," she 
says. "But I go right for it because I hate not 
knowing something." Fulfilling all her 
requirements in her high school in Hartford. 
Connecticut, by the end of her junior year, she 
petitioned her school to graduate early, realizing 
that her high school had nothing left to offer her. 
TYP gave her an opportunity to complete high 
school requirements. She started with basic 
composition, then took all the writing courses 
Brandeis offered, and majored in sociology. "I 
knew I wanted to go to law school," she 
explains, "because a long time ago I decided 
that my community needed representation. I 
didn't have any role models, but I set my goals 
really high. And even as a child I had been an 
advocate for my family — I had to represent my 
parents in many situations because they spoke 
only Spanish. At times I have been described as 
being disrespectful, because I was so 
outspoken, yet only a child." Sanchez-Figueroa 
is now an associate attorney at Alexander 

Aponte and Associates in Hartford. Connecticut, 
specializing in civil litigation, family, and 
immigration law, representing the Hispanic 
community. She also retains a close tie to 
Brandeis: her husband, the Reverend Nathaniel 
Mays, the University's Protestant Chaplain and 
Intercultural Center Director. 

Also strengthened by solid core beliefs. TYP 
student Terrie Williams '75 is now founder and 
president of the Terrie Williams Agency on 
Broadway in New York. Owner of the country's 
largest black-owned public relations and 
communications agency, she says the key 
ingredients that have buoyed her seven-year-old 
company are: "paying impeccable attention to 
detail, doing what you say you're going to do. 
and treating everybody with respect and 
courtesy, whether it is the janitor who keeps the 
building clean or the company CEO." Her book. 
The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to 
Succeed In a Fast-Paced Business World was 
published last September. 

Attorney Sanchez-Figueroa and entrepreneur 
Williams thrive today in a more complicated and 
less volatile society than existed some three 
decades ago, when they were children and the 
United States seemed in some ways to have 
gone mad. 

Consider 1966. when the Waltham Group 
began. Inextricably linked to the times, it was a 
natural outgrowth of political ferment, idealism, 
and outrage that ignited student social 
consciousness during wrenching years. Direct 
action taken in the midst of flamboyant sixties 
rhetoric allowed the Waltham Group participants 
to find a psychic anchor, an opportunity to 
implement ideals, and a seminal experience that 
influenced their careers. Some early members 
can be found on campus today — Michal 
Regunberg '72. vice president for public affairs, 
started the first newsletter for the Waltham 
Group and, she says, "it was one of the things 
that convinced me I wanted to go into 

Far left: A Waltham 

Group after-school 


Left: Thompson 

Williams, Jr., director 

of the Transitional 

Year Program 

39 Winter 1995 


A basketball signed 
by the Boston Celtics 
is up for bids at the 
Waltham Group's 
annual auction 

Founders Howard Winant '68 and Barbara Marin 
'68 worked with Steven Rose '61 , Ph.D. '70, 
(Heller), as their advisor, fueled by the desire to 
effect change in their own backyard, while 
caught up in an ideal to change the world: "think 
globally, act locally," remembers Winant. "Every 
single day, Brandeis was the center of political 
activity." says Rose, now a professor at the 
University of New England School of Social 
Work in Biddeford, Maine. "Some of it was real, 
some of it was not. There was a group of 
students who really wanted to do something 
besides exchange rhetoric. These were people 
for whom the slogan was not the answer," he 

"What is relevant?" was the most asked 
question. Trudy Berkovitz '69, a participant 
during the early years, found at least part of the 
answer: "I know, in the depths of 
meaninglessness, that I remember feeling the 
Waltham Group gave me a sense of meaning. It 
was wonderful for me — one of the most 
important things. It gave me the sense of 
stability. Things were fairly abstract and 
amorphous in the sixties in school, and students 
questioned if intellectual pursuits were relevant. 
This was something very concrete. We were 
working together, we were accomplishing 
something, we made something happen 
ourselves. And it was a lot of fun." Her 
experience influenced her career; she went to 
Stonybrook for a master's degree in social work 
and now has a private practice in clinical social 
work as well as a job as an adjustment 
counselor in a school district, "so I can affect 
larger numbers of people." 

The question of relevance comes up again when 
listening to Mark Kaufman '71 who says, "There 
would have been no Brandeis experience for me 
without the Waltham Group. I was looking for 
something that was both socially relevant and 
included working with kids. I got hooked on my 
first involvement as a freshman, tutoring in the 
Prospect Hill Housing Project. It was the center 
of my social, academic, political universe. And 
that was in the days when the Waltham Group 
was small. We scrambled for every penny that 
we had. I was reading about community 
organization or housing issues, doing work that 
could be linked to the field experience. So I 
integrated theory and practical application." 

Kaufman decided that people are motivated by 
what happens to their children and "in education, 
I feel you can have an impact on what happens 
to their kids, and hopefully then have some 
impact on people's perspective about what's 
important." He is now director of the Office of 
Curriculum and Instruction in the Hamilton- 
Wenham Public Schools, South Hamilton, 

To lead to effective action, idealism must be 
tempered with a cool eye on reality. Such was 
the impact of the Waltham Group experience: 
"The idea that fueled most of the sixties 
movement was if only you exposed the injustice, 
then good people would rise up and make things 
OK — they would right the wrong. Out of 
ignorance, people didn't realize that in fact, of 
course, those injustices and inequalities served 
particular interests," explains Winant, now a 
sociology professor at Temple University in 
Philadelphia. He describes Brandeis students in 
the late sixties as aliens, extraterrestrials, in a 
Waltham that was depressed. "Those were fairly 
prosperous times but it seemed to have passed 
Waltham by," he says. "Our idea was to try to 
organize and mobilize people. We learned 
organizing skills, and we became much more 
deeply aware of the entrenched nature of power 
and inequality in our society, things that even in 
the intense times of the sixties I think we were 
fairly naive about. 

"It forces students to ask important questions. If 
you begin with the idea of helping people first, 
that can't be bad. And if you go from there to 
question why it is that these people need to be 
helped — what's their problem? Where does it 
come from? Then that's pretty important." 

It can even be said that the Waltham Group 
saved people. "I went to a big urban public high 
school," says Carl Milofsky '70, a founder of the 
Waltham Group, "and I think that what's 
probably still true today is that somebody who 
goes to a big urban public high school and goes 
to a good private college gets his brains beat in. 
I spent 12 hours a day studying and getting Cs. 
And it really was the Waltham Group that turned 
me around. 

"I see now that what professors want students to 
do is think. And by 'think,' it's to express 
themselves in an original and thoughtful way 
rather than recapitulate what the teacher tells 
them, which is more high school. It was very 
hard for me to get self-confident enough and 
relaxed enough to do that. For me, being in the 
Waltham Group was an opportunity to take 
charge of something, to make something, and to 
get a sense that I was really good at certain 
things, mostly having to do with running groups." 
Still involved scrutinizing groups, Milofsky is now 
an associate professor and chair of the 
sociology department at Bucknell University in 
Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. 

The noise and theater of the sixties is long gone, 
but the commitment, a quiet fervor, is alive and 
well. "It's my extremely sincere feeling that this 
generation that is here now on this campus, 
that's been washing ashore here for several 
years, is the most service-oriented generation I 
have ever seen," says Kalafatas. "They are 
quieter on the political front, but they are truly, I 
think, delivering on the promise and much of the 
rhetorical clamor of the sixties." 

40 Brandeis Review 

"There's a reason why there are 140 student 
organizations here," he continues. "I think this 
generation of kids has in many ways transformed 
this campus, and we saw it coming. These are 
kids who in their school districts are carrying their 
schools on their backs — in the face of cutbacks in 
school budgets, federal cutbacks, and state 
cutbacks. Programs are happening beyond the 
classroom because the kids are making them 
work. And they have had plenty of practice in it — 
meals to AIDS patients, work on the environment, 
students against drunk driving, they participate in 
every direction. They arrive here, and they move 
in, to do the same thing. And they find the 
Waltham Group a wonderful conduit for their 
service orientation," explains Kalafatas, And it is 
also a place to have fun. 

One, two, and three, back step, A student's short 
flouncy red skirt swings with each twirl, flapping 
up against her hip. Her partner is thin and tall, 
wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, hair combed 
straight back, reminiscent of John Travolta. They 
are swing dancing to Aretha Franklin's "Respect." 
It could be decades ago. But it is the fall of 1994, 
and their audience is Waltham 12-and 13-year- 
olds, who come to the Brandeis campus one 
afternoon each week for group activities and 
individual tutoring by Brandeis student volunteers. 
Currently 20 middle school students are enrolled. 
On this day they watch a demonstration by 
Brandeis swing dance club members. It is part of 
just one of the Waltham Group's 1 2 programs that 
involve approximately 10 percent of Brandeis's 
3,000 undergraduates. 

Students benefit at least as much as those they 
volunteer to help. "It's a learning experience for 
the students — experiential education outside of 
the classroom. Working with a child or a senior 
gives them a broadened perspective. This is 
education beyond the campus," says Diane 
Hannon, Waltham Group director. "Students find 
that whatever reason brought them in to 
volunteer, the results are often a surprise — to feel 
valued heightens self-esteem in many ways. They 
find, for example, that they're much more 
productive," she explains. 

Participation ranges from a few hours each week 
to major time commitments. For approximately 30 
student coordinators who keep the programs 
going, it is very labor intensive. Particularly time 
consuming is the organization of the major fund- 
raiser for the Waltham Group, a charity auction. 
Andrea Samber '96. who coordinated last year's 
auction, worked approximately 30 to 40 hours 
each week from November until April, taking only 
three classes and making no other commitments. 
She worked out her schedule so she could be in 
the Waltham Group offices every afternoon from 
1 ;00 pm on, and stayed until 1 1 :00 pm or 
midnight. "It was definitely worth it," she says. 
Samber learned about business, marketing, and 
sales, with a tangible result. The focus'' To have 
the best auction that had ever been. And yes, it 
was a success. 

The campus atmosphere today is much quieter 
than in the sixties; rather than responding to loud 
external sources touting civil rights and antiwar 
politics, students come to the Waltham Group for 
many internal reasons. Some are motivated 
purely by social responsibility. Others are 
attracted by a specific interest in, for example, 
children or seniors. And many come to see their 
friends, break away from the routine of campus 
life, and get to know the community of Waltham. 

That they do. For those who want to get involved 
on a one-to-one basis, the Big Siblings program 
pairs 30 Brandeis students with children in the 
community in grades kindergarten through six 
who need a mentor. Children chosen come from 
single parent families, or have been labeled "at 
risk" by social workers. These relationships often 
continue during the entire time a student is at 
Brandeis and for years after graduation. There are 
Brandeis students who have their own families 
and still correspond with their little sibs. "It's 
probably been the most valuable experience I've 
had at Brandeis. and I don't think I can define my 
Brandeis experience without including this 
program," said Rochelle Haas '94 in spring 1994. 
"I was matched to my little sister when she was 9, 
and now she's 13 1/2. She taught me an awful lot 
and made me realize how much I want community 
service to be an important component of my 
future. I'm going to be a physician, and I know 
that no matter what, even if I'm in private practice, 
I still want to do outreach. If I can have that much 
of an impact on one child's life, imagine what I 
can do if I participate even more," 

Blake M. Barich '97 is interested in dance, so she 
created a Saturday morning ballet class for a 
group of kids — disadvantaged girls who are now 
doing better in school, increasing their self- 
esteem, and loving her strictly disciplined class 
that everyone said would never fly. Rhonda Dunn 
'94 and Rachel Bebchick '96. hunger and 
homeless coordinators, made arrangements to 
take clothing into the streets of Boston and 
distribute it, 

"Social conscience has been part and parcel of 
the identity of Brandeis from the very beginning," 
says Kalafatas. "What is true across generations 
is the need for students to find an outlet for 
expression of their own ideas and personalities, 
and a way to increase self-confidence and the 
ability to contribute and function effectively in the 
world — a way to put ideas into action that makes a 
difference. It doesn't matter what generation. 
Young people search, and the Waltham Group 
provides them an opportunity to find satisfaction 
and meaning in action that directly benefits 

They are the young generation whose mandate is 
similar to that of the professors in 1968 who 
began TYP. Whatever their age, they are 
influenced by the Brandeis culture of education 
and social action — tikun olam. to mend the 
world — and they are doing it, one step at a time, i 

The Waltham Group 
runs an annual food 
drive (top) and an 
annual blood drive 

41 Winter 1995 



Jeffrey Abramson 

Professor of Politics 

We. The fury: The Jury 
System and the Ideal of 
Basic Books 

Trial by jury is about the 
best of democracy and the 
worst of democracy. This 
book traces the evolution of 
the jury system from an 
intimate institution of 
small-town justice to the 
impersonal and (ideally) 
impartial institution of 
today. Fascinating cases 
from American history 
show how juries remain the 
heart of our system of 
criminal justice — and an 
essential element of our 
democracy. No other 
institution of government 
rivals the jury in placing 
power so directly in the 
hands of citizens. The 
author draws upon his own 
background as both a lawyer 
and a political theorist to 
capture the full democratic 
drama that is the jury. 

Seyom Brown 

Wien Professor of 
International Cooperation 

The Causes and Prevention 
of War. 2nd ed. 
St. Martin's Press 

The first edition, written 
when the rivalry between 
the United States and the 
Soviet Union dominated 
world politics, reflected the 
preoccupation of analysts 
and statespersons with the 
nuclear balance of terror 
between the superpowers. 
Then came the world- 
transforming events of 1989 
to 1991: the collapse of the 

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Soviet sphere of control, the 
demise of the U.S. -Soviet 
rivalry, and the Gulf War. 
The present edition reflects 
the author's enlarged 
interest in the psychological 
variables and the mind-sets 
of particular decision 

Wai Chee Dimock 

Associate Professor of 
English and American 
Literature, and 
Michael T. Gilmore, eds. 

Professor of English 

Rethinking Class: Literary 

Studies and Social 


Columbia University Press 

Rethinkmg Class examines 
the continuing vitality and 
the energizing problematics 
of the concept of class. The 
introduction addresses the 
ways the concept of class 
was employed in literary 
and historical analyses. The 
first section restores class to 
its moment of inception as 
both a theoretical construct 
and an analytic category. In 
the next section some of the 
general propositions set 
forth in the beginning of the 
book are tested. In the final 
section, the essays turn to a 
question that is of great 
concern to literary critics: 
how the category of class 
can enrich and complicate 
our response to specific 
literary texts. 

Mark Hulliung 

Professor of Politics and 

The Autocritique of 
Enlightenment: Rousseau 
and the Philosophes 
Harvard University Press 

Of all the critiques of the 
Enlightenment, the most 

telling may be found in the 
life and writings of Jean- 
lacques Rousseau. The 
author restores Rousseau to 
his historical context, and 
shows how he employed the 
arsenal of Voltaire, Diderot, 
and others to launch an 
attack on their version of 
the Enlightenment. 
Rousseau exposed the 
inconsistencies and 
shortcomings that called 
the entire program of the 
Enlightenment into 
question. As the century 
moved on, the most 
advanced philosophes found 
themselves drawn to 
conclusions that paralleled 
Rousseau's — an agreement 
that went unacknowledged 
in the acrimonious climate 
of the time. 

Barbara Hyams 

Lecturer with Rank of 
Assistant Professor of 
German and Nancy A. 
Harrowitz, eds. 

lews et> Gender: Responses 
to Otto Weininger 
Temple University Press 

In 1903 Otto Weininger, a 
Viennese Jew who 
converted to Protestantism, 
published Geschlecht und 
Charakter (Sex and 
Character}, a book in which 
he set out to prove the 
moral inferiority and 
character deficiency of "the 
woman" and "the Jew." 
Almost immediately he was 
acclaimed as a young genius 
and his suicide at the age of 
23 immortalized him as an 
intellectual who expressed 
abject misogyny and anti- 
Semitism. This collection of 
essays examines 
Weininger's influence and 
reception in Western 
culture, particularly his 
impact on important writers 

such as Wittgenstein, Freud, 
Kafka, and Joyce. This 
volume also suggests how 
the legacies of prejudice 
affect Western culture 

Ray Jackendoff 

Professor of Linguistics and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems 

Patterns in the Mind: 
Language and Human 
Basic Books 

Recent discoveries in 
linguistics and psychology 
provide answers to the age- 
old mysteries including 
what it is about humans 
that accounts for the fact 
that we can all speak and 
understand a language. The 
central idea of this book is 
that our language ability is 
stored in the brain as a set 
of unconscious patterns, or 
a "mental grammar." How 
do we learn this grammar? 
The author demonstrates 
that this involves a rich 
interweaving of nature and 
nurture. Patterns in the 
Mind emphasizes the 
grammatical commonalities 
across languages, both 
spoken and signed, and 
discusses the implications 
for our understanding of 
language acquisition and 

Morton Keller 

Samuel J. and Augusta 
Spector Professor of History 

Regulating a New Society: 

Public Policy and Social 

Change in America, 1900- 


Harvard University Press 

Looking at the beginning of 
the century, Keller gives us 
a portrait of the emergence 
of modern society and its 
distinctive transformations 


a New 
I Society 

University Press 

and social problems. He 
integrates political, legal, 
and governmental history, 
providing the first 
comprehensive study of the 
ideas and interests that 
shaped early 20th-century 
American social policy. The 
author looks at the major 
social institutions and 
examines important social 
issues. His final area of 
concern is one that assumed 
new importance after 1900: 
social policy directed at 
major groups, such as 
immigrants, blacks. Native 
Americans, and women. 

Sidney M. Milkis 

Associate Professor of 

The President and the 
Parties: The Transformation 
of the American Party 
System Since the New Deal 
Oxford University Press, 

Milkis's work on political 
parties starts from the 
premise that the New Deal 
is properly viewed as the 
defining moment in setting 
the tone of 20th-century 
politics in the United 
States. He makes the case 
that Roosevelt's party 
leadership and the New 
Deal mark the culmination 
of efforts to loosen the grip 
of partisan politics on the 
councils of power. The 
second part of the book 
traces the legacy of the 
Roosevelt "revolution" 
through the presidency of 
George Bush into the midst 
of the 1992 election 
campaign, revealing that the 
pattern of executive 
leadership established 
during the 1930s continues 
to operate irrespective of 
the president's party and 

The Tauber Institute for 
the Study of European 
Jewry Series 
Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. 
'72, editor 

From Text to Context: The 
Turn to History in Modern 
Judaism by Ismar Schorsch. 
For more than two decades 
Schorsch has studied the 
genesis, impact, and 
meaning of modern Jewish 
historiography. This 
compilation of his writings 
examines the emergence of 
Jewish scholarship in the 
19th century and shows 
how the Wissenschaft des 
fudentums movement, 
which advocates a more 
scientific study of Judaism, 
"was to make historical 
thinking the dominant 
universe of discourse in 
Jewish life and historians its 
major intellectual figures." 

With My Own Eyes: The 
Autobiography of An 
Historian by Jacob Katz, 
recreates the atmosphere of 
the period in which the 
author has lived. In this 
memoir, Katz, a scholar of 
Jewish social history, recalls 
a life that in many ways 
encapsulates the path of the 
remnant of East European 
Jewry through the events of 
this century. In 19.34, Katz 
received the last doctorate 
from the University of 
Frankfurt granted to a Jew 

in Nazi Germany. Heeding 
ominous undercurrents, 
Katz immigrated to 
Palestine-Israel in 1936. 
There he witnessed the 
birth of the new state and 
the growth of Hebrew 

The Zionist Ideology by 
Gideon Shimoni traces the 
development and 
ramifications of the 
ideology of Zionism from 
its roots in Europe to its full 
flowering in the 
establishment of the State 
of Israel. Shimoni begins by 
outlining the social origins 
of Zionism, precipitated by 
the pogroms in the Russian 
Empire. He then describes 
the various streams of 
Zionist thought and how 
they were transmogrified by 
events and individuals, and 
concludes by examining 
both Zionism's connection 
With a secular Jewish 
identity and the nature of 
the Jewish claim to Eretz 

The Brandeis Series in 
American Jewish 
History, Culture, and Life 
Jonathan Sarna '75, M.A. 
'75, editor 

Alternatives to 
Assimilation by Alan 
Historians have long 
debated whether the mid- 
I9th-century American 
synagogue was transplanted 
from Central Europe or 
represented an indigenous 
phenomenon. Alternatives 
to Assimilation examines 
the Reform movement in 
American Judaism from 
1840 to 1930 in an attempt 

to settle this issue. 
Silverstein describes the 
emergence of organizational 
innovations as evidence of 
Jews responding uniquely to 
American culture, in a 
fashion parallel to 
innovations in American 
Protestant churches. 

A Breath of Life: Feminism 
in the American Jewish 
Community by Sylvia 
Barack Fishman is now in 
paperback. Please see the 
write-up in the Summer 
1993 issue of the Brandeis 

The American Synagogue: 
A Sanctuary Transformed 
by Jack Wertheimer, editor, 
is now in paperback. 
When first published in 
1987, Tlie American 
Synagogue quickly 
established itself as the 
standard work on the 
subject. The strength of the 
book lies in its combination 
of broad overviews of 
differentiation that took 
place and case studies 
drawing from many 
geographical regions and 
emphasizing themes 
ranging from effects of 
immigration on synagogue 
life to changing roles of 

43 Winter 1995 


Karen Axelrod '82 

Axelrod was a buyer for 
major retail and catalog 
companies for the past 10 

Watch It Made in the 
U.S.A.: A Visitor's Guide to 
the Companies That Make 
Your Favorite Products 
John Muir Publications 

If you're the knid of curious 
traveler who wonders about 
such things as how a 
fortune gets into a fortune 
cookie or how tea gets into 
tea bags, then Watch It 
Made in the U.S.A. may be 
your kind of book. This 
guide lists nearly 250 
companies across the 
country that invite you to 
take a tour. Information on 
getting to the factories and 
company museums is 
included, as are tour hours, 
age and group requirements, 
disabled access, nearby 
attractions, and much more. 

It also provides helpful 
Itinerary planners that 
weave together some of the 
best tours in all regions of 
the country. 

Allan Borowski, Ph.D. '80 

Borowski is a professor in 
the School of Social Work at 
The University of New 
South Wales, Sydney, 

Immigration and Refugee 
Policy: Australia and 
Canada Compared. 2 vols. 
Melbourne University Press 
and The University of 
Toronto Press 

Scholars have often pointed 
to the similarities between 
Australia and Canada. In 
addition to histories of early 
European settlement and 
populations that are small 
relative to the land size of 
the countries, they each 
also have a policy of 
planned immigration. 
Volume I provides a survey 
of Australian and Canadian 
migration patterns and 
policies; the international 
movements of people; and 
the immigration policy 
implementation and refugee 
policy implementation 
processes. Volume II focuses 
upon three areas — 
settlement policy and 
policies designed to foster 
social integration in 
Australia and Canada; the 
economic and 
environmental impacts of 
immigration; and the social 
impacts of immigration. 

Eating Healthy 
Healthy Bahy 

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riUiltl'lOIMN. III./ 1>A,N.\ i;ti.M..v M.l). 

Arthur Caplan '71 

Caplan is director of the 
Center for Bioethics at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Moral Matters: Ethical 
Issues in Medicine and the 
Life Sciences 
John Wiley &. Sons, Inc. 

The essays included in this 
book began their lives as 
newspaper columns in the 
St. Paul Pioneer Press. Most 
of the issues examined in 
this book consist of moral 
problems that could happen 
to anyone: abortion, 
contraception, sexuality, 
and the family; 
relationships between 
health care providers and 
those in their care; the right 
to refuse medical treatment; 
defining death, euthanasia, 
and the right to die; AIDS, 
epidemics, public health, 
and population; the ethics 
of experimentation; and 
virtue and vice in 
biomedical science. 

Dana Cernea, M.D., '79, 
M.M.H.S. '83 

with Fred Plotkin 
Cernea was the medical 
director of Maternity 
Services for the New York 
City Department of Health. 

Eating Healthy for a 
Healthy Baby: A Month-by- 
Month Guide to Nutrition 
During Pregnancy 
Crown Trade Paperbacks 

Eating the right foods 
during pregnancy is by far 
the most important thing 
you can do for your baby. 
This book teaches you 
exactly which foods your 
growing baby needs and 
shows you how to cook 
them. Eating Healthy for a 
Healthy Baby deals with 
the principles of nutrition 


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during pregnancy and the 
culinary demands of 
pregnancy: cooking without 
getting tired, entertaining, 
eating well in restaurants, 
snacking, and shopping for 
food with an eye toward 
avoiding chemical additives, 
as well as feeding the new 
baby when the pregnancy is 
finally over. There are more 
than 100 recipes, each one 
accompanied by a doctor's 
note that gives the recipe's 
nutritional breakdown. 

Joyce Lee Malcolm, M.A. 
'72, Ph.D. '77 

Malcolm is professor of 
history at Bentley College. 

To Keep and Bear Arms: 
The Origins of an Anglo- 
American Right 
Harvard University Press 

The right of ordinary 
citizens to possess weapons 
is the most extraordinary, 
most controversial, and 
least understood of those 
liberties secured by 
Englishmen and bequeathed 
to their American colonists. 
The author illuminates the 
historical facts underlying 
the current passionate 
debate about gun-related 
violence, the Brady Bill, and 
the NRA. Malcolm's story 
begins in turbulent 17th- 
century England and shows 
why such a dangerous 
public freedom was 
necessary. The results add 
to our knowledge of English 
life, politics, and 
constitutional development, 
and present a historical 
analysis of a controversial 
Anglo-American legacy. 

44 Brandeis Review 

^ -> 

What You Really 

Need to Succeed in 

Today's Fast-paced 

Business World 

Foreword by 

Preface by 

Jonathan Tisch 

ir- . 


with Joe C n e y 

Timothy Steele, M.A. '76, 
Ph.D. '77 

Steele is professor of 
English at California State 
University, Los Angeles, 
and the author of two 
previous collections of 
poems and a book of literary 

The Color Wheel 
The lohns Hopkms 
University Press 

Steele has earned a 
reputation as one of the 
most highly regarded poets 
born since World War II 
who continues to work in 
meter. Now he brings 
together 35 new poems that 
extend the scope and deepen 
the spirit of his previous 
work. While always faithful 
to the richness and 
complexity of experience, 
the poems in The Color 
Wheel are clear and 
accessible. They blend 
imagistic detail and 
reflection, bringing to 
contemporary subjects what 
Steele calls "the 
preservative virtues of 
formal care." 

Daniel R. Tobin '68 

Tobin is an independent 
consultant on corporate 
change and learning 

Re-Educating the 

Corporation: Foundations 

for the Learning 


Oliver Wight Publications 

Companies have been 
unable to tap the learning 
potential of their people to 
achieve any degree of 
competitive advantage. In 
response to this challenge, 
Re-Educating the 
Corporation shows 
organizations how to build 
the essential foundations — 
strong, visible leadership; 
thinking literacy; 
overcoming functional 
myopia; creating effective 
learning teams; and 
managers as enablers — to 
create a true learning 
organization. By focusing on 
the learning needs of the 
people within the 
organization, companies can 
initiate effective change 
that will position the 
business for future growth. 

Robert Wexelblatt, Ph.D. 


Wexelblatt teaches in the 
College of General Studies 
at Boston University. 

The Decline of Our 


Rutgers University Press 

Unusual characters m 
strange circumstances 
populate the II stories in 
this new volume of short 
stories by Wexelblatt. His 
stories are about language 
and people. As his 
characters struggle for 
meaning and vision, they 
enter the consciousness of 
the reader in surprising and 
moving ways. 

Terrie Williams '75 

with Joe Cooney 
Williams IS president of The 
Terrie Williams Agency, a 
public relations firm with 
offices in New York and Los 
Angeles and clients from 
the entertainment, sports, 
political, and business 

The Personal Touch: What 
You Really Need to Succeed 
in Today's Fast-paced 
Business World 
Warner Books 

When she started her own 
public relations firm, 
Williams had no money and 
no agency experience; she 
was a young social worker 
who had decided to switch 
careers. Superstar Eddie 
Murphy signed on as her 
first client; lazz legend 
Miles Davis became client 
number two, with Grammy- 
winner Anita Baker 
following. In The Personal 
Touch. Williams tells her 
extraordinary success story 
and shares her surprising 

strategies. She believes that 
the key to success in 
today's increasingly 
impersonal world is 
personal consideration. Her 
principles are refreshingly 
simple: treat people with 
respect, be there for them, 
conduct yourself with 
integrity and compassion — 
and it will come back to 
you tenfold both in business 
and in life. 

Glenn M. Wong '74 

with Robert C. Berry 
Wong is head of the sports 
management department at 
the University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Law and Business of The 
Sports Industries: Common 
Issues in Amateur and 
Professional Sports, 2nd ed. 
Praeger Publishers 

The scope and power of 
amateur athletic 
organizations in the United 
States and worldwide have 
expanded tremendously 
over the past quarter 
century. In the U.S., 
amateur athletic 
organizations are part of the 
lives of many people from 
childhood, through high 
school, college, and beyond. 
The financial stakes in 
amateur athletics have also 
increased dramatically, and 
as a result, there has been a 
dramatic increase in 
litigation as constituencies 
feel the various pressures 
and fight to survive. 

45 Winter 1995 


Apsell '69 Given 
Museum of 
Science Award 

Paula S, Apsell '69, 
executive producer of 
WGBH's "NOVA" series, 
has won the Boston 
Museum of Science's 
highest honor, the 1994 
Bradford Washburn Award. 
The prize recognizes her 
"innovative work in 
developing programs that 
present science in 
educational and 
entertaining ways." 

David W. Ellis, president 
and director of the Museum 
of Science, said, "In 
bringing cutting-edge 
science to the public in an 
approachable, fun way. 

i\/laurice Stein '58 
Dies in Plane 

I'aula Apsell has 
demonstrated the ideals 
that the Bradford Washburn 
Award celebrates." 

Since 1984, Apsell has been 
executive producer for 
"NOVA," the acclaimed 
public television science 
series, and director of the 
WGBH science unit. Her 

Paula Apsell 

production credits include 
"Race to Save the Planet," 
"The Secret of Life," and 
"In Search of Human 
Origins," a three-part series 
on the earliest humans. She 
also served as executive 
producer of "To the Limit," 
the critically acclaimed 
1989 film on the human 
body produced in 
collaboration with the 
Harvard Community Health 
Plan, WGBH, and the 
Museum of Science. 

In the past the award has 
gone to such notables as 
Jacques-Ives Cousteau, 
Walter Cronkite, Sally Ride, 
Jane Goodall, Carl Sagan, 
and Isaac Asimov. 

An October 31, 1994, plane 
crash in Roselawn, Indiana, 
took the life of Maurice 
(Morry) B. Stein '58. 

Stein, of Hartsdale, New 
York, was the leading scorer 
and tackier, and cocaptain 
of Brandeis's famed 1957 
tixitball team, the most 
successful in the 
University's history. Last 
April he was inducted into 
the Brandeis Athletic Hall 
of Fame. 

In 1972, he received the 
Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics Distinguished 
Contribution Award, and in 
1993 he was given an 
Alumni Service Award. 

Stein served as president of 
the Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics and was also 
president of the New York 
Chapter of the Alumni 

In offering his condolences 
to Stein's family. President 
Jehuda Reinharz called 
Stein a devoted alumnus 
and a hard-working member 
of the Brandeis community. 

Since 1964 Stein had been 
owner and director of Camp 
Echo Lake m New York. In 
1970 he founded, with his 
wife. Amy Medine Stein 
'59, a nationally recognized 
resident camping program 
for disadvantaged youth. He 
is survived by his wife and 
three sons, Eric, Anthony, 
and George. 

Hall of Fame 
Announces Third 
Class of inductees 

Brandeis University and 
the Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics have announced 
the third class of inductees 
into Brandeis's Athletic 
Hall of Fame. 

This year's inductees 
include nine alumni and 
one coach. 

Edward Gastonguay '64, one 
of the top middle distance 
runners in the history of the 
Brandeis track team, is the 
record holder in the 880 
yard event, 1:50.6, and is 
also the first Hall of Fame 
member from the 1960s to 
be inducted. 

Maurice iMorry) Stein 
46 Brandeis Review 

Kaufman '68, M.A. 
'73, Elected to 

Jay R. Kaufman '68, M.A. 
'73, was elected to the 
Massachusetts House of 
Representatives last month. 
He will represent the 15th 
Middlesex District. 

Kaufman is president of Jay 
R. Kaufman Associates, a 
consulting practice that 
specializes in helping 
organizations with strategic 
planning. For 14 years he 
directed the Massachusetts 
Bay Marine Studies 
Consortium, an association 
of 18 colleges and 
universities, including 
Brandeis, that provides 
environmental education 
courses and undertakes 
public policy research and 

fay Kaufman 

Walter Harrigan '78 was an 
All New England and All- 
American selection for the 
Brandeis men's basketball 
team. Upon graduation, he 
was drafted by the Boston 

Marcia Hammerschmidt 
Harris '77 was the first AU- 
Amencan for the women's 
swimming and diving team. 
A versatile swimmer, she 
dominated in several 
strokes, including the 
butterfly, freestyle, and 

Kevin Healy '85 was a two- 
time Ail-American in men's 
soccer. A top defender, he 
was also a three time All 
New England selection. 
Healy was a key member of 
the 1981 team that played 
in the national 
championships game. In 
addition, he served as an 
assistant coach at Brandeis 
for four years. 

A top pitcher and hitter for 
Brandeis, Vincent Hillyer 
'77 hit .439 as a senior, the 
top batting average in 
NCAA Division III. Hillyer 
pitched in the national 
championship game in 

Norman Levine, a name 
synonymous with Brandeis 
University and men's and 
women's track and cross 
country, is the most 
successful coach in 
Brandeis's history. He led 
the men's cross country 
team to the national 
championship in 1983. In 
his 30 years, his teams have 
placed in the top five 
nationally, winning 
numerous New England, 
regional, and conference 

A guard and linebacker, 
Edward Manganiello '54, 
served as a two-time captain 
of the football team and was 
named a Little AU- 
American in both 1950 and 

Charles Napoli '58 will be 
inducted posthumously. He 
was a two-time All New 
England selection in 
football and a championship 
shot putter in track. A 
guard, he served as 
cocaptain of the 1957 
football team. Napoli was a 
devoted alumnus and served 
as FOBA president and an 
Alumni Term Trustee. 

Noel Occomy '89 became 
the first Brandeis tennis 
player to win the individual 
national championship 
when he captured the title 
in 1988. He won four AU- 
Amencan titles in singles 

and earned two Ail- 
American titles in doubles. 
The most-winning player in 
tennis history, he also won 
the New England individual 

One Waltham native, Kellie 
Vaughan Righini '89, will be 
inducted for her 
contributions in two sports. 
She became the first Ail- 
American women's soccer 
player at Brandeis, was an 
all New England selection 
in soccer, and was honored 
as a league all-star in soccer 
and Softball. 

Induction ceremonies will 
be held at a dinner on 
Saturday, April 1, 1995, in 
the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. For 
further information, please 
call Jack Molloy at 617-736- 

47 Winter 1995 

Pick the Winner 

The Design Our Mascot finalists are here. To help choose 
the new mascot, please call the Brandeis University 
Student Senate office at 617-736-3760, fax Senator Janet 
Lipman at 617-736-3761, or send e-mail to 
IN%"st921751n@pip." to Senator Lipman's 
attention. Include your name, year of graduation, and the 
number next to the design of your choice. If you are not an 
alumnus of Brandeis University, please state your 
affiliation to our school (i.e. Trustee]. The deadline for the 
poll will be Sunday March 26, 1995. 

Thank you for taking part in Brandeis Project Pride. 

48 Brandeis Review 

Class Notes 


Richard Silverman '54 with 
Rena Blumberg '56 


If you can access the internet, you 
can now send in your class notes 
by electronic mail. Address your 
news to 

Remember to use your full name 
(middle mitial or maiden name) 
and class year(s) for proper 
identification. Given our 
production timelme, your note 
should appear within 
approximately five months. 


Lynne Shoolman Isaacson, Class 
Correspondent, 22 Fifer Lane, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Lynne Shoolman Isaacson and her 
husband, Burt, look forward to 
their monthly visit to the Church 
of All Nations in Boston, where 
they join with fellow alumni and 
Brandeis Hillel students to cook 
and serve a meal for homeless 
persons. She reports being 
"amazed" by the generosity of the 
volunteers as well as that of the 
corporate sponsors. 


Sydney Abend, Class 
Correspondent, 304 Concord 
Road, Wayland, MA 01778 

Richard Silverman is a 

commissioner for the city of West 
Hollywood, where he was sworn 
in last September as a member of 
the Fine Arts Advisory Board for a 
two-to-four year appointment. He 
is also on the executive 
committee of the Far Eastern Art 
Council of the Los Angeles 
County Museum of Art. Kyoto 
News Service interviewed Richie 
for eight hours for an article on 
his work, published m Japan for a 
total circulation of 60 million 


Judith PauU Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 22371 Cass 
Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 

Lucy DeVries Duffy reports that 
she recently spent a year teaching 
in Romania. She continues to run 
in marathons to raise money for 
leukemia research, most recently 
doing the Marine Corps Marathon 
in October on behalf of a 12year- 
old girl with leukemia. Since her 
husband Allen's death from 
leukemia in 1986, she says that 
"running has continued to sustain 
me." Risa Hirsch Ehrlich returned 
to teaching math this year after 
leaving work in 1983 when she 

adopted two children, a brother 
and sister, now 14 and 15 years 
old. She describes her job on the 
staff of a new New York City 
public high school based on the 
principles of the Coalition of 
Essential Schools as "hard work 
but fascinating." Previously, she 
taught for over 20 years and 
headed a pioneering math lab. 
Nancy Wolkenberg Greenblatt, a 
therapist in Manhattan, is also 
conducting historical research on 
Congregation B'nai Jeshurin, 
where she grew up and is still an 
active member. She welcomes 
input, memories, or artifacts 
about the congregation from 
fellow alumni. Gloria Goldreich 
Horowitz's 10th novel. That Year 
of Out War. was published last 
spring by Little, Brown and 
Company. Star Sack Miller, an 
executive committee member of 
the National Jewish Community 
Relations Advisory Council, went 
on a mission to the Middle East 
in October, where she and her 
delegation met with key political 
leaders such as Yasser Arafat and 
Yitzhak Rabin. Julian Smith has 
retired from the University of 
Medicine and Dentistry of New 
Jersey, where he had worked in 
computer information systems for 
18 years. He and his wife, Sharon, 
have three children: Ira, a 1993 
graduate of Brooklyn College, 
Esta, in her last year at Barnard, 
and Sonya, who is spending a year 
in Jerusalem prior to joining the 
Brandeis Class of 1999. He looks 
forward to seeing classmates and 
friends at Reunion in May. 
Manfred Wolf is working on a 
book-length memoir, including a 
chapter on his years at Brandeis. 
He is a professor of English at San 
Francisco State University. 


Leona Feldman Curhan, Class 
Correspondent, 366 River Road, 
Carlisle, MA 01741 

Richard Baldacci had his first 

professional art show in 
September with an exhibit at the 
Marblehead, MA, Public Library, 
displaying watercolors, sculpture, 
and painted ceramic plates that 
often focus on North Shore life 
and history. He previously taught 
art for 30 years at Swampscott 
High School. 

Wynne Wolkenberg Miller, Class 
Correspondent, 14 Larkspur Road, 
Waban, MA 02168 
Kadimah (Kim) Freedman 
Michelson received her doctorate 
from Harvard University's 
Graduate School of Education in 
June 1994. Her thesis, a case 
study of the benefits and tensions 
of a successful entrepreneurial 
adult and community education 
program in a traditional public 
school bureaucracy, grew out of 
her observations of the program 
and the school system during six 
years on the Brookline, MA, 
School Committee. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman's 

work was exhibited in a 
multimedia installation entitled 
"Gabrielle Rossmer: In Search of 
the Lost Object," in the Cathedral 
of St. John the Divine in New 
York from October to December. 

'60 ^^^^ Reunion 
Joan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
Umt 28, Branford, CT 06405 

Travel photographer Lee Snider 
signed a contract with Unicom 
Calendars for a 1996 calendar, 
"Gardens of the World," 
consisting exclusively of his 
European and American photos. 
Lee published 26 photvjs in the 
premier issue of Historic Traveler 
magazine last fall. Mary-Lou 
Weisman's book When I Grow 
Up, a comic treatment of middle 
age, is forthcoming from 
Workman Publishing Company 
this spring. She is also the author 
of Intensive Care: A Family Love 
Story, published in 1982. Her 
professional activities over the 
past 20 years include both full- 
time and freelance lournalism; 
she has also been a columnist, 
scriptwriter, editor, and writing 


Judith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 

Geraldine McNulty is in her 

fourth year as vice president of 
Cariad Capital, Inc., in 
Providence, RI. Previously, she 
was vice president of 
Narragansett Capital, Inc. She 
holds an M.B.A. from Babson 

Ann Leder Sharon, Class 
Correspondent, 13890 Ravenwood 
Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 

Jonathan Shear, Ph.D., is 
managing editor of the 
international Journal of 
Consciousness Studies and a 
faculty member in philosophy at 
Virginia Commonwealth 
University in Richmond. Stephen 
J. Solarz, a former congressman 
from Brooklyn and a Brandeis 
Trustee, was appointed by 
President Clinton to head the 
new Central Asian-American 
Enterprise Fund, which promotes 
investments in the former Soviet 
republics of Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, 
Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 


Ron Hollander is spending a year 
as a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, 
lecturing at the graduate China 
School of Journalism and studying 
the Chinese press in the present 
period of transition. His wife, 
Virginia Cornue, joins him abroad 
to conduct field research in 
gender studies for her Ph.D. in 
cultural anthropology at Rutgers 
University. In addition to 
academic pursuits, they plan to 
adopt a baby girl in China. Ron is 
director of journalism at 
Montclair State University in 
New Jersey, teaching and 
specializing in the Amencan 
press and the Holocaust. His 
book. All Aboard!, a history of 
Lionel trains, has been optioned 
for a film. 

'05 -^'^^^^^ Reunion 

Joan L. Ralafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord Road, 
Maynard, MA 01754 

Anne C. Bernstein's book. Flight 
of the Stork: Hovi/ Children Think 
(and When) about Sex and 
Family Building, a revised and 
expanded edition of her earlier 
hook, was published in 
September. She contributed a 
chapter entitled "Women in 
Stepfamilies: The Fairy 
Godmother, the Wicked Witch, 
and Cinderella Reconstructed" to 
Women in Context: Toward a 

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Lucy DeVries Duffy '55 

Ron Hollander '6.1 

Angela M: 

Feminist Reconstruction of 
Psychotherapy, also published 
last year. Mark Kramer is in his 
fifth year as writcr-in-rcsidence in 
nonfiction at Boston University. 
Previously, he held a similar 
position at Smith College for 10 
years. He completed a book about 
his travels in backwoods Russia 
and an anthology of literary 
journalism, and was recently 


Jay R. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, One Childs Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Angela M. Mazzarelli was elected 

to the New York Supreme Court 
last year and presided in the civil 
term of the Court in New York 
County (Manhattan). In 
December, she was appointed by 
outgoing Governor Mario Cuomo 
to the Appellate Division First 
Department, one of four 
intermediate state appellate 
courts, with jurisdiction over 
cases from the Bronx and 
Manhattan. She is the second 
female justice in the Court's 


Nancy Sherman Shapiro, Class 
Correspondent, 9437 Reach Road, 
Potomac, MD 20854 

Alan N. Braverman was named 
general counsel of Capital Cities/ 
ABC, Inc., in October, charged 
with all legal affairs, labor 
relations, and government 
relations of the company. He 
joined the company in November 
1993 and continues to serve as its 
vice president and executive 
officer. Previously, he was a 
partner in the Washington, D.C., 
law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & 
Pickering. Stephen Cohen, Ph.D., 
is a professor in the school of 
philosophy at the University of 
New South Wales, Australia, 
where his teaching schedule 
regrettably prevented him from 
attending Reunion last year. He 
has published two books and is 
currently interested in business 
ethics. He earned a law degree in 
1991 and passed the Australian 
equivalent of the bar exam, but 
has no immediate plans to 
practice. He and his wife, Denise, 
have three children, Noah, Jared, 
and Anthea. Robert PanoH is a tax 
attorney specializing in civil and 
criminal tax controversies and tax 
planning in Miami, FL. He is also 
chairman of the tax section of the 
Florida bar, president of the 

Greater Miami Tax Institute, and 
a 15-year adjunct professor at the 
University of Miami School of 
Law Master's in Tax Program. His 
wife, Jeanne, is a real estate 
broker, and his son, Joseph, is a 
high school senior and champion 
debater. Sharon T. Sooho chairs 
the fundraising committee for 
Friends of the Boston YWCA, 
which raised $1 14,000 in 1993 to 
support youth services, housing, 
and health services for the 
country's oldest YWCA. She is 
also a divorce lawyer in Newton, 
'YQ 25th Reunion 

Charles S. Eisenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

David B. Adler is a solo practice 
attorney in Seattle, WA, 
concentrating on civil rights and 
discrimination while also 
expanding as a business lawyer. 
He and his wife, Susan, have two 
sons, Joshua, age 16 and heading 
to college next year, and 
Benjamin, age 9. He is enjoying 
"watching today's teenagers 
resurrect Hendrix and the 1960s." 
Judith Lowitz Adler and her 
family relocated to the Detroit 
area five years ago, where she is a 
partner at the law firm of Jaffe, 
Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, specializing 
in financial transactions and 
international corporate work. She 
was elected treasurer of the 
Birmingham, MI, board of 
education and is also participating 
in Leadership Detroit, a program 
to foster suburban-urban 
understanding and promote 
community leadership. She and 
her husband, Josh, an associate 
professor of neurology at Wayne 
State University's school of 
medicine, have two daughters: 
Esther, age 16, who will be 
attending college this year, and 
Rachel, age 12. She reports that 
"there are more cars in my 
driveway than I ever dreamed 
possible!" Jay Bergman, Ph.D., 
was granted tenure and promoted 
to professor of history at Central 
Connecticut State University, 
where he continues to publish in 
his field of Russian history. He is 
happily married and has one son, 
Aaron, age 6. Marc L. Citron, 
M.D., is head of the medical 
oncology section of the Long 
Island Jewish Medical Center in 
New Hyde Park, NY. He is also 
associate professor of medicine at 
Albert Einstein College of 
Medicine and is involved in 
clinical and laboratory research. 

He IS married and has three 
children, ages 16, 14, and 11. An 
avid runner and bicyclist, he 
recently ran the New York 
marathon and now enjoys 
competing in biathalons. Marc 
Cohen is a member of a small law 
firm, Roberts & Cohen PA., with 
offices in Meredith and 
Portsmouth, NH. He and his wife 
of 20 years, Ellen, have two 
children, Emily, age 17, and 
David, age 13. Although his 
quarter-mile running days are 
over, he still enjoys jogging as 
well as photography, reading, and 
writing. Kenneth "Eppo" Epstein 
lives in Austin, TX, with his wife, 
Celeste, his daughter, Lorian, age 
7, and his twin sons, Spencer and 
Peter, age 3. He works full-time 
in the marketing communications 
department of IBM Personal 
Software Products and part-time 
in his rock 'n' roll band, the 
Rockafellas. Celeste is a part-time 
system software technical 
specialist at the Apple Assistance 
Center. Robert D. Farber is an 
artist/painter living in New York 
City. Last year, he displayed his 
work in a group show at the 
Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in 
NYC and in the "Arts Lament" 
exhibition at Boston's Isabella 
Stewart Gardner Museum. He 
received a fellowship award from 
the Edward F. Albce Foundation 
in 1993, had a solo show in New 
York's Artists Space in 1992, and 
did a project room installation at 
the Museum of Modern Art in 
1991. Other group shows include 
the Barbara Krakow Gallery in 
Boston and the Henie-Onstad 
Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway. He 
is featured in the book Muses 
from Chaos and Ash: AIDS. 
Artists, and Art (1993), and has 
been reviewed by several 
newspapers. Janet Fisbman and 
her husband, Larry Dickerson, 
formed their own theater 
company in 1992. Last summer, 
they took their two shows. The 
Olive Lake: A Chinese Fairy Tale 
and Three Short Stories by Isaac 
Bashevis Singer to the Edinburgh, 
Scotland, fringe, where they "had 
a great time and want more!" 
Before her marriage in 1985, Janet 
lived in Ghana for two years, 
teaching high school, and in Paris 
for nine years, where she taught 
part-time, studied acting, and 
joined a French theater company 
which toured throughout the 
country. She and Larry live in 
Philadelphia and have a 6-year-old 
son, Matthew. Judith A. Frediani 
is curriculum development 
director for the Unitarian 
Universalist Association. She has 
a daughter, Keilah, a college 

senior, and a son, Aaron, a recent 
graduate. Michael Gerver is a 
physicist with a small research 
and development company in 
Cambridge, MA, and lives in 
Brookline with his wife and four 
children: Miriam, age 17, Adina, 
age 15, Avi, age 12, and Mollie, 
age 9. Kathy Landau Hess is a 
newly-licensed marriage, family, 
and child counselor in private 
practice in Palo Alto, CA. She 
holds an M.A. in counseling from 
the University of San Francisco. 
She and her husband of 15 years, 
fared, enjoy going to the theater, 
dancing, and camping. They have 
two children, Rachel, age 13, and 
Abhaya, age 10. Asher Keren-Zvi 
(a.k.a. Artie Gordon) is a clinical 
psychologist in private practice, 
completing the last stage of 
psychoanalytic training. He 
teaches at the California School 
of Professional Psychology and 
the Psychoanalytic Center of 
California. He and his wife, Ann, 
live in Los Angeles with their 
children, Micah, age 9, and Talia, 
age 5. Dr. Rick Levy is a 
psychologist m clinical private 
practice in Rockville, MD, 
dealing with both traditional and 
alternative therapies. His 
involvement in past-life 
regression therapy and auric 
healing helped popularize these 
fields nationwide. He also teaches 
how to see the aura and develop 
particular psychic abilities within 
the context of spiritual 
counseling which emphasize 
mediative approaches to 
communion with God. Deborah 
Lipp has a small nursery business 
in Santa Maria, CA, specializing 
in herbs, scented geraniums, and 
drought-tolerant plants. She and 
her husband, Paul Broeker '67, 
have two daughters: Rebecca, age 
14, and Margaret, age 12. 
Menachem Malkosh (formerly 
Mark Skolnik) and his wife, 
Judith Wolke Malkosh '71, live in 
Rehovot, Israel. He is a senior 
systems engineer with D.S.L, 
specializing in 
management, and she is director 
of the Weizmann Institute's 
International Science Summer 
Institute. They have four 
children, ages 21, 19, 16, and 13, 
and their oldest daughter was 
married in December 1993. Carl 
Milofsky is professor of sociology 
at Bucknell University, where he 
has taught for 13 years and 
previously spent six years as 
department chair. He continues 
to do research on nonprofit 
organizations in association with 

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News Notes 

Yale University's Program on 
Nonprofit Organizations, and 
edits the Nonprofit and Voluntary 
Sector Quarterly, the main 
research journal in the field. He 
has been returning to Boston 
occasionally to visit his daughter, 
Tessa, a college freshman. He also 
plays a lot of squash, spends time 
with his new wife, Sandy, and 
tries "to keep my head above 
water." After Brandeis, Naomi 
Mindlin became a professional 
modern dancer, performing in the 
Limon Dance Company for three 
years. She now works 
independently, has received a 
grant to learn two seminal Doris 
Humphrey solos from a 
Humphrey scholar and former 
dancer, and is choreographing a 
solo for herself about the prophet 
Miriam. She is married to 
Stephen Perloff, a photographer 
and editor; they have two 
daughters, Crissa, age 7, and 
Emma, age 18 months. Robert 
Nayer is chief financial officer for 
the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 
Colorado Springs, CO He has one 
child, Lindsay, a high school 
sophomore, and three 
stepchildren: Michelle, age 20, 
Kevin, age 19, and Jamie, age 15. 
He and his wife, Rosslyn, were 
married in 1988. Eleanor Billings 
Richardson is finishing her third 
book, Andover: A Century of 
Change 1896-1996. a 350th 
anniversary history of Andover, 
MA, to be published this fall by 
the Andover Historical Society. 
Judith Gollinger Savage is a 
library media specialist in her 
14th year at Xavier High School 
in Connecticut and reports that 
she loves her work with the 
students. She serves as state 
conference chair of the 
Connecticut Educational Media 
Association and as a member of 
the National School Library 
Media Month committee of the 
American Association of School 
Libraries. She and her husband, 
Norman Savage '68, have a son in 
college and a daughter finishing 
high school, and describe their 
life as "busy, interesting, hectic, 
and fun." Ronnie Scherer is a 
lecturer at Fordham University's 
Lincoln Center campus, in the 
division of arts, and an adiunct 
lecturer at the mainstream 
program of Westchester 
Community College. She is also 
the busy mother of Michael, age 
12, and Robert, age 7. Ronald 
Schleifer is professor of English at 
the University of Oklahoma and 
editor of a scholarly lournal, 

Genre, and a hook series, 
"Oklahoma Project for Discourse 
and Theory." He has authored or 
co-authored four books, most 
recently Culture and Cognition. 
plus three collections and one 
translation. He plays tennis and 
squash and reports enjoying 
Oklahoma and "our American 
heartland " He is married to 
Nancy Mergler and has two sons, 
Cyrus, age 12, and Benjamin, age 
10. Jeanne Bakst Siegel is 
executive director of the Jewish 
Community Center of Queens, 
NY She is married to Richard 
Siegel '69 and has two children, 
Andrew, age 23, and Ruth, age 13. 
Her "new love" is bike riding and 
she also enjoys Japanese gardens 
and her three cats. Deborah M. 
Spitalnik was appointed by 
President Clinton to the 
President's Committee on Mental 
Retardation, a panel which 
advises both him and U.S. 
Secretary of Health and Human 
Services, Donna Shalala, on 
programs and services for people 
with developmental disabilities. 
Dr. Spitalnik is founder and 
executive director of the 
University Affiliated Program of 
New Jersey, which trains health 
care professionals to work with 
the developmentally disabled 
under the auspices of the 
University of Medicine and 
Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert 
Wood JoJinson Medical School, 
She IS also associate professor of 
pediatrics and family medicine at 
the medical school and has served 
on several statewide councils on 
disabilities. Heleni Thayre is an 
artist who paints in an oil-with- 
wax medium and describes her 
style as "archaic abstract." She is 
starting an enterprise as an art 
consultant for business and 
residential clients. Robert H. 
Thibeault continues to teach at 
Salem, MA, High School, where 
he has been since 1972. He 
originally taught special needs 
students and now specializes in 
English and American literature. 
He is also advisor to the school 
College Bowl team. He has an 
M.Ed., collects books and music, 
and has sung in choral groups and 
faculty shows. He is single and 
still visits his immediate family 
in Rhode Island frequently. Susan 
L. Thorner is senior counsel at 
Apple Computer, Inc., working in 
the corporate area and enjoying 
her new in-house role with what 
she calls "a terrific company, full 
of bright, energetic folks." 
Previously, she had been a partner 
with a San Francisco law firm 

since 1988. Ann Vershbow moved 
to Brunswick, ME, last year, 
where she is a teaching principal 
at Mast Landing School in 
Freeport (home of L.L, Bean). Her 
husband. Chuck Beitz, is dean for 
academic affairs at Bowdoin 
College and her 13-year-old 
daughter, Caroline, is an eighth 
grader and talented pianist. After 
leaving Brandeis, Ann taught 
elementary and middle school for 

14 years while living in her 
hometown of Newton, MA. She 
earned a master's degree at the 
Harvard Graduate School of 
Education and most recently 
spent four years as head of the 
Lauer School at Winsor, a private 
girls' school in Boston. Steven L. 
Weiss teaches sculpture, drawing, 
and anatomy classes at the 
Pennsylvania Academy and 
maintains a studio in his home. 
He has shown work in museums, 
galleries, and private collections 
in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and 
New York. He and his wife, 
Martha Himmelfarb, have four 
children, ages 14, II, 7, and 5. 
Trudy Zimmerman is director of 
field education at the Boston 
University School of Social Work. 
Her husband, Tim Wilson, is an 
elementary school principal, and 
their 8-year-old daughter, Lily, is 
in second grade in Wayland, MA, 
where they moved last June. She 

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Mark L. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Devens Road, 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

Steven F. Friede!! traveled to 
Lublin, Poland, in August to 
speak at a conference on Jewish 
law, held at a former yeshiva and 
attended by professors, judges, 
and rabbis from Israel and the 
U.S. His topic was a 16th-century 
rabbinical decision written by the 
Maharam of Lublin and involving 
the Inquisition in Italy. Steve is 
professor of law at the Rutgers 
University Law School in 
Camden, N). 


June Warren Lee, D.D.S., received 
the Academy of General 
Dentistry's prestigious 
Mastership Award at the 
organization's annual meeting in 
August, signifying her completion 
of 1 100 hours of course work 
beyond her degree. She is a fellow 
of the American College of 
Dentists and the Academy of 

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51 Winter 1995 

Deborah Spitalnik '70 

and the Lennon Biothers 

Dentistry International, past 
president of the American 
Association of Women Dentists, 
and active in numerous 
organizations. She and her 
husband, William, have a private 
family practice in Dorchester, 
MA, and live in Milton with their 
two children, Jaime and Daniel. 
David G. Marwell, his wife, (udy 
Eisenstein Marwell '71, and their 
sons, Nathan and Gabriel, 
returned last summer from five 
and a half years in Berlin, 
Germany, where David was 
director of the Berlin Document 
Center and Judy was American 
president of the Berlin American 
Club. In July, David became 
executive director of the John F. 
Kennedy Assassination Records 
Review Board, a quasi- 
independent presidential entity in 
Washington, DC, and the family 
resumed residence in University 
Park, MD. 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

Richard Honotoff recorded a 
Shoah concert in Moscow in the 
fall, including one of his own 
pieces. Amy Koplow, iW.F.A. '77 
teaches clothing, textile, and 
decorative arts courses at Queens 
College in Flushing, NY, where 
she has been a faculty member for 
seven years. She has two 
daughters, Ghana, age 10, and 
Dalia, age 6. Arell Schurgin 
Shapiro is medical director of Life 
Source Blood Services in 
Glenview, IL, and lives in 
Northbrook, IL, with her "four 
future Brandeisians." Sally Zanger 
has her own law practice 
representing the families of 
children with special education 
entitlements as well as a variety 
of cases, usually discrimination 
claims, for adults with 
disabilities. She lives in New 
Haven, CT, and has two children, 
Lynn, age 13, and Joseph, age 10. 

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Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue 
Suite #4G, New York, NY 10009 

Barbara Alpert is executive editor 
of the ParentSource Resource 
Directory and a contributing 
editor of the ParentSource 
magazine. Your Child and You. 
She is teaching two courses at 
Hofstra University this spring on 
the theory and practice of 

publishing and book editing. 
Nancy R. Alpert joined Lifetime 
Television for Women as vice 
president of business and legal 
affairs, a move she describes as 
"the culmination of a career that 
led me through law firms, 
Spanish-language television 
[Telcmundol, and finally to a 
place that combines my interest 
in women's issues and 
television." She lives on 
Manhattan's Upper West Side 
with another Brandeis alum and 
two "fabulous" silver tabby cats. 
Gail Lopata Lennon is in Branson, 
MO, performing at the Lawrence 
Welk Champagne Theater with 
the Lennon Brothers (yes, the 
brothers of the famous Lennon 
sisters! |. Their newest CD, Swing 
Away, has been released on 
Ranwood Records. They perform 
swing music from the 1930s, 
1940s, and early 1950s patterned 
after the four-part vocal groups of 
that era. She reports that the 
Ozarks are a big change from the 
hectic pace of Los Angeles, where 
she had previously lived and 
worked as a singer for TV, movies, 
and commercials; her children, 
Grace, age 6, and Henry, age 4, are 
also enjoying their new "country- 
style" surroundings. Gail reflects 
that "maybe someday I can write 
my memoirs. From Brandeis to 
Branson!" All alumni passing 
through the midwest are invited 
to stop by Maris A. Makkas is 
still in touch with some Brandeis 
friends, and looks forward to 
seeing more former classmates, 
perhaps at this year's Reunion. He 
has fond memories of his three 
years in the Brandeis economics 
department. Michele iVlanasse 
owns three fine crafts galleries, 
named Fireworks, in Seattle, WA. 
She and her husband of four years, 
Leonard Piha, have two children, 
Elana and Etan. Christine 
iWesberg has been practicing law 
since 1986 and is now a member 
of the American Academy of 
Adoption Attorneys. Married for 
15 years to Harold Grossman '74, 
she is the mother of two 
daughters. Noting that "we can't 
seem to leave the past behind," 
she says that they went to 
Woodstock this past summer. 
Jody iWyers was promoted to full 
professor in the religious studies 
department of California State 
University, Northridge, where she 
has coordinated the Jewish 
Studies Interdisciplinary Program 
since 1985. She and her husband 

of 17 years. Dr. David Ackerman, 
have three children. Lawrence S. 
Tesser is chief of periodontics at 
New York's Beth Israel Hospital 
and a partner in the practice of 
Drs. Veroscak, Tesser & Toffler. 
He and his wife, Diane, have two 
children, Meredith, age 4, and 
Joshua, age 6 months. Deborah 
London Wexler is now mother to 
a stepson, Andy, age 16, as well as 
to her three children. Grant, age 
12, Jonathan, age 10, and Rebecca, 
age 6. She is a public health nurse 
and supervisor and is still glowing 
from her "Jeopardy!" win in 1993. 


Beth Pearlman Rotenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 2743 Dean 
Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416 

Amanda Annis lives in Newton, 
MA, and has two sons, Memin, 
age 8, and Clemcnte, age 4. She 
divides her time ("unequally") 
between family life, working as a 
professional fundraiser, and 
continuing with her artwork. 
Elyse Harnett moved to Stanford, 
CA, to "enjoy some sunshine" 
while pursuing a Ph.D., and is 
still there almost 20 years later, 
teaching anthropology at Foothill 
College and looking forward to 
tenure in two years. She and her 
husband, Mark Musen, a medical 
school professor, have a 7-year-old 
son. Jay, plus three tortoises, two 
turtles, one anole, and a golden 
retriever. Ellen Bernstein Baum is 
senior financial analyst at the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology Sloan School of 
Management, where she has 
worked for four years. She enjoys 
the bustle of MIT but is 
constantly reminded of "what a 
special place Brandeis is, nestled 
on its beautiful suburban 
campus." She and her husband, 
Jerrold Baum '75, an engineer, 
have two children: Ashley, age 7, 
and Steve, age 4. She hopes to see 
everyone at the 20th Reunion 
next year. Ruth Hurwitz Ebrlich 
and family are back in the Boston 
area after 1 1 years in San 
Francisco. She works part-time as 
a speech/language pathologist 
with children ages 5 and under 
and her husband, Barry Ehrlich 
'74, is an emergency room 
physician at Waltham-Weston 
Hospital. They have four boys, 
ages 14, 11, 8, and 5. Andrew 
Freeman took a long-awaited trip 
to the South Pole in November, 
spending 10 days on the 
Antarctican continent before 

returning to his anesthesia 
practice in Dallas, TX. He and his 
wife, Joyce Wishkin Freeman '77, 
have two children, Isaac, age 5, 
and Abigail, age 3. He invites 
fellow alumni to reach him at 
"". David 
Gurwitz is cofounder and 
principal of RG Financial Ltd., a 
Princeton, NJ-based merchant 
banking and money management 
firm with a wide array of 
interests. He and his wife, 
Suzanne, have three children, 
Solomon, age 7, Hana, age 4, and 
Avi, age I. Andrew D. Katz is 
technology coordinator for the 
Winchester, MA, public schools 
and enjoys the challenge of 
implementing change in his own 
town. He and his children, 
Jennifer, age 7, and Ben, age 5, are 
glad to be able to spend more 
time together. Previously, he 
taught at Merrimack College in 
Andover and owned a company, 
AlphaGraphics, which he sold in 
1993. Jeti Wingate Licht is an 
attorney working part-time for a 
personal injury firm in 
Manhattan. She and her husband 
of 14 years, Peter, just had their 
first child, Daniel Seth, and 
moved from Greenwich Village to 
a house in New Rochelle, NY. 
"As if that wasn't enough," she 
says, "I |ust turned 40!" Amir J. 
Malin is president of October 
Films and Cinecom 
Entertainment Group, producing 
and distributing such films as A 
Room With A View and Tous Les 
Matins du Monde. He is married 
to Karen Green, a dermatologist, 
and has two children: Adam, age 
9, and Jenessa, age 5. Richard J. 
Novick, M.D., is still living in 
London, Ontario, Canada, with 
his wife and two sons, ages 6 and 
3. He is associate professor of 
cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at 
the University of Western Ontario 
and University Hospital, where 
he directs the lung transplant 
program. In September he was 
invited to Germany as a visiting 
professor at the Medizinische 
Hochschule Hannover, where he 
delivered talks on "Exogenous 
Surfactant Therapy in Lung 
Transplantation" and "Pulmonary 
Retransplantation; Determinants 
of Survival in 120 Patients." 
During the same trip, he chaired a 
session and presented a paper at 
the Premier Congri;s International 
de Transplantation Pulmonaire in 
Paris. Shelley L. Payne is a 
clinical psychologist in private 

52 Brandeis Review 


practice, "a hold-out m this time 
ot managed care." Her husband, 
Howard Goldman '75, is an 
anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai 
Medical Center in Miami Beach, 
FL. They have two children, Sara 
Fay, age 9, and Daniel Zachary, 
age 5. Shelley and the kids are 
training in Tae Kwon Do and the 
whole family enjoys boating, 
fishing, and gardening their 
"banana plantation." Julieanna L. 
Richardson is president of her 
own video production company in 
Chicago, which has the exclusive 
right to manage three local 
commercial cable channels. 
Although she reports being 
"consumed" by her work, she 
also loves being "creative and 
entrepreneurial at the same 
time!" Todd Silverstein is an 
associate professor of chemistry 
at Willamette University in 
Salem, OR, and recently spent a 
year on a Fulbright fellowship in 
Norway and Sweden conducting 
research on photosynthesis. Fiis 
previous teaching job was "in the 
middle of nowhere" at Whitman 
College in Walla Walla, WA. After 
leaving Brandeis, he spent two 
years in Israel doing research at 
the Weizmann Institute and then 
earned a Ph.D. at the University 
of California, Berkeley. Donald 
Stewart lives m Appleton, WI, 
with his wife, Karen Engelbourg 
'79, and their two sons, Michael, 
age 4, and Ian, age 6 months. Gary 
Tinterow, Engelhard Curator of 
European Painting at the New 
York Metropolitan Museum of 
Art, co-curated the museum's big 
fall exhibition, "The Origins of 
Impressionism," which opened in 
September, Eric Weinstein spoke 
to a group of Lemberg Program 
alumni at Brandeis House in New 
York City in September. He 
works with the interest rate risk 
management advisory services of 
the Swiss Bank Corporation. 
Jeffrey Weissman lives in White 
Plains, NY, with his wife, IiU, and 
their sons, Adam, age 11, and 
Michael, age 7. leff practices law 
in the Manhattan office of 
O'Connor, Ruddy & Jensen, 
specializing in banking and 
corporate finance, and Iill is an 
adminstrator and teacher at the 
Solomon Schechter School of 
Westchester. Elaine Nierman 
Widder works for Very Special 
Arts, a national agency providing 
arts opportunities for people with 
disabilities, where she 
coordinates national programs 

such as the Young Playwrights 
Program and the Young Soloists 
Program. She and her husband, 
Joel, live in Silver Spring, MD, 
with their two children, Jeremy, 
age 10, and Samantha, age 7. 
During the debate on national 
health care, Marc Wine spoke to 
interest groups nationwide on 
behalf of the White House and 
President Clinton's position. He 
and his wife, Sharon, enjoy 
keeping up their passive solar 
house in Potomac, MD. Louis 
Woolf has assumed a new 
position as vice president for 
business development at New 
England Baptist Hospital in 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, Apt. 2C, 
New York, NY 10028 

Daniel Fins and Deborah Liss Fins 

report that they are "loving every 
second of their hectic, rewarding 
lives." She is assistant executive 
director of Jewish Family Service 
of Worcester, MA, serving, among 
other responsibilities, as an 
authority on elder guardianship 
issues. She likes the flexibility of 
part-time hours, which allows her 
more time for her three sons, 
Adam, age 11, Eric, age 8, and 
Morgan, age 1. Dan continues as a 
tax manager at Joseph B. Cohan 
and Associates, coaches a 
successful youth soccer team, and 
has started playing in a men's 
soccer league. Robin Jaffce Frank. 
assistant curator of American 
paintings and sculpture at Yale 
University Art Gallery, organized 
an exhrbition last fall entitled 
"Charles Demuth Poster 
Portraits; 1913-1929," and 
published the exhibition 
catalogue by the same name. A 
weekend symposium, 
"Declarations of Identity: The 
American Avant-Garde in the 
1920s," also accompanied the 
exhibition. Robert Neal Halpern 
IS a staff attorney with the 
Association of the Bar of the City 
of New York, where he supervises 
legal clinics for the homeless and 

Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 210 West 89th 
Street #6C, New York, NY 10024 

In October, Barry E. Epstein was 

named executive vice president of 
Alliance Benefit Programs, Inc., 
the group benefit and life 
insurance division of Alliance 
Brokerage Corporation, one of the 
nation's largest independent 
insurance brokerage firms. 
Previously, he ran his own 
insurance brokerage operation for 
eight years. Barbara Rachelson is 
in her first year as director of 
program development at 
Spectrum Youth & Family 
Services in Burlington, VT. She 
and her husband, Don Loeb, have 
two children, Isaac, age 5, and 
Aviva, age 8 months. Lesley A. 
Sharp, Ph.D., is assistant 
professor of anthropology at 
Barnard College in New York. She 
recently published a book entitled 
The Possessed and the 
Dispossessed: Spirits. Identity, 
and Power in a Madagascar 
Migrant Tonm. 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angler Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Kenneth S. Kaplan, M.D., is a 
clinical assistant professor of 
obstetrics and gynecology at New 
York University Medical Center 
and is also m private practice in 
New York City. 

'QQ 15th Reunion 

Lisa Gelfand, Class 
Correspondent, 19 Winchester 
Street #404, Brookline, MA 02146 

Beth Cohen is principal 
conductor of the New American 
Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra 
composed of Russian refugees 
who are professional musicians. 
She also conducts the Interschool 
Orchestras of New York and spent 
over four years as music director 
of the Metropolitan Chamber 
Orchestra. Her faculty positions 
include such prestigious 
independent schools as the 
Collegiate School and Little Red 
School House and Elizabeth Irwin 
High School. She has been 
featured on the "CBS Sunday 
Morning News," on "Eye on 
America" with Connie Chung, 
also on CBS, and in The New York 
Times Sunday Magazine. She 
holds a master's degree of music 
in conducting from the 

University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
Eric H. Luckman is a partner in 
the law firm of Liggio &. Luckman 
in West Palm Beach, FL, 
practicing in plaintiffs' personal 
injury and insurance litigation. 
He was also recently certified by 
the Florida bar in civil trial law. 
In 1992 he received a service 
award from the Academy of 
Florida Trial Lawyers. He and his 
wife, Joanne, stay very busy with 
their daughters, Jena, age 6, 
Emily, age 4, and Rebecca, age 1. 
Janis Boyarsky Schiff joined the 
Washington, DC, law firm of 
David ik Hagner, PC, as a 
principal specializing in real 
estate transactions. Previously, 
she was a partner m the DC. 
office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & 
Ciresi. She serves as chair of the 
International Council of Shopping 
Centers Mid-Atlantic Idea 
Exchange and was named one of 
the top women in commercial 
real estate by Real Estate Forum. 
She holds a J.D. from Suffolk 
University Law School. 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

Sol W. Bernstein is vice president 
and counsel of National 
Westminster Bancorp 's in-house 
legal department. He was 
previously a banking associate 
with Winston &. Strawn's New 
York office Pamela Rosenthal 
Davis IS director of publicity, 
advertising, and promotion at 
Golden Books in New York. She 
lives in MontviUe, NJ, with her 
husband. Dr. Sinai Davis, and 
their son, Matthew Scott. Shari 
Goodstein is assistant corporation 
counsel m the affirmatrve 
litigation department of the New 
York City Law Department. Her 
husband, Craig Lambert, is a vice 
president at the ad agency 
Ammirati ili. Puns. They have two 
children, Zachary, age 4, and Sara, 
age 2. Peter Rozovsky is in his 
sixth year with the Philadelphia 
Inquirer, and plans to stay there 
while pursuing a master's degree 
in art history. He would love to 
hear from alumni, professors, or 
students in art history. Anthony 
Sutin left his partnership at the 
law firm of Hogan & Hartson to 
serve as first general counsel to 
the U.S. lustice Department's 
COPS program, formed to 
implement President Clinton's 
crime bill. 

53 Winter 1995 

Beth Cohi:: 

fanis Boyarsky Schiff 'SO 

Chiistophei Becke '87 



Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 11738Mayfield 
Avenue #111, Los Angeles, CA 

Marta Batmasian was elected vice 
president ot the board of directors 
at the Children's Science 
Explorium in Boca Raton, FL, last 
summer. Dana E. Casher, an 
attorney with Krulewich ik 
Associates in Boston, was elected 
treasurer of the New England 
region of the Commercial Law 
League of America m August and 
to the executive council of its 
young members section in 
September, She holds a ID. from 
Suffolk University Law School. 
Janice Friedman is an associate 
editor for Skiing Magazine in 
New York, where her husband, 
Ian Finnell '83, is a financial 
consultant with Fidelity 
Investments. Alexa Shabecoff is 
assistant director of the Office of 
Public Interest Advising at 
Harvard Law School, a career 
counseling office for students and 
alumni interested in public 
interest careers. Working part- 
time, she IS able to spend more 
time with her .?-year-old son, 
Adam (Bertlmgl. Previously, she 
spent seven and a half years as a 
legal services lawyer. Mark Siade 
is vice president of sales tor 
American Essentials, Inc., a 
manufacturer, marketer, and 
distributor for Calvin Klein socks 
as well as for its own brand and 
private label socks. 


Eileen Ishitts Weiss, 456 9th 
Street #30, Hoboken, N] 07030 

Yvette Hamilton is assistant 
regional counsel for the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency 
in Philadelphia. Lance Kawesch is 
a new associate at Jones, Day, 
Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland, 
OH. He received a I.D. from 
Boston University School of Law, 
where he was an editor of the 
Law Review. Nicholas Kushner is 
a viral immunology researcher at 
Cambridge Biotech Corporation 
in Worcester, MA, and lives in 
Ashland with his wife. Merle 
Handing, a social worker at the 
Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Beth 
A. Levy is senior staff attorney at 
the Legal Aid Society in Bronx 
County, NY, where she has 
practiced criminal defense, 
housing, and family law for eight 
years. Her husband, Michael J. 

Ecker, is assistant general 
manager with the New York City 
Transit's Department of Buses. 
They live in Riverdale, NY, with 
their daughter, Melaina. Heydon 
Traub is managing director for 
State Street Global Advisors at 
State Street Bank in Boston. His 
wife, Jodi Feldman Traub, is a 
proiect director for Big Blue Dot, a 
design firm for children in 
Watertown, MA. They have two 
daughters, Erica, age 4, and an 
infant, Amanda. Vangie Vargas 
loined the Dorchester, MA, 
Gardenlands Preserve & 
Development Corporation as an 
outreach coordinator, a position 
made possible through a grant 
from the Amelia Peabody 
Foundation. Working in the 
Bowdoin/Geneva Avenue 
Partnership area, she assists 
residents in organizing to reclaim 
vacant land in their 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 211 East 18th 
Street #5-G, New York, NY 10003 

Last May, Jeffrey Bernhardt 
received an M.S.W, from the 
University of Southern California 
and an M.A. in lewish communal 
service from Hebrew Union 
College. He does earthquake 
counseling at lewish Family 
Service in Los Angeles and is 
"looking for that special someone 
to make the earth move under my 
feet." Eileen Weicher, an attorney 
with Monheimer ik Weicher, P.A,, 
m Wellesley, MA, married Steve 
Dershowitz '86, director of 
customer service at Easel Corp. in 
Burlington, MA, on May 29, 1994. 
Eighteen Brandeisians attended, 
including wedding party members 
Jeff Bernhardt, Francine B. Ferraro 
'86, and Richard Epstein '86 Lois 
Yurow and her husband, Richard 
Botos, live in New Jersey and 
have one child, Zachary. 

'85 ^^^^ Reunion 

James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 5733 Aldea 
Avenue, Encino, CA 91316 

Dina Ross ioined the Chicago 
office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, 
Meagher ik Flom as an associate 
in the fall, having received her 
J.D. from Loyola University of 
Chicago and completed a 
fellowship with the American 
Civil Liberties Union. Previously, 

she worked internationally in 
finance and strategic planning for 
the Motion Picture Association of 
America and m Chicago for a 
subsidiary of PepsiCo. She earned 
an MB. A- in finance from the 
University of Chicago in 1987. 


lllyse Shindler Habbe, Class 
Correspondent, 89 Turner Street, 
Brighton, MA 02135 

Jan Klinek Cardin and Andrew 
Cardin moved to Baltimore, 
where she is an associate with a 
law firm and he is a general 
pediatrician in Owings Mills, 
MD. They have twin sons, age 2. 
Michael B. Goodman is a litigator 
specializing in commercial 
litigation and criminal law with 
the law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, 
MuUin, Maxwell ik Lupin in 
Lansdale, PA. He is looking 
forward to being married in 
November. Jennifer Kaplan, 
director of marketing and 
membership for the Delaware- 
Raritan Girl Scout Council in 
East Brunswick, NJ, reports that 
"Girl Scouting is much more than 
cookies and New Jersey is much 
more than the Turnpike!" Last 
spring she co-chaired New 
Jersey's Lesbian and Gay 
Achievement Awards Banquet. 
Maxwell Lazinger, M D., is 
completing a residency in 
radiology at the Lahey Chnic 
Medical Center in Burlington, 
MA, and plans to pursue a 
fellowship in interventional 
procedures. He and his wife, 
Caroline Hoover, a nurse in 
Boston, spent their honeymoon m 
Tahiti and Bora Bora where they 
"went scuba diving with sharks." 
Bruce S. Lustig recently opened a 
law practice m Quincy, MA, 
while living in Cambridge with 
his wife, Gail. Jordan Oshlag and 
his wife, Susan Tohn, were 
appointed professors at Boston 
University's School of Social 
Work, where they co-teach a 
course in brief treatment. Daniel 
Petigrow specializes in 
educational law with the law firm 
of Anderson, Banks, Curran &. 
Donoghue and lives in 
Westchester County, NY, with his 
wife, Eleanor, and their baby 
daughter. Samara. Jeffrey Stelman 
is a real estate attorney with 
Berkal, Stelman, Davern & 
Shribman m Salem, MA. 

Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 45 East End 
Avenue, Apt. 5H, New York, NY 

Christopher Becke lomed the 
"lucrative and exciting" world of 
management consulting last 
August as a senior consultant 
with the performance 
improvement group of Ernst &. 
Young, where he racks up lots of 
frequent flyer miles. Previously, 
he was an analyst in the database 
marketing group of the Leo 
Burnett advertising agency. 
Bonnie Effros holds a Killam 
postdoctoral fellowship at the 
University of Alberta m 
Edmonton, Canada, teaching two 
courses a year on the early Middle 
Ages through the department of 
history and classics. After 
receiving her Ph.D. in history at 
the University of California, Los 
Angeles, last June, she spent a 
month conducting research in 
Pans and Germany. Andrea 
Birnbaum Lewis, Ph.D., is co- 
f(»under of a management 
consulting firm called Creative 
Solutions International, Inc. She 
specializes m training and 
organization development and 
also publishes articles on career 
development and women in 
management. She lives in Silver 
Spring, MD, with her husband, 
Paul. Michael Lubowitz is in his 
fifth year as an associate with the 
New York law firm of Weil, 
Gotshal & Manges. Rachel 
Kenyon Perkel is a senior product 
manager in marketing at Charles 
Schwab in San Francisco, 
continuing to enioy the "beautiful 
Bay area" and spending her spare 
time m horseback riding, politics, 
and sporting activities. She 
reports seeing a lot of Jennifer 
Kresch, who has returned to San 
Francisco. Adam Twiss was 
graduated from the Massachusetts 
College of Art with a degree in 
architecture in May, and will 
soon be moving to Raleigh, NC, 
to begin a business with his wife. 

54 Brandeis Review 



'90 ^^^ Reuni( 

Susan Tcvclow Fcinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 2201 Broughton 
Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 

Robert S. Brown works for 
Morgan Stanley lapan, Ltd., in 
Tokyo, lapan. Suzanne Feldstein 
Frankel is an interrelated special 
education teacher at Montclair 
Elementary School in Atlanta. 
Paul L. Gorshel reports that he 
has tinally realized his dream of 
moving to Love Canal, NY, and is 
planning to start a family "very, 
very soon." Elliot Herman has a 
new )oh as accounting manager 
for Lnomis-Sayles tk Co. 
investment Counsel. In August, 
Steven Lauridsen hegan teaching 
economics, world history, and 
world geography at Larkin (puhlic) 
High School in Elgin, IL. He lives 
in Oak Park, Stephanie Fine 
Maroun, M.A. '90 has been 
enjoying her )ob as coordinator of 
the Brandeis Women's Studies 
Program since 1992. Last May, 
she and her husband, Alfred, 
spent a month in Israel on their 
honeymoon, where they saw 
Adam Brauer and his wife, 
Bonnie, also on their honeymoon. 
Stephanie and her husband 
vacationed in Italy this winter. 
Greg Zuckerman reports that he 
is "clean and sober" and now 
paroled from prison. He sends 
thanks to all classmates who 
supported him through the past 
few difficult years. 


Karen Gitten Gohler, Class 
Correspondent, 119Waltham 
Street, Newton, MA 02165 

Ilene D. Freier was graduated 
from Columbia Law School m 
May ly-X? and is currently an 
associate in the labor department 
at Proskaucr, Rose, Goetz ^ 
Mendelsohn in New York City. 
George Kirychuk, a tive-year 
teacher at Upton Lake Christian 
School m Clinton Corners, NY, 
also taught a math PSAT/SAT 
review class at Vassar College's 
Summer Institute tor the Gifted. 
Edward I. Messina will receive his 
I.D. m May from Vermont Law 
School, where he earned an M.S. 
degree in environmental law in 
August 1992. Last year, he 
worked as a summer associate m 
environmental law for Beveridge 
Si. Diamond, P.C. in New York. 

ludith Libhaher Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue #9E, New York, NY 10016 

Miles Abrams was graduated from 
Rut,gers University with an 
M.B A., specializing in 
information systems, and is now 
working as a consultant for SAP 
America (Systems, Applications & 
Products in Data Processing) in 
Philadelphia, PA. He reports that 
after Brandeis he worked in the 
theater department of Club Med 
for SIX months, and later taught 
acrobatics at a summer camp. Miri 
Abrams was graduated from the 
New England School of Law and 
went on to receive an L.L.M. 
degree in taxation from 
Georgetown Law in May 1993. 
Jennifer M. Allen was graduated 
from Boston College Law School 
and hegan practicing in the Boston 
area in the fall Benjamin Alouf 
was graduated from Albany 
Medical College and started a 
pediatric internship in luly at 
Albany Medical Center. Sheryl L. 
Axelrod won the Sainuel ]. Polsky 
Moot Court Competition at 
Temple University's Klein School 
of Law and then held a ludicial 
clerkship with the Honorable 
Sandra Mazer Moss of the Court of 
Common Pleas of Philadelphia. 
She IS an associate at Dunn, Haase, 
Sullivan, Mallon, Cherner Si 
Broadt in Media, PA. K. Vasken 
Babigian, a graduate of the 
Massachusetts School of Law, is 
studying for the Massachusetts bar 
exam. He is single, has no 
children, and is living at home 
with his parents. He plans on 
starting his own law practice. 
Rebekah Thomas Barkowitz is 
working as a residential services 
coordinator at a human service 
organization in Boston and 
attending The Heller School's 
Master of Management in Human 
Services program part-time. Her 
husband of five years, Daniel, is 
assistant director of the 
Massachusetts Education 
Financing Authority (MEFAI. They 
have no children, but have a cute 
poodle named Teddy Bear. They 
live in Winthrop and are both 
teachers/youth group advisors at 
their temple in Boston. Marcy 
(Miriam) Baskin is living in Israel 
and finishing a master's degree in 
social work from Yeshiva 
University. She and her husband, 
Tzvi Arnheim, live on a moshav 
on Har Hevron with their 
daughter, Shrifra. They would love 
to hear from anyime coming to 
Israel. Mark E. Beatty is pursuing a 
joint MBA. and master's degree in 
urban planning at New York 

Class Name 












Jeffrey Weinstein to John Perreault March 1, 1994 

Deborah London to lack Wexler lune 1994 

Mark D. Gottfried to Karen L. Milles '81 April 10, 1994 

Bernard D. Faigenbaum to June 25, 1994 
Amy H. Rubinoff 

Andrea Casson to Glen Milstein '83 June 12, 1994 

Janice L. Friedman to Ian L. Finnell '83 September 17, 1994 

Arlene Zuckerberg to Alan Gellman May 2, 1993 

Merle Hanfling to Nicholas Kushner October 9, 1994 

Fern Ring to Samuel Elkind October 2, 1994 

Gloria Goldstine to Michael Wald August 14, 1994 

Beth SiruII to Jon Shuster July 4, 1993 

Eileen Weicher to Steve Dershowitz '86 May 29, 1994 

Suzanne Roland, M.D., to Lloyd R. Kahon May 16, 1993 

Maxwell Lazinger, M.D., to June 19,1994 
Caroline Hoover 

Bruce S. Lustig to Gail S. Lipman August 21, 1994 

Jeffrey Stelman to Jill Denstman September 24, 1994 

Adam Twiss to Amy Hosley October 1, 1994 

Kathleen Caproni to Peter del Rosario June 18, 1994 

Dana Flamenbaum to Andrew Goldstein January I, 1994 

Karen Seaton to Robert Hyams August 8, 1993 

Debra E. Glickman to Aaron J. Charles June 19, 1994 

Benjamin Alouf to Charlene A. Schweder May 29, 1994 

Bari Barton to Jason A. Cooper '91 August 7, 1994 

Marcy Baskin to Tzui Arnheim April 6, 1992 

Robin Bergan to Alex Richmond September 15, 1990 

Chris Bohyer to Wanita Kumar June II, 1994 

Cindy Brown to John Matthews July 2, 1994 

Jennifer Elkin to Sean Gorman July 1, 1993 

Carolyn Fein to David F. Levy May 22, 1994 

Julie Fisher to Daniel Shapiro '91 August 23, 1993 

Leah Gittlitz to Robert Schiffman December 26, 1993 

Jodi Hirsch to Jonathan Freedman June 26, 1994 
Rachel Lapidus to Jonathan Helman, M.D. June 2, 1994 

Brendan Levy to Dana Matloff '91 May 28, 1994 

Donna Lowen to Dov Perlmutter July 12, 1992 

Michelle Lydeen to Derek P. Rutherford May I, 1993 

Ilene Parish to Jonathan S. Gershen August 15, 1993 

Jessica M. Rubenstein to Thomas Jenen June 12, 1994 

Stephen Setterlund to Randi Cooper June II, 1994 

Jodelyn Shack to Mitchell Malzberg March 19, 1994 

Dean Shalit to Melissa Feldman '91 January 1, 1994 

Hilary Shein to Eric Rothman May 30, 1994 

Michael Steinberg to Cindy Handler August 14, 1993 

Laurie Sutherland to May 28, 1994 
Ted Papalimberis '89 

Alyson B. Tarr to Jeff Popper October I, 1994 

Alyssa Turner to Dmitry Dinega April 30, 1993 

Pamela M. Vaughan to Bob Gillen May 16, 1992 

Aron G. Weber to Judy Libhaber March 5, 1994 

Seth T. Weinstein to Marcia Wachtel September 5, 1993 

Andrew M. Zeitlin to Susan E. Loeb June 4, 1994 

Gene Zeyger, M.A. '91 to Melissa Weil June 12, 1994 

Joshua Betkowitz to Sheryl Hoffman December 26, 1993 

April Minerd to Sgt. Michael Leytem April 10, 1993 

Paula V. Ruthen to Michael E. Kushnir August 13, 1994 

Daniel R. Kinel to Stacy B. Lefkowitz '93 August 7, 1994 

Joseph A. Curro, Jr., M.A., to October 1, 1994 
Lisa A. Moncevicz 

Jennifer Cohen to Jason Canel July 30, 1994 

55 Winter 1995 


University. He was promoted to 
manager at Citibank and made 
director of MIS for a small area of 
the bank. He is registered as a 
Certified Network Engineer and 
does volunteer work at Planned 
Parenthood in New Jersey. Wendy 
Beckerman has been living in 
Manhattan and traveling for her 
work as an acoustic singer/ 
songwriter. She released her debut 
album "By Your Eyes" on CD and 
cassette in January 1993 on Great 
Divide Records, and her second 
album will be released soon. 
Robin Bergan-Richmond is a part- 
time research assistant and a full- 
time student for a master's in 
public health at the University of 
Miami. Joy Bockstcin was 
graduated from the University of 
Pennsylvania School of Dental 
Medicine and started a general 
practice residency at North Shore 
University Hospital in 
Manhassett, Long Island, NY. 
Staci M. Bockstein was graduated 
from the University of 
Pennsylvania School of Dental 
Medicine and is completing a 
one-year residency at Mount Smai 
Medical Center in Manhattan. 
Christopher Bohyer and Wanita 
Kumar Bohyer are living in 
Framingham, MA. Wanita is 
currently doing her internship in 
medicine at Beth Israel Hospital 
in Boston, having received her 
M.D. from the University of 
Massachusetts Medical School. 
Chris began medical school at the 
University of Massachusetts in 
August. Andrea Malkin Brenner is 
living in Bethesda, MD, with her 
husband. Dr. Richard Brenner. 
She works at the American 
Council on Education in 
Washington, DC, where she 
helps to develop the nation's high 
school equivalency exam for the 
National GED Testing Service. 
She IS also a doctoral student in 
sociology at American University. 
She received her master's degree 
in higher education 
administration from Boston 
College in 1991. Her husband is a 
resident in general surgery at 
Georgetown University Hospital. 
Israela Adah Brill was graduated 
from Suffolk University Law 
School cum laude in 1993 and 
was sworn in to the 
Massachusetts Bar that same year. 
She is an attorney with Cass Law 
Associates, specializing m general 
civil litigation, and was sworn 
into the Rhode Island Bar and the 
Massachusetts Federal Bar in 
February 1994 Cynthia Brown is 
finishing a Ph.D. program in 
linguistics at McGill University 
in Montreal. Her husband, John, 

IS also finishing his Ph.D. in 
linguistics at McGill and the 
couple plans to make their home 
in Montreal Marc D. Bruckner 
was graduated from the New 
York College of Podiatric 
Medicine last May. He is 
completing his residency in 
podiatric medicine and surgery 
at the Veterans Administration 
.Medical Center in East Orange, 
NJ Richelle Budd Caplan 
received her MA, from the 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
in 1992 and is working as an 
assistant editor of an academic 
lournal in Israel. Bari Barton 
Cooper IS in her last year of law 
school at University of 
Baltimore, where she is 
manuscripts editor of the Law 
Review. Next year she will be 
clerking for Judge Eldridge of the 
Court of Appeals of Maryland in 
Annapolis Her husband, (ason 
A. Cooper '91, is in his last year 
of medical school at University 
of Maryland. They are both 
doing well and plan to continue 
living in the Baltimore area after 
graduation. Valerie David 
received her J.D. from American 
University in May 1993 and has 
since been working at a variety 
of lobs, most recently in the 
legal department at MCI 
Telecommunications. She has 
also been spending a lot of time 
with her former Brandeis 
roommate, JWiri Abrams, who 
has been living in D.C. for the 
past year David B. Desser was 
graduated from Georgetown Law 
School in 1993 and practices 
corporate law in Chicago. Alyssa 
Turner Dinega taught British 
and American literature for two 
years in Russia, where she met 
and married her husband, 
Dmitry. She has an M.A, in 
Russian literature and is 
working (slowly but surely) 
toward a Ph.D. at the University 
of Wisconsin-Madison, while her 
husband has been working as a 
chemist and getting ready to 
apply to graduate school. 
Jennifer Elkin and her husband, 
Sean Gorman, spent 10 months 
studying in Israel as part of their 
studies in the rabbinical school 
of the Jewish Theological 
Seminary David A. Farbman is 
married to Karen Splansky 
Farbman '89 and lives m 
Providence, RI. He is a Ph.D. 
candidate in 20th-century 
American history at Brown 
University, writing a 
dissertation on the history of 
public high school students, 
1940-1980. Michael Felmar was 
graduated from Brooklyn Law 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 


1972 Dan Garfinkel 

1973 Carol J. Goldstein 

1974 Mark Gershenson 

1975 Lawrence S. Tesser 

1976 Renee Hariton and 
Mark Mishler '78 
Melinda Harrison and 
Jeffrey Stulin 
Donald Stewart and 
Karen Engelbourg '79 

1977 Deborah Liss Fins and 
Daniel Fins 

1978 David I. Alexander 
Dan Loeb and 
Barbara Rachelson 
Eric Stern 

1979 Eric D. Cohen, M.D. 
Kenneth S. Kaplan, M D. 
Amy Leavitt Rothschild 

1980 Risa Janoff Bernstein 
and Sol W. Bernstein '81 
Fran A. Bloomfield-Landry 
David Diamond and 
Rebecca Policy Diamond '82 
Tsipi (Sylvia) Wexler 

1981 Pamela Rosenthal Davis 
Debbie E. Hammer 
Matthew Hills and 
Lisa Berman Hills '82 
Marlene Mlawski 

Daniel R. Ravin, D.M.D. 

1982 Joel L. Baker '80, M.J C.S. 
Sharon Lupcher Kasman 

1983 Beth A. Levy and 
Michael f. Ecker 

Eli Arthur 
Avi Jacob 
Chloe Marie 
Joshua Daniel 

Miriam Elana 

Ian Charles 

Morgan Zachary 

Zachary Noah 
Aviva Pauline 

Daniel Reuben 
Laura Natalie 
Austin Ryan 
Rebecca Stuart 
Ari Phillip 

Richard Ernest 
Jacob Asher 

Moriah Shoshana 
Matthew Scott 
Julie Rebecca Towbin 
Benjamin Ross 

Avery Alexander 
Aaron Mitchell 
Zachary and Jason 
Jason Coleman 
Melaina Brynn 

AmuiM I I, 1994 
April 22, 1993 
March 1, 1974 
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September 19, 1994 

December 1, 1993 

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Augusta, 1994 
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May 9, 1993 

August 30, 1994 
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School in 1993 and is setting up 
his own practice in Manhattan, 
where he lives. Roger B. 
Finderson is an associate attorney 
with Pagan, Whitmore, Myers, 
Richards &. Farnhauch in Fort 
Wayne, IN. Julie Fisher and her 
husband, Daniel Shapiro '91, 
recently bought a house in 
Bethesda, MD, and invite all their 
friends to come visit them. She 
teaches at a Jewish day school and 
he is working on Capitol Hill. 
Melissa Fishman is living in Los 
Angeles. She finished her first 
year at UCLA in a joint J.D./ 
master's in urban planning, where 
she made Law Review. She 
received a grant to work for the 
Western Center on Disability 
Rights last summer, dealing with 
housing and the disabled. 
Mitchell Fixler finished his 
M.B.A. in 1992. He will receive 
his J.D. from Cardozo Law School 
in New York City in May, at 
which time his mother, Fredda 
Fixler-Fuchs, will be graduated 
from Pace University Law School. 
Adam Frank was graduated from 
the University of Baltimore 

School of Law with honors last 
May. He is an assistant court 
monitor in the Office of the Court 
Monitor in Baltimore. Jodi Hirsch 
Freedman teaches special 
education and lives outside of 
Chicago with her husband, 
lonathan. Merilyn Friedland was 
graduated from Harvard School of 
Public Health with an M.S. in 
health policv and management 
last June. Anusia Lori Gayer was 
graduated from law school in 
1994 and planned to take the bar 
exam in luly Mitchell Geiger 
lives m Atlanta and was 
graduated from Emory Law 
School in December. Jonathan S. 
Gershen and llene Parish Gershen 
are living in their new house in 
Lawrenceville, Nl. llene is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
human service administration at 
Rider University. Jonathan was 
graduated from Cardozo School of 
Law and was admitted to the New 
Jersey Bar. He is working in real 
estate for MICO Management 
Company in Trenton, NJ. Scott C. 
Gladstone earned his law degree 
from Northeastern University in 

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Class Brandeis Pareiit(s) 

Child's Name 


Marian Garber Marlowe 
Heydon Traub and 
(odi Feldman Traub 
Eileen Isbitts Weiss 

1984 Hope Kurk-Wasserman, M.D. 
Lois Yurow 

1985 Elizabeth Kagan Cooper 
Susan Hart and 
Gregory Newman 

Lisa Antell Lichtenberg and 
Michael Lichtenberg 
Thomas Peter, M.D., and 
Brenda Ferreira Peter '86 
Lori Lieberman Popkin and 
David Popkin 

1986 Staci Clopper Berkson 
Daniel Petigrow 

1987 Dina Nirenstein Fields and 
Warren Fields 

Susan A. Kahn 
(ill Lenett Keller and 
Paul Keller 

Daphne Barak Horowitz 
Michael Lubowitz and 
Allison Lehman Lubowitz '88 
1^'SS Elizabeth Orange Gradwohl 
Beth MacDonald LeClaire 
Linda Lederkramer Sabot 

1989 Tania Eubbani Glasgow 
lordana Berkowitz 

Karen and George Kirychuk 

1990 Marcy Baskin Arnheim 
Robin Bergan 

Mark Sutton 
ivyi Bonnie Kwitkin Goldstein 
Russell O. Keith, M.F.A. 

the spring of 1993 and is now a 
public defender in Decatur, GA, 
His wife, Tracy, is a Ph.D. 
candidate in psychology at Emory 
University lennifer M. Goddard 
is in her third year at Boston 
University School of Law. After 
taking the bar exam in July, she 
plans to go back-packing through 
Europe. When she returns to 
Boston, she will be working as an 
associate in the labor and 
employment practice group at 
Testa, Hurwitz & Thiheault. 
Emily S. Goldberg is working 
towards a master's degree in 
teaching English to speakers of 
other languages at Teacher's 
College of Columbia University. 
Tamar H. Gollan defended her 
master's thesis in May 1994 and 
will continue to work in the same 
research area, bilingual language 
processing, for her PhD. at the 
University of Arizona. She is 
thinking about doing post- 
doctoral work in Israel. Solly 
Granatstein was graduated from 
Columbia University's Graduate 
School of Journalism with a 
concentration in investigative 

Samuel Jordan 
Amanda Lauren 


Marni Gabrielle 
Zachary Dylan Botos 
Madeline Sarah 
Elisabeth Newman Hart 

Lauren Molly 
Emily Rose 
Matthew Andrew 

Alexandra Sydney 

Michael Alan 
Samara Leigh 
Daniel Nathan 

Julia Rachel Bank 
Arielle Stephanie 

Ariel Tallie 
Lauren Alyssa and 
Ethan Daniel 
Lucas Eli 
Bradford Paul 
Aaron Michael 
Shulamit |Sallyl 
Samuel Lev 
Haley Elizabeth 
Shifra Orit 
Asa Jordan 
Ayala Irit 

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June 25, 1994 

Augusts, 1994 

September 4, 1994 
August 2, 1994 
July 26, 1994 

September 25, 1993 
April 28, 1994 

August 24, 1994 
February 3, 1994 
February 3, 1994 
May 6, 1994 
Septembers, 1992 
May 5, 1994 
November 29, 
July 14, 1994 
May 1, 1994 
November 15, 
February 21, 1992 
June 29, 1994 
December 27, 1993 
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television reporting. He field- 
produced the World Cup 
broadcast from Giants Stadium 
and IS now seeking a lob. 
Previously, he did freelance 
writing, teaching, and social 
service counseling in San 
Francisco. He lives with his 
longtime companion, Rachel 
Chernick. Francine Green is 
completing a year-long residency 
program m clinical pastoral 
education, working as a hospital 
chaplain, before returning to 
rabbinical studies at the Jewish 
Theological Seminary. Her fiance. 
Marc, a Ph.D. candidate in 
economics at the University of 
Chicago, is the brother of 
Adrienne Roston '89 Jeffrey A. 
Greenbaum is an associate at 
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton 
and Garrison m New York City. 
Linda Hecht is working on a 
master of arts in teaching (MATI 
degree at Boston University's 
Graduate School of Education. 
She is studying to become 
certified to teach math to middle 
school students, and expects to 
finish in May. Renee Bronson 

Heywood works for Liberty 
Mutual Insurance Company as a 
senior case manager. This year 
she volunteered to be a business 
consultant for Junior 
Achievement and coordinated her 
office's activities for "Take our 
Daughters to Work Day." She is 
the youth director at her church, 
Shiloh Baptist, and is also a 
Sunday School teacher and a 
soloist. Her husband, Robert, is a 
software development engineer. 
Seth Himelhoch is living in 
Berkeley, CA. He started a 
residency at the University of 
California, San Francisco in June 
and will be specializing in 
psychiatry. His wife, Sheila Jalen, 
is studying for a doctorate in 
comparative literature at the 
University of California, 
Berkeley. Andrea Jacobs spent a 
year living and working in Israel 
after completing an M.A. in 
linguistics. Upon completion of 
her Ph.D. coursework in 
linguistics at the University of 
Texas at Austin, she plans to go 
back to Israel for her dissertation 
research. Lisa Drate Jacobson is 
an optometrist at Cambridge Eye 
Doctors in Boston, having 
received her optometry degree 
last May from the State 
University of New York. She lives 
in Brookline, MA, with her 
husband, Neil L. Jacobson, a law 
firm associate in Needham. Elise 
Millen Jacobson is a clinical 
social worker at the Jewish Big 
Brother Big Sister Association in 
Newton, MA. She is still singing 
and was recently named to the 
board of directors of an area 
chorus. She received her M.S.W., 
as well as a certificate in Jewish 
communal service, from Yeshiva 
University in 1992. Her husband. 
Rich Jacobson '91, began Boston 
University Law as a second-year 
transfer and was graduated last 
year. Ron Judenberg moved to 
Stamford, CT, with his wife, 
Shan. He is now working as a 
systems analyst tor HBO, Lisa 
Karshen and Mark Solomon '80 
are planning a September 
wedding Cheryl Rubin Katz 
celebrated her two-year 
anniversary with Todd Katz '89. 
She has been working at Lehman 
Brothers for five years as a 
financial market economist. 
Occasionally you may spot a 
quote from her on Dow Jones 
Capital Wire, Wall Street Journal. 
Nikkei News, Reuters, etc. 
Hillary Kessler is covering the 
police beat for The Riverdale 
Press, a newspaper in the Bronx, 
NY. Elissa Kupelnick is working 
in a bilingual position in a 

downtown Boston law firm. Barak 
Kushner taught in Chicago and 
Japan and then started a Ph.D. in 
East Asian history at Indiana 
University. In August he returned 
to Japan for more language study 
and research. He says that any 
Brandeis people passing through 
should feel free to contact him for 
a chat or a place to stay. Rachel 
Lapidus was admitted to both the 
New York and North Carolina 
bars in May. She is married to 
Jonathan Helman, M.D. Anna Lef 
finished her four years at Mount 
Sinai Medical School and is 
staying there to complete a 
residency in internal medicine. 
Her husband, Steven M. 
Moulding, Ph.D. '93 (physicsl is a 
manager in fixed income research 
at Citicorp. Eva Lefkowitz 
received her master's in 
psychology from the University of 
California, Los Angeles in 
December 1993, where she is 
currently a doctoral student in 
developmental psychology. Mara 
Leibowitz traveled to Cordoba, 
Spam, to teach at the University 
of Cordoba for the 1993-94 
academic year. She returned to 
Spain in September to teach in 
Seville, saying that she wants to 
avoid another Boston winter. 
Previously, she received an M.A. 
in teaching English as a second 
language and worked at 
Charlestown, MA, High School- 
Brendan Levy and his wife, Dana 
Matloff '91, had an exciting 
honeymoon in Australia and are 
now residing in Phoenix, AZ. 
Brendan recently began a three 
year residency in internal 
medicine at Good Samaritan 
Hospital and Dana is practicing 
family law at a local firm. 
Carolyn Fein Levy and David F. 
Levy are living in Manhattan. 
Carolyn was graduated from 
Mount Sinai School of Medicine 
and IS doing a residency in 
pediatrics at Mount Sinai 
Hospital, and David recently 
joined his family's import/export 
business. Stella Levy has a 
master's degree m education and 
has been teaching at the Hackley 
School in Tarrytown, NY, for two 
years, currently as the reading and 
English teacher for the fifth grade. 
She enjoys seeing her Brandeis 
friends and looks forward to our 
Reunion. Michele Lieber was 
graduated from the University of 
Pittsburgh School of Law and is 
an attorney specializing in 
legislative affairs at Federated 
Investors, an investment 
company in Pittsburgh, PA, David 
Likosky is working in the 
archaeologic reconstruction of 

57 Winter 1995 

niesolithic period dump sites in 
Nepal. Vanessa Lowenstein has 
been living in beautiful Denver, 
CO, for over two years. She has 
completed her second year of the 
University of Denver's doctor of 
psychology (Psy.D.) program and 
has only three more years to go! 
Michelle Lydcen-Rutherford and 
her husband, Derek P. Rutherford, 
live near Savannah, GA, where he 
works with the Army Corps of 
Engineers at Fort Stewart. 
Michelle is teaching English as a 
second language (ESL) to military 
dependents at Fort Stewart. James 
W. McDonough is director of 
American contracts for Elgo 
Internacionai, a Mexican import/ 
export company, and hves in 
Brownsville, TX- Ann 
McWilliams received an M.S. in 
gerontology from St. Cloud State 
University in St. Cloud, MN, in 
May 1994. She now lives in 
Minneapolis, is job hunting, and 
IS not married — yet! Bellanne 
Markizon is in her second year as 
an assistant district attorney in 
the Bronx, NY. She was graduated 
cum laude from Tuiane 
University School of Law in New 
Orleans in May 1993. Marc A. 
Meisler was graduated from New 
England School of Law in 1993 
and IS a member of both the 
Maryland and Pennsylvania bars. 
He has been looking for a job for 
over a year. He and his wife, Sara 
Sclar, expected their first child in 
January. Kristan R. Mertz was 
graduated from Mount Smai 
School of Medicine in New York 
City in May 1994 and began a 
general surgery residency at the 
University of Tennessee Medical 
Center in Knnxville in July, 
Deborah Solomon Miller is 
president of a small Texas-based 
company called CompuCase, Inc., 
which manufactures and 
distributes bags and computer 
cases. She is also a licensed 
attorney in the state of Texas, but 
does not practice law. She and her 
husband, Morris Miller, have 
planned a trip to New England, 
where Deborah is excited to visit 
the "old stomping ground" at 
Brandeis, Babak Namazi was 
graduated from Albany Law 
School of Union University last 
May and took the California bar 
exam in luly. As part of an L.L.M. 
program in transnational business 
practice, he spent the fall in 
Salzburg, Austria, attending the 
University of Salzburg's School of 
Law. He will also spend three 
months in Thailand and Vietnam 
working for an international law 
firm, returning to Northern 
California this spring to complete 

his degree. Lyla Naseem received 
her M.S. in public relations from 
Boston University and is working 
at Laura Davidson Public 
Relations in New York City, 
where her clients are Caribbean 
resorts and hotels. Beth E. Novick 
was graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania Law 
School in May 1993 and went to 
work for Proskauer Rose Goetz & 
Mendelsohn m New York City, 
where she is an associate 
practicing health care law. She 
has been admitted to the New 
York and Pennsylvania Bars, 
Susan Nozyce is in her third year 
of graduate school for her 
doctorate m school psychology at 
New York University, She is 
planning a June wedding. 
Suzannah Ohring hves in New 
York City and works at the South 
Street Sea Port Museum, Michael 
Palace received his M.B.A, in 
finance from the Rutgers 
Graduate School of Management 
and is currently executive vice 
president of an investment firm 
in New York, He and his wife, 
Allison, live in New Jersey. James 
Perle was graduated from 
Pennsylvania State University's 
College of Medicine in May 1994 
and started an internal medicine/ 
pediatrics residency at Geisinger 
Medical Center in July. He and 
his wife, Knstine, also an M.D,, 
are living in Hughesville, PA. 
Donna Lowen Perlmutter 
received a master's m health 
science from Johns Hopkins 
School of Hygiene and Public 
Health in 1992 and is working as 
a projects coordinator at the 
University of Maryland. Gregory 
J. Postal IS working toward an 
M.S.W. at Boston College. Samuel 
Rafalin is m his third year at New 
York Medical College and is 
loving It, Sandy Rappaport started 
as an associate with a law firm in 
San Francisco in the fall after 
being graduated from Hastings 
School of Law in May. Last 
summer, after taking the bar 
exam, she traveled to Southeast 
Asia. Sharon Rosen was graduated 
from Jefferson Medical College 
last June; her fiance, Neil 
Rabinovitz, was graduated from 
the American University Law 
School in 1993. Srikant 
Ramaswami finished Buffalo Law 
School and then left for Singapore 
to work as a freelance journalist. 
He describes himself as a "vinyl 
junkie," spinning at major 
discotheques in London, Toronto, 
and New York, with heavy 
interests in Chicago deep house 
and Detroit technofunk grooves. 
He plans to attend Columbia 

University's Graduate School of 
Journalism, and wants to work in 
music journalism and 
entertainment law. Larry Ross 
received an M.B.A. with honors in 
major-qualitative management 
from Fordham University in 
December 1993. He is the total 
quality manager for Arlington 
Press Inc., located in Brooklyn, 
NY, where he is responsible for 
training, process improvement 
facilitation, and auditing costs of 
quality. He is also one of the 
youngest individuals industry- 
wide to be leading an ISO-9000 
implementation, Linda Rosenfeld 
Rothman and her husband of two 
years, Rob, are living in Great 
Neck, NY, after one year in 
Brookline, MA. Linda is a project 
director in a market research firm 
and her husband is completing his 
residency in ophthalmology at 
Long Island Jewish Medical 
Center Jessica M. Rubenstein 
received her M.F.A. degree in 
theater management from 
Columbia University in May 1993 
and is now assistant to theatrical 
and television producer Alexander 
H. Cohen in New York. Her 
husband, Thomas Jenen, is senior 
editor at Warm Thoughts 
Communications, a marketing 
and research company in New 
York Paul Ruggerio is in a new 
position as assistant director of 
campus activities and resident 
director at LeMoyne College in 
Syracuse, NY. He has also been 
appointed program chair for our 
fifth year Reunion and asks 
anyone interested in getting 
involved to please call him at 
315-44S-4660. Since graduating 
from Boston College Law School, 
Ken Samuel is a business affairs 
attorney for NBC in New York 
City, performing legal and 
business affairs duties associated 
with international and domestic 
licensing of NBC programming. 
Wendy Samuelson was graduated 
from Cornell Law School m 1993 
and was admitted to the New 
York Bar last March. She is 
practicing matrimonial law at 
Samuelson, Rieger and Yovino in 
Long Island. Barbara Scharf- 
Zeldes lives in San Antonio, TX, 
with her husband, Adam Zeldes. 
She was graduated from law 
school at St. Mary's University in 
San Antonio in May 1993 and is 
now an associate attorney with 
the law office of Lawrence ]. 
Souza, providing general civil 
litigation and some criminal 
work — but no personal iniury^ — for 
firefighters and police officers m 
San Antonio. Leah Gittlitz 
Schiffman was graduated irom 

New York University School of 
Medicine in May and is 
completing her residency in 
internal medicine at NYU/ 
Bellcvue Hospitals. Her husband, 
Robert, is a fixed income analyst 
for DLJ, an investment bank on 
Wall Street. liana Schoenfeld is in 
a master's degree program at the 
Yale School of Forestry and 
Environmental Studies. This past 
summer she worked in Baltimore, 
MD, creating grassroots 
employment opportunities for 
inner-city youth as well as 
working with local communities 
to create parks and gardens out of 
abandoned lot areas. Stephen 
Setterlund and Randi Cooper 
Setterlund live in Holden, MA, 
where Stephen is currently 
pursuing an M.B.A. from Nichols 
College Dean Shalit and Melissa 
Feldman '91 were graduated from 
Cardozo School of Law in June, 
five months after their wedding, 
and moved to Los Angeles m the 
fall. Brent Shamberg interned 
with Hallmark in Kansas City, 
MO, and is now in his second and 
final year m the M.B.A. program 
at the University of Michigan, 
Ann Arbor. Rebecca Shargel 
teaches third grade Hebrew at the 
Heschel Seht)ol in New York City. 
Hilary Shein was graduated from 
the Columbia University Program 
m Physical Therapy last May 
with hont)rs, receiving the 
Faculty Award for Academic 
Excellence. She is now a physical 
therapist at the New York 
Childhood Center. Wendy L. 
Shiensky is the publicist for the 
Middle East Restaurant and 
Nightclub in Cambridge, MA, 
where she coordinates all 
publicity and advertising. She has 
worked there over a year, but has 
been a patron since her Brandeis 
years. Christopher Simpson is in 
his third year teaching with 
Project Headway on Martha's 
Vineyard, a state-funded 
preschool program for special- 
needs and handicapped students 
which he calls a "very rewarding 
)ob." He keeps busy devoting 
time to the island kids: last 
spring, he completed his first 
season as track and field coach for 
boys and girls at Martha's 
Vineyard Regional High. Daniel J. 
Sokatch decided to enter rabbinic 
school after several years working 
in the mental health arena. He is 
now a first-year student at 
Hebrew Union College in 
Jerusalem. Julie Solomon finished 
her M.A. in linguistics at Stanford 
University in June and is 
continuing m the Ph.D. program. 
Lisa Stein works for a nonprofit 

58 Brandeis Review 

agency which serves the homeless 
in Contra Costa County, CA. She 
is working on a new five-year 
HUD grant that provides rental 
assistance and supportive services 
to homeless single adults and 
families. She recruits, trains, and 
supervises volunteers, conducts 
outreach and awareness-raising 
activities, and does some 
fundraising and community 
organizing projects, She says that 
she is enjoying her lite in 
California very much. Cindy 
Handler Steinberg earned her 
M,D. degree from the University 
of Massachusetts Medical School 
and received an award from the 
American Medical Women's 
Association for recognition of 
scholastic achievement. She 
began a family practice residency 
at the University of 
Massachusetts Medical Center m 
July. Her husband, Michael 
Steinberg, is completing his final 
year at the Massachusetts College 
of Pharmacy in pursuit of a B.S. 
and doctor of pharmacy degree. 
Charlee Leimberg Sterling 
describes herself as "all-but- 
dissertation" as she pursues her 
Ph.D. in English at New York 
University. Her husband, Rob, is a 
first year resident in surgery at 
Washington Hospital Center. 
They live in Silver Spring, MD. 
Laurie Sutherland was graduated 
from Tutts Medical School in 
May. She and her husband, Ted 
Papalimberis '89, returned from 
their summer honeymoon in the 
Greek islands to start their 
residencies, Ted in anesthesia at 
Beth Israel Hospital and Laurie in 
obstetrics and gynecology at New 
England Medical Center in 
Boston, Mark Sutton lives in 
Brookline, MA, with his wife, 
Susan S. Bitcnsky, and their new 
son, Asa. Mark is currently a 
software engineer, but he expects 
to go back to school for a change 
of profession in the next few 
years Helen DavidoH Tanchel 
and Mark Tanchel live in 
Brookline, MA. Helen is a traffic 
manager at Arnold Advertising, 
and Mark is an intern in internal 
medicine at New England 
Medical Center, having graduated 
from Tufts Medical School. Amy 
K. Thau was graduated with a 
master's in counseling and human 
development from the Harvard 
Graduate School of Education in 
1991. She works as a therapist for 
emotionally troubled inner-city 
youth and their families. She also 
sings in a jazz vocal a cappella 
group, owns two cats, and goes 
out to dinner often. Michael 
Traister is currently living in 

Portland, ME, and has finished his 
second year of law school. He 
says "hi" to his crew in New 
York- Pamela M. Vaughan is 
athletics business manager in the 
Brandeis athletics department and 
IS pursuing her master's degree at 
The Heller School. She and her 
husband. Bob Gillen, live in Stow, 
MA Lee Vilker and Ronitte 
David Vilker are living m 
Brooklyn, NY. Lee was graduated 
from New York University Law 
School and is a lawyer at a New 
York law firm. Ronitte is at Long 
Island University studying for her 
Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 
They have a cute cocker spaniel 
named Brandeis, where they met. 
After returning from a year in 
Israel, Andrew Vogel moved to 
Manhattan in the fall, where he is 
a second year rabbinical school 
student at Hebrew Union College. 
He would love to get together 
with Brandeis friends in 
Manhattan. Aron G. Weber and 
Judy Libhaber Weber 
honeymooned in Costa Rica last 
March and are now living in 
Manhattan. Seth T. Weinstein 
was graduated from the 
University of Miami School of 
Law in May 1993. He passed the 
Florida Bar and formed a law 
practice with one of his law 
school classmates in November 
1993, specializing in personal 
in|ury law, wills-trusts-probate, 
corporate and family law, and real 
estate. His wife, Marcia, works in 
health care, Eric Weinstock was 
graduated from law school at the 
University of Virginia, but is in 
no rush to start practicing. He 
volunteered in Israel for about 
eight months after college and 
hoped to go back for another visit 
last summer Michelle Werch is 
living in Austin, TX, and is in her 
first year of law school at the 
University of Texas, doing a joint 
degree program with the L.B.). 
School of Public Affairs. Sam 
Young was graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania Law 
School in May of 1993. He and his 
wife, Robin Dichter, live in 
Miami, where Sam is working for 
the Dade County public 
defender's office and Robin is a 
librarian at Gordon Day School. 
Dawn Yules was graduated from 
medical school at The George 
Washington University and 
moved to Maryland to begin her 
residency m emergency medicine 
at the University of Maryland 
Hospital m Baltimore. Beth 
Zeiger was graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania Law 
School in 1993 and is now 
practicing corporate law for 

Sullivan ik Cromwell m 
Manhattan. After graduating from 
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical 
School (where she was elected 
into AOA), Susan E. Loeb-Zeitlin 
started her residency in OB/GYN 
at New York Hospital/Cornell 
Medical Center. Her husband, 
Andrew M. Zeitlin, was graduated 
from the University of 
Pennsylvania Law School, where 
he was the editor m chief of the 
CompaTative Labor Law journal 
He joined the Manhattan law firm 
of Tenzer, Greenblatt, Fallon and 
Kaplan in the fall. Gene Zeyger 
lives in Newton, MA, with his 
wife of eight months, Melissa. 
Michael A. Ziccardi, Jr. was 
graduated from medical school in 
June and started an internship in 
Michigan on July 1. He is married 
to a pharmacist. 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 165 Palmer 
Street, Arlington, MA 02174 

Bonnie Kwitkin Goldstein, her 

husband, and baby daughter 
moved to Israel last year and 
bought a house in the West Bank 
settlement of Eli, where she 
invites anyone traveling to Israel 
to pay them a visit. She had 
previously worked in publishing 
in New York City. Steven Hatch 
received an M.A. degree from 
Case Western Reserve University 
last May and is currently taking 
premed courses at Tufts 
University. Gaye Jacob made 
aliyah to Israel this winter, after 
living in Atlanta and teaching 
elementary and middle school 
since graduation. She completed a 
master's degree in educational 
psychology at Georgia State 
University in December. Andrea 
C. Kramer, assistant director of 
financial aid at Brandeis, was 
named editor of the monthly 
newletter for the Massachusetts 
Association of Student Financial 
Aid Administrators. Her 
responsibilities include writing 
articles and designing layout for 
this publication with a 
circulation of over 600. Sharon J. 
Lerner moved to East Lansing, 
MI, to pursue an M.S. in 
agricultural economics, 
concentrating on microenterprise 
development. After living in San 
Francisco for two years and 
working on the options floor of 
the Pacific Stock Exchange, she 
traveled to Turkey and Israel 
where she lived on a kibbutz and 
studied Hebrew. Last fall, April 
Minerd Leytem began work 
towards a Ph.D. at North 

Carolina State University. 
Previously, she was a senior 
planner for Delaware County, NY, 
and a planner for Clayton, NC. 
She received a master's degree in 
technology for international 
development from North 
Carolina State in May 1993. Neil 
Rothstein is attending Emory 
University Business School on a 
full-tuition scholarship. Last 
summer he interned as a financial 
analyst for the Atlanta 
Committee for the Olympic 
Games, where he continues to 
work part-time. Amanda S. Trigg 
loined the Atlanta, GA, litigation 
firm ot Rubm, Winter, Rapoport 
& Hall. 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 6 Oak Street, 
Harrington Park, NI 07640 

Michele Bogaty received her 
master's degree in speech therapy 
from Northwestern University 
last August, and returned to 
Boston to begin working and to 
live with Dana Hoffman, who 
received an M.S.W, from the 
University of Pennsylvania last 
May. Derek Cohen, once a 
Spanish major, now holds an 
MB. A, and M.S. in accounting 
from Northeastern University and 
is working for Deloitte &. Touche 
in Stamford, CT. He reports that 
he "now has very short hair." 
Morgann Cohen is pursuing a 
degree in physical therapy in New 
York City. Erin Glassman earned 
an M.S.W. degree from the 
University of Pennsylvania in 
May, and has moved to Los 
Angeles to practice and to "live 
among the stars" with Jason 
Ensler. Abby Loss is living in 
Waltham and teaching sixth grade 
at a /ewish day school in 
Needham, MA, having earned her 
M.Ed, last May. In April, Alain 
Mestat founded Advena 
Management, a consulting 
business which serves as a liaison 
between international students in 
Boston and a network of local 
financial service providers. 
Deborah Raider received a J.D. 
from Now York Law School last 
year. Susannah Spodek is 
coordinator of the English 
education program PEC in Tokyo, 
where she teaches after-school 
English classes for children, hires 
and trains other teachers, 
develops curriculum, and does 
Japanese-English translations. She 
welcomes contact from alumni 
visiting or living in lapan. Emily 
Steiner is a second-year student at 
Suffolk University Law School in 

59 Winter 1995 

Ciirolvn Grav. Pi 

Moshe Waldoks. M.A. V/, Ph.D. '84 


Suffolk University Law School in 
Boston. Sheri Weinstein is 
earning a master's degree in 
English at McGill University in 


losh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Goldenrod 
Circle, Amherst, MA 01002 

Brian Auster will graduate from 
Tufts Medical School in 1997. 
Hildy S. Karp completed a 
master's degree in women's 
studies at the University of York 
in England. |ohanna Leffler is in 
her second year at Emory 
University School of Public 
Health and also works with 
residents of public housing 
projects through her job at the 
Urban Training Organization of 
Atlanta. Tobi Printz is pursuing a 
master's degree in public policy at 
Georgetown University and 
working at the National Center 
for Education in Maternal and 
Child Health in Washington, D.C. 
Melissa Rubin is pursuing a 
master's degree in film studies at 
Emory University after spending 
last summer m Los Angeles 
working for Miramax films. She is 
living with Johanna Leffler and 
they would love to get in touch 
with other Atlanta-area alumni. 
Eva Shafir is at the University of 
Houston Law Center, where she 
plans to receive her J.D. in 1996. 
David Solomon is still in the 
Boston area, living in Sudbury, 
MA, and working in Westwood. 
Abraham N. Stein is an associate 
in the emerging markets and 
investment banking department 
of Bear, Stearns & Company, Inc., 
in New York. In September, 
Michele Yellowitz entered 
Harvard University's John F. 
Kennedy School of Government 
to study health policy. 


Sandy Kirschen, Class 
Correspondent, 512 Brandon 
Avenue, Apt. #A-5, 
Charlottesville, VA 22903 

Jason and Jennifer Cohen Canel 

both attend the University of 
Chicago, he in medical school and 
she in law school. They live in 
Hyde Park, IL, with a golden 
retriever puppy named Taliesan. 
Kimberlee Tarr has entered the 
Ph.D. program in philosophy at 
the University of Wisconsin. 

Rosamond Drooker Brenner 

(Ph.D. '68, music] is a musician, 
composer, and teacher who has 
performed frequently on Boston 
radio and on television m Boston 
and Chicago. Her faculty 
positions include American 
Conservatory in Chicago and the 
Boston Conservatory of Music. 
She has composed music for 
sacred writings as well as 
children's songs, and has written 
for several music publications. 
Charles Conwell (M.EA. '70, 
theater), associate professor of 
theater arts at the University of 
the Arts in Philadelphia, directed 
the violence in a production of 
Richard III which opened in 
September at the Hartford Stage. 
It is his seventh collaboration 
with director Mark Lamos and his 
second with leading man Richard 
Thomas, having directed the 
fencing match in the Lamos/ 
Thomas Hamlet in 1987. Mary E. 
Davidson (Ph.D. candidate '75, 
Heller) is dean of the School of 
Social Work at Rutgers 
University. Previously, she spent 
eight years as director of the 
School of Social Work at the 
Southern Illinois University at 
Carbondale. Carolyn Gray (Ph.D. 
'92, Heller) was named director of 
library services for Florida Gulf 
Coast University in August. 
Previously, she was associate 
director for public services and 
library development officer for 
the Brandeis Library, whose staff 
she loined in 1982. Nina Alonso 
Hathaway |M.A. '63, Ph.D. '70, 
English) has moved her ballet 
school, Fresh Pond Ballet, to 
Massachusetts Avenue in 
Cambridge, MA. She and her 
husband, Paul, are delighted with 
their three-year-old daughter, Lara 
Francesca Valeria, whom they 
adopted from Chile in 1992. 
Janice Irvine (M.A. '81, Ph.D. '84, 
sociology) edited a book entitled 
Sexual Cultures and the 
Construction of Adolescent 
Identities, a collection of essays 
on teenage sexuality released last 
year by Temple University Press. 
She IS assistant professor of 
sociology at the University of 
Massachusetts and also published 
Disorders of Desire: Sex and 
Cender in Modern American 
Sexology in 1990. Judith A. Kaden 
Lewis '66 (Ph.D. '85, Heller) is an 
associate professor and chair of 
the Maternal Child Nursing 
Department at Virginia 

Commonwealth University in 
Richmond, VA, where she moved 
m August 1993. Last October, she 
was inducted as a fellow in the 
American Academy of Nursing. 
R. Ruth Linden (M.A. '87, 
anthropology, Ph.D. '89, 
sociology) is a Mellon fellow in 
history and philosophy of science 
at Stanford University, 
conducting research on the 
culture and politics of 
mammography. Last year she 
published a book. Making Stories. 
Makmg Selves: Feminist 
Reflections on the Holocaust. 
Sally Engle Merry |Ph.D. '78, 
anthropology), professor of 
anthropology at Wellesley 
College, is a fellow at The Mary 
Ingraham Bunting Institute of 
Radcliffe College for the 1994-95 
academic year. Her protect, 
entitled "Violence and the Law: 
Wife Battering in Colonial and 
Post-Colonial Hawaii," focuses 
on one local Hawaiian court to 
track the changing way domestic 
violence has been handled over a 
140-year period. Lawrence Siegel 
(Ph.D. '88, music) is composer-in- 
residence at the University of St. 
Thomas in St. Paul, MN, for the 
1994-95 academic year. He is co- 
editor of the forthcoming State of 
the Art: Refiguring Music Studies, 
and has taught at Wellesley 
College and Keene State College 
as well as at Brandeis. Recently, 
he has led performances of his 
own music-theater works and 
directed the Nelson Village 
Dancers traditional dance troupe. 
He has received numerous grants, 
including one for the National 
Endowment for the Arts to 
develop his 1991 piece, "The 
Village Store Verbatim." Joel 
Suben (M.EA. '74, Ph.D. '80, 
music) conducted the Polish 
Radio National Symphony in a 
digital recording of Brian 
Fennelly's "On Civil 
Disobedience," released last April 
on New World Records. He has 
five more commercial CD 
releases planned for this year, all 
with European orchestras. He also 
recently published two choral 
works and composed music for a 
commercial to he aired this 
season on National Public Radio. 
He has been music advisor of the 
Wellesley |MA) Philharmonic 
since 1993. Moshe Waldoks (M.A. 
'77, Ph.D. '84, NEIS) received the 
prestigious B'nai B'rith 
International Humanitarian 
Award in October. He is the 
editor of The Best American 
Humor 1994. published in the 
fall, and co-edited The Big Book 
of fewish Humor and The Big 

New Book of New American 
Humor: The Best of the Past 25 
Years with William Novak, (M.A, 
'73, Hornstem). He was featured 
in a documentary about the 
children of Holocaust survivors, 
Angst, in the Boston Jewish Film 
Festival in November. He has also 
been featured as an expert in two 
PBS documentaries, Breaking the 
Silence, about children of the 
Holocaust, and The World of 
fewish Humor. 


Elaine L. Gluckman '73 died on 
July 2 after giving birth to her 
first child. She held a doctorate in 
psychology and had worked at the 
Interfaith Medical Center in New 
York. Elaine had been married for 
four years. Word has been 
received of the death of Jone A. 
Sloman, Ph.D. '86 (psychology) on 
October 21 of breast cancer. She 
was an associate professor of 
human development at Wheelock 
College, where her research and 
writing focused on children's 
temperament, peer interaction, 
and exposure to lead. She leaves 
her husband, E. Michael, a 
daughter, lessica, and a son, 
Christoper, all of Milton, MA. 

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Dear Reader 

This is the season that redraws 
autumn in pastel hues. From the 
top of the Campus, spreading to 
the west and south, the New 
England hills recall the colors of 
fall, but chalked now, not painted. 
There they are again: the reds and 
oranges of the maples,- yellows of 
the willows, poplars, and birches; 
purples of the ashes; and the 
greens, so many greens, greens 
that fade out of yellow and into 
gray after passing through every 
other tint that can bear the name 
of green. 

In autumn the colors are 
aggressive, intense, desperate. 
"This is it," they exclaim. "Take a 
good last look." And they are not 
bluffing; with the first wet winds 
of November they are gone, 
leaving us with the browns of the 
tenacious oak leaves, the grays of 
naked bark, and the mossy black 
of evergreen needles. But those 
were has-been leaves. Now we are 
dealing with something else. 

Tree flowers are among the best- 
kept secrets of the spring, the 
showy blossoms of apples and 
cherries notwithstanding. Long 
before those appear in Fellows' 
Garden, inconspicuous blossoms 
explode all over Campus, so subtle 
that the unwitting fail to see them 
without the aid of distance, tens of 
thousands seen at a glance upon a 
distant hill. Yet the Brandeis 

campus is one of the most 
beautifully planted and tended I 
have seen, and it affords the 
curious, especially around this 
time of year, endless opportunities 
to be awed. Besides dozens of 
ornamentals, the willow near 
Pearlman has been there for the 29 
years for which I can vouch; huge 
ashes march all across the 
Campus; the margins of Chapels 
Field teem with birches, poplars, 
and species too numerous to 
itemize; and oaks are everywhere. 

In terms of flowers, there are three 
types of arrangements trees 
employ in furthering their kinds. 
Many trees such as elms and 
basswoods, along with the 
aforementioned apples and 
cherries, and others with showy 
blossoms that will bloom later, 
have perfect flowers — the male 
and female parts of the flower are 
all contained within the same 
blossom, just like tulips, roses, 
and lilies, for example. Trees like 
maples — there are some beauties 
around the Slosberg Music 
Center — birches, oaks, hickories, 
walnuts, and pines are 
monoecious, having separate male 
and female flowers, but with both 
types on each tree. Look closely at 
a pine, for example, and you will 
notice that all the cones are in the 
upper part of the tree, because that 
was where the female flowers were 
located. The third arrangement, 
seen in willows, ashes, and 

poplars, is to have separate male 
and female trees; only male flowers 
on some individuals and only 
female flowers on others. That is 
why some ash trees grow seeds and 
others do not. Such trees are 

Examined closely, individually, the 
intensity of the fall colors is there 
in the flowers. The red of a female 
swamp maple blossom can shock 
your eyes. The violet of ash is 
startling. But the distribution of the 
flowers on the trees is scattered, and 
each flower is small, and the effect 
is that of breaking a vivid block of 
color mto a screen of tiny dots until 
it forms a paler tint. 

The flowers do not last long. Soon, 
the leaves burst forth in their 
newborn flawless verdancy, 
unweathered, untouched by insects, 
replacing the diverse phrases of the 
flowers with an infinite vocabulary 
of immaculate greens. But, as 
prelude, the tree flowers of spring 
recall the fall as though, each year, 
by design, they link the past to the 
promise of the future. Nature is like 
that. It is reassuring to us humans. 

This issue combines, among other 
things, the reminiscences of an 
alumnus of the fifties with the 
Inauguration and vision of a new 
President, also an alumnus. That, 
too, feels natural and reassuring. 


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Cliff Hauptman '69. 
M.FA 73 

Vice President for 
Public Affairs 

Michal Regunberg 72 

Assistant Editor 

Audrey Gnffin 

Editorial Assistant 

Veronica Blacquier 

Alumni Editor. Class Notes 

Catherine R Fallon 

Staff Writers 

Stephen Anable 
Marjorie Lyon 

Design Director 

Charles Dunham 

Senior Designer 

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Brandeis Review 
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Gerald S. Bernstein 
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Theodore S. Gup 72 
Lisa Berman Hills '82 
Michael Kalafatas '65 
Karen Klein 
Laurie Ledeen '83 
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Numbers, Spring 1995 
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On the cover: 
President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD, '72, 
delivering his Inaugural 
address on April 9, 1995, 
Photo by Marvin Lewiton 

Brandeis Review 

Spring 1995 

Volume 15 

Number 3 

An Old and Generous Contract 

The Inaugural address 

of Brandeis's seventh President 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72 


Scenes of an Installation 

Documenting the development 
of Judy Pfaff's "Elephant" 

Text by Carl Belz 
Photographs by Heather Pillar 


Who 4re Those Women 

in Those Operas and Why Are 

They All So Unhappy? 

A grand tour of the tribulations 
of opera's most tragic heroines 

Barbara Koral Raisner '53 


At Brandeis in the Fifties 

Reminiscences of a 40th Reunion 

Manfred Wolf '55 


A Portrait by 

the Artist of a Young Man 

John Michelman '66 

in a Norman Rockwell cover 

Marjorie Lyon 



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Faculty and Staff 


2 nlumni Tfl 

5 Inauguration 


12 Books 


Class Notes 



Sophomore, Swim Team 
Member, Dies in Gosman 

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze: Out 
of Korea 

Brandeis sophomore and 
swim team member 
Michael Zarrilh, of 
Havertown, Pennsylvania, 
died February 2 of cardiac 
arrest after playing 
basketball in the Gosman 
Center. He is survived by 
his parents, Mary and Paul, 
and siblings Alex and Kate. 

"Michael was an outstanding 
young man," said 
Swimming and Diving 
Coach Jim Zotz. "He was a 
sensitive, supportive 
teammate and just a very 
confident, warm, and 
engaging individual." 

Zarrilli was a member of 
the record-holding 200-yard 
freestyle relay team and the 
top breaststroker at 
Brandeis this past season. 

An autopsy showed that 
Zarrilli suffered from an 
abnormal growth of the 
heart. Zotz said the family 
told him Michael had been 
monitored during childhood 
for signs of heart disease, 
which has afflicted both his 
father and grandfather, but 
he had appeared to be in 
excellent health. 

A campus memorial service 
was held for Zarrilli on 
February 8 with about 150 
in attendance. Earlier, a 
session was held to help 
students cope with the loss, 
and to discuss several other 
recent but unrelated cardiac 
ailments among students. 

A Korean-born Christian 
who grew up in Africa, 
ChaeRan Yoo Freeze is 
earning her Ph.D. in Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies 
at Brandeis. As if on fast- 
forward, her young life has 
encompassed astonishingly 
varied experiences, exposure 
to wildly disparate cultures, 
survival in countries in 
tumult, and wrenching 
moves demanding well- 
honed adaptation skills. 

"I'm writing the first social 
history of the Russian- 
Jewish family that draws on 
recently declassified 
records, material that 
became available during 
what's called Russia's 
'archival revolution' of 
1991," ChaeRan says. 
ChaeRan feels comfortable 
dealing with the aftermath 
of a revolution: she grew up 
during one. 

Born in Seoul, a chance 
meeting changed her 
family's life when her 
father, a physician, 
encountered the Korean 
ambassador to Ethiopia. The 
ambassador told Dr. Yoo 
that physicians were 
urgently needed in certain 
regions of the African 
country due to erupting 
revolutionary violence. 

Dr. Yoo responded to the 
call, moving his family to 
Addis Ababa, the capital of 
Ethiopia, in 1975. Though 
ChaeRan was 5, she recalls 
her new surroundings: "We 
were well-protected, in an 
apartment in the center of 
the city, but sometimes I 
could hear gunfire. And I 
saw refugees and bloody, 
wounded people beside the 
road and at my father's 

hospital." But ChaeRan 
doesn't remeinber being 
scared. "Perhaps I was too 
young," she says. 

And perhaps ChaeRan was 
already developing the 
adaptability skills she 
would need for the changes 
in her life that lay ahead — 
an education at an 
American-run boarding 
school in Kijabe, Kenya, and 
college at the University of 
California in Irvine — a 
youth spent on three 
continents. "I've had very 
big changes throughout my 
life, every two or three 
years it seems," she says. 
"I've had to adapt!" 

Throughout all the changes 
she has witnessed, ChaeRan 
has maintained at least one 
constant: a fascination with 
Jewish culture. "I was 
always intrigued by the 
history of the Jewish 
people," she declares, "I'd 
heard a little about 
Ethiopian Jews when I lived 
in Addis Ababa, but I'd 
never met any. I knew that 
Ethiopia's emperor, Hailie 
Selassie, was supposedly 
descended from the Queen 
of Sheba and that, according 
to legend, the Ark of the 
Covenant was hidden 
somewhere in the country. 
But I really developed my 
interest in Jewish history on 
my own." She remembers 
reading novels by Jewish 

authors — particularly 
Chaim Potok — and 
identifying with the 
characters' ability to 

"I didn't have a strong sense 
of being Asian because I'd 
left Korea when I was so 
young," ChaeRan states. 

"My parents tried to impart a 
sense of Korean tradition, 
but at school in Kenya, I 
was surrounded by 
Americans, the sons and 
daughters of African-based 
diplomats and businessmen. 
I became Americanized 

College in California was a 
cultural shock of a more 
complex sort. ChaeRan had 
never seen so many Asians 
in her life. "But they 
weren't like me," she 
declares. "I'd formed the 
beginnings of a Korean 
identity through my family 
and an American identity 
through my school in 
Kenya, but these college 
students combined those 
cultures: they were Korean- 

Still, Irvine was "a good 
experience" because 
ChaeRan was able to fuse 
her interests in Jewish 
history with a budding 
curiosity about Russia, 
sparked by her ineeting the 
families of Russian 
advisors to the Marxist 
government of Ethiopia 
while growing up. 

At Brandeis, ChaeRan is 
now completing her 
dissertation on marriage and 
divorce among Jews in 
Imperial Russia. "There was 
a crisis in Jewish family life 
in 19th-century Russia," 
ChaeRan says. "Economic 
changes were affecting 
family life, as Jews left their 

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ChaeRan Yoo Freeze 

villages to find work in 
urban factories and mills. 
And there was a 
fundamental transformation 
of the family, even back in 
the villages. The divorce 
rate for lews was the 
highest m Imperial Russia. 
In 1875, 1.57 marriages in 
1,000 ended in divorce in 
the Russian Orthodox 
population. By contrast, a 
study by A. A. Shal'kovskii 
and local archival sources 
indicate that the divorce 
rate [among Jews] in Odessa 
was 308.49—149 divorces 
for 483 marriages in 1875 — 

nearly two hundred times 
the rate among Russians! 
Even more astounding 
figures were reported in 
towns like Berdichev, with 
331.40 divorces per 1,000 
marriages in 1865." 

ChaeRan's dissertation 
addresses these changing 
patterns of Jewish marriage 
and divorce, including the 
age and social status of Jews 
seeking to end their 
marriages. It probes why 
Jews turned from the 
rabbinate to state courts to 
resolve questions of 
marriage and divorce. Also, 
it discusses the rates of 
intermarriage; the politics 
of gender and nationality in 

divorce litigation,- and the 
crisis of lewish family life 
as depicted in the literature 
of the times. "I hope this 
study will shed new light on 
the history of the Jewish 
family and the complex 
interaction between the 
Jewish people and the 
czarist state in late Imperial 
Russia," ChaeRan states. 

ChaeRan has travelled to 
Europe four times, spending 
a total of seven months in 
Russia and Ukraine, sifting 
through documents in 
Moscow, Lvov, St. 
Petersburg, and Kiev. At 
Brandeis, she is using Bar- 
Ilam Responsa, a database 
created in Israel, for her 

A lot of people ask me if 
I've converted to Judaism — 
or if I was adopted into a 
Icwish family," ChaeRan 
^ays. She remains a 
practicing Christian and 
describes her interest in 
Jewish history as cultural. 
She has visited Israel three 
times (she once spent a 
summer on a kibbutz) and 
has made numerous trips 
"home" to Ethiopia, where 
her family still lives. She 
has not yet been back to 
Korea, but has recently been 
studying "Korean women's 

And yes, it takes 
considerable language skills 
to have lived a life as 
international as ChaeRan's. 
She speaks Korean, Amharic 
(Ethiopian), Russian, 
Hebrew, and Ukranian — and 
she's "working on Yiddish." 

New Honor Society on 

After a decades-long 
absence, Omicron Delta 
Epsilon (ODE), the 
international honor society 
m economics, has returned 
to the Brandeis campus. 

ODE, one of the largest and 
oldest honor societies in the 
nation, includes some 500 
colleges and universities 
throughout the United 
States and abroad. 

Selected as a member in 
1967, Brandeis was 
ultimately de-chartered as a 
result of large-scale student 
interest in other social and 
political causes during the 
late 1960s and early 1970s, 
according to Professor of 
Economics Barney 
Schwalberg. The 
reactivation of ODE came 
about through the joint 
effort of Maria Calderon '96 
and Schwalberg, 
undergraduate advising head 
of the Department of 

The 41 current members of 
ODE were chosen on the 
basis of academic 
achievements and were 
honored during an 
induction dinner held on 
January 31. 

3 Spring 1995 

Hannan '95 Named 

!■• rimri n i tiiiiihin 

Kenneth Hannan '95, whose 
stellar performance on the 
soccer field this semester 
helped lead the team to its 
first-ever ECAC Division III 
New England Men's Soccer 
championship, recently 
became the third soccer 
player in Brandeis history to 
be named an All-America. 

Hannan was made a 
member of the National 
Soccer Coaches 
Association/Umbro All- 
America Third Team at a 
January 1 1 ceremony in 
Washington, D.C. 

Brandeis Men's Soccer 
Coach Mike Coven 
described Hannan, a four- 
year starter for the team, as 
a "fearless player." 

After missing the early part 
of the season due to a 
kidney injury sustained in a 
pre-season scrimmage, 
Hannan rebounded to help 
pull the team out of a rocky 
start. "As soon as he came 
back, the team took off," 
said Coven. 

Hannan managed to amass a 
string of honors on the field 
this season, said Coven,"and 
this was with missing a 
third of the season." 

Describing the honors as "a 
good way to end" his career 
at Brandeis, Hannan said he 
will miss the disciplined 
schedule of soccer season, 
but looks forward to 
finishing his bachelor's 
degree in English. 

Hannan, who has played 
midfield, forward, and 
defense for the Judges, 
earned a team high of 15 
goals. He wound up seventh 
on the all-time scoring list, 
with 32 goals and 15 assists, 
for 79 points. In addition to 
the All-America honors, he 
was named UAA Men's 
Most Valuable Player 
this year. 

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The Office of Campus Life 
offered a series of 
workshops this past 
semester aimed at helping 
students become more 
effective in their roles as 
resident advisors, student 
senators, and club 
coordinators. The first 
session of the Leadership 
Academy met January 27, 
with approximately 20 
student leaders in 

Kristine Carlson, assistant 
director of campus life, said 
the program was started in 
response to requests for 
guidance from students. 
"We have a lot of hands-on 
leadership roles for students 
here at the University, such 
as in the Student Senate, as 
Residence Assistants, and 
Orientation Coordinators, 
but we were looking for a 
more structured way of 
providing student leaders 
with training." 


The January 27 workshop 
was led by Peter W. 
Simonds, associate dean of 
students at Holy Cross 
College, who has developed 
a leadership training 
program for college 
students. Through 
discussion, group activities, 
and a "Personal Profile 
System" questionnaire, 
participants in the three- 
and-one-half-hour session 
identified their leadership 
styles and explored ways of 
interacting with people 
whose personalities and 
styles are different. 

After reminding 
participants that "being a 
good leader involves being a 
good listener," Simonds 
encouraged them to talk to 
each other and the group 
about their best and worst 
qualities as leaders, and 

about some of the 
challenges they face as 
campus activists, editors on 
publications, and 
coordinators for Parents' 
Weekend and Orientation. 

After the session, Megan 
King '97 , an Orientation 
Core Committee 
coordinator and president of 
the photography club, said 
the workshop was a "great 
opportunity to discover 
what kind of leader you are, 
and also to see what your 
shortcomings are as a leader 
and become more in tune 
with that. also really 
helped me realize what I'm 
not as a leader and then try 
to see what I can improve." 

Participants met five times 
during the spring semester 
to share experiences and 
practice leadership skills. 
Workshop topics included 
leading an effective 
meeting, motivating 
members, managing stress, 
and resolving conflict. 

Faculty and Staff 


Three Professors Awarded 
NEH Fellowships 

Jonathan Saina 
Wai Chee Dimock 

The National Endowment 
for the Humanities (NEH) 
has awarded three of its 
prestigious and highly 
competitive fellowships to 
Brandeis professors. 

Jonathan D. Sarna, Wai 
Chee Dimock, and Mary B. 
Campbell were among the 
107 university teachers in 
the United States honored 
by the NEH with one-year, 
$30,000 grants. The NEH 
chose the recipients in 
November after reviewing 
661 applications. 

Sarna is the Joseph H. and 
Belle R. Braun Professor of 
American Jewish History 
and chair of the Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies 

department. He was 
selected to write a new 
history of American 
Judaism. A well-known 
expert on the unique 
experience of American 
Jews, Sarna has written and 
edited a dozen books, 
including the definitive 
reader. The American 
Jewish Experience, and 
People WalJi On Their 
Heads, about Jewish 
immigrant life in New 

A professor of English and 
American literature, 
Dimock was picked to 
research configurations of 
literature, law, and science. 
She has earned a reputation 
for interpreting literary 
texts in the context of their 
historical period and 
intellectual climate. Her 

1989 book. Empire for 
Liberty: Melville and the 
Poetics of Individualism, 
won acclaim for shedding 
new light on Melville's 
novels by viewing them as 
interconnecting and as 
products of the culture from 
which they came. 

An associate professor of 
English, Campbell was 
chosen to research the 
literature of travel, fantasy, 
and anthropology. Campbell 
is a recognized literary 
critic and a prize-winning 
poet. Her 1989 book of 
poems. The World, the 
Flesh, and Angels, was 
praised for its artfulness 
and Its quirky imagination, 
and earned Campbell 
the Barnard New Women 
Poets Prize. 

"Brandeis 2000" Plan 

President Jehuda Reinharz 
and Provost Irving R. 
Epstein together with the 
faculty have begun the 
"Brandeis 2000" Committee, 
which will look at the 
University's operations and 
budgets to the next 
millennium. "Brandeis 
2000" will build on the 
Equilibrium Plan, which 
was put in place in 1992. 

"Three years ago this 
University undertook a 
collaborative process that 
took a hard look at the 
budget and how we could 
balance it by 1996. That 
plan accomplished a 
number of valuable things," 
said Reinharz. "Among the 
most important of these 

was reinforcing the bonds of 
trust between the faculty, 
the administration, and the 
Board of Trustees. 

"However," he added, 
"certain assumptions we 
made then need to be 
revised and with them a 
new plan is needed to bring 
us to the next century on a 
financially sound footing. 

"Before we can even think 
about launching a 
successful capital campaign, 
the University must be in 
the strongest possible 
financial position. That's 
the goal of the 'Brandeis 
2000' Committee," 
Reinharz said. 

In the long term, according 
to Reinharz, Brandeis must 
at least double its 

endowment to carry on the 
kind of cutting-edge 
educational and research 
programs that have been 
its hallmark. 

The "Brandeis 2000" 
Committee is a standing 
committee charged with 
taking both a short-term 
and long-term view of the 
future of the University. 
Committee members are, 
for two-year terms: Anne P. 
Carter, economics; Jane 
Kamensky, history; Marty 
Wyngaarden Krauss, Heller 
School; Robert Szulkin, 
Germanic and Slavic 
languages; for one-year 
terms: Eve E. Marder, 
biology; Thomas 

Pochapsky, chemistry; 
Nancy J. Scott, fine arts. 
Administrators on the 
committee are: Robin Feuer 
Miller, dean of arts and 
sciences; Arthur H. Reis Jr., 
associate provost and 
associate vice president for 
development; Stanley A. 
Rumbaugh, executive vice 
president for finance and 
administration; and Jack P. 
Shonkoff, dean of the Heller 
School. Epstein will chair 
the committee, and Elaine 
Wong, associate dean of 
arts and sciences, will serve 
as staff. 

Epstein cautioned that 
"there are no easy or obvious 
solutions to the challenges 
facing the University." If 
there were, he said, "we 
would have adopted them." 

5 Spring 1995 

Krinsky, Reis Named to Key 
Fund-raising Posts 

Dimock Promoted to Full 

Susan Krinsky, a veteran 
fund-raiser and strategic 
planning consultant for 
nonprofit organizations, has 
joined the Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations as associate vice 
president. She will be 
working to develop 
innovative plans of 
operations for short- and 
long-term budget relief and 
infrastructure issues such as 
database management and 
analysis. Krinsky also will 
be responsible for planning 
the early stages of a 50th 
anniversary campaign for 

At the same time. Associate 
Provost Arthur H. Reis Ir. 
has added the title of 
associate vice president for 
development to his 
portfolio. Reis said he plans 
to work closely with 
Krinsky on a number of 
issues, including overseeing 
the annual giving campaign. 

Reis, m addition to annual 
budget relief support 
responsibilities, will 
oversee corporate and 
foundation giving. Reis said 
he and Krinsky also will 
focus on both individuals 
and foundations. 

Krinsky has designed and 
conducted comprehensive 
campaigns for colleges. 

universities, museums, and 
cultural organizations from 
Los Angeles to Boston. Most 
recently, as a consultant 
with Grenzebach, Glier & 
Associates, she was 
instrumental in developing 
the $100 million Centennial 
Campaign for the Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies of 

Krinsky has also served as 
director of the annual fund 
and director of foundations 
and corporations at Scripps 
College; and as a director of 
development for the Los 
Angeles Children's 
Museum, where she secured 
funding for a successful 
membership campaign. 
Krinsky holds a master's of 
education from the 
Claremont Graduate 

Reis came to Brandeis in 
1979. A chemist by training, 
with a doctorate from 
Harvard University and 
several teaching and 
research honors to his 
credit, he has held a number 
of administrative and 
teaching posts at the 
University. As project 
director of the Benjamin and 
Mae Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems, he 
was a driving force behind 
the conception and creation 
of the recently completed 
interdisciplinary research 

Wai Chee Dimock, known 
as one of her generation's 
leading scholars in 
American literature, was 
promoted to full professor 
of English and American 
literature by the Board of 

Dimock came to Brandeis in 
1992 as an associate 
professor after receiving 
widespread acclaim for 
Empire for Liberty: Melville 
and the Poetics of 

In recommending Dimock 
for the promotion, Irving R. 
Epstein, provost and senior 
vice president for academic 
affairs, said her scholarship 
is noted for its "strong 
interdisciplinary focus and 
her writing for its clarity of 
language, ease, and grace." 

While she admits to being 
"obsessed" with her own 
writing and research, 
Dimock, director of 
graduate studies in her 
department, said she enjoys 
"stepping back" to teach and 
interact with students. 

'■■'^ Susan Krinsky 
y i Arthur Reis Jr. 

Dimock said she has found 

at Brandeis a congenial and 
supportive atmosphere and 
a "wonderful sense of 

Educated at Harvard (B.A. 
magna cum laude, 1976) 
and Yale (Ph.D., 1982), 
Dimock has taught at 
Rutgers University and, just 
prior to coming to Brandeis, 
the University of California, 
San Diego. She has been an 
American Council of 
Learned Societies Fellow, a 
New Jersey Governor's 
Fellow in Humanities, and 
a Prize Teaching Fellow 
at Yale. 

Heller Dean Appointed to 
Two Commissions 

Heller School Dean Jack P. 
Shonkoff will be researching 
the quality of Head Start 
and the best models for 
dealing with family 
violence this year as an 
appointee to two newly 
formed commissions. 

Vice chair of the Board on 
Children and Families of 
the Institute of Medicine 
and the National Academy 
of Science, Shonkoff was 
recently named to serve on 
two of the board's new 
research commissions. The 
commissions will bring 
together leaders from 
government, academia, 
family support 
organizations, and private 
foundations to shed new 
light on Head Start and 
family violence 

As a member of the 
Roundtable on Head Start 
Research, on which Heller 
School Associate Professor 

6 Brandeis Review 

Petri Named Dean of New 
Graduate School 

Peter A. Petri, a long-time 
faculty member and leading 
expert on international 
trade and Pacific Rim 
economic relations, has 
been named dean of the 
University's new Graduate 
School for International 
Economics and Finance. 

Petri is the Carl Shapiro 
Professor of International 
Finance, and has been 
serving as director of the 
Lemberg Master's Program 
in International Economics 

and Finance. He joined the 
Brandeis faculty m 1972, 
and has received numerous 
research grants from U.S. 
and international agencies. 

His responsibilities as dean 
include overseeing the 
School's master's and Ph.D. 
programs, as weU as the 
research activities of its 
Asia-Pacific Center. 

Petri is a consultant to the 
World Bank, the United 
Nations, and other 
international organizations. 
He is the editor of two 
scholarly journals, author of 
Modeling Japanese- 

iT Petri 

American Trade: A study 
of Asymmetric 
Interdependence (Harvard, 
1984), coauthor of East 
Asia's Trade and 
Investment (World Bank, 
1994), coeditor of The 
Economics of the Dollar 
Crcie (MIT Press, 1990), 
and author of more than 
50 articles. 

Petri received his A.B. from 
Harvard College and Ph.D. 
from Harvard University. 

Researchers Uncover the 
Mystery of Infant Immunity 

Jack Shonkoff 

Constance Williams will 
also serve, Shonkoff said he 
and the other 24 members 
hope to encourage an 
enduring dialogue between 
scientists who study Head 
Start and practitioners who 
work on a daily basis with 
families served by the 

Created in 1965, Head Start 
has been the preeminent 
example of the country's 
commitment to using early 
intervention programs to 
alleviate the adverse 
consequences of poverty for 
children, said Shonkoff, an 
M.D. and the Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold Professor of 
Human Development. 

Shonkoff, who is considered 
a leading expert in policy 
for children and families, 
said the roundtable's 
objective is to illuminate 
issues, not resolve 
them. It will meet through 
August 1996. 

The Heller School Dean 
also Will serve on the 
Committee on the 
Assessment of Family 
Violence Intervention, 
which is charged with 
finding the best methods to 
treat, control, and prevent 
different forms of family 
violence. The 18-member 
committee will identify 
strengths and weaknesses in 
existing programs designed 
to combat family violence 
and document the costs of 
these programs on the 
country's public and private 
sector services. The 
committee's final report is 
scheduled to be released in 
the fall of 1996. 
Ericka Tavares 

Brandeis researchers have 
pinpointed the biochemical 
gateway through which 
maternal antibodies are 
transferred during 
pregnancy. The find 
provides critical new 
information on how the 
maternal immune system 
gives infants a running start 
in the battle against germs 
and viruses, according to 
Neil Simister, assistant 
professor of molecular 
immunology and the 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center. 

"We found that a protein 
which transports an 
important antibody called 
IgG from breast milk to the 
young in laboratory animals 
is present in the placenta in 
humans," said Simister. 

"The protein is in the right 
place to send human IgG 
through the placenta like an 
immunity care package 
from home." 

The immune system, 
through which the body's 
army of antibodies and 
other defenses protects us 
from the germs and 
pathogens sharing our 
environment, is built up via 
two important avenues in 
most animal species. Most 
young animals either ingest 
antibodies from breast milk 

or make antibodies 
themselves after exposure 
to a germ or virus in the 

But the human immune 
system gets a head start. 
Human babies benefit at 
birth from breast milk 
antibodies, which protect 
the digestive tract from 
pathogens in food. They 
also are born with 
antibodies to blood-borne 
pathogens like cold and flu 
germs, which in other 
species don't develop while 
the fetus is sheltered in the 
mother's sterile uterus. 
Scientists hypothesized that 
in humans immunities were 
transferred from the 
maternal bloodstream 
during pregnancy, but 
before Simister's discovery 
there was no real 
explanation for this 

Simister, whose research 
team is internationally 
recognized for its work on 
transmission of immunity 
from mother to child, hopes 
to identify the exact role of 
the placental IgG receptors 
within the year. 
Sharon Block 

7 Spring 1995 

New National Center 
Devoted to Women and 
Aging Established 

A new $1.1 million 
National Policy and 
Resource Center on Women 
and Aging will focus 
attention on the 
contributions and problems 
of mid-life and older 

In February, the U.S. 
Department of Health and 
Human Services' 
Administration on Aging 
granted a three-year 
cooperative agreement for 
Brandeis to create the new 
center on campus. It will 
seek to foster a nationwide 
dialogue about how to 
improve the status of 
women, who make up the 
vast majority of the aging 

"As late as 1980, most 
research on aging had been 
based on studies of men — 
with little analysis of 

gender and cultural 
differences," said James J. 
Callahan, a member of the 
new center's governing 
council and director of the 
Policy Center on Aging at 
the Heller Graduate School. 
"There is now a body of 
research on gender 
differences in aging, but an 
unfortunate tendency to see 
older women's issues as a 
special interest persists." 

The new center will serve 
as the national focal point 
for the numerous, and often 
ignored, issues related to 
older women. The center's 
goals include: identifying 
issues and expanding public 
knowledge of aging women 
in four main areas — income 
security, health, caregiving, 
and housing; educating and 

providing technical 
assistance to those working 
in the aging field — 57 state 
offices on aging, 670 area 
agencies on agmg, 228 tribal 
organizations, 5,000 senior 
centers, and more than 
25,000 service providers, 
women's organizations, and 
policymakers; promoting a 
greater understanding of the 
contributions, concerns, and 
needs of America's older 

In the United States, 32 
million people are age 65 
and older, about two thirds 
of them women. By the year 
2010, almost half of all 
adult women will be at least 
50 years old. 

"Despite the large numbers 
of elderly women, scant 
attention has been given to 
their needs and concerns," 
said Phyllis Mutschler, 
director of the new center 

and a member of the faculty 
at the Heller School. "This 
national center will put a 
feminine face on the debate 
over agmg policy, 
documenting problems that 
need attention, and 
presenting feasible options 
for solving them." 

The new center is a 
partnership of Brandeis, the 
American Society on Aging, 
the Coalition of Labor 
Union Women, and the 
National Black Women's 
Health Project. The center 
pools the talents of faculty 
members at the Heller 
School, the Women's 
Studies Program, and the 
Aging and Lifespan 
Development Program in 
Ericka Tavaies 

Research Breakthrough in 
Memory Study 

Brandeis Professor John 
Lisman's research at the 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems has 
yielded surprising 
information on how 
humans manage an 
inventory of up to seven 
short-term memories at 
a time. 

The research will be 
published in an upcoming 
issue of the internationally 
recognized journal. Science. 

"People like to think of the 
brain as processing a 
multitude of information 
simultaneously along 
parallel channels, but it 
now appears that short-term 
memories are stored via a 
serial process," said Lisman 
'66, professor of biology. 

Lisman and colleagues 
discovered the brain's 
leanings towards order and 
organization by studying 

brain waves and computer 
models of memory. 
Previous research showed 
that short-term memory 
(STM) is made possible by 
the continued electrical 
firing of nerve cells in the 
brain. But Lisman suggests 
that memory involves a 
mechanism that enables 
each neuron to fire 

The new theory takes into 
account the knowledge that 
brain waves associated with 
memory are organized into 
high- and low-frequency 
oscillations. Lisman found 
that the high-frequency 
oscillations carved up the 
low-frequency oscillations 
into seven sub-oscillations. 
These sub-oscillations may 
keep STM neurons firing 
over and over. 

The seven oscillations may 
help explain why people can 
remember random 
information grouped "in 
sevens," such as a phone 
number, quite easily. 

The discovery eliminated a 
sticky problem left 
unsolved by previous 
hypotheses: on a continuous 
reverberatory loop, different 
memories' patterns would 
presumably collide with 
each other, corrupting the 
memory. But Lisman's 
model of nested oscillations 
would allow memories to 
stay separate and intact. 

Lisman's discovery is also 
exciting because it 
opens a new era for 
scientists studying short- 
term memory. 

"Memory research is unique 
because it stimulates 
everyone's curiosity and 
because it is still so 
mysterious," said Lisman. 

"Sometimes scientists find 
themselves working on 

areas that are largely 
understood except for a few 
details, but the field of 
memory is a great 
unknown. The idea of 
making a breakthrough in 
our knowledge of memory 
is tremendously 

In the coming months, 
Lisman and colleagues at 
the Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems will 
try using a "neural net," a 
model of the brain 
incorporating networked 
computers, to learn more 
about the interaction of 
short-term and long-term 
Sharon Block 

8 Brandeis Review 

New Technique Developed 
to Study DNA Loops 

Faculty Notes 

A new technique for 
studying DNA could help 
speed scientists' research 
into how genes dictate cell 
processes ranging from 
embyrological development 
to the onset of diseases such 
as heart disease, cancer, and 

Developed at the new Volen 
Center for Complex 
Systems by Jeff Gelles, 
assistant professor of 
biochemistry, and Laura 
Finzi in the Brandeis 
biochemistry department, 
the technique enables 
researchers to study with 
new precision how DNA 
molecules form "loops" and 
influence gene activation. 
The loops make it possible 
for different proteins to 
instruct genes — that control 
every process in the body — 
to turn on or off. 

While previous techniques 
for studying DNA looping 
were based on examining a 
group of molecules and 
making general inferences, 
Gelles and Finzi's technique 
enables researchers to study 
DNA loops one molecule at 
a time. 

"It makes the difference 
between being in a room 
with 50 people giving the 
same speech but not in sync 
and being in a room with 
one person giving a speech," 
Gelles said. "Instead of 
trying to learn about each 
molecule by studying the 
jumbled output of a group, 
we now have a way to see 
each molecule doing its 
own thing." 

The technique's success 
was announced in the 
January 20 issue of the 
internationally recognized 
journal. Science. 

Finzi and Gelles 
successfully studied DNA 
looping in a single molecule 
by attaching one end of the 
long, thin DNA strand to a 
glass slide, and attaching 
the other to a microscopic 

plastic bead, like a ball at 
the end of a tether. They 
then recorded the natural 
motion of the plastic bead. 
Beads on the end of looped 
DNA showed less motion 
because they were shorter, 
while beads at the end of 
unlooped, longer DNA 
showed more motion. The 
researchers then quantified 
the degree of motion and 
determined the rates at 
which DNA loops formed 
and then released. 

Gelles, who will continue 
to expand use of the 
technique in collaboration 
with other laboratories, 
called the method 
remarkably dependable 
among current techniques 
for studying the complex 
DNA molecule. 

"While it took almost two 
years to develop the 
experiment, once we 
determined the right 
techniques, the experiments 
were relatively easy to 
perform," Gelles said. The 
technique's ease-of-use 
should help other 
laboratories replicate the 
Brandeis experiments and 
produce additional needed 
data on looping-regulated 
genetic activity. 

Gelles added that the 
interdisciplinary biophysics 
and molecular biology 
approach to the research 
was a key factor in its 
success. "While there has 
been an explosion in the 
ability to study single 
molecules in some areas of 
research, this is the first 
application of this 
technique to studies of gene 
regulation," he said. 

Joyce Antler 

associate professor of 
American studies, presented 
a paper on "Gypsy of the 
Footlights: Sophie Tucker as 
Vaudevillian, Labor Leader, 
and Jewish Philanthropist" 
at the annual meeting of the 
Association for Jewish 
Studies. Her article, "The 
Americanization of the 
Holocaust," appeared in 
American Theatre 
magazine. Other 
publications include an 
overview essay on Jewish 
women in the Oxford 
Companion to Women's 
Writing in the United 
States and a chapter, 
"Sleeping with the Other: 
The Problem of Gender in 
American- Jewish 
Literature," in Feminist 
Perspectives on Jewish 
Studies (Yale University 

Tom Bills 

Avnet artist-in-residence in 
fine arts, had his work 
exhibited at E.S. VanDam 
Gallery, New York City; at 
the International 
Exhibition, Construction In 
Process "DUKIUM." 
Mitzpe Ramon, Israel; and a 
permanent installation of 
two outdoor sculptures in 
the desert. 

Mary Baine Campbell 

associate professor of 
English, was awarded a 
National Endowment for 
the Humanities fellowship 
to work on her book. 
Wonder and Science. She 
presented portions of it at a 
faculty development 
seminar at the University of 
Maine and as a lecture at 
Bard College. While at the 
University of Maine, she 
gave a poetry reading. 

Eric Chasalow 

assistant professor of 
composition, was in Rome 
for the premiere of his 
musical composition. Out 
of foint for trumpet and 
electronic sounds, which 
was commissioned by 
Nuova Consonanza. 

Jon Chilingerian 

associate professor of 
human services 
management. Heller School, 
was elected program chair 
for the Health Care 
Division of the Academy of 
Management and treasurer 
for the Health Applications 
Division of the Institute for 
Operations Research and 
the Management Sciences. 
Also, he and Stanley Wallack 
human services research 
professor and director. 
Institute for Health Policy, 
Heller School, were awarded 
a five-year grant from the 
Agency for Health Care 
Policy and Research to be 
used to establish a new 
doctoral program at the 
Heller School, focusing on 
health services research. 
Chilmgerian and Wallack 
will be the codirectors of 
the new program. 

Jacques Cohen 

Zayre/Feldberg Professor of 
Computer Science and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was the 
invited speaker at the 
Cambridge Research 
Laboratory of Digital 
Corporation where he 
presented the current plans 
for the Association of 
Computing Machinery to 
start electronic publication 
and distribution using the 
Internet. Also, he obtained a 
grant to enable Dr. 
Benjamin Brosgol, a 
computer expert, to teach 
an undergraduate course on 
Object-Oriented Software 

Stanley Deser 

Enid and Nate Ancell 
Professor of Physics, 
delivered a number of 
invited lectures while on 
sabbatical: at CERN 
(European Center for 
Nuclear Research); at the 
Universities of Florence, 
Pisa, and Rome; and he was 
a Distinguished Visiting 

9 Spring 1995 

Professor, Turkish National 
Scientific Council. Recently 
he was the invited speaker 
at the O. Klein Centennial 
Nobel Symposium, 
Stockholm; at CERN; and at 
the University of 

Gerald D. Fasmati 

Louis and Bessie Rosenfield 
Professor of Biochemistry, 
delivered the following 
lectures: "Intrachain and 
Interchain Complexes of 
Neurofilament Peptides: A 
Link Between Al'* and 
Alzheimer's Disease" at the 
Fourth International 
Conference on Alzheimer's 
Disease and Related 
Disorders, Minneapolis, 
MN; "Alzheimer's Disease: 
Organic or Psychological?" 
at Wellesley College, 
Wellesley, MA; 
"Alzheimer's Disease: Can 
Tangle and Plaque 
Formation Be Reversed?" at 
Tufts University, 
Department of 
Biochemistry, Boston, MA; 
and "The Role of 
Aluminum in Alzheimer's 
Disease" at SmithKline &. 
Beecham Pharmaceuticals, 
The Frythe, Welwyn, 
Hertfordshire, England. 

Gordon Fellman 

associate professor of 
sociology, published 
"Ambivalence and Social 
Change" m the Peace 
Review and "The Fetishism 
of Publications and the 
Secrets Thereof" in 
Academe, the journal of the 
American Association of 
University Professors. 

Lawrence Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor in American 
Civilization and Politics, 
contributed an essay, 
"Diversity, Xenophobia, 
Racism, and Bigotry: 
Celebration and Conflict in 
the Kaleidoscope," for 
American Studies Today. 
His essay, "The American 
Civic Culture and an 
Inclusive Immigration 
Policy," appeared in the 
Handbook of Research on 

Multicultural Education 
and his article, "What Do 
Immigrants Deserve? A 
Warm Welcome and the 
Usual Benefits — But Not 
Affirmative Action," 
appeared in the Sunday 
Outlook section of the 
Washington Post. He 
delivered testimony before 
the House Ways and Means 
Committee in Washington 
on the subject of immigrant 
eligibility for welfare 
benefits. He held public 
hearings and consultations 
in Texas, Arizona, and 
Washington, D.C., on 
immigration matters. Also, 
he gave a speech on behalf 
of the Facing History and 
Ourselves Foundation on 
refugee policy and he spoke 
to a scholar seminar on 
immigration and refugee 
policy at Tufts University. 
His work on the U.S. 
Commission on 
Immigration Reform was 
mentioned in several 
newspapers, including the 
New York Times, the 
Miami Herald, the Los 
Angeles Times, and 
Business Week. 

Barbara Hyams 

lecturer with rank of 
assistant professor of 
German, delivered a paper 
on "Hcrnadi's Whodunit: A 
Detective Novel 
Investigates the Conflict 
between Cultural and 
Political Zionism" at the 
annual meeting of the 
Association for Jewish 
Studies, Boston. She was 
organizer and moderator of 
a session on "Christa Wolf 
and Cultural Politics, A 
Five-Year Retrospective, 
1989-1994" at the annual 
meeting of the Modern 
Language Association, San 
Diego, CA. Also, she was 
invited to speak on a panel 
on Weimar Germany and 
the Volkish Movement at 
Boston College; her talk was 
titled "The New Woman 
and the Nazis." 

Adam B. Jaffe 

associate professor of 
economics, was appointed 
to the board of editors of the 
American Economic 

Ann GIga Koloski-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, delivered a 
paper, "Latrines, Baths, and 
Health in Post-Earthquake 
Pompeii," at the joint 
annual meetings of 
Archaeological Institute of 
America and the American 
Philological Association, 
Atlanta, GA. 

Margie E. Lachman 

associate professor of 
psychology, was elected a 
fellow of the American 
Psychological Association, 
Division on Adult 
Development and Aging. 
She was coorganizer and 
lecturer at the Summer 
Institute on Successful 
Midlife Development, St. 
Moritz, Switzerland, 
sponsored by the John D. 
and Catherine T. 
MacArthur Foundation 
Research Network on 
Successful Mid-life 
Development, the Max 
Planck Institute on Human 
Development and 
Education, and the 
International Society for the 
Study of Behavioral 
Development. Her lecture 
was entitled, "The Sense of 
Control in Adulthood." 

Richard Lansing 

professor of Italian and 
comparative literature, 
delivered a lecture, "The 
Sins of Violence in Dante's 
Inferno: Act and Image," at 
the University of Toronto. 
Also, he was a discussant at 
the inaugural International 
Dante Seminar, Princeton 
University. He is general 
editor of The Dante 
Encyclopedia, which he is 
preparing with the 
collaboration of 150 
scholars from around the 

Avigdor Levy 

professor of Near Eastern 
and Judaic Studies, is editor 
of the book. The Jews of the 
Ottoman Empire (The 
Darwin Press) for which he 

has also written the 
introduction and a chapter. 
His article, "The 
Foundation of the Office of 
Chief Rabbi in the Ottoman 
Empire," was published in 
Hebrew in Pe'aniim, 
quarterly of the Ben-Zvi 
Institute, Jerusalem. He 
gave talks on "Islam and 
Judaism" to the Hadassah at 
Brandeis University 
Institute and was 
interviewed by The Boston 
Globe on the Middle East 
peace process and published 
his comments. 

Victor Luftig 

associate professor of 
English and American 
literature and director. 
University Writing, chaired 
a session on Irish 
Modernism at the Modern 
Language Association 
Convention; lectured on the 
poetry of Seamus Heaney at 
Middlebury College; and 
represented Brandeis at a 
meeting of the Ivy League 
Writing Consortium at 
Cornell University. 

Daniel Margolls 

lecturer in Jewish 
education, Hornstein 
Program, received an 
honorary doctorate from the 
Jewish Theological 
Seminary of America. Also, 
the book that he coedited. 
Curriculum, Community 
and Commitment: Views 
on the American fewish 
Day School, was recognized 
as an honor book in the 
field of Jewish education by 
the Jewish Book Council at 
their 45th Annual National 
Jewish Book Awards. 

Richard J. Parmentler 

associate professor of 
anthropology, had his book. 
Signs in Society: Studies in 
Semiotic Anthropology, 
published by Indiana 
University Press. He 
delivered the following 
invited lectures at the 
University of Pennsylvania 
Law School: "The 
Discipline of 
'Anthropological Approaches 
to Cultural Symbolism," 

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"Language, Discourse, and 
Textuality," and "Gender, 
Domination, and Feminist 

Michael G. Plummer 

assistant professor of 
economics, coedited 
Emerging Patterns of East 
Asian Investment m China. 
published by M.E. Sharpe. 

Marilyn Ranker 

Saltzman Visiting Artist in 
Fine Arts, had her sculpture 
exhibited in a two-person 
show at Lenore Gray 
Gallery, Providence, RI. 

Benjamin C. I. Ravid 

Jennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
received grants from the 
Memorial Foundation for 
Jewish Culture and the 
Lucius M. Littauer 
Foundation for his research 
on the Jewish Merchants of 
Venice. He has been 
appointed Discipline 
Representative for Hebraica 
of the Renaissance Society 
of America and chaired a 
session at the annual 
conference of the 
Association for Jewish 


professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program, delivered the 
following talks: "The Ninth 
Night of Hanukkah," at 
Temple Emanuel, Newton, 
MA; "Looking at Invisible 
Women: The History of 
Women in Sociology," at 
Brandeis House, New York; 

"Finding Jewish People who 
Inspire Us," at Cohen Hillel 
Academy Friends of the 
Library; "Manya 
Wilbushewitz Shohat," as 
scholar-in-residence in 
Brandeis Bardine Institute, 
CA; "The Future of 
American Universities," at 
Eastern Sociological 
Society, Philadelphia; and 

"Author meets the Critics," 
a panel on Paradoxes of 
Gender by Judith Lorber at 
the Eastern Sociological 
Society, Philadelphia. 
Reinharz sits on the 
editorial board of Applied 
Developmental Psychology. 
Her chapter "Toward an 

Ethnography of 'Voice' and 
'Silence'," was published in 
Human Diversity: 
Perspectives on People m 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer in Hebrew and 
acting director, Hebrew and 
Oriental Language 
Programs, made two 
presentations: "Developing 
Language Skills in the 
Hebrew Classroom" at Ohio 
State University and "A 
Curriculum for Teaching 
Modern Hebrew and 
Chinese at the Secondary 
and Post-Secondary Levels," 
at the University of 

Jonathan D. Sarna 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History, delivered 
the Lucy Dawidowicz 
Memorial Lecture at 
Congregation Ohr Zarua in 
New York and keynoted the 
annual meeting of the 
American Jewish 
Committee's Institute on 
American Jewish-Israel 
Relations in Jerusalem. He 
coauthored an article on 
K.K. Bene Israel (Rockdale 
Temple) in Cincinnati that 
appeared in American 
Congregations (University 
of Chicago Press). 

Donalds. Shepard 

research professor. Heller 
School, has helped health 
officials in the Mexican 
state of Tabasco to 
strengthen the financing of 
their health sectors through 
cost-effectiveness analysis 
to use its limited resources 
most effectively; suggested 
to health officials in 
Barbados how to attract 
overseas patients for 
uncomplicated medical care 
such as plastic surgery or 
stroke rehabilitation; and in 
Jamaica he reported results 
from a baseline survey of 
hospital patient 

Jack Shonkoff 

dean and Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold Professor of 
Human Development, 
Heller School, delivered the 
Warren Weiswasser 
Memorial Lecture at Yale 
University School of 

Laurence R. de Zoysa Simon 

adjunct associate professor 
of politics, was invited by 
the Food and Agriculture 
Organization of the United 
Nations to participate in 
the planning for a national 
post-harvest strategy for Sri 
Lanka where small farmers 
currently lose as much as 25 
percent of their harvests. 

James A. Storer 

professor of computer 
science and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems, and Martin Cohn 
lecturer and senior research 
associate in computer 
science, served as general 
chair and program chair, 
respectively, of DCC '95, 
the annual Data 
Compression Conference 
sponsored by the Institute 
of Electrical and Electronics 

Gary A. Tobin 

associate professor of Jewish 
community research and 
planning jHornstein 
Program) and director, 
Cohen Center for Modern 
Jewish Studies, delivered an 
address on "Trends in 
Jewish Fundraising" at the 
Fifth Annual Conference of 
the Jewish Funders 
Network meeting in 
Cambridge, MA. 

Pieter C. Wensink 

professor of biochemistry 
and Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, was invited to serve 
as a member of the Genetics 
Study Section, Division of 
Research Grants, National 
Institutes of Health, for a 
four-year term. 

Stephen J. Whitfield 

Max Richter Professor of 
American Civilization, 
delivered lectures on 
American politics and 
culture at the University of 

Bucharest, Romania, the 
University of Graz, Austria, 
and the Hebrew University 
of Jerusalem. He was also 
invited to present papers at 
conferences in Bologna on 
the Cold War and in 
Nashville at the American 
Studies Association. He 
published the following 
articles: "Stages of 
Capitalism: The Business of 
American Jewish 
Dramatists" in Jewish 
History and "Blood and 
Sand: The Jewish 
Community of South 
Florida" in American 
lev^sh History. 

Harry Zohn 

professor of German, 
presented papers at the 
convention of the Modern 
Language Association, San 
Diego, CA; The Franz 
Werfel Symposium at the 
University of Szeged; and 
the Austrian Cultural 
Institute in Budapest. His 
book, Austriaca and 
fudaica: Essays and 
Translations was issued by 
Peter Lang Publishing. 


Barbara H. Palmer 

university registrar and 
director, institutional 
research, received the 1994 
Best Paper Award by the 
North East Association for 
Institutional Research. Her 
paper, "Lesjes van de 
nederlanders: Little Lessons 
from the Dutch to Promote 
Educational Quality," 
compares efforts to account 
for quality in Dutch and 
American higher education. 
The award includes an 
honorarium and an 
invitation to present the 
paper at the 1995 national 

11 Spring 1995 


$750K Fishman Trust Grant 
Will Repair Castle 

It has become a Brandeis 
icon, an eccentric symbol of 
the early beginnings of a 
campus that seemingly 
overnight grew from a 
handful of buildmgs on a 
hill to a sprawling research 
institution. But Usen 
Castle, once home to 
medical school classrooms 
and dissectmg laboratories, 
and now a sought-after 
student residence hall, is 
showing its age. 

Embedded inside thick 
walls made of fieldstone 
harvested from Colonial-era 
stone fences, the aging pipes 
of its heating system are 
deteriorating, making life 
for the 1 16 or so student 
residents sometimes less 
than comfortable and 
contributing to the 
deterioration of other 
building systems. The turret 
on one of the towers is in 
dire need of significant 
structural repair. 

So last November, when 
word came that a portion of 
the Philip Fishman Trust 
was due to be distributed to 
the University, earmarked 
specifically for 
improvements to the 
physical plant. President 
Jehuda Reinharz said he 
needed little time to decide 
where the money should go. 
He commissioned a 
preliminary engineering 
study to see what could be 
done with the $750,000 
donation and decided the 
castle was the University's 
highest priority. 

"Ever since the first days of 
Brandeis, the castle has 
been a focal point of our 
campus. By replacing the 
castle's heating systems and 
shoring up the tower, we 
will be taking a major step 

toward making it a better 
place for students to live," 
said Reinharz. 

"At the same time we will be 
honoring our commitment 
to preserve the historical 
value of the building," 
added Reinharz. The castle, 
built in 1928, is on the 
National Register of 
Historic Places. 

Stanley A. Rumbaugh, 
executive vice president for 
finance and administration, 
said it IS somewhat unusual 
for a trust to be given for 
the purposes of physical 
improvements. He 
explained that the late 
Philip Fishman, an engineer 
from the North Shore of 
Massachusetts, left money 
to a number of area 
institutions for similar 

"Without this generous gift, 
we might have had to delay 
work on the castle for at 
least another year," said 
Rumbaugh. He explained 
that the old heating system, 
encased within the thick 
walls, will be abandoned 
and left in place and a new 
system with forced-hot- 
water radiation and copper 
piping will be installed. The 
current system, said Shelley 
M. Kaplan, vice president 
for administration, 
generates excessive 
humidity, which leaks 
through the stone walls and 
peels paint. The turret, he 
said, now has wire mesh 
wrapped around it to guard 
against falling rock. It will 
need to be dismantled and 
totally rebuilt, Kaplan 

The first installment of the 
trust was received in 
February, and work began in 
May. The job of replacing 
the heating and ventilation 
system should be done 
before students arrive back 
in the fall. 

Parents Fund Shuttle Bus 

Marjorie and Martin Grove, 
the parents of Geoffrey 
Grove '98, have made a 
generous donation to the 
Brandeis Parents' Annual 
Fund to help improve the 
quality of life for students. 
The gift will continue 
funding the popular 
weekend shuttle bus service 
to Boston and Cambridge 
and late-night dining at 
Cholmondeley's in 1995-96. 

"We are delighted to have an 
opportunity to help make 
the quality of life at 
Brandeis as good as it can 
be," said Martin Grove, a 
Hollywood entertainment 
columnist and screenwriter 
best known as the movie 
analyst for CNN's "ShowBiz 
Today." The Groves 
describe themselves as 

'enthusiastic supporters" of 
the University. 

"Marjorie and I both believe 
that its very important for 
students to be able to get to 
the cultural opportunities of 
Boston and to be able to do 
so in a way that is as safe as 
possible," said Grove, 
expressing his enthusiasm 
for the free shuttle bus. 
Begun last semester, the 
service runs continuously 
into Boston on weekend 
nights until 2:45 am. 

Judith Shapiro '63 Named 
Sachar Winner by National 
Women's Committee 

ludith R. Shapiro '63, 
president of Barnard 
College, will receive the 
Abram L. Sachar Medallion 
from the Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee at 
Brandeis on Friday, June 9, 
during the organization's 
national conference. 

Shapiro was graduated 
magna cum laude from 
Brandeis, earned her Ph.D. 
from Columbia University, 
and went on to hold 
positions at the University 
of Chicago and Bryn Mawr 
College before her 
appointment to head 
Barnard in 1994. A noted 
anthropologist, she has done 
pioneering research on 
gender differences and is an 
outspoken champion of 
single-sex education for 

The Women's Committee 
established the Sachar 
Award in 1968 to honor 
Abram L. Sachar, the 
founding president of 
Brandeis. Each year the 
organization recognizes a 
woman who has made 
outstanding contributions 
to public education and 
awareness. Shapiro is the 
second Brandeis graduate to 
receive the award. Past 
recipients include Jane 
Alexander, Letty Cottin 
Pogrebin '59, Nina 
Totenberg, Sherry Lansing, 
Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, Jehan 
Sadat, Helen Caldicott, 
Helen Hayes, Dixie Lee 
Ray, and Doris Kearns 

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Giddon Scholars, Waltham 
Teens Taking Free Courses 

Donald Giddon 

Three local high school 
students were enrolled in 
courses at Brandeis this past 
semester as recipients of the 
1994-95 Ruth, Franklin, and 
William Giddon 
Scholarships. The 
scholarships, which allow 
exceptional high school 
students to take a course m 
the field of their choice at 
Brandeis, are given annually 
to up to four students from 
Newton and Wellesley high 

The Giddon Scholarships 
were established at Brandeis 
in memory of Ruth Giddon, 
a former national vice 
president and honorary 
board member of the 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee; her husband, 
William; and their son, 
Franklin, a former Brandeis 
student. Dr. Donald 
Giddon, who resides and 
practices dentistry in 
Newton, Massachusetts, 
and is Ruth Giddon's 
surviving son, congratulated 
the three recipients. 

This year's recipients were: 
Eli Mitrani of Newton 
Center, who took a 
philosophy course; Tonia 
Rosario of Newtonville, 
who enrolled in a course in 
legal studies; and Leonid 
Sigal of Auburndale, who 
studied physics. 

Five Waltham High School 
students also took one 
course each free of charge at 
Brandeis University this 
past semester. 

Enrolled in courses ranging 
from chemistry to fine arts 
and from economics to 
psychology were: Ajay 
Bhatia, Kristie Downing, 
Jeffrey Napolitano, Cara 
Weddig, and David Wong. 
Free courses are offered 
annually at Brandeis to up 
to 10 qualified high school 
students from Waltham. 

The Herbert W. Plimpton 
Collection of Realist Art, 
a significant and often 
startling body of 1970s 
American realist art, 
will be exhibited at the 
Rose Art Museum 
through July 31. 

Admission is free and 
open to the public. 

Acquired by the Rose last 
year, the Plimpton 
Collection is a major body 
of work offering a richly 
varied look at realist art of 
its period. It documents an 
important attitude and 
invaluable sampling of the 
genre. A feature article 
about the collection 
appeared in the Summer 
1 994 issue of the Review. 

Museum hours are 
Tuesday through Sunday, 
1 :00 to 5:00 pm, with 
extended evening hours 
Thursday until 9:00 pm. 
For more information call 

Dorothy Corwin (center) 
was inducted as a Brandeis 
University Fellow on 
February 26. 1995. by 
Jehuda Reinharz. President 
of Brandeis, (left) and 
Richard R. Silverman '54, 
Fellow of the University 
(right). Appointment as a 
Brandeis University Fellow 
is an honorary distinction 
conferred for life upon an 
individual who has given 
significant service and 
support to Brandeis and has 
made an outstanding 
contribution to the future 
of higher education. 

13 Spring 1995 


Survivors' Daughter Takes 
Play to Auschwitz 

An actress, director, and 
teacher, Smulowitz is drama 
director at Triton Regional High 
School in Byfleld, north of 
Boston, and runs a children's 
theater program in 
Newburyport. She makes it her 
mission to combat prejudice 
and preach responsibility, 
going into schools to explain in 
dramatic personal terms, about 
the Holocaust and its 

Anna Smulowitz, M.A. '86, 
endured a childhood 
permeated by the pain her 
parents suffered at 
Auschwitz and Birkenau, 
where many in her family 
perished. Both her mother 
and father were emotionally 
devastated by their 
experiences in the German 
concentration camps. Given 
its atmosphere of past 
agony, her childhood home 
in Louisville, Kentucky, 
might just as well have been 
situated right next to 

Smulowitz coped with this 
legacy by writing a play in 
1971, entitled Teiezin, 
Children of the Holocaust, 
about a Nazi concentration 
camp. Although the play • 
has evolved during the last 
24 years, the core remains 
the same. "Terezin" won 
the American Children's 
Television Award in 1984 
after a WBZ-TV broadcast. 

The play is about Terezin, a 
Nazi concentration camp in 
Czechoslovakia, where 
15,000 children were sent 
during World War II and 
only ISO survived. It is 
really a metaphor for 
Smulowitz's life: a lost 
childhood in the wake of 
her mother's emotional 
.irutality and her father's 
emotional paralysis, both a 
result of experiences at 
Auschwitz and Birkenau. 
She still struggles to heal. 

Smulowitz took a giant step 
last December when she 
performed her play during a 
peace convocation at 
Auschwitz. Funded in part 
by Timberland, the rugged- 
wear company that is 
interested in combating 
racism through education, 
Smulowitz brought to 
Europe about 30 actors — all 
children — from the 
Newburyport area, and 
some of their parents. They 
met another 25 German 
teachers and students — who 
are the actors in the same 
play performed in 
Germany — at a place called 
the Oenwaldschule, near 
Frankfurt. All boarded a bus 
for a 17-hour ride to 
Auschwitz. "It was an 
intense, long trip," says 
Smulowitz. "The language 
barrier became minimal. 
Everyone wanted so much 
to communicate. It was an 
interesting metaphor for 
what the whole trip was 
about — learning other 
cultures, and trying to 
understand each other. By 
the end it wasn't hard at all, 
it was just wonderful," 
she says. 

Arriving at Auschwitz in 
the middle of the night, 
exhausted, they promptly 
found beds and went to 
sleep. "The next morning 
when we woke up, I pulled 
the curtain open and could 
see the barbed wire through 

the window," states 
Smulowitz. "It was 
astonishing because I didn't 
know we were that close. 
We had slept basically 
on the grounds of 
Auschwitz all night. We got 
dressed and took a very 
short walk to go in (it is 
now a museum) and it was 
like Hell. 

"We spent the first day at 
Auschwitz, the death camp, 
and the second day at 
Birkenau, the labor camp, 
where a part of Steven 
Spielberg's Schindlei's List 
was filmed. It was very 
painful. We said a kaddish 
for my family. We took 
names off suitcases and said 
their names at the kaddish 
service. And we had a 
Native American cleansing 
session at the same time. 
The karma is so dark, it is 
oppressive. The trees are 
bent and gnarled, unlike any 
trees I've seen anywhere. I 
really believe the plant life 
took on some of the pain of 
all those souls," Smulowitz 

'One of the most amazing 
things was that we 
celebrated the last night of 
Chanukkah on our first 
night there," she explains 
with excitement. "We were 
part of a peace convocation 
of about 250 people. And in 
the morning, we made 250 
menorahs out of tongue 
depressors and little 
plumbing gaskets. We 
brought candles — nine 
candles in each — and we lit 
them at the gates of 
Auschwitz. To hear the 
blessing and see all that 
light at the crematorium 

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was an incredible 
contradiction of light and 
darkness, and it was 
beautiful to witness." 

Smulowitz had been there 
about 10 years before, by 
herself, but passed out, she 
explains. "I didn't make it 
through, I could barely get 
into the place. I had come 
all that way from 
Newburyport, and then I 
looked very little, and left 

This time, accompanied by 
her husband and child, she 
prepared herself. Braced for 
an onslaught of emotions, 
she felt more secure as part 
of a group. "When I'm 
nervous, I bring 40 people 
with me. So I shlepped all 
these people, and I thought, 
we're going to do this," she 
says. After the performance 
of the play at Auschwitz, 
one of her actors was asked 
by a member of the 
audience, "How can you do 
this? Don't you have 
nightmares;" Contrasting 
the finality of death with 
the continuing possibilities 
available in life, the child 
answered, "Well at least I 
have the possibility to 

The child's response made a 
strong impression on 
Smulowitz. "It made me 
realize that we all have to 
bear witness to Auschwitz, 
to the horror," she says. 
"There you are, in the 
middle of it, and you're 
looking at rooms full of 
hair, and suitcases and 
braids and individual shoes 
and you ]ust know they 
belonged to real people with 
personalities and names and 
futures. That's why you 
need to go there to see that 
the six million gets reduced 
to one person at a time," 
she explains. 

That is exactly the goal of 
her play. The six children in 
the play represent the six 
million Jews. After their 
performance at Auschwitz, 
the audience, weeping, full 
of compassion, gave it a 
standing ovation. "Children 
have to teach adults," 
Smulowitz believes, 
"because they still hold a 
sense of what's right and 
what's wrong, and adults 
tend to forget. Because the 
ends justify the means, then 
vision is blurred. Children's 
vision is not blurred yet. It's 
very clear." 

In a question and answer 
period with the audience 
after the play, the children 
are often very articulate, 
offering surprising insights 
and answers. The actors feel 
they have an obligation to 
those children who didn't 
have a life, to remember and 
acknowledge — to pay 
tribute — to those lives. 
They feel empowered, that 
they can educate people, 
and the audience listens to 
what they have to say. 

Of special significance to 
her healing process is the 
extraordinary performance 
at Auschwitz. "We 
performed right at the gas 
chamber — you can't get any 
closer. I was able to grieve 
all day long, walking around 
the place: I cried all day. 
And then at night I went to 
work through my play, and 
did something with all the 
pain, and it was positive, 
and it felt right," she says. 

One of South Korea's most 
distinguished business 
leaders has been named to 
the Board of Trustees. 
Suk-Won Kim '70 is 
chairman of the Ssangyong 
Business Group, a company 
that was founded by his 
father in 1939. 

Kim helped to diversify the 
Ssangyong Business Group, 
which in 1993 was listed as 
the sixth largest business 
conglomerate in Korea. 
Today the company is 
involved in a successful ski 
resort, oil refineries, hotels, 
automobile manufacturing, 
securities brokerage, and 
computer software. 

Other recent changes to the 
board include the election 
of Joel L. Fleishman, Robert 
Shapiro '52, and the re- 
election of Thomas L. 
Friedman '75 as Alumni 
Term Trustee. Fleishman is 
professor of law and public 
policy and director of the 

Suk-Won Kim '10 

Samuel and Ronnie 
Heyman Center for Ethics, 
Public Policy, and the 
Professions at Duke 
University. Shapiro is 
president of Turnkey Living 
Inc. of Boston. Friedman is a 
two-time Pulitzer Prize- 
winning author and 
diplomatic correspondent at 
the New Yoik Times. 

15 Spring 1995 



The Procession of the 
President's Party including, 
front to back, fornner 
Brandeis President Charles 
I. Schottland; Dean of 
Admissions and Financial 
Aid David Gould 
serving as Marshal of the 
President's Party; and 
President Jehuda Reinharz. 

Photos by Marvin Lewiton and Julian Brown 

16 Brandeis Review 

Left, President Reinharz 
receives applause upon his 
Investiture. Top, Charles 
I. Schottland, President 
of Brandeis, 1970-72. Above, 
President Reinharz's niece, 
Ariela Lovett, daughters 
Yael and Naomi, and sister 
Lea Roussos listen 
to the inaugural address. 

17 Spring 1995 

Left, The robing 
in Gosman Center. 
Above, President Reinharz 
and Vartan Gregorian, 
President of 
Brown University. 

18 Brandeis Review 

Below, Shulamjt Reinharz, 
flanked by other faculty 
members. Bottom, President 
Relnharz's sister-in-law 
Dr. Tova Rothschild, nephew 
Adam Lovett, and brother- 
in-law Dr. Barry Lovett. 

Top, President Reinharz 
greets delegate Greggory 
Keith Spence, former 
Vice President and General 
Counsel of Brandeis, 
1987-91. He currently holds 
the same position at the 
New School for Social 
Research. Above, Reinharz 
and John Silber, President 
of Boston University. 

19 Spring 1995 

eetings from the City 

Louis Perlmutter '56 
Chair of the Board of 

On behalf of the Board of 
Trustees of Brandeis 
University, it is my privilege 
to welcome you to this 
historic occasion in the life 
of this institution — the 
Inauguration of the seventh 
President of Brandeis — the 
only nonsectarian university 
sponsored by the American 
Jewish community. It is an 
institution that is rightfully a 
source of great pride to our 
community and a resource 
for the entire nation. 

It was with Brandeis's 
unique mission in mind, as 
well as the promise and 
challenges for the future, 
that the Board of Trustees 
enthusiastically selected 
Jehuda Reinharz to be the 
President to lead Brandeis 
into the new millennium. So 
the search that began 14 
months ago formally ends 
today with the Inauguration 
of Jehuda Reinharz: 

As John Masefield said: 

There are few earthly things 
more splendid than a 
University. . . wherever a 
University stands, it stands 
and shines: wherever it 
exists, the free minds of 
men and women, urged on 
to full and fair inquiry may 
still bring wisdom into 
human affairs. 

Mdyor w 

'filial If -'f^ 

Any inauguration is a 
special moment in the 
history of a university. But 
for Brandeis, this 
Inauguration is historic. 
Jehuda Reinharz is the first 
alumnus and first member 
of the faculty to become 
President of Brandeis. A 
scholar, administrator, and 
leader, he was educated at 
Brandeis where the great 
mentors in his field were 
teaching. He taught and did 
his most productive work as 
a member of the faculty. 
And he developed his 
administrative skills as the 
director of The Tauber 
Institute for the Study of 
European Jewry and then 
as provost and senior vice 
president for academic 

We are fortunate that within 
our inner family exists a 
man who in every respect 
reflects the high standards 
and expectations of this 
University. That is why I am 
confident and excited about 
the future of this great 
institution and I am pleased 
that so many of you could 
join with us today to 
celebrate the Inauguration 
of Jehuda Reinharz. 

It gives me great pleasure 
to extend greetings from the 
city of Waltham to Brandeis 
University on this important 
occasion. I congratulate 
Jehuda Reinharz on 
becoming the seventh 
President of Brandeis 
University, and officially 
welcome him to our city. 

Brandeis University and the 
city of Waltham have 
always had a great deal in 
common. Both the city and 
the University are close-knit 
communities whose 
members feel a strong 
sense of belonging, and a 
desire to use their individual 
talents for the well-being of 
the whole. Both the city of 
Waltham and Brandeis 
University draw strength 
from their diversity, and 
encourage men and women 
of all religions and ethnic 
backgrounds to live and 
work together in a spirit of 
goodwill and mutual 
respect. I might also 
mention that both Waltham 
and Brandeis value 
education not just as a 
means to earn a living, but 
as a path leading to 
happiness, truth, and self- 

The city of Waltham is 
proud to be the home of 
Brandeis University. Over 
the years, Brandeis and its 

home city have enjoyed a 
warm and productive 
relationship, one that is 
beneficial to both parties. 
We are grateful that 
Brandeis University has 
committed itself to the well- 
being of the city, and has 
chosen to be actively 
involved in many worthwhile 
and important projects. I 
look forward to continuing 
this special relationship with 
President Reinharz. 

The inauguration of a new 
president is a momentous 
event in the history of a 
university. It brings about a 
feeling of excitement, and a 
sense that all things are 
possible. I am quite certain 
that Brandeis will thrive and 
prosper under the 
leadership of President 
Reinharz, and maintain its 
position as one of 
America's preeminent 
institutions of higher 
learning. I congratulate 
President Reinharz on this 
important day and wish him 
success and happiness in 
the years to come. 

Thank you. 

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Hugh N. Pendleton 
Chair of the Faculty 
Senate, Professor 

Fellow ceremonians: 
On behalf of the faculty of 
Brandels University I bring 
greetings to Jehuda 
Reinharz as he is 
inaugurated as the seventh 
President of Brandeis 
University. We trust that 
seven will be a number 
portending good fortune for 
this University and for its 
newest President. As 
Jehuda undoubtedly knows, 
the mathematician Karl 
Friedrich Gauss proved it 
impossible to construct a 
seven-sided regular 
polygon in a finite number 
of steps using ruler and 
compass alone. However, a 
talented university 
president must do things 
with figures in a finite 
amount of time which 
ordinary mortals know 
should take an infinite 
amount of time. We look 
forward to Jehuda's 
transfinite construction of 
seven-sided regular 
polygonal figures, to his 
total mastery of monetary 
figures of whatever size is 
necessary, and to his 
judicial utilization of 
professorial figures. I end 
my greeting to Jehuda with 
a heartfelt wish from his 
colleagues on the Brandeis 
faculty and from Vulcans 
everywhere: 'Haarekh 
yamim vehazlah (live long 
and prosper)!" 

Ian Marinoff '95 


of the Student Union 

It is indeed an honor to 
bring you greetings on 
behalf of the students of 
this University. On this 
wonderful occasion marking 
the Inauguration of the 
University's seventh 
President, we do much 
more than celebrate a 
period of new leadership. 
What we celebrate today is 
the distance our University 
has traveled since those 
momentous days in 1948. 
Today is a very special day 
because we draw attention 
to the great tradition of our 
University, which has given 
so much to American higher 
education and to all who 
have studied and taught on 
campus. Today, we 
celebrate not a changing of 
the guard, but the continuity 
of a sacred tradition upon 
which this University was 
built and depends still. We 
draw attention to our new 

President and take pride in 
knowing that he, like all of 
us, shares the unique vision 
which defines Brandeis's 
own place among its peers. 
We celebrate the 
achievements of Brandeis's 
faculty, students, and 
alumni. We acknowledge 
the great potential of this 
institution, and we pause to 
empower our University's 
new leadership with words 
of encouragement and of 

Today, as our University, 
for the first time, 
inaugurates an alumnus as 
President we have much to 
be proud of and much to 
look forward to. President 
Reinharz — as a graduate of 
Brandeis you have a 
special bond to its students 
of today and tomorrow. 
From our personal 
conversations, I know of 
your love and commitment 
to this University and its 
students. We admire your 
devotion to this University, 
we wish you the best of luck 
in guiding its future, and we 
join the entire community in 
celebrating your 
Inauguration as President 

Stephen H. Kargere 
President of the Graduate 
Student Association (GSA) 

As this year's GSA 
president, I am very glad 
and honored to have this 
opportunity to congratulate 
the new President of 
Brandeis University, on 
behalf of the graduate 
student body. 

I am particularly pleased to 
do so as Dr. Reinharz is the 
first President in Brandeis's 
history to have been a 
graduate student here, from 
1968 to the completion of 
his Ph.D. in 1972. His 
spouse. Dr. Shulamit 
Reinharz, was also a 
graduate student at 
Brandeis. obtaining her 
sociology Ph.D. that same 
year. Some of you in the 
audience may have known 
the couple back then. Since 
this was the sixties, I can't 
help imagining them in 
sandals and bell-bottoms, 
love beads draped over tie- 
dyed T-shirts, and 
bandannas holding back 
long braids. Unfortunately, I 
have found no witness to 
confirm this description. 

21 Spring 1995 

I wish especially to thank 
President Reinharz for 
including graduate students 
in these Inauguration 
ceremonies. As he knows, 
the graduate community at 
Brandeis is eager to 
participate in, and to 
contribute to, all aspects of 
the University's life. His 
invitation attests to the 
good relationship which has 
blossomed in the past few 
years between the 
administration he now 
heads and this community. 

We are all aware that 
Brandeis, and higher 
education in general, face 
tough times ahead, but we 
are confident that our new 
President will overcome 
them and will solidify 
Brandeis's position as one 
of the premier small 
research institutions in the 
country, and we wish him 
well in his endeavor. 

William S. Bowen 
Senior Clerk, United 
States Post Office and 
Brandei'-- •''■•; "i '^'-^■'-n 
It is a great privilege to be 
here honoring you today on 
your Inauguration. As a 
child growing up in 
Waltham on Prospect Hill 
just across the way, I held 
Brandeis in awe. I used to 
watch, every Fourth of July, 
the fireworks reflect off the 
windows of the dorms, and I 
still see that sparkle in the 
eyes of the people who 
come here to learn. Never 
did I dream that one day I 
would actually be working 
on this campus, just as you, 
President Reinharz, 
probably never thought that 
after attending Brandeis, 
you would return "home" to 
become seventh President. 

So it is with deep 
appreciation and gratitude, 
that I officially bring 
greetings to you from the 
University and myself. 

Bruce B. Litwer '61 
President of the Alumni 

On behalf of the more than 
25,000 men and women 
who have been educated at 
this remarkable institution, I 
extend greetings. 

In its two score and seven 
year history, Brandeis 
University has reached 
many significant 
milestones, and its alumni 
have been a proud part of 
each and every one of 

Brandeis alumni have 
taken pride in the 
accomplishments of its 
high-achieving graduates, 
who are world-class leaders 
in their chosen fields of 

Brandeis graduates have 
boasted when faculty and 
alumni have distinguished 
themselves by winning 
prestigious prizes and 
awards, including 
Fulbrights, Pulitzers, and 
MacArthur Fellowships, and 
we are very proud that the 
presidents of 15 colleges 
and universities come from 
the ranks of Brandeis 

But I can think of no 
prouder moment for alumni 
than today's celebration. 
For Brandeis alumni the 

world over, this is an 
auspicious occasion. For 
the first time in our 
University's young life, a 
fellow alumnus from the 
Class of 1972 is being 
inaugurated as the 
University's seventh 

We congratulate Dr. 
Reinharz on his 
Inauguration, and the 
University community on its 
wisdom in choosing him. 
Mr. President, please know 
that Brandeis alumni 
cherish their relationship 
with their alma mater, 
recognize and appreciate 
the superior education they 
received from Brandeis, 
and are prepared to 
shoulder their 
responsibilities and join 
with you and others in 
strengthening the 
University's ability to fulfill 
its mission as you lead 
Brandeis into the 21st 

Good luck and Godspeed. 

22 Brandeis Review 

Belle D. Jurkowitz '55 
President of the Nationc 
omen's Committee 

As a pioneer student at 
Brandeis and a graduate of 
the Class of 1955, I am 
privileged to bring greetings 
from tfie Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee. This 
organization of 50,000 
foster alumni in 112 
communities around the 
country has played a 
significant role in the 
miraculous growth of the 
Brandeis Libraries — 
Libraries that in part 
determine the reputation 
and rating of the University. 
Providing the books, 
journals, and research 
materials for Brandeis 
students and faculty has 
been a labor of love: love 
for higher education; love 
for this esteemed 
University; concern for the 
generations that follow us 
and leave their indelible 
impression on the society in 
which they live. 

It is with the sincere belief 
that quality education can 
make a difference that we, 
the National Women's 
Committee, forge an 
enduring bond with our new 
President, Jehuda 
Reinharz. With President 
Reinharz, we renew a 
partnership that will take us 
into an imposing and 

challenging century when 
our global community will 
be blessed with greater 
advances in technology, 
cutting-edge research, and 
a proactive society. 

In the capable, innovative, 
and protective hands of 
Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis 
will take its place among 
the leaders in higher 
education. As national 
president of the largest 
friends of a library 
organization in the world, I 
pledge our membership to 
join hands and hearts in the 
search for truth, "even unto 
its innermost parts." We 
promise our continuing 
support for libraries of 
uncompromising quality that 
can keep pace with the 
progress of a changing 

Vartan Gregorian 
President of Brown 

On behalf of all the college 
and university presidents of 
the nation, the academic 
associations, and the entire 
academic community, I 
bring to you the 
congratulations of your 
sister universities and their 
hope that Brandeis 
University under your 
leadership will prosper in its 
second half century no less 
than it has in its first half 

The beginnings of this 
University were modest in 
material possessions, but 
filled with great 
expectations. A beginning 
which has the blessing of 
Albert Einstein and takes 
unto itself the name of 
Justice Louis D. Brandeis 
has already dreamed 
dreams of greatness. In 
1925 Justice Brandeis 
cautioned that money alone 
cannot build a worthy 
university. "To become 
great," he wrote, "A 
university must express the 
people whom it serves, and 
must express the people 
and the community at their 
best. ...The aim must be 
high, and the vision broad." 

The choice of the name 
carried with it a great 
responsibility to live up to 
the symbol it represented. 
Einstein wrote: "Brandeis is 

a name that cannot be 
merely adopted. It is one 
that must be achieved." 

A succession of presidents 
has led this University to 
achieve the recognition of 
which Einstein wrote. This 
achievement has been 
attained through a 
leadership which has built a 
faculty and a student body 
of national and international 
recognition. Believing that 
Brandeis University must 
link truth and justice to 
honor its heritage, this 
University chose to place 
the Hebrew word emeth 
(truth) at the center of it 
seal and to derive its motto 
from the psalmist who 
demanded, "The search for 
truth, even unto its 
innermost parts." 

As a historian of modern 
Jewish history who unites 
Israel and the United States 
through your birth in Haifa 
and your higher education 
in the United States, we 
offer to you and to Brandeis 
University our 
congratulations and our 
hope that the Brandeis 
University of the 21st 
century will continue to 
manifest the linkage of the 
search for truth and the 
demand for justice which 
was in the foundations of its 
beginnings in 1948. 

23 Spring 1995 

Knolo by Marvin Lewilon 

An Old and 
Generous Contract 

On April 9, 1995, Jehuda 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 
reassured a celebratory 
throng with these 
remarks on the occasion 
of his Inauguration as the 
seventh President of 
Brandeis University 

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman-elect, President 
Gregorian, fellow trustees, fellow faculty, fellow 
administrators and staff, fellow alumni, fellow parents, 
students, members of the Brandeis inner family and 
my own family, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen. 
Brandeis is an institution close to my heart. For more 
than 27 years, it has played a vital role in my life, first 
as a student, then as an alumnus, a faculty member, an 
academic administrator, and now as its seventh 

In accepting the presidency of Brandeis, I am reminded 
of the story about Herbert Samuel, the first high 
commissioner for Palestine, who arrived in Jaffa on 
June 30, 1920, to receive from Major General Louis 
Bols the formal transfer of administration. Bols had 
prepared for Sir Herbert a humorous typewritten 
receipt for "one Palestine taken over in good 
condition," which Sir Herbert dutifully signed, adding 
the letters "E.O.E." — Errors and Omissions Excepted. 

I have received from my predecessors "one Brandeis 
taken over in good condition" — E.O.E! I see it as my 
duty to protect and nurture it, ensuring that it will be 
available "in good condition" for future generations of 
Brandeisians. I accept the obhgations of the Presidency 
as a high honor and privilege. I recognize my 
responsibility as a steward, called to preserve all that is 
best about Brandeis while helping to prepare our 
University for the 21st century. 

Sometimes I wonder how my life might have turned 
out were it not for the great opportunities offered by 
this magnificent country. In 1961, when my family 
and I landed in New York City, I had no money, knew 
no English, and had no immediate relatives who had 
attended college. It was my last year of high school, 
which I was about to enter in Newark, New Jersey. It 
was also the year I applied to college and was accepted. 
Without full scholarships throughout my 
undergraduate and graduate years, provided both by 
private and government sources, combined with paid 
jobs during the school year and vacations, and without 
faith in me by my professors, I never would have made 

I am telling you all of this so you will understand how 
I feel about providing opportunities to young people 
who have the talent, but not necessarily the resources, 
to obtain a higher education. How many young people 
from families of modest means will be held back 
throughout their lives because of lack of access to a 
first-class education? How many middle-class families 
will incur enormous debts in order to educate their 
children? And how many other 17-year-old immigrants 
came to the United States this year? Where will they 
be this coming fall? 

Like me, and like some of you, many of the men and 
women who founded Brandeis University were first- 
generation immigrants. Most of them had no 
opportunity to attend college, but they cared 

24 Brandeis Review 

passionately about education, and they knew its 
worth. Indeed, much of the history of Brandeis is the 
history of immigrants. Today, for the most part, the 
names of our students are no longer Central 
European. Rather, they are Asian, Haitian, Hispanic, 
or Eastern European. But for these students, as for the 
earlier generations, the love of learning and the will 
to succeed are intense. 

One of the reasons I accepted the Brandeis presidency 
was to ensure for others the same opportunity for a 
quality education with which I have been blessed. 
This is one of the reasons I have spent a good part of 
my first nine months in office traveling throughout 
the country and abroad, trying to raise scholarship 
funds for our students. 

Some of you are familiar with the story of Hillel, 
known later as Hillel the Elder, one of the greatest of 
the sages of the period of the Second Temple. He 
made great sacrifices to gain an education in the 
academy of Shemaya and Avtalyon. One winter day, 
being out of work, he could not pay the necessary 
admission charge to the lecture at the academy, and 
the doorkeeper refused him admission. Determined 
not to miss out on the session, he climbed onto the 
roof and listened to the lecture through the skylight. 
Basically, he sneaked into class. On the following 
morning, the lecture hall was darker than usual. On 
looking up, the students saw a human figure. Hillel 
had been covered by the snow that had fallen during 
the night. Fortunately, he was discovered in time and 

The commitment to learning exhibited by Hillel and 
the need to provide educational opportunity for those 
with talent, but not the means to pay, were ideals 
motivating Brandeis's founding pioneers. We all 
know that Brandeis was founded in 1948. And some 
of you know that it was formerly the site of 
Middlesex University. But probably few of you know 
that Brandeis is built on Boston Rock. It was from 
Boston Rock that Governor John Winthrop surveyed 
the site of the future city of Boston. He looked out 
from this place and saw the future and knew he was a 

I strongly identify with the pioneers at Brandeis and 
with their successors. I also appreciate the foresight 
of those men and women, born in this country, who 
believed in the concept of Brandeis University. Then 
and now, all of us share a common faith in the vast 
opportunities available to individuals in America 
through a combination of individual effort and 
community support. 

The founding of Brandeis University in the 
immediate aftermath of World War II and the 
Holocaust was a reaffirmation of the extraordinary 
vitality of the Jewish people who began rebuilding 
wherever Jews were dispersed. After the long 
darkness of the European night, what could be a more 
powerful symbol of freedom and light than a Jewish- 
sponsored university, open to all regardless of race. 

creed, gender, or economic means. The founding of 
Brandeis was a singular act of courage and faith. 

The men and women who founded Brandeis knew that 
spiritual rebuilding in the aftermath of physical 
destruction was a necessity. In some ways they 
followed the example of the founders of the Yavneh 
Academy after the destruction of the Second Temple. 
They knew that this idea would resonate in the hearts 
and minds of all people, Jews and non-Jews alike. 

The founding of the University almost defied 
rationality. Imagine for a moment what would have 
happened if, before establishing Brandeis, the founders 
had hired a consultant to conduct a needs-assessment 
for a new university in the Greater Boston area. Would 
they have been encouraged to proceed? And to 
heighten their challenge, the founders planned to name 
the new school, not for a generous donor, but for an 
illustrious Supreme Court Justice whose contribution 
would be wisdom, not wealth. That initial lack of 
resources seems only to have spurred the founders to 
even greater achievements. 

In his inaugural message in 1948, President Abram 
Sachar stated: "A new institution must move slowly 
and modestly...." We can all be thankful that he did 
not heed his own words. Today, as we near our 50th 
anniversary, we take pride in all that has been 
achieved in such a remarkably short time, but we are 
also challenged to fulfill the trust vested in us by 
Brandeis's founders. 

The world has undergone enormous change since 1948, 
not always for the better. Universities, however, 
remain islands of hope in a world that all too 
frequently fails to appreciate calm reason, open- 
minded dialogue, and respectful dissent. Women and 
men desperately need the few years that colleges and 
universities provide to learn to open their hearts and 
minds to new ideas, new cultures, and new ways of 
seeing and interpreting the world, while 
simultaneously retaining and strengthening their own 
cultural identity. 

Institutions, like individuals, have their own distinct 
identities. From its earliest years, Brandeis's identity 
was that of a small, liberal arts college within a 
research university, an institution committed to both 
undergraduate and graduate education. It is part of the 
tradition in American higher education of institutions 
founded as the special responsibility of particular 
denominational groups. It is one of the last institutions 
that is heir to this tradition. It has a clear and 
unambiguous identity that rests on four solid pillars: 
dedication to academic excellence, nonsectarianism, a 
commitment to social action, and continuous 
sponsorship by the Jewish community. 

25 Spring 1995 

As the University's mission statement declares: 

Biandeis was founded in 1 948 as a nonsectaiian 
univeisity under the sponsorship of the American 
Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and 
cultural values and to express its gratitude to the 
United States through the traditional Jewish 
commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian 
university that welcomes students and teachers of 
every nationality, religion, and political orientation, 
Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural 
diversity, equal access to opportunity, and freedom 
of expression. 

The University's pride in the traditional Jewish love 
of learning and the American heritage of cultural 
diversity, equal access to opportunity, and freedom of 
expression are as relevant today as in 1948. Our ideals 
and values have not changed; nor should they. I 
assume gladly the responsibility of helping to sustain, 
refine, and enlarge the mission of Brandeis University 
as a nonsectarian institution that is both proud of its 
heritage and welcoming of diversity, committed to 
what Abba Eban once called "particularism without 

The tie between Brandeis and the Jewish community 
is as strong today as it was in 1948. In fact, in a time 
of flux, uncertainty, and lack of direction within the 
American Jewish community, Brandeis, with its 
superb Judaica scholars and researchers, its 
community organizers and educators, is a unique and 
special resource. I see Brandeis as a partner, helping 
to set the agenda with the Jewish community, as it 
wrestles with the challenges confronting it 
throughout North America and beyond. 

An inauguration is a celebration of the individual 
being formally invested with the authority to lead the 
university. But, in a far more important sense, it is an 
affirmation of the strength and permanence of the 
institution. Brandeis has fulfilled many of its dreams. 
But as proud as we are of our past accomplishments, 
we look forward, not backward, expanding our 
tradition of intellectual experimentation. 

Contrary to the myth that universities are ivory 
towers, removed from the problems of society, there 
are at Brandeis, as elsewhere, many faculty members 
and students who deal with these very problems. The 
University's Program in Humanities and the 
Professions, for example, sensitizes judges, 
physicians, and other professionals to the ethical 
dimensions and dilemmas of their work. The 
Brandeis Intercultural Center provides a forum for 
students to appreciate, understand, and deal with one 
another's ethnic, racial, and cultural differences. The 
Waltham Group engages over 300 undergraduates in 
social service projects in the city of Waltham. The 
Women's Studies Program has begun an internship in 
the prevention of violence against women and 

children, and the Heller School develops policies and 
programs focused on the needs of the elderly, women, 
children, and the disadvantaged in our society. 

The challenge for me is to guarantee to our faculty and 
students the resources that will enable Brandeis to 
respond to the demands of a rapidly shifting 
environment. A university president is not unlike the 
mayor of a small city, who is involved in education, 
construction and facilities maintenance, snow 
removal, housing, dining services, security, athletic 
and entertainment programs, business and 
transportation services, and, of course, parking. And 
always there are budgetary concerns. 

Like a city, we, too, have elections, a council — actually 
many councils and governing groups — numerous 
competing interests all vying for the same finite 
resources. No, ladies and gentlemen, this is not the 
ivory tower; this is the real world! 

Like the mayors of cities, we must find the resources 
to attract and retain the finest faculty and staff and to 
ensure the maintenance and upgrading of our physical 
facilities. Brandeis must continue to enhance the 
quality of life on campus for both undergraduates and 
graduate students, and we must strengthen our 
competitive ability to recruit the best and the brightest 
young men and women. 

Many of the problems we face involve money or, more 
accurately, the absence of money. Today, the 
government, which has been a major source of support 
for education, is drawing back. Proposals are pending 
in Congress that could, among other things, eliminate 
campus-based student aid programs, reduce or cap 
indirect costs for federally sponsored research, limit 
growth of the National Science Foundation, and reduce 
or eliminate funding for the arts and humanities. 

At the same time that the government is poised to 
decrease its support for higher education, expectations 
regarding universities are increasing. Ironically, this is 
occurring at a time when public skepticism is on the 
rise about what universities do and public concern is 
voiced about the cost of doing it. It is little wonder 
that university presidents feel that we spend 100 
percent of our time trying to raise funds and the 
remaining 100 percent of our time being available to 
faculty, students, alumni, parents, and trustees. 

But finances alone are not the only concern. Every day 
serious debates arise about higher education. Should 
public universities support graduate education and 
research or exclusively provide training for particular 
jobs? What is the relationship of research to first-rate 
undergraduate education? To what extent can a 
tenured professor say what he or she likes in the 
classroom? What are the permissible limits of student 
conduct on campus? Affirmative action, political 
correctness, multiculturalism, hate speech codes, 
gender equity in athletics, the management style of 
presidents, the impact of new technologies on the 

26 Brandeis Review 

quality of education, the access of controversial 
speakers to the campus — all are discussed on the 
front pages of our nation's newspapers and in the 

How we resolve these issues is part of what the 
philosopher John Dewey called the informal curric- 
ulum. The formal curriculum is listed in the 
catalogue; the informal curriculum refers to the way 
the institution conducts itself, how it deals with 
ethical issues and builds character. Similarly, Abba 
Hillel Silver, a great American rabbi of this century, 
referred to true education as "intelligence plus 

This role of building character may explain the 
interest and the concern that the public has with our 
nation's campuses. The public wants to know what 
kind of character we are building. The public 
unabashedly holds colleges and universities to a 
higher standard of conduct than it often holds for 
itself. The public's expectations impose grave 
responsibilities on our colleges and universities. 
Given these high expectations, it behooves the state, 
the federal government, and society at large to help 
support our institutions of higher education. We 
sometimes forget that America's system of public and 
private higher education is one of its greatest 
resources. Brandeis is a small, albeit sparkling, jewel 
in this crown. As a nation, we will come to regret 
sorely any lessening of our support for higher 

As I noted earlier, an inauguration is a time to 
celebrate, but it is also a time to dream. I have 
spoken of my past and of the University's past and 
some of the challenges that confront us today. But 
what about tomorrow? It is well known that 
American society is characterized by enormous 
change, and economic advantage most often comes to 
those who best cope with change. Even the notion of 
what it means to be an educated person is changing. 
Increasingly, an educated person will be the woman 
or man who has learned how to learn enthusiastically 
throughout the course of her or his life. 

For Brandeis this means an increased flexibility in the 
curriculum, a continuing emphasis on the 
interdisciplinary aspects of education and a 
diminishing of the artificial and often arbitrary 
boundaries that divide disciplines. This approach to 
learning is already in evidence at Brandeis in areas as 
diverse as the Gordon Public Policy Center, the 
program in genetic counseling, and the Volen 
National Center for Complex Systems. 

Cyberspace, a term coined a decade ago by a science 
fiction writer, has become a reality for millions of 
Americans, most especially the young. It is estimated 
that by the turn of the century more than 100 million 
people will be connected to the information highway 

that electronically links the world. As a consequence, 
the very way in which we learn is changing. Students 
on the Brandeis campus can access material from a 
library in Melbourne, Australia, more quickly than 
they can walk from their dorm rooms to the Farber 

But this information revolution is not without its 
darker, unintended consequences. The same 
communication explosion that enables us to 
electronically access libraries worldwide also allows 
for the creation of Internet bulletin boards devoted to 
child pornography. A communication network that 
will one day link virtually every home and institution 
in America raises important questions about personal 
privacy, our sense of community, and our very values 
for a democratic society. Will computers that check 
our spelling or balance our checkbook create in all of 
us expectations that tend to narrow rather than expand 
our human potential? 

For Brandeis, and for all of America's colleges and 
universities, the future will belong to those 
institutions that best anticipate the changes that are 
coming. Certain aspects of libraries and other research 
facilities that we take for granted will become 
obsolete. Instructional formats will change. When you 
can link individuals and institutions simultaneously 
through an interactive electronic network, the role and 
definition of the classroom is transformed. Even 
student demonstrations — a well-established tradition 
at Brandeis — are being transformed, as was evident in 
the recent protests organized over the Internet against 
budget reduction proposals in Congress. The 
relationships among institutions will also be 
transformed, and partnerships will be created, perhaps 
reducing unnecessary duplication. I foresee many more 
formal and informal partnerships like the program 
recently begun by Brandeis, Tufts, and Northeastern to 
train physicians in aspects of business and health 
policy. In short, there is scarcely a sector of our society 
that will not be changed in this revolution that is 
already well underway, a revolution as profound as any 
social or technological transformation in the course of 
human history. 

Brandeis has tremendous potential to respond and to 
anticipate these changes. Its institutional size 
facilitates the process of change. Its superb faculty, 
working cooperatively with the administration and 
students in strategic planning, its tradition of 
educational experimentation, and a willingness to take 
risks all bode well for the future. 

Everyone is familiar with the current discussion in 
Congress about a Contract with America. And many of 
us have strong opinions about it. But there is another 
and a much older and more generous contract. It is the 
contract that each generation has with future 
generations, the contract that each of us, individually 
and collectively, has with the generations of young 
people who will come after us. I pledge that, with your 
help and good wishes, that contract among the 
generations will be honored at Brandeis. 

Thank you. 

27 Spring 1995 

Judy Pfatf's 
ttie Rose into 
a magical 
for nearly 
two months 
this winter 

These images by University 
photographer Heather Pillar 
document the installation, 
"Elephant," created for 
the main galleries of the 
Rose Art Museum this past 
January by internationally 
recognized artist Judy Pfaff. 
Working with a crew that 
included several Brandeis 
students, Pfaff produced 
the installation during 
a two-week residency that 
was made possible by 
a grant from Mrs. Robert B. 
Mayer of Chicago. Boston 
Globe critic Nancy Stapen 

Scenes of 




28 Brandeis Review 


Text by Carl Belz 

praised the installation, 
calling it unforgettable, 
an assessment confirmed 
enthusiastically by all 
who saw or where involved 
in the project. 

Following a visit last 
year to familiarize herself 
with the space and its 
idiosyncrasies — the pool, 
the stairs, the huge 
windows at the rear of the 
upper gallery — Judy arhved 
at the Museum on 
a Friday morning in a truck 
filled with materials and 
equipment: fiberglass, 
copper tubing, vines, steel 


by Heather Pillar 





wire, lumber, staging, pipe 
cutters and threaders, 
welding torches and tanks 
of acetylene, all of it 
resembling an unwieldy but 
intriguing palette that would 
yield up. ..who could tell? 
Judy herself confessed 
anxiously that she had no 
better idea than any of us 
about what would 
materialize (she had spent 
the previous six months 
working on a major 
installation in Philadelphia), 
but she returned from lunch 

that same afternoon and 
said she received her 
inspiration while sitting in 
her truck in the parking lot 
in the back of the Museum, 
it was a birch tree, about 
45 feet tall and looking 
as though it was about to 
tumble onto her vehicle, 
and she said she wanted 
to dig it up and bnng it into 
the space, roots and all. 

Which she did, suspending 
it against the back wall of 
the main gallery like a giant 
paint brush (abdominal 
aorta? elephant 
trunk?. ..many readings 


were suggested), while 
causing fiberglass and wire 
and copper pipe and 
twisting vines to extend its 
reach throughout the 
surrounding space both 
upstairs and down, onto the 
walls and into the water, 
creating an environmental 
drawing that eloquently 
combined natural 
and human energies, that 
was as physical on the 
one hand as it was magical 
on the other. I wish 
you could have seen it. 

31 Spring 1995 

Carl Belz is the Henry 
and Lois Foster Director 
of the Rose Art 
Museum at Brandeis. 

Heather Pillar is a staff 
photographer at Brandeis. 

32 Brandeis Review 




An opera buff's 
survey of the 
classics'* shows^ 
that while 



became piibr 
idols, the ■■ 
heroine; ' 
they po, 




by Barbara Koral RaJsner 

Grand opera is the art form in which 
the mores, beliefs, fears, and 
prejudices of the 18th and 19th 
centuries are writ large. Human 
willfulness and passion are shown in 
intense focus against backgrounds 
ranging from classical mythology 
through biblical tales; from histories of 
warriors and aristocrats through 
"verismo" stories of ordinary people 
living their everyday lives. 

Most of the operas in the popular 
repertory were written in the period 
beginning with the French Revolution 
and ending with World War I. They 
were conceived by composers and 
librettists who reflected the European 
Christian society in which they lived. 

As we recognize that our popular 
media (movies, novels, television) 
speak to our 20th-century fears, 
beliefs, and prejudices — frequently 
portraying women either as victims of 
rape, murder, and betrayal, or as 
temptresses and schemers, so Grand 
Opera, the popular art form of the 
19th century, can be viewed as a 
mirror of the Western mind of that 
period. Widely held concepts of 
gender roles are dramatized in the 
portrayal of women as victims or 
devils, but rarely as "heroes." The 
noble females are usually called upon 
to sacrifice themselves for the sake of 
the men they love, but when they 
thwart the agenda of the men who 
control them they are punished. 
Although 19th-century opera appears 
to be about romantic love, it is actually 
about revenge, jealousy, and guilt. In 
the vast number of situations it 
involves a woman who loves the 
'wrong" man, and it usually results that 
the woman "pays the price" with her 

In Verdi's Otello, Desdemona 

sings a sad song about a young 
maiden who mourns: "He was bom to 
his glory— and I was born to love and 
die." In these few plaintive words she 
has expressed the tragic theme of 
most of our "grand operas." But why 
are the female characters invariably 
so emotional, so dramatic? 

A little historical background is 
needed to fully explain the place of 
the "diva" in the culture of this period. 

Up until the late 18th century, female 
roles in "Classical" opera were sung 
by male castrati because women were 
forbidden on the public stage. With 
the gradual disappearance and final 
outlawing of the practice of castration, 
women began to assume leading 
roles and to thrill the public with florid 
exhibitions of vocal artistry. These 
"divas" became such public idols that 
in 1820, when a house servant earned 
about $30 per year, and an orchestral 
musician could earn perhaps $200 per 
year, a reigning soprano star could 
command $500 for a single 
performance. There was no other 
possible opportunity for a woman to 
earn that kind of money; women who 
were employed away from the home 
or farm slaved in menial, low-paid 
labor. Naturally, composers created 
operatic roles that would attract super- 
star sopranos who would attract the 
paying public to the theaters. 
Consequently, women figured very 
prominently in opera, appearing in 
highly dramatic and emotionally 
charged roles. 

By studying these heroines, we can 
discern volumes about the 
fundamental "belief systems" that i 
prevailed in the Europe of this period. 

To begin with, women in the 19th 
century tended to be dehumanized. 
Upper-class women were 
condescended to, treated like 
children, or put on pedestals 
(effectively keeping them out of the 
real world of men), while lower-class 
women were exploited as servants or 
factory laborers. Most commonly, they 
were trapped in a life of domestic 
drudgery, back-breaking farm work, 
and early death from repeated child- 

In all classes, women were chattel, 
the property of their fathers until 
marriage, and their husbands 
thereafter. They had no property of 
their own, had no role in government, 
and rarely if ever had an opportunity 
to express their needs and beliefs 
publicly. Only a few determined 
eccentrics (usually "spinsters") 
succeeded in publishing their writing 
or exhibiting their painting. Queens 
and empresses were, of course, the 
rare exceptions. In real life they had 
wealth and power. (In opera, though, 
they frequently met the fate of their 
less noble sisters.) 

35 Spring 1995 

And yet, women were held responsible 
for the honor of their families. In 
Catholic societies (where divorce was 
forbidden) it was not uncommon for 
wealthy men to have mistresses and 
concubines, with no resulting loss of 
respectability. But a woman's behavior 
reflected on her husband, and she was 
expected to uphold the honor of the 
family or pay the price if she did not. 
And death was not too great a price to 
pay. So, poor tragic Desdemona is 
murdered by her husband because he 
wrongly believes that she dishonored 
him by having a relationship with young 
Cassio — Otello's jealousy having been 
deliberately roused for political reasons 
by the scheming lago. 

That is one approach to the problem of 
an unfaithful wife. (When Otello realizes 
that Desdemona was innocent, he 
stabs himself and dies in his remorse 
and guilt.) Another approach also 
involving domestic murder is explored 
in the "verismo" favorite, I Pagliacci. 
Here, Canio, the clown, took in and 
married Nedda when she was poor 
and homeless. He then suspects 
(correctly) that she has a lover, and 
demands to know the man's name. 
When Nedda refuses to reveal it, he 
stabs her. Her lover, Silvio, rushes 
towards her and is stabbed as well. 
Since Nedda was indeed unfaithful, and 
therefore deserved punishment, Canio 
need not kill himself in this drama. He 
simply tells us, "La commedia e finita." 
(The play is over.) 

In another twist, the eponymous 
Carmen, a girl of questionable 
character, is not even married to the 
jealous Don Jose. Nevertheless, he 
feels so dishonored by her having 
broken off her affair with him to pursue 
Escamilio, the dashing toreador, that he 
threatens her with death. She declares 
that she would rather die than live with 
a man she does not love, so he stabs 
her outside the bullring while the crowd 
within is cheering Escamilio. Again, 
since Carmen was unfaithful, it is not 
considered necessary to show the 
audience Don Jose's fate. He may, like 
Canio, pay for committing murder, but 
that is not the concern of Bizet's opera. 
Carmen has received her "just 

Another fatal mistake our operatic 
heroines frequently make is loving the 
wrong man. He might have been her 
brother's political rival, or the son of 
her father's traditional nemesis. Or ' 
might belong to an enemy nation. ' 
Frequently, the woman is expected tS 
make a marriage that will strengthen 
the family's financial or social position. 
When she rejects the chosen suitor 
because she is in love with someone 
else, the family (or the Fates) exae* 

These stories also reflect the widely 
held belief (probably initiated by Adam 
and Eve) that women are inherently 
weaker in character than men; that 
they lack moral strength and cannot 
control their impulses. When faced 
with the need to choose between love 
and obedience, they sometimes "go 
mad" and kill either their tormentors or 
themselves or both. We know that in 
Victorian society, illness was a familiar 
female escape from unlivable 
situations. But while real women had 
"vapours" and "took to their beds," 
operatic heroines collapsed into 
insanity. (Of course, there's another 
agenda here as well; these "mad 
scenes" give the sopranos wonderful 
opportunities to electrify the audience 
with their vocal histrionics.) 

Here's the classic example of a lady 
caught in that tragic mess: Donizetti's 
Lucia de Lammermoor is 

betrothed to the rich Arturo by her 
brother who hopes thereby to 
increase the family's real estate 
holdings. She, however, loves 
Edgardo, her brother's traditional 
enemy. When forced to marry Arturo 
she goes mad, kills Arturo on the 
wedding night, and then dies 
(presumably of madness). In an 
unusual twist, Edgardo, upon hearing 
of her death, collapses in grief and 
kills himself. 

Male suicides are extremely rare in 
opera. Many men die— in war, in 
duels, in murder plots — but only 
Otello, Edgardo, and another Donizetti 
tenor, Pollione, in Norma, come 

36 Brandeis Review 

immediately to mind as suicides. 
Norma, a Druid priestess, also loves 
the enemy, a Roman soldier, and 
secretly has two children by him. 
Disgraced before her people and no 
longer divinely chaste (the "Casta 
Diva'), she chooses suicide, and 
Pollione joins her on the funeral pyre. 
Wrong man, again. Let us look at 

the Ethiopian slave and 
edient daughter in Verdi's next- 
to-last opera, loves Radames, the 
Egyptian soldier and enemy of her 
people. Her father persuades her to 
trick Radames into revealing the 
'"cation of the Egyptian army. Aida 
Sists, but she knows she is doomed. 
e betrays her lover because she 
mot deny her father's will. When 
dames Is eventually captured and 
tombed, Aida (the embodiment of 
p noble, self-sacrificing woman) 
leaks into the tomb to be buried 
alive with him. Together they lament 
the beautiful world they leave behind. 

Puccini's Madama Butterfly (Clo- 
Cio-San) is another self-sacrificer. 
She has betrayed and rejected her 
traditional Japanese ancestors by 
loving and marrying the American 
Lieutenant Pinkerton. A naive 15- 
year-old, she believes the marriage 
will be permanent and that she will 
adapt to American society. But 
Pinkerton is interested in sex, not 
love. He merely pretends to marry 
Butterfly knowing that he will have a 
real American wife soon. When 
Butterfly later realizes that she has 
been abandoned and disgraced, she 
takes the only way out that her culture 
offers: hara kiri. 

Unlike Aida and Butterfly, whose 
suicides do nothing to benefit their 
lovers, Gilda, in Verdi's Rigoletto, 
sacrifices herself for a purpose. When 
she overhears a murder plot 
(arranged secretly by her father) 
against the feckless Duke of Mantua, 
with whom she is infatuated, she 
substitutes herself for the intended 
victim, thereby saving the Duke's life. 
The cad! His celebrated aria, "La 
Donna e Mobile," vihicU is repeated 
just after Gilda is fatally stabbed, tells 
of the joys of making love to feather- 

brained wome 
the Duke's reac 

his actions i 

er do witness 
Gilda's self- 

led his own 

Incic^tally, Verdi wrote 26 operas. In 
10, the father-daughter relationship is 
central to the plot. Most often the 
father sets up or causes the chain of 
circumstances that inevitably leads to 
the daughter's tragic end. Is it 
significant that Verdi's young wife and 
two young children died in a short 
period of time or that he was totally 
estranged from his parents as anlr 
adult? Was he obsessed with 
parenting? That's the subje^|»f 
another exploration. 

Returning to Butterfly, we can see 

the reflection of another aspect of the 
Western mind of the 19th century: the 
separation of love from sex. Catholic 
teaching from Paul through Aquinas, 
reinforced by Protestant emphasis on 
original sin (which was often thought 
to pass from generation to genei 
through the male^^^^, resultc 
pervasive sexuallHpPat flowered in 
the Victorian era.Tormany men of 
that time, sexuality was so fraught 
with guilt that it had to be morally 
separated from love. Only devalued 
women, unworthy of true love and 
marriage, could be objects of sexual 
desire. Those men who could afford it 
kept mistresses; others, of course, 
used prostitutes. But the women they 
married were to be chaste and 
basically asexual. Poor Butterfly, a 
member of an alien (read, inferior) 
race who worked as a geisha, suits 
this role perfectly. Her kind of figure, 
the devalued, exotic, sexualized 
woman, is quite common in romantic 
opera. Consider Tosca, the actress; 
Carmen, the promiscuous gypsy girl; 
Mimi, the Bohemian who presumably 
practices "free love," and Violetta, 
the courtesan. 

37 Spring 1995 

We all mourn for tragic Violetta in 
Verdi's La Traviata. She is faced 
with a clear-cut demand for her 
sacrifice by her lover's father. Since she 
is known to be a woman of the 
"demimonde," her relationship with 
Alfredo cannot lead to marriage. In fact, 
it so imperils the conventional 
bourgeois marriage of Alfredo's sister 
that his father implores Violetta to give 
him up, assuring her that she will find 
another lover. (Her impending death 
from consumption does nothing to 
soften his heart.) She reluctantly 
consents and later dies, consoled only 
by the knowledge that Alfredo has 
learned of her noble sacrifice and has 
arrived to spend her final hour at her 

In dramatic operas we see masculine 
sadism, an extreme of the Victorian 
era's acceptable masculine aggression 
directed against enemies in war, 
political prisoners, or other assorted 
villains. Now consider another situation, 
the relationship between a sadistic 
male pursuer and his female victim. Our 
operatic predator is usually a man of 
ireat power, either aristocratic or 
political, who wants the beautiful, 
hapless victim for sex only; love plays 
no part here. But his victim, a woman 
presumably confined to domestic life, 
and certainly given no sanctioned outlet 
for any feelings of aggression 
engendered by her hopeless situation, 
finally directs her violence inward. 

Two well-known heroines find 
themselves in this situation: La 
Gioconda (ironically, the "joyous 
female") who takes poison when forced 
to submit to the evil Barabas in order to 
save the life of her lover, Enzo; and the 
pathetic Leonora of II Trovatore 
who also takes poison, but whose lover, 
Manrico, is murdered anyway by the 
enraged Count de Luna when he 
realizes he has been cheated of his 
prize. (Of course, the Count did not 
know that Manrico was his own 

38 Brandeis Review 

Now Puccini's Tosca is a woman of 
another kind. In her story we meet the 
supreme sexual sadist, Baron 
Scarpia, who tells her outright that he 
enjoys sex more when it is a forced 
conquest rather than a willing 
surrender. He wants her to hate him 
and resist him. But he holds the life of 
her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, in his 
hands, and Tosca reluctantly agrees 
to give herself to him for one night to 
obtain Mario's freedom. When Scarpia 
approaches her she stabs him, and as 
he lies dying, she snarls, "And before 
him, all Rome trembled." Scarpia, 
however had double-crossed her, and 
Mario's execution goes off as 
scheduled. Tosca, realizing that Mario 
is dead, and about to be arrested 
herself for murder, commits suicide by 
leaping off the tower of the Castel 
Sant'Angelo into the Tiber River. 

Sadism, revenge, murder, suicide — 
the stuff of romantic opera. And 
there's lots more: more women with 
more tragic stories for us. 

In the Ring of the Nibelungen, 

Wagner tells us that the Valkyrie, 
Brunnhilde, has disobeyed her 
father, Wotan, King of the Gods. 
Wotan punishes her by removing her 
Godhead and reducing her to a mortal 
woman. Her love affair with Seigfried 
comes to a tragic end when he is 
murdered, and she pays the price by 
riding her horse into his funeral pyre. 
The resulting dramatic conflagration 
burns Valhalla to the ground only to 
be extinguished by the overflowing 
waters of the river Rhine. 
And so ends the reign of the 
Wagnerian Gods and Heroes. 

Manon Lescaut, another Puccini 
heroine, is a fickle 15-year-old of 
obviously weak character. She falls in 
love with Des Grieux, leaves him for 
an older, richer man, becomes bored 
with the elderly gentleman, and 
eventually taunts him heartlessly. As 
she plans to run off with Des Grieux, 
the jealous old man denounces her to 
the police, but as the gendarmes 
arrive to arrest her, she lingers to 
gather her jewels instead of fleeing. 
Too late— she is caught and deported, 
exiled to America on a prison ship 
where she finds that Des Grieux has 

bribed his way aboard in order to be 
with her. They are abandoned in the 
desert of New Orleans. (At the time 
the opera takes place— late 1 8th 
century — the Louisiana Territory 
actually extended to the West Coast.) 
Manon dies pitifully from hunger, 
thirst, and exposure, a severe 
punishment for youthful vanity and 
unfaithfulness. Des Grieux apparently 

Perhaps the most well-known and 
well-loved heroine of them all is 
Mimi, the fragile flower-maker of 
Puccini's La Boheme. Her problem 
is poverty, tuberculosis, and (horrors) 
an improper life-style. Her 
impoverished lover, Rodolfo, cannot 
support her and is jealous of her 
casual flirtations. He leaves her in 
winter, telling his friend Marcello that 
he fears for her life in his cold attic. 
Overhearing this exchange, Mimi bids 
him farewell "without bitterness" so 
that he will no longer be responsible 
for her. We later witness her painful 
but peaceful death and Rodolfo's 
tragic cries, surely the most moving 
finale in the entire opera repertory. 
Could Mimi have avoided her tragedy 
by living a more conventional life with 
a more substantial man? 

The examples go on and on, but it is 
clear through these stories that 19th- 
century Grand Opera is basically 
about the sacrifices of women. Of 
course there are exceptions; one 
woman, Leonora, in Beethoven's 
only opera, Fidelia, is truly heroic in 
a noble cause. She is the faithful wife 
who rescues her husband, a political 
prisoner, from death in a horrible 
dungeon, freeing a host of other 
prisoners as well. Another admirable, 
strong woman is Tatiana of 
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, 
who renounces Onegin, the man 
whom she had loved as a young girl, 
but who had callously rejected her. 
When he finds her years later, married 
to a wealthy aristocrat, Onegin tries to 
appeal to her former love for him, but 
she answers that he is now merely 
attracted to her status, and although 
she still feels drawn to him, she 
remains faithful to her husband, 
ultimately sending Onegin away. True 
nobility, indeed. 

Does a man ever find himself in the role 
of the "sacrifice"? Only in a few 
instances. In Verdi's Masked Ball, it 
is the King himself who is killed by 
Amelia's jealous husband although 
their affair is as yet unconsummated. 
And in the classic "verismo" opera, 
Cavalleria Rusticana, we have 
Turiddo, a man who has dallied with 
another man's wife, and is killed in a 
duel after his jilted fiancee, Santuzza, 
rats on him to the outraged husband. 
So, on rare occasions, a man pays the 
"wrong woman" price. But Santuzza 
suffers a lifetime of guilt and is 
ostracized for her treachery. 

Now that we have examined how opera 
treated women in the past, what about 
our generation? How do we compare? 

Two hundred years ago, in the 1786 
Marriage Of Figaro, Mozart had his 
title character explicate a view of 
women, which, while acknowledging 
men's need for them, used these 
words: witches, sorcerers, sirens, and 
liars; treacherous, deceitful, and 

Forty years ago, in the 1955 musical 
My Fair Lady, Lerner and Leowe 
gave us Henry Higgins, the 
quintessential late-Victorian misogynist, 
who expresses his annoyance with 
Eliza Dolittle thus: 

Women are irrational, that's all there is 

to that. 

Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and 


They're nothing but exasperating, 


vacillating, calculating, agitating, 

maddening infuriating hags. 

Yet, like Figaro, Higgins reluctantly has 
to admit that he has "become 
accustomed to her face." 

Apparently we haven't come a long way 
at all, baby! ■ 

Barbara Koral Raisner was a member 

of Brandeis's second graduating 

class and went on to earn an Ed.D. 

degree in reading from Hofstra 

University. While her professional 

career has been In the field 

of education, her first love 

Is music. As a backstage tour guide 

at the Metropolitan Opera House 

in New York and a teacher 

of adult education opera courses, 

she has shared her expertise 

and contagious enthusiasm widely. 

39 Spring 1995 

in the Fifties 

by Manfred Wolf '55 

In its earliest days, 
Brandeis University 
was a curious 
mixture of Europe and 
America, the perfect 
blend of familiarity and 
newness for this 
budding intellectual. 



My first view of Brandeis students was in an 
auditorium — a sea of color, red shirts, green and 
blue and white scarves, yellow rain slickers. 
They were sitting in all sorts of attitudes and 
postures — slumped, slouched, upright, leaning 
over each other, waving, talking, calling. They 
had a kind of larger than life, cartoon look about 
them, which ever since I have associated with 
Amehca. Their boldness was admirable but, to 
my Dutch eyes, a trifle overdone. My 
puzzlement, during those early American days, 
was less with language than with unaccustomed 
ways of behaving. 

Those first weeks in the required humanities 
class, the professor asked about the differences 
between the Hebrews and the ancient Greeks. 
We had read excerpts from the Bible and three 
Greek plays — Sophocles's Oedipus Rex and 
Antigone and Euripides's Medea — in English 
translation, of course. The teacher, a man in the 
then obligatory tweed jacket and elbow patches, 
with a major reputation as a minor poet, pressed 
for an answer. I thought then, and I still think, 
that the question was much too broad. To my 
amazement, a young man in a red lumberjack 
shirt, brayed out a long stream of answers. I 
recalled that my father once told me "You have 
to be crazy to wear a red shirt." 

"The Greeks were well, you know, individualists. 
The Hebrews were. ..under God's thumb," 
said the young man, and he went on, elaborating 
the idea with considerable self-satisfaction and 
ease, his broad face beaming comfortably. I was 
unimpressed with his answer but astonished at 
his poise, his expansiveness, the freedom with 
which he spoke. I had heard that Amencan 
children were encouraged early on to speak up, 
but this confidence was utterly alien to me. 
Other students seemed equally at ease; they 
smiled, they gestured, they were vibrant, they 
radiated self-esteem, whereas I was critical, 
anxious, and poker-faced. 

I envied the young man's self assurance and 
wondered if I would ever achieve it. As for the 
teacher's reaction: he nodded, he prodded, he 
rephrased; he was respectful, even deferential. 
Had Mr. Kliber considered the Greek notion of 
liubris? Mr. Kliber had not. Did Mr. Kliber think 
that liubris, which the teacher quickly defined as 

40 Brandeis Review 

The lure of Europe remained 

image of so many refugee 

the flaw of pride, limited or supported thie idea of 
individualism? f\yir. Kliber was vague. And then of 
course the teacher did what American university 
teachers always do, and what I myself do now: 
he recast the comment, put it into his own 
words, made the student feel as though he had 
said it but actually said it himself, much better, 
more precisely, with references to the text, and 
then developed the point to include other 
matters, and finally turned to another student 
with another question. I was impressed. 

At Brandeis, I found myself not only in the land 
of the carefree but in the home of the bravely 
exuberant. Laughter rang out in class, at the 
cafeteria, and on the rolling lawns of the 
campus. My classmates' voices were bold and 
accompanied by broad, hand-waving gestures, 
t^y parents had told me not to "speak with my 
hands"; it would typify me as Jewish. Here 
students used almost theatrical body motions. It 
reminded me of what I had seen in the movies. 
Broad smiles, arms outstretched in mock 
gestures, eyes sparkling, their animation 
contrasted with my self-control, and their 
enthusiasm with my Dutch nay-saying. Back 
home, if you thrust yourself forward, you were 
likely to fiear some adult quote an old Dutch 
maxim at you, "Only fools and madmen paint 
their names on their glassware and toys." 

Some of our professors were solid, some 
brilliant, some eccentric, many of them refugees 
from Europe. "Only in America," said my 
professor of French, Claude Vigee. who had left 
Europe in the same year I had. 1942, "could all 
these crazy people come together." He readily 
included himself. The slight young man with his 
large beak of a nose and flowing chestnut hair 
fascinated me. No one could handle the English 
language to such affect as he; whether he talked 
about the Hegelian component in existentialist 
thought or the role of exile in his own poetry, he 
did so with an uncommon passion and lucidity. 
The faculty, too, admired his brilliance. I once 

heard Brandeis historian Frank Manuel call him, 
perhaps with just a trace of irony, "the last lyric 
poet in the West." At the same time, Vigee was 
clearly enjoying the role of mentor to his best 
students. Once, while he demonstrated a rather 
arcanely French sexual position on the floor of 
his study, his wife walked in and exclaimed, "Ah, 
les positions!" Vigee smiled impishly. 

So great was the infatuation at Brandeis with 
Europe that when our little Cercle Francais 
found out that one of the younger history 
instructors, the novelist Stephen Becker, had 
lived in France and consorted with 
existentialists, we instantly invited him to speak 
to us in French. To our chagrin, this glamorous 
young man, who twice a year wore an ascot 
because he had "picked up a skin disease while 
traveling through the Gobi desert" gave a rather 
bland presentation, something like, "II y a dix- 
neuf — non, vingt — arondissements a Paris," and 
"Several underground lines crisscross the 
capital," and "Why do we speak of the Fourth 
Republic?" It only strengthened our resolve to 
invite "real" Europeans from then on. 

The lure of Europe remained strong, not just for 
me but seemingly for Brandeisians generally, 
abetted by the image of so many refugee 
professors — the philosopher Aaron Gurwitsch, 
the literary critic Rudolf Kayser, the art historian 
Leo Bronstein — who brought with them a whiff of 
the old continent. To hear that Kayser had been 
a friend of Max Brod, himself an intimate of 
Kafka, gave the gentle grey man with the heavy 
German accent an irresistible glamor. For me, it 
brought back a world that I had heard about, that 

Members of the social sciences 
faculty, ca. 1953. Left to right; 
Robert A. Manners, assistant 
professor of anthropology; 
Philip Rieff, instructor in social 
relations: Lewis A. Coser, 
lecturer in the social sciences. 

41 Spring 1995 


of Vienna in 1910, or Berlin in 1920, before \he 
great catastroptie, when Jewisfi intellectuals 
assimilated easily into their surroundings. 

Brandeis provided me with both 
the newness of America 
and the comfort and familiarity 
of Europe 

Brandeis in the fifties was the perfect vantage 
point to observe that Annerica was receptive to 
these refugees and this European culture. To be 
sure, my own family had not been granted an 
American visa when we really needed it; even 
here, I could not completely suppress the 
recollection of my father wringing his hands in 
1941 in the living room of our house in Holland, 
saying, "If only America, if only America had 
taken us in 1939!" We fled in the middle of the 
War and ended up in Surinam and in Curagao, 
and I never completely shook off a curious, 
hallucinatory image that had been with me ever 
since we realized what it meant to have survived 
the War, when the news from Europe came to 
Curagao in 1945 — a mere six years before I 
entered Brandeis — and that is with me still; my 
brother and I are on a schoolbus. on a field trip 
with all our friends crowding all the seats in that 
shiny silver bus. Some of the children carry little 
satchels, others have unwieldy paper bags of 
food for the outing, the smaller ones have only 
toys and stuffed bears or rabbits. But something 
happens and when we return, only my brother 
and I are in that cavernous bus, with all those 
empty seats, we two, the only ones left from 
what had promised to be a golden picnic. 

Brandeis provided me with both the newness of 
America and the comfort and familiarity of 
Europe. It seemed to me almost from the first 
day I was at Brandeis that the Jewish 
assimilation into American culture echoed that of 
the Jews into the German-speaking world before 
Hitler. This feeling was confirmed by Professor 
Ludwig Lewisohn, who spoke of Germanic 
culture with the rueful love of someone who had 
lost it many years ago. The small man with the 
soulful eyes was a fervid orator, his white hair 
bouncing as he spoke; Old though he was, he 
could stir me with his talk of how unfettered love 
had been in Europe and how puritanical America 
was. He longed for the joys of love he had so 
frequently tasted as if it were the sun, for which, 
as a northern European Jew and a transplanted 
American southerner who had grown up in 
South Carolina, he also longed. 

42 Brandeis Review 

1! intellectual 

engagement I have neve. 

seen elsewhere and have sought 

ever after. 

The presence of refugee professors could lead 
to strange encounters and culture clashes. 
Sometime in 1955, the senior class was 
addressed by the noted poet Archibald 
MacLeish ("A poem should not mean but be") in 
one of those well-meaning seminars where 
famous people speak to students about their 
life's work, and students are supposed to soak 
up politely the opinions and eccentricities of their 

MacLeish had been librarian of Congress in the 
forties, and his successor administered the 
Bollingen Prize in 1949 when it was awarded to 
Ezra Pound, who had made pro-fascist 
broadcasts in Rome during the War. IVlacLeish 
had little to do with the award but had been 
vocal in his support of Pound's right to the 
award. Immediately after MacLeish's speech 
about his career as a man of letters and 
government, a small, ancient professor of 
romance languages with a pointy little grey 
beard, jumped up and with a heavy Yiddish 
accent started shouting at MacLeish, "For what 
he got a prize? For being a Nazi? Show me a 
Dante, show me a Cervantes who was a Nazi." 
Some of the mitteleuropa professors looked 
embarrassed; you could see that this reminded 
them of undesirable Eastern European 
crudeness. The American-born professors, 
though mostly Jewish, adopted for a moment a 
certain Waspish gentility, and pretended that a 
legitimate academic question had been posed. 
The few non-Jews in the auditorium stayed out 
of what looked like a sectarian quarrel. MacLeish 
stood very straight and frowned: his golden hair 
shone in the afternoon sun. He looked pained 
but unruffled; talented and accomplished as he 
was, you could see that he had gone far on his 
patrician manner. 

Though this was 1955, there was a hysterical, 
1960ish tone to what came next. The sixties 
were occasionally prefigured at Brandeis. The 
angry, old professor was followed by a young 
Brandeis student, a roundheaded crew cut boy 

with mean-looking, black-rimmed glasses, who 
had clearly worked himself up into a state of 
willed indignation, and in a rather McCarthyite 
way, started to grill MacLeish; "And isn't it true 
that you determined Ezra Pound should have 
the Prize because you felt his views were 
inconsequential? And isn't it a fact, Mr. 
MacLeish, that you saw nothing wrong with 
Pound having that Prize despite his support of 
fascism in World War II? And don't you think that 
those who support genocide might be better not 
celebrated as poet heroes?" Not only the tone 
but some of the concerns of the sixties surfaced 
at Brandeis — the transcendence of the political 
over the aesthetic, the intolerance toward 
genuinely unorthodox opinions, the attack 
against liberals from the left — indeed, wasn't the 
concept of "repressive tolerance " at that very 
time worked out by the newly appointed 
Brandeis professor Herbert Marcuse? 

The tall, distinguished MacLeish also played his 
part in a psychodrama so common a decade 
later: calm rationality, reason against the mob, 
the parental voice against the angry infantile 
attack. He replied that beliefs in poetry could not 
be judged separately from the poetry itself and 
that we cannot dismiss good poetry because of 
bad opinions. "Would you have us censor the 
strange ideas in Baudelaire, or Rimbaud, or 
Yeats?" he queried, to which another student, 
now jumping on the bandwagon countered, 
"How can you have good poetry with bad 
opinions?" and the exchange became more 
muted. But the original attack was in a style then 
unheard of at American universities, though it 
would become commonplace in the sixties. 

Both the aging professor and the obnoxious 
student broke through a collective silence, a 
massive disregard, an evasiveness, of the fifties. 
They had the courage to confront what was 
important, and they anticipated in style a kind of 
sixties primitivism. Much as I miss it, our very 
intellectualism in that time often served as a 
fuzzy blanket smothering the ugliest truths: 
Freud and Marx became a way of not looking. 
Perhaps if the fifties had been more honest, the 
sixties would not have had to be so dangerously 
shrill and ill-tempered. 

Leo Bronstein, professor of Fine Arts 

43 Spring 1995 

Manfred Wolf '55 is a 
professor of English at 
San Francisco State 
University where he has 
taught since 1956. He 
received his M.A. from the 
University of Chicago and 
his Ph.D. from the 
University of Leiden, The 
Netherlands. In the spring 
of 1990, and during the 
academic year 1990-91, 
he was visiting lecturer at 
the University of Helsinki. 
He has also given 
lectures at the 
Universities of 
Amsterdam, Antwerp, 
Tampere (Finland), 
California (Berkeley), and 
others on such diverse 
topics as "The Two 
Cultures in Black 
American Literature," 
Translating Dutch 
Poetry," "Contemporary 
Styles of Conversation," 

and "The Debate over 
Multiculturalism in 
American Higher 
Education." He is the 
author of Albert Verwey 
and English 

Romanticism (1977) and 
the translator of four 
books of Dutch poetry. 
His articles have 
appeared in U.S. and 
European publications 
that include the Los 
Angeles Times, San 
Francisco Chronicle, 
Saturday Review, 
Comparative Literature, 
World Literature Today, 
Nieuwe Rotterdamse 
Courant, and Helsingin 

But for the moment, it was a very good time, a 
time of great intellectual excitement. A panel 
discussion with our teachers and guests was a 
major event. We would not miss it. Whether 
Irving Howe and Lewis Coser spoke on "This 
Age of Conformity," or Philip Rieff, Leonard 
Levy, and Hannah Arendt on the origins of 
totalitarianism, there was a degree of intellectual 
engagement I have never seen elsewhere and 
have sought ever after. Once at such a panel, 
Ludwig Lewisohn declared that "after all there is 
in Nietzsche a good deal of 19th-century 
foolishness," and faculty and students quietly 
hissed their disapproval. The old man did not 
seem to mind. Brandeis was a suburb of the 
New York intellectual scene of the fifties, and I 
mourn its passing. It was a time when ideas 
were taken seriously, though sometimes 
pretentiously so. Yet it lives on in minor ways 
that almost parody it; when I was in New York 
recently I asked a Brandeis classmate what was 
new in the city. Her reply: "They say Susan 
Sontag has given up the essay." 

Sometimes this prevailing intellectual style at 
Brandeis occasioned a culture clash. When 
Robert Frost came to read his poems, the 
venerable old poet with the shock of white hair 
became a bit garrulous, and after reciting or 

"saying" any number of his poems, he veered off 
on "why a penny saved was not really a penny 
earned." The week after, in our usual rehash of 
these lectures or readings, Irving Howe 
addressed the mystery of Frost: "that such a fine 
poet possessed such a tedious mind," and had a 

"cracker barrel mentality." "I dislike his pose of 
simple mindedness," said Howe, giving a little 
shake of his round head, his eyes puzzled 
behind his bulging glasses. He had that earnest 
vigor that made him likeable even when he said 
harsh things. You felt he wished Frost had been 
more "intellectual." Here was the New England 
Yankee, slow and soft-spoken against the New 
York Jew, quick-witted and driven by ideas. 

Brandeis taught you to be an intellectual, that is 
to say, not intellectual, but an intellectual. 
Intellectuals were our culture heroes. Not 
everyone, of course, but many espoused this 
ideal. We were the new intelligentsia, a word out 
of 19th-century Russia, with revolutionary 

44 Brandeis Review 

to know how the play struck me. 
This was utterly marvelous. 

connotations. Not surprisingly, the children and 
grandchildren of Russian Jewish immigrants 
copied their elders in this. Though we were 
always told that an intellectual would think for 
himself, this was not exactly true. We were 
supposed to embrace certain opinions and 
accept not only Marxist or Freudian critique of 
the "system," but also to find Marx and Freud 
essentially reliable — the figures who had 
provided our time with the crucial explanations. 

Such notions were assumed as well as stated. 
They went far and deep. If you were an 
intellectual, you studied political science or 
history; it was hard to be taken completely 
seriously if you studied English, except if you 
were going to be another Irving Howe, and even 
he wrote on literature and politics. The man of 
ideas was our hero. In the heat of the 1952 
presidential election, one student said to me, as 
we were all gathered in front of the television: 
"Adiai Stevenson is not a great man, like Lewis 
Coser or Irving Howe." 

I liked enormously the friendliness and even the 
friendship that could exist between teacher and 
student, the equality which many teachers 
believed in. In that regard, the European 
teachers at Brandeis lagged behind the 
American. I once asked Professor Gurwitsch if I 
could look over his shoulder while he graded our 
exams, as he did the minute we turned them in. 
"No one ever looks over my shoulder," he 
growled, as Germanic as the most Aryan of 
Germans. Compare that with Philip Finkelpearl's 
gently Socratic manner, his apparently 
boundless curiosity about what I thought, why I 
should find Hamlet a flawed hero. He had read 
virtually every book on Shakespeare but wanted 
to know how the play struck me. This was utterly 
marvelous. Nothing in my school experience had 
prepared me for that. And there were several 
such teachers. I wanted to be like them. 

I never took a class from Leonard Bernstein but 
sat in on his huge "History of Musical Theater" 
and have seldom experienced so charismatic a 
figure. He was a born teacher. His classes were 

legendary; they were performance as much as 
class, but what stood out for me was the passion 
he had for music and his desire to make you 
love and understand the music as much as he 
did. Bernstein was then in his early 30s and 
already the composer of symphonies, ballets, 
and musicals, from the austere Age of Anxiety \o 
the popular Wonderful Town. He had been the 
conductor of innumerable orchestras and was as 
energetic with his students as he must have 
been rehearsing The New York City Symphony 
Orchestra. To illustrate something, he would run 
to the piano, sit down, play a chord, and sing, 
"Je pense a un certain officier . . ." He could play 
all the parts. When a student asked a question, 
he came close and looked directly at him. His 
manner was natural, his tone warm, his voice 
theatrical; "Ah, you are heah, Feliciah." 

When he conducted the world premiere of The 
Three Penny Opera, in its first English 
translation by Marc Blitzstein, it was as if 
America and Europe came together for one 
night. The open-air amphitheater overflowed 
with Brecht's lyrics and Weill's heart-rending 
music, and Lotte Lenya's voice reached places 
in me that seemed to have heard those sounds 
before, in the remoteness of other times. Could 
it be that those times were not entirely gone? 

At Brandeis, I rarely mentioned my family's flight 
from Europe during the middle of the War. In 
this, I was not very different from a whole 
generation of children of survivors and for that 
matter a whole generation of post-war Jewish 
adolescents. In those years, few at Brandeis 
wanted to talk about the Holocaust. There were 
innumerable discussions of fascism, 
communism, totalitananism, but the Holocaust 
itself went almost unmentioned. 

It took me many years to learn that forgetting my 
past was really not possible. I did not learn it at 
Brandeis. But what I did learn was that the 
curious mixture of Europe and America that was 
Brandeis suited me, and I learned too that, 
despite all my reservations about America, I had 
come home. In such a time and such a place, I 
could be more what I wanted to be than I 
thought possible during the years of my 
adolescence in Curagao. ■ 

45 Spring 1995 

I li<> SaluicliU l\\('rjiiii; 


My Adventures Among the U.S. Senators 


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© The Curits Publishing Compan' 

"I have an Ashkenazi look— 
the long face and the 
high cheekbones often 
found in Jews from Eastern 
Europe. I happened to 
inherit these features, 
since my family came from 
Russia and Poland." 
John Michelman '66 is 
talking, and he is telling 
you what he looks like 
because.. .well... 

The story starts with 
Norman Rockwell, the 
consummate illustrator 
whose charming scenes are 
woven mto the American 
psyche. Depicting values of 
equality, justice, freedom, 
hard work, the pleasures of 
home, outdoors, and family, 
Rockwell began illustrating 
at the age of 17 in 1911. 
Those were days when 
America was still a nation 
of small towns, and 
Rockwell documented their 
everyday rhythms for 
decades — he created over 
300 cover illustrations for 
the Saturday Evening Post 
alone. One of these, called 
'The Golden Rule," appeared 
on the cover of the Post in 
1961. It is a painting 
crowded with faces of many 
different nationalities and 
religions. Near the bottom 
left there is a boy 
representing Judaism, 
holding the Torah. He is 13- 
year-old John Michelman. 

How so? One summer 
Michelman came to a music 
and art camp in 
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 
from his home in New 
York. It turns out that 
Rockwell's studio was in 
Stockbridge, and since he 
always worked from live 
models — many of the 
characters in his 
illustrations are the local 
town residents — he came to 
the camp one day to choose 
two models. "He picked me 
to represent the Jewish boy 
and hold the Torah, which 
was a great honor for me," 
says Michelman. "It means 
a great deal to me that I was 
chosen to represent Judaism 
and it has been a 
tremendous influence for 
me in my lifetime." 

Michelman remembers the 
whole event vividly. "I 
went to Rockwell's studio. 
He was very modest, he 
smoked a little pipe. He was 
an old, sort of crotchety, 
very funny. New England 
kind of guy— a very 
delightful person. One of his 
sons was a photographer, 
who took pictures. Then 
Norman Rockwell did 
preliminary sketches, and 
he invited me back again 
when he did final sketches. 

He joked with me, he put 
me at ease, and he said, 'Oh, 
have you come to see 
another struggling modern 
artist?' I loved my 
experience with Norman 
Rockwell because he loved 
children and he was very 
respectful about diversity in 
society — he had a great 
feeling of humanitarianism. 
He came from a 
conservative New England 
background, but he was 
right up in the forefront of 
civil rights. And he was 
extremely interested m 
basic American freedoms." 

Michelman's contagious 
enthusiasm extends to 
reminiscences about 
college. "I loved Brandeis, it 
was wonderful. I remember 
that it was a beautiful 
setting, and we had small 
classes, and I could do 
anything from studio art to 
studying the Bible with Abe 
Sachar. He was still there, 
and I took his class in the 
Old Testament. I got a great 
education," he says. After 
graduating, he tried a few 
different directions. "First I 
went to architecture school 
for a while, then I got a 
master's degree in 
criminology at Berkeley, 
focusing on juvenile 
delinquency, and then I 
went on to earn an M.D. 
and becaiTie a child 
psychiatrist," he explains 
matter-of-factly, as if 
everyone delves into such 
varied and education- 
intensive careers. 

During these phases of his 
life his presence in the 
Rockwell illustration 
continued to have a 
lingering impact. "It was a 
big influence for me years 
later, when I was in my late 
forties. I had a Reform 
Judaism upbringing in New 
York City, but I hadn't had 
a bar mitzvah. So I went 
back and I had an adult bar 
mitzvah," says Michelman. 
And currently, he cites the 
painting as having an affect 
in his work as a 
psychiatrist. "I see many 

people who are not pleased 
with the way they look," he 
explains. "Let's say they 
want to change their nose — 
they think it's too big — or 
they think they're too 
heavy. But if you get the 
message from somebody 
like Norman Rockwell that 
ethnic diversity is a positive 
feature, and you look 
through that, then you get a 
feeling that you don't have 
to have your nose bobbed, 
and you don't have to weigh 
1 10 pounds, or look like 
Barbie, or whatever it is. 
That's the beautiful feature 
of a message of art, that a 
woman from Japan has one 
type of figure, and a woman 
from Russia has another, 
and each is fine." 

Michelman, who sketches 
as his hobby, works at 
Brightside for Families and 
Children in West 
Springfield, Massachusetts, 
and also in a Puerto Rican 
clinic with Puerto Ricans 
and Hispanics (he is fluent 
in Spanish). His wife is a 
professor at the University 
of Massachusetts, and he 
has two children. 
Michelman has worked 
many times in locations 
that have that particular 
painting on display, 
including currently, where a 
huge representation of the 
Rockwell illustration hangs 
in one of the rooms. The 
same illustration is also a 
tile mosaic in the United 
Nations in New York. "It 
was very helpful to me, 
because like most 
adolescents, I worried about 
how I appeared. But if you 
have your picture on the 
front of the Saturday 
Evening Post, and in the 
United Nations, it gives you 
a lot more confidence," 
he says. 

"The message for me in my 
experience of posing for the 
illustration is that I was 
fortunate to have some 
grounding in my own 
identity, Judaism, and that 
helped me fit into a wide 
world — as Norman 
Rockwell pointed out — 
where people look different, 
act different, and have 
different interests." ■ 

47 Spring 1995 



Seyom Brown 

Wien Professor of 
International Cooperation 

The Faces of Power: United 
States Foreign Policy from 
Truman to Clinton. 2nd ed. 
Columbia University Press 

In the new edition of this 
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brings his authoritative 
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first major assessment of 
Bush's foreign policies to 
Clinton's early ambivalence 
toward grappling with the 
dilemmas of the post-Cold 
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Peter Conrad 

Harry Coplan Professor of 
Social Sciences with 
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The Sociology of Health &> 
Illness: Critical 
Perspectives. 4th ed. 
St. Martin's Press 

This fourth edition 
maintains the overall 
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previous editions and 
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expanded the coverage of 
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and included comparative 
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Judith T. Irvine 

Professor of Anthropology, 
with Jane H. Hill. 

Responsibility and evidence 
in oral discourse 
Cambridge University Press 

In these essays, twelve 
prominent linguists and 
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Professor of Near Eastern 
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In 1900, Ottoman Jewry 
constituted the fifth largest 
Jewish community in the 
world. In addition to their 



edited with an introduction 
by Avigdor Levy 

numerical importance, for a 
long time Ottoman Jewry 
constituted a major hub — 
materially, spiritually, and 
culturally — of the world 
Jewish Diaspora. Following 
the expulsion of the Jews 
from Spain in 1492 and 
Portugal in 1497, the 
Ottoman Empire became 
the most secure and 
desirable haven for the 
Iberian Jews, as well as for 
other European Jewish 
refugees. The essays in this 
book focus on the structure 
of the Jewish communities, 
their organization and 
institutions, the scope of 
their autonomy, and their 
place in Ottoman society. 

Sidney M. IVIilkis 

Associate Professor of 
Politics with Michael 

The American Presidency: 
Origins &> Development 
1776-1993. 2nded. 
Congressional Quarterly 

This second edition of The 
American Presidency takes 
into account the Bush 
administration, the 1992 
presidential election, and 
the early Clinton 

administration. It includes 
accounts of the passage of 
the 12th, 20th, 22nd, and 
25th amendments and an 
extensively revised chapter 
on Lincoln. The authors 
continue to tell the history 
of how the institution of 
the presidency was created; 
how it has developed during 
its more than two centuries 
of existence; what has 
remained constant in the 
office; and what has 
endured of those 1 9th- and 
20th-century innovations. 

George Ross 

Hillquit Professor of Labor 
and Social Thought 

Jacques Delors and 
European Integration 
Oxford University Press 

Jacques Delors and 
European Integration 
reconsiders the last decade 
of European Community 
history, and the Maastricht 
period in particular, from 
the point of view of the 
unfolding strategy of 
Jacques Delors, the most 
successful president of the 

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Fourth Edition 

PfliT Coiiuid • Rixhellc Kt-rii 

European Commission. The 
book's data sources include 
the author's observations of 
the day-to-day work of the 
Commission under Delors 
and access to key personnel 
and documents. The 
volume follows processes 
around the Maastricht 
treaty from inside, 
observing the complex 
system of European 
institutions at work. 

Carmen Sirianni 

Associate Professor of 
Sociology with Frank 
Fischer, eds. 

Critical Studies in 
Organization &> 
Bureaucracy. 2nd ed. 
Temple University Press 

This revised and expanded 
edition responds to the 
continued crisis in 
bureaucratic organization 
and managerial authority at 
the end of the 20th century. 
Central to the critical 
analyses presented here are 
the themes of power and 
empowerment, control and 
resistance, gender and race, 
political economy and class 
analysis, technology and 
environment, flexibility and 
innovation, diversity and 

Against M Hope 

Resistance in 
the Nazi 





Tranilated by Hany Zoitn 

participation, social change 
and democratic learning. 
The case studies used are 
drawn from settings 
ranging widely across 
manufacturing and service 
firms; public service 
bureaucracies in welfare 
and education; federal and 
state regulatory agencies 
in environment, labor, 
housing, the military- 
industrial complex, and 
health organizations. 

Harry Zohn 

Professor of German, 
translator of 

Against All Hope: 
Resistance in the Nazi 
Concentration Camps 1938- 
1945, authored by Hermann 
Paragon HoUse 

Professor Zohn has 
translated this 
comprehensive work by 
Langbein, which shatters the 
myth that all prisoners of 
concentration camps during 
World War II passively let 
themselves be slaughtered. 
A prisoner himself and one 
of the leaders of resistance 
at Auschwitz, the author 
carefully documents a 
detailed account of the 
history of the camps and the 
story of resistance so that 
the heroic resistance and 
the resilience of the human 
spirit would be recognized. 
Zohn has translated 
numerous works from the 
German, including those of 
Freud, Walter Beniamin, and 
Theodore Herzel. 


David Ball '59 

Ball is a professor of French 
and comparative literature 
at Smith College. 

Darkness Moves: An Henri 

Michaux Anthology: 1927- 


University of California 


Before his death in 1984, 
Henri Michaux, one of the 
visionary European artists 
of the 20th century, had his 
writing translated from the 
French into more than half 
a dozen languages, and his 
paintings displayed at the 
major art museums of 
Europe and the United 
States. Darkness Moves is 
the first English-language 
anthology to present the 
full range of Michaux's 
talent, including many 
works that were previously 
unavailable in English. The 
selections include his 
hallucinatory visions, 
fantastic journeys, fables, 
portraits of strange peoples, 
the weirdly comic "Plume" 
narratives, his "exorcism- 
poems," and the meditative 
ecstatic poetry nourished by 
the religions of Asia. Also, 
30 reproductions of 
Michaux's paintings give a 
sample of his visual work. 

Anne C. Bernstein '65 

Bernstein is a professor of 
psychology at the Wright 
Institute, Berkeley, CA. 

Flight of the Stork: What 
Children Think (and When) 
about Sex and Family 
Perspectives Press 

Flight of the Stork examines 
how children think 
differently from adults 
concerning sex and birth. 

Enlightening interviews 
take us deep into the minds 
of children 3 to 12 years old. 
The interviews demonstrate 
each child's level of mental 
development and show how 
a child's thinking changes 
with age. Understanding 
child development helps 
adults communicate better 
with children. The book 
also deals with such 21st- 
century topics as assisted 
reproductive technology, 
donor insemination, and 

Tony Dunbar '72 

Dunbar is a lawyer who 
lives and works in New 
Orleans. He is the author of 
four works of nonfiction 
and is now working on his 
second mystery novel. 

Crooked Man 

G. P. Putnam and Sons 

Crooked Man introduces 
Tubby Dubonnet, a 
maverick lawyer whose 
hobbies include betting, 
beer, and bringing in the 
bad guys in a witty chase 
through New Orleans, 
where action and adventure 
come to life on Bourbon 

Robin Jaffee Frank '77 

Frank is the assistant 
curator of American 
paintings and sculpture at 
the Yale University Art 

Charles Demuth: Poster 

Portraits 1923-1929 

Yale University Art Gallery 

Between 1923 and 1929, the 
modernist American painter 
Charles Demuth created a 

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scries of emblematic 
portraits to honor friends 
promment in the avant- 
garde circles of New York: 
the painters Marsden 
Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, 
Arthur Dove, Charles 
Duncan, and John Marin,- 
the literary figures Wallace 
Stevens, Eugene O'Neill, 
William Carlos Williams, 
and Gertrude Stein; and the 
vaudevillian Bert Savoy. 
The portraits have long 
been recognized as among 
the most original and 
important expressions 
within Demuth's body of 
work and until now, these 
paintings, watercolors, and 
drawings had never been 
brought together. 

Jeanne Samson Katz 72 

with Moyra Sidell 
Katz IS lecturer in health 
and social welfare at the 
Open University, Milton 
Keynes, United Kingdom. 

Easeful death: Caring for 
dying &> bereaved people 
Hodder & Stoughton 

Despite being exposed to 
images of violent death in 
the media from an early age, 
we are unlikely to 
experience the death of 
someone close until late 
adulthood. With increased 
life expectancy and medical 
advances, death has become 
more remote and, largely, a 
subject to be avoided. 
Easeful death has been 
written for all professional 
carers. It deals with the 
caring needs of dying people 
and the support needs of the 
bereaved, taking a practical 

approach to the subject. The 
authors make extensive use 
of case studies that reflect 
the wide age and cultural 
range of our society. 

Carole S. Kessner '53, ed. 

Kessner teaches in the 
Departments of 
Comparative Studies and 
English and in the programs 
in Judaic Studies and 
Women's Studies at State 
University of New York, 
Stony Brook. 

The "Other" New York 

Jewish Intellectuals 

New York University Press 

The -Other" New York 
Jewish Intellectuals 
presents a group of thinkers 
who may not have had 
widespread celebrity status 
but who fostered a real 
sense of community within 
the Jewish world in those 
troubled times. What 
unified these men and 
women was their 
commitment and allegiance 
to the Jewish people. 
Divided into three 
sections — "Opinion 
Makers," "Men of Letters," 
and "Spiritual Leaders" — 
the book will be of interest 
to students of Jewish 
studies, American 
intellectual history, as well 
as history of the 1930s 
and 1940s. 

_Ic:innc Kat: ;tixI Miivni Sidcli 

Herbert S. Lewis '55 

Lewis is a professor of 
anthropology at the 
University of Wisconsin, 

After the Eagles Landed: 
the Yemenites of Israel 
Waveland Press, Inc. 

Especially prominent in 
Israel's diverse Jewish 
population are the Jews 
from Yemen, who have 
occupied a special position 
in the life of the community 
for more than a century. 
This study examines many 
aspects of the adaptation of 
the Jews of Yemen to life in 
Israel. It is based on 
extensive fieldwork which 
is centered on the Yemenite 
community of a small city 
but broadened with 
comparative material from 
all over the country. In 
looking at the Yemenites 
and urban life in Israel, the 
book sheds light on the 
controversial topic of ethnic 
integration in Israel. 

JanetB. Mitchell, Ph.D. '76, 
Heller School, and Margo L. 
Rosenbach '78, Ph.D. '85, 
Heller School 

Mitchell is president and 
Rosenbach is vice president 
of the Center for Health 
Economics Research. 

Access to Health Care: Key 
Indicators for Policy 

The Nation's Health Care 
Bill: Who Bears the Burden! 
Center for Health 
Economics Research 

Access to Health Care asks 
the question: Is access 
better or worse than a 
decade ago? The data that is 
presented shows 
improvement in a few areas 
but the access indicators 

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Foreword by Alan Millard 

Alfred ]. Hocnh • Gerald L. Mattiugly 

Edwin M. Yamaiichi 

taken as a whole show 
either no improvement over 
the last decade or an actual 
worsening. The authors 
point out that disparities m 
access persist for poor and 
near poor people and 
sometimes for racial or 
ethnic mmorities as well. 
These disparities are 
reflected in the use of fewer 
health care services and 
worse health care outcomes. 

Better health for all 
Americans is a basic goal of 
our society. Yet, as the 
share of the nation's 
resources devoted to 
improving health has risen 
steadily, satisfaction with 
the level and distribution of 
health services lags far 
behind other countries. The 
Nation's Health Care Bill 
points out that our society 
is faced with a large, and 
growing, opportunity cost if 
we fail to control health 
care spending. It concludes 
that if we do not act now, 
we will pay the price in 
terms of a lower standard of 
living for everything besides 
health care. 

Elizabeth A. Segal 79 

with Nora S. Gustavsson 
Segal is an assistant 
professor in the College of 
Social Work, at The Ohio 
State University. 

Critical Issues in Child 


Sage Publications 

Childhood has become a 
passage fraught with peril 
for many of America's 
children. The authors 
provide a clear, concise 
overview of the mental, 
emotional, physical, and 
social condition of children 
in the United States and the 
current social concerns that 
threaten their well-being. 
Traditional child welfare 
topics such as foster care, 
adoption, abuse, and neglect 
are discussed, as are areas of 
increasing scope and 
significance, including 
poverty among children, 
HIV and chemically exposed 
infants, and the rising 
number of single-parent 

Laura J. Snyder '87 

with Peter Achinstein, eds. 
Snyder is completing her 
Ph.D. in philosophy at The 
Johns Hopkins University. 

Scientific Methods: 

Conceptual and Historical 


Kriegcr Publishing 


This book discusses 
problems of scientific 
methodology, including the 
nature of scientific 
reasoning, experimentation, 
evidence, theory-change, 
and controversy in science. 
The essays examine 
methodological issues 
involved in various episodes 
in the history of science 
from Newtonian physics in 
the 17th and 18th centuries 
to quantum mechanics in 
the 20th century. The book 
is primarily intended for use 
by those working in the 
history and philosophy of 
science; but it may he 
readily understood by 
nonspecialists as well. 

Elise KJmerling WIrtschafter 77 

Wirtschafter is an associate 
professor of history at 
California State Polytechnic 
University in Pomona. 

Structures of Society: 
Imperial Russia's "People of 
Various Ranks" 
Northern Illinois University 

A category of persons best 
defined by what they were 
not, the raznochintsy — 
"people of various ranks" or 
"people of diverse origins" — 
inhabited the shifting social 
territory between nobles 
and serfs in preindustrial 
Russia. In official society, 
they were outsiders. The 

author draws on an array of 
sources to show how this 
important but elusive 
category functioned in 
Russian society. 
Challenging the traditional 
image of a rigidly 
hierarchical social 
structure, her conclusions 
indicate that there was 
much more mobility within 
imperial Russian society 
than historians have 
previously thought. 

Edwin M. Yamauchi, M.A. '63, 
Ph.D. '64 

with Alfred J. Hoerth and 
Gerald L. Mattingly, eds. 
Yamauchi is professor of 
history at Miami 
University, Oxford, Ohio 

Peoples of the Old 
Testament World 
Baker House 

Peoples of the Old 
Testament World is the 
latest reference book to 
offer detailed accounts on 
the people groups who 
interacted with Israel in the 
Hebrew Bible. Thirteen 
essays provide information 
as to what is known about 
these civilizations, 
including developments and 
theories that have emerged 
since 1973. Two of the 
essayists also hold Ph.D.'s 
from Brandeis: Harry A. 
Hoffner, Jr., Ph.D. '63, and 
William A. Ward, Ph.D. '58 

Book blurbs are compiled 
from publisher/author 
promotional materials and 
should be considered 
neither reviews nor 

51 Spring 1995 

Class Notes 

editor's note: Class Notes may 
now be sent by e-mail to 


Norman Diamond, D.D.S., Class 
Correspondent, 240 Kendrick 
Street, Newton, MA 02158 

Carole Schwartz Ressner edited 

The OthcT New York Jewish 
Intellectuals, released last year by 
New York University Press. She is 
recipient of the Marie Syrkin 
Fellowship for 1994 and teaches 
English, comparative studies, 
Judaic Studies, and women's 
studies at the State University of 
New York at Stony Brook. 


Allan W. Drachman, Class 
Correspondent, 115 Mayo Road, 
Wellesley, MA 02181 

Laurence J. Silberstein, Ph.D. '72, 

IS spending the spring semester as 
a visiting professor at the 
Gregorian University in Rome, an 
institution of the Roman Catholic 
Church, where he will teach a 
course on "Jewish Thought Since 
the Holocaust." He is director of 
the Philip and Muriel Berman 
Center for Jewish Studies at 
Lehigh University. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout, Class 
Correspondent, 87 Old Hill Road, 
Westport, CT 06880 

Letty Cottin Pogrebin was part of 
a delegation which accompanied 
President Clinton to the Middle 
East in October to witness the 
signing of the Israel-Jordan peace 

bU 35th Reunion 

Joan Silverman Wallack, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Linden Shores, 
Unit 28, Branford, CT 06405 

Cayla Freiberger Coleman has a 

private counseling practice in San 
Rafael, CA, and counsels juvenile 
offenders and their families in the 
county probation system. She 
received her master's in social 
welfare from University of 
California at Berkeley in 1989. 
Susan Pekarsky Gary is a 
consultant and troubleshooter for 
the garment industry in the 
California bay area. Frances Pat 
Goldman is close to retirement 
from the Leonia School system in 
New Jersey, where she has been a 
special education teacher for 
more than 25 years. She writes 
that she enjoys spending much of 
her leisure time in Vermont and 
Florida and is ready to return to 
the classroom to take "all the 
courses I've always wanted to 
take " Bea Green Graney sadly 

52 Brandeis Review 

announced that in December 
199.^ she was given six months to 
live due to inoperable cancer. 
"Thanks to the good Lord and 
good doctors, I'm still here in 
December 1994." She welcomes 
communication from Brandeis 
friends, reporting that she 
treasures her Brandeis years 
"which helped me 'fight the good 
fi.i;ht' in many issues." Gerard R. 
Guttell, D.M.D., maintains a 
dental practice in Burlington, 
MA, and reports that he is still 
happily married to his wife, 
Barbara, after 28 years. His son, 
Andrew M. Guttell '86 teaches 
first grade in Newton, MA, and is 
married to Karen Shashoua 
Guttell '86 Suzanne Hodes is a 

artist based in Waltham. She 
presented a solo show last 
summer at the Lightwater Gallery 
in Wellfleet, MA, and participated 
in the Women m Watercolor 
exhibit at the Boston Public 
Library and the Creativity and 
Spirituality exhibit at the 
Newton Jewish Community 
Center. Some of her work was 
included in New American 
Paintings, a book published by 
the Open Studios Press. Ellen D. 
Levine won the 1994 Jane 
Addams Book Award for 
Freedom's Children: Young Civil 
Rights Activists Tell Their Own 
Stories. The award was given on 
the basis of the promotion of 
peace, social justice, world 

tiieii L.cvtne 

community, and equality of the 
sexes and races. Elisabeth Lisette 
Nayor is educational director of 
the Yorktown, NY, Jewish Center 
Religious School and Jewish 
Family Education. She is also vice 
president of the regional board of 
the Anti-Defamation League, 
chair of the education committee, 
and a member of the board of 
trustees of Bet Am Shalom 
Synagogue. Toby Sheinfeld 
Nussbaum writes that she had the 
opportunity to travel to Italy, 
London, and Turkey for three 
months with her husband, 
Bernard W. Nussbaum, former 
counsel to President Clinton. 
They were loined on the last leg 
of their trip by fellow alumnus 
Steven (. Solarz '62 and his wife. 
Now back in "hectic" New York 
City, Toby is volunteering and 
participating in philanthropic 
activities and her husband Bernie 
IS back in his law firm. "I'm 
looking forward to seeing 
rl.issmates at our upcoming 
Kcunion — 35 years — yikes!" she 
wiites. Sheila Robbins Reid lives 
in Worcester, MA, and continues 
III teach and perform violin while 
playing with several area 
orchestras. She is artistic director 
uid violinist for three chamber 
i iiscmbles: the Romantic Harp ik 
\ lolm, the Classic String Trio. 
.ind the Hawthorne Tree Chamber 
rlayers. Stephen Rudin was 
appointed to the ccmsulting staff 
of Goddard Medical Associates 
and has a visiting professorship in 
psychology at Bndgewater State 
College. He resides in Stoughton, 
MA, and reports the arrival of a 
second grandchild and the 
marriage of his youngest 
daughter, Laura. Alan E. Sidman 
is on sabbatical leave from his 
middle school teaching duties in 
Brooklyn. He is studying at 
Kingsborough Community 
College and is "enjoying the 
changes of pace and routine. As I 
approach retirement, I'm 
considering various options — and 
looking forward to the next 30 
years." Mimi Berenson 
Silberstein is coordinator for 
special education and elementary 
guidance counselor for the 
Bangor, PA, school district. She 
lives with her husband, Laurence 
I. Silberstein '58, in Bethlehem, 
PA. They continue to visit Israel 
every year as part of Larry's work 
and travel to Ohio, San Francisco, 
and Seattle to visit their children. 
Bob Stein lives in Washington, 
DC, with his wife, Jane (acobson 
'59. He practices law, arbitrates, 
and mediates, and for the last 10 
years has focused on legal and 
policy questions of HIV/AIDS and 
related health and disability 
issues. He also teaches at 
Georgetown Law School, sits on 
the American Bar Association 
AIDS Committee, and the 
Committee on HIV/AIDS of the 

Union of American Hebrew 
Conference of American Rabbis. 
Last year, they hiked in New 
Zealand ("the finest walk in the 
world") and Colorado. Joni M. 
Steinman lives in San Diego and 
works with her spouse and 
business partner, John P. 
Harenskim, J.D., M.PH. Their 
consulting business, AUSMS 
Healthcare Consultants, supports 
the health care industry in its 
transition from a hospital focus to 
a network of community and 
home-based services. She writes 
that the family helped longtime 
friend Rosetta B. Packer '75 
celebrate her birthday last year: 
"Brandeis friendships run deep," 
she writes. Robert Weiner 
published a book entitled Change 
m Eastern Europe. Ellen 
Rosenbaum Wolf is working with 
public schools to involve business 
professionals in helping create 
and actively support higher 
academic standards. Joyce Ship 
Zaritsky continues to teach and 
run a tutoring program at 
LaGuardia Community College in 
New York. In her spare time, she 
works at completing her novel 
which is "almost finished and 


Judith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 

Peter Lipsitt is planning an art 
show at the Chapel Gallery in 
Newton, MA, in October. Ellen 
Jacobs Freyer Poss was remarried 
to Samuel Poss in 1989 and 
moved to Los Angeles where she 
welcomes contacts from 
classmates. Formerly with PBS/ 
Wonderworks, she is now an 
independent producer specializing 
in family entertainment. She 
produced "The Whipping Boy" 
feature for the Disney Channel in 
July and an animated original 
musical version of The Secret 
Garden for ABC in November. 
Her son, Daniel Freyer, an 
executive with TRW, is married 
to an attorney and lives in 
Manhattan Beach, CA. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 

Lawrence Goldman received the 
Distinguished Practitioner Award 
at the annual dinner of the New 
York Criminal Bar Association 
last June. He was also reelected to 
the board of directors of the 
National Association of Criminal 
Defense Lawyers. 

News Notes 

Lawrence Goldman 

Dw 30th Reunion 

Joan L. Kalatatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord Road, 
Mavnard, MA 01754 

Ellen Bassuk, M.D., is cofounder 
and president of the Better Homes 
Fund, a national organization 
serving homeless families, which 
has given grants to more than 100 
programs in 35 states. She is 
editor in chief of the American 
lournal of Orthopsychiatry and 
recently received an honorary 
Doctor of Public Service from 
Northeastern University. In 

Ellen Bassuk 

addition, she enioys the challenge 
of being the mother of Danny, age 
1 1, and Sarah, age 7. Carl Baylis is 
assistant director of management 
and information systems at 
Montefiore Hospital in New York, 
where he specializes in database 
software. He lives in Harrison, 
NY, with his wife and two sons, 
ages 22 and 16. He is also 
president of the Harrison Band 
Parents Association and the 
IDM's Northeast Users' Group. 
David (Chuck) Bresler is a 
psychologist and acupuncturist in 
West Los Angeles. His 23rd hook 
on Emotional First Aid is soon to 
be released. David's oldest son, 
age 21, is in Navy SEAL training; 
his daughter, age 19, is studying 
marine biology at San Diego 
State, "getting ready to save the 
whales." His two youngest 

children have been home- 
schooled for the last 10 years. 
Michael Dover is a research 
associate professor at Clark 
University's Center for 
Technology, Environment, and 
Development |CENTED| in 
Worcester, !V1A. He is principal 
investigator on a project 
sponsored by the United States 
Environmental Protection Agency 
examining ways to improve 
communications on wildlife 
protection. He now lives in 
Amherst, MA, and has one 
daughter, Caitlin, a sophomore at 
Sarah Lawrence College. Martin 
Fassler is an administrative law 
judge for the California State 
Personnel Board, whose office was 
recently moved from San 
Francisco to Oakland. Despite 
accumulating debts, he enjoyed 
five years of private law practice 
representing teachers, teacher 
unnms, and other plaintiffs in 
employment disputes. He and his 
wife, Kathryn Knight, a fund- 
raiser for various environmental 
advocacy groups, have two 
children; Emma, age 8, and laied, 
age 4 Marilyn Shuffman Faust is 
"still married after 2S years" to 
David Faust. She has her own law 
practice concentrating on 
matrimonial and family law in 
White Plains, NY. They have 
enioyed traveling in Europe, 
Africa, Australia, and the United 
States, including Alaska and 
Hawaii, with their three children, 
lonathan, Paul, and Lauren 
|"Ioey"|. The family is planning 
soiourns to South America and 
South Africa in the near future. 
Ellen Foley, after working at the 
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, has been 
assistant managing editor/ 
features for the past five years at 
The Blade, a Toledo newspaper. 
William Friedman is CEO of two 
real estate investment trusts 
concentrating in affordable 
housing investments. His wife, 
Lucy, recently received a 
Presidential Award from 
President Clinton for 
extraordinary services to crime 
victims. He relates, "At the Rose 
Garden ceremony the President 
and 1 exchanged congratulations 
on our wives' accomplishments. 
He also said he liked my tie." He 
has one daughter, Tanya, and 
three sons, Ezra, Gideon, and 
Sam. Helen Goldenberg is 
working as a computer 
programmer for Retirement 
Systems and has two daughters, 
Ilene and Audrey. She is active in 
Jewish community fund-raising 
and cultural organizations, and 
has traveled in the last year to 
Florida, Arizona, and Israel. 

What have you been doing 
lately- Let the alumni office 
know. We invite you to submit 
articles, photos |black and 
white photos are preferred), and 
news that would be of interest 
to your fellow classinates to: 

Office of Alumni Relations 
Brandeis University 
P.O. Box 9110 
Waltham, MA 02254-91 10 

Sidney Golub 

Sidney Golub recently assumed 
responsibilities as Executive Vice 
Chancellor of the Irvine campus 
of the University of California, 
where he serves as chief academic 
officer and budget director for a 
campus of about 16,000 students. 
Katherine Gould-Martin has 
recently moved to Red Hook, NY, 
in the "beautiful Hudson Valley" 
hoping to resume teaching in the 
near future. Her husband is 
graduate dean at Bard College, 
and their four children are spread 
around the country, with only the 
youngest at home. Arlene 
Hirschfelder has been on the 
faculty at the New School for 
Social Research, New York, since 
1984, teaching "American Indians 
in American History: a New 
Perspective" and "The American 
Indian Experience in 
Contemporary Native Poetry and 
Fiction," among other courses. 
She has authored many books on 
Native Americans including 
Rising Voices and Happily May 1 
Walk. John Jacobs, M.D,, is very 
busy in private practice as a 
psychiatrist and couples' 
therapist. Gabriel, his fourth 
child, was born in 1993, Nina 
Judd reports that she is busy 
teaching English to Russian 
immigrants and that her children 
are all grown up. Joan Furber 
Kalafatas has been working for 
the past seven years as a senior 
benefits analyst at NEC 
Technologies in Boxborough, MA, 
responsible for designing, 
communicating, and 
administering employee benefits. 
She looks forward to the 30th 
Reunion as well as celebrating her 
30th wedding anniversary with 
her husband, Michael Kalafatas, 
director of admissions at 
Brandeis. Their son John, age 25, 
who recently married Marybeth 
Savicki, does research and writing 
in the development department at 
Harvard. Their son Dan, age 21, a 
college junior, is currently 
interning at J. P. Morgan. Mark 
Kramer, professor and writer-in- 
residence at Boston University, 


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about SIX months. 

Mark Kramer 

coedited Literary Journalism: A 
New Collection of the Best 
American Nonfiction, which will 
be published next month. Robert 
Lerman, chair of the economics 
department at American 
University in Washington, D.C., 
was proud to receive the 1994 
University Award for 
Contributions to Academic 
Development after he created a 
new master's program in financial 
economics for public policy. In 
addition, Young Unwed Fathers, 
which he edited, was recently 
published in paperback. Bob's 
wife, Ariella, is a professional 
interior designer; his daughters 
Alona and Maya "are great kids in 
spite of their teenage years." Don 
Lubin has been a member of the 
board of directors of Harvest 
Cooperative Supermarkets for the 
past 21 years. Marilyn Siskin 
Merker is assistant director ot 
graduate academic advisement at 
Pace University's Lubin School of 
Business. She is also active in the 
Westchester, NY, alumni chapter. 
Susan Weidman Schneider is 
founder and editor in chief of 
Lilith, the independent lewish 
women's magazine which 
celebrated its 18th anniversary. 
"I'm always delighted to see how 
many Brandeis graduates cross my 
path in some feminist activities 
or another," she writes. Her 
daughter, Rachel, is in the 
Brandeis Class of 199S. Michael 
L, Seltz reports that his 
architectural and interior design 
firm, Oldham and Seltz, recently 
celebrated its 1 1th anniversary. 
He has a daughter, Jennifer, and 
two sons, Daniel and Steven. 
Marian Segal Krauskopf is deputy 
commissioner in New York City's 
Department of Personnel, where 
she is responsible for the city's 
training programs for its own 
employees (executive, 
management, computer, 
procurement, and training) and 
for the city's internship programs. 
As a Dinkins recruit working in 
the Giuliani administration, she 
IS wondering, what's next? Her 
husband, Jack, is dean of the 

Graduate School of Management 
and Urban Policy at the New 
School- Her son, Lewis, is a senior 
at Duke University, and her 
daughter, Katie, is a sophomore at 
Hrttwn. David Lynch is senior 
project manager at the 
Massachusetts Division of 
Capital Planning and Operations. 
He is married to Ellen Belland and 
has one daughter, Sophia, Barbara 
Sommer Penny reports that she 
was recently happily reunited 
with her daughter, Ruth, who had 
been given up for adoption 28 
years ago. Her son, Michael, age 
26, was married in June 1993 and 
lives with his wife, Alicia, in 
Colorado. Her daughter, Lenna, 
age 24, whom she coparented, 
was graduated in June from the 
University of California at Santa 
Cruz, Barbara and her partner, 
Kristi Gochoel, live in the woods 
of Northern California. Robert 
Marcus is a social worker on an 
inpatient unit. He reports that he 
copes by "blowing my brains out" 
playing first cornet in several 
concert bands. Massachusetts 
alumni can hear him every 
Thursday summer night at the 
Lexington Green Bandstand, and 
at the Middlesex Concert Band at 
the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade 
at least once during the summer. 
Gary Posner, who teaches at the 
Johns Hopkins University in the 

chemistry department, recently 
received a 1994 Distinguished 
Teaching Award from the School 
of Arts and Sciences. Laurin 
Raiken is professor of 
individualized studies and senior 
faculty member of the Gallatin 
School at New York University, 
which he helped to found 24 years 
ago. He directs the 
interdisciplinary Arts Program, 
which includes the Arts and 
Society Program and the Arts 
Management and Cultural Policy 
Programs. A faculty member at 
NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, 
Raiken is also recipient of NYU's 
Great Teacher Award, and a new 

Interdisciplinary Arts Fund was 
recently created in his honor. His 
wife, Ann Axtmann, a former 
ballet dancer with the Joffrey 
Ballet and American Ballet 
Theatre, teaches movement 
analysis and choreography at 
NYU. Their son, Thor, is a 
computer programmer and studies 
photo-imaging. Patricia Rohner 
has been working on an M.S.W. at 
the Simmons School of Social 
Work and interning at Cape Ann 
Day Treatment Center in 
Gloucester, MA. Dan Rubin, a 
lieutenant in the Denver Police 
Department, is studying for an 
M.A, in political science at the 
University of Colorado at Denver. 
His wife, Vicki, teaches middle 
school. Marilyn Doria Shaw is a 
law partner representing ma)or 
energy companies in Houston. 
Her husband, a law partner at a 
different firm, has a white collar 
crime practice. Marilyn is the 
mother of an active second- 
grader. (Two cats, a new puppy, 
and a tankful of fish complete the 
Shaw menagerie, she says.) When 
not at their home in the 
Palisades, complete with deer, 
fox, wild turkeys, coyote, and a 
cougar, the Shaws are at their 
Madison, CT, home on the shore. 
Sandy Kotzen Smith has been 
student assistance coordinator for 
the Chatham, NJ, school district 
for seven years. She provides 
individual and group counseling 
tor students in grades five through 
1 1 for alcohol/drug abuse and 
other prevention-related issues. 
She also does teacher in service 
training and parent education. 
Sandy is married to Dennis Smith 
'65. One of their daughters works 
in New York City; the other is 
pinsuing her master's degree at 
( -jllaudet in Washington, D.C. 
I nr fun, Sandy enjoys reading, 
walking, and staying physically 
tit. She and Dennis enjoy 
traveling and spending vacations 
m the Massachusetts Berkshires. 
Herbert Teitelbaum has a law 
firm of 22 lawyers. He is also 
president of the New Israel Fund 
which works to strengthen 
democracy in Israel by building 
the nonprofit, independent sector 
in such areas as civil rights, 
religious tolerance, economic 
equity, and women's rights. His 
wife Ruth J. Abram, M.S.W., runs 
the Lower East Side Tenement 
Museum. Their daughter, Anna 
'92, IS in her first year of 
Columbia School of Social Work; 
their son, Noah, attends New 
College in Sarasota. Sheila Rabb 
Weidenfeld lives in Washington, 
D.C, with her husband, Edward, 
and their two children: Nicholas, 
age 15, and Daniel, age 13. She is 
president of D.C. Productions, a 
firm specializing in 
communication strategies and 

television programming. She is 
also chair of the Chesapeake & 
Ohio Historical Party 
Commission, Honorary Consul 
General of the Republic of San 
Marino, and a member of the U.S. 
Holocaust Memorial Museum. 
Richard Weisberg is Floersheimer 
Professor of Constitutional Law 
at Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva 
University, former Brandeis 
Fannie Hurst Visiting Professor of 
English Literature (1989), and a 
pioneer of the "Law and 
Literature" movement. The 
recipient of grants from the 
National Endowment for the 
Humanities, the United States 
Information Agency, and ACLS, 
he has been a consultant to law 
firms worldwide on the 
improvement of legal writing 
skills. His books include: The 
Failure of the Word. 1984; When 
Lawyers Write, 1987; Poethics, 
1992; and the forthcoming 
Pervasive Vichy: French Legal 
Rhetoric Under Stress. He is 
married to Cheryl Zackian '68 
and they have three sons. Susan 
Kraft Zemelman is an 
organization development 
specialist at Northwestern 
Memorial Hospital. She has been 
married for 28 years to Steven 
Zemelman, Ph.D. '71. They have 
"two wildly creative sons": Mark, 
age 25, who holds an M.F.A. in 
painting from Virginia 
Commonwealth University; and 
Dan, age 21, a jazz pianist and 
senior at the University of 


Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Mary Chilton 
Road, Needham, MA 02192 

Judith Kaden Lewis, Ph.D. '85 

(Heller), is associate editor of 
lOGNN: The Journal of 
Obstetric. Gynecologic, and 
Neonatal Nursing, and previously 
edited a peer-reviewed journal. 
Clinical Issues in Perinatal and 
Women's Health Nursing. 

ludith Lewis 

54 Brandeis Review 


Jay R. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, 1 Childs Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

MoUyann Wersted Blumenthal 

has been married to her husband, 
Peter, smce 1^)67 and involved in 
lewish education for even longer. 
She calls "the really bright spots 
in my life" their four children: 
Jeremy, a Ph.D. candidate at 
Harvard who previouslv studied 
at Brandcis, Joshua '93, Elana 
(Lani) '97, and Rafael (Rafi) '98. 
Peter Coey, M.A. '70, recently 
volunteered to work in the 
anthropology section of the Field 
IVIuseum of Natural History in 
Chicago, where he corrected and 
updated the catalog of ancient 
Roman coins. Some years ago, he 
taught anthropology in the 
Philippines. Susan Golod Cohn 
received a M.Ed, from 
Marymount University and is 
now teaching sixth grade in 
Fairfax County, VA. She teaches 
all subjects to a diverse group of 
28 students, and finds it both 
challenging and enjoyable. Susan 
Dickler is attending the John F. 
Kennedy School of Government 
at Harvard University in a one- 
year mid-career program to earn a 
master's in public administration. 
Her areas of interest are nonprofit 
administration, philanthropy, and 
politics. Michele Foster is a 
professor in the Center for 
Educational Studies at the 
Claremont Graduate School in 
California. She reports that her 
son, Toure, was married in 
August Samuel Heilman was 
appointed to the Harold 
Proshansky Chair of Jewish 
Studies and Sociology at the 
Graduate Center of the City 
University of New York. His sixth 
book, Portrait of American lewry, 
was lust published. His wife, Ellin 
Kaufman Heilman '69, received 
her doctorate in psychology from 
the Ferkauf Graduate School of 
Yeshiva University and is a 
therapist in Riverdale, NY. They 
have four sons; Adam, finishing 
his senior year of college; Uri '98; 
Avi, a high-school sophomore; 
and Yoni, who lust celebrated his 
bar mitzvah Roberta Marke 
Hunter received a $3,000 grant 
from the Council of Basic 
Education to study relationships 
among women in Jane Austen's 
novels. She has also studied at the 
Lehman College Writing 
Consortium with teacher-trainer 
Alan Stein '58. She continues to 
teach at Clara Barton High School 
in Brooklyn, NY, and as adjunct 
professor at Kmgsborough 
College. Ronald Kronish lives in 
Jerusalem, where he is director of 

the Interreligious Coordinating 
Council in Israel (1CCI|. He 
lectures frequently to visiting 
Jewish, Christian, and interfaith 
groups m Israel and to similar 
groups m North America. He is 
also a regular contributor to 
Jewish, Christian, and ecumenical 
journals and newspapers. Howard 
Krosnick is assistant director 
general of marketing in the 
English program branch of the 
National Film Board of Canada, 
based in Montreal Barbara Freed 
Sherman is on the interior design 
staff of Shepley, Bullinch, 
Richardson ik Abbott, Boston's 
oldest and largest architectural 
firm. She is also a Brookline town 
meeting member with several 
other Brandeis alumni. She has 
two daughters: Julie, completing 
her first year of college, and 
Stephanie, a high school 
sophomore "dancing her way to 
stardom" as a lazz student. Mark 
Simon received a design award 
from the Virginia Society of the 
American Institute of Architects 
Design Award for his design of 
the National Maritime Center. He 
adds this building, called 
"Nauticus, " to his list of credits 
that also includes the new Carl 
and Ruth Shapiro Admissions 
Center at Brandeis. Peter Spry- 
Leverton produced and directed a 
four-hour series for the Discovery 
Channel on "The Seven Wonders 
of the World," to air this year. 
Lesley Straley reports that she 
loves living in Vermont, "both foi 
the countryside and the people." 
She continues to teach 
kindergarten and violin lessons, 
and hike, canoe, swim, ski, and 
read in her free time. Her partner, 
Charlotte, is now traveling as an 
educational consultant. Nancy 
Wulwick IS a visiting associate 
professor and research associate 
in economics at the State 
University of New York at 


25th Reunion 

Charles S. Eisenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 4 Ashford Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

Laura Schwartz Arnold earned her 
M.D, in 1988 and now enjoys her 
work as a family practice 
physician, serving an urban 
underprivileged area with patients 
ranging from the homeless to 
college professors. Her husband, 
George Arnold, M.D., is a 
gastroenterologist and codirector 
of a gastroenterology training 
program at Shadyside Hospital in 
Pittsburgh, where he is president- 
elect of the medical staff. He took 
up scuba diving and underwater 
photography as a hobby and has 
received a number of photo 
awards. Their son. Ion, is a 

college freshman, and their 
daughter, Sarah, is 15 years old. 
Laura says of reaching her 25th 
Reunion, "It's hard to believe! 1 
don't feel any older^ — wiser, yes, 
but older, no." Loretta T. Attardo 
opened her own law practice in 
1992, concentrating in labor and 
employment law, and reports that 
she is busy having fun. She works 
in Salem, MA, and lives in 
Marblehead with her husband, 
Ralph Rotman, and three 
daughters, Alyssa, age 10, Cassie, 
age 8, and Leanne, age 5, who 
swim, dance, do karate, play 
piano and basketball, and "never 
let us sit." Jane Klein Bright is 
vice president of human resources 
at Fidelity Investments' 
management and research group, 
where she has worked for five 
enioyable years. Her husband. 
Nelson, owns a kitchen design 
and remodeling business and has 
provided her with a "fabulous" 
kitchen. They have two sons, ages 
16 and 13, the oldest of whom 
attends Exeter and will be facing a 
college search this fall. Ada Demb 
is an associate professor in the 
department of educational policy 
and leadership at the Ohio State 
University College of Education, 
loining the faculty last fuly after 
two and a half years as vice 
provost for international affairs. 
She teaches graduate courses on 

Ada Demb 

the administration of academic 
affairs, "managing" the 
university, and internationalizing 
universities. Her book on 
corporate governance, The 
Corporate Board: Confronting the 
Paradoxes, most recently 
appeared in Danish and Slovenian 
translations. Ada continues to 
enioy life in the Columbus, OH, 
area with her husband, Bill 
Matthews Deborah Webb 
Eisenbach has lived m Jerusalem 
since 1970, when she married 
Rabbi Gil Zion Eisenbach and 

moved to Israel. He teaches at 
Aish HaTorah, a yeshiva 
established to give Jews a deeper 
understanding of their heritage, 
while .'^he is coordinator of Aish 
HaTorah Women's Organization, 
which programs educational 
seminars and fund-raising events 
as well as publishmg two kosher 
cookbooks. They have 10 
children, ages 2 through 23; the 
three oldest are married; they 
have three grandchildren. 
Deborah invites any friends to 
visit them in lerusalem. Rand 
Engel retired in January after 
three years manufacturing 
lingerie in Thailand, Malaysia, 
and Sri Lanka factories. He 
assures classmates the factories 
are "bright and cheerful with no 
locked doors!" Claudia Fine has 
expanded her geriatric care 
management practice and has 
formed a partnership. Fine and 
Newcombe Associates, which 
provides counseling and 
professional consultation to older 
adults and their families in the 
New York metropolitan area. She 
and her husband, David, have 
three children: Isaac, a high 
school iunior, and Ezra and Nina, 
second graders. Theodora (Teddi) 
Fine reports that she has )omed 
the ranks of alumni in the 
Clinton administration, as senior 
health policy advisor to the head 
of women's health in the 
Department of Health and 
Human Services. Her office heads 
the largest effort to date on breast 
cancer education, treatment, and 
prevention, work which she finds 
especially meaningful as a five- 
year breast cancer survivor. Her 
husband also "went political" 
during a six-month term in the 
White House General Counsel's 
office. They have two sons, a high 
school student and a 9-year-old, 
both serious student/athletes. 
Margareta N. Freeman's plans 
depended on whether her 
husband, Leonard Levin, M.A. 
'72, Ph.D. '73, decides to go to 
rabbinical school on the East 
Coast. If they stay in Chicago, she 
may branch out her private social 
work practice to include adoption 
consulting and/or sex therapy. 
They have two children: David, 
who recently celebrated his bar 
mitzvah, and Rachel, age 8 1/2. 
Meg Doshin Gawler lives in 
France and works in Switzerland, 
designing and monitoring World 
Wildlife Fund International 
conservation pro)ects m Africa 
and Madagascar and traveling 
extensively in the region. Her 
husband, Alain Blondel, is a 
particle physicist working in a 
Geneva lab and teaching at the 
Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. She 
has two daughters, and three 
stepdaughters ages 1 1 to 23. After 
two years at Brandeis, Meg spent 

55 Spring 1995 

some time at the Zen Center m 
San Francisco before returning to 
school to study conservation. She 
has worked as an environmental 
planner, earned an M.Sc. in 
engineering science/applied 
ecology, and conducted research 
on the ecology of Lake Geneva for 
the French government. Jeffrey 
Gefter is chief of radiation 
oncology at the Erlanger Medical 
Center in Chattanooga, TN. His 
wife, Monique Lehr Gefter, is 
associate professor of internal 
medicine and assistant program 
director of internal medicine 
residency at the University of 
Tennessee College of Medicine. 
They have two children. Liana, 
age 17, and Julia, age 12. IWichael 
D. Ginsberg has been married to 
Karen Lee Kimball Ginsberg '71 
lor 21 years and has three teenage 
sons, Jeremy, Josh, and Iiistin. He 
has his own 10-lawyer law firm, 
specializing in estate and tax 
planning, in Dallas, TX, and also 
keeps busy planning a mountain 
home in Colorado and wishing 
that today's music were "as great 
as that of the sixties." Howard H. 
Goldman, Ph.D. '78, (Heller), 
worked on health care reform on 
President Clinton's task force m 
early 1993 with "a crew of 
Brandeis alumni." He also 
continues to enjoy and be 
challenged by his work in the 
University of Maryland's 
psychiatry department. He 
remains close friends with several 
fellow alumni and their families 
also living in the Washington, 
D.C., area, and reports that his 
kids, ages 10 and 17, are growing 
up. iVlurray Gordon continues to 
be excited by his job as tax 
director at Helene Curtis, Inc. 
More importantly, he has been 
married to Lou-Ellen Saidel '71 
for 20 years and has three sons, all 
athletic "stars": Jonathan, age 1.5, 
Micah, age 12, and David, age 8. 
In addition to captaining his 
senior men's league hockey team, 
the Rangers, Murray spent this 
winter working on a major home 
addition which he hopes to finish 
by Reunion. Emily Greenberg has 
been director of the University of 
Baltimore law library for 20 years. 
She holds an M.A. from the 
University of Pennsylvania, a 
M.L.S. from Rutgers University, 
and a J.D. from the University of 
Baltimore. She and her husband, 
lohn Sondheim, live in a little 
stone house in Baltimore. She 
makes jewelry as a hobby and 
enjoys Richard Thompson's 
music Saralee Goldfein Kane and 
her husband, Mark Kane '69, have 
lived in Switzerland for five years, 
where he is an epidemiologist at 
the World Health Organization, 
working on controlling hepatitis 
worldwide, and she is a marriage 
and family therapist for a Swiss 

clinic in Geneva. She has also 
done some research and writing, 
including several papers on 
international adoption, one 
published in an academic journal 
in the U.S. and some published in 
Europe and presented at the 
Hague. She also wrote a book for 
the Red Cross, titled Working 
with Victims of Organized 
Violence from Different Cultures. 
With their sons, Adam, age 16, 
and Seth, age 13, the Kanes 
"enjoy living in a small Swiss 
village, traveling in Europe, 
hiking in the Alps, seeing great 
art, eating cheese, and drinking 
wine." Saralee reports seeing her 
former roommate, Susan Harritt, 
who visited on her way home 
from Russia. She and Mark would 
love to hear from other 
Brandeisians with whom they 
have lost contact. Mitchell 
Kertzman founded Powersoft 
Corporation of Concord, MA, a 
maker of software that tracks 
manufacturing inventory, in 1974. 
In November, Powersoft was 
bought by Sybase Inc. in a stock 
deal which created the world's 
seventh-largest software 
company. Mitchell keeps the title 
of chief executive of Powersoft 
and holds one of two Powersoft 
seats on the Sybase board. 
Andrew Langsam is an emergency 
and trauma physician at the 
Medical Center of Delaware. He 
and his wife, Cabella, have two 
sons: Caleb, age IS, and Joshua, 
age 13. Robert Litrownik, Ph.D., 
has been living happily in 
Needham, MA, for the last 12 
years with his wife, Naomi Mael, 
and their sons, Michael, age 13, 
and Daniel, age 9. He is a clinical 
psychologist at a state hospital in 
Taunton, specializing in treating 
the severely ill and doing forensic 
evaluations. Albert Namias, 
M.D., is a gastroenterologist 
practicing in Salem, MA. He and 
his wife, Gila Rosenfield Namias 
'71, have two children: Joshua 
'97, and Sarah, a junior in high 
school. Eric Pasternack is a 
petrophysical consultant with 
ARCO International Oil and Gas 
Company in Piano, TX. He and 
his wife of three years. Dr. JoAnn 
Taurog, are active in their 
synagogue, where Eric chairs the 
ritual committee, and they both 
enjoy acting in Gilbert and 
Sullivan operettas in their "spare" 
time. Eric has a son, Ethan, a 
college sophomorci a daughter, 
Esther, in her lunior year of high 
school; a stepson, Aaron, a college 
junior; and a stepdaughter, Becky, 
a high school senior. Anne 
Schuldiner Patterson is publisher 

of the medical division at Mosby, 
where she has worked for over six 
years. Her son, lesse, is a college 
sophomore. Gloria Huberman 
Price IS a clinical psychologist in 
part-time private practice with 
her husband, Kenneth Price. She 
also volunteers extensively for 
the Dallas, TX, Memorial Center 
for Holocaust Studies. Married for 
25 years, she and Ken have two 
children: Sarah, age 17 and 
graduating high school this year, 
and David, age 14. They invite 
classmates to visit if they come to 
Dallas. Sara Ann Levinsky Rigler 
lives in Jerusalem's Old City, 
where she teaches a course in 
"Women in the Bible" at the 
Israelite Institute. She and her 
husband, Leib, a musician and 
composer, have a daughter, Pliyah 
Esther, age 6, and a son, Yisrael 
Rohn, age I. James M. Rosenblum 
IS director of operations for 
Southern Audio Visual at the 
Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Lake 
Buena Vista, FL. He is a musician 
(saxophone and other 
woodwinds), arranger, and 
composer. Evelyn Speier Rubin is 
a clinical social worker at the 
Sarah Stedman Nutrition Center 
at Duke University, working with 
compulsive eaters and people 
with diabetes. Previously, she 
worked for over 1 1 years at the 
Hemophilia Center. She and her 
husband, David, a professor at 
Duke, have lived in Durham, NC, 
for 16 years. They have two 
daughters, Shira, age 16, and 
Ariel, age 13. Craig Safan 
composed the score for Damon 
Wayan's new film, Mujor Payne, 
for Universal, and also scored 
Gregory Nava's film Mi Familia 
for New Line. He lives in Santa 
Monica, CA. Louise Brady 
Sandberg works at the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology archives and is 
pursuing an M.L.S. at Simmons 
College, specializing in archives 
management. She and her 
husband, Michael A. Sandberg 
'69, live in Reading, MA, with 
their two children, Robin, age 16, 
and Matthew, age 9. David E. Y. 
Sarna's botik, Windows Rapid 
Application Development, was 
published last year by PC 
Magazine and has since been 
translated into Czech. His 
column, "Paradigm Shift — 
Developing Smarter," appears 
semimonthly in Datamation. He 
IS chair of ObjectSoft Corp. in 
Englewood, N|. Mark Sehenker, 
Ph.D., IS director of a drug and 
alchohol program and assistant 
professor at the Medical College 
of Pennsylvania. He lives in 
Philadelphia, is married, and has 
two stepchildren, one stepson-in- 
law, and a daughter, Molly. He 
reports that he goes hiking less 
than he used to, but still plays 

music once in a while — and has a 
new Collings SJ guitar. Lawrence 
W. Schiffman, M.A. '70, Ph.D. '74, 
is professor of Hebrew and Judaic 
Studies at New York University 
as well as a member of the 
University's Hagop Kevorkian 
Center for Near Eastern Studies. 
He IS the author of nine books 
and numerous articles, including 
Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, 
a topic in which he specializes. 
He is also a fellow of the 
American Academy for Jewish 
Research and recently completed 
a term as chair of the Qumran 
Section of the Society of Biblical 
Literature. Peter Skagestad, Ph.D. 
'73, spends his days managing 
operations for a foreign-language 
translation company in 
Cambridge, MA, his evenings 
teaching logic at the University of 
Massachusetts-Lowell, and his 
weekends jogging, reading, and 
writing about philosophy His 
most recent paper, "Thinking 
With Machines," appeared in the 
fournal of Social and 
Evolutionary Systems in 1993. He 
lives in Brookline with his wife, 
Elaine, and their cat. Penny. Joyce 
Melzer Springer is still living in 
London, working as an actress 
and smger/dancer/musician m the 
theater and on-screen. She 
costarred in a network television 
series that she worked on with 
her husband of 27 years, Paul 
Springer '68. Their most recent 
proiect IS a series about an all-girl 
rock band touring the universe. 
Justine (Tina) Wolk moved to 
Charlottesville, VA, over six years 
ago to "escape from the madness" 
of the New York City area. She is 
assistant to the executive director 
and resident expert on foundation 
fund-raising at the Southern 
Environmental Law Center, a 
regional, nonprofit, 
environmental law firm. She is 
single, lives with a dog and two 
cats in a cottage "out in the 
boonies," and spends most of her 
free time as a closet old-time 
fiddler and frequent participant in 
traditional dances. 


Mark L. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, 28 Devens Road, 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

Greetings to all ot you. It was 
wonderful to get so many 
responses and to hear from many 
old friends. 

Joseph Aviv is a lawyer in 
Michigan specializmg in 
commercial litigation and 

56 Brandeis Review 

business law and is the tather of 
four daughters, ages 2- to 16- 
years-old. lames Backer was 
appointed National Counselor for 
CALL (computer aided language 
learning] in the Israeli Ministry of 
Education. He and his wife, Amy 
Backer, have a six-year-old 
daughter, Tamara. R. Michael 
Earth is the financial controller 
for the the International Finance 
Corporation, the private sector 
arm of the World Bank Group, 
and lives in Maryland with his 
wife, Ellen, and two sons, Adam 
and Alex. James Benson is giving 
serious thought to his next career 
after 24 years as a biology 
professor at the University of 
Maine. He is looking for good 
ideas! David Berkowitz is director 
of managed care at the Wheeler 
Clinic in central Connecticut. He 
also has a private psychology 
practice in West Hartford. He and 
his wife, Lois Aaron, have a 
daughter, Allison, a son, lacob, 
and they keep busy with lots of 
running, bicycling, tennis, and 
working out. Micah Berlin was 
named "Salesman of the Year" for 
the fourth consecutive year for a 
Philadelphia printing company, 
specializing in recycling. He is 
also continuing a part-time mime 
career and has set up work/ 
vacations to France and Hawaii. 
Martha Bleshman has been 
teaching world history to a 
diverse group of seventh graders 
in a year-round school m 
Sacramento where she lives with 
her partner, her shepherd-mix 
dog, and her part-Siamese cat. 
Rick Blum is the father of five- 
year-old quadruplets (two of each] 
and is a psychologist m private 
practice in West Hartford, CT. He 
plans to do some writing m his 
spare time. (Good luck, Rick.l Lee 
Friedman Brice spent 15 years m 
human services and then went 
back to Lesley College for an 
M.Ed, in special education and 
now teaches in Albany, NY, 
where she lives with her family. 
Mark Broder has been teaching on 
Salt River Indian Reservation m 
Arizona since 1989. He has also 
been leading a Gestalt drop-in 
group and invites any of his old 
friends to "drop in" or drop him a 
line. Linda Burke is teaching 
middle school math, has three 
children, Jessica, Allison, and Lee, 
and welcomes hearing from 
anyone who remembers her. (ed. 
note: That seems to be a common 
problem for Vlers — does anyone 
remember us?) Arthur Caplan, 
Janet Stojak 72, and son, Zach, 
have moved to Philadelphia 
where he is director of the Center 
for Bioethics at the University of 
Pennsylvania. He also has a 
syndicated newspaper column, 
and his latest book recently 
appeared in bookstores. Janet 

continues her work as a 
management consultant. David 
Epstein has become founding 
director of the United Way of 
Israel in lerusalcm. He has three 
children, Yoni, Raya, and Rina, 
and his wife, Judy Feierstein '75 
(Hornstein), is a career and 
organizational consultant. He 
would love to hear from visiting 
classmates and others. Dan 
Falkoff is married with three good 
kids and is getting by working, 
hut would rather do more photo, 
video, and audio projects. Janet 
Goldberger von Reyn is working 
as a reading recovery teacher in 
Lebanon, NH, and lives near 
Hanover, NH, with her children, 
Leah, Adam, and Alex, and 
husband. Ford. Jeff Handel wrote 
a long letter from his kibbutz m 
Israel where he has been for the 
past 18 years. He doubts that he'll 
be back for the 23th and expresses 
some sadness at losing contact 
with the people he knew. Priscilla 
Harmel is living m Newton with 
her husband and daughters. 
Samara, Michal, and Avca, 
teaches creative arts at Lesley 
College, works as an artist-in- 
residence, teaches movement and 
drama for children, and spends 
her spare moments consumed by 
black and white photography. 
Caryn Askinas Hart has no big 
news. She's a part-time PC 
trouble shooter and is living in 
Havertown, PA, with her 
husband, Alex, and two musical 
daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. 
Joan Gabriella Heinsheimer is a 
holistic general practitioner m 
Richmond, CA, with her partner, 
Kathleen McCallum and her 8- 
year-old son. Lucky, who changed 
his name from Noah four years 
ago Elizabeth Hemley left 
Brandeis and moved to the 
Netherlands where she got a 
clinical psychology degree. She 
now has a private practice in 
Amherst, MA, where she lives 
with her husband. Will Brilhart, 
and their blended family of four 
daughters. Lori Lyons Hubner has 
made a career shift after 17 years 
of teaching. She is completing a 
B.S.N, degree and hopes to 
specialize in grief and 
bereavement counseling. She is a 
member of the Hevra Kadisha and 
lives in Wilmington, DE, with her 
husband, Romeo, and sons, Isaac 
and Joshua. Jeffrey Hyams is 
professor of pediatrics at 
University of Connecticut 
Medical School and is chief of 
pediatric gastroenterology at 
Hartford Hospital. Jackie Hyman 
IS undoubtedly the most prolific 
novelist in the class. She has sold 

30 novels including two due out 
in 1995 under the name 
Jacqueline Diainond. (Can anyone 
top that; Let me know!) She lives 
in Brea, CA ,with her husband, 
Kurt Wilson, and sons. An and 
Hunter Leonard Jason writes that 
he has finished 20 years on the 
clinical faculty at DePaul and he 
is free to conduct research on any 
topic. He has just obtained a 
patent on a device to help kids 
reduce their TV viewing and has 
written ji book on the topic. 
David Kannerstein lives in 
Philadelphia with his wife, 
Winnie Lanoix, and has been 
working as a psychologist in a 
stress and chronic pain 
management program and in 
private practice. In reality, 
however, he is a keyboardist, 
vocalist, and songwriter for the 
Dukes of Destiny, a blues/rock 
band Susan Katz-Serby is on the 
faculty of dermatology at Einstein 
College of Medicine with a 
private practice near the medical 
school. She is married to Dr. 
Michael Serby and has three sons, 
Adam, Jed, and Ben. Gail 
Kaufman has a busy consultative 
gastroenterology practice at New 
England Baptist Hospital. She is 
still married to Rabbi Jeffrey 
Summit '72 and they have three 
children, Aleza, Ariela, and 
Zachary. Phyllis Kayten, her 
husband, Steve Weinstein, and 
daughter, Carly, moved to 
Northern California two years 
ago where she works for the FAA 
and as a liaison with NASA. She 
reports that there is interesting 
research on pilots napping in the 
cockpit during regular 
commercial flights. Thanks, 
Phyllis, but keep my pilot awake! 
Richard Kopley has become 
associate head of the Department 
of English at Penn State. He has 
been writing on Poe, Hawthorne, 
and Melville, and has lUst 
completed two children's picture 
books. He and his wife. Amy 
Golahny '73, have two children, 
Emily and Gabriel. Ian Lustick 
moved from Dartmouth College 
to the University of Pennsylvania 
with his wife. Tern, and two 
children, Hilary and Alexander, m 
1991 to teach in the political 
science department. He has 
completed a long book and is 
refocusing on his teaching and 
improving his tennis game. 
Margaret McDormand left Jordan 
Marsh Company after 22 years 
and has made a transition to a 
new company as a "client 
advocate." She has also bought 
her first home in Medford, MA. 
Karin McQuillan will be giving a 
slide/video show on her African 
wildlife novel for the Brandeis 
National Women's Committee in 
San Jose, CA. Philip Meyer is an 
associate professor at Vermont 

Law School and is married with 
two sons. He can't believe that 25 
years have gone by so soon and 
that his oldest is applying to 
college. Jill Paperno is completing 
an M.S.W, program and is hoping 
to find a good lob. She has lived in 
Maine with her husband, Arnie 
Standish, and two children, Sarah 
and Jamie, for a long time. Carol 
Skowronski didn't send any info, 
but I see her around town and can 
report that she and Jack '69 are 
doing well and are sending their 
oldest daughter off to college next 
year. Janis Lieff Spring is a 
clinical psychologist in private 
practice in Westport, CT, and is 
writing a book about infidelity. 
She was married in 1993 to 
Michael Spring. Steven Swerdlow 
writes that he is very busy doing 
hematopathology and lots of 
administrative work at the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical 
Center. He and his wife, Jenny, 
anticipate bringing their older 
daughter, Debbie, to look at 
Brandeis next summer. They also 
have another daughter, Naomi. 
Starr Brockert Teague moved to 
Fort Collins, CO, with her 
husband, Phil, and two children, 
Kat and Nelson, several years ago. 
While not officially employed, 
she is busy in the community and 
at her children's schools. Susan 
Townsend has started teaching 
sixth graders in Maryland. By 
next fall she hopes to get outside 
once in a while, to sleep more, 
and to be an even better teacher! 
Marge Hausdorff Vale and 
Michael Vale share a practice in 
dermatology in Huntington, NY. 
Their son, Edward, celebrated his 
bar mitzvah last year and their 
daughter, ludith, will be next. 
Lucille Baiter Weinstein and 
Mark Weinstein are both doctors 
on Long Island and are happily 
surviving the challenges of a pre- 
adolescent daughter, Juliana, and 
an adolescent son, Adam. They 
had fun at Robby Baer's wedding a 
few years ago and bump into 
Debbie Cotton Lipsett at 
infectious disease meetings. Hedy 
Wormer is a clinical psychologist 
in private practice in 
Northampton, MA. She and her 
husband, Ben Branch, have a 
bright, lively second grade son, 
Adam. Dvora Yanow has been a 
very busy person. Besides her 
associate professor position at 
California State University at 
Hayward, she has been a visiting 
professor in the Netherlands, a 
Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law 
School, a Senior Fulhright 
Lecturer-Researcher to Spain, and 
has been working on a book. She 
has been married since 1980 to 
Scott Cook Deborah Corbett 

57 Spring 1995 


Young reports that her son, 
Stephen Jr., was awarded a 
National Science Foundation 
scholarship to attend the Brandeis 
Summer Odyssey Program. He 
had a great experience and hopes 
to follow her footsteps to 
Brandeis. She says it was a "real 
deja vu experience" visiting him 
on campus. Finally, I continue to 
toil in the fields of public 
education north of Boston. My 
wife, Nancy '72 and I celebrated 
our daughter Sandra's bat mitzvah 
just over a year ago. Recently, I 
had a chance to chat with a 
Brandeis undergraduate activist 
about the "old days" and it 
brought back memories of the 
energy and turmoil of our years. 
We will never recreate that time, 
but maybe our 25th will give us a 
chance to reflect and reminisce. 
Don't be afraid to write and keep 
us posted. 


Amy Snyder Axelrod published 
her first children's book, Pigs Will 
Be Pigs, last March to favorable 
reviews. The Pig family will 
embark on another adventure in 
Pigs On a Blanket, due out next 
spring. Amy lives with her 
husband, Dr. Michael Axelrod, 
and their sons, Bram, age 13, and 
David, age 9, in the historic 
Hudson Valley community of 
Hurlev, NY. 


Elizabeth Sarason Pfau, Class 
Correspondent, 80 Monadnock 
Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

Ralph C. Martin II was reelected 
Suffolk County, MA, District 
Attorney in the November 8 



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Ralph Martin 

Beth Pearlman Rotenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 2743 Dean 
Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416 

JVSarcie Anthone moved to 
Chicago after "a wonderful 17 
years in New York City" to 
become director of strategic 
planning and research at Bozell 
Worldwide, an advertising 
company. Beth Bawnik lives in 
Saudi Arabia, where she is 
working for Saudi Aramco and 
raising five children, including 
1 1-month-old twins. "Life is 
busy! ' Jonathan B. Bell is a 
physician in private allergy 
practice in Danbury, CT. He and 
his wife, Debbie, an attorney, 
have two children, Elana and 
Jessica, ages 8 and 5. Harvey 
Blank was principal author of the 
United States Department of the 
Interior's regulations governing 
use of the department's applicant/ 
violator computer system, 
specifically of permit applications 
to conduct surface mining 
operations, Diana Joan deRegnier 
writes, "Bet I'm the first grandma 
from the Class of '76!" Her 
granddaughter, Sherilyn, is two 
years old. Diana was a 
nontraditional student, arriving at 
Brandeis at age 25 with three 
children Donna Beth Goldenberg 
Feldman describes 1994 as a busy 
year which included celebrating 
the bar mitzvah of her son, 
Moshe. She also received the 
Shofar Award from the Boy Scouts 
of America for her work in 
furthering Jewish scouting. Susan 
Greenbaum Ferbank lives in 
Hollywood, FL, with her husband, 
Paul, and daughter, Sarah Aviva, 
nearly 2. She is associate director 
of the David Posnack Jewish 
Community Center. Sami Farah 
Geraisy lives m Nazareth, Israel, 
where he is retired but very busy 
and active in organizations 
dealing with Palestinian-Israeli 
understanding, the Israeli-Arab 
peace efforts, and Arab-Jewish 
cooperation within Israel; groups 
for social research and social 
action; and pressure groups for 
equality and justice. He and his 
wife have four sons, all married, 
and enjoy the company of their 12 
grandchildren, Mark S. Goldstein 
and Leonara La Due Goldstein 
"took the plunge into 
parenthood" after 17 years of 
marriage and now have a 
daughter, Carolyn, almost 18 
months. Lea earned a master's of 
music degree in violin 
performance at the Longy School 
of Music in Cambridge, MA, and 
continues to teach violin 
privately and perform 
professionally in the Boston area. 
Last summer, Mark left 
Honeywell/Bull, where he had 
worked since leaving Brandeis, to 
become a software analvst for 

Peritus, Inc. Kenneth Gorfinkle is 
assistant clinical professor of 
psychology at Columbia 
University's College of Physicians 
and Surgeons. His work focuses 
on people with anxiety disorders 
and on the psychological care of 
children with serious medical 
illnesses. He has also written and 
coauthored articles and book 
chapters on pain management and 
psychological aspects of cancer 
treatment. He and his wife, Doris 
Ullendorff, celebrated their lOth 
anniversary in September. Their 
first child, Ari, died in 1988 at age 
16 months. They are now 
"blessed with three healthy 
children"; Gabriel, age 6 and in 
kindergarten, Naomi, age 4, and 
Margot, age 2. Marjorie Merlin 
Holzer is education director at 
Congregation Beth Israel, a 
conservative congregation in 
Worcester, MA, where she is 
responsible for educational 
programming "from birth to 
death." She is excited to be 
program cochair for the 1995 
Conference on Alternatives in 
Jewish Education at the 
University of Massachusetts- 
Amherst in August. She has lived 
in Worcester for 10 years with her 
husband, Aaron, and two 
children, Morgan, age 15, and 
Jesse, age 13, whose bar mitzvah 
was in April. She welcomes 
contact from former classmates. 
Sarah Kagan is a patent attorney 
specializing in biotechnology m 
Washington, D.C., and forming 
"the typical Washington two- 
worker family" with her husband, 
Henry, a hematologist and 
oncologist. They have two 
children: Zoe, in kindergarten at a 
Jewish day school, and Dory, age 
3, Eve Kaplan has been in the 
Netherlands for over six years 
with her husband, Andrei, and 
son, Ariel, age 6. She is a senior 
portfolio manager investing in 
Japanese equities for Robeco 
Groep and continues to find life 
m Northern Europe interesting. 
Rabbi Bonnie Koppell is rabbi of a 
conservative congregation. 
Temple Beth Sholom, in Mesa, 
AZ, although her ordination is 
from the Rcconstructionist 
Rabbinical College. She has been 
a U.S. Army reserve chaplain 
since 1979 and holds the rank of 
major. This summer marks the 
10th anniversary of her marriage 
with her husband, David 
Rubenstein, Ph.D., a professional 
astrologer. They have two 
daughters, Jessie, age 8, and Sarah, 
age 6. Dan Marmorstein has lived 
in Denmark for 10 years, where 
he works as a translator of texts 

on art and architecture (from 
English to Danish). He also 
composes classical chamber 
music, and was due to release a 
record or CD in late 1994. He is 
married to Lone Hoyer Hansen, a 
successful European sculptor, and 
welcomes visits from any friends 
passing through Denmark. Eve 
Rosenberg Martin is a 
veterinarian living on 12 acres of 
"finest countryside" in Cheshire, 
England, with her husband and 
two children, Marian (Grubstein) 
Lands Matthaey is in a Ph.D. 
program in clinical psychology at 
Fairleigh Dickinson University. 
She has a daughter. Eve, age 1. 
Julie Salzberg Perlin visited 
Brandeis last fall for the first time 
since graduation, and reports 
being "amazed" by all the new 
buildings on campus. She 
returned with her husband, Paul 
Perlin '74, for his 20th Reunion, 
bringing their two children: 
Michelle, age 6, and Daniel, age 4. 
Ruth Birnbaum Pernick and her 
husband, Dan, have lived in 
Rockland County, NY, for 10 
years and love it. They moved 
into a larger house for their fast- 
growing family: Sarah, age 8, 
Beniamin, age 7, Joshua, age 6, 
and David, age 3. Ruth continues 
to work at their "flourishing" 
congregation, Beth Am Temple m 
Pearl River, where she teaches 
kindergarten and sixth grade 
Hebrew, and tutors bar/bat 
mitzvah students. In her spare 
time, she interviews Brandeis 
applicants and is trying to 
establish a Jewish chorus with 
Bergen County, Nl. Katharine 
Phillips reports that when she is 
not taking care of her three 
children — Matthew, age 8, Kayla, 
age 6, and Michael, age 3 — she 
does freelance interpreting in 
Italian. Brian Rogol and Rhonna 
Weber Rogol celebrated the bat 
mitzvah of their daughter, Alissa, 
in November, and report that 
Josh, age II, and Dane, age 8, are 
also doing well. Brian is vice 
president at G.E. Capital Aviation 
Services, working in aircraft 
finance, and Rhonna continues to 
practice law "in her spare time." 
Terry Sochat Schneier has 
practiced law since 1985, 
specializing m insurance defense 
litigation. She lives in Southern 
California and has one son, 
Nicholas, age 3. Todd Silverstein 
reports that the research he 
conducted in Norway on a 
Fulbnght scholarship in 1993 has 
now been published. He is hard at 
work revising Willamette 
University's introductory 
chemistry course to cover more 
modern problems, such as air 
pollution and drug toxicity. He is 
also preparing a "World Views" 

58 Brandeis Review 


course on the Middle East, which 
will be required for all freshmen 
starting this fall, facob Simon is 
in his l^th year at IBM and 
recently started a new assignment 
as manager of finance and 
planning for the Petroleum 
Industry Worldwide. He and his 
wife, Jeanne, a physical therapist, 
have two daughters, Lea, age 8, 
and Natalie, age 6. After spending 
three years in the Los Angeles 
area and surviving the Northridge 
earthquake, they came back east 
to Stamford, CT, "where the 
ground is still." Bernard Spier, 
M.D., IS co-owner of the Northern 
New lersey Eye Institute and 
played tennis in the Pan-Am 
Maccabi games He is still single 
and looking for that "perfect 
woman " Daniel Sreebny works 
for the United States Information 
Agency, which has taken him to 
Bahrain, Oman, Taiwan, and 
Hong Kong since 1980. He is 
currently running the Near East/ 
South Asia Division of the Voice 
of America and living in Herndon, 
VA, with his wife, Darcy, and 
daughters, Rachel, age 10, and 
Laura, age 6. They are thrilled to 
be moving to Israel this summer, 
where Dan will serve as cultural 
attache in the American Embassy. 
Nancy Shpiegelman Sleekier 
received her doctorate in clinical 
psychology from Yeshiva 
University in 1992. She lives with 
her husband, Michael, and 
daughter, Sarah, age 4, in 
Teaneck, N[. Jerome Zisfein is a 
cardiologist living on Long Island 
with his wife, Ronnie Salzman 
'73, a gynecologist. They have 
two children, Julie, age 6, and 
Alex, age 3. 


Fred Berg, Class Correspondent, 
150 East 83rd Street, Apt. 2C, 
New York, NY 10028 

Benjamin H. Hoffman, M D , 
M.P.H., founded Business Health 
Management in 1992, an 
occupational health consulting 
service for industry nationwide. 
He and his wife, Lexi, relocated 
their family to Beverly Farms, 
NH, last fall. Their third child, 
lake, is 18 months old. Elise 
Kimerling Wirtschafter published 
Structures of Society: Imperial 
Russia's "People of Various 
Ranks " in November from 
Northern Illinois University 
Press. Previously, she published 
From Serf to Russian Soldier. She 
is associate professor of history at 
California State Polytechnic 

University in Pomona. Stuart J. 
Young IS senior counsel in the 
legal department of Cox 
Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based 
company working with the 
newspaper, cable, broadcasting, 
and automobile auction 
industries. Previously, he served 
as vice president and general 
counsel for United Broadcasting 
Company, Inc. 

Class Name 



Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 210 West 89th 
Street #6C, New York, NY 10024 

lerome Hoberman visited 
Shanghai, China, in April 1994 as 
guest conductor and teacher of 
conducting at Shanghai 
Conservatory of Music, giving the 
first Chinese performance of the 
music of Lutoslawski, He 
continues his professional 
activities in Hong Kong with the 
Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, 
the Hong Kong Bach Choir, and 
the faculty of Hong Kong Baptist 
University, He regularly reviews 
classical CDs for Radio- 
Television Hong Kong. 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angier Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Rena A. Gorlin is editor of Codes 
of Professional Responsibility, 
new third edition, released by the 
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 
in Washington, D.C. Naomi 
Leitner is married, has three 
children, and lives in Kfar Saba, 
Israel. She was graduated from Tel 
Aviv University Law School in 
1988 and established a private 
practice last fall. B. Scott Levine 
is a partner in the Oakland, CA, 
law firm of Goodman & Levine, 
practicing real estate litigation. 
He IS also director of the Alameda 
County Bar Association Real 
Estate Section, and has enjoyed 
living in Northern California for 
over 15 years. Although sorry to 
have missed the 15th Reunion, 
Scott invites classmates to call 
him if they come to the San 
Francisco Bay area. 

OU 15th Reunion 

Lisa Gelfand, Class 
Correspondent, 19 Winchester 
Street #404, Brookline, MA 02146 

Lawrence G. Hoyle practices law 
with the firm of Partridge, Snow 
&. Hahn in Providence, RI, where 
he specializes in personal and 
estate planning, estate 
administration, business 
succession, and executive 

1980 Gayle Barsky to Larry A. Homer 

1983 David ^\. Slater to Sarah J. Craven 

1984 Shari B. Gersten to David M. Rosenblatt 

1985 Cathy Barron to Stephen Feller 
Alan J. Bercnbaum to Helene Caspe 
Lisa Glantz to Glenn Prickctt 
Ellen Harnick to Stuart Bauchner 
Joy Ryen to Ron Plotnik 

Shira N. Sanders to Raphael Linker 
Lois J. Schulman, M.D. to 
David C. Rosenberg, M.D. 
1988 .David Salomons, D.D.S. to 
Linda Goldberg 

1992 Bess C. Karger to Andrew Weiskopf '93 

1993 Rebecca Rabin to Robert Kaplan ''2 
Stacy Rubtchinsky to Allen Kamer 
Elana Siiton to Ari Moskowitz 
Jennifer Wilen to Scott Tobin '92 

1994 Ardra Weber to Paul Belitz 

February 21, 1993 
August 21, 1994 
November 19, 1994 
September 4, 1994 
July 30, 1994 
October 9, 1994 
January 17, 1993 
May 30, 1993 
August 3, 1993 
September 17, 1994 

June 12, 1994 

August 21, 1994 
lanuary 15, 1995- 
August 28, 1994 
January 1, 1995 
November 6, 1994 
June 9, 1994 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hobart Road, 
Newton Centre, MA 02159 

Eric Ansel is a commercial real 
estate broker in Boca Raton, FL. 
Julie Aronson is finishing her 
doctoral dissertation, "Bessie 
Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) and 
Small Bronze Sculpture in 
America," at the University of 
Delaware. She is also researching 
for the exhibition "Metropolitan 
Lives: The Ashcan Artists and 
Their New York, 1897-1917," 
scheduled for the National 
Museum of American Art in 
November 1995. James f. 
Belanger enioys a well-rounded 
life outside of his partnership at 
Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, AZ. 
Some of his recent memories 
include attending a World Cup 
final game, climbing the Colorado 
mountains, writing and 
publishing poetry, and "generally 
having an excellent time." Lisa 
M. Herman lives in Richmond, 
VA, with her husband, Mitchell 
A. Rosenfeld, and their infant son, 
Daniel. She administers the 
mental health program in the 
county jail and he is a budget 
analyst at the State Department 
of Planning and Budget, Sol W. 
Bernstein lives m Montclair, NJ, 
with his wife, Risa Janoff 
Bernstein '80, and their two sons, 
Bcniamin and An. He is vice 
president and counsel for the in- 
house legal department of 
National Westminster Bank. She 
is senior vice president and 

director of strategic initiatives at 
GTFH, a medical 
communications firm. Darcy 
Buchwald Bloch and her husband, 
Robert, moved into a new home 
lUSt m time to receive their third 
child. Perry Marcus, age 3 
months. They live m Norfolk, 
VA, and report that Hilary is now 
age 3 and Elisa is age 6. She 
continued to teach step aerobics 
into her seventh month of 
pregnancy. Marc D. Braunstein, 
M.D., lives with his wife, Lynette, 
and daughter, Aliza, m Laguna 
Hills, CA. He has a family 
practice in preventive medicine in 
Aliso Viejo, CA, and writes that 
he recently attended the premier 
of Star Trek: Generations, "a 
great evening" that was a benefit 
for the new Volen Center at 
Brandeis University. Robert J. 
Carroll is a computer network 
engineer for a firm in North 
Jersey during the daytime hours. 
In the evening he uses his 
rabbinical degree to perform 
weddings, teach, and write. He 
lives with his wife, Shoshana 
ledwab, in New York City. They 
report that they have no kids, but 
they do have one cat named 
Buddha. Michele Chabin, a 
Jerusalem-based lournalist, 
recently contributed articles to 
the Chicago Tribune, NY 
Newsday, USA Today, and 
Cosmopolitan magazine. She 
spent January through March at 
Cambridge University in England, 
where she was a Wolfson College 
Fellow. Jeffrey F. Chase-Lubitz 
lives in Rhode Island with his 
wife, April, and three children, 
Jacob, age 7, Lily, age 4, and 
infant Jesse, He practices health 
care law in Massachusetts and 
Rhode Island with Brown, 

59 Spring 1995 


Rudnick, Freed, & Gesmer. Larry 
Coen appeared as Officer Pupp in 
the world premiere production of 
the musical Kiazy Kat with Beau 
(est Moving Theatre. He also 
codeveloped and designed a new 
exhibit on the 1950s at The 
Children's Museum, Boston, 
while continuing to perform with 
the United States Improvisational 
Theater League, fulia L. Cohen is 
a self-employed therapist/energy 
healer living in Brookline, MA, 
with her 2 children; loshua, age 8, 
and lacke, age 2. Dianne M. 
Cutillo IS director of marketing, 
public relations, and development 
at North Adams Regional 
Hospital m the Berkshires. She is 
completing the executive M.B.A. 
program at Rensselaer 
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. 
She reports that she and Matt 
Neville were divorced amicably 
last year after 1 1 years of 
marriage. Rafael DeLeon was 
appointed assistant general 
counsel for the Claims and 
Property Law branch of the E.P.A., 
where he supervises a team of 
attorneys, paralegals, and support 
staff which is responsible for 
providing legal advice and 
guidance in the area of torts and 
real property. The office handles 
all claims for and against the 
E.P.A Ellen Kaminow DiMatteo 
was promoted to senior 
promotion manager for PC World 
magazine. Kenneth A. Dressier, 
M.D., is performing bone marrow 
transplants at Memorial Sloan 
Kettering Cancer Center and 
studying intracellular signalling 
in the laboratory. He lives in 
Harrison, NY, with his wife, 
Nancy Ann, and two children: 
Andrew, age 4, and Danielle, age 
2. He writes that "I've published a 
few papers and am enjoying 
medical research," Bruce B. 
Ehtlich is senior project manager 
for supportive housing with the 
city of Boston. His wife, Lisa S. 
Mirowitz '82 is associate producer 
of the NOVA science series at 
WGBH in Boston. They live 
together with their daughter, 
Leanna Belle, age 3, in lamaica 
Plain, MA. Thomas C. Enlow is a 
pediatric neurologist m Akron, 
OH. He lives with his wife, 
Michele, and two children: Paul, 
age 4, and Amy, age I . Lisa |. 
Feingold enjoys her work in the 
ethnically diverse English as a 
Second Language department at 
Amherst Regional High School, as 
well as her "home among the 
farms in the semi-rural town of 
Deerfield, MA. Jeffrey H. Field is 
vice president at the William 
Morris Agency in the motion 
picture department. Susan Winer 
Foner is a real estate attorney m 
Braintree, MA. She lives in 

Newton, MA, with her husband. 
Marc, an optometrist, and two 
children: Stephanie, age 5, and 
Alex, age 2 Robert A. Frank is an 
adult and pediatric heart surgeon 
in New Orleans, LA. He is the 
codirector of cardiac surgery at 
Children's Hospital and assistant 
professor at Tulane University. 
His wife, Diane Ginzburg Frank 
'83 is a marketing consultant. 
They have two children: Adam, 
age 6, and lenna, age 2. Jeffrey B. 
Friedman, M.D., loined the 
Matthews Orthopaedic Clinic in 
Orlando, FL, after completing a 
shoulder and knee sports 
fellowship there. He lives with 
his wife of eight years, Robin, and 
4-year-old son Jonathan, and he 
reports that there is "one more on 
the way " Adam iW. Gaffin is a 
senior writer at Network World 
and author of Everybody's Guide 
to the Internet. He was previously 
at the Middlesex News in 
Frammgham, MA. Barbara 
Shenker Gardner, M D , lives in 
Florida with her husband, Mark, 
and two sons, Adam and Noah. 
She practices pediatrics part-time 
and enjoys spending time with 
her children at home. Harry A. 
Garfield loined Mercer 
Consulting after he received his 
MBA. from Cornell in 1990 and 
was consulting manager with 
Anderson Consulting. He lives 
with his wife, Susan Belden, 
daughter Amanda, age 2, and 
stepson Adam, age 9. Robyn Gold 
IS a freelance writer and 
marketing consultant for high- 
tech companies living in the 
Boston area. She recently returned 
from a three-year assignment in 
Europe and reports that she "is 
happy to be back." Michael R. 
Goldman reports that he is "a 
busy guy," as full-time editor and 
writer at Daily Variety, "the 
entertainment industry's bible," 
He is also a published freelance 
writer, covering the worlds of 
movies, videogames, and other 
multimedia topics. And, "like 
everyone else in town, I'm 
working on a book and a 
screenplay." David P. Greele 
moved to Delhi, India, in October 
1994 for a two year assignment 
with Population Services 
International, a nonprofit 
organization that markets 
contraceptives and other health 
products at subsidized prices for 
family planning and disease 
prevention. With a population of 
over 900 million people and 
dramatically rising HIV rates, he 
reports that India represents an 
enormous challenge. He spent 
last Hanukkah with one of the 

Class Brandeis Parentis) 

Child's Name 


1976 Susan Greenbaum Ferbanj 
Mark Goldstein and 
Leonora La Due Goldstein 
Marian Lands Matthaey 
Rabbi Joan Pitzele Sacks 

1978 Jerome Hobernian 
Margo L. Rosenbach, 
Ph.D. '85 

1979 Jeremy I. Silverfine 

1980 Gaylc Barsky Homer 
Janice Cohen Poplove 

1981 William D. Addas and 
Valerie P. Addas '80 
Amy E. Alkoff 
Sol Bernstein and 
Risa Janoff Bernstein '80 
Darcy Buchwald Bloch 
Natanya Lipkowitz-Briendel 

Wendy Sobel Dahar 

Ellen Kaminow DiMatteo 

.4llan Feldman 

Alan S. Fink 

Barbara Angelucci Giammona 
l''S2 Julie A. Harris 
s? Chervl Cutler Azait 

Ari Jaffe 
1985 Terri Tatro Aharon 

Shari Rosen Aseher 

Ellen Canton Agulick and 

Mark Agulnick '83 

Jeri Lynn Ganz Balenson 

Nadine J. Beck and 

Alan M. Pearson '89 

Pamela Scott Chirls 

Sarah Aviva 
Carolyn Elizabeth 

Eve Rachel 
Rachel Shira 
Maia Yona 
Hanna Ruth 

Hannah Rose 
David Henry 
lonah Daniel 
Scarlett Nicole 

Evan Grain 
Nancy Rubin Ellis 

world's oldest Jewish 
communities in Cohin, India. 
Michael Lyon and his wife, Diana, 
are taking a one-year sabbatical 
from his business in distressed 
real estate and troubled debt. 
Their plans include spending six 
months sailing in the Caribbean, 
driving from their Washington, 
D.C., area home to Alaska, and 
bicycling through China. 


Eileen Isbitts Weiss, Class 
Correspondent, 456 9th Street 
#30, Hoboken, NJ 07030 

Barry J. Bonder "retired" after 
seven years as vice president of a 
software company to earn an 
M.B.A. at the Tuck School at 
Dartmouth College, His wife. 
Dawn, also left her position as an 
attorney, and they moved from 
Long Island to a home in New 
Hampshire, He reports being 
excited about the change of pace, 
being out of New York, and living 

Daniel Alec 
Ari Phillip 

Perry Marcus 
lonathan Craig 
Robin Faye 
Lauren Michelle 
Matthew Scott 
Emma Rachel 
Deena Sydney 
Lauren Melissa 
Samuel Jacob 
Leora Jean 

Martin Frederick 

Matthew Jay 

AUix Isadore and 
lulie Sophie 
David Harry 
Marissa Ariel 

June 4, 1993 
December 9, 1993 

May 30, 1994 
lanuary 18, 1994 
July 20, 1993 
November 13, 1993 

April 21, 1994 
October 22, 1994 
March 13, 1993 
July 21, 1994 

August 26, 1993 
Februarys, 1994 

January 28, 1995 
October 22, 1994 
July 29, 1993 
July 5, 1994 
February 14, 1994 
December 13, 1993 
December 12, 1991 
August 22, 1994 
December 7, 1993 
June 7, 1994 
May 2, 1994 
August 13, 1994 
July 16, 1994 
August 11, 1994 

October 1, 1994 
September 16, 1993 

October 6, 1994 

August 4, 1994 
April 4, 1993 

in New Hampshire with "no state 
income tax or sales tax!" Ana 
Demel was chosen as one of six 
new partners at Cleary, Gottlieb, 
Steen &. Hamilton, an 
international law firm based in 
New York City, Ari Jaffe has 
almost completed the Wexner 
Heritage Foundation Seminar, a 
two-year course of study and 
leadership training for which he 
was selected in 1993. He lives in 
University Heights, OH, with his 
wife, Marlyn, and two daughters. 
David M. Slater is managing 
partner of Slater a. Associates, a 
law firm specializing in the legal 
needs of small and medium size 
businesses, and welcomes 
business contacts from fellow 
alumni. He lives on Manhattan's 
Upper West Side with his wife, 
Sarah, a research assistant at the 
investment bank Forstmann i'i 

60 Brandeis Review 

Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 


lanicc Rovner Feldman 
Robin Donsky Fine 
Bernard Gerson 
Lysa Flanz Ginsberg 
Peter L. Gladstone and 
Anne Ripps Gladstone '86 
Annie Newman Goldish 
liana S. Hanau 
Marsaret Saul tlanford 
Kevin Healy 
Lorette Herman and 
Lauren Eric Krieger 
Gary Massey 
Jim Meisel and 
Ellen S. Meisel, M.A. 92 
Scott Menter and 
lacqucline Miller Menter 
David Paris and 
Deborah Klotz-Paris 
Bradd Robbins 
Shira N. Sanders, Ph.D. 
Julie S. Solberg 
Rcgina Stewart and 
Peter Cherecwich '87 
Harold B. Waisel 
Ellen Baker Weiss and 
L. Michael Weiss '84 
Jeffrey D. Zimon 

1986 Robert Gerstman 

Dawn Weisenberg LaFontaine 

1987 Heidi Siegel Oletsky, M.D. 
Abigail Nagler Sender 

1989 Abbe Weidenfeld-Levine 

1990 loan Levitan Kagan and 
Joshua Kagan 

'1 Meredith J. Kates 
Marisa S. Kesselman 

Doryn Nicole 
Jennifer Sylvie 
Kelly Dara 
Blaykc Fayu 

Simcha Shalom 



Ryan Patrick 


Shira Baila 

Avile Natan 

Holly Bess 


Gitit Dror Linker 
Alexa Jenny 
Nicole Marie 

Alannah Rose 
Danielle Brooke 

Maxwell Martin 
Danielle Rachel 
Ethan Asher 
David Alexander 
Jonathan Alexander 
Jcnna Gayle 

Maya Dcrora 
Eitan Jeremy and 
Aryeh Jordan 

March 4, 1994 
October 25, 1994 
June 9, 1 994 
April 11, 1994 
February 4, 1994 

September 17, 1994 
May 16, 1994 
February!, 1994 
May 13, 1994 
July 28, 1994 

November 10, lyv4 
June 22, 1994 

October 4, 1994 

January 15, 19')4 

October 24, 19^) 
December 6, h> - 
December 1, 1993 
August 22, 1994 

June 16, 1994 
November 25, 1994 

February 2, 1994 
November 21, 1994 
Octobers, 1994 
September 21, 1994 
November 19, 1994 
April 28, 1994 
August 26, 199^ 

October 4, 1994 
September 22, 1994 

03 10th Reunion 

James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, 5733 Aldea 
Avenue, Encmo, CA 91316 

Thanks to all members of the 
Class of '85 who sent in Class 
Notes. Our 10th Reunion is set 
for the weekend of October 20-22, 
so everyone please remember to 
save the date! 

Karen Adler is still pursuing a 

doctorate in social welfare policy 
at the Heller School, where she 
recently received a joint M.A. in 
social welfare policy and women's 
studies. Her previously published 
article on Amy Jacques Garvey 
(wife of Marcus Garvey) will be 
published in a forthcoming 
anthology entitled Common 
Bonds. Different Voices: Race. 
Class and Gender (Sage 
Publications, 1995). She is an 
evaluation consultant on middle 
school health education at the 
Massachusetts Department of 
Education. Ellen Canton 
Agulnick and her husband, Mark 

Augulnick '83, live in Newton, 
MA. She IS at home with their 
children — Diane, age 6, Joshua, 
age 3, and Allison, age I — while 
Mark is manager of software 
development at Thompson 
Financial Services in Boston. 
Shari Rosen Ascher is back at 
work as a broadcast media sales 
representative after taking 
maternity leave for the birth of 
her first child. She is looking 
forward to Reunion so that 
classmates can meet her husband, 
Neil, and her son, Marty, now 10 
months. Anaya Baiter is working 
at Providence Hospital in 
Centralia and Chehalis, WA. She 
bought a home in Olympia, WA, 
and is enjoying the great 
outdoors. Nadine J. Beck has 
worked as a bilingual/bicultural 
iSpanish/Puerto Rican) AIDS 
educator for the South End 
Community Health Center in 
Boston for over five years. She and 
her husband, Alan M. Pearson '89, 
have an 18-month-old son, 

Matthew. Mark Beeman is 
assistant professor m the 
Department of Neurological 
Sciences at Rust Medical College 
in Chicago, doing research in 
cognitive neuroscience. Alan J. 
Berenbaum and his wife, Helene 
Caspe, spent two weeks in Hawaii 
on their honeymoon this summer 
and now live on the Upper West 
Side of Manhattan. Steven A. 
Bercu is a corporate lawyer at the 
Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & 
Eliot, specializing in issues 
related to new communications 
technologies: privacy, 
globalization, surveillance, 
encryption, and the First 
Amendment. He also participates 
in various railway construction 
and operation proiects with his 
children, lulian, age 3, and Toby, 
age 2; listens to macabre tales 
from his wife, Leslie Cioffi, an 
emergency physician at Boston 
City Hospital; and "combs the 
library shelves in search of 
children's stories that have not 
been bowdlerized by the p.c. 
marketing junta." In October, 
Linda Brenner completed her first 
marathon, the Marine Corps 
Marathon, in three hours and 44 
minutes. She lives with her 
husband, Herbert Wong '84, in 
Derwood, MD. She is manager of 
sales force marketing for the 
Investment Company Institute, 
the National Trade Association of 
Mutual Funds. Karen Lee Chan 
has been living in Southern 
California since graduation. She 
has experienced three 
earthquakes, two home 
purchases, and one natural 
childbirth, of her son, Andrew 
Brandon, in 1992. She tries to 
visit the East Coast every couple 
of years. She sends hellos to her 
friends and other former BAASA 
members. Evan Grain, M.D., lives 
in San Diego, CA, and has one 
son, David. Mark R. Cohen has 
enjoyed his five years in 
California, working with 
Paramount Pictures Corporation 
as a manager of finance in the 
television division. However, he 
reports that "Boston beckons" if 
anyone knows of any business 
opportunities there! Steven 
DeLott practices law at Simpson, 
Thacher &. Bartlett in New York 
City. He is married, has two sons, 
Joshua, age 5, and Max, age 2, and 
is looking forward to Reunion in 
October, Nancy Rubin Elias is 
marketing services manager at 
Reader's Digest Special Interest 
Publications, aiding in the 
advertising sales effort for a group 
of four magazines. Kim Coughlin 
Enriquez survived the Northridge, 
CA, earthquake at only 1.5 miles 
from the epicenter. She writes 
that she "can't seem to get out of 
the Valley, though we've tried." 
When the ground is still, she 

sings and plays in a band, teaches 
third and fourth graders, and 
plans home improvements 
(thanks to the earthquake). She 
lives with her husband, Sam, and 
her two children, Rachel, age 4, 
and Sammy, age 5. Janice Rovner 
Feldman and her husband, Brian, 
are both trial attorneys at the U.S. 
Department of Justice in 
Washington, D.C. They live in 
Potomac, MD, with their 14- 
month-old son, Matthew. Cathy 
Barron Feller works as an R.N. in 
the Trauma Intensive Care Unit 
at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand 
Junction, CO. Robin Donsky Fine 
and her husband. Ken, live in 
Dallas, TX, with their 7-month- 
old daughter, Doryn. Aaron W. 
Finkel is back in New York City 
writing about the Latin American 
capital markets for institutional 
investor's Emerging Markets 
Week newsletter. He looks 
forward to hearing from others in 
similar fields. Deborah 
Hassenfeld Getz enioys spending 
time with her husband, Ken Getz 
'84, and their two children, Ellyn, 
age 4, and David, age 2. She and 
her husband publish 
CenterWatch, a newsletter for the 
clinical trials industry, as part of 
his new company. Before their 
children were born, she was an 
instructional video producer/ 
director. Lysa Flanz Ginsberg is 
vice president in the Real Estate 
Finance Group at Chemical Bank, 
specializing in debt restructuring 
and portfolio liquification. She 
and her husband, Robert, have 
one daughter, Kelly, age 1. Lisa 
Glantz and her husband, Glenn, 
live in Washington, D.C, where 
they are both involved in 
environmental work. Glenn is 
chief environmental advisor at 
USAID and Lisa is in public 
affairs. Annie Newman Goldish 
and her husband, Dan, live in 
Brighton, MA, with their three 
sons: Shimmy (Shimon), Zev, and 
Simcha Shalom Jonathan Golub 
and his wife, Cindy Kalb Golub 
'88, are enjoying their home in 
North Bethesda, MD. Jonathan 
reports that he is "still 
endeavoring to succeed in a tight 
commercial real estate market" 
as vice president for sales and 
management for JGR, where he 
divides his time between sales, 
leasing, and managing the 
portfolio of properties contained 
in the company's partnerships. 
David Greschler moved into a 
new home in Sharon, MA, and is 
enjoying the surrounding nature. 
He opened a new exhibit at The 
Computer Museum titled The 
Networked Planet, an interactive 
exploration of the "information 
highway." Rosel Halle is director 

61 Spring 1995 

of the Montgomery County 
Center for the Johns Hopkins 
School of Continuing Studies in 
Rockville, MD, where she 
oversees all administrative, 
marketing, and community 
relations activities. Previously, 
she was director of program 
development and client services 
in the University of Virgmia's 
Division of Contmuing 
Education. Orna Hananel is 
completing her residency in 
family medicine and primary care 
at the University of California- 
Los Angeles Harbor Medical 
Center. She visited Thailand in 
the fall and planned an elective in 
India for February. She intends to 
join Doctors Without Borders 
next year and is primarily 
interested in Southeast Asia. 
liana S. Hanau was graduated 
from American University Law 
School m 1989 and is working at 
Lester, Schwab, Katz ^ Dwyer in 
New York City. She and her 
husband, Mark 1. Cohen, have one 
child, Alexandra, age 1, Ellen 
Harnick is a lawyer doing 
commercial litigation at 
Friedman ik Kaplan in New York 
City. She and her husband, Stuart 
Bauchner, met as attorneys in the 
same law firm and were married 
in January 1993. After their 
wedding, they quit their lobs and 
spent SIX months in Southeast 
Asia and China. Stuart is now 
starting a practice as a labor 
arbitrator. Kevin Healy was 
graduated with honors from 
California Western School of Law 
in San Diego in May 1992, where 
he was a member of the Law 
Review and consistently made 
dean's list. He was admitted to 
the California Bar in December 
1993. He and his wife of five 
years, Susan, have a 1 -year-old 
son, Ryan, and recently bought 
their first home m Carlsbad, CA. 
Amy F. Hendel is art director of 
Gallery Art II, a modern 
contemporary art gallery in North 
Miami Beach, FL. She lives in a 
condominium with her two cats. 
Randall Kessler is still single and 
working at the law firm he 
started in 1991, where he handles 
high-profile, complicated divorce 
cases. He invites us to visit his 
"Olympic" city of Atlanta, GA. 
Garry S. Kitay, M.D., and his 
wife, Debbie Banks '87, are 
moving from Philadelphia to 
Indianapolis in June, where Garry 
will pursue a fellowship in hand 
surgery. They continue to be 
thrilled with their 1-year-oId son, 
Jonah. Orna Meyers Kliger has 
moved back from Israel after 
living there for six years. She has 
two children, Gili, age 5, and 
Zachary, age 2. Evan Koster is 
deputy general counsel of the 
Inter-American Foundation, a 

U.S. government agency that 
promotes development in Latin 
America. Previously, he was an 
attorney with Covington ^ 
Burling, a Washington, D.C. law 
firm. Amy Kraham is an attorney 
for DNA People's Legal Services 
serving indigent Navajos on the 
Navajo reservation in Shiprock, 
NM. She and her husband, Gil 
Morrow, have been married for 
three years. Laurie Lee is pursuing 
an M.B.A. at the Amos Tuck 
School at Dartmouth. Joshua 
Levin and his wife, Joy Brown 
Levin '87, have been married for 
six years and live in a house in 
Oiney, MD. iosh is working at a 
biotech company and Joy is a 
market research analyst, Marvin 
H. Lucas, M.D., is a primary care 
physician specializing in internal 
medicine with a seven-person 
group practice. He now calls 
Cincinnati home — go Bearcats! 
Amy Markowitz moved to New 
York after 13 years m Boston. 
Having designed the only two 
secured tuberculosis treatment 
units for non-compliant patients 
in the country, she now enjoys 
providing consulting services in 
various parts of the country and 
looks forward to expanding her 
clinical practice. She recently 
became more strongly connected 
to many Brandeis friends, and is 
pleased to be in New York. Mark 
Meckler is a full-time Ph.D. 
student in management at the 
Joint Florida Atlantic University 
and Florida International 
University Program. He continues 
to practice human resource 
consulting part-time in the U.S. 
and the Caribbean. Jim Meisel, 
M.D., and his wife, Ellen S. 
Meisel, M.A. '92, report that they 
are looking forward to the 
Reunion in October. They live in 
Newton, MA, with their infant 
daughter, Alison. David T. Z. 
Mindich is adjunct professor of 
journalism at New York 
University and is finishing a 
dissertation on the rise of 
"objectivity" in 19th-century 
American journalism. He has 
published articles in New York 
Magazine. Quill New York 
Newsday. The Christian Science 
Monitor, and academic journals. 
He IS a karate and tai-chi student 
and assistant instructor in New 
York's only outdoor dojo. He lives 
in New York City with his wife, 
Barbara Richmond, a producer at 
CNN, and their daughter, Talia, 
age 4. Geoffrey A. Negin joined a 
private practice diagnostic 

radiology group in Fort Myers, FL, 
last July. He and his wife, 
Angelique, recently honeymooned 
in Ball, Indonesia. Alissa 
Nordlicht designs and programs 
computer software, specializing 
in educational software, for 
Crossover Technologies in New 
York City. She and her husband 
have a 2-year-old son, Adam 
Jeremy Ossip, and were expecting 
another child in April. Julie 
Piasecki earned her M.A. in 
communication disorders from 
Boston University in 1988 and is 
now a rehabilitation manager at 
the North Shore Medical Center 
in Salem, MA. She lives in 
Reading with her husband of five 
years, Stephan Andreas Voegelin, 
an electrical engineer. Her 
pastimes include traveling, fine 
dining, and summertime sports. 
Rabbis Deborah and Gary Pipe- 
Mazo have two beautiful boys, 
An and Daniel, and expect 
another child this May. Debbi is a 
staff chaplain in the department 
of pastoral care at the Hospital of 
the University of Pennsylvania. 
Gary is in his fifth year as 
associate rabbi at Congregation 
M'Kor Shalom. Joy Ryen Plotnik 
lives with her husband, Ron, an 
ophthalmologist, in a suburb of 
her hometown of Rochester, NY. 
She started her own law practice 
in 1993, specializing in estate 
planning, and enjoys the freedom 
of being her own boss. Previously, 
she worked in a large Rochester 
law firm for five years. David M. 
Podell lives on Solomon Island, 
MD, and is in his fourth year as 
an attorney in the Southern 
Maryland office of the Legal Aid 
Bureau, the state legal services 
program for the poor. He is 
president of the Maryland Legal 
Aid Workers Union, affiliated 
with the National Organization of 
Legal Services Workers and the 
United Auto Workers. He was 
graduated from Emory Law 
School in May 1988. He still 
keeps in touch with Peter Appel, 
who is deputy to the 
administrator of the FAA, but 
remarks that "it's hard to 
reconcile myself that it has been 
10 years since we all lived m 
Deroy" David Popkin and Lori 
Lieberbaum Popkin have a baby 
daughter, Alexandra. David is 
assistant vice president at the 
Bank of Boston's New Haven, CT, 
office. Bradd Robbins is still 
practicing law in Bridgeport, CT, 
and lives in a new house in 
Trumbull. He has an I8-month- 
old son, Zachary, Suzanne Roland 
is a fellow in neuroradiology at 
New England Medical Center. 
Richard Rolnick is vice president 
for Chase Securities, Inc., a 
subsidiary of Chase Manhattan 

Bank, m the high yield bond 
department. He is single, lives in 
Manhattan, and enjoys playing 
basketball. Deborah Glickman 
Scher was promoted to buyer of 
petite dresses at Talbots in 
Hingham, MA. She and her 
husband. Bill, purchased their 
first home in Sharon. Katherine 
Schuman is moving to Bremen, 
Germany, to be managing director 
of the European Chamber Music 
Association. For the past eight 
years, she has worked for the 
Marlboro Music Festival in New 
York and Vermont. Arieh Siegal is 
a senior systems analyst for the 
University of Texas at Austin, 
working for the General Libraries. 
He is also two-time defending 
champion of the Wiffleball Home 
Run derby at the University of 
Texas, Kenneth Simon continues 
to pursue his acting career 
through productions at the 
Westside Repertory Theater in 
Manhattan, most recently as 
Jimmy in Phivboy of the Western 
World and previously as Valerie in 
Tartuffe. He has performed in As 
You Like It. Measure for Measure, 
and an original adaptation of 
Crime and Punishment. He also 
does stand-up and improvisation 
comedy, spending two summers 
in the improvisation company of 
the New York Renaissance 
Festival in Tuxedo, NY, Julie S. 
Solberg works in the 
Development Office at Brandeis 
and lives in Brighton, MA, with 
her husband of 3 1/2 years, Ted 
Chandler, and their daughter, 
Alexa, age 18 months. Lauren 
Elkins Stern and her husband, 
Leonard Stern '83, are living and 
working in New York City, where 
she is a senior marketing manager 
at American Express, TRS. Lenny 
started a communications 
consulting firm, Shepardson, 
Stern <^ Kaminsky, specializing in 
corporate and international 
communication, marketing, and 
advertising, Stuart Toben lives in 
the Hollywood Hills of California, 
where he started a company 
called Kangaroo Pouch which 
manufactures travel accessories. 
He is looking forward to a 
mountain climbing venture in the 
Kashmiri Himalayan region of 
India. Beth Goldstein Weiner 
works for a newsletter publisher 
in Arlington, MA, and lives in 
HoUiston with her husband, 
Michael, whom she married in 
1991. They have a 2-year-old 
daughter, Jacqueline, and two 
dogs named Gus and Madel Ellen 
Baker Weiss lives in Atlanta with 
her husband, L. Michael Weiss 
'84, who IS completing his 

62 Brandeis Review 


tellowship in gastroenterology at 
Emory University, and their two 
daughters. Lindsey, age 1, and 
Danielle, a reeent addition to the 
family. Renee Wetstein left her 
law firm after the birth of her son 
and started her own practice in 
Northampton, MA. She 
specializes in international 
adoptions and represents women 
who are abused by their partners. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 45 East End 
Avenue, Apt. 5H, New York, NY 

Heidi Siegel Oletsky, M D , is a 
senior neurology resident at the 
University of Maryland Hospital 
and courscmaster for the 
neurology course at the 
University of Maryland School of 
Medicine. In luly, she will begin a 
fellowship in EEC and clinical 
epilepsy at the National Institutes 
of Health in Bethesda, MD. She 
and her husband, fon, also a 
doctor, have one son, David. 
Michael L. Oster manages an 
investment fund in Eastern 
Europe and Russia which he 
created at the real estate 
investment company of Aldnch, 
Eastman &. Waltch in Boston. He 
previously lived m Moscow, 
where he started a real estate 
group after receiving his M.B.A. 
from New York University and 
gaining experience at IBM and 
A.T. Kearney in New York. 


Contrary to earlier reports, he 
lives m New York City and is the 
senior editor of Mei^eis and 
Acquisitions Report, appearing 
frequently on CNBC and "The 
Nightly Business Report." Greg 
has written on a freelance basis 
for Fortune Magazine and The 
New York Daily News. Greg also 
publishes Shalom Bayit, a real 
estate newsletter, and runs 
College Bound Tours Inc., a 
company devoted to bringing high 
school juniors and seniors to 
college campuses to examine the 
Jewish and academic 
communities at each school. In 
his spare time, Greg interviews 
prospective students for Brandeis. 


Susan Tevelow Feinstem, Class 
Correspondent, 2201 Broughton 
Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 

We very much regret the 
pubhcation of an erroneous class 
note in the Winter 1995 edition of 
the Brandeis Review concerning 
Greg Zuckerman '88. We also 
regret any inconvenience or 
awkwardness this may have 
caused Mr. Zuckerman. His up- 
date news note follows. 

Michelle Leder is business editor 
of the Poughkeepsie fournal, a 
Gannett newspaper in 
Poughkeepsie, NY. She reports 
that she has moved five times and 
through three different states 
since leaving Brandeis. David M. 
Rosenblum was elected to the 
national board of the National 
Lesbian and Gay Law Association 
at its "Lavender Law IV" 
conference in Portland, OR, last 
fall. He is a regional 
representative for Pennsylvania, 
New lersey. New York, and 
Delaware. Greg Zuckerman notes 
that it's nice to know the Class of 
'88 still has a sense of humor. 

Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 165 Palmer 
Street, Arlington, MA 02174 

Marisa S. Kesselman is a 

physician m West Palm Beach. 
PL, where she and her husband, 
Herzl Ebrahimi, are the proud 
parents of S-month-old twin boys. 
Andrew Roberts is pursuing an 
M.B.A. at Harvard University. 
Previously, he worked at an AIDS 
hospice and in a national 
community building anti-drug 
program, housed at the Boston 
University School of Medicine. 
He earned a master's in human 
service management from the 
Heller School in 1992. 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, lI9Waltham 
Street, Newton, MA 02165 

Elizabeth Kressel is a statistical 
analyst ftir Meredith 
Corporation — the publisher of 
Ladies Home fournal and Better 
Homes and Gardens — where she 
does database marketing for five 
catalog book clubs in the Better 
Homes and Gardens Book Club 
Division. She is also taking 
master's level statistics classes at 
Columbia University. Ian E. 
Murray is general manager for 
Caribbean Trust Merchant Bank 
Limited in Kingston. Jamaica. 
Previously, he spent four years 
with George & Branday Limited, 
most recently as manager of 
investment and special projects. 

*IU Sth Reunion 

ludith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue #9E, New York, NY 

Matni Smith Katz was graduated 
from the University of 
Connecticut School of Law and 
practices with the firm of Green 
& Gross in Bridgeport, CT. Her 
husband of three and a half years, 
Stuart Katz '89, is also practicing 
law in Bridgeport, specializing in 
employment law and commercial 
litigation with the firm Cohen iS. 
Wolf Daniel Sieger and Andrea 
Goldberg Sieger were married in 
1992 and live in Hoboken, NL He 
is an account executive at the 
Bruce Cohen Group, a Manhattan 
public relations firm specializing 
in nonprofits and the arts, and she 
received her MA. in speech 
language pathology from New 
York University in 1994 and now 
works at St. Joseph's Medical 
Center in Yonkers, NY. 

Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 6 Oak Street, 
Harrington Park, NJ 07640 

Sara Cormeny completed a 
successful year as the steering 
committee chair of "Cartoons and 
Cocktails," an annual benefit for 
Young DC, a Washington-area 
newspaper entirely by and about 
teenagers. Hosted by the National 
Press Club, this is the paper's 
only fund-raising event, which 
Sara is proud to report raised over 
S40,000 last year. Kevin (osel is 
executive editor of the Boston 
University International Law 
Journal, where he recently 
published an article on the 
protection of French wine 
regional names. Michael 
Rosenthal is finishing his third 
year at Yaie University Law 
School. He spent last summer as a 
summer associate in the New 
York office of the law firm Fried, 
Frank, Harris, Shriver £< Jacobson. 


Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Goldenrod 
Circle, Amherst, MA 01002 

Priscilla Bradford is completing 
her second year of law school at 
the University of Vermont. Her 
fiance, Richard Glucksman '90, 
was graduated from the 
University of Denver School of 
Law in 1993 and works m Rhode 
Island Jeffrey Loewenthal started 
a trading company, BTG 
Enterprises, in Prague and reports 
that he is doing well. 


Sandy Kirschen, Class 
Correspondent, 512 Brandon 
Avenue, Apt. A-5, Charlottesville, 
VA 22903 

As part of the Americorps, 
President Clinton's national 
service corps, Joshua Klainberg 
spent the fall starting an urban 
stream renewal program to clear 

the way for the historic migratory 
pathways of shad and herring in 
Aberdeen, MD. Last summer, he 
worked on a farm, harvesting 
fruits and vegetables for a food 
bank for low-income families in 
Washington, D.C. 


Peter A. Appel (M.FA. '87, 
theater! appeared in three films 
released this winter: The 
Professional. The ferky Boys, and 
Man 2 Man. Previous film roles 
include Mr Wonderful. Basic 
Instmct, and Regarding Henry. 
His most recent theater work was 
with the Yale Rep, Second Stage, 
Playwright's Horizons, and the 
New York Shakespeare Festival. 
He also recently appeared on 
television in NYPD Blue and Law 
and Order. John Benjafield (Ph.D. 
'68, psychology) has published 
two books; Cognition in 1 992 and 
Thinking Critically about 
Research Methods in 1994. He is 
professor of psychology at Brock 
University in Ontario. He reports 
that he visited campus in October 
and was struck by "how much 
and how little has changed!" 
Charles Berliner |M.FA. '71, 
theater) is head of the union for 
all set, light, and costume 
designers in Los Angeles, 
responsible for all of their 
negotiations. He designed 
costumes for Theater of the 
Deaf's Itahan S(r<in' Hat. Gail 
Brassard |M.F.A. '92, theater) was 
costume designer for a new 
musical, Starcrossed. at the 
Goodspeed Opera at Chester in 
the Norma Terris Theater. She 
also worked on an off-Broadway 
show, Insideout. at the Cherry 
Lane Theater. For over three 
years, she has worked as assistant 
costume designer for the TV show 
One Life to Live, and until last 
January she was the designer for 
the Ringling Bros. Barnum &. 
Bailey Circus. Monique Mclntyre 
Brown (M.FA. '87, theater) is in 
her second season with the 
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the 
nation's largest regional theater, 
working with directors Kenny 
Leon in The Colored Museum and 
Clinton Turner Davis on The 
Fifth of luly. She has also worked 
recently with directors Nagle 
lackson and Joe Turner. Holly 
Cate (M.FA. '92, theater) has 
appeared on As The World Turns 
for the past two years. Arthur 
Douglas Durant (Ph.D. '93, 
Heller) was appointed professor of 
alcoholism sciences at Governors 
State University in University 
Park, IL. Previously, he served as 
program director for the 
comprehensive Substance Abuse 
Treatment Program of the Tri- 

63 Spring 1995 

Arthur Duiant 

County Community Mental 
Health Board m Lansing, Ml, and 
as part-time instructor at Lansing 
Community College. Ilsa 
Schuster Glazer |M.A. '68, 
anthropology] teaches at the City 
University of New York- 
Kingsborough, where she writes 
about lewish, Arab, and African 
women in their homelands and 
diasporas Harris Gleckman '68 
(M.A. '77, Ph.D. '82, sociologyl 
spoke on "Transnational 
Enterprises and the Environment" 
at Brandeis on November 18, 
sponsored by the politics 
department. He is senior 
consultant to NAFTA, the North 
American Free Trade Association. 
Previously, he was chief of the 
environmental unit in the United 
Nations Secretariat. Alejandro 
Garcia (Ph.D. '80, Hellerl received 
the 1994 University Scholar/ 
Teacher of the Year Award, 
sponsored by the Division of 
Higher Education and Ministry of 
the United Methodist Church, 
last fall. He is professor of social 
work and chair of the gerontology 
concentration in the School of 
Social Work's graduate program at 
Syracuse University, where he has 
taught since 1978. In luly, the 
New York state chapter of the 
National Association of Social 
Workers honored him with its 
Lifetime Achievement Award. He 
was also named the 1994 Central 
New York Social Worker of the 
Year by the Central New York 
Division of NASW. William S. 
Grenzebach |M.A. '70, Ph.D. '78, 
comparative history) was one of 
23,000 American scientists and 
engineers selected for the 1994-95 
Second Edition of Who's Who m 
Science and Engineering. Yosef 
Grodzinsky (Ph.D. '85, 
psychology) holds positions at Tel 
Aviv University in Israel and at 
Boston University VA Medical 
Center. He is a psycholinguist 
and also conducts research on 
World War II displaced persons 
camps, according to a November 
Boston Globe Magazine article in 
which he was cited. James B. 
Harnagel (M.FA. '8.3, theater) is 
living in Southern California, 

working on a script and placing 
attorneys with the Quorum/ 
Estrin Group. His recent work 
includes guest starring on Sisters 
and Golden Girls, doing a pilot 
for CBS, and coproducing a show 
for the Pasadena Playhouse. John 
Spencer Hill (Ph.D. '88, history) 
was appointed assistant professor 
of history and politics at 
Immaculata College in 
Pennsylvania, Previously, he was 
assistant professor of history at 
Ohio State University, history 
instructor at Suffolk University in 
Boston, and a research assistant. 
He has published articles in the 
Journal of Modern History and 
the American Historical Society's 
Guide to Historical Literature, 
and IS the recipient of two 
fellowships from the Center for 
International Affairs at Harvard 
University Rita Danzigei 
Kashner |M.A. '65, English) has 
published three books, most 
recently The Graceful Exit in 
1989. In addition to teaching an 
adult education course on Israeli 
and American fiction, she writes 
book reviews for The Washington 
Post and does some public 
relations writing for the Jewish 
Theological Seminary. She has 
taught at both the high school 
and college levels and has been 
published in various periodicals, 
including short fiction in 
Hadassah Magazine. She and her 
husband, Howard, have two 
daughters, Elisabeth and Megan. 
Emily Levy-Shachat |M.A '72, 
J.C.S.) has lived in Israel for 15 
years, where she is currently 
coordinator of early childhood 
programs for the National 
Council of Jewish Women 
Research Institute at the Hebrew 
University's School of Education. 
In addition to two local programs, 
the institute heads an 
international program, HIPPY, 
which conducts home 
intervention with educationally 
disadvantaged families to prepare 
the children for school while 
empowering the parents to be 
educators themselves. Steven 
Mackey (Ph.D. '85, music) writes 
that his composition Eating 
Greens, commissioned by the 
Ernst &. Young Emerging 
Composers Fund, premiered at 
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
in October. He is professor of 
music at Princeton University. 
Kathleen Popko, S P (M.S.W '73, 
Ph.D. '75, Heller) was named to 
the board of directors of McAuley 
Institute, a national housing 
development organization based 
in Silver Spring, MD. She is 
president and chief executive 
officer of the Sisters of Providence 
Health System in Springfield, 

Kathleen Popko 

MA. A past president of the 
Sisters of Providence, she is active 
in other religious health care 
organizations and past president 
of the Leadership Conference of 
Women Religious of the United 
States. Sherri Silverman (MA. 
'74, English) is an adjunct faculty 
member at Santa Fe, NM, 
Community College. Lise Vogel 
(M.A. '80, Ph.D. '81, sociology) is 
the Laura C. Harris visiting 
professor of sociology and 
anthropology at Denison 
University m Granville, OH. She 
is professor of sociology at Rider 
University in New Jersey, and has 
taught at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, Brown 
University, Boston University, 
and Nassau Community College 
in New York Alice Kogan 
Weinreb '65, is a flutist with the 
National Symphony Orchestra at 
the Kennedy Center for the 
Performing Arts. She lives in 
Annandale, VA with her 
husband Michael P. Weinreb 
(M.A. '65, Ph.D. '66, physics) in 
Annandale, VA. 


Leonard Gorman, Ph.D. '67, died 
on January 8, 1995. A 1948 
graduate of Tufts School of Dental 
Medicine, he later earned a 
doctorate in biochemistry at 
Brandeis. He opened and directed 
the Harvard Community Health 
Plan's dental service for a decade. 
In 1981 he began acting in Boston 
area theaters and appeared in 
radio and TV commercials. He 
leaves his wife. Sheila Ferrini, a 
daughter, two sons, and two 
grandchildren. Steven M. 
Goldstein '67, associate dean of 
the Florida State University 
College of Law, died November 
23, 1994, at his home in 
Tallahassee, FL, at the age of 48. 
He had been on the FSU faculty 
since 1974 and a full professor 
since 1991. An expert on death 
penalty cases with particular 
interest in helping needy clients, 
he helped start the Florida 
Volunteer Lawyers Resources 
Center to assist private attorneys 
who represent death row inmates. 

He was graduated from Columbia 
University School of Law in 1972 
with Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 
honors. Word has been received of 
the death of Robert Victor 
Hoffman '73 on October 29, 1994. 
Alfred ). Kutzik, Ph.D. '67 
(Heller), one of the 13 original 
students selected for The Heller 
School's first year, died on August 
26 of cancer at the age of 71. A 
writer and educator, he was 
recognized as an expert in the 
tield of Jewish communal service 
and a pioneer in the new 
discipline of ethnic studies. He 
was a professor of social research 
and policy at a number of 
colleges, including the University 
of Pennsylvania, University of 
Maryland, and the New School 
for Social Research in Manhattan. 
Among his seven books were 
Social Work and Jewish Values 
(1959) and Tzedakah (1967). 
Kutzik served as a consultant to 
several Jewish organizations, was 
the acting U.S. representative to 
the United Nations for the World 
Federation of Trade Unions in 
1984-85, and represented North 
America at the World Peace 
Conference in Prague. He was a 
lifelong socialist, a political and 
community activist, and a lover 
of the arts. He is survived by two 
sons, David and Robert, and three 
grandsons. Daniel Lourie '57 
passed away on January 7, 1995. 
He leaves a sister, Barbara L. 
Sand, of Princeton, NJ, a niece, 
and two nephews. Judith Rae 
Miller, Ph.D. '94, (Hellerl passed 
away on December 16, 1994. She 
leaves her companion, Irene 
Cramer, of Waltham, and a 
brother, Ben Miller, of 
Huntington, WV. Remembrances 
may be directed to the Judith Rae 
Miller Memorial Fund, c/o Dean 
Jack Shonkoff, The Heller School, 
Brandeis University, P.O. Box 
9110, Waltham, MA 02254. Paul 
Michael Starr '71 died December 
31, 1992, m his home in Portland, 
OR, due to complications from 
AIDS. He was the executive 
director of the Cascade AIDS 
Projects in Portland from 1990-92. 
He is survived by his longtime 
companion, Fred, his father, 
Deane, sisters, Deanna and Susan, 
and brothers, David, Stephen, and 

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published, the Brandeis Review 
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next possible issue, but must 
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damage or loss. 

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Moving People 
page 44 

P^-J^H^ I 

Dear Reader 

Nature abounds with examples of 
individual organisms and 
organized groups of organisms 
evolving schemes, interactive with 
their environments, to effect a 
wider scope of influence on the 
landscape. Plants do it best at the 
time of fruiting, their systems of 
seed dispersal often reaching 
remarkable levels of innovation. 
Here is where new ground is 
pioneered, fresh territorial claims 
staked, real inroads made in places 
never before touched by the 
unique contributions of that plant 
to the aesthetic and competitive 
mix of a place. 

Common roadside plants like 
burdock and beggar ticks equip 
their seeds with hooks for hitching 
rides on the fur of passing animals. 
Woodland plants like witch hazel 
and jewelweed produce exploding 
pods that blast their seeds as far as 
several yards from the mother 
plant. Wind, of course, plays a 
major role in the dispersion 
of thistles, dandelions, milkweeds, 
and their hosts of fluff-borne 
progeny, increasing a specie's 

natural range by miles. But one 
other form of botanical outreach 
truly takes the trailblazing prize. 

I have long enjoyed a 
beachcombing specialty that has 
afforded me nearly exclusive rights 
to my quarry. While hordes scour 
tropical strands in search of shells, 
I can be found hunched over piles 
of wrack and flotsam, oblivious to 
conchs and murexes, poking 
through the noisome mass in 
search of drift seeds — seeds that, 
by design, make use of ocean 
currents for dispersal. 

The most celebrated drift seed is 
surely the coconut, but hundreds 
of others, ranging in size from that 
of a baked bean to the volleyball 
proportions of the calabash, drop 
off coastal trees and vines to drift 
upon the oceans in the hope of 
washing up on distant, hospitable 
shores. Some, like the country 
almond, bear folds and furrows 
like a peach pit, but are corky, 
buoyant, and resistant to the 
corrosive effects of salt water. 
Others, like the sea bean and the 
sea heart, are as hard and smooth 
as river stones and emerge from 
the brine polished like the bowl of 
a brier-root pipe. All have the 
equipment and design for 
intercontinental travel and 
routinely impact coastal regions 
far from their points of origin. 

Brandeis, too, is a relatively small 
organism that wields a 
disproportionately large global 
influence. This versatile 
University makes ready use of 
the winds of global connectedness 
and the forceful currents 
of international involvement, 
planting distant shores with 
consequential alumni, affecting 
international thought through the 
research, expertise, and outreach 
of its faculty, and promoting 
universal understanding and 
tolerance through its policies and 
ideals. Our issue's contents gives 
credence to that claim. 


Brandeis Review 


Cliff Hauptman '69. 
MF.A, 73 

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Summer 1995 

Brandeis Review 

Volume 15 

Number 4 

Chicago at the Rose 

The Rose Art Museum 

gears up for a new show in the fall 

Carl Belz 


A School in a Class by Itself 

Brandeis gives rise to a whole 
new kind of international 
graduate school 

Marjorie Lyon 


APEC: America's 

New Anchor in the Pacific 

Three experts shed light on the 

past, present, and future 

of U.S. -China trade relations 

Nancy Adams, Peter A. Petri, 
and Michael G. Plummer 


The World Wide Wien Web 

A first-of-its-kind program 
has long made Brandeis a global 

Marjorie Lyon 


Moving People 

The world's longest art galleries 
are in the subways of Europe 

Miriam L. Steinberg '93 


A Brief Sojourn, A Lasting 

Murdered shortly after receiving 
promise of a Brandeis scholarship, 
Iqbal Masih is remembered 

Ivy George, Ph.D. '85 (Heller) 






Faculty and Staff 




Spring Reunion '95 


Commencement '95 





14 Class Notes 



Sommers Responds 

Mr. Cliff Hauptman: 

The Winter '95 issue 
contained an abusive letter 
from Ms. Eleanor Linn 
attacking my book Who 
Stole Feminism! and 
excoriating the Review for 
"mouthing |Sommers'| lies." 

Normally, when someone 
believes a writer to be 
mistaken, the writer may be 
called sloppy or careless. 
The overwrought Ms. Linn 
calls me a liar. Her letter is 
a rehash of baseless charges 
that I have refuted many 
times.* Readers may be 
curious to know just why 
Ms. Linn is so angry. 

My book. Who Stole 
Feminism!, has engendered 
a great deal of controversy: 
and the reaction crosses 
traditional political lines. I 
was vituperatively attacked 
in the New York Times 
Book Review hy a radical 
feminist reviewer but 
defended by liberal 
columnists in the 
Washington Post and the 
New York Daily News who 
protested the Times' review. 
The book was praised by 
Nadine Strossen, President 
of the ACLU, by feminist 
novelist Erica Jong — as well 
as conservative talk show 
host Rush Limbaugh. I have 
been denounced by the 

"cultural left" in several 
academic newsletters,- at the 
same time I was dropped 
from the Conservative Book 
Club for being too liberal. 
Ms. Linn may have been 
briefed by The American 
Association of University 
Women, a group whose self- 
esteem "research" I found 
fault with. The AAUW has 
set up a "Christina Hotline" 
for tips on how to denounce 
me. But recently, ABC's 

"20/20" investigated the 
AAUW charges and found 
them baseless and on March 
31 (1995) they did a segment 
supporting my criticism of 
the AAUW. 

Ms. Linn herself is hardly 
disinterested. As "Associate 
Director of the Center for 
Sex Equity in the Schools," 
she is naturally unhappy to 
see me criticizing the 
gender bias industry and its 
army of well-paid "self- 
esteem experts," and "sex 
equity facilitators." 

I was disappointed to see 
the Review's editor timidly 
offering to change the open 
policy of the Brandeis 
Review to accommodate 
censorial ideologues like 
Ms. Linn. 

Sincerely yours, 
Christina Sommers 
Associate Professor of 
Philosophy, Clark 

"The most complete array of 
charges and responses are to 
be found in the academic 
newsletter Democratic 
Culture, beginning with the 
'94 Fall issue. My rebuttal 
of these charges will appear 
in the next issue. 

Dear Ms. Sommers. 

There was no need to flatter 
me: I would have run your 
letter anyway. Actually. I 
did not timidly offer to 
change the open policy to 
accommodate censorial 
ideologues. The way I see 
it. I simply defined a policy 
about which at least one 
reader was confused and 
then boldly offered to 
consider amending the 
policy if sufficient numbers 
of readers felt similarly 
misled: the purpose was to 
increase communication, 
not restrict it. As I 
suspected would happen, of 
several responses from both 
faculty and alumni, only 
one was in favor of our 

printing a "Books" section 
with only title, author, and 
publisher data. Everyone 
else felt, as I do, that 
blurbs, even those 
composed of the authors'/ 
publishers' promotional 
materials — which is what 
you get on the inside flap of 
a book jacket, anyway — are 
more useful than 
misleading, provided the 
reader knows the score. 
Readers can now 
unambiguously find the 
score in a disclaimer within 
the "Books" section. 


The Final Word 

Dear Cliff: 

Let this be the last bird 
you get. 

First, there WAS an owl in 
1948! It lived in a cage, 
which was located by the 
wishing well. It was cared 
for by Stuart Mayper and his 
wife, Lois Rossignol. The 
SPCA insisted that the owl 
be released or sent to an 
approved shelter. END of 

Those of you from the Class 
of '52 who want to 
challenge my memory, be 
advised that I still have a 
vast library of pictures that, 
even today, I don't believe 
you would like to see in 
print; it might be difficult 
to explain to your 

For those of you in the first 
few classes, I think it is a 
pity that the powers that be 
do not think enough about 
the early history of Brandeis 
to do any research in the 
archives. We lived too 
fantastic a story to allow it 
to be buried. For example, 
the whole football story 
seems to have been 
forgotten, lost, or relegated 
to unopened file cabinets. 

I hope that I am not the 
only voice in the wilderness 
crying for the lost 

My eyesight may be gone 
but my memory remains 
sharp. For example, Mr. 
Nigrosh (see Lawrence M. 
Nigrosh's letter in this 
department of the Winter 
1995 issue], I still have 
photos of all your favorite 
parking places. Do you still 
feed the ducks? 

Ralph Norman 

Ralph Norman, whose 
photographs document the 
emergence and blossoming 
of the University from 1 948 
until his retirement in 
1981. wrote this letter 
shortly before he died on 
fuly 8, 1995. He touched the 
lives of nearly everyone 
who became a member of 
the Brandeis community 
during those 33 years and is 
remembered for his selfless 
dispensation of advice, 
assistance, friendship, and 
compassion. A future issue 
of the Review will bear a 
suitable memorial to Ralph, 
featuring a selection of his 
photographs of the 
University. We will also try 
to include brief anecdotes 
about him, should those 
who knew him wish to 
share them with us. We all 
mourn his passing. 

2 Brandeis Review 

Applications Breal( 
All Records 

Continuing a two-year trend 
of record-breaking rates, the 
University has received 
4,520 applications for 
undergraduate admission, 
making this year's pool of 
applicants the largest ever. 

So far, applications for the 
Class of 1999 are about 5.3 
percent above last year's 
record number, according to 
Dean of Admissions and 
Financial Aid David Gould. 

An aggressive strategy of 
recruiting minority students 
has resulted in a 36 percent 
increase in applications 
from African-Americans 
and a 16 percent rise in 
Asian-American applicants. 

Gould said he has also 
begun expanded recruiting 
efforts abroad, with trips to 
the Far East and Latin 
America. Last May, he and 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
visited with secondary 
school officials and alumni 
in Japan and Korea. In April, 
Gould accompanied the 
president to Bogota, 
Colombia, and Mexico City 
on a similar mission. 

For the fourth year in a row, 
applications to the Graduate 
School of Arts and Sciences 
continue to break records, 
with an increase of about 10 
percent over last year. 

Student Killed in Israel 

Alisa M. Flatow, a Brandeis 
junior, was killed in a 
terrorist truck bomb attack 
April 9 in the Gaza Strip. 
She was 20 years old. 

Flatow suffered fatal head 
wounds in the blast, which 
wounded two other 
Americans, killed seven 
Israeli soldiers, and injured 
40 other people. 

Flatow, of West Orange, 
New Jersey, was on 
academic leave from the 
University to study at 
Yeshiva Nishmat in 
Jerusalem. On break from 
her studies, she was on her 
way to a resort with friends 
when the attack occurred. 
Her roommate in Israel was 
wounded in the blast. 

News of her death plunged 
the campus into sadness, as 
students, faculty members, 
and staff openly grieved and 
struggled to comprehend 
the impact of the tragedy. 

Her many friends on 
campus described the 
sociology major as someone 
who was caring and warm, 
and always willing to help 

The Brandeis students' 
Orthodox organization said 
Flatow was an active 
member of the campus 
Jewish community. "Alisa 
was a funny, caring, and 
loving friend." 

Professor Jonathan Sarna, 
Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History and chair of 
the Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies department, recalled 
her as an exceptional 
student who loved traveling 
in Israel. 

At an April 10 campus news 
conference. President 
Jehuda Reinharz said 
Brandeis was "faced with a 
very dark day." He said he 
had been in touch with 
Flatow's family and pledged 
the University's support. 

The President said the 
violence would not be 
allowed to disrupt students 
from traveling abroad to 
complement their academic 
experience at the 
University. Juniors who 
travel to other countries 
know of the dangers 
involved and are instructed 
at Brandeis, both in writing 
and orally, about how to 
lessen the risks. Ultimately, 
he said, the decision to go 
abroad is one made by the 
students and their families. 

Alisa Flatow 

Flatow's father, Steven, said 
his daughter believed she 
was safe in Israel and "no 
one could dissuade her from 
that belief." 

In a statement he issued in 
Israel, he said, "her lasting 
contribution to the people 
of Israel is that her organs 
were donated for the saving 
of lives in need." 

A funeral service, at which 
Reinharz represented the 
University, was held in 
Flatow's hometown. A 
memorial service was held 
at Brandeis on May 2. 

The Heller School's 
35th Anniversary 
Conference Planned 
for October 

The Florence Heller Graduate 
School for Advanced 
Studies in Social Welfare 
announces that a conference 
addressing "Prospects 
for Social Policy in the Next 
Decade" will be held 
October 27 and 28. 

The conference weekend 
begins on Friday afternoon with 
the Third Annual Rosemary 
Ferguson Dybwad Memorial 
Lecture on "Women and 
Disabilities," sponsored by the 
Starr Center for Ivlental 

On Friday evening, Jack P. 
Shonkoff, dean of the Heller 
School, will host a kickoff party. 

Supported in Part by the 
Bernard Grossman 
Endowed Leadership 
Conference Fund 

Saturday will feature 
distinguished lecturers and 
participatory workshops that 
will explore the future of health 
and social welfare policy. The 
conference will close on 
Saturday evening with a dinner 
program that will include the 
honoring of former Dean Stuart 
Altman for his 16 years of 
leadership of the School. 

Anyone interested in receiving 
more information about the 
conference stiould contact ttie 
Heller School, Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations. 617-736-3806 or 
3808. FAX 617-736-3881. 

Billed Charges to 
Increase 4.9 Percent 

Joint M.D./M.B.A. 
Program Established 

To meet the expanding need 
for physicians skilled in 
both the clinical and 
business aspects of 
medicine, the Heller School 
has joined forces with the 
Tufts University School of 
Medicine and Northeastern 
University's Graduate 
School of Business 
Administration to offer a 
joint M.D./M.B.A. degree in 
health management. 

Believed to be the first of its 
kind in the United States, 
the new program will allow 
medical students to earn 
both an M.D. and an M.B.A. 
in health management in 
four years. At a press 
conference to announce the 
program. President Jehuda 
Reinharz said that Brandeis, 
Tufts, and Northeastern 
were combining their 
strengths and setting the 
pace for the health care 

"An M.D. degree alone is 
simply not enough for a 
doctor to succeed," 
Reinharz said, referring to 
the tremendous economic 
pressures that are changing 
the nature of the U.S. 
health care system. "Every 
university in the country is 
going to go this way sooner 
or later." 

A few universities offer 
M.D./M.B.A. programs that 
compress four years of 
medical school and two 
years of business school 

into five-year programs. But 
in the new program, 
medical students will take a 
full complement of business 
courses at Northeastern, 
Brandeis, and Tufts during 
two summers and all four 
years to meet requirements 
for an M.B.A. in health 

Heller School Dean lack P. 
Shonkoff, M.D., said the 
collaborative effort 
addresses two critical 
challenges in medical 
education — the need for 
creative partnerships among 
neighboring institutions and 
the demand for a new breed 
of physicians who are 
competent with both the 
clinical and business 
aspects of medicine. 

At the press conference at 
Boston's Bostonian Hotel, 
Reinharz singled out fon 
Chilingerian, Heller School 
associate professor of 
human services 
management, for doing "the 
leg work" to make the joint 
degree program possible. An 
expert in hospital 
management, Chilingerian 
said medical costs have 
risen to crisis proportions 
and that physicians make 
80 percent of the decisions 
that result in expenditures. 

Approximately 15 Tufts 
medical students will be 
admitted to the combined- 
degree program each year. 
Individual courses designed 
for this program will be 
open to Brandeis and 
Northeastern students 
when space is available. 
— Ericka Tavares 

Undergraduate billed 
charges at Brandeis, 
including tuition, room, 
board, and fees, will 
increase 4.9 percent next 
year, the second lowest 
percentage increase in 20 

Tuition for the 1995-96 
academic year will be 
$20,470, up 5.6 percent; the 
standard room charge will 
be $3,700, up 5.7 percent; 
board charges for a 14-meal 
plan will remain unchanged 
at $3,080; and the health fee 
and student activity fee will 
be set at $318 and $147 
respectively. The total bill 
with a 14-meal plan will be 

The Board of Trustees 
approved the increases April 

9 on the recommendation of 
its Budget and Finance 

The University's operating 
budget for 1995-96 is 
projected to increase from 
$160 million to $164 
million, according to 
Richard M. Heller, associate 
director of budget and 
planning. As it has in the 
past several years, 
undergraduate financial aid 
will also increase by about 

10 percent. Heller said. The 
total for financial aid 
expenditures will rise to 
$26.4 million next year. 

Last year the University 
held the increase in billed 
charges to 3.9 percent, the 
lowest increase in 20 years. 
Financial aid, however, 
increased by 13 percent, 
which resulted in lower net 
revenues than originally 

According to President 
fehuda Reinharz, continuing 
financial aid pressures on 
the budget necessitated the 
4.9 percent increase in 
billed charges, which is well 
within the average range of 
other private institutions. 

"The University is 
sympathetic to the struggle 
of many families working to 
pay for their children's 
college education and we 
have tried our best to keep 
the annual increase as low 
as possible while still 
maintaining a quality 
education and a need-blind 
admissions policy," 
Reinharz said. 

"Brandeis is committed to 
keeping its doors open to 
qualified students regardless 
of their ability to pay," he 
said. About half of all 
Brandeis students receive 
financial aid from the 
University. Last year that 
amounted to $24 million. 

Reinharz also urged 
students and parents to let 
their representatives in 
Congress know how they 
feel about proposals to 
eliminate the in-school 
interest subsidy for low- 
and middle-income 
families, which allows 
those who qualify to waive 
interest on federal student 

4 Brandeis Review 

acuity and Staff 

Abeles Shares 
Prestigious Chemistry 

Robert H. Abeles, Aron and 
Imre Tauber Professor of 
Biochemistry and Molecular 
Pharmacology, has been 
awarded the prestigious 
Welch Foundation Award in 
Chemistry for achievements 
in enzyme research and 
enzyme-based drug design. 

Abeles and colleague Jeremy 
Knowles of Harvard 
University will receive 
$300,000 in unrestricted 
funds as recognition of their 
contributions to medical 
research. Abeles and 
Knowles were chosen to 
receive the award over 
approximately 90 other 

Abeles is considered the 
father of studies into how 
enzyme interactions hasten 
or halt disease. He has been 
instrumental in developing 
drugs for life-threatening 
diseases such as 
emphysema and has also 
begun building one of the 
first on-line libraries of 
information on enzymes for 
the benefit of colleagues in 
medical research. 

Robert Abeles 

Astrophysicist Wins 

AAAS Recognizes Four 
Brandels Professors 

The American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences has 
recognized the 
contributions of four 
Brandeis professors, 
including President Jehuda 
Remharz, by electing them 
to its roster of distinguished 
fellows in science, 
scholarship, the arts, and 
public affairs. 

Named to the prestigious 
academy were Reinharz, 
Richard Koret Professor of 
Modern Jewish History; 

David A. Buchsbaum, 
Berenson Professor of 
Mathematics; Gerald D. 
Fasman, Louis and Bessie 
Rosenfield Professor of 
Biochemistry; and David 
Hackett Fischer, Earl 
Warren Professor of History. 

Founded in 1870, the 
Academy, which honors 
achievements in the arts 
and sciences, conducts a 
varied program of studies 
reflecting the interests of its 
4,000 members and the 
needs of society and its 
intellectual communities. 

John F. C. Wardle, professor 
of astrophysics, has been 
granted a Fellowship award 
from the John Simon 
Guggenheim Memorial 
Foundation for his 
distinguished contributions 
to the field of radio 

He will use the fellowship 
to support sabbatical 
research on the volatile 
galaxies known as quasars. 
Wardle, who pioneered the 
technique of measuring 
polarized radiation to study 
quasars, was the only 
astrophysicist among 152 
awardees selected from over 
2,800 applicants for this 
year's awards. 

John Wardle 

5 Summer 1995 

Four Named Full 


Four Awarded Tenure 

Brandels Professors 
Reach Out to 
Public School Peers 

Several Brandeis faculty 
members went back to high 
school this past spring 

Thanks to a state grant 
designed to brmg high 
quality professional 
opportunities to Waltham's 
public school educators, 
eight Brandeis professors 
took turns lecturing at 
weekly workshops for 
teachers at Waltham High 
School during April and May. 

The educational series, 
titled, "Gender and Society: 
A Global Perspective," 
included Visiting Associate 
Professor of Sociology 
Dessima Williams speaking 
on the social and economic 
gender disparities of women 
around the world. Shulamit 
Reinharz, professor of 
sociology and director of the 
Women's Studies Program, 
examined "Invisible Women: 
The Unacknowledged 
Intellectuals and Social 
Scientists who Shaped Our 

As part of the grant, Bentley 
College offered workshops 
on technology applied to the 
classroom. The grant 
included funding to 
videotape the workshops for 
possible statewide 
distribution. The series was 
cosponsored by the Rabb 
School of Summer, Special, 
and Continuing Studies, and 
the Waltham Public Schools. 

Four Brandeis faculty 
members were promoted to 
the rank of full professor. 
The promotions of Maurice 
Hershenson, Margie E. 
Lachman, Jessie Ann 
Owens, and Daniel 
Ruberman were approved by 
the Board of Trustees. In 
addition, Seth Fraden, Jeff 
Gelles, Karen Hansen, and 
Susan Lovett were 
promoted to the rank of 
associate professor with 

In his laboratory at 
Brandeis, Maurice 
Hershenson, professor of 
psychology, studies how 
adults perceive the three- 
dimensional world, and is 
especially interested in the 
mechanisms underlying 
monocular visual space 
perception. His research has 
led him to a new theory 
that e.\plams what he calls 
one of the oldest visual 
puzzles known to mankind. 

The ancient Chinese and 
Egyptians remarked that the 
moon, when seen near the 
horizon, appears larger than 
normal, but only 150 years 
ago did scientists realize the 
illusion is a psychological, 
not physical phenomenon. 
If you cup your hand and 
squint through it at the 
moon, or take a photograph 
of it, you realize your eye is 
tricking you, explained 

"There are as many as 12 
different explanations for 
the moon illusion," said 
Hershenson. "The illusion, 
even though it's a solitary 
phenomenon, touches on 
many aspects of visual 

Hershenson proposed a 
theory, which asserts that 
automatic processes he calls 
constraints, together with 
specific stimulus patterns 
he calls motion vector 
patterns, produce the 

normal perception of rigid 
objects moving in three 
dimensions. This 
mechanism makes the 
moon, or a like object 
sitting on or near the 
horizon, appear larger. 

He believes this "unified 
theory" can explain diverse 
phenomena including the 
moon illusion, the spiral 
after-effect, the perception 
of apparent motion in 
depth, and the perception of 
shrinking. "In my view all 
these are related to each 
other," said Hershenson. 

He IS the coauthor and 
editor of The Psychology of 
Visual Perception, and The 
Moon Illusion, respectively, 
which contain 
contributions from all 
theorists as well as 
extensive commentary. 

Hershenson has been the 
recipient of the College of 
Optometrists Certificate of 
Appreciation for 
"outstanding contributions 
to the science of vision." 
Among his courses are 
Visual Space Perception, 
and Introduction to 
Psychological Theory. 

He is a former member of 
the Faculty Senate and 
serves on the quantitative 
reasoning committee. 

Working out of her Life 
Span Developmental 
Psychology Lab on campus. 
Professor of Psychology 
Margie E. Lachman studies 
adults ages 20 to 90, looking 
for clues to how people 
respond to the aging process 
and what factors promote 
adaptive functioning. Her 
findings have had a 
significant impact on the 
field of social- 

developmental psychology 
of aging. In particular, her 
research on longitudinal 
changes in sense of control 
has been called pioneering, 
provocative, and innovative. 

While most adults believe 
there is little they can do to 
reverse the effects of aging, 
Lachman has found that 
adults can compensate for 
so-called normal, non- 
pathological changes in 

"There's a lot of reserve 
capacity," that older adults 
can draw on to preserve 
their mental and physical 
functions, Lachman said. 
Unfortunately, she said, a 

"low sense of control" can 
have damaging effects. 

"If, for example, you think 
memory and physical 
deterioration are inevitable 
and there's nothing you can 
do about it, that often 
results in anxiety, fear, and 
ultimately avoidance, 
which can lead to disuse 
and atrophy," Lachman 

For the last six years, 
Lachman has been a 
member of an international 
team of physicians, 
sociologists, economists, 
and psychologists m the 
MacArthur Foundation 
Research Network on 
Successful Midlife 
Development. The 
interdisciplinary project 
takes a new approach to 
middle age and aging by 
looking at both biological 
functioning and psycho- 
social factors. As part of the 
study, Lachman has 
launched an in-depth study 
of several hundred people in 
the Boston area, measuring 
cognitive functioning and 
how cognitive abilities 
affect aspects of work, 
family, and health. 

6 Brandeis Review 

Margie Lachman 
Jessie Ann Owens 

Lachman's interdisciplinary 
perspective on aging led her 
to create a campus-wide 
network of researchers at 
Brandeis who are interested 
in aging, from the sciences 
to the Heller School to the 
Women's Studies Program. 
Members of that network 
formed the nucleus of the 
Aging Process Cluster for 

Lachman, who chairs her 
department's graduate 
program, is on the 
governing board of the new 
National Policy Center on 
Women and Aging at the 
Heller School. Her teaching 
includes courses in 
Personality, Aging in a 
Changing World, and Life 
Span Development. 
Lachman is a fellow of the 
Gerontological Society of 
America and the American 
Psychological Association, 
and sits on the editorial 
boards of several journals in 
her field. 

Lachman received her Ph.D. 
from Penn State University. 
She is the editor of Planning 
and Contiol Processes 
Across the Life Span (1993). 

Professor of Music Jessie 
Ann Owens is a 
Renaissance musicologist 
with particular interest in 
compositional processes of 
the period 1450-1650. By 
carefully examining little- 
studied manuscripts of early 
music in European archives, 
Owens has come to some 
surprising conclusions 
about compositional 
methods of the time. 

In research that challenges 
accepted theory, Owens 
found that Renaissance 
composers did not use 
scores, but worked with the 
music in separate parts, 
never seeing the whole 
piece on the page. 
Composers used erasable 
tablets and paper to sketch, 
draft, and revise their 

According to Owens, 
instead of using a score, 
they wrote the top line of 
the music at the upper left 
of the page, and the bottom 
line at the lower right. 
French composer Josquin 
des Prez, for example, 
writing around 1500, would 
never have seen all the 
voices of his famous "Ave 
Maria" notated together, as 
we see them today. 

Owens's findings are 
supported by her discovery 
of early versions of music 
thought lost. "These 
sketches and drafts are very 
messy and hard to 
transcribe," she said. 

That may explain why 
scholars had overlooked 
them for centuries. In one 
of her most striking finds, 
Owens deciphered the 
scribbling in the margins of 
a chanson manuscript and 
recognized them as 
autograph sketches for 
madrigals by the 16th- 
century Italian composer 
Francesco Corteccia. 

The results of her research 
will be published in 1996 by 
Oxford University Press as a 
book titled Composers at 
Work: The Craft of Musical 
Composition. 1450-1600. 

This summer, using a 
National Endowment for 
the Humanities grant, 
Owens will offer a seminar, 
'Analyzing Early Music, 
1300-1600," on campus for 
12 college teachers. In 
addition to a writing 
intensive course about the 
symphony in the 18th, I9th, 
and 20th centuries, Owens 
recently developed a senior 
seminar on opera and will 
offer a USEM course next 
spring on Music as Text. 

Owens served as dean of the 
College of Arts and Sciences 
and associate dean of the 
faculty from 1987 to 1989, 
and has sat on major 
University committees on 
academic planning, budget, 
and educational policy. 
Owens earned her Ph.D. 
from Princeton University. 

Professor of Mathematics 
Daniel Ruberman employs 
algebra, geometry, and 
analysis to prove theorems 
and solve problems in what 
is considered one of the 
most exciting fields in 
mathematics. He is a gauge 
theorist who looks at 
geometrical structures on 
three- and four-dimensional 
manifolds in order to learn 
about their topology, also 
known as connections. 

Ruberman's research is 
credited with providing 
fundamental insights to 
esteemed senior 

A 1977 recipient of the Rice 
Prize in Mathematics, 
Ruberman has been a 
National Science 
Foundation Postdoctoral 
Research Fellow and a Sloan 
Foundation Fellow. 

He IS the author, with J. 
Morgan and T. Mrowka, of 
the 1994 book-length 
monograph. The L2 Moduli 
Space and a Vanishing 
Theorem for Donaldson 's 
Polynomial Invariants. 

Ruberman is considered a 
passionate and patient 
teacher who can excite even 
students uninterested in 
mathematics. His 
undergraduate and graduate 
courses include Techniques 
of Calculus, Introduction to 
Real Analysis, and 
Topology. He cotaught 
Physics and Calculus for the 
Life Sciences with a 
physicist as an experiment 
to integrate physics and 

This year, Ruberman is 
spending his sabbatical 
working with colleagues at 
Oxford University's 
Mathematics Institute. 
Ruberman earned his 
doctorate at the University 
of California, Berkeley. 

Seth Fraden, associate 
professor of physics, who 
earned his doctorate from 
Brandeis, studies liquid 
crystals, one of nature's 
most exotic states of 
matter, and electro- 
rheological fluids, in which 
the viscosity of a 
suspension is altered by 
application of an electric 
field. An established leader 
in the field of physics of 
complex fluids, he is a 
recognized expert in viruses 
in colloidal suspensions, an 
area of interest to physicists 
as well as scientists in 
structural biology, 
biophysics, and chemistry. 

Supported by funding from 
the National Science 
Foundation, Fraden and his 
colleagues utilize a genetic 
engineering technique, 
which involves altering 

7 Summer 1995 

Jeff Gelles 
Karen Hansen 
Susan Lovett 

viral DNA to modify the 
physical properties of the 
virus, then study the 
behavior of the liquid 
crystal phase. Using the 
technique, Fraden has 
discovered a liquid crystal 
phase in viruses that had 
not been predicted by 
previous theories or 
computer simulations. 

Fraden Vi^as a postdoctoral 
fellow at the Max Planck 
Institut, during which time 
he was also the recipient of 
a National Science 
Foundation fellowship. He 
teaches courses in high 
technology optics, quantum 
physics, digital electronics, 
and signal processing. 

Fraden is the chair of the 
Science Library Committee. 

Working at the forefront of 
a fast-moving, highly 
competitive field. Associate 
Professor of Biochemistry 
Jeff Gelles has been credited 
with developing elegant 
new methods of studying 
the actions of DNA 

Recently, in a discovery 
announced in Science 
magazine, Gelles found a 
way to successfully study 
DNA looping in a single 
molecule by attaching one 
end of a DNA strand to a 
glass slide, and attaching 
the other end to a 
microscopic plastic bead. 
The method could help 
scientists' research into 
how genes dictate cell 
processes ranging from 
embryological development 
to the onset of heart 
disease, cancer, and 
diabetes. (See Brandeis 
Review, Spring 1995) 

His work is supported by 
the National Institutes of 
Health, and in 1990 Gelles 
won a prestigious three-year 
Searle Scholar Award. He 
has also been a Lucille P. 

Markey Scholar and was a 
Damon Runyon-Walter 
Winchell Cancer Fund 
Postdoctoral Fellow after 
earning his Ph.D. from the 
California Institute of 

Gelles has served on the 
Graduate Admissions 
Committee for the 
Biophysics Program and as a 
representative to the 
Library Committee. He 
teaches courses in 
Advanced Biochemistry, 
Drug Development and 
Design, and Statistical 

Associate Professor of 
Sociology Karen V. Hansen 
has received support for her 
research from the National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities, the Bunting 
Institute, and the Andrew 
W. Mellon Foundation. Her 
work, often based on her 
discoveries of new source 
material, examines family 
violence, women's unions, 
gender relations in 
antebellum New England, 
friendships, and men's 
relationships from a 
feminist perspective. 

Hansen's recently published 
A Very Social Time: 
Crafting Community m 
Antebellum New England 
is based on the diaries, 
letters, and first-person 
accounts of inhabitants of 
19th-century New England, 
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autobiographies of free 
blacks. Using previously 
unknown archives, the book 
details what Hansen calls 
an "intricate web of social 
exchange and interaction" 
among working people of 
the time. 

Hansen is also the coeditor 
of Women, Class and the 
Feminist Imagination: A 
Socialist-Feminist Reader, 
which has become a 
standard in the field. In 
1993, Hansen was named a 
Marver and Sheva Bernstein 
Faculty Fellow. She earned 
her Ph.D. from the 
University of California, 

Hansen has served on her 
department's Graduate 
Admissions Committee, as 
a freshman advisor, and on 
the 1991 Provost Search 

Associate Professor of 
Biology and Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center Susan Lovett is a 
molecular geneticist 
interested in the 
mechanism of 
recombination and its 
consequences for the living 
cell. Her work, which 
provides a bridge at 
Brandeis between 
biochemists and geneticists, 
aims to achieve a better 
understanding of human 

One area of research for 
Lovett and the 
undergraduate and graduate 
assistants in her lab is to 
study the mechanism of 
mutagenesis, which is the 
deletion of large chunks of 

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"Mutagenesis is the source of 
a lot of human diseases, and 
no one knows how it 
works," she said. Lovett has 
developed a hypothesis that 
the condition arises as a 
result of lesions that could 
be caused by carcinogens 
blocking DNA replication. 
The model for this 
mechanism has been 
published in Genetics, and 
is currently being tested. 

Lovett also uses genetic, 
molecular biological, and 
biochemical approaches to 
research the reef gene and 
its mutations. Her work is 
supported by the National 
Institutes of Health. 

Prior to coming to Brandeis, 
she was a Dana Farber 
Cancer Institute 
Postdoctoral Fellow and 
also received a National 
Institutes of Health 
Postdoctoral Training 
Grant. Lovett received her 
doctorate from the 
University of California, 

Lovett has participated in 
Brandeis's Summer Odyssey 
Program, on her 
department's curriculum 
committee, and as a 
freshman advisor. 

8 Brandeis Review 

Researchers Prove 
Circadian Rhythms Not 
Affected by 

Researchers at Brandeis 
University have delivered 
the first explanation for the 
phenomenon of how 
biological rhythms, so 
sensitive to other 
environmental conditions 
such as light, remain steady 
despite temperature 

As published in the 
February 24, 1995, issue of 
Science, investigators 
proved that while heat 
causes mutations in most 
biological processes, fruit 
flies exposed to it developed 
new cell processes that 
protected their biological 

Michael Roshash 

Michael Rosbash, professor 
of biology, principal 
investigator for the study 
and Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute, 
explained: "The clock 
regulators do 'feel the heat,' 
but compensate by 
developing a two-armed 
system for maintaining 
proper rhythm. The two 
arms use different cellular 
processes to counterbalance 
mutations that would slow 
the clock." 

Biological or circadian 
rhythms are found in 
virtually every species of 
insect, plant, and animal. In 
humans, circadian rhythms 
help dictate evolutionarily 
advantageous behaviors 
such as being more 
energetic during the day, 
when food is more easily 
found, than at night, when 
humans' poor nocturnal 
vision puts them at a 

Rosbash's and colleagues' 
discovery of the two-armed 
approach to minimizing 

heat's effects is one step 
toward filling the vacuum 
of information on circadian 
rhythms. Despite the 
rhythms' prevalence and 
importance, scientists 
understand little about how 
the few known regulators 
control so many functions 
across so many species. 

Rosbash's laboratory at 
Brandeis, in the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, is 
recognized internationally 
for the comprehensiveness 
of Its program in circadian 
rhythm genetics and 

Project in Sri Lanka 
Aims to Sustain Rain 

A joint proiect with 
Brandeis and Harvard 
Universities is integrating 
conservation with economic 
development in 32 villages 
surrounding Sri Lanka's last 
remaining rain forest. 

The program, initiated six 
months ago with a planning 
grant from the U.S. Agency 
for International 
Development, takes a novel, 
interdisciplinary approach 
to sustainable development 
of the South Asian island's 
Sinharaja Forest, said 
Laurence Simon, adjunct 
associate professor of 
politics and codirector of 
Brandeis's Program in 
Sustainable International 

Peter Ashton, professor of 
forestry at Harvard, 
explained that biologists, 
economists, and social 

scientists are working 
together in the field to 
collaborate on a model for 
conservation that 
acknowledges the realities 
of a consumer society. 

Ashton, Simon, and Neela 
de Zoysa, a tropical 
ecologist associated with 
Harvard, delivered a report 
on the proiect at Brandeis in 

The challenge, said Simon, 
IS to "protect the core 
forest. ..from further 
deterioration while meeting 
the legitimate and growing 
needs of the surrounding 
villages that traditionally 
extract forest products for 
subsistence and income." 

Right now, said Simon, the 
biggest harvest from the 
forest is rattan, which the 
villagers make into bags 
used by the mining 
industry. Villagers are paid 
about 10 U.S. cents for the 
bags. "If we can turn 
communities' proud 
tradition for rattan work 
towards production of 
higher-end rattan work, 
such as furniture, villagers 
could be paid hundreds of 
times more for the same 
amount of rattan. They will 
be able to improve their 
standard of living while 
taking less rattan out of the 
forest," said Simon, who 
sits on the National 
Ecodevelopment Steering 
Committee in Sri Lanka. 

Simon said the Sinharaja 
project can benefit the 
Brandeis community as well 
as the international 
conservation community. 

'Many students are 
increasingly concerned with 
cultural and economic 
issues arising from the 
accelerating development of 
South Asia. As this project 
moves through the next few 
years of implementation, it 
could offer interested 
students a direct look at 
sustainable development in 
a growing South Asian 
— Sharon Block 

9 Summer 1995 

NEJS Faculty to Take 
Active Role in Ukraine 

Petsko Elected to 
National Academy of 

With the end of 
communism and newly 
available archives to mine, 
the field of Jewish studies is 
undergoing dramatic growth 
in the former Soviet 
Union's institutes of higher 
learning. But after years of 
enforced neglect, Soviet 
scholars cannot rely on the 
orderly transmission of 
information from one 
generation of professors to 
the next, a traditional 
aspect of teaching and 

"They have been isolated 
from scholarly contact," 
said Antony Polonsky, the 
Walter Stern Hilborn 
Professor of Judaic and 

Social Studies and an expert 
on the history of Eastern 
European Jewry. 

Polonsky, who recently 
returned from a trip to 
Russia, said the Department 
of Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies plans to take an 
active role in bolstering 
Jewish studies in the former 
Soviet empire. One of only 
four professors in America 
invited to a February 
conference at the 
International Center for 
University Teaching of 
Jewish Civilization on the 
outskirts of Moscow, 
Polonsky helped develop a 
program to send a NEJS 
faculty member to the 
Ukraine each year to share 

The program is still in the 
planning stages. The 
visiting faculty member 
would spend a week or 
more visiting and lecturing 
in English at the Ukraine's 
four main teaching centers 
in Odessa, Kiev, Donetsk, 
and Kharkov. Polonsky said 
they hope to establish a 
student exchange, a natural 
for Brandcis given the large 
population of Soviet 
students on campus and the 
number of American 
students who have either 
done or wish to do research 
in Soviet-bloc countries. 
— Encka Tavares 

Gregory Petsko, professor of 
biochemistry, chemistry, 
and director of the 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Science Research Center, 
was elected to the National 
Academy of Science. 

Petsko came to Brandeis in 
1988 from the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, where he 
taught chemistry. He 
received his B.A. from 
Princeton University, and, 
as a Rhodes Scholar, earned 
a D.Phil, in molecular 
biophysics from Oxford 

Petsko currently researches 
the structure of protein 
macromolecules, and 
teaches chemistry and 

Eigsti Awarded 
Endowed Chair 

Karl Eigsti, renowned scenic 
designer and Brandeis 
faculty member since 1985, 
has been named to the 
Charles Bloom Chair of the 
Arts of Design. 

In announcing the 
appointment. Dean of Arts 
and Sciences Robin Feuer 
Miller said the honor was in 
recognition of Eigsti's 
professional achievements 
and his contributions to the 
theater world and the 
theater arts department at 

In a career spanning four 
decades, he has worked 
with the leading directors in 
American theater on- and 
off-Broadway and at major 

resident theaters across the 
country. He has produced 
designs for scores of original 
productions including John 
Guare's House of Blue 
Leaves and Arthur Miller's 
The American Clock. His 
20 productions on Broadway 
include Grease, Yentl, and 
Joseph and the Amazing 
Technicolor Dreamcoat, 
which earned him a Tony 
nomination and a Joseph 
Maharam Award. He is also 
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design the sets for Les 
Blancs, at the Berkeley 
Repertory Theater. He is 
currently preparing for a 
retrospective of his work at 
the Graduate School of 
Drama at the University of 
Indiana in South Bend. The 
exhibit will be on display 
from January to October of 
next year. 

Irving Epstein, provost and 
senior vice president for 
academic affairs, 
congratulates Karl Eigsti on 
being named to the Charles 
Bloom Chair of the Arts of 

10 Brandeis Review 

Charles Schottland, 
Third President 
and Former Heller 
Dean, Dies 

Chark's Irwin Schottland, 
the third president of 
Brandeis University, Social 
Security commissioner 
during the Eisenhower 
administration, and one of 
the nation's foremost 
experts on social welfare 
policy, died lune 27 at his 
home in Tucson, Arizona, 
of natural causes. He was 88 
years old. 

The author of three books 
and more than 130 
articles on social welfare, 
Schottland had 
distinguished careers in 
both government and 

He was the administrator of 
the California State Relief 
Administration, 1933-36; 
assistant to the chief of 
Children's Bureau, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 
1941-42; assistant director 
of the United Nations Relief 
and Rehabilitation 
Administration for 
Germany in 1945; and 
director of the California 
State Department of Social 
Welfare, 1950-54. 

Schottland was appointed 
commissioner of Social 
Security by President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 
luly 1954, serving until his 
resignation in 1958. As 
commissioner, he was the 
originator of the 1956 
amendments to the Social 
Security Act, which made 
significant changes in Social 
Security law. 

In 1959, he became the 
founding dean of the 
Florence Heller Graduate 
School for Advanced Studies 
in Social Welfare and served 
in that post until he was 
named Brandeis president in 
1970. In 1972 he returned to 
teaching, until becoming 
Heller School dean again in 
1976. From 1968 to 1972 he 
served as president of the 
International Council on 
Social Welfare, an 
organization of 
governmental and voluntary 
social welfare organizations 
representing some 75 

During World War II, 
Schottland served on 
General Dwight D. 
Eisenhower's staff as a 
lieutenant colonel at the 
Supreme Headquarters of 
the Allied Expeditionary 
Forces. He was chief of a 
section dealing with 
displaced persons in Europe 
and, for his work in 
repatriating 5.5 million 
United Nations nationals, 
was decorated by France, 
Czechoslovakia, Poland, 
The Netherlands, and 

This past May, he was 
honored with an invitation 
to attend the White House 
Commission on Aging. 

Charles Schottland 

In Arizona, he was 
chairman of the Governor's 
Advisory Council on Aging, 
appointed by Governor 
Bruce Babbitt and 
reappointed by Governor 
Bruce Simon, and served as 
a member of the Pritzlaff 
Commission, which made a 
comprehensive study of 
long-term care. 

Schottland served as 
principal adviser of the U.S. 
delegation to the 10th and 
1 1th sessions of the United 
Nations Social 
Commission, and as a 
member of the United 
Nations Expert Group on 
Social Services. 

He was a member of the 
National Institute of Mental 
Health Advisory Council 
and the Social Work 
Advisory Council of the 
Veterans Administration 
and chaired the consultant 
group to the National 
Institute of Mental Health 
Research Task Force. 

He was on the editorial 
board of Social and 
Economic Administration, 
a British journal, and of 
Administration in Social 
Work, an American journal. 

Schottland lectured at more 
than 40 universities and 
colleges and taught at the 
University of California, 
Berkeley, the University of 
California, Los Angeles, the 
University of Southern 
California, and Catholic 
University, Washington, 
D.C. He studied political 
science at UCLA as an 
undergraduate, social work 
at the New York School of 
Social Work, and law at the 
University of Southern 
California. He received 
honorary degrees from six 
colleges and universities, 
among them Boston 
University, Brandeis, and 
Centro Escolar University 
in Manila, the Philippines. 

Schottland was born on 
October 29, 1906, in 
Chicago, Illinois. 

He leaves a son, Richard, 
and two grandsons, Mark 
and Greg. His wife, Edna, 
died on May 24. 

11 Summer 1995 

Faculty Notes 

Mary E. Davis 

adjunct associate professor 
of American studies, lias 
been academic director of a 
State Justice Institute grant 
administered by the 
Massachusetts Judicial 
Institute for the purpose of 
examining ethnic/gender/ 
racial and economic bias in 
the Massachusetts state 
court system; she is 
creating an analytic 
curriculum for use in state 
judicial systems throughout 
the country. She taught in a 
two-day law and literature 
program at the University of 
Iowa law school; spoke at 
the national conference of 
the state Councils of the 
Humanities in San Antonio 
on creating and 
implementing programs in 
law and literature; and was 
a panelist discussing law 
and literature at the First 
Circuit Court of Appeals 
Judicial Conference in San 
Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Peter Conrad 

Harry Coplan Professor of . 
Social Sciences, received a 
grant from the section on 
Ethical, Legal, and Social 
Implications of the Human 
Genome Project to study 
Genetics and Behavior in 
the News, 1945-95. As 
president of the Society for 
the Study of Social 
Problems, he presented two 
papers on that topic to the 
Society. He published 
"Wellness as Virtue: 
Morality and the Pursuit of 
Health" in Culture, 
Medicine and Psychiatry. 

Thomas Doherty 

assistant professor of film 
studies (on the Sam Spiegel 
Fund), attended the 
Annenberg Washington 
Program's Summer Faculty 
Workshop in 
Communications Policy, 
Washington, D.C., and the 
National Endowment for 
the Humanities Summer 

Institute on American 
Culture and the Great 
Depression at the 
University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Gerald D. Fasman 

Louis and Bessie Rosenfield 
Professor of Biochemistry, 
was awarded an honorary 
degree by Eotvos 
University, Budapest. Also, 
he was the recipient of a 
Humboldt Research Award 
for Senior U.S. Scientists 
that offers the opportunity 
for an extended research 
stay in Germany. 

James B. Hendrickson 

Henry F. Fischbach 
Professor of Chemistry, was 
invited to speak at the 
annual meeting of the 
American Association of 
Artificial Intelligence at 
Stanford and he was the 
main speaker at the 
Congress of Computer- 
Aided Synthesis at Goslar, 

Ray Jackendoff 

professor of linguistics and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, delivered 
a keynote address, "How 
Language Helps Us Think," 
to the Language Acquisition 
Research Symposium in 
Utrecht; spoke on "Lexical 
Insertion in a Post- 
Minimalist Theory of 
Grammar" at the 
University of Southern 
California; on "Semantic 
Subordination Despite 
Syntactic Coordination" at 
the University of California, 
Los Angeles; and on "The 
Conceptual Structure of 
Intending and Volitional 
Action" at the conference 
on Semantics and Linguistic 
Theory at the University of 

Texas, Austin. He gave a 
week-long course on 
Conceptual Semantics at 
Umberto Eco's Summer 
School on Language and 
Understanding in San 
Marino. His paper, 
'Something Else for the 
Binding Theory," 
coauthored with Peter 
Culicover, appeared in 
Linguistic Inquiry. 

William P. Jencks 

Gyula and Katica Tauber 
Professor of Biochemistry 
and Molecular 
Pharmacodynamics, was 
elected a Member of the 
American Philosophical 
Society. Founded by 
Benjamin Franklin, it is the 
oldest learned society in the 

Edward K. Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
presented two papers: 
"Baudelaire's Ethical Irony," 
at the Conference of 
Nineteenth-Century French 
Studies, University of San 
Diego, and "Love, Guilt, 
Reparation: Jules Michelet, 
Artist-Historian," at the 
Kentucky Foreign Language 
Conference, Lexington, 
Kentucky. He published the 
following articles: "God in 
Exile: Abraham Joshua 
Heschcl, Translator of the 
Spirit," in Bridging the 
Abyss: Essays in Honor of 
Harry Zohn — Briicken iiber 
den Abgrund: Festschrift ftir 
Harry Zohn edited by Amy 
Colin and Elizabeth 
Strenger; "Sacred versus 
Symbolic Religion: 
Abraham Joshua Heschel 
and Martin Buber," in 
Modern Judaism-, and "The 
American Mission of 
Abraham Joshua Heschel," 
in The Americanization of 
the Jews, edited by Robert 
Seltzer and Norman Cohen. 
He also lectured on Heschel 
in Schenectedy, New York. 

Jytte Klausen 

assistant professor of 
comparative politics, 
presented a paper, "The 
Declining Significance of 
Male Workers: The 'Golden 
Age' of Trade Unionism 
Under Assault," at a 
conference on Politics and 
Political Economy in 
Advanced Capitalist 
Democracies at Humboldt 
University and 
Berlin, while on leave as 
visiting scholar at the 
Center for European 
Studies, Harvard University. 
She was also invited to 
speak on the topic of 
European social policy at a 
seminar for senior editors 
and producers at such 
organizations as Tlie Boston 
Globe, The Christian 
Science Monitor, The 
Miami Herald, CNN, and 
NPR organized by The 
Center for War, Peace, and 
The News Media. 

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, codirected 
(along with her husband, 
Steven Ostrow of MIT) an 
archaeological summer 
program in Italy titled, 
Naples Bay as Melting Pot, 
Always at a Boil: Social 
History in Coastal 
Campania, sponsored by the 
Vergilian Society of 

Michael W. Macy 

associate professor of 
sociology, was awarded a 
three-year grant from the 
National Science 
Foundation to study the 
effect of an exit option on 
cooperation in the 
"prisoner's dilemma," the 
classical game of conflict of 

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interest. He spent four 
weeks as a research fellow 
at the Netherlands Institute 
for Advanced Studies in 
Wasscnaar. He had two 
articles juihlished, "Beyond 
Rationality in Theories of 
Choice" in the Annual 
Review of Sociology and 
"Pavlov and the Evolution of 
Cooperation: An 
Experimental Test" in 
Social Psychology 

Tom Pochapsky 

associate professor of 
chemistry, was the plenary 
lecturer at the ninth 
International Conference on 
Cytochrome P-450, held at 
the University of Zurich. 

Bernard Reisman 

Klutznick Professor of 
Contemporary Jewish 
Studies, delivered 
commencement speeches 
and received honorary 
degrees at Gratz College in 
Pennsylvania and Boston 
Hebrew College. Also, he 
was selected as a Keter 
Torah Honoree by the 
Bureau of Jewish Education 
m Newton. He participated 
in an Association of Jewish 
Communal Professionals 
conference in England as 
part of a two-week visiting 
professorship that took him 
to numerous academic and 
Jewish communal 

Vardit Ringvald 

lecturer in Hebrew and 
acting director, Hebrew and 
Oriental Language Program, 
presented two papers: "The 
Peer Tutoring Project at 
Brandeis University — A 
Support System Outside the 
Classroom" at the 
International Conference on 
University Teaching of 
Hebrew Language and 
Literature at the University 
of Central Florida and "How 
to Teach Speaking and 
Reading" at Maimonides 
High School, Newton, MA. 

Nicholas Rodis 

professor of physical 
education, attended a 
meeting of the Sports 
Regulations Commission of 
the International University 
Sports Federation in 
Brussels. The commission is 
responsible for sports 
regulations for the World 
University Games and 
World University Sports 

Jonathan D. Sarna 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor American Jewish 
History, authored "The 
Road to Jewish Leadership," 
published in Expectations, 
Education and Experience 
of lewish Professional 
Leaders: Report of the 
Wexner Foundation 
Research Project on 
Contemporary Jewish 
Professional Leadership. 

Donald S. Shephard 

research professor. Heller 
School, was named to the 
Board of Advisors of the 
Alfred B. Sabin Vaccine 
Foundation, which 
promotes research and 
delivery of vaccines 
worldwide. He has 
developed a cost-effective 
approach to setting 
priorities. This approach 
and Its application to 
children's vaccines was 
published in Vaccine. He 
was also an invited speaker 
at a conference on social 
policy in Jamaica presenting 
facts that showed that 
higher user fees at 
government hospitals and 
clinics have not deterred 
access to health care in the 

Susan Staves 

Paul Prosswimmer 
Professor of Humanities, 
coedited and contributed to 
a collection of essays. Early 
Modern Conceptions of 
Property, published by 
Routledge. She presented a 
paper, "Frauds, Hoaxes, and 
Thefts: False Attributions 
to Particular Women 
Writers," at the annual 
meeting of the American 
Society for Eighteenth- 
Century Studies in Tucson, 

David Wilson 

artist-in-residence in 
lighting and sound, built a 
computer sound studio for 
recording and editing sound 
and music for department 
productions; designed sound 
and composed music for 
several department 
productions; designed 
lighting for New England 
Conservatory's productions 
of The Scarf, The Medium, 
and The Magic Flute at the 
Majestic Theater, Boston. 
He returned for the sixth 
year as resident lighting 
designer at Central City 
Opera, Central City, 
Colorado, for Pique Dame, 
The Magic Flute, and The 
Threepenny Opera. 


Albert S. Axelrad 

Jewish chaplain, while on 
sabbatical, visited Vienna, 
Austria, lecturing, teaching, 
counseling, and conducting 
services at Or Chadasch 
(New Light), a young and 
Liberal Jewish Community 
lacking a resident rabbi. He 
also delivered three 
lectures: "An Independent 
Jewish Approach to Gays 
and Lesbians: How One 
Rabbi's Views Evolved," 
"Passover and the 
Haggadah," and "Leprosy 
and Purity of the Mouth." 
He traveled to the site of 
the Mauthausen 
concentration camp and 
conducted a memorial 

service. In addition, he was 
conferred with the 
leadership of the 
Kultusgemeinde including 
the Chief Rabbi of Austria. 

Jeffrey W. Cohen '64 

director of athletics, 
recreation, and intramural 
sports, was honored with 
the 1995 Brandeis 
Community Service Award 
at the recent City of 
Waltham Officials Dinner. 
Cohen was given the award 
for his work with youth in 
Waltham. He was credited 
with providing a home at 
the Gosman Center for the 
Waltham After-School 
Program for some 500 
young participants each 
Saturday morning in the 
Waltham Youth Basketball 
Program. He also works 
closely with the Waltham 
Group and is the 
University's representative 
to the Waltham Partnership 
for Youth. 

John Hose 

executive assistant to the 
President and associate vice 
president for University 
affairs, was elected to a two- 
year term as chairman of 
the Board of Governors of 
the University Press of New 
England, a publishing 
consortium of 10 New 
England colleges and 
universities including 

13 Summer 1995 


Winokur New Chair of 
Board of Trustees 

Barton J. Winokur, voted 
chair-elect of the Brandeis 
Board of Trustees in 
January, officially succeeded 
Louis Perlmutter '56 
following the Board's 
Commencement weekend 
meeting in May. 

Winokur, a graduate of 
Cornell and Harvard Law 
School, is a partner in the 
Philadelphia law firm of 
Dechert Price & Rhoads. He 
joined the Brandeis Trustees 
in 1983 andm 1990 was 
elected vice chair. He has 
also served as chair of the 
Budget and Finance 
Committee, and was 
cochair of the 1991 
Presidential Search 
Committee. Winokur and 
his wife, Susan, have two 

"I am very pleased that Bart 
Winokur has agreed to take 
on the chairmanship at this 
important time in the life of 
the University," President 
Jehuda Reinharz said. "He is 
an extremely able and 
effective Trustee and will 
bring strong leadership to 
the board." 

3arton Winokur 

At Its April 9 meeting, the 
Board elected two Alumni 
Term Trustees: Kenneth S. 
Kaiserman '60 and Jeanette 
P. Lerman '69, to four and 
five-year terms, 

Kaiserman is president of 
Kaiserman Management 
Co., Philadelphia. He has 
been very active in alumni 
affairs, particularly in the 
Philadelphia area. He also 
served on his 30th Year 
Reunion Class Gift 
Committee and has 
participated in many fund- 
raising efforts on behalf of 
the University. Kaiserman 
is completing the five-year 
term of Thomas L. 
Friedman '75, who was 
elected a regular member of 
the Board in January. 

Lerman is vice president for 
corporate communications 
at Time Warner, Inc. Her 
Brandeis service includes 
membership on the 
National Board for Women's 
Studies since 1992. In 1993, 
Lerman was the recipient of 
the Alumni Achievement 

First Prize for Rose 


In the "Benefactors" section 
of the Spring '95 Review, 
we erroneously identified 
Dr. Donald B. Giddon 
as a dentist. Giddon, Ph.D. 
'61, is in fact a psychologist. 
We apologize for the 

The International 
Association of Art Critics 
(AICA) has awarded its first 
prize for the best regional 
show of 1993-94 to the Rose 
Art Museum for its survey 
of works by painter Joan 
Snyder that ran last spring. 

The prize was part of the 
association's Best Show 
Awards in nine categories. 
The AICA is a worldwide 
organization, with a United 
States membership of more 
than 300 distinguished 
critics and art historians. 
New York Mafiazme also 
ranked the Snyder show 
among the top 10 best 
exhibits of 1994. 

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Trustee, Philanthropist 
Maurice IVIayer Cohen 

Maurice Mayer Cohen 

A generous benefactor and 
Brandeis Trustee since 
1975, Maurice Mayer Cohen 
of Newton, Massachusetts, 
and Pahn Beach, Florida, 
died April 13 after a long 
illness. He was 80 years old. 

Known for his selfless 
support of philanthropic and 
educational pursuits, he 
established the Maurice M. 
and Marilyn Cohen Center 
for Modern Jewish Studies 
at Brandeis in May 1987. 
The pre-eminent institution 
of its kind, the Center 
serves as a think tank, 
providing policy-oriented 
research findings to Jewish 
community institutions 
throughout North America. 

Cohen was treasurer of the 
Brandeis Board of Trustees 
from 1985 to 1990, and the 

University awarded him an 
honorary doctorate of 
humane letters in 1985. 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
described Cohen as an 
exemplary Trustee who left 
a legacy to both Brandeis 
and the Jewish community. 

"His vision and imagination 
were a driving force behind 
the Cohen Center and he 
deserves so much credit for 
the Center's vast impact on 
the field of modern Jewish 
studies," he said. 

At his funeral at Temple 
Emeth in Brookline, it was 
said that Cohen died 
satisfied with the 
knowledge that he had 
accomplished so much 
during his lifetime. Born 
February 13, 1915, in 
Boston, Cohen grew up in 
Dorchester, was graduated 
from Boston High School of 
Commerce, and attended 

Boston University. In 1945 
he married Marilyn Cobrain 
and founded Lechmere Sales 
in Lechmere Square, 
Cambridge, with his two 
brothers, Norman and 
Phillip Cohen. 

Cohen founded the Maurice 
M. Cohen Department of 
Genetics at Hebrew 
University in Jerusalem, 
where he was a member of 
the Board of Governors. He 
was also a member of the 
Board of Directors of the 
American Jewish Joint 
Distribution Committee, 
the National Foundation for 
Jewish Culture, and served 
on the boards of Hebrew 
College in Brookline and 
the American Jewish 
Historical Society on 

A veteran of World War II, 
Cohen served in the 
European Theater of 
Operations and was a 32nd 
degree Mason. He is 
survived by his wife 
Marilyn; his brothers Phillip 
and Norman; his two 
children, Lewis Cobrain 
Cohen and Betsy Cohen 
Solomon; and five 

SImister Awarded 
$1 Million Grant 

Neil Simister, assistant 
professor of molecular 
immunology, has been 
awarded a $1 million grant 
from the National Institutes 
of Health, Division of 
Maternal and Child Health, 
to study the protein 
gateway through which 
maternal antibodies cross 
the placenta and deliver 
immunities to developing 

Simister's research provides 
critical new information on 
how the maternal immune 
system gives infants a 
running start in the battle 
against germs and viruses. 
For more details on 
Simister's research, see the 
Spring 1995 issue of the 
Brandeis Review. 

At this year's Founders Day 
Dinner on Saturday, 
October 14, 1995, Norman 
S. Rabb, sole remaining 
founding Trustee of 
Brandeis University, will be 
honored on the occasion of 
his 90th birthday. Mr. 
Rabb's actual birthday is 
September 13, and the 
University community is 
pleased to acknowledge the 
support and dedication of 
Norman and Eleanor Rabb 
for almost five decades by 
having this celebration take 
place at the Founders Day 
dinner. Norman Rabb has 
served on the Board of 
Trustees since 1947 and as 
its chair from 1961 to 1967. 
The Norman S. and Eleanor 
Rabb School of Summer, 
Special, and Continuing 
Studies was named in honor 
of the Rabbs. 

15 Summer 1995 

pring Reunion '95 

For the hundreds of 
members and guests of the 
Classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 
and 1970 who streamed to 
campus for their Reunions, 
most would agree that their 
expectations for nostalgia, 
renewal of the bonds of 
friendship, and recommital 
to their alma mater were 
exceeded. A late-arriving 
spring in New England 
meant that shrubs and 
flowers bloomed just m 
time for Reunion weekend, 
showcasmg the campus at 
its peak bloom. 

The Class of 1970, 
celebrating their 25th 
Reunion, arrived early for a 
dinner with President 
Jehuda Reinharz on 
Thursday evening. The next 
morning. Alumni College, a 
day-long series of lectures 
and panels featuring alumni 
side by side with Brandeis 
faculty, discussed "Shades 
of Reality" from 
perspectives as divergent as 
Madison Avenue and the 

courtroom. Arthur Levine 
'70 delivered the keynote 
address for Alumni College, 
sharing the results of a 
recent study he had done on 
"Today's College Students." 

A highlight of the Welcome 
Back Dinner was the 
presentation of Alumni 
Pride Awards to a member 
of each Reunion class by 
Noah Carp '95 and Robyn 
Friedman '96, student 
representatives to the 
Alumni Association Board. 
This spring's winners 
included pnzc-winning 
novelist Gloria Goldrich 
Horowitz '55, theatrical 
agent Lois Zetter '60, Lilith 
Editor in Chief Susan 
Weidman Schneider '65, and 
Human Services Director of 
the New Jersey Center for 
Developmental Disabilities 
Deborah Spitalnik '70. 

The Class of 1955 walked 
away with several honors by 
winning the award for the 
class with greatest percent 
in attendance, the class 
with the greatest percent 
(62 percent) participation in 
the class gift, and the 
highest total dollars raised. 
That 62 percent 
|iarticipation in the class 
.;ift represents an all-time 

Susan Weidman Schneider '65 
accepts Biandeis Pride Award 
from the Student Alumni 
Association for her work as 
editor in chief of Lilith 

foan Wallack '60 expresses 
delight at seeing classmates 
Sue fohnson Kanrich '60 
and Mimi Berenson 
Silherstein '60 at a class 






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past exchange anecdotes at 
a Reunion get-together 

Ellen Levine '60 talks about 
one of the books at the 
Alumni Authors Reception 

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Alumni enjoy some shade 
at the Reunion barbecue 
alongside Massell Pond 

Arthur Levme '10. president 
of Teacher's College. 
Columbia University, rivets 
audience at Alumni College 
with his keynote address on 
"Today's College Students" 

Earle Kazis '55 and Burt 
Rosen '55 acknowledge 
applause for their work as 
cochairs of their 40th Class 
Reunion Gift effort, in 
which 62 percent of the 
class participated 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sugar of 
Woodland Hills. California, 
look on as their son. 
Michael Sugar '95. and Seth 
Schiffman '95 accept 
congratulations from 
President Reinharz on the 
success of their record- 
breaking S22.873 senior 
class gift effort for the 
University. The Trustees 
matched the first S 10,000 
raised by the class 

record high tor any class at 
Brandeis University to date. 
The Class of 1970 was the 
winner of the award for the 
class with the greatest 
numher in attendance. 

Recognition was given to 
the following hard-working 
program and gift chairs for 
each class: Evelyn B. 
Sheffres '55 and ludith P. 
Aronson '55, Earle W. Kazis 
'55 and Burt Rosen '55; 
Clemente Cohen '60,- Toby 
Shemfeld Nussbaum '60 
and Roberta Milhauser 
Slatkin '60; Melanie Rovner 
Cohen '65; William S. 
Friedman '65 and Steven H. 
Mora '65; and Jane Klein 
Bright '70, Charles S. 
Eisenberg '70, and Gates 
McFadden '70; Carol Stein- 
Schulman '70 and Susan 
Fischer Weinberg '70. 

Saturday afternoon 
activities included 
Baccalaureate, at which 
Elaine Phillips Ostroff '55 
and Ellen Bassuk '65 were 
presented with Sanctity of 
Life Awards for their work 
on adapting buildings and 
environments to senior 
citizen and handicapped 
use, and as president of the 
Better Homes Foundation, 
respectively. Robert Lerman 
'65, formerly on the Heller 
School faculty and now 
chair of the economics 
department at The 
American University, gave 
the Phi Beta Kappa address 
at a ceremony that inducted 
two alumnae into the Mu 
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: 
Carol B. Feigelson '60 and 
Susan Wides Steinberg '60. 

Dozens of alumni authors 
from the four Reunion 
classes contributed their 
works to the Alumni 
Authors Archive, and 
several spoke about their 
works at the Alumni 
Authors Tea. 

17 Summer 1995 

Commencement '95 

On May 21, before an 
overflow crowd that packed 
the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center, 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
bestowed 704 bachelor's 
degrees, 101 Ph.D.s, and 160 
master's degrees upon this 
year's graduates. 

"Your class will always be a 
special one for me as the 
Class of 1995 is the first of 
my presidency," he said to 
enthusiastic applause at the 
University's 44th 
Commencement excercises. 

During a ceremony 
highlighted by the celebrity 
presence of Barbra 
Streisand, Daniel L. Schorr 
of National Public Radio 
warned that if all our new 
technology has achieved is 
promoting violence and 
hooking people on the OJ. 
Simpson trial, then his 
generation has failed. 

"The premise of my work 
has been that better 
communications would 
lead to better understanding 
but it hasn't worked out 
that way," he said. 

"The communications 
revolution has provided 
faster and better means 
to spread confusion, 
misunderstanding, and 
often, incitement." 

In addition to Schorr and 
Streisand, honorary 
doctorates of humane 
letters were bestowed upon 
Walter H. Annenberg, Miles 
Lerman, Conor Cruise 
O'Brien, and Louis 
Perlmutter '56. 

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19 Summer 1995 

Walter H. Annenberg 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Miles Lerman 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Conor Cruise O'Brien 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Walter H. Annenberg has 
had a distinguished and 
varied career as an editor, 
publisher, broadcaster, 
diplomat, art collector, and 
philanthropist. In 1940 he 
assumed responsibility for 
Triangle Publications, the 
firm founded by his father, 
buildmg it into a highly 
successful publisher of 
newspapers and magazines. 
At the same time he 
became owner and operator 
of television and radio 
stations. Donor, president, 
and director of the 
Annenberg Fund, Walter 
Annenberg is a legendary 
philanthropist with a deep 
concern for education. His 
generosity made possible 
the Annenberg School of 
Communications at the 
University of Pennsylvania 
in 1958 and the University 
of Southern California in 
1971, and extends to 
numerous other 
educational, health, and 
cultural organizations. His 
recent $500 million 
donation to help reform 
public education is by far 
the largest gift ever made to 
American education by a 
private individual. From 
1969 to 1974, he served as 
ambassador to the Court of 
St. James and is one of the 
few Americans granted an 
honorary knighthood by 
Queen Elizabeth II. Walter 
Annenberg has been widely 
honored for his work and is 
a trustee of many 
distinguished schools, 
museums, and hospitals. 

Miles Lerman is chairman 
of the United States 
Holocaust Memorial 
Council and president of 
Miles Lerman Enterprises. 
A survivor of Nazi 
atrocities, he fought as a 
partisan in the forests of 
Southern Poland during 
World War II. For his 
bravery, Poland awarded 
him the Commander's 
Cross, the highest award 
given to a noncitizen, and 
the Partisan's Cross for 
bravery in combat. In 1980 
he was appointed by 
President Carter to the 
United States Holocaust 
Memorial Council. He was 
instrumental in negotiating 
historic agreements with 
the former Soviet Union 
and Eastern bloc nations to 
help secure one of the 
largest collections of Nazi 
artifacts. As chairman of the 
Campaign to Remember, he 
led the effort to raise the 
$190 million needed to 
build and equip the 
museum in Washington, 
D.C. In recognition of these 
achievements. President 
Clinton appointed him 
chairman of the United 
States Holocaust Memorial 
Council. Long prominent in 
Jewish leadership, he served 
as vice chairman of the 
Israel Bond Organization 
and was awarded the Medal 
of Achievement by the 
Prime Minister of Israel. 

Conor Cruise O'Brien is a 
multilingual statesman, 
diplomat, scholar, 
politician, journalist, 
political theorist, and 
authority on Ireland, Africa, 
Zionism, nationalism, post- 
colonialism, and terrorism. 
In the 1950s he was an Irish 
diplomat and served as U.N. 
Secretary General Dag 
Hammarskjold's top aide in 
Katanga province during the 
1 96 1 Congo crisis. He has 
been a Labor member of the 
Irish Parliament, the 
communications minister 
in an Irish coalition 
government, and editor in 
chief of the influential 
London Sunday Observer. 
O'Brien writes weekly 
columns for Britain's The 
Independent and The Irish 
Independent, regularly 
reviews books for the Times 
Literary Supplement and 
The New York Review of 
Books, lectures at leading 
universities around the 
world, and has published, 
among other distinguished 
works, a universally 
acclaimed biography of 
Edmund Burke, the 18th- 
century statesman and 
political philosopher. He is 
known on several 
continents for his insight, 
wit, and stimulating essays. 

20 Brandeis Review 

Louis Perlmutter 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Daniel L. Sctiorr 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Barbra Streisand 
Doctor of 
Humane Letters 

Louis Perlmutter is senior 
managing director of LazarJ 
Freres & Company and an 
internationally respected 
investment banker. He was 
elected to the Brandeis 
University Board of 
Trustees m 1984 and has 
served as chair since 1989, 
the first alumnus to hold 
that position. Following 
graduation from Brandeis in 
1956 and receipt of his law 
degree from the University 
of Michigan Law School in 
1959, he practiced law in 
New York before joining the 
investment banking firm of 
White Weld & Co. There he 
created and directed one of 
the first merger and 
acquisition departments on 
Wall Street. In 1979 he 
ioined Lazard Freres & 
Company, where he serves 
as financial advisor to major 
multinational corporations. 
An expert in the field of 
mergers and acquisitions, he 
has been profiled in Fortune 
and Forbes. He serves as 
chair of the executive 
committee of the Board of 
Governors for the United 
Nations Association of the 
U.S.A. In 1994 he became 
chair of the Council of 
Economic Advisors of the 
U.S. /Middle East Project of 
the Council on Foreign 
Relations. From 1988 to 
1994, he served as chair of 
the Board of Trustees of the 
American Jewish Congress. 

Daniel Schorr is senior 
analyst at National Public 
Radio and began his career 
in print journalism as an 
assistant editor of The 
Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
After serving in the army 
during World War II, Schorr 
was discovered by Edward 
R. Murrow while reporting 
for ANETA, the 
Netherlands News Agency. 
Recruited to join CBS 
News, he spent nearly a 
quarter of a century as a 
Washington and foreign 
correspondent. In 1955 he 
opened the first CBS News 
Bureau in Moscow where he 
ran afoul of Soviet 
authorities for refusing to 
submit his reports to state 
censorship. He eventually 
became the network's chief 
intelligence reporter, 
broadcasting in February of 
1976 excerpts from the 
House Intelligence 
Committee's secret report 
on the CIA, known as the 
"Pike Report." After leaving 
CBS News, he became 
senior Washington and 
foreign correspondent for 
CNN. He has received 
numerous honors for his 
work, including three 
Emmys and a John F. 
Kennedy Profiles in Courage 
Award. Daniel Schorr is 
widely considered one of 
the most insightful and 
journalists of our time. 

Barbra Streisand is an actress, 
singer, producer, director, 
writer, and composer whose 
career spans three decades 
and includes an array of 
Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, 
Oscars, and Golden Globe 
Awards. Her recording career 
is legendary. She has been a 
trailblazer as the first female 
composer to win an Academy 
Award, and the first woman 
to produce, direct, write, and 
star in a major motion 
picture, Yentl. One of the 
most versatile and talented 
women in the entertainment 
industry, her stage triumphs 
include her portrayal of 
Fanny Brice in the Broadway 
production of Funny Gill. 
Her movie credits include 
Funny Girl, Hello Dolly!. On 
a Clear Day You Can See 
Forever, The Owl and the 
Pussycat, What's Up DocI, 
The Way We Were, A Star is 
Born, Nuts, and The Prince of 
Tides. She also produced and 
starred in a series of award- 
winning television specials. 
Through the Streisand 
Foundation, she has 
championed the cause of 
women's rights, the 
protection of human and civil 
rights, the needs of children 
at risk, and the preservation 
of the environment. She is a 
leading spokesperson and 
fund-raiser for AIDS-related 
issues. For this work, she was 
honored with the 1992 
Commitment to Life Award 
from the AIDS Project Los 
Angeles and the ACLU Bill of 
Rights Award. 

21 Summer 1995 

These images are from the 
Holocaust Project: From 
Darkness into Light, a 
nationally touring exhibition 
created by painter Judy 
Chicago and her husband, 
photographer Donald 
Woodman, which will be at 
the Rose Art Museum for 
the show's only East Coast 
venue from September 17 
to December 1 7, 1995. 

Text by Carl Belz 

I i MfS^ll m&m' 

The exhibition is aptly 
described as a project, 
for it started with a radical 
transformation of 
consciousness and was 
followed by a sustained 
journey of learning on 
the part of the artists, both 
of whom grew up as 
assimilated Jews and came 

to maturity with little 
knowledge of the 
Holocaust. As Chicago 
writes in the book that 
accompanies the 
exhibition, "I first became 
interested in the subject 
of the Holocaust at, of all 
places, a 1984 Christmas 
party in Santa Fe, New 
Mexico, where I lived. 
I met a poet there named 

Harvey Mudd, who had just 
completed a long poem 
about the Holocaust. It was 
a topic that had interested 
him since childhood but 
one, I realized with shock, 
that I knew almost nothing 
about." Thus sparked, the 
interest soon led to eight 
years of research on the 


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Holocaust and Jewish 
history, extensive travel 
through the "landscape 
of the Holocaust," and 
the development of a series 
of visual images that 
would embody the artists' 
deeply felt and broadly 
conceived responses 
to the subject they rarely 
heard about when they 
were children. 

In referring to their broad 
conception, I mean tiiat 
Chicago and Woodman 
took upon themselves 
the task of acknowledging 
the distinctive aspects 
of the Holocaust while also 
placing it within a 
larger global and historical 
context. The exhibition 
relates the Holocaust 
to past and present events 
and the social and ethical 
issues they raise, and it 
stresses concerns having 
to do with memory, 

vulnerability, power, and 
victimization. These are 
challenging ambitions, and 
they have, not surprisingly, 
generated controversy 
around the Holocaust 
Project. But that has been 
the case with Judy Chicago 
and her work for more than 
two decades, for she has 

"always elected to confront 
the hard questions in order 
to achieve her ongoing 
goal of teaching through 
art. Sharing that goal, 
1 hope you will have the 
opportunity to experience 
the exhibition and 
that you will engage the 
dialogue it invites. 

Carl Belz is the Henry and 
Lois Foster Director 
of the Rose Art Museum 
and an adjunct professor of 
fine arts at Brandeis. - 

BrandeJs's new Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance combines the best of 
business school and International 
relations programs to stand as 

A School in a Class by Itself 

by Marjorie Lyon 

Read today's newspapers and there 
is no question that in the last 10 or 
15 years there has been a 
globalization of the world economy 
and business. Particularly active is 
the intersection between foreign 
policy and economic trade issues. 
An example is President Clinton's 
trip to Saudi Arabia last spring to 
sign a jet deal for Boeing — a foreign 
policy issue that includes 
economics, trade, and business. 

Traditionally, to be trained at the 
graduate level to work in that 
marketplace, one educational route 
is to earn a master's of international 
affairs or international relations. 
Students take diplomacy, politics, 
and many courses on the history and 
culture of individual countries. But 
there is little economics, business, 
or finance taught in that 
curriculum. Another educational 
route is to earn an M.B.A. — sure to 
include business, economics, and 
finance but usually lacking a serious 
international aspect. So neither 

approach produces students who are 
very well equipped to work in the 
international marketplace. 

Enter Brandeis University's 
Graduate School of International 
Economics and Finance — uniquely 
positioned to train students to 
handle the complex problems that 
arise in dealing in the international 
marketplace. Is there anything 
comparable? Very little — for 
example, there is no other 
professional school focused 
exclusively on these skills at any 
major U.S. university. 

Economist Peter A. Petri, a faculty 
member since 1972 and leading 
expert on international trade and 
Pacific Rim economic relations, is 
dean of the Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance. It was his vision that fueled 
the creation of a program that would 
combine courses m economics and 
finance, business strategy, and 
management, all taught from the 

international perspective. Listen to 
him ponder the task ahead and you 
hear an academic with an 
entrepreneurial bent. "Academic 
institutions are under pressure to 
keep up with rapid changes in the 
international marketplace, because 
their graduates enter the real 
world," explains Petri. "On the 
other hand they tend to be very 
sluggish institutions in changing 
their mission. And that, for us, has 
been a real advantage, because by 
recognizing the profound 
transformations underway in the 
world and by developing programs 
that really address those changes, 
we can leapfrog generations of older 
and much wealthier programs. We 
can, in effect, jump to the frontier of 
professional education. The 
challenge of it is that the rate of 
change continues to be very fast — 
over time other institutions 
continue to catch up, and we 
ourselves have to keep moving." 

The Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance evolved from the Lemberg 
Program, the school's two-year 
professional master's prograin, 
which was originally established 
within the economics department 
and welcomed its first class in 
1988 — consisting primarily of 
Brandeis undergraduates. In 1989, 
the first class of 12 students was 
graduated. This year 31 students 
will graduate, and next year 35. In 
May 1994, the Brandeis University 
Board of Trustees approved the 
creation of the Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance (GSIEF), which is now a 
stand-alone professional graduate 
school — the second at Brandeis after 
the Florence Heller Graduate School 

We can leapfrog 
generations of 
older and much 

wealthier programs. 

The issues we teach 
and research are at 
the forefront of global 

for Advanced Studies in Social 
Welfare. The administrative 
umbrella of the GSIEF also includes 
a new Ph.D. program in 
international economics and finance 
and a new Asia-Pacific Center for 
Economics and Business, which will 
be a center for excellence for 
research, teaching, and outreach 
activities focused on Asia-Pacific 

With an A.B. from Harvard College 
and a Ph.D. from Harvard 
University, Petri did not expect to 
fit the role of an entrepreneur into 
his well-established academic life. 
But he relishes the chance. In fact, 
he says the interest was always 
there. Not surprising — his 
professorial demeanor seems to 
mesh with a dapper cosmopolitan 
businessman's confidence and 
charm. "I like teaching, research, 
and the sophistication of academic 
approaches to ideas and to the 
world. But the one respect in which 
1 am not a typical academic is that I 
have a bent for creating institutions, 
for building things. For most of my 
career, until the last five or so years, 
this entrepreneurial urge was not 
really satisfied. But for the last five 
years, I have that too — this has a lot 
in common with starting any new 
institution or enterprise outside the 
academic academy." 

Although It IS a great opportunity to 
engage that side of him, it is not 
easy. "When embarking on 

something like this, one does not 
realize all the costs, m time, in 
pressures, in responsibilities, and 
duties that are not always pleasant 
and that most professors in 
conventional academic positions can 
avoid. Many things are now part of 
my daily life that I never imagined 
would be." Would he do it again? 
'Yes," he says, clearly delighted 
when he talks about the good stuff. 
'It really is fun. The issues we teach 
and research are at the forefront of 
global policy-making. The classroom 
questions are there on the front page 
of the newspaper, the students and 
faculty attracted by the school are 
diverse and interesting. We have 
many projects, events, and visitors, 
and get deeply into these issues 
from a variety of perspectives. Some 
visitors tell fascinating war stories, 
thinking of business as combat." 

Combat is an apt analogy. The day 
after a 28-year-old commodities 
trader working in Singapore for the 
230-year-old Barings Bank of London 
gambled and lost big — big enough to 
plunge the bank into bankruptcy, 
the Graduate School of International 
Economics and Finance students 
listened to a guest lecture given by 
Marshall N. Carter, chairman and 
CEO of State Street Bank and Trust 
Company. He did not have to strain 
to get their attention as he explained 
what calls he made the night before 
to see what needed to be done to 
limit his company's losses. It is just 
this kind of crisis in the 

international marketplace — and 
they come fast and furious — 
that engage students. They see time 
and again that in real life, there 
are no pat solutions. 

And that is a daunting challenge 
faced in the contemporary 
classroom. How do you prepare 
students to function effectively? 
Explains Petri, "Our training as 
economists is to find precise, well- 
defined answers to a question, 
which we often make as tidy as we 
need to in order to admit a rigorous, 
definite answer. But most real 
problems don't have an obvious 
answer, and you will not be able to 
get enough information — or 
sometimes you have too much 
information — to come up with 
a definitive solution. That is where 
the tension is. Our students 
and faculty often feel uncomfortable 
moving away from courses and 
subject matter in which they control 
the questions and know how to 
answer them — to move from 
there to a more complex and less 
satisfying world that most of 
us live in." 

Petri concludes, "Because of 

the very rapid change in the world, 

we need to teach students to 

be flexible and imaginative. We put 

a lot of stress on solving problems 

in groups — often problems that are 

open-ended. We don't find a single 

solution. We arrive at multiple 

solutions. Really the process is what 

matters — how you think about 

what fundamental forces are 

at work, what alternative solutions 

there may be, what information 

you can bring to bear on the 

problem, what the constraints are on 

possible solutions. Sometimes the 

problem is in the context of 

a very specific case presented in 

a business school format, sometimes 

in the context of a policy problem 

you read about in the Wall Street 

Journal the day before." 

27 Summer 1995 

There is a reason for that approach: 
"to instill in people the confidence 
that they are capable of solving 
problems that they have never seen 
before — that there isn't any magic 
to attacking new problems. The key 
is to gather information quickly, 
to be very open to new approaches, 
and to share the ideas with other 
people. That's one very important 
part of this: The more complex, or 
unusual the problem, the more 
important it is to work as a team 
rather than as an individual, because 
chances are your experience alone 
won't give you all the tools that you 
need," says Petri. 

So emphasis is deliberately on 
teamwork. Many courses involve 
extensive group assignments 
while training students in 
accounting and econometrics, in 
analyzing and evaluating financial 
information, in economics 
and business strategy. Computer 
training is an essential component. 

Classroom discussion is enhanced 
by visitors of enormous stature. 
For example, Sumner Redstone, 
chairman of Viacom International 
Inc., the premier software-driven 
communications company 
in the world, was riveting as he 
explained how he built Viacom from 

The more complex, 
or unusual the problem, 
the more Important 
it Is to work as a team 
rather than as an 
individual, because 
chances are your 
experiences alone won't 
give you all the tools 
that you need. 

Classroom discussion 
is enhanced by visitors 
of enormous stature. 

three drive-in theaters to a 
communications powerhouse. 
Then he topped that with a blow-by- 
blow account of his bitter 
and successful takeover battle for 
Paramount Pictures. Students were 
also fascinated by lectures given 
recently by Richard Rosenberg, CEO 
of Bank of America,- Kevin 
Mulvaney, president of DRI/ 
McGraw Hill; Thomas Friedman 
'75, Pulitzer Prize-winning 
columnist of The New York Times-, 
Theodor Schmidt-Scheuber, CEO of 
Dresdner-NY, the international 
securities affiliate of Dresdner Bank; 
and many other men and women 
who live immersed in the issues 
discussed in the classroom. Just 
as impressive lecturers are brought 
to campus, major events and 
conferences are sponsored — 
meetings that are attended by 
ambassadors and senior public 
officials including Senator John 
Kerry and Governor William Weld. 

The Graduate School of 
International Economics and 
Finance is on a growth path, with a 
plan to reach maximum potential 
without sacrificing its intimacy and 
sense of community. Four years 
ago there were roughly 30 students 
in the program. The Class of 1997 
is expected to be about 40, and there 
is a goal of 50 students per class 
within the next two or three years. 
"At that point we will be up 
against capacity, in terms of space 

and faculty," explains Kino Ruth, 
associate director, his staccato 
delivery packed with facts and 
analysis. "But also we feel that is as 
large as we can go and yet also 
maintain the sense of community — 
the fact that everyone knows 
everyone else very well, and that 
you have close faculty-student and 
close staff-student interaction, 
which IS a very big piece of our 

Being in the midst of this intimate 
environment has added benefits for 
students when half of their peers 
are from 35 different countries. With 
50 students per class in the degree 
class, and with 80 percent of the 
classes under 25 students, a sense of 
cohesion, team building, and sharing 
of experiences is pervasive. In fact, 
talk to the graduates, and you 
will hear a recurring theme: that 
they value teamwork, that they 
broadened their horizons by learning 
from diverse international 
colleagues, and that they built an 
invaluable international network of 
contacts and friends. 

Applications have risen by double 
digits every year. For the incoming 
class this fall, six or seven 
applicants are anticipated for every 
person that actually enrolls. 
Admission is selective in terms of 
quantitative ability and foreign 
language proficiency, work 
experience, sense of purpose, 

28 Brandeis Review 

diversity, and just simple 
motivation. But it is not rigid. Ruth 
explains: "As a young program, v^e 
are a lot more flexible and interested 
in the individual than, for example, 
the business schools. A lot of the 
business schools have 'cookie 
cutter' requirements: two years 
minimal work experience, a 
minimum G.P.A., a minimum 
GMAT. We don't have that. Since 
50 percent of our student body is 
international, we look at the overall 
quality of applicants and get 
outstanding and varied students." 

Historical numbers are SI percent 
American, 49 percent international, 
and the graduate school strives to 
keep that balance. Many of the 
second-year students are abroad on 
their overseas semester. From 18 
schools that Brandeis has 
relationships with worldwide, there 
were 25 students here from abroad 
last fall, and there were eight Ph.D. 
students. So if you look at the 
roughly 75 students on campus in 
the program last fall, approximately 
two-thirds were international, one- 
third American. "There's probably 
no program in the United States that 
is that internationally diverse," says 
Ruth. "Right now we have the 
highest concentration of Latin 
American Fulbright Scholars ever 
sent to one program in one year. We 
have seven Fulbrighters here. It 
speaks to the quality of the 

What better way to learn how to do 
work internationally than to go 
to study internationally in another 
language at the graduate level? A 
unique feature of the program is the 
overseas semester requirement. 
Fluency in a second language 
is mandatory. The participating 
network of 18 schools located 
in Europe, Asia, and Latin America 
is growing by one or two a year. 
For example, the best business 
school in Germany has a very large 
exchange program, where they bring 
about 125 M.B.A. students from all 
over the world each semester. So 
Brandeis students take four or five 
classes, become fluent m German, 
meet German students plus a 
cadre of other similarly qualified 
master's level candidates from all 
over the world, and spend six 
months living in the midst of it all. 

Right now we have 
the highest 
concentration of Latin 
American Fulbright 
Scholars ever 
sent to 

one program in 
one year. 

A case in point: a student who spoke 
not a word of Spanish decided 
that he wanted to get involved in 
Latin America. He spent the first 
year taking the full load of graduate 
courses, plus intensive language 
courses each semester. Then he 
went to Barcelona, taking graduate 
level courses in Spanish for total 
immersion. By the end of 
that semester he was fluent. He 
graduated from the program 
one semester later, got a job with 
Chiquita brands, and they sent 
him to Panama, where he worked 
for two years in Chiquita Brands 
corporate finance. Now he has been 
in Medellin for two years, as 
the only American — a 6-foot-3-inch- 
blond, blue-eyed Texan — running 
the corporate finance department for 
Chiquita Brands in Latin America, 
obviously speaking fluent Spanish 
every day. 

The vision that no one was training 
people to work technically in the 
international marketplace has tested 

well — graduates are virtually 100 
percent placed. Thirty-two percent 
are in banking and finance, 21 
percent are in investment banking, 
20 percent are in business or 
management consulting, focused on 
accounting and international work, 
16 percent are in the corporate arena 
and 1 1 percent are in the public 
sector. They are not stuck in one 
trajectory, however — graduates are 
equipped with skills that are 
applicable across career paths. A 
significant portion of them obtain 
positions abroad, in locations 
including Budapest, Hong Kong, 
Istanbul, London, Mexico City, 
Moscow, Prague, Tokyo, 
Uzbekistan, and Vienna. Among the 
alumni who are advancing rapidly 
are Robert Brown '89, the head of 
Asian Counterparty Risk with 
Morgan Stanley, Tokyo; fuan 
Buendia '93, vice president in 
emerging markets investments at 
Citibank, New York; Thomas Racky 
'90, senior executive at Morgan 
Grenfell, London; and Paula Spencer 
'91, bank examiner with the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Boston. 

Imagine the opportunities: the CEO 
of a major bank rolls up his shirt 
sleeves and sits around a table with 
15 or 20 students and chats about 
whatever comes up. Three senior 
executives of one of the major firms 
in the world teach 20 students in 
class about what they do day to day. 
One of the major experts on Asian 
trade gives students a view from his 
vantage point. Good contacts at 
the World Bank, the United Nations, 
the U.S. Government, the U.S. 
Office of Trade Representatives 
create myriad opportunities for 
visiting lecturers. The point is that 
Brandeis University's Graduate 
School of International Economics 
and Finance connects students 
to real world people and situations, 
gives them a unique set of tools, 
and sends them for a semester 
abroad to become immersed in the 
culture and language that they hope 
to eventually embrace. Expect to see 
them in tomorrow's newspapers, in 
positions with clout that influence 
global economy and business. ■ 

Despite tough 
challenges ahead 
for U.S. -Asian 

diplomacy, the past 
six years point 
to a bright future 
for an open, 
vigorous Pacific- 
wide trading system 

A P E C : America's New 

in tlie Pacific 

by Nancy Adams, 

Peter A. Petri. 

and Michael G. Plummer 

A land of mystery, intrigue, and profit, Asia has 
fascinated American business for 300 years. 
Some of Boston's earliest fortunes were made in 
the China trade. In 1919, the Irving National Bank 
concluded that "...the Far Eastern market is 
capable of almost unlimited expansion...." In 
1994, the Department of Commerce established a 
"big emerging markets" program focused in large 
part on China, India, Indonesia, and Korea. 

Over the past decade, U.S. economic interests 
have shifted decisively from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific. America's Asian trade surpassed its 
European trade in the mid-1980s, and now 
exceeds it by 50 percent. As of 1992, Asia also 
hosts nine percent of U.S. foreign investment — 
approximately on a par with Latin America — and 
supplies the bulk of financing for U.S. deficits. A 
World Bank study projected that half of the 
increase in world imports in the next decade will 
come from East Asia. 

The United States, in turn, is an important engine 
of East Asian growth. American and now North 
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 
markets are highly valued by Asian producers, 
especially in the advanced manufacturing 
industries that are crucial to Asian 
industrialization. Asia also benefits from 
participating in the globalization of American 
business. The United States offers technology 
and deep and diverse capital markets to the 
region, and plays a critical role in keeping it 
secure. Still, the United States cannot take its 
Asian relationships for granted. As East Asia 
diversifies its trade, the share of the United States 
is declining. Most of East Asia's investment 
originates in the region itself, with Hong Kong, 
Korea, and Taiwan serving as important investors, 
in addition to Japan. 

The much-heralded Pacific Century has arrived. 
Increasing access to Asian markets is as 
important to the United States as access to 
American markets is to Asia. The directions of 
U.S. economic policy and the strategies of our 
strongest companies recognize these facts. Great 
differences between U.S. and Asian societies and 
their business practices complicate the 
relationship, however, and have begun to pose 
challenges to policymakers on both sides of the 
Pacific. How these differences are handled will 
greatly affect both U.S. and Asian economic 
performance in the decades ahead. 

Centrifugal Forces in the Pacific 

The history of American-Asian relations is 
stormy — the three major wars fought by the 
United States in the past 50 years involved 
Asian adversaries. Relations with Asia are now 
peaceful, but economic frictions persist, and 
devolve into acrimonious exchanges more 
frequently and more quickly than with other trade 
partners. In just the last few months, for 
example, the United States threatened to 
impose severe trade sanctions, once on China 
and twice on Japan, and sharply reprimanded 
the human rights positions of China, Indonesia, 
and Singapore. 

To some extent, these confrontations reflect 
misunderstandings. Many Asians do not take 
America's commitment to free trade at face 
value, while Americans often fail to appreciate 
how deeply ingrained business-to-business and 
business-to-government networks are in Asian 
economic life. Misunderstandings also occur, in 
part, because those threatened by trade (e.g. 
rice farmers in Japan) are relatively vocal 
compared to those who benefit from trade (e.g. 
all of us who have enjoyed a dramatic 
improvement in the quality of automobiles as a 
result of competition). Politicians and the media 
in the United States tend to convert 
misunderstandings into pressures to "do 
something now": in Japan and elsewhere in Asia 
the pressure from politicians and the media is to 
"say no." 

But trans-PaclfIc tensions are also rooted in 
deep differences in how the United States and 
Asian countries manage their economic affairs, 
and how they view their responsibilities toward 
other countries. The economies of Japan, South 
Korea, Taiwan, and, of course, China, have all 
been more state-directed than those of the 
West, and their policies still "tilt the playing field" 
in favor of local producers over local consumers 
and foreign competitors. Asians frequently 
tolerate business practices that restrict the 
access of outsiders and would be considered 
unfair, or even blatantly discriminatory and 
illegal, in the United States. Moreover, there are 
large gaps between the United States and parts 
of Asia with respect to workers' nghts. worker 
and consumer safety, and protection of the 

From World War II until the 1980s, these 
tensions were held in check by the preeminent 
economic and military position of the United 
States. But Asian economies have grown and 
diversified their trade and investment throughout 
the world. U.S. markets, though still important to 
Asians, are not as important as they used to be. 
Similarly. U.S. power enhances Asian security, 
but IS not as critical as it was at the height of the 
Cold War. Finally, an "Asian identity" is 
beginning to emerge; Asians are proud of their 
accomplishments and confident about the 

superiority of their legal and economic 
institutions. All of these trends need to be 
managed, lest they disrupt a vital and mutually 
beneficial relationship between the United 
States and Asia. 

Ultimately, vigorous trans-Pacific economic 
exchange is in the interest of all Asia-Pacific 
countries, and indeed the world. To maintain 
such exchange, however, new regional 
institutions of cooperation need to be developed. 
Some believe the postwar system, based on the 
hegemonic position of the United States, must 
be replaced by multilateral solutions that 
balance U.S. interests with those of China, 
Japan, and other countries. The new framework 
must facilitate the resolution of regional 
disputes, stimulate the opening of markets, and 
promote deeper integration of the region's 

The APEC Solution 

As early as the 1960s Professor Kiyoshi Kojima 
of Japan proposed a free trade area spanning 
U.S., Japanese, and Southeast Asian markets. 
These ideas attracted interest from economists, 
but little happened until the mid-1980s. In 
January 1989, Australia formally proposed the 
creation of an Asia-Pacific Economic 
Cooperation (APEC) forum. Interestingly, the 
plan would have excluded the United States, 
and that was just enough to get the United 
States interested. Secretary of State James 
Baker declared a "new Pacific partnership," 
jumped on the APEC bandwagon, and led a 
blue-ribbon delegation of U.S. officials to the 
APEC's first ministerial meeting in Canberra in 
November 1989. 

APEC's early years were unremarkable. The 
annual ministerial meetings in Singapore (1990), 
Seoul (1991), and Bangkok (1992) articulated 
cautious goals and established working groups 
in such noncontroversial areas as human 
resource development, tourism, and data 
collection. As for trade, APEC focused its 
energies on lobbying for a successful conclusion 
to the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement 
on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). APEC succeeded 
in resolving one thorny issue by becoming the 
only international organization to include the 
"three Chinas" — Hong Kong and both China and 
Taiwan, which are technically still in a state of 
civil war. With the three major regional powers, 
China. Japan, and the United States as 
members, APEC had the clout to address any 
and all important issues. 

APEC's host country rotates each year, and in 
1993 President Clinton took advantage of the 
turn of the United States to invite other APEC 

Over the past decade, 
U.S. economic interests 
have shifted decisively 
from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific. America's Asian 
trade surpassed its 
European trade in the 
mid-1980s, and now 
exceeds it by 50 percent. 

...vigorous trans-Pacific 
economic exctiange is in 
the interest of all Asia- 
Pacific countries, and 
indeed the world. To 
maintain such exchange, 
however, new regional 
institutions of 
cooperation need to be 

heads-ot-state, instead of ministers, to the 
annual meeting held on Blake Island, near 
Seattle, Washington. The Seattle meeting was a 
milestone in economic cooperation and offered a 
powerful contrast to the formal summits of the 
developed G-7 nations, then locked in a bitter 
stalemate on the Uruguay Round of the GATT. 
No agreements were signed in Seattle, but 
important institutions were launched, including a 
private-sector Pacific Business Forum group, 
which has since emerged as a powerful 
advocate of freer trade, and a Committee on 
Trade and Investment, which addresses trade 
facilitation and liberalization issues. 

In addition, the leaders kept alive the Eminent 
Persons' Group (EPG), an international 
committee of nongovernmental experts who had 
been charged for the Seattle meetings with 
drafting a "vision" for APEC. By calling for 
regional free trade, the EPG's vision turned out 
to be one of the most controversial aspects of 
the Seattle summit. The idea of an open Asia- 
Pacific trade and investment system became the 
dramatic centerpiece of the next leaders' 
meeting in Bogor, Indonesia, in 1994. President 
Soeharto of Indonesia, perhaps wishing to leave 
a permanent mark as APEC's host, led the 
leaders to agree on free and open trade and 
investment in the Asia-Pacific by the year 2020, 
with more advanced countries opening their 
markets by 2010. The leaders commissioned a 
plan of action, which is now being drafted for 
discussion in the November 1995 meetings in 
Osaka, Japan. 

In 1989. few would have predicted that within 
five years APEC would be planning the 
wholesale liberalization of Asia-Pacific trade. 
The practice of rotating leadership, which has 
created a strong incentive for a new host country 
to generate progress each year, has led to some 
unexpected and remarkable achievements. To 
be sure, results so far are abstract 
commitments, not agreements, and the 
effectiveness of APEC remains to be tested in 
circumstances that require genuine concessions 
by an important member. That test is underway 
this year. 

ChaUenges to APEC 

Despite its rapid progress, APEC faces great 
uncertainty. It is easily the most diverse 
organization in the world. Its members range in 
population from 150,000 to 1 .2 billion, in per 
capita income from $610 to $28,190, and include 
some of the most open and some of the most 
regulated economies in the world. With such 
diversity, consensus is hard to come by. Some 
Asian countries object to formalizing APEC into 
an organization and some do not even want the 

word "negotiation" to enter its lexicon. Asian 
members also complain of the legalistic mind-set 
of Anglo-Saxon members, contrasting the 4,000 
pages it took to spell out the NAFTA with the 
dozen or so pages that launched the ASEAN 
Free Trade Agreement concluded among six 
Southeast Asian countries. Asians fear that a 
legalistic framework will give Anglo-Saxon 
countries an advantage, a lever to probe and 
penetrate Asian markets and to exclude imports 
from Asia. 

These objections crystallized in the proposal for 
an East Asian Economic Group (EAEG) — 
essentially APEC without Australia, New 
Zealand, and North America. In the view of its 
proponent. Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia, 
the EAEG would protect Asian economies from 
the "new protectionism" of the West, i.e. to the 
increased use of antidumping duties, voluntary 
export restraints, global quotas, and unilateral 
trade sanctions. It would also provide bargaining 
leverage against free trade agreements 
elsewhere, including the European Community 
and NAFTA. 

The United States opposed the EAEG, feahng 
the emergence of an Asian bloc that would 
undermine the possibilities for economic 
integration just beginning to emerge under 
APEC. Still dependent on American markets, 
Japan and other Asian partners eventually 
prompted Mahathir to abandon the EAEG idea in 
its original form, and in January 1992, the 
proposal was downgraded to a less divisive 
"East Asian Economic Caucus" (EAEC). The 
United States continues to object to the EAEC, 
and Japan and some East Asian countries 
remain skeptical, but the idea appeals to Asian 
pride and has strategic value for some smaller 

Osaka and Beyond 

In November 1995, APEC heads-of-state will 
meet in Osaka, Japan. It will not be easy to 
match the far-reaching results of Bogor. The 
goal of free trade in the Asia Pacific, even in a 
25-year time frame, is ambitious and 
controversial. Since APEC needs a reasonable 
degree of consensus, its progress can be 
slowed by significant opposition, and this year's 
host, Japan, has faced a string of problems that 
overshadow APEC. These include the Great 
Hanshin earthquake, the gas attack in Tokyo, 
domestic political upheaval, the dramatic 
appreciation of the yen, and severe trade conflict 
with the United States. 

While Bogor involved abstract commitments, 
Osaka must begin to translate vision into action. 
This requires immediate steps, as well as 
concrete long-term plans. The Osaka meetings 
could, for example, signal a senousness of 

32 Brandeis Review 


and Brandeis 

purpose by agreeing to accelerate the 
liberalization programs ttiat countries have 
already accepted under the Uruguay Round. 
The meetings could also mandate new 
measures to facilitate trade by simplifying 
customs procedures or developing common 
standards for products imported into different 
countries. Finally, the leaders could map out a 
general strategy for achieving the goal of 
regional free trade and investment by 2020. 

Great diplomatic care will be needed to achieve 
these outcomes in Osaka. The policies of the 
Clinton administration and the ideas of C. Fred 
Bergsten, the American chair of the Eminent 
Persons Group, have thus far been the driving 
forces in APEC's progress. Some Asian partners 
feel that APEC is moving too rapidly and that 
America has gone beyond leading to dominating 
the process. Others recognize that creative 
ideas are a necessary component of this very 
new process. On the whole, however, APEC's 
future is bright, and the logic of an open, 
vigorous Pacific-wide trading system is 
overwhelming. The rotation of meetings among 
APEC member-states has created an inclusive 
approach to decision making, with strong 
incentives for host countries to advance the 
APEC process. The process is also receiving 
strong support from private groups. The Pacific 
Business Forum, for example, recommended an 
even faster liberalization schedule than the one 
adopted in Bogor, setting 2010, rather than 
2020, as the target date for open markets. 

APEC's new institutions are also becoming 
active proponents of regional integration and 
exchange. The APEC Secretariat in Singapore, 
though small, is becoming an information 
resource on a wide range of regional issues. 
APEC's myriad working groups address many 
key issues, and APEC is becoming involved in 
educational exchange, technology transfer, 
small- and medium-size enterprise development, 
and protection of the environment. APEC has 
also encouraged the growth of APEC Study 
Centers (see sidebar), which promote 
international research projects, encourage 
faculty and student exchange, and stimulate 
curriculum development. 

Considering the tremendous diversity of the 
Asia-Pacific region, APEC has a great deal to 
show for its six years. It is worth recalling that 
the much more homogeneous European 
Community did not get the Common Market off 
the ground until more than 30 years after it 
started. And while APEC poses a tough 
challenge for U.S. and Asian economic 
diplomacy, it promises a way to promote the 
vitality of the Asia-Pacific relationship for another 
three centuries. 

The Asia-Pacific Center 
for Economics and 
Business (APC), 
established in 1994 in the 
Graduate School of 
International Economics 
and Finance, plays an 
active role in Asia-Pacific 
research and policy- 
making. Earlier this year, 
it was designated one of 
13 official APEC Study 
Centers and the only one 
in New England, making it 
part of a network of 
universities with special 
expertise in regional 
economic integration. In 
its first months of 
operation, the APC has 
attracted nearly $500,000 
In external research 
funding. Several Brandeis 
faculty members 
participate in the Pacific 
Economic Cooperation 
Council (PECO), the 
private counterpart of 
APEC, and the Pacific 
Trade and Development 
Conference (PAFTAD), 
the 30-year-old academic 
think-tank of Asian 
economic integration, and 
consult with major 
regional organizations 
and governments. 

The Center's current 
activities include a large 
research project with 
Keio University in Tokyo 
and the East-West Center 
in Hawaii, and various 
collaborations with the 
Institute of Southeast 
Asian Studies in 
Singapore, the World 
Bank, and major Chinese 
statistical and policy- 
making bodies. 
Brandeis's expertise in 
Asia and APEC is also 
finding its way into 
teaching and the 
curriculum. Several high- 
level regional officials 
have visited Brandeis to 
speak with students and 
faculty, and a major 
international conference 
drawing 70 distinguished 
Asian economists was 
held in 1994. This fall, two 
new short courses will be 
offered on the Asian 
Economic Miracle and 
APEC, featuring a unique, 
on-line Internet dialogue 
among students and 
experts from throughout 
the region. 

Nancy Adams 
is assistant 
U.S. Trade 
Representative for 
APEC Affairs. 

Peter Petri 
is dean of the 
Graduate School 
of International 
and Finance and 
the Carl Shapiro 
of International 
Finance at 

Michael G. 
Plummer is an 
assistant professor 
of economics 
in the Graduate 
School of 
and Finance at 

33 Summer 1995 

-^he W 


Since 1958, a growing networl< of 
higlily Influential alumni has been 
spreading around the globe, thanks 
to the innovative philanthropy of 
Lawrence Wien. 

At the end of a busy day, in a rare 
quiet moment, might you question 
why you spend your time the way 
you do? In that reflective mood, 
when you ask what has meaning, 
when you ponder what really 
matters — take a moment to think 
of Lawrence Wien. He had an 
answer that worked for him, and 
he passionately believed the 
same answer would work for you. 
As he tells it: 

'A man once said if you were to have 
$86,400 in the bank every day of 
your life, and you had the right 
to spend that money in any way that 
you want — on yourself, you could 
give It away, you could throw it 
away, you could be extravagant, you 
could do anything you want with it. 
The only condition being that 
you could not carry any of it over 
into the following day. Wouldn't 
that be wonderful? 

"The fact is, my friends, that each of 
us has a bank of 86,400 seconds 
every day of our lives. And we 
can use those seconds in any way 
that we want. Constructively, 
wastefully, cruelly, kindly, but we 
cannot carry any of them over to 
the following day. And I recommend 
to you that you use your banks of 
seconds selfishly. Use them to give 
you the greatest happiness that 
you can create for yourself. And I 
submit that intelligent selfishness 
will make you participate in the 

The Wien scholars are seen as 
ambassadors, learning about 
America and bringing diverse 
cultures to the Brandeis community. 

helping of your sisters and brothers 
throughout the world. And helping 
others, who not only will benefit 
from your help, but will create 
for you a sense of enjoyment and 
satisfaction that you can find 
nowhere else. And someday, here on 
earth, or perhaps somewhere else, 
someone or some being will say 
to you, 'You have used your seconds 
well, and the world — the world 
is better because you were there.'" 

He could be describing himself. 
A major benefactor with huge and 
widespread impact, Wien used those 
words in his address at the 25th 
anniversary celebration of the Wien 
International Scholarship Program. 
By then it was hard to imagine the 
Brandeis campus without the Wien 
scholars who contribute so much. 
But there was a time when almost 
no international students came to 
study in the United States. 

The original idea was Abram 
Sachar's. As Wien explains: "Abe 
said, 'You know it would be a 
wonderful thing if we developed an 
international scholarship program, 
under which students from all over 
the world could come to Brandeis, 
and it would make the student body 
more representative of the entire 
world.' Sachar added, 'This is an 
expensive thing, it will cost about 
five million dollars.' I said, 'Well 
there are two people I know who can 
afford it.'" An appointment was 
made to see one of them in his office 
in Chicago. And, says Wien, "I made 
the most brilliant presentation 
of this, that this was an opportunity 
for a man to become famous — this 
was really more significant than 
the Rhodes Scholarships. And when 
I got through with my brilliant 
presentation, he said 'Larry, You're 
very right, it's wonderful, but I can't 
do It because I just gave $15 million 

34 Brandeis Review 

to Northwestern University and 
Chicago University.' And as we're 
going back on the plane I said, 
'For God's sake, you know I can't 
understand how he could turn 
down an opportunity like this.' I had 
convinced myself that this was 
something that somebody should do. 
So I did It myself." 

Lawrence and Mae Wien created the 
Wien International Scholarship 
Program (WISP) in 1958 with 
three objectives in mind: to further 
international understanding, to 
provide students from other 
countries with an opportunity 
to study in the United States, and 
to enrich the intellectual and 
cultural life of the Brandeis campus. 
Almost 40 years later, scores of 
individual lives — of the visiting 
scholars as well as their peers 
and professors — have been affected 
m exactly the manner that the 
Wiens had hoped. 

"This gave so many of these students 
their start," explains Faire 
Goldstein, who spent 18 years 
running the program from 1976 to 
1994. "At the time the program 
started in I9S8, there was virtually 
no money for internationals in 
the United States. There wasn't a 
lot of educational exchange. So 
this was an extraordinary program." 
The Wien scholars are seen 
as ambassadors, learning about 
America and bringing diverse 
cultures to the Brandeis community. 
Adds Goldstein, "They were 
supposed to get an education, they 
were supposed to enrich the campus 
and open the world to a particular 
parochial kind of student, 
which IS not the Brandeis student 

necessarily, but the American 
student. American students know 
virtually nothing about the 
world — they cannot conceive of a 
lifestyle different from their own." 

Applicants numbered as many 
as 900 for some 25 places, and, says 
Linda Nathanson, former 
associate director of the Office of 
International Programs who worked 
on all aspects of the Wien program 
for 12 years with Goldstein, "I don't 
say it was easy to read those files — it 
wasn't. But it was easy to say rather 
quickly, 'this person doesn't have 
what we consider to be the bedrock 
requirement, which is that he or she 
be very promising academically.' 
Then we looked at the whole gamut 
of other criteria — leadership, 
contribution to their own society. 
Our ideal Wien scholar was outgoing 
enough to be able to bring the 
world to the students that he or she 
met. 'This is what my country is 
like, this is what our problems are.' 
I personally am a great believer that 
the way people learn is through 
individuals — that you will know 
Greece through one Greek student 
that you lived with that year, you 
became friends with, and during 
those informal conversations, Greek 
problems come alive, Greek reality 
comes alive. So that for your whole 
life, you'll focus when you read 
the newspaper, because it's hard to 
imagine the abstractness of a 
country, but very easy for it to 
become real through this human 
being. And that's what I always 
hoped the Wiens, or any of the 
international students, would do." 

Continuing contact with Wien 
students was an unusual and greatly 
appreciated facet of her job, 
Nathanson explains. "Most 

Lawrence Wien and 
WISP students from 
Sweden. Nigeria. 
Norway, and India in 
October 1 960 

admissions officers read the file, 
discuss it, and close the file. 
Rarely do they have continuing 
contact with students. But 
Faire and I were responsible for the 
orientation, and for all 
the undergraduate international 
students right through the 
four years. We counseled them, we 
worked with them m a number 
of ways. So we were able to accept 
students, based on a really good 
hunch about them, and then get to 
see them develop." Staying in 
contact with former Wien scholars, 
Nathanson adds, "I always felt 
that I learned at least as much from 
them as they learned from me. 
Well, really more so." 

Wien scholars face an adjustment 
when they arrive on campus 
from afar, but they take delight in 
a new challenge. Reena Shakya, 
a 20-year-old current Wien Scholar 
studying biochemistry, plans to use 
science in the field of development 
to have a positive impact when 
she goes home to Nepal. Her focus, 
her maturity, her ability to embrace 
the American culture while sharing 
her own background is evident when 
she talks enthusiastically about 
her experience at Brandeis. Working 

There are now over 700 graduates 
from more than 100 countries, they 
are involved in vastly varied 
professions, and make substantial 
contributions all over the world. 

in a lab and at the international 
students and scholars office, 
expecting to visit home possibly 
once in four years here, she looks 
back on her first year and sums 
it up: "Right now I feel very much 
at home." 

The Wien program was especially 
dear to Wien, to his wife, and to 
his family, because, says Nathanson, 
'when you start to meet the Wien 
alumni as they come back over the 
nearly 40 years that this has been in 
existence, you realize it was like 
casting wonderful seeds all over the 
ground that are going to create fruit 
for generations. Larry Wien really 
loved meeting the Wien scholars and 
seeing the results of the program." 

A multifaceted man, Wien is 
described by those who knew him as 
compelling and powerful. David 
Squire, of the Board of Overseers of 
the Wien program, worked very 
closely with Wien, his friendship 
etched in his heart. "He was in 
many ways a marvelous man, a very 
special person. He was very bright, 
extremely self-confident, holding 
very strong views, which he believed 
were absolutely right. Underneath 
it he was extremely kind and 
extremely generous in so many 
ways, so many places — in all of New 
York, Columbia, Lincoln Center — 
he was a major benefactor. 
He believed passionately m 

Adds Squire, "He started real estate 
syndication in the United States. 
It means you buy a building and you 
have limited partners, you let 
different people invest in it. He had 
very high standards, he was so 
good to so many, and he had a vision 
and creativity, like when he created 
syndication. He was our major fund- 
raiser in Palm Beach, where he had a 
home. He put his pocketbook where 
his mouth was. Before asking, he 
would get up and make the pitch to 
give pledges, but he would start off 
by pledging $300,000 himself. And 
then when it would start to drag he 
would throw in another $50,000." 

From a different vantage point, 
Goldstein describes Larry Wien this 
way: "Dynamic, charismatic, he 
was a short man, but absolutely 
handsome. He walked into a room 
and you knew someone had walked 
in. Elegantly dressed all the time, 
perfectly tailored, he was a totally 

36 Brandeis Review 

Wien Inaugural 
Ceremonies, October 
12, 1958. From left to 
right are Lawrence 
Wien; Abram Sacliar. 
then-President of 
Brandeis; John F. 
Kennedy, then-U.S. 
Senator; Wakal<o 
Kimoto, member of 
the first class; 
Leverett Saltonstall, 
then-U.S. Senator; 
and George Kennan, 
former U.S. 
Ambassador to the 
Soviet Union 

commanding presence. When he was 
with you, you didn't pay attention 
to anybody else. He knew exactly 
what he wanted, he wasted no time 
and no words. My average letter 
froin Larry Wien ran about three or 
four lines, no more, telling me what 
to do in as concise a manner as 
you can imagine. Larry just told you 
what he wanted. My conversations 
on the phone with him were 
30 seconds long, a lot of which was 
taken up with me saying 'Oh my 
goodness, Mr. Wien. How are you?'" 

One measure of the Wien program 
can he made with numbers — that 
there are now over 700 graduates 
from more than 100 countries, that 
they are involved in vastly varied 
professions, and make substantial 
contributions all over the world. 
But the impact of the scholarship on 
each individual, and a personal 
description of what it means, is 
where its power can really be felt. 
Janet Akyuz Mattel '65 is a Wien 
Scholar from Turkey who went on 
to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy and 
is now executive director of the 
American Association of Variable 
Star Observers in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts. She reminisces, her 

voice filled with warmth: "I was a 
science major. My first impressions 
of the University were that it was an 
extremely academic and intellectual 
atmosphere. I thought I knew quite 
a bit about physics, but when I 
came here I realized my high school 
was nowhere like the high schools 
some of the graduates had come 
from. I was used to getting all As 
and all of a sudden I was not getting 
As. That was quite a traumatic 
experience. But I found the 
intellectual atmosphere extremely 
stimulating. Brandeis makes you 
feel like an intellectual sponge; 
there is so much to learn there and 
not enough time. And I realized 
in high school I was very secluded in 
terms of my views, because I was 
not exposed to people from all 
around the U.S. and all around the 
world. I made some friends — I think 
friends for life. We are still very 
close. We don't see each other 
as often as we like but when we get 
together it's like no time has passed. 
That's been very special." 

For Mattel, the highlight of her year 
was when Mr. and Mrs. Wien would 
visit the students. "I was so grateful 
to these two people — if it weren't 

I was so grateful to these two 
people — if it weren't for them I 
couldn't be in the United States; 
I couldn't be at Brandeis. 

for them I couldn't be in the United 
States; I couldn't be at Brandeis. My 
father couldn't afford it. I remember 
so vividly that many a time vv'hcn 
Mr. Wien came, I couldn't express 
my gratitude with enough words. 
And he was such a humble person. 
He would say 'Please don't thank 
me. I thank you for coming here, 
and leaving your country and 
leaving your family,' and that really 
touched me very, very much. He 
was always very interested in every 
one of us. He wanted to know 
everything about us. He was very 
interested in what we were doing, 
our families, our country." 

It was just this kind of personal 
story and thanks that Wien was able 
to experience firsthand at a time 
when the Wien Scholarship Program 
was celebrating its 30th Reunion, 
and Larry Wien was dying of cancer. 
Goldstein remembers, "He came 
and I had all the alumni at a 
luncheon. At the Sachar Center he 
was sitting on the balcony, and 
the alumni got into a huge line — 
they all told him how much the 
Wien scholarship had meant to 
them. No one would go to eat until 
he or she had gone through 
the line to see Mr. Wien. He 
was very touched. The luncheon 
was supposed to be over at r.30 
and it wasn't over until almost 4:00. 
The celebration was in October, 
and he died at the beginning of 
December. That was really his last 
public appearance. His wife, his 
children were all standing there 
with tears running down their faces, 
and so was I. There wasn't a dry 
eye in the house as we watched — it 
was quite remarkable. I think that 
it overwhelmed him." 

Emotions run high when Wien 
Scholars talk about how their 
experience at Brandeis affected their 
lives, and they want to continue 
their association with each other 
and Brandeis when they graduate. 
To help them, Rosita Fine, 
development and alumni relations 
officer, creates alumni events 
and programs to provide networking 
opportunities for Wien Scholars 
throughout the world. "The 
Wien alumni are members of a 
global family," explains Fine, 
a native of Chile. Working closely 
with the Wien family, who continue 
to enthusiastically support 
the program, it is her responsibility 
to raise funds for the Wien 

endowment from various sources, 
including Wien alumni, 
corporations, and foundations. 

The glory of the past has faded 
somewhat, although the intense 
nostalgia of Wien supporters 
has never waned. It's easy to forget 
that when the Wien Scholarship 
Program began in the 1950s the idea 
of offering scholarships to top 
international students was very 
innovative. But that untrodden 
ground has become a well-worn 
highway almost 40 years later. 
Potential Wien scholars are being 
courted by prestigious schools 
across the country. 

Those harsh facts confront Susan 
Mack, current director of the Wien 
program, and she maintains the 
stark view of a realist. "So many of 
our Wien alumni are in prestigious 
positions, they're doing amazing 
things, to turn the world around. 
That was really Larry Wien's dream, 
that we could change the world with 
this program," she says, obviously 
an enthusiastic supporter. But "I see 
the reality, where this year for 
example, the yield was remarkably 
lower than we had anticipated. 
We made 26 offers of admission to 
fill 10 places and only eight students 
accepted. We then admitted two 
students from our waiting list. This 
is my first year running the Wien 
selection competition and I kept 
saying, 'What if we end up with 
more students than we can afford to 
fund;' One week after the deadline 
I'm scratching my head saying, 
'What's wrong with our offer?" 

What's wrong is the radically 
changed marketplace — from no 
competition to intense competition 
from schools such as Harvard and 
Stanford for the most outstanding 
students. You might ask, "Why not 
beat the other offers?" We would 
if we could. But the Wien program is 
funded by a rich endowment 
diminished by inflation and based 
on real estate investments adversely 
affected by the changing market, 
compounded by the huge rise in the 
cost of tuition (in 1958 to fund 
one student cost $3,000, compared 
with $29,000 today). The result 
is that fewer scholars can be offered 
admission and the offer is not as 
lavish as originally conceived. 

Their numbers may be smaller, but 
their individual impact remains true 

So many of our Wien alumni are in 
prestigious positions, they're doing 
amazing things, to turn the world 
around. That was really Larry Wien's 
dream, that we could change the 
world with this program. 

to the original intent. Among Wien 
alumni are leaders on every 
continent. For example, Wakako 
Kimoto Hironaka, M.A. '64, 
member. House of Councillors, 
Tokyo, Japan; Geir H. Haarde '73, 
member of Parliament, Iceland; 
Osman Faruk Logoglu '63, Turkish 
ambassador to Denmark; Dimitrij 
Rupel, Ph.D. '76, foreign minister of 
Slovenia. They chose a career in 
government, while others have 
made contributions in education, 
high technology, journalism, law, 
medicine, business, publishing, 
science, and research — almost any 
field you can name. 

Many Wien scholars are launched 
with qualities that mirror the 
benefactor's generous spirit — they 
live his philosophy. Says Mattel, 
"The Wien program, where I was 
given so much, made me aware of 
the value of giving. Even though 
unfortunately I don't have monetary 
things to give, I try to give from 
myself or from what I know at every 
opportunity. I'm especially very 
interested in mentoring young 
students in the Wien program and in 
the whole undergraduate program at 
Brandeis, because I know how much 
it meant to me when somebody 
helped me. In fact, Debbie 
Berebichez, a Wien Scholar from 
Mexico City, worked in my office 
last summer. I think Mr. Wien not 
only gave me a future through 
making my education possible, but 
really taught me the importance of 
giving whatever one can give." ■ 

37 Summer 1995 




Nodyo Aisenber 

Nadya Aisenberg 

Adjunct Associate Professor 
of Women's Studies 

Ordinary Heroines: 

Transforming the Male 


The Continuum Publishing 


The ordinary or 
contemporary heroine, 
according to the author, 
substitutes moral courage 
for the physical bravery of 
the traditional hero, and 
enacts her "hero-ine-ism" 
from within the parameters 
of her ordinary life. 
Aisenberg traces many 
Western societal ills to the 
"heroic code" that demands 
individual separateness, 
superiority, conquest; all at 
the expense of negotiation, 
human relationships, 
pluralism, and our 
connection to nature. 

Stephen D. Dowden 

Associate Professor of 

Kafka's Castle and the 
Critical Imagination 
Camden House 

Kafka's final, unfinished 
novel The Castle remains a 
celebrated yet most 
stubbornly uninterpretable 
masterpiece of modernist 
fiction. Consequently, it 
has been a lightning rod for 
theories and methods of 
literary criticism. Dowden 
explores the historical and 
cultural contingencies of 
criticism: from the Weimar 
Era of Max Brod and Walter 
Benjamin to Lionel 

Trilling's Cold War to the 
postmodern moment of 
multiculturalism and its 
turn to "cultural studies"; 
and also shows how and 
why The Castle became a 
contested site in the 
imaginative life of each 
succeeding generation of 

Martin A. Levin 

with Marc K. Landy, eds. 
Levin IS Professor of Politics 
and Director of the Gordon 
Public Policy Center. 

The New Politics of Public 


The Johns Hopkins 

University Press 

In The New Politics of 
Public Policy, leading 
experts examine the most 
important arenas of modern 
domestic policy reform — 
health, entitlements, 
environment, and 
taxation — as well as the 
changes that have taken 
place in the key policy- 
making institutions of 
Congress, the executive 
branch, the state, and the 
courts. The book also shows 
that public policy is no 
longer a struggle for 
economic superiority 
among organized interest 
groups. Professor of 
Politics R. Shep Melnick is 
one of the contributors. 



Jews In Independent 
Poland 1918-1939 



Richard J. Parmentier 

Associate Professor of 

Signs in Society: Studies in 
Semiotic Anthropology 
Indiana University Press 

Signs in Society takes up 
Ferdinand de Saussure's 
challenge to study the "life 
of signs in society" by using 
semiotic tools proposed by 
Charles Sanders Peirce. The 
author explicates Peirce's 
fundamental semiotic 
concepts and evaluates their 
potential for cultural 

analysis. Atter considering 
the possibility of using 
complex semiotic processes, 
Parmentier examines the 
relationship between social 
action and theoretical 
discourse. He applies 
Peircean concepts in two 
ethnographic case studies 
based on fieldwork in Belau 
(Micronesia) to demonstrate 
the effectiveness of semiotic 

38 Brandeis Review 


I J oj Boston 

Antony Polonsky 

with Ezra Mendelsohn and 
Jerzy Tomaszcwski, eds. 
Polonsky is Walter Stern 
Hilhorn Professor of [udaic 
and Social Studies. 

Polin: Studies in Polish 
fewrv: lews in Independent 
Poland 1918-1939 
The Littman Library of 
Jewish Civilization 

In the period between the 
two world wars, Poland's 
Jewish community was 
second only to that of the 
United States, and was the 
laboratory in which the 
ideological orientations that 
dominated the Jewish 
world — Zionism, Bundism, 
Assimilation — were tested. 
This volume of Polin 
includes contributions from 
Poland, Western Europe, 
North America, and Israel, 
which provide a clear 
understanding of the issues 
that have in the past proved 
so divisive. 

S[uJic\ linni I'nlin I imii 
Shtetl to Sucialism 

The Littman Library of 
Jewish Civilization 

For nine centuries the 
Polish Jewish community 
was one of the central 
forces in the shaping of 
Jewish culture and its 
impact in the shaping of 
modern Jewry both religious 
and secular. A broad 
spectrum of subjects is 
discussed, covering the 
origins and development of 
the community and the 
many crises it experienced 
from the earliest date of 
Jewish settlement in Poland 
to the establishment of 
Communist rule in postwar 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. 72 

with Paul Mendes-Flohr. 
Reinharz is Richard Koret 
Professor of Modern Jewish 
History and President of 
Brandeis University 

The lew in the Modern 

World: A Documentary 


Oxford University Press, 


This second edition is 
expanded to supplement the 
most vital documents of the 
first edition including 
hitherto unpublished and 
inaccessible sources 
concerning the Jewish 
experience in Eastern 
Europe, women in Jewish 
history, American Jewish 
life, the Holocaust, and 
Zionism and the nascent 
Jewish community in 
Palestine on the eve of the 
establishment of the State 
of Israel. The documents are 
arranged chronologically 
and are annotated and cross- 
referenced in order to 
provide the reader with 
ready access to a wide 
variety of issues, key 
historical figures, and 

Jonathan D. Sarna 75, M.A. 

with Ellen Smith, eds. 
Sarna is Joseph H. and Belle 
R. Braun Professor of 
American Jewish History. 

The lews of Boston 
Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies of Greater 
Boston, Inc. /Northeastern 
University Press 

This volume seeks to 
provide a history of the 
Boston Jewish community 
in an accessible, scholarly 
fashion. Its focus is the Jews 
of Boston, and how from 
colonial to modern times 
they sought to define and 
create identity and 
community among 
themselves and within the 
broader citizenry of Boston 
and America. Essays provide 
a historic overview of the 
community from its early, 
tentative beginnings 
through Its emergence in 
the 20th century and focus 
on key aspects of Boston's 
unique role in American 
and Jewish history. Other 
members of the Brandeis 
faculty who wrote essays 

Sherry Israel 

Adjunct Associate Professor 
of Jewish Communal 
Service, Hornstein Program, 
Leon Jick 

Emeritus Professor of 
American Jewish Studies, 
Joseph Reimer 
Associate Professor and 
Director, Hornstein 
Program, and 

Stephen Whitfield, Ph.D. 72 
Max Richter Professor of 
American Civilization. 

39 Summer 1995 


Robert F. Barsky '84 

Constructing a Productive 

Other: Discourse theory 

and the convention refugee 


John Benjamins Publishing 


This book is a description of 
the process of constructing 
a Productive Other for the 
purpose of being admitted 
to Canada as a convention 
refugee. The whole claiming 
procedure is analyzed with 
respect to two actual cases, 
and contextualized by 
reference to pertinent 
national and international 
jurisprudence. Since legal 
analysis is deemed 
insufficient for a complete 
understanding of the 
argumentative and 
discursive strategies 
involved in the claiming 
and "authoring" processes, 
the author makes constant 
reference to methodologies 
from the realm of literary 
studies and discourse 
analysis and interaction 

Stephen Bluestone, Ph.D. '61 

Bluestone is a professor of 
English at Mercer 
University in Macon, 

The Laughing Monkeys of 


Mercer University Press 

The Laughing Monkeys of 
Gravity is a volume of 
lyrics and meditations on 
the landscape of loneliness 
and the voices that emerge 
from private vision into 
song. Three sections consist 

of reflections on the lives of 
religious figures; 
explorations of the dark 
territory masked by 
laughter in the films of old 
movie comedians; and 
celebrations of the voices of 
individuals, Enrico Caruso, 
Franz Schubert, Leonardo da 
Vinci, and Emily Dickinson. 

Felix Zandman with 
David Chanoff, M.A. '73, 
Ph.D. '74 

Chanoff has written or 
coauthored nine books. 

Never the Last fourney: A 
Fortune 500 founder and 
CEO tells the story of his 
life, from victim of war to 
victor on Wall Street 
Schocken Books 

Never the Last fourney tells 
the personal story of Felix 
Zandman, who as a 
teenager, spent a year-and-a- 
half with four others lying 
in a tiny pit beneath the 
cottage of a poor Polish 
peasant in Nazi-occupied 
Poland. That experience 
gave him the drive, 
discipline, and generosity of 
spirit that made his later 
success possible. Zandman 
came to the United States 
in 1965, and has since 
revolutionized an industry, 
today employing 16,000 
people worldwide, among 
them the grandson of the 
woman who saved him. 

Henci Goer '69 

Goer is an ASPO-certified 
childbirth educator and a 
professional provider of 
labor support. 

Obstetric Myths Versus 
Research Realities: A Guide 
to the Medical Literature 
Bergin &. Garvey 

Anyone working to improve 
the childbearing experience 
and help women avoid 
unnecessary intervention 
has encountered numerous 
"obstetric myths" or "old 
doctors' tales." This book is 
an attempt to make the 
medical literature on a 
variety of key obstetric 
issues accessible to people 
who lack the time, 
expertise, access, or 
proximity to a medical 
library to research concerns 
on their own. 

Ellen Herman, Ph.D. '93 

Herman is a founding editor 
of South End Press and 
teaches in the social studies 
program at Harvard 

The Romance of American 

Psychology: Political 

Culture in the Age of 


University of California 


The author explores the 
political and cultural 

significance of American 
psychology beginning with 
the atmosphere of 
international military crisis 
brought on by World War II, 
sustained through the Cold 
War, and its spread through 
the general public. The 
Romance of American 
Psychology looks at one of 
the dominant forces in 
American society, tracks 
psychology's progress 
through our culture, and 
explores why we have so 
willingly succumbed to its 

Cliff Hauptman '69, 
IVI.F.A. '73 

Director of Publications, 
Editor, Brandeis Review 

The Fly Fisher's Guide to 
Warmwater Lakes: A 
Natural System for Finding 
Bass. Pike, and Panfish 
Lyons and Burford 

You can only catch fish 
with regularity if you are 
fishing where they are 
located — the initial goal of 
all anglers must be finding 
fish, and the author lets you 
know how. The Fly Fisher's 
Guide to Warmwater Lakes 
is a completely new edition 

40 Brandeis Review 

tooth imprints on 
a corn dog 

of Hauptman's Finding Fish, 
keyed to a fly fisfierman's 
needs. He explores the 
cover, structure, and 
shorelines of warmwater 
lakes and ponds; the 
question of light; the yearly 
cycle of lakes; the biology of 
bass, pickerel, and other 
species; and the best flies — 
and how to use them. 

David I. Kertzer, Ph.D. 74 

and Peter Laslett, eds. 
Kertzer is Paul Dupee 
University Professor of 
Social Science and professor 
of anthropology and history 
at Brown University. 

Aging in the Past: 

Demography, Society, and 

Old Age 

University of California 


Although improved food, 
medicine, and living 
conditions, as well as 
declining fertility, have 
dramatically increased the 
average age of the 
population throughout the 
modern industrialized 
world, the older segment of 
the population has received 
little attention from 
historical demographers. In 
Aging m the Past, 
authorities on family 
history and historical 
demography explore 
changes in the lifestyles and 
social roles of the elderly 
over the past three 
centuries, and, point the 
way for further historical 
demographic research on 

Mark Leyner 77 

tooth imprints on a corn 


Harmony Books 

In his third book, Mark 
Leyner brings us along for 
his dream date with 
Princess Di; savors a bowl 
of Testosteroni, the pasta 
for men; wholeheartedly 
recommends the 
wonderfully lifelike, 
thoroughly bendable "This 
Week with David Brinkley" 
action figures; reads 
Racine's Phedre to a 
delighted little baby Gaby 
(the secret is to read in a 
high-pitched, squeaky 
voice); and speculates on 
the symbolic meanings of 
the tattoos sported by U.S. 

Victor I. Rosansky, M.A. '69 

with Y.S. Chang and George 


Rosansky is vice president 

of Organizational 

Dynamics, Inc. in charge of 


Making Quality Work: 
Leadership Guide for the 
Results-Driven Manager 
Harper Business 

Total Quality Management 
— TQM — is the new 
management concept that 
puts the customer first. But 
for the results-driven 
manager, implementing 
TQM can be an exercise in 
frustration. Making Quality 
Work presents a wealth of 
practical quality strategies, 
techniques, and tools that 
can be used to apply TQM 
in the day-to-day life of the 
business. It uses true-life 
stories from companies 
including Federal Express, 

mark leyner 


the Dead Sea Scrolls 

Th* HIslvry 

>l dirUllaally 

f Qaairaa 

Lawrence H. Schiffman 

41 Summer 1995 

Edited by PhilippaSti 

Procter & Gamble, and L.L. 
Bean to show how to 
motivate employees, build 
long-term partnerships with 
customers, and merge TQM 
with business strategy. 

Lawrence H. Schiffman, 
M.A. 70, Ph.D. 74 

Schiffman is professor of 
Hebrew and Judaic studies 
at New York University's 
Skirball Department of 
Near Eastern Languages and 

Reclaiming the Dead Sea 
Scrolls: The History of 
fudaism. The Background 
of Christianity. The Lost 
Library of Qumran 
The Jewish Publications 

This examination of the 
Dead Sea Scrolls reveals 
their true heart: a missing 
link between ancient and 
modern Judaism. Schiffman 
refocuses the controversy 
from who controls access to 
the Scrolls today to what 
the Scrolls tell us about the 
past. He challenges the 
prevailing notion of earlier 
Scrolls scholars that the 

Dead Sea Scrolls were proto- 
Christian, demonstrating 
instead their thorough-going 
Jewish character and their 
importance for 
understanding the history of 
Judaism. This volume puts 
into perspective the 
triumph of rabbinic Judaism 
after the Jewish military 
defeat by Rome. Finally, the 
author maintains that a true 
understanding of the Scrolls 
can improve relations 
between today's Jewish and 
Christian communities. 

Amy Schoenblum '86 and 
Peter Shwartz 76 

Schoenblum, lead writer, is 
a curriculum developer and 
Shwartz is a