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President's Report 


Dear Reader 

This is the third year we are 
combining the annual report with 
an issue of the Brandeis Review. 
The past year proved to be a very 
good one for the University on a 
number of fronts. About midway 
through the academic year, a new 
book, The Rise of American 
Research Universities: Elites and 
Challengers in the Postwar Era, by 
Hugh Davis Graham and Nancy 
Diamond, undertook an empirical 
analysis of faculty research at 
public and private universities. 
They ranked Brandeis first among 
11 "nationally rising" research 
universities and ninth among the 
top 26 private campuses in 
research productivity. The 
University was also ranked third 
in the humanities, 12th in the 
sciences and 18th in the social 

As a society we probably are too 
focused on and swayed by rankings 
and ratings of all kinds. That is 
certainly the case in the 
University community, which 
each year waits like anxious high 
school seniors for the new 
"rankings" to be released. While 
Brandeis is pleased to rank number 
28 in the U.S. News and World 
Report annual survey of colleges 
and universities, these popular 

rankings base much of their 
results on subjective reputational 
surveys and give no weight at all 
to such objective criteria as 
research productivity. That is why 
it is necessary to look at both 
kinds of rankings and indeed to 
look beyond the rankings to obtain 
a fuller picture of a university's 

Brandeis also underwent 
reaccreditation, a process that 
occurs every decade. Dartmouth 
College President lames Freedman 
chaired the reaccreditation team 
that reviewed the University. In 
its final report, the reaccreditation 
committee found the University to 
be "a rare combination of a strong, 
closely knit liberal arts college and 
a selective, high quality research 
University. Together with a 
distinguished faculty, the 
programs and instruction are 
major reasons for Brandeis's high 
reputation and ranking among 
national universities." 

With all this as a prelude, we felt 
it was important to give you, the 
reader, a glimpse into the 
excellence of the Brandeis faculty. 
It is obviously not possible to 
profile each member of the faculty. 
Rather, we have chosen to 

highlight the outstanding research 
of a few in each of the four schools 
of the University. The work of 
faculty such as Susan Staves in 
English, David Hackett Fischer in 
history, Jonathan Sarna in Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies, and 
Jeffrey Hall in biology is 
emblematic of the excellence of 
the faculty. 

For some of you, this may be your 
first introduction to these 
outstanding members of the 
faculty, for others it will be like a 
visit with former teachers, 
mentors, and friends. Their work 
and dedication to the Brandeis 
motto — truth even unto its 
innermost parts — speaks volumes 
about this University, about the 
year just ended, and about the 
future of our great institution. 

Jehuda Reinharz 

Brandeis Review 


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

Vice President lor 
Public Affairs 

Michal Regunberg 72 

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Brandeis Review. 
Volume 18 
Mumberl, Fall 1997 
Brandeis Review 
(ISSN 0273-7175) 
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Brandeis Review 


President's Report 

Volume 18 

Number 1 

Research Science 

Reaping the Fruits of 
Collaborative Research 

Alicia Conroy 



Counting Chairs 

Betsy Lawson 


The Eclectic Company 

Cliff Hauptman '69, M.F.A. 73 34 

Fine Arts 

The GOD Project 

Marjoric Lyon 


Access to Greatness 

Marjorie Lyon 


Social Science 

Near Myth in New Mexico 

Alicia Conroy 


Agent of History 

Marjorie Lyon 


Learn and Serve 

Betsy Lawson 



The Academy 

Brandeis in the News 


Development Matters 

2 Books and Recordings 


8 Financial Statements 


14 Class Notes 



he Academy 

Fourth Record Year in a 
Row for Admissions 

A Few of the Students behind the 

Celebrating their theme 
"Esprit de Corps" (loosely 
translated as "Spirit of the 
Whole"), Orientation team 
members greeted the 
Brandeis Class of 2001, 
which, according to strict 
calendar keepers, is indeed 
the first class of the new 
millennium. Class of 2001 
students were selected from 
an applicant pool of 5,680, 
the largest in the 
University's history. 

The pool represents a three 
percent increase over last 
year's applicants. During 
the past five years, 
applications have increased 
48 percent. Says Director of 
Admissions Michael 
Kalafatas, "This class builds 
upon the increased quality 
we have seen in entering 
classes at Brandeis in recent 
years." Betty Lloyd, 
associate director of 
admissions, notes that 
minority applications from 
African- Americans, 
Hispanics, and Asian- 
Americans have also 
increased, especially during 
the last three years. "A lot 
of minority students are 
interested in our premed 
program, especially in our 
neuroscience courses," 
Lloyd says. 

The "Esprit de Corps" 
orientation theme was 

"about capturing the spirit of 
the whole University, the 
whole campus, the whole 
community," explains 
fanna Rogat '99, Orientation 
Core Committee member. 

"And It was about new 
students themselves 
catching everything 
Brandeis can offer." 

One of the highlights of 
Orientation was the 
appearance of author James 
Carroll to discuss An 
American Requiem: God, 
My Father, and the War 
That Came Between Us, his 
memoir of the wreckage 
Vietnam visited on his 
family. More than 800 first- 
year students gathered to 
explore this summer 
reading assignment and to 
listen intently to Carroll's 
experiences as a priest/ 
antiwar activist whose 
father was a Pentagon 
general responsible for 
creating strategies for the 
bombing of North Vietnam. 
"Students were excited to 
meet the author and 
received him very well," 
says Rogat. "I think their 
response — to the speech and 
to all of Orientation — was a 
good foreshadowing of the 
promise of this class." 

• A young Massachusetts 
woman, who, with five 
colleagues, created a 
documentary film to raise 
$22 million in funding for 
the expansion and 
renovation of schools in her 
area. As a result, she and 
her friends were the first 
students ever to receive the 
Friend of Education Award 
from the local school 
education association. Her 
political cartoon — a 
television tuned to the 
series ER captioned: "The 
Most Popular Health Care 
Program in the United 
States" — was published in 
Editorial Cartoons by 
Kids— 1996. 

• A Justice Brandeis Scholar 
and future psychology 
major who won a national 
essay contest sponsored by 
Planned Parenthood. She 
served in the United States 
Senate Youth Program in 
Washington, D.C., chaired 
her high school's Big 
Brother/Big Sister Program, 
and taught English as a 
Second Language to 
immigrants in New York. 

• A Maine native and 
cofounder of "The Hot 
Tomato Band" who was 
judged best alto-saxophone 
statewide when he 
performed with the Jazz All- 
State Combo. A Justice 
Brandeis Scholar, he was 
president of his Methodist 
Youth Fellowship and holds 
a first-degree brown belt in 
Shotokan karate. 

• A Cairo resident and winner 
of the Hiatt Challenger 
Scholarship whose interest 

in space was heightened at 
NASA's Space Camp in 
Huntsville, Alabama. The 
daughter of a foreign service 
officer, she has made the 
most of her international 
experiences living in Egypt, 
Poland, and India — serving 
three times as a roving 
delegate to the 
International Model United 
Nations in The Hague. 

' A young man from 
Massachusetts who founded 
and directed the South 
African International Book 
Drive, whose mission is 
sending books to struggling 
new South African schools. 
Having enlisted support 
from Massachusetts towns, 
churches, and newspapers, 
this now-annual drive has 
collected more than 7,000 
books for this worthy cause. 

' A young Californian who 
won a local Emmy Award 
from the National Academy 
of Television Arts and 
Sciences for a freelance 
project, his graphic designs 
for a television news 
program. He has also started 
his own rock band, has a 
passion for computers, and 
has interned with a 
multimedia firm. 

A talented Illinois 
photographer whose work 
was chosen as one of the 10 
best in the 1 996 Kodak 
Light Impressions 
International Student 
Photography Exhibition. He 
was also a national finalist 
in the Annual Student 
Photography competition 
sponsored by Nikon. 
Besides pursuing research 

2 Brandeis Review 

Technology Focus of 
National Women's 

into the role of photography 
in the progressive 
moveiTient, he plays the 
violin and competes in 
swimming and water polo. 

• A Massachusetts student 
who was a top scorer m the 
Atlantic Pacific 
Mathematics Competition 
and won the New England 
Mathematics League 
Competition. Fluent in 
Mandarin, this varsity 
tennis player has traveled 
the world, visiting more 
than 40 countries, an 
experience that has fueled 
his passion for photography. 
His photographs have been 
exhibited at a gallery and at 
a bank, and he has been 
hired to take photographs 
for the Boston Children's 

• A Florida magician, since 
age 7, who has been 
recognized by the 
International Brotherhood 
of Magicians. She has 
performed onstage in the 
United States and seven 
other countries as well as 
for small groups, including 
people who are terminally 

• A Pakistan-born Maryland 
woman who held an 
internship with Asma 
fahangir, an internationally 
acclaimed lawyer and 
human rights activist in 
Pakistan. Guarded by a 
policeman toting a high- 
caliber rifle, she 
investigated the plight of 
women in some of the 
country's toughest prisons. 
That she would do this 
work — focusing on 

women's rights, traveling 
without covering her head 
and face — created a stir, 
within her own devout 
Muslim family and 

I A young Flondian, the top- 
ranked senior in a class of 
622, who founded her own 
nonprofit organization. 
Starting Block, to solicit 
preschool educational 
materials to donate to child 
abuse centers and 
underfunded child-care 
centers. She has collected 
more than $15,000 worth of 
children's toys, games, and 
school supplies from 
manufacturers — all while 
maintaining a straight-A 
average, tutoring, and 
writing a teenagers' advice 
column for a local 

' A Pennsylvanian who was 
chosen to be one of four 
teenagers profiled in Girls 
Like Us. a PBS 
documentary by two Emmy 
Award-winning producers. 
The critically acclaimed 
film about life in South 
Philadelphia is already a 
Sundance Festival 

• A New Yorker, an aspiring 
biologist, who has crafted a 
successful career as a singer 
and actress, appearing as 
Beau Bridges's daughter in 
Signs of Life and as Jenny m 
Andrew Lloyd Webber's 
musical. Aspects of Love. 
Offstage, she volunteers at 
the pediatric ward of New 
York University Medical 
Center and is an active 
member of the Sierra Club. 

The 50,000 members of the 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee focused their 
boundless energy and 
passion for the Brandeis 
Libraries on technology this 
year, raising a record 
$350,000 to upgrade the 
Libraries' wiring 
infrastructure and computer 
equipment and to broaden 
student and faculty access 
to the Internet. For the 
second year in a row, the 
Women's Committee 
collected a record sum for 
Brandeis and its Libraries, 
bringing to $62 million the 
total raised since its 
founding in 1948. 

The organization's Library 
Technology Fund supported 
the wiring of 29 student 
carrels and the creation of 
new multi-workstation 
Electronic Research Centers 
in the main Goldfarb 
Library and the Gerstenzang 
Science Library. This work 
will ultimately create 900 
state-of-the-art access 
points to the Internet 
throughout the Library 
buildings for use by 
students, faculty, and 
library staff. 

One unusual gift providing 
for the digitization of the 
Libraries' fudaica collection 
will enhance Jewish 
scholarship throughout the 
world. This donation will 
make the books, papers, and 
pictorial images in the 
collection available to 
scholars everywhere on the 
World Wide Web. 

The Women's Committee's 
focus on technology will 
continue this year with a 
commitment to raise a 
minimum of $200,000 to 
upgrade outdated hardware 
and software, to create a 

"virtual library" in the 
Intercultural Resource 
Room, and to complete the 
computerization of Library 
staff offices. Rapid 
obsolescence of computer 
equipment will be a 
continuing challenge for the 
Libraries and the Women's 
Committee, according to 
Bessie Hahn, assistant 
provost for Libraries and 
University librarian. 

"Because of this constant 
need to upgrade," she 
pointed out, "eventually we 
will have to establish an 
endowment for technology, 
just as we have for books, 
journals, and for continuous 
operating funds. This is 
what we need to work 
toward, in order to ensure 
the future." 

3 Fall 1997 

Board of Trustees Elects 
New Members 

Ronald S. Lauder, Arthur B. 
Sandler, and Richard 
Bergel '57 have been newly 
elected to serve four-year 
terms on the Board of 
Trustees. Several other 
Trustees have been 
reelected, and nevif faculty 
and student representatives 
have also been named. 

Ronald S. Lauder, chairman 
and president of Lauder 
Investments Inc., has also 
served as director of Estee 
Lauder Companies Inc. and 
currently is the U.S. 
national president of the 
lewish National Fund, 
chairman of the board of 
trustees at the Museum of 
Modern Art in New York, 
and chairman of the New 
York State Research 
Council on Privatization. 

Arthur B. Sandler, executive 
vice president of L.M. 
Sandler & Sons in Virginia 
Beach, is also vice president 
of the American Israel 
Public Affairs Committee. 
He serves as a member of 
the board of directors of the 
American Jewish Joint 
Distribution Committee, 
vice president of the Sam 
and Reba Sandler Family 
Foundation, and national 
vice chairman of the United 
Jewish Appeal. He is also a 
past president of the United 
Jewish Federation of 

Richard Bergel '57, who will 
serve as an Alumni Trustee, 
graduated from Brandeis 
with a degree m sociology 
and economics. Now 
retired, Bergel was the 
former chairman and 
executive officer of 
Lechmere Inc., vice 
chairman in charge of 
operations and specialty 
catalog, executive 
committee member, and 
director of Montgomery 
Ward, and former president 
and chief executive officer 

of Montgomery Ward 
Direct. Bergel has been a 
Brandeis Fellow since 1993 
and a member of the 
Alumni Admissions 
Council. He also established 
the Bergel Endowed 
Scholarship Fund in 1996 
and was the donor of the 
Bergel Overlook Lounge at 
the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. 

Three members of the Board 
have been reelected after a 
one-year hiatus. Steven R. 
Reiner '61 serves as 
director, treasurer, and 
secretary of the Jerusalem 
Foundation and is a member 
of the UJA Federation and 
director of the Jewish 
Community Center of 
North America. Gershon 
Kekst, president of Kekst 
and Company, is a member 
of the board of governors for 
the Weizmann Institute of 
Science and serves as 
chairman of the board at the 
Jewish Theological 
Seminary of America. 
Madeleine H. Russell is 
director of Haas Brothers in 
San Francisco and founding 
director of the Harry S 
Truman Institute for the 
Advancement of Peace. She 
received an honorary degree 
from Brandeis in 1986. 

The following Trustees 
were reelected to the Board: 
Rhonda S. Zinner, Barbara 
C. Rosenberg '54, and 
Michael J. Sandel '75. The 
new student representative 
to the Board is Aaron 
Waxier '99. Gordon 
Fellman, associate professor 
of sociology, is the newly 
elected faculty 
representative and Judith 
Herzfeld, professor of 
biophysical chemistry, was 
reelected to another two- 
year term as a faculty 

A Note from the Senior 
Vice President of 
Development and Alumni 

Dear Alumni/ae and 

On October 1 , I began my 
fourth year at Brandeis. It 
has been a singularly 
rewarding experience 
representing this unique 
institution. Each time I 
welcome a Brandeis 
alumnus/a who returns to 
campus, or carry greetings 
to friends of the University 
as I travel, I feel great pride 
in the University's 
academic achievements and 
the recognition those 
achievements have 

During the past three years, 
we have made great strides 
toward securing Brandeis's 
future. This progress can be 
seen on the charts that 
accompany my letter. 
However, none of this 
would have been possible 
without the commitment of 
alumni/ae, parents. 
Trustees, and friends who 
have volunteered their time 
and expertise. 

Just a few examples of 
volunteer activities include: 

The group of alumni/ae 
engineers and architects 
who recently spent a 
weekend at Brandeis 
working with students, 
administrators, and faculty 
to develop a master plan for 
the campus. 

The National Women's 
Committee members who 
have been preparing to 
celebrate the Committee's 
50th anniversary with a full 
program of activities, 
including book drives as 
part of "America Reads." 

' Alumni/ae volunteers with 
backgrounds in marketing 
and communications who 
are designing a 50th 
anniversary video that will 
highlight the theme of the 
celebration, "Minds that 

' The volunteer who worked 
"pro bono" to develop an 
alumni/ae survey. 

' The many, many alumni/ae, 
parents. Trustees, and 
friends who assisted with 
the Annual Fund Drive. 

As I traveled across the 
country this past year, I 
found Brandeis being 
praised in every city for its 
new ranking as the "number 
one rising private research 
university." That good news 
has been heard loudly and 
clearly, as so many 
children, grandchildren, 
nieces, and nephews of 
alumni/ae and friends were 
placing Brandeis high on 
their college application 

As I look out of the 
window, across the campus 
today, fall is in full color. 
The academic year is well 
underway. My goal, as we 
move forward, is to 
continue to work closely 
with all members of the 
Brandeis family. I look 
forward to, together, raising 
funds and building 
friendships for the 
University. I anticipate a 
wonderful year ahead, and I 
thank you all for your 
encouragement and support. 


Nancy Kolack Winship 
Senior Vice President of 
Development and Alumni 

4 Brandeis Review 

Three Year Fundraising 


by Source of Gift 

3.4 million 
3.4 million 
3.9 million 

Corporations and Foundations 

4.5 million 

5.6 million 

7.7 million 

National Women's 


1.9 million 

2.3 million 

2.2 million 


6.3 million 

4.4 million 
3.0 million 


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Fiscal Year 1997 










Three Year Fundraising 
Comparisons: Total Dollars 
1995, 1996, 1997 

Percentage of Alumni 
1995, 1996, 1997 


FY 95 


FY 96 

9% increase 

FY 97 

21% increase 


FY 95 

FY 96 


35m\ 30m\25M \20M \ 15m\ 10m\ 5m\ OM \ 35o/„\ ^qo/\ jgo/X 20%\ 15%\ 10%\ 5% \ 0%\ 

Note Undergraduate alumni with current addresses 

5 Fall 1997 

Development Highlights 

Fiscal Year 

July 1996-June 1997 

Brandeis parents and 
grandparents, Fred and Rita 
Richman of Great Neck, 
New York, endowed the 
Richman Distinguished 
Visiting Professorship at 
Brandeis. The professorship 
will ahernate between the 
poUtics and economics 
departments for one 
semester each year and will 
bring leading figures from 
both areas to campus. Carol 
Saivetz '69, the Richman's 
daughter, will represent the 
family on the appointment 
committee. Former 
Governor of Texas Ann 
Richards has been named 
the inaugural incumbent of 
the Richman Distinguished 
Visiting Professorship. 

Inspired by the news of the 
Sylvia and Joseph Slifka 
Israeli Coexistence 
Endowment Fund and the 
Judd and Jennifer Malkin 
Israeli Scholarship Fund, 
Reta Kornfeld of Brookline, 
Massachusetts, made a 
major commitment to 
establish the Reta S. 
Kornfeld Endowed 
Scholarship at Brandeis. 
Like the Slifka and Malkin 
Funds, the Reta S. Kornfeld 
Endowed Scholarship is 
designed to further the 

process of education and 
mutual understanding 
between Arabs and Jews. 
This new fund reflects 
Kornfeld's sincere belief 
that "a hero is someone 
who makes a friend out of 
an enemy" and that "our 
future hinges on peace in 
the world." 

In spring 1997, the Federal 
Republic of Germany 
confirmed that it will help 
establish a new Center for 
German and European 
Studies at the University. 
The government's five-year 
grant of $1.5 million (2.5 
million Deutschmarks) will 
serve to bolster research and 
education on Germany and 
Europe, and facilitate the 
exchange of ideas among 
European, American, and 
Israeli scholars and 
students. The University 
has appointed Professor of 
Politics Steven Burg as the 
Center's first director. 

Jon Landau '68, one of the 
most powerful men in the 
recording industry, has 
made a generous gift to his 
alma mater. Landau 
returned to campus recentlv 
to speak with students and 
to reacquaint himself with 
the University. A history 
major while at Brandeis, 
Landau believes that his 
undergraduate career and 
his professional career are 
inextricably linked, stating 
that "there is a connection 
between being educated in a 
meaningful way, having a 
perspective where you can 
look at the world 
intelligently, and doing this 

The Lemberg Foundation 
has made a gift of $225,000 
to Brandeis University. This 
gift will support capital 
renovations to the west 
wing of the Sachar 
International Center, 
providing new office space, 
a study area, and a student 
lounge. These critical 
improvements are made in 
response to the 
extraordinary growth of the 
Lemberg Master's Degree 
Program in International 
Economics and Finance. 
Other major University 
designations named in 
recognition of the Usdan 
and Lemberg families' long- 
standing generosity are the 
Nathaniel H. and Suzanne 
Usdan Student Center and 
the Sarah and Gersh 
Lemberg Children's Center. 
The Lemberg Foundation's 
most recent gift sets the 
stage for continued growth 
of this highly successful 
graduate program. 

Brandeis Receives High 
Grades in Accreditation 

The University has earned 
an extraordinarily 
enthusiastic "thumbs up" 
from a nine-member 
evaluation team's visit to 
campus last fall. 

Led by Dartmouth College 
President James O. 
Freedman, representing the 
New England Association of 
Schools and Colleges, the 
team praised Brandeis in 
areas ranging from 
curricular innovation and 
quality of faculty, to 
student involvement in 
campus matters, to teaching 
and research. 

"Brandeis is a distinguished 
university," according to 
the group's report, "moving 
forward with purpose and 
vigor under an outstanding 
new president, proud of its 
election, less than 50 years 
after its founding, to the 
Association of American 
Universities." The 
evaluation team quoted one 
unidentified faculty 
member as saying there was 

"a glow coming out of the 
University's history — a 
sense of a kind of 

But the group's report also 
noted that Brandeis, like 
institutions of higher 
learning across the country, 
is faced with hard financial 
realities, many of which are 
being addressed through the 
ongoing Brandeis 2000 
restructuring initiatives. 

6 Brandeis Review 

The evaluation also cited 
the need for the University 
to address salary ranges to 
ensure that they are 
commensurate with like 
positions at similar 
institutions — something 
that is being handled 
through a committee 
formed specifically for that 

Other highlights from the 
evaluation team's report, in 
Its own words, are: 

' There is ample evidence 
that the Brandeis faculty 
does have a strong voice in 
matters of educational 
programs, faculty personnel, 
and other aspects of 
institutional policy that 
relate to its areas of 
responsibility and expertise. 
Student testimony confirms 
that student views and 
judgments in those matters 
in which students have a 
direct and reasonable 
interest are genuinely 
welcomed and accorded 
serious consideration. 

' Brandeis's commitment to 
excellence in teaching and 
research is demonstrated 
admirably by the high 
stature of so many of its 
academic programs in arts 
and sciences and by the 
excellence of the Florence 
Heller Graduate School for 
Advanced Studies in Social 
Welfare, the Graduate 
School of International 
Economics and Finance, and 
the Rabb School of 

Summer, Special, and 
Continuing Studies. 

' The accreditation team 
notes with admiration 
Brandeis's strong tradition 
of curricular 

innovation. ...The pace of 
change has been 
breathtaking and the 
excitement palpable. The 
challenge now is to match 
the tremendous burst of 
creativity and effort in 
formulating the new 
curriculum with a steady, 
long-term effort aimed at 
consolidating these changes 
and assessing them 

' Another of Brandeis's 

accomplishments has been 
its success in building and 
maintaining a world-class 
program of graduate 
instruction and research. 

' Brandeis students play a 
major role in campus 
affairs. ...The Office of 
Campus Life serves as the 
campus "hub" for student 

' The greatest area of concern 
identified by the team is 
that residence hall facilities 
are in need of work. While 
some improvements have 
been made since the last 
review, much remains to be 
done. It should be noted, 
too, that graduate students 
expressed dissatisfaction 
over the lack of available 
University housing, the few 

housing spaces for graduate 
students being assigned to 
international graduate 

• The character and quality of 
library services at Brandeis 
are truly remarkable and 
justly prized. The Brandeis 
Library distinguishes itself 
by the strength of its reader 
services, especially 
instructional services. 

• The administration should 
continue its analysis of the 
condition of its facilities, 
develop a mechanism for 
prioritizing capital renewal 
items, and determine the 
financial resources required 
to deal with critical backlog 
items and to reduce the rate 
of deterioration of the 
physical plant. 

• The accreditation team is 
confident that Brandeis 
subscribes to the highest 
ethical standards and acts 
with honesty and integrity 
when dealing with students, 
faculty, staff, external 
agencies, and the general 
public. The University 
works diligently to ensure 
the highest standards of 
academic integrity, to 
protect the privacy rights of 
Its students and employees, 
and to emphasize 
truthfulness and fairness in 
dealing with all members of 
the community. 
Institutional policies with 
regard to nondiscrimination 
in recruitment, admissions, 
employment, evaluation, 

and advancement are 
reviewed regularly and are 
publicized appropriately to 
members of the campus 

Having moved to the very 
forefront of American 
universities in the brief 
period since its founding in 
1948, Brandeis now faces 
the challenges of a mature 
institution. Foremost 
among those challenges is 
how to respond to the fiscal 
pressures of a new time 
while maintaining its prized 
character and distinctive 
reputation for academic 
excellence. We are 
confident that it has in 
place the intellectual and 
moral resources necessary 
to chart an even more 
luminous course for the 

Freedman was joined by 
representatives from 
eight other colleges and 
universities. The team's 
visit ran from 
November 17-20, 1996. 

7 Fall 1997 

in the News 

FY 1996-97 

More Than Minimal 
August 1996 

July 22, 1996 

WCVB-TV, Channel 5, 
interviews Arthur 
Wingfield, professor of 
psychology and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, on the 
Memory Lab in the 
Volen Center 

August 1996 

In its "Best Catalog" 

category, Boston 
Magazine recognizes 
More Than Minimal: 
Feminism and 
Abstraction in the '70s 
stating "the catalog for 
this fascinating show at 
the Rose Art 
Museum. lucid and 

August 20, 1996 

WBZ-TV, Channel 4, and 
WHDH-TV, Channel 7 
feature story on the 
advances in graffiti 
technology made by Dan 
Perlman, Brandeis senior 

September 7-8, 1996 

Associate Professor of 
Modern Middle Eastern 
Studies Itzhak Nakash 
interviewed on WBZ-TV, 
Channel 4 

September 9, 1996 

Fortune magazine cites 
Leslie Zebrowitz, 
Manuel Yellen Professor 
of Social Relations, and 
her studies on 
appearance and public 

September 9, 1996 

Newsday (Nassau 
Edition) quotes Leonard 
Saxe, adjunct professor of 
psychology, in its article 
'The Culture of Deceit" 

September 11, 1996 

Steve Wilson, a 
columnist in the Arizona 
Republic, details his visit 
to a Chicago conference, 
highlighting comments 
made by Adam Jaffe, 
associate professor of 
economics, addressing 
the issue of the public's 
understanding of supply- 
side economics 

September 13, 1996 

Bangor Daily News 
'Maine Style" section 
features story on Joyce 
Antler, Samuel B. Lane 
Professor of American 
Jewish History and 
Culture, and recaps her 
lecture on Jewish women 
and their tradition of 
social justice, which was 
delivered at the 
University of Maine 

Joyce Antler 
September 13, 1996 

September 18, 1996 

The Washington Times 
quotes Lawrence H. 
Fuchs, Meyer and Walter 
Jaffe Professor in 
American Civilization 
and Politics, in his 
capacity as vice 
chairman of the U.S. 
Commission on 
Immigration Reform 

September 20, 1996 

The Chronicle of Higher 
Education article, "An 
Unusual Group of 
Supporters Helps the 
Library Grow at Brandeis 
University," highlights 
the history and 
achievements of the 
National Women's 

September 26, 1996 

The Wall Street Journal 
cites latest book on 
corporate alliances by 
Benjamin Gomes- 
Casseres, associate 
professor of international 

September 27, 1996 

Paul DiZio, assistant 
professor of psychology 
and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems, appears on 
WLVI-TV, Channel 56, 
offering details about the 
effects of time in space 
and the dilemma of 
NASA astronaut 
Shannon Lucid, who 
spent a record-breaking 
188 days in space aboard 
the Russian space station 

October 17, 1996 

WCVB-TV's Chronicle 
features Leonard Saxe, 
adjunct professor of 
psychology, in story 
about his research on 

October 21, 1996 

Newsweek quotes 
Biblical Scholar Nahum 
Sarna, professor emeritus 
of biblical studies, in 
article "But Did It 

8 Brandeis Review 

September 26, 1996 

Mary Tom 
October 29, 1996 

Lawrence H. Fuchs 
September 18, 1996 
Mays, 1997 

Leonard Saxe 
September 9, 1996 
October 17, 1996 

October 29, 1996 

WCVB-TV, Channel 5, 
features volleyball player 
Mary Tom '97 

October 29, 1996 

WBZ-AM radio details 
World War II films 
owned by Brandeis 

October 30, 1996 

WHDH-TV, Channel 7, 
interviews graduate 
student Judith Bernstein 
on "Bullies" 

October-December 1996 

Lilith magazine article, 
"Campus and 
Community Against 
Domestic Violence," 
mentions that Brandeis's 
Department of Women's 
Studies "has devoted one 
of Its three courses to an 
internship in the 
prevention of domestic 

November 4, 1996 

Patricia Tun, adjunct 
assistant professor of 
psychology, appears on 
WBUR-FM radio on 
"Aging and Memory 

January 1997 

Former Secretary of 
Labor Robert B. Reich's 
acceptance of a 
professorship at 
Brandeis's Heller 
Graduate School is 
carried nationwide, 
including The New York 
Times, The Wall Street 
Journal, the Atlanta 
Constitution, The 
Boston Globe, and on 
radio and television 
stations in Boston, 
Chicago, and Detroit 

Robert B. Reich 
January 1997 
April 21, 1997 

February 4, 1997 

Jeffrey Prottas, human 
services research 
professor, is quoted in 
Newsday (Nassau 
Edition) on hospitals 
refusing to accept donor 
organs for nonmedical 

February 6, 1997 

The San Francisco 
Chronicle quotes Jeffrey 
Abramson, Louis 
Stulberg Professor of 
Law and Politics, on the 
juries, the race issue, and 
the opposing verdicts in 
O.J. Simpson's civil and 
criminal trials 

February 13, 1997 

The Boston Globe cites 
Antony Polonsky, Walter 
Stern Hilborn Professor 
of Judaic and Social 
Studies, in article on 
Secretary of State 
Madeleine Albright's 
discovery of Jewish 
ancestry and whether it 
will effect her stance in 
future foreign policy 

9 Fall 1997 

February 17, 1997 

The Los Angeles Times 
publishes "Genetic 
Cousins," detailing new, 
important fruit fly 
studies done by Jeffrey 
Hall, professor of biology 
and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems [See "Reaping 
the Fruits of 

Collaborative Research," 
page 25.) 

February 21, 1997 

Jack Shonkoff, Dean of 
the Heller Graduate 
School and Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold 
Professor of Human 
Development, is quoted 
in the Boston Herald on 
children and violence- 

Jeffrey Hall 
February 17, 1997 

March 1997 

The Boston Globe runs a 
front-page story on a new 
study by Hugh Davis 
Graham and Nancy 
Diamond, which ranks 
Brandeis as the "Number 
One Rising Research 
University." The story is 
also carried by a variety of 
papers including The New 
York Times, the San 
Francisco Chronicle, and 
the Intermountain Jewish 

March 9, 1997 

The Boston Sunday 
Globe's "West Weekly" 
section features the 
music, research, and 
teaching of the Lydian 
String Quartet, artists-in- 
residence at Brandeis 

March 9, 1997 

The San Diego Union- 
Tribune cites research 
and new book by David 
Hackett Fischer, Earl 
Warren Professor of 
History, in article "Has 
the mflation beast 
suddenly lost its teeth?" 

March 13, 1997 
NPR's "All Things 
Considered" converses 
with Stuart Altman, Sol 
C. Chaikin Professor of 
National Health Policy, 
on managed health care 
and how much people 
should pay for Medicare 

March 18. 1997 
WBUR-FM interviews 
Marty Wyngaarden 
Krauss, associate 
professor and director of 
the Starr Center for 
Mental Retardation, on 
issues dealing with 
mental retardation 

March 18, 1997 

WZLX-FM interviews 
Linda Marchiano, 
formerly "Linda 
Lovelace," after her 
Women's History Month 
talk at Brandeis on being 
an unwilling participant 
in the pornography film 
Deep Throat 

March 20, 1997 

CNN's Morning 
News interviews 
Nancy Diamond 
regarding the elite 
universities study 
that she coauthored 
and Brandeis's top 
ranking in it 

March 23, 1997 

The Baltimore Sun 
quotes Marty Wyngaarden 
Krauss, associate professor 
and director of the Starr 
Center for Mental 
Retardation, on families 
with mentally disabled 
adult children 

March 24, 1997 

Business Week quotes 
James Schultz, Ida and 
Meyer Kirsten Professor 
for Planning and 
Administration of Aging 
Policy, in article "Don't 
Panic Over Social 

March 30, 1997 

The New York Times 
"Week in Review" quotes 
Thomas Doherty, 
associate professor of film 
studies (on the Sam 
Spiegel Fund), on the 
appearance of incest in 
entertainment, and 
previews his upcoming 
book on immorality and 
insurrection in American 

March-April 1997 

Ibrahim Sundiata, Victor 
and Gwendolyn Beinfield 
Professor of African and 
Afro-American Studies, is 
quoted on the perceptions 
through history of race in 
Egypt and in the United 
States, in Sciences 

April 1997 

Brandeis study on 
volunteerism, conducted 
by Alan Melchior of the 
Center for Human 
Resources, is mentioned 
by President Clinton in 
his weekly radio address. 
The reference, along with 
detailed features of the 
study, are carried by 
WCAV-TV, Philadelphia, 
WHDH-TV, Channel 7, 
Reuters, and the Los 
Angeles Times, the 
Atlanta Journal/Atlanta 
Constitution [See "Learn 
and Serve," page 48.] 

Ibrahim Sundiata 
March-April 1997 
June 10, 1997 

10 Brandeis Review 

Jonathan Borofsky 
April 13,1997 
May-June 1997 

April 1997 

Men's Health Magazine 
cites K.C. Hayes, 
professor of biology and 
director of the Foster 
Biomedical Research 
Laboratories, on how the 
saturated fat content in 
candy bars can be good 
for you in a diet 
otherwise low in junk 

April 1997 

speakers are previewed 
nationwide, including 
The Boston Globe, the 
Boston Herald, 
Entertainment Weekly, 
and on WLVI-TV, 
Channel 56 

Aprils, 1997 

The Chieago Tribune's 
"Tempo" section taps 
Thomas Doherty, 
associate professor of 
film studies (on the Sam 
Spiegel Fund), to 
comment on the history 
of the use of Yiddish in 
movies and in vaudeville 

April 7, 1997 

Dean of Admissions 
David Gould talks about 
admissions practices and 
trends on PBS's Greater 

April 13, 1997 

The Boston Globe details 
The GOD Project, an 
installation by artist 
Jonathan Borofsky, on 
view at the Rose Art 
Museum [See "The GOD 
Project," page 39.] 

April 21, 1997 

Heller Graduate School 
Dean and Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold 
Professor of Human 
Development Jack 
Shonkoff talks on the 
development of young 
children on WBUR-FM's 

April 21, 1997 

CNN interviews Robert 
Reich, University 
Professor and Maurice B. 
Hexter Professor of 
Social and Economic 
Policy, on his new book, 
Locked in the Cabinet 

May 1997 

A new study on hearing 
and vision by Robert 
Sekuler, Louis and 
Frances Salvage Professor 
of Psychology and Volen 

Thomas Doherty 
March 30, 1997 
Aprils, 1997 

Stuart Altman 
March 13, 1997 

National Center for 
Complex Systems, is 
featured in Psychology 
Today, the Winston- 
Salem Journal, and the 

May 1997 

Patricia Tun, adjunct 
assistant professor of 
psychology and assistant 
director of the Memory 
and Cognition 
Laboratory at Brandeis, 
is cited on 

absentmindedness in 
Good Housekeeping and 
the Sunday Monitor 
(Concord, New 

Jack Shonkoff 
February 21, 1997 
April 21, 1997 

Daniel Perlmar. 
August 20, 1996 

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April 1997 


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Robert Sekuler 
May 1997 

Jordan Pollack 
May 1997 

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Patricia Tun 
May 1997 
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May 1997 

Wired magazine details 
the artificial intelligence 
research of Jordan 
Pollack, associate 
professor of computer 
science and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, in 
article "In Search of the 
Electronic Brain" 

Mays, 1997 

The Orange County 
Register of Santa Ana, 
California, quotes 
Lawrence H. Fuchs, 
Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor in American 
Civilization and Politics, 
in his capacity as vice 
chairman of the U.S. 
Commission on 
Immigration Reform 

May 16, 1997 

Science magazine cites 
research by Michael 
Rosbash, professor of 
biology, Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute 
Investigator, and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems 

May 19, 1997 

Science News highlights 
research done by John 
F.C. Wardle, professor of 
astrophysics, that 

"directly refute[s]" a 
controversial report 

"claiming the universe 
has a special direction" 

May 21, 1997 

The Christian Science 
Monitor cites The Great 
Wave, a new book by 
David Hackett Fischer, 
Earl Warren Professor of 
History, in article on 
economic trends [See 
"Agent of History," 
page 44.] 

12 Brandeis Review 

May-June 1997 

Jonathan Boiofsky: The 
GOD Project is reviewed 
in the Dallas Morning 
News and the Art Now 
Gallery Guide |See "The 
GOD Project" page 39.] 

June 1997 

"The Roswell Myth" a 
study on the Roswell 
UFO incident hy Benson 
Saler, associate professor 
of anthropology, and 
Charles Ziegler, adjunct 
assistant professor, is 
featured nationwide, 
including Time 
magazine. The New York 
Times, The Boston 
Globe, the Albuquerque 
Journal, and the 
Oakland Tribune [See 

"Near Myth in New 
Mexico," page 43.] 

June 10, 1997 

Ibrahim Sundiata, Victor 
and Gwendolyn Beinfield 
Professor of African and 
Afro- American Studies, 
is quoted in the 
International Herald 
Tribune (Paris, France) 
on his opposition to the 
new multiracial census 

June 22, 1997 

Deborah Stone, the 
David R. Pokross 
Professor of Law and 
Social Policy, is quoted 
on money and medicine 
in Newsday (Nassau 

David Hackett 
March 9, 1997 
May 21, 1997 

Benson Saler 
June 1997 

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Michael Rosbash 
May 16, 1997 

Charles Ziegler 
June 1997 

John F.C. Wardle 
May 19, 1997 

13 Fall 1997 

Julia Tonelson Jones '90, 
Associate Director of 

You are an eager applicant 
to Brandeis who has just 
been accepted, yon are 
teetering on the brink of a 
decision but still weighing 
the pros and cons of 
Brandeis with other schools, 
and you would like a few 
questions answered. Or you 
have made your decision to 
go to Brandeis, but would 
like to get some crucial 
information: What do I 
bring? What kinds of things 
should I worry about- What 
should I look forward to: 

Enter Brandeis admissions 
and their staunch allies in 
the field, members of the 
Alumni Admissions 
Council (AACI, to give yoti 
answers with a personal 
touch that is typical of 
Brandeis. Almost 1,100 
alumni around the country 
and around the world are 
admissions representatives 
for Brandeis out in the field. 
They interview applicants, 
represent Brandeis at 
college fairs, and provide a 
service to potential students 
by talking about their own 
experiences. They also host 
receptions during the 
summer in major cities for 
entering students. AAC 
members also look for 
students they think would 
be a good match for 

Explains lulia Tonelson 
Jones '90, former assistant 
director of admissions and 
now associate director in 
charge of the AAC, "It is a 
good way to stay connected 
to the University, to work 
with young people, and to 
have fun. We will continue 
to involve younger 
alumni — they can talk 
about what Brandeis is like 
now. But older alumni also 
have appeal to students. 

because they are more 
established. The bottom 
line is that we serve 
students, and we want to 
help them make an easy 
transition and to let them 
know what Brandeis has to 

Does she view the job of the 
admissions office as a sales 
role to a potential applicant, 
or a support role to someone 
who has already been 
accepted and chosen to 
enroll' "A little bit of 
both," answers Jones. 
"Admissions is part sales and 
marketing, part counseling 
and advice, and part 
support. After someone is 
accepted, he or she 
continues to relate to the 
admissions office until 
freshman year begins," she 
explains. "We bend over 
backwards to give students 
the personal attention that 
is a hallmark of Brandeis. 

"The majority of the year, we 
pitch Brandeis to them. But 
we do more than that. We 
take them from discovering 
that Brandeis is it, to 
finding out all the 
wonderful things that we 
have, to going through the 
admissions process and 
making sure that it is a 
good match," Jones 
explains. "Personal 
attention — that personal 
touch — is very important. If 
I am on the road and I meet 
a fantastic student, I'll 
follow up with a note or a 
call. That is where the 
alumni come in, too. That 
is what Brandeis is about," 
explains Jones with warmth 
and enthusiasm. 

Originally from New York, 
Jones's family (her parents 
and a younger brother! 
moved to Nashville, 
Tennessee, when she was in 
eighth grade. With 
characteristic honesty and 
charm, she vividly describes 
her ensuing predicament: "I 
was 12 years old, a Yankee, 
I talked funny, I was 
awkward, everyone knew 
everyone." After a difficult 
first year, Jones enrolled in 
a high school that focused 
on the arts (her mother is an 
actress), and enjoyed what 
she calls a "wonderful 

College, It turned out, was 
even better. As soon as she 
stepped on campus, Jones 
decided Brandeis was the 
place for her. She made the 
right decision. A French 
maior, Jones also studied 
elementary education. But 
after graduation, she 
decided not to go into 
teaching. Instead, she 
decided to capitalize on her 
extensive volunteer 
participation as a tour guide 
and a "chatter" (officially 
called visitor assistants) — 
students who answer 
questions and keep 
applicants calm while they 
wait nervously for an 
interview. By senior year, 
Jones became a coordinator 
of the national ambassador 
program, a part of the 
admissions volunteer 
program where students 
connect with high school 
students from their home 

Using her volunteer 
expertise, Jones found a job 
at Lesley College, 
administrating and 
coordinating a satellite 
degree program while also 

earning a master's degree. 
Focusing on higher 
education, for her thesis she 
created a workshop using 
theater and theater 
techniques to build 
communication skills for 
professionals. A long-time 
theater participant on stage 
and backstage (at Lesley she 
started an undergraduate 
theater program), Jones was 
in two shows in the Gilbert 
and Sullivan Society then at 

An ebullient personality, 
Jones describes her work as 
'my dream job. I always 
wanted a career in 
admissions and to be 
involved in something I 
really care about, so 
Brandeis is perfect. I love 
meeting with alumni and 
telling them about exciting 
things that have happened, 
and by the same token I 
love sitting in a high school 
talking to students who 
may not know anything 
about Brandeis. I remember 
as a student, even if I was 
tired, and I had three hours 
of sleep after writing a paper 
all night, and I thought the 
last thing I wanted to do 
was give a tour, I would find 
that after that tour I was 
more energized than I'd 
been all day," Jones says. 

1 4 Brandeis Review 

Randy Markey '80 

"The AAC is a great way to 
feel like you're giving 
something to the 
University — we could not 
do it without the alumni, 
without the help and 
support they give us," lones 
emphasizes. "My role is a 
liaison to the AAC," she 
explains, adding that over 
the next year she hopes to 
increase communication 
and to do more with the 
Web site to keep council 
members up to date with 

"all the exciting things that 
are happening here, 
especially in our 
preparation for the 50th 
anniversary of Brandeis." 
She is brimming with ideas 
and enthusiasm. Interested 
in becoming a member of 
the Alumni Admissions 
Council- Call 781-736-3500 
or 800-622-0622. 

lulia Tonelson Jones 

Born with hydrocephalus, 
an abnormal accumulation 
of cerebrospinal fluid 
around the brain, in lunc 
1956, Randy Markey '80 
was lucky. At that time, a 
new shunt (tubel technology 
just became available, one 
that drastically changed 
outcomes for babies with 
hydrocephalus, lowering 
mortality rates from 80 
percent to approximately 15 

Generally, hydrocephalus 
occurs congenitally, 
although it also occurs with 
brain tumors, spina bifida, 
cerebral palsy, and 
increasingly m a population 
of older patients. The most 
recent available Center for 
Disease Control statistics 
indicate that it occurs in 
approximately one in 500 
births in America, according 
to Markey. Untreated, 
hydrocephalus results in 
blindness, retardation, and 
death. It is incurable. 

Markey was one of the first 
handful of babies in the 
world to be shunted with 
this new technology, he 
explains. After brain surgery 
at the age of six weeks, he 
had no other problems until 
November 1995. At least 
that is what he thought, 
until his recent research 
carried him deeper into the 
study of the condition. 
"Many parts of my own 
experience that are deeply 
painful and for which I have 
always blamed myself have 
a new answer, and are 
gradually being resolved," 
says Markey. 

The first day of elementary 
school, Markey remembers, 
he brought a note: "Doctor 
says no contact sports." 
They were afraid of 
knocking the shunt loose. 
The shunt is still in there — 
It directs the fluid out of his 
brain to go elsewhere. "You 
can feel the tube under the 
skin in my scalp," Markey 
explains. The shunt carries 
the excess cerebrospinal 
fluid down his neck, into 
his shoulder, and into his 
stomach, where the fluid is 
absorbed. "I don't know if 
it's the shunt itself or the 
condition that bothers me; 
I'll guess both," he says. 

Markey grew up with an 
older brother who had 
cerebral palsy, who died in 
1988. "When he was born, 
my parents were told he 
would be a vegetable, but he 
was nothing like a 
vegetable — he got a master's 
degree in education," 
explains Markey, adding 
that for him, the result was 
that the attention was 
directed elsewhere. "The 
perception was that if there 
were problems with me, 
they weren't physical 
proljlems." Understanding 
his condition better now, he 
can look back and see 
physical problems as the 
cause of his label as "the 
classic underachiever" — a 
painful label that he 
believed was his fault. 

Coming to Brandeis because 
he wanted to be a rabbi, 
Markey was also eager to be 
a part of a larger Jewish 
community that he did not 
have while growing up in 
Texas. At Brandeis, Markey 
acted in plays, sang in a 
band, and was an active co- 
counselor in the sociology 
department. One year after 
graduation, he went to the 
New England Conservatory 
in the Third Stream 
Department to study iazz 
voice with his musical 
partner, guitarist lonathan 
Glasser '79. 

And then there was his 
poetry. "Although now 
national, poetry 
performance competitions 
called the Poetry Slam used 
to be held only in Chicago 
and in Cambridge," Markey 
explains. Teams performed 
one poem at a time, 
receiving a number score. 

"You know how they picked 
a judge? 'Hey, you over 
there, I've never seen you 
here before, you want to 
judge?'" he recalls. Poems 
are memorized and always 
original. "When I first 
started I couldn't 
memorize," says Markey, 

"But I worked hard and 
memorized a ton of poetry, 
and became a member of a 
slam team that went to San 
Francisco and placed third 
in the world. It was 
amazing," explains Markey, 
adding, "Much of the stuff 
that I heard at poetry slams 
was political, ethnic, or 
cause-oriented, but mine 
was painfully personal." 

During five years in Los 
Angeles as an actor — in 
plays, in "B" movies, and m 
commercials — Markey 
became interested in the 
substance abuse recovery 
field, and because acting 
jobs were scarce, started 
working in a hospital. By 
the time he came back from 
Los Angeles (because he had 
some seizures behind the 
wheel of a car, and 
consequently lost his 

15 Fall 1997 

driver's license: "In L.A., if 
you don't drive, you don't 
go anywhere."), he was in 
the mental health field. He 
found a job in a residential 
facility for troubled 
adolescents, but realized he 
could not advance in this 
field without a graduate 

In November I99,S, durmg 
the second year of a 
program for a master's 
degree in social work at 
Snnmons College, the 
headaches that he had 
suffered with for a lifetune 
became constant, nearly 
cripplmg. His short-term 
memory began to fade away. 
"I walked to the door after 
talking to my supervisor 
and I forgot where I was." 
His physical balance was 
shot, and he was unable to 
stay awake for more than 
six or eight hours at a time. 
It was then that Markey 
was hospitalized and 
underwent his first of seven 
brain surgeries over the 
course of three months. Not 
an exact science, the first 
shunt went too far in the 
other direction — it over- 
drained, and the ventricles 
collapsed. "They had to 
keep trying to figure out 
what It was, and clean up 
whatever damage was done. 
My brain pulled away from 
my skull and created 
subdural hematomas around 
it. I was in the hospital 
almost full-time for three 
months. I thought I would 
die at one point," he 
explains. "I missed my son's 
first words, his first steps. I 
had to drop out of graduate 

"I did not know if I would 
live and how much of my 
mental abilities 1 would 
keep, or if I would be able to 
do anything. At the time 
my focus was on getting 
better, not feeling fear. It 
took root in other ways. Up 
to that time I had a strong 
belief in God, and I lost it. I 
started talking to Rabbi Al 
Axelrad [Jewish Chaplain at 

Randy Markey and son. Max 

Brandeis] almost every day. 
He was a dear friend at 
school, he officiated my 
marriage to my wife, 
Marcia, in March of 1994, 
and he is one of the few 
people I really trust. He told 
me of an old proverb: 'God 
doesn't mind if you praise 
him or if you yell at him. 
God gets concerned if you're 

While recuperating at home, 
Markey found a mailing list 
on the Internet for people 
and families affected by 
hydrocephalus and spent 
hours learning more about 
this condition. Over 300 
people from around the 
world who have 
hydrocephalus or have 
fam.ily members with this 
condition share their daily 
troubles or issues. These 
issues can be psychological, 
physiological, educational, 
or social. "I have learned 
that chronic illness has a 
very long grasp and reaches 
into most affairs of daily 
living," explains Markey. 
"When I wrote to list 
members that I'd been 
shunted since 1956, all hell 
broke loose — no one had 
heard of a case that long 

ago. I found the name of the 
man who invented the new 
shunt technology. In early 
1956, John Holter and his 
wife had a son born with 
hydrocephalus, and they 
were told that there was 
very little hope. Holter was 
a mechanical engineer, and 
he wouldn't take no for an 
answer. He went home and 
literally for the next two 
weeks did nothing but work 
on a shunt himself. He took 
it back to the hospital, the 
doctor put It in his son, and 
saved his life. It 
revolutionized shunt 
technology because it 
responded to variances in 
pressure." Before, the shunt 
was just a simple tube. "I 
found him and then called 
him on the phone," says 
Markey, "and I said, this is 
the date I was shunted. How 
does this date jibe with 
you? And he said, 'I 
guarantee you that I put 
your shunt in an envelope 
and sent it.'" 

Markey also became 
informed about the political 
aspects of the condition. All 
shunts are coated with a 
silicone based product 
called silastic. The U.S. 
government is deliberating 

on a bill called the 
Biomatenals Access 
Assurance Act of 1997 that 
would seek to assure that 
materials like silicone will 
remain available to people 
like Markey, who need 
them to stay alive. "I was 
privileged to testify in front 
of a House subcommittee 
about this bill, and about its 
impact on my life," says 
Markey. "It was my love for 
political activism that drew 
me to Brandeis, and I 
believe that it was in 
keeping with the Brandeis 
mind-set that I became an 
outspoken activist for this 

Comforted that he knows 
the reason for the headaches 
he has endured for a 
lifetime, he is making 
adjustments to help him 
deal with them. His 
undiagnosed learning 
disabilities that hounded 
him — making his academic 
experience at Brandeis 
difficult — have been traced 
back to this condition. 
Seizures, that began shortly 
after he graduated, have 
never left and are also 
directly attributable to 

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and Alumni College 

hydrocephalus. "I get a 
warning sign before a 
seizure, an aura, dots in 
front of my eyes. Nine 
times out of 10, I have 
about a minute and a half, 
long enough to cross the 
street and get inside 
somewhere. It's a condition 
that I believe has everything 
to do with hydrocephalus in 
terms of its origin, but in 
terms of its treatment, they 
don't treat it any differently 
from epilepsy. It really is 
the same thing." 

Now associate director for 
education at the 
Hydrocephalus Foundation, 
Inc., Markey raises money 
to put together educational 
pamphlets for doctors' 
offices and creates links so 
that families will not be 
alone. Markey gives TV and 
newspaper interviews on 
aspects of living with 
hydrocephalus. "When I say 
to an audience I have 
hydrocephalus and I have a 
Brandeis degree, their 
response is, 'Oh my God, 
my child has hope.' It has 
been a wonderfully 
affirming experience to take 
a chronic and life- 
threatening experience and 
to work hard at making 
something positive come 
out of it," he says. "It's also 
the fact that when someone 
of my age has survived this 
long and thrived in the way 
that I have, it sends a 
message to the community. 
I went to New York 
University at the end of 
May for a symposium on 
hydrocephalus, where I 
spoke as part of a panel of 
adults who have survived 
with hydrocephalus. I got a 
warm reception and a few 
standing ovations. I was 
taken aback," he says. 

Actively involved in 

research, Markey is 
currently finishing his 
master's degree at Simmons 
College. Co-principal 
investigator for a research 
study on self-esteem in 
adolescents with 
hydrocephalus, he is one of 
the only people in the world 
with hydrocephalus who is 
actively engaged in 
professional work to aid 
families and professionals in 
their education, support, 
and the advancement of the 
body of knowledge about 
chronic illness. "I would 
like to devote my life and 
career to helping families 
with hydrocephalus," he 
emphasizes, happy to find 
meaning and satisfaction in 
a condition that has so 
deeply affected his life. 

For information and support with 
hydrocephalus-related issues, 
Maritey strongly urges any 
affected families or interested 
doctors, mental health 
professionals, and rehabilitation 
professionals to be in contact. 
The HyFI is a new foundation, the 
only one of its kind headed by 
adult survivors with this 

Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc. 


910 Rear Broadway 

Saugus, Massachusetts 01906 


Please visit the Hydrocephalus 
Foundation Inc. Web site at 
www.neurosurgery.mgh. or contact 
Markey directly at 

Mark your calendars and 
attend Reunion on June 12- 
14, 1998. The Classes of 
1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 
1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, and 
1993 will be welcomed back 
to campus and for the first 
time, nine alumni classes 
will participate in a 
Brandeis Reunion. 

On Friday, June 12, the 
University will also hold its 
increasingly popular 
Alumni College, a chance to 
take classes with some of 
Brandeis's most 
distinguished professors. 
For m.ore information, 
contact Rachel Bebchick '96, 
assistant director, Alumni 

The following alumni are 
the leadership for the 
Program and Gift 
Committees for the June 
1998 Reunion; 

Class of 1953 

Gift: Marshall Sterman 
Program: Harriet Jedeikin 
Staff: Judy Cashman '90, 
associate director, Annual 

Class of 1958 

Gift: Allan Drachman and 

Annette Miller 

Program: Elaine Heumann 


Staff: Myra Tattenbaum, 

assistant director. Annual 


Class of 1963 

Gift: Lawrence Harris and 
Ron Kaiserman 
Program: Michael Kligfeld 
and Mimi Osier Hyman 
Staff: ludy Cashman '90, 
associate director. Annual 

Class of 1968 

Gift: Anthony Scariano 

Program: Shirley and Herb 


Staff: Myra Tattenbaum, 

assistant director. Annual 


Class of 1973 

Gift Coordinators: Jan 
Solomon and Barbara 
Brickman Stein 
Program: Lee Brooks 
Staff: Beth Goldman Galer, 
associate director, Annual 

Class of 1978 

Gift: Amy Shakun and 

Diane Cohen Schneider 

Program: Eric Hollander and 

Robert Kerwin 

Staff: Myra Tattenbaum, 

assistant director. Annual 


Class of 1983 

Gift: Steve Cloobeck, Mark 
Fischer, Risa Levine 
Program: An Jaffe, Billy 
Portnoy, Julie Siminoff 
Staff: Judy Cashman '90, 
associate director. Annual 

Class of 1988 

Gift: Lee and Robyn Spirer 

Program: Mitchel 


Staff: Myra Tattenbaum, 

assistant director. Annual 


Class of 1993 

Gift: Beth S. Berman and Ira 

H. Cohen 

Program: Traci Portnoff 

Staff: Daniel Wiseman, 

associate director, Annual 


Program staff for the Spring 
1998 Reunion: 
Noah Carp, assistant 
director. Alumni Relations 
Natalie Soukatos, Reunion 
program coordinator. 
Alumni Relations 

If you are interested in 
serving on your class 
Reunion program or gift 
committee, please call the 
Office of Alumni Relations 
at 800-333-1948 or 

17 Fall 1997 

Bulletin Board 

Save the Date 

Hold the date of June 1 1-13, 
1999, for Alumni Reunion 
1999. The Classes of 1954, 
1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 
1979, 1984, 1989, and 1994 
will hold their Reunions on 

Brandeis Web Site: Your 
Source for Alumni News 

The Brandeis Web site is an 
important place to look for 
news of Brandeis alumni 
events in your area. Check 
out our homepage at 
Share with us your e-mail 
address and we will list it 
on your class e-mail 
directory. This is a great 
way to find long-time 
friends and catch up on 

Fall Reunion Enjoys Great 
Weather, Renewed 

The Fall 1997 Reunion took 
place in September with 
more than 500 alumni and 
friends from the Classes of 
1977, 1982, 1987, and 1992 
plus minority alumni 
returning to campus. 
Highlights of the weekend 
included beautiful fall 
weather, the Ralph Norman 
barbecue near Massell Pond 
on Saturday afternoon, the 
campus tour, a presidential 
reception for Reunion 
leadership, and the Saturday 
night reception at The 

The Reunion Gift 
Campaigns Continue 
Successful Effort 

The five Reunion 
campaigns for the Fall 
Reunion contributed nearly 
$250,000 to the Brandeis 
Annual Fund. Alumni from 
these Reunion classes made 

Reunion Gift Totals 

special "stretch" two-year 
Annual Fund gifts to 
celebrate their important 
Reunion milestones. 

' The Class of 1977 more 
than doubled the amount of 
money it raised during 
its 15th Reunion. 

> The Class of 1982 broke the 
15th Reunion giving 
participation rate. 

' The Class of 1987 broke the 
10th Reunion giving 
participation rate. 

» The Class of 1997 broke the 
5th Reunion giving 
participation rate and 
the amount raised by a 5th 
Reunion class. 

Alumni Giving Moves 

During fiscal year 1997, 
Brandeis University raised a 
total of $32 million, $10 
million of which was 
budget-relieving annual 
giving dollars. Alumni 
contributed a total of $3.9 
million, which was an 
increase of $600,000 
compared to fiscal year 

Undergraduate Giving 
Climbs to 32 Percent 

Giving to the University by 
undergraduate alumni has 
climbed from 23 percent to 
32 percent in the past two 
years — the highest 
participation rate the 
University has achieved 
since the 1950s. While the 
overall alumni participation 
rate is at 32 percent, the 
participation rate for 
alumni who celebrated their 
25th through 45th Reunions 
in spring 1997 averaged 51 
percent. Thanks to all 

Reunion Campaign 

Total Dollars 


Class of 1997 



Class of 1982 



Class of 1987 



Class of 1992 



Minority Alumni 



All Reunion 



whose outreach efforts are 
making a significant 
difference. We look forward 
to seeing a continued 
upward trend in our alumni 
participation rates. 

Alumni Association 
Reaches Out to Current 

First-year students at 
Brandeis received their class 
banner at an Alumni 
Association reception this 
fall. Members of the alumni 
board of directors welcomed 
the students as future 
alumni of the University. 
Students and alumni 
enjoyed refreshments and a 
visit from the Brandeis 
mascot. The Student 
Alumni Association also 
held a contest to name the 
Brandeis owl mascot. The 
Alumni Association will 
hold a reception for legacy 
students during its spring 
1998 board meeting on 

Two Alumni-Supported 
Scholarships become 

The John ].]. Jamoulis 
Endowed Scholarship Fund 
recently achieved initial 
funding thanks to the work 
of Mark D. Fischer '83 and 
others. Also receiving 
funding was the Ruth and 
Fred Friedman Memorial 
Endowed Scholarship. To 
find out more on how to 
leave a lasting legacy to 
benefit generations of 
Brandeis students, call the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations. 

Joseph Perkins '66, 

President fehuda Reinharz, 

Kenneth Fox 77, Fred 

Berg '77, Susan Lewtan 

Langberg, Glenn Langberg '82, 

Adam Raboy '82, Debbie 

Moeckler Berman '87. and 

Yaron Dori '92 at the 

Presidential Leadership 



Tony 'Williams, director of 

the Transitional Year 

Program. Joseph Perkins '66, 

and Magaeye Seek, Ph.D. '95, 

listen to keynote speaker 

Ricardo Millett '68, 

M.S.W. '70. Ph.D. '74, at the 

Minority Alumni Reunion 



David Zuckerberg, Elisa 

Brown Zuckerberg '87, 

Daphne Horowitz '87. and 

Paul Horowitz take a break 

from the action 


Gary Jones, Kenneth Knapp, 

Mark Fogel. and I. Bruce 

Frumkin at their Class of 

1977 Reunion party 


Students and alumni at a 

Reunion celebration 


Sherri Geller. David 

Glassman, Selena Luftig, 

Joseph Spraragen. Steven 

Rabitz. and Lyle Himmel 

celebrate at their Class of 

1992 Reunion party 


Brenda Schafer '77 

introduces her children to 

Ollie, the Brandeis mascot 


A relaxing moment at 



Alumni and their guests 

pause for a photo at the 

Ralph Norman Barbecue 

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Chapter and 
Network News 

Chapter Events Begin 
New Season 

Please check tor news about 
alumni happenings in your 
area. If you would like to 
receive news of chapter 
events by e-mail, remember 
to send your e-mail address 
to alumguru@stanley. 
Please indicate your chapter 
area in your request. 

Greater Boston 

Richard Saivetz '69, 
The Boston Chapter held its 
Brandeis Day Reception at 
the Rose Art Museum on 
Sunday, December 14. 
Guests viewed the exhibit 
Robert Farber: A 

In September, the Boston 
Chapter enjoyed a talk with 
Robert Reich, University 
Professor and Maurice B. 
Hexter Professor of Social 
and Economic Policy, at the 
Faculty Club at Brandeis. 
More than 100 alumni and 
friends heard Reich reflect 
on his time as labor 
secretary in the Clinton 
administration. In October, 
the Brandeis Business and 
Professional Network 
(BBPN) heard William 
Novak, M.A. '73, speak on 
'Confessions of a Ghost 
Writer." Novak is the 
coauthor of some of the 
best-selling memoirs, 
including those of Lee 
lacocca. Tip O'Neill, Nancy 
Reagan, Oliver North, 
Natan Sharansky, and 
Magic Johnson. The BBPN 
enhances professional 
networking and 
development opportunities 
among Brandeis graduates 
in established business 
positions. BBPN is a critical 
component of the Boston 
Chapter of the Alumni 
Association that serves to 
join alumni and connect 
them with the University 
through diverse 

Southern California 

James R. Felton '85 
The Brandeis Day event, 
held on January 11, 1998, 
featured a talk by the 
always interesting Associate 
Professor of American 
Studies Jerry Cohen. 

In October, the Southern 
California Chapter held a 
roof-top mixer in West 
Hollywood at the home of 
Richie Silverman '54. Food, 
drink, and a swimming pool 
were made available to 
those who attended. 


Elena E. Silberman Scott '92 

The annual Brandeis Day 

Broomball event was held 

on January 10, 1998, at 

Centennial Ice Rink in 



David Levine '83 
This fall, a new study group 
was formed under the 
auspices of the Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee in the 
Connecticut, area. The 
group meets monthly and 
uses the syllabus Popular 
Culture of the 1950s by 
Stephen Whitfield, Max 
Richter Professor of 
American Civilization. 
Deborah Zuckerman '65 
coordinates the study group. 


Lenore Szuchman '69 
South Florida alumni 
enjoyed a talk by Thomas 
Doherty, associate professor 
of film studies (on the Sam 
Spiegel Fund), on November 
22 at the home of Gilbert 
Drozdow '79 and Linda 
Moskowitz Drozdow '80 in 
Golden Beach. The Chapter 
will hold another faculty 
event in the spring. 

Long Island 

Jaime Ezratty '86 
The Long Island Chapter 
hosted Associate Professor 
of Fine Arts Gerald 
Bernstein this November at 
the home of Ranita 
Massuda '96 in Great Neck. 
Bernstein gave a slide 
presentation, "Brandeis 
Under Construction." The 
chapter also had a 
successful night at the U.S. 
Open in September. Tickets 
sold out within two weeks. 
While the Long Island 
Chapter has attended the 
U.S. Open for the past few 
years, this is the first time 
the event was advertised, 
attracting alums who have 
not been active. 

New Jersey 

Merry Firschein '87 
Jason Schneider '93 
In November, Dan 
Morgenstern '57, director of 
The Institute of Jazz Studies 
at Rutgers University, 
entertained the New Jersey 
Chapter at the home of 
Barbara Levadi '66 in 
Livingston. About 80 people 
gathered at the reception in 
August to welcome first- 
year Brandeis students and 
their parents. Twenty first- 
year students attended the 
event, held at the home of 
Margie Rachelson Samuels '75 
and Larry Samuels '75. 

New York 

Amy DaRosa '94 

The New York Chapter in 
conjunction with the Hiatt 
Career Center held a 
Networking Event on 
Wednesday, January 7, 1998, 
at Brandeis House. Please 
consider helping to plan 
events in New York City. 
The New York Chapter 
wants to include as many 
area alums as possible. 


David Allon '81 
The Philadelphia chapter 
held a steering committee 
meeting in October. Please 
call if you are interested in 
helping to plan or to host 
Chapter events. 

Greater Washington 

Seth Arenstein '81 
The chapter is looking 
forward to maintaining its 
strong presence in our 
nation's capital. The 
chapter is eager to hear 
from alums new to town, 
and from those who have 
been here for a while and 
want to raise their Brandeis 
consciousness or tap into 
the Brandeis network to 
explore career or other 
options. The Washington 
Chapter will look for your 
support and participation in 
its events. Please feel free to 
call 703-415-7559 to get in 
touch if you want to host or 
plan an event. 


Alan Katz '64 


The Westchester Chapter is 

planning a faculty in the 

field event for February. 

Great Britain 

Joan Givner Bovarnick, 
Ph.D. '59 
The Great Britain Chapter 
held its annual 
Thanksgiving Day Tea at 
the end of November. The 
club is now in its 10th year. 
If you have any questions, 
please feel free to get in 


Suk Won Kim '70 
Join in the effort to 
strengthen ties between 
Brandeis and Korea. 

20 Brandeis Review 

Shoshana Rubin '01. Laura 
Hariis '63, and Brenda 
Cipziano '61, get a hug 
fiom the Brandeis mascot 
at a reception for first-year 
students sponsored by the 
Alumni Association 

Professional Alumni 
Affinity Groups 

The mission of Alumni 
Affinity Groups is to 
provide alumni in specific 
industries with social, 
intellectual, and networking 
forums, while increasing 
their connection to the 
University and their 
commitment to its needs. 
The most recent event was 
a joint reception for the 
Wall Street Group and 
Alumni Lawyers 
Association. Featured 
speakers were Shelly Stem 74, 
senior managing director at 
Bear Stearns, and Matthew 
Bloch '77, partner at the 
New York law firm Weil, 
Gotshal & Manges LLP. 

Wall Street Group (WSG) 

The Wall Street Group 
includes alumni in financial 
services, securities, and 
banking industries in the 
New York Metropolitan 
area. Past speakers have 
addressed topics such as 
alternative investments, 
investment banking trends, 
economic trends, and 
activities within the equity 

The WSG is chaired by 
Martin Gross 72, of 
Livingston, New Jersey, 
president of Sandalwood 

The Alumni Lawyers 
Association (ALA) 

Launched in May 1997, the 
Alumni Lawyers 
Association is an industry 
group whose members are 
attorneys serving in the 
public and the private 
sectors. Future events will 
feature speakers or 
discussions on a variety of 
legal subjects. 

The ALA is chaired by 
Michael Wien 74, real 
estate partner in the New 
York office of Sonnenschein 
Nath & Rosenthal. 

For ideas on programming 
or questions, please contact 
Seth Schiffman at Brandeis 
House, 212-472-1501. 

Above, Richard Saivetz '69 
welcomes Boston-area 
alumni to a talk by 
University Professor and 
Maurice B. Hexter Professor 
of Social and Economic 
Policy Robert Reich, below, 
in September at the Faculty 

The Brandeis University 
Alumni Network 

The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual 
Alumm Network is a 
growing organization for 
lesbian, gay, and bise.xual 
Brandeis alumni. The 
Brandeis G/L/B Network 
works in full cooperation 
with the Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations and has a 
representative to the alumni 
Board of Directors. 

There are currently over 125 
active members. If you 
would like to become a 
member please contact the 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations at 

The Minority Alumni Network 

Minority alumni gathered 
on campus during the Fall 
Reunion weekend. Minority 
alumni and friends enjoyed 
a Friday night reception, a 
Saturday night dinner of 
traditional "soul food," and 
a Sunday morning breakfast 
hosted by undergraduate 
students at the Intercultural 
Center. A talk by Riccardo 
Millett '69, M.A. '70, 
Ph.D. '74, mesmerized the 
alums. MiUett recounted 
difficult student days m the 
late sixties, then 
emphasized his appreciation 
for Brandeis today and 
stressed the responsibility 
of all alumni to support 
their alma mater. 

For more information about 
opportunities for minority 
alumni, please contact 
Daniel Wiseman, associate 
director. Alumni Relations 
and Annual Fund, at 

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During the past year, Brandeis 
has enjoyed unprecedented acclaim. 
As President Reinharz explains 
in his message at the front of this 
issue, not only did the University 
receive enthusiastic praise from a 
reaccreditation team headed by 
Dartmouth College President 
James O. Freedman [see page 6], 
but we achieved a much more public 
accolade through our high rankings 
in The Rise of American Research 
Universities, published by Johns 
Hopkins University Press. 

What kinds of scholarship give 
rise to that level of recognition 
and esteem? A small sample follows. 



!'. ■ - Review 

Reaping the Fruits 

of Collaborative Research " *" ' ' " ' 

The unusual crossover 
teamwork of scientists 
from four different 
universities is nearly as 
significant as the results it 

In the search to understand the origins 
of behavior, a tiny insect has provided 
intriguing new information. Scientists 
at Brandeis and three other 
universities have identified a gene 
called "fruitless" as having major 
control over complex sexual behavior 
in male fruit flies. This advance was 
achieved through a particularly fruitful 
and close collaboration among 
scientists at different institutions that is 
unusual in today's research 

"There is absolutely no way any one of 
our labs could have completed this 
work alone in this time." asserts 
Jeffrey Hall, professor of biology and 
Volen National Center for Complex 
Systems, who led the Brandeis 
research team that worked with 
scientists from Stanford University, 
Oregon State University, and the 
University of Texas Southwestern 
IVIedical Center. 

The paper published in the journal Cell 
last December heralded a new chapter 
of investigation into how a single gene 
can affect development and work in 
the adult nervous system to exert 

control over behavior. Like many 
species, the fruit fly depends on an 
elaborate courtship ntual largely 
performed by the male in order to 
mate and ensure species survival. The 
new discovery is astounding evidence 
that the blueprint for male mating 
behavior is significantly directed by a 
single, large gene in which mutations 
can derail courtship. 

The cloning of this gene and the 
discovery of the extent of its control is 
the result of research at its best. It is 
the tale of a quirky mutant male and its 
missing muscle, and how this one trait 
altered the understanding of a genetic 
pathway: and of people who crossed 
paths and forged an involved 
collaboration, exchanging insights and 
criticism in a dynamic process. It is a 
story of small steps, converging lines 
of inquiry, openness to changing 
information — the story of a process as 
noteworthy as the result. 

The Tiny Workhorse of Genetics 

Jeffrey Hall is a leading expert on 
mating behavior in Drosophila 
melanogaster. one of the species of 
fruit flies that has been studied the 
longest. Tiny though they are. fruit flies 
(who feed on the yeast that grows on 
fruit) have proven to be a gold mine of 
information for geneticists. By 
exposing them to X-rays, one can 
induce specific gene mutations — 
structural changes in the DNA 
molecule that alter the function of a 
gene. Since flies breed rapidly, the 
effects of genetic alterations can be /' 

observed readily in several 
generations of flies, when necessary. 
Compared to other organisms used in 
genetic research, such as yeast or 
bacteria, fruit flies are a "higher 
organism" — they have complex 
embryonic development and anatomy, 
they can learn and remember, and 
they offer a rich array of complex 
behaviors and neurobiology that can 
be analyzed in quantitative detail. 

As every biology student knows, one 
gene dictates the production of one 
protein. People are used to thinking 
that one gene affects one discrete 
process or trait. Today — and this study 
is an example — scientists are finding 
more and more that many genes act in 
versatile ways. Genetic studies in 
Drosophila have shed light on 
developmental processes, in 
particular; yet proven links between 
genes and complex behavior are few. 

Although not quite the mythical "flea 
circus," the tiny flies can dance" (in 
courtship rituals) and can even be 
trained (though not to jump through 
hoops). Hall has made a career of 
using behavior as a launching point for 
studying the genes at work in the 
nervous system, which ultimately 
directs behavior. He has developed 
sensitive video and audio taping 
techniques to rigorously document and 
quantify information about the quickest 
hiccup or brief, high-pitched serenade 
of his minuscule subjects. 

2ft=all 1997 

Males Behaving Badly 

There is a large number of fly 
behavioral mutations, but few that 
affect complex behavior like mating, 
Hall explains. "Learning and courtship 
are accessible and analyzable in the 
normal state." he says. Knowledge of 
an interesting normal behavior thus 
makes it feasible to link abnormal 
bq^avior to gene mutations by 

In Drosophila, the male courts the 
female in a precise ritual, by 
sequentially following her. stroking her. 
playing a "love song" by vibrating one 
wing or the other, and licking her, 
before bending his abdomen behind 
hers and attempting to mate. Hall and 
others have even identified 'love 
songs" unique to different species of 
fruit fly. which may help the female to 
tell if she is being courted by one of 
her own species. 

In the early 1960s, researchers looking 
at sterility in a particular fruit fly mutant 
surprisingly found a behavioral cause. 
Mutant males performed courtship 
rituals with males and females alike, 
but were unable to mate. (Female 
mutants show no apparent 
abnormalities.) Since they were unable 
to pass on their genes, this mutation 
was named "fruitless." nicknamed "fru." 

With his interest in mating behavior, it 
was natural for Hall to become 
somewhat of an expert on the fru 
mutation. He found that the mixed-up 
fru mutant males form conga-lines in 
which each courts the male in front of 
him. Hall also found subtle changes in 
the "love song" of mutant males that 

26 Brandeis Review 

could not be attributed to physical 
defect — the wings worked just fine, but 
the songs were either slightly off, or 
the males were mute. Gender 
confusion and singing off-key 
prevented mating, and for a long time, 
knowledge of a possible fru gene was 
limited to the quirky oddity of its male 
mutants' behavior. 

It's Who You Know 

In the world of science, it is supposed 
to be what you know, not who you 
know, that counts. Hall adds that 
sometimes, who you know shapes 
what you know. In this case, personal 
connections as well as professional 
expertise shaped the collaboration that 
found the fru gene. 

During his research. Hall noticed that 
certain fru males courted females, but 
did not bend their abdomens to 
copulate — suggesting they might be 
anatomically unable, rather than 
unwilling, to mate. Immediately he 
thought of contacting Barbara Taylor, 
then a graduate student at the 
University of California, San Diego, 
who was studying how internal 
abdominal structures in the flies varied 
by gender. Hall hadn't just read her 
name on a paper: "I used to go hang 
out with my friend Bill Harris, and 
Barbara worked in his lab," he notes, 
waving at a snapshot on his office 
wall. He suggested that his research 
associate, postdoctoral fellow Don 
Galley. Ph.D.. contact Taylor. Galley 
went to California to work with Taylor, 
and in 1991 they found that the male 
fru mutants lacked a particular 
abdominal muscle found only in 
males — a normal fru gene appeared 
necessary for formation of the muscle, 
a finding that later proved crucial. 

After completing her doctorate, Taylor 
went to the University of Washington 
for a postdoctoral fellowship and 
continued to study sex differentiation. 
Others investigating this topic included 
Bruce S. Baker, Ph.D.. who had been 
a lab colleague and housemate of 
Hall's when they were at the University 
of Washington — and who also knew 
Taylor from his time on the faculty at 
the University of California, San Diego. 
A biology professor at Stanford 
University, Baker was studying how a 
hierarchy of genes — a genetic "chain 
of command" — controls sexual 
differentiation in fruit flies, dictating 
whether an embryo becomes male or 
female during development. 

Different Pieces, 
but the Same Puzzle? 

On paper, these were very different 
areas of study, and nine times out of 
10, scientists would retire to separate 
labs to puzzle out their own 
questions — behavior, gene 
identification, hierarchical gene 
control — and later swap data at some. 
professional meeting. Yet in part due 
to their shared history. Baker, Taylor, 
Hall, and their staffs continued to 
collaborate in an increasingly 
deliberate way. "It was sort of self- 
reinforcing," says Hall. "The more we 
worked together, the more ways we 
found to work together." 

By the early 1990s, fruitless could no 
longer be viewed as purely a 
behavioral gene — its control of the 
male abdominal muscle pointed to its 
involvement in sex differentiation 
during development. While at the 
University of Washington, Taylor found 
that a gene called doublesex. thought 
to control all aspects of sexual 
differentiation, had no control over the 

development of the male-specific 
muscle — a departure from thie idea 
that the gene had "global" control. 
Since fru did direct the muscle's 
formation, it suggested a place for fru 
in the sex differentiation hierarchy. 

In a 1994 paper in Developmental 
Genetics, Hall. Baker, Taylor (then on 
the faculty of Oregon State University), 
and their associates hypothesized a 
new branch in the sex differentiation 
hierarchy on par with the doublesex 
gene, pointing to the existence of an 
as yet unknown gene in the hierarchy. 
Baker's research associate, Lisa 
Ryner, Ph.D., had found a potential 
candidate for this "mystery gene " — and 
from its location on a particular 
chromosome, it was clear the gene 
could be fru. 

During the same period, Steven 
Wasserman, Ph,D., associate 
professor at the University of Texas 
Southwestern Medical Center, while 
studying sperm production in sterile 
mutants, discovered two new 
mutations of the fru gene. His doctoral 
student, Diego Castnllon, isolated 
large chunks of DNA in and around the 
mutations. It appeared that fru was a 
hefty chunk of DNA— about 140,000 
nucleotide base-pairs, weighing in as 
one of the larger Drosophila genes. 

Taken together, the new findings from 
these four labs indicated that the 
"missing" gene in the chain of 
command controlling sexual 
development might actually be quirky 
old fru acting in a newfound role — 
affecting development, not only sex 
behavior. It made sense for 
Wasserman's lab to join forces with 
the others trying to isolate fru. 

Describing a "New" fru 

The two lines of inquiry — neural 
control of sexual behavior and genetic 
control of sex differentiation — had 
clearly become as intertwined as the 
strands of a DNA molecule. It was a 
truly interactive, interdisciplinary 
collaboration that led to the big news 
of the Cell paper: cloning the fru gene, 
identifying its role in influencing male 
sexual behavior, its likely place at the 
head of a newfound branch point in 
the sex differentiation hierarchy, and 
its expression in the nervous system. 

"What's noteworthy in this process is 
that we started out doing more 
discrete sections of research, but now 
we're all crossing over," says Hall. 
Hall's lab may delve into molecular 
biology studies while Baker's may 
conduct behavioral studies. "It is a 
synergistic propelling of the project, as 
opposed to a division of labor." 

Using Ryner's probes and Castrillon's 
analysis, they cloned most or all of the 
fru gene and analyzed what different 
parts of it were doing. Research 
Associates Stephen Goodwin, Ph.D., 
and Adriana Villella, M.S., in Hall's lab 
worked with postdoctoral fellow 
Anuranjan Anand, Ph.D., in Baker's 
lab to create new fru mutations, which 
Hall and the behaviorists used in 
detailed study of courtship to expand 
evidence of the effects of the fru gene. 

Anand and Villella studied the 
behavioral defects of all fru mutants 
and found they disrupt virtually every 
aspect of the courtship ritual in males. 
Ryner and Goodwin elucidated how fru 
might work differently in males and 
females within the proposed new 
branch of genes acting to control sex 
differentiation. Taylor suggested how 
fru was exercising this control, by 
working in a tiny fraction (0.5 percent) 
of the cells in the male fly's central 
nervous system. 

All this new information provides keys 
for the next stage of investigation. 
"Cloning the fru gene gives us a tool we 
can use to dig into the central nervous 
system," notes Hall. Baker, Hall, and 
Taylor have been awarded a joint 
grant from the National Institutes of 
Health to continue the collaborative 
study of fru. including its effects in 
females, and how mutations cause 
changes in development of fly brain 
cells. (Wasserman returned to 
studying sterility.) 

These studies show in microcosm a 
puzzle facing genetics researchers 
today — many genes now appear to be 
working both dunng developmental 
processes and in the adult organism. 
Although some genes in the 
Drosophila sex differentiation pathway 
do have primitive correlates 
(homologues) in humans, it is too big a 
leap to extrapolate from fly behavior to 
humans. Hall points out. Yet the 
drama of the lovelorn "fruitless " 
mutants continues to provide valuable 
information about how the nervous 
system is functionally organized during 
development, and about how genes 
work in the adult nervous system — 
insights that might suggest new 
avenues of study In mammals. ■ 

27 Fall 1997 

"Amfeficah Jew^ fair 
at history for insight 
issues of contemporary 
concern. Critical challenges 
that emerge are inevitably 
seen as 'new' problems. 
History, it is assumed, has 
nothing to say about them." 

—Jonathan D. Sarna 
A Great Awakening 

An alumnus of Brandeis's eminent 
Department of Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies, now a member of its 
faculty, Jonathan Sarna 75, M.A. 75, 
finds insights to contemporary 

Jewish concerns in some of ! 



history's more obscure corners 


by Betsy Lawson 

Jonathan D. Sarna, the author and 
editor of more than a dozen 
scholarly books, the widely sought- 
after speaker for high-profile 
events, perhaps one of the most 
recognized authorities on the 
American Jewish experience, has 
been spending his recent days 
counting chairs. 

His credentials more than qualify 
him for the task. 

Sarna holds a bachelor's degree and 
a master's degree in Near Eastern 
and Judaic Studies (NEJS) from 
Brandeis, master's and doctoral 
degrees in American history (with 
an emphasis on American Jewish 
history) from Yale, and a bachelor's 
degree in Hebrew letters from 
Boston Hebrew College. His first 
academic appointment was as 

professor of American Jewish 
History at Hebrew Union College- 
Jewish Institute of Religion, where 
he concurrently served as the 
director of the Center for the Study 
of the American Jewish 

Sarna returned to Brandeis in 1990 
as the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American Jewish 
History to teach a variety of NEJS 
courses. His courses, open to 
undergraduates and to graduates, 
include American Judaism, Jewish- 
Christian Relations in America, 
and The American Jewish 
Experience: Sources and 

When not in the Brandeis 
classroom, the Philadelphia native 
can be found behind the lectern at 
any number of colleges around the 
country or in a number of public 
forums such as New York City's 
public library. 

His reviews and articles appear 
regularly in scholarly and popular 
journals, such as Commentary, 
Moment, and the Journal of 


American History. He edits the 
American Jewish Civilization 
Series with Moses Rischin of San 
Francisco State University. All in 
all, Sarna is among the top 
historians in the field of the 
American Jewish experience. 

And a chair counter. 

Driven by a deep-seated curiosity, 
Sarna has been looking recently 
through architects' diagrams, 
synagogue archives, and public 
building records trying to ascertain 
the number of chairs assigned to 
women at Shearith Israel 
Synagogue in New York when it 
was built in 1730, and how that 
number increased over the years. 
(Back then, the synagogue was 
commonly referred to as the Mill 
Street Synagogue,- today it is 
known as the Spanish and 
Portuguese Synagogue.) 

What does this seemingly obscure 
figure tell us about the American 
Jewish experience at that time; 

For Sarna, this fact adds one more 
piece to the mosaic of a 
complicated history that has 
pulled its people in two directions 
at once: the desire to be fully 
Jewish, and the desire to be fully 

But back to the chairs. 

Sarna explains that Jewish women 
in Europe and the Caribbean, for 
example, rarely went to synagogue 

29 Fall 1997 

except, perhaps, during the High 
Holy Days. And when they 
attended services, few seats were 
assigned to them. Recent emigres 
to New York and other American 
cities designed their new 
synagogues according to the ways 
of the old world. 

But this was America. First and 
second generation Jewish 
daughters saw their Christian 
counterparts not only going to 
church with their husbands or 
fathers, but sitting together as 
families. Jewish women wanted to 
go to services, as well, and began 
asking for more seats in the 
synagogue. Segregated at first, their 
demands were gradually heard, and 
the rules of the old world were 
reshaped, allowing some 
congregations to have mixed 

As a result, a very different 
synagogue tradition took root in 
America, one that became 
increasingly distinct from 
synagogue traditions in Europe and 
other Jewish communities around 
the world. 

To Sarna, the import of the chair 
count is clear — the practices of the 
surrounding majority faiths clearly 
had a major impact on the 
practices of the Jewish minority 
here in America. And, that current 
problems and concerns must be 
viewed withur a historical context. 

"Yet, too often Jewish leaders 
perceive key issues within the 
community as happening m a 
vacuum, as if they're somehow 
disconnected from the trends and 
mores of the larger society," Sarna 

These blinders, of sorts, keep the 
Jewish community from learning 
the lessons of history, or from the 
coping strategies other groups in 
America have used, both 
successfully and unsuccessfully, to 
face such tough issues as 
intermarriage and assimilation. 

Second and third generation Italian 
Catholic emigres, for example, 
were discouraged and often 
forbidden to learn Italian by 
parents who wanted to shield their 

children from the prejudice of 
being perceived as "non- 
American." Further, in the old 
country, geography separated 
Protestant and Catholic youths 
from meeting one another and 
possibly marrying. In proximity 
with one another in the new cities 
of America, enmity and distrust of 
the other at first kept the numbers 
of interfaith marriages low. But not 
for very long. 

Marriages between Catholic and 
Protestants became increasingly 
common in American Christian 
life. So, too, did intermarriage 
become a fact in American Jewish 
life, Sarna asserts, but it is often 
not perceived as part of a trend 
within the greater context of 
American society. 

"It's as if one day we woke up and 
there was a 'Jewish continuity' 
problem where none had existed 
before. But if we look to the 
history books, this simply isn't 
true," he says. 

In the next breath, however, Sarna 
admits that there weren't many 
comprehensive works of American 
Jewish history that could help 
readers integrate contemporary 
Jewish concerns within the broader 
historical context and perspective 
of American society as a whole. 

He praised Nathan Glazer's book, 
American Judaism (first published 
in 1957), as brilliant — but 
incomplete, because Glazer makes 
little mention of Jewish women's 

What were these women's daily 
lives like? What issues were 
important to them? These are 
some of the key questions Sarna 
attempts to answer in his most 
recent undertaking, A New History 
of American Judaism. When 
completed, this comprehensive 
volume will be added to the dozen 
other scholarly books he has 
written and edited, including the 
definitive reader The American 
Jewish Experience (the second 
edition was published this year), 
and the highly acclaimed People 
Walk on Their Heads, about 
Jewish immigrant life in New 

The recipient of numerous honors 
and fellowships, Sarna worked 
recently on a variety of other 
projects — aside from the chairs — 
including a documentary history of 
religious and state issues affecting 
American Jews, a book on minority 
faiths and the American Protestant 
mainstream, and an illustrated 
history of the Jews of Boston, 
which he coedited with Ellen 
Smith of the American Jewish 
Historical Society. This last work 
was made into an hour-long 
documentary narrated by Boston- 
native Leonard Nimoy and aired on 
public television stations around 
the country last fall. 

With so many projects out in the 
public arena, rarely does a week go 
by that his phone doesn't ring with 
a reporter from the likes of The 
New York. Times, Wall Street 
Journal, Newsweek, The Jerusalem 
Report, or any one of a plethora of 
smaller media outlets, eager to 
have an academic perspective on 
some aspect of contemporary 
Jewish life. Rather than offer a 10- 
second sound byte that frames 
Jews as a somehow separate group 
within American society, Sarna 
takes the time — often 
painstakingly so for harried 
reporters — to give a mini-history 
lesson about how the American 
Jewish experience is but one of 
many fully integrated parts of the 
vast American landscape. 

For the record, Lown auditorium, 
where Sarna teaches The Making 
of the American Jew, has 108 chairs. 

But who's counting? ■ 

30 Brandeis Review 

Under the Umbrella of Judaic Studies 

New in Fiscal Year 1996-97 

FTsher-Bernstein Institute for 

Leadership Development in Jewish 


Bernard Reisman, Director 

Established with a generous gift from noted 
philanthropist and Jewish leader Max Fisher, 
the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Leadership 
Development in Jewish Philanthropy provides 
graduate-level courses in the area of 
fundraising and Jewish philanthropy. In 
addition, the Institute hosts annual 
conferences, offers continuing education for 
lay and professional leadership development, 
and provides consulting services to Jewish 
organizations. The endowment also provides 
for the establishment of the Fisher-Bernstein 
Archive of American Jewish Philanthropy that 
contains the combined collections of both 

Genesis at Brandeis University 
Simon Klarfeld, Director 

Launched with initial funding from Steven 
Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation, 
Genesis is a four-week residential program 
that helps teenagers relate their secular 
interests to Judaism by integrating the arts, 
humanities, and Jewish studies with hands-on 
social action in and beyond the classroom. 
Nearly three dozen faculty, many of whom are 
from Brandeis, taught 40 high school students 
from around the country this past summer in 
courses that ranged from Hollywood and the 
Jewish Experience; to Ancient People, New 
World (history of Jews in America); to 
Exploring Identity: A Theater Arts Workshop. 

International Center for Ethics, 
Justice, and Public Life 
Daniel Terris, Executive Director 
Arthur Green, Director 

The mission of the new International Center 
for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life is to 
engage scholars and practitioners from 
around the world in the examination of 
questions of ethics, social justice, and moral 
responsibility. The Center is developing two 
locations, one at Brandeis and the other in 
Jerusalem. Both sites will bring together 
professionals from a broad spectrum of 
disciplines, including the arts, humanities, 
politics, journalism, and the sciences, to 
explore one theme in depth each year. The 
theme for 1997-98 and for the international 
conference is "Coexistence: New Meanings, 
New Practices, New Questions." Prominent 


Palestinian political philosopher Sari 
Nusseibeh, one of the first Palestinians to 
explore publicly a peaceful solution to the 
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, was the Center's 
first distinguished visitor. The Center is also 
sponsoring the Brandeis Seminars in 
Humanities and the Professions, which are 
day-long opportunities for professionals in 
every field to examine moral dimensions of 
their work in light of short works of literature. 

International Research Institute 

on Jewish Women 

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. '77, Director 

Sylvia Barack Fishman, Associate 


Actress and singer Barbra Streisand is the 
honorary chair of the new International 
Research Institute on Jewish Women located 
at Brandeis and founded by Hadassah, the 
Women's Zionist Organization of America. 
The idea for the Institute flowed from the 
"Voices for Change: Future Directions for 
American Jewish Women " report, issued in 
1995 by the Hadassah-sponsored National 
Commission on American Jewish Women, 
that highlighted the current paucity of 
research on Jewish women. Because the 
study of Jewish women is an almost entirely 
new field, the Institute's research agenda will 
be established collectively by a diverse 
international group of qualified scholars. 
Planning for the Institute's first conference on 
the Women Founders of the State of Israel is 
currently underway. 

The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat 

Center for the Study of 


Sylvia Fuks-Fried, Associate Director 

The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center 
for the Study of Anti-Jewishness is the first of 
its kind to deal systematically with the 
penetrating questions of anti-Semitism 
throughout history. Funded by Bernard and 
Rhoda Sarnat, the Center aims to promote a 
deeper understanding of the causes, nature, 
and consequences of anti-Jewish prejudice, 
as well as Jewish and non-Jewish responses 
in historical and contemporary perspectives. 
Organized on an interdisciplinary basis, the 
research produced will be disseminated as 
widely as possible through conferences and 

31 Fall 1997 

The Department 

of Near Eastern 


Judaic Studies 

at Brandeis 

Judaic studies developed as a field 
on most American university 
campuses in the 1960s; yet, it was a 
part of the Brandeis curriculum 
from the very beginning. In 1954, 
Brandeis established Judaic studies 
as its first graduate program in the 
humanities; the first Ph.D. in Judaic 
studies was conferred in 1958. No 
other university in the United 
States has produced as many Ph.D.s 
in Judaic studies as has Brandeis — 
some 120 to date. 

Here is a sample of the breadth and 
depth of on-going faculty research 
within NEJS: 

I. Tzvi Abusch 

A scholar of Mesopotamian 
religion and literature, 
Tzvi Abusch is the Rose B. 
and Joseph H. Cohen 
Professor of Assyriology 
and Ancient Near 
Eastern Religion. His 
specialty is Akkadian 
magical and mythological 
texts. He is the author of 
Babylonian Witchcraft 
Literature: Case Studies 
and Lingering Over 
Words: Studies in 
Ancient Near Eastern 
Literature. He has served 
as a fellow of the 
Annenberg Research 
Institute at the University 
of Pennsylvania and 
studied cuneiform tablets 
dealing with witchcraft 
at the British Museum. 

Bernadette J. Brooten 

The Myra and Robert 
Kraft and Jacob Hiatt 
Professor of Christian 
Studies, Bernadette 
Brooten is a scholar of 
Early Christianity and 
Jewish texts. An expert 
in the study of history, 
women, and religion, her 
books on these topics 
include Women Leaders 
in the Ancient 
Synagogue: Inscriptional 
Evidence and 
Background Issues and 
Love Between Women, 
Early Christian 
Responses to Female 
Homoeroticism. The 
latter has won the 
American Academy of 
Religion Award for 
Excellence in the Study 
of Religion (historical 
studies category) and the 
Lambda Literary Award 
(lesbian studies category). 

Sylvia Barack Fishman 

An expert on the 
interplay of secular and 
Jewish elements in the 
changing lifestyles and 
roles of American Jewish 
women and men, Sylvia 
Barack Fishman is 
assistant professor of 
contemporary Jewry and 
American Jewish 
sociology in NEJS and 
associate director of the 
new International 
Research Institute on 
Jewish Women. She 
teaches, writes, and 
speaks frequently on 
images of Jews in film 
and fiction, the changing 
roles of American Jewish 
women, the American 
Jewish family, 
intermarriage and 
assimilation, and the 
measurable impact of 
Jewish education. Her 
books include A Breath 
of Life: Feminism in the 
American fewish 
Community and Follow 
My Footprints: Changing 
Images of Women in 
American fewish Fiction. 
She recently completed 
the manuscript of a new 
book, American fewish 
Lifestyles in Cultural 

32 Brandeis Review 

Arthur Green 

A central figure in the 
field of Jewish thought, 
Arthur Green, Ph.D. '75, 
has written on aspects of 
Jewish mysticism, 
spirituality, and theology 
from biblical times to the 
present. The Philip W. 
Lown Professor of Jewish 
Thought at Brandeis and 
former president of 
Rabbinical College, 
Green lectures 
throughout North 
America on a variety of 
topics relating to Jewish 
spirituality and its 
renewal in our day. He is 
an expert in Hasidism 
and author of the 
acclaimed Tormented 
Master: A Life of Rabbi 
Nahman of Bratslav. His 
recent book. Seek My 
Face. Speak My Name: A 
Contemporary Jewish 
Theology, has been 
widely reviewed and 
discussed in the Jewish 

Reuven R. Kimelman 

An associate professor of 
Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies, Reuven 
Kimelman is a well- 
known figure on the 
American Jewish scene 
and a frequent 
commentator on Jewish 
events. He is an expert in 
rabbinics, liturgical 
issues, and prayer. He is 
currently writing a book 
on The Jewish Ethics of 
Power and two books on 
the liturgy, one in 
English tentatively titled 
The Rhetoric of Prayer: 
The Jewish Liturgy as 
Literature in Its 
Historical Context and 
one in Hebrew on The 
Mystical Meaning of 
Lekhah Dodee. 

Avigdor Levy 

An internationally 
recognized authority on 
the history of the Jews in 
the Ottoman Empire, 
Avigdor Levy is professor 
of Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies and 
director of the graduate 
program in Middle 
Eastern studies at 
Brandeis. He specializes 
in modern Middle 
Eastern history, Ottoman 
history, and the history 
of the Jewish people in 
the Middle East. He has 
authored, coauthored, 
and edited six books, 
including: The Arab- 
Israeli Conflict: Risk and 
Opportunities; The 
Sephardim in the 
Ottoman Empire-, and 
The Jews of the Ottoman 

Alan L. Mintz 

A specialist in modern 
Hebrew and comparative 
literature, Alan Mintz is 
the Joseph H. and Belle 
R. Braun Professor of 
Modern Hebrew 
Literature. Before coming 
to Brandeis, he served as 
director of the Meyerhoff 
Center for Jewish Studies 
at the University of 
Maryland. He is the 
founder and coeditor of 
Journal of Jewish 
Literary History. His 
books include George 
Eliot and the Novel of 
Vocation; Hurban: 
Responses to Catastrophe 
in Hebrew Literature; 
and Banished from Their 
Father's Table: Loss of 
Faith and Hebrew 

Yitzhak Nakash 

The newly tenured 
associate professor of 
modern Middle Eastern 
studies, Yitzhak Nakash 
teaches courses on the 
world of Shi'i Islam, 
Islamic radicalism, and 
the making of the 
modern Middle East. His 
expertise includes 
Islamic resurgence and 
the Islamic Republic of 
Iran, the United States 
and the European powers 
in the Middle East, the 
rise of Arab nationalism, 
and the Sudan in the 
19th and 20th centuries. 
His book. The Shi'is of 
Iraq, was translated last 
year into Arabic. 

Antony Polonsky 

An internationally 
recognized expert on the 
history of Eastern 
European Jewry, Antony 
Polonsky is chair of the 
NEJS department; vice 
president of the Institute 
for Polish-Jewish Studies 
in Oxford; and vice 
president of the 
American Association for 
Polish-Jewish Studies in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
Now the Walter Stern 
Hilborn Professor of 
Judaic and Social Studies 
at Brandeis, Polonsky 
previously spent 20 years 
at the London School of 
Economics and Political 
Science. He is author of 
Politics in Independent 
Poland; The Little 
Dictators; A History of 
Eastern Europe Since 
i 928; and The Great 
Powers and the Polish 
Question 1941-1945. He 
is the editor of Abraham 
Lewin's A Cup of Tears: 
A Diary of the Warsaw 
Ghetto, which won the 
Joseph and Edith 
Sunlight Literary Prize 
and the Jewish Book 

Bernard Reisman 

Bemaid Reisman, Ph.D. '70, 
is an expert on 
contemporary Jewish life 
and Jewish communities 
worldwide. In 1993, he 
stepped down as director 
of the Hornstein Program 
in Jewish Communal 
Service at Brandeis after 
24 years. He is credited 
with developing the 
program and propelling it 
to international 
prominence. He continues 
to serve Brandeis as the 
Klutznick Professor of 
Contemporary Jewish 
Studies. He is the author 
of several books on 
Jewish identity including 
Adult Education Trips to 
Israel: A Transforming 
Experience and The 
Jewish Experiential 
Book: Quest for fewish 
Identity. Reisman 
frequently conducts 
demographic studies and 
is currently examining 
the unique situation of 
Jews who live in Alaska 
for that state's Jewish 
community. He is also 
the director of the new 
Fisher-Bernstein Institute 
for Leadership 
Development in Jewish 

David Pearson Wright 

An assistant professor of 
Bible and the ancient 
Near East, David Wright 
specializes in the study 
of ritual in the Hebrew 
Bible and ancient Near 
Eastern societies, 
including topics such as 
temple, priesthood, 
sacrifice, purity and 
impurity, and the 
meaning and sense of 
ritual practice. He is the 
author of The Disposal of 
Impurity: Elimination 
Rites in the Bible and in 
Hittite and Mesopotamian 
Literature. He has 
written major pieces for 
Anchor Bible Dictionary 
on "Discharge," 
"Holiness," "Leprosy," 
and "Unclean and 

33 Fall 1997 

The Eclectic 


An English department 
renowned, traditionally, for 
the number and distinction of 
its poets, is recognized, too, 
for the scope and influence 
of its research 

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

The Department of English at 
Brandeis University is a celebration 
of engaged literary criticism, 
consequential scholarship, and 
creative writing — an unusual 
gathering of scholars, poets, and poet/ 
scholars. In comparing it to English 
departments at other universities, an 
investigator quickly finds as entirely 
apt the words "different" and even 
'extraordinary." Certainly, that 
feeling is corroborated by Hugh Davis 
Graham and Nancy Diamond in their 
recent book, The Rise of Ameiican 
Research Universities. In terms of 
the amount and import of knowledge 
created, they rated Brandeis 
University ninth in the nation and 
first among those not previously 
rated. And they ranked Brandeis's 
School of Humanities third, in part 
because of the remarkable output of 
the English department. 

That output is notable not only for 
its influence, but for its range. 
Unencumbered by any dominant 
style, school of thought, or 
methodological constraints, 
Brandeis's English department 
comprises a faculty of, as Associate 
Professor of English John Burt 
cheerfully states, "brilliant eccentrics 
who are hard to pin down into 
schools." He, himself, is a fine 
example. An expert on 19th-century 
American literature, he has also 
taught the romantic poetry course, 
which is English literature. He has 
also done work on 20th-century 
English literature, including a 
significant essay on Virginia Woolf 
that is continually cited by scholars. 
In addition, Burt has published two 
books of his own poetry. The Way 
Down and Work Without Hope, and 
has edited the collected poems of 
Robert Penn Warren. Currently he is 
at work on a book about the Lincoln- 
Douglas debates. 

34 Brandeis Review 

As wide-ranging as his own interests 
seem to he, Burt sees his colleague 
William Flesch, associate professor of 
English and American literature, as 
being the most eclectic scholar in the 
department. Flesch, who teaches 
courses in Shakespeare, the 
Renaissance, and the history of 
English versification, is working on 
two hooks. The first is on poetic 
quotation — what happens when 
poems quote from other poems? 
What happens if the quoting poem is 
quoting a poem in a different form? 
How do you read the quotation, as 
part of the new form or the old? And 
what happens if they clash? The 
other book explores the question how 
is it that we can suspend disbelief? 
How can we feel suspense in a play, 
novel, or movie while knowing that 
it is fiction? Flesch has already 
published Generality and Extremity 
in English Renaissance Literature. 
He has also written about Proust and 
has a piece coming out on Henry 
James. "If you have wide interests to 
triangulate from," he says, "it helps 
you to locate yourself within the area 
you're interested in. So I don't feel at 
all like I'm dissipating my energy, 
rather that I'm helping to focus it." 

Flesch characterizes the scholarship 
of the department with three 
concepts: "Originality, quality of 
work, range. There's no narrow 
pedantry," he explains. "One of the 
good things about being a relatively 
small department is that when we 
hire, we seek different things from 
what a large department looks for. 
We look for people who are wide- 
ranging and can cover a variety of 
things. And what that has meant is 
that we've got people who are really 
knowledgeable and highly 
intelligent but are not at all hobbled 
by their intelligence, as when that 
intelligence is simply directed 
towards whatever the one thing that 
their idea is." 

With obvious delight and 
admiration, Flesch extols the 
versatility of several of his young 
colleagues, who include Burt, Paul 
Morrison, associate professor of 
English and American literature, 
Mary Campbell, associate professor 
of English, and Tom King, assistant 
professor of English and American 

"Paul Morrison," says Flesch, "is an 
expert on modernist poetry and has a 
book on Pound, Eliot, and anti- 
Semitism, but has also published 
work on Chaucer and Jane Austen, 
and he's taught Shakespeare at 
Brandeis." Morrison's book. The 
Poetics of Fascism: Ezra Pound. T.S. 
Eliot, and Paul de Man, was 
published by Oxford in 1996. His 
interest in gender theory and 
literature has led to his development 
of a new undergraduate course, AIDS: 
Representation and Activism, and a 
new graduate seminar on Sex and 
Culture. He is currently completing a 
new book for Oxford, Sexual 

"Mary Campbell," Flesch continues, 
"is a Chaucer expert, but she is also a 
contemporary poet, as well as one 
who does work on contemporary 
poets. She also does the history of 
science — the scientific imagination, 
science the way literary people talk 
about it, science as developing out of 
various literary ideas." Campbell's 
first book of poems, The World, the 
Flesh, and Angels, won the Barnard 
Women Poets Award. She is a 
student of medieval and Renaissance 
literature whose first scholarly book, 
The Witness and the Other World: 
Exotic European Travel Writing 400- 
1600, showing the powerful effects of 
literary conventions on the reported 
perceptions of travelers, has already 
reached a wide audience in several 

35 Fall 1997 

Tom King has a Ph.D. in theater and 
drama and performance studies, 
writes and teaches about early 
modern drama, and also works on 
gender theory and literature. His 
classes include the acting out of 
scenes from plays being studied and 
tend to be especially lively. He has 
introduced the new courses Gender 
Studies and Representations of 
Marginal Sexuality. As Flesch points 
out. King has created "a point of 
extraordinary interaction between 
the English and theater arts 
departments." Similarly, Assistant 
Professor Faith Smith, jomtly 
appointed in the Departments of 
English and African and Afro- 
American Studies, teaches courses in 
African- American literature for both 
departments. She has mtroduced a 
new undergraduate course in 
Caribbean literature and a new 
graduate seminar on post-colonial 
literature and theory. 

Yet, if it is the impressive 
eclecticism and energy of those 
young associate and assistant 
professors that give the English 
department its range, it is the work 
of Its three full professors that gives 
it its national and international 
reputation. In the tradition of the late 
Philip Rahv, one of the most notable 
New York Jewish intellectuals, editor 
of Partisan Review and Modem 
Occasions, and an early member of 
the Brandeis English department, 
Eugene Goodheart, Edytha Macy 
Gross Professor of Humanities, 
engages major issues of literary 
criticism. Goodheart started out 
writing about 19th-century and early 
20th-century British literature and 
has, in the past decade or so, taken 
over a strong position about keeping 

a moral and political dimension in 
contemporary litcrai-y criticism. He 
is interested in reading and writing 
about deconstruction and other 
contemporary literary theory, but has 
a lively contestatory relationship 
with it. Goodhcart's books include 
The Skeptic Disposition in 
Contemporary Criticism and, most 
recently. The Reign of Ideology. He is 
currently at work on a book of 
personal essays. 

Susan Staves, Paul Prosswimmer 
Professor of Humanities and chair of 
the department, and Michael 
Gilmore, professor of English, explore 
the relations of literature and 
political change in periods before the 
20th century. "My field," explains 
Staves, "is Restoration and 18th- 
century English literature, but I've 
always been interested in the relation 
of the history of the period — in my 
case, the legal and social history — 
and literature. The 18th century is 
the period famous for the rise of 
realism — the rise of the novel, the 
invention of bourgeois drama. And in 
order to understand realism as a 
literary mode, it has seemed to me 
particularly effective to have other 
kinds of discourses that, 
chronologically, appear at the same 
time, that deal with the kinds of 
situations and events in the so-called 
realist novel and realist drama, but 
where these relationships and human 
events are differently represented. 
Look at the treatment of marriage, 
for example, in the realist novel, and 
look at it in divorce cases; look at it 
in venereal disease cases in the 
medical literature. It doesn't seem to 
be exactly the same, and it gives you 
a kind of fulcrum from which you 
can see the extreme selectivity of 
what is considered realism. And I'm 
interested in trying to understand the 
grammars of representation in these 
different systems." 

36 Brandeis Review 

Staves's published works include 
Married Women's Separate Property, 
a critical legal history, and The 
Delicate Distress, a critical edition, 
done with a current graduate student, 
Cynthia Ricciardi, ot a woman's 
novel about coping with a husband's 
infidelity. She has also published on 
literature and authority during the 
17th-century English Revolution and 
has published a number of critical 
essays on "lost" women writers of 
the 18th century. As part of a British 
national literary history, she is 
currently working on a book about 
women's writing from 1660 to 1785, 
which will feature the unusual 
inclusion of women writers who 
lived in all the lands under the 
dominion of the British Crown. 

Gilmore is a major authority on 19th- 
century American literature and one 
of the contributors to the Cambridge 
History of American Literature. He 
has published a number of works that 
are heavily involved in trying to 
understand the relation between 
American social and economic 
history, on the one hand, and literary 
production, on the other. One of the 
subjects around which his research 
has centered, therefore, is the literary 
marketplace, the point at which 
those two subjects intersect. His 
latest book. Differences in the Dark, 
compares the 19th-century British 
involvement with the theater with 
the 20th-century American 
engagement with the movies as a 
way of contrasting the two cultures. 
It is an experimental book written in 
an experimental style. 

It is that exceptional collective body 
of research — and there is 
considerably more from these and 
other faculty members of the 
department — that has influenced 
Graham and Diamond to rank 
Brandeis so highly in their study. But 
a discussion of the English 
department cannot end without 
mention of the department's special 
renown for the number of major 
poets among its faculty. "One thing 
that makes our department unusual," 
says Flesch, "is that Brandeis 
traditionally, and still, is very much a 
poetry-oriented department. And it 
has been the case that a lot of English 
departments, in moving beyond 
literary concerns into history and 
social issues, have found that the 
way to do that is by concentrating on 
prose. But we have continued to 
insist on the importance of poetry 
and on the value of our departmental 
tradition of having distinguished 
American poets in residence. The 
people who do poetry in this 
department are just superb; they 
really are the best in the country. 
That is recognized about Brandeis. 

"The fact that we have the Fanny 
Hurst Visiting Professors and poets- 
in-residence, people of the quality of 
Jay Wright and Olga Broumas, can 
only help with the interconnections 
and relationships among people who 
do poetry. And of course, John Burt 
and Mary Campbell, who also teach 
in the literary criticism and literary 
history side of the department, are 
themselves poets of considerable 
rank and reputation." 

Add to that Stephen McCauley and 
Jayne Anne Philips, the novelist 
complements of the two visiting 
writers programs, and this small 
department proves to be a place of 
exciting and surprisingly 
comprehensive opportunity for the 
serious student of English and 
American literature. As Flesch points 
out: "At other institutions, a canny 
undergraduate English major can get 
a broad education by stringing 
together a series of faculty interests 
that are narrowly focused. At 
Brandeis it doesn't really require that 
of the student, because the faculty 
already have that wide education and 
interest. You can see that in the 
courses people teach, what they 
publish, and the senior projects they 
direct." ■ 

37 Fall 1997 






Fine Arts 

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The GOD Project 

by Marjorie Lyon 

How many times have we 
enjoyed coloring, drawing, 
singing — expressing ourselves 
as we did as children — but only 
in private, censoring any creative 
expression in public because 
we are "not good enough"? 
At what moment do we start 
being judged in a way that no 
longer facilitates, but cuts us 
off from, the creative process? 

When internationally 
recognized painter and 
sculptor Jonathan 
Borofsky was asked by 
the Rose Art Museum to 
create an exhibit, his 
proposal was to do 
something a little 
different from your 
typical artist who brings 
in his work and places it 
all around the museum. 
He asked that the 
museum have at least 
150 canvases stretched, 
and enough easels, 
brushes, and paints 
available so that students 
could come into the 
museum and create their 
own paintings, which 
would all hang in the 
show. Part of his art 
piece was the process of 
students creating their 
own work, with an 
intended demystification 
of the artistic process and 
a redefining of the Rose 
Art Museum as a site for 
social interaction and 
spiritual contemplation — 
a place to congregate and 
create," says Susan 
Stoops, Rose Art 
Museum curator. 

It was very unconventional 
in almost every way," 
explains Stoops, 
describing the Borofsky 
show created as part of 
the Festival of the Arts 
celebration last spring. 
Although many of 
Borofsky's projects have 
had participatory 
elements in them, 
they've never been quite 
as collaborative as this 
one has been. And it was 
vei"y unconventional for 

us to have so many 
people actually making 
art in the museum, 
transforming it into an 
active instead of a 
passive site." 

To see if students would 
be interested — if the idea 
was plausible — Stoops 
and Borofsky first created 
an open letter, published 
in the Justice, describing 
Borofsky and his vision 
for the show. Letters 
were also sent to 400 
undergraduate students 
from varied backgrounds, 
inviting them to a 
preliminary meeting, 
with no idea if they 
would come. When 80 or 
90 students showed up to 
meet Borofsky and hear 
his ideas, giving feedback 
on how to tailor the 
program, it looked like 
his vision could be 

Borofsky, 54, who grew 
up in Newton and now 
lives in Ogunquit, 
Maine, is known for 
creating installations 
with sound in a walk-in, 
participatory environment. 
He uses his dreams as 
revelatory subject matter 
for drawings, paintings, 
and sculpture. In the 
1980s he painted directly 
onto walls that he knew 
would be painted over, 
believing that the works 
had some sort of afterlife, 
even if hidden. In the 
1990s, he created giant 
sculptures, such as that 
of a man climbing 
heavenward on a 73 -foot 

39 Fall 1997 

The topic he chose for 
the students to explore 
resonates with his own 
creative process, self- 
described as a "search for 
a way to feel connected 
to the Whole." In his 
GOD Project, Borofsky 
asked students to paint 
their thoughts and 
feelings about the 
Creator — not necessarily 
a picture or image of 
God, but a visual 
articulation of their 
feelings or ideas about 
God and spirituality. A 
daunting task? Not for 
these students. How do 
you make thoughts and 
feelings visual? "Nobody 
asked me," says 
Borofsky. "There was 
very little discussion 
about God. People just 
came in and got right to 
work. I thought that was 
a very mteresting 
response. I began to see 
very quickly that they 
were just taking it 
directly and literally — 'I 
am a part of God, I am 
making a painting, no 
problem here,' and they 
were off." 

Two rooms downstairs in 
the Rose were 
transformed during 10 
days last spring into 
painting studios between 
2:00 and 11:00 pm, from 
two or three to as many 
as 16 or 17 students 
immersed in their 
creations — a churning 
sea, an embrace, a grassy 
field, an angel. ("There 
was great diversity and 
incredible energy," says 
Stoops.) For Borofsky, his 
vision, and a successful 
process to realize his 
vision, was his art piece. 

"Most of the students 
who came arrived 
prepared, knowing what 
they wanted to do, but 
not how to, so he helped 
with that," explains 
Stoops. Indeed, the size — 
24 by 30 inches — was the 
only common feature of 
the student paintings. 
They ranged from 
completely abstract to 
symbolic to 
representational. The 
atmosphere was focused 
but relaxed activity. 
Privacy and anonymity 
were preserved. A list of 
participants could be 
found at the front of the 
exhibit, but none of the 
pieces was labeled with a 

Borofsky, looking barely 
older than the students, 
in his rumpled T-shirt 
and ponytail, explains 
his first question to 
students — most of them 
physics, chemistry, and 
humanities majors: 
"Have you ever made a 
painting before? If they 
said, 'No, I've never 
made a painting before,' I 
would give them my one- 
minute painting lesson — 
to learn how to handle 
the materials technically, 
not to learn how to paint 
an image, but this is how 
you use a brush, this is 
how you make it thin, 
this is how you make it 
thick. Now, do you have 
an idea what you want to 
do? Some would say, 
'Yes', and I'd say, 'Go 
right to it. You can 
sketch the idea on the 
canvas or just start 
painting. Others would 
say, 'No, I want to think 
about it,' so I encouraged 
them to make drawings. 
Some students loved to 
watch the paint mush 
around, and scrape it and 
scratch it and slowly 
form an abstract design,- 
others had a very specific 
image that they wanted 
to captur e, " Borofsky 

"A very important 
element was that there 
was no judgment," says 
Stoops. "Whoever made a 
painting had it in the 
show. Jonathan did a 
wonderful job of guiding 
but not criticizing: to 
help the students feel 
their way through, to 
find a way to make the 
images they wanted, 
without saying this is the 
way I would do it." 

The final exhibit 
included a set of 12-foot- 
tall statues, originally 
installed in New York's 
Grand Central Station. 
Called Men with 
Hearts — Borof sky's 
signature colossi — one 
white, one black, are 
made of shiny fiberglass 
that "make them look 
like overgrown toys. 
Facing each other across 
the big upstairs gallery, 
they each extend a hand, 
palm facing upward, a 
gesture of welcome and 
vulnerability.... Large 
cavities have been cut in 
the chests of the figures 
so you see and hear their 
beating hearts, which are 
pulsing red lights. The 
mesmerizing sound is a 
recording of Borofsky's 
own heartbeat. You're 

surrounded by it, almost 
as if you were back in the 
womb, listening to the 
throb of your mother's 
heart," writes Christine 
Temin in The Boston 
Sunday Globe. Anchored 
by these two imposing 
figures were the 150 
student canvases, the 
environment humming 
with other sounds as 
well: a repeating 35- 
minute chant that 
Borofsky recorded in his 
own voice specifically for 
this show, and the sound 
of the fountain that is 
always in the museum. 

'For me, as a curatorial 
project. The GOD 
Project was unlike any 
other show I've done," 
says Stoops. "It was a 
great way for us to be 
intimately involved with 
the student body here, in 
a very meaningful way. I 
found myself making an 
analogy to a sports 
center, a gym, you can go 
in and take care of that 
part of your body, but 
you don't have to be an 
Olympic swimmer to 
swim. We made the Rose 
Art Museum the place to 
go to exercise a part of 
you — your creativity." ■ 

We made thfrR^Kse Art Museum 

the place to go 

to exercise a part of you — ^■^' 

your creativity, 

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40 Brandeis Review 

Access to 

Brandeis University's 
Poses Institute for 
tlie Arts puts students 
in touch with some 
of this country's most 
respected creative artists 

by Marjorie Lyon 

True to a tradition of Brandeis — to 
give students an opportunity to 
learn from luminaries in the world 
beyond the Waltham campus — 
what began as the lack I. and 
Lillian L. Poses Creative Arts 
Awards has taken on another 
dimension. In 1956, Brandeis 
established the Creative Arts 
Awards Commission to recognize 
outstanding contributions by 
contemporary American creative 
artists, to increase awareness of the 
importance of the arts in our 
society, and to extend the 
University's role in the 
development of the artistic and 
cultural life of the nation. Over the 
years, medals, citations, and 
honoraria have been awarded to 
nearly 300 artists and artistic 
organizations in all areas of the 
creative arts. 

Today the Poses Institute of the 
Arts, which rotates each year 
among the Departments of Music, 
English, Theater Arts, and Fine 
Arts, has evolved from the Poses 
Creative Arts Awards to bring 
distinguished artists, writers, 
actors, and musicians to the 
Brandeis campus. They interact 
with students to share their 

Renowned painter and 1996 Poses 
Visiting Artist John Walker 
suggested that he take all 14 
students in the Post-Baccalaureate 
Program in Studio Art (a graduate 
level fine arts non-degree program 
of one or two years) to Maine for 
10 days in October to live and 
work at his house. 

A three-hour drive north from 
Waltham, Walker's house sits on 
50 acres of land on a peninsula. 
"You can see the water from the 
house," explains Jae Williams, who 
earned a certificate from the Post- 
Baccalaureate Program in Studio 
Art in May 1997. "It was amazing. 
We stayed at his house, the girls in 
a guest cabin, the guys in the 
house on cots and sleeping bags. 
He made us soup for lunch, he 
washed our sheets and towels," she 
says, incredulous, describing 
Walker as generous and fatherly. 
Up early to paint, they came in for 
lunch and dinner (cooked by two 
students each night on a rotating 
basis), painting all day for 10 days. 
When they came in from the chill 
at dusk, Walker had built a fire, 
adding pine cones he had gathered 
for their aroma. They spent the 
evenings looking at slides and 
talking about art. Heaven for a 
young painter? Absolutely. 

"We had very intense discussions at 
night, and they made a jumping off 
point for the rest of the year, so we 
could continue when we got back 
to Waltham," Williams explains. 
Walker made four or five other 

visits to Brandeis during the year 
to see the students in their studios, 
and, "he picked the conversation 
right up; he would remember what 
we were doing last," says 
Williams, adding that "different 
generations need each other — 
communication keeps ideas open 
and flowing and gives everybody 
new places to go." 

"I think it would be quite 
reasonable to say that for a large 
percentage of them, it changed 
their life," says Graham Campbell, 
associate professor of fine arts. "In 
truth, the whole nature of that 
experience was profound. Maybe 
10, 20 years from now, when they 
are alumni, there's food for some 
commentary on how it affected 
them." He describes Walker's 
participation as "in the spirit of the 
Poses as we saw it — he was with 
the students as real inspiration. 
Just being able to touch that kind 
of quality — to interact with an 
artist of great repute (Walker's art 
is displayed in all the major 
museums of the world) makes the 
experience very valuable for the 
students," Campbell emphasizes. 

"Borofsky's GOD Project at the 
Rose Art Museum [see page 39], 
also came under the same 
umbrella," explains Campbell. 

"The installation was a very 
different kind of experience — it 
was the artist's project, and his 
idea. But his presence at Brandeis 
also had a very direct impact on 
the students' psyche." 

In 1995, the theater arts 
department, as part of the Poses 
Institute of the Arts, invited 
several visiting artists, including 
Mercedes Ruehl and Olympia 
Dukakis. This year, the music 
department has its turn to invite 
Poses Institute participants. ■ 


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42 Brandeis Review 

Near Myth in New Mexico 

Two Brandeis 
the infamous 
as a modern 

the making 

by Alicia Conroy 

On a hot July night, an unidentified flying object 
hurtled out of the sky and crashed in the New 
Mexico desert — changing forever the lives of two 
Brandeis University anthropology professors 50 years ; 
later. Sound like a plot from The X-Files- The truth is] 
out there... in Waltham. 

That purported crash of an alien spaceship m 1947 
became known as the Roswell Incident. A few years 
ago, Benson Saler, associate professor of 
anthropology, and Charles Ziegler, adjunct assistant 
professor, cultural anthropologists and science fiction 
huffs, became mtrigued with the Roswell story. Saler, 
who has published widely on religion and culture, 
and Ziegler, who has an interest in the culture of 
technology, saw ancient, archetypal themes at work 
in the accounts of Roswell. 

As is often the case with academic minds, curiosity 
led to research and, eventually, to a book: UFO Crash 
at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth, 
coauthored with physicist Charles Moore and 
published in August by Smithsonian Institution 
Press. In it, the pair discuss the Roswell Incident as 
an example of myth in progress, dealing with age-old 
motifs such as contact with the other-worldly, with 
the modern twist of a government conspiracy, and 
rapid dissemination via pulp (non)fiction, electronic 
communication, and TV docu-drama. 

Although they claim not to be UFO debunkers, the 
anthropologists admit that they find coauthor 
Moore's account of a research balloon crash a more 
plausible explanation than a spaceship. "And if we 
come to the conclusion that a spaceship didn't crash, 
then we should look at why people think it did," says 

Ziegler says the Roswell tale shares with ancient 
myths the "hoarded object" motif, in which a monster 
or entity controls a resource, and the hero outwits or 
kills the monster and liberates the substance — like 
Prometheus stealing fire to give to mankind in the 
Greek myth. In the Roswell myth, the government 
has concealed the knowledge that we are not alone in 
the universe, says Saler. 

"The new heroes are not using swords or spears, they're 
using the Freedom of Information Act, tape recorders, 
and cameras; they are investigators and journalists — 
furthermore, they imply that they are heroes, and 
they're writing themselves into the myths," he says of 
the people who, starting around 1980, presented 
versions of the Roswell story. He points out that the 

"conspiracy" element of the Roswell myth can be used 
to explain any lack of physical proof, creating an 
irrefutable belief, as in many religions. 

le book did not go quietly into that good night of 
academic publishing — it came out on the heels of a 
well-hyped 50th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, 
which fueled public curiosity about the piuported 
crash. Roswell's inhabitants cashed in with a week of 
events, Hollywood spawned several new space-alien 
iovies, and the U.S. Air Force stepped to the plate 
with a iL-purt cuncluJing that ni.i "alien bodies" were 
found at Roswell. 

One minute, the Brandeis professors were dealing 
with end-of-year, academic business, the next, they 
were fielding calls from reporters at network TV and 
major newspapers that came in a deluge after they 
were mentioned in The New York Times and a Time 
magazine cover story. Their television coverage 
included Good Morning America, MSNBC news, and 
Greater Boston on the local PBS affiliate. 

"We were the only game in town, academically," 
to provide commentary on the Roswell phenomenon, 
notes Ziegler. 

Perhaps the toughest part of the media attention was 
the "did they or didn't they" focus of reporters that 
ignored cultural context. Having survived their bout 
with Roswellmania, the duo are already at work on 
their next book. However, the topic will remain 
secret, for the time being — 

after all, 

the skies are watching. ■ 

The truth is out there... 

in Waltham. 

43 Fall 1997 

Agent of History 

by Marjorie Lyon 

An eloquent scholar 
and oft-quoted historian, 
David Hackett Fischer 
is an inspiring teacher 
and engaging raconteur 

It doesn't happen very often, but 
when it does, it leaves an indelible 
imprint on your life: a teacher who 
captures your imagination, 
harnesses youth's restless energy 
and inherent curiosity — a master 
communicator who revels in 
discovery, propelling you down a 
path of inquiry both challenging 
and rewarding, savoring every step 
of the way. You remember that 
person, with joy and thanks, for a 
lifetime. For many current and 
former Brandeis undergraduate and 
graduate students of American 
history, that mentor, teacher, 
admired colleague, and friend is 
David Hackett Fischer, Earl 
Warren Professor of History. 

He is unassuming, shy at first 
impression, a kind face with an 
intent gaze, vivid blue eyes behind 
glasses. He sits quietly; there is no 
nervousness about him, but 

Listen to him: "After 
undergraduate work at Princeton 
and graduate work in American 
history at Johns Hopkins in 
Baltimore, heading towards a 
career as a professor and historian, 
I experienced a slow... dawning... 
discovery... (He has a theatrical 
way of altering volume and pace, 
his words fall quickly over each 
other at times, then slow to a 
measured beat, melded to the 
mood.) "I'm not a professor and a 
historian... I'm a teacher and a 
storyteller. And," his voice full 
with delight, "life has been much 
easier since." 

He muses about his childhood — 
why he was drawn to history — and 
you know why before he is 
halfway into the story. Fischer 
draws you into his yarns, pulling 
on an endless skein, relishing the 
process of it, shaping the thoughts 
as he speaks. "I grew up in 

44 Brandeis Review 

Mai^liind, in Baltimore. History 
was all around me, and I think 
that certainly had an impact. My 
family was part German and part 
English in its ancestry. The 
German side was Baltimore 
Burgher German — the world of 
H. L. Mencken, a world of books, 
and of music and urban 
cultivation, with a very strong 
sense of its own ways. The other 
side was old Maryland, with 
Colonial roots in the countryside, 
and a memory of great events in 
the more distant past. These 
legacies made strong claims on a 
child's identity, and the claims 
were made in historical terms," he 
explains in a melodic warm voice 
with a slight Southern intonation. 

'My father was superintendent of 
schools in Baltimore and later 
president of Teachers College at 
Columbia University. Today at 87, 
with synapses faster than his 
children's, he is still my most 
respected advisor. He was much 
involved in the public life of 
Baltimore, and I remember — I was 
by now in high school — we would 
hear and in some sense see enacted 
around the dining room table the 
events in the life of the city. Then 
the next day we'd read about them 
in the newspaper. That gave me a 
sense of the contingency of things. 
I was aware that these events rose 
from the choices people made — 
people in or out of power. In that 
generation Rosa Parks made a 
choice, as well as Earl Warren. 
That kind of growing up not only 
shaped an interest in history, but 
also gave me a particular sense of 
how history works. For many 
historians, history is about great 
determinisms. In the new social 
history, people are studied as 
examples of great compendious 
forces over which they have no 
control. For me, history is always 
about an idea of contingency: 
people making choices and choices 
making a difference," he explains. 

Not just history is woven into the 
fabric of his childhood, but also 
storytelling, fueled by the conflict 
between North and South that 
meets and mingles in his border 
state. "There was a tale of a great 
aunt who had been sent out of the 
city to a farm on a road just north 
of Maryland, above Baltimore, and 
she was there on a very rainy day 
in July 1863 — July 5 — and the rain 

had stopped that morning. And 
then she heard a sound that was 
like the wind in the trees. But it 
was not a sound that she'd ever 
heard before, so she went outside 
to try to see where it came from. 
And she saw on the road, coming 
from the north, heading south, a 
line of wagons as far as she could 
see, and that sound, like the wind 
in the trees, was the wounded of 
Gettysburg who were being 
brought down to the hospitals. 
That tale was told to my brother 
and to me when we were very 
small. There was an immediacy 
about that, which made history 
part of our lives," he says. 

Great historical events were also a 
daily presence in the life of 
everyone of that generation. "I was 
6 years old when World War II 
began. I have very clear memories 
of many members of my family 
who went off to the war and had 
been in harm's way at Iwo Jima, 
Hiirtgen Forest, and Cassino. 
These are names not of places, but 
of emotions — of agonies. I 
remember Christmas dinner after 
the war, and afterwards the table 
was cleared, and the ladies 
withdrew, and the conversation 
turned to 'the war.' But what was 
meant by 'the war' was not the 
recent unpleasantness with 
Germany and lapan — it was the 
Civil War. And that was much 
more vivid in some ways. There 
was an immediacy about that 

Today he continues that tradition 
of immediacy, taking his class out 
on location in his course Big Books 
in American History. "We read 
Thoreau's Walden, and we talk 
about it on the banks of Walden 
Pond," Fischer explains, mirroring 
not just childhood memories but 
also his experiences as a graduate 
student at Johns Hopkins. 

He emulates his teacher, C. Vann 
Woodward, whom he describes as 
'a Southern gentleman and a great 
scholar. I remember a hot 
Baltimore day, a steamy day, 
temperatures were well in the 90s. 
We were toiling on the top floor of 
Gilman Hall in the library, which 
had an old copper roof. We were 
almost m the attic, and the heat 
was intense. In came Vann 

Woodward, a very soft spoken, 
thoughtful, slow-spoken 
Southerner. He thought for a while, 
and said, 'It's hot.' We thought for a 
while... and agreed. And he said, 'It 
would be a nice day to go 
swimming.' I grew up in Baltimore, 
and I knew a swimming hole — an 
old abandoned stone quarry. So five 
of us went out there that day — Jim 
McPherson, Willie Lee Rose, Bert 
Wyatt-Brown, and Vann Woodward. 
An old World War II life raft was 
floating in the quarry. We swam 
out to it and sat there and had a 
seminar. It reminded me of a saying 
at Williams College that the ideal 
undergraduate college was a log 
with a great teacher on one end of 
the log, and a student on the other. 
I always thought the ideal graduate 
school was a raft, with Vann 
Woodward on one end, and a group 
of graduate students on the other." 

One can only dream of such idyllic 
immediacy, given the reality of a 
formidable number of students. So 
Fischer has explored more practical 
ways to bring effective teaching to 
large classes. To give students a 
mastery of style, writing, and 
thinking, he distilled his 
experiences from Oxford (where he 
spent a year teaching in 1985-86) 
and Princeton, his alma mater. "In 
an Oxford tutorial, the heart of 
teaching is one-on-one, when 
teacher and student work together 
on the student's writing," he 
explains. "The question was, would 
it be possible to make that system 
work on the larger scale of higher 

Fischer's answer is yes — link an 
American lecture system with the 
Oxford tutorial. In the exam-driven 
Oxford system, he explains that 
with exams set around texts, there 
is not much leeway for creative 
inquiry. The American system is 
much more open with courses, but 
less rigorous in the attention to 
writing and thinking. In an effort to 
combine the two, Fischer's course 
on the Civil War, for example, 
offers Brandeis students two 
lectures a week, with an option to 
come in and meet with him in the 
required writing of a four-page 
paper. Students come in twice to 
frame the topic, and then return 
with three or four drafts. "They 
read them aloud to me, so they 
learn to respect the cadence," says 
Fischer. It is in the model of an 

45 Fall 1997 

/ love doing history. 

I also love 

teaching and storyteUing. 

And I don't think I would ever want 
to choose between those things. 


they've always 
come together 


Oxford tutorial "to get them doing 
creative inquiry on the front edge 
of historical research, but to do it 
in a way that would yield a very 
short paper," he explains. "That 
individuated teaching is where 
teaching truly happens. I've never 
really found it difficult to help 
students get to that front edge. And 
then when they get there, they 
often do work that's more creative 
than senior scholars, because 
undergraduates are much more 
open and experimental in their 
thinking," he says. 

Fischer feels privileged to be part of 
what he calls "the strongest 
American history faculty in the 
country," and explains that 
"together we've organized a 
graduate program that has a 
minimum of fixed requirements, is 
small, open, and flexible, taking in 
about five students a year — 
wonderful students (chosen from 
very large numbers of applicants), 
who are doing major work in 
American history." 

Calling his undergraduate teaching 
"the best part of Brandeis for me," 
he says students at Brandeis are 
excellent by comparison. "I've 
taught at Harvard and Oxford, I've 
lectured all over the place. My 
Brandeis students are the best I've 
met — they have a seriousness 
about their learning, and they're 
wonderful to teach. It's partly in 
the institutional culture of 
Brandeis itself and partly m the air 
of Boston — a culture of learning. 
That's a tradition that reinforces 

This culture of learning is nowhere 
more evident than in Fischer's 
house. An airy, welcoming, serene 
space greets you: a slate floor in 
the vestibule reminiscent of a 
terrace, shoes neatly lined up on 
one side, floor to ceiling stone 
fireplace straight ahead across a 
large expanse of warmly decorated 
living room, soft couch beckoning. 
The overwhelming impact is of 
books. Thousands of them line this 
room — and every other in the 
house. The shelves run from floor 
to ceiling; no wallpaper is needed. 
Built by Fischer himself — a hobby 
IS carpentry ("I like to work with 
my hands"), there is no more space 
left for shelves. This is a dilemma 
that must be solved. One 
alternative is to stop buying books, 
and "that is inconceivable," he 

Also probably inconceivable is to 
stop writing them. Fischer's 1994 
bestselling historical narrative of 
the steps leading up to the 
American Revolution, Paul 
Revere' s Ride, was hailed by critics 
from The New York Times to The 
Boston Globe. A bidding war for 
screen rights was won by 
Paramount, and Fischer's students 
have had the extraordinary 
opportunity to participate in 
character research for the movie. 
Fiis acclaimed 1990 book, Albion's 
Seed: Four British Folkways in 
America, was called by Cornell 
University Professor Michael 
Kammen "the finest work of 
synthesis in early American 
history in more than 50 years." 
It is the first of five volumes 
planned, one of which is to focus 
on the Civil War as a cultural 

conflict. Albion's Seed is about the 
British origins of America's 
regional cultures — its Southern 
accents and Cape Cod houses. His 
current book. The Great Wave, 
Price Revolutions and the Rhythm 
of History (Oxford University 
Press, 1996), contains such a 
preponderance of facts that one 
might ask gingerly what Fischer is 

"I suppose some people might say 
I'm obsessive," says Fischer. "From 
time to time my wife says that her 
next husband will have to be 
illiterate. I find the study of history 
enormously interesting, more 
urgently so than anything I can 
think of. Most serious scholars 
share that sort of obsession. I love 
doing history. I also love teaching 
and storytelling. And I don't think 
I would ever want to choose 
between those things. For me 
they've always come together." 

In his new book, The Great Wave, 
Fischer examines price 
fluctuations over a huge sweep of 
history, searching for some truths. 
But when asked to draw 
conclusions, he cautions the 
reader: "We are not merely the 
objects of histoi7 but also its 
agents. The future is determined 
partly by free choices that people 
willfully make, often in 
unexpected ways. These human 
choices are not always rational. 
They flow from hopes and fears, 
truths and errors, memories and 
dreams. They are unpredictable, 
and sometimes unimaginable, 
before they are made." That said, 
Fischer goes on to review the 
patterns that have been found, and 
ponder the choices before us, with 
this knowledge as a guide. 
Although admitting that numbers 
often are a problem in teaching and 
storytelling ("they numb the mind; 
I think that's why they call them 
numbers"), he tries to persuade his 
reader that these numbers 
summarize the experience of 
ordinary people. Paraphrasing 
another acclaimed author, "When 
you prick these numbers, they 
bleed," he says. 

Fischer recently finished a new 
book, ideal for teaching almost the 
full span of American history 
through visual materials. It is a 
history of the iconography of 
freedom and liberty — liberty trees 

46 Brandeis Review 

and rattlesnakes that say "Don't 
tread on me, " running up through 
Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty. 
Fischer's book scrutinizes the 
evolution of how icons, images, and 
emblems work in very complex 

Continuously (and joyfully) 
stretching himself to widen the 
boundaries of our knowledge, 
Fischer can be found every morning 
at five o'clock in his study. "I get 
up and I go out and start writing. 
Instantly. Before I eat breakfast. I 
can't wait to get out there." In late 
afternoon he can be spotted 
running through fields and woods 
behind his home. He finds time to 
do consulting work in the 
community on projects such as a 
redesign of the Freedom Trail and 
the history of national parks, 
described by him as "another kind 
of teaching for me." 

Fischer smiles when he talks of his 
wife — they met when both were 
graduate students at Johns Hopkins, 
which, by the way, is where his 
father met his mother, over the 
dissection of a frog in Gilman Hall. 

"For many years my mother wore a 
pin — a golden frog with emerald 
eyes, named Gilman," Fischer 
remembers. With parents who have 
been married for 63 years, Fischer 
followed their role model — one 
marriage, two children. He and his 
wife, who has a very active career 
in botany and biology, enjoy 
traveling for work and pleasure, 
recently to Africa, New Zealand, 
Eastern Europe, and Latin America. 

"Sometimes I travel as a spouse, and 
sometimes she travels as a spouse. 
What we tend to do is go someplace 
and we botanize, and then we 
historicize. She helps me in the 
archives, and then I paddle her 
canoe," he says with a laugh. ■ 

We are not merely 
the objects of history 
but also its agents. 

The future is determined partly by 
free clioices that people willfully make, 

often in unexpected ways. 

47 Fall 1997 

by Elizabeth Lawson 

Learn and Serve 

Research from 
the Heller Graduate 
School received 

from the first family 

Research from the Heller 
Graduate School 
received a "presidential 
thumbs up" in April 
when, in his weekly 
radio address, President 
Clinton cited Brandeis 
researcher Alan 
Melchior's recent study 
on volunteerism. The 
influential study reports 
students who participate 
in meaningful service 
activities as part of their 
school experience earn 
liigher grades and gain a 
greater j^ense ol 
commitment to their 

Melchior, deputy 
director and senior 
research associate at 
Heller's Center for 
Human Resources, 
conducted the three-year 
study in collaboration 
with Abt Associates 
of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts. Leain 
and Serve America 
School and Community- 
Based Programs 
measured the success of 
well-designed service- 
learning programs that 
incorporate meaningful 
service into educational 
curricula and provide 
structured time for 
students to reflect on 
their service experience. 

The study showed that 
middle and high school 
students participating in 
programs earn higher 
grades in social studies, 
math, and science, are 
more committed to 
service, and have a 
heightened awareness of 
community needs. In 
addition, students are 
rnore socially responsible 
and accepting of cultural 
diversity, feel better 
about their school 
experience, and have a 
greater interest in 
attending a four-year 

The study received 
another presidential nod 
in an April 18 press 
conference when First 
Lady Hillary Rodham 
Clinton repeated its 
findings. Melchior 
attended this event, held 
at a Washington, D.C., 
high school where 
students help first- 
graders build reading 
skills by sharing stories 
that the older students 
have written. Melchior 
was pleased with the 
increased awareness of 
programs. Currently, 
more than 750,000 
students participate in 
some form of school- or 

volunteer activity. 
President Clinton has 
pledged to expand such 

"It's not a magic bullet, of 
course, but service- 
learning is a hands- 
way for students to 
discover that what 
learn in the classrootn 
can be applied in the 

'real world,'" Melchior 
said, explaining that 

all programs strive t 

help stLidents put their 
studies in context, 
improve academic 
achievement, and 
develop a stronger sense 
of civic responsibility. 
The types of service 
students engage in varies, 
based on the needs of the 
particular school and its 

The Center for Human 
Resources is conducting 
follow-up surveys of 
students who had 
participated in service- 
learning programs to 
assess longer-term 
impacts. The results are 
expected early next year. 

48 Brandeis Review 

evelopment Matters 

Myra Kraft '64 

As chairman of the 
Development Committee at 
Brandeis, Myra Kraft '64 
feels strongly that "for 
Brandeis to contmue to 
excel, especially as it has in 
the last three years, alumni 
must — no matter how much 
or how little — step up to the 
plate. This is very crucial. 
The alumni are the ones 
who can really make a 
difference," she emphasizes. 

Petite, energetic, generous, 
Kraft, a Brandeis Trustee, 
gives millions of dollars and 
countless hours of personal 
service to charitable and 
educational causes. She is a 
Trustee of Brandeis and of 
the University of 
Massachusetts, the first 
woman to hold the position 
of board chair of the Boys 
and Girls Club of Boston 
(BGCBI, and a gold-card 
patron of such institutions 
as the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra and American 
Repertory Theater. She 
serves on the board of the 
American )ewish lomt 
Distribution Committee 
and IS particularly proud of 
the group's work overseas. 
At the top of this long list 
of endeavors is the State of 
Israel. "Israel is also one of 
my biggest passions," says 
Kraft, who manages to 
travel to the country at 
least four times a year. 
Kraft's intensity and 
business sense is 
continually present in 
Israel, where she owns a 
baked-goods company. "It is 
the best bread m Israel," she 
says, "We have shops 
around the Tel Aviv area 
and we distribute in 
lerusalem. When I return 
from my visits I always 
bring back baked goods 
from the shops." 

Kraft primarily devotes her 
enormous energy to public 
service efforts involving 
children and education. In 
addition to serving as BGCB 
director, she holds many 
other positions with area 
nonprofits. She is also a 
director at Boston's Rand- 
Whitney Corporation, a 
packaging firm, and at 
International Forest 
Products Group, a paper 
trading company. Kraft and 
her family have 
implemented an 
extraordinary exchange 
program between the Kraft- 
Hiatt Chair in Christian 
Studies/Brandeis and Judaic 
Studies/College of the Holy 
Cross, aimed at increasing 
understanding between the 
two religious groups. 

Kraft follows in the 
footsteps of her father, Jacob 
Hiatt, a philanthropic giant 
in Worcester. It was in that 
Massachusetts city where 
he raised a family and built 
his business and a personal 
fortune. Hiatt's parenis, 
sisters, and brother died in 
Nazi concentration camps. 

Traveling frequently as a 
family when her boys were 
growing up, Kraft took 15 
guidebooks and tried to plan 
a history seminar at every 
tour stop — such 
destinations as African 
safaris, Eg^pt, Morocco, and 
South Africa. Adaptable and 
unpredictable, Kraft enjoys 
spontaneous changes in 
plans and keeps a flexible 

When studying history at 
Brandeis, Kraft remembers 
David Hackett Fischer, Earl 
Warren Professor of History 
[See "Agent of History," 
page 44], as her professor for 
a post-revolution American 

history seminar that was 
"incredible. It was a small 
class, about 12 students. It 
was his first year teaching 
at Brandeis. He's a fabulous 
teacher," she says 
enthusiastically. "It was a 
great class, really 
outstanding — I sat in awe. I 
loved Brandeis. It was a 
terrific place. I had a close 
relationship with Professor 
Ray Ginger, who also taught 
history. You really got to 
know your professors." 

Sophomore year also 
brought a new dimension to 
her Brandeis experience. At 
the Copley Coffee Shop in 
Kenmore Square, Robert 
Kraft, with a group of 
friends after a Columbia- 
Harvard basketball game, 
saw Myra Hiatt. "Robert 
asked his friend to find out 
my name and where I went 
to school, and the next day 
he came out to Brandeis," 
explains Kraft. "He almost 
gave up looking for me 
when he ran into somebody 
who was a mutual friend, 
and asked if she knew me. 
Alice said sure, and showed 
him where I studied in the 
library. We went out that 
night, and I proposed to 
him," she explains with a 
laugh. Is she always so 
decisive? Her answer is yes. 
What did she like about 
him- "Everything." A year 
and a half later, at the end 
of Kraft's junior year (she 
had just turned 19) they 
married. Kraft had a baby 
boy in the middle of her 
senior year, ultimately 
raising four boys. She has 
always put family first, 
supporting her husband as 
he built a career. Her entire 
family lives in the Boston 
area, and now her 
granddaughters are a 
special joy. 

Mvra Krdii 

49 Fall 1997 

Valya Shapiro '61 

Born and brought up in 
Istanbul, Turkey, Valya 
Shapiro '61 cherishes "a 
unique opportunity at 
Brandeis that enabled me to 
come to the United States 
and have the advantage of a 
great education," she says 
in a deep, enthusiastic voice 
with an intriguing accent 
and ready laugh. Shapiro 
remembers the Wien 
Scholarship as outstanding. 
"Our college life as foreign 
students was expanded to 
include travel to historic 
cities of Colonial America. 
This made the total 
educational experience 
unlike any other." 

While at Brandeis, Shapiro 
majored in theater arts and 
was interested in writing, 
directing, and linguistics. 
As a senior in 1961, she met 
Robert Shapiro '52 (the first 
graduating class), whose 
father, Abraham Shapiro, 
was one of the original 
founders of the University. 

"It was love at first sight, for 
me, anyway," she laughs. 

"We met in February, we got 
engaged in May, and 
married in lune." Because 
her parents could not leave 
Turkey at that time, Abram 
Sachar gave Valya away at 
her wedding, held in Robert 
Shapiro's mother's home. 
The maid of honor was 
Robert's niece, Tina Dorn 
Pollock '61, Valya's 
classmate who had 
introduced them. "We 
continued to be close to 
Dr. and Mrs. Sachar, and 

maintained a relationship 
with them until their 
deaths," explains Shapiro. 
"Dr. Sachar always was a 
great source of inspiration 
for my husband and me. In 
the years after graduation 
when I spoke on behalf of 
Brandeis and my personal 
experience as a Wien 
Scholar, I had the privilege 
of sharing the podium with 
Dr. Sachar and learned and 
benefited from his 
charismatic presence." 

While Shapiro was teaching 
French, first in junior high 
and then at a junior college 
in Boston, she also was 
raising two sons: Bram, 
born in 1964; and Stephen, 
born in 1966. She is 
thankful that in 1964 her 
parents were able to leave 
Turkey and settle in the 
United States. "We lived 
together as an extended 
family for almost 28 years," 
explains Shapiro, adding 
that as an only child she 
has always been close to 
her parents. 

In tandem with her family 
life, Shapiro is active in 
business. Three years of 
interior photography (for 
publications and for 
interior designers to show 
their work) led to her 
apprenticeship in interior 
design, and to 
Massachusetts College of 
Art for courses in graphic 
design. She opened a store 
in Osterville, Massachusetts, 
for interior design and 

Valya Shapiro 

decorative arts. After five 
years she made the choice 
to concentrate solely on 
interior design. "I have been 
practicing interior 
decorating since 1973," she 
txplains. Her firm. Turnkey 
l-iving Inc., is located in 

Now on the board of the 
Women's Studies Program, 
Shapiro was one of the 
original board members of 
the program with Shula 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '77, 
professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program. "It's a very 
exciting time for us. I'm 
vei7 involved in the 
Women's Studies Program. I 
also benefit a great deal 
from it, because I take 
courses at the University." 
Last year, Shapiro was 
cochair of the Brandeis 
Annual Fund with Dan 
Abelman '75. She also 
serves on the boards of the 
Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies and of 
Hebrew College. 

She takes a moment to 
reflect on the present: 
"While I'm still caring for 
my surviving parent, my 
mother, our lives are 
enriched with the joy of 
extending our family to 
include our son's wives, 
Jennifer Deutsch, married to 
our son Bram, a practicing 
attorney in New York, and 
Debra London, married to 
Stephen, a radio executive 
and an on-air sportscaster in 
Atlanta, Georgia." 

Focusing on Brandeis, she 
says, "This is a very 
creative and dynamic time 
in the history of Brandeis 
under the presidency of 
Jehuda Reinharz, who, 
together with Shula, we 
consider close friends since 
they came to the University 
in academic roles. Over the 
years we have shared 

intimate and public 
moments. Thus I feel that 
their vision of the 
University today carries 
forward the mission begun 
50 years ago by my father- 
in-law, Abraham Shapiro, 
and other pioneers for the 
presence in American 
higher education of a Jewish 
sponsored, nonsectarian 
college of the highest 

Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64 

Having greatly enjoyed her 
professors in English and 
American literature, her 
major, with a minor in art 
history, Ellen Lasher 
Kaplan '64 remembers 
Philip Rahv — "extraordinary, 
an icon in the department," 
and Robert Pryor. "I 
remember sitting in a small 
room with him directing 
conversation, and it was 
quite exciting — classes were 
such a treat. The joy of the 
Brandeis education for me 
was the ability to interact 
with professors in small 
seminars and in small 
classes, starting in freshman 
year. My first introduction 
to Brandeis, my first class, 
was humanities with 
Professor Van Doren. And I 
was awestruck — I had come 
from a large high school in a 
very small town, Utica, 
New York. It was fun to be 
top dog in a high school in a 
small town, and when I 
came to Brandeis I was 
impressed by the breadth of 
experience and the fine 
education of some students. 
Reading The Iliad for them 

50 Brandeis Review 

Victor Ney '81 

An economics and history 
major while at Brandeis, 
Victor Ney '81 is vice 
president in a family owned 
business of seven 
supermarkets in the New 
York City area. Their stores 
are part of the larger Key 
Food Co-op. He says, 
"Brandeis taught me the 
importance of preparation. 
In my business, details are 
crucial, and being prepared 
for new projects or for crises 
are vital." Ney shares his 
ideas in a commentary 
regarding family owned 
businesses, which will be 
published in the January/ 
February issue of the 
Harvard Business Review. 

He met his wife, Karen 
Binder '82, at Brandeis and 
explains that "our common 
experiences at college allow 
for shared perspectives. 

They became a foundation 
to build our lives on." 
Karen, general counsel to 
the New York City Zoning 
Board for the past seven 
years, will be joining a 
private firm in January, 
where she will continue to 
practice land-use law. The 
Neys keep busy with three 
children, Rebecca, Jeremy, 
and David, although Ney 
refers to the entire family as 
"easygoing." They live in 
Park Slope, Brooklyn, and 
ski at Vail and Killington. 

Chair of the 1948 Society, 
Ney is currently working to 
inspire other members of 
his committee. Also a 
member-to-be of the 
Alumni board, his 
commitment to Brandeis is 
strong. Yehuda Cohen '81, 
president of the alumni 
association, is a very close 

friend. "We were 
roommates at the 
University of Michigan 
Business School." 

Program chair of his 15th 
Reunion in 1996, Ney is 
proud of the enormous 
turnout — possibly a 
record — at the Reunion. 
Ney had a tremendous 
amount of fun preparing for 
the Reunion, calling up 
Brandeisians. "Whether it 
was people I hadn't spoken 
to since the last Reunion, or 
people I hadn't spoken to in 
15 years, each time I said to 
someone, 'Hi! It's Vic Ney,' 
I could see the smiles across 
the phone lines." 

As chair of the 1948 
Society, Ney hopes to 
continue making 
connections with his fellow 
Brandeisians and to achieve 
the same record-breaking 
turnout for the Society as 
he did for his Reunion. 

Victor Ncv 

was a second go. But I had 
never been exposed to The 
Iliad or The Odyssey. 

"Having done my 
assignment, I walked into 
the class with Van Doren 
teaching. He also was an 
awesome individual. We sat 
down, and the first thing he 
said was, 'Well, Miss 
Lasher, what do you make 
of the Iliad'.' I don't think I 
ever recovered from it," 
Kaplan laughs. "I don't 
remember what I said, but I 
do remember the feelings 
that I had right then — 
absolute panic." 

Kaplan met her husband, 
Robert Kaplan, when a 
senior at Brandeis (he was a 
student at the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology at the time, 
now a professor at Harvard 
Business School). One 
daughter is in her fourth 
year of George Washington 
Medical School, studying to 
be a pediatrician, and 
another daughter is a 
producer at MTV News. 

Living in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, for 18 years 
while her husband was the 
dean of the business school 
at Carnegie-Mellon 
University, Kaplan earned 
an M.B.A. at the University 
of Pittsburgh. She is 
currently a consultant for 
nonprofit organizations, 
focused on implementing 
strategy and performance 
measurement. "I help 
organizations try to get 
beyond the general mission 
statement, to implement 
their strategy in day-to-day 
activities. It is not enough 
to define objectives 
clearly — they must design a 
measurement system for 
feedback on how people are 
achieving those objectives," 
she explains, adding that it 
is a method of getting 
everybody in sync. 

Her clients include large 
nonprofits, such as the 
United Way of America, 
managing several billion 
dollars of funds, and local 
United Way agencies. 

This endeavor is only two 
years old. Before that, 
Kaplan was the vice 
president of Strategic Cost 
Systems, a software 
organization that 
implemented cost 
management systems, and a 
senior marketing 
representative for Xerox, 
when she was in Pittsburgh. 

Kaplan enjoys bike trips 
with her husband in such 
gorgeous locales as the 
Canadian Rockies, playing 
tennis, hiking, cross 
country skiing, and scuba 
diving in such exotic 
locations as the Great 
Barrier Reef in Australia and 
in Indonesia, the Caribbean 
and the British Virgin 
Islands, and Fiji. 

She didn't always bike — her 
mother's words, "you'll get 
on a bicycle, you'll go in the 
street, you'll get hit by a 
truck," squashing childhood 
plans. It was seven or eight 
years ago, as an adult in her 
40s, that her husband could 
be found running alongside 

her, teaching her to ride 
when they moved to 
Belmont. He works 
alongside her, too (but in a 
separate office location). In 
fact, Kaplan coauthored a 
Harvard Business School 
case with him on United 
Way of Southeastern New 

Ellen Lasher Kaplan 

51 Fal 


Daniel and Lester Abelman 

Daniel Abelman 75 

An economics major while 
at Brandeis, Dan Abelman 75 
went on to earn an M.B.A. 
at the University of 
Michigan. Now on the 
Annual Fund Committee, 
Abelman was the cochair of 
the Annual Fund last year. 
His loyalty and 
commitment to Brandeis 
come easily — in fact, 
Brandeis has been woven 
into the fabric of his life for 
as long as he can remember. 
His grandfather, Joseph 
Cheskis, was one of the 
founding faculty as well as 
dean of the college at 
Middlesex University before 
it was Brandeis. And 
Cheskis was directly 
involved in bringing the 
school to Waltham. 

"As a toddler I played at the 
feet of adults while they 
discussed the birth of a new 
university," explains 
Abelman. "From my early 
years, Brandeis was a main 
part of my life. I was born in 
1953, so I was growing up 
with the University. On our 
frequent visits, there were 
always Brandeis faculty at 

my grandfather's home. 
You could sense the 
excitement in what this 
new University meant." Of 
the six children in 
Abelman's immediate 
family, four went to 

Abelman's family funds a 
scholarship (the Joseph 
Cheskis Endowed 
Scholarship) in honor of his 
grandfather, who was a 
professor of romance 
languages; his true love was 
Judaic studies. So the 
scholarship is given, if 
possible, to a student who 
is interested in the fields of 
romance languages or 
Judaic studies. "As I've 
gotten older, my Jewish 
identity has become much 
stronger," says Abelman. "I 
wanted to give back to the 
University and make sure 
that I do something to 
fulfill my grandfather's 
belief in this University." 
Abelman hopes that 
recipients will go out into 
the world to teach, or to 
become involved in 
international relations or 
business in Spanish or 
French communities. He 
especially hopes that they 

will "promote Jewish 
heritage, by inculcating 
knowledge of the past and 
inspiring their students and 
family to continue those 
teachings in the future. 
We've got a legacy that goes 
back at least 3,000 years, 
and I feel strongly about it." 

In the real estate business, 
Abelman worked for two 
companies before starting 
his own firm, Belmont 
Equities, which builds, 
owns, and manages 
apartments. The father of 
four children, one boy (the 
oldest) and three girls, ages 
8, 11, 13, and 14, Abelman 
is also in the restaurant 
business. His kosher, 
Israeli-style bakery, Zaatar's 
Oven, is on Harvard Street 
in Brookline. 

"I think it's very important 
to start the process of 
connecting with alumni 
before they are alums," 
Abelman says. "That way 
you build up a loyalty." He 
suggests that Brandeis's 
many well-known alumni 
are more than happy to 
come back and talk to 
undergraduates, to say how 
important being an alumnus 
is. Twenty years from now, 
30 years from now, students 
see how every penny of 
tuition was worth it," he 

says. And he also believes 
that scholarships are very 
important. "To do a good 
deed is like throwing a 
pebble in the water, and 
there is a ripple effect — the 
ramifications are much 
larger than the original act. 
It keeps expanding into 
places you never thought it 
might go." 

52 Brandeis Review 

ooks and Recordings 



Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow 

and Claire L. Lyons, eds. 
Koloski-Ostrow is 
Assistant Professor of 
Classical Studies. 

Naked Truths: Women, 
sexuality and gender in 
classical art and 

Naked Truths explores 
how sexual difference is 
symbolically through 
visual mechanisms that 
regulated and reinforced 
gendered roles in Graeco- 
Roman art and 
architecture. The articles 

challenge traditional 
assumptions regarding how 
artistic representations of 
the body — clothed, partially 
disrobed, and naked — work 
to define norms of 
femininity and masculinity. 
The writers use a range of 
theoretical perspectives and 
address a variety of topics in 
shaping a nuanced 
understanding of sex and 
gender in antiquity. 

Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr. 

Associate Professor of 

Salt of the Earth: The 
Political Origins of Peasant 
Protest and Communist 
Revolution in China 
University of California 

On October 1, 1949, a rural- 
based insurgency demolished 
the Nationalist government 
of Chiang Kai-shek and 
brought the Chinese 
Communists to national 
power. Salt of the Earth is 
based on direct interviews 
with the villagers whose 
individual and collective 
protest activities helped 
shape the nature and course 
of the Chinese revolution in 
the deep countryside. The 
author shows that the 
party's role is best 
understood in terms of its 
connections with local 
collective activism and with 
existing modes of local 

Donna E. Arzt 76 

Arzt is professor of 
international law at 
Syracuse University and 
associate director of the 
school's Center for Global 
Law and Practice. 

Refugees Into Citizens: 
Palestinians and the End of 
the Arab-Israeli Conflict 
The Council on Foreign 
Relations, Inc. 

Refugees Into Citizens 
offers a blueprint for 
resolving what is often 
called the "last taboo" in 
the Arab-Israeli peace 
negotiations: a just and 
permanent solution to the 
problem of over three 
million Palestinian 
refugees. The author blends 
traditional academic 
scholarship with a practical 
policy prescription: the end 
of the Middle East conflict 
can only be achieved when 
all Palestinian refugees are 
offered dual citizenship, 
compensation for lost 
property, and/or voluntary 
absorption options in either 
a future state of Palestine, 
other Arab states in the 
region, the broader 
international community, 
or, on family reunification 
grounds, repatriation in 

Allan M. Brandt 74 

and Paul Rozin, eds. Brandt 
is the Amalie Moses Kass 
Professor of the History of 
Medicine at Harvard 
Medical School and 
professor of the history of 
science at Harvard 

Morality and Health: 

In the last years of the 20th 
century, moral approaches 
to healthcare have become 
pervasive. From the 
castigation and 
stigmatization of the 
victims of the AIDS 
epidemic to our celebration 
of exercise, diet, and fitness, 
the moral categorization of 
health and disease reflects 
notions that disease results 
from moral failures and that 
health is the physical 
representation of moral 
triumph. Contributors focus 
on the history of attitudes 
and values associated with 
diseases and disease-related 
behaviors, as well as the 
social psychological and 
cultural perspectives of the 
ways morality shapes our 
understanding of who gets 
sick and why. 

53 Fall 1997 

a sensible approach to 

kids, TV, and the new 

electronic media 

Libbv Kennedy Hanawny 

S. Daniel Breslauer, M.A. '73, 
Ph.D. 74, ed. 

Breslauer is professor of 
religious studies at the 
University of Kansas. 

The Seductiveness of Jewish 

Myth: Challenge or 


State University of New 

York Press 

The essays in this volume, 
revised versions of papers 
delivered during "Myth in 
the Biblical and Jewish 
Traditions: An 
Conference," offer a 
panorama of diverse 
definitions of myth, 
understandings of Judaism, 
and competing evaluations 
of the "mythic" element in 
religion. The contributors 
focus on the problem of 
defining myth as a category 
in religious studies, 
examine modern religion 
and the role of myth in a 
"secularized" world, and 
look at specific cases of 
Jewish myth from biblical 
through modern times. 

Paul A. FIdeler, M.A. 71, Ph.D. 71 

and T.F. Mayer, eds. Fideler 
is professor of history and 
humanities at Lesley 
College, Cambridge, 

Political Thought and the 
Tudor Commonwealth: 
Deep structure, discourse 
and disguise 

This volume, clearing paths 
into the languages, debates, 
and underlying structures of 
Tudor political thought and 
policy, addresses a range of 
problems in Tudor 
statecraft. Using a variety of 
sources, issues such as the 
emergence of political 
economy, the political uses 
of the past, approaches to 
resistance, the policy 
debates and proposals 
surrounding war and peace, 
poverty, usury, and 
bankruptcy are explored 
with an emphasis on 
medieval precedents and the 
context of continental 

Mary Flanagan '66 

Flanagan is the author of 
two novels and two 
volumes of short stories. 
She lives in London, 


W.W, Norton & Company 

The mystery ot Adele 
begins in the corrupt Paris 
of the 1930s and ends in 
today's brash London. Celia 
Pippet, founder of a 
feminist magazine, steals an 
artifact of Adele's life from 
the British Museum, Joined 
by two friends, she flees to 
the French Pyrenees to 
escape detection and to 
pursue the trail of Adele, 
The friends plan to make a 
documentary on a case of 
high class prostitution and 
an unpunished crime. 
Moving between Blanche's 

(Adele's caretaker) account 
of life with Adele and 
Celia's search for clues to 
that life, the stories 
converge in southern 

Kenneth Hart Green, M.A. '81, 
Ph.D. '89, ed. 

Green is associate professor 
in the Department for the 
Study of Religion at the 
University of Toronto, 

fewish Philosophy and the 

Crisis of Modernity: Essays 

and Lectures in Modern 

fewish Thought by Leo 


State University of New 

York Press 

This book brings together 
the major essays and 
lectures of Leo Strauss in 
the field of modern Jewish 
thought and offers Strauss's 
considerations of some of 
the great figures in modern 
Jewish thought, such as 
Baruch Spinoza, Flermann 
Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, 
Martin Buber, Theodor 
Herzl, and Sigmund Freud. 
Also included are studies on 
the Hebrew Bible, 
comments on Jewish 
history, and miscellaneous 
writings on Jews and 
Judaism, closing with 

Leonard A. Jason '71 

and Libby Kennedy 
Hanaway, Jason is a 
psychologist on the faculty 
of DePaul University and 
regarded as the leading 
expert on children's 
television habits and ways 
to change them. 

Remote Control: a sensible 
approach to kids. TV. and 
the new electronic media 
Professional Resource Press 

Designed for parents, 
educators, and other 
concerned individuals, this 
book will help families 
understand and, if 
necessary, reduce the role 
that television, video, and 
computer activities play in 
the daily activities of 
children. At the heart of 
Remote Control is the belief 
that kids need more 
opportunities simply to be 
kids. Television is not all 
bad, but childhood is too 
short and fleeting to be 
spent solely learning its 

David I. Kertzer, Ph.D. '74 

and Tom Fricke, eds, 
Kertzer is Paul Dupee 
University Professor of 
Social Science and professor 
of anthropology and history 
at Brown University. 


Demography: Toward a 

New Synthesis 

The University of Chicago 


Although in its early years 
anthropology used 
demographic research and 
showed interest in 
demographic issues, 
anthropology and 
demography now have 
grown to distrust each 
other's assumptions and 
methods. This book bridges 
the divide and shows that 
the two disciplines have 
much to offer each other. 
The editors begin with a 
historical account of the 
relations between the fields 
and contributors from both 
disciplines, then examine 
the major issues and 

54 Brandeis Review 

Financial Statements 1996-97 

A Report from the Vice 
President and University 

Continuing where 1996 left off, 1997 
proved to be a rewarding and 
challenging year for the University. 
Our financial results were solid, driven 
by strong donor support and by 
effective management of our 
resources. The University's total net 
assets increased by nearly $36 million 
during the year. Total expenses for 
the year amounted to $139.3 million. 
In addition, the University made 
available significant financial aid 
resources reflecting our strong 
commitment to need blind admissions. 
Strong financial markets resulted in 
the endowment ending the year at a 
record $264.4 million, a $29.3 million 
increase over 1996 and the third year 
in a row of double digit investment 

The 1997 financial statements reflect 
a change in the method of valuing 
investments. SFAS 124, "Accounting 
for Certain Investments Held by Not- 
for-Profit Organizations," requires that 
investments with readily determinable 
fair values be reported at fair value 
with gains and losses included in the 
statement of activities. This 
accounting change resulted in an 
increase of $1 7.8 million in our overall 
fund balances. 

While our overall financial results 
were strong, the University continues 
to face many challenges. The 
increased costs associated with 
information technology and 
maintaining our physical plant 

continue to put pressure on our 
operating budget. Tight local and 
regional labor markets are forcing 
institutions to evaluate the adequacy 
of faculty and staff salaries and fringe 

As we enter our 50th anniversary 
year, we begin with much momentum. 
The University's financial 
management team has been 
strengthened by the addition of a chief 
operating officer. This newly created 
position will add the resources and 
leadership necessary to address 
these and other important issues. 
These issues face not only the 
University, but all other institutions of 
higher education. 

A great University is the sum of many 
parts. Our faculty and staff have made 
invaluable contributions to enhance 
the quality of the Brandeis educational 
experience, while employing cost 
saving strategies to enhance our 
overall financial position. 

Jeffrey A. Solomon 
Acting University Treasurer 

56 Brandeis Review 

Report of Independent 

To the Trustees of Brandeis 

We have audited the accompanying 
Statement of Financial Position of 
Brandeis University as of June 30, 
1997 and 1996, and the relates 
Statement of Activities and Cash Flow 
Statement for the years then ended. 
These financial statements are the 
responsibility of the University's 
management. Our responsibility is to 
express an opinion on these financial 
statements based on our audits. 

We conducted our audits in 
accordance with generally accepted 
auditing standards. Those standards 
require that we plan and perform the 
audit to obtain reasonable assurance 
about whether the financial 
statements are free of material 
misstatement. An audit includes 
examining, on a test basis, evidence 
supporting the amounts and 
disclosures in the financial 
statements. An audit also includes 
assessing the accounting principles 
used and significant estimates made 
by management, as well as evaluating 
the overall financial statement 
presentation. We believe that our 
audits provide a reasonable basis for 
our opinion. 

In our opinion, the financial 
statements referred to above present 
fairly, in all material respects, the 
financial position of Brandeis 
University as of June 30, 1997 and 
1996, and the changes in its net 
assets and its cash flows for the years 
then ended in conformity with 
generally accepted accounting 

As discussed in Note A to the financial 
statements, the University 
retroactively adopted Statement of 
Financial Accounting Standards No. 
124, "Accounting for Certain 
Investments Held by Not-for-Profit 

Boston, Massachusetts 
October 17, 1997 

57 Fall 1997 

Brandeis University 
Statements of Financial Position 

June 30, 1997 and 1996 




Cash and cash equivalents 

$ 36,479,365 

$ 32,531,972 

Accounts receivable, net (Note B) 



Accrued interest receivable 



Notes receivable, net (Note C) 



Other assets 



Pledges receivable, net (Note G) 



Sinking fund deposits 



Investments, at market (Note D) 



Funds held in trust by others 



Property, plant, and equipment (Note H) 



Total assets 






Accounts payable and other liabilities 

$ 20,758.574 

$ 19,040,851 

Accrued interest payable 



Deferred income 



Notes payable (Note E) 



Refundable advances for student loans 



Accrued interest payable — capital appreciation bonds 



Long-term debt (Note E) 



Total liabilities 



Net Assets (Note 1) 






Temporarily restricted 



Permanently restricted 



Total net assets 



Total-All Funds 

Total Liabilities and Net Assets 



The accompanying notes are 

an integral part of the financial statements. 

58 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis University 
Statements of Activities 

for the years ended June 30, 1997 and 1996 

Changes in unrestricted net assets: 1 997 1 996 

Revenues and Tuition and fees $81,531,096 $76,231,530 

Gains Auxiliary enterprises 17,401,611 17,618,343 

Total tuition, fees, and auxiliary enterprises 98,932,704 93,849,873 

Less: University funded financial aid (29,714,272) (27,259,331) 

Less: Donor funded financial aid (10,649,462) (11,525,682) 

Net tuition, fees, and auxiliary enterprises 58,568,973 55,064,860 

Contributions 7,857,054 4,928,238 

Sponsored programs, grants, and contracts 37,281,433 34,187,165 

Investment income 3,019,955 2,383,408 

Investment income from funds held in trust 455,497 378,895 

Net realized gains on investments 109,920 40,891 

Net unrealized gains (losses) on investments 793.253 (146,069) 

Other source s 6,808,724 4,723,334 

Total revenues and gains 1 1 4,894,809 1 01 ,560,722 

Net assets released from restrictions 23,326,828 25,919,124 

Total unrestricted revenues, gains, and other support 138,221 ,637 127,479,846 

Expenses and Educational and general expenditures: 

Losses Instructional and sponsored programs 75,178,508 72,313,405 

Libraries 6,878,392 6,576,364 

Student services 9.353,468 9,135,352 

General and administrative 25,764,548 23,832,800 

University development 6,457,310 5,937,432 

Total educational and general 1 23,632,226 1 1 7,795,353 
Auxiliary enterprises 14,276,950 13,213,437 
Adjustment to actuarial liability 10,366 99,068 

Other redu ctions 1,378,278 1,503,850 

Total expenses and losses 139,297,820 132,611,708 

Total decrease in unrestricted net assets (1,076,183) (5,131,862) 

Changes in temporarily restricted net assets: 

Contributions 11,046,495 10,825,074 

Investment income 11,321,513 11,279,434 

Net realized gains on investments 16,550,323 17,362,804 

Net unrealized gains on investments 1 1 .633,808 2,587,261 

Adjustment to estimated actuarial liability (1,045.031) 22,815 

Other sources 36,616 (87,142) 

Net assets released from restrictions (23,381,802) (25,924,234) 

Increase in temporarily restricted net assets 26,161,922 16,066,012 

Changes in permanently restricted net assets: 


Investment income 

Net realized gains on investments 

Net unrealized gains on investments 

Gain from funds held by others 

Adjustment to estimated actuarial liability 

Other reductions 

Net assets reclassification 

















Increase in permanently restricted net assets 10,735,973 

Increase in net assets 35,821,712 

Net assets at beginning of year, as restated (Note J) 300,300,104 

Net assets at end of year $336,121,816 

The accompanying notes are 

an integral part of the financial statements. 




59 Fall 1997 

Brandeis University 
Cash Flow Statements 

for the years endedJune 30, 1 997 and 1 996 



Cash Flows from Operating Activities: 

Increase in net assets 

Adjustments to Reconcile Increase (Decrease) to Net Cash 

Provided by Operating Activities 

Depreciation and amortization 

Increase in accrued interest payable — capital appreciation bonds 

Loss (gam) on plant assets sold 

Realized gain on sale of investments 

Unrealized gain on investments 

Gain from funds held by others 

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable 

(Increase) decrease in accrued interest receivable 

(Increase) in pledges receivable 

(Increase) decrease in other assets 

Increase in accounts payable and other liabilities 

Decrease in accrued interest payable 

Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue 

Contributions restricted for long-term investment 































Net increase (decrease) in cash flows from operating activities 



Cash Flows from Investing Activities: 

Acquisitions of land, buildings, and equipment 
Purchase of investments 
Proceeds from sale of investments 
Proceeds from sale of plant assets 
Loans granted 
Loans repaid 

Net decrease in cash flows from investing activities 















Cash Flows from Financing Activities: 

Contributions restricted for long-term investments 
Payments of long-term debt and notes payable 
Proceeds from issuance of notes payable and long-term debt 
Increase in advances for student loans 
(Increase) decrease in sinking fund deposits 

Net increase in cash flows from financing activities 













Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year 



Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year 



Supplemental Data 
Interest Paid 

$ 5,266,752 

$ 5,310,193 

The accompanying notes are 

an integral part of the financial statements. 

60 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis University Notes 
to Financial Statement 

A. Significant 

Accounting Policies 

Brandeis University (the "University") 
is a private, coeducational institution 
of higher learning and research. 
Founded in 1948 and located in 
Waltham. Massachusetts, the 
University is a tax-exempt 
organization under section (501)(c)(3) 
of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Basis of Accounting 

The University's financial statements 
are prepared on the accrual basis of 
accounting and in accordance with the 
reporting standards used by all not- 
for-profit organizations. The 
preparation of these financial 
statements in accordance with 
generally accepted accounting 
principles requires management to 
make certain estimates and 
assumptions that affect reported 
amounts. Actual results could differ 
from those estimates but are not 
expected to materially affect the 
University's financial position. The 
financial statements have been 
consolidated to include the University 
and its affiliate. Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee 
("NWC"). The NWC provides financial 
support for the Brandeis University 
Libraries. Accordingly, the revenue 
and expense of the NWC are 
recorded in the temporarily restricted 
net asset category. 

The University has adopted the 
provisions of Statement of Financial 
Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 
124, "Accounting for Certain 
Investments Held by Not-for-Profit 
Organizations," and has retroactively 
adopted the requirement to measure 
investments in equity securities with 
readily determinable fair value and all 
investments in debt securities at their 
fair value in the Statement of Financial 
Position. The University also adopted 
the requirements of the American 
Institute of Certified Public 
Accountants Audit and Accounting 
Guide (the Audit Guide), "Not-for- 
Profit Organizations," in fiscal 1997. 
Adoption of the Audit Guide resulted 
in changes to the 1996 presentation 
as follows: 

Allocation of depreciation, interest, 
and operation of plant expenses by 
functional category. 

Display of student financial aid as a 
reduction to gross tuition, fee and 
auxiliary revenue rather than as an 

The classification of the net assets, 
revenue, expense, gains, and losses 
into three categories is based on the 
existence or absence of externally 
imposed restrictions. The three 
categories are defined as follows: 

Unrestricted — Net assets not subject 
to any restriction as to their use. 

Temporarily restricted — Net assets 
whose use is limited by law or by 
donor imposed stipulations as to 
purpose or time. Includes life income 
trusts and all pledges receivable for 
which the ultimate use is not 
permanently restricted. 

Permanently restricted — Net assets 
subject to donor imposed restrictions 
requiring the assets be invested in 

Revenues are reported as an increase 
in unrestricted net assets, unless the 
use of the related assets is limited by 
donor imposed restrictions or by law. 
Expenses are principally reported as a 
decrease in unrestricted net assets. 
Expiration of temporary restrictions 
are reflected in the Statement of 
Activities as net assets released from 
restrictions. Realized gains (losses) 
from the sale or other disposition of 
investments and unrealized gains 
(losses) are reported as revenue in 
unrestricted net assets, unless use of 
those gains is restricted by specific 
donor imposed stipulation or by law. 
Realized gains are computed using 
the average cost basis of securities 

61 Fall 1997 

Brandeis University Notes 
to Financial Statement 


Accounting Policies 


Contributions and Pledges 

A contribution is a non-reciprocal 
unconditional transfer of an asset or 
cancellation of a liability. Contributions 
received without donor imposed 
restrictions are recorded as revenue 
in the Statement of Activities, in the 
unrestricted net asset category. 
Contributions received with donor 
imposed restrictions are reported as 
revenue in the temporarily restricted 
or permanently restricted net asset 
category according to the donor's 
restriction. Contributions of non-cash 
assets are recorded at fair market 
value on the date of the contribution. 

Unconditional promises to give 
(pledges) are recognized as 
temporanly or permanently restricted 
revenues in the year the pledge is 
received and are recorded as assets 
at the present value of the expected 
cash flow, net of an allowance for 
unfulfilled pledges. Conditional 
pledges are not recognized until the 
stated conditions are met. 

Cash and Cash Equivalents 

The University records all highly liquid 
investments purchased with a maturity 
of three months or less as cash 
equivalents. Cash and cash 
equivalents are stated at cost which 
approximates market. 

Investments and Sinking Fund 

Marketable investments are stated at 
market value as determined by the 
investment custodians using market 
quotations. Real estate participation 
and securities for which there are no 
readily available market quotations, 
totaling $6,213,251 in 1997 and 
$6,583,387 in 1996, are stated at cost 
(Note D). Sinking fund deposits are 
stated at cost which approximates 

Funds Held in Trust by Others 

These funds, recorded at market 
value, are held in trust in perpetuity 
by external trustees, as specified by 
the donor. The trust income is 
distributed at least annually to the 
University in accordance with the 
terms of the trusts. 

Grants and Contracts 

Revenues associated with grants and 
contracts are recognized in the 
statement of activity when related 
costs are incurred. Under the terms of 
federal grants, periodic audits are 
required and costs may be questioned 
and subject to reimbursement. It is 
believed that the outcome of such 
audits will have no material affect on 
the financial position of the University. 
The University receives 
reimbursement of indirect costs at 
predetermined negotiated rates and 
the reimbursement is recorded as 
unrestricted revenue. 


The composition of the balance is as follows: 

Student receivables 

Sponsored programs grants receivable 

Other receivables 

Total receivables 

Less; Allowance for doubtful accounts 

Accounts receivable, net 


$ 752,058 






; 556,742 




$ 4,553,473 

62 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis University Notes 
to Financial Statement 


Notes Receivable 

Notes receivable consist primarily of loans to students, wtiich are stated at cost. It is 
not practicable to determine the fair value of sucfi amounts. Ttie composition of thie 
notes receivable balance is as follows; 

1997 1996 

Perkins loan program 
University loan programs 

$ 5,625,996 

Total notes receivable 
Allowance for doubtful loans 


Notes receivable, net 


$ 6.018.563 



Advances from thie U.S. Government for tfie Perkins loan program are ultimately 


Asset allocation for ttie University's investments, are as follows: 


Fixed income 
Real estate 










Thie major portion of permanently restricted assets is true endowment and is 
pooled for investment purposes. Income earned is allocated by the unit share 
method to the appropriate net asset category, according to restrictions placed on 
the use of the funds by the donor. 

The following summanzes the endowment assets pooled for investment purposes: 



Total market value (including cash and cash equivalents) 



Number of units 



Unit value 



Income earned per unit 



The pooled investments do not represent a significant concentration of credit risk 
other than government and federal obligations. 

The following summanzes the investment return for all investments for the years 
ended June 30: 

1997 1996 

Investment income 
Realized gains/losses 



Less: IVianagement fees 



Unrealized gains 





The Board of Trustees approved a spending policy which authorizes the use of a 
prudent amount of capital appreciation in accordance with provisions of the 
Massachusetts Uniform IVianagement of Institutional Funds Act. Capital gains 
released in 1997 and 1996 amount to $6,338,688 and $6,815,337, respectively. The 
funds are utilized principally for financial aid and support of faculty chairs. Future 
utilization of gains is dependent on market performance. 

63 Fall 1997 

Brandeis University Notes 
Financial Statement 



The outstanding debt at June 30, 1997 and 1996, consists ot the following: 
Notes Payable 1997 1996 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Health and Educational Facilities 
Authority (MHEFA) Brandeis University, 
Series G variable rate demand revenue 
bonds, maturing on December 3, 1997. 
Interest rates ranged from 3.0% to 4.5% 
during 1997. The rate as of 
June 30, 1997, is 4.2%. 

Fleet Bank line of credit, demand note 

Long-Term Debt 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Industrial Finance Agency ("MIFA") 
Revenue Bonds, Brandeis University 
Issue 1989 Series C, at interest rates 
from 6.40% to 6.85%, maturing in annual 
installments through October 1 , 201 9. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Industrial Finance Agency 
Revenue Bonds, Brandeis University, 
Series 1993 A, at an interest rate of 
5.97%, maturing in annual installments 
through April 1, 2013. 

Fleet Bank variable rate loan, having a 
final maturity on April 1 , 2005. 

Various mortgage and other notes 
payable at interest rates up to 8.50%, 
maturing in various years through 
November 1, 2011. 

Department of Housing and Urban 
Development Bonds, various 
series at interest rates from 2.875% to 
3.50%, maturing annually in increasing 
amounts through October 1 , 2001 . 

Installment purchase agreement 








564,500 (1) 



1,950,245 (2) 2,381,300 

491,000 (3) 



Total long-term debt 



The University has a $16,000,000 line of credit, with a floating rate of interest at 
prime or a fixed rate at LIBOR plus 1%, and is redetermined on a 30 to 90 day 
basis. The rate as of June 30, 1 997, is 6.7%. 

MIFA 1989 Series C include both current interest bonds and capital appreciation 
bonds (which require interest to be paid when the principal on the bonds is due). 
The capital appreciation bonds mature in the years 2003 to 201 1 . The University 
accrues for the capital appreciation interest currently. 

64 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis University Notes 
Financial Statement 


E. Indebtedness, Continued 

The fair market value of the external 
debt is estimated to be approximately 
$7.4 million more than book value. 
Maturities of long term debt and 
required sinking fund payments for 
fiscal years 1998 to 2002 will be 
$9,536,233, $3,798,901. $3,985,878. 
$4,242,253 and $4,515,534, 
respectively. During 1997, the 
University made repayments of long- 
term debt totaling $3,752,961 , Interest 
expense for 1997 and 1996 was 
$6,504,788 and $6,488,523, 
respectively. The bond agreements 
contain covenants which among other 
restrictions include the maintenance 
of certain financial ratios. 

All indebtedness is not collateralized 
except as noted below: 

( 1 ) A security with a book value of 
$855,820 and with a market value of 
$868,401 is pledged as collateral for 
this note. Interest is based on the 
LIBOR rate plus 1/4%. resulting in a 
rate of 5.9% at June 30. 1997. 

(2) Certain residence facilities with a 
book value of $4,139,694 are pledged 
as collateral for these notes. An 
interest subsidy from the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban 

Development reduces the effective 
interest rates on $1,101 .534 of these 
notes from 8.5% to 3%. 

(3) Certain buildings with a book value 
of $3,275,676 are pledged as 
collateral for this indebtedness. The 
net revenues of these and certain 
other similar facilities have been 
pledged to meet mandatory sinking 
fund and repair and replacement 
reserve requirements. 

F. Retirement Program 

The University participates in pension 
programs providing retirement 
benefits for substantially all full-time 
and regular part-time employees. 
Program expenses are based on 
defined contributions and amounted to 
$4,160,493 in 1997 and $4,014,728 in 

G. Pledges Recevable 

The University has recorded 
unconditional pledges receivable of 
$14,129,582 as of June 30, 1997, 
based on gross pledges of 
$21 ,380,51 0. adjusted by a 6% 
present value factor and an allowance 
for unfulfilled pledges, as follows: 


One year or less $1,675,326 
Between one and five years 6,402,573 

More ttian five years 10,126,596 

Amounts due, at present value 18,204,495 

Less: Allowance for unfulfilled 

pledges (4,074,913) 

Pledges receivable, Net 


Conditional pledges are not recorded 
and are not material to the overall 
financial statements of the University. 






$ 509,601 




65 Fall 1997 

Brandeis University Notes 
to Financial Statement 


Property, Plant, 
and Equipment, 

The physical plant is stated at cost or 
the fair market value on the date of 
contribution, less accumulated 
depreciation. Depreciation is 
computed on a straight-line basis over 
the estimated useful lives of buildings 
(35-60 years), building systems and 
improvements (15-25 years) and 
equipment and furnishings (4-15 
years). Depreciation and amortization 
for the year amounted to $8,1 39,430 
for 1997 and $8,086,610 for 1996. 

Expenses for the repairs and 
maintenance of facilities are recorded 
in the Statement of Activities during 
the period incurred; betterments, 
which add to the value of the related 
assets or materially extend the life of 
the assets, are capitalized. At the time 
of disposition, the cost and 
accumulated depreciation are 
removed from the related accounts 
and any gains (losses) are included in 
the Statement of Activities as 
unrestricted revenue. 

The composition of property, plant, and equipment at June 30, is as follows: 

1997 1996 



Building systems and improvements 

Equipment and furnishing 

Less: accumulated depreciation 



$ 9,313,285 


Total property, plant, and equipment, net 

$ 99,768,680 


Net Assets 

Unrestricted Net Assets 

Unrestricted net assets are comprised principally of internally designated 
reserves and investment in plant. 

Temporarily Restricted Net Assets 

Temporarily restricted net assets are gifts and income received with donor 
stipulations and the realized and unrealized gains on endowment assets. These 
assets are expendable principally for instruction or financial aid. 

The composition of the temporahly restricted net assets is as follows: 


Gifts held for specific purposes 

Unexpended endowment income 

Anniversary Fund 

Restricted gifts 

Realized gains on endowment 

Unrealized gains on endowment 

Life income funds 

Pledges receivable 












$ 5.246,493 









Total temporarily restricted net assets 



66 Brandeis Review 

I. Net Assets, Continued 

The University adopted a 
comprehensive plan in the mid-1980s 
to retire the then existing accumulated 
operating deficit. The Anniversary 
Fund established for this purpose has 
been classified as temporarily 
restricted, until its release in 1998. 
commemorating the University's 50th 
Anniversary. Activity of this fund for 
the years ended June 30, is as 

J. Reinstatement of Net Assets 

A reconciliation of total fund balances 
as reported at June 30, 1995, to 
beginning net assets as reported in 
the accompanying statements is as 

Total fund balances 
Previously reported 
Unrealized gains 


Total net assets as restated $278,997,237 



Beginning balance 

$ 9,949,527 





Investment income 



Unrealized loss 



University contribution 



Ending Balance 



Permanently Restricted Net Assets 

The permanently restricted net assets 
are composed principally of 

K. Other 

The University in the course of its 
normal business is party to a number 
of legal proceedings. Management, 
after reviewing such matters, believes 
that losses, if any, will not be material. 

67 Fall 1997 

Board of Trustees 1997-98 

Barton J. Winokur. Chair 

Myra H. Kraft '64, Vice Chair 

Thomas H. Lee, Vice Chair 

Marjorie G. Housen '56, 


Jeanette P. 


Lerman '69, 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 

Ellen J. Atlas 
Ronald W. Bakalarz 
Richard Bergel '57 
Stephen Berger '59 
Yehuda C. Cohen '81 
Donald G. Drapkin '68 
Stuart E. Eizenstat' 
Jane G. Eskind '56 
Leonard L. Farber* 
Joel L. Fleishman 
Henry L. Foster* 
Norman C. Francis 
Thomas L. Friedman '75 
Charles H. Goodman 
Abraham D. Gosman 
Steven Grossman 
Sylvia K. Hassenfeld 
Christie A. Hefner 74 
Jacob Hiatt* 
Daniel J. Jick '79 
Kenneth S. Kaiserman '60 

Gershon Kekst 
Suk Won Kim '70 
Ronald S. Lauder 
Bernard W. Nussbaum 
Toby S. Nussbaum '60 
Louis Perlmutter '56* 
Ronald A. Ratner '69 
Stephen R. Reiner '61 
Barbara C. Rosenberg '54 
Madeleine H. Russell 
Carol R. Saivetz '69 
Michael J. Sandel '75 
Arthur B. Sandler 
Michael P. Schulhof, 
Ph.D. '70 

Robert Shapiro '52 
Malcolm L. Sherman 
Cynthia B. Shulman 
Samuel O. Thier 
Werner Weidenfeld 
Rhonda S. Zinner 

Trustees Emeriti 

Nathan S. Ancell 
Rena Joy Blumberg '56 
Alva T. Bonda 
Arthur G. Cohen 
Arnold R. Cutler 
Stanley H. Feldberg 
Paul E. Levenson '52 
William Mazer 
Gustav Ranis '52 
Walter A. Rosenblith 
Irving Schneider 
Samuel Schulman 
Carl J. Shapiro 
Richard G. Shapiro 
David F. Squire 
Harry H. Stone 
Robert L. Wolfson 

Faculty Representatives 

Joyce Antler '63 
Gordon Fellman 
Judith Herzfeld 
George W. Ross 

Student Representatives 

Leo E. Fuchs '98 (SR) 
Aaron M. Waxier '99 (SR) 
Tali Bar-Shalom (GSR) 

' Leave of Absence— 
Non-Voting Status 
* Former Chairs 

Executive Committee of 
tiie Alumni Association 
Board of Directors 1997-98 

National Women's 
Committee National 
Officers 1997-98 

Yehuda C. Cohen '81 

Bruce B. Litwer '61 
Immediate Past President 

Deborah Tellerman 
Berkowitz '71 
Vice President 

Janet Besso Becker '73 
Vice President 

Brenda A. Cipriano '61 
Vice President 

Risa B. Glaser '85 
Vice President 

Jay R. Kaufman '68. 
M.A. '73 
Vice President 

Jeanette P. Lerman '69 
Alumni Term Trustee 

Ellen J. Atlas 

Judie Brown 
Vice President 

Jean C. Carrus 
Vice President 

Carol Colby 
Vice President 

Sara Halperin 
Vice President 

Cynthia Jartman 
Vice President 

Carol Kern 
Vice President 

Marjorie S. Myers 
Vice President 

Florence C. Simon 
Vice President 

Barbara Schumacher 

68 Brandeis Review 



Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or 


lunc Goldman, Class 
Correspondent, l.S Preston Beach 
Road, Marhlchead, MA 01945 

Barry Newman has been cast in a 
major role in Neil Simon's latest 
play, Proposals, which opened its 
nationwide tour in luly. 


ludith PauU Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 

Sondra Cohen Greenwald 

displa\'ed her paintings at the 
Upstairs Gallery in Ithaca, NY, 
this summer. Sondra is on the 
faculty of Santa Rosa lunior 
College in California. Natalie 
Kantor Warshawer's art work was 
shown at the Depot Square 
Gallery in Lexin.i;ton, MA, in 

58 40th Reunion 

Allan W. Drachman, Class 
Correspondent, 1 15 Mayo Road, 
Wellesley, MA 02181 

Barbara Cohen's New York Bound 
Bookshop, a bookstore in 
Rockefeller Center that for the 
last 20 years has specialized in 
out-of-print hooks, maps, and 
vintage photographs, closed at the 
end of this summer. Annette 
Lieberman Miller |M F A '72, 
theater arts) was named one of 
the 10 best actors by the Boston 
Phoenix for her work in the 
production of Mercy. 


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

Joan Roistaeher Blitman 
established the |RB Marketing 
Group, a consulting business 
specializing in professional and 
scholarly publishing. With over 
20 years in publishing, loan's 
career has included serving as 
vice president of marketing and 
sales at U.S. Pharmacopeia. Her 
e-mail address is 

ludith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, l.?9 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 014.53 

Peter Lipsitt's works of sculpture 
are on exhibit at Boston Sculptors 
at Chapel Gallery in West 
Newton, MA, through December 

63 35th Reunion 

Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #16B, New York, NY 10021 

loan L. Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord 
Street, Maynard, MA 01754 

Margery Seelig Ohring is 

completing her thesis and is 
planning to start a career as a 
high school English teacher. 


Kenneth E. Davis, Class 
Correspondent, 4600 Livingston 
Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10471 

Richard Lerman (M.F.A. '70, 
theater arts! teaches media arts at 
the University of Arizona, West. 
Working together with visual 
artist Mona Higuchi, they have 
created a piece, Kristallnacht, 
which will be installed at the 
ludah Magnes lewish Center 
Museum in Berkeley, CA. 

Michael Kaufmati 

Michael Kaufman was elected 
president of the New Mexico 
Medical Society. Michael 
practices internal medicine m 
Taos, NM. Lawrence Rosen, 
professor of anthropology at 
Princeton University, was 
awarded his university's 
distinguished teaching award for 
1997. Lawrence has also been 
named a Phi Beta Kappa visiting 
scholar, in which capacity he will 
speak at a number of campuses 
around the country. 


Rochelle A. Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 1 13 Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Mark Donowitz is professor of 
medicine and director of the 
Hopkins Center for Epithelial 
Disorders at the lohns Hopkins 
University School of Medicine. 
Mark received the Distinguished 
Research Award in 
Gastrointestinal Research from 
the American Physiological 
Society. After completing an 
assignment as U.S. Ambassador to 
Bangladesh, David N. Merrill has 
joined the Halliburton Company, 
a global energy services and 
construction company. He will be 
expanding their operations in 
Asia, where David spent most of 
his career with the Foreign 


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

Ava J. Abramowitz was elected 
the public member of the 
National Architectural 
Accrediting Board |NAAB|. The 
NAAB accredits professional 
programs in architecture in the 
United States and works toward 
the international exchange of 
information and the coordination 
of common accrediting standards. 
Gates McFadden is working on an 
ABC movie. Broken Clown, with 
Jill Clayburg. 


Beth Posin Uchill, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02167 

|ohn J. Gosbee designed a Web 
page for his law office. The 
address is 


Dan Garfinkel, Class 
Correspondent, 2420 Kings Lane, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Nancy Katzen Kaufman received 
the "Community Dignity of Life 
Award" at the Brandeis interfaith 
baccalaureate service on May 24. 
The award is bestowed upon 
those who have distinguished 
themselves by committing their 
lives to causes such as promoting 
peace and social lustice, 
combating hunger, poverty, and 
homelessness, and working for 
the cause of freedom and human 
rights. Nancy is the executive 
director of the lewish Community 
Relations Council. Randy Glasser 
Kovacs is working on her 
dissertation in the College of 
Journalism at the University of 
Maryland, College Park. She 

completed her assistantship at the 
Center for Renaissance and 
Baroque Studies and will be a 
teaching assistant at the College 
of iournalism and the Writing 
Center while she completes her 

'73 25th Reunion 

Janet Bcsso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #3-H, New York, NY 

Wendy Altman Shalen is a noted 
Bedford, NY, artist. Her 
watercolor portraits were featured 
in a special exhibition. The Face 
of America: Contemporary 
Portraits in Watercolor, at the 
Arts Center/Old Forge in New 
York Nancy "Ghana" Forse 
Shloush IS a freelance writer in 
New York. She published a short 
story, "The Spilled Out 
Spicebox," in Di Yiddishe Heina 


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

Michael AUosso directed the 
Brandeis production of Dancing 
at Lughnasa. Bonnie A. Steinberg 
IS a rabbi in Great Neck, NY. 


Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue 
Suite #4G, New York, NY 10009 

The Academy of California 
Adoption Lawyers re-elected 
David H. Baum to a second term 
as Its president (ay S. Pepose 
jM.A. '75, biologyl is the Bernard 
Becker Professor of 
Ophthalmology at Washington 
University, Barnes-Jewish 
Hospital in St. Louis, MO. lay 
coedited an ophthalmology 
volume. Ocular Infection and 
Immunitv. His wife, Susan 
Feigenbaum '74, is professor of 
economies at the University of 


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

After serving a year as the acting 
director of the program in medical 
ethics at Indiana University 
School of Medicine, David 
Orentlicher is currently an 
associate professor of law at 
Indiana University School of Law, 
Indianapolis. David will be on 
leave for the 1997-98 academic 
year as the visiting Decamp 
Professor in Biomedical Ethics at 
Princeton University. 

69 Fall 1997 

'78 20th Reunion 



Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street #81, New York, NY 

Neil Kressel's Mass Hate: The 
Global Rise of Genocide and 
Terror has been selected by 
Choice Magazine as an 
outstanding academic book of 
1996. Neil appeared as a guest of 
MSNBC-TV, Fox News Network, 
Voice of America, Monitor Radio 
Network, WNYC-AM, KOA 
Denver, WLTW-FM, the 
Associated Press Radio Network, 
and other broadcast media. David 
R. Ruby is principal at the 
Virginia law firm of McSweeney, 
Burtch &. Crump, RC, where he 
practices bankruptcy, business, 
and tax law. David was elected 
president of Temple Beth-El in 
Richmond, VA. 

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

Richard Stabler Sholk, assistant 
professor in the Department of 
Political Science at Eastern 
Michigan University, was 
appointed tenure. Richard worked 
for Pitzer College from 1991-95. 


Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 975 Buck Road, 
Holland, PA 18966 

Leonardo I. Maiman is a 

shareholder with the law firm of 
Brant, Moore, MacDonald, & 
Wells, P.A. in lacksonviUe, FL. 
His practice concentrates in the 
area of commercial transactions 
with an emphasis in real estate 
matters. Lenny serves on the 


Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 


1967 Sharon A. Kaufman 

1969 Jonathan Annis 

1973 Nancy "Ghana" Forse Shloush 

1981 Elizabeth M. Jaffee 

Robin Slapin Malloy 

1982 Linda Meltzer 

1984 Naomi Kirshner and 
David Tracer 

Liz Etkin Kramer 
Rebecca Robbins IVlcLane 

1985 Lisa Sachs Baum 
Steven Bercu 
Elizabeth Kagan Cooper 
Carolyn Elefant 

1986 Lori Bernstein CaHun 

Stet'H Ptopos Fishkin 
Beth Jacobowitz and 
David Zive 

1987 Susan Frost Byrnes 
Elizabeth Dickey Doubleday 
Mark Miller 

1988 Marsha Fried Bainnson 
Esther Harris 

Pamela Warman Manko 
Lynn Feldman and 
Stephen Meltzer '87 
Peter Taub 

1989 Norai Krim Edwards 
Sarah Fallowes and 
Andrew Kaplan '87 
April Everett Goldberg 
Arthur Ollendorff 
Karen Splansky and 
David A. Farbman '90 

1991 Bonnie Kwitkin Goldstein 

1992 Tami Nelson Dowling 
1994 Sharona Grossberg and 

Ariel Schochet '95 
Elissa Wolf Katz 
Sara Bank Wolf 

Rebecca loy Chufang 

Jacob Alan 
Menachem Mendel 
Madelena and 
Hannah Bailey and 
William Pearson 
Jeremy Scott and 
Alex Gregory 
Abigail Sarah 

Samuel Jacob 
Zachary Louis 
Gabrielle Allison 
Chiara Alanna 
Elana loy 
Jonathan Adam 
Matthew Scott 
Shayna Hayley 
Samantha Rose 

Abigail Whitney 
Kyle David 
Jerry Seth 
Joshua Adam 
Max Theodore 
Danielle Marissa 
Eliza Jane 

Ariel Ban 
Emily Faye 
Zachary Jacob and 
Micaela Hope 
Sarah Arielle 
Emily Batyah 

Efraim Aryeh 
Kennedy Judith 

Andrew Jeremy 
Yonatan Chaim 

October 26, 1995 
adopted May 15, 1997 
January 2, 1996 
October 26, 1995 
November 18, 1996 

February 26, 1997 

February 24, 1997 

November 20, 1996 

September 27, 1996 
April 25, 1996 
July.l, 1996 
June 18, 1997 
December 14, 1995 
October 21, 1996 
September 22, 1995 
May 2, 1997 
May 2, 1997 
February 15, 1997 

April 27, 1997 
February 6, 1997 
June 30, 1996 
October 9, 1996 
September 29, 1995 
March 3, 1996 
September 18, 1996 

lulv 12, 1996 
April 14, 1997 
December 24, 1996 

May 11, 1997 
April 23, 1997 
December 4, 1995 

March 16, 1997 
June 19, 1997 
April 11, 1997 

March 6, 1997 
January 5, 1997 

board of the Jaclcsonville Jewish 
Federation and Jewish Family and 
Community Services where he is 
commencing his second year as 


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

Norman Pernick, a partner in the 
bankruptcy and reorganization 
department of Saul, Ewing, 
Remick, S. Saul, was honored at 
the American Bar Association's 
section of business law spring 
meeting for writing Bankruptcy 
Deadline Checklist: An Easy-to- 
Use Reference Guide for Case 
Management and 

'83 15th Reunion 

Lon Berman Cans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02168 

Ted Alschulter is on the vocal 
arts faculty at JulUard, where he 
teaches creative performance for 
the singing actor workshop. Ted 
IS also on the directing staff of the 
New York City Opera. Caren 
Fierverker Boroshok's personal 
homepage is 
Bruce Seaton is practicing family 
medicine in Charlotte, NC. 
Rhonda Zingmund is a clinical 
psychologist in private practice in 
Mornstown, N|. Her husband, 
Peter Allen '82, is an artist 
working in his recently 
completed two-story studio. 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 180 Bellevue 
Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 

Liz Etkin Kramer practices 
gynecology and obstetrics at 
Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami 
Beach, FL Rebecca Robbins 
McLane is a clinical psychologist 
specializing in child and family 
therapy in San Francisco, CA. 


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

Lee A. Surkin completed his 
cardiology fellowship at Yale 
University School of Medicine 
and IS entering private practice in 
Greenville, NC. Marjorie 
Jacobson Treisman is marketing 
counsel for the Coca-Cola 
Company in Atlanta, GA. 

lUyse Shindler Habbe, Class 
Correspondent, 89 Turner 
Street #3, Brighton, MA 02135 

Robert S. Kamanitz performs 
business valuation and related 
consulting for Gordon Associates 
Inc. in Natick, MA. Maxwell 
Lazinger completed his training at 
the Miami Vascular Institute. His 
training was specialized in 
endovascular procedures. He is in 
private practice at Sinai Hospital 
in Baltimore, MD. Deborah 
Schloss IS an assistant rabbi at 
Congregation Shaarey Zedek in 
Winnipeg, Manitoba. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 153 East 57th 
Street #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Dean Budnick is a graduate 
student and teaching fellow at 
Harvard University, where he is 
completing his Ph.D. in the 
school's history of American 
civilization program. Dean wrote 
The Phishwg Manual: A 
Compendium to the Music of 
Phish, the first book devoted to 
the band Phish, whose legions of 
fans draw comparisons to the 
followers of the Grateful Dead. 
Elizabeth Dickey Doubleday is a 
product manager for Work/Family 
Directions, an international 
employee resource consulting 
firm for Fortune 500 employers. 
Jeffrey A. Honig received an 
LL.M. in taxation from Boston 
University School of Law and 
accepted an appointment with the 
city of Pittsfield, MA, as assistant 
city solicitor. After 10 years of 
medical school and residency, 
Mark Miller loined Consultants 
in Urology in Westfield, NJ. 
Justine Reiss is a member of the 
Theater GEO and the Copperview 
Theater Company. She had a 
guest starring role on Days of Our 
Lives and currently does voice- 
over work. Melissa Silberman 
received her J.D. from New York 
University School of Law and was 
admitted to the New York Bar. 
She works as a legal editor for 
West Publishing Company. Her 
husband, Joseph Podhorzer '86, 
specializes m vitreoretinal 
surgery and is in private practice. 

'88 10th Reunion 

Susan Tevelow Feinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Northfield 
Road, Peahody, MA 01960 

Marsha Fried Bainnson is an 

optometrist living on Long Island. 
Roni Left Kurtz is pursuing a 
master's degree in elementary 
reading education at Florida 
International University. Jon 
Rubel is working as a retail 
analyst for Tommy Hilfiger 
Womenswear in New York. 

News Notes 



Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, '■)1 Morrill Street. 
Newton, MA 021(SS 

Scott Elton is in his fourth year of 
neurosurgery residency at Ohio 
State University Sarah Fallowes 
received her M.S.W. from 
Colunihij Universitv in 1990. Her 
husband, Andrew Kaplan '87, 
received his MB. A. from New 
York University's Stern Executive 
Business School Program in 1994. 
He is now vice president and 
publisher of Kaplan Interactive. 
Their Web site is 
www.panix.comZ-andy. Alicia 
Litwin IS developing a script for 
Altered Stages in New York City 
about the myth surrounding the 
Lizzie Borden murders, titled 
Lizzie Borden's Tempest. Arthur 
Ollendorff finished his obstetrics 
residency at Northwestern 
University. He is currently a 
faculty member at the University 
of Cincinnati m the OB/GYN 
Department Jared A. Slosberg 
was appointed general counsel 
and director of business 
development of BITSource, Inc., a 
Silicon Valley technology 
company that has developed an 
innovative system to distribute 
commercial software 
electronicallv over the Internet. 
Karen Splansky is in her second 
year of fellowship in pediatric 
emergency medicine in Boston, 
MA. Her iiusband. David 
Farbman '90, is completing his 
Ph.D. in modern American 
historv at Brown Universitv. 


ludith Lihhahcr Wcher, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue #9E, New York, NY 


Rence Goldberg, Lisa B. 
Silver'vtt'in, and Jonathan A. 
Tabachnikott '^l were graduated 
from Hebrew Union College in 
May and are now rabbis serving 
retorm congregations m the 
United States. Tamar H. GoUan is 
interning at the University of 
California, San Diego/VA 
Hospital in clinical 
neuropsyeht)logy. Debra L. 
Messing performed with Maria 
Tucci in Collected Stones at the 
Manhattan Theatre Club. Eric 
Mulkowsky received his M.B.A. 
and the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award 
at Stanford Business School to 
recognize his participation, 
initiative, leadership, and 
personal integrity. Sean Ross and 
lacob Glazer '91 started 
Afterimage Photo Illustration in 
New York City. Their company 
creates image illustrations on 
computers with scanned 
photographs to appear in national 
magazines, advertisements, and 

other printed materials. Paul A. 
Ruggerio participated this 

September in the Boston-New 
York AIDS Ride 3, one of five 
rides around the country to help 
raise money in the fight against 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1624 Richmond 
Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Eric S. Askanase is an assistant 
literary and theatrical agent for 
International Creative 
Management, a talent and literary 
agency. Data Clein was graduated 
from optometry school in 
Chicago, IL. Gregg Einhorn was 
graduated with an M.F.A. from 
the University of California, Los 
Angeles sculpture program. 
Rebecca Eppenstein is attending 
the Yale University School of Art 
graduate program in sculpture. 
Bonnie Kwitkin Goldstein is a 
full-time mother to her three 
children Samantha Supernaw 
Issen was graduated from the 
University of Texas, Austin, in 
the school of social work. She 
currently is a therapist and case 
supervisor at the Nelson Center, a 
residential treatment center for 
latency and adolescent age youth. 
Samantha is also working part- 
time as a therapist with Gene 
Ross, LMSW-ACP, and 
Associates. Steven Schwartz is an 
attorney in the law firm of Ladov 
and Bernbaum, where he practices 
matrimonial litigation. He 
coauthored Valvation Strategies 
m Divorce. Fourth Edition. His 
section reviews the leading 
divorce valuation cases across the 
country and sets forth the 
majority, minority, and any novel 
view of divorce courts. Michael 
Sweet was graduated from 
University of California, Los 
.Angeles Law School in 1996. He 
IS practicing law, specializing in 
litigation and election law, at the 
firm of Norris & Norris in San 
Francisco, CA. Stephen JWarc 
Weiner received an M.B.A. from 
The Darden School at the 
University of Virginia. He is 
currently working with Pratt C*. 
Whitney Corporation in East 
Hartford, CT. Jarett Weintraub 
received a five-year predoetoral 
fellowship to University of 
California, Riverside, in the 
philosophy program, lulian 
Zelizer received a Ph.D. in history 
from lohns Hopkins University in 
1996. He IS an assistant professor 
at SUNY, Albany, and is currently 
writing a book. 

Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 955 S. Springfield 
Avenue #1205, Springfield, NI 

Frederick Dobb walked across the 
country as an environmental 
educator with the Global Walk for 
a Liveable World. He has taught 
ecology and |udaism and served as 
the first student rabbi at the 
synagogue in Saint Croix, Virgin 
Islands. Frederick was ordained at 
the Adat Shalom 
Reconstructionist Congregation 
in Rockville, MD John Khouri 
works on the Warner Brothers 
feature film and video accounts 
for Grey Advertising in Burbank, 
CA. Jason Ensler completed his 
third year at University of 
Southern California film school. 
Craig H. Lipset is a medical 
student at the SUNY Health 
Science Center in Syracuse, NY. 
He was recently named a student 
scholar in cardiovascular disease 
and stroke by the American Heart 
Association for his continuing 
research in stroke epidemiology. 
Allison A. Moulton received a 
ID. from the New England School 
of Law. She earned a paralegal 
certificate from Northeastern 
University in 1992. Jun Pei 
received his Ph.D. in electrical 
engineering from Stanford 
University and is currently 
working as a senior research 
scientist at KLA-Tencor. Mark 
Raizin was graduated from Saint 
George's University School of 
Medicine and is doing his 
residency in Chicago, IL. His 
wife, Jennifer Kahn, is in her 
second year of residency in 
pediatrics at Children's Memorial 

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Due to space limitations, we 
usually are unable to print lists 
of classmates who attend each 
other's weddings or other 
functions. News of marriages 
and births are included in 
separate listings by class. 

93 5th Reunion 

Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Matcie Braunstein and Erik Roth 

were graduated from Brooklyn 
Law School and were admitted to 
the New York and New lersey 
Bars Michael B. Frank was 
graduated from law school and is 
working m the corporate offices 
of the New lersey Nets. Terrie B. 
Ginsberg was awarded a 
DO. degree from Philadelphia 
College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
She IS interning at Allegheny 
University Hospital. 

marrow program in which he took 
part at Brandeis in 19^)3. Rafi 
Levavy is working as the assistant 
stage manager for The Who's 
Tommy at PCPA Theaterfest in 
Santa Monica, CA. 




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Terrie Ginsberg 

Betsy B. Goldkrand received her 
LD. cum hiuJe from the Touro 
Law Center. She is working for a 
New York City insurance 
company. Jill Gordon is working 
on the final season of the Larry 
Sanders Show. Oded Gross was 
cast as a principal in a pilot for a 
half-hour sitcom for the Fox 
Network David A. Kaufman was 
graduated with honors from the 
George Washington Law School, 
where he served on the law 
review. He is working at the New 
York firm of Whitman, Breed, 
Ahhott ik Morgan. Carolyn J. 
Rubin was graduated from the 
New England School of Law and 
passed the New York State Bar 
exam. She is working for the 
National Association of Securities 
Dealers in New York City. iVlarla 
Friedman Shrier is in her 
residency at Cooper Hospital- 
University Medical Center in 
Camden, NI. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof, Class 
Correspondent, 1640 Mclntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 

Valerie Beugen was graduated 
from California Western School of 
Law and has taken the California 
Bar exam. After working for three 
years at the magazine Ghimour, 
Bari Nan Cohen is the 
entertainment editor of YM in 
New York City. David Klein 
donated bone nrarrow to a 47- 
year-old male this past June. He 
was contacted through the bone 

Daniel C. Levinc 

After touring with the Broadway 
National Tour of Les Miserables 
for nearly two years, Daniel C. 
Levine was honored to work on 
Angela Lansbury — A Celebration 
at the Majestic Theater on 
Broadway starring Nell Carter, 
Bea Arthur, Tyne Daly, and 
Lauren Bacall. Since then, Daniel 
has performed in two off- 
Broadway shows. Matthew Moore 
has been working as an assistant 
manager for the Four Seasons 
Hotel m Boston for three years. 
Morgan Nichols finished his first 
year at University of Southern 
California film school. Benjamin 
Resnick works for AMS, a 
management software firm in 
Northern Virginia. His wife, 
Melinda Weinblatt, is the 
program director at American 
University's HiUel. Ariel 
Schochet is a bank examiner for 
the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Boston. His wife, Sharona 
Grossberg, is the director of 
extracurricular activities at the 
Maimonides School in Brookline, 
MA. Deena Stern is the 
coordinator of advertising and 
marketing for the USA Network. 
Kimberly E. Valkenaar is studying 
for her M.F.A. in acting at Cal 
Arts. She works in the costume 
shop at New York Renaissance 


Suzanne Lavin, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Rowayton 
Woods Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854 

Lara Bahr shot a television spot 
for NBC's coverage of the summer 
Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. 
Kevin Berman is in his third year 
of an M D./Ph.D. program at the 
University of Texas, 
Southwestern Medical School. 
Payam "Pie" Danialypour is in 
his second year at Georgetown 
Law and is working as a judicial 

intern at the DC. Superior Court. 
Sheri Glazer completed her first 
year at the New York University 
College of Dentistry. Rebeccah 
Keating is in her third year at Yale 
Law School. Her husband, 
Andrew Edelstein, is pursuing a 
master's in English and writing at 
Wesleyan University. Brigid Nuta 
IS working at a homeless shelter 
in Bethesda, MD. She published a 
resource guide on domestic 
violence in the Jewish 
community in 1996. Hannah 
Sacks is in her second year at 
Bryn Mawr College, Graduate 
School of Social Work and Social 
Research. Rebecca Smith is an 
account executive for Schneider 
& Associates Public Relations in 
Boston, MA. Beth Starr is 
working at an cmer.gency shelter 
for homeless women and 
children. Heather Weiner is 
completing her master's in 
counseling psychology at the 
University of North Texas. 


Janet J. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 

Michael Altose is in his second 
year of the medical scientist 
training program at the Case 
Western Reserve University 
School of Medicine. Heather 
Austern is completing her 
master's m education. Rachel 
Blankstein is m Niger working on 
a women's development/ 
agriculture/nutrition U.S. Peace 
Corps. Mark Bookbinder is in his 
second year at ViUanova Law 
School. Sue Casey is working in 
the development research 
department at Brandeis as 
coordinator of the lost alumni 
program. Garen Corbett is 
working for the Department of 
Veteran's Affairs as a research 
assistant. Hooman Darvish 
appeared in a production of 
Suburbia at the Speak-Easy 
Company in Boston. Nancy Duke 
is an on-Une technical assistant m 
the news media department of 
US News and World Report. 
Daniel Finger completed his first 
year at Fordham Universitv 
School of Law. Daniel Goldfarb is 
in his first year at Harvard Dental 
School. Lawrence Kossove works 
for Prudential Securities, where 
he conducts equity research on 
specialty finance companies and 
enterprises. Jennifer Nuger is an 
assistant fifth grade teacher at the 
Rashi School in Needham, MA, as 
well as a fourth and sixth grade 
teacher at Temple Isaiah in 
Lexington, MA. Victoria Schaffer 
IS in her second year at Chicago- 
Kent College of Law. Jared 
Scherer completed a summer 

internship in the Department of 
Student Life at the University of 
Missouri. Sara Winkelman is 
attending the double master's 
program m Jewish communal 
service and social work at the 
Hebrew Union College and the 
University of Southern 
California. Her husband, Avi 
Greene, is working as a teacher at 
a local day school and synagogue. 
Matthew Zik completed his first 
year of law school at the 
University of Virginia. 


Wayne Bailey (M.F.A. '94, theater 
arts) was appointed dean of 
students at the Trinity School of 
Texas for the 1997-98 academic 
year. He will also resume his 
position as director of the theater 
department at Trinity. Amela 
Baksic jM.F.A. '95, theater arts) 
and Ted Simpson (M.F.A. '95, 
theater arts) were accepted in the 
United Scenic Artists Union. 
John Benitz (M.F.A. '91, theater 
arts) IS a freelance theater director 
in Los Angeles, CA. John directed 
the West Coast premiere of Mona 
Koppelman's Borderland. Linda 
Brennan (M.F.A. '88, theater arts) 
IS a dialect coach and head of the 
voice and speech program at the 
American Academy of Dramatic 
Arts in Los Angeles, CA. She is 
also on the faculty at the South 
Coast Repertory Professional 
Program and has completed her 
master's m clinical psychology at 
Antioch College. Manuel Cordero 
(M.F.A. '90, theater arts) is 
working as art director for 
Disneyworld Orlando and 
supervised the work for the 25th 
anniversary parade. Mark 
DiPietro (M.F.A. '89, theater arts) 
is an assistant professor of theater 
and communications at Siena 
Heights College. He is the 

Mark DiPietro 

72 Brandeis Review 


recipient of the Sister Eileen K. 
Rice, OP Award for Outstanding 
Teaching, the highest honor a 
Siena Heights College professor 
can receive Lisabeth Lobenthal 
Elran |M.A. yO, Jewish communal 
service) is administrator at 
Temple Akiha in Culver City, CA. 
Lew Etcoff |M.A. '75, Jewish 
communal service| has an active 
practice as a psychologist and 
consultant in Las Vegas, NV. 
Jeffrey Finkelstein |M.A '93, 
Jewish communal service) is 
assistant campaign director/ 
financial resource development at 
The Associated: Jewish 
Community Federation of 
Baltimore, MD. Ariel Goldberger 
IM.F.A. '93, theater arts) is a 
designer, writer, and director in 
Olympia, WA. His play. Barren, 
was produced by the New City 
Playwright Festival in Seattle, 
WA. Ariel has been appointed to 
the faculty at Evergreen State 
University, (effrey Hert (Ph.D. 
'91, sociology) wrote Divided 
Memory: The Nazi Past and the 
Two Gernianys. He is an associate 
professor at Ohio University. 
Kevin Kern (M.FA. '93, theater 
arts) IS a working actor and 
director. He has a few national 
commercials running on TV and 
appeared m Mona Koppelman's 
Borderland. Marty Cameron 
Kingsbury's jM.F.A. '93, theater 
arts) play, Lucille, was given a 
production at the Boston Women 
on Top Festival of One and Two 
Women Performance Pieces. 
Jacqueline Kleefield (M F A '95, 
theater arts) directed a production 
of A Girl's Guide to Chaos for 
The Producer's Club in New York 
City. Included in the cast were 
Caitlin Gibbon |M EA. '95, 
theater arts) and Sara Shea (M.F.A. 
'94, theater arts). Hilton 
Immerman (M.A. '88, Jewish 
communal service) is the chief 
executive officer at Shalom 
College in New South Wales, 
Australia. Samantha Halpern 
Kantor |M.A. '94, Jewish 
communal service) is the 
Northeast director of Israel 
Experience, Inc., a program 
funded hy the CRB Foundation to 
encourage youth travel to Israel. 
Karen Ezra Landy (MA. '88, 
Jewish communal service) was 
ordained by the Reconstructionist 
Rabbinical College in June. Karen 
had been a rabbinic intern at the 
Philadelphia, PA, geriatric center, 
chaplain at the Hospital of the 

University of Pennsylvania, HiUel 
Director at Drew University, and 
proiect coordinator for Jewisir 
Family and Children's Services 
HIV/AIDS office Michael Lincoln 
jM.F.A. '79, theater arts) co- 
designed the lighting for the 
Broadway production of Bunny 
Bunny. He teaches lighting design 
at New York University. Sunil 
Maulik (Ph.D. '87, biophysics) 
published Molecular 
Biotechnology: Therapeutic 
Applications and Strategies. 
Kevin Mynatt (MF.A. '96, theater 
arts) accepted a full-time position 
as the technical director at the 
Opera Omaha. Ellen Ben Nairn 
(M.A. '92, Jewish communal 
service) works as a family 
educator in Los Alamos, NM. Sara 
Lynn Newberger (M.A. 'Si, Jewish 
communal service) is curriculum 
coordinator at Talmud Torah of 
St Paul, MN Rayzel Randall 
Robinson (M.A. '77, 
contemporary Jewish studies) has 
been a Hillel Director for 15 
years. She is also rabbi of Leyv 
Hair Reconstructionist 
Congregation m Philadelphia, PA. 
She is cofounder of Shabbat 
Unplugged, a musical worship 
experience. Rayzel was ordained 
in June at the Reconstructionist 
Rabbinical College. Shelby 
Ronkin (M.A. '95, Jewish 
communal service) is a Jewish 
family educator at Agudas Achim 
Synagogue, a large modern- 
Orthodox congregation in Bexley, 
OH. Elena Rosin |M.A. '94, 
Jewish communal service) is 
working at the Cleveland Jewish 
Federation, loining Marcia 
Bloomberg (M.A. '91, Jewish 
communal service), director of 
human resources. Daniel Sheer 
(M.A. '9i, Jewish communal 
service) is working at the Bureau 
of Jewish Education in New York 
City where he is coordinator of 
Israel education programs. Robert 
H. Singer (Ph.D. '71, biology) is a 
professor at the Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine. In June, 
Robert discussed "Intracellular 
Sorting of mRNA" at the 
Rockefeller University Debi 
Weitz (M.A. '95, Jewish 
communal service) is campaign 
associate at the United Jewish 
Federation of MetroWest, 
Whippany, NJ, working witli 
commerce and professionals. 

Class Name 





1 993 



John J. Gosbec to L. Frances McElroy 

Caren Fierverker to Jon Boroshok 

Marjorie Jaeobson to Joel Treisman 

Lee A. Surkin to Elizabeth Webster 

Deborah Schloss to Sheldon Fink 

Melissa Silbetman to Joseph Podhorzer '86 

Peter Taub to Jennifer Williams 

Scott Elton to Jennifer Wright 

Ginger W. Caswell to Howard M. Walters 

Jodi Golinsky to Ben Kessler 

Randi Lewbart to Eric Kraus '90 

Devra Resnick to Gregg Shutan 

Julian Zelizer to Nora Moran 

Jennifer Kahn to Mark Raizin 

Alison J. Goldstein to Alan L. Lebovitz 

Joanna Maixner to Mark Goldstein '91 

Maria Friedman to Eric Shrier 

Rachel Gordon to Jason Lichten 

Sarah Rubin to Jeremy Sokolic 

Valerie Beugen to Eric Simanek 

Amy Nigro to Wayne Bailey 

Kimberly Valkenaar to Jason Breitkopf 

Melinda Weinblatt to Beniamin Resnick 

Deborah Dragon to Justin Goldstein '94 

Rebeccah Keating to Andrew Edelstein 

Aryn Grossman to Ted Froum '94 

Sara Winkleman to Avi Greene 

December 1, 1996 
October 20, 1996 
September I, 1996 
June 28, 1997 
August 24, 1997 
June 10, 1995 
August 20, 1995 
September 21, 1996 
May 26, 1996 
March 29, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
June 2, 1996 
May 25, 1997 
March 29, 1997 
April 5, 1997 
March 29, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
August 31, 1997 
May 31, 1997 
April 20, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
May 17, 1997 
September 28, 1997 
May 25, 1997 
September I, 1996 


Norman Petigrow '57 passed away 
in March. He was a dedicated 
family practice physician at 
North Shore University Hospital. 
Ellen "liana" Raskin '75 died of 
cancer on May 13, 1996. Ellen 
received her M.A. in educjjtion 
from Hebrew Univeisity and 
worked as a counselor with 
prisoners and former drug addicts 
in Jerusalem. Ellen had also 
become a renowned bellydancer 
in Israel. When Jerusalem's chief 
rabbis threatened to revoke 
kashrut certificates from halls 
that permitted bellydancing, Ellen 
petitioned the High Court of 
Justice, through the Association 
for Civil Rights in Israel. She won 
a successful Supreme Court 
Judgment in 1990 and her case 

became a landmark one in the 
history of the Israeli Supreme 
Court for the advocacy of citizen's 
rights and secular freedom. The 
Ellen "liana" Raskin Memorial 
Fund has been established at 
Brandeis. The Ellen "liana" 
Raskin Memorial Award will be 
awarded annually to one student 
who qualifies for financial aid and 
who has made a creative 
contribution to the community or 
society in the form of women's 
rights, human rights, creative 
arts, or advocacy. Donations may 
be sent to the Office of 
Development and Alumni 

73 Fall 1997 

that in 1632, when John 
Winthrop and an 
exploring party came up 
the Charles River and 
climbed to a "high rocky 
promontory" overlooking 
what would become 
Boston Harbor, their 
vantage point was the 
ledge outcrop now 
known as Boston Rock, 
adjacent to the Castle 
and Brown Hall? 

that in the 1920s, the 
100-acre Baker Estate, 
now the site of Brandeis 
University, was acquired 
by IVIiddlesex County as 
the proposed location 
for the Middlesex 
County Sanitorium, a 
tuberculosis hospital? 
Waltham citizens, 
however, protested 
having a contagious 
disease facility so close 
to the city's open 
reservoir, which was 
surrounded by the Baker 

that the Baker land was 
the proposed site of 
several hospitals, partly 
because of the presence 
of a natural spring 
whose waters had 
'unusual curative 

that Dr. John Hall Smith 
purchased the Baker 
land from Middlesex 
County to build 
Middlesex College of 
Medicine and Surgery in 
1928 and commenced 
the 12-year project of 
building the Castle in 
that year? 

that Brandeis has a 
brand new Web page 
where you can find 
current information 
about campus events, 
academic departments, 
admissions, the 
Libraries, athletics, 
alumni services, and 
much more? Its address 

It's the truth 

(even unto 

its innermost parts] 

Brandeis University 
P.O. Box 91 10 
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Master Plan Weekend 

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Dear Reader 

Now is the winter of our 
discombobulation — 50-degree days 
in January and February, nor'easters 
dumping rain instead of snow, and 
cold spells that seemed half-hearted 
at best, barely rendering Massell 
Pond walkable before letting it slip 
back into slush. Like much of the 
rest of the globe, this noble 
Waltham hilltop has been 
experiencing "the El Nino of the 

It is worth having an inkling about 
the mechanics of such a 
phenomenon, if only because it 
affords a sense of participation in a 
superlative, global event. This is not 
like simply shoveling your driveway 
during "the Blizzard of the 
Century," or experiencing a power 
outage during "the Hurricane of the 
Century." El Niiio is on a whole 
other plane. El Nifio is an engine 
that drives blizzards and hurricanes, 
an organism that spawns weather. It 
is a thing worthy of the culpability 
ascribed to it for everything from 
drought and ice storms to 
presidential dalliance. 

Because of factors involving the 
uneven heating of the Earth by the 
sun and the fact that our planet 
spins, convective exchanges of 
temperature that would normally 
take place in a North/South 
direction, between the tropics and 
the poles, get pushed sideways by 
the spinning of the planet in what is 
known as the Coriolis Effect. That 
causes the convective flows to form 

latitudinal bands around the globe, 
which vary in direction according to 
latitude. Those of us living in the 
continental United States are used 
to having our prevailing winds 
coming from the west. A storm in 
California will often find its way to 
New England, but never the reverse. 

Farther south, in two converging 
bands that girdle the equator, the 
prevailing winds normally blow 
from east to west, bulldozing warm 
surface waters from off the coast of 
Peru to the other side of the Pacific 
where they pile up against Australia 
and Indonesia. Off Peru, the ocean is 
like a gigantic, vertically revolving 
smorgasbord, teeming nutrients 
constantly rising with the cold 
waters that roll up in a boil to 
replace the warmed layer blown 
west. It is one of the richest marine 
environments in the world. 

The frigidity of the water off Peru 
minimizes evaporation and the 
formation of clouds, while the warm 
water stockpiled off Australia heats 
the moist air, which rises and 
condenses into clouds so laden with 
rain that they dump their contents 
almost continuously over Indonesia 
and Southeast Asia during the 
monsoon season. That is why 
Indonesia and Southeast Asia are 
home to tropical jungles, while 
western Peru and the islands of the 
Galapagos off Ecuador are deserts. 

No one knows why this cycle, which 
should be eternally self-perpetuating, 
periodically stops, but it does. The 
west-blowing wind, which has been 
holding the vast pool of warm water 
against the Asian and Australian 
continents to such a degree that sea 
level in the western Pacific is fully 
five feet higher than in the east, 
suddenly slackens. As though a 
floodgate had been opened, the 
reservoir of tropical water pours 
downhill upon the colder, denser, 
saltier layer underlying it and floods 
east until it hits the shores of South 
America, and there it ponds up, just 
as it had in the west, and the warmed 
air rises and condenses in the east, 
the prevailing winds at the equator 
turn completely around, the cold sea 
boils up m the west to fill the void, 
and the world is reversed. Monsoon- 
like rains drench the deserts of Peru, 
the forests of Indonesia and 
Southeast Asia parch and burn like 
tinder, marine mammals starve in 
the eastern Pacific, and North 
America's jet stream is thrown into 
convulsions, sending tropical storms 
to California, devastating ice- 
onslaughts to Maine and Quebec, and 
a gentle, benign winter to southern 
New England. El Nino is born, and 
nothing IS normal anymore. 

Like the articles in this Review, El 
Nmo has displayed some surprising 
and wondrous convergences. And it 
threw our production schedule off by 
a few weeks, too. The El Nino of the 
Century can do that. 


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that drives blizzards and hurricanes, 
an organism that spawns weather. It 
is a thing worthy of the culpabihty 
ascribed to it for everything from 
drought and ice storms to 
presidential dalliance. 

Because of factors involving the 
uneven heating of the Earth by the 
sun and the fact that our planet 
spins, convective exchanges of 
temperature that would normally 
take place in a North/South 
direction, between the tropics and 
the poles, get pushed sideways by 
the spinning of the planet in what is 
known as the Coriolis Effect. That 
causes the convective flows to form 


The frigidity of the water off Peru 
minimizes evaporation and the 
formation of clouds, while the warm 
water stockpiled off Australia heats 
the moist air, which rises and 
condenses into clouds so laden with 
rain that they dump their contents 
almost continuously over Indonesia 
and Southeast Asia during the 
monsoon season. That is why 
Indonesia and Southeast Asia are 
home to tropical lungles, while 
western Peru and the islands of the 
Galapagos off Ecuador are deserts. 

Southeast Asia parch and burn like 
tinder, marine mammals starve in 
the eastern Pacific, and North 
America's jet stream is thrown into 
convulsions, sending tropical storms 
to California, devastating ice- 
onslaughts to Maine and Quebec, and 
a gentle, benign winter to southern 
New England. El Nifio is born, and 
nothing IS normal anymore. 

Like the articles in this Review, El 
Nino has displayed some surprising 
and wondrous convergences. And it 
threw our production schedule off by 
a few weeks, too. The El Nmo of the 
Century can do that. 


Brandeis Review 


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Report on the Master 
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Winter 1998 

Brandeis Review 

Volume 18 

Number 2 

To the Max 

A former student remembers 
Max Lerner 

Sanford Lakoff '53 


The Pot and the Web 

A thousand years separate 

two technologies brought together 

by this alumna 

Carol Snyder Halberstat '61 


Alice Neel's 
Pictures of People 

A true "character" of American 
modern art is examined in 
a faculty member's new book 

Pamela Allara 


Toward a New Master Plan 

Alumni architects and planners 

meet to envision the 

future of the Brandeis campus 

Mark Simon '68 
Michael Hauptman '73 


Alumni Association 

Your chance to vote for a new 
slate of Association officers 


<* ^'<j2 

Faculty and Staff 


The Academy 


Books and Recordings 

2 Development Matters 


8 Benefactors 


9 Alumni 


12 Class Notes 



acuity and Staff 

Remembering Norm 

It was an overcast Saturday 
afternoon late in May 1976. 
A group of us sat perched in 
the upper tiers of the 
University of Chicago 
stadium, our fingers 
crossed, awaiting the order 
of finish of the 400-meter 
relay, the meet's final 
event. With a bit of luck, 
we, the Brandeis Judges, 
would be the NCAA 
Division III Outdoor Track 
and Field Champions. Fate 
rested out of our hands, 
since our own relay team 
had not qualified. 

Norm Levine made his way 
across the sodden infield 
grass and began the long 
climb up to where we sat. 
When he reached us, he 
paused to catch his breath 
before he broke the news: 
Southern University of New 
Orleans had won the relay, 
squeezing out enough 
points for the title. We had 
lost, 46-44, after leading 
throughout the three-day 

Even as runners-up, we had 
displayed arguably the 
finest distance running 
performance in any 
divisional championship, 
capturing first and third in 
the 10,000 meters, first in 
the 5,000 meters, first in 
the 1,500, and fifth in the 
400 meters. With national 
champions in three 
individual events. Norm 
was named NCAA Division 
III Coach of the Year. 

"Brandeis, Brandeis, 
Brandeis," I overheard 
another coach lament 
earlier that day. "What's 
Levine feeding these guys?" 

"Attention," I said to myself. 

Any athlete who competed 
for Norm would have said 
the same thing. He created 
an atmosphere in which you 
felt needed, yet also part of 
something larger than 
yourself. This was no small 
task in light of the ragtag 
bunch of eccentrics sports 
like cross country and track 
and field tend to draw. 
Throw on the added rigors 
of academics — it wasn't 
unusual to spot a Brandeis 
athlete skimming a text on 
economic theory, 
psychology, or chemistry 
between heats at a track 
meet — and Norm had his 
hands full maintaining, year 
after year, a program of 
national caliber. 

He did it by showing up in 
the dorms, the dining halls, 
the Library. He'd circle 
campus in his boxy 
Econoline van, keeping an 
eye out, wanting to know 
how you were doing. In his 
midnight blue windbreaker, 
stenciled across the back in 

three-inch block lettering, 
and his yellow officials' cap 
that left a permanent crease 
in his forehead, he was a 
hard figure to miss. He 
seemed to be everywhere. 
He knew everyone and 
everyone knew him. 

His small apartment across 
the tracks on South Street 
was more address than 
home. His real home was 
his office — that tiny, 
cramped, smoke-filled 
bunker under Shapiro Gym. 
Its cinder block walls were 
so overburdened with 
certificates of achievement 
(Eastern Championships, 
IC4As, All New England, 
All America, etc.) that he 
stacked the new arrivals on 
the floor in the corner. 

Each day he sat at his metal 
desk facing the left-hand 
wall and wrote out 
workouts, tailoring each to 
the needs of the various 
groups — distance, sprints, 
field events. He wrote 
individual workouts for any 
athletes on the mend, or a 
decathlete, or those peaking 
for a specific race. 

Afternoons before workouts 
a bunch of us would crowd 
into his office. We'd kid 
him about his smoking, the 
weight he claimed he'd lost, 
tell him his van had just 
been stolen — anything to 
delay the onset of nausea 
brought on by the endless 
string of quarter mile 
intervals, the half-dozen 
timed campus loops, wind 
sprints up the ski slope at 
Prospect Hill, or those 12-to 
15-mile runs passing 
through every town 
surrounding Waltham. 
There was a price to pay for 

success, and on those 
afternoons in Norm's office, 
we were never able to 
convince him otherwise. 

During finals. Norm 
arranged his schedule to fit 
ours. A week before the 
NCAA championships in 
Chicago, he stood in a 
downpour at 10:00 am 
while I ran repeat miles 
alone over the cracked 
asphalt of Gordon track. His 
voice boomed splits through 
the rain. We were the only 
two people outside, yet 
being there made perfect 
sense to us. Norm would 
have led you into a 
hurricane to make you a 
better runner. 

Sometimes being around 
Norm gave you the feeling 
you were the most relaxed 
person in the world. He 
smoked too much, he was 
heavy, he fretted the details. 
Would we encounter traffic 
on the way to the meet? 
Had he ordered enough box 
lunches? Where were the 
safety pins to fasten the 
numbers to our jerseys? In 
short, he worried so we 
didn't have to. 

"That's my job," he'd say. 
"Yours is to run." 

Yet he was always 
approachable. He could take 
a joke, no matter how 
flustered he was. He showed 
his big heart by doing the 
little things that stuck in 
your mind, favors like 
driving you to the train 
station, buying you a pizza 
at the Stein, seeking out 
your parents at a meet for a 

2 Brandeis Review 

Sara Benjaminsen, 
Senior Designer in 
Publications Office, Dies 

His coaching showed the 
world that Brandeis was 
more than just a place for 
smart kids. He had a knack 
tor recruiting the right kind 
of student athlete and 
providing a deft hand until 
graduation. For over 30 
years, his commitment to 
Brandeis and its athletes 
was unmatched. 

I'd seen Norm lUst a few 
times over the past 20 
years. The last time, in 
March 1996, he was beset 
with health problems and 
needed a walker to get 
around. But he was still a 
coach's coach, recalling my 
time in a meet versus 
Bowdoin in 1974. We 
reminisced about team jogs 
over icy sidewalks to 
Bentley's indoor facility 
where we trained before 
Gosman was built, the old 
blue and white striped meet 
jerseys, our third place 
finish in the NCAA Cross 
Country Championship we 
hosted at Franklin Park in 
the fall of 1975. 

When I heard he had died, I 
experienced the hollow 
sadness and disbelief that 
come when a significant 
player in your young life is 
gone. You feel a lot older, 
more alone, and less sure of 
your place in the world. 

These days when I plod my 
three miles — the distance I 
once covered as a warm-up 
for one of Norm's 
workouts — my mind 
wanders. It's autumn, and 
I'm struggling uphill into a 
chilly wind. Withered oak 
leaves eddy across my path. 
The sky is a deep, crisp 
blue, the air tangy with the 
scent of apple. Most of the 
hundreds of runners are 
strung out behind me. At 

the crest of the hill, the four 
mile mark. Norm stands 
with a group of coaches. 

"A mile to go, Dennis," he 
shouts. "We can win this 

My stride lengthens. The 
course suddenly seems a 
whole lot easier than those 
campus loops. One runner 
at a time, I begin to reel in 
the few still left in front of me. 

I'm moving now, maybe not 
as quickly as I did 20 years 
ago, but it feels as if I am, 
just as It feels as if Norm is 
standing on that hilltop at 
Franklin Park, peering 
through the trees, 
expecting, any second, for 
his runners to come into 

— Dennis Dunoghue '77 

Sara lane Benjaminsen, 
senior designer in the Office 
of Publications, died on 
lanuary 26, 1998, at 
Massachusetts General 
Hospital m Boston after a 
valiant fight with breast 
cancer. She was 37. 

Sara worked in the 
publications office for over 
10 years. She was an award- 
winning designer whose 
work was clean, colorful, 
and eye-catching. She 
created materials for 
various departments on 
campus, including 
Admissions, Development, 
The Heller Graduate 
School, the National 
Women's Committee, and 
the Rabb School of Summer, 
Special, and Continuing 
Studies. She also designed 
parts of each issue of the 
Brandeis Review. 

In 1975, Dennis Donoghue '77 
became Brandeis's first All 
American in cross country. 
By the time he graduated, 
he had been named All 
America four times, twice 
in cross country and twice 
in outdoor track. He 
currently teaches fourth 
grade in Woburn, 
Massachusetts, and lives 
with his wife Carla in 

Sara and Glenn Benjaminsen 

Her colleagues in the Office 
of Publications, along with 
others throughout the 
University with whom she 
worked, will deeply miss 
her gentle grace and charm, 
inexhaustible composure, 
sense of humor, and 
compassion. Her courage 
and optimism during her 
last weeks will be long 
remembered. She was much 

Sara is survived by her 
husband, Glenn of Norton, 
Massachusetts; her mother, 
Saralee Barber, also of 
Norton; her father, Robert 
Barber of Hiram, Maine; 
two sisters, Elizabeth A. 
Tremblay and Susan L. 
Barber; and a nephew, 
Christopher Tremblay. 

3 Winter 1998 

Brandeis Professor 
Named to American 
Academy of Arts and 

Michael Rosbash 

Michael Rosbash, professor 
of biology, Howard Hughes 
Medical Institute 
investigator, and the Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, has been 
elected a Fellow of the 
American Academy of Arts 
and Sciences. Rosbash was 
one of 151 new fellows 
formally inducted into the 
Academy at its Cambridge 
headquarters on September 27. 
Members were chosen in 
recognition of their 
distinguished contributions 
to science, scholarship, 
public affairs, and the arts. 
He IS the 27th member of 
the Brandeis faculty to be so 

Rosbash's fields of expertise 
are RNA processing, 
molecular neurobiology, 
and circadian rhythms. In 
March 1996, Rosbash's lab 
was one of four to identify 
how certain proteins 
interact with ambient light 
to regulate the circadian 
rhythms of fruit flies. 

In addition to research and 
teaching, Rosbash serves on 
the editorial board of the 
journal RNA and on the 
National Institutes of 
Health Sleep Disorders 
Research Advisory Board. In 
the past he has earned 
Guggenheim and Fulbright 
fellowships. He received his 
Ph.D. from the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology and his 
undergraduate degree from 
the California Institute of 

The Academy, founded in 
1780 by John Adams and 
others, has for two 
centuries brought together 
leading figures from 
universities, government, 
business, and public affairs 
to exchange ideas and 
promote knowledge for the 
public interest. 

Acclaimed Hollywood 
directors Peter Bogdanovich 
(right) and Sam Weisman 
I left) met for the first time 
,it Brandeis in November 
hiring a flurry of film- 
I dated activities around 

I hiring his visit on 
\'ovember 6. Bogdanovich 
(Mask, Paper Moon, What's 
Up Doc?, The Last Picture 
Show/ lectured in a film 
studies class, did 
impersonations of 
entertainment greats he's 
worked with — Alfred 
Hitchcock. Cary Grant. 
Boris Karloff. and others — 
during a luncheon with 
students, and then finished 
the day answering 
questions during an "Open 
Conversation" in the Laurie 
Theater. In the audience 
was Sam Weisman. 
M.F.A. 73. (George of the 
Jungle, L.A. Law. Family 
Tiesj who taught an 

undergraduate acting class 
at Brandeis last semester 
and directed the Tom 
Stoppard play Arcadia. 
Toting a copy of Who the 
Devil Made It?, 
Bogdanovich's newly 
released collection of 
interviews with 16 
legendary directors, 
Weisman asked for an 
autograph. Bogdanovich 

Other prominent 
filmmakers who have 
visited recently include 
directors Michael 
Verhoeven ("The White 
Rose, The Nasty Girl, My 
Mother's Couragej, Yvonne 
Rainer ("MURDER and 
murder,), Alex Rivera 
(■Papapapaj and Christine f. 
Russo fPoint of Reference: 
Voices in the Age of AIDSj. 
Actor Moshe Ivgi (Love Sick 
on Nana Street^ discussed 
current trends in Israeli 
film and theater. 

4 Brandeis Review 

French Appointed to 
New Position 

Altman Named to 
Medicare Reform Panel 

President Clinton has 
tapped health economist 
Stuart H. Altman, the Sol C. 
Chaikin Professor of 
National Health Policy, to 
serve on a new bipartisan 
corigressional commission 
on Medicare reform. 
Appointees were made in 
December to the National 
Bipartisan Commission on 
the Future of Medicare by 
the White House and the 
congressional leadership of 
both parties. The 
committee is mandated to 
produce a recommendation 
by March 1999 on how to 
reform Medicare, which 
provides healthcare 
coverage for most elderly 
and disabled citizens. 
Medicare will become 
bankrupt early in the next 
century if significant 
changes are not made. 

The biggest challenge, 
Altman says, "is to make 
the effort truly bipartisan 
and to develop a set of 
recommendations which 
could become law." Given 
some of the personalities 
involved and their polar 
public positions on this 
highly charged issue, 
Altman says, "this will be a 
difficult task." 

No stranger to Washington, 
Altman has considerable 
expertise in federal health 
policy as a researcher, an 

administrator, and advisor 
to three presidential 
administrations under both 
parties. He was senior 
member of the Clinton- 
Gore Health Policy 
Transition Team, and he 
testifies often before various 
congressional committees, 
most recently on the 
implications of the 1997 
Medicare Reform Act. 

For 12 years, he was chair of 
the Prospective Payment 
Assessment Commission 
that advised Congress on 
Medicare payment systems 
for hospitals and other 
healthcare institutions. He 
undertook this Washington 
assignment during a period 
when he was also the dean 
of The Heller School 
(1977-93), and served as the 
University's interim 
president (1990-91). 

Altman currently is the 
chair of the Council on the 
Economic Impact of Health 
System Change. The 
Council, which is based at 
Heller, is a private, non- 
partisan group whose 
mission is to analyze 
important economic aspects 
of the U.S. healthcare 
system and to evaluate 
proposed changes in the 

He is the coeditor with 
Alexandra Shields of the 
Institute for Health Policy 
and Uwe Reinhardt of The 
Future of the U.S. 
Healthcare System: Who 
Will Care for the Poor and 
Uriinsuredl issued in 
November by Health 
Administration Press. 

Peter French was recently 
appointed to fill the newly 
created position of 
executive vice president 
and chief operating officer. 
As COO, French is 
responsible for all financial, 
administrative, and other 
non-academic areas within 
the University. 

French has been in higher 
education for 17 years. He 
spent three years with the 
State University 
Construction Fund — an arm 
of the State University of 
New York — which is 
responsible for the facilities 
planning, design, and 
construction for the 38 
SUNY campuses. 

In 1983, he joined the 
Health Science Center of 
Brooklyn — one of three 
medical colleges of SUNY — 
as senior vice president of 
administration and finance. 
He draws some parallels 
between the Health Science 
Center, with $35 million of 
sponsored research and 600 
faculty members, and 
Brandeis. Most recently, 
French was executive vice 
president at Cedar Crest 
College — one of the few all 
women's liberal arts 
colleges left in the United 
States. Cedar Crest was 
experiencing significant 
operating deficits, but 
within two years of French's 
arrival, the budgets were 
balanced, and after five 
years, an investment grade 
rating put the college in a 
position to access capital in 
the bond market. 

Ficiieh and his wife, Nanty, 
an artist, were eager to 
return to Boston where they 
grew up and still have 
family ties. With three 
children, the youngest of 
whom will graduate from 
Elmira College in New 
York in December, French 
is familiar with the 
academic landscape as a 
father as well as college 

— Jennifer Williams 

Peter French 

5 Winter 1998 

Faculty Notes 

Eric Armstrong 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
was appointed head of the 
technology committee for 
the Voice and Speech 
Teachers Association 
(VASTA) for whom he 
designed a Web site, 

Silvia Arrom 

associate professor of Latin 
American History on Jane's 
Chair and director, Latin 
American Studies Program, 
was elected to the editorial 
board of the Latin American 
Research Review (the 
journal of the Latin Amencan 
Studies Association). 

Bernadette Brooten 

Myra and Robert Kraft and 
Jacob Hiatt Professor of 
Christian Studies, won two 
awards with her book Love 
Between Women: Early 
Christian Responses to 
Female Homoeroticism: a 
Lambda Literary Award in 
the lesbian studies category 
and an American Academy 
of Religion Award for 
Excellence in the Study of 
Religion in the historical 
studies category. 

John Burt 

associate professor of 
English, was awarded a 
Guggenheim Fellowship to 
support his research on 
"Lincoln, Douglas, and the 
political culture of 

James J. Callalian, Jr. 

human services research 
professor and director. 
Policy Center on Aging, is 
cochair for the 1998 annual 
meeting of the American 
Society on Aging, San 

Mary B. Campbell 

associate professor of 
English, is on leave with a 
research fellowship at the 
National Humanities 
Center, where she is 
finishing her new book 
project. Wonder and 
Science: The Representation 
of Worlds in Early Modern 

Peter Conrad 

Harry Coplan Professor of 
Social Sciences, published 
several articles, including 
'Public Eyes and Private 
Genes: Historical Frames, 
News Constructions, and 
Social Problems" in Social 
Problems and "It's Boring: 
Notes on the Meanings of 
Boredom in Everyday Life" 
in Qualitative Sociology. 

Stanley Beser 

Enid and Nate Ancell 
Professor of Physics, was 
invited to write a review 
paper for the "Millenium" 
issue of the Journal of 
Mathematical Physics, 
2000. He also was invited to 
be the plenary speaker at 
the Sixth International 
Symposium on Particles, 
Strings, and Cosmology in 
Boston and he was chosen 
to serve on the 
International Board for the 
Texas Conference in Paris. 

Pian Fox 

professor of Spanish and 
comparative literature and 
Donald Hindley 

professor of politics, 
translated and edited one of 
the most important Golden 
Age (17th-century) Spanish 
plays. The Physician of His 
Honour/El medico de su 
honra, by Pedro Calderon de 
la Barca, published by 
Warminster, U.K.: Aris 5i. 
Phillips. The bilingual 
critical edition has the 
original Spanish and the 
English translation, with 
notes, on facing pages. Fox 
and Hindley are one of the 
few wife-and-husband 
teams of scholars at 
Brandeis undertaking 
interdisciplinary academic 

Lawrence Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor in American 
Civilization and Politics, 
was the featured speaker at 
the naturalization swearing- 
in ceremony for 1,500 
immigrants and their 
families in San Francisco 
last summer. He also was 
the keynote speaker at a 
three-day conference of 
scholars at Duke University 
on American citizenship. 
His article "The Changing 
Meaning of Civil Rights" 
appeared in Civil Rights 
and Social Wrongs, edited 
by John Higham,- "What 
Should We Count [in the 
Census] and Why," in 
Social Science and Modern 
Society: and his article on 
immigration appeared in the 
Grolier Encyclopedia. An 
essay by Peter Rose on 
Fuch's work, "The House 
We Live In," appeared in 
Race, Immigration and the 
Dilemmas of Diversity. 

David G. Gil 

professor of social policy 
and director. Center for 
Social Change, was 
reelected for a two-year 
term as cochair of the 
Socialist Party USA. His 
book. Confronting Injustice 
and Oppression, was 
published by Columbia 
University Press. 

Arthur Green 

Philip W. Lown Professor of 
Jewish Thought, will be 
spending the 1998-99 
academic year as a fellow at 
the Hebrew University's 
Institute for Advanced 
Study as part of an 
international team studying 
the Zohar. He is also 
cochair of the Academic 
Committee for Translation 
of the Zohar, sponsoring the 
first complete English 
translation of the key work 
of Jewish mysticism. 

Martin Halpern 

professor emeritus of 
theater arts, was awarded an 
M.A. in music composition 
by the Aaron Copland 
School of Music at Queens 
College, City University of 
New York. He was 
appointed concerts director 
of the Long Island 
Composers Alliance (LICA) 
and eight of his chamber 
and vocal works have been 
performed at Queens and in 
LICA concerts. He has also 
performed as a flutist in a 
number of Queens and 
LICA concerts. 

Hugh Huxley 

professor emeritus of 
biology and Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, was awarded the 
Copley Medal by the Royal 
Society of London. 

Ray Jackendoff 

professor of linguistics and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, delivered 
a plenary address, "The 
Conceptual Structure of 
Rights and Obligations," at 
the XVI International 
Congress of Linguists in 
Paris. He presented 
colloquia at the University 
of Chicago, Stanford, 
Berkeley, and the 
University of Delaware. His 
paper "Twistin' the Night 
Away" appeared in 
Language and his paper 
"Semantic Subordination 
Despite Syntactic 
Coordination," coauthored 
with Peter Cuolicover, 
appeared in Linguistic 

Edward K. Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
published two articles: 

"Abraham Heschel" for the 
Yale Companion to Jewish 
Writing and Thought in 
Germany. 1096-1996, edited 
by Sander Gilman and Jack 
Zipes and published by the 
Yale University Press, and 

'The Voices of Marceline 
Deference, Self-Assertion, 

6 Brandeis Review 

Accountability" for the 
French Forum. He also 
participated in a nationwide 
telephone conference call 
sponsored by KOACH, 
student organization of the 
movement of Conservative 
ludaism, on using his book 
on Abraham Joshua 
Heschel, Holiness m Words. 
At the Annual Conference 
of Nineteenth-Century 
French Studies, University 
of Georgia, Athens, he 
delivered a paper, 
"Michelet's Androgynous 
Mind: Erasing the 
Boundaries of Sex, Science, 
and History," and he 
lectured at Washington and 
Lee University, Virginia, on 
Abraham Joshua Heschel. 

Kathryn Spitzer Kim 

lecturer with rank of 
associate professor of 
biology, was elected to a 
two-year term as the New 
England representative to 
the Board of National 
Society of Genetic 
Counselors and appointed 
to a three-year term as 
editor of the journal of 
Genetic Counseling. 

Ann 0. Koloski-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, published 
an article, "Water in the 
Roman town: new research 
from Cum Aquarum and 
the Frontinus Society," in 
the journal of Roman 
Archaeology with N. de 
Haan, G. de Kleijn, and S. 
Piras. She also organized 
and chaired a panel, "Water 
Use in the Ancient City," at 
the meetings of the 
Archaeological Institute of 
America and the American 
Philological Association in 
New York. 

Marya Lowry 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
appeared as Mrs. Whitfield 
in Man and Superman at 
the American Repertory 
Theater, Cambridge, and 
served as vocal director for 
an international theatrical 

production of Euripides's 
The Bacchae to tour Europe. 
Also, she performed her 
original music-theater 
piece, 3 Things, at the Roy 
Hart International Art 
Center in France. 

Richard J. Parmentier 

associate professor of 
anthropology, had his book. 
The Pragmatic Semiotics of 
Cultures, published in 
Berlin by Mouton de 
Gruytor. He presented a 
tutorial lecture, "Some 
Troublesome Signs in Social 
Semiotics," at the 
conference Intelligent 
Systems and Semiotics '97, 
at the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology. 

David Rakowsl(i 

assistant professor of 
composition, had the 
following pieces of his 
music performed: Sesso e 
Violenza by the Empyrean 
Ensemble in Berkeley and 
Davis, California; 
Hyperblue by the 
University of California, 
Santa Barbara, 
Contemporary Players; 
Imaginary Dances by 
Dinosaur Annex in Boston; 
The Burning Woman 
Revisited at Southern 
Methodist University; 
Attitude Problem by the 
Triple Helix; and Les Arbres 
Embuea, Corrente. and 
Martler by pianist Marilyn 
Nonken in Champaign, 

Benjamin Ravid 

Jennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History, 
published an article on 
'Christian Travelers in the 
Ghetto of Venice" in 
Between History and 
Literature: Studies in Honor 
of Isaac Barzilay. 

Josepli Relmer 

associate professor and 
director, Hornstein 
Program, received the 1997 
National Jewish Book 
Award in education and the 
1997 Leon Jolson Award in 
the category of Jewish 

Education for his book 
Succeeding at Jewish 
Education, published by the 
Jewish Publication Society. 
He spoke on his book at the 
General Assembly in 
Indianapolis and at 
conferences in New York 
and New Haven. 

Shulamit Reinharz 

professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program, received the 
Myrtle Wreath Award from 
the Southern New England 
Region of Hadassah "for 
outstanding efforts in 
recognizing the significance 
of women's contributions to 
society throughout history." 
She published "Enough 
Already! The Pervasiveness 
of Warnings in Everyday 
Life" in Qualitative 
Sociology and "Whom am I; 
The Need for a Variety of 
Selves m the Field" in 
Reflexivity and Voice. 

Dagmar Ringe 

professor of biochemistry, 
chemistry, and Rosenstiel 
Basic Medical Sciences 
Research Center, was 
awarded a Guggenheim 
Fellowship to support her 
research on "science policy 
in an age of limits." 

Nicholas Rodis 

professor emeritus of 
physical education, 
represented the United 
States at the General 
Assembly of the 
International University 
Sports Federation (FISU) in 
Palermo, Sicily. FISU 
sponsors the World 
University Games. 

Susan Shevitz 

adjunct associate professor 
of Jewish education, 
Hornstein Program |on the 
Sumner N. Milender Family 
Foundation), presented a 

lecture, "Success or Failure: 
Religious Education and 
Youth Among American 
Muslims and Jews," at the 
Symposium on Jews and 
Muslims in American 
Society sponsored by the 
Henry R. Luce Forum in 
Abrahamic Religions (a 
collaborative project of the 
University of Hartford and 
Hartford Seminary). She was 
appointed to the Committee 
on Women's Advancement 
of the Council of Jewish 

Jacl( P. Shonkoff 

Dean and Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold Professor of 
Human Development, 
Heller School, was elected 
to membership in the 
American Pediatric Society. 

Susan Staves 

Paul Prosswimmer 
Professor of Humanities, 
and Cynthia Ricciardi, a 
Ph.D. candidate in English, 
have published a critical 
edition of Elizabeth 
Griffith's Delicate Distress, 
an 18th-century novel of 

Daniel Terris 

lecturer in American 
studies, had his book, A 
Ripple of Hope: The Life of 
Robert F. Kennedy, 
coauthored with Barbara 
Harrison, published by 
Lodestar Books. 

Karl Vilonen 

professor of mathematics, 
was awarded a Guggenheim 
Fellowship to support his 
research on "geometric 
methods in representation 
theory and automorphic 

Arthur Wingfield 

professor of psychology and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, was 
awarded a 10-year Method 
to Extend Research in Time 
(MERIT) by the National 
Institute on Aging for his 
studies of human memory. 

7 Winter 1998 


Fulbright Commission 

Papers Wanted for 28th 
Conference on Social 

In an effort to update or 
reestablish contact with 
alumni, the German- 
American Fulbright 
Commission, in cooperation 
with the German Marshall 
Fund of the United States 
and the Fulbright Alumni 
e.V., is currently working to 
establish a directory of its 
former Fulbright grantees. 

The alumni directory will 
serve many purposes, the 
main one being a means of 
contact between former 
grantees, and between 
former and current grantees. 
The directory will also 
facilitate more active 
collaboration between the 
Commission and its alumni 
in the future. 

Your Career... 

What's Next? 

An Alumni Conference 

If you are among the 28,000 
former grantees of the 
German- American 
Fulbright Commission, 
please contact James L. 
Hoppes at one of the 
following addresses: 

Fulbright Commission 
Theaterplatz la 
D-53 177 Bonn 


fulbright. germany 

David Macarov, Ph.D. '68, 
has been appointed 
International Program Chair 
for the 28th International 
Conference on Social 
Welfare, which will be 
held in Jerusalem from 
July 5-9, 1998. 

Macarov would be pleased 
to receive proposals for 
papers that carry out the 
theme of the conference, 
'Promoting Human Well- 
Bemg: Addressing the 
Forces Shaping Society." 

Please send proposals to: 

David Macarov 

Nayot 8 

Jerusalem, Israel 93704 

972-2-679-3169 FAX 

iordially invites Brandeisi 
alumni to attend a full day 
pf workshops devoted to 
bareer development on 
April 25, 1998. 
The workshops will take 
place on campus in the 
Hassenfeld Conference 
Center from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. 

The event is sponsored by 
the Career Centers of the 
Alumni Consortium: Babson 
College. Bentley College, 
Boston College, Brandeis 
University, Bryant College, 
Stonehill College, Suffolk 
University, and Tufts 

are reassessing their next 
job move 

■ Mid-career professionals 
who are reevaluating long- 
term career choices 

■ Those who are interested in 
investigating a variety of 
work options 


keynote address by Dr. Sam 
Osherson, who will speak on 
"Revitalizing Your Career." 

A choice of several workshops 
on career options, skills 
identification, and job search 
tools will be offered, 
as well as a Professional 
Associations Fair. 

The cost of the workshop is 
$45. The fee includes lunch. 
Preregistration is required by 
April 18. 

Please call 781-736-3610 for 
more information. 

Credential Service 

Many students and alumni 
find it useful to maintain 
letters of recommendation 
in one central location: the 
Fliatt Career Center. These 
letters are most often used 
in applying to graduate/ 
professional schools or for 
prospective employment. 
We are happy to forward 
your recommendations as 
they are needed. Since the 
Hiatt Career Center serves 
merely as a custodian for 
reference letters, questions 
regarding the content of 
letters should be addressed 
directly to the writers of the 

The Hiatt Career Center 
will maintain files of 
recommendations and 
references for a period of 10 
years. Beyond that point, 
employers and admissions 
iifficers do not find these 
letters useful in their 
dcLision making. 

As of May 1, 1998, we will 
III) longer maintain 
credentials that were 
written prior to 1988. Please 
notify us in writing prior to 
April 15 if, due to unusual 
circumstances, you need to 
maintain a credential file 
initiated prior to 1988. 

he Academy 

Dalai Lama to Visit 
University in May 

The Dalai Lama 

The 14th Dalai Lama, 
Tenzin Gyatso, will visit 
Brandeis on May 8 and 9. 
The visit, part of a five-state 
tour of the United States, 
vv'ill be his only Boston-area 

Tsewang Phuntso, a Tibetan 
student in Brandeis's 
Sustainable International 
Development Program who 
is currently working on his 
master's paper in 
Dharamsala, hand-earned 
the University's invitation 
to the Dalai Lama. 

Preliminary specifics of the 
Dalai Lama's itinerary 
include a special University 
convocation on Friday, May 8, 
during which the man who 
calls himself "a simple 
monk from Tibet" will give 
remarks and receive an 
honorary doctor of humane 
letters degree from 

Also planned is a "world 
development dialogue" 
between religious and 
economic development 
leaders on Friday, May 8, 
and a public address by the 
Dalai Lama on Saturday, 
May 9. Brandeis also will 
host an audience with the 
Dalai Lama for Tibetans 
from around New England 
prior to the public address. 
Leading up to the visit, the 
University will conduct 
"Seven Weeks on Tibet," a 
program of educational and 
cultural events. 

The Dalai Lama's visit is 
being organized by The 
Heller Graduate School's 
Program in Sustainable 
International Development, 
directed by Laurence Simon, 
adjunct associate professor 
of politics. A number of 
campus departments and 
faculty are also involved in 
the planning, including the 
Office of the President, the 
Office of Public Affairs, 
professors Gary lefferson, 
professor of economics, and 
Gordon Fellman, associate 
professor of sociology. 

Simon stressed that the 
visit is aimed at 
encouraging open debate on 
human rights and China 
and Tibet, but also will 
provide a forum through 
which the community will 
hear about the Dalai Lama's 
larger message that morality 
must have a place in world 
economic development. 
"It's not iust about Tibet," 
said Simon. 

Born in 1935, Tenzin 
Gyatso was recognized at 
the age of two as the 
reincarnation of the Dalai 
Lama. Today he is the 
spiritual and political leader 
of six million Tibetans, who 
believe he is the 14th 

earthly incarnation of the 
Lord of Compassion. At 19, 
the Dalai Lama was 
negotiating with Mao Tse- 
tung over the future of 
Tibet, which China invaded 
m 1950 and has occupied 

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled 
to Dharamsala, India, after 
years of failed peace talks 
and violence that some 
estimate killed tens of 
thousands of Tibetans. 
Thirty years later, in 1989, 
he won the Nobel Prize for 
Peace for his work on global 
human rights and 
nonviolent struggle for 
Tibetan freedom. 

The Dalai Lama has 
garnered attention 
worldwide and in the 
United States through 
recent major motion 
pictures about his life and 
through the public support 
for Tibet from several actors 
and actresses in Hollywood. 

"The Dalai Lama is the most 
significant advocate of 
nonviolence in the world 
today," said Fellman. 

9 Winter 1998 

Maiden Mills CEO Visits 

Aaron I-l'iwi m'l;;; iiirI 
President Jehuda Remharz 

When Aaron Feuerstein 
addressed an audience at the 
Graduate School of 
hiternational Economics 
and Finance (GSIEF) last 
fall, one could almost 
imagine that the specter of 
Louis D. Brandeis was there, 
looking on approvingly as 
the CEO of Maiden Mills 
spoke of his commitment to 
his workers. 

"You shall not oppose the 
working man," said 
Feuerstein, quoting from 
the Old Testament. 

Nearly a century before, it 
was Brandeis who earned a 
reputation as a champion of 
equity and employee 
representation in the 
workplace. "Some way 
must be found," said 
Brandeis in 1904, "by which 
employer and employee, 
each recognizing the proper 
sphere of the other, will 
each be free to work for his 
own and for the common 
good, and that the powers of 
the individual employee 
may be developed to the 

Two men, two very similar 
ideals. So it was fitting that 
Feuerstein should come to 
the university named for 
Brandeis, the late Supreme 
Court justice who won 
recognition as a crusader for 
social and political reform. 

Feuerstein, who was invited 
to campus to discuss ethics 
in business with students 
from around the world, 
found himself in the 
national, indeed the 
international, media 
spotlight immediately after 
the night of December 1 1 , 
1995, when Maiden Mills m 
Lawrence, Massachusetts, 
burned to the ground. 
Surprising many, Feuerstein 
quickly pledged his loyalty 
to the mill's workers, 
vowed to continue paying 
them and promised to 
rebuild the ruined facilities. 

Introduced as "a visionary 
businessman" by GSIEF 
Dean Peter Petri, Feuerstein 
recounted for the students 
how he and his family 
joined mill workers and 
Lawrence residents to 
watch the conflagration that 
destroyed all but one of the 
facility's buildings. 

"It was just burning down, 
level to the ground, in front 
of my eyes," recalled 
Feuerstein. "I looked at it 
and said, 'no crying,' 
because when you weep you 
feel sorry for yourself." 

When he returned to the 
scene the next morning, 
Feuerstein noticed that one 
building had survived. He 
said that fact, and feeling 
that he had a duty to his 
employees, was what 
convinced him to rebuild. 
Had he opted to walk away, 
said Feuerstein, he would 
have put 3,000 people out of 
work and dealt an economic 
blow to the city. 

"The decision I made was 
based on the sensitivity to 
the human equation," said 
Feuerstein. He said he felt 
as if all of the attention and 
praise for him that 
followed, including a visit 
with President Clinton, was 

"more of a reflection of the 
attitudes of our times" than 
a response to praise that he 

He added, "If you act with 
integrity, in the long term it 
[support] will come back, 
and come back in spades." 

Maiden Mills has since 
celebrated the opening of its 
new facilities and today is 
one of the most technically 

advanced, environmentally 
sound mills in the country. 
It has begun to expand 
overseas. Feuerstein said he 
continues to believe that 
consumers can be 
convinced to buy superior 
products, such as Maiden 
Mills's, even if it means 
spending more for them. 

"We think that in the 2Ist 
century that is where the 
battleground is going to be," 
he told the international 

Feuerstein's talk was part of 
a special two-day forum on 
ethics in business held 
October 14 and 15 at the 
graduate school, which 
prepares students for careers 
in international business 
and finance through an 
intensive two-year master's 
program that includes 
exposure to foreign cultures 
and study abroad. 

The forum was organized by 
Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, 
associate professor of 
international business and 
chair of the international 
business concentration at 

— Dennis Nealon 

1 Brandeis Review 

IRIJW Holds First 

Palestinian Activist 
Visits as Guest of 
International Center 
for Ethics, Justice, and 
Public Life 

Women from 12 countries — 
Bulgaria to Mexico, Israel to 
France — gathered at 
Brandeis on December 17-19 
for a first-of-its-kind 
mternational scholarly 
exchange on the political, 
economic, and social status 
of Jewish women around 
the world. 

The invitational conference 
"Studying Jewish Women" 
was the first research 
gathering organized by the 
International Research 
Institute on Jewish Women 
(IRIJW). Participants 

Sari Nusseibeh 

Stalled negotiations m the 
Palestinian-Israeli conflict 
have little chance of 
proceeding until both sides 
recognize and respect the 
humanity of the other, 
political philosopher Sari 
Nusseibeh told a Brandeis 
audience last fall. 

"Everyone wants peace, but 
how-" asked Nusseibeh. "It 
is not simply a land dispute 
between farmers, but [the 
conflict] has assumed more 
significance than the 
individuals themselves." He 
added that the turmoil in 

the Middle East seems 
nearly impossible for 
human beings to solve, 
particularly if it is perceived 
as a struggle of "divine 

The theme of mutual 
recognition resounded 
throughout the week the 
Palestinian author, teacher, 
and activist spent on 
campus as the first 
distinguished visitor 
sponsored by Brandeis's 
newly created International 
Center for Ethics, Justice, 
and Public Life. 

Daniel Terris, executive 
director of the Ethics 
Center, officially welcomed 
Nusseibeh to Brandeis at 
the Palestinian's September 22 
public lecture, "Does Peace 

Most widely known for 
coauthoring No Trumpets, 
No Drums: A Two-State 
Settlement of the Israeli- 
Palestinian Conflict, 
Nusseibeh has served since 
1995 as president of Al- 
Quds University, a 
Palestinian institution in 
Jerusalem. His visit to 
Brandeis included 
participation in a panel 
discussion, part of the 
Milton Gralla Lecture 
Series, on the fairness of the 
news media's coverage of 
events in the Middle East. 

'There is a kind of mistrust 
at what newspapers say," 
Nusseibeh said, adding that 
it is difficult or impossible 
for journalists or others to 
grasp the complexity of 
what is happening during 
any event in the Middle 

Triggering a dispute with 
the other panel members, 
Nusseibeh argued that 
"those who normally know 
what IS happening do not 
write, and those who write 
do not know." 

For the September 24 Gralla 
panel, Nusseibeh was joined 
by New York Times writer 
Ethan Bronner, former 
Middle East correspondent 
for The Boston Globe-, Linda 
Scherzer '82, former CNN 
correspondent and reporter 
for Israeli television; and 
panel moderator John 
Yemma, reporter for The 
Boston Globe. 

discussed the lives of Jewish 
women in North Africa, the 
Middle East and Israel, 
Eastern and Western Europe 
and the Americas, focusing 
on several questions: What 
kind of Jewish organizations 
exist in your country and 
what is the position of 
women within these 
organizations? Are there 
Jewish women leaders? and 
What kinds of personal 
problems do Jewish women 
face regarding family and 
work in your country? 

IRIIW Director Shulamit 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '77, 
professor of sociology and 
director of the Women's 
Studies Program at 
Brandeis, said the goals of 
the conference were to 
create an international 
network of Jewish women 
scholars and to set an 
agenda for future research. 

Speakers included Ruth 
Knafo Setton, a Sephardic 
Jew born in Morocco who 
teaches creative writing, 
American Jewish literature, 
and world women's 
literature at Lafayette 
College in Eaton, 
Pennsvlvania, and Hanna 
Herzog, chair of the gender 
studies program at Tel Aviv 

The IRIJW was founded in 
1997 by Hadassah, the 
Women's Zionist 
Organization of America. 

11 Winter 1998 


Community Service Day 

Earwigged Out 

Over 550 Brandeis faculty, 
staff, and students 
participated in the tfiird 
annual Community Service 
Day, held on October 9. 
Brandeisians harvested 
vegetables; painted; 
packaged and delivered 
emergency food; or helped 
to support the Battered 
Women's Agency, to 
landscape the Chapels Field 
area, or to clean up 
Waltham with the SEA 
club. In North and Ziv 
quads, students baked 
cookies for area senior 
citizen and children's 

CSD '97 was a huge success. 
Participant lennifer 
Teitlebaum '00 commented 
on the day's meaning; "The 
event reminds people that 
they should help out others. 

People should volunteer, 
but not just on Community 
Service Day." 

A reception followed the 
full day of activities, where 
Brandeis student Leo 
Fuchs '98, one of the CSD 
founders, was honored, 
along with other local 
community leaders. 

Shoshana Pakciarz, the 
keynote speaker and 
executive director of Project 
Bread, a Boston organization 
that sponsors the Walk for 
Hunger, spoke briefly about 
the meaning of the event. 

"We have made a profound 
difference in the Waltham 
and Brandeis community. 
We have collectively made a 
statement," she noted. 






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A capacity crowd filled 
Pearlman Lounge on 
October 7 to hear — and to 
see — Anne Waldman 
perform her poetry. A 
member of the original 
'beat' poets and close friend 
of the late Allen Ginsberg, 

with whom she founded the 
Naropa Institute in 
Colorado, Waldman was on 
campus for the reading and 
a master class with poetry 
students of Olga Broumas, 
poet-in-residence. Her 
selections were from lovis, 
an epic poem that has been 
published in two volumes 
to date, and hei 
translations (with Andrew 
Schellingj. of the Theri 
gatha. the songs of pre- 
monastic Buddhist nuns. 
An early practitioner of 
'performance poetry, ' 
Waldman imbues her 
delivery with movement, 
musical variation of pitch 
and volume. 'Sometimes I 
recite the words aloud, not 
lust to rehearse the words, 
but to feel them in my 
body.' she told Broumas' s 
students. 'Let the text guide 
you, rather than impose 
some idea of a dramatic 
performance on it. ' 

Dear Cliff, 

In the Summer 1997 issue 
of the Review, you wrote 
that there is an "utter lack 
of truth to [the] myth" that 
earwigs can crawl into 
human ears. I thought you 
might be interested in a 
recent article from the 
Reader, an alternative 
weekly newspaper in 
Chicago. The author claims 
that there are "two known 
cases" of this happening. 

Perhaps you and he can 
clear the ear once and for all 
about whether this is an 
urban myth. I would like to 
find out what, if anything, 

And I'm sure your readers 
will appreciate it 
immensely if you finally 
stop bugging us with this 


Ted Zelman '68 

Editor's Reply: To be 
perfectly accurate, I never 
wrote that there is no truth 
to the myth that earwigs 
can crawl into human ears. 
Anything small enough can 
crawl into human ears and, 
given enough time and ears, 
probably will, not unlike 
the concept of infinite 
numbers of typewriting 
monkeys recreating the 
works of Shakespeare. What 
I did state was that there is 
no truth to the myth that 
earwigs crawl into ears, lay 
eggs, and then hatch out a 
hungry brood to wreak 
havoc within the brain. The 
article to which you refer 
concurs, reporting merely 
that, throughout the annals 
of human history, two 
known cases of earwigs 
having crawled into human 
ears have been recorded. 
Both, I believe, related to a 
fellow named Mark 
Anthony, and led to his 
piteous entreaty, "Friends, 
Romans, and countrymen, 
lend me your ears. " 

1 2 Brandeis Review 

Responses to Hanfmann 

Dear Cliff, 

There is no doubt that 
Eugenia Hanfmann's work 
[Brandeis Review, 17, 4) 
was truly pioneering and 
that her achievements 
deserve to be publicized. 
Insofar as the Office of 
Strategic Services 
experiment in assessing 
men is concerned, however. 
It would be well not to 
overemphasize the success 
of their methods or their 
results. Indeed, their own 
confession of their failure in 
selecting agents, and the 
reasons for it, have been 
more helpful than the actual 
selection that they did. 

Despite very ingenious 
methods of eliciting various 
responses from the trainees, 
the basic problem — which 
remains to this day — was 
that they did not know 
what responses would be 
appropriate for the 
situations in which agents 
might find themselves. 
Therefore, "our 
performance. ..was below 
the expectations which we 
held at the beginning and 
throughout the course. ..the 
results were not 
conclusive" {Assessment of 
Men, OSS, Washington, 
1947, p. 491). Indeed, "there 
is no tangible proof that the 
OSS assessment staff 
produced effects which 
more than balanced the 
expenditure of time and 
money" (p. 451 1. 

Accurate assessment, as any 
university admissions 
committee will testify, still 
remains more art than 

Dear Professor Morant, 

I very much enjoyed reading 
your memories of the late 
Dr. Eugenia Hanfmann in 
the last Brandeis Review, 
Please allow me to 
introduce myself briefly and 
add a few comments about 
some of the people who 
appeared in the picture that 
accompanied your piece. 

I entered Brandeis in the fall 
of '52 and was classified as a 
jock because I liked to play 
basketball. I quickly 
changed my assigned 
classification and joined the 
contingent of students you 
so aptly described as 
"mavericks" — the ones who 
went after faculty members 
suspected of not being 
seekers after truth. 

I remember you as a brand 
new Ph.D. with whom I 
conversed on one occasion. I 
wanted to know what you 
did, and you told me you 
were an experimental 
psychologist. I asked, 

"What's that?" You 
answered with a short 
discourse, and I came away 
with the notion that you 

"ran rats." This explained 
why I often saw you 
consulting your stop watch. 
After I graduated from 
Brandeis I majored in 
psychology at Harvard and 
Purdue, and I've been a 
psychologist for 40 years. 
Naturally I've come to 
appreciate the necessity of a 
psychologist's carrying a 
stop watch. 

I recall taking a long walk 
with Dr. Hanfmann also. In 
the course of our stroll she 
confided to me her personal 
history of almost starving to 
death in Europe after World 
War I. An aunt of mine had 
had a similar experience, 
and that probably 
engendered my long- 
standing sympathy and 
concern for Jewish refugees 
from Europe. I was glad to 
be able to discuss this with 
an adult outside my family. 
The talk I had with 
Dr. Hanfmann created a 
warm bond between us. 

I attended one of Abe 
Maslow's lectures on 
Pavlovian conditioning. His 
description of a dog's 
salivating was so evocative 
that when his lecture ended, 
I immediately went to the 
snack bar and wolfed down 
a cheeseburger and cherry pie. 

Iim Klee, of course, was a 
different story. He was a 
master of the fine arts of 
acerbic conversation, 
trenchant sarcasm, and 
continuous put-downs. He 
intimidated a lot of people 
but, for some reason, not 
me. Klee had a coterie of 
Jewish coeds who would 
visit him whenever he was 
ill and nurse him back to 
health. Frequently these 
women would stay 
overnight at his house. It 
was all quite innocent, but 
some of Klee's would-be 
nurses, concerned for their 
reputations, requested that I 
stop by while they were "on 
duty." I would spend a few 
hours at Klee's place and 
assure them that everything 
was fine. 

During one of these visits, 
Klee and I had a 
conversation about the 
Jews. For once this 
curmudgeon did not adopt 
his usual, critical stance. He 
said something I have never 
forgotten, because it was 
the first time I had ever 
heard a non-Jew comment 
on the Jews in a 
dispassionate, non-hostile 
way. "What is remarkable 
about the Jews," he 
observed, "is that when 
they have to move and 
change, they know how to 
divest themselves swiftly of 
excess baggage without 
discarding what is essential 
to them. The result is that, 
as a people, they maintain 
their individuality and 
integrity. I wish other 
migrant groups could do the 
same." I thought he was 
probably referring to his 
own group — the Irish — but I 
didn't respond. I felt that to 
develop this particular 
dialogue was not the right 
thing to do. 

As an undergraduate I was 
Simon Rawidowicz's 
student, and I am still in 
touch with his son, Ben 
Ravid. I, too, am writing a 
memoir. Mine is about 
Professor Rawidowicz and 
the early years of his tenure 
at Brandeis. 

Thanks again for sharing 
your recollections of Dr. 


Aaron Auerbach '56 

Sincerely yours, 

David Macarov, Ph.D. '68 

13 Winter 1998 

ooks and Recordings 


Rudolph BinJon 

Leff Families Professor of 
Modern European History 

Sounding the Classics: 
From Sophocles to Thomas 
Greenwood Press 

This book is a comparative 
study of 12 works of fiction 
broadly representative of 
the Western canon. Its aim 
is to discover what gives 
these works their lasting 
appeal and vitality over and 
beyond their formal 
qualities. The author's 
finding is that for a piece of 
fiction to feel deep, whole, 
and great, its text must be 
underpinned from start to 
finish by a subtext, or 
alternative reading, which 
calls that text itself into 

Kevin B. King 

ESL Graduate Program 
Coordinator and Instructor 

Taking Sides: A Speakmg 
Text for Advanced and 
Intermediate Students 
The University of Michigan 

Taking Sides is an ESL text 
to help advanced and 
intermediate students 
master speaking skills, 
acquire new vocabulary, and 
improve reading and writing 
skills. Designed as a 
speaking and discussion 
book for the classroom, the 
text allows students to 
exchange ideas on issues 
relevant to current 
American culture. 

Alan Mintz 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of Modern Hebrew 

Hurban: Responses to 

Catastrophe in Hebrew 


Syracuse University Press 

Each catastrophe that has 
visited Jewish society has 
evoked a literary response 
that helped make survival 
possible. The author 
devotes a chapter each to 
selected catastrophic events 
and to the literary response 
to them: the destruction of 
the First Temple in 587 
B.C.E.; the massacre of the 
Rhineland Jewish 
communities by the 
Crusades in 1096; the 
pogroms in Russia; and the 
20th-century Holocaust. 

John E. Hansan, Ph.D. '80, and 
Robert Morris, eds. 

Hansan was formerly 
director of the National 
Conference on Social 
Welfare and interim 
executive director of the 
National Association of 
Social Workers and Morns 
is Professor Emeritus of 
Social Planning. 

The National Government 
and Social Welfare: What 
Should Be the Federal Role^ 
Auburn House 

The 12 papers in this book 
cover subject areas 
traditionally associated 
with social welfare issues: 
employment and wages, 
social security, health care, 
housing, and public 
assistance. The introduction 
defines how the current 
federal roles evolved and 
the economic, demographic, 
social, and the political 

at Work 

Jessie Ann (.Mt, iis 

forces that have propelled 
the debate, while the final 
chapter speaks of a work in 
progress — examining our 
options and taking steps to 
balance human needs and 
wants against the realities 
we confront. 

Jessie Ann Owens 

Professor of Music 

Composers at Work: The 
Craft of Musical 
Composition 1450-1600 
Oxford University Press 

How did Renaissance 
composers write their 
music? The author offers 
evidence that 16th-century 
composers did not use 
scores to compose — even to 
write complex vocal 
polyphony. Drawing on 
sources that include 
documents and letters, 
actual fragments of 
composing slates, numerous 
sketches, and drafts, Owens 
reconstructs the step-by- 
step process by which 
composers between 1450 
and 1600 composed their 

Jessie Ann Owens 

and Anthony M. 
Cummings, eds. Owens is 
Professor of Music. 

Music in Renaissance Cities 
and Courts: Studies in 
Honor of Lewis Lockwood 
Harmonic Park Press 

Lewis Lockwood was a 
scholar in two different 
disciplines and a teacher of 
several generations of 
musicologists. He was 
Robert Schirmer '21 
Professor of Music at 
Princeton University when 
he left in 1980 to become a 
professor of music at 
Harvard University. Four 
years later he became the 
Fanny Peabody Professor of 
Music. The editors "hope 
that the essays collected 
here will reflect Lewis 
Lockwood's influence not 
only as a scholar but also as 
a teacher, colleague, 
mentor, and friend. He sets 
a standard to which we all 

Joseph Reimer 

Associate Professor and 
Director, Hornstein 

Succeeding at fewish 
Education: How One 
Synagogue Made It Work 
The Jewish Publication 

In our busy and changing 
times, parents turn to 
synagogues for help in 
teaching their children 
about their Jewish heritage. 
But are synagogues meeting 
that educational challenge? 
The author uses his 
experience and talent as an 
ethnographer to bring to life 
the drama of one 

14Brandeis Review 

synagogue's struggle to 
meet this challenge and to 
make [ewish education 
work. As a result of his 
observations and 
conversations, Reimer 
comes away vi'ith insights 
into what makes Jewish 
education succeed. 

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. 77 

and lanna Kaplan, eds. 
Reinharz is Professor of 
Sociology and Director, 
Women's Studies Program. 

Gender Issues in Jewish 
Day Schools 
Brandeis University 

"Exploring Issues of Gender 
and Jewish Day School 
Education," the conference 
held in February 1996 at 
Brandeis University, 
marked a special moment in 
American Jewish education 
by exploring the specifics of 
gender-related attitudes, 
practices, and policies in 
Jewish educational settings. 
Issues of gender in Jewish 
day schools and grades K-8 
were highlighted in the 
workshops, in the plenary 
address, m discussions 
around the dinner table, and 
in the plenary session. 

Jonathan D. Sarna '75, 
M.A. 75, ed. 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
lewish History 

The American Jewish 
Holmes & Meier 

In this second edition the 
reader finds a range of 
writing on lews in America 
from colonial times to the 
present. The essays are 
found in five sections; "The 
American Jewish 

Community Takes Shape;" 
"The German Period in 

American Jewish History;" 
'The Era of East European 

Immigration;" "Coming to 

Terms with America;" and 
"The Holocaust and 

Beyond." At the end of each 

section is a listing of books 

for further reading. 

Minority Faitlis and the 

American Protestant 


The University of Illinois 


The essayists in this 
volume explore not only the 
survival strategies of 
minority faiths but also the 
public arenas where 
minority-majority conflicts 
have transpired. Covering 
the period from the Civil 
War to World War I, the 
contributors focus on 
Judaism, Catholicism, 
Mormonism, and Protestant 
immigrant faiths, as well as 
on African-American 
churches. Earlier studies 
have viewed minority faiths 
as victims of history; here, 
they are active agents that 
have responded to 
challenges, often in diverse 
and creative ways. 

Jonathan D. Sarna 75, M.A. 75 

and David G. Dalin. 

Religion and State in the 

American Jewish 


The University of Notre 

Dame Press 

Documents that have 
shaped debate over religion 
and state issues throughout 
the course of American 
Jewish history are made 
available in this book. 
Primary source material on 
past and present church- 

state issues, such as 
whether or not Orthodox 
Jews serving in the military 
should be permitted to wear 
yarmulkes while in uniform 
and whether Jewish 
prisoners have a right to 
kosher food, are presented. 
The chapters proceed 
chronologically and give 
readers a sense of the 
changes that have occurred 
over the years. 

Jonathan D. Sarna 75, M.A. 75, 
Mark A. Raider, M.A. '93, 
Ph.D. '96 

and Ronald W. Zweig, eds. 
Raider is Assistant Professor 
of Modern Jewish History in 
the Department of Judaic 
Studies at the University of 
Albany, State University of 
New York. 

Abba Hillel Silver and 
American Zionism 
Frank Cass 

Rabbi Silver (1893-1963) is a 
towering figure in modern 
Jewish political history. The 
essays m this volume are 
diverse in scope and are 
based on previously 
inaccessible and unexplored 
archival material. They 
present a complete 
overview of Silver's Zionist 

thought, political strategy 
and vision; illuminate the 
nature of his distinctive 
contribution to the Zionist 
enterprise; and show the 
manner in which his career 
as a rabbi informed his 
approach as a Zionist 

Susan Staves 

and Cynthia Booth 
Ricciardi, eds. Staves is the 
Paul Prosswimmer 
Professor of Humanities. 

The Delicate Distress: 
Elizabeth Griffith 
The University Press of 

Elizabeth Griffith (1727-93) 
was an actress, playwright, 
translator, and novelist who 
gained fame in England for 
the publication of Letters 
between Henry and 
Frances, a volume taken 
from her correspondence 
with her future husband, 
Richard Griffith. The 
Delicate Distress focuses on 
the problems women 
encounter after marriage — 
the issue of financial 
independence for wives, the 
consequences of interfaith 
relationships, and the 
promiscuity of their 

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Brandeis University Press 



The Tauber Institute for the Study 
of European Jewry Series — 
General Editor, Jehuda Reinharz 

Simon Rawidowicz 

State of Israel, Diaspora, 
and Jewish Continuity: 
Essays on the "Ever-Dying 
People " 

This collection of essays 
edited by Rawidowicz's son, 
Benjamin C.I. Ravid, 

lennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of Jewish History 
at Brandeis University, 
presents an ideology that 
affirms the unity of the 
Jewish people. His themes 
include the relationship 
between the State of Israel 
and the Diaspora; Jewish 
"difference" and its 
repercussions; and Jewish 
continuity in the post- 
Holocaust world. 
Rawidowicz was the first 
chair of the Department of 
Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies and Philip W. Lown 
Professor of Jewish 
Philosophy and Hebrew 
Literature at Brandeis 

Lawrence L. Langer 

Landscapes of Jewish 
Experience: paintings by 
Samuel Bak 

Born in Vilna on the eve of 
the Holocaust, Samuel Bak 
was 6 years old when the 
Nazi menace invaded his 
world. From his experiences 
in war-ravaged Europe, the 
Displaced Persons camps 
after the liberation, and the 
clandestine journey to Israel 
at the time of the birth of 
the State, Bak developed an 
acute awareness and inner 
images. He fuses personal 
memories and experiences 
of inhumanity with the 
visual poetry of an artistic 
vision, becoming a witness 
to the destruction as well as 
a survivor rebuilding for the 
future. Langer, who wrote 
the essay and commentary 
is professor emeritus of 
English at Simmons 
College, Boston. 

Alan Mintz, ed. 

loseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of Modern Hebrew 

The Boom in Contemporary 
Israeli Fiction 

The major concerns 
addressed in the five essays 
in this volume include the 

emergence of female 
writers, characterization of 
redefined gender roles, and 
reimagining the Holocaust. 
The collection shows how 
contemporary Israeli 
literature chronicles and 
confronts cultural and 
societal dichotomies that 
characterize a nation shaped 
by Its complex and 
conflicted history. 

Janos Nyiri 

Battlefields and 

The story of Jozsef Sondor, a 
tough, irreverently witty 
Jewish boy growing up in 
World War II Hungary, 
carries readers into the 
whirl of everyday life in 
war-torn Budapest, from the 
eve of the Holocaust in 
Hungary to Russian 
liberation in 1945. Jozsef 
soon finds that his 
questions have no simple 
answers, but they do lead 
him on a lourney to 
understanding the war, 
politics, religion, and, in the 

end, the complexity of 
human nature. Nyiri is a 
novelist, playwright, and 
director, living in England. 

Brandeis Series in American 
Jewish History, Culture, and 
Life — Editor, Jonathan 0. Sarna 

A People Divided: Judaism 
in Contemporary America 
by Jack Wertheimer 

This analysis of American 
Judaism in the last half of 
the 20th century won the 
National Jewish Book 
Award for the best book on 
contemporary Jewry and 
also was named an 
outstanding book by 
Choice. The author 
examines how fundamental 
changes in American 
society have affected Jewish 
religious and communal 
life, paying special attention 
to contradictions and 
schisms that threaten the 
integrity of American 
Jewish practices and beliefs. 
Wertheimer is professor of 
history at the Jewish 
Theological Seminary of 

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Mitch Albam 79 

Albom writes for the 
Detroit Free Press, and has 
been voted America's 
number one sports 
columnist 10 times by the 
Associated Press Sports 

Tuesdays with Moiiie: An 
old man. a young man. and 
life's greatest lesson 

One night several years ago, 
Mitch was watching ABC- 
TV's Nightline, when he 
recognized Morrie Schwartz 
speaking with Ted Koppel 
about the meaning of life. 
Morne explained that he 
was dying with Lou 
Gehrig's disease. That 
segment moved Mitch to fly 
back to Boston to visit his 
favorite professor. As a 
result, Mitch visited Morrie 
practically every Tuesday 
until his funeral. Tuesdays 
with Morrie tells the story 
of those visits and what was 
shared m their conversations. 

Ivan A. Derzhanski '91 

and Irma M. Nenova. 
Derzhanski is a research 
fellow in the Department of 
Mathematical Linguistics of 
the Institute for 
Mathematics and Computer 
Science at the Bulgarian 
Academy of Sciences, Sofia. 

Prolog for Linguists 
Intela Publishing House 

This book is an 
introduction to 
programming in Prolog, 
expressly designed for 
linguists (which implies 
that the concepts of 
programming and of Prolog 
are explained using 
linguistic metaphors 
wherever possible and that 
half of the book is devoted 
to the use of the Prolog 
programming language for 
linguistic applications). 
This IS the first book of this 

tuesdays with 


an old man, a young man, 
and life's greatest lesson 

Mitch Albom 

kind to be published in 
Bulgarian and one of few in 
any language. 

Daniel S. Dupre, Ph.D. '91 

Dupre is Associate Professor 
of History at the University 
of North Carolina at 

Transforming the Cotton 
Frontier: Madison County. 
Alabama 1800-1840 
Louisiana State University 

In this study, the author 
offers a history of the first 
generation of one 
community on the cotton 
frontier of the Old 
Southwest, from the 
speculative schemes of the 
late 18th century to the 
Panic of 1837. In tracking 
Madison County's 
development, Dupre 
stresses the interplay of 
commercial and subsistence 
ideals, the expansion 
westward of a venturesome 
market economy and of a 
more conservative set of 
agrarian values. The book 
provides a glimpse of the 
broad forces of change 
sweeping through the early 
American republic. 

Anne Lobock Fenton '73 

Fenton is a child 
psychiatrist who lives in 
Massachusetts and is the 
mother of seven children. 

Tikun Olam: Fixing the 


Brookline Books 

Tikun Olam — Hebrew for 
'fixing the world" — is the 
story of Mr. Mitzvah Fixit, a 
good-natured handyman 
who tries to fix his sick 
friend. Dr. Mender. He tries 
many things to fix his sick 
friend: he uses his tools to 
make entertaining gadgets, 
sings songs and prayers — 
even breaks his heart in 
two, giving Dr. Mender the 
larger piece. Despite his 
best efforts, he cannot 
prevent Dr. Mender from 
dying. This book was 
written after the death of 
the author's husband. Dr. 
Martin Fenton. Presented 
within the context of Judaic 
tradition, Tikun Olam can 
help children and parents 
come to terms with the 
death of a family member. 

Steven Crosby '73, ed. 

Crosby teaches in the 
Department of Philosophy 
and Religion at Clemson 

The Calling of Education: 
The Academic Ethic and 
Other Essays on Higher 
Education by Edward Shils 
The University of Chicago 

Throughout his long career, 
Edward Shils brought his 
knowledge of academic 
institutions to discussions 
about higher education. He 
wrote on the ethical 
demands of the academic 
profession; the meaning of 
academic freedom; the 
connection between 
universities and the state; 
and the criteria for 
appointing individuals to 

academic positions. The 
Calling of Education offers 
his perspective on problems 
that are no less pressing 
than when he first 
confronted them. 

Leonard A. Jason '71 

Jason is Professor of 
Psychology at DePaul 

Community Building: 
Values for a Sustainable 

This book describes the 
vulnerabilities that help 
account for many of the 
serious problems facing 
contemporary society in 
industrialized countries, 
including high rates of 
crime; homelessness; 
alcohol, tobacco, and other 
drug addictions; and a 
breakdown of the 
psychological sense of 
community. Several 
solutions are suggested and 
the final chapters provide 
examples, from 
communities of healing to 
successful community- 
based interventions, of how 
these elements promote 
human well-being and 
social improvement today. 

K Kaufmann '74 

Kaufmann was the head 
writer for The Women's 
1992 Voting Guide and has 
covered prochoice issues for 
many periodicals. 

The Abortion Resource 


Simon &. Schuster 

The Abortion Resource 
Handbook is the guide for 
women who want 
information about their 
legal right to an abortion 
regardless of where they 
live or their financial 
means. The book gives a 
woman the information she 
needs in order to find a safe 

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E X ]■ R A () 1^ O I ,\ A R Y 
B «» O I 1l S 


A Petroglyph 

OF His Own 

^ Choosing 


David M. Oshinsky, Ph.D. 71 

Oshinsky is Professor of 
History at Rutgers 
University. His project on 
the Parchman Penitentiary 
earned him a senior 
fellowship from the 
National Endowment for 
the Humanities and a 
visiting appointment as 
Distinguished Professor of 
History at the University of 
Texas, Austin. 

and reliable clinic operated 
by accredited and 
empathetic professionals,- 
navigating the maze of 
consent laws; arranging for 
funding; and anticipating 
the physical and emotional 
toll of an unplanned 

Benjamin A. Kerner 70 

Kerner is an attorney and 
arbitrator m Ann Arbor, 

A Petroglyph of His Own 


LinCom Press 

This book represents a 
distillation of Kerner's 
poetry and prose written 
over the course of 25 years. 
It is an eclectic collection 
whose themes range from 
sailing, to love, to enjoying 
outdoor life on and near the 
Great Lakes. 

(Martin Kessler, IVI.A. '64, 
Ph.D. '65 

Kessler, an ordained 
minister in the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in 
America, has served as 
pastor in several 
congregations. Also, he has 
taught at various academic 
institutions, including 
Clarkson University and the 
State University of New 
York, Albany. 

Kornelis l\4iskotte: A 
Biblical Theology 
Susquehanna University 

This work is an 
introduction to the theology 
of Kornelis H. Miskotte, 
particularly as to how his 
approach to "theology and 
culture" shapes his view of 
the Old Testament. Judaism 
was to him not some kind 
of "preparation" for 
Christianity, which then 
usurped the role assigned to 
Israel as God's chosen 
people, but an independent 
religion in its own right. As 
a young Dutch Reformed 

pastor in the 1920s, 
Miskotte discovered the 
writings of Karl Barth, 
whose teachings resonated 
with his beliefs. 

Todd I. Lubart '87 

and Robert I. Sternberg. 
Lubart is currently 
researching the 
development of creativity in 
children at Universite Rene 
Descartes in Paris. 

Defying the Crowd: 
Cultivating Creativity m a 
Culture of Conformity 
The Free Press 

In Defying the Crowd, the 
authors present a picture of 
the creative process from 
inception to success. They 
show that the creative 
person is one who has the 
foresight, determination, 
and, sometimes, the 
necessary luck to "buy low 
and sell high." With 
examples from business, 
education, politics, and the 
arts, the authors reveal the 
intuitive method the 
creative person employs to 
predict early on what ideas 
and products will gain 
popularity and how that 
person promotes his or her 
ideas effectively despite 
initial resistance. 

"Worse Than Slavery": 
Parchman Farm and the 
Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice 
Simon & Schuster 

Immortalized in blues songs 
and movies like Cool Hand 
Luke and The Defiant Ones, 
Mississippi's infamous 
Parchman State 
Penitentiary was, in the pre- 
civil rights South, 
synonymous with cruelty. 
Now, historian David 
Oshinsky gives us the true 
story of the notorious 
prison, drawing on police 
records, prison documents, 
folklore, blues songs, and 
oral history, from the days 
of cotton-field chain gangs 
to the 1960s when 
Parchman was used to break 
the wills of civil rights 
workers who journeyed 
south on Freedom Rides. 

Jeremy Pressman '91 

and Geoffrey Kamp. 
Pressman is a former 
Carnegie Endowment 
Project Associate. 

Point of No Return: The 
Deadly Struggle for Middle 
East Peace 

Carnegie Endowment for 
International Peace 

The Arab-Israeli peace 
process has passed a point 
of no return. Yet there is no 
guarantee of further peace 
treaties between Israel, the 
Arab states, and the 
Palestinians. The authors 
argue that three 

18 Brandeis Review 

tundamcntal preconditions 
are necessary for regional 
peace: a continuing and 
assertive U.S. rolcj a final 
settlement; and continued 
structural economic reform 
by the regional players. If 
the region's countries 
continue to put off tough 
choices, they will have no 
one to blame but 
themselves for the 
inevitable disasters that 
will follow. 

Melissa Scott, Ph.D. '92 

Scott has published 17 
novels and is the winner of 
the John W. Campbell 
Award for Best New Science 
Fiction Writer m 1986 and 
two-time winner of the 
Lambda Literary Award in 
1995 and 1996. 

Conceiving the Heavens: 
Creating the Science Fiction 

How does one write science 
fiction so that it is 
believable and meaningful? 
In Conceiving the Heavens, 
the author shares her 
techniques and insights to 
help would-be science 
fiction writers turn their 
ideas into workable stories. 
The topics discussed 
include; the need for good 
writing; characterization, 
settings, invented language, 
and research; ways to 
expand imagination; artistic 
intention and 

responsibility; and problems 
unique to the science 
fiction field. 

George Sher '64 

Sher IS the Herbert S. 
Autrey Professor of 
Philosophy at Rice 
University, Houston, Texas. 

Beyond Neutrohty: 
Perfectionism and Pohtics 
Cambridge University Press 

Many people believe that 
the state has no business 
trying to improve people's 
characters, to elevate their 
tastes, or to prevent them 
from living degraded lives. 
They believe that 
governments should remain 
absolutely neutral when it 
comes to the consideration 
of competing conceptions of 
the good. The author aims 
to show that this view is 
indefensible and to 
articulate a conception of 
the good that is worthy of 
promotion by the state; the 
elements of a good life 
include knowledge, 
excellence, certain preferred 
modes of interaction among 
persons, and various 
familiar virtues. 

Michael E. Smith '75 

Smith IS a Professor of 
Anthropology at the State 
University of New York at 

The Aztecs 

Blackwell Publishers, Inc. 

This book describes the 
results of recent 
archaeological excavations 
at Aztec sites. The reader is 
taken into Aztec homes and 
villages to learn about all 
aspects of this civilization. 
The author explains the 
Aztecs' rapid ascent to 
power, their bustling 
economy and powerful 
empire, the lives of nobles 
and peasants, and the 
distinctive realms of Aztec 
religion, science, and 

thought. The book ends 
with a description of the 
Aztecs' descendants in 
Mexican Indian villages 

Michael E. Smith '75 

and Frances F. Berdan, 
Richard E. Blanton, 
Elizabeth Hill Boone, Mary 
G. Hodge, and Emily 

Aztec Imperial Strategies 
Dumbarton Oaks Research 
Library and Collection 

This book IS an analysis of 
the economic and political 
geography of the Aztec 
empire. It is the fruit of a 
joint research project of 
archaeologists, and art 
historians that originated as 
a Summer Seminar at the 
Dumbarton Oaks research 
center m Washington, D.C. 
The authors researched 
every town in the Aztec 
empire, recording a set of 
standard information for 
each. They drew a new map 
of the empire by first 
plotting local towns and 
city-states and then 
grouping these by province. 

Timothy Steele, M.A. '76, 
Ph.D. '77, ed. 

Steele is a professor of 
English at California State 
University, Los Angeles, 
and the author of several 
collections of poetry. 

The Poems of IV. 
Swallow Press/Ohio 
University Press 

The lifework in verse of one 
of the finest and liveliest 
American poets of the 20th 
century, this collection 
documents I.V. Cunnmgham's 
development from his early 
days as an experimental 
modernist during the 
Depression to his later 
emergence as a master of 

the classical "plain style," 
distinguished by its wit, 
feeling, and subtlety. Often 
identified with the 
epigram — a genre in which 
he excelled — Cunningham 
also wrote in a wide range 
of other poetic forms and 
was a translator. He taught 
at Brandeis University from 
1953 until his retirement in 

Michael C. Steinlauf, Ph.D. '88 

Steinlauf is Senior Research 
Fellow at the YIVO 
Institute for Jewish 
Research in New York. 

Bondage to the Dead: 
Poland and the Memory of 
the Holocaust 
Syracuse University Press 

The author, in focusing on 
Polish witnessing of the 
Holocaust, begins with a 
summary of Polish-Jewish 
relations up to and during 
the Holocaust. He then 
investigates issues such as 
the postwar violence against 
Jewish survivors; the 
so-called anti-Zionist 
campaign of 1968-70, which 
drove 20,000 Jews out of 
Poland; and the 
appropriation of Holocaust 
memory in the struggle 
between the Solidarity 
movement and the Polish 

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Rosemarie Garland Thomson, 
Ph.D. '93, ed. 

Thomson is Assistant 
Professor of English at 
Howard University, 
Washington, D.C. 

Freakery: Cultural 
Spectacles of the 
Extraordinary Body 
New York University Press 

People who are visually 
different have always 
provoked the imaginations 
of their fellow human 
beings. By its very presence, 
the exceptional body seems 
to compel explanation, 
inspire representation, and 
incite regulation. The 
essays in this book range 
from an introductory 
examination of the freak as 
a historical and cultural 
phenomenon to the 
relocations of the freak 
show in our present day 
into TV talk shows, 
bodybuilding, and 
extraterrestrial aliens. 

Extraordinary Bodies: 

Figuring Physical Disability 

in American Culture and 


Columbia University Press 

As a critical study to 
examine literary and 
cultural representations of 
physical disability, 
Extraordinary Bodies 
situates disability as a 
social construction, shifting 
it from a property of bodies 
to a product of cultural 
rules about what bodies 
should be or do. The author 
examines disabled figures in 
sentimental novels, African- 
American novels, and the 
popular cultural ritual of 
the freak show. The book 
inaugurates a new field of 
disability studies in the 
humanities by framing 
disability as a minority 
discourse, rather than a 
medical one. 

Heidi Tyson 78 

Tyson is a contributing 
writer to the book. 

We Shall Not Forget!: 

Memories of the Holocaust 

edited by Carole Garbuny 


Temple Isaiah, Lexington, 


We Shall Not Forget! is the 
story of the impact of the 
Holocaust within one 
American Jewish 
congregation — Temple 
Isaiah. Tyson wrote the 
testimonies of her parents 
and in a separate essay 
describes her own coming 
to terms with her family's 
tragic past. She wrote her 
essay in memory of her 
family and lists the 
members of her family who 
died in the concentration 
camps. Also, there are 
several photographs and 
documents listing the 
names of prisoners. 

Leon J. Weinberger, M.A. '59, 
Ph.D. '63, ed. 

Weinberger is Research 
Professor of Religious 
Studies at The University of 

Twilight of a Golden Age: 

Selected Poems of Abraham 

Ibn Ezra 

The University of Alabama 


Abraham Ibn Ezra was the 
last of a quintet of Hispanic 
'Golden Age" poets. As a 
transitional figure, he 
anticipated the decline of 

Hispano-Hebrew courtly 
culture in Spain even as he 
participated in the newly 
emerging centers of learning 
in Italy and France. Ibn Ezra 
wrote more than 100 books 
on medicine, astronomy, 
mathematics, philosophy, 
poetry, linguistics, and 
extensive commentaries on 
the Bible and the Talmud. 
Twiligh t of a Golden Age 
contains the Hebrew texts 
and English translations of 
the selected poems. 

Karen Wolf, Ph.D. '93, ed. 

Wolf teaches nursing at the 
Institute of Health 
Professions and is a nurse 
practitioner with the 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
Senior Health Center. 

fa Ann Ashley: Selected 

National League for 
Nursing Press 

This volume features 
speeches, articles, and 
poems by Jo Ann Ashley, 
the pioneering nurse 
educator, critic, and 
feminist who died in 1980. 
Ashley's dissertation 
examines the subordination 
of nurses in the hospital- 
based health care system 
and shows how the 
exploitation of nursing 
labor fueled the aspiring 
growth of hospitals in this 
century. The four themes 
developed are power and 
politics, feminism and 
nursing, historical thinking 
and nursing, and new 
horizons for new nurses. 

Reva Wolf '78 

Wolf is Assistant Professor 
of Art History at the State 
University of New York, 
New Paltz. 

Andy Warhol. Poetry, and 
Gossip in the 1960s 
The University of Chicago 

Warhol wanted to be 
remembered as an artist 
who lacked personal 
emotional significance. But 
the author shows that 
Warhol was, in fact, deeply 
emotionally engaged with 
the people around him and 
that this was reflected in 
his art. Wolf draws on a 
wealth of unpublished 
material — interviews, tape 
recordings, photographs, 
artwork, and personal and 
public archives — to offer 
evidence that Warhol's 
involvement with writers 
functioned like an extended 
conversation and how this 
impacted his work. 

Elliot R. Wolfson, M.A. '87 

Wolfson is Professor and 
Director of Graduate 
Studies in the Skirball 
Department of Hebrew and 
Judaic Studies at New York 

Along the Path: Studies in 

Kabbalistic Myth. 

Symbolism, and 


State University of New 

York Press 

20 Brandeis Review 


Elliot RWtolfson 

The three chapters included 
in this honk demonstrate 
the complexity of 
kabhalistic hermeneutics, 
symbolism, and myth. The 
author's aim is to provide a 
morphology of these texts 
and to allow the deep 
structures of thought to 
appear from within. He 
says, "On the pathways of 
thinking there are no 
preconceived notions or 
fixed determinations, only 
the unfolding of questions 
that open up the way." 

Circle in the Square: 

Studies in the Use of 

Gender in Kabhalistic 


State University of New 

York Press 

This book deals with 
aspects of the gender 
imaging of God in a variety 
of medieval kabhalistic 
sources. The author 
examines the role of gender, 
utilizing current feminist 
studies and cultural 
anthropology. He explores 
the themes of the 
feminization of the Torah, 
the correlation of 
circumcision and vision of 
God, the phallocentric 
understanding of divine 
creation, and the 
phenomenon of gender- 
crossing in kabhalistic myth 
and ritual. 

Dvora Yanow 71 

Yanow is a Professor in the 
Department of Public 
Administration, California 
State University, Hayward. 

How Does a Policy Mean^ 
Interpreting Policy and 
Organizational Actioi-is 
Georgetown University 


This book analyzes how 
organizations and policy are 
understood by the way they 
convey meaning through 
symbolic language, objects, 
and act. Drawing on the 
Israel Corporation of 
Community Centers as an 
extended illustration, she 
shows how policy meanings 
may be communicated to 
multiple audiences through 
the agency's actions. Her 
analysis will be of value to 
those involved in political 
science, public 
administration, and 
organizational studies. 

Alice Rae Yelen 74 

Yelen is the assistant to the 
director at the New Orleans 
Museum of Art. 

Passionate Visions of the 
American South: Self- 
Taught Artists from 1940 to 
the Present 
University Press of 

This book brings to public 
view the work of 80 
Southern artists whose 
painting and sculpture 
reflect a contemporary, 
indigenous regional style. 
Operating outside the 
artistic mainstream. 
Southern self-taught artists 
derive their inspiration 
from personal surroundings, 
life experiences, and inner 
visions. This study 
considers the artists in 
relation to the unique 
cultural milieu of the 
South, and without regard 
to race, age, religion, or 
gender. It identifies and 
documents 270 paintings 
and assemblages, even as 
changes in rural and small 
town life and wider 
recognition threaten to alter 
the conditions that have 
encouraged and supported 
the creative energy of the 


Allen Anderson, Ph.D. '84 

Anderson taught in the 
Department of Music at 
Brandeis from 1977 to 1995. 
He is now Associate 
Professor of Music at the 
University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Drawn from Life 

This CD gathers a number 
of Anderson's compositions, 
including Solfeggietti in 
three movements — Caprice, 
Chaconne, and Scherzo — 
performed at the piano by 
Aleck Karis; String Quartet 
m three movements — 
Variations on S.K. and R.L., 
and Fleet, athletic, wiry — 
performed by the Lydian 
String Quartet, artists-in- 
residence at Brandeis 
University; and Drawn from 
Life in five movements — 
Springer, Romance, Klava in 
Strada, Rolling Stock, and 
Fortune's Telling — 
performed by Aleck Karis. 
Each of the three works 
draws from the celebration 
and commemoration of 
daily life. 

Susan Edinberg Mack 

Director, International 
Students and Scholars 

NAFSA's International 
Student Handbook: A 
Guide to University Study 
in the U.S.A. 

This book was designed to 
help new students from 
overseas begin the process 
of living and studying in the 
United States. Some of the 
chapters listed are: 
preparing for departure; 
housing and transportation; 
higher education in the 
United States; academic 
life; social life at the 
university; avoiding trouble 
and staying safe; 
immigration regulations 
and employment. Mack 
wrote the chapter 
"Managing Your Money." 
She advises on transferring 
funds to the United States, 
opening a bank account, and 
other banking services. 

21 Winter 1998 

Arguably America's leading 
liberal pundit at mid-century, 
this influential journalist and 
scholar helped establish not only 
Bran:' 5!s's undergraduate 
So? oof of Social Science, but its 
Graduate School, as well. 



Fuchs and John Roche, and the soon to be renowned 

psychologist Abraham Maslow. Arrangements were 

also made for historian Henry Steele Commager and 

.ociologist C. Wright Mills to fly up from Columbia 

niversity to moonlight as visiting professors — a 

iOvelty in those i 

By Sanford Lakoff '53 

When Max Lerner met his first class at Brandeis on a 
brisk New England morning in September 1949 — the 
start of my freshman year and only the University's 
second — he was beginning a quarter century as one of 
the founding fathers of the School of Social Science 
faculty. In those years, he helped shape the 
University's curriculum and academic staff, wrote his 
most important book, Ameiica as a Civilization, and 
inspired many of his students to become teachers, 
journalists, lawyers, politicians, and active citizens. 

Once he was appointed to the Max Richter Chair of 
American Studies — the University's first endowed 
chair — Lerner set out with historian Frank Manuel to 
recruit other faculty members in history and the 
social sciences. Some of the interviewing was done in 
Lerner's Manhattan apartment — in an atmosphere, 
Manuel recalls, suitably fortified by strong drink. 

Drunk or sober, they did remarkably well. Among 
those hired were historians Merrill Peterson, who was 
to win the Bancroft Prize and later to become Jefferson 
Professor at the University of Virginia, and Leonard 
Levy, an authority on constitutional history who 
would win a Pulitzer Prize. They were joined by other 
equally talented scholars, including sociologists Lewis 
Coser and Philip Rieff, political scientists Lawrence 

nlike many of his colleagues, Lerner was no ivory 
wer intellectual. He thought of himself as a "public 
tellectual," living according to the motto he took 
?rom his hero, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: "As 
life is action and passion, it is required of a man that 
he should share the passion and action of his time at 
peril of being judged not to have lived." 

In the 1940s, Lerner had become a force in shaping 
public opinion — a Walter Lippmann of the democratic 
left — as chief editorial writer for the lively if short- 
lived New York newspaper PM. Journalist John 
Gunther, in his Inside USA, reported being told by a 
"bourbon friend" that the United States was being run 
from Minsk. Why Minsk? Because Minsk was the 
birthplace of Max Lerner. Lerner runs PM. PM runs 
the American Labor Party (ALP). The ALP runs New 
York City. New York City runs New York state — and 
New York state runs the country. 

A slight exaggeration, but an indication of the impact 
this Russian Jewish immigrant, brought here as a 
child and stung in his youth by anti-Semitism, had 
come to have in spite of these handicaps. After PM 
went under, Lerner began to write a column for the 
New York Post, where he became a leading liberal 
pundit. A cheerful, pint-sized dynamo — at full height 
under five feet seven inches — he had a way with 
words that roused his followers, disarmed his 
enemies, and won him admirers. 

22 Brandeis Review 

One of those admirers, a decade earlier, had been 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Grateful for Lerner's 
opposition to isolationism, FDR had invited Lemer to 
Hyde Park and could not bear to see him leave. "We're 
talking philosophy," the president told an aide v/ho 
wanted to end the interview, "I'll let you know when 
we're finished." 

Lemer was to attract a legion of prominent friends and 
fans. "Few men," Justice Hugo Black wrote to him, 
"have the gift you possess to think profoundly and 
speak simply." Many others — including Justice Felix 
Frankfurter, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, 
playwright Edward Albee, artist Marc Chagall, actress 
Elizabeth Taylor, historians James Macgregor Burns, 
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Barbara Tuchman, and in 
later years "playboy philosopher" Hugh Hefner — 
found him equally captivating. 

Others, fearful of Lerner's eloquence, tried to prevent 
him from speaking, but open-minded editors and even 
adversaries held him in high regard. In the 1950s, 
when William F. Buckley, Jr., emerged as a leading 
conservative commentator, Lemer and Buckley 
became friendly sparring partners. The Cleveland 
Plain Dealer ran their syndicated columns side -by- 
side and gleefully advertised the rivalry: "Buckley's 
got a lightning right, but just watch Lerner's left..." 
"Sapientissimus Max," Buckley began a letter to 
Lemer — for once keeping that irrepressible tongue 
tucked in his cheek. 

Throughout his long career, Lerner was torn between 
journalism and scholarship — though he would have 
said he enjoyed both equally. He was appointed to the 
Brandeis faculty because he had a distinguished 
academic record, having previously taught at Sarah 
Lawrence, Harvard, and Williams. He had published a 
"post-New Deal" manifesto. It Is Later Than You 

Think, two volumes of essays (Ideas for the Ice Age 
and Ideas Are Weapons), introductions to the Modern 
Library editions of Aristotle, Adam Smith, and 
Machiavelli, and two superbly edited books — The 
Mind and Faith of Justice Holmes and The Portable 

Lerner's legendary devotion to teaching was at least 
partly inherited. Before his father had to turn to the 
sewing machine and then to dairy farming to bring 
over and support the family, he had been an Old 
World melamed earning a small living teaching 
Hebrew to children. Like his father, Lerner was a born 
teacher. To him, every class, big or small, was a 
seminar, an opportunity to expound his own views 
and encourage students to express theirs. It was not 
lUSt his zestful manner that made him so appealing in 
a classroom. It was rather that, like a melamed. he did 
not teach to make a living but lived to teach. 

Lerner's first lecture at Brandeis remains vivid m my 
memory, even after almost 50 years, because as a 
devoted reader of PM I had been looking forward to 
studying with him. As a freshman, I was not eligible 
to take the class in which he gave his first lecture. It 
was open only to "seniors" — as we called those who 
were actually sophomores in the pioneer Class of 
1952. Too shy to crash the course but eager not to 
miss his inaugural class, I stood outside the lecture 
hall at the back of The Castle basement and listened 
in. I have forgotten what he said that day, but not the 
captivating way in which he said it. He had an 
infectious laugh, and he loved the cadences of the 
English language. We students sometimes made fun of 
his penchant for phrases like "the slaying of the 
European father" and the "life cycle of the American," 
but nobody ever accused him of being dull. 

23 Winter 1998 

Sandy Lakoff '53, Max Lerner, Lois Roblee '53, 
and Annette Hard '52 at Convocation in 1950 

As spontaneous as his lectures seemed, he had his 
own way of prepping. He would scribble ideas on a 
sheet of paper or in a lecture folder, circling and 
connecting them in a pattern only he could make 
sense of, and then proceed as if plucking phrases out 
of the air, citing facts from memory, pulling 
everything together as though the logic of the 
argument came from the sheer determinism of the 
ideas themselves — artfully reaching a climax just as 
time was about to run out. 

He was also a restless innovator. One of his more 
successful experiments was "General Education S" 
(for Seniors). This was a required course for the entire 
senior class, which would gather Friday evenings in 
Usen Commons. Each week, distinguished visitors, 
such as poet Archibald MacLeish, anthropologist 
Margaret Mead, and civil rights lawyer Thurgood 
Marshall, would discuss the turning points in their 
lives. The next morning we were invited to meet 
informally with the visitor. A week later, a faculty 
panel would dissect the lecturer — and sometimes each 
other — before our shameless eyes. Our assignment 
was to write an intellectual autobiography of our 
own — a daunting task considering how little of such a 
life most of us had had until then. 

Lerner was especially good in this setting because he 
had the teacher's knack for improving clumsily 
worded questions. "I think what the young man is 
trying to say," he would begin, and out would come a 
smoother and more pointed query. "Yeah," the 
student would say, "that's what I had in mind." While 
we admired this verbal alchemy, we also resented the 
paternalism behind it, so we were delighted when one 
day Lerner got his comeuppance. He was hosting a 
Gen Ed S class and the guest was Alexander 

Meiklejohn, an older man famous as an educational 
reformer. At one point, when Meiklejohn made a 
somewhat complex remark, Lerner got up and 
interjected, "I think what Mr. Meiklejohn is trying to 
say..." whereupon his indignant guest burst out, 
'Goddamn it. Max, when I want to say something I'll 
say it, I don't need you to translate for me." Feeling 
the most blissful sense of schadenfreude, we broke 
into cheers. 

The course in which he had the greatest impact was 
the Survey of American Civilization. Before every 
session, blue mimeographed drafts were circulated of 
the chapters that were to become a 1,000-page book in 
1957. We were supposed to read each chapter in 
advance and he would lead a discussion of it, sitting 
on the lip of the stage in Nathan Seifer Hall, flanked 
by his two course assistants whom we promptly 
dubbed "the book ends." (When in doubt about a date, 
Lerner would turn to Peterson and ask, "Right, 
Merrill?" We nicknamed Peterson "Right Merrill.") 

Frank Manuel was struck by Lerner's sheer chutzpah. 
Here he was, a "man who laughed easily and made 
others laugh, and sat on the edge of the platform — not 
up at the rostrum — dangling his feet, and conversed 
with an astonished body of students, as if he were in a 
marketplace — Socrates at play." To him, the brash 
informality of Lerner's style went along with the 
audacity of his claim that America deserved to be 
considered a civilization in its own right, on a par 
with ancient Rome and modern Europe. As a skeptic, 
a traditionalist, and a devoted Europeanist, Manuel 
grudgingly admired his nerve: 

24 Brandeis Review 

Those of us who thought of the institutions of our 
country as from across the Atlantic, an offshoot that 
could sustain itself only upon European culture, were 
confronted by a bold, straightforward affirmation 
that America has brought forth on this earth a new 
civilization. And Max loved it with a passion that 1 
have recognized in no other man. He reveled in its 
variety of peoples and styles and thoughts.... In a 
brazen act of democratization, he offered his class for 
criticism chapter after chapter of the manuscript of 
his great work on "America as a civilization, " 
instructing, debating, challenging the young men and 
women who were the most recent embodiment of this 
civilization. Before us pompous professors who were 
committed to education as a rehearsal of the past, he 
flaunted the primacy of present things and the 
presence of future things. At faculty meetings we 
balked, we kicked, we cried "sacrilege. " but his 
human warmth won out. 

There was nerve in the argument, to be sure, but a 
kernel of truth, too. The lasting significance of the 
book is not just that it made a case for America as a 
civilization, but that it tried to explain why America 
had become the archetypal modern society and why it 
might not decline as others had before it. Without 
fully realizing it, Lerncr suggested that America had 
discovered the social analogue of evolution^ 

"extended genesis" he called it, meaning the country's 
apparent genius for assimilating elements of every 
other civilization and adapting to changing 
circumstances, while retaining its founding belief in 
the Enlightenment ideal of human rights. He admitted 
that the country had not always lived up to its 

"normative code" and he warned that its continued 
success would depend on the strength of its people's 
determination to struggle against ignorance and 
bigotry. But he had confidence that they would live up 
to the country's promise. 

These were lessons well learned by his students. 
Notable among those most indebted to him have been 
former Congressman Stephen Solarz '62, now on an 
assignment for the State Department, and Martin 
Peretz '39, editor in chief of The New Republic. At 
Lerner's death at the age of 89 in 1992, Peretz offered a 
moving and insightful tribute. "Max loved America," 
he said, "as perhaps only an immigrant can." He was 
right. Lerncr repaid the country many times over by 
helping his fellow citizens gain a better understanding 
of themselves and their institutions. We who studied 
under him were lucky to have had him as our mentor. 
Brandeis was lucky, too, in having among its founding 
faculty a Max Lerner who imprinted upon the 
fledgling University a commitment to intellectual 
excellence and social reform proudly sustained in the 
years to come. ■ 

Sanford Lakoff teaches political science 
at the University of California, San 
Diego, and is the author of the biography 
Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised 
Land (University of Chicago Press), 
forthcoming later this year. 


«. '^ 

25 Winter 1998 



Text and poems by 

Carol Snyder Halberstadt '61 


n January 1997, in her home 
high on a mesa in New Mexico, a 
woman held a coil of clay in her 
hands and began to shape a piece 
of pottery. From her kitchen 
window she looked out on a land 
of rock and shadows, of eroded 
sandstone and deep canyons, of 
pinon and juniper, and the courses 
of rivers and mountain ranges on a 
vast plateau — once the bed of a 
great sea — stretching away under 
the winter sun. 

\Rose China Garcia's 
parrot and vaiuboiu pot, 
iu'hich inspire^^is article 


The pot the woman was making 
would be a water jar like those her 
mother had taught her to make 
decades earlier; a large pot painted 
with a distinctive splay-tailed 
parrot perched on a berry-laden 
branch under each curve of an 
encircling rainbow. It would look a 
lot like pots made in her 
community since the 13th century, 
like the pots seen balanced on the 
heads of women carrying water in 
photographs taken in the pueblo 
more than 100 years ago. 

The potter was Rose Chino Garcia, 
of Aak'u (Acoma Sky City, New 
Mexico), who lives and works in 
one of the oldest continuously 
occupied cities in America, more 
than 5,000 feet above sea level, 
without electricity or running 
water. Aak'u has been translated 
from Keresan as "a place 
prepared" — the place where the 
people were to settle after their 
migrations. Within sight of an 
1 1 ,000-foot-high mountain sacred 
to the people of Acoma and many 
other Native Americans of the 
Southwest, Acoma Sky Cit}' is also 
about 55 miles west and south of 

For a thousand years, the people of 
Aak'u have been making pottery — 
vessels of everyday life, of ritual, 
and of great beauty. During the 
17th century, potters developed the 
matte-painted polychrome style, 
which continues today. Pottery 

aking is learned by children from 
their parents and grandparents, 
and is passed on from one 
generation to the next. In one 
family, grandmother, mother, 
uncle, cousin, and grandchild may 
all be potters. "I remember my 
mother and me," says Rose. "We'd 

sit on the big smooth stones 
outside our house in the early 
morning before it got too hot, and 
we'd grind the clay and then the 
temper. Sometimes all the ladies 
would sit on the big stones around 
the plaza, grinding the clay." 

Rarely does a traditional Acoma 
potter get the opportunity these 
days to make such a large and 
special pot. Rose Chino Garcia, 
born in 1928, is a daughter of 
Marie Zieu Chino (1907-82), one 
of the finest artists to have worked 
in the 1,000-year-old tradition of 
potter)' making at Aak'u. Four of 
Marie Z. Chinos daughters and 
one son followed in their mother's 
footsteps to become fine potters. 
They generally sell their work from 
their homes in Acoma, in galleries 
and gift shops, and sometimes at 
the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe. 

Acoma Pottery 

Hold in your hands 

a bowl 

washed grey, the clay 

becoming shape 

from dust, painted 

with fine lines 

of cloud, 

a white world dried 

in sun, 

flowering with 

rust-red brown 

and baked 

like bread — 

these bowls 

for food, for hands, 

for offering 

thin dreams 

that cling and flow 

as birds 

and the small tadpoles 

after sudden rains. 

27 Winter 1998 

An Acoma street scene 



living in one place 

for a thousand years, 

seeing the rocks 

weathering slightly, 


on a different layer 

of sand. 


staying and making 

of the same clay new bowls, 

and houses whose walls 

melt slowly in the rains, 

replastering, fixing 

the flat roofs, 

cleaning the cisterns, 

hearing the beetles gather dung 

and the grasshopper's legs 


as they scrape in the grass. 

Imagine windows of mica 

and sun still in place, 

and watching the hillsides and trees, 

changed, and unchanged. 

The Pottery Maker 

Her hands kneading 

have turned the clay to bread — 

round loaves, 

coiled and golden, 

piled in white bowls 

waiting to hold new dough. 

On different days, 

the pinched clay 

and the braided bread bake. 

In the oven's heat they are 

Her hands wait for the fire's work, 
break the seal, take out the pots, 
tempered, unbroken. 
They have been shaped 
by the years of clay 
molded into bread. 
She divides the loaves 
we are fed. 

I his particular pot, though, was 
brought about through the most 
modern of communication media: 
the Internet, and because a 
collector of Native American art in 
Washington, D.C., began to think 
about a particular kind of Acoma 
potter)'. In October 1996, 2,000 
miles distant from the high mesa 
country of the American 
Southwest, Bill and Janet Frank of 
the Washington, D.C., area used a 
Web search engine to do a keyword 
search on "Acoma." One of the 
sites turned up was Migrations, 
which I had published several 
months earlier in Boston. Bill sent 
me an e-mail about my photo 
essay, "Traditional Acoma 
Pottery," which featured the work 
of Rose Chino Garcia and her 
daughter, Tena Garcia, as well as 
other Acoma potters. 

Via e-mail. Bill and 1 began 
discussing Acoma pottery. He 
gradually clarified the concept of a 
pot that he envisioned in his mind 
and dreams. Rose's work embodied 
that vision. Via telephone and 
"snail-mail," 1 conveyed his ideas 
and desires to Rose and Tena in 
New Mexico. 

In January 1997, the Franks 
decided to commission a pot, a 
price was agreed on, and Rose 
began work on a large (10-12 
inches high) traditional Acoma 
parrot and rainbow design water 
jar, called a duti 'iii. The rainbow is 
an image of protection and 
beneficence and, like all the 
designs — plants, clouds, 
raindrops — on this dnii ';;/, is 
associated with water, the source of 
fertility and life. For this special 
pot, Rose used a very special clay — 
it was clay she and her mother and 
late sister, Grace, had together 
gathered many years earlier. "This 
is good clay," Rose said. 

"When I grind this clay, I can feel my 
mom and my sister with me. When I 
coil and smooth it, I can hear their 
voices speaking to me, the ivay we 
used to be working all together, and 
I hear the clay speak. It makes me 
feel good. " 

The seeming ease of a finished pot 
made in the traditional way belies 
the enormous amount of work and 
skill, of intuition and hard labor, 
which has gone into its creation. 
First, the clay must be mined from 
the earth at sites a considerable 
distance from the village, and often 
accessible only on foot. "You can't 
drive all the way there, " says Rose, 
"You have to walk in and dig out 
the clay, and then carry it back to 
the truck, sometimes a long way, 
five miles or more." 

28 Brandeis Review 

Pottery by 

Rose China Garcia 

■ 'to* #■ 


In its original form, the clay is 
rocky and slatelike, and large 
chunks must be broken up to 
manageable size. If it was damp 
when dug, it must be left to dry for 
many days in the sun. When dry, it 
is crushed and pulverized. Then the 
ground clay must be cleaned 
thoroughly by sifting and 
winnowing to get rid of all 
unwanted matter, such as twigs 
and pebbles. 

Temper, in the form of clay 
potsherds, sometimes hundreds of 
years old, is hand-ground to a fine 
powder, and added to the clay to 
bind, strengthen, and prevent it 
from shrinking and cracking. A 
vessel made from tempered Acoma 
clay is very strong and enables the 
potter to make the characteristic 
thin walls of traditional potter}'. 





^■ose built the pot by hand, coil 
by coil from its start in a convex 
form called a huditzi, which 
supported the base. The pot had to 
dry carefully for just the right 
amount of time between coils as 
the height and shape grew, so as 
not to collapse from its own 
weight. The winter, when it was 
very cold on the mesa, was a 
delicate time for the pot to be 
built, since — despite all her years of 
skill and expertise — cold and damp 
weather could make the stiff and 
thin-walled Acoma clay brittle, and 
it might crack or even shatter. 

When the dark gray clay had dried 
sufficiently. Rose smoothed its 
sides with a gourd, "grown 
specially for this purpose," further 
thinning the walls and refining its 
shape. Then a fine kaolin clay was 

Rose China Garcia 
holding the painted pot 
before firing 

ground, and mixed with water to 
the right consistency. Several coats 
of this brilliant white slip — a 
hallmark of Acoma pottery — were 
painted on the pot and, after 
drying, polished by hand with a 
special stone. Using native plants 
and clays. Rose ground the 
different colors for the design, 
mixing them with natural binders 
and water, and painted the pot. 
Exactly the right mixtures of water, 
binder, and pigment had to be 
prepared or the colors would either 
be too powdery and flake off after 
firing or be too watery and come 
out pale. The white slip was an 
ideal "canvas" for the intense colors 
that Rose would mix, and would be 
a vivid field for the interplay of the 
dramatic and buoyant images she 
would paint in this three- 
dimensional space. 

After the pigments had dried and 
been smoothed, the pot was at last 
ready for firing, which would 
deepen the colors and fuse them 
permanently to the clay. 

Few tourists visit the Southwest in 
the winter, and fewer buy pottery. 
The Franks paid about a third of 
the price as a down payment on the 
pot, with the balance to be paid on 
delivery, and this money made a 
significant difference in getting 
Rose and her family through the 
winter. Great potters at Acoma are 
not wealthy. And it would never 
occur to them to "retire" at the age 
of 65. Their life and their art are 

Three months and many e-mails, 
phone calls, and letters later. Rose 
and Tena drove from Acoma to 
Albuquerque to pack and ship the 
pot to Washington, D.C. When 
the pot arrived, Bill called and left 
this message: 

"The pot got here. It's magnificent, 
I'm very pleased. It's — what can I 
tell you — it's a masterpiece. It's 
undeniably the classic Acoma pot I 
was looking for. " 

When we talked on the phone 
later. Bill elaborated: 

"It's the pot I had in my mind, I saw 
it as soon as I picked it up. It's 
traditional, and evokes the potteyy 
of the 1800s and 1900s as well as 
more ancient potteiy, hut it's 
different. It's uniquely Acoma, and 
Rose, and what I d hoped it would 
be. There 's nothing commercial 
about it; the paint is all vegetable- 
based. The shape is clearly more like 
pots made at Acoma a hundred 
years ago. 

"It's big, and it's incredibly graceful, 
with marvelous presence. It's such a 
nice shape of a pot — it seems to fill 
up the whole room. It's 
breathtaking. When I put my ear to 
it, it resonates, like a seashell, only I 
imagine I hear a river running 
through a canyon. " ■ 

About the Author 

Carol Snyder Halberstadt '61 
is an artist, art teacher, 
editor, and poet. Her 
poetry has appeared in 
such publications as 
Wilderness, Sanctuary, 
Midstream, and Multi- 
Cultural Digest, and will 
be included in an 
anthology of poetry from 
Wilderness published by 
the University of Georgia 
Press, as well as in the 
Jewish Women's Literary 
Annual. She deals in 
Native American art on 
her Web site,, and 
lives near Boston. 

30 Brandeis Review 


Above, ladder to a 
rooftop atAcoma 

Right, the Garcias 
kitchen work table 

Members of the macaw 
species, including parrots, 
were once native to the 
Southwest. The Anasazi, 
early village dwellers 
living in settlements such 
as at Chaco Canyon 
(ca. 800-1200 C.E.), and 
among the ancestors of 
the Pueblo peoples, also 
traded with Mexico for 
macaws in exchange for 
turquoise beads and 
ornaments. The parrot 
figures prominently in the 
Acoma origin story: "The 
people were given two 
eggs, one a parrot egg, the 
other a crow egg. One egg 
was blue while the other 
was dull. No one knew 
which was the parrot's 
egg. They wished to go 
south and raise parrots, 
so they set out; but 
always, they traveled 
south. Finally, they 
arrived at Acoma and they 

chose between the two 
eggs. When the blue egg 
broke, crows flew out. 
The Chief told them, 
'Those who chose the blue 
egg will remain at Acoma. 
The rest must journey to 
the south and take the 
parrot egg with them.' 
The parrot group left 
toward the south, and it is 
not known how far they 

—From the origin story, 
Acoma Pueblo, in the 
Visitors Center, Chaco 
Culture National Park (a 
World Heritage Site), 
New Mexico, National 
Park Service 

Alice Neel's Pictures of People 

by Pamela Allet 

A faculty member in 
Brandeis's fme arts 
department draws a vivid 
verbal portrait of a prolific 
American painter and 
bohemian eccentric 

About the Author 

Pamela Allara teaches contemporary art 
and the history of photography and film 
at Brandeis. Her articles have appeared in 
such publications as American Art, Art 
New England, and ARTnews. She has 
been the curator of exhibits on a variety 
of subjects and the author of exhibition 
catalogs. Pictures of People: Alice Neel's 
American Portrait Gallery, was published 
in January 1998 by Brandeis University 
Press/University Press of New England. 


All oil on canvas by Alice Neel: all estate 
of Alice Neel/courtesy Robert Miller 
Gallery unless otherwise indicated. 

Whatever qualities she may have 
had personally, artistically, Alice 
Neel was a radical, both in her 
unwavering commitment to a 
politically-concerned art and in 
her unprecedented address of taboo 
subjects in American culture. Yet 
she referred to herself as an "old 
fashioned" painter, an 
acknowledgment that her art went 
against the grain of "modern" 
painting. A realist in an age when 
abstract painting was considered 
the apogee of modern art, the 
arena of its boldest and most 
original innovations, Neel did go 
against the tide of her time. 

Because modern painting has been 
defined in terms of individual 
freedom and artistic autonomy, 
one of its fundamental premises 
has been that the private realm of 
the creative personality requires 
the adoption of an abstract visual 
vocabulary rather than the 
publicly accessible conventions of 
representational art. Within 
American modernist criticism, the 
realist artist was considered 
conservative, academic, someone 
who has failed to understand "the 
liberating quality of avant-garde 
art." Yet the study of Neel's art 
reveals that fundamental 
assumptions in any field can be 
blinding as well as binding. Her 
painting was innovative, and to 
that extent modernist, not in its 
style but in its content. For Neel, 
subject matter, disdained by critics 
as a distraction, was a means of 
recording one's time. "Art is a 
form of history," she wrote at the 
end of her life, "[and] I have been 
fortunate to record so many 

To be sure, this is a 19th century 
idea of modernism, based on 
Baudelaire's 1863 "Painter of 
Modern Life" rather than the ideal 
of balance, purity, and serenity 
based on personal sensation set 
forth in Matisse's "Notes of a 
Painter" some 45 years later. In 
adopting the realist charge, 
elaborated m 1876 by Edmond 
Duranty: "With one back, we 
desire that a temperament should 
be revealed, the age, the social 
c\ass... Hands sunk in pockets 
could be eloquent...," Neel 
devoted herself primarily to 
portraiture, thereby assuring that 
her work would not be taken 
seriously. If realist painting was 
suspect, under modernist dogma 
portraiture fell to the status of 
commercial hackwork, as the 
following condescending comment 
by one of her art world 
acquaintances reveals: "Oh, Alice 
Neel. She's that woman artist who 
lives up in Harlem with two kids 
and paints portraits." Small 
wonder that Neel always insisted 
on the semantic distinction 
between conventional portrait 
painting and her "pictures of 

Neel's move to Greenwich Village 
in 1932 coincided with the Great 
Depression and the inception of 
Social Realism in American art 
and literature. Like other artists of 
her generation, she came to 
believe that art should address 
social concerns from a left-wing 
political perspective, a position 
from which she never retreated, 
maintaining her friendships in the 
Communist Party USA and her 
radical egalitarianism to the end. 
Like the Marxist critic Georg 
Lukacs, whose writing she read in 
the magazine Masses &> 
Mainstream, she insisted that 
realist art, to properly depict the 
"forces" of history, must be about 
"individuals and individual 
destinies." Neel's visual history, 

32 Brandeis Review 

like the oral histories collected by 
the Federal Writer's Project of the 
Works Progress Administration, 
served as a voice for those 
segments of society previously 
undocumented. (The legacy of oral 
history in the visual arts is found 
today in the performance art of 
Anna Deavere Smith.) Visualizing 
history as it is embodied in people 
who at one and the same time may 
be academics and revolutionaries, 
Black Muslims and taxi drivers, is 
a means to understanding its 
narrative in terms of its inevitable 
contradictions and conflicts. 

Neel referred to herself as a 
'collector of souls" and because her 
work did not begin to sell until 
she was past 70, she was most 
certainly a collector of her own 
work; her sitters maintained their 
painted presence in her apartment 
long after their material form had 
departed. Her home/studio was 
thus a portrait gallery of vivid 
likenesses stacked like geological 
strata successively marking the 
various "epochs" of the century. 

In an art museum, a portrait is 
important primarily as an example 
of a famous artist's work; the 
identity of the sitter is of 
secondary importance at best. In 
the portrait gallery, on the 
contrary, the subject of the 
portrait is more important than 
the artist who painted it. (Hence 
the aesthetically painful, if 
intellectually interesting, 
experience of the visitor to the 

National Portrait Gallery.) 
Eschewing the "great leaders" 
approach to history 
institutionalized by such 
museums while revalidating a 
denigrated genre, Neel presents 
her sitters, who for the most part 
gaze at the viewer directly, as open 
to an imaginary dialogue. 

Cumulatively, Neel's pictures of 
people provide the artist's 
interpretation of significant social, 
political, and intellectual trends in 
20th-century American culture, as 
exemplified by three overlapping 
populations in New York City: the 
left-wing artists and political 
activists in Greenwich Village 
during the Depression, the 
residents of Spanish Harlem 
during the McCarthy era, and the 
New York art world during the 
social upheavals of the 1960s and 
1970s. Her portrait gallery served 
to define her life in terms of the 
people who entered it, creating a 
multilayered narrative interwoven 
with the threads of her family life. 
In the course of seeking answers to 
her central investigation of the 
parameters of personal identity at 
a given moment, there are few 
disputed terrains in American 
culture — whether of race, class, or 
sex — that Neel's art failed to 

Ginny, 1969. 60 x 4u incnes. 

Her sprawling gallery, some 3,000 
works long, was a means of 
freezing life's flux, of 
acknowledging the potential 
significance of even the most 
trivial or fleeting of human 
interactions. "Every person is a 
new universe unique with its own 
laws emphasizing some belief or 
phase of life immersed in time and 
rapidly passing by," Neel said. 
Thus, she read each sitter in terms 
of a metaphor for some important 
aspect of 20th-century culture. 
According to George Lakoff in 
Metaphors We Live By, the 
"[m]etaphorical imagination is a 
crucial skill in creating rapport 
and in communicating the nature 
of unshared experience. This skill 
consists in large measure of the 
ability to bend your world view 
and adjust the way you categorize 
experience." Neel's ability to grow 
artistically and intellectually over 
a period of a half-century was tied 
to her openness to exchange. In 
turn, her work asks us to exhume 
our own historical memories and 
to rethink the narratives we have 
stored there. Four paintings of 
family members painted between 
1969 and 1980 exemplify her use 
of visual metaphor. 

33 Winter 1998 

"I do not know If the tmiu I have 
told will benefit the . arid in any 
way. I manased to iJa it at great 
cost io myself and perhaps to 
others. It ;s hard to go against 
the tide of one's time, milieu, 
and position. But at least I tried 
to reflect innocently the 20th 
century and my feelings and 
perceptions as a girl and a 
woman. Not that I felt they were 
ail that different from men's." 
—Alice Neel 

The earliest, a portrait of Neel's 
daughter-in-law, Ginny, is dated 
1969 and, indeed, the sitter looks 
like the very personification of 
Women's Lib with her miniskirt 
and long straight hair. On viewing 
the portrait, we go by reflex to the 
section in our mental image bank 
labelled "The 1960s." Yet the 
meaning of this readily 
identifiable period type is 
augmented by the sitter's 
particular pose and facial 
expression, which despite her hip, 
offhand sexiness, resembles 
something disquietingly 
nonhuman. As we look at the 
splayed, sinewy legs and the 
bulging eyes, our minds create — 
involuntarily but indelibly — the 
image of a frog! Once the frog 
metaphor springs to mind, the 
sitter's posture can be read; the 
hair and shirt begin to flow like 
water, and her flexed toes, 
balanced on the painting's bottom 
edge, suggest that her tensed body 
is poised to hop off the stool. In 
short, the ontological metaphor 
created by the pose is one of 
leaping. To the stocky, somewhat 
overweight Neel, her daughter-in- 
law must have appeared to be a 
new species of the human female, 
a spontaneous evolution issuing 
from the decade's unique 
environmental conditions. Thus, 
Ginny-the-frog becomes the 
representative of a generation of 
liberated women in a period of 
rapid change, poised to cross, with 
combined determination and 
trepidation, a decade's — and an 
era's — divide. 

Richard in the Era of the 
Corporation, 1979, 60 x 45 inches 

Pregnant Woman. 1971 
40x60 inches. 

On the other hand, a' portrait of 
her elder son painted some 10 
years later, Richard in the Era of 
the Corporation (1979), suggests 
stasis and constriction. The 
commanding diamond shape of the 
composition appropriate to the 
depiction of the successful 
executive is offset by Richard's 
reflection in the mirror, which is 
an unstable rhomboid. This sense 
of instability is increased by the 
tension between his upper torso 
and his lower body, which turn in 
opposing directions, creating a 
conflicted orientational structure. 
The strong contrasts of the black 
and white color scheme 
underscore these compositional 

Visually, then, Richard is frozen in 
his uncomfortable pose: the white 
tub chair metamorphoses into a 
rigid block, an icy sepulchre that 
is reiterated in the white frame of 
the mirror. Within this frigid 
environment, Neel uses her non- 
finito to chilling effect: the top of 
Richard's head — his brain — is 
vacant. Whereas Ginny is a fluid 
fume, Richard is an inert crystal 
in an ice bucket. The question of 
whether or not Richard Neel was, 
in reality, unhappy with his choice 
of career as a corporate lawyer is 
irrelevant; it is quite evident that 
the body of the depicted Richard 
does not conform to its milieu. 
Neel has used a sitter whose 
cooperation was assured, not so 
much to provide a commentary on 
his personal situation as to create 
the personification of an era. As 
she told Patricia Hills in her 
biography of Neel, "[M]y things of 
the 1960s are different from the 
1970s, and only at the end when I 
did Richard, did I know what the 
1970s were about. The 1970s was 
when corporations took over." 
Even those viewers disinclined to 
agree with her editorial position 
would concede that the portrait 
poignantly reveals the tortured 
postures men must suffer when 
they elect to live as suits. 

One of Neel's most important 
contributions to the iconography 
of figurative art was the portrait 
nude, and during the 1970s, when 
her children were starting their 
famihes, she turned to the 
previously taboo subject of the 
pregnancy, which Neel called, 
appropriately enough, "a basic fact 
of life." The series also serves as 
her commentary on the conflicts 
faced by women in this decade. 
Because the second wave of 
feminism was directed primarily 
at workplace equity, just as during 
its first phase it had narrowed its 
agenda to suffrage, pregnancy was 
increasingly seen as inimical to 
liberation. As Susan Brownmiller 
wrote in 1975, "Pregnability...has 
been the basis of female identity, 
the limit of freedom, the futility of 
education, the denial of growth." 
If pregnancy had been seen as the 
fulfillment of a women's biological 
destiny in the 1940s, by 1972 the 
cover of Ms. magazine's premier 
issue would depict it as the badge 
of her slavery. 

Neel's painting of her daughter-in- 
law and administrative assistant, 
Nancy, Piegnant Woman (1971), 
provides a metaphor for the 
conflicts, both psychic and social, 
suffered by the educated white 
woman who became pregnant at 
that time. Nine months pregnant 
with twins and suffering from 
toxemia, Nancy's arms and the 
rivulet of her hair sever the head 
from the body, and her head, in 
turn, is pictorially at one remove 
from the disembodied image of her 
husband Richard. The tripled 
framing and the husband's ghostly 
image, as much absence as 
presence, alienate her from her 
husband and from her body. The 
distended belly threatens to rend 
the body in two, and the 
chartreuse-brown color cord lends 
the pall of disease to the torso and 
its womblike surround. Nancy's 
physical condition has 
transformed her into a 'pregnant 
woman,' a category inflecting, 
infecting identity. 

Because Neel's art was other- 
directed rather than focused on the 
self, she made few self-portraits. 
Indeed, her references to her 
private life and intimate feelings 
were frequently disguised as 
landscapes or still lifes. When at 
the end of her life she at last 
created a monumental self- 
portrait, she presented herself in 
her natural element: as a painter 
[Self-Pouiait, I980|. The self- 
portrait is a standard modernist 
subject, but a portrait of a painter 
who is a naked, 80-year-old 
woman is not, and so the effect is 
initially comic: ever the bawdy 
woman, her antic makes us laugh 
at this breach of conventional 
decorum. Consonant with her 
matter-of-fact approach to the 
nude, Neel presents a non- 
eroticized body shocking only 
because what is supposed to be a 
source of disgust and shame is 
merely aged. Because Neel's body 
is so schematically rendered, its 
grotesque or pathetic implications 
are minimized. Its sagging 
condition, granted limited 
relevance to the task at hand, is 
bolstered nonetheless by its 
obvious art historical precedent: 
Rembrandt's famous etching, 
"Woman Seated on a Mound." 
Anyone who sees her quotation 
will understand that Neel has 
disrobed in order to shock the 
public not with an offensively 
immodest act, but with the 
historical fact that the woman 
artist will henceforth enter the 
ideal realm of art history not as 
depicted by men but, brush in 
hand, as she depicts herself. Neel 
had waited many years for this 
moment, and it crowns not only 
her own, alternative portrait 
gallery, but, in a final 
reconciliation, the National 
Portrait Gallery in Washington, 
as well. 

Self-Portrait, 1980, 54 x 40 inches. 
Collection: National Portrait Gallery, 
Smithsonian Institution, Washington/ 
D.C. (Jacket design tor Pictures of 
People: Alice Neel's American Portri 

Like all great portraits, Neel's H 
pictures create the compelling '" 
illusion of a human presence that 
in turn engenders complex 
metaphors rather than empty 
abstractions. In his essay on 
metaphor, Paul Ricoeur quotes^ 
Aristotle: "The vividness of. ..good 
metaphors consists in their ability 
to 'set before the eyes' the sense 
that they display." Just as the 
mind makes metaphors on the 
basis of embodied experience, so 
Neel's portraits are metaphors for 
a concept of identity that is 
characterized by a continual 
traversing of boundaries between 
public and private, exterior and 
interior. The individual was her 
focus, but framing her vision as 
she painted was the person's place 
on the social ladder and the 
historical moment. These defining 
terms, these frames of reference, 
were never absent from Neel's 
'peripheral' vision. Neel's portraits 
open out in many directions: to 
cultural history as expressed in 
literature, politics, and visual art. 
Her vivid portrayals keep 
American cultural history before 
our eyes. ■ 

35 Winter 1998 

For three days in September, 
16 alumni in the architecture 
and planning field met on 
campus to present the 
University with a 50th birthday 
present. Their combined 
expertise provides a significant 
first step... 



'This generous gift of time, effort, 
and expertise by Brandeis alumni 
on the occasion of our 50th anniversary 
represents a contribution to our alma 
mater that may not only provide it with 
a historic new Master Plan, but can 
serve as a model, for all alumni, of the 
deepest kind of dedication." 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. 72 


by Mark Simon, FAIA, '68 

Over the past 15 years, I have written 
three Brandeis presidents, suggesting 
that the growing campus needs a 
Master Plan. At my Reunions and 
during visits for Associate Professor of 
Fine Arts Gerald Bernstein's annual 
architecture colloquia, I saw the 
campus getting crowded with new 
buildings and needing a new vision. 
Its once pastoral setting was 
becoming a village, if not a little city. 

Of course my letters were also self- 
serving. I hoped that I might be the 
one to do the planning for my alma 
mater. Each of the presidents replied 
with polite letters suggesting that mine 
was a good idea, but not yet funded. 
Finally, I got a friendly letter from 
Jehuda Reinharz agreeing that the 
time had come for planning. That was 
the good news. The bad news was 
that he wanted me to do it with other 
professional alumni as a volunteer 
"50th Birthday Present" to Brandeis. 

What could I do? I wrote back that 
while a full Master Plan was too 
technical for a volunteer effort, we 
might be able to set direction with 
alumni and representatives of the 
current campus population. During a 
three-day weekend workshop we 
would look for the opportunities and 
challenges the new (and future) 
campus offered. 

36 Brandeis Review 

Joseph Zinger, 
Mark Simon, 
Michael Hauptman 


Shelley Kaplan, vice president for 
administration, gave me lists of 
alumni, and I wrote every professional 
we could identify. I contacted Pamela 
Delphenich '69, Yale's campus 
planner, and Nina Mayer '69, a vice 
president of development at Tufts, to 
fielp me organize the planning. After 
many, many letters and e-mails, we 
ended up with a core group of 16 
architects and planners who were 
eager to help and could make it on the 
dates we had set, September 19-21. 
1997. The group represented a range 
of design expertise. They also 
graduated in classes from each of 
Brandeis's five decades! Kaplan also 
organized representative members of 
the current Brandeis community 
(including faculty, students, and 
administrators) to help us consider the 
current state of the campus and its 
needs for the future. 

Prior to convening, the alumni read a 
large amount of material provided by 
the University detailing academic, 
economic, and campus renewal 
efforts from the past 10 years. The 
first day, the workshop heard about 
past and current conditions and 
needs. Gerald Bernstein began with a 
campus architectural history. That led 
to presentations on academic and 
student life by Irving Epstein, provost 
and senior vice president of academic 
affairs; Jeff Cohen '64, director of 
athletics, recreation, and intramural 
sports; Rod Crafts, dean of student 
affairs: Rick Sawyer, associate dean 
and director of campus life; and 
Bessie Hahn, assistant provost for 

libraries and University librarian. Ruth 
lannazzo. director of facilities 
management, reviewed the physical 
plant along with Jack Abercrombie, 
assistant provost for computing and 
technical services, and Kaplan. David 
Gould, dean of admissions and 
financial aid, explained the powerful 
effect of the campus on recruitment of 
new students. In the evening 
President Reinharz presented his 
view of the campus, outlining 1 key 

In the first afternoon, we broke into 
four focus groups to study the campus 
from differing perspectives: 
circulation, open space, buildings, and 
connections to the outside community. 
Each group toured the campus and 
studied site plans. We prepared 
reports and reconvened to share our 
findings. To everyone's delight, these 
were almost entirely in agreement, 
despite our variety of focus. 

It became clear to all that Brandeis 
has a wonderful campus that has 
grown from Abram Sachar's vision of 
a place that would be as great as the 
institution it housed. The initial Master 
Plan by the great American architect, 
Eero Saarinen, proposed a rural 
campus with a central core of 
academia surrounded by residential 
villages. With Brandeis's extraordinary 
growth, however, the pastoral, open 
campus is becoming a dense, more 
urban place. A new vision is needed 
as a very different Brandeis enters its 
second 50 years. 

Robert Herman '55 
Martin Zelnick '61 
Simeon Bruner '63 
Michael Kaplan '63 
Marcia Hnatowich '64 
Michael Seltz '65 
Mark Simon '68 
Pamela Delphenich '69 
Nina Mayer '69 
Richard Saivetz '69 
Michael Hauptman '73 
Ellen Light '73 
Mitchell Goldman '74 
Margie Samuels '75 
Neal Schwartz '75 
Joseph Zinger '81 
Brian Saber '84 
Marianne Paley Nadel '85 

37 Winter 1998 


The architectural sketches and background 
map in this article are taken from Report 
on the Master Planning Weekend. Fall 
1997. produced by the alumni participants. 

We developed guiding principles: 

The Brandeis Campus should 
express and support the 
University's mission. 

The campus should be memorable 
and uplifting. It should be an inviting, 
lively, and coherent place, a place of 
well being. The quality of the 
University environment, its buildings 
and landscape, represents the quality 
of the entire institution to outsiders 
and the Brandeis community alike. It 
should offer the same care, welcome, 
and humanity as the people of 

> The campus should enhance social 
interaction. It should reinforce a 
sense of the overall community and 
support the smaller communities 
within the University. Coherent 
outdoor meeting spaces will invite the 
community to use them. Legible paths 
should connect them to encourage 
human interaction. 

■ The campus must plan for growth 
and change. The University is still 
growing: its facilities are aging, and 
new needs are appearing. Brandeis 
needs to determine the best way to 
grow and to rebuild with limited 
resources and space. The University 
needs to identify existing facilities that 
can be better used. It needs to identify 
buildings that might be relocated or 
razed to make the whole campus 
better and those that should be 
preserved for historic and artistic 
value. It needs to identify the best 
opportunities for expansion beyond its 
current boundaries. 

• The University should develop an 
ongoing planning process that 
solicits input from its entire 
community. This will ensure that 
growth is coordinated and thought 
through to the future, while taking into 
account current needs. Any 
successful Master Plan must be as 
much a process as a document to 
absorb the constant change of the 
world around us. 

38 Brandeis Review 

It is time to renew the pioneering 
spirit of Brandeis. The University 
has a tradition of path-breaking 
architecture and planning that should 
be continued. In the beginnings of the 
school, Sachar brought in noted 
professionals to plan and design. Eero 
Saarinen was at the pinnacle of his 
illustrious career when he made the 
first Master Plan. Harrison and 
Abramovitz had just completed the 
U.N. Building and Lincoln Center 
when they began designing for 
Brandeis. Their presence added luster 
to the school not unlike Brandeis's ties 
to Leonard Bernstein and Eleanor 
Roosevelt. The campus should 
continue to have the same stature as 
the institution and scholarship it 

Based on these principals, the group 
envisioned many exciting possibilities 
for Brandeis. To list just a few: 

New buildings will be designed in 
sympathy with each other and will 
align to reinforce public outdoor 
spaces. Older, tired buildings will be 
replaced with new, more efficient 
structures that allow more open 

Ford Hall can be removed to make 
way for a grand central campus 
"forum" or "town square." This will be 
bordered by new student facilities, as 
well as the administrative and science 
buildings, to unite the Brandeis 
community. We imagined, too, that 
the campus organization of common 
interest districts (i.e., an arts district, 
the science quad, and so on) will be 
enhanced with each district having its 
own central "outdoor room." 

These districts and spaces will be tied 
together with memorable courts, 
walks, and entryways. We drew many 
plans and sketches to explore the 
possibilities. Newly landscaped 
pathways can expose currently hidden 
vistas and natural features; they will 
also shelter walkers from north winds, 
and offer better handicap access. 

It is important to improve (and to 
increase) parking, but to get it out of 
the center of the campus. A multi- 
story garage to the west of Spingold 
can tie the Roberts train with a new 
campus jitney station. 

Our visit offered difficult tasks and 
wonderful possibilities. The group 
worked on those with a fierce 
enthusiasm to develop the report, 
which reflects a strong consensus 
from professionals and community 
members alike. All of us agreed that 
we had a wonderful time on campus; 
we had been wined and dined, had 
worked hard, and had produced a 
report we were proud of. 

The participants emphasize that the 
workshop results are not a Master 
Plan (that requires far more work and 
technical detail than could possibly be 
provided by volunteers or in such a 
short time). Still, everyone agrees that 
the report is an important first step 
toward a Master Plan. It is a look to 
the future, showing that Brandeis can 
be just as exciting and pioneering in 
its second 50 years as it has been in 
its first 50. 

Mark Simon '68 is one of six partners at 
Centerbrook Architects and Planners in 
Essex, Connecticut. Centerbrook has been 
named recipient of The American Institute of 
Architects (AIA) 1998 Architecture Firm 
Award, conferred annually on a practice that 
has produced distinguished architecture 
consistently for at least 10 years. Simon was 
project architect for the Shapiro Admissions 
Center, the first Brandeis building designed 
by an alumnus, and the $50 million 
Nauticus — the National Maritime Center in 
Norfolk, Virginia. His current work includes 
a chemistry building and new business 
school tor the University of Connecticut. 

39 Wmtcr 1998 

A Personal Perspective 

by Michael Hauptman, AIA, 73 

Every year, my wife and I attend an 
event at our kids' school called 
"Curriculum Night." The teachers 
stand up in front of a room full of 
attentive parents and describe the 
fascinating, creative, well- 
conceived, instructive, and 
stimulating programs that are 
planned for our children in the 
upcoming year. They explain how 
the curriculum's thematic approach 
will be "interdisciplinary" so that 
the knowledge gained from one class 
subject can dovetail into the lessons 
learned in another. They discuss the 
benefits of "vertical grouping," 
where experienced upperclassman 
challenge the younger classmates to 
stretch their minds more than they 
might otherwise in a classroom with 
only their peers. The teachers' 
enthusiasm is almost electric. 
Inevitably, the discussion in the car 
on the way home is about what a 

terrific place the school is and how 
we wish we had gone to a place like 
that. Or, better yet, how we wish we 
could go to a place like that now. 

This fall I got my wish. I was invited 
to spend three days at Brandeis to 
participate in a Campus Planning 
Workshop. I had the opportunity to 
collaborate with 13 alumni who had 
gone on to careers focusing on the 
built environment. Some had direct 
experience in campus planning and 
college buildings. Others had 
credentials in land use, preservation, 
building systems or housing. 
Participants who have been 
practicing architecture for 40 years 
worked with interns just completing 
their requirements for registration. 
This convergence of diverse 
backgrounds and ideas, shared 
knowledge and lively debate 
produced a creative energy that I 
imagined my kids experienced on a 
daily basis. The weekend proved to 
be an exciting, edifying, productive, 
and educational experience that I 
was proud to have been a part of. 

The brainchild of Mark Simon '68, a 
partner at Centerbrook Architects 
and Planners, whose new Shapiro 
Admissions Center is the first 
Brandeis building designed by an 
alumnus, the weekend was 
conceived as a "volunteer effort to 
prepare a preliminary Master Plan as 
a 50th 'birthday present'" to the 
University. Flawlessly run by 
Shelley Kaplan's Office of 
Administrative Affairs, every need 
was anticipated and every request 
was addressed. 

40 Brandeis Review 

1 rcalizctl that something substantial 
wmild come of this event when the 
packages of background information 
began arriving at my home weeks 
before the date of the workshop. 
Surveys, maps, studies, photos, 
schedules, and even parking permits 
were mailed ahead in preparation for 
arrival on campus. 

On the first day of the workshop, 
after an introductory session of talks 
by faculty, administrators, and staff 
who provided information on a wide 
range of relevant topics, the group 
broke into four teams assigned to 
explore scores of campus planning 
issues from accessibility to zoning. 
Each team, augmented by student 
and administration representatives, 
toured the campus to make 
observations and gather information 
regarding the assigned topics. The 
first day's activities concluded with 
a dinner hosted by President 
Reinharz, who spoke to the group 
about his visions and goals for the 

The next morning was spent in 
focused session, preparing team 
reports for presentation to the whole 
group that afternoon. After lunch, 
the group met to report on findings 
and proposals and to discuss 
recommendations. Dinner that 
evening at the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center continued the 
discussion. On Sunday morning, 
final sketches and recommendations 
were prepared for synthesis and 
publication following the weekend 

Because so many issues had to be 
addressed in so little time, the 
resulting recommendations were, by 
necessity, broad and conceptual. But 
the intensity of the process forced 
them to be fresh and bold. Most 
remarkably, the conclusions reached 
by the individual teams led to a 
single, clear statement. The final 
report provides the University with 
a thoughtful, unambiguous set of 
guidelines that can serve as the basis 
for the next official Master Plan. 

For me, the weekend served as a 
reminder of why I chose architecture 
as a career. Just when I was 
beginning to think that being an 
architect was mostly chasing after 
new work and accounts receivable, I 
was invigorated by the experience of 
working with bright, talented, 
motivated individuals who all share 
the experience of having nurtured 
and developed their architectural 
awareness at Brandeis University. I 
was able to bring back to my 
practice a culture of increased 
collaboration and interaction. I was 
delighted to realize that the vital 
process that had been described to 
me on Curriculum Night produces 
such a worthwhile result. And I was 
reminded that the workshop was a 
reflection of the dynamic, rewarding 
experience Brandeis offers its 
students. I hope my kids can go 
there. ■ 

Michael Hauptman 73 is a partner at 
Brawer & Hauptman, Architects, in 
Philadelphia. The tirm received an AIA 
Philadelphia Honor Award for the 
conversion of a Washington, D.C., bank 
building to a private residence. The 
project, which was published in 
Architectural Digest, was named "Project 
of the Year" by Builder Magazine. Brawer 
& Hauptman has also won several 
awards for the restoration of St. 
Augustine's Church, including the 
replacement of its historic steeple. 
Current projects include a Delaware 
Water Gap Visitor Center, a private 
residence in Los Angeles, and the 
Admissions Center at Bryn Mawr College. 

evelopment Matters 

Palm Beach 1998 

ferry and Hnnev Grossbardt 

On Saturday evening, 
January 31, 1998, the 
Brandeis University 
Founders Dinner was held 
at the Palm Beach Country 
Club. The guest of honor 
was Grace Hokin, who was 
inducted as a Fellow of the 
University by President 
Jehudii Reinharz and Toby '60 
and Bernie Nussbaum, 
cochairs of the Fellows. 

lehuda Reinharz. Grace 
Hokin, and Toby '60 and 
Bernie Nussbaum 

Bunny and Mel Nessel 

Leonard and Anpe Farber 

42 Brandeis Review 

Honey Kugler Olin 
and Jack Olin 

Robert Kraft. 
Nancy Winship. 
and Myra Kraft '64 

Shula Remharz, 
Ph.D. 77, Grace 
Hokin, and fehuda 
Reinharz. Ph.D. 72 

43 Winter 1998 

Irene Schwartz, 
Sy and Gladys 

Phil and 
Bernice Krupp 

Susan and Bart 
WinokuT, chair 
of the Board of 

Elaine and 
Bernard Sang, 
and Rita Dee 


Ruth and 
Carl Shapiro 

Mimi '5 7 and 
Dick Bergel '57 

Esther and Sumner Feldberg 

44 Brandeis Review 

Rabb Seminar 

Alumni, National Women's 
Committee members, Inner 
Family members, and 
friends ot the University 
gathered on Sunday, 
February 1, 1998, at Temple 
Beth Sholom in Miami 
Beach to hear Shulamit 
Reinharz, professor of 
sociology and director of 
the Women's Studies 
Program, speak about 
"lewish Women around the 
World — Problems and 

Belle lurkowitz '55. 
Nancy Winship. and 
Bruce Litwei '61 

j^j^fL ■ 





Far left, Shulamit Reinharz 

Left, audience at 
Temple Beth Sholom 
m Miami Beach 

Rabb Seminar 
Palm Beach 

More than 1,000 alumni, 
National Women's 
Committee members, Inner 
Family members, and 
friends of the University 
gathered at Temple Emanu- 
El in Palm Beach to hear 
Thomas Friedman '75, New 
York Times international 
news correspondent and 
Brandeis University 
Trustee, speak about "The 
Middle East and Foreign 
Policy Today." 


Friedman '75 and 
Sylvia Hasseafeld 

45 Winter 1998 


Heller School Receives 
$9.75 Million Grant 

Corporation and 
Foundation Highlights 

The University recently 
received a grant of $9.75 
million from The Robert 
Wood Johnson Foundation 
(RWJF) to support a three- 
year national program on 
access to health care. 
The award was made to 
principal investigator 
Catherine M. Dunham, who 
will collaborate with the 
Institute for Health Policy 
at The Heller Graduate 
School. Dunham is 
currently director of the 
Community Health 
Leadership Program in 
Boston, also funded by the 
RWJF, which she will 
continue to administer 
along with the new project. 
Dunham is a familiar face 
in local health policy 
circles — previously she 
served as chief health and 
human services advisor to 


Phyllis and Moses Deitcher 
of Palm Beach and Montreal 
have established The Phyllis 
and Moses Deitcher 
Scholarship Fund, which 
will support two Brandeis 
students. The first two 
scholarships will be awarded 
for the 1998-99 academic 

The Samuel and Althea 
Stroum Foundation/|F has 
given a significant grant to 
Brandeis's Stroum Family 
Waltham Scholars' Program. 
The Foundation also has 
given a grant to the 
International Research 
Institute on Jewish Women. 

former Massachusetts 
Governor Michael Dukakis. 
The Access Project is a 
three-year initiative of the 
RWJF that will assist local 
communities in developing 
and sustaining community- 
based responses to health 
access problems, as an 
adjunct to national and 
state efforts. Its major 
components include a 
documentation and 
assessment phase, building 
community capacity to 
improve access to care in 
locales across the country, 
and developing a 
communication strategy to 
facilitate these efforts. The 
Access Project grant is 
believed to be the largest 
single grant the University 
has received. 

In December 1997, the 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 

awarded the University 
renewed support for the 
Center for Theoretical 
Neurobiology worth 
$1,068,039 over three years. 
Eve Marder, Victor and 
Gwendolyn Beinfield 
Professor of Neuroscience 
and Volen National Center 
for Complex Systems, and 
Laurence F. Abbott, Nancy 
Lurie Marks Professor of 
Neuroscience and director, 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems, direct 
the Center, located at the 
Volen Center. The Sloan 
grant will help to train 
young pre- and postdoctoral 
neuroscientists in 
theoretical and in 
experimental approaches to 
studying the brain and its 
functions. A grant of 
$1,266,050 by the Sloan 
Foundation in 1994 
originally commissioned 
the Center for Theoretical 

The lerome A. Schiff Trust, 

created by the estate of late 
Brandeis Professor of 
Biology Jerome Schiff, has 
awarded the University 
$30,000 for the 
Undergraduate Fellows 
Program. Student 
participants will be known 
as Schiff Fellows. First 
established in 1987 with a 
grant by the Ford 
Foundation, the program 
pairs students with faculty 
mentors in order to 
encourage undergraduates 

to pursue academic careers. 
Students work with their 
faculty advisors on original 
research projects and 
partake in all aspects of 
faculty life, including 
teaching and University 

The Rosenstiel Foundation 

has granted Brandeis 
University $25,000 to 
support graduate 
fellowships in the Genetic 
Counseling Program. The 
only graduate program of its 
kind in New England, 
genetic counseling fills a 
critical national need for 
professionally trained 
counselors who can help 
families understand what it 
means to have a genetic 
disorder, such as Tay-Sachs 
disease or breast cancer, and 
make informed decisions 
based on this knowledge. 
The grant will permit 
talented individuals who 
would not otherwise be able 
to attend the master's 
degree program in genetic 
counseling to receive the 
training necessary for their 
professional advancement. 

CaP CURE, the Association 
for the Cure of Cancer of 
the Prostate, has awarded 

46 Brandeis Review 

Women's Committee to 
Endow Chair, Launch 
Faculty Forums for 50th 

$100,000 to Gregory A. 
Petsko, Gyula and Katica 
Tauber Professor of 
Biochemistry and Molecular 
Pharmodynamics and 
director, Rosenstiel Basic 
Medical Sciences Research 
Center, for a research 
project on the molecular 
genetics of a human 
chromosome that produces 
a protein to suppress 
tumors. When prostate 
cancer progresses to an 
advanced, metastatic 
disease, the region in the 
human chromosome that 
produces this tumor 
suppressor is deleted. Drugs 
that would regulate the 
target of this protein might 
represent a new approach to 
the treatment of advanced 
prostate cancer. 

Boston Edison has awarded 
Brandeis a grant of nearly 
$25,000 to subsidize the 
cost of replacing lighting in 
the Spingold Theater 
Center. The new lighting, 
which will be in place later 
this year, will benefit public 
performances and the 
educational uses of theaters 
in the Spingold Center, and 
It IS also expected to 
produce ongoing savings 
from the increased 
efficiency of the new 
lighting instruments. 

George and Ida Bursak have 
contributed $50,000 to the 
University to advance a 
research collaboration in 
neuroscience between the 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems and the 
Mayo Clinic. 

The Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee (NWC) will 
fund an endowed University 
Librarian's Chair and 
sponsor a year-long national 
discussion on social iustice 
m celebration of its 50th 
anniversary. The NWC, an 
educational and fund-raising 
organization founded in 
1948, has raised a total of 
$62 million for the Brandeis 
Libraries while providing 
unique educational 
programs for its 50,000 

The Brandeis Libraries will 
join the ranks of Harvard, 
Johns Hopkins, the 
University of Illinois, and a 
handful of other prestigious 
universities with the 
establishment of the 
University Librarian Chair. 
The NWC has pledged to 
raise $2.5 million for this 
purpose. Income from the 
endowment will underwrite 
the salary of the University 
Librarian, thus providing 
budget relief for Library 
salaries and wages. 

'This endowment will 
underscore the important 
contributions of the 
Brandeis Libraries to the 
mission and success of the 
University," NWC 
President Ellen ]. Atlas said 
of the Library Chair. "Since 
the University's founding in 
1948, the Libraries have 

been a key element in its 
meteoric rise into the upper 
echelons of American 
higher education," she 
pointed out. "With the 
recent recognition of 
Brandeis as number one in 
the country among rising 
research universities, we 
believe it is time to provide 
the financial stability of an 
endowed chair for its fine 

The University Librarian, 
who IS also an assistant 
provost of the University 
with faculty status, 
participates in University- 
wide policy and planning 
decisions and directs a five- 
build'.ng library system with 
an annual budget of more 
than $5.5 million and a staff 
of 66 full-time employees. 
Since joining Brandeis in 
1981, the current University 
Librarian, Bessie Hahn, has 
overseen the completion of 
the Farber Library building 
and worked closely with the 
NWC to computerize all 
Library operations, 
complete a $3.2 million 
National Endowment for 
the Humanities Challenge 
Grant, and bring the 
collection to more than one 
million volumes. 

In a fitting tribute to the 
legacy of the University's 
namesake. Justice Louis D. 
Brandeis, the NWC will also 
launch a nationwide 
dialogue on social justice as 
part of its celebration of the 
University's and the NWC's 
50th anniversaries. During 
the 1998-99 academic year, 
Brandeis faculty members 
will join scholars in cities 

throughout the country for 
NWC forums on topics as 
diverse as inequality of 
income and workplace 
issues, rights of children 
and parents, the 
disproportionate burden of 
environmental problems on 
poor people and developing 
countries, and access to 
health care. They will also 
prepare discussion guides 
and other materials on 
various aspects of social 
justice for use in the study 
group programs of the 
NWC's chapters. 

"I'm very pleased that the 
NWC is linking this 
program to the great 
crusader for the common 
man, Louis D. Brandeis," 
said Richard Gaskins, 
professor of American 
studies and director of the 
Legal Studies Program at 
Brandeis. "It will give 
thousands of members and 
other participants an 
opportunity for reflection 
and self-discovery around 
some very important 
contemporary issues. It is 
also a wonderful way to 
reinforce the ideals of the 
University and to make 
more people aware of the 
principles upon which 
Brandeis was founded." 

47 Winter 1998 

The Brandeis Farmboy 

Nelson Figueroa It. 

Hurdling the four-foot blue 
fence on the right side of 
this caged farmland, a long- 
limbed six-foot-one-inch 
young man bends at the 
waist to retrieve a pearl 
from underneath a blue 
molded-plastic chair. He 
hops back over that small 
fence onto the green, one- 
and-a-half-inch cut pasture 
to resume his exercise 

In the quiet countryside of 
Binghamton, New York, 
this slender young man 
from the bustle of New 
York City stands among the 
farms, horses, and cows, 
recounting the many miles 
traveled to get here. 

As he looks out into the 
distant boundaries of this 
dream world, marked by the 
"21st Century Pool and 
Spas" sign and the four-foot 
hot tub that hangs below it, 
his mind starts to revel in 

his journey. Suddenly the 
silence is broken. "Hey, 
Figgy, stop thinking!" 

Nelson Figueroa Jr. '98 is 
always thinking. Whether 
in warm-ups, on the mound, 
or in the bull pen, his mind 
is always churning. 

Figueroa began his journey 
to the pros in 1993 when he 
started pitching for Brandeis 
as a freshman. Only two 
years later, he was hurling 
baseballs past minor league 
players in Bristol, 
Tennessee. The following 
year, he struck out 200 
minor league batters, a 
league high, in Capital City, 
South Carolina. 

Eyes grew wide as New 
York Mets scouts and 
coaches read Figueroa's 
name and then followed 
their finger across his 
statistics, always stopping 
with mouth agape: "200 

Figueroa had to leave 
Brandeis early in order to 
pitch for the Mets 
organization, postponing his 
dream to graduate from 
college to pursue his other 
passion. One semester at a 
time and two off-seasons 
later, Figueroa won't be 
coming back to Waltham. In 
January, Figueroa closed the 
blue-book of academia and 
accomplished one of his 
dreams — to earn a degree 
from Brandeis. 

It wasn't easy to pursue two 
dreams at once, especially 
when they coincided briefly. 
The minor league schedule 
runs from May to 
September. The first 
semester academic calendar 
runs from the end of August 

to December. But those first 
two years eased the strain, 
as his pitching was taking 
care of itself, which left 
Figueroa's mind free to 
concentrate on his studies. 

In 1997, Figueroa made the 
giant leap as a minor league 
player to the Binghamton 
Mets, a class double-A 
team, which is two steps 
away from the major 
leagues. He also found 
himself pitching in the 
Eastern League, which, by 
most major and minor 
league aficionados' 
admissions, is only one step 
away from the majors. 

For the first time, Figueroa 
didn't fare as well on the 
stats sheet, and he began to 
think harder about baseball. 

Bill Champion, the 
Binghamton Mets pitching 
coach, realizes Figueroa is 
doing too much thinking, 
'Last year he was a complete 
'pitcher': this year he's a 

"I over-expected," Figueroa 
says, "I was pitching, 
thinking that they could hit 
every pitch out, whereas if 
they couldn't they wouldn't 
be here." 

The adjustment to double A 
baseball wasn't as smooth 
as he would have liked. 

"They say I've overachieved 
my 30th-round status; that's 
the pedigree I have as a 30th 
rounder," Figueroa says. 

"But it doesn't mean 
anything once you get 

It has been a season to 
think, to grow, to gain 
confidence, but as he looks 
back, he can't believe where 
he came from. 

"To think about it now," he 
says, "I went to Brandeis. 
It's a great feeling, I've 
gotten a few fans who 
graduated from Brandeis 
back in the seventies and 
sixties, and they're all 
excited about it." Figueroa 
says that some of his 
classmates have been 
following his career and tell 
him that "it's been 
unbelievable to see a kid 
from Brandeis on the Web." 

The off-season is over now, 
and Figueroa will have to 
regroup in Spring Training, 
hoping his consistency 
allows him to make it to 
the next level. Champion 
says, "It's nothing to be in 
the Eastern League in June 
and be in the big leagues in 

So will Brandeis faithful 
around the world be able to 
see one of their own in a pro 
uniform? Only time will 
tell, but for now, Figueroa 
can focus all his energies on 
getting there, armed with an 
arsenal of five pitches and a 
Brandeis degree in his back 

— David Schwartz '95 

David Schwartz '95 is a 
freelance journalist/ 
playwright in New York. His 
play Brooklyn Trek, a 
Jewish comedy, was 
featured in a Drama-ln-the- 
Works Festival in New York 
City. He is currently working 
on a one-act and several 
screenplays while 
continuing his journalistic 

48 Brandeis Review 

Judith Glatzer 
Wechsler '62 

"People used to say if you 
came to Brandeis, you had 
to take a course with 
Nahum Glatzer," says his 
daughter, Judith Glatzer 
Wechsler '62. Glatzer was 
also chair of the Department 
of Near Eastern and Judaic 
Studies for some 15 years. 
"Among his most famous 
courses at Brandeis was Job 
and the Problem with Evil," 
explains Wechsler. "He also 
wrote a book, The 
Dimensions of lob. It was 
one of his preoccupations — 
Job and the problem of evil." 

Not only was Wechsler a 
child of the faculty, hanging 
around Brandeis because it 
was "like home," she says 
emphatically in a warm 
voice that invites you to 
share laughter and 
reminiscences, but she 
enjoyed her role as a student 
just as much. 

Now National Endowment 
for the Humanities (NEH) 
Professor of Art at Tufts 
University in Medford, 
Massachusetts, Wechsler 
recently published The 
Memoirs of Nahum Glatzer. 
which she cowrote with 
Michael Fishbane. One of 
her father's closest graduate 
students years ago, Fishbane 
was a Brandeis professor of 
Judaic studies until 1990, 
when he became a professor 
at the University of 

"When my father was close 
to 70, I asked if he would 
write his memoirs because 
he told us so many 
extraordinary stories," she 
explains. Glatzer complied, 
writing remembrances 
during summer vacations. 

"They were written in 
longhand on separate sheets 
of paper, as separate 
pieces — recollections that 
he kept in a box, which he 
occasionally read to us on 
the Sabbath. It was 
essentially meant for the 
family," explains Wechsler. 

"There was no given order, 
rather 85 separate pieces, 

ludith CAatzer Wechsler 
and Nahum Glatzer 
on his 60th birthday 

written at different times. 
The challenge became, 'how 
do you make a book out of 
these brief entries?' In a 
sense, they are modules, 
standing alone. And it was 
quite like him not to give a 
narrative. He liked the 
aphoristic mode. He was 
drawn to Kafka and often 
wrote very brief, pithy 
forms," says Wechsler. "But 
as I looked at the whole 
selection and began working 
with Michael, we tried to 
put together a sequence of 
events, and then decided on 
a three-part structure, 
'Memoirs,' 'Encounters,' and 
'Faith.' 'Memoirs' contains 
personal reminiscences of 
growing up and family 
relationships. 'Encounters,' 
begins with Bialik and 
includes Agnon, Buber, 
Schocken (who founded the 
publishing house in 
Germany, and then in Israel 
and in the United States), 
Wolfson, the great historian 
of religion philosophy, and 
Jacques Lipschitz, the 
sculptor, who was an old 
family friend. The third 
part, 'Faith,' consists of 
brief stories, sometimes of 
chance encounters, and 
reflections on certain forms 
of religious practice. 

The memoir includes a 
scholarly introduction by 
Fishbane, placing Glatzer's 
life and work in a larger 
historical scholarly context, ' 
and a preface by Wechsler 
about how the publication 
of the memoirs came about. 

In It, she excerpts some 
letters Glatzer had written 
to her when she lived in 
Jerusalem in her junior year 
abroad, which reflect on 
other subjects. 

Fishbane also compiled a 
glossary that explains the 
various people who are 
cited, and includes 
footnotes and explanations 
of Hebrew and Yiddish, so it 
is not necessary to 
understand Hebrew to read 
and enioy the book. The 
Memoirs of Nahum Glatzer 
IS published by Hebrew 
Union College Press and 
distributed by Wayne State 

Glatzer was a disciple of 
two of the leading Jewish 
philosophers in the earlier 
part of the 20th century, 
Franz Rosenzwieg and 
Martin Buber, who was his 
dissertation advisor. Glatzer 
published a great deal of 
Jewish history and Jewish 
philosophy. "His mission 
was to bring the original 
texts to a larger public — 
these remarkable 
anthologies of Jewish 
writing, which gave access 
to the tone of the 
tradition," explains his 

What was it like growing up 
in his household- "It was 
wonderful," says Wechsler. 
"He didn't lecture, he was a 
gentle, thoughtful, and kind 
man. I heard a great deal of 
lore— about historical 

figures and experiences. Our 
house was permeated with a 
sense of Jewish tradition, 
not in an oppressive way at 
all, but as the cause of 
celebration. Much took 
place at home — the 
celebration of the Sabbath 
and of holidays." 

The Glatzers came from 
Europe by way of Palestine. 
They lived in Frankfurt, 
Germany, where Glatzer 
was Buber's successor in the 
position of Jewish 
philosophy and ethics. The 
whole family left Europe in 
1933 and dispersed to 
various places. "My 
mother's family already had 
established residency in 
London," explains 
Wechsler. "My father's 
family had moved to 
Palestine m 1927. My 
parents, who were Zionists, 
decided to move to Israel in 
1933, and my brother was 
born there. My father had 
thought that he would get a 
university position in Israel. 
At the time there was just 
one university, Hebrew 
University in Jerusalem. But 
as you can imagine, there 
was a terrific influx of 
scholars at that time, so he 
and many other well-known 
scholars taught at what was 
then the preeminent high 
school, a private high 
school called Bet Sefer 
Reali, in Haifa, that counted 
among its alumni most of 
the future prime ministers 
and generals. It was their 
Exeter — very Germanic, and 

49 Winter 1998 

demanding. He taught 
Jewish history there. But he 
found it utterly exhausting 
teaching high school while 
involved with many 
scholarly projects. He had 
received one offer in 
England that he had turned 
down and that didn't come 
up again. And he felt that 
there would be a war and it 
would spread throughout 
Europe. Then he was offered 
a position in the United 
States and my parents 
decided to come to the U.S. 
m 1938." 

Glatzer had begun to study 
English m 1937. By then, he 
was 34 years old. It was his 
last acquired language, one 
of many. He published his 
first book in English two 
years after moving to the 
United States. 

Wechsler was born at the 
end of 1940, learning 
Hebrew from a young age 
which was, she says, 
"terribly important to my 
parents, who never spoke 
German at home, even 
though it was their first 
language and most of their 
friends were German Jews. 
They spoke English even 
with each other." 

Glatzer's dedication to 
teaching and to scholarship 
influenced his daughter, 
who also eventually 
established a career in 
academe, but not until she 
danced professionally in 
New York, briefly in the 
Alvin Nicholais company. 
Wechsler also studied mime 
in Paris with Etienne 
Decroux, and was with 
Mark Epstein's mime 
company in New York. 

When she became pregnant 
with her daughter, she 
thought it was a good time 
to try graduate school. She 
studied art history at 
Columbia, then earned a 
Ph.D. in art history at the 
University of California, 
Los Angeles, writing her 
dissertation on the history 
of interpretation of 
Cezanne. Wechsler went on 
to teach briefly at Brown 
University, M.I.T. (1970-79), 
Rhode Island School of 
Design (1980-89), Harvard, 
and IS now at Tufts. 

Wechsler's love of dance has 
evolved into a fascination 
with film. She is also a 
filmmaker (as is her 
daughter). Interested in how 
the camera can suggest a 
way of looking and a means 
of interpretation, she has 
produced and directed 18 
documentary films, all on 
art, some about a particular 
artist, some about issues. 
Her most recent film. 
Drawing: the Thinking. 
Hand, was commissioned 
by the Louvre in Paris. 
Wechsler produced and 
directed a television series 
for WGBH (the PBS affiliate 
in Boston) and Channel 
Four London called The 
Painter's World, which was 
broadcast in 1990. A 
thematic history of art, it 
traced six different themes 
from the Renaissance to the 

"For me, making films has 
really taken the place of 
dance," explains Wechsler, 

"editing camera work has 
much to do with movement 
and rhythm... I still take 
dance classes with a terrific 
choreographer, Marcus 
Schulkind, who has seen 
my films and says you can 
tell they're dancer's films, 
although they're not about 
dance." She has written 
numerous articles and the 
books A Human Comedy! 
Physiognomy and 
Caricature in 19th-century 
Paris (University of Chicago 
Press), The Interpretations 

of Cezanne (UMI Press), and 
edited and introduced On 
Aesthetics m Science (MIT 

Wechsler is now a teacher 
and she loves it. How could 
she take any other path, 
with a father like Nahum 
Glatzer and a mother who, 
she says, was "a formidable, 
lively, passionate, witty, 
warmhearted woman with a 
great following of her own, 
loved by everyone. My 
father was quiet, and she 
was outgoing. The 
swimming champion of 
Frankfurt, she was a terrific 
athlete until the end. She 
was a teacher all her life, 
teaching remedial reading, 
working with juvenile 
delinquents and disturbed 
children. She came from 
one of the great old German 
Jewish families. When my 
father came to Brandeis, she 
taught at Shady Hill, a 
private school in 
Cambridge, for 18 years," 
says Wechsler. 

Nahum Glatzer (1981) 

Excerpt from 
The Memoirs of Nahum 
"The Ninth of Av" 

In 1920 I wrote a deeply 
felt sketch, The Ninth of 
Av, and mailed it to Jung 
Juda. It appeared under 
the main title, "From the 
Circle of Our Readers." 
That was my first 
appearance in print. 
Seen from any other 
perspective, the article 
was childish and of 
possible meaning only to 
myself at the time. 
However, the theme of 
destruction, despair, 
hope, reconstruction kept 
on appearing in my 
thoughts with ever 
greater force. 

50 Brandeis Review 

Ruth Harriet Jacobs, 
Ph.D. '69 

when Ruth Harriet Jacohs, 
Ph.D. '69, wears a jaunty, 
colorful, whimsical hat 
screaming individuality and 
self-confidence, she is 
consciously making a 
statement: seize the day. At 
73, her mission is to inspire 
others to explore the many 
fulfilling endeavors open to 
older men and women. 
Courageous, compassionate, 
wise, witty, and 
extraordinarily articulate, 
Jacobs has made a career 
voicing the frustrations of 
senior citizens while 
simultaneously giving them 
the tools necessary to create 
a satisfying life. 

Her own evolution followed 
a timeworn path, then took 
an unusual turn at middle 
age. After raising a family, 
Jacohs received a bachelor's 
degree from Boston 
University at the age of 40 
and a doctorate in sociology 
from Brandeis at age 45. 
After 13 years, she left a 
tenured position at Boston 
University to head the 
sociology department at 
Clark University, where she 
remained until 1987. 

Cerontologist, sociologist, 
educator, poet, and author 
of eight books, Jacobs is 
currently a researcher at the 
Wellesley College Center 
for Research on Women and 
a professor at Springfield 
College School of Human 
Services in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, and Regis 
College in Weston, 
Massachusetts. She also 
finds the time to lead 
workshops, give lectures, 
appear on the NBC show 

Today in New York with 
Katie Couric, and 
participate on radio talk 
shows. For the last eight 
years, she can be found 
twice monthly in a 
colleague's large kitchen, 
where her poets group 
critiques each others' work. 
Indeed, a constant theme in 
her work is the celebration 
of relationships, crediting 
them with enormous 
influence in her own life. 

Jacobs's eight published 
books include Older 
Women Surviving and 
Thriving, a leader's manual 
(Families International, 
Milwaukee, WI, 1988), 
Button. Button. Who Has 
the Button? (Knowledge, 
Ideas & Trends, Inc., 1996), 
Out of Their Mouths 
(American Studies Press, 
1987), Be An Outrageous 
Older Woman 
(HarperCollins Publishers, 
\997], Life After Youth: 
Female, Forty. What Next? 
(Beacon Press, 1979), We 
Speak for Peace 
(Knowledge, Ideas &. 
Trends, Inc., 1993), Women 
Who Touched My Life: A 
Memoir (Knowledge, Ideas 
&. Trends, Inc., 1996), and 
Re-engagement in Later Life 
(Greylock Press, 1979). 

Her memoir celebrates 
women who have helped 
her. "I had a tough 
childhood," she explains 
matter-of-factly. "The 
reason I wrote that book is 
many people believe that if 
you came from a 

Ruth Harriet fncobs 

dysfunctional family, if you 
had a rotten childhood, then 
you're doomed to have a 
rotten rest of your life. And 
the point of the book is that 
there was some 
intervention, from other 
women who I call 
godmothers, not the kind of 
godmothers you get at a 
religious ceremony, but 
godmothers you get in life — 
women who come along 
and altruistically help you. I 
write about a teacher who 
helped me when I thought 1 
was stupid. I had failed 
every course in the seventh 
grade, and I thought I was 
dumb. My mother had died 
and my father was abusive. I 
was an incest victim. And I 
was a very depressed kid — I 
felt like a failure in the 
seventh grade. This eighth 
grade teacher told me I was 
smart; she told me I was a 
writer. She changed my life. 
There are other people too. 
I'm not )ust telling the story 
of my own life, I'm trying to 
celebrate all the unsung 
women in the helping 
professions, and who as 

neighbors, and as mentors, 
help other women, with no 
expectation of return. I've 
devoted a lot of my life to 
mentoring other women 
and sometimes men 
because I have received 
such help myself. At the 
end of the book, I tell 
people how to get 
godmothers and how to 
godmother. I don't think 
that if you had a terrible 
childhood you have to have 
a terrible rest of your life. I 
think that intervention can 
come along." 

For Jacobs, Brandeis was 
also an intervention. "I had 
never dreamt of getting a 
doctoral degree. Even when 
I applied to Brandeis I 
expected only to get a 
master's," she explains, 
adding that she was 
encouraged by the faculty in 
sociology — the late Everett 
Hughes, Lewis Coser, who 
is retired, the late Maury 
Schwartz, and the late Irv 
Zola, "who were 
godfathers," she says. 

51 Winter 1998 

Niksa Antun Radovic '93 
and Ebetuel Pallares- 
Venegas '95: 

: I i 

Jacobs spreads her message 
in workshops such as All 
That Matters, calling herself 
a R.A.S.P., which stands for 
Remarkable Aging Smart 
Person. In her workshops, 
she passes out R.A.S.P. 
buttons and pins with 
sayings like "Youth is a gift 
of nature. Aging is a work of 

"Rage is in the middle of the 
word outrageous," explains 
Jacobs, her background as a 
newspaper reporter showing 
up m her love of words. 

"Rage occurs when we are 
frustrated, ignored, hurt, 
trivialized, denied needed 
resources... and m other 
ways injured." Talk with 
her and you get the distmct 
feeling that women brmg 
much of this on themselves 
by conforming to what 
Jacobs calls the "Pea Pod 
lifestyle of patriarchy, 
patterning, propriety, 
politeness, perfectionism, 
prettiness, and passivity." 
Rather than accepting the 
limitations imposed on 
them, she encourages older 
women to be "outrageous" 
by using their anger to 
change their own lives and 

In 1980 and 1981, Jacobs ran 
conferences all over the 
country for employers on 
how "displaced" 
homemakers could make 
the transition from home 
into the workplace. 
"Displaced" refers to older 
women who are divorced, 
widowed, separated, or 
whose husbands are 
disabled. "I was working on 
getting employers to hire 
these women, and getting 
vocational training for them 
that would prepare them for 
the workforce," she 
explains. Backed by a 
national project with a large 
contract from the U.S. 
Department of Education 
through the Wellesley 
College Center for Research 
on Women, Jacobs ran 
television ads aimed at 
homemakers saying, "Yes, 
you can get a job." 

Offering some rules for how 
to deal with your children 
when they go off to college, 
she explains, "I call 
children 'descendents' 
because calling them adult 
children implies that we 
have a vote in their lives," 
she says. "I think the empty 
nest syndrome is quite 
exaggerated. You give me a 
woman who is mourning 
her kids and I'll show her 
ways to have a good time. 

'There are so many exciting 
things for women to do 
now, when their children go 
off, they can have a 
Renaissance. I've done 
workshops all over the 
country for women and 
believe me, they are having 
a good time. We have low 
unemployment now, 
women who want jobs can 
get jobs, women who want 
to travel can travel, women 
are writing poetry, writing 
novels. Many people think 
that the older woman is old 
witch, old bitch, old itch, 
old kvetch, whereas I think 
of mom turned upside 
down: wow; wonderful old 
women, wise old women, 
witty old women, wicked 
old women. 

"Sometimes I get women 
who are widowed, who have 
never lived alone. I have to 
teach them how to live 
alone again, how to let go. 
It's terrible to lose a spouse, 
but on the other hand, the 
spouse would not want you 
to jump into the grave with 
him. They have to mourn 
their losses, but then they 
have to move on." 

For example, how about 
retire, and then start a 
business? "I know a woman 
who retired, and realized 
that a lot of people go away 

on vacation, and need 
someone to walk their dogs. 
She started a business. She's 
healthy because she walks 
all day. She likes the dogs 
and she likes the money. 
We don't have to be like our 
mothers and our 
grandmothers. Times have 
changed," Jacobs emphasizes. 

'I help people work on 
themselves. We don't have 
to dress in the latest 
fashions to please others, 
but dress to please 
ourselves. It's just so 
thrilling to me, to think 
that here I am, 73 years old, 
and what I learned at 
Brandeis, and what I taught 
myself after Brandeis, can 
be all over the United States 
from my living room, on a 
radio talk show. When I did 
a workshop recently, I 
almost cried because there 
was a woman there who 
came from a distance. She 
had heard me on the radio 
about five years ago, and 
she said it had changed her 
life. She had gone back to 
school and earned a 
master's in social work, and 
was now working with 
older women, because of 
what she heard me say on 
the radio. I hear this all the 
time. It is so gratifying." 

52 Brandeis Review 

Aimed with an interest and 
talent in computers, an 
international background, 
and a solid base of business 
expenence, Niksa Radovic '93 
and Ebetuel Pallares- 
Venegas '95 turned a dream 
into reality last August 
when they formed a new 
company. Poised, articulate, 
natural salesmen, their 
vision for Dalmex 
Corporation, a technology 
strategies firm with 
headquarters in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, is to help 
professional service firms 
conduct business better, 
faster, and more efficiently 
by automating their 
repetitive business 

Originally from Mexico, 
Pallares-Venegas explains 
that he wanted to come to a 
college in the northeastern 
United States with a good 
reputation in academia, of 
moderate size, where he 
could forge strong 
relationships with 
professors, working like a 
partner with them doing 
research. An economics 
major, he found that 
Brandeis was a perfect 
match for him. 

His business partner, Nick 
Radovic '93, a Wien scholar 
from Croatia who majored 
in computer science, cites 
as a profound influence 
Jacques Cohen, TJX/ 
Feldberg Professor of 
Computer Science and 
Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems. Radovic 
went to high school for a 
year in Ohio as an exchange 
student. He received a 
fellowship to travel, 
spending two years abroad 
doing research and 

computer science in Europe. 
In the United States, he 
worked for two years for 
Integrated Computing 
Engines, a company in 
Waltham started by 
Brandeis students. Also 
multilingual, Radovic 
speaks English and Croatian 
fluently, and is familiar 
with all of the Balkan 
languages because of their 
similarity, he says. 

Pallares-Venegas's work 
concentrated on technology 
forecasting, technology 
transfer, business 
inanagement, and business 
processes. Fluent in English 
after attending high school 
in the United States, he 
used his native Spanish in 
jobs that took him to 
different areas in Latin 
America. An amateur 
percussionist, he can also be 
found in a band playing 
Latin music in a local Irish 
bar called The Cellar. 

Last August, Radovic joined 
forces with Pallares-Venegas 
to take the leap into the 
entrepreneur's arena of risks 
and rewards, launching a 
company with a name that 
symbolized their roots: 
Dalmex, a combination of 
Dalmatia — the region where 
Radovic grew up in 
Croatia — and Mexico. After 
a number of months 
finalizing plans and 
gathering resources, they 
incorporated as Dalmex on 
October!, 1997. They 
created their own logo, 
hoping to convey the idea 
that Dalmex is focused on 
specific business process 

Dalmex has an industry 
focus, says Pallares- 
Venegas, explaining that 
their clients are professional 
service firms — law, market 
research, architecture, or 
advertising, for example. 
The ideal client's size is five 
to 100 people — basically, 
anyone who uses a 
computer and has a group of 

users who need to 
communicate with each 
other, share information, 
communicate outside of the 
organization, and have a 
clean way to organize all 
office information. "With 
the everyday work flow 
tasks operating smoothly in 
the background," explains 
Pallares-Venegas, "clients 
can concentrate on creative 
or client-sensitive issues." 

Four levels of service 
include an ongoing 
relationship with the client. 
Dalmex acts as an 
administrator for the 
system. "We establish a 
service agreement. We're on 
call. We go by the number 
of incidents they have. 
Some problems can be 
resolved off site, by 
remotely dialing into the 
system," explains Radovic. 

Firm believers in 
outsourcing, Dalmex hires 
staff to work on specific 
projects as the need arises. 

"We have policies and 
procedures for what we 
consider a well done job," 
explains Radovic, describing 
business as busy right from 
the start, fueled only by 
word of mouth. "We're 
constantly evaluating 
software packages that 
come out, for potential 
clients. We have an in- 
house store of knowledge 
about software packages, so 
we can recommend 
appropriate and current 
systems," he adds. Showing 
their wares at a number of 
Boston conferences, 
Dalmex's founders hope to 
grow their business steadily, 
hiring freelancers as needed. 

"We want to have a strong 
regional base," explains 
Radovic, "but already we 
have a strong interest from 
contacts elsewhere." 

Yes, they always wanted to 
work for themselves. 
Parents, who owned a 
restaurant in Mexico while 
he was growing up, were a 
role model for Pallares- 
Venegas. For Radovic, the 
environment was quite 
different. "Communism 
made it difficult. In a 
structured, rigid regime 
where you are told what to 
do, you're 50 before you 
could make any decisions," 
he explains, noting that he 
is 26 and Pallares-Venegas is 
24. "But even in communist 
countries you could create a 
small scale business. When 
I was a kid, tourism was 
allowed. You couldn't start 
a machine shop, but you 
could build a little house by 
the ocean and rent it to 
tourists." Given an 
opportunity in the United 
States that he didn't have 
before, he is, he says, 
motivated to make the 
most of it. 

53 Winter 1998 

Stephen Silver '86 
Creates the 
Definitive Owl 


Reunion 1998 
Excitement Builds 

There is still time to make 
your plans to attend 
Reunion 1998 on June 12-14. 
The University will 
welcome back the Classes 
of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 
1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, and 
1993. It will be the first 
time that nine Brandeis 
classes will experience 
Reunion together. In 
addition, alumni from the 
surrounding classes are 
invited to join the 
festivities. For example, if 
you are a member of the 
Class of 1959 or 1957 and 
you have friends who are in 
the Class of 1958, you are 
welcome to attend the 
Alumni Reunion 

OUie the Owl 

Stephen Silver 

Stephen R. Silver '86 has 
been drawing cartoons since 
he was a kid. "I use it to 
relax. I have done a lot of 
editorial cartooning for my 
colleagues," he explains, 
revealing his vivid 
imagination as he 
embellishes his drawing 
with a story. "OUie Owl," 
explains Silver, "is named 
after Louis Brandeis's 
colleague, Oliver Wendell 
Holmes. He wears a 
Brandeis 'B' on his chest. He 
is tan, fit, and ready to roll. 
Ollie is a proud bird. He is 
well fed. As a good Brandeis 
owl, his primary concern is 
social justice. With 
excellent owl vision, he sees 
wrongs and wants to right 
them. He wears a sweater, a 
pair of trousers, and bucks. 
He's forward looking. He 
likes to wander around with 
a big gavel, which 
represents justice. Ollie has 
a big family. His wife's 

name is Olive. He has six 
children — Orville, Ophelia, 
Opie, Oscar, Odette, and 
Tuttle. If they are smart 
enough, they will go to 
Brandeis. One wants to be a 
social worker, one wants to 
be a quarterback, and 
another wants to be an 
investment banker. 

'Rumor has it that Ollie 
once lived in a cage on 
campus. This might imply 
that he ran afoul of the law, 
but to the best of my 
knowledge, he is now a law- 
abiding bird. He's a known 
Celtics fan who enjoys 
watching the team practice 
at the Red Auerbach Arena. 
He also likes to smoke the 
occasional cigar, a habit 
picked up from Auerbach 

'Ollie likes to root for 
Brandeis teams, is 
interested in the promotion 
of knowledge, and would be 
happy to die without ever 
again hearing MacAithur 
Park or Muskrat Love." 

Silver says that the primary 
inspiration for his owl was 
Bucky Badger, the 
Wisconsin mascot. What 
did he get for his effort? "I 
got $200 and the 
opportunity to sign away 
any further rights to the 

After earning his degree in 
political science, Silver 
spent the next three years 
working in the Brandeis 
development office as a 
fundraiser. He went back to 
school at Cornell, earned an 
M.B.A., and then worked for 
Tufts for four years. He is 
currently director of the 
Harvard Law School Fund. 
When Silver is not raising 
money for Harvard, he likes 
to run, sail, and read, and is 
also an involved member of 
Old South Church in 

54 Brandeis Review 

Rik' "^"'""^Sl 



■ vP, 


The Wcstin Hotel in 


Waltham is the exclusive 
Reunion 1998 hotel. To 
make hotel reservations at 



the Westin, call 781-290- 
5600 hy May 21. Be sure to 
mention that you are with 
the Brandeis Reunion. The 
special rates are as follows: 

$109 single room occupancy 

$119 double room 


$129 junior suite 

$20 per additional guest 

President Reinharz with 
Biandeis Trustees Toby '60 
and Bernard Nussbaum at 
the New York reception 

Adam Kaufman '98 speaks 
with Toby Nussbaum '60 at 
the January Alumni 
Association reception 

Martin Gross '72, Christopher 
Patos '79, Senior Vice 
President of Development 
Nancy Kolack Winship, 
Rosalind '59 and Dr. Richard 
Kaufman '57, and Martin 
Levitan gather during the 
Brandeis New York Lawyers 
Committee reception last fall, 
held at the Pierre Hotel in 
New York City. 

Robert Todd Lang, President 
lehuda Reinharz, Charles 
Stillman, the Honorable 
David Dmkins, and Trustee 
Bernard W. Nussbaum. Lang 
and Nussbaum cochaired the 

The Honorable David 
Dinkins, left, speaks with 
Nancy Winship and President 
Reinharz at the reception, 
where Brandeis honored the 
former mayor and attorney 
Charles Stillman with the 
Louis Dembitz Brandeis 
Medal for Distinguished 
Legal Service. 

Laura Schram 96', Senior 
Class Gift Programming 
cochair, welcomes seniors 
to the reception 

Leo Fuchs '98. Senior Class 
Gift Committee chair, 
addresses the gathering in 

rw^ident nf the Brandeis University 
Alumni Association Yehuda C. Cohen 
'81, right, presents the Class of 1998 
banner to the 1 998 Senior Class Gift 
Committee: Margo Ceresney, Leo 
Fuchs, Laura Schram, Bill Marx, Alexis 
Hirst, Pamela Helfant, and Jaime 

55 Winter 1998 

Alumni College '98: 

Brandeis University 
Alumni Association 

Chapter Events Look to 
Build on Successful Fall 

You are cordially invited to 
engage in discussions with 
outstanding members of the 
Brandeis faculty and 
prominent alumni during 
Alumni College '98: 
Discover, on June 12, 1998, 
from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Some sessions scheduled are: 

"Apathy and the Common 
Good: Democracy in the 
Very Late 20th-century 
America," Steven 
Grossman, national 
chairman of the Democratic 
National Committee, 
Trustee; Stephen J. 
Cloobeck '83, Democratic 
party activist; and Sidney 
Milkis, professor of politics 
and chair of the politics 

"From Ebola to Princess 
Diana: How the Media 
Cover the World" 
Susan Moeller, assistant 
professor of iournalism. 

'Growing Inequality, 
Market-Driven Medical 
Care, and the Health of 

David Weiner '63, president 
of Children's Hospital and 
Jack Shonkoff, dean and 
Samuel F. and Rose B. 
Gingold Professor of Human 

Registration materials and a 
complete schedule will be 
available in April. For more 
information, call Rachel 
Bebchick '96, assistant 
director of alumni relations, 
at 781-736-4055. 

For more information about 
your Reunion or how to 
register to attend, please 
call Noah Carp '95, 
assistant director of alumni 
relations, or Natalie 
Soukatos, Reunion 
coordinator, in the Office of 
Alumni Relations at 800- 
333-1948 or 781-736-4100. 
Don't forget to look on the 
Brandeis University Web 
site at 
alumni for complete 
Reunion information. 

Please check below for news 
about alumni happenings in 
your area. Remember to 
send your e-mail address to 
alumguru@stanley.feldberg. if you would 
like to receive news of 
chapter events by e-mail. 
Don't forget to indicate 
your chapter area when you 
send your message. 

Greater Boston 

Richard Saivetz '69 
The Boston chapter and the 
Brandeis Business and 
Professional Network 
IBBPN) hosted Ann 
Richards, former governor 
of Texas, at a breakfast in 
March. This spring, she 
ioined Brandeis University 
as the first Fred and Rita 
Richman Distinguished 

Visiting Professor of 
Politics. The professorship 
was established to bring 
accomplished practitioners 
of politics and economics to 
campus each year. [See 
"Benefactors," Brandeis 
Review, Spring 1997.] The 
BBPN is a critical 
component of the Boston 
Chapter of the Alumni 
Association that serves to 
connect alumni with the 
University through diverse 

Southern California 

James R. Felton '85 
In February, alumni in 
Southern California were 
invited to "Explore the 
Unknown Universe of 
Jewish Women," a 
symposium with Shulamit 
Reinharz, Ph.D. '77, 
professor of sociology, 
director of the Women's 
Studies Program, and 
director of the International 

Brandeis Energizes 
Annual Fund Giving 

Brandeis Web Site: Your 
Source for Alumni News 

The 1948 Society was 
recently formed to 
recognize donors whose 
annual gifts to Brandeis 
total $500-999, while the 
Justice Brandeis Society 
IJBS) dates back to 
Brandeis's earliest days, 
recognizing gifts between 
$1,000-2,499. The Office of 
Alumni Relations is 
working with alumni 
volunteers to increase 
membership in their 
respective giving societies 
by increasing annual gifts to 
the University. Ellen Lasher 

Kaplan '64 is chair of the 
JBS society; Victor Ney '81 
heads the 1948 Society. 
Currently, two JBS 
recognition events are 
planned for the spring: on 
May 5, a Boston-area 
reception, and on May 11, a 
dinner in Chicago. All 
alumni with gifts and 
pledges in these respective 
categories will be invited to 
attend these events. The 
Giving Societies are an 
important component to 
Brandeis's Annual Fund 
efforts. The chair of the 
Annual Fund is Howard 
Scher '67. 

For more information, 
contact Linda Chernick, 
assistant director. Annual 
Fund, with the Justice 
Brandeis Society at 
781-736-4038, or Emily 
Pick, M.A. '97, assistant 
director. Annual Fund, with 
the 1948 Society at 781-736- 
4061. Beth Ann Saplin, 
associate director. Annual 
Fund, staffs the Annual 
Fund Executive Committee. 

The Brandeis Web site is an 
important place to look for 
news of Brandeis alumni 
events in your area. Check 
out our Web site at 
Share with us your e-mail 
address and we will list it 
on your class e-mail 
directory. This is a great 
way to find longtime friends 
and catch up on Brandeis. 

56 Brandeis Review 

Trustees, Alumni 
Association Welcome 
Seniors to Alumni Ranks 

Research Institute on 
Icwish Women at Brandeis. 
The chapter was also 
pleased that in Santa 
Monica, seven Brandeis 
graduates were featured in 
Holy Mathmoney! A 
commedia deU'arte at The 
Powerhouse Theatre. They 
were Laura Bahr '95, Oded 
Gross '93, Kevin P. Kern '93, 
Shawn Matthew Peters '93, 
Karen Elizabeth White '92, 
Nicole Thibadeuaux '92, 
costumes, and Iim Wallis '91, 


Elena E. Silberman Scott '92 
The Chicago chapter of the 
Brandeis Alumni 
Association will present its 
annual networking event, 
"It's a Buyer's Market and 
You're Buying... An 
Insider's View of the New 
Job Market." The event 
features Lynn Hazan, M.A. '80, 
vice president of Beverly 
von Winckler &. Associates, 
and will take place Tuesday, 
April 14, 1998, at 6:00 pm 
at Katten Muchin &. Zavis, 
525 West Monroe, Suite 
1600, in Chicago. For more 
information or to RSVP, 
contact Deborah Davis '92 
at 773-868-1976 or at by 
Friday, April 3. 


Lenore Szuchman '69 
South Florida alumni 
participated in a Sunday 
brunch and networking 
event held in South Beach 
in January at the Indian 
Creek Hotel, which is 
owned by Marc Levin '77. 
David Ginsberg '79 
organized the event. 

Long Island 

laime Ezratty '86 
The Long Island chapter got 
back into action with an 
alumni family event in 
March at the Ringling Bros, 
and Barnum & Bailey 
Circus at the Nassau 
Veterans Coliseum in 
Uniondale. Before the show, 
alumni families and their 
children gathered on the 
floor of the Coliseum for an 
interactive adventure with 
the circus performers. 

New Jersey 

Merry Firschein '87 
lason Schneider '93 
In March, New Jersey 
alumni heard from Thomas 
Doherty, associate professor 
of film studies (on the Sam 
Spiegel Fund), at the home 
of Janice Paul '82. The 
Faculty in the Field/ 
Brandeis Day 1998 program 
was a potluck bagel brunch. 
The New Jersey chapter also 
joined with New York 
alumni at Assistant 
Professor of Journalism 
Susan Moeller's talk in 
January. The New York and 
New Jersey chapters also 
cheered on the Brandeis 
University men's and 
women's basketball teams 
in February in the annual 
contest with New York 
University. Watch for our 
announcement about our 
10th Annual Tennis Classic 
and Pre-Match Reception 
in July. 

New York 

Amy DaRosa '94 

Assistant Professor of 
Journalism Susan Moeller 
was the 1998 Faculty in the 
Field speaker for the New 
York Chapter. There were 
about 30 alumni at the 
event. Her topic was "From 
Ebola to Princess Diana: 
How the Media Cover the 
World." Twenty-two 
alumni, ranging from the 

Classes of 1959 to 1997, and 
two guests attended the 
brunch and lecture. The 
group participation was 
great and attendees 
expressed that they were 
glad to be involved in an 
analytical discussion with 
others from Brandeis. 
Special thanks to Jamie 
Rosenberg '88 for her help 
in organizing the program. 


David AUon '81 
A wine-tasting/networking 
event has been scheduled 
for Thursday, May 7, at the 
home of Howard Scher '67. 
The guest is the head 
somm.clier at Le Bee Fin, 
rated as one of the top three 
restaurants m Philadelphia. 
Details will be mailed, or 
call 610-254-01 10 for more 

Greater Washington 

Scth Arenstcin '81 
If you are interested in 
helping to develop or 
organize chapter programs, 
please give me a call at 


Alan Katz '64 
About 20 Brandeis alumni 
and friends gathered at the 
Bridge Street Restaurant in 
February to hear Simon 
Klarfeld, M.A. '94, director 
of the Genesis program at 
Brandeis University. Simon 
spoke about Genesis, an 
exciting summer program 
for high school students 
interested in the integration 
of arts, humanities, Jewish 
studies, and social action. 
Andrew Nathan '78 
graciously provided the use 
of his Bridge Street 
Restaurant for the event. 

Brandeis seniors were feted 
at a January reception in 
which President Reinharz, 
members of the University 
Board of Trustees, and 
Alumni Association 
President Yehuda Cohen '81 
welcomed them as future 
alumni. Reinharz asked that 
each member of the senior 
class introduce him or 
herself to a Trustee before 
the night was over. Leo 
Fuchs '98 announced the 
kick off of the Senior Class 
Gift Drive at the event. The 
senior class has decided to 
create the Class of 1998 
endowed scholarship to 
benefit future generations of 
Brandeis students. 

Save the Date 

Please hold the dates of 
June 11-13, 1999, for 
Alumni Reunion 1999. 

The Classes of 1954, 1959, 
1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 
1984, 1989, and 1994 will 
hold their Reunions on 
campus. If you are 
interested in serving on the 
program or gift committees 
for these classes, please call 
the Office of Alumni 
Relations at 781-736-4100. 

57 Winter 1998 

New York Brandeis 
Alumni Affinity Groups 
Expand Activities 

The mission of Alumni 
Affinity Groups is to 
provide alumni in those 
industries with social, 
intellectual, and networking 
forums, while increasing 
their connection to the 
University and their 
commitment to its needs. 
For more information about 
all professional Alumni 
Affinity Groups in New 
York, contact Cynthia G. 
Wolff, associate director of 
development, Metro New 
York Region, at 2 12-472- 

Wall Street Group (WSG) 

In February, Andy Klein '82 
was the featured speaker at 
a Wall Street Group 
reception at Brandeis 
House. Klein, a former 
securities lawyer and 
accomplished entrepreneur, 
pioneered the on-line Initial 
Public Offering of his 
microbrewery, Spring Street 

Scenes from the 
February WSG reception: 

The Alumni Lawyers Association 

A career development 
workshop featuring Eva 
Wisnik, president of Wisnik 
Career Strategies, Inc., a 
consulting firm specializing 
in lawyers' unique career 
issues, was presented in 
February. The event was a 
huge success, perhaps the 
best program yet. The more 
than 60 alumni attendees 
said that having events with 
a direct benefit was 
welcome. Future events will 
feature speakers or 
discussions on a variety of 
legal subjects, academic and 

The Real Estate Group (REG) 

The Real Estate Group 
kicked off its programs in 
March with a combined 
Wall Street and Alumni 
Association program 
focusing on REITs (Real 
Estate Investment Trusts). 
Panelists for the events 
included lonathan A. 
Bernstein '69, William 
Freedman '65, Glenn 
Langberg '82, and Adam 
Raboy '82. 

Left. Allan Pepper '64, 
Margaret Jackson '68. 
Peter Siris '66 

Below. Andrew Klein '82. 
Bruce Pollack '81, 
Martin Gross '72 

The Health Professionals Group 

At a special inaugural 
reception in March, alumni 
working in or serving the 
health care industry heard 
Stuart Altman, a health care 
economist and Sol C. 
Chaikin Professor of 
National Health Policy at 
The Heller Graduate School. 

Upcoming Brandeis Alumni 
Affinity Events in New York 

On April 15, Robin Feuer 
Miller, dean of arts and 
sciences and professor of 
Russian and comparative 
literature, will address 
alumni on the "State of the 
Academy." Miller will focus 
on curricular innovations in 
her remarks. Location: 
Brandeis House, 12 East 
77th Street. Contact Seth 
Schiffman '95 at 

On April 28, the Alumni 
Lawyers Association will 
host a reception featuring 
Philippa Strum '59, 
professor of political science 
at Brooklyn College and 
author of numerous books 
on Supreme Court Justice 
Louis Dembitz Brandeis. 
Strum will discuss the 
relevance of Justice 
Brandeis's career and 
contributions to today's 
legal and civic 
environments. Location: 
Brandeis House, 12 East 
77th Street. Contact Seth 
Schiffman '95 at 

On May 30, a tour of the art 
deco architecture at the 
Metropolitan Museum of 
Art |MMA) will be led by 
Jane Adlin '68, an assistant 
curator of the MMA. Date 
and time to be confirmed. 
Location: MMA. Contact 
Cynthia Wolff at 

For ideas on programming 
or questions, please contact 
Development Officer Seth 
Schiffman '95 at Brandeis 
House, 2I2-472-I50I. 

The Brandeis University Gay/ 
Lesbian/Bisexual Alumni Network 

The network is currently 
looking for members who 
would be interested in 
submitting articles, updates, 
or topic suggestions for future 
newsletters. Please submit 
any information by e-mail at or 
send directly to the Office of 
Alumni Relations, MS 124. 

Save the Date! 

The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual 
Alumni Network Spring 
Reception will take place on 
campus Saturday, June 13, 
1998, from 5:00-6:00 pm. 
Details will follow. The 
G/L/B is a growing 
organization for lesbian, gay, 
and bisexual Brandeis 
alumni. The Brandeis G/L/B 
network works in full 
cooperation with the Office 
of Development and Alumni 
Relations and has a 
representative to the Alumni 
Board of Directors. There are 
currently over 125 active 
members. If you would like 
to become a member, please 
contact the Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations at 781-736-4055. 

The Minority Alumni Network 

A reception for Minority 
Alumni returning to campus 
as part of their Class Reunion 
activities will take place 
Saturday, June 13, on 
campus. All minority alumni 
are welcome to attend the 
reception as well. Details to 
follow. For more information 
about opportunities for 
minority alumni, please 
contact Daniel Wiseman, 
M.A. '97, associate director of 
alumni relations and Annual 
Fund, at 781-736-4111 or at 

58 Brandeis Review 


Oebby Raboy '57, 
Sy Raboy '57, 
Adam Raboy '82 

Debby Raboy '57 remembers 
Brandeis with an 
enthusiastic endorsement of 
the philosophy department, 
which m those days was 
basically one professor: 
Dr. Aaron Gurwitsch. She 
explains that he was an 
extraordinarily learned man 
who escaped Nazi 
Germany, spent some years 
in France at the Sorbonne, 
and could read 1 1 languages. 
'When we studied Plato, 
which we did for an entire 
year, he would have the 
original Greek text and the 
French text in addition to 
the English text, which of 
course we were reading." 

'My most vivid memories 
are of Brandeis's early days. 
The University was an 
extremely exciting place 
intellectually. For a young, 
naive girl from a middle 
western small city, it was 
just mind boggling. I 
remember sitting in the 
balcony at Ford Fiall 
listening to Martin Luther 
King Jr." 

Sy agrees. "It was a 
wonderful experience — new, 
vibrant, intellectually 
active, and stimulating — it 
was a fabulous time to be at 
Brandeis. I remember 
wonderful professors such 
as Herbert Marcuse and 
Larry Fuchs." Sy, who came 
to the University from New 
York City, decided on 
politics as a major. Years 
later, his son, Adam '82, 
also experienced Brandeis's 
wonderful faculty: "Adam 
wound up, curiously 

enough, having Larry Fuchs 
as one of his key professors. 
One of the nice things was 
that Adam was a much 
better student then I was 
(and a magna cum laudc 
graduate). Larry reminds me 
of that all the time. We 
didn't know it, but when 
Larry taught us, he was 
probably 27 or 28. He taught 
American history, 
American politics, and 
American civilization," 
says Sy. 

Debby remembers that all 
the professors had accents. 
"We became very adept at 
listening to them. I'm a 
musician, anyway, so I 
listen very carefully. We 
had to be translating in our 
heads as we went along." 
She also notes that all the 
classes were quite small, 
especially in the philosophy 
department. A required 
course in physical science 
that everybody had to take 
would assemble in Ford 
Hall, m the auditorium. "All 
of us, probably the entire 
class, were in the lecture. 
Our whole graduating class 
was under 250," says 
Debby, noting that "we 
have reconnected with 
some of them at Reunions." 

Debby grew up in Joliet, 
Illinois, a small town that 
had a very active music 
program in the schools. She 
attended the University of 
Illinois, a music major 
studying voice in the liberal 
arts department, before she 
transferred to Brandeis as a 
sophomore. At Brandeis she 
continued voice lessons, 
and sang in the choir. Erwin 
Bodky, who was head of the 
music department at that 
time, arranged for her to 

take voice lessons at the 
New England Conservatory 
and receive credit at 

Although never a full-scale 
professional, Debby has 
sung all her life, mostly in 
choirs, sometimes as a 
soloist. The best experience 
she ever had, she says, was 
as a professional chorister 
with the San Francisco 
opera for two seasons. 
Debby is currently a 
member of The Zamir 
Chorale of Boston, along 
with many Brandeis alumni 
and at least two current 

Debby met Sy in a French 
class as a sophomore. They 
were married during 
December break of their 
senior year, when Debby 
was 21 and Sy was 20 and 
one-half. She explains with 
a laugh that she was 
technically his legal 
guardian until he turned 21. 
"He went to get his polio 
shot at the infirmary, and 
they turned him down, 
saying he needed parental 
permission, because he 
wasn't 21. He said 'What do 
you mean parental 
permission? I'm a married 
man.' So they said, 'Then 
get your wife.'" 

Sy explains what happened 
after they graduated. "I was 
married, and the military in 
those days had a special 
program that if you enlisted 
right after college they 

made you an officer and 
sent you to Europe. We 
thought this was going to be 
a great deal, so I never 
bothered getting a job, but it 
turned out that I had bad 
eyesight, and I was rejected 
by the military. So lo and 
behold, I had to go out and 
get a job." He did, and the 
Raboys moved to Chicago, 
where Sy worked for a 
cosmetics firm as a 
management trainee. But he 
didn't like working for a 
large organization, so he 
went into the insurance 
business and moved the 
family to San Francisco. Sy 
went on to own an agency, 
then moved to Connecticut 
Mutual Life Insurance 
Company, where he was a 
corporate executive, then 
president. In 1990 he joined 
the U.S. headquarters of Sun 
Life of Canada. 

During their lifetimes, the 
Raboys have made 
education a priority. Debby 
and Sy set the example for 
their three children, Adam, 
Alyce, and fames, by 
earning a master of science 
degree in health planning 
from UCLA and an M.B.A. 
from Pepperdine, 
respectively. Adam earned 
an M.B.A. at the Amos 
Tuck School at Dartmouth, 
Alyce went to the 
University of Pennsylvania 
and to UCLA law school, 
and James attended 
Columbia, worked for a 
while, and then earned an 
M.B.A. at the Sloan School 
at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 

But of the three children, 
only one chose Brandeis. 
When asked about this fact, 
Sy remembers with delight, 
"One of the things I've 

59 Winter 1998 

New Alumni Giving 
Society IVIembers 

We are pleased to welcome 
the following alumni as 
new members of the 
Brandeis University Giving 
Societies during the first 
half of the 1998 fiscal year. 
This list includes all alumni 
gifts made from July 1, 1997, 
through February 1, 1998. 

The Supreme Court 
$25,000+ annually 

Adriano Ayuda Arcelo '63 

and Marylou L. Arcelo 
Susan Solender Bailis '67 

and Lawrence N. Bailis 
Larry S. Kanarek '76 and 

Wendee W. Kanarek '77 
Marta Fran Kauffman '78 

and Michael J. Skloff 
Jonathan Landau '68 and 

Barbara Landau 
Esther Osborne-Herman, 

M.A. '58 

learned about my child is if 
I had started promoting 
Brandeis, he would have 
gone to Berkeley. So I had to 
stay pretty much neutral. 
But we were clearly 
delighted that he went to 
Brandeis and I think it was a 
good choice for him." 
Debby muses, "I don't think 
it was the same 
environment that we 
experienced, but Brandeis 
was our turf, and we were 
certainly very comfortable 

A highlight for the Raboys 
was that the year that Adam 
graduated was their 25th 
Reunion. "It was very 
exciting to be the honored 
class at his graduation," 
they say almost in unison. 

Adam, a managing director 
of Donaldson, Lufkin & 
Jenrette in New York City, 
is currently active in 
Brandeis events. He was 
program chair of his 15th 
Reunion last fall and was 
recently a panelist at the 
Real Estate Group kickoff 
reception in New York City 
in March. 

Though the Raboys have 
lived all over the country 
(Chicago, San Francisco, 
Detroit, Los Angeles, 
Hartford), they have now 
come full circle from their 
college days, residing m 
Boston at The Four Seasons. 
Sy explains that in the nice 
weather he enjoys spending 
time in the Public Gardens, 
across from the hotel. "I 
love the ambiance of the 
beautiful setting." 

Debby has not only 
returned to the area, she has 
returned to campus. She 
recently worked on a 

research project for the 
National Center on Women 
and Aging at The Heller 
Graduate School. But when 
Sy was diagnosed with 
cancer, she put everything 
on hold. Sy is undergoing 
an aggressive course of 
chemotherapy, which will 
be followed by an equally 
aggressive course of 
radiation. "I look rather 
like Telly Sevalis," says 
Raboy, mentioning his 
shaved head in place of a 
wonderful head of thick 
white hair. "At the same 
time as the diagnosis came, 
our most recent grandchild 
was born. So it has been 
quite a few weeks," Debby 

The President's Circle 
$10,000-$24,999 annually 

Cindy Sondik Aron '67 and 

Mark G. Aron 
Gary Jacobson '58 and 

Susan Jacobson 
Linda Heller Kamm '61 
Bennett D. Lindenbaum '86 
Matthew A. Lindenbaum 

John D. Morelli '54 and 

Phyllis B. Morelli '54 
Bernard Olshansky, M.S.W. 

Anthony G. Scariano '68 

and Jo Ann W. Scariano 
Alberta Gotthardt Strage '56 

and Henry M. Strage 

The Emet Club 
$5,000-$9,999 annually 

Murray Azaria '58 
Susan Dickler '68 
Allan W. Drachman '58 and 

Judith S. Drachman 
S. David Goldberg '57 and 

Carol Goldberg 
Arnold B. Kanter '64 and 

Carol N. Kanter '65 
Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64 and 

Robert S. Kaplan 
Jess Lynn, M.F.A. '87, and 

Theresa Rebeck, M.A. '83, 

M.F.A. '86, Ph.D. '89 
John J. Petrowsky '73 
Tani Sackler-Krouse '57 and 

Louis J. Krouse 

The Castle Club 
$2,500-$4,999 annually 

Joan Feinberg Berns '70, 

M.A. '71, Ph.D. '74 
Debra Elisa Cohen '81 
Howard G. Foster '64 and 

Laurie L. Foster '66 
Kenneth L. Fox '77 
Judith Yohay Glaser '59 and 

Allan C. Glaser 
Michael D. Goldberg '77 

and Emily Goldberg 
Ellen Gould '67 and 

Daniel Ray 
Michael Hammerschmidt '72 
Gary D. Lander '67 and 

Mildred L. Lander 
Rika Levin '82 and Mark 

Robert S. Matlm '82 and 

Beth K. Matlin 
Leonard A. Miller '64 and 

Susan Sarill Miller '66 
Rachel Kenyon Perkel '87 

60 Brandeis Review 

Lorin L. Rcisnci '83 and 

Miriam S. ludlowe 
Barbara Romanoff Zimet '71 

and Robert E. Zimet 

Justice Brandeis Society 
$1,000-$2,499 annually 

Marsha Tretin Abrams '73 

and Albert D. Abrams 71 
Linda S. Auwers, Ph.D. '71, 

and James H. Jones 
Judy Chazin Bcnnahum '58 

and David A. Bcnnahum 
Martin A. Bloom '79 and 

Dawn Kellogg-Bloom 
Marc J. Bloostein '85 and 

Aviva Jezer '86 
Jeanne Goldberg Bodin '58 

and Murray Bodin 
Judith Korin Boyer '69 and 

David N. Boyer 
Robert Steven Brown '88, 

M.A. '89, andTncia 

Rosanne Cetel '80 and 

Howard B. Cetel '79 
Miriam Tanzer Cohen '77 

and Roy S. Cohen '76 
Steven D. Corkin '78 
Dena Bach Elovitz '82 and 

Gary M. Elovitz 
Donna Medoff Geller '59 

and Emory Geller 
Thomas P. Glynn III, 

M.S.W. '72, Ph.D. '77, and 

Marylou Batt 
Wayne K. Goldstein '83 and 

Tara Goldstein 
William S. Gorin '80 and 

Jody L. Gorin 
David R. Hodes '77 and 

Johe E. Schwab '78 
Judy G. Honig '78 and 

Stephen Robb 
Bernard J. Jacob '77 and 

Shelly W. Jacob 
Dennis M. Kelleher '84 and 

Lin S. Kelleher 
John Norman Korff '73 
Gary B. Korus '82 and 

Deborah P. Korus 
Abby Kimmelman Leigh '70 

and Mitch Leigh 
Barbara Wolgel Levine '77 

and Henry D. Levine 
Deborah Lewis-Idema '65 

and Harry E. Idema 

Steven R. London '11 and 

Paula London 
Michal T. Makar '65 and 

Margaret W. Makar 
David E. Mills '82 and 

Eve R. Mills 
Stuart M. Price '86 and 

Andrea Latt 
Pamela Nash Rohr '82 

and George Rohr 
Jacob D. Rosengarten '11 

and Sheri Rosengarten 
Arline Schwartz Rotman '58 

and Barry S. Rotman 
Adam J. Sheer '92 
Philip Solomon '89 
Natalie Kantor Warshawer '55 

and Robert D. Warshawer 
Elizabeth J. Weiner- 

Schulman '72 and 

Steven A. Schulman 

The 1948 Society 
$500-$999 annually 

Seth K. Arenstein '81 

B. Reuben Auspitz '69 and 

Dawn K. Auspitz 
Jeremy Balmuth '73 and 

Linda G. Balmuth 
Carlton M. Bennett '77 
Fred J. Berg '11 
David J. Berger '82 and 

Nancy E. Berger 
Scott W. Bermack '86 and 

Alison A. Bermack 
Edgar G. Bigornia '82 
Edy Rosenson Blady '82 and 

Howard Blady 
Mark N. Bloom '66 and 

Susan K. Bloom '66 
Jane Willner Bloombarden '72 
Lisa Bouchard '77 and 

Peter R. Hollands 

Arnold R. Bromberg '73 and 

Jane Bromberg 
Hedy R. Cardozo '89 
Nickolai Ivanov 

Chavdarov '91, M.A. '92 
Elizabeth Mehler Cohen '63 

and David M. Cohen 
Neil A. Cohen '92 and 

Sherry U. Marcus-Cohen 
Anita DeVivo '59 
Laurence D. Dobosh '82 and 

Gail L. Dobosh 
Terri E. Donsker, M.A. '94 
Yaron Don '92 
Ann C. Egan '70 
Lee M. Eichhorn '75 and 

William H. Eichhorn '74 
Mitchell Evall '77 and 

Dana L. Perel 
Annette Avner Feldman '82 

and Richard Feldman 
Kenneth Fried '74 
Sidney H. Golub '65 and 

Judith S. Golub 
Linda M. Goudreau '83 
Alan H. Gross 'ld> and 

Lorraine Nardi-Gross 
Nicholas E. Haber '90 
Jamie Adam Halegoua '96 
Julie A. Harris '82 and 

Bruce Bergelson 
Melanie S. Harris '92 
Eugene L. Hoffman '92 
JohnH. Hopps, Ph.D. '71 

and June G. Hopps 
Janna Zwerner Jacobs '11 
James Katz '73 
James J. Kelly, Ph.D. '75 
Caryn Leslie Kmzig '75 

and James A. Kinzig 
David R. Kittay '74 and 

Jan Shlansky-Kittay 
Jessica K. Laufer '79 and 

Neal Halfon 
Herbert M. Lazarus '79 and 

Beth Seibel Lazarus 
Arthur Levine '72 and 

Ellen Levine 
David Michael Levine '83 

and Sheryle S. Levine '85 
Mordecai Levine '79 
Jay Lichman '67 and 

Hennie Sondel 
David H. Lichter '79 and 

Mayra R. Lichter 
Ann L. Marcus '65 and 

Terence La Noue 

Margaret S. Menzin, 

M.A. '67, Ph.D. '70, and 

Marvin Menzin 
Marilyn Siskin Merker '65 

and Charles Merker 
Paul D. Murray Jr. '92 
Sanford Nadelstein '85 
Karen L. Nagle '84 and 

Robert H. Nagle 
Margery L. Ohring '65 
Todd Orlich '89 and 

Jill M. Orhch 
Amy Rothberg Pardo '77 

and Anthony D. Pardo '11 
Joseph W. Perkins '66 and 

Margaret Perkins 
Meg J. Perlman '71 and 

Douglas S. Garr 
John C. Reid '72 and 

Paula P. Reid 
Randall S. Rich '11 and 

Debra L. Rich 
Anne Cohen Richards '65 

and Fred Richards 
Leonard X. Rosenberg '89 

and Arlene D. Rosenberg 
Howard T. Rosenfield '68 

and Mary J. Rosenfield 
Toby R. Serkin '86 
Jay L. Silverberg '83 
Jan K. Stepto Millett '74 and 

Ricardo A. Millett '68, 

M.S.W. '70, Ph.D. '74 
Daniel Stern '86 
Warren Gerald Stone '72 

and Elaine Stone 
Edward Jay Stoppelmann '87 

and Irit L. Stoppelmann '87 
Susan Fritz Sweedler '88 

and Jonathan B. Sweedler 
Neal A. Tolchin '82 
Aviva Werner '82 and 

Ariel D. Teitel 
Carolann Kamens Wiznia '72 

and Robert A. Wiznia 

61 Winter 1998 

Legacy Families Share 
Special Bond 



When children follow their 
parents to Brandeis, a 
special bond is shared — 
experiences that are at once 
similar and yet inherently 
different, suspended in time 
a generation apart. A 
growing number of students 
have one or both parents 
who are Brandeis alumni. 
These legacy families are a 
welcome tribute to the 

Brandeis welcomes these 
current students with 
warmth, appreciation, and a 
wish that as the entire 
alumni family grows, so 
will many more individual 
families enjoy a shared 
Brandeis experience. 

Svein and Purbilien Aass '70 

Ivar P. Aass '00 

Albert '71 and Marsha '73 Abrams 

Marion K. Abrams '00 

Nicholas Accomando '78 

Jaclyn N. Accomando '01 

Judith Adler '70 

Esther D. Adler '99 

Elliot '70 and Claire '68 Asarnow 

Rachel W. Asarnow '99 

Cafer Barkus '71 

Emine Barkus '98 

Alan Bennett '72 

Joseph D. Bennett '00 

Jon Berenson '67 

Abby Arnica Berenson '00 

Harry and Deborah Berkowitz '71 

Andrea P. Berkowitz '99 

Denis Blank '66 

Rebecca A. Blank '98 

Mark and Susan Bloom '66 

Erica V. Bloom '01 

Jane Bloom '63 

Rachel 1. Bloom '99 

MoUyann Blumenthal '68 

Elana J. Blumenthal '98 

Judith Boyer '69 

Rachel A. Boyer '00 

Bertha Braunfeld '74 

Jessica Braunfeld '01 

Ellen Briefel '76 

Joshua P. Briefel '99 

Michael Cabelli '76 

Sara T. Cabelli '00 

Robert Cohen '67 

Craig M. Cohen '01 

Elias Dickerman '66 

Gabrielle R. Dickerman '99 

Donna Divine '63 

Elana S. Divine '01 

Phillip '69 and Karen '70 Falkoff 

Sarah Falkoff '98 

Paul '72 and Esta '73 Parkas 

Melanie S. Farkas '99 

Arthur '67 and Lois '70 Finstein 

Amy D. Finstein '98 and Joshua M. Finstein 


Martin Fisher '69 

Alexander D. Fisher '00 

Michael Freed '64 

Joshua R. Freed '98 

James and Jane Garb '69 

Sarah M. Garb '01 

Joseph Gelbard '70 

Julie D. Gelbard '99 

Sarada George '72 

Erica L. George '00 

Michael Gerver '70 

Miriam L. Gerver '99 

liana Glozman '85 

Johanan Glozman '99 

Lynn Golberstein '76 

Ezra Golberstein '01 

William Goldberg '63 

Abbie E. Goldberg '99 

Paul Goldstein '71 

Lee S. Goldstein '01 

Joel Gore '71 

Meredith L. Gore '99 

Andrew Gottesman '63 

Freyda H. Gottesman '00 

David '71 and Suzanne '72 Gottlieb 

Jeremy M. Gottlieb '98 

Arthur Green '6 1 

Hannah L. Green '99 

Martin Greengrass '70 

Sara D. Greengrass '99 

Martin Gross '72 

Sharon A. Gross '01 

Michael Gundle '66 

Noam J. Gundle '98 

Michael Haimo '63 

Adam F. Haimo '98 

Samuel '68 and Ellin '69 Heilman 

Uriel D. Heilman '98 

Lynda Holmstrom '70 

Gary H. Lytle '98 

Melissa Hommer '70 

Rebecca E. Hommer '98 

Lawrence and Janet Jackel '69 

David A. Jackel '01 

Martin Joffe '75 

Joseph S. Joffe '01 

Joyce Kahn '70 

Sarah B. Kahn '00 

John Kalish '67 

Allison J. Kalish '99 

Martin Kalish '66 

Stephen J. Kalish '98 

Richard '70 and Madeline '67 Karpel 

Emily M. Karpel '99 

Victor Katz '67 

Naomi R. Katz '01 

Charles Klein '67 

Barry J. Klein '00 

Ann-Louise Kleper '70 

Lara M. Levine '01 

Hillel '72 and Caren M.A.'90 Korin 

Joshua H. Korin '01 

Ronald Kronish '68 

Dahlia H. Kronish '99 

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Judith Lasker '69 

Shira L. Siegel '01 

Alan and Judith Leichtner '73 

Amy L. Leichtner '01 

Uya Levkov '69 

Benjamin Levkov '00 

Paula Levy '63 

Heather C. Chaffin '00 

David Merrill '64 

Nathan M. Merrill '00 

Neil Messinger '59 

Gordon M. Messinger '98 

Joel Miller '63 

Shanna G. Miller '01 

Jordan Miller '62 

Gina L. Miller '98 

Ruth Mindick '75 

Joseph S. Joffe '01 

Sharon Mirsky '71 

Joshua E. Mirsky '99 

Adamu Mohammed '74 

Hajiya S. Mohammed '99 

Dale Morse '74 

Joseph A. Morse-Salvati '00 

Michael Moscovich '66 

Abbie L. Moscovich '99 

Richard Mushlin '79 

Sarah K. Mushlin '00 

Rose Myers '69 

Abigail A. Myers '98 

Richard Needleman '65 

Andrew R. Needleman '98 

Wanda Needleman '66 

Daniel Joseph Needleman '98 

Thomas and Stephanie O'Callaghan '64 

Katie D. O'Callaghan '99 

Stephanie Orringer '61 

Neal J. Orringer '98 

Martin Pildis '68 

Sara Kate Pildis '98 

Terry '69 and Barbara '70 Plasse 

Eitan M. Plasse '00 

Samuel Poulten '70 

Benari L. Poulten '99 

Mitchell Pressman '70 

Eric G. Pressman '98 

Benjamin '57 and Jane '64 Ravid 

Michael C. Ravid '01 

Louis '68 and Ronnie '71 Riceberg 

Jessica Lynne Riceberg '98 

Richard Rubin '72 

Lee E, Rubin '00 

Howard Rudnick '76 

Bryan G. Rudnick '00 

Laura Russell '72 

Samuel D. Russell '98 

Robert Safron '66 

Charles J. Safron '98 

Richard and Carol Saivetz '69 

Aliza R. Saivetz '01 

Jeanne Sandberg '71 

Ruth A. Sandberg '98 

Norman '68 and Judith '70 Savage 

Jenna M. Savage '99 

Thomas and Susan Schweitzer '67 

Jason F. Schweitzer '99 

Donald and Risa Segal '69 

Matthew R. Segal '99 

Steven '68 and Norma '67 Shulman 

Dana E. Shulman '00 

Melvin Silberman '64 

Gabriel Z. Silberman '98 

Rita Silverstein '73 

David J. Silverstein '01 

Philip Singerman '65 

Benjamin D. Singerman '99 

Julian Smith '55 

Sonya J. Smith '99 

Sharon Sobel '85 

Allison J. Sobel '99 

Marcia Spector '67 

Daniel I. Omachi '99 

Rhonda Spiro '73 

Michael P. Spiro '01 

Beatrice Stein '68 

Miriam A. Stein '99 

Philippa Strum '59 

David S. Weiss '98 

Robert '66 and Laurie '68 Sunshine 

Joshua D. Sunshine '00 

Mark and Lenore Szuchman '69 

Jeffrey J. Szuchman '99 

Riki Tulin '71 

Joanne R. Tulin '00 

Janet von Reyn '71 

Adam D. von Reyn '99 

Jeffrey Watson '90 

Brian J. Watson '98 

Ronald Weinger '66 

Joshua S. Weinger '00 

Mark and Lucille Weinstein '71 

Adam B. Weinstein '01 

Eugene Wintner '69 

Merissa A. Wintner '00 

Laurence Youell '61 

Erin B. Youell '98 

Deborah Young '71 

Stephen W. Young Jr. '00 

Israel '73 and Nancy '74 Zibman 

Chava E. Zibman '99 

Barry Zimmerman '67 

Corey A. Zimmerman '99 

63 Winter 1998 

Elections n 

Anthony (Tony) Cj 
Scariano '68 

Riihaid Saive 

Richard Saivetz '69 

Architect Richard Saivetz '69 is 
president of Bradford Saivetz ik 
Associates in Braintree, Massachusetts. 
He resides in Newton, Massachusetts, 
with his wife Carol '69. Richard and 
Carol are the parents of Michael '97 
and Aliza '01. 

Richard has been an Annual Fund 
Parents Committee member, 1994-95; 
Brandeis Fellow; former Annual Fund 
chair; Alumni Association Chapter 
president, 1982-84, 1997-present; 
Alumni Association Board member-at- 
large, 1979-82; President's Councilor, 
1980-85; Alumni Leadership 
Conference participant, 1985; 15th 
Reunion cochair, 1983-84; Career 
Counselor, Career Day participant, 
1983; Career Counselor, Architectural 
Planning and Design Panel Member, 
1976; Class Agent, 1975-77; Visiting 
Committee of Architects, 1980; and 
Charette Planning Weekend 
participant, 1997. He is a trustee of the 
Beaver Country Day School and has 
also served in various community 
philanthropic capacities. 

Vice President 

Steplien M. Coan '84, IVI.M.H.S. '90, 
Ph.D. '97 

Stephen is the executive director of the 
Alliance for Education in Worcester, 
Massachusetts. Stephen is married to 
Patricia, lives in Medfield, 
Massachusetts, and has one child. 

Stephen's Brandeis activities include: 
Reunion Program Committee chair, 
1993-94; Alumni Association Affinity 
Group representative, 1995-98; 
Commencement Speaker, 1984, 1997; 

and Heller Alumni Association 
organizing committee. His civic 
activities include serving as a mentor 
with At-Risk Youth and as a member 
of the Mayor's Safe Neighborhoods 
Program, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Vice President 
Lawrence S. Harris '63 

Larry lives in Guilford, Connecticut. 
His Brandeis activities include: 
Alumni Association Executive 
Committee, 1993-94, 1994-95; 30th 
Reunion Gift Committee chair, 1992- 
93; Annual Fund National chair, 1993- 
94; Annual Fund Committee member, 
1996-97; Alumni Leadership Award, 
1995; President's Councilor, March 
1988; and 35th Reunion Committee, 
1997-98. Larry participated in the fune 
1997 Brandeis Summer Music Festival, 
under the direction of the Lydian 
String Quartet. 

Larry is married and the father of three 
children, including Stephen B. Hams '83. 
He is also the father-in-law of Ellen 
Krugman Harris '83. 

Vice President 

Anthony (Tony) G. Scariano '68 

Tony is a partner in the law firm of 
Scariano, Kula, Ellch and Himes in 
Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife lody 
are the parents of three children. Tony 
has been active at Brandeis including: 
30th Gift Committee chair, 1997-98; 
Alumni Association Board member-at- 
large, 1987-90; 20th Gift Committee 
chair, 1987-88; Greater Chicago 
Committee member. Annual Fund 
Leadership Cabinet, 1991-92; Annual 
Fund Committee member, 1981-82, 
1987-88; Alumni Admissions Council 

Vice President 
Ira M. Shoolman '62 

Ira is an attorney, of Counsel with the 
Boston law firm of Perkins, Smith &. 
Cohen, and has offices at Bay Colony 
Corporate Center in Waltham. He lives 
in Wayland, Massachusetts, and is 
married to Linda Rubin Shoolman. 
They have four children. He is the 
brother of Lynne Shoolman Isaacson '52 
and the cousin of Henry Shoolman '63 
and Linda S. Miller-Rice '80. Ira 
studied economics at Brandeis and 
earned a I.D. at Columbia University 
Law School in 1965. 

He is active in Brandeis activities, 
which include: 25th Reunion Program 
Committee chair, 1986-87; 35th 
Reunion Program Committee chair, 
1996-97; President's Councilor, April 
1987; Alumni Association Board 
member-at-large, 1987-90; Annual 
Fund Leadership Cabinet: vice chair for 
Reunion Giving, 1989-90, vice chair 
and chair of regions, 1987-88; Alumni 
Committee member. Dr. Sachar's 90th 
Birthday Celebration, 1989; Greater 
Boston lustice Brandeis Society Dinner 
Dance associate chair, 1989; Class 
Agent, 1983-86; Leadership Gift Agent, 
1981-83; and Life member. Friends of 
Brandeis Athletics. 

He has been involved with various 
civic and philanthropic activities. 

Vice President 
Sharyn T. Sooho '69 

Sharyn is an attorney specializing in 
family/divorce law, with offices in 
Newton. She is the cousin of Francis 
H. Chang '70 and niece of Roberta 
Chin, M.A. '68. Sharyn majored in fine 
arts at Brandeis and earned a J.D. in 
1976 from Boston University School of 
Law. She has been involved in Brandeis 
activities including: Alumni Minority 

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Stephen M. Coan 

Lawience S. Harris '63 

Moit'.s Feldwan '62 

Shuryn T. Sooho '69 

liunes R. Fehon '85 

Network Steering Committee, 1993-94 
and 1996-97; Alumni Association 
member-at-large, 1995-present; 
Alumni Admissions Council member, 
1995-96; 20th Reunion Program 
Committee member, 1988-89; Boston 
Alumni Lawyers Steering Committee, 
1988; Alumni Term Trustee 
Nominating Committee, 1985; and 
Honors Committee chair, 1995- 

She is also a participant in LawTek 
Media Group, LLC, and editor of The 
Family Law Advisor, an e-zine. 

Janet Besso Becker 73 

Janet is the principal of IDN in New 
York. She is married to Neil Becker, 
and they live in New York City. Janet 
has participated in Brandeis activities 
such as: Alumni Association Affinity 
Group representative, 1994-95; Alumni 
Association Executive Committee, 
1995-present; Class correspondent/ 
Class representative, 1995-present; 
President's Councilor, October 1993; 
25th Reunion Program Committee, 
member, 1997-98; Alumni Association 
vice president, 1995-98, 15th Reunion 
cochair, 1987-88; New York Alumni 
Association Chapter president, 1987- 
91; Strategic Planning Committee 
member, 1990-91. 

She is president of 444 CPW Owner's 
Corp, member of FWA, Rotary Club of 
New York, and the Asia Society 
Corporate Sponsorship Committee. 

Moses Feldman '62 

Moses received a Brandeis Pride Award 
in 1997. He is president of Aeromed, 
Inc. in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, a 
manufacturer of specialty parts and 
components for the aerospace and 
medical industries. Moses has served 
on the Board of Directors of 
Commercial Metals Corp., a NYSE 
corporation, for the past 20 years, 
where he is currently a member of the 
audit and compensation committees. 
Residing in Holicong, Pennsylvania, 
Moses is active in civic and 
philanthropic activities. He is a trustee 
of the Feldman Foundation, Dallas, 
Texas; and Executive Committee 
member, the Institute for Social and 
Economic Policy in the Middle East 
(Kennedy School of Government, 
Harvard University). His Brandeis 
activities include 35th Reunion Gift 
Steering Committee member, 1996-97. 

James R. Felton '85 

James is an attorney at Greenberg & 
Bass in Encino, California. Married to 
Robin Felton, the father of two boys 
(Sam and Jonah), he lives in Encino, 
California. His law practice involves 
general business, business litigation, 
and bankruptcy. He is currently the 
cochair of the Business Law and Real 
Property Section of the San Fernando 
Valley Bar Association as well as a 
director of the Valley Community 
Legal Foundation. He is licensed to 
practice law in California and Arizona, 
and is a member of the Los Angeles 
County and American Bar 
Associations. He serves as an arbitrator 
for the Los Angeles Superior Court as 
well as a mediator for the United 
States Bankruptcy Court. His Brandeis 
activities include: Southern California 
Alumni Association Chapter president, 
1995-present; National Alumni Board 
of Directors member, 1995-present; 
Young Leadership Award recipient, 
1995; 10th Reunion Gift Committee 
cochair, 1995; Alumni Chapter Service 
Award recipient, 1994; Alumni 
Admissions Council member, 1986- 
present; Southern California Alumni 
Association Chapter secretary, 1990- 
94; Class correspondent, 1994-present; 
Justice Brandeis Society Gift 
Committee member, 1996-present. 

65 Winter 1998 

Sally M. Glickman '59 


Saily M. Glickman '59 

A Brandeis Fellow since 1975, Sally has 
been an active supporter of the 
University. From 1969 to 1975, she 
held various alumni offices 
culmmating with that of National 
Alumni Association president (1973-75). 
She was the recipient of the 
University's Alumni Service Award 
(1976) and was the first Alumni Term 
Trustee. Recently, she served as a 
Women's Studies Board member 
(1993-95) and has become a Friend of 
Spingold Theater. Along with family 
and friends, Sally has established an 
endowed theater arts scholarship in 
memory of her late husband, Stanley 
A. Glickman '58. 

Currently self-employed, Sally is an 
educational consultant and teacher in 
Newton, Massachusetts. She is a long- 
standing member of Temple Shalom of 
Newton where she participates in the 
Kadima Study Group, a part of the 
Reform Movement's Excellence in 
Congregational Education Program. 
She IS also a member of various 
educational associations and civic and 
philanthropic organizations. 

Sally maintains that her life has been 
deeply enriched and brightened by her 
children, Scott and Marcia Glickman 
and Faith and Fred Rossi, and by her 
grandchildren, Hannah Yael, Sarah 
Ariel, and Talibeth Glickman and A.f. 
and Tyler Marshall Rossi. 

Sally looks forward to serving on the 
Brandeis Alumni Association Board 
once again. 

'iofi Gyasi '79 

Kofi Gyasi 79 

Kofi is a principal hardware engineer at 
MKE-Quantum Components, LLC 
(MKQC) in Shrewsbury, 
Massachusetts. He lives in 
Northborough, Massachusetts. He 
studied physics at Brandeis University 
as a Wien Scholar and went on to earn 
a M.S. from Yale University in applied 
physics. He has been active in Brandeis 
activities: Wicn Board of Overseers, 
1993-95; Wien Alumni Network chair, 
1993-97, vice chair 1989-93; Minority 
Alumni Network Steering Committee, 
1993-94; Alumni Annual Fund 
Strategic Planning Committee, 1992; 
Alumni Admissions Council. 

Ronald L. Kaiserman '63 

Ronald is a general partner in 
Kaiserman Enterprises in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. He is also the president 
of a company building houses in 
Abidjan Ivory Coast, West Africa. He 
lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, 
and is married to Rachelle Levin 
Kaiserman. They have a son and a 
daughter. Ron is the brother of 
Kenneth S. Kaiserman '60, and cousin 
of Michael E. Markovitz '71. He 
studied history at Brandeis and went 
on to earn a law degree at Villanova 

Ron has been involved in civic and 
philanthropic activities including: 
Board member of the Gershman 
YMHA and the Jewish Community 
Centers of Greater Philadelphia boards 
of directors; member. Board of 
Directors of the Philadelphia Chapter 
of the American Jewish Committee; 
member (former president) American 
Music Theater Festival; and member. 
Board of Directors of the Franciscan 
Ministries Foundation. 


Victor R. Ney'81 

He has participated in Brandeis 
activities as a President's Councilor 
and has been an Inner Family member 
since January 1985. 

David M. Levine '83 

David is a corporate partner with an 
emphasis on health care law at Cohen 
and Wolf, P.C. in Bridgeport, 
Connecticut. He lives in Fairfield, 
Connecticut, and is married to Sheryle 
Scharf Levine '85. They have two 
daughters, Elissa and Nicole. David 
founded the Connecticut Chapter of 
the Association in 1990 with a huge 
boost from Linda Scherzer '82, who 
was the guest speaker at the Chapter's 
kickoff event immediately after 
covering the Persian Gulf War from the 
Middle East for CNN. David has also 
been an Alumni Admissions Council 
member, 1990-prcsent; Alumni 
Association Chapter president, 1990- 
present; and 10th Reunion Program 
Committee chair, 1993-94. David 
received the Alumni Association 
Service to Association Award in 1994. 

Besides Brandeis, he has been involved 
in civic and philanthropic activities 
including the Greater Bridgeport 
Jewish Center of Community Service 
and various Fairfield County based 
civic associations and boards. 

Ralph C. Martin II '74 

Ralph is Suffolk County district 
attorney. He is the chief law 
enforcement officer for Boston, 
Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, 

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Ralph C. Martin II 74 

Joan M. Wallack '60 

MiiiLi S. 

Massachusetts. He was the recipient of 
the Brandeis Alumni Achievement 
Award m 1996. In 1997, Ralph received 
the Northeastern University Alumni of 
the Year Award, was included m the 
'100 Most Powerful People in Boston" 
hy Boston Magazine, and was named 
one of the Country's 45 Top Public 
Sector Attorneys by The Ameiican 

A resident of Jamaica Plain, 
Massachusetts, Ralph is married to 
Deborah Scott, and they have three 
children. He maiored in political 
science at Brandeis and went on to 
earn a J.D. at Northeastern University 
Law School in 1978. He participates in 
Brandeis activities including: the 
Alumni Minority Network Steering 
Committee, 1993-94; Alumni Speaker, 
1992-93; Friends of Brandeis Athletics 
Executive Board, 1993-94. 

Ralph participates in numerous civic 
and philanthropic activities, including: 
member, American Bar Association, 
Criminal Justice Section Council; 
trustee, Boston's Children's Hospital; 
member. Board of Directors, Greater 
Boston YMCA; member, Board of 
Directors, The Boys and Girls Clubs of 
Boston; member. Board of Directors, 
Children's Trust Fund; cochair, Boston 
Coalition Drugs in the Workplace 
Taskforce; member, Boston Bar 
Association; and lifetime member, 
Massachusetts Black Lawyers' 

Victor R. Ney '81 

Victor is married to Karen Binder '82. 
They live in Brooklyn and have three 
children. Victor majored in economics 
and history at Brandeis and went on to 
earn an M.B.A. at the University of 
Michigan in 1983. Victor is a vice 
president at Penguin Key Food 
Supermarkets, headquartered in Valley 

Stream, New York. Penguin is a family 
owned chain of supermarkets and is 
part of the Key Food co-op in New 
York City. Victor has been involved 
with Brandeis as an Alumni 
Admissions Council member, 1990- 
present; a 10th Reunion Finance 
Committee member, 1990-91; 15th 
Reunion Program Committee chair, 
1995-96; and chair, 1948 Society, 

Marci S. Sperling '85 

Marci is an attorney at Gessler, 
Hughes &. Socol, Ltd. in Chicago, 
Illinois, and lives in Chicago. The 
sister of Beth S. Landau '87, Marci 
studied psychology at Brandeis and 
went on to earn a J.D. at Georgetown 
University Law Center. She is past 
chair, Chicago Bar Association 
Committee for Homeless and Runaway 
Youth. Marci received the Alumni 
Association Young Leadership Award 
in 1995 and the Alumni Association 
Service to Association Award in 1994. 
She participates in Brandeis activities 
including: Alumni Association 
Chapter president, 1993-95; Alumni 
Chapter Steering Committee, 1989-97; 
Alumni Strategic Planning focus group, 
1990; 10th Reunion Gift Committee 
member, 1994-95; Alumni Admissions 
Council member, 1996-97. 

Joan M. Wallacl( '60 

Joan works in interior design/space 
planning at BKM Total Office m 
Milford, Connecticut. She lives in 
Branford, Connecticut. Married to 
Milton B. Wallack '60, she has two 
children, including Marjorie Wallack '86. 
Joan studied French at Brandeis and 
later earned a CER at Yale University 
in 1989. She has been active at 

Brandeis including: NWC chapter ^| 
president, 1996-97; NWC Library 
Work Scholar, 1995-96; NWC New 
England Regional Board, 1995-96; 35th 
Reunion Gift Committee member, 
1994-95; Class correspondent/Class 
representative, 1993-94; Alumni 
Association Council member, 1973-74; 
35th Reunion Class attendee, 1994-95; 
Brandeis Fellow, 1981-present. 

Paul M. ZIotoff '72 

Paul IS chair of the Board and president 
of Uniprop in Birmingham, Michigan. 
He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 
Married to Linda Yale ZIotoff '72, he 
has two children. Paul is the brother- 
in-law of Gary Yale '75, and the 
brother-in-law of Leah Bishop '75. His 
civic and philanthropic activities 
include: member. Global Board of 
Trustees; Bar-llan, past chair, 
Independent Business Research 
Michigan (BROMI, a joint venture of 
the State of Michigan and the 
University of Michigan that serves as a 
public policy research resource for 
Michigan's small and independent 
businesses. He is active in the fewish 
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and 
has held a number of leadership 
positions. He established a supporting 
foundation at the Jewish Federation of 
Metropolitan Detroit. 

Paul has been active in Brandeis 
activities including: Class of 1972 
Reunion Gift cochair, 1996-97; and 
Annual Fund Committee. 

67 Winter 1998 

Official BafSct 

Brandeis University 
Alumni Association 
Board of Trustees 

For a three-year term 
beginning June 1, 1998 


Richard Saivetz '69 

Vice Presidents 

Stephen M. Coan '84, M.M.H.S. '90, 

Ph.D. '91 

Lawrence S. Harris '63 

Anthony (Tony) G. Scariano '68 

Ira M. Shoolman '62 

Sharyn T. Sooho '69 


Janet Besso Becker '73 
Moses Feldman '62 
James R. Felton '85 
Sally M. Glickman '59 
Kofi Gyasi 19 
Ronald L. Kaiserman '63 
David M. Levine '83 
Ralph C. Martin II '74 
Victor R. Ney '81 
Marci S. Sperling '85 
Joan M. Wallack '60 
Paul M. Zlotoff '72 

I approve the slate as nominated. 

I do not approve the slate. 


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Class Notes 


Sydney Abend, Class 
Correspondent, 304 Concord 
Road, Wayland, MA 01778 

Maureen Kerrigan Angelini has 

participated in 27 elderhostel 
programs since retiring and is a 
member of the Elderhostel 
Speakers Bureau of New England. 
She volunteers at several theaters 
such as the Huntington, 
Merrimack Repertoire, and 
Foothills. Elaine Glenda Kaplan 
Bloom became a grandmother in 
luly Myrna Weiss Davidson has 
been teaching Sunday school for 
the last 12 years. Hannah 
Friedman Goldberg is entering her 
15th year as provost and academic 
vice president of Wheaton 
College. Bennett Gurian retired 
twice and is now workmg part- 
time. He is a weekend 
watercolorist and does creative 
and scientific writing and editing. 
Franklin Siegel spent most of his 
working years with Teledyne and 
Raytheon, where he designed and 
developed medical and military 
electronic equipment and 
circuitry. Franklin retired two- 
and-a-half years ago. Priscilla 
Sawyer Steinberg continues her 
part-time lob as director of the 
Oberlin Chamber of Commerce. 
Lila Liebman Stern enjoys her life 
as a homemaker and 
grandmother. She is still in touch 
with her Brandeis roommate, 
Natalie Alwei! Barnett Judith 
Grunt Sterndale is a retired 
educator. B. Terri Beck Trieger 
has been a decent at the Jewish 
Museum in New York for 23 
years and an outreach lecturer for 
12 years. She has worked as an 
elderhostel presenter and a 
teacher at Dorot's University 
without Walls for four years. Terri 
has been a curator of a Judaica 
Gallery at the Westchester Jewish 
Center for the past two years. 
Corinne Warren Zeman retired in 
June 1997. 


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

Judith Berger Silverman was 

installed as national president for 
Women of Reform Judaism in 
Dallas, TX, on November 2, 1997. 


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

John B. Guarino is now professor 
emeritus at Northern Essex 
Community College. He joined 
the Northern Essex faculty in 
1964 and taught in the 
Department of History and 
Government until he retired last 
fall. John also served the college 
as a member of the budget 

committee, as union president, 
and as a leader on the academic 
and all college councils. 


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

Donald J. Cohen was awarded an 
honorary doctorate by Bar-Ilan 
University for his intellectual 
contributions to the 
understanding and treatment of 
children and adolescents with 
emotional and psychiatric 
disorders worldwide, and for his 
support of projects in psychiatry 
and psychology in Israel. Peter 
Lipsitt took part in a show with 
the Boston Sculptors at Chapel 
Gallery in West Newton, MA. 
Peter does public sculptures in 
steel and bronze. 


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

Phyllis Zweig Chinn was elected 
chair of the mathematics 
department at Humboldt State 

'63 35tli Reunion 

Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #168. New York, NY 10021 

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn |Ph.D. '88, 
sociology! was the recipient of the 

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn 

Jesse Bernard Award for her book 
Bearing Meaning: The Language 
of Birth. This award is given 
annually in recognition of 
scholarly work that has enlarged 
the horizons of sociology to fully 
encompass the role of women in 
society. Robbie is an associate 
professor of sociology at the 
University of Vermont. Felipe B. 
Miranda is a professor of political 
science at the University of the 
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon 
City. He IS president of the 
Philippine Political Science 
Association and chair of the 
Philippine Social Science Council. 
Felipe is a founding fellow of 
Social Weather Stations. 



73 25th Reunion 

Phoebe Epstein, Class 
Correspondent, 205 West 89th 
Street, #10-S, New York, NY 


David Pitt won the 199^ National 
Over-40 Foil Championship in 
Santa Clara, CA, this July. He also 
tenced on the men's toil team of 
the Metropolis Fencing Club 
iNYCl, which took the bronze 
medal m the overall U.S. team 
event. In August, David placed 
fourth in the individual open foil 
competition at the Empire State 
Games in Albany, NY. David is 
chief writer for Carol Bellamy, 
executive director of the United 
Nations Children's Fund. Allyn C. 
Shepard formed the new law firm 
of Sklover, Himmel tx Shepard, 
LLP, emphasizing executive 
employment, compensation and 
severance, and related litigation. 


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

Marsha Weinraub, a psychology 
professor at Temple University, 
was a principal investigator for a 
comprehensive lO-site national 
study that found children up to 

Maisha Weinraub 

the age of 3 in quality day care as 
successful in their intellectual and 
language development as kids 
with stay-at-home moms. Marsha 
reported the study's findings 
before the Congressional Caucus 
for Women's Issues on Capitol Hill. 


Beth Posin UchiU, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02167 

Thomas S. Crow Jr. made his 
comic hook debut with his two- 
page strip, "Mental Hospitals!" 
that appeared in San Francisco 
Comix, No. 7. Christine 
Garniewicz Powell works as a 
graphic artist at Greenfield 
Industries, Inc. in Augusta, GA. 

Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #3-H, New York, NY 10025 

Alice Freund has done 
environmental and occupational 
health and safety work for the last 
20 years in Montclair, NJ. Jane 
"Jan" Lewis is founder and artistic 
director of The lewish Women's 
Theatre Proiect, a new Los 
Angeles-based professional 
company that develops and 
produces plays by Jewish women. 
She has worked with Sharyn 
Abramhoff Shipley (M.F.A. '72, 
theater artsl, among others, to 
produce programming that 
challenges stereotypes, promotes 
positive female role models, and 
explores the enduring questions of 
Jewish identity. 


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

Kathy L. Bell is an assistant 
professor in developmental and 
social psychology. Samuel Brett is 
operating vice president at a new 
Bloomingdale's in Aventura, FL. 
Bernard Lee Crawford, Jr. is an 
attorney with Temple-Inland, 
Incorporated. Robert A. Creo is an 
adjunct law professor at Duquesne 
University School of Law in 
Pittsburgh, PA. He works as an 
arbitrator and mediator for Major 
League Baseball and the National 
Football League. Jack L. Gilron is 
going for tenure as a researcher at 
the Institute of Applied Research 
at Ben Gurion University. Mitchell 
Goldman runs a small 
architectural firm with his wife, 
specializing in commercial, office, 
and university building design. In 
September he served on an alumni 
planning committee that explored 
master planning ideas for the 
Brandeis campus. Neil H. 
Goldstein is president and 
cofounder of Precision Research 
Inc., a clinical research 
organization devoted to phase I-IV 
pharmaceutical research. His Web 
site IS Jonathan 
B. Imber became editor in chief of 
Society magazine in March 1998. 
Society publishes articles, 
commentaries, and book reviews 
by political scientists, sociologists, 
psychologists, and economists. 
Jonathan is professor of sociology 
at Wellesley College. K. 
Kaufmann's first book. The 
Abortion Resource Handbook, was 
published by Simon 6^ Schuster. 
Alan Klein is president and CEO of 
Pediatric Anesthesia Consultants, 
PC, in Denver, CO, and is in his 
second three-year term on the 
American Society of 
Anesthesiologists Committee on 
Pediatrics. Alan is an editor of the 
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia 

newsletter. Janette Rozene 
Moultrie is a librarian at the 
Fashion Institute of Technology. 
She also works as an artist, 
exhibiting oil landscapes and 
portraits Jane Goldman 
Ostrowsky owns Prudential-Edna 
Kranz Realty in Newton Center, 
MA Neil Rosenberg is a 
pulmonary and critical care 
physician in Chicago, IL. Thomas 
Rosensweet is a manager at 
Special Metals and Alloys of 
Metallurg International 
Resources. Steven Shedd works 
for Proteon as vice president of 
finance and chief financial officer. 
Albert Silver works at Andersen 
Consulting, LLP in Wellesley, 
MA. Stephen Simons (M.A. '76, 
Near Eastern and Judaic StudiesI 
IS celebrating his 15th year as 
educational director of 
Congregation Mishkan Tefila. 
Francine Ladd Sohn is a licensed 
clinical social worker in private 
practice and is the president of 
Post Partuni Health Alliance, a 
state-wide nonprofit organization 
whose mission is to raise public 
awareness of postpartum mood 
and anxiety disorders and support 
women experiencing postpartum 
illness. Judith Tolnick is director 
and curator of the Fine Arts 
Center Galleries for the 
University of Rhode Island. 
Pamela Weil is the education 
director at Temple Beth David in 
Westwood, MA. She is vice 
president of the ICC Board this 
year and continues to chair Arts 
and Assemblies at Park School. 
Rafael S. Wurzel is chief of 
urology at New Britain General 
Hospital specializing in male 
infertility and se.xual dysfunction. 
His wife, Lois Gitlin '73, is a part- 
time pathologist and painting 
conservator at the Wadsworth 
Atheneum in Hartford, CT. After 
15 years, Gary A. Zellerbach left 
the hologram business and is now 
working for Sun Microsystems as 
program manager for the Sun 
Developer CD. His Web site is Roberta 
Levi Zimmerman sells real estate 
in greater Portland, ME, and 
volunteers in local schools and 
Jewish organizations. 


Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue 
Suite #4G, New York, NY 10009 

Barbara Alpert's new book. The 
Love of Friends (Berkley Books), 
was selected by the Book-of-the- 
Month Club. Featured in this 
volume on women's friendship 
are Gail Lopata Lennon '75 and 
Mindy Milberg '74, Barbara is also 
the coauthor, with best-selling 
cookbook star JoAnna M. Lund, 
of Cooking Healthy with a Man 
m Mind and has written for 

Lund's weekly PBS television 
program. Help Yourself with 
joAnna Lund. Judy Blumenthal 
Asuleen has established a 
scholarship fund at Brandeis to 
honor the memory of Ellen 

"liana" Raskin '75, who died in 
Jerusalem on May 13, 1996, after 
a courageous struggle with 
cancer. The Ellen "liana" Raskin 
Memorial Fund will award a 
yearly prize to a student majoring 
in women's studies who 
demonstrates a strong love for the 
State of Israel. Please send your 
contributions to: The Ellen 

"liana" Raskin Memorial Fund, 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations, Brandeis 
Universitv, MS 124, RO. Box 
9II0, Waltham, MA 02254. 
Anyone needing more 
information may call Judy at 
954-755-2987. Betty J. Harris, 
associate professor of 
anthropology and director of 
women's studies at the University 
of Oklahoma, completed her term 
as president of the National 
Women's Studies Association. She 
has been awarded a Fulbright 
research grant to South Africa, 
where she will work on a new 
book Margaret Gibbs Ntegeye 
was granted an honorarium by 
Beacham Publications for her 
analyses of Silent Honor and The 
Ranch for The Encyclopedia of 
Popular Fiction. Richard 
Waysdorf is corporate counsel, 
affiliate relations, for Encore 
Media Corporation, a subsidiary 
of TCI. His wife, Julie Abramson, 
is senior director of government 
relations for ICG 
Communications Inc., a major 
local access telephone company 
based in Englewood, CO. 


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

Jeffrey Mermelstein was elected 
president of the Essex County 
Dental Society in New Jersey. He 
IS a general dentist practicing in 
West Orange, NJ. 

78 20th Reunion 

Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street #81, New York, NY 10023 

Don Loeb was awarded tenure as 
associate professor of philosophy 
at the University of Vermont. His 
wife, Barbara Rachelson, is a 
social worker in youth services. 

69 Winter 1998 



Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 



Alexander Nacht 

Adam Jonathan 

September 18, 1997 


Neil B. Kauffman 

Joshua Corey 

March 20, 1997 


Thomas Rosensweet 

Vanessa Claire 

June 20, 1997 


Robert Bluthardt 

Carolyn Frances 

Septembers, 1997 


Cheryl Hashman and 
Steve Sheinman 

Benjamin Isaac 

November 1, 1996 


Nancy Allison Blum 

Ariella Shulameet 

May 16, 1997 

Martin Kupferberg 

Lauren Michelle 

May 20, 1997 

Karen Schiff Leff 

Samantha Michelle 

January 31, 1997 

Deborah Levitin Markowitz 

Eliana Michal 

July 16, 1997 

Lee Schlesinger 

Nathan Dennis 

April 10, 1997 


Linda Blazer Hankin 

Kyra Rose 

May 9, 1995 

Raya Lee 

Julys, 1997 

Ari H. Jaffe 

Ben William 

March 25, 1997 

Clotilde Moynot 

George Oscar Isaac 

July 7, 1997 


Leslie Antin and 
Bruce Levy 

Aaron Beniamm 

July 13, 1997 

Nancy Facher and 


July 11, 1994 

Glenn Wolkenfeld '83 

Shira Facher 

November 16, 1996 


Alan I. Berenbaum 

Sami Caspe 

August 9, 1997 

Lysa Flanz Ginsberg 

Alexa Merlot 

August 15, 1997 

Gail Glickman and 

Avishai Ezra 

March 9, 1997 

Ken White 

Debra Hassenfeld and 

Julia Glenn 

May 7, 1997 

Ken Getz '84 

Abby Goldbloom Helzner 

Leora Esther 

April 8, 1995 

Helene Hirsh and 


February 22, 1997 

Gary Wingens 

Bradd S. Robbins 

Jacob Elliot 

September 12, 1997 

Lee F. Sachnoff 

Samuel Erling 

October 9, 1996 

Doron Stern 


February 7, 1996 


Leslie Gastwirt Bazer 

Oren Matan 

September 19, 1997 

Michael Bernstein 

Joshua David 

April 2, 1997 

Susannah Cohen and 

Alexander Stanley 

October 26, 1996 

Joseph Altman '85 

Yolanda Don Martinez 


January 18, 1995 

Jaime D. Ezratty 

Ethan Meyer 

May 30, 1997 

Beth Messinger Katten 

Samuel Mitchell 

June 16, 1997 

Steffanie Sabbaj 


March 10, 1997 

Jeffrey Stelman 

Amanda Ban 

August 21, 1997 


Amy Buchbinder and 
David Warshay '86 

Alexandra Beth 

June 2, 1997 

Judith Feinson 


August 3, 1997 

Jessica Black Fishman 

Matthew HiUel 

December 15, 1996 

Jill Lenett and 

Karen Amy 

September 9, 1997 

Paul Keller 


Diane Cohen and 

Mallory Claire 

April 27, 1995 

Jason Madfes '86 

Jared Michael 

January 9, 1997 

Juliet Cooper Krumholtz 

Devora Leah 

July 9, 1997 

Peter Levin 

Beniamin Isaac 

July 3, 1997 

Lisa Morse Oren 

Lindsey Beth 

August 6, 1997 

Elaine Sugarman 

Zachary Alexander 

August 18, 1997 


Nicole Fogarty and 
Misael Fossas '85 

Elijah Joseph 

February 29, 1996 

Douglas Fuchs 

Rachael Carolyn 

September 16, 1997 

Andrea Goldoff and 

Emmett Allen 

May 26, 1997 

Brian Dorlester '87 

Dana Lynne Goldblatt 

Morgan David 

January 13, 1997 

Gail Oxfeld Kanef 

Max Samuel 

November 6, 1996 

Andrea Molod and 

Ethan Marshall 

April 15, 1997 

Todd Soloway '88 

Elizabeth Roth Mondschein 

Gabrielle Rebecca 

April 25, 1997 

Lori Bring Olbrys 

liana Michelle 

July 1, 1997 

Beth Rosenberg 

Soma Kineret 

July 19, 1996 

Nicole Freezer Rubens 

Alexa Margo 

February 11, 1997 

Mark A. Saloman 


February 1, 1997 


Ilene Parish and 
Jonathan Gershen 

Adam Gabriel 

May 16, 1997 

Sarah Reines and 


April 13, 1996 

Rich Bornstein '89 


Cheryl Grossman and 
Harold Belkowitz '89 

Allison Rachel 

September 22, 1996 


Noah A. Duke 

Rachel Julia 

August 28, 1997 

Jennifer Wylen and 

Benjamin Moshe 

October 19, 1997 

Scott Tobin '92 


Krista Ferrell and 
James R. Hughes '91 

James Benton 

August 1, 1997 


Lisa Entel and 
Matt Solomson '96 

Hadassah Golda 

March 9, 1997 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angier Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Steven Greenfield, Ed David '79, 
Cary Muschel David '79, foe 
Buonaiuto 79, Howard Scliwartz 
'78, and Bill Kane '78 

Steven Greenfield's Mod 20 from 
1978 was reassembled on luly 3, 
1997, to celebrate Steven's 40th 
birthday party. Lisa Schneider 
Lenkiewicz received a first place 
award in journalism from the 
Society of Professional 
Journalists. She is the managing 
editor of the Connecticut Jewish 
Ledger and resides in West 
Hartford, CT. Eve Edelman Russ 
is administrator for the 
Department of Medicine at 
Albert Einstein College of 
Medicine. She previously worked 
at Montefiore Medical Center for 
17 years. 


Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 965 Buck Road, 
Holland, PA 18966 

Lisa Gelfand Abrams is vice 
president in multinational 
banking at BankBoston. Laura 
Duhan Kaplan is associate 
professor of philosophy at the 
University of North Carolina, 
Charlotte. She coedited two 
scholarly anthologies and 
published a book of personal- 
philosophical essays. Family 
Pictures: A Philosopher Explores 
the Familiar |Open Court 
Publishing, 1997). 


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

Israel-based ]ournalist Michele 
Chabin received a first-prize 
Rockower Award from the 
American Jewish Press 
Association. Michele's winning 
entry, which appeared in the 
B'nai B'rith Monthly magazine, 
depicted the life of Jews in post- 
war Sarajevo. 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid Street 
#3, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Linda Meltzer is a senior claims 
attorney for Texas Property and 
Casualty Insurance Guarantee 

'83 15th Reunion 

Lon Berman Gans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale Road, 
Newton, MA 02168 

Jay R. Afrow is chief of dental 
services for Optima Health Care 
in New Hampshire. His wife, Lois 
Zeller, is staffing director for the 
Mid-Atlantic and New England 
regions of Mariner Health Care. 
Clotilde Moynot is a director and 
an actress in France and in the 
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. Tobi 
Printz is a research associate at 
the Center on Nonprofits and 
Philanthropy of the Urban 
Institute, a social policy think 
tank in Washington, D.C. Sandy 
Weitz IS director of the Pain 
Service and PACU at the 
University of California, San 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, 180 Bellevue 
Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 

Leah Frieda Binder is senior 
analyst for health policy for the 
City of New York. Her husband, 
Sam Lyons Elowitch '92, is an 
editor at KTAV Publishing House 
Inc. in Hoboken, NI. After 
completing a chief residency in 
dermatology, Mitchell Meyerson 
is in private practice on Long 
Island, NY. His wife, Tami Limoni 
'86, began her own law practice. 


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

Gail Glickman and her husband, 
Ken White '83, are in their fifth 
year copublishing The fewish 
News of Western Massachusetts. 
The paper won a Simon Rockower 
Award for editorial excellence in 
1996. Debra Hassenfeld and her 
husband. Ken Getz '84, own 
Centerwatch Inc., the information 
source for the clinical trials 
industry. Ken is the publisher and 
manages the business with 12 full- 
time employees, while Debra 
manages the accounts payable 
department. Their Web site is Abby 
Goldbloom Helzner has been 
working as a high school math 
teacher and volleyball coach at the 
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day 
School in Rockville, MD, for 10 
years. Regina Medina is a reporter 
with the Rochester Democrat and 
Chronicle. She is a Big Sister for a 

News Notes 

local youngster and the editor of 
the Hispanic Leadership 
Development Program's alumni 
newsletter, La Luz. Doron Stern is 
a marketing manager for Bristol 


Beth lacohwitz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, Nl 08003 

Michael Bernstein is partner in 
the law firm of Arnold & Porter. 
He is a resident in the firm's 
Washington, D.C., office and 
practices bankruptcy law. Yolanda 
Don IHartinez moved to Mexico 
City with her husband and son. 
Jeffrey S. Orkin received a 
master's degree in social welfare 
from the University of Wisconsin, 
Milwaukee, Steffanie Sabbaj is an 
immunologist with the AIDS 
Vaccine Evaluation Unit |AVEU) 
at the University of Alabama, 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 1.S3 East 57th 
Street #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Steven E Bizai 

Steven E. Bizar was elected to the 
board of directors of the Epilepsy 
Foundation of Southeastern 
Pennsylvania, a nonprofit 
voluntary health organization that 
provides education, support, and 
advocacy for people with epilepsy 
and their families. Amy 
Buchbinder works as a consultant 
for The New York Times and The 
Boston Globe on special public 
relations projects. She has finished 
building a house with her 
husband, David A. Warshay '86, in 
Westwood, MA Jessica Black 
Fishman started her own public 
relations agency in 1995. 

'88 10th Reunion 

Susan Tevelow Feinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Northfield 
Road, Peabody, MA 01960 

Diane Cohen practices cosmetic 
dermatology with Robert N. 
Cooper, M.D., of Water's Edge 
Laser and Surgery Center in 
Stuart, FL. Her husband, Jason 

Madfes '86, is studying for the 
Florida Bar Exam after practicing 
insurance defense litigation with 
Fixler &Guhno, LLP Eric 
Goldberg is an associate in the 
litigation department of Lane, 
Altman & Owens, LLP. He has 
practiced in Boston for three years 
and concentrates in the area of 
civil litigation Andrea Epstein 
Kamen is an implementation 
specialist for Control Software, 
Inc., a fleet maintenance 
management software company 
based in Wayne, PA. Lisa Cohen 
Klein left the classroom in 1994 to 
become a full-time mom to her 
daughter. Lisa Morse Oren is 
taking some time off from 
practicing psychotherapy to be 
with her new daughter. Joey Trotz 
is the director of new media for 
The Augusta Chronicle, managing 
the daily paper's Web site as well 
as AugustaGolf, a Masters golf 
tournament site in conjunction 
with Sports Illustrated. The golf 
site won a prestigious award from 
the Newspaper Association of 
America, the Digital Edge Award, 
known as "the Edgie," for Best 
Interactive Feature. 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Morrill Street, 
Newton, MA 02165 

Alec Anders finished his final year 
of residency in family practice at 
Georgetown University. He joins 
his father as a physician in private 
practice in Greenbelt, MD. Amy 
R. Barlow is entering a master's 
program for her nurse practitioner 
degree at the University of 
Maryland. She had worked as a 
registered nurse at lohns Hopkins 
University Hospital since 
receiving her B.S.N, there in 1995. 
Paul Beck is in his second year of 
the M.B.A. program at the 
University of Southern California. 
He is also director of 
merchandising for the Business 
School, a teacher's assistant for a 
marketing class, and cofounder of 
the use publication Core 
Competencies. Rich Bornstein 
was graduated from Brooklyn Law 
School in June and works as a 
corporate associate at Squadron, 
Ellenoff, Plesent, & Shemfeld, LLP 
in New York, NY. Amy Coty left 
her position as vice president of 
institutional sales at Frefco Inc., 
to become director of investor 
relations for Webster Management 
Group Inc., in Chicago, IL. 
Webster is a commodity trading 
advisor managing $85 million in 
client funds Robert Faberman is a 
fourth-year radiology resident at 
Rhode Island Hospital in 
Providence, RI. His wife, Brenda 
Berger, is a registered pharmacist 
at CVS in Providence, RI. David 

M. Feldbaum is completing his 
chief resident year in general 
surgery at the Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine/Montefiore 
Medical Center. He worked with 
William Sonstein '88, 
neurosurgery, and Ron Bakal, 
urology, during his training. Jason 
S. Freeman is doing a cardiology 
fellowship at North Shore 
University Hospital in New York. 
Douglas Fuchs works for the 
Town of Ridgefield (CT| police 
department and was promoted to 
the rank of lieutenant. He is 
enrolled in a master's of lustice 
administration program at the 
Western Connecticut State 
University. Alan L Glaser joined 
an internal medicine practice at 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Alan 
volunteers for the Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies, where he 
cochairs the Young Leadership 
Division's Community Action 
Committee. Dana Lynne 
Goldblatt IS an Internet 
application developer for SAS 
Institute in Gary, NC. Glenn Grey 
completed his residency in 
anesthesiology at Columbia 
Presbyterian Medical Center and 
IS now in private practice on Long 
Island, NY. Mark Harrington is 
deputy city attorney in Park City, 
UT. His areas of practice include 
land use, constitutional and 
ccmtract law, and Olympic 
planning. Park City contains 
several venues of the 2002 Winter 
Olympics. Mark also coaches a 
youth biathlon team (cross 
country skiing and shooting) for 
the National Sports Foundation. 
Laurie J. Hirsch was graduated 
from the University of Michigan 
with an M.B.A. in April 1995. She 
IS working in Madison, WI, for 
Kraft Foods in the Oscar Mayer 
division. Laurie is with the brand 
management group, marketing 
products to consumers and to 
customers. Jill Postelnek Karliner 
works as a staff psychologist with 
severely emotionally disturbed 
children at the Lifeline Center for 
Child Development. Michael Katz 
writes computer games in Seattle, 
WA Sheri Keller Katz practices 
law in Manhattan, NY. George 
Kirychuk is in his eighth year of 
teaching at Upton Lake Christian 
School. He has taught at the 
Summer Institute for the Gifted at 
Vassar College for the past three 
years. His wife, Karen Waters, is a 
homemaker and homeschools two 
of their children. Rachel Levins is 
attending Yale Medical School. 
Her husband, Dan Kazer '88, is a 
cabinet and furniture maker in 
Guilford, CT Steven Mirmina 
specializes in aviation law at 
Crowell &. Moring in Washington, 
D.C. He received his L.L.M. in 
international law and spent four 
years teaching and practicing 
independent consulting at Leiden 

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University in the Netherlands and 
throughout Europe. Jennifer A. 
Morse is certified to teach 
elementary school in 
Pennsylvania. Richard "Richie" 
Nockowitz and his wife, Stacy 
Kanalstein, moved to Columbus, 
OH, where Richie is director of 
consultation psychiatry at Ohio 
State University Hospital. Stacy is 
enrolled at the Hebrew University 
Melton School. Peter Richman 
practices emergency medicine in 
northern New lersey. Nicole 
Freezer Rubens is a private art 
consultant, Beth Rosenberg is a 
freelance writer and editor on 
Martha's Vineyard. Her most 
recent proiect is the editorial 
direction of The Internet-Haters' 
Handbook. Mark A. Saloman is an 
associate with Grotta, Glassman 
& Hoffman, RA., specializing in 
employment litigation and civil 
rights defense on behalf of 
management. Mark is a certified 
ski instructor. Michael Sandler is 
working as a legal recruiter in 
New York. Fran Genn Saperstein 
manages Southwest Pulmonary 
Associates, the largest pulmonary 
practice in Dallas, TX. Lisette 
Sarfaty is a teacher in the hotel 
management and tourism faculty 
at Universidad San Ignacio De 
Loyola in Lima, Peru. Ellen 
Seidman is an articles editor for 
Glamour magazine. 


ludith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue #9E, New York, NY 10016 

Barbara Brot works as assistant 
principal of education at Temple 
Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, 
VA. Her husband, Scott Bailey '89, 
IS the Hillel director at George 
Mason University in Fairfax, VA. 
Hillel N. Cooperman works for 
Microsoft as the program manager 
of Internet Explorer and lava tor 
the Macintosh. Babak Namazi 
moved to Washington, DC, after 
working for a business litigation 
firm in Los Angeles, CA. Babak is 
a founding partner of a consulting 
firm that provides services to 
multinational companies 
interested in investing m the 
Middle East and the Caspian 
littoral states. Alyson Tarr Popper 
received her Certified Financial 
Planner |CFP) designation. She is a 
divisional vice president in 
PaineWebber's financial planning 
department. Sarah H. Reines 
|M.A. '92, Jewish communal 
service] was ordained as rabbi by 
Hebrew Union College. She is an 
assistant rabbi of Central 
Synagogue in New York City, NY. 
Lisa Beth Silverstein was ordained 
as rabbi by Hebrew Union 
College. She works as assistant 
rabbi of Temple Chai m Phoemx, AZ. 

Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1624 Richmond 
Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Mark Albert received his M.B.A. 
from the University of Michigan. 
He is an investment management 
researcher for M&.T Capital 
Advisors Group. David Fine 
received his master's degree in 
Jewish history from the Jewish 
Theological Seminary of America. 
Tal (Todd R. Jones) Golan returned 
to the United States in 1996 after 
spending two-and-one-half years 
in Israel. Tal opened OpticNerve 
Inc., an Internet/database software 
consulting firm. His Web site is Jonathan 
C. Hamilton is editor m chief of 
the Viigmia Journal of 
International Law at the 
University of Virginia School of 
Law. He has been named a Hardy 
Cross Dillard Fellow and awarded 
a Raven Society Fellowship for 
foreign legal research. Charles 
Savenot is chair of the Committee 
on lewish Education for the 
Chicago Board of Rabbis. Charlie 
serves as assistant rabbi at the 
Anshe Emet Synagogue in 
Chicago, IL. 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 955 S. Springfield 
Avenue #1205, Springfield, NJ 

Cheryl H. Knoepler went to Israel 
after completing her assignment 
as an angiographic technician for 
the Boston Heart Foundation in 
Cambridge, MA. She spent two 
months as a civilian volunteer in 
the Israel Defense Force, army and 
air force divisions. She then 
participated m Livnot 
U'lehibanot, a three-month 
community service/Iewish 
education/hiking program. Dan J. 
Merenstein was graduated from 
Thomas lefferson University. He 
works in a family practice 
residency at Fairfax Hospital in 
Virginia Abigail Loss Reiken 
teaches at the Solomon Schechter 
School of Westchester, NY. She 
earned her master's degree in 
education in 1994. Jennifer Rogin 
received her M.S. degree from 
Columbia University in social 
work administration and 
planning. She is working as an 
associate at JFM Productions, a 
special events production 
company in Manhattan. 

'93 5th Reunion 

|osh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, II Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Alexandra Haber is an editor at 
University Publishing Proiccts in 
Israel. Her husband, Barak Bar 
Cohen '92, is vice president at 
Zannex and Co., an Israeli 

investment banking firm. Larry F. 
Chu (M.S. '9i, biochemistryl 
completed his fourth year of 
medical school at the Stanford 
University School of Medicine. 
Sara Chandros Hull is pursuing 
her Ph.D. in bioethics and health 
policy at The Johns Hopkins 
University. She is directing a 
study on medical information 
privacy and health insurance 
issues for people with genetic 
conditions. Tobi Printz is a 
research associate at the Center 
on Nonprofits and Philanthropy of 
the Urban Institute, a social 
policy think tank in Washington, 
DC Robert Siegel was head of 
marketing communications for 
Warp Drive Networks, a wireless 
high-speed Internet access start-up 
company in Silicon Valley. He 
moved to Bloomington, IN, to 
pursue an M.B.A./J.D. at Indiana 
University. Daniel Silver is an 
associate at the firm of Gadsby & 
Hannah in Boston, MA, practicing 
business and corporate law. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof, Class 
Correspondent, I640McIntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 

Amy Fishbein is an assistant 
editor at the Woman's Day special 
interest publications in New York 
City, NY. Eric Grossman is m his 
fourth year at lefferson Medical 
College. He is chair of the 
Governing Council of the 
Pennsylvania Medical Society's 
Medical Student Section. He also 
serves as the Pennsylvania State 
chair of the American Medical 
Association's Medical Student 
Section Lauren Schwartz Harnick 
was graduated from Hofstra Law 
School in May 1997. Krista Ferrell 
Hughes was graduated from 
Drexel University with a master 
of science degree m information 
science and technology. Sharon A. 
Kahn is studying for a law degree 
at Hofstra University. Her 
husband, L.M. Bernstein '92, 
received his J.D. from Brooklyn 
Law School and is an associate in 
a real estate practice in Garden 
City, NY. Seth Marshall Kessler is 
pursuing his MBA. at Wharton 
Business School at the University 
of Pennsylvania. He previously 
worked as associate editor of 
Beacon Research Group Inc. in 
Watertown, MA, and as an editor 
of The Essential Business Buyer's 
Guide (Sourcebooks, 1997). 
Audrey Latman is a staff associate 
producer for the CBS News 
Investigative Unit, working on 
pieces for evening and morning 
news, 60 Minutes, and other 
news-related shows. Susan Lewis 
is vice president of an executive 
search firm, specializing in 
working with the video game 
industry. She is also in the process 

of setting up an agenting company 
with several partners. Kimberlee 
Tarr is pursuing a Ph.D. in 
philosophy at the Universrty of 
Wisconsin, Madison. She works as 
an instructor in the 
communication arts department, 
teaching public speaking. 


Suzanne Lavin, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Rowayton 
Woods Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854 

Lisa Entel was a medical librarian 
at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in 
RockviUe, MD. Her husband. 
Matt Solomson '96, worked as a 
research associate at National 
Economic Research Associates 
(NERAI in Washington, D.C. They 
are currently spending this year in 
Israel, where Matt is studying at 
Ycshiva University in lerusalem. 
David Kaufman completed his 
M.A. in journalism at New York 
Universrty and works as a staff 
writer for Shoot Magazine. He is a 
regular contributor to the New 
York Times Magazine, Conde 
Nasi Traveler, and Swing 
Magazine. Jesse Schneider is 
studying toward his J.D. at the 
New York University School of 
Law. Risa Soble was married to 
Noah Carp on December 28, 1997, 
in Dallas, TX. Michael Sugar is 
beginning a limited liability 
company, Seven Dreams. The 
company conducts dream analysis 
via telephone. 


Janet I. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 

Megan Healy has returned to 
Brandeis and is now working as a 
staff assistant in the Office for 
Planned and Major Gifts. Susan 
Hendrick attends the University 
of Denver, College of Law. Alexis 
Kulick IS in her second year of a 
Ph.D. program in clinical 
psychology at Bowling Green 
State University. She conducts 
research on the effect that media 
portrayals of alcohol have on 
consumption in adolescents. 
Martin Lieberman is a member of 
the content development team at 
Ivy Productions in Boston, MA. 
The company produces an on-line 
career guide located at 
Alison Sherwat is a paralegal at 
Testa, Hurwitz &. Thibeault in 
Boston, MA. J.D. Siegel works in 
human resource development at 
the corporate offrces of Staples 
Inc., as a communications 
specialist. He writes articles for 
company-wide news and 
management development 
publications, speeches for the 
executives, and content for the 
Staples' Internet. Paula Szuchman 
is an assistant editor at Conde 
Nasi Traveler magazine in New 
York Crty. 

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Judaism with 20 other women 
from around the world- Maya 
Holtz IS enrolled m the IS-month 
Heller master's program at 
Brandeis. She is living in Porter 
Square with Alisa Zelman. Alisa 
works for an AmeriCorp program 
called Magic Me, which unites 
inner-city children and the 
elderly. Bari Kleiner made aliyah 
to Israel and lives and works in 
Jerusalem. Andy Margolis is a 
paralegal at McDermott, Will, &. 
Emery. Andy still arranges music 
for Spur of the Moment. Greta 
Mendelsohn works in sales and 
marketing for Faye Mendelsohn 
Cosmetics Inc Abigail Michelson 
is in the Heller master's program 
at Brandeis Evan Mulhojland is 
taking a year off and living in 
Washington, D.C., before law 
school in September 1998. Stacy 
Norden works at AIC conferences 
as a conference administrator. She 
assists in the planning of finance 
and telecommunication 
conferences Joanna Rothman is 
attending Christie's Education in 
London to become certified in fine 
and decorative arts. Brett S. Ward 
is attending the Benjamin Cardozo 
School of Law at Yeshiva 


programming. Ira Rosenstein 

(M.P.A. '72, theater arts] is a talk 
show screener at WOR-AM in 
New York City, NY. He 
previously worked as a reporter 
for WBAIFM. Sherri Silverman 
(M.A. '74, EnglishI is an art 
history and humanities adjunct 
faculty at TV! Community 
College in Albuquerque. Sherri 
gave a slide lecture on "The Tree 
of Life m Art and Literature" at 
the Center for Contemporary Art 
and a poetry reading in the state 
Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe last 
May. Howard Tinberg (Ph.D. '82, 
English) published the book 
Border Talk: Writing and 
Knowing m the Two-Year College 
(National Council of Teachers of 
English). Mary Wakeman (MA. 
'62, Ph.D. '69, Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies) retired from her 
position as associate professor of 
religious and women's studies at 
the University of North Carolina, 


Class Name 


1979 Lisa Fruitt to Gary Markowitz 

1980 Lisa Gelland to Alan M. Abrams 

1984 Leah Frieda Binder to 
Sam Lyons Elowitch '92 

1985 Abby Goldbloom to David Helzner 

1988 Andrea Epstein to Hershel Kamen 
Andres Rubinstein to Suzette Simon 
Elise Schlackman to Ian Steinberg 

1989 Alec Anders to Andrea Kay 
Amy R. Barlow to Coralia Pineda 
Anil V. George to Subin Mathai 
Glenn Grey to Shan Shapero 
Wendy Reimer to Andrew Sherman 

1990 Ivan Alter to Ilyssa Rothman 
Barbara Brot to Scott Bailey '89 
Michele H. Siegal to )onathan Brooks 

1991 Mark Albert to Suzanne Singerman 
David Fine to lulie Goldstein 

Tal (Todd R. Jones) Golan to 
Andrea August Cohen 

1992 Abigail Loss to Steven Reiken 
Dana Rose to Jared Barbin '93 

1993 Alexandra Haber to Barak Bar Cohen '92 
Miriam Steinberg to Alan Pomeranz 
Elizabeth (Eli) Stember to Alan Scholsberg 
Kate Sterner to Tal Shaffer 

1994 Sharon Kahn to 
Lawrence Marc Bernstein '92 
Lauren Beth Schwartz to 
Thomas Jonathan Harnick 

1995 Jesse Schneider to Stacey Baron 
Risa Soble to Noah Carp 

1996 Beryl Rush to Marc Tritel 

May 25, 1997 
October 20, 1996 
May 24, 1997 

June 21, 1992 
April 5, 1997 
August 31, 1997 
September 14, 1997 
November 10, 1996 
June 21, 1997 
September 1, 1997 
December 14, 1996 
July 19, 1997 
March 29, 1997 
June 2, 1996 
August 9, 1997 
August 23, 1997 
September 1, 1997 
March 29, 1997 

July 27, 1997 
June 29, 1997 
September 16, 1997 
June 15, 1997 
June 8, 1997 
October 26, 1997 
August 17, 1997 

September 7, 1997 

August 17, 1997 
December 28, 1997 
June 8, 1997 


Bruce Fiedler '87 passed away in 
February 1997 due to liver and 
lung failure. He died in San 
Francisco, CA, where he had been 
working for Keen & McKessen. 
Bruce worked very hard and was 
highly regarded by his peers and 
superiors. Over the years, Bruce 
donated countless hours and 
holidays working in soup 
kitchens, homeless shelters, and 
caring for the elderly and people 
with AIDS. Sidney Goldfader '54 
died of cancer at his home on 
April 17, 1997. Sidney holds 
school records in career and 
single-season rushing at Brandeis. 
He was the first football player to 
make the All New England 
College All-Star Team and was a 
two-time winner of the Joseph 
Lindsey Award for athletic 
achievement at Brandeis. Sidney 
served as the director of Alumni 
Affairs at Brandeis in the 1970s. 

During that time he cofounded 
Friends of Brandeis Athletics. 
Sidney was the recipient of the 
Brandeis Distinguished Alumni 
Award m 1973 and was also one of 
the 10 inaugural inductees into 
the Brandeis University Athletic 
Hall of Fame Elaine Richardson '53 
died on October 18, 1996. A 
ftirmer actress and model, Elaine 
toured the United States in Look 
Homeward. Angel and appeared in 
several movies, including 
Brubaker. Elaine also designed 
sets for Boston Post Road Stage 
Company, MAPS, and the 
Theater Artists' Workshop of 
Connecticut, of which she was a 
proud member. 

Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or loss. 

73 Winter 1998 

University in the Netherlands and 
throughout Europe, Jennifer A. 
Morse is certihed to teach 
elementary school in 
Pennsylvania. Richard "Richie" 
Nockowitz and his wile, Stacy 
Kanalstein, moved to Columbus, 
OH, where Richie is director of 
consultation psychiatry at Ohio 
State University Hospital Stacy is 
enrolled at the Hebrew University 
Melton School. Peter Richman 
practices emergency medicine in 
northern New lersey. Nicole 
Freezer Ruben,s is a private art 
consultant. Beth Rosenberg is a 
freelance writer and editor on 
Martha's Vineyard, Her most 
recent project is the editorial 
direction of The Internet-Haters' 
Handbook. Mark A. Saloman is an 
associate with Grotta, Glassman 
&. Hoffman, PA., specializing m 
employment litigation and civil 
rights defense on behalf of 
management. Mark is a certified 
ski instructor. Michael Sandler is 
working as a legal recruiter m 
New York. Fran Genn Saperstein 
manages Southwest Pulmonary 
Associates, the largest pulmonary 
practice in Dallas, TX. Lisette 
Sarfaty is a teacher in the hotel 
management and tourism faculty 
at Universidad San Ignacio De 
Loyola in Lima, Peru. Ellen 
Seidman is an articles editor lor 
Glamour magazine. 


ludith Libhaber Weber, Class 
Correspondent, 66 Madison 
Avenue #9E, New York, NY 10016 

Barbara Brot works as assistant 
principal of education at Temple 
Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, 
VA. Her husband, Scott Bailey '89, 
is the HiUel director at George 
Mason University in Fairfax, VA. 
Hillel N. Cooperman works for 
Microsoft as the program manager 
of Internet E.xplorer and lava lor 
the Macintosh. Babak Namazi 
moved to Washington, DC, after 
working for a business litigation 
firm in Los Angeles, CA. Babak is 
a founding partner of a consulting 
firm that provides services to 
multinational companies 
interested in investing in the 
Middle East and the Caspian 
littoral states Alyson Tarr Popper 
received her Certified Financial 
Planner |CFP) designation. She is a 
divisional vice president in 
PaineWebber's financial planning 
department. Sarah H. Reines 
(M.A. '92, Jewish communal 
service) was ordained as rabbi by 
Hebrew Union College. She is an 
assistant rabbi of Central 
Synagogue in New York City, NY. 
Lisa Beth Silverstein was ordained 
as rabbi by Hebrew Union 
College. She works as assistant 
rabbi of Temple Chai m Phoenix, AZ. 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1624 Richmond 
Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Mark Albert received his M.B.A. 
from the University of Michigan. 
He is an investment management 
researcher for M&T Capital 
Advisors Group. David Fine 
recerved his master's degree in 
Jewish history from the Jewish 
Theological Seminary of America. 
Tal (Todd R. Jones) Golan returned 
to the United States in 1996 alter 
spending two-and-one-half years 
in Israel Tal opened OpticNerve 
Inc., an Internet/database software 
consulting firm. His Web site is Jonathan 
C. Hamilton is editor in chief of 
the Virginia Journal of 
International Law at the 
University of Virginia School of 
Law. He has been named a Hardy 
Cross DiUard Fellow and awarded 
a Raven Society Fellowship for 
foreign legal research. Charles 
Savenor is chair of the Committee 
on Jewish Education for the 
Chicago Board of Rabbis. Charlie 
serves as assistant rabbi at the 
Anshe Emet Synagogue in 
Chicago, IL. 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 955 S. Springfield 
Avenue #1205, Springfield, NJ 

Cheryl H. Knoepler went to Israel 
after completing her assignment 
as an angiographic technician for 
the Boston Heart Foundation in 
Cambridge, MA. She spent two 
months as a civilian volunteer in 
the Israel Defense Force, army and 
air force divisions. She then 
participated in Livnot 
U'lehibanot, a three-month 
community service/Jewish 
education/hiking program. Dan J. 
Merenstein was graduated from 
Thomas Jefferson University. He 
works in a family practice 
residency at Fairfax Hospital in 
Virgrnia Abigail Loss Reiken 
teaches at the Solomon Schechter 
School of Westchester, NY. She 
earned her master's degree in 
education in 1994. Jennifer Rogin 
received her M.S. degree from 
Columbia University in social 
work administration and 
planning. She is working as an 
associate at JEM Productions, a 
special events production 
companv in Manhattan. 

'93 5th Reunion 

Josh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Alexandra Haber is an editor at 
University Publishing Projects in 
Israel. Her husband, Barak Bar 
Cohen '92, is vice president at 
Zannex and Co., an Israeli 

Chu (MS 
medical si 
Sara Char 
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study on i 
privacy ai 

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business . 


Sandy Kii 

Correspoiiia«-iiv, iw-rv/i»i»-»iii.7»^ 

Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 

Amy Fishbein is an assistant 
editor at the Woman's Day special 
interest publications in New York 
City, NY. Eric Grossman is m his 
fourth year at Jefferson Medical 
College. He is chair of the 
Governing Council of the 
Pennsylvania Medical Society's 
Medical Student Section. He also 
serves as the Pennsylvania State 
chair of the American Medical 
Association's Medical Student 
Section Lauren Schwartz Harnick 
was graduated from Hofstra Law 
School in May 1997. Krista Ferrell 
Hughes was graduated from 
Drexel Unrversity with a master 
of science degree in information 
science and technology. Sharon A. 
Kahn is studying for a law degree 
at Hofstra University. Her 
husband, L.M. Bernstein '92, 
received his J.D. from Brooklyn 
Law School and is an associate in 
a real estate practice in Garden 
City, NY. Seth Marshall Kessler is 
pursuing his MBA. at Wharton 
Business School at the University 
of Pennsylvania. He previously 
worked as associate editor of 
Beacon Research Group Inc. in 
Watertown, MA, and as an editor 
of The Essential Business Buyer's 
Guide (Sourcebooks, 1997). 
Audrey Latman is a staff associate 
producer for the CBS News 
Investigative Unit, working on 
pieces for evening and morning 
news, 60 Minutes, and other 
news-related shows. Susan Lewis 
IS vice presrdent of an executive 
search firm, specializing in 
working with the video game 
industry. She is also in the process 






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studying toward his ID. at the 
New York Unrversity School of 
Law Risa Soble was married to 
Noah Carp on December 28, 1997, 
in Dallas, TX. Michael Sugar is 
beginning a limited liability 
company. Seven Dreams. The 
company conducts dream analysis 
via telephone. 


Janet J. Lipinan, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 

Megan Healy has returned to 
Brandeis and is now working as a 
staff assistant in the Office lor 
Planned and Maior Gifts. Susan 
Hendrick attends the University 
of Denver, College of Law. Alexis 
Kulick IS in her second year of a 
PhD program m clinical 
psychology at Bowling Green 
State University. She conducts 
research on the effect that media 
portrayals of alcohol have on 
consumption in adolescents. 
Martin Lieberman is a member of 
the content development team at 
Ivy Productions in Boston, MA. 
The company produces an on-line 
career guide located at 
Alison Sherwat is a paralegal at 
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in 
Boston, MA. J.D. Siegel works in 
human resource development at 
the corporate offices of Staples 
Inc., as a communications 
specialist. He writes articles for 
company-wide news and 
management development 
publications, speeches for the 
executtves, and content for the 
Staples' Internet. Paula Szuchman 
is an assistant editor at Conde 
Nast Traveler magazine in New 
York City. 

72 Brandeis Review 



Joshua Firstenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 24685 
Twickenham Drive, Beachwood, 
OH 44122 

Pegah Hendizadeh, Class 
Correspondent, 57 Thornridge 
Drive, Stamford, CT 06903 

Andrew L. Cohen is teaching for a 
two-year assignment in the 
Yamada school system outside of 
Tokyo, Japan. Greg Cohen is 
studying at the New York College 
of Pediatric Medicine. Matthew A. 
Cohen is a full-time medical 
student at Tufts University School 
of Medicine. Jenny Frances is 
attending the Columbia 
University School of Public 
Health for a master's in health 
policy and management Rachel 
Grandberg is living and working 
in Jerusalem for the year. Dana 
Grow IS in the Post-Baccalaureate 
Premedical Program at Brandeis. 
Pegah Hendizadeh is a 
compensation and performance 
management consultant at KPMG 
Peat Marwick, LLP. She spent the 
summer of 1997 in Israel learning 
about women's issues in Israel and 
Judaism with 20 other women 
from around the world. Maya 
Holtz IS enrolled in the 15-month 
Heller master's program at 
Brandeis. She is living in Porter 
Square with Alisa Zelman. Alisa 
works for an AmenCorp program 
called Magic Me, which unites 
inner-city children and the 
elderly. Bari Kleiner made aliyah 
to Israel and lives and works in 
Jerusalem. Andy Margolis is a 
paralegal at McDermott, Will, & 
Emery. Andy still arranges music 
for Spur of the Moment. Greta 
Mendelsohn works m sales and 
marketing for Faye Mendelsohn 
Cosmetics Inc. Abigail Michelson 
is in the Heller master's program 
at Brandeis. Evan MulhoUand is 
taking a year off and living in 
Washington, D.C., before law 
school in September 1998. Stacy 
Norden works at AIC conferences 
as a conference administrator. She 
assists in the planning of finance 
and telecommunication 
conferences. Joanna Rothman is 
attending Christie's Education in 
London to become certified in fine 
and decorative arts. Brett S. Ward 
is attending the Benjamin Cardozo 
School of Law at Yeshiva 

Class Name 



James R. Hughes (Ph D. '91, 
mathematics) is assistant 
professor of mathematics at 
Elizabethtown College in 
Pennsylvania, where he teaches a 
freshman seminar. Chaos and 
Fractals. James J. Kelly (Ph.D. '75, 
Heller) is dean of the School of 
Health and Human Services at 
California State University, Los 
Angeles. He has worked as 
director and professor of the 
Department of Social Work at 
CSU, Long Beach, and has taught 
at San Diego State University and 
the University of Hawaii. Edward 
B. Roclcower (M.A. '67, physics, 
Ph.D. '75, physics) has been living 
in Japan as an academic 
Webmaster, Internet evangelist, 
and teacher of Internet 
programming. Ira Rosenstein 
(M.FA. '72, theater arts) is a talk 
show screener at WOR-AM in 
New York City, NY. He 
previously worked as a reporter 
for WBAI-FM. Sherri Silverman 
(M.A. '74, English) is an art 
history and humanities adjunct 
faculty at TVI Community 
College in Albuquerque. Sherri 
gave a slide lecture on "The Tree 
of Life in Art and Literature" at 
the Center for Contemporary Art 
and a poetry reading in the state 
capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe last 
May. Howard Tinberg (Ph.D. '82, 
English) published the book 
Border Talk: Writing and 
Knowing in the Two-Year College 
(National Council of Teachers of 
English). Mary Wakeman (M.A. 
'62, Ph.D. '69, Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies) retired from her 
position as associate professor of 
religious and women's studies at 
the University of North Carolina, 

1979 Lisa Fruitt to Gary Markowitz 

1980 Lisa Gelfand to Alan M. Abrams 

1984 Leah Frieda Binder to 
Sam Lyons Elowitch '92 

1985 Abby Goldbloom to David Helzner 

1988 Andrea Epstein to Hershel Kamen 
Andres Rubinstein to Suzette Simon 
Elise Schlackman to Ian Steinberg 

1989 Alec Anders to Andrea Kay 
Amy R. Barlow to Coralia Pineda 
Anil V. George to Subm Mathai 
Glenn Grey to Shan Shapero 
Wendy Reimer to Andrew Sherman 

1990 Ivan Alter to llyssa Rothman 
Barbara Brot to Scott Bailey '89 
Michele H. Siegal to Jonathan Brooks 

1991 Mark Albert to Suzanne Singerman 
David Fine to Julie Goldstein 
Tal (Todd R. Jones) Golan to 
Andrea August Cohen 

1992 Abigail Loss to Steven Reiken 
Dana Rose to Jared Barbin '93 

1993 Alexandra Haber to Barak Bar Cohen 
Miriam Steinberg to Alan Pomeranz 
Elizabeth (Eli) Stember to Alan Scholsberg 
Kate Sterner to Tal Shaffer 

1994 Sharon Kahn to 
Lawrence Marc Bernstein '92 
Lauren Beth Schwartz to 
Thomas Jonathan Harnick 

1995 Jesse Schneider to Stacey Baron 
Risa Soble to Noah Carp 

1996 Beryl Rush to Marc Tritel 

May 25, 1997 
October 20, 1996 
May 24, 1997 

June 21, 1992 
April 5, 1997 
August 31, 1997 
September 14, 1997 
November 10, 1996 
June 21, 1997 
September I, 1997 
December 14, 1996 
July 19, 1997 
March 29, 1997 
June 2, 1996 
August 9, 1997 
August 23, 1997 
September 1, 1997 
March 29, 1997 



July 27, 1997 
June 29, 1997 
September 16 
June 15, 1997 
June 8, 1997 
October 26, 1997 
August 17, 1997 

September 7, 1997 

August 17, 1997 
December 28, 1997 
June 8, 1997 


Bruce Fiedler '87 passed away in 
February 1997 due to liver and 
lung failure. He died in San 
Francisco, CA, where he had been 
working for Keen fi*. McKessen. 
Bruce worked very hard and was 
highly regarded by his peers and 
superiors. Over the years, Bruce 
donated countless hours and 
holidays working in soup 
kitchens, homeless shelters, and 
caring for the elderly and people 
with AIDS. Sidney Goldfader '54 
died of cancer at his home on 
April 17, 1997. Sidney holds 
school records in career and 
single-season rushing at Brandeis. 
He was the first football player to 
make the All New England 
College All-Star Team and was a 
two-time winner of the Joseph 
Lindsey Award for athletic 
achievement at Brandeis. Sidney 
served as the director of Alumni 
Affairs at Brandeis in the 1970s. 

During that time he cofounded 
Friends of Brandeis Athletics. 
Sidney was the recipient of the 
Brandeis Distinguished Alumni 
Award in 1973 and was also one of 
the 10 inaugural inductees into 
the Brandeis University Athletic 
Hall of Fame. Elaine Richardson '53 
died on October 18, 1996. A 
former actress and model, Elaine 
toured the United States m Look 
Homeward. Angel and appeared in 
several movies, including 
Brubaker. Elaine also designed 
sets for Boston Post Road Stage 
Company, MAPS, and the 
Theater Artists' Workshop of 
Connecticut, of which she was a 
proud member. 

Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or loss. 

73 Winter 1998 

Brandeis University 

SOtfi Anniversary Calendar 



October 16, 1998 


The Declaration of 

Human Rights: 

The Unfinished Agenda 

Brandeis Campus 

Athletic Hall of Fame 


Levin Ballroom 

October 17, 1998 

Gala Dinner 
Celebrate the 50th 
Anniversary at the Copley 
Marriott Hotel in Boston. 

The Postal Card 
The U.S. Postal Service 
will issue a postal card 
with the Usen Castle on it 
to commemorate 
Brandeis's anniversary. 


October 18, 1998 

Other Festivities 

April 24-25, 1999 . 


E Pluribus Unuri| 
Brandeis Camp4| 
A celebration of iw,— -™.. 
diversity of the Brandeis 
community. « 

May 22, 1999 

Concert by Mstislav 
Jordan Hall, Boston 
World-renowned cellist 
Mstislav Rostropovich will 
give a concert to benefit 
the Sakharov Archives. 

iMay23, 1999 -^^ 

Brandeis Campuj ' 
A special Comi 
to mark the 50th' 
Anniversary. I 

June 12, 1999 

■ht at the 

Hall, Boston 

tghout the 
ersary Year 

Online Celebration 
A link on the Brandeis ., 
Web site offers an,., 
interactive Brandeis' 
|timeline, establishes links 
with prominent alumni, 
and allows for 
conversations among 
mni and faculty. 


...i Online Store 
Barnes and Noble has i 
developed an online ston" 
with a link from the 
Brandeis University Web 
fite to sell 50th 

jnniversary gifts. 

Goldfarb Exhibits 
Historical exhibits 
mounted in the Library 

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Fall 1998 

Architectural History 

Gerald Bernstein, 
associate professor of fine 
arts, is writing an 
architectural history of 
Brandeis that will be 
published in catalog |^ 
format and will be | 
available during the J 
anniversary year. J 

January 1999 ' 

IS Review 

iversity will publish 
a special double-issue 
of the Brandeis Review to 
commemorate the 50th 

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Dear Reader 

It is within the realm of possibility 
that one of the largest organisms 
on the planet inhabits the Brandeis 
campus. Do not, however, mount 
an expedition to plumb the depths 
of Chapels or Massell ponds in 
search of a leviathan. Nor should 
you gather a crew to beat the 
thickets behind the Libraries in 
the hope of driving an elephant 
out the other side below The 
Heller School. 

The organism in question is more 
likely to be found in the sloping 
woods between Sachar and the fine 
arts buildings or up near the water 
tower — or even in the grove of 
pines beside the Usdan Student 
Center. This is an organism that is 
found by getting down with one's 
nose mere inches from the damp 
and fragrant accumulation of 
fallen leaves and needles turned to 
soil over vast spans of time, and 
scraping down a little way to find 
the tiny white filaments that 
branch off like cotton fibers 
through the leaf mold. These are 
the living parts of a fungus, and 
this fragile webbing belies the 
magnitude of the organism of 
which it is part. 

Just a few years ago, in the spring 
of 1992, three scientists in the 
Upper Peninsula of Michigan near 
the town of Crystal Falls, 
discovered a single fungus that 
spread over an area of 38 acres. 
The reproductive bodies, or 
mushrooms as we most commonly 
know them, were recognized as 
Armillaiia hulbosa. Like most 
fungi, the bulk of the organism lay 
in the soil and along the trunks of 
dead trees as thin, white, 
threadlike hyphae, which bundle 
themselves into more visible, 
stringy aggregations called 
rhizomorphs that then spread out 
within the forest floor in search of 
sustenance. The fungi feed on dead 
wood and are held at bay by toxins 
produced by living trees. Lying 
dormant, sometimes for years, 
among the roots of the live trees, 
they wait until the tree begins to 
die and the toxins dissipate. If you 
look closely at the trunks of the 
dead trees in the woods, you will 
see the lacy-white strands of 
fungus traced upon them. 

Shortly after the announcement of 
the giant fungus in Michigan, two 
other scientists in the state of 
Washington broke the news of 
their discovery of a larger fungus 
yet. That one spread over 1,500 
acres near the town of Glenwood 
in the southern part of the state 

and was an Armillaria ostoyae. 
The smaller of the two fungi, the 
one in Michigan, is estimated to 
weigh as much as a blue whale. 

Such fungi provide an excellent 
illustration of the deceptive power 
of insignificance. The fragile white 
mycelium, perceived within the 
limited scope of normal human 
encounter, seems as trifling and 
ephemeral as spider's silk. Yet, 
walking upon the soft duff of a 
quiet woodland, we tread upon one 
of the most monumental living 
things on Earth. 

Our cover story about alumnus 
Teddy Gross '69 provides a human 
analog to that concept, and with a 
singularly Brandeisian twist. Gross 
deals in pennies and empowers 
with them, in service to society, 
half the school children in one of 
the largest cities in the world. 

Apropos of that, the cumulative 
potency of minor shares speaks 
directly to the role of alumni. 
While a whale of a gift to our alma 
mater is always delightful to 
behold, a widespreading network 
of lesser gifts can forge a mass no 
single gift can match. 


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Braadeis Review 

Volume 18 

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A shared summer seminar in the 
Swiss Alps joins Brandeis and the 
University of Augsburg 

John Burt 


The Graduate Program 
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Meet Judith Tsipis and one of 
Brandeis's outstanding graduate 

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A Greek national treasure, his 
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Mark this weekend 
on your calendar now! 

October 16, 17, and 18, 1998 

The annual 

Founders Day Weekend 

and Gala Celebration of 

Brandeis at 50 

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All members of the Brandeis family 
alumni, parents, friends, students, 
faculty, and staff— are invited 
to attend the weekend of festivities 
to celebrate Brandeis at 50! 

Watch for additional information in 

campus publications and on 

our Web site at 

As a member of the Brandeis family, your 
presence at anniversary festivities is very 

To receive an invitation packet for the 
Founders Day Weekend, which will 
include ticket prices for the Brandeis at 50 
Gala at the Boston Marriott Copley Place 
and hotel reservation information, please 
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Dear Reader 

It is within the realm of possibility 
that one of the largest organisms 
on the planet inhabits the Brandeis 
campus. Do not, however, mount 
an expedition to plumb the depths 
of Chapels or Massell ponds in 
search of a leviathan. Nor should 
you gather a crew to beat the 
thickets behind the Libraries in 
the hope of driving an elephant 
out the other side below The 
Heller School. 

Just a few years ago, in the spring 
of 1992, three scientists in the 
Upper Peninsula of Michigan near 
the town of Crystal Falls, 
discovered a single fungus that 
spread over an area of 38 acres. 
The reproductive bodies, or 
mushrooms as we most commonly 
know them, were recognized as 
Armillaiia bulbosa. Like most 
fungi, the bulk of the organism lay 
in the soil and along the trunks of 

t-VAf^C oc *• 



and was an Armillaria ostoyae. 
The smaller of the two fungi, the 
one in Michigan, is estimated to 
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American Individualism 
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A shared summer semmar in the 
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John Burt 


The Graduate Program 
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Meet Judith Tsipis and one of 
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The Bell-Stone 

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acuity and Staff 

Four Promoted to Full 

John Burt of the English and 
American literature 
department, author of two 
books of poetry, has been 
promoted to the rank of full 
professor of English and 
American literature. Burt is 
a scholar of I9th- and 20th- 
century American 
literature. His first book, 
Robert Penn Warren and 
American Idealism, 
established his reputation 
as a leading Warren critic 
and resulted m his being 
named Warren's literary 
executor. Burt has served as 
director of the freshman 
writing program, of the 
department's graduate 
studies, and of creative 
writing. He has also served 
on several University 
committees including the 
Advising Task Force, 
Educational Policy, and 
Board of Student Conduct. 
In 1994, Burt received the 
Louis Dembitz Brandeis 
Prize for Excellence in 
Teaching. Other awards 
include the American 
Philosophical Society Grant 
(1996), the American 
Council of Learned 
Societies Fellowship (1997), 
and the Guggenheim 
Fellowship (1997). 

With an expertise m 
conflict and human nature, 
Gordon Fellman of the 

sociology department was 
recently promoted to the 
rank of full professor of 
sociology. His upcoming 
publication, Rambo and the 
Dalai Lama: Mutuality and 
Human Survival, 
complements his other 
books on conflict and 
reflects his long-standing 
interest in social 
psychology and conflict 
resolution. He has served as 
chair of undergraduate 
advising, graduate 
admissions, faculty 
recruitment, and the 
sociology department. 
Fellman is an enthusiastic 
ambassador for Brandeis and 
a frequent speaker for 
alumni and the National 
Women's Committee. He 
has received the Social 
Science Research Council 
Graduate Fellowship, the 
Woodrow Wilson 
Fellowship, and the M.A. 
Aroni Writing Award. 

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Harry Mairson of the 

computer science 
department was recently 
promoted to the rank of full 
professor of computer 
science. His research in 
programming language 
theory and logic combines 
mathematics and computer 
science. This is a major 
research area both at 
universities and at large 
computer companies; 
Mairson is a key figure 
whose work is known m 
both worlds. His extensive 
experience includes serving 
as research scientist at the 
Institut National de 
Recherche en Informatique 
et Automatique in Paris and 
Oxford University, and as 
research associate at 
Stanford University. This 
year, he serves on the 
Faculty Senate Finance 
Committee and is chairing a 
committee to review the 
undergraduate writing 
program. Mairson, invited 
to be a guest editor of the 
Journal of Functional 
Programming, has won 
several awards including the 
Forsythe Award for 
Excellence in Teaching and 
the Marver and Sheva 
Bernstein Faculty 

Thomas Pochapsky of the 

chemistry department was 
recently promoted to full 
professor of chemistry. 
Pochapsky is the youngest 
researcher in particular 
fields of biochemical 
structures. He represents an 
important link between the 
chemistry department and 
the biochemistry and 
biology departments, 
playing a critical role in 
both the bioorganic and 
biophysics graduate 
programs. Flis general and 
organic chemistry classes 
form the bulk of the 
department's lecture/service 
courses for Brandeis premed 
students. Pochapsky 
supervises graduate 
students from the 
chemistry, bioorganic 
chemistry, and biophysics 
programs, a postdoctoral 
fellow, and undergraduates 
who work in his lab. Several 
doctoral candidates have 
completed their degree 
under his guidance. He has 
received many awards, 
including the National 
Science Foundation Young 
Investigator Award, the 
Michael L. Walzer Award 
for Excellence in Teaching, 
the Camille and Henry 
Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar 
Award, and the Johnson & 
Johnson Focused Giving 

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Ann Richards and 
Patricia Schroeder 
Discuss Women in 

Former Texas Governor 
Ann W. Richards joined 
former Congresswoman 
Patricia S. Schroeder for a 
panel discussion on 
women's careers in politics 
on February 2 in the 
Spingold Theater Center. 

Richards was a visiting 
professor at Brandeis during 
the spring 1998 term in the 
politics department. 
Schroeder is president and 
CEO of the Association of 
American Publishers Inc. 
(AAP) and director of the 
Institute for Civil Society 
in Newton, Massachusetts. 
They were joined for the 
panel discussion by Susan J. 
Tolchin, professor of public 
administration at George 
Washington University, 
and lytte Klausen, assistant 
professor of comparative 
politics at Brandeis and an 
affiliate of the Minda de 
Gunzburg Center for 
European Studies at 

Harvard. Tolchin, author of 
The Angry Ameiican: How 
Voter Rage is Changing 
America, served as 
moderator for the group 
discussion. Klausen, the 
program's organizer, served 
as chair and introduced the 

The panel discussion was 
sponsored by Brandeis's 
Department of Politics, the 
Women's Studies Program, 
the Office of the President, 
and The Heller Graduate 

Richards taught 
undergraduates at Brandeis 
last semester as the first 
Fred and Rita Richman 
Distinguished Visiting 
Professor m Politics. She is 
a senior advisor with 
Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, 
McPherson 6^ Hand, a 
Washington-based law firm 
with offices in Austin and 
Houston, Texas. Richards 
was elected state treasurer 
in Texas in 1982 and 1986, 
and was elected governor in 

The course Richards taught 
at Brandeis, A Political 
Experience, offered an 
overview of American 
politics at the state and 
national levels. 

Schroeder left Congress in 
1996 after serving in the 
House of Representatives 
for 24 years. From January 

to lune 1997, she was a 
professor at the Woodrow 
Wilson School of Public and 
International Affairs at 
Princeton University before 
she assumed her post at 
AAP on June I. 

Pat Schroeder and 
Ann Richards 

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Anita Hill to Teach in 
Fall 1998 

Former University of 
Oklahoma law professor, 
teacher, speaker, and 
author Anita Hill will join 
the Brandeis University 
i faculty for the fall 1998 
semester. As visiting 
professor of women's 
studies. Hill will teach two 
courses. Race and the Law, 
.ind Women, Media, and 
the Law. Hill's new book. 
Speaking Truth to Power, is 
an autobiographical 
account of her family's 

origins and her own life, 
from childhood through 
university, law school, and 
the Clarence Thomas 
hearings. Most importantly, 
the book takes the reader 
beyond the hearings and the 
continuous controversy 
surrounding Hill's 
testimony concerning 
sexual harassment. 

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Faculty Notes 

Pamela Allara 

assistant professor of fine 
arts, signed copies of her 
book, Pictures of People: 
Alice Neel's American 
Portrait Gallery, at the 
Cheim and Read Gallery in 
New York and at the 
National Portrait Gallery, 
Smithsonian Institution. 

Bernadette Brooten 

Myra and Robert Kraft and 
Jacob Hiatt Professor of 
Christian Studies, has won 
a Fulbright fellowship to 
Oslo and her book. Love 
Between Women: Early 
Christian Responses to 
Female Homoeroticism, 
received a third award, the 
Publishing Triangle's Judy 
Grahn Award for lesbian 

Mary Baine Campbell 

associate professor of 
English, had her poems 
published or accepted for 
publication in Button, 
Field, the Boston Phoenix, 
Ideas, and The New Yorker. 

Wyner Wins Stoeger 

Phyllis Chesler 

visiting professor. Women's 
Studies Program, published 
the 25th anniversary 
edition of Women and 
Madness and a new book. 
Letters to a Young 
Feminist. Also, a new 
edition of With Child, a 
Diary of Motherhood, with 
an introduction by her son 
Ariel Chesler '00, was 
published on Mother's Day. 

Lawrence H. Fuchs 

Meyer and Walter Jaffe 
Professor in American 
Civilization and Politics, 
was reelected vice chair of 
the Board of Trustees of 
Facing History and 
Ourselves Foundation. 

Richard Gaskins 

professor of American 
studies and director. Legal 
Studies Program, was 
awarded a Fulbright Senior 
Scholar Award to New 
Zealand. He will teach law 
at Victoria University in 
Wellington and conduct 
research on New Zealand 
civil liability programs. 

Sherry Israel 

adjunct associate professor 
of (ewish communal 
service, Hornstein Program, 
is the author of the 
Comprehensive Report on 
the 1995 CJP Demographic 
Study, just published by the 
Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies of Greater 
Boston. She was also 
appointed a fellow of the 
Jerusalem Center for Public 
Affairs/Center for Jewish 
Community Studies. 

Jacqueline Jones 

Truman Professor of 
American Civilization, had 
her new book, American 
Work: Four Centuries of 
Black and White Labor, 
published by W.W. Norton 
and chosen as a History 
Book Club selection. 

Karen Wilk Klein 

associate professor of 
English and 
humanities, had her 
installation, Zokei I and 
II — a mixed media work of 
Asian papers, wood, veneer, 
ink, and original poems — 
included in the exhibit, The 
Space of Speech, at the 
Boston Public Library. She 
gave two poetry readings: 
one in conjunction with 
this exhibit, the other at the 
Morse Institute in Natick. 

Ann Olga Koloskl-Ostrow 

assistant professor of 
classical studies, was 
presented with a 1997-98 
teaching award from the 
American Philological 
Association. She was named 
one of the best professors of 
classics in the United States 
and Canada. 

Yehudi Wyner, the Walter 
W. Naumburg Professor of 
Composition at Brandeis, 
was recently awarded the 
1998 Elise L. Stoeger Prize 
by the Chamber Music 
Society of Lincoln Center 
(CMS). The prize, a cash gift 
of $100,000, is presented 
annually to each of two 
composers in recognition of 
distinguished achievement 
in the field of chamber 
music composition. 

The luilluird School-trained 
Wyner is an accomplished 
composer and performer. He 
won the 1953 Rome Prize in 
Composition and has 
received commissions from 
such organizations as the 
Ford Foundation, the 
National Endowment for 
the Arts, and the Santa Fe 
Chamber Music Festival. 
Wyner also studied at Yale, 
where he later served as 
head of the composition 
faculty, and at Harvard, 
where he also serves as 
visiting professor. He 
taught, as well, at SUNY 
Purchase and Cornell before 
coming to Brandeis. 

Wyner's music is known for 
Its passionate lyricism and 
disregard for passing trends. 
He has written for orchestra, 
solo voice and solo 
instruments, small 
ensembles, and theater. 
"There is a fierce honesty in 
his writing which unfolds as 
a personal drama in the best 
tradition of romanticism," 
Bruce Adolphe, music 
advisor and education 
director of the CMS, said. 
The CMS plans to perform 
one of Wyner's works during 
its 1999-2000 season. 

Yehudi Wyner 

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Julie A. Nelson 

associate professor ot 
economics, is one of the 
planners of and lecturers in 
an innovative "traveling" 
graduate course on 
Feminist Economics. 
Sponsored by the Ford 
Foundation, the course is 
currently being offered at 
the Humphrey Institute of 
Public Affairs at the 
University of Minnesota. 

David Rakowski 

assistant professor of 
composition, had his 
Persistent Memory for 
chamber orchestra 
premiered in Carnegie Hall 
by the Orpheus Chamber 
Orchestra. The piece was 
commissioned by the 
orchestra with funds from 
the Mary Flagler Cary 
Charitable Trust. Silently, 
a Wind Goes Over — a song 
cycle for soprano and 
piano — was published by 
C.F. Peters Corp. 

Benjamin C.I. Ravid 

lennie and Mayer Weisman 
Professor of fewish History, 
delivered a lecture on "The 

Forced Baptism of Jewish 
Minors in Medieval Europe" 
at the Fourth Annual 
International Medieval 
Congress held at the 
University of Leeds. 

Robert B. Reich 

University Professor and 
Maurice B. Hexter Professor 
of Social and Economic 
Policy, delivered the first 
annual Smith Lecture at 10 
Downing Street for Her 
Majesty's Government on 
the subject of "The Future 
of Employment Policies in 
the United States and Great 

Bernard Relsman 

Klutznick Professor of 
Contemporary Jewish 
Studies, was invited to 
lecture to the Jewish 
communities in Costa Rica 
and Panama. 

Jonathan D. Sarna 75 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History, is the 
coauthor, with David G. 
Dalin, Ph.D. 77, of 
Religion and State in the 
American Jewish 
Experience, published by 

the University of Notre 
Dame Press, and editor of 
Minority Faiths and the 
American Protestant 
Mainstream, published by 
the University of Illinois 

Jack Shonkoff 

Dean and Samuel F. and 
Rose B. Gingold Professor of 
Human Development, The 
Heller Graduate School, was 
appointed chair of the Board 
on Children, Youth, and 
Families. The Board was 
created in 1993 under the 
joint aegis of the National 
Research Council |NRC), 
the operating arm of the 
National Academy of 
Sciences, and the Institute 
of Medicine |IOM). 

Laurence Simon 

adiunct associate professor 
of politics and director. 
Program m Sustainable 
International Development, 
was appointed research 
advisor on land reform to 
the Economic Development 
Institute of the World Bank. 

Gary Tobin 

associate professor of Jewish 
community research and 
planning (Hornstein 
Program) and director, 
Cohen Center for Modern 
Jewish Studies, was the 
facilitator at the forum for 
non-family staff at the 12th 
Family Foundations 
Conference of the Council 
on Foundations held in Los 
Angeles, California. 

Yehudi Wyner 

Walter W. Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, 
had his Horn triO 1997, 
which was commissioned 
by Worldwide Concurrent 
Premieres and 
Commissioning Fund, 
premiered by numerous 
groups nationwide. He was 
also a member of the jury 
for the Bernstein 
International Jerusalem 
Competition, which was 
held in Jerusalem. 

Professor Gary Jefferson 
(center) of the economics 
department has been 
appointed Carl Marks Chair 
of International Trade and 
Finance. Jefferson was 
surprised with the endowed 
chair in December. Pictured 
with Jefferson are Peter 
Petri, dean of the Graduate 
School of International 
Economics and Finance, 
Robin Feuer Miller, dean of 
arts and sciences, F. 
Trenery Dolbear, Jr., 
Clinton S. Darling Professor 
of Economics, and Irving 
Epstein, provost and senior 
vice president for academic 

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David G. Gil 

Professor of Social Policy 
and Director, Center for 
Social Policy Change 

Confronting Injustice and 


Concepts and Strategies for 

Social Workers 

Columbia University Press 

In his book, Gil sounds the 
call to embrace the core 
values of radical social 
work: equality, liberty, 
cooperation, and affirmation 
of community in pursuit of 
individual and social 
development. Gil presents 
perspectives and strategies 
to transform unjust and 
oppressive institutions into 
alternatives conducive to 
human development, 
empowerment, and 
liberation. Central to this 
book is a consistent focus 
on the implications for 
social work practice and 

Karen V. Hansen 

and Anita Ilta Garey, eds. 
Hansen is an Associate 
Professor of Sociology. 

Families in the U.S.: 

Kinship and Domestic 


Temple University Press 

This collection of essays 
attempts to do justice to the 
complexity of contemporary 
families and to situate them 
in their economic, political, 
and cultural contexts. The 
editors introduce this 
collection by setting the 
stage with the recognition 
that families may look very 
different even to those 
inside the same family. 

Hansen and Garey explore 
the ways in which family 
life is gendered and reflect 
on the work of maintaining 
family and kin 
relationships, especially as 
social and family power 
structures change over time. 

IVIilton Hindus 

Professor Emeritus of the 

Milton Hindus died 
while this issue was in 

Cehne: The Crippled Giant 
Transaction Publishers 

Celine was a novelist and 
anti-Semitic pamphleteer 
who rose to fame before 
Hitler but represented the 
fascist mind-set that swept 
across Europe between 1932 
and 1944. His pamphlets 
were a potpourri of racist 
editorials, ballet scenarios, 
and violent anti-Semitic 
confessions. The Nazis 
considered him a fellow 
traveler and he retreated 
with them across the Rhine 
and sought refuge, first in 
Germany and then in 
Denmark. Celine helps shed 
some light on this 
enigmatic figure by 
establishing his literary 
importance, and, at the 
same time, examining his 

Jacqueline Jones 

Truman Professor of 
American Civilization 

American Work: Four 
Centuries of Black and 
White Labor 
W.W. Norton &. Company 

American Work tells of how 
every significant social 
transformation in American 
history (from bound to free 
labor, from farm work to 

The Crippled 

factory work, from a blue- 
collar to a white-collar 
economy) rolled back the 
hard-won advances of 
African Americans who had 
managed to gain footholds 
in various jobs and 
industries. The author 
shows how racially divided 
workplaces developed, and 
how efforts to gain or 
preserve group advantages 
in certain jobs helped to 
foster racial hatred and 
contradictory stereotypes 
and severed the connection 
between success and the 
work ethic for many. 

Jane Kamensky 

Assistant Professor of 
American History 

The Colonial Mosaic: 

American Women 


Oxford University Press 

Colonial "women's work" 
was hard, physical labor. 
Most women in the 
colonies, enslaved and free, 
were farm wives, giving 
birth to children and 
working hard to raise them. 
Yet some women entered 
this era with rising 
expectations. They were 
marrying whom and when 

they chose, or choosing to 
remain unmarried. 
Women's voices were heard, 
though not all in the same 
tones or claiming the same 
rights. These women were 
not feminists by today's 
definition, but they began a 
tradition of persistence and 
loyalty that has served 
women well into the 20th 

Governing the Tongue: The 
Politics of Speech in Early 
New England 
Oxford University Press 

Colonial New Englanders 
would have found our 
modern notions of free 
speech very strange. 
Governing the Tongue 
explains why the spoken 
word assumed such 
importance in the culture of 
early New England. 
Kamensky reexamines such 
famous events as the Salem 
witch trials to expose the 
ever-present fear of what 
the Puritans called "sins of 
the tongue." By placing 
speech at the heart of New 
England's early history, the 
author develops new ideas 
about the relationship 
between language and 
power both in that place 
and time and, by extension, 
in our world today. 

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Brandeis University Press 

Brandeis Series in American 
Jewish History, Culture, and Life 
Jonathan D. Sarna, editor 
Sylvia Barack Fishman, associate 

Joyce Antler '63, ed. 

Samuel B. Lane Professor of 
American Jewish History 
and Culture 

Talking Back: Images of 
Jewish Women in American 
Popular Culture 
University Press of New 

For generations, American 
Jewish women have been in 
the forefront of political, 
social, and cultural life, 
playing roles in many of the 
leading social movements of 
the 20th century and in the 
creation of popular culture. 
Through their activism and 
their contributions to 
literature, cinema, 
vaudeville, etc., they have 
helped to shape the main 
currents of modern and 
postmodern life. The essays 
in this book analyze these 
various representations and 
construct a dialogue about 
the ways in which popular 
images and stereotypes of 
American Jewish women 
complement and interact 
with each other to distort 
and reflect reality. 

alkifiS Back 

Barbara Alpert 75 

Alpert, a former executive 
editor with Bantam Books, 
an author and coauthor, 
teaches book editing as an 
adjunct associate professor 
at Hofstra University. 

No Friend Like a Sister: A 
Celebration in Words and 
Berkley Books 

No Friend Like a Sister 
gathers quotations from 
literary sisters like Virginia 
Woolf, Charlotte Bronte, 
and Anne Frank; 
confessions from celebrity 
sisters like Barbara 
Mandrell, Sara Delany, and 
Abigail Van Buren; as well 
as personal remembrances 
by sisters of all ages and 
from every walk of life. This 
collection of stories, letters, 
diary entries, poems, and 
memories communicates 
how strong and important 
the special bond is between 

The Love of Friends: A 
Celebration of Women's 
Berkley Books 

What IS a friend? She's a 
different kind of family, 
bound by love instead of 
blood — a cherished 
companion who seems to 
know just when we need 
her, and exactly what we 
need. The Love of Friends is 
a collection of quotations, 
stories, letters, poems, and 
diary entries from women 
as diverse as Elizabeth Cady 
Stanton and Margaret 
Thatcher, Lois Wyse and 
Maya Angelou — as well as 
female friends from all 
walks of life who have 
captured on paper the 
essence of this bond. 
Featured in The Love of 
Friends are Gail Lopata 
Lennon '75 and Mindy 
Milberg '74. 


Arthur L. Caplan 71 

Caplan is Trustee Professor 
of Biomedical Ethics and 
Director of The Center for 
Bioethics at the University 
of Pennsylvania. 

Am I My Brother's Keeper': 

The Ethical Frontiers of 


Indiana University Press 

In Am I My Brother's 
Keeper!, the author calls for 
an end to cynicism and 
mistrust in our approach to 
resolving health care issues. 
Doctors have become 
enemies, insurers 
adversaries, medical 
companies exploiters. Our 
demand for autonomy has 
blinded us to the needs of 
others and the welfare of 
society. What has been 
missing from the public 
debate of these issues is a 
perspective grounded in 
beneficence, compassion, 
and trust. This book brings 
into focus many of the most 
complex and morally 
ambiguous issues of our 

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Daniel A. Cohen, Ph.D. '89, ed. 

Cohen is an Associate 
Professor of History at 
Florida International 

The Female Marine and 
Related Works: Narratives 
of Cross-Dressing and 
Urban Vice in America's 
Early Republic 
University of Massachusetts 

This new edition of The 
Female Marine appends 
three other contemporary 
accounts of cross-dressing 
and urban vice which 
provide a portrayal of 
prostitution and interracial 
city life in early 19th- 
century America. The 
narrative recounts the 
adventures of a young 
woman from rural 
Massachusetts who is 
seduced by a false-hearted 
lover, flees to Boston, is 
entrapped in a brothel, 
eventually escapes by 
disguising herself as a man, 
and serves with distinction 
on board the U.S. frigate 
Constitution during the 
War of 1812. 

Deborah Dash Moore '67 

and Paula Hyman, eds. 
Moore is Professor of Rehgion 
and former Director of the 
Program in American 
Culture at Vassar College. 

Jewish Women in America: 
An Historical Encyclopedia 

This two-volume set 
contains 800 biographies of 
American fewish women 
who excelled in various 
activities including music, 
politics, and medicine. Also 
included are 128 topical 
essays ranging from 

overviews of immigration 
and assimilation in specific 
periods to historical 
accounts of Jewish women's 
organizations. The 
encyclopedia has 
interpretative essays on 
women's roles in Jewish and 
American culture as well as 
in the several denominations 
of Judaism. The volumes are 
a celebration of the 
achievements of these women. 

Sue Pekarsky Gary '60 

and Connie Ulasewicz 
Gary has 25 years of 
experience as a designer and 
artist, 12 years of experience 
as a garment manufacturer, 
and has taught fashion 
courses in a California college. 

Made in America: A 
Handbook for Design-Based 
Manufactming of Apparel 
and Sewn Products 

Made m America provides 
answers to creative people 
with great design ideas who 
are stymied by the how-to's 
of getting that idea to the 
marketplace, into production, 
and making money. The 
listing of sections includes: 
defining the image and form 
of your company/product; 
product design; costing 
sales and promotion tools 
for selling your product; 
producing your product; and 
product distribution, 
management, and payment. 

Merrill Joan Gerber '81 

Gerber teaches fiction 
writing at the California 
Institute of Technology and 
has won numerous literary 
honors, including the 
Pushcart Editors' Book 

Anna in Chains 
Syracuse University Press 

In this group of connected 
stories, Anna Goldman — 
widowed, nearly 80 years 
old, and living alone in the 
Fairfax neighborhood of Los 
Angeles — struggles to 
maintain her independence, 
keep her feisty spirit, and 
stave off elderly suitors. We 
toUow Anna as she moves 
from apartment to retirement 
home and finally, to nursing 
home. Anna's view of life is 
rich in irony, humor, 
common sense, and truth. 

Laura Duhan Kaplan '80 

Kaplan is Associate Professor 
of Philosophy, and Coordinator 
of the Women's Studies 
Program at the University 
of North CaroUna at Charlotte. 

Family Pictures: A 
Philosopher Explores the 
Open Court 

This series of intimate 
snapshots of family life, 
shows how the ordinary 
journey through marriage, 
maturity, and parenting is 
full of questions about 
ethics, knowledge, and 
metaphysics. Family 
Pictures brings philosophy 
to a wider audience, by 
showing how philosophical 
questions arise in ordinary 
experience, and how 
practical philosophy can be 
in understanding personal 
and spiritual transformation. 

Richard J. Levin '73, M.A. '76 

and Maria G. Mackavey. 
Levin is an international 
management consultant, 
psychologist, and educator. 

Shared Purpose: Working 
Together to Build Strong 
Families and High- 
Performance Companies 

In nearly 73 percent of 
couples, both partners work. 
More than 50 percent of 
children under age one have 
a mother in the workforce, 
and most working parents 
grapple with a painful reality: 
if you strive to be an 
outstanding worker, your 
family suffers. If you put 
being a good parent first, 
your career pays the price. 

Work-life and family-life are 
inextricably interlinked. 
Shared Purpose engages 
readers in a dialogue about 
how to raise children and 
cultivate productive workers 
through the coordinated 
efforts of everyone involved. 

Linda Pastan, M.A. '58 

Pastan, poet laureate of 
Maryland 1991-95, is the 
author of nine previous 
collections of poetry. 

Carnival Evening: New and 
Selected Poems 1968-1998 
W.W. Norton i!k Company 

Pastan continues to explore 
the complexities, passion, 
and dangers under the 
surfaces of ordinary life. 
New Poems, 1998 begins 
the collection: a series of 
poems that describe paintings, 
including the title poem, 
"Carnival Evening." What is 
most admired and loved in 
Pastan's work is her 
insistence on communicating 
without affect; Pastan 
wants to be understood and 
she wants to understand. 

David D. Sicilia, Ph.D. '91 

and Jeffrey L. Cruikshank. 
Sicilia IS a historian of 
business, economics, and 
technology at the University 
of Maryland at College Park. 

The Engine That Could: 75 

Years of Values-Driven 

Change at Cummins Engine 


Harvard Business School 


This contribution to the 
literature of business 
history tells of the rise of 
Cummins Engine Company 
from a tiny Indiana machine 
shop to one of the world's 
leading producers of diesel 
engines. The authors explain 
how the firm's business 
model has evolved over 
time, and how it has 
survived the pressures of a 
dramatically changing 
competitive arena. Cummins's 
remarkable 75-year history 
captures much of what is 
interesting — and important — 
about the evolution of 
American business from the 
1920s to the 1990s. 

8 Brandeis Review 

he Academy 

New Cinematheque 

Hosted "Israel on Screen" 

Brandeis's new 
Cinematheque opened in 
March in the Sachar 
hiternational Center, fully 
equipped with two 35- 
millimetcr proiectors, a 
professional 16-millimeter 
projector, soimd system, 
state-of-the-art screen, 
booth, and 240 seats. The 
cmema was made possible 
by a $200,000 gift from Edie 
and Lew Wasserman. 

'For many years, [Brandeis] 
never had 35 millimeter 
capabilities," explained 
Sharon Pucker Rivo, adjunct 
associate professor of Jewish 
film and executive director 
of the National Center for 
lewish Film |NCIF), who 
spearheaded the effort along 
with the provost's office 
and many interested 
members of the Brandeis 
faculty and staff. 

Aramark Chosen to 
Operate Dining Services 

student Participation Lauded 

According to Rivo, a cinema 
had existed in the Spingold 
Theater Center, but became 
outdated and not suitable 
for renovations due to its 
extensive schedule of 
performances. Silver 
Auditorium in Sachar, 
which was used for various 
special programs but not for 
classes, was selected 
instead. Phase one of the 
Cinematheque renovations 
have been completed, 
according to Shelley Kaplan, 
vice president for 
administration. Phase two, 
which IS scheduled for this 
summer, will include the 
expansion of the sound 
system into Dolby Surround 
Sound and additional work 
to improve the acoustics of 
the room. Kaplan said that 
the cinema will benefit the 
Brandeis community as the 

The state-of-the-art projection 
system in the Edie and Lew 
Wasserman Cinematheque 

'facility can provide much 
higher quality film 
presentations than standard 
16 millimeter projection." 

Thomas Doherty, associate 
professor of film studies (on 
the Sam Spiegel Fund) and 
chair of the Film Studies 
Program, said he is pleased 
with the creation of the 
campus-wide resource and 
that the cinema will be an 
asset to the cultural life at 
Brandeis, providing a, "full 
range of things — for 
classroom use...(to| showing 
films in original form." 

The grand opening of the 
Cinematheque was during 
the Fifth Annual Tillie K. 
Lubin Symposium, 

'Women in Shorts: Classic 
and Contemporary Short 
Films by Women," March 
21-22, an event organized 
for Women's Flistory 

The new facility also hosted 
the "Israel on Screen, Films 
for the 50th" festival that 
ran March 28 to April 5. 
Sponsored by Brandeis and 
the NCJF, in association 
with the Consulate General 
of Israel to New England, 
the festival was part of an 
ongoing series of events 
under the umbrella of 
'Brandeis Celebrates Israel 
at 50." 

After a long selection 
process that involved the 
entire Brandeis community, 
the University 
administration has 
successfully completed a 
process of negotiation and 
selected Aramark to operate 
dming services beginning 
July 1, 1998. The decision 
to outsource dining services 
was announced by the 
administration in February. 

"The University made a 
determination that Aramark 
can best meet the 

conditions of the principles 
that guided the process, 
especially guaranteeing an 
offer of employment at 
current salaries with 
comparable benefits to all 
Brandeis dining services 
employees," according to 
Peter French, executive vice 
president and chief 
operating officer. 

"We were impressed with the 
positive reaction of the 
campus community to 
Aramark's proposal and 
presentation, the positive 
visits members of the 
University had at other 

institutions serviced by 
Aramark, the company's 
commitment to high 
quality catering services, 
their proven ability to work 
well with Local 26, and the 
depth and professionalism 
of their management 

In the coming weeks, 
representatives of Aramark 
will meet with all current 
Brandeis dining services 
employees to discuss the 
process of transition to 
ensure a smooth start to the 
school year next fall. 

Aramark has chosen David 
Deveau as the new on-site 
resident district manager. 
Deveau was previously food 
service director at Boston 
University and the College 
of Saint Rose and location 
manager at M.I.T. 

French lauded the student 
participation in the selection 
process and added that "the 
key to ensuring quality will 
be determined in large part 
by the continued active 
participation of students 
together with the 

9 Spring 1998 


Gift of $13 Million 
to Fund 

International Ethics 
Center at Brandeis 

Desmond Tutu's Daughter 
One of 16 Initial Fellows 

Abraham Feinberg, a New 
York businessman and a 
former chair of the Brandeis 
University Board of 
Trustees, has given a $13 
million gift to Brandeis to 
establish the International 
Center for Ethics, Justice, 
and Public Life. The gift is 
one of the largest in the 
school's history. 

The Ethics Center is 
intended to help 
humankind learn from its 
great triumphs and 
devastating tragedies. The 
center has formed a 
partnership with the 
Jerusalem Foundation to 
establish programs at 
Mishkenot Sha'ananim, a 
residential conference 
center in Jerusalem. The 
two sites were chosen 
because Jerusalem 
represents the "ecumenical 
fountainhead" of the three 
major reiigions embracing 
the tenets of ethics and 
justice, and Brandeis is 
named in honor of the 
Supreme Court justice 
whose life's work was 
dedicated to furthering 
equality and social equity. 

Among the various 
activities the center will 
undertake is hosting 
"fellows" from around the 
world to confront and 
discuss pressing ethical 
dilemmas in a global 

Brandeis President Jehuda 
Reinharz said that the 
center and its feJJows will 
examine questions of moral 
responsibility and "candidly 
address human difference in 
its glory and peril." He 
added that the center will 
demonstrate how academic 
study and cooperation can 
bring about concrete change 
by promoting understanding 
between disparate cuitures. 
He called the center "an 
enormously important 
venture" and credited 
Feinberg for having the 
"great vision" to make it 

The center's activities will 
include support for 
scholarship in a variety of 
disciplines, internship 
opportunities abroad for 
undergraduates, literature- 
based seminars on ethics 
and values for professionals 
in a variety of fields, and 
public events. 

For 1998, the center fellows 
are scholars and 
practitioners in the field of 
interethnic coexistence. 
The center is sponsoring 16 
fellows who were selected 
from four conflict regions: 
the Balkans, the Middle 
East, South Africa, and Sri 
Lanka. The fellowship 
experience consists of three 
parts: a 10-day institute at 
Brandeis held last March, a 
second week-long institute 
in November, and a project 
of coexistence work in the 
fellows' home communities 

in the months between the 
two institutes. Institutes 
and projects will focus on 
the ethical and moral 
dimensions of work in the 
coexistence and conflict 
resolution fields. Fellows 
receive round-trip travel 
and living expenses for the 
two institutes, and a small 
stipend for project support. 

Arthur Green, the Philip W. 
Lown Professor of Jewish 
Thought, has been 
appointed academic director 
of the program. Daniel 
Terris, assistant provost for 
summer, special, and 
continuing studies, is the 
executive director of the 
center's activities at 

According to Terris, the 
goal of the fellowships is 
'to encourage a cross- 
cultural process of 
reflection on coexistence 
methods and to stimulate 
consideration of the ethical 
dimensions of coexistence 
work." He said that the 
institutes and the 
publications that emerge 
from them will aid scholars 
and practitioners worldwide 
in wrestling with the 
complex relationship 
between coexistence 
projects and issues of social, 
political, and economic 

Brandeis officially 
announced the opening of 
the Ethics Center on March 
26. Naomi Tutu, daughter 
of South Africa's Desmond 
Tutu and one of the center's 
international fellows for 
1998, participated in the 
announcement on the 
Brandeis campus. 

Feinberg, who served as 
chair of the Brandeis Board 
of Trustees from 1954 to 
1961, also offered remarks. 
Following the 
announcement, several of 
the international fellows 
participated in a discussion 
on the theory and practice 
of ethics in the field of 
coexistence and conflict 
resolution. Leading 
political philosopher 
Michael Sandel '75 also 

On March 29, all of the 
fellows took part in "Inter- 
Etlinic Coexistence: 
Educating for an Emerging 
Global Field," a center 
conference cosponsored 
with the Abraham Fund. 

10 Brandeis Review 

Women's Committee 
to Market Rare Books 
through Catalog 

Signed Editions by Didion, Irving 
among Treasures 

Valuable rare books have 
been an important profit 
center for the National 
Women's Committee's 
|NWC) used book sales and 
stores for decades. This fall, 
for the first time, the NWC 
will offer the best of these 
treasures in a catalog of at 
least 150 titles, each valued 
at $50 or more. The full 
catalog v^fill also be 
available via the Internet. 
All proceeds will go to the 
Brandeis Libraries. 

The catalog will include a 
copy of Charles Dickens's 
The Chimes, autographed 
by the illustrator Arthur 
Rackham, first editions of 
Robert Graves's On English 
Poetry, fohn Irving's The 
World According to Garp, 
Joan Didion's Play it as it 
Lays, Stephen King's 
Christine, Kay Thompson's 

children's book Eloise in 
Moscow, and many more. It 
will also offer some 
exceptional limited-edition 
books and many 
autographed by authors or 
illustrators, including a 
copy of Robert St. John's 
Ben Gunon, signed by Ben 
Gurion and containing three 
letters, one on prime 
minister stationery and one 
from Abram Sachar, the 
first president of Brandeis, 
regarding Prime Minister 
Ben Gurion's visit to 

The NWC, which has raised 
more than $62 million for 
the Brandeis Libraries and 
nets almost $500,000 per 
year from its 40 tent and 
mall book sales and four 
permanent stores, hopes to 
push Its book business to 
new heights of profitability 
during this 50th anniversary 
year by employing the most 
effective niche marketing 

tools available today — direct 
mail and the Internet. 
Donations may be sent to 
the Women's Committee 
national office. 

To receive a catalog, write 
to: "Catalog," Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee, 
Mailstop 132, Waltham, 
Massachusetts 02254-91 10 
or call 781-736-4160. 

Several early editions of 
Charles Dickens's works 
are part of the collection of 
rare books that will be 
offered through the 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee's first rare 
books catalog. Here, Harriet 
Bial. manager of the catalog 
project, inspects a 1931 
limited edition of The 
Chimes, autographed by 
the illustrator, Arthur 

Corporations and 

The Atran Foundation of 

New York has awarded the 
University $25,000, 
including $20,000 for the 
Atran Chair in Labor 
Economics and $5,000 for 
the work of faculty in this 
area at The Heller Graduate 
School. Robert Evans is 
currently the Atran 
Professor of Labor 

The Camille and Henry 
Dreyfus Foundation of New 

York has announced an 
award to Brandeis 
University from the 
Foundation's Special Grant 
Program in the Chemical 
Sciences. It will provide 
$25,000 to Judith Herzfeld, 
professor of biophysical 
chemistry and chair of the 
Department of Chemistry, 
for the development of an 

active learning program to 
be used in undergraduate 
courses. "Active learning" 
permits students to register 
answers to instructors' 
questions in class 
electronically, thereby 
giving instructors an 
immediate and accurate 
picture of how well the 
entire class grasps each 
concept. Herzfeld will work 
to develop a series of 
questions that will help 
instructors use such a 

The Andrew W. Mellon 
Foundation of New York 
has awarded the University 
$73,000 for a Mellon 
Seminars program that will 
be developed by Eugene 
Goodheart, the Edytha 
Macy Gross Professor of 
Humanities. The Mellon 
Seminars at Brandeis will 
serve to train graduate 
students m the Department 
of English and American 
Literature, particularly 
those who are currently 
working on a dissertation, 
in understanding the roles 
of ideology and aesthetics in 
the interpretation of 
literature. The seminars 
will include the reading of 
classic texts and critical 
works, guest faculty 
speakers, and the discussion 
of problems faced by 
participants in their 

11 Spring 1998 

evelopment Matters 

'21" Wine Cellar Alumni 

Brandeis parents Martin and 
Marjorie Grove and their 
son Geoffrey '98 hosted an 
intimate dinner at the Wine 
Cellar of the 21 Club in 
Manhattan for 15 young 
alumni. President Reinharz 
talked about the exciting 
roster of events on campus 
this spring. He encouraged 
the alumni to stay 
connected with their alma 
mater through involvement 
with Brandeis's growing 
number of professional 
affinity groups, which meet 
at Brandeis House in New 
York, and by accepting 
leadership roles with their 
Reunion classes and the 
Alumni Association. 

Pzesident fehuda Reinharz, 
Nancy Kolack Winship, 
senior vice president of 
development and alumni 
relations, and Adam 
Raboy '82 

Bali Miller '83 with hosts 
Martin and Marjorie Grove 

Andrew Klcm '82 and 
Nancy Kolack Winship 


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President Reinharz, 
Richard Wasserman '69, 
and Klari Neuwalt '68 

Jonathan Plutzik 76 and 
Mark Pearlman 76 

'.'eter Siris '66 and 
President Reinharz 

1 2 Brandeis Review 

Toby '60 and Bernard W. 
Nussbaum Reception 

Toby Sheinfcld Nussbaum '60 
and ber husband Bernard 
Nussbaum graciously 
hosted a cocktail reception 
for more than 30 select 
alumni and devoted friends 
of the University at their 
Manhattan apartment on 
April 2. The Nussbaums 
serve as cochairs of the 
Fellows of Brandeis 
University and as members 
of the Board of Trustees. 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
spoke about the mission, 
the accomplishments, and 
the honors the University 
has achieved in 50 short 
years and Brandeis's need 
for the continued 
involvement of its alumni 
and friends. 



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Joseph Neubauei. Nancy 
Kolack Winship, senior vice 
president of development 
and alumni relations, 
feanette Lerman '69, and 
Toby Nussbaum '60 

Arnold and baibaia i^uiie 

Joan and Fred Lowenfels, 
parents of Erica '98, 
with Ellen Gould '67 

President lehuda Reinharz 

Frances Freedman '61 with 
Scott '86 and Alison Bernak 

William Friedman '65, 
Meryl Newman-Cedar '74, 
Philip Cedar '74, and 
Lucy Friedman 

13 Spring 1998 

American Individuali 

Graduate students and 
faculty from Brandeis and 
Augsburg shared 
an alpine summer seminar 

Brandeis has long had an intimate 
informal relationship with the 
University of Augsburg in Augsburg, 
Germany. Encouraged and supervised 
by Associate Professor of German 
Eberhard Frey, graduate students in 
American literature from the 
University of Augsburg have been 
coming to spend a year of study at 
Brandeis, and Brandeis students in 
comparative literature have been 
studying at Augsburg as well. Rabbi Al 
Axelrad has been a frequent visitor to 
the University of Augsburg and to the 
Augsburg Synagogue, and has deepened 
and broadened the personal and 
intellectual ties between our two 
Universities. But the relationship took 
on new depth last summer when five 
Brandeis graduate students and two 
faculty members took part in an 
intensive seminar on American 
individualism with Professor Hubert 
Zapf and 15 of his students from the 
University of Augsburg at the 
University of Augsburg's "Maison 
Blanche" in the mountains of Sion, 

The adventure was the creation of 
Zapf, who came to Brandeis in October 
1996 to give a talk on "Elizabeth 
Stoddard and American Women's 
Fiction of the Nineteenth Century." 
While visiting Brandeis, Zapf and his 
colleague Professor Wolfram Biiblitz 
conceived the idea of a joint Brandeis- 
Augsburg seminar in the Alps, enlisted 
the help of Steven Whitfield, Max 
Richter Professor of American 
Civilization, John Burt, professor of 
English and American literature, and 
Frey, and persuaded the University of 
Augsburg to provide all the expenses 
for two Brandeis faculty and three 
Brandeis students to join the seminar. 
Brandeis provided airfare for an 
additional two students. Zapf, 
Whitfield, and Burt, along with 
graduate students Martha Gardner 
(American history), Matthew Hale 
(American history], William Morgan 

14 Brandeis Review 

(English), Rebecca Potter (English), and 
Judith Tdbidn (English), joined 15 
students from the University of 
Augsburg in a week of intensive study 
and reflection about the literature of 
American individualism. The course 
would be a kompaktscniindT, in which 
the students would do the course 
reading and prepare seminar 
presentations beforehand, then spend a 
week together presenting their papers 
and discussing all of the works — a 
semester's worth of class meetings in 
all — before returning to write their 
final papers over the summer. 

Thoreau in the Alps 
The Brandeis students arrived in 
Augsburg in the last week of May, 
where they lived in the homes of their 
Augsburg counterparts. While in 
Augsburg, the students prepared their 
seminar presentations and enjoyed the 
friendship of their hosts and the 
hospitality of the city, which was 
preparing a historical festival depicting 
the turbulent events there during the 
Reformation. The students and faculty 
at Augsburg were exceptionally 
friendly and generous, and the week of 
study was a social and an intellectual 
delight. In the first week of June, they 
all traveled together to Sion, 
Switzerland, where they spent the 
week of the seminar in a spectacular 
chalet in the mountains overlooking 
the Rhone Valley. 

The seminal was an exciting 
intellectual occasion, as a course of 
study in its own right and as an 
opportunity to exchange ideas about 
our common discipline across national 
boundaries. It offered everyone an 
experience of concentrated learning 
beyond ordinary course work. The 
participants studied works of Emerson, 
Whitman, Dickinson, Douglass, 
Thoreau, Dreiser, Fitzgerald, and 
Warren in a way that enabled them to 
think through the common issues 
about individualism and inwardness 
with unusual thoroughness and depth. 
The experience of going to a different 
place and doing nothing but thinking 
about American individualism enabled 
students and faculty alike to examine, 
in a totally unfettered way, what that 
concept really means and what the 
authors thought about it. Because the 
authors were examined in close 
proximity with each other, rather than 
in successive weeks, the intensity and 
focus of the kompaktsemmar enabled 
us to bring out the ongoing 
conversation among our authors in 
especially pointed ways. 

Over the course of the week, the 
participants examined the key 
concepts of the seminar in their 
several senses, contrasting the promise 
of Romantic individualism with the 
problem of individualism as a domain 
of private acquisitiveness, isolation, 
and alienation. They kept before their 
minds the ironic fact, first pointed out 
by Tocqueville (and developed in the 
course by Whitfield), that a culture 
devoted to the cultivation of private 
goods seems inevitably to become a 
culture characterized by uniformity 
and conformism, and that such 
uniformity and conformism is all the 
more powerful for deriving from the 
culture itself rather than being 
imposed from above by authority. At 
the same time, individualism keeps 
alive some of the promises of the 
inward life, discovering that in 
inwardness is the place where spiritual 
truths manifest themselves and 
prepare the ground for authentic 
relatedness among persons who share 
in the mystery of heing human. 

True Spirit of Exchange 
Another feature of the course was the 
opportunity it provided for 
international intellectual exchange. 
This exchange worked well in both 
directions. It was as interesting for 
German students of American studies 
to see how American students and 
professors thought about their subject 
as it was for American students to see 
their country and subject of study 
through foreign eyes. One 
unanticipated discovery of the 
kompaktseminar, however, was that 
we really did already share an 
intellectual world. Although there was 
quite a bit of conversation back and 
forth about issues of American 
literature and culture, never was the 
discussion divided along national 

The seminar was a wonderful social 
experience, as well. The students 
prepared all of the meals cooperatively, 
and they put a great deal of effort into 
organizing and producing delicious 
meals. And in addition to the many 
occasions for informal conversation, 
there were campfires in the evenings 
and other informal jaunts, such as a 
late-night trip to the Tourbillon castle 
in the center of Sion. There was also a 
day spent in various sightseeing 
adventures, with some students going 
to Geneva and Lausanne, and others 
going hiking in the Val d'Herens. The 
experience of friendship and fellowship 
the seminar provided was a great part 
of its benefit. 

The Hills Are Alive 
The seminar format enabled 
participants to do what the spirit 
moved them to do. This came in 
handy on the last day of the 
kompaktseminar, when there was an 
air show in Sion. Not only was the 
airfield immediately below the house, 
the jets were using the house as a 
landmark for their aerobatics. After 
about 10 minutes, everyone saw that it 
would clearly he impossible to conduct 
a class with 10 F-16s roaring 50 meters 
over their heads. So the seminar was 
quickly moved to Leukerbad, a half- 
hour's drive away, and class was held 
that day in a spectacular Alpine 
meadow full of wildflowers and 
surrounded by sheer and still snow- 
covered cliffs. Far from causing us 
inconvenience, the air show, by 
making us hold a session in 
Leukerbad, provided us with one of the 
unanticipated high points of the 

The experience was so rich and so 
interesting that Brandeis is in the early 
stages of planning another joint 
seminar with the University of 
Augsburg, this time under Brandeis 
auspices, perhaps in a similar place of 
beauty and history on this side of the 
Atlantic. In cooperation with the new 
Center for European Studies, Brandeis 
hopes to host a seminar in the summer 
of 1999. ■ 

John Burt is professor 
of English and 
American literature 
at Brandeis 

15 Spring 1998 

Beyond the medical diagnoses and 
technical information are the human aspects: 
the interpretation, understanding, 
and personal guidance. Under the direction 
of Professor of Biology Judith Tsipis, 
graduates of this program become among 
the most accomplished in the field. 


Graduate Program 
in Genetic 

by Marjorie Lyon 

As science moves closer to offering 
humans a veritable genetic blueprint — 
including, perhaps, a prediction of their 
future health — Brandeis's Graduate 
Program in Genetic Counseling, 
working in partnership with the New 
England medical community, produces 
a new breed of counselor. A 
combination of scientist, psychologist, 
and social worker, graduates of the 
program are bridging the gap between 
the scientific and himian side of 
genetics. Charged with the task of 
clearly communicating technical 
information and its implications, they 
strive to help families from diverse 
cultural backgrounds look at the big 
picture, not just the medical diagnosis. 
Courses in the program are designed to 
provide students with a solid scientific 
and clinical background, knowledge of 
counseling techniques, awareness of 
relevant social and ethical issues, and 
understanding of current support 
systems available to clients. 

These genetic counselors (the field is 
about 95 percent female) usually 
function as part of a health care team. 
They join physicians and geneticists to 
provide information and support to 
families who have a member with a 

birth defect or genetic disorder, or who 
are at risk for a disease with a possible 
genetic component. Adding to the 
increasing volume of information 
surrounding genes and their basis in 
disease is the growing number of 
academic research labs and biotech 
companies conducting gene-related 

Different families see genetic 
counselors for different reasons. For 
example, a couple with an infant 
diagnosed with a genetic condition will 
probably want a comprehensive 
explanation of the child's condition and 
likely prognosis. They may wonder 
about the risks in future pregnancies. 
Or they may ask if a sibling without 
the condition is also carrying the 
altered gene. They would want to know 
what support is available from the 
community. Another family may 
question whether they should be tested 
for an inherited predisposition to breast 
or colon cancer and what the results of 
such tests might mean. The Brandeis 
program, affiliated with many major 
genetics clinics in New England, trains 
its students to wear all the necessary 
hats to answer these varied questions 
under the guidance of an extraordinary 

16 Brandeis Review 

Judith Tsipis 
and her son, 

Meet Professor of Biology Judith Tsipis, 
director of Brandeis's Graduate 
Program in Genetic CounseUng. 

"How are you? Getting some sleep?" 
She is talking to a student who has just 
become a first-time dad. Smilmg, her 
expression is punctuated with a raised 
eyebrow, the inquiry suffused with a 
little bit of mirth and a great deal of 
warmth. BustUng, exuding energy, she 
helped found the program and is its 
driving force. "We started with seven 
students in each year six years ago. We 
agonized, and we agonized, and we 
agonized," she laughs heartily, "and 
then we went to eight. This is our 
choice — we want to keep the program 

It is small, despite an exceptionally 
large group from which to choose: 
between 120 and 130 applicants for 
eight spots. How do they decide? With 
difficulty. No one is accepted without 
an interview, each folder is read by two 
or three faculty members, and 40 are 
invited to visit. Then the difficult 
decisions begin anew. "This is a 
process with intangible parameters," 
explains Tsipis, "Obviously there's a 
basic cutoff in terms of academic 
achievement, science background, all 
of those things. But also very important 
are interpersonal skills, counseling 
experience, and insights about genetic 
counseling in general." 

The students chosen for the Brandeis 
program are often older than the typical 
graduate student of 21. "The majority 
of our applicants are fresh out of 
ctjUege, but we have a bias in favor of 
more mature people with life 
experience, especially since they are 
often counseling couples around issues 
of reproduction," says Tsipis. 

"The real thing that sets the genetic 
counselors apart is their ability to see 
things from the patient's point of 
view," explains Kathryn Spitzer Kim, 
lecturer with rank of associate 
professor of biology, director of clinical 
placements, and a genetic counselor for 
over 10 years. "We integrate the 
theoretical with the practical. Genetic 
information is not in itself good or bad, 
but what matters is how people use it," 
she explains. "The counselor has to be 
honest but unbiased, exploring possible 
paths with people and asking: What 
will it mean for you? It's like walking a 
mile in their shoes. What is the person 
fearing and thinking and worrying 
about? How can I take this science 
knowledge, or medical knowledge, and 
how can it be useful to them? What do 
they need to know? You can give them 
the facts and statistics, but if you don't 
put it in a context that is useful or 
meaningful to them, then you haven't 
really helped," Kim emphasizes. 

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The pbychology component of the 
program is crucial. In fact, each patient 
faces the news of risk in a different 
way. The curriculum focuses on crisis 
counseling, not long-term 
psychoanalysis. It is tailored exactly for 
the needs of the genetic counseling 
student, including a great deal of role 
playing and focus on the family. In the 
third semester, students bring to class 
cases (that remain anonymous) from 
their clinical work. The discussions 
focus on genetic and medical issues, 
and how best to handle each case from 
a genetic counseling point of view. 

At its core, training to become a 
genetic counselor relies on an 
apprenticeship model. Students do 600 
to 800 hours of clinical internships, 
taking on increasing responsibility for 
each case, until they counsel more or 
less on their own — although still under 
supervision. Because the cases they 
bring in to their course for scrutiny are 
cases in which they have personally 
counseled the clients, class discussions 
are much more than just theoretical. 
"They know the personalities, they've 
seen how the husband and wife look at 
each other. Do they touch? Who looks 
to whom for guidance? Who does most 
of the talking? These little things are 
part of the process," Tsipis explains. 

All students do prenatal and pediatric 
internships, and many do cancer 
internships. Other areas are chosen 
depending on the individual program of 
each student. The setting could be 
academic or in a private clinic, in the 
inner city or in a rural setting, so each 
student is working with varied clients. 
They also spend one semester doing 
fieldwork in preschool or early 
intervention programs. "Each student 
has a program that is designed to 
maximize his or her training and 
experience," explains Tsipis. She 
makes it clear that combining 
internships with classes becomes labor 
intensive and time consuming. 
Students make a major commitment 
for two years, a difficult but rewarding 
period during which Tsipis, Kim, and 
other professors work very closely with 

They work hard, but this close-knit 
group also knows how to loosen up. 
Tsipis's bulletin board is cluttered with 
photos of smiling students. There is a 
night scene in an amusement park. She 
is with her students, crammed into a 
roller coaster. "They talked me into it. 
Never again," she declares. 

Tsipis was motivated by firsthand 
experience to create the genetic 
counseling program. Her son, Andreas, 
died at age 22 last winter from Canavan 
disease, a rare genetic condition that 
causes the progressive destruction of 
the central nervous system. She pays 
tribute to him when she describes the 
way the program was created and has 

"I would not have started the program 
had I not had Andreas. And for me, it 
was a way of bringing the personal and 
professional together in a really 
meaningful way," says Tsipis, noting 
that all the students came to the 
memorial service for her son. It was a 
source of great support for her and a 
powerful experience that brought them 
closer together. 

"I think the more concrete ways in 
which it has impacted this program 
(there are 23 other programs, each with 
its own flavor) is that we provide many 
opportunities for our students to learn 
about and interact with children and 
adults with disabilities. They also meet 
with parents of children with 
disabilities and learn about support 
groups organized for them. We always 
keep the consumer in mind, and that is 
probably a reflection of my experiences 
with Andreas. Helping students 
become more sensitive to issues facing 
people with disabilities and more 
comfortable interacting with them is 
an important aspect of the program. We 
don't do this in any one course but it's 
woven throughout the curriculum." 

In Adjunct Associate Professor of 
Biology Annette Kennedy's counseling 
skills course, for example, each student 
is paired with an adult with a disability 
who lives independently in the 
community. The student meets with 
that person on three separate occasions 
throughout the semester, to practice 
interviewing skills, become 
comfortable with someone who is 
different from themselves, and gain 
some insight into what it's like to live 
with a disability. A great deal of group 
sharing is focused on these encounters. 
'Our graduates have said that these 
interviews have been one of the most 
important experiences that they've 
had," Tsipis explains. 

Another program launched by two 
other faculty in the program — Barbara 
Lerner, assistant professor in the 
Genetic Counseling Program, and 
Marvin Natowicz, adjunct professor of 
biology — IS called "family pals." Each 
first-year student is paired with a 
family with a child who has a 
disability. Students meet with their 
assigned families on three different 
occasions outside a medical setting. 
They may go to MacDonald's, they 
may go to the mall. They may go to the 
families' houses. The student has a 
small budget, so that if they do visit for 
dinner, they can bring the dinner. 
Students see how families function, 
what It feels like to go out with a child 
in a wheelchair to a mall, and what 
issues arise. 

Taught to be sensitive to the disabled 
community, students also offer each 
other extraordinary emotional support. 
Joe Cunningham, lecturer with rank of 
associate professor of psychology, 
facilitates a "process group" class, 
which is exceptional for a genetic 
counseling program. It provides a safe 
place for students to process some of 
the emotional issues that inevitably 
come up in the student's clinical work. 
"Students in the program learn from the 
faculty, they certainly learn from their 
patients and clinical supervisors, but 
they also learn a lot from each other. 
And that's important," says Tsipis. 

"Genetic counselors work in a 
nondirective mode, and to do that, 
students need to be aware of their own 
biases," Tsipis adds. "So we ask them 
to do a fair amount of introspection and 
self-awareness development." 

Students look inward, but they are also 
asked to stretch outward — especially in 
their research projects. "It is a 
challenge to define a project, to focus 
it, to organize it, and to carry it 
through, in a very short period of 
time," says Tsipis. "Students' projects 
vary widely. Some involve education 
(such as writing a pamphlet for people 
with a particular genetic disorder or 
organizing a conference relating to 
genetics and society or developing a 
new course), others carry out surveys — 
some qualitative, some quantitative — 
which create new knowledge, and some 
carry out more traditional clinical 
research. All are required to submit 

abstracts to national meetings and 
some have been selected to give a 
formal talk in front of hundreds at the 
annual meeting of the National Society 
of Genetic Counselors." 

Graduates of the program go to work at 
hospitals, academic institutions, and 
research institutes all over the country, 
in such places as the Dana Farber 
Cancer Institute in Massachusetts, the 
Pacific Southwest Regional Genetics 
Network in California, Yale University 
School of Medicine, St. Luke's 
Roosevelt Hospital in New York, 
Toronto Hospital in Canada, and 
Alfigen/The Genetics Company in 

The number of genetic counseling 
training programs in the United States 
and Canada has risen from 14, when 
Brandeis first opened its doors to 
genetic counseling students, to 24 in 
1998. All programs are accredited by 
the American Board of Genetic 
Counseling and they work 
collaboratively in a number of areas 
through the Association of Genetic 
Counseling Program Directors, an 
organization chaired by Judith Tsipis. 
These 24 programs tram 120 to 140 
new genetic counselors each year, 
adding to the current number of 1,500, 
120 of which are in New England. They 
will possess the multifaceted skills 
needed to interpret and communicate 
the stunning advances in genetic 
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19 Spring 1998 

The Bell-Stone 

by Michael Kalafatas '65 

Until the 1860s, the sponge divers 

of Greece accomplished their feats using 

the breath-holding technique. 

Then came the deep-sea diving suit, 

and with it, catastrophe. In 1903, 

a poet wrote of the epic tragedy and 

thereby set his grandson upon 

a personal odyssey nearly a century later 

20 Huiii:!i-is Review 

"The poem is like an old lewel buried in 
the sand. And now the time has come 
for it to be an ornament in the spirits 
and hearts of the people." 

Symi poet Charalampia Vogiatzi 
commenting on Winter Dream, 1996 

One time the people tried to break the gear 
before its strength gained on the land, 

before its atrocities won out, 
its wings spread like today. 

The crowd had gathered of one mind, 
men, women, children in agreement, 

swarming the shore like angry bees, 
roads full of men and boys. 

A roar was heard in the cafes, 
let's break the gear in storage! 

They were unbent and very wild, 

railing against the gear hke rabid wolves. 
And then the throng descended, 

and in five minutes 
destroyed breathing tubes and suits. 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream, 1903 


"The ideal traveler is a passionate 
pilgrim," Paul Theroux has written. As 
was I last summer in the Eastern 
Aegean. A beautiful old poem, written 
by my grandfather almost a century ago, 
had taken me on a remarkable personal 
odyssey from its storage place in my 
dresser drawer to the Dodecanese islands 
of Greece. 

My grandfather had been a school 
principal and poet on the island of 
Rhodes. In 1903 he wrote a long, 
stunning poem about the plight of the 
valiant young sponge divers of these 
islands. By marriageable age, one-third of 
the young men of these sponge-fishing 
islands lay dead or paralyzed for life from 
"the bends," from what physicians today 
call decompression disease. Alas, within 
four months of writing the poem, at age 
38, the poet himself died too young on 
the operating table following surgery for 

Gradually, in a story so utterly 
American, all his children emigrated to 
the United States, my father among 
them. They brought with them the 
poem as their sole possession. 
My father would speak of it lovingly as I, 
uninterested, would back-pedal out the 
kitchen door with my baseball glove in 
hand, headed for the outfield, so desirous 
of being an American. 

Two years ago I brought the poem to the 
Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis, Olga 
Broumas, who was born in Greece on the 
island of Syros. Olga is a distinguished 
poet, with more than 10 published 
volumes of poetry, and one of the maior 
translators of Odysseas Elytis, the great 
Greek Nobel laureate poet who died a 
year or so ago. Olga read my 
grandfather's poem and said to me, 
stunned as I was: "You should know 
that this poem is deeply beautiful; in 
fact, it is a national treasure of Greece." 

Immediately I began to read all I could in 
English about the sponge-fishing islands 
of Greece. I began to study Greek 
seriously, a subject I had fervently 
avoided as a child. I traveled to Tarpon 
Springs, Florida, where for a century 
there had been a flourishing sponge 
industry run by daring Greek divers from 
the Dodecanese. I conducted oral history 
interviews in Tarpon with sponge 
merchants and sponge divers. I made 
new friends on the Internet, like the 
anthropologist Russ Bernard at the 
University of Florida, who has written 
about the sponge-fishing islands of 
Greece and went to sea with the divers, 
and Tom Buttolph, a physician-diver- 
researcher at the Naval Medical 
Research labs in Bethesda, Maryland, 
who studies decompression disease for 
the Navy. 


But still, I wanted to follow the story 
back to the Dodecanese, back to a place 
where everyone knew my name. Using 
the magic of an old Dodecanese name, I 
wanted to ask, in Greek, what I 
desperately wanted to know; Why had so 
many divers died or been paralyzed long 
after knowledge of proper deep-diving 
technique had diffused^ I, whose 
immigrant father had led the Greek 
contingent in marches in behalf of Sacco 
and Vanzetti, wanted to know more 
about the protests, about the men and 
women portrayed in my grandfather's 
poem who had carried on a dramatic 
fight to ban the use of deep-diving 
equipment. And most of all, I wanted to 
know why my grandfather, who had 
taken up pen against the powers-that-be, 
uttered as his last words: "They have 
killed me. " 

And so, on the occasion of my 30th 
anniversary of employment at Brandeis, I 
was graciously granted a six-week 
sabbatical by the University to follow 
the story to the Aegean. Fortuitously, 
my wife, Joan Furber Kalafatas '65, was 
leaving one job and not due to start her 
new job for six weeks so, miraculously, 
we were able to travel together. At the 
outset I knew I was more fortunate in 
my odyssey than Odysseus, because I 
actually had Penelope with me. 

Over the next six weeks — amazed — I 
watched people weep at my 
grandfather's words nearly a century 
after he wrote them. I met with old-time 
divers and with the widows and children 
of divers who bad perished m the sea. I 
palpated nitrogen bubbles still lodged in 
a diver's leg 25 years after he had been 
"hit by the machine," as divers 
intriguingly call the bends, and saw the 
broad black streak across his chest from 
the negative tissue it created. 

Everywhere people stopped what they 
were doing to listen to the sad, beautiful 
Greek cadences of the poem. Instantly, 
there was a party wherever I went and 
people eager to tell their stones of what 
had happened to them or to their loved 
ones that one unforgettable, horrifying 
day in the deep off the coast of 
Alexandria, Benghazi, Tripoli, Crete, 
Cyprus, or Corsica. Always the place 
names themselves dripped of poetry. 

They loved the poem and they loved my 
odyssey, of how I had returned to these 
islands to follow the story of my 
grandfather's poem. In my spankmg-new 
Greek, I was interviewed on Patmos for 
the top morning television news show in 
Greece, with portions of the poem read 
by Christos Stergiou '99, my ever-patient 
Greek tutor. The journalist who 
interviewed me promised a related 
article, with photos, in the Sunday 
edition of Elcftherotipia, the largest 
circulation newspaper m Greece. Three 
historical journals in the islands asked if 
they could publish the poem and an 
essay from me about the poem. On 
Kalymnos, a crew from Greek national 
television that was shooting a 
documentary on the history of the 
sponge-fishing industry eagerly took a 
copy of the poem. 

Time and again, when checked, all 
references and allusions in the poem 
proved to be utter fact: the heroic 
characters, the violent protests, the 
imprisonment twice of the president of 
the senate of Symi, Stamatis Kalafatas, 
by Ottoman Turks who then controlled 
the islands. I was even given the seeds, 
which my grandfather describes, that 
were crushed and applied as Imament to 
horrible rashes that would break out 
when divers brushed against certain 
undersea growth. 

21 Spring 1998 

Long ago, in a more innocent time, 
before the arrival of tfie deep-diving 
equipment, young men in pursuit of 
sponges would descend to the bottom of 
the sea on just a single breath of air, 
using as a weight and rudder a beautiful, 
flat, marble diving stone. On the island 
of Symi, where my grandfather was born, 
it was called a "bell-stone," after its 
shape. As I retell this story, my 
grandfather's poem is my bell-stone, 
guiding me to some rapturous place 
beneath the sea, I know not where. 

Elie Wiesel, quoting Gershom Scholem, 
says that there is magic in retelling 
stories. I do not fully understand why, 
but the magic of retelling this story has 
been passed to me. It is the story of a 
man I never knew, my grandfather, and a 
place I never lived in, the Dodecanese, 
but somehow his stoiy and this stoTy 
have become my story. 

The Poem 

The poem, 22 pages long, opens in 1902, 
with my grandfather sailing his swift 
skaphi back to his "homeland," Symi, 
from Rhodes. Well-docked and fatigued 
from seafaring, he sits on the stern for a 
small rest and observes his compatriots 
traversing the promontory of the shore. 

Watching all this time, I saw many of them 
whisper, both those on the street and those 
in the cafe. These whispers communicated 
certain common concerns which, I surmised 
through hearing, praised God. Approaching 
some friends with great surprise and learning 
the reason for their praises, I heard that 
these whispers rose from certain news 
announcing the abolition of the deep sea 
diving gear — the helmet, body suit, and tank. 
And so my soul overflowed with joy, hearing 
this information from my friends. 

And when, after precise inquiry and with a 
boiling wish to have the news confirmed, I 
was unable to discover its foundation and 
source, I felt an ineffable sorrow in my 
deepest innerfold and tasted indescribable 
bitterness; and I remained, all that day as 
well as the next, sorrowful, grim, and 

Suffering this position and troubled by 
thoughts until nightfall, I plunged into sleep 
wherein a woman appeared to me in dream 
who clarified all I desired so passionately to 

Disturbed, weeping and whispering, 

she starts to speak: 
I am your mother Symi. 

I know your joy in serving your land, 
how you detest connivance. 

I see you praise me in your poems 
and call me the Muses' mother, 

so I appear with a message 
by which your questions will be solved. 

My message is about serving your land, 
about the common concerns of divers. 

Be careful, listen well 
to what I say and make it known. 

The diving gear is old and soon will cease, 
the divers will again be strong, 

the time has come, the end is near, 
the diving stone will rule once more. 

The diving gear has weakened, 
the naked dive will bloom again, 

our forefather's art will flower. 
Long live the first technique! 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream 

The First Technique — The Naked Divers 

"Greeks and sea interpenetrate," the 
Greek saying goes. And from ancient 
times young men of the Dodecanese 
have penetrated the sea in search of 
natural sponges, "the golden fleece of 
the sea." The superior skills gained by 
these divers is the reason that diving was 
introduced into the Olympic games. 

Until the 1860s the Greek sponge divers 
used an ancient and proud technique, 
what my grandfather called the first 
technique of "naked diving." Today we 
know it as "breath-hold diving" and 
primarily as the province of underwater 
daredevils who, as sport, compete to see 
who can go the deepest on just a single 
breath and survive a terrifying ascent 
back to air. In the Mediterranean alone, 
more than 50 "free divers" die each year 
of misjudgment when they fail to reach 
the surface in time. But for the Greek 
sponge divers, and for millennia, "naked 
diving" was a means to a living. 
Wearing only a net bag slung round his 
waist and holding a flat marble stone 15 
kilograms in weight, a Greek diver 
would shoot down an inclined plane 
jutting from the side of the boat into the 
water and plummet to a depth of up to 
70 meters, using the stone as a rudder to 
steer through his descent. Called a "bell- 
stone" on the island of Symi and a 
"trigger-stone" on the island of Kalymnos 
because of its function — it triggered the 
dive — the diving stone was a prized 
possession handed down from father to 
son. The stone had a hole in one rounded 
end where a line was attached to the 
boat. On the bottom, if successful, a 

naked diver could gather one or two 
sponges in his net bag before tugging on 
the line, signaling he had to be pulled 
back to air. Like a sea bird — in my 
grandfather's words — he would plunge 
and rise up through a 12-hour work day, 
taking neither food nor water, apart from 
a little bread and coffee at daybreak. 

In 1913, a naked diver from Symi, 
Giorgos Hadjis, rescued the lost anchor 
of the Regina Margherita, an Italian ship 
on its maiden voyage. Hadjis dove to 88 
meters' depth on a single breath of air 
and tied a rope around the anchor. 
Italian records show the dive at three 
minutes and 35 seconds. Afterwards, an 
Italian physician examined the diver and 
described his chest as looking like a 

A Harrowing Change — The Diving Suit 

The murderous gear wounds my liver. 

I hate it, the disgusting thing. 

As much as I hate the devil's legions, 

as much as the head of Gorgon and Medusa 
or the venomous viper's hiss. 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream 

In 1863, the Industrial Revolution 
arrived in the Dodecanese and brought 
with it swift and huge prosperity won at 
too terrible a price. The deep-sea diving 
suit was introduced into the sponge- 
fishing industry, and first on the island 
of Symi, where my grandfather was bom 
and raised, the island he considered his 

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admissions at Brandeis, 
has worked in the Office of 
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painda, his homeland. Iromc.illy, the 
suit — which the divers swiftly came to 
call "Satan's machine" — was introduced 
at a place of incomparahle heauty. 
Traveler Magazine calls Symi harhor 
"the most heautiful harhor in all of 

The first practical underwater diving 
suit had heen invented in England in 
1819 by Augustus Siebe. By 1835, the 
new diving suit was in use throughout 
the world, primarily in salvage work. 
Siebe had revolutionized underwater 
diving by making use of a hard-hat 
helmet attached to a sealed diving suit, 
into which compressed air was fed from 
above by means of a hose. The system 
allowed the diver to see, to remain 
underwater — if seemed — indefinitely, 
and to descend to previously 
unobtainable depths. When the diving 
suit was introduced into the sponge 
industry, it increased the diver's 
productivity by a hundredfold. The 
naked divers could not compete except 
in fishing for sponges on uneven 
bottoms, among crevices, overhanging 
ledges, or among sharp rocks that made 
machine-diving especially dangerous 
because of the likelihood of damage to 
the diving suit or air hose. Many of the 
finest cave sponges of the Aegean 
continued to be gathered by naked 

But with the new diving suit came a 
dramatic change in the physiology of 
diving. The naked diver took one long 
all-engulfing breath of sea-air at one 
atmosphere before he plunged to the 
bottom. Using the Siebe-designed suit, 
the diver was now breathing comprised 
air, in effect multiples of air, at depth. 
Since normal air is 78 percent nitrogen, a 
diver in compressed air is also breathing 
multiples of nitrogen, an inert gas that 
does not entirely pass away in a diver's 
exhalations. Instead it goes into 
supersaturated solution in the blood and 
soft tissue of the body. When the diver 
rises into lesser pressure, the nitrogen 
quickly escapes the blood in bubbles — it 
"boils" or froths — similar to when a 
bottle of warm beer is opened too 
quickly. In mild cases the froth gives the 
diver pains in the joints, but in severe 
cases the nitrogen bubbles can clog 
veins, cause nerve damage, cut off the 
spinal ganglia or cause instant death by 
heart embolism. If a diver ascends from 
depth too rapidly — or even if the interval 


between his dives is too brief — the diver 
risks death or paralysis from "the 

As the new deep-diving suits, the 
skafandra, came into wide use, 
casualties mounted in the sponge-fishing 
islands. Between 1866 and 1895, on the 
island of Kalymnos alone, 800 young 
men died of the bends and 200 more 
were paralyzed. Pulled to the surface, 
they would die there on the decks. As 
William Travis, a British writer, 
describes the scene: "Face blood-black, 
eyes shut up somewhere in swollen 
flesh, gasping for air. with crew men 
sitting on his wrists and ankles to keep 
them out straight and to keep them 
from closing up" like a jackknife. 

No longer was the diver the proud 
gymnos, "a naked diver." He was now 
called mechanikos, "a mechanic." The 
diver had become part of the machine. 
The heroic Greek diver, whose likeness 
appeared on archaic pottery, now 
breathed compressed air tasting of 
vaporized machine oil. He now viewed 
the crystal-clear, aquamarine waters of 
the Aegean through a haze of oil that 
clouded the window of his helmet. And 
most telling of all, the diver called what 
happened to him when he suffered the 
bends "being hit by the machine. " 


The Industrial Revolution had created an 
ever-growing demand for soft and 
luxurious sponges for the great cities of 
Western Europe. But by 1840, the 
sponge-fishing islands of the Aegean had 
fished out Greek and Turkish waters. 
Almost simultaneously, as Russ Bernard 
points out, the Dodecanese islanders of 
Symi and Kalymnos found vast new 
sponge beds off the coast of North 
Africa. And so the sponge markets 
flourished, processing plants 
proliferated, and foreign capital flowed 
in. Between 1880 and 1890, normalized 
for size, Symi was the wealthiest port in 
all of the Mediterranean. In a single 
season, as Travis indicates, a merchant- 
captain on Symi could earn an entire 
fortune. And the divers shared in the 
bounty. As Bernard notes, a diver could 
earn two-and-a-half times in six months 
what a man of similar education could 
earn in a year. It was the Golden Age of 

And all rested on a foundation of ever- 
increasing demand and the increased 
sponge yield that came with the deep- 
diving suits — the skafandra — with 
bigger boats and better pumps, and with 
the industrial organization that now was 
brought to bear on the sponge-fishing 

industry. Each spring, in April and May, 
300 sponge boats set sail from Kalymnos 
alone for the six-month sponge-fishing 
season that took divers to sites all along 
the coast of North Africa, from 
Alexandria to Benghazi. And the 
Kalymnian fleet was joined at sea by 
large sponge-fishing fleets from other 
Dodecanese islands. The sponge divers 
dove at sites they called, and still do, by 
the names they were given 2,000 years 
earlier in the great era of Hellenic 
colonization — Berenice for Benghazi, 
AppoUonia for Marsa Susa. and 
Mandroucha for Paraetonium. 

But with increased sponge-yield came 
the destruction of the sponge-beds — the 
harvesting exceeding the natural rate of 
regrowth. A vicious economic race had 
been set in motion, as Travis indicates, 
with the merchants demanding more 
sponges of the divers and the divers 
demanding more of themselves in order 
to keep pace with the growing needs of a 
plentiful age that "supplied silks and 
satins, Italian marble and French 
furniture, family portraits, and exotic 
foodstuffs." The known sponge beds 
thinned or were wiped out entirely. As 
Travis notes, "There was but one way. 
the way down. Down beyond the 
hundred-and-fifty-foot level, down past 
two hundred feet where even the 
Aegean daylight grows dim and faint, 
down to the darkness of forty fathoms 
that their new diving suits made 
possible for them. Down and down until 
thev died... " 

Many die without justice 

and many walk the markets lame. 
Our merchants seeing them turn deaf, 

scramble to their cashiers 
to earn high yields on their returns. 

They are the bitter enemies of their true duty. 
With triple usury they make their loans, 

and seal their ears if people perish. 
With all their powers they should try 

to cast off the gear's existence, 
to see it as a guillotine 

and stone it down, 
united with widows and orphans 

But while others seek to throw it out, 
our merchants try to shore it. 

Seeking to better their accounts 
they shamelessly crowd graveyards. 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream 



But the diving suits were never designed 
for 40 fathoms. They were designed for 
15. And so, soon, a third of the young 
men lay dead or paralyzed. The awful 
stories abound: Diving boats set sail 
from Kalymnos right after the joy of 
Greek Easter — and on the morning after 
Ipnos tis Agapis, the Sleep of Love— 
with 20 divers on board and returned in 
the fall with 10. Or left Kalymnos in the 
spring with 10 divers and returned with 
none. Or a divmg boat put in at Port Said 
sending back to Kalymnos, by swift 
paketo, a simple, stark message: Send 
more divers! 


One Sunday m May 1895, when news 
came early that season of many deaths, 
the women of Kalymnos spontaneously 
performed the act of anathema against 
the merchant-captains as the women 
poured out from churches all over the 
island. Violent protests agamst the 
skafandra took place on Symi and 
Kalymnos, sometimes led by women. 
Intellectuals and theologians arrayed 
themselves against the merchants and 
captains. My grandfather's poem itself 
was directed at Ottoman Turkish 
authorities as a plea that they intervene 
and ban the deep-diving gear. And bans 
of fleeting duration were issued, one 
lasting for two years. Bribes to Ottoman 
officials were the prime but not the sole 
reason they failed. On the island of 
Symi, the sponge industry had become 
known as The Tyranny. All were locked 
in its deadly grip. 

When the sponge fleet arrived home to 
Symi in October — after being gone for 
six months — the women would race to 
the shore to greet the returning fleet. In 
solidarity all of the women dressed in 
black, not knowing who among them 
would be widows. 

The Lament Of The Widows 

All eyes are dry yet mine are running. 

Tears pierce my breast and drench my heart. 
Where is my precious hyacinth, my flower of March? 

The diving-gear devoured it. 

I turn and look toward the door, 

expect you to appear, 
open our wooden chest, put on a shirt. 

In Hades you lie, in Haros's gardens, 
and I ask if you've been seen down at the kafenia. 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream 

Today, in the United States, the most 
dangerous occupation is fisher, with a 
1.3 percent annual fatality rate. In the 
last decades of the 19th century, the 
annual death rate for Dodecanese divers 
was 10 to 15 percent. (Tell your children 
to stay far from the sea.) 


And so the divers lit their cigars with 
thousand-lire notes and led a reckless 
life. And why not> Since they might 
never return, the divers could command 
100 percent of their six-months' wages 
m advance of the fleet's setting sail. The 
platika or pre-payment system added 
to — some say created — the pressure to 
dive with dangerous disregard for safety. 
Because so much money had changed 
hands already, divers were under 
enormous pressure to harvest enough 
sponge to match the high platika they 
had received. It was a pressure both self- 
imposed, as a matter of honor, and 
imposed by a captain who now owned 
his men. And the diver who met his high 
platika could demand even more next 


Since high casualty rates continued until 
the 1970s — long after divers knew about 
proper deep-diving technique — I asked 
throughout the Dodecanese Yiatit Why^ 
Why so many deaths and casualties? 

I now know the causes. It is their 
relative weight that remains so puzzling. 
The list includes poor equipment, 
ignorance of proper deep-diving 
technique, the greed of the merchants 
and captains, the greed of the divers 
themselves, the platika system, "the 
poetics of manhood" in Greece — in the 
phrase of anthropologist Michael 
Herzfeld — and the incontrovertible truth 
that these beautiful but rock-strewn 
islands had only the sea to turn to and 
what the sea so reluctantly gives up. 

Oh beloved and renowned homeland Symi, 

if only you were blessed with vineyards 

and with fresh waters. 
Though graced with boulders you rejoice, 

full of good men of generous upbringing. 
If only you had fruitful trees and Land to cultivate, 

olive-groves to tend to in abundance. 
You've never been empty or abandoned 

by those who emigrate to bitter lands. 
A bell-of-stone and a net are the tools 

of those aboard the boats. 
Such is the trade they practice, young and old, 

the trade Symian men inherit. 
We found no fields to cultivate. 

In the sea's waves and depths we dive. 
In the sea we found our vineyards and our olive- 

In the eons to come this is our trade. 

Metrophanes Kalafatas 
Winter Dream 

In Greek, Metrophanes means "He who 
shines light on his mother." He who 
reveals his mother. I am blessed to have 
the gift of this poem and to have my 
grandfather reveal to me — and now to 
others — his mother Symi and the largely 
lost world in which he lived. ■ 

26 Brandeis Review 



1 " 

by Marjorie Lyon 

Look at a child intently and you 
see compassion born from 
innocence and innate decency. 
Lunitless nnagmation and creative 
ideas come naturally to these 
small beings. But the power to 
implement their ideas does not. 
Impotent in the real world, they 
play where fantasy rules. The 
proud owners of piggy banks, with 
charming fervor they collect 
pennies that never amount to 

Or do they? 

A visit to New York City's 
Coliseum last winter proves 
otherwise. The theater marquis 
outside blares PENNY HARVEST 
in huge red letters. Inside, a 
cavernous space swallows the 
visitor: monumental cement block 
pillars support distant ceilings, 

rectangular fluorescent lights 
bathe the bustle below in a flat 
white light. Factory like, steel 
cribs are everywhere, piled high 
with heavy cotton sacks filled 
with pennies, tied with thick red 
plastic ties. More and more 
pennies — hundreds of thousands of 
them — are emptied onto the tables 
from cloth bags, cascading helter- 
skelter. This is a scene from a 
piggy bank heist. Under the tables, 
toddlers crawl around picking up 
the pennies that have dropped to 
the floor. It's their job. 

The pennies were collected by 
school children throughout New 
York City who participate in 
Common Cents, a charitable 
organization created by Teddy 
Gross '69. The children and some 
of their parents and teachers are 
here on this day to sort the 
pennies. Kids of all ages crowd 
around tables, small hands 
separating pennies from other 
coins, buttons, paper clips, gum, 
M&Ms, and dollar bills, scooping 

them into large plastic pitchers 
and pouring the contents into 30- 
pound sacks to be weighed. The 
sacks are packed on steel cribs and 
then into 40-foot trucks that take 
them to Brinks, where the pennies 
are counted. 

A beaming Teddy Gross welcomes 
groups of students as they arrive, 
ready with hugs for those he 
recognizes. Motioning to others, 
he asks gleefully, "Where are you 
from?" sending them off to write 
down their ideas about how to 
help the community. The Daily 
News headline screams "Tons of 
Love in Penny Drive." Pms on a 
bulletin board indicate the 
location of Common Cents 
schools: they are all over the New 
York City map. Calling it a 

"tonathon" (the pennies brought 
this day weigh about 100 tons), 
Gross not only has kids guessing 
how many pennies are in the 
Coliseum to win a T-shirt, he has 
90 teams competing to sort a ton 
of pennies apiece. How many 
pennies are in a ton? About 

"The penny harvest itself is a 
massive entry level community 
service opportunity for children 
and adults to collectively recycle 
this wasted resource of pennies," 
explains Gross. "The purpose of 
the Common Cents penny harvest 
is to teach students self- 
empowerment by using a currency 
that is often considered worthless. 
Part of the very essence of this — 
what makes it so powerful — is that 
children get the idea that this is 
making a great deal out of 
something that is not worth much 
by itself. And that's a very 
important message to them. 

"Once it's all done, it has to be 
sorted and prepared for counting. 
So turning the pennies into dollars 
involves a process that we've 
turned into an opportunity to 

celebrate the enormity and 
diversity of the city, to invite 
people to actually work together 
and say, 'Yes, it's work and yes, 
it's important and yes, we have to 
do it.'" 

Do it they did. Last winter the 
citywide penny collection totaled 
more than 28 million pennies, 
which adds up to more than 
$280,000. Common Cents was in 
more than 470 public and private 
city schools (40 percent of the 
schools in New York City) and 205 
libraries, led by Public School 84 
in Manhattan, which collected 100 
sacks of pennies. Each sack equals 
roughly $50. 

Once the children were 
empowered to see that their 
pennies made a difference. Gross 
took his idea a leap forward, into 
another realm — creating the kind 
of seminal experience that 
influences a lifetime. He gave the 
children a voice in how the money 

would be spent. And he decided to 

try an incentive, to make it a 
competition, where achievement 
was rewarded with the 
opportunity to have a voice. 

'When the pennies have turned 
into dollars, we teach the children 
how to turn dollars into deeds. 
And that's where the real fun 
begins because they have ideas. 
What they don't have often are the 
instruments to translate those 
ideas into action. The roundtable 
gives them that instrument," 
Gross explains. 

The roundtable is a student board 
that makes the decisions on how 
the money should be spent. 
Students in participating schools 
collected pennies during a three- 
week period last fall. Every school 
that collected more than 25 sacks 
received $1,000, and sent the rest 
of the money to a larger fund. Each 
school then established a student- 
run roundtable, which solicited 
grant ideas and decided how best 
to disburse the money. Student 
roundtables were in 140 schools 
last year. They have every option 
open to them except buying things 

The purpose 
of the Common 
Cents penny 
harvest is to teach 
students self- 
by using a 
currency that is 
often considered 

30 Brandeis Review 

13 A 

tor themselves or for their school. 
Last year, one school bought toys 
for children hospitalized with 
AIDS. Another donated money to 
help poor elderly people buy food 
for their pets. 

"Earnmg the money or raising it 
yourself is very different from 
being given the money," Gross 
emphasizes. "When the schools do 
their own penny harvest and then 
a leadership group under the 
guidance of a teacher takes 
responsibility for allocating it, it's 
like the varsity team of the school. 
It becomes a very visible, highly 
recognized, very empowering 
experience, and they're extremely 
motivated to go the whole nine 
yards. They study and undertake 
the job of being stewards for the 
community very responsibly even 
at a very early age. And because 
you can do this with almost any 

group of children, the next year it 
doesn't have to be the same group. 
So there's a chance to multiply the 
number of people having that 

Yet another benefit: these 
roundtables change the 
relationship of schools and people 
to their community. "The 
business of schooling often takes 
place in virtual isolation," 
explains Gross. "And there's also a 
sense that adults as a rule do not 
trust children, but rather regard 
them as unhelpful, untrustworthy, 
narcissistic burdens. In many ways 
that's a result of the fact that we 
don't have enough opportunity for 
them to express and develop their 
social concerns or to be 
demonstrably valuable to society. 
They can't milk the cows. So the 
penny harvest and the roundtable 
are kind of a three -hit program to 
get young people impacted 

positively on their community. 
First, they take responsibility for 
an idle resource cooperatively. 
Second, they become engaged 
observers of their communities by 
assessing needs, paying site visits, 
and making grants. They begin to 
learn what works and what 
doesn't. Third, the children 
actually go out into the 
community with the funds and do 
something active as service. So it's 
collecting, distributing, and finally 
using the funds." 

All of this resonates with the 
founder's soul. Teddy Gross is a 
product of a childhood in Israel 

When the pennies 
have turned into 
dollars, we teach 
the children 
how to turn dollars 
into deeds. 

Teddy Gross 

and student activism in the sixties 
at Brandeis, his psyche fertile 
ground for the kind of community 
service that Common Cents 
embodies. But this commitment 
originated spontaneously when he 
least expected it. A playwright, 
married to Ruth Nass '69, M.D., 
and a new father living in 
Manhattan, he took a walk up 
Broadway with his daughter on a 
chilly November evening. Gross 
didn't even notice a homeless man 
huddled inside a refrigerator 
carton next to a newsstand. But 
his daughter did. Not yet 4, she 
tugged at his coat sleeve and said, 
"That man's cold. Daddy. Can we 
take him home?" 

The impact on Gross was palpable. 
"It was a shock of recognition that I 
had a new kind of responsibility, 
for myself, for him, but probably 
most of all for her. I needed to 

figure out some way to change my 
life because I didn't want her 
pointing a finger at me when she 
grew up, asking, 'Where were 
you?' How could I teach her to 
share my belief in social 
responsibility if I was unwilling to 
put that belief into practice? 

"Several weeks later I saw a jar of 
pennies in somebody's apartment. 
I remembered the jar m ours. I 
could just simply go around our 
building and find out how many 
other people had jars of pennies 
like my neighbor, I thought. There 
was a very tangible, simple, finite 
way that my daughter and I could 
do something together that would 
help homeless people." Gross put 
his idea into action, leaving a 
letter on everybody's doorstep, and 
coming by a few days later. 

He had no inkling of what lay 
ahead. "By the time we had done 
our first experiment, we had to 
borrow a station wagon and a 

truck to get it to the bank. And all 
of a sudden, we discovered that in 
fact we weren't the only father- 
daughter team, we weren't the 
only two generations of New 
Yorkers who were struggling to 
figure out how they could employ 
each other's energies to do 
something worthwhile," says 
Gross. So it quickly grew. But how 
do you institutionalize an idea? 
How do you actually give it life 
beyond the personal urge?" 

Brandeis taught 
us from the 
very beginning 
that you could 
make something 

There was a very 
tangible, simple, 
finite w/ay that 
my daughter and 
I could do 
something together 
that would help 
homeless people. 

with the rabbi in his 
gue to find a way to involve 
the congregation resulted in the 
spread of "penny harvesting" to 25 
or 30 families. This first joint 
effort produced $25,000. By the 
end of the year, Gross had written 
about $100,000 worth of checks 
for the Coalition for the Homeless. 
By then, parents had taken the 
idea to their children's private 
schools. Volunteers began to help 
with organization. 

For Gross, former editor of the 
Justice and editor-in-chief of the 
Boston Phoenix (1970-72), more 
recently a playwright with plays 
that have been produced in New 
York off -Broadway (including Red 
Square and Crossfire], his idea 
became a full-time commitment 
in 1995. Now his primary goal as 
executive director of Common 
Cents New York (which he 
founded in 1991) is to put power, 
social consciousness, and 
responsibility into the hands of 
young people. "The issue is 
pluralizing many of the 

experiences that I had, growing up 
in Israel and going to Brandeis, 
being an activist in the sixties. All 
those experiences for me were on a 
continuum of responsibility and of 
self-respect — a sense that it 
absolutely goes without saying 
that we: have the capacity to 
transform our society and the 
obligation to do so. We are 
building a framework where 
children who don't have that at 
all, who haven't gotten it from 
their times, from their schools, 
from their culture, can now begin 
to feel it. 

"Brandeis equipped me for this 
because Brandeis taught us from 
the very beginning that you could 
make something happen — that you 
could take a muddy terrain with a 
two-by-four across it and turn it 
into a science hall. Those things 
were happening all over the place, 
and they're doable. Making an 
institution work is not an 
impossible proposition," says 
Gross, recalling that on a whim 
one day he dialed 212-P-E-N-N-I-E-S, 
and discovered that the phone 
number was not in service. Of 
course, he had that number 
installed in his kitchen. "I did a 
lot of things that were 
organization building before there 
was an organization," he says, as if 
the ideas won't stop popping into 

: his head and he just can't resist 
trying them out. 

The result of his imagination and 
implementation, a cluttered 
shoebox storefront office staffed by 
five Americorps VISTA members 
(including Kruti Parekh '97) runs a 
gigantic citywide operation 
involving huge numbers of 
parents, teachers, and most 
importantly, students. Nipw York 
City's school system, the largest 
in the country, has over a million 
students, and there are very few 
ways to engage them all. Gross's 
penny harvest now involves half 
the students in the city and the 
roundtables engage about a quarter 
of those students. Not content to 
stop with the astonishing success 
of his ideas called Penny Harvest 
and The Student Roundtable, 
Gross has also created other 
similar projects: The Student 
Community Action Fund, The 
Good Deed Bandits, Cookies & 
Dreams, Smart Start, and 
Operation Handshake. 

What might be next? ■ 

33 Spring 199H 

Branrieis University 
Alumni Association 
Says Thanks to Board 

Members of the Brandeis 
Chamber Choir, conducted 
by Brandeis Professor of 
Music James Oleson 

The 1995-98 Brandeis 
University Alumni 
Association board of 
directors concluded its term 
this spring with a meeting 
on campus in March. The 
meeting included a special 
recognition reception and 
dinner in which members of 
the Alumni Association 
were honored for their 
service to Brandeis. The 
following is a letter from 
outgoing Alumni 
Association President 
Yehuda C. Cohen '81. 

Yehuda Cohen '81 

Dear Fellow Alumni: 

As I look back on my three 
years as president of the 
Alumni Association, I think 
about the remarkable 
achievements of our alma 
mater as we begin our 50th 
Anniversary celebration. 
The question for each and 
every one of us is how can 
we best help Brandeis 
succeed in its next 50 years? 
While Brandeis is one of the 
top private national 
research universities in 
America committed to 
excellence, we must all 
work together to maintain 
this level of achievement. 

Last year more than 32 
percent of our 

undergraduate alumni made 
a gift to one of the many 
worthwhile programs or 
endeavors of the University. 
While that is a number we 
can be proud of, we have a 
long way to go when we 
compare ourselves to the 
other great American 
universities of which 
Brandeis is considered a 
peer institution. Brandeis 
deserves your financial 
support. Please take the 

time to reinvest m your 
own degree by making a gift 
to your alma mater. 

I'd like to take a moment to 
reflect on some of the 
Alumni Association 
highlights of the last three 

1. Increasing our alumni 
presence in such places as 
Atlanta, Arizona, Baltimore, 
and Pittsburgh. 

2. Our Reunion program has 
been greatly enhanced. In 
June, nine Brandeis Reunion 
classes are holding their 
class Reunions. It marks the 
first time that a Reunion of 
this size has been held "off- 
Commencement," meaning 
that for the Reunion 
weekend, the entire campus 
has been dedicated to 
holding a premier event for 
our distinguished alumni 

3. The Student Alumni 
Association has helped 
create a sense of "pre- 
alumni" status for students 
by holding a welcome 
reception for first-year 
students in the fall with the 
Alumni Association. 

4. Gifts to welcome first- 
year students to campus 
have been distributed on 
behalf of the Alumni 
Association the last four 

5. A comprehensive Alumni 
Relations Web page 
includes Reunion 
highlights, an alumni e-mail 
directory, and Annual Fund 

6. A renewed commitment 
to achieving growth in 
alumni fund-raising at the 

Our last Alumni 
Association board meeting 
for the 1995-98 board took 
place in March. It was a 
chance to say "thank you" 

and "farewell" to many 
alumni volunteers who 
have devoted a great deal of 
time, energy, and resources 
into creating alumni 
programs around the 
country as well as being 
ambassadors in their 
respective communities. I 
want to thank all my 
predecessors, especially our 
immediate past President 
Bruce Litwer '61, and 
everyone who helped make 
my tenure one of the great 
experiences of my life. 
I also would like to give my 
personal best to our next 
Alumni Association 
president, Richard Saivetz '69, 
and wish him much 

Yours truly, 

Yehuda C. Cohen '81 

34 Brandeis Review 

Homecoming '98: 
Save the Dates 
September 25-26 

Susan Bailis '67 
Elected Chair of 
Simmons College Board 
of Trustees 

Yehuda Cohen '81, right, 
president of the Brandeis 
University Alumni 
Association, and Bruce 
Litwer '61. the immediate 
past president, enjoy a light 

Carol Richman Saivetz '69, 
an Alumni Term Trustee, 
speaks with Rich Liroff '69 

Betsy Sarason Pfau '74, 
Debi Tellerman Berkowitz '71, 
Jay Kaufman '68, M.A. '73, 
and Janet Besso Becker '73 

Jim Felton '85, Southern 
California chapter president 
and henna Silberman 
Scott '92, Chicago chapter 

Plans are underway to 
revive Homecoming at 
Brandeis. All alumni, and 
especially recent graduates, 
are invited to return for 
Homecoming festivities. A 
recent Homecoming Focus 
Group examined the 
programs Brandeis offers 
and made recommendations 
for the future. 

Homecommg '98 vifill 
feature a doubleheader 
soccer game vv'ith both the 
men's and women's teams 
facing University Athletic 
Association rival Emory 
University of Atlanta on 
Saturday, September 26. If 
you are interested in 
helping to plan or to 
encourage other alumni to 
attend Homecoming '98 
festivities, please call Noah 
Carp '95, assistant director. 
Alumni Relations, at 

Susan Solender Bailis '67, a 
national leader in elder 
health care and chair of the 
Board of Overseers of The 
Heller Graduate School at 
Brandeis, has been elected 
chair of the Simmons 
College Board of Trustees. 

Bailis, president and chief 
executive officer of the 
A.D.S. Group, an eldercare 
company, was chosen by 
her peers to lead the liberal 
arts college for a three-year 
term as trustee chair, which 
began April 24. She will be 
at the helm during 
Simmons's 100th 
anniversary celebration in 
1999-2000. She is the first 
board chair who graduated 
from one of Simmons's four 
graduate schools, holding an 
M.S.W. from the Simmons 
College School of Social 
Work and a B.A. degree 
with honors from Brandeis. 

Bailis is on the board of 
many philanthropic 
organizations, educational 
institutions, and 
corporations. They include 
the Combined Jewish 
Philanthropies and the 
Anti-Defamation League of 
New England. She is past 
president of the 
Massachusetts Extended 
Care Federation. She has 
received numerous honors 
and awards, including Inc. 
magazine's "Entrepreneur 
of the Year" and the 
National Association of 
Social Workers "Social 
Worker of the Year." She 
has published and lectured 
widely on health care and 
social welfare policy. 

35 Spring IS 

Successful Student 
Alumni Association 
"World of..." Program 
Has New Hit 


The Student Alumni 
Association continues to 
produce successful 
programs that help students 
network with alumni and 
find out more about career 
options. In April, the 
Student Alumni 
Association held its "World 
of Business" program in the 
Faculty Center. Thirteen 
Boston-area alumni in the 
world of business and 
finance returned to campus 
to share their experiences 
and ideas with more than 60 
Brandeis undergraduates 
who attended the program. 

The students enjoyed a 
keynote address by Martin 

"Marty" Bloom '79, founder 
and chief executive officer 
of Vinny Testa's restaurants 
in the Boston area. John 
Korff '73 also impressed the 
students when he said he 
hires six to eight college 
students each summer to 
work on his company's golf, 
tennis, and balloon events 
in New Jersey, Arizona, and 
Utah. Previous "World 
of..." programs have 
included the "World of 
Law," "World of 
Communications," and 

"World of Health." 

Brandeis Web Site: Your 
Source for Alumni News 

The Brandeis Web site is an 
important place to look for 
news of Brandeis alumni 
events in your area. Check 
out our Web site at 
Share with us your e-mail 
address and we will list it 
on your class e-mail 
directory. This is a great 
way to find long-time 
friends and catch up on 
Brandeis. Visit the Brandeis 
site at to 
find more information 
about Brandeis's 50th 
Anniversary celebrations or 
to add your e-mail address 
to our growing alumni 
e-mail directory. 

Michael Freeman '89 and 
Matthew Salloway '00 

Alumni Stepping Forward 
to Ensure Strong 
Brandeis Annual Fund 

Class of 1998 Senior 
Class Gift Program 
Betters Undergraduate 
Giving Rate 

Recognizing a strong 
commitment to the future 
of Brandeis University, the 
Brandeis Class of 1998 has 
already surpassed last year's 
alumni undergraduate 
giving rate of 32 percent. 
Thirty-four percent of the 
Class of 1998 have already 
contributed to the 
scholarship that they are 

The close of our fiscal year 
is a fitting time to thank 
our very capable and 
dedicated alumni volunteers 
who have helped raise the 
prominence of alumni 
giving at Brandeis. The 
Annual Fund volunteers are 
committed to promoting 
alumni giving and outreach. 
Our alumni truly represent 
the enduring constituency 
of Brandeis and will be the 
foundation of the 
University's academic 
excellence and financial 
stability. This year it has 
been no different, as our 
alumni, m partnership with 
the Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations, have 
built on last year's record- 
setting performance. 

The Alumni Annual Fund 
keeps Brandeis dynamic and 
vital. These dollars provide 
for essentials such as 
faculty and staff salaries, 
financial aid to more than 
60 percent of students, lab 
equipment, classroom 
upgrades, technology, 
building repairs, and 
landscaping of 235 beautiful 
acres of campus. The 
Annual Fund also plays a 
crucial role in the 
University's ability to 
attract students and faculty 
of the highest caliber, 
sustain an extraordinarily 
low student/faculty ratio, 
and defray the inevitably 
high expenses of a world- 
class research university. 
The Annual Fund Executive 
committee is chaired by 
Howard Scher '67 and 
includes Danny Abelman '75, 
Herb Pans '56, Shelly 
Stein '74, Steve Mora '65, 
Steve Reiner '61, Carl 
Gurgold '54, and Marty 
Gross '72. The Annual Fund 
Executive Committee is 
staffed by Beth Ann Saplin, 
associate director. Annual 
Fund, 781-736-4008. 

36 Brandeis Review 

Alumni Chapter Events 

Please check below for news 
about alumni happenings in 
your area. Remember to 
e-mail your e-mail address 
to alumguru'5'stanlcy. 
feldberg. if you 
would like to receive news 
of chapter events by e-mail. 
Don't forget to indicate 
your chapter area when you 
send your e-mail. 

Brandeis Giving Societies 
are an important 
component of Alumni 
Annual Fund efforts. The 
Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations works 
with alumni volunteers to 
increase membership in the 
giving societies and to 
increase the number of 
annual gifts at these levels 
to the University. 

The lustice Brandeis Society 
I IBS I dates back to 
Brandeis's earliest days and 
recognizes gifts between 
$1,000-2,499. IBS 
membership provides 
opportunities to interact 
with other distinguished 
Brandeis alumni to support 
University goals. Members 
are also invited to special 
events in cities with large 
numbers of IBS members. In 
the past year, Ellen Lasher 
Kaplan '64 chaired the 
Justice Brandeis Society 
with committee members 
Iim Felton '85, Rich Liroff '69, 
ludith Lowitz Adler '70, 
Debra Cohen '81, and 
Nancy Alpert '75. For more 
information, contact Lmda 
Chernick, assistant director. 
Annual Fund, with the 
lustice Brandeis Society at 

The 1948 Society was 
formed to recognize donors 
whose annual gifts to 
Brandeis total $500-999. 
The Society consists of 
many committed alumni, 
friends, and parents who 
are dedicated to keeping 
Brandeis at the forefront of 
American higher education. 
In the past year, Victor Ney 
'81 headed the 1948 
Society. He was ably 
assisted by 1948 Society 
committee Brad Akers '95, 
Janna Zwerner Jacobs '77, 
Marc Bloostein '85, Carol 
Paull '69, Phyllis Coburn 
'75, Chris Patsos '79, 
Matthew Cohen '89, Lee 
Sachnoff '85, Susan 
Deutsch '62, Cynthia So '95, 
and Deena Gordon '89. For 
more information, contact 
Emily Pick, M.A. '97, 
assistant director. Annual 
Fund, with the 1948 
Society, at 781-736-4061. 


William C. Miller '87 

More than 60 alumni, 
parents, and friends of 
Brandeis gathered at the 
home of Seymour and Star 
Sacks '55 in April to meet 
President Jehuda Reinharz 
and Professor Shulamit 
Reinharz. The president's 
visit to the valley also 
marked the first in a series 
of programs aimed at 
strengthening the 
connection between alumni 
in Arizona and the 
University. The brunch was 
enjoyable and more 
activities should be on the 
way. President Reinharz 
remarked on Brandeis's 
commitment to excellence 
in teaching and research as 
evidenced by a new study 
that ranks Brandeis as the 
leading research university 
m the private sector. Also at 
the end of March, Leon fick, 
professor emeritus of 
American lewish studies, 
spoke to alumni on "Current 
Issues in the Middle East." 

Southern California 
James R. Felton '85 

In March, the Southern 
California Chapter hosted a 
question and answer 
discussion with Bill 
Schneider '66, senior 
political analyst for CNN. 
The discussion "Inside the 
Beltway (Washington and 
the Media)" centered on the 
current political climate in 
Washington and the media's 
role in shaping public 
opinion. Seventy-five 
alumni attended the event 
at Barefoot in Los Angeles. 
Burt Rosen '55 hosted the 

Greater Boston 

Richard Saivetz '69 

Boston Alumni Chapter 
President Richard Saivetz '69 
welcomes Former Governor 
of Texas Ann Richards to 
an Alumni Association and 
Brandeis Business and 
Professional Network 
breakfast in March 

Burt Rosen '55 with 
William Schneider '66 

37 Spring 1998 

Annette Samuels. Dahlia 
Kzonish '99, Robert 
Samuels '54, Ron Kionish '68, 
and Jennifer Ely, assistant 
dean and coordinator for 
Study Abroad 

Great Britain 

Joan GIvner Bovarnicit Ph.D. '59 

Stephen Whitfield, Max 
Richter Professor of 
American Civihzation, 
currently on sabbatical in 
Paris, spoke in April on 
"The Mystique of 
Multiculturation." What are 
the implications for 
American society when 
diversity is legitimated and 
seen as a source of national 
strength (since 1960s)? 
These implications include 
complications such as who 
gets included as an ethnic or 
racial group when 
preferences become a matter 
of public policy, and what 
gets ignored when ethnicity 
and race become 
predominant categories of 
analysis? How is 
multiculturalism different 
from earlier ideals of how 
group relations are to be 
negotiated in the United 
States? The event was held 
at the home of Margot 
Steinberg '81. On fune 25, 
the chapter held a Brandeis 
Evening at London's 
Riverside Studios, at the 
show The Lost Vegas Series. 
Steinberg is the producer of 
the Nomad Theatre 

Rose Weinberg '57 

Company and was proud to 
present this award winning 
play. She spoke to the 
chapter after the play in the 
bar/lounge area. 


Rose Weinberg '57 

The first meeting of 
Brandeis alumni in Israel 
this year was a wonderful 
success. More than 70 
alumni and friends crowded 
into the home of Ron '68, 
Amy, and Dahlia '99 
Kronish in Jerusalem in 
January. Israeli alumni 
hosted current students and 
welcomed Jennifer Ely, 
assistant dean of overseas 
students. Bob Samuels '54, 
headmaster of the Leo 
Baeck School in Haifa, 
graciously spoke on the 
challenges of Jewish 
education in Israel, a topic 
of great interest to all those 
present. Alumni from the 
fifties, more recent grads, 
and current students were 
all bonded by their strong 
feelings of identification 
with Brandeis and their 
commitment to their alma 
mater. Jared Goldfarb '94 
personally located and 
contacted over 100 alumm. 

Long Island 
Jaime Ezratty '86 

The Long Island Chapter 
reminds alumni to look to 
your mail for the chapter's 
U.S. Open tennis event in 
August. Last year's event 
sold out and we are hoping 
for even more alumni to 
join us this year. 

New Jersey 
Merry Firschein '87 
Jason Schneider '93 
Watch for the 
announcement about our 
third Annual Ruth '63 and 
Fred Friedman Barbecue in 
honor of incoming first-year 
Brandeis students in 

David Allon '81 

Organizational efforts are 
underway to have 
Philadelphia alumni 
celebrate Brandeis's 50th 
Anniversary. The chapter is 
planning an alumni night 
this summer at the Mann 
Outdoor Concert Series 
with the Philadelphia 
Orchestra. Details will be 

Washington, D.C. 
Seth Arenstein '81 

The Washington Chapter 
was pleased to host Spur of 
the Moment and Company B, 
two Brandeis a capella 
groups, this April at the 
Rooftop Party Room of the 
Lenox Club in Arlington, 
Virginia. Alumni enjoyed 
music, dessert, coffee, and 
an outstanding view of 
Washington, D.C. 

Save the Dates for 
1999 and 2000 
Alumni Reunions 

Mark your calendars and 
plan to attend Reunion 1999 
on June 10-13, 1999. 

Members of the classes of 

1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 

1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 

1994 will be invited back to 
campus. Alumni from 
classes adjacent to those 
years will also be invited to 
join in the Reunion 1999 
festivities. If you are 
interested in serving on the 
Reunion Gift or Program 
Committees for a Reunion 
class, please call the Office 
of Alumni Relations at 

The tentative dates for 
Reunion 2000 are 
June 15-18,2000. 

Members of the Classes of 

1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 

1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, and 

1995 will return to campus. 
Alumni College, a program 
in which alumni and faculty 
members teach classes, will 
kick off the Reunion 1999 
and 2000 celebrations. 
Please show your Brandeis 
pride and plan to attend 
Reunion 1999 and Reunion 

Don't forget to look on the 
Brandeis University Web 
site at 
alumni/reunion for 
complete Reunion 
information or call 

38 Brandeis Review 

New York Brandeis 
Alumni Affinity Groups 
Expand Activities 

The mission of Alumni 
Affinity Groups is to 
provide alumni in select 
industries with social, 
intellectual, and networking 
forums, while increasing 
their connection to the 
University and their 
commitment to its needs. 

Special thanks to Martin 
Gross '72, of Livingston, 
New lersey. President of 
Sandalwood Securities, who 
chaired The Wall Street 
Group this year, and 
Michael Wien 74, Real 
Estate Partner m the New 
York office of Sonnenschein 
Nath & Rosenthal, who 
chaired the Alumni Lawyers 
Association. The chair of 
the Alumni Real Estate 
Group IS Glenn Langberg '82, 
managing partner of Trelan 
Partners, a real estate 
development company in 
New York. The chair of 
the Alumni Health 
Professionals Group is Doug 
Monasebian '84, M.D., 
D.M.D., maxillofacial and 
plastic surgeon in private 
practice in New York. 

Upcoming Brandeis Alumni 
Affinity Events in New York 

Please save the date of 
September 15, when the 
Alumni Lawyers 
Association and Alumni 
Health Professionals Group 
welcome Arthur Caplan '71, 
director of the Center for 
Biomedical Ethics at the 
University of Pennsylvania, 
to Brandeis House. Caplan 
is the country's foremost 
expert on medical and 
biomedical ethics and will 
discuss ethical issues 
surrounding cloning, 
euthanasia, and the new 
advances in reproductive 
technology. For more 
information about all 
Alumni Affinity Groups in 
New York or to provide 
ideas for programming, 
please contact Development 
Officer Seth Schiffman '96 
at Brandeis House, 
212-472-1501. Brandeis 
House is located at 12 East 
77th Street, New York, NY 

New York City Brandeis 
Alumnae Network 

The Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations is 
forming a Brandeis 
Alumnae Networking 
Group in the New York 
region. If you are interested 
in serving on a planning 
committee or receiving 
information about the 
Brandeis Alumnae 
Network, please contact 
Cynthia Wolff, associate 
director of development, at 

Scenes from the Real Estate 
Group and Alumni Lawyers 
Association Program in 
New York City In March 

Panelists (clockwise) 
Jonathan Bernstein '69, 
William Friedman '65, 
Glenn Langberg '82, and 
Adam Raboy '82 

Penny '68 and Jonathan 
Bernstein '69, Adam 
Raboy '82, and Peggy 
Jackson '68 

Scenes from the Alumni 
Health Professions Group 
in New York in IMarch 

Stuait Altman, Sol C. 
Chaikm Professor of 
National Health Policy 

Douglas Monasebian '84 

39 Spring 1998 

lass Notes 



Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or 


Abraham Heller, Class 
Correspondent, 1400 Runnymcde 
Road, Dayton, OH 45419 

Natalie Joy Hittner Coch is 

working toward a certificate in 
gerontology at Marymount 
College. Melvin Mallock retired 
three years a.i;o and is now a home 
care specialist with the lewish 
Family and Children's Service of 


Sydney Rose Abend, Class 
Correspondent, 304 Concord 
Road, Wayland, MA 01778 

Sydney Rose Abend spent 1 1 
months sailing around the 
Eastern United States with her 
husband. Judith Burstein Cohen 
teaches at lohnson Middle School 
in Walpole, MA. Joan Rubinstein 
Freeman has an active biweekly 
poetry writing group that meets 
at Nina Doerfler Drooker's 
apartment. Ernest Helmrich was 
elected to the Jewish Sports Hall 
of Fame of Western Pennsylvania 
in Pittsburgh, PA. Elaine Kahn 
Kaufman is retired and living in 
Rhode Island and in Florida. 
Robert Samuels is the headmaster 
of the Leo Baeck Education 
Center in Israel and is in the 
process of building an 
International Academy of Jewish 
Studies. Stanley J. Weiss is a 
dentist in Staten Island, NY. 


Judith Paull Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 

Nancy Mack Burman has 

published a cookbook. It's Simply 
a Matter of Taste. Evelyn "Evi" 
Sheffres exhibited her enamel 
work last December at the 
Newton Free Library Gallery in 
the show Enamels and 


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

Sidney Hurwitz's etchings, 
American Steel, were displayed at 
the Pepper Gallery in Boston, MA. 

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

Moriel Schlesinger Weiselberg 

performed at Carnegie Hall in 
January with 400 choristers, 
including Barbara Koral Raisner '53 

Moriel's string quartet plays at 
nursing homes on Long Island, NY. 


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

Alicia Suskin Ostriker's eighth 
volume of poems. The Crack in 
Everything, was a finalist for a 
1996 National Book Award and 
has received the Paterson Poetry 
Prize. Alicia is a poet, critic, and a 
professor of English at Rutgers 


Judith Leavitt Schatz, Class 
Correspondent, 139 Cumberland 
Road, Leominster, MA 0I4.S3 

Hedy Kohn Weinberg is coauthor 
of Living with Hepatitis C: A 
Survivor's Guide, published by 
Hatherleigh Press. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #I6B, New York, NY 
1 002 1 

Stephen Sumner presented the 
keynote address at the biannual 
meeting of the Hudson Valley 
Council ol Technical Societies on 
the topic of the Internet in the 
2 1 St century. Stephen also 
participated in the kickoff of the 
New York City and New Jersey 
Lincoln Douglas Debate Forum at 
the Chase Corporate headquarters. 


Joan L. Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord Street, 
Maynard, MA 01 754 

Mary Lucier, a video installation 
artist, won a grant from the 
Anonymous Was a Woman 
Foundation. Mary plans to use the 
grant to finance a long-range 
project and to invest in new 

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

Peter Gould performs duet and 
solo, physical comedy and serious 
drama in the northeast with 
Gould and Stearns, He was 
awarded the Queens College 
Schwerner, Chancy, and 
Goodman Human Rights Award, 

Peter Gould 


Jay R. Kaufman, Class 
Correspondent, One Childs Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Beatrice "Triss" Finkelman Stein 

has published her second mystery 
novel. Digging Up Death. She is 
working in research at McKinsey 
and Company in New York, Alan 
Fox (M.F.A. '711 directed Grace 
and Glone starring Pat Carroll 
and Bonnie Franklin for the 
Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and 
the Cape Playhouse in 
Massachusetts last summer, 


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

Sylvia Weiser Wendel had her 

short story, "Absorbing Russian 
Culture," published by Red Rock 
Review. Sylvia received her 
M.F.A, in fiction at the University 
of Iowa, Luis Yglesias is working 
on the development of an 
international student center at 
Brookhaven College in Texas. 


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

Paul Fleisher has written Webs of 
Life, a series of books for 
elementary-aged readers. He also 
teaches gifted students at Binford 

Middle School in Richmond, VA. 
Abby Kimmelman Leigh is a 

painter represented by the 
Maxwell Davidson Gallery in 
New York City. Abby also has an 
active career in Europe with one- 
person exhibits in Rome and 
Bologna. Dena Rueb Romero 
spoke at the dedication of a 
plaque remembering victims of 
the Holocaust during the 
celebration of the l,I00th 
anniversary of her father's 
hometown, Guntersblum, 


Beth Posin Uchill, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02167 

Steven L. Berk was recently 
elected councilor director by the 
board of directors of Alpha Omega 
Alpha, the nation's only honor 
medical group. Steven is chair and 
professor of the Department of 
Internal Medicine at East 
Tennessee State University. 
Jackie Hyman continues writing 
about the theater freelance for the 
Associated Press in Los Angeles, 
CA. Jackie also writes for 
Harlequin Press under the 
pseudonym "Jacqueline 
Diamond." Dvota Yanow wrote 
How Does A Policy Mean?: 
Interpreting Policy and 
Organizational Actions. Dvora is 
a professor at California State 
University, Hayward. 


Dan Garfinkel, Class 
Correspondent, 2420 Kings Lane, 
Pittsburgh, PA I524I 

Tamsey Andrews has been 
appointed the assistant director of 
The Center for Teaching, 
Learning, and Faculty 
Development at Ferris State 
University m Big Rapids, MI. 
Barry Taylor is a naturopathic 
physician specializing in 
nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, and 
natural therapeutics in Weston, 
MA. Barry is the chief advisor for 
Alternative Medicine to the 
Channel 7 Healthcast news team. 

Tamsey Andrews 

40 Brandfis Review 

News Notes 



Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #3-H, New York, NY 10025 

Anne Lobock Fenton wrote and 
illustrated a nontiction children's 
hook, Ttkun Ohim: Fixing the 
World, published by Brookline 
Books. Steven Grosby edited The 
CaUmg of Education: "The 
Academic Ethic" and Other 
Essays on Higher Education by 
Edward Shils Gerry Hariton 
(M.F.A- '74, theater arts] and 
Vicki Baral designed tour shows 
tor the Royal Caribbean Cruise 
Lines' two newest mcga-ships, 
"Rhapsody of the Seas" and 
"Enchantment of the Seas." They 
also designed the CBS specials, 
"Where Are They Now" and 
"Ladies Home lournal's Most 
Fascinating Women of 1997." 
Richard ]. Levin (M.I.C. '76, 
Jewish communal service] is the 
author of Shared Purpose: 
Working Together to Build Strong 
Families and High Performance 
Workplaces, a book that 
challenges businesses, 
governments, schools, and 
community agencies to 
collaborate aggressively on 
policies that more effectively 
support the way people live and 
work. Richard's consulting firm, 
Richard Levin &. Associates, is 
regarded as an international 
leader in management 
development and work/family 
policy initiatives. Jakki Kouffman 
Sperber received an Individual 
Artists Grant from the Juneau 
Arts and Humanities Council 
Gallery in Juneau, AJaska, where 
she mounted a soJo painting 
exhibition. Jakki's Web site is 


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

Lawrence Beck is the head of the 
estate-planning department at the 
law firm of Haas 6i Najarian in 
San Francisco, CA. Robert A. 
Creo was elected president of the 
International Academy of 
Mediators, Charles Kamine is a 
practicing attorney in Cincinnati, 
OH, and an assistant attorney 
general for Ohio. He was elected 
to the Amberley Village Council 
last November. Mark Matthews is 
a freelance writer for the 
Washington Post. High Country 
News. The Great Falls Tribune, 
and various magazines. Karen M. 
Reynolds is a quality reviewer at 
Martin's Point Healthcare in 
South Portland, ME. Bruce I. 
Stark completed his first book. 
The Book of Genesis in Biblical 
Rap (Or Could it Be Verse). Roger 
Weissberg, a professor of 

psychology at the University of 
Illinois at Chicago (UIC), was the 
recipient of UIC's University 
Scholars Award. Roger has 
received international acclaim for 
his research into and promotion 
of children's social and emotional 
learning. He has also created 
successful school-based 
prevention research programs. 


Beth Pearlman, Class 
Correspondent, 177.^ Diane Road, 
Mendota Heights, MN .SSI 18 

(anet Hibel was elected to the 
American Psychological 
Association Ethics Committee for 
the 1998-2000 term. 


Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street #8J, New York, NY 1002.:! 

Mazelle Ablon's mail-order 
cheesecake company, Mazelle's 
Cheesecakes, is now on the 
Internet at 
David Goldman translates from 
Russian, Hebrew, Spanish, 
French, and Yiddish Doris Lowy 
IS a Spanish translator and editor 
She IS pursuing her master's in 
education at Boston University. 
Her husband, Paul Zigman, is a 
partner with Ampersand 
Ventures, a venture capital firm 
focusing on investments in the 
specialty materials and chemicals 
industry in Wellesley, MA Margo 
Rosenbach |Ph D. 'S.S, Heller! 
loined Mathcmatica Policy 
Research, Inc. as vice president 
and director of Cambridge 
research. Previously, she was with 
Health Economics Research, Inc. 
for 12 years. Eric L. Stern is a real 
estate partner with Morgan, 
Lewis & Bockius, LLP. in 
Philadelphia, PA. 

Eric L. Stern 

Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, 
Class Correspondent, 8 Angier 
Road, Lexington, MA 02173 

Naomi Bromberg Bar Yam 

received her Ph.D. in family and 
children's policy from The Heller 
School in May 1997. Andrea 
Cooper Bevington creates 
multimedia instructional 
materials. Andrea is senior editor 
at the Galef Institute, a school 
reform organization that 
publishes Its own social studies 
curriculum m Los Angeles, CA. 
Marci Dickman is principal of the 
Middle School at the Krieger 
Schechter Day School in 
Baltimore, MD. William Evans is 
the manufacturing manager for 
Diatide, Inc., which makes 
diagnostic drugs that seek blood 
clots, cancer cells, and other 
indications, in Londonderry, NH. 
Sharon Mintz Green (MA. '83, 
Ph.D. 96, Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies) has been teaching 
Yiddish literature at the 
University of Toronto for the last 
nine years. Sharon was the 
recipient of the Ray D. Wolfe 
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the 
University of Toronto last year. 
Jerome Kemp is part of the 
European management team in 
the Listed Derivatives Brokerage 
Group of LP Morgan m Pans, 
France. Robert Kopka founded the 
law firm of Landau, Omahana il^ 
Kopka in 1987. The firm focuses 
on insurance defense litigation. 
For the last 10 years, (ohn D. 
Kupper has been a partner at 
Axelrod ik Associates, a Chicago- 
based political media firm. Naomi 
Leitner is a licensed mediator in 
Israel, specializing in alternative 
dispute resolution B. Scott 
Levine is a mediator and 
arbitrator with the Superior 
Courts of San Francisco, CA, and 
the Ba'V area. He also practices 
law with Goodman &, Levine in 
Oakland, CA, Diane Packer is 
director of marketing at Striar 
Jewish Community Center in 
Stoughton, MA. Scott Richards 
(M-F.A. '81, theater arts) has 
finished a run of the Israel 
Horovitz play Lebensrauni with 
the Miranda Theater Company in 
New York. Debbie Rittner is the 
public affairs manager of Pro Arte 
Chamber Orchestra of Boston, 
MA Karen Schneider Rosen was 
awarded a fellowship at the 
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe 
College, where she is working on 
a book about sibling 
relationships. Stephen Rubin is 
assistant vice president ot Bank 
Hapoalim m Miami, FL Daniel A. 
Schonwald is in the oil 
exploration and production 
industry and has spent the last 15 
years in a family owned business. 
After working in Jewish 
education for 15 years, Wendy 

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other's weddings or other 
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Robinson Schwartz is a full-time 
mother. Jeremy Silverfine is the 
chief of the public integrity 
division at the attorney general's 
office m Boston, MA- David 
Strumpf IS a pulmonologist in a 
large group practice in New York. 
Heidi Weiss practices internal 
medicine and is an adiunct 
associate professor of medicine at 
the University of Colorado Health 
Sciences Center in Denver, CO, 
Her husband, Carl H. Tessler '78, 
practices business litigation and 
commercial real estate law. Carl 
also serves on the board of 
directors and chairs the Jewish 
education subcommittee of the 
Allied Jewish Federation of 


Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 965 Buck Road, 
Holland, PA 18966 

Michael Klein published the book 
Mathematical Methods lor 


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

Karen Cutler Alberstone is an 

attorney practicing in Los 
Angeles, CA. Peter V. Chow is 
senior vice president in Fleet 
Financial Group's commercial 
real estate division. He is 
responsible for managing 
relationships with Massachusetts- 
based real estate developers and 
investors. Jeffrey Menkin was 
recognized in a September 4, 
1997, Washwgton Times review 
of ComedySportz, Jeff's 
professional improvisation troupe 
in Washington, DC. He is also an 
attorney with the U.S. 
Department of Justice's Office of 
Special Investigations. Jonathan 
D. Zabin has opened a law office 
in New Haven, CT. 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid Street 
#3, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Edwin Andrews is president of 
Temple Tifereth Israel, a reform 
congregation in Maiden, MA. 
Barry H. Bloch was promoted to 
the rank of commander in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve. He was also 
elected to the Board of Directors 
of the North Carolina Society of 
Health Care Attorneys. 

Lori Berman Cans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02168 

Robert Baker is an eye surgeon in 
private practice and is vice 
president of the Board of the 
United Hebrew Geriatric Center 
in New Rochelle, NY. Robert is 
also a member of the Westchester 
County Board of Health, where he 
was instrumental in passing the 
strictest anti-smokmg code in the 
country for restaurants. Scott A. 
Travers was elected vice president 
of the congressionally chartered, 
nonprofit American Numismatic 
Association (ANA). The 
Numismatic Literary Guild 
awarded Scott's new book How to 
Make Money m Coins Right Now 
its "Book of the Year" and "Best 
Investment Book" awards. 


Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, ISOBellevue 
Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 

Steven E. Bizar was elected to the 
board of directors of the Epilepsy 
Foundation of Southeastern PA. 
Michael E. Eisenberg won a gold 
medal in the red belt, 
heavyweight sparring division of 
Tae Kwon Do Union's Golden 
Senior sparring competition last 
October David W. Hildum 
received a Ph.D. in computer 
science from the University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst, in 
September 1994 and is now a 
project scientist m the Robotics 
Institute at Carnegie Mellon 
University. Eric Larson was 
Digital's Asia Pacific network 
product business channel 
marketing manager. He is now 
living in Los Angeles, CA. Jamie 
Goldberg Leigh is director of 
advertising and creative services 
for Atlantic Records in New York. 
Douglas Monasebian practices 
plastic and reconstructive surgery 
in New York City. Donald A. 
Silvey is an associate in the law 
firm of Hoey, King, Perez, Toker 
& Epstein in New York. 

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

Ellen J. Baker Awrich is a 

trademark attorney at the patent 
and trademark office in Arlington, 
VA. Edward Fein practices 
pulmonary and critical care 
medicine in East Brunswick, NJ. 
Aaron Finkel is managing editor 
of Emerging Markets Week, a 
financial newsletter in 
Manhattan. Stacy Laveson is a 
rabbi at Congregation Rodef 
Sholom in San Rafael, CA. 
Samuel Ramer published his first 
book. The Joy of Trek: How to 
Enhance Your Relationship with 
a Star Trek Fan. He is the 
assistant district attorney for 
special narcotics prosecutors' 
office in New York Gail 
Pomerantz Shapiro has moved to 
Basel, Switzerland. 


Beth Jacobwitz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

Michael B. Goodman founded his 
own law firm, Kelly, Thompson 
& Goodman. The firm specializes 
in all aspects of plaintiff's and 
defendant's litigation. He 
specializes in criminal defense, 
commercial/real estate litigation, 
and worker's compensation. 
Andrea L. Saperstein Gropman 
was awarded the Mark Piatt 
Award for Excellence in 
Neurology. She is a medical staff 
fellow at the National Institutes 
of Health in the National Human 
Genome Research Institute. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 153 East 57th 
Street #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Marion Berman Bowytz is a 

captain in the US. Air Force and 
defense counsel in the 
Washington, DC, area. Howard 
Gun is a certified financial 
planner for American Express in 
Baltimore, MD. Michael 
Lubowitz IS a partner at Weil, 
Gotshal, and Manger, L.L.P. in 
New York City. 

Susan Tevelow Feinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Northfield 
Road, Peabody, MA 01960 

Sheryl Bregman is a deputy city 
attorney, practicing construction 
and architecture law in San 
Francisco, CA. Andrew D. 
Goodman is working as an 
advertising copywriter in New 
York City Jeffrey Kurtz Lendner 
has been elected vice president of 
the Association of HiUel and 
Jewish Campus Professionals. He 
IS in his third year as the 
executive director of the Hillel 
Foundation, serving Jewish 
college students primarily at 
Tulane University. Robert M. 
Simon is a litigation associate at 
Spadoro & Hilson in Woodbridge, 
NJ. David Silverman's article 
"Brainstorming and the Inventive 
Mindset" was published in the 
November 1997 issue of 
Inventor's Digest. He is the 
elected New Jersey State director 
of American Atheists. 


Karen Gitten Gobler, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Morrill Street, 
Newton, MA 02165 

Karen Haymes Adams works at 
Tripod-com as a promotions 
manager Robert Bernstone is vice 
president of program trading for 
NatWest Markets Scott Burton is 
working for the Samsung Global 
Strategist Group in Seoul, Korea. 
Hedy R. Cardozo, a social work 
supervisor at the Hebrew Home 
for the Aged at Riverdale in the 
Bronx, NY, was mentioned in the 
November I, 1997, issue of 
Family Circle in an article 
featuring "The Best Places to 
Live: New Options When Your 
Parents Need Help." Daniel A. 
Cohen edited The Female Marine 
and Related Works, the first 
complete modern edition of a 
fictional cross-dressing trilogy 
originally published between 
1815 and I8I8. Daniel is associate 
professor of history at Florida 
International University. Thomas 
DeBari is a senior litigation 
associate at Wendel, Chritton & 
Parks in Lakeland, FL. Sarah 
Gelbach DeMichele is an 
assistant professor of psychiatry 
at the University of Pennsylvania 
School of Medicine. Marc 
Edelman teaches mathematics at 
Great Neck North High School. 
David Erani is an endocrinology 
fellow at Beth Israel Hospital in 
Boston, MA. Sherri Ettinger is a 
clinical social worker at the 
young parents program at 
Children's Hospital and is on the 
sexual abuse team at ludge 
Baker's Children's Center in 
Boston, MA. She is also a 
volunteer therapist, board 

42 Brandeis Review 

member, and toundmg member, 
with Nina Brand '87, of the 
Women's Pljee CounseUng 
Collective in Brighton, MA. 
Dorothea Fayne sings as a mezzo- 
soprano for composer Alan Seidler 
in New York City. Julie Fishman 
received her master's in 
elementary education from 
DePaul University She teaches 
first grade at Bernard Zell Anshe 
Emet Day School and is a 
Jazzercise franchise owner, 
running classes at two locations 
in Chicago, IL. Kate Spivak 
Friedman is the owner of Party 
Cloths, a Salem, MA, business 
that rents out designer table 
linens for weddings and other 
events. Barbra (. Glaser is quality 
manager of Synchronicity, a start- 
up company that develops 
groupware applications for 
electrical engineers. Gary 
Greenstein is completing his 
chief resident year in obstetrics 
and gynecology in Brooklyn, NY. 
Harry Grossman completed an 
ophthalmology residency in lune 
1997. He is in private practice in 
King of Prussia, PA Ilene Fox 
Grossman completed her 
optometry training in 1993 and is 
now in practice in Philadelphia 
and Bala Cynwyd, PA. Stephanie 
Gruber is a learning disabilities 
specialist in Manhattan. Eilat 
Larisa Gubbay is a management 
consultant lor the IBM 
Consulting Group in Manhattan. 
Julia Onorato Guilbeault started 
her own business working as a 
management consultant and 
trainer. Melissa J. Hafter works as 
an education specialist at the 
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Lori 
Raff Harris practices health care 
law in Boston, MA. Steven B. 
Horn IS a software engineer for an 
investment banking firm in New 
York City. Erika Benowitz Kane 
has been an at-home mom for the 
past four years, Diane Kay was 
graduated from nursing school in 
1995 and is now head nurse at the 
Morris County lail in 
Morristown, Nf. Amy R. Kessler 
was named an associate director 
of public finance at Bear, Stearns 
ik Co. Inc., where she structures 
municipal bonds. Michael S. 
Lebowitz |M.A. '89, biochemistry) 
IS a postdoctoral fellow in the 
Department of Pathology in the 
division of immunopathology at 
The lohns Hopkins University 
School of Medicine. Jonathan 
Leshanski owns and operates At 
Home Veterinary Services, a 
veterinary housecall service m 
New York City Michelle Long is 
a marketing communications 
manager within the commercial 

desktop division at Compaq 
Computer Corporation in 
Houston, TX David E. Miller was 
graduated from the University of 
Southern California School of 
Cinema-Television this summer. 
Andrea Molod is a managing 
director of SL Green Real Estate, a 
real estate investment trust 
traded on the New York Stock 
Exchange. Her husband, Todd 
Soloway '88, is an attorney with 
Rosenberg and Estis. Beth Ellyn 
O'Mullan finished her Ph.D. at 
Rutgers University in May 1997 
and now works at Netscape 
Communications Corporation as 
a cognitive systems designer. 
Sheri Padernacht is a practicing 
attorney in Searsdale, NY. Ted 
Papalimberis is in his last year of 
residency in anesthesia at Beth 
Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
in Boston, MA. Mihal Ronen is a 
first grade teacher in Ithaca, NY. 
Her husband, Joshua Elman, is in 
his last year at Cornell Law 
School. Maureen Cowan Ruthazer 
was admitted to the 
Massachusetts Bar last June. 
Jennifer Sacon is a fifth-year 
associate in commercial litigation 
and insurance coverage at 
Freeborn and Peters in Chicago, 
IL Cornelius B. Salmon is a 
deacon at Berea Seventh Day 
Adventist Church in Dorchester, 
MA. Richard Schoenberg is a trial 
attorney for Allstate in New 
York Elizabeth Goldstein 
Snidman is an attorney cierkrng 
for a federal ludge in St. Louis, 
MO. Cheryl Solomon is an 
associate at Crowell & Moring 
LLP. in Washington, DC. Ellen 
Swartz is a seventh grade English 
and social studies teacher in 
North Carolina. Bronte Ward is a 
project manager with SangStat 
Medical Corporation, a 
pharmaceutical company 
specializing in the transplant 
market. Jed Weissberg is the 
executive producer for 
Nickelodeon Online, a division of 
the cable television network for 
children in New York. 


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

Steven Bishop is finishing up his 
master's degree in social 
rehabilitation at Assumption 
College. He can be reached at 

Veronica Greenbaum is an 

associate at Hinckley, Allen & 
Snyder's Corporate Practice 
Group in Providence, RI. 

Veronica Greenbaum 

Yin Yan Leung is pursuing a 
M.P.H. m community health at 
University of California, 
Berkeley. Elise Millen is a social 
worker w^ith the lewish Big 
Brother Big Sister of Greater 
Boston. She was graduated from 
the Yeshiva University School of 
Social Work in 1992. Her 
husband, Richard Jacobson '91, is 
the assistant director of research 
in Boston University's Office of 
Development and Alumni 
Relations. Richard is admitted to 
practice law in Massachusetts. 
Geir Sundet has completed his 
doctorate m Tanzanian politics at 
the University of Oxford. He is 
the political advisor for the 
UNDP in Dar es Salaam. Ed 
Sylvia (MFA. '92, theater artsi 
served as an assistant designer for 
the first season of Viva Variety for 
Comedy Central. He was also 
costume destgner for MTV's first 
sitcom Apartment 2-F. 


Andrea C. Kramer, Class 
Correspondent, 1624 Richmond 
Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530 

Laura Block is a senior copywriter 
at Grey Healthcare Group in New 
York Wayne E. Cousin is 
practrcing law at Schiavetti, 
Geisler, Corgan, Soscia, DeVito, 
Gabriele and Nicholson, L.L.R, a 
medical malpractice defense firm 
in Manhattan. Wayne plays guitar 
with his band. The Optical 
Illusion. Susan Goren is the 
assistant director of career 
services at Emerson College. 
Deborah L. Haleman is a 
residential property manager in 
New York City. Ellen Steigman is 
Hillel director at Baruch College. 
She also does stand-up comedy, 
David Stern received his M.B.A, 
from the F,W, Olm Graduate 
School of Business at Babson 
College, David is the district 
manager with Organon 

Pharmaceuticals. Jessica Berman 
Wasserman is a fourth year 
medical student at Philadelphia 
College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Shani Langenauer Winton is the 
administrator of the Brandeis 
Summer Odyssey program. Sham 
was assistant director of the 
middle school at the Soloman 
Schechter Day School of Greater 


Beth C. Manes, Class 
Correspondent, 955 S. Springfield 
Avenue #1205, Springfield, Nj 

Mark J. Ginsberg is a trral 
attorney at the firm William C. 
Berkshire, RC. in Portland, OR. 
His focus IS on wrongful death, 
automobile, and bicycle accident 
litigation. He is the vice chair of 
the Board of Directors of the 
Bicycle Transportation Alliance. 
Jonah Kaplan was graduated from 
Columbia University with a 
master's degree in international 
affairs in May 1997. Jonah is a 
business strategist with Merrill 
Lynch S. Co., Inc. in a new group 
called Next Generation, 
specializing in products and 
services to younger investors ages 
25-45. His e-mail address is 
ionah Robert 
Lebowitz is in his second year at 
Harvard Business School. Beth 
Manes is the managing attorney 
of the New Jersey Office of 
Assigned Council, Inc., a firm 
that specializes in placing 
contract attorneys. Karen Straus 
IS taking a year off from teaching 
to be a full-time mother. Her 
husband, Matthew Garelik, works 
at 20th Century Fox in film 
distribution, Kimberly Winer is a 
dentist m Boston, MA, Her 
husband, Ron Weiss, is working 
towards his PhD. in computer 
science at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 


losh Blumenthal, Class 
Correspondent, 1 1 Leonard Road, 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Chad Arthur is a resident at 
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital 
in pediatric dentistry. Sheryl 
Gaines Bartos is a speech- 
language pathologist at 
Montgomery Hospital, a 
community hospital near 
Philadelphia, PA. Nancy K. Berley 
was appointed quality assurance 
program assistant at Kennedy- 
Donovan Center, a nonprofit 
human services agency in 
Foxboro, MA. Deepa 
Bhattacharyya participates in 
drums, dance, Crazy Horse, and 
ritual. Her e-mail address is Jeffrey 

43 Spring 1998 


Donohue is an associate for 
Warner & Stackpole, L.L.P., a 
Boston, IVIA, law firm specializing 
in corporate, securities, 
intellectual property, and tax law. 
Jeremy Gruber works as legal 
director for the American Civil 
Liberties Union national 
taskforce on civil liberties in the 
workplace. Dien Ho is at CUNY 
graduate center in Manhattan, 
NY. Hildy S. Karp was elected to 
the board of the Third Wave 
Foundation, a feminist 
organization based in New York 
City. Hildy works at a public 
relations firm that creates media 
and marketing campaigns for 
progressive social issues. 
Lisa H. Raisner is manager of 
foreign student enrollment for the 
office of admissions at Eastern 
Michigan University. 

Lisa H. Rdinner 

Ilene "Murph" Rosenberg is the 
technical editor for educational 
services at PSDI, a computer 
maintenance management 
software company in Bedford, 
MA Bonnie Grumet Rubenstein 
IS the pro.gram associate of the 
Commission on lewish 
Continuity in Boston, MA. 
Melissa Saunders does stand-up 
improv comedy with Jeff JWenkin '81 
and Gideon Saunders They 
performed at ComedySportz at 
the Fun Factory in Alexandria, 
VA Jeremy Schulman is working 
towards his M.S. in tourism 
management from New York 
University David Solomon is a 
consultant specializing in 
software design for Solutech 
Incorporated, in Kansas. 

Sandy Kirschen Solof, Class 
Correspondent, 1906 Mclntyre 
Drive, Ann Arbor, Ml 4810.S 

Kirill Abramov is a second year 
law student at Washington 
University. His wife, Hope Cohn, 
was graduated from Washington 
University Law School. She works 
at the law firm of Thompson 
Coburn in St. Louis, MO. Adriana 
Ackerman is working as a genetic 
counselor in Caracas, Venezuela. 
Carolyn J. Adelman finished work 
on her second play. The Last of 
the Unsatisfied Women, which 
was read at the Cherry Lane 
Theater last November. Bradley 
Adier is in his third year of 
medical school at SUNY Health 
Science Center at Brooklyn. 
Carlos Baia is a doctoral student 
in political science at the 
University of Florida, where he is 
teaching Portuguese and Spanish. 
Ami Bailey is a financial aid 
counselor at Emmanuel College 
in Boston, MA. Ardra Weber 
Belitz works in the asset 
management department on the 
fixed income side at Lazard Freres 
iv Co in New York. Kenneth 
Elliot Benet is garde-manger at 
the Brava Terrace Restaurant in 
St Helena, CA. Barbra Berwald is 
in her final year at SUNY, Stony 
Brook Dental School. Aniko 
Bezur spent two months in Peru 
studying the copper metallurgy of 
the Sican culture of the 
Lambayeque Valley. She is 
working on her Ph.D. at the 
University of Arizona. Stacey 
Bleaman is m her third year at 
New York Law School and is 
chair of the Moot Court 
Association. Alastair Bor is a 
senior analyst tor Putnam, Hayes 
& Bartlett-Asia Pacific Ltd., an 
economic and management 
consulting firm in Wellington, 
New Zealand. Edward Bordas is 
the development assistant at The 
Family Center, a small nonprofit 
agency that serves families in 
New York City with members 
who have AIDS. Kimberly 
Valkenaar Breitkopf is working 
on her M.F.A. in acting at the 
California Institute of the Arts. 

Her husband, Jason Breitkopf, is 
performing in the New York 
Renaissance Fair. Larisa Brikman 
received her M.A. in French 
literature from Rutgers 
University in 1996. Jamie 
Brissette is finishing her master's 
in communication disorders at 
Emerson College. Adrienne 
Cohen is m her sec<md year of 
graduate school at New York 
University Rebecca Cohen is 
working on her Psy.D. degree at 
Rutgers University. Julia A. 
Cumes completed her M.F.A. in 
writing at Cornell University, 
where she is a temporary lecturer. 
Amy Wisotsky Danziger is 
working as a software engineer at 
Viewlogic Systems m 
Marlborough, MA. Leslie Effron 
was graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania 
School of Law. Leslie is an 
associate at Bachner, Tally, 
Polevoy & Misher L.L.P. in 
Manhattan. Lauri Rebecca 
Eisenberg was graduated from 
Cardozo School of Law last 
spring. She is a ludicial clerk to 
the Honorable Robert W. Page, 
I S C Dmitry Elentuck is 
completing his final year at Tufts 
University School of Medicine. 
Steven Ellenoff is a senior 
software consultant at 
Applications Unlimited in 
Sudbury, MA. Claudia Filos is a 
housing search counselor in the 
Homelessness Intercept Program. 
AUyson Finkler is in her final 
year to receive her master's in 
social welfare at University of 
California, Berkeley. Her 
concentratum is direct practice in 
mental health Keri Fishet is a 
sous-chef at the Salamander 
Restaurant in Cambridge, MA. 
Brian A. Geller is a first year 
medical student at the Nova 
Southeastern University College 
of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. 
Lauderdale, FL, after spending 
three years researching Lou 
Gehrig's disease at Massachusetts 
General Hospital. David Gold is 
at a startup in Cambridge, MA. 
Jennifer Greenfield is working at 
Bnai Zion while studying for her 
master's in sex education at New 
York University. Leah Sokoloff 
Greengart is a computer 
programmer for Database 
America, a direct mail company 
in New Jersey. Alexis Greenwold 
received her master's m marine 
affairs from the University of 
Rhode Island and is in her first 
year at Vermont Law School. 
Rochelle Haas is serving as the 
chair of the American medical 
student association's advocacy 

standing committee while 
finishing her fourth year at 
Robert Wood lohnson Medical 
School, Jennifer Honor is in her 
second year of chiropractic school 
at Life University in Marietta, 
GA. Carrie R. Hubbell is in her 
first year studying for an M.S. in 
world hunger, malnutrition, and 
development at Tufts University 
School of Nutrition, Science, and 
Policy. She is also working at 
Pathfinder International. Avytal 
"Tally" Izaak is working towards 
her doctorate in clinical 
psychology at the Chicago School 
of Professional Psychology. Traci 
Kampel is the arts and features 
editor for a weekly newspaper in 
New York City. She wrote a guide 
to urban health and 
hospitalization for the online 
magazine City Search. She has 
also copyedited a portion of the 
J99,S New York Zagat Survey. 
Peter Kant has opened his own 
consulting practice, Kant 
Performance Consulting, 
specializing in strategic planning 
and performance management 
issues for public and nonprofit 
sector clients. Brad M. Kaplan 
was graduated with honors from 
Rutgers University School of Tax 
Law. Brad is an associate with 
Witman, Stadtmaves & Michaels, 
PA. in Florham Park, NL Joshua 
Klainberg is the political 
coordinator for the New York 
League of Conservation Voters, an 
environmental hi partisan 
organization dedicated to electing 
pro-environmental politicians. 
David Klein is a network engineer 
for Apollo Travel Services, an 
airline reservation system. Julie 
Koppekin was graduated from 
Loyola Law School of Los 
Angeles, CA, and is working at 
Wilshire Court Productions in the 
business affairs department. 
Bonnie Cohen Koss is the director 
of children's services in a 
residential treatment program for 
women recovering from substance 
abuse Barbara LeRoy opened 
Dun-LeRoy, a full-service 
insurance agency in Waltham, 
MA. Rafi Levavy completed a run 
as assistant stage manager for The 
Who's Tommy 3t PCPA 
Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA, 
and IS working on a reading of 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
for Disney. Daniel Levine has a 
ime-year contract with the Los 
Angeles Company of Chicago 

44 Brandeis Review 


where he will be playing M. 
Sunshine. Elli Levy is m his final 
year for his master's in 
multimedia and will complete a 
certificate program m media 
management at the New School. 
He works in public relations for 
Pamela Giddon ^ Co. in New 
York City. Jennifer Lewin is a 
graduate student in the English 
department at Yale University. 
She is teaching and working on 
her dissertation Poetic Theory 
and Dreams m Early Modern 
Poetry. Gabriel A. Liberman is a 
sous-chef at Cafe de France and a 
pastry assistant at Andres Swiss 
Confiserie in Saint Louis, MO. 
Maritza Lie is working at TD 
Securities High Yield 
Organization Group. After 
working for three years as the 
new business and multimedia 
analyst, Rachel Loonin is 
studying towards her M.S. in 
education at Hunter College in 
New York Michael Mayer wrote, 
directed, and produced a short 
35mm film, Tlie Robber, while 
working for the Creative Artists 
Talent Agency in Los Angeles, 
CA- Shira Mermelstein passed the 
New York and New Jersey Bar 
exams and is an associate at 
Robinson, Brog, Leinwand, 
Genovese, Cluck ik Greene RC. 
in Manhattan. Kira Misura is in 
her third year of a Ph D. program 
studying biophysics at Stanford 
University. Melissa Morrow was 
graduated from the Boston 
College Law School and is 
working for Cohen (!k Associates 
in Chestnut Hill, MA. She 
performs regularly with the 
sketch comedy group thank 
gladys. Steven Most is in his first 
year of a PhD. program in 
developmental psychology at 
Harvard University. Rachel H. 
Nash opened Safe Haven Realty 
last summer in Brooklyn, NY. She 
is also attending Cardozo Law 
School. Marc Tyler Nobleman is 
the marketing manager for a 
nonfiction book publisher. He has 
written his second children's 
book, Felix Explores the 
Universe, a follow up to the Felix 
Activity Book. Rachel Pearlstein 
is working for the Jewish 
Community Centers of Greater 
Boston planning the 50th 
celebration of Israel Independence 
Day. Sara Peters is teaching 
fourth grade in Manhattan Beach, 
CA, and directing children's 
theater. Sara Shapiro Plevan is 
working as the assistant principal 
at the Temple Shaaray Tefila 
Religious School. She is also an 
educational consultant for some 
small lewish organizations and 

schools. Lisa Pollack is in her 

final year at the New England 
School of Photography, where she 
maiored in editorial photography. 
Rachel Richter is in her second 
year at the University of 
Pennsylvania's School of Social 
Work and Gratz Colleges for a 
certificate in Jewish Communal 
Work. Deborah Karmin Rose is 
teaching fifth grade in Danvers, 
MA Samantha Roth is working in 
film production for Black Sheep 
Productions in New York City. 
Ryan Seth Rothenberg was 
graduated from Nova Law School 
in December 1996. Davida Rubin 
is in her second year of law school 
at Boston College. Larissa Ruiz is 
a doctoral student in political 
science at the University of 
Florida. She spent last summer 
doing field research in New Jersey 
on Peruvian immigrants. Colleen 
M. Ryan is working for the 
National Center for Health 
Statistics, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention. She is a 
visiting iunior fellow working on 
health promotion and disease 
prevention as they relate to 
Healthy People 2000. Rebecca 
Salad IS in her third year of 
medical school at the University 
of Osteopathic Medicine and 
Health Sciences in Des Moines, 
lA Sharona Grossberg Schochet is 
the activities director at 
Maimomdes Day School in 
Brookline, MA. Christina Ryer 
Schuhbeck is working in a photo 
agency as an editorial production 
assistant. Francesca Segre is the 
Modesto bureau chief reporter for 
KPWB, Sacramento, CA. Susan 
Shebar is the data coordinator for 
the Institute for Community 
Development, a nonprofit 
organization running education 
programs for at-risk youth. 
Suzanne Siber is in marketing at 
Intelect Visual Communications, 

a videoconferencing company. 
Debra R. Silverman was 

graduated from the George 
Washington University's School 
of Business and Public 
Management with a master's in 
health services administration. 
She is working at Blue Cross Blue 
Shield of the National Capital 
Area as a utilization review 
specialist. Mindy Blecher Skura 
was graduated from Boston 
University with a master's in 
social work in May 1996. Lee 
Sosin is studying motion picture 
production at the University of 
Southern California School of 
Cinema-Television. His wife, 
Michelle Shalit, was graduated 
from University of Southern 
California with a master's in print 
journalism. Douglas Stark was 
graduated from New York 
University m May 1996 with an 
M.A. in American history and a 
certificate m museum studies and 
in archival management. He 
curated a show commemorating 
the centennial of the Jewish Daily 
Forward, a Yiddish newspaper. 
Deborah Stopnitzer completed 
her M.A. degree m psychology of 
education in 1996. She works as a 
special needs teacher in a Jewish 
school in London. Jason B. Storch 
IS an academic counselor at the 
University of Florida. Philip J. 
Tendler is in law school in 
California after working as an oil 
analyst at Schroder and Co., Inc. 
Seema Tiku is in her third year of 
medical school in Miami, FL. 
Grace Yung Watson is a campus 
staff minister with the 
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 
at Amherst College in Amherst, 
MA- After working for two years 
doing public relations, Ariana 
Wallack is in a two-year 
premedical program at Columbia 
University. Melinda Weinblatt is 
the program director at American 
University Hillel. Her husband, 
Ben Resnick, is a business 
systems analyst at American 
Management Systems in Virginia. 
Jill Weinstein was graduated from 
the University of Florida with a 
joint degree in law and mass 
communications with a 
concentration in media law. She 
clerked last summer for Rahdert, 
Anderson, McGowan K Steele in 
St. Petersburg, FL. Sara Bank Wolf 
IS completing her master's in 
Jewish medieval history at the 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 
She is working at Yad Vashem. 
Pamela Workman is in the 
graduate program of journalism/ 
cultural reporting and criticism at 
New York University. 

Suzanne Lavin, Class 
Correspondent, 92 Rowayton 
Woods Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854 

Manuel Comras was graduated a 
semester early with honors from 
Stetson University School of Law 
in December. Jeffrey Goldman 
was transferred from the Waltham 
headquarters to the San Francisco, 
CA, office of Schwartz 
Communications, a high-tech 
public relations agency. Jeff was 
promoted to the position of senior 
account executive. Rachel M. 
Zimmerman was elected 
president of the Master of Space 
Studies Student Association at 
the International Space 
University in Strasbourg, France. 
Steven Watson is a campus staff 
minister with the InterVarsity 
Christian Fellowship at Amherst 
College in Amherst, MA. 

45 Spring 1998 



lanet |. Lipman, Class 
Correspondent, 3484 Governor 
Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 

Jennifer Berkley works as a senior 
communications specialist for the 
Child Care Resource Center, a 
nonprofit organization in 
Cambridge, MA. Shoshana Rosen 
works as a voucher specialist for 
the Child Care Resource Center. 
Arielle Strudler is in her second 
year of working towards her Ph.D. 
in clinical psychology at Farleigh 
Dickinson University. Her 
husband, Kreg Segal], is in his 
second year of working towards 
his Ph.D. in English literature at 
Tufts University. Kreg received 
his MA. in English literature 
from Tufts University in May 
1997. Paul Shipper is the assistant 
editor of Yankees Magazine, the 
magazine for the New York 


)oshua Firstenberg, Class 
Correspondent, 24685 
Twickenham Drive, Beachwood, 
OH 44122 

Pegah Hendizadeh, Class 
Correspondent, 57 Thornridge 
Drive, Stamford, CT 06903 

Nicole Askinazy is a financial 
service representative with 
Merrill Lynch. Sarah N. Berkson 
is a first year student in the 
Health Administration Graduate 
Program at Washington 
University's School of Medicine 
in St. Louis, MO. Wendy R. 
Fleischer is enrolled at the Yale 
University Giaduate School of 
Public Health. Kristin Foellmer 
works as a producer for German 
television Deutsche Welle TV 
International. David Z. Galper 
works as an analyst at Arthur D. 
Little, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. 

Meredith Harman is a legal 
assistant at lones. Day, Reavis & 
Pogue in Washington, D.C. She is 
also a mentor to elementary 
school children and works for the 
DC. Bar Association. Bitna Jung 
IS a primary teacher trainer for 
the Peace Corps in the republic of 
Kiribati in the Central Pacific. 

Bitna lun;.: 

Rebecca Karlovsky is in her first 
year at Hotstra University School 
of Law. Jennifer A. Karper works 
in the electronic commerce/ 
systems integration department 
of KPMG Peat Marwick's 
consulting division as a junior 
consultant Kimberly Lannoch 
began a year of service with City 
Year Cleveland, a nonprofit 
national community service 
organization. Daniel R. Myers is a 
first year law student at the 
University of Miami in Coral 
Gables, FL. Kruti Parekh works as 
an AmenCorps VISTA with New 
York City students of all ages to 
teach leadership skills and 
initiate community service by 
making use of idle pennies. Gail 
Paris IS spending the year in 
Israel Gregory Picard works tor 
Circuit Lighting, Inc. in 
Greenbrook, N|. Rachel Reiner 
was promoted to the position of 
marketing coordinator at the 
League of American Theatres and 
Producers, the national trade 
organization for commercial 
theatre. Kenneth Ringdahl works 
for Wildfiie Communications, 
Inc. in Lexington, .MA, Olga 
Rodstein is a law student at the 
University of California, 
Berkeley. Jason Sobel is a staff 
production assistant at ESPN in 
Bristol, CT, where he works on 
SportsCenter and various other 
daily shows at the network. Brian 
Tockman works for Goldman, 
Sachs is. Co, in New York- 
Brandon M. Underwood is a 
teacher's aide for the seventh 
grade at Shrewsbury Middle 
School Ilya Weintraub is an 
account coordinator at Ketchum 
Public Relations, Winnie Yam 
works as a victim/witness 
advocate for the Suffolk County 
district attorney's office in 
Boston, MA. Talee Zur is in her 
first year at the Cardozo School 
of Law. 

Amela Baksic (M.F.A. '95, theater 
arts] served as costume designer 
for a one-act play written by 
Michael Weller '65 for the 
Ensemble Studio Theater's 
marathon of one-act plays in New 
York. She designed costumes for 
the new Arthur Giron play. The 
Flight, for Ensemble Studio 
Theater, Ken Baltin (M,EA. '77, 
theater arts] played the role of 
Max Prince in Merrimack 
Repertory Theater of Lowell, 
MA,'s production of Laughter on 
the 23rd Floor. John Benitz 
(M.FA. '71, theater arts) had a 
supporting role in Swimsuit: The 
Movie on Cinemax. He also won a 
Dramalogue Award for his 
directing of the play Fortune's 
Fools in Los Angeles, CA, Charles 
Berliner (M,FA. '71, theater arts) 
designed sets and costumes for 
two touring productions of The 
World of Whvs for the National 
Theater of the Deaf. Gail Brassard 
(M.F.A. '92, theater arts) designed 
the costumes for the recent 
Goodspeed Opera's production of 
LiicA'y m the Ram and for the 
Signature Theater Company's 
production of The American 
Clock. Ira Brodsky (M.FA. '90, 
theater arts) and Barbara Lhota's 
(M.F.A. '91, theater arts) new play 
Green Skin was part of the New 
Play Development Series at the 
Theater Asylum in New York. 
Michael Brown (M.FA. '97, 
theater arts) worked as a set 
designer for the playwrights 
Edward Machado and Mac 
Wellman at the Flea Theater in 
Tribeca, NY. Ha Soon Cha 
(M.A. '68, Ph.D. '69, history of 
ideas) is a professor emeritus and 
a member of the trustees on the 
Board of Trustees of Sogang 
University in Korea. Loretta 
Devine (M.FA, '76, theater arts) 
appeared m the feature film 
Hoodlum and was seen in the 
teleplay Clover produced by the 
USA Network, Maria Eldridge 
(M.F.A. '95, theater arts) appeared 
in True Confessions ot a Go-Go 
Girl at the Red Broom Theater in 
New York. Mark Ellmore 
(M.F.A. '92, theater arts) is a 
producer for the Theater Asylum 
in New York Jean Bethke 
Elshtain (Ph.D. '73, politics) has 
been named a Phi Beta Kappa 
Visiting Scholar lor 1997-98. She 
IS the Rockefeller Professor of 
Social and Political Ethics at the 
University of Chicago. Michael 

Etheridge (M.F.A. '96, theater arts) 
and Brian Voelcker (M.EA. '97, 
theater arts) have appeared in the 
Threshold Theater Company's 
annual festival of one-act plays. 
Caught m the Act, in New York. 
Joseph Fahey (MA. '93, 
comparative history) is an 
instructor of theater and cinema 
at Denison University. Sheila 
Flaucher (M.F.A. '97, theater arts) 
appeared as Aphrodite in a 
production of Aphrodite's 
Dungeon 11: Give Me Adonis in 
New York. Scott Gerwitz (M.RA. '97, 
theater arts) was appointed scenic 
charge at the Steppenwolf Theater 
in Chicago, IL. Ariel Goldberger 
(M.F.A. '93, theater arts! was 
awarded an NEA/TCG fellowship 
m design. Dana Leslie Goldstein 
(M.FA. '94, theater arts) is 
playwright-in-residence for the 
Theater Asylum in New York. 
Her play. Daughters of the 
American Sexual Revolution, was 
workshopped with Karen White 
(M.RA. '92, theater arts), Paul 
Tavianini '83 (M.FA. '92, theater 
arts), and Robert Mcintosh 
(M.F.A, '95, theater arts). Her 
short play. Burn, was produced by 
The Women's Project Lab in New 
York Christopher Goumas 
(M.F.A. '93, theater arts) is scenic 
designer for The Late Show with 
David Letterman. Kenneth Hart 
Green (MA. '81, Ph.D. '89, Near 
Eastern and ludaic Studies) 
teaches |ewish philosophy at the 
University of Toronto. Maria 
Inglessi (M.F.A. '89, theater arts) 
served as art director on a feature 
film shot in her native Athens, 
Greece. Richard Kaufman (MA. '65, 
Ph.D. '70, physics) teaches college 
math part-time and privately 
teaches science to high school 
students Roberta Willison Kisker 
(M.F.A. '91, theater arts) gave 
performances of her one-woman 
show Shakespeanence in New 
York last November. Joshua 
Kovar (M.F.A. '96, theater arts) is 
in his second season as the 
production manager/technical 
director of the Bologna 
Performing Arts center at Delta 
State University. Michael Lincoln 
(M.F.A. '79, theater arts) is the 
lighting designer for the new lane 
Anderson play Defying Gravity in 
New York. Patricia "PJ" McGann 
(M.A. '90, Ph.D. '95, sociology) is 
coordinator of gender studies and 
an assistant professor of sociology 
at St, Lawrence University, 
Kathleen Mclnerney (M FA, '93, 
theater arts) has the recurring role 
of Nurse Kim on the soap opera 
Another World. She and Dan Oik 
(M,F,A. '93, theater arts) have 
been doing English language 

46 Brandeis Review 

dubbing for Japanese cartoons. 
Dan has been teaching stage 
combat at AMDA in New York. 
Bill Mickley |M F A '71, theater 
arts! served as an art director/ 
production designer for the Sally 
Jesse Raphael Show and for the 
feriy Springer Show. He also 
designed four pilot episodes for a 
national talk show featuring 
Nancy Glass for ABC. Kate Myre 
iM.F.A. '92, theater artsl has been 
cast in December Signature 
Theater Company of New York's 
production of Arthur Miller's Till? 
Last Yankee. Linda Ross (M.F.A. '96, 
theater artsi served as the 
assistant to the costume designer 
for the Broadwav productions of 
Jaekie and David Mamet's The 
Old Neighborhood. Maryellen 
Rowlett (M.F.A. '94, theater arts] 
IS an artistic associate at the 
Theater Asylum in New York. 
Karen S. Ryker (M.F.A. '90, 
theater arts) received a 
Distinguished Teaching- 
Chancellor's Award from the 
University of Wisconsin, 
Madison. Sharyn Abramhoff 
Shipley (M.F.A. '72, theater arts) 
wrote the play Felicity, which 
was produced by Janet Lewis '73. 
David B. Sicilia (Ph.D. '91, 
history) published his third book 
The Engine That Could: Seventy- 
Five Years of Valves-Driven 
Change at Cummins Engine 
Company [coauthored with 
Jeffrey L. Cruikshankl. The book 
is a study of the evolution of the 
world's leading independent 
diesel engine producer within its 
competitive context. Ted Simpson 
(M.F.A. '93, theater artsl did 
design work for the Capital Rep 
in Albany, NY, and served as 
resident designer for the Brevard 
Music Center. Ted worked on an 
off-Broadway production with the 
Melting Pot Theater Company. 
Nicole Thibadeau.x (M.F.A. '92, 
theater artsl works as a set 
costumer for Partv of Five, Grace 
Under Fire, and on a few pilots in 
Los Angeles, CA. Cherie "Trotter 
(M.F.A. '97, theater artsl works as 
an assistant to costume design 
faculty member Jennifer von 
Mayrhauser on the New York 
stage production of Plunge and on 
a double-episode of Law and 
Order along with Kim Wilcox 
(M.F.A. '93, theater artsl. Jennifer 
Tulchin (M.F.A. '90, theater arts) 
is the artistic producer of the 
Theater Asylum in New York. 
Jim Wallis (M.F.A. '91, theater 
artsl works as one of the group set 
designers for Carsey /Werner 
Productions. His design 

assignments include Cybill, 
Grace Under Fire, and Damon, a 
new sitcom starring Damon 
Wayans. Leon J. Weinberger 
(Ph.D. '63, Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies! was awarded the 
Friedman Prize by the Histadrut 
Ivrit of America for his 
contribution to the Hebrew 
language and culture. Leon is a 
university research professor at 
the University of Alabama. Karen 
White (M.F.A. '92, theater artsl 
organized the Commedia Troupe, 
which features Kevin Kern '90 
(M.F.A. '9i, theater artsl, Shawn 
Peters '93, Laura Bahr '95, and 
Oded Gross '93 with designs by 
Nicole Thibadeaux (M F A '92, 
theater artsl Benyamin Yanoov 
(Ph.D. '66, social policyl has been 
a member of the social work 
faculty at Bar-llan University, 
Israel, since 1971. He is also 
involved editorially in creating 
three different curricula of peace 
studies for the Israeli public 


Class Name 











Mary Lucier to Robert Berlind June 7, 1997 

Karen Cutler to Dale Alberstone May II, 1996 

Gale Kaufman to Michael Van Biema July 23, 1995 

Jamie Goldberg to J. D. Leigh November 26, 1997 

Donald A. Silvey to Jacqueline Papiernick December 13, 1997 

Jennifer Charwat to Don Starr June 30, 1996 

Aaron Finkel to Emily Alejos October 19, 1997 

Stacy Laveson to Frank Friedman November 15, 1997 

Samuel Ramer to Bonnie Kass August 31, 1997 

Howard Gun to Kate Tattelbaum October 26, 1997 
Andrew D. Goodman to Whitney A. Weinstein October 13, 1996 

Naomi Lax to Joshua Katz November 30, 1997 

Jack Lenenberg to Cindi Cohen October 26, 1997 

James Eber to Amy G. Richter October 26, 1997 

Marc Edelman to Melissa Kaufman December 20, 1997 

Sarah Gelbach to Andrew DeMichele April 29, 1995 

Michael S. Lebowitz to Rachel L. Goss March 19, 1995 

Julia Onotato to Grant J. Guilbeault September 6, 1996 

Jennifer Sacon to Scott Hochfelder September 13, 1997 

Richard Schoenberg to Maria Patrizio October 18, 1997 

Bronte Ward to David Abraham May 31, 1 997 

Jed Weissberg to Jamie Heller November 15, 1997 

Vicki L. Epstein to David S. Miller December 13, 1997 

Geir Sundet to Jo Smith January 3, 1998 

Jill Taylor to Glenn Riedman April 20, 1996 

Jessica E. Berman to Jeffrey R. Wasserman November 22, 1997 

Robert Finkel to Sherene Michlin November 29, 1997 

Rosalie Whitmore to Scott Bornstein July 20, 1997 

Michelle Berk to Eric S. Gold August 23, 1997 

Sheryl Gaines to Jeffrey Bartos November 1, 1997 

Tara Garfinkel to Alex Kaplinsky December 26, 1996 

David A. Kaufman to Stacey L. Mark September 20, 1997 

Jeremy Schulman to Sari Arfin July 13, 1997 

Mindy Blecher to Sam Skuta '93 August 31, 1997 

Bonnie Cohen to Seth Koss '92 June 22, 1997 

Hope Cohn to Kirill Abtamov May 18, 1997 

Claudia Files to Thomas Favazza October 8, 1995 

Kathryn Gerwin to Dean Goldberg November 15, 1997 

Michelle Shalit to Lee Sosin August 17, 1997 

Leah Sokoloff to Avi Greengart June 30, 1996 

Ardra Weber to Paul Belitz June 9, 1994 

Melinda B. Weinblatt to Ben Resnick May 25, 1997 

Grace Yung to Steve Watson '95 December 7, 1996 

Amy Wisotsky to Alan Danziger '92 June 25, 1995 

Judith Heller to Michael Halperin November 10, 1996 

Lori Hausner to Leonard Brooks August 31, 1997 

Arielle Strudler to Kreg Segal! January 1 1, 1998 

47 Spring 1998 


David Mark Cohen (M.F.A. '76, 
theater arts], passed away in an 
automobile accident on December 
23, 1997, near Fort Worth, TX. He 
wrote the plays Piaf, Babv Grand, 
and Niintaskct, directed the 
playwriting program at the 
University of Texas, and was a 
former columnist and critic for 
the Texas Triangle, a gay 
community newspaper. Ari 
Michael Hahn '95 passed away on 
December 1 1, 1997. An had ]ust 
returned from a trip to Europe 
where he studied philosophy. He 
was an avid bass player. Carolyn 
Thayer MacLennan '60 passed 
away on October 13, 1997. She 
enioyed a long career in early 
childhood education and art. 
Richard |. Pogach '86 passed away 
in November 1996 after a five- 
month battle with cancer. He was 
a pediatrician and an internist 
who served the poor in a Harlem 
clinic. The Richard Jay Pogach, 
M.D, Memorial Foundation was 
formed in his memory to 
distribute funds to sponsor 
scholarships and support medical 
research activities. Kenneth A. 
Raskin '69 passed away on 
December 20, 1997. 



Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 



Mark G. Blumemhal 

Hila Miriam 

August 27, 1996 

Stuart Aatonson 

lames Leonard 

July 11, 1997 


Lawrence Beck 

Christina Zoe 
Zachary Luuis 

March 19, 1996 

(ohn Bianchi 

Leah Christine 

March 16, 1997 


Elayne Kesselman 


April 9, 1997 

Nancy Shpiegelman Steckler 

Elizabeth Ann 

November 1, 1997 


Gail Risman DeFilippo 


October 4, 1997 


Linda Parker Horowitz 

Bradley Julius 

August 21, 1997 

Jeffrey Kessler 

Landon Matthew 

September 19, 1997 

Doris Lowy and 


October 20, 1996 

Paul Zigman 

lames Edward Rosenbaum 

Joshua Israel 

January 9, 1998 


Eric D. Cohen 

Samantha Emily 
faeob Beniamin 

May 7, 1997 

Jay S. Stiller 

fulia Sinclair 
Samuel Aaron 

June 24, 1997 

Heidi Weiss and 

Chaya Tehilla 

August 13, 1997 

Carl H. Tessier 78 


Suzanne Oesterreiclier 

Jeremy Tyler 
Rose Victoria 

January 10, 1997 


Shelly Tauber Berger 


January 12, 1998 

Barry H. Bloch 

Joshua Lee 

October 29, 1997 


Susan Chapman and 
Barry Hantman '84 

Noam Seth 

December 29, 1997 

Gale Kaufman 

Joshua Eric 

October 7, 1997 

Lisa Goienberg Steinberg 


February 17, 1993 

Brett Cameron 

March 11, 1995 


Eric Budd 

Linnea Puray 

January 1, 1998 

Evan Crain 

Beniamin Harrison 

August 15, 1997 

Edward Fein 

Matthew Harris 

July 13, 1997 

Gail Pomerantz Shapiro 


December 13, 1996 


Les Dimenstein 

Rachel Estelle 

October 29, 1997 

Dawn Weisenberg LaPontaint 

! Sarah Hayley 

December 19, 1997 

Faith Schachne 

Reece Loren 

February 5, 1998 


Phyllis Burd Bendell 

Jessica Rose 
Melissa Ann 

November 30, 1997 

Marion Berman Bowytz 

Jacob Beniamin 

January 4, 1998 

Joy Brown and 

Austin Matthew 

September 15, 1997 

Joshua Levin '85 

Sharon Brown and 

Eliana Jordan 

April 19, 1997 

Daniel Kohn '84 

Scott Fisher 

Rachel Ashley 

December 28, 1994 

Carly Sarah 

January 29, 1998 

Kimberly Moss Jacobs 

Dana Allison 

June 16, 1997 

Jennifer Gallop and 

Emma Pauline 

January 1, 1997 

David Starr '83 

Jennifer Kresch Steber 

Isabelle Sofia 

August 27, 1997 

Lori Shapiro and 

Benjamin Stephen 

October 9, 1997 

Cary Goldenthal 


Sheryl Bregman 

Gregory Moross 

December 20, 1997 

Jackie Glantz Geschwind 

Max Aaron 

Decembers, 1996 

Karen Seaton Hyams 

Max loshua 

July 13, 1997 

Jacqueline H. Simons and 

Jacob Miles 

January 31, 1997 

Kenneth S. Fink 


Scott Burka 

Maxwell Stong 

May 27, 1997 

Sarah Gelbach DeMichele 


March 6, 1996 

Mihal Ronen Elman 

Noah Guriel 

November 7, 1997 

Michael S. Lebowitz 

Gavnella Tikvah 
Netanel Moshe 

February 19, 1997 

Kori Lynne and 


June 5, 1997 

Bill Meyers '89 

Sheri Padernacht 

Samuel Alexander 

December 15, 1997 

Steven Schulman 

Beniamin Raphael 

November 2, 1997 

Elizabeth Goldstein Snidman 

Hannah Rachel 

April 11, 1997 


Sonal M. Altman 

Akash Mankodi 

December 1, 1997 

Andrea Malkin Brenner 

Talia Lily 

November 8, 1997 

Helen Davidoff and 

Samantha Nicole 

October 9, 1997 

Mark Tanchel 

Lisa Drate and 

Adina Ruth 

lanuary 10, 1998 

Neil Jacobson 

Jonathan Hyman 

Jacob Charles 

January 11, 1998 


Melissa Feldman and 
Dean Shalit '90 

Austin Chase 

January 13, 1998 


Beth Manes 

Max Alexander 

November 21, 1997 

Karen Straus and 

Zachary Rah 

September 9, 1997 

Matthew Garelik 


Chava Goodman Shiel 

Yisraela Noa 

January 18, 1997 


Ardra Weber Belitz 

Yoel Meir 

March 1, 1997 

Ami Bailey 

Nickolas lulian 

September 11, 1997 

Bobbi Marcia Brachfeld and 

Harry Phillip 

luly IS, 1997 

Aric Bittker 

Sara Bank Wolf 

Yonatan Chaim 

January 5, 1997 


Rachel Loberfeld Stein 

Nathaniel Isaac 

November 12, 1997 

48 Brandeis Review 

A Daughter s Legacy 

Gertrude Leviloff, left, with her mother and sister 

in Vienna, 1940, the evening before leaving fi)r America. 

For more information about creating 
endowed scholarships at Brandeis 
or about legacy gifts, please contact Beth 
Kramer, director of the Department of Planned 
and Major Gifts in the Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations, at 781-736-4030 or 
800-333-1948, extension 4030. 

I V mother was a warm and loving woman, 
a devoted wife, and a deeply caring mother. 
Ours was a typical middle-class Jewish family. 
We lived in a lovely home in a predominately 
Jewish district of Vienna. My father was a 
hard-working businessman, actively involved 
in running his business, knitting mills. 

My mother was a housewife, as were all 
the mothers I knew. She was intensely interested 
in my and my sister's education and seemed 
especially pleased with my accomplishments in 
school, and took pride in the extensive 
higher education I was getting at one of 
Vienna's "Gymnasiums." 

It is this special interest of my mother's that 
led me to the idea of setting up a scholarship 
endowment fund in her memory. 

The tour ot us were faced with seemingly 
insurmountable difficulties in our attempts to 
escape from Vienna. In 1939, my father managed 
to join an illegal transport to Palestine, from 
where he attempted unsuccessfully to arrange for 
us to follow him. My sister eventually was able to 
escape to Hungary where she survived with the 
help of forged papers claiming that she was 

In February 1940 when I was 18, I was able 
to leave for America, where I tried desperately 
to find a way out for my mother. I failed. 
The world refused to hear us. 

My mother was deported from Vienna on 

May 1 2, 1942. Her destinadon was Belsec or Sobibor. 

My failure to rescue her has left me with a hea\T 
lifelong sense of despair. I cannot undo the horror 
of her death, but I hope to remember and 
celebrate her life by giving promising students a 
chance to learn, to grow, to achieve, and to live 
worthwhile, full, and satisfying lives. 

I chose Brandeis University after visiting 
the campus, observing the students, and meeting 
with Jehuda and Shula Reinharz and members 
of the administration. I liked what I saw. 


— Gertrude K. Levilojf 


Class Brandeis Parent(s) 

Child's Name 



David Mark Cohen (M FA. 76, 

theater arts], passed away in an 
automobile accident on December 
23, 1997, near Fort Worth, TX. He 
wrote the plays Piiif, Babv Grand, 
and Nantiiskct, directed the 
playwriting program at the 
University ol Texas, and was a 
former columnist and critic for 
the Texas Triangle, a gay 
community newspaper. Ari 
Michael Hahn '95 passed away on 
December 1 1, 1997. An had |ust 
returned from a trip to Europe 
where he studied philosophy He 
was an avid bass player. Carolyn 
Thayer MacLennan '60 passed 
away on October 1.3, 1997. She 
enioyed a long career in early 
childhood education and art. 
Richard J. Pogach '86 passed away 
in November 1996 alter a five- 
month battle with cancer. He was 
a pediatrician and an internist 
who served the poor in a Harlem 
clinic. The Richard Jay Pogach, 
M.D. Memorial Foundation was 
formed in his memory to 
distribute funds to sponsor 
scholarships and support medical 
research activities. Kenneth A. 
Raskin '69 passed away on 
December 20, 1997. 

1971 Mark G. Blumenthal 
Stuart Aaronson 

1974 Lawrence Beck 

John Bianchi 

1976 Elayne Kesselman 

Nancy Shpiegelman Sleekier 

1977 Gail Risman DeFilippo 

1975 Linda Parker Horowitz 
Jeffrey Kessler 

Doris Lowy and 
Paul Zigman 

James Edward Rosenbaum 
1979 Eric D.Cohen 

Hila Miriam 
lames Leonard 
Christina Zoe 
Zachary Louis 
Leah Christine 

Elizabeth Ann 

Bradley lulius 
Landun Matthew 

Joshua Israel 
Samantha Emily 
Jacob Bcniamin 

Jay S. Stiller 



Samuel Aaron 

Heidi Weiss and 

Chaya Tehilla 

Carl H. Tessler '78 


Suzanne Oesteneichet 


ly Tyler 




Shelly Tauber 
Barry H. Blocl 


Susan Chapm; 
Barry Hantma 
Gale Kaufman 
Lisa Gorenber 


Eric Budd 
Evan Crain 
Edward Fein 
Gail Pomerant 


Les Dimenstei 
Dawn WeisenI 
Faith Schachn 


Phyllis Burd B 

Marion Berma 
Joy Brown am 

Joshua Levin ' 




Sharon Brown 

Daniel Kohn ' 

Scott Fisher 

Kimberly Mos 


Jennifer Gallo 

David Starr '8 

Jennifer Kresc 


Lori Shapiro a 


Gary GoldentI 


Sheryl Bregm; 
Jackie Glantz 
Karen Seaton 
Jacqueline H. 
Kenneth S. Fii 


Scott Burka 
Sarah Gelbach 
Mihal Ronen 1 
Michael S. Lei 

Kori Lynne an 
Bill Meyers '8 
Sheri Padernai 
Steven Schuln 
Elizabeth Gol. 


Sonal M. Altn.„.. 


. l.lCiilVWUl 

Andrea Malkin Brenner 



Helen Davidoff and 

Samantha Nicole 

Mark Tanchel 

Lisa Drate and 


1 Ruth 

Neil Jacobson 

Jonathan Hyman 

lacob Charles 


Melissa Feldman and 

Austin Chase 

Dean Shalit '90 


Beth Manes 



Karen Straus and 

Zachary Rafi 

Matthew Garelik 


Chava Goodman Shiel 

Yisraela Noa 


Atdta Weber Belitz 

Yoel Meir 

Ami Bailey 

Nickolas Julian 

Bobbi Marcia Brachfeld and 



Aric Bittker 

Sara Bank Wolf 


an Chaim 


Rachel Loberfeld Stein 


iniel Isaac 

August 27, 1996 
July 11, 1997 
March 19, 1996 

March 16, 1997 
April 9, 1997 

November 1, 1997 
October 4, 1997 
August 21, 1997 
September 19, 1997 
October 20, 1996 

January 9, 1998 
May 7, 1997 

June 24, 1997 

August 13, 1997 

lanuary 10, 1997 






■g ^ 

^•^ Q.E5 


November 8, 1997 
October 9, 1997 

lanuary 10, 1998 

lanuary 11, 1998 
lanuary 13, 1998 

November 21, 1997 
September 9, 1997 

lanuary 18, 1997 
March 1, 1997 
September 11, 1997 
luly 18, 1997 

lanuary 5, 1997 
November 12, 1997 

48 Brandeis Review 

A Daughter s Legacy 

Gertrude Levilojf, left, with her mother and sister 

in Vienna, 1940, the evening before leaving for America. 

For more information about creating 
endowed scholarships at Brandeis 
or about legacy gifts, please contact Beth 
Kramer, director of the Department of Planned 
and Major Gifts in the Office of Development 
and Alumni Relations, at 781-736-4030 or 
800-333-1948, extension 4030. 

y mother was a warm and loving woman, 
a devoted wife, and a deeply caring mother. 
Ours was a typical middle-class Jewish family. 
We lived in a lovely home in a predominately 
Jewish district of Vienna. My father was a 
hard-working businessman, actively involved 
in running his business, knitting mills. 

My mother was a housewife, as were all 
the mothers I knew. She was intensely interested 
in my and my sister's education and seemed 
especially pleased with my accomplishments in 
school, and took pride in the extensive 
higher education I was getting at one of 
Vienna's "Gymnasiums." 

It is this special interest of my mother's that 
led me to the idea of setting up a scholarship 
endowment fund in her memory. 

The four of us were faced with seemingly 
insurmountable difficulties in our attempts to 
escape from Vienna. In 1939, my father managed 
to join an illegal transport to Palestine, from 
where he attempted unsuccessfully to arrange for 
us to follow him. My sister eventually was able to 
escape to Hungary where she survived with the 
help of forged papers claiming that she was 

In February 1940 when I was 18, I was able 
to leave for America, where I tried desperately 
to find a way out for my mother. I failed. 
The world refused to hear us. 

My mother was deported from Vienna on 

May 12, 1942. Her destination was Belsec or Sobibor. 

My failure to rescue her has left me with a heavy 
lifelong sense of despair. I cannot undo the horror 
of her death, but I hope to remember and 
celebrate her life by giving promising students a 
chance to learn, to grow, to achieve, and to live 
worthwhile, full, and satisfying lives. 

I chose Brandeis University afrer visiting 
the campus, observing the students, and meeting 
with Jehuda and Shula Reinharz and members 
ot the administration. I liked what I saw. 

— Gertrude K. Leviloff 

Brandeis University 

50th Anniversary Calendar 



October 16, 1998 


The Declaration of 

Human Riglits: 

Tine Unfinished Agenda 

Brandeis Campus 

Campus-wide picnic 
Brandeis Campus 

The Postal Card 
The U.S. Postal Service 
will issue a postal card 
with the Usen Castle on it 
to commemorate 
Brandeis's anniversary. 

Athletic Hall of Fame 
Dinner/Special Tribute 
to Benny Friedman 
Levin Ballroom 

October 17, 1998 

Gala Dinner 
Celebrate the 50th 
Anniversary at the Copley. 
Marriott Hotel in Boston, 

October 18, 19 

Other Festivities 

April 24-25, 1999 

E Pluribus Unum 
Brandeis Campus 
A celebration of t"-"- 
diversity of the B] 
community, " 

May 22, 1999 

Concert by Mstislav 
Jordan Hall, Boston 
World-renowned cellist 
Mstislav Rostropovich will 
give a concert to benefit 
the Sakharov Archives. 

May 23, 1999 

Commencement . 
Brandeis Campus***"^ 
A special Commence 
to mark the 50th 

June 12, 1999'^ 

Brandeis Night at the 
Pop s 

y Hall, Boston 

ughout the 
Anniversary Year 

e Celebration 
n III (k on the Brandeis 
Web site offers an 
Interactive Brandeis 
timeline, establishes links 
If^ith prominent alumni, 
Ind allows for 
conversations among 
alumni and faculty. 

The Online Store 
Barnes and Noble has 
developed an online store 
with a link from the 
Brandeis University Web 
site to sell 50th 
Anniversary gifts. 

■Goldfarb Exhibits 
Historical exhibits 
mounted in the Library. - 


Fall 1998 

i4rchitectural History 

Gerald Bernstein, 
associate professor of fine 
arts, is writing an 
architectural history of 
Brandeis that will be 
published in catalog 
format and will be j_; 
available during the f 
_ginniversary year.^ ^ 

liuary 1999 

Brandeis Review 
The University will publisb' 
a special double-issue 
pi the Brandeis Review \o 
'*^'jnmemorate the 50th 


S<m Anniversary 


check the University's 

Web site: 


Brandeis Universi 

P.O. Box 9110 ;, 

Waltham, Massachusetts 

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His Holiness 

the 14th Dalai Lama 

page 50 

Dear Reader 

The Dalai Lama clutched my hand 
and smiled, leaning m, his brow 
creased by raised eyebrows, 
expectant, as though awaiting 
somethmg from me. I had nothing 
for hmi but an ear-to-ear grin and a 
mumbled "Thank you." But both 
were sincere, the one involuntary, 
the other passionately offered, much 
to my surprise. 

The cause of the grin seemed 
simple: I felt wonderful. I had just 
spent a remarkable day at Brandeis, 
watching a happy, friendly man in 
robes receive an honorary degree 
amid appropriate pomp and 
circumstance, address an audience 
of rapt spectators, partake in a 
dialogue with earnest graduate 
students in Sustainable 
International Development, and 
delight unmistakably in the eager 
throngs that lined his every route on 
campus. Nobel laureate. Spiritual 
leader. What was there to do but 
grin at the wondrous fortune of 
actually shaking his hand? 

My choosing to thank him was more 
complex and curious to me. Surely I 
was not thanking him for taking the 
time to shake my hand, nor even for 
being a good man. I was thanking 
him, I realized later, for something 
that did not have a vocabulary of 
words, but of deeds. 

Nearly two months prior to the 
Dalai Lama's visit, students under 
the guidance of Gordie Fellman, 
professor of sociology, organized a 
program of events ingeniously 
called "Seven Weeks on Tibet." 
Comprising seminars, exhibits, an 
interfaith Passover seder — an 
altogether creative and energetic 
agenda — it also included the 
screening of a film by my classmate 
Mickey Lemle '69. While only 
casually touched by the hoopla of 
the Dalai Lama's imminent visit and 
moderately indifferent to the rest of 
the programming, I did make a point 
of seeing Mickey's film, if only for 
the sake of our lengthy acquaintance 
and the fact that I'd long heard 
nothing but praise for the work. 
Compassion in Exile left me close to 
tears, and I suddenly looked forward 
with an unfamiliar eagerness to its 
subject's visiting Brandeis the next 

The hour-long film reveals a jocular, 
accessible, beguilingly childlike 
man with a towering intellect. And 
one quickly sees that this childlike 
quality derives from his having 
attained a level of compassion, 
understanding, and love that defines 
the very limit of human capacity. 
We are shown, too, in crushing 
detail, the extent to which those 
qualities are tested by the Chinese 
Communists who have since 1950 
sought to exterminate the Tibetan 
people, their culture, and their 
religion through genocide, 
imprisonment, torture, rape, 
systematic sterilization, wholesale 
destruction of religious art and 
artifacts, and the bombing into 
rubble of thousands of ancient 

At the Convocation for the Dalai 
Lama in Spingold Theater on May 8, 
Chair of the Brandeis Board of 
Trustees Barton Winokur eloquently 
elucidated the connection between 
the plight of Tibetans and the 
Brandeis community: 

"Recently we have celebrated the 
50th anniversary of the 
reestablishment of the Jewish 
State — the 50th anniversary of the 
redemption of Jewish life from its 
years of slavery, oppression, and 
genocide. It is ironic that at almost 
the same time Israeli forces were 
winning their war of Independence, 
the forces of Mao Tse Tung were 
marching into Lhasa, ending the 
independence of Tibet. 

"As we have been forced to hide our 
beliefs: candles lit not in windows 
but in basements; prayer books 
revealed only behind closed doors — 
so today the Tibetan people are 
forced to deny their beliefs and their 
spiritual leader. And yet, today, 
when you are invited into the house 
of a Tibetan, the brightly painted 
wooden door securely closed behind 
you — the windows shuttered — 
inevitably a drawer will be opened 
or a hidden wallet revealed, and out 
will come a dog-eared but well-loved 
and cared for photo of the Dalai 
Lama, the true Dalai Lama, the 
Dalai Lama that sits here today. 

"The Tibetan who shows the picture 
to you has a gleam in his eye, 'Dalai 
Lama,' he says — and then again — 
'Dalai Lama.' Possession of the photo 
is a crime; punishment is severe; 
and yet the pictures are there... 
revealed only in secret. 

"As the Jews, through 2,000 years of 
captivity and oppression held onto 
their beliefs — so too do the 
Tibetans. As we remained true to 
our God, inspired by our 'portable 
tabernacle' — so have the Tibetans 
remained true to their real spiritual 

Yet, the Dalai Lama clearly came to 
Brandeis not only because of the 
University's Jewish sponsorship, but 
also because of its renown as a place 
where social activism makes things 
happen. He also knew us as a 
community whose members 
understand, perhaps beyond all 
others, the horror of indifference, 
the condemnation of those who 
turned blind eyes and deaf ears to 
the victims of a "Final Solution." 
He surely must have been thinking, 
"Here are people eager to show the 
world how it should have acted." 

On the same stage during that same 
Convocation, United States 
Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) 
made the following remarks: 

"We test in the United States 
whether our commitment to human 
rights, the rights of religious and 
cultural minorities, is for sale, 
because we are told often that there 
is a great deal of money to be made 
in ignoring these things. It is never 
put quite that crassly, at least in the 
open, but that's the message. The 
message is that if we neglect the 
wrongs — not just the historical 
wrongs, but the ongoing wrongs that 
these people suffer — there's money 
in it, so why not be sensible? We are 
told that if we want stability m the 
world, we are to overlook the role of 
force choking off the cultural and 
religious life of the people of Tibet. 

"It takes, obviously, an 
extraordinary human being to 
continue not just to persevere, but 
to persevere in a way that is true to 
his basic principles of seeking love 
and understanding, of eschewing 
bitterness and hatred. The least the 
rest of us can do is be as supportive 
as possible." 

He is, of course, right about this 
last, especially for us. 


Brandeis Review 

Volume 18 

Number 4 

Commencement 1998 

A celebration of the University's 
47th Commencement 


The High Costs of 

A new form of discrimination 
threatens the "baby boomers" 

Margaret Morganroth GuUette 


Out of Bounds 

Faculty member Karen Klein 
categorically defies pigeonholing 

Marjorie Lyon 


A Tribute to Benny 

Remembering one of football's 

Bob Weintraub '55 


Looking Past Guernica: 

Art Production 

and the Spanish Civil War 

There's more to the art of the 
Spanish Civil War than Guernica 

Ara Hagop Merjian 


A Visit from His Holiness 
the 14th Dalai Lama 

Reuben Liber '98 


German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at Brandeis 


The Academy 

Faculty and Staff 

Books and Recordings 

Development Matters 

2 Benefactors 


3 Alumni 


4 Class Notes 




Dear Mr. Hauptman: 

I have just finished reading 
the article written by 
Marjorie Lyon titled 
"Uncommon Sensitivity" in 
the Brandeis i^eview-Spring 
1998, Volume 18, Number 3. 

As I read I could feel an 
"uncommon" resonance 
almost a physical reaction 
in my gut. It is almost 
"hashert" that this magazine 
arrived this week, it follows 
on a couple of seemingly 
unrelated and ordinary 
events this last weekend. 

On Shabbat walking home 
from Shul I remarked to my 
wife, "Have you noticed 
how many one-cent pieces 
lie around the road?" She 
responded "That's because 
they are worthless." On 
Sunday while wheeling my 
19 1/2 month old baby I saw 
a homeless boy begging, I 

didn't have any change on 
me but soon after I saw 
quite a few cent pieces lying 
in the road, I turned to alert 
him but he was out of sight. 
My wife has her "regular" 
homeless people who she 
supports with food and it is 
not an uncommon sight, 
unfortunately, to see 
homeless people in 
Johannesburg. One is 
constantly dipping into 
one's pockets, especially 
when there are small 
children who fall into this 
sad category. 

Your story arrived today and 
our school opens tomorrow. 
I would like to start a 
similar project here! I am a 
graduate of Brandeis 

(Hornstein Program Class of 
1983). I am currently the 
Administrative Director of 
the South African Board of 
Jewish Education and have 
held that position since 
1984 soon after my return 
from Brandeis. 

The South African Board of 
Jewish Education controls 
the King David Schools, 
which is a network of seven 
Jewish day schools ranging 
from pregrade to 12th grade 
and has affiliated to it other 
pregrade, primary, and high 
school Jewish schools. 

In addition one of the major 
focuses of my work has 
been the establishment and 
promotion of outreach to 
the black community, 
particularly local schools 
with which we have 
established educational 

The conditions are ripe for 
establishing a "Common 
Cents" here in 
Johannesburg, South Africa. 

I so liked the idea of giving 
the children a voice in 
where the funds should be 
spent, that they take 
responsibility and do active 

It fits so well and I believe 
it is do-able. Your article 
spurred me on to write to 
Teddy Gross and ask him 
for his input and advice and 
I am awaiting his response. 


Samuel P. Berman, M.A. '83 

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he Academy 

Research on Memory 
Earns Rare Honor from NIH 


In "To the Max" in the 
Winter 1998 Brandeis 
Review, it is Lois Robblee '53 
who IS pictured with Sandy 
Lakoff '33, Max Lerner, and 
Annette Hard '52. We 
apologize for the error. 

Heller Launches 
Niche IVI.B.A. 

A unique center for 
studymg memory and 
cognitive processes during 
aging was recently awarded 
a prestigious, extended-term 
grant from the National 
Institutes of Health (NIH) 
for a second time. The grant 
recognizes the innovative 
work on the aging human 
brain being conducted at the 
Memory and Cognition 
Laboratory at Brandeis 

The lab's research program, 
part of the University's 
interdisciplinary Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, was 
awarded a rare second 
consecutive Method to 
Extend Research in Time 
(MERIT) grant for 10 years 
from the National Institute 
on Aging of NIH. 

Arthur Wingfield, professor 
of psychology and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems, directs 

On June I, a unique group 
of Brandeis University 
students began their studies 
as the members of the first 
class in The Heller 
Graduate School's Master of 
Business Administration 
(human services) degree 

The Heller M.B.A. degree 
was developed over the past 
two years to address an 
emerging need among 
health and human services 
agencies to respond to the 
growth in large, 
competitive, multi-site 
organizations, both for- 
profit and nonprofit. The 
program is designed to 
prepare individuals to be 
managers within this 
market while still 

recognizing the social 
implications of their 
management decisions. 

The school will continue 
to offer Its Master of 
Management degree, 
designed to prepare 
individuals to manage 
multiple aspects of health 
and human services 
organizations such as 
community -based provider 

Last fall, the University 
approved the conferring of 
the M.B.A. degree as 
jointly proposed by The 
Heller Graduate School 
and the Graduate School of 
International Economics 
and Finance. Each graduate 
school will offer a focused, 
or niche, M.B.A. 

the Memory and Cognition 
Laboratory's creative 
investigations, which use 
speech and language to 
study changes in cognitive 
function, attention, and 
memory. "The speech task 
IS an interaction of sensory 
skills, memory, rapid 
processing, and attention," 
says Wingfield. "It involves 
a lot of expertise and 
knowledge. It's a perfect 
means to study the 
underlying principles of a 
complex cognitive system." 

The Brandeis program has a 
somewhat unique niche in 
aging research using these 
techniques, say peers in the 

"Dr. Art Wingfield is one of 
the most respected 
researchers in the field of 
cognitive aging," says Jared 
B. Jobe, Ph.D., chief of the 
Adult Psychological 
Development Branch of the 
Behavioral and Social 
Research Program of the 
National Institute on Aging. 

"He's been a leader in 
cognitive aging research for 
nearly two decades, 
particularly in the area of 
speech comprehension. He 
has introduced many 
experimental techniques to 
cognitive aging. ' That 
innovation was recognized 
with both MERIT grants, he 

The lab has made important 
contributions in learning 
about specific, "baseline" 
changes in brain function 
that occur in normal aging. 
A key theme that has 
emerged in the studies by 
Wingfield, Patricia Tun, 
adjunct assistant professor 
of psychology, and other 
collaborators, is the balance 
between the biological 

decline in certain brain 
functions with age, on one 
hand, and the compensatory 
application of knowledge, 
on the other. 

Noteworthy findings made 
over the years include the 
good news that memory in 
the aging brain is more 
resilient than alarming 
newscasts would lead us to 
believe and that semantic 
knowledge appears to be 
preserved in normal aging, 
even while episodic 
memory — such as recall of 
specific incidents — 

The staff also has begun to 
look at real-life situations. 
'We've been able to take a 
lot of what we learned 
about theory and begin to 
look at practical problems 
that the elderly have in 
everyday life," says Tun, 
who recently coinpleted a 
study on how older subjects 
respond to fast speech and 
background noise. Another 
study is examining "false" 
memory — in which the 
brain confuses imagined 
information that would be a 
likely "fit" or association 
with events that actually 
happened. Wingfield has 
also studied anomia, the 
loss of "naming" ability in 
certain patients with brain 
damage from stroke, and 
has coauthored a book on 
the subject. 

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acuity and Staff 

Brooten Awarded 
'Genius Grant" by 
MacArthur Foundation 

Bernadette f. Brooten, the 
Myra and Robert Kraft and 
Jacob Hiatt Professor of 
Christian Studies at 
Brandeis, whose 
groundbreaking scholarship 
of women's roles and 
sexuality in biblical times 
challenges modern 
opposition to 
homosexuality m the 
church, is one of 29 new 
MacArthur Fellows 
announced by the John D. 
and Catherine T. 
MacArthur Foundation. The 
grant totals $290,000. 

"I want to persuade the 
Christian churches to 
rechannel their energies 
away from opposing 
lesbians, gay men, and 
bisexuals and toward 
preventing the sexual abuse 
of children and adults, 
including incest and sexual 
clergy misconduct," says 

Her scholarship provides 
fresh interpretations of the 
patterns of power, social 
structure, and morality in 
ancient communities. Her 
book. Women Leaders in 
the Ancient Synagogue, 
documents the ways in 
which women took 
leadership roles in Jewish 
communities. Her award- 
winning work. Love 
Between Women, 
documents early Christian 
responses to love 
relationships between 

"We need new theologies and 
church policies and a better 
understanding of history 
and of the Bible," says 
Brooten. "In this effort, I 
wish to cooperate with 
Jewish and Muslim feminist 

scholars and religious 
leaders in creating humane 
sexual ethics." 

Brooten will use the 
MacArthur Foundation 
grant to expand her research 
into new directions such as 
law, because many 
questions of sexual ethics 
have legal implications. "I 
would also love to expand 
into new directions, such as 
botany, theater, or creative 
writing. And I will continue 
with ancient languages, 
biblical research, and 
Jewish-Christian relations. 
I'm eager to map out the 
contours of the ethnic and 
religious rivalry and 
cooperation between Jews 
and Christians," she says. 

Brooten has also been 
awarded a Fulbright to teach 
at the University of Oslo, 
Norway, during the 
upcoming fall semester. She 
will analyze how early 
Christians classified sexual 
relations between owners 
and slaves, married persons, 
fathers and daughters, and 
others, as either natural, 
legal and customary; illegal; 
or unnatural. She left for 
Norway on June 14 and will 
return to Brandeis in 
January 1999. 

"I'm very grateful to Brandeis 
University for its support of 
bold and innovative 
research, as well as to the 
anonymous nominators, 
referees, and committee 
members who participated 
in the selection process. I 
also express deep gratitude 
to the many teachers, 
students, and friends who 
have supported my work 
over the years." 


Born in Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho, Brooten earned her 
B.A. from the University of 
Portland (1971), and her 
Ph.D. from Harvard 
University |1982). She lives 
in Cambridge, 

Individuals cannot apply for 
MacArthur Fellowships. 
Instead, each year, the 
MacArthur Foundation 
invites more than 100 
people to serve as 
nominators, or "talent 
scouts," for the Fellows 
Program. Nominators are 
selected for expertise in 
their respective fields and 
their ability to identify 
exceptional creativity. 
Nominators serve 
anonymously for defined 

Their nominations are 
evaluated by a separate 
selection committee, which 
also serves anonymously, 
and which makes its 
recommendations to the 
MacArthur Foundation's 
Board of Directors. Final 
approval for MacArthur 
Fellowships comes from the 
Board of Directors. While 
there are no quotas or 
limits, typically 20 to 30 
Fellows are selected each 

Including Brooten's group of 
29, a total of 531 Fellows 
have been named since the 
program began in 1981. 
They have ranged in age 
from 18 to 82. In the years 
since the program began, 
the Foundation has invested 
more than SI 66 million in 
the Fellows Program. 

The John D. and Catherine 
T. MacArthur Foundation, 
with assets of about $4 
billion, is a private, 
independent grant making 
institution dedicated to 
helping groups and 
individuals foster lasting 
improvement in the human 
condition. The Foundation 
seeks the development of 
healthy individuals and 
effective communities; 
peace within and among 
nations; responsible choices 
about human reproduction; 
and a global ecosystem 
capable of supporting 
healthy human societies. 
The Foundation pursues 
this mission by supporting 
research, policy 
dissemination, education 
and training, and practice. 

MacArthur Fellowships are 
unrestricted, "no strings 
attached" awards in support 
of individuals, not projects 
or organizations. Recipients 
are free to use the awards as 
they please. 

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Milton Hindus: 
Last of the Originals 

Milton Hindus, the last of 
the original Brandeis 
University faculty, died on 
May 28 of a heart attack 
just outside the main 
entrance to the University. 
He was leaving Goldfarb 
Library for the last time, "a 
scholar until the end," as 
one of his colleagues 
characterized him. 

Hindus, the Edytha Macy 
Gross Professor of 
Humanities, was recruited 
to Brandeis from the 
University of Chicago as 
one of the original 13 
faculty. A scholar of 

American and European 
literature, he taught at 
Brandeis for 33 years until 
his retirement in 1981. 

it was because of the 
pioneering spirit and the 
passion of the early faculty 
like Milton Hindus that 
Brandeis was able to attain 
the prominence and 
reputation for excellence 
that it did as quickly as it 
did," according to Brandeis 
President Jehuda Reinharz. 
it was an act of faith on 
their part to leave the 
relative comfort of the 
known to venture into the 
unknown," he added. 

Hindus was the author/ 
editor of 16 books, scores of 
articles, and poetry, 
including: The Pioustian 
Vision; A World at 
Twilight: A Portrait of East 
European Jewry on the Eve 
of the Holocaust: Irving 
Babbitt, Literature, and the 
Democratic Culture: and 
his last work in 1998, The 
Selected Letters of Charles 
Reznikoff. In 19S8, he won 
the prestigious Walt 
Whitman Prize of the 
Poetry Society of America 
and his book on Proust was 

selected as one of the works 
to signalize the bicentennial 
of Columbia University. He 
once said that he was most 
fond of The Crippled Giant, 
which the New York Herald 
Tribune described at the 
time of its publication in 
19,S0 as a "raw stinging 
document, one that slaps 
the mind as it kicks the 
stomach." The book was 
the journal of an encounter 
between a young American 
lew and a major European 
writer and known anti- 

Lawrence Fuchs, the Meyer 
and Walter Jaffe Professor in 
American Civilization and 
Politics, and an early 
colleague of Hindus, said of 
him: "He was a lovely man 
who lived through the 
culture wars and held to his 
beliefs in the value of 
civility in the academy." 

Born in New York, Hindus 
received a B.A. and M.S. 
from the City College of 
New York and also attended 
Columbia University and 
the University of Chicago. 
He also taught at Hunter 

College, the New School for 
Social Research, and the 
City College of New York. 
In 1986, he received an 
honorary degree from 

He was the editor of Library 
of Conservative Thought, 
published by Transaction 
Publishers and on the 
boards of Modern Age and 

Even after his retirement 
from the faculty, Hindus 
was a regular fixture in the 
library and continued to 
research and write up until 
his death, spending most of 
his time on the poetry of 
Charles Reznikoff. 

He is survived by his wife of 
55 years, Eva (Tenenbaum) 
and his daughter Myra 
Hindus and her partner 
Barbara Frank. Funeral 
services were held on lune 2 
at Brandeis's Berlin Chapel. 

Remembrances may be 
made to the National 
Women's Committee for 
the benefit of the Brandeis 
University Library, MS 132, 
P.O. Box 9110, Waltham, 
MA 02454-91 10. 

Ren Receives Award 
from Leukemia Society 

Ruibao Ren, assistant 
professor of biolog>' and 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical 
Sciences Research Center, 
recently received a 
Leukemia Society of 
America Scholar Award in 
recognition of his research 
on the molecular biology of 
leukemia. The award 
provides Ren with a five- 
year salary stipend through 
2003, subject to annual 
renewal. Ren has developed 
a model in mice that 

effectively mimics a human 
cancer of the blood known 
as chronic myelogenous 
leukemia (CML|. He is 
using it to study stem cells 
in the blood, which give rise 
to various other types of 
mature blood cells like the 
white cells that fight 
infection and the red cells 
that carry oxygen. One goal 
of his research is to discover 
the norma! life cycle of 
stem cells, in order to 
understand the disease 
process of leukemia, in 
which an abnormal volume 
of white blood cells is 


Ruibao Ren 
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Arthur Holmberg 

Paul fankowski 

Seven Faculty Members 
Awarded Tenure; One 

Leslie Griffith 

Lizbeth Kirk 


Leslie Griffith 

Associate Professor of Biology 
and Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems 

As a molecular biologist, 
Griffith has pioneered an 
approach for studying the 
enzyme CaM kinase II in 
fruit flies and its role in 
neuronal and behavioral 
plasticity. Her most 
important finding is that 
the enzyme activity in 
specific subsets of two 
discrete brain structures has 
behavioral consequences for 
learning and for memory, 
central issues in 
neuroscience with 
tremendous implications for 
human genetics and 
behavior. She has received 
fellowships from the 
National Science 
Foundation, Pharmaceutical 
Manufacturers Association, 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 
and others. In 1996, she 
won a five-year National 
Institutes of Health Career 
Development Award. 
Holding M.D. and Ph.D. 
degrees, Griffith also serves 
as a freshman and 
sophomore advisor. 

Lizbeth Kirk Hedstrom 
Lucille P. Markey Associate 
Professor of Biochemistry 

Hedstrom is working on ion 
selectivity in a new class of 
immunosuppressive agents. 
The aim of her research is 
to understand the 
relationship between 
protein structure and 
chemical mechanism and to 
use the knowledge to design 
novel enzymes and specific 
enzyme inhibitors. This is 
important research that can 
lead to the development of 
anticancer, antiviral, 
immunosuppressive, and 

chemotherapy. Her research 
has been supported by the 
American Cancer Society 
and by a National Institutes 
of Health First Award. She 
has participated in the 
Howard Hughes 
Undergraduate Student 
Research Program and in 
Summer Odyssey. 

Arthur Holmberg 
Associate Professor of 
Theater Arts 

Holmberg's interest is in 
the living theater and the 
theater as a performing art. 
His background in various 
languages, literature, and 
cultures enables him to 
place the contemporary 
theater in a number of 
contexts. He has served as 
theater critic for major 
newspapers, literary office 
director at the American 
Repertory Theater, and 
editor of Art News. He is 
also the U.S. editor of The 
World Book Encyclopedia 
of Contemporary Theater. 
His book. The Theater of 
Robert Wilson, is part of a 
distinguished Cambridge 
University scries. Active in 
the European Cultural 
Studies Program and in 
planning for the annual 
Creative Arts Festival, 
Holmberg was freshman 
advisor for three years and a 
discussion leader for the 
New Student Forum. 

Paul Jankowski 

Associate Professor of History 

Jankowski is a political 
historian of 20th-century 
France and the first scholar 
to use newly declassified 
archival materials to study 
the intersection of politics 
and the underworld in 
France in the 1920s and 
1930s. Books he has written 
include The Stavisky Affair 
and Culture Scandal in 
France in the 1930s. His 
next book project, A 
Hundred Years of 
Indignation, an overview of 
political scandals in 20th- 
century France, will explore 
the theme of the way in 
which private interests 
undermined the French 
collective ideal. He has 
served on the Task Force on 
Administrative Services and 
as chair of University 

Jytte Klausen 
Associate Professor of 
Comparative Politics 

Klausen is a comparativist 
who studies the 
development of social 
policy and priorities in 
several European states as 
they have evolved over the 
past 60 years and the 
organizational and 
economic factors that have 
changed the relationship 
and expectations of citizens 
and their governments. Her 
fluency in Swedish, Danish, 
and German allows her to 
use a broad range of original 
sources. Her forthcoming 
book. Winning the War of 
Peace: State Institutions 
and Political Legacy, 1945 
to the Present, examines the 
origins of the relationships 
between state and society 
that have characterized 
advanced European 
industrial democracies. 

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Michael Plummet 

Klausen is developing a 
course to meet the 
quantitative reasoning 
requnement and currently 
teaches courses and 
seminars on her area of 
expertise: the European 
welfare state and European 
integration. She was also a 
member of the Educational 
Policv Committee. 

Michael Plummer 
Associate Professor of 

Plummer is an empirical 
economist with a strong 
policy orientation. After 
making a reputation for his 
analysis of European 
economic integration, he 
made important and widely 
cited contributions to South 
East Asian regional 
economic integration and 
development. He is among 
the world's foremost 
authorities on the ASEAN 
free trade area. Last year, he 
was offered a Fulbright 
Fellowship to Vietnam, 
which he declined in order 
to accept a visiting 
professorship at Kobe 
University in Japan. He has 
played a key role in 
developing curricula for the 
Master's Program, whose 
students voted him 
Professor of the Year. He 
has been chair of the 
Master's Program since 

David Rakowski 

Robert Zeitlin 

David Rakowsl(i 
Associate Professor of 

Rakowski has a reputation 
as one of the outstanding 
contemporary composers in 
the country. Praised for its 
refinement, complexity, and 
intellectual depth, his work 
ranges from piano etudes to 
a triple concerto to a 
symphony. Rakowski has 
received many awards 
including Guggenheim and 
National Endowment for 
the Arts Fellowships and 
the American Academy 
Rome Prize. He is the 
undergraduate advising head 
for the music department 
and advisor of the 
University's student- 
composer concert series. He 
has also received 
commissions from the 
Orpheus Chamber 
Orchestra and Boston Music 
Viva. Rakowski and a poet 
are now working on a new 
book Making Music: 
Collaborations Between 
Poets and Composers. 

Robert Zeitlin 

Professor of Anthropology 

Zeitlin has been promoted 
to the rank of full professor. 
An archaeologist, Zeitlin 
researches the economics 
and politics of Meso 
America during pre- 
Columbian times. His 
fieldwork has tracked the 
sources of volcanic glass 
and ceramic pottery for 
which he has developed a 
2,000 year chronology, 
shedding light on the 
development of agriculture 
and the social and political 
relationships of pre- 
capitalist times. Zeitlin has 
two hooks under contract: 
An Introduction to the 
Methods of Archaeology 
and Formative Pottery from 
the Southern Isthmus of 
Tehuantepec. Mexico: A 
Study of Long-Distance 
Exchange and Interregional 
Relationships. Zeitlin 
teaches a range of courses 
on archaeological methods. 

fieldwork, and theory, and 
supervises honors and Ph.D. 
theses. In conjunction with 
his fieldwork on state 
cultural resource 
management in 
Massachusetts and a project 
on the Sibley farm on the 
Brandeis campus, he has 
been able to provide his 
students with hands-on 
experience. He has served 
on the Faculty Senate, 
Committee on Faculty 
Discipline, and is 
concluding a term as chair 
of the anthropology 

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Pamela Allara 

assistant professor of 
contemporary art, gave 
readings from her book 
Pictures of People: Alice 
Neel's American Portrait 
Gallery at the National 
Portrait Gallery, 
Smithsonian Institution and 
at the Cheim and Read 
Gallery in New York City. 

Oiga Broumas 

poet-in-residence, had her 
Selected and New Poems of 
Odysseas Elytis, that was 
translated by her from the 
Greek, published by Copper 
Canyon Press. The 
collection includes the two 
books Elytis wrote the 
summer before his death in 
1996, West of Sorrowand 
The Garden with the Self- 

Stanley Deser 

Enid and Nate Ancell 
Professor of Physics, was an 
invited guest professor at 
the Institut des Hautes 
Etudes Scientifiques, 

Gordon Fellman 

professor of sociology, 
worked with almost 40 
members of Students for a 
Free Tibet in presenting 
Seven Weeks on Tibet, 16 
political, religious, and 
cultural programs that 
helped prepare the 
community at Brandeis and 
in Greater Boston for the 
Dalai Lama's visit to our 

Janet Zollinger Glele 

professor. The Heller School 
and professor of sociology, 
and Glen H. Elder, Jr. of the 
University of North 
Carolina, edited a new book 
on the emerging field of life 
course methods: Methods of 
Life Course Research: 
Qualitative and 
Quantitative Approaches 
(Thousand Oaks, California: 
Sage Publications, 1998). 

Sherry Israel 

ad]unct associate professor 
of Jewish communal 
service, Hornstein Program, 
is a member of the National 
Technical Advisory 
Committee for NJPS 2000, 
the comprehensive survey 
of American Jewry planned 
for the year 2000 by the 
Council of Jewish 
Federations, and is 
cochairing a subcommittee 
on Jewish identity, 
continuity, and Jewish 

Edward K. Kaplan 

professor of French and 
comparative literature, 
published several articles, 
among them an essay on 
Abraham Joshua Heschel in 
The fewish Advocate and 
another in Tikkun-, "Under 
God's Eyes: Reverence, 
Ethics, and Jewish 
Holiness" in SIDIC; and an 
essay on the foreign 
language profession, 
"Recovering the Origins," in 
ADFL Bulletin. In 
commemoration of the 25th 
anniversary of Heschel's 
death, Kaplan spoke at 
several congregations in the 
Boston area, and also at the 
Jewish Theological 
Seminary, New York, the 
Religious Action Center of 
Reform Judaism, 
Washington, D.C., and at 
Gethsemani Monastery, 
Trappist, Kentucky. He 
delivered papers on A.J. 
Heschel's theology at the 
Annual Meeting 
Association for Jewish 
Studies, Boston, and at the 
Conference on Judaism and 
the Natural World, Harvard 
Divinity School. 

Marya Lowry 

artist-in-residence in voice, 
returned to the 
International Roy Hart 
Centre in France to serve as 
vocal director for a multi- 
national production of 
Euripides's The Bacchae, 
which will be performed in 
France, Denmark, and 

Victor Luftig 

associate professor of 
English and American 
literature, and director, 
University Writing, and 
Data Rossman, a Ph.D. 
candidate in English, 
lectured at the Museum of 
Fine Arts, Boston, in 
conjunction with the 
traveling exhibit of objects 
from the Victoria and Albert 
Museum. He also appeared 
with Grace Paley and Alex 
Zwerdling on the radio 
program "Revision as 
Discovery," which featured 
Brandeis writing seminar 
instructor Carolyn Maibor 
conducting a tutorial, and 
spoke about his book in 
progress, "Of Poetry and 
Power": Literature and the 
Kennedys, at the Loomis 
Chaffee annual colloc]uium 
in Windsor, CT. 

Harry Mairson 

professor of computer 
science and Volen National 
Center for Complex 
Systems, and Alan Bawden, 
senior research associate in 
computer science, have 
been awarded $910,000 
from the Experimental 
Software Systems Program 
of the National Science 
Foundation over three years 
to work on new technology 
for implementing 
programming languages and 
distributed computation. 
Their project, "Linear 
naming: experimental 
software for optimizing 
communication protocols," 
uses ideas from 
mathematical logic in the 
design of next-generation 
programming languages. 

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Robin Feuer Miller 

dean of arts and sciences 
and professor of Russian and 
comparative literature, had 
her book, Companion to the 
Classic Russian Novel, 
edited with Malcolm Jones, 
published by Cambridge 
University Press. 

Robert Morris 

professor emeritus of social 
planning, received the 
Centennial Award for 
Leadership in Social Work 
Education from Columbia 
University celebrating 100 
years of professional 
education. He edited with 
John Hansan, Ph.D. '80 
(Heller), The National 
Government and Social 
Welfare: What Should Be 
the Federal Role> published 
by Auburn House Press and 
authored The Personal 
Services: The Future of 
Home Care published by 
The Johns Hopkins 
University Press. He 
continues as editor of the 
Journal of Aging and Social 
Policy and also as a senior 
associate with the 
Gerontology Institute, 
University of 

Phyllis Mutschler 

human services associate 
research professor and 
director. National Policy 
and Resource Center on 
Women and Aging, The 
Heller School, presided over 
the conference. Sitting 
Pretty or Sitting Ducks- 
Women's Financial 
Preparation for Retirement, 
sponsored by The National 
Center on Women and 
Aging held at the National 
Press Club, Washington, 
DC. while James Schuiz, 

Ida and Meyer Kirstein 
Professor for Planning and 
Administration of Aging 
Policy, The Heller School, 
presented the findings of 
the Center's landmark 
study on midlife and older 
women's attitudes toward 
and experience with 
financial planning. 

Thomas C. Pochapsky 

professor of chemistry, has 
accepted an invitation to 
serve as a member of the 
National Institutes of 
Health's Metallobiochemistry 
Study Section, Center for 
Scientific Review, for a 
four-year term. He will be 
reviewing grant applications 
submitted to the NIH, make 
recommendations on these 
applications, and survey the 
status of research in their 
fields of science. 

David Rakowski 

associate professor of 
composition, had his 
composition, Rowell Come 
Back Now for electric 
violin, premiered by Mary 
Rowell at a Modern Works! 
concert at the Sylvia and 
Danny Kaye Playhouse, 
New York City. 

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D.'77 

professor of sociology and 
director. Women's Studies 
Program, was elected to the 
International Women's 
Forum; received the Spirit 
of Liberty Award from 
People for the American 
Way; and organized Women 
in Shorts: Short Films by 
Women inaugurating the 
Wasserman Cinematheque, 

and"At War with Our 
Bodies, At War with 
Ourselves," a symposium 
on eating disorders. The 
International Research 
Institute on Jewish Women 
IIRIJW) held two 
conferences: The Future of 
the American Jewish 
Family, cosponsored with 
the American Jewish 
Committee and others, and. 
The Role of Women in the 
Yishuv and Early State, held 
in Jerusalem and 
cosponsored with the 
Hebrew University. 

Jonathan D. Sarna 75, M.A. 75 

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun 
Professor of American 
Jewish History, wrote the 
necrology for Jacob R. 
Marcus in the American 
fewish Year Book and 
published an essay-review 
on Jack Salzman and 
Cornell West's Struggle in 
the Promised Land: Toward 
a History of Black-Jewish 
Relations in the United 
States in Commonquest 
(Winter 1998). 

Donald S. Shepard 

human services research 
professor. The Heller 
School, was an invited 
presenter in Dhaka, 
Bangladesh, at the annual 
conference of the Health 
Economics Unit. His talk 
on social insurance drew on 
research in other developing 
countries and the United 

Jack P. Shonkoff 

dean, The Heller School and 
Samuel F. and Rose B. 
Gingold Professor of Human 
Development, was 
appointed a core member of 
the John D. and Catherine 
T. MacArthur Foundation 
Research Network on Early 
Experience and Bram 

Yehudi Wyner 

Walter W. Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, 
was a finalist for the 
Pulitzer Prize for his 
composition Horntiio 1997. 
He has also been invited by 
the Rockefeller Foundation 
to Bellagio, Italy. 


Claudia Jacobs 70 

director of development, 
The Heller School, was 
named to the Board of 
Jewish Family Services 
Metrowest (Framingham) 

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ooks and Recordings 


Robert Penn Warren 
(1905-89) was appointed by 
the Library of Congress as 
the first Poet Laureate of 
the United States in 1985. 
In this volume, Burt, 
Warren's literary executor, 
has assembled every poem 
Warren ever published, with 
the exception of Brother to 
Dragons. Burt has also 
collated all of the published 
versions of Warren's poems 
as well as his typescripts 
and proofs. Warren devoted 
most of the 1940s and 1950s 
to writing prose and literary 
criticism, but from the late 
1950s he was primarily a 
poet, with each successive 
volume of verse that he 
penned demonstrating his 
growing commitment to 

Gordon Fellman 

Professor of Sociology 

Rambo and the Dahii 
Lama: The Conipulsion to 
Win and Its Threat to 
Human Survival 
State University of New 
York Press 

Rambo and the Dalai Lama 
suggests that the 
assumption that human life 
is based on conflicts of 
interests, wars, and the 



John Burt, ed. 


Professor of English 

The Collected Poems of 
Robert Penn Warren 



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opposition of people to each 
other and to nature exists as 
a paradigm that supplies 
meaning and orientation to 
the world. An alternative 
paradigm sees cooperation, 
caring, nurturing, and 
loving as equally viable 
ways of organizing 
relationships of humans to 
each other and to nature. 
The author sees this 
shifting emphasis from 
adversarialism to mutuality 
as essential to the survival 
of our species and nature 

Gregory Freeze, ed. 

Professor of History 

Russia: A History 
Oxford University Press 

Russia: A History cuts 
through the myths and 
mystery that have 
surrounded Russia from its 
earliest days to the present, 
with revelations from 
classified archives. Using 
the most recently available 
sources, a team of historians 
has stripped away the 
propaganda and 

preconceptions ot the past 
to tell the story of Russia, 
from Kiev to Muscovy, 
through empire and 
revolution to communism 
and Perestroika, and the 
'new order" of the present 
day. The result is an 
account of the rise and fall 
of a superpower, and its 
impact on the peoples 
within and beyond its 

Michael T. Gilmore 

Professor of English 

Differences m the Dark: 
American Movies and 
English Theater 
Columbia University Press 

In Differences in the Dark, 
the author shows us that a 
look at each culture's 
favorite art form — inovies in 
America and the theater in 
England, both mediums that 
rely on the English 
language — can provide an 
entree into cultural 
differences between the two 
countries. Bringing together 
such diverse topics as 
theme parks, realism, and 
social class, as well as the 
role of Jewish immigrants in 
the making of Hollywood 
(and their virtual exclusion 
from Great Britain), and the 
connection between the 

movies and the African- 
American community, 
Gilmore makes this book an 
original and interesting 
cross-cultural study. 

Edward K. Kaplan 

and Samuel H. Dresner. 
Kaplan is Professor of 
French and Comparative 

Abraham Joshua Heschel: 
Prophetic Witness 
Yale University Press 

Abraham Joshua Heschel 
(1907-72) was one of the 
outstanding Jewish thinkers 
of the 20th century. A 
renowned American 
theologian and interpreter 
of tradition, he was a living 
example of holiness, 
compassion, and vehement 
dedication to social justice. 
Based on extensive 
interviews, archival 
documents, and Heschel's 
previously unknown 
writings, the authors trace 
Heschel's life from his birth 
in Warsaw to his arrival in 
New York in 1940. 

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Reuven Kimelman 

Associate Professor of Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies 

The Rhetoric of Jewish 
Prayer: A Literary and 
Historical Commentary on 
the Prayerbook 
The Littman Library of 
Jewish Civilization 

Kimelman's study uses the 
insights derived from 
modern literary theory to 
explore the liturgy of Jewish 
prayer in terms of its 
purpose and intention. A 
key concern is how the 
liturgy brings about changes 
in feelings and thoughts. 
The author shows how this 
is achieved not only by the 
logic and structure of the 
argument, but by its form, 
the texture of its language, 
the recontextualization of 
Its images, and the texts 
that precede and follow it. 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. 72, and 
Ben Halpern 

Reinharz is President and 
Richard Koret Professor of 
Modern Jewish History and 
Halpern is Professor 
Emeritus of Near Eastern 
and Judaic Studies. 

Zionism and the Creation 
of a New Society 
Oxford University Press 

Zionism and the Creation 
of a New Society studies the 
birth of the .State of Israel 
and analyzes the articulated 
and variegated ideological 
principles of the Zionist 
movement that led to that 
birth. It examines 
conflicting pre-state ideals 
and the social structure that 

emerged in Palestine's 
Jewish community during 
the Mandate period. The 
book also reflects upon 
Israel's existence as a state 
and a social structure — a 
place conceived before its 
birth as a means of solving a 
particular social malady: 
the modern Jewish problem. 

Robert Sekuler 

and Randolph Blake. 
Sekuler is Louis and Frances 
Salvage Professor of 
Psychology and Volen 
National Center for 
Complex Systems. 

Star Trek on the Brain: 
Ahen Minds. Human Minds 
W.H. Freeman and 

A transporter mishap has 
cleaved Captain Kirk in 
two, leaving the U.S.S. 
Enterprise in the unsteady 
hands of the rash and 
impulsive Kirk I and the 
meek and indecisive Kirk II. 
In neurological terms, the 
accident has damaged the 
Captain's prefrontal cortex. 

Such is the stuff of Sekuler 
and Blake's splicing of Star 
Trek and up-to-date 
research m psychology and 
neuroscience in Star Trek 
on the Brain. The authors' 
continuing mission: to 
boldly lead an expedition 
through the brain and the 
mind, using anecdotes from 
Star Trek movies and 
episodes of the original Star 
Trek series, The Next 
Generation, Deep Space 
Nine, and Voyager. 

Brandeis University 

Marjorie Agosin 

Dear Anne Frank 

In these tributes to Anne 
Frank's courage and 
individualism, Chilean poet 
Marjorie Agosin captures 
the wrenching paradox of 
the young diarist's 
unshakable love of life, a 
love that endured 
unspeakable horrors. In this 
bilingual collection, first 
published in 1994, Agosin 
makes the girl's humanity 
palpable even as it damns 
the inhumanity of those 
who perpetrated the 
destruction around her. 
Agosin is professor of 
Spanish at Wellesley 
College. In 1995, she 
received First Prize for 
Poetry from Letras de Oro 
and the Latino Literature 

Pamela Allara 

Assistant Professor of 
Contemporary Art 

Pictures of People: Alice 
Neel's American Portrait 

In this chronicle of the life 
and work of painter and 
bohemian Alice Neel, the 
author shows how portraits 
from a career that spanned 
the 1920s to the 1970s 
constitute a virtual gallery 
of American cultural 
history. While some of 
Neel's portraits graced the 
covers of publications like 
Ms. and Time, most of her 
subjects were unknown — 
the marginalized, the 
disenfranchised, the 
oppressed. Neel used 
portraiture — the images of 
Greenwich Village 
intelligentsia, of Latinos 
and Latinas from Spanish 
Harlem, of gay and lesbian 
writers and artists — as a 
vehicle for her social 

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Jeffrey Shandler and Beth S. 
Wenger, eds. 

Encounters with the "Holy 
Land": Place, Past and 
Future in American fewish 

The Holy Land is one of the 
world's most richly 
imagined places. Revered as 
the site of Biblical history 
and the focus of messianic 
expectations, the Land of 
Israel has always been more 
than a geographic place,- it 
also functions as a powerful 
cultural symbol. Three 
essays illuminate American 
interpretations of the "holy 
land" by examining 
American tourism and 
travel to pre-state Israel, the 
representation of the holy 
land in exhibitions and 
world fairs, and the symbols 
and public culture of 
American Zionism. 
Shandler is a Dorot 
Teaching Fellow at New 
York University and Beth S. 
Wenger is Katz Family 
Chair in American fewish 
History, University of 


The Tauber Institute for 
the Study of European 
Jewry Series — General 
Editor, Jehuda Reinharz 

Jonathan Brant '68 

Brant is a judge in the 
Cambridge District Court. 

Law &) Mental Health 
Massachusetts, second 
APA Books 

The Law &> Mental Health 
Professionals series is 
designed to provide a 
resource for mental health 
professionals and attorneys 
regarding mental health law 
in each state. Some of the 
issues discussed include 
setting up a private practice, 
working with health care 
provider organizations, 
understanding the duty to 
warn and understanding the 
duty to report abuse and 
neglect of children and 

Robert J. Duffy, Ph.D. '91 

Duffy is an Associate 
Professor of Political 
Science at Rider University. 

Nuclear Politics in 

America: A History and 

Theory of Government 


University Press of Kansas 

The author traces the 
politics of nuclear power 
over the last 50 years from 
the creation of a 
subgovernment through the 
public lobby reforms of the 
late 1960s and early 1970s 
and the deregulatory 
backlash of the Reagan 
years. The book extends the 
discussion of nuclear policy 
through the Bush and 
Clinton years, including the 
controversy over waste 
disposal, new licensing 
procedures in the 1992 
Amendments to the Atomic 
Energy Act, and the effects 
of deregulation of electric 

Myna German-Schleifer '73 

German-Schleifer is 
Adjunct Professor of 

Communications at Pace 
University, White Plains, 
New York 

Booming Into Midlife 
Kroshka Books 

Midlife is a time of great 
contradiction, crisis, and 
chaos. Baby-boomers, facing 
that half their work life is 
over, ponder whether early- 
life choices will sustain 
them in the second half. 
The same uncertainty 
pervades relationships. The 
author takes you with her 
on an experiential journey, 
retracing her steps in the 25 
years since Brandeis, 
examining the lives of 
colleagues, trying to make 
sense of the madness. "Last 
chance" boyfriends, 
girlfriends, and affairs 
complicate matters more — 
along with a growing sense 
of mortality in a generation 
that had hoped to be 
"forever young." Humor and 
gentle irony in the vignettes 
will take the reader from 
despair to great hope. 

Arlene Hirschfelder '65 

Hirschfelder has done 
consulting work and created 
curriculum in the field of 
tobacco for Scholastic, Inc. 
and Columbia University 
School of Social Work 

Kick Butts! A Kid's Action 

Guide to a Tobacco-Free 


Simon & Schuster 

Kick Butts! is a book that 
educates younger and older 
readers to the frauds 
perpetuated by the tobacco 
industry and empowers 
children to be effective anti- 
tobacco advocates. It details 
the history of tobacco in the 
United States, beginning in 
the 1870s when cigarettes 
were hand rolled. As early 
as 100 years ago, children 
were being targeted by 
cigarette makers, who 
included giveaways such as 
baseball cards in cigarette 
packs. Two sections at the 
end of the book. Tobacco 
Facts and Resources, have 
many names, addresses, and 
Web sites of people and 
organizations that can help 
in the war on tobacco. 

Gray Jacobik, M.A. '86, Ph.D. '90 

lacobik, an Associate 
Professor of English at 
Eastern Connecticut State 
University, was winner of 
the 1997 Yeats Prize. 

The Double Task 
The University of 
Massachusetts Press, 

The poems are of two kinds: 
those that seek to represent 
the world in its 
ephemerality and those that 
generate a world's 
unfolding. Along a spectrum 
of various oppositions, in 

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landscape and love poems, 
and in those that speak of 
music, painting, and film, 
the poet enacts her double 
task: to brmg our world 
palpably close and to 
transform that experience 
into art. The Double Task is 
the 23rd recipient of the 
lumper Prize, presented 
annually by the University 
of Massachusetts Press for a 
volume of original poetry. 

Andrew D. Klein '82 

Klein founded Spring Street 
Brewery, makers of Wit 
Beer. Also, he heads Wit 
Capital, the first investment 
banking and brokerage firm 
dedicated to offering and 
trading public securities 
through the Internet. Fat Cat 

Investing at the Click of a 


Henry Holt and Company 

When Andrew Klein 
dropped out of lawyering to 
open a microbrewery, he 
had no intention of creating 
a revolution on Wall Street. 
But then he launched the 
first initial public offering 
over the Internet, raising 
$1.6 million for his Wit 
Beer. Suddenly, he found 
himself in the financial 
news all over the globe and 
in touch with thousands of 
eager on-lme investors. The 
next step was obvious — he 
founded Wit Capital, the 
first investment house to 
brmg investors and 
companies together via the 
Internet. This is the story of 
Klein's evolution from Wall 
Street lawyer to Wall Street 
iconoclast out to 
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Michael Marissen, Ph.D. '91 

Marissen is Associate 
Professor of Music at 
Swarthmore College. 

Lutheninism. Anti-Iudaism. 
and Bach's St. John Passion 
Oxford University Press 

Bach's St. John Passion has 
become controversial as a 
result of the combination of 
highly emotional music 
coupled with a text that 
includes passages from a 
gospel marked by vehement 
anti-Judaic sentiments. 
What did this masterpiece 
mean in Bach's day, and 
what does it mean today? 
Consisting of a long 
interpretive essay, followed 
by an annotated literal 
translation of the libretto, a 
guide to recorded examples, 
and a detailed bibliography, 
this text provides the reader 
with the tools to assess the 
work on its own terms and 
in the appropriate contexts. 

Alan L. Mittleman '76 

Mittleman is Associate 
Professor of Religion at 
Muhlenberg College. 

The Politics of Toiah: The 

Jewish Political Tradition 

and the Founding of Agudat 


State University of New 

York Press 

Founded in Germany in 
1912, Agudat Israel was the 
first comprehensive, 
international political 
movement among Orthodox 
Jews. The author shows that 
from its formation to the 
present, Agudat has 
represented the political 
interests of the most 
traditional members of the 
Jewish community. This 
book addresses the question 
of why such arch- 
traditionalists turned to 
politics, examines the 
conflicts that shaped the 
movement's character, and 
explores the movement's 
relationship with prior 
expressions of Jewish 
political thought and 

Sam Ramer '85 

Ramer is an assistant 
district attorney for the 
Special Narcotics 
Prosecutor's Office for the 
City of New York. 

The Joy of Trek: How to 
Enhance Your Relationship 
with a Star Trek Fan 
Carol Publishing Group 

When your significant other 
is happily sitting through 
the third Star Trek rerun of 
the evening, do you 
sometimes feel lost in 
space? The Joy of Trek is 
everything a Star Trek 
novice needs to know to 
keep up with a diehard 
Trekker. You'll also find a 
concise history of the series 
and the movies, a glossary 
of Trek terms, and quizzes 
to test your knowledge of 
the answers to questions 
such as. What is warp speed 
anyway? This book is 
written for new fans, 
reluctant mates, and 
confirmed Trekkers alike. 

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Peter Siris '66 

Siris spent 13 years on Wall 
Street as an analyst serving 
with UBS Securities and 
The Buckingham Research 
Group. Presently, he is 
managing director of 
Guerrilla Capital 
Management, LLC. 

Guerrilla Investing: 
Winning Strategies for 
Beating the Wall Street 

In Guerrilla Investing the 
author shows how the 
mdividual investor can 
outperform the 
professionals if he puts to 
work the knowledge he 
gleans as a consumer, a 
workplace professional, a 
community member, or an 
Internet surfer. Readers will 
learn how to change the 
field of competition in their 
favor, fight on their own 
turf by ferreting out small 
stocks that are below the 
professionals' radar screens, 
and maneuver more quickly 
than the professionals ever 

Leon J. Weinberger, M.A. '62, 
Ph.D. '83 

Weinberger is a University 
Research Professor at the 
University of Alabama. 

Jewish Hymnography: A 
Literary History 
The Littman Library of 
Jewish Civilization 

Weinberger draws on 
material, much of it 
previously available only in 
Hebrew, to trace the history 
of Jewish hymnography 
from Its origins in the 
eastern Mediterranean to its 
subsequent development in 
Europe, Balkan Byzantium, 
on the Grecian periphery, 
under the Ottomans, and 
among the Karaites. 
Focusing on each region in 
turn, he provides a general 
background to the role of 
the synagogue poets in the 
society of the time; 
characterizes the principal 
poets and describes their 
contribution; examines the 
principal genres and forms; 
and considers their 
distinctive language, style, 
and themes. 

Judith G. Wittner '60 

and R. Stephen Warner, eds. 
Wittner is Associate 
Professor of Sociology and 
former Director of Women's 
Studies at Loyola University 
of Chicago. 

Gatherings in Diaspora: 
Religious Communities and 
the New Immigration 
Temple University Press 

This book brings together 
the latest chapters in the 
long-running chronicle in 
religion and immigration in 
the American experience. 
Today, as in the past, people 
migrating to the United 
States bring their religions 
with them, and gathering 
religously is one of the ways 
they make a life in America. 
Their religious identities 

often mean more to them 
away from home. 
Gatherings in Diaspora 
explores and analyzes the 
diverse religious 
communities of post-1965 
diasporas, including 
Christians, Jews, and 

Joseph Wronka, Ph.D. '92 

Wronka is Associate 
Professor in the School of 
Social Work, Springfield 

Human Rights and Social 
Policy in the 21st Century 
University Press of America 

This book examines the 
history of the idea of human 
rights and looks at the 
implications of this 
examination for social 
policy. The author suggests 
that in the 21st century the 
Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights should be 
the primary ethical and 
legal gauge of human rights 
standards, and these 
standards throughout the 
world ought to be expanded 
to include not only civil and 
political rights, but also 
economic, social, and 
cultural guarantees. In 
addition, social policies 
need to be expanded to 
include effective ways to 
match human needs with 
all resources that can be 
made available. 




S\ew Sfcrnberg 

Steve Sternberg '73 

Sternberg is a Florida-based 
multi-instrumentalist on 
piano, saxophone, flute, and 
harmonica. He has been 
playing as a band member 
and a soloist throughout his 
21 -year professional career. 

Honky Tonk Soulstice 
Valentine Records 

The music on this premiere 
CD (also available on 
cassette) is a music of 
contrasts; a turning point, a 
culmination of 22 years in 
the music business; a long, 
hard road of many miles, 
yet bringing many smiles. It 
is music with a soul, of the 
soul. It is honky tonk 
earthy side, gutsy blues, 
joyful boogie and ragtime, 
and ethereal classical 
music; transitional, eclectic 
music. Sternberg is the solo 

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evelopment Matters 

Carl Belz 
Retirement Party 

On Sunday, June 7, 1998, a 
retirement party was held 
for Rose Art Museum 
Director Carl Belz. More 
than 300 people were on 
hand to reminisce about 
Carl's 23-year stewardship 
of the museum. 

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The packed > 

listens as Carl is toasted 

on his retirement 

Trustee Steve Grossman 

Singing greeting and 
balloon bouquet sent by 
retired Senator Bill 
Bradley, who played 
basketball with Carl at 
Princeton University 

Steve and Joan Beikm 
with Carl Belz 

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Commencement 1998 

The University celebrated 
its 47th Commencement 
with graduates and their 
families, friends, and 
dignitaries durmg a black- 
tie dinner the evening 
before Commencement and 
at the ceremony itself. As 
part of the weekend 
celebration, the Center for 
German and European 
Studies was dedicated. 

Receiving honorary degrees 
this year were community 
leader and philanthropist 
Sylvia Hassenfeld; German 
Chancellor Helmut Kohl; 
United States 

Representative John Lewis,- 
playwright and author 
Arthur Miller; novelist and 
professor Amos Oz; and 
statesman George Schultz. 

Seated: Alan Hassenfeld, 
HDR Sylvia Hassenfeld, 
Dean of the Heller School 
and Samuel F. and Rose B. 
Gingold Professor of 
Human Development lack 
Shonkoff, Fredi Shonkoff, 
Standing: Laurie Block, 
Ellen Block. Susan Block, 
Phyllis Mailman, and 
Hinda Semonoft 

Chair of the 
Board of Trustees 
Bart Winokur 

George Schultz 
and Trustee 
Rosenberg '54 

HDR George 
Schultz. Trustee 
Tom Friedman '75, 
and Chancellor 
Helmut Kohl 

Trustee Myra Kraft '64. 
Bunny Nessel. Mel Nessel, 
President fehuda Reinharz 

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Parent Events 

Members of the Parents 
Committee enjoyed a 
luncheon with President 
Reinharz on November 7 
during Family Weekend. 
Cochaired by Brenda and 
Harvey Freishtat of 
Brooklinc, Massachusetts, 
parents of Ethan '99, the 
committee represents a 
cross-section of parents 
throughout the country. 
Membership on the Parents 
Committee provides 
opportunities for the 
parents to have a closer 
connection to the 
University by attending 
events on campus, 

mentoring prospective 
students and parents, and in 
general, serving as 
ambassadors for Brandeis in 
their respective 

We thank Brenda and 
Harvey for all their efforts 
on behalf of the Parents 
Committee and welcome 
Joyce and Bruce Slater of 
Woodbridge, Connecticut, 
parents of Anna '99 and 
Ellen '02, as the new 
cochairs of the Parents 
Committee for 1998-99. 

Georgene and Steve Winik 
of Woodmere, New York, 
parents of Avi '98, 
graciously hosted a 
reception for parents in 
Long Island on April 26. 

Associate Dean for 
Undergraduate Academic 
Affairs Milton Kornfeld was 
the special guest. 

This fall, the New York 
Parents Committee, a 
subgroup of the national 
committee, cochaired by 
loan and Fred Lowenfels, 
parents of Erica '98, and 

Elaine and Alfred Fields, 
parents of Adnenne '00, 
will hold an event in New 
York City at Brandeis 
House on Wednesday, 
November 18. On Sunday, 
December 6, the first 
outreach event for parents 
in New Jersey will be held 
at the home of Estelle and 
Phillip Brenner, Scotch 
Plains, parents of Mitchell '99. 

Steve and Georgene Winick, 
parents of Avi '98 

Leah Mathews and Myra 
Honig. grandmother and 
mother of Shaun '99. 
respectively, with 
President Jehiida Reinharz 

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Ellen Slater '02 and Joyce 
Slater, incoming cochair of 
Parents Committee 

Brenda and Harvey 
Freishtat. parents of Ethan '99. 
cochairs of the Parents 
Committee 1996-98 

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ommencement '98 

Reinhaiz and 
Helmut Kohl 
visit Brandeis's 
Memorial near 
the Three 

On Sunday, May 24, 
Brandeis conferred 
663 bachelor of arts and 
54 bachelor of science 
degrees, 11 post- 
baccalaureate certificates, 
and 330 master of arts and 
Ph.Ds at the University's 
47th Commencement 

Honorary degrees were 
awarded to fewish 
community leader and 
philanthropist Sylvia 
Hassenfeld, German 
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, 
U.S. Congressman lohn 
Lewis, Former Secretary of 
State George P. Shultz, 
Legendary playwright and 
Pulitzer Prize winner 
Arthur Miller, and Israeli- 
born author and peace 
activist Amos Oz. 

Kohl received an honorary 
doctor of laws degree from 
the University, an action 
that Brandeis University 
President lehuda Remharz 
called "an affirmation of 

"Universities award honorary 
degrees to acknowledge the 
achievement of individuals 
and to educate students and 
the public about men and 
women whom they know, 
whom they think they 
know, and whom they do 
not know at all," said 
Rcinharz. "Today, we are 
honoring a man who has 
reminded his country that 
the past must never be 

With thunderous applause 
from the graduates and their 
families. Chancellor Kohl 
congratulated the Class of 
1998 for all of their hard 
work and remarked, "On a 
very personal note, I am 
conscious of the special 
significance that I stand 
before you today as a 
representative of the new 

"To me one of the most 
gratifying experiences of our 
age is that, contrary to all 
expectations, so many solid 
bridges have been built 
across the chasms of the 

past," said Kohl. "I am very 
happy that Germany again 
has a lively Jewish 

Additional excerpts from 
Chancellor Kohl's address 

"From the very outset 
Brandeis University has 
been committed to the 
removal of all forms of 
discrimination, and today 
still It stands for diversity 
and living tolerance. 
Exactly as intended by 
Louis Brandeis, the Supreme 
Court justice the University 
is named for, the emphasis 
IS on human values, 
intellectual integrity, and 
social responsibility." 

"Germany's relationship 
with Jewish communities 
all over the world and with 
the State of Israel will 
always be special. It is and 
always will be influenced by 
the memory of the 

"The suffering inflicted upon 
Jews during the Nazi era is 
an indelible part of the 
history of Jewry. It is also 
an indelible part of German 
history. We Germans 
cannot allow ourselves to 
forget the barbarity of 
National Socialism and the 
untold suffering of the 
victims, nor do we wish to." 

"Human dignity is inviolable.' 
This sentence is taken from 
the first article of our 
Constitution, the 49th 
anniversary of which we 
celebrated yesterday. It is 
our answer to the Nazi 
contempt for human 

"In recent years, ladies and 
gentlemen, there has been a 
gratifying intensification of 
dialog and exchanges 
between American Jews and 
Germany. I am particularly 
thankful for the pioneering 
work done by the 
Committee. B'nai B'rith, 
too, has played an 
important role. Special 
credit also goes to Brandeis 
University for the way it 
has fostered the German- 
American-Jewish dialog. In 
former times it was mostly 
German-Jewish immigrants 
and other European Jews 
educated in Germany who 
cultivated these exchanges. 
In the meantime, a new 
academic generation has 
grown up on both sides of 
the Atlantic who must now 
take over the reins. 

"You, President Reinharz, 
deserve special mention in 
this respect for your 
personal commitment. 
Without you we would not 
have the new Center for 
German and European 
Studies which we dedicated 

"Students of the University: 
today you have an 
opportunity that hardly any 
generation before you had: 
the opportunity to live your 
whole life in peace and 

"The American Declaration 
of Independence says that 
the pursuit of happiness is 
an inalienable human right. 
You have every reason to be 
confident of achieving this 
happiness in your own 
lives — for yourselves, but 
also for your fellow 
creatures. For this I wish 
you God's blessing!" 

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HDRs George Schultz 
and Amos Oz 

Leo E. Fuchs '98. 
senior class speaker 

President Jehuda Reinharz 
and German Chancellor 
Helmut Kohl 

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Degree Recipients 

Sylvia Hassenfeld 

Sylvia Hassenfeld 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Sylvia Hassenfeld is one of 
the most prominent leaders 
in the American Jewish 
community, having devoted 
her life to working on 
behalf of Israel and easing 
the plight of Jews around 
the world. Her national and 
international leadership 
positions have included 
service as national vice 
chair of the United Jewish 
Appeal and chair of its 
National Women's 
Division, membership on 
the Board of Governors of 
the Jewish Agency for Israel 
and chair of its Rural 
Settlement Committee, and 
membership on the boards 
of the United Israel Appeal, 
the Jerusalem Foundation, 
the Council of Jewish 
Federations, and the 
Memorial Foundation for 
Jewish Culture. From 1988 
to 1992, she was the first 
female president of the 
American Jewish Joint 
Distribution Committee, 
during which tenure her 
diplomatic skills with heads 
of state and government 
officials contributed to the 
protection of Jews and the 
development of social 
services, health, religious, 
and educational programs in 
the former Soviet Union, 
Eastern Europe, and other 
areas of the world with 
Jewish populations. She has 
served as a member of the 
Brandeis University Board 
of Trustees since 1996. 

Helmut Kohl 

Doctor of Laws 

Helmut Kohl is the longest- 
serving leader of Germany 
in the 20th century and the 
elder statesman of European 
politics. First elected 
chancellor in 1982, he 
played a central role in 
German reunification, and 
in 1991 was elected the first 
chancellor of a reunited 
Germany. A dedicated 
friend of the United States, 
he has been one of the most 
ardent supporters and 
leaders of the European 
Union, bringing his 
influence to bear through 
cooperation and diplomacy 
on such issues as European 
cultural and political 
integration, environmental 
protection, and 
globalization of the 
economy. A child when 
World War II began, he has 
committed much of his 
energy to repairing relations 
with Jewish communities in 
Germany and in Israel. 
Under his leadership, 
Germany has been one of 
the most consistent and 
committed supporters of the 
State of Israel among the 
nations of the world, a role 
for which he has been 
widely recognized and 
honored. The Kohl Center 
for European Studies at the 
Hebrew University of 
Jerusalem is named in his 
honor, and he is the 
recipient of the B'nai B'rith 
President's Gold Medal for 
Humanitarianism and the 
Leo Baeck Award for the 
Central Council of Jews in 

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John R. Lewis 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

John Lewis is serving his 
sixth term as a United 
States Representative from 
Atlanta, Georgia. Born in 
Troy, Alabama, the son of 
sharecroppers, he earned a 
bachelor of arts degree from 
Fisk University and 
graduated from the 
American Baptist 
Theological Seminary in 
Nashville, Tennessee. In 
1961, as a student, he 
volunteered to participate 
in the Freedom Rides and 
endured several beatings, 
the scars of which he still 
bears. He was chair of the 
Student Nonviolent 
Coordinating Committee 
(SNCC), which was largely 
responsible for the student 
sit-ins and voter registration 
drives of the civil rights 
struggle. In 1965, he led the 
famous nonviolent protest 
march in Selma, Alabama, 
which became known as 
"Bloody Sunday," but led to 
the Voting Rights Act of 
1965. In 1977 he was 
appointed by President 
Jimmy Carter to head 
ACTION. He served on the 
Atlanta City Council from 
I98I to 1986, when he was 
elected to Congress. He is 
chief deputy minority whip 
and a member of the 
powerful House Ways and 
Means Committee. He has 
won numerous awards 
including the Martin Luther 
King Jr. Non-Violent Peace 

Arthur Miller 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Arthur Miller is a 
playwright and an author 
who has been recognized as 
one of this century's great 
American dramatists. Born 
m New York, he grew up 
during the Depression and 
worked in an auto parts 
store until he had earned 
enough money to pay for 
college. Two years later, 
while still a student, he 
found his calling. When All 
My Sons opened on 
Broadway in 1947, he was 
hailed as a "promising 
young talent," and won the 
New York Drama Critics 
Circle Award. Two years 
later Death of a Salesman 
premiered and won him a 
Pulitzer Prize and Drama 
Critics' Circle Award, and 
catapulted him to the status 
as one of America's great 
playwrights, a position he 
has retained for half a 
century. Among his other 
powerful works are the 
plays: The Crucible, which 
was made into a film in 
1996; A View from the 
Bridge. After the Fall, 
Incident at Vichy, and The 
Price; the film The Misfits-, 
and the dramatic television 
special Playing for Time. He 
has also written several 
works of fiction, two books 
of reportage, and his 
autobiography, Timebends: 
A Life. Much of his work 
emanates from the traumas 
and tragedies of his 
generation — the Holocaust, 
the Depression, and the 
McCarthy Era. He is well 
known for his "crusading 
spirit and fearless defense of 
freedom of expression." 

Amos Oz 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Amos Oz is a novelist, 
essayist, professor of 
modern Hebrew literature 
at Ben-Gurion University, 
and one of Israel's most 
ardent peace activists. An 
Israeli-born child of Eastern 
European immigrants, he 
witnessed firsthand the 
birth of the modern state of 
Israel at the age of 8. At 15 
he adopted the name 
'Oz" — the Hebrew word for 
courage — and went to live 
on Kibbutz Hulda where he 
learned to drive a tractor 
and work the land. After 
serving in the Israeli Army, 
he studied philosophy and 
literature at the Hebrew 
University and at Oxford. 
He has published 22 books, 
which have been translated 
into 30 languages, 
including; Where the 
lackals Howl, My Michael, 
Black Box, Touch the Wind, 
In the Land of Israel, and 
The Third State, as well as a 
number of essay collections. 
His writing is rooted in the 
turbulent history of his 
homeland and his novels are 
often allegories about the 
ethical dilemmas of the 
Israeli-Arab struggle for 
peace. He has also 
committed himself to 
"telling the truth, regardless 
of who it offends," and is 
one of the founders of 
"Peace Now." He has won 
numerous prizes and 
honors, including the 
French Legion of Honor, the 
1992 Frankfurt Peace Prize, 
and the 1998 Israeli Prize 
for Literature. 

George P. Schultz 

Doctor of Laws 

George Schultz has had a 
distinguished career in 
academia, business, and 
government. Following 
service during World War II 
in the United States Marine 
Corps, he earned a doctorate 
in industrial economics 
from the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. A 
member of the faculty at 
M.I.T. for several years, he 
was later named dean of the 
Graduate School of Business 
of the University of 
Chicago. His extraordinary 
public career includes 
service in five 
administrations, and he is 
the only American to have 
held four different cabinet 
posts: secretary of labor, 
secretary of the treasury, 
director of the Office of 
Management and Budget, 
and secretary of state. As 
secretary of state from 1982 
to 1989, he played a 
decisive role in arms 
control, the end of the Cold 
War, the search for peace in 
the Middle East, and in the 
development of strong 
relationships between the 
United States and the 
nations of the Asia-Pacific 
region. He is the author of 
several books, including 
Turmoil and Triumph: My 
Years as Secretary of State, 
and is the recipient of the 
Medal of Freedom, the 
nation's highest civilian 

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I>\ _\'^JUJ_ .All il;,JlMi !l n I, .iiilcttf 

Not only the University 

is turning 50. 

As more of its alumni 

pass the half-century 

mark, increasing numbers 

may feel the effects of 

an alarming new form 

of discrimination 

in the American economy. 

22 Brandeis Review 

Midlife memory loss is becoming a nagging and 
dangerous theme in the 1990s. In birthday cards, it's 
suddenly unavoidable. "There are two signs of getting 
older — one is the inability to remember what you just 
said. The other is the inability to remember what you 
just said. Happy Birthday!" The theme circulates in 
conversations and correspondence. A fiftyish friend sent 
a similar card to my husband and wrote underneath, "I'm 
trying to remember to take gingko, BUT... " Steve 
Martin got an entire page in The New Yorker to tell the 
same joke, under the title "Changes in the Memory after 
Fifty." Martin cleverly parodies the midlife self-help 
books that construct an enormous problem in order to 
propose a supposedly simple solution: "Sometimes it's 
fun to sit in your garden and try to remember your dog's 
name. Here's how; simply watch the dog's ears while 
calling out pet names at random." I laughed out loud. 
But the insidious effect was to indelibly associate the 
midlife with a profound and self-estranging decline. 

USA Weekend had a long article last year called "Are 
You Losing Your Mind?," which asserted that "age- 
associated memory impairment" can begin "in the 
thirties but usually becomes noticeable in the mid- 
forties to early fifties." "Even a slight decrease in 
memory seems like a tragedy," the author editorialized, 
instructing us how to feel. 

Why are memory problems suddenly being popularly 
associated with the middle years of life? After decades of 
research in human development, we know that memory 
loss is not accurately associated even with advanced old 
age. At all ages, people differ tremendously in their 
powers of recollection. We know that children have 
trouble memorizing answers to test questions, and 
teenagers have problems recalling errands. Yet age- 
associated memory loss is not associated with the young. 
If stress produces cortisol-controlled degeneration (one 
theory), why not blame stress-agents, like your boss, 
your ex-, your lack of health insurance, your inadequate 
salary? Why is memory loss "age-associated" at all? 


When irrational notions suddenly become common 
sense, a cultural critic keenly wants to know why. 

Ail of this contrasts vividly with a remark my late 
father-in-law made in the sixties. George was a college 
professor, handsome, white-haired since 30, a brilliant 
talker. He once said to the assembled young, "I've 
forgotten more than you'll ever know." We repeated the 
witticism with relish, as a promise that we too would 
have his huge capacity for knowledge by the time we 
came to be his age. Thirty years ago, within the vastness 
of midlife competencies, memory lapses weren't 
devastating. Lofty jocularity was still possible. 

The phenomenon that explains this change — and much 
else besides — is middle-ageism. Middle-ageism invents 
terrible new "problems" that people are supposed to 
suffer as they age into their middle years. Having created 
anxiety, the commerce in aging invents supposed 
remedies: Viagra for men and hormone replacement 
"therapy" for women; for both, pop books on positive 
aging, hair-dye, youth-mimicry in clothes, poses, looks, 
and speech; cosmetic surgery. The media circulate the 
bad news and the advertorials. Middle-ageism creates 
gaps between parents and their adult children, depicting 
the midlife generation — known in code as "the Baby 
Boomers" — as selfish, self-righteous, greedy, over-the- 
hill, overpaid, and indulged with unfair perks. 

The most tragic effects of middle-ageism occur in the 
workforce. A woman at one of my talks said that the first 
time you forget something at work people laugh; the 
second time, they're critical; the third time, if you're a 
certain age, they're talking about (or thinking) 
incompetence. Middle-ageism imputes other losses of 
ability — slower reflexes, techno-retardation — to justify 
layoffs and downgrading of midlife employees. In an era 
when computers have phenomenal "memory," memory 
loss IS represented as a particularly midlife problem. 
Computers have memory but no memories. In such an 

era, people — who do have memories, and more of them 
as they get older — are being cognitively downgraded. 
Middle-ageism is useful to employers in business and 
government m this phase of the panic search for profit. 

This is an overlooked discrimination m the American 
economy: ageism directed at those in their middle years. 
At every talk I give, I meet its victims: smart, well- 
spoken, and often angry, but trained to be reticent about 
their experience. Even if we haven't suffered personally, 
we know people with such stories. Without fault, people 
have lost a once-secure job at good wages with benefits; 
few receive any kind of pension, and most don't even 
qualify for unemployment benefits. They search 
fruitlessly even for lateral mobility and settle silently 
into subemployment. At midlife it takes longer to find a 
new job, and those who do find jobs again typically 
recover only a percentage of their salaries. Many join the 
nonstandard workforce, which often provides 
substandard jobs. 

Statistics asserting that unemployment is rock-bottom 
low hide what has happened to the midlife work force. 
Between 1993 and 1995 — within the period often referred 
to in the mainstream as "the long economic recovery" — 
7.4 percent of all working men aged 45 to 55 were 
displaced (left work involuntarily). Six percent of all 
working women of that age were displaced. Of the best 
protected class — men m professional and managerial 
positions between those ages — 5.5 percent lost their jobs. 

The trend is clear. Over the past 20 years, the peak wages 
of even the privileged have been dropping. The median 
earnings of the 2 million men between 45 and 54 with 
four years of college (all but 150,000 of them white) fell 
in constant dollars from $55,000 in 1972 to $41,898 in 
1992. The midlife workforce has suffered from 
deindustrialization, downsizing, capital flights, 
technological displacements, and outsourcing, which 
translate at the individual level into early "retirement," 

23 Brandeis Review 

part-time "flexible" work without benefits, or 
unemployment. These days, according to Alan 
Greenspan, 46 percent of workers are afraid of losing 
their jobs. For people at midlife, fear can reasonably 
verge on dread. Standard full-time work may become a 
privilege denied to midlife women and men, with 50 
being the end of the line even for the well educated. 

Americans expect our earnings to increase as we age into 
new responsibilities and social roles. Respect in the 
middle years partly depends on this rising curve. Midlife 
rewards are part of the American Dream — an 
unacknowledged hope for some, an unacknowledged 
entitlement for others. During the past 30 years, more 
African-Americans, immigrants and their children, as 
well as white women, have come to anticipate this 
result. A democratized midlife should be a consequence 
of efforts made to equalize entry-level opportunity. 
"Seniority" — a word resonant with values from an older 
time — sums up unstated promises: psychological, social, 
economic, ethical, and political. 

Discrimination against people in their middle years 
destroys the life-course Dream. It foils family intentions 
to provide more education for the kids, save for 
retirement, help adult children start out in life, care for 
elderly parents. Family income should be highest when 
two generations are in the workforce — a blessed relief 
after years of high dependency. 

The "aging Baby Boomers," as the mainstream slyly 
labels them, have been promised great advantages from 
the midlife: positive aging, respect for older women, new 
choices. But none of this can come about without a high 
age-wage peak democratically distributed throughout the 
population. America is far from that. The very rich see 
no decline before death. Only those in the remaining, 
mostly modest, seniority systems — labor, government, 
academe — see their earnings peak at retirement. "Tenure" 
is the model of lifetime security and age-wage increases 
over a person's entire working life — an ideal to be 
cherished, fought for, and expanded to other groups and 
classes. (It's not an accident that these models of the 
Dream are all under attack.! 

On average, men can expect their incomes to peak 
between 45 and 54, but African-American men between 
ages 40 and 44 earn about 80 percent of what white men 
earn; between 45 and 50, that drops to 64 percent; at the 
next older age interval, it drops to 54 percent. Women's 
incomes since 1992 have been peaking in the 45-to-54 
decade, but at half of what men in general earn. If the 
trend of middle-ageism continues, the peaks will drop 
further and come sooner. In 1996, the peak for college- 
educated men — which has sometimes been as high as 55- 
64 — dropped to the decade between 35 and 44. More of 
the privileged will experience the midlife declines that 
the working class now suffers. Whatever forces formerly 
protected men at midlife if they were middle-class and/or 
professional now seem to be failing them. 

Such a proletarianization of the life course would be a 
historical change of immense consequences. Without 
seniority — legal and/or customary — the middle-aged have 
diminished life chances. Those whose wages peak earlier 
are likely to say they feel "old" younger. "Feeling old" in 
your middle years may be a function of seniority or lack 
of it. ("You're only as old as you feel," the saying goes — 
but how you "feel" may depend a lot on your class.) 
Although the Baby Boomers are supposed to be getting 
richer as they turn 50, that may be another media 
distortion, promulgated just at the moment that more of 
them slide down the age-wave curve. And some writers 
are now chanting the delights of no longer working at 55. 
Sure, on what pension? 

The costs of middle-ageism are high. If the current 
midlife generation does not resist for its own sake, we 
will also permit the flattened, foreshortened system to 
pass on to our children. Without seniority, the first wage 
a young adult earns could be the highest wage she or he 
will ever earn. Although a rising age-wage system 
produces apparent life-course "inequality" — the young 
start out earning less than their elders — it's the most 
decent system in the long view. Young people need to 
understand that only the seniority system — plus aging — 
will help them m their turn. The generational warfare 
carried on by the Concord Coalition and the Generation X 
groups funded by the right wing has convinced some 
twenty-somethings that the relative affluence of the 
midlife generation is unfair. Such distortions can occur 
only in an economic culture actively crushing not only 
the practice of seniority but the value of the midlife. And 
although young people appear to benefit, the young can 
more quickly than before come to be considered old. 

Some people withdraw from action, not-so-mysteriously 
turning into the grumpy midhfe caricatures we were 
taught to deride and anticipate. If "aging" were the 
problem, indeed, how could anyone resist thatl A 
population clinging to a decline view and lacking a 
vision of collective resistance may become more self- 
involved, atomized, and subdued. A nation so 
demoralized is dangerous — likely to be mean-spirited to 
"losers" domestically; belligerent abroad. In all these 
ways the weakening of the midlife constitutes a midlife 
crisis for the nation. Shortsightedly driving wages to the 
bottom, the agents of these changes are blind or 
indifferent to their cultural effects. By tinkering with the 
life course, they are not only losing the abilities of 
midlife individuals and damaging their lives. In the long 
run they are also changing what it means to Americans 
to be human. 

Can 76 million Boomers and the millions now over 50 
join together to prevent these dire outcomes? This crisis 
could inspire unprecedented coalitions. Many of the 
solutions we already know, since the European states 
have had two decades of experience dealing with capital's 
shedding of midlife workers. The best model depends on 
the "work principle" rather than welfare, allowing 
respectable ways out of work-force participation for some 
people at midlife: lowering the age of Social Security 
benefits, especially for those who have worked in 
dangerous conditions or who are taking care of elderly 

parents; and expanding disability programs. 
(Conservatives are currently threatening to raise the age 
at which full Social Security benefits begin.) 

Full employment policies would make sure that there's 
work at every age for those who can work. It might 
involve a shorter work week at steady rates of pay, which 
the French are trying to achieve, or it might extend the 
concept of overtime for professionals. Full employment 
requires a "livable" minimum wage, expanded training 
programs and unemployment insurance, and 
enforcement of midlife antidiscrimination laws. Full 
employment would eliminate the contrived scarcity that 
pits adult children against their parents for jobs and 
other goods. 

But Americans also need to realize that "middle age" as 
we currently live it is not an innocent "fact of life." It is 
an ideological construct fraught with domestic, 
psychological, social, economic, and political 
consequences. Understanding how this artifact is 
maintained in the culture of everyday life allows us to 
resist its harmful effects. Trying to change what is 
happening is urgent. In general, we need to see much 
more clearly how age is being manipulated (like race and 
gender) to divide the body politic. Age is a nice new 
devil. But instead of blaming aging for the loss of hope 
and the crushing of dreams, we must put the blame 
where it belongs: on the global economic forces 
producing middle-ageism. ■ 

Margaret Morganroth Gullette's 
book, Declining to Decline: 
Cultural Combat and the Politics 
of the Midlife (Virginia), has won 
the 1998 Emily loth Award for 
the best feminist study of 
American popular culture. 
Gullette is a pioneer in age 
studies in the humanities and 
lectures frequently on the 
middle years of life. She is a 
resident scholar in the Women's 
Studies Program. 



by Marjorie Lyon 

There is something about 
her laugh. It consumes 
her, squeezing out every 
last ounce of mirth, 
enjoying it to the hilt, 
delighting in delicious 
implications, cackling, 
squealing. It smacks of 
something at her core, an 
embrace of life that is 
indefatigable and 
ultimately joyous. But 
that is just a tiny 
window into the life 
force that is Karen Klein. 

Artist, iconoclast, 
teacher, poet, 
medievalist, spiritual 
maven, mentor, eclectic 

individualist, Karen 
Wilk Klein, associate 
professor of English and 
humanities, is so 
beloved by students 
that when they talk 
about their experience 
at Brandeis 30 years 
later they mention her 
as a pivotal influence in 
their lives. 

Listen to one of them, 
Joan Feinberg Bems '70, 
M.A. 71, Ph.D. 74, 
describe her: "Vitality, 
intellectual vigor, rigor, 
creativity, enormous 
energy of the eye, of the 
mind, of the voice, of 
the face, of the body. 
She has a deep interest 
in connecting the body 
to the brain, the eye to 
the hand, the mind to 
all of the senses 
through which one 

intuits and sees and 
records and experiences. 
She was extraordinary in 
the verve with which she 
loved and attacked her 
subject. And she was a 
role model, a mentor, a 
guide, always 
encouraging me to go 
forward, to keep moving, 
to press myself, to try 
new things, to reach out. 
She's like a nexus at the 
center, connected 
everywhere to everyone, 
and she has your own 

A member of 
the English 
faculty for 
more than 30 
years, this 
output hangs 
in art galleries 
New England, 
attesting to the 
quality of her 
thinking, her 
teaching, and a 
lifestyle so 
apropos of the 
Brandeis ideal. 

Opposite page: 

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true best interest and 
your true self at heart. 
She knows who you are 
in a certain way." 

Klein grew up in Fargo, 
North Dakota, with her 
gregarious, Jewish father, 
a seed merchant, and 
shy, bookish Christian 
mother, a secretary — a 
dichotomy of influences. 
The older sister, Klein 
was the "goody two 
shoes," contrasting with 
her wild younger sibling. 

"I was raised by people 
who maintained within a 
household their own 
profound integrity as 
individual persons," she 
says. Klein's father 
wanted her to be a 
Supreme Court justice. 

"He wanted me to be 
Ruth Bader Ginsberg." 
Her mother wanted her 
to be married to a 
husband who could 
provide a house and a 
car. Although she 
describes them as 
ordinary, middle class 
people who shared an 

enormous decency, she 
also sees them as risk 
takers, since no one 
married outside of their 
religious faith in that 
place and time. These 
widely differing but 
happily coexisting 
personalities gave her the 
kind of restless search for 
self that fuels a lifelong 

With a passion for Latin 
and biology in high 
school, Klein went on to 
earn a B.A. from 
Radcliffe (originally a 
premed student) and a 
Ph.D. from Columbia 
University in Medieval 
literature. Klein explains 
gleefully that she was 
looking for a challenge, 
and learning Old English 
and finding relevance in 
passages written 
hundreds of years ago 
was compelling. 

A maverick from day 
one, Klein is fascinated 
with the boundaries 
between the visual and 

literary. Long interested 
in bridging the gap 
between art and 
language, she is a 
working and exhibiting 
artist, included in three 
shows in 1998 alone. She 
is publishing poetry and 
English language haiku. 
Her work, collages with 
Asian paper, veneers, and 
birch bark, with 
handwritten original 
haiku, was recently in an 
exhibition. The Space of 
Speech: Artists Working 
the Language/Image 
Boundary, at the Boston 
Public Library. 

Discussing the process 
that she uses to create 
ink drawings, Klein is 
animated, pointing to the 
carefully arranged 
exhibits on a blustery 
March day last spring: "I 
start with about 100 
sheets. I do not think. I 
put them down on the 
floor and create the brush 
strokes. Afterwards I go 
back, and I take out the 
ones that are OK. The 
others I turn over and 
redo." She may do a 
couple of hundred in one 
sitting, keeping only 25 

Bigger drawings are a 
different process. "I don't 
know what it is going to 
be. It's a bigger risk. I 
just phew phew [she is 
waving her hands in 
rapid sweeping motions] 
and then stand up. I can 
do about five of those, 
and then I'm gone. 
They're very 
exhausting," explains 
Klein, her eyes sparkling, 
green-blue-gray, changing 
with the light, 
surprisingly pale in color 
yet bright in hue. 

The final artwork 
combines haiku with 
these shapes, but Klein is 
not using the words 
semantically "because 
the words are like marks 
to me," she explains. The 
shapes and the words are 
done separately. Then 
they are married visually. 

28 Brandeis Review 

Her state of mind is of 
utmost importance: 
freedom, not control. In 
fact, when a 
businessman from 
Canada wrote to her 
asking her to create a 
logo, it was much more 
difficult than she 
expected. "I was 
introducing a goal 
expectation," she 
explains. "Otherwise 
when I do them I have no 
expectations. I'm either 
hot or I'm not. It's that 

Klein takes her passion 
for creativity and 
connections into her 
classroom. At Brandeis 
she created the 

Interdisciplinary Program 
with Luis Yglesias, 
associate professor of 
Spanish and comparative 
literature. As cochair of 
the program, she 
encourages students to 
work on independent, 
interdisciplinary projects 
and supervises many of 
them. For the advanced 
writing course in the 
English department she 
developed a technique for 
writing that involves the 
whole body as well as 
visual symbols. 

Her refrigerator door is 
packed solid with photos. 
Ask and you'll get a 
joyous rundown of each 
and every one. She is 
hugely proud of her three 
daughters. "My oldest is 
a doctor, an internist. 
The second is a nurse, 
who is working towards 
a master's degree in 
public health, and who 
takes care of very sick 
children who have brain 
damage and all kinds of 
problems, in their home. 
My youngest daughter 
works in Washington for 
a large corporation and 
has a master's degree in 
public policy," she 


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Klein raised her 
daughters in a Jewish 
home, although her 
religious explorations 
took her from a high 
school wish to be a 
Christian missionary, to 
Orthodox Judaism, to a 
Unitarian church in 
Waltham where a friend 
was giving a recital. "I 
walked into the 
sanctuary where there is 
a big sun symbol, a 
menorah, and a cross, 
and I thought, 'Hey, this 
is a place that might be 
OK for me.'" Always 
taking the educational 
route, she joined the 
adult study group and "It 
turned out I was the only 
one in the group that 
believed in God." 

Klein is an explorer, with 
the natural curiosity of a 
scientist. She tells a story 
about a time her 
daughters were small, 
but they were away with 
her former husband, and 
she was alone for a 
month in August. 

"I simply rearranged my 
sleep-wake patterns, 
purposely. I wanted to 
see what would happen if 
I simply had no 
responsibilities to 
anybody. What would 
my body clock be like? I 
didn't call my friends. I 
didn't tell people where I 
was. Many people 
thought I was away. I 
deliberately attempted to 
change, to see what 
would happen. 

"What I wound up doing 
was great fun. I read 
detective stories all night 
long, and I did whatever I 
wanted. During the 
daytime I would do some 
work, but I would also 
eat the same food, a few 
things that I liked, over 
and over again, because I 
didn't want to cook. 

"Then it got towards the 
end of this time, and I 
thought, this is really 
bad. The kids are coming 
home. I'm going to have 
to get back. I had totally 
released myself from 
regimen. I was totally 
free. And sometimes I 
was up in the day, 
sometimes I was up in 
the night — just my own 
body rhythm. So I 
thought, I've got to get 
back into harness. So I've 
got to go to bed at a 
reasonable time: 11:00 at 

"Suddenly, I became 
wildly fearful. What will 
I do, I thought, if the 
phone rings? What will 
happen if I get a call from 
one of these horrible 
crank callers or those 
men who prey on women 
who are alone? And so I 
lay awake, and I lay 
awake, and I lay awake. 
And I thought, 'This is 
just awful. I'm so out of 
my routine, and I'm 
crazy anyway. What's the 
matter with me?' 

"It must have been about 
3:00 or 4:00 am, and the 
phone rang. I was 
terrified. I answered. It 
was a woman friend of 
mine who was stranded 
in her van, and nobody 
stopped. All she could 
think about was, 'How 
can I reach Karen?' 
Finally somebody 
stopped, and drove her to 
a place where she could 
get a phone and call a 
tow company. She 
immediately called me 
and said, 'Hi, this is 
Beatrice. I hope I haven't 
woken you!" and I said, 
'No, I've been waiting all 
night for your call.'" 

Aware of psychic energy 
in the universe, she is 
also careful to disperse 
excess kinetic energy in 
her classroom. Her 
poetry and drawing class 
in Ford Hall is cluttered 
with little pieces of pipe 
cleaners, modeling clay. 

wood glue, wood shapes, 
building toys, foam 
barrels, and colored wood 
blocks. While she is 
talking, she encourages 
students to keep their 
hands busy while they 
listen, playing with those 
objects. A sample class 
assignment: Draw a 

Says a former student, 
Laurie Ledeen '83, "She 
has the kind of 
intellectual energy that 
permeates a room, your 
memory, a text, or a 
painting. It doesn't have 
boundaries. It doesn't 
have limits. And she's 
veiy interested in 
making connections 
between everything she 
considers. It is those 
connections that are 
absolutely critical. 

"What makes her such a 
superb teacher is that she 
is generous and 
disciplined. You can find 
a lot of generous 
teachers — touchy-feely, 
anything you say is 
wonderful. But they have 
no intellectual discipline, 
and they don't encourage 
it in you. And you can 
find disciplined teachers 
who aren't generous. 
They're self-absorbed. 
But Karen is that 
wonderful combination 
of generosity and 

Every winter solstice 
Klein brings holly and 
evergreen into her house, 
because "it protects 
against the winter and 
keeps life alive," she 
explains. "Then on 
March 20 or 21 at the 
spring equinox, I burn 
them," she says quietly. 
It's a ritual I made up for 
myself. Like a cleansing. 
Like a letting go. Even if 
they're beautiful ones 
that I've wanted to keep, 
I don't allow myself to 
keep any of them. I put 
them in the fire slowly, 

because one year I put 
them all in at once. 
They're so dry, that the 
fire closed the vent, 
pouring smoke through 
the whole house. I had 
opened the door, and my 
daughter was driving 
over and she saw the 
house billowing smoke. 
[Klein is cackling.] 

"My ritual is to let go of 
the wintertime. The 
spiritual part of the 
wintertime I want to 
cling to. The inward 
movement of winter is 
the movement of bulbs, 
the life of bulbs, the life 
of roots, the things that 
you don't see. It's 
fermenting. Seed time. 
The spiritual part of the 
wintertime is to go very 
deep within. And then, I 
let go of that, and come 
out, because it is a part of 
the rhythm of my life. 
The positive effect is to 
move on in life. Accept 
that things change and 
things end — acceptance 
of life and death, really. 
Things do end, and we 
move on from endings." 

Klein talks about a dear 
friend who died of lung 
cancer when she was 40. 
"Before she died I asked 
her, 'Don't you hate me, 
because I'm healthy^ She 
said, 'No, I don't hate 
you.' I asked, 'Why not;' 
and she said, 'Because 
I've lived the life I 
wanted to live. It's just 
been too short.' And I 
thought, at any point in 
my life I want to be able 
to say, 'I've lived the life 
I wanted to live.' That 
became crucially 
important to me." 

Fueled by enormous joie 
de vivre, Klein is 
constantly expanding 
into new territory. How 
can she juggle so many 

"Like Margaret Mead, I 
don't dust," she answers. 
Then she bursts out 
laughing. ■ 

Gabriel A Cooney 


31 Brandeis Review 

Waltham, Massachusetts 

Dear Friends, 

We have come to 

a unique moment in the history 
of Brandeis University 

as we prepare to celebrate 
our 50th Anniversary. 

H A^ 

October 16 and 17, 

In the past 
we have witnessed 
milestones and 
unrivaled in 
I American higher 
We owe a debt 
of gratitude 
to each of you 
who in your 
own way has played 
a role in Brandeis's 
success and helped 
to make the University 
a miracle of higher education: 
From the early visionary 
founders, donors, fellows, and 
president's councilors, to 
the more than 27,000 accomplished 
' alumni, distinguished faculty, 

dedicated staff, devoted friends, 
supportive Trustees, 
and loyal members of the 
National Women's Committee, 
you are what continues 
to make Brandeis great. 

It therefore gives me great 
pleasure to extend a 
special invitation to join us 
in celebrating all that we have 
accomplished in the past 
50 years and to look ahead 
to the next 50 years 
during a Gala Weekend 
October 16 and 17, 1998. 

Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72 

F r Ida y,0ctGber 16/1998 

9:00 am-1 2:00 pm 

Board of TV-ustees Meeting 

12:00-2:00 pm 

Brandeis University Community Picnic 

Chapels Field 

Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends are 
invited to l<ick off the 50th Anniversary 
Weekend at a picnic lunch in the tent on 
Chapels Field. Music by the Vincent Lopez 
Show Band. Join President Reinharz and 
your friends and colleagues as guests of 
the University for this festive occasion. 

2:00-4:00 pm 

"Human Rights: The Unfinished Agenda" 

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library 

Keynote Speaker. Ambassador Morris 
Abram, chair of United Nations Watch in 
Geneva, Switzerland, and former 
President of Brandeis University 
Panel: Shen Tong '89, student organizer at 
Tienanmen Square; Dessima Williams, 
assistant professor of sociology and 
former ambassador to the Organization of 
American States from Grenada; Joseph 
Wronka, Ph.D. '92, author of The 
Declaration of Human Rights; Deborah 
Anker '69, director of the Immigration Law 
Project, Harvard University; Jennifer 
Casolo '83, Catholic church development 
worker. Moderator: Dr. Vartan Gregorian, 
president of The Carnegie Foundation. 
This symposium is cosponsored by 
the Eleanor Roosevelt Library at Val-Kill. 

4:15-4:45 om 

Postal Card Ceremony 

Usen Castle 

The U.S. Postal Service presentation of a 
First Day of Issue 20 cent postal card 
depicting the Usen Castle commemorating 
Brandeis's 50th Anniversary. 
Refreshments will be served. 

5:30 pm 

Joseph M. Linsey Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner 

Levin Ballroom 

Special tribute to Benny Friedman, 
Brandeis's first athletic director and head 
football coach, followed by the Hall 
of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tickets for 
the entire evening are $50 per person. 
If you have not received a separate 
invitation and would like to attend, please 
call 781-736-3633. 

8:30 pm 
"The Pioneering Years at Brandeis: 
Reflections and Reminiscences" 

Hassenfeld Conference Center 

A panel discussion sponsored by Hillel. 
Members of the Class of 1952 
share their memories of the early 
years at Brandeis. Panel: Gus Ranis '52, 
Marilyn Bentov '52, Diane Laskin Segal '52, 
Max Perlitsh '52. 

Saturday, October 17, 1998 

9:00-9:45 am 
"What's New at the Libraries?" 

Goldfarb Library 

Learn how the Libraries integrate print 
collections with the latest information 
technologies to meet the educational and 
research needs of the Brandeis 

10:00-1 1:30 am 

Architectural Walking Tour of Campus 

Departs from the Rose Art Museum. 
Advance reservations are required. 
Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Gerald Bernstein, associate professor of 
fine arts, will share stories about how 
the campus has developed architecturally 
since 1948. This will be an exciting, 
informative, and historical tour of Brandeis. 

Registration Form 

Friday, October 16 

NumbRr AtlPMlriinn 


Class of 

Name of Spouse/Guest 

Class of 





Phone day 


Brandeis Affiliation 

n Trustee 

D Fellow 

n President's Councilor 

D Faculty 

D Staff 

n National Women's Committee 

D Student and Class Year 

D 12:00 pm 

Brandeis Community Picnic . 

n 2:00 p. 

Symposium on tiuman Higfits. 

n 4:15 pm 

Postal Card Ceremony 

n 8:30 p.m 

Class of 1952 Panel 

Saturday, October 17 

n 9:00 am 
Library Panel 

D 10:00 am 

Walking Tour of Campus 

D 10:00 am 
Petsko Lecture 

D 1:45 pm 

Wien Alumni Panel 

D 7:00 pm 

50th Anniversary Gala 

Number Attending 

(ticket pricing on reverse) 

SOth Anniversary Gala Dinner 

Marriott Copley Place, Boston 

The entire Brandeis community is invited 
to attend this gala evening of celebration 
in the Ballroom at the IVIarriott Copley 
Place. The evening will include a celebrity 
master of ceremonies, the premiere 
of a video tribute to Brandeis alumni, and 
a special video created by film industry 
alumni, remarks by President Jehuda 
Reinharz, musical performances by the 
Capitol Steps and Brandeis student 
groups, and dancing to the music of the 
Duke Belaire Orchestra. Dress: Black-tie 
optional. Ticket prices are listed on the 
registration form. 

Waltham, tviA 02451 
$129 per night 

Wyndham Garden Hotel 

420 Totten Pond Road 
Waltham, MA 02451 

Dedham Hilton 

25 Allied Drive 

Dedham, MA 02026 
$135 per night 

Friday, October 16, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and 
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Foundations: The Establishment 
of Brandeis University, 1947-1952 
Main Library, Second level 

The Robert D. Farber University Archives 
presents a special exhibit with letters, 
photographs, blueprints, and other materials 
that document the early years at Brandeis. 

Copley Place 

Boston, MA 021 16 
$289 per night 

Le Meridien Boston 

250 Franklin Street 
Boston, MA 021 10 

617-451-1900 ext. 7035 
$255 per night 

Dinner Tickets 



The Brandeis at 50 Committee invites you to 
become a Patron or a Sponsor for the 50th 
Anniversary Gala or to purchase tickets. Please 
select from the following: 

n Yes, I/we would like to resen/e a table for 1 
and become a Sponsor of the Gala for $10,000. 
Sponsors names will be listed in the Dinner 
program and they will have optimal seating 
Enclosed is a check for $ 


Please indicate your menu selection(s): 
Filet t^ignon— Number ordered 

Chilean Sea Bass— Number ordered- 
Vegetarian Risotto— Number ordered - 


Yes, I/we would like to be a Patron of the Gala 
for $250 per person. Patrons names will be 
listed in the Dinner program and they will have 
special seating. 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

Please list me/us in the program as follows: 

Supporter Q Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $1 50 
per person. 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

D Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $50 per 
person, (for Brandeis alumni classes 1994-98) 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

n Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $25 
per person, (special price for Brandeis faculty, 
staff, and students) 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

Seating Please indicate any seating requests below. 

□ No, I am unable to attend the Gala but 
I would like to become a Sponsor/Patron 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

Please make your check payable to 
Brandeis at 50 Gala. The fair market value of 
this reception has been set at $150. Thus under 
the Internal Revenue Code, the value of your 
gift for purposes of the charitable tax deduction 
is $150 per person. Any amount paid in excess 
of $150 is considered tax-deductible subject to 
the provisions of the code. 

Please return this form 

with your check 

by October 1, 1998, to: 

Events, inc. 
45 Avon Road 
Wellesley, MA 02481 

Tienanmen Square; Dessima Williams, 
assistant professor of sociology and 
former ambassador to the Organization of 
American States from Grenada; Joseph 
Wronka, Ph.D. '92, author of Ttie 
Declaration of Human Rigtits; Deborah 
Anker '69, director of the Immigration Law 
Project, Harvard University; Jennifer 
Casolo '83, Catholic church development 
worker. Moderator: Dr. Vartan Gregorian, 
president of The Carnegie Foundation. 
This symposium is cosponsored by 
the Eleanor Roosevelt Library at Val-Kill. 

4:1 5-4:45 om 

Postal Card Ceremony 

Usen Castle 

The U.S. Postal Service presentation of a 
First Day of Issue 20 cent postal card 
depicting the Usen Castle commemorating 
Brandeis's 50th Anniversary. 
Refreshments will be served. 

Saturday, October 17,1998 

9:00-9:45 am 
"What's New at the Libraries?" 

Goldfarb Library 

Learn how the Libraries integrate print 
collections with the latest information 
technologies to meet the educational and 
research needs of the Brandeis 

10:00-1 1:30 am 

Architectural Walking Tour of Campus 

Departs from the Rose Art l\/luseum. 
Advance reservations are required. 
Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Gerald Bernstein, associate professor of 
fine arts, will share stories about how 
the campus has developed architecturally 
since 1948. This will be an exciting, 
informative, and historical tour of Brandeis. 

Hotel Reservations 

Rooms are being held at the following hotels 
convenient to the campus and to downtown 
Boston. Please call the hotels directly to make 
your reservations. Be sure to identify yourself 
as attending the Brandeis University 50th 
Anniversary Weekend. 


Newton Marriott 

Route 1 28 at Massachusetts Turnpike 
Newton, MA 02466 
$169 per night 

DoubleTree Suites Hotel (formerly Guest Quarters) 
550 Winter Street 
Waltham, MA 02451 
$179 per night 

Westin Waltham (formerly Vista International Hotel) 

SOth Anniversary Gala Dinner 

Marriott Copley Place, Boston 

The entire Brandeis community is invited 
to attend this gala evening of celebration 
in the Ballroom at the Marriott Copley 
Place. The evening will include a celebrity 
master of ceremonies, the premiere 
of a video tribute to Brandeis alumni, and 
a special video created by film industry 
alumni, remarks by President Jehuda 
Reinharz, musical performances by the 
Capitol Steps and Brandeis student 
groups, and dancing to the music of the 
Duke Belaire Orchestra. Dress: Black-tie 
optional. Ticket prices are listed on the 
registration form. 

70 Third Avenue 

Waltham, MA 02451 
$129 per night 

Wyndham Garden Hotel 

420 Totten Pond Road 
Waltham, MA 02451 
$134 per night 

Dedham Hilton 

25 Allied Drive 

Dedham, MA 02026 
$135 per night 

Unctnn Marrintt f^nnlou Plants 

Friday, October 16, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and 
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Foundations: The Establishment 
of Brandeis University, 1947-1952 
Main Library, Second level 

The Robert D. Farber University Archives 
presents a special exhibit with letters, 
photographs, blueprints, and other materials 
that document the early years at Brandeis. 

Copley Place 

Boston, MA 021 16 
$289 per night 

Le Meridien Boston 

250 Franklin Street 
Boston, MA 021 10 

617-451-1900 ext. 7035 
$255 per night 

Dinner Tickets 

The Brandeis at 50 Committee invites you to 
become a Patron or a Sponsor for tine 50th 
Anniversary Gala or to purchase tickets. Please 
select from the following: 

Sponsor D Yes, I/we would like to reserve a table for 1 

and become a Sponsor of the Gala for $10,000. 
Sponsors names will be listed in the Dinner 
program and they will have optimal seating. 
Enclosed is a check for $ 



Yes, i/we would like to be a Patron of the Gala 
for $250 per person. Patrons names will be 
listed in the Dinner program and they will have 
special seating. 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

Please list me/us in the program as follows: 

Supporter D Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $1 50 
per person. 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

n Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $50 per 
person, (for Brandeis alumni classes 1994-98) 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

n Yes, I/we would like to attend the Gala at $25 
per person, (special price for Brandeis faculty, 
staff, and students) 
Enclosed is a check for $ 

Tienanmen Square; Dessima Williams, 
assistant professor of sociology and 
former ambassador to the Organization of 
American States from Grenada; Joseph 
Wronka, Ph.D. '92, author of Tfie 
Declaration of Human Righits; Deborah 
Anker '69, director of the Immigration Law 
Project, Harvard University; Jennifer 
Casolo '83, Catholic church development 
worker. Moderator: Dr. Vartan Gregorian, 
president of The Carnegie Foundation. 
This symposium is cosponsored by 
the Eleanor Roosevelt Library at Val-Kill. 

4:15-4:45 Dm 

Postal Card Ceremony 

Usen Castle 

The U.S. Postal Service presentation of a 
First Day of Issue 20 cent postal card 
depicting the Usen Castle commemorating 
Brandeis's 50th Anniversary. 
Refreshments will be served. 

Saturday, October 17, 1998 

9:00-9:45 am 
"What's New at the Libraries?" 

Goldfarb Library 

Learn how the Libraries integrate print 
collections with the latest information 
technologies to meet the educational and 
research needs of the Brandeis 

10:00-11:30 am 

Architectural Walking Tour of Campus 

Departs from the Rose Art Museum. 
Advance reservations are required. 
Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Gerald Bernstein, associate professor of 
fine arts, will share stories about how 
the campus has developed architecturally 
since 1948. This will be an exciting, 
informative, and historical tour of Brandeis. 

Hotel Reservations 

10:00-11 :30 am 

Doorway to the 21st Century: 
How Biomedical Researcit will 
Change Your Life and 

the Lives of Your Children" 
Hassenfeld Conference Center 

A lecture and discussion by Gregory 
Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber 
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular 
Pharmacodynamics and Director, 
Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences 
Research Center. 

1 :45-3:00 pm 
"Global Perspective For the Next Millennium" 

Sherman Function Hall, 

Hassenfeld Conference Center 

A panel discussion sponsored by 
the Wien Alumni in celebration of their 
40th anniversary. 

7:00 pm 

SOth Anniversary Gala Dinner 

Marriott Copley Place, Boston 

The entire Brandeis community is invited 
to attend this gala evening of celebration 
in the Ballroom at the Marriott Copley 
Place. The evening will include a celebrity 
master of ceremonies, the premiere 
of a video tribute to Brandeis alumni, and 
a special video created by film industry 
alumni, remarks by President Jehuda 
Reinharz, musical performances by the 
Capitol Steps and Brandeis student 
groups, and dancing to the music of the 
Duke Belaire Orchestra. Dress: Black-tie 
optional. Ticket prices are listed on the 
registration form. 

Friday, October 16, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and 
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Foundations: The Establishment 
of Brandeis University, 1947-1952 
Main Library, Second level 

The Robert D. Farber University Archives 
presents a special exhibit with letters, 
photographs, blueprints, and other materials 
that document the early years at Brandeis. 

Rooms are being held at the following hotels 
convenient to the campus and to downtown 
Boston. Please call the hotels directly to make 
your reservations. Be sure to identify yourself 
as attending the Brandeis University SOth 
Anniversary Weekend. 

Newton Marriott 

Route 128 at Massachusetts Turnpike 
Newton, MA 02466 

$169 per night 

DoubleTree Suites Hotel (formerly Guest Quarters) 
550 Winter Street 
Waltham, MA 02451 
$179 per night 

Westin Waltham (formerly Vista International Hotel) 
70 Third Avenue 

Waltham, MA 02451 
$129 per night 

Wyndham Garden Hotel 

420 Totten Pond Road 
Waltham, MA 02451 
$134 per night 

Dedham Hilton 

25 Allied Drive 

Dedham, MA 02026 
$135 per night 

Boston Marriott Copley Place 

Copley Place 

Boston, MA 021 16 
$289 per night 

Le Meridien Boston 

250 Franklin Street 
Boston, MA 021 10 

617-451-1900 ext. 7035 
$255 per night 

One of the greatest football 
players who ever lived, 
In the college and in 
professional arenas, 
Benny Friedman holds 
a special place of honor 
at Brandeis as the 
University's first athletic 
director, football coach, 
and key figure in the 
University's early renown. 

In A Host at Last, President Abram 
Sachar revealed that Brandeis 
encountered some special problems 
in creating a representative student 
body in its early years. It became 
clear that if the University hoped to 
achieve a desirable regional, ethnic, 
and economic mix, it had to reach 
out beyond those hard-driving 
intellectuals w/ho devoted all their 
time to their books and laboratories. 
The Brandeis Trustees and 
supporters understood the need for 
modestly organized athletic teams 
that could provide essential "school 
spirit" while giving the University the 
visibility it was so anxious to secure. 
Sachar knew that the man he 
wanted to bring on board as athletic 
director and football coach was the 
legendary Benny Friedman. 

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 
March 18, 1905, the fourth of six 
children of Orthodox Jewish parents 
who had immigrated from Russia, 
the boy was fittingly named 
Benjamin, meaning "son of the right 
hand," in Hebrew. For it was that 
strong right hand, wrapped halfway 
around the fatter, melon-shaped 
football of his day, that first made 
Benny Fhedman a high school 
football star, propelled him to Ail- 
American status as a college 
quarterback, and served him well as 
a record-setting professional in the 
National Football League. 

Benny Friedman began his 
extraordinary football career by 
being cut from the East Tech High 
School team in his sophomore year, 
told he was too small. Undaunted, 
he transferred to Glenville High and, 
as a senior, led the team first to the 
Cleveland City Football 
Championship and then to the 
nation's fabled high school 
championship by beating Chicago's 
best team in a post-season game. 
Along the way, Benny gained a 
large measure of satisfaction by 
running for four touchdowns in a 
31 -0 victory over East Tech. A 
skilled baseball and basketball 
player as well, he was president of 
his senior class, ranked as its top 
student, and chosen to deliver the 
commencement address. 

Enrolled at the University of 
Michigan, Benny was unspectacular 
as a freshman and seemed to be 
going nowhere as a sophomore 
under varsity coach George Little. 
Ironically, it was the headline- 
grabbing success of lllinois's great 
Red Grange, the "Galloping Ghost," 
who scored five touchdowns against 
Michigan that year, that gave Benny 
his chance. As one of the many 
substitutes thrown into the blowout, 
Benny caught the eye of Fielding 
Yost, Michigan's legendary football 
coach who had stepped up to be 
athletic director that year after 23 
years on the Michigan sidelines. 
Yost instructed Little to start 
Friedman the next game and the 
rest is history. Benny's performance 
the remainder of that season was so 
outstanding that Yost reinstated 
himself as head coach the following 
year, eager for the opportunity to 
direct a team with Friedman as 

Yost wasn't disappointed. Benny 
revolutionized the use of the forward 
pass, and his 14 aerial touchdowns 
led Michigan to the Big Ten title. He 
was also dominant in other ways, 
beating Grange's Illinois team with a 
placekick, running back kickoffs for 
touchdowns, and booting 22 extra 
points. Yost called that 1925 team 
the best he ever had at Michigan, 
quite a distinction considehng that 
he coached eight undefeated teams, 
four national champions, and seven 
Big Ten title winners in his time. 
Fhedman and his receiver, Bennie 
Oosterbaan, were named Ail- 
Americans that year. 

Benny was captain of the 1 926 
team, the first Jewish student/ 
athlete given such an honor at 
Michigan. As in the prior year, the 
Wolverines lost only once but had to 
share the conference title. Benny's 
greatest triumph that season was a 
17-16 comeback victory over Ohio 
State, previously unbeaten in six 
games, in which he threw a 38-yard 
touchdown pass from a fake 
placekick formation, kicked a 43- 
yard field goal only 29 seconds 
before halftime from an "impossible" 

36 Brandeis Review 

by Bob Weintraub '55 

Coaches E. A. "Foxy" Flumere, 
Irv Heller, Benny Friedman, Ccoryc 
Kenneally, Harry Stein 

angle just five yards in from tlie 
sideline, fired tfie winning 
touchidown pass in the second fialf, 
and kicked botfi extra points. He 
may well have been motivated by 
the fact that the East Tech High 
School coach who dropped him from 
the squad was the Ohio State 
assistant coach at that time. Again, 
he and Oosterbaan earned Ail- 
American honors and Benny was 
voted the Most Valuable Player in 
the Big Ten Conference. When 
Benny's college career came to an 
end, Yost judiciously decided that it 
was time to go back into retirement. 

Benny's first two years in 
professional football were spent with 
the Cleveland Bulldogs and Detroit 
Wolverines, a franchise that was 
financially unsuccessful in both 
cities. When Detroit refused to sell 
him to Tim Mara, owner of the New 
York Giants, Mara got his way by 
purchasing the whole team. Losing 
money himself, Mara still agreed to 
pay his new quarterback an 
unheard-of base salary of $10,000, 
knowing the appeal Friedman would 
have for the large Jewish population 
in New York. 

Benny responded by having a 
fantastic season in 1929. Whereas 
the game had been primarily one of 
brute running strength, Benny's 
wide-open style of play changed 
that and had the growing crowds he 
attracted shouting for more. Leading 
the Giants to a phenomenal season, 
he threw for 20 touchdowns at a 
time when 10 was considered 
exceptional. That number remained 
the record for 13 years and would 
have been enough to lead the 
league as late as 1977, The Giants 
312-point total that year marked 
only the second time the 300 barrier 
had been eclipsed, but it would 
happen again in 1930 when Benny 
quarterbacked the team to 308 more 
points. Historian Stephen Fox 
confirmed in his book Big Leagues 
(1994) that "football had gone 
airborne on Benny Friedman's arm, " 
and the bottom line, as one writer of 
his day put it, was that Benny could 
always be counted on to "come 

It was after the 1930 season, when 
Benny had once again been named 
a first-team all-pro for his four 
seasons in the league and had been 
selected as a member of the All- 
Time All-America team, that the 
famous New York Daily News 
football reporter Paul Gallico wrote. 
In his own game, Friedman is in a 
class with Babe Ruth and Bobby 
Jones and Earl Sande and Gallant 
Fox, He is a champion." At that point 
in his professional career, Benny 
had thrown 55 touchdown passes 
and had gained 5,563 yards 
passing, leading the league in both 
categohes all four seasons. By 
comparison, the runner-up 
competitor quarterbacks in each of 
those years had accounted for a 
total of 27 touchdown passes and 
3,770 yards. His achievements 
prompted Gallico to further expound 
on Benny's talent by calling him "the 
greatest football player in the world," 
and writing, "The things that a 
perfect football player must do are 
kick, pass, run the ends, plunge the 
line, block, tackle, weave his way 
through broken fields, drop and 
place kick, interfere, diagnose plays, 
spot enemy weaknesses, direct an 
offense, and not get hurt. I have just 
been describing Benny Friedman's 
repertoire to you." 

Disappointed at Tim Mara's 
rejection of his request that he be 
made a part-owner of the then- 
thriving Giants after the 1931 
season, Benny left to become 
player/coach for the Brooklyn 
Dodgers football team. Were it not 
for the unwillingness of his wife, 
Shirley, to leave New York, Benny 
could have accepted the offer of 
Chicago Bears owner George Halas 
to join his team and be part of the 
same backfield with Red Grange 
and Bronko Nagurski. 

Benny played two years for the 
Dodgers before retiring at age 29 to 
become head coach at City College 
of New York (CCNY), a position he 
held until 1 941 . In 1 947 he was 
placed on the Ail-Time All-NFL 
team, and in 1951 he was specially 
honored by his inclusion as a 
member of the first class to be 
inducted into the College Football 
Hall of Fame. So much, as Stephen 

38 Brandeis Review 

Fox recounted, for his always 
having to contend "with offhand 
assunnptlons that he was too small, 
too Jewish, too something \o 
succeed at the rough goyish sport of 
football." Sadly, in what still ranks as 
a terrible injustice, the man who 
saved and revolutionized 
professional football by turning it 
into a passing game that awakened 
America's interest has not yet been 
elected to the Pro Football Hall of 

Benny Friedman accepted President 
Sachar's offer to be athletic director 
and football coach of the new 
university once Sachar assured him 
that Brandeis would soon have an 
indoor athletic facility and playing 
fields for its teams. As Sachar had 
foreseen, Benny's presence at fund- 
raising events was eagerly 
anticipated. The two of them were a 
regular horse-and-pony show in 
those early years, traveling, like 
vaudevillians on the circuit, all over 
the country, going wherever anyone 
would give them an audience, 
promoting Brandeis as a 
nonsectarian university, enlisting 
supporters, and convincing those 
growing thousands of "foster alumni" 
to donate generously. 

As athletic director, Benny used his 
wide contacts to find high school 
athletes interested in coming to 
Brandeis to play various 
intercollegiate sports, and he also 
developed an organized program of 
intramural athletics. He quickly put 
together a formidable group of 
coaches that included Harry Stein 
(whom Benny had himself coached 
at CCNY), Irv Heller, George 
Kenneally, Anna Nichols, Lisel 
Judge, Foxy Flumere, Herb Kopf, 
and Walt Mahoney, supported by 
trainer Al Coulthard. From the start, 
Benny assured the Brandeis 
community that he believed in the 
principle of a sound mind in a sound 
body and that no athlete would be 
able to substitute "gut" courses for 
the educational program required of 
all students. 

In the fall of 1950, even as the new 
Marcus Athletic Field and Shapiro 
Athletic Center were under 
construction, Benny was ready to 
field a freshman football team that 
took on such adversaries as 
Harvard, Boston College, and 
Boston University in its six-game 
schedule. The freshman basketball 
team under Harry Stein followed 
with a 20-game schedule against 
such powerhouses as B.C., B.U., 
Army, CCNY, and the University of 
Connecticut. In 1951, varsity teams 
engaged in football, basketball, 
baseball, and soccer took the field 
for Brandeis, and the "Judges" were 
off and running. On the women's 
side, Anna Nichols used a Helena 
Rubinstein Foundation grant to 
spearhead other schools into 
forming an intercollegiate basketball 
program, then expanding that to add 
fencing, tennis, and softball. When 
her funding was summarily cut off 
after three years, Benny rescued the 
women's program by moving all of 
its expenses onto his own budget 
until a separate budget was 
established for the women the 
following year. 

In the spring of 1960, the Board of 
Trustees voted to end Brandeis's 
participation in intercollegiate 
football. Benny strenuously resisted 
the decision, but to no avail. He 
stayed on as athletic director for two 
more years, but it is safe to 
conclude that after Harry Stein's 
untimely death in late 1959 and with 
no more opportunity to impart his 
wealth of knowledge and 
competitive ethic to another 
generation of athletes, his heart was 
no longer in the job. In 1972, the 
Friends of Brandeis Athletics 
presented Benny its Distinguished 
Contribution Award, emphasizing 
that he had never let them lose sight 
of the fact that their true purpose at 
Brandeis was their physical and 
intellectual development. Benny 
died in 1982, at the age of 77. In 
1 993, he was in the first group to be 
inducted into the University's newly 
established Sports Hall of Fame. 

Benny is admired and respected by 
the athletes he coached. He 
committed himself to them from the 
very beginning, when they came to 
play for a new program operating 
on a dream and a shoestring. His 
practices were not just about 
making them better football players. 
Rather, it was an environment that 
stressed the pursuit of excellence 
along with the work ethic and 
character traits so necessary for 
success in life. And he showed 
them by his own deeds — securing 
outside financial assistance for a 
player who was ready to quit school 
in order to provide for his recently 
widowed mother; finding a campus 
room for a player who had no 
parents and no home to go to over 
the summer; maintaining 
scholarship aid for a player who 
severely injured his knee in his first 
scrimmage and would never play a 
single down in any game that year; 
and personally making sure that an 
injured player received the proper 
medical care before bringing the 
team home from a game in the 
Midwest — that he could be counted 
on to "come through" for them also. 

But Benny's legacy goes beyond 
the success of the athletes he 
coached. Pride in the University's 
heroic teams during its formative 
years, our Davids fighting the 
Goliaths, kindled and then ignited 
that "old Brandeis spirit" in the 
student body, a spirit still enjoyed 
long after the man who was already 
a legend came to lead us. On 
October 16, at the Hall of Fame 
dinner held in conjunction with the 
University's 50th Anniversary 
celebration, Brandeis will pay 
tribute to Benny Friedman, a man 
whose personal exploits border on 
the unbelievable, whose dedication 
to his athletes during his 12 years 
on campus was unparalleled, and 
whose contributions to the 
University's continuing success 
were truly beyond measure. ■ 

40 Brandeis Review 


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Bob Weintraub spent 
30 years practicing labor 
relations law before 
turning to fiction writing 
in 1991. It is still his 
intention, one of these 
years, to become an 
overnight success. 
The author gratefully 
acknowledges the 
contributions to this 
article by Dick Collins '54 
Rudy Finderson '58, 
Bill McKenna '55, 
Ira Steinberg '66, 
Leo Surette '57, and 
Mike Uhlberg '55. 

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iLooking Past Guernica: 

lArt Production 

and tlie 
Spanisii Civil War 

by Ara Hagop Merjian 

Think of the Spanish Civil War and one 
image will most likely come to mind: 
Picasso's larger-than-life painting of the 
bombardment of a Basque village. Some 
might recall Robert Capa's chilling Falling 
Militiaman, and the polemics surrounding 
its authenticity. Others might hark back to 
Life magazine's coverage of the war, 
whose vignettes such as "Franco, A 
Dictator in Spite of Himself" reflected the 
vagaries of American policy regarding 
Spain. Perhaps a few even remember 
Hollywood's adaptation of Hemingway's 
wartime drama For Whom the Bell Tolls. 
featuring the star-crossed Gary Cooper 
and Ingrid Bergman. But it is Guem/ca that 
has become the unofficial emblem of the 
Spanish Civil War — the summation of its 
anguish and its icons, the perennial 
subject of scholarly studies, and the 
adornment of countless dorm rooms and 

The Spanish Civil War has been invested 
with and divested of so many conflicting 
truths that George Orwell claimed "a true 
history of this war never would or could be 
written." This is not to say. however, that 
nobody has tried. In fact, the Spanish Civil 
War is one of the most written about 
events in modern times. Often called "A 
Poet's War," countless volumes of verse, 
memoirs, and manifestos were penned by 
common soldiers and famous authors 

Yet, while the words of Hemingway, 
Auden, and other international authors 
have long been familiar pieces to the 
collective narrative of the war, native 
renderings-and particularly visual ones — 
have been relatively unknown outside of 
Spain. Though it serves as a convenient 
association with the Spanish Civil War and 
the barbarity of the world's first civilian 
bombing, Guernica has come to 
overshadow the other artistic innovations 
created during the war. 

The last 22 years have seen the increasing 
emergence of art produced by Spaniards 
between 1936 and 1939, in Spain and in 
exile. These images significantly widen the 
lens through which we view and interpret 
the civil war. For nearly half a century 
banished, hidden, and in many cases 
forgotten, this art today affords a better 
sense of the period's intricate social and 
political context. Furthermore, it 
represents a prominent chapter in the 
history of artistic endeavor in the wake of 
suffering. A suffering all too familiar to our 
century, but little understood. 

The Spanish Political Landscape 
and Artistic Production 

Like any other civil war, Spain's conflict 
created a fault-line along which its 
respective sides were split and across 
which these sides cast their military and 
moral invectives. But because of 
impending strife in Europe, the meaning of 
Spain's confrontations took on a 
significance beyond Iberian politics. The 

Spanish Civil War was beheld as the 
microcosm of a greater ideological 
struggle between fascism and democracy. 

The events in Spain quickly became the 
center of a world-wide debate about the 
future political landscape in Europe. Often 
referred to as a rehearsal for World War II, 
the struggle was dubbed "The Good Fight" 
by defenders of democracy and heralded 
as a holy war by those opposed to the 
Republic. Lopsided militarily, with Hitler 
and Mussolini backing Franco's rebel 
forces, the war was just as unbalanced 
aesthetically. What the Republic lacked in 
military forces it supplemented with paint 
and pens. 

In fact, artistic imagery, and the rhetorical 
gymnastics that such imagery could 
perform, played a central role in the 
Republican war machine. Republican art 
production was much more developed 
than that of the Nationalist side for two 
primary reasons. First, the centers of 
artistic production remained under 
government control even after the Rebel 
Pronunciamiento oi July 18, 1936. 
Second, a far greater number of artists 
were opposed to fascism, and so took up 
their brushes to defend the Republic and 
the continued social and cultural freedoms 
that its survival would ensure. 

Examples of Nationalist art are far fewer, 
of generally inferior quality, and focus 
largely upon the allegorical apotheosis of 
Generalisimo Franco and his military 
crusade to rescue Spain from anarchic 

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The former Spanish 
Pavillion at the 
Internationale des 
Arts et Techniques in 
Paris, now a library 
of Civil War literature 
and posters in 



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heretics and communist infidels. To be 
sure, Republican art also lent itself to the 
extremes of propaganda, but on the whole 
is characterized by a wider and more 
sophisticated range of imagery, as 
discussed below. 

Those who consider war and artistic 
expression mutually exclusive might be 
eager to dismiss the art of the Spanish 
Civil War as abortive — an unfortunate 
hiatus in Spain's illustrious history of art. 
The ideological aspects that underline 
these wartime images do not automatically 
negate their value as works of art, 
however. Rather, they act as reflexive 
references to the nature of the times. If the 
images seem hyperbolic or histrionic, this 
is because the war that was their impetus 
and their subject was so. As the famous 
film director Luis Buhuel comments in his 
memoir, My Last Sigh. "The war spared no 
one, and it was impossible to remain 
neutral, to declare allegiance to the Utopian 
illusion of a tercera Espana." 

The art of the Spanish Civil War was not 
steeped merely in Spain's own political, 
geographic, or artistic circumstances. This 
art grew out of the literary and plastic 
renaissance that had blossomed under the 
Spanish Republic of 1931-36, and which 
had profound links to broader European 
vanguards. The "isms" (surrealism, 
cubism, etc.) of the between-war avant- 
garde would play a role in the militarized 
and politicized creations by Spanish artists 
during the war, whether through the social 
realist tinge of posters, or in Bauhaus- 
reminiscent photomontages. The 
paintings, posters, sculptures, lithographs, 
and other expressions of protest and 
documents of witnessing were planted 
firmly within the trajectory of this century's 
art historical development, albeit in some 
cases more self-consciously than in 


The Propaganda Poster: Wartime 
Chronicle and Social Document 

Franco's military uprising and the fratricide 
that ensued "did not suppose a radical 
collapse of artistic and cultural activity, but 
rather their traumatic transformation" 
writes Spanish art historian Valeriano 
Bozal in Art of the Twentieth Century in 
Spain, volume 1 . The most visible and 
widespread example of this transformation 
came in the form of the propaganda 
poster, a large number of which are 
conserved by Brandeis University's own 
Abraham Lincoln Brigade archives, and 
many of which are presently touring the 
United States in the exhibition Shouts from 
the Waif 

The increased, (even if involuntary), 
involvement of civilians in the Spanish 
Civil War meant that its campaigns, 
slogans, and symbols had to be 
transmitted to as wide an audience as 
possible, in unmistakable terms. The 
poster, which since the times of Jules 
Cheret and Toulouse-Lautrec had evolved 
as the primary crucible of art and publicity, 
became the medium of choice. Hundreds 
of individuals, including trained poster 
artists and former painters, put their talent 
to use in the various Madrid, Barcelona, 
and Valencia ministries of propaganda that 
were the main outlets of these images. 

In a country with a soaring illiteracy rate, 
these posters combined simple imagery 
that made text, even though often used as 
an accompaniment, unnecessary. With 
incredible economy of line and clever 
juxtapositioning of color, artists 
communicated the most urgent messages 
and exhortations to the people. The 
posters were at once beautiful and didactic 
and exploited this balance to their 
advantage; the rallying points of the 
Republic took on a palpable vigor with the 
thrust of a proud fist or the pose of a 
stalwart soldier. 


44 Brandeis Review 

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News about offensives anJi^^ats, 
warnings against prostitutes anc 
drunkenness, and announcements fS 
blood drives and demonstrations all foun'c 
their expression in posters. Relatively 
mundane messages calling for increased 
productivity were tacked up right alongside 
the most lofty declarations, like that 
expressed in Monleon's poster, "The Price 
of Our Heroic Sacrifice Will Be the Liberty 
and Well-being of the World." Likewise, 
coded political ideas formed the subject of 
poster imagery as much as straightforward 
themes. Ramon Puyol, one of the war's 
most celebrated poster artists, authored a 
series of burlesque drawings meant to 
satirize and denounce ultra-leftism, rumor- 
mongering, and treachery. Contrasted with 
these comparatively intricate caricatures, 
Pere Catala Roca's image of a foot 
crushing a swastika — the caption reading 
"Let's Smash Fascism" — exemplifies the 
more sententious side of war-time poster 

Aside from their news-bearing faculties, 
these posters capture the sociological and 
cultural Zeitgeist of the Spanish Civil War, 
and consequently tell us much about the 
larger issues that underlined the war's 
development. The evolving role of women, 
contradictory attitudes towards the 
revolution simultaneously unwinding on 
the Republican side, and the interactions 
between Spain's different cultural regions: 
these issues are encoded in numerous 
posters, and their study permits a greater 
reconstruction of the war's context. 

The infinite styles of various Spanish 
artists were greatly influenced by the 
poster art of different nations and causes. 
The works of John Heartfield and other 
German poster designers, as well as 
poster art of the Soviet Revolution, 
inspired Spanish graphic artists in the 
development of their own visual idioms. 
Regardless of their stylistic divergences, 
however, artists converged on one single, 
unifying goal: the preservation of the 
democratically elected Spanish Republic, 
and the conveyance of the tribulations that 
it was suffering. 

The Spanish Pavilion of 1937 

Given France's ambivalent stance towards 
intervention, it seems ironic that Spain's 
most strident call for the world's attention 
came via Paris. In July 1937, during the 
fever pitch of the war's summer 
campaigns, the Republican government 
sponsored a Pavilion as part of the 
Exposition Internationale des Arts et 
Techniques, then being held in the French 
capitol. The exposition included pavilions 
from Germany, Russia, and several other 
countries. The Spanish Pavilion was a 
humble yet striking structure resembling a 
squat school house. A little-known 
reconstruction of this building stands 
today on the outskirts of Barcelona, and 
serves— fittingly-as a library of Civil War 
literature and posters. 

Designed by the rationalist architects 
Josep-Luis Sert and Luis Lacasa, the 
Pavilion housed an assemblage of eclectic 
visual media for three months. Some 
sections focused upon the regional 
cultures of Catalonia and the Basque 
Country, and others upon the changing 
status of the modern Spanish woman. But 
the primary thrust of the Pavilion was 
propagandistic: films, theater 
performances, and presentations took 
place alongside large sections of plastic 
and graphic arts, all dedicated to relating 
the plight of the war. 

Living in exile in Paris, Picasso turned 
what was originally to be a portrait of his 
studio into one of the most famous 
paintings of modern times. Guernica 
became a visible expression of his belief 
that "Artists who live and work with 

spiritual values cannot and should not 
remain indifferent to a conflict in which the 
highest values of humanity and civilization 
are at stake," a statement he made in a 
1937 address to the American Artists' 
Congress. Picasso's monumentality as an 
artist, as well as the painting's unique style 
and imagery, have contributed to the 
ignoring of Guernica's counterparts, and 
even of its original context in the Pavilion. 

In works created expressly for the 
exhibition, many of Spain's other famous 
artists proffered their own reactions to the 
atrocities and issues of the war; Mird 
painted his (since destroyed) El Segador 
(Tlie Sower), Julio Gonzalez erected the 
bronze figure of Montserrat, and the 
sculptor Alberto presented his enigmatic 
creation, Tiie Spanisti People Have a Path 
That Leads to a Star. These works 
represented climactic moments in their 
respective author's careers, and indeed in 
the larger scheme of Spanish art history 
and culture. 

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Apart from these more eminent 
contributions, the majority of the other 
pieces exhibited in Paris have been 
relatively ignored since their dismantling 
and only addressed in recent years. This is 
not surprising, since most of the works 
vi/ere only rediscovered in a Barcelona 
museum storeroom m 1986, after nearly 
50 years of safeguarding. These prints, 
paintings, sculptures, and etchings, made 
by dozens of participating artists, share 
much iconography with the propaganda 
posters that were their contemporaries. 
But here the slogans of party politics, 
rear-guard orders, and internecine 
quibbles are largely absent. 

Instead, we find scenes that strive to 
recreate the horrors of war through its 
quotidian realities: images of orphans and 
refugees, figures fleeing bombardments, 
mothers cradling dead children. Unified in 
their motifs and in their purpose of inciting 
audiences to action, these images were 
anything but uniform in style. Miguel 
Prieto's surrealistic visions of shrapnel- 
torn streets and battle-worn soldiers were 
contrasted with Francisco Mateos's 
acerbic, George Grosz-like caricatures of 
corrupt clergymen and fascist buffoons. 
The Spanish expressionist Gutierrez 
Solana presented "Picking Up the Dead," 
while Antonio Rodriguez Luna — another 
prominent artist, by his own admission 
unclassifiable under any category — created 
a moving image of civilian woe with 
"Bombardment in Colmenar Viejo." 

These long-lost images from the war's 
dormant ashes reveal the variety of 
methods used to interpret, reconceive, and 
mourn the war. Even with the Leica camera 
and hand-held film camera capturing 
photographic images of the war, artists 
were determined to present their versions, 
however subjective. Imagine Goya's 
Horrors of W/ar exhibited in its own public 
gallery during Napoleon's invasion of 
Spain! In its diversity of artistic vision and 
its singularity of motive, the Spanish 
Pavilion must take its place as an 
extraordinary landmark in the history of 
visual testimony. Few times since the birth 
of mass media has such a profound 
artistic reaction to catastrophe been 
mounted on such a scale-and all created 
by human hands. 

Art as a Weapon 

The widespread use of art as a means of 
persuasion during the Spanish Civil War 
meant that every image was an exploitable 
arm. The Spanish Republic's most 
formidable sketchers, drawers, and 
caricaturists contributed their satirical wit 
to numerous wartime journals, such as 
Mono AzLiI and Nueva Cultura. Artists also 
produced individual projects, most of 
which took the form of albums of 
engravings or drawings. Arturo Souto's 
Dibujos de Guerra. Antonio Rodriguez 
Luna's Dieciseis Dibujos de Guerra, and 
Alfonso Castelao's Galicia Martirare 
standout examples of such little-known 
works. The album Madrid y937 consists of 
prints by 13 different artists with an 

introduction by the famous poet Antonio 
Machado, and is itself a microcosm of the 
various styles and approaches used in 
depicting the war. 

Artistic commitment did not end with 
magazines or albums, but penetrated 
Spanish society to even the most banal 
and unlikely realms. Nearly every available 
surface— postage stamps, flags, 
calendars, postcards, and the sides of 
subway cars — bore an image engaged in 
the semiotics of the Republican struggle. 
"On few occasions has history seen a 
relationship so tight, in times so turbulent, 
between life and art," writes Valeriano 
Bozal. Public contests were organized to 
judge the best posters, with ordinary 
citizens as the jury. Indeed, as the theater 
of war came to include even ordinary 
civilian life, the dichotomy between high 
and low art was rendered virtually 
obsolete. The rubble of buildings served as 
impromptu galleries, as art for art's sake 
took a back seat to the visual defense 
against fascism. 

Historian Nigel Glendinning has written of 
the Spanish Civil War that it is beheld and 
understood from two primary angles: 
"From one of these the conflict is viewed in 
close-up; from the other, at a distance." As 
a result of General Franco's victory and 
ensuing 36-year censorship of artistic 
expression, few "close-up" versions of 
events besides Guernica ever made it 
across the Atlantic until Franco's death in 

46 Brandeis Review 

It follows that America's recognition, and 
ttius cognition, of the Spanish Civil War 
has been long molded by the second, more 
distant gaze of which Glendlnnlng writes — 
a gaze too often encumbered by 
autobiographical narrative and geopolitical 
semantics. As we begin to observe the 
anniversaries and bicentennials of our 
century's landmark tragedies, few events 
seem without their eerie premonition In 
Spain: the camps at Auschwitz harl< back 
to those at Argeles-sur-Mer; the bombings 
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recall those at 
Guernica and IVladrid: Korea's and 
Cambodia's exiles loom panic-stricken 
before the camera just like their Spanish 
counterparts. The historian Pierre Vllar has 
written in La Guerra Civil Espanola that 
"Spain's war Is at the center of the 20th 
century's painful history." 

So, It must be said, is the art that recorded 
and cried against this war at the heart of 
our century's artistic history. Here Is an art 
that reaches back to the pathos of Goya's 
Disasters, that borrows from the acerbic 
bite of George Grosz and Otto Dix, while at 
the same time carving out its own 
particular legacies In the relationship 
between war and witnessing. In the images 
that remain from the Spanish Civil War we 
may not only find portents of things to 
come, but peer deeper into an event that, 
despite Its endless bibliography and Its 
immortalization by Picasso, remains 
elusive and obscured, ■ 

Posters from the 

Abraham Lincoln 

Brigade Archives, 

Brandeis University Libraries 

Ara Hagop (VJerjian graduated from Yale 
University in 1996. He spent one year in 
Spain as a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis 
Fellow, researching art production during 
the Spanish Civil War. Merjian is 
currently a Javits Fellow and an honorary 
Andrew Mellon Fellow at the University 
of California, Berkeley, where he is 
pursuing a Ph.D. in the history of art. 

First University Chair 
in Jewish Education 
Established with 
Mandel Gift 

President Jehuda Reinharz 
announced that Brandeis is 
establishing its first 
professorship in Jewish 
education. The chair has 
been made possible by a 
$2.5 million gift from the 
Mandel family of Cleveland. 
This gift will be funded 
equally by the Jack N. and 
Lilyan Mandel Foundation, 
the Joseph and Florence 
Mandel Family Foundation, 
and the Morton and Barbara 
Mandel Family Foundation. 

The Mandel chair at 
Brandeis will be the first 
one of its kind at a 
nonsectarian institution of 
higher education in North 

Emeritus Professor 
Funds International 
Studies Program 

The Mandel gift follows a 
two-year planning process 
during which President 
Reinharz chaired a faculty 
and community task force 
at Brandeis on Jewish 
education. The group 
concluded that Brandeis, 
with its vast array of 
Judaica resources and 
reputation as a welcoming 
site for Jews of all 
denominations, is uniquely 
positioned to contribute to 
Jewish continuity in North 
America through research, 
training, and program 

Long active in 
strengthening Jewish 
education in North 
America, Israel, and 

elsewhere, Morton L. 
Mandel said, "Over the past 
two years, working with 
Brandeis to do even more 
for Jewish education and 
Jewish continuity has been 
a very rewarding process. 
We are excited about the 
growing capability of 
Brandeis University to 
engage in serious thinking 
and planning about Jewisli 

The establishment of the 
chair comes at a time of 
critical need in the Jewish 
world, amid growing 
recognition by Jewish 
leaders everywhere that 
improving the Jewish 
education system provides a 
major opportunity to help 
address issues of Jewish 
identity, continuity, 
growing assimilation, and 
loosening of ties within the 
Jewish community. 
"Bringing to Brandeis an 

eminent scholar in this field 
will bolster significantly 
efforts to make University 
resources accessible to 
community leaders in their 
efforts to revitalize Jewish 
education," said Reinharz. 

'Given the fact that one of 
Brandeis's missions is 
service to the Jewish 
community, I fully intend 
that the person who fills 
this chair will play a major 
role in improving Jewish 
education at all levels in 
North America, and will 
collaborate with Jewish 
institutions in Israel and 
around the world," 
Reinharz added. 

Brandeis is launching an 
international search to fill 
the Mandel Professorship in 
Jewish Education. 

Gunnar Dybwad, professor 
emeritus of human 
development, has made an 
initial gift and pledged 
matching funds for three 
years to support an 
international studies 
program at the Starr Center 
for Mental Retardation at 
The Heller Graduate 

International outreach "was 
one of Gunnar's first loves 
and a focus that has really 
defined his career," says 
Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, 
associate professor of 
sociology and director of the 
Starr Center. She says 
Dybwad helped to start 
international organizations 
and fostered students' 
interests in what happens to 
people with mental 
retardation around the 
world and in the United 

The first act of the new 
program was sending first- 
year doctoral student John 
Hilliard to the XXII 
International Congress of 
Inclusion International, in 
the Netherlands in August. 
Over the long term, the 
funds will also be used for 
travel assistance, to bring 
international scholars to 
campus, and to help support 
dissertation research. 

Gunnar Dybwad 

48 Brandeis Review 

Women's Committee 
Raises Record Gift for 
Brandeis, Libraries 

The Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee (NWC) reached 
an all-time high in its fund- 
raising efforts last year, 
bringing to $67 million the 
total raised by the 
organization for Brandeis 
and its Libraries. Donations 
from members and friends 
and fund-raising by NWC's 
100 chapters accounted for 
the largest portion of the gift. 

The NWC gift for fiscal year 
1998 was presented to 
Brandeis President fehuda 
Reinharz at NWC's national 
conference, held on campus 
in May. The Women's 
Committee also launched 
two major initiatives for its 
50th anniversary 
celebration during the 
conference, a special two- 
year fund-raising campaign 
to establish the endowed 
Brandeis University 
National Women's 
Committee University 
Librarian Chair and a 
"National Dialogue on Social 
Justice." The $2.5 million 
campaign has reached 
$500,000 to date. 

Professor Jacqueline Jones 
Jielped launcli the National 
Women's Committee's 50th 
Anniversary National 
Dialogue on Social Justice 
at the organization's 
national conference with a 
seminar on work and 
justice in American society. 

Four Brandeis faculty 
members helped open the 
Women's Committee's 
dialogue on social justice by 
engaging approximately 200 
conference delegates and 
national leaders in lively 
discussions on juvenile 
lustice, work and justice m 
American society, 
American ideals of justice, 
and social justice as 
reflected in American 

Adjunct Associate Professor 
of American Studies Mary 
Davis of Brandeis's 
International Center for 
Justice, Peace, and Public 
Life explored the explosive 
topic of "Children Killing 
Children: The Changing 
Face of Juvenile Justice" 
with a standing-room-only 

Jacqueline Jones, the 
Truman Professor of 
American Civilization and a 
nationally recognized expert 
on poverty, labor, and racial 
issues in America, 
addressed "Work and Justice 
in American Society 
Today." Pointing to 
Americans' seeming 
acceptance of the 
devastation of many blue- 
collar industries and the 
increased concentration of 
wealth in the hands of fewer 
and fewer people, Jones told 
her audience: "Americans 
are intolerant of political 
inequality but very tolerant 
of economic inequality. We 

consider the juxtaposition 
of slums and skyscrapers as 
part of American life." FJer 
observation that Bill Gates's 
net worth of $40 billion is 
equal to the net worth of 
the lower 40 percent of the 
population provoked much 
discussion, with 
participants sharing 
examples from their regions 
of the country. 

Also speaking at the 
conference were Jeffrey 
Abramson, Louis Stulberg 
Professor of Law and 
Politics, on Brandeis 
University and the 
American ideal of justice 
and John Bush Jones, 
adjunct professor of theater 
arts, on social justice and 
the American musical. 

As part of its national 
dialogue, Brandeis faculty 
members will join scholars 
m cities throughout the 
country for National 
Women's Committee 
"Town Forums" on these 
topics and others as diverse 
as rights of children and 
parents, the disproportionate 
burden of environmental 
problems on poor people 
and developing countries, 
and access to health care. 
For more information call 
781-736-4160 or e-mail the 
Women's Committee at 

Scliolarship Established 
in Honor of President 
Jehuda and Professor 
Shulamit Reinharz 

Brandeis Trustee Gershon 
Kekst, president of Kekst 
and Company, Inc., and 
Carol Kekst have given a 
gift from the Kekst Family 
Foundation to establish an 
endowed scholarship named 
in honor of President Jehuda 
and Professor Shulamit 
Reinharz. The Reinharz 
Scholarship was created as a 
tribute to the couple, both 
of whom earned their 
Ph.D.s at Brandeis. Others 
may contribute to the 
endowed fund. 

49 Brandeis Review 

The 14th Dalai Lama 
with the nuns who created 
the sand mandala 



by Reuben Liber '98 

On a normal day at Brandeis one 
would not find throngs of 
students, faculty, staff, and 
press around Ford Hall and the 
Faculty Center. And on an 
ordinary day the dizzying aroma 
of incense would not permeate 
the air. 

But a day graced by His 
Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is 
certainly no ordinary day. On 
campus Friday, May 8, and 
Saturday, IVIay 9, the Dalai 
Lama, the spiritual and temporal 
leader of the Tibetan people, 
challenged the Brandeis 
community to look more 
intensely at the world from a 
non-Western perspective. And 

the incense, while overpowering, 
helped in its own way to 
transform the environment from 
East Coast to the Far East for the 
Dalai Lama's greeting at 

It started with an invitation from 
The Heller Graduate School's 
Program in Sustainable 
International Development (SID), 
but the two-day visit was two 
years in the making, explained 
University President Jehuda 
Reinharz. His Holiness the 14th 
Dalai Lama received an honorary 
degree during a special 
Convocation on Friday afternoon 
in the Spingold Theater Center 
and gave a public address the 
following morning in the 
Gosman Center to a crowd of 
over 7,000. _ 

Also on Friday, the Dalai Lama 
participated in a dialogue with 
students and faculty in the SID 
Program and later witnessed the 
dismantling of the elaborate, 
brightly colored sand mandala 
created by Tibetan nuns in the 
Library's Rapaporte Treasure 
Hall. Constructed as part of the 
Seven Weeks on Tibet 
preparatory programming, the 
mandala had special significance 
because it marked the first time 
that the Dalai Lama had seen one 
made by women. A ceremonial 
construct believed to house 
Tibetan Buddhist gods, the 
mandala and its dismantling 
represent the impermanence of 
the human body and human 
endeavor. After beginning the 
dismantling process, the Dalai 
Lama reserved the remainder of 

50 Brandeis Review 

The Dalai Lanm 
_ addresses a 
crowd of 7 ,100 

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President fehuda Reinharz and 
Laurence Simon, director of the 
Sustainable International 
Development (SID) Program, greet 
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 

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honorary degree from President 
Reinharz as Provost and 

this honor for the nuns, who 
then ritually deposited the sand 
into Chapels Pond. 

In his addresses on Friday and 
Saturday, the Dalai Lama- 
through a translator and In 
English— stressed the value of 
all cultures and the 
corresponding need to treat 
others with compassion. "Human 
caring is the most important 
thing. It really provides us with 
inner peace, inner tranquility, 
inner strength," he said, 
unwilling even to harbor 
negative feelings toward China. "I 
always try to make clear to other 
people (that) differences on the 
basis of color, class, nationality, 
religion, personal beliefs, 
ideology— these are secondary." 

He urged audience members to 
support not just Tibetan 
freedom, but all human rights, 
to extend compassion to all 

And despite the enormous 
numbers of people there to see 
him, he remained humble. "I am 
just another human being," he 
said, emphasizing that "every 
human being has the 
responsibility to think about the 
future, about the welfare of 

As Representative Barney Frank 
(D-Mass.) said in Friday's 
Convocation, "Sir, we are 
honored by your presence." 

Photos by Julian Brown unless 
otherwise noted. 




Linda J Hifsch 

51 Brandeis Review 

The Art of the Mandaia 

A mandaia is a two- or 
three-dimensional model of 
a symbolic universe that is 
used as a meditational tool. 
Its diagrammatical form 
represents the cosmos and 
the mystical palace of the 
deity represented within it. 
Meditators nourish their 
own minds by focusing on 
the enlightened qualities of 
the deity, thus helping to 
raise themselves to an 
enlightened state. Mandalas 
are traditionally 
coiistructed on painted 
scrolls, or tangkas, and in 
delicate paintings made of 

Sand mandalas may be 
created with precious 
jewels, stones, flowers, or 
colored sand. Each grain of 
sand is thought to be 
charged with powerful 
spiritual energy. The 
process of making a sand 
mandaia invokes this 
energy among the creators 
of the painting and 
surrounding observers. The 
slow, meticulous 
movements involved in its 
creation helps the meditator 
to empty his or her mind 
and remain completely 
present in the moment. 
The end result is a complex, 
very colorful work of art. 

The making of a mandaia 
requires a sturdy base upon 
which nuns or monks can 
work. Lines are measured 
then drawn on the base. 
These lines guide the 
application of sand. After 
the drawing is finished, 
sand is applied through a 
metal funnel. Upon its 
completion, a sand mandaia 
is ritualistically destroyed 
and the sand emptied into a 
body of moving water. This 
important part of the ritual 
symbolizes nonattachment 
and the impermanence of 

The art of mandaia making 
was taught by Shakyamuni, 
the historical Buddha, in 
sixth century B.C. in India. 
Today, this art is passed on 
from teacher to advanced 

Jenny Nathans '99 

From Avalokitesvaia Sand 



-p- r r • T 

A Tibetan mm returns the 
sand from the mandaia to 
the water at Chapels Pond 

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The Dalai Lama 
begins the dismantlin, 
of the sand mandala 


53 Brandeis Review 

Tom Rose '84 

Publisher of The Jerusalem Post 

Alumni Association 

Dear Fellow Alumni: 

The Alumni Board and I are 
looking forward to our 50th 
Anniversary Celebration. 
Our goal is to create more 
opportunities for Alumni 
involvement and to expand 
our network of chapters to 
new areas throughout the 
country. Under the 
leadership of our immediate 
past president, Yehuda C. 
Cohen '81, we have begun 
to establish alumni groups 
in cities such as Atlanta, 
Baltimore, and Phoenix. 
Last year we developed a 
new programming format 
that allows us to reach 
specific groups of alumni in 
our various communities. 
We had successful events 
for health care 
professionals, attorneys, and 
for alumni in the financial 
community. It is our intent 
to continue this format, as 
well as other new programs, 
throughout our alumni 

With the help of local 
chapters, the Board and I 
intend to promote a 
national format of varied 
and consistent programs. I 
hope to recruit some of our 
more visible alumni as 
Brandeis ambassadors m 
their communities. Their 
role will be to work with 
chapter presidents in 
inspiring alumni to 
re-involve themselves with 
Brandeis. This will result in 
new alumni leadership who 
will eventually assume the 
crucial financial 
responsibility that Brandeis 
needs. It is critical that all 
alumni realize that they, 
and their financial support, 
are the lifeblood of our 

Richard Saivetz 

I hope to gear our chapter 
programming to fit the 
needs of our various 

Clearly, our alumni are 
looking for more 
networking opportunities. 
The successful events that I 
mentioned earlier indicate 
that these can be expanded 
beyond the "test cities." I 
will be looking to establish 
formal chapters in those 
new cities where alumni 
have expressed an interest 
in forming more organized 
constituencies. I am also 
looking to establish closer 
working relationships for 
our chapter programming 
with the Alumni 
Admissions Council and the 
Hiatt Career Center. It is 
my goal to establish 
consistency in programming 
from chapter to chapter; 
and, to provide a variety of 
events for the various 
constituencies within our 
Alumni Association, 
keeping programming 
current with the times. 

I would like to see more 
alumni take visible roles m 
their communities in either 
the Alumni Admissions 
Council, the Alumni Fund, 
or the Alumni Association. 

y We have a terrific product 

to sell and our 50th 
,j Anniversary is an opportune 

time to get the message out 

to our communities. 

The Alumni Association 
will play a more prominent 
role with the matriculating 
student events in August. In 
addition to a welcoming 
gift, an "Ollie the Owl" (the 
University mascot) hat for 
new students, we are 
considering the 
establishment of annual 
sophomore and iunior year 
lectures sponsored by the 
Association. Our most 
recent graduating Senior 
class received a copy of A 
Host at Last by Abram 
Sachar as a graduation gift. I 
strongly believe that this 
investment in our future 
alumni will pay off 
handsomely in terms of 
continued support, financial 
and otherwise, for Brandeis. 

Maybe because my wife 
Carol '69 and I both went to 
Brandeis, as well as our son 
Michael '97 and daughter 
Aliza '01, I have a strong 
feeling that we received 
something very important 
from the University; and 
there is a quid pro quo. I 
feel a responsibility to 
insure that others have the 
same opportunities and 
benefits of a Brandeis 
education. Please contact 
me throughout the year 
with your ideas and 
suggestions. I can be 
reached at the Brandeis 
University Alumni Web 
Board of Directors site 
With your support, we will 
achieve this set of goals. 

Richard Saivetz '69 

Tom Rose 'S4 has been 
named publisher of The 
Jerusalem Post in Israel. 
Rose is married to an 
Israeli, the former Rachel 
Kalmanovitch, and they 
have a four-year-old son. He 
has been working for 
Hollinger International as 
vice president for marketing 
and business development 
for the past year and a half. 
Hollinger is the third largest 
newspaper publishing 
company in the world, 
publishing 135 daily 
newspapers in the United 
States, Canada, Great 
Britain, and Israel. Rose was 
involved in The Jerusalem 
Post's operations, so it was 
a natural move. 

With a resume that includes 
reporter for a Fort Myers, 
Florida, television station 
and a Johannesburg radio 
station. Rose has experience 
that spans the gamut of 
newspaper and broadcast 
journalism. He also wrote a 
book: Freeing the Whales: 
How the Media Created the 
World's Greatest Non- 
Event. Working for a 
Japanese television 
network. Rose covered the 
plight of three whales 
trapped in Arctic ice in 
Alaska in 1988. 

At Brandeis he was very 
involved in what was then 
called the Brandeis Zionist 
Alliance (BZA) and was 
active at the Justice. Rose 
also edited Focus, a Jewish 
paper, at Brandeis in 
1983-84. "In it's heyday," 
explains Rose, "it was the 
largest Jewish student 
publication in the country." 

Israel is a familiar place to 
him. As an adult, he has 
spent many months there 
and was a volunteer in the 
army. His new job, he says. 

54 Brandeis Review 

Reich Speaks to 
Atlanta Alumni 

'is the opportunity to fulfill 
a personal and professional 
dream. As political as my 
background has been, this is 
the opportunity to have 
management responsibility 
over an important organ of 
information to Israel and 
the Jewish world, yet I don't 
think of It politically. I 
think of it as 'I've got a 
business to run.'" 

In fact. Rose does not 
expect to write in his new 
job. Asked if he would miss 
writing, he says, "To me, it 
baffles me — I'm struck by 
the incongruity of it — but 
for the first time in my 
career I don't feel compelled 
to write when logic would 
argue that this would be the 
most compelling time to 
want to write. 

"The reason is that we have 
at The Jeiusalem Post and 
The Jeiusalem Report the 
finest collection of Jewish 
writers and thinkers in the 
world. It would really be 
almost presumptuous of me 
to think that there is much 
of anything I can offer that 
isn't currently offered on a 
daily basis." 

Rose's goals as publisher are 
to reach a certain margin, to 
produce a profitable and 
credible product, he says — 
not, in other words, to 
participate in controversies. 
"I think I may be a bit 
unique — in the 63-year 
history of the paper I may 
well be the first publisher 
whose emphasis is on the 
business side. And even 
though I have a clear 
political stance, I think 
what I'm bringing is an 
American management 
philosophy that argues for a 
separation of church and 
state. I'm going to focus on 
selling advertising, 
expanding circulation, and 
producing a better product 
at a lower price. There are 
enough people there to fight 
political battles." 

Transferring into Brandeis 
from Lewis and Clark 
College in Portland, Oregon, 
was the right choice for 
Rose. "Brandeis was a 
defining period in my life," 
he explains. "I 'found 
religion.' A day doesn't go 
by when I don't think about 

Rose remembers why he 
went to Columbia 
University's graduate 
program in journalism. "It 
was a Brandeis professor, 
Hillard Pouncy, now a 
professor at Swarthmore, 
who insisted, who cajoled, 
threatened, absolutely 
forced me into that program 
at Columbia. It wasn't like 
he simply recommended — 
he pushed. I found people 
like that consistently at 
Brandeis, people who were 
so interested that we got 
the most out of our lives 
and our talents. It was 
remarkable that an African 
American professor would 
take under his wing this 
religious Jew. I'm still close 
to him." 

Brought up by Jewish 
parents in a secular 
atmosphere. Rose became 
interested in Judaism during 
a year he spent in Israel as a 
senior in high school. 
"Brandeis helped me 
transition from two rather 
different worlds [religious 
and secular], and provided 
me with the skills and tools 
to navigate both worlds 
well," he explains. "Brandeis 
gave me the ability to be an 
observant Jew in the 
modern world. For me it 
was absolutely the perfect 
place at the perfect time in 
my life." 

On May 19, 600 friends and 
alumni, as well as many 
people new to the Brandeis 
family, convened to hear 
Robert Reich, University 
Professor and Maurice B. 
Hexter Professor of Social 
and Economic Policy at The 
Heller School, discuss "How 
America Will Work." The 
event, chaired by Glenda 
and David Mmkin, parents 
of Samara Minkin '94, was 
held at the Swissotel 
Atlanta, with a preevent 
reception hosted by Joey 
Reiman '75, founder of 

: ,,:.: -'4. David and Glenda 

Minkin. cochairs of the event: Joey 
Reiman 75. host of the preevent 
reception: University Professor and 
Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social 
and Economic Policy Robert Reich; and 
Cynthia Good Reiman. 

Glenda Minkin. 
past president of Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee 
Atlanta Chapter, addresses 
the audience of 600 

John H. Hopps. Ph.D. 71, 
provost and senior vice 
president at Morehouse 
College, chats vrith Nancy 
Winship, senior vice 
president for development 
and alumni relations 

Associate Director of 
Planned and Major Gifts 
Ellie Starr greets Brandeis 
University National 
Women's Committee leaders 
Rita Goldstein, Phyllis 
Freedman. and Leah lanus 

Nancy Winship; Robert 
Reich: foey Reimam Dean of 
Admissions David Gould; 
and Ellie Starr 

55 Brandeis Review 

In Memory of Kenneth 
Alan Raskin '69 

by Ethan S. Raskin '94, 

On December 20, 1997, my 
father, Kenneth Alan 
Raskin '69, passed away due 
to complications from 
cancer. Throughout his life, 
he remained active in 
alumni affairs for his alma 
mater. He served on the 
Alumni Board in New York 
and later in Chicago when 
our family relocated there. 
Whether interviewing high 
school students interested 
in attending Brandeis, 
raising money for the 
University, or just raising 
general awareness about the 
school and its mission, my 
father loved his college 
experience and took a great 
deal of pride in his school; 
he made it one of his goals 
to instill that same sense of 
pride in others. He never 
stopped promoting the 
value of a Brandeis 
education, for he believed in 
it and simply wanted others 
to feel the same way. It 
must have worked; by the 
time I was 10 years old, I 
had already decided that 
Brandeis would be one of 
my top choices. This was 
due, no doubt, to growing 
up in a house with two 
Brandeis alumni as parents. 
My father gave generously 
of his time and his money 
when it came to Brandeis. 
He did this because, in his 
view, his time at Brandeis 
brought him a tremendous 
sense of joy, pride, and 
overall satisfaction. He met 
his future wife there, 
Helaine Waxman Raskin '69. 
He enjoyed the benefits of a 
superb education, and he 
made some special friends 
there as well. When I 
remember the kind of man 
my father was, I realize that 
a lot of what shaped his 
character and outlook on 
life can be traced to his 
experiences at Brandeis and 
at New York University 
School of Law. 

My father was a man who 
despised apathy. He made it 
a point to get involved in 
things about which he 
cared. I can personally 
attest to this. He was so 
actively involved as a father 
in the lives of me and my 
brother, Jeremy, that we 
still refer to him as our 
biggest fan. He made it a 
point to really get to know 
us and remain involved in 
everything we did, be it 
school, work, theater, or 
sports. In addition, he was a 
loving and devoted husband. 

My father was a brilliant 
attorney who truly loved 
working in corporate law. 
Prior to his untimely death, 
he served as chief counsel 
and senior vice president for 
Sanwa Business Credit 
Corporation in Chicago. My 
father always taught me to 
be the best at whatever I 
enjoyed doing. He believed 
that true freedom came 
from not only doing what 
you liked, but liking what 
you do as well. From him I 
learned to embrace life, and 
to live every day as if it 
were my last. He had a 
sharp, analytical mind, and 
he taught me to challenge 
things that I had read or 
heard, and not merely 
accept everything at face 
value. And he loved a good 
debate, especially if the 
topic was political in 

My father had such a 
wonderful sense of humor 
that even people who had 
just met him for the first 
time would take notice. 
Whether it was his dry, 
cynical side or his love of 
outrageous pranks, he had 
the ability to make people 
laugh. And when they 
laughed, people became 
comfortable and at ease 
around him. I can recall, on 
numerous occasions, 
watching as he told 
seemingly ordinary stories 
in a way that would make 
people burst into laughter 
to the point that tears 
would flow down their 

cheeks. I used to joke with 
hiiTi that some day he 
would give up corporate law 
and pursue a career as a 
sitcom writer. My father 
often used his sense of 
humor to get through his 
nightmarish battle with 
cancer. Even when he was 
in a tremendous amount of 
pain and discomfort, he 
continued to remain 
optimistic and upbeat. He 
never let his disease break 
his spirit. Upon hearing the 
terrible news of his 
diagnosis for the first time, 
he sat up in bed and told his 
doctors that he would fight 
his cancer and would 
emerge victorious. He never 
went into a self-pitying 
mode or asked the "why 
me?" question. He simply 
considered every day that he 
was able to rise and see the 
sun a victory. And he used 
every bit of strength he had 
to fight his dreaded illness. 

It was through witnessing 
my father's fight with 
cancer that I learned the 
true meaning of bravery and 
courage. I remember one 
night I was visiting my 
father in the hospital. He 
was hooked up to all sorts 
of tubes and machines and 
monitors. However, he was 
watching Monty Python's 
The Meaning of Life on 
television and laughing. The 
moment I walked in, he 
smiled and told me to grab a 
chair and join him and my 
brother. After a while, even 
the nurse joined us. As we 
watched the show, I began 
to feel as though I was being 
transported from a cold, 
depressing hospital room to 
another place and time. I 
felt as though my father, 
brother, and I were at home 
watching the show and 
really laughing and enjoying 
each other's company. I 
watched as my father 
explained the skits and the 

overall sense of humor 
found in a Monty Python 
routine to the nurse. Pretty 
soon, she was laughing as 
well. It was nice to see him 
enjoying himself again. 
Despite the sound of the 
electronic heart monitor 
and the smell of hospital 
cleaning solution, it just felt 
like the good old days again. 
For the first time in ages, 
everything felt right with 
the world. It had nothing to 
do with the show. It was 
simply a matter of watching 
my father laugh and make 
others laugh as well. Not 
everyone has the ability to 
do that in the worst of 
times, but I consider myself 
lucky to have known 
someone who did. In the 
worst of times, he remained 
calm and collected. He 
fought his battle with the 
same sense of dignity that 
he always displayed. 

My father loved the stage, 
and he loved acting. He was 
able to try his luck in 
college theater while he was 
a student at Brandeis. 
Although he never made it 
to Broadway, he acted in 
several college plays and 
even had a small role in the 
movie Squeeze Play. He 
loved every minute of it. 
Acting, like playing the 
French horn m the 
Washington Redskins 
marching band while in 
high school, was a great 
release for him. Another 
one of his passions was 
music: his taste ran from 
folk to the Eagles. 

My father was the kind of 
man who gave of himself 
generously. Whether it was 
free legal assistance for a 
neighbor or volunteer work 
for a not-for-profit, he gave 
because he loved doing 
things for others. He never 
asked for anything in 
return. You could always 
count on him. He always 
put the welfare of others 
before his own. In fact, the 
first question he asked his 
doctors upon hearing the 

56 Brandeis Review 

Brandeis House Events 

news that he had a Stage 4 
glioblastoma was, "can my 
children get this?" Even as 
he lay dymg in his hospital 
bed, he asked me how I was 
doing, and how I was 
dealing with all the terrible 
things going on at the time. 

My father truly enjoyed life 
and tried to get the most 
out of it. How he could be 
taken from us at such a 
young age is beyond my 
comprehension. The world 
lost an extraordinary, 
irreplaceable man on 
December 20, 1997, and it 

will be a colder place as a 
result. My only gift to my 
father at this point is to use 
his life as a yardstick to 
measure my own life 
against, and to become the 
kind of father that he was. 
My great regret is that my 
own children will never get 
to know him. On his 
tombstone, we plan to 
inscribe, "our biggest fan." I 
would argue that underneath 
that line should be a line 
reading, "Here lies a man 
who truly lived life to its 
fullest, and who touched the 
lives of those around him." 
Kenneth Alan Raskin was 
one in a million, and I am 
honored and blessed to have 
known him as a father. 

lane Adlm 'b8. assistant 
curator. Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, discusses 
the work of French Art 
Deco metalworker and 
lacquer artist Jean Dunand 
at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art to alumni 
in May 

Steve Reiner '61, Dona S. 
Kahn '54. Patricia Reiner, 
and Arthur Kahn 

Alumni Association 

Laura B. Friedman '81. 
Heidi Klaimitz '81. and 
Joan Heckering '75 

The Alumni Association 
Board of Directors, 1998-2001 

Executive Committee 


Richard Saivetz '69 
Vice President 
Stephen M. Coan '84, 
M.M.H.S. '90, Ph.D. '97 
Vice President 
Lawrence S. Harris '63 
Vice President 
Anthony Scariano '68 
Vice President 
Ira M. Shoolman '62 
Vice President 
Sharyn Sooho '69 
Alumni Term Trustee 
Daniel ]. Jick '79 
Immediate Past President 
Yehuda C. Cohen '81 

Members at Large 

Janet Besso Becker '73 
Moses Feldman '62 
James R. Felton '85 
Sally M. Glickman '59 
Kofi Gyasi '79 
Ronald L. Kaiserman '63 
David M. Levine '83 
Ralph C. Martin, II '74 
Victor R. Ney '81 
Marci S. Sperling '85 
Joan M. Wallack '60 
Paul M. Zlotoff '72 


Undergraduate Student 

Jaime F. Zuckerman '99 

Undergraduate Student 

Jennifer I. Weiner '00 

Graduate Student 


Heller School 

Joy Camp, Ph.D. '82 

Friends of Brandeis 


Ruth Porter Bernstein '57 

Hornstein Program 

Simon Klarfeld, M.A. '94 

Alumni Admissions 


Marianne Paley Nadel '85 

Minority Alumni Network 

Joseph W. Perkins '66 


Alumni Network 

Michael Hammerschmidt '72 

Graduate School of 

International Economics 

and Finance 

Eugene P. Zeyger '90, M.A. '91 

Hiatt Career Center 

Marcie Schorr Hirsch '71 

Alumni Chapter Leaders 


Jan H. K. Cardin '86 

Greater Boston, MA 

Martin "Marty" Bloom '79 


Debbie Moeckler Berman '87 

South Florida 

Steven Sheinman '79 

Great Britain 

Joan Givner Bovarnick, 

Ph.D. '69 


Rose Weinberg '57 


Suk Won Kim '70 

Long Island, NY 

Jaime Ezratty '86 

New Jersey 

Merry Firschein '87 


Jason Schneider '93i 


New York City 

Amy G. DaRosa '94 


David J. Allon '81 


William C. Miller '87 

Greater Washington, D.C. 

Seth K. Arenstein '81 

Westchester County 

Alan E. Katz '64 

Brandeis Web Site: Your 
Source for Alumni News 

The Brandeis Web site is an 
important place to look for 
news of Brandeis alumni 
events in your area. Visit 
Share your e-mail address 
with us, so that it can 
appear with your 
classmates' addresses in the 
Web e-mail directory. This 
is a terrific way to find 
longtime friends and catch 
up on Brandeis. 

57 Brandeis Review 

Reunion '98 

Reunion '98, which brought 
more than 1,000 alumni and 
their guests to campus from 
June 11-14, was a 
tremendous success, despite 
the storms that visited 
Boston throughout the 
weekend. The Ralph 
Norman Barbecue gave 
everyone an opportunity to 
visit with Ollie the Owl, 
the Brandeis University 
mascot. Not only did the 
attendance break Reunion 
records, but the Reunion 
gift campaign was also a 
tremendous success. The 
nine classes raised a total of 
$1,621,025, and seven of the 
classes exceeded the total 
amount raised for their 
previous Reunion. The 
weekend's extraordinary 
accomplishments were 
made possible through the 
dedication, enthusiasm, and 
support of the Reunion 
leadership. The chairpeople 
were as follows; 

Class of 1953 
Gift Chair 
Marshall Sterman 
Program Chair 
Harriet Becker Jedeikin 

Class of 1958 

Gift Cochairs 

Allan Drachman and 

Annette Liberman Miller 

Program Chair 

Elaine Heumann Gurian 

Class of 1963 

Gift Cochairs 

Lawrence Harris and Ronald 


Program Cochairs 

Mimi Osier Hyman and 

Michael Kligfeld 

Class of 1968 

Gift Chair 

Anthony Scariano 

Program Cochairs 

Shirley and Herbert Kressel 

Class of 1973 

Gift Committee 


Jan Solomon and Barbara 

Brickman Stein 

Program Chair 

Lee Brooks 

Class of 1978 

Gift Cochairs 

Amy Shakun and Diane 

Cohen Schneider 

Program Cochairs 

Eric Hollander and Robert 


Class of 1983 

Gift Cochairs 

Stephen Cloobeck, Mark 

Fischer, and Risa Levine 

Program Cochairs 

Ari Jaffe, William Portnoy, 

and Julie Siminoff 

Class of 1988 
Gift Cochairs 
Lee and Robyn Spirer 
Program Chair 
Mitchel Appelbaum 

Class of 1993 

Gift Cochairs 

Beth Berman and Ira Cohen 

Program Chair 

Traci Portnoff Chason 

Staying diy under 
Brandeis Reunion 


Robyn Rosenau 
Spirer '88 with her 
son Jake admire 

recognition pieces 
in the Napoli 
Trophy Room 

Alan Monchick '73. William 
Hill 73, Lee Brooks 73, and 
William Lee '73 take a break 
from their conversation for a 

The Class of 1973 and their 
guests at the 25th Reunion 
Class Reception at the home 
of President and Professor 

foel Aronoff '58 and Henry 
Grossman '58 enjoy a few 
muTncnts catching up 

Allan Applcstcm 'j3. Nancy 
Kolack Winship, senior vice 
president for development and 
alumni relations, and Sheila 
Applestein at the Presidential 
Leadership Reception 

David Con ui' ,i!:d-- 
Xniuttc Lihcrman ''' 
Miller 'riS pcrfoiin 
at the das'; of .1958 
Dinner, ''Life is a 



Presidenl lehiida Reinharz 
■ipcaks with Shelly Stein 74 
(/; the 25ih Reunion Class 

fudy Shapiro '63, president 
of Barnard CoJh'gc, sjicaks 
during "What the Ihiblic 
Wants from Higher 

Boston Alumni Chapter 
Launches Lunch Series 

The Brandeis University 
Boston Alumni Association 
Chapter is launching the 
Downtown Lunch Series. 
The series grew out of the 
realization that hundreds of 
Brandeis alumni work \n 
downtown Boston and often 
find it difficult to return to 
campus to hear professors 
present new ideas and 
perspectives on various 
areas of interest. 

Lectures will take place on 
the third Wednesday of each 
month from 12:00 to 1:30 
pm at CIBC/Oppenheimer, 
One Federal Street, Boston. 
The series is being chaired 
by Barbara Sherman '54 and 
will be hosted by Richard 
Greene '76, executive 
director of private banking, 
and Elizabeth Jick '81, 
executive director of 
investment banking/public 
finance, at CIBC/ 

This series is a way to bring 
the campus to our alumni 
to rekindle the intellectual 
excitement of the Brandeis 

The Brandeis University 
Boston Alumni Association 
gratefully acknowledges 
Elizabeth fick '81, Richard 
Greene '76, and CIBC/ 
Oppenheimer for generously 
sponsoring this luncheon 

October 21 

"Understanding the Changing 
Trends in Health Care" 

Stanley Wallack, 
Human Services Research 
Professor and Director of 
the Institute for Health 

Samuel Thier, 
CEO, Partners HealthCare 
System, Inc., Brandeis 
University President 1991-94 

November 18 

"Brandeis and Liberal Arts 
Education Today" 

Robin Feuer Miller, Dean of 
Arts and Sciences and 
Professor of Russian and 
Comparative Literature 

December 16 

"Why Do People Lie? Encouraging 
Honesty in Your House and the 
White House" 

Leonard Saxe, Adjunct 
Professor of Psychology 

January 20 

"Dreadful Sincerity: The 
Performance of Personal 
Conviction in American Culture" 

Jacob Cohen, Associate 
Professor of American 

February 17 

"Libraries without Walls: 
Information in the Electronic Age" 

Bessie Hahn, Assistant 
Provost for Libraries and 
University Librarian 

March 17 
"Paul Revere's Ride" 

David Hackett Fischer, Earl 
Warren Professor of History 

April 21 

"What the Public Wants from 
Higher Education" 

lehuda Reinharz, Ph.D. '72, 
President, Brandeis 

May 19 

"The Alliance Revolution: The New 
Shape of Business Rivalry" 

Benjamin Gomes-Casseres '76, 
Associate Professor of 
International Business 

Lunch will be provided. 
RSVP to 781-736-4100 one 
week before the session(s) 
you would like to attend. 

Alumni College 

AluiTini College '98 
Discover was deemed a 
success this year by more 
than 100 alumni who 
attended from all over the 
country. Sessions included 
topics on the media, 
healthcare, political apathy, 
the stock market, and the 
politics of speech. A 
participant wrote, "This 
was my first time at 
Alumni College and it 
won't be my last — aside 
from meeting old friends, 
the intellectual stimulation 
by the speakers and the 
audience were welcoming 
and exciting." 

Alumni College '99 is 
scheduled for Friday, 
June 11, 1999. Mark your 
calendars today! 

60 Brandeis Review 

David Weiner '63. president of 
Children's Hospital, Boston, and 
Jack Shonkoff, dean of The Heller 
Graduate School and Samuel F. 
and Rose B. Gingold Professor of 
Human Development, discuss 
"Growing Inequality, Market- 
Driven Medical Care, and the 
Health of Children " 

Stephen J. Cloobeck '83. 
Democratic Party activist; Steven 
Grossman, national chair. 
Democratic National Committee 
and Brandeis Trustee: and Sidney 
Milkis, professor of politics and 
chair of the politics department, 
engage alumni in the discussion of 
"Apathy and the Common Good: 
Democracy in the Very Late 20th 

Brandeis House Alumni 
Networking Calendar 


Monday 5-Tuesday 6 

Monday 12 

Columbus Day, Shemini 

Atzeret — 

Brandeis House is closed. 

Tuesday 13 
Simchat Torah 

Wednesday 14 
Alumni of the 1990s 

Friday 16 

SOth Gala Anniversary 

Weekend — 

Brandeis University, 


Saturday 17 
SOth Gala Dinner 
Marriott Copley Hotel, 

Tuesday 20 

Alumni Annual Fund 


Thursday 22 

Alumnae Network Planning 


Simon Klaifeld, M.A. '94. 
diiectoi of Genesis at 
Brandeis. shares his 
predictions on the future 
students of Brandeis in his 
address, "Brandeis... The 
Next Generation" during 
the hmcheon 

Tuesday 27 

Lawyers Dinner at the St. 


The two honorees are 

Governor Ann Richards, 

former governor of Texas 

and Richman Visiting 

Professor and current 

Brandeis Trustee, and 

Meyer Koplow '72, partner 

at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & 



Bernie Nussbaum and 

Robert Todd Lang 


Monday 2 
Alumnae Network. 
"Women, Power, and Money." 
Arnaa Alcon, research 
coordinator, National Policy 
and Resource Center on 
Women and Aging at 
Brandeis University's Heller 
Graduate School. Entering 
the work force- Leaving the 
work force- Getting 
married- Raising children? 
Caring for elderly parents- 
In any stage of life, it is 
critical for women to be 
aware of their own financial 
needs and to plan for their 
futures. Join us for a lively 

Thursday 12 

Alumni Reception for the 
Graduates of the 1980s. 
Join David Rose '84, 
Heidi Ganzfried Widom '84, 
faime Ezratty '86, Laura 
Beth Friedman '81, Andy 
Klein '83, Rob Brown '88, 
Carol Sommer Goldstein 
and Phillip Goldstein '84, 
Ruth Gitlm '80, Lorin 
Reisner '83, Risa Levine '83, 
David Shapiro '85, 
Debra Radlauer '85, 
Fredric Aaron '86, 
Ira Bogner '87, and many 
others for music, food, and 
a chance to connect with 
Brandeis friends. 

Monday 16 
Wall Street Group 
Christie A. Hefner '74 
Chair and CEO Playboy 
Enterprises, Inc. 


Martin Gross '72 and 

Bernard Jacob '77 

Wednesday 18 

Alumni of the 1990s 


Brandeis's 50th Anniversary 


Thursday 26 
Thanksgiving Day — 
Brandeis House is closed. 

Friday 27 

Brandeis House is closed. 


Wednesday 2 
Alumni of the 1990s 

Wednesday 9 
Alumni Annual Fund 

Sunday 13 

Hanukkah (first candle) 

Tuesday 15 

Holiday Reception for All 

Brandeis Alumni. 

Join old friends and become 

acquainted with alumni 

from all five decades at this 

end of the year reception. 

Friday 25 
Christmas Day — 
Brandeis House is closed. 

Thursday 31 
New Year's Eve 

January Preview 

January 12, 1999 
Constance Lowenthal '67, 
executive director of 
Commission of Art 
Recovery, an affiliate of the 
American Jewish Congress, 
will speak on "Holocaust 
Art Recovery — An Insider's 

Unless otherwise noted all 
events will be held from 
6:30 to 8:30 pm at 
Brandeis House 
12 East 77th Street 
New York, New York 

Reservations are requested. 

For more information about 
events sponsored by 
Brandeis House, please call 

Recent Chapter Programs 


More than 30 alumni and 
current students gathered at 
the offices of Katten 
Munchin & Zavis for the 
chapter's annual 
networking event. 
Attendees learned from 
Lynn Hazan, M.A. '80, 
about how to succeed in an 
"employees' market." Lynn 
is vice president of Beverly 
von Winckler & Associates. 

New Jersey 

This 10th annual gathering 
at the A&P Tennis Classic 
was an enioyable day for a 
spectrum of Brandeisians — 
alumni, current students, 
and parents. Brandeis has 
two important connections 
to this tournament — the 
producer, John Korff '7i, 
who recently spoke to 
undergraduates at the 
Student Alumni 
Association World of 
Business, and the event 
announcer. Bud Collins, 
who was the Brandeis 
tennis coach during the 
early years. The matches 
featured Steffi Graf and Jana 
Novotna, who played hard- 
hitting tennis. 


Alumni and their guests 
gathered at the home of 
Howard Scher '67 to learn 
about and sample wines 
from the French 
countryside. Gregory 
Moore, sommelier of the 
well-known Philadelphia 
restaurant Le Bee Fin, 
shared his expertise at this 
enjoyable evening of wine- 

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Factual verification of every class 
note is not possible. If an 
inaccurate submission is 
published, the Brandeis Review 
will correct any errors in the next 
possible issue, but must disclaim 
responsibility for any damage or 


Abraham Heller, Class 
Correspondent, 1400 Runnymede 
Road, Dayton, OH 45419 

Carole Schwartz Kessner is 

retiring from her position as a 
professor of comparative 
literature and ludaic studies at 
the State University of New York, 
Stony Brook- She was recently 
recognized with an award for 
excellence in teaching. 


ludith PauU Aronson, Class 
Correspondent, 838 N. Doheny 
Drive, #906, Los Angeles, CA 

Sondra Siege! Cohen exhibited 
her paintings at the Upstairs 
Gallery in Ithaca, NY, in June 
1997. Sondra is a faculty member 
in the art department at Santa 
Rosa Junior College in California. 


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

Robin N. Brooks was honored by 
the Amherst Area Chamber of 
Commerce with its "citizen of 
the year award" for his volunteer 
contributions to the town. 


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

Eleanor Pam Juceam was 

appointed director of the John lay 
Research and Resource Center on 
Domestic Violence in September 
1996 at the City University of 
New York, where she has served 
as professor since 1965. Harriet 
Kaufman Levi received the Val 
loshua Racial lustice Award from 
the YWCA in lanuary 1998 for 
her work to eliminate racism. 
Judith Borodovko Walzer is 
provost of the New School and 
was the Phi Beta Kappa speaker 
for Brandeis's 1998 

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

Joy Zacliatia Appelbaum's honors 
dissertation, The Ladmo Dialect 
of the lews of Kastoiia, Greece, is 
being published by Brill 
Publishing and will appear in the 
lin,guistics portion, "Growing Up 
in a Polygot Sephardic 
Household," of the book, from 
Ibena to Diaspora: Studies in 
Sephardic History and Culture. 
Judith Berger will be installed as 
president of Women of Reform 
iudaism at their 41st biannual 
assembly in Dallas, TX. She and 
her husband, David Silverman 
'57, own the resort and 
conference center, "Captains 
Quarters," in Eastham, MA. 
Lawrence J. Corr retired after 
teaching French and Spanish for 
35 years at Holliston High School 
in Holliston, MA Richard Dupere 
retired eight years ago after 
practicing law for 30 years m 
Honolulu, HI. Martin Fiala is 
enjoying semi-retirement. He is 
active in local politics and the 
community. Shepard Forman 
retired from the Ford Foundation 
in September 1996. He founded 
and became the first director of 
the Center on International 
Cooperation at New York 
University, where he is also a 
research professor in politics. 
Edward Friedman's 1991 book, 
Chinese Village Socialist State. 
was selected as the best book that 
year on modern China. He has 
lust completed the sequel. 
Revolution. Resistance, and 
Reform in Village China. Edward 
IS the Hawkins Chair Professor of 
Political Science at the University 
of Wisconsin, Madison. Donna 
Medoff Geller retired from the 
University of Akron and from 
performing with orchestras. 
Donna is active with the Brandeis 
National Women's Committee. 
Arlene Levine Goldsmith received 
her Ph.D. in social welfare in 
1992 and is working at New 
Alternative for Children |NAC|, a 
child welfare agency in New 
York. Tom Hargadon publishes 
and edits the newsletter. Inside 
Report on New Media. Chuck 
Israels is director of jazz studies 
at Western Washington 
University and is founder and 
director of the National Jazz 
Ensemble Guggenheim Fellow. 
He has a recording of his 
compositions with the Metropole 
Orchestra and Claudio Roditi 
titled, "The Eindhoven Concert," 
and has numerous recordings as a 
bassist with Bill Evans, lohn 
Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and 
Stan Getz. Alan B. Lettofsky is 
serving as a rabbi to a small, 
reform congregation in Menton, 
OH. Alan also teaches Hebrew at 

Kent State University. After 20 
years as a therapist, Helen Yafa 
Meyerhoff is currently the 
employee assistance counselor at 
Lutheran General Hospital in 
Illinois. Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 
working on an anthology of her 
essays on lewish subjects, is the 
national secretary of the Authors 
Guild, and lectures on Jewish 
feminist issues. Carol Singer 
Rabinovitz is chair of the Family 
and Child Policy Center Advisory 
Board at The Heller School, a 
member of The Heller School 
Board of Overseers, and is also 
active with the Brandeis National 
Women's Committee. Carla Mae 
Festa Richards is director of 
technical programs for the U.S. 
Fencing Association. Barbata 
Shapiro Rosen is an administrator 
for Harvard's Clinical 
Effectiveness Fellowship Program 
in Boston, MA. Gabrielle 
Rossmer's installation, "/;) Search 
of... " was shown at the Arno 
Mans Gallery at Westfield State 
College this spring. Monica 
Starkman Schteingart is an 
associate professor of psychiatry 
in the University of Michigan 
Medical School. Monica has 
received a five-year grant funding 
from the National Institutes of 
Health to study human steroids, 
cognitive functions, and brain 
imaging. She has also received 
funding from the National 
Alliance lor Research in 
Schizophrenia and Affective 
Disorders |NARSADI. Ruth Ann 
Sigel moved to Florida but has 
remained a full-time 
telecommuter back to Boston, 
MA Elaine Olanoff Small retired 
and moved to New Jersey. Edward 
Walk participates in a world-wide 
dental lecture series. 


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

Gerald Guttell sold his dental 
practice and is currently taking 
courses. His e-mail address is 

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

Ron earner was elected to the 
post of treasurer on the board of 
Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, 
the organization that sponsors the 
U.S. Team to the World Maccabi 
Games in Israel every four years. 
Ron is also an attorney in 
Commack, Long Island. 

Ron earner 


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

Gary Grossman sang in the 
chorus for a performance of 
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at 
Carnegie Hall. 


Miriam Osier Hyman, Class 
Correspondent, 140 East 72nd 
Street, #I6B, New York, NY 

Rita Brickman Effros was awarded 
the 1998 University of California, 
Los Angeles Woman of Science 
prize m recognition of her 
research and teaching. She 
received her Ph.D. in 
immunology from the University 
of Pennsylvania and is a professor 
at UCLA School of Medicine. 

64 35th Reunion 

Shelly A. Wolf, Class 
Correspondent, 113 Naudain 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Paulette Cooper is the author of 
II books, including The Scandal 
of Scientology, 277 Secrets Your 
Dog Wants You to Know, 277 
Secrets Your Cat Wants You to 
Know, and The Medical 
Detectives. Ellen Hackman is 
working in industry as an 
embedded systems computer 
programmer. Her husband, Ira 
Hammerman, is working in 
industry doing applied 
mathematics. Alan E. Katz 
practices real estate and corporate 
law as a partner at Greenfield, 
Stein & Senior in New York City. 
Alan sits on the boards of the 
Brandeis Alumni Association, 
United Guardian, Inc., and the 

62 Brandeis Review 

News Notes 

Music Conservatory of 
Westchester, Michael Lewis is an 
orthopedic surgeon in the 
Chicago, IL, area. He is the 
orthopedic consultant for the 
Chicago Bulls basketball team 
and received the teacher of the 
year award from Rush 
Presbyterian St- Luke's Medical 
Center. Evastina Bengtsson Lyon 
is director of studies in the School 
of Education, Politics, and Social 
Science at South Bank University 
in London. Aaron Miller is chief 
of neurology at Maimonides 
Medical Center and professor of 
clinical neurology at SUNY 
Health Science Center in 
Brooklyn, NY. Aaron has been 
nationally recognized as an expert 
in multiple sclerosis and serves as 
cochair of the Education Center 
of the American Academy of 
Neurology. Stephen A. Ugelow is 
practicing emergency medicine at 
Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu, HL 
Steve Wangh is dramaturge of 
Gross Indecency, an off-Broadway 
production. Steve is writing a 
book about acting training. 


Joan Furber Kalafatas, Class 
Correspondent, 95 Concord 
Street, Maynard, MA 01754 

Dennis Baron has been appointed 
head of the English department at 
the University of Illinois at 


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

Ruth Fraenkel Deech has been 
appointed a Rhodes Trustee, and 
was elected an honorary bencher 
of the Inner Temple, an honorary 
fellow of the Society of Advanced 
Legal Studies, University of 
London, and a member of the 
newly established Commission 
on Representation of the British 
Jewish Community, Gene Epstein 
is the economics editor for 
Banons. Gene writes the weekly 
column "Economic Beat " 

Janet A. Kaplan has published 
Unexpected Journeys: The Art 
and Lite of Remedios Varo, in 
English, Spanish, and Japanese 
editions. She is professor of art 
history at Moore College of Art 
and Design in Philadelphia, PA, 
and graduate faculty advisor for 
the M.F.A. in visual art program 
at Vermont College of Norwich 
University in Montpelier, VT 
Since 1996, Janet has been 
executive editor of Art Journal, a 
national magazine published by 
the College Art Association. Lois 
Galgay Reckitt is executive 
director of Family Crisis Services 
in Portland, ME. Lois was 
inducted into the Maine Women's 
Hall of Fame for her work as a 
women's advocate, human rights 
protector, skillful mediator, 
articulate educator, and dedicated 
feminist. David E. Wucher 
received an honorary doctorate 
from the Hebrew Union College 
in Cincinnati, OH, for 25 years of 
distinguished Rabbinic service to 
Judaism. David is the rabbi of 
B'nai Sholom in Huntington, WV, 
and professor of religious studies 
at Marshall University. 


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

John Peter Chabot was chosen to 
receive the IWS Newport Daily 
News Community Service Award 
for his volunteer service to people 
and organizations in Newport 
County, RI. Russel Gersten edited 
Promoting Lennung For 
Culturally and Linguistieally 
Diverse Students. Edward M. 
Levy is a writer and editor in 
Brooklyn, NY. His e-mail address 


David Greenwald, Class 
Correspondent, A65S Aquetong 
Road, Carversville, PA 1891 J 

Barbara L. Klein earned the title 
"National Champion Senior 
Speller" alter taking home first 
honors in the Senior Spelling Bee 
National Finals in Cheyenne, 
WO. Beatrice "Triss" Finkelman 
Stein's new mystery, Diggnig Up 
Death, is the second in a series of 
novels featuring magazine 
lournalist Kay Engles, whose 
adventures began with Murder at 
the Class Reunion. 

Gene Epstein 

69 30th Reunion 

Phoebe Eptstein, Class 
Correspondent, 205 West 98th 
Street, Apt. #10-S, New York, NY 

Randall C. Bailey has been named 
the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in 
Biblical Studies at the 
Interdenominational Theological 

Center in Atlanta, GA. Randy is 
associate professor of Old 
Testament and Hebrew and chair 
of the Bible department. Mary 
Kelly Baron is professor of English 
at the University of North 
Florida. She has had two hooks of 
her poetry published. 


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

Rick Horowitz has captured two 
Emmy nominations and a 
Wisconsin Broadcasters 
Association "Award for 
Excellence" for his work for 
Milwaukee Public Television's 
weekly public affairs program 
Interchange. Rick has launched 
his own Web site "Everybody 
Comes to Rick's" at http:// 

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Beth Segal Wright received the 
outstanding research achievement 
award from the University of 
Texas, Arlington, where she is an 
art and art history associate 
professor Wendy Simon ZIotlow 
was named executive director of 
the California First Amendment 
Coalition, an organization 
dedicated to maintaining open 
access to public information. 


Beth Posin Uchill, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Malia Terrace, 
Newton, MA 02167 

Richard G. Liskov joined White i**. 
Case as a counsel in lune 1998. 
Richard specializes in insurance 
regulatory, transactional, and 
litigation matters in the firm's 
new insurance industry practice 

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Due to space limitations, we 
usually are unable to print lists 
of classmates who attend each 
other's weddings or other 
functions. News of marriages 
and births are included in 
separate listings by class. 


Dan Garfinkel, Class 
Correspondent, 2420 Kings Lane, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Denise C. Dabney |M M H '81, 
human services management! was 
promoted to director to assistant 
vice chancellor for corporate and 
foundation relations at the 
University of Massachusetts, 




Janet Besso Becker, Class 
Correspondent, 444 Central Park 
West #3-H, New York, NY 

Geir H. Haarde was appointed 
minister of finance in the 
government of Iceland. 
Dickinson College established a 
$10,000 scholarship in ludaic 
studies in honor of Stanley Ned 
Rosenbaum's retirement. Stanley 
served as Dickinson's coordinator 
of Judaic studies for 28 years. 
Jakki Kouffman Sperber taught a 
five-day outdoor landscape 
painting workshop in the IVlojave 
Desert through the University of 
Nevada, Las Vegas. She mounted 
a solo painting exhibition at the 
Juneau Arts and Humanities 
Council Gallery, and was awarded 
JAHC Individual Artists Grants in 
1995 and 1997. 

Underwood. The award is given 
to a person based on their pursuit 
of justice, scholarship, sharing of 
self, human and civil rights, and 
advocacy of peace. Betty is chair 
of the Reverend Dr. Martin 
Luther King Symposium at MU. 
Kathryn Dion was named vice 
president of Peoples Heritage 
Bank's Trust & Investment 
Group's Lewiston, Maine, office. 

Beth Pearlman, Class 
Correspondent, 1773 Diane Road, 
Mendota Heights, MN 351 18 

Caryn M. Hitshleifer is an 

attorney with a small practice in 
employment law. Caryn also 
serves as counsel to Hirshleifer's 
Inc., a fourth generation, family 
owned and operated retail 
business in Manhasset, NY, 
where her responsibilities include 
marketing and public relations. 
After 20 years in Jerusalem, Raina 
Chamovitz Rosenberg is in a one- 
vear fellowship in faculty 
development for teachers of 
tamily medicine at St. Margaret- 
UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Barry Weintrauh 
Barry Weintraub appeared in an 
article on the newest concepts in 
plastic and reconstructive surgery 
in Manhattan magazine. Barry is 
a national spokesperson for the 
American Society for Plastic and 
Reconstructive Surgeons. He has 
appeared on Oprah and Sally lesse 

74 25th Reunion 

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

Betty J. Cleckley, Marshall 
University vice president for 
multicultural affairs and 
international programs, was 
presented the "Living the Dream 
Award" by Governor Cecil H. 

Sharon Greenfelt Kerstcn 

Sharon Greenfelt Kersten received 
the Women Worth Knowing 
award from the Miami Beach 
Commission on the Status of 
Women in recognition of her 
contributions to the community. 
Sharon is the founder of Kersten 
Communications, providing 
public relations, marketing, and 
event planning services to 
businesses and nonprofit 


Barbara Alpert, Class 
Correspondent, 272 1st Avenue 
Suite #4G, New York, NY 10009 

Phran Rosenbaum Ginsberg has 

been issued a U.S. patent for Land 
Shark, a keypad shield that will 
stop "shoulder surfers" from theft 
of credit card and pin numbers. 
Roger Zeitel is an independent 
computer consultant, specializing 
in Internet applications m New 
Jersey. Roger is working on his 
second-degree black belt in Tae 
Kwon Do. 


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

Dalia Kaminetzky Lavon was 

elected president of the Nassau 
Region of Hadassah in April 1998. 


Valerie Troyansky, Class 
Correspondent, 10 West 66th 
Street #8J, New York, NY 10023 

Mazelle Ablon's company, 
Mazelle's Cheesecakes, has been 
serving cheesecakes on American 
Airline's domestic and 
international flights since 1993, 
and has lUSt won the privilege of 
serving Virgin Atlantic Airline's 
passengers. Frederic Hirsch was 
named senior vice president and 
director worldwide anti-piracy of 
the Motion Picture Association. 

79 20th Reunion 

Ruth Strauss Fleischmann, Class 
Correspondent, 8 Angier Road, 
Lexington, MA 02173 

Steven Cooper is practicing 
urgent care in a small hospital in 
Western Massachusetts. Steve 
also writes screenplays in his 
spare time. Lee Tait is director of 
quality assurance for Lockheed 
Martin Aeronautical Systems 
Company in Marietta, GA. Lee 
also serves on the national board 
of directors of Leadership 
America, Inc., a national women's 
leadership organization and the 
advisory committee for Southern 
Polytechnic State University's 
Master of Science in Quality 

Lewis Brooks, Class 
Correspondent, 965 Buck Road, 
Holland, PA 18966 

Rena Clamen works as a 
community mental health 
consultant. iVlichael Kahn is chief 
technical market analyst with 
BndgeNews in New York. His 
first book. Real World Technical 
Analysis, was published in 
March. Jeffrey Krasner is a 
reporter for the Boston bureau of 
The Wall Street Journal, covering 
state government for the lournal's 
New England regional edition. 


Matthew B. Hills, Class 
Correspondent, 25 Hohart Road, 
Newton Center, MA 02159 

Stuart D. Miller practices and 
teaches orthopedic surgery in 
Baltimore, MD. He recently 
published his 10th scientific 
article and completed a third 
book chapter, "Fractures of the 
Ankle and Distal Tibia" for 
Disorders of the Foot. Second 
Edition. Anthony Sutin was 
appointed acting assistant 
attorney general for legislative 
affairs by Attorney General Janet 


Ellen Cohen, Class 
Correspondent, 1007 Euclid Street 
#3, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Harvey C. Kaish 

Harvey C. Kaish has been named 
a partner at McCarter &. English, 
L.L.P. in New lersey, where he 
specializes in antitrust litigation 
and counseling, as well as ERISA, 
copyright, and trademark law. 
Beth Kneller was awarded the 
CUNY Baccalaureate Program's 
"1998 Outstanding Achievement 
Award" for her work as the 
associate director of the program. 


Lori Berman Gans, Class 
Correspondent, 46 Oak Vale 
Road, Newton, MA 02168 

Mark S. Blumberg has been 
awarded a Distinguished 
Scientific Award for an Early 
Career Contribution to 

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Psychology "for innovative and 
rigorous research on the 
development ot hehavior and 
physiology." R. Amy Elman was 
awarded the 1997-98 Florence 1. 
Lucasse Fellowship tor Excellence 
in Scholarship at Kalamazoo 
College in Michigan. Lori Herman 
Gans was awarded the 1998 
women in development 
professional leadership award. 
Lori is the director of 
development at the Fiebrew 
Rehabilitation Center for the 
Aged. Kim Fudge Mazur lives 
with her husband David and two 
sons, Rvan, age 7, and 
leffrev, age 5, in Andover, MA. 
Clotilde Moynot is an actress, 
director, and writer in Paris. 
Arnold Wilson was inducted as a 
fellow of the American Academy 
of Orthopedic Surgeons during 
ceremonies at the Academy's 
65th annual meeting in New 
Orleans, LA. 

84 15th Reunion 

Marcia Book Adirim, Class 
Correspondent, ISO Bellevue 
Avenue, Upper Montclair, Nl 

Shari Gooen Diamond is vice 
president of marketing services 
with Citicorp Investment 
Services in New York. Andrew D. 
Sherman was promoted to senior 
vice president of the Segal 
Company in Boston, MA. 


James R. Felton, Class 
Correspondent, S733 Aldea 
Avenue, Encino, CA 91316 

Paul M. Bauer is on the computer 
staff of the legal department of 
Liberty Mutual Insurance in 
Boston, MA. Paul is the founder 
of the Council for Native 
American Solidarity. Melissa 
Spiel Cornelius serves as legal 
counsel for the Arizona Registrar 
of Contractors, a state agency that 
hcenses and regulates residential 
and commercial contractors. 
Sharon Sue Kleinman received her 
Ph.D. m communication with 
minors in science and technology 
studies, and anthropology from 
Cornell University. In her spare 
time, she produces mountain 
bikes. Fler e-mail address is Amy E. Mager is 
working with midwives in her 
acupuncture and Chinese 
medicine practice, supporting 
women through conception to 
postpartum care and women in 
transition Fler husband, Daniel 
Garfield '84, practices 
chiropractic medicine in 
Northampton and Amherst, MA. 

Beth lacobow'itz Zive, Class 
Correspondent, 16 Furlong Drive, 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. 

Betsy Gail Arnold received her 
PhD in clinical psychology from 
Columbia University in February 
1 998 

/ Mdtlhcw Gallman 

]. Matthew Gallman has been 
named the Henry R. Luce 
Professor of the Civil War Era at 
Gettysburg College. He will lead 
an undergraduate program in 
Civil War studies and will 
develop and direct "The 
Gettysburg Experience," a 
program through which college 
students from across the country 
will come to Gettysburg for a 
semester of intensive 
interdisciplinary study of the civil 
war era David Gershon and his 
wife are children's recording 
artists. They were recently 
awarded the iuno award for the 
best children's album. Robert 
Gertsman is a staff psychiatrist at 
Geisinger Medical Center in 
Danville, PA. He is an examiner 
for the oral exam at the American 
Osteopathic Board of Neurology 
and Psychiatry fonathan J. Ginns 
IS managing partner of a private 
equity investment fund in 
Washington DC, primarily 
focused on Latin America. 


Gniy lacobik 
Gray lacobik's book, The Double 
Td^k, won the 1997 Juniper Prize, 
awarded for an original 
manuscript of poems. Gray is an 
associate professor of English at 
Eastern State University in 
Willimantic, CT. 


1972 Denice C. Dabney 

1977 Philip Schlossberg 

1 978 Robin Roth Faigin 
Linda Parker Horowitz 

1979 Eric D.Cohen 

1980 Rena Clamen 

lanet Domenitz 
Joanne Fisher Kubiak 
Rosanne Levinson and 
Howard Cetel '79 
Robin Weiss Goldner 
Karen Krane 
Linda Sweet Marks 
Stuart D. Miller 
Anthony Sutin 

Jonathan Zabin 
Irith Linda Gubbay Alcalay 
Arlene Zuckerberg 
Stephen Cloobeck 
Karen Silpe Morgenstern 
Clotilde Moynot 
Richard Schwartz 
Deborah Bornstein Sosebee 
Leah F. Binder and 
Sam L. Elowich '92 
Shari Gooen Diamond 
Lori Kaufman Goodiaii 

Anita Katz and 
Howard Heller '86 
Robert Minkoff 
Ellen Baker and 
L. Michael Weiss '84 
Adam Brauer 

Melissa Spiel Cornelius 
Nancy Rubin Elias 
Judi Kirchenbaum Levin 
Amy E. Mager and 
Daniel Garfield '84 
Beth Roland and 
Ben Coopersmith '86 
Renee Wetstein 
Stacey Karlin Belsky 

Scott W. Bermack 
Susan Cohen Grumpier 
Jonathan J. Ginns 
Frances Silverman Gozland 

Debra Lee Prince Katz 

Danielle Klainberg and 
Mark Rosenberg '85 
Adele Taffet Morton 
Merle Potchinsky 
Alyse Richman Batbash 
Lisa Curran Crimp 
Sharon Salomy Douglas 
Karen M. Edwards and 
James B. Merod, II '86 
Judith A. Feinson 
Dahlia Wachs Harmon 
Sidney Hellman 
Kimberly Moss Jacobs 
Julie Trachten Klusza 
Andrea Birnbaum Lewis 
Darlene Brenner Matthews 
Allison Needle McGlinchey 
Laurie Millender and 
Bruce Levine 
Judith Charry Nelkin 
Jeffrey Pfeffer 



Kendall loshua Will 

Esther Faith 

Jessica Anya 

Bradley Juhus 

Jacob Benjamin 

Samantha Emily 




Alyssa Rae 

Stephanie Rene 


Sophie Jenna 
Harrison James 
Joshua Henry 
Henry Alexander 

Ell Philip 
Jonathan Mois 
Aron Beniamin 

Julia Skye 
George Oscar Isaac 
Aaron Franklin 
Daniel Noah 
Henry Lysander 

Zoe Elena 
Carrie Leigh 
Eric Michael 
Melissa JiU 
Lauren Elizabeth 
Hillary Morgan 
Paige Jacqueline 

Joshua Jacob 
Sarah Felice 
Connor Hughes 
Adam Isaac 
Madeline Emma 
Akiva Yisrael 
Eitan Lev 
Justin Aaron 

Zachary Michael 
Samantha Rose 
Marisa Jade 
Zachary Shane 
Jake Leslie 

Rachel Yocheved 
Netnel Gershon 
Rachel Lynn 
Jason Aaron 
Sofia Lou 

Samantha Eve 
Arielle Tesia 
Max Jordan 
Zoe Frances 


Jeremy Mitchell 
Jazlyn Allegra 
Dana Allison 
Caroline Joan 
Jordan Benjamin 
Jennifer Ellen 
Jackson Ryan 
Jeremy Lewis 

Jessica Gail 
David McCulloch 

August 19, 1997 
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adopted January 20, 
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December 30, 1997 
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November 14, 1994 
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65 Brandeis Review 


Richard Klein founded the Wild 
Goose Brewery, which was 
recently named one ot the top 10 
breweries in the world tor 1997. 
Richard is also the special advisor 
on Arms Control and 
International Security Affairs at 
the State Department, handling 
the Middle East and issues 
involving the proliferation of 
chemical, biological, and nuclear 
weapons Eric S. Rosenberg is a 
partner with the law firm of 
Rosenberg & Pittinsky, L.L.R in 
New York. 


Vanessa B. Newman, Class 
Correspondent, 1S3 East 57th 
Street #2G, New York, NY 10022 

Debbie Moeckler Berman was 

elected an equity partner in the 
law hrm of (enner .S. Block in 
Chicago, IL. Karen M. Edwards is 
assistant protessor ot health 
services administration at Ithaca 
College. Sidney Helman is 
president of Instrumental 
Software Technologies, Inc., a 
high tech firm specializing in 
software development fur 
seismology and the 
environmental sciences. Adam 
Miller is a deputy attorney 
general for the State of California 
in the licensing section of the 
civil division m San Francisco, 
CA. Adam has also been training 
with the Leukemia Society of 
America's "Team in Training" to 
run a marathon, Steven Najarian 
and Vincent Eng '92 are the 
editors of Mtiryhind Criminal 
Law, a new publication by Bernan 
Press. Steven has also edited 
Maryland Tort Law, also 
published by Bernan Press and is 
assisting in the publication of 
Vincent's new law school 
textbook on Sentencing. 
Sanctions, and Corrections-Law, 
Policy, and Practice, which will 
be published bv Foundation Press. 
Aimee P. Rudman was named a 
certified elder law attorney by the 
National Elder Law Foundation. 
Aimee is an associate with the 
law offices ot Cynthia Sharp 
lenkins in Haddon Heights, NJ. 
Heidi Siegel is an assistant 
professor of neurology at Mt. 
Sinai with an adjunct 
appointment at New York 
University, specializing in 
epilepsy, sleep, and 

Susan Tevelow Feinstein, Class 
Correspondent, 21 Northfield 
Road, Peabody, MA 01960 

Michael Abrams was named 
partner in the law firm of Lathrop 
^ Gage in Kansas City, MO. Ed 
Benjamin is the sports anchor/ 
reporter for News 12 in the New 
York City area. Ed covers the 
Yankees, Fordham, Manhattan 
College, and other local teams, 
Ed was the sports director for 
Time Warner Cable 6 in 
Middletown, NY. Adam Brauer, 
pursued a career in television 
working for shows like Carnie, 
Richard Bey, Sally Jesse Raphael, 
and fudge Judy. Currently, he is 
producer at Penn ik Teller Sin 
City Spictaculai, which is on FX. 
Sheryl Bregman is a deputy city 
attorney in San Francisco, CA, 
specializing in public architecture 
and construction law. Mari 
Cartagenova left her job as a staff 
therapist at |ewish Family Service 
to stay at home with her son. Sara 
Brownstein Goldman is a C.S.W., 
practicing psychotherapy 
specializing in women's issues. 
Scott G. Luchs IS completing his 
radiology residency and returning 
to Boston, MA, to do a fellowship 
in international radiology at