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Spring 2007 

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Michael Rush leads 

Brandeis's art museum 
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Keeping Workers Fit Kentucky Brethren Spice Is Nice 

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Spring 2007 Volume 27, Number 1 


3 Mail Call 
11 Ruminations 

Keeping workers fit. 

13 Take 5 

Sheryl Sousa, director of athletics. 

14 Innermost Parts 
45 Fieldwork 

Spice is nice. 

47 Arts 

Peter Pan grows up. 

49 Sports 

Right on track. 

50 Books 

84 Class Notes 

Alumni profiles, births/adoptions, 
marriages/unions, in memoriam. 

111 Games 

112 Photo Finish 

Not such a blast after all. 







A Dream of the Rose 

A past priest, psychotherapist, and show-biz whiz kid 
guides Brandeis's museum through its next transformation. 
By Theresa Pease 

A Flash of Light 

A New Hampshire teacher gains new understanding by 
walking in a relative's Holocaust footsteps. 
By Marjorie Margolis '77 

So You Want to Land a Book Deal? 

A literary agent tells you how to avoid the ten most common 
mistakes aspiring authors make on the road to publication. 
By Noah Lukeman '95 

Kentucky Brethren 

Abraham Lincoln and Louis D. Brandeis share more than just 

a state of origin. 

By Michael N. Kalafatas '65 

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Development Matters 
Alumni News 

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Contributing Writers 

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Looking Good 

When reading the Fall 2006 issue, I was struck by one particular 
strength of the magazine: its snazzy format and design. 

The sad truth is that these days, if a publication doesn't look 
pretty — with headlines and graphics that are going to grab my 
attention — I will probably be less inclined to read it. Not so in 
this instance. 

Brandeis University Magazine is as glossy as any publication I'd find 
at a newsstand. It's a very enjoyable read. 

Hinda Mandell '02 

Left Out 

The Brandeis community has been 
striving for diversity since the school's 
founding. Diversity means a wide range of 
opinions. Excuse me, but I have never seen 
anything but the left point of view coming 
from Brandeis. 

Our country is divided evenly between 
conservatives and liberals. Not Brandeis. 
Shouldn't you present the other point ot 
view? Aren't you afraid to stifle in your own 

I grew up in the former Soviet Union, 
one of the dinosaurs of a single (left) point 
of view. I am saddened when my alma 
mater reminds me of the USSR. How 
about presenting the conservative view on 
Israel, the radical left, and radical Islam? 

— Alex Koifinan '81 
Auburndale, Massachusetts 

Altered States 

1 was dismayed to see that four of the five 
students featured in "5 for '10" [Fall 2006] 

are from either New Jersey or New York. 
While 1 have nothing against these first- 
years — or the New York— New Jersey 
region — I find this sampling of students 
misrepresents Brandeis to alumni, faculty, 
and friends who receive the magazine. 

As we all know, high-achieving students 
enter Brandeis every year from all over the 
United States and the world. Wouldn't it be 
nice to highlight this geographical diversity 
along with the ethnic, academic, and social 


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iversity you showr 
Additionally, as a member of the AAC, I 
love to show the magazine to the prospec- 
tive students that I interview. How would a 
prospective first-year, worried about fitting 
in at a school far away, feel looking at these 
five students? Would a student from 
Atlanta or Alaska, Texas or Thailand feel 
welcome in a class ot first-years that, from 
this article, looks to be almost exclusively 
from one region of the country? 

— Nicole Frisch '04 
Portland, Oregon 

Retain Was No Statesman 

One of the sidebars to the article on Justice 
Brandeis [Fall 2006] lists Henri Philippe 
Petain as a "French soldier and stateman. " 

This is not entirely true. "While Petain was 
a senior general in World War I, his being a 
"statesman" must refer to his leadership of 
the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy Regime that 
ruled most of France on behalf of Nazi Ger- 
many from 1940 to 1944. Obviously, this 
was an oversight — an incredible one, indeed. 

May I suggest a course at Brandeis to 
accompany courses on the Holocaust that 
would focus on other aspects of Nazi rule, 
e.g., the effect of Nazi rule in France, 
Norway, Czechoslovakia, Poland, etc., on 
non-Jews, so that this knowledge would be 
familiar to anyone who studies at Brandeis? 
— Robert Silverman '70 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Keep It Coming 

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Ancient Tongue Lashing 
I write to make a minor correction to 
"Northern Exposure" [Fall 2006]. Theresa 
Pease writes, "In that first address as prime 
minister, Haarde insisted that all newcomers 
be trained immediately to speak Icelandic, 
the ancient tongue of the Vikings." However, 
this is misleading because the Vikings spoke 
Old Norse, the precursor of all modern 
Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, 
Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese). 

While it is true that Icelandic has probably 
diverged less from Old Norse than the other 
Scandinavian languages have, and Icelanders 
can read Old Norse texts with little difficulty, 
reliable sources indicate that pronunciation 
has certainly changed. Icelandic is no older 
than Danish or Norwegian, or English, for 
that matter (speakers of Old Norse and Old 
English could understand each other), and 
speakers of any of the Scandinavian lan- 
guages could rightly claim that they also 
speak "the ancient tongue of the Vikings." 
— Bob Knippen, MA'05 
Somennlle, Massachusetts 

Hit and Miss 

Brandeis University Magazine has such a rich 
tapestry of content. In the Fall 2006 issue, 
for instance, the "Ruminations" essay by 






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Irving R. Epstein was thought-provoking 
and well written, and the piece on Louis 
Brandeis was thorough. 

However, the university does not put its 
best foot forward with a magazine peppered 
with grammatical errors, awkward con- 
structions, and weak leads. Such errors and 
vagaries do not reflect well on an institution 
dedicated to excellence. 

— Ellen Freeman Roth '80 
Weston, Massachusetts 

The Fall 2006 issue is wonderful, but I would 
like to point out two errors. Oliver Wendell 
Holmes was never chief justice of the U.S. 
Supreme Court ["Judging Brandeis"] and I 
beleive Herman "Sebrini" is actually Herman 
"Sebiri" ["In Memoriam"]. 

— Matthew Slaves '55 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

What Is Real? 

In his letter "Silence Signifies Approval" [Fall 
2006], David Goldman accuses Israel of "eth- 
nic cleansing" and our university of keeping 
silent in order to protect its donor base. Such 
an accusation is not intellectually honest, does 
not reflect the complex reality of the Middle 
East, and, worst of all, does an inexcusable 
injustice to the hundreds of thousands of 
people butchered during the horrifying self- 
destruction of Yugoslavia (during which time 
the term was first widely used) . 

In the same issue, Philippa Strum's other- 
wise excellent article on Justice Brandeis 
keeps silent regarding his extraordinary role 
as one of the foremost leaders of the Amer- 
ican Zionist movement. She neglected to 
list Brandeis's important contribution of a 
firm defense for American democracy and 
its rich ethnic tapestry against the specious 
claim of dual loyalty. His famous remarks 
speak for themselves: "My approach to 
Zionism was through Americanism ... It 
became clear to me that to be good Ameri- 
cans we must be better Jews, and to be bet- 
ter Jews we must become Zionists." 

We live in a mixed-up world: Arabs claim 
the press is pro-Israel, Jews claim the press is 
pro-Arab. Goldman describes a university 
cover-up to protect Zionism; Strum seems 
to have forgotten that Zionism exists. Who 
can tell what is real? 

— Michael Oppenheim '89 

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Keeping Workers Fit 

Why not a human-capital tax credit? 

As the new Congress convenes, income inequality in America 
is of great concern. Over the last decade or so, the rich have 
gotten the lion's share of the fruits of our robust economy, 
while the less well-off have been treading water or even sinking. 
Globalization and technological change play fundamental roles in 
this rising inequality. The challenge before the 1 10th Congress is to 
chart a course in which the U.S. economy maximizes gains while 
moderating losses from technology-enhanced globalization. 

Globalization — through cheaper products, bigger markets, 
enhanced competition, and faster productivity growth — increases the 
ability of the U.S. economy to grow without generating inflation. In 
short, globalization pushes out the economic frontier and thereby 
increases the potential size of the economic pie. In recent years, infor- 
mation technology has supercharged the forces of globalization. 

Two challenges face any economy in pushing out and then 
reaching its frontier. First, the business community must be able to 
innovate and take advantage of new opportunities at home and 
abroad. Second, workers, both incumbent in the labor force and 
coming through the pipeline in school, must have the skills and 
training to work in the rapidly changing environment — they must 
be "fit." These days, since networks of information and technology 
allow many more products and jobs to be done anywhere in the 
world, workers need to be in tiptop shape, flexible, and adaptable. 
If markets worked perfectly, there would be little reason for 
governments to intervene. Businesses would innovate new products 
and technologies, invest in new markets, and leave old ones, and 
workers would move smoothly to new jobs and quit those that no 
longer exist or pay poorly. 

By Catherine L. Mann 

Markets do not always work perfectly. For example, firms often 
don't spend enough money on innovation because they are con- 
cerned that competitors might "free-ride" on the fruits of their 
efforts. To provide extra incentives for innovation, we have the 
research-and-development tax credit as well as intellectual property 
law. In addition, to keep factories and offices using the most up-to- 
date equipment, we have the investment tax credit. What about 
policies for workers? 

Firms face disincentives to keep workers fit for todays global 
economy. Businesses may not devote sufficient resources to 
keeping their incumbent workers fit because they fear competi- 
tors will poach their newly trained employees. So, as with R&D, 
there is a potential "free-rider" problem. Moreover, technology 
allows firms to access a global talent pool. When businesses go 
abroad for talent, they don't factor in the lost spillover benefits to 
the overall economy that would result from training and retaining 
fit workers at home. Finally, skills learned just a few years ago 
quickly depreciate in the face of rapid and global technological 
change. Workers may not know what skills they need even as 
firms search the globe for talent. 

The ability of workers to change what they do is key, yet our 
policies do not systematically address how the market imperfections 
jeopardize the development of workers. The new Congress has a 
singular opportunity to address the disincentives facing firms to 
engage, retain, and retrain workers and to take account of the 
spillover benefits to the economy of having fit workers at home. 

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would it work? The credit would be given to 
firms (which have a global perspective on 
iobs and markets) and channeled through 
educational institutions (which have the 
wherewithal, facilities, and talent to train) 
on behalf of workers (incumbent as well as 
those coming into the pipeline through 
school and via internships). 

Introducing a human-capital tax credit will 
redress market imperfections while putting 

"Firms face disincentives 
to keep workers fit for 
today's global economy." 

attention to worker development on the same 
plane as current strategies for R&D and tan- 
gible capital. Business is not in business to 
train workers, but allowing innovations to go 
imimplemented because our workforce is not 
fit forfeits economic potential and restricts 
the United States to a smaller economic pie. 
In today's technology-enhanced global 
economy, the imperative for policymakers 
to support worker fitness is as strong, 
it not stronger, than it is for R&D and 
tangible capital. 

Catherine L. Mann is a professor ofecoytoniics 
at the International Business School. 


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Sheryl Sousa '90 

Director of Athletics 

Sheryl Sousa, a four-year letter 
winner in Softball and volleyball 
during her undergraduate days at 
Brandeis, was appointed director of 
athletics in May 2004 after serving for six 
years as associate athletic directot and 
volleyball coach. In this position, she 
oversees the day-to-day operations of the 
university's rwenty-one varsity sports and 
supervises the department's thirty-five 
full-time and part-time staff 

1. When you were hired as athletic 
director in 2004, you described the 
appointment as an opportunity you had 
been preparing for since your freshman 
year at Brandeis. What did you mean 
by that? My time as a student-athlete at 
Brandeis was such a positive experience, 

I knew I wanted to make a career in 
collegiate athletics. After graduation, I set 
out on that career path, starting with an 
internship at the ECAC [Eastern College 
Athletic Conference], then an appoint- 
ment at Ithaca College, and later a 
position at Binghamton University. I came 
back to Btandeis in 1988 as associate 
athletic director and volleyball coach with 
the hope that, when the opportunity 
arose, I could become athletic director of 
my alma mater. All of the pieces of the 
puzzle came together in 2004, and it was a 
dream come true. 

2. The school where you cut your 
teeth as an administrator, Binghamton 
University, made the jump from 
Division III to Division II, and 
eventually to Division I. Do you 
envision a similar scenario at 
Brandeis? I would never recommend that 
we do that. I think we're right at home in 
Division III, which is all about finding 
the right balance between academics 

and athletics. 

3. What are the qualities of a successful 
coach? For me, it's all about running a 
quality program. All our coaches are 
expected to perform in a variety of areas. 
Coaching-specific challenges include staying 
current in their sports and training their 
student-athletes to be competidve. Coaches 
are also responsible for student develop- 
ment, meaning they must help tester leader- 
ship opportunities and encourage athletes 
to interact with the community at large. 
Coaches also have a role in the student- 
athlete recruitment process. When difficult 
conversations arise, it's because coaches 
haven't been attending to all those areas. 

4. I didn't hear you mention winning. 

I don't talk a lot about winning. If you 
attend to all the details and run a quality 
program, the winning takes care of itself 

5. You're given two tickets to any 
sporting event of your choosing. Where 
would you go? I would love to take my 
grandmother to Wimbledon. She's 
seventy-eight years old, she's been a tennis 
fan all her life, and she's been tremen- 
dously influential in my life. To be at 
center court for a Wimbledon final with 
her would be the ultimate. 

— Ken Gormteiu 

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Songwriter pays homage to music department 

Tribute Album 

Phil Robinson '98, a New York-based singer 
and songwriter, recently released his first 
CD, which consists of classical-style music 
composed during his years as a music major 
at Brandeis. 

Classical Compositions, Op. I features 
fourteen tracks for string quartet and piano, 
including a minuet performed by the 
Lydian String Quartet, artists-in-residence 
at Brandeis. Paul Hedemark, a Long Island 
pianist, performed piano variations and a 
full-length sonata movement. 

Robinson, thirty years old, dedicated the 
CD to the Brandeis music department. 

"It is my way of saying thank you to the 
department for its stellar contribution to 
my lite," he says. 

The live recording of the minuet was 
made on Robinsons final day of composi- 
tion class in 1997, when the quartet agreed 
to perform the students' compositions in 
Slosberg Recital Hall. David Rakowski, the 
Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Com- 
position, recorded their performance with 
a handheld digital recorder, and Robinson's 
sound engineer was able to polish the work 
for release eight years later. 

Classical Compositions, Op. 7 is a change 
of pace from Robinson's usual folk and rock 
music, but the artist's personality still comes 
through without the aid of lyrics. Listeners 
might be surprised to find a twelve-bar blues 
progression in the middle of the minuet. 

Robinson produced and released the 
CD for his independent record label, 
Roomful of Sky Records, through which 
he works with four other artists, including 
Eric McEuen '99. Robinson is in the 
process of recording a number of the rock 
songs he has written over the last ten years 
and hopes to release his second CD by 
end of the year. 

His inspiration as a musician, he says, is 
Bruce Springsteen, whose album Darkness 
on the Edge of Town was the one thing 
Robinson connected with as a teenager. 

"Culture, in any ot its forms, has a great 
capacity to be useful to people, providing a 
sense of connection or a set of useflil ideas," 
he says. "I want to help promote, in what- 
ever small way that I can, this process of 
living culture that has the potential to be 
so valuable to any particular person in any 
given moment." 

For more information about Robinson's 
music and upcoming gigs in New York and 
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IBS Moves Up 

Ranked among world's 
best MBA programs 

Brandeis's International Business School 
(IBS) has cracked the ranks of the world's 
best full-time MBA programs. 

The school was ranked eighty-seventh in 
the 2006 Economist Intelligence Unit 
"Which MBA Online" survey of the world's 
leading MBA programs. Five other New Eng- 
land schools — Dartmouth, Harvard, Hult, 
MIT, and Yale — made the top one hundred. 

Acting IBS dean Trenery Dolbear called 
the achievement particu- 
larly gratifying in light of 
IBS's status as one of the 
youngest business schools 
in the United States. 

"In just over a decade, 
we have made significant 
progress in building an 
outstanding business education that is 
gaining worldwide recognition," he said. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit survey 
is based on feedback from approximately 
twenty thousand MBA students and grad- 
uates as well as data provided by the 
schools themselves. The programs were 
measured on their ability to deliver four 
key elements: opening new career oppor- 
tunities and/or further career experience; 
personal development and educational 
experience; increasing one's salary; and the 
potential for networking. 

IBS achieved its highest marks in post- 
graduation salary (second out of one hun- 
dred), student diversity (sixteenth), and 
education experience (seventeenth). 

The survey cited IBS for its "excellent 
links with business," "good executive 
speaker series," and "determinedly interna- 
tional approach." 


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Carter Addresses His Critics 

Former president defends controversial book on Mideast 

At the invitation of a faculty and student 
committee, former U.S. president Jimmy 
Carter spoke in January before a capacity 
crowd at tfie Gosman Sports and Convoca- 
tion Center. 

There the 39th president discussed his ex- 
tensive experience dealing with the Middle 
East conflict and defended the hotly con- 
tested content of his book Palestine Peace 
Not Apartheid. The book is critical of Israel's 
treatment of Palestinians, prompting some 
members of the Jewish community to 
denounce its author for what they call an 
anti-Israel bias. 

Arriving with a Secret Service escort. Carter 
bypassed about fifty demonstrators who gath- 
ered on South Street holding signs that both 
defended and vilified him. Inside, he addressed 
an audience of some 1,700 faculty, staff and 
students and spent forty-five minutes replying 
to often provocative student questions. The 
fifteen queries addressed were preselected by 
the host committee from 178 submitted. 

Moderating the program was Mari Fitzduff, 
professor of coexistence and head of the Mas- 
ter's Program in Intercommunal Coexistence. 

Long regarded as a statesman for world 
diplomacy, Carter, who was awarded the 
Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, said he is con- 
cerned over personal attacks that have been 
made against him since the book's release. 
"This is the first time that I've ever been called 
a liar and a bigot and anti-Semite," Carter 
said. "This has hurt me." 

Carter defended the use of the word 
"apartheid ' in the book's title, saying he chose 
it because he knew it would be provocative. 

"I realize this has caused great concern in 
the Jewish community. The title makes it 
clear that the book is about conditions and 
events in the Palestinian territory and not 
in Israel. And the text makes clear . . . that 
the forced separation and the domination 
of Arabs by Israelis is not based on race," 
Carter said, explaining that he used the word 
to describe not racism, but the desire to 

acquire, occupy, confiscate, and colonize 
Palestinian land. 

Describing a dire situation for Palestini- 
ans in the West Bank, the former president 
suggested that a group of Brandeis students 
and professors visit the occupied territories 
for a few days and meet with leaders and cit- 
izens "to determine whether I have exagger- 
ated or incorrectly described the plight of 
the Palestinians." 

Telling the audience, "Israel will never find 
peace until it is willing to withdraw from its 
neighbors' land and to permit the Palestinians 
to exercise their basic human and political 
rights," Carter called for a negotiations process 
supported by the United States with the par- 
ticipation of Russia, the United Nations and 
the European Union. And he said he hopes his 
book will provide an avenue to "a secure Israel 
living in peace with its neighbors while exem- 
plifying the principles of ancient sacred texts 
and the philosophy of Justice Louis D. 
Brandeis: justice and righteousness." 

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Number of American Jews significantly larger than once thought 

Population Explosion 

The American Jewish population is at least 
20 percent larger than previously estimated, 
according to a Brandeis study released in 

Researchers at the Steinhardt Social 
Research Institute found that between 

6 million and 6.4 million Americans identify 
as Jewish or are children of Jewish parents, 
significantly larger than the 5.2 million 
reported in the most recent National Jewish 
Population Study (NJPS), once considered 
the authoritative source tor data about the 
Jewish population. 

The Brandeis study further estimates that 
an additional one million individuals have 
Jewish parentage, bringing the total poten- 
tial American Jewish population to between 

7 million and 7.4 million. 

"Our analyses tell us that the Jewish 
community is larger and more diverse than 
most had thought," said Leonard Saxe, 
professor of Jewish community research 
and director of the Steinhardt Institute. 
"In particular, it is clear that there are 
many more Jews under fifty-five years of 
age, including a significantly larger pro- 

portion of children and young adults, than 
NJPS indicated." 

Steinhardt researchers arrived at their fig- 
ures by reanal)'zing NJPS data from 1990 
and 2000 and synthesizing data collected 
from nearly three dozen government and 
foundation-funded studies on a wide range 
of topics that included questions on reli- 
gious, ethnic, and cultural identity. The 
researchers concluded that NJPS underesti- 
mated the Jewish population in part 
because its telephone-survey methods failed 
to reach a substantial number of young 
adults and professionals. 

"I'm pleased to know that the American 
Jewish community is larger than we 
thought," said Michael Steinhardt, "but we 
also have to acknowledge the downside 
implicit in the findings, which is that 
active involvement in Jewish life is lower 
than we thought. 

"The good news, however, is that we can 
use this new information to reinvigorate 
our efforts toward causing a renaissance in 
Jewish life. Speaking for myself, I've heard 
the clarion call, and I'm excited to get to it." 

Renovated Castle bell breaks its fifty-year silence 

Taking Its Toll 

After a half-century of neglect, the Usen 
Castle courtyard bell is silent no longer. Tra- 
ditionally rung by cheerleaders following 

Class of '80 members (from left) Jay Mandel. 
Ellen Freeman Roth, Anne Exter, and Clare Tully. 

victorious football games in Brandeis's earli- 
est days, the bell tolled again in the fall 
during a dedication ceremony at the Castle 
overlook, the new home for an artifact with 
links to American hero Paul Revere. 

"Today marks a special moment in our 
university's fifty-eight-year history — the 
dedication of the Usen Castle bell, an 
important link to our treasured past," Jay 
Mandel "80, the driving force behind 
the bell's restoration, said during the cere- 
mony. "It is indeed fitting that this year, as 
we celebrate the 150th anniversary of 
Justice Brandeis's birth, we again ring the 
bell that meant so much to Brandeis Uni- 
versity's first students." 

The effort to restore the bell to its former 
glory began two and a halt years ago when 
Mandel was visiting campus for the dedica- 
tion of his late great-aunt and -uncle's music 
book collection. He stopped by the Casde, 
where he had lived as a senior, and was sur- 
prised to see the bell in the same spot where 
it had been twenty-five years earlier. 

Mandel suggested to fellow members of his 
25th Reunion Committee that the Class of 
'80, as part of its class gift, raise funds to 
restore the bell and present it to Brandeis. 
The committee, which was chaired by Janis 
Boyarsky SchifF'80 and also included present 
Alumni Association vice president Clare Tully 
'80, voted to proceed with the restoration. 


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Hope for promising fat substitute melts in labs 

Losing Intel esterification? 

In December, New York City outlawed the 
use of partially hydrogenated oils, known 
as trans fats, in restaurants. A ban is like- 
wise under consideration in other cities, 
including Boston and Chicago. Trans-fatty 
acids, which became ubiquitous in baked 
goods, processed foods, and restaurant 
cooking decades ago because of their shelt 
life, are now being dropped from products 
like cookies, pies, doughnuts, and French 
fries because they raise LDL ("bad") choles- 
terol, lower HDL ("good") cholesterol, and 
contribute to heart disease. 

But novel research conducted in 
Malaysia and at Brandeis shows that a 
replacement way of modifying fat to 
extend food product freshness raises blood 
glucose and depresses insulin in humans, 
common precursors to diabetes. Further- 
more, like trans tat, this method, known as 
interesterification, still adversely depresses 
beneficial HDL-cholesterol. 

The new study, published online in 
Nutrition iind Metiibolisni, demonstrated in 
human trials that interesterified fat — a 
modified fat using hydrogenation followed 
by rearrangements of fat molecules 
enriched with saturated stearic acid — 
impaired metabolism of lipoproteins and 
glucose, compared to the unmodified, nat- 
ural saturated fat palm olein. 

"An interesting implication of these find- 
ings is that our time-honored focus on fat 
saturation may tell only part of the story," 

said Brandeis biologist K. C. Hayes, who 
collaborated on the study with nutritionist 
Kalyana Sundram of the Malaysian Palm 
Oil Board in Kuala Lampur. Both experts 
on human lipid metabolism, the two were 
instrumental in the development of Smart 
Balance® spread, a blend of vegetable oils 
that improves the cholesterol ratio. 

The researchers compared trans-rich 
and interesterified fats with the unmodi- 
fied saturated fat palm olein to evaluate 
their relative impact on blood lipids and 
plasma glucose. Thirty volunteers each 
consumed three different four-week diets 
in random rotation. The investigation 
confirmed previous studies indicating 
that trans fat negatively affect LDL and 
HDL cholesterol. 

Surprisingly, though, the researchers also 
found that the interesterified fat had a sim- 
ilar, though weaker, impact on cholesterol. 
What's more, they learned that while trans 
fat also has a weak negative influence on 
blood glucose, the new interesterified fat 
performed even worse in that regard, ele- 
vating glucose 20 percent in a month. 

Noted Sundram, "This is the first 
human study to examine the metabolic 
effects of the two most common replace- 
ment fats for a natural saturated fat widely 
incorporated in foods. It is somewhat 
alarming that both modified fats failed to the sniff test for metabolic perform- 
ance compared to palm olein." 

Nutritionist and biologist K. C. Hayes collaborated with a Malaysian researcher on a study of 
modified fats. 


Deborah F. Kuenstner, 

former managing director 
of research for the Boston- 
based financial services 
firm Fidelity Management 
and Research Co., has 
been appointed chief 
investment officer at 
Brandeis. In this position, she will direct the 
university's asset allocation and investment 
policy and supervise investment advisers, 
among other responsibilities. She holds an 
MBA from New York University. 

Eric Chasalow, professor of composition, 
won the 2006 Sylvia Goldstein Award for his 
work "Flute Concerto." The award, admin- 
istered by the Copland House, helps support 
the recording, performance or publication of 
one outstanding work each year written at 
least in part at Copland House by an Aaron 
Copland Award resident composer. 

Jason Kohn '01 captured 
the top documentary award 
at this year's Sundance Film 
Festival, the nation's top 
showcase for independent 
movies. Manda Bala (Send 
a Bullet) illuminates gov- 
ernment corruption and 
kidnapping in Brazil. The film also won the 
documentary cinematography prize, which 
was award to Heloi'sa Passes. 

Antony Polonsky, the Albert Abramson Pro- 
fessor of Holocaust Studies, was recently 
awarded the Statuette of Felek Scharf Estab- 
lished by the Judaica Foundation in Krakow, 
Poland, in 2004, the award is given in recog- 
nition of outstanding achievement in both 
preserving and making known the heritage 
of Polish Jewry. 

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, 

a 1980 graduate of the 

Heller School for Social 

Policy and Management 

and the former president 

and chief executive officer 

of the Home for Little 

Wanderers, has been 

appointed as chief of staff to Deval Patrick, 

Massachusetts's new governor. She also serves 

as a member of Heller's Board of Overseers. 

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A past priest, psychotherapist, and show-biz 

whiz kid utilizes his array of experiences to guide 
Brandeis's museum through its next transformation. 



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f the Rose Art Museum's director looks familiar, you might 
have encountered him at the Yale Art Gallery when he 
worked as critic for the Neiv Haven Register or seen his 
photo on the jacket of a book about new media. Perhaps 
you spotted him jumping over a new Toyota, eyed him as a 
potential killer on TV's Law and Order, or heard him ren- 
der Stephen Sondheim's deliciously cynical lyrics in an off- 
Broadway revue. Then again, he could have treated you for 
emotional distress — or even absolved you of your sins. 
Michael Rush, who was named Henry and Lois Foster Director of 
the Rose in December 2005, is no dilettante, because dilettantes skim 
the surface. Rush goes deep. 

When the entertainment jones first tickled him as a teen in 
Chatham, New Jersey, forty-five minutes from Broadway, he didn't 
hook up with other kids and do a skit; he got himself cast in the title 
role in Hamlet. Before high school graduation, he had followed his 
sister, noted actress Deborah Rush, onto the professional stage. 

When he decided at age eighteen to pursue a clerical vocation. Rush 
bypassed the order of diocesan priests who taught him at Seton Hall 

And when the interactions he observed as a priest sparked an 
interest in human behavior. Rush — then Father Rush — responded by 
earning a doctorate in theology and psychology at Harvard. He next 
entered an internship in clinical psycholog)' at New York's Bellevue 
Hospital. He did this not to better advise troubled parishioners in the 
confessional booth but to explore schizophrenia and other serious psy- 
chiatric diseases, treat patients at Bellevue, and serve on the New York 
University medical facultv. 


When the theater bug returned to take another nip — Rush calls it his 
"first midlife crisis" — he left the Jesuit order and found a warm embrace 
in the casting agencies of New York. He not only was tapped for Toyota 
and other advertising spots, but acted in TV dramas and trod the boards 
of the legitimate stage. His favorite role, he says, was as a singing Bard of 
Avon in the off-Broadway rock musical Shakespeare in Love. 

Moreover, the pavement he pounded as an actor branched off to 
other creative pathways as experimental theater work exposed Rush to 
fascinating multimedia artists. Over a decade and a halt, he created. 


Prep and went to the Jesuits — literally, the Society of Jesus, known for 
their unblemished idealism, intellectual breadth and rigor, and torce- 
fulness within the power structure of the Catholic Church. He lived 
within the exacting demands of the Jesuit community for fifteen years, 
initially studying philosophy, drama, and Spanish at St. Louis 
University, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees. 

Willem de Kooning (1913-19801 was born in the Netherlands, but considered a leading 
American painter. On view through April 1 is his Untitled 1961, oil on canvas. On facing page, 
Rush attends to the installation of an exhibition. 

performed, and directed visually oriented theater works, formed two 
pioneering troupes, and collaborated with eminent avant-garde artists. 

Through friends in the visual arts. Rush encountered the legendary 
Marcel Duchamp, the audacious Frenchman who inverted the definition 
of art. It was Duchamp who shocked Paris and New York with his 
seminal 1912 painting Nude Descending a Staircase, Duchamp who 
turned a common urinal into a work of art by redubbing it Fountain, and 
Duchamp who delineated a key participatory role for the spectator, 
relieving the artist of sole creative responsibiliry for the artistic product. 

"I've had many 'aha' moments in my life," Rush says, "but when I 
discovered the legacy of Duchamp and confronted what people were 
writing and saying about him, it unlocked a lot of doors for me. It gave 
me a whole new way ot thinking about the expansiveness ot art and the 
liberating realization that almost anything can be art." 


Rush was still reeling under Duchamp's provocative influence when he 
added "arts writer" to his varied resume. He had launched an experi- 
mental theater company in New Haven, Connecticut, where a group 
of affiliated visual artists asked him to help prepare text for a brochure 
accompanying their exhibition. His booklet caught the eye of the Neu' 
Haven Register, which offered him a position as art critic. 

Though not formally educated in the fine arts, Rush says it's not an 
unusual scenario: Many an art critic learned the craft by applying 
already well-honed creative sensibilities to researching and writing 
about art. With each assignment, he immersed himself in learning 
about a new movement, exhibition, artist, or period. He began 
penning art pieces for Art New England, the New York Times, and Art 
in America and soon wrote his first book on art. His titles include New 
Media in Late Twentieth-Century Art (1999), Video Art (2003), and 
New Media in Art (2005). 

In 2000, Rush was primed for another change — "they seem to happen 
in fifteen-year cycles," he comments — when he was called on to review a 
video exhibition in a new Florida art museum. The Palm Beach Institute 
of Contemporary Art (ICA) had a curatot and a business manager. Rush 


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says, but no director to articulate a mission, construct a budget, spear- 
head fundraising, marshal volunteers, develop audiences, and define a 
place in the community. Believing Rush's nonprofit experience — first as 
a priest and later as the founder and head of performing groups — was 
easily transferable, the ICA invited him to apply, and he was hired. 


Although Rush's itinerary — from child actor to priest, psychologist to thes- 
pian, and playwright and director to art critic and contemporary curator — 
may be a previously uncharted one, Rush sees it as a continuous route. 

"The unifying theme is that I have always been fascinated by being at 
life's edges, " he says. When he decided to explore acting as a child, it was 
Shakespeare and the tormented Prince of Denmark that beckoned to 
him. "When he felt the call of the cloth, he was attracted to the heavy- 


If the career path that led Rush to the Palm Beach Institute of Contem- 
porary Art was an unusual one, so were the opportunities and chal- 
lenges before him. 

"I pretty much had carte blanche," recalls Rush, who signed on as 
both director and chief curator at the nascent museum. Analogous to 
the roles of director and producer in the theater, the curator has spe- 
cific creative responsibility for maintaining and presenting the collec- 
tion or exhibition, while the director oversees the entire operation, 
including creative, business, public relations, education, publication, 
and management functions of the institution. In a short time. Rush 
developed a hefty following tor the museum, which emerged in a com- 
munity that had been hungry for culture but largely unfamiliar with 
contemporary art. During Rush's Palm Beach tenure, the New York 


duty Jesuit community and to what he calls "mysticism and other 
extreme religious experience." When he added Doctor to the title of 
Father, he found his niche in schizophrenia and other dark corners of 
the human psyche. When he returned to the stage, it was experimental, 
cutting-edge theater that ignited his passion. And when the visual arts 
world opened its doors to draw him in, it was modern and contempo- 
rary art and new media that provided his sustenance. 

"The thread that has run throughout my entire tapestry," Rush 
explains, "is this very antsy hunger to investigate the deepest parts of 
the human experience. Maybe it shows a neurotic personality to keep 
lusting after that, although I think I'm fairly healthy. But I do have this 
passion to understand, and that leads me to follow these profound 
impulses in a committed and serious way." 

Times, Artforum, and Art in America selected programs and exhibitions 
at the small museum for various accolades. 

"We showed people things they had never seen before," he says, "and I 
took great pains to educate them about the exhibitions. Artists were always 
speaking there, and we woiJd frequently offer panel discussions with 
artists and collectors. Florida critics and arts writers were not particularly 
attuned to contemporary art, but they were very open. We engaged them 
in the process, and people began to pay a lot of attention to us, nationally 
and locally. By and large, it was a sweet experience to create a genuinely 
edgy, contemporary program in a community that was not used to it." 

By the end of four years, the museum had an annual attendance of 
about eleven thousand visitors — slightly below the traffic level Brandeis 
records each year at the Rose. Despite the institution's rapid growth and 

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positive presence in Palm Beach, though, the museum closed its doors 
in 2004 after its major funder withdrew support. Rush returned to 
New Yorii to rejoin his longtime domestic partner, theatrical director 
Bill Castellino, and continue his writing career. 


In October 2005, Brandeis announced that Rush would be joining the 
Rose Art Museum as director that December, replacing Joseph Ketner 
II, who had resigned the previous spring to become chief curator of the 
Milwaukee Art Museum. In introducing Rush to the community, 
Provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, PhD'81, called him "a visionary 
and innovative leader who will bring the Rose to the next level ot excel- 
lence." Professor of Fine Arts Nancy Scott, who had served on the 
director search committee, lauded his "multifaceted intellectual forma- 
tion," and Gerald Fineberg, chairman of the museums board of over- 
seers, said, "He is a very respected fellow and highly knowledgeable 
about contemporary art." Search committee member Lois Foster, chair 
of the overseers for more than a decade, declared, "I think he has every- 
thing you would want in a director." 

With reciprocal enthusiasm. Rush embraced the leadership ot the 
Rose as a kind of dream job. 

"I was interested in finding a university situation. My whole lite had 
been about interdisciplinary thinking, so the idea of having multiple 
departments to both draw on and feed into in an intellectual environ- 
ment was enormously appealing to me," he says. 

Indeed, the situation awaiting him in Waltham could hardly have been 
more different from Palm Beach. Instead of being tasked to create a 
museum — collection, program, funding, audience, and support net- 
work — from scratch. Rush was being handed the keys to a thriving 
museum with a multimillion-dollar endowment, a committed board of 
overseers, and a forty-six-year history of artistic vision and splendid exhi- 
bitions. Not long afi:er its 1961 opening, for instance, the Rose had fea- 
tured the first solo showing of works by Buckminster Fuller. It played 
host to Louise Nevelson's first one-person exhibition in 1967, and in 

Blue White, a 1962 oil on canvas by Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923), is part of the Rose's 
permanent collection. 

1 970 it was the first U.S. museum to hold an exhibition of video art. The 
institution was also known for its robust lecture and education programs 
serving community members, Waltham public school students, Brandeis 
fine arts classes, curatorial interns from Brandeis's student body, and 
teachers-in-training from the university's education department. 


Then there was the collection. As the head ot a fledgling museum in 

Palm Beach, Rush had entered the tray with no previous acquisitions 

to draw on, a limited purchase program, and, of necessity, a practice of 
mounting shows fashioned largely around borrowed works and spon- 
taneous installations. He vearned, he admits, to get his hands on a 
treasure trove of art that would be his to curate, exhibit, study, build 
upon, and love. 

Further, given his taste for modern art (work from roughly the turn 
of the twentieth century through the 1960s) and contemporar)' art 
(creative products of the late 1960s to the present), he could hardly 
have found a more agreeable berth. Spanning the nineteenth century to 
the present and boasting a particular strength in holdings that reflect 
the ascendancy of American art in the post- World War II period, the 
Rose is rich with works by the likes of Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, 
Morris Louis, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy 
Warhol. Also represented in the collection are Willem de Kooning, 
Wassily Kandinsky, Philip Guston, and emerging international artists 
whose presence bespeaks a canny collecting policy on the part of the 
Rose's earlier donors and curators. Of some six thousand works in the 
permanent collection. Rush deems at least one hundred to be iconic in 
stature — that is, easily recognizable to and beloved by connoisseurs. 

"Everyone in the art world knows about the Brandeis collection. It's the 
gem of modern and contemporary art in New England and one of the 

uled for completion in 2008. The total includes a generous lead gift 
from Fineberg. 


lust because the Rose was neither a new museum in need ot shaping 
nor a broken one in need of fixing doesn't mean Rush didn't have his 
work cut out for him. While the museum's chief curator, Raphaela 
Platow, had been doing an admirable job as acting director during the 
search, Rush brought with him the clear eye of a newcomer to discern 
the tasks ahead — to dream, as it were, a new dream for the Rose. 

The dream is multifaceted, perhaps visionary, and by any account 
ambitious. It starts with the collection and expands throughout the 
physical plant, staffing, education programs, philosophy, and adminis- 
tration of the institution. Since its threads are closely intertwined and 
interdependent, it's hard to tease out an unraveled timetable for the 
work at hand and ahead. Some aspects: 

Adding value. While the Rose blooms in a milieu highly committed to 
the arts, boasts avid supporters within the university, and has creative 
neighbors like the Spingold Theater Center and Slosberg Hall, home of 
Brandeis's music program. Rush is not convinced the community fully 

A centerpiece of the current Rose exhibition is Allegory, a work in casein on brown paper mounted on canuas More than fifteen feet long, it was painted by modern master Philip Guston 
II913-I980I in 1947 as a mock-up for a mural commission that was never executed. 

great gems of university art collections in the nation, " says Rush, who esti- 
mates the value of Brandeis's art holdings in the hundreds of millions. 


What's more. Rush found in Waltham a core constituency committed 
to maintaining and expanding upon the extraordinary assets in hand. 
Indeed, before Rush came along, Brandeis already had under way a 
fundraising campaign for an expansion and renovation that will 
nearly double the size of the museum to almost 34,000 square feet. 
On display in the Rose is a model of the building design by architect 
Shigeru Ban, designated by Time magazine as likely to become one of 
the most innovative people ot the twenty-first century, and his 
associate, Dean Maltz. 

In the architects' vision, the new exhibition space and a dedicated 
education suite will incorporate and rise above the original mu.seum and 
its 2001 addition, the Lois Foster Wing. A 1974 addition comprising 
largely the lower level of the current ficiliry will be reconfigured as office 
and much-needed storage space. When the design was unveiled in 2004, 
the building program was tagged at $8 million, Rush says, but with 
inflation the estimated cost of the project has climbed to $15 million. 
Thus far, Brandeis has raised some $3.5 million for the project, sched- 

grasps the splendor and value of its holdings. With key members of the 
arts community, Rush reckoned by "eyeball," he says, that the works in 
hand are worth at least $300 million. Rather than operating on an edu- 
cated guess, though, he has engaged Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers of 
New York to do a formal evaluation. He admits the move is less fot 
insurance purposes than it is to demonstrate to Brandeis the value of its 
artworks. At the same time, he has begun work on an online catalog to 
provide closer control of and access to the museum's holdings. "I'm 
confident," he says, "that, after its real estate, art is the university's 
largest financial asset, and I want everyone to know it." 

Spotlighting the collection. Beyond securing ptoper recognition for 
the Rose collection on its home soil, Rush aims to proclaim its impor- 
tance to a wider audience. While the museum is already known far and 
wide as a place where wondrous things exist in storage. Rush has a 
larger ambition: He wants to make the Rose a destination for travelers. 
He'd like to see the day when, just as voyagers to Italy wouldn't think 
about visiting Florence without eyeing the Botticellis in the Uffizi 
Gallery, a Boston visit will be unthinkable without a drive to Waltham 
to view the Warhols at the Rose. To make the collection fully accessi- 
ble, though. Rush has to improve storage and retrieval systems and. 

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Sometimes you look at modern art, and sometimes you enter into it Here, a visitor to the Rose steps mside an environment to sample artist John Armleder's Flower Power {200'i). Armleder 
will be featured April 25 to July 29 in the new exhibition Everything Is Not Enough. 

most of all, get more works out of storage and into the galleries. With 
that in mind, he asked the architects to reconfigure a quantity of new 
space in the expanded facility not as a gallery for temporary exhibi- 
tions, but as a place where the Rose's most significant works can pre- 
dictably be seen. In the short term, though. Rush began 2007 by 
mounting an exhibition called RoseArt: Works from the Permanent 
Collection. The show continues through April 1 . 

Developing the collection. While creating proper reverence tor the 
works already in hand, Rush would like to escalate the museum's acqui- 
sitions program to fill in some blanks. This means defining a purchase 
policy in view of some philosophical questions. For example, should 
the museum spend the annual income from its Rose and Hayes 

Justice Louis D. Brandeis, was presented to the Rose last fall by New 
York art dealer Ronald Feldman and his family. Part of a Warhol series 
on influential Jews, the piece was officially unveiled during the 
November 13 celebration of Louis Brandeis's 150th birthday. Rush is 
hoping donors will help the institution to build upon its strengths by 
augmenting the quantity of works by artists already in the Rose's 
catalog — artists like Rosenquist, Johns, and Josef Albers. Also on what 
Rush calls his "wish list" for future acquisitions are works by Bruce 
Nauman, Ann Hamilton, and other contemporary artists. 

Populating the art community. The art world is perhaps uniquely 
exempted from the old adage "paper is cheap, people are expensive"; the 
Rose's works on paper are plenty dear. Still, Rush attaches high value to 



Purchase Fund endowment on fewer, greater works, or allot less money 
per item to buy numerous works of more modest value? 

It also means trying to ratchet up the gifts of artwork to the institu- 
tion. In its early days. Rush explains, the Rose grew rapidly because col- 
lectors were eager to share their treasures with the public by giving 
them to museums. As the value of individual artists' work skyrocketed, 
though, the quantity of in-kind gifts diminished. There are welcome 
exceptions to this trend, of course, including the recent gift of six 
Robert Motherwell works and a Charles Bell painting from Jonathan 
Novack '75, a member of the board of overseers. In addition, an Andy 
Warhol portrait of the university's namesake, former Supreme Court 

having in place the right people to move the museum forward. He began 
by inviting individuals with a strong interest in his mission to join the 
Rose's board of overseers, which includes numerous professionals from 
the world of art. In addition, the new director envisions increasing the 
number of full-time staffers from five to ten by the time the reconfigured 
museum is up and running. Recent additions to the staff are Elizabeth 
Thach, director of education, and Adelina Jedrzejczak, named to the Ann 
Tanenbaum '66 Curatorial Fellowship. 

In terms of audience development, Rush has plans to raise the 
museum's profile through aggressive public-relations efforts, while a 
recruitment drive, launched in September with a 10,000-piece mailing. 


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has already doubled membership dollars. Memberships, he notes, cost 
between $50 and $10,000, with various levels of benefits; because some 
participants increased their membership level, the doubling of dollars 
does not add up to the doubling of members — that's a potential goal 
for the future. Meanwhile, the Rose recently acquired software 
allowing for membership sales online. 

Professionalizing the operation. New directors use the verb "profes- 
sionalize" at their own political risk. Rush says he does not mean to 
diminish the efforts and achievements of either his predecessors or his 
existing staff when he talks about professionalizing the museum's 
administration. Rather, he is seeking access to the inner circle of art 
institutions by applying tor professional accreditation through the 
American Association of Museums. The organization codifies ethics, 
disseminates "best practice" standards for museum operations and 
planning, shares knowledge, and provides advocacy on issues of con- 
cern to the entire museum community. Reflecting on another benefit 
of accreditation, he notes, "The process of certification is such a 
detailed one, involving such rigorous self-analysis and outside analysis, 
that it's extremely helpful for an institution to go through it. " 

Second Time Painiing, a 1961 oil and assemblage by Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925), is one 
of the treasures of the Rose. 

Knocl<ing down disciplinary fences. Among the most inspirational of 
Rush's ambitions is one that involves taking advantage of Brandeis's 
scholarly kaleidoscope to position the museum as a center of intellec- 
tual activity. 

Sharing the resources of the Rose with professors from far-flung 
fields is nothing new, of course. Classes from departments ranging 
from German to cultural production and from history to science 
already mine the treasures of the Rose in a number of ways. What gives 
Rush a rush is the idea of collaborative scholarly investigations, discus- 
sions, and presentations around a uniting theme. 

A sterling example emerges from a fall symposium held in conjunc- 
tion with Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video 
Art, a traveling exhibition that, by chance. Rush had organized on con- 
tract for the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois before 
coming to Waltham. The exhibition, which ran from September 20 
through December 17 at the Rose, focused on privacy rights in a video- 
saturated, surveillance-happy world. 

The symposium. Rush says, included presentations by more than 
twenty scholars, most of them Brandeis professors with expertise in 
philosophy, classics, anthropology, gender studies, English, law, ethics, 
and other disciplines. Topics ran the gamut from surveillance in the 
early Roman Empire to reality television. The symposium finale, which 
Rush calls "one of the most stirring experiences I've had here," featured 
a performance by the allied Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra of music that 
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich devised while he was under 
surveillance as a prisoner. 

Following the orchestra's triumphant performance. Rush 
approached director Neal Hampton, associate professor of music, 
with an invitation for the ensemble to make future appearances at 
the museum. 

Calling the weekend a spectacular success. Assistant Professor of 
Anthropology Mark Auslander, who is the director of Brandeis's multi- 
disciplinary master's program in cultural production and was the 
organizer of the symposium, entreated Rush to make such collaborative 
programs annual events on the Rose's calendar. 

He didn't have to ask twice. 

Says Rush, "1 want this place to be a hub; 1 want the tributaries to 
be many and to flow very rapidly throughout the campus." 

Putting it on paper. Another massive undertaking in the works at the 
Rose is the publication of the museum's first comprehensive catalog, 
due to be released by New York art publisher Harry N. Abrams Inc. in 
2009. Raphaela Platow is organizing the megaproject, a team effort by 
the Rose's curatorial staff — or, as Rush describes it, "a full-court press." 
Partial funding for the endeavor has been provided by donor Michael 
Schulhof, PhD'70. Publishing a catalog, Rush says, involves gaining 
intimate knowledge of the collection, photographing the collection, 
organizing the material, and assembling a cadre of writers to prepare 
essays about individual items in the collection. 

"One of the biggest challenges," Rush says, "is figuring out how to 
present the information in a way that not only is interesting but also 
depicts the collection accurately. It involves capturing the museum's 
spirit and plotting out its story as you go. There are probably a thou- 
sand decisions to be made, a thousand corners to be turned." 

In that case, the catalog project should be a success; turning corners, 
after all, is Rush's specialty. 

Theresa Pease is the editor o/"Brandeis University Magazine. 

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A New Hampshire teacher gains new understanding 
of the Holocaust by tracing a relative's heroic route 



In front of us flames. In the air that smell of 
burning flesh. It must have been about mid- 
night. We had arrived — at Birkenau, reception 
center for Auschwitz. 

"Men to the left! Women to the right!" 
Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, ivith- 
out emotion. Eight short, simple words. Yet that 
ivas the moment when I parted fivm my mother 

So began fifteen-year-old Elie Wiesel's 
first day in Auschwitz, depicted in his 
autobiography, Night, a book read in 
many high-school classrooms and fea- 
tured by Oprah's Book Club. Night tells the 
story of the year Wiesel witnessed the mass 
murder of thousands of Jews, including his 
whole family. This passage appears a third of 
the way into the book, and at this point one of 
my students at Conant High School in Jaffrey, 
New Hampshire, inevitably asks, "Why didn't 

By Marjorie Margolis 

they fight? There are only a handful of Nazis, 
and thousands of Jews! Why did they follow 
orders and just walk on to the gas chambers?" 
Over the years, I've come to realize this is 
one of the most essential questions of the 
Holocaust. Like so many other questions, it 
cannot be answered simply, but it must be 
addressed. As a teacher, 1 want my students to 
make connections. Studying the Holocaust 
inevitably forces them to conlront the power 
of hate, an emotion most of them know. How- 
ever, a focus on the perpetrators is only one 
sliver of this story in which human nature is 
continuously tested. Like peeling the skin of 
an onion, exploring how individuals reacted in 
a world in a parallel universe, one with its own 
amoral code, reveals the many facets of our 
human potential. Though millions of Holo- 
caust victims walked to their deaths, hundreds 
of thousands resisted. Discovering these stories 

Clockwise, from top left: Rachel Margolis as a toddler; in 1931, as a big sister to Josek; 
in 1970, as a faculty member at Vilnius University; and in 1945, two years after her family's execution. 




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Author Marjorie Margolls visits the museum at Fort 
Nine, outside the killing fields at Kaunas, where the 
collection of Lithuanian partisan artifacts includes (at 
right) a 1944 photograph of her cousin Rachel. 

of resistance, like stories of rescue, opens new 
perspectives on the human spirit far different 
from the images of inhumanity the word 
Holocaust evokes. Like sparks of light in the 
darkness, these stories provide an antidote to 
the macabre details of the Nazi killing 
machine. Two years ago, I discovered a story of 
a young Jewish woman who escaped the Vilna 
Ghetto to join the partisans in the forest, 
blowing up bridges and helping others to 
safety. This woman is my own cousin, Rachel 
Margolis, and this past summer I was fortu- 
nate to spend a week with her in Lithuania, the 
bifthplace of all four of my grandparents. 

My parents never knew about their extended 
families. Their parents were immigrants who 
focused on their new lives in America. Until 
very recently, Jews from Eastern Europe inter- 

an ex-wife in Norway, who were all shot by 
Einsatzgnippen, SS mobile killing squads. This 
researcher also introduced us to her hero and 
our cousin, Rachel Margolis, a retired biology 
professor of the University of Vilna, a former 
partisan, and our European family's only sur- 
vivor of the Holocaust. 

In December 2004, just two months after we 
had learned of Rachel's existence, Smithsonian 
magazine featured a story about her work at the 
Jewish Museum in Vilna. Pictures of her past 
and present family members (my family mem- 
bers!) graced the pages of this article, along 
with a brief summary of the pivotal years of her 
life, from ages eighteen to twenty-two, which 
she spent living under German occupation and 
the daily threat of death. 

Rachel Margolis was born to a privileged 

Roundups for forced "labor" were frequent, but what 
awaited these laborers was not work, but the pits of 
Ponary, where 60,000 Jews lost their lives. 

ested in genealogy hit a brick wall erected by 
the Soviet Union, which kept its archives under 
lock and key. With the dissolution of the USSR 
in 1989, access to records became possible. 
Since then, Jewish genealogy has flourished 
into a thriving enterprise. Two years ago, my 
cousins hired a Lithuanian researcher to explore 
the Margolis family records, and we learned for 
the first time of our grandfather's three 
Lithuanian cousins and their families, as well as 

family, her father a well-respected doctor who 
had one of the city's few X-ray machines. In 
January 1939, Rachel was skiing in the Tatra 
Mountains, taking a break from studying for 
her entrance exams to the Sorbonne in Paris. 
Eighteen years old in a time of political turbu- 
lence, with the Nazis just across the border 
from her hometown of Vilna, Poland, Rachel 
immersed herself in intense discussions with 
friends who belonged to political organiza- 

Rachel's mother (center) is shown with her son Josek 
and daughter Emma in 1933. All three died ten years 
later, just three days before their village was liberated. 

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tions that thtived among the intelligentsia. 
Seven months later. Hitler invaded Poland, 
and in less than a year the German SS was in 
Rachel's city. Fearing her political affiliations 
would mark her for certain death, Rachel's 
father paid a Lithuanian family to take her 
into hiding. A month later, he — along with 
Rachel's mother and brother and the rest of 
Vilna's Jews — was marched into the cramped 
Jewish district of Vilna, now surrounded with 
barbed wire. Not knowing the fate of her fam- 
ily. Rachel could not endure this separation, 
and nine months later she smuggled herself 
from safety into the Vilna Ghetto. 

Overcrowding, starvation, and disease were 
the least of the worries for the Jews in the 
ghetto. Roundups for forced "labor" were fre- 
quent, but what awaited these laborers was 
not work, but the pits of Ponary, where sixty 
thousand Jews and ten thousand Poles lost 
their lives. Bucolic Ponary forest, where fami- 
lies picnicked before the war, is only a few 
miles outside the city limits. During the four- 
month Soviet occupation in 1940, the Red 
Army dug twelve large pits there for storing 
their army's petrol supply. When the Germans 
invaded, they turned these pits into sites for 
mass murder. The killing squads would have 
their victims disrobe on the path down to the 

pits and walk a plank stretched across the 
chasm, where their bullet-ridden bodies 
would fall upon one another. On a few occa- 
sions, a victim would survive and climb out of 
the pits, eventually making it back to the 
ghetto to warn others. At first, no one would 
believe these eyewitness accounts, but the 
longer loved ones didn't return home from 
their "labor assignments, " the more credible 
these stories of slaughter became. In response 
to these reports of the extermination of the 
Jews from Vilna, several young ghetto resi- 
dents formed the FPO {United Partisan 
Organization), and together they pledged to 
die fighting. 

Once settled in the ghetto, Rachel joined 
the FPO, which had contacts with under- 
ground organizations outside of the ghetto 
who smuggled Jews seeking to join bands of 
resistance fighters. At the same time, the FPO 
was assembling a small arsenal of its own. 

The members were divided about their 
mission. Should they organize an uprising, as 
did their counterparts in the Warsaw Ghetto, 
who had fought the Germans for forty days 
until the SS set fire to the enclave, where the 
few survivors were smoked out and sent to 
Auschwitz? Or should they escape the ghetto, 
leaving their loved ones behind, to join the 

Immediately above, victims of the killing squads at 
Ponary await their walk across the long plank (at 
right), where each will be shot and fall into the pit 
below. Top photo shows a memorial marking the loca- 
tion of one of the pits. 

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partisans in the forest? On September 11, 
1942, four days before the ghetto was liqui- 
dated, Rachel and a dozen other FPO mem- 
bers escaped its confines to begin a new series 
of adventures and hardships. Hiding in the 
forest from the Germans, surrounded by hos- 
tile Lithuanian national partisans, Rachel and 
her band survived the next two years sabotag- 
ing the enemy when possible and providing 
safe passage for other escapees. In July 1944 
Rachel returned with Red Army liberators to 
her city, where she remained for fifty years, 
earning a doctorate in biology and teaching at 
the University of Vilna. 

After her retirement, Rachel devoted all 
her energy to the resurrection of the Jewish 
Museum in Vilna, which had been closed by 
the Soviets in 1949. She searched state 
archives for materials and prepared exhibi- 
tions about the annihilation of Jews. Now 

choice of dress and whether it suited me well. 
However, each day I noticed how her green 
eyes would light up upon greeting me, and 
she'd flash me a smile of deep appreciation. I 
am family, and it was important to Rachel to 
relate personally to me the fate of our family. 
The forest of Ponary is a quiet place marked 
by three memorials. Three of the twelve pits 
remain open — though, due to the accumula- 
tion of the victims' ashes, they are not as deep 
as they once were. Here Rachel told me of her 
family's deaths just three days before Vilna was 
liberated. As a physician, Samuel Margolis 
had always told his daughter, he would find a 
way out of the hell created by the Germans or 
would be the last Jew killed. After all, the SS 
depended on his medical skills. However, 
these skills became meaningless once the Ger- 
mans began their retreat; in fact, Margolis was 
now a liability as witness to the genocide of 

Of all she has accomplished in her life, Rachel is most 
proud of discovering and publishing an eyewitness 
account of the mass murders at Ponary. 

Damaged photo of Rachel's father, Samuel Margolis, 
was found among belongings discarded along the path 
to the death pits at Ponary. Possibly kept alive because 
the Nazis relied on his skills as a physician, he was 
one of the last eighty Jews of Vilna to be exterminated. 

eighty-five years old, Rachel spends ten 
months a year with her daughter and grand- 
daughter in Israel but returns every summer 
to work in her beloved museum. 

Upon learning all this, my father and 
brother flew to the land of my ancestors to 
meet this heroic cousin. They were so touched 
by this encounter that soon I, too, found 
myself making the journey. I arrived in Vilna 
at midnight, and there she was, a sign with my 
name on it in her hand. Since English is not 
among the seven languages Rachel speaks 
(Polish, Russian, German, French, Lithuan- 
ian, Hebrew, and Yiddish), she was accompa- 
nied by English-speaking Stefan, a museum 
intern from Austria. (Conscription into the 
service is mandatory for young men in Aus- 
tria, but they may choose not to join the mil- 
itary and commit those years instead to 
placement in one of three fields: peace work. 
Holocaust education, or humanitarian aid.) 
They took me to a lovely hotel, and Rachel 
arranged for me to meet her at the museum 
the next afternoon for a tour of the killing 
fields ot Ponary. 

Over the next week, I learned that when 
Rachel Margolis speaks, people listen. Rachel 
stands erect and talks in a commanding tone. 
She has no time for small talk, and, always 
through Stefan, Rachel would appraise me 
each day on my appearance, judging my 

his people. True to his word, on July 5, 1943. 
Margolis — along with his wife, Emmy, and 
his son, Josek — were among the last eighty 
Jews of Vilna to be exterminated at Ponary. 
His photograph was later discovered among 
the belongings shed along the path to his 
place of execution. 

Of all she has survived and accomplished in 
her life, Rachel is most proud ot discovering 
and publishing an eyewitness account of the 
mass murders at Ponary from 1941 to 1942. 
Shortly after the war, she learned about the 
writings of Kazimierz Sakowicz, a Polish jour- 
nalist who lived in the village of Ponary. He 
documented the daily mass murders on loose 
sheets of paper then sealed and buried them in 
lemonade bottles. After the war, his neighbors 
dug them up and gave them to the Jewish 
Museum. In 1949, the Soviets closed the 
museum, and all its documents were placed in 
the Central State Archives of Lithuania. For 
decades, Rachel sought permission to search 
for the Sakowicz diary, but the government 
refused to open the archives, perhaps due to 
the documented participation of Lithuanian 
nationals as riflemen. Thus, for half a century, 
the Sakowicz testimony was unknown to the 
world. Upon the restoration of Lithuanian 
independence, the museum was reopened in 
1989, and in 1991 Rachel was given access to 
Sakowicz's diary for two days. Sakowicz's diary 

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recorded the number of victims brought daily 
to the kilUng fields ot Ponary, the number of 
trucks and automobiles that transported 
them, and descriptions of the clothing they 
wore, scribbled on sixty-six scraps of paper, 
some less than three inches wide. 

The publication of these documents in a 
book titled Ponary Diary: 1941-1943: 
A Bystander's Account of a Mass Murder pro- 
vided firsthand testimony of the slaughter of 
Vilna's Jews, which the Nazis had attempted 
to cover up. In making this evidence available 
to the world, Rachel has memorialized tens of 
thousands of nameless men, women, and 
children. She believes it her duty to remember 
those killed — the victims and heroes — 
because as long as their memory lives they arc 
still alive. 

After our last meal together, Rachel insisted 
on taking the streetcar alone to her apartment. 

"I may be old, but I know how to get 
around my own cit)', " Stefan translated. 

When we said goodbye, she kissed me 
tearfully, saying, "Now I have family." 

"I do, too," I insisted. 

"But you've always had family. Until now, it 
was just me and my daughter. Now I have you." 

I don't know whether I will see Rachel 
again, but I have accepted the mission of 
having her memoir, which was written in 
Russian, translated and published in the 
United States. Its title is A Flash of Light in 
the Darkness, which is exactly what Rachel's 
story has given me, a model of resilience 
and determination in exposing the destruc- 
tive power ot hate. Pursuing its publication 
gives me a way to do something about the 
past, to touch it, and in some way to reduce 
the pain still radiating from the Holocaust. 
Most of all, I need to have this document, 
the story of my relative, in my hand the 
next time a student asks me why Jews didn't 
fight back. 

Marjorie Margolis '77 teaches at Conant 
High School in Jajfrey, New Hampshire, 
where she shares her passions jor human rights 
and Shakespeare with her students. 

Rachel Margolis as photographed in 1998 at the State 
Jewish Museum in LIthatian. 

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So You Want to 
Land a Book Deal? 

A literary agent tells you how- 
to avoid the ten most common 
mistakes aspiring authors make on the 
road to publication. 

By Noah Lukeman 

During my ten years as a literary agent, thousands of query 
letters have crossed my desk. It never ceases to amaze me 
that so many authors, from so many different parts of the 
world, are doing the same exact things wrong. Unfortu- 
nately, there are many authors writing brilliant books that will never get 
published solely because they are not approaching the publishing indus- 
try properly. Most authors will take a few halfhearted steps, receive 
immediate rejections (often from people who have never read their 
work), and then give up for a lifetime. This is tragic, for these authors' 
works would have been taken seriously if they had just avoided a few 
common mistakes. I will list those mistakes here and impart simple tips 
that can give you a huge advantage in getting a book deal. 

Photography by Mike Lovett 


1. Writing an ineffective query letter 

The single biggest mistake authors make is underestimating the importance of the query letter. 
As a prerequisite for submitting your manuscript, most agents and editors require this one-page 
letter, which introduces you and your book in a pithy way. 

Many authors, after carefully spending years on their manuscripts, will write a hasty query let- 
ter and mail it off with little thought. The query letter, though, is the first impression an agent 
or editor has of your writing. If the agent or editor is not impressed, your manuscript will never 
even be read. 

From the author's viewpoint this may seem unfair. But agents and editors have to make 
instant judgments, often fielding as many as one hundred submissions in a single day; they do 
not have the luxury of reading one hundred manuscripts a day. They must make a judgment 
based on the query letter. Instead of trying to fight the system (by, for example, mailing an entire 
manuscript and hoping it gets read), the author should concentrate on crafting a brilliant query 
letter that entices agents or editors to read more. Indeed, this is the sole goal of the query letter, 
and, if it can accomplish only this, the query letter is a success. 

The query letter is an art form in and of itself Entire books have been devoted to teaching 
writers how to craft one — I've written one such book myself There isn't room to go in depth in 
this article, but here are a few rules of thumb to consider: 

Keep it short. In no case exceed one page, and, if possible, limit your letter to three brief para- 
graphs. The first paragraph should comprise one sentence only, stating why you are contacting 
that specific agent (for this, you'll need to do research, which we'll discuss later). The second 
paragraph should contain a plot summary. Try to get it down to one sentence — and in no case 
exceed three. Many authors make the mistake of devoting several paragraphs to detailed plot 
description, when agents at this stage want only a broad idea of the concept. The third paragraph 
should present your author biography. Again, keep it short, and include only information 
directly relevant to your writing credentials. 

8. Targeting the wrong agents 

Another primary reason authors get rejected is that they have targeted inappropriate agents. 
There are thousands of literary agents out there; hundreds are good. As you might imagine, these 
agents differ tremendously in their needs and preferences. Some might specialize in children's 
books, others in science fiction, others in cookbooks, others in memoir. Even among the agents 
who say they are open to "literary fiction " or "commercial fiction," selection criteria can vary 
wildly. Some might prefer historical commercial ficrion, while others might be on the prowl for 
modern legal thrillers; some agents might consider a novel too literary, while others might find 
the same novel not literary enough. You might send your novel to ten agents who claim they 
want "commercial fiction" and receive ten rejections — yet the next "commercial fiction" agent 
on your list might love it. 

Your job as an author is to get your manuscript into the right hands. You must narrow down 
potential agents' preferences as much as possible so you don't waste your time querying people 
who are not good matches for you or your writing. This is where the research comes in. 


Most authors are impatient when they finally finish their manuscripts, and, in addition to 
writing a hasty quen,' letter, they devote little time to research, often choosing a random guide 
(or Web site) that lists literary agents and haphazardly selecting names. It is inevitable these care- 
less choices will not be perfect matches. If you spent two years writing your book, you can surely 
devote two months (instead of two hours) to research. This will make all the difference, and it 
can be done concurrently with writing your manuscript, so no time need be wasted once you 
finish the writing. 

The best source fot research is the free newsletter "Publishers Lunch," which can be found at Each issue reports weekly on dozens of the latest book deals, 
naming agents and agencies. By studying this newsletter for an extended period of time, you 
will amass an excellent database ot timely agent information. 

This Web site also offers a paid service that allows you to search its database of deals consum- 
mated over the last several years. offers a similar service, while the site Agent- has a more customized, more expensive search product. offers 
a lot of agent information, and much can be gleaned from searching Google and from visiting 
individual agency sites. Bound books are also worth checking, including Writer's Digest's Guide 
to Literary Agents, Writer's Digest's Writer's Market. Jeff Herman's Writer's Guide to Book Editors, 
Publishers, and Literary Agents, and Literary Marketplace (known as the LMP). Also check the 
acknowledgment pages of books similar to yours; authors often thank their agents. Investigate 
as many sources as possible, and cross-reference them all. 

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3. Approaching the agent in the wrong way 

You can write a great query letter and still not get the response you want. The way you approach 
an agent is as important as the content of the letter. For example, being too aggressive — say by 
phoning an agent or showing up at an agent's door — can cripple your chances. 

More subtle missteps can also hurt. Keep in mind that many agents receive fift)' or more 
query letters a day. These inevitably go into a stack, and often they are read only periodically by 
overworked interns or assistants. One way to help your query letter stand out is to send it via 
FedEx or by some other guaranteed delivery signature method. This is more cosdy, and it might 
be considered too aggressive by some agents, but other agents might take notice in a more favor- 
able way. At the very least, it might prevent your letter from languishing at the bottom of a pile 
for weeks or months. 

Never forget to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). This industry standard 
allows an agent to respond to you quickly and easily. If you do not supply one, you might not 
receive a reply at all. This is especially damaging if for some reason you forget to include your 
contact information. As an agent, I have been in situations where I encountered a query letter 
I liked but couldn't contact the author because no SASE was provided and no contact informa- 
tion appeared in the letter. 

Printing your query letter on bright pink paper or using a cheap printer or a hard-to-read font 
can all hurt your chances of gaining acceptance. So can disregarding an agent's submission 
requirements. Some authors, for example, mail three hundred pages, assuming that if all those 
pages just turn up on an agent's desk, the agent will drop everything and read them. Not true — 
in fact, sometimes a bulky package will be opened later. Some agents might indeed request you 
supply a sample chapter or two, but unless they specifically request this you should query with 
only a single-page letter. 

4. Not querjring enough agents 

To some degree, getting published is a matter of playing the numbers. You can write a great 
query letter, approach agencies properly, and yet still not find an agent, simply because you have 
not maximized your odds. So much of publishing is subjective; editors depend on their unique, 
idiosyncratic tastes when debating whether to acquire a book, and agents do the same. History 
has shown numerous examples of critically acclaimed and best-selling books that were initially 
rejected by the publishing industry. 

The way to counteract this is to show your work to as many decision makers as possible. 
This means showing your manuscript not to merely five or ten agents (as most authors do 
before giving up), but to at least fifty. It takes strength not to be discouraged after forty-nine 
agents have told you your book won't sell, but this perseverance can make all the difference in 
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5. Waiting too long to hear back 

I can't tell you how many authors I've encountered who have spent months — even years — 
waiting to hear baclc from a certain agent. This is a huge mistake. You should give an agent two 
weeks (or four at the most) to answer your query letter, or eight weeks (or twelve at the most) 
to read your manuscript. If a specific agent expresses genuine interest and asks for a specific time 
extension, then you might grant it; otherwise, move on. 

More importantly, you should submit to multiple agents simultaneously to condense your 
waiting time. 1 recommend submitting in rounds of at least ten, beginning with your top 
choices. If you send out query letters to ten agents, wait only two weeks, and then send out 
another round, you will have submitted to fifty agents within ten weeks. This is far preferable 
to waiting years to hear back from one or two agents (which many authors do). Submitting to 
many agents at once will also help keep you from dwelling on any one agent and thus help you 
take it less personally when rejections come. 

6. Putting yoiir career on hold while you wait 

Some writers wait to hear the reaction to their first book as if waiting to see whether the literary 
world will accept or reject them; it is as if they need a green light from "the industry" in order to 
consider themselves official authors. Do not wait for validation. The publishing industr)' is sub- 
jective and not necessarily a good barometer for the quality ot your work. The same, incidentally, 
holds true tor writing teachers and writing colleagues. You must not look to others for permis- 
sion to write. 

The instant you finish one book you should begin writing another. By doing so, you will not 
only put yourself on the road to becoming a better writer, but you will also begin to build a 
storehouse of manuscripts that one day might all hit the shelf. You will also shift your focus to 
the process of writing, which takes your attention off the submission process. 




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7. Querying editors instead of agents 

Throughout this article we've been referring to agents (not editors) for good reason. Beginning 
authors are sometimes tempted to slcip agents and submit directly to publishers. This can be a 
costly error. The majority ol" editors at large publishing houses will not even read a query letter 
or manuscript if it doesn't come from an agent. Even if an editor does consider your work, it 
will be read with a negative bias, since it does not come with an agent's endorsement. If by some 
chance you should be so lucky as to receive an offer, the terms will be worse and the contract 
less attractive in every sense. You will have no leverage to negotiate. And throughout the pub- 
lishing process, when an editor has to prioritize among the thirty books being juggled at any 
given time, the agentless authors work will fall to the bottom of the pile time and again. 

Querying publishers directly can also hurt your chances of getting an agent. If for exam- 
ple, you query editors all over town, and you happen to choose appropriate editors, and they 
happen to read your work and reject it, you have effectively closed the door for potential 
agents to submit to these same editors on your behalf With nowhere left for agents to sub- 
mit, they will be less likely to want to represent you. If you had submitted via an agent to 
begin with, not only would the submission have been considered more closely, but the agent 
might also have first offered you comments for revision that could have made the proposal or 
manuscript stronger. But when you queried directly, your only chance with that editor (and 
publisher) was ruined. 

There are a couple of exceptions to this rule. If your book is academic, bear in mind that uni- 
versity presses are usually open to considering manuscripts directly from authors; the same holds 
true if your book is of a local or regional nature, or if it is highly technical or specialized. 

8. Signing with the wrong agent 

The only thing worse than not landing an agent is landing an agent who takes advantage of you, 
who is wrong for you, who is ineffective, or who ties up your career. Unfortunately, in publishing. 


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as in every industry, there are some unethical people. There are agents who will lead authors on, 
charging them reading fees or editorial fees or referring them to editorial services that charge fees, 
while never truly intending to represent them. There is a schism between agents who charge 
reading fees and those who do not. When querying agents, deal only with those who do not charge 
such fees. There is no reason you should have to pay a fee simply to get read. You should also never 
have to pay a fee for any sort of editorial revision or editorial referral. 

More insidious is the agent who is not very good at what he does or is not well-respected. Such 
an agent might take you on and then send your manuscript to only one or two publishers over 
the course of several years, or send it to the wrong publishers, or to the wrong editors at 
publishing companies. The agent might also refuse to let you break free of an agency agreement, 
in effect preventing you from seeking more effective representation. While most agencies will ask 
you to sign an agency agreement if they offer to represent you, you should be sure the contract 
includes an "out" clause that allows you to terminate the agreement after a certain period ot time 
(say, one year) if your manuscript hasn't sold. 

Before choosing an agent, do your homework. Find out how many books the prospective 
agent has sold, whether these books were sold to major publishers, how many years the agent 
has been working, and how many legitimate clients the agent represents. And don't forget to 
investigate the reputation of the agency. 

Keep in mind, too, that securing the services of an agent does not necessarily mean you will 
land a publishing contract. There are many fine, legitimate agents who work very hard for their 
clients and do a great job, yet still cannot sell their manuscripts. Landing a book deal is not easy, 
even for agents. So, while it is important to be cautious, don't become too suspicious and assume 
your agent is inept if your manuscripts do not sell. 

9. Not networking 

Writing is a solitary profession, and many authors tend not to make an effort to socialize with 
other authors, much less with industry people. But such an effort must be made. In publishing, 
as in any industry, contacts and relationships are often key ingredients in your recipe for suc- 
cess. If you have endorsements in hand from Stephen King and John Grisham, it will be easier 
to land an agent — and, by extension, a publisher. If your writing teacher is Toni Morrison, 
agents will pay attention. This is fairly obvious. But even on a smaller level there is much you 
can do to build a network. You can attend writing conferences, colonies, retreats, workshops, or 
talks that feature agents, editors, or well-known writers. You can try to establish personal con- 
nections. You might attend writing classes with successful authors and try to line up their 
endorsements. At the very least, you'll better your writing in the process. You can make an effort 
to get to know authors who have agents and see whether they can refer you. Even if you are 
unsuccessful in landing an agent this way, communicating with these people will help you to 
gather intelligence on the industry and to become more savvy about who is representing whom 
and who is looking for what. Remember: having even one key contact, or one key piece of infor- 
mation, can make all the difference. 

don't take 
agents' and 
opinions too 
much to hearth 

10. Giving up 

The biggest mistake authors make on their road to publication is taking themselves off the road. 
Hang in there. Simply by virtue of your doing so, things will happen. Over time, if you are per- 
sistent and diligent, your writing will improve; you will learn a tremendous amount about the 
industry; you will establish relationships. Eventually, if you are tenacious enough, you will get 
published. Some authors I represent spent twenty years searching for an agent. Other authors 
finally land an agent and even then spend many additional years waiting to land a publishing 
contract. If these authors had given up after years of searching, or years of representation, they 
wouldn't be published today. You have to prepare for a marathon. Don't take agents' and edi- 
tors' personal opinions too much to heart, and do not let it slow you down if you receive rejec- 
tions from fifry agents. Remember: Stephen King's first four novels were rejected. If he can hani 
in there, you can, too. 

Noah Lukeman '95 is president of Lukeman Literary Management Inc. in New York City and 
author of the best-selling book The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the 
Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 1999). For more tips on how to improve your query letter, visit 
Lukeman's Web site: www. ivriteagreatquery. com. 



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77wj'f M'Ao have seen Mr. Justice Brandeis are aware of the startling physical likeness to 
Abraham Lincoln. There [are] the same high forehead, the same pensive brow, the mouth of 
inflexible decision. The face is pale and worn, with an expression of which the serenity does not 
conceal a brooding melancholy beneath; and the eyes, capable at times of a piercing clarity, [are] 
yet in general shrouded as if enfolded in some inner vision. 

The physical resemblance is not unconnected with a certain moral likeness also. In both, the genius 
for public service was a clamant instinct impossible to evade. In both, there has been a willingness to 
bear without repining the heavy burden of public sorrow. In both, the wisdom of experience and the 
passionate respect for the dignity of humble men have been the groundwork of action. 

Abraham Lincoln, of course, was tried and proved upon tlie theater of supreme events; 
Mr Justice Brandeis has played his part in a more limited and provincial drama. But it is not, 
I think, fancifiil to imagine that Lituvln would have recognized in Mr Justice Brandeis's life work 
something of the spirit he contributed to the heritage of America; and he would have added that in 
that recognition there was a proud delight that, however different the medium of its exercise, its 
quality was not diminished nor its strength abated. 


The man who might have become 
founding president of Brandeis 
University wrote those words in a 
Harpers Magazine imde in 1934. 
I don't speak of Abtam Sachar, the 
actual founding president of the universit)', but 
rather of Harold J. Laski, brilliant British social- 
ist and England's great public intellectual of 
that epoch. So dazzling was Laski as a lecturer 
that capitalist Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. sent his 
sons Joe Jr. and John F. Kennedy to study at 
Laski 's feet at the London School of Economics. 
(Alas, the things we do for our children!) 

Not in Laskis eyes would he have been 
president of Brandeis, but in the eyes of Albert 
Einstein, whose early support of the university 
was like a pulsar from Einstein's Universe: a 
galactic radio signal of short period, on-again, 
off-again. Laski gracefully brushed aside 
Einstein's approach, rightfully saying he was 
"temperamentally unsuited" for the post and 
didn't wish to leave his beloved London 
School of Economics. 

But Laski had spent years in North 
America — at McGill, Harvard, and Yale — and 
had come to see America with the piercing clar- 
ity of those foreign intellectuals who have 
understood us better than we understand our- 
selves: de Tocqueville, Lord Bryce, and G. K. 
Chesterton. In the parlance of business and sci- 
ence writer Malcolm Gladwell, Laski "in a 
blink" saw Brandeis in the stamp of American 
icon Abraham Lincoln. The two were born in 
Kentucky a half-century apart — Lincoln in the 

wilderness at Hodgen's Mill and Brandeis in 
Louisville. One was a backwoods rail-splitter 
who saved a nation; the other was the scion of 
forebears from the failed liberal revolutions of 
1848, himself now altering the course of 
American law. As former Brandeis dean of 
admissions Fred Luddy, who spent years in 
Kentucky as founding head of the Lexington 
School, says of Justice Brandeis, "He was the 
true Louisville slugger: He went to bat for the 
long-overdue extension of justice." 

Laski was not alone in discerning something 
Lincolnesque in Brandeis; both Lincoln and 
Brandeis were "at once compassionate and 
commanding: tall, spare, ascetic, with deep-set 
dark penetrating eyes," as one source describes 
them. Even today, we find in the countenance 
of both Lincoln and Brandeis a quality pulled 
up from deep human experience, from Jungian 
archetype and scripture: "Those who teach 
justice will shine like the stars." 

As I read Laski's essay, given to me by Fred 
from his stash of Kentucky ephemera, I real- 
ized it was a kind of prism — like a child's toy 
I'd found in the attic treasure chest of a stately 
old Louisville home. In the dust-filled attic 
sunlight, 1 could refract anew borh Justice 
Brandeis and Brandeis University and see 
them in their constituent parts. 

Here was Lincoln's "lost brother," if you 
will — struggling to "let America be America 
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Hughes. Justice Brandeis had fought to give 
citizens an opportunity "that is real" against 
bigness. But he was "no economic radical," as 
Laski observes; there was no proletarian tem- 
per about him. Brandeis's social philosophy 
was "a kind of modified Jefifersonian democ- 
racy," a twofold belief that the state consists in 
the aggregate worth of individual citizens and 
that only a society of equals can be free. 
Brandeis had closely read the ancient Greeks 
and doubtless knew his Herodotus: "A people 
ruling — the very name of it so beautiful." 

Working within the interstices of the law, as 
Supreme Court justices must, dealing only 
with cases brought before them, Brandeis 
sought to update Jeffersonian democracy 
within the dramatic reality of the rise of mod- 
ern America. Giant industry and giant finance 
had come to dominate what in the eighteenth 
century had been a small agricultural country, 
but now was turned world power. An "impe- 
rial autocracy" seemed to hold sway. The 
interests of bigness were sheltered by judges 
who looked upon the Constitution as "an 
instrument devised to prevent the invasion of 
the claims of private property by public poli- 
cies put forward in the interest of social well- 
being." U.S. judges still viewed the state as 
based on the individualistic natural-rights phi- 
losophy of the eighteenth century and espe- 
cially on the idea that "freedom of contract" 
was "sacred" and best for the populace. The 
most diligent, informed student of the U.S. 
economy ever to sit on the Supreme Court, 

Harold Laski (above), Albert Einstein's pick for 
founding president of Brandeis University, 
expounded on tfie Lincoln-Brandeis similarities 
in Harpers Magazine (lacing page) seven years 
prior to Brandeis's deattn. 

Brandeis believed free competition was no 
longer possible, "because liberty of contract 
can exist only where there is equality of bar- 
gaining power." Hence, the state has the 
authority and the moral responsibility to 
maintain equal bargaining power. Otherwise, 
the claim of the individual to adequate self- 
expression is unlikely to secure recognition; 
the common citizen will be "crushed" in any 
attempt to express creativity within the eco- 
nomic and political system, condemned to be 
"a wage slave" and "a victim to bigness." 

Ordinary men and women must be given a 
fair chance against "the prehensile ingenuity" — 
that is, the grasping ingenuity — of American 
capitalism, Laski reported of Justice Brandeis's 
view; therefore, the state has every right "to 
enforce competition, to regulate prices, and to 
recognize trade unions." As American Socialist 
labor messiah Daniel De Leon wrote, and as 
Louis Brandeis empirically knew true from his 
contact with industrial workers, "As sure as a 
man will raise his hand by some instinct, to 
shield himself against a blow, so surely will 
workingmen, instinctively, periodically, gather 
into unions. The union is the arm that labor 
instinctively throws up to screen its head." 

At Harvard, Harold Laski had struck up 
close friendships with Justice Oliver Wendell 
Holmes and Justice Brandeis, and he 
admired both. But in Brandeis Laski saw 
someone whose legal philosophy was rooted 
in an understanding of the inner workings of 
the modern American economic system, 
someone willing to use the power, passion, 
and poetry of the law to protect humble men 
and women. 

Lost in time in my mythical Louisville 
attic — peering through my magical prism — I 
envisioned a clearing in a Kentucky forest and a 
lank and lean duo, Lincoln and Brandeis, taking 
on all comers in a heart-thumping ideal of the 
American Way: one-on-one in a fair fight, the 
action scored with "Fanfare for the Common 
Man," written by Aaron Copland, who briefly 
taught at Brandeis University. All made sense 
now: Lincoln and Brandeis were fighters, even 
troubadours, for the common man, and the 
university .somehow entwined with the two. 
I was now in full-flight into the mylhopoetic. 

Lincoln and Brandeis believed in the elemen- 
tally American notion of giving the ordinary 
person a fair shake against the odds. It was not 

much of a leap for me to realize that I, too, a 
son of working people, had been given a fair 
shake against odds by the university named 
for Justice Brandeis, my intellectual lamps lit 
by an incandescent faculty, my presence possi- 
ble through the university's generosity. 

When Robert Frost spoke at Castle Com- 
mons at Brandeis — and returned often, always 
taking note of "his" birches on campus — 1 
wonder whether he thought of the wisdom 
compressed in one line of his poetry: "Name 
children some names and see what you do." 
Here, too, at Brandeis University we find, as 
Laski wrote of President Lincoln and Justice 
Brandeis, "the genius for public service ... a 
clamant instinct impossible to evade." Here, 
too, "the wisdom of experience and the pas- 
sionate respect for the dignity of humble men 
have been the groundwork of action." And 
here, too, sadly, "a willingness to bear without 
repining the heavy burden of public sor- 
row" — for while Brandeis did not experience 
the bloodshed and public martyrdom that 
befell Lincoln, his service on the Supreme 
Court from 1916 to 1941, during an age of 
intense political turmoil and great suffering in 
the United States and around the world, made 
him no stranger to the heavy weight of office. 
"Brandeis is not a name that can merely be 
adopted; it must be achieved," Einstein 
famously warned — a challenge Abram Sachar 
eagerly took up. During his inauguration as 
Brandeis's first president, held at Boston's Sym- 
phony Hall in 1948, Sachar promised Brandeis 
woiUd always be a place of opportunity. A fair 
shake against the odds had been etched into the 
universitys bones like an intaglio. 

As director of admissions at Brandeis across 
a quarter of a century, I often spoke of the 
launching of Brandeis University as a deeply 
American story and of Brandeis University as 
perhaps the most American of American uni- 
versities because of its creation story. Fully half 
the university's founding board members were 
immigrants who had fled Eastern Europe for 
the United States seeking personal safety but 
also discovering economic prosperity here. 
Their lives revolutionized by the American 
experience, they simply wanted to return a 
favor. And they did so with apt generosity 
from the People of the Book, launching a uni- 
versity of first rank open to all. 

And why not open to all? They knew better 
than many Americans what kind of country 
this is, alone among nations in having as sym- 
bol of entry a foreign-born statue. Lady Lib- 
erty is a naturalized citizen. 

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Much of the material in "Kentuci^y Brethren" comes from Fred Luddy, former 
Brandeis dean of admissions, who hired me in 1967, when I was rwenty-three. 
In so doing, he set my feet upon the path of Hfe: a thirty-five-year admissions career. 
Fred himself served at Brandeis from 1964 until 1973. 

As was said of David Lloyd-George, British Liberal prime minister, Fred has "a chapel 
eloquence." As a teenager out of smalltown western Massachusetts, Fred finished loftily 

in the region in the American Legion's 
national oratorical contest, the same 
competition won a few years earlier by 
future senator Frank Church of Idaho, 
the passionate liberal legislator of oro- 
tund tones. Who else but Fred Luddy, 
so literate, would instruct me, 
"Michael, a good college interview, as 
Robert Frost said of a good poem, is 
'like ice on a hot stove — it moves on its 
own melting'"? That was Fred's way of 
reproving me for my rigid list of ques- 
tions as I was about to lead my first col- 
lege admissions interview. His words 
remain Lesson One for any college 
admissions officer: Listen to applicants; 
don't simply extrude them through 
your questions. 

As a gimlet-eyed Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, horse breeder might say, Fred 
had "good conformation" for a life 
given over to leadership, service, and 
writing. His bachelor's degree was from 
Amherst College, where Robert Frost and Henry Steele Commager were his teachers; he 
served as an education officer in Korea, a teacher at Portland, Oregon's, Catlin Gabel 
School, founding head of the Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky, and, of course, 
dean of admissions at Brandeis. After Brandeis, Fred moved to Michigan, where he 
became chief officer of an international student exchange program and then governor 
William Milliken's head of that state's model, far-flung program of volunteers in service. 
Today, Fred lives again in western Massachusetts with his wife Judy, a daughter of 
Bluegrass Kentucky, and he writes about things he loves, including Robert Frost. 

One Brandeis story stands out as an example of Fred's ethics in action. (Is that not 
what Justice Brandeis was all about?) Early in the 1970s, amid the hurly-burly of college 
admissions, Fred arranged a meeting in Washington with two Massachusetts-based U.S. 
cabinet officers, Elliot Richardson and John Volpe, and urged that a company of 
American college admissions deans travel to Vietnam to offer college counseling to 
soldiers in the field — those about to reenter American life, neglected if not abused by a 
nation confused by the war in Southeast Asia. Because of Fred's logic and soaring elo- 
quence, the plan was swiftly approved. Fred helped lead the mission as planes landed, 
swirling up the red dust of Vietnam. Even now I recall the immediacy of Dean Luddy's 
work. As a still-young admissions officer, I received back, unopened, a letter I'd sent to 
a soldier who'd met with Fred in Vietnam; the crumpled envelope, covered in red dust, 
was stamped "Deceased: Return to Sender." 

To borrow from Justice Brandeis a phrase that both describes Fred Luddy's life and is 
emblematic of many of those individuals who built Brandeis University, "He found a 
spark of idealism and fanned it into a flame." 

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Out of this creation story came the wun- 
derkind of American higher education. In 
1961, thirteen years after the university's 
founding. Phi Beta Kappa granted Brandeis 
membership in America's oldest, most 
esteemed academic society. It was the youngest 
university to be so honored since the eighteenth 
century. Even today, less than 10 percent of 
institutions of higher learning in the United 
States have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. 

In retrospect the recognition of precocious 
academic excellence seems fitting: Thelma 
Sachar, wife of Abram Sachar, president of 
Brandeis through its first twenty years, owned 
a charm bracelet with five gold Phi Beta 
Kappa keys on it: hers, Abe's, and their three 
sons'. And Abram Sachar, raised in St. Louis, 
Missouri, earned the first PhD ever awarded 
by Cambridge Universiry in England. 


It is hard to imagine a more powerful Ameri- 
can icon than Abraham Lincoln, to whom any 
American would relish comparison. Merrill 
Peterson, dean of students at Brandeis when I 
arrived as a student in 1961, was a great 
Jefferson scholar, later to occupy the Thomas 
Jefferson Chair in American History of the 
Universit}' of Virginia. But Peterson has also 
written of Lincoln's hold on the American 
mind. In Lincoln in American Aiemory he 
invoked these words about Lincoln from a dra- 
matic advertisement published in 1952 by the 
John Hancock Life Insurance Company: "Abe 
Lincoln always did what most people would 
have done, said what most people would have 
said, thought what most people would have 
thought when they stopped to think about it." 

He was everybody — grown a little taller — 
living proof of our American faith that great- 
ness comes out of everywhere when it is tree 
to come. 

There it is again as American ideal: A fair 
shake against the odds. 

Even Abram Sachar, with his Cambridge 
PhD, brilliant books, and honorary degrees 
in double digits, could not escape a nation's 
impulse of honor by association with 
Lincoln. Abram Leon Sachar, himself a son of 
a border state, Missouri, often signed corre- 
spondence A. L. Sachar. I always wondered 
whether A. L. Sachar had not consciously or 
subconsciously moved a small step toward 
how Abraham Lincoln signed his name: 
A. Lincoln. Abram L. Sachar and Abraham 
Lincoln infused with a sense of history: 
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the bosom of Abraham, " to borrow words 
from an old African-American spiritual. 

Fred Luddv has reminded me of how our 
rollickingly clever Brandeis students used to 
call Dr. Sachar's fine black Sacharmobile 
"Abe's Lincoln. " 

Peterson reported there were three Jewish 
delegates to the 1860 Republican Conven- 
tion that nominated Abraham Lincoln for 
president (and changed the course of Amer- 
ican nationhood); one was Louisville attor- 
ney Lewis N. Dembitz, uncle of Louis 
Brandeis. The boy, originally called Louis 
David Brandeis, so adored his uncle that he 
changed his middle name to Dembitz and 
entered the law. 

By the time of his death, Lincoln had won a 
special place in American Jewish affections. 
In office Lincoln had taken actions to right 

the seed of Israel. But in truth you might have 
called him 'Abraham, the child of our father 
Abraham.' For indeed, of all Israelites 
throughout the LJnited States, there was none 
who more thoroughly fitted the ideal of what 
a true descendant of Abraham ought to be 
than Abraham Lincoln. And, if he was uncir- 
cumcised, we are told, 'all the nations are 
uncircumcised in flesh, but all they of Israel 
are circumcised in heart.'" 

One week after Lincoln's death, Rabbi Isaac 
Wise of Cincinnati, who became the father of 
American Reform Judaism, preached a ser- 
mon in which he lauded the martyred presi- 
dent as "the highest jewel, the greatest hero, 
and the noblest son of the nation." 

Although the idea is anathema to some on 
today's Supreme Court, Justice Brandeis 
believed that "the validity of the legal result is 

tion law)'er of Boston, representing the 'trac- 
tion' companies (streetcars) and the public 
utilities," and added, "This did not make him 
any less a crusader for popular causes." 


In Brandeis's "positive liberalism" — a belief 
that the state can create and maintain condi- 
tions for "an idealized capitalism" — the British 
Laski saw how "vitally American" were "both 
its springs and its expression." 

"The intellectual seed from which [such 
positive liberalism] grows," Laski wrote, "is 
that which underlay the profound sense of 
injustice in Shays's Rebellion, which dictated 
Thoreau's noble defiance of his epoch, which 
moved Abraham Lincoln to the melancholy 
perception that an America could not endure 
which was half-slave, half-free. For it is, above 
all, an essay in the philosophy of freedom, an 
insistence that no system can be preserved save 


wrongs affecting American Jews. As presi- 
dent, for example, he had appointed Jewish 
hospital chaplains, setting aside previous laws 
restricting chaplaincies to those of "some 
Christian denomination." And he revoked 
General Grant's General Order No. 1 1 , 
which had barred Jews from trading with the 
army of Tennessee. Lincoln was the first 
American folk hero among American Jews, 
Peterson noted, saying, "In his person, as in 
his ideals, he was the hero with whom they 
could most closely identify. Common, 
honest, and upright, man of sorrows and man 
of laughter, someone with a sense of kinship 
with the poor and downtrodden." 

As Peterson wrote, "Upon the president's 
death, it was inevitable that Jews should look 
at Lincoln as a modern Moses who had 
brought them within sight of the Promised 
Land, alternately as a second patriarch — was 
his name not Abraham? — of their people." 
And, as president, Lincoln, who was some- 
thing of a spiritualist, never united with any 
Christian church. When Lincoln was assassi- 
nated, Lewis N. Dembitz, mourning the loss 
of the president, addressed his synagogue, 
saying, "You often called him, jocosely, Rabbi 
Abraham, as if he were one of our nation — ol 

always the function of its social consequence." 
He also believed it was as much "each lawyer's 
business" to protect the public as it was to 
safeguard vested interests. In 1905 he 
addressed a Harvard meeting on the lawyer's 
responsibility, saying, "Instead of holding a 
position between the wealth and the people, 
prepared to curb the excesses of either, able 
lawyers have, to a great extent, allowed them- 

as it is built upon a respect for the eminent 
dignity of humble men." 

In addition to Brandeis's wellspring of 
Americanism, Laski expounded on another, 
prophetic source of the lamed justice's moral 
vision, saying, "There are those who have 
found Justice Brandeis cold. But this, I 
think, is to mistake for coldness the protec- 
tive armament ot a proudly sensitive nature. 




selves to become adjuncts of great corpora- 
tions and have neglected their obligation to 
use their powers for the protection of the peo- 
ple. We hear much of the 'corporation lawyer" 
and far too little sympathy tor the 'people's 
lawyer." Defining himself, Brandeis offered, 
"I would rather have clients than be some- 
body's lawyer." 

In The Betrayed Profession, Ambassador Sol 
Linowitz, a lawyer himself, recalled that Louis 
Dembitz Brandeis was "the premier corpora- 

No one would call him cold who has been 
intimate with him. No one who has seen 
him, for instance, in the company of Mr. Jus- 
tice [Oliver Wendell] Holmes but must have 
delighted in the radiance of that friendly 
interchange of thought. He [Brandeis] can 
be severe. I have heard him dismiss a publi- 
cist of our time who, like Jeshurun had in 
success waxed fat, in stinging phrases, which 
bit and were intended to bite. But I have 
heard him also take eager pains to explain 

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To beard or not to beard? Lincoln (left) sported ttie same clean-shaven look as Brandels (right) until, historians note, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell penned a 
letter to the presidential nominee in 1860 suggesting he would get more votes if he sprouted a beard. He wrote her a noncommittal answer, but less than a 
month later his look changed, and journalists quipped, "Old Abe ... is puttin' on (h)airs!" 

some difficult act of a politician of whose 
bona fides he was convinced in the most gen- 
erous way. 1 should not think of coldness in 
the context of his character. There is a real 
aloofness of temper, a detachment from the 
obvious or immediate. But this, I think, is an 
essential part of that prophetic insight which 
is in him almost a racial gift. No one can see 
him in action without a new understanding 
of the Hebraic gift of moral vision. It is not 
for nothing that he is of the people from 
whom Isaiah and Maimonides and Spinoza 
were born." 

At the core of Justice Brandeis's metho- 
dology was law as living function rather than 
law as historic principle, Laski said, 
explaining, "The American Constitution 
would not have survived if the Supreme 
Court had been content to seek its meaning 
in the climate of opinion which determined 
the operation of its original substance. It is a 
framework into which new ideas must be 
fitted, not a barrier against their access to 
constitutional status. It is because he has 
approached his judicial work in this temper 
that Mr. Justice Brandeis is likely to be 

regarded as one of the essential figures in the Louis Dembitz Brandeis died in October 

history of the Supreme Court." 1 94 1 . His influence will live on in American 

No one since Chief Justice John Marshall so life, surviving what Lincoln called "the 

shaped the future of the U.S. Supreme Court. silent artillery of time." So, too, will Bran- 

Brandeis served on the Court from 1916 until deis University. 


he retired on February 13, 1939, one day after 
the 130th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. In 
1916, the year he appointed Brandeis to the 
Supreme Court, President Woodrow Wilson 
traveled by train to Kentucky to dedicate on 
Labor Day a national Lincoln birthplace 
shrine at Knob Hill. Pointing to the Lincoln 
family log hut, Wilson declared, "Genius is no 
snob. Here is proof of it." Doubtless these 
dates lay as life coincidence, but, as 1 learned 
from Brandeis poet-in-residence and dear 
friend Olga Broumas, "Serendipity is God's 
way of being present." 

"Name children .some names and see what 
you do." We at Brandeis are Justice Brandeis's 
"birches," silver-barked and value-laden. 

Michael N.Kalafatas '65 served in the Ojfice of 
Admissions at Brandeis from 1967 until 2002, 
two-thirds of that time as director of admissions. 
His book. The Bellstone: The Greek Sponge 
Divers of the Aegean, One American's Journey 
Home (Brandeis University Press 2003), is 
being made into an educational film by 
Immersion Presents, founded by underwater 
explorer Robert Ballard. 

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Spice Is Nice 

Bringing a dash of salsa to the cultural table. 

Music gives people language to 
express things they sometimes 
can't otherwise articulate, says 
Marisol Negron. And, articulate though she 
is, Negron herself turns to music to answer 
questions she's been exploring much of her 
academic career. 

That's what she does during a conversa- 
tion in Shiffman Hall, where Negron 
arrived over the summer on a Florence Levy 
Kay Fellowship in Latino Studies, a two- 
year, interdisciplinary faculty position for 
which she conducts research and teaches a 
course each semester. She's speaking about 
salsa music, a Latin rhythmic style often 
associated with Cuba. But it's also connected 
to Puerto Rican identity, as Negron demon- 
strates by playing a Willie Colon song from 
the late 1960s. Called "Guisando," it's a 
cautionary tale about a thief, set on 
1 1 0th Street and Lexington Avenue in the 
heart of New York's Spanish Harlem. Like 
many salsa songs, she says, it's a window on 
the Puerto Rican experience of that time 
and place. 

"You are hearing these sounds that are 
part of your social experience and that 
inform who you are, " says Negron. "You see 
yourself in the music, and so then the music 
reinforces that sense ot who you are when 
you listen to it. " 

For her PhD dissertation, called "Salsa as 
Commodity and Cultural Signifier: An 
Analysis of Nuyorican Musical Form," 
Negron delved into what has been dubbed 
the Nuyorican culture, which melds New 
York and Puerto Rican influences. She inter- 

By Lewis I. Rice 




viewed people in the Latin music industry 
and fans whose lives revolved around it. She 
focused on salsa music in the 1970s, exam- 
ining the rise of the recording label Fania 
Records and how the commercial success of 
the music both embodied and empowered 
New York's Puerto Rican community. 

According to Negron, who is the child 
of Puerto Rican immigrants, the music 
reflected the community through its lyrics, 

through album covers showing familiar 
locales, and through its rhythms, which 
borrowed soul and funk beats from 
African-American music in the area. The 
music also reflected the politics of the 
times, with calls for social justice in minor- 
ity communities. One musician Negron 
spoke with recalled performing in the park 
while fires burned in nearby buildings, set 
by landlords to collect insurance money; 

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Marisol Negron 

one recorded song even used fire sirens as 
part of the rhythm. 

"Its not that musicians were carelessly 
playing while the city burned. It was their way 
of resisting what was happening to their com- 
munity," she says. "The music became a way 
to express the outrage and condemnation." 

At the same time, the music launched 
another of the several Latin booms in the 
music industry since the 1920s — booms 
that reverberated far afield from the streets 
of New York, even in Europe and Asia. 
While appealing to a wider audience, the 
music illuminated the Nuyorican identity 
to the marketplace, she says. 

"A lot of what we hear suggests that once 
music becomes commodified it loses its cul- 
tural meaning," says Negron. "What I've 
found instead, in the case of salsa, was that 
there was a mutually reciprocal relation- 
ship — not one without tension, but also 
not one where culture was always subsumed 
to market interests." Salsa musicians, she 
explains, by and large did not change their 
music to appeal to majority audiences, and 
at the same time Fania Records tried to 
identify with the community and its 
cultural practices. What tensions did arise 
related to disputes about royalties and 
about creative autonomy — concerns not 
uncommon in any recording studio. 

The idea for her dissertation arose when 
she taught a course on Latinos in the music 
industry during a fellowship at Stanford, 
where she earned a master's and a PhD. 
During her first semester as a Kay fellow at 
Brandeis, she taught a course on Latin 
music in the United States since the early 
twentieth century. She has heard the occa- 
sional joke about studying a seemingly 
nonacademic subject like salsa music. But 
popular culture is coming to be respected 
within academia as a means of examining 
social issues, she says. 

"Music," says Negron, "can provide a 
comfortable vehicle through which to start 
talking about the transnational flows of 

salsa and Latin music shows that Latinos 
have influenced the broader U.S. culture; 
Witness the planned release later this year 
of a new movie called El Cantante, starring 
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, about 
the life of Nuyorican salsa star Hector 
Lavoe. Yet many people still see Latinos as 
only immigrants or criminals, she says. 

The discussions are also personal for 
Negron, who was born and raised in Con- 
necticut. Now thirty-five, she grew up after 
the period she studied and calls herself a 
child of the hip-hop generation. Attending 
college at Dartmouth, she began reading 
Nuyorican poetry. "It made me realize," she 
says, "that my experience as a Puerto Rican 

'It's not that the musicians were carelessly playing 
while the city burned. It was their way of resisting 
what was happening to their community." 

music and what that means for the transna- 
tional flows of the economy and of people 
crossing borders." 

Indeed, for Negron, a discussion about 
the popularity of Latin music leads to her 
questioning the terms on which Latinos are 
being asked to integrate into U.S. society. 
On the one hand, the ongoing success of 

young woman at the time, of my family in 
this country, was not an individual experi- 
ence, but one which existed in a historical 
context." That history and its rhythms have 
moved her ever since. 

Lewis I. Rice '86 is a freelance ivriter in 
Arlington, Massachusetts. 

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Peter Pan Grows Up 

Bernstein's forgotten music gets a fresh hearing. 

By Ken Gornstein 

Like Peter Pan himself, Leonard Bernstein's music tor the 
1950 Broadway production of J. M. Barries fantastical 
childhood classic seemed destined to never grow up. 

For starters, two of the eight songs Bernstein penned for the 
show were cut due to the limited vocal ranges of Boris Karloff, who 
starred as Captain Hook, and Marcia Henderson, who played 
Wendy. Further, Bernstein's incidental score was dropped in subse- 
quent recordings of the show in favor of music by Alec Wilder. And 
although the show enjoyed critical acclaim and a successful year- 
long run, it was soon eclipsed in popularit)' by the 1954 version 
starting Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard. 

Bernstein's Pan languished in relative obscurity until it was pub- 
lished on CD by Koch International Classics in 2005. Now, a 
Brandeis undergraduate hopes to conduct the score's first live per- 
formance at this year's Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative 
Arts, the five-day extravaganza started by the maestro himself during 
his teaching days at Brandeis in the early fift;ies. 

"I love Peter Pan — I think its historic importance may be under- 
played a bit," explained Deniz Cordell '07, an English and Ameri- 
can literature and creative writing major originally from 
Poughkeepsie, New York. 'And I've loved Leonard Bernstein's 
music for a very long time. It strikes a very American chord but also 
a very emotional chord. So, after listening to the [Koch] CD, I 
thought, 'Someone really needs to bring this back in a live setting.'" 

Cordell describes Bernstein's Pan as a "fascinating bridge" to two 
of his better-known theatrical works, Cand'tde. produced in 1956, 
and West Side Story, which made its Broadway debut in 1957. 

"In the more rambunctious sections oi Peter Pan, you can see the 
seeds of what Bernstein would do in those later works," Cordell said. 

For his concert, scheduled for April 29 at 5;30 p.m. at Slosberg 
Music Center, Cordell envisions a small chamber orchestra, rwo 
soloists (playing the roles of Captain Hook and Wendy), a small 
male chorus of pirates, and a small female chorus of water nymphs. 

In the spirit of Bernstein's "intellectual and artistic curiosity," 
Cordell plans to open the show with a brief talk, explaining the 
motifs and thematic ideas that Bernstein employed throughout the 
score, as well as certain "in jokes" contained in the score. 

"I want this to reflect the Bernstein ethos," Cordell explained. 
"He loved outreach and talking and teaching about his music. " 

Further cementing the Bernstein connection, Cordell has invited 
Bernstein's children, Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, and his brother. 
Burton, to attend the performance. 

Ken Gornstein is the publisher o/Brandeis University Magazine. 

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Wednesday, April 25 
Festival Grand Opening 

Opening of spring exhibitions by John Armleder at the Rose Art 
Museum and by students in the postbaccalaureate studio art 
program in the Spingold Theater Center. 

Thursday, April 26 
Symposium on Creativity 

Artist-scholars from the Women's Studies Resource Center share 
their sources of inspiration. 

Friday, April 27 
The Dream Project 

Dreams become real in this innovative production by the Brandeis 
Theater Company. 

Saturday, April 28 

Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem 

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Brandeis University 
Chorus, and Chamber Choir. 

Sunday, April 29 
Performing Arts Festival 

Throughout the afternoon, more than two hundred actors, 
singers, dancers, and musicians perform in locations across the 
Brandeis campus. Perfect for families. 

Many events are free, and most are open to the public. For a 
complete schedule, visit wimv. 

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track and field 

Right on track 

Senior sprinter's success is no surprise. 

Senior track-and-field captain Machel Charles is full of 
Though he never competed formally in track and field 
before his sophomore year, as a junior he won the 2006 University 
Athletic Association crown in the 400-meter run. 

Away from the track, he plays four musical instruments — violin, 
saxophone, flute, and tuba — sometimes practicing hours at a time. 
And after completing graduate school in business to prepare for 
a career in finance, he wants to become a Navy SEAL. 

A native of Hamilton, Bermuda, Charles attended prep school in 
New Mexico and spent a year at LaSalle University in Philadelphia 
before transferring to Brandeis after seeing its name on a list of top 
computer science programs. 


By Adam Levin 

His ttack experience started with a rite of passage many Brandeis 
students dread: physical education testing. Charles shone during a 
running event in which participants wete awarded a popsicle stick 
for each lap they completed around the track. 

As chance would have it, one of those handing out sticks that day 
was sprinting coach Mark Reytblat. "I could tell right away that he 
was quite an athlete and could be a good track man," says Reytblat 
says, who immediately tapped Charles, with his extremely long 
strides, for the 400 event. 

"Mark said come to practice the next day," Charles recalls. 
"I came at 3:30 p.m. and never stopped coming. Now, track is the 
reason I get up in the morning." 

Sure, there are the academic responsibilities that come with being 
a Brandeis student-athlete — and Charles, having already completed 
an economics major and started another in computer science, has 
demonstrated his commitment in that arena — but running track is 
his first love. 

"The guys you work with make it all worthwhile," he says, "but 
you get that same rush even if it's just you when the gun goes off." 

Of course, track is also helping Charles keep fit for what he hopes 
will be a future calling — service in the Navy SEALs, an elite mili- 
tary force trained to do unconventional warfare, reconnaissance, 
and recovery missions on the land, sea, and air. He got a taste for 
wilderness training as a student at the Armand Hammer United 
World College ot the American West in Montezuma, New Mexico, 
a prep school. 

"Those experiences made me realize I wanted to work with a 
group of people who are ridiculously motivated and qualified at 
what they do. And that's what the SEALs are," he says. 

Why does someone whose dream is to join an elite military 
group decide first to attend an academically demanding university 
like Brandeis? 

"I wanted the mental fortitude that you get from a rigorous edu- 
cation," Charles says. "Eventually, I will do what I studied. But 
first, I want a shot at doing something I've dreamed about." 

Adam Levin '94 is director of sports information. 

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Terris spent two years researching Lockheed Martm materials and interviewing 
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Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History 

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This new book offers essays that address historical issues from the colonial era to 
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"With /eu'/'i"/; Roots in Southern Soil, the history of Jews in the South has finally 
come of age. Boldly asserting the power of place, it demonstrates Southern Jews 
negotiating complicated identities across time and space. The result, these essays 
masterfully convince, is a claim for this particular and unique American identity." 
— Pamela S. Nadell, professor of history, American University 

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A probing study that demystifies the common portrayal of Leo Strauss as the 
inspiration for American neoconservatism by tracing his philosophy to its 
..,. German Jewish roots. 

"With a graceful weave of biography, historical context, and philosophical 
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Glorious, Accursed Europe: 
An Essay on Jews, Israelis, 
Europe, and Western Culture 
By Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, and 

Yaacov Shavit 
237 pages, 
Am Oved Publishers Ltd. 

Brandeis president Reinharz, an 
authority on Jewish history, and 
Shavit, a professor at Tel Aviv 

University, write 
about the dual atti- 
tude (glorious, 
accursed) that Jews 
living in Europe 
have had over the 
years toward the 
Continent, its values, 
and its ideals. The 
attitudes can be dis- 
cerned through vari- 
ous predictions ot 
Jews about the 
future of Europe and through the ten- 
sion between the trends of accultura- 
tion of Jews within the various 
European countries and the trends 
toward reshaping a distinct Jewish 
identity, culture, and heritage. 


ABCs for Seniors: Successful 
Aging Wisdonn from an 
Outrageous Gerontologist 

By Ruth Harriet Jacobs, 

MA66, PhD'66 
208 pages, $19.95, 
Hatala Geroproducts 

Social worker and gerontologist 
Jacobs has put together a playful 
book with a serious purpose: to 
bring seniors messages of impor- 
tance on themes from pets to 
depression, sexuality to voluntarism, 
enjoyment of nature to special serv- 
ices that are available to them. The 
author shares her wisdom in an 

A i C's 

ABC of verses ("F 
is for fun/Do have 
a ton/Alone or with 
a mate/You should 
celebrate") and over 
thirty brief essays 
on topics including 
humor, communi- 
cating with doctors, 
and beating the 
summer heat. 

Ihe Actor's Other Career 
Book: Using Your Chops to 
Survive and Thrive 

By Lisa Mulcahy '86 

206 pages, $19.95, Allworth Press 

If the smell of the greasepaint has 
lured you to pound the pavement in 
New York, you've likely given some 
thought to waiting on tables, because, 
hey, it's a tough city, and what's an 
out-ot-work actor to do? Interviewing 
dozens of sometime thespians, 

Mulcahy, an actor, 
teacher, director, 
and writer, has come 
up with an array of 
alternative answers. 
Through short pro- 
files, she sheds light 
on gainlul jobs that 
build upon the same 
talents that make for 
good acting. Beyond 
talking with people 
in obviously related 
jobs — like doing voice-overs and 
teaching acting — the author shows 
how players earn their bread as 
communications consultants, product 
demonstrators, and fitness instruc- 
tors, as well as in other pursuits. 

Bridges of Faith 

By Monique L. Spalding '93 
207 pages, $13.99, Xulon Press 

A born-again Christian, past 
Catholic, and onetime U.S. soldier. 

The Actor's 

Career Book 

Spalding now serves as a deaconess at 
the Yoido Full Gospel Church in 
Korea, where she is working on a 
master of divinity degree. Vibrant 
with gratitude, 
Spalding discerns 
miracles in small 
things — from veter- 
J]])(^]|^3 4 ans' tuition benefits 
A-/T T J—f': to a deli owner's gift 
of free pizza to the 
courage to shout 
down a Satan wor- 
shipper in the name 
of Jesus Christ. 
With humor and 
conviction, Spalding 
tells of her faith in Christ and of 
many instances in which she per- 
ceived his personal blessings. 

Chicken on Church and 
Other Poems 

By Jeremy Earner '58 
100 pages, $14.95, 
Big Rooster Press 

A novelist, screenwriter, and free- 
lance journalist. Earner won a Best 
Original Screenplay Academy Award 
in 1973 for The Candidate. His arti- 
cles and short stories have appeared 
in numerous magazines, including 

the Paris Review and 
Life. Chicken on 
Church, his first 
poetry collection, is 
accompanied by a 
CD of him reading 
poems that vary 
widely in length, 
mood, and subject. 
The briefest: "Duty 
is proof, proof 
duty:/That is all ye 
know/In hell, and 
even that/Ye don't know very well. " 
Lamer was inspired to write the 
book upon wandering Lower Man- 
hattan and bumping into a giant 
chicken on the corner of Church and 
White Streets. 




The Engaged Sociologist: 
Connecting the Classroom 
to the Community 
By Kathleen Odell Korgen and 

Jonathan M. White '90 
208 pages, $26.95, 
Pine Forge Press 

The Engaged 
Sociologist brings 
the public sociology 
movement into the 
classroom, as it 
teaches students to 
use the tools of 
sociology to become 
effective partici- 
pants in our 
democratic society. 
Through exercises 
and projects, authors White, assistant 
professor of sociology at Bridgewater 
State College, and Korgen, associate 
professor of sociology at William 
Patterson University, encourage 
students to practice the application 
of these tools in order to get both 
hands-on training in sociolog)' and 
experience with civic engagement in 
their communities. 

Enter at Your Own Risk: 
The Dangerous Art of 
Dennis Cooper 

Edited by Leora Lev '82 

278 pages, $49.50, 

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 

Dennis Cooper has 
been both praised 
and censured as the 
most controversial 
writer working 
today for his 
creation of a 
searing, outlaw 
textuality that 
charts psychosexual 
terrain uncensored 
by desire police. 
This volume is the first to explore 
Cooper's significance as a pioneering 

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literary artist who illuminates the 
hidden or repressed extremities of 
the fin de millennium American 
Zeitgeist. Lev, an associate professor at 
Bridgewater State College, has 
assembled a roster of internationally 
acclaimed scholars, fiction writers, 
filmmakers, and artists who conjure 
a provocative encounter between 
Cooper's fiction and European trans- 
gressive literature and philosophy 
and American psychocultural 

The Exodus Haggadah 

By Seth Ben-Mordecai 

(ne Watkins) '77 
160 pages, $24.95, 
Vayomer Publishing Company 

Published in Hebrew and English, 
this Haggadah — an account of the 
Exodus story designed for reading at 
the Passover 
Seder — attempts to 
address the need 
among contempo- 
rary Jews for a 
Haggadah that 
respects tradition 
but is accessible to 
all, regardless of 
schooling in Jewish 
history or tradition. 
Prepared by 
Ben-Mordecai, a 
Semitic linguist and lawyer, the book 
renders the Hebrew text in clear, 
contemporary English. Alongside the 
story. The Exodus Haggadah contains 
rabbinical commentary, prayers, and 
ritual instructions. 

Hell's Belles 

By Jacqueline Morse Kessler '92 
320 pages, $15, 
Kensington/Zebra Books 

Jezebel's not your average exotic 
dancer. For one thing, she's a four- 
thousand-year-old succubus. For 

another, she's on the run from Hell 
(which isn't easy to do in high 
heels). Hiding on the mortal coil as 
a human doesn't 
protect her from 
muggers, lactose 
intolerance ... or 
having feelings for 
Paul Hamilton, a 
man haunted by his 
past. Demons are 
closing in, which is 
enough to make 
Jezebel shiver in her 
G-string. But it's 
her love for Paul 
that's going to have deadly conse- 
quences. (Humans, she laments, 
really should come with instruction 
manuals.) This debut novel by 
Kessler, who has several short stories 
to her credit, has been praised as 
"steamy, humorous, and fast-paced. " 

How Bush Rules: Chronicles 
of a Radical Regime 

By Sidney Blumenthal '69 
416 pages, $26.95, 
Princeton University Press 

In a series of columns and essays 
that former Clinton adviser Sidney 
Blumenthal wrote in the three years 
following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 
a unifying theme began to emerge: 
that Bush, billed by himself and by 
many others as a 
conservative, is in 
tact a radical. In 
Hou' Bush Rules, 
Blumenthal pro- 
vides a trenchant 
and vivid account 
of the progression 
of Bush's radical 
style, from his 
reliance on one- 
party rule and 
his unwillingness 
to allow internal debate to his 
elevation of the power of the 
vice president. 


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How to Survive 
Getting into College 

Edited by Rachel Korn '97 
260 pages, $13.95, 
Hundreds of Heads Books 

How to Survive 
Getting Into 


This book amalga- 
mates advice from 
liLiiidreds of 
successful college 
applicants to 
provide a survival 
roadmap for those 
who follow. It offers 
suggestions on 
everything from 
filling out the 
common applica- 
tion to remembering to smile during 
the interview, covering test-taking 
strategies, selection criteria, school 
visits, and essay writing. Formerly a 
member of the admissions staff at 
Brandeis, Korn holds a master's in 
higher education administration 
from Harvard. 

It Can Happen Here: 
Authoritarian Peril in the 
Age of Bush 

By Joe Conason '75 
256 pages, $24.95, 
Thomas Dunne Books 


In 1935, Nobel 
author Sinclair 
Lewis depicted 
American-style in 
his sardonically 
titled, grim novel It 
Can't Happen Here. 
Now, best-selling 
political journalist 
Conason argues that 
it can happen here — and a select 
group of extremely powerful right- 
wing ideologues are driving us ever 
closer to the precipice. In this com- 
pelling, impassioned, yet rational and 
fact-based look at the state of the 




nation, Conason shows how and 
why America has been wrenched 
away from its founding principles 
and is being dragged toward 

Jasper Johns: From 
Plate to Print 

By Elizabeth DeRose '97 

1 12 pages, $24, 

Yale University Art Gallery 

The exhibition 
Jasper Johns: From 
Plate to Print, 
which continues 
through April 1 at 
the Yale University 
Art Gallery, is the 
first professional 
show ever organ- 
ized by DeRose, 
the Florence R. 
Selden Curatorial 
Assistant at the gallery. In the exhibi- 
tion and accompanying catalog, 
DeRose takes an in-depth look at the 
contemporary artist's intaglio print 
Untitled {\999), a response to Ger- 
man Renaissance artist Matthias 
Greenwald's dramatic Resurrection 
panel from an early sixteenth-century 
altarpiece. In his foreword to the 
book, Jock Reynolds, director ol the 
gallery, notes that the unusual struc- 
ture of the exhibition offers "an 
unprecedented opportunity to visually 
follow one of the preeminent artists of 
our time through his process of artis- 
tic creation." 

Nobody Gonna Turn Me 
'Round: Songs and Stories 
of the Civil Rights Movement 

By Doreen Rappaport 61 
63 pages, $19.99, 
Candlewick Press 

In this concluding book of their 
award-winning trilogy about the 
black American experience that 


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includes No More! (2002) and Free at 
Last! (2004), Rappaport, the author 
of nearly twenty juvenile fiction and 
nonfiction books, 
partnered with illus- 
trator Shane W. 
Evans. The book 
draws on songs, 
poems, memories, 
letters, court 
testimony, and first- 
person accounts to 
provide a moving 
portrayal of the 
experiences of 
African Americans 
from the 1955 Montgomery Bus 
Boycott to the Voting Rights Act in 
July 1965. Along the way, Rappaport 
introduces little-known as well as 
famous figures and incidents in a 
way that is fresh and informative. 

One World: A View 
of Fifty Countries 

By Michael S. Lewis '64 

280 pages, $49.95, Self-published 

Lewis, an 
surgeon and 
avid photog- 
rapher, has 
collected 235 
of his 

images from the past thirty years into 
this beautiful coffee-table book. The 
photographs are not intended to be 
representative of the places Lewis has 
visited during his extensive travels, 
but are rather, as he writes in the 
book's foreword, "scenes, animals, or 
people that caught one person's atten- 
tion." Proceeds from the book benefit 
the Himalayan Cataract Project, an 
organization dedicated to establishing 
a sustainable eye-care infrastructure 
in the Himalayan countries of Nepal, 
Tibet, China, Bhutan, India, Sikkim, 
and Pakistan. The book is available at 




The Poetry of Louise Gluck: 
A Thematic Introduction 

By Daniel Morris, MA'88, PhD'92 
274 pages, $42.50, 
University of Missouri Press 

In this new study ot the work of 
Louise Gluck, Morris, a professor ot 
English at Purdue University, explores 
how the acclaimed 
poet and former 
visiting professor at 
Brandeis uses char- 
acters from history, 
the Bible, and even 
fairy tales to treat 
her persistent 
themes of desire, 
hunger, trauma, and 
survival. He particu- 
larly shows how 
Gluck's creative 
reading of past poets expresses her 
vision of Judaism as a way of 
thinking about canonical texts. 

Reflections: Auschwitz, 
Memory, and a Life 

By Agi Rubin and Henry 

Greenspan, PhD'86 
226 pages, $14.95, Paragon House 

The fruit of a 
twenty-five-year con- 
versation between 
Rubin, a Holocaust 
survivor, and 
Greenspan, a psy- 
chologist and play- 
wright, Reflections 
describes the fate of 
Holocaust memories 
over the course of an 
entire life. "New 
experiences reflect old ones," Rubin 
notes. "They put them in a different 
light, or a different darkness." These 
reflections, the continuing dialogue 
between past and present, are the 
story this book tells about Auschwitz, 
memory, and a life re-created. 

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By Jessica de Koninck '75 

26 pages, $14, Finishing Line Press 


Jessica G. de Koninck 

De Koninck, who 
holds a law degree 
and has long been 
active in town poli- 
'w tics and community 
^^^^^^^^m service in Mont- 
^^^^^^^^^V clair. New Jersey, 

anthology to the 
memory of her hus- 
band, Paul '77, who 
died of kidney 
cancer in 2002. In twenty-three 
moving poems, she writes of quiet 
memories, vivid dreams, and the 
pain of loss. Comments Baron 
Wormser, former poet laureate of 
Maine, "Jessica de Koninck's poems 
confront the presence of absence, 
that sense of utter loss that blinds us 
while it illuminates life's starkest, 
most touching depths." 

Replays: Using Play to 
Enhance Emotional and 
Behavioral Development for 
Children v\/ith Autism 
Spectrum Disorders 

By Karen Levine '82 and 

Naomi Chedd 
137 pages, $19.95, 
Jessica Kingsley Publishers 

In Replays, Levine, clinical director 
for autism and developmental dis- 
abilities at the Cambridge Center for 
Child and Adoles- 
cent Development 
in Massachusetts, 
and Chedd, a men- 
tal-health counselor 
and educational 
consultant in pri- 
vate practice, 
address the chal- 
lenging behaviors of 
children with 
autism spectrum 

disorders through interactive 
symbolic play. It shows parents and 
ptofessionals how to help children 
access their emotions, whether the 
child is verbal or not, cognitively 
able or impaired, even-tempered or 
volatile. The chapters introduce and 
show readers how to implement 
replays, and they describe ways of 
adapting this intervention to address 
specific issues in different settings 
and circumstances. 

Science Giants: Life Science 

By Alan Ticotsky '71 
140 pages, $16.95, 
Good Year Books 

From Rachel 
Carson to Louis 
Pasteur, Charles 
Darwin to George 
Washington Carver, 
Ticotsky introduces 
youngsters in grades 
five through eight 
to some of the fore- 
most minds in the 
life sciences. Part of 
a series, this illus- 
trated workbook demonstrates how 
these discoverers came upon their 
"big ideas." An elementary-school 
science teacher in Massachusetts for 
more than thirty years, Ticotsky has 
worked as a science coordinator, cur- 
riculum developer, and mentor to 
other teachers in his school district. 

Shoes That Don't Hurt 

By Daniel Fried '67 
76 pages, $14, 
Trafford Publishing 

New York attorney Daniel A. 
Fried was hurting in heart and 
insole, unable to find a shoe he 
could wear in comfort. No loafer, he 
decided to take matters into his own 
hands for the sake of his feet. 
Hoping to find lasting comfort. 


he attended a shoemaking workshop 
and made a meticulous study of the 
biomechanics of walking to design 
what he calls the isodynamic shoe. 
Had he been an 
arch heel, he would 
have stuck out his 
tongue and kept the 
technique to him- 
self Instead, Fried 
tied up with a sup- 
portive publisher to 
print his book Shoes 
That Don't Hurt, 
saying, in effect, 
"Eyelet you in on 
my secret." This 
volume will revamp everything you 
need to know about shoes, paving 
the way to happy feet. 

Strange Harvest: 
Organ Transplants, 
Denatured Bodies, and 
ttte Transformed Self 

By Lesley A. Sharp 78 
322 pages, $24.95, 
University ot California Press 

In Strange Harvest, 
Sharp, professor of 
anthropology at 
Barnard College and 
associate professor 
ot anthropology 
and sociomedical 

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:^ sciences at the 

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-^■'"--^ Public Health at 

.j^gA t-A)lumbia University, 

^__^^HI illuminates the won- 

drous yet disquieting 
medical realm of organ transplanta- 
tion by drawing on the voices of those 
most deeply involved: transplant 
recipients, clinical specialists, and the 
surviving kin of deceased organ 
donors. In this rich and deeply 
engaging ethnographic study. Sharp 
explores how these parties think 
about death, loss, and mourning, 
especially in light of medical taboos 

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surrounding donor anonymity. As 
Sharp argues, new forms of embodied 
intimacy arise in response, and the 
riveting insights gleaned from her 
interviews, observations, and descrip- 
tions of donor memorials and other 
transplant events expose how patients 
and donor lamilies make sense ol the 
transfer ot body parts from the dead 
to the living. 

Technical Analysis Plain 

and Simple: Charting the 

Markets in Your Language 

(Second Edition) 

By Michael N. Kahn '80 

309 pages, $24.99, Prentice Hall 

In this fully updated edition ot an ear- 
lier publication, Kahn shares invest- 
ment advice based 
upon his more than 
rwo decades" experi- 
ence as a product 
designer, analyst, 
and teacher. Touted 
as a primer for 
novice investors, the 
book shows how to 
bring clarity and 
objectivity to invest- 
ment decisions, 
uncover new oppor- 
tunities, and manage risk. A widely 
sought-after guest on financial televi- 
sion networks, Kahn writes extensively 
on investment both in his proprietary 
newsletter. Quick Takes Pro, and in 
columns for Barron's Online. 


Plain and Simp! 

Charting the Market: 
in Your Language 

Unruly Immigrants: Rights, 
Activism, and Transnational 
South Asian Politics in the 
United States 

By Monisha Das Gupta, 

MA94, PhD'99 
318 pages, $22.95, 
Duke University Press 

Das Gupta, assistant professor of 
ethnic studies and women's studies 

at the University of 
Hawaii, examines 
seven progressive 
South Asian social 
movements in the 
post- 1965 United 
States. Focusing on 
feminist, "queer," 
and labor organiza- 
tions, she traces 
their development 
and politics as well 
as the conflicts that have emerged 
within the groups over questions of 
sexual, class, and political identities. 

Vision Loss in Older Adults: 
Nursing Assessment and 
Care Management 

Edited by Susan Crocker 

Houde, PhD'96 
213 pages, $45, 
Spring Publishing Company 

Listing the four leading causes of age- 
related vision loss as macular degener- 
ation, cataracts, glaucoma, and 
diabetic retinopathy, Houde provides 
information tor 


cmii Care 

Susan Crocker Houde 

nursmg practitioners 
on the causes of 
these conditions, as 
well as their effects, 
diagnoses, and 
Chapters on the 
psychological and 
social impact of 
vision loss will 
enable nurses to 
better meet the 
complex needs ot patients and 
their families. A certified nurse prac- 
titioner, the author currently serves as 
an associate professor of nursing and 
director of the nursing graduate 
programs at the University of 
Massachusetts-Lowell. She holds a 
master's degree in gerontological 
nursing from UMass— Lowell and a 
PhD in social policy with a specialty 
in aging from the Heller School. 





Brandeis University 

Leo Strauss and the Politics 
of Exile: The Making of a 
Political Philosopher 
By Eugene Sheppard 
188 pages, $24.95 

Born in rural 
Hesse, Germany, 
Leo Strauss 
liecame an active 
Zionist and 
philosopher during 
the tumultuous and 
fractious Weimar 
Republic. As 
Sheppard, associate 
professor of modern 
Jewish thought and history at 
Brandeis, demonstrates in this 
groundbreaking and engaging book, 
Strauss gravitated toward such 
thinkers as Franz Rosenzweig, 
Martin Heidegger, and Carl Schmitt 
as he sought to identify and over- 
come fundamental philosophical, 
political, and theological crises. The 
rise of Nazism impelled Strauss as a 
young Jewish emigre, first in Europe 
and then in America, to grapple 
with — and accommodate his 
thought to — the pressing challenges 
of exile. In confronting his own state 
of exile, Strauss enlisted premodern 
Jewish thinkers such as Moses 
Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza, 
who earlier addressed the problem of 
reconciling their competing loyalties 
as philosophers and Jews. 

Lone Stars of David: The 
Jews of Texas 

Compiled and edited by 
HoUace Ava Weiner and 
Kenneth D. Roseman 

307 pages, $34.95 

Add up all the Jewish people in 
Texas and you'll find a community 

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not quite as big as little Brownsville. 
But a small minority — just six- 
tenths of 1 percent of Texas's 
population — can pack a big cultural 
wallop. Noting that "Jewish life in 
the United States is too often told 
from an East Coast perspective," the 
editors of this generously illustrated 
book show us Jews who fought for 
the Confederacy, Jews who drilled 
for oil, Jews who herded cattle on 
the Chisholm Trail, and Jews who 
faced up to the Ku Kliix Klan. In a 
series of twenty-one essays, the book 
introduces the founders of Neiman 
Marcus, Zales jewelers, and Dell 
Computer; exposes colorful person- 
alities like cowboy music songster 
and gubernatorial hopeful Kinky 
Friedman, musician and politician 
Anna Hertzberg, and million-acre 
rancher Mayer 
Halff; and spot- 
lights a Holocaust 
museum in El Paso, 
onetime Zionist 
labor camps near 
Dallas, and a 
makeshift Jewish 
Sunday school at 
Sam Goldman's 
store in the oil 
patch of East Texas. 

Suddenly Jewish: Jews 
Raised as Gentiles Discover 
Their Jewish Roots 

By Barbara Kessel 
137 pages, $21.95 
(new in paperback) 

Whether to escape persecution, 
impress potential employers, 
acclimate to an adoptive family, 
or simply fit in better in new sur- 
roundings, many Jews have dis- 
carded their Jewish identities to live 
"new" lives. Often, they have not 
even told their children or their 
children's children about their her- 
itage. Kessel, an administrator for 
the Board of Jewish Education of 



Greater New York, 
relates the 
stories of more 
than 160 people 
who suddenly 
learned their for- 
bears were Jewish. 
Some reacted with 
shock; some were 
only mildly inter- 
ested; some 
embraced Jewish 
cultural and religious traditions 
with the passion of a convert. 
Many, Kessel found, related that 
they always somehow "knew," and 
felt they had never quite fit in their 
non-Jewish surroundings. Each 
anecdote makes for fascinating, 
invariably moving, reading. 


The Eternal Question 
(Di Alta Kashe) 

Bv Fraidy Katz (nee Paula F. 

' Parsky, MA'86) 
$15, Kame'a Media 

The Etertuil 
Question pres- 
ents thirteen 
; Yiddish songs 
; in musical 
: settings that 
l deftly shuffle 
: time and 
; space, each 
one evoking 
a different world. Drawing from 
folk and popular sources Katz 
forges a unique sound, lovingly 
and skillfully built on traditional 
foundations yet boldly and 
effortlesly incorporating new sonic 
architecture and color. Musical fla- 
vors include country-swing, soul, 
tango, jazz, blues, and traditional. 
The CD includes a twenty-four- 
page booklet with Yiddish text, 
transliterations, English transla- 
tions, songwriter bios, and more. 


Alumni Establish 
High Bar for Giving 

Many gifts reach $1 million or more 

Bolstered by rwo recent anonymous gifts, 
the number of alumni who have shown their 
enduring commitment to the university by 
making gifts of $1 million or more to the 
Campaign for Brandeis has grown to 

The donations have established faculty 
chairs, created undergraduate scholarships 
and graduate fellowships, and funded capital 
projects. The $1 million alumni donors are: 

Henry Aboodi '86 

Anonymous (3) 

Leonard Asper '86 

Alex Barkas '68, trustee 

Aileen Cabitt '53 

Jonathan Davis '75, trustee 

Donald Drapkin '68, trustee 

Moses Feldman '62 

William Friedman '65, trustee 

Morton Ginsberg '56, trustee 

Gary Goldberg '66 

Martin Gross '72, P'Ol, P'04, P'08, trustee 

Kenneth Kaiserman '60, trustee, and 
Ronald Kaiserman '63, P'07 

Earle Kazis '55 

Myra (Hiatt) Kraft '64, trustee 

Jeanette Lerman '69, trustee 

Ronald Ratner '69, trustee 

Barbara (Cohen) Rosenberg '54, trustee 

Carol (Richman) Saivetz '69, P'97, 
P'Ol, trustee 

Lewis Serbin '64 (deceased) 

Robert Shapiro '52, trustee, and 
Valya (Kazes) Shapiro '61 

Barbara (Cantor) Sherman '54, 
P'83, fellow 

Robert Sillerman '69 

Donald Soffer '54, fellow 

Paul Zlotoff '72, fellow 

Schusters Endow Institute 

Gift to help train next generation of investigative journalists 

Elaine and Gerald Schuster made a gift of $5 million to Brandeis's newly named 
Elaine and Gerald Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a first-of-its- 
kind center committed to in-depth, nonpartisan reporting on issues with broad 
public interest. 

Since its founding in 2004, the Schuster Institute, under the direction of lead- 
ing investigative journalist Florence Graves, has raised campus consciousness 
about journalism's pivotal role in the pursuit of truth and justice, helped train the 
next generation of investigative journalists, and established a reputation for pro- 
ducing high-quality public-interest and investiga- 
tive journalism. 

"We thank the Schusters for their support of this 
groundbreaking institute, whose mission is consistent 
with the university's foundational ideal of pursuing 
'truth, even unto its innermost parts,'" said President 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

The Schuster Institute's impact has been felt both on 
and off campus. The institute has hosted an array of 
speakers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist 
Thomas Friedman '75, former Washington Post editor 
Ben Bradlee, and Dead Man Walking author Sister 
Helen Prejean, who have reinforced the vital role 
aggressive, hard-hitting media play in a democratic 
society. The institute's major journalism projects have included a collaboration with the 
Washington Post on a story about the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to probe 
allegations that thousands of unapproved parts were installed on Boeing jets and a story 
in the Boston Globe about whether lower courts will narrow a U.S. Supreme Court rul- 
ing that should make it easier for employees to sue for retaliation in federal court. 

"We are happy to support the urgent work of the institute, especially in this era when 
fewer media outlets will dedicate the resources needed to dig deeply and expose wrong- 
doing," Elaine Schuster said. "The institute's efforts are much needed in bringing to 
light public policy, exposing problems in the criminal justice system, and pursuing 
often-overlooked stories about injustices to women, children, and families. Brandeis is 
just the right place for this institute." 

The Schusters have long been enthusiastic and generous supporters of Brandeis. 
Elaine is a member of the Women's Studies Research Center's national board, and the 
Schusters have also supported the Rose Art Museum. 

The Schuster Institute pursues stories for three major projects: the Political and 
Social Justice Project, the Gender and Justice Project, and the Justice Brandeis Inno- 
cence Project. Students work closely with institute professionals who are helping to 
train the next generation of investigative reporters. 

Elaine and Gerald Schuster 

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Graduate Engagement Pays Dividends 

Brandeis ranks twentieth in country for alumni giving 

During a recent media interview, I outlined many 
of the initiatives Brandeis has undenaken to keep 
alumni connected to the university: developing 
vibrant club programming, enhancing the 
alumni Web site, and reinvigorating the alumni 
travel program and Alumni Admissions Council. 
In the discussion, I explained to the reporter 
that because Brandeis was founded in 1948 and 
its alumni base is so young, it is especially important to meaning- 
fully engage recent graduates to keep them connected to their class- 
mates and the university. 

I also had the pleasure of sharing with the reporter some wonder- 
ful news: These efforts seem to be paying off. 

In the most recent U.S. News & WorU Report rankings of American 
research universities, Brandeis was twentieth in the country in 
alumni giving rate. For fisoil year 2006, Brandeis alumni gifts totaled 
$19.7 million, an all-time high and six times what it was a decade ago. 

In addition to providing crucial support for student scholarships 
and fellowships, faculty chairs, and capital initiatives, alumni giving 
serves as an important gauge for the outside world to measure how 
Brandeis graduates feel about their education. 

Combined with the traditional support we receive from friends, 
alumni giving is helping us embark on a new era of philanthropy 
at Brandeis. 

— Nancy Winship, P'lO 
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

Coinmuiiitv^ Mourns Passing of Four Prominent Fellows 

The Brandeis community mourns the 
recent passing of several distinguished 
members of the Board of Fellows — Edwin 
Jaffe, P'74, Melvin Nessel, Jill Starr, and 
Bertram Tackeff, P'76. 

"I will always recall with fondness the 
personal time I spent with each of these 
individuals, whose enduring support of the 
university extends back to its earliest days," 
said Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, 
PhD'72. "The impact of their generosity 
and leadership will be felt on this campus 
for many years to come." 

Jaffe, who died on February 14, was the 
son of Meyer Jaffe, one of the university's 
founding fathers. In honor of his father 
and brother, Edwin Jaffe established the 
Meyer and Walter Jaffe Chair in American 

Civilization and Politics at Brandeis. He 
served as president of J & J Corrugated 
Box Corp. in Franklin, Massachusetts, 
from 1946 until the company was sold in 
1986. At the time of the sale, the firm was 
the largest independent company in the 
industry. He is survived by his wife, Lola, 
three sons (including Robert '74), a daugh- 
ter, and six grandchildren. 

Nessel, who also died on February 14, 
established the Melvin and Gail Nessel 
House at the Village residential complex in 
2003. He made his first gift to Brandeis in 
1963. He founded the Fenton Shoe Corp. in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and helped the 
company become one of the country's largest 
shoe manufacturers. He is survived by his sec- 
ond wife, Gail, a son, and two grandchildren. 

Starr, who passed away on January 31, 
served as chair of the Board of Overseers of 
the Rose Art Museum from 1995 to 2001 
and was a life member of the Greater Boston 
chapter of the National Women's Commit- 
tee. She and her husband, Sherman, funded 
the Starr Plaza outside the Bernstein-Marcus 
administration building. In addition to her 
husband, she leaves four sons, two daugh- 
ters, and fourteen grandchildren. 

Tackeff, who died on February 1 1 , served 
as national vice chair of the Board of 
Fellows and traveled extensively across the 
United States on behalf of Brandeis. He 
generously supported the Annual Fund and 
Parents Fund. He is survived by his wife, 
Sterra, two sons (including Roger '76), and 
six grandchildren. 


Senior Vice President of 
Institutional Advancement 

Nancy Winship, P'lO 


Vice President of 

Myles E. Weisenberg 78 


Associate Vice President of 
The Campaign for Brandeis 

Susan Krinsky 

Assistant Vice President of 
Alumni and University 

Karen A. Engelbourg '79 


Assistant Vice President of 

Mark Ablenian 

Senior Director of 
Corporation and 
Foundation Giving 

Robert Silk '90 

Director of Development 

D.avid E. Nathan 
dnathan 1 

All naff may be reached at: 
Brandeis University 
Mailstop 122 
PO Box 5491 10 
Waltham, MA 02454-91 10 


Heller Gets New Home 

Schneider and Family Building captures school's pioneering spirit 

"Without Irving Schneider," Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, 
PhD'72, said, "we wouldn't be standing here." 

"Here" was the Irving Schneider and Family Building, the new 
home for the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, 
which was officially dedicated during a gala ribbon-cutting cere- 
mony on Nov. 3. 

Schneider, a longtime Brandeis supporter and former trustee 
who donated $15 million for the building that bears his name, did 
not attend the dedication. Many of his family members, though, 
were on hand for the festivities. 

"My father has his name on very few institutions and buildings in 
the world," said his daughter, Lynn, as three generations of the 
Schneider family joined to cut the ribbon. "But he did choose to put 
his name on this building." 

Trustee Tom Glynn, PhD'77, chairman of Heller's Board of 
Overseers, said the new building, which was designed by Kyu Sung 
Woo Architects, captures Heller's pioneering spirit and sense of 
community. He particularly lauded the Rhonda S. and Michael J. 
Zinner Forum, a public atrium space that will serve as a kind of 
"town square " for the school. 

"This is a monumental occasion in the history of Heller," he said. 

The new facility, connected to the Heller-Brown Building, dou- 
bles the school's existing space with the addition of more than 
34,000 square feet. 

The Zinner Forum, made possible by a $3.5 million gift from 
the Zinner family, is designed for lectures, events, and faculty- 
student interaction. 

Other donors who were recognized for their important contribu- 
tions to the construction of the building included Heller overseer 

The Irving Schneider and Family Building, new home to the Heller School 
for Social Policy and Management. 

Susan Rothenberg and her husband, Danny; Brandeis trustee Jack 
Connors; Heller overseer Moses Feldman '62; Heller professor 
Larry Bailis and his late wife, Susan, a former Brandeis trustee; 
Heller overseer Paul Egerman and his wife, Joanne; Heller dean 
Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health 
Policy, and his wife, Diane; Stan Wallack, the executive director of 
the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, and his wife, Anya; over- 
seer Robert Danziger and his wife, Sara; longtime Brandeis sup- 
porters Sy and Gladys Ziv; and overseer emeritus Muriel Pokross, 
whose late husband, David, served as chair of the overseers. 

Design Work Begins on Edmond J. Safra Arts Center 

Architect's rendering of new arts center. 

Renowned architect Moshe Safdie has begun 
design work on the new $14 million 
Edmond J. Safra Center for the Arts, a state- 
of-the-art facility that will triple the space 
available for fine arts at Brandeis and meet a 
growing student interest in studying art. 

The center will share an entry plaza with 
the Rose Art Museum and be located adja- 
cent to the Spingold Theater Center, form- 
ing a vibrant arts corner on campus. Work 
is scheduled to begin in late 2007 and be 
completed by fall 2009. 

Features of the center include a display 
gallery primarily for student work, a tiered 

classroom with multimedia capability, stu- 
dio space for undergraduates and postbac- 
calaureates, a visual resources center, a 
digital lab and digital classroom, seminar 
rooms, and faculty offices. 

"The Safra Center is a symbol of the 
university's pioneering vision of the arts in 
the twenty-first century," said President 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. "Not only is 
Brandeis committed to innovation and 
exploration in the arts, but we understand 
the ability of the arts to motivate and 
inspire creative thinking among all 
Brandeis students." 

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Payins; It Forward 

Former students endow scholarship honoring William Goldsmith 

Sure, civil rights activist William Goldsmith 
was an esteemed professor ot politics and 
American civilization widely known as a 
scholar of uncommon intellect. But to his 
students at Brandeis, it was his common 
touch that made the difference in their lives. 

William Goldsmith 

To honor the longtime Brandeis faculty 
member who meant so much to so many, 
Gail Sullivan '73, P'07, has joined with some 
of her classmates and friends to establish the 
William Goldsmith Endowed Scholarship. 

The scholarship provides financial assistance 
to students in much the same way Gold- 
smith, who now lives in Vineyard Haven, 
Massachusestts, dispensed encouragement 
and emotional support to students during his 
Brandeis career (1960 to 1984). 

"It's not an exaggeration to say he saved 
both my life and my brother Tom's life," said 
Sullivan, whose family lived in poverty in a 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, housing project. 
"He saved the lives of a lot of people. " 

Through groundbreaking offerings such 
as Upward Bound and the Transitional Year 
Program, Goldsmith provided talented, dis- 
advantaged students the opportunity to 
attend Brandeis. But Goldsmith did not 
just recruit the students to Brandeis, he per- 
sonally ensured they would thrive once they 
arrived on campus. 

"Bill was instrumental in helping a lot of 
kids from tough backgrounds succeed at 
Brandeis," said Paul Regan '73, a high- 
school dropout from South Boston who 
served two tours of duty as a Marine in 
Vietnam before coming to Brandeis. "He 
basically shepherded us through." 

Regan, a lawyer who founded a group 
legal-services firm with offices in Washing- 
ton, D.C., and Boston, made a major gift to 
support the Goldsmith Scholarship. 

"Bill and Brandeis gave me a chance, and 
1 am forever gratetul for that," Regan said. 
"Bill always encouraged me, worked with 
me, and backed me up. I promised myself 
that if I were ever in a position to help oth- 
ers in the way he helped me I would do it." 

Sullivan, a lawyer in Massachusetts who 
is active in local and national politics, still 
keeps in touch with Goldsmith. In 2004, 
she occasionally called him from the presi- 
dential campaign trail to fill him in on the 
latest developments. 

"Bill has been one of the most important 
people in my life," she said. "I felt com- 
pelled to establish this scholarship in his 
honor. He was a father figure for so many 
students at Brandeis. He worked to make 
Brandeis accessible to everyone." 

For more information or to make a gift in 
support ot the Goldsmith Endowed Schol- 
arship, contact Julie Smith-Bartoloni '90 at 
781-736-4045 or 

University Eyes Center for Israel Studies 

Building on the success of the Crown 
Center for Middle East Studies and the 
Summer Institute for Israel Studies, President 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, hopes to establish 
a Center for Israel Studies to address the lack 
of balanced teaching and scholarship on the 
Jewish state. 

"Without a concerted effort to place the 
study of Israel on an equal footing v^th other 
area studies, ignorance about the history of 
Israel, its place in the Middle East, and the 
nature of U.S.-Israel relations will remain the 
norm," Reinharz said. "The Center for Israel 
Studies will train the next generation of 
experts on Israel and stimulate the academic 
study of Israel on campuses throughout the 
United States." 

The foundation for such a center is 
already in place at Brandeis because Israel 
studies is so closely connected to Jewish 
studies and Middle East studies, two fields 
in which the university has long distin- 
guished itself Many important resources to 
support a center already exist, including 
endowed professorships in Israel studies 
and modern Hebrew literature, faculty 
renowned in their fields of teaching related 
to Israel, Brandeis's long-standing relation- 
ships with Israeli universities, and Brandeis 
University Press. 

Establishing the center requires funding 
new chairs to attract leading scholars in 
Israeli sociology and anthropology, politics, 
and cultural studies. Additionally, fellow- 

ships must be created to support promising 
graduate students as they pursue their 
degrees and original research. 

Plans for the Center for Israel Studies 
also include securing permanent funding 
for the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, 
a first-ot-its-kind program that since its 
establishment in 2004 has addressed the 
shortage of qualified academics teaching 
about Israel. 

The Summer Institute has already 
trained faculty from nearly sixty colleges 
and universities to develop new courses in 
the emerging field of Israel studies at their 
institutions through a three-week summer 
program — two weeks at Brandeis and a 
third week in Israel. 

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Match Game 

Trustee issues challenge to Classes of 1972 and 2002 


Trustee Meyer Koplow 72, P'02, P'05, has 
strong feelings for his alma mater — and it's 
no wonder. The Koplow 
tamiiy tree has deep roots 
at Brandeis. 

Koplow's sister, Amy 
Harriet Koplow, is a 1974 
graduate. His two sons, 
Michael '02 and Jonathan 
'05, both graduated from 
married classmates (Tovah 
and Jennifer Rothwax '05, 
respectively). And his niece Ghana Miller 
earned her degree from Brandeis last year. 

To underscore his commitment to an insti- 
tution that has been such an important part of 
his family's life, he has set up a challenge to 
help boost giving by the Brandeis Classes of 
1972 and 2002 as they approach their 35th 
and 5th Reunions in June. (He serves as 
cochair of the 35th Reunion Committee with 
trustee Martin Gross '72, P'Ol, P'04, P'08.) 

For donors who have not made a gift since 
June 30, 2005, Koplow pledged to match the 
first $300 of every gift from members of the 
Class of 1972 and the first $250 of every gift 
from those who graduated in the Glass of 2002. 
Also, if at least four hundred members of the 
Class of 1 972 or five hundred members of the 
Class of 2002 make gifts of at least $25, he will 

make an additional gift of $100,000 per class. 
Koplow's challenge will run through May 15. 

"I understand that most people do not have 
the capacity to give major gifts, but I believe 
that almost everybody has the capacity to give 
something," Koplow said. "The $50 or $100 
gifts really make a difference and say a lot to 
the outside world about how we, as alumni, 
feel about Brandeis. We have an obligation to 
give back and say thank you for what Brandeis 
has done for us. " 

Koplow spent just two years at Brandeis after 
transferring from Boston University, but his 
time on campus left an indelible mark on him. 
He was particularly struck by the faculty's com- 
mitment to students, exemplified by the close 
relationship he developed with scholar Nahum 
Glatzer while working on his honors thesis. 

"It's difficult to articulate everything 1 
learned during those hours that Dr. Glatzer 
devoted to me, " Koplow said. "We weren't just 
people passing through the halls — the faculty 
took a real and direct interest in the students. 
Brandeis was a community, felt like a commu- 
nity, and operated like a community." 

Koplow, a partner in the New York law 
firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, gener- 
ously supported the Village residential 
complex and established the Richards and 
Koplow Endowed Scholarship. 

Brandeis in the Berkshires Beckons 

Reserve your seat now for one of three 
thought-provoking summer programs offered 
by Brandeis in the Berkshires. 

The programs, which range from two to 
four days, will be held at the Granwell Resort 
and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

The programs are: 

"Middle East Briefing; An Insider's View," 
July 7-8. Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney 
Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Mid- 
dle East Studies, and two Crown Center col- 
leagues will present an inside look at the trouble 
spots and obstacles facing the Middle East. 

"Religion, Rights, and Retribution: Law 
and Disorder in the Middle East," July 8-11. 

Daniel Terris, director of the International 
Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at 
Brandeis, will moderate a discussion on the 
prospects for using legal means — rather than 
military strategies — to resolve conflicts and 
strengthen justice in the region. 

"Can Cultural Activism Bridge the Jew- 
ish Generational Gap?" July 22-23. The 
workshop will explore developments in 
Jewish demography, literature, film, and 
music, and discuss whether the edgy, 
emerging culture can sustain Judaism in the 
rwenty-first century. 

For information, contact Alyson Saykin at 
781-736-3355 or 

Golf and Tennis Outing 
scheduled for August 13 

Join your fellow alumni, parents, 
and friends for a day of friendly 
competition and camaraderie at the 
third annual Brandeis Golf and Ten- 
nis Outing. This year's event, spon- 
sored by Alpine Capital Bank, will 
be held on August 13 at Old Oaks 
Country Club in Purchase, New 
York, one of the top courses in 
Westchester County. Following the 
golf and tennis competitions in the 
afternoon, the day will conclude 
with an awards dinner and raffle. 
More than one hundred alumni, 
parents, and friends participated in 
last year's event, which raised more 
than $100,000 for undergraduate 
scholarships. For more information 
on playing or sponsorship opportu- 
nities, contact Robyn Hartman at 
212-472-1501,ext. 232, or 

Justice Brandeis Society 
to host pair of events 

The Justice Brandeis Society will host 
a pair of events in coming months. 
On April 30, JBS members are 
invited to a screening of the PBS 
documentary about Justice Louis D. 
Brandeis at the Shapiro Campus 
Center. On June 3, JBS members 
are invited to Brandeis Night in 
Washington, D.C. The event will be 
held at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Jules 
Bernstein '57 and Linda Lipsett. 
Additionally, JBS members are 
invited to the annual Commence- 
ment dinner on May 19. For 
information, visit http://givingto. 

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Brandeis Night in Chicago 

More than 125 alumni, friends, and parents 

from the Chicago area gathered for Brandeis 

Night in Chicago, hosted by Thomas and 

Margot Pritzker, P'02. Top left photo, from 

left: Nancy and Mark Ratner, P'94, with 

their daughter, Stacy '94. Top right: Carlton 

and Paula '61 Resnick, P'86, P'91. 

Bottom right: President Jehuda Reinharz, 

PhD'72, and Pritzker. 

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A Laughing Matter 

President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, and 
trustee emeritus Rena Joy Olshansky '56 
(center) share a laugh with Vida Goldstein 
at a retirement party honoring her many 
years of service as the university's director 
of special events. 

Parents Reception 

More than rwo hundred people 
attended the annual Parents 
Leadership and Legacy Recep- 
tion with President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD72, during Fall 
Fest. Top photo, from left: Robert 
Gecht and Rachel Winpar, P'08, 
and Eva and Evan Blutinger, 
P'09, P'lO. Right photo, from left: 
Gillian Kagin '07, her parents, 
Jeanne and Stan Kagin, P'07, 
and Devorah Bitran. 

Campus Arts Update 

The Justice Brandeis Society hosted a talk by Scott 
Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts at Brandeis, 
at Brandeis House in New York. Left photo, from left: 
Douglas Monasebian '84, Amy Silberstein, and Abbe 
Stahl Steinglass '64. Above: Sue PoUets Nager "55 
and Edmiston. 

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Brandeis friends and alumni from around the coun- 
trv' gathered in Palm Beach, Florida, in mid-January 
for the university's annual weekend of events in 
South Florida. 

On January 20, Brandeis honored major contributors 
during a dinner at the Palm Beach Country Club that was 
hosted by trustee Sylvia Hassenfeld. President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72, updated attendees on developments at 
Brandeis and shared news of the $5 million gift from 
Elaine and Gerald Schuster tor the university's newly 
named Elaine and Gerald Schuster Institute for Investiga- 
tive Journalism. Trustee Thomas Friedman '75, the 
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the New York Times. 
followed with a lively interview of Stuart Altman, dean of 
the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and 
the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy. 

Altman was also the keynote speaker the next day at the 
annual Fellows Breakfast, delivering a compelling talk 
about the national health-care crisis and possible solutions. 

Later in the day, more than three hundred people 
attended the fourteenth annual Norman S. and Eleanor E. 
Rabb Seminar. Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney 
Swartz Director ol the Crown Center for Middle East 
Studies, discussed the future of the Middle East. 

Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay, chair of the Board 
of Trustees. 

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Trustee Thomas Friedman 75 (/eft) and Stuart Altman, dean of the 
for Social Policy and Management and the Sol C. Chaikin Professor 
Health Policy. 

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Brandeis friends and alumni from around the coun- 
try gathered in Palm Beach, Florida, in mid-January 
for the university's annual weekend of events in 
South Florida. 

On January 20, Brandeis honored major contributors 
during a dinner at the Palm Beach Country Club that was 
hosted by trustee Sylvia Hassenfeld. President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72, updated attendees on developments at 
Brandeis and shared news of the $5 million gift from 
Elaine and Gerald Schuster for the university's newly 
named Elaine and Gerald Schuster Institute for Investiga- 
tive Journalism. Trustee Thomas Friedman '75, the 
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the New York Times, 
followed with a lively interview of Stuart Airman, dean of 
the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and 
the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy. 

Altman was also the keynote speaker the next day at the 
annual Fellows Breakfast, delivering a compelling talk 
about the national health-care crisis and possible solutions. 
Later in the day, more than three hundred people 
attended the fourteenth annual Norman S. and Eleanor E. 
Rabb Seminar. Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney 
Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East 
Studies, discussed the future of the Middle East. 

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Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay. chair of the Board 
of Trustees. 

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Fellow Charles Housen and his wife, Marjorie Grodner Housen '56. 

President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, and fellow Dolores Kohl '55. 

.om left: Nancy Winship, P'lO, senior vice president of institutional 
advancement, fellow Joe Kerzner, and Lisa Keeper. 

John Foster '75 (left) with 

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Fellow Herbert 
Lee and Shula 
Reinharz, PhD'77 
the Jacob S. 
Professor of 
Sociology and 
director of the 
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From left: Meredith Roser, Karen Rogol '98, and Suzanne Yates. 

From left: Lisbeth Tarlow and trustees Stephen Kay and 
Sylvia Hassenfeld. 

From left: Nancy 
Winship, P'lO, senior 
vice president of insti- 
tutional advancement; 
trustee Bart and Susan 
Winokur; and Stuart 
Altman, dean of the 
Heller School for 
Social Policy and 

Trustee Barbara Mandel, P'73, and Shai 
Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz 
Director of the Crown Center. 

From left: trustee Richard Kaufman '57: fellow David Goldberg '58 and his wife. Barbara; 
trustee Stephen Kay; and Lisbeth Tarlow. 

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Trustee Jonathan Davis 75 (center) and his wife, Margot Davis. MA'05 (second from right), 
pose with family scholars (from left) Allison Young '09, Justin Becker '09, and Namita 
Aggarwal '08. 

Donors who support Brandeis schol- 
arships and fellowships met the stu- 
dents who benefit fi-om their 
generosity during the fifth annual Scholar- 
ship Appreciation Luncheon, which was 
hosted by trustee Ken '60 and Susan 
Kaiserman. Student speakers included Greg 
Goodman '09, the Max and Sadie Friedman 
Scholar; Aduei Riak '07, the Annenberg 
Foundation Scholar; and Polina Navrotskaya 
07, the Joyce and Paul Krasnow Scholar in 
the Sciences. 

Trustee Myra Kraft '64 (center) shares a 
moment with her family's scholars, Jacob 
Knoll '08 and Lara Rosenwasser '09. 

From left: Phyllis G. Redstone Dissertation Year Fellows Shefali Misra. Lindsay Silver, and Rebecca 
Olson: trustees Phyllis Redstone. William S. Friedman '65. and Stephen Reiner '61: Redstone 
fellow Vanita Neelakanta; trustee Robert Shapiro '52: and Gregory Freeze, associate dean of the 
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

Paul Fruitt. P'79. visits 

with his family's scholars. 

Ashwin Poorswani. 

MBA'07 (left), and 

Jason Wu '09. 

President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, and 
Annenberg Foundation Scholar Aduei Riak '07. 

Paul ZIototf 72. incoming chair of the Board of Fellows, Is 
surrounded by (from left) Daniel Parmer, MA'07, and Rebecca 
Hartman, MA'07, the Davidson, Hermelln, ZIotoff Endowed Fellows, 
and Jason Wu '09 and Ashwin PoorswanI, MBA'07, the Fruitt 
Family Scholars. 

Trustee Barbara Mandel, P'73 (left), and Mandel fellow Danielle 
Corlale '08. 

Trustee Carol Salvetz '69 (center) meets two of her family's 
scholars, Donna Balaouras '08 (/ef() and Jessica Kent '09. 

Pollna Navrotskaya '07, the Joyce and Paul Krasnow Endowed Scholar In the 
Sciences, gets to know trustees Morton Ginsberg '56 (left) and Vartan Gregorian. 

Florence Davis, president and director of the 

Starr Foundation, flanked by two of the C. V. 

Starr Scholars. Gabrielle Jean-Pierre '08 and 

Jahfree Duncan '09. 


Never Forget, Never Again 

Gerzon Scholarship to support students who study Holocaust 

Holocaust survivor George Gerzon, P'80, 
has dedicated his hfe to ensuring that the 
horrors of the Nazi regime vv'ill never be 
forgotten by future generations. Now, 
thanks to a generous gift from his children, 
Gerzon's efforts will continue in perpetuity 
at Brandeis. 

In honor of their parents, both of whom 
survived the Holocaust, the Gerzons" chil- 
dren — daughter Helen Gerzon Goransson 
and her husband, Paul Goransson "75, and 
son Len Gerzon '80 and his wife, Nancy — 
made a gift to establish the George and 
Gertrude Gerzon Endowed Scholarship for 
Eastern European Studies. The scholarship 
will support students in the Department of 
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies who study 
abroad in Eastern Europe, giving preference 
to those who study the Holocaust in 
George Gerzon's native Poland. 

"My father's life has been, since we were 
very small children, about teaching and 
telling the story of the Holocaust," Len 
Gerzon said. "That's what this scholarship 
is about." 

"He and his fellow survivors felt that 
they survived for a reason: to tell the story 
of the Holocaust so people would not 
forget and let it happen again," added 
Helen Goransson, who cowrote her 

George and Gertrude Gerzon, P'80, with their extended family. 

father's Holocaust memoirs. The Hand of 
Fate, in 1999. 

The elder Gerzons, who have been mar- 
ried for sixty-two years, have long felt a 
strong connection to Brandeis. After immi- 
grating to the United States and settling in 
Boston, the Gerzons and their friends, many 
of whom were also Holocaust survivors, 
developed a bond with the then-fledgling 
university. They frequently attended services 
and Holocaust events at Brandeis. 

"My father vehemently supports Brandeis 
as an institution and a concept," Len said. 
"There was a very strong sentiment among 
many members in the Jewish community 
that there was an analogy between Israel and 

Brandeis; they were both born from the 
ashes ofWorld War II." 

The elder Gerzons were feted at a recent 
reception at the Faculty Club attended by 
their extended family. Several members of 
the Brandeis Student Holocaust Remem- 
brance Committee asked George Gerzon 
questions about Holocaust experiences that 
were chronicled in The Hand of Fate. 

"We were all amazed you were able to 
stay so positive despite everything that was 
happening around you," Elana Levi '07, 
copresident of the student committee, told 
the Gerzons. "We, as future generations, 
believe there is a lot we can learn from you 
and your story of survival." 

Zlotoff to Lead Board of Fellows 

Uniprop CEO formerly served as chair of Alumni Association 

Paul M. ZIototf 72 

Paul M. ZlotoflF'72, a Brandeis supporter and 
rwo-term national president of the Alumni 
Association, was elected chair of the Board of 
Fellows, effective following Commencement 
in May. He replaces cochairs Rosalind 
(Fuchsberg) '59 and Richard Kaufman '57, 
P'83, who have served since 2001. 

Zlotoff, a fellow since 2005, headed the 
Alumni Association for four years beginning 
in May 2001. During his tenure, he 
increased alumni involvement, revitalized 

the board, and instilled a renewed customer- 
service focus. 

Zlotoff has been a generous contributor to 
The Campaign for Brandeis and helped fund 
the Davidson, Hermelin, Zlotoff Endowed 
Fellowship in Jewish Communal Service. 

He serves as chairman and CEO of 
Uniprop, a real-estate development and 
investment firm. 

He and his wife, Linda (Yale) '72, have 
two children. 

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You Can Go Home Again 

Reconnect with old friends at Reunion 2007 

Graduates of eleven Brandeis classes are invited back to campus this spring for Reunion 
2007 from June 8 to 10. The weekend provides alumni an opportunity to reconnect 
with old friends, revisit the Castle and other Brandeis landmarks, attend Alumni Col- 
lege [see story, this page], and enjoy the university's many new programs and facilities. 

Among the highlights of this year's festivities will be "Polio: An American Story," a talk 
by Puliner Prize-winning author David Oshinsky, PhD'71, the George Littlefield 
Professor of American History at the University of Texas-Austin. Oshinsky, the recipient 
of a 2007 Brandeis Alumni Achievement Award, will share the memories of growing up 
in a world threatened by polio and how it affected an entire generation of Americans. 

Other highlights include a conversation with President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, a 
tour of the transformed campus and the Rose Art Museum, and the popular Ralph 
Norman Barbecue on Saturday afternoon. 

The theme of the Saturday-night Gala Dinner and Dance, one of Reunion's most 
memorable traditions, is 'A Night in Para'Deis." During the event, Reinharz will pres- 
ent Alumni Achievement Awards to two of this year's three winners, Oshinsky and 
Deborah Bial '87, president and founder of the Posse Foundation. The third recipient, 
Jules Bernstein '57, a leading labor lawyer in Washington, D.C., will receive his award 
at his 50th Reunion in May. 

The university marks another milestone this year as the Class of 1952 celebrates 
Brandeis's inaugural 55th Reunion. Committee members are on pace to fund fully the 
Class of 1952 Endowed Scholarship, which will annually provide full tuition to a 
deserving student. 

Several hundred members of this year's Reunion classes are volunteering on committees 
and planning a host of interesting and exciting activities for their former classmates. For 
more information or to view a planning-to-attend list, visit the Reunion Web site at 

Members of the Class of 1981 celebrate their 25th Reunion last spring. 

Alumni College 
a Class -y Event 

Alumni, members of the National Women's 
Committee, and friends of the university will 
head back to the classroom for Alumni Col- 
lege on June 8, coinciding with the start of 
Reunion 2007 weekend. 

Eight professors are scheduled to present 
courses and workshops during the 10 a.m. 
to 4:45 p.m. program. They include: 

• "Reflections on (and in) Poussin," with 
Jonathan Unglaub, assistant professor of 
fine arts and chair, medieval and renais- 
sance studies 

• "Five Steps to Innovation and Creative 
Thinking: Unleashing Creativity for Indi- 
viduals and Groups," with Jon Chilinger- 
ian, associate professor of human services 

• "Teaching from the Inside Out, " with 
Dawn Skorczewski, director of university 
writing and associate professor of English 
and American literature 

• "Knowledge in the Internet Age, " with Tim 
Hickey '77, professor of computer science 

• "Why Does Tuition Consistently Rise 
More Rapidly Than Inflation?" with 
Michael Coiner, associate professor of 

• "How Much Science Can You Do for a 
Million Dollars?" with Irving Epstein, the 
Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry 

• "Black/Jewish Relations — The Way 
Ahead," with Ibrahim Sundiata, the Samuel 
and Augusta Spector Professor of History 

• "The Ever-Changing Brain: Learning in 
Neurons, Whole Animals, and You," 
with Don Katz, assistant professor of 

Participants will receive a boxed lunch 
and be given ample time to mingle with 
program faculty, classmates, and friends. 

Registration is $25 per person. Visit 

Call 781-736-4041 or 800-333-1948, or 
for more information. 

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No Better Time to B-Connected 

'Twas the day before Christmas weekend, and my daughter, 
a Brandeis alumna hving in New York, developed an eye 
infection. Having recently graduated from New York 
University Law School, she was no longer able to avail her- 
self of the school's medical clinic. She was too busy with her 
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Brandeis alumna, the answer is simple: 
Find a Brandeis alumnus who is a doctor in New York! 

Within one hour, my daughter was in a cab on her way to 
see Dr. Doug Monasebian '84. He treated her infection, fol- 
lowed up by phone, and, most importantly, immediately 
dispatched an e-mail telling me not to worry! 

As an undergraduate, I could have never imagined 1 
would belong to a lifelong, worldwide Brandeis commu- 
nity. Yet the bond among Brandeis alumni is indeed mag- 
ical. I hear from alumni across the country about how 
they landed jobs through Brandeis connections. Even if 
we have not met before, alumni know each other and 
trust each other because we share the special wisdom and 
culture ot Brandeis. 

Providing more opportunities to connect has been a goal 
of the Alumni Association for the past several years. Mike 
Ramer '88, MA'89, and Lisa Kranc '75 head up the 
B-Connect committee that is charged with developing an 
enhanced online community by year's end. Under their 
leadership, we surveyed alumni to determine their top pri- 
orities. Almost two thousand ot you told us that career and 
employment services, professional referral services, and 
social networking ranked high on your list. Online class- 
rooms, podcasts by professors, and streaming video of on- 
campus programs also ranked high. The most overwhelming 
finding was the desire of alumni to be connected to one 
another, if only for the purpose of being connected. 

As a result, the B-Connect committee has been working 
closely with the university administration to build and 
launch an online alumni community through our new 
alumni Web site ( 
B-Connect will catapult us to an unprecedented level of 
connectedness, offer significantly greater networking oppor- 
tunities and keep the Brandeis community to which we all 
belong right at our fingertips. 

Looking for a great doctor in New York? Do 1 — and 
B-Connect — have a Brandeis alum for you! 

— Darlene Green Kamine '74, P'03 

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Alumni Club of Baltimore 

Faculty In the Field with Mark 
Auslander, professor of 
anthropology, April 22. 

Alumni Club of Chicago 

Faculty In the Field with Steven 
Burg, Adial E. Stevenson 
Professor of International Politics, 
April 22. Hosted by Robin Leikin 78 
at her Glencoe home. 

GLBT Network 

A panel of alumni will discuss how 
the GLBT experience on campus has 
changed over the decades. Recep- 
tion, Brandeis House, New York City, 
April 18, 6:30 p.m. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston 

Journalism Panel, April 12, 7:00 
p.m., Napoll Room, Gosman Sports 
and Convocation Center. 

Brandeis Theater Company 
presents The Dream Project, 
April 21, 8:00 p.m., Mainstage, 
Splngold Theater Center 

Breakfast and Lunch Series: 
"Education for Global Citizenship: 
Lessons from the Past." with David 
Engerman, associate professor of 
history, April 26, noon to 1:30 p.m., 
Multipurpose Room. Gosman Sports 
and Convocation Center 

Brandels-Wellesley Orchestra 
with the University Chorus and 
Chamber Choir. April 28, 8:30 p.m.. 
Levin Ballroom. 

Alumni Family Pool Party, 
May 6, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 
LInsey Pool, Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center 

Breakfast and Lunch Series: "Culture 
and Politics: The Civil War In the Age 
of Bush," with Michael Gllmore, chair, 
English and American literature. May 
9, noon to 1:30 p.m.. Brown Rudnick 
Berlack Israels, Boston. 

A Night at the Pops: EdgeFest, 
June 23, 8:00 p.m.. Symphony 
Hall, Boston. 


Faculty in the Field: "The Origin of 
First Impressions," with Leslie 
Zebrowltz, Manuel Yellen Professor 
of Social Relations, April 22. 1:00 to 
3:00 p.m. Cosponsored by the 
National Women's Committee. 

Alumni Club of Northern California 

Faculty In the Field: "The Science of 
Happiness," with Derek Isaacowltz, 
assistant professor of psychology. 
May 6. 

Alumni Club of Philadelphia 

Faculty In the Field with Jonathan 
Sarna 75, MA75. Joseph H. and 
Belle R. Braun Professor of 
American Jewish History and 
director, Hornsteln Jewish Profes- 
sional Leadership Program, April 29. 


Faculty in the Field: "The Ever- 
Changing Brain: Learning in Neu- 
rons, Whole Animals, and You," with 
Don Katz, assistant professor of psy- 
chology. May 6, LOO to 3:00 p.m. 
Cosponsored by the National 
Women's Committee. 

Alumni Club of South Florida 

Faculty In the Field with Daniel 
Kryden associate professor of 
politics, June 3. 

Alumni Club of Westchester 
County (New York)/Family Network 

Private tour and picnic at the 
Stamford Nature Center, 
Connecticut. June 3. 

For more information, visit 

Hornstein program director Jonathan 
Sarna '75. MA'75. will speak at a Fac- 
ulty in the Field event in Philadelphia 
on April 29. 

Association Loses a Friend 

Founding president Natasha Saltzman '52, P'83, recalled for "pioneering spirit" 

Brandeis University lost a true friend last fall with the passing of 
Natasha Saltzman '52, P'83. A member of Brandeis's first 
graduating class, Saltzman became the founding 
president of the Alumni Association the year 
after she graduated. She is widely credited 
with providing the leadership that grew the 
association into the robust, 37,000-member 
organization it is today. 

Saltzman always maintained a relationship 
with Brandeis, as president of the association, as 
a member of the Alumni Board and Executive 
Committee, as a member of her 45th Reunion Gift Committee, and 
as a Brandeis fellow from 1964 to 2004. Last summer, Saltzman 
attended a semiannual Class of '52 reunion in the Berkshires. 

After graduating with a degree in sociology, Saltzman earned 
advanced degrees from Hunter College and Adelphi University. 
She devoted her career to geriatric social work, cofounding the 
home health-care agency SelectCare, where she served as vice 
president and director of social services. Saltzman was also the 

owner and operator of Natasha's Dacha, a bed and breakfast on 
Cape Cod. 

She is survived by a sister, Judith Lirvich; her children Nelle '83 
and Dan Miller '83, and Rebecca and Joel Miller; and three grand- 
children, Henry, Anna, and Molly. 

"Natasha was a remarkable person, " said lifelong friend and class- 
mate Helene Lambert '52, who roomed with Saltzman at Brandeis 
and was at her side when she died. "She had a real zest for life. She 
loved to travel, was an accomplished potter and photographer, and 
knew how to live life well." 

Several Brandeis friends joined more than one hundred others at 
Saltzman's memorial service, conducted by classmate Eugene 
SakJad '52. 

"Natasha will be remembered tor her pioneering spirit in creating 
the Brandeis Alumni Association," said Karen Ann Engelbourg '79, 
assistant vice president for alumni and university relations. "That 
the association keeps more than 37,000 graduates connected to the 
university is a fitting tribute to a woman known for her social grace, 
magnetic personality, and generous spirit." 

Wien International Scholarship Program to Celebrate Fiftieth 

It's not too early to save the date for the 
fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Wien 
International Scholars Program, scheduled 
for April 11 to 13, 2008. Wien alumni 
from around the globe will gather on cam- 
pus with current students and members of 
the Wien family to celebrate the founding 
of this important program. 

Vartan Gregorian, a university trustee 
and president of the Carnegie Corporation, 
will deliver a keynote address on Saturday, 
April 12. Other events will include panel 
presentations by current Wien scholars and 
Wien alumni. 

Endowed in 1958 by then trustee chair 
Lawrence A. Wien and his wife, Mae, the 
Wien International Scholarship Program 
offers tuition and room and board to qual- 
ified foreign students who wish to attend 
Brandeis. In establishing the pioneering 
program, the Wiens hoped to promote cul- 
tural exchange at Brandeis. 

Since the program's inception, more than 
800 students from 110 countries have stud- 
ied at Brandeis. The program counts among 
its alumni the prime minister ol Iceland, the 

Prominent world leaders attended the inauguration ceremonies for the Wien International Scholar- 
ship Program on October 12, 1958. From left: founder Lawrence Wien; Abram Sachar. founding 
president of Brandeis; U.S. Senator John R Kennedy; Wakoko Kimoto, a member of the first class of 
Wien Scholars; U.S. Senator Leverett Saltonstall; George Kennan, former U.S. ambassador to the 
Soviet Union; and Abraham Feinberg, chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees. 

foreign minister of Slovenia, the minister of online tribute book in which alumni can share 

education in Kenya, and the first female 
member of the Japanese Diet. 

As part of the fiftieth anniversary celebra- 
tion, a dedicated Wien Web site will be 
launched in April 2007 that will feature an 

their thoughts and sentiments about Bran- 
deis, their experiences as Wien scholars, and 
their gratitude to the extended Wien family. 

For more information, contact Karen 
Rogol '98 at 

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Dick '57 and Mimi Bergel '57 (left) are serving as vice chairs for the committee planning the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1957. Richard Kaufman '57 
(right), pictured with his wife, Rosalind '59, P'83. is chair of the committee. 

Bergels, Kaufman Team Up for 50th Remiion 

Event vice chairs have long history of serving their alma mater 

His Brandeis football career long over, Dick 
Bergel '57 is now teaming up with his wife, 
Mimi (Kaplan) '57, to help lead the cheers 
for their 50th Reunion on May 18 to 20. 

Dick, a Hall of Fame running back 
under legendary coach Benny Friedman, 
and Mimi, a cheerleader in the mid-1950s, 
are serving as vice chairs for the committee 
planning the 50th Reunion of the Class of 
1957. The Bergels' responsibilities include 
serving as goodwill ambassadors for the 
university, a role they have heartily 
embraced since graduating from Brandeis a 
half-century ago. 

They have been generous with both their 
time and money in support of Brandeis. Dick 
formerly served as a university trustee, and 
both are members of the Board of Fellows. 

They have also been active in the Alumni 
Admissions Council, helped organize class 
reunions, and belong to Friends of Brandeis 
Athletics. The Bergels were instrumental in 
efforts to secure Friedman a place in the Pro 
Football Hall of Fame in 2005. 

"We both have such fond memories of 
Brandeis," Dick said. "At that time, foot- 
ball was part of the culture and brought a 
lot of attention to the university. I remem- 
ber the games, the pageantry, and the 
camaraderie. I'm still friendly with many 
of my teammates." 

Added Mimi, "When we were at Bran- 
deis, the total enrollment was about a thou- 
sand students, so we knew almost everyone 
in our class and the classes before and after 
ours. It was a very close-knit community. 

Attending Brandeis was such an adventure 
because everything we did was new." 

The Bergels are urging all of their class- 
mates to return for the 50th Reunion and 
renew acquaintances with old friends. 

"It's an opportunity to relive an exciting 
part of our lives," Mimi said. "Our classmates 
who have not been to Brandeis recendy will 
be struck by how the campus has changed. 
There are more students, new buildings, and 
more diverse academic fields, but Brandeis 
still has the same pioneering spirit that it had 
when we were students." 

Dick is looking forward to participating 
in the Commencement procession with 
other members of the Class of 1957. "I 
think it will add quickness to our step and 
make us feel young again," he said. 

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Alumni Club of New York 
Recent Graduates Network 

From left: Recent Graduates Network 
cochair Galete Levin '00; Shlomo 
Blashka, liaison to Israeli Wineries, Royal 
Wine Corp.; and event cochair Dalya 
Levin '04 welcomed New York-area 
alumni to a wine tasting and lecture at 
Brandeis House last fall. 

Alumni Club of New York 
Performing Arts Network 

In November, the Performing Arts Network hosted alumni 
at the Resonance Ensemble's production of Charles L. 
Mee's Obie Award-winning play, The Mail Order Bride, at 
the Beckett Theatre in New York City. 

Alumni Club of New York 

From left: Mark Tulis '73, Mark Bienstock '73, Rebecca 
Tulis, Maxine Bienstock, and Elaine Heimberger Tulis '72 
joined more than one hundred New York-area alumni at 
a workshop, "What Makes a Future Brandeisian? An 
Insider's Guide to Selective Colleges," at Brandeis House 
last fall. 

Alumni Club of New York 

Wall Street and Finance Network 

Private-equity investor and university trustee 
Thomas H. Lee (center), who spoke to the Wall 
Street and Finance Network February 13 at 
Brandeis House in New York, is joined by trustee 
Ron Daniel (left), who hosted the event, and 
President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

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Alumni Club of South Florida 

Clockwise from bottom lefr: Amy Mandel '10, Ivy Hest '07, Michael 
Wagner 06, Allison Fleischer, Osi Shmueli '05, Wendy Herrera '09, 
Stefanie Silverman '07, and Jessica Gershen '07 enjoyed the sunshine at 
the club's fifth annual Winter Break Beach Parry at the Golden Beach 
Pavilion in January. Club president Gil Drozdow '79 hosted the event, 
and Future Alumni ot Brandeis liaison Raena Davis '07 served as cochair. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston 

Event cochairs Doug Rosner '88 and Barbara 
(Cantor) Sherman '54, P'83 (right), join Elizabeth 
Goodman, professor of child and adolescent 
health at the Heller School of Social Policy and 
Management at a Downtown Lunch Series at 
Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels in Boston. 
Goodman delivered a talk, "Supersize Me: Social 
and Biological Determinants of America's Obesity 
Epidemic." Erica Michals Silverman '95 also served 
as event cochair, with Steven London '77 and Tedd 
Lustig '91 as hosts. 

Alumni Club of Denver 

Copresidents Nicole Hoffman 
Myers '96 (lefr) and Susan 
Hendrick '96 welcomed Derek 
Isaacowitz, assistant professor of 
psychology, at a Faculty in the Field 
event hosted by Frani Rudolph 
Bickart '66 and her husband, Ted, 
in November. Isaacowitz spoke on 
"The Science of Happiness." 

Alumni Club of Baltimore 

Steering Committee members from left) Lisa 

Gerber '90, Monica Pats '82, and Leonie Weiss 

Kahn '98 joined fellow graduates and students at the 

home of Judy Myers Langenthal '57 for the club's 

second annual midsemester party in January. The 

event was cochaired by Rebecca Klein '94 and Future 

Alumni of Brandeis liaison Amelia Liebhold '08. 

Alumni Club of Arizona 

The Alumni Club of Arizona 
welcomed Peter Conrad (lefr), the 
Harry Coplan Professor of Social 
Sciences, and Brooke Stein '01 (right) 
at a Faculty in the Field event at the 
home of Karen Neiter Nagle '84 and 
her husband, Robert, in January. 
Conrad delivered a talk, "The 
Medicalization of Society." The event 
was chaired by club president Rachel 
Hernandez '92. Future Alumni of 
Brandeis liaison Sarah Bernes 10 
was also in attendance. 


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Alumni Club of Chicago 

The club held its annual Alumni and Student Broomball game in January. Outgoing president Aria Siiverstein '88 organized the event. 

Steve Wander '97 (below, top left) organized a daylong volunteer event in Novem- 
ber at the Rhea Segal Food Pantry Program in Chicago, which provides free social 
services for the needy. Top row, from left: Wander, Brian Irwin '98, John 
Sutton '98, Rob Seidner '98, MBA '03, and Adam Shames '87; middle roiv, 
from left: Sondra de Jong '94, Jessica Tobacman '02, Debbie Schmidt 
Seidner '98, Laura Gingiss Wander '98, Nicole Werther '98, and Dan Lev '98; 
bottom, from left: Lynn Steiner '91 and Rebecca Lieber '94. 

Members of the Alumni Club of Chicago 
(above) cheered on the Brandeis men's 
and women's basketball teams in January 
as they took on the University of 
Chicago. The women beat Chicago, 
57^8, but the men lost, 88-76. 

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BAMD! 2006 

Last fall, nearly rwo hundred alumni gathered 
on campus for BAMD! 06, Brandeis Alumni 
Making a Difference: In the Legacy of Louis D. 
Brandeis. The weekend-long leadership retreat 
featured several panel discussions, workshops, a 
visit to Brandeis art studios and the Rose Art 
Museum, and a gala awards dinner at the John 
Joseph Moakley Courthouse in downtown 
Boston. Speakers and panelists included Walter 
Mossberg '69, author and creator of the 
"Personal Technology" column in the Wall Street 
Journal; Marshall Herskovitz '73, award-winning 
television director, producer, and writer; Marta 
Kaufifman '78, executive producer and cocreator 
of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Friends; 
Jonathan Brant '68, a Cambridge District Court 
judge; and many others. 

Frank Gilbert (right), grandson of Louis D. 
Brandeis, joins (from /f/rj James P. Leahy '85, 
BAMD! '06 event chair Laurie Slater Albert '74, 
and Jonathan Brant '68 at a celebration marking 
the anniversary of Justice Brandeis's 150th 
birthday, which occurred November 13, 2006. 


Alumni participating on the arts panel included (from left) Nick Rabkin '69, 
executive director of the Chicago Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College; 
Marta Kaufifman '78, executive producer and cocreator oi Friends; Thertsa. 
Rebeck, MA'83, MFA'86, PhD'89, playwright and screenwriter; George 
Kahn '73, musician and president of Playing Records; Adam D. Weinberg '77, 
the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; and 
Peter Lipsitt '61, sculptor and professor of art. Scott Edmiston, director of 
Brandeis's Office of the Arts, served as moderator. 

Walter Mossberg '69, "Personal Technology" columnist at the Wall Street 

Journal, kicks off the weekend festivities at the BAMD! '06 welcome dinner. 

He spoke to a capacity crowd about trends in personal technology and computing. 

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Cambridge District Court judge Jonathan Brant '68 (right) led 

a panel discussion on the leadership of Louis Brandeis, 

tocusing on the late Supreme Court justice's legacy of social 

justice, his contributions to the legal field, and his reputation 

as the "people's attorney." Panelists included (from left) Nick 

Paleologos, executive producer of a documentary film on 

Justice Brandeis that is being produced by Charles Stuart of 

Stuart Television Productions; Joette Katz '74, a Connecticut 

Supreme Court justice; Frank Gilbert, Justice Brandeis's 

grandson; Anita H. Dymant '71, a California Superior Court 

judge tor Los Angeles County; and Richard S. Kay '68, the 

George and Helen England Professor of Constitutional Law ai 

the Universitv of Connecticut Law School. 

At Friday's welcome dinner. Alumni Association president 
Darlene Green Kamine '74, P'03 (bottom right), presented 
several former association presidents with a statue of 
Louis D. Brandeis in recognition of their outstanding 
service to the university. Bottom row, from left: Sally 
(Marshall) Glickman '59; Paul Levenson '52, P'78, P'82; 
Paula (Dubofsky) Resnick '61, P'86, P'91; Sharyn 
Sooho '69; Carol (Richman) Saivetz '69, P'97, P'Ol, 
accepting on behall of her late husband, Richard '69; 
and Kamine. Top row, from left: Paul Zlotoff '72; Lawrence 
Kane '57; Alan Greenwald '52; Jeffrey Golland '61, P'96; 
Bruce Litwer '61; Charles Eisenberg '70; and Yehuda 
Cohen '81. 

Gathering at the entrance to the John Joseph Moakley 

Courthouse in Boston are (from left) Yehuda Cohen '8 1 ; 

Alumni Association president Darlene Green Kamine '74, 

P'03; Nancy K. Winship, P'lO, senior vice president of 

institutional advancement; Paul Zlotoff '72; Yasmin 

Schaller '83; Laurie Slater Albert '74, chair of BAM D! '06; 

and Stephen Albert. Engraved on the courthouse's 

marble wall is a quote from Louis D. Brandeis: 

"Justice is but truth in action." 

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During the BAMD! '06 Awards and Gala Dinner, the 
Alumni Association's annual Young Leadership Award, 
Service to Association Award, and the Admissions Council 
Service Awards were presented. Association president Darlene Green 
Kamine '74, P'03, and Wendy Morris Berliner '95, chair of the Awards 
and Recognition Committee of the Alumni Board, presented. 

Alumni Admissions 
Council Service Awards 

The Alumni Admissions Council (AAC) Service Award recognizes 
AAC volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond the 
call of duty and whose passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to the 
university have made them positive ambassadors for Brandeis in their 
communities. Three individuals received AAC aivards. 

Brandeis couple Eileen '78 
and Kenneth Winter '77 have 
served as Alumni Admissions 
Council cochairs in Philadel- 
phia and Southern New Jersey 
tor more than twenty years. 
Their shared dedication to 
Brandeis is legendary. Between 
them, they have coordinated 
countless interviews with 
prospective students, and 
hosted annual new-student 
sendofFs. Eileen also serves on 
the Alumni Club of Philadelphia steering committee. Ken is a vice 
president at Fidelity Capital Resources in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 
and Eileen is a senior social worker at Thomas Jefferson 
University Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Francine Shonteld Sherman '84 recently 
stepped down after twenty years of 
dedicated service to Brandeis as chair of 
the Alumni Admissions Council on the 
North Shore of Illinois. In her more 
than two decades of service, she coordi- 
nated hundreds of interviews, represent- 
ed Brandeis at college fairs, and hosted 
new-student sendofts. Association lead- 
ers tapped her considerable experience 
and talent during the BAMD! 2004 
retreat, where she led training for other AAC volunteers. She has 
organized the AAC's annual fall meeting, and serves on the 
steering committee of the Alumni Club of Chicago. Sherman is a 
freelance writer and violinist and performs with the Northbrook 
Symphony Orchestra. 

Alumni Association 

Service to Association Award 

The Alumni Association Service to Association Award recognizes out- 
standing effort on the National Alumni Association Board, Alumni 
Annual Fund, or other association activities and honors someone whose 
contribution has enhanced the association and will have an impact on 
its future. 

Mark Cohen '78, P'09, chair of the gov- 
ernance committee of the Alumni Board, 
was recognized for his leadership in the 
essential task of redrafting the association 
bylaws, constitution, and other govern- 
ing documents. Cohen is president of 
the Alumni Club of Long Island and an 
active member of the Alumni Admis- 
sions Council. He is a leader in the 
Brandeis Orthodox Organization and 
the Brandeis HiUel Foundation and 
served on the gift and program committees for his 25th Reunion. 
Cohen, special counsel for Hahn and Hessen in New York, main- 
tains a second home in Jerusalem with his wife, Roberta 
Weinstein-Cohen '79. They have organized events for Brandeis 
alumni in Israel. The couple have three children, including Hanna, 
a member of the Brandeis Class of 2009. 

Alumni Association 
Young Leadership Award 

The Alumni Association Young Leadership Award recognizes the lead- 
ership and hard work on behalf of the Alumni Association by alumni 
who have graduated within the past ten years. 

nAdam Rifkin '97 chairs the finance 
committee of the Association Board of 
Directors. Rifkin, whose father, 
Matthew, is a 1971 graduate of Brandeis, 
is credited with restructuring the associa- 
tion's finances and implementing new 
accounting policies that have trimmed 
expenses and increased revenues. Rifkin, 
vice president of retail and consumer 
investment banking at Lehman Brothers 
in New York, began serving the associa- 
tion as a student representative to the board in 1995. Since gradu- 
ating, he has been the cochair ot his 5th Reunion gift committee, a 
member of the steering committee of the Wall Street/Finance 
Network, a sponsor of the Alumni Association Golf and Tennis 
Outing, cochair of the Justice Brandeis Emerging Leaders program, 
and a representative to the Hiatt Career Center advisory board. 

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Carolyn Kahn Birkenstein '95 

Alumni Club of Chicago 

If you had told Carolyn Kahn Birkenstein when she graduated in 
1995 that twelve years later she would be president ot the Alumni 
Club of Chicago, she simply would not have believed you. 

"I never dreamed Brandeis would still occupy such a big place in 
my life," said Birkenstein, who took the chapter's reins January 1. 

Birkenstein was originally drawn to Brandeis from a small town 
in Ohio by the university's reputation as a small liberal arts college 
with big ideas and an impressive, renowned faculty. She majored in 
economics and international studies, was an undergraduate fellow, 
rowed crew, was a member of the Ballroom Dance Club, and 
interned at a Fortune 500 company, thanks to a referral from the 
Hiatt Career Center. 

Within the economics department, she won the Most Outstanding 
Senior Award, graduated with high honors, and delivered an under- 
graduate commencement address. 

"I loved my first economics course," she recalled. "For me, it was 
like playing really flin games. I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career." 

After graduating from Brandeis, Birkenstein, who had always 
dreamed of living in another country, received an MBA from 
McGill University in Montreal, where she won first place in the 
McGill Business Plan Competition. 

For the past nine years, she has worked at the MITRE Corp., a 
not-for-profit engineering organization chartered to work in the 
public interest. As lead economics and business analyst, Birken- 
stein looks at new technologies from a business perspective for 
high-profile, government-agency clients such as the Department 

of Defense, the Federal 
Aviation Administration, 
and the Internal Revenue 

"No matter how great 
an idea, if it is not econom- 
ically viable, it won't be 
successfiil," she said. "My 
work is very challenging 
and interesting. I learn 
something new every day." 

After earning a master's 
degree, Birkenstein began 
volunteering for the 
Alumni Admissions 

Council (AAC), inter- 
viewing prospective stu- 
dents. Once she settled in Illinois, she became chair of the AAC in 
Chicago and attended alumni events sponsored by the club. 

"I had a great experience as an undergraduate at Brandeis," said 
Birkenstein. Noting that she and her husband, Eric, are the parents 
of a daughter, she said, "Having a child helps you to reassess your pri- 
orities, and these lifelong connections become more important. We 
have a very active club, intellectually and socially stimulating events, 
and great people who really keep it going. I am making new Brandeis 
friends all the time." 

Francyne Davis Jacobs '95 

Alumni Club of Houston 

After completing cantorial studies and 
earning two advanced degrees, Francyne 
Davis Jacobs '95 returned to her native 
Houston eager to connect with fellow grad- 
uates with whom she could "share the won- 
derful experience of Brandeis." 

She joined the steering committee of the 
Alumni Club of Houston. Two years later, 
she brings her characteristic passion and 
enthusiasm to her work as club president. 

Just fourteen years old when she realized 
she wanted to be a cantor, Jacobs came to 
Brandeis and pursued majors in music and 
Near Eastern and Judaic studies. She was a 

member of the University Choir, Chamber 
Choir, and In Sync, an all-female a cappella 
group. She was also editor of the yearbook. 

After working at the university's events 
center for two years, she moved to 
Philadelphia to begin cantorial studies at 
Gratz College. She earned a master's in 
Jewish music, with highest honors, and was 
valedictorian of Gratz's Class of 2002. In 
2005, she completed a master's in Jewish 
education, also from Gratz. 

Jacobs became the first cantor of Temple 
Rodeph Torah in Marlboro, New Jersey, 
where she created a musical calendar and 

implemented a music program. She also led 
services, officiated at life-cycle events, 
taught young and adult students, led a 
choir, and implemented a Shabbat program 
for young adults with former Brandeis 
classmate Jonathan Infeld '95, a rabbi. 

Jacobs is currently the clergyperson at 
Congregation Beth Shalom in Bryan, Texas. 
In addition to leading Shabbat and High 
Holy Day services, she teaches adult educa- 
tion and Torah study classes, works with the 
religious school and adult choir, and per- 
forms pastoral care duties. She can also be 
found leading services in Houston at 

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Martin Greengrass '70, P'99 

Alumni Club of West Coast Florida 

His wife, Judy, may think he is "a little hyper," but Martin 
Greengrass '70, P'99, attributes his countless hours as a volunteer 
to a "tradition of service" that was instilled in him as a young adult. 

A clinical psychologist in private practice in Tampa, Florida, 
Greengrass has a volunteer resume that is nothing short of dizzying. 
He is actively involved in several nonprofit and charitable 
organizations — raising money for schools in the United States and 
abroad, organizing events for homeless shelters, and running camps 
for children with cancer, to cite a few examples. Greengrass also 
teaches graduate courses several weekends each year. 

Fortunately, Greengrass has been equally dedicated to his alma 
mater. After graduating from Brandeis, he received master's and 
doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut. He settled in 
Indiana, where he served Brandeis as an Alumni Admissions 
Council volunteer, opening up a previously untapped admissions 
market for the university. 

"I always told prospective students. At Brandeis, you will have an 
extended family for life,'" he said. 

Greengrass, who has two daughters, Rachel and Sara '99, moved 
to Tampa six years ago. "Ir was so great to reconnect with people 
through the Alumni Club of West Coast Florida," he said. "They 
helped us get settled, get reacquainted with other alumni, and feel 
a part of the extended family again." 

Greengrass's first volunteer role in Florida was attending col- 
lege fairs. Later, he helped plan events and energize the region's 
many alumni. 

"The first event, which I cochaired with Sanchali Biswas '01, was 
a picnic. Despite an unseasonably cold forty-eight-degree day, we 
had a great turnout," he said. 

The duo, along with Alex Winner '99, later chaired a successful 
luncheon and cruise in Tarpon Springs. 

"Brandeis alumni have a special bond, and we can offer each 
other a whole lot," Greengrass said. "I hope that, as club president, 
I can continue to engage alumni and encourage them to take 
advantage of the unique gift Brandeis has given us." 

Reform and Conservative congregations 
and the Reform day school. 

An active member of the Alumni Admis- 
sions Council since 2002, Jacobs represents 
Brandeis at local college fairs and in inter- 
views with prospective students. Last sum- 
mer, she hosted the Houston New Student 
Send-Off She also served on her 5 th and 
10th Reunion committees. 

"I had a fantastic experience at Brandeis," 
Jacobs said. "I am excired to serve as club 
president and plan to help as many alumni 
as possible establish the lifelong connection 
I enjoy." 

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Diana Laskin Siegal 

900 SW 31st Street, #BE339 
Topeka, KS 66611 

Laurence Nigrosli 

Piymoutii, Massachusetts 

Nigrosh married Millicent Tuman on 

January 6 at the home of classmates 

Penny Peirez Abrams and Julian Koss 

in Sarasota, Florida. 


Abraham Heller 

1400 Runnymede Road 
Dayton. OH 45419 


William Marsh 

5113 Castlerock Way 
Naples, FL 34112 





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Move cities? Have a baby? Siiare 
your good news with classmates 
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Mail your news to: 

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MS 124, Brandeis University 

415 South Street 

Waltham, MA 02454 

You may also e-mail your news to 
your class correspondent or to 
or complete the online form at 

Marty Rachman 

Concord, Massachusetts 
Rachman has two sons who are involved 
in his business, as well as thirteen grand- 
children who live around the country. 


Judith Paull Aronson 

838 N. Doheny Drive, #906 
Los Angeles, CA 90069 

Herbert Bressman 

Lake Worth, Florida 
Bressman's sixth grandchild, Paige 
Elizabeth, was born on November 10, 
2006, to parents Dr. Richard and 
Mary Bressman. 

Myron Uhlberg 

Santa Monica, California 
Uhlberg's latest book, Jackie, Dad. and 
Me, received the American Library 
Associations 2006 Schneider Family 
Book Award for best picture book for 
young children. 


Leona Feldman Curhan 

366 River Road 

Carlisle, MA 01741 



Wynne Wolkenberg Miller 

1443 Beacon Street, #403 
Brookline, MA 02443 

Linda (Feinberg) Alvifitt 

Sonoma, California 
Alwitt is a retired professor. She volun- 
teers with a social-service group and with 
a group that hikes with kids. 

Madelyn Bell 

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 

Bell is a manager of special projects at 

Hebrew Senior Life. 

Ruth Porter Bernstein 

Winthrop, Massachusetts 

Bernstein has been playing golf skiing, 

traveling, and babysitting for her 


Sheldon Cohen 

Swampscott, Massachusetts 
Cohen is enjoying retirement and 
spending time with his wife and three 

Richard Cooper 

Needham, Massachusetts 

Cooper is enjoying his family and still 

working full time. 

Judith Kahalas Filderman 

Needham, Massachusetts 

Filderman works as a paralegal for her 

brother David. 

Nita Edelstein Finn and Jerold Finn 
South Harwich, Massachusetts 
Nita Finn is trying to fully comprehend 
that she and Jerry have been married for 
fifty-one years! Jerold works in the field 
of support services tor the elderly. They 
enjoy biking and dining and love their 
grandchildren. Grandson Nicky, son of 
Betsy and Ray DiCarlo '81, is 
graduating from Columbia University 
with honors and a job. The Finns also 
shared in the joy of their granddaughter 
Hannah's bat mitzvah. 

David Graubard 

San Jose, California 

Graubard is gradually winding down his 

medical practice and losing weight 

(sixty-five pounds). 

Sandra (Malkin) Greenberg 
Parsippany, New Jersey 
Greenberg is retired and runs a shared 
housing residence for information 
technology professionals from India. 


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Helen (Pugach) Karlsberg 
Ventura, California 
Karlsberg writes, "I have become a 
Feldenkrais practitioner and am active in 
Women ot Vision interfaith conferences. 
I enjoy babysitting my granddaughter, 
Tatiana, and tutoring my grandson, 
Aaron, for his bar mitzvah. " 

Miriam Kliegman Kaye 

Sarasota, Florida 

Kaye is celebrating her fiftieth wedding 

anniversary in San Diego and going on a 

Panama Canal cruise. 

Eunice Sfiatz Kleinman 
New Rochelle, New York 
Kleinman operates a wholesale Judaica 
business with an emphasis on textiles, 
tablecloths, challah covers, etc. 

Doris Marks 

Bedford, New Hampshire 

Marks says she is happy to be alive and 

still works in the antiques business. 

William Orman 

Hyannis, Massachusetts 

Orman writes, "I am retired and living 

on Cape Cod. I am enjoying my nine 


Arnold Rovner 
Coram, New York 
Rovner is still happily and actively 
engaged in life- and health-insurance 
management and sales. He is enjoying 
his two grandsons and four granddaugh- 
ters and is looking forward to catching 
up with classmates at the 50th Reunion. 

Judith Shapiro Saxe 

Lexington, Kentucky 

Saxe is a member of the national board 

of Hadassah and led a mission to Israel 

in December 2006. She has three 

granddaughters and often travels to 

visit them. 

Audrey Astrin Tell and David Tell 

Wantagh, New York 

The Tells are retired and loving it! 

Moriel Schlesinger Weiselberg 
Deer Park, New York 
Weiselberg writes, "In December, I 
performed in the Mahler first symphony 
and The Nutcracker (viola) with the 
South Shore Symphony on Long Island. 
In January, I was coached in the Smetena 
String Quartet by members of the 
Manhattan String Quartet in Prague, 
where Smetena lived. " 


Judith Brecher Borakove 

10 East End Avenue, #2-F 
New York, NY 10021 

Helen Kahn Kass 

Arlington, Massachusetts 
Kass writes, "Doing what is 
developmentally appropriate, I am 
continuing my career as a geriatric-care 
manager. At no other stage of life are 
humans more diverse. My work is 
challenging, satisfying, and a great deal 
of fiin." 


Sunny Sunshine Brov/nrout 

87 Old Hill Road 

Westport, CT 06880 

In January 2005, a contingent of almost 
forty family and friends, including class- 
mate Joan Roistacher Blitman and her 
husband, Lee, traveled with us to a small 
town near Exeter in England to attend 
the marriage of our younger daughter. 
We started the summer of 2006 by trav- 
eling up to Cape Cod and Cambridge 
for my husband Harvey's 50th Reunion 
at MIT, and then midsummer we visited 
the northwestern United States, south- 
western Canada, and Alaska. We were 
with our son and his family in Calabasas, 
California, for the High Holy Days and 
then spent Thanksgiving in London with 
our younger daughter, who was about to 

provide us with our sixth grandchild. 
Our older daughter, Jill Fried '88, and 
her family visit often from Basking 
Ridge, New Jersey. I keep active with 
volunteer activities when at home. I'm a 
member of our temple's board of trustees 
and a member of the presidium of our 
local chapter of the Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee. We also 
love going to the opera, symphony, and 
theater. I am in touch with several 
classmates, including Joan Roistacher 
Blitman, Sandy Baillit Grasfield, Ricki 
Fulman, Judy Yohay Glazer, and 
Donna Medoff Geller. 


Joan Silverman Wallack 
28 Linden Shores 
Branford, CT 06405 

Maggie Schneider Cohen 
New York City 

Cohen writes, "At the risk of tooting my 
own horn, I wanted to share some of the 
exciting honors bestowed upon me this 
past spring, proving that good things 
really do come in threes! I was selected 
as a finalist from more than one 
thousand international entries in the 
prestigious 2005 Sub-Zero/Wolf 
Kitchen Design Contest. I was chosen 
national winner of the Kitchen of the 
Year 2005 contest sponsored by Kitchen 
and Bath Business magazine. And I was 
'discovered' at the Architectural Digest 
Home Design Show by MSN Lifestyle. 
They videotaped me and featured my 
work and my 'Maggie's Maxims' in a 
Web article, 'Designer Secrets.' For 
more news, please visit my Web site at" 

Katherine Winter Egan 
Stockport, England 
Egan is chairperson of the Education 
Association of the Liberal Democrat 
political party. 

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Suzanne Modes Linschitz 

Waltham, Massachusetts 
Linschitz had two solo exhibitions in the 
spring of 2006. The first, Visions: From 
New York to Tuscany, featured paintings 
and drawings and was exhibited at Pine 
Manor College. The second, New York 
Reflections: Night/Day, exhibited at the 
Artana Gallery in Brookline. Linschitz 
teaches watercolor painting at Lesley 
University in Cambridge. Her son 
Joseph and his wife, Karen, have six- 
month-old twin boys. 



Judith Leavitt Schatz 

139 Cumberland Road 
Leominster, MA 01453 

Ron earner 
New York City 

Carner has accepted the position of 
general chairman for the USA 
Eighteenth Maccabiah Organizing 
Committee. He will assemble a team of 
national sports directors, chairs, commit- 
tees, and coaches dedicated to building a 
large team of talented Jewish athletes to 
compete at the World Maccabiah Games 
in Israel in July 2009. When not working 
as a volunteer, Carner is a senior partner 
at the Long Island law firm Sarisohn, 
Sarisohn, Carner, and he sits on the 
board of several companies in which he 
has investments. He lives in Manhattan 
with his wife, Talia, a noted novelist. 
Together they have four children and 
six grandchildren. 

Frances Perlman Freedman 
Bronx, New York 

Freedman was named associate commis- 
sioner for external affairs at the New York 
City Department of Consumer Affairs. 
She will oversee the agency's communica- 
tions, legislative affairs, and outreach 
divisions. She was previously senior vice 
president for public affairs and commu- 
nications at Lighthouse International, a 
vision rehabilitation agency for people 
who are blind or partially sighted. 

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Boys Will Be Boys 

Watch two guys hurl insults, tease, whack, 
and shove each other, and you may think 
they are instigating a fight. 

"Not so, " declares Victoria Hilkevitch 
Bedford, PhD'66. "They are playing a game 
that allows them to express affection while 
remaining masculine." 

Over the last twenty years, Bedford, a 
professor at the University of Indianapolis 
School of Psychological Sciences, has 
focused on siblings, looking at same-sex 
relationships. It is the male research sub- 
jects whom she has found particularly 
interesting. All married with children, 
they were asked to look at where brothers 
fit into their lives. 

In the recent book Men in Relationships: 
A New Look from a Life Course Perspective, 
which they coedited, Bedford and collab- 
orator Barbara Formaniak focus on mid- 
dle and old-age experiences with siblings. 
Each chapter, written by a different 
author, explores various aspects of men's 
interpersonal relationships. Contributors 
focus on psychology, masculinity, social 
psychology, personal relationships, com- 
munication, gender studies, and clinical 

Recalling her Chicago childhood with a 
twin sister as well as a slightly older sister. 

Bedford describes three litde girls who were 
constantly fighting and competing for mea- 
ger resources. It was the absence of brothers 
in this environment that fueled her interest 
in understanding male psychology. 

"Men have a special problem with inti- 
macy because the rules of masculinity are 
brutal, " explains Bedford. 

The mother of two daughters, ages 
twenty-six and twenry-eight, Bedford is 
exploring family systems of care giving. "I 
want to bring in siblings, spouses, parents, 
and grandchildren, looking at the same sit- 
uation from various vantage points. Often 
care of an elderly member of the family is 
shouldered by one person who is not aware 
of information held by others," she 
explains. Bedford's thesis is that the whole 
family must be part of effective care giving 
and that society as a whole should be 
thinking of its role as part of an extended 
family, instead of focusing primarily on 
individual situations. 

Bedford's research has personal bene- 
fits — she finds that the more she under- 
stands what makes the male psyche tick, 
the less critical and more compassionate 
she becomes. For her, the notorious chasm 
between women and men is bridged. 

— Marjorie Lyon 


Arthur Green, PhD75 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Green will receive a 2007 Keter Torah 
Award from the Bureau of Jewish Educa- 
tion in May for outstanding achievement 
in Jewish education in Greater Boston. 

Martin Zelnik 
Bronx, New York 

Zelnik reports seeing Steve Reiner 
at the October 2006 opening of Strange 
Cities, an art show at Gallery 27+, which 
Zelnik and his partner own and direct. 
Several members of the Class of '61 also 
attended, including Walt Klores and Jeff 
Golland. "While Steve and I were chat- 
ting, three young attendees overheard us 
mention Brandeis and asked of our con- 
nection, " Zelnik writes. "They were 
amazed to discover that we were grads, 
and then they told us that they had just 
graduated in June 2006." 

Ann Leder Sharon 

13890 Ravenwood Drive 
Saratoga, CA 95070 


Miriam Osier Hyman 

140 East 72nd Street, #16B 

New York, NY 10021 


Shelly A. Wolf 

113 Naudain Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Murray Suid 

Inverness, California 

Suid writes, "I live in Inverness, located 

near the 1906 quake epicenter. Of lesser 

impact, this past fall McGraw-Hill pub- 

lished Words of a Feather, a book of 
hopefully witty paired etymologies such 
as rectitude and rectum, cosmos and cos- 
metics, and anger and angina. Sample 
entries appear at 
I wrote the book to raise money (ha-ha) 
tor a motion picture project, The ESP 
Ajfair ( 
We're coproducing this paranormal 
thriller with Scott Rosenfelt, best known 
tor Smoke Signals and Mystic Pizza. " 

I still believe that life is great and easy to 
deal with." 


Joan Furber Kalafatas 

3 Brandywyne 

Wayland, MA 01778 


Kenneth E. Davis 

28 Mary Chilton Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Lee Weiner Sharkey 

Vienna, Maine 

Sharkey, assistant professor of English 
and women's studies at the University of 
Maine at Farmington, received the 2006 
Maryann Hartman Award. The annual 
award is presented by UMaine's Women 
in the Curriculum/Women's Studies pro- 
gram to recognize Maine women whose 
work in the arts, politics, business, edu- 
cation, and community service provides 
inspiration for others through contem- 
porary women's accomplishments. 
Sharkey was instrumental in developing 
the university's women's studies program 
and became its director in 1996. 

Ira Steinberg 
Waltham, Massachusetts 
Steinberg writes, "Keep your eye upon 
the doughnut, not upon the hole! I 
turned sixty-seven in January and am 
still working part time as a personal 
trainer. 1 work out daily and drink pre- 
mium beverages in premium quantities. 

Anne Reilly Hort 

10 Old Jackson Avenue, #21 

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 

Donna Guy 
Columbus, Ohio 

Guy, distinguished professor of history 
at the Ohio State University, was a dis- 
cussant on the panel "In Cradle, Court, 
Conflict, and across Borders: Historical 
Approaches to Gendering Childhood " at 
the Latin American Studies Association. 

George Saitoti 

Nairobi, Kenya 

Saitoti has been elected education 

minister of his native Kenya. He was 

formerly a university mathematics 


Nancy Whit 

Providence, Rhode Island 
Whit is the executive director of a non- 
profit housing development corporation 
in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

Marilyn Lishnoff Wind 
Bethesda, Maryland 

Wind is active in the United Synagogue 
of Conservative Judaism, serving as 
international vice president for youth 
services and education. She is also a 
trainer for the Women's League for 
Conservative Judaism and vice president 
of the Branch Torah Fund. She works as 
deputy associate executive director for 
health sciences at the U.S. Consumer 
Product Safety Commission. 



David Greenwald 
3655 Aquetong Road 
Carversville, PA 18913 

Barbara Appall Tenenbaum 
Washingron, D.C. 
Tenenbaum, a specialist in Mexican 
culture at the Hispanic division of the 
U.S. Library of Congress, organized a 
panel on "Writing Biography: New 
Approaches ro Old Forms" at the Latin 
American Studies Association. 


Phoebe Epstein 

205 West 89th Street, #10-S 
New York, NY 10024 

Richard Liroff 

Arlington, Virginia 

Liroff writes, "Louis D. Brandeis wrote in 
1913: 'There is no such thing in my 
mind ... as an innocent shareholder. 
[S]ocially he cannot be held innocent . . . 
It is his business and his obligation to see 
that those who represent him carry out a 
policy which is consistent with the public 
welfare." With that in mind, I left the 
World Wildlife Fund after a rwenty- 
seven-year stint and founded the Investor 
Environmental Health Network 
( lEHN is a group of 
investment managers, including religious 
investors, who believe in bringing the 
power of the financial community to 
bear to reduce production and use of 
toxic chemicals by business. Participating 
organizations believe such steps can 
enhance businesses' long-term value, 
reduce their potential liabilities, and 
contribute to improved public and 
environmental health. Participants focus 
especially on chemicals in everyday con- 
sumer products (cosmetics, cleaners, 
carpets, and the like) that can pose a 
hazard to the most vulnerable among us, 
such as developing babies and young 

children. They have introduced about 
two dozen shareholder resolutions. A 
number of companies have responded by 
changing their retailing and manufac- 
turing practices. I may be contacted 
about this work at" 

Robert Panoff 
Pinecrest, Florida 

Panoff will receive the Gerald T. Hart 
Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year 
Award for 200&-2007 from die Tax 
Section of the Florida Bar. The award is 
given each year to an attorney who has 
made a major contribution to the 
advancement of the practice of tax law 
and exemplifies the highest standards of 
competence and integrity. He will be pre- 
sented with the award at a dinner at the 
Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, 
in April as part of the activities of the Tax 
Sections Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting. 

Ronald Ratner 

Shaker Heights, Ohio 
Ratner was named Multifamily 
Executives 2006 Executive of the Year. 
He is chief executive officer of Forest 
City Residential, a division of Forest City 
Enterprises, based in Cleveland. The 
company focuses its efforts on reclaiming 
America's cities and is one of the coun- 
try's most ambitious urban developers in 
markets such as Boston; Washington, 
D.C; Philadelphia; Chicago; Los Ange- 
les; and San Francisco. 

Toby Wolfson-Risman 
Lafayette, California 
Wolfson-Risman writes, "My most recent 
accomplishment as an artist/musician was 
seeing my daughter, Daniella, perform 
as Poppea in Monteverdi's opera 
L'hicoronazione di Poppea. No surprise that 
Nero lost his heart to her! I am currently 
making silver and beaded jewelry incorpo- 
rating my love of rocks and color. Having 
left Israel temporarily seventeen years ago, 
Larry and I have made a home in the 
wilds of suburban northern California, 
raising horses and our girls. Music, partic- 
ularly opera, is still part of my lite. One 
child is an environmentalist, and the other 


mg opera star! 


Charles S. Eisenberg 

4 Ashford Road 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Jonathan Fitch 
Washington, D.C. 

Fitch's Washington, D.C.-based landscape 
architectural practice. Landscape 
Architecture Bureau LLC, has won several 
awards recently, among them a National 
American Institute of Architects Honor 
Award in Urban Design for Cady's Alley 
in Washington and the Washington 
Architectural Foundation's Pro Bono 
Publico Award for the John Wiebenson 
Memorial, also in Washington. It he can 
be allowed to brag about his kids, both 
Eli, nine, and Eva, fourteen, are good, 
smart, beautiful, and lucky. 

Carol Kline Kempner 

Bethesda, Maryland 
Kempner writes, "I am in my thirty- 
fifth year of teaching high school 
English. If all goes well, I hope to top 
off at forty years! " 


Richard Kopley 

608 W. Hillside Avenue 
State College, PA 16803 

Bennett Bertenthal 


Bertenthal, a cognitive neuroscientist at 
the University of Chicago, was named 
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 
at Indiana University. He is a nationally 
recognized scholar in the field of 
cognitive neuroscience and has had more 
than one hundred articles published in 
scientific publications. 

Richard Punzo 

Trenton, New Jersey 

Punzo, author of numerous books and 

publications and a consultant to busi- 

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class notes 

nesses in nearly thirty countries, serves as 
president and chief executive officer of 
Richardson Global, an international 
training and consulting firm. He was 
awarded the Congressional Medal of 
Merit for "unyielding support of 
improvements in the global business 
environment, outstanding leadership in 
business, and contributions to the local 
economy." Punzo developed and released 
the online version of the Richardson 
Global Cultural Style Inventory, a 
Web-based self-assessment tool designed 
to improve cross-cultural business inter- 
actions and global team effectiveness. 

Betty Sternberg 

West Hartford, Connecticut 
Sternberg was named superintendent of 
schools in Greenwich, Connecticut. She 
formerly served as state education commis- 
sioner and was a twenty-six-year veteran of 
the state Department of Education. 

Margo Hausdorff Vale 
and Michael Vale 

Huntington, New York 
The Vales plan to retire from the practice 
of dermatology at the end of June. Their 
practice is 99 percent medical dermatol- 
ogy (as opposed to cosmetic procedures). 
Unfortunately, the hassles of dealing with 
managed care are now outweighing the 
satisfaction of treating patients. Their son, 
Edward, graduated from Pace Law 
School, worked tor Ned Lamont's U.S. 
Senate campaign, and is seeking employ- 
ment in the 2008 presidential campaign. 
Their daughter, Judith, is halfway 
through Georgetown Law School. Both 
Margo and Michael have survived major 
health issues. Now, they want the freedom 
to do the things they enjoy the most: 
travel, photography, art, and being with 
far-flung family. They also plan to relocate 
from Long Island to Arizona. Margo espe- 
cially wants to apply her interest in Native 
American culture to giving back as a tutor 
or mentor to youngsters. 

Susan Tabbat Wurzel 

Newton, Massachusetts 

Wurzel writes, "I am doing pet portraits 

on commission. Visit my Web site:" 

Dan Garfinkel 

2420 Kings Lane 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Michael Hammerschmidt 

Marblehead, Massachusetts 
Hammerschmidt has been hired as vice 
president for development at the New 
England Aquarium. He had worked at 
the national fundraising firm Bentz 
Whaley Flessner in Minneapolis. 

Steve Vineberg 

Worcester, Massachusetts 
Vineberg writes, "I hold the Monsignor 
Murray Professorship in the Arts and 
Humanities at the College of the Holy 
Cross, where I have taught since 1985. 
My third book, High Comedy in American 
Movies, came out last year." 

Barbara Freedman Wand 
Newrton, Massachusetts 
Wand was listed in the Best Lawyers in 
America in estate planning. 

Barbara Blank Wolfson 

Merrick, New York 
Wolfson went on an expedition to 
Antarctica on a fifty-passenger Russian 
vessel with a group from her son's 
college, Wesleyan University. One of her 
photographs now hangs in the South 
Nassau Hospital. 


George Kahn 

11300 Rudman Drive 

Culver City, CA 90230 

I was thrilled to be a speaker at the 
BAMD '06 weekend in October 2006. 
In addition to participating on a panel 
discussion about the relevance of the arts 
at Brandeis and in the world in general, I 
also had the pleasure of performing at 

Chum's with my Jazz Piano Trio — it was 
just like old times! Marshall Herskovitz, 
our illustrious classmate, was the keynote 
speaker for the dinner Saturday night, 
held at the new courthouse in Boston. 
One of the questions posed to the panel 
that night was, "Does an artist have a 
social responsibility to society in connec- 
tion to their art?" (a very Brandeisian 
question). In fact, on December 19, 
2006, 1 held a jazz holiday fundraiser at 
Catalina's Bar and Grill, the premier jazz 
club in Los Angeles. My quintet, with 
three fabulous guest singers, raised 
$1 ,500 for the homeless, as well as 
raising the consciousness of people in 
L.A. to the homeless problem in our city. 

Donald Lessem 
Media, Pennsylvania 
Lessem writes, "I am publishing my 
fiftieth book, this one a dinosaur ency- 
clopedia with National Geographic. I am 
touring a Chinese dinosaur exhibition 
and developing exhibits on Genghis 
Khan (for which I'm also producing an 
IMAX film) and an exhibit on giant 
dinosaurs. I'm designing a Darwinland 
animal park in Germany and building 
my own dinosaur/wild animal/alternative 
technology park in Houston." 

Ronnie Salzman 
Glen Head, New York 
Salzman and her husband, Jerry 
Zistein '76, are living happily on Long 
Island with their two great kids, Julie, 
fifteen, and Alex, sixteen. Zisfein is an 
interventional cardiologist, and Salzman 
is a gynecologist. Many of their friends 
are Brandeis alumni. 

Peter Wortsman 

New York Cit)' 

Wortsman writes, "My play Burning 
Words had its world premiere 
November 17 to 19, 2006. It was pro- 
duced by the Hampshire Shakespeare 
Company at the Northampton Center 
for the Arts in Northampton, Massachu- 
setts. The play dramatizes the little- 
known case of sixteenth-century German 
humanist Johannes Reuchlin, whose 
landmark call for religious tolerance 
helped save the Talmud and other 

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Class of 1974 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Tfiomas Phiillips 

Westborough, Massachusetts 
Phillips is composing the score for the 
upcoming PBS documentary about 
Louis D. Brandeis. He says he was 
surprised to learn how little he knew 
about the late Supreme Court justice 
and university namesake. 

Glenn Wong 

Leverett, Massachusetts 
Wong, an attorney, is a professor in the 
sport management program of the 
Isenberg School of Management at the 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 
He was presented the Academic Achieve- 
ment in Sport and Entertainment Award 
by the Department of Sport and Enter- 
tainment Management at the University 
of South Carolina. The award recognizes 
a scholar whose research and/or teaching 
has made a significant positive impact in 
the fields of sport, entertainment, or 
venue management. Wong also spoke at 
the third annual Craig Kelly Sport and 
Entertainment Law Symposium. 


Class of 1975 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Joan Glazer Margolis 

Woodbridge, Connecticut 

Margolis received the Public Service Award 

from the University of Connecticut Law 

Just Mommy and Me 

If you think the topic of single mother- 
hood was exhausted back when Vice Pres- 
ident Dan Quayle lambasted TV's 
Murphy Brown for deciding to go it 
alone, think again. 

"The Murphy Brown book was never 
written," says Rosanna Herrz '75, chair of 
women's studies at Wellesley College and 
author of the recent Oxford University Press 
release Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice. 

According to Hertz, past books about 
unwed mothers have focused on the very 
young and the very poor. Hertz's subjects, 
though, are not victims of circumstance 
but authors of their own scenarios; 
indeed, the professor subtitled her work 
"How Women Are Choosing Parenthood 
without Marriage and Creating the New 
American Family." 

Hertz, who holds a PhD in sociology 
from Northwestern University, started 
thinking about planned single motherhood 
after seeing a newspaper ad for a nine-ses- 
sion class aimed at women who were con- 
sidering making a solo flight into parenting. 

Intrigued by the notice, she set out to 
document what she saw as an unexplored 
trend among professional women, concen- 
trating on single moms over twenty-five 
who could support their own offspring but 

had no partner with whom to conceive 
them. Some had recruited "known 
donors," receiving sperm from friends or 
former lovers, while others, preferring 
anonymity, went to sperm banks or 
entered parenthood by way of adoption. A 
few became pregnant accidentally-on-pur- 
pose. Over the course of nine years. Hertz 
interviewed sixty-five straight and lesbian 
women about their decision processes, 
methods, and parenting experiences. 

Reviews in scholarly journals have 
praised the study as high-quality sociologi- 
cal research, but the topic has also been 
spotlighted in media from Newsweek to the 
Today show. Occasionally, Hertz says, radio 
talk shows have drawn outraged calls from 
conservative folks, most of them men. 

"The point they most often miss is that 
these women place a high value on the tra- 
ditional rwo-parent model of a nuclear 
family," she says. "Most of these moms will 
tell you they tried to find a partner who 
wanted to parent with them, but their soul- 
mate just didn't come along. Their yearning 
for motherhood was so deep and elemental 
that, after exploring other options, they 
decided becoming a mother was more 
important than waiting for Mr. Right." 

— Theresa Pease 



School Alumni Association at its annual 
meeting and awards dinner last October. 
She is a magistrate judge for the U.S. Dis- 
trict Court for the District of Connecticut, 
a position she has held since 1985. 

Peter Rip 

Redwood City, California 
Rip became general partner at Crosslink 
Capital in November 2006. He is the 
fifth general partner and brings more 
than twenty-five years' experience as a 
successfiil software entrepreneur, angel 
investor, corporate investor, and venture 
investor. He was most recently managing 
director at Leapfrog Ventures, where he 
focused on early-stage enterprise and 
consumer software and services. 

Peretz Peter Rodman, MA'83 

Rodman is dividing his time this year 
between Jerusalem, which is home, and 
what he calls the North American city 
most unlike Jerusalem: Las Vegas. He is 
rabbi and scholar-in-residence at the 
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson 
School, the first Jewish high school in 
Las Vegas, which will open in August. 

Malka Alpert Young 

Sudbury, Massachusetts 
Young was selected to participate in the 
Metro West Health Leadership Program. 
She is manager of communal services at 
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest in 
Framingham. She will be presenting on 
the topic of collaboration at the 
Association of Jewish Family and 
Children's Agencies' national conference 
in New York City in April. 


Beth Pearlman 

1773 Diane Road 

Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Hello, '76 friends. We would love to 
hear from you for the next issue. As you 
can see, not enough of you are sending 
in your news. 

Ruth Birnbaum Pernick 

Nanuet, New York 
Pernick writes, "I am still living in 
Rockland County (Nanuet), New York, 
with my wonderful husband, Dan, and 
youngest son, David, fifteen.We now 
have two sons at Brandeis, Ben '09 and 
Josh '10. Our daughter, Sarah, is in her 
third year of a five-year, dual-degree 
program at Northwestern University in 
Chicago. I am now the Brandeis Alumni 
Admissions Council chairperson for 
Rockland and Orange counties. In 
addition to teaching Hebrew at our 
temple (Beth Am in Pearl River), I now 
also teach at Temple Beth El in Spring 
Valley to help support three college kids. 
I am still alto-section leader in my 
chorus, Shirah, and loving it all!" 

Jerome Zisfein 
Glen Head, New York 
See Ronnie Salzman '73. 

Fred Berg 

150 East 83rd Street, #2C 

New York, NY 10028 

Cheryl-Ann Hyman Friedman 


Friedman writes, "After Brandeis, 1 lived 
in Israel tor thirteen years. I received a 
PhD at Hebrew University in molecular 
genetics. In 1990, I came to Montreal 
with my husband and first son, Nathan, 
born in 1987. Here I continue to do 
research related to gene expression and 
neuroscience. My second child, Hava, 
was born in Montreal in 1993. " 

George Loewenstein 


Loewenstein was named the Herbert A. 
Simon Professor of Economics and 
Psychology at Carnegie Mellon 
University. His research centers on how 
emotions and psychology affect 
economic decision making. 

Carmen Torres Pena 
Roxbury, Massachusetts 
Pena writes, "I am now coheadmaster at 
the Boston Arts Academy, the first and 
only public high school for visual and 
performing arts in Boston. 1 was also 
recognized by the newspaper El PlaneU 
as one of the one hundred most 
influential Latinos in Boston. " 

Carin Roth 

Bay port. New York 

Roth writes, "I am in my thirty-third year 

of operating Fire Island Real Estate, a real 

estate and construction company located 

off the southern coast of Long Island." 


Valerie Troyansky 

10 West 66th Street, #8J 
New York, NY 10023 

Jean Fain 

Concord, Massachusetts 
Fain writes, "I am publishing my favorite 
relaxation strategies on a series of CDs. 
The first is called Float to Health and 
Wellbeing. Because relaxation training is 
the simplest, most powerfijJ intervention 
psychology has to offer, it's the very first 
lesson I teach new psychotherapy clients 
and my students at Harvard Medical 
School. CD listeners can now learn this 
invaluable lesson and reap the 
transformative benefits. Three decades of 
studies have shown that relaxation 
training can ease, if not alleviate, what 
commonly ails you physically, 
psychologically, and emotionally, 
including insomnia, anxiety, and chronic 
pain. In addition to using relaxation 
training in my private practice, I teach 
hypnosis and behavioral medicine at 
Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching 
affiliate of Harvard Medical School. 
1 also write for O: The Oprah Magazine, 
among other women's magazines. If you 
would like more information about 
my CD, check out my Web site 

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Deborah Silverman 

Los Angeles 

Silverman is thrilled that her daughter, 
Hilda Poulson '10, is carrying on the 
family tradition at Brandeis. 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann 

8 Angier Road 

Lexington, MA 02420 

Joan Klein Fishman 

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 
Fishman writes, "After practicing law for 
several years, running a home daycare 
center, and teaching at a synagogue pre- 
school, 1 am enjoying my new position as 
the director of the Early Childhood 
Center at the Jewish Community Center 
in Minneapolis. My husband, Stewart, 
who also attended Brandeis for a few 
years, opened a kosher market and deli in 
1984 called Fishmans. Our two delicious 
daughters attend the local Bais Yaakov 
high school. We would love to hear from 
old friends. Please contact us at" 

Peter Kornbluh 
Washington, D.C. 
Kornbluh, director of the Chile and 
Cuba Documentation Ptojects at the 
National Security Archive, was on the 
panels "Una Mirada al Golpe en Chile 
tres decadas despues: Quiebre de la 
democracia, repression y memoria" and 
"Documentos o Muerte: Declassified 
Records and the Pursuit of Justice in 
Latin America" at the Latin American 
Studies Association. 


Lewis Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
Richboro, PA 18954 

Margot Hammer 

Lancaster, Massachusetts 

Hammet writes, "I am thrilled to have a 

daughter, Kelly '09, attending Brandeis. 

Lauren Dayboch Kramer 

Hagerstown, Maryland 
Kramer is a general dentist. She and her 
husband, Richard, have three daughters, 
along with two dogs, a horse, a bird, and 
a fish. 


David J. Alien 

540 Weadley Road 

Wayne, PA 19087 

I now work for Firstrust Financial 
Resources, the wealth-management 
division of Firstrust Bank in 
Pennsylvania. My eldest son, 
Samuel Jonathan, will have a bar 
mitzvah in May. 

Jim Belanger 

Belanger is a partner and the director of 
the White Collar and Corporate Criminal 
Defense Group at Lewis and Roca in 
Phoenix. He has been selected for entry 
in the Best Lawyers in America tor com- 
mercial litigation and in Chambers USA: 
America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 
the category of white-collar criminal 
defense and government investigations. 

Amiet Goldman 

Morris Plains, New Jersey 
Goldman had a busy 2006 filled with 
long hours in a consulting position as 
the marketing manager of software 
training for IBM. She was recognized 
with a Pacesetter award for her efforts to 
manage this challenging new role while 
mentoring others and for creating inno- 
vative marketing campaigns and strate- 
gies for her clients. In 2007, she is 
lending her marketing expertise to the 
Jewish Community Center-sponsored 
summer day camp that her seven-year- 
old son, Eric, attends. She will also be 

working on a committee to gain national 
accreditation for Eric's after-school 
program. Goldman's daughter, Sara, will 
start kindergarten in the fall. In between 
work for IBM, volunteer activities, and 
entertaining family and friends, Gold- 
man still finds time to help her husband, 
Colin, make changes to their new house 
in Morris Plains, New Jersey, where the 
couple moved in 2005. 

Ellen Cohen 

1007 Euclid Street, #3 
Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Susan Dempsey 

Belmont, Massachusetts 
Dempsey writes, "I'm happily matried 
for ten years now. My husband and two 
dogs bring me great joy, as does my work 
as a middle-school drama teacher." 

Andrews Klein 

Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Klein recently became chairman and 
chief executive officer of Spotzer Media 
Group, a Dutch Internet start-up that he 
founded in 2006. Spotzer aims to make 
it fast, easy, and affordable for local 
businesses around the world to advertise 
using video across multiple platforms. 


Lorl Berman Gans 

46 Oak Vale Road 

Newton, MA 02468 

David Bunis 
Newton, Massachusetts 
Bunis was named a Lawyer ot the Year in 
2006 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 
Bunis last year secured rulings in two 
separate cases that could alter the busi- 
ness-law landscape considerably. One 
included successfully arguing that Bank 
of America could bring a Chapter 93A 

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class notes 

claim against the auditor of a borrower 
who defauked on a loan. The case is 
considered to represent a major expan- 
sion in the area of Chapter 93A liability. 

Linda Schwartz Carmy 

Barkan, Israel 

Carmy graduated this summer with 
honors from the executive MBA program 
at Tel Aviv University. She earned a 
master of public policy degree at the 
Kennedy School of Government at 
Harvard University and a masters in 
economics from Hebrew University in 
Jerusalem. She has worked at Bank Leumi 
in Tel Aviv and New York for seventeen 
years and is currendy a senior relationship 
manager for International Private 
Banking, heading the American unit. She 
and her husband, Nissan, have three 
children, Tal, fourteen, Yael, twelve, and 
Amit, ten, all of whom adjusted well and 
became fluent in Hebrew after their 
return to Israel from New York in 200 1 . 

Susan Dodes 

Scarsdale, New York 
Dodes writes, "After twenty years as a 
talent executive in the music business, I 
have taken a new direction and am pur- 
suing my master's degree in American 
studies at Columbia University. While 1 
am still consulting in the entertainment 
industry, I am hoping to use my degree 
to develop a history curriculum for high 
school students, using music as a frame 
of reference. " 

Lance Kawesch 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Kawesch writes, "After serving as a part- 
ner practicing corporate and securities 
law for the past four years at the Boston 
office of Duane Morris, a large national 
law firm, I announced the formation of 
Kawesch Law Group, a high-end law 
firm specializing in corporate, securities, 
and tax law. My wife, Emily Stein, 
whom I met via an introduction by Rita 
Stein, and I are delighted that our oldest 
son, Reuven, eighteen, made aliyah and 
will join the Israel Defense Forces after 
completing a year of advanced Torah 
studies in Jerusalem." 

William Portnoy 

New York City 

Portnoy married Karen Kulvin on 
December 16, 2006, at the Tribeca 
Rooftop in New York City. He is an ear, 
nose, and throat physician specializing in 
facial plastic and reconstructive surgery 
in New York City. 

Julie SIminoff 

Morganville, New Jersey 
Siminoff married David Sisskind in 2004 
and adopted his two children, Samantha, 
fifteen, and Jake, twelve, in 2005. 


Class of 1984 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Philip Goldstein 
Mamaroneck, New York 
Goldstein and six members of the 1984 
New England champion Brandeis men's 
tennis team reunited at the U.S. Open 
Tennis Championships in September 
2006. Alumni in attendance were Drew 
Koslow, Philip Goldstein, Bobby 
Bernstein '85, Marshall Fisher '85, 
Sena Biswas, Joel Singer, and coach 
Tom Foley. 


James R. Felton 

26956 Helmond Drive 
Calabasas, CA 91301 

Deanna David Bannister 

Perth Amboy, New Jersey 
Bannister was elected director, president, 
and chief executive officer of Chase 
Investment Services. She had served as 
chief compliance officer for Citigroup's 
Global Transaction Services business. She 
lives in central New Jersey with her two 
children, Brandt, eleven, and Brielle, ten. 

and her fiance, Tim. The couple plan to 
marry this summer. 

Gerard Cabrera 
Brooklyn, New York 
Cabrera writes, "I was appointed Kings 
County public administrator by the 
New York Surrogates Court. As public 
administrator, I am responsible for 
administering the estates of people who 
die without a will and whose heirs are 
unwilling or unable to administer the 
estate. I was also happy to be on the host 
committee for the GLBT Alumni Recep- 
tion on in November at Brandeis House. " 

Sharon Kleinman 

New Haven, Connecticut 
Kleinman was awarded tenure at 
Quinnipiac University, where she is 
associate professor of communications. 
Her new book, Displacing Place: Mobile 
Communication in the 2ht Century 
{, will be 
published this year by Peter Lang 
Publishing Group. She is an avid 
mountain biker, photographer, and 
yoga practitioner. 

Yaron Ofek 
Tel Aviv, Israel 

Ofek married Hadas Barkol in March 
2006 in Tel Aviv David Elsenstodt '84 
was an official witness at the wedding, 
and Jeffrey Thomas made the long 
journey from San Francisco to join the 
festivities. Ofek's sister, Dorit Ofek- 
Arnon '87, and Dani Sisselman '84 
were also in attendance. Ofek has been 
living in Tel Aviv since 1993 and is a 
freelance copywriter specializing in high 
tech and telecom. Ofek and Barkol live 
happily on — believe it or not — Brandeis 
Street in the northern quarter of Tel Aviv 
with their two dogs, Bilbo and Parker. 


Beth Jacobowitz Zive 

16 Furlong Drive 

Cherry Hill. NJ 08003 

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Vanessa B. Newman 

153 East 57th Street, #2G 
New York, NY 10022 

Marianne Agius 
Menasha, Wisconsin 
Agius recently celebrated ten years of 
marriage to her husband, Ramon. 
Together they have two sons, Dominic, 
seven, and Anthony, one. She has 
worked at Kimberly-Clark tor seven 
years and is looking forward to her next 
promotion. Agius says she uses her 
Brandeis degree in English every day. 

Aiyse (Richman) Barbash 

Middleton, Massachusetts 
Barbash writes, "I run a food pantry for 
Jewish Family Service on the North 
Shore and live in Middleton with my 
husband and two kids." 

Michael Kivort 

Kivort writes, "I am experiencing many 
transitions at the moment, all positive. 
I was married in early 2007, building a 
house that will be ready soon, and tran- 
sitioning from the presidency of the 
Houston Alumni Club after nearly seven 
years in that position. I am also Reunion 
chair for our 20th Reunion in June and 
hope to see many ot you on campus. Yes, 
life is busy, but it's a 'good' busy. I still 
practice law in Houston and continue to 
live here after January's nuptials." 

Stuart Spencer 

Repulse Bay, Hong Kong 

Spencer was promoted to president at 

AJG's accident and health division. He is 

still based in Hong Kong, where he lives 

with his wife, Debbie, and four-year-old 

daughter, Bella. 

Braiiiicis I iiivi-rsily Maf;aziiic | Spring 07 

Beyond Anatevka 

For Gideon Aronoff '85, the activism and 
social concern embraced at Brandeis 
extended well beyond his undergraduate form- 
ative experience. With a brief interlude to 
attend Cornell Law School, he has devoted 
his career to the resettlement of refugees. 
He has addressed the struggles of Soviet Jews 
as well as immigrantsof many backgrounds, 
among them victims of the genocide in 
Darfur. In 2006, he became president and 
chief executive officer of the Hebrew 
Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a 125-year- 
old organization with some 250 employees 
worldwide and a support base of fourteen 
thousand individuals. He describes his role 
as "manager, programmer, planner, quality 
controller, and, hopefully, visionary." 

Founded in 1881 to assist immigrants 
arriving at New York's Ellis Island, HIAS 
has provided essential lifesaving services to 
world Jewry for generations through its mis- 
sion of rescue, reunion, and resettlement. 

"HIAS tries to put into action in the pub- 
lic policy arena powerfijl and fundamental 
Jewish values such as welcoming the stranger, 
a biblical imperative," explains Aronoff. He 
notes that since its founding HIAS has 
impacted the lives of more than four and a 
half million people. 

Aronoff, who joined the organization in 
2000, says, "This new job provides me with 

the opportunit}' to run an agency that has 
a fascinating historical lineage and at the 
same time is as current as the front page ot 
the daily newspaper. HIAS connects gener- 
ations of Jews through their own stories, 
which reinforces a lasting Jewish legacy of 
helping refugees and others in need." 

"The diversity of Jewish experience at 
Brandeis and the climate of activism were 
formative," says Aronoft, a history major. 
"1 was involved with the Brandeis political 
forum, students for Soviet Jewry, and 
Amnesty International. My experience 
helped me gain a pluralistic view of Amer- 
ican Jewish society and American society in 
general. Brandeis set a psychological and 
cultural tramework for my life." 

Aronoff's family has also flourished in 
this environment — when they gather, it 
looks like a college reunion. He shares the 
Brandeis experience with tather Joel C. '58, 
PhD'65; mother Marilyn '60, MA'72, 
PhD'73; sister Eve '92; aunt Eileen Weiss 
Lurie '56; and father's cousin, Dorothy 
Raduziner Marks '57. 

"In fact," he says, "it it were not tor 
Brandeis, I wouldn't be in my current 
job — not just because of my intellectual 
training, but because Brandeis is where 
my parents met." 

— Marjorie Lyon 



Class of 1988 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham. IVIA 02454-9110 

Douglas Rosner 

Arlington, Massachusetts 

Rosner, a director at Goulston & Storrs 

in Boston, was elected cochair of the 

bankruptcy section of the Boston 

Bar Association. 

Susan Kanarfogel Shapiro 

Brookline, Massachusetts 
Shapiro is in her seventh year of teaching 
computers to first- through fourth- 
graders at an inner-city school in 
Lawrence, Massachusetts. She has two 
daughters, ages twelve and fourteen. 

Rex Solomon 


Solomon, chief executive officer of 
Houston Jewelry, married Margaret Bell 
Utter, an attorney at Powers & Frost, on 
September 3, 2006. 


Class of 1989 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham. MA 02454-9110 


Bronte Ward Abraham 
Menlo Park, California 
Abraham and her husband welcomed 
their second son, Jacob Thomas. She 
manages a medical communications and 
pharmaceutical marketing company that 
assists biotechnology companies with their 
emerging medical education needs. She is 
also active in the autism community. 

Miles Crakow 

Los Angeles 

Crakow writes, "I've been working at 

Fox since the beginning of 2004. 

Currently, I am director of content for 
Fox Interactive Media Entertainment, 
where I am primarily responsible for 
producing the American Idol and On the 
Lot Web sites. I live in the Los Angeles 
neighborhood of Arwater Village with 
my partner, Carl, and our rwo border 
collies, Sabrina and Cooper. When we're 
not working, we're traveling to Carl's 
native Ireland or Barcelona and Sitges. " 

Dvora Weinreb Scher 
Boca Raton, Florida 

Scher and her husband, Herschel, proudly 
announce the birth of their son, Akiva 
Liron, on September 1, 2006. He joins 
Sarit, five, and Yosef, three. Scher is a real- 
estate partner in the law firm Wasserstrom 
Weinreb & Wealcatch. Her husband is a 
pediatric pulmonologist with a private 
practice in Boca Raton. 

Steven Schulman 
Chevy Chase, Maryland 
Schulman was recently named the first 
firmwide pro-bono partner at Akin 
Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, an 
international law firm with more than 
nine hundred attorneys. Schulman, who 
has experience in many areas of public- 
interest law, is responsible for the firm's 
pro-bono activities. On October 21, 
2006, he participated in the first 
Brandeis Rugby Football Club Reunion 
game, in which the alumni beat the cur- 
rent team. Schulman and his wife Evelyn 
have rwo sons, Benjamin and Elijah. 


Judith Libhaber Weber 

4 Augusta Court 

New City. NY 10956 

Hi, Class of 1990! I hope that the new 
year is treating you all well. Best wishes 
for peace, health, and happiness. Please 
share your news with your former class- 
mates. We all want to hear what has 
been going on with you. 

Hillel Cooperman 


Cooperman writes, "I recently left 
Microsoft after nine years working 
primarily on the Windows user 
experience, most recently as product unit 
manager. I am starting my own small 
software company based in Seattle 
( My wife, 
Debbie, and I have three excellent kids, 
Sivan, Bella, and Rakefet. " Rakefet was 
born in August 2006. 

H. Thayne Emrich 

Lancaster, Massachusetts 
Emrich is designing home interiors in 
the Concord, Massachusetts, area, having 
opened his eponymous design company. 

Alyssa Turner Gillespie 

Granger, Indiana 

Gillespie writes, "I received tenure and 
promotion to associate professor of 
Russian at the University of Notre Dame 
in spring 2005 and spent last year on a 
research leave supported by a National 
Endowment for the Humanities faculty 
fellowship. My son, Kai, was born in 
January 2005, and Asher was born in 
October 2006, bringing the number of 
bouncing little boys in our family to five 
(the others are Anton and Kirill, ten, and 
Darien, five). Never a dull moment! I 
was honored to represent Brandeis 
president Jehuda Reinharz at the 
inaugural ceremonies for the new 
president of Notre Dame in 2005." 

Chaim Jaffe and Esa Kanter Jaffe 

Manlius, New York 

The Jaffes proudly announce the birth of 
their fourth child, Jonah Sidney. He 
joins big brothers Ari and Shai and big 
sister liana. 

Lee Medoff 
New York City 

Medoff writes, "My wife, Penelope, and 
1 welcomed twins Imogen and Oscar 
into the world on May 9, 2006. For the 
curious, Imogen is the daughter of 
Cymbeline, the lead character in a 
Shakespearean romance of the same 
name. Given rhat Shakespeare also had 
boy-girl twins, we thought the name 

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iiiaiiiaoes unions 


Michelle Gur Aryeh '04 and Adam Shain '04. MS'04 Joshua Kaplan '96 and Joanna Kaslrer 





Nicolas Currier '98 and Ellen Hendrlksen 

Class Name 

Jordan Isenstadt '01 and 
Lauren Ritkin '01 











Laurence Nigrosh and Milllcent Tuman 

William Portnoy and Karen Kulvin 

Yaron Ofek and Hadas Barkol 

Rex Solomon and Margaret Bell Utter 

Wendy Lowengrub and Jordan Katine 

Lisa Fishman and Samuel Lehr 

Jennifer Zahavah Korff and Josiah Klebaner 

Jodi Lazar and Doug Hall 

Francesca Segre and Bernard Chen 

Debra Silverman and Jonathan Rieber 

Pallavi Rai and Tom Gullo 

Joshua Kaplan and Joanna Kasirer 

Karen Kitay and Mordecai Bienstock 

Laura Limonic and Francesco Brindisi 

Latasha Treger and Nicholas Slavin 

Alisa Zelman and Jim Finsten 

Ashley Blick and Ben Sternberg 

Nicolas Currier and Ellen Hendrlksen 

Marina Sokolinsky and Mohamed Trad 

Allison Kalish and Jason Leichtman 

Michael Siegel and Hindatu Mohammed 

Bailey (Giesler) Wyant and Jason Wyant 

Peter Rose and Jennifer Margevich 

Stanley Altshuller and Alexandra Pogornets 

Chari Cohen and Scott Hirshson 

Kristen Connolly and Patrick McCullough 

Francesca DIFulvio and Devon Jones 

Andrea Finkelman and Adam Mendelsohn, PhD'09 

Anna Golzman and Andrew Munro 

Rachael Goren and Molly Jackson-Watts '02 

Nadine Kantrow and Paul TImpa 

Lauren Rifkin and Jordan Isenstadt 

Alison Shreefter and Philip Jensen 

Janna Rosenberg and Mike Berger 

Dannah Rubinstein and Ross Breitbart '03 

Miriam Stern and Dan Kramer 

Karen Thomashow and Yonatan Eyal 

Debra Winetz and Marc Bennet 

Aaron Gorodetzer and Ashley Sbarbaro 

Kazia Levin and Benjamin Feinberg '04 

Michelle Gur Aryeh and Adam Shain. MS'04 

Elana Blumenthal, MA'06. and Samuel Kahn 

Kate Brophy and Robert Friedman 

Paul Anastas, MA'87. PhD'90, and Julie Zimmerman 

Michele Brzezinski, MA'05, and Steve Sllverthorn 

Jessie Hastings, MS'04, and Sean Conta 

Elizabeth Owens, MA'04, and Aaron Smith 

Shara Silverman, MBA'02, and Richard Star 

Karen Tolchin, MA'98. PhD'OO, and Thomas DeMarchI 

January 6, 2007 
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September 10, 2006 
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September 3, 2006 
November 25, 2006 
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February 19. 2006 
March 21, 2004 
December 18, 2006 
April 9, 2006 
September 3, 2006 
September 10, 2006 
August 25, 2006 
July 22, 2006 
July 9. 2006 
August 12, 2006 
June 24, 2006 
July 29, 2006 
October 22, 2006 
November 11, 2006 
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July 29, 2006 
November 11, 2006 
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June 11, 2006 
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December 30, 2006 
September 3, 2006 
August 27, 2006 
January 1, 2006 
October 14, 2006 
October 7, 2006 
September 10, 2006 
September 9, 2006 
September 3, 2006 
December 16. 2006 

fitting. Oscar, on the other hand, is just 
Oscar {although it did help that I'm an 
inveterate Odd Couple fan). The rwins" 
arrival nearly coincided with a welcome 
visit from Erich Reed, a long-lost friend 
who is now living in Maine again after a 
number of years spent on the other 
coast. It was good to see him ... and to 
introduce him to our newest family 
members. All of us remain in New York 
City for the here and now, but with the 
arrival of children we're leaving Manhat- 
tan behind for the space that New Jersey 
affords. In what amounts to quite a 
departure from my days at Brandeis, I 
now work at the Federal Reserve Bank of 
New York. Penelope left publishing 
some time back and last worked at 
Gourmet before (temporarily) hanging 
up the apron to be with the kids. " 

Eric Weinstock 

Needham, Massachusetts 
Weinstock writes, "I am living in 
Needham with my wife, Toby, son 
Zachary, daughter Talia, and newest 
addition, liana, born November 10, 
2006. I have my own endodontic practice 
in Canton and am on the faculty at Tufts 
University School of Dental Medicine. 
I often think of the great times at 
Brandeis and all of my old chums. Hope 
to see you all at the next reunion! " 


Andrea C. Kramer 

Georgetown University 
113 Healy, Box 571250 
Washington, DC 20057 

Kenneth and I are enjoying parenthood 
and are now living with our son Simon 
on the other side of the city — actually, 
on the Georgetown Universiry campus — 
for my new position as a chaplain in the 
residence halls. If like us, you had to 
miss our 15th Reunion last summer, you 
can still stay in touch by submitting 
news about yourself and reading up on 
your classmates in this space. 


( )i('^ 

Joel Cohen 


Cohen is president of the Colorado 
Dermatologic Society. He is also 
national chair of the Patient Education 
Committee for the American Society of 
Dermatologic Surgery. A board-certified 
dermatologist with full fellowship 
training in Mohs skin cancer surgery and 
cosmetic dermatology, Cohen is an 
active medical writer, lecturer, clinical- 
trial participant, and instructor. He has 
authored more than thirty-five medical 
publications and six book chapters and is 
currently coauthoring a McGraw-Hill 
textbook as well. He travels throughout 
the country almost every weekend, as 
well as to Europe and Israel, to teach 
techniques related to skin cancer surgery 
as well as cosmetic dermatology. He is a 
lead clinical trial investigator for several 
cosmetic injectable procedures as well as 
lasers. Cohen is on the volunteer 
faculty of the University ot Colorado, 
serving as an assistant professor. He is 
married to Dr. Nicole Goldie Cohen, a 
pediatrician at Denver Children's 
Hospital. They are the proud parents of 
toddler Tillie Yael Cohen, who was born 
with esophageal atresia and a tracheo- 
esophageal fistula. With the help ot the 
wonderful surgeons at Denver Children's 
Hospital, she is doing great. 

Heidi Cohen Kahana 

Madison, Wisconsin 

See Alon Kahana, MA'91. 

Sue Goren Levine 

Ashland, Massachusetts 
Levine writes, "My husband, Dave, and I 
have two adorable boys, Matthew, six and 
a half, and Nate, four. We have been 
living in Ashland for the past nine years. 
I work part time as a career counselor at 
Quinsigamond Community College in 
Worcester. Dave was the catering director 
for the New England Patriots and Gillette 
Stadium until shortly after their third 
Super Bowl win. He is currently the 
general manager of dining services for 
Sodexho at UMass-Boston. I'd love to 
hear from former classmates at" 

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Bringing Smiles to Navajo Nation 

Although preventable, early childhood 
caries — tooth decay in children younger 
than six — is the most common chronic 
childhood disease in the United States. 

Throughout the Navajo Nation, a vast 
reservation extending for 27,000 square 
miles across northeastern Arizona, Utah, 
and New Mexico, tooth decay is rampant. 

As the only pediatric dentist at Fort 
Defiance Indian Hospital on the Navajo 
reservation, Laura (Hacker) Greenwald '99 
has seen some of the worst cases, including 
three-year-old children with decay in 
75 percent of their young teeth. 

"The Navajo people have adopted a 
modern diet that includes high levels of 
processed sugars, " she says. "Lower socio- 
economic groups are simply at much 
higher risk for caries due to limited access 
to health care and education." 

In addition to treating decay with 
fillings, crowns, and surgery, the young 
dentist has partnered with physicians at the 
state-of-the-art hospital, which serves 
nearly 30,000 people, to run monthly well- 
child clinics. There she and her colleagues 
educate parents of children between the 
ages of nine months and twelve months 
about nutrition and the consequences of 
certain practices that expose infant teeth to 
sugary liquids for long periods of time, such 

as providing soda and juice consistently 
throughout the day. 

Their education efforts seem to be 
paying dividends, Greenwald says, noting 
that the waiting period for surgery has 
dropped from an average three months to 
about two weeks during the eighteen 
months she has worked on the reservation. 

Greenwald moved to Fort Defiance 
(population 4,000) in August 2005 with 
her husband, Adam '98, after receiving a 
scholarship through the U.S. Public 
Health Service during her studies at 
Columbia University School ot Dental and 
Oral Surgery. She committed to work in 
an area with underserved populations for 
at least two years. "Our instructors always 
told us that dentists are public-health 
providers, and we owe it to our communi- 
ty to give back," she says. "I thought it was 
something important to do." 

Adam supports her cttorts by staying 
home with the couple's three-year-old son, 
Noah, while working toward an MBA at 
Arizona State University. 

Life in Fort Defiance was initially a cul- 
ture shock, but the couple say they have 
enjoyed learning about the Navajo cul- 
ture. "There is so much to appreciate and 
enjoy here," Adam says. 

— Carrie Simmons 


Jared Lighter 
Delray Beach, Florida 
Lighter became engaged to Cara 
Ackerman in October 2006. The couple, 
who had met ten years earlier through 
Lighter's sister, became reacquainted in 
January 2006 at a Jewish event. "We were 
just friends back then, " Lighter writes, 
"but something more developed this time 
around. Just goes to show that you never 
know what's going to happen in life!" 

Julie Hoffman Marshall 
Lafayette, Colorado 
Marshall, an author, and her husband, 
Tim, welcomed a daughter, Jasmine 
Rose, on December 18, 2006. She joins 
two-year-old sister Sarah. "Everything 
went fine," Marshall writes, "except for a 
crazy blizzard that blew in that week. We 
got snowed in at the hospital." 

Rachel Silverman Sommer 

Medford, Massachusetts 
Sommer missed the 2006 Reunion due to 
a busy schedule revolving around her fam- 
ily. She and her husband, Jacob, celebrated 
their second wedding anniversary on 
October 10, 2006, and the first birthday 
of their son, Joshua, on August 13, 2006. 
Sommer is the new office manager and 
bookkeeper at the Brain Tumor Societ)', 
which she finds congenial and rewarding. 
Other news about Sommer can be found 

Robin Weigert 

Los Angeles 

Weigert appeared in The Good German 

opposite Oscar winners George 

Clooney and Care Blanchett. 


Lisa Davidson Flore 

34 Van Ness Road 

Belmont, MA 02478 

Hello, classmates! It feels like spring here 
in Massachusetts, but it's really winter. 
I remember getting ready to fly back to 
Brandeis every winter break, dreading the 

change from seventy-degree California 
weather to the teens or below in Boston, 
but somehow it always felt best to be 
back among friends. We are getting closer 
to our 15th Reunion, set for June 8-10. I 
hope many of you are able to attend. At 
the time of this writing, I am between 
semesters and trying to catch up with 
work. I've been involved with a gover- 
nance task force and have a new appreci- 
ation for what the founding fathers of 
our country went through when they 
drafted the Constitution. Coffee and 
lunch aren't enough to get eighteen peo- 
ple to see eye to eye on how to make 
decisions in a university. My thoughts are 
more drawn to how to convince my four- 
year-old that Ursula the sea witch isn't 
real, yet somehow Ariel the mermaid is 
real, for the sake of my rwo-year-old's fas- 
cination with princesses. I should have 
paid more attention in my philosophy 
class ... I just know that the falling tree 
does make a sound. 

Stacey Ballis 

Ballis has left her position at the 
Goodman Theatre to pursue her writing 
and consultancy work full time. The 
author of four novels, including the 
upcoming The Spinster Sisters, Ballis 
recently joined the team of the Rachael 
Ray show on CBS. As a regular 
contributor to the show, she offers 
lifestyle and entertaining tips. Check her 
out by visiting 
and choosing "Rachel's Buddies" under 
the "Cool People" section of the site. For 
more information on Ballis and her 
books visit, and for 
updates on her television appearances 
join her MySpace friends at myspace. 
com/staceyballis or e-mail stacey@ and ask to be put on the 
newsletter list. 

Evan Berland 
Columbia, South Carolina 
Berland, former day supervisor in the 
Trenton, New Jersey, bureau of the 
Associated Press, was recently named 
news editor of AP's South Carolina 
bureau. Berland has worked for the wire 
service since 1995. 

Stacy Brown 

Dobbs Ferry, New York 

Brown and her husband, Craig, 

welcomed a son, Hayden Zachary, on 

June 7, 2006. He joins brother Ramsey, 

two, and half-sister Haylee, six. 

Erica Dominitz and Yaron Dori 

Bethesda, Maryland 

Dominitz was elected to the partnership 
of Dickstein Shapiro, where she practices 
insurance litigation in the firm's 
Washington, D.C., office. She and her 
husband, who also practices law, enjoy 
spending time with their two-year-old 
daughter, Rachel, who has started 
nursery school. 

Lloyd Kass 

Jersey City, New Jersey 
Kass writes, "In October 2006, my wife 
of four years, Jennifer Haakmat, and 1 
had our first child, a beautiful daughter, 
Willa Rose. From a career standpoint, 
after spending thirteen years in nonprofit 
and local government agencies (and 
earning an MPA from Columbia 
University in 1998), I am serving as 
energy director for the New York City 
Housing Authority. I love my family, my 
home, and my job. Former classmates, 
reach out at" 

Brad Kauffman 
Long Island, New York 
In September 2005, Kauffman opened 
his own law firm specializing in plain- 
tiff personal injury and medical 
malpractice. Since he opened his firm, 
the New York Jury Verdict Reporter has 
published many of his trial results 
and settlements. 

Naomi Leeds 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Leeds, MD, MPH, is an internist at 

Massachusetts General Hospital in 

Boston and is on the faculty of Harvard 

Medical School. She recently moved 

from Beacon Hill to Harvard Square. 

Leo Olper 

Lake Forest, Illinois 

Olper is a senior vice president and chief 

operating officer of Lapiz, the Hispanic 

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marketing division of Leo Burnett 
advertising agency in Chicago. 

Lori Goldsmith Smith and 
Adam Smith 
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 
Lori and Adam Smith are enjoying life 
in Blue Bell with their two sons, Jason 
and Ethan. Using extensive and rigorous 
research techniques, Lori has not only 
discovered that Cheerios float, but they 
are indeed impossible to get out of the 
carpet once stepped on by baby feet. 
Looking forward to the upcoming 
reunion, Jason is excited to see Brandeis 
and share his knowledge of U.S. presi- 
dents. Star Wars characters, and jelly 

Lauren Sueskind Theodore 

Suffern, New York 
Theodore writes, "We proudly 
welcomed daughter Annabel Ruby on 
November 17, 2006. I am happy to be 
working as public relations director of 
5f/^magazine. Life is wonderful!" 



Joshua Blumenthal 

467 Valley Street, #6-G 
Maplewood, NJ 07040 

Brian Feldman 
San Francisco 

Feldman writes, "My daughter, 
Annabelle, was born August 30, 2006. 
I was recently appointed to the faculty of 
the University of California at San 
Francisco Medical School in the 
department of pediatrics. I now live in 
San Francisco with my wife, Bira, 
daughter, and cat, Suds." 

Douglas Kaplan 
New York City 

Kaplan writes, "After living in Japan for 
eight years following Brandeis, I now 
reside with my wife, Asako, on the 
Upper West Side in Manhattan but 
soon will be moving to Princeton, New 
Jersey, following the birth of our 

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Bronte Ward Abraham 

Jacob Thomas 

Cindy and David Blank-Edeiman 

Elijah Isaac 

Dvora Weinreb Scher 

Akiva Liron 


Hillel Cooperman 


Chaim and Esa Kanter Jaffe 

Jonah Sidney 

Lee Medotf 

Imogen and Oscar 

Joy Pearlman 

Yedidya Azriel 

Eric Weinstock 



Stephanie Gillman Doyle 

Caeden Eliot 

Heidi Cohen Kahana and Alon Kahana. MA'91 

Kyra Faye 

Julie Hoffman Marshall 

Jasmine Rose 


Lloyd Kass 

Willa Rose 

Jeffrey Mittler 

Gabriel Ryan 

Pegah Hendizadeh Schiffman 

Jasmine Sara 

Lauren Sueskind Theodore 

Annabel Ruby 


Elizabeth (Miller) Belkind 


Shelley (Blanksteen) and Jonathan Casciano '96 

Benjamin Saul 

Brian Feldman 


Lawrence Hilzenrath 

Kate Olivia 

Douglas Kaplan 

Hudson Kenzo 


Seth Epstein 

Benjamin Mark 

Rebecca Klein 

Samara Rose 

Kimberly Valkenaar and Jason Breitkopf 

Allegra Jade 

Anat (Hampel) Zirkin 

Jonah Nathan 


Stephanie Amin-Giwner 

Jenna Ryan 

Jonathan Borg 

Jared Wesley 

Elana Brown Boyrkoff 

Evan Joseph 

Monica (Jacoby) Delyani 

Devin Sienna 


Samantha Strashoon Lennon 

Gavin Brian 

Jill Maderer 


Rachel Bebchick Naggar and Eric Naggar 

Mia Scarlett 


Karen Kitay Bienstock 

ICehuda Leib 

Greg Cohen 

Zachary Brett 

Rebecca (Feinberg) Shayne 

Noah Jacob 


Devorah Kessner Bader 

Yishai Yoel 

Randi (Najarian) and Eric Kaplan '97 

Olivia Rachel 

Wendy Stein Harsfield 

Matthew Noah 

Shari Askenas Kendall 

Jaydin Samantha 

Jeremie Lipczenko and Jeremy Wally '96 

Fiona Rose 

Amanda (Metter) and Eric Pressman 

Gabe Daniel 

Sarah (Greenberg) and Daniel Strick 

Emily Dana 


JonaRose (Jaffe) and James Feinberg '97 

Margaret and Benjamin 

Effy Ritter 



David Salama 

Elliot Joseph 

Bluma (Liss-Levinson) and Jeff Sussman 

Marc Aaron 


Jill (Silberstein) and Jonathan Brickman 

Elijah Matthew 


Lauren (Krutzel) and Alex Friedman 

Anya Haley 

upcoming baby. I am vice president 
for sales and marketing at Fendi 
Timepieces and have founded my own 
luxury brand consulting company, 
DSK Global Inc." 

Emily Eng Kaplan 
Woodstock, Illinois 
Kaplan writes, "To be near family, we 
moved to Woodstock (where the movie 
Goiindbog Day was filmed) from Austin, 
Texas. I kept my Austin software job 
and telecommuted for a while, but 
decided to go back to work lull time. 
I'm a senior technical writer working 

for Motorola on projects like the Moto 
Razr and the Q. I go into the office 
one day a week. When I'm not blog- 
ging, I create commissioned mixed- 
media greeting cards with snarky 
messages like 'Thinking of You Makes 
Me Sweaty' and 'I Love You and Your 
Tiny Bladder.' My son, Theo, four, and 
daughter, Riley, two, are nuts, but I 
have very few people I can blame for 
that. I haven't been on campus since 
graduation day, but I often think of 
the people I knew there. I can be 
reached at" 


Ania Siwek 
New York City 

Siwek married Ronen Schwartzman in 
July. In attendance were classmates 
Michelle (Yellowitz) Shapiro, Jenifer 
(Land) Weinberg, Stephanie Shaplro- 
Berkson, Laurlan Dixon '92, and 
former classmate Allison (Sarubin) 
Fergakls. Siwek and Schwartzman are 
enjoying married life on the Upper West 
Side of Manhattan. She continues to 
work as a school psychologist at an 
independent school in Westchester and 
have a private practice. 

Michael Stanger 

Old Westbury, New York 

Stanger became the senior rabbi at the 

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation in 

Old Westbury. He lives with his wife, 

Sandi, daughter, Arielle, and son, Noah, 

born May 11,2005. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof 

108 Cold Spring Road 

Avon, CT 06001 

Seth Epstein 

New York City 

Epstein and his wife, Suzanne Hahn 

Epstein, welcomed a son, Benjamin 

Mark, on November 8, 2006. 

Audrey Latman Gruber 
New York City 

Gruber won an Emmy Award for 
"Black Market Infertility, " a segment 
about the black-market buying and 
selling of infertility medications among 
couples with fertility issues that she 
produced at CNN's Anderson Cooper 
360. A second piece Gruber produced, 
"Chinese Organs, " about the growing 
organ tourism business in China, was 
also nominated for an Emmy. 

Kimberly Valkenaar and 
Jason Breitkopf 

Burbank, California 
Valkenaar and Brietkopf welcomed a 
daughter, Allegra Jade, in September 
2006. Valkenaar won the Valley Theatre 
League Artistic Director Achievement 
(ADA) Award for Best Production of 
2005-06 for Bunbury at the Road 
Theatre Company in North Hollywood. 
She also won both the Valley Theatre 
League ADA Award for Best Production 
2004-05 and the LA Weekly Theater 
Award for Best Production 2004-05 for 
Ouroboros, also at the Road Theatre 
Company. Breitkopf is directing Fabric, 
a one- act play, which is part of Cuts, an 
evening of one-act plays that opened in 
February at the Road Theatre Company. 
In the last year, he has directed readings 
of original works at the Road, an original 
one-act play during Fast and Loose at 
Sacred Fools Theatre in Hollywood, and 
a touring children's theater production. 


Suzanne Lavin 

154 W. 70th Street, Apt. lOJ 
New York, NY 10023 

Christopher Christian 
Washington, D.C. 
Christian joined Dechert LLP on 
January 1. He is in the financial services 
group and is based in the firm's 
Washington, D.C, office. He focuses on 
investment companies, offshore 
registered and unregistered products, and 
investment adviser regulation. 

Elizabeth (Cohn) Copelovltch 
Madison, Wisconsin 
Copeiovitch writes, "We've moved to 
Madison, where [husband] Mark is a 
professor of political science at the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin and I am education 
director at a Conservative synagogue. 
Micah, two, started preschool, and we're 
all enjoying the Midwest." 

Monica (Jacoby) Delyani 

Ayer, Massachusetts 
Delyani recently started a new career 
teaching eighth-grade English in 
northern Massachusetts. She and her 
husband, Nicholas, welcomed their first 
child, Devin, a happy and healthy girl 
who turned one on February 14. 

Pallavi Ral Gullo 

Arlington, Virginia 
Rai married Tom Gullo on April 22, 
2006, in Tampa, Florida. In attendance 
were Neha Shah Parikh, Deepa Pereira, 
Shalini Madan Benson '96, and Craig 
Madan Benson '97. The bride is an 
attorney with Just Neighbors, an organi- 
zation that provides immigration legal 
services to low-income immigrants. 

Norah Mazar 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Mazar writes, "My husband, Shmuel 
Weglein, and I welcomed our third 
child, Roee Dovev, in September 2005. 
He joins Nadav, four, and Senai, six. I 
am an architectural conservator, and my 
current projects include the exterior con- 
servation of the Gropius Dormitories at 
Harvard Law School and the Ashdown 
House at MIT." 

Alison Strong 


Strong was recently designated a 2006 
"Rising Star" attorney by Law & Politics. 
To be eligible for this honor, attorneys 
must be forty or younger and practicing 
ten years or less. Only the top 2.5 
percent of Pennsylvania lawyers are 
honored with this distinction each year. 
Strong is employed by Cozen O'Connor. 

Jocelyn Wllk 

New York City 

Wilk is the public-service archivist at the 
Columbia University Archives and is in 
the second year of a two-year term as 
vice president of the Archivists Round 
Table of New York (ART). ART is a 
local professional organization boasting a 
membership of more than 330 archivists, 
librarians, and records managers in the 
New York metropolitan area. During 
New York Archives Week, as a board 

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Philip Fischer '52 

Salem, Massachusetts 
Dr. Fischer died May 28, 2006. He 
leaves two daughters, Sherri and Lisa; a 
brother, Jerome; and two grandsons. 

Lynne (Shoolman) Isaacson '52 

Lexington, Massachusetts 
Mrs. Isaacson died November 2, 2006. 
She leaves a daughter, Gail Forrest; a 
son, Bruce; a sister, Phyllis Shapiro; a 
brother, Ira Shoolman; two grandchil- 
dren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Natasha Saltzman '52 

Eastham, Massachusetts 

Ms. Saltzman died November 30, 2006. 

She leaves two sons, Dan and Joel 

Miller; a sister, Judith Litvich; and three 


Lois (Nesson) Cohen '58 
Highland Park, Illinois 
Ms. Cohen died September 18, 2006. 
She leaves a daughter, Elissa Halpern; a 
son, Andrew; a sister, Marilyn Mann; 
and four grandchildren. 

Marcia (Barbash) Lewis '58 

Madison, Wisconsin 
Mrs. Lewis, a nurse, died October 18, 
2006, after a ten-year battle with ovarian 
cancer. She leaves her husband. Herb; 
two daughters, Tamar and Paula; a son, 
Joshua; a brother, Steven Barbash; and 
four grandchildren. 

Kenneth Farbman '59 

Worcester, Massachusetts 
Dr. Farbman died December 12, 2006, 
of pancreatic cancer. He was sixty-eight. 
Dr. Farbman practiced medicine at 
Worcester Ciry Hospital, UMass 
Memorial, and in private practice tor 
more than thirty-five years. He also 
taught at UMass Medical School. He 
leaves his wife, Marlene Glick; a 
daughter, Deborah Rubenstein, 
MJC'88: two sons, David '90 and 
Jeffrey '98; a brother, Albert; and six 

Mendy Samstein '60 

New Lisbon, New York 
Mr. Samstein, who left graduate school to 
put himself in the forefront of the fight 
for black voting rights in Mississippi, 
enduring bombings and beatings in the 
crucial summer of 1964, died January 24 
of carcinoid cancer. He was sixty-eight. 
Mr. Samstein abandoned his pursuit 
of a doctorate in history to join the his- 
toric turmoil in the South and became 
known as an adept organizer and pull-no- 
punches speaker. He helped recruit and 
deploy the more than eight hundred col- 
lege students, mainly white, who traveled 
from many states to rural Mississippi 
towns, mainly black, as part of the Mis- 
sissippi Summer Project in 1964. He later 
became a full-time organizer for the 
Student Nonviolent Coordinating 
Committee. After his civil rights days, 
Mr. Samstein organized against the Viet- 
nam War, taught school, was a psychoan- 
alyst, and ran a summer camp, among 
other things. He leaves his wife, Nancy 
Cooper; two sons, Ivan of Chicago and 
Ben ot Manhattan; and a granddaughter. 

Janet Berkenfield '63 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
Ms. Berkenfield, a public-health profes- 
sional who worked to help immigrants, 
young mothers, and children during a 
career that lasted more than forty years, 
died February 1 from complications of a 
stroke. She was sixty-four. For the past 
fourteen years, Ms. Berkenfield served as 
director of the state Department of Men- 
tal Health's Emergency Medical Services 
for Children program. Prior to that, she 
worked for three years at the Childhood 
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in 
the Department of Health and Human 
Services. She leaves a sister, Betsy Worley 
of Fort Worth, Texas, and four nieces 
and nephews. 

Peter Brune '63 

Odenton, Maryland 

Colonel Brune died November 12, 2006, 
after a long battle with lung cancer. He 
was sixty-five. He served for rwenty-two 
years in the Air Force, where he was a 
recognized aircraft maintenance manage- 
ment and technical expert. He leaves his 

wife, Pamela; a daughter, Lisa Randall of 
Alta Loma, California; two sons, Michael 
Lastovic of Guntersville, Alabama, and 
Craig Brune of Mount Sinai, New York; 
a stepson, Gregory Lowe of Odenton, 
Maryland; and eight grandchildren. 

Richard Ripps '63 

New York City- 
Mr. Ripps died December 4, 2006, of 
cancer. He had a successful career in 
real-estate development, which included 
retail, mall, and multiuse properties. He 
leaves his wife, Barbara; a son, Michael; 
two daughters, Jennie and Elizabeth; two 
stepsons, Matthew and Michael; and a 
sister, Wendy. 

Deanne Stone '67 
Framingham, Massachusetts 
Ms. Stone, who worked as an executive 
director and fundraiser at several Jewish 
and children's organizations over the past 
several years, died January 28 after a 
long battle with cancer. She was sixty- 
seven. Ms. Stone served as the executive 
director at Maimonides School, Temple 
Israel of Boston, and the Foundation for 
Children's Books; as director of the 
Council of Jewish Federation Women's 
Department in New York City; as the 
first development director for the Yemin 
Orde Youth Village outside Haifa, Israel; 
as New England regional director of 
B'nai B'rith; and as New England direc- 
tor for the American Committee of the 
Weizmann Institute of Science. She 
leaves her husband, Harvey; a son, 
Matthew of Framingham; a daughter, 
Alison of Nyack, New York; a sister, 
Barbara Gordon of West Hartford, 
Connecticut; and two grandchildren. 

William Youngren, PhD'99 

West Newton, Massachusetts 
Dr. Youngren, a pianist, writer, 
professor, and critic who possessed 
talents and interests that encompassed 
everything from eighteenth-century 
literature to writing for contemporary 
magazines, died November 26, 2006. 
He was seventy-five. Dr. Youngren, who 
earned his doctorate in musicology, 
taught English literature and music at 
Boston College from 1970 until his 


retirement in 2001. He leaves his wife, 
Virginia (Rotan); two daughters, Erica of 
West Chester, New York, and Valerie of 
Brooidine, Massachusetts; a son, Austin 
Richards of Santa Barbara, California; and 
two grandsons. 


William Piatt Jencks 
Department of Biochemistry 
Dr. Jencks, of Lexington, Massachusetts, 
professor emeritus of biochemistry, died 
January 3 at the age of seventy-nine. A full- 
time faculty member at Brandeis from 
1957 to 1996, Dr. Jencks did pioneering 
research on the molecular mechanisms by 
which enzymes catalyze reactions in living 
cells. He leaves his wife, Miriam; a daugh- 
ter, Sara; a son, David; two brothers, 
Charles Jencks and John Cheetham; a 
sister, Penelope Hurwitz; a grandson; and 
several nieces and nephews. 


Edith (Feinberg) Musnick 
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 
Ms. Musnick, a longtime administrator in 
the Department of Near Eastern and 
Judaic Studies, died December 29 in 
Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with 
breast cancer. She leaves a son, David of 
Seattle, Washington; a daughter, Joan Titus 
of North Reading, Massachusetts; and 
three grandchildren. 

Barbara (Goldberg) Schwartz 
Romance and Comparative Literature 
Ms. Schwartz, senior program associate 
for the Department of Romance and 
Comparative Literature, died December 7, 
2006, of complications from cancer A 
Brandeis employee since 1999, she 
formerly worked at the Rose Art Museum 
and the OflPice of Communications. She 
leaves her husband. Dr. Philip E; three 
daughters, Hedy Dion of Framingham, 
Carolyn Lieberman of Westborough, 
Massachusetts, and Andrea of Framingham; 
a sister, Fredda Goldberg of Providence, 
Rhode Island; a brother, Gerald Goldberg of 
Buffalo, New York; and two grandchildren. 

member of this group, Wilk had the 
honor (and thrill) ot participating in the 
Opening Bell ceremony at the New York 
Stock Exchange on October 10, 2006. 


Janet Lipman Leibowltz 

29 Pond Street, #9 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Joshua Kaplan 
New York City 

Kaplan married Joanna Kasirer on 
February 19, 2006. Brandeisians in 
attendance were Jeremy Kaplan '00, 
Philip Schanzer, Karen (Ellman) 
Levlne '01, Judah Levine '01, Jonathan 
Borg '95, Michael Levison '95, Jen 
(Lorrel) Levison '99, Marc Damsky '91, 
Jordana (Grand) Levine, Andrew Levine 
'98, and Michael Dittelman. 

Jill Maderer 


Maderer and her husband, Len Lipkin, 

celebrated the first birthday of their son, 

Moshe "Mo," in January. 

Rachel Bebchick Naggar 

and Eric Naggar 

Bayonne, New Jersey 

The Naggars welcomed their first 

daughter, Mia Scarlett, on November 23, 

2006. She weighed seven pounds, four 

ounces and was twenty inches long. 

Joshua Firstenberg 

96 Twenty-Ninth Street, #2 

San Francisco, CA 94110 


Pegah Hendizadeh Schiffman 

58 Joan Road 

Stamford, CT 06905 

Joshua Davidson 
Redondo Beach, California 
Davidson has finished his residency in 
pediatrics and is planning a wedding. 

Elizabeth DeRose 

New Haven, Connecticut 
DeRose recently organized two 
exhibitions for the Yale University 
Department of Prints, Drawings, and 
Photographs, which are on view at the 
Yale University Art Gallery through 
April 1 . The exhibits are Jasper Johns: 
From Plate to Print and Making a Mark: 
Four Contemporary Artists in Print. 

James Feinberg 

San Diego 

Feinberg and JonaRose Jaffe '99 are 
thrilled to announce the birth of their 
children, Margaret and Benjamin, on 
July 26, 2006. Jaffe is pursuing a PhD in 
communications from the University of 
California at San Diego, and Feinberg 
has been teaching technical theater at the 
University of San Diego, but right now 
they are both focused on Ben and 
Maggie and enjoying the lovely weather. 

Kevin Rosenzweig 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Rosenzweig is engaged to Stefanie 

Latasha Treger Slavin 
Johannesburg, South Africa 
Slavin writes, "Since April 2003, 1 have 
been working for the U.S. Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention Global 
AIDS Program. Under President Bush's 
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 1 am 
currently based in South Africa, where 1 
provide HIV and AIDS technical assis- 
tance to the South African government 
and manage the National Prevention of 
Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV 
program. On April 9, 2006, 1 married 
Nicholas Slavin in Johannesburg." 

Alisa Zelman 

Los Angeles 

Zelman married Jim Finsten in Newton, 

Massachusetts, on September 3, 2006. 

They live in Los Angeles, where Zelman 

works as the director of development for 

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a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and 
Finsten works as an attorney. Zelman 
and Finsten met at the wedding of 
Meredith Harman '97 and Dave 
Stewart, who went to high school with 
Zeimans husband in Palm Springs, 
California. Harman and Stewart's 
daughter, Sophia, served as Zelman's 
flower girl. Brandeis alumni in atten- 
dance included Zelman's father, Allan 
Zelman '64, his friends, and other 
members of the Class of 1997, 
including Hannah Mendelson, Pegah 
Schiffman, Meredith Stewart, Rachel 
Rosen, and Christine Manavain. 


Alexis Hirst 

502 East 79th Street, #5D 
New York, NY 10021 

Jocelyn Auerbach 

Mount Laurel, New Jersey 
Auerbach is an attorney at Steel, Rudnick 
& Ruben in Philadelphia, a law firm 
specializing in immigration and 
naturalization issues. She writes a 
biweekly column in El Sol, a Spanish- 
language newspaper educating the Latino 
community on immigration concerns. 

Devorah Kessner Bader 

Irvine, California 

Bader and her husband, Joe, are the proud 
parents of three children, Carmel, five, 
Elinoa, thtee, and their youngest, Yishai 
Yoel, who was born in August 2006. 

Ashley Blick 

San Francisco 

Blick married Ben Sternberg of New 
York City on September 10, 2006, in 
Mendocino, California. Brandeisians in 
attendance were Michelle (Gross) 
Moshe '97, Shannon (Frank) 
Edelstone '97, and Mira Zaslove '99. 
After teaching English to Tibetan monks 
in India following graduation from 
Brandeis, Blick graduated from 
Columbia Law School in 2002. She is 
currently practicing litigation at 
Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, 
where she and Sternberg have lived on 
Russian Hill for the last three years. 

Jill (Farbman) Bronner 

Nashville, Tennessee 
Bronner writes, "On November 19, 
2006, I was one of ninety-six runners to 
complete the inaugural Harpeth Hills 
Flying Monkey Marathon in Percy 
Warner Park in Nashville. My husband 
and two-year-old son, Joshy, came out to 
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Currier writes, "I married Ellen 
Hendriksen in Berkeley, California, on 
August 25, 2006. In attendance were 
Elijah Feinstein '97, Juan Sanabria, 
Aaron Cohn, and Noam Gundle. As 
Ellen is a graduate student at UCLA, 
and I'm wotking on my MD/PhD at 
Boston University, we are living a 
bicoastal existence in Boston and Los 
Angeles, but will soon be settling in 
Boston. Best wishes to everyone. " 

Adam Greenwaidd 

Fort Defiance, Arizona 
Greenwald is a graduate student at the 
Carey School of Business at Arizona 
State University. 

Andrew Levine 

New York City 

Levine is counsel to Credit Suisse, an 

international banking firm in New 

York City. 

Carlos Mendez 
Brooklyn, New York 
Mendez is a volunteer with Fundacion 
Renacer, a nonprofit humanitarian 
organization with offices in the 
Dominican Republic and New York City. 
It serves the poor and disabled in the 
United States and Latin America. 

Amanda (Metter) and Eric Pressman 
BrookJine, Massachusetts 
The Pressmans were married in 2004. 
Amanda recently finished her residency in 
internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess 
in Boston and will be starting a fellowship 
in gastroenterology at Brown in 2008. 
Eric has completed a master's degree at 
Bendey College and is working at Math- 
works. The couple live in Brookline with 
their son, Gabe Daniel, who was born 
October 23, 2006. 

Sergio Reyes 

Bakersfield, California 

Reyes is the chief of staff at the Kern 

County Board of Supervisors in 

Bakersfield, a county with a majority 

Latino population. 

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Philip Robinson 
New York City 
Robinsons first CD, Classical 
Compositions, Op. 1: Pieces for String 
Quartet and Piano, was recently released 
by New York— based record label Roomful 
of Sky Records. The CD is a break from 
Robinson's usual singer-songwriter 
material and instead features recordings of 
some of his classical music. One piece is 
performed by Brandeis's Lydian String 
Quartet with special guest Paul Hedematk 
on piano. The CD is available for pur- 
chase on Robinson has lived 
in New York City for the past three years. 
For information about Robinson and his 
music, visit He 
says he looks forward to hearing from 
fellow Brandeisians and hopes evetyone is 
doing well. 

Marina Sokolinsky 
Brooklyn, New York 
Sokolinsky married Mohamed Trad on 
July 22, 2006, in New York. In atten- 
dance were Brandeisians llena Gizberg, 
Audrey (Rosenberg) Dulmage, and 
Robin Kassner. 


David Nurenberg 

20 Moore Street, #3 
Somerville, MA 02144 

JonaRose Jaffe 

San Diego 

See James Feinberg '97. 

Allison (Kalish) Leichtman 
Sharon, Massachusetts 
Kalish married Jason Leichtman 
on July 9, 2006, in Brookline, 
Massachusetts. Brandeis alumni in 
attendance included Elana (Gross) 
Lebolt, David Lebolt. Lee McLean, 
Jillian (Wetmore) Sallee '00, 
Thomas Sallee '00, Brooke Levinson, 
Staci Newman, and Catherine 
Taylor '02. 

Joshua Robbins 

New York City 

See Rachel Schneider '04. 

Michael Siegel 

Ithaca, New York 

Siegel was married on August 12, 2006, 
and attends Cornell Law School. He 
and his wife, Hindatu Mohammed, 
served as teachers in Oakland, 
California, before moving to Ithaca to 
attend graduate school. 

Bailey (Giesler) Wyant 

Westerville, Ohio 

Giesler married Jason A. Wyant on 

June 24, 2006, at First Community 

Church in Columbus, Ohio. Jennifer A. 

O'Brien was her maid of honor. Jason 

is an English teacher, and Bailey is 

a paralegal. 


Matthew Salloway 

304 West 92nd Street, #5E 
New York, NY 10025 

Ariel Chesler 
New York City 

Chesler writes, "I am excited to report 
that I recently began as an appellate 
court attorney at the New York State 
Appellate Division, First Department, in 
Manhattan. I spend my time reviewing 
appeals that encompass virtually every 
substantive area of law and then submit 
a report and recommendation to the 
justices. When I have time, I watch the 
oral arguments in the courtroom. The 
court itself is beautiful and was 
completed in 1900. I welcome any and 
all to see the court. It is a wonderful part 
of New York history and a great way to 
see how law is crafted and upheld." 

Hillary Selle Gramlich 

New Haven, Connecticut 
Gramlich writes, "After Brandeis, 1 
served as a Peace Corps volunteer, 
working as a biology teacher in Tanzania 
for two years. I loved it and encourage 

anyone interested in the Peace Corps to 
do it! I am now a fourth-year cell 
biology PhD student at Yale, working in 
an immunology lab. During my first 
year here, I met my future husband, 
Jake Gramlich, at our church in New 
Haven. He is also a fourth-year PhD 
student, studying economics. We were 
married in August 2005. Our pastor 
came from New Haven to my home- 
town in Vermont to perform the 
ceremony. Brandeis friends who were 
able to attend the wedding included 
Anne Lebowitz (bridesmaid) and Yael 
Schmidt Rosen and my professors/ 
mentors Chan Fulton and Elaine Lai. 
We missed Nika Voskoboynik, who had 
just started her pediatrics residency in 
Oakland, California, and Revital 
Gorodeski '99, who was home with her 
newborn. My e-mail address is I would love 
to hear from people, and I am happy to 
serve as a contact for talking about the 
Peace Corps or graduate school." 

Brian Messinger 
East Meadow, New York 
Messinger became engaged to Julie 
Walsh while vacationing in Colorado in 
April 2006. He is in his fifth year of 
teaching social studies at H. Frank Carey 
High School in Franklin Square, New 
York, where he was named 2005 
Academic Teacher of the Year. 

Larkin Tackett 
Austin, Texas 

Tackett manages Texas state senator Judith 
Zaffirini's legislative and public 
information programs. His work includes 
developing legislation related to the 
senator's priorities, responding to inquiries 
from constituents and addressing their 
needs, providing analyses for the senator's 
work on a variety of policy committees, 
distributing public announcements to 
print and electronic media, and serving as 
a liaison between the senator and stake- 
holders. He joined Zaffirini's staff after 
working as a legislative aide, committee 
consultant, and campaign coordinator in 
California. In addition to doing policy 
and political work, Tackett worked as an 
eighth-grade social studies teacher in the 


Mississippi Delta with the Teach For 
America program. 

Michelle Siegell Valente 

Mineola, New York 

Siegell married Paul Valente on July 1 6, 

2005, and had a boy, Andrew Paul, on 

July 25, 2006. 


WenLin Soh 

5000 C Marine Parade Road, #12-11 

Singapore 449286 


Class of 2001 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Best wishes for 2007, all. In the latter 
part of 2006, 1 spent three months in 
the London office of my firm, Marakon 
Associates, working on a strategy 
management project for a bank. I had a 
lovely time there and met up with Lisa 
Cagnacci. My stay also included short 
trips to the English countryside, 
Zurich, and Munich. I have since 
returned to enjoy the winter months 
back in sunny Singapore. 




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Joshua Bob 

Waltham, Massachusetts 
Bob is the northeast regional manager of 
the World Adult Kickball Association. 
He manages a team that runs adult kick- 
ball leagues around the Northeast, among 
other duties. He also started work in 
September on an MBA at Babson 
College that he hopes to complete by 
July 2008. 

Sarah Chandler 
New York City 

Chandler earned a master's degree in 
Hebrew Bible from the Jewish 
Theological Seminary in May 2006 and 
is the education directot at West End 
Synagogue in Manhattan. She serves on 
the editorial board o{ Zeek magazine,, and 

Diana Coben Einstein 
New York City 

Einstein started a new position as the 
assistant director of special events in the 
development office of New York 
University Medical Center. She married 
Heath Einstein on July 10, 2005, in Fort 
Worth, Texas. 

Andrea Finkelman 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Finkelman married Adam Mendelsohn, 
PhD'09, on December 23, 2006. 
Brandeisians in attendance were Ari 
Gnepp '02, Stella Finn Gnepp '03, Hal 
Schneider '02, Molly Jackson-Watts 
'02, Melissa Hallar '02(who was maid 
of honor and baked the cake!), Olive 
Barber, Seth D. Michaels, Rachael 
Goren, Michael Rose, and Erica Fre- 

Rachael Goren 

Amherst, Massachusetts 
Goren married Molly Jackson-Watts '02 
on June 4, 2006, at the Jewish 
Community Center of Amherst. They 
met while at Btandeis and have been 
together since. Their wedding was 
officiated by Autumn Wiley, and their 
wedding party included Brandeisians 
Olive Barber, Melissa Hallar '02, Ari 
Gnepp '02, Stella Finn Gnepp '03, Hal 
Schneider '02, Liliana Kualapai '03, 

Andrea Finkelman, Seth D. Michaels, 
and Evie Ullman '03. Michael Rose, 
Elisa Gassel, and Jennifer Kittay 
Steinberg attended as well. 

Sharon Gross 
New York City 

Gross writes, "I was married on 
December 3, 2006, to Jason Altman. 
No major new ventures. I am working 
and going for my MBA part dme. We did 
go to Ecuador tor our honeymoon and 
visited the Amazon jungle and Galapagos 
Islands. That was an adventure! ' 

Laurel Johnson 
Gates Mills, Ohio 
Johnson writes, "I moved home to 
Cleveland to continue my acting career. 
I acted in the Ohio premiere oi Frozen 
with the Bang and the Clatter Theatre 
Company and will be in the Ohio 
premiere of Red Light Winter in early 
spring. I also starred in tour Ohio Lottery 
commercials and was featured in 
commercials for McDonald's, American 
Greetings, and the National Champi- 
onship Game. All in all, it's been a truly 
successful year. " 

Francesca DiFulvio Jones 
Richmond, Virginia 
DiFulvio married Devon Jones in 
Connecticut on October 21, 2006. 
Brandeisians in attendance were 
Michelle Dorson, Lee Cohen, Jackie 
Gillette, Talia Witkowski. Amy 
Rosencrantz, Sarah Jagolinzer, Mark 
Kestnbaum '02, and Adrian Sancho. 
The couple honeymooned in Italy 
over Christmas. 

Nadine Kantrow 

New York City 

Kantrow married Paul Timpa on 

December 2, 2006, in St. Thomas, 

U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Jason Kohn 

New York City 

Kohn writes, "My film Mania Bak 
(Send a Bullet) has been accepted into the 
American documentary competition at 
the Sundance Film Festival. " 



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Gabriel Leibowitz 

Brooklyn, New York 

Leibowitz writes, "I've recently married 

Francesca Leibowitz, and I own a 

real-estate company in Manhattan, if 

anyone's looking to rent, buy, or sell 


Andres Lessing 


Lessing has left Deloitte and Touche and 

is pursuing an MBA at Boston College. 

Kristen Connolly McCullough 
North Bethesda, Maryland 
McCullough writes, "I met my husband, 
Patrick McCullough, in law school at 
Washington University in St. Louis. 
We were married on August 25, 2006. 
Brandeis alumni in attendance were 
Kate Higgins-Shea '00, Chris Shea 
'96, Aarati Sridharan, Lyonel Jean- 
Pierre, Brian Safier, Nicole Waldheim 
'00, Tali Levin, Laura Weiss '00, 
Sharon Meiri Fox '00, and Ari Fox '99. 
I graduated law school in 2005 and work 
at a firm that specializes in energy law. " 

Raphael McGregor 
Brooklyn, New York 
McGregor writes, "I've been performing 
for the past few years with a great band 
called Nation Beat. We play the club 
circuit all over the country, performed 
and recorded in Brazil, and recently 
completed an artist's residency at the 
University of Florida at Gainesville. Our 
first CD, Maracatuniversal, recorded last 
year in Brazil with traditional musicians, 
is available online at or Send me an 
e-mail through our Web site." 

Casey Ngo-Miller and Daniel Miller 
New York City 

Ngo and Miller wed July 1 5, 2006, in 
Syracuse, New York, after seven years 
together. The couple were joined in the 
celebration by classmates Stephanie 
Bower (maid of honor), Mark Stagno 
(groomsman), and Jeffrey Abergel 
(groomsman). They live in Manhattan, 
where Dan is a social policy doctoral 
candidate at Columbia University and 
Casey is a school psychologist. 

Anna Natapova 

Flushing, New York 
Natapova writes, "I recently left Mercer 
HR Consulting and joined Korn/Ferry 
International as a senior associate in the 
executive compensation consulting 
practice. My husband, Jason White, is 
head of the math department at 
Williamsburg Charter School. This 
summer (his summer vacation and my 
time in between jobs), we traveled on a 
safari to southern Africa for a month. 
Amazing vacation! Also, we had a mini- 
Brandeis reunion for New Year's — a party 
at our house attended by Nayan Panchal, 
Mike Zussman '02, and Amy Posner" 

Meaghan O'Connor 
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
O'Connor received a fellowship to 
pursue a degree in library science at 
Simmons College. Her interests are in 
youth services and international 

Betsy Plumb 
Tonawanda, New York 
Plumb writes, "I recently made my 
second appearance on the History 
Channel program ShootOut! I provide 
commentary for an episode that follows 
the Army's 1st Infantry Division through 
its combat action in World War II. 
Entitled 'The Big Red One,' the episode 
airs every now and again on HC. It was 
my swan song with the National WWII 
Museum in New Orleans, and I'm pretty 
proud of it. I left for no other reason 
than it was about time to get back to 
grad school. I'm excited to be working 
toward my PhD in history at the 
University at Buffalo." 

Steve Rapoport 

Studio City, California 

Rapoport was married last year and 

recently welcomed his first son. 

Michael Rose 
New York City- 
Rose received a master's degree in 
journalism from New York University's reporting and criticism program 
and works on the editorial staff of, the companion Web site 

to Conde Nast Traveler magazine. He has 
also written freelance pieces for the San 
Francisco Chronicle, Travel and Leisure, 
Publishers Weekly, and other publications. 

Lindsey Schust 

Andover, New Hampshire 
Schust writes, "My song 'Cafe con leche' 
('Coffee with Milk') was featured in the 
December 2006 edition of Global Rhythm 
magazine on its world music compilation 
CD. I entered the Somch\As,l Global 
Rhythm magazine song contest last 
summer, and my song won!" 

Cliff Smith 

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 
Smith was named head baseball coach 
and equipment manager at 
Elizabethtown College. He played 
minor league baseball from 2001 until 
2005 and was most recently an assistant 
coach at Bowdoin College in 
Brunswick, Maine. 

Hannah R. Johnson 

1688 Devonshire South Drive, Apt. F 
Greenwood, IN 46143 

Debra (Winetz) and Marc Bennet 
New Brunswick, New Jersey 
Winetz and Bennet were married on 
June 1 1, 2006. Brandeis alumni in 
attendance included Aliza Saivetz '01, 
Bonnie (Matross) Antoniou, Daniel 
Glasser, Arianna Gordon, Lesley 
Greenberg, Ruth Israely, Sara Katel, 
Edith Meyerson, Margo Vallee, Jamie 
Weissbrot, Benjamin Zober, Helene 
(Oppenheimer) Shapiro '04, and Ross 
Shapiro '04. 

Daniel Handel 

Bridgewater, New Jersey 
Handel received a master's degree in 
international economics at the University 
of Sussex, England. His thesis was titled 
"Trade Liberalization, the Infant 
Industry Argument, and Economic 
Performance in Latin America." 

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Jennifer Mies 

Engelwood, Colorado 
Illes has resettled in her hometown of 
Denver after living in Israel for a year 
and backpacking through South America 
tor several months. She works as an 
account strategist at Google Inc. 

Molly Jackson-Watts 
Amherst, Massachusetts 
See Rachael Goren '01. 

Sarah Katel 

Los Angeles 

Katel graduated from medical school and 
has started her residency in obstetrics- 
gynecology at Kaiser Permanente. 

Jennifer Klein 

Brookline, Massachusetts 

Klein is the associate editor of associate 

publications at the Warren Group, 

a real-estate and financial information 


Miriam Stern Kramer 

Stern married Dan Kramer on May 21, 
2006, in Woodbury, New York. Brandeis 
friends who attended included Ray 
Sass, Paul Tartak, Zach Sherwin, 
Aaron Kagan, Lana Feiman, Kim Lam, 
and Sandi Intraub. Kramer's sister, 
Katarina Stern Raphael '98. was maid 
of honor. Kramer writes, "Dan and I 
honeymooned in Italy and Prague. 
Shortly after we came back from our 
honeymoon, we attended the wedding of 
Ari Gnepp and Stella Finn '03. We 
now both live and work in Boston. " 

Mikael Lurie 

Washington, D.C. 

Lurie writes, "I went to the Fletcher 

School at Tuhs University and learned 

how to rock out in the international 

community. I married a cool chick and 

still hang out with Dave Mandel." 

Christina Robinson 

Sudbury, Massachusetts 

Robinson became engaged to David 

Gagner of Los Angeles. They're hoping 

for a fall wedding. 

Dannah Rubinstein 


Rubinstein and Ross Breitbart '03 were 
married on September 3, 2006, at the 
Water's Edge in Queens, New York. 
Rubinstein is a cantorial student at Grarz 
College, and Breitbart is a medical 
student at Philadelphia College of 
Osteopathic Medicine. 

Rachel Wolkinson Rubinstein 
Washington, D.C. 

Wolkinson married Jason Rubinstein in 
August 2006. Three months later, both 
graduated from the University of 
Pennsylvania Law School. Rachel is now 
an associate at LeBoeuf Lamb, Greene 
and MacRae. 

Hal Schneider 
Lowell, Massachusetts 
See Liliana Kualapai '03. 

Bari Sittenreich 

Merrick, New York 
Sittenreich graduated from St. John's 
University School of Law in spring 
2006. She works as an associate at 
Lawrence and Walsh in Hempstead, 
New York, focusing on commercial 
real-estate law. 

Karen Thomashow 


Thomashow married Dr. Yonatan Eyal 
on September 3, 2006, at Temple 
Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts. 
She will be ordained as a rabbi in May. 
He is a visiting professor at the 
University of Cincinnati. 


Caroline Litwack 

325 Summit Avenue, #6 
Brighton, MA 02135 

Ross Breitbart 


See Dannah Rubinstein 



Brandeis University Magazine | Spring 07 


Jeremy Goren 
Brooklyn, New York 
Goren is a film-section editor and a 
contributing writer for NY Mosaico 
(, a New York- 
based bilingual webzine focusing on 
Latin America and Latino-related issues. 

Aaron Gorodetzer 

Malvern, Pennsylvania 
Gorodetzer married Ashley Sbarbaro on 
August 4, 2006. Sam Blaustein, Bill 
Burns and Arjun Kakar '02 were in the 
wedding party. 

Llliana Kualapai 

Lowell, Massachusetts 
Kualapai writes, "In August, I opened a 
dance supply store. Downtown 
Dancewear, in Lowell. We sell apparel, 
shoes, and accessories tor all forms of 
dance. We've only been open for a 
couple of months, but we've had a very 
successful beginning. My husband, Hal 
Schneider '02, and I bought a house in 
Lowell this summer. Our Web site is We have 
a special discount for Brandeis alumni 
(10 percent off all online orders). The 
coupon code is GODEIS." 

Kazia Levin 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Levin married Ben Felnberg '04 on 

December 30, 2006, in Hawaii. Josh 

Goldstein and Lonn Drucker were in 

the wedding party. 

Yaser Robles 
Bronx, New York 

Robles received a master's in Caribbean 
cultural studies in May under a joint 
program between the University at 
Buffalo and Universidad de La Habana. 
He currently attends the University at 
Albany, working toward a doctorate 
in Spanish with a specialty in Latin 
American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino 
cultural studies. 


Audra Lissell 

11 Cross Street 

Plympton, MA 02367 

Benjamin Feinberg 
Fairfax, Virginia 
See Kazia Levin '03. 

Jesse Gordon 

Vallejo, California 
Gordon completed her first year ot 
medical school at the Touro University 
College of Osteopathic Medicine after 
working for a year at the University of 
California at San Francisco. She toured 
Latin America this past summer with 
Eyal Wallenberg. 

Adam Herman 

Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Herman graduated from Eastern 
Michigan University with a master's in 
higher education and student affairs. He 
is working as an admissions counselor at 
Wayne State University in Detroit. 

Rachel Schneider 
New York City 

Schneider and Josh Robbins '99 were 
engaged on September 2, 2006. The 
couple live in Manhattan, where he 
works for the Jewish Diabetes Research 
Foundation and she is an editor. They 
will be married on October 7. 

Eyal Wallenberg 

Brooklyn, New York 

Wallenberg teaches mathematics. He 

traveled to Latin America this summer 

with Jesse Gordon. 


Judith Lupatkin 

15 York Terrace 

Brookline, MA 02446 


Class of 2006 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Kate Brophy and Robert Friedman 

St. Louis 

Brophy and Friedman were married on 
New Year's Day 2006 in Portland, 
Oregon. They traveled the country and 
lived in Jerusalem for five months before 
moving to St. Louis to pursue law school 
and teaching, respectively. 

Logan Hepner 

New Fairfield, Connecticut 
Hepner is in the paratrooper unit of 
the Israeli Defense Forces. The kibbutz 
on which he is based is on the 
Lebanese border. 


Susan Band Horowitz, PhD'63 
Larchmont, New York 
Horowitz, distinguished professor and 
cochair of the Department of Molecular 
Pharmacology and the Falkenstein 
Professor of Cancer Research at the 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at 
Yeshiva University, has been elected to 
the Institute of Medicine. Members are 
elected through a highly selective process 
that recognizes people who have made 
major contributions to the advancement 
of the medical sciences, health care, and 
public health. Horowitz, who was 
elected to membership in the National 
Academy of Sciences in 2005, is 
renowned for her pioneering work in 
elucidating the mechanisms of action of 
antitumor agents. Her research in the 
1980s eventually led to the development 
of Taxol, one ot the most important 
anticancer agents ever developed. In 
recent years, she has focused on the 
mechanisms of drug resistance, an 
increasingly serious problem in cancer 

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Gerry Showstack, MA'72, MA'80, 

MA'81, PhD'81 
Omer, Israel 

Showstack sends his greetings from 
Israel, where he has four grown kids and 
heads an office he founded that matches 
donors from abroad with philanthropic 
causes in Israel in the fields of medicine, 
education, sports, children with special 
needs, and children at risk. 

Ruben Rumbaut, MA'73, PhD'78 

Irvine, California 

Rumbaut is a professor of sociology and 
codirector of the Center for Research on 
Immigration, Population, and Public 
Policy at the University ot Calitornia, 
Irvine. He coauthored Immigrant 
America: A Portrait (2006) and Multiple 
Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics 
and the American Future (2006). 

Sherri Silverman, MA'74, PhD'96 

Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Silverman's book. The Transcendental 
Home: Vastu, the Yoga of Design, will be 
published by Gibbs Smith Publishers in 
the fall. Her artwork is featured in 100 
Artists of the Southwest (Schiffer Books). 

Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, PhD77 

Newfoundland, New lersey 
Steffen-Fluhr, associate professor in the 
department of humanities at the New 
Jersey Institute of Technology, received 
the Constance Murray Diversity Award 
for Outstanding Teaching at the school's 
annual awards convocation on 
September 13, 2006. 

Luis Rubio, MA78, PhD'83 


Rubio is general director of the Centro 

de Investigaci6n para el Desarrollo. 

He coauthored El Poder de la Competi- 

tavidad, which was published in 2005. 

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD'80 
Dedham, Massachusetts 
Wallace-Benjamin is chief of staff to 
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. 
She was formerly chief executive officer 
of the Home for Little Wanderers and 
former head of the Urban League of 

Lynn Stephen, PhD'87 

Eugene, Oregon 

Stephen, distinguished professor of 
sociology at the University of Oregon, 
organized a panel, "Procesos 
Organizativos Transnacionales de 
Pueblos y Organizaciones Indigenas 
Migrantes: Retos y Avances," at the 
Latin American Studies Association. 

Eduardo Saenz-Rovner, PhD'89 
Bogota, Colombia 

Saenz-Rovner is professor of history and 
economics at the Universidad Nacional 
de Colombia in Bogota. In 2005, he 
published La conexion cubana: 
Narcotrdfico, contrabando y juego en 
Cuba entre los anos 20 y comienzos de la 

Alon Kahana, MA'91 
Madison, Wisconsin 
Kahana writes, "My wife, Heidi Cohen 
Kahana '91, and I had our third child 
and first daughter, Kyra Faye, on 
August 25, 2006. Our son, Adam, 
turned ten in December, and Ethan 
turned six in February. I passed my 
board exams and am now a board- 
certified ophthalmologist. I will be 
finishing my oculoplastic and recon- 
structive surgery fellowship in June and 
will join the faculty at the University of 
Michigan in July as an assistant 
professor, where I will see patients and 
do research. Heidi recovered well from 
delivery and has maintained a busy 
schedule, including finding time to 
volunteer at the children's school. We 
are looking forward to our move to 
Ann Arbor, Michigan." 

Leann Shamash, MA'97 

Newton, Massachusetts 

Shamash will receive a 2007 Keter Torah 

Award from the Bureau of Jewish 

Education in May. Keter Torah Awards 

celebrate outstanding achievements in 

Jewish education in Greater Boston. 

Karen Tolchin, MA'98, PhD'OO 
Lehigh Acres, Florida 
Tolchin married Thomas DeMarchi on 
December 16, 2006, in St. Lucia. The 
couple met at Florida Gulf Coast 

LIniversiry's orientation for new faculty 
in August 2004, two days before 
Hurricane Charley struck the area. 
DeMarchi, who lived two hours from 
campus, was forced to find temporary 
quarters because of the impending 
hurricane. Tolchin offered him the use of 
her couch and made him a spare key. 
They became good friends, and a few 
months later, talked about the possibility 
of dating but were worried that the 
relationship might jeopardize their jobs. 
Tolchin wrote to the chairman of the 
department to ask if they were allowed 
to date each other. The chairman wrote 
back and gave his blessing. 

Jonathan Vuotto, MA'98 
Collegeville, Pennsylvania 
Vuotto joined the law firm Riker 
Danzig Hyland & Perretti as an 
associate in the firm's litigation 
group. He concentrates his practice in 
commercial litigation. 

MedanI Bhandarl, MA'04 

Syracuse, New York 
Bhandari writes, "Our class was great. 
My friends were very helpful, and we 
became as close as family members. We 
are still in very close contact with each 
other. We are doing well to achieve our 
goals. We are all over the world, but are 
always connected by work, emotions, 
and love." 

Jessica (Weir) Douglas, MS'04 

Natick, Massachusetts 
Douglas has joined Learning and 
Development Disabilities Evaluation and 
Rehabilitation Services' autism clinic as a 
genetics counselor. She is also working as 
a genetics counselor at the Massachusetts 
General Hospital Partners Genetics 
Clinic as part of the autism consortium. 

Jessie Hastings, MS'04 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Hastings married Sean Conta on 
September 10, 2006, in the garden of 
the Linden Place historic mansion in 
Bristol, Rhode Island. She is a cancer 
genetics counselor at Lahey Clinic in 

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I've just finished reading the Spring 2007 issue 
of Brandeis University Magazine. I especially 
appreciated Noah Lukeman's article on dealing 
with literary agents. Great tips for potential 
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Culture of Fear 

It was with considetable chagrin that I read 
the solipsistic and self-serving account of 
|immy Carter's visit to Brandeis. No men- 
tion was made of the considerable unrest it 
caused within the larger Brandeis commu- 
nit)', including its impact on generous sup- 
porters of the university and concerned 
alumni still reeling from previous 
university decisions insensitive to Israel — 
e.g., the awarding of an honorary degree to 
Tony Kushner. The "provocative" student 
questions were, you acknowledge, "prese- 
lected by the host committee," which trans- 
lates into a carefully choreographed 
censorship and also manages to omit the 
name of the "host committee" or the source 
of funds for the speaker's honorarium. You 
quote Carter's defense of his book's title 
without acknowledging that the very use of 
the word "apartheid" triggers an association 
with racism that was accusatory rather than 
"provocative." There is also no mention of 
Carter's own admission of inaccuracies 
within the text, nor is their any reference to 

the denial of admission to Alan 
Dershowitz. Those of us who remember the 
glorious days of Gen Ed S cringe at the 
carefully controlled format of the Carter 
event. When did Brandeis fall victim to the 
culture of fear, censoring both attendance 
and questions? 

It is puzzling that Brandeis offered a 
forum to a former president whose trans- 
parent anti-Israel prejudice and dubious 
scholarship have been painfully apparent. It 
is painful that the administration has not 
addressed the larger issues involved. Our 
university is named for a committed Zion- 
ist. Let us not betray our own history by 
continuing to open our doors to the Carters 
and Kushners, whose words are hostile to 
the Jewish state, founded in the very year 
that Brandeis University opened its doors. 
— Gloria Goldreich Horowitz '55 
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A Professor Worth Remembering 

It was with great pleasure that I read about 
the establishment ot the William Goldsmith 

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lucky students to have stumbled onto Profes- 
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stumbled because that was pretty much what 
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lucked into choosing American studies as a 
major and encountered some amazing pro- 
fessors (Whitfield, Cohen, and Fuchs spring 
to mind). 

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fessor Goldsmith is living in Vineyard 
Haven. As was the case with Mr. Twain. I 
had mistakenly heard rumors of his demise, 
and unfortunately believed them. 

Long before the days of e-mail and tax 
machines, I once hand delivered a past-due 
final exam to Professor Goldsmith in Vine- 
yard Haven, which I needed in order to 
graduate. I remember this like ir was yester- 
day. When my friend and I arrived at his 
house to drop off the exam, he invited us 
in, poured us a drink, and enthusiastically 
began telling us about what he was 
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The Ballad of Social Change 

A half century later, The Threepenny Opera still resonates. 

By Scott Edmiston 

On a bucolic Massachusetts campus in a newly built 
amphitheater, the petite German actress Lotte Lenya sings 
a sardonic ballad about humankind's lack of humanity: 
"What keeps a man alive? He feeds on others. " Leonard Bernstein 
conducts the orchestra. The occasion is the inaugural Festival of the 
Creative Arts, June 1952, celebrating Brandeis University's first 
commencement. The performance is the concert premiere of 
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera in a new 
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein. 

This October, the Brandeis Theater Company will revive 
Blitzstein's adaptation in a production sponsored by Malcolm 
Sherman and Barbara Cantor Sherman '54. As a college sophomore, 
Barbara Sherman worked on the stage crew for the landmark 1952 
production. "I'll never forget the thrill of that performance, " she 
told me. "I don't think any of us realized we were watching history. " 

That moment of Brandeis history actually began in 1928 when 
The Threepenny Opera was written by the German playwright and 
artistic rebel Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). Brecht's aggressive polit- 
ical idealism and persistence in using art to pose provocative ques- 
tions about the conflicts between society and morality generated 
intense controversy throughout his lifetime. By his late twenties, 
Brecht had begun to envision a new theatrical system that would 
serve his political and artistic sensibility. He saw the stage as an 
ideological forum for lehist and wanted to create theater that 
depicted human experience with the brutality and intensity of a 
boxing match. He rejected the conventions of stage realism and 
Aristotelian drama, which offer empathetic identification with a 
hero and emotional catharsis. Brecht didn't want his audience to 

feel, but rather to be shocked, intellectually stimulated, and moti- 
vated to take action against an unjust society. 

Ideologically, The Threepenny Opera grew out of its young author's 
experiences in Berlin during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), 
when Germany struggled to establish a parliamentary democracy in 
the face of economic devastation, notorious decadence, and bitter 
military defeat. More than ten million Germans were without any 
source of income, and crime proliferated as citizens were reduced to 
begging on the street. Horrified by the poverty and mounting vio- 
lence, Brecht took The Beggars Opera by eighteenth-century English 
satirist John Gay and re-imagined it through the lens ot his emerging 
dramatic theories. Kurt Weill was asked to compose the score, and 
The Threepenny Opera was born. 

Chaotic rehearsals and preproduction mishaps, in addition to the 
script's political themes and satiric plotline involving beggars, pros- 
titutes, and criminals, fueled predictions that The Threepenny Opera 
would flop, but it was an instant hit. Its songs became best-selling 
recordings; the Threepenny bar, where no other music was played, 
opened in Berlin; and Weill's wife, Lotte Lenya, who created the 
role of the prostitute Jenny, became an international star. Theaters 
throughout Europe clamored for the rights, resulting in forty-six 
productions within a year after the show debuted. However, Brecht 
never achieved the ethical, activist response from his audience that 
he desired. In 1933, he interviewed himself on the topic: 

Q. What, in your opinion, accounted for the success of The 
Threepenny Opera? 

A. I'm afraid it was everything that didn't matter to me: the plot, 
the love story, the music. 

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Q. And what would have mattered to you? 

A. The critique of society. 

The enduring popularity of the musical's 
song "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" 
[recorded in 1959 by pop singer Bobby 
Darin], is representative of Brecht's failure. 
Listeners will swing and snap their fingers 
to the jazz-infused melody and disregard 
the harrowing lyric that describes a 
sociopath on a killing spree. Whether in 
Brecht's time or our own, audiences 
inevitably choose entertainment over rigor- 
ous social commentary (assuming they are 
exclusive). An unusual challenge in pro- 
ducing Brecht's work in the rwenty-first 
century is that its provocative depiction of 
corruption and immorality, once so 
shocking, is now commonplace on stage 
and screen. The effect Brecht desired was 
"alienation," and has there ever been a 
more alienated public than today? When 
Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 91 1, the most 
widely seen documentary in history, failed 
to affect the outcome of the reelection of 
George Bush, one wonders if it possible to 

shock and provoke audiences to take action 
about anything. 

Many artists vehemently reject Brecht's 
agenda, feeling his theories diminish the 
purity of art by turning it into a tool for prop- 
aganda. Others feel passionately chat the 
artist as citizen has a unique ability and 
responsibility to repair the world. The com- 
plex relationship between art and social jus- 
tice is ot special interest at the university 
named for Louis Brandeis, a former Supreme 
Court justice who spent his life and career in 

I do believe great theater, great works of 
art, can motivate social change and inspire 
personal transformation. I first saw The 
Threepenny Opera in 1979 and directed my 
own production in 2001, and this hopeless, 
hopefiil musical has powerfully influenced 
my identity and work. If the entirety of 
Brecht's idealistic vision has never been fully 
realized, his bold, confrontational theatrical- 
ity has undeniably changed the way we expe- 
rience art. The Threepenny Operas call to 
action against economic injustice, blind 

The relationship between art and social justice is of 
special interest at the university named for Louis 
Brandeis, who spent his life in social justice's pursuit. 

social justice's pursuit. Most of us would 
agree that the theater has some capacity to 
influence thought, but we are unlikely to 
attend a play with a message in opposition to 
our own values or political beliefs. Is it possi- 
ble for someone to enter the theater a Repub- 
lican and leave two hours later a Democrat? 

patriotism, and moral hypocrisy is as relevant 
as ever. We still need tough, dramatic ques- 
tioning of a society that lacks common cents. 

Scott Edmiston is the director of Brandeis's 
Office of the Arts and teaches modern drama 
in the Department of Theater Arts. 

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Monique Gnanaratnam 

Director, Intercultural Center 

Monique Gnanaratnam (nya-na-rot- 
nem) began work last September 
as director of the Intercultural 
Center (ICC). She has worked in higher 
education administration for fourteen years, 
most recently as director of oft-campus 
student services at Northeastern University 
in Boston. She holds a bachelors degree in 
communications from Wilmington College 
and a master's in college student personnel 
from Bowling Green State University, both 
in her native Ohio. 

1. The Intercultural Center recently 
celebrated its fifteenth year on 
campus. What do you see as its major 
contribution to Brandeis? You have this 
great group of students who have 
continued to carry on the legacy of the 
Intercultural Center for fifteen years. 
They're putting on productions, educa- 
tional pieces, and programs that are 
phenomenal. These students are doing 
things I would be paid to do. What is 
most impressive is that it's not just 
students getting up on stage and 
entertaining you. It's what I call 
"edu-tainment " — teaching one another 
and others at the university about all 
aspects oi their culture. 

2. What's the best way to promote 
multlculturalism and diversity on 
campus? It all comes down to communi- 
cation. People have to sit down together 
and ask questions — have a two-way 
conversation — and realize that learning 

is a lifelong process. 

3. You've talked about the ICC playing 
an important role beyond the Brandeis 
campus. What do you envision? I want 
the Waltham community to know that the 
Brandeis University Intercultural Center 
exists. If it's Hispanic Heritage Month, for 

example, there's no reason our students 
couldn't go into a city school and perform 
the flamenco or sit down and talk about 
the origins of Latino/Latina culture. It's not 
only beneficial to the city, it's good for our 
students as well. This is something new for 
them to explore — dealing with the public, 
dealing with people outside the university. 

4. Your job is really one of forging per- 
sonal relationships with students. What 
is the secret to your success? 1 think 
it's my Midwestern personality [laughs]. 
I'm a very hiendly person who has 
nothint; but the best intentions. 1 do what 

I do because I enjoy it and because people 
along the way instilled in me a love for 
higher education and student affairs. 
I also love having the opportunity to 
empower people and to help people to 
realize their lull potential. 

5. Describe the perfect day off. Hanging 
with my baby girls [daughters Yazmine and 
Anjali] and my husband. You don't get to 
do that a lot in today's society; everything is 
so fast-paced. So to have an opportunity to 
kick back and take a few hours to do some- 
thing together as a family is wonderful. 

— Ken Gornstein 

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Curiosity carries the day 

In Jeopardy, but No Peril 

Answer: The Brandeis grad who recently 
won more than $130,000 on Jeopardy! 

Question: Who is Mehrun Etebari '04? 

The twenty-tour-year-old defeated ten 
opponents in five episodes of the popular 
TV quiz show that aired in May. Now the 
seventh-highest/ccyarrt'y.' winner of all time, 
Etebari is all but guaranteed an invitation 
to this fall's Tournament of Champions. 

Etebari had no strategy — nor does he 
possess a photographic memory. He's just 
naturally curious, he says. 

"I'm fascinated by facts and happenings 
in different fields and subjects," he says. 
"1 take notice of what 1 read and hear, and 
I do bits of research on things that inter- 
est me. " 

No stranger to trivia games, Etebari 
competed in state and national Quiz Bowl 
challenges during high school and college; 
his Brandeis team finished eighth nation- 

ally in its division in 2003. And he's a reg- 
ular for trivia nights at his local pub. But 
the Holv Grail for Etebari, who first saw 
Jeopardy! in elementary school, was being 
quizzed by host Alex Trebek (shown lower 
left with the Brandeis contestant). 

The Durham, N.H., native auditioned 
for Teen Jeopardy! three times and tried out 
(or Jeopardy! during his senior year at Bran- 
deis. He passed the written test each time 
and participated in mock contests but did 
not get chosen to appear on the show until 
after his fifth audition, which he entered at 
the last minute after his mom spotted the 
Boston casting call. 

Etebari's winning streak included sweeps 
of the categories on philosopher Rene 
Descartes and actor Ted Danson, but 
ended in his sixth episode with a Final 
Jeopardy question about female Oscar win- 
ners. Though friends had quizzed him 
about Mommie Dearest, Etebari drew a 
blank when asked for the name of the 
1976 Best Actress winner (Faye Dunaway) 
who later portrayed the 1943 Best Actress 
(Joan Crawford). 

Etebari, an economics major at Brandeis, 
was surprised to find the environment more 
daunting than the questions. The rapid pace 
of the game, the bright stage lights, and 
perfecting the timing of the handheld buzzer 
made it tough to stay calm. 

"It is a lot different when you're sitting in 
your living room and shouting answers at 
the TV," says Etebari, who plans to spend 
part of his prize money on student loan 
payments and travel. Now enrolled in a 
master's program in international relations 
at Yale University, he hopes to find a career 
in political or economic development. 



Bruce Magid 

San Jose administrator 
takes reins of IBS 

Bruce R. Magid, former dean of the 
College of Business and founding dean of 
the Lucas Graduate School of Business at 
San Jose State University, began work in July 
as the new dean of Brandeis's International 
Business School (IBS). He succeeds E 
Trenery Dolbear Jr., the 
Clinton S. Darling Professor 
of Economics, who held the 
post on an interim basis for 
the 2006-07 academic year. 

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While at San Jose State, he secured reaccred- 
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and developed a more global focus in both 
undergraduate and graduate programs, 
including an experience abroad program. 

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in the department of finance at Michigan 
State University's Eli Broad Graduate 
School of Management. 

Over his career, Magid has been senior 
adviser to the minister ot planning of the 
Republic of Venezuela, and developed and 
taught executive education courses. 

In addition to a bachelor's degree in for- 
eign service from Georgetown University, 
the new dean holds a multidisciplinary 
PhD in international economics, business 
law, and comparative politics from the 
Fletcher School at Tufts University. He 
also earned a master's degree in law and 
diplomacy at the Fletcher School. 









New Trustees Seated 

Sherman succeeds Kay as board chair 

Malcolm Sherman, P'83. became the new chair ot Brandeis's Board 
of Trustees just aher commencement. Sherman, who served as vice 
chair of the board since 2002, succeeds Stephen Kay. 

Sherman joined the board in 1981 while serving as chair of the 
Board ol" Fellows. He and his wile, Barbara (Cantor) Sherman '54, 
established the Barbara Sherman '54 and Malcolm L. Sherman 
Chair in Theater Arts and have made substantial gifts to support 
the performing arts at Brandeis. 

"The Sherman family — Mai, Barbara, and their daughter, 
Robin — have been great friends and tireless supporters of Bran- 
deis over the years," said President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 
"We are so pleased that Mai will be serving as the next chair of 
the Brandeis Board of Trustees following the very successful 
tenure of Steve Kay. " 

Sherman formerly served as chairman of Zayre Stores and exec- 
utive vice president of Zayre Corp. Since his retirement from 
Zayre, he has been a chief executive of several companies, includ- 
ing Regina Electric, Channel Home Centers, and Ekco Group. 

Sherman will be joined on the board by several others who were 
elected or reelected in the spring. They include Henry Aboodi '86; 
Allen Alter '71; Leonard Asper '86; Alex Barkas '68; Meyer Koplow 
'72, P'02, P'05: Stuart Lewtan '84; and Paul ZIotoff '72. 

Aboodi, who joined the trustees in 2001, established the Esther 
Aboodi Endowed Scholarship with his sister, Abi Hottman '90, in 
honor of their late mother. Aboodi operates the family-owned real- 
estate company Alpine Capital Properties. 

Alter is serving as a trustee by virtue of his position as president 
ot the Brandeis Alumni Association. A supporter of the Brandeis 
Annual Fund, he is a rwcnty-rwo-year veteran of CBS News and 
currently a producer at 48 Hours. 

Asper has established the $5 
million Asper Center for Global 
Entrepreneurship, the Asper 
Entrepreneurship Fund, and the 
Asper Suite lor Entrepreneurial 
Studies at the International 
Business School. He is CEO of 
CanWest Global, Canada's 
largest media conglomerate. 

Barkas chairs the Brandeis 
Science Advisory Council and 
recently made a gift to support 
the Campaign for Brandeis sci- 
ence initiative. He is managing 
director ol Prospect Venture 
Partners, a health-care venture- 
capital firm in California. 

Koplow has supported the Village residential complex and estab- 
lished the Richards and Koplow Endowed Scholarship. He is a 
partner in the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

Lewtan, chair of the Global Business Council at the Internation- 
al Business School, has supported the IBS Pioneers Fund and the 
Peter Petri Global Fellowship. He founded and built Lewtan Tech- 
nologies into a worldwide leader in the asset-based securitization 

ZIotoff is serving on the board in his capacity as chair of the 
Board of Fellows. He has been narional president of the Alumni 
Association and has supported the Campaign for Brandeis. He is 
chairman and CEO of LIniprop, a real-estate development and 
investment firm. 

Malcolm Sherman, P'83 

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innermost parts 

Three honored for distinguished contributions to their profession 

Alumni Who Make a Difference 

Jules Bernstein 

Leading union and labor attorney Jules Bernstein '57, Posse Foun- 
dation president and founder Deborah Bial '87, and Pulitzer Prize- 
winning historian David Oshinsky, PhD '71, have more in common 
than their Brandeis degrees. Each was recognized this spring with a 
2007 Alumni Achievement Award in honor of contributions to his 
or her field, and each has been guided by a desire to help others 
through education, research, and advocacy. 

Bernstein received the award during his 50th Reunion celebration 
in May. Bial and Oshinsky were feted at a special gala that took place 
during Reunion Weekend in June. 

Bernstein, who specializes in Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, has 
spent his lite fighting for the "little guy." Based in Washington, D.C., 
he has represented the teamsters, laborers, and postal workers unions, 
winning many important judgments. Bernstein has been equally ded- 
icated to his alma mater and to ensuring that deserving students have 
the opportunity to receive a Brandeis educa- 
tion. He is a founding member and served as 
chair of the President's Advisory Council on 
the Transitional Year and Posse programs, a pair 
of pioneering initiatives that recruit talented 
disadvantaged students to Brandeis and pro- 
vide them the skills they need to succeed. 

Bernstein also served as a member of the 
Jubilee Committee, helping coordinate the 
university's yearlong celebration ol former 
Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis's 150th birthday and 
overseeing production of a commemorative book about the uni- 
versity's namesake. 

"I accept this award in a representative capacity," Bernstein 
informed President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, during his 50th 
Reunion celebration. "First, for members of my 50th Reunion Class, 
and second, on behalf of the thousands of lawyers in this country 
who, like me, have spent their careers trying to help workers achieve 
respect and fair compensation at work. " 

After seeing talented inner-city students drop out of college at 

alarming rates, Bial remembered hearing a student say, "If only I'd had 

my posse with me." She soon formed the 

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Deborah Bial • l i l • r n • • 

m scholarships from Posse partner universi- 
ties, including Brandeis. Posse students boast a 90 percent gradu- 
ation rate, well above the national average. 

In 2004, Bial earned a doctorate from Harvard. For her disserta- 
tion, she received a $L9 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon 

David Oshinsky 

Foundation to develop a new college admissions tool, the Bial Dale 
College Adaptability Index. 

"I am honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from 
an institution that I value so highly," Bial said. "Brandeis gave me 
an outstanding education, a commitment to social justice, and life- 
long friends." 

After thirty years in the history department at Rutgers University, 
Oshinsky moved in 2001 to the University of Texas-Austin, where 
he became the George Littlefield Professor of 
American History. Specializing in twentieth- 
century U.S. political and cultural history, 
he is a prolific writer. 

In 1983, Oshinsky won the Hardeman 
Prize for A Conspiracy So Immense: The WorU 
of Joe McCarthy, and in 1996 he received the 
Robert Kennedy Prize for Worse Than Slav- 
ery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim 
Crow Justice. 

His latest book. Polio: An American Story, published in 2005 by 
Oxford University Press, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history. The 
book reveals how the quest to cure an illness affecting millions of 
Americans changed the world of philanthropy, medical research, 
and the competitive environment of scientific research. The book re- 
ceived rave reviews from historians, scientists, and, most important, 
polio survivors. 

"I received many e-mails from survivors, doctors, and nurses who 
said, 'You got the story right,'" Oshinsky said. "To me, that is the 
essence of scholarship — getting it right." 

Brandeis Goes Global 

The university has established an Office of Global Affairs to advance 
international programs, activities, and initiatives and to promote 
Brandeis's global focus. 

Led by Daniel Terris, director of the International Center for Ethics, 
Justice, and Public Life, the office will work to enhance cooperation 
and partnerships among schools, departments, and centers with a 
global focus. These include current programs in International and 
Global Studies and in Sustainable International Development, as 
well as the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence and the In- 
ternational Business School. 

"The new Office of Global Affairs demonstrates our commitment 
to and support of international activities at Brandeis," said provost 
Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, PhD'71. 

The new office will help make connections between academic and 
administrative offices serving international students, visitors, and schol- 
ars, and work with the Office of Communications to publicize the uni- 
versity's global programs and initiatives both on and off campus. 


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Heller prof takes aim at world poverty 

Googling for Global Change 

He may not be a full-fledged "googler," but 
since January Brandeis sustainable develop- 
ment expert Larry Simon has been busy 
providing strategic advice to 
the philanthropic arm of the 
Internet search engine giant 
Google. Simon's job at is to help staffers, 
known as googlers, think 
through some of the toughest planetary 
challenges during the fledgling foundation's 
development period or "quiet phase. " 

Simon has been on a semester-long sab- 
batical from the Heller School, where he is 
director of sustainable international develop- 
ment graduate programs and associate dean 
for academic programs. He was recruited to 
the Googleplex in Mountain View, Califor- 
nia, as senior adviser on global poverty. 

The philanthropic agenda for 
is nothing less than breathtaking; global cli- 
mate change and energy; global health; and 
global development. The "dot-org" includes 
a traditionally organized foundation as well 
as an investment fund to further new tech- 
nologies and enterprises consistent with its 
major social objectives. 

"What does Larry Simon bring to" says Google. org's executive 
director, Larry Brilliant. "In a word, what he 
brings is wisdom. " 

Simon is recruiting senior staff and help- 
ing googlers to frame povert)' and develop- 
ment issues and decide where and how to in- 
vest the foundation's resources. "What are 
the origins of poverty? What sustains it? 
How can help promote sustain- 
able development, not just financially, but 
through information technology? " asks 
Simon, who has divided his sabbatical be- 
tween advising and writing a 
book at Stanford on the Brazilian social the- 
orist Paulo Freire. 

In climate change, the dot-org's main 
goals are to reduce greenhouse gases and in- 
crease the use of clean-energy techniques. 
In public health, Simon says, the overall ob- 
jective is to advance disease prevention and 
eradication in developing nations. In sus- 
tainable development, Simon helps the 
foundation create strategies for equitable 
economic growth while improving both ac- 
cess and quality of services to the poor. 

As Brilliant notes on the philanthropy's 
Web site, "So where are we going now? is looking to better understand 
the inextricable linkages among climate 
change, global public health, and econom- 
ic development, and the impact of global 
warming on the poor We want to fund proj- 
ects that are making a difference and that are 
effective on a large scale." 

University gets NEASC approval 

Extra Credit 

Brandeis was recently reaccredited by the 
New England Association of Schools and 
Colleges (NEASC), which praised the 
university for its academic excellence, 
sound fiscal management, and improved 
physical plant. 

New York University president John 
Sexton headed a NEASC team that visited 
the campus for four days last fall as part of 
Brandeis's decennial reaccreditation. 

"We find Brandeis University to be a 
healthy, dynamic institution," the team 
wrote in its report. "It has developed a 

coherent integrated plan for managing its 
resources and setting priorities. It has a 
capable and collegial management team 
and a university community which shares 
core values and an atmosphere of trust. " 

The team praised Brandeis for its intel- 
lectual intensity, the quality of the faculty 
and their commitment to teaching, the 
strength of the three professional schools, 
the gains realized from the integration of 
enrollment management and student 
services, its fiscal management, and facili- 
ties enhancements. 

Talal Y. Eid, the university's 
Muslim chaplain, was ap- 
pointed by President 
George W. Bush to die U.S. 
Commission on Interna- 
tional Religious Freedom, 
an independent, bipartisan 
federal agency. His term 
will run through May 2009. A native of 
Lebanon, Eid is founder and director of reli- 
gious affairs at the Islamic Institute of Boston. 

Fran Forman '67, a visiting scholar at the 
Women's Studies Resource Center, received a 
second prize in the Prix de la Photographic 
Paris for her series The Child Defies Gravity. 

Eve Marder, the Victor and Gwendolyn Bein- 
field Professor of Neuroscience, and Chris 
Miller, professor of biochemistry, were elected 
in May to the National Academy of Sciences, 
the nation's most honored scientific advisory 
organization, in recognition of their "distin- 
guished and continuing achievements in orig- 
inal research. " Marder's research focuses on the 
neurotransminer modulation of neural circuits. 
Miller studies the structure and function of ion 
channel proteins. 

Charles B. McClendon, professor and chair 
of the Department of Fine Arts, was given 
the 2007 Otto Griindler Prize at the forty- 
second International Congress on Medieval 
Studies. Given for the outstanding book in 
medieval studies, the award honored his work 
The Origins of Medieval Architecntre (Yale Uni- 
versity Press, 2005). 

Eileen McNamara, a former Boston Globe 
columnist and winner of the 1997 Pulitzer 
Prize for commentary, has accepted a full- 
time teaching position as professor of the 
practice of journalism. McNamara, who holds 
a master's degree from Columbia University, 
has been a lecturer in the Brandeis journalism 
program since 1994. 

Sarah Mead-Ramsey, associate professor of 
the practice of music and director of the Early 
Music Ensemble, won Early Music Americas 
2007 Thomas Binkley Award, which recog- 
nizes outstanding achievement in both per- 
formance and scholarship by the director of a 
universit)' or college collegium musicum. 

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If you've ever buttered your toast with Smart 
Balance spread, you may have noticed the fine 
print on the bright yellow tub that tells how 
Brandeis Universit}' researchers enhanced the 
ratio of good to bad cholesterol. This year, the 
license from the Smart Balance brand of prod- 
ucts will bring in the lion's share of more than 
Si million in royalties for the university and 
its Office of Technology Licensing (OTL). 

Universiry technology transfer — the move- 
ment of knowledge and discoveries from the 
academy to the general public — was embry- 
onic at Brandeis a decacHe ago when "Brandeis 
butter" was licensed to GFA Brands, Inc. (now 
Boulder Specialty Brands, Inc.). Today, Smart 
Balance buttery spread, a patented blend of 
natural vegetable oils that improves the 
HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio, is only Brandeis's 
most famous and visible tech-transfer project 
to date. In the last few years, following an 
extreme makeover of the tech-transfer office 

here, licensing of technology to third parties 
has gained remarkable momentum across a 
range of innovations in the life sciences, 
physics, computer science, and education. 

By all accounts, the growing visibility and 
sophistication of tech transfer is generating 
excitement in many circles, both within and 
beyond the university. 

"I think Brandeis stock is undervalued — I 
see the stock going up," quips physician 
Laurence Blumberg '8.3, a member of the 
Brandeis Universit)' Science Advisory Council 
(BUSAC) and a prominent biotechnology 
investor. "Brandeis is a top-ten science univer- 
sity, and it's hard to keep the lid on that." 

From tortilla chips to 3-D mammography 

As at any top-ten science universiry, inventions 
at Brandeis cover a range of technologies. Biol- 
ogist and veteran lipid expert K. C. Hayes, who 
developed Smart Balance, more recendy dis- 
covered with his colleagues a way to produce 
tortilla chips that actually reduce your choles- 
terol while you eat them. And they taste good, 
too. So good that last year California-based 



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Corazonas Foods licensed the phytosterol 
technology that makes the chips cholesterol- 
lowering. Today, the company is building a 
family of snacks around it. 

Other Brandeis faculty inventors include 
computer scientist Jordan Pollack, whose 
online interactive educational video games 
help kids learn spelling, math, and other sub- 
jects, and synthetic chemist Li Deng, whose 
chemical catalysts are used in the pharmaceu- 
tical and biotech industries. 

But that's not all. In the fields of drug 
development and medical diagnostics, faculty 
inventors are developing a range of technolo- 
gies that promise to benefit humankind in 
profound ways. Some examples: Larry Wangh 
and his team of scientists in the biology 
department are developing DNA tests to 
detect infectious diseases as well as assays to 
test for cancer and bioterrorism agents. Biolo- 
gist Neil Simister and his colleagues at 

developed a pharmaceutical technology that 
could be instrumental in finding new treat- 
ments for Gaucher's disease, and Brandeis, 
along with Brigham and Women's Hospital, has 
entered into an option agreement with New 
Jersey-based Amicus Therapeutics to license it. 
In addition, chemist Jeff Agar has provisionally 
patented a promising method to treat the famil- 
ial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), 
also called Lou Gehrig's disease. 

It's not just about money 

While the Office of Technology Licensing has 
achieved impressive revenue growth, filling the 
university's coffers is not the primary goal of 
tech transfer, says Irene Abrams, OTL execu- 
tive director. Blockbuster licenses that bring in 
many millions a year are the exception rather 
than the rule; only a handful of universities 
can boast such a revenue stream, while the cost 
of obtaining global patent protection for a sin- 
gle invention can easily reach $250,000. 

"People like to focus on the money, but I 
would like to put forward a broader view of 
technology licensing, " explains Abrams. "If we 
can increase Brandeis's visibility and faculty 
opportunities to interact with industry, there 
will be many other benefits to the university." 

Those benefits include attracting and 
retaining top-notch faculty; disseminating 
research to make a positive social impact; fos- 
tering corporate investment in basic research, 
industry collaborations, and consulting rela- 
tionships; providing access to better technical 
facilities; and cultivating job opportunities for 
graduates and postdocs. 

"Brandeis has taken the lead in facilitating 
my engagement with faculty, and I expect 
that, over time, there will be opportunities to 
identify graduates and postdocs we could 
hire," says Reid Leonard '80, executive direc- 
tor of licensing and external research at Merck 
Research Laboratories in Boston. "It is equally 
likely that we could identify some collabora- 
tive research opportunities down the road." 

Above, cancer detection, prenatal diagnosis, 
forensics, and animal infectious diseases are all 
potential applications for Larry Wangh's platform 
technology, LATE-PCR. 

On facing page, OTL executive director Irene Abrams 
says Brandeis is now attracting more first-time 
inventors, industry-sponsored research, and 
venture capitalists. 

Brigham and Women's Hospital and Chil- 
dren's Hospital Boston have created technolo- 
gies that deliver drugs by inhalation and 
extend the efficacy of drugs in the blood- 
stream, reducing dosing frequency. 

Scientists at Brandeis spin-out Dexela Cor- 
poration are testing a prototype for low-dose 
3-D digital mammography. The biochemistry 
team of Greg Petsko and Dagmar Ringe has 

Collaborating with a global leader 

"Scientifically, it's a fabulous deal, and com- 
mercially, too," asserts Larry Wangh, 
describing his lab's relationship with Smiths 
Detection, a world leader in threat detection 
and screening technology for military, trans- 
portation (such as airport screening sys- 
tems), and homeland security applications. 
Over the last three years, the U.K. corpora- 


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tion has invested substantial resources in 
Wangh's research program to develop a plat- 
form technology for DNA testing. 

"Not only has Smiths invested in Larry 
Wangh's lab, but the company is continuing 
to expand its relationship with Brandeis, 
increasingly relying on the university to sup- 
ply the creative research fueling their invest- 
ment in life-science technology," says 
Abrams. "When an industry leader like 
Smiths is committed to an ongoing relation- 
ship with Brandeis, it shows tremendous con- 
fidence in our science." 

Agar, whose ALS research has also caught 
the attention of industry, seems to reflect the 
general sentiment about commercializing 
basic research at Brandeis: "I do basic 
research, but I'm not happy until it actually 
does something. Curing ALS in a dish is a 
good start, but treating it in humans is the 
ultimate goal." 

Patent prowess 

The number of invention disclosures (internal 
confidential documents describing patentable 
intellectual property), patents, and licenses an 
institution tallies is the first measure of tech- 
transfer prowess. In this regard, Brandeis is 
beginning to leverage its considerable faculty 
and student talent. So fat this year, OTL has 
received twenty-five invention disclosures, 
and Abrams projects several more before 
year's end. Last year saw nineteen invention 

the office, says Alex Barkas '68, BUSAC chair- 
man and a member of the university's board of 

While invigorating tech transfer, the uni- 
versity also retained a clear commercial incen- 
tive for faculty and students with patentable 
intellectual property: 40 percent of any rev- 
enues or royalties resulting from licenses goes 
to the inventors. A 25 to 30 percent revenue- 



disclosures, up from six in 2004. Abrams 
projects twelve new patent applications this 
year, up from one just three years ago. 

Several factors have contributed to this 
wave of activity. The Science Advisory Coun- 
cil was instrumental in rescuing the university 
from the tech-transfer shoals, where lack of 
funding, visibility, and experienced leadership 
had stranded the office in the nineties, despite 
the Smart Balance deal. At the council's inau- 
gural meeting in 2000, member Margery 
Feldberg '74 says, the board decided then and 
there to "get the tech-transfer function up and 
running, promote it, and make it profitable." 
Feldberg helped lead the transformation of 

sharing arrangement between a university and 
its inventors is much more typical. The office 
came into its own under the guidance of tech- 
transfer white knight Latry Steranka and his 
successor, Abrams, who spent seventeen years 
honing her skills at the icon of tech transfer, 
MIT, before joining Brandeis last year. 

"We've hit the ground running, really, since 
we started at almost ground zero," says 
Barkas, who holds a PhD in biology and is 
cofoimder and managing director of 
California-based Prospect Venture Partners. 
"We're really capturing the potential licenses 
now, and it's partly because the faculty believe 
they have advocacy and support." 

"For a small research university with, really, 
a newly professional tech-transfer office, 
Brandeis is negotiating a record number of 
patents and licenses, and we're now able to 
attract more first-time inventors, industry- 
sponsored research, and the attention of ven- 
ture capitalists," says Abtams. 

Reinventing tech transfer 

If academic tech transfer is maturing nicely 
now, it's because of a historic act of Congress 
more than two decades ago. The Bayh-Dole 
Act of 1980 turned the status quo on its head 
by allowing universities and other nonprofit 
institutions to own the discoveries resulting 
from federally funded research. Before then, 
federal agencies owned the patents that grew 
out of tax-supported university research, 
though by and large the government allowed 
patents to wither on the vine. The potential 
public benefits of tech transfer — economic 
development and a positive impact on soci- 
ety — just didn't materialize. 

"It's very difficult to develop the eatly-stage 
technology that comes out of universities 
without a lot of championing, and the federal 
government really wasn't able to provide that," 
says Abrams. 

The Bayh-Dole Act stipulated that universi- 
ties must protect their discoveries through 
patents and pursue commercialization. Most 

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Above, biologist Neil Simister cofounded Syntonix, 
the first Brandeis spm-out to be acquried by a 
biotechnology giant. 

Facing page. Chemist Jeff Agar is developing a novel 
strategy to treat Lou Gehrig's disease. 

important, the legislation said all revenues must 
go to the university and be shared wilJi the 
creators, thereby providing a powerfiil incen- 
tive to inventors. Stanford boasts the oldest 
tech-transfer office in the country, organized in 
the wake of the Bayh-Dole Act and followed a 
few years later by MIT. But it was closer to 
1990 when the field of technology licensing 
really began to come into its own, according to 
Abrams. "Now, virtually every university has 
some form of technology licensing," she says. 

The mother of invention 

According to a national survey by the Associa- 
tion of University Technology Managers 
(AUTM), universities and other nonprofits 
signed almost 5,000 new licenses in 2005. 
That same year, 527 new products came on the 
market, 628 spin-out companies were created, 
and more than $42 billion was invested in U.S. 
academe. Indeed, the tech-transfer movement 
gave rise to the biotechnology industry, whose 
lifeblood is early-stage technology originating 
at the lab bench of basic research. 

As a leader in life-science research, Brandeis 
is fueling innovation in biotechnology in a 
number of areas where there is unmet need for 
more effective treatment or diagnosis. 
Syntonix, a biopharmaceutical spin-out 
formed by Brandeis with Brigham and 
Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital 

Boston to commercialize novel drug-deliver\' 
methods, was bought earlier this year by 
Biogen Idee, becoming the first Brandeis spin- 
out to be acquired by a biotech giant. 
Syntonix was started by Brandeis's Simister, 
along with Wayne Lencer of Children's Hospi- 
tal; Richard S. Blumberg of Brigham and 
Women's; and Blumberg's brother Laurence, 
who was the business founder. 

Better health care 

Syntonix's technologies harness the human 
body's natural immunological pathways to 
provide novel methods ol drug delivery. Many 
pharmaceuticals consist of molecules too large 
to be absorbed through the mucous mem- 
branes, meaning that patients with chronic 
conditions like hemophilia, anemia, multiple 
sclerosis, and autoimmune disorders must take 
drugs either intravenously or by injection. Fre- 
quent dosing is typically needed, because the 
drugs break down quickly in the bloodstream. 

In the early- to mid-1990s, Simister, Lencer, 
Blumberg, and their colleagues discovered 
that the molecular receptor that carries 
immunoglobulin G antibodies from mother 
to fetus across the placenta is also found in the 
mucous membranes lining the intestines, air- 
ways, and lungs. This discovery led to the idea 
that the receptor, known as FcRn, could be 
used to carry large-protein drugs across 
mucous membranes into the bloodstream, 
suggesting the possibility of replacing these 
injection drugs with inhaled or oral versions. 

Then the scientists discovered that the FcRn 
receptor also prevents antibodies from breaking 
down quickly in the bloodstream, the normal 
fate of other molecules. This rescue capability 
made FcRn part of a so-called salvage pathway. 
To take advantage of this pathway, Syntonix 
scientists designed pharmaceutical proteins that 
bind to FcRn, extending the lifetimes of these 
drugs in the bloodstream. 

"We founded Syntonix with the hope of 
translating our basic discoveries into improve- 
ments in health care. The company developed 
and expanded our technologies to the stage 
where they have preclinical drug candidates 
for treating hemophilia and infertility," says 
Simister, adding, "Biogen Idec's acquisition is 
an excellent outcome because they have the 
expertise in manufacturing and development 
to bring these drugs to the clinic." 

Under the deal, Biogen Idee paid $40 mil- 
lion for Syntonix, with the potential for up to 



another $80 million in payment if certain 
milestones are met. "It's a very good outcome; 
the underlying biology is sound, and in three 
to four years we could have a life-saving drug 
on the market, " says Laurence Blumberg. "It's 
all about innovation." 

Which takes time, money, patience, perhaps 
the spark ot genius, and probably more money. 

Larry Wangh should know. After teaching 
in Brandeis's genetic counseling program for 
years, he and his colleagues sought to improve 
preimplantation genetic diagnosis for couples 
at risk of having children with severe heredi- 
tary x-chromosome-linked disorders. His 
research, in collaboration with two other labs. 


tive, rapid, affordable assays, replacing or sup- 
plementing current tests that take days or 
weeks to generate answers and cost the users 
millions of dollars," says Wangh. 

A daring dream 

Ever since he was a boy, chemist Jeff Agar was 
certain he wanted to cure disease in humans. 
Later, as a graduate student, he realized he 
wasn't seeking to defeat just any disease, but a 
truly cruel killer whose progression is swift and 
unstoppable. "ALS is the place where I thought 
I could make the biggest difference," he says. 

Agar's scientific verve has brought him much 
closer to achieving that daring childhood 

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did lead to better in vitro genetic diagnosis 
using real-time polymerase chain reaction 
(PCR), a molecular biology technique that 
replicates DNA from a single gene or gene 
fragment. Wangh's early focus on PCR's limi- 
tations, particularly for samples as small as a 
single DNA molecule, fueled a research direc- 
tion that today promises to open a whole new 
landscape to DNA testing. 

"Even after twenty years of research, 
there are only a handful of PCR-based 
tests, and the reason is that there are inaccura- 
cies in the standard methodologies," says 
Wangh. "We have reduced and eliminated 
those inaccuracies." 

The new and improved method developed 
in the Wangh lab, known as Linear-After- 
The-Exponential PCR (or LATE-PCR for 
short), is substantially more reliable and sen- 
sitive than conventional PCR. "From now on, 
anywhere there is DNA or RNA that you 
want to study, or make more of, LATE-PCR 
will be the technology to use," says Wangh. 

Cancer detection, prenatal diagnosis, 
forensics, and human and animal infectious 
diseases are all potential targets for this testing 
technology. For its part. Smiths Detection is 
focused on military-threat detection and 
homeland security issues and is planning to 
leverage this platform technology in the areas 
of biodefense and first response. 

"In all of these fields, LATE-PCR will 
make it possible to construct highly informa- 

and Agar is hammering out the final details 
of an agreement with ExSAR, a New Jersey 
drug-development company interested in com- 
mercializing his ALS research. Agar says the 
entrepreneurial culture here played no small 
role in bringing him to Brandeis, where he 
works not only around the clock, but against 
the disease's own deadly timeline. 

The fatal neuromuscular condition rypically 
starts by affecting walking and ends by causing 
loss of respiratory function, all within the 
course of three to five relentlessly devastating 
years. Motor neurons transmit the command 
to move from the brain to the skeletal muscles, 
but in a person with ALS those motor neurons 
are weakened and ultimately destroyed by a 
toxic protein. Underlying Agar's research is the 
key discovery that changes taking place in pro- 
teins, such as oxidation, are toxic to motor 
neurons. His strategy is to commercialize a 
novel class of pharmaceuticals, called AGE 

dream. At thirty-four one of Brandeis's youngest 
inventors, he has developed a novel method to 
treat Lou Gehrig's that he believes is unlike any 
other approach in neurodegenerative research. 
Moreover, he has developed a portable kit using 
mass spectrometry, an analytic technique that 
measures the composition of physical samples, 
such as tumors and tissue, to detect disease, 
including ALS. Both are in the patent pipeline, 

inhibitors, that prevent modified proteins 
from killing motor neurons. 

"I am sticking with ALS research until 
there's a treatment," Agar says with quiet 
determination. "The first time I'll ever feel joy 
in my research is the moment it extends the 
life of a patient." 

Laura Gardner is the university science editor. 

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In late March and early April, Brandeis's Rapaporte Trea- 
sure Hall was the first stop on a nationwide peace tour fea- 
turing Israeli and Palestinian artwork. The exhibition, 
Offering Reconciliation, showcased 135 interpretations by 
prominent artists of the intrinsic realities of reconciliation: 
coexistence, pain, loss, fracture, and fusion. 

The Israeli and Palestinian painters, sculptors, and pho- 
tographers, representing many different faiths and countries 
of origin, created one-of-a-kind pieces from identical 
ceramic bowls. The vessels served as a common denomina- 
tor for artistic depiction of the pain-filled, yet hopeful, sto- 
ries of the conflict. Their fragility symbolizes the fragility of 
the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. 

Offering Reconciliation was commissioned by the Parents 
Circle— Families Forum, a grassroots organization of bereaved 
Israelis and Palestinians who promote reconciliation as an 
alternative to hatred and revenge. It was first exhibited in May 
2006 at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan, Israel, 
where it drew an unprecedented 2,500 viewers, including 
politicians, prominent members of the international and 
Middle East communities, and media representatives. The 

U.S. tour was cosponsored by the Association of Israel's Dec- 
orative Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to exposing the work of 
contemporary Israeli decorative artists to a global audience. 

During its Brandeis stay, hundreds of area schoolchildren 
viewed the exhibition. In addition, the university hosted talks 
by Parents Circle members Ali Abu Awwad, whose brother was 
shot and killed by an Israeli soldier, and Robi Damelin, whose 
son was killed by a Palestinian sniper while guarding a setde- 
ment. Awwads and Damelin's stories are featured prominently 
in Encounter Point, a documentary by a team of Palestinian, 
Israeli, and North and South American filmmakers that was 
screened at the university's Wasserman Cinematheque. 

From Brandeis, Offering Reconciliation traveled to the 
World Bank in Washington, D.C., and it is now on view at 
the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington, through 
August 19. The exhibition will be featured at the United 
Nations in New York September 1 to 28; at the Pomegran- 
ate Gallery in New York October 4 to 18; and at SOFA in 
Chicago November 2 to 4. A full-color, trilingual catalog 
with an introduction by curators Orna Tamir-Schestowitz 
and Daphna Zmora documents the exhibition. 

Curators Tamir-Schestowitz and Zmora wrote in the exhibition 
catalog, "In some ot the bowls a clear statement emerges ot the 
essence of the conflict, a conflict ot cultural diflference on the one 
hand and common pain on the other, and above all quivers the 
yearning for simple and peaceful daily living." This mosaic by 
artist Lauri Recanti suggests memories of simplicity in her use of 
buttons, beads, jevveln,' fragments, and shards of everyday china. 


i\hmad Canaan, b. 1965, created this work in industrial paints. 
As in Alima's bowl (below), the hues chosen ju-\tapose the patri- 
otic colors ot Israel and Palestine. The mounted figure on horse- 
back is a recurring theme in Canaan's art. A beloved painter and 
sculptor, Canaan is also curator of the Tamra Art 
Gallery, where he showcases the works of young Arab artists. 

Rita Alima, b. 1932, who signs all her works "Alima, " is a mem- 
ber of the distinguished Plus Ten Group and Burston Workshop 
for Lithography in Jerusalem. Hers is one of several works that 
draw on symbolic colors, particularly emphasizing the green and 
red of the Palestinian flag and the blue of the Israeli flag. 


In a remarkable 
Middle Eastern 
artists share 
visions of 
common pain 
and promise. 

Mohammad Said Kalash, from Kara, near Hadera on the plains 
of Sharon, calls himself "a Palestinian Israeli." His creation in 
mixed-media includes a quote from poet and political activist 
Taufik Ziad: "I offer more than half of my life to anyone who 
ever made a crying boy laugh." 

As a photojournalist in Jerusalem since 1983, Jim Hollander used 
his bowl to memorialize a hopeful instant he captured for 
Reuters in 1986. "I was in the Old City of Jerusalem covering a 
story after a religious Jewish 'settler' was stabbed in the Moslem 
quarter, close to its border with the Jewish quarter," he recalls. 
"Tensions were high, and the police tried to broker a 'sulka,' or 
reconciliation. Two men — leaders of the opposing sides, I pre- 
sumed — briefly kissed, then moments later scuttles again broke 
out as someone yelled, 'Arabs are murderers!' ' 

Artist Alex Kremer was born in Tadzhistan in 1966 and immi- 
grated to Jerusalem in 1982. He has exhibited widely in both 
Israel and the United States. Among his many awards are the 
2001 young artist prize of the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture, 
and Sports. His design, which suggests two people reaching out 
to each other, is rendered in oils. 

Palestinian artist Osama Zatat sculpted a barbed wire olive tree 
that gfows out of a painted rural landscape. The legs of his 
inverted bowl are adorned with symbols of Christianity, Judaism, 
and Islam. Zatar told A\e Jerusalem Post he chose an olive tree 
"because it is something shared by us all, something that repre- 
sents life whose roots are deeper than human roots, and which 
lives peacefully with the earth and gives its fruit to .ill." He 
asked, "If we continue to water our trees with blood, what legacy 

will our children inherit?" 


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One of the most celebrated artists of her day, Maya Cohen-Levy 
has received myriad awards. Her images are often derived from 
nature, evoking greatly magnified details of sunflower hearts, 
thatch, and honeycombs. She decorated her bowl in black and red 
oils, choosing colors known to illustrate grief blood, loss and pain. 


Israeli conceptual artist Micha Ullman, b.l939 in Tel Aviv, is a 
leading painter and sculptor of his generation. He serves on the 
faculty at the University of Stuttgart, and his work is represented 
in London's Tate Collection. One of several interpretations that 
emphasize breaking and destruction, his bowl — fractured and 
then reconstituted with marble glue — speaks volumes about his 
current view of the Middle East. In several other artists' rendi- 
tions, the bowl was left in fragments. 

Numerous artists incorporated the wrirten word — in English, 
Hebrew, of Arabic — into their messages. After coating her 
ceramic vessel with a mirror-like material called PVD — for physi- 
cal vapor deposition — artist Shira Sagol set forth the salient but 
unanswerable question, "Who is the righteous of us all?" Another 
literal interpretation came from Aliza Olmert, daughter of Holo- 
caust survivors and wife ot Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, 
who spiraled in a continuous loop on her bowl the words "Jews 
do not evict Arabs do not evict lews do not evict Arabs..." 


Iranian-born artist Yehuda Porbuchrai emigrated to Tel Aviv as 
an infant. His incorporating of the words "Hava Nagila" — the 
title of a traditional Jewish song — typifies works in the exhibition 
that drawn upon what the curators called phrases "from the cul- 
tural warehouse of poetry and prose of both nations." 

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Artist Shirly Bar-Amotz is a facult)' member in the Bezalel Acad- 
emy's Department of Jewelry and Fashion. She often works in 
enamels and glass. Her mixed-media design is among those that 
blend idyllic memories (the swan, the palm trees) with evidence 
of disruption (the depiction of shattered glass). Other artists con- 
tributed pastoral designs featuring woodlands, fields, and gardens. 


Sculptor Ofra Zimbalista is creating a sensation throughout 
Europe with site-specific installations that show often frightening 
life-sized figures, frequently in the shadows of public places. For 
this exhibition, she worked with Narin Zimbalista to re-create 
one ot these eerie scenes in microcosm. Her hopehil twist: 
instead of bullets, the soldiers' guns are spouting butterflies 
and flowers. 


Speaking with a reporter for, artist Dalia Reizel 
described this mixed-media work as showing a woman's womb 
with hands emerging, trying to grasp ohve leaves, the universal 
symbol of peace. "The leaves are just out ot reach, " she com- 
mented, "but hopefully the hands will get there one day." Birth 
is also the theme in a jarring sculptural treatment by Assi 
Mesluillam, who used the bowl as a whelping dish where what 
appears to be a dead mother dog lies crumpled in a pool of blood 
and covered with giant flies. 

I he color red is a unifying theme among many ot the bowls, 
used to represent blood as well as anger, courage, and a range of 
other emotions. In this mixed-media work, fashioned by Israeli 
industrial designer Ezri Tarazi, director of the Bezalel Academy of 
Art and Design in Jerusalem, the outside of the bowl is painted 
black, while the crimsom dome is illuminated from beneath. 

Yuval Caspi was one of sevetal contributing artists who elected to 
ptit a face on the conflict through selt-portraiture. Wrote the cura- 
tors, "Here [in personal portraits] the statement is more direct and 
clear — reconciliation is me. The personal overwhelms the national. 
Portraits are presented on many works, harsh or soft faces, pleasant 
or brash, all reflecting a sense ot hope." In June, Caspi joined with 
dozens of other artists to mount the show 40 Years of Occupation, 
1 96^-2007 — Israeli and Palestitiian Artists against the Occupation 
and for a Just Peace at The Artists' House gallery in Jerusalem. 

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'■ ifm!^ hull 5; 

Ihave rwo favorite pictures of myself as a little girl. 
One is of me at age three, naked except for my 
panties, standing on a hassock, with a huge smile 
and my arms flung out wide. The other is of me about 
a j'ear later dressed as Queen Esther from the Bible for 
a school play. For the past couple of years, almost fifty 
years down a very long road, I find I am more like the 
child in those pictures than I have ever been. 

When I cast my eyes over the sweep of my lite up to 
now, I see my whole adulthood in the long shadow of 
depression. The shadow starts right on the brink of my 
grown-up life, while I was attending Brandeis. I was 
painfully shy as a child and remained introverted 
through my high school and college years. My antidote 
was to bury myself in my studies, to succeed at all 
costs, to excel in school and in life. 

While at Brandeis I would often — much too 
often — ignore the social aspect of college life and 
simply hole up in my room. Friends would try to coax 

me to go out, but I'd offer some excuse: studying to 
do, papers to write, whatever. 

Next 1 found myself studying at Columbia Univer- 
sity to obtain a graduate degree in social work. 1 was 
like a maniac — doing everything required, everything 
optional, and even more work that I assigned to 
myself The rest of the time I slept. At first I didn't 
notice the change. Then things got worse. I always 
hated waking up, but slowly it was turning into some- 
thing deeper; it was less like I didn't want to wake up 
and more like I couldn't. I didn't feel tired, but 1 had 
no energy. 

Afl:er a while my symptoms lessened, and I began 
work as a clinical social worker. But after two years of 
social work I felt drained. God must have had a hand in 
leading me on a new path, because within a year I had 
changed careers completely. After reading a news article 
about the field of public relations, I took two PR courses 
and did volunteer consulting to organizations. Finally, 


Depression put Terrie Williams on the fast track from Hollywood 
publicist to motivational speaker and author. Now she burns to carry 
her message to anyone who will listen. By Terrie Williams '75 

Illustrations by Melissa Walley 


having developed the necessary skills, I was named 
director of communications at Essence magazine. 

In 1988, when I began to think about 
starting a company, I had no clue how to run a busi- 
ness. So when I asked God to bless me with my first 
client, I didn't expect him to send me the biggest box- 
office draw in the world at the time — Eddie Murphy. 

I had met Eddie two years earlier on a yacht in 
Marina del Rey, California, at a sixtieth birthday cele- 
bration for Miles Davis, whom I'd gotten to know 
when I was a practicing social worker at a New York 
hospital. I'd heard Eddie was looking for a PR person, 
but, of course, I wasn't just going to walk up to a 
superstar like Eddie Murphy and say, "Hey, Eddie, I'm 
thinking of starting a public relations firm. Why not 

be my first client?" Instead, to create a natural inroad 
to him, I developed a rapport with his friends Ken and 
Ray, sending them notes and articles of interest — 
whatever it took to further establish and cement the 
relationship. Finally I put together a package for 
Eddie — an overview of my duties and accomplish- 
ments at Essence and a list of people who could vouch 
for my work and my character. One night I phoned his 
cousin, whom I had also connected with. His cousin 
said Eddie was there and wanted to speak with me. 
When Eddie Murphy, one of the most recognizable 
stars in the world, picked up the phone and said, "I got 
your package, and I would love to have you represent 
me," I cried. Those were his exact words. I'll never tor- 
get them. As nervous as I was about starting my busi- 


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ness with such a high-profile celebrity, I knew this was 
a confirmation that God would show me the way. 

But there was enormous pressure. Whispers flew 
around the industry: Who was this unknown black 
woman who'd landed Eddie Murphy? Until he signed 
with me, Eddie had never had a personal public rela- 
tions adviser, so for him to put his faith in me validated 
my agency. Although I was scared, 1 did whatever 1 had 
to do to get the business up and running. I put in long 
hours at the office, was constantly on the phone, sat in 
endless meetings. Months after Eddie hired me, clients 
like Anita Baker, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Miles Davis 
also signed on. In the following years, my business grew 
to include celebrities like Sean "Diddy" Combs, Janet 
Jackson, and best-selling author Stephen King. But as 
my client list expanded, so did my level of exhaustion. 

During the glamorous whirl ot my days, I put on my 
game face — my mask — for the power lunches, film 
openings, press events, and parties. But most nights I 
crawled home, overcome by fatigue. When 1 wasn't 
working, I was sleeping. 1 didn't know it then, but I'd 
already begun a downward spiral that, years later, would 
culminate in a paralyzing depression. 

By the year 2000 I was head of a public relations and 
marketing firm that was growing beyond my wildest 
hopes, but ever)' day 1 would wake up with crippling 
anxietv'. Here 1 had everything the culture tells us should 
make us happy — success, money, access — but not one 
thing in my life gave me pleasure. In the middle of all 
this action and all these people, 1 felt as if I were in soli- 
tary confinement. And I began to cope with these feel- 
ings of emptiness and dread by numbing the pain with 
food — the only thing I looked forward to after a sixteen- 
hour day. 1 began to gain weight. The more weight I 

remain involved as a partner. Then, after seven years 
of subleasing space in an office building, the agency 
was forced to move to another location. That big 
move coincided with another: My parents sold the 
home I grew up in, and following that sale they sep- 
arated. Because the transaction happened very 
quickly, there was no time for me to take one last trip 
to the house and mourn the loss. That year I also lost 
two aunts whose constancy and love had provided a 
foundation for me during my entire life. Even the 
restaurant I'd frequented for years closed down its 
Saturday brunch! All at once I felt the ground 
shifting beneath my feet. So I did what I'd always 
done during a crisis: I slept. 

Finally I reached a breaking point. I woke up one 
morning with a knot of fear in my stomach so crip- 
pling that I couldn't face light, much less day, and so 
intense that I stayed in bed for three days with the 
shades drawn and the lights out. Three days. Three 
days not answering the phone. Three days not 
checking my e-mail. I was disconnected completely 
from the outside world, and I didn't care. 

On the fourth morning some friends came by, made 
an emergency appointment with a therapist, and took 
me to get help. Fifteen minutes into the session, 1 was 
staring at the therapist, barely understanding our con- 
versation, when she said the words "clinical depres- 
sion. " I felt like I was outside my body, like I was 
seeing us on TV, but I knew something had finally 
given: I couldn't go on the way I was without hurting 
myself more. 

My friends took me home. One of them stayed the 
night. Somehow (that is, thanks to my friend) I did 
make it to the next day and to my appointment with 



gained, the more disgust 1 felt; the more self-disgust I 
felt the more I wanted to hide from the pain by eating 
and sleeping. Like every drug, the food gave me less 
relief each day, but I clung to it. 

Sometimes I think about how things might have 
gone if I had been a less talented actress, less able to 
convince everyone around me of something I knew 
was false. The bottom line was that my success, the 
thing to which I had given so much of myself, was a 
cover for what was killing me. I had reduced myself to 
two modes: my game face, the soul-destroying mask I 
wore to work, and the numbed-out shell of a woman 
who sat alone in her apartment eating and sleeping. 

Then in October 2003 1 went through a series of 
major transitions. First 1 sold my business, though 1 

the psychiatrist. She asked questions, took my blood 
pressure, and began the long process of finding the 
right medication for me. The next six months were 
some of the hardest of my life. After two weeks the 
drugs kicked in a little and I felt slightly better, but 
with the relief came an overwhelming clarity about 
what my life had become, a clarity that brought me a 
new kind of despair. I was in a pit so deep 1 didn't 
know whether I could get out. 

Then I had a thought that began to change my life: If 
this could happen to me, with all my experience and 
knowledge and access, what was happening to other 
people? What was happening to people who didn't have 
any of my advantages? I realized the only way I was 
going to get through this was to stop pretending, finally. 

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that it wasn't happening. And the only way to stop pre- 
tending was to let people know how I felt every day. 

The first time I decided to do this was just four 
months after my meltdown, when I was scheduled to 
give a talk at a conference with some of the best- 
known people in the world of business. I wanted to 
cancel the talk, telling myself again and again that it 
was too early, that I wasn't ready. But, for reasons 
I couldn't understand, I didn't cancel, and I forced 
myself to go. As I walked up to the podium my tear 
was so intense that I thought I was going to vomit. 
I made myself breathe deep and keep reminding 
myself that there's no way out but through — I knew 
God had put me there for a reason. And then I 
did something that shocked everyone in the room, 
including me: I told the truth. 

Instead of delivering the high-powered, upbeat talk 
about self-marketing that we were all expecting, I told 
the audience straight out that 1 suffered from depres- 
sion. That 1 was standing in front of them on sheer 
willpower, and that I was afraid that willpower would 
fail me at any moment. As 1 spoke I heard a voice 
inside me say "career suicide." To my surprise, I was 
relieved by the thought — if telling the truth was career 
suicide, then the sham I had been living for so long 
was about to end. 

But instead, something amazing happened. The 
powerful men and women gathered to talk business 
seemed to be empathizing with me. I barely remember 
the talk, but I vividly recall that after it many people in 

When we're courageous enough to tell the truth 
about our heartache, it's as if we're saying to others, 
"You're not in this by yourself" All we have to do is 
step outside our fear and pull off a layer of the mask. 
When I dared to do that, numerous friends and col- 
leagues, both famous and not, began to pour out their 
stories to me. 

A dear friend of mine who also struggles with 
depression once told me, "Black people expect to be in 
pain every day, so for us a good day is heaven. " But the 
truth is, evetybody on the planet is walking around 
with wounds. We're all challenged on some level. 
Think you know a person who doesn't have a problem? 
Think again. These days when I'm invited to corpora- 
tions to speak about business and life principles, I'll 
often throw in a few words about depression. I'll say, 
"The reason 1 have the courage to stand up here and 
talk to you about this is because I know that half of 
you are probably on Prozac or Paxil. Raise your hand 
if you're sure!" As people laugh, hands go up. After- 
ward, without fail, several of these businesspeople, 
women and men whom others may never guess have 
experienced clinical depression, will come up to me 
and share their struggle. I get the same reaction from 
college students and teens. 

I've learned that dealing with depression isn't about 
escaping the feelings. It's about managing them — 
through talk therapy, medication, exercise, a closer 
relationship with God. We each have to find our own 
path to wholeness. Above all, we have to share where 



the audience — men and women alike — came over and 
told me how moved they were by my courage and con- 
fession. They admitted to similar bouts of despair and 
spoke of how helpless and afraid they were, how 
ashamed to have those feelings. 

I first mentioned my depression in 2002 in my 
third book, A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and 
Harmony through the Seven Living Virtues. But even 
then I was afraid to speak candidly about my struggle. 
Then God said to me, "You have to tell others about 
your depression, Terrie." I can't begin to express how 
incredibly liberating it was to accept God's challenge. 
In June 2005 I wrote an article about my depression 
for Essence. I was not prepared for the reaction. To 
date, I have received over ten thousand letters from 
people of all walks of life, and they are still coming in 
as if the article ran yesterday. 

we are on the journey, because revelation leads to 
recovery. I now know that it is only through sharing 
our stories that we will find healing, starting with one 
another and then extending to our community. 

When we open our lives, we find out that we're not 
standing on the ledge alone — we're surrounded by 
hundreds of others. That ledge is so crowded, the con- 
crete is breaking! 

That's exactly why I want to use my voice and God's 
grace to create a sanctuary for people to tell their truths, 
understand their calling, and reach their lull potential. 
As we unburden ourselves, one truth-telling session at a 
time, we move closer to the divine plan the Creator has 
for each of us. There's a reason God allows us to walk 
through difficult circumstances: it's so we can use our 
pain for the purpose of transformation — so we can lift 
each other up. If I hadn't survived the hell I found 


Braiuii'is rni\(^rsit\ Magazine | Smniner "07 

m)'sclf in rwo years ago, I wouldn't be able to tell you 
that there's a miracle on the other side of the storm. 

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by this chal- 
lenge I've taken on, this responsibility I've been 
given, I look at that childhood photograph of me as 
Esther. I remind mvself that when Esther became 
queen, she thought things would be smooth from 
there on in — she didn't know she'd be called upon to 
reveal her Jewish heritage and sacrifice her own com- 
fort to save her people. Once she decided to do it, 
though, she understood that she was not burdened 
with responsibility, but blessed with the opportunity 
to help the people she loved. I am inspired by 
Esther — the queen in the Bible and myself as a little 
kid. I will talk about pain and depression because so 

many ot my people and so many others are dying. 
I will not stop talking about them, and I will not rest 
until we can freely speak our pain without shame, 
because I am a woman on fire. 

We all wear masks at some point in our lives. It's 
time to take them off 

Terrie Williams's new book, Black Pain: It Just Looks 
Like We're Not Hurting, will be released by Scribner 
Books (Simon & Schuster) in January 2008. Earlier pub- 
lished volumes include The Personal Touch: What You 
Really Need to Succeed in Today's Fast-Paced Business 
World; A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and 
Harmony through the Seven Living Virtues; rfW Stay 
Strong: Simple Lile Lessons for Teens. 

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Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman '75, H'88, advised graduates 
at Brandeis's fifty-sixth commencement that as more jobs become automated by 
software or outsourced to other countries, it is more essential than ever that grad- 
uates do what they love. 
"The good jobs that remain will be those that demand or encourage some 
uniquely human creative flair, passion, and imagination," he said. "In other words, jobs that 
can only be done by people who love what they do and bring something extra to that work." 

Friedman, a foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, told more than one thousand 
members of the Class of 2007 that how they do things — from putting together a resume and 
writing letters to collaborating and keeping promises they make — is just as important as what 
they do. He urged them to start building a solid character and reputation early. Today's wired 
and transparent society doesn't permit many second chances, he said. 

"When everyone can blog with their laptop, when everyone can be a paparazzi with their cell 
phone camera, and everyone can be a movie maker with their YouTube site, it means that every- 
one else is a public figure," Friedman said. "As individuals are able to create more of their own 
content in digital form, and search engines and computers get better at sitting and storing all 
of that digital content, the Internet is becoming a kind of permanent record." 


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... and other pearls of wisdom from commencement speaker Tliomas Friedman 

Photographij bij Mike Lovett and Justin Knight 

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Friedman, a member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees, 
also shared a number of the lessons he has learned in more 
than twenty-five years as a journalist. People often ask him 
how he is able to operate in the Arab and Mushm world as an 
American Jew. The secret, he said, is being a good listener. 

"You can get away with 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ really disagreeing with peo- 

ple as long as you show 
them the respect of really 
listening to what they have 
to say and taking it into 
account when and if it 
makes sense," Friedman 
said. "I'm always impressed 
by how much you can tem- 
per their anger and open 
some ears by just starting 

Six for Success 

Tom Friedman's six rules for succeeding in a job: 

1. Do what you love. "One hundred 
percent of people who do what they 
love, love what they do, and that means 
that they are always well paid, either 
emotionally or financially." 

2. Never be afraid to work for UPI. 

"There is simply nothing like starting at 
the bottom of whatever field you're in 
and working your way up by building a 
foundation of competence, one brick at 
a time." 

3. Be a good listener. "You can get 
away with disagreeing with people as 
long as you show them the respect of 
really listening to what they have to say 
and taking it into account, when and if 
it makes sense." 

4. Always be nice to the help. "Paul 
Wolfowitz is out of a job today at the 
World Bank not because he violated 
some ethics rules with his girlfriend — 
he could have survived that — but 
because he was not nice to the help." 

5. How you do things today really 
matters more than ever. "Do you 

imagine for a second that George W. 
Bush would ever have been elected pres- 
ident if there were cell-phone cameras 
at Yale thirty years ago?" 

6. Always remember there is a differ- 
ence between skepticism and cyni- 
cism. "The skeptic says, 'I do not think 
that's true; I'm going to check it out.' 
The cynic says, 'I know that's not true, 
it couldn't be, I am going to slam him 
or her.'" 

your answers to their questions with the phrase, 'You're 
making a legitimate point,' or 'I hear what you say,' and 
really meaning it." 

After the university awarded 1,440 degrees — 809 bache- 
lor's, 538 master's, and 93 doctorates — blue and white bal- 
loons fell from the ceiling of the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center as the award-winning Branches Pan 
Groove Steel Orchestra played celebratory music for the 
newest class of alumni. 

Graduating students from the Graduate School of Arts and 
Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Manage- 
ment, and the International Business School also took part in 
the ceremony. 

Honorary degrees were presented to four individuals for 
their contributions to their respective fields: author Joyce 
Carol Oates; biologist Judah Folkman; former Canadian jus- 
tice minister Irwin Coder; and architect Daniel Libeskind. 

A Call to Arms 

Following are excerpted remarks delivered by 
President Jehuda Reinharz at the university's 
ftfiy-sixth commencement. 

Today is a joyous occasion for all of us, and we 
have a great deal to celebrate. But I hope you 
will permit me to discuss a very serious topic 
that has touched college students everywhere. 
As you all know, a ttagedy occurred five weeks 
ago — the murder on an American campus of 
thirty-two innocent students and faculty and 
the suicide by the perpetrator, a fellow stu- 
dent. The whole world responded to this 
tragedy. Why? 

Why did the pope send a message of condo- 
lence? Why did students across America react 
with such anguish? Why was this event on the 
front page of every major newspaper in this 
country and abroad for days on end? Why is 
this more than an isolated, horrific event? 

After all, we wake up almost every morning 
to news that there has been a suicide bombing 
somewhere in the world, often with as many 
as one hundred or more victims. 

Is this shocked reaction to the campus mas- 
sacre a consequence of our shattered belief 
that campuses are supposed to be oases of 
peace, oases of reasoned dialogue and rational- 
ity, and not sites of violence and mayhem? Is it 
the location that is so shocking? 

Your young lives have been touched by 
shocking events: the Columbine High School 
shootings, the attack on the World Trade Cen- 
ter, and the bombing at Oklahoma City. You 
have seen the terrible destruction of a tsunami 
and the devastation ot Hurricane Katrina — 
and the outpouring of grief, sympathy, and 
support that accompanied and immediately 
followed each of these events — and then a 
return to business as usual. And last month, 
after Virginia Tech, many declared that they 
had had enough. We were, and we stand, 
ready for a change. 

Consider the following: What would the 
world be like it we responded to the daily 
events in the Sudan, in Iraq, in Zimbabwe, in 
China, in Russia, or in Chad as we did to the 


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Author David Halberstam had been scheduled to receive an hon- 
orary degree and deUver the commencement speech but was killed in a 
car accident on April 23 in Menlo Park, California. 

President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD72, addressing the crowd ot about 
seven thousand, reflected on the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, and 
challenged graduates to do what they can to care for themselves and 
each other and to safeguard and protect their communities. He called 
on each of them to think about how his or her chosen career can con- 
tribute to illuminating and eliminating the roots of tragedy [see 
remarks, page 38]. 

Senior class speaker Jonathan Krisch '07 urged his classmates to con- 
tinue engaging in responsible, ethical dialogue after they leave Brandeis. 

"Use your mouth, voice your own opinion, of course. But also use 
your ears to listen to other views," he said. "Use your Brandeis- 
enhanced brain to analyze those perspectives, and use your heart to 
hold on to your moral values." 

— Carrie Simmons 

event at Virginia Tech? What would happen if 
we had a moment of silence every time we 
heard about a massacre in these countries and 
others? What would happen if there was a 
moment ot silence for every murder shortly 
after it occurred in Boston? Or in New York? 
Or any other American city? Would we live in 
a world ot near-complete silence? Or simply, a 
better world? 

I think that what touched our community 
here at Brandeis about the events at Virginia 
Tech is that we understood that this kind of 
mayhem can happen anywhere, even here. 

The people who were murdered were very 
much like ourselves. Young people, faculty, 
staff, all with dreams and aspirations that were 
highlighted in the small and poignant biogra- 
phies that appeared in the newspapers. 

The tragedy in Virginia raises questions that 
we, ourselves, must address, particularly at a 
place like Brandeis that cares so much about 
community and so often speaks about the 
Brandeis family. 

Are we, in fact, responsible enough for each 
other? Do we care enough about the collective 
human spirit to be able to prevent similar inci- 
dents? Do we understand what went wrong? Is 
it even possible to change the course of events? 

In 1957, at the peak ot the cold war, the 
Russians put up Spumik, the world's first arti- 
ficial space satellite. In the United States, 
Americans were shocked and fearful at the 
Russian accomplishment. In response, the 

U.S. government launched a program to 
intensify and improve science and math edu- 
cation in this country. We in the United States 
responded to the challenges of Russian success 
in outer space with a commitment to master 
outer space ourselves. 

What happened at Virginia Tech may never 
be fully understood, but the Virginia Tech 
tragedy should represent the same kind ot 
wake-up call and challenge to the United 
States as Sputnik did. The challenge in this 
case is to discern and understand what we can 
do as a community to care for ourselves and 
each other, to safeguard and protect our com- 
munities as we would our families of origin or 
our Brandeis family. In other words, this 
generation can succeed in taking care of our 
collective "inner space" the same way the last 
great generation addressed the issue of 
exploring "outer space." 

I am raising these questions today in part 
because this past week, a young man, whom I 
thought I knew well, was so distraught that he 
took his own life. I and others who knew him 
are deeply shaken by what he decided to do. 

Some might say that murder, suicide, 
tragedy, and mayhem are simply the human 
condition. But I am not satisfied with this 
response. So 1 would like you, as you prepare 
to go forward into the world beyond Brandeis, 
to join me in a call to arms — not military 
arms, but embracing arms. Embracing each 
other and embracing our mutual dissatisfac- 

tion with the status quo. I would like our cam- 
puses, workplaces, and schools to be safe 
places, physically and emotionally, and you, as 
bright, talented, and caring Brandeis alumni, 
can help lead the way. 

So here is my call: for each ot you to think 
about how your chosen future career can 
contribute to illuminating and eliminating 
the roots of tragedy. If you plan to enter a 
medical field, see what you can do to treat 
people as people with minds and hearts, not 
just isolated physical symptoms. If you plan 
to enter the legal field, you can be helpful in 
representing those who are forgotten, 
ignored, or disenfranchised. There are ways 
for those of you going on to careers in busi- 
ness, social work, social policy, media, the 
arts, the social sciences, and almost any other 
field to build community and connections 
among people. 

We need to think of Virginia Tech as our 
Sputnik, our call to action. I have complete 
confidence that this highly educated group of 
students graduating today and your genera- 
tion as a whole are up to this challenge. 1 know 
that you have acquired both an excellent edu- 
cation at Brandeis and a honing of your val- 
ues. I know that you care about the impact 
you will have on society. I trust you to apply 
your minds and hearts to the pressing needs of 
our world today. 

You have achieved so much already, but 
your true challenges lie ahead of you. 

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Irwin Cotler 

Judah Folkman 

Daniel Lilieskind 

Joijce Carol Dales 

Honorari] Degree Citations 

Doctor oi Laws 

Educator, scholar, and human rights 
activist; counsel to prisoners of conscience; 
advocate for peace and justice. 

For more than thirty-five years, you have tire- 
lessly defended the defenseless. Your clients 
range from the political prisoners of China, 
Russia, Egypt, Peru, and Indonesia to the chil- 
dren, minorities, and women of your native 
Canada. You have earned the title "counsel for 
the oppressed," testified as an expert witness 
on human rights before national legislatures in 
the United States, Canada, Russia, Israel, Swe- 
den, and Norway, and lectured on human 
rights before academic and professional bodies 
throughout the world. You have molded legis- 
lation that protects children and attacks traf- 
ficking in persons. A leading advocate of the 
human rights agenda, you have made pursuit 
of international justice a priority and have 
been influential in combating mass atrocit)' 
and ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia, 
in Rwanda, and in Dartur. A member of the 
Parliament of Canada since 1999, you also 
served as your nation's minister of justice and 
attorney general. For your boundless commit- 
ment to the struggle for peace, justice, and 
human rights, Brandeis University is proud to 
bestow upon you its highest honor. 

Doctor oi Science 

Distinguished researcher and educator, 
visionary scientist, cancer warrior. 

The son of a rabbi, you observed your father's 
spiritual ministering to the sick in hospitals 
and resolved as a young child to become a 
physician. Through your innovative cancer 
research work at Harvard Medical School and 
Children's Hospital, you have dedicated your 
lite to defeating one of the great killers of our 

time. In 1971, in a seminal article in the New 
England Journal of Medicine, you advanced the 
hypothesis that tumors recruit their own ded- 
icated blood supply through the formation of 
new vessels to become malignant, and that 
tumors secrete chemical factors that promote 
new blood-vessel growth. You called this 
process "angiogenesis" and undertook to 
develop drugs that would inhibit cancer's 
deadly disease course. Your seminal work led 
to the development of angiogenesis inhibitors, 
a new class of drugs for the trearment of can- 
cer and macular degeneration. Father of a 
major field of research and therapy that is 
saving lives around the world, you give new 
hope to sufferers of cancer, macular degenera- 
tion, and other diseases. For your singular sci- 
entific creativity and dedication to fighting 
cancer, Brandeis University is proud to bestow 
upon you its highest honor. 

Doctor oi Humane Letters 

Internationally acclaimed architect, 
educator, visionary. 

A man of singular talents, you studied music 
and became a virtuoso performer before 
turning to the study of architecture. On the 
world stage, you have used your architectural 
work to promote international understanding 
and peace. In 1989, you won the competition 
for the Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened 
to wide public acclaim. In 2001, you were the 
first architect to receive the Hiroshima Art 
Prize, an award presented to an artist whose 
work promotes international understanding 
and peace. Two years later, you won the compe- 
tition tor the master plan to rebuild upon the 
World Trade Center site. Today, your masterful 
architectural designs can be seen in major cul- 
tural and commercial institutions, in museums 
and concert halls, in housing, hotels, universi- 

ties, and convention centers. Among your 
celebrated works are the Denver Art Museum 
in the United States, the Imperial War Museum 
of the North in the United Kingdom, and the 
Wohl Centre at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. 
Well known for introdticing a new critical dis- 
course into architecture, you have influenced a 
generation of practitioners and those interested 
in the future development of cities and culture. 
Brandeis University is proud to bestow upon 
you its highest honor. 

Doctor oi Humane Letters 

Educator, prodigious author, keen 
social observer. 

Telling stories — whether about middle-class 
intellectuals attracted to prisoners, a mother- 
less teenager trying to right her life, or a strug- 
gling family caught in the intolerance of the 
1950s — marks your craft, one that has justly 
earned you a National Book Award and three 
Pulitzer Prize nominations. You are extraordi- 
narily prolific in the variety of your genres, the 
scope of your subjects, and the sheer number 
of your works, and your unflinching gaze 
upon racism, poverty, sexual politics, alien- 
ation, urban violence, and guilt deepened the 
power and the impact of your work. In addi- 
tion to having produced scores ot novels, short 
stories, plays, poetry, essays, and young peo- 
ple's literature, you are the Roger S. Berlind 
Professor in the Humanities at Princeton Uni- 
versity, where you share with students your 
insights into the human condition. Readers 
have come to depend on you to speak about 
our world with sympathy and clarity, in pow- 
erful, often heartbreaking narratives that speak 
to us across generations. In acknowledgment 
of your versatility and the power of your liter- 
ary voice, Brandeis University is proud to 
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'57 Varieties of Fun 

Jeannie Lieberman '57 found love at her 50th Reunion. 

"People are telling stories about me that I don't even remember, but 
after hearing them, I'm tailing in love with the girl that 1 was," she said 
with a laugh. "It's surprising and gratifying to know that I had an 
impact on people and that their memories are still so vivid. I have a 
renewed love for my Brandeis friends both old and new. " 

In mid-May, Lieberman and 125 other members ot the Brandeis 
Class of '57 returned to the place they called home a half-century ago 
to reminisce about their time together, update each other on their lives, 
and make vows to return in five years for their 55th Reunion. 

"Accepting my age has been tough, but being with these people at my 
50th Reunion is beyond vanity, " Lieberman said. "I'll go back with a 
sense of pride after Reunion is over. Nothing can ever erase the exhilara- 
tion of being cheered and applauded during the graduation procession." 

The Reunion, led by committee chair Richard Kaufman '57, so ener- 
gized the Class of '57 that discussions have begun about scheduling 
mini-reunions in different parts of the country. 

For football stars Jim Stehlin '57 and Dick Bergel '57, returning to 
campus triggered memories of past glory on the gridiron — and the man 
who made it all possible. Hall of Fame coach Benny Friedman. 

"I was in awe of him," Stehlin said. "He had a great football mind, 
but taught us more about life. I was fortunate to have had the oppor- 
tunity to play for him. Both he and Brandeis had a tremendous influ- 
ence on me." 

"All of us who played for Benny Friedman have a special bond," said 
Bergel, who served as vice chair of the 50th Reunion Committee. "It 
was a special time when 'little of Brandeis' was beating schools like 
New Hampshire and UMass." 

While the Reunion attendees had no trouble recognizing their class- 
mates — even some they had not seen in fifty years — the same could not 
be said for their level of familiarity with the campus. 

"I'm totally lost, but in a good way," said John Crosby '57, who last 
visited campus for his 25th Reunion. "The campus is covered with 
buildings now. Brandeis has come a long way." 

To Mimi Bergel '57, vice chair of the 50th Reunion Committee, 
Brandeis's exterior has been enhanced, but the soul remains the same. 

"I think everybody is proud and happy about the way Brandeis has 
grown and developed, but, to us, it still feels like the same special 
place," she said. 

— David E. Nathan 

From kit: Wijmie Wolkenberg Miller, Mimi Bergel, Richard Kaulman, Dick Bergel, and Jules Bernstein. 


Increasinglij, Brandeis students are choosing to stud^ abroad 


What on earth do students want to learn? Whether theij're curious about the secret lives oi sharks in the Caribbean, 
the inner workings ot the British stage, or the Pentecostal leanings ol the Nicaraguan proletariat, Brandeis can help 

them match their interest to the wide world of knowledge. Each gear, about 35 percent of the university's juniors 
update their passports and set out in search of greater global understanding. That's double the number who studied 
abroad a mere decade ago, according to J. Scott Van Der Meid, director ol the Study Abroad office, which helps place 
and support students in some 250 programs operating in G9 countries. Here, three members of the Glass of 2007 who 

did part of their undergraduate studies overseas share their experiences of living and learning in another land. 

Profiles by Theresa Pease ■ Photographs by Mike Lovett 

Jacob Olidort 

From 9/11 Horror to Fulbright Scholar 

Jacob Olidort's world used to resemble one ot thiose old posters that 
depicts Mantiattan as the center of the universe, the rest of the plan- 
et telescoped humbly beyond its corners. True, his Orthodox Jewish 
parents had both been born in Russia, and his dad had entered the 
United States by way of Israel. But Olidort lived on the Upper East 
Side, attended a private Jewish high school around the corner from 
the Metropolitan Museum, and spent his time pursuing interests in 
theater and singing. He was on track to become the consummate life- 
long New Yorker. 

Then came the morning of September 11, 2001, near the start of 
Olidort's eleventh-grade year, when his father, a civil engineer, went off 
to work and almost didn't come home. Fortunately, the older Olidort 
left his office on the ninety-first floor of the World Trade Center's south 
tower — the second to be hit and the first to collapse — for a meeting on 
the fifty-fifth floor of the north tower, just five floors below where the 
first of two hijacked planes hit the complex. 

For him, it was a sad but lucky day. For his son, it was "a rude awak- 
ening about the global nature of Judaism and Islam," the May gradu- 
ate now recalls. The boy became a news junkie, and the more he knew 
the more his thirst for knowledge grew. Already fluent in Hebrew, he 
took an Arabic course as a Brandeis sophomore and soon fell in love 
with Arabic literature, culture, and dialects. Setting aside his interest in 
theater and later his performance career with the group Jewish Fella A 

Cappeila, he declared a major in Middle East studies and history and 
began writing opinion pieces in that area for the student newspaper the 
Justice, which he served as news editor. Then, frustrated by what he saw 
as "a vacuum for a cooperative, non-partisan forum on campus for 
Middle East issues, " he took a giant step forward as a first-semester jun- 
ior to establish the Brandeis Middle East Review. The magazine, for 
which Olidort secured funding through Brandeis's Crown Center for 
Middle East Studies and the Student Finance Board, features commen- 
tary on the news, politics, religion, and culture of the region developed 
by a staff that includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims. 

While Olidort derived satisfaction from the venture, which he says 
provided him "a way to contribute something to the development of a 
young university," he soon decided he had to view the situation up 
close. Having already been to Israel, he signed on to spend the fol- 
lowing semester at the American University in Cairo, where he studied 
Egyptian and Aramaic languages and Islamic law. In Egypt's largely 
benign milieu, he also had opportunities to visit the Sahara Desert, the 
historic monuments at Luxor, and the Suez Canal. 

One of only two U.S. citizens in in one particular class dominated by 
Saudis, Syrians, and other Middle Easterners, he often found himself 
called upon to interpret American foreign policy to his classmates — 
having to answer, for example, for the U.S. government's involvement 
in Iraq. But if being an American was only mildly awkward in Cairo, 


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being a Jew — and an Orthodox Jew — was a closely held secret. In 
Egypt, Olidort confided his ethnicit)' to just one or two fiiends, and on 
a side trip to Lebanon he told no one. Warned that merely being an 
American would make him a target in Beirut, he communicated prin- 
cipally in French, confident his fair skin and light hair would help him 
pass for a European. Still, a friendly Christian taxi driver told Olidort 
he'd made a potentially fatal error by revealing his U.S. citizenship to a 
cabbie of dubious affiliation who had promised to take him into the 
mountains near Syria — Hezbollah territory. Olidort scuttled the trip, 
shaken by what he believes was a close brush with danger. 

Despite the fear, Olidort places high value on his experience in the 
Middle East. His studies there broadened his worldview, and — to his 
own surprise — deepened both his sense of identity as an American and 
his pride in his Russian, Israeli, and Jewish heritage. 

Moreover, his educational travels confirmed his passion for the 
region and solidified his determination to become a Middle East 

"It would surprise most Americans to 
understand the complexity of the Islamic 
law and culture. It's not all ahout people 
chopping off heads." 

specialist in academe. Upon returning from Cairo, Olidort penned a 
senior thesis on political economy and the Arab media and applied to 
Georgetown University, where he plans to complete a doctoral program 
in Middle Eastern studies. 

First, though, he has another stop to make: Just days before gradua- 
tion, he received a highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship for study at 

the United Arab Emirates University. His project will focus on Islamic 
legal theory and the building ot Islamic society, including a detailed 
study of the Shariah, or religious, courts in Abu Dhabi and their inter- 
play with other aspects of life in the modern, thriving metropolis. 

"It would surprise most Americans, " Olidort says, "to understand the 
complexity of the Islamic law and culture. It's not all about people 
chopping off heads. It's more about seeking out an elevated, abstract 
concept of what God imagines for our world. " 


Samantha Levin 

Putting Her Anger to Work 

Talk about a tickcd-oft kid. 

Samantha Levin was raised in highly Republican and heavily Catholic 
South Bend, Indiana, where her father was in the scrap metal business. 

And everywhere she looked, she saw things that made her feel 
scrappy as well. 

"I was one of those angry people. I was angry about war, about racial 
injustice, about women's issues. I knew the fact that I thought abortion 
was OK drove the people around me crazy, and I had no idea there were 
places like Boston where people were not socially conservative. I'd never 
been to the East Coast. I believed everyone else thought the same way 
as those 1 knew in South Bend, and I thought maybe I might just be 
really weird." 

Happily for Levin, an acquaintance from her Jewish youth group had 
enrolled at Brandeis, so she obtained a view book and read about the 
university s strong social-justice agenda. 

"It was a fiuke that I even heard of the school, but I started talking 
to people at Brandeis, and they said, 'Oh, we have the Feminist 
Majority Group, we have the Radical Student Alliance, and we have six 
hundred Israel-Palestine-Middle East rights organizations for you to 
pick from.' That was appealing, " she laughs. 

Although Levin had performed community service in high school, it 
took noncontroversial forms like collecting canned goods for food 
pantries. In her freshman year at Brandeis, her inner crusader was 
unleashed when, as she tells it, "a campus publication printed the 
'N' word and didn't feel a need to apologize for it. There was an escala- 
tion of people not getting it, and pretty soon I was what you would call 
a highly involved student. " 

In Waltham, Levin has advocated for AIDS prevention measures, 
spearheading a gathering that attracted three hundred people in eight 
hours for free HIV screening and prompted eight hundred more to 

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petition — successfully — tor the procedure to be made routinely avail- 
able through the student health service. She has also been active in 
cross-cultural life on campus, serving, for example, as the residential 
adviser in a thematic learning community comprising international stu- 
dents and others committed to the idea of global citizenship. She was a 
driving force behind a 2006 May Day Coalition that involved showing 
solidarity with some Brandeis food service and facilities workers who 
participated in a daylong national strike relating to immigration issues. 

Levins sense of justice also inspired her to become one of just a 
handful of African and Afro-American studies majors and to minor in 
Latin American and Latino studies. Then, through the School for 
International Training, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, she decided 
to spend a semester in Morocco. 

"I picked Morocco because I had studied French, Spanish, and 
Arabic, and those languages are used there. I wanted to go someplace 
where people wouldn't automatically speak English to me when they 
saw I was a blonde; I also wanted to go somewhere people told me I 
should not go because it was dangerous," she deadpans. 

Headquartered in ancient Medina, part of the Moroccan capital 
Rabat, Levin dwelt with a host mother who would speak to her only 
in French; a sister who would speak only in Spanish; and another sis- 
ter who, eager to polish her own command of a foreign language, con- 
versed only in English. Her host father and brother addressed her 
exclusively in Arabic. 

She would walk each day to the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, 
housed in a transformed riad — one of a cluster of homes around a cen- 
tral courtj'ard. The center provided intensive language training as well 
as immersion into Moroccan and Arabic politics, culture, women's 
issues, and religion. 

During rhe program's final month, Levin set off to do an independent 
research project on AIDS education in Morocco, talking with people 
from NGOs and with Peace Corps volunteers working in rural areas. She 
even managed to score a telephone interview with the country's minister 
of health. 

Unlike many African lands, but in kinship with most Muslim coun- 
tries, Morocco has a low incidence of acquired immune deficiency syn- 
drome, Levin says, explaining, "They are extremely serious about 
addressing AIDS before it becomes an issue. Their stress is on education 
and prevention. It's really hard because it requires talking about sex, and 

"I was angry about war, about racial 
injustice, about women's issues. I knew tbe 
fact that I thought abortion was OK drove 
the people around me crazy." 

people in Muslim communities don't want to talk about sex, especially 
in a mixed-gender setting. Still, the message is everywhere — you even 
see billboards on the street." 

Levin, who hopes to pursue a career in international sustainable devel- 
opment, will leave for an unknown destination in September, when she 
begins a rwenty-seven-month stint with the U.S. Peace Corps. 

"All I know as of now is that I will be somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa 
doing public health work, including AIDS-focused intervention and edu- 
cation," says Levin, who calls the anticipation "scary and exciting." 

"I don't know what to do if I'm not helping people," she adds. "I feel 
like everyrhing else is a wasre of my time." 

Pesha Black 

A Circular Journey oi Discoverij 

Pesha Black's mother, a first-generation college graduate, supported her 
family alone as an early-childhood educator. So, not surprisingly, 
working with children was on Black's short list of things she didn't want to 
do. But after a journey that took her from Northampton, Massachusetts, 
to Brandeis, back and forth across the equator, into mixed-ethnic Waltham 

neighborhoods and even into Pentecostal communities in the Southern 
Hemisphere, the May graduate envisions herself becoming an elementary 
school teacher. Because now, she says, she understands the connections. 

Originally a fine arrs major. Black found her life changed by a few 
serendipitous course selections and her random assignment to a freshman 


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adviser who chaired Latin American studies. Unconsciously, she lined up 
an array of courses that would count toward a major in that department, 
including Latin American history, an anthropology class that introduced 
development theory, and Spanish. In her freshman February, she joined a 
dozen or so other Brandeisians for a ten-day American Jewish World Ser- 
vice trip to Nicaragua and realized shed found a new calling — not to 
mention a new feeling of being at home away from home. 

"We were working at a women's cooperative that included a clinic 
and shelter. We mixed cement, fixed chairs, and rebuilt homes that had 
been damaged in a hurricane. We spent time with kids, and we con- 
structed a basketball court. It was the first time I'd ever tested my 

"It's about liberation here and now, liberation 
on this earth. Sometimes it's referred to as a 
Christian-Marxist revolution because the faith 
and the social movement are really linked." 

Spanish in a real-world situation, and it was good. I also was fascinated 
by the history of the area and the cooperative," Black says. 

After declaring a Latin American history major, she decided to return 
to Nicaragua for her junior year. The lone overseas-study program in 
her chosen country, though, was a single-semester experience offered by 
the School for International Training. She enrolled in it, and then 
arranged to spend her second term studying in Chile in order to have a 
full year's language immersion experience. 

In Nicaragua, Black was quartered at Universidad Centroamericana. 
She studied the history, social movements, politics, and economics of 
the decade that began in 1979 with the overthrow of the forty-year 
Somoza dictatorship by the Sandinistas. Living with a local family in 
the capital city of Managua, she found her understanding of both the 
language and the subject matter blossom. 

"You could study those things right here in Waltham," she says, "but 
when you study abroad, everything feels absolutely connected — there is 
no longer a barrier between inside and outside the school; the learning 
is absolutely seamless, and what you are doing in the classroom sup- 
ports what you experience outside. " 

The program also included a weeklong foray into rural Nicaragua, as 
well as independent fieldwork experience. Black's research on the growth 
oi Pentecostalism, an evangelical Protestant sect, in what was once a 
solidly Catholic country provided the fodder for her senior thesis. 

Jewish by heritage, Black surprised even herself with her choice 
of subject. "1 thought I was going to study something like women and 
labor unions," she says, "but when I got to Nicaragua, I became 
intrigued to learn that the kids I made friends with — people my age — 
were all Pentecostalists." 

Although evangelical Christianity had been present in Nicaragua 
since the early twentieth century. Black says the rapid growth of Pente- 
costalism began around 1979 with the rise of what is called liberation 
theology, which Black defines as involving "Christ, with a preferential 
option for the poor." 

"It's about liberation here and now, liberation on this earth. Some- 
times it's referred to as a Christian-Marxist revolution the faith 
and the social movement are really linked," she says. 

People are often drawn to Pentecostalism, Black found, in moments 
of ill health or economic crisis, finding solace in the neighborhood- 
based congregations and more intimate groups known as "circles of 
friendship." She sees practitioners as "joyful, intense people who really 
share of themselves and who proclaim an absolutely personal relation- 
ship with Jesus." 

Working in four churches. Black focused much of her attention on 
youth activities and on how people mesh their religion with their his- 
torical and social context. Though she went there to experience some- 
thing totally different from her previous experience, she says, it 
reminded her of her experiences growing up Jewish. "As we explored the 
basic underpinnings of our understanding about how to be in the 
world, 1 realized we were not that different," she reports. 

In Chile during the second term of her junior year, Black continued 
to study Latin American politics and to polish her Spanish while also 
getting a grounding in Quechua, the indigenous language of the area. 

Since returning, she has immersed herself in the multicultural 
Waltham communitv, working with an affordable housing alliance. 

"You don't have to go very far," she notes, "to build upon what you 
learn in those anthropology classes." 

In January, Black returned to continue her research in Nicaragua 
with the help of a Jane's Grant, a travel stipend awarded by the Latin 

American studies department. She also won the department's Jane's 
Essay Prize this spring for her research in Nicaragua. This summer, 
she planned to live in Argentina teaching English and spending time 
with her boyfriend, a Chilean musician. Eventually, she hopes to earn 
an advanced degree in education. 

"Right now," she says, "I have this odd feeling that I am between 
places. Living abroad doesn't mean I don't fit back in the United States 
anymore. It means I have to discover the new way I fit in." 

Theresa Pease is editor o/'Brandeis University Magazine. 

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God in the ICU 

Health-care workers are all about science. Or are they? 

A critically ill hospital patient strug- 
gles to breathe. The respiratory 
therapist expertly changes settings 
on life-support equipment. To the observer, 
the health worker is all business efficiency. 
But go beneath the surface and you will 
hear her silently praying. 

It is this seldom-observed, emotionally 
charged realm that Wendy Cadge, assistant 
professor of sociology, explores in her cur- 
rent research. 

Cadge focuses on spirituality in hospitals, 
interviewing technicians, nurses, physicians, 
chaplains, and other personnel. What part 
do their religious beliefs and practices play 
in their daily work experiences? she asks. 
One survey showed that 80 percent of 
nurses say there is something spiritual about 
the care they provide. This part of their job 
is not readily seen, and that's what intrigues 
Cadge. She looks at the visible and the invis- 
ible, working on a new book to be called 
Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine. 

To capture an understanding of exactly 
what hospital chaplains do on a daily basis, 
Cadge interviewed more than seventy. She 
shadowed them, going to meetings and 
sometimes even joining them as they 
accompanied families to the morgue. 

"I was interested in how hospitals, as sec- 
ular organizations, respond to religion and 
spirituality, " she says. 

Cadge also delved into intensive-care 
facilities, striving to learn more about the 
thoughts and motivations of those who 
work with the most critically ill. A survey of 
a neonatal intensive-care unit, she notes. 

By Marjorie Lyon 

revealed that more than 80 percent of the 
staff privately prayed for the babies. 

"You can't see that — you would never 
know," says Cadge. One nurse confided 
that when she has a very ill baby she calls 
her Catholic grandmother, who lights a 
candle on her kitchen table. Another told o( 
working with a Muslim family who put a 
copy of the Koran in a baby's crib. It was 
placed in a plastic bag labeled with the 

baby's name, just like a piece of medical 
equipment. And there are statues and icons 
watching over the neonates' tiny enclosures. 

After growing up in suburban Philadel- 
phia, Cadge attended Swarthmore College, 
where she made a spontaneous decision that 
proved pivotal. 

'I wanted to take a philosophy course to 
learn to think big ideas," she explains, "but 
those classes were full. Since the disciplines 

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field work 

were arranged alphabetically, registration 
for religion classes was at the next table and 
I thought 'religion, philosophy — probably 
pretty similar.'" She stuck with it, receiving 
a PhD in sociology with a focus on religion 
from Princeton University in 2002. 

What grabbed her.'' 

"In studying religion, I found a way of 
connecting what I read in books with what 
I see in everyday life. It gives me a window 
into what makes people tick," she says. 

Cadge's groundbreaking research blends 
participant observation, interviews, and 
quantitative analysis. "Nothing I write," she 
says, "will be any better than the relation- 
ships I've developed with the people I'm 
writing about." 

In researching her book Heartwood: The 
First Generation of Theravada Buddhistn 
in America (University of Chicago Press, 
2005), Cadge spent more than a year in two 
communities of Theravada Buddhists. "I 
was interested in how these organizations 

were founded and how the individuals 
involved understood themselves, their com- 
munities, and their lives," she explains. 

Cadge has also published research on 
Buddhist and Catholic nuns, religious iden- 
tity, homosexuality in mainline Protestant 
churches, and gay marriage, and she is 
collaborating on work exploring how 

stand the role ot religion in different kinds 
peoples lives." 

Fundamentally, Cadge says, she wants to 
know how the world looks through differ- 
ent people's eyes. She suggests that most 
investigators studying health and medicine 
are concerned with the bottom line — more 
efficient, less expensive services. But she 

"In studying religion, I found a way of connecting what 
I read in books with what I see in everyday life. It 
gives me a window into what makes people tick." 

religion influences the experiences of 
immigrants in small cities. 

"It seems," Cadge says, "that religion 
intersects with almost everything. So all my 
projects are about religion and something 
else — religion and immigration, religion 
and sexuality, religion and medicine. The 
common thread is an attempt to under- 

proposes that we need to think about a 
third factor — our humanity. Her research 
will likely not impact costs, but her hope is 
that it can lead all of us to be more humane 
and more present and to see each other as 
fuller human beings. 

Marjorie Lyon is a staff writer 


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rhe Art of Science 

Miller finds just the right chemistry in Protein Series. 

By Deborah Halber 

Proteins might be considered beautiful for their usefulness. 
Present within every living cell, proteins regulate body 
chemistry and transport oxygen. They hold together, pro- 
tect, and provide structure to our bodies. 

Magnified ten million times, proteins' inner beauty became 
apparent to New York City abstract artist Steve Miller. One of a 
growing number of artists who embrace and explore the visual and 
aesthetic possibilities of images derived through scientific research. 
Miller is currently engaged in interpreting proteins' quirky 
shapes — corkscrews, ribbons, zigzags, and bubbles — that become 
visible only with the help of sophisticated machines. 

The Rose Art Museum will exhibit a selection from the forty-two 
works on paper and sixteen paintings in Miller's Protein Series from 
September 19 to December 16. Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois 
Foster Director of the Rose, is the curator of the show. 

"At the Rose, we are interested in exploring the full range of the 
artistic imagination, which, at least since Da Vinci, has included 
the confluence of science and art," Rush says. "We also are inter- 
ested in having as much of the university as possible involved in 
the museum and its programs. Reaching out to the sciences sends 
a signal that we really want full inclusion of all disciplines in the 
life of the museum." 

"All my work for the last thirty years has been using technology 
as a type of lens to look at the world," Miller says. "This new 
visual vocabulary, produced by scientific imaging breakthroughs, 
seemed like a new international language that everyone might not 
understand the same way they understand the pop culture language 
of Britney Spears." 

Miller, who describes himself as a complete failure at science, 
finds what he calls "scientific toys" fascinating. He was one of sev- 
eral artists invited several years ago to Brookhaven National Labo- 
ratory on Long Island, New York, where he encountered 1978 
Brandeis graduate Roderick MacKinnon and his protein research. 

MacKinnon, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor at 
Rockefeller University in New York, was working with a large 
scientific apparatus called the National Synchrotron Light 
Source (NSLS). The NSLS is housed at Brookhaven, where 

scientists from all over the world come to use it. The NSLS 
exploits shorter wavelength, higher frequency light at the far end 
of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. When 
used in certain ways and viewed by appropriate detectors, this 
light can reveal structures and features of individual atoms, 
molecules, crystals, cells, and more. This technique, called x-ray 
crystallography, involves a synchrotron sending a focused beam 

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of gold protons zipping through frozen 
forms of human proteins at mind-bending 
speeds to study the proteins' structure. 
MacKinnon, a Howard Hughes Medical 
Institute investigator, used x-ray crystal- 
lography to creare an exquisitely detailed 
portrait of a type of protein crucial for the 
generation of nerve impulses. 

For his teams simple and elegant model 
of the proteins voltage-gated ion channel, a 
kind of molecular gatekeeper rhat deter- 
mines when ions are allowed to pass across 
a cell membrane, MacKinnon shared the 
2003 Nobel prize in chemistry. 

It struck Miller that while images such 
as those produced by the synchrotron are 
part of the visual lexicon of a handful of 
scientists, they are not familiar to nonsci- 
entists. Miller wanted to make those 
images accessible to people whose last 
brush with science was dissecting a frog in 
high school. 

To make the visual language more under- 
standable. Miller interspersed the proteins' 
structural elements with diagrams of dance 
steps Andy Warhol used in his early work, 
references to Picasso sculptures, and repro- 
ductions of MacKinnon's own scribbled lab 
notes. He wanted people to understand, he 
says, that the images of x-ray crystallogra- 
phy help scientists interpret the physical 
world the way a Betty Crocker recipe helps 
a cook prepare a dish. 

Adding these familiar components cre- 
ates an "entryway into this world that 
would otherwise be obscure, " Miller says. 
"It started to make sense to bring the beau- 
tiful visual systems and notations in Rod's 
world into a world people can relate to." 

MacKinnon, who was happy to collabo- 
rate on the project, now owns a couple of 
originals, one of them a gift from the artist. 

Protein Series is not Miller's first foray 
with technological imaging devices. In the 
early 1990s, Miller was using medical 

Miller hopes Protein Series will bring MacKinnon 
some well-deserved exposure outside the laboratory. 
"Rod's a genius," he says. 

Miller hopes Protein Series will bring 
MacKinnon some well-deserved exposure 
outside the laboratory. "Rod's a genius, and 
everyone knows Picasso and Warhol, but 
Nobel prizewinners are not as well known," 
Miller says. 

x-rays, sonograms, and electrocardiograms 
in his portraiture. He convinced art collec- 
tor Isabel Goldsmith to let him do a por- 
trait ol her DNA instead of her face. 

After receiving a sample of her blood, a 
geneticist used an electron microscope to 

photograph and identify Goldsmiths chro- 
mosomes. Miller then created a colorlul, 
four-panel portrait of her DNA strands. 
The image has since appeared on the Web 
sites of biological research organizations as 
well as in art magazines. 

"Miller's work is important at this particu- 
lar moment of techno-exhilaration," Rush 
wrote in Art in America in 2000. "He uses 
the machines of medical technology to warn 
us of the vanity in thinking that our newfan- 
gled gadgets and super-speedy processors 
mighr somehow spare us the inevitable." 

Deborah Halber '80 is a freelance science 
writer in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

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coinnuinitv outreach 

That's the Spirit 

student-athletes give back to the community. 

By Adam Levin 

While the 2006-07 athletic season was a notable success 
on the fields of competition, some of the most gratify- 
ing performances came behind the scenes as the 
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) flourished under 
new leadership. 

In compliance with an NCAA mandate that every college and 
university have an organization providing student-athletes with a 
collective voice on campus, Brandeis got the ball rolling, so to 
speak, in October 200 1 . For the past five years, the organization has 
afforded a way for this considerable portion of Brandeis undergrad- 
uates to work together to effect change. 

Since its inception, the SAAC has forged a closer relationship 
among the facult)', the department ot athletics, and student- 

Soccer's Jordan Skolmck '07 dispenses some baseball advice during Kids 
In Sports Day in May. 

athletes, helping to meet the needs and expectations of sports par- 
ticipants both in the classroom and on the fields. The organization 
also established the popular Kids In Sports Day, strengthening rela- 
tions between the Waltham community and the department. 

This year, under the guidance of copresidents Jordan Skolnick 
07, from the men's soccer team, and Cassidy Dadaos 09, from the 
women's basketball team, the SAAC worked diligently to increase 
its visibility both on and off campus. With the benefit of a four- 
year, $8,000 grant from the NCAA via the University Athletic 
Association, the group was able to fund more programming and be 
more aggressive in getting the word out about the community- 
building activities taking place in the Gosman Athletic Center. The 
grant was allocated to highlight four priorities the NCAA wants to 
focus on: sportsmanship, diversit}' and gender equit)', community 
setvice and training, and medicine and nutrition. 

"The grant really helped shape our ideas," Dadaos says, while 
Skolnick adds, "It made us think creatively, out of the box." 

Among the uses the committee came up with for its first-year 
funds were a Brandeis Beach Night at the Judges' basketball 
doubleheader with Carnegie Mellon, subtided "Surfing For Sports- 
manship," and a barbecue during a baseball/softball afternoon that 
hosted women and children from Sandra's Lodge, a local shelter 
where Jaime Carpra, a teammate of Dadaos, worked. 

"It was wonderful having the kids there, seeing them have fun," 
Dadaos comments, while Skolnick notes, "We were able to show 
these kids a college atmosphere and talk to them about how impor- 
tant school is," adding that the SAAC hopes both these new initia- 
tives will continue into the future. 

The Kids In Sports Day hosted some fifty grade schoolers from 
Waltham in the spring, while the winter session attracted well over 
one hundred youngsters. Children participated in soccer, track and 
field, tennis, and baseball as fifteen or so student-athletes showed 
them the ropes. "We get so much positive feedback from parents, 
telling us how great it is for their kids to have time with college 
students," Skolnick says. 

AcLdh Levin '94 is director of sports informntioii. 

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"Deeply rooted in biblical, rabbinic, and literary scholarship, Lerner's accessible 
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An essay collection of engagingly written, richly illustrated, and well-documented 
narratives on the history and culture of Texas Jews 

Written by historians, journalists, and rabbis who have experienced Texas first- 
hand, this collection of essays challenges stereotypes and explores the resiliency, 
diversity, and adaptability of Jews in the Lone Star State — a place with its own 
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The Songs That Fought the War: Popular Music 
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By John Bush Jones 

A lively social history of popular wartime songs and how they helped America's 
home-front morale 

War-related and war-inspired songs were a central part of home-front popular 
culture during World War II, but surprisingly they have never been systematically 
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Dismantling Discontent: 
Buddha's Way Tlirougii 
Darwin's World 

By Charles Fisher 

440 pages, $26.95, Elite Books 

In his latest book, Fisher, associate 
professor emeritus of sociology, weds 
the Buddha's explorations into the 

character of discon- 
tent to Darwin's 
understanding of 
the operations of 
nature. Beginning 
with disease, old 
age, and death in 
the wild. Disman- 
tling Discontent fol- 
lows discontent 
from its animal ori- 
gins to its expression 
in hunter-gatherer, 
agricultural, and, finally, modern 
societies. By looking at the bodies 
and minds nature has bestowed upon 
us and how we have altered the cir- 
cumstances of our lives, Fisher argues, 
we can come to understand much 
more about our suffering and some 
means we have to alleviate it. 

The Medicalization 
of Society: On the 
Transformation of 
Human Conditions into 
Treatable Disorders 

By Peter Conrad 

224 pages, S40, 

Johns Hopkins University Press 

Over the past half-century, the social 
terrain of health and illness has been 
transformed. What were once con- 
sidered normal human events and 
common human problems — birth, 
aging, menopause, alcoholism, and 
obesity — are now viewed as medical 
conditions. For better or worse, 
medicine increasingly permeates 
aspects ot daily life. Building on 

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Peter Conrad 

more than three 
decades of research, 
Conrad, the Harry 
Coplan Professor 
of Social Sciences, 
explores the 
changing forces 
behind this trend 
with case studies of 
short stature, social 
anxiety, "male 
menopause," erec- 
tile dysfunction, adult ADHD, and 
sexual orientation. 


By John Burt 

96 pages, $17, 

WordTech Communications 

Victory is a suite of narrative poems 
exploring the nuances of conflict, of 
wins and losses, 
and of survival. 
Transcending the 
merely lyric, the 
poems of Burt, 
professor of English 
and American liter- 
ature, have the 
narrative depth 
and richness of a 
novella. In an age 
of lyrics and auto- 
biography. Victory 
is unusual in the way it hews to the 
older traditions of narrative and 


Alternative Dispute 
Resolution: Law Procedure, 
and Commentary for the 
Pennsylvania Practitioner 
By Robert A. Creo '74 
1,600 pages, $249, 
George T. Bisel Co. 

For more than twenty-five years, 
Creo has gained practical experience 

in the dispute resolution field as an 
attorney, author, arbitrator, mediator, 
special master, and educator. In this 
comprehensive two-volume treatise, 
he covers alternative 
processes in both 
Pennsylvania and 
federal courts, 
making the case for 
their use as well as 
supplying a step-by- 
step guide for prac- 
titioners. More than 
1 ,200 pages of text 
provide both a history and overview 
of negotiation practice and advanced 
analysis focused on practical infor- 
mation on matters like how to break 
an impasse. 

Brazen Careerist: The New 
Rules for Success 

By Penelope Trunk 

224 pages, $22.99, Business Plus 

It's OK to move back in with your 
parents after college. And it's OK to 
work at a string of menial jobs or even 
take off to Asia for a few months. 
Why? Because eventually these 
apparent detours will lead not only to 
a great career but to a great life as well. 
That's the reassuring advice offered by 
career columnist 
Trunk, AKA 
Greenheart "90, 
in her latest book. 
Brazen Careerist. A 
bold new guide to 
the workplace for 
members of Genera- 
tions X and Y, the 
book includes forty- 
five short and easy- 
to-read chapters. 
Titles include "When Writing Your 
Resume, Don't Be Too Honest, " 
"Assume the Job Description Was 
Wrong," and "A Long List of Ways to 
Dodge Long Hours. " 




The Cigarette Century: 
The Rise, Fall, and Deadly 
Persistence of the Product 
that Defined America 

By Allan M. Brandt 74 
672 pages, $36, Basic Books 

Most of us deplore the cigarette 
industry even as we wax nostalgic 
about Joe Camel, LSMFT, and the 
dancing Old Gold 
packs on early 
television. In this 
fascinating book, 
Brandt, professor of 
the history of medi- 
cine at Harvard 
Medical School, 
talks about how 
insidiously the ciga- 
rette industry man- 
aged to entwine 
itself within our 
culture even as it killed 100 million 
people in the twentieth century 
alone. More than twenty-five years' 
research went into this expose, which 
drew upon millions of pages of previ- 
ously secret corporate documents. 
Covered are Big Tobacco's strategies 
for luring the youngest potential 
smokers; cases in which the industry 
has been found guilty of fraud and 
racketeering; ettorts by manu- 
facturers to exploit the populations 
of developing countries; and why no 
new laws restricting tobacco have 
been enacted since 1984. 

Claude Lanzmann's Shoah: 
Key Essays 

Edited by Stuart Liebman '70 
252 pages, $24.95, 
Oxford University Press 

In 1974, the French editor and 
director Claude Lanzmann set out to 
capture on film the story of the 
Nazis' mass murder of European 
Jews. Over the next eleven years he 
would record more than 350 hours 
of heart-wrenching testimony, dis- 

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tilling his collection 
into a nine-plus- 
hour documentary 
titled Shoah. In this 
volume, Liebman, 
a professor of film 
studies at Queens 
College, shares 
writings on the 
film, with contribu- 
tions by essayists 
ranging from feminist writer Simone 
de Beauvoir to Holocaust survivor 
Elie Wiesel and from historian 
Timothy Garston Ash to psychoana- 
lyst and former Auschwitz prisoner 
Anne-Lise Stern. 

Coercive Control: 

How Men Entrap Women 

in Personal Life 

By Evan Stark '65 
452 pages, $28, 
Oxford University Press 

An award-winning expert on inter- 
personal violence, professor and 
social worker Stark gained renown by 
founding one of the 
first shelters for 
abused women in 
the United States 
and appearing as an 
expert witness in 
high-profile cases 
involving spousal 
and partner abuse. 
In this new work, 
he goes beyond 
physical assault to 
conceptualize a 
more subtle form of maltreatment 
that he names "coercive control. " 
After presenting dozens of real-life 
anecdotes defining the problem. 
Stark proposes developing a new 
body ot criminal laws to hold 
accoimtable men who subjugate 
women through such practices as 
social isolation, threats, humiliation, 
shaming, and surveillance. 

Dude, You're a Fag: 
Masculinity and Sexuality 
in High School 
By C. J. Pascoe '96 
174 pages, $19.95, 
University of California Press 

To get a closer view of adolescent 
masculinity, Pascoe, an assistant pro- 
fessor of sociology at the University 
ot Puget Sound, 
went back to high 
school for over a 
year. At the racially 
diverse working- 
class River High, 
she sat in on classes, 
hung around the 
weight room, 
attended dances, 
frequented area 
snack bars, and sat 
in the stands for 
athletic competitions. As the stu- 
dents let her into their rituals and 
shared their jokes and secrets, she 
gained a deeper understanding of 
how kids use humor, intimidation, 
and rites of passage to navigate the 
uncomfortable waters of developing 
gender-role identity. 

The Eight Pillars of Greek 
Wisdom: What You Can 
Learn from Classical Myth 
and History 

By Stephen Bertman, MA'60 
249 pages, $6.98, Barnes & Noble 

Originally published in paperback 
under the title Climbitig Olympus, this 
quick-reading hard- 
cover book provides 
a time-tested guide 
to successfiil living 
through the basic 
iramework support- 
ed by the ancient 
Greeks' eight "pil- 
lars," including 
rationalism, self- 
knowledge, restless 

curiosity, and the pursuit ot excel- 
lence. To add to the book's charm, 
classicist Bertman illustrates each 
principle with several tales from 
mythology — so, if you don't want to 
take his word on the benefit ot mod- 
eration, just look at what happened 
to Hippolytus! 

Ending the Gauntlet: 
Removing Barriers to 
Women's Success in the Law 

By Lauren Stiller Rikleen '75 
408 pages, $25, 
Thomson West Legalworks 

About halt the young people 
entering law school today are 
women, but remarkably few of them 
are making it to the 
top levels ot the 
profession, and 
many more women 
than men abandon 
careers in the law. 
Beyond merely 
pointing out the 
glass ceiling, 
Rikleen talks about 
how law firms are 
missing the boat by 
failing to maximize 
women's talents and personal 
strengths and adapt to their lifestyle 
needs. Rikleen, a senior partner at 
Bowditch & Dewey in Boston, has 
been recognized in Chambers USA 
Americas Leading Business Lawyers 
and The Best Lawyers in America, 
while Women's Business Boston named 
her to its Top Ten Lawyers list. 

Removing Barriers 
to Women's Success 
in the Law 

Lauren Stiller Rikleen 

The Flagrant Dead: Poems 
By Stephen Bluestone '61 
82 pages, S28, 
Macon University Press 

In this new work, Bluestone, who 
teaches English and film at Macon 
University, shares some four dozen 
poems that examine the spiritual 

between past and 
present. In the 
publisher's words, 
"The lived 
moment endures. 
The agony of 
Jesus in the gar- 
den, the fantastic 
stage perform- 
ance of Harry 
Houdini, the 
surreal comedy of Harpo Marx, and 
the loving artistry of the last of the 
traditional village rug makers all 
continue to happen. As late- 
summer shadows fall, Jackie 
Robinson still dances off first base, 
changing us forever." 

Getting Back to Life When 
Grief Won't Heal 

By Phyllis Kosminsky '75, PhD'83 
227 pages, $15.95, McGraw-Hill 

Both in her private practice as a 
clinical social worker and as a staff 
member at the Center for Hope in 
specializes in 
helping people 
work through 
personal loss. 
While evetyone 
responds differ- 
ently to the death 
of a loved one, 
most people even- 
tually do recover, 
set aside their 
overwhelming grief, and begin form- 
ing new arrachments. In this book, 
Kosminsky otters dozens of anec- 
dotes and case studies to help move 
those who are "stuck" in the bereave- 
ment process. By challenging readers 
to address the often complicated rea- 
sons for their slow recovery, Kosmin- 
sky attempts to help them resolve 
unsettled issues and begin embracing 
lite again. 




The History of My Shoes 
and the Evolution of 
Darwin's Theory 

By Kenny Fries '81 

224 pages, $14.95, Carroll & Graf 

An unusual historian. Fries wears the 
stoty of his life on his feet in specially 
constructed orthopedic shoes. And 
because many have 
simplified evolu- 
tionary theory into 
the slogan "survival 
of the fittest," Fries 
measures his own 
conflicted identity 
against the terms of 
that theoty — and 
against the psycho- 
logical complexities 
of its discoverers. 
For in Charles 
Darwin and Alfred Wallace, Fries 
recognizes a pair of intellectual 
adventurers whose research illumi- 
nates his own quest to adapt to an 
ever-shifting environment. Indeed, 
Fries never appreciates his unnaturally 
shaped shoes more than when they 
enable his otherwise-crippled feet to 
transport him up the trails of the 
Galapagos Islands. 

How to Become a 
Trillionaire . . . and Lose 
Twenty Pounds! 

By Dr. Murray Trillionaire 
187 pages, $13.95, 
Murray Trillionaire Press 

With tongue planted firmly in cheek. 
Dr. Murray Trillionaire, AKA Robert 
Mogel '88, offers up hundreds of 
sure-fire business srrategies for 
making money and losing weight — 
guaranteed to work "if you persevere 
over the next 120 years wirhout stop- 
ping (even to go to the bathroom)." 
His money-making ideas include 
starting an online dating service for 
the truly ugly ("I'd start by posting an 
ad on all the Star Trek fan club sites") 




lose 20 Ibsl 


and inventing a 
thest toupee for 
men (versions 
would range from 
teen to the Sean 
Connery"). Among 
his weight-loss 
suggestions: "Buy a 
cookbook on 
English food. Turn 
to any page. Make 

that meal for dinner Consider 

skipping dinner " 

/ Want Much More than a 

By Charles Berliner 

52 pages, $19.99, Xlibris 

In this children's picture book, 
award-winning Hollywood, Broad- 
way, and TV scenery and costume 
designer Berliner redirects his sense 
of style, color, and pizzazz to create 
a fanciful new bestiary. In sprightly 
rhyme and playful illustration, he 
combines a monkey and an octopus 
to yield "an eight-legged beastie in a 
tree by the sea." He also melds a 

bear and a snail to 
create "a honey- 
lover with a shell in 
which to hiber- 
nate." In his final 
pages, he posits 
what sounds like it 
might be the most 
unlikely blend of 
all, only to reveal — surprise! — that 
the amalgam he supposes is 
absolutely real. 


Living in the Shadow of the 
Freud Family 

By Sophie Freud, PhD70 
472 pages, $34.95, 
Praeger Publishers 

In a memoir written at age seventy- 
nine, Esti Freud, daughter-in-law of 

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Sigmund Freud, looked back on her 
life that began before the twentieth 
century, was lived on three conti- 
nents, and stretched through two 
world wars and the Holocaust. 

Twenty years after 
her mother's death, 
daughter Sophie 
turned to Esti's 
memoir as a scat- 
fold for this book, 
expanding it 
through family 
letters and archival 
material. Out of 
these documents 
the author has 
created a fasci- 
nating, many-voiced mosaic — the 
story of a famous family and of a 
century seen through the eyes of 
many characters. 

Loyalty. New and 
Selected Poems 

By Henry Braun '55, MA'57 

123 pages, $16, Off the Grid Press 

Braun spent much of his career as a 
teacher ot literature and creative 
writing at Temple University in 
Philadelphia, where he also served 
as coordinator and host of the 
Poetry Center of the YM/YWHA. 
His first book of 
poems. The Vergil 
Woods, was pub- 
lished by Atheneum 
in 1968. Now a 
resident ot rural 
Maine, he brings 
together in this 
book some eighty 
poems written 
across the years. 
Some of them have 
previously appeared 
in publications that include 
American Poetry Review, The Body 
Electric, The Maine Poets, the 
Massachusetts Review, the Lewiston 
Sun, and the Blue Sofa Review. 


Mendel's Accordian 

By Heidi Smith Hyde '84 
30 pages, $7.95, 
Kar-Ben Publishing 

With charmingly Old World-style 
illustrations by Johanna Ven Der 
Sterre and in the simple vernacular of 
a peasant tale, the 
author introduces 
children ages five to 
nine to the early 
klezmer musicians. 
These Jewish folk 
performers wan- 
dered from village to 
village in Eastern 
Europe starting in 
the sixteenth century- 
playing at weddings 
and other fonctions, and in many 
cases they carried their quaint instru- 
ments with them as they shipped out 
across the Atlantic to settle in the 
New World. Hyde's enchanting 
account demonstrates the ability 
ot the timeless genre not merely 
to capture the joys and sorrows ot 
a people, but also to create a 
comforting link across cultures and 
even across generations. 

Muses, Madmen, and 
Prophets: Rethinking the 
History. Science, and 
Meaning of Auditory 
By Daniel B. Smith '99 
254 pages, $24.95, 
The Penguin Press 


MADMEN, and 



Do vou hear voices? 
Not to worry. So 
did loan ot Arc and 
Socrates, not to 
mention Moses, 
Muhammad, Teresa 
of Avila, William 
Blake, and the 
father ot journalist 
and author Smith. 
Eager to under- 

stand more about his dad's often 
unsettling experience. Smith set out 
to survey voice-hearing reports from 
a variet}' of viewpoints, from psychi- 
atric to religious with bits of neuro- 
science and criminology thrown in. 
In spite of using the term "auditory 
hallucination" to describe this 
unusual sensory experience, Smith 
ultimately declines to weigh in on 
whether our inner voices are patho- 
logical or simply beyond the grasp 
of our understanding. 

Nation of Secrets: The 
Ttireat to Democracy and the 
American Way of Life 

By Ted Gup '72 

336 pages, $24.95, Doubleday 

In this probing expose, former 
Washington Post and Time magazine 
investigative reporter Gup surveys the 
post-9/1 1 mania tor secrecy, focusing 
on the ubiquitous 
^^^^^^^^^^^ classification of rou- 
IMSIMsUIj^^I tine information, the 
gutting of the Free- 
BklJiM IM yM^l^M dom of Information 
Act, and the perse- 
cution of whistle- 
blowers. The 
government, he 
notes, is busy reclas- 
sifying information 
that has been in the 
public domain tor 
decades, and a Pentagon report criti- 
cizing excessive secrecy was stamped 
Top Secret. It's all part of a national 
obsession with confidentiality. Gup 
argues, that afflicts corporations, uni- 
versities, and the press itself 

Not a Happy Camper: 
A Memoir 

By Mindy Schneider '82 
256 pages, $24, Grove Press 

Perhaps Camp Kin-a-Hurra's name 
should have sounded warning bells 

for thirteen-year-old Mindy 
Schneider: Imagine a sun-filled, 
water-splashed summer in a camp 
whose name is the 
Yiddish word to 
ward off the evil 
eye. Though the 
camp was nothing 
like what the owner 
had promised — a 
kosher "wooded 
paradise" with 
heated bunks, a 
varied array of 
activities, and a 
photo lab — 
Schneider conveys humorously 
nostalgic memories of her eight 
weeks in backwoods Maine in the 
summer of 1974. Through almost- 
constant rain, Schneider and her 
friends occupy themselves with color 
wars, clique hierarchies, and the 
timeless quest for a boyfriend, all the 
while surviving vintage breakfast 
cereal, undependable bathroom 
facilities, and cultural fallout from 
Nixon's resignation. 

Portrait of the Artist as a 
White Pig: Poems 

By Jane Gentry, MA' 66 

81 pages, $45, 

Louisiana State University Press 

These rich, lyrical poems, written by 
Gentry over ten years, register the 
resonance between 
the poet's inner 
being and the outer 
world's everyday 
events. Moments 
of insight — gained 
while watching a 
roofer at work next 
door, napping with 
the cat, reading on 
the porch, carrying 
the laundry, or 
strolling the aisles 
of Sam's Club — expose the bright 
bones of the swiftness of time's 

passage, reminding us to stay 
attentive. Gentry's poems are 
deeply grounded in the continuity 
of family and home place yet also 
embrace new experiences. 

Puerto Rican Poetry: An 
Anthology from Aboriginal to 
Contemporary Times 

Edited by Roberto Marquez '66 

490 pages, $28.95, 

University of Massachusetts Press 

Hailed as the most wide-reaching 
and comprehensive collection of 
Puerto Rican verses available in 
English, this book includes the 

words of sixty-four 
poets and show- 
cases many previ- 
ously inaccessible 
traditional compo- 
sitions from Puerto 
Rico's anonymous 
bards. Marquez, 
the William R. 
Kenan Jr. Professor 
of Latin American 
and Caribbean 
Studies at Mount 
Holyoke College, gathered works 
that span the years from 1400 to 
2000, tying the volume together 
with scholarly essays and biographi- 
cal sketches of the poets. 

The Rebel Job 

By Loren Fisher, PhD'59 
92 pages, $10, XLibris 

The Biblical character of Job was 
the epitome of patience or God's 
ultimate fall guy, depending on 
how you look at things. We learned 
as children that the creator of the 
universe took it on himself to heap 
calamity after calamity on this 
devout soul to test his faith to the 
breaking point. In this book, Fisher, 
a Biblical scholar and Mediter- 
ranean-area historian, confronts a 


Rebel Job 



^less familiar, more 
resistant Job. By 
teasing out from 
between the lines 
of the Bible story 
(which he calls 
■Job I") an inter- 
twined poem ("Job 
11 "), he reveals a 
more realistic and 
human Job who 
confronts the same 
question that still torments those 
who think deeply about religion: It 
God is good and all-powerful, why 
is life so hard? 

Six Blind Elephants: 
Understanding Ourselves and 
Each Other: Volumes I and II 

By Steve Andreas '6 1 

296 and 294 pages, $16.50 each, 

Real People Press 

In these two volumes, Andreas, a 
psychologist and educator with a 
strong interest in neurolinguistic 
programming, attempts to set forth 
why it is we so often misunderstand 
each other. He argues that all of us, 
all the time, view an experience 
from a very limited scope ("my hus- 
band overcooked the eggs") and 
expand upon, or categorize, the 
experience to mean much more 
than it does ("my husband doesn't 
care how I like my 
eggs; I have to get a 
divorce"). A simple 
grasp of these two 
processes, the 
author argues, pro- 
vides "a way to 
unify, organize, and 
reexamine all the 
useful methods and 
that have been 
developed in the field of psy- 
chotherapy and personal develop- 
ment over the years." 

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Soul Covers: Rhythm and 
Blues Remakes and the 
Struggle for Artistic Identity 
By Michael Awkward '80 
246 pages, $21.95, 
Duke University Press 

In the recording industry, the term 
"cover song" refers to a remake of a 
song previously recorded by another 
artist. In Soul 
Covers, Awkward, a 
professor of Afro- 
American literature 
and culture at the 

# University of 

Michigan, looks at 
how three rhythm 
and blues perform- 
ers — Aretha 
Franklin, Al Green, 
and Phoebe 
Snow — crafted 
their own musical identities partly 
by taking up songs associated with 
artists including Dinah Washington, 
Hank "Williams, Willie Nelson, 
George Gershwin, BiUie Holiday, 
and the Supremes. 

The Spinster Sisters 

By Stacey Ballis '92 

293 pages, $14, Berkley Books 



"sisters ' 


Ballis, an arts edu- 
cator and poet, 
gives us a light- 
hearted "chick lit " 
novel about two 
siblings who build 
a media enterprise 
empowering and 
encouraging other 
single women. 
The fun — or 
fracas — starts when one announces 
her engagement, leaving the other 
in danger of holding the proverbial 
Old Maid card as their joint spin- 
sterhood empire begins to crumble. 

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There Will Be 
Wonderful Surprises 

By Avrom Karl Surath '67, MA'74 
228 pages, $37.50 

In this self-published 
book, Surath, an 
original member of 
the stage magic 
show Le Grand 
Ddi'id and His Own 
Spectacular Magic 
Company, tells the 
life story of director 
and producer 
Cesareo Pelaez — 
AKA Marco the Magi — whom Surath 
first met as a student at Brandeis in 
the 1 960s. The book recounts Pelaez's 
forced exile from his native Cuba, his 
friendship with professor Abraham 
Maslow at Brandeis, and his affiliation 
with the Le Grand David ensemble. 
Surath demonstrates how this genial 
magician has incorporated Maslow's 
principles in the colorful and often 
surprising life of the magic company 
over its more than thirty-year history. 

Toward the Winter Solstice: 
New Poems 

By Timothy Steele, MA'72, PhD'77 
72 pages, $14.95, Swallow Press 

Steele's first collection of new poems 
in twelve years, Toward the Winter 
Solstice features his characteristic 
grace, wit, and power, while 
extending his range. In addition to 
the relatively short lyrical, descrip- 
tive, and contem- 
plative poems that 
have won him 
recognition in the 
past, this collection 
offers several mid- 
dle-length pieces 
that read almost 
like compressed 
novels. Addressing a 
variety of topics 
and themes. 

Toward the Winter Solstice explores 
the relationship between the world 
of nature and the world of ideas. 

Transborder Lives: 
Indigenous Oaxacans 
in Mexico, California, 
and Oregon 
By Lynn Stephen, PhD'87 
384 pages, $23.95, 
Duke University Press 

Stephen's innovative ethnography 
follows indigenous Mexicans from 
two towns in the state of Oaxaca — 
the Mixtec community of San 

Agusti'n Atenango 
and the Zapotec 
community of 
Teotitlan del 
Valle — who period- 
ically leave their 
homes in Mexico 
for extended peri- 
ods of work in Cali- 
fornia and Oregon. 
Demonstrating that 
the line separating 
Mexico and the 
United States is only one among the 
many borders that these migrants 
repeatedly cross (including national, 
regional, cultural, ethnic, and class 
borders and divisions), Stephen 
advocates an ethnographic frame- 
work focused on transborder, rather 
than transnational, lives. Yet she 
does not disregard the state: She 
assesses the impact migration has 
had on local systems of government 
in both Mexico and the United 
States, as well as the abilities of 
states to police and affect transbor- 
der communities. 

The Trouble with Cauliflower 
By Jane Sutton '72 
32pages, $16.99, Dial 

Mortimer is one carefiil koala. He will 
not eat cauliflower because he always 

has bad luck the following day. When 
he is invited to supper at his friend 
Sadie's house, he says no to her deli- 
cious stew 
because the 
vegetable is 
one of the 
Then, after 
she coaxes 
him into 
trying it, the 
happens. The next morning he stubs 
his toe, spills juice on himself and 
fails his driving test. Wlien he meets 
Sadie at the grocery stote, he tells her 
his sad story. At dinner, he enjoys her 
vegetable surprise casserole and spends 
the next day having a terrific time at 
the fair. As he and his friend prepare 
for an evening out, she reveals the 
name of the surprise ingredient. 

Watch It Made in the U.S.A.: 
A Visitor's Guide to the Best 
Factory Tours and Company 

By Karen Axelrod '82 and 

Bruce Brumberg 
400 pages, $21.95, 
Avalon Travel Publishing 

Have you ever wondered how tooth- 
paste gets into the tube? How stripes 
get on a candy cane? More than just 
a travel guide. 
Watch It Made in 
the U.S.A. helps you 
experience firsthand 
the products, com- 
panies, technology, 
and workers that 
fuel our economy, 
from Ben and Jerry's 
to Harley-Davidson. 
Whether you're 
curious about 
potato chips or 
computer chips, cars or crayons, you 
can count on authors and factory- 
tour experts Axelrod and Brumberg 


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information about more than three 
hundred ordinary and extraordinary 
products most of us take for granted. 

The World We Want: New 
Dimensions in Piiilanthropy 
and Social Change 
By Peter Karoff '59 with 

Jane Maddox 
261 pages, $27.95, Alta Mira Press 

Early in his book, Karoft talks about 
his descent from a line of Russian 
peddlers and describes himself as a 
peddler ol philanthropy. As the 

founder of the Phil- 
anthropic Founda- 
tion, he devotes his 
life to such sales. 
Karoff, though, is 
also a peddler of 
many peripherals 
that accompany 
including idealism, 
optimism, inspira- 
tion, and aspiration. 
To make strategic 
use of philanthropy, individuals or 
society must first want something — 
and they must know what to want. 
In The World We Want. Karoff, a sen- 
ior fellow at the Tisch College of 
Citizenship and Public Service at 
Tufts University, lets readers in on 
his conversations with more than 
forty individuals whose visions of a 
better world led them to contribute 
time, energy, and worldly wealth to 
the public good. 






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Vbu're Addicted to You: Why 
It's So Hard to Change— and 
What You Can Do About It 
By Noah Blumenthal '94 
163 pages, $15.95, 
Berrett-Koehler Publishers 

Want to be more focused, thinner, 
more organized, or more assertive? 

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Your first step is to 
just say no — to 
yourself! Blumen- 
thal, president of 
the consulting firm 
Leading Principles, 
posits that inability 
to change is the 
product of self- 
addiction. As long 
as you're a you- 
junkie, you're sunk. 
So in nine helpful steps, illustrated 
with tables, charts, and cautionary 
tales, the author sets out to help you 
stop repeating counterproductive 
patterns and make new choices that 
will lead to sustainable change. 

Brandeis University Press 

Family Matters: 
Jewish Education in an 
Age of Choice 

Edited by Jack Wertheimer 
292 pages, $26 

Responding to recent changes in 
social attitudes toward lewishness, 
provost at the 
Jewish Theological 
Seminary in New 
York, assembled 
this compilation 
of essays about 
the transformed 
role of Jewish 
education in these 
challenging times. 
Contributors come 
from history, 
sociology, anthropology, and 
other disciplines. Among the essay- 
ists is Sylvia Barack Fishman, pro- 
fessor of contemporary Jewish life 
in Brandeis's Department of Near 
Eastern and Judaic Studies, who 
writes on "Generating Jewish Con- 
nections: Conversations with Jew- 
ish Teenagers, Their Parents, and 
Jewish Educators and Thinkers. " 




Let Us Prove Strong: The 
American Jewish Committee, 

By Marianne R. Sanua 
516 pages, $60 

The American Jewish Committee 
(AJC), founded in 1906, has a long- 
term mission to 
protect the civil 
and religious rights 
of Jews in the 
United States and 
aroimd the globe. 
It is distinguished 
for its outstanding 
staff and superb 
library, its impor- 
tance as a research 
center, and its 
efforts to effect 
social change through public educa- 
tion. Sanua, associate professor of 
history and Jewish studies at Florida 
Atlantic University, compiled a 
detailed history of this important 
organization, which celebrated its 
centennial in 2006. 


Leo Ornstein: Complete 
Works For Cello And Piano 

Leo Ornstein, Joshua Gordon, and 

Randall Hodgkinson 
$17.99, New World Records 

Composer Ornstein (1893-2002) 
wrote in diverse and exotic styles 
blending lyricism, 
innovative tone 
clusters, and dra- 
matic rhythmic 
drive influenced by 
Debussy, Scriabin, 
and Eastern Euro- 
pean Jewish chant, 
rhis collection of 
his little-recorded 
works features Gordon, of Brandeis 
University's Lydian String Quartet, 
on cello and Hodgkinson on piano. 


Israel Studies Center Created 

Schusterman Family Foundation endows program with $15 million gift 

In an effort to expand the field ot Israel stud- 
ies on U.S. campuses, the Charles and Lynn 
Schusterman Family Foundation has made a 
commitment to give $15 million to Brandeis 
to establish a center that will stimulate out- 
standing scholarship and teaching on Israel's 
history, language, culture, and society. 

The new Schusterman Center for Israel 
Studies was conceived jointly by Brandeis 
friend Lynn Schusterman and Brandeis pres- 
ident Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, to meet the 
critical need tor qualified academics to teach 
about Israel. In addition to educating gradu- 
ate-level students at Brandeis, the center will 
off^er training, resources, and scholarship 
opportunities for faculty at other universities. 

The gift, the largest single commitment 
ever made by the twenry-year-old founda- 
tion, will be matched by other donors 
recruited by the university in coming years, 
as part of a plan to create a $30 million 
endowment for the center by 2015. 

"We thank Lynn Schusterman and the 
Schusterman Family Foundation for acceler- 
ating our work in Israel studies and for 
promoting rigorous scholarship and excellent 

economy, education system, language, 
culture and arts, sociology, demography, 
and politics. Slightly more than half ot all 
U.S. campuses offer no courses on Israel; 
another quarter offer only one course, often 
focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 
according to a 2006 study by the Israel on 
Campus Coalition. 

"Israel is such an important nation, and 
yet on many U.S. campuses it is rarely stud- 
ied with any seriousness. It's time to greatly 
enhance and expand academic scholarship 
about Israel and its people," said Lynn 
Schusterman, chair ot the Charles and Lynn 
Schusterman Family Foundation. 

Already the foundation, through its 
Schusterman Visiting Israel Professors Pro- 
gram, is bringing twenty academics a year 
from Israel to teach at American universi- 
ties; in addition, the Schusterman Israel 
Scholar Awards provide funding for gradu- 
ate students to encourage them to pursue 
Israel-related scholarship. 

The Schusterman Center will fulfill the 
immediate need for professors knowledge- 
able about Israel by permanently funding 

"This center is the perfect marriage of a university 
committed to creating knowledge and a philanthropist 
interested in making that knowledge available to the public." 

teaching," Reinharz said. "This center is the 
perfect marriage of a university committed to 
creating and disseminating knowledge and a 
philanthropist interested in making that 
knowledge available to the wider public." 

The new center will promote an interdis- 
ciplinary approach to the study ot Israel, 
integrating the study of the nation's history, 

the pioneering Brandeis Summer Institute 
for Israel Studies, which has trained faculty 
from nearly sixty colleges and universities 
worldwide since its founding in 200.3. At 
the same time, the center will address the 
problem in the future by training and edu- 
cating graduate students to become the next 
generation of Israel-studies scholars. 

Lynn Schusterman 

"When we decided to expand our 
involvement in supporting outstanding 
scholarship in the field of Israel studies, 
Brandeis was the obvious place for us to 
turn," Lynn Schusterman said. 

Brandeis has been a longtime center of 
Israel-related and Middle East studies by 
virtue of its Crown Center for Middle 
East Studies, endowed professorships in 
Israel studies (the country's first) and 
modern Hebrew literature, and faculty 
renowned in their fields of teaching 
related to Israel. Additionally, Ilan Troen, 
the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Professor 
of Israel Studies at Brandeis, is the 
founder and editor of the widely distrib- 
uted Israel Studies journal, which is pub- 
lished three times a year and sponsored by 
Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University. 

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Money Well Spent 

Brandeis continues to deliver a great return on investment 

1 hear more and more people employing Wall 
Street terminology to characterize their sup- 
port of our endeavors here on South Street: 
Brandeis delivers a great return on investment. 
In other words, alumni, parents, friends, and 
members of" the National Women's Committee 
understand that a gift to Brandeis will pay 
tremendous dividends in the future — for both 
the universit)' and society at large. A few recent examples: 

• Trustee Jonathan G. Davis '75 and his wife, Margot T. Davis, 
MA'05, established the Harold and Bernice Davis Chair in Aging 
and Neurodegenerative Disease. The first incumbent is biochem- 
istry and chemistry professor Dagmar Ringe, who is conducting 
cutting-edge research that will provide important clues in the fight 
against diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. 

• The new Elaine and Gerald Schuster Institute for Investigative 
Journalism provides Brandeis students with the opportunity to col- 
laborate with media professionals on high-quality public-interest 
journalism projects that bring to light flawed public policy, prob- 

lems in the criminal justice system, and injustices to the most vul- 
nerable among us. 

• Scholarships have been established for students in the ground- 
breaking Transitional Year Program, which supports talented stu- 
dents from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are the first 
members of their families to attend college. Following graduation, 
these students often return to their communities and serve as local 
leaders and role models. 

Additionally, our supporters know their "investment" money 
will be spent prudently. Brandeis ranked among the top five uni- 
versities in the Boston area in a recent survey of fundraising effi- 
ciency. Last year, a leading charity rating service gave Brandeis its 
top ranking of four stars for our low expenses relative to the 
amount of money we raise. 

It is heartening that so many of our supporters believe that 
Brandeis provides such a good return on their investment. Thank you 
for your continued support of this institution that we all cherish. 

—Nnncy Wiiishlp. P'lO 
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

Actor Barry Newman Supports C^lass of 52 Scholarship Fund 

In honor of his 55th Reunion, actor Barry 
Newman '52 made a generous gift to the 
Class of 1952 Endowed Scholarship that 
helped the class surpass its goal of raising 

In making his gift, Newman took advan- 
tage of a special provision in the new Pen- 
sion Protection Act. The provision allows 
donors who are at least seventy and a half 
years old to transfer up to $100,000 a year 
directly from an individual retirement 
account to a charity without having to 

report the transaction as income for federal 
tax purposes. The provision is only effective 
until December 31 and covers the tax years 
2006 and 2007. 

Newman is perhaps best known for his 
portrayal of Anthony Petrocelli, the title 
character in the mid-1970s TV crime 
drama Petrocelli. He was nominated for 
both an Emmy and Golden Globe for his 
work on the show. 

Newman has also starred in more than fif- 
teen films, including the cult hit Vanishing 

Point and Steven Soder- 
bergh's The Limey. 

He is producing a 
biopic on Leonard 
Bernstein, ]ust Call Me 
Lenny, in which he will 
play the tide role. Bern- 
stein, the legendary 
American composer, was a member of the 
Brandeis faculty during the 1950s and cre- 
ated the Brandeis Festival of the Arts, which 
continties to this day. 


Senior Vice President of 
Institutional Advancement 

Nanc)' Winship, P'lO 


Vice President of 

Myles E. Wcisenberg 78 


Associate Vice President of 
The Campaign for Brandeis 

Susan Krinsky 

Assistant Vice President of 
Alumni and University 

Karen A. Engelbourg '79 


Assistant Vice President of 

Mark Ableman 

Senior Director of 
Corporation and 
Foundation Civing 

Robert Silk "90 

Director of Development 

David E. Nathan 
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Stamping Out Injustice 


Canada's former justice minister has devoted life to fighting for what's right 

Leading human rights advocate Irwin Coder 
invoked the words of the university's name- 
sake, former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. 
Brandeis, as he outlined what is required to 
repel the growing threats to Israels existence. 

"We need to hearken back to the teach- 
ings of Brandeis: The pursuit of justice 
requires stamping out injustice, " the former 
Canadian minister of justice and attorney 
general told a crowd of about one hundred 
people at the annual pre-Commencement 
Fellows Breakfast on May 20 at the Gos- 
man Sports and Convocation Center. 

"Whatever 2007 will be, it is not 1937 or 
1938," Cotler said. "The Jewish people are 
not in the situation they were in then. 
There are non-Jews joining with the Jewish 
people in standing up and being counted in 
the fight against injustice." 


Our prayers for comfort on 

of Fellows: 

Ruth Rose, April 9 

Pearl Zeltzer, April 1 1 

Jennie Kowal, May 13 

Irene Schwartz, May 28 


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Cotler has dedicated his life to that cause, 
serving as counsel to Nelson Mandela in 
South Africa, Natan Sharansky in the former 
Soviet Union, Sa'ad Eddin Ibrahim in Egypt, 
Jacobo Timerman in Latin America, and 
many other political prisoners and prisoners 
of conscience. Additionally, he was a leading 
proponent for establishingthe International 
Criminal Court and has significantly influ- 
enced the development of international law. 

Cotler, now a member of Canada's Parlia- 
ment, was awarded an honorary doctor of 
laws during Brandeis's 56th Commence- 
ment exercises. As is customary, the other 
honorary degree recipients also attended 
the Fellows Breakfast. They included pio- 
neering cancer researcher Judah Folkman 
(doctor of science), architect Daniel 
Libeskind (doctor of humane letters), and 
author Joyce Carol Oates (doctor of 
humane letters). 

During his talk at the Fellows Breakfast, 
Cotler catalogued a series of episodes that 
he called frightening "political earthquakes" 
whose impact is being felt in Israel and 
among the Jewish people. 

According to Cotler, the events of great- 
est concern include the rise to power of 

Irwin Cotler delivers the keynote address at the 
May 20 pre-Commencement Fellows Breakfast. 

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, Hamas 
winning the Palestinian Authority's general 
legislative elections, Hezbollah's emergence 
in Lebanon, the globalizing of totalitarian 
Islam, and the betrayal of Israel by intellec- 
tuals from around the world. 

The breakfast was hosted by Rosalind 
(Fuchsberg) '59 and Richard Kaufman '57, 
P'83, the cochairs of the Board of Fellows 
whose six-year tenure ended at Commence- 
ment. Trustee Paul M. Zlotoff '72, the for- 
mer two-term national president of the 
Alumni Association, is the new chair. 

Sculpture Fellowship Memorializes Late Artist 

A fellowship recently established in Kira 
Fournier's honor at Brandeis provides 
promising artists 
with the type of 
opportunity she 
never had. 

Created by Ben- 
jamin Schore '56 in 
memory of his late 
wife, an innovative 
artist who died ot 
cancer in 2002, the 
Kira Fournier Fel- 
lowship provides a generous subsidy for a 
gifted sculpture student enrolled in Brandeis's 

Kira Fournier 

postbaccalaureate program who is interested 
in pursuing an MFA in studio art. 

"It's almost a requirement now that serious 
artists have an MFA, but MFA programs 
want dedicated, passionate artists coming in, " 
Schore said. "Students need to be able to 
show what they can do — and Brandeis's post- 
bac program gives them that opportunit)-. " 

Fournier first came to prominence as an 
artist in the late 1970s, when she started 
making ceramic steam pots ba.sed on an 
ancient Chinese prototype she had learned 
about while a student at Goddard College in 
Vermont. Her pots, first used at a well-known 
restaurant, were later marketed nationally. In 

the early 1 990s, seeking further artistic chal- 
lenge, Fournier enrolled at the School of the 
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Alfred 
University, but it was not until she became an 
master's student at the University of Arizona 
in 1997 that she blossomed as an artist. 

"She felt the world really changed for her 
when she went to the University of Arizona 
and became a true artist," Schore said. "We 
often thought about ways to help others get 
into MFA programs, which can be such a 
life-changing event for an artist." 

For more information about the Fournier 
Fellowship, contact Amy Silberstein at 
78 1 -736-4049 or 

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From The Village residential complex at one end of campus to the 
Irving Schneider and Family Building on the other, Brandeis's recent 
building boom has transformed the campus and helped move the 
university' into the upper echelon of American higher education. 

The buildings constructed in the last several years have played a crucial 
role in enhancing teaching, scholarship, research, the arts, and student life 
on the 235-acre campus. 

"Thanks to the continued generosity of our alumni and friends, we are 
building — both literally and figuratively — a rwenty-first-centur)' universit)'," 
said President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. "We are positioned to attract the 
world's top students and scholars to Brandeis." 

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Classmates Seek to Establish Segal Fellowship 

Fund a tribute to late political strategist, public servant 

Classmates, friends, and family of Eli J. 
Segal '64 are working to establish a fellow- 
ship program and lecture series at Brandeis 
that will honor the passionate citizen leader 
while also inspiring others to follow his lead 
and make service central to their lives. 

Segal, who died in February 2006, was an 
accomplished businessman, skilled political 
strategist, and dedicated citizen servant. 

During the Clinton 

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the Corporation for 
National and Commu- 
nity Service, and, as 
President Clinton calls 
him, "the Father of 
AmeriCorps." Segal 
Eli Segal also created the Welfare 

to Work Partnership, a project for which he 
received the Presidential Citizens Medal. 

A generous contributor to Brandeis, 
Segal served his alma mater in a variety of 
roles, including a stint as chair of the 
Brandeis Transitional Year Program/Posse 
Council and as a member of the Board of 
Overseers at the Heller School for Social 
Policy and Management. 

The Eli J. Segal '64 Citizen Leadership 
Program would provide fellowships for fif- 
teen Brandeis students (nine undergraduates 
and six graduate students at Heller) who 
would serve in summer internships at mis- 
sion-driven organizations and be matched 
with mentors from Segals network of family, 
friends, and colleagues. These fellows would 
in turn become engaged in activities with a 
Network of Segal Fellows, including others 

selected by the Corporation for National and 
Community Service, AmeriCorps alumni, 
and CityYear. The Segal Memorial Lecture 
would serve as a national platform for the 
discussion of innovative ideas about citizen 
service and civic engagement. 

"Eli was a master at translating the poetry 
of big ideas into the prose of an effective pro- 
gram," said his wife, Phyllis (Nichamoff) '66, 
one of the driving forces behind the initiative. 
"He took great joy in mentoring young 
people who aspired to make a difference, 
and this program is designed to extend his 
impact by developing future generations of 
citizen leaders. " 

For more information about the Segal 
fellowship and lecture series, contact 
Claudia Jacobs '70 at 781-736-3806 or 

Sounding an Alarm about Heart Disease 

Getzes endow research fund in memory of late family member 

Back home after a night out at a restaurant, 
Dan Getz complained to his wife about suf- 
fering from heartburn and back pain. Over 
the next few hours, the symptoms grew pro- 
gressively worse. By the time the thirty-seven- 
year-old sought medical attention, it was too 
late; he died of a massive heart attack. 

Getz left behind a family committed 
to turning his tragic death into a positive 
for society. 

To raise public awareness about the dan- 
gers of heart disease in Getz's memory, his 
brother and sister-in-law. Ken '84 and 
Debra (Hassenfeld) Getz '85, made a gift to 
the university to establish the Dan Getz 
Endowed Fund for Heart Disease Research. 
The fund will support a series of annual lec- 
tures featuring Brandeis faculty and other 
leading researchers discussing prevention, 
early detection, and treatment of America's 
leading killer. The first lecture is scheduled 
for this fall. 

"Debra and I were not going to let this 
tragedy define our family," Ken Getz said. 
"We were determined to find a way to help 
others avoid this type of tragedy and live 
longer, healthier lives." 

As they looked deeper into the plague of 
heart disease. Ken and Debra were struck by 
the number of people, even those with a his- 
tory of cardiovascular problems in their fam- 
ily, who disregarded symptoms, refused to 
make needed lifestyle and dietary changes, 
and ignored the abundant literature that is 
available. "We miss Dan very much and 
wished he had survived. But his passing has 
taught our family .something important that 
we want to share," Debra said. 

The Getzes met at Brandeis in 1982 
while attending a student torum on nuclear 
war awareness being led by professor 
Gordie Fellman. They were married in 
1986 and have three children, ages ten, 
fourteen, and fifteen. 

Ken and Debra (Hassenfeld) Getz with their 
three children. Ellyn, Julia, and David. 

"We have always had a great fondness for 
the Brandeis community and the research 
being done there," Ken said. "It was impor- 
tant for us to find a way to give to Brandeis 
in honor of my brother's memory. This gift 
felt right on many levels." 

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Kazis Chair Established 

The Earle W. Kazis '55 Chair in the Practice of Finance and 
International Real Estate was dedicated at the International 
Business School. Kazis participated in a panel discussion and 
was feted at a reception in his honor. Left photo, from left: 
trustees Jonathan Davis '75 and John Usdan; Edward Bayone, 
the inaugural holder of the Kazis chair; Kazis; and Gene 
Kohn. Above, from left: Keren Kazis Phillips, Kazis, Deborah 
Kazis, and Judy Kazis. 

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Fund a tribute to late political strategist, pub 

Classmates, friends, and family of Eli J. 
Segal '64 are working to establish a fellow- 
ship program and lecture series at Brandeis 
that will honor the passionate citizen leader 
while also inspiring others to follow his lead 
and make service central to their lives. 

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accomplished businessman, skilled political 
strategist, and dedicated citizen servant. 
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Back home after a night out at a restaurant, 
Dan Getz complained to his wife about suf- 
fering from heartburn and back pain. Over 
the next few hours, the symptoms grew pro- 
gressively worse. By the time the thirty-seven- 
year-old sought medical attention, it was too 
late; he died of a massive heart attack. 

Getz left behind a family committed 
to turning his tragic death into a positive 
for society. 

To raise public awareness about the dan- 
gers of heart disease in Getz's memory, his 
brother and sister-in-law. Ken '84 and 
Debra (Hassenfeld) Getz '85, made a gift to 
the university to establish the Dan Getz 
Endowed Fund for Heart Disease Research. 
The fund will support a series of annual lec- 
tures featuring Brandeis faculty and other 
leading researchers discussing prevention, 
early detection, and treatment of America's 
leading killer. The first lecture is scheduled 
for this fall. 

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Davis Chair Dedicated 

The university communiry gathered to 

celebrate the estabhshment of the Harold 

and Bernice Davis Chair in Aging and 

Neurodegenerative Disease. Above: 

trustees Malcolm Sherman (left) and 

Stephen Kay. Right: Dagmar Ringe, the 

inaugural holder of the Davis chair; 

trustee Jonathan G. Davis '75; Ellen 

Davis; Bernice Davis, P'75; Margot T. 

Davis, MA'05; President Jehuda 

Reinharz, PhD'72; and Ken Davis. 

Kazis Chair Established 

The Earle W. Kazis '55 Chair in the Practice of Finance and 
International Real Estate was dedicated at the International 
Business School. Kazis participated in a panel discussion and 
was feted at a reception in his honor. Left photo, from left: 
trustees Jonathan Davis '75 and John Usdan; Edward Bayone, 
the inaugural holder of the Kazis chair; Kazis; and Gene 
Kohn. Above, from left: Keren Kazis Phillips, Kazis, Deborah 
Kazis, and Judy Kazis. 

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Trustees, alumni, friends, faculty, and members 
of the Class of 1957 attended the annual 
Commencement Dinner on campus. Brandeis 
president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, briefed attendees 
on the miraculous building boom that has transformed 
the campus in the last ten years. After a stirring video 
tribute to past Brandeis honorary-degree recipients, the 
2007 honorees — influential human-rights advocate 
Irwin Coder (doctors of laws), pioneering cancer 
researcher Judah Folianan (doctor of science), leading 
architect Daniel Libeskind (doctor of humane letters), 
and award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates (doctor 
of humane letters) — were introduced. Each received a 
standing ovation from the crowd. 

From left: Lynda Wijcik and her husband, trustee Alex Barkas '68. and trustee 
Stephen Reiner '61 and his wife, Patricia. 

Trustee Kenneth Kaiserman '60 
and his wife, Susan. 

Fellow Valya (Kazes) Shapiro '61 (left) 
and Nancy Winship, P'lO. senior vice 
president of institutional advancement. 

Trustee Bart Winokur (left) and former Canadian Minister of 
Justice Irwin Cotler (right) with their wives, Susan and Ariela. 

From left: Trustee Thomas Friedman '75. trustee Allen Alter '71, 
Lisbeth Tarlow and her husband, trustee Stephen Kay. 




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From left: Shula Reinharz, PhD'77, architect Daniel Libeskind. and 
Joseph Neubauer and his wife, trustee Jeanette Lerman '69. 

From left: Marie Herrero, trustee Daniel Elkaim '81, and trustee 
Malcolm Sherman, the new board chair. 

From left: Trustee Louis Perlmutter '56, his wife, Barbara, and 
Bruce Magid, new dean of the International Business School. 

From left; Beth Bernstein-Yamashiro, President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, 
and fellow Jules Bernstein '57 and his wife, Linda Lipsett. 

PhD'72 (left). 
and trustee 
Friedman '75 
share a laugh. 

Trustee Paul ZIotoff '72 and his wife, Linda (Yale) ZIotoff '72. 

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Zinner Lecture 

Author Robin Gerber delivered a keynote talk, "Women's Civic and 
Political Leadership Yesterday and Today, Featuring Timeless Strategies from 
Eleanor Roosevelt," at the annual Zinner Lecture at the Heller School for 
Social Policy and Management. Shannon O'Brien, the former Massachusetts 
state treasurer, and Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD'80, president and chief execu- 
tive officer of the Home for Little Wanderers, participated in a panel discus- 
sion. Left photo: O'Brien with Heller dean Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin 
Professor of National Health Policy. Right photo: Wallace-Benjamin chats with 
Thomas P Glynn III, MSW'72, PhD'77, chair of Heller's Board of Overseers. 

BUNWC Leaders Gather 

Trustee Dorothy Pierce (in multicolored blouse), 
national president of the Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee (BUNWC), and 
Nancy Winship, P'lO (in purple suit), Brandeis's senior 
vice president of institutional advancement, hosted 
regional and chapter presidents from around the 
country at the first BUNWC Art of Leadership 
training program. BUNWC successfully completed 
its Science for Life campaign, exceeding the $2 million 
goal by 20 percent. 

Gathering in New Jersey 

Bonnie Notis (left) and her husband, Corey '84 
(second ftom right), hosted a reception at their New 
Jersey home for area alumni and friends. They are 
joined here by (ftom left) children Alexander, Max, 
and Melissa, and President Jehuda Reinharz, 

Rose in Bloom 

Brandeis House in New York hosted a forum 
with representatives from the famed auction 
house Christie's, who discussed the Rose Art 
Museum's renowned collection of modern 
and contemporary art. Left photo, ftom left: 
Liz Rueven, P'09; Michael Rush, the Henry 
and Lois Foster Director of the Rose; and 
Joanna Gang '06. Right photo, ftom left: 
Danielle Frankenthal '69, trustee Allen Alter 
'71, and Jane (Paley) Price '69, P'08. 

Justice Brandeis Documentary Screening 

Attending the screening of a new documentary film on the life of Justice Louis D. Brandeis were (left photo) fellow Frank Gilbert (left), a 
grandson of Brandeis, and fellow Jules Bernstein '57, and (right photo, from left) President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72; Robert Sheridan, 
president and CEO of SBLI; fellow Alice Popkin, granddaughter of Brandeis; Gilbert; and Walter Raushenbush, a grandson of Brandeis. 

Brandeis Night 
in Washington 

Alumni and friends from the 

Washington, D.C., area 

gathered at the home of 

fellow Jules Bernstein '57 

(right) and his wife, Linda 

Lipsett (second from right). 

Here, they are joined by 

Judy and Paul Regan '73. 

Brandeis Night in IVIiami 

Jonathan Plutzik '76 and his wife, Lesley Goldwasser, hosted alumni and friends 
from South Florida at the Betsy Ross Hotel, a boutique property they own on South Beach. 
Top left, from left: Vicki and fellow Bruce Litwer '61. Bottom left, from left: Theresa and Bernard 
Shuster '87 and Linda '80 and Gilbert Drozdow '79. Below, frvm left: Cornelia Turk Philipson '62, 
Rachel Baum '03, Nancy Winship, P'lO, senior vice president of institutional advancement, 
Mark Weinberg '77, Conrad Koller '77, Plutzik, Tracey Cohen '00, and Julie Katz, MBA'03. 

President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD72, accepts the senior glass gift from (from left) Yoni Litwok. Aaron 
Gaynor, Raena Davis, Maayan Zack, Rachel Hlllman, Johanna Sllverio, Beth Wexelman. Stacey Cohen, 
and Dorit Ingber. The class set all-time records for both participation and gift size. 

Giving Back 

Recent grad thanks Brandeis with generous class gift 

To get the most out of her Brandeis experi- 
ence, Michehne Frias '07 knew she needed to 
make sacrifices. 

If she wanted to pursue two majors (interna- 
tional and global studies and anthropology) 
and a minor (journalism), intern at the Elaine 
and Gerald Schuster Institute for Investigative 
Journalism, serve as a host and performer at 
the Intercultural Center, work as a supervisor 
at the Student Informa- 
tion Center, spend a year 
as a residential adviser, 
and enjoy a satisfying so- 
cial life, something had 
to give. 

"One thing I didn't do 
that much of at Brandeis 
was sleep," the recently 
graduated New Yorker 
said with a laugh. "To do everything I wanted 
to do inside and outside the classroom, I just 
didn't have much time to sleep." 

In the spirit of giving back to an institution 
that provided her with such a positive experi- 
ence (if not much sleep), Frias made a gener- 
ous contribution to the senior class gift. She 
helped the Class of 2007 establish all-time 
records for both gift size ($ 1 5,840, topping last 
year's $14,445) and participation (64 percent, 
beating last year's 61 percent). 

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MIchellne Frias 

"I am so grateful for my education at Bran- 
deis that I would feel guilty if I did not con- 
tribute," said Frias, the recipient of a Posse 
Foundation full-tuition leadership scholarship. 
"It would not be right to have been given this 
opportunity and not make a gift to help some- 
one else have the same opportunity." 

Stretching back to when Frias was nine years 
old, when the budding entrepreneur sewed her 
own Barbie clothes and sold them to classmates, 
she has eschewed the easier, more traditional 
path for more challenging alternatives. 

As a Brandeis junior, she chose to spend a 
term at the School for International Training in 
Rabat, Morocco, rather than do her study abroad 
in the relative comfort of Western Europe or 
Latin America, where she knew the language. 

"I wanted to go someplace less familiar to 
me, where I could learn about a totally differ- 
ent culture and another language," said Frias, 
who spent time in a rural Moroccan village 
that had no running water or electricity. 

The notion of constantly challenging her- 
self guided her Brandeis career. 

"At a place that was not as rigorous, I would 
not have learned so much about myself," Frias 
said. "Being knocked down but always getting 
up builds character. I know now that I am a 
strong person, and I'll make it in whatever 
I choose to do." 

Sachar Legacy Society 
event set for September 

Sachar Legacy Society member Aileen 
Cabitt '53 will host the organization's 
annual luncheon on September 18 
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Scott 
Edmiston, director of the Office of 
the Arts and an award-winning 
theater director, will be the principal 
speaker. The Sachar Society honors 
and recognizes more than five hun- 
dred alumni, parents, and friends 
who have included Brandeis in their 
estate plans. For more information, 
contact Orla Kane at 781-736-4069 

Golf and tennis outing 
scheduled for August 13 

One of the top courses in Westchester 
County, New York, Old Oaks 
Country Club in 
Purchase, will host 
the third annual 
Brandeis Golf and 
Tennis Outing on 
August 13. Alumni, 
parents, and friends are 
invited to participate in the event, 
which is sponsored by Alpine Capital 
Bank. Following the afternoon golf 
and tennis competitions, an awards 
dinner will be held. Last year's event 
raised more than $100,000 for under- 
graduate scholarships. For more 
information on playing or sponsor- 
ship opportunities, contact Robyn 
Hartman at 212-472-1501, ext. 232, 

Scholarship Appreciation 
Luncheon on November 1 

Longtime Brandeis supporter Myra 
(Hiatt) Kraft '64 will host the sixth 
annual Scholarship Appreciation 
Luncheon on November 1 from noon 
to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon gives 
scholarship donors and recipients the 
chance to meet each other. For more 
information, contact Meredith 
Everson at 781-736-4026 or 


Rain Can t Dampen Spirits 

More than 1,000 drop in on Reunion weekend 

More than one thousand alumni and their famiHes flocked to cam- 
pus in June for Reunion 2007. Even the occasional rain failed to 
dampen the spirits of Reunion class members, who came from as 
far away as Israel, Spain, and California to reconnect with class- 
mates and visit their alma mater. 

Reunion Weekend kicked off on Friday, June 8, with Alumni 
College (see story, page 75), the popular one-day series of classes for 
alumni, friends, and members of the Brandeis University National 
Women's Committee (BUNWC). During the evening, Reunion 
attendees packed the Shapiro Campus Center for the Welcome 
Back Reception before heading off to individual Class Dinners held 
at locations throughout campus. 

David Oshinsky, PhD'71, the Jack S. Blanton Chair in History 
at the University of Texas-Austin and winner of a 2007 Alumni 
Achievement Award, addressed an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday 
morning. He discussed his latest book, Polio: An American Story, 
which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history. Alumni then joined 
President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, for a discussion about current 
happenings at the university and plans for the future. 

Afternoon showers on Saturday moved at least some of the 
Ralph Norman Barbecue indoors, but didn't deter alumni and their 
families from enjoying each other's company under tents on the 
Great Lawn. Face-painters, magicians, clowns, caricature artists, 
and many more entertainers were on hand, keeping guests of all 
ages amused. 

The weekend culminated with a gala reception, dinner, and 
dance themed "A Night in Para'Deis." Considered by many to be 
the highlight of the weekend, the evening's festivities and dancing 
lasted into the wee hours of the morning. 

Earlier in the program, Reinharz presented 2007 Alumni 
Achievement Awards to Oshinsky and Deborah Bial '87, founder 
and president of the Posse Foundation. A third Alumni Achieve- 
ment Award was given to Jules Bernstein '57, a leading union and 
labor attorney at his 50th Reunion in May. 

Ruth M. Charney '72, chair and professor of mathematics at 
Brandeis, and Larry M. Myatt '72, headmaster on assignment at 
the Boston Public Schools, were recognized for receiving Harry S. 
Levitan Education Prizes. 

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Q&A with Allen Alter 

New association president wants to help foster alumni connections 

Allen Alter 71, an Emmy Award-winning 
senior producer of A?, Hours Mystery at CBS, 
became president of the Alumni Association 
on July 1. He shares his thoughts on the asso- 
ciation, the importance of serving his alma 
mater, and keeping connections strong among 
Brandeis alumni. 

Did you ever imagine becoming presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association? 

I never expected to lead the Alumni 
Association. But when the opportunity 
presented itself, I was both flattered and 
humbled — and a bit concerned about 
finding the time needed to do the job right. 
In the end, I realized that working with a 
supportive on-campus stafl\ this would be 
an exciting and rewarding challenge. It also 
provides a chance for me to give back — 
which I see as increasingly important in 
our world today. Thanks to Brandeis, I 
have had so many wonderful experiences 
and opportunities, both professionally and 
personally. This is a special and meaningful 
way to say thanks. 

Your job must keep you busy. How do 
you find time to serve Brandeis? 

If something is a priority, you find the time. 
I've made room in my life for this commit- 
ment for the next two years because a lot is 
at stake. The role alumni are playing in the 
future of our university is increasingly 
important, and I want to help Brandeis 
chart its future. 

What are your specific goals? 

To engage more Brandeis alumni, regardless 
of class year, with the university and each 
other. We're all part of a special club and 
have a unique bond. I want to build and sus- 
tain an ongoing link between alumni and 
Brandeis. There are fresh ways to do so, such 
as the launch this fall of B-Connect, our 
new online community. 

What services do alumni want? 

More than anything, our alumni want con- 
nection with each other and the university. 
Through B-Connect we can offer expanded 
networking opportunities, career services, a 

better alumni direc- 
tory, you name it. 
Alumni also like to 
see each other. 
Soon, we will begin 
a revitalization of 
Brandeis House, .\ 
great facility in the 
heart of New York 
City. We will pro- 
vide computer stations, an honor bar, a 
pool table, and other meeting facilities for 
use by alumni, whether they live in New 
York or are visiting for the day. 

Any message for your fellow alumni? 

No matter when you graduated, you are 
always welcome in the Brandeis communi- 
ty. If you've not been involved, you're miss- 
ing out on something special. We have 
Alumni Clubs in twenry-two cities world- 
wide, and host more than 150 alumni 
events each year. There are lots of opportu- 
nities to stay connected. Your only regret 
will be that you waited so long. 

Job Well Done 

Kamine thanks outgoing association board for its support, accomplishments 

At a meeting of the Alumni Association 
Board of Directors at Brandeis House 
in New York in March, outgoing presi- 
dent Darlene Green Kamine '74, P'03, 
expressed her appreciation to fellow 
board members for their service during 
her rwo-year term. Citing significant 
accomplishments, including the launch 
of the alumni Web site, introduction of 
the new Louie logo, rewriting the asso- 
ciation constitution and bylaws, and 
significantly enhanced programming, 
Kamine credited the entire board with 

helping to move the association forward 

1 r 1 • ■ 1 r • 1 '^™f" 'e'f- Past president and trustee Paul ZIotoff 72: Detlev Suderow 70, P'05: Beth Wexelman '07; 

and hirdiermg its goal of serving die o^,^^„^ Kamine 74, P'03: Barbara (Bobbi) Kravitz 'S?, P79; Victor Ney 'SI: Susan Deutsch '62; and 

university's more than 37,000 alumni. Daniel Blumenthal '85. 

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Behind B-Connect 

Ramer, Kranc team up to help launch enhanced online community 

Starting this fall, alumni looking to reconnect with classmates and 
old friends online will have a much easier time doing so, thanks to 
the efforts of Mike Ramer '88, MA'89, and Lisa Kranc 75. The 
pair has teamed up with more than a dozen fellow alumni to help 
the university launch B-Connect, an enhanced online community. 

"We are very excited about this," says Ramer, a member of the 
Alumni Association Board of Directors, chair of the B-Connect 
Committee, and principal at Ramer Search Consultants in 
Livingston, New Jersey. "We'll be able to offer alumni the services 
and products they want,zc while enabling them to connect to 
Brandeis and classmates in areas of their interest. " 

B-Connect will replace the current Louie-Net, the online com- 
munity available through the alumni Web site. It will provide a host 
of enhanced online services, including business and networking 
resources, resume and job postings, a My Page profile, class notes, 
and event registration, all while giving alumni an easy way to main- 
tain and develop important Brandeis connections. 

"This is a great project," says Kranc, an association board mem- 
ber, chair of the B-Connect Marketing Subcommittee, and senior 
vice president of marketing for Memphis, Tennessee-based Auto- 
Zone, Inc. "To have the Brandeis community at the fingertips of all 
alumni is wonderful, particularly for those of us who live far away 
from campus and don't get back as often as we'd like. B-Connect 
will mean our Brandeis family and friends are never further away 
than our desktops. That means a lot in this communit)'. " 

Looking tor ways to increase connections among alumni, former 
Alumni Association president Darlene Green Kamine '74, P'03, 
approached Ramer to lead the effort. "Mike brings the background, 
leadership, and an infectious enthusiasm to this project," says 
Kamine. "He dreamed the dream and made this possible. He has 
assembled a great team. With Mike and Lisa at the helm, B-Connect 
is sure to bring many Brandeis alumni back into the fold." 

For Ramer and Kranc, B-Connect is more than a labor of love. 
The many hours of meetings, conference calls, and research they've 

Mike Ramer '88, MA'89. and Lisa Kranc '75. 

logged have already helped them and other committee members con- 
nect — or reconnect — with other alumni. "I've met people from other 
class years, people I never would have met had I not been working on 
this project," Kranc says. "B-Connect is already expanding my Bran- 
deis connections, and it hasn't even launched yet! " 

"B-Connect is going to transform the way Brandeis alumni stay in 
touch," says Ramer "We're having a terrific time designing an online 
community that will be fun, engaging, and, most important, very 
useful for alumni anywhere at any stage of life. 

"I know I speak for the entire committee," continues Ramer. 
"B-Connect gives each of us a great way to make a meaningful and 
lasting contribution to Brandeis and our fellow alumni." 

Senior staff, along with Ramer and Kranc, are especially grateful 
to Bobbi Kravitz '57, P'79, for her leadership in the development 
of the alumni Web site and B-Connect. Other committee members 
include Alexandra Ainsztein '89, Laurie Slater Albert '74, Wendy 
Morris Berliner '95, Ellen Feinberg Blitz '76, Matthew Brown '08, 
Yehuda Cohen '81, Aaron Gaynor '07, Kamine, Jennifer 
Koplow 05, Robert Rose '92, Fern Lazarus Schapiro '81, Mark 
Surchin '78, Clare Tully '80, and Beth Wexelman '07. 




Alumni Spotlight with University of Chicago 
president Robert Zimmer '68 and wife Terese 
Schwartzman-Zimmer '73, July 15, 11:00 a.m. 
to 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Nancy and Jim Kahn, 
P'95, parents of club president Carolyn 
Birkenstein '95, at their Chicago home. 

Brandeis Night in Chicago. Hosted by Margot 
and Tom Pritzker, P'02, October 16, Park 
Hyatt Chicago. Keynote speaker is Bill 
Schneider '66, senior political analyst, CNN. 

Countrywide Classic Tennis Tournament and 
Reception, July 19. Reception at 5:30 p.m., 
matches begin at 7:30 p.m. Group tickets 
available for $33 each: matches plus recep- 
tion tickets are $45 each. 

Annual Outing to the Hollywood Bowl: The 
Big Picture— The Films of Paramount Pic- 
tures. September 2. Picnic in our seats at 
6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Group tickets available for $28 each. 

Faculty in the Field at the Stratford Festival 
of Canada. William Flesch, professor of 
English and American literature, July 22. 
Performance of The Merchant of Venice at 
2:00 p.m. Pre- and postevent gathering TBA. 
Group tickets available for $47 

For more information, visit 

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Leslie Meltzer Aronzon '84 


Leslie Meltzer Aronzon is an author and wedding 
consultant. She was formerly a vice president of 
investment banking at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard 
and Zukin. She served as a member of her 1 5th 
Reunion Gift Committee and as chair of her 20th 
Reunion Gift Committee. Aronzon was a member of 
the Capital Campaign Committee and has been a member of the 
Alumni Admissions Council since 2003. She is married to Paul 
Aronzon and has three children. 

Frani Rudolph Bickart '66 


^^^^ Frani Rudolph Bickart was a founding member of 
^H^^^ the Alumni Club of Denver and has hosted club 
I^H^^V events. She is also a member of the Sachar Legacy 
rV^pH Society. Bickart earned a master's degree in public 
^■E^^ administration from Syracuse University and 
^^^™^^^ worked for years at Michigan State University's 
Institute for Public Policy. She and her husband, Ted, former 
president of the Colorado School of Mines, have three children. 

Ira H. Cohen '93 



^1^ Ira Cohen is a vice president in the investment 
JL Jk banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 
' ^ New York City. He served as chair of his 5 th 

Reunion Committee and as cochair of his 10th 
Reunion Gift Committee. Cohen has conducted 
countless informational interviews with Brandeis 
undergraduate and graduate students interested in banking and 
finance. He is married to Dr. Susan Markowitz Cohen '93 and 
has three children. 

Kalman J. Fishbein '87 


Kalman J. Fishbein is the vice president of Elkal, 
Inc., a family-owned real-estate company in 
Livingston. He received a law degree from the 
University of Virginia in 1991. Fishbein was a 
member of his 10th Reunion Gift Committee and 
his 20th Reunion Committee. His wife, Susan 

Spector Fishbein, is the author of kosher cookbooks. The couple 

have four children. 

Wayne K. Goldstein '83 


Wayne Goldstein is a principal at the Endicott 
Group, a money-management and investment- 
banking firm in New York. A member of the 
International Business School Dean's Global Busi- 
ness Council and the Wall Street Group, Goldstein 
served on his 15th and 20th Reunion Gift Com- 
mittees. He and his wife, Tara Slone Goldstein, have three sons. 

David M. Levine '83 


David M. Levine is an attorney and partner at 
Cohen and Wolf in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He 
received a law degree from Boston University in 
1986. Levine was president of the Alumni Club of 
Connecticut from 1992 to 1998. In 1994, he 
received the Alumni Association Service to the 
Association Award. He served on the Alumni Association Board 
of Directors from 1998 to 2001 and has been a member of his 
10th and 20th Reunion Program Committees. He is also a 
member of the Lawyers Network. He is married to Sheryle Scharf 
Levine '85. 

Michael L. Resnick '86 


Michael L. Resnick is a managing partner at 
Lincoln Trading Company in Chicago. The son of 
Paula Resnick '61 , a past president of the Alumni 
Association, he was a member of his 15th Reunion 
Program Committee. He is married to Ellen Abrams 
Resnick and has two children. 

Michael A. Saivetz '97 


Michael A. Saivetz is director of operations at 
Richloom Fabrics Group in New York. He received 
an MBA through New York University's Stern 
Executive Program. He is a member of the National 
Alumni Campaign Committee and served on his 
5th and 10th Reunion Committees. Saivetz is a 
sponsor of the annual Alumni Golf Outing. He is the son of Carol 
Richman Saivetz '69 and the late Richard Saivetz '69, who served 
as president of the association from 1998 to 2000, and brother of 
Aliza Saivetz 01. He is married to Amy Klein and has a son. 

Braiuleis University Magazine | Summer "07 

Strong Foundation 

Scholarship program set Hironaka on path to success 

A chance meeting in her native Tokyo back in 1958 led Wakako 
Kimoto Hironaka, MA'64, H'87, across the globe to Waltham, 
Massachusetts, where she became one of the first Wien Scholars at 
Brandeis. Now serving her fourth term as a member of the House 
of Councillors, the upper house of the Japanese National Diet, 
Hironaka looks back with deep gratitude to Lawrence Wien. 

"My experience as a Wien Scholar taught me to view things 
from a global perspective, to value democracy, fairness, free- 
dom, gender equality, and foreign policy," says Hironaka, who 
will be a panelist at the Wein fiftieth anniversary celebration in 
April 2008. 

Hironaka graduated from Ochanomizu Women's University in 
Tokyo with a bachelor's degree in English and was looking for a schol- 
arship that would allow her to study abroad. She met a tourist who 
happened to be a Brandeis trustee. "She told me about the Wien 
International Scholars program," Hironaka says. 

The first class of thirty Wien Scholars was mostly from Europe; 
Hironaka was the only one from Japan. The day of the program's 
inauguration, John F. Kennedy, then senator from Massachusetts, 
was on campus to receive an honorary degree, along with Ameri- 
can political adviser and former ambassador George F. Kennan and 
Lawrence Wien. "I happened to be wearing a kimono, so they 
chose me to be in their picture," laughs Hironaka. 

Married in 1960 to a mathematician who began his teaching 
career at Brandeis, Hironaka returned to Brandeis in 1961 to 
pursue a master's degree in anthropology. After Brandeis, she con- 
tinued to audit courses at some of America's best universities, while 
raising two children. Hironaka began writing about American 
trends for a Japanese audience and translated such best-selling 
books as Shifting Gears by Nena and George O'Neill ind Japan as 
Number One by Ezra Vogel. 

In 1986, Hironaka made a successfiil run for an office in the House 
of Councillors, where she has served ever since. Currently, she is chair 
of the Research Committee on Economy, Industry, and Employment 
and a member of the Committee on Education, Culture, and Science. 

She is also active internationally, serving such organizations as 
Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment, Micro Credit 
Summit Council of Parliamentarians, the World Commission on 
Forests and Sustainable Development, and many others. 

Hironaka remains moved by comments made by Larry Wien at the 
thirtieth anniversary in 1988. "He said he used his money in a way 
that brought him more pleasure than any material acquisitions ever 
could," she recalled. "He was a generous philanthropist whose vision 
changed a lot ot lives." 

For information about the fiftieth anniversary, visit 

Think Again 

Alumni College attendees get lesson in creativity 

You may not think you would need to go 
back to college to learn how to fold a T-shirt. 
That, however, is just what more than two 
hundred alumni, friends, and members of 
the Brandeis University National Women's 
Committee (BUNWC) did June 8 at Alum- 
ni College during the first day of Reunion. 

During his class "Five Steps to Innovation 
and Creative Thinking: Unleashing Creativ- 
ity for Individuals and Groups," Associate 
Professor of Human Services Management 
Jon Chilingerian, P'07, P'lO, challenged 
attendees to think more creatively about 
everyday things — like folding a T-shirt — 
and broad organizational issues that face 
large institutions. Creative thinking, he said, 
leads to greater innovation. 

"It was just fabulous," said Joan Small, a 
BUNWC member from Arizona. "His ideas 
on leadership, organization, and getting 

things done were particularly usefijl for us 
when thinking about BUNWC." 

"I love engaging with people who can 
actually teach me," said Chilingerian. "I 
create the conversation, and then we all 
teach each other." 

With topics as varied as black-Jewish 
relations, the paintings of Nicolas Poussin, 
the ever-changing brain, and the cost of col- 
lege tuition, attendees at this year's Alumni 
College had plenty of intellectually stimu- 
lating classes and workshops to choose 
from. Each registrant selected as many as 
four of eight classes offered at the daylong 
academic symposium, which featured some 
prominent Brandeis faculty members. 

Instructors included Jonathan Unglaub, 
assistant professor of fine arts and chair 
of medieval and Renaissance studies; Don 
Katz, assistant professor of psychology; 

Irving Epstein, the Henry F. Fischbach 
Professor of Chemistry and Howard 
Hughes Medical Institute Professor; 
Michael Coiner, associate professor of eco- 
nomics; Ibrahim Sundiata, the Samuel and 
Augusta Spector Professor of History; and 
Dawn Skorczewski, director of university 
writing and associate professor of English 
and American literature. 

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More than one thousand alumni and their families came back to campus June 8 to 10 to 
celebrate Reunion 2007. Alumni from ten classes enjoyed a series of special events. Class 
photos were taken during the Ralph Norman Barbecue on June 9. The 50th Reunion of the 
Class of 1957 was held in May during Commencement (see page 39). Through June 25, 
Reunion classes had raised a combined $3.9 million. The final total will be even higher. 

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Class of 1952 

Gus Ranis and Max Perlitsh cochaired 
the 55th Reunion Gift Committee. 
June Saftel Goldman, Julian Koss, 
Gene Saklad, and Len Van Gaasbeek 
cochaired the 55th Reunion Program 
Committee. The Class of 1952 — the 
first Brandeis class to celebrate a 
55th Reunion — completed it class 
scholarship at $717,300 with a 
71 percent Reunion participation rate. 

Class of 1962 

Sid Boorstein and Bill Singer served as cochairs of the 45th 
Reunion Committee. The Class of 1962 raised $281,979 with 
a 40 percent participation rate. 

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Class of 1967 

Howard Scher was chair of the 40th Reunion 
Committee. The Class of 1967 raised $76,432 
with a 48 percent participation rate. 

Class of 1972 

Martin Gross and Meyer Koplow were cochairs of 
the 35th Reunion Committee. The class raised 
$615,526 with a 49 percent participation rate. 

Class of 1977 

Murray Greenberg and David Hodes were 
cochairs of the 30th Reunion Committee. The 
Class of 1977 raised $177,541 with a 43 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 1982 

Glenn Langberg and Susan Lewtan Langberg 
cochaired the 25th Reunion Committee. The 
class raised $224,337 with a 41 percent 
participation rate. 

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Michael Kivort served as chair of the 20th 
Reunion Committee. The class raised $101,550 
with a 32 percent participation rate. 

Class of 1992 

Scott Kessier and Scott Tobin cochaired the 15th 
Reunion. The Class of 1992 raised $65,792 with 
a 30 percent participation rate. 

Class of 1997 

Stacy Norden Bess and Leigh Kessier served as 
cochairs of the Class of 1997 10th Reunion. 
The class raised $57,752 with a 24 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 2002 

Mike Berger and Janna (Rosenberg) Berger served 
as cochairs of the 5th Reunion Committee. The 
Class of 2002 raised $22,372 with a 24 percent 
participation rate. 


Alumni Association and Future Alumni of Brandeis 

The Alumni Association and Future Alumni of Brandeis (FAB) held their annual student-alumni event, "The Real World: After 
Brandeis, " in March. Juniors and seniors attended a life-skills session, networking dinner, and career panel. Hosts were Sara Kahan '07 
and FAB cochairs Beth Wexelman '07 and Matt Brown '08. 

Sara Rosenfeld '81 (left), senior vice presi- 
dent and manager of Coldwell Banker Res- 
idential Brokerage, and Julian Hyman '78, 
senior vice president of investments at 
Smith Barney, spoke about housing and 
managing finances after graduation. 

Development consultant Lori Berman Gans '83, MMHS'86 (left), and Lou Woolf '76, 
executive vice president and chief operating officer of North Shore Medical Center, served 
on the career panel, which also included Donald Stewart '76, director of academic 
resources at Brown University. Other alumni panelists included Margaret Sullivan '82, 
director of graduate admissions at Boston University's School of Education; Emily 
(Kargauer) Samansky 00, attorney at Johnson & Borenstein; Adam Samansky 00, attor- 
ney at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge; David Weiner '63, former president of Children's 
Hospital Boston and now president and chief executive officer of Boston Latin School 
Association; Bob Halperin '77, chief education officer of Young Presidents Organization; 
and Wendy Russman-Halperin '75, adviser to the junior and senior classes at Brandeis. 

Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. 

The Alumni Club of Washington, D.C, hosted a panel presentation, "Technology, the Media, and You: The Impact of Real-Time 
Journalism, " at the Beacon Hotel in April. Panelists included (left photo) Dorian Friedman '83 (left), director of external relations at the 
American Prospect; Rob Levy '89 (right), senior multimedia producer for Discovery Communications; and Walter Mossberg '69 (second 
from right), personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal. They were joined by club president Dan Kazzaz '74 (second from 
left) and event chair Jan Solomon '73. Right photo, from left: Avi Coburn '04; Phyllis Brenner Coburn '75, P'04, P'07, P'lO; David 
Coburn '73, P'04, P'07, P'lO; and Shayna Skelley '06. 

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Steven London '77 (right), Tedd Lustig '91 
(center), and Lunch Series committee member 
Doug Rosner '88 welcomed Peter Conrad, the 
Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences, at a 
lunch on March 7 at the offices of Brown Rudnick 
Berlack Israels. Conrad discussed the subject of his 
recently published book, The Medicalization of 
Society. Erica Michals Silverman '95 and Barbara 
Cantor Sherman '54, P'83, are also members of 
the committee. 

Alumni Club of Chicago 

Guests gathered in April at the Glencoe 
home of host Robin Goldman Leikin '78 
for a Faculty in the Field discussion, 
"From Brandeis Classrooms to Balkan 
Battlefields and Back," by Steven Burg, 
the Adlai Stevenson Professor of 
International Politics. 

Boston-area alumni toured the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, New 
Hampshire, on March 25. The visit included a guided tour of the Brew 
Hall and a visit to the Clydesdale Hamlet, home of the world-famous 
Budweiser Clydesdales. From left: Paul Levenson '52, P'78, P'82; Sheryl 
Levenson, P'78, P'82; Clare Hurley, MM'05; Shubhra Kumar '94; Elizabeth 
Sandler-Spindel '78; Michael Schwartz '89; Seth Kaufman '97; Joanna 
Rothman '97; Zina Jordan '61; event chair Melissa Bank Stepno '99; Eric 
Stepno; and David Daiell '98. 

Alumni Club of 
Southern California 

Top photo, from left: Roger 
Sohn '73; Francine Ladd 
Sohn '74, former president of 
the Alumni Club of Southern 
California; Mark Aronson '55; 
and Marty Brower joined more 
than fifty fellow alumni and 
friends at the home of Lou and 
Tani Sackler Krouse '57 at a 
Faculty in the Field event in 
February. Bottom photo: 
Professor Steve Whitfield, 
PhD'72 (center), led a discussion 
on 'An Appreciation of Jewish 
Humor." He is flanked by Tani 
Krouse and her husband, Lou. 


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Alumni Association and National Women's Committee 

Assistant Professor of Psychology Don Katz (left) delivered a talk 
about "The Ever-Changing Brain: Learning in Neurons, Whole 
Animals, and You," at a Faculty in the Field/University on Wheels 
event in Seattle in May, cosponsored by the Alumni Association and 
the Brandeis University National Women's Committee. Katz is shown 
here with (from left) event cochairs Barbara Sherer and Jeannie 
Moskowitz (BUNWC) and Eli Patashnik '83. 






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Leslie Zebrowitz (center), the Manuel Yellen Professor of 
Social Relations, spoke about "The Origin of First 
Impressions" at a Faculty in the Field/University on Wheels 
event in Minneapolis in April, cosponsored by the Alumni 
Association and Brandeis University National Women's 
Committee. Zebrowitz is shown with Judy Sherman (left). 
president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul BUNWC chapter, 
and Wendy Robinson Schwartz '79, cochair of the Twin 
Cities Alumni Admissions Council. 

Alumni Club of Cincinnati 

Professor of Coexistence Mari Fitzduff 
(second from right) spoke about "War in the 
World Today: Beyond Winning or Losing," at 
a Faculty in the Field event in February. 
She was joined by (from left) former Alumni 
Association president Darlene Green 
Kamine '74, P'03; club president and event 
chair Chuck Kamine '74, P'03; Jennifer 
Mitzman '03; and Hilda Rosenberg '77. The 
event was cosponsored by Xavier University's 
Peace and Justice Program. 

GLBT Alumni Network 

The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Alumni Network met at Brandeis House in 
New York for a panel discussion on the "GLBT Brandeis Experience." Panelists Judith 
Kesselman '56, Claudette Charbonneau '57, Fred Berg '77, Brian Drutman '84, and 
Leo Dorfman '04 (second from right) shared their experiences. The event was cochaired 
by Thomas W Brown '95, Gerard Cabrera "85, and Michael Sklar '79 (right). Other 
attendees included Scott Frost '10 (left) and David Klotz '86 (second from left). 

Meet and Greet in New Mexico 

Beata IngeborgThorstensen '96 (center), senior policy 
analyst and director of the State Action for Education 
Leadership Project at the New Mexico Office of 
Education Accountability, discussed the status of New 
Mexico's education .system at a Meet and Greet event 
hosted by Valerie Zamzok Velhagen '90 (left) in 
March. Adam M. Greenwald '98 (right) chaired the 
event. Alumni Admissions Council chair Marlene 
Aronin Sigel '72 updated the group on admissions 
efforts in the area. 

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Diana Laskin Siegal 

900 SW 31st Street, #BE339 
Topeka, KS 66611 

Judith Marks Kass 

Brookline, Massachusetts 
Kass is trustee for the Albert E. Marks 
Charitable Trust. The trust supports 
living Jewish culture in the United 
States, the improvement of Arab-Jewish 
relations in Israel, and efforts toward 
Israeli-Palestinian peace. She and her 
husband, Sy, recently returned from 
their annua! trip to Israel, where they 
were encouraged by their contacts with 
people working on projects funded by 
the trust. 

Abraham Heller 

1400 Runnymede Road 
Dayton, OH 45419 



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William Marsh 

5113 Castlerock Way 
Naples, FL 34112 

Paula Eisenberg Goldfader 

New York City 

Goldfader has become a serious 
photographer in her retirement years. 
In addition to selling her work, she has 
a group of photos published in Still Life: 
Documenting Cancer Survivorship 
(Umbrage Editions, 2007). 

Isaac Goodman 

Atherton, California 
Goodman writes, "We're still going 
strong. I am practicing law full time, 
playing basketball four days a week, and 
enjoying family and friends." 

Barbara (Cohen) Rosenberg 

Saint Helena, California 
Rosenberg received the 2007 Judith 
Chapman Women's Leadership Award 
from the Judith Chapman Women's 
Leadership Fund of the Jewish 
Community Endowment Fund. Each 
year, the organization recognizes a 
woman who exhibits significant and 
sustained volunteer leadership in the 
Jewish community. Rosenberg was cited 
for her consistent and creative dedication 
in leading fundraising efforts for the 
Jewish and general communities. 


Judith Paul! Aronson 

838 N. Doheny Drive, #906 
Los Angeles, CA 90069 


Leona Feldman Curhan 

366 River Road 
Carlisle, MA 01741 

Marjorie Grodner Housen 

Housen and her husband, Charley, 
celebrated their fiftieth wedding 
anniversary at a gala. She was also 
honored at a special event as a Woman 
of Distinction by the Boston chapter 
of Hadassah. 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller 

1443 Beacon Street, #403 
Brookline, MA 02446 

Not even torrential rains could dampen 
the warmth and spirit of our 50th 
Reunion. However green, naive, or 
inadequate any of us thought we were, 
we learned how we had unknowingly 
impacted, inspired, and affected others. 
Three panels of storytellers prompted 
others to add their reflections; what wise, 
brave, bright, entertaining people we have 
become! Even those no longer with us 
were with us. Events meticulously planned 
filled our hearts and minds, leaving time 
to visit. We resurrected Hi Charlie, 
athletic moments, nostalgia (what a 
DVD), and the drinking song. Finally, 
embracing the magnitude of this occasion, 
we joined the honorary' degree recipients 
at a gala dinner, then accepted the honor, 
ourselves, of marching in commencement. 

Janet Cohen David 
New York City 

David writes, "I am sorry I missed our 
50th Reunion. I've been enjoying 
retirement from private practice as a 
psychologist and working part time 
teaching and supervising psychotherapists 
in training. 1 also volunteer at the 
American Museum of Natural History 
and am a zone gardener in Central Park." 

Barbara (Derocher) Holleman 

Lexington, Massachusetts 
Holleman writes, "On September 1, 200^, 
I retired from my practice of clinical social 
work, having worked two years in the 
Maiden Public Schools' special-needs pro- 


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gram, eighteen years at the Massachusetts 
General Hospital Chelsea Health Center, 
and in my own private practice from 
1989. It is ven,- gratifying to know that 
many people's lives have changed because 
of the work we did together." 

Ronald Klayman 
Stoughton, Massachusetts 
Klayman and his wife, Sandy, proudly 
announce the birth of their first grand- 
child, Matthew William. They celebrated 
their lorr)'-tourth wedding anniversary 
on January 13. Klayman writes, "Hello 
to all my former classmates." 

Marilyn (Blackman) Salter 
Newton, Massachusetts 
Salter has three children, all of whom 
graduated from Brandeis: David '88. 
Sharon '91, and Susan (Salter) 
Bradley '95. 



Judith Brecher Borakove 

10 East End Avenue. #2-F 
New/ York, NY 10021 

David Cohen 

West Palm Beach, Florida 

Cohen is alive and well, playing in West 

Palm Beach. He looks forward to seeing 

everyone next year at the 50th Reunion. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout 

7238 Brambury Court 
Sarasota, FL 34238 


Joan Silverman Wallack 

28 Linden Shores 

Branford, CT 06405 

Joel Lebow 

Needham, Massachusetts 
Lebow writes, "I'm awaiting my fourth 
grandchild. I'm still in the retail business. 
Congratulations to Brandeis tor its huge 
growth in population. Best to all alumni.' 


Judith Leavitt Schatz 

139 Cumberland Road 
Leominster, MA 01453 

Beth Rapfogel Roy 

San Francisco 

Roy's new book, Parents Lives, Children's 
Needs: Working Together for Everyone's 
Well-Being, was published in May by 
Personhood Press. 


Ann Leder Sharon 

13890 Ravenwood Drive 
Saratoga, CA 95070 

Beth Bondel Rosenthal 

Palo Alto, California 
Rosenthal writes, "I am a clinical psy- 
chologist in private practice in Palo Alto. 
I have been working as a psychologist for 
the past twenry-five years. I have been 
happily married to my husband, Peter, 
for almost forty-five years. I have a son, 
age thirty-seven, who lives in Menlo 
Park, California, and a daughter, age 
thirty-four, who lives in Berkeley, Califor- 
nia. I feel very blessed to have them and 
their children (three grandchildren and 
one on the way) close by. Unfortunately, 
I was not able to attend our 45th 
Reunion because it conflicted with my 
forty-ninth high school reunion." 

Leni Friedman Valenta 

Boca Raton, Florida 

Valenta writes, "I am a writer, currently 

working with my husband, Russian 

scholar Jiri Valenta, on a major book 

about the collapse of the former Soviet 
Union. We are near completion and 
looking for a publisher. I have two 
daughters. Erica Hamilton, who is work- 
ing toward a PhD in health sciences, and 
Liza Hamilton, who is a manager for the 
National Academy of Sciences." 

Miriam Osier Hyman 

140 East 72nd Street. #16B 
New York, NY 10021 

Michael Obsatz 
Golden Valley, Minnesota 
Obsatz became professor emeritus at 
Macalester College in St. Paul after forty 
years of teaching in the education and 
sociology departments. He has written 
three books, Raising Nonviolent Children, 
Healing Our Anger, and From Stalemate 
to Soiilmate. 

Arlene Shapiro Wiseth 
Silver Spring, Maryland 
Wiseth writes, "I am a certified rehabili- 
tation counselor with my own consulting 
firm. I am married to Bob and have a 
son. Marc, who practices law in San 
Francisco and who married Katherine 
Dowling in October 2006. After twenty- 
five years. Bob is converting, and we will 
remarry in October. I am in a wheelchair 
full time, but I don't let that stop me, 
although I am not the dancer I once 
was. I would love to hear from anyone 
who happens to remember me — or even 
from those who don't." 


Shelly A. Wolf 

113 Naudain Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147 

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Elizabeth Lapidus Zelvin 

New York City 

Zelvin's mystery Death Will Get You Sober 
will be published by St. Martin's Press in 
2008. She is still doing therapy online 
at and training 
clinicians in online practice skills. 


Joan Furber Kalafatas 

3 Brandywyne 

Wayland, MA 01778 


Kenneth E. Davis 

28 Mary Chilton Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Joseph Shuldiner 


Shuldiner, one of the nations foremost 
experts in the field of public housing, 
has been named executive director of 
the Municipal Housing Authority in 
Yonkers, New York. He formerly served 
as assistant secretary of the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban 
Development and as director of public 
housing in the three largest cities in the 


Anne Reilly Hort 

10 Old Jackson Avenue, #21 
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 

Babette Bleifeld Zacks 

Tenatly, New Jersey 

Zacks recently became certified to train 

academic language therapists in the 

remediation of dyslexia. 

alumnipiofile Elliot Aronson, '54 

Changing Behavior, Changing Attitudes 

While a student at Brandeis, Elliot 
Aronson '54 chatted with a young woman 
he wanted to know better. He followed her 
to her class, taught by "some guy named 
Maslow, ' he recalls. He lost interest in the 
young woman but, thanks to the teaching 
of famed professor Abraham Maslow, fell 
in love with psychology. 

"I think I found the one thing I was best 
suited for," he says. "But it was a lucky cir- 

Author of the seminal textbook The 
Social Animal, Aronson became a famed 
psychology professor in his own right, 
named (along with Maslow) as one of the 
hundred most eminent psychologists of 
the twentieth century. After graduating 
from Brandeis, he earned a master's at 
Wesleyan and a doctorate at Stanford 
before going on to teach at Harvard, the 
University of Minnesota, the University 
of Texas, and the University of California, 
Santa Cruz. Recently, he received a life- 
time achievement award from the Associ- 
ation of Psychological Science, which 
cited him as a man who "fundamentally 
changed the way we look at everyday life." 

As a Stanford graduate student, Aronson 
made an immediate impression by devising 
a now-classic experiment on cognitive dis- 
sonance. His investigation showed that 
people who went through the harshest ini- 
tiation to get into a group liked the group 
better than those who went through a mild 
initiation. According to Aronson, the sub- 
jects reconciled dissonance by concluding 
that a sensible person would not go 
through a severe initiation to get into a 
worthless group. 

The experiment taught Aronson his 
greatest lesson of social influence: changing 

people's behavior will change their atti- 
tudes. He has tried to do that for society's 
benefit with the "jigsaw classroom," in 

which small clusters of students work 
together to solve problems. It motivates 
students to empathize with each other and 
helps quell racial conflict and violence in 
schools, he says. 

"The act of working together and being 
mutually interdependent really opens the 
eyes and the heart," Aronson says. 

Despite losing most of his eyesight from 
macular degeneration, he recently joined 
forces with author Carol Tavris to write 
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why 
We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, 
and Hurtful Acts. The book is the latest step 
in a career in which Aronson has repeated- 
ly broken new ground in understanding 
human behavior and social interaction. 

— Lewis Rice '86 


David Greenwald 

1920 Chestnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Our daughter Anna Forman-Greenvi^ald 
'02 married Zachary Pelta-Heller '02 

on July 1, 2006, at Citizens Bank Park 

in Philadelphia. Many Brandeisians from 
our era and theirs were in attendance, 
including Amanda Cohen '02, Alisa 
Drooker '02, Daniel Fishman '02, 
Courtney McElerney '02, Ruth Selzer 
Vogel, Morris Vogel '67, and Larry 
Brown '67. Brandeis professor James 
Mandrell also attended. 


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Donald Drapkin 

Englewood, New Jersey 
Drapkin, former vice chairman of 
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., 
has joined Lazard as vice chairman ot 
Lazard International and chairman of 
Lazard's Investment Committee. He will 
focus on strategic investments and initia- 
tives for Lazard and its clients worldwide. 

Jay Kaufman, MA'73 
Lexington, Massachusetts 
Kaufman is in his seventh term in the 
Massachusetts Legislature, where he 
serves as chair of the Committee on 
Public Service. He is also heading the 
Center for Leadership and Public Life at 
Northeastern University. He is empty- 
nesting comfortably. 


Phoebe Epstein 

205 West 89th Street, #10-S 
New York, NY 10024 

Bernard Gerber 


Gerber writes, "The Gerbers are doing 
well in Houston, my hometown. After 
Brandeis, I attended the University of 
Texas Southwestern Medical School in 
Dallas and stayed another year for an 
internal medicine internship before 
heading back to Boston for a psychiatric 
residency at Massachusetts General Hos- 
pital. Our two children, Sarah (Gerber) 
Abrahams '98 and Jacob, were born in 
Boston before we moved back to Texas 
in 1978. After academic work at Baylor 
College of Medicine for four years, I 
have been in private practice ever since. 1 
have been president ot the Houston Psy- 
chiatric Society and the Texas Society of 
Psychiatric Physicians and am currently 
vice president of the Harris County 
Medical Society. My wife, Carol, retired 
from special-education teaching a few 
years ago. Our daughter lives in Austin 
with her husband, Eric, and our two 
grandsons, ages three years and two 
months. Jacob lives in San Antonio. " 

Neil Kauffman 

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 
Kauffman and Barbara Drebing's oldest 
son, Brian, graduated from Columbia 
College in May 2006. He now works as a 
paralegal at the law firm Paul, Weiss in 
Manhattan. Kauffman and Drebing 
recently celebrated the twenty-fifth 
anniversary of Kauffman & Drebing, their 
financial planning firm in Philadelphia. 

Daniel Levitt 
San Francisco 

Levitt, a twenty-year veteran of the 
biotechnology and pharmaceutical 
industries, was named executive vice 
president of research and development at 
Cerimon Pharmaceuticals. He will direct 
Cerimon's product development activi- 
ties and manage the company's clinical 
programs for its lead product candidate, 
Simulect, and for topical Diclofenac. 


Charles S. Eisenberg 

4 Ashford Road 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Paul Fleisher 
Richmond, Virginia 

Fleisher s book Parasites: Latching On to a 
Free Lunch was honored as 2006 Out- 
standing Science Trade Book by the 
National Science Teachers Association and 
Children's Book Council. The book was 
starred as a Selectors' Choice, indicating 
that individual panel members responded 
to it with particular enthusiasm. 

Nancy Danforth Gault 

Southbury, Connecticut 

Gault received a master of arts degree in 

Teachers of English to Speakers of 

Other Languages from Fairfield 

University in January. 


Richard Kopley 

608 W. Hillside Avenue 
State College, PA 16803 

Jonathan Reiter 

New York City 

Reiter married Karen Anne Bernard on 

January 20 at the Carlyle in New York. 


Dan Garfinkel 

2420 Kings Lane 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Lou Liebhaber 

Allentown, Pennsylvania 

See Barbara Golden Liebhaber '73. 

Warren Soiffer 
New York Cit)' 

Soiffer writes, "After completing a career 
in the U.S. Foreign Service, I am pursuing 
my dream of writing, and dividing my 
time between the Upper West Side of 
Manhattan and the northern Catskill 
town of Phoenicia. " 


George Kahn 

11300 Rudman Drive 

Culver City, CA 90230 

Alice Freund 

Montclair, New Jersey 
Freund is an industrial hygienist and 
teacher at Mount Sinai School of Medi- 
cine. She married union organizer Larry 
Lipschultz of the JRK Blues Project. 
They have two daughters, Liz, who 
attends Pitzer College, and Amy, fifteen, 
a competitive rock climber. 

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Ruth Gottlieb King 

New Haven, Connecticut 
King continues her work as a child, 
adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at 
Yale University School of Medicine and 
in private practice. Among her favorite 
avocations are singing with the New 
Haven Chorale and hearing her daugh- 
ter Claire '09 sing with Manginah 
at Brandeis. 

Barbara Golden Liebhaber and 
Lou Liebhaber 72 

AJlcntown, Pennsylvania 
Lou recently retired as chief operations 
officer of Lehigh Valley Hospital and is 
running a thriving management 
consulting business of his own. Barbara 
has worked as an assistant professor ot 
music and director of music education at 
Moravian College in Bethlehem, 
Pennsylvania, since 1996. She is also the 
educational consultant and pianist tor 
the music ensemble Satori, a group that 
performs concerts as well as assembly 
programs and presentations in music for 
all ages. She writes, "We recently 
performed three of the Claude Boiling 
Suites — for violin, flute, and guitar — 
and already have concerts booked for 
next year. Our two children are adults. 
Sarah teaches sixth grade in Central 
Bucks, Pennsylvania, and lives in 
Philadelphia with her husband, Aron. 
David is attending law school in 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania." 

Jeremy Spector 

Princeton, New Jersey 
Spector has been appointed vice chair of 
the American Bar Association's 
Committee on Tax Exempt Financing. 
In this role, he will help guide the com- 
mittee's activities, including identifying 
and engaging in opportunities affecting 
the development and administration of 
tax laws, conducting continuing legal 
education programs, and recruiting suc- 
cessors for the committee's leadership 
positions. Spector is also a partner and 
head of the public-finance group's tax 
practice at Blank Rome. 


Class of 1974 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Denise Dill Bell 

Upper Marlboro, Maryland 

Bell writes, 'As fate would have it, for 

twentj'-seven years I've been a federal 

contractor specializing in commercial 

renovations. I'm a Maryland home 

builder with rwo sons, ages fourteen and 

fifteen. My husband and I and our boys 

live in the hills of Marlboro (tobacco 

country) in Maryland." 

Robert Creo 


Creo published his book Alternative 
Dispute Resolution: Law, Procedure, and 
Commentary for the Pennsylvania Practi- 
tioner with the George T. Bisel Compan\- 
in October 2006. 

Thomas Phillips 
Westborough, Massachusetts 
Phillips wrote the musical score for 
Louis D. Brandeis: The People's Attorney, 
a PBS documentary film that premiered 
at Brandeis. 

Sandra Saltzer-Duzak 
Green Valley, Arizona 
Saltzer-Duzak graduated with honors from 
the Arizona Culinary Institute in 2005. 
She is a personal chef in the Tucson area. 
She is also the group leader for Taste of 
Home Entertaining, a new direct-sales 
party company featuring products for the 
cook and for those who love to entertain. 
Visit tor details. 


Class of 1975 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Alison Bass 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Bass was selected as one of seven Alicia 
Patterson Fellows for 2007 for a 
nonfiction narrative she is writing about 
the health-care industry. The book, 
tentatively titled Tivisted Medicine, is 
slated to be published by Algonquin 
Press in early 2008. Bass is an adjunct 
professor of journalism at Brandeis, 
where she teaches the course The New 
Media Landscape. 

Phyllis Click Kosminsky, PhD'83 

Pleasantville, New York 
Kosminsky recently published her first 
book. Getting Back to Life When Grief 
Won't Heal, with McGraw-Hill. 

Arietta Liebgatt-Twersky 

Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania 
Liebgatt-Twersky received a master's 
degree in music therapy in 1977. Since 
then, she has raised four children, one of 
whom recently moved to Israel. She 
recently returned to school in pursuit ot a 
master's in occupational therapy. 

Suzanne Ginsberg Seff 


Seff writes, "After a year in California, 
three years in Denver, where I received 
my MBA, and another two years in 
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, I have been 
living in Baltimore tor the past twenty- 
five years, practicing as a physical 
therapist. I am the clinic director for 
Physiotherapy Associates at Lifebridge. 
We specialize in orthopedics, and my 
special interest is in chronic pain. After a 
twenty-year marriage and subsequent 
divorce, I remarried in 2003 to Irv Seff 
who is the regional manager for an 
Internet-based marketing company, and 
have expanded my family of three kids 
(Andrea, nventy-five, Mark, twenty-two, 
and Carla, twenty) to include rwo 
stepchildren, Melinda, twenty-six, and 
Rachel, twenty-two, as well as two dogs. 
It is a busy household, to say the least. 
I would love to hear from any of my 
Brandeis friends." 

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alumniprofile Michael Lewis '64 

Passion Comes into Focus 

Decades ago, in a classroom at Brandeis, 
Michael Lewis '64 learned all he ever 
needed to know about photography — in, 
of all places, an art history class taught by 
Leo Bronstein. 

"By opening the world ot 
art and artists to me. Profes- 
sor Bronstein expanded my 
vision," Lewis says. "He gave 
me the tools to understand 
how to express emotion 
through color and form, 
which is what photography is 
all about." 

An orthopedic surgeon 
who has treated basketball 
legend Michael Jordan, 
Lewis combined his love ot 
travel and photography to 
produce One World: A View of 50 Coun- 
tries, a picture book that captures his jour- 
neys around the world in vibrant color 
(available at 

Lewis's favorite images express the 
themes of harmony, beauty in diversity, 
and connection to one another. They 
include a woman in Cuba chomping a 
cigar, an Israeli soldier praying at the West- 
ern Wall, a dry lake in Namibia, and the 
cover image of a zebra and egret together. 

Lewis, a native of Texas who now lives 
outside Chicago, began his travels more 
than thirty years ago while stationed in 
England as an Air Force doctor. 

"Someone else might reflect on circum- 
stances by writing a story, painting a pic- 
ture, or composing a poem," Lewis says. 
"Photography is my way of expressing the 
emotions that I feel while traveling." 

It he produces another book, it could 
be titled My Adi'entures as n Team Doctor. 
His work as the orthopedic consultant to 
baseball's Chicago White Sox and basket- 
ball's Chicago Bulls afforded him the 
opportunity to be near two of sport's most 
compelling figures of the last halt- 

century — maverick White Sox owner Bill 
Veeck and Jordan. 

"Bill Veeck was one of the most creative, 
energetic, insightful men I have ever met," 

Margery Williams 

Somerville, Massachusetts 

Williams stayed in the Boston area after 

graduating. She received a law degree 

from Northeastern Universitv in 1983 

and attended Massachusetts C^ollege of 

Art for a while in the '90s. She writes, 

"I am an artist, currently working on 
amulets with Jewish and Islamic visual 
themes. For twelve years, I've been 
married to Dan Luker, a carpenter and 
licensed general contractor specializing 
in historically sensitive rehabilitation of 
old houses." 

Lewis says. "One quality I tried hard to 
emulate was his ability to be so comfort- 
able with himself that he makes everyone 
around him comtortable." 

Lewis was on the medical staff for the 
Bulls during the last two years of their 
NBA championship run in the 1990s. 
"Traveling with the Bulls was like traveling 
with the Beatles must have been in the 
1960s, " Lewis says. "Everywhere we went, 
we were mobbed by people." 

Lewis tended to Jordan after he suffered 
a nasty injury near his eye during a playoff 
game in 1998. The physician had to 
choose whether to suture the wound, 
which would have kept Jordan from 
playing, or apply strips of tape in hopes of 
stopping the bleeding. 

"I was imagining the headline in the 
Chicago paper, 'Bulls lose championship 
because of Dr. Michael Lewis,'" Lewis 

The headline was never written: The 
strips of tape held and the Bulls won the 
game on the way to the last of their six 
NBA tides. 

— David E. Nathan 


Beth Pearlman 

1773 Diane Road 

Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Many of us were reminded how fragile 
and short life can be by the untimely 
deaths of two of our classmates. Jeffrey 
Pomeranz and Eric Shapiro both 
passed away in April (zichronom 
I'vracha). You can read more in "In 
Memoriam" on page 72. Meanwhile, 
please send in your milestones and 
accomplishments. It feels important to 
share those with one another. 

Joseph Edward Rizzo 

Rizzo, an attorney, has been teaching 
business and law at Northeastern 
University since 1990. He is currently a 
visiting professor at Bridgewater State 
College School of Business. He main- 
tains a law practice in the Back Bay that 
concentrates on the representation of 
small businesses and real-estate interests. 
Rizzo also works closely with sports 
agents in the areas of contract and 
employment law. When not working or 
teaching, he lives on Cape Cod, travels 
the country attending sporting events, 
and plays endless golf 

Sandra Seltzer Segal 

Santa Barbara, California 
Segal writes, "I am a special-education 
teacher at a private school. My son, 
Andy, is a high school junior. I would 
love to hear from fellow alumni at " 

Iroka Joseph Udeinya 

Enugu, Nigeria 

Udeinya returned to Nigeria a few years 
ago after living in Washington, D.C., 
while pursuing a PhD at Howard 
University. He has established a 
laboratory and is attempting to develop a 
treatment for AIDS from a derivative of 
the Neem tree. 

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Fred Berg 

145 Fourth Avenue, #19-C 
New York, NY 10003 

Ira Cohen 

Agoura Hills, California 
Cohen has been married for rwenty- 
seven years to wife Jeri. They have two 
boys, Andrew, fitteen, and Matthew, 
twelve. He is the founder and chairman 
of the Mortgage House Inc., a mortgage 
banking company with twelve offices. 

Robin Jaffee Frank 

Westport, Connecticut 
Frank, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Senior 
Associate Curator of American Paintings 
and Sculpture at the Yale University Art 
Gallery, had an essay, "Portraits of Chil- 
dren," published in the book Expressions of 
Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from 
the June Katcher Collection of Americana. 

E. Stewart Mittler 

Mittler writes, "I recently read the book 
The Mothers' Group by Suzanne Loebl, 
mother of classmate David Loebl. In her 
moving and deeply personal memoir, 
Loebl tells the story of David's battle 
with AIDS and her own unflinching 
courage and unwavering support, from 
his first diagnosis as HIV-positive to his 
final days in a San Francisco hospital ten 
years later. The book also tells the story 
of the founding of the Mothers' Group, 
a support group in New York's 
Greenwich Village composed of a diverse 
group of brave women who together 
shepherd one another through the 
unspeakable ordeal of losing a child. The 
story recounts more than David's illness 
and death, however. Loebl provides us 
with glimpses of David's entire life, from 
child to teenager to college student .it 
Brandeis, and later, graduate student at 
Berkeley and successful businessman. In 
her doing so, we witness firsthand the 
growth, both figuratively and literally, of 
a unique and remarkable man. The ulti- 
mate tragedy of the story is that the life 

described had just reached its full bloom 
when it was cut short by a disease which 
no one could have imagined was possible 
just a few years earlier. During the mid- 
'70s, David was a fixture on the Brandeis 
campus, participating in everything from 
political actions, such as marching in 
support of the occupation of the sociolo- 
gy building and protesting financial aid 
cuts to poor students, to partying wildly 
at the Usdan Lives and Bronstein Day 
festivities. During his senior year at 
Brandeis, David participated in a student 
organization and taught a sociology 
course on homosexuality in America. 
The Mothers' Group is autobiographical as 
well, weaving in tales of Mrs. Loebl's 
own childhood in Germany, surviving 
the Holocaust in Belgium, her emigra- 
tion to America, her marriage to her 
husband ok more than fift)' years, 
chemist Ernest Loebl, her tumultuous 
relationship with her own mother, and 
her launching a successkil career as a sci- 
ence writer while raising two children 
during the '50s and '60s. This is a story 
that will resonate not only with gay men 
who came of age in the '70s and '80s — 
and those who loved them — but with 
anyone who has lived through the 
tragedy of losing someone in the prime 
of his life." 

Jan Sandberg 

Tonawanda, New York 
Sandberg writes, "I continue to be a con- 
tributing movie reviewer for the Buffalo 
News. In September 2006, Time- Warner 
Cable asked me to review movies on a 
regular basis for its local magazine-style 
show Crossroads. My segment appears 
every other weekend." 

Marc and Martha Sonnenschein 

Oceanside, New York 
Martha is a senior associate at Cline Bet- 
tridge Bernstein Lighting Design in New 
York City. She recently completed the 
Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, 
and the new arena at Quinnipiac 
University in Connecticut. In December 
2006, she attended the bar mitzvah of 
Morgan Fins, son of Daniel and Deborah 
Liss Fins. Deborah Zecher and Teri 

(Huttner) McRae were also in atten- 
dance. Marc is the production soundman 
at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at 
Lincoln Center. He is working on The 
Coast of Utopia trilogy by Tom Stoppard. 

Valerie Troyansky 

10 West 66th Street, #8J 
New York, NY 10023 

I was honored at the spring dinner of the 
Jewish Reconstruction Federation of 
Metropolitan New York and New Jersey 
for my work in creating a sacred space at 
West End Synagogue in New York City. 
I served as chair of West End's Art 
Committee, transforming an old city 
library into a sanctuary. I also created 
ritual objects — breastplates and mezuzot — 
for the Torahs and the building. 

Mindy Berman 

Newtonville, Massachusetts 
Berman was hired as managing director 
at the Boston office of Jones Lang 
LaSalle. She has more than twenty-five 
years of corporate finance experience, 
including a recent stint as senior 
managing director of 42 North 
Structured Finance Inc., the successor 
company to Key Global Finance. 

Lisa Braverman 

Levittown, New York 
Braverman has been appointed dean of 
the School of Continuing and Profes- 
sional Studies at the Fashion Institute of 
Technology in New York City. She is 
responsible tor overseeing the continued 
expansion of the school, which includes 
the Center for Professional Studies, the 
Enterprise Center, and the Center for 
Precollege Programs. 

Benjamin Feingold 

Beverly Hills, California 
Feingold, an entertainment industry 
executive, is the newest member of 
PlayPhone Inc.'s board of directors. He 

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was one of the leading members of the 
worldwide launch team of the DVD 
format in conjunction with Sony, 
Toshiba, and Warner Bros. He was also 
involved in setting specifications for the 
Blu-ray Disc format and orchestrated all 
key Sony negotiations for digital 
downloading, including agreements with, AOL,, and, as well as discussions 
with Apple. 

Amy Levenson 
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 
Levenson writes, "The last two years 
have been a whirlwind. In December 
2005, my oldest son, Evan, graduated 
with a BBA from the Universit)' of 
Miami. My youngest, Trevor, is a 
sophomore majoring in sociology at the 
University of Colorado at Boulder. 1 got 
divorced after twenty-five years, sold my 
house, resigned my position with a large 
hospice firm, and drove from Boston to 
Glenwood Springs, where I am happily 
living with my new partner, Terry. I have 
a wonderful new position at the hospital 
here. I ski every weekend, float in the 
famous hot springs pools, and have a 
thirteen-minute commute to work! Evan 
moved to Denver last fall, so my kids are 
both three hours away. Change is good. 
Go for it if you've been dreaming it." 

Mark Sultan 

Engclwood, New Jersey 
Sultan is chief of plastic surgery at Beth 
Israel Medical Center in New York City. 
He is an avid cyclist and lives in Engle- 
wood with his wife and four children. 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann 

8 Angler Road 
Lexington, MA 02420 

Pearl Stelnbuch 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Stcinbuch, a professor at Mount Ida's 
School ot Business, has been invited to 
serve on the 2007-08 Economics 1 

Peer Review Committee for the 
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. 
She is one of three experts on the 
discipline committee who will review 
applications. The program is adminis- 
tered bv the Council tor International 
Exchange of Scholars. 

Paul Sullivan 
Washington, D.C. 

Sullivan is a senior fellow at the East 
West Institute's Conflict Prevention 
Program, focusing on projects related to 
countering violent extremism and inter- 
faith negotiations. He is an adjunct pro- 
fessor of security studies at Georgetown 
University, teaching a course on energy 
and security. Sullivan is also part of 
Trialogue21, a high-level initiative to 
build a dialogue on energy and extrem- 
ism issues among the United States, the 
European Union, and China. He has 
also become more involved with the 
United Nations on energy issues, partic- 
ularly in developing countries, with an 
increasing focus on Africa. Sullivan is 
primarily a professor of economics at 
the National Defense University, where 
he also leads the North Africa and 
Levant Regional Security Study. Last 
year, he graduated from MIT's Seminar 
XXI program for future leaders. 


Lewis Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
Richboro, PA 18954 

Lauren Levy Brodie 
Naples, Florida 

Brodie, daughter of Dorothy Saval 
Levy '54, received the 2007 Distin- 
guished Judicial Service Award on 
January 25 from Chief Justice Fred 
Lewis before the entire Florida Supreme 
Court. The annual award recognizes the 
one judge in Florida who has given the 
most outstanding and sustained service 
to the public, especially as it relates to 
support of pro bono legal services. 
Brodie is assigned to the juvenile 

delinquency and family divisions of the 
20th Judicial Circuit, where she has 
served for more than three years. 

Felice Prifer Cotignola 

Madison, New Jersey 
Cotignola is a senior partner and a 
member of the executive committee at 
Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, a mid- 
sized litigation law firm in New York 
City. She writes, "I have a wonderful 
husband, Michael, and a precious 
seventeen-year-old daughter, Melissa. 
She is college shopping now, and I can't 
believe how time flies. I would love to 
be in touch with some of my old friends 
at Brandeis." 

Betsy DIamant-Cohen 


Diamant-Cohen received a doctorate in 
communications design from the 
University of Baltimore in 2005. Her 
book Mother Goose on the Loose was 
published by Neal-Schuman Publishers. 

Edward Prim 


Frim moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 with 

his wife, Lori, and six-year-old daughter, 

Naomi. He is the executive director of the 

Agency for Jewish Learning. 


David J. Allon 

540 Weadley Road 

Wayne, PA 19087 

Bob Carroll 


Carroll writes, "I celebrated my first 
wedding anniversary to Ruth Levi as well 
as the first anniversary ot our move from 
New Jersey to Jerusalem. I am the 
director of development and 
communications at the Interreligious 
Coordinating Council in Israel, which 
puts me in the thick of dialogue efforts 
aimed at furthering reconciliation among 
Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the 
Middle East." 

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Adam Frieman 

Scarsdale, New York 
Frieman joined Probitas Partners, a 
leading knowledge, innovation, and 
solutions provider to private-market 
clients globally, as principal of its New 
York office. He will focus on relationship 
management and liquidity management 
for Probitas's limited-partner client base. 
He has twenty-four years of experience 
on Willi Street, having most recently 
served as deputy head of U.S. equity 
capital markets at UBS. 

Susan Kline 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Kline writes, "Unfortunately, I am writ- 
ing with some very sad news. Terri Paul 
Margoshes, who attended Brandeis for 
her first two years of college and was my 
college roommate, died unexpectedly of 
an acute form ot leukemia on 
September 30, 2006. Terri is survived by 
her husband, Joe Margoshes '80, and 
her ten-year-old son, Bruce. As those ot 
you who knew her will appreciate, Terri 
brought great energy and spirit to the 
work she did in the Jewish community 
in Denver. However, raising Bruce was 
what she was most proud of — and she 
did this with tremendous love, devotion, 
care, and thought. Terri and I remained 
extremely close throughout her life, and 
we had talked about attending last year's 
25th Reunion. She had very fond mem- 
ories of Brandeis. I miss Terri every day. " 

Nancy Weiner 
Burbank, California 
Weiner and her partner, Rina, have 
adopted a beautiful girl, Hannah, who 
will be two in July. Weiner is managing 
programs with the new MHSA movies, 
and Rina is helping her students get 
back on track. 

David Weinstein 
New York City 

Weinstein was named managing director 
and head of Calyon America's newly 
established High Yield and Leveraged 
Capital Markets Group in the United 
States. Calyon is Credit Agricole's corpo- 
rate and investment banking entity. 

Michael Weintraub 

Sudbury, Massachusetts 
Weintraub joined Leerink Swann as senior 
managing director to head corporate 
development and strategy. His background 
includes twenty-five years of executive 
management experience in the health- 
care technology, information services, 
and consulting arenas. 


Ellen Cohen 

1007 Euclid Street, #3 
Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Jeffrey Miller 

Broomall, Pennsylvania 

Miller is director of dental services for 

Greater Binghamton Health Center in 

Binghamton, New York. He is also the 

proud father of a nine-year-old son. 


Lorl Berman Gans 

46 Oak Vale Road 
Newton, MA 02468 

Gary Cohen 
Narberth, Pennsylvania 
Cohen was named senior vice president 
of marketing for Playtex Products Inc. 
He has more than eighteen years of 
classical consumer packaged goods 
experience. He previously served as vice 
president for oral-care global business 
management at the Gillette Company, 
where he had full global profit-and-loss 
responsibility for the Oral B division. 

Lance Kawesch 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Kawesch has formed Kawesch Law 
Group and opened the firm's first office 
in the heart of Boston's financial district 
in April. Kawesch Law Group's practice 
focuses on corporate and securities law; 

mergers and acquisitions; licensing; angel 
and venture funding; tax law; and execu- 
tive compensation. The firm has four 
attorneys who collectively have broad- 
based experience working with compa- 
nies in the technology, life sciences, and 
business-services industries. 

Marc Rothenberg 


Rothenberg, professor of pediatrics and 
director of the division of allergy and 
immunology at Cincinnati Children's 
Hospital Medical Center, received the 
E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in 
Pediatrics at the 2007 annual meeting of 
the Pediatric Academic Societies in 
Toronto. The award honors clinical and 
laboratory research achievements in pedi- 
atrics and is considered the most presti- 
gious award in pediatric research. 
Rothenberg established the Cincinnati 
Center for Eosinophilic Disorders at 
Cincinnati Children's in 2005. 


Class of 1984 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Cheryl Appel 

Sharon, Massachusetts 
Appel lives in Sharon with her husband, 
Dan, her two children, her mother, and 
her dog and lizard. Currently a stay-at- 
home mom, Appel is caring for her nine- 
year-old and three-year-old as well as 
being the primary caregiver for her 
mother, who is in the middle stages of 
Alzheimer's. She would love to hear from 
old friends. 

Leah Binder 

Farmington, Maine 

Binder and Sam Elowitch '92 adopted 

a girl, Fanya Rosa, born December 30, 

2006, in Oxnard, California. She joins 

her eight-year-old brother, Henry. 

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Debra Green Garfinkle 

Aliso Viejo, California 
Garfinkle writes, "I'm a retired lawyer, 
living with my husband and three 
children in Orange County, California. 
My first novel, Storky: How I Lost My 
Nickname and Won the Girl, recently 
came out in paperback. It was published 
in hardback in 2005, and rights were 
sold in Germany, Italy, and Serbia. I had 
two new books published in May: a 
humorous novel called Stuck in the '70s 
and The Band: Trading Guys, the first of 
a racy trilogy about a teenage rock band. 
All of my books are young- adult novels 
published with Penguin. I totally love 
being a writer.' 

Dennis Kelleher 

Potomac, Maryland 

Kelleher married Stacy Weckerling on 

March 3 1 . They had a spectacular 

honeymoon in Belize and are moving to 

Potomac, Maryland. 

Michael Lenett 

Silver Spring, Maryland 
Lenett was elected to the Maryland 
Senate last November and took his seat 
on January 10. He lives in Silver Spring 
with his wife, Kriszti, and their two sets 
of twins, David and Aaron, sixteen, and 
Jason and Sabrina, three. 

Carin (Goldschmidt) Muhlbaum 
Hartsdale, New York 
Muhlbaum celebrated the bar mitzvah ot 
her son. Josh, with fellow Brandeisians 
Robin (Youth) Feldman '87, Ireen 
(Katz) Westrack, Gail (Pomerantz) 
Shapiro '85, Michele (Silber) Kaish, 
Harvey Kaish '82, Denise (Silber) 
Brooks, Lewis Brooks '80, and Chris 
Boyatzis, MA'84, PhD'90. 


James R. Felton 

26956 Helmond Drive 
Calabasas, CA 91301 

Randall Kessler 


Kessler writes, "I married Valerie Cassius, 
and we had our first child, Jolie Miriam, 
on Januar)' 19. My firm, Kessler, Schwarz 
& Sobmiany, has eleven lawyers, all han- 
dling tamilv law cases in Georgia. Visit 
our Web site at " 


Beth Jacobowltz Zive 

16 Furlong Drive 

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

Jaime Ezratty 

East Rockaway, New York 
Ezratty is a partner at the Mineola law 
firm Ezratty, Ezratty & Levine, where he 
specializes in all aspects of real-estate law. 
He was recently elected to the board ot 
directors of the Nassau County Bar Asso- 
ciation, and he has had numerous speak- 
ing engagements involving landlord-tenant 
law. Ezratty is former president of the 
Brandeis Alumni Club of Long Island. He 
lives on the south shore of Long Island 
with his wife, Stacey, and their three sons, 
Harrison, twelve, Ethan, ten, and Lance, 
six. He reports that he often thinks of his 
great times at Brandeis. 


Vanessa B. Newman 

33 Powder Horn Drive 
Suffern, NY 10901 

Lorraine Adier Altschuler 
Potomac, MaPf'land 
Altschuler writes, "I married Philip 
Altschuler in 1998. We have two sons, 
Evan, who was born in 1999, and Sam, 
born in 2002. The boys keep us on our 
toes 24/7. I've spent the last twenty years 
of my career in both the IF and 
publishing arenas and am currently 
director of business technology at UCXi 
in Rockville, Maryland. " 

Laurie Meyers Goldberg 

Englishtown, New Jersey 
Goldberg was named a shareholder at 
the New Jersey law firm Wilentz, 
Goldman & Spitzer, where she has a 
comprehensive real-estate and redevelop- 
ment practice. Her clients include major 
corporations, owners, and developers in 
New Jersey. 

Lance Gould 
New York City 

Gould, former deputy managing editor 
of the Neiv York Daily News and former 
executive director of Spy and Men's 
Fitness magazines, is the new editor of 
the Boston Phoenix. He also wrote a 
book, Shagadelically Speaking: The Words 
and World of Austin Powers. 

Adam Shames 


Shames is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, 
and founder of the Kreativity Network 
( and Adam Shames 
Consulting ( His 
retreats, seminars, and team-building 
programs help organizations build 
cultures of innovation and collaboration. 
After years in Northern California, 
Shames is more or less settled back in his 
hometown of Chicago, where he now 
lives just a baseball's throw away from 
Wrigley Field. 

Reva (Schlessinger) Winston 
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 
Winston welcomed a son, Leo David, on 
February 27. He joins sister Lily and 
brother Ethan. 

Class of 1988 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Joshua Bobley 
New York Cm 
Bobley has established a U.S. -China 

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alumniprofile Donald Lessem '73 

consulting firm, Dynasty Resources, 
which helps U.S. companies do busi- 
ness in China and assists Chinese firms 
that want to enter the United States. 
Fluent in Mandarin, which he studied 
at Brandeis and Yale, Bobley has been 
traveling to China since he was twelve 
years old. He says he is thrilled to be a 
part of the development of the world's 
most exciting market. You can learn 
more about his company at 

Mitchell Gross 

New York City 

Gross is engaged to Beth Markowitz, his 
college sweetheart. The couple will wed 
on October 28. Gross has a son, age five, 
from a previous marriage. 

Ian Rubin 

Wayland, Massachusetts 
Rubin writes, "After seven years with 
IDC, I have accepted a senior manage- 
ment position at Financial Research 
Corporation in Boston. I am responsible 
for development and delivery of major 
products and services and for helping 
determine strategic direction. We pro- 
vide the investment management 
industry (firms such as Fidelity, Legg 
Mason, Vanguard, etc.) with market data 
and analysis to help them better compete 
in acquiring assets." 


Class of 1989 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Bronte Ward Abraham 

Menlo Park, California 
Abraham lives in Menlo Park with her 
husband, David, and two children, 
Micah, seven, and Jacob, one. In addi- 
tion to running a small medical commu- 
nications company, she has recently 
become the president of Autism 
Speaks/Cure Autism Now of the San 
Francisco Bay area, a leading advocacy 

Bronto Buster 

Like most people, Don Lessem '73 lost 
interest in dinosaurs when he was about 
eight years old. Unlike most, however, he 
became a dinosaur aficionado 
again when he reached his 
thirties. And for nearly twenty 
years he's made it his business 
to spread the word to a new 
generation of kids — and their 
parents, too. 

Dubbed "Dino Don," 
Lessem has become a far- 
ranging dinosaur expert, 
writing fifty books on the 
subject and a regular column 
for Highlights for Kids maga- 
zine. He has served as adviser 
for Hollywood depictions of 
dinosaurs (including the film Jurassic 
Park), raised money tor dinosaur research, 
and traveled the world seeking out traces of 
the prehistoric beasts. 

Once he was an expert on another kind 
of creature. After graduating from Bran- 
deis, where he majored in Oriental art his- 
tory, he studied animal behavior and 
researched gorillas at the University of 
Massachusetts-Boston, earning a master's 
degree in biological studies. But he pre- 
ferred chronicling other people's research 
and so became a reporter. Later, while 
working at the Boston Globe, he wrote a 
story about dinosaurs. 

"I thought it was really fascinating in a 
way that was different from when I was a 
kid," Lessem says. 

After completing a Knight Science Jour- 
nalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, he began delving 
into dinosaurs on a 1988 expedition to 
Inner Mongolia, where a 1923 trip led by 

Roy Chapman Andrews, whom he calls 
"the real Indiana Jones," had uncovered the 
first known dinosaur remains in Central 

Asia. He returned to the same place in 
spring 2007, collecting artifacts for a trav- 
eling exhibition on the fierce historic con- 
queror Genghis Khan. 

On the same trip Lessem went to Ger- 
many to work on an "evolution theme 
park" featuring recreations ot ancient envi- 
ronments complete with robotic and cine- 
matic recreations of prehistoric animals 
craited to meticulously accurate scientific 
standards. He'd like to build another, he 
says, on land he owns in Texas. 

"The thing I want to encourage is a sense 
of wonder and curiosity, which you don't 
get by merely imparting a set of facts," the 
Pennsylvania resident says. "You do it bet- 
ter by raising questions and best of all by 
creating a fun or awe-inspiring experience. 

In truth, it's not hard to capture kids' 
interest in dinosaurs, he says. "The basic 
question," he adds, "is what's the matter 
with adults." 

— Lewis I. Rice '86 

organization to advance treatments and a 
potential cure for autism. 

Andrea Goldoff Dorlester 

Annandale, Virginia 

Dorlester was promoted to senior park 

planner with the Fairfax Counry 

(Virginia) Park Authority. She was also 

appointed to the board of trustees of 

Gesher Jewish Day School of Northern 


Steven Horn 

Roslyn Estates, New York 
Horn was recently named a managing 
director of UBS Investment Bank in 
Stamford, Connecticut. He is a software 
engineer specializing in the development 
of automated equity and derivative 
trading systems. He lives on Long Island 
with his wife, Deborah Haleman 
Horn '91, and their rwo young children. 

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Judith Libhaber Weber 

4 Augusta Court 

New City, NY 10956 

Eva Lefkowitz 

State College, Pennsylvania 

Lefkowitz writes, "In 2004, I was tenured 

and promoted to associate 

professor ot human development and 

family studies at Pennsylvania State 

University. On September 5, 2006 (my 

birthday), we welcomed the arrival of our 

daughter, Sarah, and son, Jordan. Both 

are doing great and keeping their father 

and me constantly amused (and tired)." 

Lee Whitfield, MA'90. PhD'97 
Lexington, Massachusetts 

Whitfield was promoted to associate 
professor with tenure at Wheelock 
College, where she teaches European 
history and world history in the 
Department of Humanities. 


Andrea C. Kramer 

Georgetown University 
113 Healy. Box 571250 
Washington, DC 20057 

Lynn Kugler Clark 

Winter Springs, Florida 

Clark writes, "My husband, Scott, and I 

are living in sunny Orlando, Florida, 

with our beautiful one-year-old baby, 

Molly, and our five-year-old, Brittany, 

along with our spaniel, Charlie." 

Jeffrey Hitchin 

Redmond, Virginia 

Hitchin writes, "I now work for IBM 

after almost nine years at Microsoft. I'm 

working on getting my Actors' Equity 

card and my AFTRA card in order to 

further my acting career." 

Deborah Haleman Horn 
Roslyn Estates, New York 
See Steven Horn '89. 

Alon Kahana, MA'91, and 
Heidi Cohen Kahana 

Madison, Wisconsin 
Alon writes, "My wife, Heidi, and I had 
our third child and first daughter, Kyra 
Faye, born August 25, 2006. Our son, 
Adam, turned ten in December, and 
Ethan turned six in February. I passed 
my board exams and am now a board- 
certified ophthalmologist. I completed 
my oculoplastic and reconstructive sur- 
gery fellowship in June and am joining 
the faculty at the University of Michigan 
in July as an assistant professor, where I 
will see patients and do research. Heidi 
recovered well from delivery and has 
maintained a busy schedule, including 
finding time to volunteer at the 
children's school." 

Leslie Stein Lloyd 

Derwood, Mar)'land 

Lloyd gave birth to a son, Soren Philip, 

on March 9, 2006. He was named in 

loving memory of Lloyd's father. 

Amanda Luell 
Hood River, Oregon 
Luell writes, "I graduated from 
Washington State University Veterinary 
School with a DVM in May 2006 and 
am now working as a mixed-animal 
(horse, dog, cat, sheep/goat, llama) vet in 
Hood River, Oregon. I married Leigh 
Robert Brooks in Mosier, Oregon, just 
outside of Hood River, on August 12, 
2006, and spent the last six months of 
the year working in California at a thor- 
oughbred breeding farm before moving 
to Hood River in January. We're very 
happy to be back in the Pacific North- 
west. I was sorry to miss Reunion, but 
the move and the wedding were just a 
little too overwhelming to try to make 
the trip to Boston!" 

Claudia Salomon 

New York CJvy 

Salomon was named a partner in the 

litigation practice group at DLA Piper US 

in New York City. She is cochair of the 

firm's international arbitration practice 
and focuses her work on complex interna- 
tional disputes. Salomon was named to 
"45 under 45" in international arbitration 
by the G/oba! Arbitration Revieiv and is 
included in the International Who's Who of 
Commercial Arbitration. 

Lisa Statland 
Gurnee, Illinois 

Statland and David Gilbert were married 
on November 1 1, 2006, in Chicago at 
the Cliff Dwellers Club. Fellow 
Brandeisians in attendance were Kelly 
Lynn (Tripp) Arce '92, Jennifer Rich 
'92, Ben Shoshan '92, Rachel Baron 
'05, and Dennis Baron '65. Stadand 
graduated from Northwestern University 
last year with a master's in information 
technology. She works as a project man- 
ager in learning and technology at 
Abbott Laboratories. Gilbert is an ana- 
lytical chemist at Lambent Technologies 
in Gurnee, Illinois. 

Michael Sweet 

San Francisco 

Sweet made partner at the law firm 

McNuh & Litteneker. He continues to 

practice general civil litigation, insolvency, 

and election law. 

David Swirnoff 
Glen Cove, New York 
Swirnoff is director of human resources 
at Judlau Contracting, a civil engineering 
firm that does general contracting work, 
primarily on transportation projects 
(building subway stations, rebuilding 
bridges) in New York City. He also does 
some private tutoring and teaches a 
review course for high school students 
taking the ACT exam. In March, he 
was elected chair of the Glen Cove 
Democratic Committee, where his focus 
is part)' building and helping to select 
and guide candidates for local office. He 
has also taken up yoga, which, he says, is 
a wonderful way to relax and protect his 
rapidly aging bones. 

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Benjamin Sandler '99 and Kalya Pontlnen 

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Jonathan Reiter and Karen Anne Bernard 
Joel Fishman and Lesley Watts 
Dennis Kelleher and Stacy Weckerling 
Amanda Luell and Leigh Robert Brooks 
Lisa Statland and David Gilbert 
Rachel Richter and Elliot Rabinovich 
Francyne Davis and Kevin Jacobs 
Daniel Freeman and Kara Haback 
Gabrielle Dickerman and Daniel Charlton 
Malthevi/ Hugger and Michelle Bafundo 
Benjamin Sandler and Kaiya Pontinen 
Molly Jacobs and James O'Malley 
Wendi Adelson and Danny Markel 
Lauren Haimovich and Adam Kupersmith '99 
Meaghan Morrison and Morgan Rudolph 
Robyn Treadwell and Jason Monroe 
Marina Voronina and David Krasnopolsky 
David Weisz and Julia Aronson 
Irina Zelenchuk and Ronny Winiarsky '98 
Karen Thomashow and Yonatan Eyal 
Peter Ephross, MA'95, and Bonnie Kerker 
Tricia Roth. MBA'06, and Scott Sherman 
Guy Antebi, MA'08, and Jennifer Paul 

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Lisa Davidson Fiore 

34 Van Ness Road 

Belmont, MA 02478 

Ciao, classmates! I have recently returned 
from a •weeklong study tour in Reggie 
Emilia, Italy, where I was able to visit 
some of their amazing infant-toddler 
centers and engage in dialogue with 
Italian educators as well as fellow educa- 
tors from different countries. We shared 
ideas, laughs, and tears, and some really 
excellent wine and Parniesano Reggiano 
cheese. I have always had an appreciation 
tor education and for helping people 
reach their potential, but I left Italy with 
a longing to convince people of the com- 
petence of young children and to subvert 
the dominant paradigm. Needless to say, 
my head is full, but I am still able to 
appreciate the changing seasons and 
anticipate our 15th Reunion. It is quite 
likely that the printing of these class 
notes will follow the Reunion, which I 
am sure will be a success — both emo- 
tional and intellectual. I encourage you 
to send me your thoughts about recon- 
necting with old friends, sparking con- 
nections with newly approached peers, 
and next steps postreunion. Best wishes 
for a relaxing summer, and may you all 
find something special that makes you 
happy. I've got my cheese . . . 

Andrea Alexander 

South Orange, New Jer.sev 
Alexander is a pediatrician in private 
practice in her hometown of Millburn, 
New Jersey. She lives in South Orange 
with her husband, Stewart, and their two 
children, Jordan and Emma. 

Pavel CenkI 

Crattsbury Common, Vermont 
Cenkl, wife Jen Schoen '93, and 
two-year-old son Orion live in 
Craftsbury Common, where Pavel has 
been teaching at Sterling College in the 
humanities and circumpolar studies 
department. He was recently appointed 
academic dean of the college. 


Sam Elowitch 

Fiirmington, Maine 
See Leah Binder '84. 

Caren (Gever) and Brian Kirschner 
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 
The Kirschners live in Elkins Park with 
their five-year-old son, Nate. After six 
years in the communications department 
of the Philadelphia 76ers organization, 
Brian recently shifted gears and is now 
assistant director of public relations at the 
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. 
Caren is a pediatrician in her ninth year 
at Fox Chase Pediatrics, and still receives 
the best instruction on what to do (and 
what not to do) from Nate, who will enter 
kindergarten in the fall. 

Joshua Laff 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania 
Laff writes, "I recendy joined the law 
firm Blank Rome as an associate in the 
general real-estate practice group in 
Philadelphia. Before joining the firm, I 
was assistant general counsel for Heritage 
Building Group, a builder/developer 
based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 
My wife, Amy, and I have two wonderful 
children, Haylie Jordyn, six, and Jared 
Morgan, two. " 

Rebecca Tuchinsky Morris 

Morris writes, "My husband, Brian, and 1 
have been happily settled in Dallas for six 
years. Brian is a partner in his internal 
medicine practice. Since I last sent in an 
update, we welcomed our second and 
third children. Eliana Faith was born on 
May 20, 2004, and Avigail Grace on 
September 19, 2005. Along with their 
big sister, Arielle (who is almost five), 
the girls welcomed the newest Morris 
addition this May. Unfortunately, our 
baby's birth prevented us from attending 
this year's Reunion. 1 am a full-time and 
very busy mom." 

Sari Siege! 

Montgomcr)' Village, Maryland 
Siegel graduated with a PhD in health 
policy from the University of Maryland 
School of Public Policy. 


Joshua Blumenthal 

135 Edisto Court 

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

Stacy Lefkowitz Brown 
Dobbs Ferry, New York 
Brown and her husband, Craig, 
welcomed a son, Hayden Zachary, on 
June 7, 2006. He joins brother Ramsey, 
two, and half-sister Haylee, six. 

Dana Buck Cohen 

Summerville, South Carolina 
Cohen and her husband had twins, a 
boy and a girl, in January 2006. She 
will return to teaching in the fall. Her 
husband has resigned from active-duty 
military flying and has been hired to fly 
civilian aircraft. 

Stephanie Lehman 

New York City 

Lehman is a cofounder of Lehman 

Sullivan, a law firm exclusively dedicated 
to the practice of matrimonial and 
family law. The firm is located in New 
York City. You can learn more about the 
practice at 

William Marks 

Santa Monica, California 

Marks was named vice president of 
business development at E! Entertain- 
ment Television in Los Angeles. In the 
newly created position, he will oversee 
new-media initiatives for three national 
cable networks: E!, Style, and G4. Marks 
and his wife, Elisa, will celebrate their 
tenth wedding anniversary in August. 
They live with their dog, Indy, a few 
blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. 

Mimi (Steinberg) Pomeranz 


Pomeranz writes, "All's well in Denver. 

We've added a third girl to the mix; Ella 

Grace was born August 16, 2006. She 

joins sisters Sophie, six, and Lena, four." 

Jen Schoen 

Craftsbury Common, Vermont 
See Pavel CenkI '92. 

David Shapiro 
Beverly Hills, California 
Shapiro was named to Dynamic Leisure 
Corporation's board of directors. An 
attorney for more than nine years, he has 
experience in business law, intellectual 
property rights management, mergers and 
acquisitions, securities compliance, and 
strategic partnerships. He is a member of 
the Academy of Television Arts and Sci- 
ences and oversees corporate business and 
legal affairs for DIC Entertainment. 


Sandy Kirschen Solof 

108 Cold Spring Road 

Avon, CT 06001 

Stephanie Berman 

Berman was named president of 
Carrfour Supportive Housing, the only 
nonprofit in Miami solely dedicated to 
developing housing for the formerly 
homeless. She has served in various roles 
in the organization, including acting 
president for nine months, since joining 
Carrfour in 2002. Her contributions to 
providing supportive housing for the 
formerly homeless in Miami were 
recognized by the South Florida Business 
Journal, which named her an "Up and 
Comer' in 2006. 

Richard Davles 
New York City 

Davies is a corporate lawyer at Avon's 
global headquarters in New York City. 
He and his wife, Dana, have a two-year- 
old daughter, Noa, and a son, Matan, 
who was born in March. 

Elyse (Mittler) Efron 
New York City 

Efron lives in Manhattan with her 
husband, David, and eighteen-month- 
old son, Philip. 

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aliimniprotile Karen AxelrocI 

Shop Talk 

Crack open a crunchy fortune cookie and 
a little piece of paper pops out. Do you 
wonder how it got in there? 

VChen you look at a red 
and white candy cane, do you 
ask how it got stripes? 

For Karen Axelrod '82 and 
her husband Bruce Brum- 
berg, such questions were 
intriguing enough to inspire 
a guide book about factories 
that make some of the most 
popular and recognizable 
products in the world. 
Exploring the country to find 
pineapple plantations, kazoo 
factories, frozen yogurt 
creameries, and automobile 
manufacturing plants that welcome 
tourists, Axelrod and Brumberg wanted to 
help families experience firsthand the 
products, companies, technology, and 
workers that fuel our economy. 

"For the first edition, we traveled 
together for one week each month for six 
months. We even did a 2,400-mile, four- 
teen-day, seventeen-factory tour road trip 
driving from Boston to West Virginia, 
Kentucky, and back through Ohio and 
Pennsylvania, " explains Axelrod. 

The fourth edition of Watch It Made in 
the U.S.A.: A Visitor's Guide to the Best Facto- 
ry Tours and Company Museums was recently 
published by Avalon Travel Publishing. The 
new edition has added sixty factory tours 
and company museums. In addition, the 
couple makes information about tours avail- 
able at 

The authors' children, Hilary, eleven, 
and Gregory, eight, are now essential con- 
tributors to their fact-finding missions. 

The fourth edition has a new "For Kids by 
Kids" section, which includes Hilary's 
favorite tours in California. 

"We love experiencing the 'wow' fac- 
tor. Everyone becomes a five-year-old 
again when they go on these tours, " says 
Axelrod, who recalls childhood visits to 
the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate 
New York. 

"One of our hopes in writing this book," 
she adds, "is that more children will visit 
factory tours and company museums and 
be inspired to build things or go into busi- 
ness themselves. America needs entrepre- 
neurs, factory workers, engineers, and 
business managers to keep its industries 
strong. By taking these tours, kids will see 
that we make things in the United States, 
and we make them well." 

— Marjorie Lyon 

Adam Falk 
Washington, D.C. 

Falk writes, "In addition to private law 
practice, I am teaching at George 
Washington University in the graduate 
certificate program in health-care corpo- 
rate compliance. I also serve on the 
Compliance Committee of the board of 
directors of Whitman-Walker Clinic, a 
nonprofit health center in Washington, 
D.C, dedicated to meeting the needs of 
the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgen- 
dcr communities and people living with 

Lisa Goldstein 
Engelwood, New Jersey 
Goldstein lives in New Jersey with her 
boylriend, Jeff She teaches English at 
Mamaroneck High School after teach- 
ing elementary school for ten years. 
Her biggest teaching discovery: ninth 
graders are just big third graders, 
though not as cute. 

Robyn (Welfeld) Hartman 

Englewood, New Jersey 
Hartman and her husband, Josh, live in 
Englewood with their six-year-old twins, 
Bailey and Addison, and two-year-old 
daughter, Carly. She spends her time 

keeping us all connected to Brandeis in 
her role as director of alumni and 
university relations at Brandeis House in 
New York City. 

Barbara Tarter HIrsch 

Armonk, New York 
Hirsch and her husband, Michael, 
welcomed a daughter, Haley Stella, on 
March 19. She joins brothers Ryan 
David and Samuel Isaac. 

Howard Jeruchimowitz 
Glenview, Illinois 

Jeruchimowitz has been elevated to 
shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where 
he is a member of the litigation practice. 
He concentrates on commercial 
litigation with an emphasis on real- 
estate litigation, HUD marketing and 
management contracts, business and 
shareholder litigation, and insurance and 
reinsurance disputes. 

Michael Klein 

New York City 

Klein earned a PhD in clinical 
psychology from Long Island University 
in Brooklyn in 2006 and works at the 
NYU Student Health Center as a psy- 
chologist in the counseling center. 
He coordinates a multisite quality- 
improvement project that involves eight 
universities across the country focused 
on improving the assessment and treat- 
ment of depression in college health 
centers. He was recently appointed an 
assistant professor at Baruch College, 
where he teaches undergraduate statis- 
tics, although he says he would rather 
be teaching core psychology classes. His 
first professional publication, on the 
need for better integrated health care at 
college campuses, was published in 
Spectrum magazine in June. 

Adam Levin 

Newton, Massachusetts 

Levin is engaged to Joy Chatetz. They 

plan to marry in August. 

Jonathan Malkin 
New York City 

Malkin works for Cerberus Capital Man- 
agement. He and his wife, Karen, live in 

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Manhattan with their son, Isaac, three, 
and daughter, Abigail, four months. By 
the time you read this, he hopes to be 
sleeping through the night again. 

Ken Martinian 

Carlisle, Massachusetts 

See Aline Zargarian Martinian '95. 

Rachel (Richter) Rabinovich 
Stottsdale, Arizona 
Richter married Elliot Rabinovich, 
originally from Medellin, Colombia, on 
January 15. 2006. In attendance were 
matron of honor Leah Froum Long '92, 
Sue Lindenblatt Gilad '93, and Josh 
Blumenthal '92, who signed the 
couple's ketubah. 

Daniel Royzman 

New York City 

Royzman was appointed an assistant 
clinical professor in the Department of 
Periodontology at Columbia University's 
School ol Dental Medicine. In addition, 
he operates a successful private practice in 
midtown New York. When not working 
and teaching, Royzman is an avid traveler, 
having visited fifty-one countries. 

Marshall Stevenson 

New York Ciry 

Stevenson has started a tour company in 

New York City. 

Nicole Stewart 
Jacksonville, Florida 
Stewart and Rico Jones were engaged on 
November 23, 2006. A spring 2008 
wedding is planned. Stewart is a lieu- 
tenant and has been deployed to Iraq in 
support of military operations in con- 
junction with Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
As a psychologist, she provides direct 
services to marines and sailors suffering 
the effects of combat or operational 
stress, clinical assessment to personnel, 
and consultation to commands regarding 
prevention and treatment of operational- 
ly related disorders. She is looking for- 
ward to returning home to her family, 
hance, and friends in September. 


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Burton Kllman 

Man Pinkhas 


Leah Binder and Sam Elowitch '92 

Fanya Rosa 


Reva Schleslnger Winston 

Leo David 


Erica Brunwasser Thompson 

Lucinda Neil 


Rachel (Zuckerman) and Marl< Lebowitz ' 

87 Meira Avigayl 


Leslie Stein Lloyd 

Soren Philip 

Samantha Supernaw 

Shayna Elizabeth 


Gregory Bland 

Sarah Emily 

Ayala Cohen 

Shiri Helen 

Selentia Parson Moore 

Josiah Deacon 

Pia Strother McCusker, MSF'OO 

Megan Riley 

Jennifer (Neal) and Eugene Hoffman 

Samantha Lyn 

Lauren Sueskind Theodore 

Annabel Ruby 


Stacy Lefkowitz Brown 

Hayden Zachary 

Melissa Rubin Finkelstein 

Sophie Dillon 

Melissa Gettinger Weiner and Richard We 

iner '92 Jacob Lev 


Audrey Latman Gruber and Jeremy Gruber '93 Caleb Dylan | 

Sara Guyer 

Sadie Chapin 

Barbara Tarter Hirsch 

Haley Stella 

Dana Blasbalg Schneiderman and 

Steven Schneiderman '93 

Cory Jacob and Ethan Matthew 


Joseph Andrews 

Michael Joseph 

Joshua Blumen 

Alexander Solomon 

Arren Goldman 

Ryan Luke 

David Harrison 

Isaac Ari 

Allison Kaplan 

Tamra Michelle 

Jessica Sobczak Mukherjee 

Gabriel James 

Karin Nachinoff Potik 

Zachary Miguel 

Erica Michals Silverman 

Gabriel Ethan 


Jennifer (Wolf) Yoel 

Samantha Madison 

Paul Shipper 

Joshua Jacob 


Kristen Wool-Lewis and Rouven Wool-Lewis '95 Cameron John | 


Katarina Stern Raphael and Neil Raphael 

Emma Madeline 

Scott Shandler 

Max Isaac 


Jennifer Lorell Levison and Michael Levison '95 Nathaniel Joseph | 


Yelena Taksa Gurevich 

Marina Zlatkina Levit. MA'02. and 

Noah Thomas 

Igor Levit. MA'02 

Benjamin Isaiah 

Shayna (Aronson) Singer 

Zachary Jacob 

Robyn Treadwell 



Sharena Soutar Frith 


Carine Marie Valbrun-Luxama 



Eliza Agrest Varadi 



Rumena (Sotirova) Turkedjiev 

Adrian Ivov 


Jennifer (Hoch) Koenig. MA'97, and 

Eduardo Koenig '95 

Gabriella Brooke and Zachary Ian 

Julie Koppekin Stubington 
Tarzana, California 

Stubington has a daughter, Rachel, seven, 
and two sons, Ethan Thomas, four, and 
William "Will" Ryan, twenty months. 


Suzanne Lavin 

154 W. 70th Street, Apt. lOJ 
New York, NY 10023 

Joseph Andrews 
Belmont, California 
Andrews writes, "My wife, Lesley, and I 
are pleased to share the news ot the birth 
of a son, Michael Joseph, on August 22, 
2006. In January, afi:er six years at Intuit 
(makers of Quicken and TurboTax), I 
joined VMware, a software company in 
Palo Alto, to lead marketing products to 
the quickly growing small-business cus- 
tomer segment. VMware is a subsidiary of 
EMC Corp. and is rhe leading provider of 
virtualization software, which allows 
customers to run multiple operating 
systems on a single PC or Mac." 

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Jason Bravo 

Buffalo, New York 
Bravo released his first CD, Between 
Head and Heart, an intimate collection 
of original songs. For more information, 

Francyne Davis 


Davis married Kevin Jacobs on 

November 13, 2005. Brandeis alumni in 

attendance were Karen Hsu Ford, Jeff 

Goldman, Patrick Conway, and Renee 

Peters Lovitt. 

Arren Goldman 
Woodbridge, New Jersey 
Goldman was named partner in the real- 
estate department of the law firm 
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis. He 
concentrates his practice in commercial 
real-estate transactions, brokerage law, 
complex mortgage and asset-based 
financing, zoning and land-use applica- 
tions, leasing, real-estate tax appeals, 
local government law, redevelopment 
law, residential real-estate transactions, 
and environmental matters. He is the 
author or coauthor of numerous articles 
on real-estate topics. 

David Harrison 
New York City 

Harrison married Victoria Chan in 2004 
in Great Neck, New York. In attendance 
were many Brandeis alumni, including 
Jeff Burd, Brett Fleishman, Harry 
Greenbaum, Harvey Potter, Robert 
Hirsh, and Marc Held '93, who were 
part of the wedding parry in varying 
capacities, among many other family and 
close friends. He and Vicky welcomed 
their first son, Isaac Ari, in March 2006. 
A month later, Isaac was honored with a 
pidyon haben, a Jewish ceremony that 
recognizes the firstborn male child. 
Harrison is an attorney specializing in 
corporate, securities, and energy law 
with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene &c 
MacRae. Chan recently finished her 
medical residency in physical medicine 
and rehabilitation at Cornell/Columbia 
and is an associate professor and 
attending physician at New York 
Presbyterian Hospital. Isaac is working at 

walking, becoming a professional block 
builder, and refining his impressions of 
Cookie Monster and Grover from 
Sesame Street. 

Aline Zargarian Martinian 

("arlisle, Massachusetts 
Martinian released her debut CD, 
Ascension, a compilation of New Age 
compositions. Her husband, Ken 
Martinian '94, produced the work. 
For more information, visit The 
couple have two sons. 

Karin Nachinoff Potik 

Albany, New York 

Potik writes, "Our son, Zachary Miguel, 

was born on January 26 and came home 

to us through domestic private adoption 

on March 8." 


Janet Lipman Leibowitz 

29 Pond Street, #9 
Sharon. MA 02067 

Adam Kleinberger 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Kleinberger writes, "I received a master's 
in dispute resolution from the University 
of Massachusetts-Boston. My master's 
project was called 'Building Skill in 
Mediators: Improvisation as a New 
Technique.' I was able to combine 
mediation, clowning/improvisation, and 
teaching. I miss you all." 

David Morris 

Canton, Massachusetts 
Morris, his wife, Deborah, and .son, 
Benjamin (nine months at the time), 
spent part of the winter on a work- 
related secondment for Invensys Systems 
Inc. in Singapore. They had a great time 
and highly recommend living or visiting 
Singapore, as it is a beautiful and friend- 
ly city-state, with tropical weather year- 
round. They especially recommend 
visiting during the Chinese New Year. 

Illana Ram 

New York City 

Ram has been married to Matthew 
Anchin for six years. She works as in- 
house counsel for the Riese Organiza- 
tion, a real-estate and restaurant-services 
company in midtown Manhattan. 

Amy Rosenberg 

Fairfax, Virginia 

Rosenberg writes, "Since leaving 
Brandeis, I went to law school and then 
moved to the D.C. area, where I married 
Aaron Frank on November 8, 2003. 
Many Brandeisians were in attendance, 
from my sister, Shari (Rosenberg) 
Spivack '93, to my best friend, Sujan 
Talukdar White (my roommate from 
day one freshman year straight through 
to the last day senior year). Others who 
came from all across the U.S. and 
overseas were Alexa Wasserman 
Toncheff '95, Dave Twombly '95, 
Julie Schwartz, Robin Bettinger, 
Sarah Dunnington, Kaufher 
Englund, Illana Ram, Nelson 
Flgueroa Jr. '98, and his wife, Alisa 
(Albert) Figueroa '94. I recently left 
the legal field to start my own Web 
business, " 

Paul Shipper 

Rochester, New York 
Shipper and his wife, Talya, welcomed 
their second son, Joshua Jacob, on 
February 2. Their first son, Max 
Benjamin, turned two on June 9. 

Jennifer (Wolf) Yoel 

North Salem, New York 
Yoel and her husband, Mitch, welcomed 
their third child, Samantha Madison, on 
January 9. They also have a three-year- 
old son, Jake, and twenty-rwo-month- 
oid daughter, Alexa. 

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director and fundraiser for a number of 

Murray S. Davis, PhD'69 

organizations, including the 

San Francisco 

Natasha (Litvich) Saltzman '52 

Maimonides School, Temple Israel of 

Dr. Davis died at his home on May 17. 

Eastham, Massachusetts 

Boston, and the Foundation for 

He taught sociology at the University of 

Ms. SaJtzman died November 30, 2006. 

Children's Books. She leaves her 

California-San Diego and previously at 

She leaves two daughters, Nelle 

husband, Harvey; a son, Matthew; a 

Northern Illinois Universiry. Dr. Davis 

Saltzman Miller '83 and Rebecca 

daughter, Alison; a sister, Barbara 

published books on love and intimate 

Miller; a sister, Judith Litvich; and 

Gordon; and two grandchildren. 

relations, sociology of sex, humor, a 

three grandchildren. 

theory of the interesting, and aphorisms. 

Martha Case Moore '61 

He leaves a daughter, Eiise, and two sons, 

Laurence Bourassa '53 

Enid, Oklahoma 

Emory and Ethan. 


Mrs. Moore, a longtime social worker. 

Mr. Bourassa died March 29 of kidney 

died January 31 in Enid, where she had 

Christopher Zackey '71 

and respiratory failure. He had a long 

lived since 1969. She leaves a son. 

Clinton, New York 

career as an international aid worker 

Thomas; a sister, Julie; a brother. 

Mr. Zackey died February 8. He enjoyed 

that took him to countries across Asia 

Christopher, her longtime friend, Carl; a 

hiking in the White Mountains ot New 

and Africa. He is survived by two 

grandson; and a great-grandson. 

Hampshire. He leaves his wife, Martha; 

brothers, Clarence and Roland, and a 

an aunt; and many cousins. 

sister, Irene. 

Janet Berkenfield '63 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 

Lydia Black. MA'71 

Loring Braverman '53 

Ms. Berkenfield, who worked in the field 

Kodiak, Alaska 


of public health for four decades, died 

Dr. Black, professor emerita at the 

Mr. Braverman died February 12. He 

February 1 after suffering a stroke. In 

University of Alaska-Fairbanks, died 

leaves his wife, Kathleen; two sons. 

1993, she became the first director of the 

March 12. Dr. Black published 

Michael and Benjamin; two daughters. 

state Emergency Medical Services for 

extensively on Russian and Alaskan 

Lisa Predella and Hilary Rochelle; two 

Children project, where she worked until 

history and anthropology, including a 

brothers, Melvin and Richard; and 

her death. She leaves a sister, Betsy 

biography of St. Innocent, A Good and 

seven grandchildren. 

Worley of Fort Worth, Texas, and four 

Faithfid Servant. She is also the author 

nieces and nephews. 

oi Aleut Art. 

Ruth Spicehandler '55 

Eastchester, New York 

Marvin 1. Freedman. MA'63, PhD'64 

Nancy Green Wohl '74 

Mrs. Spicehandler died in March. She 

Wellesley, Massachusetts 

Williamsville, New York 

was a loving daughter, wife, mother. 

Dr. Freedman died April 26. He 

Mrs. Wohl, a school social worker and 

sister, and grandmother. 

leaves his wife, Corey (Langberg); two 

authority in the field of play therapy for 

daughters, Emily Porten and Nicole; 

children, died April 27. She leaves her 

Salvatore DeSimone '57 

a sister, Roberta Warhus; and three 

husband, Michael; a daughter, Lillian; a 

Gloucester, Massachusetts 


son, Aaron; and two brothers, Theodore 

Mr. DeSimone, a retired associate 

and David Green. 

professor at Salem State College, died 

Mark Ertischek '69 

September 1 1 , 2006. He was a Bronze 

Anchorage, Alaska 

Eric Shapiro '76 

Star recipient in the Korean War. He 

Mr. Ertischek died of a heart attack 

Monticello, New York 

leaves his wife, Patricia, and son, Stefan. 

while hiking June 9 in Zion National 

Dr. Shapiro, a gastroenterologist. 

Park. He was an attorney for the 

internist, and nutrition specialist, died 

Dorothy (Rubenstein) Siegai '58 

municipality of Anchorage, having 

April 28 in his home of glioblastoma 

Wellesley, Massachusetts 

formerly served in similar positions at 

multiforme. He leaves his wife, Judith; 

Mrs. Siegai died February 27 after a long 

the state of Alaska's Attorney General's 

two sons, David and Alex; a daughter. 

battle with cancer. She leaves two sons. 

Office and the state's Human Rights 

liana; two brothers, Kenneth and Ray- 

Jeffrey and Gregg; a daughter, Jill 

Commision. Mr. Ertischek held a law 

mond; and many nieces and nephews. 

Greenleaf; a sister, Gail Rubenstein; and 

degree from Georgetown University and 

five grandchildren. 

a master's degree in biomedical ethics 

Jeffrey Pomeranz '76 

from the University of Washington. He 

Glencoe, Illinois 

Deanne Cohn Stone '61 

leaves his wife, Jacqui; two sons, Joshua 

Dr. Pomeranz, who operated a solo 

Framingham, Massachusetts 

and Benjamin; a daughter, Nicole; two 

pediatric practice in suburban Chicago, 

Mrs. Stone died January 28 after a long 

sisters, Debra and Tami; and six 

died April 14. He leaves his wife, Ellen 

battle with cancer. She was an executive 


Blumenthal '76; two sons, Yoni and 

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Joshua; a daughter, Adina; his parents, 
Chester and Louise; a brother, Bruce; and 
a sister. Fern Funk. 

James Bookless 77 
Dunbarton, New Hampshire 
Mr. Bookless died January 26. He was an 
avid runner and enjoyed traveUng and read- 
ing. He is survived by his mother, Phylhs; 
an aunt and uncle; and many cousins. 

Richard Bell '80 

Woburn, Massachusetts 
Mr. Bell, a consumer researcher in nutri- 
tional and behavioral epidemiology at the 
Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, 
Massachusetts, died February 8 of cancer. 
He also was an adjunct professor at 
Harvard University and at Tufts University. 
He leaves his wife, Beth Tenet. 

Leah Levitz FIshbane '96 

Teaneck, New Jersey 
Mrs. Fishbane died suddenly on March 1 
after a brief illness. She leaves her parents, 
Jack and Barbara Levitz; her husband, 
Eitan; a daughter, Aderet; a brother, 
Mitchell; a sister, Stephanie Englander; 
and a grandmother. 

Charles Mann '05, MA'06 
Pleasanton, California 
Mr. Mann died April 18 at the age of 
twenty-four. A former guard on the men's 
basketball team, he graduated with a 
bachelor's degree in economics and a 
master's in finance. Following graduation, 
he spent six months in Brazil at FGB. He 
leaves his parents, Michael Mann and 
Joann Daley; two sisters, Jasmine and 
Michelle; his paternal grandmother, Janice; 
and girlfriend Erica Richardson. 


Bernard Hirsch Herman '08 
New Orleans 

Mr. Herman, a junior majoring in creative 
writing, died May 12 in his hometown of 
New Orleans. He leaves his mother, Mollie 
Solomon Herman; a brother, Adam Jacob 
Herman '04: a grandmother, Betty 
Solomon Madoff; and several aunts, 
uncles, and cousins. 


Joshua Firstenberg 

5833 Briarwood Lane 

Solon, OH 44139 


Pegah Hendlzadeh Schiffman 

58 Joan Road 

Stamford, CT 06905 

Thanks to all who attended our 10th 
Reunion. Everyone had a blast, 
including some of the little, future 
Brandeisians running around. After ten 
years out, some of us changed a lot and 
some hardly at all. It was great to be able 
to see it all tusthand. We want to remind 
you that you can still give to the 
Jeremy Marc Abcug '97 Memorial 
Humanitarian Scholarship in memory of 
our late classmate. It's a wonderful way 
to keep Jeremy's memory alive and to 
support current Brandeis students. 

Leigh Graham 


Graham is a candidate for a PhD at 
MIT's Department of Urban Studies and 
Planning. She has also consulted for 
various organizations in the Gulf Coast 
since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. 
Her article "Permanently Failing 
Organizations: Small Business Recovery 
After 9/11" has been accepted for 
publication by the journal Economic 
Development Quarterly. 

Denise Markonish 
New Haven, Connecticut 
Markonish was named curator at the 
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporar)- 
Art in North Adams. She most recently 
worked at New Haven's Artspace, where 
she curated Territories, which traveled to 
Galerie fur Lancschaftskunst in Hamburg, 
Germany, this past spring. 

Sarah Shatz 

New York Cit)' 

Shatz is a freelance photographer in New 
York City, shooting portraits for 
magazines and publishing houses and 
New York City-based nonprofits. For 

pictures and more information, visit 

Alexis Hirst 

58-19 192nd Street 

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 

Noam Gundle 


Gundle is finishing his fifth year teaching 
science in the public schools. He's also 
making biodiesel, growing lots of food, 
brewing beer, and riding his bicycle. 

David Seigal 

New York City 

Seigal writes, "In April, I opened a new 

Spanish restaurant called Mercat, which 

means 'market' in Catalan, on New York 

City's Bond Street. I am the e.xecutive 


Ronny Winiarsky, MA'OO 

New York City 

See Irina Zelenchuk '01. 



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David Nurenberg 

20 Moore Street, #3 
Somerville, MA 02144 

Gabrielle Dickerman Charlton 


Dickerman writes, "I married Daniel 
Charlton on May 21, 2006, in Seattle 
at the Lake Union Cafe. It was a terrific 
party, and there were lots of Brandeis 
alumni in attendance, most importantly 
my dad, Ellas Dickerman '66. Others 
were Sarah Soslow Smith, Gershom 
Smith '00, Tova Speter '00, 
Beth Herr, Adele Traub, Sheila 
Bandyopadhyay, Suzanna Eller '98, 
Debbie Robins, MS'02, and Ellen 
Lipstein." The couple bought their first 
house, in Seattle. She has been deputy 
prosecuting attorney in the King Coun- 
ty Prosecutor's Office for three years. 
She is currently trying cases in the 
domestic-violence unit. Her husband 
works at Microsoft. 

David Freidenreich 

New York City 

See Sara Kahn Troster '01. 

Laura (Hacker) Greenwald 
Fort Defiance, Arizona 
Greenwald became a board-certified 
diplomate of the American Board of 
Pediatfic Dentistry and was honored at 
the recognition reception as part of the 
American Academy ot Pediatric Dentistr\' 
meeting in San Antonio, Texas. 

Matthew Hugger 
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 
Hugger married Michelle Bafundo on 
August 18, 2006, in Pittsfield. Jeb 
Chard '98 was the best man. Hugger 
is a software manager at General 
Dynamics, and Bafundo is pursuing a 
nursing degree. 

Todd Kammerman 
Cedarhurst, New York 
Kammerman married Chani Martin in 
May 2005. Brandeis alumni in atten- 
dance included Gav Bellino, Cori 
Bellino '00, Micah Berman '98, 
Margallt Friedman '01, Scott 
Friedman '98, UrI Hellman '98, 
Gabe Kahn '01, Dahlia Kronish, Libbi 
Levine Segev, Moshie Solomon '98, 
and Sonya Solomon '98. The couple 
welcomed a daughter, Abbi, in 
August 2006. 



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Sacramento, California 
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Benjamin Sandler 
Chevy Chase, Maryland 

Sandler married Kaiya Pontinen on 
June 4, 2006, in Washington, D.C. 
Brandeis alumni in attendance were Lori 
(Sapir) Singal and Nancy Diamond. 
The couple honeymooned in Turkey. 

Jenny (Held) Small 
Needham, Massachusetts 
Small and her husband, Joshua, have 
moved back to the Boston area after being 
away for eight years. He finished his 
residency in emergency medicine at the 
University of Michigan and will be an 
attending physician at Caritas Norwood 
Hospital. She is finishing her dissertation 
for a PhD in higher education from the 
LIniversiry of Michigan. They have a 
three-year-old daughter, Sophie. 


Matthew Salloway 

304 West 92nd Street, #5E 
New York, NY 10025 
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Michael Bavly 
Haifa, Israel 

Bavly writes, "After being admitted to 
the Massachusetts Bar, I returned to 
Israel in 2004, where I became a licensed 
attorney as well. I opened my own 
practice in Haifa, concentrating on civil 
rights, Israeli corporate law, and U.S. 
immigration law. I recently published an 
extensive report on the conditions 
endured by Israeli civilians during the 
2006 summer war and the tailure of the 
Israeli government and various authori- 
ties in addressing the needs oi the civil- 
ian population during that conflict. The 
report was prepared in cooperation with 
the Shatil organization and the Concord 
Center for International Law, and gained 
national media coverage. I hope it will 
help bring about some needed change." 

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Edie Molot 
Ramat Gan, Israel 

Molot writes, "After completing an MA 
ftom Columbia University's School of 
International and Public Affairs (interna- 
tional relations and environmental policy) 
in 2004, I decided to study for a year at 
the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in 
Jerusalem. I spent the time studying 
tanach, gemara, and Jewish law, which 
enriched my Jewish knowledge substan- 
tially. Subsequently, 1 decided to move 
more permanently to Israel in September 
2005 and began working as a project 
manager at a carbon development firm in 
Tel Aviv. I met my husband, Shahar 
Keren, the day after my aliyah, and we 
were married in July 2006." 

Molly Jacobs 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
Jacobs married James O'Malley 
on July 31, 2006, in Sherborn, 

Sara Shapley 
Los Angeles 

Shapley, general manager of Theatre 
Tribe Theatre Company in North 
Hollywood, is producing the Los 
Angeles premiere of Paula Vogel's The 
Long Christmas Ride Home, which 
recently received a Critic's Choice 
mention in the Los Angeles Times. 

Miriam Singer 


Singer had a showing of her works on 

paper at Gallery Siano in Philadelphia in 


Michael Stepansky 
Belmont, Massachusetts 
See Jane Kohuth '01. 

Allna Uzllov 
Brooklyn, New York 
Uzilov writes, "1 married Dr. Isaac 
Tabari in November 2005. One of my 
bridesmaids was Stella Payer. Since 
graduation, I worked in a few top finan- 
cial banks, but quit an AVP job at 
JPMorganChase to start my own 
business creating onc-ol-a-kind invita- 
tions catering to high-end clientele. In 

October 2006, my business won a Cisco 
Innovator in Technology award, and 
I now cater to celebrity clients such as 
singer Usher, Donald Trump, and 
Michael Flatley of Lord of the Dance. " 


WenLin Soh 

5000 C Marine Parade Road, #12-11 

Singapore 449286 


Class of 2001 

MS 124 Brandels University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Thanks to everyone for sending in a 
bumper crop of notes. I visited India for 
the first time in February and was awed 
by both the intense energy of Mumbai as 
well as the serene beauty of the beaches 
ot Goa. I look forward to having an 
opportunity to go back. I will be relocat- 
ing to London this summer for work for 
at least a year and look forward to 
exploring more of Europe while I am 
there. I hope everyone is well. 

Wendi Adelson 
Coral Springs, Florida 
Adelson writes, "I was married on 
February 26, 2006, to an adorable 
Canadian named Danny Markel and 
hope to finish his immigration paperwork 
sometime in the near fiiture to make him 
an American. This past year, having fin- 
ished law school in 2006, I began my 
legal career as a staff attorney and clinical 
instructor with the Children and Youth 
Law Clinic at the University of Miami 
School of Law. I represent abused, aban- 
doned, and neglected children in juvenile 
court and immigration proceedings and 
supervise law students while they bring 
cases. Looking forward to hearing about 
my 2001 classmates." 

Zeynep Akcakoca 

Astanbul, Turkey 

Akcakoca is a market analyst in the 

research department at Is Investment, 

an Istanbul-based company that provides 
brokerage, consulting, and mergers-and- 
acquisitions services. She can be 
contacted at zakcakoca@i.syatirim. 

Melissa Bartman 
Richmond, California 
Bartman writes, "After graduation, I 
worked for several years in Boston doing 
basic AIDS research as well as HIV 
vaccine clinical trials at the Harvard 
teaching hospitals. I matriculated at the 
University ot California-Berkeley in 
August 2006 to pursue a master's of 
public health in epidemiology and 
biostatistics. " 

Meera Bhalotra 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Bhalotra says she's looking forward to 
heading to Georgetown University this 
fall to begin work on a master's in pub- 
lic policy. 

Danielle Braff 


Braff is a reporter at the Post-Tribune. 
She married Vadim Karpinos in August, 
and they live with their cat in Chicago. 

Betty Chan 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Chan graduated with a doctorate in 
biological chemistry and molecular 
pharmacology from Harvard University 
in June. Having been in school all her 
life, she is excited about entering the 
Biotech industry and having more time 
to pursue hobbies such as hiking, water 
sports, martial arts, snowboarding, 
running, and bike racing. 

Allison Charney 

New York City 

Charney joined the New York office of 
McGuireWoods as an associate in the 
firm's business and securities department. 

Chari Cohen and Scott Hirshson 
New York City 

Cohen and Hirshson were married in 
November 2006. 

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Saniya Fayzullina 

Burlingame, California 

Fayzullina was married on July 29, 2003. 

She gave birth to a son, Salvatore Nicola, 

on March 17, 2006, and is working in 

the biotech industry in the San Francisco 

Jennifer Goldstein and Evan Schultz 

Brooklyn, New York 
Goldstein and Schultz were married in 
November 2005. She will be graduating 
from New York University with a 
master's in public administration from 
the Wagner Graduate School of Public 
Service and a master's in Hebrew and 
ludaic studies. He will be starting 
rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union 
College this summer. 

Lee Goldstein 
Norwood, Massachusetts 
Goldstein earned a master's in higher 
education administration from the 
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 
and is the assistant director of human 
resources at Mount Ida College in 
Newton, Massachusetts. 

Cheryl Greenwald 
Brighton, Massachusetts 
Greenwald writes, "I am living with my 
wonderful boyfriend, Keith, who is 
supporting me in my most recent 





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endeavor — graduate school. I'm working 
toward a master's degree in speech- 
language pathology from Emerson 
College in Boston. It's a lot of hard work, 
but it's been really great so far. I'll finish 
in August 2008. I hope everyone else is 
doing something they love. " 

Lauren Haimovich 
Sacramento, California 
Haimovich and Adam Kupersmith '99 
were married on October 21, 2006, in 
New York. Brandeis alumni in atten- 
dance were Ian Goldstein '99, Amy 
(Mirsky) '99 and Adam Guttell '98, 
Edward Hurwitz, Adam Kean '99, 
Randy Levitt '98, Betsy Plumb, 
Matthew Riesenberg, and Matthew 
Segal '99. 

Scott Josephson 

Billerica, Massachasetts 
Josephson relocated to the Boston area, 
where he continues his career via a home 
office working for Wimba, a New 
York-based educational software compa- 
ny. As Wimba's senior project specialist, 
Josephson focuses on writing product 
documentation, performing internal 
training, and maintaining close ties with 
a Massachusetts customer base, including 
a large-scale implementation with the 
University ot Massachusetts Online. 
Outside of work, he enjoys producing 
podplays — dramas for portable devices — 
and will be releasing his second work 
later this year. His first podplay, Desolate 
Metropolis, is available for free download 

Kaori Kataoka 
Izumo-shi Shimane, Japan 
Kataoka graduated from Shimane 
University School of Medicine in March 
and is in residency at Shimane 
University Hospital. 

Adam Klein 

Athens, Georgia 

Klein writes, "After receiving a master's 
in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from 
good of Brandeis in 2002, I served as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in the village of 
Dougouolo in Mali, West Africa. 
Projects included microfinance work 

with a village bank, a weekly radio show, 
and composing and writing for Dambe, a 
musical theater radio program (School- 
house Rockes(\ue soap-opera series) played 
on stations nationwide. Since then, I've 
been living and working in my fine 
hometown of Athens, Georgia. I released 
my first album of country-folk songs. 
Distant Music, on my own Cowboy 
Angel Music label this past year. I'll be 
recording my second record. Western 
Tales & Trails, a collection of Western- 
themed legends and story-songs, in the 
coming months. Look for a fall release. 
Come check out a show and say hey. 
Check out and" 

Jason Kohn 
New York City 

Kohn premiered his first film, Manda 
Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary 
about corruption and kidnapping in 
Brazil, as a competition selection at the 
2007 Sundance Film Festival. It garnered 
considerable attention and was consid- 
ered a contender lor the Grand Jury 
award in documentary film. 

Jane Kohuth 
Belmont, Massachusetts 
Kohuth and Michael Stepansky '00 
were married at Beth El Hebrew 
Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, on 
July 9, 2006. Brandeisians in the wed- 
ding party were Lisa Cagnacci and 
Joseph Wood '98. Other alumni in 
attendance were Shema Blum- 
Evitts '00, Samantha Gross Zirkin, 
Adam Zirkin, Autumn Wiley, and 
Jordan Hill '02. In August, the couple 
moved back to the Boston area, where 
Kohuth is a PhD student in Near 
Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis. 
Stepansky, who received a master ot 
public policy from George Washington 
University in May 2006, is director of 
housing and employment for the 
Massachusetts Department ot Mental 
Health's metro-suburban region. 

Eleanor Levine 

Beverly Hills, California 

Levine writes, "I finished a master's in 

public policy at USC this spring and am 


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working as an analyst for the city of Los 
Angeles on economic development and 
affordable-housing projects. I'm really 
enjoying living in California with my 
husband and goldfish." 

Shanna Miller 

Avon, Connecticut 

Miller completed the New York Ciry 

Marathon in November 2006. 

Anna (Glozman) Munro 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Glozman married Andrew Munro on 
October 7, 2006, in Acton. In atten- 
dance were Brandeis alumni liana 
Glozman '85, Johan Glozman '99, and 
Stephanie (Davis) Aitchison '02, who 
made the cake and prepared the flowers 
for the day. Glozman has also been 
accepted into a master of social work 
program for the fall. 

Matthew Riesenberg 

Riesenberg writes, "I recently finished 
training to become a mobile intensive- 
care paramedic with the Seattle Fire 
Department. Our training was an 
unhealthy mix of medicine and boot 
camp, but it was a great time and an 
awesome experience. Now, they've let me 
loose on the streets of Seattle. I love my 
job, and I can't imagine anything more 
challenging, rewarding, and exciting." 

Michael Schakow 

Schakow writes, "I'm completing my 
first year of law school at the University 
of Houston, and I've been accepted as a 
transfer student to Georgetown Law 
starting in the fall. Before returning to 
school this year, I had been working 
since graduation in the public-policy 
department at Sun Microsystems, first in 
Silicon Valley and then as a lobbyist in 
Washington, D.C. Since 2003, I've been 
volunteering on biannual Holocaust 
Remembrance trips to Poland and Israel 
run by Birthright Israel and March of 
the Living International." 

Stacy Paige (Feingold) Speiller 
Modesto, California 
Feingold married Joel Speiller on 
August 8, 2004. They moved to 
California, were she works as an attorney. 

Julia Toub 


Toub is completing her second-year 

residency in neurology at the Cleveland 

Clinic. She wishes she were back in the 

Boston area. 

Sara Kahn Troster 

New York Cit)' 

Troster writes, "Since January 2006, I've 
been working at the Jewish Guild for the 
Blind as the research assistant to the 
president. My husband, David 
Freidenreich '99, will be spending the 
2007-08 academic year as a visiting 
assistant professor in Judaic studies at 
Franklin and Marshall College in 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. " 

Marina Voronina 

Jersev Cir\', New Jersey 
Voronina married David Krasnopolsky at 
Temple Beth-El in Great Neck, New 
York, on April 21, 2007. Their wedding 
was super fun, full of upbeat dance 
music and wonderful friends and family. 
Everyone had an amazing time. Fellow 
grads Irina (Zelenchuk) Winiarsky, Rita 
Cherian, and Amita Bharat were 
bridesmaids. Also attending were Ronny 
Winiarsky '99, Alisa Hurwitz, and 
Danielle Barmash '02. 

David Weisz 
Los Angeles 

'Weisz married Julia Aronson on May 27 
in Dallas. He is completing the first year 
of an MBA program at UCLA Anderson 
School of Management in Los Angeles 
and will spend the summer in San 
Francisco working as a management 

Samantha Witman 

Los Angeles 

After obtaining a master's degree at the 
University of Tel Aviv, Witman returned 
to Los Angeles, where she is earning a 
second master's, in Arabic studies, at the 

Fingerhut School, University of Judaism, 
on a Mandel Scholarship. She would like 
to integrate Arabic studies into high 
school curricula. 

Irina Zelenchuk 

New York City 

Zelenchuk writes, "I wanted to share 
the news of my marriage to Ronny 
Winiarsky '98, MA'OO, on July 4, 2004. 
We were married in Shelter Rock Jewish 
Center, Roslyn (Long Island), New York." 

Christa Zuber 

Sydney, Australia 
Zuber is studying for a master of 
teaching, drama, and art at the 
University of Sydney. She is enjoying the 
weather, even though winter has arrived. 


Hannah R. (Johnson) Bornstein 

130 Tudor Street, Unit G, 
Boston, MA 02127 

The Class of 2002 celebrated its first 
class Reunion this summer. Our 5th 
Reunion took place June 8 to 10. The 
past five years have passed so quickly! It 
was wonderful to see so many fellow 
classmates, and everyone had a great 
time catching up. If you were unable to 
attend Reunion, we hope you know that 
you were missed, and we hope to see 
everyone in 2012 for our 10th Reunion. 

Karen Thomashow Eyal 


Eyal writes, "I married Yonatan Eyal on 
September 3, 2006, in Worcester, 
Massachusetts. I completed my rabbinical 
ordination in June. Yonatan is a history 
professor at the University of Cincinnati." 

Kerry Israel 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Israel writes, "Girls on Film: Drag 

Photography by Kerry Israel was on 

display at the Paradise Lounge Gallery 

during January and February. The show 

was a success, receiving a great deal of 

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alumniproiile Russ Gooberman '01, 

Storey Clavton '02, 

press. The work was called 'captivating' 
by the Boston Globe and 'museum- 
worthy' by Stuff at Night. " 

Ehren Newman 
Princeton, New Jersey 
Newman is completing a PhD at 
Princeton University. He is engaged to 
Birgir Meiser. 

Michael Phillips 


Phillips was named an associate in the 
litigation department at Obermayer 
Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel. He 
concentrates his practice in the areas of 
civil litigation, commercial litigation, 
election law, and sports and entertain- 
ment law. 

Robyn Schneider 
Venice, California 
Schneider writes, "After working in 
Washington, D.C., for two years after 
graduation, I lived in Israel for two years. 
1 am now pursuing a master's in Jewish 
communal service at Hebrew Union 
College and an MBA from USC." 

Rebecca Wolf 
Washington, D.C. 

Wolf has been busy traveling the world 
and pursuing a wide variety of endeavors. 
After participating in Otzma and Avodah 
following graduation, she founded and 
directed a medical fellowship, which 
brings Israeli physicians to Uganda to 
volunteer. In this capacity, she was fortu- 
nate to live in Israel for a year and a half 
and travel to Uganda on several occasions. 
Wolt plans to continue to pursue a career 
in international health and is currently a 
first-year law student at American 
University's Washington College of Law in 
Washington, D.C. She was unable to 
attend Reunion because she is spending 
the summer interning at the World 
Health Organization in Geneva, 
Switzerland. Her extracurricular activities 
include playing piano, running, bike 
riding, and teaching Yoga Meets Dance. 
She is still in touch with many friends and 
professors from Brandeis and has fond 
memories of the time she spent there. 
Wolf hopes to see you at next Reunion. 

Greg Wilson, PhD'02 

Makiiifij Conversation 

Every Wednesday, three Brandeis friends "Winning the Cast Wars was a big step 

spend an hour catching up on each other's in getting the word out, and we've been 

lives. The weekly chat ot Russ able to get a lot of word-of-mouth momen- 

Gooberman '01, Storey 

Clayton '02, and Greg 

Wilson, PhD'02, is packed 

with humorous things that 

happen to each of them, 

along with sports, politics, 

and anything else you would 

normally talk about with 

good friends. They, however, 

share this talk with the test of 

the world — and have received 

an award for their efforts. 

The trio, ranging in age 
from rwenty-six to thirty-four, 
met while on the Brandeis 
debate team. Determined to keep in touch 
after graduation despite the 3,000 miles that 
separated them, they began bantering 
through voice-over technology offered 
online by TeamSpeak. Before long, they dis- 
covered they could be pretty entertaining. 

"As debaters, we were used to riffing oft 
of each other and making each other crack 
up," Wilson says, adding that Gooberman 
even works as a comedian in Los Angeles. 

Confident they could amuse others as 
well, they started a podcast called the Mep 
Report in 2005. Each week they tape their 
conversation from their homes in different 
areas of the country, including California 
and New York. The finished product is 
available at 

They were rewarded tor this effort in 
2006 when the Mep Report beat out about 
8,000 other podcasts to be named Best 
Podcast in the "Cast Wars," an online com- 
petition held by Podcast Pickle. 

tum from listeners," Clayton says. The 
podcast team works about ten hours a 
week to tape and edit the show and update 
the Web site. 

The Alep Report's name originates in a 
bit ot Brandeis trivia. During one debate 
tournament in which Gooberman and 
Clayton were paired up, Clayton delivered 
an unusual "off" performance, causing 
them to be eliminated from the competi- 
tion. Clayton told Gooberman that he 
"would've been better off debating with an 
emu" and began imitating the bird with its 
signature "mep" sound. When it came time 
to name the podcast years later, it took 
only seconds to pick the title. 

Looking to the future, the group hopes 
to see the Mep Report p\c\!xA up by radio or 
television outlets. Who knows? they ask. 
Perhaps some day you'll hear them on 
Comedy Central. 

— Marsha MacEachern 




Caroline Litwack 

325 Summit Avenue, #6 
Brighton, MA 02135 

Shannon Baker and Erik Jenson 

Baker and Jenson are getting married on 
August 5 in southern New Hampshire. 
Matt Harris '04 is going to be in the 
wedding party. Jenson is working toward 
a medical degree at Rush Medical 
College in Chicago. Baker graduated 
with a physician's assistant graduate 

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degree from Arcadia Universirv in 

Joseph Ediow 

Pikesvillc, Maryland 
Ediow graduated from Case Western 
Reserve University School of Law in 
May 2006 and passed the Maryland 
Bar exam two months later. He spent 
the fall as political director for Scott 
Rolle's campaign for Maryland attorney 
general. He is now an associate with 
the Law Offices of Scott L. Rolle in 
Frederick, Maryland, which concen- 
trates mostly on criminal-defense work 
bur also does family law and represents 
small businesses. 

Jeremy Goren 

Brooklyn, New York 
Goren is a film-section editor and a 
contributing writer for NY Mosaico 
{, a New York- 
based bilingual webzine focusing on 
Latin America and Latino-related issues. 

Aaron Harris 
Medford, Massachusetts 
Harris is in medical school at Tufts 
University. He received a one-year fellow- 
ship from Fogarty Ellison International 
Center to pursue a research project next 
year on cholera in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Heather Henckler 

Great Neck, New York 

Henckler graduated from Columbia 

University School of Social Work on 

May 16. Also, her chorus sang at 

Carnegie Hall on May 19, which was a 

very exciting opportunity. 

Dana LeWinter 
Somcrville, Massachusetts 
LeWinter is getting married on 
September 1 to Ben Bradley. 

Jacqueline Marcus 


Marcus graduated from Emor)' University 

School of Medicine this spring and will 

do her neurology residency at the 

University of California-San Francisco. 

Eliza Agrest Varadi 
C^harleston, South Carolina 
Varadi and her husband, Vladimir, 
celebrated the birth of a son, Daniel, 
who was born very conveniently the day 
after the second Passover seder. 


Class of 2004 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Meredith Bodgas 

Long Island City, New York 

Bodgas will have an article published in 

the August issue of GLmwiir magazine. She 

is an associate editor at Parenting magazine. 

Alyson Decker 
Los Angeles 

Decker writes, "I was recently published 
in Volume 16, Issue 1, of the Southern 
California Interdisciplinary Lau' Journal. 
My note is titled "Save the Whales — Save 
the Whalers — Wait, Just Save the Inter- 
national Whaling Commission: A Fresh 
Look at the Controversy Surrounding 
Cultural Claims to Whale.' This should 
be available in hard copy in most law 
libraries within a month or so and on 
Westlaw and LexisNexis within the year. 
This is an unusual legal note in that it 
does not require a background in the law 
to imderstand. In fact, no cases are cited. 
The note begins by discussing the cur- 
rent international unrest caused by the 
whaling debate and then delves into the 
ditterent cultural whaling practices ot 
Japan, Norway, and Iceland. The note 
goes on to discuss the current cLiltural 
exceptions to the whaling moratorium 
and proposes a compromise to the out- 
right ban on commercial whaling. The 
note suggests that this compromise 
would satisfy both whalers and whale 
protectionists, thereby strengthening the 
International Whaling Commission and 
ensuring that whaling will continue to 
be monitored by an experienced interna- 
tional organization." 

Sarah Ferri and Thaddeus Kolwicz 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 
Ferri and Kolwicz became engaged on 
March 27 while vacationing in 
California. The couple met during their 
freshman year and have been together 
since. Kolwicz is a substance-abuse 
treatment specialist. Ferri is a 
polysomnogram technologist performing 
clinical sleep studies research and still 
participates in ongoing neurogenetic 
research at Brandeis, where she wotked 
for two years after graduation. They 
hope to marry next summer. 

Paula Schreiber Landau 
and Adam Landau 

Palatine, Illinois 

The Landaus have been happily married 
since 2005. They bought a house in the 
Chicago suburbs. Adam is a financial 
analyst for Citigroup. Paula earned a 
doctorate in physical therapy trom 
Northwestern and is a licensed physical 
therapist at Evanston Northwestern 
Hospital. They hope all their classmates 
are doing well. 


Judith Lupatkin 

200 W. 82nd Street, #5W 
New York, NY 10024 

Rachel Kramer 
Antananarivo, Madagascar 
Kramet is a Peace Corps volunteer in 
northeastern Madagascar. She is involved 
in environmental education for students 
and teachers in the schools in and 
around her village. She accompanies 
Wildlife Conservation Society transect 
expeditions that identify and inventory 
trees in primary and secondary rain- 
forests in nearby national parklands. 
Kramer continues to dabble in 
photography. Photographs she has taken 
of her village and beyond can be found 
at, a site 
maintained by Kevin Grinberg '04. 

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class notes 

Tobias Loss-Eaton 

Lexington, Massachusetts 
Loss-Eaton has been admitted to 
Harvard Law School for the falL 


Class of 2006 

MS 124 Brandels University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Ediyn Hernandez 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
Hernandez was awarded Buckingham, 
Doolittle & Burroughs's second annual 
Diversity Scholarship. She is a first-year 
law student at the University of Miami. 

Rachel Present 


Present is one of hundreds of North 
American volunteers who are helping to 
complete the next chapter of recovery 
in Israel's war-torn northern region by 
directly assisting residents in need. She 
went as part of the Jewish Agency's 
MASA/Israel Journey program that pro- 
vides young Jewish adults the opportu- 
nity to participate in a long-term 
volunteer and educational program in 
Israel. She volunteers in the pediatric 
oncology ward of Rambam Hospital. 
She plays with the children, entertain- 
ing them as they undergo chemothera- 
py treatments, as well as helping the 
children keep up with their schoolwork. 
"I love what 1 do there. You would 
think a cancer ward would be the most 
depressing place on earth, but most 
days it inspires me," she says. "There is 
nothing like a child with cancer to give 
you some perspective on what you 
think is a bad day." When she finishes 
her volunteer work in the North, 
Present will go to Jerusalem's Pardes 
Institute of Jewish Studies and then 
intern at the Forum to Address Food 
Insecurity and Poverty in Israel. 

Talia Sturgis and Jeremy Manning 

Sturgis and Manning became engaged on 
November 22, 2006. The couple met 
during Orientation 2002. Manning 
attends graduate school in the neuro- 
science program at the University of 
Pennsylvania, and Sturgis works at the 
Jewish National Fund's Philadelphia office. 
They plan an August wedding in Sturgis's 
home state of Vermont. 


Loren Fisher, PhD'59 

Willits, Calitornia 

Fishers three most recent books on the 
Book ol Job, Who Hears the Cries of the 
Innocent?, The Minority Report, and The 
Rebel Job, were reviewed at a Colloqium 
of Job on March 19 at the Process 
Studies Center in Claremont, California. 

Steve Andreas, MA'61 
Boulder, Colorado 
Andreas recently published his sixth 
book. Six Blind Elephants: Understanding 
Ourselves and Each Other, a practical and 
comprehensive book about cognitive 
psychology, meaning, and personal 
change. He taught psychology from 
1963 to 1970 at Diablo Valley College 
in Pleasant Hill, California, and is a 
regular presenter at the annual 
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 
and the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy 
Conference. Since 1977, he has been 
training and developing methods in the 
field of neurolinguistic programming 
(NLP), a set of understandings and 
change processes initially developed by a 
mathematician and a linguist. A previous 
book. Transforming Your Self Becoming 
Who You Want to Be, explored the struc- 
ture of self-concept and how to use those 
understandings to rapidly change how 
you think of yourself Andreas has pro- 
duced more than fifty videotaped 
demonstrations of NLP processes and 
written more than fifty articles and book 
chapters, many of which can be found at His primary 
hobby is collecting and researching the 

paintings of Charles Partridge Adams, 
an early Colorado impressionist. 

Nina Alonso Hathaway. MA'63, PhD'70 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Hathaway writes, "In February, my 
daughter Lara, fifteen, had her bat 
mitzvah at Beth El Temple Center in 
Belmont, Massachusetts, which was a 
great joy and brought the family closer 
to Jewish ttaditions. It was entirely her 
choice (pretty unique, I hear) as well. 
Her ninety-rwo-year-old maternal 
grandmother was in attendance, and it 
was a wonderful event. My ballet school 
in Cambridge, Fresh Pond Ballet, is 
approaching its rwenty-year anniversary, 
so it's been a great year." 

Jane Gentry Vance, MA'66 

Versailles, Kentucky 
Vance has been appointed the 2007-08 
Kentucky poet laureate by Governor 
Ernie Fletcher. The poet laureate, the 
highest state honor bestowed upon a 
writer, promotes literary arts and leads 
literary events for two years. Vance's 
work, published under her family name, 
Jane Gentry, has appeared in the 
Sewanee Review, Harvard Magazine, 
Southern Poetry Review, the American 
Voice, and Humanities in the South. She 
has been awarded a Yaddo Fellowship 
and a Voices and Visions grant from the 
National Endowment for the Humani- 
ties and the American Library Associa- 
tion. She also received an Al Smith 
Individual Artist Fellowship from the 
Kentucky Arts Council in 1 992 and 
2003. Vance is a professor in the honors 
program and on the English graduate 
faculty at the University of Kentucky. 

Karen Uhlenbeck, MA'67. PhD'68 

Austin, Texas 

Uhlenbeck, professor and Sid W. 
Richardson Foundation Regents Chair 
in Mathematics at the University ot 
Texas-Austin, was elected to the American 
Philosophical Society in April. 

David Macarov, PhD'68 


Macarov is a professor emeritus at 

Hebrew University. He is an author or 

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one has been translated into Chinese, the 
others into Spanish. He is the founding 
director of the Schwartz graduate pro- 
gram for training international senior 
personnel and a consulting editor for the 
International Encyclopedia of Social Policy. 

William Bicksler, MA72, PhD73 


Bicksler retired from teaching at China 

Evangelical Seminary in 2003 and 

published commentaries on Ecclesiastes, 

Psalms, Jeremiah, Hebrews, Romans, 

and Galatians. 

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW72, PhD76 
Los Angeles 

Torres-Gil, associate dean of academic 
affairs at the UCLA School of Public 
Affairs, was appointed to the board of the 
American Association ot Retired Persons 
Foundation. An expert in the fields of 
health- and long-term care, the politics ot 
aging, social policy, ethnicity, and disabil- 
ity, Torres-Gil has authored more than 
eighty articles and book chapters, as well 
as six books, including 77?^ New Aging: 
Politics and Change in America. 

Duncan Harris, PhD73 

Laramie, Wyoming 

Harris has been awarded the Universit)' of 
Wyoming's Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching 
Award. He is a Shakespearean scholar in 
the English department and director of 
the University Honors Program and 
Summer High School Institute. 

James Kelly, PhD75 
Laguna Beach, California 
Kelly is the new provost and executive 
vice president of Menlo College in 
Atherton, California. He comes to 
Menlo after a twenty-three-year career in 
the California State University system 
where, for the past six years, he has 
served as associate vice president of con- 
tinuing and international education at 
California State University-East Bay. 

Mary Clifford, MFA77 
Highland Lakes, New Jersey 
Clifford, associate professor of commu- 
nication arts at Bergen Community 

College, was selected to receive a 2007 
Excellence Award from the National 
Institute for Staff and Organizational 
Development. She has taught at Bergen 
for sixteen years. As founder of the 
Bergen County Young Playwrights 
Festival and cofounder of the 
Psychodrama Workshop, Clifford has 
been instrumental in enhancing the 
college's theater department through 
extracurricular activities that develop 
participants' understanding of theater 
and performing arts. 

Lynn Hazan, MJC'80 


Hazan celebrates twent)'-two years as an 
executive recruiter and eight years as 
proprietor ot Lynn Hazan & Associates, 
a recruiting firm for communications and 
marketing professionals. She loves rein- 
venting the business. Hazan also teaches 
in Jewish education and performs 
globally as a storyteller, including many 
visits to Racho La Puerta in Mexico. 

Linda Simon, PhD'83 
Saratoga Springs, New York 
Simon chairs the English department 
at Skidmore College. Her latest book. 
The Critical Reception of Henry James: 
Creating a Master (Camden House, 
2007), is due out in fall. 

Daniel Morris, MA'88, PhD'92 


Morris, a professor of English at Purdue 

University, published The Poetry of Louise 

Gliick: A Thematic Introduction with 

University of Missouri Press in 2006. 

Llqun Luo, MA'92, PhD'93 
Palo Alto, California 
Luo was awarded the American 
Association of Anatomists' 2007 
Harland Winfield Mossman Award in 
Developmental Biology. He gave an award 
lecture, "Exploring Neural Circuit 
Organization and Assembly Using Genetic 
Mosaics," at the group's annual meeting in 
May. 1 he award recognizes Luo for 
inventing new techniques to address 
fundamental issues in developmental 
neurobiology, such as molecular mecha- 
nisms of axon and dendrite pruning and 

the logic of wiring specificity of neuronal 

Beth Ingle, MA'95, PhD'OO 

Battle Creek, Michigan 
Ingle was named Rock Valley College 
faculty member of the year. She was one 
of eighty-one instructors nominated by 
students. A faculty committee chose her 
after narrowing the field to ten finalists by 
reviewing nomination papers and essays. 
The vice president of academic affairs said 
Ingle "displays an exceptional work ethic 
and works weekends and holidays. " She is 
active in working to promote human 
rights locally and globally. 

Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, MS'96, 

Mexico City 

Robles-De-La-Torre, a neuroscientist and 
computer engineer, gave an invited talk 
about his research at the New York 
Academy of Sciences on April 14. 

Martin Brueckner, PhD'97 

Brueckner, associate professor of English 
at the University of Delaware, was named 
winner of the Louis Gottschalk Prize of 
the American Society for Eighteenth- 
Century Studies for his book The 
Geographic Revolution in Early America: 
Maps, Literacy, and National Identity 
(University of North Carolina Pres.s). 

Amy Bird, CER'OO 

Providence, Rhode Island 

Bird exhibited a show of her paintings, 

Californian Idyll, at Milo Gallery in Los 

Angeles in January and February. 

Lawrence Sticca, MA'Ol 

St. George's, Bermuda 

Sticca is publisher of a new wellness 

magazine. New Horizons, which covers 

all the wellness news of Bermuda. Visit 

Brent Starace, MBA'04 


Starace is enjoying the Pacific 
Northwest with his wife and eighteen- 
month-old daughter. He is a program 
manager at Microsoft. 

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Small Wonder By Mike Lovett 

A word you hear a lot on college campuses these days is nanotechnology — the art of manipu- 
lating materials on an atomic level. My own version of this might be called nanophotography — 
the art of taking close-up pictures of extremely small items. Staring down the barrel of my 
camera's macro lens, I'm transported to another world — a sort of Lilliput — where mundane 
objects are transformed into extraordinary ones. So it was on a recent summer afternoon when 
I happened by a piece of broken glass that lay near the Castle. I fixed my focus, framed the 
object, and shot off a few frames. Not much here this time, I thought. 'VC'hen I downloaded the 
images a bit later, I was amazed by the amount of detail that had been revealed. My naked eye 
hadn't seen the bits of sand or the colorful curved lines where the glass had scalloped. And I 
certainly hadn't noticed the tiny rainbow at the center. Ah, small wonders. 


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Selling the Shirt and Bullshirt 

whether the product is kosher chicken, a U.S. first lady, or 
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Ellis Verdi '77 whispers the message. 
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Strange Matter 

After thirty years of research, internationally famous MIT 
theoretical physicist Eddie Farhi '73, MS'73, still gets a 
charge out of solving quantum riddles. 
By Tom Nugent 

The Other Dr. Ruth 

BOLLI's senior course leader is audacious, courageous, and — 
she wants the world to know — utterly outrageous. 
By Theresa Pease 

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Treasured Keepsake 

Thank you so much for the wonderful teature on Commencement 
and the Class of 1957 50th Reunion [Summer]. We were honored 
to be included in the Commencement activities; leading the 
procession was a highlight of the weekend and a moving experience 
for many of us. 

How Brandeis has grown in the fifty years since we last marched 
together as a class! We are amazed and proud. This issue will be added 
to my collection oi treasured memories from our special weekend. 

Wynne Wolkenberg Miller '57 

Bwokline, Massachusetts 

Hitting the Jackpot 

My wife, Caroline, and I visited the 
Brandeis campus in September. We tiior- 
oughly enjoyed wali<ing tlie grounds, seeing 
some wonderl'ul sculptures, and chatting 
with a few students, some of whom were 
rushing to attend Yom Kippur services. 

Since 1984, when Caroline and I cele- 
brated our honeymoon by flying to Boston, 
attending a Red Sox game, and touring 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Ver- 
mont to experience the fall color change, 
we have made it a point to visit colleges in 
the areas where we travel. To date, I have 
been to 453 universities and colleges, which 
includes both the United States and 
Canada as well as a few schools overseas. 

Our goal is to visit a total of 500 colleges, 
which we hope to complete some time 
during the fall of 2008. During our visits, 
we typically pick up a campus newspaper or 
magazine, a T-shirt, or a notebook. 

I must commend the staff of Brandeis 
University Magazine. I can say without a 
doubt that your publication is the finest 

and best-written university magazine that 1 
have had the pleasure to read during my 
college visits of the past fwent)'-three years. 
I read the publication from cover to cover 
and would really love to receive it on a con- 
tinuous basis — it is that good. 

From a personal background, I was born 
in Montreal, where I attended a Jewish 
parochial school. I graduated from Concor- 
dia University in 1970. My wife and I have 
lived in the Southwest tor the past thirty 
years, mostly in Las Vegas but almost ten 
years in Phoenix. I work at Caesars Palace 
as a pit boss and also have my own public- 
relations firm. 

Wishing you continued success with 
your top-notch publication. 

— Steve Lake 
Las Vegas 

What Really Matters in Life 

I want to thank Terrie Williams ["Peeling 
Off the Mask," Summer] for both her 
courage and openness in regard to an all- 
too-common but also all-too-hidden issue: 

depression. Not only is Ms. Williams a 
superb writer and storyteller, but she is also 
brave and generous to share her story with 
Brandeis alumni all over the world. 

Her portrayal of society's obsession with 
"success, money, and access" is unfortu- 
nately accurate, and it's good to know that 
someone out there is willing to speak the 
truth and explain why there is more to life 
than work and sleep. Excellent article! 

—Daniel Baron '09 
Las Vegas 

Terrie Williams's account of her time at 
Brandeis, her tall into depression, and her 
subsequent recovery was fascinating and 
uplifting, and I wish her continued success- 
ful coping. 

I am sure the extensive attention she paid 
to her brilliant rise in the public-relations 
world was intended to show that high tal- 
ent is not a vaccination against depres- 
sion — a valuable observation. 

It reminded me of a passage I had read just 
a few weeks before, with a slightly different 

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I am seeking information concerning the 
passing of Lois Fierstein Kaplan. 

The Louie-Net Online Directory indicates 

"Deceased." Her last known address 

was in Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

All Brandeis and Tarpon Springs 

contacts have been to no avail. 

Thank you. 

Robert N. (Robin) Brooks '57 

take on the same issue, by a writer who 
described the depressive pits to which he had 
fallen in pre-antidepressant days after 
reaching the heights of his profession. "I tool; 
myself in hand, I made myself healthy again: 
the condition for this is that one be healthy 
at bottom. A typically morbid being cannot 
become healthy, much less make himself 
healthy." Thus wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. 

Can any of you mental-health people out 

there tell me if the outcomes are less good 

for depressives who are ordinarily — not 

exceptionally — talented people "at bottom"? 

— Stephen N. Miller '59 

Waban, Masiachusetts 

Unpossessive Justice 

The material in the university magazine is 
pretty good for such a publication, tor 
which I congratulate you. Small point: on 
page 8 ot the Summer issue, it says, "The 
relationship between art and social justice is 

of special interest at the university named 
for Louis Brandeis, who spent his life in 
social justice's pursuit." Although such 
usage is now common in the lower-order 
newspapers, inanimate objects or concepts 
do not properly use 's for the possessive. It 
should be "in the pursuit of social justice." 
— Steve Lisansky '68 
Reading. United Kingdom 

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Gregory Freeze 

Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Gregory Freeze, the Victor and 
Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of 
History, has served as dean of the 
Graduate School ol Arts and Sciences 
(GSAS) since July 2006. An expert on 
modern Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet 
history, he holds master's and doctoral 
degrees from Columbia University. 

1. What are the top selling points of a 
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 
education? First, I would say the small 
size. You have much more of a mentoring 
atmosphere here, where faculty are engaged 
with the graduate students, than you'll find 
at many of the large Ivy League schools. 
Second, Brandeis emphasizes not only 
cutting-edge research, but also effective 
teaching — another element you don't find 
at most research universities. And third, 
because we're small, there's much more 
cross-fertilization or interdisciplinarity. In 
the large graduate programs, there's often a 
herd instinct to stay within your field. 

2. You have launched a number of 
intiatives at the Graduate School. What 
would say is your top priority? Without 
question, we need to increase the funding 
for graduate fellowships. In the past few 
years, our competitors have significantly 
increased the amount of stipends, added 
summer funding, and created special funds 
to help graduate students finish their dis- 
sertations. We have made some progress, 
but must do much, much more if we are 
to be competitive. 

3. You've been teaching at Brandeis for 
some thirty-five years. How have things 
changed since the seventies? The seven- 
ties was such a depressing time; there were 
no academic jobs out there. Now, there are 
all Types of academic opportunities, and 
there is much greater receptivity among 

students to nonacademic career lines. The 
majority of our students do not go into 
academic jobs. They go into government, 
the private sector, such as pharmaceutical 
companies, and the like. 

4. As an expert on modern Russia, 
what do you make of President Putin's 
efforts to consolidate power? He didn't 
have to consolidate power — he had to 
create it. The nineties was basically the 
Wild West; the government ceased to 
exist. Putin had to rebuild the court sys- 
tem, fight corruption, finance institutions. 
And he's done that rather effectively. Of 

course, there has been a negative side. 
He's succeeded partly through extralegal 
methods, by controlling the electronic 
media, and by infringing on free speech. 

5. Aside from Red Square, what's a 
must-see destination for someone 
traveling to Russia? I'd recommend going 
through the Golden Ring, which includes 
such provincial towns as Vladimir, 
Yaroslavl, and Suzdal. These have not been 
greatly affected by the Soviet period. I was 
there in the late 1980s, and life wasn't 
much different than it was in the 1880s. 

— Ken Gornsteiu 

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e Is a Thing with Feathers 

Even to strangers, a parrot who counts, counts. 

By Laura Gardner 

Like all great love affairs, this one involved heroism, seduc- 
tion, loyalty, and more than a dollop of enigma, leathered 
with occasional yet charming petulance. But no pouting; 
that would be impossible with a beak. 

When Alex the African Grey parrot died unexpectedly at age 
thirty-one on September 6, 2007, in his Brandeis lab, the world 
swooned as surely as he did. He had become an avian hero to 
many, earning iconic status and turning the phrase "bird brain" 
on its head. 

For years, Alex had been the subject of steadily mounting popu- 
lar interest as his trainer and lifelong confidante, comparative psy- 
chologist Irene Pepperbcrg, painstakingly built a case for research 
into avian cognition around his fascinating accomplishments. 
Media from all over the world regularly visited her Brandeis lab to 
see Alex strut his stuff. His identifications of colors, shapes, and 
numbers were often punctuated by this simple request: "want nut." 
Naturally, like any celebrity, Alex was not above spoiling a session 
every now and then by sitting tight-beaked and slanty-eyed on his 
perch, the picture of amused self-satisfaction. 

But most of the time he amazed and even inspired visitors. Perhaps 
his crowning achievement occurred last year, when he seemed to grasp 
a zero-like concept — an abstraction that takes children several years to 
fathom. His understanding of absence only made our hearts grow 
fonder. With his untimelv death (African Greys can live to fifty), the 
public adoration of this bird brainiac fijeled a media frenzy, prompted 
thousands of mournhil e-mails, and led to coundcss Internet postings. 

Almost certainly, Alex is the only bird (though not bird brain) to 
appear in Time magazine's "Milestones," People magazine's "Passages," 

and three substantive articles in the Neiv York Times, including the 
front page of the "Sunday Week in Review." 

Yet despite thousands of stories about his lite and death, the bird 
remains inscrutable. Was he just a mimic who squawked condi- 
tioned responses, as his detractors suggest? Or was he the tuiest 
example of how much smarter animals are than we give them 
credit for? Further research will undoubtedly give us more than just 
a bird's-eye perspective on these questions. 

For now, what seems inescapable about the popular response to 
his demise is this: Alex possessed qualities we most treasure in 
humans, but don't encounter often enough these days. His loyalty, 
affection, smarts, and becoming modesty about his accomplish- 
ments were nothing if not seductive. 

Who needs scientific proof of these qualities? You could see how 
much affection he had for Pepperberg by the way he clasped her, 
well, beak, in his — squeezing her nose just enough to get the mes- 
sage across. As for loyalty, Alex always perched by his trainer, clearly 
preferring her over others and certainly over strangers. 

To listen to Alex talk was a treat, not only because he appeared 
to concentrate, often tilting his head thoughtfully to one side and 
getting a better look at the object before naming it, but because his 
voice had an unforgettable cadence. Pearl grey with a brilliant streak 
of red in his tail feathers, Alex was an understated, winged superstar. 
Had he known his death would generate a media tsunami and a 
global wave of emotion, he probably would have advised everyone 
to "Calm down!" before making a simple appeal: "Wanna go back!" 

Laiim Ciiirdiier is the university's science eflitnr. 

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Scholarship program to mark fiftieth year 

Weins Are Family 

Next spring, Shranutha Reddy '09 of India 
will finally get to meet members of 
the extended "family" she has heard so 
much about. 

Her opportunity will come when the 
worldwide family of Wien Scholars gath- 
ers at Brandeis April 11 to 13, 2008, to 
mark the fiftieth anniversary of the pio- 
neering Wien International Scholarship 

"Meeting all the Wien alumni — hearing 
about what they did in school or what they 
are doing now — will be an incredible expe- 
rience," said Reddy, who hails from 
Bangalore. "It will be a highlight of my 
time at Brandeis." 

Dozens of Wien Scholars from both near 
(Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.) 
and far (Japan, Nigeria, the Philippines, 
and Iceland) are planning to attend the 

Shranutha Reddy 

three-day event, which will include panel 
discussions with current and past Wien 
Scholars, a meet-and-greet with faculty, and 
opening and closing gala dinners. 

Reddy is well-versed in the rich history 
of the Wien program and knows about 
the impressive roster of world leaders it 
has produced. 

"It was an honor to be chosen to be a 
Wien Scholar and join this group of 
inspiring people," said Reddy, who is 
majoring in both biology and economics. 
"When you become a Wien Scholar, you 
have the sense that you are part of some- 
thing very special." 

In addition to Wien Scholars past and 
present, many members of program 
founders Lawrence and Mae Wien's 
family will be on hand to bask in the re- 
flected glory of a program that has helped 
both its participants and the world at large. 

"I think they would be absolutely thrilled 
(with the program)," said Lester Morse, a 
son-in-law of the Wiens. "You can't help 
but be impressed when you see some of the 
names and positions of responsibility that 
Wien Scholars now hold — whether it's 
prime minister of Iceland or Turkish 
ambassador to the United States or a dele- 
gate to the United Nations — in part 
because of the education they received at 
Brandeis. They would be pleased that so 
many Wien Scholars have had such a signif- 
icant impact upon their countries." 

For more information about the Wien fifiieth 
anniversary celebration, visit 
or contact Karen Rogol '98. associate director 
of alumni and university relations, at 212- 
472-1501, ext. 235, or 

Peter French 

Call to Arms 

University safety officers 
get OK to carry firearms 

The university has announced that it will 
begin arming its public safety officers as part 
ot a larger campus safety plan aimed at com- 
batting tragedies such as the shooting 
attacks that occurred at Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University last spring. 

The plan was backed by 
the police union and a spe- 
cial committee convened 
by President Reinharz to 
study the issue. 

"We all feel the pressure 
to provide a safer environ- 
ment as quickly as possible 
for our university," the committee, chaired 
by Executive Vice President Peter French, 
wrote in its recommendation to Reinharz. 

Until now, campus police have been 
equipped only with clubs and mace. Com- 
mittee members said firearms would give 
safety officers "an important tool to 
respond to crisis situations" and put 
Brandeis on a par with the overwhelming 
number of institutions in the Association 
of American Universities. 

Before being armed, all Brandeis officers 
will undergo extensive training, testing, 
and certification, university officials said. 

In the meantime, Brandeis recently 
added several new tools to its emergency 
preparedness process, including an outdoor 
siren system, broadcast e-mail alerts, and 
voice and text messaging for office phones 
and personal cell phones. 

In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, 
the university also has updated its emer- 
gency preparedness master plan to address 
a wide range of crises, whether man-made 
or natural. 

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Cited for pioneering college-prep program 

Grad Wins ^^ Genius'^ Award 

Deborah Bial '87, whose pioneering Posse Foun- 
dation has helped nearly two thousand students 
attend college, was named one of twent)'-four win- 
ners of a MacArthur Founda- 
tion "genius" grant. 

Bial, fort)'-two, who received 
the Brandeis Alumni Achieve- 
ment Award in May, will 
receive a $500,000 fellowship 
to use as she wishes. The latest 
MacArthur Fellows were 
named by the Chicago-based 
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 
which has been awarding the grants since 1981. 

"It's an incredible gift, " Bial said. "It will change 
niv life, and I hope it will change Posse's life. " 

Bial founded and serves as president of the Posse 
Foundation, which identifies, recruits, and trains 

Deborah Bial 

student leaders from public high schools to form 
multicultural teams called "posses," and then pre- 
pares the students to enroll at top-tier universities, 
including Brandeis. 

An English and American literature major at 
Brandeis, Bial started Posse in New York twenty 
years ago after watching talented inner-city stu- 
dents drop out of college at alarming rates. She 
remembered one student saying that if he had had 
his "posse" — his group of friends — with him, he 
would not have left school. 

Three members of the Brandeis faculty have 
been named MacArthur Fellows in recent years: 
biology professor Gina Turrigiano, in 2000; 
Jacqueline Jones, the Truman Professor of 
American Civilization, in 1999; and Bernadette 
Brooten, the Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob 
Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, in 1998. 

Brandeis wins top athletic award 

Brains and Brawn 

Striking the appropriate balance between student 
and athlete in the student-athlete equation is a 
problematic endeavor at many institutions. Not 
at Brandeis. 

Brandeis was named the 2007 Jostens Institu- 
tion of the Year by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic 
Conference for exemplifying the highest standards 
of collegiate academic and athletic performance. 

"We are proud of the accomplishments of our 
student-athletes, both on the field of play and in 
the classroom," said Brandeis Director of Athlet- 
ics Sheryl Sousa '90. "To be recognized for our 
success is a tribute to our dedicated staff of 
coaches and administrators." 

The ECAC comprises 318 institutions from 
Maine to Georgia and west to Illinois. 

In its third year of Sousa's leadership, Bran- 
deis enjoyed one of the most successful athletic 
campaigns in school history. Four Brandeis 
teams reached the semifinals of ECAC tourna- 
ments, and the volleyball and men's soccer cap- 
tured titles. Additionally, the fencing team 
excelled at the ECAC-affiliated Intercollegiate 
Fencing Association Championships and the 
men's and women's basketball teams qualified 
for NCAA play 

In the classroom, 156 Brandeis student-ath- 
letes were named to the University Athletic Asso- 
ciation All-Academic team and three were 
selected to the College Sports Information Direc- 
tors Association/ESPN The Magazine Academic 
All-District teams. 

Students can now major 
in environmental studies 

In response to growing interest among 
students to study critical environmental 
issues facing the world today, Brandeis 
undergraduates can now major in envi- 
ronmental studies. 

"The students were clamoring for it," 
said biology professor Dan Perlman, chair 
of the environmental studies program. 
"One of the hallmarks of Brandeis is stu- 
dents who are deeply involved in social 
action of one type or another, and that's 
absolutely true of those in our program." 

Environmental studies majors are 
required to take thirteen courses in a vari- 
ety of related disciplines — environmental 
science, social science, humanities, eco- 
nomics, law, and history. 

In addition to coursework, environmen- 
tal studies majors are encouraged to pursue 
field study through a semester-abroad pro- 
gram or the pioneering Environmental 
Field Semester (EFS). The EFS uses local 
communities as living laboratories to give 
students experience in the conservation 
and stewardship of the land. 

"Students need to get hands-on experi- 
ence and see things in all their complexity," 
Perlman said. "Addressing real-world prob- 
lems and learning from practicioners in 
different fields gives the students a far 
richer education than any classroom expe- 
rience could." 

Weizmann Institute awards 
Reinharz honorary degree 

President Reinharz this month was awarded 
an honorary doctor of philosophy degree 
from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 
Israel. Reinharz is a leading historian of 
Chaim Weizmann, the first president of 
Israel and founder of the science institute. 


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The workplace of Ellis Verdi has no pictures of Hillary Clinton 
or other high-profile clients on the walls. There are no 
ADDYs and Clios, the cutesy trophies emblematic of adver- 
tising greatness. No framed magazine feature stories or 
collages of memorable print ads, either. And, as for client gifts, there's 
not a bottle of Grey Goose vodka or a matchbox-sized BMW in sight. 

The space lacks the conspicuous signs of success you would expect 
in the office of the president and founder of DeVito/Verdi, a New York 
advertising powerhouse with $200 million-plus in annual billings, 140 
employees, a client roster that is the envy of the industry, and a repu- 
tation for smart, edgy, forward-thinking ads that resonate. 

But this is Verdi's office — and the decor is just the wav he wants it. 
His design choices reveal much about the man and the way he runs 
his company. 

"I try to focus on the issues, problems, and challenges in front of me, 
not what we did in the past," the fifty-two-year-old explains. "You can 
always do better. I don't want to get too cozy or too comfortable about 
where we are. " 

Verdi would need to double the size of his office to display properly 
all the hardware his agency has collected in the last decade and a half 
The American Association of Advertising Agencies has named D/V the 

few summers ago, the One Club Gallery in New York hosted a retro- 
spective of the advertising agency's work in honor ol" its first ten years. 
"If you're not being smart and there's no surprise, there's no reason 
to advertise," Verdi says. "We believe in advertising that has a strong 
point of view and gets to the heart of the issue." 


Just as his agency specializes in bucking standard practice, Verdi himself 
prefers the nontraditional route. Throughout his life, he has relied on his 
instincts rather than convention — and they have rarely failed him. 

After graduating from Brandeis High on New York's Upper West 
Side in 1973, Verdi left the city, where he had lived most of his life, for 
Brandeis University. The tree-lined suburban campus was worlds away 
from the gritty, urban neighborhood he had always known. 

"After high school, I felt 1 was ready to go out on my own in the 
world and leave New York," he says. "I was ready to challenge myself 
in a different environment." 

At Brandeis, Verdi majored in political science. Outside the class- 
room, he joined some friends to organize on-campus screenings of first- 
run movies. Verdi was also a bit of a legend at the Castle for his unusual 
hobby — he kept two tropical fish tanks stocked with baby piranhas. 


country's most creative agency six times in the last ten years. D/V has 
won all the big industry awards — ADDY, Clio, ANDY, Radio Mer- 
cury, Cannes, and One Show — many times over. 

Verdi chooses to display the awards in the lobby, where they fill sev- 
eral shopping carts provided by a client, the large Midwest grocery 
chain Meljer. The message is unmistakable: Without the clients, there 
would be no awards. 

D/V recently added Sports Authority to a list of clients that over 
the years has included BMW, Grey Goose, the American Civil 
Liberties Union, Office Depot, Legal Sea Foods, Mount Sinai 
Medical Center, National Association of Broadcasters, Sony, Canon, 
Circuit City, People, Esquire, Jackson Hewitt,, 
CarMax, and many more. 

The agency's work is considered so pioneering that some observers 
credit D/V for establishing a new genre of in-your-face advertising. A 

"I grew up as a student, and I grew up socially," he recalls. "I found 
myself at Brandeis. " 

Verdi graduated without a clear sense of what he wanted to do, 
although he had a notion to go to law school. He moved back to New 
York, found a cheap apartment, and held a succession of uninteresting, 
short-term jobs. 

He finally found something he enjoyed when he accepted a position 
as an assistant media planner at SSC&B, an ad agenc>'. He later took a 
job with American Home Products, where he worked on the Woolite 
and Black Flag brands. Verdi's next move took him to Pepsi as marketing 
director for the company's diet brands. He later returned to the agency 
side at industry giant Grey Advertising. 

In 1989, he made his boldest career move, bolting his comfortable job 
as a vice president at Grey for the great unknown. (In a delicious rwist, 
D/V just beat out Grey for the $100 million Sports Authority account.) 


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"I did not see myself progressing in that environment anymore," he 
remembers. "I akvays had this feeling that 1 could do better on my own. " 

He launched Ellis Verdi & Partners with no partners (so much tor 
truth in advertising!), no office, and no solid sales leads. Verdi had 
only his stubborn conviction that he could marry the strategic and 
creative sides ot the advertising business in a way that had not been 
done before. 

He set up shop in his one-room apartment and began contacting 
potential clients, making as many as one hundred calls in a day. He 
blasted faxes all around town, once inadvertently sending the same fax 
hundreds of times to the same company. His girlfriend, Marcy (now his 
wife), answered the phone, making it appear as if Verdi & Partners were 
more than a one-man operation. 

Finally, after eight months ot calling and taxing, he got his first 
nibble. Allied Old English, a firm owned by fellow Brandeis graduate 
Fred Ross '67, wanted to more aggressively push its line of fruit 
spreads. Verdi joined forces with creative director John Follis, they 
developed some ideas the company liked, and newly named Follis & 
Verdi had its first client. 

In a sign of things to come, the campaign was controversial (it poked 
fun at industry heavj'weight Smucker's), generated media attention (a 

clothier Daffy's (memorable ads included "Marry for love. Look like 
you married for money" and "Friends don't let friends pay retail ") and 
Solgar (a vitamin ad showed a che\ved-on pencil with text that read, 
"For too many New Yorkers, this is lunch"). 

Verdi and DeVito are the odd couple of New York advertising. 
They're both natives of the city, but the similarities end there. Verdi is 
tall, DeVito compact. Verdi is easygoing and approachable, DeVito 
combustible and intimidating. Verdi graduated from Brandeis, DeVito 
from SUNY-Farmingdale. Verdi handles the client side, DeVito takes 
care of the creative. 

Since the beginning, the guiding principle of their partnership has been 
producing quality work. Even early in D/V's existence, when the agency 
could have used the business, Verdi rejected a $16 million account because 
the client would not allow the agency the freedom to develop the right ads. 
"Even back when 1 was making cold calls, I followed the mantra 
'You're better defined by those clients you reject than those you take 
on,' " Verdi says. "We don't want to sacrifice our creative reputation 
just to grow the business." 

An incident during the early days of their alliance confirmed for 
both Verdi and DeVito that the collaboration would endure. After suc- 
cessful presentations to two groups from South Street Seaport, Verdi 


Nice Shirt You CouldVe Gotten 
It For Less At Daffy's. But You're 
Used To Being Taken For A Ride. 

Daffy's. 17th & Chestnut. 


"It IS a constant challenge to make sure ads transmit something 
significant but also get attention . . . Using the actual strategy 
language in an ad typically results in very boring communications 
. . . This outdoor billboard dramatically illustrates the 80 percent 
off message ... It fulfills the challenge and furthers the ultimate 
goal of building the client's business." 

story in Forces on the value of comparative advertising), and enhanced 
the product's visibility. 

"I realized then, " Verdi says, "that I could have an agency." 


Perhaps the most important call he placed in those early years was to 
Sal DeVito, a rough-edged industry veteran who got his start in the 
business designing matchbook covers. After twenty-five years at ten dif- 
ferent agencies, the out-of-work creative director told an Adweek 
columnist he was looking to join up with someone who had "brains 
and balls." 

"Ellis was the only one to call," DeVito says. "He called, we chatted, 
and we gave it a shot." 

In 199,5, Follis left the firm and DeVito/Verdi was born. Soon after, 
the new alliance developed award-winning campaigns for discount 

and DeVito shared their work with a third set of people representing 
the potential client. 

"They started rewriting the copy and suggesting different visuals," 
DeVito says. "I looked at Ellis and we said, 'Let's go!' and we left. I 
knew then that I could count on him in combat. I don't think he has 
any fear. He'll do whatever has to be done. 

"A lot of guys in the ad business can be kiss-ass people," DeVito says. 
"Ellis won't do that, no matter the client." 

The story ended happily. A few days later. South Street Seaport 
called back and hired the agency. 

D/V's early clients were located in New York, so the ads had a dis- 
tinct, hard-edged voice appropriate for a New York audience. An ad for 
TimeOut magazine, for instance, read, "Our magazine is a lot like the 
average New Yorker. It'll tell you where you can go and what you can 
do with yourself" Another for Daffy's had a picture of two shirts with 

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a child who 

couldn't hear into 

a typical 2 year 

OLD WHO doesn't 

A: Empire Kosher Chicken 

"I was desperately looking for a strategy ttiat would 
differentiate tfiis chicken from others among 'cross- 
over' consumers — those who buy Perdue and other 
mainstream chickens but might be tempted by a better 
product and would be willing to pay a higher price . . . 
Everyone loved the ad we developed, but it was 
difficult to sell the concept to a committee of rabbis." 

B: The Sporting News 

"After studying competitors Sports Illustrated and 
ESPN [The Magazine] and speaking to many readers, 
the Sporting News stood out as authentic to us . . . 
We thought an ad spoofing the SI swimsuit edition 
was a perfect way to juxtapose the Sporting News and 
Its mission." 

C: American Civil Liberties Union 

"What makes this ad so effective is that the argument 
it makes is essentially 'air tight' (or as close as possi- 
ble in advertising) . . . Originally, it was presented to 
[creative director] Sal [DeVitol as a black person on 
the left and a white person on the right. Adding the 
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles Manson as 
visuals makes the concept even more powerful." 

D: Legal Sea Foods 

"These street signs were constructed and erected by 
the agency next to the New England Aquarium . . . 
They are an example of the best of 'guerilla' marketing 
because they aren't just clever for the sake of being 
clever, they have a message: Legal Sea Foods has the 
freshest fish ... No word yet on what the Aquarium 
thinks of the street signs." 

E: The Pro-Choice Public Education Project 

"To some people, the images of back-alley abortions 
are so strong that they can alienate, but it's necessary 
when the opposition has a very simple argument 
['killing babies'] and a significant funding advantage 
. . . Additionally, kids today who did not fight for 
abortion rights take it for granted, so it helps to 
visualize the truth from the not-so-distant past." 

F: Mount Sinai Medical Center 

"This campaign uses real examples of successful 
outcomes to prove the value of Mount Sinai, which was 
facing possible closure ... We relied on print and 
radio, mediums generally considered to be difficult 
forums to deliver emotional messages." 

G: Solgar 

"This campaign grew directly out of life in New York 
and many of the truths about how we eat and 
stress ... An additional challenge was to develop 
long, skinny units that would work on the sides of 
buses . . . The campaign built a sizable lead for 
Solgar versus all other competitors." 

H: For Eyes 

"Not spending too much on glasses is a common 
theme, but when expressed in this way in local transit 
in a number of markets you have an effective break- 
through . . . The campaign helped boost business by 
double digits." 

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different price tags. "Shirt" appeared under the $20 item, "Bullshirt" 
below the one costing $68. 

Over time, the agency branched out, luring national accounts and 
advocacy organizations, including the ACLU and Pro-Choice Public 
Education Project. Now more than three quarters of D/V's work is for 
clients outside the New York area. 


While D/V spent the 1990s designing campaigns for companies that 
sold everything from cars to copiers and helping advocacy groups refine 
their messages for the public, the firm had not ventured into the ven- 
omous world of political advertising. That changed in 1999, when 
Verdi received a call from Hillary Clinton's office. The first lady was 
planning a run for the U.S. Senate in New York. 

"Can you come to Washington to meet with Mrs. Clinton?" the 
caller requested. 

"Sute! Where will we meet?" Verdi asked. 

"The White House," the caller responded. 

Verdi and several of his colleagues headed to the nation's capital a 
few days later. After the delegation met with some of the first lady's 
political team in a White House anteroom, she joined the group in the 
cinema for D/V's presentation. 

Verdi led the presentation, sharing the agency's ideas about the cam- 
paign and the candidate. He typically can gauge the effectiveness of his 
pitch, but he could not get a read on this situation. 

"I felt very good about it, but I just wasn't sure," Verdi recalls. "We 
weren't a political agency." 

They were soon. With the endorsement of President Clinton — 
Verdi was told that the president "absolutely loved" D/V's work — they 
were hired. 

"We were thrilled, but at the same time we were very concerned," 
Verdi says. "Political advertising is so different. The daily strategic chal- 
lenges are unique." 

Both the candidate and the agency were up to the challenges. 
Entrusted with developing ads to effectively position and launch Hillary 
Clinton's candidacy, D/V produced an ad that portrayed the candidate 
as a pioneer with a number of "firsts" to her credit. It concluded by 
saying, "Not just the first lady." D/V also created an ad comparing her 
opponent, state senator Rick Lazio, to an ostrich with his head in the 
sand. The ads were credited with helping the candidate win support 
among conservative upstate voters who traditionally voted Republican. 

Clinton, of course, went on to win the race, and D/V later estab- 
lished a unit focused on political advertising. The agency worked on six 
different Senate races in 2004. 


D/V doesn't purposely develop ads to breed controversy, but its on-the- 
edge approach has put the agency in the spotlight frequently over the 
years. That's OK with Verdi. He knows that when an ad becomes the 
story, both the client and the agency win. 

5^. i^ 


In 1997, playing on then mayor Rudy Giuliani's well-known pen- 
chant for self-promotion, D/V designed ads for the sides of city buses 
that touted New York magazine as "possibly the only good thing in New 
York Rudy hasn't taken credit for." 

An infuriated Giuliani demanded that the Metropolitan Transporta- 
tion Authority', a quasi-governmental agency under his control, remove 
the ads immediately. New York magazine sued to have the ads restored, 
and lawyers argued the case all the way to the state Supreme Court. In 
a landmark decision affirming that advertising was covered under the 
free speech provisions of the First Amendment, New York's highest 
court ordered Giuliani to put the ads back up. 

Newspapers and TV stations latched onto the story of the tough- 
talking, thin-skinned mayor of the nation's largest city going to court to 
protect his carefully crafted image. In the middle of it were Verdi and his 
up-and-coming agency that had the temerity to take on mighty Rudy. 

Giuliani's loss proved to be a win for everyone else involved: New 
York magazine's newsstand sales jumped significantly and advertising 

ultimate sign of respect in the ad world, D/V does not need to show 
work in advance and gets hired based on its reputation alone. 

Clients seek out D/V not only because of the agency's ability to pro- 
duce a compelling message, but also tor its knack ot devising creative 
ways to deliver it. 

"Today there's a broader mix of ways to get to the customer," Verdi 
says. "People talk about 'new media.' Even 'old media' can be new again 
it used in the right way." 

D/V produced an award-winning ad for thoroughbred racing for 
radio, an often-overlooked medium. In the spot, a voice mimicking a 
race call started by saying, "And they're off. Out of the gate is Dinner 
Date. Dinner Date starts strong. But here comes No Reservation, fol- 
lowed by Hours of Waiting. " The spot concluded with, "For a better 
time, go to the track." 

To promote a client's one-day holiday sale, D/V dropped hundreds of 
wallets outside a competitor's store. When curious shoppers picked up the 
wallets, they found nothing inside but a message on a slip of paper: "This 


Possibly the only good thing in New York jft^ j^^ork. 
! Rudy hasn't taken credit for. I W % --——■- 

reached an all-time high, while D/V reaffirmed its position as a brassy, 
provocative firm that delivered for its clients. 

"Hitting a nerve with people is our job," Verdi says. "Sometimes it 
hits different people differently." 

Several years earlier. Perdue Farms sued Empire Kosher Poultry, 
claiming trademark infringement after Verdi's agency designed an ad 
that tweaked Perdue pitchman Frank Perdue's trademark line "It takes 
a tough man to make a tender chicken." 

Empire's ad showed Moses holding up a tablet above text that read, 
"It takes an even tougher man to make a kosher chicken. " 

'A lot of guys in the ad business 
can be kiss-ass people. Ellis won't 
do that, no matter the client." 

Mental health advocates failed to find the humor in one of D/V's ads 
for Daffy's. The print piece featured a picture of a straitjacket. The text 
read, "If you're paying over SI 00 for a shirt, may we suggest a jacket to 
go with it? " 

Charging that the ad stigmatized the mentally ill, mental-health pro- 
fessionals demonstrated outside Daffy's stores and D/V's office. 
Demonstrators also filled a city block outside a New York industry 
awards show at which D/V captured several awards. 

"What an entree that turned out to be," Verdi says. "We were 
instantly the most-talked-about agency around." 


Gone are the days when Verdi placed hundreds of cold calls a week to 
land customers. He receives the calls now, from potential clients wanting 
D/V to compete with other agencies tor their business. Sometimes, in the 

is how much money you need to walk out with new fiarniture today." The 
flip side of the paper promoted the client's deferred payment schedule. 

As part of a campaign tor Mount Sinai Medical Center, D/V devel- 
oped print ads telling the story ot a patient who was running in the 
New York Marathon a year after undergoing life-changing heart sur- 
gery. But instead of relying on traditional print vehicles, the agency 
placed posters in bus shelters along the marathon route. The accompa- 
nying copy made for a forceful message: "If you want to see what a 
repaired mitral valve looks like, be at the finish line." 

"The ads were so creative and so different from what anyone else was 
doing," says Mount Sinai's Marianne Coughlin, who worked closely 
with D/V on the campaign. "We didn't have the budget for TV ads, 
but we overcame that by using Ellis's ideas about placement." 

To escape the hundred-hour workweeks, constant travel, and round- 
the-clock client calls that are part of running an agency, Verdi enjoys 
traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. Son 
Marshall, age seventeen, and daughter Jessica, thirteen, also serve as a 
focus group of two for some of D/V's new ad ideas. 

"They'll say, 'That's lousy!' or 'That's great!' " Verdi says. "When you 
get older, you overthink it. The kids have a very good instinct tor what 
works. They have a different way of seeing it." 

Every few months, Verdi gets a call from a big advertising conglom- 
erate or private-equity firm interested in purchasing D/V. The an.swer 
is always the same: No thanks. 

"I've worked so hard to do it my way that 1 won't undo that at any 
price," Verdi says. "1 don't think we can run the agency we want to run 
with outside ownership." 

Verdi expects D/V to be winning clients and collecting awards for 
many years to come. Just don't look tor any of the evidence in his office. 

David E. Niithnn is the director of development communications in the 
Office of Institutional Advancement at Brandeis. 

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After thirti] years 
of researcli, internationallij 
famous MIT tlieoretical 
pjiqsicist Eddie Farlii '73, 
MS'73, still gets a 
charge out of solving 
quantum riddles. 

Dne summer afternoon back in 1980, 
rwo young physicists who'd been 
trained at Brandeis found them- 
selves staring at a chalk-scrawled 
blackboard in disbelief 
Located at the world's largest 
atomic-particle accelerator labora- 
tory — the giant CERN complex 
near Geneva, Switzerland — the blackboard 
was covered with spidery equations that 
promised to trigger a dramatic breakthrough 
in modern physics. 

But were those equations valid? 
If they were — and this was a huge "if" — the 
implications for the arcane science of particle 
physics were staggering. 

One of the rwo physicists who stood gaping 
at the CERN blackboard on that afternoon 
rwenty-seven years ago was Edward Farhi, and 
he was doing his best to remain calm. 

Farhi had grown up in a working-class fam- 
ily in the heart of one of New York City's 
toughest neighborhoods — the rough-and- 
tumble South Bronx — before landing a cov- 
eted slot at the famous Bronx High School of 
Science. It was at Brandeis, though, under the 
tutelage of idealistic professors and mentors 
like the late Stephan Berko, Allen Mills, and 
Rick Heller, as well as Hugh Pendleton III and 
Sam Schweber [now professor emeritus of 
physics], that he became inspired. 

Indeed, as director of the prestigious Center 
for Theoretical Physics at the Massachusetts 

According to the calculations on the board, 
the mysterious and infinitesimally tiny atomic 
entities known as "quarks" were composed of 
even smaller fragments of matter — a finding 
that would challenge the basic Standard 
Model of contemporary particle physics itself 

Formulated during the 1970s, the Stan- 
dard Model is regarded as the cornerstone of 
modern particle physics. According to the 
model, matter consists of twenty-five funda- 
mental particles, including electrons, pho- 
tons, gluons, and neutrinos. In this group 
also are the tiny quarks, considered to be 
autonomous and indivisible. 

The Standard Model has ruled particle 
physics for nearly forty years, but at CERN in 
1980, Farhi and Abbott believed they were on 
the edge of a paradigm shift — a breakthrough 
that would require revising some of science's 
basic understanding of material reality at the 
atomic level. 

Although their new theory made predic- 
tions that were ultimately not borne out by 
experiment — leaving the Standard Model 
firmly in place — the two investigators experi- 
enced what they still describe as "the thrill of 
a lifetime" during their time together at 
CERN. In fact, Farhi and Abbott remain 
close friends. 

"That was an exciting time for us," says 
Farhi, leading a tour of the MIT center where 
he and thirteen other professors work daily at 
the cutting edge of quantum physics along 

''In this kind of research, you just try to get a good swing at the 
plate-and you don't worry too much if the ball gets caught in the outfield. 

We took a great swing with our theory/' 

Institute of Technology (MIT), Farhi is today 
a renowned scientist who is helping to pioneer 
the development of quantum computers — an 
entirely new kind of computing machines that 
promise to be immensely faster and more effi- 
cient that today's desktop PCs. 

Back in 1980, however, the young Farhi — 
who'd received a physics PhD from Harvard 
just rwo years earlier — took a long, hard look 
at his equations. And although the mathemat- 
ical operations that he and his colleague, 
physicist Laurence Abbott, PhD'77, had 
employed were mind-bendingly complex, the 
bottom-line result seemed strikingly clear. 

with a large group of postdocs and graduate 
students. "Larry and I were still in our late 
twenties back then, and it seemed we were 
coming up with new ideas almost every day." 
"The more we looked at the data and stud- 
ied our equations, the more it seemed to us that 
quarks — which were supposed to be elemen- 
tary, indivisible particles — could themselves be 
made of other things. And because we were so 
young, we were arrogant enough to believe we 
were onto something huge. It was a wild idea, 
and we had a lot of fun. For a while there, we 
were thinking we might actually be able to 
explain something in particle physics." 


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For his part, former Brandeis physics pro- 
fessor Larry Abbott, now a professor of bio- 
physics at Columbia University, remembers 
their struggle to upend the Standard Model as 
"a very unorthodox attempt to stand the 
accepted theory about quarks on its head." 

Having your theory shot down, Farhi 
points out, isn't necessarily a bad outcome 
for a particle physicist who's interested in 
exploring new ideas. 

"In this kind of research," he explains, "you 
just try to get a good swing at the plate — and 

you don't worry too much if the ball gets caught 
in the outfield. We took a great swing with our 
theor)', and that was the important thing." 


Although Farhi hasn't managed to overturn 
the Standard Model yet, he has continued to 
take great swings, keeping up a steady stream 
of cutting-edge research while teaching such 
esoteric subjects as quantum mechanics, 
quantum field theory, and general relativit)' at 
MIT since 1982. 

As an investigator, Farhi has analyzed 
phenomena related to astrophysics (he and 
collaborators proposed a new type of mas- 
sive object called a "Strange Star") to cos- 
mology (asking, along with MIT's famed 
Alan Guth, whether a new universe could be 
made in a laboratory) and to Einstein's the- 
ory of general relativity (is a time machine 
really possible, or do the laws of physics pro- 
hibit it?). 

And while managing to capture three dif- 
ferent teaching awards at MIT he's also found 

It has been shown that, if a quantum computer could be built, it would be 
able to break all existing codes used by banks and the militari]. 

time to publish dozens of articles in the 
world's leading scientific journals. 

Farhi has worked on a series of grand uni- 
fied theories that attempt to put all the forces 
of nature into one set of equations. He has 
also studied the properties of a super-dense 
form of elementary particles known as 
"Strange Matter." While working on his PhD 
thesis, he invented a way of measuring the 
closeness of particles coming out of high- 
energy accelerator collisions by calculating a 
new variable he called thrust. His method of 
measuring thrust, which can be computed 
using the Standard Model, will be put to work 
by experimentalists at the giant new Large 
Hadron Collidor at CERN. ^ 

Celebrated as one of the world's most 
creative and influential particle physicists, 
Farhi also works in the field of quantum 
computing, where he's widely regarded as a 
major pioneer. Two years ago he was selected 
by MIT to direct the Center for Theoretical 
Physics, which sponsors some of the planet's 
most advanced research on particle physics 
and quantum mechanics. 


Farhi lives in a world of scribbled algorithms 
and wall-to-wall physics equations. Drop by 
his office on the campus of MIT during a 
typical weekday morning, and the odds are 
high that you'll find him standing in front of 
a blackboard struggling to produce math 
equations related to the potential use of 
quantum computers. 

"Lately, I've been developing new algo- 
rithms for quantum computers. This is some 

of the most exciting new computer-research 
being done in the world today and I think we 
[at MIT] have had a pretty big influence on 
the development of quantum computers. I feel 
very proud of our work in this area," he says. 

As Farhi describes them, quantum comput- 
ers promise to revolutionize computation in 
the next few decades not because these new 
machines will do the same things as the 
lumbering data processors of today while 
operating millions of times faster, but because 
they will accelerate the process multifold by 
taking a more efficient and intelligent route to 
the solution of a problem. 

According to Farhi, quantum computers 
will operate on an entirely different princi- 
ple from today's processors, which rely on 

manipulating tiny electrical charges that rep- 
resent strings of ones and zeroes as basic 
units of information. Quantum computers, 
on the other hand, will take full advantage 
of the quantum nature of matter at the 
automic level. 

It has already been shown that, if a quan- 
tum computer could be built, it would be able 
to break all existing codes used by banks and 
the military. For that reason, the U.S. govern- 
ment is joining the race to build quantum 
computers by funding scientists like Farhi. 

An exciting prospect? You bet. But Farhi is 
quick to point out that these super-machines 
are still on the scientific drawing board. 

"It's important to remember that no one has 
actually built a quantum computer yet," he says 

with a wry chuckle, "so we're talking about pro- 
gramming a machine that doesn't exist. 

"Still, there's no doubt that quantum com- 
puting is going to happen, even if it's a few 
years off, and when it does, the power of these 
machines will be immense, so they'll be able 
to perform computing tasks no one has ever 
thought possible." 

Ask Farhi to explain the workings of a 
quantum computer, and the physics guru 
lights up like Boston's Fenway Park during a 
night game. 

"A quantum computer wouldn't use strings 
of bits, like today's computers," says the 
excited physicist at one point. "Instead, it 
would rely on 'qubits' — quantum bits — built 
from what we call 'spin-one-halt ' particles. 

There was a young laety named Bright, 
Whose speed was faster than light; 
She set out one day in a relative way. 
And returned home the previous night. 

— British scientist Arthur Bullet, writing in Punch, 1923 

It's one of the most fascinating and controversial questions now being 
asked in the world ot physics. 

Will it someday be possible for human beings to travel back through 
time, or do the laws of physics actually operate to make such a journey 

MIT physicist Eddie Farhi, an internationally renowned expert on 
general relativity, minces no words when faced with this question, 
which once existed only in the minds of humorists and science fiction 
writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick. 

"No way," he replies. 

"I've given a lot of thought to the problem of time travel in recent 
years," adds Farhi, director of MIT's Center for Theoretical Physics, 
"and everything I've ever looked at suggests that the laws of physics 
conspire to prevent you from going backward in time. 

"If you think about it tor awhile, certain logical paradoxes arise. For 
example, time travel would allow you to go back into the past and kill 
your parents before your own birth — which means you would never 
have been born." 

Wliile many physicists share Farhi's skepticism about time tr.tvel, sev- 
eral well-known investigators insist that future technological break- 
throughs may indeed permit human beings to move back and forth 
through history. For these cosmic analysts, the idea of time travel — as 
described in H. G. Wells' classic science-fiction novel of 1895, The 
Time Machine — seems at least theoretically possible, given the recent 

discovery that particles appear to move backward through time in the 
microscopic world of quantum physics. 

Princeton physicist ]. Richard Gott caused a stir, fot example, by 
suggesting in the March 4, 1991, issue of the journal Physical Revietu 
Letters that time-travelers might be able to take advantage of the 
"warped spacetime" created by "two infinite parallel cosmic strings " in 
order to go backward through the dimension of time. According to 
Gott, travelers might be able to enter a different kind of spacetime by 
encircling the fast-moving strings and return to their own pasts. 

Responding to Gott's challenge in the same journal about a year later, 
Farhi and his MIT colleagues Sean Carroll and Alan Guth argued that 
building such a time machine was clearly impossible, given the appar- 
ent physical limitations of our universe. 

In a response to the Princeton scientist, the MIT naysayers wrote, 
"We find that there is never enough mass in an open universe to build 
the time machine. . . . The Gott time machine cannot exist in any open 
. . . universe for which the total momentum is timelike." 

Can Farhi translate that for us? 

"As we worked on the equations," he explains, "what we discov- 
ered was that you really could not construct such an object because 
the construction would require more than half the energy in the 
entire universe. 

"Putting together that much energy to build your time machine 
would be rather daunting, to say the least," Farhi adds. 

According to the MIT expert, both the logical and physical obstacles 
to time travel are simply overwhelming. "I think the idea of going back 
through time to explore past worlds is an intriguing fantasy," he says 
with a whimsical smile, "but the laws of physics clearly indicate that it 
will remain a fantasy, at least in the universe we now seem to inhabit." 

— Tom Nugent 


''Let's just say that I believe in the existence of parallel universes formalli], 
DK? In other words, I believe it mathematicallij-hut I don't really think it 
has much bearing on the science we do." 

"You can think ot 'spin up' as being a zero, 
and you can think of 'spin down' as being a 
one. But the quantum particle can exist in a 
state that's neither spin up or spin down, but 
rather in a state of 'superposition.' 

"We can also make superpositions of 
ensembles of qubits and, by taking advantage 
of subtle quantum effects, turn this to our 
computational advantage. In fact, my group at 
MIT has just shown that the problem of 
determining who will win a game like chess 
can be sped up by quantum computing." 

If this seems just a bit complicated, things get 
even stranger when Farhi is asked whether the 
fact that qubits can apparently be in two states 
at once implies that we're living among a series 
of "parallel universes." Are we actually sur- 
rounded by adjoining universes in which near- 
duplicates of ourselves are struggling to 
understand the quantum physics ot fAf/'r worlds? 

Farhi doesn't miss a beat as he responds, "Let's 
just say that I believe in the existence of the par- 
allel universes formally, okay? In other words, I 
believe it mathematically — but I don't really 

think it has much bearing on the science we do. 
I find it mind-bending, as a concept, but I don't 
think it will help me work out my equations." 

"Eddie won't tell you this, because he's too 
modest," says Larry Abbott, "but he's actually 
way out in front of everybody else in the area 
of quantum computers. If anybody can make 
it happen, I'm betting that it will be Eddie." 

Tom Nugent is a free-lance writer based in 
Michigan. His work has appeared in the New 
York Times, People, and the Detroit Free Press. 

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Want to see something outrageous? Try getting a gander 
of" Ruth Harriet Jacobs, MA'66, PhD'69, as she lum- 
bers down the hallways of Brandeis, talks to groups of 
medical-care providers, or traverses her home town of 
Wellesley giving a piece of her eight)'-three-year-old mind to anyone 
who would question her competence. 

An outsized hat cantilevers over flowing layers ot colorful clothes 
selected for both comfort and drama. Her gait is unsteady, the byprod- 
uct of successful surgery for a brain tumor. Moreover, her shoulders 
define her attitude with a display of hardware that would rival the most 
decorated general. "I'm Not Over the Hill, I'm on a Roll," reads one of 
a dozen-plus buttons, while others say, "RASP: Remarkably Aging 
Smart Person," "Older Women's League," and "80+ Is Awesome." 

But outrageousness is not in the eye of the beholder; it's a proclama- 
tion from Jacobs, who also sports a medal saying "Outrageous Ladies' 
Lodge." She even wrote a book titled Be an Outrageous Older Woman. 
"I divide the word into three syllables," she says. '^Oiit, rage, and us. 
So many older people are in rage because of the disrespectful and dis- 
missive way people treat them. I push people to live in such a way that 
the rage goes out of /«." 

Spreading the 0-Word 

While the ranks of senior militants are burgeoning, Jacobs is not some 
quirky character who recently jumped on the anti-ageism bandwagon. 
She is a distinguished gerontologist whose PhD in sociology predated by 
decades the first group of women to don purple dresses and flamboyant 
red chapeaux and celebrate their seniority. And instead of giving tea 
parties, she spreads her message of elderly empowerment by teaching 
courses on "Aging Outrageously and Courageously" in the lifelong 
learning program at Weston's Regis College, working as a researcher and 


lecturer at Wellesley College's Wellesley Center for Women, and 
teaching credit-bearing courses for doctors, nurses, psychologists, and 
social workers who deal with the elderly. She pens a column for the 
Senior Times, a tabloid distributed in three New England states. She also 
addresses groups at libraries, senior centers, and councils on aging, as 
well as in convents and elderly housing complexes. One of her favorite 
programs involves drafting audience members to enact her play Happy 
Birtheiay. which challenges assumptions about aging. 

The purpose of the play, which has been distributed by the Wellesley 
women's centers to groups throughout the nation, is to get older folks to 
confront what Jacobs calls their own internalized ageism. Some partici- 
pants have adamantly refused to divulge their ages, as if saying the num- 
ber would create a stigma. The plot oi Happy Birthday concerns a woman 
who is angry at her daughter for throwing her a surprise eightieth 
birthd.iy part)' — outing her, so to speak, as an octogenarian. 

"1 didn't invent that woman," Jacobs says. "There are people like her 
everywhere — people who lie about their ages because they think there 
is something wrong with being old. I find the play provides a much 
better way of reaching people than lecturing because they really iden- 
tif)' with the characters." 

Bringing it to Brandeis 

In the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis (BOLLI), Jacobs 
is a fixture. She helped start the seven-year-old adult-education pro- 
gram and is one of a handful of member of its all-volunteer facult)' to 
have led courses from the very beginning. That translates into seven 
semesters each of memoir-writing and poetry-writing classes. Jacobs 
says she'll keep teaching them until there's no one left to enroll. 

"Writing is good for older people because it's cheaper than therapy, 
it has fewer side effects than medication, and it can help you see where 
you've been in order to figure out where you want to go. Sharing one's 
life story with others in a program like BOLLI can also be a tremen- 
dous source of friendship and support," says Jacobs, who began her 
career as a journalist. 


BOLLI's senior course leader is AUDACIOUS, COURAGEOUS, 

and^she wants the world to know— UTTEIUA OUTMCxEOUS. 




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After graduating from high school, Jacobs 

took a wartime job as a "copy girl" — the 

■<\o\^'^ V» "boys" were oft fighting on foreign soil — for 

1^ ^^ /> Boston's Herald Traveler newspaper, which 

fV O^^ eventually signed her on as a writer. Unlike 

» many early female reporters, she was not con- 

>' scripted to write "lifestyle" pieces, but covered 

important issues of the day, interviewing Winston 
Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other luminaries. 
After a pause for child-rearing, Jacobs decided to find a field that 
would keep her closer to home. She entered Boston University to major 
in education. A riveting sociology course changed her trajectory, 
though, and after getting a bachelor's degree she joined Brandeis's 
fledgling graduate program in sociology, where she became interested 
in studying the elderly. Given the tender age of the university, in com- 
bination with the fact that she was over forty when her program 
started, Jacobs fancies herself the oldest PhD graduate ot Brandeis. 
Regarded as a pioneer in the field ot gerontology, she taught full-time 
at Boston University, Clark University, Regis College, and Springfield 
College in Vermont. She is also the author of nine books and myriad 
scholariy papers. 

Since BOLLl's birth, Jacobs has married her expertise in writing and 
gerontology, drawing on her storytelling skills to help more than two hun- 

dted older students compose their lives in prose and poetry. Some — Jacobs 
calls them "recidivists" — have taken her classes multiple times. In intimate 
groups of up to fifteen, they write about their careers, reflect on their par- 
enting years, or nail down family history for their progeny to enjoy. 

Jacobs tells of a retired Brandeis science professor who chronicled his 
role in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he 
helped develop the atomic bomb. Another student, she recalls, wrote 
about her path-breaking work in identifying and treating dyslexia, 

Jacobs is a distinguished gerontologist 
whose PhD in sociology predated by 
decades the first group of women to don 
purple dresses and flambovant red 
chapeaux and celebrate their seniority. 

which helped open educational doors to a population ot children once 
considered intellectually deficient. A third BOLLl member committed 
to paper the memories of her flight out of war-torn Austria — an escape 
in which her father died. The classes have helped two famous Boston 
restaurateurs find their voices, says Jacobs, who complains that they 

A Lifestyle Called BOLL 

Who are those five hundred golden-agers on the Brandeis 
campus, and how do they stay so young? 

Most folks old enough for BOLL! — the Osher 
Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis — 
recall when adult-education options were lim- 
ited to subjects like cake decorating and 
low-impact aerobics. Not long ago, the idea of 
spending one's retirement years tackling topics 
like baroque music, the Spanish Civil War, 
and film noir would have been inconceivable. 

Then along came Harvard University, which 
opened the doors three decades ago on its Insti- 
tute for Learning in Retirement. Responding to 
a larger and more savvy fifty-plus population 
with sophisticated intellectual expectations, the 
pioneering program featured member-driven 
learning experiences that plumbed the full 
breadth and depth of human knowledge. 

Today, some five hundred lifelong learning 
institutes serve mature students across the 
nation. About one hundred get partial support 
from the Osher Foundation, which recently 
awarded BOLLI a $1 million endowment 
grant. To the contribution, which followed 
three )ears of $100,000 current-use gifts from 
Osher, BOLLI hopes to add the ptoceeds of a 
newly launched $2 million fundraising drive 
ro form ,\ S3 million endowment. 

BOLLI— then called BALI, for Brandeis 
Adult Learning Institute — came into being 
seven years ago within the university's Rabb 
School for Continuing Studies. Its genesis cor- 
responded with a skyrocketing demand for 
such programs in the Boston area as Harvard, 
concerned that it was turning away more 
applicants than it was able to accommodate, 
sent out a cry for help in 1999. 

Intrigued by the challenge, Brandeis profes- 
sor Bernie Reisman, PhD'70, along with Rabb 
School assistant provost Amy Grossman and a 
handful of volunteers, decided to test the 
waters. Hoping to drum up an attendance of 
perhaps fifty, they scheduled a meeting on 
May 4, 2000, for anyone interested. More 
than four hundred area residents showed up to 
express support and curiosity. Four months 
later, the first eighteen courses were launched. 

Still administratively located within the Rabb 
School, BOLLI (rhymes with Polly) holds 
classes two days per week in the Gosman athlet- 
ics complex. Brandeis manages the program's 
endowment, and BOLLI taps the Brandeis fac- 
ulty for guest speakers. Sharon Sokoloff, 
PhD'91, a gerontologist and Heller School 

graduate who has led BULLl tor the past six 
years, believes Brandeis's reputation for excel- 
lence is one key to its popularity and success. 
Conversely, BOLLI fits well the university's mis- 
sion of sharing its educational resources for the 
greater good, its commitment to the pursuit of 
knowledge, and its transmission of knowledge 
from generation to generation. 

But BOLLI is no Brandeis charity. Ron Levy, 
chair of BOLLl's dozen-member governing 
council, says that while the program received an 
initial university investment of $100,000, it has 
been fully self-sustaining from its second year 
on. BOLLI meets its own operational costs, 
covers the salaries of its two-and-a-half-member 
staff, and pays overhead to Brandeis for space 
and services used. It even makes a financial con- 
tribution to the university each year. 

Most of the budget originates with the 532 
men and women from the Greater Brandeis 
area who pay $300 each term for membership; 
the rest derives from grants and fiindraising 
programs. BOLLI keeps costs down by relying 
on scores of member volunteers who serve on 
seventeen committees involved in areas like 
curriculum, technology, and membership. 

Members, who represent a wide range of pro- 
fessional pursuits, also lead courses within their 
own areas of expertise; their rewards include 

never write about the celebrities they've crossed paths with in their 
glamorous careers; instead, George Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods 
focuses on his military service, while Ken Rosenthal, of Ken's at 
Copley, fashions beautiful sonnets. 

Works are read and discussed, then distributed to class members to 
take home and reflect upon. Jacobs helps the nascent scribes channel 
their ideas, and she supplies the editorial polishing. Though she encour- 
ages students to submit their finished manuscripts for publication, 
many have no ambition to see their memoirs go beyond inclusion in the 
BOLLI Journal, which comes out annually. More olren, they "self- 
publish" through a private printer or copy center, creating just enough 
copies to share their personal histories with families and friends. 

On Beyond BOLLI 

What Jacobs doesn't teach at BOLLI is how-to courses on aging. That, 
she says, is because BOLLI members are directly involved in setting the 
program's curriculum, and the last thing they want to focus on is getting 
old. And it's just possible that the highly involved BOLLI membership 
represents the elder population least in need of Jacobs's lessons. 

Those men and women who do make their way into Jacobs's aging 
lectures learn not only to be at peace with their date of birth, but also 
to draw on the many resources available through councils on aging and 
other organizations committed to helping them meet their physical 

Ruth Jacobs passes up diamond brooches for plastic buttons 
that invite important conversation on healthy aging. 


reduced-price membership for each term they 
teach. A few are retired Brandeis professors; 
most are not. Sokoloff points to Len Aberbach, 
a career engineer with a lifelong passion for clas- 
sical mythology who is now teaching his third 
course on the subject. Another model is Sophie 
Freud, PhD'70, granddaughter of Sigmund 
Freud and author oi Living in the Shadow of the 
Freud Family. One of the first BOLLI volun- 
teers to sign on, she has taught a range of 
psychology-related courses, including this fall's 
It Was Hard to Grow Up. 

For the cost of their membership, partici- 
pants may enroll in two courses of their 
choice; when classes are oversubscribed, seats 
are assigned by lottery. 

They may elect to take a third course if space 
is available, but they do so at their own peril. 
Although there are no entrance requirements or 
exams, the yardstick by which the curriculum 
committee evaluates proposals — "Would this 
course be at home in the regular university cata- 
log?" — keeps the intellectual pace demanding. 
With an intimate class size — the average is 
twenty — active participation is inescapable, and 
Sokoloff says it's not unusual for course leaders 
to assign a reading load of a book a week. 

Any participant may enroll in an added class 
designed to prepare course leaders. Levy, an 

Englishman who joined the program four years 
ago to take what proved to be an enlightening 
class on Winston Churchill, has himself taught 
several courses on current events. 

But Sokoloff points out that BOLLI is more 
than a place to take or teach a class. Instead, 
people are drawn to the program by its prom- 
ise of augmenting what she calls "qualit)' of life 
and cognitive vitality." 

During each day BOLLI meets — that's 
twenty days per term — there is a "lunch and 
learn" program featuring an eclectic range of 
speakers. Recently, participants heard from 
WCRB classical radio's Laura Carlo and 
from Jon Kingsdale, head of Massachusetts's 
groundbreaking universal health coverage 
program. Rose Art Museum director 
Michael Rush spoke to them about twenti- 
eth-century art, while photojournalist Linda 
Hirsch explicated what she called "the 
Jewish-Cuban connection." 

BOLLI members also get together for social 
events, day trips, and other activities. They 
attend Brandeis lectures and symposia, enjo)' 
student-rate access to cultural events and facil- 
ities on campus, and have use of the university 
library. For another $100 per year, they can 
work out in Brandeis's athletic facilities. 

There is a hangout area — BOLLI calls it the 

Gathering Place — where individuals connect 
as they read the newspaper, do homework, or 
just chat. Spinoff groups form around shared 
interests, such as photography and Neiv Yorker 
fiction. BOLLI even has a global friends group 
who open their homes to serve as host families 
for graduate students in Heller's sustainable 
international development program. 

Friendships forged at BOLLI spill over into 
everyday life as students travel together, social- 
ize off-campus, and share their holidays and 
important life transitions. Sokoloff tells of a 
recent BOLLI group effort that provided a can- 
cer-stricken member with transportation to all 
thirty-three of his chemotherapy sessions. 

Levy describes the BOLLI family as com- 
fortable, welcoming, and close-knit, with a 
shared "thirst tor learning." About 85 percent 
are Jewish. While most live nearby in Newton 
or Lexington, others come from as far away as 
Worccsier, Rockport, and New Hampshire. 
Only a smattering hold Brandeis degrees. 

Sokoloff says she likes to refer to BOLLI as 
"a learning community, with a separate 
emphasis on each word." More than one 
member, she adds, has approached her to say. 
"I never expected to make new best friends i 
my stage in life." 

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and emotional needs. As Jacobs puts it, "It's not just about Bingo any 
more. " They learn how to navigate the heakh-care system, choosing 
and communicating effectively with their doctors, and how to value 
their experience and freedom. They even talk about sexuality, Jacobs 
notes, likening herself to TV sex therapist Ruth Westheimer as she 
jokes, "I like to call myself the other Dr. Ruth. " 

AhonX tluit Button . . . 

What's so awesome about being eighty-plus? 

"If you're healthy and retired," Jacobs says, "then you can command 
your own schedule and do all kinds of things you never had time to do 
before. In every town, there are so many fascinating classes and lectures 
available. I personally enjoy a wonderful short-story group that meets 
at the Council on Aging in Weston. 

"Plus, you can do outrageous things. You can skip cleaning your 
house. You can speak your mind to power. You can goad politicians. 
You can call for an end to the war. What are they going to do to you? " 

So what's the most outrageous thing Jacobs does? 

She pauses to think, then responds, "I love to swim. I belong to a 
health club and swim in their indoor pool every day. But when 1 am 

With classes kept to an intimate size, participation in discussion is 
inescapable, and many BOLLI students go on to become group leaders. 

"Writing is good for older people because 
it's cheaper than therap>; it has fewer side 
effects than medication, and it can help 
you see where you've been in order to 
figure out where you want to go." 

traveling I stay in youth hostels or cheap motels. So I swim in the best 
hotels in town. I crash their pools. If a bunch of teenagers crashed the 
pool, they might be accosted. I walk in and people assume that I'm a 
hotel guest. I just walk in like I belong there." 

The Down Side 

Of course, being old is not all fun and games, even for those who are 
in good health and of sound mind. If Jacobs could deliver one message 
to the general population about how to improve the lives of elders, it 
would be this: Do not patronize them. 

Do not, for example, speak to them in a loud, shrill voice; do look 
beyond their weaknesses to see their considerable strengths; do not 
scold them as if they were naught)' children; do value the depth of their 
experience; do not refer to them as Honey or Dearie. 

"Some people," she says, "see my gr.iy hair and wrinkles and assume 
I've lost my marbles. The clerk at my pharmacy, for example, always asks 
me whether I've written the payment amount in my checkbook. She 
would never say that to a younger person. Recently I went to my local 
hospital to get a cardiac Holter monitor I was supposed to wear for 
twenry-four hours because 1 was experiencing rapid heartbeat. But when 
I got to the cardiology department, a woman said to me, 'Oh, you're not 
scheduled for a Holter monitor; you're scheduled for a stress test.' 

"I said, 'No, it's a Holter monitor. I don't want a stress test; it's not a 
good idea to have one if you have a rapid heartbeat.' She said, 'Dearie, 
you've forgotten. You've made a mistake.' I had to really pull a great 
tantrum to make her call my doctor's office and get things straightened 
out. She wouldn't have done that with a thirty- or a forty-year-old. She 
treated me as if I were a total idiot." 

Theresa Pease is editor o/Brandeis University Magazine. 


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Post Cards from the Past 

Searching for pieces of an ancient puzzle. 

Over the past twenty years, Javier 
Urcid has returned again and again 
to his native Mexico searching for 
pieces of an ancient puzzle. 

An anthropological archaeologist and 
Brandeis associate professor of anthro- 
pology, Urcid studies the ancient societies 
of Mesoamerica and is working to decipher 
the writing system used by the Zapotec 
people of Oaxaca between 500 BCE and 
900 CE. 

Of the dozen or so known ancient 
Mesoamerican scripts, only the Maya and 
Aztec scripts have been deciphered, largely 
because of critical documents written by 
Spanish missionaries who interviewed native 
intellectuals. Although the Zapotec lan- 
guage is still spoken in Oaxaca, the script — 
one of the earliest known writing systems on 
the American continent — was replaced with 
another style of writing by the tenth 
century, well before European contact. 

Without a key to unlock the script and 
only a few surviving texts, Urcid has trav- 
eled to Mexico time and time again over the 
course of two decades to known and 
unknown archaeological sites that bear 
inscriptions on monumental architecture 
and objects like ceramics and bones, 
attempting to contextualize them. His cata- 
log of Zapotec glyphs contains almost three 
thou,sand entries with data about the signs, 
type, size, and form of material used — usu- 
ally stone — as well as the context in which 
the inscriptions were found. 

The biography of each inscription is com- 
plicated, Urcid says. Many hieroglyphic texts 

By Carrie Simmons 

were carved on large, heavy stones placed in 
the faqades and other parts of monumental 
architecture. But even in ancient times, peo- 
ple dismantled buildings and reused many of 
the monoliths in other places. 

"Instead of providing a neat snapshot, 
the archaeological data leave me with a puz- 
zle," Urcid says. 

Like Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Zapotec 
script was a logo-syllabic system of writing. 
A sign could represent a word or a single 
syllable of a word. Most of the signs were 
iconic. Some are identifiable as animals, 
plants, tools, or body parts like hands or 
feet used to convey an action, but many are 
icons that are unrecognizable today. 

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In his first book about the ancient script, 
Zapotec Hieroglyphic Writing, Urcid created 
contextual reconstructions of dismantled 
monuments. His reconstructions do not 
necessarily reflect the original placements of 
the inscriptions, but they do reveal clues 
about the writing system. Urcid discovered 
that some ot the carved texts exhibit a pat- 
tern suggesting that the writing was syntac- 
tically structured, with a subject and an 
object, and that events were reported in 
terms of the native reckoning of time. 

Using the catalog of glyphs, Urcid 
focused on those accompanied by numbers 
to elicit the structure ol the ancient calen- 
dar, including day signs he decoded using a 
list of Zapotec day names compiled by a 
sixteenth-century Spanish missionary. 

"Scholars had studied these glyphs 
before, but they couldn't see the linkages 
because they never thought of them as com- 
prising entire narratives," says Urcid, a 
native of Puebia, Mexico, who joined Bran- 
deisin 1999. 

Although he can't "read" the Zapotec 
script, Urcid has made some interesting 
conclusions about the societal uses of the 
ancient writing system. 

"This society didn't construe literacy as 
something to be accessed by everyone. It 
was monopolized by the elite and was a 
powerful means of marking social differ- 
ences," Urcid says. "However, it is also 
possible that there were different levels 
of literacy." 

Only trained readers could understand 
the components ol inscriptions that coded 
speech, according to Urcid, but iconic com- 
ponents were semantically understood bv 
people irrespective of their linguistic back- 
ground, and were used on monumental 
buildings to transmit messages to a much 
larger social constituency. 

One such inscribed monument from 
Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities of 
Mesoamerica, includes two royal figures 
engaged in a ritual, and a person dressed as 
an eagle presenting a captive. The blood sign 
"spoken" by the eagle-person denotes "sacri- 
fice" of the captive, according to Urcid. 

Tombstone inscriptions, murals on the 
walls of tombs, and markings on objects 
placed with the dead appear to be genealog- 
ical records that trace descent and docu- 
ment social status, according to Urcid. 

"Writing was a way of validating access to 
resources like land and labor and legitimizing 
social status and administrative, political, 
and religious offices, " he says. 

Urcid, who graduated from Universidad 
de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and 
earned a PhD from Yale University, is cur- 
rently working on his second book, a history 
of Monte Alban. The histor)' will be based on 
more than nine hundred Zapotec inscrip- 
tions collected at the archaeological site. 
More than four hundred of the carved mono- 
liths appear to be records of important events 
that took place during the early occupation of 
the city between 400 BCE and 200 CE. 

In addition to doing contextual analysis 
of inscriptions, Urcid has learned much 
about the Zapotec scribal tradition by 
studying other Mesoamerican writing sys- 
tems, including inscriptions made by the 
Nuine people. Urcid compares not only 
individual signs, but also their order, com- 
binations, and relations to other signs with- 
in a given inscription. 

In 2004, Urcid and a team that 
included two Brandeis students conducted 
an archaeological investigation of a large 
natural tunnel in Tepelmeme, Oaxaca, 
created by a stream. In ancient times, people 
visited the tunnel, which reaches heights of 
210 feet in some areas, to render messages in 
Nuine script. Like the complicated puzzle of 
monumental architecture with Zapotec 
inscriptions, the painted areas ot the tunnel 
walls contain superimposed layers of 
inscriptions because of repeated use. 

"There is a tendency in contemporary 
scholarship to refer to ancient Mesoamerica 
as 'prehistoric' demonstrating a Eurocentric 
perspective of 'history' as memories rendered 
exclusively in Western alphabetic scripts," 
Urcid says. "My work points to other possi- 
ble 'histories' that are powerful means to fos- 
ter contemporary social identities." 

Carrie Simr?wi!s is a university and 
media relations specialist in the Office of 

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Four for the Road 

Lydians embark on a five-year musical journey. 

By Deborah Halber 

They evoke fire, volcanic energy, and passion. Critics have 
called their music "tender," "light," and "nimble." It's 
amazing what Brandeis's Lydian String Quartet can do with 
a viola, a cello, and two violins. 

Created at Brandeis in 1980, the prize-winning Lydians — com- 
posed of founding members Judith Eissenberg and Mary Ruth Ray 
on violin and viola, respectively, plus Grammy-nominated first vio- 
linist Daniel Stepner and cellist Joshua Gordon — launched their 
twenty-eighth season this fall. It is the first full season of the ensem- 
ble's five-year project "Around the World in a String Quartet." 

Describing the global undertaking as "a musical voyage across 
cultures and time," Eissenberg savs the foursome will "explore the 
far reaches of the string quartet literature with pieces such as Oasis, 
by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and Four, for Tango, 
by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla." They will perform 
pieces that evoke the dance rhythms of Latin America and the 
lilting harmonies of Asia. 

"Our goal is to invite the audience to experience all the music we 
will be playing, from the German composer Robert Schumann to 
the Iranian composer Reza Vali, in the context of "musics of the 
world,'" she explains. 

While known for their exploration of contemporary pieces and 
their practice of extending listeners' experience beyond the familiar 
to diverse musical voices from around the world, the Lydians are no 
strangers to the traditional Western repertoire written for four 
string players. Indeed, previous multiyear projects for the ensemble 
were "Vienna and the String Quartet," which highlighted com- 
posers from the first and second Viennese schools, and "American 
Originals," featuring performances and recordings of more than 
sixty works by American composers. Currently they are in the 
process of adding a collection ot Beethoven's late string quartets to 
their long list of recordings. 

Eis.senberg is looking forward to the Lydians' new project. "Fortu- 
nately tor us, after Western European compo.sers such as Haydn and 
Beethoven planted the string quartet flag, the exploration didn't 
stop," she says. "Composers continue to travel down this aural Silk 
Road, exchanging sounds and ideas in a bazaar of musical traditions." 

In this season's schedule, which includes performances on 
February 2 and April 5, the quartet "visits" Western Europe, 
Ukraine, the United States, Iran, Azerbaijan, Hungary, China, and 
Finland. Quips Eissenberg, "We know the journey will be an inter- 
esting one; we just have to remember to feed the camels!" 

Deborah Halber SO is a freelance writer in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

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alumni profile 

New Balance 

A career in university atliletics helps reshape a dream. 

By Adam Levin 

Sports enthusiast Josh Center '04 used to dream of becoming 
director of athletics at Syracuse University. But after two years 
working for the National Collegiate Athletic Association 
(NCAA), first as an intern in the communications office and then 
as the coordinator of new media communications, Centor has 
taken a broader view. 

"I've met so many wonderful student-athletes and seen so many 
NCAA institutions," he explains, "that I'd be honored to work in 
any collegiate athletic department." 

A native of New York City, Centor says he can remember some- 
thing about just about every game he has ever played. "One of my 
favorite memories is of a Little League game at the age often or so," 
Centor recalls. "My dad had to work, but he came by before the 


Josh Centor '04 is making h\s marl< at the National Collegiate 
Athletic Association. 

Braihli'is L MiviT.sily Magaziiii' | Fall ()^ 

game to wish me luck. I wasn't traumatized by the tact that he 
couldn't be there, but he seemed to be. My family has always been 
close because of sports." 

Centor played baseball at Brandeis and was copresident of the 
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a junior and senior. For his 
efforts, the economics major and international business minor earned 
the athletics department's Morris Sepinuck Sportsmanship Award, 
which recognizes significant contributions to student life at Brandeis. 

After graduating, Centor spent a year as an intern in the Boston 
College media relations department. After that, he decided the 
internship with the NCAA was the best way for him to help 
advance within the field of athletics. 

At the NCAA, he developed "The Double-A Zone" 
(, a blog that launched in November 
2005. The blog offers an inside look at NCAA issues and other 
subjects of interest to the student-athlete. Among the innovations 
Centor has brought to the blog are "Mondays with Myles," a 
weekly podcast featuring NCAA president Myles Brand, and a 
video news-brief segment called "3-Minute Drill." Such creative 
contributions led to Centor's promotion from intern to full-timer 
in April 2006. 

Though he has attended numerous NCAA championship events 
(the College World Series in Omaha is his favorite) and interviewed 
several sports legends, Centor finds his interactions with current 
md lesser-known collegians just as exciting. 

"I really enjoy sitting down with student-athletes on their own 
turt," he says. "Traditional media are limited in what they can show 
us in print and television." 

While he envisions staying at the NCAA as long as he is enjoying 
it, that dream of being an athletics director is still alive, even if it may 
have changed a bit. "I can definitely envision going back to a 
Division III institution someday, because I really believe in their phi- 
losophy," Centor says. "Athletics are an important part of the college 
experience, but balancing them with academics is crucial in building 
a well-rounded individual." 

Adam Levin '94 is director of sports infornmtion. 





Darwinian Misadventures 
in the l-lumanities 

By Eugene Goodheart 
126 pages, $32.95 
Transaction Publishers 

In recent decades, the humanities 
have been in thrall to postmodern 
skepticism, while Darwinists, brim- 
ming with confi- 
dence in the 
-iUGENEGOODHEARIx. genume progress 
they have made in 
the sciences of 
biology and psy- 
chology, have set 
their sights on res- 
cuing the humani- 
ties from the 
ravages of postmod- 
ernism. In this vol- 
ume, Goodheart, 
professor emeritus of English, 
attacks the neo-Darwinist approach 
to the arts and articulates a powerful 
defense of humanist criticism. 

How Far Away Is the Sun? 
and Ottier Essays; Readings 
in Chinese Cultural Series, 
Volume 2 

By Weijia Huang and Qun Ac 
215 pages, $19.95 
Cheng & Tsui Company 

Intended as a supplement to interme- 
diate textbooks, this volume — 
coauthored by Assistant Professor 
of Chinese Qun 
Ao — provides enter- 
taining reading 
material for interme- 
diate Mandarin 
Chinese language 
learners. The essays, 
written in traditional 
Chinese characters, 
cover a range of cul- 
tural issues, from 
Chinese painting to 

the perils of Internet dating to the 
social effects of the one-child policy. 
Each chapter is accompanied by 
vocabulary lists, related words and 
expressions, optional exercises, and 
an appendix rendered in Pinyin char- 
acters. A language teacher for more 
than twenty years, Qun Ao is the 
author or coauthor of several books, 
including The Gateway to Chinese 
Philology and Illustration of the Radi- 
cals of Chinese Characters, both due 
for publication by Commercial Press 
this year. 

Spiritual Radical: Abraham 
Joshua Heschel in America, 

By Edward K. Kaplan 
544 pages, $40 
Yale University Press 

A worthy sequel to his widely 
praised biography of Heschel's early 
years, Kaplan's new 
volume draws on 
previously unseen 
archives, FBI files, 
and interviews with 
people who knew 
Heschel, considered 
by many to be 
one of the most 
significant Jewish 
theologians of 
the twentieth cen- 
tury. Kaplan, the 
Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Pro- 
fessor in the Humanities, explores 
Heschel's shy and private side, his 
spiritual radicalism, and his vehe- 
ment defense of the Hebrew 
prophets' ideal of absolute integrity 
and truth in ethical and political 
life. Of special interest are Heschel's 
interfaith activities, including a 
secret meeting with Pope Paul VI 
during Vatican II, his commitment 
to civil rights with Martin Luther 
King |r., his views on the state of 
Israel, and his opposition to the 
Vietnam War. 

Transforming Teacher 

Education: Reflections 

from the Field 

Edited by David Carroll, Helen 
Featherstone, Joseph Featherstone, 
Sharon Feiman-Nemser, and 
Dirck Roosevelt 

280 pages, $29.95 

Harvard Education Press 

Transforming Teacher Education offers 
an intimate, reflective account of the 
development of the renowned Team 
One teacher- 
education program 
at Michigan State 
University. Over a 
ten-year period, 
Team One estab- 
lished a reputation 
as a beacon of pro- 
gressive teacher edu- 
cation. In this book, 
Mandel Professor of 
Jewish Education; 
Roosevelt, director of rhe master of 
arts in teaching program; and the 
other creators of Team One describe 
their ongoing efforts to nurture and 
sustain a teacher-education program 
that could serve as a learning com- 
munity for students, faculty, and 
administrators alike. The book 
weaves together diverse voices to 
provide a detailed portrait of the 
ongoing transformation of teachers 
and students as they learn together. 

You Never Call! You 
Never Write! A History of 
the Jewish Mother 

By Joyce Antler '63 
321 pages, $24.95 
Oxford University Press 

As the Samuel Lane Professor of 
American Jewish History and Cul- 
ture at Brandeis, Antler is the author 
or editor of nine books, including 
The Journey Home: How Jeivish 
Women Shaped Modern America and 




Talking Back: Images ofjeivish Wonn-ii 
in American Popular Culture. In her 
latest volume, subtitled A History of 
the Jewish Mother, 
she mixes humor 
with deep under- 
standing to go 
beyond the stereo- 
rypes and provide a 
poignant and sym- 
pathetic portrait of 
lewish moms. As 
she goes, she 
touches upon topics 
that range from 
Molly Goldberg to 
Roseanne and Irom Margaret Mead 
to The Sisters Roseiisweig. 


The Boarding House in 
Nineteentii-Century America 

By Wendy Ciamber, PhD'91 

212 pages, $45 

Johns Hopkins University Press 

The term "boarding house" evokes 
exotic visions from Dickensiari novels 
or histories of mill towns where new 
recruits from rural villages lodged in 
tamily settings. But Gamber, an asso- 
ciate professor of history at Indiana 
University, tells us 
that social historians 
estimate somewhere 
between a third and 
a half of nineteenth- 
century urban resi- 
dents either took in 
boarders or were 
boarders. In this 
colorful volume, 
Gamber re-creates 
the lifestyle of such 
lodgers by telling 
story after story 
about actual residents of boarding 
houses. The establishments they 
inhabited ranged from the pointedly 
respectable "private homes" to more 
informal, sometimes even raucous, 

IJijiiiili'is I iii\iM-sil\ Magazine | Fall 07 

dwellings that were celebrated in car- 
toons and satirical literature. 

Comes the Peace: My 
Journey to Forgiveness 

By Daja Wangchuk Meston '96 

with Clare Ansberry 
258 pages, $25, Free Press 

Meston, who 
describes himself as 
the son of American 
hippies, was 
deposited by his 
parents in the early 
1970s at a mon- 
astery in Nepal, 
where at age six he 
was ordained a 
Tibetan Buddhist 
monk. With only 
about two years' formal education 
and scant familiarity with the mod- 
ern world, he left the East at age 
seventeen and returned to America, 
managing against almost over- 
whelming odds to obtain a 
Brandeis education. Today he lives in 
the Boston area, where he and his 
Tibetan wife, Kim Meston '05, have 
an import shop. This memoir, 
written in collaboration with 
journalist Atisberry, tells of a young 
man's journey home and his even- 
longer journey to reconciliation and 
rebirth. A chapter is devoted to the 
author's challenging, and ultimately 
successful, experiences at Brandeis. 

Easy Pour 

By Joel Roberts '00 

281 pages, $31.99 

Xlibris Corporation, Random House 

Roberts, an MBA candidate at 
Boston University, self-published 
this coming-of-age novel about a 
fictitious young college graduate 
struggling to "find himself" in New 
York. As his floundering hero flips 
through job listings and frequents 


hats, he searches for 
a sense of direction. 
According to the 
Xlibris Web site, 
"Using a snapshot 
storyline that spans 
I he length of a year, 
Roberts pushes the 
boundaries of first- 
person fiction, 
lilurring the lines 
that divide dia- 
logue, introspection, and narrative 
description. Rich with dark humor 
and thematic subject material. Easy 
Pour has been praised as a must 
read for anyone in his twenties 
sorting through all of life's ups 
and downs.'" 

Healing from Post-Traumatic 
Stress: A Wori^book 
for Recovery 

By Monique Lang '66 
192 pages, $18.95 

You don't need to 
be a combat 
veteran to suffer 
from post-traumatic 
stress. A divorce, 
the death of a loved 
one, a massive 
tragedy like Hurri- 
cane Katrina or the 
World Trade Center 


bombings, and even the loss of a job 
can bring painful flashbacks and 
interfere with daily living. In these 
pages, Lang, a licensed social worker, 
provides readings, creative assign- 
ments, and workbook-style exercises 
for those who have trouble letting go 
of their anxiety. Following a pattern 
roughly akin to the therapy process, 
she suggests ways sufferers can 
understand what has happened to 
them, explore their grief and perhaps 
guilt, escalate their recovery, and 
regain a sense of peace. She also sug- 
gests ways to get personal and pro- 

fessional help if a reader becomes 
stymied in the self-healing process. 

Israel and Palestine: 
Peace Plans from Oslo 
to Disengagement 

By Gaiia Golan '60 
230 pages, $24.95 
Markus Wiener Publishers 

Most history books, cynics point out, 
focus on waging war. This one is 

about waging peace. 
In it, Golan, a self- 
proclaimed peace 
activist and Zionist 
and a professor at 
the Hebrew Univer- 
sity of Jerusalem, 
chronicles attempts 
at peacemaking 
beginning at Oslo 
in 1993 and contin- 
uing through the 
2005 Israeli disen- 
gagement from Gaza. Publishers 
Weekly calls the work "a readable and 
remarkably evenhanded account" that 
weaves complex historical issues into 
the modern political context. The 
helpful appendices contain original 
texts of source documents and clear, 
concise summaries of various plans 
and accords. Active in the organiza- 
tion Peace Now since its founding in 
1978, Golan is the author of eight 
books on Soviet foreign policy. 
Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. 
She is the recipient of a Ford Founda- 
tion Fellowship and a MacArthur 
Foundation "genius" grant. 

Kissed By 

By Alexandra Chasin '84 
175 pages, $17.95 
Fiction Collective 2 

In this remarkable collection of lin- 
guistically acrobatic fictions, Chasin 
employs forms as diverse as cryp- 
tograms and sentence diagrams to 

display a prodi- 
gious talent that is 
visual as well as 
verbal. In one 
story, the words 
are arrayed on the 
page like troops, 
embodying the 
xenophobic image 
of invading armies 
that animates the 
narrative. Another 
story incorporates personal ads, while 
yet another leaves sentences unfin- 
ished. A number of Chasin's stories 
take metafictional turns, calling 
attention to the process of writing 
itself The last piece in the collection 
plays with genre distinctions, 
including an index of first lines and a 
general index. Treating love, loss, 
longing, and war, among other 
things, and set in New York, New 
England, California, Paris, and 
Morocco, these tales are narrated by 
men and women, old and young, 
gay, straight, and bisexual; one narra- 
tor is not a person at all, but a work 
of art. Each of these deft, pla\'ful, 
and sometimes anarchic fictions is 
different from the others, yet all are 
the unmistakable offspring of the 
same wildly inventive imagination. 

Men of Silk: The 
Hasidic Conquest of 
Polish Jewish Society 

By Glenn Dynner '93, PhD'02 
384 pages, $65 
Oxford Universirv Press 

0^ .Silk 

Is Hasidic Judaism 
the product of 
humble, folksy 
origins, or does it 
reflect astute polit- 
ical understand- 
ings of more 
founders? And 
why has it made 
such deep inroads 

in certain circles while being reviled 
in others? Using a name given to 
Hasidic mystic R. Israel ben Eliezer, 
Dynner writes, "The 'Besht' once 
compared the outside observer of 
Hasidism to a deaf man who happens 
upon a group of blissfully dancing 
Jews. Unable to hear the music, the 
man assumes the dancers are com- 
plete lunatics. " In this scholarly book, 
Dynner, professor of Judaic studies at 
Sarah Lawrence College, helps the 
reader "hear the music" by drawing 
upon newly discovered Polish archival 
material to contextualize the move- 
ment's ascendancy and impact in that 
country, illuminating, in the process, 
a variety of perspectives on Hasidism. 

Mistakes Were Made (but 
Not by Me): Why We Justify 
Foolish Beliefs, Bad 
Decisions, and Hurtful Acts 

By Carol Tavris '66 and 

Elliot Aronson '54 
292 pages, $25, Harcourt 

Tavris is a nationally known psychol- 
ogist, lecturer, columnist, and author 
of several celebrated books. Aronson 
is a social psycholo- 
gist possibly best 
known for his semi- 
nal work on cogni- 
tive dissonance. 


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They pooled their 
scholarship and wit 
to bring us this 
charming yet 
informative explana- 
tion of why men 
and women at all 
levels of govern- 
ment, business, and society refuse to 
take responsibility when they mess 
up. Using dozens of case studies, the 
authors demonstrate that not admit- 
ting to errors — whether they involve 
proclaiming that Saddam Hussein 
had weapons of mass destruction or 
winning an argument with one's 
spouse by insisting that white is 



green — "keeps us on a course that 
is dumb, immoral, and wrong." 
Enticing quotes pepper the text, 
including one from a November 1 , 
1993, press release sent out by an 
unnamed doomsday sect: "We didn't 
make a mistake when we wrote in our 
previous releases that New York 
would be destroyed on September 4 
and October 12, 1993." 

My Mother the Cheerleader 

By Robert Sharenow '89 

288 pages, $16.99, HarperCollins 

This young adult novel focuses on an 
adolescent girl in 1960 Louisiana 

and her relationship 
with the title char- 
acter — not a literal 
cheerleader, but a 
member of the 
Cheerleaders, a 
group ol pro- 
segregation women 
who gathered to 
taunt Ruby Bridges 
as the six-year-old 
attempted to inte- 
grate an elementary 
school in New Orleans's Ninth 
Ward. Written in the first person, the 
book relates narrator Louise Collins's 
confusion, pain, and growth as she 
confronts hate, love, caring, and con- 
flict in a changing society. First-time 
author Sharenow is senior vice 
president of nonfiction and alterna- 
tive programming at the A&E 
network. He has produced numerous 
television shows, including Growing 
Up Gotti. 

Nothing to See Here 

By David L. Post, PhD'78 

271 pages, $14.95 

The Beckham Publications Group 

Intrigued by a real-life story about a 
prominent Boston-area physician 
who was convicted of murdering 

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his wife, composer 
and clinical psy- 
chologist Post set 
out to spin an 
imaginary tale of 
how an apparently 
accomplished pro- 
fessional might be 
led down the path 
of madness and 
into crime. The 
result is a fast-paced psychological 
thriller that novelist William G. 
Tapply has described as "a modern 
tragedy such as Shakespeare or 
Sophocles would write it they lived 
in the suburbs of twenty-first- 
century Boston." 

Poems from Guantanamo: 
The Detainees Speal< 

Edited by Marc Falkoff, PhD'97 
72 pages, $13.95 
University of Iowa Press 

Over the past five 
years, nearly eight 
hundred Muslim 
prisoners have been 
brought to the U.S. 
detention center at 
Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba, where they 
have been held in 
harsh conditions 
and often kept in 
isolation — in many 

cases, without ever having been 
charged with a crime. Originally 
denied paper and pencils, they began 
to convey their emotions by using 
pebbles to scratch out poetry on 
Styrofoam cups. In this small but 
powerful volume, Falkoff — one of 
hundreds of volunteer lawyers, pro- 
fessors, law students, and human 
rights activists who rallied to help 
their voices be heard — shares 
twenty-two poems written by 
seventeen of the incarcerated men. 
They write of their faith, of their 

families, of their sorrows, of their 
deaths, and of the irony that men so 
readily "fight for peace." 

Publishing without 
Boundaries: How to Think, 
Work, and Win in the 
Global Marketplace 

By Michael N. Ross, MA'77 
165 pages, $24.95 
The Association of 
Educational Publishers 


Ross is the senior 
x'ice president and 
education general 
manager at Ency- 
clopaedia Britannica, 
where he heads 
worldwide electronic 
and print publishing. 
In this primerlike 
volume, he demon- 
strates how to use digital technology 
to transcend the barriers of country 
and format, providing a road map to 
international publishing. His advice 
encompasses content development, 
buying and selling rights, legal consid- 
erations, and marketing. 

Surrogate Motherhood and 
the Politics of Reproduction 

By Susan Markens '89 
272 pages, $24.95 
University of California Press 

Despite a provoca- 
tive cover showing a 
pregnant woman's 
belly covered with a 
bar code, this book 
takes a serious and 
evenhanded look at 
the legal, sociologi- 
cal, and political 
issues surrounding 
surrogacy as a repro- 
ductive choice. 
Markens, assistant professor of 
sociology at Lehman College, City 


University ot New Yori<, examines in 
particular legislative responses to the 
surrogacy question in New York and 
California, two states that took 
opposite positions on parental rights 
and whether a woman can legally 
contract out her womb to bear 
another family's baby. 

The Sweet Spot: 
Asian-Inspired Desserts 

By Pichet Ong '89 and 

Genevieve Ko 
290 pages, $29.95 
William Morrow 

If your idea of an Asian dessert is 
canned pineapple chunks pierced 

with toothpicks, get 
ready to salivate. 
Recently named one 
of the top ten pastry 
chefs in America by 
PiisiTy An & Design, 
the chef and owner 
of P*ONG dessert 
restaurant in New 
York City has come 
out with a compilation of indul- 
gences that range from lemongrass 
tapioca to peanut turnovers. Cook 
Ong's way, and you'll soon be 
known for your tangerine pie, 
coconut palm flan, and green-tea 
pudding. And, yes, he includes a 
recipe for fortune cookies. 

Textures ot Struggle: The 
Emergence of Resistance 
among Garment Workers 
in Thailand 

By Piya Pangsapa, MA'94 
217 pages, $18.95 
Cornell University Press 

As an assistant professor in the 
Department of Global General 
Studies at the University at Buffalo, 
Pangsapa studies corporate respon- 
sibility in the global supply chain. 
This book is the product of exten- 

sive fieldwork that took her into 
Asian sweatshops where women 
garment workers labor for twelve 
hours daily, 360 
days of the year, 
without air condi- 
tioning or clean 
water to drink. 
Many of the sub- 
jects she inter- 
viewed endure 
verbal and physical 
abuse, often 
sharing six toilets 
with some eight 
hundred other 
workers, all for wages of eighty 
cents a day. While providing 
enough bleak detail to draw the 
attention of U.S. shoppers to how 
their consumer goods are made, 
Pangsapa also shares a story of 
hope, illustrating the process by 
which women become activists and 
learn to stand up for their rights. 

This Crazy Thing a 
Life: Australian 
Jewish Autobiography 

By Richard Freadman "73 

301 pages, $39.95 

University of Western Australia Press 

Australia's white population consists 
entirely of emigres, refugees, and 

deportees. Since the 
arrival of the First 
Fleet — eleven ships 
dispatched by Eng- 
land in 1787 to 
establish the first 
European colony in 
New South Wales — 
that population has 
included Jews. 
Intent on helping to 
tell one of the 
nation's great mulri- 
cultural narratives, Freadman has 
made a study of three hundred book- 
length autobiographies written by 
Australian Jews. Examining docu- 

ments that tange from best-selling 
nonfiction to humble self-published 
monographs, he sheds light on 
migrant experience, modern Jewish 
life, and the impact of the Holocaust. 
A former Wien Scholar at Brandeis, 
Freadman is the Tong Tin Sun 
Professor of English at Lingnan 
University in Hong Kong and 
founding director of the Life Writing 
Research Institute at Lingnan. 

Through the Trees of Autumn 
By Janet Krauss '57 
86 pages, $12 
Spartina Press 

Twice nominated for the Pushcart 
Prize, a literary distinction bestowed 
on the best 
emerging artists, 
Krauss teaches liter- 
ature and writing at 
St. Basil College 
and Fairfield 
University. In this 
volume, the poet 
has assembled more 
than fifty poems 
she wanted to pass 
down to her 
children and grand- 
children. Her subjects are relatives, 
the natural environment, the family 
homestead, and the homely and 
intimate details of everyday life in 



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New England. 

Toxic Exposures: 
Contested Illnesses 
and the Environmental 
Health Movement 

By Phil Brown, PhD79 
355 pages, $29.50 
Columbia University Press 

A professor of sociology and environ- 
mental studies at Brown Universiry, 
Brown has written about environmen- 
tal health since the mid-1980s. In this 
book, he focuses on asthma, breast 




cancer, and Gult War syndrome, each 
known or suspected to be related to 
environmental hazards. Drawing on 
the fields of sociol- 
ogy, environmental 
health, and social- 
movement studies, 
the author demon- 
strates how citizen- 
science alliances 
have banded 
together to overturn 
■ dominant epidemio- 

logic;il paradigms. 

.\ review in Library 

Journal states, "Envi- 
ronmental activists, wannabe activists, 
and folks tired of environmental 
hazards in their communities will find 
this a worthwhile guide for action." 

Trapped in the War on Terror 

By Ian S. Lustick '71 

186 pages, $24.95 

University of Pennsylvania Press 

If the purpose of terrorism is to 
terrify, then the terrorists have already 
won, Lustick, professor of political sci- 
ence at the University of Pennsylvania, 
suggests in this provocative book. The 
September 1 1 hijackers' biggest 
victory, the book jacket notes, "was 
to goad our government into taking 
the bait by unleashing the Wat on 
Terror. The worry, witch-hunt, and 
waste that have 
ensued are . . . 
destroying Ameri- 
can confidence, 
undermining our 
economy, warping 
our political life, 
and isolating us 
from our interna- 
tional allies." 
Indeed, Lustick 
demonstrates how 
al-Qaeda has suc- 
ceeded in making us our own worst 
enemy. In the audior's words, "The 
government's loudly trumpeted War 




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on Terror is not the solution to the 
problem. It has become the problem. ' 

The Tyranny of the Market: 
Why You Can't Always Get 
What You Want 

By Joel Waldfogel '84 
204 pages, $35 
Harvard University Press 

Ever try to pick up a side order ot 
hddleheads with your fast-food 
burger? You can't — at least, not 
usually — because that's not what the 
majority of customers want. Lhe "so 
what.'" ot that reality fills the pages 
of Waldfogel's book, which endeav- 
ors to translate economics principles 
for an interested, nontechnical audi- 
ence. While a 
sauteed fern may 
be a far cry from a 
French fry, 
Waldfogel, a profes- 
sor of business and 
public policy at the 
University of Penn- 
sylvania's Wharton 
School, stresses 
more subtle ways in 
which collective 
choice abridges our 
freedom to choose. Looking at how 
production costs and other market 
factors limit differentiation in prod- 
ucts from automobiles to newspaper 
and from pharmaceuticals to furni- 
ture, he shows how these fotces cur- 
tail the marketplace's ability to cater 
to minority preferences. 

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The Ultimate Small Business 
Marketing Toolkit 

By Beth Goldstein '85 

333 pages, $27.95, McGraw-Hill 

Founder of the Marketing Edge 
Consultant Group and a faculty 
member at Boston University's man- 
agement school, Goldstein has more 
than twenty years' experience in sales 



Small Business 
Marketing toolkit 

and marketing. On 
the cover of this 
book and accompa- 
nying CD-ROM, 
she promises to 
deliver "all the tips, 
forms, and strategies 
\ou'll ever need." 
( Vganized into 
charts, question- 
naires, Q&cA features, and buUeted 
lists, the book presents in an easy-to- 
read, workbook-style format infor- 
mation aimed at helping users to 
identify' and entice customers. The 
CD includes fifty business forms that 
can be customized to meet the needs 
of the reader's particular enterprise. 

The Victory Gardens of 
Brooklyn: A Novel 

By Merrill Joan Gerber, MA'S I 
406 pages, $24.95 
Syracuse University Press 

Gerber's latest novel illuminates the 
lives ot three generations of women 
belonging to a Jewish-Ametican 
family in New York. Arriving from 
Poland at the turn of the century, 
sisters Rachel and Rose discover 
their fates on New York's Lower 
East Side. Later, Rachel's daughters, 
Ava, Musetta, and Gilda, live the 
passionate drama of their family's 

destiny as two wars 
rage in the world 
around them. In 
peace and war, the 
men they love 
bring them both 
ecstasy and bitter 
grief. Musetta's 
daughters, Issa and 
Iris, carry the story 
to its poignant 
close as the Second 
World War ends. 
With a delicate touch yet piercing 
insight, Gerber explores the yearn- 
ings, loves, and struggles of women 
who try to adapt the Jewish rituals 


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of the "old country" to the reahties 
of the new world. 

Brandeis University Press 

American Dreams and Nazi 
Nightmares: Early Holocaust 
Consciousness and Liberal 
America, 1957-1965 

By Kirsten Fermaglich 
238 pages, $29.95 

To a great extent, 
Holocaust con- 
sciousness in the 
United States has 
become inter- 
twined with Ameri- 
can Jewish 
identity and with 
support for right- 
wing Israeli poli- 
tics — but this was 
not always the case. In this illumi- 
nating study, Fermaglich, assistant 
professor of history and Jewish 
studies at Michigan State 
University, demonstrates that in 
the late 1950s and early 1960s many 
American-Jewish writers and 
academics viewed the Nazi extermi- 
nation of European Jewry as a subject 
of universal interest, with important 
lessons to be learned tor the liberal 
reform of American politics. 

Eternally Eve: Images of 
Eve in the Hebrew 
Bible, Midrash, and 
Modern Jewish Poetry 

By Anne Lapidus Lerner 
238 pages, $26 

An assistant professor of Jewish 
literature and director of the Pro- 
gram in Jewish Women's Studies at 
the Jewish Theological Seminary in 
New York, Lerner shares her exten- 
sive research on the biblical charac- 
ter of Eve, identified in Genesis as 

the first woman. In 
exploring the role 
of Eve in both 
Christian and 
lewish tradition, 
Lerner inevitably 
contronts religious 
and social assump- 
tions about gender. 
Wrote Marc 
Brettler, Dora 
Golding Professor 
of Biblical Studies at Brandeis, "In 
this wide-ranging work, Lerner 
shows how the typical depiction of 
Eve as subservient, and as an evil 
temptress, is wrong." 

The Life and Thought 
of Hans Jonas: 
Jewish Dimensions 
By Christian Wiese 
260 pages, $50 

German-born Hans 
Jonas (1903-1993) 
is considered one of 
the most important 
philosophers of the 
twentieth century. A 
committed Zionist, 
he fled Germany in 
1933 and took up 
arms against Hitler 
as a member of the 
British army, 
settling later in Israel and finally in 
North America. In this volume, 
Wiese delineates the evolution of 
Jonas's ideas, focusing largely on his 
Zionism; his intense Iriendships with 
Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, 
and other intellectual powerhouses of 
his generation; and the impact of his 
Jewishness on Jonas's ethics of 
responsibility. Wiese, director of the 
Centre for German-Jewish Studies 
and professor of history at Sussex 
University, Great Britain, is also the 
editor of Hans Jonas's memoirs, 
forthcoming from Brandeis 
Universitv Press. 


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Israel In the Middie East 

Documents and Readnigs on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, 
Pre- 1948 to the Present, Second Edition 

Edited by Itamar Rabinovich and Jehuda Reinharz 

All anthology of the tnost miportaut documents on domestic and foreign issues 
of the modern state of Israel in the context of the Middle East 

This timely anthology, completely revised and updated from the original edition 
in 1984, provides convenient access to the most significant documents of the 
Zionist movement since 1882 and of Israel's domestic and foreign issues between 
1948 and 2006. Comprised largely of primary sources from Israeli, Arab, and 
American records, it includes documents that encompass not only political and 
diplomatic history but economic, cultural, legal, and social aspects as well. 

Itamar Rabinovich, Ettinger Professor of Contemporary History of the Middle 
East at Tel Aviv University, is the former president of Tel Aviv University and 
former Israeli ambassador to the United States. Jehuda Reinharz is Richard 
Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and president of Brandeis University. 

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The International Judge 

An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World's Cases 

Daniel Terris, Cesare P. R. Romano, and Leigh Swigart 

With a foreword by Sonia Sotomayor 

An interdisciplinary introduction to international judges and their work, based 
on interviews with more than thirty international judges, this volume is the first 
comprehensive portrait of the men and women in this new global profession. 

"This is an accessible account, suitable for a general readership, of that part of the 
'invisible college" that now forms the international judiciary. Unlike most treat- 
ments of the subject, it treats the judges — some 200 strong — as human beings and 
not as impersonal agents of 'legalization.' The book includes interesting profiles of 
a handful of international judges and addresses topics that are likely to become 
ever more timely as the judicialization of international law proceeds, including 
concerns over geographic and other forms of 'representation," the prospects and 
limits of 'transjudicial' communication, and the likelihood of harmonized notions 
of professional ethics and avoidance of conflicts." — Jose E. Alvarez, Hamilton 
Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia Law School 

Daniel Terris is the director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and 
Public Life at Brandeis University and author of Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue 
in an American Corporation (Brandeis, 2005). Cesare P. R. Romano is associate 
professor of law at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and assistant director of the 
Project on International Courts and Tribunals. Leigh Swigart is an anthropolo- 
gist and the director of programs in international justice and society at the 
International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. 

Cloth • 328 pp. ISBN: 1-58465-666-1, $15.00 $29.25 

Giving Begets Giving 

Sillerman family endows philanthropic center with $10 million gift 

In hopes of empowering a growing generation of philanthropists 
to become social entrepreneurs, Robert F. X. '69 and Laura 
SiUerman's Tomorrow Foundation has made a $10 million gift to 
Brandeis to establish the Sillerman Center for the Advancement ot 

The Sillerman Center, which will be housed at Brandeis's Heller 
School for Social Policy and Management, will serve as a powerful 
resource to strengthen the country's 34,000 family foundations as 
they partner with nonprofit organizations to deliver crucial health 
and social services. 

The Sillerman Center will provide research-supported advice on 
effective grant-making strategies, develop best practices, and help 

"The Sillerman Center will promote an under- 
standing of the importance of philanthropy and 
define new mechanisms for achieving lasting 
positive change in society." 

successful ventures reach scale. In addition, the center will host 
roundtables with leading members of the donor communiry and 
nonprofit organizations, offer executive education opportunities, 
and develop new courses on effective philanthropy. 

"We thank the Sillermans for their generous gift to establish the 
Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at 
Brandeis," said Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. "It is 
appropriate that this center, which seeks to help philanthropies 
extend their reach to impact the greatest number of people, is based 
at Brandeis. Since its founding, Brandeis has been committed to 
social justice." 

The gift is the largest Brandeis has ever received from an alum- 
nus. Robert Sillerman, the chairman and chief executive officer of 
CKX Inc., graduated from Brandeis in 1969. Robert and his wife, 
Laura, established the Tomorrow Foundation in 1999. 

"I was immensely fortunate to be a child of the 1960s at 
Brandeis, where I formed a strong sense of social consciousness," 
Robert Sillerman said. "Laura and 1 hope that this gift inspires oth- 
ers from our generation to make similar donations. Our generation 
has the responsibility to follow through on the ideals we voiced in 
our youth, and to attempt to change the world in ways we could 

Laura and Robert F. X. Sillerman '69. 

only imagine in the 1960s. It is our time now to give generously 
and decisively." 

The Sillerman Center will be directed by Heller School professor 
Andrew Hahn, PhD'78, who works closely with foundations and 
donors to maximize the value and effectiveness of their philan- 
thropic investments. 

"An analyst famously said that most philanthropy is built on lit- 
tle more than 'intuition, trust, and a great river of money," Hahn 
said. "At the Sillerman Center, our goal is to harness the power of 
that 'river" to help family foundations improve the lives of the most 
vulnerable members of our society." 

"In an era of declining government support for initiatives that 
benefit the disadvantaged, the Sillerman Center will promote an 
understanding of the importance of philanthropy and define new 
mechanisms for achieving lasting positive change in society," said 
Stuart AJtman, the dean of the Heller School and the Sol C. 
Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy. 

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Abiindantlv Apparent 

Support for Annual Fund fuels Brandeis's success 

Thank you. Thank you. 

Because of my dual roles at Brandeis — the 
senior vice president of insritutional advance- 
ment and the parent of a Brandeis sophomore — 
I am doubly grateful for the generosity of 
alumni, parents, and friends who helped the 
university enjoy another record fiindraising year. 
Since becoming a Brandeis parent last fall 
when my older son, David '10, enrolled as a first-year student, I 
have developed a heightened awareness of the transformative power 
that donor support has on the universiry. 

David takes thought-provoking courses with world-renowned 
faculty; interacts with a diverse group of students who share his 
intellectual curiosity and commitment to social justice; studies and 
pursues research in state-of-the-art facilities; and participates in 
enriching extracurricular programming. 

None of this would be possible without the alumni, parents, and 
friends who support the Annual Fund, a vital resource for so many 
of the initiatives that make Brandeis one of the country's most 
respected universities. 

Your gifts fund undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellow- 
ships for students, endowed chairs for leading faculty, and capital 
projects such as the new Carl J. Shapiro Science Center and 
Edmond J. Safra Center for the Arts. 

In fiscal year 2007, donors supported Brandeis as never before. 
We received $89.4 million in cash gifts to surpass our previous best 
year by 10 percent. 

Thank you tor helping make the institution what it is and 
providing a unique educational experience for students. 

—Nancy Winship, P'lO 
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

Campaign for Brandeis Approaches $700 Million 

Thanks to another record-breaking 
fundraising performance in fiscal year 
2007, the Campaign for Brandeis is rapidly 
approaching the $700 million mark. 

As of October 31, the most ambitious 
fiindraising effort in Brandeis history had 
received $681 million in cash and pledges, 
88 percent of the way toward meeting the 
goal of $770 million by June 30, 2009. 
In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the uni- 
versity raised an all-time high of $89.4 mil- 
lion in cash gifts. 

"What some people once thought impos- 
sible now seems achievable," said Nancy 
Winship, P'lO, Brandeis's senior vice presi- 

dent of institutional advancement. "The 
success of the campaign has helped improve 
Brandeis's academic standing, transformed 
the campus physical plant, and put the 
institution on strong financial footing." 
Gifts to the campaign have: 

• Established new undergraduate scholar- 
ships, graduate fellowships, and endowed 
faculty chairs. 

• Created the Crown Center for Middle 
East Studies, the Charles and Lynn 
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, the 
Sillerman Center for the Advancement of 
Philanthropy, and the Steinhardt Social 
Research Institute. 

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Fiscal Year 


Senior Vice President of 
Institutional Advancement 

Nancy Winshiji, P'lO 


Vice President of 

Myles E. Weisenberg 78 


Associate Vice President of 
Tlie Campaign for Brandeis 

Susan Krinsky 

Assistant Vice President of 
Alumni and University 

Karen A. Engelbourg '79 


Assistant Vice President of 

Mark Ableman 

Senior Director of 
Corporation and 
Foundation Giving 

Robert Silk '90 

Director of Development 

David E. Nathan 
dnathan 1 

All staff may be reached at: 
Brandeis University 
Mailstop 122 
POBox 549110 
Waltham, MA 02454-91 10 


Helping Those with Disabihties 

Lurie Marks Foundation gift establishes policy institute at Heller 

A quarter century after establishing an 
endowed faculty chair at Brandeis to study 
the neurological basis for autism and 
related disorders, Nancy Lurie Marks, P'77, 
P'87, G'Ol, has made a gift of $5 million to 
Brandeis to help improve the lives of the 
increasing number of people living with the 
condition and other disabilities. 

The gift, from the Nancy Lurie Marks 
Family Foundation, will create the Lurie 
Institute for Disability Policy and endow a 
professorship at the Heller School for Social 
Policy and Management. 

Through research, policy development, 
education, and public engagement, the 
Lurie Institute will help people with disabil- 
ities, particularly autism, successfully inte- 
grate into the mainstream of society. The 
university's ongoing scientific research into 
developmental disabilities, including 
autism, will inform the Lurie Institute's 
activities, providing a comprehensive 
approach to addressing disability issues. 

"My family is dedicated to helping people 
with disabilities, particularly autism, lead ful- 
filling and rewarding lives," said Lurie 

Marks, who established her foundation 
thirty years ago. "With our mutual commit- 
ment to progressive policies for people with 
disabilities, the Heller School at Brandeis is a 
natural home for the Lurie Institute for 
Disability Policy, which will be able to draw 
on Heller's renowned faculty and expertise." 

The number of people diagnosed with 
autism in the United States has grown 
exponentially in recent years. While about 
one in 2,500 people was diagnosed with the 
condition in the 1960s, now one in 166 
Americans is diagnosed with an autism- 
spectrum disorder. 

"We are thrilled about this partnership and 
anticipate that the Lurie Institute will fiael the 
development of innovative social policies at 
this critical time for people with disabilities, 
especially as they and their families seek a 
greater voice in decision making related to 
their lifelong needs," said Marty Wyngaarden 
Krauss, PhD'81, Brandeis provost, senior 
vice president for academic affairs, and the 
John Stein Professor of Disability Research. 

Since Lurie Marks established her pio- 
neering foundation in 1977, it has been a 

leader in promoting research into autism. 
The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation 
is dedicated to helping individuals and fam- 
ilies whose lives are affected by autism and 
increasing both the public awareness of 
autism and the free exchange of informa- 
tion about it. 

Lurie Marks and her family are longtime 
supporters of Brandeis. Daughter Cathy 
Lurie graduated in 1977, and son Jeffrey 
Lurie received a PhD from the Heller 
School in 1987. Lurie Marks's granddaugh- 
ter Nicole Adams graduated in 2001. 

In 2004, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family 
Foundation sponsored a symposium on 
autism and behavioral genomics to celebrate 
the grand opening of the National Center for 
Behavioral Genomics at Brandeis and the 
tenth anniversary of the Volen National 
Center for Complex Systems. At the same 
time, the foundation supported an innova- 
tive neuroscience course for undergraduates 
focusing on autism and Professor Susan 
Birren's autism-research program. In addi- 
tion, the family has made generous gifts to 
support other autism research. 

Enhanced Online Page Makes Giving Even Easier 


m vers I 

Making your year-end gift to Brandeis is now 
easier than ever. 

The university's enhanced online giving page 
( is 
scheduled to be launched this fall with several 
new features: 

• Easier navigation 

• Additional giving options 

• Ability to use international credit cards 

• Accepts American Express, along with 
MasterCard and Visa 

Online giving has grown steadily at Brandeis in 
recent years, establishing records in fiscal year 

2007 for both donors {L367) and the amount 
contributed ($256,646). Since online giving was 
instituted at Brandeis five years ago, the number 
of donors making gifts has grown nearly 1 ,000 
percent and the gift total has increased sevenfold. 

"As more and more Brandeis supporters make 
gifts online, we want to make the process easier, 
while also providing additional ways for donors 
to support the university," said Mark Ableman, 
assistant vice president of development. 

For alumni who are registered Louie-Net 
users, the new online giving form will offer addi- 
tional features. 

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A BRANDEIS CHAIR LIFT: Endowed Professorships Enhance Educational Experience 

Albert Abramson Professor of 
Holocaust Studies 

Incumbent: A>iionv Polomky 

Academic atfiliation: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 

Donor: Albert Abramson 

Martin and Ahuva Gross Professor in 
Financial Markets and Institutions 

Incumbent: Bruce Magid 

Academic affiliation: International Business School 

Donors: Trustee Martin 72 and 
Ahuva Gross. P'Ol. P'OS 

Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson 
Professor of Fine Arts 

Incumbent: Peter Kxdb 

Academic affiliation: Fine Arts 

Donors: Fellow Cynthia and Theodore Berenson 

Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic 
and Middle Eastern Studies 

incumbent: kiinan Makiya 

Academic affiliation: Near Eastern and Jud<tic Studies 

Donor: Trustee Sylvia HizssenfeU. Alan Hassenfeld, and 
Ellen Block Hassenfeld 


JPMorgan Chase Professor of Ethics 

Incumbent: Marion Smiley 

Academic affiliation: Phdosophy, Women's and 
Gender Studies, International and Global Studies, 
Socuzl Justice and Social Policy 

Donor: JPMorgan Chase 

Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman 
Professor in the Humanities 

Incumbent: Edward Kitplau 

Academic affiliation: Romance Studies 

Donors: Trustee Kenneth Kaiserman '60 and 
Ronald Kaiserman '63. P'07, and family 

Harold and Bernlce Davis Professor of 
Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease 

Incumbent: Dag/nar Rmge 

■\cademic affiliation: Biochemistry, Chemistry. 
Biological Physics 

Donors: Trustee Jonathan Davis 75 
and MaTgot Davis, MA'05 

Earle W. Kazis Professor in the Practice of 
Finance and International Real Estate 

Incumbent: Edward Bayone 

Academic affiliation: International Business School 

Donor; Earle '55 and Judy Ktizis 

Orrie Friedman Distinguished 
Professor of Chemistry 

Incumbent: Li Deng 

Academic affiliation: Chemistry 

Donor: Fandty emeritus Orrie and Laurel Friedman 

Zaiman Abraham Kekst 
Professor of Neuroscience 

Incumbent: joh}] Listnan 

Academic affiliation: Biology, Neuroscience 

Donor: Trustee Gershon and Carol Kekst, P'05 


Raymond Ginger Professor of History 

Incumbent: Paul Jankowski 

Academic affiliation: History. Cultural Production 

Donors: Trustee William '65 and Lucy Friedman 


Myra and Robert Kraft Chair In 
Arab Politics 

incumbent: Asher Susser 

Academic affiliation: Crown Center for Middle East 
Studies, Politics 

Donors: Trustee Myra (Hiatt) '64 and Robert Kraji 


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Since the launch of the Campaign for Brandeis, donors have made gifts of nearly $100 million 
to endow twenty-eight faculty chairs in subjects ranging from neuroscience to Jewish education. 

Henry J. Leir Professor in the 
Economics of the Middle East 


Nader Habibi 

Academic affiliation: Crown Center for Middle East 
Studies, Economics 

Donor: Leir Charitable Foundations 


Harry S. Levitan Professor of 
Teacher Education 

Incumbent: Marya Levemon 
Academic affiliation: Education 
Donor: Fellow Dr. Joseph Levitan 

Mandel Professor of Jewish Education 

Incumbent: Sharon Feiman-Nemser 

Academic affiliation: Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish 
Education, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Homstein: 
The Jewish Professional Leadership Prografn. Education 

Donors: Trustee Barbara and Morton Mandel, P'73, 

Jack Mandel and Joseph Mandel 

Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished 
Visiting Professor 

Past incumbents: Trustee Lhomas Friedman 75 (left), Lite 
Trustee Ann Richards, G'09. William Schneider '66. and 
Ed Koch 

Donors: Trustee Carol (Richman) Saivetz '69. P'97. POT. 
Fellows Fred and Liita Richman. P'69. G'97, COT. 
Michael Saivetz '97: Aliza Saivetz '0 1: and James and 
Elissa Richman 

Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg 
Professor of Global Finance 

Incumbent: Stephen Cecchetti 

Academic affiliation: Lntemational Business School. 

Donors: Trustee Barbara (Cohen) '5-v and Richard Rosenberg 


Lerman-Neubauer Professor 
of Democracy and Public Policy 

incumbent: Bernard Yack 

Academic affiliation: Politics. History of Ideas 

Donors: Trustee Jeanette Lerman '69 and Joseph Neiibauer 

Edmond J. Safra 

Professor of Sephardic Studies 

incumbent: Jonathan Decter 

Academic affiliation: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 

Donor; Lily Safra, G '06 

Barbara Sherman '54 and Malcolm L. 
Sherman Professor of Theater Arts 

incumbent: Eric Hill 

Academic affiliation: Theater Arts, Cultural Production 

[ )t.)nors: Fellow Barbara (Cantor) '54 and Trustee Malcolm 
Sherman. P '83 

Karl. Harry, and Helen Stoll Family 
Professor of Israel Studies 

Incumbent: S. Han Iroen 

Academic affiliation: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Center 
for Israel Studies, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 

Donor: Karl Stoll. and Harry and 
Helen Stoll. G '04 

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National Women's Committee 

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Librarian's Chair 


Incumbent; Susan Wawrzaszek 

Donor: Brandeis University National Women's Committee 

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Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the 
Crown Center for Middle East Studies 

Incumbent: Shai Feldman 

Academic affiliation: Crown Center for Middle Etut 
Studies. Politics 

Donors: Judith and Sidney Swartz 

Search for Incumbent Under Way 

Charles R. Bronrman Visiling Chair in Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Chair in 

Jewish Communal Innovation Business and Society 

Donors; Aridmi ami ('kirk\ Hronfimm Phibntbropies [Joriori; I r in tee John ihdun and Fellow AiLmi UitLiu 

Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Susan and Barton Winokur Chair in 

Disability Policy Economics, Women's and Gender Studies 

IXinni . Felli}w Lurie Marks, P77. P'87, G'Ot Donors: Trustee Barton and Susan Winoktir 

Frances and Max Elkon Chair in Modern 

Jewish History 

Donors: Frances and Max Elkon 

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Diversity Matters 

Minority Alumni Network establishes scholarship 

The recently established Minorirv' Alumni 
Network Diversity Scholarship is designed 
to help ensure that Brandeis continues to be 
a diverse, vibrant institution that reflects 
the world at large. 

Under the leadership of chair Joseph 
Perkins '66, the 835-member Minority 
Alumni Network (MAN) recently reached 
its initial goal of 
raising $50,000 to 
fund the scholarship. 

"While we are grat- 
ified that we reached 
our goal, there's still a 
^^■ijjl^l^^^^^ lot of room to grow 
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scholarship fund, " 

Joseph Perkins '66 „ . ■ . , „,„, 

I'erkms said. We 

want to get to the point where this schol- 
arship can finance a student's entire Bran- 
deis education." 

The first recipient of the MAN Diversity 
Scholarship is Rja Roberts '10 of Brooklyn, 
New York, who was valedictorian of her 
high-school class. Roberts intends to major 
in biology or sociology and hopes to become 
an orthopedic surgeon. At Brandeis, she 
serves as an orientation leader for incoming 

students and is a member of the Student 
Support Services Leadership Board. 

Donors to the new scholarship included 
Peter Wong '89, who chose to make a gen- 
erous gift to allow other students to have 
the chance for the same enriching experi- 
ence he enjoyed at Brandeis. Wong grew up 
in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood. 

"Being at Brandeis was an amazing expe- 
rience for me," Wong said. "It's important 
to give back to the university so future gen- 
erations will have the same opportunities 
we had." 

Both Perkins and Wong believe providing 
opportunities for a diverse group of students 
improves the Brandeis experience for the 
entire campus community. 

"If you just had people who all looked 
alike or thought alike, what kind of experi- 
ence would that be?" Perkins said. "As an 
international institution, it's important that 
Brandeis continues to reflect the diversity of 
the world community." 

For more information about the Minority 
Alumni Network Diversity Scholarship, 
phone Amy Silberstein at 781-736-4049 or 
e-mail her at 

Posse Scholarships Ride On 

Thanks to a generous gih from an anony- 
mous donor, Brandeis has established the 
A. Philip Randolph Endowed Brandeis 
Posse Scholarship to provide a student full- 
tuition support while honoring the promi- 
nent twentieth-century civil rights leader. 

"It is entirely fitting that the A. Philip 
Randolph Endowed Posse Scholarship is 
established at Brandeis, a university that has 
long embraced the ideal of achieving social 
justice," said Brandeis president Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72. "A. Philip Randolph 
selflessly dedicated his life to improving the 
lives of all Americans." 

In cooperation with the Posse Founda- 
tion, founded by Deborah Bial "87, Brandeis 
awards ten merit-based scholarships each 
year to students from public high schools in 

New York City. Scholars are chosen for their 
academic, leadership, and communication 
skills. Since joining the national Posse pro- 
gram in 1998, Brandeis has awarded 100 
scholarships to deserving students. 

Asa Philip Randolph (1889-1979) 
founded the first independent black labor 
union in the United States when he organ- 
ized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 
in 1925. After a long struggle, the Pullman 
Company agreed to a union contract in 
1 937. Randolph also successfully pushed for 
integration of the military in the 1940s, 
founded the Leadership Conference on Civil 
Rights in the 1950s, and was a leading 
organizer of the March on Washington for 
Jobs and Freedom in 1963. He also served as 
a vice president of the AFL-CIO. 

In Support 
of Students 

BUNWC raising funds 
for science undergrads 

Building on the successful Science for 
Life campaign that funded a state-of-the- 
art laboratory and medical science jour- 
nals library, the Brandeis University 
National Women's Committee 
(BUNWC) has launched a new initiative 
to support the students who will use the 
lab and consult the journals. 

The multiyear Students for Science 
campaign, under the direction of national 
president Dorothy Pierce, is raising 
money for undergraduate scholarships for 
students in the sciences at Brandeis. 

"Through a combination of classroom 
work and hands-on lab experience with 
top researchers, Brandeis uniquely pre- 
pares its science students to become the 
innovative leaders of tomorrow," said 
Pierce, a Brandeis trustee. 

The recently completed Science for 
Life campaign raised $2.4 million, sur- 
passing its goal by 20 percent. The initia- 
tive raised $1.4 million for a lab in the 
Center on Aging and Age-Related 
Neurodegenerative Disease, which will 
be housed in the new Carl J. Shapiro 
Science Center, and another $1 million 
for the medical science journal fiind. 

To support Science for Life, more than 
forty BUNWC chapters around the coun- 
try organized creative fiindraising events. 

"As neurodegenerative diseases touch 
the lives of so many of BUNWC's 
40,000 members, this campaign struck 
a chord with many chapters and 
donors," said Fellow Carol Kern, the 
Science for Life chair and former 
BUNWC national president. 


Our prayers lor comfort on the passing 
of Fellows: 

• Arnold Ginsburg, October 26 

• Alvin Lane, September 13 

• Harold Stein, August 22 

• Gladys Ziv, September 1 2 

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Rachael Lavi '10 (above) and Susan Byali '09 (below) work the phones on behalf of the Annual Fund. 

Brandeis Calling 

Phonathon rings true for motivated students 

It's no wonder Susan Byali '09 and Rachael 
Lavi ' 1 love their jobs. They get paid to talk 
on the phone. 

The two students place their calls on behalf 
of the Brandeis Phonathon, reaching out to 
alumni, parents, and friends five nights a week 

(Sunday through Thursday) to share campus 
news, hear about alumni Brandeis experiences, 
and ask for a gift to the Annual Fund. 

"I have the greatest job in the world," said 
Byali, who grew up in Waltham and is an 
economics major. "1 get to meet new people 
every day." 

The forty-five Phonathon callers are some 
of the best-paid students on campus, a reflec- 
tion of the significance of their jobs to the 
university's financial well-being. In fiscal year 
2007, Phonathon workers placed 21,482 
calls and raised more than $700,000 for the 
Annual Fund. 

Both Byali and Lavi, who both receive 
scholarship assistance from the university, 

like the idea that they are helping raise money 
tor the next generation of students in need of 
financial help. 

"It feels good to know you're helping 
Brandeis grow," said Lavi, a politics and 
international global studies major who grew 
up in Southern California. "What we do is 
very important to the university." 

Alumni frequently inquire about favorite 
professors, campus landmarks, or off-campus 
hangouts. They also ask the Phonathon 
callers about themselves. 

"A lot of people want to know about us, 
and they're happy to hear that you enjoy 
Brandeis as much as they did — even though 
it's so different now," Lavi said. 

Like any job, some days are more success- 
ful than others. 

Lavi once received five Justice Brandeis 
Society-level gifts in a single calling session. 
"I was kind of in a state of shock that night," 
she said. 

Byali spoke last semester to an alumnus 
who initially refused to make a gift, but even- 
tually changed his mind. "At first he said, 
"No, I'm not going to give to Brandeis. I met 
my wife there, and we're getting a divorce,'" 
she said. "But we kept talking and he made a 
generous gift." 

Whether you were on campus last year or 
fifty years ago, the Phonathon students hope 
you enjoy speaking with them as much as 
they appreciate the direct contact with 
Brandeis alumni, parents, and friends. 

Clock is ticking 
on new tax law 

Time is running short tor Brandeis 
donors hoping to take advantage of 
the expiring Pension Protection Act. 

The law, which otTers a unique 
opportunity to help the university 
while deriving significant tax advan- 
tages at the same time, will expire on 
December 31, 2007. It was enacted in 
August 2006. 

The Pension Protection Act 
includes a provision that allows donors 
who are at least seventy and one-half 
years old to transfer up to $100,000 a 
year to Brandeis (or another qualified 
charity) directly from their individual 
retirement account without being 
required to report it as income for fed- 
eral tax purposes. 

The provision provides an exclu- 
sion from gross income for an other- 
wise-taxable IRA distribution and 
allows the amount rolled over to 
count against a donor's minimum dis- 
tribution requirement. 

For information, call 800-337-1948, 
ext. 6-4069. 

JBS members invited 
to attend events 

Justice Brandeis Society members are 
invited to attend the annual holiday 
party at the Rose Art Museum on 
December 2, a discussion with Posse 
founder Deborah Bial '87 at 
Brandeis House in New York on 
January 16, and Brandeis Night in 
Washington at the home of Paul 
Regan '7.3 on June 1. 

The Justice Brandeis Society com- 
prises philanthropic-minded alumni, 
parents, triends, and members of the 
Brandeis University National Women's 
Committee dedicated to supporting 
the university. A leadership gift of at 
least $1,000 in a fiscal year (July 1 to 
June 30) qualifies one for membership 
in the Justice Brandeis Society. 

For information, visit http://^vingto. 
brandeis. edu/annualfiindJjbs. html. 

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Golf and Tennis Outing 

Alumni and friends came together for the third annual 
Brandeis Golf and Tennis Outing, enjoying a day of competition 
and camaraderie while raising $90,000 for student scholarships. 
More than 1 00 golfers and nearly two dozen tennis players 
participated in the event, which was held at Old Oaks Country 
Club in Purchase, New York. Trustee Henry Aboodi '86 and 
Alpine Capital Bank served as sponsor Over the years, the event 
has raised nearly $300,000. From /<?/?.- James Leahy '85, 
Michael Saivetz '97, Aaron Goldsmith '99, Charlie Bess '98, 
and Adam Rifkin '97. 

Brandeis in the Berkshires 

The sixth annual Brandeis in the Berkshires program offered a 
series of thought-provoking seminars focused on the Middle 
East, Istael, and Jewish culture. Among the participants were 
fellows Diane Troderman (lefi) and Richard Kaufman '57. 

Brandeis Night in Chicago 

CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider '6G (right), shown 
with (fivm lefi) Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, and 
event hosts Thomas and Margot Pritzker, P'02, was the keynote 
speaker for Brandeis Night in Chicago. More than 125 people 
attended the annual gathering of Brandeis alumni and friends from 
the upper Midwest. 

Sachar Legacy Society Luncheon 

More than 150 people attended the annual luncheon of the Sachar 

Legacy Society, hosted by Aileen Cabitt '53. The Sachar Society is an 

honorary organization of individuals who have included Brandeis in 

their estate plans. Top photo, from left: Elizabeth (Sarason) Pfau '74, 

Aileen Cabitt '53, and Daniel Pfau '73. Bottom photo, 

from left: Fellow Sumner Feldberg, his wife, Esther, and Nancy 

Winship, P'lO, senior vice president of institutional advancement. 


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Lenore Sack '58, P'87 (left), and Judy Borakove '58 are developing 
special 50th Reunion programs for next May. The pair met this fall at 
Brandels House in New York to begin planning for the event. 

Sack spent her freshman year at a Big Ten university. "My class- 
mates there talked about clothes and dates. I wanted to talk about 
life — the big questions. I found that at Brandeis. I was inspired by 
the faculty and students, and I still am. 

"My connection to Brandeis has been an amazing lifelong expe- 
rience," added Sack, who majored in American studies and later 
earned a master's degree from Yeshiva University and a doctorate 
from American University. 

They plan to bring that intellectual stimulation to their 50th 
Reunion activities with an engaging program that includes class 
members and other speakers. The program will focus on how the 
Class of '58 and Brandeis define themselves by reviewing the past, 
considering the present, and looking toward the future. 

"At this point in our lives, we begin to understand the journey 
we've taken and what different parts of it mean," said Sack. 
"We're very proud of our Brandeis degrees and all they meant for 
our lives." 

"We'll have a great time reconnecting at Reunion," said 
Borakove. "Our Brandeis friends are precious. We don't ever want 
to lose them." 

fnr more informauon. adi FJisa Gassel at 781-736-41 1 1 or e-mail 
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CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider '66 (right), shown 
with (from left) Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD72, and 
event hosts Thomas and Margot Pritzker, P'02, was the keynote 
speaker for Brandeis Night in Chicago. More than 125 people 
attended the annual gathering of Brandeis alumni and friends from 
the upper Midwest. 

Sachar Legacy Society I 

More than 150 people attended the annual luncheo 

Legacy Society, hosted by Aileen Cabitt '53. The Sach 

honorary organization of individuals who have incluc 

their estate plans. Top photo, from left: Elizabeth (Sar 

Aileen Cabitt '53, and Daniel Pfau '73 

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Planning for a "Special Milestone'^ 

50th Reunion cochairs credit Brandeis for changing their lives 

For Judy Borakovc '58 and Lenore Sack '58, P'87, their 50th 
Reunion, planned tor May 16 to 18, is more than just a chance to 
reconnect with fellow classmates. 

"This is an incredibly special milestone, for us individually and 
for our class," said Borakove, who is working with Sack on special 
programming they are confident will make their 50th Reunion a 
memorable one. "We are the only Reunion class on campus that 
weekend — marching in Commencement, meeting with the presi- 
dent and graduating seniors, and really connecting with all that is 
special about Brandeis. 

"We had a great time working together on our 45th Reunion, 
and we are pleased for the opportunit}' to make our 50th even bet- 
ter, " added Borakove, a marketing consultant from New York City 
who has served as president ot the Alumni Association board of 
directors and a universin' trustee. She has been a member of the 
board of directors of the Women's and Gender Studies Program 
since its inception and a university fellow since 1993, and is a 
founder of the Alumni Club of New Jersey and a recipient of the 
Service to the Association Award. 

"I have never not been involved with Brandeis," said Borakove, 
who attributes her dedication to her alma mater to founding pres- 
ident Abram L. Sachar. 

"I was ver)' inspired by his determination to keep Brandeis going," 
she said. "He was a special person, bringing renowned academics and 
talented students to a new, untested school. He had a dream, and I 
felt compelled to do my part in helping to realize that dream." 

Sack, an education consultant and retired director of academic 
affairs for the U.S. Deparrment of Defense Acquisition Universiry, 
has also volunteered since graduation. She served as an officer on 
the Alumni Association board, on the Alumni Admissions Coun- 
cil, and as an alumni trustee, a position Borakove created while she 
served as Alumni Association president from 1975 to 1977. Sack 
has been a university fellow since 1990. 

"Brandeis gave me the foundation for my adult life, " said Sack, 
who now lives in Maryland and whose son, Steven, graduated from 
Brandeis in 1987. "This is an important way to be connected, to 
give something back." 

Sack and Borakove share more than Brandeis degrees and a com- 
mitment to volunteering. They both see Brandeis as the place that 
helped them spread their wings, according to Borakove, who 
received a bachelor's degree in sociology. 

"Brandeis was less 'rah-rah' than other .schools, but much more 
intellectual. We had no idea how it would change our lives until we 
lived it," said Borakove, who played guard on the championship 
basketball ream in 1956. 

Lenore Sack '58, P'87 (left), and Judy Borakove '58 are developing 
special 50th Reunion programs for next May. The pair met this fall at 
Brandeis House in New York to begin planning for the event. 

Sack spent her freshman year at a Big Ten university. "My class- 
mates there talked about clothes and dates. 1 wanted to talk about 
life — the big questions. I found that at Brandeis. 1 was inspired by 
the faculty and students, and I still am. 

"My connection to Brandeis has been an amazing lifelong expe- 
rience," added Sack, who majored in American studies and later 
earned a master's degree from Yeshiva University and a doctorate 
from American University. 

They plan to bring that intellectual stimulation to their 50th 
Reunion activities with an engaging program that includes class 
members and other speakers. The program will focus on how the 
Class of '58 and Brandeis define themselves by reviewing the past, 
considering the present, and looking toward the future. 

"At this point in our lives, we begin to understand the journey 
we've taken and what different parts of it mean," said Sack. 
"We're very proud of our Brandeis degrees and all they meant for 
our lives." 

"We'll have a great time reconnecting at Reunion," said 
Borakove. "Our Brandeis friends are precious. We don't ever want 
to lose them." 

For more information, call Elisa Gassel at 78 1-736-4 11 1 or e-mail 
reunion l^alumni. hrandeii. edu. 

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The Ubiquitous Braudeis 

University alumni making their mark in every profession 

The reach of Brandeis University alumni 
never ceases to amaze me. 

From prime minister of Iceland to 
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times 
columnist; from AIDS vaccine researcher in 
Nigeria to accomplished physician and 
mother sitting next to me at High Holy 
Day services this past September, I am 
always, quite happily, coming across gradu- 
ates of our alma mater who remind me why 
Brandeis is such a special place. 

Of course, as president of the Alumni 
Association, I have the good fortune ot 
being in contact with alumni often, and I 
am continually struck by their commitment 
to and impact on Brandeis. But it doesn't 
stop there. In niv work, I also encounter 
alumni making their mark — from movie 
producers, playwrights, and political 
activists to advertising executives, innova- 
tors, and entrepreneurs of all kinds. Rare is 
the day when I don't see a Brandeis gradu- 
ate featured or quoted in the media. For a 

relatively small, young school, Brandeis has 
alumni with far-reaching impact. 

Many of our accomplished alumni are 
lending their expertise to the advancement 
of Brandeis by serving on the Alumni Asso- 
ciation board of directors, as alumni club 
presidents. Alumni Admissions Council vol- 
unteers, and more. And opportunities 
abound to get involved at the local level. 
Visit to learn more. 

Thanks to efforts of alumni volunteers in 
New York, Brandeis House, at 12 East 77th 
Street, recently opened its new business cen- 
ter and coffee lounge, with computer work- 
stations and wireless internet for alumni to 
use, whether they are working in the city or 
just passing through [see article on 
page 56]. The business center will provide 
yet another venue for Brandeis grads to stay 
in touch with each other and the university. 

Early in 2008, we will launch B Connect, 
the new and exciting Brandeis alumni 
online communiry. Spearheaded by dedi- 

cated volunteers, 
B Connect will 
offer online career 
services, social and 
professional net- 
working, a "My 
Page" feature, and 
much more to 
help alumni main- 
tain an easy, life- 
long connection to Brandeis. 

Your association is working hard to 
bring more alumni back into the Brandeis 
community. You needn't be on campus to 
be involved. 

I hope you will visit Brandeis House next 
time you're in New York, sign up for 
B Connect soon, and take advantage of 
your membership in this very special club 
that belongs to us all — the Brandeis Univer- 
sity Alumni Association. 

— Allen Alter 71 
Senior Producer, CBS Neivs 



Faculty in tfie Field witfi Stephen Wfilttield. 
PhD'71, professor of American studies, 
January 20, time and location to be 


Alumni Professionals Networking Breakfast, 
November 27. 7:30 to 9;00 a.m., Greenberg 
Traurlg. LLP, Boston. Hosted by Stuart 
Feldman '83, Juan Marcelino '78, and Jason 
Moreau '96. 

Celtics Game. December 2, 12:30 p.m., TD 
Banknorth Garden, Boston. 

fHoliday Reception, December 2, 4:00 to 
6:00 p.m., Rose Art Museum, Brandeis. 

Alumni Professionals Networking Event, 
January 17 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. Goulston & 
Storrs, Boston. Speakers include Dan Jick '79. 
P'09, and chief investment officer Deborah 
Kuenstner. Flosted by Doug Rosner '88. 

Downtown Lunch with professor Marl 
Fitzduff, January 30. noon to 1:30 p.m., 
Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, Boston. 
fHosted by Jeffrey Jonas '85. 

Alumni Family Basketball Day, January 27, 
noon, Gosman Sports and Convocation 
Center, Brandeis. 

Lydian String Quartet Concert, February 2, 
8:00 p.m.. Slosberg Recital fHall, Brandeis. 

Annual Holiday Celebration, December 6, 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brandeis House. 

Lecture by Deborah Blal '87 January 16. 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brandeis House. 


Faculty in the Field with Michael Henchman, 
professor emeritus of chemistry. 
November 27 Hosted by Susan Lackritz 
Kaplan '55 at her home in San Francisco. 

Breakfast with Provost Marty Krauss, 

February 7 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Napoli Room, ALUMNI CLUB OF WASHINGTON, D.C. 


Alumni and Student Networking 
Event, January 3, time and location to 
be announced. 

Avenue Q, March 15, 8:00 p.m.. Colonial 
Theatre, Boston. 


Recent Graduates Network Happy Hour, 
November 29, time and location to 
be announced. 

For a complete list of upcoming events, see 

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Michael Resnick '86 

For successful businessman, education is a way of life 

For Michael Resnick '86, education is not a means to an end. It is 
a way of life. 

"It's not just about earning a degree, " said Resnick, who recently 
joined the Alumni Association board of directors. "It is about learning 
to be flexible enough to seize opportunities." 

Now a partner and manager of new-business 
development at Blackpool Capital Management 
in Oak Brook, Illinois, Resnick has certainly 
done just that. 

After earning a bachelor's degree in politics, 
Resnick bought an open-ended plane ticket to 
New Zealand. With $200 in his pocket, he 
hitchhiked through New Zealand and Australia, taking odd jobs to 
fund a yearlong "fantastic" adventure. 

Resnick's first foray into the entrepreneurial world was as owner 
and manager of a retail venture back in Chicago, which was a les- 
son in the long hours and hard work needed to run a successful 
business. After analysis of long-term trends pointed to the end of 
the business's niche, Resnick decided to go back to school. 

While studying for the LSATs, Resnick took a part-time job as a 
clerk for a market-maker at the Chicago Board of Options 

Exchange (CBOE). He was hooked. Over the next fifteen years, 
Resnick worked his way up to a seat as a trader, and then opened 
his own business, Lincoln Trading Company. Thanks to his finely 
tuned business and trader skills, Resnick was recruited to develop 
new strategies for a $250 million fund. Recently, he joined 
Blackpool Capital Management as partner. 

"After nineteen years in 'the pits,' losing my voice, getting kicked, 
elbowed, and spit upon, I felt it was time to move forward," said 
Resnick, who has three daughters with his wife, Ellen. "My parrner- 
ship with Blackpool Capital allows me to put all my skills to work." 

Resnick credits his entrepreneurial spirit to his liberal arts educa- 
tion, which taught him to think tor himself and believe in his dreams. 

Brandeis is a family afiair tor Resnick, whose mother, Paula 
Resnick '61, served as president ot the Alumni Association board ot 
directors from 1983 to 1983. Resnick's sister, Devra '91 and two ot 
his cousins, Maria Baker Kidd '87 and Noel Rappin '93, are also 
Brandeis graduates. 

"My mother is thrilled when I am involved with Brandeis. I'm hon- 
ored to serve the school that has done so much for me," said Resnick. 
"You don't necessarily need to know where you will be tomorrow as 
long as you know where you are today." 

Mark Siirchin '78 

Corporate attorney aspires to "meaningful, balanced life' 

A self-described "poster boy for fitness," Mark Alan Surchin '78 

defies the stereotype of the briefcase-toting corporate attorney. For 

starters, he rides his bicycle to his law office at Goodmans LLP in 

.. downtown Toronto every day. He practices med- 

^^^^^^^ itation and yoga. 

m _a The husband and father of two recently com- 

m "f «Tp pleted a half-marathon, something he does every 
chance he gets. But Surchin is much more than 
a fitness buft. A heart attack at the age of forty- 
three turned his lite around, and now he is com- 
mitted to living a "meaningful, balanced life." 
"I .see my involvement on the board as part ot that balance," said 
Surchin, who was recently elected vice president of the Alumni 
As.sociation board of directors and serves as president of the Alumni 
Club of Toronto. "I was given a second chance, and 1 want to spend 
time on things that really matter — family, work, friends, and 
Brandeis, which had a huge impact on my life." 

Just seventeen when he headed to college, Surchin assumed he 
would follow in tamily members' tootsteps and attend McCill Uni- 
versity in Montreal. One ot his sisters, however, persuaded him to go 
away to school, and he remains gratetul to this day. 

"It was more typical in Canada to go to school locally, " said 
Surchin. "One of my camp counselors was a Brandeis graduate, so 
I checked it out. 1 was intimidated at first, but quickly 1 knew I'd 
made the right choice." 

As a junior, Surchin worked on (he Justice. He earned a degree in 
politics, considered a career in journalism, and then went to law 
school at the University of Ontario. 

"Brandeis was so intellectually rigorous that I actually found my 
first year of law school easier than my classmates did," said Surchin. 
"Brandeis made me think critically and be passionate." 

Surchin discovered the Brandeis Alumni Web site and saw a long 
list of alumni clubs. He was pleased to learn a Toronto club was in 
the works, and volunteered immediately. He also serves on the 
B Connect committee, which will soon launch a new online 
community Surchin believes will "bring more alumni into the tent." 

"I am very excited about B Connect," Surchin said. "It will keep 
alumni connected, help them network professionally and socially, 
and let them take more advantage of their association with Brandeis. 

"Brandeis taught me that there are many 'right' answers," he 
added. "Staying involved with Brandeis has certainly been the 
'right' answer for me." 

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The Alumni Association held rwenty-two new 
student sendoffs across the country this summer, 
welcoming the Class of 201 1 to Brandeis. The 
sendoff is often the first Brandeis event incoming stu- 
dents attend, and it helps connect them with current 
students and alumni in their hometown. The Alumni 
Association thanks all alumni and current students 
who participated in the sendoffs, particularly the 
generous hosts and volunteers who organized this 
year's gatherings. 

Cleveland/Northeast Ohio 

Club president Aryeh Dori '96 (left) hosted a 
sendoff at his home in Shaker Heights. Also pictured 
are (froi)i left) Eiran Gorodeski '97; Mairin 
O'Donnell '11, and her parents, Donna and Guy; 
Ben Zober '02, and Jessica Axel 09. 


Jolene Ri.sch-Minsky '90 and Andrew Kahn '03 

(right) chaired the Dallas sendoff Students and 

alumni took in a Frisco RoughRiders baseball 

game from a private patio. 

Greater Boston 

Ethan Davis '1 1 (left) and his parents, Ken Davis '66, 
and Alison Gilvarg Davis '73. 

University trustee Dan Jick '79 (left) and his wile, Eli/,abeth Etra Jick '81 
(right), parents of Jamie 09, hosted a sendoff at their home in Chestnut 
Hill. They are shown here with their son |osh. 

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Eli Patashnik '83 and his wife, Debbie Davis 
Patashnii< '82, welcomed Seattle-area students, parents, 
and alumni to their Bothell home. First-year students in 
attendance included (from left) Vanessa Kerr '11, Mark 
Kelly 11, Christina Luc '11, and Alexandra Luo '11. 

Westchester County, New York 

Aileen Ganz (second from right)^ her husband, David, and their 
daughters, Lisa and Julie '10 (ce>!ter), welcomed students, parents, and 
alumni to their Rye Brook home. Also pictured are Westchester Club 
president Davida Shapiro Scher '69 (lefi) and Kimberlee Bachman '08, 
Future Alumni ot Brandeis liaison. 


Club president Mark Surchin '78 (rig/jt) 

welcomed Noam Sienna '1 1 and several 

other Toronto-area students to his home. 


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Maine/New Hampshire 

Steve Carvel '73, his wife, Shelley, and their son, David '07 (right), 

hosted a sendoff at their home in Portland, Maine. Attendees 

included (from left) Noah Braiterman '11, Elizabeth Masalsky '08, 

Emily Gatzke '11, Stephanie Sapowicz '10, and Mike Morse '10. 

South Florida 

Steven Sheinman '79 hosted a sendofFat his 
Aventura home. South Florida Alumni Admissions 
Council chair Susan Eisenberg Jay '71 and club 
president Gil Drozdow '79 cochaired the event. 
Attendees included (from left) Stephanie Cohen 11, 
Amanda Kalmutz '1 1, and Sapir Karii '11. 


Washington, D.C. 

Michael Sherer '75 and his 
wife, Judy Shapiro Sherer '75, 
parents of Jeremy '10, hosted 
a sendofFat their Potomac 
home. Attendees included 
(top row, from left) Alissa 
Perman ' 1 1 , Alie Tawah 11, 
Kaamila Mohamed '11, 
Brittany Koffer 'II, Rachel 
Koffer '11, Simona Dalin '11, 
and Carly Schmand 11, 
and (seated, from left) 
Emily Leifer 11, Rachel 
GoldEirb '11, Sara Miller "11, 
and Jonah Feldman '11. 

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The Chicago sendoff was hosted by Debbie Seidner '98 and Alumni Admissions Council 
cochair Rob Seidner '98, MBA'03. Alumni Admissions Council cochair Steve Wander '97 
cochaired the event. From left: Brett Dorn 11, Jared Hite 10, Matt Urbach '11, Matt 
Kipnis '11, Ayal Weiner-Kaplow 11, Eli Miller '11, Gideon Klionsky 'II, Madeleine 
Gecht 1 1, Madeleine Huzenis 1 1, Ari Jadwin '10, Nate Hakimi '1 1, Elana Friedland '1 1, 
Rachel Sier 11, and Jung Ham 11. 


Marilena and Erik Sacks, parents of Charles 11, hosted the 
Arizona sendofFat their home in Phoenix. Club president 
Rachel Hernandez '92 chaired the event. 


Jim Leahy '8S and his wife, Mary Jo, hosted a sendoft at their 
home in Tolland. 


Monique and Daniel Greenberg, parents of Carly 11, 
hosted the Colorado sendoff at their home in Parker. 

Long Island 

Howard and Robbin Schneider 78 Gurr, parents oi Danielle 
'11, hosted a sendoff at their Dix Hills home. Club president 
Mark S. Cohen '78, P'09, also attended. 


Eric Pasternack '70 and his wife, JoAnn, parents of Rebecca 
Taurog '00, hosted a sendoff at their home in Mendota 
Heights. Alumni Admissions Council cochair Wendy 
Robinson Schwartz '79 cochaired the event. 

New York 

Alumni Admissions Council chair Danny Lehrman '64 and 
club president Doug Monasebian '84 cochaired a sendoff at 
Brandeis House. 

Northern California 

Future Alumni of Brandeis liaison Dianne Ma '09 welcomed 
area students to her home in Oakland. 

Northern New Jersey 

Larry Samuels '75 and his wife, Margie Racheison 
Samuels '75, parents of Rebecca 02 and Brian, hosted a 
sendoff at their home in West Caldwell. 

Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey 

Eileen Sklaroft '68 hosted a sendoff at her home in 
Philadelphia. Alumni Admissions Council chair Wendi 
Barish '93 was in attendance. 

Southern California 

Rana Hakhaminii '98 (/eft) hosted a sendoff at her 
Los Angeles home. Newly elected club president 
Elisha Landman '95 joined more than rwenty-five 
students and parents at the event. 


Darlene Kamine '74 and her husband. Chuck '74, 
welcomed Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Indiana 
students. Future Alumni of Brandeis liaison Katherine 
Schram '09 was also in attendance. 


Michael Kivort '87 hosted a .sendoff at his home in Houston. 

Club president Francyne Davis Jacobs '95 chaired the event. From 

left: Ad\\ Bahalim, Matt Kleiman '10, Mary Beth Schaefer '11, 

Anmiad Bahalim '04, Hannah Hofrichter '05, Michael 

Hofrichter '06, Tommy Arnott '11, and Mackenzie Gallegos '11. 

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Workiiio for AIDS Research 

Wein scholar still believes dreams come true 

Iroka Udeinya 

As a high-school student in his native 
Nigeria, Iroi<a Joseph Udeinya '76 
longed to attend an American university. 
Attracted hy reports of significant scien- 
tific advances in the United States, the 
budding biologist could only dream that 
his family could ever pay for an 
American education. Luckily, he discov- 
ered the Wien International Scholarship 
Program at Brandeis. 

"The Wien Scholars program was 

unequaled with respect to financial aid 

to foreign students," said Udeinya, 

now a professor at the University of 

^ Nigeria's School oi 

^^^^^^k Medicine. "And, 

m^^^vl^^ the best of all pos- 
^^^^^J^H sible worlds, it was 
^^^^B^^F available at Bran- 

\^fSjm J'-'is — one of the 

top universities in 
the United States. " 
Udeinya arrived 
at Brandeis wide- 
eyed. "Being at 
[brandeis in the 1970s was great," said 
Udeinya, who graduated with a bache- 
lor's degree in biology. "It was a wonder- 
ful learning environment, a small world 
of which I was a proud member. I made 
friends with people from all continents 
and learned a lot from them. The pro- 
gram engendered trust and understand- 
ing among individuals from diverse 
cultures and religions. This program 
really has made the world a better place." 

After Brandeis, Udeinya headed to 
the College of Medicine at the Univer- 
siry of West Virginia, where he earned 
a doctorate in pharmacology in 1979. 
He attributes his success there to the 
"rock-solid" education he acquired 
at Brandeis. 

Soon after, he began postdoctorate 
research at the National Institute of 
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of 
the National Institutes of Health, in 
Maryland. Udeinya was also an associ- 
ate professor at Howard University's 
College of Medicine. 

In the late 1990s, the international- 
ly respected scientist returned to Nige- 
ria in pursuit of yet another dream. 
Udeinya, the father of five children, 
had been studying the health benefits 
of an extract from the leaves of the 
native Nigerian neem tree. He posited 
that the leaves — already being used to 
successfully treat malaria — might well 
be synthesized as an effective treat- 
mcni for HIV/AIDS. 

In 2004, after much clinical 
research and many trials, Udeinya 
produced a potent anti-HIV/AIDS 
drug, which he called IRACARP. Now 
in its third phase of clinical trials, the 
promising new drug demonstrates an 
efficacy that is as good as or better 
than most of the best multidrug com- 
bination therapies used in advanced 
countries, without the toxicity or 
adverse effects. 

Udeinya, who has authored or coau- 
thored countless papers on infectious 
diseases and possible treatments, has 
received several grants and donations 
from institutions and generous individ- 
uals eager to see this dream come 
true — for him and the millions of 
HIV/AIDS patients around the world. 

"The Wien Scholars program 
opened my mind to the possibility 
that dreams really do come true," said 
Udeinya. "It certainly made my dream 
come true, and instilled in me a life- 
long obligation to assist others to real- 
ize their dreams as well. 

"For fifty years, the Wien Scholars 
program has empowered ambassadors 
for peace and understanding in our 
world," Udeinya said. "It has given 
hope and opportunity to those of the 
most humble backgrounds, people 
who have become great statesmen, 
engineers, scientists, and educators." 

For more itiformatiou dbout the Wien 
50th annivenary celebration or to 
make a gift to the program, visit 
brandeis. ediilwien. 

Brandeis House adds 
lounge, business center 

Brandeis House, the university's alumni 
facility at 12 East 77th Street in New York 
City, has added a coffee lounge and business 
center that is open to all alumni. Beginning 
November 15, the house is open Monday 
through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The lounge on the main level will offer daily 
newspapers and periodicals as well as coffee, tea, 
cappuccino, and beverages. The business center 
will provide a quiet workplace with computer 
workstations and wireless Internet for laptops. 

The Brandeis House improvements were 
made possible by the recently formed Brandeis 
House Alumni Committee. Michael Saivetz '97 
and Richloom Fabrics supplied new draperies 
and upholstery for the second-floor dining and 
meeting rooms. 

"Brandeis House is our crown jewel in New 
York," said Alumni Association president Allen 
Alter '71. "In addition to the wonderful pro- 
grams so many of us already enjoy, we plan to 
showcase the house to prospective students 
and their families. But our first priority is to 
invite alumni to visit and make use of this 
remarkable facility." 

Visitors should phone Clair Cohen at 212- 
472-1501, ext. 230, in advance of their visit. 
Other rooms in the house are available on a lim- 
ited basis for small meetings and seminars. 
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Alumni Club of Chicago 

University ot Chicago president Robert Zimmer '68 (left) and his 
wite, Terese Schwartznian-Zimmer '73, were honored guests at the 
home ot Nancy and Jim Kahn, parents ot the Alumni Club of 
Chicago president Carolyn Kahn Birkenstein '95, for the event 
Coffee and Conversation with the First Family of the University 
of Chicago. Zimmer's discussion on higher education, career 
paths, personal choices, and family life was attended by more than 
twenty-tlve alumni and friends. 

Alumni Club of Denver 

Left photo, from left: Nina Judd '65, Jackie Wiseman Starr '66, and event cochair Frani Rudolph Bickart '66 joined other Denver-area 
alumni at a picnic at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood in July. Right photo, from left: Sondra Greene "87 (with son Zachary), Sara 
Miller "01, and Herb Miller '01 were among five decades of alumni represented at the event. Genevieve Hale '94 served as a cochair. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston 

Left photo, from left: Lee Goldstein '01, Ben Schlesinger '02, and Marissa Smilowitz '03 and (right photo, from left) Igor Pedan '05, 
MA'06, Alex Amann '05, and Kelli Cooper '04 joined other Boston-area alumni in welcoming the Class ol 2007 to the Alumni Associa- 
tion at the sixth annual Tia's Happy Hour in August. The event was chaired by Carol Ortenberg '06 and drew more than hlry alumni. 

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Diana Laskin Siegal 

900 SW 31st Street, #BE339 
Topeka, KS 66611 

Every activity for the Class of 1952 is a 
first for tlie class and for the staff of 
Brandeis, and therefore is a learning 
experience for both. Always "pioneers " 
(who else would take a chance on a new 
school?), class members have been 
holding annual reunions in various loca- 
tions for several years. For their 55th 
Reunion, twenty-eight members of the 
class and thirteen spouses and friends 
returned to campus from as tar away as 
Arizona. This is a remarkable 31 percent 
ot the existing class. Class members were 
proud to see the remarkable growth of 
the university and to hear about foture 
plans. In addition to participating in the 
on-campus events, some class members 
took a bus trip to a nearby museum; 
others gathered for dinner at an Italian 
restaurant in Waltham — alas, not Saldi's. 
Since the favorite activity of the Class of 
1952 is conversation (known in our 
undergradtiate days as "bull sessions"), 
the class hopes to meet again in the fall 
of 2008 with Newport, Rhode Island, as 
a possible site. Anyone with an opinion 



Win an award? Get a promotion? 
Move cities? Have a baby? Share 
your good news with classmates 
and tellow alumni. 

Mail your news to: 

Class Notes 

MS 124, Brandeis University 

415 South Street 

Waltham, MA 02454 

You may also e-mail your news to 
your class correspondent or to, 
or complete the online form at 

about where and when to meet should 
contact me. Hopelullv, 1 will also receive 
some offers to help with the planning. 

Eileen (Dorfman) Kessler 

Randolph, Massachusetts 
Kessler is proud that her family 
now includes three generations of 
Brandeisians — herself; her daughter, 
Cheryl Kessler Katz 76; and her 
granddaughter, Rachael KatZ '09. 

Abraham Heller 

1400 Runnymede Road 
Dayton, OH 45419 


William Marsh 
5113 Castlerock Way 
Naples, FL 34112 

Elliot Aronson 
Santa Cruz, California 
See Carol Tavris '66. 

Judie Butman Shotz 

Novato, California 

See Larry Shotz '52 in "In Memoriam, 

page 76. 


Judith Paull Aronson 

838 N. Doheny Drive, #906 
Los Angeles, CA 90069 

At a midsummer lunch in Hyannis, eight 
members of the Class of 1955 gathered 
to talk about friends, food, foibles, and 
good books. In addition to me, attendees 
included Lucy Devries Duffy, Norma 
Bassett Avellar, Elaine Phillips Ostroff. 

Phyllis Ostrow Hurwitz, MFA'74, Nancy 
Mack Burman, Evi Buckler Sheffres, 
and Cheryl Bahn Dockser. If you would 
like to be on the list for next summer, 
please contact Phyllis Ostrow Hurwitz, 
our most efficient organizer. 

Lucy Devries Duffy 

Brewster, Massachusetts 
Duffy won a gold medal in the sprint 
triathlon at the National Senior Games 
sponsored by the Humana Foundation 
in Louisville, Kentucky. She also placed 
eighth in the ten-kilometer road race. "I 
was especially pleased with the medal in 
the triathlon because I had some compe- 
tition," Duffy writes. "Locally, I win in 
the tri's because I am the only one in my 
age group crazy enough to do this." 

Elaine Phillips Ostroff 
Westport, Massachusetts 
Ostroff received the annual recognition 
award at the thirtieth annual meeting ot 
AHEAD, the Association on Higher Edu- 
cation and Disability, held in July in 
Charlotte, North Carolina. The award is 
given to people who have inspired the 
U.S. and Canadian organization, and 
who are not part of the network of people 
working on university campuses piovid- 
ing services to students with disabilities. 
Ostroff was cited for her "tireless efforts in 
promoting social equit\' through design." 


Leona Feldman Curhan 

366 River Road 

Carlisle, MA 01741 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller 

1443 Beacon Street, #403 
Brookline, MA 02446 

We are still buzzing from the Reunion 
excitement, and conversations are taking 


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place among some of us who don't want 
to wait until 2012! 

Janet Cohen David 
New York City 

David writes, "I am sorr)' I missed our 
50th Reunion. I've been enjoying 
retirement from private practice as a 
psychologist and working part time 
teaching and supervising psychotherapists 
in training. I also volunteer at the 
American Museum of Natural History 
and am a zone gardener in Central Park." 

Janet Hentoff Krauss 
Bridgeport, Connecticut 
Krauss recently published Through the 
Trees of Autumn, her second collection ot 
poems. She still teaches as an adjunct 
professor at St. Basil College and at 
Fairfield University, where she received 
the 2007 Adjunct of the Year Award. 
Krauss also celebrated fifty years of 
marriage to husband Bert. 

Myrna Mitchell and Laurence 

Boynton Beach, Florida 
The couple write, "We had a great time 
renewing old friendships with our class- 
mates at the SOth Reunion. The school 
has certainly changed over the past fiky 
years — many, many more buildings. The 
students seem so young today, although I 
guess we were young when we started at 
Brandeis. Thanks for the great weekend." 


Judith Brecher Borakove 
10 East End Avenue, #2-F 
New York, NY 10021 

Make sure to save the date for our 50th 
Reunion! I hope you've already started to 
plan to attend and have received our 
initial mailing. If you haven't responded 
yet, please do to 
See you in May! 

Annette Liberman Miller, MFA'76 

Miller reprised her title role in Marthii 
Mitchell Calling, which received rave 
reviews last season (the show was named 
one of the Boston Globes Top Theater 
Picks for 2006). Earlier this year, Martha 
Mitchell Calling played at Stageworks 
Hudson in New York. It will move to the 
Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, Flori- 
da, from November 28 to December 23. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout 
7238 Brambury Court 
Sarasota, FL 34238 


Joan Silverman Wallack 
28 Linden Shores 
Branford, CT 06405 

Galia Golan-Glld (AKA Gail Greene) 
Raanana, Israel 

Golan-Gild recently published her ninth 
book, Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and 
Proposals from Oslo to Disengagement. She 
also received the Israel Political Science 
Award for Lifetime Achievement and con- 
tinues to be involved in Peace Now and 
the women's movement. She has retired 
from Hebrew University and teaches at 
the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. 

Elisabeth Lisette Messing Mayor 

Briarcliff New York 
Nayor recently won a 2007 Grinspoon- 
Steinhardt Award for Excellence in 
Jewish Education, which recognizes, 
honors, and supports outstanding class- 
room Jewish educators on the local level. 
She is a fihh-grade teacher at Bet Torah 
Religious School in Mount Kisco, and 
also works on special projects tor the 
Board ot Jewish Education in New York. 
She recently became a grandmother for 
the third time. 


Class of 1961 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 


Ann Leder Sharon 

13890 Ravenwood Drive 
Saratoga, CA 95070 

Susannah Glusker 

San Jose, California 
Glusker, daughter of the late Anita 
Brenner, an author, historian, and 
powerful voice in her native Mexico 
during the twentieth century, organized 
an exhibition, Anita Brenner: vision de 
una epoca, to mark the centennial of 
Brenner's birth. Glusker completed 
editing her mother's journals for publica- 
tion by the University ot Texas Press. 

Joan Wallach Scott 

Princeton, New Jersey 
Scott, the Harold F. Linder Professor at 
the Institute for Advanced Study at 
Princeton University, received an hon- 
orary degree from Harvard University in 
June. She is known internationally for 
writings that theorize gender as an ana- 
lytic category, and is a leading figure in 
the emerging field ot critical history. 



Miriam Osier Hyman 

140 East 72nd Street, #16B 
New York, NY 10021 

Peter Magnus 

Parker, Arizona 

Magnus will soon retire from the Indian 

Health Service, although he may do 

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alumniprofile Judith Chazin-Bennahum '58 

occasional temporary duty (locum tenens) 
in Arizona or Oregon. He has i^een mar- 
ried tor thirty years to Anne. They have 
two daughters, Sydney and Ena, and two 
sons, Sylvan and Samson. 

Michael Obsatz 
Golden Valley, Minnesota 
Obsatz received an honoran,' degree at 
Macalaster College's commencement in 
May after serving as a professor of 
education and sociology tor forty years. 
His book Raising Nonviolent Children in 
a Violent Worlet \s translated into several 
languages and is used worldwide. His 
Web site is 


Shelly A. Wolf 

113 Naudain Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Deborah Beck 

Peekskill, New York 
Beck continues to exhibit her paintings 
and prints in a variety of venues. Her 
exhibition The Flow of Nature: Paintings 
and Monot\'pes by Deborah Beck, is 
showing at the newly expanded and 
renamed Arkell Art Gallery in Canajo- 
harie, New York, through January 5, 
2008. Earlier, she had a two-person show. 
Nature and Spirit, at Goggleworks in 
Reading, Pennsylvania. And her Insights 
into Suburbia exhibition will be traveling 
to Purdue University Galler\' in West 
Lafayette, Indiana. Beck is a member of a 
number of professional arts organiza- 
tions, including the National Association 
of Women Artists, the Pen and Brush 
Club, the Westchester Arts Council, and 
the Women in the Arts Foundation. 
After retiring following many years as an 
art and drug-prevention educator and 
counselor in the New York City public 
schools. Beck now holds painting and art 
workshops for both children and adults. 
In the last few years, she has enjoyed fur- 
ther explorations into the art of plein air 
painting, which she pursued in July in 
Tuscany, Italy. In 2002, she moved from 

Dance Fever 

Even as a little girl, Judith "Gigi" Chazin- 
Bennahum '58 knew she would be a 
dancer. Tutu flouncing, twirls and leaps 
defv'ing gravity, she was spinning magic, 
powered liy the heightened energy ot talent 
fused with endeavor. 

In her earliest years, she commuted from 
Queens to Manhattan for lessons at 
Carnegie Hall, where she was exposed to 
the greatest dancers of the time. And at age 
twelve, she successfully auditioned for the 
High School of Performing Arts. Soon she 
was dancing with the Joffrey Ballet in New 
York Cir\' and at Jacob's Pillow in the 
Massachusetts Berkshires. 

To please her scholarly father, Chazin- 
Bennahum enrolled on a full scholarship to 
Brandeis, where she graduated magna cum 
laude. Then, she recalls, she threw her 
diploma at her parents and said, "This is it. 
I'm going to dance. " 

And dance she did — in companies with 
Robert Joffrey, Agnes De Mille, and the 
Santa Fe Opera Ballet, as principal soloist 
with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Com- 
pany, and in numerous modern-dance 
troupes in New York. She was invited by 
George Balanchine to join the New York 
City Ballet on its first trip to Russia. 

Love, marriage to a young physician, 
and three children (including Aaron 
'92) interrupted her dance career. But 
when her husband became a resident at the 
University of New Mexico medical school, 
Chazin-Bennahum began to teach dance 
there while also earning a master's in 
French poetry and a doctorate in Romance 
languages. She went on to become chair of 
the theater and dance department and 
associate dean of the College of Fine Arts 
before retiring from the universin,' last year. 

Over the years, Chazin-Bennahum has 
written five books, including The Ballets of 
Antony Tudor, which won her the de la 

Judith Chazin-Bennahum with her son, Aaron '92. 

Torre Bueno Prize for the best book on 
dance. She also received a lifetime excel- 
lence award from the Albuquerque Arts 

Since then, Chazin-Bennahum has 
played important roles in several dance 
organizations, served as copresident of the 
UNM Friends of Dance, and sat on the 
advisory board oi Dance Chronicle, a dance 
history journal. She is now writing a biog- 
raphy of early-twentieth-century Russian 
dance impresario Rene Blum. 

For the dance-scholar, her diverse pur- 
suits are always about expression. "I never 
was able to separate the mind and body, " 
she says. "To me, it is all one. Movement is 
an essential part of life. " 

— Marjorie Lyon 

New York City to Peekskill, where she 
lives with her husband. Bill Olson. 

Temma Kaplan 
New Brunswick, New Jersey 
Kaplan is a professor of history and 
serves as director of women's studies at 
Stony Brook University in New York. 
She published a chapter, "Gender, 
Chaos, and Authority in Revolutionary 
Times, " in Sex in Revolution: Gender, 
Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico. 


Joan Furber Kalafatas 

3 Brandywyne 

Wayland, MA 01778 

Sahadhevan AmaraSingham 
Silver Spring, Maryland 
AmaraSingham's daughter Lilamani 
married Noah Feitelbaum, son ot 
Herbert Teitelbaum and grandson of 

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former Brandeis president Morris 
Abram, on August 4 at the Full Moon 
Resort in New York's Catskill Moun- 
tains. AmaraSingham and Herbert 
Teitelbaum were off-campus roommates 
in 1964-65. 

Herbert Teitelbaum 

New York City 

Teitelbaum, a Manhattan lawyer, was 

named executive director of the New 

York State Ethics Commission. He has 

been a senior litigation partner with the 

Brvan Cave law firm since 1996. 


Kenneth E. Davis 
28 Mary Chilton Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Albert Foer 
Washington, D.C. 
Foer is founder and president of the 
American Antitrust Institute 
(, which will 
celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2008. 
He served as executive producer ot the 
institute's documentary movie Fair Fight 
in the Marketplace, which won two 
national awards and has been airing on 
PBS stations. He continues to play an 
active role in the American Civil Liber- 
ties Union. He and his wife, Esther, 
recently became grandparents for the 
third time. Their three sons, Franklin, 
Jonathan, and Joshua, are all making 
waves with their writing. 

Carol Tavris 
Los Angeles 

Tavris and Elliot Aronson '54 recently 
published Mistakes Were Made (But Not 
by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, 
Bad Decisions, and Hurtfid Acts. Both are 
well-known social psychologists. Aronson 
is a recipient of the Brandeis Alumni 
Achievement Award and was chosen by 
his peers as one of the top hundred 
psychologists of the twentieth century. 


Anne Rellly Hort 

10 Old Jackson Avenue, #21 
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 

Norm Aaronson 

After completing his twenty-eighth year 
as a clinical professor of law at the 
University of Colorado, Aaronson was 
recently appointed clinical professor 
emeritus. He is married to Evelyn Hutt 
and has four children, including 
Michael '06, who is a second-year 
student at the University of Colorado 
Law School. 

Barry Daniels 


Daniels is co-curator ot the exhibition 

Patriotes en scene: Le Theatre de la 

Republique (1750-1799), as well as 

coauthor of the exhibition's 

accompanying catalog. 

Howard Lifshitz 
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 
Lifshitz was recently honored tor twenty- 
five years ot service by his synagogue. 
Congregation Beth Jehuda, in Long 

Maria Mayer 
Lima, Peru 

Mayer recently traveled from Los 
Angeles to Miami on her way home to 
Lima from Sydney, where she was 
visiting her grandchildren. Sole Aleida, 
two months, and Max, three years. She is 
still working as an adjunct scientist at 
the International Potato Center in Lima, 
where she has received several grants. 

Deborah Dash and MacDonald Moore 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 
The couple write, "We have moved to 
Ann Arbor to take up teaching positions 
at the University of Michigan, and for 
Deborah to direct |udaic studies, leaving 
behind family, including two grandchil- 
dren, in New York City." 

Mark Shanis 
Durham, North Carolina 
Shanis has spent ten years at the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency's 
Office of Air Qualit\' Planning and Stan- 
dards, where he helps ensure "truth even 
unto its innermost parts" in the United 
States. He underwent quadruple bypass 
surgery on August 13. In April, he 
moved into a beautiful new home, where 
Brandeis alumni are welcome. 


David Greenwaid 

1920 Chestnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Randolph Becker 
Key West, Florida 

Becker writes, "A lucky set of circum- 
stances has led me to become the first 
full-time minister to the Unitarian 
Universalist Congregation of Key West, 
the best gig of my thirty-seven years in 
liberal religious ministry. My daughters, 
Lee and Suki, are all grown, married, and 
successful in their careers, and my wife, 
Elissa, easily moved her work in grief and 
loss counseling to the Keys. Ah, another 
day in paradise." 

Donald Drapkin 
Englewood, New Jersey 
On May 1 , Drapkin joined Lazard as a 
vice chairman of Lazard International 
and chairman of Lazard's Investment 
Committee. In addition to his 
investment-banking responsibilities, 
Drapkin will focus on strategic invest- 
ments and initiatives for Lazard and its 
clients worldwide. Drapkin was formcrl)' 
vice chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes 
Holdings Inc. He has served on a num- 
ber of corporate boards and is a member 
of the Brandeis board of trustees. 

Lynn Goldsmith Goldberg 

Bedford, New Hampshire 

Goldberg was among the classmates who 

attended a minircunion at the home of 

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Ann Garelick Garrick in Windham on 
May 26. Others attending were Joan 
Eisenberg, Phebe Smith, and Barbara 
Adina Collier, 

Ron Kronish 


Kronish presented a paper, "Facing Evil in 
the World Today; A Jewish Perspective," 
on liinc 26 at an international sympo- 
sitmi on Jewish-Christian relations spon- 
sored by the Focolare Movement in 
Castel Gondolfo, near Rome. The speech 
is available at, the Web site 
of the Interreligious Coordinating Coim- 
cil in Israel, which he has directed tor the 
past sixteen years. Kronish has lived in 
Jerusalem for twenty-eight years. He is 
married to Amy, whom he met in the 
kosher line at Brandeis forty years ago. 


Phoebe Epstein 

205 West 89th Street, #10-S 
New York, NY 10024 

Jo Anne Chernev Aiderstein 
Forest Hills, New York 
Aiderstein heads the immigration law 
practice at Theien, a global law firm 
based in New York. During the holiday 
season, she telecommutes from her home 
in the German Colony in Jerusalem. She 
looks forward to reconnecting with 
classmates in Israel. 

Eve Marder 

Marder, the Victor and Gwendolyn 
Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience and 
member of the Volen National Center for 
Complex Systems at Brandeis, was elected 
to the National Academy of Sciences in 
recognition of her distinguished and 
continuing achievements in original 
research. Her expertise is in neurotrans- 
mitter modulation ol neural circuits. 

Judith Tellerman 

Tellerman presented a lecture and origi- 
nal songs at a symposium on the role ot 
women in religion at the Hellenic 
Museum and Cultural Center, a national 
institution in Chicago. 

Jo Ann Wexler 

Santa Rosa, CaJilornia 

Wexler is the coauthor of Vim Oaxtica, a 

guidebook about the Mexican city where 

she spends halt the year. Her Web site is 


Charles S. Eisenberg 

4 Ashford Road 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Paul Flelsher 

Richmond, Virginia 

Fleisher recently published "Food Webs," 
his latest science series for young people. 
The six titles in the series are Ocean, 
Tundra, Forest, Desert, Lake and Pond, and 
Grassland. Each book in the series looks at 
interrelationships among organisms in 
their particular environment and discusses 
human impacts on the specific environ- 
ment. Fleisher has written more than 
three dozen books for young people and 
educators, mostly on subjects of 
science and nature study. He retired from 
teaching gifted students in the Richmond, 
Virginia, public schools in 2005, and now 
works at the Richmond Peace Education 
Center. Fleisher also offers workshops for 
educators and presentations for students 
at schools, libraries, and conferences. His 
recent works include Parasites and Mind 
Builders (2006), Evolution and The Big 
Bang (2005), the five-volume series 
"Secrets of the Universe" (2001), and 
Brain Food(\9')7), a compilation of 
thinking games. Fleisher's books are avail- 
able at, as well as 
through other bookstores and online 
booksellers. For more information, visit or e-mail 

Haile Menkerios 
Bronx, New York 

Menkerios was appointed assistant 
secretary-general tor political affairs by 
United Nations secretary-general Ban 
Ki-moon. Menkerios, of the East 
African nation of Eritrea, served previ- 
ously as the deputy special representa- 
tive of the secretary-general for the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
From 2003 through 2005, he was 
director of the Africa I Division in the 
UN's Department of Political Affairs. In 
2002, Menkerios served as senior advis- 
er to the special envoy of the secretary- 
general to the Inter-Congolese dialogue, 
and assisted the special envoy on all 
aspects of the mediation process prior 
to the signing of the Global and All- 
inclusive Agreement on December 17, 
2002, in Sun City, South Africa. He has 
also represented the Eritrean govern- 
ment as ambassador to Ethiopia and the 
Organisation ot African Unity; special 
envoy to Somalia and the Great Lakes 
region; and permanent representative to 
the United Nations. 

Marjorie Silver 
New York City 

Silver, a professor of law at Touro Law 
Center in Central Islip, is a contributing 
author and editor of The Affirmative 
Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a 
Healing Profession. In January, Chief 
Judge Judith S. Kaye of the New York 
State Court of Appeals named her to the 
board of trustees of the New York State 
Lawyers Assistance Trust. 


Richard Kopley 

608 W. Hillside Avenue 
State College, PA 16803 

I am professor of English at Penn 
State-DuBois, teaching both American 
literature and composition. I am revising 
a book about Poe's Dupin tales, titled 
Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries. 
As president-elect of the Nathaniel 

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Chasing the Cosmos 

While compiling linguistic riddles — toying 
with et)'mological pairs such as "mortgage" 
and "mortician," and "pencil" and 
"penis" — for his 2006 word-play 
Words of a Feather, Murray 
Suid "64 became obsessed. 

As he investigated "cos- 
metics" and "cosmos" — both, 
it turns out, stem from the 
Greek word for "order" — he 
was intrigued by a reference 
to an eighteenth-century 
British law under which 
women who "seduced men 
into matrimony by a cos- 
metic means ' would be tried 
as witches. Suid (rhymes with 
"fluid") spent days tracking 
down an expert. 

It turned out the law was never passed, 
Suid learned before the book went into 
print. By then, he was off and running on 
his next obsession. His jobs — teacher, film 
producer, author, software developer, pro- 
fessor, and screenwriter, among others — 
are almost incidental to his passion, which 
is investigating quirky topics that capture 
his imagination. 

Suid has published more than two dozen 
books on subjects ranging from politics to 
marriage to spelling. His most popular, 
Hoiv to Be President of the U.S.A., is a step- 
by-step explanation for middle schoolers of 
what it's like to hold down the job of leader 
ot the free world. 

Part of what fuels Suid's life work is his 
Brandeis education. Politically left-wing 
and intellectually curious, Suid says he and 
Brandeis have a lot in common. "Because 
of Brandeis, I learned how to learn. I telt 1 
could dream big," he says. 

Armed with a psychology major and a 
minor in English, Suid launched his career 
teaching at a free-spirited school in western 
Massachusetts, where a student's interest in 
filmmaking sparked his own passion for 

movies and storytelling — a passion that 
grew throughout his life. 

At age forty-eight, after working in a 
panoply ot educational and editorial posi- 

tions across the country, Suid applied to 
UCLA's film school. He was rejected. He 
read books on screenwriting, took classes, 
and applied again. The fourth time he 
applied, he was accepted, becoming the 
film school's oldest student. He wrote six 
screenplays while earning a master's degree, 
and five more since. In all, six have been 
optioned, and one — Summer of the Flying 
Saucer — has been shot; it may hit the silver 
screen in 2008. 

Suid recently founded Point Reyes 
Pictures, an independent movie company. 
At age sixty-five, he is one of the few mem- 
bers of his graduating class still pursuing 
the grueling profession. 

Though semi-retired, Suid still treats 
every project, whether a screwball comedy 
or — like his latest project — a book about 
how to use engineering principles to 
improve your personal life, as seriously as it 
it could change the world. 

"I'd like to think that my work might 
change the world," Suid says, "or at least 
improve it somewhat by making people 

—Deborah Halber '80 

He hopes that everyone enjoyed getting 
the address labels with the association's 
new "Louie" logo, and he is looking 
torward to the launch of B Connect, 
which will be a great new Web resource 
tor Brandeis alumni. 

Carol (Arnoff) Asher 
Rehovot, Israel 

Asher married Leon '70 after her second 
year at Brandeis. In 1974, they moved to 
Rehovot. She received a doctorate in bio- 
chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of 
Science and continued to work there as a 
staff scientist after her post-doc. She has 
four children, Yael, Gila, Nava, and 
David, all of whom are married. She has 
seven grandchildren and two more on the 
way. Ashet enjoys playing flute in the 
Rehovot Chamber Orchestra, attending 
concerts and operas, and traveling around 
the world. 

Mark Gary Blumenthal 

Knoxville, Tennessee 
Blumenthal has been married to Mindy 
Goldberg for nineteen years. They have 
two daughters, Hila, eleven, and liana, 
eight, and two cats. He is a physician with 
the Tennessee Department of Health and 
on the faculty at the University of 
Tennessee. Blumenthal writes, "We are 
still health-nut vegetarians, very physically 
fit. I've become a competent master's level 
athlete in my late fifties, and Mindy keeps 
winning more track awards the older she 
gets. I'm the house's kosher gourmet chef 
(every physician needs relaxing hobbies, 
and everybody's got to eat), Macintosh 
guru, and photographer. I still daven with 
a minyan on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, 
and Shabbat, and we'd be Shomer Shabbat 
if it were at all realistic. I still sing two-plus 
octave baritone, and Mom (living in Boca, 
of course) still tells me I'd make a great 
chazzan." Blumenthal's e-mail address is 

Hawthorne Society, I am organizing the 
Hawthorne Conference, to be held at 
Bowdoin College in June 2008. My wife. 
Amy Golahny '73, is professor of art his- 
tory at Lycoming College. Our daughter 
Emily is beginning a doctorate in English 
at Stanford University, and our son Gabc 

is finishing his undergraduate degree in 
English at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Allen Alter 

New York City 

Alter became president of the Brandeis 

University Alumni Association in July. 

Lee Friedman Brice 

Albany, New York 

Brice writes, "After many years of teaching 
children with special needs, I became the 
education director of Congregation Gates 
of Heaven in 200 1 . 1 am also enjoying my 
three grandsons." 

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Sally Broff 
Carlsbad, California 

BrofF recently retired as president after ten 
years of co-owning and operating SEA- 
Comp, which imports liquid-crystal 
displays and contract-assembly services 
ftom a Chinese manufacturer. She is 
enjoying her retirement through travel and 
yolunteering as a business counselor \yith 
SCORE, a national organization of 
experienced business professionals who 
counsel new and expanding businesses. 

Linda Burke 
Randolph, Massachusetts 
Burke has taught math at Canton High 
School for the last thirrv' years. She has 
three grown children, [essica, Allison, and 
Lee. During the summers ot 2006 and 
2007, she trayeled to Israel, where she vis- 
ited Sated and Metulla. She also sweated 
in Tiberias to see the tombs of Rabbi 
Akiya and Maimonides, and prayed for 
her ailing parents at the Wall in Jerusalem. 
Burke says she would welcome hearing 
from classmates at 

Somasundar Burra 

New Delhi. India 

Burra writes, "I visited Brandeis in |une, 
along with my son, Arudra '00. 1 was 
visiting the United States with my wite 
because both our sons were graduating 
from different institurions. It was 
wonderful to go back! I was a civil servant 
from 1974 until 1993, when I got fed up 
and joined a not-for-profit, working on 
issues of urban poverty. I am based in 
Mumbai, and 1 would love to meet any 
classmates visiting India." Burra's e-mail 
address is 

Cathy Yudell Comins 
Passaic, New Jersey 
Comins is president of Yours & More 
Same-Day Decor and is a certified mem- 
ber of the Interior Refiners' Network. 
She is also a member of the Special 
Accounts Team, Customer Service, at 
Office Depot. She has been married to 
David Comins, a classmate Irom seventh 
grade, tor twent\'-nine years, in 2000, 
they became Torah-observant Jews and 
sanctified their new litesryle with an 
Orthodox Jewish wedding, getting 

remarried after twenty-one years 
together. Comins was led back to her 
Jewish roots as a result other participa- 
tion in Overeaters Anonymous, which 
she now considers an essential part ot 
her life. She has been very involved in 
crafts and enjoys knitting. She is also 
active in her community and spear- 
headed a project called "Celebrate Sal" 
to honor a fabulous bus driver. She looks 
forward to having more time to commit 
to volunteer work, pursuing various cratt 
interest, and enjoying her garden. She 
also hopes to have more time to leatn, 
especially in Israel, as well as to travel 
with her husband. 

Jill Combler Danger 


Danger writes, "I have lived in Paris for 
nearly thirty-four years. Atter doing 
photography and painting, I opened my 
restaurant in Paris in 1978. I am now a 
freelance journalist, manager of musicians 
(jazz, blues, chansons trani;aises, etc.), and 
sculptress (I had a show in October). For 
the last few years I have been a Brandeis 
rep for College Day here. I am so proud 
to represent Brandeis!" 

Susan Williams Goodwin 
Kingwood, Texas 

Goodwin continues as a teference librarian 
at Kingwood College, a community 
college in greater Houston. She recently 
published her fourth book, 99 Jumpshms 
for Kids' Research: Social Sciences, which she 
co-authored with a fellow librarian. 

Marcle Schorr Hirsch 
Belmont, Massachusetts 

Hirsch manages a boutique management- 
consulting firm along with Lisa Berman 
Hills '82. Hills and Hirsch worked 
together when Hirsch ran the Hiatt Career 
Center at Brandeis, and Hills later ran 
Hiatt herself Their firm, HirschHills 
(, works with a wide array 
of clients on issues of organizational devel- 
opment and strateg)'. Because their clients 
are in different sectors, their work is con- 
stantly changing and challenging. Hirsch 
writes, "I feel fortunate to have the world's 
best business partner and think out part- 
nership has been greatly enhanced by our 

shared histor)' as Brandeis students and 
staff." Hirsch and Hills have written Roads 
Taken on strategic career planning tor 
women and were recently featuted in Back 
on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at- 
Honie Moms Wljo Want to Return to Work. 

Jeffrey Hyams 

'West Hartford, Connecticut 
Hyams is a pediatric gastroenterologist 
and a world-respected expert in his field. 
He is director of digestive diseases and 
nutrition and the Center for Pediatric 
Inflammator)' Bowel Disease at 
Connecticut Children's Medical Centet. 
He and his wife, Debra, are the proud 
parents of one-year-old Alex. 

Joyce Kamanitz 

West Hattfofd, Connecticut 
Kamanitz is a psychiatrist in her fifteenth 
year ot private practice. She attended 
medical school at the University of 
Connecticut at age thirty-five after 
finishing pharmacy school at UConn. 
Her husband, Tom Feldman, is an adult 
gastroenterologist. His eldest daughtet, 
Sara, is getting married in Octobet, and 
his youngest is testing herself in New 
York in advertising. 

Mark Kaufman 
Swampscott, Massachusetts 

Kaufman writes, "After eleven years at a 
nonprofit educational research-and- 
development organization, I left last 
summer and have recently completed a 
year as principal of the Hanscom Middle 
School, part of the Lincoln public 
schools, at Hanscom Air Force Base. My 
Brandeis classmate Randy Sherman 
Davis is principal of Hanscom Primary 
School, and we arc having a great time 
working together. The last time we did 
that was in the Waltham Croup summer 
program in 1970." 

Judy Davis Marcus 

St. Louis Park, Minnesota 

Marcus is program coordinator tor the 
Twin Cities Jewish Healing Program in 
Minneapolis, and has recently published 
a book, Jewish Spiritual Companion for 
Medical Treatments, in collabotation with 
the National Center tor Jewish Healing. 

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The book offers words of wisdom in the 
form of prayers, psalms, and ancient and 
modern reflections for those going 
through the journey of medical treat- 
ment as well as for family members, 
friends, clergy, and health-care profes- 
sionals. This new guide helps alleviate 
the loneliness and apprehension that can 
often accompany illness and medical 
treatments. The prayers and reflections 
offered in this book bring together the 
rich spiritual resources of the Jewish 
tradition and the wisdom of ancient and 
contemporary Jewish voices, alongside 
contemporary wisdom on health and 
healing. To obtain a copy, contact 
Marcus ( or visit 

Victoria Free Presser 

White Plains, New York 
Presser is the public information officer 
for the Scarsdale School District. In her 
spare time, she serves as an at-large 
member of the Jewish Reconstructionist 
Federation Board of Directors. 

Neysa Pritikin 

Silver City, New Mexico 
Pritikin writes, "I moved to a small town 
in southwest New Mexico fifteen years 
ago and love it. I am a home-mortgage 
consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mort- 
gage, so I can do mortgages anywhere in 
the United States (a plug for getting in 
touch with me if any Brandeis graduate 
needs a mortgage). I remain happily sin- 
gle, full of vim and vigor. Silver City is 
'mananaland' in the Gila Wilderness and 
a wonderful place to visit. " 

Richard Punzo 
Trenton, New Jersey 
Punzo received the Congressional Medal 
of Distinction from the National 
Republican Congressional Committee. He 
serves as president and chief executive offi- 
cer of Richardson Global, an international 
training and consulting firm focused on 
leadership development, project-manage- 
ment training, and cross-cultural training. 
He was cited for his support of improve- 
ments in the global business environment, 
outstanding leadership in business, and 
contributions to the local economy. 

Ronnie Boxstein Riceberg 

Sarasota, Florida 

Riceberg moved to Sarasota in 2004 and 
teaches gifted third-grade students at 
Phillippi Shores Elementary School. In her 
"spare" time, she performs with the 
Sarasota Jewish Chorale. 

Philip Rubin 
Fairfield, Connecticut 
Rubin writes, "I am married to Joette 
Katz '74. Our biggest news relates to 
our children. Our son, Jason Rubin, grad- 
uated from the University of Pennsylvania 
in 2006. He spent the past year as a corps 
member at City Year Philadelphia, where 
he tutored high school students in math, 
science, and English and worked on after- 
school and other programs. He finished 
with City Year in June and spent the sum- 
mer building houses and doing other vol- 
unteer work at Hands On Gulf Coast in 
Biloxi, Mississippi. Jason began his studies 
at the Tufts University School of Medi- 
cine in August. Our daughter, Samantha 
Katz, lives in Brooklyn, New York, where 
she is a senior at the Pratt Institute. This 
summer she worked at an advertising 
agency in Manhattan. Joette is in her fif- 
teenth year as one of the seven justices on 
the Connecticut Supreme Court. She is 
once again teaching a course on ethics 
and litigation at Yale University School of 
Law. I am the CEO and a senior scientist 
at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, a 
nonprofit research institute that does 
what we call 'the science of the spoken 
and written word' — basic research on 
speech and reading and their biological 
underpinnings. I am also an adjunct 
professor in the Department of Surgery, 
Otolaryngology, at Yale University School 
of Medicine and a research affiliate in the 
Department of Psychology at Yale. I 
recently had a show of some of my 
photography. Wall Art: Photographs of 
Urban Art, at the Discovery Museum and 
Planetarium in Bridgeport." 

Janis Abrahms Spring 

Westport, Connecticut 
Spring is a clinical psychologist in private 
practice in Westport, specializing in 
issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. 
She is the author of two books, After the 

Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding 
the Trust When a Partner Has Been 
Unfaithfid and How Can I Forgive You^ 
The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not 
To. She is also a grandmother to one- 
year-old Phoebe. 

Jason Sommer 

St. Louis 

Sommer writes, "My latest book, Wang 
in Love and Bondage, published in 
March, is a collaborative translation with 
Hongling Zhang. It's the first appearance 
in English of work — three novellas — by 
the late Wang Xiaobo, widely regarded as 
one of the most important figures of 
twentieth-century Chinese letters, and a 
master of black humor about the 
Cultural Revolution, among other 
matters. My 2004 book, The Man Who 
Sleeps in My Office, still gets me invita- 
tions to read around the country, with 
some inexplicable geographic concentra- 
tion below the Mason-Dixon Line. I also 
was in the South in July for my seventh 
annual stint teaching at the Sewanee 
Young Writets' Conference and a reading 
at the Sewanee School of Letters." 

Steven Swerdlow 

Swerdlow is running his growing 
hematopathology division at the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical 
Center. He writes, "My experience with 
presidential politics has been limited to 
being now the past president of the 
Society for Hematopathology and 
current president of the Pittsburgh 
Pathology Society. At least it means I 
don't have to do battle with real heavy- 
weights, and I can't be blamed for the 
sorry state of our country. My career 
has led to people being willing to schlep 
me places around the world, so I 
haven't become totally provincial." 

Hedy Wermer 
Amherst, Massachusetts 
Wermer has lived in Amherst for the past 
fifteen years. She has a part-time clinical 
psychology practice in Northampton, 
working primarily with adults and older 
adolescents. In addition to doing clinical 
work, for the past eight years she has been 

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on the ethics committee of the Massachu- 
setts Psychological Association. She is 
married to Ben Branch, a professor of 
finance at the University of Massachusetts. 
Her son, Adam, is twenty and a junior 
majoring in physics at Yale. 

Sue Tabbat Wurzel 
West Newton, Massachusetts 
After nearly three decades as a psycholo- 
gist, Wurzel now works as a visual artist. 
Visit her Web sites, www.petportraitsby and 

Dvora Yanow 
Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Yanow's 2003 book. Constructing "Race" 
and "Ethiiicity" in America: Category- 
Making in Public Policy and Administra- 
tion, recently received its second award, 
the Herbert A. Simon Book Award from 
the AiTierican Political Science Association. 



Dan Garfinkel 

2420 Kings Lane 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Nancy Katzen Kaufman 

Swampscott, Massachusetts 
Kaufman, executive director of the 
Jewish Community Relations Council of 
Greater Boston, received a Woman of 
Valor Award from Jewish Funds for 
Justice. "I am delighted to be honored 
by an organization that recognizes the 
need to change the nature of the power 
balance between the haves and have-nots 
in our midst," Kaufman said. Kaufman 
is a past recipient of the Brandeis 
Alumni Achievement Award. 

Scott Richmond 
Swampscott, Massachusetts 
Richmond and his Brandeis roommate, 
Marty Kanner, are launching "Boom- 
Dates," an Internet-based dating service 
for the baby-boom generation. 

George Kahn 

11300 Rudman Drive 
Culver City, CA 90230 

I began work on my sixth album on 
September 4. The project, titled Under 
the Covers, will contain original composi- 
tions as well as unique cover versions ol 
'70s hits that are rarely done in a jazz 
version. Songs by Cream, Pink Flovd, 
Bill Withers, and the Beatles will be 
featured. The album is scheduled for 
release on Playing Records in early 2008 
and will be available from Internet 
record stores and by digital download 
through many sites, such as iTunes. 

John Edison 

Stanwood, Washington 

Edison was chosen as Firefighter ol the 

Year for Camano Island Fire and Rescue. 

Amy Golahny 

State College, Pennsylvania 

See 1971 class correspondent Richard 


Barry Gesserman 

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 
Gesserman is vice president of sales 
and marketing and chief operating 
officer at First Flavor in Bala Cynwyd. 
He comes to First Flavor after rwenr\' 
years with the Campbell Soup Co. in 
various marketing and sales roles. First 
Flavor uses edible film technology 
(similar to breath strips) to enable food 
and beverage companies to include the 
sense of taste in their advertising com- 
munications. Gesserman is interested in 
reconnecting and networking with 
former classmates and can be reached at 

Daniel Rosen 

Bellevue, Washington 
Rosen was recently appointed executive 
chairman at Neah Power Systems, a 
leading developer of fuel cells for mili- 
tary applications, notebook computers. 

and portable electronic devices. He has 
been chairman of the board of directors 
since 2000 and is also a member of the 
technical advisory board. As executive 
chairman, Rosen serves as the primary 
spokesman for Neah. 

Albert Spevak 

Pacific Palisades, California 

Spevak produced the PBS special Last of 

the Breed, starring Willie Nelson, Merle 

Haggard, and Ray Price, which began 

broadcasting in August as a pledge 

fundraising program by PBS stations. The 

special was taped in Chicago in March. 

Paul Trusten 

Midland, Texas 

Trusten serves as public relations director 
for the U.S. Metric Association, a 
national nonprofit organization founded 
in 1916 to promote the U.S. changeover 
to the metric system of measurement. 
He is also secretary and a founding 
member of the Pharmacy Alliance, an 
international organization committed to 
improving working conditions in the 
pharmacy profession. 


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MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Joel Fiedler 
Moorestown, New Jersey 
Fiedler was promoted to clinical 
professor of pediatrics in the Division of 
Allergy and Immunology at Children's 
Hospital of Philadelphia, Universit)' of 
Pennsvlvania. He is also president of the 
Philadelphia Allergy Society. 

Benjamin Green 

Stamford, Connecticut 

See Paula Berkowitz Green '75. 

Joette Katz 

Fairfield, Connecticut 
See Philip Rubin '71. 

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Caroline Leavitt 

Hoboken, New Jersey 
Leavitt is an award-winning novelist 
and screenwriter who has seen four of 
her eight novels optioned for screen and 
has written the script for two. Now, 
along with novelist Leora Skolkin- 
Smith, she is in the process of adapting 
for the screen Skolkin-Smith's prize- 
winning novel Edges: O Israel, O 
Palestine. The novel, a mother-daughter 
story set against the changing borders of 
Israel and Palestine during the 1940s 
and 1967, is in development and is 
slated to be fdmed on location in 
Jerusalem. Leavitt is married to writer 
Jeff Tamarkin and has a young son, 
Max. She can be reached through her 
Web site ( 

Carl Sealove 

Los Angeles 

Sealove was music director for the hit film 
Superbad and is now working on the next 
Judd Apatow film. 


Class of 1975 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Barbara Alport 
New York City 

Alpert joined the New York City 
Teaching Fellows in 2001 after a long 
career as a book editor and writer. She 
earned a master's degree in education 
from Lehman College (CUNY) in 200.3 
and taught fourth-grade writing and 
K-5 at a South Bronx school in one of 
the poorest areas in the country. She is 
now a literacy coach at the East Harlem 
Tutorial Program, where she trains 
tutors, writes curriculum, coaches staff in 
lesson planning and delivery, and pro- 
vides assessment in reading and math for 
the several hundred children served by 
this award-winning K-I2 program. 
Alpert continues to help supervise the 
New York Cirv Marathon finish line, 

which she has done for more than a 
quarter-century, and also volunteers with 
the New York City Ballet. 

Paula Berkowitz Green 

Stamford, Connecticut 
Green writes, "Our daughter, Ali, will 
be attending Brandeis as part of the 
Class of 20 11. She is spending the fall 
semester at Tel Aviv University and then 
will start Brandeis as part of the midyear 
class. It's hard to say who's more excited 
about this-Alli or my husband, Ben '74, 
and me. " 

Alisa Belinkoff Katz 
Los Angeles 

Katz and Malka Alpert Young were 
roommates at Brandeis and again on the 
Ms. Magazine Cruise to the Western 
Caribbean in February. Katz lives in 
Los Angeles, where she is the top aide to 
a local elected official. Young lives in 
Sudbury, Massachusetts, and serves as 
the communal services manager at Jew- 
ish Family Service of Metrowest. Katz's 
husband of almost thirty years, Howard, 
is a lawyer and housing developer; her 
son, Louis, twenty-seven, is a stand-up 
comedian; and her daughter, Leora, 
twenty-five, is a student at the Universit)' 
of Southern California School of Social 
Work. Young's husband of almost thirt)' 
years is a cardiologist; her daughter Eve 
is a women's studies major at Tufts 
University, and her daughter Sarah is a 
sculpture major at Rhode Island School 
of Design. Katz and Young would love 
to hear from friends and classmates at and 

Beth Anne Wolfson 
Dedham, Massachusetts 
Wolfson is a member of the 
Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor 
and Employment Law Section Council's 
committee, which meets with the offi- 
cials of the Massachusetts Department ol 
Labor as it considers approaches to best 
meet the needs of the public and the bar. 
She is a former chair of the council and 
a professor at Bentley College. 

Malka Alpert Young 

Sudbury, Massachusetts 
Young received the Goodman Award, 
the Associarion of Jewish Family and 
Children's Agencies' signature award for 
program innovation, in April in New 
York City. Young, manager of communal 
services of Jewish Family Service of 
Metrowest in Framingham, leads the 
team that developed Kesher 13. The 
program represents the best of commu- 
nity organizing, mobilization of volun- 
teers, and participatory action in the 
service of connecting isolated Jewish 
elders in community facilities with youth 
and families in synagogues. 


Beth Pearlman 

1773 Diane Road 

Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Thanks to those who wrote to express 
sadness at the sudden passing of two of 
our classmates, Jeff Pomeranz and Eric 
Shapiro, which was announced last 
issue. That makes it feel even more 
important to stay in touch, so please 
keep everyone up-to-date through "Class 
Notes" and personal communication. 

Laurie Gilbert Albert 
Newton Square, Pennsylvania 
Abert is the synagogue administrator for 
Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist congre- 
gation in Fort Washington. 

Jun-Phot Chuasai 

Chuasai writes, "I am now in Bangkok, 
working as managing director of Leader- 
ship Management International. I turned 
fifty a year ago. To mark the milestone, 
1 walked a thousand kilometers from 
St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago 
de Compostela, in Spain. I did it to raise 
funds for cataract operations. I was able 
to help six hundred underprivileged peo- 
ple in Thailand receive free operations. I 
have one son, sixteen years old, who is a 
secondary school student in the UK." 

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alumniprofile Lauren Stiller Rikleen '75 

Bruce Heiman 

Bethesda, Maryland 

Heiman writes, "After twenty-seven years 
of policy law and lobbying at the 
Washington, D.C., office of Preston 
Gates Ellis (with an interruption to serve 
as legislative director tor former U.S. 
senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan), I 
have changed law firms — sort of. 
Actually, Preston Gates merged with 
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson 
Graham to form Kirkpatrick & Lockhart 
Preston Gates Ellis. K&L Gates, as the 
firm is now known, has 1,400 lawyers in 
twenty-two cities on three continents. I 
am the co-practice area leader for the 
firm's policy and regulatory practice and 
a member of the firms management 
committee. The last tew months have 
been special in other ways as well. My 
elder daughter was accepted to her first- 
choice college (my other daughter is a 
high school freshman). My wife (a recov- 
ered ex-lawyer) tlnished coauthoring 
See Whiit You Can Be, an inspirational, 
motivational book for 'tweens on 
possible careers, to be published by 
American Girl this tall. " 

Raina Chamovitz Rosenberg 


Rosenberg writes, "My news from 
Jerusalem is that a winter of treatments 
for breast cancer is behind me. My 
husband, Zvika, our daughters, Maia and 
Tamar, and I are all well. After her army 
service, Maia backpacked through India, 
work in the United States, and back- 
packed through South America. She 
started university in the fall. Tamar is 
finishing high school and then will go on 
to her army service. I am blessed with an 
incredible family and a return to health. " 

Jay Spieler 


Spieler writes, "I've been a stockbroker 
most of my adult life, the past eleven 
years at Oppenheimer & Co. in Miami, 
where I am an executive director of 
investments. My wife of more than 
twenry-five years, Lucie, recently left 
teaching to join Florida Grand Opera, 
where she edits and contributes to the 

Law Review 

Lauren Stiller Rikleen '75 wrote the book 
on succeeding in the demanding world ot 
law firms. Now she hopes to help others do 
the same. 

A senior partner with Bowditch & Dewey 
in Massachusetts, Rikleen last year published 
Etiding the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to 
Women's Success in the Law, a primer on ways 
to make the profession more inclusive. 

"I think law is behind other workplace 
sectors in responding to the needs of its own 
talent pool," Rikleen says. "One ot my 
hopes tor why the profession has to change 
is that you have a generation coming to the 
workplace saying, 'I'm not going to live the 
kind of life you expect me to live, which 
means sacrificing everything in order to suc- 

Soon after she joined Bowditch in 1988, 
Rikleen, who already had an infant son, 
gave birrh to a second child, a daughter. At 
first, she found herself one ot several moth- 
ers with young children who worked in 
firms Trying ro juggle rhe commitments of 
work and parenthood. But betore long, she 
was one of just a handful in that situation. 

"I saw so many women make heroic 
efforts to successfully work and raise a fam- 
ily — and then ultimately feel they had to 
give up, " she says. 

She found out why after she became 
president ot the Boston Bar Association in 
1998. Conducting research for a task force 
on professional challenges and family 
needs, she found women reported experi- 
encing gender bias once they had children, 
often being relegated to the worst assign- 
ments. They also complained about lack of 
mentoring and meaningful part-time 

opportunities as well as the burden of the 
billable-hours system, which rewards inef- 
ficiency and "face rime." 

Working to facilitate change, Rikleen 
recendv launched the Bowditch Institute 

tor Women's Success. The institute offers 
workshops for professional women to help 
them get better assignments, generate more 
business, and cultivate mentors while main- 
taining flexibility for a satisfying family life. 
In addition, Rikleen consults with law 
firms and other business organizations, 
interviewing employees and reviewing poli- 
cies that impact women in the workplace. 

Rikleen credits her own success to the 
support and flexibility of her firm and her 
husband, Sander, also an attorney. Of 
course, she's also worked hard, often from 
home at night. 

"You're always feeling tugged," she says, 
"but one tenet I tried to live by as my kids 
were growing up is that I would never sac- 
rifice their needs for my work." 

— Lewis I. Rice '86 

program notes and manages subscriber 
systems. Our son William turned 
twenry'-four, graduated from 
Georgetown Law and was married to 
Shahrzahd Farzaneh this spring. They're 
living in Alexandria, Virginia, and 
working at the U.S. Patent Office. 
David, twenty-one, continues his stud- 
ies at the Learning Experience School 
and has starred his first paying job 
through the Hope Center. Frederic, 
nineteen, is an honors student at the 
University of Florida majoring in elec- 
trical engineering and playing guitar on 

the open-mike scene in Gainesville. 
Aside from my day job, my most daunt- 
ing task has been taking on the presi- 
dency of Beth David Congregation, 
Miami's oldest synagogue. The good 
news is that all the meetings have 
forced me to break from my long-held 
habit of working until 6:30. I should 
have discovered this before!" 

Corinne Varon-Green 
Swampscott, Massachusetts 
Varon-Green coordinates bilingual and 
English language acquisition programs 

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for the Cambridge public schools. In 
2004, she graduated from Harvard with 
a doctorate in education. Also in 2004, 
she married Richard Green, owner of 
Massage Therapy Works in Davi.s 
Square, Somerville, and bought a house 
in Swampscott. She continues pro- 
ducing visual arts and participating in 
group exhibitions. 

Marc Wine 
Potomac, Maryland 
Wine coauthored his first book on 
health care. Medical Informatics 20120: 
Quality and Electronic Records through 
Collaboration Open Solutions and 
Innovation. This is a breakthrough book 
for the health-care industry, government, 
and consumers that presents the new 
road map to transforming health care 
driven by consumer empowerment and 
information technology. Wine was 
appointed to the faculty of the 
Department of Health Services Manage- 
ment and Leadership at the George 
Washington University School of Public 
Health in 2005. He teaches health inlor- 
mation technology (IT) systems manage- 
ment and develops the universit}' health 
IT education program. After twenty-five 
years with the U.S. Department of 
Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., 
he is working in IT collaboration 
across governments. 


Fred Berg 

145 Fourth Avenue, #19-C 
New York, NY 10003 

Steven London 
Sharon, Massachusetts 
London has joined the Boston office 
o{ Pepper Hamilton as a partner. A 
corporate and securities lawyer with 
more than twenry-five years of experi- 
ence, he was previously a partner 
in the corporate group at Brown 
Rudnick Berlack Israels. 

David Nesson 

Morristown, New Jersey 
Nesson was recently honored for his 
eighteen years of service as spiritual leader 
at Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael 
in New Jersey. He was ordained at Jewish 
Theological Seminary in 1983. He is 
married to Ellen and has two children, 
Leora, twenty-three, and Willie, nineteen. 


Valerie Troyansky 

10 West 66th Street, #8J 
New York, NY 10023 

Mel Stoler 

Brookline, Massachusetts 
Stoler has worked for the Massachusetts 
Department of Mental Health since 
1982 and currently serves as the assistant 
director of children's services for the 
metro Boston area. In August, he 
completed his twenty-first annual 
Pan-Mass Challenge two-day bicycle ride 
to raise money for the Jimmy Fund of 
the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Stoler 
and his wife, Karen, have two sons, 
Adam, a sophomore at Skidmore 
College, and Ari, a junior at Brookline 
High School. 

Douglas Wray 
Fairfield, Connecticut 
Wray writes, "Last year, I continued to 
play bass with singer-songwriters Sloan 
Wainwright and Ben Arvan, touring 
with Wainwright and appearing regularly 
with Arvan at the Bitter End and the 
Baggot Inn, both in Greenwich Village. " 


Ruth Strauss Fleischmann 

8 Angler Road 

Lexington, MA 02420 

Charles Alexander 

New York City 

Alexander joined the faculty at Berklee 
College of Music as an associate 
professor and is teaching all aspects of 
music production and engineering. He is 
also an adjunct instructor at New York 
University's Clive Davis Department of 
Recorded Music. As an artist, producer, 
and engineer, he has a client list that 
includes himself as Prince Charles Alexan- 
der, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, 
Diddy, Alicia Keys, the late recording 
artists Notorious B.I.G. and Luther Van- 
dross, and many more. Although he has 
garnered three Grammys and more than 
forty platinum records, his proudest 
achievement occurred this spring when he 
was informed that his eighteen-year-old 
son was accepted to, and is attending. 
Harvard University as a member of the 
Class of 201 1. On top of that, a second 
marriage took place on October 7 to his 
fiancee, Candice Coggins. His mother 
recently had cancer surgery, and all 
thoughts and prayers are welcome at Alexander has 
also reunited with his twenty-seven-year- 
old daughter from a previous relationship 
and her three-year-old son. From the 
Eden Ahbez composition "Nature Boy," 
made famous by Nat King Cole in 1948 
(the year Brandeis opened its doors), 
Alexander quotes the following lyrics as 
his life's mantra: "The greatest thing 
you'll ever learn is just to love and be 
loved in return." 

Richard Jaffee 

Weston, Connecticut 
Jaffe writes, "In 2004, after a twenty- 
two-year career on Wall Street at 
Citicorp, Bear Stearns, and Goldman 
Sachs, I left to begin a new stage. We 
moved from New York to Weston, 
Connecticut, which we re enjoying very 
much. I've recently started a company 
that will offer products for the educa- 
tional market, and I would love to hear 
from any alumni involved in this 
industry ( My 
kids are great: Laura is a high school 
senior, soon applying to colleges, Ben is 
in tenth grade and is taller than me, 
and Mikey is starting sixth grade." 

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Ashley Blick '98 and Ben Sternberg 

Sujan Talukdar '96 and 
Jonathan White 

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Sharon Lichten and Alexander Barnett 

Monica Harris and Steve Susel 

Joshua Slovin and Marci Raschal 

Jonathan Tunick and Amy Paul 

Amanda Golden and Peter Charles 

Yfat Reiss and Bradley Howard Gendell 

Karen Haberlin and David M. Wilson 

Jessica Weiss and Michael Schwartz 

Aimee Cegelka and Benjamin Herman 

Danielle Friedman and Adam Dehner 

Hope Frisch and Jeremy Kalin 

Jessica Kopito and Harris Giddings 

Sujan Talukdar and Jonathan White 

Amanda Mayer and Gregory Alexander Robbins 

Dina Rovner and Aharon Hadid 

Aleksey Tsalolikhin and Natasha Kelly 

Ashley Blick and Ben Sternberg 

Alexander Heckler and Tiffany Zientz 

Alexis Hirst and Richard Ludwig 

Abrah Salk and Mark Zion Jr 

Ron Kami and Mollie Gordon 

Joshua LeRoy and Sara Jones 

Alayne Manas and Daniel Birnhak '01 

Michelle Rubino and John McSweeney 

Joshua Sunshine and Dara Neuman 

Jennifer Weiner and Bryan Kaczmarek 

Joel Christensen and Shahnaaz Nistar 

Allison Cohen and Erik Sylvin '99 

Amy Leichtner and Dan Deutsch 

Karen Lerner and Brad Chelin 

Meaghan Morrison and Morgan Rudolph 

Noaa Rahav and Marc Stoler 

Rachel Zitsman and Andrew Messinger 

Dana Kaplan and Jake Rubin 

Yanna Krupnikov and Adam Herman '04 

David Zaikin and Jessica Miller 

Rochelle Heller and David Silver 

Mara Michaels and Daniel Braunfeld 

Rachel Weber and Ephraim Pelcovits '02 

Heidi Bornstein and Eric Pound '99 

Valerie Cacace and Matthew Sharpe 

Amanda Davis and Brad Fernandes 

Rachel Kostegan and Adam Jussaume 

Rebecca Rowlands and Peter Sylvaind 

Leila Bilick and Reuben Posner 

Shanna Nussbaum and Dave Goldstein 

Karen Schreiber and Daniel Zwillenberg 

Brian Snyder and Bella Zaslavsky 

Lea Antolini. MFA'02, and Charles Lid 

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August 12 

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Michael Lichtenstein 

Bethesda, Maryland 

Lichtenstein and Larry Levy ran the 

Long Island Half Marathon together in 

May. They kept up their spirits (and 

aging bodies) by recalling the good times 

at Brandeis. 

Steven Sheinman 
Aventura, Florida 

Six friends and former Brandeis room- 
mates traveled to Costa Rica recently to 
celebrate their fiftieth birthdays together. 
While at Brandeis, the six were members 
of the intramural basketball team OK-Bye. 
They were the topic of a recent Justice 
ardcle written by Lauren Ehrlich '10. In 
addition to Sheinman, the other members 
ofOK-Bye are Alberto Kriger, Marc 
Ehrlich, Gilbert Drozdow, David Kessler, 
and Neil Petchers. 


Lewis Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
Richboro, PA 18954 

Joan Hantman 

Belmont, Massachusetts 

Hantman graduated from nursing school 

and is now a registered nurse. 

Lisa Hirsch 
Oakland, California 
Hirsch writes, "I left Documentum last 
November after eight years there as a 
technical writer. I'm now at Google, 
documenting the Google search appli- 
ance and Google mini (Google is a great 
company to work for). I earned my 
nidan in Danzan-Ryu jujitsu in 2001, 
and plan to open my own jujitsu dojo 
soon. I'm singing in a new chorus with a 
great director. My partner. Donna 
Odierna, received a doctorate from the 
LJniversity of California-Berkeley School 
of Public Health last year. She's now a 
postdoctoral fellow at the University of 
California-San Francisco. ' 

class notes 

Peggy Levitt 

Concord, Massachusetts 
Levitt is department chair and associate 
professor of sociology at Weilesley 
College and a research fellow at Harvard, 
where she directs the Transnational 
Studies Initiative. Her new book, God 
Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the 
Changing American Religious Landscape, 
was published in July. 

Steven Skulnik 

New York Ciry 

Skulnik is joining the litigation practice 

group of the New York office ot Squire, 

Sanders & Dempsey. 

Benson Zoghlin 

Hilton, New York 
Zoghlin writes, "My wife, Mindy 
(Platzeker), and I enjoyed a visit from 
Ruth Assaf Nataf (all the way from 
Paris); her husband, Roger; and rwo of 
their children, Jonathan and Leah. We 
last saw Ruth on a European trip in 
1984 following grad school. Mindy and 
Ruth reconnected by e-mail recently. 
Ain't technology grand? We celebrated 
two graduations in 2007, Rachel from 
Vassar and Jacob from Hilton High 
School. Rachel is living and working in 
D.C., and Jacob is at Haverford College. 
Mindy and I are in our third year of 
making wine, the perfect blend of sociol- 
ogy and science. We hope our Brandeis 
friends can come by for a taste!" 


David J. Allon 

540 Weadley Road 
Wayne. PA 19087 

Sol Bernstein 

Upper Montclair, New Jersey 
Bernstein has joined the legal depart- 
ment of Amalgamated Bank in New 
York City as first vice president and 
assistant general counsel. He had previ- 
ously been in private practice, most 
recently as a banking partner at Herrick 
Feinstein. He and his wife, Risa Janoff 

Bernstein '80, have three sons, Benji, 
fourteen, Ari, thirteen, and Coby, 
eleven. Sol can be reached at 

Larry Coen 

Coen won an Elliot Norton Award 
(Boston's Tony) as outstanding actor for 
his performance in Miss Witherspoon. He 
was recently named the new artistic 
director of Boston's City Stage Company, 
which uses theater to overcome barriers 
tor underserved audiences. City Stage 
travels to neighborhoods, charges no 
admission, and partners with social 
service agencies and community centers. 
For information, visit www.cir)' 

Dianne Cutillo 

Adams, Massachusetts 
Cutillo won the Owen J. McNamara 
Award for Excellence in Writing from 
the New England Society for Healthcare 
Communications for her speech 
"Rededication of the Putnam and Had- 
den Buildings," written for the CEO ot 
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 
Cutillo is marketing and public relations 
manager at the medical center, which is 
based in Bennington, Vermont. 

Lisabeth Fisher DiLalla 
Carbondale, Illinois 

DiLalla has been made a full professor at 
the Southern Illinois University School 
ot Medicine. She writes, "I was invited 
to give rwo presentations in Portugal last 
December — what a wonderful trip! My 
son is about to begin college at St. Louis 
Universit)'. How time does fly. " 

Jeannie Finkel 
Agoura Hills, California 
Finkel joined TCW Group as managing 
director of human resources. She has 
more than twenty-five years of human- 
resources and organizational-development 
experience. At TCW, she directs the 
creation and execution of a wide range 
of strategies to attract, retain, and 
develop talent. She also oversees com- 
pensation structures, along with equity 
and benefit strategies. TCW Group 
develops and manages a broad range ot 

innovative, value-added investment 
products that strive to enhance and 
protect clients' wealth. 

Barbara Cohen Wankoff 
Hillsdale, New Jersey 
Wankoflf, national director of workplace 
solutions at KMPG, testified June 20 
before a subcommittee of the House 
Education and Labor Committee chaired 
by U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey. 
She spoke about the family-friendly 
policies that she manages for KMPG and 
how they benefit both the firm and the 
employees. Wankoff and her husband, 
David, have two children, Eric, 
seventeen, and Rachel, fourteen. 


Ellen Cohen 

1007 Euclid Street, #3 
Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Brian Donahue, MA'93, PhD'95 
Weston, Massachusetts 
Donahue was among the five recipients 
of the 2007 River Steward Award, which 
honors organizations and individuals 
who help to preserve and protect the 
watershed of the Sudbury, Concord, and 
Assabet rivers. Donahue, an environ- 
mental studies professor at Brandeis, 
wrote an award-winning history ot the 
Sudbury River Valley in colonial times. 
He is a cofounder of Land's Sake, a 
nonprofit community farm in Weston. 
He also leads an annual history paddle 
along the Sudbury River, which was 
once the agricultural heart ot the 
Sudbury River Valley. 

Lisa Barman Hills 

Newton, Massachusetts 

See Marcie Schorr Hirsch '71. 

Rika Levin Reisman 

Ossining, New York 

Reisman was named director of marketing 

and public relations at the Jewish 

Education Service ot North America. 

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Lori Berman Gans 

46 Oak Vale Road 

Newton, MA 02468 

Wow, and I always thought 25th 
Reunions were for the old folks! Who 
knew? Here we all are, a quarter-century 
out of college, with various personal and 
professional milestones and accomplish- 
ments under our belts, and though we 
may have matured, surely we haven't 
aged!?! Well, enough about me, how 
about you? Be sure to put June 6 to 8, 
2008, into your book, BlackBerry, or 
whatever other device you prefer these 
days, and plan to come back to Brandeis. 
If you've never come to a reunion, or 
have lost touch with every one of your 
old friends, or doubt that anyone has 
noticed your absence, think again. We 
want to see you. Meantime, check in by 
sending a Class Note to let us know 
what you've been up to, and when a 
classmate calls to ask you to support the 
25th Reunion Class Gift, please take the 
call and respond as generously as you 
can! See you in June. 

Gary Cohen 

Westport, Connecticut 
Cohen has left Gillette after eighteen 
years to become senior vice president 
of marketing at Playtex Products in 
Westport. Cohen, his wife, Carolyn, 
and their four daughters moved from 
Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Westport 
in August. 

Pearl Tendler Mattenson 
West Orange, New Jersey 
Mattenson writes, "After twenty-five 
years as a professional/consultant in 
Jewish education, I have taken a 
luxurious left turn and am now 
practicing as a certified life and leader- 
ship coach. The accomplishments of my 
clients inspire me every day as they make 
choices and changes that rejuvenate their 
lives and enable them to better serve our 
world. 1 coach on the phone, so it gives 

me precious time for our boys, Avi, who 
is starting high school this year, and 
Akiva, who is in seventh grade