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Spring 2008 Volume 28, Number 1 



Mail Call 



Do women count? 


Take 5 

Bruce Magid, dean of the Brandeis 

International Business School. 


Innermost Parts 



Leapin' lemurs! 



Dance fever. 



Reeling them in. 




Class Notes 

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

Photo Finish 

Hail to the (former) chief 







Brandeis without Borders 

If all the world's a stage, the Wien International Scholarship 
Program has spent the past half-century rehearsing some of 
its featured players. By Theresa Pease 

The Other Side of War 

An interview with Robert L. Gallucci, PhD74, dean of the 
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown 
Universir)'. By Theresa Pease 

BUNWC Begins a New Chapter 

At the sixry-year mark, a venerable coterie of Brandeis 
flmdraising volunteers takes on a new aim and a new name. 
By Judy Rakowsky 

Destination Istanbul 

An international mix of graduate and undergraduate students 
enjoy Turkey, with all the fixings. By Sue Rardin 

special sections 

Development Matters 
Alumni News 

Cover illustration by Laura DeDonato. 


Love at First Nibble 

Alex the African Grey, who, through Irene 
Pepperberg's remarkable and creative investi- 
gations, taught all of us so much about the 
"smartness" of parrots, was nicely eulogized 
in " Hope Is a Thing with Feathers" [Fall '07] . 
The remembrance, however, contained one 
statement I wish to amend: "AJex always 
perched by his trainer, clearly preferring her 
over others and certainly over strangers." 

My wife and 1 had the privilege of visiting 
Alex in 2004 in his home in the Foster 
Animal Research Facility at Brandeis, at the 
invitation of one of his student trainers, Lara, 
who was taking a course with me at the time. 
Under the guidance of Lara, Alex enthusias- 
tically showed us his ability to recognize 
objects ("key") and colors, and also to count. 
Then Lara remarked that Alex seemed to pre- 
fer men and seemed to like me, and that if I 
held out my hand "he might climb up onto 
your shoulder." He did, nuzzled my ear. 

Subsequent events happened in 
moments. He began excitedly to parade 

up and down my outstretched arm, 
bobbing his head, rocking from side to 
side, lifting one foot, then the other, mak- 
ing gentle squeaky "cooing" noises. Lara 
and my wife were laughing uncontrollably, 
but Lara managed to say, "He's trying to 
mate with you!" 

She retrieved Alex and returned him to 
his perch. He was having none of that. He 
immediately returned to my arm, contin- 
ued his display, and then, well, 1 think he 
attempted to mate with my shoulder. It was 
love at first nibble. 

OK, he may not have been that smart, but 
through the patient efforts of persistent 
investigators like Dr. Pepperberg, he, as well 
as other creatures like individual crows, dol- 
phins, and chimpanzees, have shown us that 
we humans are not the only smart animals 
on Earth. Alex was a remarkable bird; in the 
unity of nature, he was one of us. 

— Chandler Fulton 
Professor Emeritus of Biology 





An Invitation to Apply for the Position of 



Biandeis University 

Brandeis University seeks a visionary, scrategic-minded int-ormation leader as 
Chief Information Officer. This is a highly visible position on the Brandeis 
senior leadership team and an outstanding opportunity to lead the integrated 
information resources, hbraries, and technology activities ol one ot the 
nation's most distinguished universities. 

Reporting to the Executive Vice PresidentyChief Operating Officer and 
the Provost, the Vice President and Vice Provost for Information Technology 
and Libraries/Chief Information Officer (CIO) has responsibility for all 
information services activities, including technology infrastructure, adminis- 
trative systems, academic and instructional technology, user support, and 
university libraries. The CIO heads a 1 lO-person organization through three 
directors, the Chief Technology Officer, Chief University Librarian, and 
Chiet Information Security Officer. The LTS FY08 annual operating budget 
is approximately $12 million plus a $4 million capital budget. 

The ideal candidate will be a proven information technology leader who 
brings significant experience in university or research environments and is 
knowledgeable in the full spectrum of technology issues spanning infrastruc- 
ture to digital information. Candidates must be adept at collaborating with a 
broad range of constituencies and managing by influence and must possess 
the maturity and intelligence to operate in a demanding intellectual environ- 
ment. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in a relevant 
field, ideally the PhD, is strongly preferred. 

Brandeis University has 
retained Isaacson. fvliUer. a 
national executive search firm, 
to assist with this important 
search. AIL inquiries, nomina- 
tions/referrals, and resumes 
w/ith cover letters should be 
sent electronically and in 
confidence to: 

Vivian Brocard, Vice Presideni 

Elaine Wilmore, Senior Associate 

Isaacson, Miller 

334 Boylslon Street, Suite 500, 

Boston. MA 021 16 

E-mail: 3 582^^'i 

Brandeis University is an 
Affirmative Action. Equal 
Opportunity Employer and 
encourages applications from 
women and minorities. 

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u n i V e r s i t V m a " a z i n e 

Senior Vice President 
for Communications 

Lorna Miles 


Ken Gornstein 


Theresa Pease 

Art Director 

Eson Chan 

Science Editor 

Laura Gardner 

Staff Writer 

Marjorie Lyon 

Production Manager 

Tatiana Anacki '98 


Mike Lovett 

Class Notes Editor 

Julia Pollack 

Contributing Writers 

Adam Levin '94. Marsha MacEachern. 
Dennis Nealon. MA'95, Carrie Simmons 

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Brandeis University 


Do Women Count? 

It's time to hold the mainstream media accountable. 

By E. J. Graff 

In 1999, on the fiftieth annivetsary of the signing of the 
Universal Declaration ot Human Rights, feminist legal 
scholar Catherine MacKinnon published a provocative and 
now-famous essay asking, "Are women human? " If they are, she 
asked, whv aren't systematic violations of women's lives — sex traf- 
ficking, bride burning, domestic violence, "selling" of child brides, 
mass wartime rapes — treated as violations of human rights? 

Nearly a decade later, the world is still waiting for a solution. 
Among the factors that contribute to this oversight is the way 
women are portrayed (or not portrayed) in the news media. The 
news is supposed to deliver an accurate snapshot of our world, with 
all its important problems, issues, and players. It women are not 
revealed as part of our shared human reality, how can women's 
problems be treated as such? And so I am adapting MacKinnon's 
title slightly, to ask: In the news media, are women shown in full, 
as active and important parts of the world — or are we missing, mis- 
represented, or marginalized? In short, do women count? 
In the news media, the answer is: not as much as men. 
Consider the findings from "Who Makes the News, " a report 
issued every five years by the Global Media Monitoring Project 
(GMMP). In 2005, after groups in seventy-six countries examined 
almost 13,000 news stories and 26,000 news sources, GMMP pub- 
lished this conclusion: "The world we see in the news is a world in 
which women are virtually invisible. " Their analysis shows that 
only 21 percent of news subjects — the people who are interviewed 
or whom the news is about — are female. In global news, the proj- 
ect found that men constituted 83 percent of experts and 86 per- 
cent ot spokespersons. In stories on politics and government, only 

14 percent of those interviewed or portrayed are women; in eco- 
nomic and business news, 20 percent. When women do make the 
news, it is as "stars " — celebrities or princesses — or as background: a 
woman on the street, a neighbor, an eyewitness, or the voice of pop- 
ular opinion. Women are more than twice as likely as men to be 
portrayed as victims and more than three times as likely to be iden- 
tified by family status — for example, as wife, daughter, or mother 

To put it another way, women are mainly shown as having families 
and feelings and sexualities and bodies and problems. Men are shown 
to have authority and expertise and power and knowledge and money. 
Next time you watch a report about an earthquake or a tamine, 
think about which sex is speaking about the geology or weather pat- 
terns . . . and which sex is crying over the dead body, or is the dead 
body. What does that say about women's place in the world? 

Similar statistics have been collected in the United States. 
Bearing in mind that women make up 52 percent of our popula- 
tion and 47 percent of the civilian workforce, you may be surprised 
to know that in a 2005 study, the Pew Research Center's Project for 
Excellence in Journalism found that out of 16,800 news stories 
from forty-five different American news outlets — broadcast, print, 
and Web — more than three out of four news stories included male 
sources. Only 30 percent included even a single female source. 
Only in lifestyle stories did women show up in more than half the 
stories. Statistics were worse on cable news and on PBS NewsHour, 
where just 19 percent of stories cited a woman. That same year, a 
women's group called the White House Project determined that 
only 14 percent of the guests on the Sunday-morning public-affairs 
TV shows are female. 

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Could it be that women don't count in 
part because it's men who are doing the 
counting? Studies have shown that women 
represent only 2 1 .3 percent of news directors 
at U.S. television stations and 24.7 percent 
ot news directors at radio stations. At the 
nations most influential intellectual and 
political magazines, the articles are written 
overwhelmingly by men. A 2005 study by 
the Columbia journalhm Revieiv found that 
at the Atlantic the male-to-female ratio was 6 
to 1; the Neu' Yorker, 3.5 to 1; New York 
Times Magazine, about 2.5 to 1; Foreign 
Affairs, 6 to 1 ; and the New Republic, 8 to 1 . 

Why is this important? Because the news 
purports to be objective, to tell it like it is. 
The media help create our image of the 
world, our internal picture ot what's normal 
and true. And when the news is being writ- 
ten by men about men, a significant part of 
reality is missing from view. 

For example, consider the fact that the 
gender wage gap — what full-time working 
women make compared to what full-time 
working men make — has stayed at around 
77 cents to the dollar since 1993. That's fif- 
teen years in which women have made no 
progress toward financial equality. 

What explanation are the news media 
most likely to offer for the wage gap? 
Women don't make more money because 
they want to stay home with their babies. 

You have probably read those stories — the 
mommy-war stories, the opt-out stories. The 
reportorial method involves finding a few of 
the writer's college friends, ten women who 

also went to Princeton or Yale and whose hus- 
bands are now investment bankers (or some- 
thing financially comparable). Academic 
researchers find that, typically, these elite 
women have taken a few years off as an 
extended maternity leave, as working women 
traditionally do when their families can 
afford it. But the writer declares a new and 
significant trend of women "opting out" of 
the workplace. These articles are bad 
reporting: they're anecdotal stories from a 
nonrepresentative group, flagrantly ignoring 
the actual data from the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, which show no such flood of 
women abandoning work for home. 

Why does this matter? Because the news 
media are ignoring the fact that a large num- 
ber of working women — women who need 
the money to help support their families — 
can't break into better-paying jobs because 
of active discrimination, job segregation 
("women's jobs" and "men's jobs"), and 
severe sexual harassment. Instead, the news 
media are covering women's economic prob- 
lems as personal (women just want to stay 
home and be moms), while they cover men's 
economic problems as political (good union 
jobs are disappearing because of globaliza- 
tion or rising health-care costs). 

By ignoring women's real lives and instead 
offering up myths as if they were facts, the 
news media do real damage. If the news 
media report on the wrong problem, public 
policy is less likely to deliver the right solu- 
tion. And when women aren't in the news, 
the news is inaccurate, slanted, and biased. 

The news media's failure to report fully 
and accurately on issues related to women 
and their lives is why Brandeis's Schuster 
Institute for Investigative Journalism 
launched its Gender & Justice Project, a 
"beat" devoted to covering the unreported 
and underreported issues facing women 
and families. Just one reporter dedicated to 
women's lives is not enough, but it's a start. 
To follow our coverage, please go to our 
Web site, 
And let's make sure women count. 

E. J. Graff, a resident schoLxr at the Brandeis 
Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), is 
senior researcher at the Schuster Institute for 
Investigative Journalism, where she directs the 
Gender & Justice Project. She collaborated 
with former Massachusetts lieutenant gover- 
nor and Brandeis WSRC resident scholar 
Evelyn Murphy on the book Getting Even: 
Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men — 
and What to Do About It (Simon & 
Schuster/Touchstone, 2005). 

Brandeis University 



Brandeis University is accepting 
nonninations for the inaugural Joseph B. 
and Toby Gittler Prize, which recognizes 
individuals who have made outstanding 
contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or 
religious relations. 

Nominees should submit the following materials by April 15, 2008: 

• A nominating statement not to exceed 1,000 words 

• Candidate's biography and curriculum vitae 

• List of candidate's relevant scholarly articles and publications 

A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the winner during a spring 
awards ceremony on the Brandeis University campus. 

A program description, guidelines, and application form are 
available online at or by writing: 

Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize 
Attn: Dr. John Hose 
Brandeis University 
415 South Street, MS 100 
Waltham, MA 02454 




Brandeis University "s a 
private, coeducational, 
and nonsectarian institution 
of higher learning and 
research located in 
Wallham, Massachusetts. 
Its 3,200 undergraduates 
and 2,000 graduate 
students are drawn 
from 50 states and 100 
countries Its faculty of 360 
includes nationally and 
internationally recogni7ed 
teachers, scholars, 
and researchers. 


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Bruce Mas^id 

Dean. Brandeis International Business School 

Bruce Magid, the Manin and Ahuva 
Gross Chair in Financial Markets and 
Institutions, has served as dean of the 
International Business School (IBS) since 
July 2007. He previously served as dean of 
the College of Business and founding dean 
of the Lucas Graduate School of Business at 
San Jose State University. 

1. You're Jewish, born and educated in 
the Boston area, have a background 

in global economics, and are bilingual. 
When you looked at the job description 
for IBS dean, did you get the idea it was 
written for you? When I saw the actual 
job description, I showed it to my wife 
and to my closest academic colleague, and 
they both said to me that this is about a 
99.9 percent bull's-eye. It's almost eerie how 
it was exactlv in line with my background, 
my passion, and my vision for business- 
school education in a global world. 

2. When you accepted this job, you 
observed that IBS "is well on its way to 
joining the top echelon of international 
business and finance schools." What has 
to occur for that to happen? There are 
four key ingredients to success. The first was 
achieved when we became accredited by 
AACSB [the Association to Advance Colle- 
giate Schools of Business] International. The 
second is a branding and marketing cam- 
paign. We have a very strong program, but 
we need to be more visible, and we have to 
differentiate the brand. The third is to 
capitalize on the fact that we're a part of 
Brandeis and what Brandeis stands for. That 
gives us a unique position in the world in 
terms of our stated goal of transforming 
students into professional managers, com- 
munity leaders, and global citizens. Finally, 
we need to be better connected to the cor- 
porate world and have more vibrant partner- 
ships with top-tier overseas universities. 

3. You at one time worked in Venezuela, 
a country politically estranged from the 
United States. Is it important for the two 
countries to enjoy good relations? It's not 
only important, it's critical. We really need 
to understand that the Western Hemisphere 
shoiJd be close economic and political allies 
of ours. The next administration is going to 
have to take a hard look at Venezuela and 
the potential impact on political, economic, 
and financial stability in the region. 

4. You're known to be a tireless worker. 
Former colleagues tell about receiving 
e-mails from you that were written at 

three in the morning. How do you main- 
tain such a hectic schedule? If you're 
passionate about what you do, you work 
on this adrenaline. I'm fortunate in the 
sense in that I love what I do, and if I wake 
up in the middle of the night with an idea, 
I want to share it with somebody else. 

5. If you had two weeks to spend 
anywhere in the world, where would 
you go? I'd probably go down to South 
America and visit Buenos Aires, Uruguay, 
and Chile. They're beautiful areas with 
absolutely charming people. 

— Ken Gornstein 

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Bernstein Festival takes center stage April 9-15 

Art Attack 

Visitors to the 2008 Leonard Bernstein Fes- 
tival of the Creative Arts, scheduled tor 
April 9 to 15 on the Brandeis campus, will 
find themselves immersed in a unique and 
interactive artistic atmosphere. 

Highlights include a performance 
by Catch a Rising Star of Dvorak's 
Symphony no. 6 in A Major and 
Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin (April 
1 0, 8:00 p.m., Slosberg Music Center); a 
performance of Lost in the Stars by the 
Brandeis University Chorus and 
Chamber Choir (April 9, 8:00 p.m., 
Slosberg Music Center); and a tour of the 
Empires and Environments exhibition at 
the Rose Art Museum led by curators 
Margaret Evangeline and Dominique 
Nahas (April 12, 2:00 p.m.). 

The festival, founded in 1952 by the late 
American composer and Brandeis faculty 
member Leonard Bernstein, is the culmi- 
nation of a year of fine arts, music, and the- 
ater arts at Brandeis, which hosts some three 
hundred arts-related events each year. 

"The festival celebrates not only my 
father's artistry and teaching, but the 
value of intellectual achievement, creative 
excellence, and social responsibilit)' that he 

held so dear," said Alexander Bernstein, son 
of the late composer. 

In recognition of Bernstein's lifelong com- 
mitment to engaging young people in the 
arts, the festival will host an afternoon of 
free performances, family and children's 
events, art exhibitions, and demonstrations 
on Sunday, April 13. These include: 

• Children's Theater: Three acclaimed pro- 
fessional Boston companies will bring new 
children's adaptations of classics The 
History and the Adventures of Tom Thumb 
(City Stage Company of Boston), A Mid- 
summer Nights Dream (Shakespeare Now!), 
and Cyrano (New Rep on Tour), Shapiro 
Campus Center. 

• Sol y Canto concert: The sextet will per- 
form Afro-Latin dance songs and ballads, 
2:00 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. 

• A Cappella Fest: Ten Brandeis a cappella 
groups line up for a single vocal feast, 
8:00 p.m., Slosberg Music Center. There 
is a suggested donation of $5, with pro- 
ceeds benefiting mental-health charities. 

All festival events are handicapped acces- 
sible and most are free and open to the pub- 
lic. For complete information, visit 

Sol y Conto will perform a free concert on Sunday. April 13, in the Shapiro Campus Center. 

Rising Star 

Kurtzer named inaugural 
Bronfman Visiting Chair 

Yehuda Kurtzer, who is widely recognized 
as a rising star among Jewish scholars, has 
been named the first winner of Brandeis 
University's Charles R. Bronfman Visiting 
Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation. 

Kurtzer, who has previously held the 
Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the 
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Human- 
istic Studies, is completing a PhD at 
Harvard University. He received the unani- 
mous support of the Brandeis faculty selec- 
tion committee for a project titled " Ihe 
Sacred Task of Rebuilding Jewish Memory." 

More than two hundred people from 
around the world entered the competition 
for the chair, which carries with it two years 
of salary, benefits, and research assistance. 
The winner is expected to teach one course 
each semester at Brandeis and deliver lectures 
or seminars based on a project, but the bulk 
of the chairholder's time will be set aside for 
research and writing. The book that results 
from this effort will be pulished and promot- 
ed bv Brandeis Universin' Press. 

Men's, women's hoops 
advance to postseason 

For the sect)iid consecutive season, lioih ihe 
men's and women's basketball le.iins 
advanced to the N(]AA Division III post- 
sea.son playoffs. Ihe men. led by fourth- 
year coach Brian Meelian, adx.inceil lo ihe 
third round before lx)wing out to Amherst 
t'ollegc, 6S-55, in Platisburgh, New York. 
File women, coached by C^arol Simon, lost 
in the second round to Kean tlniversiiy, 
95-61, in Union, New Jersey. 



Former president Bill Clinton fields a question from Brandeis president Jetiuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

Clinton Honors an Old Friend 

Former president delivers inaugural lecture named for Eli Segal '64 

Former president Bill Clinton took time to 
honor the legacy of an old friend in Decem- 
ber when he delivered the inaugural lecture 
of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program 
at Brandeis's Gosman Sports and Convoca- 
tion Center. 

Segal '64, who died in 2006 of mesothe- 
lioma, a form of cancer, served in both 
Clinton administrations during the 1990s. 
He established and oversaw the AmeriCorps 
and Welfare-to-Work programs. 

The Segal Leadership Program, housed at 
the Heller School, is designed to entourage 

new leaders to engage in a lifetime of citizen 
service and serve as a platform to promote 
community service and citizen leadership. 

"[Segal] had a quality rare in public serv- 
ice," Clinton told a crowd of some five thou- 
sand Brandeis students, faculty, and staff. "He 
was a genuine social entrepreneur who could 
take a vision and turn it into a reality. " 

Noting that "we live in a world where 
active citizen involvement is required," the 
former president urged the audience to help 
fight poverty, global warming, inadequate 
health care, and substandard education. 

"People come [to the United States] to be 
free and develop to their potential," Clinton 
said. "To continue these inequalities makes it 
impossible to preserve that ideal." 

Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, who 
introduced Clinton, led a question-and- 
answer session following the former presi- 
dent's talk. He asked Clinton if he had any 
presidential aspirations — at Brandeis. "If you 
do," Reinharz deadpanned, "1 can work it 
out with the board of trustees." While 
acknowledging the job would "be tun," 
Clinton said, "I like the life I have now." 

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Campaign for Brandeis nears $770M goal 

Closing In on History 

Thanks to recent gifts from the Shapiro and Mandel families, the 
$770 million goal fr)r The Campaign for Brandeis is within sight. 
Through February 29, the most ambitious fundraising initiative in 
university history had received $750 miUion in cash and pledges, 
97 percent of the way toward meeting the target by June 30, 2009. 










Gifts of at least $20 million 

Endowed professorships established 

Gifts from alumni of between 
$1 million and $10 million 

Percent of the way to reaching the 
campaign goal of $770 million 

Endowed undergraduate scholarships 
and graduate fellowships established 

Gifts received since the start of 
the campaign 

Square feet of new and renovated 
building space 

The campaign success is emblematic of the new era of philan- 
thropy that Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD72, has 
charted since taking the helm of the university in 1994. 

"This a remarkable testament to the enduring commitment ot 
alumni, friends, parents, and members of the National Women's 
Committee to Brandeis," Reinharz said. 

"The success of the campaign has helped impiove Brandeis's aca- 
demic standing, transform the campus physical plant, and put the 
institution on strong financial footing," said Nanov' Winship, P'lO, 
senior vice president of institutional advancement. 

Campaign highlights include: 

• The funding of thirty endowed faculr\' chairs in HekK ranging 
from neuroscience to fine arts. 

• Hundreds of new undergraduate .scholarships and graduate-stu- 
dent fellowships. 

• The establishment of the Crown Center tor Middle F.ast Studies, 
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Stcinhardt Social Research 
Institute, SiUerman Center for the Advancement oi Philanthropy, 
Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, and Schuster 
Institute for Investigative Journalism. 

• Construction of the Carl and Rtith Shapiro Campus Center, 
Irving Schneider and Famih' Building, Abraham Shapiro Academic 
Complex, and Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. 

• Construction now under way on the Carl J. Shapiro Science Center 
and a new residential complex. 

New Web site touts university's strengths, successes 

Smart Thinking 

The universit)' launched a new Web site in 
December aimed at positioning Brandeis as 
one of the nation's premier liberal-arts 
schools with a strong research focus. 

The new home page features an animated 
slideshow that trumpets Brandeis as "The 
Smart Choice." Each panel of the slideshow 
plays off the word "smart" — "Smart 
Thinking" touts the university's outstanding 
faculty, for example, and "Smart Growth" 
promotes the new $175 million science cen- 
ter under construction. 

The offices of communications and 
library and technology services, which over- 
saw the redesign, are now in the process of 
helping some two hundred academic and 
administrative offices, as well as the univer- 

sity's research centers and institutes, convert 
their Web sites to the new design. 

For a closer look, visit loww.bmrideis.eAit. 

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The new Brandeis home page markets the 
university as "The Smart Choice." 

TYP plans celebration 
to mark its fortieth 

Transitional Year Program (TYP) alumni 
and friends will gather on campus on Octo- 
ber 25 to celebrate the program's rich his- 
tory at a fortieth anniversary celebration. 

A full day of activities is planned, 
including a panel discu!>sion with TYP 
students, alumni, and faculty; campus 
tours; and a gala dinner hosted by Presi- 
dent Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

A group of Brandeis faculty estab- 
lished TYP in 1968 to provide educa- 
tional opportunities to worthy students 
who did not have access to qualit\' sec- 
ondary education. 

For more information about l'\'P's for- 
tieth anniversarv celebration, contact 
Daniel Miller at 781 -7.Ki-41 1 5 or 

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Heller study sheds light on elderly drinking 

Last Call 

Nearly one in ten elderly adults drinks 
too much alcohol, placing them at risk 
for medical problems, social ills, and 
falls, a new study from the Heller School 
has tound. 

The study, published in the February 
issue of the Journal of the American 
Geriatrics Society, sheds light on a complex 
problem that has received scant attention 
and is often overlooked by health-care and 
other providers. 

"Even though alcohol problems are 
more prevalent in younger people, a sub- 
stantial proportion of older adults is con- 
suming alcohol in amounts that exceed 
recommended guidelines," said Elizabeth 
Merrick, a senior scientist at the Heller 
School and coauthor of the report. 

The study of 12,400 Medicare benefici- 
aries aged sixty-five and older found that 
9 percent engaged in unhealthy drinking — 
consuming more than thirty drinks in a 
month, more than three drinks in a day, or 
more than two drinks in a single sitting. 
A single drink is a twelve-ounce beer, a five- 
ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 
hard liquor. 

The risky drinkers were most likely to be 
white and male, younger than seventy, with 
higher education, higher income, and bet- 

ter health, the study reported. They were 
more likely to be divorced, separated, or 
single and to live in metropolitan areas. 

If the results of the study were extrap- 
olated to the entire U.S. population, 
more than 2.8 million people sixty-five 
and older would be classified as 
unhealthy drinkers. 

Research has found that alcohol can 
exacerbate some medical problems, 
reduce a person's ability to function, 
increase the risk of falls, and adversely 
interact with medication. And, Merrick 
noted, "there are many people for whom 
lower amounts or even any amount of 
alcohol may constitute a serious risk 
because of specific medical problems or 
medication interactions." 

"All of these factors must be taken into 
account, along with the perhaps more 
highly publicized benefits of moderate 
drinking tor some people," she said. 

The risky drinkers were only a fraction 
of the senior population. About two- 
thirds of people older than sixty-five said 
they didn't drink at all, and about a quar- 
ter said their drinking was within the 
healthy range. About 16 percent of men 
were risky drinkers, compared to only 
4 percent of women. 

Bob Art, the Christian A. 
Herter Professor of Inter- 
national Relations in the 
Department of Politics, 
will be honored by the 
Mortara Center for Inter- 
national Studies and the 
Edmund Walsh School of 
Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 
April for his contributions to international 
relations, security, and U.S. policy. Art will 
deliver an address and be feted at a private 
dinner at the conference "Realism and the 
Next U.S. President: National Interests, Grand 
Strategy, and the Use of Force," which is being 
held in his honor. 

David Gil, professor of social policy at the 
Heller School, was selected by the Justice 
Studies Association to receive its 2008 Noam 
Chomsky Award at the group's forthcoming 
annual meeting at George Mason University 
in June. 

Peniel Joseph, associate 

professor ot African and 

Afro-American studies, 

received the inaugural 

W. E. B. Du Bois Book 

Award from the North East 

Black Studies Alliance for 

his book Waiting 'Til the 

Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black 

Power in America (Henry Holt). The book 

also received an honorable mention for the 

Gustavas Myers Center Outstanding 

Book Award. 

Edward Kaplan, the Kevy and Hortense 
Kaiserman Professor in the Humanities, won 
a National Jewish Book Award in American 
Jewish studies for his book Spiritual Radical: 
Abraham Joshua Heschel in America (Yale 
University Press). He was honored March 4 
at an awards ceremony at the Center for 
Jewish History in New York City. 

Joan Maling, professor of linguistics, was 
elected to the rank of fellow by the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science, 
the world's largest scientific societ)', for her 
contributions to linguistics research. She is 
currently on leave from Brandeis to serve as 
director of the National Science Foundation's 
linguistics program. 

Spring '08 | Braiulris rnivcrsity Magazine 

When Toshizo "Tom" Watanabe 73 picked up Bmndeis 
University Magazine in fall 2006 and read that his college 
roommate had just become prime minister of Iceland, he 
registered surprise. 

It was not the level of success that amazed him, but the field of endeavor. 

"Geir was such a diligent student," Watanabe says. "I always thought 
he would become an economist, not a politician." 

Indeed, Geir Haarde '73 had distinguished himself in economics 
before going on to become the first Brandeis graduate to lead a 
country, but that's not the point of this story. 

The point is that alumni who, like Watanabe and Haarde, came to 
Brandeis under the Wien International Scholarship Program are hardly 
nonplused by outstanding achievement on the world stage. 

Whether their careers involve being statesmen, professors, scientists, 
or captains of global industry, Wien scholars have gotten where they are 
because they dreamed big dreams. 

While U.S. universities typically have no scholarship dollars to offer 
overseas students, Brandeis and the unique Wien program believed in 
those dreams, and, believing, provided the means for some eight hun- 
dred talented men and women from more than one hundred countries 
of origin to come to Waltham and fulfill their visions. 

Because of Wien, not only is Haarde bringing an international per- 
spective to his tole as head of state, but Jun-Ichi Ishii '61, of Japan, 
gained the education he needed to found and direct Sumimoto Ocean 
Development and Engineering, a California company whose innova- 
tive marine systems impact the way exploration, echolocation, and 

underwater engineering are done throughout the seven seas. Through 
Wien, biologist and pharmacologist Iroka Udeinya '76 got his start on 
an education that equipped him to develop a now-promising AIDS 
treatment extracted from the leaves of the neem tree in his native 
Nigeria, while scholar George Saitoti '67 carries new hope to many in 
his homeland as Kenya's minister of education, science, and technology. 
Dad-and-daughter graduates Peter Diepold '59 and Katharina 
Diepold '89 ot Germany bring global outlooks to their achievements 
in, respectively, establishing a central German Web server for educa- 
tional information and materials while teaching computer science at 
Humboldt University, and working as a pediatric neurologist and pub- 
lished medical researcher in Berlin. Wakako Kimoto Hironaka, MA'64, 
a member of Wien's inaugural class, now puts her global education to 
work back in Tokyo, where she is serving her fourth term in the upper 
house of the Japanese National Diet. In the Big Apple, Arjun Appadu- 
rai '70, a native of India, is the author of several books on social sciences 
and a professor and administrator at the New School. Libyan Maurice 
Roumani '64, Eritrean Haile Menkerios '70, and India's Vineeta 
Rai '66 are just a few of the Wien scholars who have played roles on the 
world stage through assignments at the United Nations. 

In most cases, the beginnings were as humble as the visions were vast; 
many Wien scholars were the first in their family to attend college, and 
for some the program represented a maiden venture beyond their native 
lands or even villages. On the next few pages, you'll find glimpses into 
the lives of some of those who will gather in Waltham for the program's 
fiftieth anniversary celebration in April. 

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By Theresa 



Beads of Progress 







To most of us, the abacus is an item first 
seen in folk-art collections, antiquities 
museums, and nursery schools. But to the 
voung Toshizo "Tom" Watanabe '73, the rec- 
tangular counting device, with its parallel rows 
oi clicking beads, represented a one-way ticket 
out of poverty. 

Raised an hour's train ride south of Tokyo in 
Kamakura, the original home of twelfth- 
century samurai warriors, Watanabe had scant 
cause for high aspirations. His father, whom he 
describes as frail and uneducated, died when 
Watanabe was only a year old after contracting 
malaria in China while serving in the Japanese 
army; his mother, similarly unschooled, 
worked from early morning until midnight 
helping his uncle run a small dairy business 
and caring for Watanabe and his sister. 

But Watanabe had a talent for manipulating 
the wooden beads of the ancient calculator, 
and while still in elementar)' school he became 
an abacus champion. 

"That meant I could dream of becoming an 
accountant, " he says. 

Determined to help her son get ahead, his 
mom sacrificed everyday comforts to enroll 

the boy in a private school, where his dreams 
expanded even fiirther. 

"I became interested in politics and world 
affairs. In fact, 1 wanted to go to the United 
Nations and work toward world peace," 
Watanabe says. 

Bent on studying in America, Watanabe at 
age fifteen found a job as a houseboy on a U.S. 
Navy base in Japan to fast-forward his 
English-language education. He took a test for 
an American Field Service program and failed 
it. He tested tor another U.S. scholarship pro- 
gram and failed again. 

"In Japan," he explains, "only one or two 
students, out of hundreds of applicants, were 
chosen tor each government-sponsored study 
program. Unless you were wealthy, it was 
extremely difficult to study abroad." 

Finally, Watanabe, while enrolled at Keio 
University in Tokyo, decided to flood the halls 
of U.S. academe with entreaties. He applied to 
more than twenty institutions. Several — 
including some Ivy League schools — accepted 
him. But only Brandeis, thanks to the Wien 
program, was able to provide him with the full 
tuition, room, and board he needed to make 
his dream come true. He spent his last two 
undergraduate years on the Walthani campus, 
supplementing his learning with a summer 
English-language program at the Massachu- 
setts Institute ot Technology. 

Watanabe tound friends among the Wien 
scholars and bonded with other students as a 
member of the swim team, a karate class, and 
the Asian-American Society. Committed to 
world peace, he participated in a Vietnam War 
protest in Boston. 

Although Watanabe still thought about 
working at the United Nations, early Wien 
scholars were expected to return home, and so 
Watanabe went back to Japan and became an 
aide to an American executive who assigned 
him to do personal motivational training. 

Becoming passionate about education, 
Watanabe at age twenty-six launched his own 
chain of successful language-training and 
college preparatory schools in Japan. He also 
did training on a consulting basis for a vari- 
ety of firms, including a wellness-products 
company called Nikken, which eventually 
asked him to return to America and open the 
U.S. market. 

Today, Watanabe is Nikken's chairman, 
chief executive officer, and sole owner. He 
holds an MBA from California's Pepperdine 
University School of Business and Manage- 
ment and lives outside Los Angeles with his 
wife and two youngest children. He travels fre- 
quently to lapan, where his mother, sister, and 
two eldest children reside. 

With its global headquarters now located in 
California, Nikken does business in thirty-six 
countries. It has six hundred employees world- 
wide and tallies some $300 million in annual 
sales. Its products, sold through independent 
consultants, include pain-relief devices, mas- 
sage tools, therapeutic mattresses, and nutri- 
tional products. 

Watanabe, who still swims to keep fit, says 
it's no .Kcident that he ended up in the well- 
ness business. 

"I was always interested in health because I 
was weak as a child, just as my father had 
been," he says. "I had to see a doctor often, 
and my mother was afraid I would get tuber- 
culosis and die like my father." 

Grateful to the Wien program for the 
opportunities it opened up, Watanabe 
attended Wien's thirtieth and forty-fifth 
anniversary celebrations, and he plans to be 
present for the fiftieth in Waltham. 

"Without my international education," he 
.says, "I would not be doing business in the 
United States, and without the Wien Scholar- 
ship and Brandeis, I would not have gotten an 
international education. " 

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Eritrea, on Africa's northwest coast, is about 
half the size of Maine, with a population 
just over 4.2 million. An Italian colony from 
the late nineteenth century until World 
War II, it was a U.N. protectorate from 1941 
until 1952, when it entered into a federation 
with Ethiopia under a U.N. resolution. But in 
1961, Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I 
annexed Eritrea as a province, sparking a war 
that lasted over three decades. 

In war-torn Eritrea, Haile Menkerios '70 
came of age. The son of a church builder who 
had been limited under a rigid Italian colonial 
policy to a fourth-grade education, Menkerios 
would become one ot the architects of his 
country's freedom after the revolution's end, as 
well as an accused traitor in his homeland and 
a high-level U.N. official whose reach as a 
peacemaker would extend across Africa and 
the world. 

A talented student, Menkerios was one of 
four Eritreans chosen to travel to America and 
live with a host family while attending a U.S. 
secondary school. Despite some culture 
shock — he was particularly taken aback when 
he returned home early one day and his host 
mom suggested he make himself a sandwich, 
instead of interrupting her own lunch to pre- 
pare one for him — the youth made good use of 
the opportunity. He perfected his English, 
gained a spirit of independence, and even went 
to Washington, D.C., with other members of 
his international exchange program to shake 
hands with President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

"For a teenager from a small African village 
to meet the president of the most powerful 
country in the world," Menkerios recalls, 
"was amazing. The Ethiopian emperor was 
not accessible to ordinary people. The con- 
trast opened up my horizons and broadened 
my perspective." 

After graduating from a public high school 
in New Jersey, Menkerios enrolled at the 

University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, but he 
found the campus closed nearly every other 
day because of student unrest. Finally, a Peace 
Corps volunteer with connections to Brandeis 
suggested that the ambitious student apply for 
a scholarship through the Wien program. The 
suggestion changed his trajectory. 

At Brandeis, Menkerios majored in eco- 
nomics, was captain of the soccer and track 
teams, and eagerly joined with other students 
protesting the Vietnam War, 

"I had come from a feudal country, a hierar- 
chical kingdom ruled by an emperor whose 
word was the law and who controlled the 
empire's only newspaper. It was at Brandeis, 
with its liberal outlook, that I learned what it 
was like to have the freedom to think and to 
express your thoughts, " says Menkerios, who 
plans to be in Waltham for the Wien program's 
fiftieth anniversar)' celebration in April. 

But if Menkerios was a pacifist when it 
came to Vietnam, he supported Eritrea's revo- 
lution — the "war of independence, " he calls it. 
After completing an MA and postgraduate 
work in manpower development planning at 
Harvard University, he took up arms against 
Ethiopian oppression. Listed proudly on his 
resume is a post as a platoon commander in 
the Eritrean People's Liberation Army; later he 
rose to leadership status within the movement. 

When Eritrea achieved full independence in 
the early 1990s, Menkerios served the provi- 
sional government in a variety of roles and sat 
on its transitional parliament. As the nation's 
first ambassador to Ethiopia, he helped negoti- 
ate the details of the two countries' new relation- 
ship, with a particular eye toward setting up an 
equitable economic system. He also was named 
Eritrea's representative to the United Nations. 

He could have been deemed a national 
hero in the tradition of Samuel Adams or 
Benjamin Franklin, but Menkerios's pen- 
chant for peace ultimately separated him 


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from his birth country. In 1998, a second war 
against Ethiopia broke out — this time over a 
border dispute. While Eritrean president 
Isaias Afewerki, once a fellow freedom 
fighter, saw military victory as the solution, 
Menkerios, from his perch in the parliament, 
pushed for a negotiated solution. 

"I believed then and I believe now," 
Menkerios says, "that you can't win a border 
war by fighting. You must either go straight 
to the International Court of Justice or agree 
to reach a negotiated settlement through 
arbitration. I was part of the negotiation 
team for my country. " 

Menkerios was also among a coterie of 
patriots who oflFended the Eritrean president 
further by agitating for a pluralistic svstem and 
elections. Although the new constitution con- 
tained provisions for the peaceful succession of 
power through free elections, no political 
parties apart from the ruling parry had been 
sanctioned and no elections had been held, 
and the head of state resented the implication 
that they should. 

Rather than meeting a similar fate, 
Menkerios accepted a staff position at U.N. 
headquarters proffered by former secretary- 
general Kofi Annan. Because the terms of 
political asylum in America would not allow 
him to receive a U.S. passport — key to his 
ability to travel for U.N. assignments — 
Menkerios obtained a South African 
passport and official South African citizen- 
ship. Still wanted for treason, he cannot 
return to Eritrea. 

Today, Menkerios and his family live in 
Manhattan, and he remains close to the New 
Jersey "mother" and three "brothers" who 
housed him when he was in high school. 

Currently U.N. assistant secretary-general 
for political affairs, he is particularly responsi- 
ble tor peace and security issues in Africa and 
for facilitating the work of the U.N. Security 
Council. On the day after his late-winter 
interview with Brandeis University Magazine, 
he was en route to Kenya with Kofi Annan to 
help deal with the aftermath of a disputed 
election. As of that date, seven hundred peo- 

'My work for the United Nations is an 
extension of the social commitment that 
began at Brandeis." 

Feeling betrayed, Afewerki accused 
Menkerios and fourteen other men and 
women of sedition. "He said that speaking our 
minds against the war had encouraged the 
enemy and undermined our national unity. He 
said we would have to face treason charges," 
Menkerios recalls. Eleven of the accused were 
sent to jail, where they remain today, with no 
formal charges filed and no trials, he adds. 
Three others were saved because they were out- 
side the countr)', where they remain in exile. 

pie had already been killed. Menkerios's mis- 
sion was to, first, stop the violence, and, 
second, help persuade both sides of the dis- 
pute to come to the negotiating table to seek 
a resolution. 

"My work for the United Nations," he 
says, "is an extension of the social commit- 
ment that began at Brandeis. Even participa- 
tion in the Eritrean war for liberation was a 
commitment to fight for what I believe 
is right." 

A pioneering program 
that almost never was 

For fifty years, the Wien Interna- 
tional Scholarship Program has been 
the perfect marriage of an institu- 
tion and benefactor committed to 
Improving the human condition 
through international understanding. 
But It almost didn't happen. 

Brandeis founding president 
Abram Sachar conceived of the 
pioneering educational and cultural 
exchange program. He and busi- 
nessman Lawrence WIen, a member 
of the school's board of trustees, 
worked together to find a sponsor 
for the program. 

At a meeting in Chicago, Wien 
tried to persuade a prospective 
donor to support the program. 
Instead, Wien convinced himself. 

"I found myself describing the 
possibility of establishing such a 
program as an opportunity to 
achieve a meaningful immortality, 
and to render a truly worthwhile 
service to our country as well as to 
Brandeis University," Wien later 
remembered. "The more I spoke, 
the more enthusiastic I became." 

On the trip home, Wien told 
Sachar that he would fund the 
venture, and the Wien International 
Scholarship Program was born. 

Since Its establishment, the Wien 
program has been committed to 
furthering International under- 
standing, providing foreign students 
an opportunity to study In the United 
States, and enhancing the lives of all 
students at Brandeis. More than 
eight hundred students from over 
one hundred countries have come 
to Brandeis as Wien scholars. 

The program offers full or partial 
need-based tuition awards and 
requires applicants to present 
evidence of outstanding academic 
and personal achievement. 

In recent years, students in the 
program have visited the United 
Nations In New York and performed 
relief work to help victims of 
Hurricane Katrlna In Louisiana. 

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For many Wien scholars, it was a collection 
of U.S. college catalogs, a chance encounter 
with an alumnus or professor in a foreign land, 
or an exhaustive search of U.S. aid programs tor 
international students that led to a lifelong 
romance with Brandeis. For Annika Schildt 
'86, it was a cup of tea in a castle. 

Schildt, now working in book publishing in 
Sweden, was taking a break after graduating 
from senior high school in Stockholm when she 
decided to visit friends in Boston. Her plan was 
to become a journalist, like her mother. On the 
plane, she was seated next to a young woman 
who was just returning to Brandeis following an 
exchange program in Denmark. 

Graciously, her newfound friend invited 
Schildt to Waltham, where she entertained her 
with a tea party in her Usen Castle dormitory 
and gave her a campus tour. 

"I was charmed by the surroundings and 
intrigued by the posters I saw for visiting 
speakers. 1 fell in love that day with the intel- 
lectual atmosphere and with everything they 
told me about the university's spirit of social 
commitment," says Schildt. 

When she learned the cost of tuition, her 
spirits fell, but by then Schildt was so interested 

hatched a dream of transferring there after a 
year at Bunker Hill. 

A two-year school often selected by students 
who are not ready for the challenges of a big 
university, cannot afford full-time study, or 
merely want to explore the possibility of col- 
lege, Bunker Hill provided a perfect transi- 
tional experience for Schildt, she says. The 
new arrival from Scandinavia lived with a fam- 
ily in Cambridge for a year while she polished 
her English and learned the basics of American 
history and politics. She also took a liking to 
Boston's stimulating environment. 

In a nontraditional pattern, Schildt earned 
an associate's degree at Bunker Hill, then went 
to Brandeis one year, returned to Sweden to 
get a two-year degree from the Stockholm 
School of Journalism, and then spent her sen- 
ior year at Brandeis, where in 1986 she 
received a BA in American studies. 

■'The Wien scholarship was one ot the 
greatest gifts 1 ever got in my life," says 
Schildt, who has been to every Wien reunion. 
"It was an amazing feeling to get such a first- 
rate education, with small classes and with 
professors who gave so much of their time." 
Outside the classroom, she served as president 

"I fell in love with the intellectual atmosphere 
and with everything they told nne about the 
university's spirit of social connmitment." 

in studying in Massachusetts that she put on 
hold her plans to attend journalism school in 
Stockholm. Instead, she returned to her home- 
town to work as a substitute teacher while she 
saved money to register at Bunker Hill Com- 
munity College in Boston's Charlestown neigh- 
borhood. It was during that interim year that 
she read about Brandeis's Wien scholarship and 

of Friendship International and cooked piles 
of Swedish meatballs for an international cul- 
ture festival in Usdan. 

At Brandeis Schildt ;ilso learned the v;due of 
networking and making connections. Indeed, a 
highlight of her education was an internship 
with a U.S. congressional subcommittee on 
housing, arranged by her Brandeis professor and 

mentor Larry Fuchs. She laughs recalling that 
committee chair Barney Frank, a Massachusetts 
Democrat, when he learned that his new intern 
was from Stockholm, observed wryly, "That's a 
litde bit out of our voting district." 

For several years, Schildt worked as a jour- 
nalist and assistant television producer within 
the Beltway, reporting on U.S. news for 
Scandinavian media outlets. She helped cover 
U.S. presidential politics tor Swedish national 
TV, wrote about a coal miner's strike in 
Appalachia for a Swedish union magazine, and 
reported on housing and health-care issues for 
a range ot media. While in Washington, she 
also took an active role in the regional 
Brandeis alumni club and even sat on the 
Brandeis University Alumni Association's 
national board. 

When she returned to Stockhohii to be near 
her taniilv in 1V9(1, ii was as a health-care 


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On the Wien Scene 

reporter. Then, in 1995, she took a position 
with Natur & Kultiir, or Nature and Culture, 
Scandinavia's leading publisher ol psychology 
books. She works both as an editor and as a 
"communicator," or book promoter. 

Although her current position has little to 
do with her American studies major, Schildt 
says the global outlook she gained as a Wien 
scholar continues to enrich her life. 

"I have strong international interests," she 
says. "I enjoy exchanges with colleagues from 
publishing houses in other countries, and 
1 even organized a conference with Swedish 
government money, bringing female publishers 
from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to 
Stockholm for a week's exchange. " 

In 1999, Schildt was selected as part of the 
Swedish delegation to a gender-equity confer- 
ence in Iceland. The conference, which U.S. 
first lady Hillary Clinton also attended, was 
called "Women and Democracy at the Dawn 
of the New Millennium." 

"The woman who organized the conference 
was a professor of anthropology, and when she 
saw my resume she immediately knew the 
value of a Brandeis education; she was even 
familiar with the Wien scholarship," says 
Schildt. On a tour of Iceland following the 
conference, Schildt met four other Wien 
scholars, including Prime Minister Geir 
Haarde '73, then finance minister. 

Schildt relishes such exchanges. Indeed, 
because her fiance. Odd Zschiedrich, is 
administrative director of the Swedish Acad- 
emy, Schildt attends the Nobel Prize banquet 
in Stockholm each year, and she always wears 
to it a pin she was awarded tor service to the 
alumni association. The pin bears the likeness 
of university namesake and former U.S. 
Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis. 

"People ask me, 'Who's that?,'" she says, 
"and it gives me one more chance to tell the 
Brandeis story." 

Philippines native Adriano Arcelo 
'63 (shown with wife Marylou) used 
a Wien education to make his mark 
as economist, professor, and under- 
secretary of education, culture, and 
sports under President Corazon 
Aquino. Today, he works in research 
and development at the John B. 
Lacson Foundation Maritime Uni- 
versity, the world's only private 
maritime university. In the 1970s, 
the Arcelos hosted a reception at 
their home for Wien scholars from 
around their country. 

Katharina Diepold '89 and Peter 
Diepold '59 are the Wien program's 
only two-generation duo. Peter 
arrived fresh from war-scarred 
Europe in Waltham, where he devel- 
oped tolerance and a cosmopolitan 
outlook while studying economics, 
he says; Katharina majored in bio- 
chemistry and immersed herself in 
the Brandeis music scene, studying 
with the Lydian String Quartet. The 
dad went on to be a computer sci- 
ence professor, while the daughter 
is a pediatric neurologist. 

George Saitoti '67 (pictured here 
with Brandeis president Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72) utilized his Wien 
Scholarship to launch a career that 
included service as executive chair- 
man of the World Bank and Interna- 
tional Monetary Fund. As president 
of the African, Caribbean, and 
Pacific (ACP) Group of States, he 
helped negotiate a partnership 
agreement between the ACP and 
the European Union, Today, he is 
minister of education, science, and 
technology in his native Kenya. 

Wakako Kimoto Hironaka '64 
(photographed on campus with 
President John Kennedy) arrived in 
1958 as one of Wien's thirty inaugu- 
ral scholars. Returning to Japan, she 
began applying her Brandeis-honed 
concepts of democracy, fairness, and 
gender equality for the public good. 
Since 1986, she has served on the 
House of Councillors, the upper 
chamber of the Japanese National 
Diet, the country's legislature. In 
2005-06, she was vice president of 
the Democratic Party of Japan. 

A Land without Jews 

For hundreds of years, before Christianiry, 
before Islam, Jewish people toiled in the 
markets of what is now Benghazi, Libya, on 
the Mediterranean's southern rim. 

Maurice Roumani '64, whose family traces 
its migration to the area back to 1780, grew up 
there, sheltered in a Jewish enclave where he, 
like his father before him, learned to espouse 
Zionism and to pray the prayers and sing the 
songs of the Sephardic Jewish heritage, with 
their African and Middle Eastern roots. 

In the ordinary course of events, Roumani 
might have taken a place in the souk, or mar- 
ket, like his grandfather, or gone into business 
with his father, a commission agent who 

imported coffee from Kenya, textiles from 
Japan, and cheese from Italy. 

But the course of events in mid-rwenticth- 
century Libya was far from ordinary as, under 
Italian colonialism and later under British rule, 

the country's increasingly dominant Arabs 
exerted pressure on the fragile Jewish popula- 
tion. Between 1949 and 1952, some 94 percent 
of Libya's Jews made allyah, leaving their ances- 
tral country to resettle in the new nation of 
Israel, the Holy Land. In 1967, Libya's last 
remaining Jews were forced into a mass exodus 
that scattered them around the globe. Today, 
the Jewish population of Libya is zero. 

It is not surprising that Roumani, long 
before his homeland's forced diaspora, had 
begun to look outward. The oldest of four 
children, he became obsessed early on with 
the idea of obtaining a university education. 

"My ffiends all thought I was a whacko" says 
Roumani, author of the forthcoming book 
The Jews of Libya. He overenunciates the word 
with the apparent pride of someone who has 
mastered slang in a foreign language. 

What was whacked about wanting a degree? 
Educational paths for Jewish youth were 
strewn with obstacles. Even in earlier genera- 
tions, well-read, intelligent men like 
Roumani's father had been blocked from con- 
tinuing their schooling beyond adolescence. 
The local Hebrew schools closed fully in 
1954, and Jewish students who dared enroll in 
Libyan high schools or universities were often 
taunted and threatened into withdrawing. 
About 90 percent of Roumani's Jewish con- 
temporaries labored in their family businesses. 

But after Roumani completed the curricu- 
lum at a practical training school run by 
Christian brothers from Italy, his father 
refused to give him a job, saying, "I don't 
think there is any future in Libya for the Jews. 
Go and seek other work. " 

At his dad's urging, Roumani — who had 
learned English from private tutors — 
presented himself at the U.S. Agency tor Inter- 
national Development, which was staffing 
local construction projects. When they, too, 
denied him employment, he began to dog 


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their offices, thinking persistence might pay 
off. Finally, a Jamaican-born manager there 
slammed his hand on a table and blurted out, 
"I tieed people trained like you, but you are 
Jewish! 1 cannot hire you!" He revealed that, 
under the terms of U.S. AID's contract with 
Libya, Jews could not be put on the payroll. 

The Jamaican suggested Roumani try the 
U.S. Embassy, and there he was given a job in 
personnel. Each week after Shabbat services, 
Roumani visited the U.S. Cultural Center to 
view American movies and check out Life and 
Look magazines. He recalls reading about the 

"1 had gained the freedom I had been missing 
in Libya, which was becoming more and more 
nationalistic, anti-Zionist, and anti-Jewish." 

Roumani not only embraced his own 
freedom, but determined to liberate his family, 
in 1961, his brother Jacques followed him to 
America, where he attended Yeshiva Univer- 
sity for a year and then transferred to 
Brandeis. In 1962, Brandeis arranged to hire 
Roumani's father to help the library organize a 
newly acquired collection on Jewish mysti- 
cism, paving the way for Maurice's parents and 
remaining two siblings to come over. 

"I had gained the freedom I had been missing 
in Libya, which was becoming more and more 
nationalistic, anti-Zionist, and anti-Jewish." 

marriage of Jewish pla)'wright Arthur Miller to 
movie star Marilyn Monroe and thinking, 
"Jews in America are doing very well!" 

Roumani's turning point came when a 
University of Michigan professor visiting the 
embassy suggested he have a look at the Yeshiva 
and Brandeis university catalogs at the U.S. 
Cultural Center. With the assistance of one of 
his English tutors, the aspiring collegian 
drafted an application for a Wien scholarship. 

He remembers the excitement when he 
received the fat white envelope inviting him to 
Waltham. His mother, he says, was "elated" — 
but his father, interrupted in the reading of his 
daily psalms, did not at first believe he was 
serious. That his son was going to college — 
and in America! — seemed unthinkable. 

When Roumani sailed on the Qiieen Mi7)y 
past the Statue of Liberty and berthed at New 
York's Pier 42, it was July 4, 1 960. The sym- 
bolic importance of the date was not lost on the 
rwenry-one-year-old student, who now says. 

"There is no way," Roumani says, "that 
Lawrence Wien could have anticipated the 
impact this one scholarship would have not 
just on my education, but on my whole fam- 
ily and the generations that will follow." The 
power of the Wiens' largesse is touched upon 
in The Last Jews of Libya, a film made by 
Roumani's sister that will be screened at the 
April anniversary celebration. 

At Brandeis, Roumani learned to value the 
generosity of the American people — particu- 
larly the Greater Boston Jewish community, 
who embraced him with open arms. What 
culture shock there was came less from the dif- 
ference between Libyans and Americans than 
from the realization that there were different 
kinds of Jews. Raised in the Sephardic tradi- 
tion, Roumani — a cantor like his father before 
him and his son after — was completely 
unaware ot the more numerous Ashkenazic 
Jews, who, with their different prayers, 
melodies, and even book, reflected Eastern 

and Central European influences. His dis- 
covery of previously unknown aspects of 
Jewish culture engaged him enormously as he 
earned a bachelor's in Near Eastern and Judaic 
studies at Brandeis, a master's in international 
relations and the Middle East at the University 
of Chicago, and a doctorate in politics, 
political sociology, and the Middle East at the 
University of London. It also laid the founda- 
tion for his work as a professor and adminis- 
trator of Jewish communal groups, including 
the Department of Sephardi Communities in 
the World Zionist Organization as well as 
WOJAC, the World Organization of Jews 
from Arab Countries, which he cofounded. 

Today, Roumani is a citizen of the world. 
While his three siblings remain in the United 
States, he, like his children, their mother, and 
his second, Italian-born wife, all reside in 
Jerusalem, to which he emigrated in 1972. His 
parents are buried on the Mount of Olives. He 
teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the 
Negev and directs the J. R. Elyachar Center 
for Sephardi Heritage. His teaching and lead- 
ership in Jewish affairs, however, have also 
taken him to venues all over the world, 
including Rome, London, Paris, Oxford, 
Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. 
He is currently on a two-year assignment as 
the Schusterman Visiting Professor at the 
University of Oklahoma. 

"1 went to America for the opportunity it 
offered," he says. "But when I got a call 
asking me to come to Israel, I could not 
resist. I am an academician, but I am also an 
idealist, and I had grown up in a very 
Zionist environment. To us, the word aliyah 
means "going up' — when you 'go up' to 
Israel, you are elevating yourself 1 picture 
spending the rest of my life shuttling 
between the United States, Italy, and Israel — 
all of which I love — but I am more Israeli 
today than anything else." 

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Dreaming in the Dark f ! 

In the round-the-clock winter midnight ot 
Rovaniemi, a small town 500 miles north of 
Helsinki, Finland, Pauliina Swartz dreamed of 
friends from lar away. Their names were Cliff 
Huxtable and Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, and 
she met them on a TV screen that carried The 
Cosby Show and Happy Days beyond the 
Arctic Circle. The comedies were not dubbed, 
and so the tiny girl was able to teach herself 
English by matching what Bill Cosby and 
Henry Winkler said with the Finnish subtitles 
at the bottom of the screen. 

Although her parents, descendants ot 
Finnish farmers, had never left their country, 
Swartz says she always sensed, somehow, a 
wider world out there. 

"Although no one in my family had ever 
even been to high school, I knew I was 
going to go to university." 

"I knew so many things to dream about that 
my parents didn't guide me to, whether it was 
education, or travel, or languages. Although no 
one in my family had ever even been to high 
school, 1 knew I was going to go to university. " 

As a high schooler, Swartz thought about 
being a professional athlete, and she ate up 
courses in physics, chemistry, and math. But 
when she saw her twin brother Marko's study 
guide as he crammed for a college entrance 
exam in economics, she knew she had hit 
upon her future. 

"Economics sounded terribly interesting to 
me, with its blend ot mathematics and 
empirical stuff from the real world." says 
Swartz, now a Boston banker. "I thought Id 
give it a try." 

Marko left both economics and higher edu- 
cation and went on to work for a newspaper. 

but Pauliina took to the discipline. During 
two years of economics study at the University 
of Helsinki, though, she noticed a curious 
anomaly: While her lectures, assignments, and 
tests were all in Finnish, her textbooks were 
written in English, penned by world-class 
economists from the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology and other U.S. institutions. 

Intent on removing one degree of separa- 
tion between her and the material, Swartz 
sought admission to economics schools in 
Great Britain but could not tind the financial 
support she needed there. Hearing more stu- 
dent aid was available in the United States, she 
approached the Finnish-U.S. Educational 
Commission seeking a scholarship across the 
sea. After a lengthy application and interview 
process, the commission sent Swartz's creden- 
tials to Brandeis and other institutions, and a 
Wien scholarship was offered. 

"I felt like 1 had won the lottery," she says. 

Although her parents had qualms about 
sending their child so far away, Swartz headed 
for Waltham with nary a care. "I didn't know 
what to be worried about," she says. 

Within a few months, she did. Although 
she loved her classes and found the teaching 
"amazing," she made a strategic mistake in 
not telling her professors she was not a native 
speaker of English. Since her pronunciation 
betrays not a hint of her northern exposure, 
they had no idea she was struggling with the 
heavy reading and writing assignments. A 
paper assigned on Homer's Odyssey, in Eng- 
lish translation, was especially daunting, and 
she did not realize she could ask for help. 

Other waves ot culture shock came in the 
form ot Americans' exuberant triendliness on 
the street, countered by what she telt was a 
cold tormality in other settings. A trip to a 
local hospital tor a routine x-ray, for example, 
found her thinking the U.S. medical commu- 
nity abrupt and intimidating. 


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Eventually, Swartz was able to adjust her 
expectations and make the most of what she 
calls her "tremendous opportuniry." Indeed, 
after graduating from Brandeis, she decided to 
remain in America. At first she planned to go 
on for a PhD in economics, but a part-time 
research assistantship doing paper editing, 
data collection, and data analysis for a visiting 
professor at Harvard changed her direction. "I 
realized an academic career in economics was 
too theoretical and abstract for me," she says. 

Through the Brandeis career services office, 
Swartz found work at the State Street Bank 
in Boston, where she quickly rose through 
the ranks from an entry-level job in portfolio 
administration to a position in the bank's 
Structured Products Group. The move 
afforded her the opportunity to help create 
asset-back commercial paper conduits, assem- 
bling and predicting the performance of pools 
of high-quality assets — say, mortgages or 

credit-card accounts receivable — that are then 
turned into short-term investment instru- 
ments sold primarily to institutional investors. 
The work was interesting, technical, and ana- 
lytical, says Swartz, who likens the promotion 
to a second lottery strike. It even had a worldly 
component: The bank group has several 
offices around the globe, Swartz says, and she 
was called upon to help set up operations in 
Sydney and Munich. 

After half a decade, Swartz left State Street 
and went to MIT's Sloan School of Manage- 
ment in pursuit of an MBA. The rwo-year 
program brought her experience in new areas 
like marketing and systems dynamics, not to 
mention a perfect 5.0 GPA. 

After getting the master's, she joined a con- 
sulting company that provided financial and 
economic analysis to expert witnesses in com- 
mercial lawsuits. Although the work was fasci- 
nating, Swartz found herself at odds with what 
she calls "the consulting lifestyle, " and when 
her former boss invited her to come back and 
fill a senior position in the State Street Global 
Markets Group — now seventy-five members 
strong — she jumped at the opportunity. 

area psychologist and assuming a range of 
volunteer commitments, including service 
both in the classroom and on the board for 
Boston Partners in Education, designed to 
help Boston public school kids through 
individual tutoring and mentoring. 

"I could never be the stereotypical MBA 
who gives all of her time to the company and 
to getting ahead," she says. "I have so many 
other interests. I am passionate about nature. 
My husband and I have four big dogs, and 
they mean the world to me. I devour books 
about animal behavior. I like watching birds. 
1 record all the nature shows on TV and teach 
myself everything I can about biology. I take 
pictures, I work at teaching myself to draw, 
I knit, and I do crafts." 

She also dreams dreams, as she did in 
Rovaniemi. And, just as before, those dreams 
are about faraway things — about working, for 
example, with an international service organi- 
zation like Doctors without Borders, or going 
to Alaska to run the Iditarod dog-sled race. 

Even when she's dreaming of husky dogs, 
though, Swartz is taking a mental bow to 
Brandeis and the Wien family. 

"The day I got the scholarship was a 
pivotal point in my life." 

Today, as a managing director of the group, 
Swartz feels she can put her whole education to 
work. "I'm a person who has a lot of ideas, and 
the fact that my boss gives me latitude to do 
my own thing has made this a dream position," 
she says. In her six years on the job, she has, for 
example, revised the group's internal structure 
and processes and strategized new ways of 
organizing work and motivating people. 

She has also taken steps to enrich her life 
beyond the workplace, marrying a Boston- 

"The day I got the Wien scholarship," she 
says, "was a pivotal point in my life, and it 
made my life what it has become. 

"I believe everything that has happened to 
me happened in large part because I was given 
the opportunity to attend such an amazing 
school and gain exposure to a huge range of 

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You grew up in a working-class community, 
the son of first-generation Italian immi- 
grants, yet you seem to have very early on 
developed a broader worldview. To what 
influences do you credit that? 
Funny you should say that, because I did gtow 
up in a blue-collar home on Long Island and 
attended my local state university at Stony 
Brook, but my worldview was really limited. 
When 1 graduated from college, I had never 
been north of Quebec, west of Buffalo, south 
of Washington, D.C., or east of Montauk 
Point. My father worked for United Parcel Ser- 
vice, and my mother worked for the depart- 
ment store Abraham & Straus. So I don't think 
I went oft to Brandeis with a "broader world- 
view." What I did have at a very young age — 
and I am trying to figure out a nice way to say 
this — was a fascination with war. 

As litde kids, my friends and I used to run 
around with plastic guns, shooting each other. 
In high school, I wrote a report that got me 
interested in nuclear war. I remember as an 
eleventh grader checking Herman Kahn's 
book On Thermonuclear War out of our school 
library and realizing no one had ever checked 
it out before. 

At Stony Brook, I majored in international 
relations, but I remained fixated on the con- 
cept of countries going to war and on the 
death and destruction of war. Of course, that 
led me to look at the other side of war, which 
was how to bring about peace. I could think 
of nothing as interesting to study. 

One reason I chose Brandeis was that the 
faculty included Kenneth Waltz, an interna- 
tional relations theorist who had written 
Man, the State, and War, which even today 




Robert L Gallucci, PhD'74, is dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of 
Foreign Service at Georgetown University. For more than two 
decades, he worked for the U.S. Department of State. His roles 
included those of ambassador-at-large of the United States and U.N. 
special envoy to deal with the threat posed by nuclear weaponry. His 
global missions took him to the Sinai peninsula, the Soviet Union, 
Korea, Iraq, and other world trouble spots. Here, he speaks with 
Brandeis University Magazine editor Theresa Pease about his career. 





remains the classic book on the causes of war. 
I became his teaching assistant at the begin- 
ning of my first semester, and he was on my 
PhD committee. Another major faculty influ- 
ence was Bob Art, a specialist in international 
security issues. 

It was common for children of the 1950s to 
think of the United States as the good guys, 
the world heroes who were doing every- 
thing right. Was that view ever valid, and 
how has it changed? 

I definitely was raised in the American age of 
innocence. In the 1950s, we had an image of 
ourselves as the nation who recently had come 
into World War II and saved the world from 
the Axis powers. Then we saved the world 
from war's devastation through the Marshall 
Plan. Next we saved the world thtough the 
Korean War and later by building an arsenal 
of missiles to keep in check the Soviet Union, 


What I did have at a very young age . . . was a 

FASCINATION WITH WAR. As little kids, my friends 

and I used to run around with plastic guns, 

shooting each other. 


the Evil Empire. Everything that we associated 
with the competing system, communism — its 
command economy, its totalitarian political 
structure, and its expansionist ideology aimed 
at creating a global commune — stood against 
what we stood for. So we were constantl)' 
saving the world. That was kind of the way it 
was when I was going through high school 
and college — until Vietnam. 

Vietnam just cut across all that. It all of a 
sudden had us questioning very basically 
whether American interests were that broad 
and that pure. We began to see revisionist 
interpretations of U.S. foreign policy. So there 
we were, questioning the fundamental good- 
ness of the American impulse to be present 
everywhere on the planet. This really chal- 
lenged people's core political outlooks, so the 
debates that went on during the Vietnam 
War — patticularly between the young people 
and the previous generations — were gut 
wrenching. The older Americans, especialK- 
the veterans of earlier conflicts, wanted this 
war not to be questioned, but to be fought. 
The year 1968, lor a number of rea.sons, pro- 
vided a sociallv anguishing experience. 

What about the year 2001? Did September 1 1 
have another big impact on how we see our- 
selves and oixr role in the world? 

Not in anything like the same way. 
September 11, 2001, had a big psychological 
impact on the country, but it consisted ot 
making us feel vulnerable as we had never felt 
vulnerable before. Even back when the Soviet 
Union had 30,000 nuclear weapons pointed at 
us, we knew the likelihood of a successful 
attack was never very great. Our robust deter- 
rence systems worked. No country had ever 
had our capacity to project such overwhelming 
force with such precision an\'where on earth. 
But on September 11, 2001, even with this 
power and strength, and the amazing capacity 
ol our military force, we found out that wc 
were in fact vulnerable. 

We've been talking about the Americans' 
views of Americans. What about the world's 
assessment of us? Did that change corre- 
spondingly over the same years? 

Without question, we were viewed more skep- 
tically after the Vietnam War, although fol- 
owing the end ot the cold war in the 1990s 
our reputation globally was actually quite 
good. I believe we were .seen as an honest 

broker in the Middle East peace process such 
as it was; we were viewed in Asia as an 
inevitable counterweight to a rising China; 
and we were still an ally to the Europeans, 
intervening — clearly for humanitarian pur- 
poses — in both Bosnia and Somalia. 

But because of the ideologically driven for- 
eign policy of the George W. Bush adminis- 
tration, our reputation has become quite 
negative. The war in Iraq stands out, as does 
our uncritical support for Israel and our lack 
ot involvement until very recently in trying to 
assist in bringing peace in the Middle East. 

You have spent much of your career as an 
academic and much of it on the front lines 
of diplomacy and peacekeeping. Was this 
by design? 

The only thing 1 wanted to be when 1 started 
out was a college professor I wanted a career 
in a university, teaching and writing. There's 

going into government to see how policy is 
made. I expected to spend a couple of years 
in government service. I spent twenty-one. 

Your foreign-service career took you all 
over the world. When you look back at 
your involvement, are there any particular 
moments that stand out? 

Much of my career was spent focusing on the 
spread of nuclear weapons. Usually, that's 
done sitting in an office with an in box and an 
out box. But in September 1991, I was 
assigned, as the deputy executive chairman of 
the U.N. Special Commission on Iraq, to head 
a team searching for the Iraqi design to make 
a nuclear weapon. Under the U.N. Security 
Council resolution that ended the first Gulf 
War, the Iraqis had been forced to declare any- 
thing they were doing in the area ot chemical, 
biological, and nuclear weapons and ballistic 
missiles. Their declarations were prett}' much 
all lies, but the grandest lies were in the 
nuclear area. We were pretty certain there was 
a nuclear weapons program in Iraq, but the 
Iraqis were denying it. Every time we found 
what looked like evidence, they would say, 
"No, this stuff you found is for nuclear energy, 
not nuclear weapons. " Finally, with the help of 
our intelligence community, we actually 
located them — their designs for nuclear 
weapons! The Iraqis could tell we had found 
something exciting, so they kept us hostage in 

Because of the idealogically driven foreign policy 
of the Bush administration, OUR REPUTATION HAS 

an expression in the Catholic religion — "he 
lost the fiith." Well, when I was completing 
my PhD and teaching at Swarthmore and 
doing a postdoc at Johns Hopkins, I lost a lit- 
tle of "the faith" in political science. The dis- 
cipline seemed to be taking a heavily 
quantitative turn, which was not where my 
research interests lay. When I turned my dis- 
sertation into a book on Vietnam, the only 
numbers were the pagination. Although, as it 
later turned out, the discipline did not reach 
the quantitative extreme that I anticipated, 1 
decided that 1 was really becoming more 
interested in policy. I thought I might try 

their parking lot. What they didn't know is 
that 1 had already arranged for the designs to 
get out another way. 

Can you tell me how the documents got out? 

I never have told, no, and 1 don't plan to now. 

How did the standoff end? 

After five days we were released, and we were 
able to present to the U.N. Security Council 
unequivocal proof that the Iraqis had a 
nuclear weapons program. I would say that 
was the most exciting moment of my govern- 
ment career. 

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Did these experiences ever make you aspire 
to public office? 

To run for oflrce? No — I don't think 1 have 
electoral politics in my blood. I have great 
respect tor congressmen and senators, but no 
interest in being one. 

How did you make the transition back 
to academe? 

1 aKva\s remained interested in academia. 
liven when I was in government, I regularly 
read the Chronicle of Higher Education, 
inckiding the want ads, and one day I saw an 
m1 tor my current position, which I took up 
in l')96. 

Ive really been happy at Georgetown. I like 
rimning the school, and I like having time to 
write and conduct research. 1 like the fact that 
I am able both to be .u\ administrator and to 
teach gradii.ite and undergraduate students. 
I co-teach one course, incidentally, with 
another Brandeis graduate, Judith Morris 
Feder '68, who is dean of the Georgetown 
Public Policy Institute. Our course is on the 
policymaking process, domestic and foreign. 

So you don't read the international news 
and say, "Drat, if only I could get over there 
I could help straighten this thing out?" 

No. I did tor a while. Dining my first couple ot 
\'ears at Georgetown, I also served as an envoy, 
going back and forth to Moscow, working on 
the Russia-Iran problem, and sometimes 
tra\'eling to Jerusalem. But I have been called 
on less often by the current administration. 
Although as a longtime ci\il servant I have no 
designated political affiliation, it's no secret that 
I have been quite unhappy with the current 
administration's foreign policv. I have thought 
it would be a good idea it this policy were 
rejected by the American people. But it hasn't 
been. Not onl\- was George W. Bush elected, 
but he was reelected. 

What do you believe is the greatest foreign- 
policy challenge facing the next president? 

I think the greatest threat this countrv taces is 
not just from terrorists, but specifically from 
terrorists who might be armed with a nuclear 
weapon. Its a problem we can't easily solve, 
because the material needed to make a nuclear 
weapon is always going to be around. The 
quintessential horrific event of our time 
would be in impro\ised nuclear device being 
detonated in an .■Vnierican city. We could lose 


a couple ot hundred thousand Americans in a 
ver}' short time. 

Wouldn't that lend weight to Bush's foreign 
policy — meaning, isn't it a rationale to "kill 
the bastards before they can kill us?" 

I have absolutely no problem with killing the 
bastards when you can find the right bastards 
to kill. I don't know anyone who thought the 
idea of going into Afghanistan after 9/1 1 was 
wrong. All of us thought that was the right 
thing to do because we knew AI Qaeda was 
there. But this president also brought us into 
Iraq. That was for me completely unnecessary, 
and not in the national security interests of 
our country. It made it much harder to deal 
with the problem of nuclear weapons, and, in 
fact, it exacerbated that problem. 

So what advice woidd you give to people 
voting for president? 

I know that what all the voters are going to 
have on their minds on election day is, "It's 
the economy, stupid." But from a foreign pol- 

one were to control the seas, that would inter- 
rupt our vital interest. We also require access 
to basic resources, such as petroleum, and we 
need free trade and open markets. Because of 
their strong industrial bases — their tremen- 
dous wealth, power, and resources — main- 
taining our relationships with Europe and the 
area of China, Japan, and Korea is very much 
in our vital interest. 

We have other interests beyond those 
I describe as vital, but always trying to maxi- 
mize every interest can only do damage to our 
key interests. I think that is what has hap- 
pened. Our international reputation has been 
damaged by a perception of the United States 
as a country that is not interested in compro- 
mising for the sake of broader world interests. 
Whether we are talking about environmental 
issues such as climate change, about the rule 
of law and the international court, or about 
trade issues, there are times when the best 
course is compromise. This administration 
particularly has given the word "compromise" 
a bad name, so that anyone who would "com- 

I have no problem with killing the bastards when 

icy viewpoint, I think it's essential that we 
elect a new leader who, apart from addressing 
the nuclear threat, will lose no time in trying 
to help reduce tensions in the Middle East. 
Another area that will need swift attention 
is, to use the popular phrase, a "rising 
China." China is going to be very important 
in our future, for good or for ill. I hope it 
will be for good. 

As a government employee, you were sworn 
to look out for the vital interests of the 
United States. As a citizen of the world, 
how do you balance the vital interests of the 
United States with the interests of the 
world — or are they the same? 
You put a word in there that makes that ques- 
tion harder to answer, and that's the word 
"vital." We have many interests, but few rise 
to the level of "vital." To me, our vital inter- 
ests begin with the territorial integrity of the 
United States and go on to encompass the 
basic things the United States needs. That 
would include access — for example, if some- 

promise" American interests to participate in a 
broader international consensus is regarded as 
anti-American. I think that's a very big mis- 
take. The character of international politics 
these days is inherently interdependent, and 
an unwillingness to have a policy that allows 
for compromise is nuts, absolutely nuts. 

If students were to graduate from your 
school having learned one single lesson, 
what lesson would you like it to be? 

What I want is for them to be selt-conscious 
about the interests of their country, to be self- 
conscious about the common interests of the 
international community, and, in an intelli- 
gent way, to integrate ethical considerations 
into their assessment of proper policies. 

Robert Ga/lucci lives in Arlington, Virginia, with 
his wife, Jennifer Sims, a fill-time professor in 
the securities studies program at Georgetown and 
deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence 
and research in the Clinton administration. They 
have two grown children. 

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When Carol Rabinovitz's daughter was tresh from college 
and heading from Massachusetts to the ski slopes of 
Idaho, her mother handed her a list of sixty names, 
members of the national board of the Brandeis Univer- 
sity National Women's Committee, known as BUNWC. 

Rabinovitz '59 explained to her daughter that the list was a valuable 
resource for a cross-country journey. "If you have a problem in any 
state of this country, and you call someone on this list, she will help 
you," she said. 

Fortunately, the young traveler never needed the names for emergency 
contacts, but they remained a balm for her mother. Rabinovitz, a former 
executive director of the organization and cochair of an anniversary cel- 
ebration scheduled for this June, says the experience endures as a 
reminder of the strength and reliability of the women's committee. 

"We all feel like family," Rabinovitz says. 

Now in its sixtieth year, the women's committee has a lot to 
celebrate. As a philanthropic organization, it has raised an impressive 
$113 million for the university. It also has a proud history of embracing 
members who did not attend Brandeis, but who have benefited from the 
stimulating lifelong learning delivered by Brandeis faculty to chapters 
coast-to-coast over the decades. 

Why would so many nonalumni devote themselves to fundraising 
for Brandeis? BUNWC's special relationship to the institution, it 
seems, reflects Brandeis's birth as the only Jewish-sponsored nonsec- 
tarian university in America at a time in history when Israel was only 
a few months old and the Holocaust cast appalling shadows over the 
world and America's Jewish community. Eager to see Brandeis succeed, 
women from all over the country quickly joined up. 

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Smart from the Start 

At the sixtieth-anniversary celebration in June, leaders will pay homage 
to a remarkable organization whose record of exceeding expectations 
dates back to its formation in 1948, when Brandeis's founding president, 
Abram L. Sachar, challenged eight women volunteers to raise money for 
the university's first library, located in a converted horse stable on the 
campus. The group started by asking women to donate $5 for a book 
destined for the library shelves and grew into the worlds largest friends- 
of-a-library organization. As fundraising methods evolved, local chapters 
started used-book sales; later, book-and-author luncheons were added to 
their quivers. 

In its first four years, BUNWC recruited 25,000 members in fifiy- 
two chapters nationwide. As fundraising for library books burgeoned, 
facilities also grew, and in 1959 BUNWC president Ruth Rose cut the 
ceremonial ribbon at the opening ot the Goldfarb Library. 

Meanwhile, the organization's local chapters became serious centers 
of study and continuing education. By 1956, thousands of members 
were meeting in private homes, public libraries, and community cen- 
ters across the country, poring over curriculum materials created by 
Brandeis faculty exclusively for BUNWC members on topics ranging 
from Shakespeare to American Jewish humor. 

Cyn)tl£e iioMel^-am /ff )>e/'.ia i'tf refe/iya/^'fuf , leaders will pay homage to a remarkable organization 

whose record of exceeding expectations dates back to its formation in 1948, when 
Abram L. Sachar challenged eight women volunteers to raise money for the university's first library. 

kbo'^e: Organization president Ruth Rose (1957-1960) presides at a 
BUNWC national conference. Opposite page: BUNWC members, like 
these volunteers from the mid-1960s, hit the phone lines to raise 
money for the new Brandeis library. 

In 1973, Brandeis faculty members began visiting local chapters and 
delivering lectures. Throughout the years, hundreds of professors have 
visited chapters coast-to-coast, from Seattle to Corpus Christi, from 
Atlantic Ciry to Detroit. John Bush Jones, now a retired theater arts 
professor, visited New York City to talk about social justice in the 
American musical and on another occasion brought two theater arts 
students to Florida to perform scenes from a Wendy Wasserstein play. 
Robert Sekuler, the Louis and Frances Salvage Professor of Psychology, 
traveled to Chicago and addressed BUNWC members on "Vast Fron- 
tiers of Inner Space: What Our Brains Tell Us about Our Minds." 
In Phoenix, Ann Koloski-Ostrow, associate professor of classical 
studies, mesmerized an audience when she talked about "Bath, Bathing 
Habits, and Brothels in the Roman City." Further south, Joyce 
Antler '63, the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History 
and Culture, spoke to more than five hundred members in the Florida 
region on the Jewish mother. Previous visits to Florida had set the stage 
for focus groups that provided Antler with background information 
and material for her research. 

To these audiences throughout the country, it was like sitting in a 
lecture hall at Brandeis. 

Louis. Louis 

Over the years, the committee also developed a variety of ways to rec- 
ognize group fundraising successes. The most sought-after award was a 
"Louis," a bust of university namesake and past Supreme Court justice 
Louis Brandeis, presented to chapters that met their fundraising goals. 


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"you'd see sixty-five-year-old women crying because they didn't get a Louis." 

Top photo: In 1996, conference delegates gather to celebrate 
BUNWC's millionth book contribution to the library, hboye: The 
coveted Louis Award was given to chapters for reaching both 
fundraising and membership goals. 

When a chapter succeeded, "it was like winning Wimbledon," 
Rabinovitz says. But if a chapter tell short of its goal, she notes, "you'd 
see sixty-five-year-old women crying because they didn't get a Louis. " 

By 1 996, the committee's fundraising efforts had yielded well over 
one million books for the Goldfarb Library. Since then, fundraising 
has expanded to support digitizing library volumes and collections, as 
well as to endow a chair for the university librarian. 

Broadening its mission, the committee recently mounted a cam- 
paign to help make Brandeis a scientific powerhouse. The Science tor 
Life campaign wrapped up last summer after raising $2.4 million for a 
laboratory in the new Carl J. Shapiro Science Center and an endowed 
medical science research journal fund — an achievement well beyond its 
$2 million goal. The committee, which now boasts 38,000 members 
in seventy-six chapters, is currently focused on filling the laboratory 
with students by launching the Students for Science campaign, which 
will fund scholarships for science majors. 

The Old Becomes New 

Even as it approaches its milestone anniversary, the women's commit- 
tee is still evolving and adapting to play a new role in advancing the 
university. The organization, which in fact has been enrolling both 
men and women for many vears, will now be known as the Brandeis 


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National Committee. Tailoring its goals to the university's dynamic 
needs, such as funding research and scholarship in lite sciences, the 
Brandeis National Committee will continue to support the libraries 
and other key initiatives of the institution. Under a new strategic plan, 
strengthened relationships with the alumni association and other seg- 
ments of the universirs' will afiford members enhanced learning oppor- 
tunities both on the road and in Walthani. Planners foresee programs 
bringing together committee members with alumni throughout the 
country, as well as more events on campus and greater access to curric- 
ular materials and video presentations from Brandeis. 

To Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, the evolution is a nat- 
ural one. "Since 1948," he says, "the Brandeis University National 
„ Women's Committee has been a mainstay of support for the university, 
g first for the libraries and today for an increasing range of essential institu- 
8 tional needs. Over the years, thousands of members of the national 
i women's committee have served as a first line of goodwill ambassadors for 
g Brandeis, lending their personal support and providing a presence and vis- 
i ibilirv for the universin- in communities across the nation. The organiza- 
5 tion's new strategic plan, the result of an extensive and inclusive planning 
I process, charts a clear future for one of Brandeis University's most impor- 
1 tant volunteer organizations. It provides a creative and engaging vision 
I that is challenging and, with continued hard work, achievable. " 

I Higfi Times Ahead 

r Dorothy Katz, cochair of the June event, joined BUNWC twenty-six 

S years ago in San Diego. Today, she says she can predict the mood of the 

sisterhood and it's a bonding. I don't have those feelings for the 
University of Illinois." 

RE: Generation 

At the entrance to Goldfarb Library, where the BUNWC office is 
located, there is a wall filled with hundreds of names of donors to the 
library and the university. And the inside covers of most volumes in the 
library are adorned with a BUNWC bookplate that designates the work 
as a gift from a donor somewhere in the organization's national network. 

Even though Brandeis students open those books and walk right past 
the donor wall every time they enter the library, many students do not 
make the connection to BUNWC's contributions or its ongoing role. 
That's a fact that the committee's student member, senior Sam Vaghar, 
says he is trying to change. 

"We have a lot to learn, and a lot to be grateful for," says Vaghar, a 
Newton, Massachusetts, resident who joined the board in 2007. 
Besides calling students' attention to the accomplishments of their 
unseen supporters, Vaghar is laying plans to bring a student perspective 
to the membership, participating in a pilot program that sends students 
to BUNWC chapters near their hometowns to talk about their 
Btandeis experiences. 

Through such visits, the organization hopes to draw the volunteers 
and contributors in the Brandeis National Committee ever closer to the 
students who are the ultimate beneficiaries of their efforts. 

Calling the committee's members "a very special group of people," 
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Left: Brandeis journalism professor Eileen McNamara (second from left) speaks with audience members at a joint BUNWC-Brandeis University Alumni 
Association event. Right; Former national president Joyce Krasnow (left) passes the gavel to current president Dorothy Pierce. 

volunteers who will gather in June to participate in workshops and 
briefings on everything from methods of fundraising to the commit- 
tee's new strategic plan. "They'll be on such a high," says Katz, a 1946 
graduate of the University of Illinois, "and when they see the campus 
for the first time, they'll become even more engaged with Brandeis." 

That's a common reaction for National Women's Committee mem- 
bers, Katz says, explaining, "It's a passion that grows within us. It's a 

excited to meet them. They want to hear what the students are doing 
and what they are thinking. They are interested in who we are and what 
we have to say, and we are excited to learn from them as well. Meeting 
with them face-to-face is a sure-fire way to increase both students' and 
supporters' appreciation for the broader Brandeis community." 

Judy Rakoivsky is a Bostoii-bcued freelance writer. 

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An international mix of graduate and undergraduate 
students enjoy Turkey, with all the fixings. 

In last summer's steamy heat, as Turkey seethed with tension over a sud- 
denly called presidential election, two groups of Brandeisians arrived in 
Istanbul. The first, comprising thirty-rwo graduate students, had come 
to study Turkey's financial markets and institutions. The second, younger 
delegation had come to neutral territory to meet "the other. " 

The graduate group — mainly candidates for the master of science in 
finance (MSF) degree from Brandeis's International Business School — 
had come for the school's annual World Financial Centers (WFC) pro- 
gram. This kind of intensive, one-week course, which Brandeis holds 
in major cities worldwide, is surprisingly rare among U.S. business 
schools, says John Ballantine, director of the MSF program and a leader 
of the Istanbul program. All MSF students must have already worked 
in the financial services sector for at least five years, and most continue 
working while studying part-time. (The full-time students in the 
Brandeis International Business School's other master's programs spend 
a semester overseas.) This year's WFC program was the first to be 
held in an emerging market — one that stood to be affected by the 
impending presidential election. 

The second group, composed of eight undergraduates, most of them 
Jewish, joined seven Palestinian undergraduates from Al-Quds Univer- 

sity in Jerusalem for a ten-day Summer Institute. The program was a 
component of the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership, which was first envi- 
sioned ten years ago by President Sari Nusseibeh ol Al-Quds and 
Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz and subsequently funded by the 
Ford Foundation. Previous Brandeis/ Al-Quds projects have featured 
administrative and faculty exchanges; the Istanbul Summer Institute 
was the first program to involve students. 

The institutions agreed that participants would not mention the 
Middle East conflict during class. Instead, they examined major texts 
in considering the question, "What makes a good society?" Still, the\' 
remained constantly aware of, as several Brandeis students put it, the 
looming "elephant in the room. " 

Both of these programs were examples of 'global Brandeis.' I he term 
focuses a new spotlight on the university's international involvements, 
but engagement with global communities goes back to Brandeis's earliest 
days, says Associate Vice President for Global Affairs Dan Ferris, who 
recently added that new hat to several others. Exactly fifty years ago, he 
notes, the university established the Wien Scholars program, one of the 
nation's first full-scholarship programs for foreign students. Terris is also 
the university's point man tor the Brandeis/AI-Quds partnership. 

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An interior view of Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece 
of Byzantine architecture that was for a thousand 
years the world's largest church. 

students and faculty in the Brandeis/AI-Quds Summer Institute pause in Bayazit Square, near Istanbul University. Seen in background are ttie mam entrance 
gates of ttie university, crafted by Frencli arctiitect Auguste Bourgeois in ttie mid-nineteentti century to tiouse tiie Ottoman Ministry of Military Affairs. 

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan says that both 
the WFC program, in being "very hands-on and uniquely crafted," and 
the Brandeis/AI-Quds program, in grappling with the "big ideas" of the 
good society and social justice, show the hallmarks of Brandeis's partic- 
ular brand of globalism. The thirty-rwo participants in the WFC 
program were globally representative themselves, originating from 
twenry-rwo countries. In the Brandeis International Business School 
(IBS) as a whole, more than 70 percent of today's students hold citizen- 
ship in a country other than the United States. 

Why was Istanbul the venue chosen for these events? 

For the WFC program, Istanbul offered a chance to study how 
financial institutions and policies evolve in a rapidly developing econ- 
omy. Brandeis IBS professor Can (pronounced "John") Erbil, a Turk 
himself, designed and helped lead the program, using his own contacts 
to schedule expert speakers and visits to financial institutions. 

For the Brandeis/Al-Quds program, Istanbul represented a "level 
playing field," a city that's predominantly Muslim but a comfortable 
home to many religions, as well as being culturally unfamiliar to most 
of the students. It had a more practical value, too, says Whelan, who 
designed and taught the program's curriculum with Said Zeedani, vice 
president for academic affairs at Al-Quds University. Choosing 
Istanbul made it easier for the Palestinian students — who, having no 
country, have no passports — to get visas. 

But most dramatically, tor both programs, Istanbul offered itself 

Spanning the Bosporus, or Istanbul Strait, it is the only city in the 
world located on two continents, with architectural treasures dating 
back through the Ottoman, B)'2antine, Roman, and Greek eras. "It 
could have been a text all by itself," says Alwina Bennett, assistant 
provost for graduate affairs, who accompanied the undergraduate group. 

During curricular sessions, both groups attended to their subjects. 
Under the leadership of Erbil and Ballantine, WFC students attended 
presentations by high-level officials from the Central Bank of Turkey, a 
commercial bank, and a brokerage firm, as well as by professors from 
major Turkish universities. They visited Istanbul's stock exchange on 
the day it hit an all-time high. They learned that emerging from fort)- 
years of very high inflation has enabled the country to attempt, for the 
first time, a mortgage system. Erbil savs that the students, with back- 
grounds in finance in their own countries, contributed great compar- 
isons during discussions. Observes participant Lynn Cordaro, an 
American, "That's one of the appeals of this whole course: you learn 
from both the students and the professors." 

In their own class periods, the Brandeis/Al-Quds students consid- 
ered the good society, using readings that probed the powers and 
responsibilities of civil authorities, the rights and duties of citizens, and 
the role of individual conscience. Their assigned texts included 
Sophocles' Antigone, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 


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Shirlcv lackson's "The Lottery," and pertinent works by Plato, 
Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Martin Luther King Jr., and Zora Neale 
Hurston. After presentations by Whelan and Zeedani, students led 
discussions based on the readings. Whelan reports that King, Hurston, 
and Machiavelli ranked high in students' interest. 

Participants, who ate all their meals together and roomed with stu- 
dents from the other delegation, had been carefully chosen for this 
experience. Most of the Brandeisians had been to Israel, some many 
times. One woman had both served in the Israeli Army and cam- 
paigned for Israel's leading peace party. Two students had studied in 
C'airo. Yael Maz.or '08, the child of an Israeli mother and a Kurdish 
father, might have been speaking for most of the group when she wrote 
in her application, "I feel . . . like a bridge for cross-cultural dialogue." 

But bridging wasn't simple. Class discussions were held in English, 
which presented a challenge for some of the Palestinians. "And," 
observes Garrett Nada 10, "we're Brandeis students, used to debating 
very passionately in class and using our most elegant vocabulary to be 
persuasive. We started toning it down after the first day — but there was 
still a gap." 

Then, too, there was that elephant in the room. The Middle East 
conflict "was definitely there," says Nada. "So afterward there were a lot 
of intensive conversations about what everyone was thinking while in 
the room." Afterward there were sometimes tears, too, says Whelan. 

Beyond the classroom, students in both groups enjoyed Istanbul 
itself. For the Palestinian students — many of whom, Whelan says, 
probably had never left their homeland before or ridden in a plane or 
on a terry — the absence of checkpoints, roadblocks, and curfews was a 

East meets West at the closing ceremonies of the Summer Institute as 
delegates from Brandeis and Al-Quds universities accessorize Louis 
Brandeis T-shirts with Middle Eastern garb. 

big thing. Both groups delighted in the cii\'s monuments and sights — 
among them the massive sixth-century basilica Hagia Sophia, generally 
considered the masterpiece of Bj-zantine architecture and for a thou- 
sand years the worlds largest church; the seventeenth-century "Blue 
Mosque"; the city's largest synagogue; a Greek Orthodox patriarchal 
church; the lopkapi Palace, official residence of the Ottoman sultans 

for nearly 400 years; and the Grand Bazaar. There were rides on the 
Bosporus, and one day, ,is their leaders enjoy noting, some of the 
Brandeis/ Al-Quds group went to Asia for lunch. For both groups, spe- 
cial dinners provided wonderful food and discussions with local 
experts, and the prayerful Sufi ritual of whirling dervishes evoked 
amazement. Both groups also had invaluable assistance from a young 
Turk, a Brandeis graduate student herself who accompanied them as 
an interpreter of language and local life. 

For many students, including Cordaro, just walking Istanbul's streets 
was fascinating. Cordaro says Erbil's knowledge and excitement added 
greatly to her group's experience of the city. "We loved it because he 
loves it!" she says. 

"We could see tankers steaming through, 
toward the Black Sea and Russia. This is 
rather a cliche, but Turkey is the bridge 
between Europe and Asia. That was it. 
We were there." 

One afternoon, the WFC group held an especially penetrating dis- 
cussion with professors at a local university. The building was located 
"at zero distance from the Bosporus," says Simon Sherrington, 
Brandeis IBS director of strategic planning, who worked with Erbil in 
setting up the program. As the French doors of the meeting room were 
thrown open, he says, the group gazed out at Istanbul's bridge and Asia 
beyond, "with the waters of the Bosporus lapping against the bank 
beneath us. We could see tankers steaming through, toward the Black 
Sea and Russia. This is rather a cliche, but Turkey is the bridge between 
Europe and Asia. That was it. We were there." 

Part of the drama of "being there" for that view across to Asia, in the 
turmoil right before the election, was knowing that the European 
Union's foot-dragging about admitting Turkey might erode the nation's 
desire to join. Would the candidate of the mildly Islamic party be 
elected president, and perhaps help turn Turkey's eyes away from 
Europe, east across the Bosporus, and north? Or would the candidate 
of the secular, westward-looking parties win? 

Cordaro calls the whole WFC experience — curricular and extracur- 
ricular — the greatest trip she's ever been on. "Now," she says, "I feel as 
though I'm from Turkey. I belong there." Notably, she wants to explore 
outsourcing some of her company's work to Turkey. "India is getting 
too expensive," she says. 

WFC participant Thomas Reedy, who comes from Ireland, says he 
gained "an ability to apply what we've learned to a new situation, like 
Turkey. " Reedy, who has made a successful job search since completing 
the program, says it was useful in that process, too. "Employers ask 
questions about it during an interview. It's all about competitive advan- 
tage, and this was something unique." 

For students in the Brandeis/Al-Quds Summer Institute, there were, 
of course, no final conclusions about what makes a good society. 
Observes Hilla Shimshoni '10, the former Israeli soldier, "I think [the 
Palestinians] were disillusioned with American attempts to export our 

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version oi" democracy. And as for us, since it's our reality, we know it 
works, in one way or anottier. It's not great, but it works. " 

Finally, as intended, what mattered most was personal contact. One 
Palestinian who originally hadn't wanted to attend because he "hated 
Americans" later wrote in his evaluation: 

into the school year, her friend e-mailed that shed been reading what 
Kent gave her and was greatly shaken by it. Kent was much encour- 
aged. But months later, her friend returned to the subject. The others 
in her community were telling her that Kent was wrong, she said, and 
in order for her to be part of the community, she had to believe them. 

Shimshoni, the Israeli soldier, says, "It was important to finally meet 
a Palestinian, after twenty-two years. Palestinians live in a region less 
than two miles away from my home, with a roadblock between us — 
and we had to travel halfway around the world to meet and talk. The 
greatest thing that I got from it was, unfortunately, the understanding 
that 'oh, my God, we are so different. " 

Even with those differences, though, she says, "there was definitely 
at the end of the day this feeling of 'we want something else. We want 
to be able to live side by side in some form or another. " 

For ten days, these students did live side by side, as classmates and 
roommates, and they have much to remember: laughing over lunch 
together; walking along the shore together; and watching news 
bulletins on CNN together, discussing what gets shown and what 
doesn't. They recall hearing, or telling, of hours-long delays at check- 
points and border crossings, sometimes followed by denials of 
passage — even to take one's final exams. Sherer recollects learning that 
his roommate, Palestinian Tareq Nowarah, was "the kind of guy who 
makes the most of every day," a "great guy," and a "true friend." In her 

"I was scared at the beginning [about] 
being able to live with the American 
students. But when I met them all my 

Western visitors don Palestinian attire for the Summer Institute's wind-up 
ceremony in Istanbul. Left to right, Michaele Whelan, Alwina Bennett, Yael 
li/lazor '08, Hllla Shimshoni '10, Gabriels Lupatkin '09. and Jessica Kent '09. 

"Really the difference was huge. [The Americans were] not like the peo- 
ple in my country. They were totally different .... We wanted to be care- 
ful because our situation is a little bit different from them, [ejspecially 
when we know that most of the[m] are Jewish . . . Day after day, when I 
spen|t] a lot of time with them 1 [saw] and notice[d] different things . . . 
They are friendly, and the most important [thing] 1 [saw is that] they are 
very simple, they have a good heart .... 1 started to enjoy [being] with 
this group after a while ... In the end we share[d] all together our feeling 
and thoughts and our dreams [for] the fiiture and imagine[d] how we 
could live in this world with different condition[s]. 1 want to say that this 
trip made me very happy and so excited to have met those student[s]. " 

Still, relationships were affected by the language difference — and by 
what Brandeisian Jeremy Sherer '10 calls "the info gap." As Nada 
explains, "We were dealing with different fact books, because our edu- 
cations are so different, and the sources we get information from. 
Sometimes you have to just agree to disagree." 

Among the most painful subjects trapped in the info gap were beliefs 
about the existence and extent of the Holocaust. Jessica Kent '09 
became exceptionally close to a number of Palestinians and has 
remained in close e-mail contact with them. With one woman in par- 
ticular she discussed the Holocaust. Eventually they agreed that each 
would read one of the other's resources on the subject. Several weeks 

thoughts flipped 180 degrees, and I was 
so happy in doing everything with them." 

evaluation form, Palestinian Nisreen Tirhi reflects, "I was scared at the 
beginning [about] being able to live with the American students .... 
But when 1 met them all my thoughts flipped 1 80 degrees, and I was 
so happy in doing everything with them." 

For all of them now, at the very least, "the other' has a face. 
Speaking of her Palestinian friend, Kent says, "I don't want her to 
pretend to believe the Holocaust happened, if she really thinks it 
didn't. I want her to be able to tell me honestly what she thinks. But 1 
want her to look at me and understand how what I believe about the 
Holocaust has shaped my life as a Jew." 

In Turkey's election, the mildly Islamic candidate was elected in a 
landslide. Feeling unwanted by much of the EU rankles Turks — and 
Erbil reports that now only about 30 percent approve of accession. "If 
you don't want us, " the thinking goes, "we don't want you." After all, 
thete are plenty of possible Islamic partners nearby. In January 2008, 
Turkey signed important cooperation agreements with Syria. 

The challenge of drawing closer to "the other" lives on. 

For mure on the Bni>uleis/Al-Qiuis Sianiner Institute, see Garrett Nadu's 
article in Chalav U'Dvash: Brandeis's Journal of Zionist Thought, 
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ing Lemurs! 

Using art, science, and narrative to teach conservation. 

By Laura Gardner 

In a scientific era dominated by lite on 
tiie microscopic level, Dan Perlman is 
passionate about keeping the biologi- 
cal big picture in mind. While other biolo- 
gists may spend their careers exploring the 
invisible worlds of cellular machinery or 
DNA repair, Perlman, a conservation biol- 
ogist and expert photographer, prefers to 
point his lens on the world of organisms 
and ecosystems, capturing Azteca ants 
living in Cecropia trees as brilliantly as he 
does East African savannahs or open-pit 
mining operations in Montana. 

The pictures he takes, however, are just 
the beginning of the story. An arresting 
image of a fey and delicate lemur, 
Verreaux's sifaka, dancing in midair 
becomes a springboard to discuss habitat 
loss and hunting. Panoramas of a spiny 
forest on a moonlit night, a desertlike 
landscape with scraggly, Seussian trees, can 
provide the visual entree to an intense dis- 
cussion about fragile ecosystems and the 
human impact on them. 

Supported by a grant from the Marion 
and Jasper Whiting Foundation, Perlman 
spent three weeks last summer on Madagas- 
car, the island nation off the southeastern 
coast of Africa. Madagascar broke awa\' 
from Africa some 120 million years ago, 
marooning and safeguarding — until now — 
unparalleled biodiversity. 

"Madagascar is arguably the most 
important place on the planet for biodi- 
versit)', with a fascinating evolutionary 
past," says Perlman. "Ninety percent of 
the plants that exist there are found 

nowhere else; virtually all of the island's 
amphibians are found nowhere else. 
That's why I went there." 

And then there are those acrobatic, tree- 
dwelling primitive primates, the lemurs, 
icons of the nation's biodiversity and its 
threatened ecology. Perlman says there are 
dozens of species of lemurs, including some 

yet to be identified. All of them are under 
severe threat from humankind. 

The people of Madagascar, known as the 
Malagasy, are becoming aware of what a 
treasure their homeland is, and they are 
beginning to recognize that ecotourism 
could become a source of income, but they 
are poor subsistence farmers, so forests are 

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field work 

falling in order to keep people alive, notes 
Perlman, describing how land is being 
cleared for crops. 

In Madagascar, Perlman followed a hectic 
but thrilling routine of observing and pho- 
tographing flora and fauna in various parts 
of the island, from a tropical rainforest in 
the northeast to the spiny forest in the 
south. He had expert guidance from one ot 
his former students, Rachel Kramer 'O'S. 
Now a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagas- 
car, Kramer introduces high-school stu- 
dents to environmentalism and shows 
villagers how to undertake ecological inven- 
tories, the first step in conservation. 

Perlman, who returned to Brandeis with 
a treasure trove of photographs and notes 
last semester, is now adding the images and 
supporting text to, the 
free, educational Web site he created and 
launched in 2005 with his own photo- 
graphs and descriptions to help tell — and 
sell — the global story of conservation. 

"Images and stories help students learn 
.ibout conservation, ecology, biodiversity — all 
the stuff I'm passionate about," says Perlman. 
"I've learned from my own teaching about 
rhe power ni visual images and effective 
stories to educate and motivate." It's a modus 
operandi that has also earned him four pres- 
tigious teaching awards. 

Raising awareness of the delicate, com- 
plex balancing act between managing 
human impact and protecting natural habi- 
tat lies at the heart of all Perlman's fieldwork, 
whether it takes place in his hometown, 
Newton, Massachusetts, in Costa Rica, or in 
Madagascar. Educated in the great traditio[i 
of field biology, Perlman believes in "biolo- 
gizing" in your own backyard — perhaps 
especially in your own backyard, since the 
United States exerts the greatest environ- 
mental impact on the planet. 

"A lot ot what I do is specifically focused 
on humans and how they interact with 
nature," says Perlman, who studied social 
psychology at Yale before moving on to am 
behavior as a doctoral student at Harvard 

with famed evolutionary biologist and focusing on the larger issues ot conservatmn 
fabled "ant man" E. O. Wilson. rather than the tiny world of Insecta. 

Rut during his dissertation research in Even a quick trip through Perlman's tas- will /yo^/c .w/)/(V« tigure out what the rest ot 

Costa Rica years ago studying Azteca ants in cinating and beautiful EcoLibrary makes it the planet has always known? 
their rapidly dwindling rainforest habitat, clear just how many species have flourished 

Perlman realized diat he could have a much forever by practicing mutualism — the ben- /mum Gtirdner is the university's senior 
greater impact as a biologist and teacher by etlcial biological networking between dif- cotnrnuniciitions specialist and science editor 

teieni species that enhances everyone's 
long-term survival. The question is. When 

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Dance Fever 

Alumnae and students put their best feet forward. 

By Carrie Simmons 

After nineteen years ot teaching dance and choreography at 
Brandeis, Susan Dibble counts many successfijl dancers 
and choreographers as former students, along with doctors, 
lawyers, and other professionals who continue to dance. 

Susanna Katsman '98 went on to study at Dance New Amster- 
dam in New York City while working to integrate dance into the 
curriculum at a public elementary school. When she returned to 
Massachusetts as director of alumni and development information 
at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Katsman was looking for 
a way to keep dance in her life and reconnect with her alma mater. 

In 2006, Dibble and Katsman founded the Brandeis Dance Col- 
lective (BDC) to showcase the original choreography of alumni. 
"We wanted to create an opportunity for alumni to share their work 
with the campus and the local community, and also create another 
opportunity for dance to be seen on campus, " says Dibble, chair of 
the Department of Theater Arts. 

Since the company's inception, alumnae from as far away as 
California have returned to campus to perform solo and ensemble 
dances with Brandeis faculty and undergraduate dance students. 
BDC's inaugural showcase. Coming Back and Moving Forward, took 
place in fall 2006. It featured seven pieces, including Take Me Back, 
choreographed by Becca Rausch 01, a Boston attorney. 

The Brandeis Dance Collective's thirty active members now host a 
large showcase each fall with as many as ten pieces and present a spring 
showcase as part of Brandeis's annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the 
Creative Arts. This year's performance, scheduled for Sunday, 
,^pril 1 3, will feature an excerpt from Katsman's piece The Office Suite, 
a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens in the workplace. Dibble will 
choreograph a solo performed by Melissa Buckheit 01 , a poet, dancer, 
and photographer who lives in Tucson, Arizona, as well as a group 
dance dedicated to the Lydian String Quartet. 

Dibble also encourages her undergraduate students to participate 
in the concerts. The fall 2007 showcase included Reveille, choreo- 
graphed by Alysha Bedig 09 and performed by the Dance Ensem- 
ble of Adagio Dance Company, the largest student-run dance group 
at Brandeis. Dibble and Katsman have also collaborated with 
undergraduate students for group pieces. 

"Seeds are defmitely being planted for mentoring," says 
Katsman, who was a member of Adagio and B'yachad, an Israeli 
folk dance troupe at Brandeis. 

In light of the university's commitment to social justice. Dibble 
says she is eager to invite more dancers and choreographers who 
have made a mark in dance history and created social change. 

Carrie Simmons is assistant director of integrated marketing at Brandeis. 

Spriiifi "08 I liraiiclcis I iii\-iTsity Majiaziiit' 



ICCIlIll Illl> 

Reeling Them In 

Brandeis aims to level the recruiting playing field. 

By Adam Levin 

One of the most important aspects of putting together a suc- 
cessful college team is recruiting, even at the Division 111 
level. To see how just a small shift in recruiting policies can 
effect a major change on the court, one need look no further than 
the Brandeis volleyball team. 

Since head coach Michelle Kim took over in 2004, the Judges have 
won ECAC New England titles in 2006 and 2007, setting the school 
record for wins with their 28-10 mark last fall. Kim has done this by 
putting together a roster of thirteen players representing eight differ- 
ent states, including California, Colorado, Georgia, and Hawaii. 

Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa '90 was Kim's predecessor as 
head volleyball coach. When Sousa became the head of the depart- 
ment in 2004, after seeing the Judges' fortunes in the university 

Athletic Association dip, one of the fust tasks she undertook was 
examining the recruiting budgets around the league. "We lagged 
behind drastically," Sousa said. "The next highest school had ,i 
budget nearly six times ours." 

Sousa has been able to close that gap, making more travel funds 
available to allow coaches a much greater flexibility in their recruiting. 
As a former volleyball coach, Sousa knows the importance of being 
able to go after a national player pool. "Unfortunately, New England 
isn't as deep an area for high school recruiting as other parts of the 
country, especially with so many quality colleges competing for 
talent," Sousa said. "But I was never able to gei anywhere much 
beyond Baltimore for the big club tournaments that it seemed like 
everyone else was at." 

Now that coaches are able to travel to showcases in places like 
Florida and California, the opportunities are opening to spread the 
Brandeis name. Kim recalls her first big recruiting trip to .i shdwcase 
in Las Vegas. "There were close to 200 teams that 1 would ne\ er haw- 
been able to see otherwise," she said. "Before [as an assistant under 
Sousa], we had to judge from videotape. Now, I can identify club 
teams that are successful. Even if I or Marni (assistant coach Marni 
Kutok) don't have a chance to see a potential player, we have a rough 
knowledge of her skill level because we are familiar with hci lIuIi." 

It was Kim's familiarity that brought players like junior Lorraine 
Wingenbach, the program's first All- American , from Butfalo, New 
York, All-LIAA sophomore Piera Carfagno, a middle blocker from 
Los Angeles, and the 2007 conference Rookie of the Year, setter 
Abby Blasco from Boulder, Colorado, to her attenlion. Aher thai, 
it was up to her to sell the players on Brandeis. "Celling jirospec- 
tive students on campus is really a key point in the process," Kim 
said. "Anyone who is looking at Brandeis is doing their homework. 
They know about the education we can provide them, Inn we have 
to convince them that Brandeis is the right fit." 

Kim said that her players do most of the work when recruiis muic 
to campus. McAllister was especially impressed oii her visii. "\\\ nip 
was epic," she recalled. "The girls really showed me a great time." 

= Adam Levin V4 is director oj sports injornuilion. 

Brjiridi'i-, I iiixi'i'silv Magazine | Spring 08 





Comeuppance: Costly 
Signaling, Altruistic 
Punishment, and Other 
Biological Components 
of Fiction 
By William Flesch 
264 pages, $39.95 
Harvard University Press 

With Comeuppance, professor ot 
English literature Flesch delivers the 
freshest, most generous thinking 
about the novel 
since Walter 
Benjamin wrote on 
the storyteller and 
Wayne C. Booth on 
the rhetoric of fic- 
tion. In clear and 
engaging prose, 
Flesch integrates 
evolutionary psy- 
chology into literary 
studies, creating a 
new theory of fic- 
tion in which form and content flaw- 
lessly intermesh. Fiction, Flesch 
contends, gives us our most powerful 
way ot making sense of the social 
world. Comeuppance begins with an 
exploration of the appeal of gossip 
and ends with an account of how we 
can think about characters and care 
about them as much as about per- 
sons we know to be real. 

Psychiatric Genetics: 
Applications in 
Clinical Practice 
Edited by Jordan Smeller, Beth 

Rosen Sheidley, MS'94, and 

Ming Tsuang 
323 pages, $55 
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 

As more patients seek intormation 
about family risks of psychiatric ill- 
ness — an interest likely to increase as 
gene-identification studies are publi- 
cized — most psychiatrists agree it is 


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their role to discuss 
these issues but 
admit they are ill- 
prepared to do so. 
Psychiatric Genetics 
addresses that need 
as the first book to 
focus on clinical 
applications of 
genetics in psychia- 
try. It covers issues 
involved in genetic 
counseling, the interpretation of 
lamilial and genetic information for 
clinical use, information regarding 
risks associated with specific psychi- 
atric disorders, risk/benefit considera- 
tions related ro medication use during 
pregnancy, and the ethical and social 
implications ot psychiatric genetic 
knowledge and research — including 
the prospects for genetic testing. 
Coeditor Sheidley is an associate pro- 
fessor of the practice of genetic coun- 
seling and codirector of research and 
professional developmen of the genet- 
ic counseling program at Brandeis. 


American Public 

Education Law 

By David C. Bloomfield 74 

160 pages, $18.95 

Peter Lang Primers 

Bloomfield, associate professor and 
head of educational leadership at 
Brooklyn College, provides advice on 
such issues as student expression, 

church/state separa- 
tion, discipline, 
special education, 
discrimination, and 
more. The book 
uses a simple format 
that renders the 
information accessi- 
ble to parents, 
teachers, education 
students, and any- 
one else interested 

American Public 
Education Law 

in public education. The author, who 
holds advanced degrees from 
Columbia Universit)' School of Law 
and Princeton University, has worked 
as an elementary- and middle-school 
teacher and an education lawyer at a 
prominent Washington, D.C., firm. 

Bad Faith: The Danger of 
Religious Extremism 

By Neil J. KresselVS, MA78 
327 pages, $26, Prometheus Books 

How does someone who begins by 
contemplating God end up commit- 
ting murder.'' Is evil the corruption of 
true religion, or is religion itself the 
root of extremist 
violence? Kressel, 
who teaches social 
. » »--y science at William 

I A\ II Paterson University, 

confronts religious 
militancy, showing 
how extremists 
manipulate the vul- 
nerable to shape ide- 
ologically motivated 
killers. In a prepress 
review, Raymond 
Paloutzian, editor of the International 
Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 
commented, "This book is timeless 
and urgent, and the dilemma is big. 
It is full of information with sobering 
accounts of historical and contempo- 
rary acts of violence in the name of 
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam." 

Black Pain: It Just Looks 
Like We're Not Hurting 

ByTerrieM. Williams 75 
332 pages, $25, Scribner 

Williams founded the Stay Strong 
Foundation, dedicated to youth advo- 
cacy and mentoring. A social worker 
with a master's degree from Columbia, 
she hit the peak of success as a public- 
relations agent whose clients included 
Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, and the 



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NBA. But after an 
emotional break- 
down, she shifted 
gears, devoting her- 
self to helping others 
who lace depressive 
illness. In Black 
Pain, she talks about 
particular stresses 
confronting the 
black communit)' — 
stresses that can 
result in violence, eating disorders, 
and addiction to drugs, alcohol, 
gambling, and sex. Williams provides 
a guide to finding relief through faith, 
therapy, diet, exercise, and building a 
supportive personal network. 

The Book of Dahlia 

By Elisa Albert '00 

259 pages, $15, Simon & Schuster 

When Albert was a student at 
Brandeis, her older brother died of 
cancer. "This loss," according to 
editor Wylie O'Sullivan, "led her to 
investigate the culture of illness and 
death, to critique our society's 
general inability to deal with either, 
and, ultimately, to write this coura- 
geous and hilarious book." Albert's 
debut novel centers around Dahlia 
Finger, a depressed, amusingly self- 
deprecating, and underachieving 
twenty-nine-year-old who is suddenly 
snapped awake by a diagnosis of 
terminal brain cancer. The author, 
who holds an MFA in fiction writing 
from Columbia 
University, was 
critically acclaimed 
for her 2006 short 
story collection. 
How This Night Is 
Different. She has 
been lauded by 
Variety as "witty" 
and "incisive" and 
by Time Out New 
York as a "wonder- 
inducing writer." 

Ii-i^ ['iiivci-sity Maiiii/inc [ Spririj 

Brain injury Medicine: 
Principles and Practice 

Edited by Nathan D. Zasler, 
Douglas 1. Katz '76, and 
Ross D. Zafonte 

1,274 pages, $199 

Demos Medical Publishing 

This two-inch-thick volume, which 
contains contributions from 136 
prominent experts in the field of 
brain-injury medicine, was designed 
as a multidisciplinary reference for 
psychiatrists, neurologists, and other 
physicians. It also 
serves as a source- 
book for attorneys 
and advocates, as 



well as neuropsy- 
chologists; nurses; 

I'hysical, occupa- 
tional, and speech 
therapists; and 
other members of 
patient rehabilita- 
tion teams. The 
book covers the full continuum 
from early diagnosis and evaluation 
through rehabilitation, postacute 
care, and community reentry. Katz 
is affiliated with HealthSouth Brain- 
tree Rehabilitation Hospital and 
Boston University's Department 
of Neurology. 

Children of the U.S.A. 

By Maya Ajmera, Yvonne Wikim 
Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder '65, 
and Cynthia Pon 

128 pages, $23.95 

Charlesbridge Publishing 

Hirschfelder, an author of award- 
winning nonfiction books as well as 
curricula dealing with American 
history and contemporary social 
issues, teamed up with three other 
women to compile this book of col- 
orful photos spotlighting kids from 
coast to coast. Profiles of youngsters 
from small towns and large cities, 
coastal villages and colorful ethnic 

enclaves help to 
answer the unifying 
question, "What is 
it like to grow up 
in the United States 
of America?" The 
book is a project of 
the Global Fund 
for Children, which 
supports innovative 
organizations that serve the world's 
most vulnerable children and youth. 

Copyediting and 
Proofreading for Dummies 

By Suzanne Lindenblatt Gilad '93 
356 pages, $19.99, Wiley 

Copyediting & 

If \ou don't know 
the difference 
between eminent 
and imminent, 
haven't a clue 
whether to capitalize 
summer and winter, 
or think apostrophes 
belong before every 
S, you may find 
some help here. This book also offers 
good counsel on items ranging from 
the importance of the deadline to the 
difference between proofreading and 
copyediting, as well as shining light on 
subtle nuances of punctuation, politi- 
cal correctness, and subject-verb agree- 
ment. Gilad, president of PaidTo, also provides advice on 
getting started in the profession, a 
primer on common proofreading 
symbols, and tips on mastering the 
electronic editing process. 

The Critical Reception of 

Henry James: Creating 

a Master 

By Linda Simon, PhD'83 

162 pages, $65, Camden House 

Henry James is one of those enviable 
or unenviable writers who have been 

written about more 
than they have 
written. Was he, as 
his contemporan' 
critics asserted, "just 
short of a great 
writer," or was he 
truly distinguished 
for his psychological 
insights and stylistic 
innovations? In this 
volume, Simon, pro- 
fessor of English at Skidmore College, 
surveys the tlill range ot James criti- 
cism over the past 140 years. Particular 
attention is gi\'en to the past several 
decides, during which James .scholar- 
ship has focused provocatively on sex- 
ualin' and gender, race and morality, 
and the nature of consciousness. 
Writes James biographer Sheldon 
Novick, "Lucidly, generously, and 
enticinglv, Simon tells the story of a 
century and a half of dizzying strug- 
gles among Henry James himself and 
his critics to construct and demolish 
rival images. Ihe historical Henry 
James emerges mysteriously smiling 
from the conflicting accounts, like a 
character in one of his own novels." 

Cut Cords of Attachment: 
Heal Yourself and Others 
with Energy Spirituality 

By Rosetree (Laura Sue 

Rosenbaiim 69) 
.IM) pages, SI 8.95 
Women's Intuition Worldwide 

Self-help guru Rosetree is the founder 
of the organization Energ\' Spirituality 
and the author ol 




numerous books. In 
Cut (.'ord< ofAtUlih- 
nicnt, she argues for 
liberating personal 
relationships Irom 
the limitaiions ol 
old patterns. Are 
\'our interactions 
with your broiher 
ilominated by 

memories of childhood bullying? 
Docs your college roommate always 
bring you down with her anger at 
men? Do you find vourself defending 
vour life choices to your mom? 
Whatever the pattern, Rosetree says, 
you can preserve the relationship 
while cutting the cord that binds, 
freeing you to interact in new ways. 
Ihe book includes a "12-Step" 
program for severing such ties. 

A Darker, Sweeter String 

By Lee Sharkey '66 

94 pages, $15, Off the Grid Press 

Sharkey is best known as the author 
of Jo II Vanished World, a poem 
sequence written in response to 
Roman Vishniac's photographs of 

Eastern European 
Jews in the years 
preceding the 
N.izi Holocaust. 
She lives in the 
woods outside 
Maine, where she 
coedits the Bcloit 
Poetiy Journal and 
stands in a weekly 
peace vigil with 
Women in Black. 
This volume contains more than 
three dozen poems, some of which 
appeared originally in the literary 
journals Green Mountains Review, 
Ihe Pinch. Prairie Schooner, Sandy 
River Review, and The Other Side of 
Sorrow: Poets Speak Out about 
(Conflict, War, and Peace. 

Displacing Place: Mobile 
Communications in the 
Twenty-first Century 

l.dited by Sharon KIcinman '8S 
252 pages, $,^1.95, Peter Lang 

Yoiu' kid text-messages you at work. 
Ninn- friend phones while you're 
walking in the woods to ask what 

movie he should rent. Your medical 
records are almost instantly available 
to anyone who needs them — and 
perhaps some 
people who don't. 
The "imagine 
thats" of life in the 
digital era inspired 
RIeinman to put 
together this book 
of fourteen essays 
about how mobile 
information and 
technologies have 
reduced the 
limitations of place to alter how we 
work, play, and relate to one 
another. C^ontributors touch upon 
subjects ranging from cyber crime 
to long-distance therapy, and from 
cell-phone ads to the future of 
cities. A professor of communica- 
tions at Quinnipiac University, 
Kleinman earned an MS and a 
PhD in communications from 
Cornell after graduating from 
Brandeis with a BA in English and 
American literature. 

Embattled Avant-Gardes: 
Modernism's Resistance to 
Commodity Culture in Europe 

By Walter L. Adamson, PhD'76 

435 pages, $45 

University of California Press 

Undertaking what the publishers call 
"a panoramic overview and ambitious 
critical interpretation of European 
Adamson charts the and fall of 
modernist aspira- 
tions in individuals 
and movements as 
diverse as social 
critic John Ruskin, 
prewar futurist F. T. 
Marinetti, artist 
Wa.ssilv Kandinsky, 
poet and literary 




critic Herbert Read, the Bauhaus, 
and Purism. He describes their roles 
in the movement's twentieth- 
century efforts to create a vibrant, 
aesthetically satisfying form of 
what the author calls "cultural 
democracy." While the subject may 
sound heady, it is presented, says 
reviewer Mary Gluck, in such a way 
that "even the nonspecialist reader 
will come away with an under- 
standing of the stakes in modernist 
studies." Adamson is the Samuel 
Candler Dobbs Professor of Intellec- 
tual History at Emory University. 

The Eyes Are the Same 

By Susan Geller Gold '56 

235 pages, $19.95, Full Court Press 

This Holocaust memoir describes a 
young girl's consciousness with great 
fidelity and a poet's eyes. In it. Gold, 
a Polish Jew, recounts how her 
privileged childhood was torn apart, 
replaced by two harrowing years spent 
in a hole in the ground beneath a 

stable, and describes 
the long subsequent 
recovery. In her 
forward, Gold 
writes, "Even today, 
I viscerally remem- 
ber that world. How 
is one to resolve 
these fears, have a 
productive life, and 
believe in human 
values, justice and 
creativity? When we 
came to America, I fled into the 
present and visions of a better future. 
Yet I could not entirely let it go, and 
I wanted to maintain at least a toe- 
hold in my childhood. With time, 
the past was resurrected and 
returned." Holocaust historian 
Martin Gilbert calls Gold's book "one 
of the most authentic and devastating 
accounts of the Holocaust that I have 
read. It is stark, immediate, and 
poignant in the extreme." 

Biaiiileis Uiiiversily Maga/iiii' | S|>iiiij; (lil 

The Faith Between Us: A Jew 
and a Catholic Search for the 
Meaning of God 

By Peter Bebergal '94 and 

Scott Kerb 
240 pages, $24.95, Bloomsbury 

Bebergal is described by his 
publisher as "a failed Jewish mystic" 
and Korb as "a former wannabe 
Catholic priest. " 
Despite those 
differences, there is 
more to link them, 
including a belief in 
Ciod, an unwaver- 
ing interest in the 
phenomenon of 
religious faith, and 
an unswerving 
friendship that 
allows them to con- 
front their philo- 
sophical and theological explorations 
in a challenging, ongoing dialogue. 
Reviewer Sara Miles says, "Friend- 
ship between men is at the heart of 
this powerful and surprising 
story . . . [which is] also the story 
of their love affairs with God." 
In another prepublication review, 
author Jeff Sharlet calls the book 
"part Confessions of St. Augustine, 
part Bntch Cassidy and the Sundance 
Kid, a true story that is both subtle 
and adventurous." A writing teacher 
at Simmons College in Boston, 
Bebergal attended Harvard Divinity 
School after his Brandeis graduation. 

Freedom's Empire: Race 

and the Rise of the Novel 

in Atlantic Modernity, 


By Laura Doyle, PhD'87 

578 pages, $27.95 

Duke University Press 

Doyle, professor of English at the 
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 
received recognition for her 1994 
book Bordering on the Body: The 

Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and 
Culture, a study of the mother figure 
in literature and the 
arts. In this new 
work, she makes an 
argument for the 
central, formative 
role of race in the 
development of 
literature over 
three centuries. In 
making her case, 
she examines the 
work of writers as 
diverse as Aphra Behn, Eliza 
Haywood, Olaudah Equiano, 
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Louis 
Stevenson, and George Eliot. 

From Pioneering to 
Persevering: Family Farming 
in Indiana to 1880 

By Paul Salstrom, VL\'84, PhD'88 
208 pages, $23.95 
Purdue University Press 

Thomas Jefferson envisioned an 
America based on family farming, 
and Indiana's settlers traveled west to 
turn Jefferson's dream into a reality. 
In this scholarly work, Salstrom, 
who teaches history at Saint Mary- 
of-the- Woods 
College near Terre 
Haute, Indiana, 
traces the state's 
agricultural history 
from the early pio- 
neering days, when 
land was cheap and 
fertile, through the 
"golden age" of 
family farming 
during the Civil 
War, and up into 
the late nineteenth century. In 
telling the Hoosier story, Salstrom 
counters the stereotype of the 
"independent" farmer with an 

. Pioneering 

... Persevering 

account of an interdependent 
community activity. 

The Gift of Participation: 
A Guide to Mailing Informed 
Decisions About Volunteering 
for a Clinical Trial 

By Kenneth Getz '84 

360 pages, $19.95, Jerian Publishing 

The Gift of 

Would you accept an 
experimental injec- 
tion ot" a virus it it 
might lead to the 
eradication of that 
virus through inocu- 
lation? What if the 
virus were HIV? 
Gea, senior research 
fellow at Tufts 
University's Center 
for the Study of 
Drug Development, explicates the role 
of human subjects in clinical research 
and provides data helpfiil to the poten- 
tial volunteet. Topics include why clin- 
ical trials are conducted, where to find 
clinical trials, the protection of human 
subjects, and what to do when things 
go wrong. Virginia congressman Rick 
Boucher praised the book for "edu- 
cating the public about the importance 
ot clinical trials and the vital role they 
play in improving public health." 

Impersonality: Seven Essays 

By Sharon Cameron, MA'72, 

260 pages, $25 
University of Chicago Press 

Philosophers have long debated the 
subjects of persons and personhood. 
Cameron, the 
William R. 
Kenan Jr. 
Professor ot 
English at 
Johns Hopkins 
ushers this 
debate into the 
literary realm by 
impersonality in 

the works of major American writers 
and figures ot international 
modernism — writers tor whom 
personality is inconsequential and 
even imaginary, she argues. In 
defining and detending imper- 
sonality as a literary value, Cameron 
visits the works ot William Empson, 
Jonathan Edwards, Simone Weil, 
T. S. Eliot, and Herman Melville. 

The Insider's Guide to U.S. 

Coin Values 2008*: 

Scott Travers' Top 88 Coins 

to Buy and Sell: 44 Winners 

and 44 Losers** 

By Scott A. Travers '83 

*288 pages, $7.99, Dell 

**208 pages, $13.95 

House of Collectibles 

Whether you've been putting otf 
rolling your pennies because you 
don't want to miss a pearl among 
swine, have been wondering about 
the value of that precolonial slug 
that rolled out of your ceiling when 
you replastered, or spend your days 
following coin auctions to trace the 
most pristine graded coins on the 
market, you'll benefit from ready 
reference provided by the man the 
New York Times 
calls "the Ralph 
Nader of the 
numismatic world. " 
Known as America's 
foremost consumer 
advocate for coin 
hobbyists, collec- 
tors, and investors, 
Travers recently 
released these two 
volumes. The 
Insider's Guide 
includes comprehensive listings, 
with a primer on coin grading, and 
spells out the essential specifica- 
tions. Top 88 Coins to Buy and Sell 
helps collectors and investors differ- 
entiate among the best and worst of 
the "hot coins." 

Kabbalah and the Spiritual 
Quest: The Kabbalah Centre 
in America 

By Jody Myers '75 

254 pages, $49.95, Praeger 

Around Kabbalah centers in Los 
Angeles, New York, and other cities, 
you'll see adult male adherents 
dressed in white, and women and 
kids in bright-colored clothing. 
Tabloids flaunt Kabbalah's rapid 
growth, while icons like Madonna 
declare it their new religion. But 
how have obscure 
ideas from medieval 
Jewish mysticism, 
expressed in tenets 
like the demonic 
power of menstrual 
blood and the soul- 
lessness of gentiles, 
managed to fuel 
such fervor? And is 
Kabbalah a cult, a 
religion, or a sys- 
tem of universal 
wisdom? Myers, religious studies 
professor at California State 
Universiry-Northridge, made a 
close study through Kabbalah 
classes, literature, and interviews to 
shed light on this surprising trend. 

The Last Professors: The 
Corporate University and the 
Fate of the Humanities 

By Frank Donoghue '80 
182 pages, $22 
Fordham University Press 

In The Last Professors, Donoghue, 
associate professor of English at 
Ohio State University, sings a 
doomsday song about the fate of the 
independent, tenured professor who 
can be both scholar and teacher. 
Tying this decline to waning interest 
in the humanities, he reports that 
fewer than 30 percent of college and 
university teachers today are in 
tenure-track slots. In today's 






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rank- and ratings- 
obsessed world of 
higher education, 
he asserts, "corpo- 
rate logic prevails: 
faculties are to be 
managed for 
optimal efficiency, 
productivity, and 
competitive advan- 
tage; casual armies 
of adjuncts and graduate students 
now fill the demand for teachers." 

The Legitimacy Riddle: 
Toward an Effective 
Democracy in an 
Environment of Legality 
and Development 
By Luis Rubio, MA78, PhD'83, 

and Edna Jaime 
192 pages, $10.95 
Fondo de Cuitura Economic 

Centre de Investigacion para el 

DeSarroUo, A.C. 

Published in Spanish under the title 
El acertijo de la legitimidad: Por una 
democracia eficaz en un entorno de 
legalidady desarrolo, the book 
stresses the importance of making 
certain groups respect the lawfulness 
of institutions and the state ol law — 
groups, who according to the 
authors, violate norms that govern 
citizens' peaceful 
coexistence by com- 
mitting violent acts 
and other illegal 
practices, such as 
delinquency and 
drug trafficking. 
The authors suggest 
that to reestablish 
order and safety, the 
government should 
use its prerogative 
of "monopoly on 
violence." Formerly an adviser to 
Mexico's secretary of the treasury, 
Rubio is director of an independent 

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research institution devoted to the 
study of economic and public-policy 
issues. He is the author or editor 
ol thirty-seven books, including 
Mexico's Dilemma: The Political 
Origins of Economic Crisis. 

Meeting ttie Universe 
Halfway: Quantum Physics 
and the Entanglement of 
Matter and Meaning 

By Karen Barad '78 
524 pages, $27.95 
Duke University Press 

Barad, professor ol feminist studies, 
philosophy, and history of conscious- 
ness at the University of California, 
Santa Cruz, holds a doctorate in 

theoretical particle 
physics from the 
State University of 
New York-Stony 
Brook. In this book, 
she attempts to 
mesh understand- 
ings from all these 
disciplines to help 
readers grasp matter 
and meaning or 
causality together. 
Writes reviewer 
Joseph Rouse of Wesleyan University, 
"These theoretical abstractions come 
alive in Barad's vivid examples; she 
shows that uncompromisingly rigor- 
ous analysis of difficult theoretical 
issues need not sacrifice concreteness 
or accessibility." 

A Monk Jumped Over a Wall 

By Jay Nussbaum '82 

364 pages, $14.95, Toby Press 

Praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning 
author Debby Applegate as "a 
charming, poignant, and hilarious 
book that grabs you from page one," 
A Monk Jumped Oner a Wall features 
J. J. Spencer, an ambitious Manhattan 
lawyer who, possessing a softer heart 




than is suitable tor his position, 
unwittingly finds himself involved in 
a situation that causes him to lose 
everything in catastrophic fashion. 
The tale of his 
recuperation and 
rebuilding is rife 
with ironies as he 
morphs into the 
J. J. Spencer he was 
meant to be. Him- 
self an attorney and 
former teacher of 
Eastern philo.sophy 
and martial arts at 
C'ornell University, 
author Nussbaum 
received critical acclaim for his debut 
novel. Blue Road to Atlantis. 

Ocean Food Webs 

By Paul Fleisher '70 
48 pages, $26.60 
Lerner Publications 

Fleisher, who earned a master of 
education degree from Virginia 
Commonwealth University, is an 
educator, activist, workshop leader, 
and author of more than three dozen 
books for children and teachers. In 
Ocean Food Webs — one of six books 
Fleisher penned for Lerner's Early 
Bird Food Web.s 
series — readers can 
discover how the 
red sea urchin, the 
northern kelp crab. 

the sea otter, and 
the giant Pacific 
octopus each play a 
unique role in the 
ocean biome. Other 
titles in the series 
deal with the food webs of the 
desert, the tundra, grasslands, the 
forest, and the lake and pond. I'"ach 
includes simple vocabularv, lull-color 
photographs, and a helpful glossary. 
Each also provides tips for .idults on 
how best to share rlie book wiih 
young readers. 

The Problem in 
THE Middle: 

Umihai SMCt AND mr. Cwmr Masqu. 

by Gregory A. WUson 

The Problem in the Middle: 
Limnal Space and the 
Court Masque 

By Gregory A. Wilson, PhD'02 

134 pages, $19.9S 

Clemson University Digital Press 

Wilson, a theater critic and assistant 
professor of English at St. John's 
University, picks up on a long-term 
dispute between Ben Jonson and Inigo 
Jones over early- 
masques, elaborate 
staged tor the 
Renaissance courts. 
Literary lion Jonson 
insisted his poetry 
was the essential 
feature, while set and 
costume designer 
Jones thought the 
visual spectacle most 
important. Positing that the core of 
the masque lay in what anthropologist 
Victor Turner termed limnality, the 
condition or status "in between" other 
conditions or statuses, Wilson argues 
that the masque is in a perpetual state 
ot limnality, existing in the margin 
between perfotmance and audience. 

Sealed with a Kiss 

By Carly Phillips (Karen Weinberg 

Drogin '87) 
378 pages, $7.99, HQN Books 

Phillips began writing romance 
novels in 1999 with Harlequin 
Brazen; since then, 
she has published 
twenty-three books, 
including the Neiv 
York Times best- 
sellers Summer 
Lovin' and Hot 
Item. In this novel 
of self-discovery 
and family rela- 
tions, she reprises 

the characters of Daniel Hunter and 
Molly Giflord from her earlier 
work. Cross My Heart. Attorneys 
Daniel and Molly part ways after 
Molly decides to move to another 
city in putsuit of her biological 
lather. A year later, she appears at 
Daniel's doot, seeking his help in 
extricating her newfound dad from 
a charge of murder. 

Spousework: Partners 
Supporting Academic 

By Teresa Johnston Oden '75 
80 pages, $11.95, iUniverse 

Taking over the leadership of an 
academic institution — whether a 
boatding school or a university — 
not only ttansforms the life of the 
new head of school or president, 
but also rewrites life's scenario for 
his or her spouse. And, while the 
roles "first ladies" and "first gentle- 
men" of such establishments can 
play vary from key administrative 
positions to 
helpmeets, and 
l^k trom gracious tea 

flB pouters to keen- 

witted fundraisers, 
there is no guide- 
book to let them 
know what to 
expect after inau- 
guration day. 
Oden, a writer and 
historical researcher 
whose husband left a professor's life 
to become a headmaster nearly two 
decades ago, strives in this booklet 
to help others who find themselves 
in similar positions. "The institu- 
tion," she writes, "is so closely 
entwined with the leader's life that 
it practically becomes a third 
partner in the marriage." She takes 
on such topics as paid-vs. -unpaid 
service to the school, friendships 
(old and new), time management. 


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privacy, schmoozing, menu 
planning, and living in a building 
that can seem a cross between a 
home and a mausoleum. 

Stuck in the 70s 

By D. L. Garfinkle '84 
182 pages, $16.99, Putnam 

Young-adult novelist Debra 
Garfinkle won critical acclaim for 
her debut book, Storky: How 1 Lost 
My Nickname and Won the Girl, said 
by Booklist to show 
"a real flair for 
comedy and 
dialogue and 
genuine sympathy 
for the awkward 
teen in all of us. " In 
this follow-up work, 
Garfinkle writes ot 
Tyler Gray, who in 
1978 encounters a 
time-traveler in his 
bathtub. Shay 
Saunders is beautiful and naked, and 
she has somehow managed to sepa- 
rate herself from 2006 to get stuck in 
the 1970s. While Gray vows to take 
her back to the future — whoops, that 
title's taken — Shay finds herself 
getting pretty comfy with polyester 
pants and Day-Glo lipstick. 

Siudeui Companion to 

Eugene O'Neill 

By Steven F. Bloom '76, PhD'82 

205 pages, $65 

Greenwood Publishing Group 

In the introduction to this volume, 
Bloom declares Eugene O'Neill, the 
only American playwright to receive 
the Nobel Prize for literature, to be 
America's greatest dramatist. But the 
author of more than fifty plays, 
including The Iceman Cometh, 
A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Long 
Day's Journey into Night, may also be 
among the darkest and least accessi- 

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ble to young readers and performers. 
Published as part of the series Stu- 
dent Companions to Classic Writers, 
this book attempts 
to simplify the 
canon of scholarly 
criticism and make 
O'Neill's life and 
work more compre- 
hensible to students 
in high school, 
community college, 
and undergraduate 
college classrooms. 
Included are a biog- 
raphical essay, a 
chapter tracing O'Neill's literary 
heritage, and analyses of seven plays. 
President of the Eugene O'Neill 
Society and a longtime book-reviews 
editor of the Eugene ONeill Review, 
Bloom is dean of undergraduate 
education at Lasell College in 
Newton, Massachusetts, where he 
also teaches English. 

Teaching for Intelligence: 
Second Edition 
Edited by Barbara Z. Presseisen '58 
320 pages, $79.95, Corwin Press 

Presseisen, vice president of educa- 
tion of Nobel Learning Communi- 
ties, a network of private schools 
across the United 
States, draws 
together more than 
rwent)' provocative 
essays challenging 
popular beliefs 
about subjects like 
the nature of intelli- 
gence, standardized 
testing, and curricu- 
lum requirements. 
include Howard 
Gardner, Jonathan Kozol, Theodore 
Sizer, and Joyce VanTassel-Baska, 
among other luminaries, and topics 
range from "Informed Skepticism" 






to 'Art, Imagination, and School 

Shai Cherrj' 

Renewal." Covered are current 
classroom instructional practice, 
students' intellectual development, 
and how editors view students in the 
learning process. 

Torah through Time: 

Understanding Bible 

Commentary from the 

Rabbinic Period to 

Modern Times 

By Shai Cherry, PhD'Ol 

208 pages, $25 

The Jewish Publication Society 

What can we learn about Jewish 
communities of the past by how they 
interpreted the Bible? What does our 
own reading of the Bible tell us about 
ourselves? In Torah through Time, 

Cherry, a lecturer in 
Jewish studies at the 
University of 
California— Los 




Angeles and at 
American Jewish 
University, explores 
these questions by 
systematically exam- 
ining the biblical 
commentary of 
some of the greatest 
Jewish scholars of 
the last two millennia, and asks how a 
person's worldview influences his or 
her reading of the Hebrew Bible. The 
creation of humanity and the rivalry 
between Cain and Abel are among the 
stories the author examines as he 
looks at how different minds wrestle 
with the same text and produce 
st.irdingly different interpretations. 

Toward the Heliopause 

By Joan Michelson '65 
70 pages, $13.90 
Mad Jock Publishers 

Originally from Boston, Michelst)ii 
now lives in England, where she 
teaches at Londons Birkbeck 

vard the He::op' 

Joan Micheisc 

College. Her work 
as a poet has 
received wide recog- 
nition, including 
first prize in the 
International Poetry 
Competition, and 
has been published 
in three volumes of 
the British Council's 
annual showcase 
anthology of new writing. In this 
collection, she examines the theme of 
unexpected bereavement, writing 
about the loss of her husband, poet 
Geoffrey Adkins. 

The Unmaking of Americans: 
7 Lives 

By Mel Freilicher '68 
135 pages, $12.95 
San Diego City Press 

What does actress and singer 
Dorothy Dandridge have in com- 
mon with porno star Joey Stefano, 
birth-control pioneer Margaret 
Sanger, and FBI head J. Edgar 
Hoover? Probably not a heck of a lot, 
except for being dead and turning up 
as characters in Freilicher's somewhat 
outre book. "In this work," its pub- 
lishers explain, "fact and fantasy 
mingle without being conflated." 

Freilicher's protago- 
nist muses about 
these provocative 
figures and others, 
contemplating their 
historical eras 
against a San Diego 
backdrop. The 
author, who teaches 
writing at San 
Diego State 
University and the 
University of 
California- San Diego, was the long- 
time publisher and coeditor of Crawl 
Out Your Window, the former journal 
of regional literature and arts. 

Brandeis University Press 

Feminism Encounters 
Traditional Judaism: 
Resistance and 

By Tova Hartman 
162 pages, $29.95 

After failed attempts to make her 
Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem 
more inclusive of women, social 
activist Hartman 
participated in the 
creation of a new 
community of 
worshipers, Shira 
Hadasha ("a new 
song"). Her 
chronicle of this 
movement and 
others provides 
what the publisher 
calls "an innovative 
analysis of how 
creative tensions between modern 
Orthodox Judaism and feminism 
can lead to unexpected perceptions 
and beliefs." At the book's core are 
five essays exploring key contact 
points between feminist thought 
and aspects of Jewish tradition. 
A lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, 
Hartman is the author of 
Appropriately Subversive: Modern 
Mothers in Traditional Religions. 

Gilded Lions and Jeweled 
Horses: The Synagogue to 
the Carousel 

By Murray Zimiles 
170 pages, $35 

Lushly illustrated with dozens of 
black-and-white and color photo- 
graphs, this book features a history 
of Jewish carving traditions com- 
piled by Zimiles, an artist, the 
Kempner Distinguished Professor at 
Purchase College, State University 
of New York, and guest curator at 
New York's American Folk Art 


Museum. Wrote 
Sylvia Axelrod 
director of Yeshiva 
University Museum 
i n New York, 
"Zimiles's original 
scholarship and his 
painstaking investi- 
gation of the role 
that European-born 
Jewish woodcarvers 
played in shaping a distinct Jewish 
culture in the United States is a 
fascinating, exhilarating, and 
exceedingly valuable addition to the 
field of Jewish art." 

Imagining the American 
Jewish Community 

Edited by Jack Wertheimer 
346 pages, $29.95 

Since their arrival on these shores 
more than 350 years ago, American 
Jews have struggled with the balance 
between cultural assimilation and 
the challenge of maintaining a 
genuine Jewish communal life. This 
volume, part of the Brandeis Series 
in American Jewish History, 

Culture, and Life, 
features sixteen 
essays on the many 
ways they have 
imagined and 
Among the con- 
tributing authors is 
Joyce Ander '63, 
the Samuel B. Lane 
Professor of 
American Jewish 
History and Culture, who writes on 
Jewish mothers' child rearing and 
community building. Editor 
Wertheimer is professor of 
American Jewish history at the ewish 
Theological Seminary in New York 
and the author or editor of several 
books about American Judaism. 

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YouVe Got to Admit 

Shapiros again answer call for new admissions center 

Once again, Carl and Ruth Shapiro have stepped forward to help 
Brandeis, an institution they have generously supported for more 
than fifty years. 

The Shapiros made a $14 million commitment to Brandeis to 
build a new admissions center that will bear their name, fifteen 

'For more than a half century, Brandeis 
students and faculty have been the 
beneficiaries of [the Shapiros'] enduring 
commitment to this university." 

years after they funded construction ol the original Carl and Ruth 
Shapiro Admissions Center. The facilit)' has served Brandeis so well 
that a larger building is necessary to accommodate surging interest 
from high-school students who wish to apply to the university. 

"It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Shapiro fam- 
ily's dedication to Brandeis University," said Brandeis president 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. "For more than a half century, Brandeis 
students and faculty have been the beneficiaries of their enduring 
commitment to this university." 

The 20,700-square-foot facility will feature a state-of-the-art 
presentation room that will seat up to 100 people and serve as a 
welcome center for high-school students and their families visiting 

campus. Construction will begin this summer and be completed in 
summer 2009. 

Beginning with a gift of $10 in 1950, the Shapiros' unprecedented 
generosity has supported a variety of initiatives to help the university 
fulfill the dreams of its founders. The family has made gifts totaling 
more than $80 million to Brandeis. 

In addition to the admissions center, the Shapiros have also estab- 
lished the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Center for Library Technology and 
Journals (1976), the Carl J. Shapiro Chair in International Finance 
(1986), the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Campus Center (2000), the 
Rhonda S. and Michael J. Zinner Forum (2004), and the Carl J. 
Shapiro Science Center (2006). 

The Shapiros have been part of the Brandeis family since the 
university's founding in 1948. Carl joined the university's board 
of trustees in 1979 and currently serves as a trustee emeritus. 
Ruth is a university fellow. 

Carl received an honorary degree from Brandeis in 2003, when 
he was cited for his "unshakable commitment to making the world 
a better place." The honorary degree recognized his dedication to 
the arts, education, health care, and social service. 

The Shapiros' three daughters — Ronny Zinner, Ellen Jaffe, and 
Linda Waintrup — are active members of the Brandeis community. 
Ronny serves on the board of trustees and is vice chair of the board 
of overseers of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. 

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Investing in Students 

Today's scholarships beget tomorrow's leaders 

Scholarships are vital to Brandeis as we vie with 
the country's elite colleges and universities to 
attract the best students in an increasingly 
competitive atmosphere. 

Scholarships often make the difference in 
the quest to assemble the most accomplished 
class possible and also ensure that Brandeis 
provides exceptional performers the opportu- 
nity tti aticiul regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly 70 percent of 
all Brandeis students receive financial aid. 

Investing in a Brandeis student through a scholarship not only 
provides a unique educational experience for a deserving young per- 
son, it helps all of us. 

After all, today's Brandeis students will become tomorrow's 
enlightened leaders — individuals who will pursue groundbreaking 

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medical research, head progressive national governments, operate 
socially responsible businesses, and serve in life-changing nonprofit 

Fortunately, Brandeis aliunni, parents, friends, and members of 
the National Women's Committee recognize that undergraduate 
scholarships and graduate fellowships are the lifeblood of any great 
educational institution. They have helped us raise nearly $80 mil- 
lion for student financial aid during the Campaign for Brandeis. 

As we move forward, you will be hearing more about our efforts 
to raise enough money so that 50 percent of the financial aid we 
award every year will come from endowed funds. Currently, that 
figure is about 22 percent. 

Thank you for all you do to support our students. 

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

Scholarship Honors Late Director of Transitional Year Program 

The university has established a scholarship 
in honor of Tony Williams, the beloved 
longtime director of Brandeis's acclaimed 
Transitional Year Program (TYP), who died 
last fall after a two-year battle with lung 
cancer. He was sixty-eight. 

Williams came to Brandeis as assistant 
dean of students in 1969. Nine years later 
he was appointed director of TYP, put in 
charge of a pioneering initiative that gives 
outstanding individuals their first real 
chance to pursue a rigorous university edu- 
cation. He retired as director in 2004, but 
taught his sociology course for another year. 

As all great teachers understand, Williams 
knew that some of the most enduring lessons 
have little to do with subject matter. 

"With Mr. Williams, it wasn't just about 
academics," said Pedro Pontes 00, a Transi- 
tional Year Program student during the 
1995-96 academic year. "He taught us so 
much more than that. He taught important 
life lessons. " 

"He was teaching students and people all 
the time — it was just who he was," said cur- 
rent TYP director Erika Smith, who came 
to Brandeis in 2000 and succeeded 
Williams when he retired. "He was always 
disseminating some information." 

TYP graduates from around the country 
returned to campus to join the Brandeis com- 
munity for a memorial service for Williams. 

"He's a guy who really cared," said 
Jahfree Duncan '09, a TYP student in 

Tony Williams 
was beloved by 
his students. 

. 05. "Look at all the lives that he pos- 
itively impacted. He gave people futures." 

To make a gift to the Tony Williams TYP 
Scholarship, which will support TYP students, 
contact Daniel Miller at 781-736-4115 or 
danielm @brandeis. edu. 


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 Development 

Mark Ableman 

Senior Director of 
Corporation and 
Foundation Giving 

Robert Silk '90 

Director of Development 

David E. Nathan 
dnathan 1 @brandeis.cdu 

Director of Donor Relations 

Raquel Rosenblatt 




Building Up the Humanities 

New Mandel Center will help revitalize study of liberal arts at Brandeis 

In an effort to revitalize the study of liberal arts at campuses around 
the country, the Mandel Foundation has committed $22.5 million 
to build the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis. 

The gift, believed to be the largest commitment to the humani- 
ties by a foundation in recent years, comes at a time when the value 
of the humanities in higher education is being questioned by some. 

"In partnership with the Mandel Foundation, Brandeis 
intends to create a truly visionary place that will highlight the 
relevance and importance of the humanities and provide a model 
for other colleges and universities," said Brandeis president 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. "This gift is transformative and comes 
at a critical time." 

The Mandel family's commitment to the new center is based on 
its belief that a true liberal arts education is built on a strong 
humanities foundation that includes fields such as literature, lan- 
guage, and philosophy. 

Among other initiatives, the Mandel Center will create new 
interdisciplinary courses for undergraduates and graduates, offer 
opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research on 
interdisciplinary topics through research internships, and organize 
special local, national, and international conferences and events. 

Architect's rendering of new Mandel Center for the Humanities. 

To encourage the free flow of students, faculty members, 
research, and ideas, the center will ultimately link freestanding 
buildings located within the campus's humanities quadrangle. 

The Mandel family — ^Jack, Joseph, Morton, P'73, and trustee 
Barbara, P'73 — has generously supported Brandeis through the 
years, establishing the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Educa- 
tion, the Mandel Chair in Jewish Education, the Barbara and 
Morton Mandel Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, 
and the Barbara and Morton Mandel Endowed Graduate Fellow- 
ship in English and American Literature. 

Allen Gift Carries On Family Tradition of Givinsf 

Carr\'ing on a family tradition of supporting 
Brandeis that goes back to the university's 
earliest days, Fellow Helaine Allen, P'73, 
made a gift to establish the Helaine and 
Alvin Allen Professorship in Literature. 

The gift, which endows Harleen Singh's 
professorship in the Department of 
German, Russian, and Asian Languages and 
Literature, is part of a larger Brandeis initia- 
tive to enhance the study of the humanities 
and provide a model for other colleges and 

The Brandeis humanities faculty features 
award-winning scholars, writers, and poets; 
recent alumni include a rwo-time winner of 
the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and a 
leading American playwright. 

"We are pleased to partner with Helaine 
on this pioneering initiative, which will ben- 
efit our students for generations to come," 
said Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, 

Helaine Allen and President Jehuda Reinharz. 

PhD'72. "Through the years, Helaine, 
Alvin, and their family have been instrumen- 
tal in the growth of the university. We thank 
her for this investment in Brandeis's future. 
She and Alvin have been steadfast friends to 
the university and to me personally. " 

Three generations of Helaine Allen's family 
have been part of the Brandeis community. 
Her parents, Theodore W. and Evelyn 

Berenson, were members of the board of fel- 
lows and made gifts to establish the Theodore 
W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Endowed Chair 
in Mathematics and the Berenson Wing of 
the Abelson Physics Building. 

Helaine Allen, who was made a Brandeis 
fellow in 1996, is a member and past cochair 
of the National Board of the Women's and 
Gender Studies Program. For more than two 
decades, she has organized or hosted events 
for Brandeis in both Palm Beach and the 
Boston area. 

Helaine and her late husband, Alvin, who 
died in 2005, established a visiting professor- 
ship in women's studies and created the Alvin 
B. and Helaine Allen Endowed Scholarship. 
The Aliens have generously supported the 
Women's Studies Research Center and the 
Women's and Gender Studies Program. 

Helaine and Alvin's daughter, Elizabeth 
Allen Nash, graduated from Brandeis in 1973. 

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Brandeis's annual weekend of activities in Palm 
Beacii, Florida, attracted alumni and friends from 
around the country. 

Ellen Shapiro JafFe and Bob JafFe hosted the annual 
dinner for major donors on January 19 at the Palm Beach 
Country Club. At the dinner, President Jehuda Reinharz, 
PhD'72, shared news about recent gifts from the Shapiro 
and Mandel families and briefed attendees on the remark- 
able progress of the Campaign for Brandeis. Lesley Stahl, a 
correspondent for 60 Minutes, was the keynote speaker. 

On January 20, Bruce Magid, dean of the International 
Business School (IBS) and the Martin and Ahuva Gross 
Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions, spoke at 
the annual Fellows Breakfast about IBS's unique locus on 
global business education. 

The weekend of events concluded later in the day 
when trustee Thomas Friedman 75, H'88, foreign-affairs 
columnist for the New York Times, spoke to an overflow 
crowd at the fifteenth annual Norman and Eleanor Rabb 
Seminar at the Kravis Center tor the Performing Arts. 

From /eft: Dinner hosts Bob and Ellen Shapiro Jafte; keynote speaker Lesley Stahl, 
a correspondent for 60 Minutes; and President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

From left: Fellow Ruth Shapiro, Fellows Gerald and Elaine 
Schuster, and Trustee Emeritus Carl Shapiro. 

Shirley Levy (left) and Shula Reinharz, 
PhD77, the Jacob S. Potofsky Professor 
of Sociology. 

Howard Kessler (left) and Trustee 
Emeritus Carl Shapiro. 

From left: Malcolm Sherman. P'83. 

chairman of the board of trustees: 

Trustee Len Asper '86: and 

IBS dean Bruce Magid. 


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From /eft; Adrianne Silver; Nancy Winship, P'lO. senior vice president of 
institutional advancement; and Fellow Fred Slifka. 

Trustee Martin 72 and Ahuva Gross, 
P'Ol, P'08. 

From left: Fellow Helaine Allen, 
Larry Ochstein, and Fellow Nancy 
Lurie Marks. P77, P'87, G'Ol. 

From left: President Jehuda Reintiarz. PhD72, Joseph 
Mandel, Mickey Mandel Beyer, and Larry Beyer. 

Fellow Sy Ziv, P'83, 
and Lois Pope. 

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Fellow Joyce and Paul Krasnow, P'83. 

From left: Melvin 

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Fellow Stanley Snider; 

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Trustee Malcolm and Fellow Barbara (Cantor) 
Sherman '54, P'83. 

Trustee Paul ZIotoff 72 and Susan Jay 71. 


From left: Nancy Winship. P'lO, senior vice president of institutional advancement; 
Fellow Joseph Kerzner. G'll; and Lisa Koeper 

Fellows Richard '57 and Mimi Bergel '57. 


From left: Fellows 
Burt and Barbara 
Stern, G'08: Trustee 
Bart and Susan 
Winokur; and Tony 
Stern '08. 


The luncheon hosts, Trustee Myra '64 (second from right) and Robert Kraft (right), with 
Shaina Gilbert '10 (center), the Frances HIatt Memorial Scholar, and her parents, Edruge and 
Garry Gilbert, P'lO. 

Ron Ansin (second from left) with Peter Petri Global Fellows (from feff; Hanna Luchnikava, t\/IA'09: 
Ramakrishna Iyer, MBA'09; and Mark Haley, MA'09. 

Tony Chang, PhD'83 

(left), and PhD candidate 

Nathan Maugel, the 

Myron Rosenblum Fellow. 

Brandeis alumni and friends 
gathered on campus for the sixth 
annual Scholarship Appreciation 
Luncheon, which brings together donors 
who support Brandeis scholarships and 
fellowships and the students who benefit 
fi-om their generosity. The event was 
hosted by Trustee Myra Kraft '64 and her 
husband, Robert. Speakers included 
Shaina Gilbert '10, the Frances Hiatt 
Memorial Scholar, and Danielle Coriale, 
MA'08, recipient of the Phyllis G. 
Redstone Dissertation Year Prize. 

Trustee Alex Barkas '68 and Eliana Dotan '09, 
the Kenneth S. Kaiserman '60 Scholar. 

Ann Tanenbaum '66 (left) and Adelina 
Jedrzejczak, assistant curator of the Rose 
Art Museum. 

Hans Strauch (left) and Trustee Emeritus David Squire (right) with 
Geraldine Mande. the Swartz Transitional Year Program Scholar. 

Lisa Fruitt 79 (second from left) and Paul Fruitt. P'79 (second from right), 
with scholars Jason Wu '09 (left) and Kaloyan Ivanov. MBA'09. 

David Yoffie 76 (center) v^ith 
Nicole Gilliat '08 (left) and Lauren 
Barish 'OS. the Joel Friedland 76 
Study Abroad Scholars. 

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President's Day 

Former president Bill Clinton met with members of the 

Segal family after delivering the inaugural lecture for the 

newly established Eli J. Segal '64 Citizen Leadership 

Program. Segal, who died in February 2006, was a close 

friend of Clinton and served in his administration. 

Back row, from left: Pam Lehmberg, Phyllis Segal '66, 

Clinton, Jonathan Segal, Mora Segal, and Jeff Lemberg. 

Front row, from left: Lily and Jackson Sega 

Karin Lebed, MMHS '85; Jay Lebed; and David Teplow. 

Roger Berkowitz, a member of the IBS Board of 
Overseers, and his wife, Lynne. P'07. 

Trustee Stuart Lewtan '84 and Dean 
Bruce Magid. 

Allen Toledano: Roselyn Garber, MA'74, a member of the IBS Board 
of Overseers; Lisa Lewtan; and IBS professor Benjamin Gomes- 
Casseres '76. 

Reception for New IBS Dean 

Trustee Stuart Lewtan '84, a member of the Dean's Global Business 
Council at the International Business School, and his wife, Lisa, 
hosted a reception at their home for new IBS dean Bruce Magid, the 
Martin and Ahuva Gross Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions. 

Detlev Suderow 
'70, P'05 (right). 
an IBS adjunct 
professor and a 
member of the 
Dean's Global 
Business Council, 
with his wife, Ellen 
Beth Lande '73, 

Parents Leadership and 
Legacy Reception 

More than one hundred people gathered on campus for the 
annual Parents Leadership and Legacy Reception during Fall 
Fest. Photos, clockwise from top: Parents Advisory Council 
cochairs Robert Gecht and Rachel Winpar, P'08, P'll, with 
members Eva and Elan Blutinger, P'09, P'lO; Eileen Dorfman 
Kessler '52, P76, G'09; Rachael Katz '09; and Cheryl Kessler 
Katz '76, P'09, represent three generations of Brandeisians; 
David Roberts, P'03, P'lO, Sue Fischlowitz '68, P'03, P'lO, and 
Max Fischlowitz-Roberts '10; Bannett family members Julie 
Blinderman Bannett '81 and Gregg Bannett '81, P'09, P'l 1, 
with sons Jonah, Harrison 11, and Jeremy '09. 

Schuster Institute Lecture 

Watergate figure John Dean (third from left) spoke at 
the inaugural lecture tor the Elaine and Gerald Schuster 
Institute for Investigative Journalism, urging the media to 
reclaim their role as a government watchdog. Dean played 
a central role in the Watergate scandal as President Richard 
Nixon's legal counsel. From left: Fellow Gerald Schuster; 
Provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, PhD'81, the John 
Stein Professor of Disability Research; Dean; President 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72; Fellow Elaine Schuster; and 
Florence Graves, director of the Schuster Institute. 

Chanoino' the World 

Sillerman Center promotes "activist" pliilanthropy 

Philanthropy expert Joel Fleishman deliv- 
ered the inaugural lecture for the Sillerman 
Center for the Advancement of Philan- 
thropy, crediting family foundations with 
achieving significant social change, but 
urging the organizations to become more 
transparent and accountable. 

Fleishman, a former professor of law and 
public policy at Duke University, praised 
the Sillerman Center for its focus on 
empowering the country's 34,000 family 
foundations to become more effective, 
accountable, and strategic. 

Established last year with a $10 million 
gift from Robert F. X. '69 and Laura 
Sillerman's Tomorrow Foundation, the 
Sillerman Center promotes activist philan- 
thropy that leads to social, community, and 
policy change. The center, which is housed 
in the Heller School for Social Policy and 
Management, will provide research- 
supported advice on effective grant-making 
strategies, develop best practices, and help 
successful ventures reach scale, according to 
executive director Andrew Hahn, PhD'78. 

In addressing an overflow crowd on hand 
to celebrate the opening of the center, 
Robert Sillerman said the inspiration for 
the center grew out of his Brandeis educa- 
tion during the tumultuous Vietnam era. 

"We became the generation that 
responded to things by not saying yes or no. 

From lett: Laura and Robert F. X. '59 Sillerman: 
Nancy Winship, P'lO, senior vice president of 
institutional advancement; and Andrew Hahn, 
PhD'78, executive director of the Sillerman 
Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. 

but why," said Sillerman, describing the 
growth of social conscience and activism 
synonymous with the 1960s. 

"This center will be the culmination of 
what an education in the '60s was, " said 
Sillerman. "I don't know if we'll change the 
world, but if we play a small part in 
changing the conscience of my generation 
and the generation behind me, we will have 
done something. " 

In introducing the Sillermans, Brandeis 
president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, said 
his conversations with the couple have 
always focused on the core values of social 
justice and concern for society. 

"The Sillerman Center is a wonderful 
opportunity to change the world of philan- 
thropy, " Reinharz said. 

Family Fosters Fondness for Rose 

Trustee Henry Foster and his wife, Lois, a 
university fellow, made another generous 
gift to the Rose Art Museum, continuing a 
tradition of supporting Brandeis that 
stretches back four decades. 

In addition to their support of the Rose, 
the Fosters, P'75, have over the years estab- 
lished the Lois and Henry L. Foster 
Research Center and provided funding for 
student scholarships and fellowships. 

The Fosters have made gifts totaling 
more than $7 million to the Rose. They 
funded construction of the Lois Foster 
Wing, a two-story, 7,300-square-foot addi- 

tion that, upon completion in 2001, 
greatly enlarged the museum's exhibit space. 
They also endowed the position of Rose 
director; Michael Rush serves as the Henry 
and Lois Foster Director. 

Henry Foster served as chair of the 
Brandeis Board of Trustees from 1 979 to 
1985 and continues in his role as a board 
member. Through her generosity and lead- 
ership, Lois has helped the Rose establish a 
reputation as one of the country's finest 
museums of modern and contemporary art. 
Their son John graduated from the univer- 
sity in 1975. 

Enlianced Web site 
makes giving easier 

For alumni who are registered Louie-Net 
users, your Brandeis giving history is just 
a few clicks away on the university's 
enhanced online giving page 
( For 
both registered and nonregistered users, 
the new page is easier to navigate, offers 
additional giving options, and permits 
the use of international credit cards. 
Alumni membership gifts can also be 
made online. 

Popular summer program 
announces schedule 

Brandeis in the Berkshires will offer a 
pair of multiday programs this summer 
at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, 
Massachusetts: July 11-13, "Presidential 
Election: What You Should Hear from 
the Candidates but Probably Won't," 
and August 3^, "Israel 60th Anniver- 
sary Celebration! Re-Imagining Israel." 
For more information, visit www. 

JBS members invited 

to Washington, D.C., event 

Members of the Justice Brandeis Society 
are invited to attend Brandeis Night in 
Washington, D.C., on June 1 at the 
home of Paul Regan '73. The Justice 
Brandeis Society is made up of alumni, 
parents, friends, and members of the 
National Women's Committee dedicated 
to supporting the university. A leadership 
gift of at least $ 1 ,000 in a fiscal year qual- 
ifies one for membership in the Justice 
Brandeis Society. For more information, 

In Our Prayers 

Our prayer for comfort on the passing of 
fellows Abraham E. Margolin, on 
November 17, 2007, and Sarge Ruck, on 
November 29, 2007. 

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B Connect to Lannch in April 

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"We hear from alumni how 

much it means to them 

to maintain their 

Brandeis connections. 

B Connect is a fun, easy 

way to do that." 

-Mike Ramer '88, MA'89 


Connecting Brandeis Alumni 

If you're like most alumni, you've often wondered "whatever became 
of " a former classmate or old friend from Brandeis. Well, now you can 
find out. 

In April, the alumni association will launch B Connect, a new and 
improved online communiry tor Brandeis graduates. B Connect, 
which will replace Louie Net, will provide a variety of services includ- 
ing a My Page feature where alumni can update their personal infor- 
mation, post a photo, and manage their online communiry account. 
Alumni will continue to use their Louie Net usernames and passwords 
to log in, but will be directed to a lively, engaging, and interactive site 
that offers a great deal more. 

Now, alumni can manage — and increase — their alumni connec- 
tions online. They can post and read class notes, look up old friends 
and classmates, research and register for alumni events held across the 
country, and promote their own business or search for businesses 
owned and operated by fellow alumni. Also, alumni seeking employ- 
ment can now post their resumes online, and those looking to hire can 
tap a pool of qualified Brandeis graduates. 

According to B Connect committee cochairs Mike Ramer '88, 
MA'89, principal at Ramer Search Consultants, and Lisa Kranc '75, 
senior vice president of marketing for AutoZone, Inc., this is just 
the beginning. 

"We are thrilled to roll out Phase 1 of this project," said Ramer, who 
spearheaded this two-phased effort nearly two years ago with a com- 
mittee of volunteers. "It represents a big step forward for Brandeis, 
and for the alumni community." 

"Now comes the fun part," said Kranc, a vice president-elect of the 
alumni association's board of directors and chair of the B Connect 
Marketing Committee. "Alumni should expect to hear from us soon. 
We have a fun campaign planned to promote B Connect, and we are 
confident it will pique people's curiosity and get them to the site." 

Ramer and Kranc reached out to alumni of all ages for input into 
the community. "Everyone was very excited about B Connect and 
gave us lots of great feedback," said Ramer. "We hear from alumni all 
the time just how important Brandeis is in their lives and how much 
it means to them to stay connected to the university. B Connect is a 
fun, easy way to do that. We expect this to really enhance connections 
on many levels." 

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Alumni Liiikino- In 

New tools making it easier to stay in touch 

Brandeis alumni arc linked in like never before — 
through Reunions, alumni evenrs, Brandeis House in 
New York City, Louie News, the Web site, and soon 
through our new and exciting online community 
B Connect, launching in April. It's all music to my 
ears — and fingertips! 

When I became president ot the Brandeis Univer- 
sity Alumni Association last spring, I shared with 
board members my goal to bring more alumni "into 
the tent." Thanks to creative programming and exten- 
sive outreach efforts on the part of alumni volunteers, 
club presidents, staff, and faculn', a much broader 
range of us are discovering compelling reasons to 
again link up with Brandeis and fellow graduates. 

The alumni association has hosted a record num- 
ber of events nationwide and around the world over 
the past several months. We have seen an uptick in 
attendance, thanks in large part to the availability 
of information through our Web site (alumni. But alumni are also spreading the 
word that the association has more than ever to offer, 
and people are listening. 

I expect the buzz to get even louder once B Con- 
nect is tully launched. 

This new site will replace Louie Net and provide 
significantly enhanced search capabilities and other 
opportunities to more readily be in touch. Alumni will 
be able to search for graduates by profession, geo- 
graphic region, class year, and much more. Those in 
the job market can post resumes, and those looking to 
hire can tap into a pool of highly qualified applicants. 

Online class notes will keep you and your friends 
apprised of recent happenings, while online event 
registration will make it easier to find and register for 
events in your area. Look for an e-mail announcing 
the launch soon. 

Make a point to visit the new B Connect commu- 
nity, update your profile, add your picture, and sub- 
mit a class note. Most important, help spread the 
word: The time is right to get linked into your 
Brandeis family, and B Connect is the way to do it! 

—Allen Alter 71 
Senior Producer, CBS News 









An Evening at MK The Restaurant, 

868 North Franklin, with owner Lisa Koch 

Kornick '87, April 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Faculty in the Field with Javier Urcid, 
associate professor of anthropology. May 4, 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Jeff Pfeffer '87 at 
his house in Deerfleld. 


Recent Graduates Alumni/Student Pub 
Night, the Skellig, Waltham, date and time to 
be announced. 

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Concert, 
April 10, 8 p.m., Slosberg Music 
Center, Brandeis. 

Performing Arts Festival at the 
Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative 
Arts, April 13, noon to 5 p.m.. various 
locations, Brandeis. 

Open Steering Committee Meeting, May 5. 
6 to 8 p.m., Napoli Room, Brandeis. 

"Dilemmas of Law and Justice in Louis 
Brandeis's America," with Michael Willrich, 
associate professor of history. May 8, noon 
to 1:30 p.m., Napoli Room, Brandeis. 
Lunch included. 

Recent Graduates Network Trivia Night, 
May 13, time and location to be announced. 


Faculty in the Field with Scott Edmiston, 
director of the Office of the Arts, June 1, 
3 p.m. Hosted by Lori Luft '69 at her house 
in Palo Alto. 


Faculty in the Field with Irving Epstein, the 
Henry R Fischbach Professor of Chemistry, 
April 13. noon to 2 p.m. Hosted by Bill '80 
and Candy Schachat at their home in 
Glen Ridge. 


"Politics of Health Care: Illusions and 
Reflections," with Fernando Torres-Gil, 
PhD 76, April 13, 3 to 5 p.m. Hosted by Rana 
Hakhamimi '98 at her home in Los Angeles. 


Faculty in the Field with Joyce Antler '63, 
the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American 
Jewish History and Culture and Women's 
and Gender Studies, May 4, 11 a.m. to 

I p.m., Congregation B'nai Torah, 

700 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast. 


Faculty in the Field with Scott Edmiston, 
director of the Office of the Arts, June 22, 

II a.m. to 1 p.m., the Clubhouse at Hunters 
Run, Avon. 

For a complete list of upcoming events, see 


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Joseph Du Pont 

Director, Hiatt Career Center 

Joseph Du Pont took the helm at the Hiatt Career Center in late August 2007. Du Pont comes 
to Brandeis from Teach For America, where he initiated and served as vice president for the 
Office of Career and Civic Opportunities. Previously, he was the associate director of the 
Office of Career Services at New York University, where he worked in corporate relations. 
Here, Du Pont discusses career services for alumni and students at the Hiatt Career Center. 

What career services do Brandeis alumni 
seek most from Hiatt? 

Alumni look tor a range of services — indi- 
vidual counseling for people trying to iden- 
tify their interests and skills, help with a 
career change, and information on building 
a network. The vast majority seeking help 
from Hiatt have graduated within the past 
five years, but we assist any alumni. 

Have you observed any career paths or 
professions common to Brandeis alumni? 

Not really, which I think is an asset. 
Brandeis graduates represent a wide spec- 
trum ot interests, skills, and professions, 
which is what makes working at Hiatt both 
interesting and challenging. The common 
trait is that alumni are looking to have an 
impact, regardless of their profession, and 
take on leadership roles wherever they go. 
We have to be prepared to help alumni learn 
the career development process so they teel 
empowered to conduct job searches that 
lead to meaningful work opportunities 
throughout their lifetime. 

How do Brandeis alumni stack up against 
their competition in the job market? 

Employers in all industries and fields are 
impressed by Brandeis alumni and see 
them as very marketable. There is some- 
thing about Brandeis alumni that signals 
leadership and confidence. They come 
with an excellent, well-rounded liberal arts 
education, are independent thinkers, and 
have usually demonstrated achievement on 
and off campus, so they are very attractive 
to employers. 

What do you like most about your job? 

Getting to know the students and alumni. 
They are smart, innovative, and interested 
in a wide range of things. It is exciting — 
and challenging — to work with this com- 
munity. I find it very rewarding. 

How can Brandeis alumni help the Hiatt 
Career Center? 

We need alumni willing to talk with students 
about what different professions are really 
like. We also would love more alumni to 
interview Brandeis graduates for positions 
within their own companies. Many already 
do, and we see lots of good matches profes- 
sionally. If your company is looking for some 
bright, entrepreneurial undergraduates, 
please contact us. It is great for our students, 
and alumni can impress their managers by 
introducing an untapped recruiting source of 
wonderfijl college talent. 

General career advice you offer? 

Career choices are never irrevocable, which is 
part of what makes life Rm. You should 
always be willing to explore new things. Oh, 
by the way, don't overdo perfiame or cologne, 
and iiercr chew gum during an inrerview. 

Worst interview question you've ever 
been asked? 

"If you were a vegetable, what would you 
be, and why? " 1 refused to answer. Not sur- 
prisingly, 1 did not get that job. 

For more information on the Hiatt Career 
Center, call 781-736-3618 or visit 
luww. brandeis. edulhiatt. 

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It's a Family Affair 

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Above: Audrey Frankel '93 with husband Fred 
Pagan at her 5th Reunion in 1998. 

Right: Judy '63 and Ed '61 Feldstein with 
Sue '88 and Roger '88 Frankel and 
their three daughters at Reunion 2003. 

The Feldstein and Frankel tamilies will return to 
campus June 6 to 8 to celebrate special Reunions. 
Judy Rothenberg Feldstein '63 and her husband, 
Edward '61, will celebrate Judy's 45th Reunion; 
their daughter Suzanne (Sue) Feldstein Frankel 
88 and her husband, Roger '88, are cochairing 
their 20th Reunion; and Roger's sister, Audrey 
Frankel '93, will celebrate her 15th Reunion. A 
true family affair, Brandeis University has played a 
large role in the lives of their extended family, and 
that is something this clan won't ever forget. 

The Feldsteins look back now — more than 
forty-five years later — with enormous gratitude 
to Brandeis. 

"Brandeis opened up our worlds, " said Judy, 
originally from Illinois. The psychology major 
could hardly believe the caliber of the faculty, 
including renowned psychologist Abraham 
Maslow, who taught at Brandeis from 1951 to 
1969. "To this day, my friends are amazed at some 
of the professors I had," she said. 

The Feldsteins settled in New York, where Judy 
taught elementary school and Ed began a lifelong 
career in education. In addition to Sue, the 
couple have two other children, Dan and Jeff 

As a youngster. Sue had visited Brandeis many 
times during her parents' Reunions. At her moth- 
er's urging, she visited again ss a high-school sen- 
ior, and was convinced to matriculate. 

"It was definitely the right place for me," said 
Sue, who, like her mother, met her husband, neu- 
rosurgeon Roger Frankel '88, at Brandeis. The 
couple have three daughters and live in Atlanta, 
where Judy and Ed Feldstein recently relocated to 
be near their grandchildren. 

Sue and Roger are cochairing their 20th 
Reunion this spring. "It is fascinating to see 
where people end up. It's really fun," Sue said. 

Roger's sister, Audrey, had heard nothing but 
rave reviews about Brandeis from her older 
brother. "I was looking for a small college with 
an excellent academic reputation. Brandeis fit 
the bill," she said. "I really grew up rhere." 

Audrey returned to New York to attend law 
school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
at Yeshiva Universir\' and currently works as an 

estate and probate attorney. She and her husband, 
Fred Pagan, have two sons. 

The Feldsteins and the Frankels continue to 
maintain their Brandeis ties, attending alumni 
events and Reunions, volunteering for the Alumni 
Admissions Council, and working with the 
National Women's Committee. "We are all very 
excited to stay involved with the university in any 
way we can," said Judy. 


Reunion Welcome Back Reception, Friday, 
5:30-7 p.m. 

Class Dinners, Friday. 7-10 p.m. 

Ralph Norman Barbecue/Class Photos, 
Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

A Night in Para'Deis Dinner and Dance 
and Alumni Achievement Awards 
Presentation. Saturday. 7-11 p.m. 


Advance reservations and payment are 
required by Friday, May 23. 

On-site reservations will be 
accommodated on a first-come, first- 
served basis. You may register online at 

For more information, see your Reunion 
2008 brochure, mailed earlier this month, 
or visit 


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College of Knowledge 

Alumni head back to school— for a day 

Alumni, members of the National Women's Committee and of the 
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis, and friends of the 
university will head back to the classroom on Friday. June 6, to 
sample the engaging course offerings in this year's Alumni College. 
Kicking off Reunion 2008 weekend. Alumni College will feature 
eight courses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on topics ranging from 

astronomy and international economics to acting and social action. 
In a special tribute to the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of 
the women's studies program at Brandeis, four of the courses will 
explore a different aspect of women's and gender studies. 

"These four courses will offer a glimpse of the exciting range of 
issues that women's studies research has opened up, " said Professor 
Susan Lanser, who will present the first morning session in the 
women's and gender track. "We are delighted to give Brandeis par- 
ticipants an opportunity to learn more about our flourishing 
women's and gender studies program." 

Veteran Alumni College attendee Ellen Beth Lande '73, P'05, 
makes it a point to attend each year. "I discovered Alumni College 

several years ago during a Brandeis Reunion, and I have been a 
devoted attendee ever since, " she said. "It's the closest experience to 
the intellectual thrill of being back in college — with the added twist 
of being old enough to know how much you miss it. I can't recom- 
mend it highly enough." 

Courses include: 

• "Improvisation and Status: The Influence of Keith Johnstone." 
with Adrianne Krstansky, assistant professor of theater arts. 

• "Technology and the Globalization of America: Promise, Perils, and 
Policy," with Catherine Mann, a professor at the International 
Business School. 

• "Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and the New Universe," with John 
Wardle, professor of astrophysics. 

• "Truth, Reconciliation, and the Ku Klux Klan: Confronting 
Racial Violence in America." with David Cunningham, associate 
professor of sociology. 

• "The Sexuality of History," with Susan Lanser. professor of English 
and American literature and women's and gender studies. 

• "A Boy Named Sue' and Other Conundrums: Gender in 
Country Music," with James Mandrell, associate professor of 
Hispanic studies. 

• "Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacy," 
with Bernadette Brooten, the Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob 
Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies. 

• "Reclaiming the 'Nagging' Stereotype: What 'Mother-Blame' 
Tells Us about Ourselves," with Joyce Antler '63. the Samuel B. 
Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and 
Women's and Gender Studies. 

Participants will receive a continental breakfast and boxed 
lunch and have ample time to mingle with program faculty 
and attendees. 

Registration is $30 per person. Visit 
alumnicollege for course descriptions and additional information. 

Class 1958 

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May 16-18 


Saturday afternoon 

Guest speaker: Stuart Altman, dean of the Heller School for 

Social Policy and Management. 

Saturday evening 

Commencement dinner with honorary-degree recipients. 

Sunday morning 

March in Commencement exercises. 

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Greater Boston 

Nearly fifty alumni, family, 
and friends gathered at the 
TD Banknorth Garden to cheer 
on the Boston Celtics in their 
80-70 win over the Cleveland 
Cavaliers on December 2. 
Attendees included Hal Leibowitz 
'82 (right), his son, Ethan (center), 
and Ethan's friend, Jake. 

Alumni, students, and friends gathered at 
Spingold Theater in November as Tony 
Award-winning producer Robvn Goodman 
'69 (left) sat down with Emmy Award-win- 
ning producer and documentary filmmaker 
Jane Paley Price '69, P'08. They discussed 
Goodman's role in the creation of the musicals 
Avenue Q and Altar Boyz, running the not-for- 
profit Second Stage Theatre, and the many 
considerations that go into producing revivals. 

Top left: Event cochair Ellen Beth Eande "73, P'05, welcomed Boston-area 
alumni and friends to the annual Holiday Reception at the Rose Art 
Museum in December. Museum director Michael Rush presented a gallery 
talk to attendees, and student a cappella group Starving Artists performed for 
the crowd. Lande cochaired with her husband, Detlev Suderow '70, P'05. 
Left: Starving Artists member Eli Matzner '08 (center) with his parents, Paul 
Matzner and Julie Armour. 

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Left photo, from left: Event cochairs Doug Rosner '88 and David Morris '96 joined trustee Dan Jick '79, P'09. P'l 2, and Debby 
Kuenstner at the Alumni Professionals Network's first event of the year in January. Jick, managing director and CEO of High Vista 
Strategies, and Kuenstner, chief investment officer and vice president for investment management at Brandeis, spoke to more than fifty 
alumni about the state of the economy and investing. Right photo: Abigail Shoolman '07 and Ira Shoolman '62, P'03, P'07, P'09. 

Left: Event chairs Lenny '79 and Amy Greenberg Bard '79 greeted more than 
120 graduates and family members at the annual Alumni Family Basketball Day 
in January. Guests of all ages enjoyed the games, socialized in the hospitality room 
during halftimes and between games, and visited with Ollie the Owl. Center: 
Sharon Rosenberg 00, associate director of alumni and university relations, 
cuddles up to mascot Ollie the Owl. Top right: Eddie Bruckner "96 and family. 
Bottom right: Matt Moore '94 and family. 

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South Florida 

From left: Andy Moskowitz '74, Laura Moskowitz 
Greenstein '80, club president Gil Drozdow '79, 
Annette Miller '58, MFA'76, Linda Moskowitz 
Drozdow '80, Steven Sheinman '79, and Marylin 
Holzberg '53, P'78, gathered at the Actors' 
Playhouse in Coral Gables for a December 
performance oi Marthii Mitchell Calling, featuring 
Annette Miller in the title role. 


David Oshinsk)', PhD"71 (center), discussed his 
2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Polio: An 
American Story, at an event last fall. Attendees 
included the clubs immediate past president, 
Michael Kivort '87 (left), and current club presi- 
dent and event host Francyne Davis Jacobs '95. 

West Coast Florida 

Richard Blau '79 (left), chair of the 

alcohol beverage and food law 

department at GrayRobinson, led a 

wine tasing in December with his 

wife, Valarie. The event was hosted b\' 

K. C. '04 and Lindsay Tenukas. Club | 

president Marty Greengrass '70, P'99, 

was also in attendance. 


Club president Chuck Kamine '74, P'03 
(left), thanks Steve Whitfield, PhD'72, the 
Max Richter Professor ot American 
Civilization, for speaking at a Faculty in the 
Field event in January. Whitfield delivered a 
talk, "The Pentagon Papers as History: 
National Security vs. Freedom of the Press," 
to a group of forty alumni, parents, 
BUNWC members, and friends. 


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Scott Edmiston (center), director of the Office of the 
Arts, discussed the changing nature and function of the 
arts in the twent}'-first centur}' with members of the 
Alumni Club of Denver in November. Attendees 
included club president Nicole Hoffman Myers '96 (left) 
and event host Frani Rudolph Bickart '66. 


Southern California 

Los Angeles-area alumni and their children gathered at 

Storyopolis in December to hear Anne-Marie Asner, MA'96, 

read from her new book Klutzy Boy. The children had 

a chance to meet all of Asner's characters, including 

Noshy Boy, Shmutzy Girl, Kvetchy Boy, and Shluffy Girl. 

Great Britain 

Top left: The Alumni Club of Great Britain celebrated a milestone with its twentieth annual 
Thanksgiving Tea this past fall. Club president Joan Bovarnick, PhD'69 (left), organized the 
program with Professor Derek Isaacowitz (second from right) as guest speaker. Top right: Event 
host Alberta Gotthardt Strage '56. Left: Sonja Lind and Suzy Wood '94. 

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Diana Laskin Siegal 

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

Marvin March 

Woodland Hills, California 

See Keira March '94. 

Abraham Heller 

1400 Runnymede Road 
Dayton, OH 45419 

Summer Packer 

Weston, Florida 

Packer holds a master of fine arts degree 
from Yale Universit}' and formerly 
owned Capron Lighting in Newton, 
Massachusetts. She has lived in Florida 
for thirty years and now works for Home 
Depot in Davie. 


William Marsh 

5113 Castlerock Way 
Naples, FL 34112 


Judith Paull Aronson 

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

Henry Braun, MA'57 
Weld, Maine 

Braun writes, "My wife, Joan Lapedos 
Braun '57, and I started Off the Grid 
Press ( to pub- 
lish books of poems. Our first two books 
were Loyalty, by me, and A Darker, 

Sweeter String, by Lee Sharkey '66. 
Joan is an artist whose work was featured 
on the cover of Beloit Poetry Journal, 
which is available online. Her Web site is" 

Risa Ehrlich 
New York City 

Ehrlich continues to create and exhibit 
her ceramics ( as 
well as cochair the major art show of 
Washington Heights. She became a 
grandmother in 2005; Alyssa arrived a 
week before Ehrlich's debut solo show at 
Studio Gallery 88 in Manhattan. 

Sherwood L. Gorbach 

Weston, Massachusetts 
Gorbach, a pioneering researcher, 
educator, mentor, and editor who has 
shaped the discipline of infectious dis- 
eases tor more than forty years, received 
the Infectious Diseases Society of 
America's Alexander Fleming Award for 
Lifetime Achievement. First bestowed in 
1964, the award recognizes an individual 
who has made major contributions to 
the acquisition and dissemination of 
knowledge about infectious diseases. 
Gorbach is a professor in the Depart- 
ments of Community Health, Medicine, 
and Molecular Biology and Micro- 
biology at Tufts LIniversit)' School of 
Medicine. He also serves as professor in 
the universit)''s School of Nutrition 
Science and Policy and is editor of 
Clinical Infections Diseases. 


Leona Feldman Curhan 

366 River Road 

Carlisle, MA 01741 

it is with sadness that I report the 
deaths of two classmates in September 
2007. Sidney Kaufman lived in 
Brooklyn and worked as an attorney 
for New York City. John 'Jackie" 
Kirkwood was a football player at 
Brandeis who went on to work in the 
steel industry, devoting time later in life 

to fostering peace and economic devel- 
opment in Northern Ireland. 

Susan Geller Gold 
Englewood, New Jersey 
Gold published a lyrically written tale 
of survival and personal growth, Tin- 
Eyes Are the Same, a Holocaust memoir. 
She has been invited by Professor 
Antony Polonsky to participate in the 
Holocaust Remembrance Day program 
at Brandeis on April 3. The program is 
open to all alumni. 


Wynne Wolkenberg Miller 

1443 Beacon Street, #403 
Brookline, MA 02446 

By now you have no doubt received the 
sad news via e-mail that we have lost our 
much-loved classmate and former class 
president Elliott Epstein. Thanks to 
Steve Steinberg, we have some of the 
missing pieces we needed. In October, 
Elliott contracted Gullain-Barre syn- 
drome, a sudden-onset, autoimmune dis- 
order. If you've read anything about the 
illness, you know that it causes paralysis, 
which was the case tor dear "Eppie, " 
whose condition didn't improve. Wliile 
many people recover, some do not, and 
our loss is in those statistics. Losing 
Eppie so soon after we delighted in his 
unchanged, upbeat presence on the 
Brandeis campus at our 50th Reunion 
reminds me — yet again — how precious 
each moment is and how we should 
cherish each person. Several people 
wrote to say they had planned to be in 
touch with Eppie again and let the time 
go by without doing so, which they 
regret. 1 am reminding myself not to 
postpone .icting on those promises we 
made to each other at our glorious 
Reunion. I hope 2008 is a happy and 
healthy year for all of us. 

Joan Lapedos Braun 

Weld, Maine 

See Henry Braun '55. 

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Diana Kurz 

New York City 

Kurz had a solo exhibition of paintings 
and works on paper at Snow Willis from 
December 14, 2007, through January 25. 




Judith Brecher Borakove 

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

Elaine Neumann Gurian 

Arlington. Virginia 

Gurian is a consultant and adviser to a 
number of museums and visitor centers 
that are opening, being built, or rein- 
venting themselves. She has been 
awarded a Fulbright and will spend three 
months in Argentina. 

Lenore Edelman Sack 
Rockville, Maryland 
Sack, Judy Brecher Borakove, Mimi 
Michaels Goldman, Arline Schwartz 
Rotman, Margot Strauss Parke, 
Arnalee Haberman Cohen, Jeanne 
Goldberg Bodin. Riva Klein Edelman. 
and Elise Isaacs Weisbach formed an 
online book club at a minireunion in 
2001. The members take turns choosing 
books and leading e-mail discussions. 
Sack writes, "It's been a wonderful way 
to keep in touch, read books we would 
not otherwise have read, share our ideas 
and thoughts, and keep our Brandcis 
experience alive. " The group held 
another minireunion in September 2006 
in New York City, where members 
enjoyed shows, shopping, eating, sight- 
seeing, museums, and wonderful friends. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout 

7238 Brambury Court 
Sarasota, FL 34238 

Marilyn Goretsky Becker 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Becker is director of Life Cycle 
Outreach, a transdenominational organi- 
zation serving the Jewish community in 
need of clergy, and helping families 
celebrate baby-naming, bar/bat mitzvahs, 
marriages, etc. She is still working after 
all these years and loving it! 


Joan Silverman Wallack 
28 Linden Shores 
Branford, CT 06405 

Suzanne Modes 

Waltham, Massachusetts 
Hodes's paintings, drawings, and prints 
were shown at Waltham Mills Open 
Studios in November 2007. 


Adrienne Uris Rosenblatt 

120 Via Zamora 

Jupiter, FL 33458 

As the most recent addition to what has 
been a long, illustrious line ot correspon- 
dents from the Class ot '61, it is my 
pleasure to take over the reins from my 
good friend Judy Leavitt Schatz, who 
has served with distinction for so many 
years. Although Joel and I moved three 
years ago from our Connecticut home 
to our current residence in Jupiter, 
Florida, our interest in and support ot 
Brandeis have remained among the 
constants in our lives. We continue to 
embrace the close relationships wc made 
during our undergraduate years and are 
thankful to have developed new 
friendships with other classmates and 
Brandeisians since then. Our lives have 
been enriched by knowing you all, 
building on our memories of those piv- 
otal years we shared. As we move closer 
to our "SOth Reunion, many of us have 

made significant changes in our lives — in 
our professions, our residences, our rela- 
tionships, activities, and concerns. Please 
take the time to keep in touch with me or 
the office, and let your forever-young-at- 
heart classmates know what you've been 
up to and how you fit into the Class of 
'6rs evolving portrait. If you find yourself 
in my area of the Sunshine/Hurricane 
State, I'd love to hear from you. 

Ronnie Kushel Hellinger 

Delray Beach, Florida 
Hellinger has been remarried and repa- 
triated. She moved from Montreal and 
now lives permanently in Florida with 
her new husband, Mel Hellinger. She 
reports that life — except for her golf 
handicap — is perfect. 

Sharon Pucker Rivo 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Rivo was honored with the Boston 
Center for Jewish Heritage's Zvi R. 
Cohen Leadership and Legacy Award for 
contribution, vision, and commitment 
to preserving Jewish cultural life. Rivo is 
cofounder and executive director of the 
National Center for Jewish Film at 
Brandeis, which is the largest archive 
and distributor of Jewish film outside 
of Israel. 




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Ann Leder Sharon 

13890 Ravenwood Drive 
Saratoga, CA 95070 

Linda IVIarks 
San Francisco 

Marks is the director ot training and spe- 
cial projects at the Center for WorkLite 
Law at the Universir/ of California, 
Hastings College of the Law. She writes, 
"While many classmates are retired or 
thinking about retiring, I've been 
working for the past two years in the best 
job I've ever had. I'm working with 
Distinguished Professor of Law Joan C. 
Williams, and we've developed a program 
for lawyers who've left law tor a year or 
more to raise families and want to return 
to legal practice; an executive education 
program tor women law firm partners 
(Hastings Leadership Academy for 
Women); and a 'work/life conference in a 
box' that we have been putting on 
around the country, working with various 
bar associations. I'm glad I gave that 'old 
Brandeis spirit' just a litde bit of time." 

Alan Rubin 
Tiburon, California 
Rubin celebrated two major births in 
2007. The first and by far more impor- 
tant was the birth of his first grandchild, 
Eliana Shaina (her first name means God 
has answered me, her middle name 
means pretty) to his daughter Renee and 
her husband, Marty Ross. The second is 
the fifth book in his "For Dummies" 
series. Type I Diabetes for Dummies. He 
now has a third edition o^ Diabetes for 
Dummies and second editions of 
Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies, Thyroid 
for Dummies, and High Blood Pressure for 
Dummies. His books have sold more 
than 1.5 million copies and have been 
translated into nine languages. 

Judith Glatzer Wechsler 

Medford, Massachusetts 

Wechsler was decorated by the French 

government as a Chevalier des Arts et 

des Lettres. She is the National Endow- 

Following the Tuscan Sun 

That an outfit named 
was the first hit when I Googled "Tuscany 
tours" last spring was unsurprising. That 
the tour leaders turned out to be expatriate 
American boomers wasn't surprising, 
either. What did surprise me was that one 
was a Brandeis classmate. 

Sam Hilt '69, with his wife, Pam 
Mercer, dreamed the midlife dream manv 
of us have, then went and lived it. A tew 
years ago, they left their business careers to 
settle in another country, raise their two 
girls, and make a living as student-lovers of 
Italian culture. 

My wife and I joined a Tuscany Tours 
excursion from Rome to Florence last 
April. Renaissance art and architecture 
being what they are, the soul-stirring 
nature of that experience can't be credited 
solely to Sam Hilt's supple and synthetic 
approach, but a large measure of the effect 
can be. For a Christian-raised but nonreli- 
gious art amateur like myself it was pow- 
ertul to see a scholar whose parents 
witnessed the Holocaust expound sin- 
cerely on the most potent, as well as 
arcane, details of Christianity, connecting 
depiction, moment, theme, and symbol 
with felt life. 

The only child ot concentration-camp 
survivors. Hilt was passionate early on 
about languages and literature. At 
Brandeis, he took iconic professor Morrie 
Stein's sociology of literature course tour 
times. Next came grad work at the Univer- 
sity of Toronto and dissertation research in 
France on Baudelaire and Poe. 

"Eventually," Hilt told me, "I felt the 
need to experience primitive cultures, and 
traveled up the Nile from Aswan through 
the Sudan, exploring Uganda, Kenya, and 
Tanzania, then went to Israel to ponder 
the differences between pre- and postbib- 
lical humanity. My doctoral committee 
was not impressed by my ability to remain 
on topic." 

During what he calls an "academic 
leave " of fifteen years. Hilt earned a living 
as a carpenter, salesman, and tour-bus 
driver, and eventually found his way to the 
world of computers. He saw a Jungian 
therapist as well, learning about the quest 
for psychic wholeness. That led to graduate 
work at Sonoma State University, followed 

by a partly self-designed PhD trom the 
Union Institute. A rwo-month sojourn in 
Italy in 1991, he savs, set the direction for 

his dissertation: "archetypal psychology 
meets Renaissance art." 

Since then. Hilt has sought ways to 
make the spiritual beauty and psychologi- 
cal depth ot that art more accessible to 
contemporary travelers. In 1997, he and 
Pam began organizing art seminar tours in 
Tuscany. In 2004, the couple decided to 
form a company and lead them full time. 
As Hilt tells it, "We took a deep breath, 
sold our computer-training business in 
California, and moved to a little village 
outside Siena. We love it. " 

Today, the Hilts conduct about ten 
tours a year, taking a limited number of 
international visirors to see everything 
trom the museums and religious sites of 
Rome and Florence to shopping bou- 
tiques to quaint rural hill towns, with spe- 
cial stops tor restaurants and local wine 
and olive oil producers. 

The arc of life, in hindsight, is seldom a 
surprise. This recent satisfied customer can 
attest that all of Sam's meanderings seem to 
have equipped him perfectly for his current 
work. It's hard to imagine him doing any- 
thing else. 

— David Moran '69 

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'lass notes 

ment for the Humanities Professor in tlie 
Department ot Art and Art History at 
Tufts University. 

Miriam Osier Hyman 

140 East 72nd Street, #16B 
New Yorl<, NY 10021 


Shelly A. Wolf 

113 Naudain Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Azuka Dike 

Nsukka, Nigeria 

Dike retired from his position as profes- 
sor of anthropology at the University of 
Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2003, he founded 
the Interactive Environmental Founda- 
tion for Environmental Literacy and 
Total Sanitation, in Nigeria. The founda- 
tion's goal is to educate community' 
groups and influence the emergence of 
environmentally conscious groups. Dike 
appreciates help or suggestions. 


Joan Furber Kalafatas 

3 Brandywyne 

Wayland, MA 01778 


Kenneth E. Davis 

28 Mary Chilton Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Rima Kittner 

Berkeley, California 

Kittner married Robert R. Maschmeyer 

on October 31, 2007. 

Subagh Singh (ne Richard) Winkelstern 
Chautauqua, New York 
Winkelstern writes, "I recently 
completed a two-thousand-mile solo 
kayak trip down the Allegheny, Ohio, 
and Mississippi rivers from my home in 
Chautauqua to just north of New 
Orleans. It was a personal adventure, of 
course, but also a way of raising aware- 
ness and money for watershed conserva- 
tion and the New Orleans rebuilding 
effort. After the seven-week trip, my wife 
joined me for a week working with New 
Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity." 


Anne Reilly Hort 

10 Old Jackson Avenue, #21 
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 

Fran Forman 

Wiitertown, Massachusetts 
Forman was honored for her multimedia 
artwork by the Px3 Prix de la Photogra- 
phic and Adobes 
She is a visiting research associate at 
the Women's Studies Research Center 
at Brandeis. 


David Greenwald 

1920 Chestnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Aloysius Cuyjet 

Glen Cove, New York 

Cuyjet was promoted to professor of 

clinical medicine at the State University 

of New York at Stony Brook School of 

Medicine. He is chief of medicine at 

Nassau University Medical Center in East 

Meadow, where he chairs the recently 
launched Institute for Health Disparities. 

Peter Gidal 

Gidal's 1969 portrait-film Heads \<!as 
shown nonstop for three months at 
London's National Portrait Gallery, 
which also purchased the DVD of the 
film for its primary collection of con- 
temporary art. The exhibition continues 
until June at the Staatsgalerie in 
Stuttgart, Germany. His book on Andy 
Warhol's film Blow Job will be published 
by MIT in April. Gidal first saw the film 
in February 1965 at Brandeis. Gidal is 
having forty-year (perish the thought!) 
retrospectives of his films at the Centre 
Pompidou in Paris and at the Tate in 
London in 2008. His work is also 
included in Oxford University Press's 
anthology Samuel Beckett at 100. 

Natasha Cyker Lisman 
Watertown, Massachusetts 
Lisman was named cochair of the Boston 
Bar Association's International Law Sec- 
tion, which deals with private and public 
international law. Lisman is a partner at 
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen in 
Boston and focuses her practice on com- 
plex disputes involving contracts, insur- 
ance and reinsurance, intellectual property, 
and corporate governance. She also serves 
as an arbitrator of such matters. 

Phillip Saperia 

Brooklyn, New York 
Saperia lives in Brooklyn during the 
week, and Stockton, New Jersey, on the 
weekends. He and his lite partner of 
thirty-three years were married in 2004. 

Michaele Weissman 

Chevy Chase, Man'land 
Weissman is writing a book about 
specialty coffee. She also teaches writing 
at the Psychoanalytic Institute. 

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Phoebe Epstein 

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

Howard Beckman 

Rochester, New York 
Beckman was awarded the Lynn Payer 
Award from the American Academy on 
Communication in Healthcare. The 
award recognizes outstanding contribu- 
tions to the literature on the theory, 
practice, and teaching of effective health- 
care communication and related skills. 
Beckman shares the award with Richard 
Frankel, with whom he has coauthored a 
body of literature that is foundational to 
the academy and the work ot health-care 

Harold Boll 

Winchester, Massachusetts 
Boll married Alice Diamond on 
August 4, 2007, at Temple Shir Tikvah 
in Winchester. Brandeis alumni in atten- 
dance included Hillel Schwartz, Marc 
Zauderer, Joan Forman '77, Sarah 
Spivak Woolf '76, and Louis Woolf '76. 
Annabel, the couple's bichon frise, served 
as best dog. 

DIna Tanners 


Tanners is enjoying her first grandchild, 
Jonah Samuel, born January 26, 2007. 
Tanners is very active in the Jewish 
Agency for Israel Partnership 2000 
program and volunteers with her 
husband. Dale Nelson, in Kiryat 
Malachi, Israel, each summer. 

James Winer 


Winer is now on four radio stations for a 

total ot thirty-two hours per week. His 

latest show is on Saturdays at 1 :00 p.m. 

on KDKA radio and can also be heard 

online at 


Charles S. Eisenberg 

4 Ashford Road 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Bill Lebovich 

Chevy Chase, Maryland 

Lebovich presented "Shared Sacred 

Spaces: A Study ot Synagogues That 
Have Become African-American 
Churches and How These Congregations 
Retain and Use Architecture and 
Iconography They Inherit," the inaugu- 
ral lecture of the Mary Einstein Shapero 
Memorial Lecture Series at Temple Beth 
El in Michigan. 

Abby Kimmelman Leigh 
New York City 

Leigh is an artist represented by the Betty 
Cunningham Gallery. Her artwork is in 
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 
Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Museum 
of Fine Arts in Houston, the Hammer in 
Los Angeles, and many other museums 
in Europe and the United States. She has 
been married for thirty-six years to Mitch 
Leigh, a composer and businessman who 
is developing an all-green town in New 
Jersey. The couple have two children, 
David, nineteen, a sophomore at Yale 
University majoring in math, music, and 
philosophy, and Eve, twenty-two, a 
director and playwright who earned a 
degree in history from Columbia 
LJniversity. She directed her adaptation ot 
The Dybbnk at the King's Head Theatre 
in London in January. 


Richard Kopley 

608 W. Hillside Avenue 
State College, PA 16803 

Barbara Schlaff 


Schlaft, a lawyer at Venable, was named 

to the "Best Lawyers in America" annual 

legal rankings guide. Rankings are 
selected based on more than 12,000 
anonymous peer assessments of 
candidates' legal abilities. 


Dan Garfinkel 

2420 Kings Lane 
Pittsburgh. PA 15241 


George Kahn 

11300 Rudman Drive 

Culver City. CA 90230 

David Coburn 

Potomac, Maryland 
Coburn writes, "Brandeis is still very 
much a part of our lives almost thirty- 
five years after my graduation. My wife, 
Phyllis Brenner Coburn '75, and I 
have been active in alumni and admis- 
sions events and still have occasion to 
travel to the school. We have three 
boys, all ot whom followed us to 
Brandeis. Avi '04 is an IT manager tor 
a financial-services firm, living in 
Bethesda, and planning to go to busi- 
ness school; Brian '07 is attending 
graduate school in museum studies at 
New York University; and Seth '10 is 
enjoying his sophomore year. 1 am a 
partner in the Washington, D.C., office 
of Steptoe and Johnson, and am in my 
thirty-first year ot practicing transporta- 
tion and commerce law. " 

Barbara Epstein 

Watertown, Massachu.setts 
Epstein is the program administrator for 
the Slifka Program in Intercommunal 
Coexistence at Brandeis. She manages 
the administrative systems and develop- 
ment strategies ot the program and its 
outreach component. She was previously 
a senior program associate ot the Robert 

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alumniprofile James Horton, PhD ^73 

Busting History's Myths 

When a National Park Senice historian 
declared slavery' to be one of the causes of 
the Civil War, more than a thousand out- 
raged citizens called for his resignation. 

Although most Americans understand 
that slavery was a major cause of the Civil 
War, some refuse to accept any link 
between the two. "For some who live in the 
South, the Civil War is not quite over," 
says historian James Oliver Horton, 
PhD'73, author or coauthor of ten books, 
consultant and contributor to dozens ot 
film, television, and video projects. 

For more than twenty years, between 
1 98 1 and 2003, Horton directed die Afro- 
American Communities Project at the 
Smithsonian Institution National Museum 
of American History, where he conducted 
research on the history of antebellum free 
black communities. He lives in Virginia, 
where, he says, it's not uncommon to hear 
the Civil War still referred to as "the war 
between the states," "the war of northern 
aggression," and even, by a genteel matron at 
a dinner party, as "the late unpleasantness." 

At the bottom of this, Horton says, is a 
perception of African Americans as some- 
thing less than equal citizens. Ever since 
America's forefathers — who were well 
aware of the economic value of slavery — 
rationalized that African Americans were 
not entitled to the same freedoms as 
whites, their "theory" has never been fully 
eradicated from the public consciousness, 
he says. 

Misconceptions are not limited to the 
South. Horton has shocked people in New 
York and Boston by telling them how their 
cities supported slavery and profited from 
the slave trade. 

Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Pro- 
fessor of American Studies and History at 
George Washington University in Wash- 
ington, D.C., where he has taught since 
1977. He often confronts these entrenched 
misperceptions by working with historians 
who — like the beleaguered National Park 
Service superintendent — interact directly 
with the public. They are history's inter- 
preters at national parks, war memorials, 
public monuments, on tours, and at exhi- 
bitions. In the mid-1990s Horton served 
as special assistant for history to the direc- 
tor ot the National Park Service. 

In that capacity, he reviewed the history 
interpretation of many park service sites, 
including the messages contained within 

park gifl:-shop books and materials. He was 
impressed at the extent of visitor education. 

"The fact is that most people do not 
learn history in a classroom," he says. 

Horton credits Brandeis with being "one 
of the most important influences" on his 
early intellectual and professional life. 
After growing up in Newark, New Jerse)', 
he received an undergraduate degree from 
the University of Buffalo and spent six 
years in the Air Force. 

He was stationed at Hickam Air Force 
Base in Hawaii for three years, and earned 
a master's degree from the University of 
Hawaii before pursuing a PhD from Bran- 
deis. He and his wife, colleague and 
coauthor Lois E. Horton, PhD'77, profes- 
sor of history at George Mason University, 
are now back in Hawaii, each teaching one 
class and poised to retire from their aca- 
demic appointments in Washington and 
Virginia in June. 

Horton sees painstaking progress in 
African American myth-busting. "Race is so 
central to who we are as a nation, who we 
are as a culture," he says. "So much more 
information is starting to reach the public. 
The more people hear the facts about slav- 
ery, the easier it is to convince other histori- 
cal sites, other museums, and other TV 
shows" to feature controversial material. 

—Deborah Halber '80 

Wood Johnson Foundation Community 
Health Leadership Program. 

Myna German 
Dover, Delaware 

German is chair of the mass communica- 
tions department at Delaware State 
University. In 2006, she published The 
Paper and the Pew: How Religion Shapes 
Media Choice, a cross-cultural study of 
newspaper choice and habits among 
Mormons, Jews, and Methodists. She 
was a full-time journalist before earning 
a PhD and becoming a faculty member. 

Deborah Newman 

New York Cit>' 

Newman graduated from New York Law 

School in 2005. She is the former vice 

president of industry relations and 

licensing for Muze and is currently 

consulting on digital-media content. 

Gabor Rona 
Brooklyn, New York 
Rona spent six years with the Interna- 
tional Red Cross legal division in 
Geneva, Switzerland, where he helped 
establish — and convince U.S. authorities 
to respect — international human-rights 
law and laws of war applicable to coun- 
terterrorism policies and practices. He 
also spent three of those years bringing 
his daughter, Lilian, back from the grip 
of leukemia. Rona, his wife, Alison, and 
Lilian are now back in New York. He is 
in his third year as international legal 
director of Human Rights First, where he 
provides international law advice, with a 
continued emphasis on the U.S. conduct 
in "war-on-terror" detention. Lilian is in 
fine form, following in her father's argu- 
mentative and fencing footsteps. 

Barbara Silverstein and Joe Wolke 
Northbrook, Illinois 
Silverstein teaches sixth-grade math, and 
Wolke works as an information- 
technology consultant. The couple are 
also new grandparents. 

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Class of 1974 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Harold Grossman 
Boca Raton, Florida 
Grossman and his wife, Ghana 
Mesberg '75, are proud to announce 
that their first granddaughter, Ella, was 
born on October 15, 2007, to their 
daughter Sarah and her husband, 
Shoham Avdar. 

Chuck Kamine 


Kamine was elected to his third term as 
mayor of Amberley Village. He will be 
the community's first third-term mayor 
in forty years. 

Mark Maimone 
Huntington Station, New York 
Maimone received a $5,000 award from 
CDM, a fiill-service global consulting, 
engineering, construction, and operations 
firm, for the best paper in a peer- 
reviewed publication. The award honored 
his chapter, "The Role of Low-Impact 
Redevelopment/Development in Inte- 
grated Watersheti-Managemcnt Planning: 
Turning Theory into Practice," in the 
book Cities of the Future: Towards 
Integrated Sustainable Water and 
Landscape Management. Maimone is a 
vice president and environmental 
engineer with CDM in Woodbury. 

Carl Sealove 
Los Angeles 

Sealove worked as additional music 
editor on the movie Superbad. He was 
also music editor for Talk to Me, The 
Good Night, and Judd Apatow's 
upcoming Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He 
was nominated for an Emmy, along with 
composers Van Dyke Parks and David 
Mansfield, for his work on Broken Trail. 
Broken Trail was directed by Walter Hill 
and starred Robert Duvall and Thomas 
Hadcn Church. Stanley M. Brooks '79 

and Duvall served as executive 

Gail Shister 
Narberth, Pennsylvania 
Shister teaches writing at the LIniversity 
of Pennsylvania. Her daughter is a soph- 
omore at Bryn Mawr College. 


Class of 1975 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Alison Brager Bass 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Bass has written a nonfiction book about 
whistleblowers in the health-care indus- 
try. Side Effects: A Best-Selling Drug on 
Trial, which will be published by 
Algonquin Books in May. The book tells 
the story of a prosecutor and a whistle- 
blower who exposed the deception 
behind a best-selling drug. Bass is an 
adjimct professor of journalism at 
Brandeis and an Alicia Patterson Fellow. 

Roberta Dalois 

San Francisco 

Dalois writes, "I am a wildly unsuccessful 
playwright and performer in San 
Francisco. I am having a wonderful time!" 

Deborah Colker and Michael Friend 


The couple proudly announce and 
celebrate the bat mitzvah of their k)urth 
child, Leah Rose. 

Debra-Lee Garren, MFA'75 
Dedham, Massachusetts 
Garren fell into teaching during a bre.ik 
from producing a television show in 1985. 
She began with a one-semester position at 
a college with only one course in theater 
and no theater facilit)'. She fell in love with 
the students and agreed to stay on, and 
over the next decade expanded the theater 
offerings to a full curriculum. Curry 
College has now built a theater, complete 

with black box, prosceniimi stage, shop, 
and a green room. Garren writes, "1 am 
surrounded by active, creative colleagues 
and by talented, hardworking students. 
Brandeis facult)' continue to inform my 
teaching and administering. 1 am still 
learning the lessons offered by the great 
designer Howard Bay, the bon vivant 
Charlie Moore, and the ever-present 
master of acting, Ted Kazanoff. They reach 
down through the years, enriching the 
lives of my students and .ilumni. 1 loved 
Brandeis, but 1 never dreamed that my 
time at Spingold was preparing me to 
establish, develop, and nurture my vePi' 
own college theater program. To quote the 
grand old man of theater (and former 
Brandeis artist) Morris Carnofsky, 
"Working in theater is, after all, an act 
of love." 

Ted Merriam 
Golden, Colorado 

Merriam has been a tax-defense attorney 
in Denver since 1981. He has been 
married for rwenty-five years to Donna, 
an accomplished artist. The couple have 
two daughters. Amy, rwent)'-two, and 
Cassidy, twenty. Merriam still loves the 
Grateful Dead. 

Ghana Mesberg 

Boca Raton, Florida 

See Harold Grossman '74. 

Barbara Moscow/itz 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at 
Massachusetts General Hospital, won the 
Boston-based Kenneth B. Schwartz 
Center's Compassionate Caregiver of the 
Year Award. The award recognizes the 
caregiver in Massachusetts who best per- 
sonifies the mission of the Schwartz 
Center to "advance compassionate health 
care in which caregivers, patients, and 
their families relate to one another in a 
way that provides hope to the patient, 
support to caregivers, and sustenance to 
the healing process." 

Michael Smith 

Tempe, Arizona 

Smith is a professor of anthropoU)gy at 

Arizona State University. He was hired 

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in 2005 to replace the retiring George 
Cowgill, who had been Smitii's under- 
graduate adviser at Brandeis. Smith has 
continued his archaeological fieldwork 
at Aztec sites in Mexico. One of his 
journal articles was awarded the 
Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize tor best 
scholarly article on American planning 
history by the Society for American 
Ciry and Regional Planning History. 
The paper, "Form and Meaning in the 
Earliest Cities: A New Approach to 
Ancient Urban Planning," was pub- 
lished in the Journal of Planning History. 
Smith's eighth book, Aztec City-State 
Capitals, will be published in 2008 by 
the University Press of Florida. 


Beth Pearlman 

1773 Diane Road 

Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Elyse Barnett 
Los Gatos, California 
Barnett's son Jay attends Harvard 
Universit)', and her daughter Kat is in 
middle school. Barnett is a tenured pro- 
fessor at Foothill College, continuing to 
follow her love of teaching anthropolog)'. 

Bob Chernick 

Herzliyah Pituach, Israel 
Chernick writes, "For the last twenty 
years, I have been living in Israel with 
my wife, Nicole, and our two children. 
I .un director of a community/munici- 
pal psychological services department 
in a suburb of Tel Aviv. My son, Ben, 
graduated from high school this year, 
and after grueling training was 
accepted to perform his mandatory 
army service with the elite section of 
the Israeli army's parachute division, 
which is similar to the U.S. Marines. 
My daughter, Karen '06, received an 
excellent education at Brandeis, where 
she studied with outstanding faculty 
and excelled academically. She grad- 
uated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cimi 
laude, with highest honors h)r her 

thesis in art history. Watching her grad- 
uate was one ot the most rewarding 
moments in my life." 

Leslie Keiter Tannenwald, MA'76 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Tannenwald is a rabbi and chaplain who 
continues to officiate at all lifecycle events 
and to visit nursing homes. In addition, 
she recently became a research associate at 
the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. 

Lou Yelgin 

Merrimack, New Hampshire 
Yelgin writes, "I retired from the corpo- 
rate marketing world of Hewlett-Packard 
and Philips a few years ago and become 
a high-school guidance counselor. I'm 
thrilled to be directly influencing the 
future of our society. All the computer 
software and medical device experience 
has come in handy, especially when I 
advise students on careers and college. 
The kids are great — most of the time. 
They tell me exactly what is on their 
minds! I would love to hear from old 
friends at" 


Fred Berg 

145 Fourth Avenue, #9-C 
New York, NY 10003 

Scott Merlis 

Westport, Connecticut 
Metlis was named managing director and 
head of the advisory practice at Drucker 
Worldwide, a Detroit-based growth-strat- 
egy, operations, and research professional- 
services firm. Merlis previously spent 
twenty-six years as an auto analyst. 

Lawrence Silverman 

Bratislava, Slovak Republic 

Silverman is depuU' chief of mission at 

the United States Embassy. 



Valerie Troyansky 

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

Ann Bolts Bromberg 

Bromberg is learning Web site mainte- 
nance and design on the job at the 
Feinstein Center for American Jewish 
History at Temple Universirv'. The year 
2007 brought many changes in her 
family as her father and father-in-law 
passed away in the spring and her two 
eldest children were married in the fall. 

Robert Kerwin 

West Roxbury, Massachusetts 
Kerwin was appointed cochair of the 
Massachusetts Bar Association's 
business law section. He practices at 
Tarlow, Breed, Hart, and Rodgers in 
Boston, where he concentrates on 
business litigation. 

Neil Kressel, MA'78 
Wayne, New Jersey 

Kressel, a professor at William Paterson 
University, published his fourth book. 
Bad Faith: The Danger of Religious 
Extremism. In it, he journeys to the heart 
of religious militancy, bearing the 
insights of modern psychology and social 
science with the goal of understanding 
what separates potentially constructive 
religious impulses from those that can 
lead to destructiveness, hate, and terror. 
Kressel is spending the spring semester as 
a visiting research fellow at the Yale 
Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study 
ot Antisemitism at the Institution for 
Social and Policy Studies at Yale 
University. He and his wife, attorney 
Dorit Kressel, have four children, aged 
three, four, nine, and thirteen. 

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Ruth Strauss Fleischmann 

8 Angler Road 

Lexington, MA 02420 


Lewis Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
RIchboro, PA 18954 

Jonathan Dordick 

Schenectady, New York 
Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann 
Professor of Chemical and Biological 
Engineering and chairman of the 
Department of Chemical and Biological 
Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, received two awards from the 
American Chemical Society. They are the 
Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial 
and Biochemical Technology (the organi- 
zations highest biotechnology honor), in 
recognition of his achievements leading 
to functional bioengineered materials, 
enzyme-based noncomposites, and 
bioactive agents that impact human 
health and bioprocesses, and the ACS 
Biochemical Technology Division's 
2006 Elmer Gaden Award, which recog- 
nized his article "Controlled Hierarchical 
Assembly of Switchable DNA- 
Multiprotein Complexes" as the top 
paper published in 2006 in the journal 
Biotechnology cr Bioengineering. 

Joan Hantman 
Belmont, Massachusetts 
Hantman recently graduated from 
nursing school and will move to 
Los Angeles to work as a pediatric nurse 
at the LJniversity of California- 
Los Angeles Medical Center. 

Jeffrey Krasner 

Watertown, Ma.ssachusetts 
Krasner and his wife, Rebecca Grow, 
welcomed twins, Zachary Alfred and 
Isadora Cameron, on March 23, 2007. 

Kenneth Levin 

West Bloomfield, Michigan 
Levin, his wile, Kim, and their children, 
Emily, nine, and Daniel, eight, traveled 
to Jacksonville, Florida, to celebrate the 
bat mitzvah of Lenny Maiman's 
daughter, Elena. They also joined Lynn, 
Faye, and Neil Maiman. Levin looks 
forward to seeing other classmates at the 
30th Reunion in 2010. 


David J. Allon 

540 Weadley Road 

Wayne, PA 19087 

Kenneth Fries 

Northampton, Massachusetts 
Fries's book The History of My Shoes and 
the Evohition of Darwin's Theory received 
the outstanding book award advancing 
human rights from the Gustavus Myers 
Center for the Study of Bigotry and 
Human Rights. 

Larry Salas 

Salem, Massachusetts 

Salas is married to Kathleen Comfort. 

Their daughter, Fiona Joy, was born 

July 27, 2005, and their son, Benjamin 

Laurence, was born July 4, 2007. 

Bruce Zamost 

Voorhees, New Jersey 
Zamost obtained a $2.25 million jury- 
verdict award in a September 2007 med- 
ical malpractice trial. The award, which 
was limited to pain and suffering only, 
was for a woman who sustained partial 
loss of vision to one eye as a result of a 
retinal detachment, and is the largest 
award ever for an injury of its kind 
nationwide. Zamost is a shareholder of 
Stark & Stark in Marlton, where he 
specializes in medical/legal malpractice, 
product liability, personal injury, and 
complex litigation. He and his wife, 
Donna, have three children, Madeline, 
sixteen, Karolena, six, and Zachary, 
three. He also wishes to congratulate his 
Brandeis roommate, business develop- 

ment guru Barry Moltz, on the recent 
publication ol his second book. Bounce. 


Ellen Cohen 

MS 124 Brandeis University 
PO Box 549110 
Waltham, MA 02454 

David Silver, MJC'84 

West Hartford, Connecticut 

Silver's daughter Shira has just started 

college at the University ot Maryland in 

the honors program. She is considering a 

dual major in psychology and interna- 

tional relations. 


Lor! Barman Gans 

46 Oak Vale Road 

Newton, MA 02468 

Reimion is almost upon us, and we're 
waiting to hear Irom many ot vou. It is 
hard to believe that it alre.idy been 
twenty-five years. We've got st) much in 
store as we celebrate this iiuiiiieiuous mile- 
stone — a blend ot nostalgic (lor those who 
like to look back) and social (tor ihose 
who like to look ahead), all in the u[iii]ue 
and stimulating environment diat delined 
the Brandeis experience for us. C'mon, 
don't you wanr to see whatever became ot 
your suitemates? I know 1 do (and )'ou all 
know who \'ou are)! The hardest thing 
about Reunion is deciding to Lome. Make 
it easy on voursell — register tod.i\! 

Gary Cohen 
Westport, Connecticut 
Cohen recently accepted .i posiiion with 
Energizer Personal Care as viee piesideiu 
and general manager ol the l'l.i\u\ Busi- 
ness Unit. In his new position, C'olicn is 
responsible lor global and North 
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opment, and manufacturing operations 
for Playtex products, including feminine 
care, Wet Ones moist wipes. Banana 
Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, 
and baby products. 

Jack Paskoff 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
Paskoff received the Steven Mentzer Award 
tor Excellence in Ecumenical Witness on 
October 25, 2007, from the Lancaster 
Count)' Council of Churches. Paskoff, 
rabbi ot Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, 
was honored for his role as founder and 
head of the Homeless Winter Overflow 
Project, which began its third season in 
December 2007. The project houses 
homeless people overnight at local houses 
of faith when local shelters are fiiU. 

Mark Rothienberg 

Rothenberg says he is amazed that it has 
been twenty-five years since graduation. 
He writes, "I would like to attend 
Reunion, but it is the same weekend as 
my daughter's bat mitzvah in Israel. 
Remember that Reitman rules!" 

Andrew Silfen 

Rye Brook, New York 

Silfen was selected to chair the 

bankruptcy and financial restructuring 

group at Arent Fox. He and his wife, 

Merryll, have three daughters, Jessica, 

Allison, and Samantha. 


Class of 1984 

MS 124 Brandels University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

David Berkowitz 
Summit, New Jersey 
Berkowitz joined MetLife's structured 
lease investment group, headquartered in 
Morristown, as chief credit officer. He 
spent the last ten years on Met's high- 
yield bond portfolio team, most recently 
as senior transportation and industrial- 

services industry analyst and strategist. 
His wife, Susan, is a consultant in 
human-resources policies to both large 
and small businesses. The couple have 
nine-year-old twins, Dana and Jeffrey. 

Micfiael Eisenberg 
Furlong, Pennsylvania 
Eisenberg joined the Fort Washington 
law firm Timoney Knox as a partner. 
Formerly a sole practitioner in Horsham, 
Eisenberg focuses on family law, bank- 
ruptcy, and personal injury. He also has 
experience in general law, estate adminis- 
tration, and advising small businesses. 
He is a member of the board of trustees 
of Temple Judea of Bucks Count)' and is 
president of Devils Tower Sacred to 
Many People, a nonprofit organization 
that benefits Native American children. 
He is an avid rock climber, martial-arts 
student, and mountain biker. He and his 
wife have four children. 

Scott Soke! 

Framingham, Massachusetts 
Sokol is dean of the Jewish Music Insti- 
tute and directof of the cantor education 
and special-education programs at 
Hebrew College. He is also professor of 
psychology, Jewish education, and Jewish 
music. He is in private practice as a pedi- 
atric neuropsychologist and serves as part- 
time cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in 
Framingham. He and his wife, Francene 
Reichel, MA'87, PhD'91, have two sons, 
Benjamin, seven, and Samuel, four. 

Lewin Wright 

Germantown, Maryland 
Wright was promoted to the rank of cap- 
tain in the Navy on September 1, 2007. 


James R. Felton 
26956 Helmond Drive 
Calabasas, CA 91301 

James Baron 

Waltham, Massachusetts 

Baron writes, "I celebrated my midlife 

crisis by attending Suffolk Law School, 
1 made Laiv Review and graduated cum 
laude. My Laiv Review research focused 
on the Massachusetts MCAS high-school 
graduation requirement as it relates to 
special-education children. I now operate 
a general law practice in Waltham, 
although I hope to guide it as much as 
possible toward education-law issues. 
(I previously earned my master's in edu- 
cation.) I still live in Waltham with my 
wife, Andrea, and my daughter, 
Michaela. I serve as vice president of 
Temple Beth Israel in Waltham and 
president of the Waltham Community 
Foundation, a charitable trust benefiting 
local nonprofit organizations. 1 would 
love to hear from fellow Brandeisians at'" 

Shari Cohen Kohn 
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland 
Kohn, a pediatric dental specialist in pri- 
vate practice who is on the faculty of the 
University of Maryland Dental School, 
was elected by her peers and inducted as 
a fellow into the American College of 
Dentists. Induction is by invitation only 
and is based on demonstrated leadetship 
and contributions to the dental profes- 
sion and society. 

Barry Lieber 


Lieber, an immigration lawyer with his 
own firm, lives with his partner and two 
hyperactive dogs in a Spanish house with 
mango and avocado trees. He squanders 
most of his money by traveling as much 
as possible. In August 2007, he went to 
Istanbul with Rebecca Rae Stern '86 to 
celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
their meeting in Shapiro. He recalls, "She 
was living above me and was playing 
annoying heavy metal at high-decibel 
levels, and I went up to complain." 

Regina Medina 

Medina was reelected to the board of the 
National Association of Hispanic 
Journalists in July 2007. She is serving 
her second two-year term as Region 3 
director, representing Pennsylvania, 
Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., 

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almnniprofile Judith Sanders Goodie '59 

Sharon Goodie '85 

West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. 
On September 25, 2007, she received 
the media award from the Hebrew 
Immigrant Aid Society and Council 
of Philadelphia for her coverage of 
immigration issues for the Philadelphia 
Daily Neivs. 

Gary Wingens 
North Caldwell, New Jersey 
Wingens was named managing director 
of Lowenstein Sandler, a corporate law 
firm with offices in New York, New 
Jersey, and Boston. Wingens, who has 
chaired Lowenstein's Operating Com- 
mittee since 2006, was featured in the 
2007 edition of the Best Lawyers in 
America for his structured-finance 
practice. He established Lowenstein 
Sandler's $10,000 Challenge, which 
provides seed money to firm members 
for innovative solutions to enhance client 
service, and Lowenstein University, a 
multidisciplined, integrated approach to 
employee education. 


Beth Jacobowitz Zive 

16 Furlong Drive 

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

David Baxter 
Wallingtord, Connecticut 
Baxter was named chief operating and 
financial officer at Hopkins School, a pri- 
vate, independent school in New Haven. 

Andrew Guttell 

Brookline, Massachusetts 

Guttell and his wife, Karen Shashoua, are 

living and teaching in Kobe, Japan, with 
their children, Maya, Sammy, and Evan. 
They will return to Brookline in 2009 and 
resume their teaching in Newton. 

Lewis Rice 

Arlington, Massachusetts 

Rice is the communications specialist 

for the International Center for Ethics, 

Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. A 

freelance writer before joining the cen- 

Here Come the Judges 

Judith Sanders Goodie '59 started a new job 
as a federal administrative law judge for the 
Social Security Administration in Chicago 
in spring 2005. That summer, her daughter 
Sharon Goodie '85 became an administra- 
tive law judge for the District of Columbia. 

Both began their careers focused on 
children, and both shitted gears. Judith 
embarked on a second career when, after 
tour years as an elementary-school teacher 
and eleven years as a stay-at-home mom, 
she was inspired by Watergate to go to law 
school and fix the government. While jug- 
gling law studies and three young chil- 
dren, she feels, she was a beneficiary ot the 
women's movement. Judith wasn't inter- 
ested in private practice. She wanted to be 
of service in the government. It was the 
right decision. 

"I have loved every minute of it — the 
challenge of proving a point, the litigation 
process, gathering information, figuring 
out and proving what happened," she says. 

Both in graduate school and on the 
bench, her Brandeis education served her 
well. "I worked harder at Brandeis than 
I've worked since in my life," she says. "I 
learned how important it is to have 
respect for facts and intormation when 
forming theories. I had a great oppor- 
tunity to be exposed to excellent scholarly 
teachers. And I remember vividly meeting 
Eleanor Roosevelt when she spoke one 
night at Brandeis." 

Judith's daughter Sharon says she was 
once a typical teenager: her mantra was 
"not Brandeis, not law, not like my 
mother." But when mother and daughter 
left their home in suburban Chicago for a 
tour ot East Coast colleges, a casual visit to 
Waltham made a very positive impression 
on Sharon. She chose Brandeis and a major 
in premed. 

"I spread my wings academically and 
socially, I met people I am still friends with, 
and I enjoyed the Jewish community," 
Sharon explains. 

Two years after graduation she decided 
that she would not pursue a career in medi- 
cine. After working on a child abuse treat- 
ment team at Children's Hospital in Boston, 
she shifted her focus to child advocacy. Now 

mother and daughter enjoy sharing the 
experiences that come with being judges. 

What qualities are needed to be a judge? 
Judith answers, "willingness to do hard 

Judith Sanders Goodie '59 (/eft) with daughter 
Sharon '85. 

work, be fair, know your case, assess evi- 
dence, be logical, and be patient." She 
works in Social Security disability cases, 
deciding appeals of people who are denied 
disability benefits. She says she is willing to 
listen, with empathy, but focuses on put- 
ting the facts together and understanding 
the big picture. 

Each sees the other's job as more diffi- 
cult. Sharon presides over adversary pro- 
ceedings, so the opponent is there. In 
fact, she has to quiet emotional outbursts 
when arguments get heated. That is when 
judicial temperament, patience, and, 
well, "counting to ten really fast" help. 
Sometimes she just announces, literally, a 
time out. 

Judith presides in a different, nonadver- 
sarial atmosphere. The claimant seeks ben- 
efits and to demonstrate that the law 
entitles him or her to Social Security pay- 
ments or free health care. 

"The Social Security Administration has 
an enormous backlog ot cases, so Mom 
cranks out more opinions than I do," says 
Sharon. "I don't have as much pressure as 
she does." 

Mother and daughter judges, sharing 

their experiences at Brandeis and beyond, 

enjoy a good debate, just don't expect to get 

a word in edgewise when they get together. 

— Marjoric Lyon 

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ter, he previously served as editor of rlu- 
Harvard Law Bulletin, the ahirnni 
magazine of Harvard Law School, and 
prior to that worked as a newspaper 
editor and reporter. 

Robin Richman 
Washington, D.C. 

Richman is executive director of Steppin' 
Out Adventures, a travel and event- 
planning company that produced the 
first Lymphoma Research Ride, held 
September 30, 2007. The event raised 
more than $300,000 for the Lymphoma 
Research Foundation and was the first 
bike ride to raise awareness exclusively 
for the disease and it affects. 

Christopher Seeger 
New York City 

Seeger was named to the "Lawdragon S(l(l 
Leading lawyers in America" tor the 
second con.secutive year He is a founding 
partner of Seeger, a plaintiffs' law 
firm. Seeger has been coun,sel in several 
high-profile cases, including tederal. 
New Jersey, and personal-injury lawsuits 
against Merck & Co. related to Vioxx. 

Lloyd Segal 


Segal was appointed to Biovail's board of 
directors on L")ecember 1 0, 2007. He is 
chief executive officer of Thallion 
Pharmaceuticals and is a veteran of the 
Canadian pharmaceutical industry. He is 
also a member of the board of directors 
of GBC North American Crowth Fund 
and the Brandeis Science Advisory 

Stephan Weiss 
New York Cit}- 

Weiss is a founding partner of Seeger 
Weiss, which was named to the 
National Law Jntirnat% "Plaintiff's Hot 
List for 2007." The editors highlighted 
several cases to underscore the firm's 
impact, including Adwell v. I'mniuin 
Standard Farms and ContiCh'otip 
Companies, in which Weiss served as 
co-lead trial counsel in securing a 
S4.5 million verdict against the 
industrial hog producers for tiamages 
caused bv their pollution. 


Vanessa B. Newman 
33 Powder Horn Drive 
Suffern, NY 10901 

My husband, Mark Caren, and 1 joyfully 
announce the birth of our son, Eli 
Samuel, born June 3, 2()0'i. 

Nina Haller 

Oakland, California 

Haller is director of the business and 

professional division of the Jewish 

Federation of the Creater East Bay. 

Robert Kahn 

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 
Kahn received his rabbinic ordination 
from Jewish Theological Seminary and 
serves as rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in 
Minneapolis. He and his wife, C'amille, 
h.ive three children: Avinoam, who 
became a bar mitzvah in August 2007, 
Dalya, and Elleana. The family will 
be making aliynh to live in |erusalem 
this summer. 

Alan Klevan 

Newton, Massachusetts 
Klevan was appointed chair of the law 
practice-management section of the 
achusetts Bar A.ssociation. He practices at 
Klevan & Klevan in Wellesley, where he 
concentrates on workers' compensation, 
general negligence, and music law. 



Class of 1988 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Ed Benjamin 
New York City 

Benjamin changed careers rwo years 
ago. His .second child was born in 
September 2007. 

Cindy (Kalb) Golub 

Rotkville, Maryland 
Ciolub is a ftill-time mother to her three 
children, Rebecca, eleven, Ari, nine, and 
Jeremy, six. She is a dietitian, still 
keeping up with developments in the 
field of nutrition. She writes, "Life is 
very, but fun." 

Sharon Lichten 
FraiTiingham, Massachusetts 
lichten married Alexander Barnett in 
New Jersey on July 1, 2007. Brandeisians 
who helped celebrate included Deborah 
Levine, who .also signed the state 
marriage license, Michelle (Epstein) 
Newburger '87, Bey Chen Nass, Mark 
Norian '89, Sara Joseph Norian '89, 
Stephanie (Gilstein) Strachman '96, 
Susan Lewis '91, Lauren Engel '91, 
Todd Brenner '93, Karen (Bernstein) 
Brouady '90, and Kate McCormick '91. 

Hildy (Zevin) and David Silverman 
Piscataway, New Jersey 
Hildy has taken over as owner and edi- 
tor-in-chief of Space and Time, a forty- 
year-old speculative fiction magazine. 
Learn more about the publication at David 
is president of a brokerage firm that does 
business in all fifty states. He matches 
companies whose owners are looking to 
sell with buyers who want to take them 
over. Check out for 
more details. The Silvermans' daughter, 
Rayanne, is ten and is a red belt in tae 
kwon do who loves to sing. 


Class of 1989 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Alec Anders 

Germantown, Maryland 

Anders has been a family physician with 

Potomac Physician Associates for the last 

six years. He practices in their new 

location in Cjermantown. He was named a 

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Ritna Kittner and Robert Maschmeyer 

Harold Boll and Alice Diamond 

Fred Jacob and Elizabeth Gross 

Julie Krasnogor and Tamir Daniel 

Sandra Gelbard and Tony Uzan 

Danielle Greene and Theodore Zang 

Stephanie Lehman and Eric Schutzer 

Liz Barnett and Kevin Lakl<is 

Alastair Bor and Kerry Shaz 

Lisa Goldstein and Jeffrey Manhelm 

Jason Hoffman and Rachel Dinkes 

Keira March and David Marcus 

Warren Bloom and Samantha Miller 

R. Laurence Moss and Cheryl Frenkel 

Rachel Newlander and Joe Einstein 

Cindi Eckstein and Gustavo Pitta 

Gary Greene and Elizabeth Levine 

Deborah Gordon and Benjamin Goodrich 

Brian Irwin and Shannon Ames 

Gina Miller and Daryl Posner 

Nathaniel Sacks and Emily Hearn 

Juan Sanabria and Naomi Mersky 

Laura Surwit. MA'99, and Adam Magnus 

Rachel Appel and Joshua Dubin 

Marieka Kaye and Darrell Jackson 

David Muller and Colleen Drohan 

Jennifer Singer and Philip Meer 

Tara Wasserman and Andrew Blum 

Sally Gee and Christian Jilek 

Alayne Manas and Daniel Birnhak 

Mathew Mason and Lena Zuckerwise 

Natalie Rosenberg and Alan Goldsher 

Joanne Tulin and Jeremy Lane 

Rachel Zitsman and Andrew Messinger 

Zeynep Akcakoca and Yavuz Serkan Tatlisu 

Merav Mayouhas and Edo Cohen 

David Weisz and Julia Aronson 

Kelsey Boushie and Suhail Shaikh 

Michele Felder and Evan Rudnicki °98 

Jill Starkweather. MA'05, and Jeffrey Perlman 

Jennifer Nadler and Josh Segal, MA'04 

Abigail Tenenbaum and Gabriel Nathan 

Sara Horowitz and Michael Furman 

Jennifer Jolesch and Joseph Arceneaux 

Rebecca Weinerman and Raanan Lefkovitz 

Josh Karpoff and Adina Kahana 

Delia Faulkner, MA'OO, PhD'04, and Philip Pelletier 

Rebecca Dornin, MSE'07, and Mary Cicala 

October 31. 2007 
August 4, 2007 
September 29. 2007 
November 25, 2007 
December 15, 2007 
October 9, 2007 
December 15, 2007 
April 14, 2007 
November 2007 
December 16, 2007 
November 10, 2007 
September 3, 2007 
November 24, 2007 
August 26. 2007 
November 18, 2007 
July 2006 
June 3, 2007 
October 14, 2007 
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October 7, 2007 
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November 3, 2007 
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September 2007 
October 28. 2007 
July 2. 2006 
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July 29, 2007 
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October 7, 2007 
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August 12, 2006 
July 29. 2006 
September 2. 2007 
June 24, 2007 
August 11. 2007 
August 18. 2007 

Abigail Tenenbaum '03 and Gabriel Nathan 

Marieka Kaye '99 and Darrell Johnson 

Rachel Zitsman '00 and Andrew Messinger 

Liz Barnett '94 and Kevin Lakkis 

Jennifer Singer '99 and Philip Meer '99 


"top doctor" by Washingtonian Magazine, 
and also continues to work part time as an 
emergency-room physician in Prince 
George's County. He and iiis wife, Andrea, 
have been happily married for eleven 
years, and they have two children, Lauren 
and Jack. He regrets not having been a 
professional football player, but realizes 
that God had other plans for him. 

Amy Coty 

El Cerrito, California 
Coty has two children, Viola Maude, 
born September 24, 2003, and Avi 
Mose, born October 13, 2006. 

Felicia Epstein 


Epstein and her husband, Daniel 

Lightman, welcomed a daughter, Gavriella. 

David Feldbaum 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
Feldbaum was appointed chief of vascu- 
lar surgery at Memorial Health Care 
Systems Hospitals in Broward County. 
He is the chief executive officer and 
founder of the Vein and Vascular Center 
of South Florida. 

Melissa Kay Fox 

Lake Forest, California 
Fox was appointed president of, an online 1031 exchange 
network based in Irvine. She graduated 
from Tulane University School of Law and 
is a licensed California real-estate broker. 
She previously served as vice president and 
chief operating officer of 
She and her husband have a nine-year-old 
son, two cats, and a Siberian husky. 

Ilene Freler 

Los Angeles 

Freier married David Brookler on 
June 5, 2006. The couple welcomed a 
son, Hayim, on July 4, 2007. Freier 
recently connected with Jackie Simons. 

Steven MIrmlna 

Arlington, Virginia 
Mirmina is a lawyer specializing in 
international outer-space law at National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration 
headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

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Brandeis Parentfs> 

Child's Name 


Scott Edelman 

Eytan Idan 


Jeffrey Krasner 

Zachary Alfred and Isadora Cameron 


Larry Salas 

Benjamin Laurence 


Charles Hartholz 

Sarah Ghana 


Estelle Milchman 

Zahava Milchman 


Alan Halperin 

Oscar Levi and Isaac William 

Vanessa Newman 

Eli Samuel 


Harold Simansky 

Ethan Samuel 


Felicia Epstein 


Monica Harris 

Sasha Rose 

Philip Solomon 



Marc Borodin 


Anusia Gayer Dawson 


Jessica Miller 

Jacob Adam 

Lee Ryan Miller 

Brenna Esmee Au 

Paul Namaste 


Jill Taylor Riedman 

Sarah Elizabeth 


Phillip Alan Bahar 

Talia Saltzman 

Carmen Bumgarner and Kevin Cameron '88 

Dexter Lang 

Hedy Helfand 

Rowan Helfand 

Larry Kahn 

Arielle Nicole 

Jason Levine 

Sloane Hailey 

Laurie Lichtenstein 

Jesse William 

Michele (Satz) Meisler 


Arthur Nunes-Harwitt 


Jennifer Portnoy and Peter Gladstone 

Matthew Daniel 

Samantha Supernaw 

Shayna Elizabeth 


Cheryl Alkon 

Ethan Benjamin 

Ellen Bloom 


Mikhal (Stein) Bouganim 

Ellas Samuel 

Selena (Luftig) Cousin 

Benjamin Noah 

Scott Kessler and Michele Reiss '96 

Emma Tyla 

Lara Alper Nathans 

Emma Shalom 

Jason Paris 

liana Ryland 

Jennifer Rogin Wallis 

Noah Edward 

Caryn Diamond Wasserstein 

Max Jacob 


Elizabeth Miller Belkind 

Sivan Miller 

Nancy Berley 


Richard Coco 


Tobias Dienstfrey 

Hadassah Lailey 

Beth Collier Groves 

Harry Lucas 

Heather McCallum Hahn 

Kai-Jin Macallum 

Leslie Kraham 


Ania Siwek Schwartzman 

Jordan Mayer 


Jeffrey Davis 

Mason Alexander 

Alec DeCherney 


Sara Guyer 

Sadie Chapin 

Rebecca (Zuckerman) Lieber 

Reece Samuel 

Rachel Loonin 

Ezra Menachem Zion 

Elizabeth (Arnold) Spevack 

Ayelet Meital 


Wendy (Morris) and Marc Berliner 

Jacob Daniel 

Jennifer (Jacobs) and Barry Berk 

Serena Robin 

Heather Swidler Gelardi 

Sarah Lynn 

Rachel (Frankel) and Richard Greenfield 

Hannah Leah 

Allison (Karlan) Kaplan 

Samantha Marissa 

Seth Marshall Kessler and Oara Neumann Kessler 

Evan Jude 

Matt Klingsberg 

Shayna Dani 

Jessica Weiss-Schwartz 



Becky Sternberg Aronchick 

Henry Peter 

Amanda Scampoli Bray 

Evan Scott 

Daniel Freeman 

Dylan Cheyenne 

Aryn Grossman Froum and Ted Froum '94 

Samuel Lior 

Melissa (Federman) Friedman 


Alia Sinitski Gorenbeyn 


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Judith Libhaber Weber 

4 Augusta Court 

New City, NY 10956 

Anusia Gayer Dawson 
Tuxedo Park, New Yorlc 
Dawson and her husband, John, wel- 
comed a son, John Spencer Ward, on 
January 18, 2006. His nickname is 
Johnny, but Dawson's grandmother calls 
him Little Hooligan. 

Robin Dichter and Sam Young 

Dewitt, New \ork 

The couple have two children, Avi, twelve, 
and Sarah, nine. Young is an attorney with 
Costello, Cooney, and Fearon, and 
Dichter is a library media specialist at 
Edward Smith Elementary School. 

Jeff Greenbaum 

New York Cit\' 

Greenbaum authored the chapter 
"Developing an Advertising Compliance 
Program" in the book Adpenishig and 
Marketing Litigation Best Practices. He is 
a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & 
Selz, where he practices advertising law. 

Jill Taylor Riedman 

New York Cit)- 

Riedman has rwo children, Jordan 

Andrew, born April 24, 2004, and Sarah 

Elizabeth, born June 2, 2006. 


Andrea C. Kramer 

Georgetown University 
113 Healy, Box 571250 
Washington, DC 20057 

Fred Jacob 

Washington, D.C. 

Jacob married Elizabeth Gross on 

September 29, 2007, at Ashlawn- 

Highland in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

He is an appellate litigator and supervi- 

sory attorney with the National Labor 
Relations Board. She is a senior associate 
for the Pew Charitable Trusts' Center on 
the States. 

Laurie Lichtenstein 

Bedford, New York 
Lichtenstein and her husband, Alan 
Raboy, welcomed their third child, Jesse 
William, on February 1 , 2007. 
Lichtenstein is on leave from her 
teaching position and has started a book- 
basket business, Precious Pages, with 
classmate and friend Eve Theurer 
Finger. They use their educational 
expertise to customize book baskets for 
children ages birth through teen. 

Dan Rosen 

Teaneck, New Jersey 
Rosen self-published a book, Dibburei 
Hamatchil: Short Divrei Torah on the 
Opening of Each Parsha. He writes, "As 
someone who straddles the line between 
the religious and the secular, and whose 
fascination with both linguistics and 
spirituality inspires close textual reading 
ot biblical material, I felt compelled to 
explain some ot the seemingly strange 
word choices in the verses that open the 
weekly Torah readings." 


Lisa Davidson Fiore 

34 Van Ness Road 
Belmont, MA 02478 

Brrrr . . . and greetings from snowy 
Boston. At the time of this writing 
(December 2007), we've already gotten 
more snow this winter than all of last 
season. Where's a Sherman cafeteria tray 
when you need one? I could use it to get 
down Mass. Ave. For me, memories of 
Brandeis in the winter definitely emerge 
this time of year, for obvious reasons. As a 
Southern California resident, "winter" was 
unfamiliar when I came to Brandeis, and I 
can still remember my excitement and 
childlike anticipation of snowfall. Having 
shoveled, for over an hour, on three out ot 

the last five days, I don't have quite the 
same sense of glee about snow anymore. 
Now I can look forward to spring and 
summer, and try to think sunny thoughts: 
The Wire begins its final season in a few 
weeks, we've booked a Disney cruise for 
the summer (no joke), and I've learned I 
will be able to take a sabbatical in spring 
"09. These are some things that help me 
focus on the light at the end of the snow 
tunnel. I hope this issue of Brandeis Uni- 
versity Magazine finds you warm and well, 
wherever you may be. Please don't hesitate 
to contact me with news about your lives. 
At times I receive e-mails, and at other 
times they go directly to the Brandeis 
office. Any way you choose to communi- 
cate is fine; 1 know how much people 
look forward to reading about classmates' 
latest adventures and life events. Best 
wishes to you and those important to you. 

Sherri Geller 

Geller wrote three pieces for Reform 
Judaism magazine about the college 
admissions process, with a Jewish slant. 
She is associate director of college coun- 
seling at Dana Hall School in Wellesley. 

Scott Kessler 

New York City 

Kessler and his wife, Michele Reiss '96, 

welcomed a daughter, Emma Tyla, on 

November 16, 2007. 

Julie Krasnogor 

New York Cirv 

Krasnogor married Tamir Daniel on 
November 25, 2007, at Cassiopeia, an 
event space in Herzliya Petuach, Israel. 
She is a partner in Krasnogor & 
Krasnogor, an immigration law firm in 
Stamford, Connecticut. Daniel is an 
associate broker in the New York unit ot 
NAI Global, a commercial real-estate 
company. Until 1997, he played profes- 
sional soccer in Israel. 

Lara Alper Nathans 


Nathans and her husband welcomed a 

daughter, Emma Shalom, on 

February l}i, 2007. She writes, "Emma 

laughs and smiles a lot." 

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Brandeis Parent<s^ 

Child's Name 


Marcos Hazan-Cohen 

Michael David and Alexander 


Courtney Johnston 

Cole Watson 

Janet (Lipman) Leibowitz 

Noam Yehudah 

Kendall Storch 

Cheri Jo Pascoe 

Spencer Avery 


Nancy (Fishman) and Brad Silverman 

Jack Owen 


Karen (Kitay) Bienstock 

Gavriel Yonatan 

Storch, director of retirement plans at 

Gela Wax Fuxman and Shai Fuxman '99 


Longfellow Benefits, was named one of 

Jami (Bleichman) and Avi Josefson 

Orii Faye and Zoe Mina 

"20 Rising Stars of Retirement Plan 

Jennifer (Gutmaker) Morgan 

Alexandra Nicole 

Advisers" by Institutional Investor 

Rebecca Bagatelle Reissman 

Max Jacob 

magazine. He directs a unit of three 

Marc Schnitzer 

Abby Maia 

advisers and performs investment reviews 

Regina Volynsky Weisel 

Sabrina Marti 

and plan-design consulting for 


Jill Farbman Bronner 

Elliott Michael 

Amy Finstein 

Zachary Joseph 

Longfellow. Storch holds the certified 

Jacqueline (Braun) Garrod 

Andrew Jacob 

financial planner designation. 

Michelle (Greenwald) and Steven Glik 

Wendy Stein Harsfield 

Jacqueline Kates 

Caryn Siperstein and Isaac Klein 

Max Isaac 
Benjamin Logan 
Eden Hallie 
Jaclyn Ava 



1 Q Q Q 

Michelle (Harel) and Michael Papper '95 

Zachary Alexander 


N ON iyyo 

Abigail Robyn Siegel Schochet and Elie Schochet 

Yisha Chananel 


Pamela Helfant Vichengrad 

Gavin Phillip 

Jared Wasserman 

Noah Alan 

Joshua Blumenthal 


Laura Dawn and Adam M. Greenwald '98 

Ayla Eden 

135 Edisto Court 

Ron Kami 

Jacob Eli 

Chapel Hill. NC 27514 

Allison (Kalish) Leichtman 

Taylor Elisabeth 

Jennifer L. and Michael Levison '95 
Debra (Cutis) Milgram 
Jennifer Braun Tuchman 

Nathaniel Joseph 
Ranon Izzy 
Isabel Sue 

Elizabeth Miller Belkind 

Jessica (Grubman) Yanow 

Evan Michael 

Wilmctte, Illinois 


Evelina Grayver-Levy 

Kayla Raquel 

Belkind and her husband, Ronnen, 

Emily (Kargauer) and Adam Samansky 

Galete Rose 

welcomed their second child, daughter 

Jennifer Luftig Singer 


Sivan Miller, on September 16, 2007. 


Jamie Cohen and Marjorie Strumpf 
Diana Coben Einstein 
Melani Friedman 

Skylar Grace 
Levyn Anabelle 
Jenna Daria 

Nancy Berley 

Seth Goldstein 

Collin James 

Worcester, Massachusetts 

Shayna Aronson Singer 

Zachary Jacob 

Berley is a family physician in private 

Samantha (Gross) and Adam Zirkin 


practice. She and her husband, Scott, 


Shoshana Cohen 

Yotam Yosef 

welcomed a daughter, Lexi, on 


Keren Salamon Birnbaum 

Heidi Brooke 

August 25, 2007. Lexi joins big brother 

Kira (Herskovitz) and Joshua Sunshine '04 

Akiva Aiden 

Daniel, who 

is three. 

Sarah Trachtman and Joshua Blechner '04, MA'04 


Evren Celimli 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Celimli composed the score for the doc- 
umentary Beyond Belief, which premiered 
at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. 

Richard Coco 

Rockville, Maryland 

Coco welcomed a daughter. Piper, on 

January 1, 2007. 

Sandra Gelbard 

New York City 

Gelbard married Tony Uzan on 
December 15, 2007, at the Waldorf- 
Astoria. She is an internist in private 
practice specializing in cholesterol man- 
agement, weight loss, and preventative 
medicine. She is also a clinical instruc- 

tor of medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. 
Uzan is a management consultant with 
the global business services division of 
IBM, where he manages teams that help 
restructure companies and improve 
their business strategy. 

Suzanne Lindenblatt Gilad 

Brooklyn, New York 

Gilad is author of Copyediting and Proof- 
reading for Dummies and The Real Estate 
Millionaire: How to Invest in Rental Mar- 
kets and Make a Fortune. 

Danielle Greene 

New York City 

Greene married Theodore Zang Jr. on 

October 9, 2007, at the Herbert and 

Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica at 
Congregation Emanu-El in Manhattan. 
She is director of education and commu- 
nity partnerships lor the lead poisoning 
and prevention program at the New York 
City Department of Health and Mental 
Hygiene. She is also an assistant prote.s,sor 
at the Mailman School of Public Health 
at Columbia University. Her husband is a 
senior lawyer with the Federal Trade 
Commission's Northeast regional office. 

Douglas Kaplan 

Princeton, New Jersey 

Kaplan is vice president of sales and 

marketing for the Japan market of Feiidi 

and Celine timepieces. He continues to 

develop his own company, DSK Global, 

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a consulting business for the luxun' mar- 
ket. His son, Hudson, celebrated his first 
birthday in November. Kaplan writes, 
"It you are in the neighborhood, please 
drop by. You can e-mail me at " 

Leslie Kraham 
Princeton, New Jersey 
Kraham and her husband, Adam, wel- 
comed their second son, Evan. Three- 
year-old Benjamin is thrilled to have a 
baby brother. 

Stephanie Lehman 
New York City 

Lehman married Eric Schutzer on 
December 15, 2007, at the St. Regis in 
New York. She is a partner in Wolf 
Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen's New 
York office, specializing in matrimonial 
and lamily law. He is a lawyer in White 
Plains who represents creditors in debt 

Anika Siwek Schwartzman 
Chestnut Ridge, New York 
Schwartzman welcomed a son, Jordan 
Mayer, on October 20, 2007. 

Stacy Shore 

Silver Spring, Maryland 
Shore joined Trow &C Rahal in 
Washington, D.C., as an immigration 
attorney. She is married and has a 
daughter and a dog. 

Michael Stanger 

Old Westbury, New York 

Stanger is a rabbi at the Old Westbury 

Hebrew Congregation, on the north 

shore ot Long island. He and his wife, 

Sandi, have a daughter, Arielle, six, and 

son, Noah, rwo and a half 


Sandy KIrschen Solof 

108 Cold Spring Road 

Avon. CT 06001 

David Alpher 

Alexandria, Virginia 
Alpher is working in Iraq in conflict 
mitigation and community stabilization. 
He is a program operations officer with 
International Relief and Development. 

Liz Barnett 
Long Beach, California 
Barnett married Kevin Lakkis on April 14, 
2007, on Catalina Island. He is an auto- 
motive engineer tor Toyo Tires. She has 
worked as a probation officer in Los Ange- 
les County and started her own training 
and consulting business for probation and 
parole agencies around the country. The 
couple took a trip to Lebanon, where 
Barnett met some of her new in-laws. 

Alastair Bor 

Sydney, Australia 

Bor moved in 2000 to Sydney, where he 
is general manager at Perpetual Limited, 
a funds management company. He mar- 
ried Kerry Shaz in November 2007 on a 
cruise ship in Sydney Harbour. The 
bride's sister, Laura '04, was a brides- 
maid, and Benjamin Tober '96 was a 
chuppah holder. 

Lisa Goldstein 

Englewood, New Jersey 
Goldstein married Jeffrey Manheim on 
December 16, 2007, at the Westin 
Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. 
Goldstein is an English teacher at 
Mamaroneck High School in 
Mamaroneck, New York. Manheim is a 
project manager at Daymon Worldwide, a 
Stamford, Connecticut-based company 
that specializes in the sales and marketing 
of private-label consumer products. 

Jason Hoffman 
Bethesda, Maryland 
Hoffman married Rachel Dinkes on 
November 10, 2007, at Temple Shalom 
in Greenwich, Connecticut. The couple 
met at a swing dance in 2004. Hoffman 
is an associate specializing in intellectual- 
propert)' litigation in the Washington, 
D.C., office ot the New York law firm 
Kaye Scholer. Dinkes is a research 
analyst at the American Institutes for 
Research, in Washington. 

Brad Kaplan 

Chatham, New Jersey 
Kaplan was honored by the New Jersey 
Law Journijl. which named him as one of 
the top forty attorneys in New Jersey 
under age forty. 

Seth Marshall Kessler 

New York C\vf 

Kessler and his wife, Dara Neumann 

Kessler '95, are pleased to report that 

Evan Jude was born on their eighth 

wedding anniversary. They are all 

enjoying life in Manhattan. 

Marc Levin 
New York City 

Levin is taking a break from his job as 
faculty physician at the Beth Israel Resi- 
dency in Urban Family Practice to work 
with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins 
Sans Frontieres. He is lead physician at a 
refugee camp in southern Chad in Cen- 
tral Africa, where the largest relief mission 
in the world is under way. Due to the 
spreading of the Darfur genocide into 
neighboring countries, some 500,000 
people have been displaced. Levin pro- 
vides health care at a camp sheltering 
thousands of refugees. The only expatriate 
physician at the site, he provides and 
organizes primary health-care services, 
including inpatient, outpatient, adult, 
pediatric, and maternity care. He also 
oversees local health-care providers 
working at the camp. His assignment 
began in mid-December 2007 and will 
continue through mid-June 2008. 

Rebecca (Zuckerman) Lieber 

Wilmette, Illinois 

Lieber is enjoying suburban life after 
thirteen years in Chicago. She and her 
husband, Michael, welcomed a son, 
Reece Samuel, on November 7, 2007. 
He joins twins Evan and Sarah, four, in 
their new home. 

Keira March 

L^rooklyn, New York 

March married David Marcus on 

September 3, 2007, in New York City. 

She is the daughter of Marvin '52. Also 

in attendance was Marvin's wife, Rita 

Alstater March '54, as well as Allen 

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Leonard Weiner '52, PhD '65 

West Newton, Massachusetts 

Dr. Weiner died October 8, 2007. He 

leaves his wife, Judith; a son, Eric; tour 

daughters, Lynne, Karen, Lara Mor, and 

Alida; a brother, Herbert Saunders; a 

sister, Linda Brodsky; and five 


Victor Tetreault '55 
Clearwater, Florida 
Mr. Tetreault died suddenly on 
November 12, 2007, at the age of 
seventy-four. His skills in the classroom 
and on the football field in high school 
earned him a scholarship to Brandeis, 
where he lettered for four years and 
achieved all-conference honors. After 
seven years in the Navy, Mr. Tetreault 
took a job as a cook at a small ham- 
burger stand, working for Ray Kroc at 
one of the first McDonald's in the coun- 
try. He worked his way up to director of 
national marketing and also became a 
successful franchisee. In 1977, Burger 
King Corporation lured him to 
Clearwater, where he founded Scovic 
Corporation, which became one of the 
largest privately held Burger King owner- 
operator chains in west Florida. In the 
late 1980s, he sold the chain and retired, 
but his entrepreneurial spirit was still 
active. His next venture was Pinch A 
Penny Pool and Patio stores, which he 
built into a successful independent 
chain. He leaves his wife of forty-eight 
years, Lois; two sons, Scott and Victor; 
and a grandson. 

Sidney Kaufman '56 

Brooklyn, New York 
Mr. Kaufman died September 20, 2007. 
He leaves two sons, Benjamin and Dan, 
and six grandsons. 

Elliott Epstein '57 

New York City 

Mr. Epstein, an attorney, died 

December 5, 2007, after a brief illness. 

He leaves his wife, Meredith; two 

daughters, Debbie and jaimee; and three 


Morris Moskowitz, MA'67, PhD'72 
Highland Park, New Jersey 
Mr. Moskowitz, former chairman and 
professor emeritus of the Department ot 
Hebraic Studies at Rutgers University in 
New Jersey, died November 25, 2007. 
He leaves his wife of forr)'-eight years, 
Martha; two daughters, Chaya and 
Yosefa; and two grandchildren. 

Saleem Noorani '69 

Marblehead, Massachusetts 
Mr. Noorani died October 21, 2007, 
following a lengthy illness. He leaves his 
wife, Ann; a son, Zachary; a daughter. 
Dr. Cyra; three brothers, Abdul, 
Mohamad, and Mushtaq; two sisters, 
Abida Madni and Zahida; and many 
nieces and nephews. 

Alvan Fisher '71 
Half Moon Bay, California 
Dr. Fisher died September 28, 2007, 
after a short battle with kidney cancer. 
He spent twenty-two years in clinical 
practice in Rhode Island treating and 
advocating for patients with HIV/ 
AIDS. As a founding member of the 
board of directors of Rhode Island 
Project AIDS, he was instrumental in 
establishing standards for the compre- 
hensive care of patients with the dis- 
ease. More recently, he continued his 
work in the field of HIV/ AIDS as 
senior director of medical affairs for 
Gilead Sciences in Foster City. He 
leaves his wife of thirty-five years, 
Pamela; two sons, Andrew and Jeremy; 
two sisters, Leanne Gitell and Diane 
Cooper; and many other family 

Rosalind Rivin Chernoff '74 

New York City 

Mrs. Chernoff, executive vice president 
and global planning director at Publicis 
USA, an advertising and marketing 
agency, died September 13, 2007, of 
complications from endometrial cancer. 
At Publicis, Mrs. Chernoff was 
responsible for in-depth research and 
senior strategic planning tor all of the 
agency's Procter & Gamble brands. She 
received a Gold Lion from Cannes and 
two Effie Awards for her work. She was 

active in many charitable causes in 
Larchmont, where she lived for a 
number of years prior to moving to 
Manhattan. She leaves her husband, 
Carl; two sons, Jason and Sam; her 
parents, Bernard and Zelma Rivin; two 
brothers, Richard and Jonathan Rivin; 
and a sister, Anne Stanfield. 

Jonathan Casper '79 

Bethel, Connecticut 
Mr. Casper died suddenly on 
September 15, 2007. He leaves his wife, 
Carol; a son, Benjamin; his parents, 
Daniel and Jane; a brother, Peter; and a 
sister, Susan. 

Marcia Kemper-Cipollina '82 

Garden Citv, New York 
Ms. Kemper-Cipollina, a respiratory 
therapist, died August 20, 2006, after a 
three-month battle with chondrosarcoma, 
cancer of the cartilage. She leaves her 
husband, Natale Cipollina, PhD'81; a 
son, Nicholas; two daughters, Meri and 
Elizabeth; a brother, Robert; and six 
sisters, Gloria, Alizia, Patricia, Felicia, 
Morgen, and Meredith. 


Denah Levy Lida 

Spanish, Roman Languages, and 

Comparative Literature 
Professor Lida, who taught at Brandeis 
for more than three decades, died 
July 26, 2007, in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts. She was eighty-three. 
Professor Lida taught in the Spanish, 
Romance languages, and comparative 
literature department from 1955 until 
her retirement in 1986, when she was 
named professor emerita. She served two 
terms as department chair. A Sephardi 
scholar, she was the first woman to serve 
on the Faculty Senate. In 2005, her stu- 
dents published Studies in Honor of 
De7jah Lida to mark the occasion of 
Professor Lida's eightieth birthday. 
Professor Lida held a bachelor's degree 
Irom Hunter College, a master's degree 
Ironi Columbia University, and a Phl^ 
Ironi the Universidad Nacional 
Autonoma de Mexico. 

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Alter 71, Michael Roffer '80, Dania 
Sacks March '93, liana Teres Molkner, 
Josh Freed, David Landsberger '95, 
and Susan Breitkopf '95. 

Rachel Nash 
New York Cin,' 

Nash is an administrative-law judge for 
the Environmental Control Board. One 
of the youngest judges in New York Cit\', 
she hears and decides quality-of-life 
cases. She live.s with her sister, Esther, 
who was just accepted into the celebrit)' 
division of a top-ten modeling agency. 

Marc Tyler Nobleman 
Cos Cob, Connecticut 
Nobleman has written more than 
sevent)' books on a range of subjects, 
most for young people. His first picture 
book. Boys of Steel: The Creators of 
Superman, is due out in the summer, to 
coincide with the seventieth anniversar)' 
of the "Man of Steel." Since 2004, 
Nobleman has had the honor of speaking 
regularly at schools, libraries, art 
centers, seminars, and other venues. He 
recently accepted invitations from schools 
in Costa Rica and Israel, and encourages 
any alumni who work at schools to keep 
him in mind for a visit. His wife would 
be grateful, as this would require him to 
shave and leave the house more often. 

Dana Serman 

New York City 

Serman is a portfolio manager at the 

mutual fund firm Royce & Associates. 

She has lived on the Upper West Side 

since graduation. 

Elizabeth (Arnold) Spevack 
Bronx, New York 
Spevack and her husband. Daniel, 
welcomed a daughter, Ayelet Meital, on 
July 31, 2007. 


Suzanne Lavin 

154 W. 70th Street. Apt. lOJ 
New York, NY 10023 

Warren Bloom 

Brookh-n, New York 
Bloom married Samantha Miller on 
November 24, 2007, at the Brooklyn 
Botanic Garden. Bloom is a substitute 
public-school teacher in Brooklyn, as well 
as a freelance vocal arranger, singer, and 
member of the vocal group Invisible Men. 
He was an arranger oi Minimum Wage, an 
off-Broadway show. He is also a musical 
director in the theater department at the 
Usdan Center for the Creative and 
Performing Arts, a summer camp in 
Huntington. Miller is the director of 
Manhattan advertising sales and mar- 
keting for the TY Guide Network, a Los 
Angeles-based cable television channel. 

Allison (Karlan) Kaplan 
Chandler, Arizona 

Kaplan and her husband, Shelby, wel- 
comed their third daughter, Samantha 
Marissa, in September 2007. Samantha 
joins Lilah, three and a half, and Tamra, 
one and a half. Kaplan works as a family 
physician in Phoenix. 

Dara Neumann Kessler 

New York Cit)' 

See Seth Marshall Kessler '94. 

R. Laurence Moss 


Moss has been a Johns Hopkins-affiliated 

neurologist for two years. He married 

Cheryl Frenkel of Brooklyn on 

August 26, 2007. 

Rachel Schneider 
New York City 

Schneider is a clinical social worker in 
private practice in Manhattan. She also 
works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Can- 
cer Center. She is engaged to be married. 

Steven Yadegari 
New York City 

Yadegari and his wife, Debi, have rwo chil- 
dren. Samara, two and a half, and Zachary, 
who turned one in January. Yadegari is 
general counsel and chief legal officer at 
Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, an asset- 
management firm with approximately 
$12 billion in assets under management. 
He also teaches courses in dispute resolu- 

tion at New York Universit)'. The family 
keeps in touch with many Brandeis alumni 
and recendy hosted an outing attended by 
classmates David Esterman, Matt Gorin, 
David Harrison, Michael Sokoloff, Alisa 
Stein, and Danny Wagner. 


Janet Lipman Leibowitz 

29 Pond Street, #9 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Eddie Bruckner 

Needham, Massachusetts 
Bruckner received the 2007 Young 
Professional Award from the Jewish 
Communal Service Association of North 
America at the General Assembly of the 
United Jewish Communities in Nashville. 
The award, which recognizes exemplary 
service to the community through 
integrity, commitment, and creativity, is 
the most prestigious honor for young 
professionals in Jewish communal service. 
Bruckner was recently promoted to asso- 
ciate director of major gifts at Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. 

Nancy (Wolf) Fellner 

Rockvillc, Maryland 

Fellner welcomed a daughter, Arielle 

Hayleet. Big sister Kaylie is very excited, 

as are her parents. 

Melissa (Federman) Friedman 
New Cit\-, New \'ork 
Friedman, her husband, Akiva, and their 
daughter, Mikayla, announce the birth of 
daughter Ruby on September 8, 2007. 
Friedman is the director of career devel- 
opment at List College in New York City. 

John Godfrey 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 

Godfrey is a proud season-ticket holder 

of the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Marcos Hazan-Cohen 


Hazan-Cohen was promoted to member 

at Cozen O'Connor, a Philadelphia- 

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based law firm. He heads the firm's new 
Latin American initiative and recently 
returned from a weeklong business trip 
to Buenos Aires. He and his wife cele- 
brated the births of their twin boys, 
Michael David and Alexander Nathan, 
on September 17, 2007. 

Courtney Johnston 

Vienna, Virginia 

Johnston and her husband, Dan, 

welcomed their third child, Cole Watson 

Stux, on April 22, 2007. He joins sister 

Ella and brother Miles. 

Rachel Newlander 
Los Angeles 

Newlander married joe Einstein on 
November 18, 2007, at the Ritz-Carlton 
in Pasadena. Brandeisians in attendance 
included Elisa Helman, Nancy 
(Fishman) Silverman, and Brad 
Silverman. Newlander is beginning her 
third season with the Academy of 
Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 
Einstein is cofounder of Incited Media, a 
Los Angeles-based Internet streaming 
and production company that was 
responsible tor the online presence of the 
7/7/07 Live Earth global concerts. 

Michele Reiss 
New York City 
See Scott Kessler '92. 


Joshua Firstenberg 

5833 Briarwood Lane 

Solon, OH 44139 


Pegah Hendlzadeh Schiffman 

58 Joan Road 

Stamford. CT 06905 

Karen (Kitay) Bienstock 

Albany, New York 

Bienstock and her husband, Mordecai, 
announce the birth of their second son, 
Gavriel Yonatan, on May 17, 2007. 

Denlse Markonish 

New Haven, Connecticut 
Markonish is curator at the 
Massachusetts Museum of 
Contemporary Art in North Adams. 

Jennifer (Gutmaker) Morgan 
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 
Morgan and her husband, Jonathan, 
welcomed a daughter, Alexandra Nicole, 
on August 12, 2007. 

Rebecca Bagatelle Relssman 
Westfield, New Jersey 
Reissman and her husband, Adam, 
welcomed their first child, Max Jacob, 
on May 7, 2007. 

Marc Schnitzer 

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 
Schnitzer and his wife, Robyn, 
welcomed their first child, Abby Maia, 
on October 25, 2007. 

Bram Weber 

New York Cit>' 

Weber was honored by the American 
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 
at the group's eleventh annual Young 
Leaders Gala. Weber's work with AIPAC 
began more than seven years ago and has 
included a term as cochair of the Young 
Leadership Division. He currently serves 
as cochair ot AIPAC's Young Leadership 
Political Education Project and sits on 
the organization's National Executive 
Committee. Weber is a partnet at Weber 
Law Group, where he practices zoning, 
land use, and transactional commercial 
real-estate law. In 2007, he was recog- 
nized as one ot Long Island's "40 under 
40" outstanding business professionals. 


Alexis Hirst 

58-19 192nd Street 

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 

Our 10th Reunion is right around the 
corner. I hope that everyone is excited to 

see the campus, relive our experiences, 
and connect with old friends June 6—8. 
If you haven't registered already, you can 
register online at alumni. brandeis. 
edu/web/reunions. LIntil then, here are 
some updates from our classmates. 

Alina Etkin Bas 
Brooklyn, New York 
Bas has been in private practice as a life 
coach in New York since 2004 
( She also 
works as an assistant director of organi- 
zational and staff development at New 
York City's Health and Hospitals Corpo- 
ration. She married David Bas in Octo- 
ber 2001 and has two sons, Ronen Elliot 
and Liam Julian. 

Erin Boswell 

Roxbury, Massachusetts 

Boswell graduated from Simmons 

College School of Management. 

Jill Farbman Bronner 

Northfield, New Jersev 
Bronner welcomed a son, Elliot Michael, 
on November 29, 2007. Mom, Dad, and 
big brother Joshy are all doing well. 

Cindi Eckstein 

West Orange, New Jersey 

Eckstein was married in July 2006 to 

Gustavo Pitta. She is a learning specialist 

tor Solomon Schechter of Essex and 

Union and is working toward a master's 

degree in learning disabilities and testing. 

William Felman 

Los Angeles 

Felman is engaged and has written a 

book tli.u will be published in May. 

Nelson Figueroa Jr. 

("handler, Arizona 
Figueroa was named Most Valuable 
Player of the 2007 Taiwan Series and M\T 
of Games 4 and 7. He is a starting pitcher 
tor the President Lions and pitched a com- 
plete game to clinch the series in Game 7. 

Amy FInstein 

Framingham, Massachusetts 
Einstein is pursuing a PhD in architec- 
tural history from the University of 

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Virginia. She welcomed a son, Zachary 
Joseph, on January 25, 2007. 

Jacqueline (Braun) Garrod 

Cresskill, New Jcr.scy 
Garrod is a seventh-year trusts and 
estates associate at the law firm Katten 
Muchin Rosenman. Her husband, 
Justin, is an investment banker at 
Lehman Brothers. The couple welcomed 
their second child, Andrew Jacob, on 
September 17, 2007. Their elder son, 
Jason, is in preschool. 

Michele (Greenwald) and Steven Glik 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
The Gliks welcomed a beautiful baby 
boy, Max Isaac, on July 4, 2007. 

Deborah Gordon 

Montclair, New Jersey 
Gordon married Benjamin Goodrich on 
October 14, 2007, in Philadelphia in a 
Quaker-Jewish service. Debra 
Schneiderman and Liane Broido were 
in the wedding parry. Other alumni in 
attendance included Sara (Pildis) 
Simnowicz, Ruth Seltzer Vogel '68 
and Morris Vogel '67. Gordon and her 
husband are both teachers at an inde- 
pendent school in northern New Jersey, 
where she is also the middle-school 
mathematics department chair. 

Gary Greene 
Washington, D.C. 
Greene married Elizabeth Levine on 
June 3, 2007, in Baltimore. He is a 
fourth-year associate with McDermott 
Will & Emery and practices alcoholic- 
beverage regulatory law. 

Wendy Stein Harsfield 

Sharon, Massachusetts 

Harsfield and her husband, Scott, 

welcomed a son, Benjamin Logan, on 

November 26, 2007. 

Brian Irwin 


Irwin married Shannon Ames on 

July 14, 2007, in Chicago. The wedding 

was a minireunion with nearly rwenry 

Brandeis alumni in attendance: Eric 

DuBrow. Pam Isaacson Garretson, 

Steve Glik, Adam Guttell, Amy Heller, 
Emily Karpel-Kurtz '99, Randy Levitt, 
Reuben Liber, Marina Mazor, Neal 
Orringer, Erica Lowenfels Papir, 
Melanie Schatz Wolfson, Erika 
Schwartz '96, Jeff Shargel, Eli 
Strick '00, Jon Sutton, Laura Gingiss 
Wander, Steve Wander '97, and Dan 
Weinstein. The couple honeymooned in 
Hawaii. Ames is admissions director at a 
private elementary school in Chicago. 
Irwin received an MBA in 2006 from the 
Kellogg School of Management at 
Northwestern University and is a global 
marketing manager at McDonald's 
Corporation. He ran the New York City 
Marathon in November 2007. 

Jacqueline Kates 

Florence, Massachusetts 

Kates is an obstetrician-gynecologist 

practicing in Northampton. She recendy 

welcomed a daughter, Eden Hallie. 

Adam Katz 

Westfield, New Jersey 
Katz has worked at Merrill Lynch since 
graduation and is director of investment 
solutions for the Private Bank. He earned 
an executive MBA degree from New York 
University in 2005. He has been married 
to Dana for five years. The couple's son, 
Evan, turned two on January 1 . 

Gina Miller 
Bakersfield, California 
Miller married Daryl Posner on 
October 7, 2007, at Calamigos Ranch in 
Malibu. Brandeis alumni in attendance 
included Erica Lowenfels Papir, Daniel 
Weinstein, Daniella (Tobin) Liber, and 
Reuben Liber. The couple honeymooned 
in Singapore and Vietnam. Miller is a 
pediatrician, paying back her National 
Health Service Corps commitment to the 
government. (She has three years to go.) 

Evan Rudnicki 
New York City 
See Michele Felder '02. 

Nathaniel Sacks 

Silver Spring, Maryland 
Nathaniel married Emily Hearn in 
May 2007. 

Juan Sanabria 

Brooklyn, New York 
Sanabria married Naomi Mersky on 
November 3, 2007, at Bridgewaters in 
Manhattan. He develops online exhibits 
,tnd audio tours for museums and cultural 
institutions. She is a strategic consultant 
specializing in consumer packaged goods. 

Noah Shaw 

Brighton, Massachusetts 

Shaw was named one of fifteen new 

members of the Boston Bar Association's 

Public Interest Leadership Program, a 

training program for law)'ers who have 

practiced law for fewer than ten years. 

He practices at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris 

Glovsky & Popeo. 

Caryl Siperstein and Isaac Klein 

Martinsville, New Jersey 

Siperstein and Klein welcomed their first 

daughter, Jaclyn Ava, on August 2, 2007. 

Renee (Berkowitz) Schwartz 
Fairlawn. New Jersey 
Schwartz is working toward a master's 
degree at Rutgers University. She has two 
beautiful boys, ages two and a half and 
one month. 

Laura Surwit, MA'99 
Washington, D.C. 
Surwit married Adam Magnus on 
November 1 1, 2007, in Tucson, Arizona. 
Brandeis alumni at the wedding included 
Abby (Siegel) Schochet, Robyn 
(Aronberg) Goecke, Karen (Youman) 
Rogol, Natalie Katz, Nana (Kobrin) 
Prager, and Melissa Rock. 

Pamela Helfant Vichengrad 

Randolph, New Jersey 
Vichengrad and her husband, Jared, 
welcomed a son, Gavin Phillip, on 
October 5, 2007. He weighed seven 
poimds, five ounces, and was twenty-one 
inches long. He joins big sister Jadyn, 
who turned three in January. 

Jared Wasserman 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Wasserman and his wife, Jennifer, 
welcomed a son, Noah Alan, on 
August 22, 2007. 

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Donald Zinman 
Comstock Park, Michigan 
Zinman received a doctorate in govern- 
ment from the Universirj' of Texas in 
2006. He is an assistant professor of 
political science at Grand Valley State 
Universitv in Allendale. 


David Nurenberg 

20 Moore Street. #3 
Somerville, MA 02144 

Rachel Appel 
Quincy, Massachusetts 
Appel married Joshua Dubin on 
October 21, 2007, in Boston. Appel 
earned a doctor of physical therapy 
degree in March 2007, and Dubin is a 
chiropractic sports physician. The couple 
participate in triathlons, and they organ- 
ized the medical staff tor the Association 
of Volleyball Professionals (professional 
beach volleyball) tournament in Boston 
over the summer. 

Emily Asarnow 

Somerville, Massachusetts 

Asarnow was one of fifty mosaic artists 

from New England whose work was 

katured in an e.xhibition in September 

2007 at the Somerville Museum. See 

Naomi Hoffman 

Kaneohe, Hawaii 

Come visit Naomi in Honolulu, where 

she will give you a botanical tour of the 

island. She works as the botanist tor the 

city and county of Honolulu, where her 

days are filled with hibiscus and plumeria. 

Marieka Kaye 
Pasadena, California 
Kaye married Darrell Jackson in 
September 2007. Annie Berman 
officiated at the ceremony, and Gregory 
Miller, Hema Khan, Gouri Diwadkar, 
and Jenny Nathans joined in the 
festivities. Kaye received a master's 
degree in art conservation in 2006 and 

works at the Huntington Library, Art 
Collection & Botanical Gardens in San 
Marino as a conservator of rare books. 
Jackson is working toward a registered 
nursing degree. 

Allison (Kalish) Leichtman 

Sharon, Massachusetts 
Leichtman and her husband, Jason, 
welcomed a daughter, Taylor Elisabeth, 
on October 5, 2007. She weighed 
seven pounds, tour ounces. They are 
all doing great. 

David Muller 

Marlborough, Massachusetts 
Muller married Colleen Drohan at 
St. Mary's Church in Bristol, Rhode 
Island. Alumni in the wedding party 
included Ryan Fitzgerald '97, Zack 
Dukich '98, Kevin McCarthy '01, and 
Steve Wahlbrink '00. Both bride and 
groom work at Fideliry; Muller is a senior 
consultant, and is a health and 
welfare analyst in benefits consulting. 

Jennifer Singer and Philip Meer 
New York City 

Singer and Meer were married on |uly 2, 
2006, in Avon, Connecticut. The cere- 
mony was officiated by Rabbi Eliana 
Yolkut. Other Brandeisians in attendance 
included Sharon Melrl Fox '00, Ari 
Fox '99, Avi Yolkut '97, Ezra Werb, 
Matt Levin '98, Alex Fisher, Mathew 
Helman '00, Ally Tash '01, Jed 
Fluehr '98, and Danielle Auslander 
Fluehr '98. 

Jennifer Braun Tuchman 


Tuchman welcomed a daughter, Isabel 

Sue, on September 7, 2007. 

Tara Wasserman 
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 
Wasserman married Andrew Blum on 
September 2, 2007, in Philadelphia. 
Alumni in attendance included matron 
of honor Jolyn Kramberg, bridesmaid 
Tamar (Felerstein) Dolcourt '98, 
MS'99, and friends Brian Dolcourt 
and Karen Nachamie. 


Matthew Salloway 

304 West 92nd Street, #5E 
New York, NY 10025 

Evelina Grayver-Levy 
Brooklyn, New \brk 
Grayver-Levy is in the final year of her 
internal-medicine residency and was 
chosen to be the chief resident at North 
Shore University Hospital. She has been 
married since 2001 and recently 
welcomed a daughter, Kayla Raquel. 

Alayne Manas and Daniel Birnhak 
Hackensack, New Jersey 
Manas and Birnhak were married on 
August 5, 2007, at the Rockleigh 
Country Club in Rockleigh. Sheryl 
Birnhak '07, Daniel Rohtbart '99. and 
Joshua Turnof '99 were in the wedding 
party. Also in attendance were Jessica 
Braunfeld '01, Bram Dolcourt '99, 
MS'99, Tamar (Felerstein) Dolcourt 
'98, Amy Fisher, Bethany (Weinstein) 
Friedlander '99, Jennifer Meier, and 
Aryeh Primus '99. Joel Friedlander '98 
and Brian Messinger shared in the cou- 
ple's joy but were unable to attend the 
wedding. Manas and Birnhak earned law 
degrees at Rutgers School of Law- 
Newark. Manas clerked for Mark Falk, a 
U.S. magistrate judge for the District of 
New Jersey, and Birnhak clerked for Sybil 
R. Mt)ses, a New Jersey Superior Court 
judge. Manas earned a masters in higher 
and postsecondary education at Columbia 
University Teachers College and is 
director of recruitment and admissions at 
the graduate school of the Jewish Theo- 
logical Seminary. Birnhak went on to the 
master of laws program in taxation at 
New York Universit)' School of Law 
and is a tax associate at Cravath, Swaine, 
.ind Moore. 

Mathew Mason 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 

Mason married Lena Zuckerwise on 

October 7, 2007, at the Metropolitan 

Building in Long Island Citv. New York. 

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company. She is an instructor in contem- 
porary political thought and feminist 
theory at Mount Holvoke College and is 
pursuing a doctorate in political science ar 
the Univcrsit)' ot Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Natalie Rosenberg 


Rosenberg married Alan Goldsher in a 
small wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 
Ontario, on May 6, 2007. 

Jennifer Luftig Singer 

Silver Spring, Maryland 
Singer and her husband, Steve, are 
thrilled to announce the birth ot a 
daughter, Ma'ayan, on October 6, 2007. 
She weighed six pounds, fifteen ounces, 
and was twenty inches long. Singer is an 
associate with ICF International, 
working in the Energy Star Division in 
Fairfax, Virginia. Her husband is an 
intetn in general surgery at Inova Fairfax 
Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. 

Joanne Tulin 
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 
Tulin married Jeremy Lane on 
November 17, 2007, at the National 
Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 
Joshua Wallet, Aaron Steiner, Allison 
Gorman, Hillary Causanschi, Sam 
Meyrowitz, Chris Shea '95, Kate 
Higgins-Shea, Rachel Pearson, Riki 
Tulin '71, Laura Weiss, and Galete 
Levin were in attendance. Tulin 
graduated from Jefferson Medical 
College in Philadelphia and is an 
internist with Silver, Nansteel, and 
Morris Associates, a group medical 
practice in Wynnewood and Broomall. 
Lane is a registered nurse in the 
emergency room of Lankenau Hospital 
in Wynnewood. 

Rachel Zitsman 

Brooklyn, New York 

Zitsman married Andrew Messinger on 

July 29, 2007, at Carlyle on the Green 

in Bethpage. The bridal party included 

Sabina Zavolkovskaya '99 and liana 
Brownstein '93. 


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Coral Springs, Florida 
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Florida State's College of Law, where 
she teaches human-rights and immigra- 
tion law. 

Zeynep Akcakoca 


Akcakoca married Yavuz Serkan Tatlisu 
on June 2, 2007. She is an analyst in the 
research department of the investment 
consulting firm Is Investment Securities. 

Kate Bernard 

Mavnard, Massachusetts 
Bernard married Matthew Forrestall in 
Arlington on November 10, 2007. The 
reception was held in Harvard Square. 
Brandeisians in attendance included 
Joanna Nadler, Beth Schatzel, 
Lindsay Bellock '02, Kate 
McDonagh '99, WenLIn Soh, and 
Devorah Bondarin. The couple recently 
purchased their first house. Bernard 
works at the Museum of Science in 
Boston, where she is a program manager 
in the human resources department. 

Jamie Cohen and Marjorie Strumpf 
RockviUe, Maryland 
The couple welcomed daughter Skylar 
Grace in September 2007. Cohen started a 
promotional marketing company in 2005, 
and Strumpf teaches fourth grade at the 
Center for the Highly Gifted in Potomac. 

Jeff Cunningham 
Upton, Massachusetts 
Cunningham writes, "After Brandeis, 
I worked for a robotics company called 
Zymark in Hopkinton as an applications 
chemist. I then moved to Amsterdam, 
Netherlands, where I earned a master's 
degree in mass spectrometry. After that, 
I pursued my hobby in beer and started a 
small specialty beer and wine shop in the 
center of Amsterdam called the Cracked 
Kettle ( This has 
now become a global venture where we 
import and export beer and wine from all 
over the world. In the future, I plan to 
start a small brewery here with a yeast 
laboratory and eventually a small biotech 
firm. We'll see how far I get, but so far, 
so good. " 

Melani Friedman 

New York Cit)' 

Friedman and her husband, Mark 

Saltzman, welcomed their first child, 

Jenna Daria, on November 24, 2007. 

Laura Gleason 

Gleason writes, "Last year, I graduated 
from the University of Pennsylvania Law 
School. 1 now live in the Rittenhouse 
Square area of Philadelphia and practice 
antitrust litigation at Berger & 
Montague, a class-action firm. A great 
job in a great ciry! I am sure I owe a 
great deal of my success to my time at 
Brandeis in the history department 
(shout-out to Professor Sreenivasan!), 
where I learned a lot of the skills I use 
today. If anyone is passing through 
Philly, look me up for restaurant 
recommendations or just to catch up." 

Seth Goldstein 
New Yorl< City 

Goldstein and his wife welcomed their 
first child, Collin James, on October 17, 
2007. He weighed a hefty nine pounds, 
six ounces, and came into the world after 
eight hours of labor. The couple were 
happy to celebrate the birth a week later 
with friends and familv, including 
Margalit Friedman, Amanda Moskowitz, 
Jake Ebin, and Dan Sichel '00. 

Russ Gooberman 

Beverlv Hills, California 
Gooberman writes, "I've recently taken a 
position as segment producer for 
Internet TV station Boing Boing TV 
( The channel 
debuted in September, having been 
spawned by, the 
Internet's most popular blog. The debut 
ol the channel was covered by the New 
York Times. NPR, and, among 
others. We've also had recent features on 
iTunes and" 

Alisa Hurwitz 

Bedford, New Hampshire 
Hurwitz recently moved back to 
New England. 

Laurel Johnson 
Gates Mills, Ohio 

Johnson finished a successful year acting 
in Cleveland. She appeared in the Ohio 
premieres of Red Light Winter and Some 
Girl(s), and was one of three Cleveland 
actors to receive a recurring role in Spike 
TVs The Kill Paint. She played Lucy 
Cali opposite Donnie Wahlberg. 
Johnson was also featured in advertising 
campaigns for American Greetings and 

Danielle (Braff) Karpinos 


Karpinos is the chill-out editor at Time 
Out Chicago magazine (timeoutchicago. 
com). She reviews spa services and gyms 
all day. She works across the street from 
her husband, Vidim, so she is always 
assured a lunch date. 

Amy Lurie 
New York City 

Lurie is a court attorney for Judge 
Miriam Cyrulnik in Brooklyn Criminal 
Court, specializing in domestic \iolence 
cases. She was previously a juvenile 
prosecutor in Brooklyn for the New York 
City Law Department, Office of the 
Corporation Coiuisel. 

Merav Mayouhas 
Van Nuys, California 
Mavouhas married Edo C'ohen on 
October 28, 2007, in Beverlv- Hills. 

Seth D. Michaels 
Washington, D.C. 

Michaels moved to Washington. D.C, 
in summer 2006. He is now the election 
Web site coordinator for the AFl.-CIO, 
where he covers politics for the ".AFL- 
CIO Now" blog. It has been a strange 
transition, but he has almost adjusted to 
having a normal life. Check out what 
he's up to now at www. working 

Melinda Nelson-Hurst 

Cairo, Egypt 

Nelson-Hurst is living in ('aito for a year 
while working on her PhD ilissei latioii 
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opportunity to check in. I completed a 

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David Weisz 

nonprofit that helped me to heal from the 

by it — mentally, physically, and emo- 

Los Angeles 

eating disorder and addictions that once 

tionally. I'm very proud of my mother. 

Weisz married Julia Aronson on 

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plagued me. I have effortlessly lost sixty 

who just completed treatment for breast 

2007, with Ellie Steinman and 

pounds and have not touched any of the 

cancer. I am thankful for her strength." 

Rebecca (Katsh) Singer in att 


substances I once used to self-medicate 

He recently accepted a job with 


since beginning this program almost a year 

Michael Schakow, MA'Ol 

Consulting in the human-capits 


ago. I was working in treatment centers 

New York City 

division, based in Los Angeles. 

and private practice with women, men. 

Schakow completed his first semester at 

children, and teenagers who were suffering 

New York University School of Law and 

Autumn Wiley 

from addictions and eating disorders, and 

will be working in the Washington, 

Wiishington, D.C. 

then would go out at night and look for 

D.C., and London offices of Sullivan 

Wiley married Jordan Hill '02 

food, drugs, alcohol, and sex to binge on. 

and Cromwell this summer. 

September 7-9, 2007. The ofific 


If you want to know more, my entire story 

were Ben Brandzel '03 and La 


is on Living the 

Hayden '03. The wedding mid 

wife was 

hypocritical life was killing me. As a result 

Rachael Goren. 

of taking better care of my health, physi- 
cally and emotionally, I have also started 


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milking more money than I ever thought 
possible, I have better relationships, and, 
above all — finallyl — peace of mind. I hope 
all of you are doing well and are Rill oi the 
love and peace you all deserve." 

Samantha (Gross) and Adam Zirkin 
Sunni,'side, New York 
The Zirkins welcomed a daughter, 
Aerin, on October 18, 2007. She 
weighed seven pounds, twelve ounces, 
and smiled on her first day in the 
world. She is now a whopping twelve 
pounds and learning how to laugh. 
Adam has a new job as vice president 
and director of investments at 
Harbinger Capital Partners. 


Hannah R. (Johnson) Bornstein 

130 Tudor Street, Unit G 
Boston, MA 02127 

Judy Abel 


Abel joined Weber Shandwick's 

interactive and emerging media practice 

as a print and interactive project 

manager, overseeing print designs, Web 

sites, and newsletters for clients in all 

practice groups. Weber Shandwick 
specializes in strategic-marketing 
communications, media relations, public 
affairs, reputation management, and 
crisis and issues management. 

Kelsey Boushie 
New York City 

Boushie graduated from TuLine 
University School of Law in May 2007 
and is an associate at Seward & Kissel in 
New York, pending admission to the bar. 
She married Suhail Shaikh of London on 
August 23, 2007, in London. 

Karen Thomashow Eyal 


Eyal began a new position as assistant 

rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple. 

Michele Felder 

New York Citv 

Felder married Evan Rudnicki '98 on 
September 8, 2007, at the Fountainhead 
in New Rochelle. She is an associate 
manager of human resources at Time. 
He is a litigation associate at Brown 
Gavalas & Fromm. 

Naomi Goodman 
Somerville, Massachusetts 
Goodman is an epidemiologist for the 
Massachusetts Department ot Public 


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Health, where she monitors the 
HIV/AIDS epidemic. The medical 
journal Archives of Physical Medicine and 
Rehabilitation recently accepted her orig- 
inal article looking at Internet use as a 
treatment for people with spinal-cord 
injuries. On December 29, 2007, she cut 
her hair for Locks of Love, a nonprofit 
organization that provides free wigs to 
children suffering from long-term med- 
icil hair loss. Bv inviting friends, tamilv, 
and colleagues to make pledges based on 
how much hair she cut, she raised more 
than $1,000 for the American Cancer 
Society. In March, she will colead a 
group that combines yoga and dance 
with traditional support for people with 
Parkinson's disease at the Jewish 
Family & Children's Service in Waltham. 

Jordan Hill 
Washington, D.C. 
See Autumn Wiley '01. 

Belinda Jacobus 

Oradell, New Jersey 

Jacobus is an associate at WolfBlock's 

office in Roseland. She was recently 

admitted to the New Jersey Bar. 

Jill Starkweather, MA'05 
New York City 

Starkweather married Jeffrey Perlman on 
June 10, 2007, in Newport, Rhode 
Island. Rabbi Karen Thomashow Eyal 
officiated the ceremony. Starkweather is a 
third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew 
Union College in New York City and 
serves as a rabbinic intern at the Reform 
Temple of Forest Hills in Queens. 


Caroline Litwack 

325 Summit Avenue, #6 
Brighton, MA 02135 

Hello, fellow 2003ers. 1 hope everyone is 
getting excited for Reunion. Can you 
believe it's been five years? We're getting 
old. Although it seems early, there's already 

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alumniprofile Melissa Mariano '04 

A Cultural Cache 

When the River Ariio flooded the Archae- 
ological Museum of Florence in 1966, 
three ancient but largeh' luitotiched I'iccn- 
ian tombs were stashed in a nearby villa. 

The tombs, essentially burial plots of a 
couple, a child, and a warrior, complete with 
funerary objects and an entire chariot, had 
been carved from the ground and held 
together within wooden crates in the late 
1800s. Conservation protocol not being 
what it is today, "other important objects 
took precedence over those poor tombs" after 
die 1966 flood, says Melissa Mariano "04, 
who majored in art history and minored in 
medieval and Renaissance studies. 

While Mariano doesn't blame the bureau- 
cracy-plagued Italians for the haphazard 
storage and handling of the tombs, she says 
they were likely pilfered when they were 
excavated and damaged in the hasty move. 

In 2006, Mariano was chosen for a 
Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellow- 
ship to spend a vear in Florence dissecting, 
cataloging, and restoring objects from two 
of the three seventh-century burial settings 
made bv the little-known Piceni, ancient 
peoples who lived on the Adriatic coastal 
plain at the same time as the Etru.scans. 

The experience .set her on a mission to 
save other cultural heritage artifacts from a 
similar fate. Mariano, back at home in 
Waltham, is pursuing a master's degree in 
preventive conservation through a 
Northumbria University distance-learning 
program based in England. Mariano hopes 
that the program, which focuses on collec- 
tions care and management, will allow her 
to one day be a sort of "primary care physi- 
cian" for artifacts as soon as possible after 
their discovery. "I want to be more active in 
taking care of our cultural heritage from the 
start," she says. 

Fluent in Italian from spending a few 
years in Calabria with her Italian-born par- 
ents, Mariano moved with them back to 
the United States at age eight. After gradu- 
ating from Brandeis, she completed a post- 
baccalaureate program in art conservation 
at the Studio Art Centers International 
(SACI), the oldest American art school in 
Florence. She was working at a museum in 
Cortona when she found she had won the 
$16,000 traveling fellowship, which is 

given annually to three art students selected 
from among ten universities pursuing post- 
graduate projects and programs. 

Mariano returned to Florence in Sep- 
tember 2006 and set to digging through a 

pile of loose iron, bron/.e, amber, bone, 
glass paste, and ceramic fragments to deter- 
mine which of the tomb's seventy objects 
they belonged to. She gently scraped dirt 
off glass beads with alcohol and acetone. 
She used dental plaster to reconstruct 
Aladdin's lamp-shaped ceramic objects 
called kothons, which may have been used 
as incense burners or torches. 

Mariano says it was exciting and educa- 
tional to be involved in all aspects of "a real 
and sensitive project, complete with bureau- 
cracy, decision making, and exposure to 
professionals who have to work together 
and find a common solution despite their 
differences in opinions, " she says. 

The tombs containing the couple and the 
child are slated for exhibition in Italy's 
Marche region later this year. The warrior's 
tomb, six feet wide and nine feet long, is 
expected to contain the richest treasure trove 
of objects, inchiding a chariot and a helmet. 

For the hundreds of hours of hands-on 
experience afforded her by the Mortimer 
Hays-Brandeis fellowship, Mariano couldn't 
be more grateful. "Working on this project 
was a unique experience for a novice conser- 
vator," she says. 

—Deborah Ihilhcv \S0 

lots of fim programming being planned, so 
make sure to check out the Web site, regis- 
ter, and encourage your friends to attend. 
cla.sses/20()3 for more information. 

Emily Berry 

New York City 

Berry graduated from Parsons School of 
Design and is an assistant designer at 
John Varvatos, a leading mensweat 
design company in Manhattan. 

Shoshana Cohen 

Cohen and her husband, Shuki 
Ben-Naim, welcomed a son, Yotam 
Yosef on August 21, 2007. Brandeis 
alumni present at the bris were Rochelle 
Fleisfiman Schtiurr, Joey Schnurr, and 
Rachel Friedrichs. 

Elana (Klein) and Ben Fertig 
Annapolis, Maryland 
Elana received a PhD in applied mathe- 
matics and scientific computation in 
May 2007 from the University of 
Maryland. Her dissertation was about 
numerical weather prediction, and she 
worked on the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration and NASA 
weather models as part of that project. 
Ben is working toward a degree in 
ecology at the University of Maryland 
Center for Environmental Science. He is 
using oysters to track pollution and its 
sources in the Chesapeake Bay. 

Claire Gunter 

Gunter works in business development 
for, the world's largest 
real-estate search engine. "It is by far the 
coolest job I have ever had, and 
definitely the most interesting," she 
writes. "I would love to hear from other 
'Deis real-estate professionals." E-mail 

Joshua Ludzkl 

Binghaniton, New York 
Ludzki has his own radio show on Star 
lO'i.7 in Binghaniton. You can listen 
online at or while 
you're driving through Binghamton. He 

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alumniprofile | James Ault, MA'80, PhD'81 

is always looking to network with other 
folks in music/radio/entertainment. 

Leslie Meltzer 

Palo Alto, California 

Meizter is a PhD student in neuroscience 

at Stanford University. She was lead 

author on a paper published in Science in 

August 2007. 

Jennifer Nadler and Joshua M. D. 

Segal, MA' 04 
Allston, Massachusetts 
Nadler and Segal were married on 
October 7, 2007, in Westborough. 
The couple were in the same AIDE 
group and met on the first day of orien- 
tation freshman year, but did not begin 
to date until senior year. Nadler is a 
high-school guidance counselor in the 
Boston Public Schools, and Segal is a 
first-year student at Boston University 
School of Law. The couple were thrilled 
to celebrate their special day with many 
of their Brandeis friends. 

Abigail Tenenbaum 

Tenenbaum married Gabriel Nathan on 
October 22, 2006, in an outdoor cere- 
mony in Radnor Township. Alumni in 
attendance included Ariela Perlmutter- 
Zonderman, Tammy Strom '02, Bar! 
Sittenrelch '02, and Rachel Miller. 
Lawrence Szenes-Strauss was the 
hazzan. Tenenbaum is working toward a 
master's degree in speech-language 
pathology at Temple University. 


Rebecca Incledon 

21R Union Avenue 

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 

Jessie Goldberg 

Sharon, Massachusetts 
Goldberg became engaged to Joshua 
Cline on June 15, 2007, on Sconset 
Beach in Nantucket. The couple met in 
2005 while both were living in Israel. 
They plan to wed this summer. 

It's Fundamental 

For James Auk, MA'80, PhD'8 1 , it was the 
moment of truth. After shadowing a pastor 
of a fundamentalist church and his wife for 
about a year, he asked them to allow him to 
shoot a film about the inner workings of 
their central Massachusetts congregation. 

"I never know where you stand on 
things," the pastor's wife told Auk. Then 
she added, "But somehow I think you 
understand. " 

Ault made it his mission to understand a 
world far removed from his own experience 
as a self-described 1960s radical who pro- 
tested the Vietnam War and once lived in a 
commune. The result was his first film, Bom 
Again, which PBS aired in the late 1980s, 
and a more recent book, Spirit {)nd Flesh: Life 
in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church. 

Both works offer an intimate — and often 
sympathetic — portrait of people in the van- 
guard of the new-right movement in the 
United States and tap into the appeal of the 
increasingly mainstream worldview shared 
by members of the church. 

"Looking at popular conservatism as an 
effort to defend family obligations as sacred 
duties against the tide of individualism and 
individual rights in the 1960s and 1970s 
made sense and helped resolve some of the 
puzzles it poses for outsiders," Ault writes. 

Born Again launched his career as a doc- 
umentarian that continues today. He 
recently received funding to complete a 
film he shot in Ghana and Zimbabwe on 
the rise of African Christianity. He is also 
working on a film about an organization 
that facilitates discussion among people 
from prochoice and prolife groups. 

A sociologist, Ault came to his first film 
topic through his PhD thesis at Brandeis, 
which examined why modern feminism 

garnered little support among working- 
class women. Doing postdoctoral research 
on people in central Massachusetts who 
lought against abortion and sex education, 
he discovered the Baptist church in 
Worcester whose members revealed their 
hostility to feminism and indeed all that he 
stood for as an activist. 

"You wouldn't have had the new-right 
backlash without the "60s movement," he 

While Ault presented his sociological 
perspective on the church, his immersion 
there for three years also influenced him 
personally. The experience helped move 
Ault, the son of a Methodist minister, from 
nonbeliet to faith in God and acceptance 
of Christianity. It also helped him bridge 
the divide in the so-called culture war. 

"Even though hateful things get uttered 
fiom both sides, if you move among the 
ordinary members of both sides, you realize 
that these aren't basically hateful people," 
says Ault. 

— Lewis I. Rice '86 

liana Herring 
San Diego 

Herring enjoyed working with other 
alumni to plan a Brandeis alumni 
happy hour in San Diego last October. 
If you are a Brandeis graduate living in 
the area, please contact Herring 
(herring@alumni. for 
more information. She hopes to see you 
at the next alumni event. On a profes- 
sional note, Herring was promoted to 
associate director of marketing and 

business development ar California 
Miramar University. 

Sara Horowitz 


Horowitz married Michael Furman on 

August 12, 2007. 

Jennifer Jolesch 

San Francisco 

Jolesch married Joseph Arcencaux on 

luly 29, 2006, in Mendocino, California. 

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class notes 

For the past yeat, she has worked as a 
program director for the Junior 
Statesman Foundation. 

Emily (Meltzer) and Ari Kahan 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 
The Kahans married in August 2005. 
They moved to Michigan and are both 
attending graduate school — he in natural 
resources and she in social work. 

Joshua Sunshine 


See Kira (Herskovitz) Sunshine '05. 


Judith Lupatkin 

200 W. 82nd Street, #5W 
New York, NY 10024 

Paul Kandel 

Haifa, Israel 

Kandel is a technical writer at Intel. His 

wife, Shani, is pursuing a masters degree 

in learning disabilities at the University 

of Haifa. 

Kira (Herskovitz) Sunshine 


Sunshine and her husband, Joshua '04, 

welcomed a son, Akiva Aiden, on 

October 10,2007. 

Alan Keiter Tannenwald 
Washington, D.C. 
Tannenwald is in his final year at 
Georgetown University Law Center. In 
.September, he will join the Boston office 
of Ropes & Gray as a litigation and 
labor and employment attorney. 

Rebecca Weinerman 

New York City 

Weinerman married Raanan Lefkovitz 

on September 2, 2007. She works at 

Goldman Sachs. 


Class of 2006 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Amy Cotton 
Omaha, Nebraska 

Cotton is a staff assistant in constituent 
relations for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson 
of Nebraska. She does casework, which 
includes serving as a liaison between 
Nebraskans and the federal government 
and helping state residents navigate 
challenges they may face with federal 
agencies. She began as a full-time intern 
in Nelson's Omaha office in October 
2006 and was hired as full-time staff in 
May 2007. 

Daniel Estrin 


Estrin is a freelance journalist, reporting 
primarily for American public radio 
shows such as Marketplace and Here and 
Now. He has filed stories from Israel, the 
Palestinian territories, and Egypt. 

Zachary Masi 

Amherst, Massachusetts 
Masi serves in the Israeli army as a 
machine gunner. He was recently hon- 
ored with the exemplary soldier award 
for his unit. In August, he will begin 
medical school in Philadelphia. 


Beth Wexelman 

191 Stratford Road 

Brooklyn, NY 11218 

I am the annual appeals associate at the 
Salvation Army of Greater New York. 
Please contact me with any news that 
you have, and 1 will include it in a 
future issue. 

Farrah Bdour 

Amman, Jordan 

Bdour is a researcher/analyst with the 

Jordanian National Breast Cancer 

Program at the King Hussein Cancer 

Foundation in Amman. 

Albert Cahn 

Arlington, Virginia 

Cahn is a paralegal for the National 

Association of Attorneys General in 

Washington, D.C. 

Julie Craghead 

Park City Utah 

Craghead will begin an internship in 

Disney Epcot's Plant Science Program, 

where she will work in the greenhouses 

in the Land Pavilion. She can be reached 


Eric Goodman 

New York Cm 

Goodman is a medical student at Weill 
Medical College of Cornell University. 
He loves it, but misses Brandeis. 

Julia Gordon 

Scarsdale, New York 
Gordon is pursuing a master's degree in 
sociology and education at Columbia 
University. She is also the coordinator 
for Downtown Kehillah of the Educa- 
tional Alliance, which helps organize 
Jewish life in downtown Manhattan. 

Josh Karpoff 

Silver Spring, Maryland 
Karpoff married Adina Kahana on 
June 24, 2007. He is a paralegal at the 
U.S. Department of Justice and can be 
reached at 
She is studying toward certification in 
early-childhood education at the 
University of Maryland. 

Samantha Levin 
Republic of Guinea 
Levin is a public-health volunteer with 
the Peace Corps in the Republic of 
Guinea, where she teaches the preven- 
tion of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and water- 
borne illnesses. 

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Preston Neal 

Binghamcon, New York 

Neal is the Jewish Campus Service 

Corps Fellow for Hillel at Binghamton 


Annie Rosenberg 
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
Rosenberg is a Fulbright scholar working 
as a foreign-language assistant at the John 
F. Kennedy Schule near Frankfort am 
Main. She will continue to teach until the 
end of June and then hopes to begin a 
master's program in German language 
and literature. E-mail her at annie. for information about 
traveling in Germany or just to catch up. 
She sends Hebe gruesse aits Dentschlaiid 
(many greetings from Germany). 


Kay Glasser, PhD'67 

Sarasota, Florida 

Glasser was the recipient of the first 
recognition award given by the 
University of South Florida's Women in 
Leadership and Philanthropy organiza- 
tion. The award recognizes a woman in 
the Tampa Bay community who has 
shown leadership and philanthropic com- 
mitment to empower and improve the 
qualit)' of life for women in Tampa Bay 
and global communities. In 1989, Glasser 
founded the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human 
Services Center in Sarasota to make serv- 
ices accessible for disadvantaged people 
and save agencies money by providing 
them rent-free space. The center has part- 
nered with the University of South 
Florida to become a teaching lab for 
social-work students, and has been recog- 
nized nationally as a model. 

Jeffrey Robinson, PhD'72 
Boulder, Colorado 

Robinson has chaired the Department of 
English at the University of Colorado- 
Boulder for a record twenty years. He is 
conducting a State of the Profession (of 
Literature) Review and Inquiry in four 
colloquia during the 2007-08 academic 
year, He is attempting to answer the 

question: What might English and other 
humanities programs do in the twent}'- 
first century? 

Terrence Beasor, MFA'76 
Santa Monica, California 
Beasor writes, "I feel very lucky to have 
spent thirty years in Los Angeles, 
earning my living as an actor in all areas 
(television, film, commercials, theater). 
I am now in my second year as a 
member of the Screen Actors Guild 
board of directors." 

Reginald Avery, PfiD'80 

Avery assumed the presidency of Coppin 
State University in Baltimore in January. 
He was previously executive vice chan- 
cellor for academic affairs at University 
of South Carolina Upstate. 

Peter Lieberson, PhD'85 
Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Lieberson's Neruda Songs earned the 2008 
L'niversin,' of Louisville Grawemeyer 
Award for Music Composition. The 
work, a group of songs based on five love 
poems by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, 
was chosen from among 1 40 entries from 
around the world. Lieberson began the 
work in 2003 for his wife, the late mezzo- 
soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who 
later learned that she was ill with cancer. 
The work was jointly commissioned by 
the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston 
Symphony, and Lorraine performed the 
work with these organizations before her 
death in 2006. Neruda Songs was pub- 
lished in 2005 by G. Schirmer. 

Eric Engel, MFA'86 


Engel is artistic director of the 

Gloucester Stage Company. 

Susanne (McGlnnis) Conley, MA'93 
Framingham, Massachusetts 
Conley was appointed vice president for 
enrollment and student development at 
Framingham State College, her under- 
graduate alma mater. She most recently 
served as Framingham State's associate aca- 
demic vice president and dean of students. 

Barbara Ferrer, PfiD'94 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
Ferrer was appointed director of the 
Boston Public Health Commission. 

Jean Flatley McGuire, PhD'96 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 
McGuire was named to Massachusetts 
governor Deval Patrick's cabinet as 
assistant secretary for disability policies 
and programs. 

Delia Faulkner, MA'OO, PfiD'04 
Ottawa, Ontario 

Faulkner married Philip Pelletier on 
August 1 1, 2007, in British Columbia. 
The couple were joined by family and 
friends, including their five-year-old 
daughter, Mackenzie. Faulkner is a 
health-policy consultant for the 
Canadian Nurses Association. 

Jiway Tung, MA'05 

lakarta, Indonesia 

Tung runs the Learning Farm, a program 

that helps improve the lives of city 

youth by teaching them agricultural 

and other skills. 

Rebecca Dornin, MSE'07 
Somerville, Massachusetts 
Dornin wed Mary Cicala on August 1 8, 
2007, in Belmont. The couple volun- 
teered in the advocacy campaign to 
legalize same-sex marriage in Massachu- 
setts. Dornin designs Web sites for 
Har\'ard Business School. Cicala is 
associate director of alumni relations at 
Emerson College. They took a wedding 
trip to Provincetown. 

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quotation (words can turn corners: black squares indicate word breaks). The first letter of each answer word below, when read alphabetically, will spell out 
the author and published source of the quotation. The solution appears at the bottom of Page 98. 

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B. Uncovered 

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C. Demanded 

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him when I've had a few. I am not much of a celebrity watcher. That's why I was more than a little 
surprised when the hairs on the back of my neck stood up as President Bill Clinton walked toward 
President Jehuda Reinharz and me on his visit to campus last December 3. As he approached us from 
the Napoli Room, I got ready to take a photograph, but a Secret Service agent put his hand on my 
shoulder and told me to wait. When armed men in dark suits and sunglasses ask you to not do 
something, generally the best practice is to not do it. One of President Clinton's aides introduced the 
two presidents. As 1 snapped a few photos, they laughed and reminisced warmly about the late Eli 
Segal '64, who was being honored that day. To me, though, the best part was that, now that I had 
heard President Clinton's voice up close and personal, 1 knew my next impersonation of him would 
be flawless. What's more, I now had a good cocktail party story to go with it. 


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before coming to the Brandeis International 
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actively involved with the nonprofit organiza- 
tion Solidarieta, which helps with the recuper- 
ation of children affected by the Chernobyl 
nuclear power plant disaster, and I volunteer 
at the Belarusian Society of Cultural Ties. 

How did you end up choosing IBS? 

I felt that my international relations education 
was incomplete without an emphasis on inter- 
national economics. So I set my sights on the 
best-quality M.A. degree in the United States. 
I chose Brandeis for its international approach 
and great combination of finance and eco- 
nomic training. 

What do you hope to do after graduating? 

I'd like to work for an international 
economic-development institution such 
as the World Bank or any regional 
development bank. 

Whom do you admire in the business world? 

Paul Polak, founder of the nonprofit 
International Development Enterprises, 
who created simple solutions to fight poverty 
throughout the world, and Muhammad Yunus, 
founder of Grameen Bank, the first micro- 
finance institution providing microcredit to 
the poor. 

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5 Ruminations 

The interfaith imperative. 

7 Take 5 

Dan Feldman, vice president for 
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8 Innermost Parts 
45 Fieldwork 

Mobilizing change in China. 

47 Books 
54 Sports 

Stepping into history. 

56 Arts 

Walking the beats. 

80 Class Notes 

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

107 Games 

108 Your History 

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Women's Writes 

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The Amazing Journey of 
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From Coney Island to Shea Stadium is a short trip — except 
when you travel via Mexico, Taiwan, and, oh, yes, Brandeis. 
By Richard A. Johnson 

A Postcard from Auschwitz 

With sketchbook in hand, a Jewish stage designer shares his 
unique kind of European tourism. 
By Harry Feiner, MFA78. 

Commencement 2008 

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The Interfaith Imperative 

Higher education strives to help build cultures of peace. 

By Alexander Kern 

Open the newspaper on any given day and you will find vio- 
lence claiming the lives of young people. From Boston to 
Baghdad, Burma to Darfur, the Middle East to Middle 
America, youth too often are both victims and perpetrators of cat- 
astrophic acts. While violence is fueled by many factors, global 
attention has focused on the incendiary role of religion and the 
hope that faiths can defuse conflicts and build enduring cultures of 
justice and peace. 

What role can American higher education play in advancing 
interfaith understanding and cooperation? Certainly the academic 
study of religion has much to contribute, in our classrooms, we 
must continue shining the light of intellect upon the complex inter- 
play of religion, culture, and conflict. 

Yet our work extends beyond the classroom. Campus ministries 
and other cocurricular contexts can help students develop spiritual 
lives that include self-critical stances toward their own traditions. In 
the pluralistic microcosm of campus life, students can move from 
exclusion to embrace, affirming their own claims on truth while 
respecting the dignity of "the other" and identifying religious 
resources for nonviolent conflict transformation. 

The college quest is finally a search for meaning, vocation, iden- 
tity, community, and a mature "faith" that navigates the ambiguity 
and suffering inherent in life. For many young people, the absence 
ot spirituality and community breeds despair. 

If we are to move past religious conflict and personal despair, 
higher education must partner with faith communities and other 
institutions to tutor young people in the ways of peace. Dramatic 
action is needed to reach the worst perpetrators of extremist religious 

violence beyond our campuses. But just as important is the chal- 
lenge to train young leaders committed to interfaith understanding 
and equipped with the tools to create a more just, peaceful future. 

Fortunately, Brandeis is at the pioneering edge of initiatives in 
this area. With four other schools, Brandeis received a pilot grant 
from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The result is an 
extraordinary initiative called the Brandeis University Interfaith 
Leadership Development (BUILD) Fellows Program, administered 
by Hillel and the university chaplaincy. 

BUILD employs a dynamic learning model including community- 
building, interfaith dialogues, off-campus retreats, speakers, work- 
shops, text study, service learning, and field trips. Each year BUILD 
selects roughly thirty-five undergraduate and graduate fellows from 
diverse religious backgrounds and from varied spheres of student 
leadership. By focusing on student leaders, BUILD moves our stu- 
dent culture toward greater appreciation of religious pluralism and 
more effective management of intergroup conflicts. Already 
BUILD is producing alumni who will offer transformative leader- 
ship in their congregations, professions, and wider spheres of civil 
society and global community. 

Following are a few of the things we have learned from BUILD 
thus far. 

• Safe space and effective mentoring matter. If students are to dis- 
cuss issues as difficult as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, interfaith 
marriage, and the role of women in religion, trust is essential. 
Committed mentors help to create safe space and to model con- 
structive interfaith partnerships. These factors become especially 
key in times of crisis. Interfaith panels and vigils provide public 

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forums for students to respond not only 
to war, but also to the Virginia Tech 
shooting, natural disasters, or campus 

Interfaith dialogue does not involve sacri- 
ficing one's own beliefs or traditions. On 
the contrary, BUILD enables students to 
embrace their own faith more deeply and 
helps students identify leadership roles 
within their traditions. Several BUILD 
fellows, for example, are exploring the 
rabbinate or professional Christian min- 
istry as a vocation. 

Interfaith education is holistic. BUILD 
employs a range of creative pedagogies 
and engages the intellectual, affective, 
and aesthetic dimensions of human and 
religious experience. Meals and prayer 
events such as a Muslim Iftar (breaking of 
the fast) during Ramadan and a Jewish- 
Christian Seder have proven to be espe- 
cially valuable occasions of learning. 
Off-campus activity, service learning, and 
partnerships are essential. In 2007, 
several BUILD fellows attended the 
national conference of an interfaith 
youth group and helped lead a major 
interfaith conference at Tufts. In another 
of build's memorable moments, the 

fellows partnered with the Interfaith 
Youth Initiative program of Cooperative 
Metropolitan Ministries, the region's 
oldest interfaith social-justice network, 
and with others to organize a Greater 
Boston Day of Interfaith Youth Service in 
observance of the fortieth anniversary of 
Martin Luther King Jr. 's death. 
Campuswide programs highlight inter- 
faith issues. BUILD has become a catalyst 
for major campuswide programming, 
including an annual Interfaith Awareness 
Week. With Brandeis's Ethics Center, 
BUILD has cosponsored a major peace- 
making conference and screened a film 

BUILD gives effective expression to the 
university's commitment to social justice 
and the search for "truth, even unto its 
innermost parts. " 

While the initial BUILD grant period 
ends in May 2009, BUILD hopes to find a 
permanent place in the campus ecology and 
to introduce replicable models to schools 
across the country. The acronym "BUILD" 
evokes Dr. King's vision of a "world house" 
where all human needs are met, all rights 
respected, and all people welcome. While 
recognizing that the realization of King's 
vision is no small task, BUILD affirms that 
interfaith dialogue and action can save lives. 

"Brandeis is poised to offer national leadership in 
religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue." 

based on James Carroll's National Book 
Award— winning history Constantine's 
Sword: The Church and the jews. 
Brandeis is poised to offer national lead- 
ership in religious pluralism and interfaith 
dialogue. The university's relationship with 
the American Jewish community and its 
historic commitment to interfaith relations 
provide a unique context for this work. 

transform communities, and fashion a hori- 
zon of hope in our broken world. 

Alexander Levering Kern is Brandeis's 
Protestant chaplain and director of the BUILD 
Fellows Prograrrj. He also serves as executive 
director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries 
and edited Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing 
from Rising Generations. 


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Dan Feldnian 

Vice President, Capital Projects 

Dan Feldman manages and 
coordinates major construction 
and renovation projects on the 
Brandeis campus. He currently oversees 
five new buildings that recently have 
broken or will soon break ground: the 
Mandel Center for the Humanities, the 
New Ridgewood Residence Halls, the 
Carl J. Shapiro Science Center, the Carl 
and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center, and 
the Edmond J. Safra Center for the Arts. 

1. What's the first question you ask 
when a new building is proposed? The 
first thing we have to understand is what 
kind of spaces we need to create to fulfill 
the vision for the building. It it's an 
academic building, does it need new class- 
rooms? If it does, how many people does it 
need to accommodate? If it's a residence 
hall, what kind of housing do we need 
pursuant to the vision for the building and 
the strategic plan for the university? 

2. Is there a theme or architectural 
direction that ties together the new 
buildings? Brandeis, from its inception, has 
been about engaging with the contemporary 
architectural world. We're trying to continue 
that tradition. That doesn't mean that every 
building looks like every other building, 
but, in the grand universe ot architectural 
style, they do have a lot in common. 

3. How will the new buildings change the 
landscape of Brandeis? We're trying to 
strengthen the systems of organization that 
tie the campus together. For example, we're 
really emphasizing the Brandeis Walk [the 
pedestrian walkway that runs through the 
center of campus], putting in one section 
after another as we do various projects. The 
Shapiro Campus Center put in place an 
important section, the Village [residence 
halls] put in an important section, and now 

the landscape for the new admissions 
project will put in the connecting section 
between those two. And, of course, we're 
always trying to create memorable spaces. 
They say that what students remember years 
later are the spaces, not specific buildings. 

4. What's your favorite space on 
campus? I love the wetlands between 
Chapels Field and the Heller School and 
between the Rose Art Museum and the 
fine-arts studios. The Brandeis campus is 
not an urban campus, nor would I say it's 
a suburban campus. Its character is pretty 
unusual, with fairly dramatic topography 

and a huge elevation change from its 
lowest to its highest points. I love the fact 
that we're trying to respect that. 

5. How can we look at a building and 
know you had a hand in Its construc- 
tion? I always think about the finishes — 
the furniture, the fabrics, the carpets, the 
paint, the lighting — in the way you think 
about speakers when you buy an audio 
system. You can have the best audio 
system in the world, but if you get a bad 
pair of speakers you're not going to enjoy 
the experience in quite the same way. 

— Ken Gornstehi 



Brandeis ups capital campaign ante 

That's Billion with a 'B 


The university has extended the Campaign 
for Brandeis for another five years and 
increased the goal to $1.22 billion, making 
Brandeis the youngest private university or 
college in the United States ever to launch 
a billion-dollar fundraising effort. 

Prompted by the overwhelming success 
of the campaign, which reached its target of 
$770 million in cash and pledges fourteen 
months ahead of schedule, the university's 
board of trustees voted to boost the goal by 
$450 million. 

"To launch a billion-dollar campaign at 
such an early date in Brandeis's history is a 
remarkable achievement that reflects the 
university's commitment to excellence," 
Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz said. 
"It is also a testament to the generous sup- 
port the university receives from alumni, 
friends, parents, trustees, and members of 
the Brandeis National Committee. We are 
positioned to move forward boldly as 
Brandeis enters its seventh decade." 

Brandeis, which was founded in 1948, 
becomes the youngest private U.S. univer- 
sity or college to embark on a billion- 



1. Brandeis University 1948 

2. University of Miami 1925 

3. California Institute of Technology 1891 
14. University of Chicago 1890 
14. Duke University 1890 

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dollar campaign, according to figures com- 
piled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The 
distinction previously belonged to the 
eighfy-three-year-old University of Miami, 
which launched a billion-dollar fund- 
raising effort in 2003. 

The focus of the extended campaign will 
be the establishment of additional endowed 
scholarships to support students, ensuring 
that Brandeis will maintain its foundational 
commitment to admitting students based 
on merit rather than ability to pay. 

"To remain competitive with other 
universities and colleges in the quest for the 
most talented students, we must increase 
the amount of scholarship money we are 
able to offer," said Nancy Winship, senior 
vice president of institutional advancement. 
"Endowed scholarships provide predictable, 
ongoing support for our students." 

Other focus areas of the extended 
campaign include creating endowments in 
support of faculty and academic programs. 

The campaign was launched in July 200 1 
with a goal of $470 million. By the time the 
campaign's public phase began in 2003, 
$275 million had already been raised. Two 
years later, when the original target was 
reached, the trustees voted to extend the 
campaign through June 20, 2009, and 
increase the goal to $770 million. 

Campaign gifts have funded undergrad- 
uate scholarships and graduate fellowships, 
endowed faculty positions, established 
pioneering academic research centers, and 
supported the construction of state-of-the- 
art facilities. Gifts have ranged from $1 to 
$67.5 million. A total of thirty-five alumni 
have made campaign gifts of between 
$1 million and $16.5 million. 

Son also Rises 

New chair of Rose overseers 
follows in mom's footsteps 

Jonathan Lee was named chair of the Rose 
Art Museum's Board of Overseers, assuming 
the post his mother held in the 1960s. 

Lee's mother, Mildred, was an early sup- 
porter of the museum and served as the 
board's first president. The Mildred Lee 
Gallery was named in her honor in 1980 and 
was rededicated in 1999 after a renovation 
funded by Mildred and her husband, Herbert. 

Jonathan Lee, who first joined the board 
in 2005, will replace outgoing chair Gerald 
Fineberg, who held the position for six years. 

"Jerry Fineberg has given tremendous 
service to the Rose, overseeing a time of 
great growth and increased income," said 
Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster 
Director of the Rose. "Jon Lee inherits the 
leadership of a very strong group of board 
members whose generosity to the Rose is 
the backbone of the institution." 

American studies lecturer 
wins 2008 Pulitzer Prize 

Mark Feeney, a lecturer in the American 
studies department and a writer and editor 
tor the Boston Globes "Arts " section, won the 
2008 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism for his 
writings on visual culture. Feeney's entry com- 
prised an eclectic collection of articles, 
including a look at an Edward Hopper retro- 
spective at the Museum of Fine Arts, a 
review of a documentary on photographer 
Annie Leibovitz that aired on public televi- 
sion as part of its Aincriain Miisten series, and 
an examination of the career of actress 
Barbara Stanw)'ck on what would have been 
her one hundredth birthday. 


On Board 

Three alumni among five new trustees 


hree Brandeis graduates are among the five people recently elected to the Board of Trustees, 
continuing a trend toward greater alumni participation on the university's governing board. Twenty-six 
of the board's forty-seven current members are Brandeis graduates. The new board members include: 

From left: Dolores Kohl 'SS. P'79: Walter Mossberg '69; Ronald Ratner '69; Lynn Schusterman; and Carol Kern. 

Dolores Kohl '55, P79 

Founder, president, and chief executive offi- 
cer of die Dolores Kohl Education Founda- 
don, Kohl previously served as an alimini term 
trustee from 1980 to 1985. A fellow of the 
university, she cofounded and served as pres- 
ident of the Alumni Club of Chicago. She 
established the Fellowship in Elementary 
Teaching and the Mentoring Program in 
Elementary Teaching. Her son Stephen Solovy 
graduated from Brandeis in 1979. 

Walter Mossberg '69 

A widely read technology columnist at the 
Wall Street Journal and past winner of a 
Brandeis Alumni Achievement Award, 
Mossberg was elected to the board as an 
alumni term trustee. He is a member of the 
Brandeis Science Advisory Council and fre- 
quently speaks at alumni events. Mossberg 

and his wife, Edith '69, created the W;ilter 
and Edith Mossberg Scholarship at Brandeis. 

Ronald Ratner '69 

Ratner, the executive vice president of 
Forest City Enterprises, a leading U.S. real- 
estate company, was reelected following a 
one-year hiatus. He first joined the board 
in 1993. Ratner established the Max and 
Betty Ratner Scholarship in honor of his 
parents, contributed to construction of the 
Village residential complex, and has sup- 
ported the Brandeis Annual Fund. His 
brother Michael '66 is also a generous 
Brandeis donor. 

Lynn Schusterman 

Schusterman is chair of the Charles and Lynn 
Schusterman Family Foundation, which last 
year made a $ 1 3 million gift to establish the 

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at 
Brandeis. A life member of the Brandeis 
National Committee (formerly the Brandeis 
University National Women's Committee), 
she is a member of the Schusterman 
Center's advisory council and served on the 
board of the Cohen Center for Modern 
Jewish Studies/Institute for Community and 
Religion from 1995 to 1999. 

Carol Kern 

Carol Kern, who founded and manages her 
own interior design firm, returns to the 
board of trustees as an ex officio member 
in her capacity as president of the Brandeis 
National Committee. A trustee from 2002 
to 2004, she has supported a number 
of important Brandeis library and scholar- 
ship initiatives, including the Science for 
Life campaign. 

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High Achievers 

Three grads recognized for distinguished contributions to their fields 

Playwright Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, MFA"86, PhD'89, filmmaker 
Caroline Baron '83, and scientist Chin-Teh "Tony" Chang, 
PhD'83, were honored as 2008 winners of the Brandeis Alumni 
Achievement Award. 

First presented in 1988, the award recognizes graduates who 
have made distinguished contributions to their professions or fields 
of endeavor. 

Rebeck has earned a reputation for exploring the moral complex- 
ities and social injustices of our time through her work. She made 
her Broadway debut last year with Mauritius and was a finalist for 
the Pulitzer Prize for her play Omnium Gatherum. 

She has also written for a variety ot television programs, including 
Brooklyn Bridge and L.A. Law, and has served as writer and producer 
for Lau' and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Rebecks feature 
films include Harriet the Spy and Gossip. Her first novel. Three Girls 
and Their Brother, was published earlier this year. 

In 2005, the Brandeis Theatre Company produced the world pre- 
miere of Rebeck's musical The Two Orphans, which was based on a 
melodrama she first read while a Brandeis student. She cowrote the 
lyrics with fellow graduate John Sheehy, MFA89. 

While at Brandeis, Rebeck earned a master's degree in English, 
an MFA in playwriting, and a doctorate in Victorian melodrama. 

Baron is known in Hollywood for making pictures that not only 
score well at the box office, but resonate with moviegoers searching 
for something beyond simple entertainment. 

She is best known for producing the 2005 hit Capote, which was 
nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture. In all, she 
has produced or coproduced more than a dozen films, among them 
the award-winning Monsoon Wedding (2001). 

"I m interested in making movies with a social conscience, " 
Baron said. "We have a huge opportunity to communicate impor- 
tant information — whether it's through laughter, romance, or 
drama — through movies." 

Theresa Rebeck 

Caroline Baron 

Tony Chang 

Baron founded the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization 
FilmAid International, which coordinates movie screenings in 
refugee camps, trains refugee staff to produce films, and offers 
video-production workshops for refugee youth. 

At Brandeis, she majored in English and played on the tennis team. 

Chang founded and serves as chief executive officer of Tech-Link 
Silicones, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of silicon polymers 
that are widely used in automotive components and consumer and 
household products. 

The last-growing, eleven-year-old company has six factories with 
more than 1 ,000 employees in Chang's native China. 

After graduating from Brandeis with a doctorate in chemistry, 
Chang joined General Electric (GE) as a research chemist. While at 
GE, he earned an MBA from the University of Albany. He later was 
put in charge of developing GE silicone operations in the Far East. 

While at Brandeis, he developed a close relationship with 
Myron Rosenblum, the former Charles A. Breskin Professor of 
Chemistry. To honor Rosenblum, Chang made a gift to create the 
Myron Rosenblum Fellowship Endowment to support chemistry 
graduate students. 

"Professor Rosenblum was very focused and very dedicated to 
both his research and to supervising his graduate students and post- 
docs," Chang said. "He was like our father." 

Pioneers in protein biochemistry win Rosenstiel Award 


Two pioneers in the field of protein- 
mediated protein folding have won the 
university's 2008 Lewis S. Rosenstiel 
Award for Distinguished Work 
in Basic Medical Research. 
Arthur L. Horwich, the 
Eugene Higgins Professor of 
Cellular and Molecular Physi- 
ology at the Yale University 
School of Medicine, and Franz- 
Ulrich Hard, director at the Max 

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Planck Institute of Biochemistry in 
Martinsried, Germany, were chosen for their 
elucidation of the molecular machinery that 
guides proteins into their proper functional 
shape, thereby preventing the accumulation 
of protein aggregates that underlie many 
diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. 
"This award honors two remarkable pio- 
neers who solved one of the most fiindamen- 
tal problems in protein biochemistry: how 
newly synthesized proteins can be properly 

folded up into a very specific shape that is 
required for them to work as enzymes or as 
structural elements of the cell," said Jim 
Haber, the Abraham and Etta Goodman Pro- 
fessor of Biology and director of the Rosen- 
stiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center. 
The Rosenstiel Award, which carries a 
$10,000 prize, is presented annually to scien- 
tists who have made recent discoveries of par- 
ticular originality and importance to basic 
medical research. 


Swordsman takes his Olympic dreams to Beijing 

The Competitive Edge 

Among the ten thousand Olympians from 
around the world competing in Beijing 
this September, one man will stand out 
for more than his athletic prowess. 

As the first Brandeis graduate to com- 
pete at the Olympics, fencer Tim 
Morehouse '00 will represent not only his 
country but also the alma mater where he 
emerged as a competitive athlete. And 
Morehouse, who turns thirty this sum- 
mer, couldn't be happier about that. 

"To say you're the first In the school is 
totally exciting," said Morehouse, speaking 
from Madrid, where he competed during 
May in the Male Senior Saber Teams World 
Cup. "In going to the Olympics, I feel I'm 
representing the students and faculty." 

The former history major, who works 
for Teach for America in New York City 
and has a master's in education from Pace 
University, will compete in the men's indi- 
vidual and team saber competitions. 
Leading up to the Games, Morehouse 
devotes about five days a week to training. 

Tim Morehouse 

spending three to five hours daily on the 
mat and also lifting weights. 

Morehouse began fencing in the sev- 
enth grade and competed at Riverdale 
Country Day School in the Bronx. While 
an enthusiastic fencer from the get-go, 
Morehouse recalled searching for a com- 
petitive edge during his teenage years. Yet 
something clicked at college, and More- 
house began to defeat the people who pre- 
viously trumped him at university 
tournaments. "I think it was at that point 
I thought, wow, I can do something here," 
said Morehouse. 

His Brandeis fencing team coach agrees. 
"Sophomore year he began to realize he 
was in the same ballpark with some of the 
best college fencers in the country," said 
Bill Shipman. "Senior year he was proba- 
bly the best college fencer in the country." 
Since that point, Morehouse has 
clinched top spots on the fencing mat. At 
Brandeis, Morehouse established himself 
as a three-time University Athletic Associ- 
ation champion and a three- 
time Ail-American. More 
recently, Morehouse quali- 
fied for the 2004 Olympic 
Games in Athens, but as an 
alternate on the U.S. fencing 
team he did not compete. 
He currently ranks first in 
the country and fifteenth in 
the world. 

Morehouse describes 

fencing as "problem solving 
with a saber." 

But before Morehouse 
solves any problems — with 
mental and physical preci- 
sion — on the Olympic mat, 
he'll most likely relax with 
teammates by playing 
"catch" with a red ball, a 
team tradition before any 
match. And it's likely he'll 
talk about the time he 
fenced at Brandeis. 

—Hinda Mandell '02 

Robyn Goodman '69 serves as producer of 
/;/ tl)e Heights, which won four Tony Awards 
in June. The show, a New York musical about 
a vibrant and tight-knit community at the 
top of the island of Manhattan, won for Best 
Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreog- 
raphy, and Best Orchestrations. 

First-year Hornstein student Adam Kolett 
and Hornstein graduate Daniel Panner '08 

were awarded Harry Fein, Samuel Pinanski, 
and Louis Shain Memorial Fellowships. These 
awards, established by the Hebrew Free Loan 
Society and administered by the Combined 
Jewish Philanthropies Scholarship Fund Com- 
mittee, are intended to recognize academic 
excellence among students pursuing graduate 
degrees and careers in Judaic studies, Jewish 
communal service, and Jewish education. 

Jessica Lepler, PhD'08, won the 2008 Allan 
Nevins Prize from the Society of American 
Historians for the best-written doctoral dis- 
sertation on an American subject. Lepler, re- 
cently appointed an assistant professor of his- 
tory at the University of New Hampshire, 
won for her dissertation, " 1 837: Anatomy of 
a Panic," defended at Brandeis in 2007. 

Charles McClendon, the Sidney and Ellen 
Wien Professor in the History of Art, was 
awarded the 2008 Haskins Medal for his book 
The Origins of Medieval Architecture. The 
Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the 
Medieval Academy of America for a distin- 
guished book in the field of medieval studies. 

Biochemistry and chemistry professors 
Gregory Petsko and Dagmar Ringe 

received Merit Awards from the National 
Institutes of Health in recognition of their 
work in structural enzymology. The award 
provides up to ten years of continuous 
research funding. Additionally, Petsko has 
been elected president of the American 
Society for Biochemistry and Molecular 
Biology for a two-year term beginning in July. 

David Rakowski, the Walter W Naumburg 
Professor of Composition, has won a fellow- 
ship in music from the Civitella Ranieri Foun- 
dation. He will spend six weeks in residency 
this summer at the Civitella Ranieri Center in 
Umbertide, Italy. 

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Four Brandeis 

authors help 

shape herstory. 

Brandeis community members are not just literate — they're literary, end- 
lessly crafting volumes on topics that span the alphabet from aesthetics to 
zoology. In the past year, this magazine's Books pages featured notices of 
more than 1 00 recently published works by alumni and faculty members. Some- 
times, though, themes emerge that pique more than the usual old-school curios- 
ity. The four interviews that follow shines the spotlight on four literata who put 
their keen eyes to work witnessing women's lives. Their vantage points range from 
the personal (Tania Grossinger, Growing Up at Grossinger's) to the familial (Sophie 
Freud, Livhig in the Shadow of the Freud Family) and from the cultural (Joyce 
Antler, You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother) to the imag- 
inary (Theresa Rebeck, Three Girls and Their Brother). Eerily, there are crosscur- 
rents. Several pages of Antler's book, for instance, give lively description to the 
Catskills resort of Grossinger's childhood; consideration by Antler of oedipal pre- 
sumptions about Jewish moms and their sons relies on basic understandings drawn 
from Freud; and Rebeck's novel — the first for the award-winning playwright — 
illuminates the cult of celebrity that is touched upon indirectly in the three non- 
fiction works. Together, the four provide a powerful look at female experience in 
the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

Photography by Sarah Shatz '97 

Joyce Untler '63 

You Love to Hate 

By Theresa Pease 

Mh;u do you call a woman who loves you more than anything 
in the world, aspires to the best in life for you, reminds you 
to do the things you ought, and would lay down her life for 
your benefit? Answer: a mother. 

What do you call a woman who dotes on you to the point of 
nausea, pressures you to achieve inordinately, nags you mercilessly, and 
encases you in guilt by announcing loud and often that she is willing, 
nay, eager, to suffer for you? Answer: a Jewish mothei. 

How did women's most loving and noble aspirations for their young 
come to be seen as generally admirable in the female of the species, but 
obnoxious and overbearing when the female displaying them happens to 
be Jewish? 

Brandeis alumna and American studies professor Joyce Kessler 
Antler '63 set out to explore that question and others in her book You 
Never Call'. You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother, published 
by Oxford University Press in 2007. 

In the book's opening chapters. Antler tracks the stereotype of the 
guilt-mongering she-monster known as the Jewish mother across U.S. 
history and down through the generations. 

The second part of the book, titled "The New Face of the Jewish 
Mother," identifies what the author dubs a newer "counter- 
narrative" in which her subject is depicted in more positive terms by 
recent cultural interpreters, and describes Jewish women's contribu- 
tions within their families and communities. This section also embod- 
ies a hymn of praise to Jewish feminists, showing how individuals like 
Betty Friedan and Phyllis Chesler helped raise the consciousness of 
other women and lay the foundation lor a new world order. 

Despite the book's playful title, it's not a read for the timid of soul. 
One disturbing portion refers to a pervasive image of the Jewish 
mother as an insatiable seductress, locked in an oedipal tango with her 
entrapped male offspring. Ander demonstrates how the sublimated 
incest theme permeates Jewish fdm. Indeed, Oxford's book jacket 
shows a scene from the 1 937 movie Where Is My Child? (Vu Iz Mayn 
Kind?) in which a woman sighs in a kind of rapt yearning, almost 
bowing toward an icon of her young son. 

Even more unsettling is Antler's report on how even anthropologists 
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict contributed to the stereotype in the 
1950s, formally perpetuating the Jewish mother mythology by 
publishing it as a factual description after a study in which their 
methodology relied not on scientifically derived data, but on sweeping 
generalizations drawn from surveys, literature, film, and hearsay. 

"Based on this flawed research. Mead and Benedict categorized 
Jewish mothers as nagging, whining, and malingering — and these 
are direct quotes," Antler points out. And even though the team also 

associated Jewish motherhood with unconditional love, concern for 
theif offspring, and willingness to make personal sacrifices for their 
kids' well-being, "they didn't have words for the positive, so they 
couched everything in negative terms," Antler says. In their report, 
tor example, what others might call "concern" becomes "nagging" 
or "lamentation." 

Still, there's politically incorrect amusement to be had in the 
reading. Positing that the spread of the ludicrous stereotype reflected 
Jewish dominance in the entertainment industry. Antler quotes a 
classic Jewish-mother comedy routine by Second City improvisa- 
tional artists Mike Nichols and Elaine May and cites one-liners from 
Catskills comedians Buddy Hackett ("My mother had two menu 
choices: Take it or leave it") and Henny Youngman ("I haven't talked 
to my wife in three days. I don't want to interrupt her"). Such jokes 
were also rampant in the work of other "Borscht Belt" comics, 
including Zero Mostel, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Alan King, and Jack 
Carter, Antler says. 

Films like Portiwy's Complaint 3,nA Where's Poppa? aho contribute to the 
demonization of the Jewish mom, she argues. Perhaps the most overblown 

'The Jewish mother had become a universal 
metaphor for excessive, malignant mothering. 
I wanted to go beyond the surface image and 
teU the story in a more complex form." 

distortion — literally — arose in Woody Allen's Oedipus Wrecks, in which the 
hero's newly departed mother appears in inflated form above the Manhat- 
tan skyline, kvetching about her son's tailutes before the whole metropolis. 

A conversely delightful chapter deals with television writer, ptoducer, 
and actress Gertrude Berg, who created the iconic chatacter of Molly 
Goldberg. In Berg's weekly series, Molly brought a benign, intelligent, 
and totally admirable image of Jewish motherhood into the homes of 
U.S. viewers during television's earliest years. 

A Jewish mother herself — and sometimes even the butt of friendly 
jokes by her own resident standup comedian, daughter Lauren 
Antler — the former Joyce Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, New York, 
where her dad was a doctor and her mom managed his office. After 
entering Brandeis as a premed student, Kessler .soon found herself 
declaring allegiance to the politics department, where she delighted in 
"talking about issues and ideas," she says. 

Following graduation, she held a variety of positions in government 
and politics and worked on an array of causes before deciding in (he late 


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1960s, at the time of the Vietnam War, to write a historical play with col- 
laborator Elinor Fuchs. Their documentary drama. Year One of the 
Eynpire, presents the exact moment when America became an imperial 
power — the litde-known Philippine-American War at the turn of the last 
century. Published in 1973. by which time Antler had entered a doctoral 
program in history at SUNY Stony Brook, Year One had its first produc- 
tion in 1980 in Los Angeles, where it won a playwriting award. Contem- 
porary once again because of the Philippine conflict's marked parallels to 
Iraq, the play had a successful New York debut in March 2008. 

The birth of Antler's academic career coincided with the start of the 
women's history movement, and she became a pioneer in the field. Her 
first book, written during a rwo-year fellowship at the Radcliffe 
Institute, was a biography of Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of the 
Bank Street College of Education and a role model for early feminists. 
"My favorite review headline was 'Having It All, Almost,"' Antler says. 

After her Radcliffe fellowship, Antler returned to her alma mater in 
1979 to teach women's history in Brandeis's American studies depart- 
ment; the following year she became chair of the university's women's 
studies program, still in its formative stages. 

But it was another decade before Antler started looking specifically 
at Jewish women. 

"In its early years, women's studies focused a lot on how alike we all 
are as women. But by the late 1980s, we were talking about difference," 
she says. "I found myself wondering what Jewish women's history 
would look like. " 

In her 1997 book The Journey Home: How Jewiih Women Shaped 
Modern America, Antler talked about the varied political and social 
movements — including trade unionism, civil rights, and feminism — in 

which Jewish women played an important role, tar out of proportion 
to their numbers. 

But wherever she spoke about the book, women would approach 
her to say, "Yes, Professor Antler, but then why are we the butt of so 
many jokes?" 

"Wliat they were acknowledging," she says, "was that there was a dif- 
ference between how Jewish women behaved in the real world and how 
they were depicted in popular culture. It was clear the Jewish mother 
had become a universal metaphor for excessive, malignant mothering. 
I wanted to go beyond the surface image and tell the story in a more 
complex form." 

Did Antler confront any surprises in researching her book? 

One thing she was unprepared to discover, she says, was the pervasive- 
ness of the stereotype across generations and genres. Another was that 
although the warped image of the all-consuming mother — like Woody 
Allen's giant Jew-mom in the sky — sprang in good part from the writings 
of men, women also contributed to the paradigm. But feminists, she 
found, worked hard to understand rather than reject their mothers and 
demean the entire experience of motherhood. As a result, they developed 
refreshing alternatives to the prevailing stereotypical images. 

Antler also turned to mothers themselves. In a 2003 survey sampling 
of several hundred members of the Brandeis National Committee 
(BNC), women most often had "overwhelmingly positive" things to 
say about their mothers, the historian notes. 

"What messages did their mothers send them?" says Antler, who 
was honored in June with the BNC's Abram L. Sachar Medallion. 
"Be all that you can be. Fly to the moon. Go for the gold. Everything 
but the overprotective, guilt-tripping, nagging mother." 

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Sophie Freud, PhD'70 


the Bera 

By Theresa Pease 

On the Sunday mornings of her childhood, Sophie Freud vis- 
ited her grandfather Sigmund. As predictably as some fami- 
lies went to church, the litde girl would walk with her 
traulein, or nanny, and brother Walter to her grandparents' home at 
Berggasse 19, Vienna, for a gathering of the elders. Just before 1 p.m., 
a door would open and Sophie would be invited into her famous 
forebear's office — she calls it a "sacred place" — for what amounted to a 
formal audience. 

"My grandfather sat there," Sophie has written, "with his fingers in 
his mouth, suffering pain with each of his few friendly words, perhaps 
asking me whether 1 was a good girl, or whether everything was all 
right. He then tweaked my cheek and distributed a generous amount 
of weekly pocket money — eight shillings, to be exact, which was the 
cost of a ticket to the Burgtheater — to me and my brother and a weekly 



money gift to my fraulein. After that, the visit was over and we 
returned to the living room." 

The oft-replayed scene dramatized Sophie's early awareness of her 
grandfather as an important man. But it was a more singular moment 
that haunts her dreams. Years later, she wrote about it in a letter: "Just 
once, dearest Grandfather, did we walk in the garden together, in the 
summer in Grinzig while collecting nuts ... I knew that this was a 
rare and precious moment, a moment of pure joy, to be ground for- 
ever into my memory. Perhaps if you had known how much this 
little walk alone with you meant to me, you would have arranged it 
more often." 

Such plaintive yearnings permeate Living in the Shadow of the Freud 
Family, published by Praeger Press in 2007. In it, Freud interweaves her 
own account with family correspondence, recollections chronicled by 


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her brother, and a substantial memoir penned by her mother, Esti 
Drucker Freud, onetime wife of Sigmund Freuds son Martin. 

It is Esti Freud's voice that dominates the book, and Esti Freud's life 
experience that provides its narrative. Simultaneously heroine and 
antagonist, Sophie's mom emerges as a woman who is narcissistic, trou- 
bled, and troublesome, yet also colorful, talented, complex, and 
resilient. The reader cannot fail to sympathize with Esti, the grand- 
daughter of a wealthy Jewish coal merchant, who enters a promising 
but ill-fated marriage to the son ot Europe's most famous twentieth- 
century psychoanalyst, or to admire her when she steps outside the pre- 
scribed wifely role to make her own name as a performing artist and 
eventual pioneer in the nascent field of speech pathology. At the same 
time, the reader can only be repelled by her angry, emotional excesses, 
which placed heavy burdens on Sophie and her brother. 

It was in writing the book that she came to know her mother, says 
Sophie Freud, now eighty-tour, a retired social-work professor. It was 
Sophie who suggested that Esti write down her memories, which orig- 
inally appeared in a pamphlet distributed to her descendants, who 
denounced the document as angry and bitter. 

In an interview at her home six miles from Brandeis, where she now 
teaches literature courses to other elders in BOLLI, the university's life- 
long learning program, Sophie Freud said working on the book helped 
her develop compassion for her mom. "Before I began writing, " she 
noted, "I thought of Esti as such a difficult mother. Now I realize she 
was also a struggling woman who was very anxious. She was a survivor. " 

Among the roots of Esti's anxieties were her cold reception by 
Sigmund Freud, who upon first meeting had declared her "too pretty 
for our family"; his insistence on vetoing many of her parenting deci- 
sions; the philandering of her husband, whom Esti portrays as a hand- 
some ne'er-do-well; and the Freud family's holding her unilaterally 
responsible for the end of her marriage. 

Those struggles — along with her own fixation on her considerable 
beauty, talents, and brilliance — crippled her performance as a parent. 
In her self-absorption, Esti heaped all her sorrows and worries upon 
her young daughter, whose own concerns were swept aside as the 
child became the parent to the mom — or, as Sophie put it, became 
"her main significant other." More generously, Sophie says Esti 
redeemed herself somewhat when the two fled Europe for New York 
in the early 1940s. At a time when many immigrant kids were forced 
to take menial jobs to help pay the rent, Esti Freud wholeheartedly 
endorsed Sophie's desire to go to college. This support meant com- 
promising her own ability to meet even the most basic needs; at one 
point, the former hostess to elegant Viennese society wrote about sub- 
sisting for weeks at a time on just coffee. 

Through the intercession of an eminent family member — U.S. 
public relations pioneer Edward L. Bernays — Sophie gained admission 
to Radcliffe at eighteen despite difficulty reading and writing in Eng- 
lish. When the language barrier rendered her hopes for a literary career 
impractical, she decided to become a psychoanalyst like her famous 
granddad, who had died three years earlier. A dislike for science courses 
changed her direction, though, and after graduating from Radcliffe in 
1946 she enrolled at Bostons Simmons College of Social Work, where 
she earned an MSW in 1948. In her doctoral program at Brandeis's 
Heller School years later, she studied social welfare, focusing her disser- 
tation on the quality of interactions between mothers and children. 

"I chose social work because I liked to hear people's stories. It was not 
a bad choice for me," she said. "I think if I had to live life over, I would 
choose social work again. I was a just-good-enough therapist and coun- 
selor, but the field led me to teaching, which was my real strength." 

For more than thirty years, Freud was on the faculty at Simmons, 
where she not only taught courses, but also supervised graduate stu- 
dents in their field placements and internships. Married for four 

"Before I began writing, I thought of Esti as 
such a difficult mother. Now I realize she 
was also a struggling woman who was very 
anxious. She was a survivor." 

decades to engineer Paul Loewenstein, she also raised three children 
(including George Loewenstein '77), instructed aspiring teachers in the 
child study department at Tufts University, led parenting workshops in 
a variety of settings, and worked in adoption agencies and child guid- 
ance clinics. Her copious writings have taken on subjects from the 
social construction of gender to professional ethics in social work, and 
often her articles took aim at the theories of Sigmund Freud, with 
whom she grew to disagree on a range of issues. 

Was it her frustration in getting what she needed from her own 
mother that inspired her to concentrate on parenting concerns? 

Freud paused to smile before she answered indirectly. "I once asked a 
group of social-work students how many of them were 'parentified' 
children — children who had become virtual parents to their own par- 
ents — and three-quarters of the class raised their hands. I think such men 
and women, if they didn't quite rise to the unfair challenge of making 
their own parents happier, more contented people, often end up in child- 
and family-service related positions, trying to compensate for their early 
'failure' by becoming more successful with other mothers or fathers." 

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Tania Grossinger '56 

Mountain High 

By Tana Goldberg 

After summer vacation in the 1950s, Tania Grossinger '56 
would return to Brandeis and talk about the ftiends she had 
hung out with over the summer. But unlike her classmates, 
she countetl among her friends singer Eddie Fisher, heavyweight box- 
ing champion Rocky Marciano, baseball player Jackie Robinson, and 
opera singer Jan Peerce. 

For Tania Grossinger, home was the world-famous Grossinger's 
Flotel in New York's Catskill Mountains, which in the 1950s accom- 
modated tens of thousands of guests annually. Owned by her second 
cousins, Jennie and Harry Grossinger, the hotel was also home to 
Tania's mother, Karla Grossinger, the resort's social hostess, who was 
reputedly able to greet visitors in thirteen languages. 

Grossinger chronicles her unusual, dramatic upbringing in her 
memoir. Growing Up at Grossinger's. Originally published in 1975, the 
book was re-released this June by Skyhouse Publishing, which declares 
it "a contemporary classic." 

Although the hotel closed in 1986, Grossinger says interest in the 
popular resort area — so dear to Jewish vacationers that it became affec- 

"Growing up at Grossinger's, I learned to 
think for myself and not to envy money or 
possessions. I learned what I didn't want 
to be like. Some people never learn that in 
a lifetime." 

tionately known as "the Borscht Belt" — has been increasing as younger 
adults become curious about their parents' early lives. She also credits 
the era's cachet to the perennial allure ol Dirty Dancing. The 1987 film, 
which featured Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, and Jerry Orbach, was 
based on the story of a dance teacher at Grossinger's, and Eleanor 
Bergstein, Dirty Dancings writer, used information from Growing Up 
at Grossinger's in the film. 

While Tania rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, her life was 
not always glamorous. She and her mother shared a room, and Tania 
quickly learned that the folks that staff kids called "LPGs," or Lousy 
Paying Guests, always came first and were always right. If guests 
included a girl her age, she had to socialize with her, even when she 
didn't want to. She and the other hotel children circumvented this 
problem by taking young visitors into the tunnels underneath the 
hotel. There they would play hide-and-seek, making scary noises until 
the frightened newcomers went running to their mothers, vowing 
never to rub elbows with the staff children again. 

Although her formal schooling took place in Liberty, New York, 
where a staff car transported the children each day, Tania received quite 
an extracurricular education at Grossinger's. She learned to play the 
trumpet from a member of the hotel band. She picked up basketball 
tips from universit)' players who formed Grossinger's team each sum- 
mer. But she never learned to clean a room, make a bed, or roast a 
chicken, because those tasks were always performed by the house- 
keeping and kitchen staffs. 

The downside to growing up at Grossinger's was a lack of privacy. 
Her mother, as well as the aunts and uncles of the Grossinger family, 
were very busy, and Tania had no traditional sense of family life. 

Still, she learned some important life lessons at an early age. 

"Growing up at Grossinger's, I learned to think for myself and not 
to envy money or possessions. I learned what I didn't want to be like. 
Some people never learn that in a lifetime," she says. 

After completing high school at fifteen, Tania was admitted to 
Brandeis, where she frequently received care packages made by Rocky 
Marciano's mother, who lived in Brockton, Massachusetts, and felt bad 
when she heard Grossinger had never had a home-cooked meal. One of 
the packages was delivered to the dorm by the boxing champion himself. 

To the campus's delight, Tania used the trumpet-playing skills she 
had honed in the Catskills to form a Brandeis mambo band, Tania y 
sus Mamboleros. Her group often entertained soldiers at Fort Devens. 

Some things she had learned at Grossinger's got her into trouble, 
though. For example, a hypnotist who entertained at the resort had 
shared with her the skills of the trade. When Grossinger's Brandeis 
roommate expressed skepticism, Tania hypnotized her, using the 
word "strawberry " as a trigger. The next day, as the two girls attended 
a large history class in Ford Hall, Grossinger whispered "strawberry," 
and suddenly her roommate stood up and belted out "The Star 
Spangled Banner," she says. 

That night. Dr. Abraham Maslow, chairman of the psychology 
department, visited Grossinger in her dorm. When she told him she 
wanted to major in psychology, he said, "I'd better become your 
adviser, because, if not, you can get us all in trouble." 

While attending on a full scholarship, Grossinger also worked many 
hours each week in the university's public relations department. In that 
role, she was chosen to be the student tour guide of Massachusetts 
senator John F. Kennedy when he first visited Brandeis. 

In the years following graduation, Grossinger married briefly and 
built a career in public relations and as a writer. She had her own PR 
agency for a while and was one of the first publicists to put authots 
on talk shows. Over the course of her career, she worked with clients 
ranging from feminist author Betty Friedan to Playboy magazine. 


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As a travel writer, food writer, and restaurant consultant, she has 
penned articles for national newspapers and magazines. Currently 
she is the travel and lifestyle correspondent for Sally Jessy Raphael's 
new nationally syndicated radio, XM satellite radio, and Internet 
talk show, TalkNet. 

"This means I travel any place I want in the world and then go on 
the air and talk about it," says Grossinger, who chronicles her latest 
projects on her Web site, 

"When I visit other hotels, I don't compare them to Grossinger's," she 
says, "because no hotel w;is ever like Grossinger's, and no hotel ever will be. 
I've never quite agreed with those who say you can't go home ^ain. On 
the contrary, I spend more time wondering if you can ever really leave." 

Tana Goldberg is a freelance writer based in Woburn, Massachusetts. She 
also serves as director of communications at Solomon Schechter Day School 
in Newton, Massachusetts. 


Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, MFA'86, PhD'89 

of Celebrity 

By Judy Rakowsky 

Three teenage granddaughters of an iconic late literary critic are 
swept into the maelstrom ot instant stardom as the new "it" girls 
after the Neiv Yorker publishes photographs of them and their fit- 
teen-year-old brother. 

But Paris Hilton clones they are not. 

Tl)ree Girls and Their Brother, the first novel by award-winning play- 
wright and celebrated screenwriter Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, MFA'86, 
PhD'89, telegraphs from its earliest pages that the "it" girls, gorgeous 
redheads who find themselves propelled onto the catwalks and billboards 
of the New York modeling world, are not empry-headed. 

The girls' grandfather was Leo Heller, a famed literary critic from the 
1950s best known for an essay called "The Terror of the New." His 
descendants are thus inoculated with some inherited seykhl, or com- 
mon sense, against the new and vacuous milieu. They need those brains 

and sawv' too because their mother, a former beauty queen, has no 
qualms about them sacrificing schooling and more for "making it." 

With an absent father who is devoted to his second wife, the stage is 
set for the Heller granddaughters to be "abducted by the culture," as 
Rebeck put it in an interview with Brandeis University Magazine. 

Rebeck satirizes the worlds of celebrity and media with a firm hand. A 
2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Omnium Gatherum, which she co-wrote, 
she also won the National Theatre Conference Award and the William 
Inge New Voices Playwriting Award. She has published three volumes of 
her plays and a book of comedic essays about writing and show business, 
Free Fire Zone. Her Broadway play Mauritius was originally produced at 
Boston's Huntington Theatre, where it received two imponant regional 
honors: the 2007 Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best 
New Play, and the Elliot Norton Award. Her television scripts have also 

brought her an array of prizes, inckiding the Mystery Writers of America's 
Edgar Award and the Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama. 

With Hollywood and Broadway under her belt, Rebeck does not need 
firsthand experience in the modeling world to make the celebrity syco- 
phants in the tale ring true. She clearly has seen her share of caricatures 
up close, and she gives readers a wry peek into the theater world when 
Amelia, fourteen, transitions from model to off-Broadway actress. The 
celebrity culture is lampooned best through the sarcastic prisms of 
Amelia, who is far from enamored of the sisters' newfound stardom, and 
Philip, the brother who is cast aside by the star-besotted mother. 

Philip kicks off the novel, wondering whether he'll ever get a decent 
meal again with three siblings pursuing careers that require starvation. 
But he sets a tone of genuine affection for his sisters, which ultimately 
guides the plot. 

Misguided adults and distorted society values propel the Heller 
women on inexorable paths toward destruction as Rebeck moves the 
narrative with the kinetic intensity of pursuing paparazzi. 

She gives Amelia and seventeen-year-old Polly enough moxie to tell off 
defenders of the warped universe. They hold the microphone for Rebeck's 
views and are her vehicle for humanizing superheated celebrities. 

"I wanted these supposedly larger-than-life people to be comprehen- 
sible to us," says Rebeck. "We don't know what's in Lindsay Lohan's 
heart. We don't have that opportunity." 

Rebeck, who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, 
could not be less like the mother in the book. "I want more for my chil- 
dren than stardom," she says. 

Ultimately, Rebeck lets her protagonists save themselves. It is an old- 
fashioned sensibility — marked by sibling teamwork and the moral high 
ground of youth — that triumphs. 

"On some level, their bond is stronger than the forces arrayed against 
them," she says. "It's slightly old-fashioned that in fact your siblings, 
your family, can save you." 

Having grown up in Ohio as one of five children, Rebeck says she 
drew on her family's dinner-table repartee for the perfectly pitched con- 
versation among her teenage characters. Those sibling bonds become 
the bedrock of any large family, she says, noting, "You raise each other. " 

Rebeck says she blurred the Heller grandchildren's cultural identity 
on purpose. After his first marriage to the Catholic beauty queen, their 
Jewish father remarries a Jewish woman and becomes absorbed in his 
new family. But the four children he leaves behind identify as neither 
Jewish nor Catholic. 

"They are sort of deliberately not anything culturally," the author 
says. "Part of the reason they are such easy prey to the sharks in the cul- 
tural shark pit is that they don't have a cultural identity," she says. 

Rebeck's own versatility and strength as a writer may owe a lot to her 
immersion in the study of literature in her seven years of graduate work 
at Brandeis, where she earned an MA in English, an MFA in theater, 
and a PhD in Victorian melodrama. 

She acknowledges many strong literary influences, from Dickens to 
Tennessee Williams, and her comfort with multiple forms and styles. 

"I think I have a wide-ranging body of knowledge to pull from," 
she says. 

Her credits depict considerable versatility, from produced feature 
films such as Catwoman, Harriet the Spy, and Gossip, to the independent 
feature Sunday on the Rocks. 

For television, she has been a writer and producer for Qinterbury's 
Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and NYPD Blue. She also 
has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American 
Dreamer AJaximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. 

But that writing pedigree did not diminish the difficulty of tackling 
the novel, she says. In fact, the fifry-page first section, written from rhe 

"I wanted these supposedl-y larger-than-life 
people to be comprehensible to us. We 
don't know what's in Lindsay Lohan's heart. 
We don't have that opportunity." 

perspective of Philip, took her two years. Even though she was telling a 
story through language and action, as in a play or on-screen drama, she 
found this task "a real challenge," Rebeck says, explaining, "For the 
novel, I had to go to a different part of my brain." 

The other three hundred pages went more quickly, but she says she had 
to drive herself and make a conscious commitment to finish the book. 

"I felt so strongly that I had to finish it," she says, noting that she had 
the strange experience, portrayed by Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello 
in Six Characters in Search of an Author, of creating characters that then 
insist on living. "Those characters were so alive in some other universe." 

Now she is writing her second novel, and has discovered, to her dis- 
may, that it is no easier than the first, even though she has written three 
plays since Three Girls and Their Brother 

The excruciating challenge of novel writing may diminish in time, 
she hopes. 

"If you do something a lot you get really good at it," she says. "I'm 
promised the third will be easier." 

Judy Rakowsky is a Boston-based freelance writer. 

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From Coney Island to Shea Stadium is a short trip— except when 
you travel via Mexico, Taiwan, and, oh, yes, Brandeis. 



Figueroa keeps his dreams alive as a 

starting pitclier for tlie New Orleans Zephyrs, 

the New Yori< Mets' Triple-A farm team. 

At five-foot-eleven, Figueroa was short for 
a pitcher, but his Brandeis coaches recall that 
he impressed them with his poise, intelligence, 
and understanding of his craft. 

he odds that a Brandeis graduate 
could become, say, another Louis 
Brandeis or Abbie Hoffman '59 or 
even Christie Hefner '77 are far more favor- 
able than those surmounted by Nelson 
Figueroa '96 on his way to becoming the first 
and only Brandeis graduate to make it to base- 
ball's major leagues. 

In fact, that Figueroa ever made it to 
Brandeis from the hardscrabble projects of 
Coney Island is itself a singular triumph. 

Since his arrival in Waltham in 1991, 
Figueroa's remarkable athletic journey has 
taken him from April double-headers against 
the likes of MIT, WPI, and Bridgewater State 
to stints with nineteen professional teams in 
five nations. Included in this extraordinary 
run has been duty with major-league teams in 
Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Arizona, and Pitts- 
burgh, as well as his home team, the New York 
Mets. In 2000 he was even traded along with 
three Arizona teammates for current Red Sox 
World Series pitching hero Curt Schilling. 

Not even the ersatz tale of Sidd Finch, the 
barefooted Buddhist, Ivy League, flame- 
throwing New York Met phenom conjured up 
by the late George Plimpton as an April Fool's 
joke for Sports Illustrated, is a match for the 
real-life saga of Figueroa. 

One of the maxims of baseball scouting 
holds that right-handed pitchers who stand 
less than six feet tall, regardless of talent, rarely 
get more than a passing glance from scouts or 
coaches. In rare cases exceptions are made. 
Former Brandeis assistant coach (and current 
Wheaton head coach) Eric Podbelski remem- 
bers the first time he and Brandeis head coach 
Pete Varney saw the then five-foot-eleven-inch 
Figueroa throw the ball. "Nelson was pitching 
for a Brooklyn Youth Services team at Nipper 
Maher Field in Waltham in 1991," he says. 
"We'd heard about his talent, knew he was an 
excellent student, and hoped he might con- 
sider Brandeis. Nowadays every college on the 
East Coast would have been after him, but to 
our knowledge only Fordham and possibly 
one other Division I school had approached 
him. At the time, his slight build may have 
scared off some programs, but we were 
thrilled he came to Waltham." 

Recalls Varney, "Nelson impressed us with 
his poise and intelligence. The fact that he was 
president of his high-school class and pos- 
sessed pitching aptitude beyond his years 
made him a valued member of our team. All I 

could do as a coach was mold his pitching tal- 
ent and hope that he caught the eye of scouts. 
We knew we had a special player in Nelson." 

For his part, Figueroa recalls, "For me, it was 
all about using baseball to help me get a great 
education. The dream was always to play pro- 
fessionally, but why not tn,' to do both? It was 
also the big-fish-in-a-small-pond theor\'. All the 
Division I schools that contacted me told me 
that I probably wouldn't start until my junior 
year, and I wanted to get looked at as soon as 
possible. 1 felt that at Brandeis I'd possibly get a 
shot at the Cape Cod League, where I could 
play with Division I players and prove that 1 
could handle my own." 

Varney, a Harvard graduate and former 
major-league catcher for the White Sox and 
Braves, proved the perfect mentor for the tal- 
ented right-hander. "In the beginning," 
Figueroa says, "I felt I was a good enough ath- 
lete to both play the outfield and pitch. How- 
ever, Coach Varney made it clear to me that 
pitching was the ticket to my future. I'd say it 
took the coach a good two months of daily 
talks to convince me that, because of my body 
size, strength, and power, I wasn't going to be 
a pro prospect as an outfielder," he says. 

Podbelski remembers being impressed at 
how quickly the freshman became a member 
of the team's starting rotation. "He was a bit 
like Dice-K in that he had to be reined in a 
bit, as we feared he would throw too much 
and hurt his arm," he says, "but he under- 
stood all the little things about pitching and 
approached it as a craft." 

Longtime Chicago Cub and Major League 
Baseball scout Len Merullo, who left Villanova 
University in 1937 to pursue his major-league 
dreams with the Cubs, found Figueroa unfor- 
gettable. "When Nelson took to the pitching 
mound," he says, "it all seemed to come very 
naturally to him. The way he toed the rubber 
and carried himself indicated his command of 
his craft. Because of his medium build, he was 
not a big thrower and had to impress batters 
with his intelligence, timing, and finesse. After 
I'd seen him once, I made a note to myself that 
this is a guy I've got to see again. This was rarely 
the case with Division III players." 

It was just after Figueroa's sophomore year 
that Varney sensed his ace had professional 
potential and made several phone calls on 
behalf of his top starter. His persistence helped 
Figueroa secure the final roster spot on the 
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was there that Merullo and others added 
Figueroa's name to their scouting reports. 

Remembering his once-in-a-lifetime oppor- 
tunity, Figueroa says, "Pitching for the Ware- 
ham Gatemen as the twenty-sixth man on the 
team, I worked my way up from mop-up duty 
to making the starting rotation and finally the 
league All-Star team. When I returned to Bran- 
deis that fall, I started getting calls from teams 

classes that used to conflict with baseball prac- 
tice. Here I was able to take night classes and 
even some classes at Bendey, marine biology 
and things like that." 

Figueroa's transition to the pro ranks wasn't 
as hard as he'd imagined. "I hit the ground 
running as soon as I signed with the Mets. I 
put up great numbers right away and moved 
along pretty quickly. " 

1 felt I was a good enough athlete to both 
play the outfield and pitch. However, 
Coach Varney made it clear to me that 
pitching was the ticket to my future." 

and soon was receiving questionnaires in the 
mail regarding my pitching. That spring, as the 
draft approached, I also got calls asking me 
how much money it would take for me to sign. 
Right then and there I knew I'd have a chance 
to play pro ball — and what made it even better 
was that it was the New York Mets that even- 
tually called. " 

Within ten months, Figueroa joined the 
ranks of the Brandeis graduates to sign profes- 
sional baseball contracts (there are eighteen as 
of 2008). He signed with his boyhood team, 
the New York Mets, after being selected in the 
thirtieth round of the 1995 June draft. 

He recalls how diflficult it was to decide to 
leave Brandeis, even temporarily. "I was drafted 
in the thirtieth round and was offered $2,500 
and my final year's tuition at Brandeis. That 
wasn't the dream you have as a kid, with the 
car, the house, and everything else you could 
buy. However, my mom sat down with me and 
asked, 'What have you always wanted to be 
since you were a little boy?' and I replied that it 
was to be a professional baseball player. 'Well,' 
she said, 'the Mets are giving you a chance to 
do that. The money will come. Don't worry 
about the money.' By making it that simple, 
she helped me to realize this would get me a 
step closer to my dream of being a major- 
league player. 1 knew I could finish up my 
studies by returning in the fall after the season 
was over. It ended up being my most satisfying 
time at Brandeis, because I could finally take 

After five years of preparation in towns like 
Kingsport, Tennessee; Binghamton, New 
York; and Tucson, Arizona, Figueroa made it 
to the major leagues as a member of the 
Phillies in 2000. Since then he has played for 
five other major-league organizations and 

Figueroa hurls one for the New York Mets In the Brooklyn native's hometown field of dreams. 

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pitched just under three hundred innings 
spread over five seasons. During this time he 
underwent two major shoulder surgeries and 
endured the stressful existence of a spot starter 
and middle-relief specialist. 

Figueroa describes his situation as almost a 
sports version o( A Chorus Line. "On the field 
I've always felt I've been auditioning to stay. 
Staying in the major leagues is the hardest 
thing, while getting to the major leagues was 
and is the dream. Remaining on top of the 
pyramid is very hard, because there are a lot of 
guys trying to knock you off " 

With the support of his wife, Alise '94, and 
their daughter, Renee, Figueroa has pursued his 

By that point — in February 2008 — the 
Mets had called to invite Figueroa to spring 
training. Although he was one of the last play- 
ers cut on the last day of spring training, his 
fortunes changed again a few days later fol- 
lowing an injury to Met ace and future Hall 
of Famer Pedro Martinez. Assigned to the 
organization's New Orleans farm team, 
Figueroa received a call from the Mets and 
was told to prepare for a starting assignment. 

Figueroa takes a deep breath before 
describing his memorable first start in the 
majors after a four-year absence. 

On April 10, the night before his return to 
the mound at Shea Stadium, he decided to 

wanted to prove a lot of people wrong and 
Sonne people right especially those in the Mets 
organization who'd placed their faith in nne." 

Figueroa went into Taiwan's championship 
series as a backup player and came out as 
series MVP. 

dream with heroic resolve and an open mind 
and suitcase. Over the past year his odyssey has 
taken him to places he hadn't visited since his 
New York City Friendship Team brought him 
to Japan and China as a twelve-year-old. 

Last spring, he says, he headed to Mexico 
after being one of the last pitchers cut by the 
Seattle Mariners. Despite his recent shoulder 
surgery, he "did well down there and even 
won their All-Star game," Figueroa says. Next 
came Taiwan, where he started as a backup to 
rwo American pitchers; after one of them was 
hurt, he stepped in and won nine games in 
the regular season and three in the champi- 
onship series. "I was named series MVP and 
soon was headed to Japan for the Asia Cup, 
where I won a game," he reports happily. 

Figueroa braced himself for calls from major- 
league teams, but none came. Determined to 
continue playing, he accepted an offer from the 
Dominican League, joining the Santiago team 
just in time for the playoffs, where he won all 
four of his starts and became the series MVP 
while helping lead his team to a championship. 
Then, after five days' rest back in New York, he 
was tapped to return to Santiago and pitch in 
the Caribbean World Series for Mexico. 

sleep in his mom's three-bedroom apartment 
in Brooklyn. 

"There were eight of us there that night, 
and, though it was cramped, it was home," he 
says, musing, "Id always wondered whether, 
if I ever pitched for the Mets, would I live at 
home, in an apartment, or in a big house? 
When the time finally arrived, I felt the best 
way for me to have peace of mind and not 
dwell on my game preparation was to be at 
home surrounded by my family and their love 
and support. I knew that win or lose I could 
always come home to them. 

"1 woke up on April 1 1 as calm as could be, 
with the confidence I could compete. 1 also 
wanted to prove a lot of people wrong and 
some people right, especially those in the Mets 
organization who'd placed their faith in me." 

In spite of foggy and cold weather, Figueroa 
remembers having the feeling that "some- 
thing special" could happen. As he threw his 
first pitch for a strike, he became more relaxed 
and continued to retire more hitters. 

"Next thing I knew, 1 looked up, and I'd 
retired fourteen straight," he says. "It was 
then I started thinking. What ifi' " he says, 
keenly aware that no Mets pitcher had ever 


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thrown a no-hitter in the team's forty-six-year 
history. "I always count outs during a game, 
with the goal of getting twenty-seven. I even 
yell to my shortstop, 'I need X number of outs 
to finish the game." When I walked the next 
batter, the Shea Stadium crowd gave me a 
standing ovation, and when the next batter 
hit a home run I quickly forgot the lost shot 
at a no-hitter and shutout and simply focused 
on getting the victory. 

"It was such a great feeling to watch Billy 
Wagner come in and nail down the win for 
me. The sight of my family going crazy in the 
stands with the crowd giving me a standing 
ovation was something I'll never forget. Not 
only did Billy shut the door on the Brewers, 
but he helped make the evening extra special 
by allowing my family to use his luxury box 
for the game. This memory will be etched in 
my mind and heart forever. " 

Shortly after his inspired return, the Mets 
returned Figueroa to New Orleans. Ever the 
realist, Figueroa reflects, "Living the dream is 

a lot harder than it seems, especially getting to 
this point where financially you feel you are 
OK. I am not looking toward the end of my 
career, as I feel I am very much in the midst 
of it. I know I can continue to play for a long 
time, and 1 am excited at that prospect. The 
long grind I've experienced coming back has 
allowed me to enjoy the game once again." 

Former Brandeis coach Podbelski says of 
his protege, "Nelson's career has been about 
beating the odds. It is hard to calculate the 
odds for a Brandeis graduate to make the big 
leagues, much less persevere through a series 
of injuries and operations. He's traveled a 
hard road that would have made a lot of men 
cash in their chips and go home. Nelson has 
always had to double prove himself." 

Richard A. Johnson is the curator of the Sports 
Museum in Boston and the author or coauthor 
of eighteen books, including A Century of 
Boston Sports, The Boston Braves, and Red 
Sox Century. 

Back on the New Orleans Delta after 
his stint with the Mets, Figueroa plans 
to keep pursuing his passion. 

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^ Jk ^ 't-''i 1 W35 accepted into the 
m^\M Brandeis graduate program in the- 
P' ater design, my parents were 

ecstatic. Perhaps part of it was that they felt 
my decision to get a graduate degree would be 
some compensation for my loss of interest in 
medical school, but some of their enthusiasm 
came from their certainty that I was going to 
meet "a nice Jewish girl. " I explained to them 
that Brandeis was a secular liberal arts univer- 
sity and that the mixture of students would 
reflect its worldly outlook. That caveat did not 
dampen their hopes. 

How we deal with our heritage and identity 
is as complex an affair as the human mind can 
produce, laden with enough psychological 

insights to fill a textbook. I never married a 
nice Jewish girl (although 1 did marry a very 
nice woman indeed), but Brandeis has had a 
great deal to do with how 1 have dealt with my 
Jewish identity, often in subtle ways. 

In 1997 I read an article in Civilization 
called Guidebook to a Land of Ghosts, by 
Michael Chabon. It was inspired by a book 
called Say It in Yiddish, and it perpetually 
haunts my memory. It was a putative guide- 
book to Yiddish, as if a land that spoke that 
language still existed somewhere. The biting 
irony of its conceit is still with me. 

I had always loved the culture of Europe, 
and as a practicing theater artist I embraced 
every opportunity I could to soak up the art 

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Emulating drawing teacher Robert Moody of Brandeis's theater department, 
Feiner was encouraged to interpret his travels in illustration. Feiner's take on the 
Baroque architecture in the ancient city of Lecce, on the heel of the Italian 
peninsula, resembles a rendering for a scenic background. 

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and architecture of the places theater takes 
us to. I was dating a woman who was a child 
of Romanian Holocaust survivors; they had 
been "allowed" to emigrate to Israel during the 
time of the Cecescu regime's covert policy of 
"selling" that privilege for a fee. She was a great 
traveling companion, not in the least because 
she spoke about seven languages; her culti- 
vated, Austro-Hungarian Mittel-Enropeati out- 

look corresponded in some ways to how I saw 
myself or wanted to think of myself as a self- 
proclaimed "secular" Jew. 

On our first trip to Europe together, she 
insisted on going to the old Jewish area and 
synagogue in Rome, and in Amsterdam we 
visited the Anne Frank house and Jewish 
Museum. These "Jewish tourism" itineraries 
resonated with me, and I adopted the same 

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Feiner's three-dimensional, mixed-media composite "Deposition" depicts ttie bodies of prisoners being 
removed after a public tianging. Ttie piece refers not to a specific incident, but rattier to a common prac- 
tice in the "lagers," or German prison camps. Drawing upon Christian iconography, the artist was making a 
comparative reference to New Testament accounts of Christ's removal from the cross at Golgotha. 

habit of going out of my way to look at the 
most minor oi tourist "attractions" when they 
were associated with Judaism. The things I 
have seen range from one-room synagogues in 
small Portuguese towns to plaques that com- 
memotate Nazi deportations. Here is an all- 
too-familiar conundrum: my own Europhilic 
attitude was at odds with the history of anti- 
Semitism and the disquieting succession of 
purposeful omission and distortion that is still 
pervasive. Mostly I find myself made uneasy 
by little things, like the absence of a reference 
to the racial aspects of the victims on the 
plaque 1 mentioned. But sometimes there are 
bigger issues, such as a troubling exchange 
with a guide at Auschwitz that I will describe 
below. Sometimes the experiences are oddly 
dreamlike or unreal, like going to Kazmirez in 
Krakow and finding a tourist area built on its 
identity as a historical Jewish neighborhood. 
You can go there and eat cholent in a number 
of Jewish restaurants that advertise Klezmer 
music and festivals of Jewish culture, but, like 
the land of the Yiddish guidebook, it is illu- 
sory. There are no Jews there anymore. 

The Jewish Museum and Cemetery of 
Prague has an evocative power like nothing 
else. The piled-up, tumbling headstones are a 
metaphor for the Jewish experience in 
Europe; forced together in a choking death, 
thete is nothing left but the crumbling stones 
of this once-vibrant culture. The second time 
I visited the site I took a yarmulke at the 
entrance to the synagogue. (On my first visit, 
1 had been ashamed because 1 realized I had 
neglected to take one.) When I was exiting 
the complex through the cemetery, 1 placed 
my yarmulke a little carelessly in the collec- 


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Viewing the Jewisti cemetery at Prague, Feiner noted, "Ttie piled-up, tumbling tieodstones are a metaphor for the Jewish experience in Europe: forced together 
in a choking death, there is nothing left but the crumbling stones of the once-vibrant culture." He captured those feelings in sketches above and below right. 

tion box provided for them. I had my sketch- 
book and wanted to find a place to draw. 
When I turned to look back at my prospec- 
tive drawing, one of the guards had picked 
up my yarmulke, and carefully — reverently, 
in fact — folded it up and placed it in the box. 
How valued we Jews seemed now that our 
culture was only a memory! How strange 
that, unlike the Romans or Egyptians, we still 
existed vibrantly in places like New York 
while the sites of our history, these formerly 
Yiddish lands, were filled with empty monu- 
ments now revered by the descendants of 
those who once despised us! 

When I finally visited Auschwitz, the expe- 
rience was a perverse culmination of Euro- 
pean Jewish tourism. On a bitter day in an 
unusually cold June, I was on a tour through 
the complex. (Using the word "tour" does not 
feel right, as if I would then have stopped at 
the "gift shop " to send my family and friends 
postcards.) I was immensely impressed by the 
guide; she was knowledgeable; holding a 

demeanor appropriate for such a place. She 
was direct and businesslike without being 
unfriendly or severe. But the thing I found 
most impressive was the matter-of-fact way 
the guide gave out information that was rea- 
sonably unvarnished; it was unsentimental, 
but not harsh. I still remember how directly 
she stated that Birkenau was a "death camp," 
not a "concentration camp," and that it was 
meant primarily for the Jews. Other types of 
prisoners — Poles, political prisoners, or those 
whom the Nazis considered deviants, like 
homosexuals — were likely to be sent to the 
concentration camp. There was no attempt to 
mitigate the Final Solution as an agenda 
directed against the Jews. Such equivocation 
had long been prevalent as a means of under- 
cutting the prominence of Nazi anti- 
Semitism; the "we all suffered" tack is still 
used with great currency. 

Toward the end of our tour, as our group 
was standing in the guard tower with the hol- 
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"Crowds abused Jewish citizens, breaking their windows (Kristallnachtj. attacking them, and damaging their property," the artist said. For this disturbing 
sculpturol retelling of an assault on a Jewish home, Feiner chose the ironic title "Annunciation," borrowing the term used by Christians to designate the 
moment when the Archangel Gabriel reportedly visited the virgin Man/ to inform her she was with child. 

Note the faces in this detail from 

Annunciof/on. Feiner reports 

getting the effect he wanted by 

mechanically reducing actual 

photographs from the events 

described, drawing over them, 

and "colloging" them into his 

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us, a member ot the group asked the guide 
about how the local population acted during 
the Holocaust. I leaned in to hear how she 
would answer this question. With the same 
distanced aplomb, our guide essentially 
denied the compliciu' of local populations in 
the suffering of their neighbors. The same 
slick professionalism I had admired became a 
source of distress. I was despondent at the 
denial exhibited by such a knowledgeable and 
intelligent person. 

With every journey, 1 thought more and 
more about an art project that would give 
expression to my feelings of Jewish identity. 
I had long had the habit of sketching when 
I traveled. Theater design students at Brandeis 
are immersed in drawing. Most programs in 
other universities at best pack budding 
designers off to the art department to study 
drawing. A calling card of Brandeis's program 
was that the department had its own drawing 
teacher. Professor Robert Moody had a pro- 
found influence on me, as he does on anyone 
who comes through the program. 

Bob is devoted to his discipline and was 
always going into the field to draw. WTien he 
went to Europe on a sabbatical, he brought 
back a sketchbook filled with drawings. 
Inspired, I soon became a convert; we used to 
compare the places we had been and the 
drawings we had made. This was a perfect 
means to explore our love for art and architec- 

deportee-prisoner. I eventually chang 
the scope ot the pieces from drawings to com- 
posite mixed-media maquettes, dimensional 
pieces that often serve as smaller preliminary 
studies. The forms now drew on my model- 
making training at Brandeis as a set designer 
as well as my drawing skills. I assembled them 
on a sculptured base of wire mesh and wood 
scraps, stratifying cut and torn paper and 
paper boards that had layers peeled away. 

It was difficult to find the right approach 
to the laces of the subjects. In the first 
attempts (before the pieces became three- 
dimensional), they were drawn, but that did 
not feel right. Finally I settled on an 
approach that was more satisfying: I reduced 
actual photographs from the events described 
and coUaged them onto the base of torn 
paper before drawing over it. 

Like the conceit of a "post card from 
Auschwitz, " the scheme I selected is ironic, 
based on Christian iconography. The piece in 
which a mob is about to break into a 
Jewish house is Annunciation; the removal ot 
hanging victims is Deposition. Of the eleven 
pieces I planned as a cycle, two are complete, 
three are started, and two preliminary studies 
have been finished. After getting a small 
initial grant to begin work, 1 have allowed the 
project to languish. 1 always hope to return to 
it. Every time I travel, drawing pad in hand, 
I am reminded of my neglect. Then, if I 

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ture immersed in another culture: it is the 
outward gaze of liberal education's embrace of 
the world — and in the best sense in which a 
teacher teaches — he led me to my passion 
through the generosity of letting me share his. 
Characteristically I chose my subjects based 
on a combination of aesthetic and practical 
reasons (like the immediacy ot its visceral pic- 
torial impact and the availability of shade). 
But one of my trips to Prague, on which 
I made several sketches at the cemeterv, made 
me wonder about using my travel drawings as 
a means of exploring my Jewishness. Those 
first drawings morphed into a series envi- 
sioned as following the experiences of the 

happen upon a small abandoned synagogue 
or a barely noticeable plaque that almost 
unintelligibly refers to a people scarcely 
remembered from that place, I try to gather 
my resolve to find the resources to continue. 
It is part of my identity, waiting to be under- 
stood better than I presently have the means 
to command. 

Harry Feiner graduated from Brandeis's theater 
arts program in 1978 with ati MFA in design 
and technical theater. He lives in New York 
City. He is a scenic and lighting designer for 
theater, opera, and dance, and teaches at Queens 
College, CUNY, u'here he is a professor of 
drama, theater, and dance. 

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Political commentator William Schneider 'BB urges grads to exert influence on public life 

In the main address at Brandeis's 
fifty-seventh Commencement exercises, 
CNN senior political analyst William 
Schneider '66 urged 1,500 newly 
minted graduates to become politically 
involved in uniting the country after decades 
of divisive, rancorous politics. 

"Politics has become exciting again, " said 
Schneider, who was awarded an honorary doc- 
torate in humane letters during the May 18 
ceremony at the Gosman Sports and Convoca- 
tion Center "Voter turnout across the country 
is breaking all records. People are throwing 
money at the candidates. The Internet is 
creating new ways for voters to get involved. 
And the audience for politics — oh, bless their 
hearts — keeps growing and growing. " 

In a wry speech interrupted by cheers and 
applause on several occasions, Schneider 
exhorted the Class of 2008 to exert its influ- 
ence on public life. 

"Voters are looking for a candidate who can 
deliver what George W. Bush promised way 
back in 1999, when he first announced he was 
running for president — and it was a promise 
he failed to deliver," Schneider said. "[Bush] 
said, 'I intend to be a uniter, not a divider" 
And so my generation leaves your generation 
with this charge, when it comes to the coun- 
try's politics: We broke it, you fix it." 

Schneider, whom the Washington Tiniei has 
dubbed "the nation's electionmeister," has 
been named one of the fifty most influential 
Washington journalists by Washingtoiwnian 
magazine. He is also a contributing editor to 
the National Journal AnA x]:\e Atlantic Monthly. 

At Commencement, Brandeis bestowed 
826 bachelor's degrees, 614 master's degrees, 
and 84 doctorates. 

In addition to Schneider, four othet distin- 
guished professionals received honorary 
degrees: James Carroll, the novelist and jour- 
nalist whose writings on politics, religion, 
and culture have challenged and inspired 
readers in America and elsewhere; Dr. Helene 
Gayle, president of CARE USA, a leading 
humanitarian organization based in Atlanta; 
Stephen Kay, a member and past chairman of 
the Brandeis board of trustees and former 
senior director at Goldman Sachs in Boston; 
and Karen K. Uhlenbeck, MA'67, PhD"68, 
the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents 
Chair in Mathematics at the University of 
Texas at Austin. 

Harkening back to deep scepticism over 
Brandeis's founding sixty years ago. President 
Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, reminded the grad- 
uates to accept challenges and believe in 
accomplishment against the odds [see com- 
plete text of speech, pages 36-37]. 

"Sometimes you've got to dream, you've got 
to have vision, even if the people around you 
don't," Reinharz said. 

Brandeis International Business School 
(IBS) honored its 2008 graduates with a 
Commencement ceremony earlier in the day. 
Arthur L. Goldstein, chairman and chief 
executive officer emeritus of Ionics, delivered 
the keynote address. This year, IBS conferred 
degrees on 191 students from more than 
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Folloiving are remarks delivered by President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, at 
the university s fifty-seventh Cormnencement exercises. 

Today is a very special day, not only in the lives of all of you who are 
graduating, but also in the life of this great university. 

Everyone knows that Brandeis University opened sixty years ago, in 
the fall ot 1948. But not everyone knows how significant the establish- 
ment of this university was and continues to be. 

For one minute, let's look at what the conditions were at the time we 
opened. Any market researcher would have said, "Forget it. There already 
are too many schools in the Boston area. In fact, there are more than sixt}' 
colleges and universities, many of them already world-famous." 

Another consultant would have said, "If you are going to open a school, 
don't name it Brandeis, because, after all, Louis Brandeis died seven years 
ago in 1941, and he did not leave any money to create a university in his 
name. Who is going to give money if the school is already named?" 

The third would have said, "Do you realize that the campus you have 
just acquired has exactly two buildings, one of which is a bizarre castle 
and the other is a stable? " 

Our fourth, very well-paid consultant would have said, "Do you 
realize that the strange group of men who have come together as your 
so-called founding board ot trustees have, for the most part, not even 
finished high school, never mind gone to college? What do they know 
about higher education? ' 

And finally, the last consultant would have said, "Who's going to 
enroll in an unaccredited school?" 

Lest you think this is a fantasy scenario, listen to these words of 
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, one of the great leaders of the Jewish world at 
the time, who in 1947, a year before the university was founded, wrote 
to Dr. Abram Sachar, then candidate for the presidency of Brandeis 
University, who was contemplating whether or not to take the job. 
Here is what Rabbi Wise wrote: 

"I want you ... to know that I cannot think of a greater disaster that 
could befall you than to tie yourself up with Brandeis University. There is 
no Brandeis University. I want to save you . . . from the shame and the 
humiliation that will be yours if you commit to the terrible blunder of 
associating your honored name with the name of an institution, which, in 
my judgment, will hardly come into being . . . Beware of this! You will be 
enmeshed in something that will bring you nothing but pain and hurt and 
even shame if you associate yourself with Brandeis University. " 

I love reading this letter because creating Brandeis University was so 
"out-of-the-box" — such a grand and bold idea — that even people who 
were considered very perceptive couldn't hrthom what the founders 
were doing. Timid people could have listened to the naysayers. They 
could have abandoned their dreams. They could have let the obstacles 
stand in their way. But they didn't. 

Why didn't the skeptics grasp the big idea of Brandeis University? Why 
did the actual founders of Brandeis — men who had almost no academic 
experience or credentials — insist that they could create a university, and 
that the university they had in mind would not just exist, but be special? 

Special in many ways: Special in the kinds of values it would represent 
and foster. Special in its need-blind admissions policy from the start. 
They took it for granted that the new university would be academically 
excellent, and that was demonstrated immediately by the kind of 
faculty they were able to attract. But that wasn't enough. They also 
insisted that it be special in another way — that, unlike many of the uni- 
versities in the country and in this region at the time, Brandeis would be 
tree of quotas and discrimination ot any sort. 

Those of you graduating today might not realize how revolutionary 
that idea was in 1948 — and would be well into the 1960s. Brandeis 
University was to become, in the words of its founding president, Abe 
Sachar, "a host at last" — a place where the Jewish people would create 
a university open to all, regardless ot race, class, gender, or religion. 

Stephen Wise counseled against establishing Brandeis University, but 
he was not the last of the naysayers. The criticism ot the university tor 
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understand what we were doing. In response to one of these critics who 
thought the university would have trouble gaining support if it broad- 
cast its commitment to racial, religious, and gender justice, George 
Alpert, chairman of the Brandeis board of trustees, wrote a letter in 
1952 in which he said the following: 

"It is a lofty ideal, that of hoping that someday all the world will dis- 
regard the color of a man's skin and his mode ot worship, and will view 
him for his worth and accomplishments alone. If our university, even in 
small measure, can contribute to this ideal, I feel its existence will be well 
justified. But we cannot hope to approach that ideal if we yield in any 
degree to the bias ot any group against any other." 

Fast-forward to 2008. 

So, here we are sixty years later. We have gone from rwo to 105 
buildings and we still have the castle. We've got a fabulous faculty, 

"I am proud to say that the ideal of social 
justice-one of the great pillars on which the 
university was founded-is alive and well." 

wonderful .students, high rankings, and superb sports teams. And we still 
have need-blind admissions. We've got wonderful food, amazing clubs, 
and outstanding alumni, two of whom are getting honorary degrees today. 

We've got a great board of trustees, all of whom — unlike the original 
board — have attended college, to the best of my knowledge. 

So, what have we learned from our history? That we should hire as few 
consultants as possible. We should take large risks, adhering to Abe 

Sachar's famous quip that you can jump over a chasm only if you take one 
big leap. We take intellectual chances, and we aren't afraid of change. 

We've got a balanced budget, and we put Smart Balance on ever\'thing, 
including our Web site. And our student body — graduate and under- 
graduate — is diverse in every possible way. 

And I am proud to say that the ideal of social justice — one of the 
great pillars on which the university named for Justice Louis Brandeis 
was founded — is alive and well. I am proud of what students, facult}' 
and staff have been doing and will continue to do to improve our com- 
munities and the world around us. I love your activism! 

So, what's the lesson here, other than to make sure that you always 
remain proud of Brandeis, that you join the Alumni Association, and that 
you give to Brandeis every year, and plan, already now, to send your chil- 
dren — or your neighbors' children — to Brandeis? What's the bottom line? 

The lesson is that sometimes you've just got to dream — you've got to 
have a vision — even if the people around you just don't get it. They may 
see the obstacles, they may focus on the problems, they may point out all 
the reasons that you should not follow your dream. But you know that you 
can make your dreams come true. That's what happened here in 1948. 

I know that many of you — maybe all of you — had to overcome 
obstacles to get to Brandeis. I know that your parents and other rela- 
tives have helped you. Some people may have thought you couldn't get 
in, or you couldn't afford to stay in, or you couldn't deal with the 
rigors of a Brandeis education. You've proven all of them wrong. You've 
made a big dream come true. 

And now, starting today, I urge you to remember this key lesson, the 
lesson that is Brandeis itself: Don't let anyone get in the way of your 
dreams. You can do it. 

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James Carroll 

Helena D. Gagle 

Stephen B. Kaq 

Honorari] Degree Citations 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Accomplished author and playwright, 
insightful commentator, advocate of 
understanding and reconciliation. 

Through your writing and acts of conscience, 
you compel us to examine our history, institu- 
tions, and beliefs so as to understand the 
world as it has been and to imagine a world 
that might be. Raised in our nation's capital in 
a military family, trained in the seminary, and 
ordained as a Catholic priest, you found your 
voice and your calling as a writer. 

Upon leaving the priesthood to write full 
time, you crafted compelling works on poli- 
tics, religion, and culture. You confront forth- 
rightly our most pressing moral concerns: 
America's role in the world, religion, and 
power, the place of taith in people's lives, the 
church, and the Jews. 

Written with eloquence and clarity, com- 
passion and drama, your books and essays 
contribute powerfully to the most important 
dialogues of our times — dialogues you 
advance through your participation in public 
forums at home and abroad. 

In recognition of the power of your art, the 
strength of your voice, and your upstanding 
moral compass and unbending ethical princi- 
ples, Brandeis University is proud to bestow 
upon you its highest honor. 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Accomplished scientist, creative leader, 
dedicated humanitarian. 

Through decades of public service in a career 
still unfolding, you inspire us to bring our best 
intentions to bear in support of social justice 
and the public good. At the Centers for Dis- 
ease Control and the U.S. Agency for Interna- 

tional Development, as consultant to leading 
international agencies, and as a director at the 
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, you pur- 
sued your responsibilities with compassion, 
vision, and conviction. 

Through research, thoughtfiil policy devel- 
opment, and effective leadership, you have 
been a powerful agent in the campaign to 
combat malnutrition and disease and to pro- 
mote reproductive health. Today, as president 
of CARE — an organization working in poor 
communities in sixty-nine countries around 
the world — you bring the full weight of your 
knowledge, ability, and experience to meet 
immediate needs and to address structural bar- 
riers to the elimination of poverty. 

In recognition of your achievements, the 
leadership and inspiration you now provide, 
and your dedication to social justice both at 
home and abroad, Brandeis University is 
proud to bestow upon you its highest honor. 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Corporate leader, generous benefector, 
counselor to institutions of higher education. 

Combining achievement in the world of 
finance with support of social institutions, you 
demonstrate a passionate concern for our com- 
monwealth. For half a century you have 
pursued a vibrant and successful career leading 
to a senior directorship at Goldman, Sachs & 

Throughout, you have supported your alma 
mater and its schools of business, public health, 
and medicine. You have helped guide the 
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other institu- 
tions that anchor this region's cultural richness, 
including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and 
the Children's Museum. You have established 
funds at Harvard and Brandeis that will sup- 

Karen K. Ulenbeck, MA'B7, PliD'68 

port in perpetuity educational opportunities 
for students. 

Of particular note to the members of this 
academic community, you have been a 
dedicated member of our governing board, 
serving ultimately as chairman, helping to 
guide Brandeis through a period of remarkable 
growth and development. 

In acknowledgment of your commitment to 
combine personal success with social conscious- 
ness, and in deep gratitude for your efforts to 
ensure a vibrant future for this special institu- 
tion, Brandeis University is proud to bestow 
upon you its highest honor. 

Doctor of Humane Letters 

Author, incisive analyst, respected 
journalist, and political commentator. 

In a lifetime of achievement marked by your 
contributions to American political discourse, 
you have fulfilled the promise your professors 
here at Brandeis saw in you many years ago. 
American democracy depends upon an 
educated citizenry, and we have been informed 
and inspired by the analyses you have provided 
in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, 
and other leading publications, and as con- 
tributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly and 
NiUio nal Jou rntjl. 

Your political commentary encourages us to 
embrace and respond to the call for effective cit- 
izenship. Campaigns and Elections magazine 
named you "the most consistently intelligent 
analyst on television," and the Boston Globe has 
called you "the Aristode of American politics." 

You have served on the faculties at Harvard 
University and Boston College, and, here at 
Brandeis, as the Fred and Rita Richman 
Distinguished Visiting Professor, and you invited 
students to serve a cause greater than themselves. 


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William Schneider 'G6 

In recognition of your contributions to the 
health of our democratic process and to the 
lives ot students you have taught and inspired, 
Brandeis University is proud to bestow upon 
you its highest honor. 

Doctor of Science 

Educator, pioneering mathematician, 
inspiration and role model for women in 
the sciences. 

Since receipt of your doctoral degree from 
Brandeis University, you have set an 
impressive standard for achievement in higher 
education. Terms at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, the University of 
California- Berkeley, the University of 
Illinois, and the University of Chicago, as well 
as visiting professorships at other prestigious 
institutions, have been milestones on the way 
to your position as Professor and Sid W. 
Richardson Foundation Regents Chairholder 
in the Department of Mathematics at the 
University of Texas at Austin. 

A distinguished researcher, you were 
awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, and you are 
a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and 
Sciences and the National Academy of 
Sciences. In 2007, you received the American 
Mathematical Society's Leroy P. Steele Prize 
for Seminal Contribution to Research in 
recognition of your foundational contribu- 
tions in analytic aspects of mathematical gauge 
theory. As a mentor, you have been active in 
the Institute for Advanced Study's Park City 
Mathematics Institute and the institute's Men- 
toring Program for Women in Mathematics. 

In recognition of your distinguished 
academic achievements as a scholar and 
mentor, Brandeis University is proud to 
bestow upon you its highest honor. 

Seventh (Graduating Class) Heaven 

For Judith (Lack) Gorbach '58, returning to campus for Reunion gives her the chance to 
play amateur ornithologist. 

"When we were at Brandeis, we were like chicks learning how to lly," Gorbach said of her 
classmates. "Now, we've all taken flight. It's exciting to see what people have become." 

Some sixty-five one-time fledglings from the Class of 1958 returned for their 50th Reunion 
during Commencement weekend, coming together as a group to renew acquaintances, share 
memories ot the glory days, and consider their place in history as the university's seventh grad- 
uating class. 

Gorbach recalled that many '58ers were political activists consumed by the issues of the 
day — civil rights, nuclear proliferation, women's liberation, and the spread of communism. 

"Some of us were so busy on the political front, we were amazed to find out that 
Brandeis had a basketball team," she said. 

While some Reunion attendees are able to return to campus often — Gorbach, for exam- 
ple, also attends Class of '55 Reunions with her husband, Sherwood '55 — others, such as 
Hadassa Gilbert '58, had wended their way to Waltham the first time since graduation. 

"The campus is absolutely unrecognizable to me," Gilbert said. "When I was here and 
the chapels were built, that was considered way out on the outskirts of campus." 

During one of the Class of '58 group discussions, Gilbert was happy to discover — even if it 
was fifty years after the fact — that many of her classmates shared her insecurity about the 
academic prowess of their peers. 

"It was good to hear that I wasn't the only one who was intimidated by the intellect of 
everyone around them," Gilbert said. 

Reunion weekend featured panel discussions, workshops, receptions, shared meals, and 
old-tashioned "schmoozing." It culminated with the processional at Commencement, 
when the Reunion-goers filed into the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center together — 
just as they had at graduation ceremonies a half century earlier. 

"Reunion is a chance to relive the Brandeis experience," said Allan Drachman '58. 
"1 find that it rekindles my passion for Brandeis every time I return. 1 remember all the 
good things about being at Brandeis, how stimulating it was to learn how to think inde- 
pendently and critically." 

"It is great to see people who 1 haven't seen for a long time," added Erica Weisz Ball '58. 
"It triggers memories of events I have not thought about for fifty years." 

— David E. Nathati 

Heading the processional lor the Class ol '58 are (Irom left) Nathan Luholslnj '58; Lenore Edelman Sack '58, 50th Reunion 
Conunittee cochair; David Goldherg; Ruth Fini Grant '58; and Judith Brecher Boralcove, 50th Reunion Conunittee cochair. 





Justice Louis D. Brandeis had many ideas. So did one-time 
faculty member Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as hundreds of 
Brandeis graduates engaged in countless causes. While at 
Brandeis, some students' passion for social justice might 
become ignited in the classroom, while others pursue a 
global justice agenda as summer interns in international 
agencies working overseas. Some assume leadership roles, 
forming their own organizations that encourage and enable 
other students to get involved. The three outstanding members of this 
year's graduating class profiled here are the tip of the iceberg: During this 
past academic year, students worked with an international tribunal in 
Rwanda, joined an organic farming federation in India; partnered with 
a health clinic in Costa Rica; battled the genocide in Darfur; and took -. r., , 
on other causes. Brandeis offers many tools and resources that allow rrUIllco UIJ 
students to get involved on a global scale. One ticket to the frontline of Tlpjinrali HfllllPr 
the war against social injustice is a fellowship from the International 
Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. Ethics center lel- 
lows prepare themselves academically during their sophomore or junior 
years for spending a summer with the international organizations of their 
choice. "Brandeis is a fertile nurturing ground for this kind of activity," 
said Marci G. McPhee, associate director of the center and overseer of 
the student fellowship program. "Students come here fired up about 
social injustice, and the university provides the opportunities to both 
intellectually and practically apply that passion by thinking about ways 
they can actually do something — and then going out and doing it." 

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Empowering Global Workers 


Rachel E. Kleinbaum of Rutherford, New 
Jersey, majored in Latin American and 
Latino studies and sociology with a minor in 
social justice and social policy. She worked 
with labor unions on the Brandeis campus 
and in Guatemala. 


"Growing up in a town where my family was 
one of the only Jewish families, 1 had kids tell 
me I couldn't play with them because Jews and 
Christians don't mix, " Kleinbaum says. "That 
and other anti-Semitic experiences opened my 
eyes at a young age," she says. It also helped 
that she comes from a family of social activists. 
Her grandfather advocated for the develop- 
mentally disabled and volunteered for B'nai 
B'rith, the Jewish service organization; her 
aunt is a rabbi for a gay and lesbian synagogue; 
and her uncle is a labor lawyer. 

Still, by her sophomore year, Kleinbaum 
had found neither her voice nor her niche. 
Then a friend told her about the Brandeis 
Labor Coalition, a student group that cam- 
paigns on behalf of both contract workers and 
direct employees of the university, and alerted 
her to the formation ot Brandeis's Activist 
Resource Center. 


Working with the Brandeis Labor Coalition, 
Kleinbaum successfully campaigned for wage 
and benefit parity for Central American immi- 
grants who were serving as custodians on cam- 
pus. In a separate effort, Kleinbaum helped 
boost the fledgling Activist Resource Center, 
providing a structure for unity and collabora- 
tion among campus activist groups ranging 
from the labor coalition to the Feminist 
Majority Leadership Alliance, and from Stu- 
dents for a Democratic Society to the Student 
Global AIDS Campaign. 

In summer 2006, while studying Spanish in 
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Kleinbaum 
became aware of labor issues besetting local 
workers. She returned in summer 2007 as an 
Ethics Center Student Fellow to work for the 
Union de Trabajadores de Quetzaltenango 
(Union of Workers of Quetzaltenango), a 

coalition of labor unions. On her third trip, 
during winter break 2008, she began to 
research labor movements in Latin America. 


Kleinbaum found that increasingly globalized 
free trade has made it easier for companies to 
pull out of factories with lair labor practices and 
take their business to countries where they can 
pay workers less — sometimes only pennies less. 
"It's incredibly frustrating," she says. "Organi- 

zations are falling apart, and movements are 
dying — and not only in Guatemala." 

With three years of activism under her belt, 
Kleinbaum teels up for the challenge of investi- 
gating and possibly working toward revitalizing 
flagging labor movements. A recipient of the 
2008 Elise Boulding Sociology and Social 
Activism Award and a Jane's Travel Grant, 
Kleinbaum plans to travel in South America — 
Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia to start — to polish 
her Spanish and "see what happens. " 

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Picturing AIDS Orphans 


Naomi R. Safran-Hon of Israel, a studio art 
major, mounted a recent Brandeis Women's 
Studies Resource Center (WSRC) exhibi- 
tion — the first by a student. The show fea- 
tured eleven of her own color photographs, 
plus linocut prints created by students at the 
Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South 
Africa, a resource for artists from disadvan- 
taged areas in the cit)'. 


Interested in fostering cultural and political 
coexistence, Safran-Hon arrived at Brandeis as 
a Slifka Scholar. Annually since 1996, twelve 
Israeli undergraduates — six Arab, six Jewish — 
have received full scholarships to study at 

Brandeis. The scholarships are named for 
Alan B. Slifka, a renowned champion of Israeli- 
Palestinian coexistence projects. Brandeis also 
is home to the Alan B. Slifka Program in Inter- 
communal Coexistence, part of the Interna- 
tional Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public 
Life. The program focuses on the theory and 
practice of coexistence, attempting both to 
reach out to peace practitioners and to engage 
students and others in the campus community. 
From one of her professors, Safran-Hon 
learned of a first-of-its-kind initiative in Johan- 
nesburg, and she received an Ethics Center 
Student Fellowship to join it as an intern. 
Known as the Art Therapy Centre, the facility 
helps address what has become a huge problem 
in the African nation by incorporating art into 

the healing process for AIDS orphans. Formed 
in 1993 to work with survivors of apartheid, 
the center more recently shifted its focus to 
working with AIDS orphans, their guardians, 
and their teachers. 

"I was looking for a place that combined 
artistic creation with social change, and I 
found it there," she says. 


As an Israeli, Safran-Hon says, she wanted to 
find a different place where she could extend 
her views and thoughts about conflicts. "I could 
not believe how similar South Africa was to my 
home and my own conflict," she notes. 

When she returned from South Africa, she 
assembled her photographs and related student 
artwork from the Artist Proof Studio into the 
exhibition "Healing, Community, and Trans- 
formation: Student Visions from Johannes- 
burg," which appeared in January and February 
2008 at the WSRC. To protect the privacy of 
the children and adults she photographed at the 
center, Safran-Hon avoided including human 
faces. Instead, her images feature dusty shoes, 
hands, and school uniforms; squat, angular 
buildings; and scrub grass in dusty yards. 
Safran-Hon's photographs "explore the trans- 
formative power of creativity," says Lisa J. 
Lynch, director of the arts and external relations 
of the WSRC. 

Safran-Hon, who received the Paul Caine 
Memorial Award, the Ellen (liana) Raskin '75 
Memorial Award, and the Susan Mae Green 
Award at the 2008 Commencement ceremony, 
says her experiences in South Africa "changed 
everything" for her on both the personal and 
levels. "I think that the most important thing I 
learned is that fear is taught; one is not born 
with it," she says. "I also learned that one has 
to believe in other people. What we do and 
how we act toward each other matter." 


Safran-Hon is the first Brandeis student in 
some twenty years to be accepted into Yale 
University's graduate program in fine arts. 
"I want to touch people through my work," 
she says. "This is the way for me to make an 
impact on the world. " 


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Helping the World s Poor 


Sam N. Vaghar oF Newton, Massachusetts, an 
international and global studies major, 
cotounded the nonprofit Millennium Campus 
Network, an interuniversity organization ot 
student groups committed to supporting the 
UN Millennium Development Goals to eradi- 
cate global poverty. 


At the end of his first year at Brandeis, Vaghar 
read The End of Poverty, a book in which econ- 
omist Jeffrey Sachs challenges people to recog- 
nize that small changes can create significant 
results. For example, a $10 insecticide-treated 
bed net can ptotect two people from 
contracting malaria for five years, saving some 
of the one million lives lost to malaria each year. 
"I wanted to take this theory and apply it 
within the Brandeis community," Vaghar says. 
"We make up a small, tight-knit community, 
but we have many strong voices and ideas. By 
focusing students on global poverty, I wanted 
to see whether we could have a significant pos- 
itive impact." 


Vaghar and others helped organize the inaugu- 
ral Millennium Campus Conference, held at 
MIT in April. Along with Sachs, speakers 
included Dr. Paul Farmer, one of the founders 
of Partners In Health, an international health 
and social justice organization working in Haiti 
and other developing nations and the subject of 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder's 
book Mountains Beyond Mountaim. Among 
the others on the program were Grammy- 
winning soul singer John Legend and Ira Mag- 
aziner of the Clinton Global Initiative, 
launched by President Bill Clinton in 2005 to 
bring global leaders together to address some of 
the world's most pressing challenges. Around 
1,000 students discussed international develop- 
ment and developed action plans at the event. 
Hosting the conference provided a special 
opportunity, Vaghar says. He had been moved 
by Kidder's book about Farmer, and bringing 
Farmer to the conference in a small way 
enabled him to reach out to hundreds of stu- 
dents from across the nation, Vaghar says, 

adding, "Dr. Farmer also agreed to join the 
Millennium Campus Network's board ot 
advisers, and I look forward to getting to 
know him not only as a hero, but also as a 
mentor. To see my work connect me with 
someone I once only admired is empowering." 


Vaghar, who received this year's David A. 
Alexander '79 Memorial Award for Social 
Consciousness and Activism, plans to work 
full time on the Millennium Campus Net- 
work after graduation, reaching out to foun- 
dations and the corporate sector to help raise 

funds tor student-led anti-poverty initiatives. 
"Brandeis taught me that our voices matter," 
says Vaghar, who was the student speaker at 
the 2008 Commencement. "I'm an activist. I 
wasn't before I came here. The world can 
change because of one person, and when indi- 
viduals and organizations unite we create 
unparalleled opportunities for constructive 
change," he says. "Students have a strong voice 
and power. We just need to come together and 
amplify them." 

Deborah Halber '80 is a freelance ivriter based 
in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

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Photography htj Mike Lovett 
and Heratch Ekmekjian 

Newli; minted graduates Iram the Class of 2008 were all 
smiles following the universitq's liltij-seventh Commencement 
exercises at Gasman Sports and Convocation Center on Maij 18. 


Mobilizing Change in China 

Country does about-face on AIDS prevention. 

China estimates it has 700,000 cases 
of HIV and about 75,000 AIDS 
victims, though health experts say 
the real figures are most likely higher. For 
more than a decade, the government's head- 
in-the-sand approach to its looming epi- 
demic kept China at odds with widely 
accepted international standards for the 
prevention and treatment of AIDS, says 
Joan Kaufman, senior scientist at the Heller 
School for Social Policy and Management. 
As a result, even though HIV/AIDS affects 
less than 1 percent of the population, China 
now has a large number of AIDS patients, 
putting it on a par with Botswana, where 
about one in four adults is infected. 

That is the bad news. The good news is 
that in the last five years China has made a 
remarkable reversal in its response to the 
growing AIDS epidemic. When severe acute 
respiratory syndrome (SARS) struck China 
in late 2002, the government suppressed 
news of it for several months, allowing the 
life-threatening illness to spread unchecked. 
But the outbreak proved a harbinger of the 
potential toll of" infectious disease on 
economic growth, and the resulting interna- 
tional criticism of China triggered the turn- 
about, says Kaufman. 

"In the post-SARS period of 2003, the 
Chinese government really did an about- 
face; the leaders realized that denial carried 
substantial consequences," says Kaufman. 
"They understood that they could not sup- 
press information and be considered good 
global citizens. This problem was a huge 
wake-up call." 

By Laura Gardner 

A leading international expert on Chinas 
AIDS epidemic, health, and political sys- 
tems, Kaufman has dedicated her profes- 
sional life and field research to helping the 
planet's most populous nation adopt more 
responsible social policies. With dozens of 
presentations, publications, and articles on 
family planning, reproductive health, and 
AIDS to her name, Kaufman's CV tells the 
story of a nation wrestling with modernity. 

But she is no ivory-tower social scientist. 
In between numerous shorter trips to the 

mainland, she has lived in China for eleven 
years over several different periods. Her first 
stint, as a U.N. population fund program 
officer, took place during the dark days ot 
the early eighties, when China had only 
recently emerged from the decade-long 
Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 and was 
still suspicious of foreigners, even while 
beginning to welcome foreign expertise. 
Her last residency began in 1996 with her 
husband and two young children in tow 
and ended in 2001. She worked as a pro- 

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field work 

gram officer for the Ford Foundation, 
advising Chinese leaders and local organiza- 
tions on reproductive health and gender 
issues, as well as AIDS policies. 

"It was obvious to me that the AIDS epi- 
demic was taking off and China had its head 
in the sand about it," says Kaufman, who 
speaks fluent Chinese and holds a doctor of 
science degree in international health and 
population sciences from Harvard's School 
of Public Health. "When I left China in 
2001 , I felt I had unfinished business there. " 

SARS made it impossible for China's 
leaders to ignore their AIDS epidemic any 
longer, but a widely influential article that 
Kaufman cowrote in Science magazine 
before the outbreak in 2002 also con- 
tributed to the leadership's attitude change. 
"China and AIDS: The Time to Act Is 
Now" garnered attention from high-level 
government officials there, helping to push 
health leaders to initiate long overdue 
action to address the epidemic. 

Fast- forward to 2008, and Kaufman says 
the Chinese government is doing a pretty 
good job of implementing reasonable AIDS 
policies to track, treat, and prevent the 
disease. Still, groups at the local level dont 
always get the resources they need for their 
work on the frontlines despite huge increases 
in donor assistance to China for its AIDS 
response. There are no real mechanisms for 
accountability in the local governance 
system in China, says Kaufman. 

Kaufman recently returned from a trip 
to Anhui province in central China, where 
she is collaborating with a nongovernmen- 
tal agency to set up a psychological coun- 
seling service for AIDS orphans. Many of 
the parents of these childten developed 
AIDS in the 1990s as a result of unclean 
blood-selling practices. At the time, about 
a million poor rural Chinese were selling 
their blood, often at ptivate donation clin- 
ics where their blood samples were mixed 
together, their plasma extracted, and the 
pooled red blood cells reinjected into 
them, ostensibly to help them recover 
faster so they could donate again sooner. 
Thousands were infected with HIV. Today 
the children's parents are either dead or ill 
with AIDS. 

Despite the devastating effects of AIDS 
on families, China has no formal psycholog- 
ical counseling programs for AIDS orphans. 

So Kaufman created the counseling 
program, got funding for it, and launched it 
earlier this year. Hundreds of kids have been 
screened for psychological distress, and 
Kaufman and her Chinese colleagues are 
training a group of community workers 
who can provide group counseling to the 
children. The goal is to help them develop 
the skills to cope with the bereavement, 
depression, anxiety, and social stigma they 
encounter as AIDS orphans. 

Over the years Kaufman has become a 
valued adviser in China. She credits this 

success to her long-term commitment to 
the country and her ability to engage people 
in government policy making, in academia, 
and in advocacy, and in other nongovern- 
mental organizations. 

Says Kaufman, "I have managed to gain 
the trust of both the government and many 
AIDS NGOs, and sometimes I help to broker 
needed relationships between the two to cre- 
ate more effective responses to the epidemic." 

Liurii Gardner is the university's senior 
communications specialist and science editor. 

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The Behavioral Ecology 
of Callimicos and Tamarins 
in Northwestern Bolivia 

By Leila M. Porter '')2 

172 pages, $23.33, Prentice Hall 

Porter, who holds a PhD trom 
SUNY Stony Brook, is a biological 
anthropologist with particular inter- 
ests in primate behavior and ecology. 
In this volume, part ot the 
publisher's Primate Field Studies 

monograph series, 
she ofFers general 
readers a scholarly 
look at two South 
American monkeys, 
with information 
about their diet, 
habitat use, parental 
care, and social 
behavior. The work 
is based on her 
extensive research in 
the rainforests ot 
Bolivia, where, she reports, she and 
her colleagues endured "a tedious 
camp menu, bouts of typhoid fever, 
and limited company." She writes 
that callimicos — tiny, shy, black 
primates — are impossible to study 
"without first learning how to crawl 
through bamboo, orient oneself in a 
forest without trails, and spot a little 
black monkey hidden in the shadows 
of the understory." 

Bounce: Failure. Resiliency, 
and Confidence to Achieve 
Your Next Great Success 
By Barry J. Moltz'81 
242 pages, $24.95, Wiley 

Business consultant and company 
founder Moltz, an honoree in the 
Entrepreneurship Hall ot Fame, is at 
it again. After speaking to groups all 
over the world and penning You 
Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth 
About Starting and Growing Your 

Biisiiieis. he turned 
his attention to the 
subject of confi- 
dence. But not just 
any sort of confi- 
dence, the book 
jacket assures us: 
Moltz focuses on 
"developing the 
kind of true busi- 
ness confidence that 
prepares you for 
both failure and success." Each is 
part of the normal life cycle of busi- 
ness, the author maintains, and he 
provides a series of techniques for 
managing effectively through busi- 
ness's changing seasons. Writes 
Steven Little, best-selling author of 
The Seiien Irrefutable Rules of Small 
Business Growth, "Moltz offers no 
false hope — just real tools for devel- 
oping the resilience needed for sus- 
tained success." 

Clinician's Quick Guide to 
Interpersonal Psychotherapy 
By Myrna M. Weissman '56, 

John C. Markowitz, and 

Gerald L. Klerman 
183 pages, $35 
Oxford University Press 

This book is intended as a straight- 
forward guide and reference for busy 
clinicians who lack the time to read 
lengthy manuals on interpersonal 
psychotherapy (IPT). Although IPT 
has been proven an effective treat- 
ment of depression, many medical 
schools have been 
slow to incorporate 
teachings of evi- 
dence-based psy- 
chotherapy into 
their curricula. 
In turn, many prac- 
ticing therapists do 
not yet have the 
in-depth IPT 
knowledge that they 
may desire. Not 

meant as a replacement tor the offi- 
cial IPT manual, this book presents 
a quick, practical distillation of the 
technique, describing how to 
approach clinical encounters with 
patients, how to focus treatment, 
and how to handle therapeutic diffi- 
culties. Weissman is a professor of 
epidemiology and psychiatry and 
chief of the Division of Clinical and 
Genetic Epidemiology at New York 
State Psychiatric Institute. 

From IVF to Immortality: 
Controversy in the Era of 
Reproductive Technology 
By Ruth (Praenkel) Deech MA'66, 

and Anna Smajdor 
233 pages, $99 
Oxford University Press 

From IVF to Immortality explores the 
moral, philosophical, ethical, and 



; of s 

legal issues surrounding cases or sur- 
rogacy, single- or 
same-sex parent- 
hood, retrieval of 
sperm from dead or 
dying patients, and 
insemination of 

women. The 
authors begin with 
an explanation of 
the United King- 
dom's Human 
Fertilisation and 
Embryology Authority Act, then go 
on to discuss the country's role in 
regulating in vitro fertilization, 
especially as compared with that of 
other nations. This book, complete 
with real examples and explanations 
of procedures, questions the ways 
such technologies will refashion the 
nature of the family, potentially 
becoming in the future as noncon- 
troversial as regular fertilization is 
today. Deech is the former chair of 
the Human Fertilisation and Embry- 
olog)' Authority and is a Crossbench 
member ot the House of Lords. 



From the Same Glass 
and Other Stories 

By Michel Pais 

Translated by Jane Nisselson 

Assimakopoulos '64 
179 pages, $19.81 
University of Birmingham, England 

This body of work won the Greek 
State Literature Prize for the best 
short-story collection in 2000, and 
thanks to Assimakopoulos we can 
now read the Eng- 
lish translation for 
the first time. These 
tales, connected by 
the theme of death, 
are at once dark and 
moving, thoughtful 
and powerful. Pais 
here shows a clear 
ability to tell a story 
in a number of dif- 
ferent ways — as a 
lecture voiced by a 
dead person, a traditional third-per- 
son narrative, a one-act play, or even 
nothing more than a dialogue spoken 
between people. As Stavros 
Deligiorgis explains in the book's 
introduction. Pais lets the reader see 
"a side of Greece which is not 
without its own traumas of cruelty, 
revenge, and profound indifference." 
Currently a resident of loannina, 
Greece, Assimakopoulos is an 
American writer and translator with 
an academic background in 
Romance languages and literature. 

God in a Cup; The Obsessive 
Quest for the Perfect Coffee 

By Michaele Weissman '68 
268 pages, $24.95 

As a journalist writing for the New 
York Times, the Washington Post, and 
other publications, Weissman has cov- 
ered food, families, business, and 
American culture. But her real calling 
is as a sort of modern-day Diogenes, 

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searching endlessly tor the most hon- 
estly fabulous cup of Java. This book 
covers her quest, taking her from 
Capitol Hill to 
Nicaragua and from 
Burundi to 
Durham, North 
Carolina. If you 
want to know about 
growing, harvesting, 
grinding, and 
brewing these divine 
beans, this is the 
place to begin. In an 
enticing blurb, the 
publishers note that 
Weissman shares her odyssey with 
"other brash visionaries who devote 
themselves to coffee with near- 
religious fervor, unquenchable energ)', 
and geek-like attention to detail. " 
The author even blogs about coffee 

Human Rights and Social 
Justice: Social Action and 
Service for the Helping and 
Health Professions 

By Joseph Wronka, PhD'92 
334 pages, $39.95 
Sage Publications 

Wronka, professor of social work at 
Springfield College in Massachu- 
setts, examines how 
human rights and 
social justice can 
serve as a con- 
ceptual framework 
for policy and 
practice in fields 
like social work, 
psychology, psychi- 
atry, medicine, 
nursing, and public 
heakh. Published to 
coincide with the 
sixtieth anniversary of the United 
Nations Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights, the book draws on a 
variety of disciplines to make a case 

for viewing mind, body, and spirit 
as inseparable components of the 
human condition. In the foreword, 
Professor David Gil of Brandeis's 
Heller School for Social Policy and 
Management calls the book "an 
important contribution to social- 
justice theory and practice" and 
says it "provides a valuable 
framework for scholar-activist 
practitioners to be conscious of 
our global interconnectedness." 

In the Land of Difficult 
People: 24 Timeless 
Tales Reveal How to 
Tame Beasts at Work 

By Terrence L. Gargiulo '90, 

MA'93, and Gina Graham Scott 
168 pages, $19.95, AMACom 

Unless you're employed by the circus, 
the beasts you meet at work are less 
likely to come cov- 
ered with fur than 
to resemble the two 
dozen archetypes 
Gargiulo and his 
coauthor catalog 
here. Among them 
are the Wicked 
Wolves, the Wise 
Quail, Cat People, 
and Snails, each 
shown with vivid 
examples and whimsical cartoons. 
Help is here for dealing with each 
type: If your boss is an overly defen- 
sive snake, tor example, be respecttui 
and keep your distance — you don't 
want to get within striking range! 
Though the portrayals are playful, 
the points are direct and clearly 
expressed. These quick-reading tales 
might even make great cocktail-party 
conversation. A Monterey, 
California, resident, Gargiulo is the 
coauthor of On Cloud Nine: 
Weathering the Challenges of Many 
Generations in the Workplace and 
president, an 
organizational development firm. 

In the Mode of 

By Jonathan Weinert '82 

94 pages, $14.95, Nightboat Books 

Weinert, winner of the 2006 Night- 
boat Poetn' Prize, holds an MFA in 
writing Irom Spalding Universit)' in 
Kentuck\'. He serves 
as Web editor for the 
letterpress literary 
journal Tuesday; 
An Art Project; as a 
poetry editor for 
the online journal 
Perihelion; and as an 
adviser at the Low- 
Residency MFA 
Program in Creative 
Writing at Lesley 
Universit)' in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this col- 
lection, he strikes a balance between 
traditional and experimental poetry, 
playing with subtle italics and weigh- 
ing each word carefully before placing 
it on the paper. He explores fragmen- 
tation and disappearance, drawing on 
a range of classical and postmodern 
poetic strategies and structures. As 
Thomas Sayers Ellis eloquently puts it. 
In the Mode of Disappearance "charts 
the progression ot the soiJ, fleeing and 
in constant flight." 

Letters to Charlye 

By Caroline S. Westerhof '52 

130 pages, $18.15, PublishAmerica 

Westerhof, who holds a PhD in 
public administration from New York 
University, is a corporate trainer who 
speaks internationally on healing and 
intuition, anger management, and 
other topics. But in this book she 
directs her words to Charlye, a 
spirited beagle-wire-haired terrier mix 
who shared his fourteen-year life with 
the author and her husband from 
1974 through 1988. Expressing hope 
that this volume will be the first in a 
series on "petology" — Westerhof s 


own term for the 
relations between 
animals and their 
people — she 
provides sixteen 
photographs and a 
mournful narrative 
about the dog she 
nicknamed "Yum 
Yum." The heart ot 
the book, though, is 
a series of letters in which she relives 
memories and describes her efforts to 
come to terms with the demise of her 
cherished canine companion. Other 
pet-lovers are sure to identify with her 

Magnifico: The Brilliant 
Life and Violent Times of 
Lorenzo de' Medici 

By Miles J. Unger '81 

510 pages, $32, Simon & Schuster 

Lust, murder, intrigue, money, beauty, 
and clever ruses sound like the ingre- 
dients of a classic adventure novel, but 
here Unger puts them together to 
construct a historical biography of 
Lorenzo de' Medici. Groomed from 
birth to lead the Medici dynasty — 
and, indeed, fifteenth-century 
Florence — Lorenzo was a natural 
statesman, an erudite scholar and 
poet, an indomitable fighter, and an 
insatiable lover. 
Re-creating the city's 
foremost period of 
massive wealth and 
imprecedented cul- 
tural achievement, 
Unger — former 
managing editor of 
Art New England 
and a contributor to 
the New York 
Times — tells 
Lorenzo's story with 
grandeur, passion, and historical accu- 
racy. Medici scholar Bill Kent said the 
Italian Renaissance figure emerges as 

"a believable and comprehensible 
Lorenzo, neither the impossible hero 
of some accounts nor the dark and 
divided villain ot others." 

Manischewitz: The Matzo 
Family: The Making of an 
American Jewish Icon 

By Laura Manischewitz Alpern '68 

202 pages, $25 

KTA'V Publishing House, Inc. 

In this true story that reads like a 
novel, Alpern details the way the 
Manischewitz family immigrated 
to America and started its food 
company, now a household name 

among Jews world- 
wide. Known for its 
packaged matzo 
products and table 
wines, among other 
kosher products, 
remained a family 
business for over one 
hundred years prior 
to its sale in 1990. 
This book tells not 
only the history of 
the men — the taces ot the business — 
but also the story of the women who 
worked behind the scenes and kept 
the family strong. Hopetiilly, thanks 
to Alpern's book, the Manischewitz 
family history will never be forgotten. 
Alpern, originally from Cincinnati, 
currently lives in Geneva with her 
husband and two daughters. 

Most Outrageous: The 
Trials and Trespasses of 
Dwaine Tinsley and 
Chester the Molester 

By Bob Levin '64 
200 pages, $19.99 
Fantagraphics Books 

From attorney and cultural historian 
Levin comes the non-fiction saga of 
the man he calls "Larry Flynt's most 



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notorious employee" and a star player 
in Flynt's "fight against the forces of 
censorship and repression. " When 
cartoon editor for 
Hustler and creator 
of "Chester the 
Molester," a comic 
strip about a middle- 
aged pedophile, was 
accused by his own 
daughter of sexually 
violating her over 
the course of several 
years, he seemed an 
easy target for 
prosecution. But Tinsley fought and 
finally beat the charges, which his 
lawyers cast as a web of lies by a 
drug-addicted, vengeful teen. Levin's 
book concentrates on the legal 
drama, in which Tinsley's own car- 
toons were used as evidence against 
him, and on the difficulties of get- 
ting a fair trial for someone who has 
openly flaunted conservative values 
and treated the subject of child abuse 
as a laughing matter. 

Negotiating Arab-Israeli 
Peace: American Leadership 
in the Middle East 
By Scott B. Lasensky, PhD'Ol, 

and Daniel C. Kurtzer 
191 pages, $16.50 
United States Institute of Peace Press 

Lasensky is a senior 
research associate 
and Middle East 
expert at the U.S. 
Institute ot Peace. 
He and Kurtzer co- 
direct the institute's 
Study Group on 
Arab-Israeli Peace- 
making, which 
recently inter- 
viewed more than 
one hundred current and past poli- 
cymakers, parliamentarians, diplo- 
mats, and more, including almost 

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every U.S. diplomat and policy- 
maker involved in Arab-Israeli nego- 
tiations since the end of the Cold 
War. These interviews, representing 
hard-learned experience and prac- 
ticed advice, have been collected to 
serve as a guide for future U.S. 
negotiators, to influence the broader 
policy community, and to inform 
public discourse. Samuel Lewis, 
former U.S. ambassador to Israel, 
calls the book "a tour de force that 
deserves wide readership not only in 
the official, journalistic, and think- 
tank worlds, but also in academia. " 

A Patent Lie 

By Paul Goldstein '64 
293 pages, $24.95 
Doubleday (Random House) 

The Lillick Professor of Law at 
Stanford Law School, Goldstein is 
widely recognized as one of the 

country's leading 
authorities on intel- 
lectual property 
law. This sequel to 
his first novel. 
Errors and Omis- 
sions, begins with 
Michael Seeley 
reluctantly agreeing 
to take on a case 
for his brother's 
small biotech com- 
pany, Vaxtek. In a case that could 
make or break the small company, 
Vaxtek is suing a larger corporation 
for patent infringement of a break- 
through AIDS vaccine when its lead 
law)'er suddenly dies — nothing 
more than a suicide case, according 
to local police. Yet when Seeley 
steps in to take on this case of huge 
moral importance, he begins to 
suspect foul play. As the trial speeds 
to an unexpected conclusion, Seeley 
realizes that its outcome could be 
not only morally and financially 
devastating, but fatal as well. 


By Gregory S. Baldwin, coedited 
and published by Benjamin 
Shahrabani '97 

80 pages, $12.95, Com.x 

This imaginative graphic novel by 
actor, author, and illustrator Baldwin 
tells the tale of a nervous rabbit who 
teams up with an 
aging elephant to 
climb a cliff to 
escape a hole they're 
both stuck in. With 
the rabbit's great 
hearing and vision 
and the elephant's 
size and speed, they 
should be fine — 
right? Well, maybe 
not. Turns out, 
much to our protag- 
onists' dismay, that their path to free- 
dom and relaxation is littered with 
enemies who want to eat, kill, or at 
least maim them — and without each 
other, they'd both be dead. But what 
is this journey really for, you ask? 
You'll have to read the book to find 
out. Shahrabani, a writer and pro- 
ducer in the entertainment industry, 
launched Com.x in 2001. Since then, 
the company has published about a 
dozen comic-book miniseries books 
as well as several graphic novels. 

Paving the Way: New York 
Road Building and the 
American State, 1880-1956 

By Michael R. Fein, MA'99 
316 pages, $39.95 
University Press of Kansas 

Most historians credit New Deal eco- 
nomic regulation and social-welfare 
policy initiatives with shaping mod- 
ern state government. But Fein, assis- 
tant professor of history at Johnson 
and Wales University in Rhode 
Island, suggests that public works, 
and particularly road building, also 
helped pave the way for the early- 

rwentieth-century state. Focusing on 
the Empire State, which he terms a 
national leader in infrastructure 
development, he 
shows how the 
growing transporta- 
tion needs of a 
steadily industrial- 
izing nation recon- 
figured New York 
State politics. In a 
prepress review, 
Raymond A. Mohl, 
author ot The 
Making of Urban 
America, said the 
book makes "a compelling argument 
for the importance of public-works 
policy in the evolution of American 
political development." 

Recovering "Yiddishland": 
Threshold Moments in 
American Literature 

By Merle L. Bachman 76 
326 pages, $29.95 
Syracuse University Press 

Raised with scant knowledge of 
Yiddish and schooled in English liter- 
ature, Bachman, an assistant professor 
at Spalding University in Kentucky, 
takes us along on her scholarly 
journey through time into "Yiddish- 
land"— -New York of the 1 890s 
through 1930s. There, she exposes us 
to an array of 
stories and poems in 
which immigrants 
expressed both their 
ambivalence at 
becoming American- 
ized and their can- 
did fascination with 
black America. The 
book covers works 
by noted authors 
Abraham Cahan and 



Anzia Yezierska, as well as composi- 
tions, many never translated into 
English before, by lesser-known 

writers. Reviewer David Roskies, pro- 
fessor ot Yiddish literature and culture 
at the Jewish Theological Seminary of 
America, praised Bachman for expli- 
cating her subject with "great wit, 
much empathy, boundless energy, and 
hard-won expertise." 

Russia's Age of Serfdom: 

By Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter 77 
286 pages, $44.95 
Blackwell Publishing 

A member of the history facult)' at 
California State Polytechnic Univer- 
sity in Pomona, Wirtschafter pro- 
vides a broad interpretive history of 
the Russian Empire from the time of 
serfdom's codifica- 
tion until its aboli- 
tion following the 
Crimean War. 
Focusing largely on 
territories populated 
by ethnic Russian 
peasants, the book 
IS divided into three 
chronological peri- 
ods, each featuring 
chapters on society, 
politics, and cul- 
ture. Attention is paid to the reality 
of absolute monarchy in Russia as 
well as the emergence ot modern 
Russian culture out of and alongside 



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Orthodox religious culture. 

The Scandal Plan or: How to 

Win the Presidency by 

Cheating on Your Wife 

By Bill Folman '98 

438 pages, $24.95, HarperCollins 

Senator Ben Phillips has been 
preparing his whole life to be presi- 
dent of the United States, starting as 
an infant when his mother took him 
into a voting booth and he pulled 
the lever himself Yet despite his stel- 
lar credentials and spotless personal 



history, Phillips's 
presidential cam- 
paign isn't going so 
well. The reason, 
they tell him, is 
simple: Phillips is 
too perfect; the 
public can't relate to 
him. But will the 
solution — faking a 
sex scandal — get 
Phillips into the 
White House? In his entertaining 
debut novel, Folman brilliantly 
treats politics as one giant comedy 
show, creating what the publishers 
call "a witty political farce in the tra- 
dition of Jon Stewart and Dave 
Barry that will have readers — and 
even candidates — laughing all the 
way to the polls." 

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, 

a Whistleblower, and a 

Bestselling Antidepressant 

on Trial 

By Alison Bass '75 

260 pages, $24.95, Algonquin Books 

A past mental-health reporter for the 
Boston Globe. Bass provides a power- 
ful account of how the drug industry, 
abetted by some research universities, 
stifled evidence on elevated suicide 
rates among adolescents taking pop- 
ular antidepressants such as Paxil, 

Prozac, and Zoloft. 
In Side Effects, Bass 
introduces us to a 

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and teens. 

courageous Ivy 
League researcher 
who risked her job 
to expose suspicious 
practices at her lab; 
a feist)' assistant 
attorney general 
who spearheaded an 
unprecedented law- 
suit against a phar- 
giant; unscrupulous 
and vulnerable children 




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Thinking witli Your Soul: 
Spiritual Intelligence and 
Why It Matters 

By Richard Wolman '62 

286 pages, $25, Harmony Books 

What does it mean to thinlv with 
your soul? Wolman, clinical psychol- 
ogist and Harvard Medical School 
faculty member, 
says spiritual intelli- 
gence is "the human 
capacity to ask ulti- 
mate questions 
about the meaning 
of life and to experi- 
ence . . . the seam- 
less connection 
between each of us 
and the world 
around us. " 
Building on that 
definition, Wolman explores the 
ways concepts like divinity, mindful- 
ness, intellectuality, and community 
help shape our lives and guide our 
decisions. In a self-administered quiz 
he calls the PSI — PsychoMatrix 
Spirituality Inventory — readers can 
gauge their aptitude within each of 
these areas and others and use the 
measurements to chart a course for 
future growth. 

Three Girls and Their Brother 

By Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, 

MFA'86, PhD'89 
335 pages, $23.95 
Shaye Areheart Books 

From award-winning playwright and 
screenwriter Rebeck (L.A. Law, 
Third Watch. NYPD Bh,e) comes this 
debut novel. Her title characters, 
grandchildren of a famous literary 
critic, find their lives unwittingly 
transformed after their photographs 
appear in the New Yorker magazine. 
The sisters, ravishing, red-haired 
beauties of uncommon common 
sense, are quickly thrust into the 
international modeling scene and the 

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cult of celebrity, 
becoming overnight 
media darlings and 
so-called "It" girls. 
Narrated in four 
parts — from the 
perspective of each 
sibling — the book 
offers a wry peek 
into the world of 
parties, photo 
shoots, and cham- 
pagne, and finds it's not all pretty. As 
their stars rise, the siblings find that 
with fame come consequences, and 
that in the A-list world of vicious 
competition, shifting loyalties, and 
betrayal, their most important allies 
are each other. 

The 28th Amendment 

By Neal Rechtman '75 

265 pages, $16.95 

Bascom Hill Publishing Group 

In the year 2019, actor Victor Glade 
plays the president of the United 
States in a TV series called The Oval 
Office. When he becomes persuaded 
by the public that it is his "moral 
dury" actually to run for president, 
he endorses a proposed amendment 
to the U.S. Constitution that would 
replace private campaign contribu- 
tions with public funding for federal 
elections. His entrance into the polit- 
ical sphere, however, 
is complicated when 
he finds his show 
has been canceled 
thanks to his per- 
sonal lite — a life 
that already resem- 
bles too closely that 
of a real president. 
The result, say the 
publishers, is "a 
startling, twisting 
tale of espionage, 
domestic terrorism, and presidential 
politics" calculated to entertain and 
make readers think. 

Vastu: Transcendental 
Home Design in 
Harmony with Nature 

By Sherri Silverman, PhD'74 
160 pages, $29.95, Gibbs Smith 

Feng shui, move over. In this hand- 
some, oversized book, beautifully 
illustrated with dozens of color pho- 
tographs, Silverman — an artist, 
writer, designer, and yoga practi- 
tioner — shows how to create in your 
home "sacred spaces" that are harmo- 
nious with nature. Drawing on the 
elements of earth, 
water, fire, air, and 
space, which she 
calls pnnchabltutas. 
she demonstrates 
how to set the stage 
for tranquil and joy- 
ous living through 
the principles of 
vastu, an ancient 
Indian tradition. Whether applied to 
a garden, meditation room, kitchen, 
or front entry, her sense of color, 
space, line, and placement creates 
peaceful oases. 

Warring Friends: 
Alliance Restraint in 
International Politics 

By ]eremy Pressman '91 
176 pages, $18.95 
Cornell University Press 

Allied nations often stop each other 
from going to war. Some countries 
even form alliances with the specific 
intent oi preventing another power 
from going to war. Here, Pressman, 
assistant professor of political science 
at the University of Connecticut, 
shows how an external power can 
apply the brakes on an incipient con- 
flict and explains the complex and 
sometimes subtle pressures that affect 
power differentials between allies. 
Drawing on historical examples, he 
analyzes the complicated relationship 
between the U.S. and Israeli govern- 


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merits in regard to 
military and secu- 
rit)' concerns, as 
well as examining 
several cases related 
to Anglo-American 
relations, including 
British noninterven- 
tion in Iran in 
1951; U.S. nonin- 
tervention in 
Indochina in 1954; 
and British intervention and with- 
drawal during the Suez War ot 1956. 

Women's Studies 
on the Edge 

By Joan Walkch Scott "62, editor 
224 pages, $22.95 
Duke Universit)' Press 

In recent decades, women's studies 
programs at universities have been 
harangued by critics who range from 
feminists crying out for a more radi- 
cal edge in the teachings to conserva- 
tives who would like to stop such 
programs altogether. These differing 
viewpoints have combined to pro- 
duce a generation of women who 
reject the label of "feminist," yet still 
desire all the same things feminists 
did in the past. 
Scott, the Harold F. 
Linder Professor of 
Social Science at the 
Institute for 
Advanced Study in 
Princeton, New Jer- 
sey, has assembled 
essays intended for 
this audience. Her 
goal is not to add a 
new edge to femi- 
nism; rather, she is 
pointing out the edge that already 
exists to feminists and women's stud- 
ies proponents and opponents alike 
in the hope of opening up women's 
studies to different futures than were 
imagined in the past or are envi- 
sioned now. 

Zublinka Among Women 

By Robert Wexelblatt, PhD'73 
329 pages, $18, Ken Arnold Books 

In this novel, seventy-year-old 
Zublinka, a celebrated and beloved 
writer-philosopher, lives a rich and 
varied life of the mind and spirit, 
crafting poems and stories under var- 
ied pen names — two of them female. 
But the past weighs heavily on 
Zublinka, who long ago left both his 
home behind the Iron Curtain and 
the two women he loved — and still 
loves. He returns to his birth country 
after the fall of 
communist rule and 
discovers the 
shocking truth 
behind his memo- 
ries. A humanities 
professor at Boston 
University's College 
of General Studies, 
"Wexelblatt is the 
author of two story 
collections. Life in 
the Temperate Zone 
and The Decline of Our Neighbor- 
hood, as well as a contributor to 
dozens of literary journals. 

Brandeis University Press 

Jewish Women in Pre-State 
Israel: Life History, Politics, 
and Culture 

Edited by Ruth Kark, Margalit 

Shilo, and Galit Hasan-Rosem 
432 pages, $26 

This fascinating interdisciplinary 
collection ot essays brings gender 
issues to the foreground in order to 
redress a profound imbalance in the 
historiography of the Yishuv, the 
Jewish community in Palestine, and 
in the early years of the State of 
Israel. Although male discourse still 
dominates this field, some initial 
studies have begun to create an 
authentic and multifaceted Hebrew- 



Israeli voice by examining the activi- 
ties and contributions of women. 
This research has led to a number of 
basic questions: 
What was the 
reality of life for 
women in Jewish 
society in Ottoman 
and Mandatory 
Palestine and in the 
early years of the 
state? What was the 
contribution of 
women to the 
renewal of Israeli 
society and culture? 
What is the place of gender percep- 
tions in the study of the new local 
identity? The original articles in this 
anthology forge an innovative 
response to one or more of these 
questions, and reflecting the state of 
research in the field. 

Cover Up! 

George Kahn '73 
$9.40, Playing Records 

In his sixth release on the Playing 
Records label, pianist Kahn and his 
all-star band mates, bassist Brian 
Bromberg and percussionist Alex 
Acufia (of Weather Report fame), 
romp through cover tunes new and 
old, mingled with Kahn's own origi- 
nals. Highlights include a wistful jazz 
arrangement of Pink Floyd's teen 

anthem "Comfort- 
ably Numb," the 
"Mitchell's Blues," 
and the fiinky cover 
tune, "Cover Up. ' 
One jazz critic said 
the album is "charac- 
terized by great arrangements played 
by monster musicians." The CD is 
accompanied by an eight-page photo 
booklet in the style of the classic Blue 
Note recordings of the late fifties. 

hall of fame 

Stepping into History 

Athletic standouts take their place in the Hall of Fame. 

By Adam Levin 


On Sunday, April 13, the Friends of Brandeis Athletics (FOBA) 
inducted its twelfth group of athletes into the 
Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame during a brunch at the 
Westin Hotel in Waltham. Nearly 250 alumni, friends, and family 
joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of seven individuals 
and one team on that day, but the stage had been set the previous 
September when a committee of eleven alumni culled a list of nearly 
ninety names down to the eight who were eventually honored. 

The selection committee, which included numerous former 
student-athletes and even a couple of Hall of Famers, had reviewed 
the extensive backgrounds, accomplishments, and letter-writing 
campaigns before sitting down to a three-hour meeting. As names 
were put forth, a few shoo-ins were accepted in early rounds of 
secret balloting, and lively discussion followed. 

Were the eras of Brandeis athletics balanced enough? How about 
the sports? Or genders? Is there a team worthy of inclusion? Didn't 
this person just miss making it in 2004 or 2006? 

One of the popular names discussed was that ot Nelson 
Figueroa '98 (see article on Page 22), who seemed to be a victim 
of his own success. An early spring date that has repeatedly coin- 
cided with spring training or the early part of the Major League 

1983 men's cross-country team 

Baseball season, coupled with the hopes ot maximizing atten- 
dance at the induction ceremony, has meant that it is much more 
likely the standout pitcher will be inducted after his professional 
playing career has concluded. 

"There are so many great candidates, and new ones keep coming to 
our attention every year, " says FOBA president Jim Leahy '85, who 
was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. "The Brandeis Hall of 
Fame celebration is an event that will thrive for a long time to come." 

The inductees from 2008 represent all six decades of Brandeis's 
existence and eight different sports. 

Hubie LeBlanc '58 was inducted as a "contributor," a designa- 
tion reserved for those who are being honored for their ofF-the-field 
support. LeBlanc, who spent eleven years as an assistant coach of 
the basketball and baseball teams, coached four All-Americans in 
his time at Brandeis and played with or coached no fewer than 
thirteen inductees into the Brandeis Hall of Fame. A four-year 
member of the basketball team, he was captain ot the 1957-58 
squad that was Brandeis's first-ever NCAA tournament participant. 

Hannah Johnson Bornstein '02 is the youngest member of the Hall 
of Fame, earning induction in her first year ot eligibility, which begins 
five years after graduation. Regarded as the top female diver in 
Brandeis history, Bornstein holds every major women's record in her 
sport. She was a three-time All-American, competing once in the one- 
meter event and twice in the three meters. She also earned a 
University Athletic Association championship during her senior year. 

Terrence Gargiulo '90, a foil fencer, qualified for four straight 
NCAA championships, fencing in Division I competition and 
earning All-America honors as a junior. In addition, he won indi- 
vidual championships in the University Athletic Association, Inter- 
collegiate Fencing Association, and New England Fencing 
Conference. After graduating, he went on to compete in four U.S. 
Olympic Festivals. 

Bobby Bernstein '85, son ot the late fine-arts professor Gerry 
Bernstein, was among the top men's tennis players in school 
history. Bernstein earned back-to-back New luigland singles cham- 
pionships as a junior and senior, adding a doubles title as a senior, 
and went to the Nl'.AA championships three times in his career. 

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Hannah Johnson Bornstein '02 

Terrence Gargiulo '90 

Michael Lichtenstein '79 ranks seventh on Brandeis men's soccer 
all-time scoring list with eighty-six points. He was a four-time 
Greater Boston League All-Star and two-time All-New England 
selection. As a junior in 1977, Lichtenstein led the Judges in tour- 
nament scoring as the squad won Brandeis's first-ever Division III 
national championship. He scored a hat trick against Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute in the regional finals, making the game- 
winning play in overtime and sending Brandeis to the Final Four. 

Fred Marden '65 was one of the top pitchers in the early years 
of the Brandeis baseball program. He was the Greater Boston 
League Most Valuable Player as a senior. More than forty years 
after his graduation, Marden still holds Brandeis's single-season 
and career strikeout records, with 112 and 265, respectively. He 
once struck out twenty-six batters in a twelve-inning game, 
including twenty in the first nine innings. Marden was selected by 
the Red Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball 
draft, spending two years in their minor-league system before an 
injury cut short his career. 

Myron "Mike" Uhlberg '55 was a member of Brandeis's first 
football team in 1951 and one of the outstanding defensive 
members ot the team. He was a four-year starter at defensive back 
and also started at fullback in his senior season. According to team- 
mates, his defensive prowess and tackling ability caused teams to 
avoid his side ot the field entirely. Uhlberg also helped organize 
numerous tributes to his coach, Benny Friedman, culminating in 
Friedman's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. 

The 1 983 men's cross-country team won the university's second- 
ever NCAA Division III national championship. Coached by 
Brandeis Hall of Famers Norm Levine and Buddy Bostick '79 and 
starring two Hall of Famers, Ed McCarthy '84 and Mark 
Beeman '85, the squad tied an NCAA record with five 
All-Americans. The Judges, who had finished second in the nation 
in the two previous seasons, also won the New England Division III 
championship with a record-low twenty-six points. 

Adam Levin '94 is director of sports information. 

Michael Lichtenstein '79 

Fred Marden '65 

Mil<e Uhlberg '55 

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Walking the Beats 

Ethnomusicologist brings rhythm research to Brandeis. 

By Carrie Simmons 

The sound ot music at Brandeis, a place long known for cel- 
ebrating icons like Bach, Beethoven, and Bernstein, is now 
taking on a new rhythm. 
Wayne Marshall, the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in ethnomusicology 
and an in-demand Boston disc jockey, is using hip-hop, reggaeton, 
and other popular music to teach ideas about race and nation. And 
students are flocking to his elective courses to pick up the beat. 

"Music, which people often dismiss as entertainment, can play a 
powerful role in society," says Marshall, who has appointments in 

music and in African and Afro-American studies. "We hear social, 
cultural, and political processes embodied in a lot of music." 

Hip-hop, a music strongly marked as American and African 
American, expresses ideas about Americanness and race relations in 
the United States, Marshall says, but outside of the U.S. context it 
allows people across the world to enter into local debates about race 
and nation. Students in his Global Hip-Hop course this spring 
explored the genres reach in areas like France, Kenya, and Jamaica. 

"It's great to see all the similarities and differences between not 
only sounds, but also ideas that come together in each country," 
says Leor Galil '08. In Marshall's Digital Pop from Hip-Hop to 
Mashiip, Galil and his classmates — some of whom had no prior 
background in music — built upon such insights to produce their 
own techno tracks, reggae riddims, hip-hop beats, and mashups. 
Marshall showcased the resulting Brandeis beats at the Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, club where he DJs every week. 

A Cambridge native with a PhD in ethnomusicology from the 
University of Wisconsin at Madison, Marshall finds his teaching 
and research dovetail with his own creative work as a producer and 
DJ. Among the six albums he has produced is Boston Jerk, a "sonic 
version" of his dissertation research in Kingston, Jamaica, on the 
intertwined histories of hip-hop and reggae. 

Now focused on reggaeton, which blends the two genres, 
Marshall is coediting a book, Reading Reggaeton: Historical. 
Aesthetic, and Critical Perspectives. It includes his own essay on the 
cultural politics of nation, migration, and commercialization. 

Next year, the thirty-two-year-old professor will continue 
offering courses that look at how globalization affects music trans- 
missions and interaction. "A person in Boston can 'friend' a hip- 
hop artist in Nigeria and buy music directly from his MySpace page 
tor ninety-nine cents a track," says Marshall, whose blog writings, 
.seen at, have been recognized in the widely 
acclaimed Da Capo Best Music Writing series. "Peer-to-pcer tech- 
nologies have democratized the distribution of music." 

Carrie Simmons, assistant director of intergrated marketing at 
Brandeis. is a frequent contributor to Brandeis University Magazine. 

The new Carl J. Shapiro Science Center begins to take shape near the foot of campus. 

Raising the Bar 

Softer makes $15 million gift— largest ever by alum— to support sciences at Brandeis 

Fittingly, another piece of real estate on the 
Brandeis campus will bear the name of 
Donald Soffer '54. 

The internationally prominent real- 
estate developer recently made a $15 mil- 
lion commitment to 
support the sciences 
at Brandeis. To recog- 
nize the gift — the 
largest ever from a 
Brandeis graduate — 
the entrance hall in the 
new Carl J. Shapiro 
^pk Science Center will be 

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Softer 54 Atrium. 

"We thank Don Soffer for this generous 

gift, which will continue to keep Brandeis in 

the forefront of scientific research and 
teaching for many years to come," said 
Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 

The gih supports the Campaign for 
Brandeis science initiative, an effort to fund 
endowed professorships, student fellow- 
ships, and state-of-the-art equipment and 
facilities. The centerpiece of the initiative is 
the 175,000-square-foot Shapiro Science 
Center, which is expected to be ready for 
occupancy in January 2009. 

Sofler is the founder of Turnberry Associ- 
ates, one of America's premier real-estate 
development and property-management 
companies. The Florida-based firm has devel- 
oped more than $7 billion in commercial and 
residential property around the country. 
Soffer's most notable development was 

transforming a mosquito-infested swamp in 
South Florida into the city of Aventura, one 
of Florida's most prestigious addresses. 

"I feel very fortunate to be able to help 
Brandeis in this way," Soffer said. "Brandeis 
was a very important part of my life — it 
brought me to another level intellectually 
and socially. Brandeis is an example of the 
best in education, and I want to do what I 
can to keep it at that level." 

Soffer, who attended the university on a 
football scholarship, has supported several 
important initiatives at Brandeis, including 
the Donald M. Soffer '54 Academic Court 
at the International Business School, the 
Softer men's locker room at the Gosman 
Sports and Convocation Center, and the 
Donald Soffer '54 Endowed Scholarship. 


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Lending a Helping Hand 

student scholarships a priority of extended capital campaign 

It's quiet on campus now — except for the con- 
struction noise — but in a few weeks the decibel 
level will be turned up as we welcome to 
Brandeis the Class of 2012. 

By all measures, it appears to be another out- 
standing class (final numbers won't be available 
until October): 

• More than 50 percent of the students graduated in the top 5 per- 
cent of their high-school class, and 70 percent were in the top 10. 
The median SAT score is 1 ,362. 

• Competition to gain admission was more intense than ever. Approx- 
imately eleven students applied for each available spot in the class. 

• The students hail from forty-three states and thirty-four foreign 

Many factors contributed to the recruitment of this accom- 
plished Class of 2012, but clearly one of the most important was 
the university's need-blind admissions policy. 

Since its founding sixty years ago, Brandeis has admitted stu- 
dents based on their merit rather than their ability to pay. In fact, 

nearly two-thirds of the incoming class will receive financial aid. 
Putting together a class without regard to students' financial 
situations is an expensive proposition, especially in these days of 
rising college costs and the reduced availability of federally 
backed student loans. 

Every year, financial aid consumes an increasingly larger portion 
of Brandeis's operating budget, making it more important than ever 
to establish endowed scholarships that provide consistent, ongoing 
support for students. 

Raising funds for student scholarships is one of the priorities of 
the extended Campaign for Brandeis, which seeks to generate an 
additional $450 million by June 30, 2013. 

We look forward to working with alumni, parents, friends, 
trustees, and members ot the Brandeis National Committee to 
ensure that future classes comprise the best students — irrespective 
of their financial status. 

—Nancy Winship, P'lO, F12 
Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

Donors taking advantage of new online giving options 

The university's enhanced online giving 
page offers more — and more Brandeis 
donors than ever are taking advantage of 
the additional features and convenience. 

The new giving page (alumni.brandeis. 
edu/onlinegiving) is easier to navigate, offers 
new giving options such as tribute gifts, and 
can process international credit cards. Regis- 
tered B Connect users can review their 
giving history and check open pledges. 

"As more and more donors are choosing 
to make their gifts online, we are pleased 

to be able to provide additional ways for 
our alumni and friends to support the uni- 
versity," said Mark Ableman, assistant vice 
president of development. 

Approaching the end of the fiscal year 
on June 30, Brandeis had already more 
than doubled last year's record total for 
online gifts. The full-year total for fiscal 
2007 was $216,220. 

Alumni membership gifts can also be 
made online. American Express, Master- 
Card and Visa are accepted. 


Senior Vice President of 
Institutional Advancement 

Nancy Winship, P'lO, P' 12 


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 \^ce President of 

Mark Ableman 

Senior Director of 
Corporation and 
Foundation Giving 

Robert Silk '90 

Director of Development 

David E. Nathan 


Direaor of Donor Relations 

Raqucl Rosenblatt 




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Professor Chad Bown at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. 

Foundation for change 

Hewlett supports prof's work on behalf of developing nations 

The challenge facing associate professor of eco- 
nomics Chad Bown calls for the know-how of 
a locksmith coupled with the expertise of the 
most seasoned diplomat: finding the key to 
unlock the vast potential of the World Trade 
Organization (WTO) to narrow the gap 
between the world's haves and have-nots. 

Bown, who has studied the inner workings 
of the Geneva-based trade organization for 
much of the last decade, is exploring ways to 
break down the barriers that have prevented 
developing countries from fully accessing 
the WTO's trade-dispute system. 

Thanks to a grant from the William and 
Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bown will be able 
to share his findings with the people who 
matter most — ambassadors, trade ministers, 
policymakers, nongovernment organizations, 
and think tanks — through seminars and the 
publication of a book. "I'm tremendously 
grateful to the Hewlett Foundation for 
funding this project," said Bown, who 
teaches in the International Business School. 

While many studies have looked at the 
process from the perspective of developed 
nations, Hewlett was intrigued by Bown's 
work, which looks at the trade-dispute system 
through the lens of developing countries. 

"We see the WTO dispute-settlement sys- 
tem as being one of the key drivers for policy 
reform because it more or less puts develop- 
ing countries on the same plane as the richer 
countries, " said M. Ann Tutwiler, managing 
director for trade and development at the 
Hewlett Foundation. "Unfortunately, in 
practice it hasn't worked that way — the sys- 
tem is more user-friendly for the developed 
countries, and the developing countries don't 
fully understand what is at stake." 

Bown has pinpointed a number of reasons 
why the system has not been utilized by 
developing countries, including the high cost 
of pursuing the resolution of disputes, fear of 
political reprisal from developed countries 
(reduction in aid, for instance), and insuffi- 
cient support from the private sector. 

The ultimate goal of Bown's project is to 
enlighten developing countries about the 
potential of the trade-dispute system and 
encourage them to participate. 

"The dream scenario would be that, based 
on my work, a government policymaker in a 
developing country seizes the opportunity to 
pursue a trade dispute, and the settlement 
ends up helping improve the standard of 
living in the country," Bown said. 

Professor's gift supports 
undergraduate research 

( "onvinced that the next generation of 
research breakthroughs will be the 
byproduct of collaborations among 
researchers from different fields, 
computer science professor Jacques 
Cohen and his wife, Diana, have cre- 
ated a fund to support undergraduates 
pursuing interdisciplinary work. 

The Dr. Jacques and Diana Cohen 
Award Endowment in Interdiscipli- 
nary Studies will provide funding for 
seniors working on their theses with 
faculty across academic departments. 

"I'm a believer in interdisciplinary 
work," said Cohen, the TJX/Feldberg 
Professor of Computer Science. "In 
the future, there will be more and 
more interaction among departments 
to solve very interesting problems." 

In recent years, Cohen's research 
and teaching have focused on compu- 
tational biology, including using com- 
puter technology to more closely study 
genes, proteins, and cells. Cohen has 
taught courses with Dagmar Ringe, 
the Harold and Bernice Davis Profes- 
sor of Aging and Neurodegenerative 
Disease, and has partnered with stu- 
dents on interdisciplinary work that 
combines computer studies with fields 
ranging from classics to economics. 

Cohen, who plans to retire following 
the 2008-09 academic year, joined the 
Brandeis faculty in 1968. He began in 
the physics department before moving 
into computer science, where he served 
as department chair for thirteen years. 

Through his tour decades at 
Brandeis, Cohen has worked closely 
with undergraduates; he estimates that 
half of his published articles have been 
the result of collaborations with 
undergraduate students. 

"The students at Brandeis have very 
brilliant minds," Cohen said. 

Cohen and his wife met at Brandeis 
while she was an assistant to then 
president Evelyn Handler. Diana is 
currently the vice president of 
academic affairs at Wheelock College. 

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United They Stand 

Fellows work for a better, more prosperous Brandeis 

Like the universit)' we represent, Brandeis 

fellows defy easy description. 

In fact, not all fellows are actually 

fellows; women comprise about 40 percent 
of the 225-member 
Board of Fellows. One- 
third of us graduated 
from Brandeis. Some are 

Jfta^s ^ parents or grandparents 
^— '-^^B of Brandeis alumni. 
-j^^^^H We're business people, 
^^ ^^ doctors, lawyers, scien- 
Paul ZIotoff 72 jJ5|-j_ educators, philan- 

thropists, and retirees. Some fellows live 
down the street from campus; others live 
across the country or overseas. 

The Board of Fellows is a diverse group 
of individuals, but we are united in our 

unflinching loyalt)' to Brandeis and our 
commitment to helping the university 
become the institution its founders envi- 
sioned sixty years ago. Fellows serve as 
informal university ambassadors at large, 
spreading the word about Brandeis interna- 
tionally, nationally, and in our own com- 
munities. Fellows help open doors to 

group of Brandeis supporters who share my 
belief in the university's mission. 

In the coming months, we plan to imple- 
ment changes in the areas of programming, 
events, and fundraising designed to further 
enhance the role of fellows. 

On October 29, we will hold our first fall 
get-together, joining the board of trustees for 

'The Board of Fellows is a diverse group of individuals, but 
we are united in our unflinching loyalty to Brandeis." 

community leaders and prospective donors, 
cultivate potential new leaders, and identify 
promising high-school students who might 
become fiiture Brandeisians. 

As chair of the Board of Fellows, I am 
honored to work with such a dedicated 

dinner and receiving an update on recent uni- 
versity developments. It you are interested in 
attending, please contact Karen Rogol at 
781-736-4106 or 

—Paul ZIotoff 72 
Chair, Board of Fellows 

Whither Books? 

Honorary-degree recipient Carroll worries about technology's impact on reading 

Speaking at the annual pre-Commence- 
ment Fellows Breakfast, writer James 
Carroll pondered the uncertain future of 
books — the cornerstone of all great univer- 
sities — in an age when much of the con- 
tents of the Librar)' of Congress can be 
downloaded to an iPod. 

"Reading the written word allows us to 
contemplate and spend time with what we 
have taken in," the award-winning novelist 
and journalist told a crowd of about seventy- 
five people at the Gosman Sports and 
Convocation Center. "Reading makes us and 
keeps us human." 

Carroll traced tht; history of the book 
and wondered whether technological 
advances may make reading less important 
to future generations. 

"What happens if through these ingenious 
machines we become a people who has forgot- 
ten to read?" said Carroll, who serves on the 
advisory board of the International Center for 
Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. 

"What else is the university other than 
a book come alive?" 

Following the Fellows Breakfast, Carroll 
received an honorary doctor of humane 
letters during Brandeis's fifty-seventh 
Commencement exercises. He was recog- 
nized for his writings on politics, religion, 
and culture, which have challenged and 
inspired readers throughout the world. 

Carroll was joined at the breakfast by fellow 
honorary-degree recipients William Schneider 
'66, senior political analyst at CNN; Stephen 
Kay, a former senior director at Goldman 
Sachs and member and past chair of the 
Brandeis Board of Trustees; and Karen 
Uhlenbeck, MA'67, PhD'68, a mathematics 
professor at the University of Texas-Austin. 

The breakfast was hosted by trustee 
Paul ZIotoff '72, chair ol the Board of 
Fellows. During his remarks, ZIotoff rec- 
ognized the contributions of his predeces- 
sors, Rosalind (Fuchsberg) '59 and 
Richard Kaufman '57. 

James Carroll speaks at the Fellows Breakfast. 

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Welcome Aboard 

Ten new members join Board of Fellows 

In recognition of their commitment to the 
universiry, the Brandeis Board of Trustees 
recently elected ten new members to the 
Board of Fellows. 

"These individuals have distinguished 
themselves for their service to Brandeis and 

National Committee (formerly the Brandeis 
Universirv' National Women's Committee) 
and a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning 
Institute at Brandeis. Generous contributors 
to Brandeis, they established the Orrie M. 
Friedman Distinguished Chair in Chemistry. 

Ronald Ansin 

Moses Feldman 

Orrie Friedman 

Manny Landsman Dorothy Pierce 

dedication to the university's mission, " said 
trustee Paul Zlotoff '72, chair of the Board 
of Fellows. "Their support of Brandeis has 
been instrumental in the institution's emer- 
gence as one of the leading universities in 
the country." 

The new fellows are described here: 

Ronald Ansin, retired chair of the L. B. 
Evans shoe manufacturing company and a 
prominent philanthropist, has served on the 
Board of Overseers at the International 
Business School (IBS) since 2002. He has 
generously supported the Peter A. Petri 
Global Leadership Fellows at IBS. 

Moses Feldman '62, the retired president 
and chiet executive officer of Aeromed, a 
manufacturer of precision medical-device 
components, has served on rhe Board ot 
Overseers at the Heller School for Social 
Policy and Management since 2003. He has 
been a member of his Reunion Gift Com- 
mittee and received the Brandeis Pride 
Award. He has generously supported the 
Heller School and its sustainable interna- 
tional development program. 

Orrie Friedman, founder and president of 
the GrenPharma biotechnolog)' firm, and his 
wife, Laurel, have a long history with 
Brandeis. Orrie is a professor emeritus of 
chemistry and has been a senior visiting scien- 
tist since 2000. He joined the Science 
Advisory Council in 2001. Laurel is a life 
member of the Boston chapter of the Brandeis 

Eric Green, P'05, P'07, chair and chief 
executive officer of Real Time Resolutions, is 
a member of the Board of Overseers of the 
Rose Art Museum and the Dean's Global 
Business Council at the International Busi- 
ness School. He also served on the Parents 
Advisory Council. He has been a generous 
supporter of the Rose. 

Darlene Green Kamine, '74, P'03. a 
lawyer in privare practice, served as 
national president (2005-07) and national 
vice president (2003-05) of the Alumni 
Association and received the organization's 
Service to Association Award in 2003. She 
also was honored for her work with the 
Alumni Admissions Council. 

Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64, the owner of 
Kaplan Consulting, was chair of the gift 
committees for her 35th and 40th Reunions. 
A member of the Brandeis National 
Committee, she helped revitalize the Western 
Pennsylvania chapter of the Alumni Associa- 
tion in the 1970s. Kaplan, who recently 
made a generous gift to Brandeis with her 
husband, Robert, is one of thirty-five alumni 
to give between Si million and $16.5 million 
to the Campaign for Brandeis. 

Manny Landsman, founder and vice 
president of American Power Conversion, 
has been a member of the Brandeis 
Science Advisory Council since 2000. 
He and his wife. Sheila, have been gener- 
ous supporters of Brandeis and funded 

the Landsman Science Center Super- 
conducting Magnetic Facility. 

Dorothy Pierce, a retired education 
administrator and teacher, recendy com- 
pleted a rwo-year term as national president 
of the Brandeis National Committee. She 
held a variety of other regional and local 
offices with the organization and is a life 
member of the Boca Raton chapter. 

Susan (Mandel) Prusky '55, P'80, G'12, 
a retired reading specialist in the Philadel- 
phia school system, served as cochair of her 
50th Reunion Committee and her 45th 
Reunion gift committee and held several 
offices with the Alumni Annual Fund. Her 
family established the Mandel-Prusky 
Family Endowed Scholarship. 

New fellowship to support 
elite undergraduate students 

Trustee Jeanette P. Lerman '69 and her 
husband, Joseph E. Neubauer, made a gift to 
establish the Lerman-Neubauer Fellows Pro- 
gram, a new initiative to support elite Brandeis 
undergraduates through research oppormnities 
across all disciplines, special courses, faculty 
mentoring, and paid internships. 

Each entering class at Brandeis will include 
ten Lerman-Neubauer Fellows, who will be 
selected for the program based on their 
outstanding academic achievement and 
potential. The first group of Lerman-Neubauer 
Fellows will matriculate this fall. 

"The Lerman-Neubauer Fellows Program 
will offer young men and women a very special 
experience while keeping Brandeis competi- 
tive with other elite private universities," said 
Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72. 


Our prayer for comfort on the passing of 
fellows Frances Gruenfeld, March 25; 
former U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum, 
March 12; and Burt Rosen '55, May 31. 

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Thanks a Million 

Thirty-five alumni donate $1 million or more to Campaign for Brandeis 

Judging by their commitment to the Campaign for Brandeis, 
alumni feel very good about their Brandeis experience. 

Thirty-five alumni have made campaign gifts of between $1 mil- 
lion and $16.5 million, underscoring the energizing effect the most 
ambitious flindraising effort in university history has had on alumni. 

"There is no better gauge of the health of a university than the 
support it receives from alumni," said Nancy Winship, P'lO, PI 2, 
senior vice president of institutional advancement. "It's clear that 
Brandeis alumni value their Brandeis education and understand 
their important role in determining the future of the university." 

The most recent alumni to make gifts totaling at least $1 million: 

• Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64, owner of Kaplan Consulting, a firm that 
advises companies and nonprofits on cost-management systems, 
and her husband, Robert, made a generous gift to the university's 
international and global studies program. They have also 
supported the Alumni Annual Fund. 

• Tony Chang, PhD'83, founder and chief executive ofFicer of 
Hong Kong-based Tech-Link Silicones, is the first person to earn 

From left: Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64. Tony Chang, PhD'83, and Barbara 
(Greenfield) '63 and J, Victor Samuels '63. 

a graduate degree from Brandeis to make a campaign gift of at 
least $1 million. He established the Myron Rosenblum Endow- 
ment Fellowship to honor his faculty mentor. 
• Brandeis Fellow J. Victor Samuels '63, the retired chairman and 
chief executive officer of Houston-based Victory Packaging, and 
his wife, Barbara (Greenfield) '63, have supported the Alumni 
Annual Fimd and other important initiatives at Brandeis. 

Making a Difference 

Devoted to doing good works, Gorbachs endow scfioiarship fund 

After working at his family insurance busi- 
ness for six months following graduation, 
Sherwood Gorbach '55 was still not sure 
what he wanted to do with his life. 

But he was certain what he did not want 
to do. 

"The business world held no appeal tor 
me," Gorbach recalled. "I did not want to 
spend my life making money, Brandeis had 
influenced me to think of the life of the 
mind and to do something good for the 

Judith '58 and Sherwood '55 Gorbach. 

world. 1 wanted to pursue work that had 
meaning to me and would help others." 

Over the last forty years, Gorbach has 
done |ust that. A professor and researcher at 
Tufts University School of Medicine and 
editor of the influential journal Clinical 
Infectious Diseases, Gorbach recently 
received the Alexander Fleming Award for 
Lifetime Achievement from the Infectious 
Diseases Society of America. 

In recognition of the central role Brandeis 
has played in their lives, Gorbach and his 
wife, Judith '58, have generously supported 
the university. The couple, who met while 
they were students, recently established the 
Gorbach Family Endowed Scholarship. 

"Brandeis provided me the inspiration to 
devote my life to doing good works," 
Gorbach explained. "It has been a very 
important part of both of our lives." 

After spurning the world of business, 
Gorbach decided to pursue a career in med- 
icine. He returned to the Brandeis class- 

room as a special student during the 
1957-58 academic year to complete the 
biology, chemistry, and physics courses 
required for admission to medical school. 
He earned all As and was accepted at five 
med schools, choosing to enroll at Tufts. 

At Tufts, his mentor, Louis Weinstcin, 
steered Gorbach toward academic medi- 
cine, particularly the study and treatment of 
infectious diseases. 

"I didn't want to be a surgeon — I was too 
clumsy for that," Gorbach said with a 
laugh, "I wanted to do something where I 
could make a difference." 

Perhaps his most notable contribution to 
date has been indentifying enterotoxigenic 
E. coli as the major cause of life-threatening 
diarrheal disease in the developing world. 

These days, in addition to having 
teaching, research, and journal responsi- 
bilities, Gorbach also serves as the chief 
medical officer and senior vice president of 
a small biopharmacy company. 

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Presidential Briefing 

Twenty-five Brandeis alumni enjoyed 
an inside looi< at Brandeis during 
the first Presidential Briefing, a 
two-day meeting that included a 
private dinner with President lehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72, and information 
sessions with deans, senior administra- 
tors, and faculty. Clockwise, from top 
left: David Hodes 77 and his wife, 
Jolie Schwab '78, and Steve Corkin 
78; Reinharz, Bruce Pollack '81, 
Nancy Winship, P'lO, P'12, 
senior vice president of institutional 
advancement, and Jonathan Keller '83; 
Ellis Verdi '77 and Tony Stern '08; 
and Mindy Berman '78 and 
Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64. 

Brandeis Arts Council 

The Brandeis Arts Council, which provides 
grants to support outstanding performances, 
exhibitions, and programs at the School of 
Creative Arts, held its inaugural meeting recently. 
Seated, from left: Barbara Binder '76; Sara and 
Jack McConnell, P'lO; Elizabeth (Sarason) 
Pfau '74; and Fern Gelford Lowenfels '55. 
Standing, from left: Carla Singer '66; fellow 
Barbara (Cantor) Sherman '54, P'83; Jolie 
Schwab '78; Joan Merlis '79; Alan Sterman '52; 
President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72; Scott 
Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts; 
Mindy Schneider '75; Tammy Ader '83; 
Danny Lehrman '64; Sydney Abend '54; and 
Harvey Ross '67. 

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About three hundred members ot the Brandeis 
family — trustees, alumni, friends, faculty, 
and members of the Class of 1958, who 
were on campus to celebrate their 50th Reunion — 
attended the annual Commencement Dinner. 
President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, spoke about the 
rejuvenated Brandeis sports programs and the 
important role athletics has played in sparking a new 
school spirit on campus. The five honorary-degree 
recipients — CNN senior political analyst William 
Schneider '66, writer James Carroll, CARE USA 
president Dr. Helene Gayle, former trustee chair 
Stephen Kay, and mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck, 
MA'67, PhD'68 — each received a standing ovation 
when they were introduced to the crowd. 

Seated, from left: Tom Fergus; Wendy Tarlow-Kaplan; honorary-degree recipient and 
trustee Stephen Kay; Harleen Singh, the Helaine and Alvin Allen Professor of 
Literature; and trustee Rhonda Shapiro Zinner. Standing, from left: Judith Sizer, 
senior vice president and general counsel: Michael Zinner; Julie Kay; Peter French, 
executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Lisbeth Tarlow. 

From left: Robert Kraft, trustee Myra (Hiatt) Kraft '64. and 
President Jehuda Reinharz. PhD'72. 

From left: Nancy Winship. P'lO. P'12, senior vice president of institutional 
advancement; trustee Daniel Elkaim '81; and Kristin Yokota. 

Seated, from left: Lise 
Scott. President Jehuda 
Reinharz. PhD72, Kimberly 
Paige. Robert Kraft, and 
trustee Ron Daniel. 
Standing, from left: trustee 
Donald Drapkin '68; trustee 
Paul ZIotoff '72, professor 
Mari Fitzduff, honorary- 
degree recipient James 
Carroll, and trustee Myra 
(Hiatt) Kraft '64. 

Robert Kraft (left) chats with trustee Ron Daniel. 

Honorary-degree recipient William Schneider '66 and Helaine Allen, P'73. 

President Jehuda Reinharz. PhD'72. and 
honorary-degree recipient William 
Schneider '66. 

Seated, from left: Fabio Schiantarelli, Neela deZoysa, honorary-degree recipient Dr. Helene Gayle, 
professor Laurence Simon, Lucy Friedman, and trustee William Friedman '65. Standing, from left: 
trustee Thomas Glynn III, PhD'77; Diane and Stuart Altman, outgoing dean of the Heller School for 
Social Policy and Management and the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy: incoming 
Heller dean Lisa Lynch; Marty Krauss. PhD'Sl, provost and the John Stein Professor of Disability 
Research; and Richard Krauss. 

Trustees Malcolm 
Sherman, P'83 (left), 
and Paul ZIotoff '72, 

Trustee Robert Shapiro '52 and fellow 
Valya (Kazes) Shapiro '51. 

Perlmutter Award Presentation 

Alexis Rockman (second from right) received the Ruth Ann and 
Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award during a ceremony at 
the Rose Art Museum. The award invites emerging artists on the 
cusp of international acclaim to work with students and the larger 
Brandeis community in conjunction with an exhibition at the 
museum. Rockman's first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Weight of 
Air, is currently at the Lois Foster Wing. Pictured with Rockman are 
(from left) Jonathan Lee, chair of the Rose Board of Overseers; 
Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose; 
Ruth Ann Perlmutter; and Marty Krauss, PhD'81, provost and the 
John Stein Professor of Disability Research. 

Fineberg Gallery Dedication 

Dedication ceremonies were held tor the new 

Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery at the 

Rose Art Museum. Fellow Gerald Fineberg, the 

outgoing chair of the Rose's Board of Overseers, 

and his wife have been generous supporters of the 

museum for many years. Left photo, from left: 

Gerald Fineberg, President Jehuda Reinharz, 

PhD72, and Ronald Casry. Right photo, from left: 

Carolyn Fine-Friedman, Sandra Fineberg, fellow 

Cynthia Berenson, and Gerald Fineberg. 

Rose Art Museum Gala 

About one hundred people attended the Rose Art 
Museum's second annual spring celebration, Under 
One Roof which featured well-known works that are 
part of the museum's extraordinary collection. 
Left photo, from left: Jonathan Lee, chair of the Board 
of Overseers; Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois 
Foster Director of the Rose; and Donald Stanton. 
Right photo, from left: Meryl Rose, Josh Zaentz, 
Elizabeth (Sarason) Pfau '74, and Paula Rendino. 

Remembrance Day 

Susan Geller Gold '56 (right) read from 

her Holocaust memoir. The Eyes Are the 

Same, during a Holocaust Remembrance 

Day event. Also participating were Antony 

Polonsky, the Albert Abramson Professor 

of Holocaust Studies (left), and Allison 

Schottenstein '08. 


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Asper Forum 

Jon Luther (center), chair and chief executive officer of 
Dunkin' Brands, discussed global strategy' and marketing 
during the annual Asper Forum on Global Entrepreneur- 
ship at the International Business School (IBS). Also in 
attendance were (froyn Ufi) Malcolm Sherman, P'83, chair 
of the Board of Trustees; Marry Krauss, PhD"81, provost 
and the John Stein Professor of Disability Research; trustee 
Len Asper '86; and Bruce Magid, IBS dean and the 
Martin and Ahuva Gross Professor of Financial Markets 

and Institutions. 

Emerging Leaders at CBS 

Alumni Association president Allen 
Alter '71 (sixth from right), a senior coordi- 
nating producer at CBS News, hosted an 
Emerging Leaders event at CBS in New 
York. The get-together included a behind- 
the-scenes tour of CBS Evening News with 
Katie Coiiric and a discussion with national 
correspondent Byron Pitts and Director of 
Surveys Kathleen Frankovic. 

Zinner Lecture 

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management's annual 

Zinner Lecture, "Is U.S. Philanthropy Ignoring Povert)' in Its 

Own Backyard?" featured a debate between Rob Reich (third 

from left), a Stanford University political science professor, and 

Phil Buchanan (second from right), president of the Center for 

Effective Philanthropy. Ellen Remmer (center), president and 

chief executive officer of the Philanthropic Initiative, served as 

moderator. Also pictured are (from left) Heller professor Andrew 

Hahn, PhD'78, executive director of the Sillerman Center for 

the Advancement of Philanthropy; trustee Rhonda Shapiro 

Zinner, vice chair of the Heller Board of Overseers; Stuart 

Airman, the outgoing dean of the Heller School and the Sol. C. 

Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy; and Claudia 

Jacobs '70, a senior staff member at Heller. 

Crown Forum 

Nader Habibi, the Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the 
Middle East at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, spoke at 
a recent Crown Forum at Brandeis House in New York about the 
ways that Arab oil-exporting countries are investing their petro 
dollars. Among those in attendance were (ftom left) Amos Feldman; 
Barbara Perlmutter; Arthur Hoffman, president of the Leir 
Charitable Foundations; and trustee Louis Perlmutter '56. 

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President Jehuda Relnharz, PhD'72. accepts the senior class gift from Class of 2008 Gift Committee 
members (hom left) Rebecca Solo. Jason Fenster, Sarafi Gaby, Ariel Linet, Mictielle Minkoff, Nicole 
Gilliat, Sam Vagiiar, Matt Brown, and Lily Kowalski. Not pictured: Art Bergevin, Darren Gallant, Tsipora 
Glassberg, Choon Woo Ha, Esther Levy, Brittany MacFariand, Tony Stern, and Dmitry Vilner. 

Paying It Forward 

Graduate helps future students with generous class gift 

For Sarah Gaby '08, it was love at first sight. 

Born and raised in Miami, she visited 
Brandeis as a high-school senior on a cold, rainy 
day in April 2004 — and realized immediately 
that the university more than a thousand miles 
fi-om balmy South Florida offered the academic 
rigor and passionate social activism she sought. 
"I remember calling my parents after the visit 
and telling them, 'Brandeis is made for me,' " 
Gaby said, "and it has been." 

Once she arrived on 
campus as a freshman. 
Gaby embraced the Bran- 
deis experience with both 
arms — and never let go. 
In the classroom, she 
double-majored in soci- 
ology and international 
and global studies (IGS), 
graduating summa cum 
laude, earning Phi Beta Kappa membership, and 
delivering the senior address at the IGS convo- 
cation. She wrote her senior thesis about the 
environmental justice implications of the Navy's 
use of Vieques, an island oft Puerto Rico, as a 
bombing range and weapons testing ground. 

"At Brandeis, I was always challenged to think 
for myself and to think in different ways — not just 
repeat what I had read or heard," Gaby said. 

Sarah Gaby '08 

Outside the classroom, she pursued her zeal 
for social justice by helping teenagers at a local 
housing development form a youth-leadership 
council, volunteering with the Multiple 
Scletosis Society and the Red Cross, and 
working as an intern at Project Medishare, an 
organization dedicated to improving medical 
care for the people of Haiti. 

Grateful for the scholarship support that 
allowed her to attend Brandeis, Gaby made a 
generous contribution to the senior class gift. 
She helped the Class of 2008 set a participation 
record of 68 percent (topping last year's 64 per- 
cent) and raise nearly $12,000. 

"I feel an obligation to the future of the 
university — and the students who will come 
after me — to support Brandeis," Gaby said. 
"Just as generous scholarship donors made 
my education possible, I want to do what 1 
can to ensure that other people have the same 
opportunity I had." 

In the future, she hopes to work for a non- 
profit organization committed to helping 
underutilized youth become empowered 
members of society. 

"There is a great pool of people with 
untapped potential who just need a guiding 
hand," Gaby said. "I think that's where my 
heart is." 

Troen to deliver keynote 
at Sachar Society event 

S. Ilan Troen '63, the Karl, Harry, 
and Helen Stoll Family Professor of 
Israel Studies, will discuss the sixti- 
eth anniversary of the establishment 
of the State of Israel at the annual 
Sachar Legacy Society Luncheon on 
September 17. Sachar Society 
member Hans Lopater will serve as 
host. The Sachar Society is com- 
posed of more than five hundred 
alumni, parents, and friends who 
have included the university in their 
estate plans. For more information 
or to register for the luncheon, 
contact Orla Kane at 781-736-4069 

Golf and tennis outing 
scheduled for August 11 

Alpine Capital Bank will sponsor the 
fourth annual Brandeis Golf and 
Tennis Outing on Monday, August 1 1 , 
at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, 
New York. In addition to golf and ten- 
nis tournaments, the day will include 
brunch, contests, a tennis clinic, a cock- 
tail reception, and an awards dinner. 
Since its inception in 2005, the tourna- 
ment has raised more than $300,000 
for undergraduate scholarships. For 
more information on playing or spon- 
sorship opportunities, contact Shira 
Orenstein '79 at 212-472-1501, 
ext. 232, or 

Scholarship Appreciation 
Luncheon on October 30 

Trustee Sylvia Hassenfeld, whose 
family established the Hassenfeld Foun- 
dation Endowed Scholarship, will serve 
as host of the seventh annual Scholar- 
ship Appreciation Luncheon on Octo- 
ber 30. The luncheon brings together 
scholarship and fellowship students and 
the donors who support their scholar- 
ships. Contact Erin Warnke at 78 1 -736- 
4064 or 

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Hot Time at Reunion 

Record attendance, temperatures mark annual gathering 

Record attendance and record temperatures combined to make 
Retmion 2008 a hot time in the old town in June. More than 1 ,300 
alumni and family members flocked to campus to renew friend- 
ships, celebrate milestones, and relive their days as students at their 
alma mater. 

"Reunion 2008 broke more records than we can count," said 
Karen Ann Engelbourg '79, assistant vice president for alumni and 
university relations. "We had more alumni attend, more events 
scheduled, and more fun than ever before." 

Highlights of the weekend, during which temperatures 
approached one hundred degrees, included the individual class 
dinners on Friday night; a conversation with President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72; the Ralph Norman Barbecue; and an ice- 
cream social in the Castle courtyard on Saturday; and a farewell 
jazz brunch on Sunday morning. 

The Levin Ballroom was filled to capacity for Saturday evening's 
"A Night in Para'Deis" dinner and dance. 

Before alumni hit the dance floor, representatives from all ten was unable to attend the festivities. 
Reunion committees presented a check for $3,215,386 to 

Reinharz and Nancy Winship, P'f 0, P'12, senior vice president of See pages 75-77 for class photos, and visit http:llalumni.brandeis.edii 
institutional advancement. to see additional reunion photos. 

Alumni catch up at a pre-gala reception. 

In addition, Caroline Baron '83 and Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, 
MFA'86, PhD'89, received Alumni Achievement Awards. Tony 
Chang, PhD'83, also received an Alumni Achievement Award but 

Aboodi, Stepno honored for service, leadership 

Two alumni have been honored by the 
Alumni Association for their dedicated 
service and volunteer efforts on behalf of 
the association. 

University trustee Henry Aboodi '86 
received the Service to the Association 
Award, and Melissa Bank Stepno '99 was 
given the Young Leadership Award. Both 
awards were presented by the association's 
board of directors. 

Aboodi, senior managing director of 
Alpine Resources in New York City, 
founded and chairs the annual Brandeis 
Golf and Tennis Outing, which has raised 
more than $300,000 for student scholar- 
ships. This year's outing takes place on 
August 1 1. Aboodi has hosted dinners for 
fellow alumni at his home, been an active 
member of the Wall Street/Finance 

Network of the Alumni Club of New York 
City, developed mentoring relationships 
with students, and hosted a summer 
lunch series that paired alumni with 
current students working at internships in 
New York. 

"It gives me tremendous satisfaction to 
help Brandeis and its students, " Aboodi said. 

Stepno's award, reserved for alumni who 
have graduated within the last ten years, is 
given only in years in which there is a 
deserving recipient. Like Aboodi's, Stepno's 
involvement with the association began at 

She has chaired several Recent Gradu- 
ates Network events through the Alumni 
Club of Greater Boston, initiated events in 
new geographical areas that include the 
North Shore of Massachusetts and the 

Henry Aboodi '86 and Melissa Bank Stepno '99. 

southern New Hampshire region, and 
worked on the Jump into Junior Year pro- 
gram at the Hiatt Career Center. 

Stepno serves as chair of the Performing 
Arts Network/Theater Committee of the 
Boston Club and was a member of her 5th 
Reunion Committee. 

"It was totally unexpected and immensely 
satisfy'ing, " Stepno said of her recognition. 

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Strenoth in Numbers 

Grads are getting— and staying— connected to their alma mater 

One important way that I measure our success is by the 
number oi alumni who get — and stay — connected to 
Brandeis through our many programs. By that yard- 
stick, this year has been particularly gratifying. 

We recently celebrated Reunion Weekend, which 
drew a record 1 ,300 alumni and family members back 
to campus. They left energized from reconnecting 
with the Brandeis community, reliving the wonderful 
days they spent at the university, and awed by the 
amazing transformation of the campus. 

At Commencement in May, we welcomed more 
than seven hundred graduates of the Class of 2008 
as our newest Alumni Association members. Their 
senior class gift broke a record, with 68 percent of 
the class participating. We are eager to share with 
these new alumni the many benefits oftered 
through the association and are happy to activate 
our vast network to help them begin their profes- 
sional journeys. 

Since it launched in April, B Connect, the 
exciting, new online alumni community, has 
attracted nearly 3,200 alumni registrants. You've 

hopefully received an e-mail or two coaxing you to 
find out "Whatever B Came of" your old friends and 
classmates. For those of you who have not yet regis- 
tered, B Connect is about a lot more than finding out 
who is married or who is single. Its networking 
potential is limitless, whether you are moving to a 
new city, looking for a new job, hiring new staff, 
promoting your own business, or looking for profes- 
sional services provided by Brandeis alumni. It only 
takes a minute to tap into an alumni network more 
than forty thousand strong. I guarantee you'll be glad 
you did. Visit 

1 am also pleased to welcome onto our alumni asso- 
ciation board of directors five Brandeis alumni who 
have stepped forward in the past several years and 
demonstrated their dedication and commitment to 
our alma mater (see story, page 71). I am honored to 
work with such a fine group ot people, and with their 
help I expect to see more and more alumni getting — 
and staying — connected to Brandeis every day. 

— Allen Alter 71 
Senior Producer, CBS News 









Countrywide Classic Tennis Tournament at 
UCLA, August 7. 7:30 p.m. Group tickets 
available for $35 each. 

Annual Outing to the Hollywood Bowl— The 
Big Picture: The Films of Warner Bros., 
August 31. Picnic in our seats. 6:30 p.m.; 
concert, 7:30 p.m. Group tickets available for 
$29 each. 


August 11, Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, 
New York. Proceeds support an under- 
graduate student scholarship. For information, 
contact Shira Orenstein at 212-472-1501, 
ext. 232 or, or visit 


October 15, at the home of Susie and 
Norman Zitomer '71, Paradise Valley, 
Arizona. President Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72, 
will speak. 


October 2, at the home of trustee Jonathan 
'75 and Margot Davis, MA'05, Chestnut Hill, 
Massachusetts. Television producer and 
writer Gary David Goldberg '66 will speak. 


November 10, Park Hyatt Chicago. Hosted by 
Margot and Tom Pritzker, P'02. 


October 16, at the home of Leslie (Meltzer) 
Aronzon '84, Los Angeles. President Jehuda 
Reinharz, PhD'72, will speak. 


September 18, at the home of Glenn '82 and 
Susan (Lewtan) Langberg '82, Short Hills. 
New Jersey. 

For a complete list of upcoming events, see 

TYP 40th celebration 
set for October 25 

Transitional Year Program 
alumni, current students, and 
Brandeis faculty will come 
together to observe this mile- 
stone with a full day of pro- 
gramming, including a panel 
discussion with TYP Scholars, 
an awards presentation, a 
screening of a video that 
traces TYP's history, and a 
gala dinner. 

This celebration is made 
possible by a generous gift 
from the Louis D. Brandeis 
Legacy Fund for Social Justice. 

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Rachel B. Greenfield '95 


Rachel B. Greenfield received a bachelor's 
degree in sociology in 1995. During the past 
few years, she has chaired or cochaired 
several events for the Alumni Club of New 
York City. Greenfield received the Young 
Leadership Award in 2002 and served as a fundraising member 
of her 10th Reunion Committee. She is married to Richard S. 
Greenfield '95; the couple have two children. 

Dr. Joseph Gronich 78, P'12 


Dr. Joseph Gronich received a bachelor's 
degree in philosophy in 1978 and went on to 
earn a medical degree in Israel. Now a senior 
physician at Hypertension Nephrology 
Associates in ^X^llow Grove, Pennsylvania, 
Gronich has served on the Alumni Admissions Council since 
2004. He is also an active member of the Alumni Club of 
Philadelphia. He and his wife, Julie Salter Gronich, have a son, 
Benjamin, who will begin his freshman year at Brandeis in the fall. 

Philip H. Kohl 75 


Philip H. Kohl earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1975 
and an MBA from Stanford University in 1979. He is president 
of Spring Lake Properties Co. Inc., a real-estate and construc- 
tion company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is also a 
managing member of Clean Burn Fuels, a company that has 
broken ground on the first ethanol refinery in North Carolina. 

Kohl is a member of the Sachar Legacy Societ)' and served on 
his 20th and 25th Reunion Committees. He and his wife, 
Mary, have two children. 

Paul Regan 73, P'12 


Paul Regan earned a bachelor's degree in 
American studies in 1973 and went on to 
earn a law degree from Georgetown 
University Law Center in 1976. Regan is 
chief executive officer and lead attorney at 
Regan Associates, Chartered, a legal-services firm that also 
provides services to employees and their families as a fringe 
benefit. He was a member of his 25th Reunion Committee. 
He and his wife, Judith, have two children. Their son Edward 
begins his freshman year at Brandeis this fall. 

Deborah L. Shufrin '93 


Deborah L. Shufrin earned a bachelor's 
degree in economics in 1993 and an MBA in 
finance from the Wharton School of the 
University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She was 
a vice president at MPS Investment 
Management and a director at Hancock Capital Management. 
She also served in Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's 
cabinet as director ot business and technology and remains on 
the board of directors of the Massachusetts Technology 
Development Corporation. Shufrin was a speaker at the World 
of Business and Technology at Brandeis in 2001 and at the 
International Business School in 2006 and has been a member 
of the Alumni Admissions Council and Emerging Leaders. 

Study: Alumni satisfaction rate more than 90 percent 

More than 90 percent of Brandeis graduates are pleased that they 
attended the university, a higher alumni satisfaction rate than most 

peer institutions, according to the 
2008 Alumni Attitude Study. 

Sixty-one percent of survey 
respondents felt they made a 
"great" decision by coming to 
Brandeis, and 33 percent rated 
their decision as "good." Nearly all 
respondents said the university 
gave them "excellent" or "good" 
preparation lor life after Brandeis. 

The survey, coordinated for Brandeis by the Performance 
Enhancement Group, an independent consulting company, was 
distributed electronically to 17,220 alumni who have provided the 
university with a current e-mail address. More than 21 percent of 
recipients completed the survey. 

Additional findings included: 

• Almost halfof the alumni plan to make a gift to the Annual Fund, 
nearly double the rate for graduates from peer institutions. 

• Recent graduates believe Brandeis must improve its electronic 
communications outreach. [Shortly after the completion of the 
survey, the Office of Alumni Relations launched an enhanced 
online community, B Connect. Visit] 

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Alumni Club of Chicago 

Alumni and their families flocked to the Alumni Club of Chicago's annual alumni and student broomball game in January at the 
Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette, Illinois. This evening of broom hockey and pizza was chaired by Marci Sperling-Flynn '85. 

Alumni Club of Philadelphia 

Right: Lisa Silverman '95 (lefi), Mara Jackel '04 

(center), and Robert Jackel '04 chat during 

intermission at a performance of A/. Butterfly. 

Several alumni attended the Suzanne Roberts 

Theater tor the event, which was chaired by club 

president Hannah (Sacks) '95 and Mark 

Bookbinder '96. 

Left: Shelly Wolf '64 
and David Woods 
attend M. Butterfly 
in Philadelphia. 


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Fifth Annual SunDeis Film Festival 

Left photo: Actor and director Tony Goldwyn '82 (right), with director of the Office of the Arts and 
event moderator Scott Edmiston, returned to campus in March to receive the inaugutal SunDeis 
Alumni Achievement Award. Attendees viewed a special screening ot Goldwyn's latest directorial project, 
The Liist Kiss, followed by a question-and-answer session and reception. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston and the Brandeis National Committee 

Left: Event chairs Barbara Cantor Sherman '54, P'83, and Doug Rosner '88 
flank Eileen McNamara, professor of the practice of journalism, at a 
downtown lunch in March. McNamara addressed members of the Alumni 
Club of Greater Boston and the Brandeis National Committee at the event, 
hosted by Jeffrey Jonas '85 of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels. 

Eileen McNamara 
chats with members 
of the Brandeis 

Alumni Club of Southern California 

Fetnando Torres-Gil, PhD'76 (center), 

acting dean of the UCLA School of 

Public Affairs and professor of social 

welfare and public policy, delivered a 

talk, "The Politics of Healthcare: 

Illusions and Reflections," at a recent 

club gathering. He is shown with event 

chair Adam M. Greenwald '98 and 

host Rana Hakhamimi '98. The 

gathering was held at Hakhamimi's 

home in Los Angeles. 


Aronson '55 
and Tani Sackler 
Krouse '57. 

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Alumni Club of South Florida and the Brandeis National Committee 

Naghmeh Sohrabi (third from left), assistant director for 

research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at 

Brandeis, presented a talii, "Why Do Iranians Go 

to the Polls? Thoughts on Elections in Iran, " 

at a joint event oi the Alumni Club of South Florida 

and the Brandeis National Committee's Facult)' in the 

Field/University on Wheels program. Among those 

in attendance were event chairs Gil Drozdow '79 

(third fi-o)>i right) and Elaine Bernstein (fourth fom right). 

Atlanta Alumni and the Brandeis National Committee 

Professor Joyce Antler '63 (right) presented a 
talk, "Our Mothers, Ourselves: Revising and 
Reinventing the Colossal Jewish Mother," and 
signed copies ot her book You Never Call! You 
Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother at a 
joint Faculty in the Field/University on Wheels 
event. Antler is shown with Michael and 
Esther Gerson Levine '62. 

Ed Feldstein ■61,P'88 
(left), and Jerry Broder. 

Ann Rawn P'l 1 {left), and Valerie Miller 
(right), copresidents of the Atlanta chap- 
ter ot the Brandeis National Committee, 
with Helen Stern. 

Prolessor Antler 
(center) with event 
cochairs Judy 
Feldstein '63, P'88 
(left), and Vicki Fox. 

Alumni Club of Greater Boston and the Brandeis National Committee 

Michael Willrich, associate professor of 
history, chats with Barbara Cantor Sherman 
"54, P'83, at a joint event of the alumni club 
and the Brandeis National Committee in 
May. Willrich delivered a talk, "Dilemmas of 
Law and Justice in Louis Brandeis's America," 
which detailed the debate of individual rights 
vs. governmental powers in the conflict 
over forced smallpox vaccination in the 
twentieth century. 

Etta Lappen 
Davis '73 
attendees to 
Willrich's talk. 


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More than 1,300 alumni and their Families gathered on campus at the Ralph Norman Barbecue on Saturday ahernoon. (The 

for Reunion 2008, held lune 6 to 8. Despite soaring tempera- Class of 1958's 50th Reunion was held in May, in conjunction 

tures, all of this year's Reunion events and festivities attracted with Commencement.) The Reunion classes raised more than 

capacity crowds. As is Brandeis tradition, class photos were taken $3.5 million tor Brandeis. 

Class of 1953 

Marylin Tell Holzberg and 
Marshall S. Sterman served as 
cochairs of the 55th Reunion 
Committee. The class raised 
$28,493, with a 68 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 1958 

Judith Brecher Borakove and 

Lenore Edelman Sack served as 

cochairs of the 50th Reunion 

Committee. The class raised 

$438,318, with a 59 percent 

participation rate. 

Class of 1963 

Nine members of the 
Class of '63 served on the 
Reunion Committee. The class 
raised $412,353 and had a 
50 percent participation rate. 



Class of 1968 

University trustee Alex 
Barivas and Jon Landau 
served as cochairs of 
the 40th Reunion 
Committee. The class 
raised $596,421 and 
had a 50 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 1973 

Gary Hirsch served as 

chair of the 35th 

Reunion Committee. 

The class raised 

$525,200 and had a 

51 percent 

participation rate. 

Class of 1978 

Ma7.elle Ablon Bohacz 
served as chair and 
Marta Kauffman as 
honorary cochair ot 
the 30th Reunion 
Committee. The class 
raised $861,222 and 
had a 49 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 1983 

Risa Levine and Robin 

Sherman served as 

cochairs of the 25th 

Reunion Committee. 

The class raised 

$482,211 and had a 

41 percent 

participation rate. 

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Class of 1988 

Roger H. Frankel and 
Suzanne Feldstein 
Frankel served as 
cochairs ot the 20tli 
Reunion Committee. 
The class raised 
$67,088 and had a 
28 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 1993 

Marc David Gonchai 

and Joanne Moore 

served as cochairs of the 

15th Reunion 

Committee. The class 

raised $79,749 and had 

a 26 percent 

participation rate. 

Erica Lowenfeis Papir 
served as chair of the 

0th Reunion 
Committee. The class 
raised $35,365 and 
had a 25 percent 
participation rate. 

Class of 2003 

Jennifer Nadler Segal 

and Joshua M. D. 

Segal served as cochairs 

of the 5th Reunion 

Committee. The class 

rai.sed $12,827 and 

had a 24 percent 

participation rate. 




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Wien Scholars join the Wien family for a group photo. 

Wien Scholars from around the world 
joined the family of founders 
Lawrence and Mae Wien to celebrate the 
fiftieth anniversary of the Wien Interna- 
tional Scholarship Program in April. 

Alumni from more than thirty-five 
countries returned to Brandeis to renew 
acquaintances with former classmates, 
meet current Wien Scholars, and share the 
successes of a scholarship program that has 
produced an impressive array of world 
leaders dedicated to improving the human 

The weekend celebration included 
panel discussions with current and former 
Wien Scholars, campus tours, and a 
university update. 

Wien Scholars Geir Haarde 73, the 
prime minister of Iceland, and Dimitrij 
Rupel, PhD'76, the foreign minister of 
Slovenia, spoke at the opening-night dinner. 

Trustee Vartan Gregorian, president of 
the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 
paid tribute to both the Wiens and 
Brandeis during his keynote address at 
the closing dinner. 

"America is truly a land of philanthropy 
and, hence, a land of obligations honored 
and fulfilled, a land of gratitude, of giving, 
of compassion, and of investments in our 
society's future," Gregorian said. "The 
magnificent university where we are gath- 
ered today to celebrate the fiftieth anniver- 
sary of the Wien International Scholarship 
Program was among Larry Wiens greatest 
investments, and, as a trustee of the uni- 
versity — but more, as an educator and also 
a lifelong student — I want to pay tribute 
to him for that." 

From /eft; Amar Bhattacharya 74 from 
India. Francis Rozwadowski 75 from 
Swaziland. Maris Makkas 75 of Greece, 
and Hjalmar Ragnarsson 74 of Iceland. 

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from left: Nancy Winship, P'lO. P'12, senior vice 
president of institutional advancement; Wakako Kimoto 
Hironaka. MA'64, of Japan; Tom Watanabe 73 from Japan 
and his wife. Hidemi; and Jun-lchi Ishii '61 of Japan. 

From left: Mai Suong Le '07 of Vietnam, Shachi 
Shrestha, Anurag Maskey '03. MA'05, of Nepal, 
Trang Van Nguyen '03 of Vietnam, Uttam Sharma '02 
of Nepal, and David Dagan '02. I\/IA'03. of Germany. 

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WIen Scholars Annlka Schildt '86 of Sweden (left) 
and Maciek Gadamski '92 from Poland (right) with 
former Wien program coordinator Linda Nathanson. 

From left Gudrun Gunnarsdottir '89 of Iceland, Asli 
Kumbasar '90 of Turkey, Raika Dehy '90 of France, 
Rakesh Rajani '89 of Tanzania, Katharine Diepold '89 
of Germany. Eddie Galea-Curmi '89 of Malta, and Natalia 
Houser '90 of Ecuador. 

Seung-il Shin '64, PhD'68, from 
Korea (left), and Haile Menkerios '70 
from Eritrea. 

Wien family members (from left) Barbara Wien, Leonard Wien Jr., Dinny 
Morse, Carole Langer, and Isabel Malkin. 

Seated, from left: Dimitrij Rupel, PhD'76, foreign minister of Slovenia: 
Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72; and Geir Haarde '73. prime 
minister of Iceland. Standing, from left: Lester Morse; Peter Malkin; Malcolm 
Sherman, P'83, chair of the Brandeis University Board of Trustees; and 
Sridatta Mukherjee '09 of India. 

From left: Ndubuisi Eke '72 of Nigeria, Azuka Dike '64 
of Nigeria, John Fobia '73, P'U, from Cameroon, Albert 
Silliman '74, MA'76, from India, and Iroka Udeinya '76 
from Nigeria. 

From left: Wien Scholars Karen Vasudavan '94 from 
Malaysia, Monica Joyi '93 of South Africa, and Asta 
Sveinsdottir '92 from Iceland with former Wien program 
coordinator Faire Goldstein and her husband, Norton. 

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from France. Evangelos Djimopoulos '62 
from Greece, Jane Nisselson 
Assimakopoulos '64 of Greece, and 
Solveig Eriksson Turner '60 from Finland, 

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Topeka, KS 66611 

Sumner Sheff, MA'59 
Scottsdale, Arizona 
Sheff's son David and grandson Nic 
authored rwo best-selling books. David's 
book, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey 
through His Son's Meth Addiction, has 
been on the New York Times nonfiction 
bestseller list. Nic's book, Tweak: 
Growing Up on Methamphetamines, has 
been on the newspaper's children's 
chapter-books bestseller list. The two 
went on a nationwide book tour, were 
featured speakers at the National 
Council's Conference on Mental Health 
and Addiction, and appeared on The 
Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Caroline Shaffer Westerhof 
Tarpon Springs, Florida 

Westerhof's second book, Letters to 
Charlye: The Fetology Series, was pub- 
lished last year by PublishAmerica. It 
details the sacredness of pet grief and 
healing. Westerhot heads the George 
Washington Creative Management 
Institute. She presented a new manage- 
ment concept, degenderization, at the 
Oxford Round Table in England in 
August 2007. She is the author of 77;? 
Executive Connection and has written 
more than six hundred PowerWeb essays 
on management and aging. 


Abraham Heller 

1400 Runnymede Road 

Dayton, OH 45419 

Joan Amy (Greenberger) Gurgold 
Sarasot.!, Florida 

Gurgold has held various leadership 
positions with her temple, sisterhood, 
the Florida region of the Women's 

League for Conservative Judaism, and 
her condominium association. She is also 
involved in diversity programs in 
Sarasota. Gurgold travels frequently, 
most recently to Antarctica. 

Sumner Packer 

Fon Lauderdale, Florida 

Packer received a master of fine arts 
degree from Yale University and went on 
to own Capron Lighting in Newton, 
Massachusetts. He has been living in 
Florida for thirty years and now works 
for Home Depot in Davie. 


William Marsh 
5113 Castlerock Way 
Naples, PL 34112 

Bernard Bossom 

Bossom and his wife, Janet, live in the 
beautiful Pacific Northwest, where their 
two children decided to drop roots (yes, 
the river from NYC does flow westward). 
Writes Bossom, "They do speak English 
here, although they speak so much slower 
than I do. It's a New York thing. Since 
retirement is not a word in my vocabu- 
lary, I established a 501(c)(3) to develop 
affordable housing in Washington State. 
We are working on two projects, creating 
seventy homes for ownership tor families 
who otherwise could not afford to live in 
Seattle, where they work. Teachers are a 
primary market. A third project is in the 
pipeline, and, hopefully, will be joined by 
many others. This is a region that is not 
following the national trend in the 
housing market." 


Judith Paull Aronson 

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

Leona Feldman Curhan 

10 West Ridge Drive 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Tania Grossinger 
New York Cit>' 

Grossinger's memoir, Growing Up at 
Grossinger's, was reissued by Skyhorse 
Publishing in June. 

Judith P. Kesselman 
Suffern, New York 

Kesselman received the Phyllis Helbraun 
Award for distinguished service to the 
early-childhood or school-age 
community in Rockland County. 
Throughout her career, she has served 
area children and families as a teacher 
and a teacher of teachers through 
numerous special projects. Kesselman 
has advocated for children on the local, 
state, and federal levels. She has been an 
adjunct professor at City College, Bank 
Street College, and Rockland 
Communifj' College. Kesselman has 
been instrumental in developing and 
leading science and environmental 
nature programs that have been used by 
early-childhood educators for decades. 
She is considered by her peers to be a 
master teacher, modeling develop- 
mentally appropriate practices, especially 
in math and science. 

Allen Secher 
Whitefish, Montana 
Secher recently completed a successful 
run as Brandeis professor Morrie 
Schwartz in the Whitefish Theater's 
production of Tuesdays with Morrie, writ- 
ten by Mitch Albom '79. For eight years 
Secher has hosted a Sunday-night radio 
show, Nice and Easy — Secher, Sinatra, 
and Style. 


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Wynne Wolkenberg Miller 

1443 Beacon Street, #403 
Brookline, MA 02446 

Jules Bernstein 

Washington, D.C. 

Bernstein helped start a new Web site, 

National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse 

(, which is designed to 

help combat a pandemic of what he calls 

"wage theft" by employers. 

Philip Lieb 

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts 

Lieb was selected chaplain for the 21st 

Masonic District of Cape Cod. 


Judith Brecher Borakove 

10 East End Avenue, #2-F 
New York, NY 10075 

Deborain Barr 

CheN-y Chase, Maryland 

Barr has spent forty years in the field of 

education — from starting a program for 

the gifted in the 1960s to now teaching 

a survey course on British literature to 

learning-disabled high school students. 

She has seven adorable grandchildren. 

Hubie LeBlanc 

West Newton, Massachusetts 
LeBlanc was inducted into the Brandeis 
Athletic Hall of Fame as a contributor tor 
his eleven years a.s an assistant coach for 
the basketball and baseball teams. He 
served as captain of the 1957-58 basket- 
ball team, the first Brandeis squad to play 
in the NCAA tournament. 

Dorry Peltyn 

West Bloomfield, Michigan 

Pelt)'n starred in the Detroit Repertory 

Theatre's production of Southern 

Comforts by Kathleen Clark. She played 

the role of Amanda, a widow who ends 

up falling in love with Gus, a widower. 
The play portrays the difficulties of love 
at any age. Peltyn has performed in a 
number of productions at the theater. 

Alan Ward 

Ward presented a paper, "Interpretation: 
Auditory and Visual Hallucinations," at 
the ninth annual meeting ot the U.S. 
chapter of the International Society for 
the Psychological Treatments of the 
Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses, in 
New York. 


Sunny Sunshine Brownrout 

7238 Brambury Court 
Sarasota, FL 34238 

Marilyn Goretsky Becker 
Newton Centre, Massachusetts 
Becker serves as a cantor doing outreach 
work in Jewish life cycles in the Greater 
Boston area. She conducts High Holy 
Day services for the unaffiliated at Pine 
Manor College. Reach her at 

Martin Peretz, H'89 

Truro, Massachusetts 

Peretz, editor-in-chief of the Neiv Republic, 

received an honorary degree from Hebrew 

Union College in Cincinnati. 


Joan Silverman Wallack 
28 Linden Shores 
Branford, CI 06405 

Katherine Egan 
Stockport, United Kingdom 
Egan is vice chair of the Liberal 
Democrats Education Association. 

Adrienne Udis Rosenblatt 

120 Via Zamora 

Jupiter, FL 33458 

Susan Rubenfeld Bernard 
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 
Bernard retired after thirty-three years as 
a teacher. She lives in Southern 
California and continues her work as a 
real-estate broker. Traveling, exercise, 
classes, and mah Jong occupy much ot 
her time. 

Stephen Bluestone 

Decatur, Georgia 

Bluestone, a professor of English at 
Mercer University in Macon, reports 
that his latest book. The Flagmnt Dead, 
published in 2007, was nominated tor 
the National Book Award in Poetry and 
the Pulitzer Prize. Jerusalem Trilogy, for 
which he wrote the lyrics in collabora- 
tion with composer David H. Johnson, 
had its world premiere at Mercer in fall 
2007 and was presented at other venues 
as well. 

Leslie Neiman Kingsley 

Sharon, Massachusetts 
Kingsley frequently travels to London 
to visit a daughter and grandchildren. 
She also spends time with another 
daughter and grandchildren in nearby 
Westboro. She enjoys a very satisfying 
career in human-resources management, 
including management coaching and 
training in the public and private 
sectors. Prior to that, she taught social 
sciences at the college level. As retire- 
ment looms ever closer, she is enjoying 
part-time status, which affords her the 
opportunity to draw on her past living 
experiences in Rio, where she learned 
to speak Portuguese, and to assist 
Boston's burgeoning communit)' of 
Brazilian immigrants. Her husband, 
Chris, works at the Center for Youth 
and Communities at the Heller School 
for Social Policy and Management, 
providing them both with an ongoing 
connection to Brandeis. 

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Ann Leder Sharon 

13890 Ravenwood Drive 
Saratoga, CA 95070 

Phyllis (Cohen) Cohen 
Woodbridge, Connecticut 
Cohen, a child and adult psychoanalyst, is 
a professor at the Child Study Center at 
Yale University. She conducts research in 
trauma and autism and is deeply involved 
with child mental-heaJth training and 
research in the Middle East, particularly in 
Israel and the Arab countries in the eastern 
Mediterranean. She has four children and 
eight grandchildren. Cohen looks forward 
to hearing from fellow Brandeisians. 
Contact her at 


Miriam Osier Hyman 

140 East 72nd Street, #16B 

New York, NY 10021 

Susan B. Jones 

Belmont, Massachusetts 
Jones retired after twenty-five years at 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
She is enjoying retirement by painting, 
knitting, reading, baking bread, work- 
ing out, teaching, gardening, and 

Ronald Kronish 

Kronish, founder and director of the 
Interrcligious Coordinating Council in 
Israel (ICCI), received the Peace 
through Friendship Prize from ViewPax 
Mondiale, an American Christian 
organization. He was recognized for his 
contribution to reconciliation and 
dialogue between Jewish Israelis and 
Palestinian Arabs. The ICCI serves as 
an umbrella for more than sevent)' 
organizations that work in interrcligious 
and intercultural education in Israel. 

Amy Prupis Miller 

Peterborough, New Hampshire 
Miller completed a PhD in psychology' 
from Lancaster University in the 
United Kingdom. 

Evan Stark 

Woodbridge, Connecticut 
Stark's new book. Coercive Control: Hoiv 
Men Entrap Women in Personal Life, pub- 
lished by Oxford, was named best book in 
sociolog}' and social work by the American 
Publishers Association's Scholarly and 
Professional Books Division. 

Shelly A. Wolf 

113 Naudain Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Jane Nisselson Assimakopoulos 

loannina, Greece 

See Panayotis Assimakopoulos '61 in 

"In Memoriam." 

Michael Berger 
Santa Monica, California 
Berger was presented with a Distin- 
guished Alumni Award from Washington 
University Law School. For most of his 
career, Berger practiced land-use and 
eminent-domain law at the Los Angeles 
law firm Berger & Norton. He argued 
hundreds ot appeals, including four cases 
before the U.S. Supreme Court. Berger 
now cochairs the appellate-practice 
group at the national law and consulting 
firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. He has 
also taught at a number of law schools. 

Ellen Lasher Kaplan 

Belmont, Massachusetts 

Kaplan and her husband, Bob, received 

the American Technion Society's (ATS) 

Benefactor Award for their support ot 

ATS and the Technion-Israel Institute 

of Technology. 

Alan E. Katz 
New York Cit>' 

Katz and his wile, Laura, are pleased to 
announce the birth of their first grand- 
child, Alexis Forster, and the engagement 
of their daughter, Jessie '06. 

Hock Tjoa, MA'65 

Pcnn Valley, California 
Since retiring, Tjoa has dabbled in 
community theater, most recently 
appearing in Golden Child. 


Joan Furber Kalafatas 

3 Brandywyne 

Wayland, MA 01778 

Fred Marden 

Framingham, Massachusetts 
Marden, a former fourth-round draft 
choice of the Boston Red Sox, was 
inducted into the Brandeis Athletic Hall 
of Fame. One ot the top pitchers in the 
early years of the Brandeis baseball 
program, he once struck out twenry-six 
batters in a twelve-inning game, including 
twenty in the first nine innings. 


Kenneth E. Davis 

28 Mary Chilton Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Our older son, Ethan '11. completed his 
freshman year at Brandeis. He is having 
a wonderful experience (including 
joining a fraternity) and will graduate 
several weeks before our 45th Reunion. 
Our younger son, Adam, will be a high- 
school senior in the fall, and we are 
starting the college application process 
all over again. My wife, Alison '73, and 
I are well and looking forward to seeing 
you at Reunion in a tew years. 

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alumniprofile | Ohibanke King-Akerele '67 

The Iron Lady of East Hall 

"1 remember how focused she was, and 
determined," says Elisa Hill '67. "We 
softened her a little, she made us a little 
more serious." 

Liberia's new minister of foreign 
affairs — one of the so-called "iron ladies" 
oi the new government now rebuilding 
that nation after devastating civil wars — 
once pigged out on Baskin-Robbins with 
suitemates in Brandeis's East Hall, in a sis- 
terhood of about a dozen women that 
remains strong. "It's beautiful that we've 
been able to maintain this relationship," 
says Olubanke King-Akerele '67, "Banke" 
to her friends. 

Though few suitemates knew it, King- 
Akerele's family historj' includes three pres- 
idents of Liberia, and her father served as 
Liberia's ambassador to the United 
Nations. She was preparing for her own 
public service at the University of Ibadan 
in Nigeria when Richard Sklar, a visiting 
political science professor from Brandeis, 
persuaded her to transfer. The move was 
logical for Africans like her, she says. "Who 
was to build our countries?" King-Akerele 
asks. "We were the next generation, so we 
came to study abroad, with the intention 
of coming back to work for our respective 
countries." She obtained two master's 
degrees — at Northeastern and Columbia 
universities — before returning to Liberia. 

In 1982, King-Akerele began twenty- 
tour years of working with the United 
Nations, ultimately as U.N. secretary- 
general representative in Mauritius and 
Seychelles and in Zambia. Meanwhile, 
Liberia's two brutal civil wars were causing 
the deaths of 250,000 citizens, the flight 
into neighboring countries of perhaps a 
million refugees, massive destruction, and 
national economic ruin. 

In late 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was 
elected as Liberia's — and Africa's — first 
woman president. She soon tapped King- 
Akerele to become minister of commerce 
and industry. The story of the new govern- 
ment's first year in office is told in a docu- 
mentary. Iron Ladies of Liberia, broadcast 
on PBS earlier this year. 

"That was a very difficult period tor 
me," says King-Akerele, the divorced 
mother of two grown daughters. For many 
years, Liberia's food staple, rice, had been 

controlled by foreign traders who manipu- 
lated the price and caused a shortage. "I 
had to tackle those traders, because the 

security of the state was at stake," she 
explains. She finally established a competi- 
tive market, stable rice prices, and a con- 
stant rice supply. 

Last fall King-Akerele became minister 
ot foreign affairs. Her tasks now include 
strengthening strategic economic relation- 
ships, building relationships with new part- 
ners, including China, and preparing to 
welcome home 65,000 Liberian refugees 
from the civil wars without threatening the 
fragile peace. 

While at Brandeis, King-Akerele began a 
lasting relationship with politics professor 
Ruth Morgenthau, a U.S. presidential 
adviser on African politics and development 
who died in 2006. Morgenthau's husband 
plans to donate his wife's library to Liberia, 
and King-Akerele expects to establish in 
Morgenthau's honor the Ruth Morgenthau 
Young Diaspora Professional Program, 
which will enable students from across the 
world to go to Monrovia tor research. The 
new program will be launched during an 
international colloquium on women's 
empowerment and peace to be convened by 
the presidents of Liberia and Finland in 
Liberia next March. These two initiatives, 
says King-Akerele, "will establish an extraor- 
dinar)' intellectual link between Brandeis 
and Liberia." 

— Sue Rardin 

Janice Weinman 

New York City 

Weinman, president of Kids in 
Distressed Situations (KIDS) for the 
last five years, received the Distin- 
guished Service Award from the Nation- 
al Child Labor Committee. KIDS was 
founded in 1985 by members of the 
children's wear, shoe, and toy industries 
to provide clothing, shoes, toys, and 
books to children throughout the world. 
During Weinman's tenure as president, 
the organization has doubled the 
support for families in need. She also 
helped establish a partnership between 
KIDS and Fashion Delivers to send 
clothing, books, and toys to children in 
Israel and Lebanon. 


Anne Rellly Hort 

10 Old Jackson Avenue, #21 
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 

Along with Ron Mayer and his wife, 
Linda, my husband, Robert, and I 
joined Bea and Bob Cohen in 
celebrating the wedding of their son, 
Craig Cohen '00, to Alison Siegel on 
April 6 in New York. Elliot Cohen '57, 
an uncle of the groom, also joined the 
festivities. A highlight of the evening 
was a tribute to the newlyweds sung by 
Craig's Brandeis suitemates to the tune 
ot "My Favorite Things." This is the 
first "second-generation" wedding we 
have attended. We were at Bob and Bea's 
wedding more than thirty years ago. 

Howard Lipson 
Los Angeles 

Lipson and Tatiana Roth Conway were 
married on July 15, 2007. After 
graduating from Brandeis, Lipson earned 
master's and doctoral degrees in 
organization theory from Northwestern 
University. Since 1985, he has run his 
own boutique entertainment executive- 
search firm, Lipson & Co., based in 
Los Angeles ( 

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Deborah Dash Moore 

Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Moore, director of the Frankel Center 
for Judaic Studies and the Frederick 
G. L. Huetwell Professor of History 
at the University of Michigan, was 
featured in the PBS documentary 
The Jemish Americans. 

George Saitoti 

Nairobi, Kenya 

Saitoti was named minister for internal 
security and provincial administration by 
Kenya's new coalition government. 


David Greenwald 

1920 Chestnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Phoebe Epstein 

205 West 89th Street, #10-8 
New York, NY 10024 

Kenneth Kaplan 

Parsippany, New Jersey 
Kaplan opened his own real-estate 
brokerage company, KenKap Realty 
( He specializes in 
the sale and lease of industrial and 
commercial properties. 

Michael Lerman 
South Bend, Indiana 
Lerman and his wife, Miriam Anne 
(Finch) 70. write, "As we reflect on 
thirty-seven (thirty-eight on July 12) 
incredible years of marriage, we are 
extremely grateful for all the blessings 
that the Almighty has given us, including 
good health, happiness, nuchas from our 
six children and their beautiful families 
(seven grandsons and seven grand- 
daughters; God willing, there will be 
more), and harmony in our family 

business, which has grown throughout 
the Midwest, the South, and Mexico. " 

Shoshana (nee Susan) Levin 

Levin married Shlomo Fox on June 7, 
2007. They live in Jerusalem, where she 
has worked as a child psychologist for 
the past fifteen years. Levin moved to 
Israel in 1992 after completing a 
doctorate in counseling psychology at 
the University of British Columbia. She 
specializes in the functional assessment 
of autistic-spectrum children at the 
Feuerstein Institute and has a private 
practice for young children that utilizes 
play therapy. 

David Pitt 
New York City 

Pitt, a freelance writer and editor on 
development issues, is wotking on a 
book-length United Nations report on 
the plight of children in armed conflict. 
His daughter, Katharine, a nationally 
ranked foil fencer, will be a member of 
Yale's fencing team in the fall. The team 
is coached by Henry Harutunian, who 
served as coach at Brandeis in 1969 when 
Pitt, also a foil fencer, was team captain. 

Ronald Ratner 
Shaker Heights, Ohio 
Governor Ted Strickland appointed 
Ratner to the Ohio State University 
Board of Trustees. He serves as executive 
vice president and director of Forest City 
Enterprises Inc. and president and chief 
executive officer of Forest City Residential 
Group. Forest City Enterprises was 
founded and is largely managed by 
members of the Ratner family. It has 
commercial, residential, and land- 
development units throughout the United 
States and in other countries. 

Kristin Robie 

Port Orange, Florida 

Robie started her own practice 

specializing in medicine and geriatrics 

through MetCare of Florida. She also has 

a medical information service business, 

Medical Manuscripts. Robie's daughter, 

Julia, is twelve years old and enjoys 

playing the violin and drawing. Robie 

recently celebrated het sixtieth bitthday 
at a party in New York City attended by 
many friends, including Brandeis pals. 

Dina Tanners 

Tanners is enjoying her first grandchild, 
Jonah Samuel, born on January 26, 2007. 
She is active in the Jewish Agency for 
Israel Partnership 2000 program and 
volunteers with het husband, Howard 
Cockerham, in Kiryat Malachi, Israel, 
each summer. 


Charles S. Eisenberg 

4 Ashford Road 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Thomas Francis August 

August was appointed executive vice 
president in charge of operations at 
Behringer Harvard, a Dallas-based real- 
estate company. August has more than 
thirty years of experience in the 
commercial real-estate industry. 


Richard Kopley 

608 W. Hillside Avenue 
State College, PA 16803 

Lucy (Baiter) Weinstein 
Huntington, New York 
Weinstein's daughter, Juliana, married 
Matt Cohen '03. The wedding was 
officiated by Rabbi Albert Axelrad, 
a former Brandeis rabbi who also 
officiated the wedding of Weinstein and 
her husband, Mark, in 1972. Weinstein's 
son, Adam '01, met his wife through 
the Brandeis a cappella group VoiceMale 
when she was in a Boston University 
singing group. 

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aliimni}^rofile | Dennis Shulman '72 

Rabbi, Run 

Maybe Rabbi Heschel made him do it. 
Run for Congress, that is. Or maybe it was 
his own outrage. Or the fact that his wife 
was tired of his "watching the news, ready 
to throw a shoe at the television," he says. 
Watching is figurative: psychologist, psy- 
choanalyst, rabbi, and now candidate for 
Congress Dennis Shulman '72 has been 
blind since his teens. 

Most deeply, it was religious philosopher 
Abraham loshua Heschel's words "To talk 
about God and not Vietnam is blasphemy" 
(read "Iraq" for "Vietnam," says Shulman) 
that convinced him to run in New Jersey's 
5th Congressional District for the seat now 
held by conservative Republican incum- 
bent Scott Garrett. If elected, Shulman — 
called by one journalist "a darling of the 
Democratic establishment on Capitol 
Hill" — would be the first ordained rabbi to 
serve in the House of Representatives and 
the first blind congressperson since 1935. 

By early June, Shulman had won the 
Democratic primary, and his candidacy 
had been spotlighted as a "pick-up oppor- 
tunity" by the Democratic Congressional 
Campaign Committee. 

Besides "the terrible injustices and stu- 
pidities" of the current war, Shulman 
decries "the neglect of the refugees from 
New Orleans, the ignoring of global 
warming, the absence of an energy policy, 
and the excesses of the Executive Branch." 
Asked about Israel, he replies that "Israelis 
are frightened because of the increased 
power and prosperity of Iran." 

He says that increase occurred "because 
we did not develop an energy policy to 
deal with oil and gas, we bolstered Iran's 
economy, and we tied our military up in a 
war that essentially Iran benefits from." 

As a high-school student in Worcester, 
Massachusetts, Shulman did well, in spite 
of such necessities as taking class notes in 
Braille, punching each individual dot by 
hand. He won a full scholarship to Worces- 
ter Academy for his last two years and 
graduated third in his class. 

At Brandeis he managed a full course 
load with the help of live readers, met 
classmate Pam Tropper — now an 
OB/GYN and his wife of thirty-three 
years — and graduated with magna cum 
laude and Phi Beta Kappa after his name. 

Brandeis provided him wonderful oppor- 
tunities to connect with other students 
who were similarly concerned about social 

issues, about ethics, and about people, 
Shulman notes. 

Shulman earned a PhD in clinical psy- 
chology and public practice at Harvard, 
surviving such challenges as turning in a 
twenty-five-page report only to be told 
the pages were totally blank. ("The type- 
writer ribbon had slipped," he explains, 
laughing.) After practicing psycho- 
analysis and psychology for nearly twenty 
years, he became — as he remains — the 
founding director of the National 
Training Program in Contemporary 
Psychoanalysis in New York. 

In the 1990s, eager to continue "taking 
the Bible not literally, but seriously," he 
began studying for the rabbinate. He was 
ordained in 2003, the same year his book 
The Genius of Genesis was published. He is 
now associate rabbi of Chavurah Beth 
Shalom, a progressive synagogue in Alpine, 
New Jersey. 

Is Shulman's unique candidacy ham- 
pered by his lack of political experience? 
"Congress has not been fulfilling its sacred 
obligation of oversight," he says. "I would 
say that my going to Washington as a citi- 
zen legislator with a fresh perspective is an 
advantage — especially this year, when 
everybody is aware that we're in trouble. " 
— Sue Rardin 

Roslyn Smith Zelenka 


Zelenka received the Excellence in Artistry 
and Most Outstanding Web Site awards 
from the Panamanian Ministry of 
Commerce and Industry for her 
Rainforest Design project. She is working 
with a small group of Wounaan Indian 
artists from the Darien Rainforest region 
who are carving shell cameos with designs 
inspired by the flora and fauna of the rain- 
forest. Zelenka hopes to establish a new 
cameo industry in Panama to compete 
with Torre del Greco, Italy. The Wounaan 
Indians are outstanding anists, but most 
live in extreme poverty. Anyone with ideas 
for promoting or selling Rainforest Design 
cameos may contact Zelenka at 


Dan Garfinkel 

2420 Kings Lane 
Pittsburgh, PA 15241 

Louis Liebhaber 

Allentown, Pennsvlvania 
See Barbara Liebhaber '73. 


George Kahn 

11300 Rudman Drive 

Culver City, CA 90230 

Charles Klein 
Merrick, New York 

Klein was installed as the fifty-ninth presi- 
dent of the New York Board of Rabbis, 
the world's oldest and largest interdenom- 
inational rabbinical board. The board, 
which was founded in 1881 and includes 
rabbis from New York City, Long Island, 
New Jersey, and Connecticut, deals with 
local, national, and global issues. Klein, a 
Conservative rabbi, has been the spiritual 
leader of the Merrick Jewish Center- 
Congregation Ohr Torah for the last 

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Joshua E. Israel '99 and Ken A. Selfert 






Howard Lipson and Tatiana Roth Conway 

July 15, 2007 


Shoshana (Susan) Levin and Shiomo Fox 

June 7. 2007 


Freya Bernstein and tiflartin Broff 

November 4, 2007 


Phil Sirkin and Kelly Wiesenthal 

August 13, 2007 


Sari Siegel and Barry Spieler 

April 13 


Rachel Schneider and David Greenspun 

March 22 

Warren Bloom and Samantha Miller 

November 24, 2007 


R. Bradford Rego and Tara Beth Lenhart 

November 17, 2007 

Marc Shedroff and Tracy Spitzberg 

February 17 

Sujan Talukdar and Jonathan White 

April 29. 2006 


Juan Sanabria and Naomi Mersky 

November 3, 2007 

David Magid and Maren Harrison 

August 26. 2007 


Joshua E. Israel and Ken A. Seifert 

October 20, 2007 


Sonia Satija and Rajan Kapoor 

January 26 

Hadassah Margolis and Michael Goldstein 

October 28, 2007 


Stanley Altshuller and Alexandra Pogornets 

October 22, 2006 

Sara Harrison and Toby Mast 

March 28 


Philip Schreiber and Jamie Lee Stulin 

March 29 


Adam Grossman and Jill Croen 

July 8. 2007 

Jenny Marcus and Jonathan Sandler 

July 2007 

Morgan Rosenheck and Solomon Sheena 

October 2007 


Dayna Sadoff and Seth Spinner '05 

May 25 

Julie Sarke and Jeremy Manus 

April 13 

Adam Grossman '03 and 
Jill Croen '03 

Howard Lipson '67 and 
Tatiana Roth Conway 

Sujan Talukdar '96 and Jonathan White 

Jenny Marcus '03 and Jonathan Sandler 


Shoshana (Susan) Levin '69 
and Shiomo Fox 

Warren Bloom '95 and 
Samantha Miller 

Morgan Rosenheck '03 and 
Solomon Sheena '03 

Hadassah Margolis 00 and 
Michael Goldstein 

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thirty years. He is updating his booi^ How 
to Forgive When You Ciri't Forget: Healing 
Our Personal Relationships. 

Barbara Golden Liebhaber 

Allentown, Pennsylvania 
Liebhaber and her husband, Louis '72, 
are enjoying new endeavors. He is 
woricing with a start-up life-sciences 
company, and she is an adjunct teacher 
in music at Muhlenberg College and 
Temple University. Their son has one 
year remaining at law school, and their 
married daughter is completing a 
master's degree in urban education. 

Class of 1974 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Ellen Jaffe-GIII 
Culver Ciry, California 
JafFe-Gill was admitted to the American 
Conference of Cantors as a full member. 
Now in her third year as cantor of 
Temple Ner Tamid in Downey, she 
recently headlined her first concert, 
"An Evening of Song. " Jafife-Gill also 
works as a freelance writer and editor, 
teacher, and tutor. 

Ralph Martin II 

Martin, a former district attorney for 
Suffolk County, Massachusetts, was 
named the first managing partner of the 
Boston office of Bingham McCutchen, a 
national law firm. Martin, cochair of 
Bingham's Diversity Committee, joined 
the firm in 2002 after ten years as the 
commonwealth's first elected black 
district attorney. He specializes in 
corporate investigations and white-collar 
defense. Martin served as managing 
principal of Bingham Consulting Group, 
a business of the firm that guides compa- 
nies through policy change at the local, 
state, and national levels. His two-year 

term as chairman of the Greater Boston 
Chamber of Commerce ended in May. 

Sheldon Stein 

After twenty-rwo years as a senior 
managing director. Stein left Bear 
Stearns in February — one month before 
the firm was acquired by JPMorgan 
Chase — to join Merrill Lynch as 
managing director and vice chairman 
of investment banking. Stein and his 
wife, Barbara Brickman Stein '73. 
will still be based in Dallas, but will 
spend a good bit of time at their home 
in New York. They also enjoy their home 
on SuUivans Island, South Carolina, 
outside Charleston. The Steins wel- 
comed their first grandchild, Emma 
Kate, on March 23, 2007. The couple 
would love to catch up with friends in 
Dallas, New York, and Charleston. 


Class of 1975 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

David Glasser 
Boulder, Colorado 
Glasser earned an intermediate para- 
glider pilot rating (P3). He is founder 
and chief engineer of Airshow Mastering 
in Boulder, which celebrates its twenty- 
fifth anniversaty this year. He is also a 
rwo-time Grammy Award winner. 

Rosanna Hertz 
Brook] ine, Massachusetts 
Hertz received an Outstanding Academic 
Book Award from Choice magazine for 
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: 
How Women Are Choosing Parenthood 
without Marriage and Creating the New 
American Family. The book was also a 
C. Wright Mills Award finalist. Hertz 
was elected president of the Eastern 
Sociological Society, the regional 
organization of sociologists. 


Beth Peariman 

1773 Diane Road 

Mendota Heights, MN 55118 

Sharl (Langenthal) Meehan 
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 
Meehan, former executive director of the 
Brandeis National Committee, joined the 
Jeviash Federation of South Palm Beach 
County as vice president of its Jewish 
Community Foundation. 

Sarah (Hardison) O'Connor 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 
O'Connor is a tenured faculty member 
in writing and rhetoric studies at James 
Madison University in Virginia. Her 
love of writing blossomed in under- 
graduate writing classes at Brandeis. 

Gary Zaetz 

Caty, North Carolina 
For the past several months, Zaetz has 
worked with World War II Families for 
Return of the Missing in an attempt to 
persuade the Pentagon to send a recovery 
team to a remote part of northeastern 
India, where the wreckage of Zaetz's 
uncle's B-24 aircraft was located after 
being lost for sixty-three years. The 
group's efforts have received much 
publicity, including articles in the New 
York Times and India Today. Zaetz was 
also interviewed for a stoty that aired on 
the BBC World Service. 


Fred Berg 

145 Fourth Avenue, #9-C 
New York, NY 10003 

Candace Browning 

New York City 

Browning was named president of Merrill 

Lynch Global Research. She had been an 

airline industty analyst. 

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births adoptions 

Glenn Manishin 
McLean, Virginia 

Manishin joined the law firm Duane 
Morris as a partner in the trial practice 
group in Washington, D.C. He concen- 
trates his practice on the impact of con- 
vergence of the legacy industries and the 
new economy. Manishin has served as 
lead trial and appellate counsel in many 
high-profile technology cases. He has 
written many articles on technology and 
antitrust laws and frequently lectures on 
the subject. Manishin is a member of the 
American Bar Association and the 
Federal Communications Bar Association. 


Valerie Troyansky 

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

Cindy Beii-Deane 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts 
Since 1999, Bell-Deane has served as 
director of food services for the Jewish 
Federation of the Berkshires. She works 
part time as the kitchen coordinator at 
Knesset Israel synagogue. Bell-Deane 
started her career in food service as a 
cook at a summer camp while in high 
school, then started supplying cheese 
pies to restaurants during college. One 
summer, she catered an event at 
Tanglewood that Massachusetts gover- 
nor Michael Dukakis attended — and he 
loved her chocolate fondue. Bell-Deane 
and her husband, David, were high- 
school sweethearts. Their elder daughter, 
Kendra, attends the University of 
Massachusetts-Amherst; their younger 
daughter, Maressa, attends Mount 
Holyoke College. 

Mark Cohen 

West Hempstead, New York 
Cohen and his wife, Roberta 
Weinstein-Cohen 79, announce the 
engagement of their daughter, Hanna 
Cohen '09. 

Class Brandeis Parent(s^ 

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Josh Eisenberg 

Brian Ash 

Andrew Gelman 

Reva (Schiessinger) Winston 

Angela Rollet 

Christopher Simpson 

Deborah Wechsler 

Cheryl Alkon 

Bonnie Ashmore-Davis 

Alexandra (Haber) and Barak Bar-Cohen '92 

Elizabeth Miller Belkind 

Karen Beth (Farkas) Cohen 

David Kaufman 

Kira Thaler Marbit and Stephen Marbit '90 

Miriam Weiner 

Marc Tyler and Daniela Andreae Nobleman 

Melinda (Weinblatt), MA'95. and Ben Resnick 

Bari Nan Cohen Rothchild 

Taube Lubart Vallabha 

Amy Yok-Ming Wong 

Ari Zacepitzky and Emily Pick, MA'97 

Melissa Braun-Steele 

Yvonne (Cash) Gordon 

Shoshana (Sathan) and Howard Green 

Dana Salomy and Eyal Sela 

Nancy Fellner 

Ira and Debbie Goldberg 

Claudy (Levin) and Geoff Thompson 

Tricia Wood Andrews 

Jessica Pressman and Brad Lupien 

Rachel Grandberg Weinstein 

Wendy (Stein) Harshfield 

Laura (Schram) King 

Samantha (Elster) and Josh Ratner '99 

Daniella (Rubin) and Jonathan Simon 

Pamela (Helfant) Vichengrad 

Lucy (Khabay) and Jason Galek 

Laura Dawn (Hacker) and Adam M. Greenwald 

Tracy (Glanz) and John Abercrombie 

Kate Higgins-Shea and Chris Shea '96 

Kimberly Ann (Patricio) Rebello 

Rachel Boyer Shuman and Douglas Shuman 

Natalie and Brent Easter '02 

Eleanor Levine 

Johanna (Silver) and Adam Menzel 

Casey Ngo-Miller and Daniel Miller 

Sara (Greenfield) and Herb Miller 

Anna Natapova and Jason White 

Samantha (Gross) and Adam Zirkin 

Orly Hillman Fisch and Eric Fisch '03 

Jennifer (Rothwax) and Jonathan Koplow 

Elissa (Jubelier) Morris, MS'04 

Rachel and Jessica 
Perrin McKillop 

Leo David 
Alexis LaVerne 
Nora Claire 
Ruben Joel 
Ethan Benjamin 
June Estelle 
Luna Sophia 

Ezra Benjamin 

Samuel Avery and Zachary Maks 
Milo Brooklyn 

Rafael Bentley 
Talia Eden 
Seth Harold 

David Ravi Kutumba, Tara Elizabeth Raja 
Kayden Wai-Mun 
Jonah David and Eva Cindy 
Noah Scott 
Jessica Sophia 
Jonah Samuel 

Arielle and Ross 
Hannah Rose 
Max Jacob 
Serah Rain 
Jonah Saul 
Isabella Leah 
Benjamin Logan 
Alexander Solomon 
Jeremy Benjamin Meir 
Valerie Rose 
Gavin Phillip 
Dylan Jay and Evan Jay 
'98 Ayla Eden 
Jackson Glanz 
Ryan Samuel 

Ethan Charles 
Elise Yuki 
Natan Jacob 
Ella Kafe 
Evan Scott 
Simon Avery 
Aerin Meera 
Eyal Eliezer 
Joshua Steven 

Judy Groner 

Greensboro, North Carolina 
Groner's oldest son, Daniel Havlvi '07, 
graduated from Brandeis last year. Next 
up is Nadav Havivi '12, who will enroll 
at Brandeis in the fall. Groner's blended 
family includes five additional children. 
She is in her fifth year as head of school 
at B'nai Shalom Day School, where she 
has worked for the last sixteen years. 

Robin Roth Faigin 
Ventura, California 
Faigin was appointed director of 
specialized student-support services for 
the Ventura Unified School District, 
where she is responsible tor special- 
education procedures and compliance, 
health services, and student records. She 
has worked for the district for almost 
nineteen years. In her "other lite, " she 

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and her husband, Jerr\', are vocalist and 
bassist, respectively, for their temple's 
Simchat Shabbat band every Friday. 
Faigin serves as chazzan sherii (assistant 
cantor) a few times a year for Erev 
Shabbat and Shabbat morning services. 
She teaches third-grade Torah school. 
Their children, Marty (eighteen) and 
Jessica (ten), are doing well. Jessica 
recently visited Brandeis with Faigin, fell 
in love with the campus, and is planning 
to attend. 

Myra Needleman 
Long Island City, New York 
Ten years ago, Needleman took two years 
off from her job as a personal-injury 
defense lawyer and backpacked through 
Europe and South America. She is now 
three months into a big Asia trip. 
Needleman spent three weeks in Polynesia, 
a month in New Zealand, and si.x weeks 
in Australia. She will soon be visiting 
Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, 
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and 
Indonesia. She is still in touch with many 
of her triends from Shapiro A. 

Leslye E. Orloff 

Bethesda, Maryland 
Orloff directs the Immigrant Women 
Program (IWP) of Legal Momentum, 
where she is involved in training, 
research, and crafting federal laws and 
policies. IWP specializes in protection, 
immigration relief and work authoriza- 
tion for immigrant victims of domestic 
violence, sexual assault, and trafficking — 
mostly women and children. The 
National Network to End Violence 
Against Immigrant Women, which 
Orloff cofounded and IWP codirects, 
received the second annual Sheila 
Wellstone Award for more than fifteen 
years of collaborative work to end 
violence against immigrant women. 
Orloff received the Rosalyn B. Bell 
Award from the Maryland Women's Law 
Center for outstanding achievement and 
significant contributions nationally to 
the field of family law and the legal 
rights of immigrant victims of domestic 
violence. She and husband Jim are 
celebrating the tenth anniversary of 
their marriage. 

Amy Ostrower 

Sherman Oaks, California 
Ostrower hosted an Alumni Association 
event based on her book Nana Lena's 
Kitchen: Recipes for Life. Lena's recollec- 
tions, as well as the treasure trove of 
photos and letters that she saved over her 
life, come together to create a uniquely 
personal history of more than one 
hundred years of southern Jewish life and 
of the special bond between grandmother 
and granddaughter. For more informa- 
tion, visit 

Shelly Pitterman 

Arthaz-Pont-Notre-Dame, France 
After receiving a PhD in political science 
from Northwestern University, Pitterman 
became a junior professional officer for the 
Office of the U.N. High Commissioner 
for Refugees, where he has worked ever 
since. He has worked in Guinea, Kenya, 
and many other locations around the 
world. He and his wife, Nathalie, will 
soon head to Geneva, where he will serve 
as UNHCR's director of human resources. 

Ruth Strauss Fleischmann 

8 Angier Road 

Lexington, MA 02420 

Roberta Weinstein-Cohen 
West Hempstead, New York 
See Mark Cohen '78. 

Richard Jaffee 

Weston, Connecticut 
Jaffee was appointed to the board of 
Biofuel Energy Corporation, which is 
constructing two large ethanol plants 
in the Midwest with the hope of 
becoming the leading ethanol producer 
in the United States. He previously 
served as managing director of 
Goldman Sachs, as vice president of 
institutional equity sales at Bear, Stearns 
& Co., and as vice president for 
leveraged buyout finance at Citicorp. 

Norma Richman Vogel 

Medfield, M.tssachusetts 
Vogel, a former high-school English 
teacher, is now an adjunct professor of 
English at Dean College in Franklin. 
Her son Samuel is majoring in electronic 
engineering technology' at Wentworth 
Institute of Technology in Boston. 


Lewis Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
Richboro, PA 18954 

Patricia Kennedy 

Worthington, Massachusetts 
Kennedy and her husband, John, have 
two daughters, Aidan and Diem. Patricia 
teaches English at Holyoke Community 
College and was named Worthington's 
Unsung Heroine of 2008 by the 
Massachusetts Commission on the Status 
of Women. 

Ellen Freeman Roth 
Weston, Massachusetts 
Roth writes, "How strange to be sending 
my son to college in September 
(University of Oregon) when it feels as 
though my own college life at Brandeis 
wasn't so long ago! I live in Weston and 
am a writer, published nationally. Check 
out my work at" 

Alison Bermack Rubenfeld 
Jericho, New York 
Rubenfeld writes, "My older son, 
Jason '12, was accepted early decision to 
Brandeis for the Class of 2012. He is 
very excited about following in his 
mother's footsteps. My husband of more 
than rwenty-one years, Alan, is a 
managing director for BMP Paribas, and 
we have been living in Jericho for almost 
seventeen years. Our other son, Charles, 
is a sophomore in high school. I look 
forward to seeing and hearing from 
other Brandeisians. I can be reached at " 

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Mark Shirman 
Grafton, Massachusetts 
Shirman was elected to the board of 
directors at Astadia, a management- 
consulting and on-demand technology- 
solutions company. He is the founder, 
president, and chief executive officer of 
GlassHouse Technologies, where he is 
responsible for building on the 
company's leadership in storage solutions 
space, managing the investment 
community, and setting the vision for 
the firm's solutions department. Shirman 
is a member of the Boston Public 
Library Technology Council and serves 
as a director tor Baby's Breath, a 
nonprofit organization focused on 
connecting infants with loving homes 
and families. 


David J. Allon 
540 Weadley Road 
Wayne, PA 19087 

Lisabeth Fisher DiLalla 
Carbondale, Illinois 
DiLalla, a professor of family medicine 
at Southern Illinois University (SIU) 
School of Medicine in Carbondale, was 
awarded fellow status by the Association 
of Psychological Science (APS). Fellow- 
ship is awarded to APS members who 
have made outstanding contributions to 
the science of psychology in the areas of 
research, teaching, or service. She joined 
the SIU faculty in 1990 after earning 
master's and doctoral degrees from the 
University of Virginia. 

Norman Pernick 
Landenberg, Pennsylvania 
Pernick, an attorney at Cole, Schotz, 
Meisel, Forman & Leonard, was 
inducted as a fellow of the American 
College of Bankruptcy, which honors 
exceptional bankruptcy professionals 
distinguished by their work, integrity, 
and contribution to the administration 
of justice. A member ol the bankruptcy 
and corporate restructuring department 

at his firm, Pernick is one of only 
rwenty-nine attorneys and judges 
nationwide to be inducted this year. 
A frequent speaker and writer on 
bankruptcy-related topics, he is the 
author of Bankruptcy Deadline Checklist. 

David SIdransky 

Pikesville, Maryland 
Sidransky was appointed chairman of 
the board of directors at Alfacell Corpo- 
ration. He became a director in 2004 
and had served as vice chairman for the 
past year. Sidransky founded several 
private biotechnology companies and 
served as a scientific advisory-board 
member for many public biotech 
companies. He is a professor at Johns 
Hopkins University and Hospital and 
director of the university's Head and 
Neck Cancer Research Division. 


Ellen Cohen 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454 

Tony Goidwyn 

Stamford, Connecticut 

Goidwyn, an actor and director, was 

honored by the SunDeis Film Festival at 

Brandeis with the first-ever SunDeis 

Alumni Achievement Award. 

Drew( Littman 
Rockville, Maryland 
Littman delivered a lecture on lobbying 
strategy and tactics to the National 
War College's Class of 2008. He 
operates his own lobbying office, 
Littman Associates. Over the last ten 
years, Littman has served as an informal 
adviser to newly elected Democratic 
senators and their aides as they staffed 
their offices and developed work plans. 
He also teaches an undergraduate 
course. Political Power and American 
Public Policy, as an adjunct professor at 
American University. Before embarking 
on his lobbying career, Littman served 

as policy director to Democratic senator 
Barbara Boxer of California. 

Mindy F. Schneider 
Los Angeles 

Schneider's summer-camp memoir. 
Not a Happy Camper, is out in paper- 
back. For more information, visit not- 


Lorl Berman Cans, MMHS'86 

46 Oak Vale Road 

Newton, MA 02458 

Karen Nober 

Hull, Massachusetts 
Nober was named executive director of 
the Massachusetts Ethics Commission. 
She will oversee the administration and 
enforcement of conflict-of-interest and 
financial-disclosure laws. Nober former- 
ly served as deputy chief legal counsel at 
the Massachusetts Port Authority. 

Eric Sax, MBA'Ol 

Lincoln, Massachusetts 
Sax joined the radiology service at 
Emerson Hospital in Concord, 
Massachusetts. Sax, an assistant 
professor of radiology at Tufts Medical 
School, has published articles in many 
medical journals. He is active in both 
the Massachusetts Radiological Society, 
where he was a member of the executive 
committee, and the American College of 
Radiology, where he served as president 
of the state chapter. 

Scott Silverstein 
Chappaqua, New York 
Silverstein was named chief executive 
officer and president ot the Topps 
Company, a leading creator and 
marketer of sports and related cards, 
entertainment products, and distinctive 
confectionery. He joined the company 
in 1993 as general counsel. 


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Denise Silber Brooks 

585 Glen Meadow Road 
Richboro, PA 19854 

Leah Binder 
Farmington, Maine 

Binder was named chief executive officer 
of the Leapfrog Group, which tries to 
initiate breakthrough improvements in 
safet)', quahty, and affordabihty of health 
care for Americans. She serves as vice 
president of Franklin Community 
Health Network, where she oversees 
operations, planning, and outreach. 
Binder has an extensive background in 
health policy and administration as well 
as fundraising. 

Jessica Lille-Rossi 
Alameda, California 

Lilie-Rossi was named vice president for 
strategic intelligence at PC World and 
Macworld, where she will lead 
market-research efforts. She had been 
vice president for consumer insights and 
market intelligence at BabyCenter, the 
largest online resource for new and 
expecting mothers. Lilie-Rossi earlier 
served as sales development director and 
associate vice president tor business 
intelligence at CNET. She spoke at the 
past two MIXX Conference and Expos, 
events for marketing and agency 


James R. Felton 

26956 Helmond Drive 
Calabasas, CA 91301 

Ellen Agulnick 

Newton, Massachusetts 

Agulnick was named director of the 

nursery school at Congregation Mishkan 

Teflla in Chestnut Hill. She had been 

the assistant preschool director and lead 

teacher for the transitional kindergarten 
class at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. 
Agulnick has also taught elementary 
school at the Zervas School and pre- 
school at the Jewish Community Center, 
as well as worked at the Solomon 
Schechter Day School. 

Robert Bernstein 
Key Biscayne, Florida 

Bernstein, an administrator tor junior and 
collegiate programs for the LI.S. Tennis 
Association, was inducted into the 
Btandeis Athletic Hall of Fame. He was 
the New England singles tennis champion 
as a junior and senior and also captured 
the doubles title his senior year. Bernstein 
served as team captain twice and qualified 
for the NCAA tournament. 

Carolyn Elefant 
Bethesda, Maryland 

Elefant has owned her law practice 
since 1993, specializing in energy 
regulatory issues, emerging renewables, 
and assorted litigation matters. She 
created a blog,, for solo 
and small-law-firm lawyers, which was 
listed as an America Bar Association 
Top 100 Law Blog for 2007. Elefant 
also writes tor American Law Media's blog. Legal Blogwatch. In 
January, she published her first book. 
Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer 
You Always Wanted to Be, in which she 
makes the case for starting a law firm as 
a way to achieve financial and personal 
satisfaction in a legal career. It also 
explains how to leverage twenty-first- 
century trends like outsourcing, alterna- 
tive billing, and technology to build 
and sustain a successful law firm. 
Eletant has been quoted or featured in 
numerous publications, including the 
New York Times, the American Bar 
Association Journal, and the Washington 
Legal Times. 

Bruce Goldsweig 


See Craig Goldsweig '91, in 

"In Memoriam." 


Beth Jacobowitz Zive 
16 Furlong Drive 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 

Chuck Gordon 
North Reading, Massachusetts 
Gordon was named senior vice president 
and chief development officer at City 
Year, where he will guide fundraising for 
the organization's national headquarters, 
strengthen development capacities at 
City Year's eighteen domestic sites, and 
direct all enterprise-wide fundraising. 
Gordon spent more than two decades at 
the United Way of Massachusetts Bay 
and Merrimack Valley, where he most 
recently was senior vice president of 
leadership giving. 

Jani Foley Salant 
New Canaan, Connecticut 
Salant directed the documentary Every 
Day Is Different, which focuses on the 
life of an adult with Down syndrome 
who was recently diagnosed with 
Alzheimer's disease. The film was made 
possible by a grant she received from the 
Alzheimer's Foundation of America. A 
follow-up film, I A?n the Setting Sun, is 
in production; it follows two families 
working to find help and comfort in 
their struggle with family members 
living with both Down syndrome and 
Alzheimer's disease. 

Michelle Butensky Scheinthal 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 
Scheinthal and her husband, 
Stephen '87, celebrated the bar mitzvah 
of their triplet sons, Ari, Eitan, and 
Gabi, at Temple Beth Sholom on May 5. 
2007, and again in Israel the following 
summer. Sharing in their simcha were 
Brandeis family members Ryna 
Berkowitz Alexander '73, Jane 
Roberts Lindemann. MA'74, Steven 
Lindemann, MA'74, Julie Blinderman 
Bannett '81, Gregg Bannett '81, 
Marsha Chack, Gary Feller '87, Donna 
Ezor Stolzer '87 Debbie Scheinthal 
Yankwitt '94, Jeremy Bannett '09, and 

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Herbert Ginsberg '54 

Natkk, Massacluisctts 
Mr. Ginsberg died April 14 following a 
battle with cancer. He leaves a daughter, 
Charlene; two sons, Lawrence and 
Michael; and a grandson, Zachary. 

Richard Peters, MFA'55 
Westford, Massachusetts 

Mr. Peters, a noted composer, died 
March 1. He served in the Army during 
World War II and received a Purple 
Heart. He leaves his wife of fifn'-six 
years, Nancy; three daughters. Sheila, 
Rachel Anderson, and Andrea Hill; a 
brother, Robert; a sister, Margaret; and 
six grandchildren. 

Norman J. Treisman '59 
New York Cir\' 

Mr. Treisman, a retired president of 
Philip Morris Capital, the financial- 
services subsidiary of Altria, died 
April 15. After retiring, he became a 
savvy and successful private investor 
and was a trusted financial adviser to 
many friends and family members. He 
was an independent thinker, a die-hard 
fan of the Red Sox and New York 
Giants, and an avid tennis player. He 
leaves his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Joel 
and Jeffrey; and three grandchildren, 
Rachel, Maya, and Jordana. 

Panayotis Asslmakopoulos '61 
loannina. Greece 

Dr. Asslmakopoulos, a Wien Scholar at 
Brandeis, died May 7, 2007. A nuclear 
physicist and member of the Greek 
Atomic Energy Commission, he served 
as a professor at the University of 
loannina and was a prominent researcher 
in his field. He wrote many books and 
papers and chaired and served as an 
advisory member and evaluator on scores 
of European and Greek government 
committees. He leaves his wife, Jane 
Nisselson Assimakopoulos '64; two 
daughters, Anna and Daphne; and a 
grandson, Christos William. 

H. Adrian Clarke '61 
St. Thomas, Barbados 
Mr. Clarke, a prominent musician in his 
native Barbados and former secretary of 
the Central Bank of Barbados, died 
during a performance on January 26. He 
was one of the first Wien Scholars at 
Brandeis. A gifted jazz pianist, he 
performed around the world with a 
who's who of Caribbean jazz artists. At 
his last major performance in his home- 
land, he performed with singers Tamara 
Marshall and Janelle Headley at the 
2005 Barbados Jazz Festival. He leaves 
his wife, Claudette, and two sons, Julian 
and Graeme. 

Diane Davis '61 

Framingham, Massachusetts 
Ms. Davis died January 6, 2007. She was 
one of the first women to head a public- 
relations agency in Boston and was a 
former president of the Boston chapter 
of the Public Relations Society of 
America. Ms. Davis headed Diane Davis 
& Associates for more than thirt)' years 
and represented hundreds of clients, 
including the Colonnade Hotel, the 
New England College of Optometry, 
and Boston Partners. She was an active 
member of Temple Beth Am in 
Framingham and a member of the board 
of directors of the Boston Chamber of 
Commerce. She leaves three sisters, Fern, 
Judith, and Lauren, and many nephews 
and nieces. 

Victor Kugajevsky '61 
Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Kugajevsky, an executive with several 
consulting firms and federal health-care 
agencies who also served as president of 
the U.S. -Kazakhstan Council, died 
May 17. He and his family fled their 
native Czechoslovakia in 1945. 
Dr. Kugajevsky majored in mathematics 
and chemistry at Brandeis and received a 
PhD in political economy from 
Georgetown University. Survivors 
include his wife of forry-rwo years, 
Audur Vilhelmina Fridgeirsdottir; four 
sons, Alexander, Adrian, Andrew, and 
Adam, all of Washington, D.C; a sister; 
and rwo granddaughters. 

Marilyn Berger '64 

Santa Monica, California 

Ms. Berger died January 28 after a long 

battle with cancer She leaves her husband, 

Michael, and rwo sons. Matt and Marc. 

Sheldon Richman '64 

Fort Myers, Florida 

Dr. Richman died February 10. He was 

born in Hudson, New York, and was a 

resident of Ossining, New York. He 

leaves his wife, Amy, and a daughter, 


Howard J. Marblestone. MA'66, 

PhDVO, P'89 
Allentown, Pennsylvania 
Dr. Marblestone, the Charles Elliott 
Professor of Foreign Languages and 
Literatures at Lafayette College in 
Easton, Pennsylvania, died January 29. 
A member of the Lafayette faculty for 
more than thirty years. Dr. Marblestone 
conducted research focused primarily on 
Greek and Hebrew literature and the 
influence of the classics on the cultural 
formation of modern Israel. He leaves his 
wife of forty-one years, Reba; his mother. 
Shirk rwo daughters, Rachel Kamins 
'89 and Sharon, and five grandchildren. 

Myron Arons, MA'67 
Carrollton, Georgia 
Dr. Arons, a professor, passed away on 
February 18. He spent thirty-two years at 
the University of West Georgia, where he 
served as chair of the psychology depart- 
ment and founded the humanistic 
psychology program. He also held 
various leadership positions at the Divi- 
sion of Humanistic Psychology of the 
American Psychological Association, the 
International Human Science Research 
Association, and the Association of 
Qualitative Research in Psychology. 

Wallicia B. Thomas '70 
Burke, Virginia 

Ms. Thomas, who held several profes- 
sional positions in the fields of banking 
and accounting, died February 16. She 
received a master's degree from the 
University of Pittsburgh. She leaves her 
mother, Willie; a brother, William; and a 
daughter, Brande Spady. 


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Margaret Ellen (Bowers) Barrett 71 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
Ms. Barrett, who taught English as a 
second language for the last twenty 
years, died April 1 1 at the age of sixty. 
Ms. Barrett also drove a bus, worked as a 
pastry chet, and ran a sewing business. 
She leaves her husband, J. Robert; a 
daughter, Mary Sophia; her parents, 
Wayne and Mar)'ellen; a sister, Ruth; 
and two brothers, John and Wayne. 

Matthew Sandler 72 
Franklin, Massachusetts 
Dr. Sandler, a dentist, died February 6 
after a long illness. After earning a 
master's degree at Boston College and 
graduating from Boston University's 
dental school, he practiced dentistry for 
more than rwent\' years in Weymouth. 
He leaves his wife, Sharon; a son, Jason; 
his father, Hyman; and two sisters, Ruth 
Ellen and Trudy. 

Ming Y. Ang '88 

Weymouth, Massachusetts 
Mr. Ang died February 21. He and his 
wife, Luz Santana-Ang '89, were high- 
school and college sweethearts. They 
engraved their wedding bands with "My 
First Love, My Only Love, Forever." He 
also leaves a son, Phillip; a daughter, 
Victoria; his parents, Sam and Sun; two 
brothers, Jade and Daniel: and a sister, 
Michelle Ang. 

Craig Goldsweig '91 

New York C"ir\' 

Dr. Goldsweig, who specialized in 
gastroenterology and internal medicine, 
died December 19, 2007. He was the 
brother of Dr. Bruce Goldsweig '85. 

Gregory Albert Robinson '05 
Bchnont, Massachusetts 
Mr. Robinson died February 18 in 
California. He began his studies at 
Brandeis and continued them at the 
California School of Herbal Studies. 
At the time of his death, he was studying 
computer science at Sonoma State 
University. He was an avid reader and 
musician. He leaves his parents, Hugh 
and Emmy Robinson; a brother, 
Alexander; and a grandmother, Agnes. 

Harrison Bannett '11. Stephen is the 
associate director and chief of geriatric 
psychiatry of the New Jersey Institute for 
Successful Aging at the University of 
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 

Michael Stein 
Berkeley, California 
Stein writes, "I run my own Internet 
strategy consulting business and work 
exclusively with nonprofit clients. I'm 
married to Estee Neuwirth '89, and we 
have two kids, Rachel, age seven, and 
Simon, age five. I have a business blog 
( and a personal 
blog ( with 
tamilv photos." 


Vanessa B. Newman 

33 Powder Horn Drive 
Suffern, NY 10901 

Robert Lindeman 

Concord, Massachusetts 
Lindeman, an assistant professor of 
computer science at Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute (WPI), shared the 
Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award 
for innovation in undergraduate educa- 
tion with colleague Joshua Rosenstock. 
They teach in WPI's interactive media 
and game-development major. 

Joshua Leviton 

See Joan Leviton '90. 

Stephen Scheinthal 

See Michelle Butensky Scheinthal '86. 


Beth Fleischman Zweibel 

69 Northgate 

Avon, CT 06001 

My husband, Steve Zweibel, and I have 
lived in New Rochelle, New York, for 

thirteen years. We have two sons, 
Zachary, twelve, and Joshua, seven, and 
I have enjoyed being a very busy stay-at- 
home mom since Zachary was born. 
I am very active at my temple. Temple 
Israel of New Rochelle, where I teach 
second-grade religious school, help at the 
temple's nursery school, and volunteer in 
numerous capacities. Also, I serve on the 
board of a charitable foundation that 
awards grants to nonprofit organizations 
that benefit the people of New York 
City. Steve is a cardiac electrophysiolo- 
gist with Arrythmia Associates of New 
York at Lenox Hill Hospital and director 
of cardiac electrophysiology at Sound 
Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. 
We will relocate soon to Avon, 
Connecticut, where Steve will become 
director of cardiac electrophysiology at 
Hartford Hospital. I am thrilled to be 
the new correspondent for the Brandeis 
Class of 1988. I look forward to keeping 
in touch with everyone. 

Peter Carmen, New York 
Carmen and his wife, Mary Beth, will 
cochair the fourteenth annual Arc 
Achievement Awards Dinner. Carmen is a 
member of the Arc of Onondaga Founda- 
tion's board of directors and served as its 
first president. He is general counsel for 
the Oneida Indian Nation and belongs to 
the Onondaga County Bar Association. 

Diane Madfes 
Greenwich, Connecticut 
Madfes, a dermatologist, helped 
develop a new skincare line. Gamier 
Nutritioniste, for L'Oreal. 

Juliana Rice 
Arlington, Massachusetts 
Rice, former managing attorney of the 
administration law division at the state 
Office of the Attorney General, was 
named counsel for the town of 
Arlington. She formerly served as an 
associate at Smith & Duggan. 

David Rosenblum 

( xillingsvvood. New [erscv 

Rosenblum left the New Jersey attorney 

general's office after eight years to 

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become the equal employment 
opportunity officer at the New Jersey 
Department of Labor and Workforce 


Class of 1989 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

James Eber 

Worcester, Massachusetts 
Eber, who spent many years promoting 
cookbooks, last year wrote one with a 
friend on the cuisine and culinary 
traditions of Sardinia. Sweet Myrtle & 
Bitter Honey: The Mediteirmiean Flavors 
of Sardinia received two nominations at 
a major culinary conference this year and 
was named one of the best cookbooks ot 
2007 by the New York Times and several 
other publications. 

Victoria Yee Ying Ko 

Reading, Pennsylvania 

Ko, who is part of MidPenn Legal 

Services, was sworn into the Lancaster 

Bar Association. 

Helene Newberg 
Arlington, Massachusetts 
Newberg is in her second ot tour years at 
Suffolk Law School's Evening Division. 
When she is not being a mom, running, 
or playing soccer with other local moms, 
she serves as an education advocate 
guardian ad litem in Lowell and works 
for professors. 

Luz Santana 

See Ming Ang '88, in "!n Memoriam." 

Rachel Kamins 

See Howard Marblestone, MA'66, 

PhD'70, P'89. in "In Memoriam." 

Judith Libhaber Weber 

4 Augusta Court 
New City, NY 10956 

Sheryl Axelrod 
Mantua, New Jersey 
Axelrod cofounded Hepburn, Axelrod & 
White, a tour-attorney boutique law firm 
specializing in commercial litigation, 
nonprofit, real-estate, and trust and estate 
matters. She coaches a local high-school 
mock trial team that recendy advanced to 
the semifinal round of a regional 
competition. A prior team that Axelrod 
coached won the regional championship 
and reached the state semifinals. 

Carl Finger 

Scarsdale, New York 

Finger participated in the annual Joshua 
Greenberg '92 Memorial Fund Golf 
Tournament, when family and friends 
gather for a day of reflection, remem- 
brance, golf and fun. Proceeds have 
been used to support the institutions and 
ideals that were important to Greenberg, 
including a speaker at Brandeis. 

Staci (Bockstein) Frankowitz 
Fort Lee, New Jersey 
Frankowitz and her husband, Steven, 
have been happily married for eight years 
and have two lovely children, Eitan, 
four, and liana, fourteen months. She is 
an orthodontist with her own practice 
in Teaneck. 

Joan Leviton Kagan 

New York City 

Kagan and her husband, Joshua '87, 
have three sons. She is a real-estate agent 
and designs board games. 

Jill Taylor Riedman 

New York City 

Riedman and her husband, Glenn, have 

three children, Matthew, five, Jordan, 

three, and Sarah, one. 

Andrew Rubenstein, MA'93 
Mercer Island, Washington 
Rubenstein and his wife Linsey have 
been married since 2004. He sold the 
chain of liquor stores in Illinois that he 
had owned for ten years and now focuses 
primarily on venture-capital investing. 

liana Schoenfeld 
Newton, Massachusetts 
Schoenfeld joined the Smithsonian 
Tropical Research Institute's Center for 
Tropical Forest Science as program 
manager. Her background is in science 
content development, project manage- 
ment, and fundraising. She previously 
worked at Brown Publishing Network, 
the JASON Foundation for Education, 
and the Ecological Society of America. 

Daniel Sokatch 
San Francisco 

Sokatch, founding executive director of 
the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), 
was named chief executive officer of the 
Jewish Community Federation of San 
Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and 
Sonoma counties. PJA was founded in 
1999 with a focus on educating and 
organizing around issues of peace, 
equality, diversity, and justice. 


Andrea C. Kramer 

Georgetown University 
113 Healy, Box 571250 
Washington, DC 20057 

Matthew Bank 
lericho. New York 

Bank was appointed director of trauma 
at North Shore Hospital in Glen Cove, 
New York. A member of Medecins Sans 
Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), he 
recently made a nine-week mission to 
the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, where 
he treated victims of the political 
violence that has pl.igucd the region. 

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alumniprofile | Beth Anderson '91 

Delivering a Second Chance 

As a little girl, Beth Anderson '91 was 
drawn to helping those less fortunate. Now 
she has realized her dream by creating an 
academy for disadvantaged students, 
almost single-handedly winning the char- 
ter to open the Phoenix Charter Academy. 
A tuition-free public charter high school in 
Chelsea, Ma.s,sachusetts, Phoenix Charter 
Academy offers a second chance to high- 
school students who have not succeeded in 
other school environments. 

Executive Director Anderson spent ten 
years planning the academy, drawing on 
her experience working at Girls Incorpo- 
rated in Lynn and Match School in 
Boston, a tuition-free public charter 
school. The school's mission is to challenge 
teenagers in Chelsea, Lynn, and Revere, 
Massachusetts, with an academically rigor- 
ous and individually tailored curriculum. 

Raised in Carver, Massachusetts, south of 
Boston, by a mother who was involved in 
social justice, Anderson found a helping role 
at Brandeis as student director of the stu- 
dent sexualit)' information service. 

"That was a major experience for me, " 
she says. "I was a senior working with 
freshmen, teaching well-heeled college stu- 
dents about the world and about making 
smart decisions. ' 

It was also at Brandeis that she was 
inspired to join Teach for America, the 
nation's largest provider of teachers for 
rural and urban low-income communities. 
From 1994 to 2003, working with 
teenagers in a variety of settings, she wit- 

"It's humbling to see the 

power that they have. 

I'm inspired by our 

students every day when I 

walk in the door." 

nessed what she calls a tragedy: many 
young people ended their education at age 
fifteen or sixteen, with no recourse. 

Her experiences, she said, persuaded her 
that "when you hold a high bar for kids, 
and you create the right kind of support, 
thev can reach that bar." In 2003, she 
began working full time on her vision of 
using the state's charter-school law specifi- 
cally to provide older teenagers with a col- 

lege-preparatory experience, and in 200') 
the charter was granted. The school's doors 
opened in 2006. 

At Phoenix Charter Academy, intense 
teacher-student relationships are created 
with 125 students who get the support, 
resources, and training they need to succeed 
academically in high school and college and 
become economically secure in their future. 
They are graded using quizzes, tests, written 
work, projects, portfolios, and oral presenta- 
tions. A rigorous, structured academic set- 
ting where students are required to wear 
uniforms. Phoenix Charter Academy has a 
longer than normal school day and an 
extended school year of 1 90 days. 

"It's tough, and not all of them can do 
it," says Anderson. "Life has hit them hard. 
We have some teenage mothers. They are 
powerful people who experienced the adult 
world very young. It's inspiring to watch 
them work in class. One unifying factor is 
that they want to be here." 

So does Anderson. 

"It's my life's wotk," she says. "I love 
watching kids who weren't doing anything 
with their life come in here and succeed. 
We're targeting students who are working 
on their last chance to obtain a high-school 
diploma and gain a foothold in college. It's 
humbling to see the power that they have. 
I'm inspired by our students every day 
when I walk in the door." 

— Marjorie Lyon 

David Binder. MA'92 


Binder was promoted to chief financial 
officer and treasurer at InfoSpace, a 
leading developer of metasearch products 
to help people easily search and explore 
the Web. Binder joined InfoSpace in 
2004 after serving as senior director of 
business development at 

Andrea Pass 

Dartmouth, Massachusetts 
Pass is the president of Southcoast 
Actuaries, a virtual consulting company 
that performs actuarial work throughout 
North America. 

Daniel Rosen 

Teaneck, New Jersey 
Rosen put together a collection of short 
exegetic pieces in a new book. Check it 
out at 

Julian Zelizer 
Princeton, New Jersey 
Zelizer is professor of history and public 
affairs at Princeton University. He 
published Rightward Bound: Making 
America Conservative in the 1970s 
(Harvard University Press), which he 
coedited with Bruce Schulman. Zelizer is 
a familiar voice in the national media, 
commenting on contemporary politics. 
His op-eds frequently appear in the 
Washington Post. 


Lisa Davidson Fiore 

34 Van Ness Road 

Belmont, MA 02478 

Sari (Siege!) Spieler 
Montgomery Village, Maryland 
Siegel married Barry Spieler on April 13 
in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Alumni 
in attendance included Fred Jacob '9L 
Dan Steinberg '93, Ted Frank '91, 
Leon Morse, Chuck Tanow/itz, and 
Ellen Rappaport-Tanowitz. Sari works 
as an assistant vice president for research 
at the National Association of Public 

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class notes 

Hospitals. Her husband, a former 
Brandeis graduate student, is a professor 
of mathematics at Birmingham- 
Southern College. 

Scott Tobin 

Brooidine, Massachusetts 
Tobin and his wife, Jen '93, were 
honored for their active participation in 
the Maimonides School annual cam- 
paign. The Tobins, who have been 
Maimonides School parents for six years, 
have served on the school's board ot 
directors, investment committee, recruit- 
ment committee, and parent-teacher 
association. They have also been active 
volunteers in their children's classrooms. 


Joshua Blumenthal 

135 Edisto Court 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

Jack Garfinkle 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 
Garfinkle, a partner at Pepper Hamilton, 
updated participants attending a recent 
National Business Institute continuing 
legal-education seminar regarding the 
impact of state laws on limited liability 
companies. He concentrates his practice 
in mergers and acquisitions, securities 
offerings, venture capital, and general 
corporate representation. 

Jen Tobin 

Brookline, Massachusetts 

See Scott Tobin '92. 

Miriam L. Weiner 

Brooklyn, New York 

Weiner married Gregg Bellows on 

November 23, 2002. They had a boy, 

Abel, on July 7, 2007. She is a literary 

fellow at the Vineyard Theatre in New 

York and a freelance theater director. 

Sandy Kirschen Solof 

108 Cold Spring Road 

Avon, CT 06001 

Sara Bank-Wolf 
Ramat Ben Shemesh, Israel 
After earning a master's in Jewish history 
at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 
Bank- Wolf taught at both the high- 
school and post-high-school levels. She 
founded HydroChic (, 
which focuses on sun-protective water 
sportswear for women. Her husband is 
also entrepreneurial and established a 
Jerusalem-based law firm, Hacohen and 
Wolf (, which special- 
izes in international taxation and com- 
mercial and real-estate law. The firm is 
located on King David Street. They are 
raising four fabulous kids and loving 
their lives in Israel. 

Bobbi (Brachfeld) and Aric BIttker 
Bedford Hills, New York 
The Bittkers have launched a new busi- 
ness venture, Mark Joseph Cakes (MJC). 
Based in New York City and founded by 
Mark and Leslie Randazzo, both Culinary 
Institute of America-trained pastry chefs, 
MJC is a premier source for wedding and 
specialry-occasion cakes. The Web site is 

Matthew Moore 
Holbrook, Massachusetts 
Moore and his wife, Jeanne, have two 
children, Bridget, four, and Gavin, two, 
and are expecting their third child in July. 
For the last three years, Moore has served 
as director of rooms and environmental 
programs at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. 
The hotel was recently honored by the 
Massachusetts Lodging Association for 
having the most comprehensive environ- 
mental hotel program in the state. In 
April, Moore was elected to a three-year 
term as a selectman in Holbrook. 

Melinda (Welnblatt). MA95, and 

Ben Resnick 
Northbrook, Illinois 
The Resnicks are thrilled to announce 
the addition of Talia Eden to their 
family. They live in the northern suburbs 
of Chicago with Goby, seven, and Maya, 
five, and untold numbers of stuffed 
animals, dolls, and Star Wars costumes. 

Bari Nan Cohen Rothchild 

Park City, Utah 

Rothchild and her husband welcomed a 
son, Seth Harold, on May 13, 2007. 
He joins his big brorher. Lance, four. 
Rothchild is a freelance writer who con- 
tributes to a variety of national magazines. 

Tanya (Malinsky) Siff 

Columbia, South Carolina 
After earning a PhD in clinical 
psychology from the Derner Institute of 
Advanced Psychological Studies at 
Adelphi University, Siff plans to go into 
clinical practice and write a book. 
E-mail her at tmalinsk)'(?' 


Suzanne Lavin 

154 W. 70th Street, Apt. lOJ 
New York, NY 10023 

Melissa Braun-Steele 

Braun-Steele and her husband, Mike, 
welcomed a son, Noah Scott, on 
August 25, 2007. She works in the 
interactive division at the Tribune Co. 
Her husband is in sales with Positive 
Coaching Alliance and is co-owner of 
Elite Soccer. 

Jason Bravo 

Buffalo, New York 

Bravo was named Singer Uni perse 

Magt7Z!Hes Best Vocalist of the Month 

in January tor his single "Lying under 

the Moon." 

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alumnipiofile | Mike Mayer '94, MA'9L 

Graduating to Graduation 

High-school graduation becomes an even 
greater day of reckoning tor tour hfelong 
triends who pull a bank heist for a good 

reason: to fund a lifesaving 

operation for the mother of 
one of the seniors. That's the 
plot for Mike Mayer's 
comedic thriller, his directo- 
rial debut in a feature-length 
film, released by Magnolia 
Pictures in DVD in May 
after a tlve-city theater run. 

Gmduiition, says Mayer '94, 
MA'95, is really about a 
group ot high-school friends 
facing the end of life as thev 
know it. 

"The robbery-heist, with 
the insanity that surrounds it, 
is a metaphor for what is fac- 
ing them, " says Mayer. "It's a 
somewhat subversive film in that they 
learn more from the bank robbery than 
they ever did in high school. " 

Mayer, whom the Houston Chronicle 
called "a rising star," cowrote the film, 
which features Adam Arkin and Huey 
Lewis as fathers, and stars Shannon Lucio 
(The OC), Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog), 
and Chris Lowell. 

Its release is pivotal for Mayer, who 
decided on a filmmaking career while at 
Brandeis, where he was strongly influenced 
by professor Thomas Doherry and earned a 
master's with a thesis in film financing 
under former professor Reid Click. 

"I learned very specific skills from that 
thesis work that I've used for everything 
from budgeting to scheduling productions 
to strategizing how to raise financing," 
Mayer says. 

Since graduating magna cum laude from 
Brandeis, where he was an All-American 
saber fencer, Mayer has paid his dues in the 
movie business. 

He wrote, produced, and directed the 
award-winning short film The Robber, 
which was distributed through HBO/ 
Cinemax and on an array of media 
platforms. Success of The Robber led to 
several feature-writing assignments, and 
he continued to direct shorts that became 
festival and Internet favorites — including 

The Date, the TV series One Minute Soap 
for ABC/Disney, and commercials. Mayer 
consulted for film commissions in Europe 

Director Mike Mayer '94 (right) with Huey Lewis on the set 
of Graduation. 

when he lived in London and worked as 
an associate producer on television shows 
and music videos. 

Along the way, he launched a successful 
entertainment-marketing firm. Particle 
Productions, and did product placement, 
promotions, and sponsorships on films such 
as Men in Black, I Am Legend, and 

But Graduation is a milestone. 

"I'm at a point where people take meet- 
ings with me, but you never feel like you're 
there," he said. "I am a filmmaker now. I'm 
not trying to become a filmmaker." He 
jokes that, on Graduation, he was not only 
the director and cowriter, but also the pro- 
duction assistant. 

These days, Mayer is writing a TV pilot 
with a writer from the CBS show Jericho 
and working on another drama that is close 
to landing a major star. Soon he hopes to 
shoot an improvised comedy — all projects 
that are not yet ripe for discussion. 

But if Graduation winds up being the 
turning point, he jokes, "It's going to be 
like an overnight success that was ten years 
in the making." 

He'll know when he has truly made it by 
the hat he can finally take off 

'At some point," he says, "I'd like to not 
also be the production assistant." 

—Judy Rakowsky 

Yvonne (Cash) Gordon 


Gordon and her husband, Bill, 
welcomed a daughter, Jessica Sophia, on 
May 5, 2007. Gordon works as a speech 
therapist at a small hospital in Chicago 
with fellow Brandeisians Ben Friedman 
and Andrew Albert '96. 

Dana Salomy 

New Haven, Connecticut 

Salomy and her husband, Eyal, 

welcomed a second son, Ethan, in 

January 2007. Ethan joins Roy, four. 

Dana works as a psychiatrist and teaches 

at Yale University School of Medicine. 

Rachel M. Schneider 
New York City 

Schneider married David Todd 
Greenspun on March 21 at Bridgewaters 
in New York. She is a psychotherapist in 
private practice in New York and a 
clinical social worker at Memorial-Sloan 
Kettering Cancer Center. Greenspun is a 
plastic and reconstructive surgeon in 
private practice in New York and 
Greenwich, Connecticut. 


Janet Lipman Leibowitz 

29 Pond Street, #9 
Sharon, MA 02067 

Marnie Dana Pariser 

Las Vegas 

Pariser is an administrator at Opportunity 
Village, a Las Vegas-based charity that 
helps the intellectually disabled. 

R. Bradford Rego 

Providence, Rliode Island 

Rego and Tara Beth Lenhart were 

married on November 17, 2007, at 

St. Margaret's Church. Many friends and 

family were part of the wedding parry, 

including classmate Brendan 

McDonough. Rego works for State Street 

in Boston; Lenhart is employed by the 

Pawtucket School Department. The pair 

spent their honeymoon in St. Lucia. 

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Donna Peaker Ritzo 
Rye, New Hampshire 
Ritzo moved to Maine and completed a 
nursing degree after graduation. She 
opened a homeopathic practice in 
Newington, where she blends her psychi- 
atric nursing experience with an alterna- 
tive approach to healing and wellness. 

Chris Shea 

Belchertown, Massachusetts 
See Kate Higgins-Shea '00. 

Marc Shedroff 
San Bruno, California 
Shedroff and Tracy Spitzberg were married 
on February 17 at the Westin Riverwalk 
Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Shedroft, 
who received an MBA from the University 
of Pennsylvania, works on licensing agree- 
ments for video content as manager of 
strategic pannership development at 
YouTube. His wife is a managing director 
of staffing for the New Teacher Project. 


Joshua Firstenberg 

5833 Briarwood Lane 

Solon, OH 44139 


Pegah Hendizadeh Schiffman 

58 Joan Road 

Stamford, CT 06905 

Tricia Wood Andrews 

Lima, New York 

Andrews welcomed her fourth child, 

Serah Rain, on June 20, 2007, and then 

relocated to the Rochester area. 

Jessica Pressman 
Culver City, California 
Pressman and her husband. Brad, 
welcomed their first child, Jonah Saul, 
on September 1 1, 2007. She received a 
PhD in English from UCLA in 2007 
and has accepted a tenure-track position 
as an assistant professor of English at 
YaJe University, where she begins work 
in the fall. 


Alexis Hirst 
58-19 192nd Street 
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 

Bill Folman 

Los Angeles 

Folman's debut novel. The Scandal Plan, 

or How to Win the Presidency by Cheating 

on Your Wife, was released in May. Visit 

Folman's Web site at 

Adam Greenwald 

Stevenson Ranch, Calilornia 
Greenwald joined Hebrew Union 
College-Jewish Institute of Religion as 
assistant director of development and 
public affairs for the western region. 

Wendy (Stein) Harshfleld 
Sharon, Massachusetts 
Harshfield and her husband, Scott, 
welcomed their second son, Benjamin 
Logan, on November 26, 2007. His 
older brother, Matthew, is two. 
Harshfield is a stay-at-home mom. 

David Magid 
New York City 

Magid married Maren Harrison on 
August 26, 2007, at Beth Torah 
Synagogue in Aventura, Florida. 
Brandeisians in the wedding party were 
Evan Rudnlcki and Scott Shandler. 
Other alumni in attendance were 
Stephen Kalish, Gordon Messinger, 
Talee Zur Potter '97, Harvey 
Potter '95, and Josh Pines '96. Magid 
is a practicing dentist in New York; his 
wife works in the beauty industry. 

Jason Mount 

Gilbert, Arizona 

Mount earned an MBA in finance from 

Vanderbilt University. He relocated to 

Arizona and works as a finance manager 

at Honeywell. 

Bonnie Sack 

Sunny Isles, Florida 

Sack was made partner at the law firm 

Bernstein, Chackman, Bronstein & Liss. 

Juan Sanabria 

Brooklyn, New York 
Sanabria married Naomi Mersky on 
November 3, 2007, at Bridgewaters in 
Manhattan. Brandeisians who helped 
celebrate the occasion included Noam 
Gundle, Nicolas Currier, Aaron Cohn, 
Eduardo Sumares '99, Jabes Rojas, 
and Dan Greenbaum '96. 

Joy Sisisky 

New York Cir\' 

Sisisky is on sabbatical from United 
Jewish Communities and is serving as 
the 2007-08 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow 
in International Jewish Communal 
Service for the American Jewish Joint 
Distribution Committee. The fellowship 
provides one year of work/study overseas 
in Jewish communities. Sisisky worked 
in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and began 
her second assignment in Ethiopia in 
May. Please keep in touch and visit her 
blog ( 

David Nurenberg 

20 Moore Street, #3 
Somerville, MA 02144 

Joshua E. Israel 
Rockville, Maryland 

Israel married Ken Seifert in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, on October 20, 2007. 
Brandeisians in attendance included Jeff 
Light '01, MS'Ol: Deborah (Schmidt) 
Seidner '98; Carrie (Kleiman) 
Braverman '98; Kerry Israel '02; Eric 
Parness '98; Rachel Reiner '97; 
A. David Lewis; Rob Seidner '98, 
MBA'03; Rachel Avan '00; David 
Chmielewski '00; Mathew 
Helman '00; Stephen Rabin '00; and 
George Landow, MA'62. 

Katy Weisensee 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Weisensee earned a PhD in anthropology 

from the University of Tennessee in 

December. This fall, she will start a 

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position as an assistant professor of 
forensic anthropolog)' at Clemson 
University in South Carolina. 


Matthew Salloway 

304 West 92nd Street, #5E 
New York, NY 10025 

Tracy Glanz and John Abercrombie 

Weymouth, Massachusetts 
Glanz and Abercrombie were married in 
Hillsboro Beach, Florida, in 2004. They 
had a son, Jackson Glanz, on January 1 1. 

Kate Higgins-Shea 

Belchertown, Massachusetts 
Higgins-Shea and her husband, Chris 
Shea '96, welcomed a second child, 
Ryan Samuel, on July 17, 2007. Ryan is 
adored by his big sistei, Ava, who 
turned two in January. Higgins-Shea 
joined the law firm Lyon & Fitzpattick 
in Holyoke as an associate focusing on 
civil litigation. 

Hadassah Margolis 
Providence, Rhode Island 
Margolis married Michael Goldstein in 
Providence on October 28, 2007. Her 
brother, Ariel '97, and sister-in-law, 
Elana Horowitz Margolis '97, 
participated in the ceremony. Debbie 
Slegel '99 and Michael Winer '98, 
MA'99, were also in attendance. 

Tim Morehouse 
Bronx, New York 

Morehouse will compete with the U.S. 
fencing team at the Olympic Games this 
summer in Beijing, China. He will com- 
pete in two events, the men's individual 
and team saber competitions. Morehouse 
was the fourth member of the team and 
designated replacement athlete at the 
Athens Olympics in 2004, but did not 
get the chance to compete. His fencing 
career began at Riverdale Country 
School and continued at Brandeis. 

Dan Motola 


Motola graduated from the medical 
scientist training program at the 
Universit)' ol Texas Southwestern 
Medical Center in Dallas. He was 
awarded an MD and PhD in May. 

Steve Rabin 

Annapolis, Maryland 
Rabin is a speechwriter for Maryland 
governor Martin O'Malley. During his 
years at Brandeis, Rabin served as 
president ot the Brandeis Democrats and 
vice president of the Debate and Speech 
Society — two key activities that led him 
into speechwriting. 

Sonla Yasmin Satija 


Satija was married to Rajan Kapoor on 
January 26 at the Biltmore in Coral 
Gables. Satija is a lawyer with the 
Medicare hearings and appeals unit of 
the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services. Kapoor is a director at 
Microsoft, where he handles communi- 
cations, public relations, and strategy for 
the president of a division that includes 
Windows and online-services businesses. 


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Many thanks to those who sent updates. 
It was lovely to hear from you. As for me, 
1 am continuing to have a fantastic time 
exploring London and Europe. In 
February, I hiked along the coastline cliffs 
of Wales and learned to ski in the French 
Alps (providing much comical entertain- 
ment to those around me). Over Easter 
break, I spent a few days exploring 
Istanbul. I've also enjoyed rediscovering 

classmates from Brandeis, thanks to the 
wonders ot Linkedln and Facebook. 

Wendi Adelson 
Tallahassee, Florida 
Adelson finished her first triathlon, 
raising more than $6,000 for ALS 
research. She works as a program direc- 
tor and adjunct professor at the Florida 
State University Center for the 
Advancement of Human Rights. She 
represents abused, battered, and traf- 
ficked immigrant women and children 
on humanitarian-based immigration 
petitions; teaches law students about 
immigration law; advocates for positive 
immigration solutions in the Florida 
legislature, and does education and 
outreach on human trafficking 
issues. She invites you to "visit her in 
the 'hassee." 

Ian and Leah Cadillac 
Allston, Massachusetts 
Ian Cadillac, who graduated from the 
Carroll School of Management at 
Boston College in May 2007, works as a 
senior associate at Duff & Phelps and is 
pursuing a chartered financial analyst 
designation. Leah recently earned the 
certified financial planner designation 
and works as an associate at Crestwood 

Rachel Davis 
Louisville, Kentuck}' 
Davis, who owns her own dental 
practice, went on a dental mission to 
Guatemala to perform free dental work 
for the people of Comitancillo. It was a 
great experience and something she will 
likely do again. 

Scott A. Josephson 
Billerica, Massachusetts 
Josephson was promoted to associate 
director for technical documentation at 
Wimba, a New York-based educational 
software company. He maintains an oflTice 
in the Boston suburbs, where he lived 
for more than a year. Josephson is also 
known in the new-media community as a 
podcast guest, appearing on many shows, 
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Eleanor Levine 
Beverly Hills, California 
Levine and her husband welcomed their 
first child, Natan Jacob, in March and 
are preparing to move to Chicago. They 
will be there for the next six years and 
are looking forward to exploring a new 
city and catching up with any 
Brandeisians in town. 

Adam Lieb 

Union, New Jersey 

Lieb traveled to Southern California on a 

winter vacation and had lunch with 

Adam Greenwald '98. Lieb recently was 

appointed to the board of directors of 

Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield. 

Shoshana Rubin 

East Norwich, New York 
Rubin won a New York Emmy Award 
for "Walk for Autism," a story she 
produced at News 12 Long Island. The 
segment aired on November 6, 2006. 

Kimberly A. Truong 
Woburn, Massachusetts 
Truong is finishing her first year in the 
PhD program in higher education at the 
University of Pennsylvania. She was 
named a William T. V. Fontaine Fellow 
and was awarded a McNair Graduate 
Fellowship and Dean's Scholarship. She 
is assistant director of the National Black 
Male College Achievement Study. 

Jill Virag 

New York City 

Virag was one of thirty American 

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Yanna Krupnikov 

Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Krupnikov is a doctoral candidate in 
political science at the University of 
Michigan and has been awarded the 
Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to 
support her dissertation work during the 
2008-09 academic year. 

Reid and Alison (Zaikin) Maker 
Issaquah, Washington 
The Makers founded a new business,, which is a gift, 
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Philip Schrelber 
Washington. D.C 

Schreiber and Jamie Lee Stiilin were mar- 
ried on March 29 at the Mayflower Hotel 
in Washington. Schreiber is an associate at 
O'Melveny & Myers, specializing in 
antitrust law and litigation. Stulin is an 
associate at Reed Smith, specializing in 
health-care and lood and drug law. 


Caroline Litwack 

325 Summit Avenue, #6 
Brighton, MA 02135 

David Bavli 

New York Cm 

Bavli joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland 
& Perretti as an associate. He practices in 
the firm's insurance group and concen- 
trates on insurance coverage litigation. 

Sam Blaustein 

Hawley, Pennsylvania 

Blaustein's article "Splitting Genes: The 

Future of GMOs in the Wake of the 

WTO/Cartagena Standoff" was selected 
for publication in the spring issue of the 
Perm State Environmental Law Review. 

Kathryn A. Cook 

Lincoln, Nebraska 
Cook is engaged to Mark Wilson, a 
former postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis. 
The wedding is planned for September. 
Cook is pursuing a master's degree in 
elementary education at the University 
of Nebraska-Lincoln while working as a 
research assistant. 

David Friedman 
Washington, D.C. 

Friedman received a law degree from 
Washington University School of Law in 
May 2007. He was nominated for the 
Jan Jancin Competition for Excellence 
in Intellectual Property Law (2007), 
earned Highest Distinction in Public 
Service (2005 and 2006), and received 
the Scholars in Law Scholarship. After 
serving clerkships for the U.S. Trade- 
mark Office and Trademark Trial and 
Appeals Board, he is a staff member at 
his alma mater. In his spare time, 
Friedman teaches illustration and 
performing arts at elementary schools, 
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Adam Grossman and Jill Croen 
C'hestnut Hill, Massachusetts 
Grossman and Croen were married on 
July 8, 2007. Many Brandeisians were in 
attendance, including Brian Waldman, 
Todd Grossman '96, Alex (Pakhomov) 
Blostein, Alex Guralnick, Ariella 
Stober, MA'04, Jenn Klein '02, Deena 
Mencow '04, Kerry (Hurwritz) Epstein, 
Jason Fooks, Alina Lukashevsky, Matt 
Epstein, Kat (Olshansky) Blostein, and 
Michael White '84. Grossman owns a 
Web programming consulting business 
in Boston, and Croen is a teacher in 

Avi Kaufman 

Worcester, Massachusetts 
Kaufman returned in the spring from a 
tour of duty with the Army Reserve in 
Iraq, where he was promoted to captain 
and awarded a Bronze Star. He plans to 
resume his studies at the MIT Sloan 
School of Management in the fall. 

Christopher Kuschel, MA'04 


Kuschel got married and was promoted 

to senior associate in the health 

industries advisory practice of 


Sasha Massachi 

New York Cm 

Massachi is enjoying a medical 
residency at Mount Sinai Hospital 
in Manhattan. 

Jennifer Francoise (Marcus) Sandler 


Marcus married Jonathan Sandler in 
July 2007 in Israel. She was delighted to 
celebrate her wedding with Brandeis 
graduates Miriam Kingsberg, MA'03, 
Amy Kohen, and Avital Schwartz '02. 
The couple lives in London, where she 
works at the American School and is 
pursuing a master's in literacy. Her 
spouse is employed by the British 
government. If you find yourself in 
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Michael Zoosman 
Vancouver, British Columbia 
Zoosman graduated from the Miller 
Cantorial School of the Jewish Theologi- 
cal Seminary in New York, where he 
received his cantorial investiture and 
master's degree in sacred music. He will 
soon begin serving as the full-time 
cantor at Congregation Beth Israel. 
Brandeis graduates in the Vancouver area 
are always welcome to say hello. 

Rebecca Incledon 

21R Union Avenue 

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 

Catherine Albert 

Washington, D.C. 

Albert graduated from George 

Washington University School of 

Medicine in May and began her 

residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins 

University in June. 

Judah Ariel 
Washington, D.C. 

Ariel starts at New York University Law 
School in the fall. He was the senior 
legislative assistant to Oregon congress- 
man Earl Blumenauer, responsible for 
international trade and foreign policy. 
Between work and school, Ariel will 
spend the summer in India working for 
Praxis, a development nongovernmental 
organization, as part of the American 
Jewish World Service's Volunteer Corps 

Brett Friedman 

New York City 

See Ashley Firestone '05. 

Julie Sarke 
Washington, D.C. 

Sarke and Jeremy Manus were married 
on April 1.3 in Plymouth, Ma,ssachusetts. 
Sarke is the director of the Presidential 
Fellows Program at the Center for the 
Study of the Presidency, and Manus is a 

team leader and applicant relations 
specialist at the Association of American 
Medical Colleges. 

Eugenia Shiimovich, MA'05 
New York Cit)' 

After graduating from the Brandeis 
International Business School, 
Shiimovich enrolled in law school at 
Fordham University. She graduated in 
May and will begin working at Allen & 
Overy in September as an associate. 

Christos Theodorou, MA'05 
Kalloni, Greece 

Theodorou started a consulting firm, 
F. C. Theodorou, for small- and 
medium-sized companies. In 2007, he 
and his brother built a four-star hotel in 
Lesvos, the third-largest island of Greece. 
For more information about the hotel, 


Judith Lupatkin 

15 York Terrace 

Brookline, MA 02446 

Hello, Class of 2005. I hope you are all 
doing well. It's so great hearing every- 
one's news and updates. As for me, I was 
recently admitted to New York 
University's Tisch School of the Arts, 
where I will pursue a master's degree in 
cinema studies. I am starting classes this 
fall. Enjoy the rest of the news. 

Ashley Firestone 

New York Ciry 

Firestone and Brett Friedman '04 are 

happy to announce their engagement. 
The wedding will take place in summer 
2009 in Port Jefferson, New York. The 
couple met at Brandeis in 2001. 
Firestone works as a special-events 
assistant at the Roundabout Theatre 
Company, and Friedman is a health-care 
attorney in the New York office of 
Ropes & Gray. 

Irene Fishman, MA'06 
Morganville, New Jersey 
Fishman is working in financial-services 
transformation consulting with 
Capgemini. She is based out of New 
York City, but travels extensively and is 
learning a great deal. 

Sarah Kaplan 

Voorhees, New Jersey 

Kaplan graduated from Widener 

Universiry School of Law in Wilmington, 

Delaware. She will clerk tor the Superior 

Court of New Jersey starting in the fall. 

Jennifer (Rothwax) Koplow 
Brookline, Massachusetts 
Koplow and her husband, Jonathan, 
welcomed a son, Joshua Steven, on 
March 18. Between the Koplow and 
Rothwax tamilies, there were nine 
Brandeis alumni/student relatives in 
attendance at the bris. Josh is very proud 
to have so many strong ties to Brandeis 
and is looking forward to one day being 
a part of the Class of 2029. When not 
on maternity leave, Koplow manages a 
team at Michael Page International, 
where she does executive search in 
banking and financial services. Her 
husband, a research analyst at McKinsey 
& Co., will attend graduate school to 
pursue an MBA full time in September. 

Nam Phan 

Quincy, Massachusetts 

Phan is entering his final year at Boston 

Universiry School of Dental Medicine. 

Anna Pikovsky 
Sharon, Massachusetts 
Pikovsky was admitted to Harvard 
Business School and will begin her 
studies in the tall. 

Jenny Shapiro 
New York City 

Shapiro works as a U.S. grants director 
and outreach coordinator at the Genesis 
Foundation, a nonprofit that supports 
quality educational programs for 
children in Colombia and Latino 
communities in the United States. She 
completed a master's degree in nonprofit 
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Policy in May 2007. 

Arnon Z. Shorr 

Shorr produced and directed Widow's 
Meal, which won an audience award at the 
Jewish Film Challenge. In February, it was 
named grand prize winner. The film was 
also a contest finalist at 
and was named the Web site's No. 1 short 
film for the month. Widow's Meiilwas also 
accepted to the Rosebud Film Festival in 
Arlington, Virginia. Another short film 
directed by Shorr, The Audition, is being 
featured on 

Gila Ward 

Ward worked for three months at Zara's 
Center, an afterschool safe haven 
providing academic-enrichment skills to 
orphans and vulnerable children 
impacted by AIDS in Zimbabwe. 


Class of 2006 

MS 124 Brandeis University 

PO Box 549110 

Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Jacob Baron, MA'07 

New York Cit)' 

Baron works at ING Clarion, a special 

servicer for nearly $30 billion worth ol 

commercial mortgage-backed securities 

pools. Baron works to minimize the loss 

on loans that become delinquent. 

Daniel Estrin 


Estrin is a freelance journalist, reporting 

primarily for American public-radio 

shows such as Marketplace and Here and 

Now. He has filed stories from Israel, the 

Palestinian territories, and Egypt. 

Kenneth Goff, MA'07 

Palo Alto, California 

Goff is a senior financial analyst for the 

online auction site eBay. 

Zacfi Zarnow 

Costa Mesa, California 

Zarnow is a community development 

volunteer with the Peace Corps in 

Donetsk, Ukraine. 


Beth Wexelman 

191 Stratford Road 

Brooklyn, NY 11218 


Harold Ron, MA'61 
New York City 

Ron earned a master's degree in social 
work from Adelphi University and a 
doctorate in social work from Yeshiva 
University. He worked for twenty-five 
years at Long Island Jewish-Hillside 
Hospital Medical Center. Ron has a son, a 
daughter, and five grandchildren. Visit his 
Web site at 

Harry M. Rosenberg. PhD'63 
Bethesda, Maryland 

Rosenberg received the 2007 Halbert E. 
Dunn Award from the National 
Association of Public Health Statistics 
and Information Systems. The award is 
the highest recognition given by the 
association for outstanding contributions 
to public-health statistics. Rosenberg, 
who is retired, spent much of his career 
at the National Center for Health 
Statistics (NCHS), where he was chief of 
the mortality statistics branch. NCHS is 
part of the U.S. Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention. He was the first 
head of the World Health Organization's 
mortality reference group. A fellow of 
the American Statistical Association, 
Rosenberg is married to Barbara 
Filner, PhD'68. He can be reached at 

Barry Holtz, MA'71, PhD'73 

New York City 

Holtz was named dean of the William 

Davidson Graduate School of Jewish 
Education at the Jewish Theological 
Seminary. He had been the Theodore 
and Florence Baumritter Professor of 
Jewish Education. Holtz also served for 
twelve years as codirector of the Melton 
Research Center for Jewish Education, 
where he supervised the writing and 
publication of several volumes of the 
Melton Graded Curriculum materials for 
Jewish schools across North America. He 
has written a number of books, 
including Textual Knowledge: Teaching 
the Bible in Theory and in Practice. 

Zachary Baker, MA'74 
Palo Alto, California 
Baker has worked since 1999 at the 
Stanford University Libraries as curator 
of Judaica and Hebraica collections. In 
addition, he leads the humanities and 
area studies resource groups. Since 2004, 
Baker has edited the annual journal 
Judaica Librarianship. 

Larry Reese, MFA'78 
Alberta, Canada 

Reese, an instructor at Red Deer 
College, is exhibiting some of his art- 
work at the Red Deer Museum and Art 
Gallery. He also has ten paintings on 
display at a mall in downtown 
Edmonton. Reese appeared in the movie 
Brokeback Mountain as the minister 
marrying Heath Ledger and Michelle 
Williams, and he also had a part in the 
Academy Award-winning Unforgiven, 
directed by Clint Eastwood. 

Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, MFA'86, 

Brooklyn, New York 
Rebeck's first novel. Three Girls and 
Their Brother, was published in April. 
The novel follows three "It" girls who are 
thrown into the glamorous and difficult 
world of fashion and supermodels after a 
dramatic photograph of them appears in 
the New Yorker. The story is narrated in 
four parts by each of the three women 
and their brother. Rebeck was a 2008 
recipient of the Brandeis Alumni 
Achievement Award. 

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Judith Rollins, PhD'83 

Wflltslcy, Massachusetts 
Rollins was elected president of the 
Association of Black Sociologists. Her 
most recent article, "And the Last Shall 
Be First: The Master-Slave Dialectic in 
Hegel, Nietzsche, and Fanon," was 
published in Human Architecture: 
Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge. 
She has also written two books, All Is 
Never Said: The Narrative of Odette 
Harper Hines and Between Women: 
Domestics and Their Employers. 

Howard Baum, PhD'86 
Randolph, New Jersey 
Baum was appointed director of the 
New Jersey State Police forensic science 
laboratory. He had been deputy director 
of the forensic biology laboratory in the 
New York City chief medical examiner's 
office, where he provided technical 
leadership for the identification of those 
killed in the 9/11 attack at the World 
Trade Center. He is an expert on DNA 
analysis and a clinical assistant professor 
of forensics at New York University 
Medical Center. 

Paul Anastas, MA'87. PhD'90 
Guilford, Connecticut 
Anastas, a professor at Yale and director 
of the Green Chemistry Institute at the 
American Chemical Society, delivered 
the tenth annual Samuel R. Scholes Jr. 
Lecture at Alfred University. He is 
currently a visiting professor in the 
chemistry department at the University 
of Nottingham in the United Kingdom 
and is a member of the editorial board ot 
Environmental Science cr Technology. He 
is the author or editor of nine scientific 
and technical books, including Green 
Chemistiy: Theory and Practice, which has 
been translated into five languages. 

Karen Ryker, MFA'90 

Woodstock, Connecticut 

Ryker was awarded a Fulbright Scholar's 

Award to direct Mozart's opera The 

Magic Flute at Dublin's Institute of 

Technology this fall in Ireland. 

Barbara Clarke, MA'91 

Winchester, Massachusetts 
After over a decade in international 
management consulting, Clarke has joined 
the nonprofit world. In 2002, she helped 
create Cradles to Crayons, an innovative 
start-up that serves poor and homeless 
children. Since September 2006, Clarke 
has served as executive director of the 
Children's Room: Center for Grieving 
Children and Teenagers Inc., which pro- 
vides support to children after the death of 
a close family member. She also serves on 
the board of directors of the National 
Alliance for Grieving Children. Clarke is 
pleased that she can match her corporate 
skills and experience with a mission about 
which she cares passionately. She says her 
daughters — especially her late middle 
daughter — have been her inspiration. 

Maria (lley) Niederberger, PhD'91 

lohnson Ciry, Tennessee 
Niederberger was promoted to full 
professor at East Tennessee State 
Universiry. The university honored her 
as the 2007 Notable Woman for her 
musical compositions. 

Ell Keen. MA'93 

Koen worked as a stock analyst for a 
variety of companies, including 
Goldman Sachs, before joining Fortis 
Investments as a money manager in 
2003. He is based in London and was 
featured in an article in the International 
Herald Tribune, which reported that he 
"oversees the world's largest stock fund 
focusing on Turkey." 

Amy Marie Bailey, MFA'94, and 

Wayne Bailey, MFA'94 

The Baileys celebrated their eleventh 
wedding anniversary in May. Amy is a 
key soprano in their local church choir, 
Connection. Wayne, an actor, premiered 
at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 
portraying Pastor Ezekiel in the movie 
Preacher Man. He also completed the 
filming ot True Pictures' In a Woman's 
Mind, in which he played the character 
Edward. The Baileys have two daughters, 
Emma, eight, and Caroline, five. 

Jennifer Travis, MA'94, PhD'96 

Monroe, Connecticut 
Travis is the 2007—08 Humanities 
Institute Fellow at the Universiry of 
Connecticut. She is working on a new 
book, tentatively titled The Call to 
Harm's Injury and Cultural Authority in 
the United States. 

Melanie Murphy, PhD'97 

Medford, Massachusetts 

Murphy is an associate professor of 

history at Emmanuel College in Boston. 

Her book Max Nordaus's Fin-de-Siecle 

Romance of Race was published last year 

by Peter Lang. 

Batu Erman, PhD'98 

Istanbul, Turkey 

Erman, an assistant professor at Sabanci 
University, won the Marie Curie 
Excellence Award for his work on cancer 
and AIDS — the first Turkish scientist to 
be so honored. The award is given to 
only five scientists each year and aims to 
recognize outstanding achievements of 
scientists who reach a level of excellence 
in their given field. Erman is an expert 
in molecular biolog)' and conducts 
research on the human immune system. 

Olaf Unteroberdoerster, MS'98, 

Hong Kong 

Unteroberdoerster was named 
International Monetary Fund resident 
representative in Hong Kong. He 
attended and spoke at the Brandeis 
International Business School Reunion 
in September 2006. 

Sara Norwick, MA'99 

Berlin, Germany 

Norwick works for Sony and loves living 
in Berlin. Her job is fantastic, with ever- 
changing responsibilities and challenges. 
She enjoys working with colleagues from 
across Europe and Japan. 

Nihan Mert-Beydilli. MBA'OO 


Mert-Beydilli was named vice president at 
NERA Economic Consulting. She special- 
izes in intercompany pricing and valuation 
analyses with a focus on designing pricing 

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priate intercompany prices. Mert-Beydiiii 
has advised multinational corporations in 
a variety of industries. 

Eric Bone, MA'Ol. PhD'04 
Dulles, Virginia 

Bone works for the U.S. Agency for 
International Development in 
Afghanistan as a field program officer. 
He is involved in a variety of programs 
with Dutch, Australian, and U.S. mili- 
tary colleagues, ranging from building a 
small road in a rural area to making the 
city water-supply system work again. His 
wife, Jacqui, is studying at I'Ecole de 
Vitrail et de Creation in Switzerland. 

Ahmed El-Safty, PhD'Ol 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 
El-Safiy is a senior economist at the Arab 
Monetary Fund (AMP). His responsibili- 
ties include providing expert advice to 
Arab countries making financial and 
economic reforms, acting as a project 
manager for technical assistance 
programs, and providing recommenda- 
tions regarding how the AMF should 
adjust its strategies to match the changing 
needs of its member countries. El-Safty, 
his wife, and two children enjoy living in 
Abu Dhabi and traveling to Dubai, as the 
two cities provide an exciting, open, and 
multicultural environment. 

Inci Kaya-Ahmed. MBA'Ol 
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 
Kaya-Ahmed is a quantitative analyst at 
Tower Group, where she specializes in 
benchmarking IT and business 
performance, modeling and projecting 
technology spending, and following 
trends across the financial services 
industry. She is married and has a son. 

Pedro Male, MA'Ol 
New York City 

After six years at McKinsey & Co., Malo 
joined Banc of America Securities, where 
he focuses on business strategy and new- 
product development. 

Lawrence Sticca, MA'Ol 

St. George's, Bermuda 

Sticca works for Bermuda's Office of 

Community Education and Youth 
Development. He is also pursuing a 
postgraduate certificate in advanced 
adult education through the University 
of Southern Maine. 

Aarathi Shenoy, MA'02 
Channai Madras, India 
Shenoy has retured to her former 
position as a teacher and translator at the 
vVliiance Fran(;aise of Madras. She 
previously developed content for 
finance-related simulations for MBA 
programs at the University of Phoenix; 
served as assistant editor for two 
Mumbai-based magazines, Adi'iiiic'Edge 
MBA and the Global Educator; and 
translated children's books. 

Ellssa (Jubelier) Morris, MS'04 

Portland, Oregon 
Morris and her husband, Justin, 
welcomed their first daughter, Abigail, on 
September 1, 2007. Morris started a new 
job as a prenatal genetic counselor at the 
Southwest Washington Medical Center's 
new Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic. 

Robert Stadler, MA'04 

San Francisco 

Stadler has worked at the Global Bank 
Group at Merrill Lynch in San Francisco 
for almost two years. In his spare time, 
he plays drums in a local acoustic rock 
band, Bag of Toys. 

Rachel Cama-Lekx, MFA'05 
Somerville. Massachusetts 
Cama-Lekx teaches and performs as a 
soloist and with small ensembles 
throughout New England. She plays the 
viola de gamba, a cello-like instrument 
that she began studying at Brandeis. She 
also performs on the baroque cello and 
sings with the Cathedral Choir of 
Saint Paul in Boston. 

Nicholas Bolt, MA'06 
Arlington, Massachusetts 
Bolt is an associate at Fortis Investments 
in Boston. He visits different investment 
centers around the world, manages a 
portfolio, and works with senior portfo- 
lio managers, analysts, and traders. 

David Cohen, MSF'06 
Waltham, Massachu.setts 
Cohen is an energy and metals equities 
analyst for a hedge fund at Loomis Sayles, 
a Boston-based money manager. He writes 
that he is very grateful for the opportuni- 
ties his Brandeis degree provided. 

Paul Ekudu, MBA'06 

Long Island Cit>\ New York 
Ekudu accepted a position at Goldman 
Sachs as an associate in the principal- 
strategies group (investment manage- 
ment) in New York. 

Joran C. Lawrence, MBA'06 
Waltham, Massachusetts 
Lawrence is enjoying his work at Mon- 
ster Worldwide, where he is building his 
management skills as a member of the 
firm's MBA Executive Development 
Program. Working with Monster's 
research-and-development, technology, 
and new-products groups, he is helping 
the company bring innovations to the 
marketplace. Lawrence is married to 
Jannette Z. Lawrence, MS'05. He 
proposed to her at a formal International 
Business School event in April 2006. 

Jeffrey Donovan, MBA'07 
Watertown, Massachusetts 
Donovan works at a start-up company, 
Zintro, with Stuart Lewtan '84 and 
fellow International Business School 
graduate David Sim, MBA'07. 

Thea A. Kokhreidze, MBA'07 
Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia 
Kokhreidze is an analyst with EBRD, 
the European Bank for Reconstruction 
and Development. She enjoys being 
involved with projects that contribute to 
the development of Georgia's business 
and economic sector. 

Kolbjorn Nelson, MA'07 
San Francisco 

Nelson is an international trade specialist 
with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial 
Service. He works closely with American 
embassies around the world to advise 
Bay Area companies on their export 
strategies overseas, mostly to China. 

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Solve the answers to the clues below, and place each letter in its corresponding numbered square in the grid above. When complete, the grid will reveal a 
quotation (words can turn corners; black squares indicate word breaks). The first letter of each answer word below, when read alphabetically, will spell out 
the author and published source of the quotation. The solution appears at the bottom of Page 102. 

A. Brandeis math conference topic (1958. 2008) 

119 150 24 41 139 

B. Not well liked 

N. The totality of a person's property 

48 4 73 83 158 113 
0. Small, common gray-brown songbird 

25 53 77 121 11 71 115 63 110 

C. Require; want 

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P. Juncture; affair 

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D. Considering (3 wds.) 

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Q. Bubbly 

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E. Biblical second person 

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F. Neckless string instrument 

R. Redirect; divert 

S. Jewelry item 

62 66 127 6 22 75 

76 42 128 40 67 

112 102 122 162 45 32 
G. Roll Industries (alumna Ellen Gordon is COO) 

91 28 74 50 149 169 155 
T. A dull, silver-gray alloy 

145 142 19 1 166 39 163 
H. Mayflower descendant; Pacific coral island 

124 118 34 140 3 23 
U. Planted; chased off the ground 

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I. Site of world's largest Fringe Festival 

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V. Improve spiritually: enlighten by instruction 

J. Not moving 

K. Point on a graph 

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W. Roderick . 

60 105 123 160 154 
. alumnus; chemistry Nobel laureate 

130 136 57 143 164 88 29 65 103 

X. Sibling 

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L. Shocked; dismayed 

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Y. Where equity and law courts were joined. 1873-75 

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M. Familiar; understood 

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Z. Indespensable assistant 

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A Star Shines on Brandeis 

Bv Theresa Pease 

Before Joan Crawford, the outre heroine of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, before the nasty homewrecker of 
The Women, and even before the sexy seductress of Grand Hotel, came Lucille "Billie" LeSueur, vaudevillian and 
Broadway dancer. And it is in honor of her — the ingenue hoofer who had not yet been discovered and renamed by 
MGM — that the Joan Crawford Dance Studio in Spingold Theater derived its title. Founded in 1965, the studio 
was funded by the Hollywood icon as part of an effort to promote dance education. Crawford (pictured center 
above) became a Brandeis University fellow in 1967, joining a group of successful and creative individuals who were 
strong supporters of the university. The actress, whose fourth husband was Alfred Steele, chairman and CEO of 
the Pepsi-Cola Corporation, joined him on the Pepsi board after her retirement from the screen, and together the 
couple supported numerous community and philanthropic organizations. Thanks to their generosity, the 
Robert D. Father university archives and special collections department contains a collection of Crawford's 
personal memorabilia, including the Honorary Hoosier Award (a wooden plaque shaped like the state of Indiana) 
and the star's first tap shoe, cast in gold gilt. These and other items can be seen online at 


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