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Posted: June 10, 2020
Croquer steps down as head of Rose Art museum; Gannit Ankori named interim Posted: June 4, 2020

Brandeis University has announced that Luis Croquer, the Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum, has decided to step down after three years as director.  

Since Croquer came to Brandeis he has overseen critically acclaimed exhibitions, significantly increased attendance, and brought a new sense of optimism and possibility to the Rose. Attendance at the museum increased 43 percent between 2017 and 2019 and the number of public programs increased by 11 percent. Croquer focused on increasing grants, efforts that led to a prestigious Henry Luce Foundation Grant awarded in 2020.

In designing the Rose’s programs and exhibitions, he focused on creating spaces for true dialogue in the context of a deeply polarized world.  As chief curator he brought extensive knowledge and understanding of contemporary art to carefully and meticulously explore the Rose’s extraordinary permanent collection of more than 9,000 objects. Inspired by these works, he created memorable exhibits with never-before-shown pieces.

Croquer balanced presentations from the permanent collection with temporary exhibits featuring new artists such as Tuesday Smillie and bringing back to campus artists such as Howardena Pindell. He also made significant progress restructuring the museum’s staff to better align with the new vision for the museum, expanding the integration of the Rose with the University’s academic programs, building more robust financial and curatorial systems, and making significant progress in fundraising.  

long8游戏Lizbeth Krupp, chair of the board of advisors of the Rose Art Museum, said “Under Luis’s leadership, the Rose has become much more integrated into the cultural and intellectual life on campus, embracing the university’s values of academic excellence, social justice, engaged learning, and global citizenship. It was a pleasure working with him.”

Gannit Ankori, professor of art history and theory at the departments of fine arts, women, gender and sexuality studies, and the Schusterman center, has agreed to serve as interim Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum starting July 1. Ankori is a critically acclaimed author, curator and educator, who brings a deep knowledge of the unique role that the Rose Art Museum plays as a world-class museum of contemporary art within a university setting. Her leadership will be invaluable, especially at this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

“In times of crisis and loss we palpably realize that art is an essential human need. Over the last months we have witnessed first hand the vital role of the arts in helping individuals and communities cope, heal and make meaning. The importance of the Rose Art Museum and art in general for our community and our world cannot be overstated,” Ankori noted.

Ankori has published numerous , and articles about modern and contemporary art viewed from a global perspective, with emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, identity, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity, disability and their manifestations in the creative arts. Her books and essays have been published in numerous languages including , Japanese, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. She is internationally renowned for her groundbreaking scholarship on . In addition to her books and articles, she has also worked on innovative , most recently in collaboration with Mexican fashion curator Circe Henestrosa, at the Victoria and Albert in London (2018), at the of Art in New York (2019), and at the in San Francisco (2020). She served as the founding head of Brandeis’ division of creative arts (2013-2019), curated three exhibitions with accompanying catalogues at the Rose Art Museum (2012, 2015, 2016), is a member of the museum’s collections committee and board of advisors, and was the Director of Integrated Arts and Faculty Curator at the Rose (2013-2017).

“I want to thank Luis for his inspired work at the Rose these past several years, and for expanding its audience,” said Brandeis president Ron Liebowitz. “I am delighted that Gannit has agreed to step into the role of interim Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum. Her deep devotion to the museum, scholarly acumen, curatorial expertise, and proven capacity to lead and inspire make her the ideal choice for this leadership position. Brandeis is committed to the creative arts and to our stellar museum, and we are eager to partner with Gannit to support, uplift, and celebrate the Rose.”


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Alert your hometown media about your graduation from BrandeisPosted: May 21, 2020

Many local news outlets share graduation news about current or former residents.

If you would like to share an announcement about your (or your child's) graduation, below is a template you can follow that will work for many news organizations. Some outlets allow you to include a photo — if you do, be sure to identify the graduate and any family members who may be in the photo. 



[TOWN/CITY] resident graduates from Brandeis University

WALTHAM, Mass.—[STUDENT FIRST NAME LAST NAME] of [TOWN/CITY] graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass on Sunday, May 24.




About Brandeis University

Brandeis University was founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community at a time when Jews and other marginalized groups faced discrimination in higher education. Today, Brandeis is a leading research university for anyone, regardless of background, who wants to use their knowledge, skills and experience to improve the world. Nearly 6,000 Brandeis students and 550 faculty members collaborate across disciplines, interests and perspectives on scholarship that has a positive impact throughout society. Learn more at brandeis.edu.

Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi wins prestigious Berlin PrizePosted: May 15, 2020
Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and director of research for the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, has been named by as one of its Berlin Prize recipients for 2020-21.

long8游戏During her semester-long fellowship at the Academy in spring 2021, Sohrabi will reconstruct the intimate lives that were folded into the vastness of the 1979 Iranian revolution. She aims to illuminate the small-scale experiences that together—and after the fact—came to define “revolutionary experience.” She asks “What does a revolution feel like to those in its midst before this term [is] used to define their experience?”

is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients with the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to engage in academic and artistic projects they might otherwise not pursue. Fellows work throughout the semester with Berlin peers and institutions in the American Academy’s well-established network, forging meaningful connections that lead to lasting transatlantic relationships. During their stay, fellows engage audiences through public lectures, readings, and performances, which form the core of the American Academy in Berlin’s public program.

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BOLLI offers adults lifelong, online learning this summerPosted: May 14, 2020

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis (BOLLI) may be confined to their homes by a global pandemic; nevertheless this spring, they have been pursuing their studies online with undiminished gusto.

BOLLI was spearheaded in 2000 by Brandeis Professor Bernie Reisman and an ambitious group of retirees who saw Brandeis as the perfect home for an institute dedicated to liberal learning for older adults. BOLLI circa 2020 is exceptional among its peer institutes for “truly resembling an elite small liberal arts college for older adults. The Brandeis faculty and student body set a very high standard for us, one we are inspired by every day,” explains BOLLI Director, Avi Bernstein.

In celebration of 20 years of exceptional adult learning activities, this summer’s term will see more than double the usual programming – all online, beginning June 1. The program will include lecture courses on social protest music in rock n’ roll history, an introduction to religious existentialism, and faculty seminars on The Great Gatsby, the Baroque in classical music history, and much more.

In addition to welcoming the 600-plus members already affiliated, BOLLI is accepting new members for the summer term. A basic summer membershiplong8游戏 is $75. For more information contact Carolyn Cross at ccross@brandeis.edu.

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