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I. Poses of New York City, are presented annually in the areas of theater arts and film,
music and dance, literature, and fine arts. In each of these fields, two awards are be-
stowed. Achievement medals are conferred upon successful artists in recognition of a
lifetime of distinction in an artistic field; merit citations are also awarded to talented
artists who are in earlier stages of their careers or who may not yet have won a wide
degree of recognition. Expert juries are appointed annually in each of the fields to
judge the competition. In addition, the Creative Arts Awards Commission presents an
award for Notable Achievement in the arts from time to time.

American Jewish Historical Society

In an established pattern of learned societies which often elect to locate at colleges and
universities, the American Jewish Historical Society's headquarters and library are on
the Brandeis campus. A separate and autonomous organization, the American Jewish
Historical Society provides a focus for scholarly research, symposia, exhibits, and a
common meeting ground for interested undergraduate and graduate students. The
Society is an archival resource for Greater Boston's many libraries, museums, colleges,
and universities. Its site near both the University library and Judaic center was made
available by Brandeis. The building funds were provided by the late Lee M. Friedman,
a former president of the Society, attorney, and Boston resident.

Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council

Brandeis University is a member of the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting
Council, which sponsors WGBH-FM, Boston's educational radio station, and its
television affiliate, WGBH-TV. Brandeis, along with Boston College, the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Boston University, Harvard University, Lowell Institute, MIT,
the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, Northeastern
University, Museum of Science, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of
Massachusetts, and Wellesley College makes its teaching facilities available for use
by both outlets.


Patrons and Friends of the Rose Art Museum

Through the generosity of the Patrons and Friends of the Rose Art Museum, the Uni-
versity mounts each spring a major exhibition featuring an important contemporary
artist. In 1977-78 the Patrons and Friends sponsored an exhibition entitled "Alex Katz
in the Seventies," and in 1978-79 the show was "Frank Stella: Metallic Reliefs," an
exhibition The Boston Globe described as one that "may well constitute the outstanding
contemporary art event of the season." Among additional exhibitions which appeared
at the Rose Art Museum were "Modern and Contemporary Masters from the
Permanent Collection," "Fresh Images," "David Aronson, A Retrospective;" and at
the Dreitzer Gallery in Spingold Theater were exhibitions entitled "Desert Images:
Color Photographs by Hayim Goldbrager," "Department of Fine Arts Honors
Exhibition," and "Hava Mehutan: Sculpture and Works on Paper."

Edith Barbara Laurie Theater Arts Trust Fund

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Irving Laurie in memory of their daughter, the Edith
Barbara Laurie Theater Arts Trust Fund aids in the support of the University's innova-
tive theater arts program. The funds provided in this gift help to develop and strength-
en the theater arts curriculum and its frequent stage presentations.

Gersh and Sarah Lemberg Children's Center

The Lemberg Children's Center launched its parent-cooperative day care program in
the fall of 1975", a contemporary outgrowth of the nursery school concept established
in 1961 through the generosity of Brandeis Trustee and Mrs. Samuel Lemberg of New
York City. The open classroom program at the Center accommodates some 32 pre-
school and kindergarten children in full and part-time schedules. Staffed by pro-
fessional teachers working in conjunction with parents, the Center has informal ties
with the University's Psychology Department and Education Program.

The Brandeis University Press

The Brandeis University Press is a member of the consortium known as The University
Press of New England, which also includes Dartmouth College, the University of New
Hampshire, the University of Vermont, Clark University, and the University of Rhode

Among recent publications are Providing Adequate Retirement Income, edited by
James Schulz; Energy and the Environment, edited by Anne P. Carter; The
Modernization of French Jewry: Consistory and Community in the Nineteenth Cen-
tury, by Phyllis C. Albert; and Images and Ideas in American Culture, Essays in
Memory of Philip Rahv, edited by Arthur Edelstein.

Initial support for the Brandeis Press came from gifts of Bern Dibner of Wilton,
Conn. , and Ben Zevin of Cleveland, Ohio, both Fellows of the University.

George and Charlotte Fine Endowment Fund

Created to supplement chamber music programs given under the auspices and direction
of the Department of Music, the Fund presents annually the Irving Fine Memorial
Concert, in honor of the late composer and Brandeis professor of music. The concerts
are performed by members of the Department of Music and visiting artists and include
in each program a work by Professor Fine.


Ziskind Program for Continuing Education in Jewish Studies

The Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust of Boston has provided funds to allow the Uni-
versity to develop continuing educational opportunities in Jewish Studies. Both lay
leaders and professionals in Jewish communal service participate in seminars,
colloquia, and regular classroom opportunities.

Endowed Schools

Crown School of Graduate Studies in American Civilization

The Irving and Rose Crown School of Graduate Studies in American CiviHzation was
established by the generosity of Brandeis Fellows Irving and Rose Crown. Its primary
objective is to attract and support gifted students in their work toward the Ph.D. in
the History of American Civilization.

In order to meet the public service objective of the school, a Crown Fellowship award
is occasionally made to special students both here and abroad — drawn from the Foreign
Service, the media, and other important facets of public life — who would benefit from
participation in graduate studies in the School.

Strengthened by the achievements of Crown Fellows of recent years, the Crown
School contributes to the deeper understanding of the American past and present,
thereby helping to shape the nation's future.

Danielsen School of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought

The Albert V. Danielsen School of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought was made
possible through a gift from Dr. Danielsen, a Fellow of the University, from Wellesley
Hills, Mass.

The School includes the Department of Philosophy, which now combines undergrad-
uate and graduate programs through the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The graduate
program in philosophy is designed to prepare students for careers in the field as scholars
and teachers, and it places traditional emphasis on logic, epistemology, metaphysics,
value theory and the history of philosophy. Added to the two fully endowed chairs of
philosophy in the School is the Albert V. Danielsen Chair in Christian Thought.

The Danielsen School thus hopes to encourage the advancement of philosophical
thought in the context of contemporary issues, following the broadest scholary and
interdisciplinary approaches in an age of ecumenism and imperative social need.

Fierman School of Chemistry

The Harold and Minnie Fierman School of Chemistry, created through a benefaction
from Brandeis Trustee Harold L. Fierman, incorporates graduate and undergraduate
programs, including research activities, lecture programs and colloquia.

At the undergraduate level the curriculum is highly diversified, including basic
courses in analytical, organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry.

At the graduate level, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates pursue advanced studies and
research projects in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry, physical organic
chemistry, structured inorganic chemistry, quantum chemistry, photochemistry, enzyme
reactions, chemical physics, and laser chemistry.

The School has been aided, in part, by grants from the National Institutes of Health,
National Science Foundation, Energy and Research Development Administration,
Research Corporation, and the Petroleum Research Foundation. Research conducted
under these agencies has been published in over 700 papers in leading professional


Fisher School of Physics

The Martin Fisher School of Physics, established through a gift from the late Martin A.
Fisher of New York City, a Fellow of the University, encompasses both theoretical and
experimental physics. The Fisher School incorporates the graduate and undergraduate
programs in physics and also provides the setting for lectures and colloquia in physics.
Scholarship and fellowship assistance provided by Mr. Fisher enhances the teaching
and research at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.

The School's undergraduate program ranges from introductory courses in classical
and modern physics, computer sciences, and astronomy to advanced courses in atomic
and nuclear physics; classical, continuum and statistical mechanics; quantum me-
chanics; nuclear, solid state, and mathematical physics. M.A. and Ph.D. programs
include courses in astrophysics, high energy physics, plasma physics, quantum theory
of fields, solid state physics, and general relativity. Experimental and theoretical
research is carried out in high energy physics, solid state physics, properties of con-
densed matter, quantum theory of soHds, and quantum field theory.

Grants from such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the Atomic Energy
Commission, among others, support research programs in the Fisher School. The Fisher
School also provides research opportunities for a large number of postdoctoral fellows.

Kutz School of Biology

The Milton and Hattie Kutz School of Biology was made possible through a gift from
the estate of the late Hattie Kutz of Wilmington, Del., a Fellow of the University. The
School encompasses the University's undergraduate and graduate biology departments.
The biology curricula present a comprehensive body of courses that advance from
fundamental studies to more complex areas, with special attention given to new dis-
coveries and the results of current experimentation.

Students are offered a balance between traditional background in biology and the
thorough discussion of new knowledge. They are encouraged to engage in original
research and independent study. The biology program also provides research and
teaching opportunities for a large number of postdoctoral fellows.

A major portion of the governmental, industrial, and private research grants awarded
to the University is devoted to varied projects in biology and health sciences. Distin-
guished scientists appear frequently at colloquia and lectures to explain their investiga-

Lown School for Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Created through the generosity of the late Brandeis Trustee Emeritus Philip W. Lown,
the Lown School of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies encompasses an intensive teaching
and research program in ancient and modern Jewish thought, history, culture, and
issues, offered by both the undergraduate and graduate departments of Near Eastern
and Judaic Studies. The University has assembled an array of distinguished scholars
who offer an extremely broad range of programs designed to prepare students for
scholarly careers or for communal service. Areas of scholarship within the general field
of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies range from the history, languages and philosophies
of the ancient Near East to the modern Near East and contemporary Jewish studies.


The School includes the Benjamin S. Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal
Service, organized for the purpose of further research and seminars dealing with
contemporary issues and for providing graduate education for students interested in
professional careers in Jewish communal service and education.

The Lown School of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies cooperates closely with the
American Jewish Historical Society, whose headquarters building on the Brandeis
University campus was completed during 1968.

Poses School of Fine Arts

The Poses School of Fine Arts, established through a gift from Brandeis Trustee and
Mrs. Jack I. Poses of New York City, embodies the broad undergraduate curriculum in
the fine arts. The undergraduate program in fine arts provides a substantial area of
studies in the form and meaning of art from antiquity to the present day. The program
stresses individual creativity and the varied techniques of the artist.

Swig School of Political Science

A generous benefaction from Brandeis Trustee Emeritus Benjamin H. Swig of San
Francisco has established the Swig School of Political Science. The Swig School en-
compasses the University's Politics Department, including several endowed academic
chairs established earlier through the efforts of Mr. Swig. Among these are: the Harry
S. Truman Chair in American Civilization; the Earl Warren Chair in American Con-
stitutional Studies; the Christian A. Herter Chair in International Relations; and the
Adlai E. Stevenson Chair in International Politics.



Louis Dembitz Brandeis Memorial Lectures

The Louis Dembitz Brandeis Lectures, named in memory of the late Supreme Court
Justice, trace their origin to the beginning of the University's Hfe. Past lecturers have
included Chief Justice Earl Warren, Archibald Cox, Justice William Douglas, Justice.
Felix Frankfurter, Judge Charles Wyzanski, Congressman Robert F. Drinan, Ramsey
Clark, Justice Abe Fortas, and Simon H. Rifkind.

Harold Stierman Goldberg Lectureship

Established to honor the late Harold Sherman Goldberg, a Fellow of Brandeis, these
lectures bring to campus leaders in the fields of government, humanities, fine arts,
science, and the social sciences. The fund was established by Mrs. Romayne Goldberg,
other members of the family, and Mr. Goldberg's friends and associates. In 1977-78
the Goldberg lecturer was Professor Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Zborowski Professor of
Holocaust Studies at Yeshiva University, who spoke on "What is the Use of Jewish

Harry B. Helmsley Lecture Series

Established in 1957 by a grant from the Harry B. Helmsley Lecture Fund, the series
focuses each year on a different theme. In 1978-79 the speakers were Robert Rosen-
blum. Professor of Modern European Art, New York University; Hilton Kramer, Art
Critic, The New York Times; John L. Marion, Chairman, Sotheby Parke Bernet; and
Jan Fontein, Director, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Alexander L. and Fannie B. Shluger Memorial Lecture

The Shluger Memorial Lecture was established through the will of Mrs. Fannie B.
Shluger. The most recent Shluger lecturer was the world-famous Hebrew University
Professor Gershom G. Scholem, who spoke on "Man's Encounter with Himself: The
Doctrine of Astralbody in Kabbalah."

The Nathan Straus Lectureship Fund

Established by the late Nathan Straus, this lecture fund sponsors the Stephen S. Wise
Memorial Lecture and the Abba Eban Lecture. In 1978-79 Jan Peerce spoke at the
premiere showing of the restored classic film, Tevye, starring Maurice Schwartz.

The Martin Weiner Distinguished Lectureship Fund

The income from this endowment fund brings to Brandeis leaders in the fields of
religion, government, international affairs, letters, science, and business. Weiner Mem-
orial lecturers enrich the University's curriculum by participating in regular academic
seminars and symposia, as well as University convocations and public events. Each
department of the University is able to welcome to campus guests who are of particular
interest to that department, and the University is also able to invite a wide range of
people. In 1978-79 more than 115 visited Brandeis through the generosity of this fund.


Included in that list are Professor Bezalel Narkiss of Hebrew University who spoke on
"Jewish Identity in Art;" Professor Peter Gay of Yale University who lectured on
"Freud in English" at the presentation of the Edward and Crete L. Bibring Collection
to Brandeis University; and an exhibition of color photographs by Call Rubin entitled
"Birds of the Heaven, Beasts of the Field, the Bible as Source."

The Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Lectureship

Established by Mrs. Irvin Edelman in 1975-76, the Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial
Lectureship honors the memory of one of the world's great ladies, a Trustee of Brandeis
University from 1953-62, and a member of the Brandeis faculty from 1959-61. The first
lecturer was the Honorable Chaim Herzog, permanent representative of Israel to the
United Nations, who spoke on "The United Nations: International Morahty and the
Middle East." In 1978-79 former President of the State of Israel Ephraim Katzir
lectured on "Israel Today: Problems and Challenges."

The Sophie Davis International Fellow in Residence Program

This program brings to campus academics, scholars, and men and women of great dis-
tinction in public life, in the arts, in literature, and in journalism, who teach and lecture
at Brandeis for a term. In 1978-79 the Davis Fellow was Ralph Miliband, noted
European scholar and sociologist from the University of Leeds, England. Professor
Miliband taught a course entitled "The Society of Power," in which he examined
various perspectives on the political structures of societies today.

Visiting Professorships

Jacob Ziskind Professorships

To implement its philosophy of education, the University brings to the campus dis-
tinguished academic figures from sister universities both in the United States and
abroad who serve as Ziskind Visiting Professors. This program, made possible by the
Jacob Ziskind Endowment Fund, enables the University to supplement its regular
teaching staff with the presence of academicians drawn from other major streams of
educational thought.

Fannie Hurst Fund for Visiting Professorships

Established in 1968 through the bequest of the late Fannie Hurst, the Fund supports
distinguished visiting professors in the areas of creative writing and theater arts.

Shirley and Maurice Saltzman Artist-in-Residence Fund

Established in 1964, the Fund underwrites the incumbency of prominent visiting artists
who work with and guide students majoring in the field of fine arts.



Admission to the University

The University selects new students each year on the basis of merit, admitting those
individuals whom it believes to be best prepared, academically and personally, for the
University's educational program and most likely to contribute to and profit from the
life of the Brandeis community. Although it chooses a class varied in its interests,
talents and experience, it uses no quotas of any kind — geographic, racial, religious
or economic.

In its evaluation of candidates, the Admissions Office weighs evidence of accom-
pHshment and development; school and teacher statements based on previous study
and experience; relevance to the application of test results; and impressions gained
through the application.

Admission Requirements for Freshman Candidates

To be considered for freshman admission, a candidate should be enrolled in a college
preparatory course. Students planning to enter college before the completion of their
secondary school programs, veterans or other persons with equivalency diplomas or
special school backgrounds should write directly to the Director of Admissions regard-
ing their interest and experience.

An adequate course in preparation for Brandeis should include four years of
English; three years of a foreign language, including study during the senior year
whenever possible (two years each of two languages is acceptable but less desirable);
three years of college preparatory mathematics (prospective science concentrators
should present a year of advanced mathematics); at least one year of science (chem-
istry, physics or biology); and one year of history. The remaining courses should
generally be in traditional college preparatory studies. It is recognized, however, that
courses in the creative arts are of value to students intending to concentrate in these
fields in college.

The Scholastic Aptitude and Achievement Tests of the College Entrance Examina-
tion Board are regarded by the Committee on Admissions as one of several factors in
a candidacy and as a method of evaluating the qualifications of candidates from
different schools and areas. All candidates must take the Scholastic Aptitude Tests
and three Achievement Tests. It is strongly recommended that the candidate take the
Achievement Tests in: a) English Composition (preferably the ECT With Essay, given
only in December); b) a foreign language; c) mathematics or science. Results of
Scholastic Aptitude and Achievement Tests taken between and including January of the
junior year and January of the senior year are preferred for consideration. We recom-
mend, however, that all candidates take the SAT in their senior year in order to present
the best possible testing results.

Full information concerning testing may be obtained from secondary school
guidance counselors or directly from the College Entrance Examination Board, Box
592, Princeton, N. J. 08540; or Box 1025, Berkeley, CaHf. 94707. The candidate
should direct the Board to report scores to the Director of Admissions.

Early Decision

Brandeis offers admission to qualified freshman candidates under its Early Decision


Plan. This Plan is designed for those students who, after carefully and critically con-
sidering various college options, have decided firmly that Brandeis is their first choice.
Early Decision candidates must sign a statement on the application indicating that they
wish Early Decision consideration and that they will definitely enroll if admitted. Early
Decision candidates may file other regular applications with the understanding that
these will be withdrawn if they are accepted on an Early Decision basis by Brandeis.
All applications and supporting credentials for Early Decision must be received during
the period November 1 -January 1. Supporting credentials should include SATs and as
many Achievement Tests as have been completed. Early Decision applicants will be
notified within four weeks of the receipt of a completed application. Candidates not
accepted under Early Decision will automatically be considered in the regular review
period for the April 15 notification date. Further detailed information about the Early
Decision Plan is contained in the admissions application.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Candidates

The Committee on Admissions welcomes applications from individuals whose promise
and prior attainment is in keeping with the opportunity for a continuation of concen-
trated scholarly study at Brandeis. Whenever desired, appUcants will be granted a
conference with a faculty member in the area of academic interest. Some financial aid
is reserved annually for transfer candidates.

Transfer admission is granted solely in keeping with the University's degree require-
ment of a minimum of two years of full-time study. To be considered for admission a
candidate should present in applying, evidence of good standing, academically and
personally, in his or her preceding college and sound reasons for wishing to transfer.

In its selection of transfer candidates, the Committee on Admissions gives major
consideration to the quality of college-level work completed and some consideration to
further evidence of promise for achievement at Brandeis based on the secondary school
record, personal evaluations by the appropriate dean and an instructor, testing, and
information conveyed by the candidate. Candidates should submit either Scholastic
Aptitude Test or ACT scores from testing completed during secondary school or no
later than April of the year of application.

Part-Time Degree Program

Admission to the part-time degree program at Brandeis is based upon the same
standards as are used in the admission of regular full-time degree candidates, except
that part-time degree applicants must also demonstrate that they are unable to proceed
toward the B.A. degree at the normal rate of work required of full-time students. A
personal interview is required.

Part-time degree candidates pay on a course-by-course basis ($635.00 per semester
course for 1979-80). In order to receive the baccalaureate, they must meet all degree

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