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Register for the Brandeis Novel Symposium

December 10th, 2018


BNS 2019: Graphic Novels

Welcome to the Brandeis Novel Symposium, an annual one-day conference that will hold its third annual meeting Friday April 12, 2019. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on theoretical and scholarly questions raised by the novel more generally. This year’s theoretical and critical topics unfold around the question of the graphic novel: last year’s symposium was about science fiction and centered on The Three Body Problem; the inaugural event in 2017 was on Karl Ove Knausgard’s My Struggle.

This year, the BNS board has chosen to focus on another fascinating edge case,  the graphic novel. Even that label is a disputable one: many scholars prefer to speak of comics, and many of the works classed as graphic novels do not fit the traditional genre criteria for the novel per se. Indeed, one of the two texts we have chosen, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, is a memoir. The other, Sonny Liew’s brilliant The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, has a fictional protagonist, but is studiously faithful to the historical upheavals around Singapore’s independence struggles. So we anticipate that the papers and the discussion will not only zero in on the particular attributes of the books in question, but will also radiate outward to reflect upon the questions of genre and categorization that make the evolving field of the graphic narrative arts so fascinating.

As always, we encourage but do not require you to read Fun Home  and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in advance of the conference: if you can, please buy them at an independent local store like Million Year Picnic or New England Comics. There will also be some discussion (and a mixed graduate and undergraduate seminar in the morning) that focuses on Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.

You can register here:

Upcoming Event: Quebec Culture Day

September 20th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Worlding Realisms

March 24th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Lilith Magazine and Jewish Feminism

March 15th, 2017

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​​A symposium celebrating the Lilith magazine archives and Jewish feminist collections at Brandeis University
​March 26 – 27​, 2017​

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Join us as we look at Lilith’s “independent, Jewish & frankly feminist” history in the context of 40 years of its archives—manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, drafts, and much more, spanning approximately 70 linear feet and forming a cornerstone of Jewish feminist archival collections in the Brandeis Library.

Sunday afternoon will feature a panel of writers and activists discussing themes ​Lilith has explored in over four decades of feminist transformation, ​with a reception to follow.
Monday will include a special conversation in the archives with Lilith’s editor in chief.

​For details of the event, please visit the event website here:
​​Sponsored by the following units of Brandeis University:
American Studies; Journalism; Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; English; Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation; International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Brandeis Alumni & Friends; Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; Office of the Provost; Creative Writing; Women’s Studies Research Center; University Archives & Special Collections
and generously supported by Elaine Reuben ’63.

Upcoming Event: Comedy and the Constitution: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce

October 17th, 2016

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Free-speech pioneer. Satirist. Cultural Icon.

Comedian Lenny Bruce’s legacy is the focus of a two-day conference on October 27-28 at Brandeis University.

Join us for two days of speakers and discussion on such topics as Comedic Ancestors and Descendants, Censorship and Law, Religion and Reason, Jewish Humor and the Holocaust, Engendering Comedy, Postwar Popular Culture, and the Language of Comedy.

“Comedy and the Constitution” will mark the formal opening of the collection of archival material that the university acquired from Bruce’s daughter, Kitty Bruce, with a generous grant from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation.

Keynote speaker: Christie Hefner, Trustee of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, founder of Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards, member of board of directors of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

October 27-28, 2016, Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

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Upcoming Event: Genius for Sale!

October 7th, 2016

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Friday, October 14, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Register here.

Join us for Genius For Sale!, an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars and practitioners from the humanities, the creative arts, and the social sciences to explore the ways in which creativity intersects with the market place. By assembling this diverse group of scholars and practitioners, we hope to stimulate discussion about the various forms of creativity and the effects of economic forces upon them and to showcase the methodological differences between the humanities, the creative arts, and the social sciences. Researchers and practitioners will walk away with new ideas about applications, in addition to an understanding of different ways to approach research within and across fields. We hope as a group to expand the growing conversation about the creative arts in their economic and social contexts.

The conference is organized by Kathryn Graddy (Brandeis International Business School) and Robin Feuer Miller (Brandeis University, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature). Participants include:

Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University, Economics)
Christopher Bedford (Baltimore Museum of Art)
Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, Modern Languages)
Jane Ebert (Brandeis International Business School)
Elizabeth Ferry (Brandeis University, Anthropology)
William Flesch (Brandeis University, English)
Diana Greenwald (University of Oxford, Economic and Social History)
Mary Harrod (University of Warwick, French Studies)
Anita Hill (Brandeis University, Heller School and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Alice Kelikian (Brandeis University, History and Film)
Sarah Keller (University of Massachusetts-Boston, Art and Cinema Studies)
Susan Lichtman (Brandeis University, Fine Arts)
Provost Lisa M. Lynch (Brandeis University, Heller School and Economics)
Jonathan Paine (University of Oxford, Modern Languages, and Rothschild & Co.)
John Plotz (Brandeis University, English)
Nancy J. Scott (Brandeis University, Fine Arts)
Paul Solman (PBS NewsHour)
William Mills Todd III (Harvard University, Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Pu Wang (Brandeis University, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature)
Chad Williams (Brandeis University, African and Afro-American Studies)

Upcoming Event: Technology and the Human Graduate Conference

February 10th, 2016

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Technology and the Human

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