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Upcoming Event: Working and Playing With Psychoanalysis

October 20th, 2016

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Playing with Psychoanalysis Final 2016

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

For more information and to register: www.brandeis.edu/lenny-bruce

Upcoming Event: Literature as Cultural Ecology with Hubert Zapf

October 5th, 2016

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Monday, October 10, 2016, 12-2pm

in Mandel Humanities Center Reading Room (303)
RSVP here – please note that RSVPs are required for this event due to space constraints

Cultural ecology is a new direction in recent ecocriticism and the environmental humanities which is grounded, on the one hand, in a general theory of cultural ecology as a field of transdisciplinary studies that has gained considerable visibility in recent ecological thought. On the other hand, it adapts, translates, and integrates these insights from various disciplines into a more specific theory of literature itself as a medium of cultural ecology. Between an anthropocentric cultural studies perspective, in which nature is dematerialized into a discursive human construct, and a radical ecocentrism, in which cultural processes are basically subsumed under naturalist assumptions, cultural ecology looks at the interaction and living interrelationship between culture and nature, without reducing one to the other. Literature is seen as a cultural form in which this living interrelationship is explored in specifically productive ways, providing a site of critical self-reflection of modern civilization as well as a source of creative cultural self-renewal. This is not merely a question of thematic orientation or content but of the aesthetic processes staged in imaginative texts, which in this sense can be described as functioning like an ecological force within the larger system of cultural discourses. Literature is described as a transformative force of language and discourse, which combines civilizational critique with cultural self-renewal in ways that turn literary texts into forms of sustainable textuality.


Hubert Zapf is Professor and Chair of American Literature at the University of Augsburg, Germany. His main areas of research are Cultural Ecology, English and American Literature, Literary and Cultural History and Theory. He is co-editor of Anglia: Journal of English Philology, of the Anglia Book Series, of the Handbooks of English and American Studies (DeGruyter), and of the book series Text und Theorie (Königshausen & Neumann). His publications include Kurze Geschichte der angloamerikanischen Literaturtheorie, UTB, 2nd ed. 1996; Literatur als kulturelle Ökologie, Niemeyer, 2002; Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte (ed.), Metzler, 3rd ed. 2010; American Studies Today: New Research Agendas (co-ed.), Winter, 2014; Literature and Science (ed.), Special Issue of Anglia 2015; Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology (ed.), De Gruyter, 2016; Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts, Bloomsbury, 2016; Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-ed.), De Gruyter, 2016; “Ecological Thought in Europe and Germany,” Cambridge Global History of Literature and Environment, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, and the American Studies Program.

Upcoming Event: Xing Hang Lecture

September 19th, 2016

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Upcoming Event: Radicalizing the Root

September 6th, 2016

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Radicalizing the Root

Upcoming Event: Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Civil Rights Struggles of the 1960s

March 28th, 2016

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
3rd Floor, Mandel Center for the Humanities
Brandeis University

Join us for a lecture exploring the role of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Michael Marmur.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Dr. Marmur is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. In recent years he has taught courses in Theology, Homiletics, and Pluralistic Jewish Education.

Dr. Marmur has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Israel, and in many parts of Western and Central Europe. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder was just published by University of Toronto Press.

Upcoming Events: Creative Writing Events, Spring 2016

February 10th, 2016

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Upcoming Event: Spanish in the US: Myths and Realities

February 1st, 2016

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Spanish in the US

Lecture: Black Grotesquerie, or Some Thoughts about Wangechi Mutu and Marci Blackman

January 27th, 2016

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Upcoming Event: The Art of Perspective with Christopher Castellani

January 21st, 2016

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Catellani Event

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