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

Kindly R.S.V.P. to Erin Warnke (warnke@brandeis.edu) by March 22

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: go.brandeis.edu/lilith.
​​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: An Evening with Ocean Vuong

March 13th, 2017

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An Evening with Ocean Vuong
Thursday, March 30, 5:30 pm
Mandel Atrium
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1158674777577203/

 
Who gets to write the poems we read? This reading by Ocean Vuong breaks the stereotype about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in media (or lack thereof) and will inspire future artists and performers within the Brandeis community to write and engage and share their stories. The reading will be followed by a book signing, with books available for purchase.

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Vuong also has two chapbooks: No (YesYes, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010). A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. 

Hosted Vietnamese Student Association, Brandeis Asian American Task Force, and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies committee. Cosponsored by Creative Writing, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English, East Asian Studies, American Studies, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature, and Queer People of Color Coalition.

Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Event: Michele Ronnick Lecture

March 13th, 2017

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“Black Women and Men: Classics in the Bay State and Beyond,” a lecture by Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University

Tuesday March 14, 2017 5:00 – 6:30 PM in Mandel 303 (reception to follow)

This talk traces the lineage of prominent Massachusetts African American intellectuals’ relationship to the Greek and Roman classics during the 19th century.

Contact Heidi McAllister at hmcallister@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Upcoming Event: Rule of Law, Politics, Equality and the Media

March 9th, 2017

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You are cordially invited to
Rule of Law, Politics, Equality and the Media:
Neil Gorsuch and the Dawn of the Trump Era Court

Thursday
March 9
4:30 – 6 pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Goldfarb Library

Five Brandeis faculty members offer their thoughts on the Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, and what it might tell us about issues facing the country and our community.

Panelists:
Professors Anita Hill, Jeffrey Lenowitz, Eileen McNamara, Susan Parish, Michael Willrich with Moderator Professor Jill Greenlee
Cosponsors: Brandeis University, African and Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Heller, History, Journalism and Politics

Upcoming Event: Black Lives Matter: Local Movements, Global Futures

February 28th, 2017

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Find information about speakers and registration here.

Upcoming Event: An Evening with Olga Grjasnowa

February 28th, 2017

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Monday, March 6
7:00-8:30pm
 
Refreshments and Russian desserts will be served.

Olga Grjasnowa’s astounding debut novel is about young immigrants from all over the world who move to Berlin. One of them is Masha, a headstrong young woman who knows neither borders nor limits. She inhabits a world where all cultures and traditions merge. For Masha and her friends, the issue of origin and nationality is immaterial—they can survive anywhere. But there is nowhere they can really call home. Olga Grjasnowa was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan, grew up in the Caucasus, and has spent extended periods in Poland, Russia, and Israel. She moved to Germany at the age of twelve and is a graduate of the German Institute for Literature/Creative Writing in Leipzig.

Sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis; Co-sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Russian Club.

Upcoming Event: Elizabeth Samet on the Challenges of Writing the American Civil War

February 22nd, 2017

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Featuring Elizabeth D. Samet, Professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy

Monday, March 13, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Golding 103

This lecture explores some of the difficulties faced by combatants attempting to write about the American Civil War, with a particular focus on Ulysses S. Grant.

Elizabeth D. Samet is the author of several books, including Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, a finalist for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is also the editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers. Samet’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and elsewhere. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Samet is a professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy.

This event is presented by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the European Cultural Studies Program and the Humanities Fellows Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.

TODAY: Peter Gordon on “Adorno and Existence”

February 16th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Lecture on “Kierkegaard’s Response to Hegel’s Interpretation of Antigone”

February 2nd, 2017

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ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: “Kierkegaard’s Response to Hegel’s Interpretation of Antigone

Featuring Jon Stewart, Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Thursday, February 9, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
(Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. 303)

Both Hegel and Kierkegaard were fascinated by Sophocles’ famous tragedy Antigone. Treating this work in the Phenomenology of Spirit and the Lectures on Aesthetics, Hegel sees the play as representing a key moment in the development of history. Kierkegaard, by contrast, examines the work under the guise of a pseudonym in the first volume of Either/Or. He suggests not so much an analysis of Sophocles’ work on its own terms as a rewriting of it as a modern tragedy. In his talk, Jon Stewart will try to bring out the defining elements in the interpretations of the two thinkers. He will argue that Kierkegaard’s account is more dependent on that of Hegel than is usually recognized.

This event is presented by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the Comparative Humanities Program, the Comparative Literature and Culture Program, the European Cultural Studies Program, and the Humanities Fellows Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.

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