November 11th, 2013
Farber Computer Cluster, Farber Library, November 14, 12-1
Taught by John Burt, Department of English
Maintaining a bibliography can be a complicated and tedious task. BibTeX, and its younger cousin biber, are designed to simplify this task. With these tools you make a database of whatever entries you might imagine needing. When you write and article or a book, BibTeX will search that database for whatever you happen to cite, and construct a bibliography for you in whatever style you need. It includes all of the traditional styles (MLA, Chicago, APA, and so forth), and many periodicals post files on their web to format BibTeX bibliographies in their house format. BibTeX and its siblings will also manage your in-line citations, in whatever form your text required, with all of the flexibility you might ask for.
BibTeX bibliographies can be created directly with any text editor since they are written in ASCII (or unicode). Some LaTeX-oriented text editors (such as AlphaX or Aquamacs) provide forms to hold your hand as you make BibTeX entries. But management of bibliography databases is easier still with Bibdesk. (Bibdesk runs on the Mac, but similar programs are available in the Windows world, and familiar reference managers like Endnote and Zotero can export in BibTeX format.)
Bibdesk, which is available for free and included in the TeXLive distribution most TeX users already have, is a bibliographic management tool for BibTeX databases. It is much more, however, than a friendly user interface for entering BibTeX records. Bibdesk is designed to connect to such databases as the Library of Congress catalogue and the Web of Science, and can import records from them. I have found that it can also import bibliographic records from the Brandeis Library Onesearch, and from databases Brandeis subscribes to, such as JSTOR, EBSCO and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. You can also use Bibdesk as a “textbase,” annotating articles for later use as you you read them. Finally, you can attach the article itself to your database, so you can use BibTeX to keep local copies of your research materials organized.
Although Bibdesk is designed to make BibTeX bibliographies for use in LaTeX documents, it can export files in Endnote and some other formats, and applescripts exist to import BibTeX bibliographies into Word documents, although the process is nontrivial.
For more information contact John Burt at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 11th, 2013
HiSP! Hispanic Studies presents
a reading by Richard BlancoThursday, November 21 at 5:00 pm
Presentation Room, Carl & Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center
Richard Blanco joined a select group that includes Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander when Barack Obama chose him to be the fifth inaugural poet in history. Both a professional engineer as well as a poet engineer, Blanco is the author of four collections of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires (1998), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett National Poetry Prize; Nowhere But Here (2004); Directions to The Beach of the Dead (2005), winner of the PEN/American Center Beyond Margins Award; and Looking for The Gulf Motel (2012). Beacon Press will publish his For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on November 19, 2013.
Blanco will sign copies of his books—which will be available for sale, including For All of Us, One Today—after the reading.
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Students of Color Diversity Group at the Heller
Free and open to the public. Parking for the event will be available in the theatre lot (yellow). For more information please see http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/roms/events/index.html or call Romance Studies 781-736-3232.
November 6th, 2013
On behalf of the Kay Fellows program, Dean Birren would like to invite you to a lunch to highlight the work of your colleague, Ian Hopper, Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Modern Britain and the World from 1750. Ian, as many of you will know, holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of History and in the International and Global Studies (IGS) Program.This is an informal event, intended to increase awareness of the Kay Fellows and their interdisciplinary scholarship. It takes the form of a light lunch and a 30-minute presentation by Ian, followed by discussion time. The title of Ian’s talk is“‘Liberty against Bureaucracy’: the English voluntary principle and its demise in the Great War.”The presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm in the Geller Conference Room, Hassenfeld. We have the room for ninety minutes, but you would be just as welcome to attend part of the presentation if you were unable to attend it all.For catering purposes, it would be helpful if you would respond to Lorna Laurent (email@example.com) ASAP.We very much hope that you will be able to attend, and look forward to hearing from you.
November 6th, 2013
The Women's and Gender Studies Program is pleased to invite you to the *Before Women's Studies at Brandeis* * Reflections on Student and Faculty Life* featuring Professor Joyce Antler, American Studies, History, WGS Karen Klein, Associate Professor Emeritus of English Julieanna Richardson '76, Public Historian and Founder/Executive Director of The HistoryMakers Phoebe Rothman Giddon '56, WGS Board Member Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5 pm / 6 pm Roundtable/Pizza Alumni Lounge Brandeis
October 30th, 2013
Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser invite you to join us for “People in Revolution,” the second public event of our Mellon-Sawyer Age of Revolution Seminar, onThursday, November 14 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mandel Center for the Humanities. Featured speakers for this panel presentation are Professors Kathleen Duval (UNC), Amy Freund (Texas Christian), and Emma Rothschild (Harvard/Cambridge). All are welcome; please spread the word to your students and colleagues.
For further information about other public events associated with the seminar, please see our website: www.brandeis.edu/revolutions
October 22nd, 2013
“The Female and Her Body in Contemporary Pakistani Art”
A lecture by Sophiya Khwaja
November 4, 2013, 2pm
In a social framework where women’s visibility has been culturally and historically undesirable, and, when visible, is considered a sexual invitation, the depiction of the female body assumes potent socio political meaning, especially when enunciated by a woman. This lecture will focus on the depiction of the female form in Pakistani Art. Special emphasis will be laid on such work produced by contemporary women artists of the past decade living and working in Pakistan. The owning and celebration of the female body, the connotation to rebellion through its use in art work along with a challenging of the “male gaze” are amongst the main concerns of the lecture. Also under consideration will be the development of the role of women in the arts, mainly through their use of the female form in their own work and the staggering influence this work has had on that produced by their male contemporaries.
Sophiya Khwaja is a Pakistani printmaker currently in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her talk is sponsored by the Programs in South Asian Studies and History of Ideas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12th, 2013
Special Collections Spotlight’s latest entry showcases the Shakespeare collection of rare books and prints, anchored by the first published collection of Shakespeare’s plays.
In December of 1961, Allan Bluestein, a member of the philanthropic club The Brandeis Bibliophiles, donated what is perhaps the most brilliant gem in the collection: a First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1632. Fewer than 240 copies of the First Folio are known to exist today, and roughly one-third of these are in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bluestein also donated a copy of the Second Folio and a Fourth Folio; another Fourth Folio was donated by Henry and Hannah Hofheimer. In addition to these materials, the Baldwin Shakespeare Collection—the core of which was acquired from Ruth M. Baldwin of the Baldwin Library, University of Florida, combined with other Shakespeare gifts and purchases—includes many rare and fascinating editions, compilations, and critical material from the Renaissance through the early twentieth century. See the Spotlight for details, written by Margo Kolenda, undergraduate student in English, Hispanic Studies, and Comparative Literature.
Special Collections Spotlight provides a close online look at rare and fascinating individual items from the special collections of Brandeis Libraries, including unique manuscripts, rare books, and unusual ephemera. Click on the link from the Archives and Special Collections home page, or go directly tohttp://brandeisspecialcollections.blogspot.com.
October 7th, 2013
The Inaugural Human Rightsand Social Justice Lecture
Thomas Pogge, “What Do Human Rights Demand of Us?”
5:10 – 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Zinner Forum, The Heller School
This is the first in a series of Human Rights and Social Justice Lectures launched by the Philosophy Department in the College of Arts and Sciences with the Graduate Programs in Sustainable International Development and Health at the Heller School in co-sponsorship with the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; and the Programs in History of Ideas; Health: Science, Society and Policy; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies; International and Global Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy
Thomas Pogge received his BA from the University of Hamburg and his PhD from Harvard. He is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, holding professorships in Philosophy and the Law School. He heads the Global Justice Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center. He is the author of John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice, Oxford 2007; World Poverty and Human Rights, Polity 2008; Kant, Rawls, and Global Justice, FCE 2009; and Politics as Usual, Polity 2010. He is also the co-editor of Global Justice as well as Global Ethics, both from Paragon House 2008 and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, Oxford & UNESCO, 2007.In addition to the question of his title: ”What Do Human Rights Demand of Us?” he will address the question “Is Globalization Good for the Poor?” He will challenge the standard picture of poverty and present an alternative way to identify how many are poor in the world today. He will identify what he believes are the main causes of global poverty and inequality, focusing on the rules, institutions and practices governing the conduct and relations among nations and other international bodies, examining how these rules impact the well-being of those who are least well-off and how they may be re-written so that they have fewer adverse effects on the plight of the poor.• A Question and Answer Period will follow with a reception afterwards.
• Everything will take place in the Zinner Forum and everyone is invited.
10 Questions With Julia Gaffield, Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at Georgia State University
September 20th, 2013
It started with a fantastic undergraduate class I took while at the University of Toronto on Caribbean history in 2004. Aristide had just been ousted and Haiti was in the news. My interest was furthered when at around the same time I met another student through a community forum on Haiti who had started an organization designed to help Haitian street youth become active, contributing members of society. I volunteered in Haiti that summer on behalf of the organization.
Given Haiti’s ongoing political problems, what attracted you to its history?
I think people are tempted to see the roots of Haiti’s contemporary problems in its history – that there is a linear trajectory from Haitian independence to its current poverty and political turmoil. I don’t see that trajectory. I’m interested in how Haiti developed into a united nation from disparate groups. What united these people? Unfortunately, the archives did not give much insight in how the nation was developed at the local level – at least not the traditional archives. I was able to find sources outside of Haiti related to the relationship between Haiti and the larger Atlantic world. These sources really called into question assumptions about Haiti’s alleged inability to succeed from day one.
You received some media attention for uncovering the Haitian Declaration of Independence while researching in London. What was that moment like?
It wasn’t one moment, but instead a collection of moments. At first it was just another case of finding something cool in the archive. Every historian knows this feeling. It was part of a bigger story about Haiti and its relationship with the rest of the Atlantic world. Haiti wasn’t isolated after independence but, as the document – housed in a London archive – showed, it was part of a larger maritime world. I noted it, but put it aside. It wasn’t until I contacted my advisor and the word began to spread that I thought it was a big deal. Next thing I know Duke is running a press release and the story is showing up in all these national news outlets.
I think what I liked most about finding it was how excited people were about a historical document. It was really cool to see history buffs, random people, Haitians, and Haitian Americans getting in touch with a history they were either not familiar with or were familiar with in a different way.
Did you know what you had?
Yes and no. I thought it was interesting and could contribute to my larger argument, but didn’t expect to get as much attention as it did. I think sometimes we forget how important our research can be to a broader community.
Do you think your discovery will change the way Haitian’s view their nation?
I have found it was non-Haitians who took the most from it. Haitians already have a strong connection to their revolution. It’s taught in schools and a central part of their national identity. Finding an original copy was a reminder, but not new information.
You have been active in translating, digitizing, and posting the Declaration at your blog. Do you think digital humanities have played an important role in communicating the significance of the Declaration to a wider audience?
My first instinct is to share and collaborate. I use the blog to share sources. I’m not giving up my entire source base, but I have found conversations generated by sharing make your work better. My goal is to write the best history possible and that’s best achieved through discussion and collaboration. Making these documents public for people who can’t go to London or afford subscriptions to academic journals can expand the impact of my research and allow it to reach more people.
Has the fame gone to your head?
Totally! Just kidding. It was an interesting experience and one that encouraged me to connect to a broader audience.
Why did you decide to come to Brandeis University?
The topic of the Sawyer seminar. It’s based around a hot topic – not just Atlantic history but specifically the Age of Revolutions. It’s a topic that has become kind of standard practice, but is also sort of new. It’s a topic that needs new evidence and new perspectives. It’s ready for fresh debate. It appealed to me to talk with people coming from different perspectives, but who were also coming from different fields and disciplines.
What are you contributing to the Seminar?
I’m a regular seminar participant and I’m in charge of the blog. I’m also there to offer suggestions of how to incorporate Haiti into the discussion, since it’s an important but often overlooked part of the story. I will also moderate the second symposium on November 14th.
What do you hope to take from your postdoctoral year at Brandeis?
I hope to have time to focus on revising my dissertation without giving up rigorous intellectual discussion. Post-doctoral work can be isolating. With the Sawyer Seminar I can combine discussions with my own research. Only a few weeks in it has already been useful because I am seeing parallels between the newly independent American republic and newly independent Haiti. I may not have seen them without other peers to bounce ideas off of and learn from their work.
Interview conducted by Matthew D. Linton on September 17, 2013. Read this interview as a PDF.
September 20th, 2013
Verses of Longing: Desire and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature
The Brandeis-BGU International Workshop for Scholars
Organizers: Ilana Szobel, Brandeis University and Hamutal Tsamir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2, 2013 at Brandeis University
This workshop explores the ways in which Hebrew literature represents, constructs and struggles with various forms of desire, addressing the juxtaposition of poetics and desire in the context of ideology, nationalism, Judaism, modernity, sexuality, passion, and power. For further information, please go to: http://www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/newsEvents/verses.html
The workshop takes place in Hebrew. Those interested in attending must contact Professor Szobel directly at email@example.com.
English Session: Configurations of Desire – Rethinking Hebrew Literature
Tuesday October 1, 4:30-6:00 pm
Schusterman Center conference room (Mandel 328)
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments served
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (recommended)
Amir Banbaji, Ben-Gurion University: “The Desire for Beauty and Truth in Haskalah Aesthetic Theory”
Mikhal Dekel, City College, CUNY: “Tragedy Contra Theory: Matalon, Butler and the Critique of Zionism”
Response: Shai Ginsburg, Duke University
This workshop is sponsored by the Bronfman Philanthropies grant for the Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Initiative, with the support of The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the NEJS department.