February 28th, 2017
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.
February 22nd, 2017
Featuring Elizabeth D. Samet, Professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy
Monday, March 13, 2017
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 Times, The 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.
February 16th, 2017
February 2nd, 2017
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
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.
January 25th, 2017
January 24th, 2017
Among the Righteous: Jews in Arab Lands During the Holocaust
A talk by Dr. Robert Satloff
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Barbara Mandel Auditorium
Mandel Center for the Humanities
Free and open to the public.
As International Holocaust day approaches, please join us for an event with Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy. Dr. Satloff will speak about his work concerning Arabs and the Holocaust, illuminating the role of Arab citizens who protected Jews in Arab countries during that dark period.
An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of Political Islam, and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.
December 4th, 2016
The next lunchtime lecture will take place on Tuesday, Dec 6 at 12:30 in the Mandel Reading Room.
Kurt Cavender , ABD
“A Documentary Postmodernism: Media Intertextuality and the Idea of the Rosenbergs.”
Erin Erhart, PhD 2016
“Conversations with the Future: Victorian Science Fiction, its Rivals, and the Creation of a Genre.”
Emily Fine, PhD 2016
“‘Oh, that it were to do again’: Dying Well in Seventeenth-Century Mothers’ Legacies”
November 4th, 2016
October 27th, 2016
October 20th, 2016