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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.

Upcoming Event: Carl Phillips Reading, 2/16/2017

January 25th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Robert Satloff Lecture

January 24th, 2017

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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
Brandeis University
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.

Upcoming Event: English Department Graduate Student Lectures

December 4th, 2016

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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”

Upcoming Event: Philip Steer on Speculative Utopianism

November 4th, 2016

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Speculative Utopianism Event

Upcoming Event: Tom Perrotta at Brandeis

October 27th, 2016

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Perrotta Event

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:

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)

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