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Maddie Herrup named World Languages and Cultures Fellow for 2019-2020

August 28th, 2019


A message from Maddie:

I am a sophomore at Brandeis. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I am a double major in Anthropology and HSSP, while additionally pursuing Judaic Studies. Some of my many passions include Judaism, religion, prayer, writing, openly discussing mental health and illness, and (yes) language learning.

Prior to university, I studied Spanish for 10 years, Hebrew for 7 years, and Mandarin for 4 years. Since starting at Brandeis I have continued my Hebrew studies and began learning Arabic (Modern Standard).

To me, language learning can build connections that transcend borders, and other physical or intangible barriers that exist within our world. Language learning, for me, has allowed me to expand my ways of thinking about the world and the individuals that exist within it.

As the new WLC fellow, I am not only hopefully a resource for students but also for instructors as well. To help in doing this, I would love to have any and all input or fun facts throughout my time as a fellow, from you all as instructors! I hope to create meaningful posts for everyone who chooses to follow the page. And I hope throughout the semester you all will communicate with me on what I can do to boost involvement and interest in the languages you all teach!


For questions or more information, email Maddie Herrup or check out the Brandeis Language Learning Facebook and Instagram pages!

Humanities Small Seminar Guide Fall 2019

July 8th, 2019


Below is the link to a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2019 semester.

The purpose of this guide is to draw your attention to Fall 2019 courses in the small seminar format, courses you might not hear about otherwise.

Small seminars in the humanities provide opportunities to:

  • engage in deep, interactive inquiry through focused discussion;
  • explore other cultures and others’ lives;
  • get to know faculty members on an individual level;
  • meet students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Most of the courses listed here, those in the first section, are conducted entirely in English, although the second section includes courses taught in several other languages.

Register for the Brandeis Novel Symposium

December 10th, 2018


BNS 2019: Graphic Novels

Welcome to the Brandeis Novel Symposium, an annual one-day conference that will hold its third annual meeting Friday April 12, 2019. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on theoretical and scholarly questions raised by the novel more generally. This year’s theoretical and critical topics unfold around the question of the graphic novel: last year’s symposium was about science fiction and centered on The Three Body Problem; the inaugural event in 2017 was on Karl Ove Knausgard’s My Struggle.

This year, the BNS board has chosen to focus on another fascinating edge case,  the graphic novel. Even that label is a disputable one: many scholars prefer to speak of comics, and many of the works classed as graphic novels do not fit the traditional genre criteria for the novel per se. Indeed, one of the two texts we have chosen, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, is a memoir. The other, Sonny Liew’s brilliant The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, has a fictional protagonist, but is studiously faithful to the historical upheavals around Singapore’s independence struggles. So we anticipate that the papers and the discussion will not only zero in on the particular attributes of the books in question, but will also radiate outward to reflect upon the questions of genre and categorization that make the evolving field of the graphic narrative arts so fascinating.

As always, we encourage but do not require you to read Fun Home  and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in advance of the conference: if you can, please buy them at an independent local store like Million Year Picnic or New England Comics. There will also be some discussion (and a mixed graduate and undergraduate seminar in the morning) that focuses on Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.

You can register here:

Humanities Small Seminar Guide Spring 2019

December 3rd, 2018


Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Spring 2019 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:

CFP: Brandeis Novel Symposium

August 30th, 2018


Brandeis Novel Symposium

April 12, 2019

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2018

The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium will address the graphic novel, with particular attention to three texts: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Chan Hock Chaye, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.  We welcome paper that approach these texts and their genres from any perspective.  Topics might include issues of fictionality, cultural translation, media, visual semiotics, political identity, genre history, sociology of reading, aesthetics, and more.

Papers may also use one of these three texts as a provocation or jumping off point into theoretical considerations of graphic novels or comics.  In addition, we welcome papers that are not centered on any particular text: e.g., papers raising conceptual or theoretical questions about the graphic novel as a literary form and cultural practice.

Programs for previous years of the Brandeis Novel Symposium can be found here and here.

Please send abstracts of 300 words by October 15 to Pu Wang ( and David Sherman (  Decisions by November 1.

Upcoming Event: What Do I Do With My Humanities Major?

October 30th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Quebec Culture Day

September 20th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Italy Calls Africa

September 20th, 2017

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Upcoming Event: Bridging the Two Cultures

September 15th, 2017

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Humanities Small Seminar Guide – Fall 2017

September 1st, 2017

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Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2017 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:




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