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The Ethics of Ecosocialism: From Marx to the Present
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Reading Room 303, Brandeis University 
Poster for March 25th Event

Michael Löwy will discuss ecosocialism, the idea which merges  marxism and socialism with green politics and ecology. He will also address ecological sensitivity which has emerged in trade unions and left parties in the Nordic countries, Spain and Germany.  Löwy is the emeritus research director in social sciences at the French National Center of Scientific Research. He has authored books on Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Liberation Theology and more.


The Phantom Holocaust of Soviet Cinema 
Monday April 13 
Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium 
Phantom Holocaust of Soviet Cinema Event Flyer
This event is presented by the Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry. For more info, visit their website

Citizenship Rights for Immigrants in France and Germany 
Thursday, April 16 
Faculty Club Lounge 
RSVP here
Citizenship Rights for Immigrants Event Flyer
Dr. Ines Michalowski will discuss similarities between citizenship regulations in the two countries as well as differences, especially with regard to naturalization rates and dual citizenship regulations. Particular attention will be paid to important remaining differences in terms of religious governance and accommodation of Islam in France and Germany. 

The Enchantment and Tragedy of Yiddish Literature 
Monday, April 27 
Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium 
Martin Walser Event Flyer
Martin Walser and Susanne Klingenstein will celebrate the creation of modern Yiddish fiction. 

More upcoming events for the academic year 2014/2015 can be found here.