Other events


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Upcoming Events for Spring 2017


The Worldwide Refugee Crisis
with Linda Rabben

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12-2pm
Faculty Club Lounge, Brandeis University
RSVP Required

 Refugee Crisis

Linda Rabben is an author, human rights activist and associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland. She has a long experience with Brazil and has worked for Amnesty International, the Rainforest Foundation, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and other NGOs on human rights, migration, environmental and international development issues. Since the late 1990s she has published eight books about human rights, including Fierce Legion of Friends: A History of Human Rights Campaigns and Campaigners. Her new book, Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History, was published in September 2016 by the University of Washington Press.


Sponsored by

Center for German and European Studies
International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Masters Program in Coexistence and Conflict
Department of Anthropology


An evening with Olga Grjasnowa 
Author of "All Russians Love Birch Trees"

Monday, March 6th, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Mandel 303 Reading Room
RSVP Required


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.

With support from the Goethe Institute

 A reading and conversation with Esther Dischereit
“Havel, Dogs, Cats, Tulips – Talking Garz”

(in English and German)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mandel 303 Reading Room
Hors d'oeuvres will be served
RSVP Required

We, eight young writers, travelled to the small village of Garz, an hour-and- a-half drive northwest of Berlin, on the river Havel. We talked to more than 60 people of different ages and professions, and wrote down what we heard: about the LPG (Agricultural Association, former GDR), the fish in the freezer, Russian women and Polish people, the life right after World War II, during the GDR and after 1989, when the Wall came down. Talking Garz presents a vivid picture of the villagers, of how they got along at different times, and of how they make their living today.