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Upcoming Events

image of poster for humanities career panelHumanities Career Panel
November 2nd
5-6:30pm in Mandel G12
Have your friends or family members ever scrutinized your decision or desire to major in the humanities? Have they resigned you to a future as a barista just because you love the humanities? If so, this is the event for you! The Professors and UDRs of the Comparative Literature and Culture, Creative Writing, Education, and English Departments have organized a panel of Brandeis Alumni who majored in the humanities and have succeeded in a range of different jobs and career paths. Come to this event to hear all the possibilities of what YOU can do with your humanities major, get to ask your questions, and finally get the answer to that big, pressing question: What Can I Do With My Humanities Major?

A Nation Anew: García Márquez’s Noticia de un secuestro (1996) as Refoundational Fiction

Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture, Stanford University
November 3, 2017; 11:00–11:50 a.m.



This talk presents a new reading of a relatively understudied work by the Nobel-prize winning author. Focusing on the role of human rights discourse to mend the nation’s social fabric, Hoyos tackles the question of whether elite historiography or class struggle predominate in García Márquez’s rendering of the deeper causes of narcotrafficking. Consideration is given to the potential role of this sui generis non-fiction work within genre-codified fictions of the drug trade and its aftermath. The talk will be in English and open to the Brandeis community.
Cosponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Hispanic Studies.


Recent News

Please join us in congratulating our Comparative Literature Undergraduate Departmental Representative, Talia Franks, who has been accepted to Middlebury's Bread Loaf Translator's Conference in a Translation Manuscript Workshop!

The 3rd annual Bread Loaf Translators' Conference is a week-long program based on the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference model that is designed to provide training and community to beginning as well as experienced translators in the pursuit of translating literary texts into English.

Past Events

Meet the Majors: COML & ECS

March 6, 2017

ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: "Kierkegaard's Response to Hegel's Interpretation of Antigone"

March 30, 2017

Featuring Jon Stewart, Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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

Meet the Majors: COML, GRALL, ECS

October 26, 2016

Spect-actors Change the Script towards more Equality and Inclusion: A Forum Theater Event with Doris Sommer and Jennifer Cleary

September 15, 2016

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost. Co-sponsored by all Humanities departments and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

Meet the Majors/Minors: GRALL Programs, COML, ECS & SAS

March 22, 2016

Negotiating Meaning: Translating at a War Crimes Tribunal

February 9, 2016

Featuring Ellen Elias-Bursac, former translator/reviser of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Culture, the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH), and the Ethics Center

GRALL and COML Open House

September 3, 2015

Visible Rhymes, Inaudible Echoes: Script and Sound in the Sinitic Poetry of Modern Japan

October 6, 2014

Presented by Matthew Fraleigh as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium