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Upcoming Events

poster of The Emperor's New The Emperor's New "Stories": Telling "Truth" and Writing History in Early Medieval China
January 17, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room, 303

Lu Kou is a medievalist and a scholar of pre-modern Chinese literature. His research interests include medieval Chinese literature and culture, historiography, classical tales and their adaptations in vernacular genres and modern media, and comparative studies of Chinese Middle Period and medieval Europe (including Byzantium and Andalusian Spain). For more information, download the event flyer.

This lecture is presented as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature and Culture.

Recent News

Check out the small seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2018 semester here:  Fall 2018 Small Seminar Guide

Small seminars in the humanities provide opportunities to:

New student enrollment begins July 10, and general registration reopens on July 18.
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

Settlers, Colonists and Pioneers in Japanese-Brazilian Immigrant Literature

March 28, 2018

Seth Jacobowitz, Yale University, is the author of the Edogawa Rampo Reader (Kurodahan Press, 2008) and Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture (Harvard Asia Center, 2015), which won the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities. He has been Simon Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, Asakawa Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, an invited guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, and frequent Visiting Researcher to the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of São Paulo. His first field of specialization focused on the intersection of media and literature in late nineteenth century Japan. His current research is for a book on the prewar Japanese immigration to Brazil and the literature of Japanese overseas expansion.
This lecture is presented as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium Series. Cosponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature and Culture.

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

November 3, 2017

Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture, Stanford University
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.
Humanities Career Panel

November 2, 2017

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?
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