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Events

Fall 2017 Events:

Thursday, October 19
A Reading by Alicia Ostriker 

5:30pm
Berlin Chapel

Tuesday, October 31
The Second Year PhD Symposium
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel 303) from 9:30am-12:00pm.

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News

September 2017 Updates from The English Department

At Brandeis, a symposium for black lives


February 2017 updates from Brandeis English faculty


Hoover's BOTTOMLAND selected for All-Iowa Reads

Two new books of poetry by English faculty

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Welcome


Open Position
The Department of English at Brandeis University seeks to make a tenure-track appointment in medieval British literature at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2018. For more information, please visit this link.


DEPARTMENT STATEMENT

The department of English expresses its firm commitment to educating and supporting students regardless of citizenship, visa status, religion, or any other protected category.  We affirm the necessity of the free movement of students, scholars, and artists to a vibrant intellectual life, and we vehemently condemn any state action that fosters discrimination, bigotry, or hostility. 


Statement on Graduate Student Unionization  

The faculty members of the department of English would like to express their collective support for graduate instructors.  Both in their capacity as teaching fellows and as instructors of record in courses such as the University Writing Seminar, these individuals perform essential work for the university.  We support these instructors in their efforts to achieve adequate compensation for their labors as well as appropriate levels of healthcare, professional development, and job security.  

Brandeis University as an institution makes regular appeals to social justice, and our namesake was a clear and influential advocate for labor rights.  English department faculty members consider support for graduate instructors' unionization to be consistent with the highest ideals of the university as a whole. May 16, 2017
Department Statement: #FORDHALL2015 (select link)

Why study English?

In addition to being inherently pleasurable and intellectually exciting, majoring or minoring in English helps develop important skills. English students learn how to read carefully and closely, write skillfully and stylishly, and argue analytically and critically. Students study not only poetry and prose, but also films, journalism, television, and the Internet. Graduates of the English department at Brandeis have gone on to become scientists, businesspeople, professors, lawyers, filmmakers, television producers, psychologists, fiction writers, poets, literary agents and social activists.