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Spring 2018 events:

Wednesday, February 28 
A Reading by Oliver de la Paz
Location TBA

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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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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.