2016 International Video Competition

Thursday, April 14, 2016
5 - 7 p.m.
Shiffman 002

Watch the finalists in the International Video Competition! Videos are multilingual with English subtitles. Created by second-semester language course students.

International desserts will be served!

Presented by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee (FLOC) and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

GRALL Language Tables Spring 2016

Stop by to practice your conversation skills!

Chinese Language Table
Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Upper Usdan (contact Elyse Jackson for details)

Japanese Language Table
Every Friday from 3 - 4 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (when classes are in session)

Kaffeestunde
Every other Wednesday from 2 - 3 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (see schedule)

Russian Tea/Русский чай
Every other Tuesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (see schedule)

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Past Department Events

Spring 2016


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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Shiffman 216

Stop by to meet faculty, UDRs, and other students from the following majors, minors, and language programs:

  • German Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Comparative Literature and Culture
  • European Cultural Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language
  • Japanese Language
  • Korean Language

Pizza and international treats will be served! All are welcome.

Fall 2015


GRALL Language Tables Fall 2015

Stop by to practice your conversation skills!

German Table (Kaffeestunde)
Every other Wednesday from 2 - 3 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (see schedule)

Japanese Table
Every Friday from 3 - 4 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (when classes are in session)

Russian Table (Russian Tea/Русский чай)
Every other Tuesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (see schedule)

I Am Global Week Language Lunch

Language LunchTuesday, November 17, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall
Hassenfeld Conference Center

The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with support from the Provost’s Office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community (students, faculty and staff) to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis. Individual language tables will host speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. Stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour; just speak only the language of a specific table during your visit. Do you speak several languages? Visit multiple tables during lunch. No matter that your level of proficiency, you are welcome!

Participants are asked to sign in at their chosen language table to receive a voucher for the buffet lunch. While the amount of food is limited, we encourage late arrivals to bring their own lunch fare to the table of their choice.

GRALL Open House

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Atrium

Stop by our department-wide Open House for food and conversation with representatives from the GRALL programs. All students, both new and returning, are encouraged to attend. International treats will be served!

Spring 2015


Brandeis International Video Competition 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015,  5 - 7 p.m.
Shiffman 002

International Video CompetitionStudents, faculty and staff were invited to watch the finalists for the coveted Brandeis International Video Competition Best Picture Award. GRALL participants included students from Chinese 20b, German 20b, Japanese 20b, and Russian 20b.

This event was sponsored by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee (FLOC) and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

"Fame and Fortune: On Writing a New Life of Tchaikovsky," featuring Philip Ross Bullock

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 4 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

Fame and FortunePhilip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College. He is the author of a number of books and articles on various aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and music, and is currently completing a short critical life of Tchaikovsky to be published by Reaktion in 2015.

Fall 2014


IEW Mega Language Lunch

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

The following GRALL language programs/courses participated in the Mega Language Lunch during International Education Week:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian

For details, please see the International Education Week schedule.

"The Other Stories in Anna Karenina: A Translator's Perspective," featuring Rosamund Bartlett

Monday, November 3, 2014, 2 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

The Other Stories in Anna KareninaThis talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy's reputation in the English-speaking world.

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar, translator and lecturer. She is the author of Tolstoy: A Russian Life and translator of Anna Karenina She has also written a biography of Chekhov and published two volumes of his short stories. She has lectured on Russian literature, music and cultural history at universities and public institutions around the world, and has a particular interest in the comparative history of European Modernism, opera, and the intersection between politics, history and the arts.

This event was sponsored by GRALL and the European Cultural Studies program.

Conference: The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and Thursday, October 2, 2014
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

This two-day conference explored the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse. Conference participants included GRALL faculty Stephen Dowden, Professor of German, and Eugene Sheppard, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought. The event was co-sponsored by GRALL. For details, please visit The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse website.

GRALL Open House

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12 - 2 p.m.
Shiffman Humanities Center Lawn

New and returning students came to the department-wide Open House for food and conversation with representatives from the GRALL programs (German Studies, Russian Studies, Chinese Language, and Japanese Language). Each program shared international desserts, and faculty and students played interactive games and constructed origami in front of Shiffman.

To see pictures from the event, please visit our GRALL Open House 2014 page.

Orientation Academic Fair

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Farber Library

New students stopped by the GRALL programs' tables at the Academic Fair to connect with faculty and students and to learn about course offerings, the majors/minors, cultural events on campus, and more.

Spring 2014


International Video Competition 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5 p.m.
Shiffman 002

The International Video Competition started at Brandeis in 2013 at the initiative of the Foreign Language Oversight Committee. The competition's goal is to increase motivation to learn foreign languages at Brandeis, to energize the language programs, and to create a community of language learners among beginning students of all languages. Students of any level-20 language courses may participate in the competition by sending one video to represent their language program. The video must be entirely in the target language and address language and cultural topics covered during the first year of language study at Brandeis. In 2014, nine languages participated in the Competition. Stay tuned for information on the 2015 competition!

Spring 2014 GRALL Submissions:

GERMAN 20B Video Entry (1st Place)

Student contributors: Yanique Seac, Nate Britten and Fei Xu
Instructor: Kathrin Seidl-Gómez


RUSSIAN 20B Video Entry

Student contributors: Sam Gorelik, Alexandra Johnson and A.P.
Instructor: Irina Dubinina


CHINESE 20B Video Entry

Student contributors: Brad Burns, Richard Prou, Robin Trantham and Iris Wang
Instructors: Jian Wei, Li Yang, Jin Yin


JAPANESE 20B Video Entry (2nd Place)

Student contributors: Christina Capshaw, Jessica Lu, Austin Luor, and Jianshuo Qiu
Instructor: Hisae Fujiwara