GRALL Off Campus
Professor Irina Dubinina presented her recent study at the Second International Heritage/Community Languages Conference in Los Angeles on March 6-8, 2014. The name of the paper that was presented upon during the event is "Can Heritage Speakers Tell A Story? Word Order Patterns in Heritage Russian" (co-author Oksana Laleko, SUNY New Platz).
Below you will find information on past GRALL-wide events. To see past program-specific events, please visit the appropriate program's event page:
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:
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
This 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.
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.
International Video Competition 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5 p.m.
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