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Dear students, graduates, and faculty members,

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Upcoming Events

Poster for Avi Chomsky's talk with picture of coalmine in background and idylic scene of fishing by indigenous villagers in front

A multinational coalmine in Colombia displaces Indigenous communities: a conversation with Aviva Chomsky
Thursday, November 16, 2017
1:00 PM
Usdan International Lounge (Please note new venue!)

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Her current research weaves together labor and environmental histories, focusing on a region of Colombia where Indigenous and Afro-descended peoples have long evaded state control.  Today they face an onslaught of extractivist projects, and changing legal and social meanings of race and ethnicity in the context of continent-wide movements for plurinationalism and alternative visions of economic development. In Spanish. Light refreshments.

Co-sponsors: Anthropology, Colombia Vive Boston, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and I am Global Week 2017.

image of poster for italian film festival fall 2017

Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston

Fall 2017 Screenings:
Padroni di Casa
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:009:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219

La città idealeimage of poster for La Citta Ideale as part of I Am Global Week 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:009:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219
*as part of I Am Global Week 2017. For more information, download the poster PDF by clicking the image at the right.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:009:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219

Refreshments will be available before the screenings. Opening remarks from Professor Servino, Professor Monteleone and the Italian Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives. Italian students on each level will participate in an essay competition about the films at the end of the semester!
Click the image above to download a PDF of the poster.

Other Campus Events:

image of poster for humanities career panelHumanities Career Panel
November 2nd
5-6:30pm in Mandel G12
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?

image of poster for Language Lunch 2017Language Lunch
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00 noon
Sherman Function Hall
The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with generous support from the Provost’s office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis. Individual language tables will host speakers of languages offered and spoken at Brandeis. All levels are welcome!

Ongoing Events:

Join the French and Francophone Club for their upcoming events to practice your French language skills! Open to all levels of language competency. For more information on the upcoming events, see their Facebook page or the upcoming events newsletter here.

Rachel Stutman, President
Autumn Buerkett, Vice President

Fromage with Friends: Thursday, November 2 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in Ridgewood Commons
Arts & Crafts/Game Night: date, time and location TBA
La Soirée Crêpes: Friday, December 8 (more to come)

Café Français - Are you interested in practicing your French in a relaxed environment? Do you like coffee and French pastries? Join the French and Francophone club at our bi-monthly French Café. All French Cafés are held in the Shiffman Faculty Lounge (room 121). Find our French Café schedule for this semester below (note: the first French Cafe on September 28 is from 10:00am–11:30am whereas all other French Cafés are from 10:00am–11:00am). We hope to see you there!

image of french cafe poster of dates: Fall 2017 dates: Thursday, September 28 *This French Café is being held to celebrate La Journée de la Culture du Québec!*; Wednesday, October 11; Wednesday, October 25; Wednesday, November 8; Wednesday, November 29; Wednesday, December 6

poster for French Buddy programFrench Buddy Program
The French Buddy program is an academic program designed to create a safe place for French students to study, prepare for exams, or just simply practice language skills with one of their peers. After applying to the program, students will be carefully paired with a buddy based on their application. They will then be free to meet with their buddy wherever and whenever they want. Based on the principles of mutual respect and acceptance, the goal of this program is to help students improve their own French skills, as well as their buddy's. The pair that meets the most number of times throughout the semester will win a prize!

If you have any further questions, feel free to email abuerkett@brandeis.edu

Tavola ItalianaTavola Italiana Flyer

Questo semestre, abbiamo cinque tavole italiane fantastiche!

Che cosa sono?
Ci incontriamo ad una tavola in Upper Usdan e parliamo in italiano– un modo molto divertente per praticare!

Note: each table lasts an hour as listed, but you can also stop by for just a few minutes.

Event reminders, updates, songs, articles, recipes, and more can be found on the Italian Studies Facebook Page.

Fall 2017:

Tuesday, September 26, 12–1 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Friday, October 27, 12: 30–1: 30 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2–3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 12: 30–1:30 p.m.

image of poster for Charlamos fall 2017


Anyone interested in informally practicing their Spanish are welcome to attend Charlamos. Students attend weekly meetings to meet socially, speak Spanish, and to share ideas, music, and photos.

This Spanish language conversation group meets weekly, speaking informally in Spanish.
Fall 2017: Wednesdays at 2:30 in Upper Usdan and Thursdays at 6:30 in Shiffman 121.

To add your name to our mailing list, please click here.

Please join our Charlamos Facebook Group!

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Co-presidents, Talia Franks (tfranks@brandeis.edu) or Lauren Cohen (lcohen18@brandeis.edu).