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Dear students, graduates, and faculty members,

If you would like to share any other campus events you learn about, please send your submissions to me (kdickin@brandeis.edu).



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Upcoming Events

poster for Spanish in the US
Spanish in the US: Myths and realities
Monday, February 8, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:20 PM
International Lounge, Usdan

Kim Potowski, Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

When counting undocumented individuals and non-Hispanic Spanish speakers, the US has the second largest population of Spanish-speakers in the world after Mexico. Yet the varieties of Spanish spoken here suffer from several misconceptions. This talk summarizes recent research on Spanish in the US, addressing questions such as these:

  • What are some of the principal characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in the US, resulting from contact with English, from reduced input and output, and from contact between different Spanish dialects?
  • Is "Spanglish" a positive or a derogatory term?
  • Is a single US Spanish dialect likely to emerge?
  • And what are the best ways to encourage Spanish development among heritage speakers?

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Romance Studies.

Refreshments will be served.

To view a larger image of the poster above, you can download the PDF version.

poster of Italian Film Festival Feb 2016
The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

Sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Boston

Un Giorno Speciale (2012) di Francesca Comencini
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Schwartz Auditorium (Room 112)

“J’aime Paris Week”
February 8-12, 2016
Every day, past study abroad students will be sharing their stories about falling in love with Paris or another host city so that all of you can get a taste of what it is like to live and study in a French-speaking community. Check out their stories at https://www.facebook.com/brandeisfrenchclub/

Value Creation and Economic growth: a strategic perspective?
Monday, February 8, 2016
7:00 pm
Lown 201
Paul Verdin est le directeur du département de stratégie et d’organisation à la Solvay Business School à Bruxelles, et un professeur visite à la Harvard Kennedy School. La conférence discutera pourquoi les petites et moyennes entreprises sont elles les moteurs de la croissance économique, et comment relancer la croissance économique en créant de la valeur dans les entreprise au 21e siècle. This event is hosted by the French Business & Lifestyle Club. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Bon Voyage! : Study Abroad Mingle
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Ridgewood Commons
Interested in going abroad? Come learn about what to expect from studying in a variety of Francophone cities, meet people who have already gone abroad, and enjoy some delicious French desserts! This event is co-hosted by the French UDRs and the French & Francophone Club. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

La Table Française: Board Games
Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:00 pm
Upper Usdan
Come practice your French language skills and join the French Club for dinner. Each French Table event will revolve around a certain theme, and is open to all levels of language proficiency.

Museum of Fine Arts Field Trip and Picnic
Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:30am - meeting point at Rabb shuttle stop
Join the French and Francophone Club for a picnic on Boston Common followed by a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts to appreciate its collection of French Art! Please bring your Brandeis ID and a lunch.

Ongoing Events:

French Club schedule imageJoin the French and Francophone Club for their upcoming events to practice your French language skills! Open to all levels of language competency.

French Table ImageLa Table Française
7 PM in Upper Usdan
Feb 25, March 8, March 31, April 5, April 19
La Table Française is an opportunity for French students of all levels to practice their French in a relaxed environment. We will eat dinner and discuss a general French-related topic. La Table Française is open to all members of the Brandeis community, regardless of French proficiency, and discussion leaders will strive to accommodate everyone who attends.

Tavola ItalianaTavola Italiana Flyer

Questo semestre, abbiamo sei 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.

Hispano-American Round Table

Discussion about topics and images in photography and cinematography in Spain and Latin America led by Professor Azlin Perdomo.

For further information, please feel free to contact Kate Fallon at kefallon@brandeis.edu.

Tuesdays from 11-11:30am in Shiffman 002. Hope to see you there!


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 every Mondays from 7 to 7:30 PM in Shiffman 202, speaking informally in Spanish.

To add your name to our mailing list, please follow this link: https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/charlamos

If you have any questions, please contact this year's President, Hope Turock (hcturock@brandeis.edu).