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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

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Class Act II: Carnevale

with actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini
and multi-instrumentalist/Renaissance musician Dan Meyers
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Merrick Studio: 3rd floor, Spingold Theater Center
10:00–10:50 AM
12:00–12:50 PM
These presentations will occur during two class sessions but all are welcome to join!

poster for Spanish in the US with US map showing percentages of Latino and Hispanic populations for each state

SPANISH IN THE US: Myths and realities
Kim Potowski, Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

The U.S. has the second largest population of Spanish-speakers in the world after Mexico.

  • What are some of the principal characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in the US?
  • Is “Spanglish” a positive or a derogatory term?
  • Is a single US Spanish dialect likely to emerge? 
  • What are the best ways to encourage Spanish development among heritage speakers?

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Romance Studies. Light refreshments.

Brandeis Novel Symposium 2018
Friday April 20, 2018

This is an annual one-day event with five speakers, organized around a single novel. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on the theoretical and scholarly questions it raises. This year’s theoretical and critical topics unfold around the question of Science Fiction and its relationship to other canonical and non-canonical fiction. Visit the Brandeis Novel Symposium webpage to discover what novel we have selected, and to register for the upcoming event.  

One aim of the BNS is to bring together scholars and students who have different reasons for approaching the same text. We think this year’s choice may well draw undergraduate as well as graduate student interest.

Brandeis Bonus: Any Brandeis student who registers for the conference will, thanks to a generous grant from the Dean, receive a free copy of the novel.

With Grateful Acknowledgement to the Brandeis Sponsors: the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Department of Romance Studies, Department of German Russian and Asian Languages and Literature, and History of Ideas Program.

Ongoing Events:

French and Francophone Club
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

poster for Café FrancaisCafé 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) from 10-11am. Find our French Café schedule for this semester below. We hope to see you there!
January 31
February 13*
February 28
March 4
March 28
April 11
April 18
*Kick off Mardi Gras with café au last and King cake!

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.

Apply today! www.tinyurl.com/frenchbuddyapp

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

Tavola Italiana

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.


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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.
For spring 2018, Charlamos will meet on Mondays at 12:00 noon in Shiffman 121.

To add your name to the 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).