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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

La Buena Vida poster

Follow-up Lunch Talk with Avi Chomsky (in Spanish) for Screening of La Buena Vida/The GoodLife
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12:00 noon
Lown 203

  • Avi Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Much of her recent work focuses on northern Colombia's coal industry and the forced displacements of Indigenous and Afro-descended peoples it has caused.
  • La Buena Vida/The Good Life is an award-winning documentary about the forced displacement of Wayúu villagers in Tamaquito, Colombia and the destruction of their way of life by the development of the international coal mining industry.

All welcome! Lunch will be provided.

image of poster for Italian Film Festival 2016-17
Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston
Film #5: nessuno me puo giudicare
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00–9:00 PM
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! For the full list of films in 2016-17, click the image above to download the poster PDF.

image of poster for Day of Italy event
La giornata della Lingua Italiana
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Golding Auditorium
This is a friendly competition among high school students created to motivate and to spark interest in learning Italian. Each participating high school will create a skit, a song, or other form of expression in Italian about the topic chosen by the organizing committee.

Presented in collaboration with and sponsored by the Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association (MITA), a chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) New England.

A limited number of available seating for Brandeis community members. RSVP to Katie Dickinson (kdickin@brandeis.edu) by March 31.

Other Campus Events:

image of poster for El Payaso eventEl Payaso - A bilingual play by Teatro Milagro
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6 PM
Sherman Function Hall

El Payaso is a bilingual play about the legacy of Ben Linder, who founded Clowns without Borders and supported various environmental groups throughout his life until he was tragically killed by Contras in 1987. There is more information about the play in the poster to the left. Click the image to link to the PDF.

The 2017 Tour of El Payaso is made possible in part with the support of the Bloomfield Family Foundation, Juan Young Trust, Carpenter Foundation, Donnelly Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission and The Ventura Group Inc.

image of poster for Video Contest 2017Brandeis International Video Competition
5th Anniversary!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
5:00–7:00 PM
Mandel G03
Join the Academy! Watch the finalists for the coveted Brandeis International Video Competition Best Picture Award! (Multi-lingual, with English subtitles). Created by second-semester language course students. International desserts will be served!
Presented by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
Click the image at left to download the PDF of the event poster.

Please stay tuned for more events.

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 online newsletter.

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Fromage with Friends

Over a dozen types of French cheese!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Ridgewood A Commons

Café Français - A biweekly event which will replace the French Table we held during previous semesters. On the following dates, top by Shiffman 121 at any point for fun and informal French conversation, socializing with other French learners, and, best of all, a cup of hot coffee!!

February 9th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
March 8th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
March 22nd from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
April 5th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
April 26th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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. Students will then be free to meet with their buddies wherever and whenever they wish.. 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. 

Students who consistently participate in the program will be eligible to receive participation credit for their French course. Anyone involved in the French Buddy Program is also eligible to receive a grand prize at the end of the semester! The buddies who organize the most meetings together will be the grand prize winners! 

Applications close next Friday (March 10th) at 12:00pm so apply now to be involved in this amazing program! 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.

Spring 2017:
Tuesday, February 7
from 12:001:00pm, with Val Salvador
Wednesday, February 22 from 1:002:00pm, with Dylan Hoffman
Tuesday, March 7 from 12:001:00pm, with Val Salvador
Wednesday, March 22 from 1:002:00pm, with Dylan Hoffman
Wednesday, April 5 from 1:002:00pm, with Dylan Hoffman

image of poster for Charlamos spring 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. The schedule for spring 2017 will be Mondays at 6:30pm in Shiffman 121 and Thursdays at 12:30pm in Upper Usdan.

To add your name to our mailing list, please follow this link: https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/charlamos
Please join our Charlamos Facebook Group!

If you have any questions, please contact one of the (2016-17) Co-presidents, Talia Franks (tfranks@brandeis.edu) or Lauren Cohen (lcohen18@brandeis.edu).