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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

image of poster for Alice Kaplan event
How Albert Camus’s L’Étranger became The Stranger: Literary Translation and the Long Life of a Classic
A Talk by Alice Kaplan, Yale University
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Mandel Reading Room

Albert Camus's "L'Etranger" has been best-seller for so long, we forget it was ever anything else. But literary classics are made, not born: though "The Stranger" was a book very few readers understood or appreciated when it was published in 1942, it became a household name—a regular on lists of the great books of the 20th century. Alice Kaplan delved into publishers' archives to uncover a a key episode in "L'Etranger's" career: the first translation of the French novel into English, in the United States and in England, four years after its publication--in 1946, when the war in Europe had been over for only a year. This is a tale of two cities, involving an author, his publishers, his translator, and his readers and reviewers.

Knowledge of French is welcome but absolutely not required!

Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Department of Romance Studies.

image of poster for Italian Film Festival 2016-17

Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston
Film #3: L'intervallo
Wednesday, February 8, 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.

La gionata della Lingua Italiana
April 7, 2017
Hassenfeld Conference Center: Levine Ross
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Other Campus Events:

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.

flyer for French CafeCafé Français - A biweekly event which will replace the French Table we held during previous semesters. Starting Monday, September 19th, stop by Shiffman 121 at any point between 10:30–11:30 a.m. for fun and informal French conversation, socializing with other French learners, and, best of all, a cup of hot coffee!!

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.


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 fall 2016 will be determined at the beginning of the semester.

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).