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Past Events

Info Session: Siena Study Abroad with Professor Paola Servino

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Office of Study Abroad (Usdan 169)
Will include returnee perspectives and fresh cannoli!
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Siena flyer

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

The Italian Studies Program; The Film, Television and Interactive Media Program (FTIM); The Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University; and The Italian Consulate of Boston are happy to invite you to this event with 4 different films.

Italian film festival poster

Italian students on each level will participate in an essay competition about the films at the end of the semester!

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mega language lunch poster
Mega Language Lunch

November 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon in Sherman Function Hall
Join Brandeis faculty, staff, and students to celebrate global education and internationalism and practice your foreign language skills (all levels welcome!) and enjoy a free lunch!

Meet the Romance Studies Majors/Minors and Faculty
October 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM in Shiffman 217
Meet faculty, UDRs, and students from all three Romance Studies areas: French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies as well as representatives from the Hiatt Career Center and from Study Abroad.

poster for pre-enrollment event

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From the Monochromatic to the Technicolor Cold War
A special lecture by SETH FEIN
Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 to 4:50 in Shiffman 219

From the Monochromatic Event Poster

SETH FEIN is a scholar of international and transnational history, focusing on audiovisual culture in the Americas. His work has moved from the page to the screen. Currently, Professor Fine is a Fellow in Multimedia History at Harvard's Charles Warren Center, where he is developing Our Neighborhood, a documentary that examines Washington's intervention in Latin American television as cultural counterinsurgency against the Cuban Revolution across the 1960s. He is the author of numerous articles on cross-border film culture and diplomatic history, and his book - Transnational Projections: The United States in the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema will be published by Duke University.


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 Coco Before Chanel Movie Cover"Coco Before Chanel"
Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm in Shiffman 216
This semester's French Movie Night: Come see the film Coco Avant Chanel, the story of fashion legend Coco Chanel before she reached fame. The film will have English subtitles. Refreshments provided! To learn more, you can see the trailer on youtube.

Presented by your French and Francophone Studies UDRs. Please visit their Facebook page for more about the event!

Close Looking event on French Revolution pamphlets
Wednesday, April 23, 3:30-5:00 PM
On Wednesday, April 23rd, please join us for a Close Looking event on the French Revolution pamphlet collection, with talks by Sue Lanser (Comparative Literature, English, Romance Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies) and Martine Voiret (Romance Studies). To read more about the event, check out the Brandeis Hoot article!

Dream Monologues Event FlyerDream Monologues: Moments of Transition
Wednesday, April 23 from 9-11 PM
Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative invites you to come witness your peers share their stories about the struggles and accomplishments associated with being in transition. The stories shared will cover a range of topics including leaving home for the first time, becoming aware of a dual identity, and dealing with different family immigration statuses. Performances include poems, videos, dances, freestyles, and even fierce live-action hair flips! To learn more, read the Brandeis Hoot article!

Brandeis International Video Competition
Thursday, April 10 at 5:00 PM
Join the Academy! Watch the finalists for the coveted Brandeis International Video Competition Best Picture Award! (Multi-lingual, with English subtitles).

Did you miss the event? Visit the Video Competition Event Page to see videos and photos!

Brandeis International Video Competition Flyer

The Voluntary Dream: Latin American Cosmopolitan Writing of the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM
Talk by Carlos Yushimito del Valle, who is regarded as one of the most original voices to emerge in Latin American literature in recent years. In 2010, Granta Magazine featured him among "twenty-two literary stars of the future" in Spain and Latin America, and in 2008 Casa de las Américas/Centro Onelio Cardoso in Cuba selected him as one of the best writers of a rising generation. Sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies and Hispanic Studies.The Voluntary Dream Event poster

Meet the Romance Studies Faculty and Students
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Meet faculty, UDRs, and students from all three Romance Studies areas: French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies.

poster for pre-enrollment event spring 2014

"Soirée des Crêpes"
Friday, March 21, 2014
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Ridgewood A Commons
Take a study break and join us for some delicious French crêpes!
Presented by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs.
Soiree de Crepes Event Poster

Donovan Book Cover ImageThe Art of Letters in Francophone Literature
Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
French Cultural Center

Reservations recommended (617-912-0400).

Professor Frédérique Donovan wil be presenting her book Epistolarity, Theatricality and Women in the Works of Ken Bugul, Marie Ndiaye and Pascale Roze at the French Cultural Center. She will provide excerpts of innovative uses of letters from As seen from the other side / Au-dela du regard (2004) by Ken Bugul, Self-Portrait in Green / Autoportrait en vert (2005) by Marie NDiaye, and Summer Letter / Lettre d'été (2000), a novel by Pascale Roze. Reception to follow the book talk.

Masks in Motion: a commedia dell'arte workshop
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mandel Atrium
5:00 to 7:00
Refreshments will be served.

The Italian Studies Program presents this commedia dell'arte workshop led by actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini with music by New England Conservatory faculty member John Tyson.

To see photos from the event, visit the Masks in Motion Slideshow.

Masks in motion poster

Download the poster here.

CET Summer in Sicily Info Session
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., Kutz 130
Are you interested in studying abroad in Italy this summer? Please join us for a CET Summer in Sicily Info Session to learn more.

Intouchables movie poster"Intouchables"
Monday, December 9, 2013 (last day of classes)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Mandel G10

Screening of the 2011 French film nominated for eight César Awards and earned actor, Omar Sy, the César Award for Best Actor.

Presented by your French and Francophone Studies UDRs.

"A Reading by Richard Blanco"

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Presentation Room, Carl & Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

Richard Blanco photo

Richard Blanco joined a select group that includes Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander when Barack Obama chose him to be the fifth inaugural poet in history. Both a professional engineer as well as a poet engineer, Blanco is the author of four collections of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires (1998), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett National Poetry Prize; Nowhere But Here (2004); Directions to The Beach of the Dead (2005), winner of the PEN/American Center Beyond Margins Award; and Looking for The Gulf Motel (2012).  Beacon Press will publish his For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on November 19, 2013.

Blanco will sign copies of his books—which will be available for sale, including For All of Us, One Today—after the reading.

poster for Blanco event

Free and open to the public; parking will be available in the theatre lot (yellow). Download the poster here.

Also, read about the event on the Division of Humanities site.

"Soirée des Crêpes"
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:00–8:30
Ridgewood A Commons
Take a study break and join us for some delicious French crêpes!
Presented by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs.

Soiree de Crepes Event Poster

"Poésie par coeur"
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 3:30
Shiffman 216
In French with Jean-Paul Avice, librarian at the Bibliothèque historique  de la ville de Paris, and a profound interpreter of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Yves Bonnefoy and the philosophy and theology of poetry.
Jean-Paul Avice Event Poster

Wednesday, October 30, 2013:
Meet the Romance Studies Faculty and Students
Meet faculty, UDRs, and students from all three Romance Studies areas: French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies. Representatives from Study Abroad and the Hiatt Career Center will be there, too!
Shiffman 217
4:30 pm

poster for pre-enrollment event fall 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013:
Come Fly with Us: Personal Accounts from Abroad
Study Abroad Conference Room, Usdan 169
Organized by your FREN, HISP, and ITAL UDRs, the is an opportunity to hear from students who have studied abroad in different countries and with different programs. These will be honest accounts of their adventures abroad. Ask questions, see pictures, and eat food!

Friday, September 27, 2013:
"Axes of Revolution: Space, Time, Idea"
Professors Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser invite you to “Axes of Revolution,” the inaugural symposium of our Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Rethinking the Age of Revolution:  Rights, Representation, and the Global Imaginary.”
Mandel Center for the Humanities auditorium
2:00 PM

2011–2012 Academic Year Events

Thursday, April 11, 2013:
Meet the Romance Studies Faculty and Students
Speak with representatives from Study Abroad information, and enjoy some PIZZA!
Shiffman 217
5:00 PM
meet the romance studies department poster spring 2013

Wednesday, Wednesday, March 13, 2013:
Study Abroad Panel
Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs
7:00 PM
Mandel Center for the Humanities G10
UDR study abroad event poster

Thursday, March 14, 2013:
On Tales of Good Deceit in French Renaissance Law and Literature
12:00 noon
Michael Randall (ROMS)
Mandel Center for the Humanities 303, Reading Room

Wednesday, February 27, 2013:
The Bombard, The H-Bomb, and the Human Bomb: A Humanist Perspective on Anti-Humanism
Jan Miernowski, Professor of French, University of Wisconsin
4:30 PM
Mandel Center for the Humanities 303, Reading Room
Bombard, H-bomb, and human bomb Miernowski poster
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013:
How to Teach Critical Reading: An e-Learning Solution
Jan Miernowski, Professor of French, University of Wisconsin
4:00 PM
Shiffman 217
e-learning poster
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013:
Close Looking: Marcel Proust’s Letters in Special Collections
Hollie Harder (ROMS) and Paul Jankowski (HIST),
Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Thursday, November 15, 2012:
Romance Studies Faculty Forum
Elena González Ros and Scott Gravina discuss TEACHING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE THROUGH FILM
4:20 PM
Shiffman 202
Faculty Forum poster

Sunday, November 18, 2012:
Petit Dejeuner, Brunch à la française
11:00 AM
Ridgewood A Commons

Also in November (details TBA):
Italian Studies event—A night at the Opera, Madama butterfly

In December (details TBA):
Italian Studies event
Italian Cooking Class

Tuesday, November 13, 2012: 
Looking After Surrealism: Objects, Parodies, And Obsessions
Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature, City University of New York
5:00 PM
Rose Art Museum
Mary Ann Caws lecture poster
Download pdf of poster here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Meet the ROMS faculty and students!
5:00 PM
Shiffman 217
meet the ROMS students and faculty even poster fall 2012

Also in October (details TBA): An Italian night at the movies with food selected to match the theme of the movie.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012:
Bienvenue chez les ch'tis 
French film screening.

8:00 PM
Mandel G11
Organized by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs.

Friday, October 19, 2012:
Voicing the outrage of silence: A talk on the Mafia and Italian politics by Alexander Stille
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Mandel center for the Humanities, G3
Alexander Stille event poster
Download pdf of poster here.

Monday, October 15–Sunday, October 20, 2012:
“Tango is about the land, nostalgia and communication. It is about two people moving as one to express that which is tragic, sensual and sometimes mischievous. Tango requires us to give the best part of ourselves to one another.” Fernanda Ghi, dancer.
Some of the events will feature dancers, some musicians, and some will have both. The Saturday concert will open with a short dance by Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, followed by a full-length concert with Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet.
Across campus, all events open to the public.
For more information:
For World Music Concert: BRANDEIS TICKETS:
Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Senior Citizens and the Brandeis Community, and $5 for students.

Thursday, October 11, 2012: 

Michael Nava reads from his forthcoming novel, The City Of Palaces
5:00 PM
Sponsored by Hispanic Studies with the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Romance Studies, American Studies, Creative Writing, Latin American and Latino Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, ¡AHORA!, and Triskelion

City of palaces poster
Attorney and writer Michael Nava is well known as the author of a series of seven novels involving lawyer Henry Rios and as the co-author of Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America.  For 15 years, from 1986 to 2001, the Henry Rios novels used the mystery genre to explore timely social and political issues involving ethnicity and sexuality.  Writing in the Washington Post Book World about the final novel in the series, Paul Skenazy said:
For more years than we’ve noticed, Michael Nava has been creating an intricate series of fictions about Henry Rios, the hero of Rag and Bone.  Rios’s territory is California: originally Sacramento, more recently Los Angeles.  He’s a lawyer (so is Nava, so the courtroom scenes seem filled with judges and precedents, not Perry Mason clones).  He’s gay, and his partner dies of AIDS as the series develops.  He’s had a rotten childhood, is still brooding through memories of an abusive father, still can’t get along with his older sister Elena (she now is a professor in Oakland, a former nun, and lesbian).  And he solves crimes: not all populist assignments but mixing in enough political and social activism to remind us that American-style detective stories began as tales written about and for an audience of lowlifes, riffraff, the poor and barely literate.

Things have changed since then, for Rios and the lowly detective form. But this series—Rag and Bone is the seventh and, we learn, last installment—sits squarely inside that old tradition that uses fiction to give voice to the voiceless, the outsiders, the marginal. And, as in old times, the novel works hard to remind us that these outsiders are our kin, that rich and poor have more to do with each other than either group finds it comfortable to admit.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012:

Marie Antoinette
7:30 PM
American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge
Tickets by Lottery (Organized by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs).

Marie Antoinette poster

2011–2012 Academic Year Events


Global Family Literacy
Study Abroad in Switzerland event poster

Coming Soon God of Carnage

Thursday, December 8, 2011—8 PM—Mandel G12

  Paris je t aime

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Co-sponsored by: African & Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Brandeis Haiti Initiative, Community Service, Comparative Literature, Education, ExCEL, Famni Ki Li Ansamn, French & Francophone Studies, International & Global Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies

Haiti November 19-CreoleHaiti Nov 19-English

Click here for PDF of poster in Creole.

Click here for PDF of poster in English.

November 17–22, 2011

BLIFF 10th Anniversary Highlights

  • November 17 – 22, 2011 
  • 6 Days of Films60 Movies from 17 Countries
  • 15 Local, National, and International Directors in attendance


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Descendants of the Traitor

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

connect ROMs pre-enrollment meet the majors fall 2011

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


Friday, October 28, 2011

El Quijote

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Visit by Dr. Rosa Elena Bello

Dr. Rosa Elena Bello, Founder and Director of Community Medical Services, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, will be a guest in Professor Elena González Ros' class:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2011
  • noon – 12:50
  • Shiffman 123
All are welcome! More information about her September 19-22 residency at Brandeis can be found here: