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image of poster for Digital Cuba eventDigital Cuba: Contemporary Screen Cultures
Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:00 PM
Mandel Reading Room (303)
Professor Paloma Duong (Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, MIT) will discuss youth culture and digital media in Cuba. Light refreshments will be served. Provided as part of the LALS Graffiti/Youth Culture Week (April 11-17). Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

poster for international video competitionBrandeis International Video Competition
Thursday, April 14, 2016
5:00–7:00 PM
Shiffman 002
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 below to download the PDF of the event poster.

poster for Meet the ROMS event spring 2016
Meet the ROMS Students & Faculty

Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30–5:30 PM
Shiffman 216

Meet faculty, UDRs, and students from our Romance Studies areas: French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies.  Speak with representatives from Study Abroad, Hiatt Career Center, and ROMS student groups and clubs, too! There will be a raffle, PIZZA, and international desserts!!!

poster for Masks off Stage eventMasks off Stage: A COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE WORKSHOP
with actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Shiffman 123
7:00 to 8:30
Refreshments will be served

photo of French Comedy Club posterFrench Comedy Club
Monday, February 29 at 8:00 pm
Pearlman Lounge
Join the French Business & Lifestyle Club for a night of superb entertainment, featuring performances from your fellow students, as well as from special guest stand-up comedians Michael Sehn & Marina Rollman! For more information, see the full event flyer or the event Facebook page.

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 PM
Schwartz Auditorium (Room 112)

Bon Voyage! : Study Abroad Mingle
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 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.

Spanish in the US: Myths and realities
(cancelled due to snow)
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2:00 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.

poster for Spanish in the US
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image of poster for Crepe NightSoirée de Crêpes
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

5:00–7:00 PM

Ridgewood Commons
Come celebrate the last day of classes with the French UDRs and enjoy some fresh-made crêpes, served with nutella, chocolate, and fresh fruit!
For more information, see their Facebook event page!

photo of poster for Art Race Activism eventArt Race Activism
Yoshua Okón, Artist Talk
Monday, November 30
3:30 to 4:50 PM
Goldman Schwartz 115
Yoshua Okón is a Mexican artist whose videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction, creating sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.

La Soirée Quebecoise
Thursday, November 19th, 7 to 8 PM
Castle Commons
The goal of our club is to not only promote the culture of France but also the cultures of the many French speaking nations. As a result, the Brandeis French and Francophone Club is hosting a soirée where we highlight the culture of Québéc. Since food is seminal to a culture, this event will be centered on the traditional dish of poutine, catered by Sodexo. We will also have Québécois music and the card game Milles Bournes.

image of poster for Mega Language Lunch 2015

Mega Language Lunch
November 17, 2015
12:00 noon
Sherman Function Hall
Join Brandeis faculty, staff, and students to celebrate global education and internationalism and practice your foreign language skills. All levels welcome! The first 10 students are guaranteed free lunch! Please sign up in advance using the Google Form.

image of poster for Italian Film Festival 2015 Nov17The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival
Sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Boston
Pizza and Italian biscotti will be served!

Primo Incarico di Giorgia Cecere
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Lown Auditorium (Room 002)

Meet the ROMS Students & Faculty
Thursday, October 22, 2015
4:30–5:30 PM in Shiffman 216
Meet faculty, UDRs, and students from our Romance Studies areas: French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, and learn about our new class in Portuguese.  Speak with representatives from Study Abroad, Hiatt Career Center, and ROMS student groups and clubs, too! There will be a raffle, PIZZA, and international desserts!!!

poster for Meet the ROMS event fall 2015

French Club Trivia Night
Tuesday, October 20th,
7 to 8 PM at Ridgewood Commons
In an event that mixes fun and knowledge, the Brandeis French and Francophone Club is hosting a trivia night. The format will be similar to Jeopardy. All participants will receive a consolation prize.

flyer for LALS Q&A with Lucia Reyes de DeuQ & A with Dr. Lucía Reyes de Deu
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Olin Sang 207
Sponsored by LALS.
This is a great lunch event with Lucía Reyes de Deu as the featured professor. Enjoy good conversation and good Argentinean food!

World War One and the Aesthetics of Empire flyer
World War I & the Aesthetics of Empire

April 25, 2015
The Mandel Center
Panel 2: Global War Aesthetics
Chair: Fernando Rosenberg
2:30 to 3:30 PM

"Soirée des Crêpes"Crepe Night poster sp15
April 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Polaris Lounge
Take a study break and join us for some delicious French crêpes! Presented by the French and Francophone Studies UDRs.

Meet the Romance Studies Students and Faculty
April 1, 2015 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.

Meet the Majors Pre-enrollment Event Poster

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Tournées Film Festival

The Tournées Film Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund. Sponsored by Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA, highbrow entertainment, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

Image from film, Le Chat du RabbinLE CHAT DU RABBIN / THE RABBI’S CAT
Thursday, March 26, 2015
5:00 PM
in Shiffman 219
In French with English Subtitles

Based on co-director Joann Sfar’s popular comic-book series of the same name, The Rabbi’s Cat features a remarkable, if hairless and giant-eared, feline at its center. This wryly philosophical, beautifully drawn, meticulously detailed animated film takes place during the 1920s and ’30s in Algiers, where the kitty of the title is preparing for his bar mitzvah. Having previously devoured his master’s parrot, the cat now has the power of speech, which he uses, as a devout soul should, to constantly question and probe his faith. Soon the cat and the rabbi set out for Ethiopia, encountering along the way a host of characters of various creeds and ethnicities. During their trek, the Jewish leader and his inquisitive pet will face a few treacherous situations. But their voyage ultimately, upliftingly results in interfaith harmony and a richer understanding of their own religious identity and history.

“The Rabbi’s Cat remains intelligently entertaining by carrying an invaluable political message for our time of tensions. While starting off with characters marked by a strong Jewish identity, The Rabbi’s Cat retraces the colonial route in light of the Enlightenment, clearly advocating exchange, openness, the discovery of the world and of the other. The cat, on behalf of Sfar, is at once Milou, Jiminy Cricket and Socrates.” Image
© by GKids.

image from film Le Joli Mai, the Lovely Month of May

Le Joli Mai / The Lovely Month of May
Thursday, March 19, 2015
5:00 PM
in Shiffman 219
In English

This landmark documentary, co-directed by Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme, was filmed in May of 1962, just after the passage of the Évian Accords, which officially ended the Algerian War. During this “first springtime of peace”—the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war—the filmmakers interviewed a random assortment of people on the streets of Paris, an endeavor that was made possible by new technological advances, such as portable 16mm sync cameras. (An important predecessor for Marker and Lhomme’s project was Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s Chronicle of a Summer, a Paris portrait released in 1961.) Marker, unseen, prompts his interviewees—ranging from highbrow engineers to a destitute mother to an Algerian teenager to a West African student—with questions about their personal lives and their feelings about larger political and social matters. Giving shape to these candid responses is Simone Signoret’s piquant, poetic narration (co-written by Marker), which balances astringent assessments about Parisians’ disengagement with the world with an unequivocal empathy for many of the film’s interlocutors. Image © Icarus Films

image from film, GrigrisGrigris
Monday, March 16, 2015
5:00 PM
in Shiffman 219
In French with English Subtitles.
Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who was born in Chad in 1961 but has lived in France since 1982, has returned to his native country time and again to tell indelible stories played out against the near-constant civil war and economic hardship that have racked this former French colony for decades. His latest film blazingly opens at a disco in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, where Souleymane (Souleymane Deme)—nicknamed “Grigris”—dazzles the crowd with his spectacular dance moves. His adoring fans don’t seem to mind this lithe man’s paralyzed leg, particularly Mimi (Anais Monory), a prostitute who recognizes a kindred soul in this exuberant but marginalized dancer: Grigris’s physical disability has made him all but a pariah outside the world of nightclubs, relegated to only the most menial jobs. In an act of desperation, Grigris, who has vowed to pay his gravely ill stepfather’s exorbitant hospital bill, joins an illegal gas-smuggling operation, tow, in fear for his life. Finding shelter in a rural village, these two outcasts are soon astonished to discover how far their hosts will go to protect them. Image © Film Movement.

image from film 2 automnes, 3 hivers

2 automnes, 3 hivers / 2 Autumns, 3 Winters
Thursday, March 12, 2015
5:00 PM
in Shiffman 219
In French with English Subtitles

Sébastien Betbeder’s wry, touching Paris-set romantic comedy explores the hopes and anxieties of characters trying to settle into adulthood. As part of his regimen of self-improvement, aimless 33-year-old Arman (Vincent Macaigne) takes up jogging; while doing laps one day, he bumps into fellow fitness enthusiast Amélie (Maud Wyler). After several unsuccessful attempts to reconnect with her, Arman reunites with Amélie in quite a dramatic way: by saving her from muggers—an act of heroism that lands him in the hospital and that makes Amélie fall in love with him. As these two begin their relationship, Arman’s best friend from art school, Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon), suffers a health crisis of his own; during his convalescence, he begins a romance with his physical therapist, Katia (Audrey Bastien). Divided into several small chapters spanning the seasons of the title, Sébastien Betbeder’s film often pauses for the leads to directly address the camera, their first-person disquisitions further fleshing out the characters’ memories, fears, and desires. Evoking the spirit of the Nouvelle Vague, 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is above all a paean to real, face-to-face connection in an increasingly isolating virtual world. Image © Film Movement.

picture from Quai d'OrsayQuai d'Orsay / The French Minister
Monday, March 9, 2015
5:00 PM
in Shiffman 219
In French with English Subtitles.
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, this razor-sharp satire of politics—both those enacted on the world stage and within the corridors of workplaces—originated in first-hand experience: The film is adapted from graphic novels written by Antonin Baudry, who worked as a speechwriter for Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister during the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. (Baudry co-wrote the screenplay with Tavernier and Christophe Blain, who illustrated the books.) As the Baudry surrogate, Raphaël Personnaz plays Arthur, recently hired by the imperiously named, high-ranking diplomat Alexandre Taillard de Worms (Thierry Lhermitte), a man who speaks in orotund outbursts. These thickets of words, which grow more hilarious and nonsensical as the film progresses, combine egregious clichés, lofty quotations from the sages of ancient Greece, and impenetrable bureaucrat-speak. As Arthur scrambles to figure out just what, exactly, his highly capricious boss wants from him, the crisis in “Lousdemistan” (clearly a stand-in for Iraq) deepens. The new hire must also contend with the petty office squabbling of his territorial colleagues and their bids for power; meanwhile, the overweening Alexandre quite literally creates chaos wherever he goes. Image © IFC Films.

The Past Image (Image © Sony Pictures Classics)Le Passé / The Past
Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:00 PM in Shiffman 219
In French with English Subtitles.
Full of the same astute and compassionate observations about unraveling, unhappy relationships, conjugal and otherwise, that distinguished his previous work, A Separation (2011), Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is set in a working-class suburb of Paris. It is there that Marie (Bérénice Bejo) lives in a cramped house with three children, her two daughters and the young son of her boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim), whom she hopes to marry soon. But before the couple can even begin to consider wedding plans, Marie must finalize her divorce from her estranged husband, Ahmad (Ali Mousaffa), who flies into Paris from Tehran for the court procedure. While staying with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Ahmad immediately becomes aware of the resentment, rage, and hurt harbored by many of those living under Marie’s roof: Her older daughter, the teenage Lucie (Pauline Burlet), for example, seems to be excessively hostile to Samir. As Ahmad tries to make sense of all this misery, including his own with Marie, Farhadi masterfully mines the regrets that have bedeviled The Past’s adult characters—whose despair permanently marks the younger ones. Image © Sony Pictures Classics.

sponsors of Tournées Festival

“Police Performance and Latin American Visual Arts”
Fernando Rosenberg
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00 noon
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303
Faculty Lunch Symposium
MCH Faculty Lunch Symposium poster

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!
Download poster here!

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!

Please click here to view the full poster pdf.

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

Download pdf of poster here.

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.


Click here for a pdf of the poster.

 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
Download poster here!

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
Download poster here!

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.

For more information, please email Download pdf of poster here.

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

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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: