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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.

Presented by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

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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
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!

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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 ( by March 31.

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La Buena Vida/The GoodLife
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
5:00 PM
Shiffman 219
Screening of La Buena Vida/The Good Life, 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. In Spanish and Wayuunaiki with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. 

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.

The trailer can be viewed here:

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Meet the ROMS Students & Faculty
Thursday, March 23, 2017
4:30–5:30 PM
Shiffman 120
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!!!

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Critical Made in Italy: Italian Design

A talk with Daniele Balicco
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Shiffman 219
10:00–10:50 AM & 11:0011:50 AM

Daniele Balicco is a Lecturer in Theory and Critical Studies at the EHESS (Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) of Paris and at the IED (European Institute of Design) of Rome.

Sponsored by the Italian Studies program in collaboration with Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University (

This event is in connection with ITAL 20 but all are welcome to attend!

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France's Jewish Star:  Rachel at the Comédie Française

Maurice Samuels
Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French & Chair of French Department, Yale University
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Mandel Reading Room (303)
Maurice Samuels will be visiting Brandeis to talk about his latest book, The Right to Difference - The Jews & French Universalism. This event is in connection with the IGS 110 course on Religion & Secularism in French & Francophone Culture but all are welcome to attend!
Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, the Tauber Institute, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund.

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Class Act: Carnevale

with actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Shiffman 219

10:00–10:50 AM
11:00–11:50 AM
These presentations will occur during two class sessions but all are welcome to join!

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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.

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Reimagining the Ghetto through the Arts
Monday, December 5, 2016
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Mandel 303

A lunch talk with Professor Shaul Bassi, Associate Professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy and Director of Beit Venezia - A Home for Jewish Culture. Lunch will be served!
Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Italian Studies program.

image of poster for mega language dinner 2016Mega Language Dinner
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Faculty Club Main Dining Room
The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with generous support from the Provost’s office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis. Individual language tables will host speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. No matter your level of proficiency, you are welcome!  The only rule is NO ENGLISH! 

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Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston

Film #2: Corpo Celeste
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:009:00 pm
Shiffman 219
A lecture by Fred Kuwornu, an African Italian film maker and activist.  He will be presenting his last video "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema.”

Co-sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and the Department of Romance Studies.  A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost.

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Meet the ROMS Students & Faculty
Thursday, October 27, 2016
4:30–5:30 PM
Shiffman 121
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!!!

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L'État français et le pluralisme religieux
relations between religions and the French State (in French)
Béatrice de Gasquet
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5:00 PM
Shiffman 120
Co-sponsored by French and Francophone Studies and the International and Global Studies Program.

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Professor John Slater, UC Davis
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 11 am
Mandel Reading Room, Mandel 303

Refreshments! For more information, click the image at left to download the poster PDF.

Sponsored by Hispanic Studies, Department of Romance Studies, Mandel Center for the Humanities, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

image of poster for Spect-actors eventSpect-actors Change the Script towards more Equality and Inclusion: A Forum Theater Event with Doris Sommer and Jennifer Cleary
Thursday, September 15, 2016
2:30–5:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall (Goldfarb Library,level 1)

Open to the Brandeis community
Light refreshments

Related readings are available prior to the event. You may access those here.

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost. Co-sponsored by all Humanities departments, the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

image of poster for Richard Blanco event sp16Richard Blanco Poetry Reading and Book Signing
Monday, May 2, 2016
Noon-1:30 PM
Mandel Reading Room (303)
Cosponsored by the American Studies Program, CAST Minor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, Department of Politics, Department of Romance Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, with the support of the Gordon Center for American Politics and Policy. Lunch will be provided.

image of poster for Crepe Night event sp16La Soirée de Crêpes
Monday, May 2, 2016 from 5–6:30 pm
Ridgewood Commons
Back by popular demand, come celebrate the last day of classes with the French UDRs and enjoy some crêpes, served with Nutella, jams, and fresh fruit!
For more information, see their Facebook event page!

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 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

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!

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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)

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.

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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!

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)

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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MCH Faculty Lunch Symposium poster“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

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.

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

From the Monochromatic to the Technicolor Cold War
A special lecture by SETH FEIN
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 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.


 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!

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

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.

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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.

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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.

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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
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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.

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).

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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

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Descendants of the Traitor

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Friday, October 28, 2011

El Quijote