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This year's Brandeis International Video Competition took place on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Attendees watched the finalists for the coveted Best Picture Award! To watch some of the videos, check out our Video Competition Page. To learn more about the event and winners, check out the BrandeisNow article.

Mandel Center for the Humanities Grants

The Mandel Center for the Humanities Grants are competitive grants sponsored by the Mandel Foundation that promote faculty research projects over the summer. One of this year's four Faculty Research Grants has been awarded to:

James Mandrell - “Nineteenth-Century Spanish Fiction and the Discourse on Food”
This project seeks to understand scenes in nineteenth-century Spanish fiction that involve food, moments which, if noticed at all, were read as reflecting nineteenth-century customs pertaining to food, including its preparation and by whom, the way it is served, and its consumption. However, detailed descriptions of foodstuffs and eating are more than reflections of customs in nineteenth-century Spain. These representations of food are complicit in discussions pertaining to national identity and tradition, the physical body and the body politic, social class and gender, and even technology and public health, all of which occur in a variety of texts, among them fiction, conduct manuals, periodical literature, cookbooks, and political and economic treatises.

CAST Faculty Grants

The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) has awarded grants to four members of the Brandeis faculty for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts.

"My American Girls" – Azlin Perdomo, (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies) will create an interactive art website that will engage students in the lives of five undocumented women she will interview. “Visually and structurally, it will closely resemble the American Girl website to invite the viewer to compare and confront how these immigrant women, not legally recognized as citizens, are indeed Americans,” says Perdomo.

Hispanic-Americans: some familiar names, and perhaps some who are not so well known
Check out this collection of brief profiles of individuals who emigrated from many different countries in Spanish-speaking America, showing the diverse fields in which Hispanic-American migrants have excelled.
(The list is representative, not complete, and there are many others who could be included.)

Music: Lalo Schifrin (Argentina)
Education: Jaime Escalanta (Bolivia)
Science: Franklin Chang-Diaz (Costa Rica)
Entertainment: John Leguizamo (Colombia)
Business: Roberto Goizuetta (Cuba)
Fashion: Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republic)
Medicine: Hermann Mendez (Guatemala)
Art: Julian Touceda (Honduras)
Business: Romana Banuelos (Mexico)
Education: Horacio Peña (Nicaragua)
Medicine: Antonia Novello (Puerto Rico)
Medicine: Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuela)

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors graduated on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and special congratulations to:

Kara Lynn Faktor, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish;

Charlotte Rose Erb, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies;

Matthew D. Jasinski, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies.

In addition, congratulations to rising sophomore, Jade Lara, recipient of the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing in the category of Foreign Language and to rising junior, Samantha Chin, recipient of the Brandeis Achievement Award for her outstanding scholarship and academic achievements.

Martine Voiret and Sue Lanser's Close Looking event on French Revolution pamphlets is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Check it out if you missed the event!

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This year's Brandeis International Video Competition took place on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Attendees watched the finalists for the coveted Best Picture Award! To watch some of the video finalists or to see photos from the event, check out our Video Competition Page.

The reborn French and Francophone Club is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Leslie Kamel, Samantha Way and Breanna Vizlakh have decided to revive it to celebrate and promote awareness of French and Francophone culture. For more information, see the full article: French and Francophone Club revitalized in the Brandeis community.

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The Italian Studies Program’s Masks in Motion event was a success and fun for all! To see more photos, view our Event Slideshow.

Red Hill Blues book coverProfessor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Erica Harth, has recently published a mystery novel called Red Hill Blues. It is set in the 1950s Red Scare in a small New York village.  It's available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Harth, Erica L. Red Hill Blues. North Charleston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

The Intercultural Center's "All Around the World" event successfully showcased diversity on campus and celebrated multiculturalism in our community! (co-hosted by WOCA, JSA, BASO, SEAC, ¡AHORA!, TSA, BBSO, KSA, BAASA, SASA, I-CLUB, German Club, Project Nur and TRISK) Learn more about this event in The Brandeis HOOT

Students at ICC's All Around the World Event

Pictures in The Brandeis HOOT from CARNEVALE sponsored by Italian Studies !!!
Carnevale pictures in the hoot.

Please visit our Upcoming Events page for more information!