2018-2019 Events

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August 29, 2018

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Past Events

Reading, Senior Thesis Creative Writers

May 3, 2018

5:30 p.m.
Harlan Chapel
Vanessa Smith Presents "Child's Play: Dickens' Object Relations"

April 30, 2018

3:30 p.m.

MCH Reading Room (303)

Smith’s paper takes issue with the sort of intricate historicism that privileges knowledge about external conditions (what candles was Dickens burning?) over thinking about childhood/unconscious formations. She seeks to replace a traditional Bildung reading of development in Dickens with an appreciation of the ways in which his fiction privileges regression, as articulated through what David Copperfield  calls ‘the first objects’  that surround, focus and express childish feeling. She aims to account for the monstrousness, registered by generations of readers, of what are framed as sentimental characters: children of feeling. Novels such as The Old Curiosity Shop  and Our Mutual Friend, she argues, anticipate the insights of key figures in twentieth-century British child analysis, and particularly the object relations therapy of Melanie Klein.

Michaela Henry

April 23, 2018


MCH Reading Room (303)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Sponsored by the University Writing Program.

Brandeis Novel Symposium

April 20, 2018


Mandel Humanities Center

Symposium Website

Poetry Reading: Stephanie Burt

April 17, 2018


Mandel Center for Humanities, G03

Stephanie Burt is professor of English at Harvard University and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, most recently “Advice from the LIghts” (2017). Her poems and essays appear regularly in the London Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review and the Yale Review. She also writes about pop music, science fiction and comic books, and used to write about women's basketball. 

Movie Night with Emilie Diouf

April 12, 2018


Schwartz 112

Ai Weiwei's "Human Flow"

Sponsored by the History of Ideas and the English Dept.

Close Looking Series: "The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Collection of Early Music Imprints"

April 11, 2018

3:30-5 p.m.
Archives and Special Collections, Goldfarb Library

presented by Sarah Mead (Music) and Ramie Targoff (English)

This interdisciplinary series features viewing of original art and manuscripts housed at Brandeis and discussions led by faculty members.

Information & Inspiration: Why Art and Science Need Each Other

March 28, 2018


Pearlman Hall

Without photographs, drawings, or well-written description, science can be difficult for a general audience to fully understand.  Artists and writers can't explore the world's particularities without understanding them. Information and inspiration feed one another. Join us for a panel discussion of how art, science, and activism can converge. Panelists include a whale biologist trained in scientific illustration, the editor of an anthology of Eco-Justice poems, a naturalist who lectures on expedition ships, and a citizen science advocate.

Featuring: Melissa Tuckey, Scott Landry, Elizabeth Bradfield, and Colleen Hitchcock 

A Reading by Akhil Sharma

March 27, 2018

5:30 p.m.
Harlan Chapel

Akhil Sharma is the award-winning author of two novels and a collection of short stories. His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and Best American Short Stories. Sharma— born in Delhi and raised in New Jersey—has received international recognition for his work and won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Folio Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. He has studied at Princeton, Stanford, and Harvard Law School and teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University.

Rick Rambuss Lecture

March 26, 2018


MCH Reading Room (303)

Close Looking Series Featuring John Plotz

March 26, 2017


Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Library 

Professor James R Morris (Biology) & John Plotz (English) will speak about Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species"

March 24, 2017

Plenary Speaker: Professor Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University


Mazaa: Rethinking Fun and Pleasure in South Asia

March 23, 2017

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mandel Reading Room, 303

A one-day workshop organized by Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria (Anthropology) and Ulka Anjaria (English)

Neal Lerner lecture

March 12, 2018


The Power of Personal Connection: Listening to What Students Say about Meaningful Writing


A Reading by Oliver de la Paz

February 28, 2018

5:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Chapel

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four poetry collections: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. A founding member of Kundiman, de la Paz serves as the co-chair of the organization’s advisory board. He also serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. De la Paz teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheren University. 

Sad Valentine's Day Open Mic

February 13, 2018



Get your pre-Valentine's blues out of the way with this open mic! Come share your worst love poetry and stories, write an anonymous love letter to a stranger, and enjoy Valentine's-themed snacks (ie. lots of chocolate)! Sponsored by the English and Creative Writing UDRs.

Sponsored by the English and Creative Writing UDRs

Poetry Reading: Rebecca Morgan Frank and Heather Treseler

February 13, 2018

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, WSRC