2018-2019 Events

Emiliano Gutierrez Popoca & William Flesch, MCH Close Looking Series

November 28, 2018


Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Francis Quarles' "Emblems, Divine and Moral: Together with Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man"

Jennifer Elise Foerster

February 6, 2019


tbd"We are adrift in mythic waters that hold the possibility of rebirth even as they float the remains of human destruction," says Joy Harjo of Jennifer Foerster's myth-building, prophetic poems.  Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather.  An alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), she holds a PhD from the University of Denver, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship, and was a Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer teaches at the IAIA MFA Low-Residency Program, and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth in Oklahoma. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, she lives in San Francisco. 
Melissa Albert

March 21, 2019



Melissa Albert’s debut novel, The Hazel Wood, was named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Entertainment Weekly and Esquire and was instantly a New York Times bestseller. The book “seamlessly combines contemporary realism with fantasy, blurring the edges in a way that highlights that place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth” (New York Times Book Review). Founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of, Melissa has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Hazel Wood has been published in twenty-five countries and is being made into a film by Touchstone Pictures.

April 12, 2019

12-6, with student sessions in the morning.

Mandel Center for the Humanities

The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium will address the graphic novel, with particular attention to three texts: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Chan Hock Chaye, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.  
Senior Honors Thesis Reading

May 2, 2019


Past Events

David Sherman & Anita Hannig, MCH Close Looking Series

October 24, 2018


Rose Art Museum

"Corpse of a Man" by Hyman Bloom

Mira T Lee Reading

October 23, 2018

5:30 p.m

Harlan Chapel

Mira T. Lee's debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top Winter/2018 Pick by more than 30 news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, and New York magazine.  In her previous lives, Mira has also been a graphic designer, pop-country drummer, salsa dancing fanatic, and biology graduate student. An alum of Stanford University, Mira currently lives in Cambridge, MA. 

"A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters--one that's frayed by mental illness and stretched across continents, yet still endures..."—Celeste Ng. “If you love anyone at all, this book is going to get you." – USA Today. 

English PhD Second-Year Symposium

October 23, 2018

9:30-11:30 am (tenative)

Mandel Reading Room

2nd-year English PhD students present their work.
Emilie Diouf, MCH Faculty Lunch Series

October 4, 2018


MCH Reading Room

"Trauma and Translation in the Global Literary Advocacy Against Female Genital Cutting"

Faculty Lunch Lectures are for members of the faculty and invited guests.

Mickey Rapkin

October 3, 2018


Pearlman Lounge

Mickey Rapkin is a monthly columnist at Elle magazine and a contributing editor to Bon Appetit. His first book, "Pitch Perfect," about the competitive world of collegiate a cappella groups, was published by Gotham Books in 2008 and immediately optioned by Universal. Rapkin's second book, "Theater Geek," was published in 2010. For seven years, Rapkin was a senior editor at GQ magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and Details. He is currently working on scripts for both film and television.

Chen Chen Reading

September 25, 2018

5:30 p.mHarlan Chapel
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry.  His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Recently, Poets & Writers featured him as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World.” He lives with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. 
Digital Literacy Workshop & Symposia, Lisa Gitelman

September 25, 2018


Mandel Reading Room

Lisa Gitelman, a Professor of English and media at NYU whose work is about how different media environments change the reality of how people experience culture, how they learn, and what they make of the world around them.

A day of workshops and symposia focusing on designing curricula around digital literacy.
Sponsored by the General Education Innovation Grant.