Lecture Series

"The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities was launched in the fall of 2011 to promote the study of the humanities at Brandeis University, following the opening in 2010 of the new Mandel Center in the Humanities. The Mandel Lectures bring to the Center each year a prominent scholar who gives a series of three lectures, and conducts an informal seminar, during his or her stay on campus. The series is unique in its rotation of disciplines or fields within the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Following the completion of each year's lectures, the talks are published in book form for Brandeis University Press by the University Press of New England. The resulting series of books reflects both the interdisciplinary mission of the Mandel Center, and the wide range of extraordinary work being done in the humanities today."


"First Annual Lecture"

“Judaizing Aesthetics: Painting, Poetry, Politics”
David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Middle East Studies, and the College at the University of Chicago.
Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies (Brandeis University Press, 2015)


"Second Annual Lecture"

“Letters to a Young Writer”
James Wood, Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University
The Nearest Thing to Life (Brandeis University Press, 2015)

"Letter to a Young Writer, One: Why?"

"Letter to a Young Writer, Two: What?"

"Letter to a Young Writer, Three: How?"


"Third Annual lecture"

“Divine Spark of Syracuse”
Ingrid Rowland, Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture


"Fourth Annual Lecture"

“Memoirs of a Jewish Girlhood”
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago


"Fifth Annual Lecture"

“provincializing Europe in a warming world”
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished service Professor of History, the University of Chicago


"Sixth Annual Lecture"

“The Allien, The Ghost, Post-Human”
David Der-Wei Wang, Edward C.Henderson professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University

You can read more about this distinctive book series here.