Upcoming Events

"Finding His Song: How Harry Belafonte Negotiated a Left-Wing Path Through the Cold War, Civil Rights, and Stardom in the 1950s"


A talk by Judith Smith, Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston.

March 19th, 4:00 p.m. Mandel Atrium

Judith Smith is Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her areas of expertise include U.S. Social and Cultural History, Film and History of Media, Ethnicity and Immigration, Women’s History, and Urban History. Her most recent publication is a short book entitled Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical, from the University of Texas Press (2014). Becoming Belafonte analyzes the emergence of Belafonte as a charismatic singer and the significance of his labor-based transnational folk musical performances between 1951 and 1970, on tour and in recordings, as well as of his television and film production, for audiences in the US and around the world.

Past Events:

"American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street"

A talk by Paula Rabinowitz '74, University of Minnesota

March 5th at 4:00 p.m. Mandel Atrium

"The Wonderful World of Synergy: Film, Television, and Walt Disney"

A talk by Jennifer Gillan, Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University.

February 26, 4:00 p.m.

"Imagined Mobilities: Thinking About Movement in Diaspora Studies"

A talk by Jillian Powers, Florence Kay Fellow in American Studies and Sociology and Jasmine Johnson, Assistant Professor in African and Afro-American Studies and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

“When Red was a Scary Color: Hollywood and the Blacklist”

A talk by Arnie Reisman, screenwriter of Hollywood on Trial (1976)

Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. Mandel Center G03

Women's Liberation In The Hoag-Hall Collection Of Extreme Literature

A talk by Joyce Antler and Karen Hansen

Wednesday, October 22, 3:30-5:00, Rapaporte Treasure Hall 

A Screening of Detour (1945) with Introduction and Q&A by Noah Isenberg

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Schwartz 106

The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse

October 1-2, 2014, Rapaporte Treasure Hall

"Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America" June 10-12, 2014

Marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the American Studies Program at Brandeis University hosted a conference on the theme “Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America," on June 10-12, 2014. 

"The Media: A Serviceman's View" - Major General Anthony Cucolo

Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:00 pm in Mandel G03

"The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century" - Sheldon Stern

Wednesday, March 12th at 5:00 in Mandel G03

"Margaret Fuller: A Feminist Heroine Across Three Centuries" Megan Marshall

November 14, 2013 at 5:00 in Mandel G03.

“Weimar in Waltham: Brandeis University at the Beginning” - A Talk by Professor Whitfield

November 13, 2013 at 5:00 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall.

"Trayvon Martin and So Many More: Racial Innocence Today" - Robin Bernstein

October 24, 2013 at 4:00 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall.