Past Events


"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

Arnie Reisman is an award-winning writer, producer and performer. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial (Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS' AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio's Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets. He was also the former executive editor of the news weekly, Boston After Dark (now the Boston Phoenix). This October, Reisman was named Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate for a two year term from 2014-2016.


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 close-looking event, presented by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Brandeis Library. Professors Antler and Hansen will examine several intriguing documents in the Library's Special Collection of Extremist Literature which together tell the story of Women's Liberation in the 1960s-1980s.  Why were these documents and the events they chronicle considered "extreme"? Would they be so catalogued now?

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


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

Noah Isenberg, Professor and Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, will introduce and provide Q&A for Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film, Detour on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Schwartz 106.

Professor Isenberg is the author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times called “a page turner of a biography.” His other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and, as editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterly magazine, and is currently writing a new book, Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught Us to Love Movies, to be published by W.W. Norton in the US and by Faber & Faber in the UK. For additional information, please see Professor Isenberg's website.

The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse


October 1-2, 2014, Rapaporte Treasure Hall

This two-day conference will explore the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse. 

The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse's most famous book, "One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society," and our recent discovery of an early draft of this book that was given to Brandeis by Marcuse himself.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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

Conference Poster

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

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

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

On April 2nd at 5:00 pm Major General Anthony Cucolo will give a talk titled, "The Media: A Serviceman's View" in Mandel G03 at 5:00 pm. Maj. General Cucolo is the 49th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, he spent ten months as the Director of Force Development for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, at Headquarters, Department of the Army in the Pentagon. His office on the Army staff tied resources to requirements to develop equipment solutions for the entire Army, active, Guard and Reserve–from uniforms and rifles to attack helicopters and armored vehicles.

Maj. General Cucolo's most recent operational assignment was a 33 month tour as Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, from July 2008 to April 2011. During that time, he deployed the Division Headquarters to Iraq from October 2009 through November 2010, to command US Division North/Task Force Marne, responsible for all US forces operating in the seven Iraqi provinces north of Baghdad. Throughout their 13 months in Iraq, Task Force Marne conducted counterinsurgency and stability operations, implemented Arab–Kurd confidence building measures along that interior ethnic fault line, supported the Iraqi national election of 2010, and executed the significant drawdown of US forces in the summer of 2010, successfully ending Operation Iraqi Freedom and opening Operation New Dawn in northern Iraq. For more information on Maj. General Cucolo, please see his bio.

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"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

On March 12th at 5:00pm, historian Sheldon Stern will give a talk titled, The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century. Stern received a B.A. in history from the City University of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He taught at several colleges and universities before becoming Historian at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston (1977-2000). He was the first non-participant in the ExComm meetings and the first professional historian to hear all of the then classified Cuban missile crisis tapes. He is the author of many articles, as well as the books Averting ‘the final failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (2003), The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005), and The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths vs. Reality (2012), in the Stanford University Press Nuclear Age Series.

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

A New American Life Book CoverNovember 14, 2013 at 5:00 in Mandel G03.

Megan Marshall is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013). The book takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine—Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close friend, first female war correspondent, and passionate advocate of personal liberation in her groundbreaking study of gender, Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845).  Marshall is the author of The Peabody Sisters, which won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and Slate. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Marshall teaches narrative nonfiction and the art of archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College.

This event is co-sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.

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

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


With the founding of Brandeis University in 1948, vestiges of the culture of Weimar Germany could be reconstituted in Waltham.  What had been a glorious but brittle era of experimentation and radicalism in the arts prior to the establishment of the Third Reich could be discerned in traces of thinking among the Brandeis faculty who had escaped and were given an opportunity to extend the brilliance of art and thought that had been extinguished in 1933.  Whether in the social sciences or in the arts, the early years of the university were marked by the recognizable impact of the culture that historian Peter Gay labeled the ascent of "the outsider as insider."

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

Racial Innocence Today Book CoverOctober 24, 2013 at 4:00 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall.

Robin Bernstein is the author of Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.  Published in 2011, it has won five major book awards. She is a Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, and a member of the doctoral program in American Studies at Harvard University.

This event is sponsored by American Studies and the Department of  African and Afro-American Studies, and co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Education Program.