A Special Event with Thomas Doherty
October 9th, 7:30 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Brandeis University professor Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939, reconstructs what Hollywood produced for the big screen during the emerging Nazi threat, and how the Jewish backgrounds of many of the Hollywood studio executives affected how they treated Hitler and his victims. Did Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm
American Studies Conference 2014
Marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the American Studies Program at Brandeis University is hosting a conference on the theme “Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America," on June 10-12, 2014. For more information on how to participate and/or attend the conference, please see our conference website.
Honored alum shares good news and praise for former Department Chairman Larry Fuchs
Julieanna Richardson '76, a major in American Studies (as well as Theatre Arts), is, we believe, the first of the graduates in our program to receive an honorary degree. Professor Lawrence H. Fuchs, now a resident of Canton, Massachusetts, was long the chair of the Department of American Studies. Her letter is below.
Dear Professor Fuchs:
[Greetings to you this Memorial Day weekend.]
Professor Whitfield called and told me that he told you of my recent honor. I WANTED TO SHARE THIS GREAT NEWS WITH MY MENTOR, MY FRIEND. [I had called you to tell you the news, but the phone just rang and Professor Whitfield told me that you have an assistant that if I e-mailed you, your assistant would read you my e-mail. I was so pleased to know this.]
I just received an Honorary Doctorate of the Humanities from Howard University on Saturday-May 12th in Washington, D.C. I was honored along with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, singer John Legend and Pulitzer Prize winner author Isabel Wilkerson(author of The Warmth of Other Suns). It was a day that has immense meaning to me as you know. It is an honor that I will cherish for a lifetime. I could not help think of you the day of my acceptance. You and Brandeis played a seminal role in my development. You not only agreed to supervise my honors thesis, but you nurtured me and my desire to explore my own history. You and Betty also welcomed me into your lives and every decision from that point on, I would consult with you on. There is nothing like a mentee/mentor relationship and in you, I found one of the world’s best. I wanted to write and let you know that The HistoryMakers digital archive now has users in 51 countries around the world. While our work is far from over, people are now starting to appreciate my work and vision. Thank you, Professor Fuchs—thanks for believing in me and my dreams.
Forever in gratitude in respect.
Julieanna L. Richardson
Founder & Executive Director