Event Recommendations

Do you have suggestions for possible European Cultural Studies excursions or events? If so, please contact Xinyi Du, UDR for the ECS Program.

Upcoming Events

Meet the Majors: COML & ECSMeet the Majors: COML & ECS

Monday, March 6, 2017
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Shiffman 121

Refreshments and great (sometimes even multi-lingual!) conversations provided. Come learn about Comparative Literature and Culture (COML) and European Cultural Studies (ECS), two of the best programs at Brandeis!


ECS Lemon Cake Lecture: "'But little ... that I can recognize': Challenges of Writing the Civil War"

Featuring Elizabeth D. Samet, Professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy

Monday, March 13, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Golding 103

Elizabeth D. SametThis lecture explores some of the difficulties faced by combatants attempting to write about the American Civil War, with a particular focus on Ulysses S. Grant.

Elizabeth D. Samet is the author of several books, including Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, a finalist for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is also the editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers. Samet’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Samet is a professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy.

This event is presented by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the European Cultural Studies Program and the Humanities Fellows Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.


ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: "Kierkegaard's Response to Hegel's Interpretation of Antigone"

Featuring Jon Stewart, Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

New date and location!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb 119)

Kierkegaard's Response to Hegel's Interpretation of Antigone

Both Hegel and Kierkegaard were fascinated by Sophocles' famous tragedy Antigone. Treating this work in the Phenomenology of Spirit and the Lectures on Aesthetics, Hegel sees the play as representing a key moment in the development of history. Kierkegaard, by contrast, examines the work under the guise of a pseudonym in the first volume of Either/Or. He suggests not so much an analysis of Sophocles' work on its own terms as a rewriting of it as a modern tragedy. In his talk, Jon Stewart will try to bring out the defining elements in the interpretations of the two thinkers. He will argue that Kierkegaard's account is more dependent on that of Hegel than is usually recognized.

Jon Stewart is a specialist in the thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Søren Kierkegaard. He is the editor of the series Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Texts from Golden Age Denmark, and Danish Golden Age Studies and the coeditor of the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook and Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series. He is the author of eight books, including Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press 2003) and Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity (Oxford University Press 2015). In 2013 he produced a popular MOOC on Kierkegaard, which can be seen on the Coursera platform. He has translated six volumes of philosophical texts from the 19th century and is the editor of more than 35 anthologies. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Currently, he is a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

This event is presented by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the Comparative Humanities Program, the Comparative Literature and Culture Program, the European Cultural Studies Program, and the Humanities Fellows Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.