MACH Capstone Symposium

The first annual MACH Capstone Symposium was held on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Members of the Brandeis community came together to celebrate the achievements of MACH’s inaugural class, whose members presented their capstone work:

  • Andrew Bethke, “Imperial Ontology: Exploring a Form/Content Divide of the High British Empire”
  • Jessica Gokhberg, “There is No ‘Global Gay’: The Evolution of the Russian (Homo)Sexual Subject and its Dissolution in 21st-Century Political Rhetoric”
  • Jingqi Zhang, “Chinese Chinoiserie across the Atlantic through the China Trade”
  • Tao Zhang, “Kafka’s The Trial: Another Transformation”

Past Events

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

Kierkegaard's Response to Hegel's Interpretation of Antigone

New date and location!

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

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.

MA Information Session

Due to the March 14 snow storm and University closure, this event has been rescheduled to the following time:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:30 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb Graduate Center 119)

This information session is designed for current Brandeis seniors and prospective students from outside Brandeis who are interested in learning more about the MA Program in Comparative Humanities. The Director of Graduate Studies for MACH will offer insight into the MA curriculum and admissions process. Refreshments will be provided.

BA/MA Information Session (for Brandeis Juniors)

Due to the March 14 snow storm and University closure, this event has been rescheduled to the following time:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb Graduate Center 119)

This information session is designed for current Brandeis juniors who are interested in learning more about the BA/MA Program in Comparative Humanities. The Director of Graduate Studies for MACH will offer insight into the BA/MA curriculum and admissions process. Refreshments will be provided.

Comparative Humanities BA/MA Information Session

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
12 p.m.
Shiffman 123

The Director of Graduate Studies for MACH will offer insight into the BA/MA curriculum and admissions process. The session is designed for current Brandeis juniors and seniors who are interested in applying to the program this year; however, all interested students are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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Past MACH Events

2015-2016


BA/MA Information Session (for Brandeis Juniors)

Thursday, February 25, 2016
3:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb Graduate Center 119)

This information session is designed for current Brandeis juniors who are interested in learning more about the BA/MA Program in Comparative Humanities. The Director of Graduate Studies for MACH will offer insight into the BA/MA curriculum and admissions process.

MA Information Session

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
3:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb Graduate Center 119)

This information session is designed for current Brandeis seniors and prospective students from outside Brandeis who are interested in learning more about the MA Program in Comparative Humanities. The Director of Graduate Studies for MACH will offer insight into the MA curriculum and admissions process.

Negotiating Meaning: Translating at a War Crimes Tribunal

Ellen Elias-BursacFeaturing Ellen Elias-Bursac, former translator/reviser of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room (303)

In war crimes trials, witnesses testify--through an interpreter--about translated documents tendered as evidence; attorneys argue--through an interpreter--about both the translated documents and the interpreting; and judges adjudicate on interpreted testimony and translated evidence. The translators and interpreters are key to the negotiations over meaning in every trial.

Ellen Elias-Bursac has been translating fiction and non-fiction from Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian for thirty years. Her translation of David Albahari's novel Götz and Meyer was given the ALTA National Translation Award in 2006. She has taught at the Harvard University Slavic Department and worked for six years as a language reviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her book Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War was honored with the Mary Zirin Prize in 2015.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

This event is cosponsored by the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Culture, the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH), and the Ethics Center.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Dual Degrees and Post-Baccalaureate Fair

Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Brandeis students are encouraged to stop by the Fair to learn more about the BA/MA Program in Comparative Humanities!

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Services and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

2014-2015


MACH MA Information Session

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb 119)

MACH BA/MA Information Session (for Current Brandeis Juniors)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
DuBois Lounge (Rabb 119)

MACH BA/MA Information Session (for Current Brandeis Students)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303)

The MACH program held its inaugural information session for current Brandeis students on Tuesday, September 30. David Powelstock, Director of Graduate Studies for MACH, and Laurie Nichols, Director of Admissions for GSAS, shared information and answered students' questions about the BA/MA curriculum, milestones, and admissions process.