Important Deadlines

Applications for the summer 2016 grants are due Friday, March 11th, 2016, by 9 a.m.

Jane's Essay Prize entries are due April 8th, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Photos for the Jane's Photography Contest must be submitted by April 8th, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016:


LALS Graffiti Week
Brazilian graffiti artist Marcelo Ment in residence

Graffiti Wall open from 4/11 to 4/17 (tentatively): graffiti contest with prize for best design (to be awarded on 4/15)

"The Youth Movement, Urban Art, and Puerto Rico's Economic Catastrophe" April 12, 11am, Mandel G003 Photographer Pablo Delano, Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor, discusses graffiti, protests, and the economic crisis in Puerto Rico.

Between Free Speech and the Spray Can: Graffiti as Social Protest from the Margin (Louis D Brandeis 100 event)
April 13, 3:30pm, Lown 2 (space is not accessible, unfortunately)
Laura Brown (Latin American and Latino Studies), Greg Childs (History), and Marcelo Ment (Brazilian graffiti artist) discussion.
Description: Building on Justice Brandeis’ famous ruling in Whitney v. California, this panel examines the way in which graffiti works in the spread of “political truth,” particularly for people and spaces characterized by limited freedom of expression. The discussion will evaluate free speech, how it does and does not apply to graffiti, and will interrogate how illegal graffiti may or may not fit in with the responsibilities of public discourse.

Talk by Paloma Duong (MIT) April 14, 4pm, Mandel Center Reading Room, 303.
Professor Duong will discuss youth culture and media in Cuba.

Graffiti Demonstration with Marcelo Ment: Friday, April 15, 3 p.m., between Volen Science Center and Chapels Field
Brazilian graffiti artist Marcelo Ment gives a public demonstration of his work, which can be seen in major publications, exhibitions, logos and on the walls of Rio de Janeiro. Sponsored by the Louis Brandeis Celebration, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Creative Arts Festival, and AAAS Department.

To submit an LALS related event, please email Laura Brown at