Past Events

Il Novecento italiano

Il Novecento italiano THE SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY ITALY: JEWISH MUSICAL COMPOSITION IN THE AGE OF ITALIAN FASCISM Monday, September 17, 2018 6:00–9:00 p.m. Rapaporte Treasure Hall a concert with: Eleonora Carapella, pianoforte Maurizio Cadossi, violino Music composed by Leone Sinigaglia and Aldo Finzi Refreshments will be served at a reception following the performance. Co-sponsored by the Italian Studies program, Department of Computer Science, Mandel Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Music. Brandeis University — 415 South Street — Waltham, MA 02453***CANCELLED - stay tuned for rescheduled date
SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY ITALY: JEWISH MUSICAL COMPOSITION IN THE AGE OF ITALIAN FASCISM

A concert with Eleonora Carapella, pianoforte, and Maurizio Cadossi, violino. Music composed by Leone Sinigaglia and Aldo Finzi. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the performance.

Co-sponsored by the Italian Studies program, Department of Computer Science, Mandel Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Music.

April 20, 2018

This is an annual one-day event with five speakers, organized around a single novel. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on the theoretical and scholarly questions it raises. This year's theoretical and critical topics unfolded around the question of Science Fiction and its relationship to other canonical and non-canonical fiction. 

With grateful acknowledgement to the Brandeis sponsors: the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Department of Romance Studies, Department of German Russian and Asian Languages and Literature, and History of Ideas Program

April 17, 2018

Presented by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

March 27, 2018

"Clinica de Migrantes" is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Clinica de Migrantes tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them. For more information on the film visit Third Party Film's website.

Co-sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies and the Department of Romance Studies

"Kiss of a Spider Woman"

March 12, 2018

Exclusive screening of a 35mm copy of a classic film, "Kiss of a Spider Woman," which is the story of political imprisonment during a military dictatorship in a Latin American country. But it is also a story about the emergence of queer identities, and about the power of film and storytelling.

Sponsored by the American Studies Program, the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the Department of Romance Studies, and made possible by the generosity of David Weisman, Sam Weisman, and the Motion Picture Division of the Library of Congress

February 27, 2018

Speaker: Kim Potowski, Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program University of Illinois at Chicago

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The U.S. has the second largest population of Spanish-speakers in the world after Mexico.

  • What are some of the principal characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in the US?

  • Is “Spanglish” a positive or a derogatory term?

  • Is a single US Spanish dialect likely to emerge?

  • What are the best ways to encourage Spanish development among heritage speakers?

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Romance Studies

Class Act II: Carnevale

February 8, 2018

A Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini and multi-instrumentalist/Renaissance musician Dan Meyers

Algunos Aspectos del Feminismo Transnacional a Principios del Siglo XX: El consejo internacional de la mujer y sus vínculos con las experiencias de organización femeninas en América Latina

November 30, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Marcela Vignoli

Marcela Vignoli es Profesora en Historia y Doctora en Humanidades por la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, realizó su estancia posdoctoral en la Universidad de San Pablo, Brasil. Es investigadora asistente del CONICET y docente de Metodología de la Investigación Histórica en la carrera de Arqueología de la UNT. Es autora de Sociabilidad y cultura política. La Sociedad Sarmiento de Tucumán, 1880-1914 (Prohistoria, 2015) y de varios artículos publicados en revistas de la especialidad, nacionales e internacionales. Es titular de un PICT financiado por la Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica. Desde una perspectiva de género estudia la historia socio-cultural de Tucumán entre fines del siglo XIX y primeras décadas del siglo XX.

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

Fall 2017 Screenings:

Padroni di Casa
October 25, 2017

La città ideale
November 15, 2017
As part of I Am Global Week 2017

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November 29, 2017

Opening remarks from Professor Servino, Professor Monteleone and the Italian Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives.

Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston

A multinational coalmine in Colombia displaces Indigenous communities: a conversation with Aviva Chomsky

November 16, 2017

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Her current research weaves together labor and environmental histories, focusing on a region of Colombia where Indigenous and Afro-descended peoples have long evaded state control. Today they face an onslaught of extractivist projects, and changing legal and social meanings of race and ethnicity in the context of continent-wide movements for plurinationalism and alternative visions of economic development. In Spanish. 

Co-sponsors: Anthropology, Colombia Vive Boston, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and I am Global Week 2017

"La Buena Vida/The Good Life"

March 29 and November 9, 2017

"La Buena Vida/The Good Life," is an award-winning documentary about the forced displacement of Wayúu villagers from Tamaquito in the forests of northern Colombia. Confronted by the encroachment of the vast and rapidly expanding El Cerrejón coal mine, the villagers fight to save their way of life against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence. In Spanish and Wayuunaiki with English subtitles. 

Co-sponsors: Anthropology, Colombia Vive Boston, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and I am Global Week 2017

A Nation Anew: García Márquez’s Noticia de un secuestro (1996) as Refoundational Fiction

November 3, 2017

Speaker: Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture, Stanford University

This talk presented a new reading of a relatively understudied work by the Nobel-prize winning author. Focusing on the role of human rights discourse to mend the nation's social fabric, Hoyos tackles the question of whether elite historiography or class struggle predominate in García Márquez's rendering of the deeper causes of narcotrafficking. Consideration is given to the potential role of this sui generis non-fiction work within genre-codified fictions of the drug trade and its aftermath.

Cosponsored by Comparative Literature and Culture, Hispanic Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies

Italy Calls Africa: Rhymes and Images Across the Mediterranean

October 16, 2017

Speaker: Alessandra Di Maio, PhD, University of Palermo

Co-sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and the Mandel Center for the Humanities

La Journée de la Culture du Québec (Québec Culture Day)

September 28, 2017

Hosted by the French and Francophone Studies Program at Brandeis University, presented in collaboration with the Délégation du Québec of Boston, and the French and Francophone Club of Brandeis. This was A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program sponsored by the Chief Diversity Officer, Provost, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Heller, and IBS.

April 25, 2017

Presented by the Foreign Language Oversight Committee and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

April 5, 2017

Film #5: nessuno me puo giudicare

Opening remarks from Professor Servino, Professor Monteleone and the Italian Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives.

Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston

Made in Italy: La giornata della Lingua Italiana

April 7, 2017

This was a friendly competition among high school students created to motivate and to spark interest in learning Italian. Each participating high school created a skit, a song, or other form of expression in Italian about the topic chosen by the organizing committee.

Presented in collaboration with and sponsored by the Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association (MITA), a chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) New England

Follow-up Lunch Talk with Avi Chomsky (in Spanish) for Screening of "La Buena Vida/The GoodLife"

April 5, 2017

Avi Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Much of her recent work focuses on northern Colombia's coal industry and the forced displacements of Indigenous and Afro-descended peoples it has caused.

Critical Made in Italy: Italian Design

March 28, 2017

A talk with Daniele Balicco

Daniele Balicco is a Lecturer in Theory and Critical Studies at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) of Paris and at the IED (European Institute of Design) of Rome.

Sponsored by the Italian Studies program in collaboration with Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University

France's Jewish Star: Rachel at the Comédie Française

March 6, 2017

Speaker: Maurice Samuels, Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French & Chair of French Department, Yale University

Maurice Samuels will be visiting Brandeis to talk about his latest book, The Right to Difference - The Jews & French Universalism. 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, the Tauber Institute, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Martin Weiner Fund

Class Act: Carnevale

March 2, 2017

A Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini

How Albert Camus’s L’Étranger became The Stranger: Literary Translation and the Long Life of a Classic

January 30, 2017

A Talk by Alice Kaplan, Yale University

Albert Camus's "L'Etranger" has been best-seller for so long, we forget it was ever anything else. But literary classics are made, not born: though "The Stranger" was a book very few readers understood or appreciated when it was published in 1942, it became a household name—a regular on lists of the great books of the 20th century. Alice Kaplan delved into publishers' archives to uncover a a key episode in "L'Etranger's" career: the first translation of the French novel into English, in the United States and in England, four years after its publication--in 1946, when the war in Europe had been over for only a year. This is a tale of two cities, involving an author, his publishers, his translator, and his readers and reviewers.

Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Department of Romance Studies

Reimagining the Ghetto through the Arts

December 5, 2016

A lunch talk with Professor Shaul Bassi, Associate Professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy and Director of Beit Venezia - A Home for Jewish Culture. 

Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Italian Studies program

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

November 16, 2016

Film #2: Corpo Celeste

Opening remarks from Professor Servino, Professor Monteleone and the Italian Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives. 

Presented by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Consulate of Boston

Diversity in Italian Cinema

November 3, 2016

A lecture by Fred Kuwornu, an African Italian film maker and activist. He will be presenting his last video "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema."

Co-sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and the Department of Romance Studies. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost.

L'État français et le pluralisme religieux

October 5, 2016

Relations between religions and the French State (in French)

Speaker: Béatrice de Gasquet

Co-sponsored by French and Francophone Studies and the International and Global Studies Program

Surveillance, Shame, and Spain’s Early Modern Drama

September 27, 2016

Speaker: Professor John Slater, UC Davis

Sponsored by Hispanic Studies, Department of Romance Studies, Mandel Center for the Humanities, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Spect-actors Change the Script towards more Equality and Inclusion: A Forum Theater Event with Doris Sommer and Jennifer Cleary

September 15, 2016

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost. Co-sponsored by all Humanities departments, the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

Richard Blanco Poetry Reading and Book Signing

May 2, 2016

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, CAST Minor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, Department of Politics, Department of Romance Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, with the support of the Gordon Center for American Politics and Policy. 

Digital Cuba: Contemporary Screen Cultures

April 14, 2016

Professor Paloma Duong, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, MIT, will discuss youth culture and digital media in Cuba.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Masks off Stage: A Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

March 9, 2016

With actress and drama instructor Chiara Durazzini

French Comedy Club

February 29, 2016

Join the French Business & Lifestyle Club for a night of superb entertainment, featuring performances from your fellow students, as well as from special guest stand-up comedians Michael Sehn & Marina Rollman!

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

February 10, 2016

Sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Boston

Art Race Activism

November 30, 2015

Yoshua Okón, Artist Talk

Yoshua Okón is a Mexican artist whose videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction, creating sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.

The New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival

November 17, 2015

Sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Boston

Q & A with Dr. Lucía Reyes de Deu

October 13, 2015

Sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies