Recent News

“Normalismo, anarquismo y feminismo, en textos del ámbito educativo argentino de principios del siglo XX”
Professor Lucía Reyes de Deu’s research has been featured on CONICET, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (National Scientific and Technical Research Council – Argentina), and also in La Gaceta (a daily newspaper in Tucumán, Argentina).
El rol de la mujer en el sistema educativo desde una perspectiva de género(08-17-18)
Tras la huella anarquista en la educación tucumana (08-31-18)
2018 Commencement

May 13, 2018

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors who graduated and special congratulations to:
  • Rachel Portnoy, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish;
  • Hannah Chidekel, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies

  • Taisha Joseph, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies
SPANISH IN THE US: Myths and realities

February 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended Kim Potowski's SPANISH IN THE US: Myths and realities event on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. If you missed the talk, check out the video!
2017 Commencement

May 21, 2017

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors who graduated and special congratulations to:

  • Ledia Erkou and Sydney Sperber, winners of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish

  • Jade Lara, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies

  • Mia Edelstein, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies

Priya DeBerry

April 21, 2017

Student of Italian Studies, Priya DeBerry, was featured in BrandeisNOW. For the summer 2015, Priya was awarded the essay prize in Italian Studies to study abroad in Siena. To learn more about her many talents and achievements, read her interview. Our own Paola Servino is mentioned as her biggest mentor. Congratulations to them both!

November 29, 2016

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Une BiographieProfessor Emeritus of French and Francophone Studies, Edward Kaplan, has recently published "Abraham Joshua Heschel: Une Biographie." The professor, rabbi, theologian and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel made a name for himself during the Civil Rights movement, criticizing the superficial tendencies of Judaism (both liberal and orthodox) along the way. His entire œuvre exalts the sanctity of human life through prayer, dialog and social work.

2016 Commencement

May 22, 2016

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors who graduated and special congratulations to:

  • Hannah Corinne Marion, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish

  • Leslie Anne Kamel and Breanna Lynn Vizlakh, winners of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies

  • Brandon Michael Sousa, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies

2015 Commencement

May 18, 2015

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors who graduated on Sunday, May 18, 2015 and special congratulations to:

  • Rebecca Louise Ottinger, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish;
  • Clara Emily Gray, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies;
  • Camilla Rose Prado-Irwin, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies.
  • Brandon Sousa, rising senior, was recipient of the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing in the category of Foreign Language. His paper, "L'Art de Françoise," was judged to be an outstanding example of writing and critical thinking.

May 8, 2015

Michael Pizziferri, class of 2015, has made connections between the French and Francophone Studies program and the Québec Government Office and will now be the director of operations and global education programs at WorldBoston.

James Mandrell awarded Mandel Center for the Humanities Grant

The Mandel Center for the Humanities Grants are competitive grants sponsored by the Mandel Foundation that promote faculty research projects over the summer. One of the four 2015 Faculty Research Grants was awarded to:

James Mandrell - "Nineteenth-Century Spanish Fiction and the Discourse on Food"

This project seeks to understand scenes in nineteenth-century Spanish fiction that involve food, moments which, if noticed at all, were read as reflecting nineteenth-century customs pertaining to food, including its preparation and by whom, the way it is served, and its consumption. However, detailed descriptions of foodstuffs and eating are more than reflections of customs in nineteenth-century Spain. These representations of food are complicit in discussions pertaining to national identity and tradition, the physical body and the body politic, social class and gender, and even technology and public health, all of which occur in a variety of texts, among them fiction, conduct manuals, periodical literature, cookbooks, and political and economic treatises.

March 6, 2015

The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) has awarded grants to four members of the Brandeis faculty for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. One of the four 2015 grants was awarded to:

Azlin Perdomo, (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies) "My American Girls"

Professor Perdomo will create an interactive art website that will engage students in the lives of five undocumented women she will interview. "Visually and structurally, it will closely resemble the American Girl website to invite the viewer to compare and confront how these immigrant women, not legally recognized as citizens, are indeed Americans," says Perdomo.

2014 Commencement

May 18, 2014

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors graduated on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and special congratulations to:

  • Kara Lynn Faktor, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish;
  • Charlotte Rose Erb, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies;
  • Matthew D. Jasinski, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies.
  • Jade Lara, rising sophomore, recipient of the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing in the category of Foreign Language.
  • Samantha Chin, rising junior, recipient of the Brandeis Achievement Award for her outstanding scholarship and academic achievements.

Red Hill Blues by Erica HarthProfessor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Erica Harth, has recently published a mystery novel called Red Hill Blues. It is set in the 1950s Red Scare in a small New York village.