The Encore Series

Two highly popular Brandeis programs, the Encore Series and the New Student Forum, are made available to BNC members on DVD for screening in both small- and large-group settings.

The Encore Series showcases faculty and celebrated guest speakers at special on-campus events. The New Student Forum is a shared summer reading experience for incoming freshmen, featuring an on-campus discussion with the book's author at the start of the school year.

The Encore Series

  • "Blindspot" by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore
  • "How to Read the Bible" by Marc Brettler

  • "Polio: An American Story" by David M. Oshinsky, PhD'71

  • "Profiles in Courage" (video and study guide) by Thomas Doherty

Student Forum Series

  • "An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankin

  • "Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje

  • "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain

  • "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz

  • "Fun Home" by Alison Bechel

  • "A Good Fall" by Ha Jin, MA'89, PhD'93, H'05

  • "Housekeeping" by Marilyn Robinson

  • "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones

  • "Old School" by Tobias Wolff

  • "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood

  • "The Places in Between" by Rory Stewart

  • "Yellow" by Don Lee

  • "Zabelle" by Nancy Kricorian