Brandeis National Committee

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