2018-2019 Events

Ph.D. Alumni Panel

April 1, 2019


Mandel Atrium

Panel TBD

Poetry Reading & Choreopoem Performance

April 8, 2019


Mandel Atrium

Ashley-Rose, an award-winning Haitian-American educator, organizer, and poet from Boston.
Melissa Alexia, a dance artist/educator, certified yoga teacher, and writer.

CAST, English co-sponsor   

Dan Worden Chat

April 11, 2019


English Lounge

Dan, a PhD alum, will be holding a chat in our lounge (Rochester Institute of Technology) about teaching humanities at tech schools!


April 12, 2019

12-6, with student sessions in the morning.

Mandel Center for the Humanities

The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium will address the graphic novel, with particular attention to three texts: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Chan Hock Chaye, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.  
Lunch Lecture Series

April 15, 2019


DuBois/Rabb 119

Ulka Anjaria discusses her new book, Reading India Now.

Senior Honors Thesis Reading

April 29, 2019


Mandel Atrium

Join us in celebrating the work of our senior creative writing honors students! Food and refreshments at the reception to follow.Sarah Terrazano, Salena Deane, Rebecca Kahn, Otis Fuqua, Hannah Sussman, and Morgan Mayback will be presenting their original work. 

Past Events

Lunchtime Lecture Series

March 18, 2019


DuBois/Rabb 119

Three graduate students, Danielle Gati, Haram Lee, and Brenden O'Donnell, will be presenting their work as part of our lunchtime lecture series.

Sad Valentine's Day Open Mic

February 14, 2019

Get your Valentine's blues out of the way with this open mic! Come share your worst love poetry and stories, write valentines to other attendees, and enjoy Valentine's-themed snacks (ie. lots of chocolate)! Sponsored by the English and Creative Writing UDRs.
deis IMPACT College - Critical Race Theory w/ Professor Patrick Sylvain

February 8, 2019


SCC Multipurpose Room

This course traces an intellectual and political history of critical race theory that begins in law classrooms in the 1980s and continues in the 21st century activist strategies of Black Lives Matter movement. We proceed by reading defining theoretical texts alongside African American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Complete list of 'deis Impact! events.

Jennifer Elise Foerster

February 6, 2019


Bethlehem Chapel"We are adrift in mythic waters that hold the possibility of rebirth even as they float the remains of human destruction," says Joy Harjo of Jennifer Foerster's myth-building, prophetic poems.  Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather.  An alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), she holds a PhD from the University of Denver, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship, and was a Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer teaches at the IAIA MFA Low-Residency Program, and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth in Oklahoma. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, she lives in San Francisco. 
Emiliano Gutierrez Popoca & William Flesch, MCH Close Looking Series

November 28, 2018


Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Francis Quarles' "Emblems, Divine and Moral: Together with Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man"

David Sherman & Anita Hannig, MCH Close Looking Series

October 24, 2018


Rose Art Museum

"Corpse of a Man" by Hyman Bloom

Mira T Lee Reading

October 23, 2018

5:30 p.m

Harlan Chapel

Mira T. Lee's debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top Winter/2018 Pick by more than 30 news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, and New York magazine.  In her previous lives, Mira has also been a graphic designer, pop-country drummer, salsa dancing fanatic, and biology graduate student. An alum of Stanford University, Mira currently lives in Cambridge, MA. 

"A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters--one that's frayed by mental illness and stretched across continents, yet still endures..."—Celeste Ng. “If you love anyone at all, this book is going to get you." – USA Today. 

English PhD Second-Year Symposium

October 23, 2018

9:30-11:30 am (tenative)

Mandel Reading Room

2nd-year English PhD students present their work.
Emilie Diouf, MCH Faculty Lunch Series

October 4, 2018


MCH Reading Room

"Trauma and Translation in the Global Literary Advocacy Against Female Genital Cutting"

Faculty Lunch Lectures are for members of the faculty and invited guests.

Mickey Rapkin

October 3, 2018


Pearlman Lounge

Mickey Rapkin is a monthly columnist at Elle magazine and a contributing editor to Bon Appetit. His first book, "Pitch Perfect," about the competitive world of collegiate a cappella groups, was published by Gotham Books in 2008 and immediately optioned by Universal. Rapkin's second book, "Theater Geek," was published in 2010. For seven years, Rapkin was a senior editor at GQ magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and Details. He is currently working on scripts for both film and television.

Chen Chen Reading

September 25, 2018

5:30 p.mHarlan Chapel
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry.  His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Recently, Poets & Writers featured him as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World.” He lives with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.