2019-2020 Events

Grace Talusan

September 18, 2019


Bethlehem Chapel

Incoming Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer Grace Talusan will read from her work. Grace's first book, a memoir entitled The Body Papers, was published last April to enormous acclaim from the New York Times ("indelible"), Nylon ("a book of hope"), The Boston Globe ("moving and eloquent, candidly courageous") and many other publications. The Body Papers is a powerful and unforgettable chronicle of Grace's experiences as a Filipino immigrant and a survivor of sexual abuse and cancer. 

Emilie Diouf, Dept. lecture

September 19, 2019


DuBois/Rabb 119

“A Shroud of Words: Exile and Intergenerational Memory in Scholastique Mukasonga The Barefoot Woman”

Minima Moralia Today: A Symposium

September 20, 2019


MCH 303, Reading Room
Invited speakers:  S.D. Chrostowska (York University), Andrea Dara Cooper (University of North Carolina), Jakob Norberg (Duke University)
The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned critical theorist Theodor Adorno. To mark his passing, this symposium will reflect on, engage with, and theorize about the lasting impact of his work. In particular, this symposium takes as its core text Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life, a philosophical touchstone for the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty first. The symposium will investigate the ways that Adorno’s reflections address the damages of contemporary life and/or conceptions of that damaged life.
Additional questions the symposium will raise include the contemporaneity of (or lack thereof) Minima Moralia and Adorno’s distinctive negative dialectics; prospects for interdisciplinary approaches to the text and the problems it examines; the exemplary aspects of Adorno’s implicit dialogue with his friend Max Horkheimer; and the relevance of Minima Moralia for literary, philosophical, sociological, and religious studies. 

Dorothy Kim, Faculty Lunch Lecture (Mandel Cnt Humanities)

October 17, 2019



“Race, Blackness, and St. Margaret in MS Bodley 34"
Dorothy Kim (English)
2nd-Year PhD Symposium

October 22, 2019


MCH 303, Reading Room

2nd-year PhD students will present their work.

Toi Derricotte

October 22, 2019


Bethlehem Chapel

Poet and essayist Toi Derricotte is a co-founder of Cave Canem, a culture-builder, a consistent feminist voice in letters.  Her most recent collection of poems is I: New and Selected Poems, and her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Her honors include the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists.  

Rachel Ablow

November 14, 2019


DuBois/Rabb 119

Rachel Ablow, Victorianist and  Chair of the University of Buffalo English Department, Humanities Director for the UB College of Arts and Sciences, is the editor of the journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She will make a short presentation,  “How Peer-Reviewed Publication Works” and then take questions, demystifying the nuts-and-bolts of the process. The presentation is for the benefit of  Professor Anjaria’s graduate Realism seminar, the Article Publication Workshop and the Graduate Proseminar, but it is also open to all other interested graduate students. Her visit is funded by a Teaching Innovation Grant.

Graduate Student Presentations

November 21, 2019


DuBois/Rabb 119

More info to come

Mary Baine Campbell, Bridging the Two Cultures

March 5, 2020



“Dreaming and Sleep”
Leslie Griffith (Neuroscience) in conversation with Mary Baine Campbell (English)
Larry Rosenwald

March 12, 2020


More info to come.

Vera Tobin

March 26, 2020

More info to come.

John Plotz, Bridging the Two Cultures

April 23, 2020



“Visualizing the Invisible”
John Wardle (Astrophysics) in conversation with John Plotz (English)
Brandeis Novel Symposium

April 24, 2020


Past Events

Senior Honors Thesis Reading

April 29, 2019

5:30 p.m.

MCH, 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. 

Brandeis Novel Symposium

April 12, 2019

12-6, with student sessions in the morning.


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.  
Ph.D. Alumni Panel

April 1, 2019


MCH, Atrium

Panel: Megan Hamilton '14, Holly Jackson '08, Daniela Kukrechtova '08, Jessie Stickgold '11, and Aaron Worth '04.

Lunchtime Lecture Series

March 18, 2019

1-2 p.m.

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.

deis IMPACT College - Critical Race Theory w/ Professor Patrick Sylvain

February 8, 2019

9:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

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.

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.