Events

2019-2020 Events

CANCELLED: Larry Rosenwald

March 12, 2020

3:30-4:30

MCH 303, Reading Room

On Antiwar Literature

An innovative and challenging account of antiwar literature.  Innovative in doing justice to all the meanings of the term, and to a broader range of works than is usually considered when antiwar literature is being discussed;  challenging in considering such questions as why so many notable antiwar actions have been so badly represented by literary writers, why and how works not themselves antiwar have inspired antiwar feeling, and whether antiwar literature is necessarily bad literature.

Lawrence Rosenwald is the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English at Wellesley College, where he has been teaching since 1980, and the co-director of the College's Program in Peace & Justice Studies.  He has published work on diaries, translation, the relations between words and music, literary multilingualism, and antiwar literature.  He has also published literary and scholarly translations from French, German, and Yiddish, and has written and performed some fifty verse scripts for early music theater pieces, working with the Amherst Early Music Festival, Voices of Music, Artek, and the Texas Early Music Project.  His current large project is tentatively called "Sketch of a Pacifist Critic," and is an attempt to describe what pacifist literary criticism might look like.  

Co-Sponsored by the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation Program

Sangeeta Ray

March 18, 2020

 

This event will be virtualized. More information to come. 

Sangeeta Ray, Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, will deliver the annual Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies on March 18, 2020, at 12:00pm. The lecture is titled "Ecology of Intimacies: An Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Reading Postcolonial Environmental Fiction."

Truth, or Your Truth? A Scientist and a Humanist on Facts, Data and Evidence

March 18, 2020

 

This event will be virtualized. More information to come. 

Does evidence make something true? Is evidence even a necessary component of truth? The way we talk about what is real and what is true depends on perspective and context. The way we are trained to think and write can change what we think is true. This conversation pairs humanities and science faculty in a debate about the relationship between facts, truth and reality, and how evidence differs widely in different disciplines.

Participants

Moderator

Ed Lee

March 19, 2020

 

This event will be virtualized. More information to come. 

Ed has written for many television comedies, including The Drew Carey ShowClass of 3000 and Are You There, Chelsea? In addition to writing for television, Ed has written and performed sketch and improv at iO West, Nerdmelt Theater, Westside Comedy Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater L.A.

Ed recently wrote and produced the short film Becoming Eddie which is based on his childhood. He is currently developing the short into a television series with a major studio.

March 20, 2020

9-5

MCH 303, Reading Room

The 2020 theme is One Mighty Sepulchre: Scales of Death in Literature, Environment, and Culture, which hopes to explore human relationships to death. This conference integrates traditional panels which discuss theoretical topics with creative meditations on the theme, including more resistant readings to the topic. 

The guest speaker will be Melinda Hunt, whose work on Hart Island deals with issues at the heart of the conference- how to tell the story of the dead with different genres, mediums and techniques, the role of monuments in exploring death, the politics of burial and death practices, the role death plays in our culture, and how memory shapes society. Environmental change and structural violence are also germane to the conference theme.

CANCELLED: John Plotz, Bridging the Two Cultures

March 26, 2020

12-1pm

MCH 303, Reading Room

“Visualizing the Invisible”
John Wardle (Astrophysics) in conversation with John Plotz (English)
Malaka Gharib

March 26, 2020

 5:30

This event will be virtualized.

Join via Zoom.

Malaka Gharib is an editor and digital strategist at National Public Radio. Her first book, I Was Their American Dream, is a graphic memoir that focuses on her experience as a Filipino-Egyptian-American. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised the book as "A heartwarming tribute to immigrant families and their descendants trying to live the American dream." 

STATUS PENDING: Graduate Student Presentations

April 21, 2020

12:30-2

MCH 303, Reading Room

 

Abigail Arnold
Diana Filar
Pyunghwa Lee

April 24, 2020

10am-7pm

Willa Cather
Settler, Colonialism, Indigeneity

English Senior Honors Presentations

April 30, 2020

2-4pm

MHC 303, Reading Room

Creative Writing Senior Honors Reading

April 30, 2020

5:30pm

Mandel Atrium

Past Events

Faith Smith Lecture

March 5, 2020

4pm

Skyline Commons

Inaugural M. Jacqui Alexander Lecture in African Diaspora Studies, featuring a talk by Prof. Faith Smith entitled, "After the Dance: Performing Sovereignty in the Early 20th-Century Caribbean." 

Mary Baine Campbell, Bridging the Two Cultures

March 5, 2020

12-1pm

MCH 303, Reading Room

“Dreaming and Sleep”
Leslie Griffith (Neuroscience) in conversation with Mary Baine Campbell (English)
Broadsides to Brandeis: An Evening of Artistic Response

February 24, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC), Atrium 

Announcing the opening of the CAST (Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation) and Creative Writing exhibition space, outside the Creativity Lab on the top floor of the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex!

Co-hosted by the CAST and Creative Writing UDRs, "Broadsides to Brandeis" celebrates our new permanent installation of the public art of Broadsided, a press founded by Brandeis professor Elizabeth Bradfield, co-director of the Creative Writing Program. Broadsided pulls literary work out of journals and puts it on the streets. It brings words together with the energy of original visual art, publishing monthly collaborations on the website as pdfs that are then downloaded, printed, and posted around the world by "Vectors."

Join us for an evening of poetry reading by Brandeis students and Professor Bradfield. Come 15 minutes early to choose a poem to read, or bring a poem of your own. 

There will be pizza for participants to enjoy as we celebrate creativity and social justice efforts by writers and visual artists.

Cameron Awkward-Rich

February 11, 2020

5:30

Bethelehem Chapel

Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster and Dispatch. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day, has won acclaim in spoken word circles, and explores the poetics of family and self from a black, trans vantage. Cameron has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Duke. He is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Graduate Student Presentations

November 21, 2019

MCH 303, Reading Room

Paige Eggebrecht
"Days at the Factories: Literary Form and Division of Labor"
Patrick Sylvain
"Haiti and Being: Zombie Obsession and Othering Pre & Post U.S. Military"
Daniella Gati
"Vignette Aesthetics across Media"

Reception at The Stein to follow

Faith Smith, Close Looking (MCH)

November 20, 2019

3:30-5

Rose Art Museum

Faith Smith (English) and Raysa Mederos (Romance Studies)
Zilia Sánchez, Las Troyanas [The Trojans], 1987-1997

Rachel Ablow

November 14, 2019

3:30-4:30

MCH 303, Reading Room

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.

2nd-Year PhD Symposium

October 22, 2019

11:30-2pm

MCH 303, Reading Room

2nd-year PhD students will present their work.

Dorothy Kim, Faculty Lunch Lecture (Mandel Cnt Humanities)

October 17, 2019

12-1pm

MCH 303, Reading Room

“Exploring a Medieval Manuscript: Race, Blackness, and St. Margaret"
Dorothy Kim (English)
Laura Quinney, Close Looking Series (MCH)

October 2, 2019

2-3:30

Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Laura Quinney (English) and Govind Sreenivasan (History)
"Dante's 1564 Divine Comedy and Censorship"
Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, 

Dissertation Fellowships: How to Craft an Application

September 26, 2019

This information session will introduce graduate students to the basics
of crafting a strong fellowship application, focusing on dissertation-year fellowships such as the ACLS.Event flyer
Minima Moralia Today: A Symposium

September 20, 2019

9:30-5:30

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. 

Grace Talusan

September 18, 2019

5:30

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.