2019-2020 Events

Grace Talusan

September 18, 2019


Bethlehem Chapel

Minima Moralia Today: A Symposium

September 20, 2019

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. 
Faculty Lunch Lecture

October 17, 2019



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

October 22, 2019


MCH Reading Room

Toi Derricotte

October 22, 2019


Bethlehem Chapel

Bill Maxwell

October 29, 2019


Mandel 303

Rachel Ablow

November 14, 2019

More info to come
Bridging the Two Cultures

March 5, 2020



“Dreaming and Sleep”
Leslie Griffith (Neuroscience) in conversation with Mary Baine Campbell (English)
Bridging the Two Cultures

April 23, 2020



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

Past Events

Senior Honors Thesis Reading

April 29, 2019

5:30 p.m.

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. 

Brandeis Novel Symposium

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.  
Ph.D. Alumni Panel

April 1, 2019


Mandel 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.