Past Events


Faculty Lunch Symposium with Émilie Diouf: "Rwanda 27 Years On: Literary Politics of Commemoration in the Diaspora"

January 27, 2022



Speaker: Émilie Diouf (African and African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Open to the public.

Virtual Author Event with Lesley Tenorio

Monday, November 22nd, 2 PM

Join us for a reading and discussion with Lysley Tenorio, author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune (HarperCollins, 2020)winner of the New American Voices Award, and the story collection Monstress (HarperCollins, 2012), named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Currently, he is a Radcliffe Fellow researching and writing a novel, “The Children Go,” which explores the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) phenomenon through a mother whose seven children work as OFWs across the globe, one on each continent. Born in the Philippines, Tenorio lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. 

"A masterfully constructed story of identity and ambition and an authentic portrait  of an unforgettable Filipino family." Kirkus

“In this perceptive and sensitive novel, Lysley Tenorio views the troubled American dream through the eyes of Excel, an undocumented immigrant literally born in the air between the Philippines and the United States. The result, in The Son of Good Fortune, is a nuanced and subtle account of that most basic American dynamic: the melancholic and sometimes devastating fluctuation between promise and failure, happiness and its opposite.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Film Screening: Candyman (2021)

November 19, 2021

In this exciting event sponsored by Mandel Center for the Humanities, FTIM, and the English/ Creative Writing Departments, please join us for a screening of the brand new, highly anticipated 2021 film Candyman. The screening will be followed by a critical conversation led by Brandeis English professor, Dr. Brandon Callender. The discussion will center on the ongoing reimagination of how Blackness is represented within the horror genre. Join the UDRs and faculty from the English, AAAS, and Film departments for the screening at 6pm, followed by a critical discussion at 7:30pm on November 19, 2021.

November 10, 2021

Wednesday, November 10th

6 PM

Event Recording

Join us for a virtual event with Joanne Diaz and Abram Van Engen, the hosts of Poetry for All, a podcast with one goal: “to make us fall in love again with poetry.” Initially created as a resource for educators teaching remotely during the pandemic, 20-minute episodes feature contemporary poets such as Toi Derricotte, Brenda Cárdenas, and Naomi Shihab Nye alongside John Milton, Countee Cullen, and William Carlos Williams. Poetry for All has been downloaded over 15K times and is in the top 5% of podcasts globally per listen. Diaz and Van Engen will discuss how they launched their podcast, why we should read and discuss poetry, what the digital humanities are, and any audience questions. 

Abram Van Engen is an English professor at Washington University and Joanne Diaz is an English professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. 

This event is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences Co-Curricular Fund and Program in Creative Writing.

For questions, contact Grace Talusan

Poetry for All Brandeis Edition: Student Episodes

  1. Where she is empty, she is closed
  2. Happiest Day, Happiest Hour
  3. AHFine Podcast
  4. New Stanza for Amazing Grace
Geographies of Jewish Latina Literature: Between Scholarship, Poetry, and YA Fiction

November 4, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

7:00-8:00 pm EST

Please register for this event. Zoom links will be sent at least 24 hours prior to the event via email.

Professors Ruth Behar and Marjorie Agosín will discuss the intersecting and divergent paths they have taken as leading scholars in their respective fields of Anthropology and Spanish, producing works of fiction, most recently for a young adult audience.  

Co-Sponsors: Brandeis Anthropology Department, Brandeis Creative Writing Program, Brandeis Hispanic Studies Program, Brandeis Gender & Sexuality Center, Brandeis Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Wellesley College Spanish Dept., J-Lats Princeton, Facing History and Ourselves, Museo Judío de Chile, CubaOne

What is Public Scholarship?: New Research Agendas in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Wednesday, November 3 at 4pm

Virtual Event. Register here.

Event considers the nature of public scholarship in order to think more broadly about what research output might look like beyond the typical scholarly monograph. It is part of the MCH’s new focus on what kind of work counts as research, who our intended audiences are, the impact of humanistic research, and how we can think more broadly about what humanists and humanistic social scientists can do in the world.

David Sterling Brown—a Shakespeare and premodern critical race studies scholar—is Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University 
Maria Sachiko Cecire is an Associate Professor of Literature at Bard College, where she founded the academic program and Center for Experimental Humanities. 
Kareem Khubchandani is the Mellon Bridge assistant professor in theater, dance, and performance studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Tufts University. 
Marissa López is Professor of English and Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA, researching Chicanx literature from the 19th century to the present.  

The WGS Roosevelt Lecture: Akwaeke Emezi

October 26, 2021

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

6 pm

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted fort the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New York Public LibraryYoung Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. They are also the author of Dear Senthuran, published in June 2021 by Penguin Random House and the forthcoming YA novel Bitter, which will be published by Knopf Books this February. Selected as 5 under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces. 

Co-Sponsored by Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Creative Writing, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies.

October 22, 2021

This year’s focal text is Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. As in previous years, papers will explore these larger questions from diverse theoretical, historical, and formal angles, taking Greene’s novel either as focus or simply as a point of departure. 

2nd year PhD Symposium

October 14, 2021

Mandel Reading Room, 303
Torrey Peters

October 6, 2021

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

5:30 pm

Torrey Peters is author of the groundbreaking, bestselling novel Detransition, Baby. The book has garnered widespread international praise and was nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Torrey has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She rides a pink motorcycle and splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.

GOGO: Give one, Get one Book Exchange

September 24, 2021

Friday, September 24th, 2021

1-2pm, at the top of the Rabb steps

Meet the English and Creative Writing Undergraduate Departmental Representatives and ask them your questions concerning the major/minor! In addition, we encourage you to bring a cherished book that you would want to exchange with another book-lover! This event will be on Friday, September 24th on top of the Rabb Stairs from 1 - 2 PM. We hope to see you there! 
Rethinking the Humanities in Trying Times

Please join us on Thursday, September 23th at 3:30 pm for this lecture from Dr. Len Cassuto, Professor of English at Fordham University and co-author of The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate EducationLocation is MCH 303, Mandel Reading Room. This event is co-sponsored by GSAS and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

After the lecture, please stay for the Opening Reception for the Mandel Center for the Humanities from 5:00 - 6:30 pm in the Mandel Atrium.  

Donika Kelly

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

5:30 pm

Donika Kelly is the author of THE RENUNCIATIONS (Graywolf 2021) and BESTIARY (Graywolf). BESTIARY is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection was also long listed for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award for Lesbian Poetry and a Lambda Literary Award. A Cave Canem graduate fellow and member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, Donika has also received a Lannan Residency Fellowship, and a summer workshop fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have been published in The New YorkerThe Atlantic online, The Paris Review, and Foglifter. She currently lives in Iowa City and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches creative writing.