Events and Lectures

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Dessert Lecture Series

Each semester, the European Cultural Studies program invites a renowned guest speaker to campus to present their work to Brandeis students and faculty.

Upcoming ECS Lemon Cake lecture

Publishing World Literature in the Age of Nationalism

April 15, 2019, 5-7pm, Shiffman 219

Meike G. Werner (Vanderbilt University)

The presentation explores the role of modernist publishers in shaping the cultural space of national identity, politics, and intellectual life.  By focusing on the publishing of world literatures, this paper shows their very different, if not competing visions of a European modernism in the German context.

Past Events


Spring 2018 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture

Philosophy and the Enigma of Early Art

Featuring Professor Allen Speight, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Boston University

March 1, 2018

Spring 2018 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture

A New Aeneid

Featuring David Ferry

Feb. 8, 2018

Fall 2018 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture

Radical Thinking

Featuring Christy Wampole, Associate Professor of French at Princeton University

Nov. 8, 2018



Spring 2017 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture

Kierkegaard’s Response to Hegel’s Interpretation of Antigone

Featuring Jon Stewart, Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

March 30, 2017

Spring 2017 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture

‘But little ... that I can recognize’: Challenges of Writing the Civil War

Featuring Elizabeth D. Samet, Professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy

March 13, 2017


Spring 2016 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture: “Dostoevsky’s Concept of Unity: Pro and Contra”

Dostoevsky’s Concept of Unity: Pro and Contra

Featuring Anna Berman, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at McGill University, and Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Boston University

April 20, 2016

Fall 2015 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture: “Osip Mandelstam and Visual Experience”

Osip Mandelstam and Visual Experience

Featuring Andrew Kahn, Professor of Russian Literature, University of Oxford, and Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Nov. 17, 2015


Spring 2015 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture: “Bakhtin and the Actor”

Bakhtin and the Actor

Featuring Caryl Emerson, A. Watson Armour III University Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

March 18, 2015

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Fall 2014 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture

The Prosodic Protolanguage Hypothesis and the Origins of Poetry

Featuring Anna Christina Ribeiro, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas Tech University

Nov. 24, 2014

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