Upcoming Events

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Fall 2021

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

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

The Festival will be held virtually from November 7-21, 2021

Leaving Paradise, Dir. Ofer Freiman, Documentary, 2021, Brazil/Israel, 86 min.

Cleo fulfilled his dream: to leave the big city with his wife and 15 children, to establish a family commune on a farm in Brazil. Exploring their family roots leads the children to discover their surprising heritage, which undermines the existence of the communal paradise.
As an accompaniment to the film screening, Dalia Wassner will join film director Ofer Freiman in conversation, where they will discuss the sephardic/converso family legacy, the centrality of Israel for the family members’ modern identities, and the role of women in defining contemporary decisions. 
Co-sponsors: BJFF, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


Latin American Jewry: An Entrepreneurial Initiative at Brandeis

October 16, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

This is an in person, Brandeis Family Weekend event open the Brandeis community and their families

2:00pm EST, Shapiro Campus Center

Dalia Wassner will share her research on the newly acquired diary of Jacob Brandon Maduro, tracing the active role the family played in establishing in Curaçao one of the earliest practicing Jewish communities in the Americas and becoming ongoing agents and witnesses of pivotal historical events, including financing the Panama Canal, bringing B’nei Brith to Cuba, and chronicling the Mexican Revolution.