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  • photo of Spanish-speakers at the 2019 Mega Language Lunch

    The Mega Language Lunch, held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, welcomed speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and more! The photo here shows the Hispanic Studies faculty, students, and Spanish-speakers at the event. The Humanities Division was happy to support this event and thanks all those who were involved in setting up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • photo of French-speakers at the 2019 Mega Language Lunch

    The Mega Language Lunch, held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, welcomed speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and more! The photo here shows the French and Francophone Studies faculty, students, and French-speakers at the event. The Humanities Division was happy to support this event and thanks all those who were involved in setting up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • photo of German-speakers at the 2019 Mega Language Lunch

    The Mega Language Lunch, held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, welcomed speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and more! The photo here shows the German Studies faculty, students, and German-speakers at the event. The Humanities Division was happy to support this event and thanks all those who were involved in setting up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • photo of Spanish-speakers table at the 2019 Mega Language Lunch

    The Mega Language Lunch, held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, welcomed speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and more! The photo here shows the Hispanic Studies faculty, students, and Spanish-speakers at the event. The Humanities Division was happy to support this event and thanks all those who were involved in setting up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • photo of Italian-speakers table at the 2019 Mega Language Lunch

    The Mega Language Lunch, held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, welcomed speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and more! The photo here shows the Italian Studies faculty, students, and Italian-speakers at the event. The Humanities Division was happy to support this event and thanks all those who were involved in setting up this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

Call for Proposals: 2019-20 Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities

The Mandel Center for the Humanities is accepting applications for four Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities. Each of these grants of $5,000-10,000 will support a member of the Brandeis faculty in the humanities, creative arts, and humanistic social sciences, or creative arts. Priority given to projects firmly located in the humanities (broadly defined). To apply for a Mandel Faculty Grant, please send a proposal of no more than 1000 words, to Mangok Bol, mbol@brandeis.edu, by December 6, 2019.

Catherine Theobald receives CSECS prize

September 25, 2019

Catherine J. L. Theobald, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, is the first recipient of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies’s best essay prize for her article titled "Soaring Imaginations: The First Montgolfier Ballooning Spectacle at Versailles in Word and Image," which is to be published in Lumen, a highly respected journal. The 2020 issue’s theme is Wonder in the Eighteenth Century / L'Émerveillement au dix-huitième siècle. Please join us in congratulating Catherine on this wonderful honor.

September 20, 2019

The Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN), has announced that the winner of the 2020 Booth Lifetime Achievement Award is the eighteenth-century scholar and pioneering feminist narrative theorist, Susan S. Lanser. She will be receiving her award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2020 annual conference in New Orleans on March 7, and will be honored with a special panel devoted to her work and career.

Please join the Humanities Division in congratulating Susan Lanser, Professor Emerita of English, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature.

Maddie Herrup named World Languages and Cultures Fellow for 2019-2020

August 28, 2019

image of poster from WLC fellow inviting students to follow her on Facebook and InstagramA message from Maddie:

I am a sophomore at Brandeis. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I am a double major in Anthropology and HSSP, while additionally pursuing Judaic Studies. Some of my many passions include Judaism, religion, prayer, writing, openly discussing mental health and illness, and (yes) language learning. 

Prior to university, I studied Spanish for 10 years, Hebrew for 7 years, and Mandarin for 4 years. Since starting at Brandeis I have continued my Hebrew studies and began learning Arabic (Modern Standard).

To me, language learning can build connections that transcend borders, and other physical or intangible barriers that exist within our world. Language learning, for me, has allowed me to expand my ways of thinking about the world and the individuals that exist within it.

As the new WLC fellow, I am not only hopefully a resource for students but also for instructors as well. To help in doing this, I would love to have any and all input or fun facts throughout my time as a fellow, from you all as instructors! I hope to create meaningful posts for everyone who chooses to follow the page. And I hope throughout the semester you all will communicate with me on what I can do to boost involvement and interest in the languages you all teach!

For questions or more information, email Maddie Herrup or check out the Brandeis Language Learning Facebook and Instagram pages!

Professors Elizabeth Ferry (Anthropology) and John Plotz (English) launched an interdisciplinary podcast called Recall this Book. The basic format is a 3-way conversation between folks in different disciplines who converge on an issue that they share in some way. More information can be found on the English Department’s Faculty Projects page or on the Recall This Book website.

2019 Commencement

May 19, 2019

Sincere congratulations to all of the Humanities students who graduated and special congratulations to:

  • Gavriel Avraham Kutliroff, winner of the Doris Brewer Cohen Award in the Humanities, given yearly to recognize an outstanding senior thesis or essay.

  • Hannah Abigail Sussman, winner of the Dorothy Blumenfeld Moyer Memorial Award, given yearly to recognize creative work in the languages and/or literature.

  • Emily Schrager Dana, winner of the Renee B. Lang Prize in Literature, given yearly to recognize an outstanding senior honors project in a literature major.

  • Cassidy Anne Bethke, winner of the Class of 1955 Prize for Creative Ability, given to recognize an undergraduate demonstrating academic excellence in any field.

HBI Scholar in Residence Announced

April 17, 2019

Esther Brownsmith, NEJS PhD student, will be a Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute for the 2020 spring semester. While in residence she will work on her project, “Inconspicuous Consumption: Conceptual Metaphors of Women as Food in the Dueteronomistic History.”

April 16, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Language Video Competition!

  • First Place: Italian
    La Felicità Sopra I Soldi / Happiness Over Money
    Olivia Spelman, Max Le Blanc, Gavi Klein
  • Second Place: Chinese
    我们的电影 / Our Movie
    Noah Rovner-Frydman, William Robitaille, Henry Wasserman, Matt Robin
  • Third Place: French
    Princesse Blanche Neige En France/ Princess Snow White in France
    Catherine Chen, Coco Zhang

To see the video finalists in French and Francophone, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, check out the Brandeis Language Oscars page.

Presented by World Languages and Cultures Committee and Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

March 26, 2019

Yehudah Mirsky participated in a panel discussion at the UN Headquarters, “The Genocide Convention at 70: From Definition to Implementation” with the Raphael Lemkin Award for exemplary work in the fight against genocide recipient: Father Patrick Desbois. This event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations and the World Jewish Congress marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda where more than 800,000 people were systematically killed, overwhelmingly Tutsi but also moderate Hutu, Twa and others. On this Day, we honor those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of those who survived.

March 12, 2019

On March 10, 2019, all members of the Brandeis community were invited to "Let's Dance! International Evening of Dance" that featured performances by various campus dance groups, brief dance lessons, international dance music, and various languages studied and spoken at Brandeis.

Kara Larsen named World Languages and Cultures Fellow for 2018-2019

Kara is a second-year Brandeis student majoring in East Asian Studies as well as International and Global Studies. They have been taking Mandarin for more than five years; they discovered their love for learning the language in high school while living in Tianjin, China. Kara’s philosophy on studying languages is: “No matter what field you plan to be in, knowing another language can only benefit you.” As a WLC Fellow, Kara is managing the Instagram and Facebook accounts. Follow these accounts to get regular posts that will highlight various aspects of language learning, share stories connected to language learning, and learn about students studying languages at Brandeis and faculty teaching them! Kara wants to express how grateful they are for the opportunity to help inspire other students at Brandeis about languages, and they hope they can make a difference in the language learning community.