The Mandel Center for the Humanities sponsors projects that offer faculty and students the opportunity to explore the humanities from a range of disciplines and perspectives. These projects encourage the Brandeis community to consider intersections between different topics in the humanities and to explore how the humanities can enhance our understanding of current events and issues. 

Humanists at Work

As a supplement to our Humanists at Work events series, the Mandel Center for the Humanities supports projects at Brandeis where humanistic study interfaces with communities beyond the university, and where students, faculty, artists and practitioners collaborate across the boundaries of discipline and profession.

Read more about our Humanists at Work projects here!

MCH Faculty Spotlights

The Mandel Center for the Humanities Faculty Spotlights series aims to spotlight the exciting work being done by Brandeis faculty in the humanities and humanities-adjacent fields. The videos offer a brief overview of the faculty member's research topics and intellectual interests.

Check out our interviews with Professor Brian Horton and Professor Muna Guvenc Ospina Leon here!

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Reading Groups

The Center sponsors several reading groups every year and we are currently accepting proposals for reading groups for the 2021-22 academic year on a rolling deadline! We welcome proposals for new reading groups from faculty and graduate students in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and creative arts on a topic, theme, theoretical debate or author of shared interest. Reading groups generally meet at least four times a year and combine discussions of shared readings with visits by guest speakers, film screenings or other events. Topics that are public facing or that consider the potential social impact of the humanities and humanistic social sciences beyond the academy are particularly encouraged. Funds up to $1,000 can be used for refreshments, speaker fees, books, or other expenses. An additional $500 is available for groups to offer stipends to graduate student organizers/participants. Contact Ulka Anjaria with any questions. 

Apply here!

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The Mandel Center for the Humanities sponsors several interdisciplinary courses each year, including first-year and advanced seminars. For the Fall 2021 semester, the Center is sponsoring two courses that are a part of the Humanities Fellowship: "Nobel Laureates in Literature" and "Knowing Yourself: Thinking About Identity From Ancient Greece to Modern Times." In the past, the Center has sponsored courses in a range of academic departments, including Anthropology, History, and Theatre Arts, and the courses have spanned a range of topics, such as Athenian tragic theatre, the history of photography, and religions in the Boston area.