Recent News

October 15, 2020

Professor María Durán is featured in BrandeisNOW. Be sure to check out the article to learn more about her class, Latina/x Feminisms: Writings of Feminist Resistance and Healing, and read some comments from her student, Kenia Arbaiza ’24.

Brandeis Language Challenge

October 13, 2020

Flyer with green box and pink outlines. Text reads: Brandeis Language Learning Challenge, Share a photo of your language learning experience.The purpose of the challenge is to share and encapsulate the language learning experiences at Brandeis. Learning a language is a continuous process that is different for every individual. Sharing these experiences strengthens the community that language creates! 

Share a photo that showcases your language experience and submit it using the form below. The photo submission deadline is October 27. A photo voting form will open on October 28 to vote for your favorite language learning photo. The challenge winner will be announced on November 3 and will receive a prize.


If you have any questions email (keziahcorbett@brandeis.edu).

Submission Form Link

July 7, 2020

A stellar review, published on Music Web International, reads in part:

“Viol consort Nota Bene and the quintet of singers whom they accompany have unearthed here a Renaissance gem, apparently its first recording. ...Overall this is a worthwhile excursion into a little known but stimulating corner of late Renaissance repertoire. Fans of this genre will find their investigations here amply rewarded.”

Background information from Sarah Mead:

“The concert, one of a series funded in part by the Brandeis Arts Council and the Mandel Center for Humanities, was part of an exploration that began with a collaboration with Ramie Targoff during the 2013 meeting of the New England Renaissance Conference.  

From its inception, this project (which included a week's campus residency capped with a multimedia performance in Slosberg) has been nurtured by Brandeis, culminating in the recording last summer on the Brandeis campus. In conjunction with that recording, my edition of the 28 madrigals was also published last summer, with thanks to the Brandeis library for helping me to obtain an excellent facsimile from Italy, and to Paola Servino of Romance Studies who was tremendously helpful, assisting me in communicating with the authorities in Italy.

The reviewer pays careful attention to the music and poetry, and has clearly captured the essence of what we had hoped to put across in our performance.”

Podcast about the multi-media performance of this program in Slosberg in 2017

Nota Bene, viol consort: Joanna Blendulf, Wendy Gillespie, Sarah Mead, Emily Walhout, with Julie Jeffrey
Guest vocalists: Anney Barrett, Alexander Nishibun, Jason McStoots, Michael Barrett, Steven Hrycelak
Readers: Marya Lowry and Paola Servino
with special thanks to Ramie Targoff, for her invaluable guidance on the poetry and world of Vittoria Colonna & Jonathan Unglaub, for advice and images of works by Michelangelo & his contemporaries
made possible by The Brandeis Arts Council, Brandeis Department of Music, The Poses Fund, Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities

Keziah Corbett named World Languages and Cultures Fellow for 2020-2021

June 8, 2020

image of Keziah CorbettKeziah is a sophomore Posse Scholar from Atlanta, GA studying Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). At Brandeis, she is in her second year studying Chinese and volunteers with the Waltham Group. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, knitting, and learning about various cultures and languages.

For a message from Keziah, watch her video introduction.

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

Celebrating the Class of 2020

May 24, 2020

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors who graduated and special congratulations to:

  • Allison Paige Donahue and Domingo Antonio Fortuna Jr, winners of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish
  • Yvette J. Sei, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies
  • Rachel C. Stutman, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies

The Romance Studies faculty and staff enjoyed celebrating your accomplishments at our virtual mini-celebration and we look forward to the in-person event in spring 2021.

Italian students cooking together

April 29, 2020

image of ITAL 20 class cooking together on ZoomThe ITAL 20 class celebrated the last day of classes by cooking together!
image of poster advertising World Languages Fellowship. text reads: passionate about language learning? a proficient social media user? interested in promoting language learning at Brandeis? Apply for World Languages Fellowship! $500 stiped, opportunity to make a difference, apply at http://www.brandeis.edu/grall

March 31, 2020

Are you passionate about learning language? A proficient social media user? Interested in promoting language learning at Brandeis?

  • class outing of students from HISP 196A

    A small group of students and Professor María Durán went to see the play, Quixote Nuevo, at the Huntington and go backstage to meet/speak with the actors. They even got to meet Emilio Delgado! What a fun night!

  • class outing of students from HISP 196A

    A small group of students and Professor María Durán went to see the play, Quixote Nuevo, at the Huntington and go backstage to meet/speak with the actors. They even got to meet Emilio Delgado! What a fun night!

  • class outing of students from HISP 196A

    A small group of students and Professor María Durán went to see the play, Quixote Nuevo, at the Huntington and go backstage to meet/speak with the actors. They even got to meet Emilio Delgado! What a fun night!

  • image of Hispanic Studies faculty and Spanish-speakers at the 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. ROMS thanks all those who were involved in setting up and supporting this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • image of French speakers at the Mega Language Lunch 2019

    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. ROMS thanks all those who were involved in setting up and supporting this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

  • image of Italian speakers at the Mega Language Lunch 2019

    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. ROMS thanks all those who were involved in setting up and supporting this wonderful opportunity to celebrate language diversity at Brandeis!

November 8, 2019

Two of our department members, Elena González Ros and Ellen Rounseville, had beautiful artwork featured in the sixth biannual JustArts Community Art Exhibition this November 2019. To read more about their work and the other faculty and staff submissions, click on the link above to the Hoot article. Congratulations, Elena and Ellen!

photo of students at Latinx Theatre Poster Exhibit

Photo Credit: María Durán

Latinx Theatre Poster Exhibit

October 24, 2019

The students of HISP 196A, Latinx Theatre, held a Poster Exhibit including work on Latinx playwrights, performance artists, and theatre companies.

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.

Brandeis student language exchange in Florence

September 13, 2019

image of Brandeis Midyear in Florence students had a 'language exchange' with some local Florentine studentsThe Midyear in Florence students recently had a 'language exchange' with some local Florentine students. They went out to eat, and then went on a group trip up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see a lovely view of Florence. It sounds like they enjoyed their time together so much that they decided to extend the outing by going to get gelato together as well!

Stefania Molinaro named Lead UDR for the Division of Humanities

September 10, 2019

image of Stefania MolinaroStefania Molinaro, UDR for Italian Studies, has been selected as Lead UDR to represent all UDRs in the Division of Humanities!

Lead UDRs will serve as liaisons between department/program UDRs, UDR Program staff and School of Arts and Sciences Division Heads. They meet with UDR program staff to discuss program activities and advise on new initiatives and UDR policy changes, and with School Division Heads to discuss academic and teaching issues in the division. Additionally, they facilitate collaboration among department/program UDRs, support UDR trainings, and advise UDRs on an as needed basis.

Please join us in congratulating Stefania Molinaro on her selection for this great leadership opportunity!
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!

July 8, 2019

Above is the link to a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2019 semester.

The purpose of this guide is to draw your attention to Fall 2019 courses in the small seminar format, courses you might not hear about otherwise. Small seminars in the humanities provide opportunities to:

  • engage in deep, interactive inquiry through focused discussion;
  • explore other cultures and others’ lives;
  • get to know faculty members on an individual level;
  • meet students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Most of the courses listed here, those in the first section, are conducted entirely in English, although the second section includes courses taught in several other languages.

New student enrollment begins July 9, and general registration reopens on July 17.

 

April 16, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Language Video Competition!

image of Italian student winners of video competition: Olivia Spelman, Max Le Blanc, and Gavi KleinFirst 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 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.

“Normalismo, anarquismo y feminismo, en textos del ámbito educativo argentino de principios del siglo XX”
Professor Lucía Reyes de Deu’s research has been featured on CONICET, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (National Scientific and Technical Research Council – Argentina), and also in La Gaceta (a daily newspaper in Tucumán, Argentina).
El rol de la mujer en el sistema educativo desde una perspectiva de género(08-17-18)
Tras la huella anarquista en la educación tucumana (08-31-18)
SPANISH IN THE US: Myths and realities

February 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended Kim Potowski's SPANISH IN THE US: Myths and realities event on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. If you missed the talk, check out the video!
Priya DeBerry

April 21, 2017

Student of Italian Studies, Priya DeBerry, was featured in BrandeisNOW. For the summer 2015, Priya was awarded the essay prize in Italian Studies to study abroad in Siena. To learn more about her many talents and achievements, read her interview. Our own Paola Servino is mentioned as her biggest mentor. Congratulations to them both!

November 29, 2016

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Une BiographieProfessor Emeritus of French and Francophone Studies, Edward Kaplan, has recently published "Abraham Joshua Heschel: Une Biographie." The professor, rabbi, theologian and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel made a name for himself during the Civil Rights movement, criticizing the superficial tendencies of Judaism (both liberal and orthodox) along the way. His entire œuvre exalts the sanctity of human life through prayer, dialog and social work.

May 8, 2015

Michael Pizziferri, class of 2015, has made connections between the French and Francophone Studies program and the Québec Government Office and will now be the director of operations and global education programs at WorldBoston.

James Mandrell awarded Mandel Center for the Humanities Grant

The Mandel Center for the Humanities Grants are competitive grants sponsored by the Mandel Foundation that promote faculty research projects over the summer. One of the four 2015 Faculty Research Grants was awarded to:

James Mandrell - "Nineteenth-Century Spanish Fiction and the Discourse on Food"

This project seeks to understand scenes in nineteenth-century Spanish fiction that involve food, moments which, if noticed at all, were read as reflecting nineteenth-century customs pertaining to food, including its preparation and by whom, the way it is served, and its consumption. However, detailed descriptions of foodstuffs and eating are more than reflections of customs in nineteenth-century Spain. These representations of food are complicit in discussions pertaining to national identity and tradition, the physical body and the body politic, social class and gender, and even technology and public health, all of which occur in a variety of texts, among them fiction, conduct manuals, periodical literature, cookbooks, and political and economic treatises.

March 6, 2015

The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) has awarded grants to four members of the Brandeis faculty for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. One of the four 2015 grants was awarded to:

Azlin Perdomo, (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies) "My American Girls"

Professor Perdomo will create an interactive art website that will engage students in the lives of five undocumented women she will interview. "Visually and structurally, it will closely resemble the American Girl website to invite the viewer to compare and confront how these immigrant women, not legally recognized as citizens, are indeed Americans," says Perdomo.

Red Hill Blues by Erica HarthProfessor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Erica Harth, has recently published a mystery novel called Red Hill Blues. It is set in the 1950s Red Scare in a small New York village.