In an article in the Boston Globe, Professor Brian Donahue discusses his “elaborate report laying out a scenario in which New England, in the year 2060, has three times as much farmland as it does now—a full 6 million acres, or 15 percent of the entire landmass, upon which to raise crops and livestock that would be consumed by the local population. Under these conditions, the authors of the report argue, New England could grow 50 percent of its own food.” Read more at the Boston Globe.
In the last years of the 20th century, Hollywood was big on causes.
But in the 1930s, American cinema was virtually silent on one of history’s most urgent moral issues: The rising persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Presenting at the daylong conference, Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, Stories Told/Stories Untold, Professor Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, will delve deeper into this complex story with a panel of experts at Drew University in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.
A talk by Professor Joyce Antler
Thursday, November 20th 12:00-1:00, Mandel Center 303
Reconstructing the lost Jewishness of radical feminism, Professor Antler explains why the honor-roll of women’s liberation pioneers includes so many Jewish women—and the complex identity politics behind their own—and others’—failure to chronicle this history.
A talk by Arnie Reisman, screenwriter of Hollywood on Trial(1976)
Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. Mandel Center G03
Arnie Reisman is an award-winning writer, producer and performer. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial(Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS’ AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets. He was also the former executive editor of the news weekly, Boston After Dark (now the Boston Phoenix). This October, Reisman was named Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate for a two year term from 2014-2016.
Brian Donahue, a Brandeis historian and Massachusetts farmer, believes that New Englanders need to grow more of their own food. We’ll never be entirely self-sufficient, but if we made better use of our productive land, we could make ourselves healthier, he argues, by eating fresher produce and protecting our environment. In a new plan, called A New England Food Vision, Donahue and some colleagues suggest that we should be growing half of our own food by 2060. To do that, we’ll need to plant more suburban yards and convert precious timberlands to pasture.
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Schwartz 106
Noah Isenberg, Professor and Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, will introduce and provide Q&A for Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film, Detour on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Schwartz 106.
Professor Isenberg is the author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times called “a page turner of a biography.” His other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and, as editor,Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era(Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterlymagazine, and is currently writing a new book, Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught Us to Love Movies, to be published by W.W. Norton in the US and by Faber & Faber in the UK. For additional information, please see Professor Isenberg’s website.
By Julian Cardillo
Aug. 29, 2014
Cut down trees to benefit the environment and improve human health?
That may seem counter-intuitive, but Brian Donahue, professor of environmental studies, says in the long term converting some of New England’s forests into farmland and pastures could create a food system that is healthy, sustainable and prevents global warming. It also is a critical step in enabling New England to produce half of its food needs by 2060.
Donahue is the lead author of A New England Food Vision, a perspective on the future of the region’s food needs. Calling access to food a basic human right, he and co-authors, who include researchers from the University of New Hampshire, College of the Atlantic, University of Southern Maine and University of Vermont, propose changes in food production and distribution across the region.
At present, five percent of New England’s land is used to produce food while 80 percent is forested. The researchers call for using 15 percent, or 6 million acres, of the region’s land for food production.
“We are not talking about running out and cutting down a bunch of trees,” Donahue explains. “It would be gradual, happening over a half of century or more. We need adequate conservation. You want to be careful about how you go about this, as forests give us immense benefits.” Read more here!
On September 3rd, 2014, Jillian Powers was the guest expert on “The Morning Shift,” WBEZ Chicago’s morning program at 10:20 a.m. Powers spoke on the topic of “America, Traditions, and New Immigrants. Click here to listen to the program!
October 1-2, 2014, Rapaporte Treasure Hall
This two-day conference will explore the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse.
The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse’s most famous book, “One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society,” and our recent discovery of an early draft of this book that was given to Brandeis by Marcuse himself.
Registration for the conference is free.
Lunch will be provided both days.
For more information, please see the conference website.
Home Calendar of Events “The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century” – Sheldon SternMarch 3rd, 2014
On March 12th at 5:00pm, historian Sheldon Stern will give a talk titled, The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century. Stern received a B.A. in history from the City University of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He taught at several colleges and universities before becoming Historian at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston (1977-2000). He was the first non-participant in the ExComm meetings and the first professional historian to hear all of the then classified Cuban missile crisis tapes. He is the author of many articles, as well as the books Averting ‘the final failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (2003), The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005), and The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths vs. Reality (2012), in the Stanford University Press Nuclear Age Series.