Behind the Scenes @ Brandeis: The Masks We Wear

April 13th, 2015

Behind the Scenes @ Brandeis: The Masks We Wear

Thursday, April 23 9am-9pm in the Farber Mezzanine

Reception 6:30-8:30 pm

SOC 128b: Documenting Race, Class, and Gender will present an interactive photo exhibit on Thursday, April 23 in the Farber Mezzanine. The exhibit will be open from 9am-9pm with a reception from 6:30-8:30 pm. Led by Professor Powers, the students from SOC 128b document their personal experiences at Brandeis through photo essays in order to examine intersections of race, class, and gender. This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

April 3rd, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Art

Professor Joyce Antler, author of A History of The Jewish Mother, is a guest speaker for The National Center for Jewish Film’s 18th Annual Film Festival, which runs from April 30-May 15. Purchase tickets and find out more at!

“When Red was a Scary Color: Hollywood and the Blacklist”

October 24th, 2014


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.

A Screening of Detour (1945) with Introduction and Q&A by Noah Isenberg

October 14th, 2014


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.

The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse Conference October 1-2, 2014

August 6th, 2014

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.

All conference events will be held in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Brandeis’ Goldfarb Library.

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 Stern

March 3rd, 2014

Stern Talk

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.

“Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939” By Thomas Doherty

October 17th, 2013

Doherty Hollywood and Hitler

A Special Event with Thomas Doherty

September 12th, 2013

American Studies professor Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939, introduces the rarely screened I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), the true story of of Isobel Lillian Steele, imprisoned by the Nazis for espionage in 1934, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 9, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the National Center for Jewish Film.


Wednesdya, 3/20, 5 p.m. ” The Suppressed Desires of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture”

March 4th, 2013

March 20, 2013, 5:00 p.m., in Mandel G03

The Suppressed Desires of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture

Lois Rudnick

Lois Rudnick is professor emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught American literature and culture for 36 years, 26 of which she chaired the American Studies Department. She has published numerous books and articles on modern American culture, and the artists and writers colonies of Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, including her multiple award winning Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture (1996).

This talk is sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

2/8, 2/9, 2/10 performances of “When Rebellion Becomes Revolution”

January 31st, 2013

We invite you to a very special theatrical event sponsored by the American Studies Program: a full-scale performance of a wonderful documentary play written last spring by the students of Professor Joyce Antler’s Theater As History class, entitled When Rebellion Becomes Revolution: A Play of Protest, Murder, Denial and Atonement. It will be performed again this month as part of ‘DEIS/Impact week: Exploring Social Justice on Campus, in Waltham, and Around the World.

Admission is free, but a full house is expected.

Here are the details:

When Rebellion Becomes Revolution: A Play of Protest, Murder, Denial and Atonement

8 pm, Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb.9

Schwartz Hall Auditorium

Brandeis Campus, 1970: Students Susan Saxe and Kathy Power catapult to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List through their anti-Vietnam War actions. Fifteen actors portray 53-plus historical characters in this original documentary play about a critical moment in Brandeis history. The play was written by Brandeis students in Professor Joyce Antler’s “History as Theater” class in 2012.

Sponsored by Free Play Theatre Cooperative, American Studies Program
For more information: Julian Seltzer (

Some comments on last spring’s reading:

*I was dazzled. Thank you for a magnificent, powerful, intense, unforgettable experience. The play made me even prouder of Brandeis, with all its complexities.

*SPECTACULAR!!! An amazing accomplishment.

*It was one of my favorite Brandeis events ever. A perfect night. So moving and meaningful.

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