Informational: Invitation to sign up for the Annual Language Lunch

November 11th, 2015

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm -1:30 pm
Location: Sherman Function Hall

The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community (students, faculty and staff) to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis during our annual Language Lunch event.

Individual language tables will host speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. Stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour. Do you speak several languages? Visit multiple tables during lunch. No matter ​your level of proficiency, you are welcome! The only rule is NO ENGLISH! Please speak only the language of a specific table (tables) during your visit.

Participants are asked to sign in at their chosen language table to receive a voucher for the buffet lunch. While the amount of food is limited to the first 10-12 people who sign up, we encourage people who were not among the first to fill out the form, to bring their own lunch fare to the table of your choice.

Please use this link below to sign up for the Mega Language Lunch!

French-Language Docudrama “Le Rêve de Champlain” based on David Hackett Fischer’s book by the same name wins a Gémeaux Prize

September 30th, 2015
Photo by Megan Bailey

Photo by Megan Bailey

Known as the Emmy Awards of francophone Canada, “Le Rêve de Champlain” won a Gémeaux prize in the category of Best digital production (website and/or mobile application) for a program or series: docudrama. Professor David Hackett Fischer’s bestselling book, Champlain’s Dream (2008), inspired and informed the French-language docufiction series. The prize was announced on September 20th during the 30th Gala des Prix Gémeaux in Montréal.

The innovative format of the “Le Rêve de Champlain” series combines dramatic scenes—starring popular Canadian actor Maxime Le Flaguais as Champlain—with interviews and reports hosted by renowned journalist and host Marie-Louise Arsenault.  The Champlain series was developed by Groupe Media TFO under the direction of Martin Cadotte and produced by Slalom and the Fair-Play Group. The series is accompanied by a suite of digital products, including a website, which includes interviews with Professor Fischer, as well as interactive games and educational applications that allow users of all ages to follow in the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain and to relive an era that shaped Canadian history.  An English Language version of this series is currently in production as well.

Professor Fischer is a University Professor and the Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University

Boston Globe: Professor Donahue Discusses Increased Demand in Local Food

September 18th, 2015

Demand for locally farmed food is on the rise in New England. Not typically thought of as a farming region, land devoted to farming has increased over the past decade. Brandeis Professor Brian Donahue shared his thoughts in a recent Boston Globe article Demand for local foods help Mass. Farming find its footing.

The land has provided sustenance in Massachusetts since before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Farms spread across the terrain as colonists arrived and the population swelled, with the agriculture industry peaking around the turn of the 20th century.

But then the industry declined. Cheap energy made large-scale irrigation possible and the long-distance shipment of farm products by trucks and planes. Massachusetts growers found themselves competing not with the farm down the road, but with behemoth establishments in Florida, California, or Washington, said Donahue.

The article addressed the main reasons for the resurgence in farming and the new face of farming as seen through those not born into the industry.

Professor Brian Donahue is a Brandeis historian and Massachusetts farmer. He is a co-collaborator on “A New England Food Vision” which suggests that we should be growing half of our own food by 2060. For more information, please visit

Princeton Review: Brandeis Ranked First in Community Service

September 16th, 2015

In August, the Princeton Review released its annual list of the top ten colleges where students are most active in community service. Brandeis was ranked first with Loyola University, Maryland, Boston College and Creighton University rounding out the top 5.

There are examples after examples of Brandeis’ dedication to community service.  During a sociology course taught by Gordon Fellman, Noah Litwer ’15 became inspired to combine his desire for social change with his passion for gardening and community organizing.  He was recently recognized for developing sustainable community gardens at a local low-income housing development. His work will continue to have positive effects on the residence and other community organizations for years to come.

Placing an importance on community service, the Brandeis student body is supported by the Division of Student Life and Success. This department seeks to establish sustainable and reciprocal partnerships with local social services, governmental, educational, and cultural agencies supporting community service initiatives. Its slogan “Within Community Comes Unity” the Division of Student Life and Success embraces core values such as citizenship, integrity, respect, civility, lifelong learning, and diversity.

The Princeton Review rankings are based on student surveys collected from 380 colleges and universities. The Department of Community Service is located on the second and third floors of the Shapiro Campus Center.

Documentary Film Screening: September 21, 2015

September 15th, 2015

Please join the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life along with Anthropology, and Latin American and Latino Studies on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex room 209 (across from the Heller School, Brandeis University) for a documentary film screening of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.



The story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito—a tiny grain of sand—that helped tip the scales of justice in Guatemala.



Charles Golden (ANTH, LALS) and Kelley Ready (Heller) will provide commentary.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

This film screening is part of a series of programs designed to complement the 2015 incoming students’ book, “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ondaatje.  

For more information, please email

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