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.
March 3rd, 2014
Dr. Steve Whitfield from the American Studies Program will give the keynote address for the Exile and Persecution: German Exiles in the Americas conference on Wednesday, November 13th at 5:00 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Professor Whitfield’s paper is titled, Weimar in Waltham: Brandeis University at the Beginning. Please click on the image below for more information.
November 1st, 2013
October 29th, 2013
October 17th, 2013
Professor Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939, will reconstruct what Hollywood produced for the big screen during the emerging Nazi threat, and how the Jewish backgrounds of many of the Hollywood studio executives affected how they treated Hitler and his victims. Did Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm?
The event will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts on October 9th, at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale September 19th.
September 12th, 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 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
March 6th, 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
3 pm, Sunday, Feb.10 TALK-BACK FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE
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 (email@example.com)
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.
January 31st, 2013
The following is a list of books published by Brandeis Social Science faculty in 2012 (or very late 2011):
Papist Patriots: The Making of an American Catholic Identity, by Maura Jane Farrelly
Essentials of Economics, 3e, by Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, and Kathryn Graddy
Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Jewish Texts, edited by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick
The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives, by Jon A. Levisohn
Teachers as Learners, by Sharon Feiman-Nemser
HSSP (and Sociology)
The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives, by Peter Conrad and Valerie Leiter
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution, edited by Jane Kamensky and Edward G. Gray
Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe, by Naghmeh Sohrabi
Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community, by Bernard Yack
Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, by Wendy Cadge
Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion, edited by Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde
Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle by Stuart Altman and David Shactman, forward by Senator John Kerry
Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World, edited by Barbara Vinick and Shula Reinharz
January 8th, 2013
In Spring 2012 Joyce Antler’s History as Theater class wrote the play “When Rebellion Becomes Revolution” and gave a dramatic reading in the International Room, with more than 70 people in attendance and rave reviews. The play lives on and will be part of ‘DEISImpact in February 2013; performance dates are February 8 and 9 and 8 p.m. and February 10 at 3 p.m..
Auditions for roles will be held on Wednesday, 11/28 and Thursday, 11/29 in Luria from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When Rebellion Becomes Revolution is presented by the Free Play Theatre Cooperative, the American Studies Program, and ‘DEISImpact.
November 27th, 2012
The American Studies Program invites you to “Heroes, With and Without Capes: The Creators of Superman and Batman” with Marc Tyler Nobleman ’94, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
As seen in Forbes and USA Today, and heard on MTV, TED and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster co-created Superman and writer Bill Finger was the main mind behind Batman. Yet Siegel and Shuster lived in poverty and anonymity for almost 30 years while Finger died poor and nearly forgotten.
Author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Brandeis ’94) reveals the startling tragedies behind the creators of two worldwide icons.
Thursday, November 8, 4 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room, 303
Light refreshments will be served.
This event has been sponsored by the Martin Weiner Lecture Series.
November 5th, 2012