“If you know how to do it, the time commitment is not huge,” says Brian Donahue of his farming plan.
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.
Read Brian’s interview at the Boston Globe.
October 22nd, 2014
A Screening of Detour (1945) with Introduction and Q&A by Noah Isenberg
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.
October 14th, 2014
Reposted from BrandeisNOW
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!
September 17th, 2014
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! Powers’s segment begins at 31:00.
September 3rd, 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.
August 6th, 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.
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
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