Jillian Powers on “The Morning Shift” WBEZ Chicago

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.

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

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“The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century” – Sheldon Stern

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.

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Exile and Persecution: German Exiles in the Americas

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.

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In the Shadow of Slavery: Rape and Mutiny at Fort Jackson, LA

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“Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939″ By Thomas Doherty

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A Special Event with Thomas Doherty

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.



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

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

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“When Rebellion Becomes Revolution” — a ‘deis Impact play February 8-10

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 (julianseltzer@gmail.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.

Add comment January 31st, 2013

Books published in 2012 by Brandeis Social Sciences Faculty

The following is a list of books published by Brandeis Social Science faculty in 2012 (or very late 2011):

American Studies

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

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