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'The Danube' flows into Mandel

(03/13/18 10:00am)

“The Danube,” as directed by Dylan Hoffman ’18 for his senior project, is the third Brandeis production of a Maria Irene Fornes play in the 2017-2018 academic year. Following “Fefu and her Friends,” directed by Prof. Adrianne Krstansky (THA) and “Mud,” directed by Sophia Massidda ’20, Hoffman’s “Danube” is the first Brandeis production of Fornes’ to be spearheaded by a male director. 

Political awareness characterizes Oscars

(03/06/18 11:00am)

During a year of distress in both the political and entertainment worlds, the Oscars were a reminder of the power and hope of Hollywood. A telecast celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 harkened the power of nostalgia and showed montages featuring powerful clips from iconic films celebrating the essence of film. However, the show also took an optimistic tone, looking toward a brighter future. 

A feminist tale of a Greek tragedy

(03/06/18 11:00am)

The Brandeis Shakespeare Society, also known as Hold Thy Peace, put on an adaptation of playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” this past weekend in the Shapiro Campus Center. The story revolves around a family of women in ancient Greece who are left behind by the men in their lives who have traditionally defined them, focusing on the lives that are swept to the sides of history to make way for the men. McLaughlin’s take on the aftermath of Iphigenia’s sacrifice to the gods delves deep into the thoughts of Iphigenia, her mother and two sisters.

‘Fukushima Mon Amour’ the merrier

(03/06/18 11:00am)

The Center for German and European Studies hosted a film night at the Wasserman Cinematheque on Feb. 28. The department screened “Fukushima Mon Amour,” a film following a 20-something German woman travelling to the site of the 2011 nuclear meltdown caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. She goes to an adjacent temporary residence to entertain the remaining citizens who insisted on staying in their hometown. When she is tricked into bringing an old geisha back to her destroyed home a few kilometers away, the two rebuild the house in an attempt to escape their past mistakes.

The Rose invites us to take a closer look

(03/06/18 11:00am)

On Wednesday, March 1, I attended the Rose Art Museum’s Spring Exhibitions Opening Celebration. The celebration presented the Rose’s three new exhibits: “Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded” in the Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery, “Praying For Time” in the Lower Rose and Foster Galleries and “Blueprint For Counter Education” in the Mildred S. Lee Gallery.