In the borderland between human suffering and human possibility we find artists, cultural workers, justice-seekers and peace-builders acting with courage, beauty, compassion and power. Brandeis™ minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) will engage you in interdisciplinary exploration of the stories, the people, the actions and the artworks that animate this boundary.

Twenty-first century leaders will be called upon to engage creatively with the large-scale inter-related environmental, political and economic challenges that will confront communities around the world. Through courses where you can explore theory and practice at the nexus of the arts, creativity, social justice and peace, the CAST minor will challenge and support you to develop the capacity for resilience for "bouncing back" intellectually, culturally, ethically, emotionally and spiritually.

By joining CAST™s community of inquiry, and by taking courses in the humanities, the arts, and social sciences, you will become prepared for careers and vocations that link your talents and interests in creativity and the arts with your concerns for the needs of communities, and for social justice and peace.

Minor Requirements

Interested in the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation minor? Find out what courses you'll need to complete. 

CAST Capstone Presentation

CAST Minor Poster

April 30

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Brandeis University, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 209

The Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) graduating minors will be presenting their final projects. Minors include: Gemma Curnin, Kiaina Gomez, Remony Perlman, Jean Poulard, and Sarah Terrazano.

The capstone project, a core part of the CAST minor, can be fulfilled as an internship, directed study, special topics course, or capstone series. Students will be discussing and reflecting on their work during this celebratory evening.  

Dinner will be served.  Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Uncommencement and CAST Graduation

May 3

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Brandeis University, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium 

Come celebrate with the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center, as well as those fulfilling the minor in CAST. 

This year’s event honorees include: Amna Ahmed, Armine Avetisyan, Abby Bergman, Julia Brown, Gemma Curnin, Yuval Derry, Vidit Dhawan, Ece Esikara, Alexander Feldman, Klaina Gomez, Andrew Jacobson, Alyssa Kann, Kate Kesselman, Samantha Lauring, Siwar Mansour, Madison Matthews, Santiago Montoya, Remony Perlman, Jean Poulard, Hannah Recknor, Sage Rosenthal, Elisabeth Shaller, Doron Shapir, Ravi Simon, Brandon Stanaway, Hannah Sussman, Maxwell Tang, Sarah Terrazano, and Yiyi Wu.

Good food served! All are welcome. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Play: This Place/Displaced

This Place/Displaced

May 2 – May 4

Times: May 2 at 7:30pm, May 3-4 at 8:00pm
Location: Merrick Theatre, Spingold

Artists’ Theater of Boston (ATB) has partnered with Boston-area residents who have experienced eviction and displacement to create a new work exploring gentrification, loss of community and local memory, and the fight to have a home. This Place/Displaced weaves together stories of advocacy, change, and resistance by eight playwrights including ... Read more.

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) with financial support from The Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation (through the support of Naomi Sinnreich, P’13).

The event is free and open to the Brandeis community. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.