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November 8, 2018

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: ICC Lounge

You're invited to join in an evening of creative response and resilient community building in the face of our traumatically divisive political moment. 

Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the UDRs for the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

She Begat This
20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: A Conversation with Joan Morgan

November 7, 2018

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Joan Morgan is an award-winning cultural critic, feminist author and pioneering hip-hop journalist. Morgan coined the term "hip-hop feminism" in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down, which is taught at universities globally. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, race and gender, Morgan has made numerous television and radio appearances. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The New School, Vanderbilt, Duke and Stanford and is currently a doctoral candidate at New York University. Her most recent book is She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

This event is sponosored by the Department of African and African American Studies and cosponsored by the Dean of Students and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change

Photo Credit: Toni Shapiro-Phim

Because of the War

November 6, 2018

2:00 - 3:30pm

Location: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar, Brandeis University

The minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) welcomes the community to a screening of the award-winning film Because of the War, by Toni Shapiro-Phim, produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

In West Africa and North America, four Liberian women use their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. By telling the stories of Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah, the Philadelphia Folklore Project aims to link Liberians of all generations and the general public with some of the most renowned traditional Liberian singers and dancers, in order to deepen understandings of the active , constructive roles artists can take in moments of crisis in the lives of families and communities. Gayflor, Nyenabo, Tete, and Tomah formed The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change in 2013 to dedicate themselves to addressing issues of Liberian immigrant women through the performance of traditional and newly-composed songs.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

This is an open session of CAST 150b, Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation.

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Announcing: Opening of the CAST Resource Room

March 12, 2018

5:30 pm
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC), Room 327

We are excited to announce the opening of our new CAST Resource Room, Monday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebration of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, where it’s located. The first space of its kind for CAST and Creative Writing students on campus, the Resource Room will be a place to meet and collaborate on projects or work individually. Designed and implemented by CAST senior Marcelo Brociner, the Resource Room is filled with comfortable chairs, a computer and desk, and a bookshelf of CAST-related books, movies, and other materials for use and inspiration. It is a welcoming, calming space that offers students a place other than the library to get work done and tap into their creativity. Helping design the space, and serving as mentors, have been Elizabeth Bradfield, Associate Professor of the Practice of English and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program, and Kristin Parker, Deputy Director of the Rose Art Museum.  Both are also members of the CAST Advisory Committee.

The Resource Room is located in Room 327 in the Ethics Center, which is on the third floor of the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC, the building right across from the Heller School and next to the Mandel Humanities Center).

Do you have suggestions for books or films you’d like to see in the room, or do you have any items you’d like to donate? Please email Marcelo Brociner at marcelotuto@gmail.com.

Call for Student Artists and Creative Change Agents: The CAST Mini-Festival of Arts and Social Justice

Are you interested in displaying artwork or performing music or spoken word at The CAST Mini-Festival of Arts and Social Justice on April 20, 2018? We welcome you to collaborate with us in whatever medium you use, and invite you to join us in presenting and discussing creative work that can help shape social transformation. Please contact Marcelo Brociner at marcelotuto@gmail.com. Don’t want to display your own artwork, but still want to help curate exciting exhibits and work with awesome people? Email Marcelo about joining in on the Festival planning process! Anyone interested is welcome.

April 28, 2017

Read Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research Dan Feldman's address to our Class of 2017 minors.
LaShawn Simmons

October 9, 2015

This Brandeis Now article features CAST minor and Posse Scholar LaShawn Simmons '18, who created "Ebony Axis," a zine for black women on campus.

LaShawn Simmons, Sarah McCarty, Bronte Velez

October 1, 2017

Of 20 eligible students, 4 submitted applications, and 3 were selected to receive the award and subsequent funding. Recipients were chosen by a subset of the CAST student committee. Read about the student grant recipients and their projects.

March 6, 2015

"Exiled from her home country in the midst of civil war, Fatu Gayflor, renowned vocalist, founder and artistic director of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, spoke to the Brandeis community on Thursday, March 5 to share legacies of loss, violence, resilience and hope. Now settled in Philadelphia, Gayflor stated, 'Telling my story has helped me to be the strong person I am today.' Read more.

By Lonnie Firestone

"Change By Degrees: Can theatre for social change be taught? Here’s a roundup of theatre-studies programs where arts activism is on the syllabus." Read the full article.

October 16, 2014

by Theresa Gaffney in the Brandeis Hoot.
2015 CAST Award Winners

December 15, 2014

The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) awarded grants of $2,000 each to four members of the Brandeis faculty for research and creative projects. Read more.