News Highlights - Archive
November 16, 2018
Location: Intercultural Center (ICC), Swig Lounge
Come eat, listen, and mingle at our annual coffeehouse event in celebration of this year's issue of Ebony Axis. This community journal features the creative work of self-identifying black women in the Brandeis community. Make sure you come to hear from this year's contributors and special guests Poetic Justice, Brandeis' Slam Poetry Team, eat great food from Flames Restaurant, and receive a copy of the journal (while supplies last!).
If you would like to volunteer the night of the event, please fill out this form.
Make sure to RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!
Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, CAST Minor, AAS Department, and PARC.
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).
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12, 2018
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 2017Read Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research Dan Feldman's address to our Class of 2017 minors.
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.
Students assisted 4 established organizations with projects whose goals necessitated creative mechanisms, their resulting reports are below:
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, 2014by Theresa Gaffney in the Brandeis Hoot.
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.
December 11, 2014by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Brandeis University State of the Arts Magazine, Fall 2014 Issue