Past Events

Alicia Ostriker: Poetry Discussion and Reading

October 17, 2017

Alicia Suskin Ostriker, a renowned poet and critic, will be at Brandeis this month for two highly anticipated events. Ostriker has published 15 volumes of poetry, including The Old Woman, The Tulip and the Dog, the National Jewish Book Award winner The Book of Seventy, and The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011. She has received the Paterson Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award, among other honors. As a critic, Ostriker is the author of the pathbreaking Stealing the Language; the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible.

Discussion: Writing the Holocaust
Tuesday, October 17, 5 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Alicia Ostriker will share some of her poems stemming from an engagement with the Holocaust (one example below). An open discussion led by Dawn Skorczewski, who is teaching "Writing the Holocaust" this semester, will follow.

Thursday, October 19, 5:30 pm
Berlin Chapel

Alicia Ostriker will read from her work. This event is co-sponsored by Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Open Screening of 'Third Ward TX'

September 19, 2017

2-4:50 pm
Location TBD 

A public screening of the film "Third Ward TX" will be held as part of Prof. Cohen's CAST 150b intro course. Third Ward is a historically black neighborhood in Texas where Project Row Houses is breathing new life into an inner-city community by converting the neighborhood's row houses to represent its strong legacy of history and culture. 

Meet the Minors

September 12, 2017

5:30-7:30 pm
ASAC Atrium

The Meet the Minors event will feature artwork and presentations by current CAST minors, and students and faculty will be available to talk about the department and enrolling in the introductory course. Anyone interested in the intersection of art and social change should attend! 

Germaine Ingram
Artists Mining/Lifting Community Identity and Capacity with Germain Ingram

March 29, 2017

A presentation on Olanrewaju Tejuoso’s residency at the Village of Arts & Humanities, a community-based arts organization in Philadelphia. This internationally recognized Nigerian artist, focuses on themes of remembrance, memorialization and transformation. Germain Ingram discussed the intentions of the project, the opportunities and challenges of this arts-driven community engagement, the short-term and potential impacts of the project, and the lessons learned.

Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, The Rose Art Museum, SJSP and the Dean of Students

Imagining Freedom poster
Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice

Salon Series
A series of three salons were presented at The Rose Art Museum hosted by LaShawn Simmons ’18 and Artist-in-Residence: Jane Wilburn Sapp

"Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired"
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The first event in the series focused on visual art. Attendees shared their impressions of the works on view in the Lee Gallery: Based on the discussion, spoken word pieces and a song were created with Jane Sapp. 

"Creating Art, Seeking Justice"
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Part I: Lurias, Hassenfeld
Part II: Rose Art Museum
Attendees shared their art works and received feedback from other artists in our community.

"Staging Social Change"
Tuesday, November 12016
Rose Art Museum
The final event engaged participants through interactive performances of monologues and songs!
Sponsored by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, the Rose Art Museum, the Division of Creative Arts, and the Arts|Race|Activism Series with the support of the Brandeis Arts Council

Brandeis Cast of Colors poster
Shout the Big Dreams | Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

April 14, 2017

Performing and visual arts by Brandeis community and special guests

It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers, who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams.” -- Leonard Bernstein

  • Brandeis Cast of Colors posterA Cast of Colors! Visualizing and Performing Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences featuring Marcelo Brociner '19, LaShawnSimmons '19, Bronte Velez '16 and others. Shapiro Campus Center
  • A Womyn Conjured, one-womyn show by Queen White '16
  • Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Bethlehem Chapel
Now as Then poster
Now as Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest

September 28, 2015

Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

Explored were the songs and stories which surrounded the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and what actions we can take in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that annulled the key provision of the Voting Rights Act and "put a dagger into the heart" of the law.

Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp, cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator. Adaptation and composition of songs and spoken word poetry that advocates for voting rights today

Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Voting Rights
October 1, 2015
Sloberg 212
Understanding the struggle for voting rights in song and story presented by Jane Wilburn Sapp, with comments from Dan Kryder, Politics Department

Selma ’65
Selma '65October 8, 2015
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Performance by Marietta Hedges of Catherine Filloux’s Selma ’65, a one-woman play retelling the complex story of Viola Liuzzo, a white voting rights activist who was killed in Selma in 1965, and the FBI informant who was with the Klan the night she was assassinated.

Read reflection from Brontë Velez '16 on the event series.


Recognizing that 2016 was the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we asked:

  • What can we learn from the songs and the stories of those who participated in struggle for voting rights in Selma in 1965?
  • What strategies are being used to suppress Americans, particularly African Americans, from voting in 2015 and 2016?
  • What can we at Brandeis do to reclaim and strengthen voting rights today?
Find your LIght festival
A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

April 24, 2015

Presented by the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation. A Program of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts "Find Your Light."  

The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni.

Acting Together on the World Stage: "Asking Toward the Light"
The screening of the award-winning, Brandeis-produced, hour-long documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, which features courageous performance from conflict regions around the world, was followed by conversation with film-maker Allison Lund, Center associate Jane Wilburn Sapp and Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Thomas King and joined by students in the CAST minor.

Opening Eyes, Ears and Hearts: Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences from students in CAST 150b
Students from the Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation shared scenes, poems, songs and images based on oral history interviews with people different from themselves.

Brandeis Improve Festival
"Improvisation and Social Transformation" Brandeis Improv Festival launch

March 27, 2015

An exploration of the many ways improvisation enlivens the arts and sciences; inspires individual and group creativity; and encourages cultural innovation.   The Festivals opening discussion was on “Improvisation and Social Transformation” panelists included Tom Hall (author of “Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide”) and Cindy Cohen (director of the program in Peace building and the Arts).