Brandeis International Fellowships 2003-2004

Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts

The following events featured the third round of Brandeis International Fellows in the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence. They spent a week at Brandeis engaging in concentrated reflection, creative work, and discussion based on their work in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Burundi, New Zealand, and Cambodia. The theme they explored was titled "Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts."

FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 8 p.m.

"Dialogue and Reconciliation: Stories of Challenge and Transformation"
A performance by the Hudson River Playback Theatre featuring reenactments of stories told by the Fellows and Brandeis community members involved in dialogue and diversity work. Supported in part by the Hewlett Pluralism Alliance.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 12, 3:30 – 9:30

"Real Life Stories: An Introduction to Playback Theatre."
Fellows Bev Hosking of New Zealand and Jenny Hutt of Australia led a participatory workshop introducing Playback Theatre's approach to re-enacting the essence of stories. Hosking and Hutt described their work facilitating reconciliation in New Zealand, on the island of Fiji, and in India. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater Arts.

"Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Our Personal Journeys."
Fellows Iffat Fatima and Lisa Kois of Sri Lanka reflected on their personal experiences leading to and in creating "The Road to Peace," a film documenting Tamil and Sinhalese communities working though the legacy of the civil war through stories, visual art, and ritual. A short portion of their rough cut was screened. Co-sponsored by the Brandeis International Club.

"Legacy of Absence – A Cambodian Story."
Fellows Ingrid Muan and Ly Daravuth of Cambodia presented images and discussed their work at Reyum, the Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh. Through exhibitions, events, classes, and research, Reyum seeks to engage the community in addressing the legacy of the Khmer Rouge period, and create spaces for community reflection, conversation, and education.Co-sponsored by the Brandeis Southeast Asian Club.