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A Conversation with Farhat Agbaria

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Expert Dialogue Facilitator in Residence at Brandeis

Farhat Agbaria


Farhat Agbaria is based at Givat Haviva and Seeds of Peace

September 19-30, 2012

Farhat Agbaria, a coexistence facilitator based at Givat Haviva and Seeds of Peace, will be in residence at Brandeis University from September 19 to 30, sponsored by the Ethics Center. Agbaria has facilitated encounters between Israelis and Palestinians for decades, and has been connected to the Center since 1998, when he explored coexistence and the quest for justice as a Brandeis International Fellow.

His visit is in conjunction with the exhibition "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" at the Rose Art Museum, which explores overlooked narratives of the Christian Palestinian minority in the Middle East.

Agbaria, himself a Muslim Palestinian Israeli, will co-facilitate weekend workshops, "Facilitating Encounters Through Art", with Cindy Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, exploring the relationship between dialogue and art. The sessions are designed for artists, cultural workers and leaders of cultural institutions who work or plan to work in zones of violent conflict around the world – including the United States.

During his residency Agbaria will meet with Brandeis students and faculty, engage student social justice leaders and arts-related club leaders in a discussion of how the arts can relate to social justice work, and will lead several class sessions.

Farhat Agbaria’s residency is is sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life in conjunction with “Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean” at the Rose Art Museum and is cosponsored by the Interfaith Chaplaincy; the Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies; Student Senate and the Theater Arts Department.

For more information, contact Naoe Suzuki at nsuzuki@brandeis.edu.

Schedule of Public Events
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Peacebuilding Tours
Deepen your experience with a group tour of the Dor Guez Exhibition hosted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Brandeis Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; and Farhat Agbaria, coexistence facilitator at Seeds of Peace and Givat Haviva. Visit the Rose website or call 781-736-3434 for dates and times.

Wednesday, September 19

The Art of Dialogue:
A conversation with facilitator Farhat Agbaria

12:15-1:45 p.m.
Heller School, Room G4

Join undergraduate and graduate students in conversation with Farhat Agbaria, an experienced coexistence facilitator who has led dialogues with young people and adults from the Middle East, India and Kashmir, the former Yugoslavia and the United States. He has worked with the Seeds of Peace coexistence program since its inception in 1993. For many years he directed the Face-to-Face program of Givat Haviva, where he continues to work. Farhat grew up in a Muslim Palestinian family in Israel. He will share stories from his experiences and respond to questions from a panel of students and members of the audience. The conversation will be moderated by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Free and open to the Brandeis community. For more information contact Anne Gudaitis at gudaitis@brandeis.edu.


Thursday, September 20

Open Session with Hebrew 146 The Voices of Jerusalem - In Hebrew
11:00-11:50 a.m.
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 209

Join Professor Hascal and her students in a conversation with Farhat Agbaria, as they ask him questions and engage in a conversation about his work at Givat Haviva in the Face-to-Face program and at Seeds of Peace, and about growing up in a Muslim Palestinian family in Umm-al-Fahm. Open to all Hebrew Speakers

Opening celebration: Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Rose Art Museum


Meeting with leaders of social justice and arts clubs, sponsored by Student Senate
8:00-9:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 301
Open to the Brandeis community.

Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23

Facilitating Encounters through Art: A workshop for artists working in zones of violent conflict (Session I)
Various times and locations

This weekend workshop is designed for artists, cultural workers and leaders of cultural institutions, who work or plan to work in zones of violent conflict around the world, including the United States. It will consist of an exploration of the relationship between dialogue and art. *Application period has closed; waiting list only. For more information contact Naoe Suzuki at nsuzuki@brandeis.edu.


Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30

Facilitating Encounters through Art: A workshop for artists working in zones of violent conflict (Session II)
Various times and locations

This weekend workshop is designed for artists, cultural workers and leaders of cultural institutions, who work or plan to work in zones of violent conflict around the world, including the United States. It will consist of an exploration of the relationship between dialogue and art. *Application period has closed; waiting list only. For more information contact Naoe Suzuki at nsuzuki@brandeis.edu