This symposium is hosted by the Center in collaboration with Northeastern University School of Law, and cosponsored by African and Afro-American Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; Legal Studies; Mandel Center for the Humanities; the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict; the Office of the Arts; and the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program.
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
December 1-2, 2011 – Brandeis University
Thursday, December 1 – Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Opening Session: 9-10am
SETTING THE STAGE FOR JUST PERFORMANCE
- Cynthia Cohen and Leigh Swigart, symposium co-directors
- Moderator: Daniel Terris (Vice President for Global Affairs & Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University)
Session 1: 10:15am-noon
JUSTICE-SEEKING IN PERU
- Ana Correa and Augusto Casafranca, clips from the Acting Together toolkit (Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, Peru)
- Jo-Marie Burt (Department of Political Science, George Mason University)
- Thomas Antkowiak (Seattle University Law School)
- Moderator: Elizabeth Ferry (Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University)
Session 2: 1:30-3:15pm
JUSTICE-SEEKING IN CAMBODIA
- James Bair (Brandeis ’03, NUSL ’09, attorney with Brown Rudnick, activist with the Enough Project)
- Samkhann Khoeun (Lowell Cambodian community leader)
- Kho Tararith (poet, Harvard University Fellow)
- Moderator: Catherine Filloux (playwright)
Session 3: 3:30-5:15pm
JUSTICE-SEEKING IN THE UNITED STATES
- Mark Auslander (Department of Anthropology and Museum Director, Central Washington State)
- Janeen Blake (attorney with DLA Piper, NUSL ’09)
- Polly Walker (Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Juniata College)
- Moderator: Claudine Brown (Smithsonian Institution)
Thursday evening, December 1 – Atrium of Mandel Humanities Center
Reception for conference participants and audience, and book-signing of Acting Together: Performance and Creative Transformation of Conflict.
Welcome by Emily Spieler, Dean of Northeastern University School of Law.
Keynote address by Salomón Lerner Febres (President of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2001-03), with consecutive translation: "Memoria de la violencia y dramaturgia en el Perú: La experiencia de la Comisión de la Verdad y el Grupo Yuyachkani (Memory of Violence and Drama in Peru: The Experience of the Truth Commission and the Yuyachkani Theater Group)"
Friday, December 2, 9AM-12PM – Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Session 4: 9-10:30am
JUSTICE AND PERFORMANCE IN PRACTICE
- Mary Ann Hunter (Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania)
- Tim Phillips (Project on Justice in Times of Transition, Tufts University)
- Pauline Ross (Artistic Director, Derry Playhouse, Northern Ireland)
- TBD (Boston Busing and Desegregation Project)
- Moderator: David Cunningham (Department of Sociology, Brandeis University)
Session 5: 10:45am-12:00pm
JUSTICE AND PERFORMANCE THROUGH THE EYES OF STUDENTS: LAW, DEVELOPMENT AND COEXISTENCE: Small Group Conversations
- Jonathan Cohen (NUSL ‘12) – Cambodia
- Findayawah Gbollie (NUSL) – Liberia
- Geoffrey Kundu (Masters in Coexistence, Brandeis University) – Kenya and northern Uganda
- Emmanuel Ntaganira (Masters in Coexistence, Brandeis University) – Rwanda
- Mads Palihapitiya (Masters in Coexistence, Brandeis University '08; Conflict resolution practitioner, Sri Lanka) – Sri Lanka
- Yasmeen Peer (NUSL) – Gujarat
- Kate Richardson (NUSL ’12) – Rwanda
- Representatives of interest groups pertinent to the symposium
- Moderator: Alain Lempereur (Director, Coexistence Masters Program, Brandeis University)
Friday, December 2, 12PM-2PM – Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Student Center second floor
Theatrical performance: 12:30-1:15pm
“BIRO” WRITTEN BY NTARE MWINE
- Performed by Charles Mulekwa (actor, playwright, and contributor to the Acting Together project)
Closing session: 1:15-2:00pm
SYNTHESIS AND CONCLUDING REMARKS
- Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh (Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation)
- Erik Ehn (Brown University)
- Michelle LeBaron (University of British Columbia Law School)
- Andreas Teuber (Department of Philosophy, Brandeis University)
- Moderator: Ellen Schattschneider (Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University)
Friday, December 2, 3PM – Various locations on the Brandeis campus
CONTINUING THE JUST PERFORMANCE CONVERSATION
Option 1: Executing Innocence, design studio led by Barbara Lewis, Ph.D., Director of the Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, UMass Boston. Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Based on what you have seen and heard and thought about during the Just Performance symposium, how would you update Lady Judgment for the current moment? Does her classical, impartial demeanor continue to apply? Is she still even-handed or has she become avid for blood and tribute as the years have progressed? Does she perhaps list to one side? If her sensibilities have become stretched over the years, is the notion of innocence perhaps too bland for her and as a result is she drawn to punish it, to execute it for the offense of representing too anemic a thrill? Or has a blind eye directed to innocence from particular quarters of society always been her dirty little secret? In bringing her into the 21st century, would you take away her blindfold, her scales, and her sword? In recreating her image, give her a bubble that expresses her rephrased mantra or give her a Twitter account and have her tweet?
Option 2: Museums, Art, and the Quest for Justice, tour and discussion led by Dabney Hailey, Director of Academic Programs, Rose Art Museum. Rose Art Museum.
How do art museums, and the encounters with works of art they offer, contribute to a community's quest for justice? The group will examine this question by looking closely at two works of art currently on view at The Rose: Jenny Holzer's STAVE (2008), which reproduces outtakes from prisoner interrogations from U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, during the Iraq War, and Anri Sala's Dammi i colori (Give me the colors), a 2003 video that poetically chronicles how the then-mayor of Tirana, Albania, attempted to transform his depressed and degraded city through a massive urban painting project.
Option 3: Immigration and Seeking Justice, conversation with playwright and actor Charles Mulekwa. Rapaporte Treasure Hall
How does the play Biro shed light on issues of immigration in contemporary American society? What resources do performances of various types offer for communities grappling with issues of displacement, discrimination and injustices of all kinds? Participants in the Just Performance symposium are welcome to join Ugandan playwright and director Charles Mulekwa in discussing questions emerging from Biro and from the symposium as a whole. Brandeis students in the Immigrant Support Services Practicum will share excerpts of stories they are gathering from people in Waltham-area immigrant communities. Can such stories be performed in ways that contribute to justice and to relationships of understanding and respect?
Option 4: Conversation in Spanish with Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres. Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium
Spanish-speaking members of the Brandeis community, and participants in the Just Performance symposium are welcome to join Dr. Lerner Febres, former president of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in conversation about his work and about questions addressed during the symposium.