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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.

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Thomas AntkowiakAntkowiak has worked with a number of organizations on human rights matters, including Peruvian institutions. Among other positions, he was a senior attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and served as a special assistant to Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica. Just prior to his arrival at Seattle University School of Law, he taught a seminar on human rights law at the George Washington University Law School, as well as directed the Access to Justice Program at the Due Process of Law Foundation. Professor Antkowiak's teaching and research focus upon global and regional human rights systems, remedies, and transitional justice.

Mark AuslanderAuslander is a sociocultural anthropologist and professor at Brandeis University. He has conducted field research on ritual, kinship and memory in Southern and Central Africa as well as the southeastern United States. These interests in landscape, kinship and memory have led him into his current Sloan-affiliated research geared towards understanding the importance of race, place, and historical consciousness in the home and work experiences of African American middle class families. He is currently completing a book on this research, Family Plots: Race, Kinship and Memorial Space in the American South. Mark has strong interests as a scholar and teacher in museum projects. He served as the principal consultant anthropologist with the African Voices project, the Smithsonian Natural History's museum permanent exhibition on the culture and history of African and the African Diaspora. He has curated exhibitions on a restored African American cemetery and has also been closely involved with the exhibition project, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.

James BairBair (Brandeis ’03) currently practices in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Brown Rudnick.  At Brandeis, he majored in English and History with a minor in Education.  After several years as a high school history teacher, he went on to study at Northeastern Law, where he was the President of the American Civil Liberties Union student chapter. He also interned in the Civil Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Boston. As part of an internship with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Mr. Bair participated in the design and implementation of the ECCC's Victims Unit and interned at the Khmer Institute of Democracy. These experiences led to an article on victims’ rights under international criminal law, published by the University of Hawai’i in 2009. In 2009, Mr. Bair served as an intern to Senator Christopher Dodd and he remains active in the human rights community through his blog, Impossible as Flying, and as a guest contributor with Enough, the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Donna Bivens is Project Coordinator of the Boston Busing Desegregation Project at Union of Minority Neighborhoods. She has also worked for many years as a diversity, inclusion and equity consultant and trainer. Previously, as Co-Director of Women’s Theological Center (WTC) in Boston for over 20 years, Bivens consulted with scores of organizations around the country to facilitate their creation of shared ownership, leadership and benefit across divides of racism and other systemic oppressions. Her innovative work on internalized racism has included Loves Herself Regardless programs for women of African descent, as well as training and consulting with individuals and organizations. In her consulting work, Bivens has integrated the spiritual leadership model into a variety of tools for working across difference, building learning communities, and creating high-performance teams. Her publications include “Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building” (co-author) and “The Possibility of Transformation: 25 Years Later,” in the book Education as Liberation. She has been honored as Woman of the Year by the Irish Immigration Center; received the Woman of Justice award from NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and the Drylongso Award from Community Change, Inc.; and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Episcopal Divinity School.

Janeen BlakeBlake is an associate in DLA Piper's Litigation group, based in Boston. Ms. Blake focuses her practice on commercial and civil litigation as well as corporate compliance matters. She has considerable experience with discovery and motion practice. Her clients have included founders of retail corporations and large pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Blake is extremely active in DLA Piper's pro bono projects. In conjunction with the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project directed by Margaret Burnham, she represented plaintiffs’ decedents in a Civil Rights action against a county in Mississippi. The facts of the case stem from a kidnapping and murder, both of which took place in 1964. This suit was the first of its kind. Before joining DLA Piper, Ms. Blake was a law clerk at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP in Boston. She also clerked for Nixon Peabody LLP and the firm of Sherin and Lodgen LLP in Boston.

Ina BreuerIna Breuer is Executive Director of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. She joined the Project's staff in 1999 after five years as the Assistant Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research. Ms. Breuer is a member of the Tufts University Scholars at Risk Network and has taught courses on conflict transformation at Tufts Experimental College. She also worked as a consultant for the East-West Management Institute in Sri Lanka in 2006 and was an Advisory Committee member to the Initiative on Inclusive Security in their efforts to develop a Toolkit for Advocacy and Action for women peacemakers around the world. Ms Breuer is currently a member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding board. For more than 18 years her work has focused on conflict resolution, civil society development, facilitating the growth of higher education and fostering democratic political culture in transitional societies, primarily in Eastern Europe and South Asia. Ms. Breuer has a BA from Northwestern University, studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and has a Masters in Political Science from the New School for Social Research.

Claudine K. BrownBrown is the assistant secretary for education and access for the Smithsonian Institution where she oversees the National Science Resources Center and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies — and coordinates 32 education-based offices in museums and science centers. Brown has also been the director of the arts and culture program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation since 1995. During the early years of her tenure there, Brown worked to strengthen community-based arts education programs. More recently, she has worked with innovative organizations that have helped creative young people acquire new-media literacy. In addition to working in the museum and philanthropy communities, Brown has served for more than 20 years as a faculty advisor and instructor in the Leadership in Museum Education Program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York City and master’s degree in museum education from Bank Street College of Education. She earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Jo-Marie BurtBurt teaches political science at George Mason University. Her research focuses on state violence, human rights, and transitional justice; social movements and revolutions; and democracy and civil society in Latin America. She has worked with human rights organizations in Latin America and the U.S., and was a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She edited the NACLA Report on the Americas, and has been published widely on Latin American politics and society. She authored Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru (2007), and  co-edited Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (2004). In 2010, Dr. Burt was the Alberto Flores Galindo Visiting Professor at the Pontific Catholic University of Peru. She is directing a two-year research project on the trial of former Peruvian president and is also directing a research project on the broader process of human rights prosecutions in Peru. Dr. Burt is co-founder and director of the Transitional & Transnational Justice Working Group at Mason’s Center for Global Studies. She has received grants and fellowships from the Open Society Institute, Fulbright, U.S. Institute of Peace, the Aspen Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and was a fellow of the International Human Rights Internship Program of the Institute for International Education and the Ford Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Cynthia CohenCohen is director of the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. She is an internationally recognized educator, peacebuilding practitioner and researcher who focuses on the contributions of the arts to conflict transformation. Currently, Dr. Cohen is the principal investigator for the "Acting Together" project, a six-year inquiry with theatre artists and leaders of ritual working in conflict regions around the world, undertaken in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders, which has produced a documentary and toolkit, and a two-volume anthology published by New Village Press in 2011. Cohen also serves as a co-convener of the Arts and Peace Commission of the International Peace Research Association. Previously, she directed a fellowship program titled "Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts," supporting visual artists, filmmakers, theatre artists and musicians working in Burundi, South Africa, Cambodia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to document and reflect on the ethical dimensions of their work. She is the author of Working With Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions, and many other chapters, articles and papers that focus on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of conflict transformation. Prior to her tenure at Brandeis, Cohen founded and directed a community-based oral history center in the Boston area, and worked on issues of violence against women. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wesleyan University. Listen to an interview with Cindy about the September 23, 2009 Theatre Without Borders/La MaMa E.T.C. conference in New York City, Acting Together on the World Stage: Theatre in Zones of Violent Conflict.

Jonathan CohenJonathan Cohen is a third year law student at Northeastern University School of Law. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Trinity College, as well as an M.A. in international history from the London School of Economics. Prior to law school he worked as an organizer for an environmental justice organization in Hartford, Connecticut, and as an associate in the Asia and Refugees divisions of Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC. His legal interests include international, environmental, and criminal law.

David CunninghamCunningham is associate professor of sociology and social policy and chair of the Social Justice & Social Policy Program at Brandeis University. His current research, focused on the causes, consequences, and legacy of racial violence, is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. His book Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era's Largest KKK is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Over the past decade, he also has worked as an advisor to the Greensboro (North Carolina) Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as the Mississippi Truth Project, a statewide effort to clarify racial history in Mississippi between 1945 and 1975, and served as an expert witness in several related court cases. A recipient of Brandeis’ Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, he teaches courses in social movements, youth subcultures, and research methodology. This past summer, he directed “Civil Rights and Racial Justice in Mississippi,” a Justice Brandeis Semester program centered on students’ original archival and interview research in four Mississippi communities.

Erik Ehn'sErik Ehn body of work includes The Saint Plays, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, Ideas of Good and Evil, and an adaptation of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. He is currently working on completing a series of 15 plays – Soulographie - on the history of the U.S. in the 20th century from the point of view of its genocides, intended for production in NY in April 2012 (scripts include Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, Drunk Still Drinking). His works have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages), Los Angeles (Cal Rep, Museum of Jurassic Technology), Belgrade (Dah); elsewhere. He has taught at the U of Iowa, Naropa, UC San Diego, UT Dallas, and Cal Arts (graduate); U San Francisco, SF State, Santa Clara, and Skidmore (undergrad); he just completed a writing workshop with the Belarus Free Theater in Minsk. He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, taking students and professionals in the field to study the history of these countries, and to explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen. Graduate of New Dramatists. Former Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. Current Director of Writing for Performance, Brown University.

Elizabeth Emma FerryFerry is associate professor of anthropology at Brandeis University. Her work focuses on silver mining in Mexico and on the global circulation of mined commodities. She is the author of Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico (Columbia University Press, 2005), and of numerous articles on mining and related topic in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals in four countries (US, Mexico, Canada and the UK). Her current research focuses on the effects of a shift to Canadian ownership and the rise in metals prices on Mexican mining.

Catherine FillouxFilloux is an award-winning playwright who has written about human rights and social justice for the past 20 years. Her new play Action Hero will premiere in 2012 in New York City. Filloux recently traveled to Belfast, Ireland to do a 2011 Playwriting Residency with ICAN The Playhouse Derry~Londonderry at The Woodvale Community Group. Filloux’s plays have been produced in New York and around the world. She wrote the libretto for Where Elephants Weep (composer Him Sophy), which premiered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is also the librettist for The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown (composer Jason Kao Hwang), which premiered at Asia Society and was selected as a Critics Choice in Opera News. Filloux was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Cambodia & Morocco, a Juror for the 2004 MES International Theater Festival, Core Writer of The Playwrights’ Center, and a New Dramatists alumna. Her plays are widely published and her play anthologies include Silence of God and Other Plays, and Dog and Wolf & Killing the Boss.

Finda GbollieFinda Gbollie is a third year law student at Northeastern University School of Law. Throughout her academic and professional career, she has been a dedicated advocate for public interest. During her 10-year tenure in higher education administration and instruction at the City University of New York, Finda was member of the Black Male Initiative Committee, where she worked to improve educational outcomes for underrepresented students. She also served on the Inclusive Excellence Committee and the African Refuge Executive Board of Directors. While at Northeastern, Finda has participated in various student groups and activities, including the Committee Against Institutional Racism, the Society for Restorative Justice, the Election Law Society, and the renowned Fredrick Douglas Moot Court competition. In 2011, she interned at the National Election Committee (NEC) in Liberia. She worked in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on electoral law issues, and co-authored an article for the NEC ballot on conducting free, fair, and transparent elections. Prior to working at  the NEC, Finda interned in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Boston. She recently completed an internship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit under the Honorable Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, and continues to pursue a career in public interest.

Mary Ann HunterMary Ann Hunter is a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, and a former research associate with the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She has been a theater worker, broadcaster, and community-based consultant in Australia and Singapore, and has published widely on youth-specific arts and policy. Mary Ann was recently coordinator of meenah mienne, an arts mentoring program for Aboriginal young people in the youth justice system, and is an honorary research advisor with the Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland. Mary Ann is currently researching the concept of safe space in performance-based peacebuilding and processes of evaluation for aesthetic acts of peacebuilding intervention.

Samkhann KhoeunKhoeun currently works as an Educational Advisor for a TRIO-Educational Talent Search Program at Lowell High School and Middlesex Community College.  He is also a Co-Director of Cambodian Expressions, a Film and Art Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts. He has played a leading role in organizing a variety of successful cultural events offered through Cambodian Expressions. He was a Co-Chair of the first contemporary Cambodian opera, Where Elephants Weep. Mr. Khoeun is the former Executive Director of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, a founder of the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival Project, and a Board member of the National Cambodian American Organization, Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School, Angkor Dance Troupe, and Cambodian Living Arts. Samkhann is a survivor of Cambodia’s Killing Fields, and he immigrated to America in 1984. He recently published a bilingual poetry book, O! Maha Mount Dangrek: Poetry of Cambodian Refugee Experiences.

Geoffrey Wafula KunduGeoffrey Wafula Kundu is a Ford Scholar and an MA candidate in the Coexistence and Conflict studies at Brandeis University. He is Kenyan and has worked with the Government of Kenya as a Senior District Officer in charge of Nyahururu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Being a local administrator, Kundu witnessed the 2008 Post Election Violence in Kenya and has been involved in the restorative programs for  the victims of the violence. He has been involved in peace programs like social dialogues and reconciliation efforts at the grassroots level, resettlement of the internally displaced persons within the district, coordination of relief efforts, psychosocial interventions and lastly ensuring the personal security of the victims. Due to these efforts, he was honored and awarded a fellowship by Ford Foundation to study Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis, expected to graduate in 2013.

Michelle LeBaronLeBaron is an internationally renowned scholar/practitioner, currently serving as a professor of law and Director of Dispute Resolution at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has done seminal work in many areas of conflict resolution including intercultural, international, family and commercial. Professor LeBaron’s books include Bridging Troubled Waters, Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World and Conflict Across Cultures: A Unique Experience of Bridging Differences, the product of collaboration among five authors from four continents. Creativity, cultural fluency, and collaboration are the focus of Professor LeBaron’s work. Her current research explores expressive arts and contemplative practices as vital resources for peacebuilding and transforming cross-cultural conflicts. Professor LeBaron recently completed a research project called CRANE: Conflict Resolution, Arts and iNtercultural Experience, in which artists, conflict resolution practitioners, and members of diverse communities addressed intractable conflict using the arts. Her current work, Dancing at the Crossroads, explores dance and movement as resources for reconciliation across historical divides.

Alain LempereurLempereur is the Alan B. Slifka Chair Professor in Coexistence and Conflict and Program Director of the MA in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Mediator in conflicts and negotiation expert, he develops worldwide programs in research, consulting, and executive education on responsible leadership and negotiation. 

His current research is devoted to responsible leadership and negotiation. One of his books 'The First Move. A Negotiator’s Companion' has been edited in several languages. He advises international organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, UNDP, UNITAR, and WHO. Through the Wilson International Center for Scholars, he facilitated reconciliation programs in Africa, notably, in Burundi and in the D.R. Congo. He belongs to the UN mediators' network, and also moderated local and global meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2009-2011). Prior to Brandeis, he established, and developed, an academic institute at ESSEC called Irene – peace in Greek –, which he led as its first director (1995-2008). In 2003, he initiated the Negotiators of the World programs. As a member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as at the University of Mannheim (Germany), at CIIM (Cyprus International Institute for Management) and at the University of Corsica Pascal Paoli.

Salomon Lerner FebresLerner_Febres is the former President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Perù and the Executive President of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perù. He was born in Lima Perú and received a PhD in Philosophy from Université Catholique de Louvain. He was Rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú from 1994-1999 and Rector Emeritus from 1999-2004. He is a member of the Jury for the Ethics Tribunal of the Peruvian Media Council, and most notably he was the Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Perú from 2001 to 2003. From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Lerner Febres was President of the Union of Latin American Universities. He was the President of the Lima Philharmonic Society in 2008 and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Peruvian Film Institute. Dr. Lerner Febres has received several awards for his work with human rights, and the governments of Peru, Poland, Germany, France, and Chile, among others. He has participated in various lectures and conferences in Perú and abroad on violence and peacemaking in addition to serving as a speaker and panelist at numerous seminars and panel discussions on the experiences and findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.

Charles MulekwaMulekwa is from Uganda and has been practicing theatre there in different roles since 1983 and worked at the National Theatre from 1992 - 2003. He attended the Royal Court Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, and Iowa International Writers Program, and worked on a number of radio plays with the BBC.
 In 1998, the British Council and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation granted him a joint scholarship for an MA in Playwriting at Birmingham University, where he wrote the play A Time of Fire.
 In 2003 he earned a Ford Foundation International Fellowship and joined Brown University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies. In 2005 he served as the Ugandan consultant to the director of the movie The Last King of Scotland, about Idi Amin.

Madhawa "Mads" PalihapitiyaPalihapitiya is a conflict resolution practitioner from Sri Lanka. He engaged in high-risk mediation and violence prevention efforts involving the two warring parties of Sri Lanka for half a decade. He worked as a consultant helping a number of international organizations to work more effectively in war-torn regions. Mads has published academic works on international mediation and the use of the arts for conflict transformation and authored several policy reports. He has presented at leading conferences on violence prevention, ethnic conflict resolution and human rights and trained conflict resolution practitioners and graduate students from all over the world. Mads is currently the Associate Director at the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration in Boston, United States. He specializes in violence prevention, conflict systems design, monitoring and evaluation, deliberative democracy, fundraising, sustainable development and arts for peacebuilding. He holds a Master’s degree in conflict resolution from Brandeis University.

Yasmeen PeerYasmeen Peer is a first year law student at Northeastern University School of Law. She has both a BA and MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies (from the University of Toronto and from American University - School of International Service) with two regional focuses: the Middle East and South Asia. She has been engaged in a plethora of social justice endeavors in Canada, Egypt, India, Israel-Palestine, Jordan and the United States. In 2005 she conducted interviews with more than 60 victim/survivors of the 2002 violence in Gujarat and wrote a Master's thesis (published in 2007) focusing on ways to prevent future instances of violence. She has worked with many conflict resolution initiatives specifically focused in Israel-Palestine and with Muslim and Jewish communities in North America, and has been active with many organizations and projects raising awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people and working to end the occupation. This past year she studied Arabic in Jordan on a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship. While in Jordan she worked for UNRWA teaching English to teenagers in a Palestinian refugee camp, and worked with a human rights attorney on women's rights issues.

Kate RichardsonKate Richardson is in her third year of law school at Northeastern University School of Law. She will receive her J.D. in May of 2012. Kate completed her first co-op with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania. She has also completed internships at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, in their Disability Justice Program and Greater Boston Legal Services, in their Immigration Unit. Prior to law school, Richardson worked at a San Francisco-based law firm on prisoner rights class action lawsuits in federal court, with a focus on mental health care and prison overcrowding. She intends to return to the Bay Area upon graduation to continue her public interest law career.

Pauline Ross is the Founder and Director of the Playhouse Theatre in Derry, Northern Ireland. One of the most influential arts activists in Northern Ireland, Pauline founded the Playhouse Theatre in 1992 and oversaw its award-winning renovation in 2009. It is now the largest, and one of the most artistically diverse, community arts centers in Ireland. She was born and raised in Derry. For Ross, growing up, Derry was always a city of music, poetry and drama. In the 1960s when she was a teenager, there were numerous drama societies and clubs one could join. There was a sharing of talent between all the companies – in a city that didn't have a single theater. Now there is the Millennium Forum, as well as groundbreaking multi-disciplinary arts centers like the Playhouse, Nerve Centre, Culturlann Ui Chanain (the Irish language and cultural centre) and the Verbal Arts Centre.

Fernando J. RosenbergRosenberg is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University. His research interests include critical and post-colonial theory, modernism and modernity, art and performance, and legal topics in the arts. Dr. Rosenberg is author of The Avant-garde and Geopolitics in Latin America (Pittsburgh UP, 2006). He is currently working on two separate projects, one on the global circulation of tango music and dance, and the other the post-human rights era narratives of justice in Latin American film, art, and literature.

Ellen SchattschneiderSchattschneider is a professor of anthropology at Brandeis University. She specializes in psychoanalytic, phenomenological and practice approaches to culture. She has strong ethnographic interests in East Asia, especially Japan. She received undergraduate training in philosophy, psychology and anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College, and graduate training in anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her principal ethnographic work has been conducted in the Tsugaru region of northern Tohoku, Japan. Dr. Schattschneider's academic writings give particular attention to ritual performance, gender and embodiment, spirit mediumship, sacred landscapes, visuality and the power of images, popular religious experience and comparative capitalist cultures. Her new book, Immortal Wishes: Labor and Transcendence on a Japanese Sacred Mountain (2003) explores healing, self-fashioning and embodied psychodynamic processes on a sacred landscape associated with a Shinto shrine founded by a rural Japanese woman in the 1920s. Her current research project, Facing the Dead: Japanese Bride Dolls in the Mirror of War, examines contemporary Japanese practices of spirit marriage and doll dedication, with close attention to traumatic popular memories of World War II and its legacies. She has been awarded a Fulbright grant for research in Japan during 2003-04 on this topic.

Leigh SwigartSwigart is director of Programs in International Justice and Society at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life of Brandeis University. She oversees the Brandeis Institute for International Judges and the Brandeis Judicial Colloquia, as well as other programs for members of the judicial and human rights communities worldwide. She is the coauthor, with Center Director Daniel Terris and Cesare Romano, of The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World's Cases. Her academic work and publications have focused on language use in post-colonial Africa and recent African immigration and refugee resettlement in the United States. She has wide experience in international education, including a tenure as director of the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and she has worked in the field of international literacy and indigenous language promotion. Holding a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington, Swigart is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship for Anthropological Research.

Kho Tararith is currently a Fellow at Harvard University, and was previously a writing fellow at Brown University. In 2004, he received his MA in Political Science from Chamroeun University of Polytechnology in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in 2000 he received his Post Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Pedagogy in Phnom Penh. He also received his BA in Philosophy from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 1999. His master’s thesis dealt with Khmer-Thai and Khmer-Vietnam Border Disputes, and his bachelor’s thesis was on the Philosophy of Taoist. He was the Managing Director of the Nou Hach Literary Association from 2004-2009, the Production Manager of the Women’s Media Center Radio from 2001-2004, a high school teacher of philosophy and societal morality in the Siem Reap province from 2000-2001, and the President of the Sowers Association in Phnom Penh from 1998-2005. Kho Tararith also helped to found the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY Cambodia), the Philosophy Association of Cambodia (PAC), and the Oddormeanchy Student Association. He has been invited to lecture at numerous venues, and has written many books, published both in Cambodia and abroad. He has also written for the Nou Hach Literary Journal, and was the recipient of the International Writers Project at Brown award, the Jeri Laber International Freedom award, and a TOYOTA Foundation grant. 

Andreas TeuberAndreas Teuber is an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy at Brandeis University and served as its Department Chair from 2005-2010. He studied philosophy at Oxford and at Harvard, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. His scholarship encompasses the internationalization of human rights, issues of social inequality, risk analysis, the nature and limits of democratic forms of deliberation, civic participation and renewal, cosmopolitanism, the relation of U. S. Constitutional Law to international covenants, and the relation of decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court to the opinions of international courts and tribunals, such as the ICC. He has been published in such journals as the American Scientist, Political Theory, and Daedalus, and has written for The London Review of Books, The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Mr. Teuber has been a member and fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He is the recipient of two Brandeis teaching awards, and is the contributor to two books: American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy and Risk: Public Health and Risk Assessment. He is currently a member of the Harvard Summer School Faculty and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company.

Polly O. WalkerWalker currently is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She is a director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australian and lectures in peace and conflict at James Cook. Previously she was a research fellow in the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  She is co-editor of Acting Together, Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict (2011) and has contributed to a number of professional journals and edited volumes. She is also a facilitator of computer-assisted dialogue. Vice-Chair of the Indigenous Education Institute, Polly is of Cherokee descent and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Southwest Township. Her research focuses on cross cultural conflict resolution, transforming conflict between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the role of ritual in these processes.