Arts in the One World: A Consideration of Genocide


Presented by Theatre Without Borders in Collaboration with Coexistence International

From January 26 to 29, 2006, Coexistence International and Theatre Without Borders conducted lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and panels centering on the Rwandan genocide and the potentials of art for witness, representation, reconciliation, and peace building. The conversations included the extent and variety of ways art responds to situations of profound conflict.

January 26 was devoted to Rwanda, the 27th to mass violence and activist art in a global context, the 28th to ongoing, art-driven peace and reconciliation efforts (methods and networks, global and local), and the 29th to open space and planning. The first two days of the event took place in Valencia, California, and the last two in downtown Los Angeles.

Panelists included:

  • Claudia Bernardi, Berkeley, El Salvador, Artist
  • Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis, Director of Coexistence Research, Brandeis University
  • Rachel Jagoda, Director, Holocaust Museum, Los Angeles
  • Hanay Geiogomah, UCLA, Playwright, American Indian Dance Theatre
  • Tessa Hicks, LA, Anti-Defamation League
  • Eric Kabera, Rwanda, Filmmaker
  • Jean-Pierre Karegeye, Rwanda/Berkeley, Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies
  • Roberta Levitow, LA, Theater Without Borders
  • Christopher Merrill, Head, Iowa International Writer's Program
  • Dijana Milosevic, Serbia, Director, DAH Theatre Center
  • Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, LA and Uganda, Artist
  • Okello Sam, Uganda, Performer
  • Roberto Varea, San Francisco Director

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