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Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D., Director of Programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Cynthia Cohen is Director of the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, where she leads action/reflection research projects, writes and teaches about work at the nexus of the arts, culture, justice and peace. She directed the Brandeis/Theatre Without Borders collaboration "Acting Together on the World Stage," co-edited the Acting Together anthologies and co-created the documentary and toolkit ( She directs ReCAST, Inc, a non-profit organization partnering with Brandeis and New Village Press on the dissemination of Acting Together resources. Dr. Cohen has written extensively on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of peacebuilding, including chapters "Creative Approaches to Reconciliation" and "Engaging with the Arts to Promote Coexistence," and an on-line book "Working With Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions." Prior to the Acting Together project, she directed an international fellowship program "Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts," which produced an anthology by that name. (All are available in the online Resource Library.) In addition, Dr. Cohen has worked as a dialogue facilitator, with communities in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Central America and the United States. Prior to her tenure at Brandeis, she directed a community-based, anti-racist oral history center in the Boston area.

Lauren Satterlee, Web and Communications Specialist

Lauren holds a Masters of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Lauren conducted her Masters Practicum in 2012-2013 in Colombia with the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence, and Santa Catalina (CORALINA), which is the regional government entity of Colombia’s National Environment System (SINA). She served as member of CORALINA's Seaflower Marine Protected Area management team, supported sustainable alternative livelihoods projects, and compiled publications on cultural natural resource use, as well as assisting with an organizational collaboration with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Prior to graduate school, Lauren worked for the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, and for the American Refugee Committee, where she managed the organization’s social media presence and helped develop the web 2.0 strategy and best practices for the organization. She served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for two years with Ashoka's Youth Venture and volunteered with World Savvy, Growth & Justice, and the Freshwater Society. During an  urban studies internship with a neighborhood arts cooperative, she co-organized the Red Hot Art Festival, and has a strong belief in the power of the arts to give a voice to individuals and  communities, especially those that are traditionally marginalized. Lauren is also an amateur  photographer. She is honored to have the opportunity to support to the work of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and a remarkable global network of artists, cultural workers, and peacebuilders.