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Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D. Director x2133 Email
Lisette Anzoategui Assistant to the Director x5016 Email
Jennifer Largaespada Undergraduate Assistant Email
Lauren Satterlee Web and Communications Specialist Email

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.

Lisette Anzoategui, Assistant to the Director

Lisette  Anzoategui draws on theories of peace education to transform youth and build sustainable coexistence in violent contexts. For the past three years, Lisette has worked in youth education and violence prevention efforts in Honduras. With the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Honduras, she conducted research and presented reports on Honduras’ development context focused on citizen security and youth development. Lisette has served in the U.S. Peace Corps as Municipal Development Advisor building local capacity for tax collection and transparency. She has had research experience with the North American Integration and Development Center, where she conducted research on violence against immigrant workers. Additionally, Lisette founded an NGO called One Heart Source, and worked as an HIV/AIDs awareness instructor in Tanzania. Lisette holds Bachelor of Arts in both Geography and International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a dual M.A. candidate in Sustainable International Development & Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Lisette is working with Peacebuilding and the Arts to support the inauguration and launch of the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST)

Jennifer Largaespada, Undergraduate Assistant

Jennifer Largaespada is a junior undergraduate student at Brandeis majoring in International and Global Studies with a minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). She is excited to be working with the Interntational Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life this semester and especially the Peacebuilding and the Arts department. In her downtime, Jennifer enjoys playing board games, swimming, and warm weather.

Lauren Satterlee, Web and Communications Specialist

Lauren Satterlee manages research, writes content and serves as editor for the Peacebuilding and the Arts NOW e-newsletter as well as the organization's website. Lauren holds a Masters of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Currently, Lauren also coordinates a mentoring program to support young women leaders who are first in their families to attend college through a nonprofit organization called Honoring Women Worldwide. Prior to graduate school, Lauren worked for 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 also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Ashoka's Youth Venture. 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.