Staff


From off-campus, please dial: 781-736-XXXX.

Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D. Director x2133 Email
David Briand Program Coordinator x5642 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 (www.actingtogether.org). 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.


David Briand, Program Coordinator

David Briand is the Program Coordinator for Peacebuilding and the Arts at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. He was previously the project manager for the Ethics Center's Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project, which documents the international tribunals established for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and the lead researcher and coordinator of the Columbia Center for Oral History's Rule of Law Oral History Project.

Briand holds a BA in History from Boston College and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, where his research concerned the roots and consequences of the extension of state power in the United States, most notably in the dramatic rise in mass incarceration of people of color during the “War on Drugs” and in the U.S. government’s foreign and domestic policies of detainment during the “War on Terror.”


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 International 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 MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Currently, Lauren also manages programs for the U.S. office of the Forest Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit organization that works to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. Lauren has managed digital communications for other nonprofit organizations, including managing the social media presence and developing web 2.0 strategy for American Refugee Committee. She co-organized the Red Hot Art Festival in Minneapolis, 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.