The Web Team


The Web Specialists

Fernanda Senatori is a recent graduate of the Brandeis University Master's Program in Cultural Production. She has twelve years of experience producing award-winning Brazilian documentaries and TV series focused on culture, environment, education and public health. Her work at ANCINE (Brazilian National Cinema Agency) supported federal cultural legislation to benefit Brazilian cinema and assisted and encouraged Brazilian companies to co-produce with foreign companies. She resides in Brazil, where she is continuing her work in cultural projects focused on arts and social justice.

Sheila Donio has been a theater practitioner in Brazil since 1992. The last 5 years she worked for Playback Theatre as an actress, artistic director, and workshop facilitator. In 2008, she was a guest in 8 playback companies across the U.S. In 2008-2009 she was a trainee in arts and social transformation in the Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University to expand her knowledge in the field. Still contributing to the Brazilian Playback community, Sheila translates articles and newsletters into Portuguese and creates a link between Brazilian playback practitioners and the community abroad. Sheila will graduate from the School of Playback Theatre in 2010.

The Consultants

Alexander Levering Kern is the Protestant chaplain for the University. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He received his Master's of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School, where he also served as adjunct faculty and staff. His B.A. in religious studies, history and African American studies is from Guilford College in North Carolina. He also received a certificate from the Boston Theological Institute for work focused on reconciliation, ecumenism and restorative justice. Alex has done peacebuilding work domestically and abroad. In addition to his work at Brandeis, he serves as Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries. He is also the editor of the book Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations

Allison Lund is a documentary filmmaker focused on work that promotes creative action for a more just society. Her hope is to develop entertaining films that serve not only as records of inspirational events, but educate viewers to the power we each hold as individuals.

The Students

Atem Aleu is a Southern Sudanese activist and artist who graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since his arrival in the states, Atem has engaged in various initiatives, trying to communicate his conflict experiences through his mixed-media art to his U.S. audience. He has become a voice for the Southern Sudanese diaspora, returning to Sudan every year to volunteer and teach his "dialogue through art" methodology to displaced Sudanese young adults. Atem is also enrolled in the Cultural Production program at Brandeis University.

Feruza Aripova works for the Community Multicultural Awareness Program in Klaipeda, Lithuania. A recent graduate in theology from the LCC International University, she also received a bachelor’s degree from the Uzbek State World Language University. Between 2002-2004 Feruza worked as an English-Russian-Uzbek translator and interpreter for the Defense Energy Support Center – Middle East, and recently as an assistant to the university Director of Expatriate Recruitment. She is currently in the Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University.

Joachim Aytey received in 2009 a dual degree at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Sustainable International Development) and at the Coexistence and Conflict program. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

Mubarik Dogar is a scriptwriter and news editor for the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation. He is a graduate of the National University of Modern Languages of Islamabad, where he studied economics, political science and history. He is currently working toward a Master's in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University. He resides in Islamabad. 

Lauren E. Forcucci

Gail Goldspiel graduated from Brandeis University in 2009, majored in English and creative writing with a minor in education studies. She is interested in arts education and advocacy, and is excited by the ways the arts can help bring peace and coexistence to different peoples, cultures, and regions of the world. After Brandeis, Gail hopes to pursue graduate studies in childhood education or writing, as well as intern in arts education organizations to further gain experience in the field. As a student in The Arts of Building Peace class, Gail was grateful for what she learned, the rewarding experience she had, and the wonderful people that she met. She hopes you enjoy the website!

Wendy Jason is an educator, researcher, and advocate for restorative justice.  She has over ten years experience in social services, working in residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, schools, and correctional facilities in the U.S. This experience has brought her face to face with the myriad challenges confronted by marginalized individuals and cultivated both a passion and a capacity to support individual and social change. She has also volunteered with development organizations in Tanzania and Jamaica and is currently Board Chair of the Blue Mountain Project, which supports healthcare and educational services in rural Jamaica. Wendy has an M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University, where her field project focused on creative writing and peace education with men incarcerated on felony charges.  She currently facilitates creative writing and conflict resolution workshops with inmates at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, with schools, and with youth organizations.

Mohammad Kundos

Roman Macaiba is a native of Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. He is a Roman Catholic Priest. He has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology. His theses on both degrees are “Spiritual Being in Jaques Maritain” and “The church role in transforming politics vis-à-vis the electoral issues in the province of Kalinga” respectively. He has been a member of the youth commission of the Vicariate of Tabuk for three years. He became an OIC director of St. Theresita’s High School Tinglayan, and a Rector of St. John Mary Vianney Seminary in Tabuk,. He has been active in peace building efforts as a youth coordinator of the Parish of Pinukpuk and St. William’s Cathedral Parish. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Coexistence and Conflcit Resolution at Brandeis University on a Ford Foundation fellowship. 

Claire Mauro is currently a graduate student in cultural production at Brandeis University with a research interest in intergenerational relationships, cultural anthropology, immigration and transnationalism. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey. She will be a research affiliate at the Fuss Center for Intergenerational Studies at Lasell College during the 2009-10 academic year.

Catherine McConnell is a studio arts major, with minor in environmental studies and peace, conflict and coexistence at Brandeis University. She was awarded an Ethics Center Students Fellowship that gave her the opprotunity to intern at Artist Proof Studio, a printmaking studio in Johannesburg South Africa. There she examined the role that the arts play in creating social change, especially the virtual arts. She is from Providence, Rhode Island and is due to graduate in 2010.

Christian Mani is in the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict. He has initial training in sociology and political science with a diploma in cultural studies. He has served in the Civil Affairs Division in two UN Peacekeeping Missions: Sierra Leone and Sudan. As a conflict practitioner, he is researching the political future of Southern Sudan after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the formation of an autonomous government in Southern Sudan. His study will suggest policy formulation to the government and the UN Mission on the creation of political space as a fundamental approach to conflict resolution in Southern Sudan.

Laila Mazer

Paul Ogalo is a project officer with Seeds of Peace Africa International where he has been working on peacebuilding programs in the Gambella region in Ethiopia and East Upper Nile in Sudan. Paul is also the founder and chairman of Center for Regeneration and Empowerment of Africa Through Africa, a peace and development agency networking communities for peace, justice and international solidarity. In 2002 he graduated from Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a bachelor of arts in Social Ministry in Mission. Several of his writings have been published, including "Youth and Popular Education" in the book Africa is not a Dark Continent. Paul is a Ford Foundation fellow.

Shibani Pandya is originally from India and is doing an undergraduate program in peace, conflict and coexistence studies. She plans to return to India and work with issues related to communal and gender violence. 

Timothy Pracher-Dix

Alzad Sattar is the presidential executive assistant at Basilian State College, the Philippines, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in political science, and has worked towards master's degrees in arts education and in public administration, and a doctoral degree in education. He served the college as dean of student affairs and, prior to that, as an advisor to the bachelor of arts department. In 2005 Alzad received a Master’s in Islamic Studies from the University of the Philippines. He is active in the JAGA Human Rights movement, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the Taytayan Group Association and the Al-Balagh Religious Association. Alzad is in the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict on a Ford Foundation fellowship.

Noam Shuster

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