HIGHLIGHTS

Read Cynthia Cohen's notes on feminist epistemology, aesthetic ways of knowing and peacebuilding

Video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain

Read Reflection on Farhat Abgaria’s Visit by Cynthia Cohen 

Exhibit: BLUE - Read the interview on BrandeisNOW

Anna Khandros: The Politics Perspective on Peacebuilding

Program works with art to create peace

Past Events

February 4, 2017
Activism Through Song: Advancing Social Justice Through Folk Music, A Concert and Discussion with Magpie
activism

October 13, 18, & November 1, 2016
Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice
Salon Series
IFCJ

April 14 - 17, 2016
Shout the Big Dreams - Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
LBAF

February 2, 2016
Freedom Underfoot: Performance by Germaine Ingram

September 28 - October 8, 2015
Now As Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights
NAS

April 24, 2015
A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

March 2 - 5, 2015
Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

November 5, 2014
Music and the Cultural Survival of Indigenous Peoples: The Andean Q’eros and Amazonian Wachiperi Peoples of Peru

May 2014
A Call to Action - A Way Out of No Way: Learning from Jane Sapp's Life, Stories and Songs via Indiegogo
Jane at Piano

February 1-10, 2014
"Seeking Lives of Purpose"
Part of 'DEIS Impact 2014
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January 28-29, 2014
Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change

September 17-19, 2013
Panel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation
Vancouver, Canada

June 20-21, 2013
Community Arts Lab - Arts Festival and Conference
Utrecht, Netherlands
CAL

April 19-28, 2013
Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa’a
Reconciliation Art Project

September 21-23 &
28-30, 2012
Facilitating Encounters through Art
Farhat

December 1-2, 2011
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence

October 23, 2011
"Acting Together on the World Stage" Boston Premiere

October 21-23, 2011
Weekend Intensive:
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development
Wknd

April 12, 2011
Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation

More Past Events

Read about the Acting Together launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.

Cosponsorship

Guidelines for cosponsorship of your campus events.

Now As Then

Students in the CAST minor, in collaboration with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and the Politics Department present:

 NAS

NOW AS THEN: WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST

UPDATE MARCH 2016

As we anticipated in the “Now as Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” series in the fall of 2015, US Supreme Court’s decision to seriously abridge the protections of the Voting Rights Act has indeed led to the disenfranchisement of voters from communities of color. Learn about what has been happening in Arizona and North Carolina:

Arizona 1

Arizona 2

Arizona 3

North Carolina

Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

We will explore songs and stories surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and consider actions we can take today in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that annulled the key provision of the Voting Rights Act and "put a dagger into the heart" of the law.

Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
September 28, 2:00-5:00pm
Slosberg Music Hall
Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp, cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator.

Watch a video of a song about racial discrimination and voting rights in the U.S. written and performed by a group of Brandeis students in the songwriting workshop with cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator Jane Sapp:

  • Adapting and composing songs and spoken word poetry advocating for voting rights today

Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Voting Rights
October 1, 5:30pm
Slosberg 212
Understanding the struggle for voting rights in song and story presented by Jane Wilburn Sapp, with comments from Dan Kryder, Politics Department

  • Music, history, and analysis
  • Discussion over light snacks
Selma65

Scene from Selma '65,
by Catherine Filloux.
Photo credit:
Steven Schreiber

Selma ’65
October 8, 5:00pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Performance by Marietta Hedges of Catherine Filloux’s Selma ’65, a one-woman play retelling the complex story of Viola Liuzzo, a white voting rights activist who was killed in Selma in 1965, and the FBI informant who was with the Klan the night she was assassinated. Followed by:

  • Panel of students discussing their responses to the play and the politics of race and gender as they intersect in Viola Liuzzo’s story
  • Small group discussions over light snacks, moderated by Brandeis students

Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play Selma '65 is in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March. The play received its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. Read more about Selma '65 and Catherine Filloux's recent Planet Activist Award.

Read reflection from Brontë Velez '16 on the event series.

View poster for Now As Then event series.

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Recognizing that 2016 will be the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we are asking:

  • What can we learn from the songs and the stories of those who participated in struggle for voting rights in Selma in 1965?
  • What strategies are being used to suppress Americans, particularly African Americans, from voting in 2015 and 2016?
  • What can we at Brandeis do to reclaim and strengthen voting rights today?