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Performing Arts in the Islamic World

Wednesday, November 12, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Spingold Theatre Building (room TBD)

Co-sponsored by CAST, MusicUnitesUS and the Brandeis Theater Department

Learn from noted theater director Hafiz Karmali, currently in residence at the Brandeis Theater Department directing Conference of the Birds, based on an early Persian Sufi text, to be staged November 20 – 23. Hafiz will offer a sampling of performance traditions from Muslim societies. He will also discuss inter-religious encounters in the Brandeis production of Conference of the Birds, and the way in which religious symbolism is being appropriated in support of political ideologies in the Islamic World.

A Call to Action -
A Way Out of No Way:
Learning from Jane Sapp's Life, Stories and Songs

via Indiegogo

How can we use our stories to make the world a better place? How can songs build community and create a sense of hope? How can culture fuel our strategies for greater justice? Jane Wilburn Sapp, a friend and colleague of the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis, has spent more than forty years composing answers to these questions in a cultural work practice that has taken her into communities throughout the United States and abroad.


Jane Sapp in Workshop



Our partner organization, ReCAST, Inc, is launching an online fundraising campaign to generate resources that will allow Jane Sapp to document her practice in a book, in performance/presentations that will be recorded and disseminated on an accompanying disc, and in a songbook with transcriptions of some of the powerful songs Jane has written with children. This campaign is an experiment to see if folks of modest means can join together to support a cultural worker whose life has been devoted to strengthening communities by helping us value our cultures and build the kind of trust that allow us to work together across differences in the pursuit of justice. This project is designed to support Jane to share her skills, her wisdom and her work with a generation of emerging leaders: organizers, artists, educators, young people and community workers of all kinds, who are pursuing social justice in relation to the criminal justice system, schools, the environment, economic inequity, immigration reform, gender-based violence, voting rights, labor issues, youth development, and more. Please check out the campaign. Even very modest contributions are welcome! You can also support the campaign by sharing it with friends, colleagues, comrades of all kinds. Learn more about the project: "A Way Out of Now Way."

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