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
March 2 - 5, 2015
Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence
September 17-19, 2013
Panel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation
June 20-21, 2013
Community Arts Lab - Arts Festival and Conference
April 19-28, 2013
Reconciliation Art Project
September 21-23 &
Facilitating Encounters through Art
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
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development
April 12, 2011
Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation
Read about the Acting Together launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.
Students in the CAST minor, in collaboration with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and the Politics Department present:
NOW AS THEN: WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT RESTEvents 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.
- 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
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
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.
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?
The new Brandeis minor Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:
Ebony AxisSeptember 25, 9:00pm
Chum's Coffee House
Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects:Friday, October 23, 9:00am
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium
- "My American Girls" – Azlin Perdomo (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies)
- "Choreographing the Disabled Body: Gender, Performance, and Zionism in the work of Tamar Borer" – Prof. Ilana Szobel (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
DR. JAMES THOMPSON IN RESIDENCEDistinguished British applied theater scholar/practitioner in conversation at Brandeis
Art, Beauty and War: A Short History
Pre-concert discussion with Dr. James Thompson
October 31, 7:00pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Pre-concert discussion with Dr. James Thompson surrounding MUUS Concert “From Syria: Home Within - A Live Audio-Visual Performance” featuring jazz clarinetist Kinan Azmeh
Presentation of "In Place of War: Digging Up Stories in Ondaadtje's Sri Lanka" by Dr. Thompson, followed by Q&A and reception
November 1, 4:00pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Dr. James Thompson, an acclaimed leader in the global peacebuilding and the arts field, will discuss 10 years of theatre practice and research in the conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka. He will explore how performance and the arts in these settings can deliberately and accidentally dig up issues from the past and question notions of truth places where those stories are violently contested. As in Anil’s Ghost, digging up human histories, as well as digging up human remains, challenges the present as much as putting the past to rest.
Open class and workshop in Applied Theater and Oral Communication with Dr. Thompson
November 2, 9:00 – 11:00am
Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects:Tuesday, November 3, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium
- "The Birdsong Project" – Prof. Judith Eissenberg (Music)
- "Performance and the Rehumanization of the Other" – Prof. Adrianne Krstansky (Theater)
Sound Mapping - Listening for ChangeDate & Time TBD
CAST Student Award recipients Brontë Velez ‘16 & Sarah McCarty ‘15 present "Sound Mapping - Listening for Change," a creative reflection on the 2015 Venice Biennale. Read more about Brontë & Sarah's project.
Freedom UnderfootFebruary 2, 2:00pm
Philadelphia civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram, in an open session of CAST, 150b presents a performance about the final horrific year of the Civil War in Atlanta, including original songs and dances, combined with text from slave narratives diaries, women’s autobiographies, and letters that excavate the ambitions, fears, and internal conflicts of southern women – slave, free, white and black. Musicians Jacqueline Pickett and Diane Monroe lend their talents to the performance.
Learn more about the new CAST minor.
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