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

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

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

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

September 21-23 &
28-30, 2012
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
Weekend Intensive:
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development

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.


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Upcoming Events

The new Brandeis minor Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:


Apply to participate in 'Facilitating Difficult Conversations: Building Skills, Gaining Awareness, Taking Action'

January 22 - 24

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 15 at midnight

Recent incidents of violent treatment of African-American youth by police have ignited a movement for racial justice in US policing and criminal justice systems. These events call for deep conversations and creative actions involving people of all ages, races, classes and ethnicities.

The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the Student Advisory Committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, in collaboration with the Intercultural Center, is offering an opportunity for a diverse group of twelve Brandeis students to participate in an intensive and deep conversation about their own identities. They will consider how power dynamics affect our capacity to engage in productive conversation and collaborative action. Participants in the workshop will commit to apply the skills they learn in dialogue and action projects throughout the semester. Read more. Download the Word version of the application and details.

Creative Approaches to Seeking Justice / Portraits of Purpose

February 10
Time & Location TBD
Featuring launch of a book by photojournalist Don West - Portraits of Purpose.
Conversation with photojournalist and Portraits of Purpose creator Don West and Wyatt Jackson, the founder of Boston’s Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power) about how they understand the contributions of the arts to social transformation, based on their experiences in Boston’s African-American community and beyond.

Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

March 2 - 5, 2015

Fatu Gayflor, joined by Marie
Nyenabo, Tomah and Tete
on background vocals.
Photo credit: Toni Shapiro-Phim

The CAST minor will host on campus folklorist and dance scholar Toni Shapiro-Phim and singer/activist Fatu Gayflor, both now living in Philadelphia. Fatu is a popular Liberian singer, refugee from the Liberian Civil war, who has started a Women's Chorus for Change. The chorus focuses on domestic violence and reconciliation among members of opposing groups within the Liberian community. Toni is a folklorist and dancer who has worked extensively in Cambodia, and edited an anthology on dance and human rights. They will be coming the first week of March, the same week as MusicUnitesUS’ residency with Fargana Qasimova, the noted Azerbaijani singer. We’ll see what happens with Fargana and Fatu meet and experience each other’s music!

Tuesday, March 3
12 – 1:30pm
Moving Women/Women Moving (Susan Dibble)

Spingold Theater 206
Presentation and Workshop by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim
Note: Students of CAST 150b and Anthropology 140a (Human Rights in Global Perspective) invited to attend.

2 – 4:50pm
Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (Cynthia Cohen)

Slosberg Recital Hall
• Presentation by MUUS visiting artist Fargana Qasimova; joint session with Music3b, World Music: Performing Tradition through Sound (2 – 3:20)
• Presentation by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim (3:30 - 4:50)
Note: Open to the campus community

Wednesday, March 4, 12 noon
Lunch Series of Heller MA in Coexistence in Conflict

Location TBD
Presentation by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro Phim

Thursday, March 5, 2 - 3:20pm
Joint session of World Music: Performing Tradition through Sound (Judith Eissenberg) and Dancing the African Diaspora: Keyterms, Grammars (Jasmine Johnson)
Slosberg Recital Hall
Presentation by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim
Note: Open to the campus community

A Series of Events Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

April 1 – 2

April 1 evening (Time  & Location TBD)
Klansville, film based on David Cunningham’s book Klansville, U.S.A., followed by panel discussion with David Cunningham, and Julian Bond, distinguished civil rights leader, at Brandeis to receive Richman Award.

April 2 evening (Time  & Location TBD) Selma ’65, one-woman play by Catherine Filloux, featuring Marietta Hedges performing as both Viola Luzzo, a white woman who was targeted by the Klan while she drove African=American freedom fighters to safety following the historic Selma Voting March, and FBI informant Tommy Rowe. Location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

Jane Wilburn Sapp in Residence

April 13 - 25
More details to come. Please check back soon.

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts

April 23 - 26
Time & Location TBD

Session to feature students in CAST150b.

The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni. The theme this year is LIGHT. Full schedule will be posted in March.

Design Lab for U.S. Department of Art & Culture

usdacA workshop with students and faculty from a number of universities to come together, imagine and generate ideas to establish campus branches of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Theaster Gates

This event will feature Theaster Gates a Chicago-based artist who has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Sponsored by the Ethics Center and from the Arts Council.

Learn more about the new CAST minor.

Related Events 

Check out other events
at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life