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:

Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

March 2 - 5

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

The CAST minor will host singer/activist Fatu Gayflor and anthropologist/dance scholar Toni Shapiro-Phim, both now living in Philadelphia. Fatu is a renowned Liberian singer who is the founder and the artistic director of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, a group that focuses on domestic violence, post-conflict reconciliation and other issues of concern for Liberians in the Philadelphia region. The Chorus is an initiative of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, an arts and social justice organization where Toni serves as Director of Programs. Toni has conducted extensive research on the performing arts of Cambodia, and edited an anthology on dance and human rights across the globe. 

Fatu and Toni will be giving five presentations during their time at Brandeis.

View dates, times, locations, and details about their five presentations (via CAST website).

To celebrate International Women's Day:

Movie: Traitors


March 8, 6:00pm
Wasserman Cinematheque
Sachar International Center, Brandeis University
Free and open to the public. Synopsis: "Malika agrees to make just one drug run to save her family home and make a demo tape for her punk rock band. When she is teamed with a veteran woman drug mule, she must decide what her deepest values are. A feminist thriller without a gun." 86 mins, in Arabic and French, with English subtitles. View the flyer.

Sponsors: Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), Peacebuilding and the Arts, the Gender Working Group, the new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST), the Feminist Majority Leadership Association (FMLA), NARAL

Jane 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