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

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

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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Past Events

April 2015

Jane Sapp in Residence

April 13 - 25

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

Friday, April 24th, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Multi-purpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center

MFPresented by the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation. A Program of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts "Find Your Light."
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 "Find your Light." 

12:00 – 1:45pm
Acting Together on the World Stage: "Asking Toward the Light"
Screening of the award-winning, Brandeis-produced, hour-long documentary,Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, featuring courageous performance from conflict regions around the world, followed by conversation with film-maker Allison Lund, Center associate Jane Wilburn Sapp and Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Thomas King, joined by students in the CAST minor.

Refreshments and Q and A about the CAST minor

2:15 – 4:00pm
Opening Eyes, Ears and Hearts:
Performing Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences from students in CAST 150b

Students from the Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation share scenes, poems, songs and images based on oral history interviews with people different from themselves. Come prepared to listen, look, and, if you like, sing and dance as well! Refreshments will be served!

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March 2015

Director Cindy Cohen joins Tom Hall in an opening discussion "Improvisation and Social Transformation" to launch the first Brandeis Improv Festival
March 27, 3:00pm
Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University

BIFExplore the many ways that improvisation enlivens the arts and sciences; inspires individual and group creativity; and encourages cultural innovation at the first annual Brandeis Improv Festival, the weekend of March 27-29, 2015. This three day festival, which is free and open to the public, will be filled with concerts, live performances, panel discussions and workshops, featuring a diverse range of mediums and artistic genres.

The Festival opens on Friday afternoon, March 27th at 3:00 with an open discussion on “Improvisation and Social Transformation” between Tom Hall (author of “Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide”) and Cindy Cohen (director of the program in Peace building and the Arts), followed at 5:00 by a multimedia improvisation (Shapiro Student Center) between artist Lennie Peterson, Tom Hall (sax), and Marty Ballou (bass). View the brochure and visit the website.

Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts

Saturday, March 21, 2:30 - 5:00pm
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA
Please RSVP online or by calling the Philadelphia Folklore Project at 215-726-1106
View parking information

PFP ForumPeacebuilding encompasses efforts that aim to transform conflict by nurturing compassion and creating safe spaces for people to live fulfilled lives, with dignity and joy. Please join us as we explore the relationship between traditional/folk arts and historical memory, reconciliation, anti-violence, immigration rights and other justice work through a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage, and a panel discussion featuring artists, activists and scholars.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project is proud to be collaborating on this program with Professor Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University’s Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and local artists and activists Germaine Ingram, Yared Portillo, Ximena Violante and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah and Zaye Tete. Read more.

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

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

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.

January 2015

Creative Approaches to Seeking Justice /
Portraits of Purpose

February 10, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Schwartz Hall, Room 103

Open session of CAST 150b featuring launch of a book by photojournalist creator of Portraits of Purpose Don West.
Conversation with photojournalist as well as Christle Rawlins Jackson, D. Farai Williams and Libbie Shufro discuss the contributions of the arts to social transformation, based on experiences in Boston's African-American community and beyond. 

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.

November 2014

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.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Slosberg Music Building, Room 212


Photo courtesy of Holly Wissler

Learn about the work of visiting ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler, who has built relationships with and documented the music of indigenous communities in Peru. Join in conversation with Dr. Wissler, Cynthia Cohen (co-chair of CAST minor and director of Peacebuilding and the Arts) and Judith Eissenberg, (Music faculty, member of the Lydian String Quartet, and founder of MusicUnitesUS) exploring the contributions of music and ethnomusicology to cultural survival.

Lunch and Learn: Peacebuilding and the Arts and Brandeis and Beyond

Thursday, November 6, 12:30 – 1:30pm
60 Turner Street. Open to BOLLI members

Cynthia Cohen shares news about the CAST minor and other developments in the Peacebuilding and the Arts field with members of Brandeis’ lifelong learning community.

October 2014

Conversations to launch the new CAST minor:
How do you understand connections among art, culture, social justice and peace?

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 12:15 to 2:00 pm
CASTShapiro Campus Center.
Multipurpose Room

Celebrate the launch of the new minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) featuring spoken word performance by Jamele Adams and conversation with faculty and students about creativity, justice and peace.
RSVP required.

lamama"SELMA '65" Performance and Panel
October 12, 2:00 pm
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Through "SELMA '65," award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux presents the stories of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, an FBI informant undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Following the performance, a panel featuring Cynthia Cohen, director of the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program, and David Cunnigham, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy and author of "Klansville, U.S.A: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era KKK," will address peacebuilding and the arts, as well as the legacy of KKK violence and organized vigilantism.

Sponsored by the Brandeis Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

August 2014

Workshop and Film Screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage"
August 12, 6:00 pm
Istanbul, Turkey
Kadir Has University Theatre Department 

This workshop and film screening is open to all artists and activists interested in creativity, peacebuilding, social transformation and international exchange, hosted in conjunction with the 25th IPRA General Conference. An introduction and the film screening will start at 6:00 pm, conversation and resource sharing at 7:15 pm, and snacks and an International Artists’ Exchange at 8:30 pm. The event is presented by ReCAST, Inc. in partnership with the Art and Peace Commission of the IPRA; Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; Kadir Has University Theatre Department; and Theatre Without BordersView the flyer and view more screenings.


Gathering of Acting Together, IPRA Arts & Peace
Commission, and Turkish theater colleagues at Kadir
Has University, Istanbul. Photo credit: Bilge Gulturk

May 2014

International Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk:
Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music

May 6, 2014
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia


Listen to the podcast (beginning at 15 minutes & 30 seconds).

Dr. Cynthia Cohen reported on her research into resilience, peacebuilding and the arts, focusing particularly on her collaboration with the distinguished musician, activist, educator and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp. Dr. Cohen was accompanied by Jane who illustrated the power of music’s contributions to resilience through her own stories and through songs performed at the piano.  Conversation will explore connections between resilience and the practices of cultural work, music-making, healing, and justice-seeking.

The evening was introduced by the premiere of “Invocation,” a new song for voice and piano with text by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron and music by award-winning UBC composition major Matthew Emery, performed by soprano Bahareh Poureslami and Professor Rena Sharon. View the flyerListen to the podcast (beginning at 15 minutes & 30 seconds).

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

via Indiegogo


Jane Sapp in Workshop



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.

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. Read more about the campaign.

February 2014

Seeking Lives of Purpose:
Images, Songs and Stories that Challenge and Inspire

deisimpactEvents featuring cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp and photojournalist Don West
Part of ‘DEIS Impact 2014: The weeklong "Festival of Social Justice" at Brandeis University
February 1–10, 2014

View the event page


Photo Credit: David Weinstein
View full photo album

January 2014

Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change
ajokaFeaturing: Pakistani Theatre Director Said Nadeem
and African American Cultural Worker Jane Wilburn Sapp
January 28 & January 29

View the event webpage.

Organizational Meeting about New Independent Study/Internship Opportunity offered in Spring 2014:
Cultural Work and Social Transformation

January 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm, 
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Room 302


Cynthia Cohen is working with Jane Wilburn Sapp, a distinguished African American musician, educator activist and cultural worker on a major project called "A Way Out of No Way," documenting Sapp’s 40 years of experience working in communities struggling for social justice. Students are invited to join the project as interviewers, transcribers, archivists, researchers, writers and event producers. They are welcome to work as volunteers, or more intensively for credit as interns (in PAX 92a4) or researchers in a group independent study (PAX 97a1). Learn more about "A Way Out of No Way." View more spring 2014 courses supported by the Ethics Center.

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November 2013

Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding
November 21-22
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI

MMaryAs part of Mount Mary’s commitment to social justice and creativity, the University hosted “Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding” led by the University’s faculty Peacebuilding Affiliate Group. The event included a screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage" on Thursday, November 21 and a keynote panel that explored how women leaders can use writing and theater arts to address and resolve conflict, featuring two national peacebuilding leaders – Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D., from Brandeis University and Jennifer Freeman, M.A., Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women PeaceMakers Program at University of San Diego – who shared their insight and experience. The event continued through November 22 for registered participants with a Workshop for Community Leaders, "Transforming Violent Conflict Using the Creative Arts"  led by Cynthia Cohen. Read more about the event. Read Cynthia's revised presentation notes from her keynote address.

Announcing two special sessions of PAX 250 - The Arts of Building Peace open to the Brandeis community
The course, taught by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, is opening its doors to all students for two sessions featuring two remarkable guests:

Theatre-based Intercultural Collaboration in Southeast Asia: Peacebuilding Opportunities and Obstacles
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Spingold Theatre Center, Room 111
Presentation by award-winning Thai theatre artist Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop),PhD candidate at Payap University, Department of Peace Studies, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Image courtesy of
Kop from her latest
work "The Demon Hero,"
Bangkok, Thailand.

Narumol Thammapruksa is an international theatre artist whose work focuses on theatre and creative dance as resources for social activism. Her most recent work is a mask theatre performance "The Demon Hero," which explores a story of an unusual demon,  Sukhahajara who sacrifices himself for peace and was staged at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) this fall. Learn more about Kop
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“I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table”: Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American Community
Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 - 4:50 pm
Slosberg Music Building, Room 215
Presentation/Performance by musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp.


Image from
"Someone Sang for me" 
on Jane Sapp.

Jane Sapp is an extraordinary musician and activist who engages communities in struggles for social justice through music. She and Cindy Cohen are working on a book-length documentation of her four decades of practice, primarily in communities of color in the American South as part of a multi-media project called "A Way Out of No Way." Read more about her presentation.
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Read more about both sessions. Limited seating is available. Please also RSVP with the course teaching assistant Anneliese if you plan to attend either session.

Independent Study/ Internship Opportunity for Students -
Cultural Work and Social Transformation
PAX 92a (internship)/PAX98a (independent study) 
Offered in Spring 2014
Open for registration November 5

janeDr. Cynthia Cohen is working with Jane Wilburn Sapp, a distinguished African American musician, educator activist and cultural worker on a major project called "A Way Out of No Way" documenting Sapp’s 40 years of experience working in communities struggling for social justice. Students are invited to join the project as interviewers, transcribers, archivists, researchers, writers and event producers. They are welcome to work as volunteers, or more intensively, as interns or researchers in a group independent study in the spring of 2014. Registration for the spring term begins on the 5th of November. View the flyer and learn more about the project. View additional Spring 2014 courses supported by the Ethics Center.

September 2013

PeterWallPanel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation at UBC Conference
September 17-19, 2013
The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada


'Graphic Recording'
of presentation by 

(larger version)

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia hosted a conference featuring scholars from the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS).  UBC Professor Michelle LeBaron chaired a panel on the theme of resilience, that featured former Brandeis International Fellow Dr. Kim Berman of South Africa; Acting Together contributor Dr. Mary Ann Hunter of Australia; Neuroscientist Dr. Peter Reiner of UBC; and Cindy Cohen. Listen to a podcast of the entire panel; read Cynthia Cohen's remarksDr. Aftab Erfan created graphic recordings of all of the panel presentations. 


Panel presenters (left to right): Mary Ann
Hunter; Cynthia Cohen; Aftab Erfan;
Michelle LeBaron; Kim Berman.

Theatre for Change and International Education
in the Ecuadorian Amazon

September 10, 2013
2:00pm -
Open session of The Arts of Building Peace course, co-led by Daniel Bryan of the Pachaysana Institute
Spingold Theatre Building, Room 111
5:00pm -
Conversation with students
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303
Brandeis University


Photo credit:
Pachaysana Institute

Daniel Bryan is the program director of a new study abroad program based in the Ecuadorian Amazon called “Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally” that is exploring various possibilities for collaboration with Brandeis. The program engages students from North America with members of local indigenous communities in sustainable development projects/service learning, theatre for social change, cultural and historical study, and work on Spanish language, and is operated by the Pachaysana Institute in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. On September 10, Daniel co-led a class of The Arts of Building Peace. Read more about this event.

June 2013

Community Arts Lab - Arts Festival and Conference
Including "Acting Together" Documentary Screening
June 20-21, 2013
Utrecht, Netherlands
The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands was the site of the 1713 signing of a peace treaty that ended two centuries of religious conflicts in Europe. The organization Treaty of Utrecht commemorating the 300th year anniversary by hosting the Community Arts Lab (CAL) in June 2013, a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the city. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. An ongoing online dialogue about community art will prelude the festival. Cynthia Cohen, Roberto Varea, and Dijana Milošević will be presenting at the event, numerous other ReCAST, Inc. contributors will be attending the festival, and there will be a screening of the "Acting Together" documentaryRead more about the program and festival events. Read the event update and Cindy Cohen's report on the event.

Cynthia Cohen to Receive Medicine Woman Award
June 5, 6:30pm
The CycloramaCEC
539 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Medicine Wheel Productions will be honoring Cynthia Cohen with the Medicine Woman Award at their annual Turning the Wheel Fundraiser on June 5, 2013. Dr. Cohen will be honored along with Mark Smith, Ed Merritt, and Shani Dowd, who will also be honored with Medicine Men & Women Awards. For more details on the event or on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Dowling at mdowling@mwproductions.org or call 617-268-6700.

April 2013

Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project
Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and Arts


Tamadher Ali (right) and Khalid
Aljabri (left) offering free hugs
as a part of the campaign
"introducing Ulafa'a project" in
market 338, Adliya, Bahrain
Photography by Edd Ibrak

Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project is an initiative supported by the US Embassy in Bahrain in partnership with Bahraini artists and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Since the fall of 2012 until the events in April 2013, project coordinators Tamadher Alfahal and Nada Alaradi worked to recruit a group of artists working in a variety of genres to participate in the project in Bahrain. Through a series of events that included film screenings, panel discussions, live performances, and trainings, Ulafa'a artists engaged in conversation with community members and learn how to develop community-based art initiatives that strengthen relationships across differences. See full event page including details on the exhibit and events, and videos of the presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain.

September-November 2012

Facilitating Encounters through Art:
A workshop for artists working in zones of violent conflict

9/21–23 (Session I) & 9/28–30 (Session II) *The same workshop will be offered twice, so please apply for one session only.
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

workshopFacilitated by Farhat Agbaria, coexistence facilitator from Givat Haviva and Seeds of Peace, and Cindy Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University. This workshop is designed for artists, cultural workers and leaders of cultural institutions, who work or plan to work in zones of violent conflict around the world, including the United States. It will consist of an exploration of the relationship between dialogue and art. Application period has closed. Read more about the workshop and download the flier.

This workshop is programmed in conjunction with the art exhibition "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" at the Rose Art Museum, as a part of the Dor Guez Exhibition Programs. 

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program; the Department of Theater Arts; and the Interfaith Chaplaincy.  

Read Reflection on Farhat Abgaria’s Visit by Cynthia Cohen


The Art of Dialogue:
A conversation with facilitator Farhat Agbaria

*Open to the Brandeis community only

Wednesday, September 19
12:15-1:45 pm
Heller School, Room G4

Join undergraduate and graduate students in conversation with Farhat Agbaria, an experienced coexistence facilitator who has led dialogues with young people and adults from the Middle East, India and Kashmir, the former Yugoslavia and the United States. He has worked with the Seeds of Peace coexistence program since its inception in 1993. For many years he directed the Face-to-Face program of Givat Haviva, where he continues to work. Farhat grew up in a Muslim Palestinian family in Israel. He will share stories from his experiences and respond to questions from a panel of students and members of the audience. The conversation will be moderated by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Free and open to the Brandeis community. Contact Ann Gudaitis for more information. 

Programs in conjunction with Dor Guez Exhibition at the Rose Art Museum:

Peacebuilding Tours 
Deepen your experience with a group tour hosted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Brandeis Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; and Farhat Agbaria, coexistence facilitator at Seeds of Peace and Givat Haviva. Visit the Rose Art Museum website or call 781-736-3434 for dates and times. 

Artist's Talk and Exhibition Catalogue Release with Dor Guez
Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 pm
Rose Art Museum, Foster Gallery

Panel Discussion: “Exposures: Photography and the Politics of Looking”
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2:00-5:00 pm
Rose Art Museum
Join a panel of international artists and human rights activists for a discussion of the Dor Guez exhibition. Speakers include Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh, director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, the Netherlands, and Dor Guez, with others TBD.

See more programs in conjunction with Dor Guez Exhibit at the Rose Art Museum.

Co-Sponsored Event at the Ethics Center

Film Screening - Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
Thursday, November 1, 7:00pm
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center
“Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Following the screening, meet the director in a discussion moderated by Dr. Cindy Cohen. The event is sponsored by the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund Film, Television and Interactive Media, the Department of Fine Arts, the Department of Politics, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

June 2012

Screening of the Acting Together on the World Stage
June 22, 12:30-3:30pm
The Boston Foundation, South Boston Room
flierFree and open to the public. Screening followed by post-screening conversation with Cynthia Cohen, co-creator of film and director of Acting Together project, Brandeis University; Kathleen Bittier, artist, policy expert and chief curator at Medicine Wheel Productions; Charles Mulekwa, playwright from Uganda and a curator of Acting Together project. An additional video clip from the toolkit will be shown, followed by conversation and activities exploring how artists and peacebuilders balance attention to aesthetic and socio-political imperatives. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Naoe Suzuki at nsuzuki@brandeis.edu. Read more or view the Facebook event page.

April 2012

acting togetherScreening of "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" 
April 25, 7:00pm
Juniata College

Neff Lecture Hall, von Liebig Center for Science
Free, public film screening with followed by a panel with Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Dr. Polly O. Walker, Kate Clarke, head of Theatre Program at Juniata, and Prof. Celia Cook-Huffman.

March 2012

Intercultural Residency Series: Spring 2012
Improvisations: Raga in Afghanistan and North India

March 6-10

A unique international music collaboration will come together at Brandeis from March 6 to 10 as part of the MusicUnitesUs program. Homayun Sakhi is the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. Ken Zuckerman, an American, is internationally acclaimed as one of today’s finest sarod virtuosos. Salar Nader, born in Germany, is one of his generation’s leading performers on the tabla. Together, the trio will create a new and exciting world music fusion.

World Music Concert
March 10, 8:00pm
Slosberg Music Center
Improvisations: Raga in Afghanistan and North India
Master performers virtuosically reunite two historically kindred stringed instruments through the common language of raga and tala.
Homayun Sakhi, Afghan rubâb; Ken Zuckerman, sarod;
Salar Nader, tabla

Preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. with Theodore Levin, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music at Dartmouth College
Read more and listen to a preview.

Making a Difference Through the Arts: The Practice of Cultural Advocacy
March 13

 MusicUnitesUs will host the symposium, "Making a Difference Through the Arts: The Practice of Cultural Advocacy," with cultural advocates Richard Kurin, undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution for History, Art, and Culture; Ethel Raim, artistic director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City; Zeyba Rahman, director of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music; Jessye Kass '13, co-founder of the Attukwei Art Foundation; and moderator Theodore Levin, senior project consultant for Aga Khan Music Initiative.

Screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict"
March 21, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Peter Wall Institute, University of British Columbia
6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Free, public film screening with introduction from Cynthia Cohen and followed by dialogue with Commentators including Professor Rena Sharon, UBC School of Music, Professor James Stewart, UBC Faculty of Law, Professor Maureen Maloney, SFU School of Public Policy, and facilitated by Professor Michelle LeBaron, UBC Faculty of Law.  Registration required; please contact pwias.assistant@pwias.ubc.ca. View the event flyer.

Day Workshop:

Acting Together: Accessing Creativity to Transform Conflict
March 22, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) New Westminster Campus
 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC Canada 
Fee: $175
In this one day workshop, participants will learn ways to use a range of arts-based approaches in diverse conflict contexts. Read more details about the workshop.

of "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict"
March 22, 6:30-8:00pm

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) New Westminster Campus - Theatre
715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC Canada
Free, public film screening followed by dialogue with Cynthia Cohen and Michelle LeBaron. RSVP is required; please contact conres@jibc.ca or 604-528-5608. Read more details about the film screening.

January – March 2012

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Naoe Suzuki
January 12 – March 2, 2012
Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
Art exhibit by Naoe Suzuki, Senior Program Coordinator for the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Suzuki is showing her current work inspired by water—both its healing power and water crisis around the world. Read more.

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 26, 5:00 - 7:30pm
Women’s Studies Research Center, Epstein Building
Meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments in the Women Studies Research Center's Kniznick Gallery.  

Artist's Slide Talk
Tuesday, February 14, 12:30pm
Women’s Studies Research Center Lecture Hall, Epstein Building

Read the interview on BrandeisNOW.

February 2012

Introduction to Peacebuilding and the Arts Program
February 28, 2012, 12:30pm

Women's Studies Research Center Lecture Hall
Co-sponsored event
Screening of the documentary "Acting Together on the World Stage” and a talk by Cindy Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.

Acting Together on the World Stage: Training For Trainers
February 25-26

New York City

Facilitated by Cynthia E. Cohen, Ph.D., this workshop is designed for educators, practitioners and trainers who have experience with the Acting Together project or have their own practice in peacebuilding and the arts in divided communities or schools.
Space is limited. Contact David Diamond, ddjdstar@gmail.com for more information.

February 5-13, 2012

'DEIS Impact!
Exploring social justice on campus and around the world
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Brandeis Student Union present a weeklong "festival of social justice" -- a milestone in the history of Brandeis University's commitment to healing the world. Clubs and academic departments have planned dozens of events addressing topics from global health to climate change, from women's rights to ancient texts.

Below are the arts-related 'DEIS Impact! events. See the complete schedule of events.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Playback Workshop: Exploring Social Justice on Campus through Art, Ritual and Social Interaction
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Together we will explore improvisation as a tool for community building and conflict resolution as well as artistic expression. Open minds, instruments, and all skill levels welcome. Read more.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00-6:00pm
Film: "!Women Art Revolution"
Women's Studies Research Center Lecture Hall
Get in touch with your feminist roots!  Join us for a film screening of "!Women Art Revolution," a documentary by director Lynn Hershman Leeson that explores the Feminist Art Movement over the past several decades through interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics. Read more.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Nimbaya!: Moving Peace through Drums and Dance & Film: "Wardance"
Shapiro Campus Center
Nimbaya! women drummers and dancers from Guinea come to campus to teach, perform and musically pave the path to peace.  Listen to their stories, watch their performance, learn dance and drumming...then see the film "Wardance," a story of how dance and drumming transforms the lives of children in Uganda as they prepare for a national competition. Read more.

Medicine Wheel Productions and ReCast, Inc.
February 9, 2012, 6:30pm

Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K Street- 2nd Floor
South Boston, MA
Reception at 6:30 and free, public screening at 7:30, followed by a conversation lead by the filmmaker Allison Lund, visual artist Linda Burke, Dr. Cynthia Cohen, director of the Peacebuilding & the Arts Program and Medicine Wheel’s Chief Curator Kathleen Bitetti. The film will be shown  in conjunction with a new exhibition at Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery, “Points of Impact” by visual artist Linda Burke. Together these two projects will ignite a conversation about what impacts all of our lives and the healing powers of art.

December 1-2, 2011

Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence

This two-day symposium will explore the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence, with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States. Keynote by Dr. Salomon Lerner Febres, President of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2001-2003). This symposium is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life in collaboration with Northeastern University School of Law. It is free and open to the public.

More information and a complete schedule of events will be posted soon. For more information, email ethics@brandeis.edu.

October 21-23, 2011

Weekend Intensive:
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development

This weekend program is designed for students, practitioners and policy-makers in the fields of peacebuilding, the arts, and sustainable community, youth and economic development.


October 23, 2011

"Acting Together on the World Stage" Boston Premiere
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
Tufts University

Featuring the film screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage,"  performances, and a post-film discussion on the importance and the risks of cultural diplomacy with leading experts... Read more.

Fall 2011

Featured in State of the Arts Magazine:
Peacebuilding and the Arts (Fall 2011)

Read more about our program and past events in the State of the Arts magazine.

The bi-annual Brandeis arts magazine, State of the Arts, explores the role of art in society, celebrates the achievements of students, faculty and alumni, and provides information on campus events. To receive State of the Arts, send an email with your mailing address to ingrids@brandeis.edu.

April 12, 2011

Peacebuilding and the Arts Think Tank: Educating Future Leaders

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts invited college and university educators leading programs in the theatre/performance/visual arts/music and conflict/social justice/peacebuilding/social change. Participants explored options for the structure and programmatic focus of a consortium or network of university-based programs educating students to work at the nexus of the arts and social transformation. 

Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation: A Roundtable for Leaders in Higher Ed

A roundtable for leaders and educators in programs in the arts and social transformation to share their experiences and thoughts for educating future leaders in colleges and university settings.

"Acting Together on the World Stage:" Documentary Film Screening

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life hosted the official launch of the "Acting Together on the World Stage" documentary. The screening was followed by a series of responses from members of the Brandeis faculty and a reception.

April 1-3, 2011

Peacebuilding and the Arts Weekend Intensive

Peacebuilding and the Arts: Core Concepts and Principles
This weekend intensive was designed for students, practitioners, administrators, advocates and policy-makers in the fields of the arts, cultural work and conflict transformation.

This Intensive was free to members of the Brandeis community and the "Acting Together" project, and open for others for a fee.

Learn more about the program.


March 10-12, 2011

Intercultural Residency Series, 
Spring 2011

Highlights of Spring Residency
Simon Shaheen: Heritage Without Boundaries
World Music Concert 

Featuring Simon Shaheen and Guests

March 4-5, 2011

"Acting Together on the World Stage:" Documentary Film Screening at 5th Annual No Passport "Dreaming Americas" Conference, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd St., New York City. March 4th, 7:45pm.

This two-day conference will focus on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre and performance, viewing cultural transformation from a variety of formal perspectives. Keynote speech by Jose Rivera. Performances from Rock Wilk and Fulana.

March 5th, 7:00pm: NoPassPort Press Salon on Writing as Metamorphoses: Kia Corthron, Catherine Filloux, Linda Faigo-Hall, Carson Kreitzer, Ruth Margraff. Introduction by Cindy Cohen.

February 16, 2011

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak
Iranian Theater Artist, Poet and Educator
In Residence at Brandeis University

Artistic Director of Mahak International Artists Inc., Mahmood Karimi-Hakak is a poet, author, translator and theatre and film maker who has written, produced, directed, and designed over 50 stage and screenplays in the U.S., Europe and Iran.  His plays and films have received international acclaim and awards at such festivals as Edinburgh, Netherlands, Berlin, Delhi, Montreal, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles and Tehran.  A recipient of the 2009 Fulbright, and 2005 Raymond Kennedy awards, Karimi-Hakak’s literary credits include six plays, two books of poetry, several translations from and into Persian and numerous articles and interviews both in English and Persian. Karimi-Hakak will be giving a seminar, poetry reading and film screening on February 16th.

September 2010

"Acting Together," a new documentary film created by the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program of Brandeis' International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders, was launched at a special screening at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York City on September 23, 2010, at a major international conference on theater and peacebuilding in conflict zones. Read about the launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.