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New Minor: Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation


Attention Faculty: Call for Proposals, CAST Minor
Due October 27
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Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts
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Music and the Cultural Survival of Indigenous Peoples
November 5
Slosberg Music Building
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Lunch and Learn: Peacebuilding and the Arts and Brandeis and Beyond
November 6
Open to BOLLI members


Performing Arts in the Islamic World
November 12


Highlights

Featured Theme -
News from the Field: Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis 

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and Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises


Reflections from IPRA's 25th General Conference
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Video: Interview with Catherine Filloux about her new play "SELMA '65"
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RFP: Artist as Activist, Rauschenberg Foundation
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Job Opening: Director, CONTACT Program, SIT
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ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
LOI Due November 24
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Fulbright-mtvU Grants
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Listen to a podcast from Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music with Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp
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Video: Liberian Women's Chorus' song about abducted Nigerian girls
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Listen to a podcast of a panel on the theme of Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation at the UBIAS conference that featured Dr. Cynthia Cohen and many more
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Press Release Summary from 25th IPRA General Conference
August 10-14
Istanbul, Turkey
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Rehearsing Change: A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador
Spring 2015
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Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice
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and Puppetry and Social Transformation


View a video from
"Composing Our Lives
Together" song-writing
workshop with Jane Sapp
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Read more News from the Field.


Drum circle fosters new approach to peace
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Don West unveils portrait of Jane and Hubert Sapp at "Seeking Lives of Purpose"
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Read Jean Randich’s award-nominated review of the Acting Together anthology.
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Learn about our new project:
"A Way Out of No Way"
with Jane Wilburn Sapp
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View video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
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Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan. Read more and watch the video.
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Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.


Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged film festival
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Newsletter

Read the latest issue of our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts Now.


Sign up to receive updates about the Peacebuilding and the Arts program and the Acting Together project.

Exploring the contributions of arts and culture to peace


Welcome to Peacebuilding and the Arts, a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. This website is for artists, cultural workers, coexistence practitioners, peacebuilding scholars, and all who are interested in how the arts and cultural traditions can be crafted to bridge differences, mediate conflicts, and contribute to peace.

We collaborate with artists who work in divided communities, supporting them to reflect on, document, and strengthen their practice. The lessons from these collaborations are accessible through publications, trainings, courses, and this virtual resource center. Read more about why we need creative approaches to peacebuilding.

Sign up to receive our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts NOW, and read the latest issue.




Featured News


New Minor at Brandeis: 
Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

CASTDo you want to combine your passion for social change with your creative talents?

Do you want to explore how can we join our stories together to create more justice in our communities and around the world?

Do you believe in the power of the arts and want to learn more about how the arts can make a difference?

Join the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation! The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce this new interdepartmental minor at Brandeis. The minor offers students the opportunity to explore theory and practice at the center of arts and culture, peace and justice, and creativity. It is designed for students in the arts who want to connect their creative talents to their concerns for social change, and for students in the humanities and social sciences to explore music, theater, literature and visual arts as resources for justice and peace.

Learn more about the minor.

Read an article about CAST in the Ethics Central newsletter.

Call for Faculty Proposals - CAST Minor

The faculty committee of the new minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation announces awards of $2000 for research and creative projects related to the new minor will be available to members of the Brandeis faculty during the next two academic years. Proposals are due October 27th. The stipends are designed to:

  • Support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture, and social change.
  • Enhance teaching and advising related to the educational objectives of the new minor.
  • Animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice, and peacebuilding through the arts.

For more information, see the call for proposals and contact Cynthia Cohen, co-chair of the CAST faculty committee.

Read more about the objectives, learning goals, and requirements for the minor. Read the description in the 2014-2015 list of courses (page 18). Students who are interested in signing up for the minor can email Jennifer Cleary or call 781-736-3377. SoA

Read an article about CAST 
by Cynthia Cohen
in Brandeis' State of the Arts Magazine 
Fall 2014 issue


With generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, the minor will sponsor grants for faculty research and creative projects, and host conversations and events that will invite affiliated students and faculty into an interdisciplinary community of inquiry. We also express gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P '13 for her vision and support.



Podcast:
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

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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... Read more.



Featured News from the Field

Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis

As the crisis in Syria continues, former Ethics Center staff member Kristin Williams, who now works for the Institute for Inclusive Security, co-wrote the article “Syrian Women Know How To Defeat ISIS” about creative approaches to leveraging on-going but little-known efforts of the women of Syria in support of humanitarian relief, local ceasefires, and resumption of negotiations. As Williams states, the women of Syria are “an untapped resource for creating lasting peace.” Read the article, originally published in Time Magazine. It offers fitting context for news about the artistic responses to the crisis in Syria featured in our News from the Field.

View additional responses to other current global crises.

Read more News from the Field.





Global "Acting Together" Campaign


We are currently partnering with ReCAST, Inc. on a Multilingual Global Campaign for "Acting Together on the World Stage."

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Acting Together documentary: “Acting Together on the World Stage
This remarkable 54 minutes documentary highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, describes exemplary peacebuilding performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence. Order your copy now.

Acting Together anthology: “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts.  Volume II focuses on the transformative power of performance in regions fractured by "subtler" forms of structural violence and social exclusion. Order your copy now.