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What's Happening

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

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts
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CAST Program Awards Grants to Faculty Projects


Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts
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Highlights

Article: 
Talk bridges improvisation and justice
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Plays by Sean Christopher Lewis: Killadelphia, Dogs of Rwanda, and Rust 
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Volunteering and Internship Opportunities with Ba Futuru
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Broadsided Press

Published monthly via international vector distribution
Submissions invited through May
You could be a vector.
You could get Broadsided.
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USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions
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In Place of War
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News from the Field: Artists and Ebola: Preventing, Honoring, Grieving, Healing
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News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
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Video: Paul Smith, Director of British Council, USA on 'Culture and Conflict' at Reception Honoring Fatu Gaylor & Naomi Sinnreich
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Article:
Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts
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You Reap What You Sow: Crowdfunding for Film by Pakistani Director
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Press Release La MaMa Umbria International Spoleto Festival
Summer 2015
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Optivism - Music & Film
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Brandeis and CAST student participating in Rehearsing Change study abroad program in Ecuador
Spring 2015
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24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Besançon, France
Registration Deadline: April 1


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News from the Field: Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis 

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and Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises


Listen to a podcast from Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music with Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp

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


Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

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


American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts

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American Theatre magazine is featuring the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the new minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) and in a feature of university and college programs that focus on the nexus between theatre and social change.

"Within Brandeis’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life is a groundbreaking program called Peacebuilding and the Arts. A leader in for social justice programming among university campuses, Brandeis created Peacebuilding and the Arts to give artists working in conflict zones a toolkit for enacting positive change.... Read more.



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.

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.





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.