The new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:
Interactive Session - Catalyzing Social Change: Women, Media and the Arts
April 29, 10:00am-12:00pm
House of Sweden, Washington, DC
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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.
Video: Paul Smith, Director of British Council, USA on 'Culture and Conflict' at Reception Honoring Fatu Gaylor & Naomi Sinnreich
Optivism - Music & Film
Brandeis and CAST student participating in Rehearsing Change study abroad program in Ecuador
24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Registration Deadline: April 1
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News from the Field: Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis
Acting Together Documentary
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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.
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The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University is offering $500 grants to college and university educators to support efforts to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together project into curricula. The resources include a documentary film, a toolkit of resources for teaching and learning, and a two-volume anthology.
Grant recipients will also receive:
- a copy of the documentary with subtitles in Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Sinhala, Spanish and Tamil;
- the two-volume anthology.
Applications are welcome from faculty members teaching in Theater, Performance Studies, Community Art, or any of the creative arts; or in Peace and Justice studies, Development, Conflict Transformation, Trauma Studies, Foreign Relations, Global Studies, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, etc. We are especially interested in receiving applications from members of the faculty of institutions with limited resources for media acquisition, including:
- Historically Black colleges and universities
- Institutions with high Hispanic enrollment
- Tribal colleges and universities
- Community Colleges
Friday, April 24th, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Multi-purpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Presented 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!
"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
Do 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.