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Arts for Life Podcast Series
Episode 1 - Arts for Life: African Voices, a pilot featuring Gcina Mhlophe and Kim Berman

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

Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice - Salon Series:

"Staging Social Change"
November 1, 6:00-8:00pm

Call for Applicants: Grants for Student Projects Related to CAST - Fall 2016
Applications Due: November 29

2016 CAST Annual Report

CAST Design Lab Reports

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts

Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts


Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot

Super PAC (Super Participatory Arts Coalition)
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Sept. 6 - Nov. 7, 2016

November 17 - 19, 2016
United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Arts and the 2016 Presidential Election"

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability"

Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions

Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
December 5-20, 2016
Badu, India

Theater of Witness

Songwriting Contest: Musician’s United To Protect Bristol Bay (MUTPBB)

Featured News from the Field Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"

Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, UNICEF

2016 Films Online Launch - Global Action Project

Alternate ROOTS

Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports

Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1

“Normalizing the Extraordinary in Medellín - Part I and Part II
The first of a two-part account by Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard of a visit to Medellín, Colombia, in early December 2015

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
GOOD Magazine

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
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2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017

Music Versus Gun Violence

Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Part of the event series Now As Then: Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights 

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Acting Together Documentary

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Nilanjana Premaratna

Nilanjana Premaratna is a PhD student at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. She is a scholar and activist from Sri Lanka with a history of volunteering and working in the Sri Lankan conflict context for over one and a half decades. Her education and research interests build upon this activism and experience.

Nilanjana graduated from the University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her Master's degree at the University of Queensland on an Australian Leadership Award. In her PhD thesis, Nilanjana explores the role of theatre for peacebuilding in South Asia. Thus, her research and activist interests in the nexus of art and peacebuilding complement each other, drawing from and contributing to each other.

She co-authored "Art and Peacebuilding: How Theatre Transforms Conflict in Sri Lanka," a chapter in the following book: Oliver Richmond (ed), "Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches," London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 376-391.  

Our gratitude is given to Nilanjana for collaborating with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts to compile a set of initiatives and organizations in South Asia working in the intersection of theatre and peacebuilding for News from the Field and for our January Peacebuilding and the Arts Now newsletter. 

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