Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot
In the borderland between human suffering and human possibility we find artists, cultural workers, justice-seekers and peace-builders acting with courage, beauty, compassion and power. Brandeis’s new interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) engages students in interdisciplinary exploration of the stories, the people, the actions and the artworks that animate this boundary.
Twenty-first century leaders will be called upon to engage creatively with the large-scale inter-related environmental, political and economic changes that will confront communities around the world. Through courses where they can explore theory and practice at the nexus of the arts, creativity, social justice and peace, CAST will challenge and support students to develop the capacity for resilience – for ‘bouncing back’ intellectually, culturally, ethically, emotionally and spiritually.
By joining CAST’s community of inquiry, and by taking courses in the humanities, the arts, and social sciences, students will prepare for careers and vocations that link their talents and interests in creativity and the arts with their concerns for the needs of communities, and for social justice and peace.