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™ minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) will engage you 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 challenges that will confront communities around the world. Through courses where you can explore theory and practice at the nexus of the arts, creativity, social justice and peace, the CAST minor will challenge and support you 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, you will become prepared for careers and vocations that link your talents and interests in creativity and the arts with your concerns for the needs of communities, and for social justice and peace.

 Michelle Ortiz

Michelle Ortiz

Familias Separadas/Stories of Families Affected by Detention

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm 
Location: Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Visual artist, muralist, community arts educator and immigrant rights activist Michelle Angela Ortiz will introduce the Brandeis community to her Familias Separadas project  -- a series of public art installations in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about the horrific impact of family separations and detention.

This event is sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and cosponsored by the Fine Arts and English departments. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu. All are welcome!

Reception

Tuesday, November 19
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: ASAC Atrium

Las Madres de Berks poster

Documentary Screening: Las Madres de Berks

Wednesday, November 20

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:50 pm
Location: TBD

Michelle Angela Ortiz will screen her 30-minute documentary, Las Madres de Berks, a film that shares the testimonials of four Central American mothers detained for two years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. It also features the artworks that Ortiz created based on the Berks mothers' stories, and is part of Ortiz' Familias Separadas public art project which amplifies the stories of families affected by detention and deportation in Pennsylvania. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artist.

This event is sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and cosponsored by the Fine Arts and English departments. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu. All are welcome!

Professor Shapiro-Phim

Announcement: Appointment of Toni Shapiro-Phim

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) at Brandeis University is delighted to announce the appointment of Toni Shapiro-Phim as Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts (outside the tenure track). Beginning fall semester 2019, Professor Shapiro-Phim will co-chair the CAST minor, offer its core course (CAST 150b), develop two new CAST-designated courses, and support the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Read the full announcement.

annual report cover

CAST Annual Report

Newly released, this report outlines the activities of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) in its fifth year, fall 2018–spring 2019. The report includes highlights from CAST courses, Design Labs and other events, student updates and capstone projects, as well as changes to the Advisory Committee and staff, including the appointment of Toni Shapiro-Phim as Associate Professor. Read annual report from this year and previous years

Minor Requirements

Interested in the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation minor? Find out what courses you'll need to complete. 

Read more about Fall 2019 CAST elective courses and events!