• students gathered in circle, talking at the 2016 CAST Salon Series

    The 2016 Salon Series

  • The minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation offers a coherent curriculum designed to support Brandeis undergraduates with interests in the arts and creative expression as well as commitments to understanding and advancing social justice and the transformation of conflict. It brings together the global network of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the resources of the university's faculty members and cultural organizations with the interests, talents and energy of Brandeis students.

    It is designed to engage students intellectually and creatively with phenomena such as:

    The borderland between human suffering and human possibility is filled with creative expressions, some virtuosic, some inclusive; some enduring and some ephemeral; some direct and content-driven, others that invite us into qualities of presence that subtly open us to new perceptions of ourselves, each other, and the world.

    Students in the CAST minor will:

    Students in the minor are required to take 5.5 courses, including CAST 150b,Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, which should be taken as early in their studies as possible. They must  complete the four additional courses from a list of electives (at least one of these four electives must be a course designated as a “core elective” in the minor), including at least one each from the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences, and the School of Creative Arts. In addition, completion of the minor requires a two-credit capstone practicum, either CAST 181b, “Ethics of Community Engagement Capstone Practicum,” offered every fall semester, or CAST 189a, “Capstone Project Design Practicum,” offered every spring semester. The capstone practicum is normally taken after completing all five required four-credit courses for the minor, or in the same semester that the students will complete those requirements. Details can be found in the University Bulletin.

    Whether CAST graduates choose to engage as witnesses, participants, artists, facilitators, administrators, educators or policymakers, they will be aware of the multiple modes of understanding and engagement required for ethical and effective work at the nexus of arts, culture, social justice and peace.