July 7, 2020
If you ever have a CAST related event or work that you’d like to share with the community, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ve opened our social media space for creative work responding to the current moment.
Our UDRs are working to plan events for the Fall semester which will allow for safe participation for all community members. If you’re craving something specific, or would like to collaborate across departments, please contact us!
Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty-five years. Her plays have been produced around the world. Among the many honors she has received are the 2019 Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship; the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre; and the 2015 Planet Activist Award. Filloux’s plays have been widely published and anthologized. She received her M.F.A. at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program and her French Baccalaureate in Philosophy, with Honors, in Toulon, France. She is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, and the first Art & Peacebuilding Scholar at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.
CAST Affiliated Faculty member Faith Smith (AAAS, ENG, LALS, WGS) was one of five Brandeis faculty members recognized for excellence in the classroom with a 2019-20 teaching award. Smith received the 2020 Dean of Arts & Sciences Faculty Service Award, which is given to an outstanding faculty member of the graduate school who has impacted his or her students' education inside and outside the classroom. Read more about Smith's award at BrandeisNOW.
Read a testimonial from Dannie Brice '20 about Smith's course, AAAS 124a, After the Dance: Performing Sovereignty in the Caribbean inspiring her senior thesis.
June 5, 2020
CAST Affiliated Faculty member Cameron Anderson (THA) has been promoted to the rank of associate professor of theater arts with tenure. Twelve Brandeis faculty have achieved tenure this spring with approval from the Brandeis University Board of Trustees. “These faculty members carry on the Brandeisian traditions of producing consequential research across all fields of study, along with an eagerness to connect with undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory and field work,” President Ron Liebowitz said. Read more about Anderson's promotion at BrandeisNOW.
CAST minor Richard Quinn Weiner '21 (they/them/theirs) was selected in May 2020 to receive one of the ten Schiff Undergraduate Fellowships for the 2020-2021 Brandeis University academic year for their project 'Generations of Impactful Scholarship' with their faculty mentor, Tom King.
As Quinn describes, "For my Schiff Fellowship project, I am expanding upon my English senior honors thesis, within which I am studying the way the phrase 'gender identity' takes on different meanings and uses among various academic and lay populations. Essentially, I am trying to unravel a giant miscommunication, one which has led to unproductive and nonsensical conversations around gender and gender identity, impeding research, justice work, and individuals' searches for language and recognition. With this in mind, under the mentorship of Prof. Tom King, I will be exploring the ways my research findings can be creatively and effectively communicated to a variety of audiences (including through the creation of a blog, an academic unit, and an oral research presentation) in hopes of reducing that miscommunication and hopefully the barriers it creates."
As a Schiff Fellow, Quinn will receive a $2000 stipend to support their research, and their Faculty mentor will receive a $500 payment to support their own research endeavors. Learn more about the Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship.
The Transitional Journal of International Justice
Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2020
A special edition of The Transitional Journal of International Justice called "Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: the Contributions of Art and Culture" was guest edited by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. The edition features the following contributions:
- "Reimagining Transitional Justice" - Cindy Cohen
- "Embodying the Pain and Cruelty of Others" - Toni Shapiro-Phim
- "Repairing Symbolic Reparations: Assessing the Effectiveness of Memorialization in the Inter-American System of Human Rights" -- co-written by CAST affiliated faculty member Fernando Rosenberg (Hispanic Studies, Comparative Lit)
Support for color images came from Elaine Reuben '63, CAST supporter and Board Member of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
CAST minor Sarah Terrazano '19 assisted Cohen in the screening of initial submissions to the special issue.
Several articles will be assigned to students in the new course LGLS 129a - Global Justice and Societies in Transition, being offered in fall 2020 by Melissa Stimell in collaboration with Cindy Cohen, and Leigh Swigart of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
In November 2019, poet Elizabeth Bradfield (ENG) and artist Antonia Contro collaborated to publish Theorem, a hand-made, letterpressed art book in an edition of 30. Candor Arts, of Chicago, were the publishers.
Fernando Rosenberg (HISP, COMP Lit) published, “Teaching Poetry and Human Rights” in Teaching Modern Latin American Poetries (Approaches to Teaching World Literature MLA series). Ed. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson 2019.
Mandel Faculty Grants
The Mandel Center for the Humanities announced the winners of the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities, made possible by a generous gift from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation. The winners included two CAST Advisory Committee members:
- Emilie Diouf (English): “Errant Voices: Traumatic Text and the Making of African Women Refugees”
- Faith Smith (English and AAAS): “Silk Roads and Highways: Imagining 'China' in the Caribbean Today”
Sustainable Brandeis is eager to improve our recycling and composting rates. They turned to CAST for help with their outreach to the Brandeis community. The recycling clown video was created by CAST affiliated faculty member Sabine von Mering (WGS, CGES) and undergrad Perry Letourneau, and cosponsored by CAST.