Fall 2020 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

CAST 150b – Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformationcast

Instructor: Toni Shapiro-Phim
Time: T, Th 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Instruction for this course will be offered remotely.

How can music, theater, dance and visual and other arts contribute to community building, coexistence, and nonviolent social change? In the aftermath of violence, how do artists help communities reconcile? Students explore these questions through interviews, case studies, and projects. Usually offered every year. This is the core course for the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). More about CAST.

CAST 181b – Ethics of Community Engagement- Capstone Practicum

Instructor: Toni Shapiro-Phim
Time: T, Th 8:00 - 9:30 PMgraphic of rainbow colored hands holding

Instruction for this course will be offered in a hybrid combination of in person and remote sessions.

Combining theory and practice, this course supports students in the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) minor as they imagine and undertake their required capstone project or CAST course projects that require engagement beyond the campus. Capstone projects and individual courses may involve local, regional and even international collaborations, all helpful in fostering an empathetic and compassionate sense of people’s and community’s situations, values, and choices. When this work is conducted within a non-profit organization, it is also a way to nurture future leaders and supporters of community-based and other associations aiming to constructively transform society. Ethical concerns must be at the forefront of the planning and implementation of all such endeavors. Usually offered every year. More about CAST.

LGLS 129a – Global Justice and Societies in Transition (New course in Fall 2020)

Instructors: Cynthia Cohen, Melissa Stimell and Leigh SwigartSalomon Lerner Febres speaking with students at Brandeis University
 T, Th 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Instruction for this course will be offered remotely.

“Global Justice and Societies in Transition” introduces the concept and practice of transitional justice, a growing interdisciplinary field of study placed at the intersection of international law and justice, conflict and peace studies, human rights and politics. Broadly defined, transitional justice is a set of practices implemented after a period of conflict that aim to confront widespread human rights violations. Students will examine various transitional justice mechanisms, including criminal prosecutions, truth commissions and the contributions of art and culture. The focus will be on understanding the political and moral dilemmas facing countries that implement such mechanisms. This course is cross-listed in CAST and International and Global Studies. 

To learn more about how diverse societies have handled the need for post-conflict accountability and reconciliation, visit the website of the 2011 Brandeis symposium, Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence. The event sought to elucidate the contributions of public ritual, theater, truth commissions and criminal trials as justice-seeking strategies in Peru, Cambodia and the United States. The full text of the keynote address, delivered by Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres, former President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, is available here

Photo credit: Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres at Brandeis University, photographed by David J. Weinstein