Read Cynthia Cohen's notes on feminist epistemology, aesthetic ways of knowing and peacebuilding

Video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain

Read Reflection on Farhat Abgaria’s Visit by Cynthia Cohen 

Exhibit: BLUE - Read the interview on BrandeisNOW

Anna Khandros: The Politics Perspective on Peacebuilding

Program works with art to create peace

Past Events

April 8, 15, and 17, 2019
Presentations of Creative and Scholarly Work

by Candidates For Faculty Position 
With the Interdisciplinary Minor In Creativity, The Arts, And Social Transformation (CAST)
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April 2, 2019
Book Launch and Mini-Symposium and Concert:
Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
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February 25, 2019
Presentation: "From University to Pluriversity: The Fair-Trade/Decolonial Education Model"


Aug 31 - Sept 3, 2018
IMPACT Design Lab

March 6-12, 2018
De-Colonizing Approaches to Arts-Based Peacebuilding
Dr. Babu Ayindo in Residence at Brandeis University

May 2, 2017
Film Festival: Documenting the Immigrant Experience

February 4, 2017
Activism Through Song: Advancing Social Justice Through Folk Music, A Concert and Discussion with Magpie

October 13, 18, & November 1, 2016
Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice
Salon Series

April 14 - 17, 2016
Shout the Big Dreams - Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

February 2, 2016
Freedom Underfoot: Performance by Germaine Ingram

September 28 - October 8, 2015
Now As Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

April 24, 2015
A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

March 2 - 5, 2015
Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

November 5, 2014
Music and the Cultural Survival of Indigenous Peoples: The Andean Q’eros and Amazonian Wachiperi Peoples of Peru

May 2014
A Call to Action - A Way Out of No Way: Learning from Jane Sapp's Life, Stories and Songs via Indiegogo
Jane at Piano

February 1-10, 2014
"Seeking Lives of Purpose"
Part of 'DEIS Impact 2014

January 28-29, 2014
Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change

September 17-19, 2013
Panel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation
Vancouver, Canada

June 20-21, 2013
Community Arts Lab - Arts Festival and Conference
Utrecht, Netherlands

April 19-28, 2013
Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa’a
Reconciliation Art Project

September 21-23 &
28-30, 2012
Facilitating Encounters through Art

December 1-2, 2011
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence

October 23, 2011
"Acting Together on the World Stage" Boston Premiere

October 21-23, 2011
Weekend Intensive:
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development

April 12, 2011
Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation

More Past Events

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Facilitating Encounters through Art

A workshop for artists working in zones of violent conflict

Past Event - September 2012

9/21–23 (Session I) & 9/28–30 (Session II)
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Application period has closed. 

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Facilitated by Farhat Agbaria, coexistence facilitator from Givat Haviva and Seeds of Peace, and Cindy Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University.

imageThis workshop is designed for artists, cultural workers and leaders of cultural institutions, who work or plan to work in zones of violent conflict around the world, including the United States. It will consist of an exploration of the relationship between dialogue and art, focusing on questions such as:

  • How can making and witnessing art be understood as dialogue?
  • How can artists and facilitators support members of divided communities to deepen and process their experiences of encounters with art?
  • How can artists and facilitators extend people’s heartfelt understanding of the other through engaging with the arts?
  • How can facilitated encounters with the arts inspire actions that lead toward justice and peace?
  • What are the risks of doing harm – to the artistic integrity of works, to people who have lived through trauma, to the indigenous expressive forms of communities – and how can these risks be minimized?


The workshop will be co-led by Farhat Agbaria who has facilitated encounters between Israelis and Palestinians for decades. He has run dialogue sessions and trained countless facilitators at Seeds of Peace since the program’s inception in 1993, working with teenagers and adults from the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, South Asia and the United States. Farhat was the field director for Interns for Peace and the co-director of the Face-to-Face program at Givat Haviva in Israel, where he continues to work. Farhat will be joined by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, who teaches, conducts research and advocates for the field of peacebuilding and the arts. Cindy led the project "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict," a seven-year collaboration with Theatre Without Borders that culminated in a two-volume anthology, documentary film and toolkit. She has written extensively on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of peacebuilding, including, with Farhat, "Working with Groups in Conflict: The Effects of Power on the Dynamics of the Group."

groupThe workshop itself will be facilitated using frameworks that are drawn from group dynamics, conflict transformation, personal growth, and educational theories. Exchange of expertise of participants as well as facilitators will be encouraged; teaching and learning will be both experiential and didactic. The facilitators invite changes in self-awareness, awareness of the other, integration of emotions, understanding of conflicts, and commitments to act in the world.

Application period has closed. 

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If you have any questions, please contact Naoe Suzuki, nsuzuki@brandeis.edu.

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This workshop is programmed in conjunction with the art exhibition "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" at the Rose Art Museum, as a part of the Dor Guez Exhibition Programs.

Programs in conjunction with Dor Guez Exhibition at the Rose Art Museum:

Peacebuilding Tours 
Deepen your experience with a group tour hosted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Brandeis Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; and Farhat Agbaria, coexistence facilitator at Seeds of Peace and Givat Haviva. Visit the Rose Art Museum website or call 781-736-3434 for dates and times. 

Fazal Sheikh

Wednesday, October 3, 2:00 pm
Rose Art Museum, Lee Gallery

In 1994, Sheikh was named by the New York Times as one of 30 artists most likely to change global culture over the next 30 years. His graceful photographs document people living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world. Sheikh’s work has exhibited at Tate Modern, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. His talk is co-sponsored by the Rose Art Museum, the Department of Fine Arts, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Read more.

Artist's Talk and Exhibition Catalogue Release with Dor Guez
Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 pm
Rose Art Museum, Foster Gallery

Panel Discussion: “Exposures: Photography and the Politics of Looking”
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2:00-5:00 pm
Rose Art Museum
Join a panel of international artists and human rights activists for a discussion of the Dor Guez exhibition. Speakers include Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh, director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, the Netherlands, and Dor Guez, with others TBD.

See more programs in conjunction with Dor Guez Exhibit at the Rose Art Museum.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program; the Department of Theater Arts; and the Interfaith Chaplaincy.