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)
CAST banner

April 2, 2019
Book Launch and Mini-Symposium and Concert:
Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
book launch flyer

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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Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa’a Reconciliation Art Project

Past Events - April 2013

Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project
Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and Arts


Tamadher Ali (right) and Khalid
Aljabri (left) offering free hugs
as a part of the campaign
"introducing Ulafa'a project" in
market 338, Adliya, Bahrain
Photography by Edd Ibrak

Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project is an initiative supported by the US Embassy in Bahrain in partnership with Bahraini artists and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Since the fall of 2012, project coordinators Tamadher Alfahal and Nada Alaradi have been recruiting a group of artists working in a variety of genres to participate in the project in Bahrain. Through a series of events that include film screenings, panel discussions, live performances, and trainings, Ulafa'a artists will engage in conversation with community members and learn how to develop community-based art initiatives that strengthen relationships across differences.

At Brandeis University, from April 14th through 20th, ten young visual artists from Bahrain will be attending an intensive one-week training conducted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.


Edd Ibrak, a team member of
Ulafa'a warmly hugging people
in next to Ulafa'a stand in
market 338, Adliya, Bahrain
Photography by Khalid Aljabri

Ulafa'a is an Arabic term (plural) that describes a group of people who are familiar with each other and possibly share common feelings. Ulafa'a is an art project that aims to create opportunities for people to express themselves and to strengthen relationships of respect and understanding among the different communities of Bahrain. The project is based on the belief that people can express themselves through a variety of artistic forms, and that these expressions can facilitate communication and the sharing of stories.

You can follow them on Twitter or read their blog.

Ulafa’a Project: Finding Common Ground
through Oral History and the Arts

Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
vaseApril 16, 2013
Pearlman Lounge
Ulafa’a team representatives will present their collaborative work done in Bahrain as a part of the Ulafa’a Reconciliation Project: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and Arts. Free and open to the public. View the recorded video of the presentation. 

Ulafa’a Reconciliation Art Project:
Exhibition by the visual artists of Bahrain

April 19–28, 2013
Shapiro Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19 (12:00 - 2:00pm) *Note: Due to the closure of MBTA and directives from local authorities, Brandeis University is closed today, Friday, April 19. Opening Reception has been cancelled, but the exhibit is opened to students who are staying on campus. The artists are in the gallery and would like students to come see the exhibit.

hugsAs a part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, a team of Bahraini artists will be exhibiting the artworks and documentation from their Ulafa'a project. Please come and meet the artists at the opening. Light refreshment will be served. Free and open to the publicView the events flyer.


Ulafa'a team members in front of their stand in market 338,
an art festival by Alriwaq Art Space in Adliya, Bahrain
Photography by Husain Alkumaish


Ulafa’a Team members with Sarah McCarty, a Brandeis student 
at their art exhibit in the Campus Center. Their exhibit is up
until April 28th as a part of the Festival of the Arts.
Photo: Courtesy of the Ulafa’a team.