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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Past Event - January 2014

Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change
Featuring: Pakistani Theatre Director Shahid Nadeem
and African American Cultural Worker Jane Wilburn Sapp
January 28  & January 29, 2014

-The State of the Entertainment Industry in Contemporary Pakistan, by Shahid Nadeem-
January 28, 11:00am – 12:20pm
Pearlman Hall, Room 203
Open Session of SAS 155B: Cinema and Society: History, Film and Visual Culture.

Integrating the Sacred into Art for Social Change:
An Informal Exchange

ajoka-The Achievements and Perils of Theatre for Social Change in Pakistan-
January 29
, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Slosberg Music Center, Room 227
Shahid Nadeem will discuss his work as director of Ajoka Theatre, and describe how plays on Sufi themes have been embraced by Pakistani audiences from varying points of view, even when they deliver radical, almost blasphemous messages against the extremist exploitative use of Islam. Presentation followed by discussion.

-Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African American Musical Tradition-
January 29, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Slosberg Music Center, Room 215
Jane Sapp and Cindy Cohen will share work from their multimedia project "A Way Out of No Way: Jane Sapp, Cultural Work and Social Transformation." They examine the roots of African-American musical tradition in West African cultures, in the period of slavery, and in the Black Church. The songs that emerged combined the community’s spiritual impulses with its commitment for social justice. Presentation followed by discussion. (Note: A formal presentation of this material will be offered February 5 at 10:00, as part of ‘DEIS Impact.)

Download the flyer to read more about these events and about Shahid Nadeem and Jane Wilburn Sapp. Also, read more about organizations in South Asia working in the intersection of theatre and peacebuilding featured in our News from the Field, including Ajoka Theatre.

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