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

Read about the Acting Together launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.


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Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts - April 2016

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts 
Performing and visual arts by Brandeis community and special guests

It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers, who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams.” -- Leonard Bernstein


THURSDAY April 14 - highlights

  • A Cast of Colors! Visualizing and Performing Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences featuring Marcelo Brociner '19, LaShawn Simmons '19, Bronte Velez '16 and others. SCC MPR, 2:30 pm, Shapiro Campus Center | Multipurpose Room.
    • CAST-ColorsJoin the CAST Cast – declared minors in Creativity, The Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and students taking the course "Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation"-- as they share artistic interpretations of stories about people different from themselves. Witness new works by Marcelo Brociner '19, LaShawn Simmons '19, Bronte Velez '16 and others. Learn about this exciting new minor and be delighted by whimsical caricatures, elaborate architectural models, live performances of music and dance, and more! Learn about study abroad opportunities related to CAST.
  • A Womyn Conjured, one-womyn show by Queen White '16, SCC MPR, 5 pm.
  • Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Bethlehem Chapel, 7 pm.
FRIDAY April 15 - highlights
  • Playback Theatre featuring Amanda Ehrman '18, Leah Nadelman '18, Sindy Sura '19, Kelyn Zhang '19, Yair Koas '19, Shaquan McDowell '18, and Eli Kengmana '19. Chum's, 8 pm.
  • Shoes On, Shoes Off -- original dance theater from the Theater Arts Department featuring Andrew Child ‘19, Josh Rubenstein ‘19, Hannah Mogavero ‘16, Sara Kenney ‘18, Sarai Warsoff ’16, Joy Liebman ‘16, Caley Chase ’16, Sam Rose Laney ’16, Kelyn Zhang ’19, Lilia Shrayfer ’18, and Richard (Zhi) Li ’18. Slosberg Theater Center, 8 pm.
  • One-act plays directed by Dylan Hoffman '18 and Mira Kessler '16featuring Emily Galloway '18, Emma Cyr '19, Remony Pearlman '19, Talia Bornstein '19 and Daniel Souza '19Mandel Center for Humanities, 8:30 pm.

SATURDAY April 16 - highlights

  • Brandeis Folk Festival, produced by Too Cheap for Instruments with food for sale from Brandeis Farmers' Club. Noon-5:30, Great Lawn.
  • Moving Voice, 2-6 pm, a campuswide, multi-location performance curated by Joshua Rubenstein ’19, Ayelet Schrek '17, and Nate Shaffer ’16. 
  • Guerilla Opera performs short works by Ernest Ling '16, Anne Kat Alexander '18 and Raphael Stigliano '18. Plus Culture X and Boris' Kitchen!

SUPER SUNDAY! April 17 - Performances and activities all afternoon 

  • Music from the Sephardic tradition by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, 2 pm, SCC Theater
  • Shakespeare on Demand, Knighthorse Theatre Company, 3 pm, SCC 
  • Artist/activist Rick Lowe of Houston on how art can transform a community, 3 pm, Pollack
  • School of HONK with TOXIC and Boston Hoop Troop, 4 pm, Great Lawn
Plus Top Score, Brandeis Ballet Co., TBA, Eli Kengmana '19, Ben T. Montrym '19, Zachary LaMarca '19, Starving Artists, Brandeis Juggling Society, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.
The full schedule is online at www.brandeis.edu/arts/festival. RSVP to the Facebook event for updates!