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
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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De-colonizing Approaches to Arts-based Peacebuilding - March 2018

The CAST minor presents

Dr. Babu Ayindo in Residence at Brandeis University

babuKenyan conflict transformation expert, theater artist and traditional storyteller

March 6-12, 2018

From March 6 – March 12, Dr. Babu Ayindo will engage members of the Brandeis community in activities and conversations on questions surround decolonization and arts-based peacebuilding. In addition to sessions with members of the CAST advisory committee and students, he will lead sessions open to the Brandeis community. View full events flyer

A generous gift from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Fund supported Babu's residency at Brandeis.

Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 - 4:50pm
Open session of Professor Perdomo’s Documenting the Immigrant Experience
Olin-Sang 112
"Storytelling and Peace Building: Arts for Social Transformation" This workshop examines storytelling and the arts as a medium through which social transformation can be achieved. Dr. Babu Ayindo, renowned artist-peacebuilder, outlines the impact of his own work and the ethical considerations he encountered along the way.

Thursday, March 8, 12-12:50pm
Open session of Professor Emilie Diouf’s African Literature and Human Rights
Rabb 119
Engaging with Human Rights Through Community Theater: This session will examine the use of popular theater in Kenya to promote, educate, motivate and move people to action regarding human rights, especially in relations to gender and sexuality issues. Our featured resource practitioner, Dr Babu Ayindo will share stories of how indigenous theater is used as a powerful tool in human rights work.

Friday, March 9, 11:00am - 12:20pm 
Open session of Professor Tom King’s ENG 133a, Advanced Shakespeare
Shiffman 219
Dr. Ayindo will join students and visitors in a discussion of Shakespeare in decolonial contexts, thinking critically about both the colonial history of the texts and those elements of the plays that have made them attractive to theatre companies and adaptors in decolonial settings. Dr. Ayindo will also consider the work of storytelling in confronting conflict, leading an interactive exercise in adapting the central plot of Much Ado about Nothing (the sexual slander of Hero, her denunciation on her wedding day by her fiancé Claudio, and the staging of her death as a vehicle of reconciliation) as a way of reflecting on complex issues of gender, sexuality, consent, and conflict today.

Monday, March 12, 12:00 - 2:00pm 
Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Conversation with Babu Ayindo

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Altman Amphitheater G1
Please join us for a conversation with scholar, artist, peace builder, and storyteller Babu Ayindo, who will present his dissertation: "Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Parihaka, Mindanao and Nairobi." Open to all Brandeis students, staff, and faculty. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 12, 3:30 - 4:50pm 
Open session of Emilie Diouf’s Refugee Stories, Refugee Lives

Brown Social Science 218
Performing Dislocation: this session will examine the role of storytelling performances as means for empowerment and advocacy in refugee camps in Kenya. Dr Ayindo will specifically focus on theater’s potential for cultivating peaceful cohabitations in refugee camps.

Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Part of A Powerful Fire: Performances to Energize Our Next Twenty Years (a part of the Ethics Center’s 20 anniversary Celebration)
Mandel Atrium
Storytelling Performance

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