Publications by Subject



Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Cynthia E. Cohen, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, Polly O. Walker, editors (New Village Press, 2011) is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts. Read more. 

Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Process in Northern Ireland, Mari Fitzduff, November 2002. What were the processes of conflict resolution that enabled Northern Ireland to move beyond violence and agree to such a settlement? What brought the conflict to an end. More details and ordering information available at U.N. Publications.

 "The Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence: A Multi-faceted Comprehensive Approach to Improving Intergroup Relations," Cynthia Cohen with Marci McPhee, in Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations: Theory, Research and Practice, Walter Stephan and Paul Vogt, eds., 2004. Teachers College Press

Brandeis Students on Coexistence, edited by Devika Mahadevan '00, 2000. A booklet of student writing on coexistence theory and practice reflecting a diversity of thought and experience. It is intended for a variety of audiences, including students, scholars, and practitioners interested in coexistence issues.

A Call to Conversation: Majority/Minority Relations at Brandeis University, Cynthia Cohen, March 2002. An invitation to members of the Brandeis community to listen more deeply to each others' experiences of majority/minority relationship at Brandeis.

Can Brandeis Be This Place?, Cynthia Cohen, 2000. A plan of action for building community and strengthening coexistence at Brandeis 2000-2001.

Coexistence at Brandeis: Reflections and Recommendations April 2002, Cynthia Cohen. The preliminary report from the Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence (BIIC) to the Brandeis community. It is intended to illuminate issues of coexistence at the university and to encourage conversation about them.

Community Histories by Youth in the Middle East (CHYME), 2004. A program in cooperation with MASAR (Jordan), Givat Haviva (Israel), and the Palestinian House of Friendship (PNA) to build capacity within a cohort of exemplary youth leaders, enabling them to design and implement cross-border community research projects.
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Complementary Approaches to Coexistence Work - Focus Paper Series, Coexistence International. With this publications series, CI examines where and how certain fields intersect with coexistence work. What challenges and opportunities exist when disciplines work together toward the common goal of a more peaceful, just world? This series illustrates the possibilities of effecting positive coexistence through cooperation among related fields.

Core Competencies for Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict Work - Can We Agree?, Mari Fitzduff. A four-page brochure suggesting core competencies for graduate programs like the Slifka master's program. The publication is part of the Project on Leadership notes series conducted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Country Studies, Coexistence International. With this publication series, CI describes the state of coexistence within different countries, and compares diversity and coexistence policies from countries around the world. CI has made no attempt to assess the implementation or success of such processes, or to endorse any of the initiatives mentioned in the report. We believe, however, that the documentation of the existence and scope of such efforts can contribute to a wider understanding of the variety of approaches for addressing issues of coexistence and intergroup conflict.

"Creative Approaches to Reconciliation," Cynthia Cohen, in The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace, edited by Mari Fitzduff and Christopher E. Stout. December 2005. Reproduced with permission of Greenwood Publishing Group Inc., Westport, CT.

"Education Policy in Multi-Ethnic Societies: A Review of National Policies that Promote Coexistence and Social Inclusion," Coexistence International. CI commissioned research to examine the role of education policy in promoting coexistence. The research paper examines 10 case countries: Brazil, Canada, England, Israel, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United States of America.

"Engaging with the Arts to Promote Coexistence," Cynthia Cohen, in Imagine Coexistence: Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict, edited by Antonia Chayes and Martha Minow, 2003.

Global Partnerships for Education, Stephanie Gerber, 2002. Brandeis faculty and students worked with partners in Haifa, Grenada, and Chelsea, Massachusetts. This project was built on one premise: coexistence between divided peoples depends not just on dialogue, but also on a shared understanding of cultural diversity.

Literary Responses to Mass Violence, 2004. A collection of the presentations made during the symposium of the same name. Selections include the work of the poets who attended the event and reflections on the themes addressed in the symposium. Authors include Ilana Rosen, Peter Dale Scott, Taha Muhammad Ali, Antjie Krog, Rachel Talshir, Yigal Schwartz, and Eugene Goodheart.

NGOs at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policies in Areas of Conflict, Mari Fitzduff with Cheyanne Church, eds., April 2004. An examination a several NGOs, diverse in size, location, and financial means, that have successfully influenced both policy and program development in conflicts throughout the world. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Peace and Conflict in Africa: Reflections from an African Peacebuilder, Hizkias Asseffa, 1999.
A scholar in residence at the Ethics Center in 1999, Asseffa gave two presentations at Brandeis on coexistence issues in Africa. The following are transcripts of those talks:

Pieces of the Coexistence Puzzle: Democracy, Human Rights, Gender, and Development
This report documents the proceedings of the "Pieces of the Coexistence Puzzle" conference held on March 15 and 16, 2007, which examined the nexus of distinct but related fields working on coexistence and peacebuilding work.

Pieces of the Coexistence Puzzle: Part II
This report chronicles six problem-solving workshops that brought together theatre artists and coexistence workers in order to think creatively about a problem in a particular community or conflict region.

The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace, Mari Fitzduff and Christopher Stout, eds. Greenwood Press and Praeger Publishers, December 2005.

"Working with Groups in Conflict: The Effects of Power on the Dynamics of the Group," Cynthia Cohen and Farhart Agbaria, with Marci McPhee, September 2000.

Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions, Cynthia Cohen, 2001. A resource for people who promote coexistence and further reconciliation in historically divided communities. It is designed to engage its users in practicing an approach to ethical inquiry that is well suited to the kinds of dilemmas and questions that arise in the work of building peace. Because the document is so large, we have divided the Guidebook into smaller documents:



Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue in an American Corporation, Dan Terris, 2005. An assessment of the ethics program at Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors.

"How to Teach Ethics to CEOs," Dan Terris, Boston Globe, March 20, 2005.

Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions, Cynthia Cohen, 2001. A resource for people who promote coexistence and further reconciliation in historically divided communities. It is designed to engage its users in practicing an approach to ethical inquiry that is well suited to the kinds of dilemmas and questions that arise in the work of building peace. Because the document is so large, we have divided the Guidebook into smaller documents:


Human Rights/Social Activism

"Human Rights Culture: The Political and Spiritual Crisis," Michael Ignatieff, January 2000. A lecture delivered during Ignatieff's residency at the Center. Contact the Center for a hard copy. Multiple copies available for classroom use.

Local Action/Global Impact: An Interactive Forum
A 44-page publication chronicling 11 of the 14 sessions that made up the February 2005 forum of the same name. Local Action/Global Impact was a five-day series of events exploring the interplay of local action and global change. The main body of the publication comes from session summaries and conclusions written by some of the over 500 undergraduate students who attended the forum.

Telling the Story: Power and Responsibility in Documenting Human Rights Violations, 2005. An online publication chronicling the September 2005 conference of the same name. Telling the Story brought together journalists, filmmakers, artists, forensic specialists, legal practitioners, and scholars to analyze the process by which human rights violations are documented and the reasons they are made public.


International Justice

Both Sides of the Bench: New Perspectives on International Law and Human Rights, The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, 2004. Intended to serve as a resource for individuals and institutions involved in the work of the international judiciary. This book highlights the work of the Brandeis International Fellows in Human Rights, Intervention, and International Law. It also documents the themes raised in the related symposium.

Brandeis Institute for International Judges - Reports
Chronicles of the institutes at which judges from international courts and tribunals around the world reflect on the philosophical aspects and practical challenges of their work

The Challenges of International Criminal Justice, a report on the Colloquium for Prosecutors of International Criminal Tribunals hosted in November 2004 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Representatives of the ICTR, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, and the Special Court of Sierra Leone attended the colloquium.

Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights

The International Judge, Daniel Terris, Cesare Romano, Leigh Swigart, 2007. Based on interviews with more than 30 international judges, this book is the first comprehensive portrait of the men and women in this new global profession. To view a webcast of a panel discussion on the book at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, click here. To listen to a discussion of the book at the American Society of International Law, click here.

"International Jurisprudence: The Best and Worst of Times," Theodore Sorensen, July 2003. The keynote address of the 2002 Brandeis Institute for International Judges, delivered in Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria.

"Justice 2018: Charting the Course," Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice, March 2008. The keynote address of the Center's 10th anniversary celebration.

The North American Judicial Colloquium
A report on the North American Judicial Colloquium, which in November 2008 brought together U.S. and Canadian judges with international judges to weigh the influence of international law on domestic courts. 

The West African Judicial Colloquia. A report on two colloquia, in Dakar in 2006 and in Accra in 2007, during which international judges joined their national counterparts from around the West African region for dialogue about the increasing interconnections that exist between international and national justice. Cliquez ici pour lire la version française du rapport sur les Colloques ouest africains sur la justice, tenus à Dakar (2006) et à Accra (2007) 



Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts Law, students with "Advocacy for Policy Change" (LGLS 161b)

"Bush's America seen by foreigners as blood-sucking Dracula," Cynthia Cohen, Manchester Union Leader, September 13, 2004.

"A Fragile Democracy," Dan Terris, Sh'ma, January 2005.
"In the days after the 2004 presidential election, the news media fixed on the fact that one poll showed that 'moral values' was the principal animating the concern of 22 percent of voters in the presidential campaign..."



"Waldo Frank, Jean Toomer, and the Critique of Racial Voyeurism," Daniel Terris, in Race and the Modern Artist, eds. Jeffrey Melnick and Heather Hathaway. 2003. Available at



Catholics, Jews, and the Prism of Conscience: Response to James Carroll's Constantine's Sword, Sylvia Fuks Fried and Daniel Terris, eds., 2001. Reflections on a symposium, held at Brandeis on Jan. 22, 2001, to coincide with the publication of Carroll's book. Authors include Kanan Makiya, Eva Fleischner, Irving Greenberg, James Carroll, Arthur Green, Eugene Fisher, Robert Wistrich, Donald Dietrich, and Paul Mendes-Flohr.

"Jews and African Americans: Holding Down the Fort," Daniel Terris, pages 123-138, in Religion and Public Life in New England: Steady Habits, Changing Slowly, eds. Andrew Walsh and Mark Silk, 2004, AltaMira Press.

The Rock: Jerusalem's Sacred Space: Responses to Kanan Makiya's Novel, The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem, Sylvia Fuks Fried and Daniel Terris, eds., 2003. Authors include Zvi Ben-Dor, Eugene Goodheart, and Oleg Grabar. The publication looks beyond the current political conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians to explore the ways in which men and women of three ancient faiths have invested meanings in the city's stones.


Student Fellowship Internship Summaries

The Sorensen Fellows (formerly called the Ethics Center Student Fellows - click here for details about the name change) document the summer service projects that they conduct all over the the world.

For a complete list of publications as well as PDFs of each essay, click here.