Past Events & Screenings

2018:

IMPACT Design Lab

Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2018

IMPACT: Imagining Together
Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

Designing a university-based infrastructure for the field

Learn more about the Design Lab.

Learn more about IMPACT.

 

 

A panel discussion with leading thinkers from Argentina, Australia, Cyprus, Israel, Kenya, Pakistan

September 4, 2018
4:00 – 6:00pm
International Lounge, Usdan

The Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) community welcomes students and faculty to a new semester. All are welcome to a discussion and reception featuring international artists and peace builders who are visiting Brandeis as part of the IMPACT initiative.

Students: Learn more about the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and how you can connect your art to social justice!

This open session of CAST 150b features leading figures in the global Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation field, including Babu Ayindo (Kenya); Ellada Evangelou (Cyprus); Mary Ann Hunter (Australia); Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan); Carmen Olaechea (Argentina); and Lee Perlman (Israel). Roundtable discussion followed by reception.

Read more, including the bios of the presenters.

View the event flyer.

Questions? Contact Sarah Terrazano.

 

 

In partnership with the University of Cyprus:

SUMMER SCHOOL: Theatre in (Post) Conflict Communities

Theory, practice and innovation in community-oriented theatre and performance in the Eastern Mediterranean

July 2-20, 2018
University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

The Summer School is international and designed for undergraduate students from the Humanities, Social Sciences and other disciplines, as well as practicing artists and community workers, interested in attaining knowledge and tools in theatre and performance, as they relate to community. It is hosted by the Department of English Studies of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia (Cyprus), in partnership with Brandeis University’s Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, USA.

There are three pillars to the program: morning lectures, covering theory and framing the discussion of theatre in (post)conflict communities, afternoon workshops, providing hands-on experience of three methodologies practiced by groups and individuals in the Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and globally, and the Incubation process, through which the TPCC participants will creatively engage with the material and people of the summer school in order to produce their own creative work. This work will be showcased and TPCC participants can use it in their portfolios. There are also parallel activities, such as discussions, book presentations and play attendance.

Pre-registration deadline: March 25, 2018
Registration and payment: April 15, 2018

Visit the program website to learn more and register.

 

 

The CAST Mini-Festival of Arts and Social Justice
April 20, 2018
Shapiro Campus Center (SCC), Multi-Purpose Room

The interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) will hold its annual Mini-Festival of the Arts and Social Justice on Friday, April 20, during the Brandeis University Festival of the Arts. Our mini-festival will be an interdisciplinary array of art and social change, featuring collaborations from CAST students working in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The Festival of the Creative Arts at Brandeis was founded in 1952 by the American composer, conductor, and Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein. This year, from April 15th to the 28th, Brandeis will celebrate the centennial birthday of the legendary artist, showcasing music, dance, theater, film and artwork by Brandeis students, staff, and alumni.

The festival is dedicated to the belief that “the art of an era is a reflection of the society in which it is produced, and through creative endeavors the thoughts and expression which characterize each generation are revealed and transformed”. In this spirit, CAST will host installations and performances focusing on art and social change.

Please join us on Friday afternoon, April 20th, in the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC), MultiPurpose Room as we question, reflect on, and envision the meaning of social transformation through creativity and art. We think you will be thrilled with the thoughtfulness and the creativity of students’ performances and exhibitions.

 

2017:

De-colonizing Approaches to Arts-based Peacebuilding with Dr. Babu Ayindo

Kenyan conflict transformation expert, theater artist and traditional storyteller
In residence at Brandeis University

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.

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

Read about the full series of events and view a video recording.

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Artists Mining/Lifting Community Identity and Capacity – with Germain Ingram
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 4:00 – 5:30pm

SCC Room 314, Brandeis University

This presentation will excavate a recent artist residency at the Village of Arts & Humanities, a community-based arts organization that is a long-time fixture in a socially and economically challenged neighborhood of Philadelphia. The residency with Olanrewaju Tejuoso, an internationally recognized Nigerian artist, focused on themes of remembrance, memorialization and transformation. The presentation will feature a conversation with Grimaldi Baez, a Philadelphia artist who facilitated the engagement between the resident artist and community residents. We will consider the intentions of the project, the opportunities and challenges of this arts-driven community engagement, the short-term and potential impacts of the project, and the lessons learned. We will look at how this project raises up questions about art’s capacity to stimulate social change, and the challenges for artists inherent in pursuing social practice.

Sponsored by CAST. Co-sponsors: The Mellon Foundation, The Rose Art Museum, SJSP, and Dean of Students

 

Cultural Spaces in the Rebuilding of Communities: Examples from Colombia, Syria and the United States
March 27, 2017 | 5:00–6:30pm
Mandel Atrium, Brandeis University

How can culture and the arts be mobilized as communities seek to recover from violence, conflict and disorder? Join us for a panel discussion with members of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life: Germaine Ingram – Dancer, choreographer, songwriter, and vocal and dance improviser; civil rights lawyer (Philadelphia, PA); Ángela María Pérez Mejía – Chief Cultural Manager of Banco de la República (Bógota, Colombia); and John Shattuck – Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former president of the Central European University (Boston, MA). Moderated by Kristin Parker, Interim Director of the Rose Art Museum and Cultural First Responder. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

 

 

2016:

Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice 

Salon Series
A series of salons at The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University hosted by LaShawn Simmons ’18 and Artist-in-Residence: Jane Wilburn Sapp

CAST (Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation) at Brandeis University is excited to present “Imagining Freedom: Creating Justice” — a series of salons co-hosted by LaShawn Simmons ’18 and Artist-in-Residence Jane Wilburn Sapp.

The salon series, held in three parts, will invite participants to explore how various art forms approach the process of social change.

“Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”
Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Rose Art Museum, Lee Gallery

The first event in the series will focus on visual art. Come share your impressions of the works currently on view in the Lee Gallery: What stands out for you in these works? What words, phrases, images and questions do they stir in you? Based on our discussions, we will create spoken word pieces and a song with Jane Sapp. RSVP encouraged

“Creating Art, Seeking Justice”
Tuesday, October 18
Part I: 5:00-6:00pm, Lurias, Hassenfeld
Part II: 6:00-8:00pm, Rose Art Museum

During the second event in the series, we invite YOU to share your art works, complete or otherwise, and receive feedback from other artists from our community. Come meet the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation Minors! Feel free to join one or both parts. Refreshments will be served.  RSVP *required.* 

“Staging Social Change”
Tuesday, November 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Rose Art Museum

The final event will engage participants through interactive performances of monologues and songs! RSVP encouraged

RSVP to one or all of the events. View the salon series flyer.

Sponsored by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, the Rose Art Museum, the Division of Creative Arts, and the Arts|Race|Activism Series with the support of the Brandeis Arts Council

 

SHOUT THE BIG DREAMS 
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.
    • Join 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 ’16, featuring Emily Galloway ’18, Emma Cyr ’19, Remony Pearlman ’19, Talia Bornstein ’19 and Daniel Souza ’19. Mandel 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!

 

Theaster Gates – Lecture and Award Ceremony | A Cursory Sermon on Art and the City

TheasterMarch 23, 4:00pm
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center,
Brandeis University

2015-16 Richman Fellowship Award Presentation and Lecture Sachar Award presentation by Interim President Lisa Lynch

Named one of the hundred most important people in the art world by ArtReview and “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, Theaster Gates is a multimedia artist, activist, social engineer, curator, and cultural entrepreneur. His message that art and creativity are engines for attacking poverty, revitalizing neighborhoods and providing opportunity is motivated by a strong social justice agenda. Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.

The Richman Fellowship will bring Gates to Brandeis from March 21 through March 24. His work will be on display at Rosebud March 3 – April 3

The Richman Fellowship is coordinated by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President. Theaster Gates’ visit is cosponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies; Brandeis Arts Council; Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST); Division of Creative Arts; Department of Fine Arts; and the Rose Art Museum. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Read a related article about Theaster Gates’ honor in Brandeis NOW.

 

2015:

Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:00 – 6:30pm
Mandel Center, Reading Room (303)
Brandeis University

Read more about the projects and grants recipients.

THESE STIPENDS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS FUNDING FROM THE MAX AND SUNNY HOWARD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, WITH GRATITUDE TO NAOMI SINNREICH P’13 FOR HER VISION AND SUPPORT.\

NOW AS THEN: WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST
Events held September 28 through October 8 focused creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

We explored songs and stories surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and considered actions we can take today in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that, according to the distinguished civil rights leader and now Congressman John Lewis, “put a dagger into the heart” of the law.

Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
September 28, 2015
2:00-5:00pm
Slosberg Music Hall
Video of a song about racial discrimination and voting rights in the U.S. written and performed by a group of Brandeis students in the songwriting workshop with cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator Jane Wilburn Sapp. The workshop focused on adapting and composing songs and spoken word poetry advocating for voting rights today.

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Recognizing that 2016 will be the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we asked:

  • What can we learn from the songs and the stories of those who participated in struggle for voting rights in Selma in 1965?
  • What strategies are being used to suppress Americans, particularly African Americans, from voting in 2015 and 2016?
  • What can we at Brandeis do to reclaim and strengthen voting rights today?

Read more about the Now As Then event series.

Scene from Selma ’65, by Catherine Filloux. Photo credit: Steven Schreiber

 

Selma ’65
October 8, 2015, 5:00pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Performance by Marietta Hedges of Catherine Filloux’s Selma ’65, a one-woman play retelling the complex story of Viola Liuzzo, a white voting rights activist who was killed in Selma in 1965, and the FBI informant who was with the Klan the night she was assassinated. Followed by:

  • Panel of students discussing their responses to the play and the politics of race and gender as they intersect in Viola Liuzzo’s story
  • Small group discussions over light snacks, moderated by Brandeis students

Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play Selma ’65 is in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March. The play received its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. Read more about Selma ’65 and Catherine Filloux’s recent Planet Activist Award.

 

AICScreening at “Art in Conflict”
May 26, 2015
Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland

Screening at “Art in Conflict,” a practitioners’ forum on potential and limitations of arts initiatives in processes of social transformation and peace building, hosted by Zurich University of the Arts in cooperation with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Discussion following screening hosted by Cynthia Cohen, Co-Chair of the Faculty Committee of the CAST minor and Director of the Program of Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Learn more.

 

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Participants at Songs of My Neighbors. Photo credit: Pavlos Vryonides

Songs of My Neighbours, Closing Symposium
April 25, 2015
7:00pm
Old Vinegar Factory
Limassol, Cyprus
Screening open to attendees of Songs of my Neighbours. “Acting Together on the World Stage” will be screened at 7:45pm. Dr. Lee Perlman, researcher at the Tami Steinmetz Peace Center of the University of Tel Aviv, will introduce the documentary. The screening will follow the first screening of the “Songs of My Neighbours” documentary (CY, 2015) at 7:00pm.

posterSongs of my Neighbours is a collaborative initiative aiming to use the arts, and theatre in particular, to encourage dialogue and social justice between communities that share conflict.
The project of the Center of Performing Arts MITOS is co-coordinated by Elena Agathokleous and Diomedes Koufteros (MFA ’05, Acting). It is partly funded by the Culture Program of the European Union and takes place in Poland, Italy and Cyprus between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2015. Closing performance will include live music and narrations with actors, musicians, and artists from partner organizations.

10am to 2:30pm at the Cyprus Theatre Museum: Presentations of activities and conclusions of project by partners from Italy, Poland and Cyprus. Guest Dijana Milosevic of Dah Teatar, Serbia, will give insights on what the Arts can do to promote dialogue and conflict transformation.

Visit the Songs of my Neighbours Facebook page, view the Closing Symposium summary and webpage.

 

A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

Friday, April 24th, 2015
12:00 – 4:00pm

Multi-purpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center

Presented by the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation. A Program of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts “Find Your Light.”
The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni. The theme this year is “Find your Light.” 

12:00 – 1:45pm
Acting Together on the World Stage: “Asking Toward the Light”
Screening of the award-winning, Brandeis-produced, hour-long documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, featuring courageous performance from conflict regions around the world, followed by conversation with film-maker Allison Lund, Center associate Jane Wilburn Sapp and Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Thomas King, joined by students in the CAST minor.

1:45pm
Refreshments and Q and A about the CAST minor

2:15 – 4:00pm
Opening Eyes, Ears and Hearts:
Performing Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences from students in CAST 150b

Students from the Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation share scenes, poems, songs and images based on oral history interviews with people different from themselves. Come prepared to listen, look, and, if you like, sing and dance as well! Refreshments will be served!

RSVP on Facebook!  View the flyer for the Mini Festival. 

 

Acting Together on the World Stage Screening at the World Summit on Art and Culture for Peace
District Institute of the Arts
2015_04_Cumbre-Mundial-de-Arte-y-Cultura-por-la-PazApril 12, 2015
Bogotá, Colombia
In April, the District Institute of the Arts of the mayor’s office in Bogotá convened a World Summit on Art and Culture for Peace in Colombia. Over 10,000 artists, activists and educators registered for the event, witnessing concerts and performances, participating in panel discussions, watching films, marching in demonstrations, and meeting up with old and new friends and colleagues. The Acting Together on the World Stage documentary was screed curing the Summit.

 

Director Cindy Cohen joins Tom Hall in an opening discussion “Improvisation and Social Transformation” to launch the first Brandeis Improv Festival
March 27, 2015, 3:00pm
Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University

Explore the many ways that improvisation enlivens the arts and sciences; inspires individual and group creativity; and encourages cultural innovation at the first annual Brandeis Improv Festival, the weekend of March 27-29, 2015. This three day festival, which is free and open to the public, will be filled with concerts, live performances, panel discussions and workshops, featuring a diverse range of mediums and artistic genres.

The Festival opens on Friday afternoon, March 27th at 3:00 with an open discussion on “Improvisation and Social Transformation” between Tom Hall (author of “Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide”) and Cindy Cohen (director of the program in Peace building and the Arts), followed at 5:00 by a multimedia improvisation (Shapiro Student Center) between artist Lennie Peterson, Tom Hall (sax), and Marty Ballou (bass). View the brochure and visit the website.

 

Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts

Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:30 – 5:00pm

The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA
Please RSVP online or by calling the Philadelphia Folklore Project at 215-726-1106
View parking information

PFP ForumPeacebuilding encompasses efforts that aim to transform conflict by nurturing compassion and creating safe spaces for people to live fulfilled lives, with dignity and joy. Please join us as we explore the relationship between traditional/folk arts and historical memory, reconciliation, anti-violence, immigration rights and other justice work through a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage, and a panel discussion featuring artists, activists and scholars.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project is proud to be collaborating on this program with Professor Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University’s Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and local artists and activists Germaine Ingram, Yared Portillo, Ximena Violante and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah and Zaye Tete. Read more.

 

Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts
Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:30pm-5:00pm

The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA
RSVP Here or by calling PFP at 215-726-1106
Parking Info available here
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Peacebuilding encompasses efforts that aim to transform conflict by nurturing compassion and creating safe spaces for people to live fulfilled lives, with dignity and joy. Please join us as we explore the relationship between traditional/folk arts and historical memory, reconciliation, anti-violence, immigration rights and other justice work through a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage, and a panel discussion featuring artists, activists and scholars.

The Folklore Project is proud to be collaborating on this program with Professor Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Initiative, and local artists and activists Germaine Ingram, Yared PortilloXimena Violante and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah and Zaye Tete.

 

International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation on Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture
March 4, 2015
Tel Aviv University
Lee Perlman will chair and present, along with Acting Together contributor Dr. Aida Nasrallah at a workshop session “Performance and Peacebuilding in Israel: The Politics of Identity, Representation and Power-Relations” at an International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation on Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture at Tel Aviv University. Stage Director, Sinai Peter shares his experiences directing many joint Jewish/Palestinian productions and actors Mahmoud Abu Jazi and Einat Weizman performs an excerpt from Oved Shabbat (Quieter Days) by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, directed by Sinai Peter at the Palestinian Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa. Session supported by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University.

 

Acting Together on the Worlds Stage Screening
February 7, 2015
4th Fanatika International Theatre Documentary Festival
Ahmedabad, India

 

Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference
February 9, 2015
Kibbutzim College of Education
Acting Together contributor Lee Perlman will present his paper “Actors as Change Agents in Joint Productions of Jews and Palestinians in Israel” at a panel entitled “Acting, Actor, Society” at the Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference “On Acting in Theater: Aesthetics, History and Culture” in Tel Aviv at the Kibbutzim College of Education.

 

Acting Together Screening & Discussion
January 2015
Asociación Libre Expresión
libreTegucigalpa, Honduras
Screening to be followed by a discussion. Free and open to the public. The mission of Libre Expresión or Free Expression is to promote expression and youth leadership by providing training opportunities, using photography in conjunction with othe rartistic media to educate, inform and encourage social engagement. The organizational connection was facilitated by Lisette Anzoategui, a graduate student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management who is working with Peacebuilding and the Arts to support the inauguration and launch of the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

 

October 2014:

Acting Together Screening
October 22, 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Room G3
Brandeis University

Screening to be followed by a discussion led by the film’s director Professor Cynthia Cohen, a member of the Music Department, and Judith Eissenberg. Lunch will be served.

Come engage in conversation and learn about Brandeis University’s new minor – Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST).

 

August 2014:

Workshop and Film Screening
August 12, 6:00 pm
Istanbul, Turkey
Kadir Has University Theatre Department
In conjunction with 25th IPRA General Conference

Free and open to all artists and activists interested in creativity, peacebuilding, social transformation and international exchange, in conjunction with the 25th IPRA General Conference. Introduction and film screening at 6:00 pm, conversation and resource sharing at 7:15 pm, and snacks and International Artists’ Exchange at 8:30 pm. Presented by ReCAST, Inc. in partnership with the Art and Peace Commission of the IPRA; Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; Kadir Has University Theatre Department; and Theatre Without BordersView the flyer.

 

March & April 2014:

Workshop & Film Screening:
“Acting Together on the World Stage”
Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC)
MACBelfast, Northern Ireland

March 31, 5:00 pm
Screening and Discussion of ‘Acting Together on the World Stage’ 

April 1 & 2
Workshop: Exploring the ‘Acting Together’ Toolkit

Free and open to the public, registration required. Film screening and workshop with and by Cynthia Cohen, PhD,  Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University and the Brandeis/Theatre Without Borders collaboration ‘Acting Together.’ For tickets, please contact the MAC Box Office atwww.themaclive.com.


Screening of “Acting Together on The World Stage”
at Peace Building Residency with Polly O. Walker
April 15, 8:00pm
The Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry
Free and open to the public, tickets required. A feature documentary highlighting courageous and creative artists and peace-builders working in Conflict regions and describes exemplary peace-building performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Polly O. Walker, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Juniata College, USA.
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2013 Screenings  

 

November 2013:

Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding
November 21, 2:45pm
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
Free and open to the public. Screening on Thursday, November 21 at 2:45pm. The Keynote Panel at 7:00pm is also free and open to the public, and explores how women leaders can use writing and theater arts to address and resolve conflict, featuring two national peacebuilding leaders – Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D., from Brandeis University and Jennifer Freeman, M.A., Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women PeaceMakers Program at University of San Diego – who will share their insight and experience. The event continues through November 22 for registered participants with a Workshop for Community Leaders, “Transforming Violent Conflict Using the Creative Arts”  led by Cynthia Cohen. Read more about the event.

October 2013:

International Symposium/ Workshop on Political Discourse: Philosophy, Performance, Literature and Theater
workshopOctober 24
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Mexico City

Screening open to symposium participants. “Acting Together” Project contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea will hosting the screening of the documentary on Thursday of this week-long symposium.

 

September 2013:

Heller School for Social Policy and Management
September 4, 12:15-1:50pm
Room G3

Heller School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Screening open to members of the Brandeis community, including the students of the MA Program in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School at Brandeis. Conversation following the film will focus on ways that students in the MA program can get involved with the various initiatives of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Food will be provided by the Coexistence and Conflict program.

 

August 2013:

“Project Social Impact” Summer Institute
August 20
Kingston, Massachusetts

Cynthia Cohen will be screening Acting Together, leading a discussion, and offering a workshop for international artists, college students and activists participating in a 2-week long institute co-sponsored by “Peace in Focus,” La Poderosa Media Project, and Teatrotaller. Read more about the “Project Social Impact” Summer Institute and visit their Facebook page.

 

June 2013:

Community Arts Lab – Arts Festival and Conference
June 20-21
Utrecht, Netherlands
The Community Arts Lab (CAL) is a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the of Utrecht in the Netherlands in June 2013. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. Cynthia Cohen, Roberto Varea, and Dijana Milošević will be presenting at the event, numerous other ReCAST, Inc. contributors will be attending the festival, and there will be a screening of the “Acting Together” documentary. Read more about the program and festival events.

 

April 2013:

“Acting Together on the World Stage” Film Screening
April 3, 7:30pm 
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Room: Mulgar 200
Free and open to the public. Dr. Cynthia Cohen will give a lecture and discussion to examine the film through a gendered lens. The event is co-sponsored by Fletcher Global Women, The Tufts International Communications Club, and the Fletcher Performing Arts Club.

February 2013:

9th Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival (OLA FEST)
February 8, 2013, 6:30pm
Hope CommUnity Center
1016 N. Park Ave., Apopka, Florida
Festival dates: February 8-10, February 15-17
The opening night for the OLA FEST includes Flamenco music concert and a screening of the “Acting Together on the World Stage,” followed by Q & A with Roberto Varea. The documentary “Acting Together on the World Stage” is also receiving the “Spirit of Place” award the presented by the Awakening/Art & Culture Ola Fest. The “Spirit of Place” Award is an award that was established two years ago for excellence in social realism and activism in the arts. More information.

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Learning Peace and Democracy through Film (Japanese subtitles)
February 11, 2:00 –  5:00pm
Tokyo, Japan
Sponsored by the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE)AGEnT: Global English Teaching. Lecture and film screening of “Acting Together on the World Stage” (subtitled). More information. For additional information, contact kasan@mac.com.


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1. Sessions of The Arts of Building Peace PAX 250 open to members of the Brandeis

community:

2. Screening Acting Together at Mount Mary; Behavioral Science Department

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Theatre-based Intercultural Collaboration in Southeast Asia:

Peacebuilding Opportunities and Obstacles

Tuesday, November 5, 2:00 – 3:30

Spingold 111

Presentation by award-winning Thai theatre artist Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop)

PhD candidate at Payap University, Department of Peace Studies

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Narumol Thammapruksa is an award-winning international theatre artist whose

work focuses on theatre and creative dance as resources for social activism. Her

most recent work, ‘The Demon Hero” is a mask theatre performance work about

an unusual demon who sacrifices himself for peace. In addition to engaging in and

facilitating puppetry, theatre and dance exchange throughout the Southeast and

East Asian regions and beyond, Kop works actively with the Tibetan independence

movement and also on issues of gender equity. Her work has been recognized by,

among others, the Japan Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Rockefeller

Foundation, the Arts Development Association of Taiwan, and the Japan University

Consortium for Peace and Human Security. She is a member of the Arts and Peace

Commission of the International Peace Research Association.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2 – 4:50 p.m.

Slosberg Music Building Room 215

“I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table”:

Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American

Community

Presentation/Performance by musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane

Wilburn Sapp

Jane Sapp is an extraordinary musician and activist who engages communities

in struggles for social justice through music. She and Cindy Cohen, director of

Brandeis’ Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, are working on a book-length

documentation of her four decades of practice, primarily in communities of

color in the American South. In this performance/presentation, she will discuss

the conditions that gave rise to the need for resilience in the African-American

community, including slavery and life under the Jim Crow regime of segregation,

and the sources of resilience in the African American family, community, and

church. Songs will illustrate the power of culture to validate people’s experience

and nourish their capacity to maintain a sense of dignity in the face of forces

determined to humiliate them.

contact cecohen@brandeis.edu

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Screening: Acting Together
November 6 7pm in Caroline Hall Lounger, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Contact: chapmans@mtmary.edu

November21 2:45pm Gerhardinger Center room 109, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Contact: woehrlel@mtmary.edu

Many thanks!

Lynne M. Woehrle, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Peacebuilding Certificate
Behavioral Science Department
Mount Mary University
2900 N Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
414-258-4810 ext. 413
www.mtmary.edu

Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence
Webpage http://www.mtmary.edu/faculty_woehrle.htm

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Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program

Managing  Diversity in Divided Societies

January 30-31, 2014

Call for Student Submissions

What tools and mechanisms best promote diversity?

How is diversity best approached in conflict societies?

How can the arts be used to engage diversity and enhance societal well-being?

We are calling for research papers, visual arts, creative writing, or videography that addresses these questions.

Selected students will be invited to present their work at the conference alongside leading academics, researchers, and practitioners in the field of diversity, conflict, and peacebuilding. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top  three finalists in each category.

Submissions are open to graduate students, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates. Please send a letter of intent, and a short description of your piece, including:
medium, how it addresses the above questions, and what form of diversity
it addresses (race, gender, ethnicity, language, sexuality, socio-economic
class, nationality, etc.)

Abstracts should be 250 words or less outlining the inspiration and concept of your submission.
Cash prizes will be presented to the top three finalists in each category.
Lunch and happy hour will be provided for all student participants.
Please send abstracts, submissions, and questions to:
diversityconference@georgetown.edu
202.687.0513

Abstracts due: Oct.15th

Submissions  Due: Dec. 1st

finalists notified: Dec. 15th

In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have both enriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization of diversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices that can serve as model for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences.

From January 30th-31st, Georgetown University will seek to address this puzzle by hosting a conference of leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who regularly engage with issues of diversity. We hope to locate and share best practices, and identity further gaps in the literature. Student participants have the opportunity to present their own research and explore creative expressions of diversity in divided societies. They will be able to learn from and network with some of the most innovative leaders in this field, from both academia and practice.

 Timeline

Abstract: Oct 15th Final Submission: Dec 1st Finalists Notified Dec 15th
Submission Maximum Length
Research Paper 5,000- 8,000 words
Written 700 words
Visual Art Limit of 5 submissions
Short Film 10 minutes

 

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Screening: Acting Together at Heller School at Brandeis University

On Wednesday, September 4, the Acting Together documentary will be  screened for students of the MA Program in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School at Brandeis. Conversation following the film will focus on ways that students in the MA program can get involved with the various initiatives of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.

Location & Time TBA.

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Screening: Acting Together at Project Social Impact, Kingston, Massachusetts

Cynthia Cohen will be screening Acting Together, leading a discussion, and offering a workshop for international artists, college students and activists participating in a 2-week long institute co-sponsored by “Peace in Focus,” La Poderosa Media Project, and Teatrotaller.
 
When: On Tuesday, August 20.
 
Where: Project Social Impact summer institute in Kingston, Massachusetts,
 
And also https://www.facebook.com/ProjectSocialImpact for more information.

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Community Arts Lab
Arts Festival and Conference
June 19 – 22, 2013
Utrecht, Netherlands

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands was the site of the 1713 signing of a peace treaty that ended two centuries of religious conflicts in Europe. The organization Treaty of Utrecht commemorating the 300th year anniversary by hosting the Community Arts Lab in June 2013, a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the city. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. An ongoing online dialogue about community art will prelude the festival. Cynthia Cohen and numerous other ReCAST, inc. contributors will be attending the CAL festival. Read more about the program and festival events on the CAL website.

A Note from Cindy, Director of ReCAST, Inc:

Correa

Ana Correa of Peru’s Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, shares her enthusiasm about the Acting Together multilingual disc with her brother.

Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Research/Festival in Utrecht.

Over 150 international artists joined colleagues from The Netherlands in a midsummer’s weekend theatre festival hosted by Acting Together contributor and CAL director, Eugene van Erven. http://www.vredevanutrecht2013.nl/en/programmes/cal-utrecht/cal-festival
The festival was an extraordinarily diverse gathering of artists, scholars and students, joined in a final gala parade and dinner by 1500 children and adults from the city of Utrecht, marking the culmination of a seven-year initiative honoring the 300th anniversary of the Peace Treaty of Utrecht.  Dijana Milosevic and Roberto Varea, featured Acting Together artists, joined Cynthia Cohen in leading a workshop and screening the project’s award winning documentary. We distributed multilingual copies of the film to colleagues from Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Bolivia, and, shown here, Ana Correa from Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani of Peru. Roberto Varea’s  and Cynthia Cohen’s participation in the Utrecht festival was supported, in part, by public funds from the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York. 

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Visit to the European Graduate School
June 23 – 25, 2013
Saas-Fee, Switzerland

ReCAST director Cynthia Cohen will be visiting the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, where she will be presenting and screening the Acting Together project and documentary. In her travels, she is forging ahead to strengthen and nurture our expansive network around the world.

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Introduction to Art & Peacebuilding

A unique One-and-a-Half Day Workshop in Theatre and Conflict Transformation

  • LEARN about current and previous work in the field of peacebuilding and performance in conflict zones.
  • Acquire TOOLS and SKILLS for creative and ethical conflict transformation (using material from the Acting Together on the World Stage Toolkit).
  • Discover RESOURCES and JOIN a global network of thoughtful arts and human rights practitioners.

Friday evening, Feb 22 – 6-9 p.m, and Saturday, Feb 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
La MaMa Rehearsal Studio, 47 Great Jones St., New York City

Fee: $99;
$49 for students,
need based scholarships available
MORE INFORMATION: www.heatcollective.org

Presented by Jessica Litwak and David Diamond

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Bridging Cultures – Acting Together Film Screening

Acting Together Film Screening and Panel Discussion at the Interdisciplinary Weekend “Bridging Cultures” with Dr. Cynthia Cohen at the Lowell Campus of Middlesex Community College.

Saturday, April 27th, 3 – 4.30 pm
Middlesex community College, Lowell Campus
33 Kearney Square, Lowell MA, 01852

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