Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence 

December 1-2, 2011
Brandeis University

This two-day symposium will explore the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence. What do public ritual, theater, truth commissions and criminal trials offer as justice-seeking strategies? How does performance satisfy the human need to understand violence and reconstruct dignity in its wake?

Symposium sessions will run all day Thursday and Friday and explore justice-seeking performances in Peru, Cambodia, and the United States. 

View resources to learn more about the issues that will be examined at the symposium.

Symposium highlights include :

Thursday, December 1, 2011

5:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Reception and booking signing of Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

6:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Keynote by Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres, President of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2001-2003). 

Friday, December 2, 2011

12:30 pm, Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Performance of "Biro" written by Ntare Mwine, performed by Charles Mulekwa, Uganda
Preceded by refreshments at noon!


Lead-up film series exploring the themes of the symposium

All screenings are Mondays at 6pm in Heller G2 at Brandeis. Pizza and drinks provided. More info about the films here.
*November 14: My Neighbor My Killer – Local justice after the Rwandan genocide

*November 21: Two Rivers – Native American reconciliation in northern Washington State

Past screenings: 
October 3: The Reckoning
 – Seeking justice for crimes against humanity
October 24: State of Fear – A nation wages a war on terror and loses its democracy….
October 31: Fires in the Mirror – What happens when ethnic tensions in an American neighborhood explode into violence?
November 7: War Don Don and Fambul Tok – Trials and healing in Sierra Leone

For background on the contributions of theatre and ritual to justice and conflict transformation, please visit www.actingtogether.org. Read summaries of case studies online and watch short videos about justice-seeking performances in Cambodia, Peru, and the United States. The AT anthology and documentary can be ordered from links at that site.

This symposium is hosted by the Center in collaboration with Northeastern University School of Law, and cosponsored by African and Afro-American Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Legal Studies, Mandel Center for the Humanities, the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict, the Office of the Arts, and the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program.

Please be aware that symposium parking is in the Charles River lot, a fifteen minute walk from the venue. Signs will be posted guiding you from the lot to the venue. If you are mobility impaired, please speak directly with the Office of Public Safety. For a campus map and directions, click here.

All events and the symposium itself are free and open to the public.
Space is limited! Arrive early; registration not required. 
Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.






International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
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