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Cynthia Cohen

As director of the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Cynthia Cohen led action and reflection research projects, and wrote and taught about work at the nexus of the arts, culture, justice and peace. Cohen directed the Brandeis University/Theatre Without Borders collaboration Acting Together on the World Stage, co-edited the Acting Together anthologies and co-created the project's documentary and toolkit. She directs ReCAST Inc., a nonprofit organization partnering with Brandeis and New Village Press on the dissemination of Acting Together resources. Cohen has written extensively on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of peacebuilding, including the chapters "Creative Approaches to Reconciliation" and "Engaging With the Arts to Promote Coexistence" and an online book, Working With Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions.

Prior to the Acting Together project, Cohen directed the international fellowship program Recasting Reconciliation Through Culture and the Arts, which produced an anthology by that name. (All are available in the online resource library.) In addition, Cohen has worked as a dialogue facilitator with communities in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Central America and the United States. Before her tenure at Brandeis, she directed a community-based, anti-racist oral history center in the Boston area.

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