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Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding

Mount Mary’s commitment to social justice and creativity spur symposium on the power of the arts to transform conflict into understanding.

November 21-22, 2013
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Cynthia CohenFilm screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage" and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Space is limited for workshops for educators, students and community members.
Register now.

For more information see news release.

Featuring Guest Speakers Sharing Global Perspectives

  • FreemanCynthia Cohen, PhD, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University
  • Jennifer Freeman, M.A., Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women PeaceMakers Program, University of San Diego


Thursday November 21, 2013

1:00pm - Presentations to classes by guest speakers Cynthia Cohen and Jennifer Freeman 
Gerhardinger Center, Room 109

2:45pm - Film Screening, "Acting Together on the World Stage" by filmmaker Allison Lund
Gerhardinger Center, Room 109

7:00pm - Keynote Panel Presentation, "Synergy: Women, Creativity and Peacebuilding" featuring Cynthia Cohen and Jennifer Freeman
Explore the contributions that creative arts and scholarship can make to the work of professionals in restorative justice, conflict intervention, and trauma healing. Join us to learn how women leaders are using writing and theater arts worldwide to transform deeply-divided societies.
Alumnae Dining Room

Friday, November 22, 2013

8:30am - 1:00pm
Workshop for Community Leaders, "Transforming Violent Conflict Using the Creative Arts"  led by Cynthia Cohen
Explore the contributions of cultural work and the arts to the creative transformation of conflict in this hands-on workshop. Watch and discuss clips from a film, and then share stories about our own 'aesthetic inheritances.'  Examine tensions and paradoxes that arose in the groundbreaking project "Acting Together on the World Stage,"  including how to balance socio-political and aesthetic imperatives, justice and healing, memory and imagination. (pre-registration is required)
Gerhardinger Center, Room 109


This program is sponsored by the Mount Mary Women's Leadership Institute and made possible by grants from:

  • Giger Foundation
  • Annette J. Roberts and Joan R. Roberston Fund for World Peace, World Law and Peace Education
  • Marian R. Scheibe Foundation
  • United States Institute of Peace -- PEPS Fund

For more information contact Lynne Woehrle,, (414) 258-4810, x 413.