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Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum at U.S. Institute for Peace: Arts and Conflict

Event Date: 
November 8, 2011 - 09:30 - 11:30

Come join USIP for a conversation on the role of the arts in conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities at the United States Institute of Peace on November 8 from 9:30am to 11:30am.

The arts, media and culture offer peacebuilders a unique set of tools for transforming conflict, ranging from a variety of live theatre performances and the reinvention of cultural traditions to televised episodic drama. The arts provide a window through which communities recovering from conflict can explore painful social wounds while media outlets present a method of reaching extraordinarily broad audiences in diverse and often remote locations. While some peacebuilders have been resistant to the use of arts and culture in their work, these tools are gaining traction and legitimacy in the field. As more peacebuilders embrace the use of the arts in their work, a sub-field of arts and conflict is beginning to develop. What are the implications of these trends on the field of peacebuilding in general? Where are these tools the most appropriate and how can peacebuilders better engage the arts, media and culture to our advantage?

The discussion will feature Cynthia Cohen from the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, and Lena Slachmuijlder, the Chief Programming Officer at Search for Common Ground, and will be moderated by Sheldon Himelfarb, the Director for the Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding.

US Institute for Peace
Washington, DC
United States

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