Topic: The Unfinished Business of Truth and Reconciliation within South Africa : Re/Imagining the role of Theatre for Change within an African context
Time: Thursday December 12th, 4 – 5.00 pm
Location: Creativity Commons: University Hall, 3-043 (1815 Massachusetts Ave)
Please RSVP to Beth Chambers
The Global Arts Series is sponsored by The Creativity Commons, The Global Center, and The Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University.
About the program
Despite South Africas celebrated model of national reconciliation through the revelation of truth, the showpiece democracy finds itself so close to its twentieth birthday neither reconciled nor free of the legacy of its dark past. However exemplary and untiring an enterprise, the truth and reconciliation model might have been, its lack of a fundamental process of social transformation leaves it an unfulfilled and incomplete project.This unfinished business of the truth and reconciliation commission in South Africa highlights the role of the arts as an indispensable catalyst for healing and transformation in the process of transition. This presentation will look at ways that the arts speak back to the unfinished business of societies committed to social change and how they can support a sustainable healing within a context of trauma.
About the Presenter
Warren Nebe, is the founder and director of Drama for Life Program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,South Africa. Nebe is the 2013 recipient of the Vice Chancellors Wits Transformation Award and the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship. He is the Director of Themba Interactive -Initiatives for Life, a theater director, a senior lecturer, a HPCSA and NADT registered drama therapist and a Fulbright alumni. Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University, Professor Tawana Kupe, called Warren Nebe's work at and for Drama for Life "outstanding" in its transformative qualities. Drama for Life has been acclaimed for its "decisive break with traditional knowledge production trends in the humanities."
About the Global Arts Series
The Global Arts Series features arts based approaches initiated by Lesley University faculty and other international experts. In the global society in which we live, the arts open pathways to understanding and communication between peoples. In addition, the arts are channels for creativity and celebration, mitigate the effects of stress and trauma and are known to facilitate innovative spaces for emotional release. The arts can provide people a tangible result for their efforts in a relative short time, actions that can take place through individual or collective effort. Join us to circumnavigate the globe using the arts as our compass for exploration!