Arts and Global Health Conference, April 2015

Arts and Global Health Conference
6th annual Arts in Healthcare Conference at Lesley University
Friday & Saturday, April 17-18, 2015  ~  9:00am – 5:00pm
Washburn Commons, Brattle Campus
(10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA)
**12 LMHC CEUs available (six each day)**
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. This conference will feature arts based approaches initiated by Lesley University faculty and other international experts. Join us to circumnavigate the globe using the arts as our compass for exploration!
For full workshop descriptions and presenter biographies, please visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE.
  • Keynote Address: “Art as Force of Nature” by Lesley University Professor, Shaun McNiff   
    • Artistic response by Stan Strickland
  • Panel with afternoon workshop presenters John Burt, Angelica Pinna-Perez, Kelvin Ramirez, Abraham Sussman, Halima Sussman and Marian Brown
  • Choice of Workshops:
    • “The Arts Transform Post-Conflict Societies: A Case Study of Cultural Revival in Cambodia” with John Burt
    • “The Progressive Therapeutic Paradox: Struggling with Internalized Narratives of Race when Working Internationally” with Angelica Pinna-Perez and Kelvin Ramirez
    • “Dances of Universal Peace: An Example of Activist International Peacemaking Through the Arts” with Abraham Sussman and Halima Sussman
    • “7 Dresses 4 Health: An Arts and Health Advocacy Campaign” with Marian Brown
  • Keynote Address:  “Cambodia, 40 Years Out: Cultural and Artistic Resilience Then and Now” by Co-Founders of Cambodian Living Art, Arn Chorn-Pond and John Burt
  • Panel:  
    • David Alan Harris, Director of Global Wellbeing, counselor and dance/movement therapist
    • Louise Pascale, Founder and Director of Children’s Afghan Songbook Project and Professor in Lesley’s Integrated Teaching through the Arts Program
    • Michael Kemeh, Coordinator of Lesley’s Creative Arts in Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary Programs, specializing in integrating drama into the classroom
    • Yousef AlAjarma, Program Director in MSPP’s Expressive Arts Therapy Counseling Program, specializing in trauma and resilience in Palestine
  • Choice of Workshops:
    • “Buffering Suffering: Integrating the Arts in Building Resilience in Regional and Global Contexts” with Vivien Marcow Speiser and Phillip Speiser
    • “Peace Train Journey in South Africa” with Sharon Katz
    • “Healthy Tomorrow and African Dance” with Wyoma
    • “Rwanda: A New Age of Learning Creating and Sharing” with Alan O’Hare and others
  • Also featuring Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges and Cambodian poet and artist Piersath Chath
**Early Bird Registration discounts between now and March 27th ~ Late Registration prices after March 27th**
To register for this conference, please download the registration form at the bottom of theCONFERENCE WEBSITE and submit to Beth Chambers according to the directions on the form.  You may also register by phone if paying by credit card by calling Beth Chambers at 617.349.8833. 
Early Bird Discount Costs (until March 27th):
  • General Public:  $195  (single day: $125)
  • Lesley Alumni, Faculty and Sponsors:  $165  (single day: $95)
  • Students:  $45  (single day: $25)
Lesley University’s Institute for Arts and Health, Creativity Commons and Global Center; IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association); and Cambodian Living Arts
Any questions, please contact Beth Chambers at