Theatre and Human Rights; Workshop with Dr. Guila Kessous

Date: 

Friday, February 26, 2016, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke Street, 303

Note: Registration is required. Please click the link at the bottom of this page to complete registration.

The seminar will explore the connection between theater and human rights that stretches from ancient Greece until today. Students will  be confronted to theatre games to better understand the notion of the “other” in respect to human rights on stage. The mission of such seminar is finding a new way to raise awareness about social and humanitarian issues such as racism conflicts (role games in the situation) extended to genocides (working with a theatrical piece influenced by victims’ testimonies).

Guila Clara Kessous

Guila Clara holds a State Diploma in Performing Art, an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University. Recipient of two awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Harvard University Bok Center, she created the seminar “Theater and Human Rights” at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at the Political Sciences Institute in Paris.


She has combined her theatre experience in fields such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury) and Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North). She is currently experimenting with the concept of « management creativity » from Augusto Boal’s theories and has a specialization in CSR and Ethics in the business world (including her studies in ethics pursued under her PhD direction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel).
For her dedication in Arts and Human Rights, she was awarded the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2012. She was recently awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture.

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