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Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Summer and Fall 2009

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Body & Knowing. Animals in Healthcare and Creative Arts in Health and Healing will be offered during the summer. Fall semester courses include: On Human NatureBody Mind CenteringDance and CitizenshipDance and Popular Culture; and What Music Is.

Summer 2009

Animals in Healthcare

CSPH 5000, Section 001, 3 credtis
Monday through Friday, 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. (May 26 – June 12)
Plant Growth 140A
Jean Marie Larson

This course is designed to introduce students to the central elements of Animal Assisted Therapy in the context of multiple healthcare settings. Students will learn the history, principles and evidence-based guidelines to practice Animal Assisted Therapy.

Creative Arts in Health and Healing

CSPH 5000, Section 002, 2 credits
Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (June 15- August 7)
Annie Lynne Heiderscheit

In this course students will learn how various creative arts therapies are integrated into the healthcare environment to promote healing and well-being. Practicing therapists will lead the course in hand-on activities to give students first-hand experience of each modality.

Fall 2009

On Human Nature

CSCL 3910, ANTH 3980
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nicholson 125
Instructor: Harvey Sarles

Human Nature: What is the human? What is “not-human,” what differences (and similarities) between us and other species? How we think about and explore the human is likely the base and foundation of all of our being and ideas. “Man is the measure of all things” — said Protagoras. Yet the nature of the human — the “measurer” of all things — remains unclear, more vague than we usually think. Our ways of depicting the human are many, but our ways of thinking about ourselves are “stuck” in realms of mostly ancient ideas. We fix our attention on very few forms of explanation for how we are and “should be.” Rather than actually studying the human face and body, for example, we focus on ideas of how humans are presumed to be “unique”: claimed to be our “mind” or “brain” and “language” and “thought” — or our “souls” in religious contexts. Still, our bodies are thought to be similar — of the same “stuff” — as other species.

Body Mind Centering

DNCE 3337, 2 credits
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Barker Center 300
Instructor: Margie Farngoli

Improvisational movement explorations, hands-on re-patterning work. Direct experience of the way mind (desire, attention, intention) is expressed through various body systems. Students use imagery, touch, and anatomical information to access a range of inner sensations and movement experiences. Emphasizes each individual’s unique experience of the body.

Dance and Citizenship: Land, Migration, and Diaspora

DNCE 3487W, 3 credits
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Barker Center 301
Instructor: Diyah Larasati

Dance/performance as practiced/transformed by minority groups in the United States. Migration as global phenomenon. Land disputes, labor distribution, political asylum/dislocation, “Ethnic” practices in context of cultural exchange and multiculturalism.

Dance and Popular Culture: Choreographing Race, Class, and Gender

DNCE 3411, 3 credits
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
West Bank, TBA
Instructor: Cindy García

This course addresses the ways in which race, class, gender become aestheticized and put into motion in/as popular culture. We will interpret sites of movement in popular culture broadly, allowing us to consider bodies on stages, screens, and through social practices, for example: staged performances of popular dance, motion picture versions of ballet or karate, animations of dancing penguins, and henna tattooing practices at parties. We will begin this course with an analysis of “dance,” “popular,” and “culture.” Through choreographic analysis of moving bodies, we will examine how the term “popular” affects understandings of culture and how culture can be conceptualized as action. We will also learn beginning techniques of baile popular, Latin American popular dance and prepare a short choreography to perform at the campus Dia de los Muertos Procession on Friday, Oct. 30, at approx. 11:30 am.

Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis

DNCE 3333/5333
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a system that examines the subtle meanings within all patterns of movement and physical actions. The study of LMA increases awareness of individual movement styles; develops sensitivity to cultural non-verbal patterns, and promotes a deeper understanding of the communicative and expressive nature of all forms of movement and dance. Using experiential explorations, improvisation, observation and class discussion, this class will introduce the student to the basic theory and elements of LMA as a means to develop and enhance the student’s movement, expression, physicality, clarity and creativity. LMA is important tool in fields that involves the performance or understanding of movement- including dance, theater, psychotherapy, education, music, kinesiology and non-verbal communications.

Freshman Seminar: What Music Is—Its Meaning, Reality, Communication, and Embodiment

MUS 1905
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Ferguson 225
Instructor: Guerino Mazzola

Cultural Constructions of the Body

CSt 3080, UMN-Duluth
Instructor: Mitra Emad

To register, go to the class schedule. More information can be found on the course guide or from the individual departments or instructors.

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