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Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Spring 2010

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Body & Knowing: Body, Soul, and Spirit in Medieval and Renaissance European Medicine; The Art of Collaboration: The Process Embodied; Cultural Constructions of the Body; Medical Consumerism; Body Mind Centering; The Articulate Body; and Embodied Cognition.

Body, Soul, and Spirit in Medieval and Renaissance European Medicine

HMED 3065-001, MEST 3610-001
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Nicholson 120
Instructor: Jole Shackelford

As a nation and as individuals we are often preoccupied with our physical self, our appearance, our health, our pleasures, and our material possessions. Our modern identity crises are moral as well as legal, physical as well as psychological, but are often framed in terms of scientific measures that determine the health and viability of the mind and body. But for the medieval European Christian, the mind and body were necessarily viewed in a spiritual as well as a corporate context – it made no sense whatsoever to think of the health of the body apart from the health of the soul, or the life of the individual body apart from the life of the communal body. During this semester we will examine how medieval and Renaissance European medical writers understood the body, soul, and spirit and how these medical conceptions affected extra-medical concerns.

The Art of Collaboration: The Process Embodied

COLA 3950-004, 3 Credits
Thursday 1:25-4:25
Regis W217
Instructors: Michael Sommers and Guerino Mazzola

Through a series of embodied studies and concrete problematic situations students will focus on the individual and collaborative process as a method for revealing form. Emphasis will be on developing and defining the individual and collaborative process as a method to synthesize material from a wide range of sources and disciplines (visual art, music, theatre and dance) to create interdisciplinary and collaborative thinking, and to expand personal boundaries and intersections where multiple art forms and practices converge. Students will collaborate to co-author and co-create a series of works for in-class and public performance with lectures by practicing guest artists as well as exploration of the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities.

Cultural Constructions of the Body

CSt 3080, 4 credits,
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.
UMN-Duluth, 214 Cina Hall
Instructor: Mitra Emad

Medical Consumerism

BTHX 8610, 3 credits
Wednesdays, 9:05-11:35 am
East Bank
Instructor: Carl Elliott, PhD

Two related movements have emerged in American health care. The first is an emphasis on medical enhancement, or the use of medical technologies to improve the looks, performance and psychological well-being of people who are healthy. The second is the submission of the American health care system to the machinery of consumer capitalism. This seminar will use an interdisciplinary set of texts to explore the implications of medical consumerism. How is the consumerist model of medicine shaping our concepts of disease and disability? What larger historical developments have led to our current situation? How are the tools of medical enhancement shaping the way we think about our identities and the way we live our lives?

Body Mind Centering

DNCE 3337, 2 credits
Tuesdays 6:30-9:15 p.m.
300 Barker Center
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.

The Articulate Body

DNCE 3433
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:10-11:40 p.m.
300 Barker Center
Instructor: Margie Farngoli

This course will cover an introduction to kinesiology and biodynamics of dance. At the end of this course students will be able to apply the knowledge they gain of anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical principles to dance technique, conditioning and injury prevention.

Embodied Cognition

KIN 4136, 3 credits
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
215 Cooke Hall
Instructor: Thomas Stoffregen

Introduction to relations between physical behavior and mental activity. Cognitive, emotional, and social aspects. Concepts of embodied cognition, their relation to traditional concepts of mind/body. Lifespan development, empirical research.

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