Health Arts & Sciences Grad Presentations:
A Peace of Maine–Multi-generational Community Retreat Center, with HAS graduating student Jill Smith. The goal of this presentation is to share how I am developing a multi-generational community retreat center. The center will integrate nature, communication, nutrition, kinesthetic communication, and a back to basics approach. It will include the option for cooperative extension using alternative healing and expressive arts; together the center’s offerings will help people with self awareness, healing, communication and growth. I will share my beliefs on how simplicity can help heal the mind and body and how nature is an important piece of human wellness. I will explain my passion for a kinesthetic approach and how it opens a new line of communication between individuals. There will be a brief discussion about the importance of low impact building and also the need for different nutrition specific to our bodies. I will conclude by describing a sample day at the center and describe where the center is in development.
Freedom & Transformation: A Path of Integrating the 12-steps, Yoga, Meditation, and Nutrition for Recovery, with HAS graduating student Laurie Snyder-Anthony. I will review my experience with the integration of these 4 components of recovery and facilitate a group experience.
From the Ground Up: Creating Narrative Collage as a Tool to Explore Relationships Among Farmers, Their Work, and the Land in Central Illinois, with HAS graduating student Kristen Thiel. What happens when a Massachusetts licensed healthcare practitioner, having been raised on a family farm in Central Illinois, goes to school in Vermont to think critically about farming as a healthcare modality? And what if she also brings along her camera? I’ll tell you about my personal and academic journey, including my motivations and biases, as I re-visited the region in which I grew up. During these visits, I interviewed farmers, toured farms, and photographed farmland, even asking farmers to create their own photo-diaries for me. In collaboration with participating Central Illinois farmers, I created a storytelling tool that I call narrative collage. I’ll present slides from my narrative collage template, including researcher and participant generated words and images, to provide a fresh window into Central Illinois farming cultures.
Heal our Wombs/Wounds: African American Women & Uterine Fibroids, with HAS graduating student Shonettia Monique. My presentation will address the high prevalence of uterine fibroid tumors in African American women – a condition that causes debilitating pain, complications with childbirth, infertility, and other serious harms. I will discuss the impact of societal oppression and transgenerational trauma on African American women’s reproductive health, look at the current research on the subject, and share the findings of my qualitative interviews as well as my own autoethnography and creative processes.
Operation Morrigan,with HAS graduating student Olivia Malloy.With an alarming 30-year high in suicide rates among military service members and veterans there is a nation-wide call to address and reduce the incidence of self-inflicted injury and community violence. Operation Morrigan was conceived and developed in response to the current issue of rising rates of suicide and PTSD symptoms in military service members. The program gives historical context for PTSD and details the extent of the current problem. It examines the causes of war-related stress from environmental, physiological, and psychological perspectives and takes a holistic approach to different options for treatment of stress, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and PTSD. The program encourages and gives the military a blueprint for educating active-duty service members and veterans. Included are alternative tools and creative solutions to elevate awareness and arm service members/veterans with techniques for helping themselves prepare for and cope with the possibility of PTSD. There is a hands-on real-world component, as well as a virtual module for connecting veterans with community resources to support and empower them in the process of reintegration and healing. The applied portion explores movement, yoga, meditation, breathing, expressive arts, and various forms of alternative therapies as methods for aiding soldiers/veterans in learning and gaining skills to handle and cope with long term effects of trauma related stress.
The Importance of Fish to Human and Cultural Health, with HAS graduating student Grace Asagra Stanley. The goal of this presentation is provide interactive exploration through dialogue, partner-group discussion, video clips, meditation, and body movement that will deepen understanding of the importance of fish to people, and to culture/s. If you have burning questions about fish Omega-3 essential fatty acids and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and depression, this presentation will benefit you. If you have concerns on holism and integration for optimum health and well-being, this could be just what you need. Handouts include Grace Asagra Stanley’s essay on The Importance of Fish on Human and Culture Health and her Tips to Eat Fats without Getting Fat.
Not about Choice, with HAS graduating student Shirley Hill. Have you ever thought about or questioned the meaning of gender? Why is it often a binary system? What does it mean to feel like a male or female? Is this sexual orientation or sexual identity? How do you define yourself? A gender binary system places people in two categories, male or female and they are expected to behave accordingly.
As a single parent and mother of a Transmale, I reveal my struggle, mental trauma and response to my son’s transition. In the process of denial and acceptance, I embrace a new perspective on gender. My research results in reconsidering what are the psychological effects of a binary gender culture on gender variant persons, family and society. In memoir and thesis I discover it is Not about Choice. As a result of my growing interest in knowing about the lifestyle that my son was choosing, I increased my knowledge and tried to learn the identity-based language relegated to the LGBT. In today’s society it is vital to have some knowledge about gender identity or sexual orientation. From previous research on trauma(s), I discovered how trauma centers and health care facilities have increased the use of Yoga to heal post-traumatic stress disorders and have also developed trauma sensitive Yoga poses to relieve the effects of emotional shock and physical injury. As a Yoga practitioner, I demonstrate poses that help to quiet one’s mind and will aid to refocus thoughts and relieve stress.
IMA Grad Presentations:
A Dreadful Beauty: Writing to Dismantle Fear, Guilt, and Shame in Motherhood, with IMA graduating student Amber Ellis. The experience of fear, guilt, and shame in motherhood is common and can lead to an isolated, degraded sense of self. Writing honestly about mother-experience, about the transformation of body and identity, can be an effective tool to dismantle negative and confusing emotions, as well as promoting mother-empowerment and community awareness. Join Amber to discuss associations connected with the idea of Mother, identify sources of motherguilt, do a little writing, and listen to a reading of an excerpt from her mother-memoir “Transient Light: A Memoir in Prose Fragments”.
Bespeaking the Beveled Edge: Reviving Joy, Rebuilding Voice, with IMA graduating student Kirsten Keppel. Joy as vitamin, joy as elixir, joy as a monthly insurance premium, and joy as longevity booster – even after trauma or rupture? It’s possible. Especially in western cultures, well-being gets bespoken according to an outdated pathology model. IMA graduating student Kirsten Keppel will share how she used her degree space to answer the question “What would wellness look like?”
Applying lessons from story, writing, metaphor and academic theory helped Kirsten transform and even reverse some destructive effects of trauma past and present. Bring a pen and your calendar/planner. Come prepared to jump-start your own joyquest. You’ll be guided on a journey in which you’ll “write wellness into being.” You’ll play card games, sample Italian dishes, write about your own experiences ripe for transformation, and learn from others’ voices in Goddard’s community how to add well-being and depth to each of your days. Please bring a photo of your current heart’s desire. No need to leave where you live, abandon your Blackberry, renovate your house, follow a liquid diet you don’t really like, or spend a lot of money purchasing revived joy. You’ll leave with a list of three ways you’ll invite more joy into being that very day in your life – and can keep up easily the next day and long after you return home. The controversial academic theory of post-traumatic growth and the concept of storytelling to rebuild resilience can help us start to move beyond fear and trauma and toward what most calls us home to ourselves.
Catawba Bean: Developing a Bioregional Website in the Ozarks, with IMA graduating student Samantha Hutchison. I came to Goddard with a desire to find and express my community’s narrative. Through my process I chose to develop a bio-regional website on the Ozarks. My presentation will cover the challenges that I encountered and may possibly provide inspiration for creating a website in your own neck of the woods.
Place Shapes: learning from place, learning about place, and learning to change place, with IMA graduating student Jody Stoddard. After I got where I wanted to be, I didn’t like what I was doing there. I yearned to build my home and raise my family on a farm, but the very things that attracted me to the place of dairy farming conspired to diminish my quality of life there. I loved my place, I loved how and what it taught me, and through active, intentional, and engaged learning I renegotiated my terms of placement. A narrative reflection on how my place shaped my learning leads to a discussion of the concept of place, ways place may be perceived and represented, place-based creative practices, and finally a synthesized pedagogy for place-based arts. Ultimately I assert that my creative practice teaches me the skills necessary to effect positive change in a place I love.
The Earth Charter, with IMA graduating student Michael Seth Abrams. My thesis presented an analysis of the broader implications of the global consumer society, especially those concerned with sustainability and quality of life. It concluded with two of the most important efforts that are directed towards its transcendence: Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness and the Earth Charter. In this workshop, my focus will be on the Earth Charter, which has been widely regarded as “a declaration of interdependence” for the 21st century.
After an introduction to the Earth Charter, we will engage in a series of experiential exercises that will enable participants to appreciate its meaning and significance.
The Hidden Language of Emotions: How feelings tell us who we are and how to live most effectively, with IMA graduating student Kirsten L. Edgar. Emotions are physiological processes ongoing within the body and activated by internal and external relationships. Each emotion carries valuable information about one’s survival negotiations that can be known through the experience of conscious feelings. Through movement and voice, I will tell the story of my journey to discover the meaning, process, and purpose of emotions. I will describe the method of emotional tracking that I used to research the roots of my feelings, which entails linking current emotional experiences with learned physiological responses to primary relationships in early childhood. Finally, I will share some of my work as a preschool teacher and supporting young children in processing emotions, expressing feelings, and gaining subjective experiential knowledge.
SBC Grad Presentations:
Sustainable Water: Strategies for Creating a Sustainable Water Management Plan for the Santa Fe Bioregion, with SBC graduating student Esha Chiocchio. As climate change intensifies the cycles of drought and flooding in the arid Southwestern United States, communities are seeking ways to adapt to the predicted changes in the hydrological cycle and protect what little water they have. A nexus of sectors have significant impacts on water use and purity, including agriculture, energy production, watershed management and domestic uses, all of which are influenced by the ethical perspective from which water is viewed and the laws that are formed out of that perspective. This presentation will give an overview of water supplies in Northern New Mexico and demonstrate how a bioregional water coalition grounded in water ethics and consensual decision-making can facilitate the creation and implementation of a sustainable climate adaptation plan.