Research Beyond Texts, Ethical Learning in the World, with faculty member James Sparrell. Join me for an engaged conversation about how to frame your questions in ways that help you to place them in a larger conversation and learn in the direction of your wondering. Individualized and interdisciplinary work has unique ethical challenges for research. We will discuss how different approaches, art, journalism, autoethnography, political advocacy, history, oral history, psychology, literary criticism, science, documentary work, memoir, and other methodologies have different ethical principles, and how being aware of these underlying principles helps one to frame good questions and focus the work. Bring your project plans, no matter how vague they are and we can brainstorm together. We will also review the process of having your research plans reviewed and approved.
Embodiment Colloquium, with faculty members Ellie Epp and Lise Weil. The embodiment colloquium is an informal gathering held every residency to investigate and promote the new field of embodiment studies. Come with tales about your semester’s adventures in embodiment.
Ensemble as Life Practice: Deepening our practice of intuition, creativity, play, spontaneity and connection through the body’s knowing, with faculty member Lori Wynters. What are the ways we support each other and allow ourselves to be supported by one another? How do we practice ensemble? How do we practice active giving and active receiving, exploring the movement potential of our bodies and the creative potential of our minds? What are the perceived boundaries of where we begin and end and where the mythical other begins and ends? How do we experience the creative transformation that happens in community? Drawing from the principles, elements and practices of Aikido, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, voice exploration, modern dance, Playback Theatre, J.L. Moreno’s sociometry from Psychodrama, Contact Improvisation and contemplative body-centered practices we’ll explore intuitive impulse, connection and the practice of recalibration. Exercises will include but are not limited to sociometric activities, voice/body improvisational practices, energy awareness practices, shifting and transfer of weight (all levels of experience welcome!) and our whole self as instrument of knowing, trust, imagination, creation and joy.
Linear Thinking, Part 1: Research Methods, with faculty member Karen Campbell and returning student Wendy Weissner. This 1 ½ hour workshop is intended for new and returning students, and will be most helpful for those with a research question in mind who are looking for more information on which research methods(s) to utilize in answering their unique questions. The intention of the workshop is provide students with (1) a brief introduction to research methods (qualitative and quantitative), (2) an example PowerPoint presentation that illustrates a research project – from conception to implementation to dissemination of results; and (3) time to work in small groups to brainstorm and collaborate on individual research questions. Additional resources (texts, people) will also be provided.
Art-informed Inquiry: A Conversation About the Arts in, and as, Research, with faculty member S.B. Sowbel. Are you a photographer, dancer, musician, sculptor, poet, videographer, zine fiend, actor, gardener, bricoleur, (someone who makes use of whatever is near at hand to create whatever comes to mind)? Can these practices contribute to academic inquiries outside of arts programs? Do you need to be an “artist” to use the arts in your studies? Do you need to know anything about the history and practice of your art tohave a solid inquiry? Are there resources that discuss and guide the thinking and use of the arts in academic inquiries? How does the academic world think about the use of the arts as a form of “data” collection or research methodology? What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges when using the arts in academic inquiries? Come consider how the art
s work as method, methodology and product. (Feel free to doodle, hum, knit, compose and stretch during this session.)
Meet the stars, with faculty member Ellie Epp and Bobby Farlice-Rubio. With an armada of telescopes and a host of other interpretive media, Fairbanks Museum Science Educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio will lead a dazzling session of stargazing underneath the brilliant February sky. Our focus will be drawn to the luminous Planet Jupiter, currently in the face of Taurus, and the incomparable constellation of Orion, the Hunter. Orion, perhaps the most recognizable winter constellation, is also home to the Great Orion Nebula: a stellar nursery currently forming hundreds of planetary systems around newborn stars. With these targets and others in our sights, and with answers to your questions about the history, science, and folklore inspired by the sky, Bobby aims to provide you with an illuminating and inspiring experience.
Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor & Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other – A Slide Show, Short Reading, and Discussion on Autoethnographic Approaches to Your Work, with faculty member Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. How can you bring together original research, historical or cultural context, and your own story, biases, questions and experiences in writing about a subject? In Caryn’s new book, she combines extensive oral histories (with Lou Frydman, a Holocaust survivor and Jarek Piekalkiewicz, a Polish resistance fighter); abundant research on Polish history, World War II, the Holocaust, and contemporary America; and her own experience as friends of her subjects. She’ll share a slide show on the lives and stories of the two men, read an excerpt from the book (published by Potomac Books, a publisher of history and cultural books), and discuss why and how she used autoethnography as her methodology. She’ll also discuss why found found an autoethnographic approach the best way to explore the four themes of the book: 1) What does it mean to survive trauma on the scale of genocide?; 2) The myth and reality of Polish anti-Semitism; 3) How such a calculated and mechanized genocide could happen; and 4) How could or should we stand in relation to the history of the Holocaust (and other genocides). The second half of the workshop will be devoted to what you’re exploring or thinking about exploring, and how and why you might blend various ways of ways — oral histories, books and articles, cultural context, storytelling, interviews, etc. Please come with you questions about writing critical essays and/or thesis projects that bridge stories you’re living with research you’re doing
Scholarships, Fellowships and Fulbrights,with faculty member Katt Lissard. As a graduate student there are grants, awards and fellowships you can apply for, either as part of your Masters work or as a post-graduate option. A fellowship can be an exciting, hands-on opportunity to put what you’ve been studying into practice – to test-drive the feasibility and/or “right livelihood” aspects of your work and enhance your ability to do what you want to do with your degree. In this short workshop (presented as part of the Skills & Practitioner Fair, in a drop-in/revovling format), we’ll look at what’s out there, review some key steps to creating strong applications, and focus in on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program – the largest exchange program, offering opportunities (1,800 grants annually, to 155 countries) for students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and project implementation. Despite the lousy economy, there are still Scholarships, Fellowships and Fulbrights available – come strategize ways to get one! Hand outs, video. (Katt is a two time Fulbright Scholar, faculty award grantee).
The Body’s Insistence on Meaning – hermeneutics and poesis and the technologies of healing, with faculty member sarah van hoy. In this three part workshop, we will be looking at meaning making at the intersection of bodies, illness experience and medical systems. In the first part, we’ll look at the haptic technology of pulse diagnosis and at interpretations that can be made about the functioning of Heart – broadly defined. We’ll look at some case studies, linking pulse findings to acupuncture treatments, and exploring the imagery and meaning of acupuncture points. In the second part, we’ll look at plants and the poetics of herbal formulas. We’ll smell, touch and taste some classical, alchemical formulas made with Chinese herbs and get a basic understanding of how that part of the medicine works. In the third section, we’ll look through anthropological lenses and ask many juicy and critical questions about “the body’s insistence on meaning”.