The Bystander Borderline: Witnessing the Judicial, Social, and Clinical Repercussions of being a Female–Identified Trauma Survivor, with IMA graduating student Victoria Mosey. With 1 out of every 4 women experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetime, with these crimes rising at a rate 4 times faster than other crimes, with the U.S. political environment rising to the effect of the infamous “War on Women,” we must ask ourselves at what point do we choose to stop being a bystander and actively engage in the traumatic events that are being perpetrated against the women we care about? Throughout this workshop, we will work to identify the ways in which women who have endured trau
matic experience continue to endure oppression through judicial, social, and clinical reinforcements and how this stunts their healing
Calling Little Gypsy Home: Leaving Fundamentalism in Search of Voice and the Sacred Feminine, with IMA graduating student Joanna Tebbs Young. When a chance interaction with an evangelical Christian forced me to face the deep pain buried from my own fundamentalist upbringing, I turned to graduate school for help in understanding and healing. This presentation will look at how writing a memoir and researching the earth/body spirituality of the ancient goddess– worshipping societies enabled me to find a new path towards body–awareness and acceptance. Reading snippets of my memoir and thesis I will show how, through writing, I integrated some of the self–limiting internalized voices to discover my own voice of self–confidence and self–understanding.
From Ghosts to Girls, with IMA graduating student Sed Dickerson. This presentation will take a look at how modern sex trafficking is represented in popular culture and briefly discuss it’s recent rise in public awareness. It will include looks from American popular culture, non–American popular culture, which will then be contrasted with what the problem actually “looks” like.
The Holo Tree: Ecological Design Principles For Sustainable Design via Social Networking, with IMA graduating student Josh Pollock. Can we solve the ecological crisis without ever agreeing what the cause of the crisis is, what to do about it, or if it is even a crisis? IMA graduating student Josh Pollock thinks the answer is, for the most part, yes. Josh explains why, and how a modern perspective on evolutionary theory inspired his proposal for a social networking tool for sustainable design. If you’re nice he may also share his proposal with you.
Spiritual Ecology: Overcoming the Onlooker Consciousness & Healing Our Alienation from the Earth, with IMA graduating student Andy Shaw. Is the environmental crisis fundamentally a matter of too much carbon dioxide, mass extinctions, and habitat loss, or does the problem go much deeper than these? This thesis posits that the primary root of this holocaust is an “onlooker” consciousness which artificially separates us from the world we live in by devaluing the scientific reality of the spiritual. Understanding the limitations of this consciousness puts us in a position to heal the Earth and fully realize the meaning of our existence. Also: are gummi bears the fundamental ground of the universe.
Unleashing Power in Yiddishland and Faerieland: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience, with IMA graduating student Ezra Berkley Nepon. Ladies and Gentlemen, and the rest of us! Come learn about transformative theatrical strategies in the work of two contemporary radical theater artists: a troupe of queer satirists from Tennessee called The Eggplant Faerie Players, and a New Yiddish Theater–maker from Manhattan named Jenny Romaine. Through oral history interviews, archival research, observer–participation, and in the context of their shared era, this study identifies and explores strategies that are common to both artists, referred to as Rehearsing Resistance, Re–Mixing History, and Dazzle Camouflage. Some of the characters that will make appearances in this presentation include: Queer and Yiddish archives, AIDS activism, fermentation, Israel/Palestine, gentrification, revolutionary chickens, and drag queens juggling matzoballs.
What Does Socrates Have in Common with a Squid? with IMA graduating student Ondine Graham. What is consciousness? Why is communication important to consciousness?This presentation will sneak into the symbiotic relationship of the Hawaiian bobtail squid, and the aporia (perplexity) of Socrates to help understand these questions and some possible answers.