Are 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Enough? with faculty member Jim Sparrell. We will meet for several bird walks and discussion of knowing and nature, considering how the different ways of knowing and looking at the natural world (mostly birds) illuminate how we know ourselves. We will discuss our experiences in the context of relational epistemology of place and reflections on indigenous knowing from the work of people like Linda Hogan, Mary Oliver, and Jon Young. This perspective provides an interesting alternative to conservation or objectivist paradigms, can help to counter cynicism and indifference, and has implications for our construction of concepts of “health.”
Challenging Dominant Stories as a Path to Healing, with faculty member Jim Sparrell. We will consider the challenges and importance of escaping from stereotype, assumption, and simplifying schemas in our research and writing. Viewing brief TED Talks from Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie and one from Aimee Mullins will provide a context for our discussion. From a neurocognitive perspective, Charles Fernyhough’s book, Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts provides accessible insight related to the processes of narrative and autobiographical memory in reconstructing stories. We will also review the Goddard IRB process for how you submit your own research proposal for review.
Critical Writing for Activism Workshop, with faculty member Karla Haas Moskowitz. This is a hands-on lab where students will choose an individual social justice topic, discuss with the group, share ideas for a written piece, and then write! During this workshop we will share our critical writing pieces with each other and apply a lens that will guide our deconstruction for the purpose of personal and social transformation. This is a chance to engage as a critical thinker and activist writer.
Environmental Health, with faculty member Bindu Panikkar. This workshop enables students to understand and evaluate contemporary and emerging environmental health issues. We will review the scientific understanding of causes and possible approaches to control the major environmental health problems, and the scientific basis for policy decisions. The various means by which environmental health is evaluated employing disciplinary tools from natural science, social science, environmental justice, and ethics will also be examined. We will end the workshop with a discussion on the major social movements that have shaped the field of environmental health and regulation in the US.
HAS Graduate Seminar: Information and Planning Session (Parts 1 and 2), with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy. This semester, the Health Arts and Sciences program will offer a graduate seminar in “health and culture.” This seminar will provide an opportunity for faculty facilitated group study and will serve students who are seeking better ways to understand and articulate the intersections of “health and culture” so that they can more effectively serve in the role of change agents in the health field. In the process of stepping into our biggest vision and purpose, community is vitally important, and this seminar will serve to support each student in a deeper sense of HAS community. There are two planning sessions for students who are or who might be interested in this seminar to co-design our experience: choose topics, craft our interactivity, etc.
Neuroscience and Consciousness: Mapping the Brain, with faculty member Francis X. Charet. In recent years there has been a growing interest in neuroscience and the phenomenon of consciousness, causing a flurry of theories and speculation about its root causes and its possible extension. This workshop will go over some of the territory, drawing material from the neurosciences to touch on a number of fascinating discoveries about human cognitive processes.
“Othered” Forms of Knowing, with faculty member Lise Weil. Knowledge that comes to us through forms of perception that cross over into nonconscious, chthonic or invisible realms is not generally recognized or validated by the assumptions of Western mind. This workshop will be an opportunity to share vital information that has come to us through such knowing, which may take such forms as clairvoyance, intuition, dreams, meditation, dance, artmaking or communing with nonhuman beings. Of interest to students in health arts and sciences, embodiment studies and consciousness studies.
Phenomenology, Portraiture, Critical Auto-Ethnography, with faculty member Karla Haas Moskowitz. This workshop will explore the methodology and lenses associated with Phenomenology, Portraiture, and Ethnography to support undergraduate and graduate learners as they construct packet work, final projects, and thesis papers. We will discuss how these methods and lenses compare to Participatory Action Research and other more conventional approaches. Additionally, we will look at artistic ways to demonstrate learning as well as celebrate the community-based processes and accomplishments inspired by these research methods.
Social Innovation and the Circular Economy: Exploring Sustainability Intersections, with returning student Nicolette Stosur-Bassett and faculty member Sarah Bobrow-Williams. This workshop will explore intersections between the emerging fields of and ideas surrounding Social Innovation and the Circular Economy. Through the workshop, attendees will be introduced to global innovations that address human well-being, economic resilience and environmental stewardship through a reimagining of our linear economic paradigm. Facilitated discussion will probe a common understanding of “sustainability” and seek to introduce a broad dialogue on the act of “sustaining” across Social Innovation and related fields, over time.
Thinking through the Body or: How to write critically without boring your readers – and, more importantly, yourself, with faculty member Lise Weil. In arguing that we have by no means yet explored or understood our biological grounding, the miracle and paradox of the female body and its spiritual and political meanings, I am really asking whether women cannot begin, at last, to think through the body, to connect what has been so cruelly disorganized-our great mental capacities, hardly used; our highly developed tactile sense; our genius for close observation; our complicated, pain-enduring, multipleasured physicality.
!W.A.R.! Women Art Revolution – Documentary Film Series, with faculty member Katt Lissard. Come spend your first evening at Goddard with the underground, radical Guerilla Girls and Judy Chicago’s “39 elaborate place settings depicting female vaginas” (as described by the Congressional committee called to assess the exhibit ) — in this entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art. !W.A.R.! Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests (D.I.Y. before social networking and crowdfunding), the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.