Here’s a sampling of faculty workshops offered at the spring 2016 residency.
Embodiment Colloquium, with faculty member 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. The session will begin with an introduction to embodiment studies and a brief question period.
The Art and Science of Audio Storytelling, with faculty member Karla Haas Moskowitz and WGDR training coordinator Jackie Batten. In this workshop the famous WGDR radio host and GGI faculty member Karla Haas Moskowitz, will partner with the station’s own Jackie Batten, Training & Academic Program Coordinator, to facilitate a workshop on storytelling and audio art. Writing and storytelling activities can lead to the creation of a unique piece of audio art that may remain as raw material or be further developed into a podcast. The students’ work will be initiated in the workshop and be supported, as needed, through an online forum until student has a polished piece that will be aired on Karla’s show, ethereal: the possibilities of a floating particle of dust and/or WGDR’s Goddard Hour.
Beyond Defensive Ethics, with faculty member James Sparrell. Sometimes IRB screening is viewed as more strongly serving legal or institutional requirements. In this workshop we will consider the history and development of ethical oversight for research and how it can affirm and support important work in the world. We will look at ethical codes from fields other than psychology, to broaden the conceptualization of ethical considerations. Finally, we will review the steps for seeking approval for current projects.
Composing our Fresh Story: Playback Theatre Workshop, with faculty member Lori Wynters. What are the possibilities when we share moments from our lives and craft/compose the story we want to tell, letting go of the stories others have told us about ourselves or the stories we have told that are ready to be released as we enter into our fresh vision for who we are and are becoming? An introductory Playback Theatre workshop embodying these questions. Bibliography and handouts provided.
Phenomenology, Portraiture, Critical Auto-Ethnography, with faculty member Karla Haas Moskowitz. This workshop will explore the methodology and lenses associated with Phenomenology, Portraiture, Ethnography, and Auto-Ethnography in order to support learners as they construct packet work, final projects, and thesis papers. We will discuss how these methodologies 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. This will include use of websites and ideas for products produced by collaborative projects. Participants will also present and workshop each others’ ideas for final products.
The Politics of Breastfeeding, with faculty member Eva Swidler. In the last decade, the politics of food has become a hot topic of discussion. But the politics of human milk, the first food of most of us, has faded from social consciousness as the feminist health care movement has lost much of its earlier public visibility. Come think over the many political layers in the deceptively simple act of nursing a baby: sexuality and body image, the economics of maternity leaves, public health and clean water supplies for formula-mixing, the gendered division of labor in the nuclear household, race, class, and more.
Revisioning Ways of Knowing, with faculty member Francis X. Charet. It is usually assumed that the means by which knowledge is acquired is through the exclusive use of systematic reasoning. Might there also be other ways of knowing such as through visions, dreams, and active imagination? The anthropologist Gananath Obeyeskere offers just such an argument in his The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience as does Carl Jung in his technique of active imagination as exemplified in his The Red Book. This workshop will explore the role of visions, dreams, and imagination in the construction of knowledge.
Seeing in the Dark Part II: Othered Forms of Seeing, with faculty member Lise Weil. “The heart’s way of knowing opens the door to the stars, to non-limited seeing and healing. This form of perception and cognition is not recognized in our culture and is often pathologized. …The crisis of ecocide demands no less than a total rebalancing of mind and heart, reason and emotion, spirit and body, light and dark, in order to see, to know, and to feel what we are actually doing to the earth, to the animals and plants, the air and water, and to ourselves. ” Miriam Greenspan, “Seeing in the Dark” This workshop will be an opportunity to share vital information that has come to us through nonconscious forms of perception such as clairvoyance, intuition, dreams, meditation, dance, artmaking or communing with nonhuman beings. We will begin with a brief consideration of the embodiment science that supports recognition and integration of these othered forms of perception.
Singing Body: Body as Sung, with faculty member Lori Wynters. Every culture and spiritual tradition has song and music. What are the practices where we embody song, singing in community as medicine for us individually and collectively? In this workshop we’ll explore singing and songs, chants, prayers and melodies from a wide range of cultural and spiritual traditions. Research articles provided.
The Unfolding Path: Crafting a Living From What You Love, with faculty member Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Explore your calling, your livelihood and your life through this interactive workshop on what you want to do, feel you have to do (at your core) and how you can make the leap. By dwelling within the mystery catalyzed by the question of what our work is, we can find what we truly hear as our calling as well as how, to paraphrase the I Ching, to find the path that unfolds by walking it. In this workshop, we’ll engage in creative exercises to craft a clearer picture of the work that calls to us and what the moment has to say to us. We’ll also look at some of the nuts and bolts, such as presentation tools and approaches, connecting to our communities, marketing without selling our souls, assessment and continuing education, and the art of self-care as we craft our own right livelihood. This workshop includes an expansive handout of exercises you can try on your own.
Vision, Diagnosis and the Expressive Body, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy. In this workshop we will have a conversation about the relationship between perception, sensual knowing, and truth claims about the body. Taking as a starting point some distinctions between ‘objective’ bodies and lived bodies, we will explore the relationship between languages about the body and languages of and from the body and ask questions about the possibilities and impossibilities of translating between the two. We’ll look a bit into the history of art, the history of medicine, and various technologies of diagnosis in order to understand how bodies are represented, understood and experienced and what this means in terms of re-visioning narratives about bodies and ‘healing’.