2017 Rostrum Events

Plenary: American Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal of “Halka” an opera by Stanislaw Moniuszko

Amanda Majeski, soprano; Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano; Miles Mykkanen, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, baritone; Liam Moran, bass-baritone; Tom McNichols, bass-baritone; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; directed by Mary Birnbaum; scenic design by Grace Laubacher; lighting design by Anshuman Bhatia; costumes by Moe Schell; choreography by Adam Cates; Philip Colgan, Kimberlee Murray, KT Rose, and Jody Reynar, dancers

The story of Halka is that of the tragic love of the highlander girl Halka for the noble Janusz, who leaves her to marry Zofia, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. According to Maja Trochimczyk, “the most famous operatic mazurka [a Polish folk dance] is no doubt the one in the first act of Halka, which captures the vivacious spirit and energy of the nobility.” This story of two doomed, interlocking love triangles takes place against the backdrop of intensified conflicts between the nobility and the highlanders in nineteenth century Poland. Students will attend a rehearsal of the first act of Moniuszko’s operatic masterpiece Halka.

Friday, August 18 at 11am in the Fisher Center

MicroHydro to MicroGreens: Tackling Climate Change at Bard and Beyond

Professor Paul Cadden-Zimansky (Physics), Professor Eban Goodstein (Environmental and Urban Studies), Professor Laurie Husted (Environmental and Urban Studies), and Professor Katrina Light (Director of Food Sustainability)

Our four panelists will discuss how individuals and institutions can take a stance in the fight against climate change. Panelists will explore ways of tackling this problem through education, public 

policy, and innovative personal and business practices. We will explore how these different strategies can move us beyond the tribalism that has sabotaged action on climate change at the federal and state levels. The presentation will start with a macro view of climate action and move into what is being done at Bard College ranging from campus commitments to changing the menu in the dining halls. Students will leave with a broad understanding of the most effective ways for the Bard community to help keep fossil fuels in the ground, and how they can be a part of the solution.

Wednesday, August 16 from 11am – 1pm in Weiss Cinema

About the Speakers:

Paul Cadden-Zimansky Assistant professor of physics Paul Cadden-Zimansky received a B.A. in liberal arts from the Great Books program of St. John’s College, Santa Fe; an M.Sc. in philosophy and history of science from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University. His past experimental research, conducted at Northwestern, Argonne National Laboratory, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Columbia University, and Bard focuses on nanoscale devices whose properties are dominated by effects arising from quantum mechanical coherence.  His current work involves subjecting the world’s thinnest material (graphene) to the world’s most powerful magnetic fields in order to study novel, two-dimensional electronic states of matter.

Eban Goodstein directs two graduate programs at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program, and the Center for Environmental Policy, which grants M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2014) now in its seventh edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press: 1999). He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation. At Bard, he also currently directs C2C Fellows, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business and politics.

Laurie Husted joined the staff of Buildings & Grounds in 2004 and is currently serving as the College’s Chief Sustainability Officer.  Before moving to Red Hook in 2001, she worked for an environmental consulting firm, for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and for a startup educational technology company.  Her undergraduate degree in Biology & Society is from Cornell University and she earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon.  Laurie’s volunteer work in the community includes chairing the Town Conservation Advisory Council, serving on the Dutchess County Organics Task force and the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  She recently led the Solarize Northern Dutchess campaign where over 80 homes added solar power, and helped Red Hook earn a Clean Energy Community certification.    She is currently working on a NYS grant to evaluate the feasibility of installing micro hydropower on two existing dams on the Saw Kill Creek.

Katrina Light is the Supervisor of Food and Agricultural Programs and works to advance local food purchasing and overall agricultural sustainability efforts at Bard College. Before joining the Bard staff, she worked for Chartwells dining services as their Food Sustainability Director. Katrina was raised on a farm and received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and an MS degree from the University of Vermont in Food Systems. She has taught food and agriculture focused classes at the University of Vermont, the Putney School, and has lead the “farm to Bard’ Practicum in Environmental and Urban Studies for the past two years. Katrina is passionate about hands-on farming and culinary education, and getting everyone to dig a little deeper into understanding where their food comes from and what they can do to better the system.

Rethinking Ethics at the Horizon: A Panel Discussion on Jonathan Lear’s “Radical Hope”

Professor Ariana Gonzalez Stokas (Philosophy), Professor David Shein (Philosophy), Professor Norton Batkin (Philosophy), and Professor Karen Gover (Language and Thinking).

Jonathan Lear’s Radical Hope argues that the Crow people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offer a conceptual example of how a way of life might survive its own imminent devastation through what he calls a “gamble with necessity,” a radical collective act of philosophical reimagination that anticipates a dangerous and unknown future. This panel will critically explore some of the central claims in Lear’s account of “ontological vulnerability,” including the complex relationship between ethics and knowledge. The panel will also give special attention to questions of language, power, violence, and deep forms of historical and cultural difference.

Wednesday, August 16 from 11am-1pm in the MPR Student Center

About the Speakers:

David Shein B.A., State University of New York at Oswego; M.Phil., Graduate Center, City University of New York; Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY. Has taught at Lehman College. Areas of interest: realism and antirealism, relativism, metaphysics, and epistemology. Developed Bard’s Academic Services Center and Disability Services. Numerous presentations at professional conferences. Associate Vice President and Dean of Studies (2005– ); Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

Norton Batkin B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yale University (1981–88); Director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of Humanities, Scripps College (1988–90); Director (1991–94, 2002–05) and Director of the Graduate Program (1994–2007), Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College. Author, Photography and Philosophy (1990) and articles on photography, Wittgenstein, aesthetics, museum exhibition, and the history of formalism in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2014, 1998), Seeing Wittgenstein Anew: New Essays on Aspect-Seeing (2010), Exhibited (1994), Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavell (1993) and the journals Philosophical TopicsCommon KnowledgeMidwest Studies in Philosophy, and The Journal of Aesthetic Education. (1991– ) Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Philosophy and Art History.

Karen Gover (B.A., University of Richmond; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) teaches philosophy at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. She has published scholarly articles in International Philosophical Quarterly, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and theJournal of Aesthetic Education. Her art criticism has appeared in Sculpture Magazine, Ceramics: Art and Perception, and the online magazine Artcritical. Gover is the recipient of a grant from the German Academic Exchange service, she was a fellow at Williams College’s Oakley Center for the Humanities, and she is the 2011 recipient of the John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. Gover’s book, Art and Authority:  Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Hannah Arendt and the Crises of Democracy

Professor Roger Berkowitz (Politics) and Professor Samantha Hill (Politics)

We are witness here and around the world to a worldwide rebellion against liberal and representative democracy. In Hungary, Russia, Turkey, France, Austria, and across Europe, right and left wing parties flirt with authoritarian rule. In the United States, President Donald Trump explicitly channels the demagogic voice of the self-described disenfranchised. Democratic governments everywhere are revealed—as never before—as corrupt, inefficient, and undemocratic. The great political achievement of the modern era—stable representative and liberal democracies—is everywhere under attack. In this joint talk, Professors Roger Berkowitz and Samantha Hill will draw on Hannah Arendt’s political thought to better understand the multiple crises of democracy in the US and beyond. Above all, they will ask, how can we restore vigor and meaning to democracy?

Wednesday, August 16 from 11am – 1pm in RKC Bito Auditorium (RKC 103)

About the Speakers:

Roger Berkowitz (websitewww.vernunft.orgcame to Bard in 2005 from stints teaching at Amherst College and Cardozo Law School. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from Boalt Hall Law School. Berkowitz founded the Hannah Arendt Center in 2006. His teaching ranges from introductory courses in law, political theory, and human rights to seminars on Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Traditionand editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics and The Burden of Our Times: The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis. He edits HA: The Journal of the Arendt Center. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesHarpersThe American Interest, Ethics and International Affairs, BookforumThe Paris Review, and other publications. He writes and edits the Arendt Center blog. His TEDx East Hampton talk is “The Next Generation of Human

Samantha Rose Hill came to Bard in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014. Her research and teaching interests include critical theory, the Frankfurt School, aesthetic theory, and the History of Political Thought. Hill is completing a manuscript of Hannah Arendt’s poetry, which has been edited and translated into English: Into the Dark: The Poems of Hannah Arendt. She is currently working on a monograph that explores the ethical dimensions of melancholia. At Bard, she teaches courses on historical political theory, contemporary political theory, radical political thought, affect theory, American political thought, aesthetics and politics. Before coming to Bard, she conducted post-doctoral work at the Institut für Philosophie at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main.

The Heavens Move, a Shadow Cast, the Thrill and Pain of Missing Light

Professor Paul Cadden-Zimansky (Physics)

In anticipation of the first solar eclipse to sweep across the country in 99 years, this talk will look at the history and science of aligning celestial bodies.  Are such events exhilarating displays of cosmic beauty and opportunities for momentous scientific discoveries or harbingers of doom that bring with them only disappointment and disaster?  From the foundations of astronomy thousands of years ago to today’s discoveries of planets outside our solar system, we’ll explore how eclipsing objects can bring with them joy, sadness, and insight.

Thursday, August 17 from 11am – 12:30pm in the MPR Student Center

About the Speaker:

Cadden-Zimansky Assistant professor of physics Paul Cadden-Zimansky received a B.A. in liberal arts from the Great Books program of St. John’s College, Santa Fe; an M.Sc. in philosophy and history of science from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University. His past experimental research, conducted at Northwestern, Argonne National Laboratory, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Columbia University, and Bard focuses on nanoscale devices whose properties are dominated by effects arising from quantum mechanical coherence.  His current work involves subjecting the world’s thinnest material (graphene) to the world’s most powerful magnetic fields in order to study novel, two-dimensional electronic states of matter.

Science and Politics: Science Literacy for Activists

Professor Felicia Keesing (David & Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of the Sciences, Mathematics, & Computing)

In this talk, Felicia Keesing will present a synopsis of the science literacy that all citizens should have, particularly in this era of unprecedented challenges to the conduct of science. Drawing on examples from the past nine months, she will explore how science is funded, why politicians can plausibly question whether human activities are causing global climate change, and what all of us should be watching out for in the months to come. She will also discuss what roles we can play in science whether we are scientists or not, and give a particular focus to what you can expect to learn in the 2018 Citizen Science course.

Thursday, August 17 from 11-12:30pm in Weiss Cinema

About the Speaker:

Felicia Keesing is a biologist at Bard College who studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. Much of her recent work focuses on how species diversity influences the probability that humans and other animals will be exposed to infectious diseases. In addition, she has worked in Kenya for over 20 years studying how the disappearance of elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other large mammals influences the way African savannas function. Keesing has published over 80 research articles and book chapters, and has received grant support from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. In 2000, she received a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Clinton. She served on the national steering committee for the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education conferences and is the director of an educational research project funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

President Trump and the Crisis of American Foreign Policy

Professor Walter Russell Mead (Politics, Global and International Studies)

This talk by Professor Walter Russell Mead will explore the foreign policy priorities of the Trump Administration and the wider geopolitical context confronting the United States. The foreign policy of the United States has not seen a strategic crisis this profound since 1947, when President Harry Truman summoned the American people to fight Soviet ambitions in Europe. The Cuban missile crisis was more dramatic and the agony of Vietnam more wrenching, but since Truman, American presidents have believed that a global, outward-looking, order-building foreign policy was the necessary foundation for U.S. strategy and a peaceful, prosperous world. No longer. President Donald Trump, backed by a substantial segment of the American public, has distanced himself from some of the key foreign-policy assumptions and policies of the postwar era.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Thursday, August 17 from 2pm – 3:30pm in Weiss Cinema

About the Speaker:

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and the Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship for the Hudson Institute. He previously served as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008), Professor Mead is a regular columnist at the Wall Street Journal and the United States book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. His next book, The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People will be published by Knopf later this year.

Inclusion, Race, and Activism in the Hudson Valley

Panelists Joan Hunt, Quintin Cross, and Sakima McClinton

Student engagement with local communities beyond Annandale is a cornerstone of the Bard educational experience. But how should we understand the politics of race, inequality, and exclusion in the lived experiences of our neighboring communities? How might new forms of political activism take hold in nearby neighborhoods, community spaces, and local institutions? And how can we better understand our own participation in movements that confront racially-motivated violence and widespread social injustice? This panel will feature local activists and civic leaders who grapple with questions of inclusion, race, and local politics in the Hudson Valley.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Monday, August 21 from 9am-10:30am in the MPR

Second Person Plural: Images, Texts, and Addressees: A Language & Thinking Faculty Panel Inspired by Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen”

Professor Donna Ford Grover (Literature, Language and Thinking), Professor Kristy McMorris (Language and Thinking), Professor Stephen Cope (Language and Thinking), and Professor Simone White (The New School, Eugene Lang College).

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen opens with a series of vignettes, written in the second-person plural, that recount everyday instances of radicalized micro-aggression. Who, this panel will ask, is the ‘you’ these texts invoke? And who are ‘we’ to say? What do we mean when we say ‘we’ and ‘who’ do we address when we say ‘you’? Who are we as addressees? What assumptions, exclusions, responsibilities, freedoms, and limitations are entailed by our various forms of inclusion (elective or otherwise), exclusion (elective or otherwise), and interpellation. We often assume that we are citizens of nations, states, regions, communities, a planet, a campus and college community… But what’s the difference between a citizen and subject? This panel features members of the Language and Thinking Faculty Stephen Cope, Donna Ford Grover, and Kristy McMorris. They will be joined by fellow educator and poet, Simone White.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Monday, August 21 from 2pm – 3:30pm in Olin Auditorium

About the Speakers:

Donna Ford Grover B.A., Bard College; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Reviewer, assistant examiner, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Advertising and market research, Mapes & Ross, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey. At Bard since 1999.

Kristy McMorris holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.A. and PhD. in Comparative Literature from New York University. She has taught at New York University, Hunter College, and within the Bard Early College network of schools and programs since 2009. Most recently she has served as the Academic Director of the Bard Early College at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy. In the fall, she will join the faculty of Simon’s Rock as a Bard Fellow and Visiting Professor. Her areas of research include African American and Caribbean Literature and postcolonial and feminist theory and criticism. She has led numerous workshops in Language and Thinking pedagogy, and she returns as a member of the Language and Thinking faculty at Bard this year. She is excited to be a part of this intellectual adventure during Language and Thinking here at Bard this summer.

Stephen Cope (B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) teaches English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where he is an Assistant Professor specializing in Global Modernisms. His recent critical writing has appeared in The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry and essays on the refusal of work in James Joyce’s fiction and the erotics and politics of reading engendered by Gertrude Stein’s “fiction” are forthcoming. Cope’s critical edition of the previously unpublished and uncollected writings of George Oppen was published by the University of California Press as George Oppen: Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers. His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and he is the host of Conference of the Birds (http://confbirds.blogspot.com), an internationally celebrated weekly radio program and podcast of “classical, folk, demotic, art, and experimental musics from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, the Americas, Europe and places between and beyond.” Cope was a founding editor, with Catherine Taylor and Eula Biss, of Essay Press, the first publishing imprint to focus on book-length experimental and lyric essays. In addition to his work in traditional academic settings, Cope has taught in the Bard Prison Initiative, and he is a faculty sponsor of Hobart and William Smith’s Second Chances prison education program in Western New York. His book project, Modern Problems, addresses the cultural politics of literary form in experimental, global Modernisms. “Conference of the Birds,” his ongoing series of poems, emerges from a critical and creative engagement with the music featured on his podcast. Cope has served on the faculty of Bard’s Language and Thinking Program since 2007.

Does My Art Translate?

Layli Long Soldier (MFA, Bard College), author of Whereas

We will discuss ideas of making work that speaks from/to our home communities and cultures; question expectations to make work that’s accessible to dominant culture; consider when literal translations are necessary and/or whether they’re necessary at all; aim toward raising non-Western philosophies, languages and knowledge to equal regard in current art and academic “conversations.”

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Tuesday, August 22 from 2pm–3:30pm in Olin Auditorium

About the Speaker:

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, American Indian Journal of Culture and Research, PEN America, The Brooklyn Rail, Eleven Eleven and Mud City, among others. She is a recipient of the NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship and the Whiting Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, NM.

Euripides’ “The Bacchae”

Professor Daniel Mendelsohn (Classical Studies)

Euripides’ The Bacchae makes extraordinary and unsettling claims about beauty, divinity, desire, violence, justice, prophecy, kinship, love, and the place of human beings in the cosmos. Much of the play’s originality and power revolve around Euripides’ rendering of Dionysus, a young new god at odds with a young new prince who is also his cousin, and their divided loyalties towards Thebes. In this lecture and discussion, Professor Daniel Mendelsohn (Classical Studies) will discuss Euripides with a view toward the broader traditions of ancient Greek tragedy.

Wednesday, August 23 from 11pm-1pm in Olin Auditorium

About the Speaker:

Daniel Mendelsohn is an award-winning author, critic, and translator. His essays, reviews, and articles appear in many publications, most frequently in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Harpers, for which he contributes a column about culture. He has also been a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and for New York magazine, where he was the weekly book critic.

An Excursion to Opus 40

Tad Richards, Artistic Director of Opus 40

In 1938, Harvey Fite, one of the founders of what is now the Studio Arts Program at Bard, purchased an abandoned quarry in the town of Saugerties, NY. During a period of 37 years, he created the monumental world-acclaimed 6½-acre bluestone sculpture now known as Opus 40. Constructed by this one man, using dry-key stone masonry techniques inspired by his work in restoring the Mayan civilization at Copan, refined by experiment, trial and error, Opus 40 is a labyrinthine world of finely fitted stone, swirling with ramps and terraces constructed around pools and trees and fountains, rising out of bedrock a half mile deep. Tad Richards, the Artistic Director of Opus 40, will lead a discussion about Harvey Fite and his work. Students will also have time to explore the site and write about it.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement 

Wednesday, August 23 from 9am-1pm, at Opus 40, Saugerties NY

Shuttles will leave at 9am and return by 1pm

Loving Curiosity: On the Intersection of Bisexual and Transgender Oppression

Professor Grayson Hunt (Western Kentucky University)

Does the increase in lesbian and gay rights bring about increased rights for bisexual and trans people? Are there similarities in the oppressions that bisexual and transgender people face? Grayson Hunt’s work examines the oppressive standards that harm bisexual and transgender people and undermine their potential for activism and liberation. He argues that oppressions against bisexual and transgender people are identical in structure (accusations of binarism and deceit, and erasure); and that despite the shared experience of oppression, meaningful coalitions have not been made between bisexual & transgender people. He will also offer a few reasons why these coalitions haven’t been built.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Thursday, August 24 from 2pm-3:30pm in Weiss Cinema

About the Speaker: 

Grayson Hunt is an assistant professor of philosophy at Western Kentucky University. He earned his PhD in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in 2013. He wrote his dissertation on the moral meaning of resentment as feminist resistance. Grayson’s current work examines trans-feminist and intersectional responses to oppression. Specifically, he writes on the intersection of biphobia and transphobia, and the shared struggle of bisexual and transgender people.

The Bard Prison Initiative and the Future of the Liberal Arts

Salih Israil, Nikko Vaughn, and Erica Mateo

What differences do freedom, and unfreedom, make for the pursuit of a college education? What can incarcerated students teach their non-incarcerated peers about what it means to be a serious undergraduate scholar? How should students of the humanities reimagine their work in an era of mass incarceration? And, what needs to be the case for mass incarceration to be otherwise? Begun in 1999 by then-Bard student Max Kenner, the Bard Prison Initiative is the largest program of its kind in the United States. BPI enrolls nearly 300 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 70 courses each semester. To date, there are nearly 450 Bard College alumni who have received degrees through BPI. This panel will feature four distinguished BPI graduates reflecting on their experiences as incarcerated liberal arts students.

Cosponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard College Council for Inclusive Excellence

Friday, August 25 from 11am-12:30pm in the MPR Student Center

Thinking Through Movement: A Performance Workshop

Professor Jean Churchill (Dance) and Professor Jennifer Lown (Dance)

This class aims to explore how our bodies express and communicate through movement. Movement is a language. We can learn to listen for the meaning of this language & so become as precise as possible in our investigation and understanding of physical expression. A continuous moving warm-up will start the class, developing a rhythmic flow of motion and the kinetic feel of moving in space. We will pose short movement problems that address how change continually takes place in our bodies in time and in sync with the shifts of thoughts and feelings. We will divide into groups to make short compositions from guided prompts.

Monday, August 28 from 2pm-3:30pm at the Thorne Dance Studio (Fisher Center)

About the Speakers:

Jean Churchill Studied modern dance at Connecticut College Dance Festival. Member, Boston Ballet Company (1966–72); artistic director, New England Dinosaur (1976). Performed works by James Waring, Trisha Brown, Carolyn Brown, George Balanchine, Norman Walker, and in classical and modern ballets.