Marlboro College


el posterEmbodied Learning Symposium
April 6-10
Serkin Center for the Performing Arts


A free, open to the public symposium presented by the Asian Studies Department. Members of the Marlboro College community will join with imaginative visitors, both local and international, to practice and discuss ideas of Embodied Learning. The group will hear from leading scholars of Embodied Learning, see the work of relevant on-going Marlboro classes, participate in performance art, and experiment with new pedagogies.

What is Embodied Learning?

The concept of Embodied Learning seeks to draw attention to some of the exciting possibilities for education of transcending Cartesian [mind-body] dualism. Different scholars have used the term to explore the following claims:

Embodied Learning is not the same as, but shares sympathies with Experiential Learning, Project-based learning, Situated Cognition, Embedded Cognition, Monism, Physicalism, Phenomenology and Somatics. The symposium will, through a broad range of activities, presentations, and discussions, pursue some of these ideas and contentions.

Featured Presentationsain gordon

candice salyers

Schedule (PDF updated April 8, 2011)

In addition to the featured presentations, Marlboro faculty and students will discuss how embodied learning is incorporated into work in their respective disciplines, as well as offering open classes in Tai-chi, West African Dance, and Body-Mind Centering.

Registration is not required and there are no fees. The public is encouraged to attend as many activities as their time permits. Refreshments will be available in lobby and voucher for lunch in the dining hall can be provided.

NOTE: A special pre-symposium kick-off performance by Japanese folk artists, Ranbyoshi, has been added for the evening of Tuesday, April 5.


The Embodied Learning Symposium is co-presented by Vermont Performance Lab and made possible by the Freeman Foundation for Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II.

Candice Salyers' participation in Marlboro College's Embodied Learning Symposium is made possible by Vermont Performance Lab with support from the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Ain Gordon's participation in the Marlboro College's Embodied Learning Symposium is made possible by Vermont Performance Lab and the Center for Creative Research with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Photos of Ain Gordon and Candice Salyers courtesy of Vermont Performance Lab.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or







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