Marlboro College

News Embodied Learning Symposium Brings Together Artists, Educators and Healers

Marlboro, VT -- (March 17, 2011) -- Marlboro College invites the public to a participatory symposium exploring the concept of Embodied Learning, April 6-10 in the Serkin Center.

Organized by professor of Asian Studies Seth Harter, the five-day symposium features leading scholars and practitioners of Embodied Learning discussing and presenting work informed by the concept. Marlboro College faculty and students will also discuss how they have integrated Embodied Learning into disciplines as varied as anthropology, dance, psychology and linguistics.

"Embodied Learning offers exciting possibilities, particularly for educators, artists, students and healers," says Harter."The approach transcends our society's commonly-held notion that a person's mind is cultivated independently from their physical form or surroundings. The symposium will explore how learning takes place at the neurological level, as well as how learning is impacted by the culture and language of a group and the feelings and experiences of the individual."

Open classes in tai-chi, improvisational movement and West-African dance blend with discussions of Daoism, poetry, history, gender identity and public health, among other topics. Light refreshments will be provided each day as well as lunch and dinner vouchers for participants attending multiple sessions.

A schedule and more information about presenters are available at www.marlboro.edu/el.

The Embodied Learning Symposium is co-presented by Vermont Performance Lab and made possible by the Freeman Foundation for Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. Photos available upon request.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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