Spring 2015

Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds: Community in Motion

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-227

Moodle site: Course


Jodi Falk (Section 01)


In this course, students investigate how the arts – specifically, dance and movement – can be used in a collaborative fashion to extend various forms of knowledge within a specific community. The course considers "knowing" as a phenomenon situated in the human body, in ways that may be physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. Students learn models and philosophies of community arts education and apply them in practice, first with one another, and then working with students at a local high school. One class per week is devoted to theory, reflection, and preparation; the other class each week is used to facilitate movement exchanges with high school students. The course also includes frequent written reflection, online discussion, and the creation of interactive campus and community arts projects. Readings include the educational theories of Dewey, Whitehead, and Paulo Freire, along with feminist theories of the body as a site of knowledge.

Limited to 13 students.  Spring semester.  Five College Visiting Professor Falk.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to the first 9 Amherst College juniors and seniors and first 4 Five College juniors and seniors


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015