Our bodies are physically and socially constructed entities that influence our identities. The way we move, adorn, and utilize our bodies all reflect and also help shape our sense of who we are, most notably in terms of our gender and sexuality. In a way, our appearance is linked with our essence. But how have bodies been used and understood over time and across cultures? Grasping the significance of the body involves studies of personal psychology and physiology as well as studies of historical, social, and cultural variations in experiences and identities. We must recognize how our own bodies and identities are located within a particular social, cultural, and historical context. In this program, all of our work will be guided by our ability to develop a grounded understanding of our own bodies and internal authority.
If you are enrolled in this program, make sure to read the summer letter. If you did not receive it in email format, it is available to the left under "Summer Letter".