2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Dance of Consciousness

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Sarah Williams feminist theory, consciousness studies, Donald Middendorf physics, plant physiology, Ratna Roy literature, dance, performance, cultural studies

Fields of Study: anthropology, consciousness studies, cultural studies, dance, gender and women's studies, religious studies and somatic studies

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10024 (16) Fr; 10026 (16) So - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20027 (16) Fr; 20028 (16) So - Sr  Conditions Students should expect to complete two 400-word reports on seminar books from the fall ( Dancing Wu-Li Masters and Bobmay, London, New York).  Contact Don Middendorf at donm@turbotek.net or meet with him at the Academic Fair December 1, 2010 for more information.  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30024 (16) Fr; 30026 (16) So - Sr; 30465 (1-16)  Conditions Students will be choosing to work primarily with one faculty for the majority of their spring credits.  Students hoping to enter the literature/community service section should plan to attend presentations of current students on Tuesday, March 8th at the Flaming Eggplant and Student Gallery from 6:00-8:00pm and speak with Sarah Williams.  Students hoping to enter the dreams/metaphors focus section should email Don Middendorf < donm@turbotek.net >, read Our Dreaming Mind by Robert Van de Castle, and complete a 600-word paper by March 21, 2011 (to be sent to Don Middendorf within the body of an email, not as an attachment).  Half of the paper should summarize the chapters on Freud and Jung.  The other half should summarize a topic of your choice within chapters 1-5 of Our Dreaming Mind.  Writing skills will be considered if there are more applicants than available spaces.  Preference will be given to students attending the Academic Fair, March 2, 2011.  If you are unable to attend the fair, send an email to Don Middendorf < donm@turbotek.net > indicating the focus section of your choice.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 37% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day

Academic Website: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/doc


It moves and moves not; It is far and likewise near. It is inside all this and It is outside all this. –Isa Upanishad

The “it” that defies definition in this 2nd century BCE sacred text has become an equally perplexing focus of study—a “question that towers above all others” according to Scientific American—in the contemporary life sciences. What is consciousness? Our inquiry will hold open this question within an intentional learning community for nine months as we explore dance as metaphor and practice for how mystics, as well as scholars, artists and scientists, experience the movement of consciousness.

If you want answers, especially answers that someone else can provide, this program isn’t for you. "If you want to think about consciousness, perplexity is necessary—mind-boggling, brain-hurting, I can't bear to think about this stupid problem any more perplexity...” advises Susan Blackmore. Furthermore, she says, “if you do not wish your brain to hurt (though of course strictly speaking brains cannot hurt because they do not have any pain receptors—and, come to think of it, if your toe, which does have pain receptors, hurts, is it really your toe that is hurting?), stop reading now or choose a more tractable problem to study."

This program is an invitation to explore the movement of consciousness in relationship to Indian and Greek wisdom traditions. We’ll practice Orissi dance, study our dreams as science and science as dream, and read postcolonial Indian English literature as manifestations of the dance of consciousness. Our work will include lectures, book seminars, films, workshops (dance and yoga), introspective journaling (dreams), and what an Evergreen faculty elder named “autobiomythography” in order to explore the multidimensional movements of consciousness. We'll consider anew mythic texts that bridge beliefs about East and West, mysticism and science, such as Gary Zukav’s The Dancing Wu-Li Masters and Fritjof Capra’s The Tao of Physics, that have formed consciousness studies from such fields of inquiry as transpersonal psychology, ecofeminism, somatics, ecopsychology, neurobiology and quantum physics.

Students should expect to work 40 hours per week and will benefit most from a full-year commitment. During spring quarter students will have the opportunity to focus more intensely on specific program themes and practices by developing research projects, workshops, in-program internships, and individual studies. All students should expect to use intensely experiential methods to explore the dance of consciousness in a collaborative manner that creates and sustains a yearlong intentional learning community.

Maximum Enrollment: 72

Required Fees: Fall/Spring $60 per quarter for tickets; Winter $40 for tickets; $300 for optional attendance at professional conference.

Special Expenses: $10 per quarter for yoga

Preparatory for studies or careers in: anthropology, feminist studies, consciousness studies and dance, mythology, psychology, yoga, and postcolonial literature.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 28th, 2011 Spring enrollment conditions clarified.
November 29th, 2010 Fees updated.