Dance, Physics, Teaching and a Model for Interdisciplinary Work

Sarah Demers, Yale
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-09-17 11:00 - 12:00
Henn 318
Local Contact: 
Mark Halpern
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In the 2010-2011 academic year I co-developed and began co-teaching the course "Physics of Dance" at Yale University with dancer and choreographer Emily Coates, who directs the Dance Studies curriculum at Yale. In this talk I will give some examples of the benefits we have found for teaching physics in this context. I will also describe how our philosophy of interdisciplinarity, which takes dance and physics as equal partners in intellectual, creative and research potential, has influenced our course and moved our collaboration beyond the classroom.

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