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Freshman/Sophomore Seminars

Movement, Awareness, and Learning

Instructor: Marianne Constable,

2 Units

 Th 12:00- 2:00pm, 2401 Bancroft


How do we learn? What do feeling, sensing, thinking, and doing have to do with learning? What does movement have to do with all of these? (How) can one learn to move more easily and become more aware of oneself in movement? How does one learn to learn? This weekly seminar will have two parts: during the first hour, you will do a Feldenkrais Method ® Awareness-through-Movement lesson (ATM); then, after a short break, we will discuss the lesson and short readings and videos tailored to your interests. Students will be asked to reflect on their own experiences with the lessons and to relate such experiences to the concerns and interests in education and/or performance that they bring to the class. Attention will be paid to oneself in place/space; breath; ease, timing, and range of movement; use of the self and self-image; voice; repetition and rest. Additional themes may include habit, intention, and strain; the “mind-body problem”; perception and observation; and so forth. The seminar is open to open-minded students interested in exploring awareness, movement, and learning. No prior experience in movement classes, performance studies, or rhetoric is needed.


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In addition to being a professor of Rhetoric at UCB, Marianne Constable is a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method ®.