QCC THRIVE SERIES: Peacebuilding through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 1

On Friday, Mar 12, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

This is a virtual event using Zoom

This Club Event and Academy Event is for Students, Faculty and Staff

QCC Thrive Series

Combining Mindfulness, Wellness and Community for Joyful Living

Peacebuilding Through Awareness & Improvisation - Part 1

This program is a celebration of a participatory action research methodology known as Social Presencing Theater, a body-based approach for sensing and enacting change. It is also an invitation to engage with Queensborough Community College’s (QCC) student and alumni practice group, which began in April 2018. Facilitators include members of QCC’s student and alumni practice group; Arawana Hayashi, a co-founder of Social Presencing Theater; Manish Srivastava, a global facilitator whose projects include partnering with UN agencies and NGO sectors; and QCC-CUNY Faculty members: Heather Huggins, advanced practitioner of SPT and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Aviva Geismar, Associate Professor of Dance. This event is presented in partnership by the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the CUNY-QCC Visual and Performing Arts Academy, and the CUNY-QCC Student Activities “Thrive” Series.

Social Presencing Theater (SPT) decolonizes learning by reclaiming the body as an equitable way of knowing and being. SPT centers first-person experience via an improvisational and cyclical process, inviting participants to perceive a larger present. Because SPT is practiced in community, it positions our relational spaces, and the distinct cultures that emerge from them, as worthy of reflection and development. The “theater” in SPT refers to a shared place where something of significance is made visible.

The first Virtual Event is a Webinar, Co-Presented with Queensborough Community College’s Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center. Facilitators will guide awareness and listening practices sitting on a chair with limited space. Attendees will learn about a Workshop: “Empathy to Action,” which CUNY students developed in Partnership with KHC last year. Facilitators will share about their experiences integrating SPT in local and global contexts, reflecting on the potential of SPT to transform intransigent problems. The 2nd Event invites attendees to immerse in the practices of Social Presencing Theater.

Click to Register for Part 2, 4/24/21, 10:30am 


This event is sponsored by Mindfulness Club
and Co-Sponored by Office of Student Activities, Transformative Learning in the Humanities at CUNY; Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, VAPA Academy

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Contact Name: Profs. Rezan Akpinar, Joanne Chang

Contact Phone: 718-281-5274

Contact Email: rakpinar@qcc.cuny.edu, jchang@qcc.cuny.edu

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