QCC THRIVE SERIES - Combining Mindfulness, Wellness and Community for Joyful Living Peacebuilding Through Awareness & Improvisation - Part 2

On Saturday, Apr 24, 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 2

Speakers: QCC Student & Alumni Practice Group, Jessica Kreisler, Yineng Ye, Global Citizenship Alliance Alumni; Arawana Hayashi, Social Presencing Theater; Manish Srivastava, Global Facilitator; QCC Assist. Prof. Heather Huggins & Advanced Practitioner SPT, QCC Assoc. Prof. Aviva Geismar.

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.


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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