Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

dance, African American studies, theater

Ever been moved by a thought?  Ever find yourself moving through your thoughtfulness?  Ever think, 'I'd better get a move on'?  In this program, you will, all that and more.  We'll take up thoughts and dance with them.  We'll think about movement, our own, others', our own in groups.  The earliest schools of philosophy in the West aimed not for correct systematic thinking but for fashioning an 'art of living.'  We'll see and feel what that can possibly mean in our time. 

We’ll begin by tracing the historical connection between walking and thinking.  Until modern schools came along with their stifling desks made only for sitting, their closed classrooms not exactly made for breathing and all that teaching, teaching, teaching, thinking was an embodied, incarnate, often face-to-face activity in which both mind and body were encouraged to wander.  Philosophers, writers, poets walked.  Movement and thought, thought and movement … we’ll try to get them together again as a way to remember that we are all fully formed people (no matter what shape we are in our bodies)—fleshy, messy people—people with feelings, emotions, desires, including the desire to learn.  We’ll walk, we’ll dance, we’ll promenade, we’ll wander, we may even saunter, we’ll consider vagabondage and pilgrimage, we’ll read about folks “saving the planet one step at a time.”  Come along and go with us.  And if you need an excuse, something to tell your friends and relatives on your leave-taking, try out some Latin: just say, Solvitur ambulando [“All is solved by walking”].

In addition to the common work of the program, students will complete an independent study project, probably working with others, worth up to half the award of credit.  Students will come to enjoy more flexibility and coordination, in body and mind.


Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Dance, education, performing arts.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$40 for admission to a dance performance.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 48


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30282
So - Sr (16 credits): 30285

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