Beyond Speech and Representation: Insights from Child Psychotherapy about the Materiality of Learning

Feb 16, 2024

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Seamans Center, 4650 (Hanson Center Theatre)

103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Dr. Gail Boldt is a former University of Iowa faculty member and is now a distinguished professor of education at Penn State. She teaches graduate seminars in cultural and critical theory as it relates to contemporary issues in education. At the undergraduate level, she works in elementary and early childhood program literacy education. Dr. Boldt is the Senior Editor of the Bank Street Occasional Paper Series. She is also a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist, trained in providing play therapy to children. Her recent research brings together clinical experiences with children in therapy with new materialist, Deleuzo-Guattarian, and relational psychoanalysis to call for a perspective on learning and change that is less focused on speech and representation and more focused on affective experiences of materiality, flow, and vitality. This afternoon talk is being held in conjunction with Benjamin Stasny's morning workshop Sharing Energy for Climate Communications: Improv and Embodied Activities. No registration is required for the afternoon session.

Sponsored by the Obermann Center Working Group Decolonizing the Performance Classroom

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