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Hooking up: A Historical Timeline of Courting & Mating Practices through Sociology and Dance

December 6, 2011, 12-2 pm


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Please join us for our final Teaching Tuesdays event of the semester. Kathleen Isaac (Dance) and Erica Chito Childs (Sociology) will share how “hooking up” across disciplines can promote a vibrant exchange of ideas and enrich the experiences we offer to our students. Drawing from their separate courses Sociology of the Family and Dance, Dancers and the Audience , they will use music, dance, video and children’s literature to consider the following:

A follow-up discussion will consider the following:

  • How can Dance illustrate historical changes in social behaviors, such as courting and mating practices, over time?
  • How can Sociology deepen understanding of what is implied in different dances, such as social norms and gender roles underlying the gestures, posturing, positions, and physical proximity of dancers?
  • How can other disciplines also hook up and join this interdisciplinary conversation?