2010 Fall Engagement: Mind, Body, and Soul

November 16, 2010

“The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”

50 years have passed since the fall of Tibet. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, has lived in exile for most of his life, trying to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue by giving up the goal of independence and reaching a compromise with China. But his efforts have failed to […]

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November 11, 2010

Los Angeles Catholic Worker

The Los Angeles Catholic Worker community is part of the lay Catholic Worker movement founded over seventy years ago by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin to “feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner” and offer a gospel-based critique of the dominant culture within the Catholic tradition […]

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November 4, 2010

Michael Spezio

Michael L. Spezio is Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Scripps College. His work focuses on the mental and neural processes involved in social decisions and actions, from judging emotion in a face to how people cast their votes in elections to how people act in morally relevant situations. A major theme of this […]

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November 2, 2010

“American Mystic”

AMERICAN MYSTIC is a documentary about twenty-somethings, each a member of a fringe religious community, who have separated themselves from mainstream America in order to live immersed in their faiths. The film intertwines very intimate, apolitical portraits of three individuals in depressed areas of the country trying to lead more extraordinary, mystical lives: a Spiritualist […]

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October 27, 2010

Gayle Salamon

As assistant professor of English at Princeton University, Gayle Salamon specializes in gender and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and 20th century Continental philosophy. Her recently published book, Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality, discusses embodiment and transgender subjectivity. Recent articles include “Transfeminism and the Future of Women’s Studies” in Women’s Studies on the […]

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October 6, 2010


GIMP brings audiences a visceral and emotional experience with performers whose unique attributes, physical and otherwise, are honored and utilized in highly dynamic, virtuosic and provocative performances, discussions and workshops and outreach activities. People go to dance events to see what they cannot do themselves. Dancers are generally perceived as limitless while disabled persons as […]

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September 28, 2010

“Whiz Kids”

At a time when American teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, WHIZ KIDS is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the nation’s oldest, most prestigious science competition. Each year over two thousand students compete in the […]

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September 22, 2010

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers is Assistant Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside. His academic research is broadly concerned with the spaces where institutional power, new media technology, and the global political economy encounter the practice of everyday life. He is the recent recipient of a both UCHRI and UCIRA […]

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September 21, 2010

“Utopia in Four Movements”

Throughout human history, people have had giddy dreams and fantastic notions about what the future would bring: space travel, peace, and a world of plenty are just a few. But as the 20th Century progressed, the future became more threatening than promising — as a wave of intractable problems loomed menacingly on the horizon. Utopia […]

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September 14, 2010

“No Impact Man”

Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from one man’s decision to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for one year and his wife’s struggle with their radical […]

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September 8, 2010

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. Professor Csikszentmihalyi is the director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies “positive psychology”; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and […]

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