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Dancing to Connect: An Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Approach to Holocaust Education Within Liberatory Pedagogy

  • Aliza AtikEmail author
  • Aviva Geismar
  • Benjamin Lawrance Miller
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Abstract

This chapter examines a collaboration that took place in the fall 2014 semester at Queensborough Community College, between courses in English literature, dance choreography, and English composition. It highlights the liberatory nature of our approach and chronicles the process. Students in Atik’s Introduction to Literature class read several poems and excerpts of Foucault to generate a working knowledge of concepts such as discrimination, surveillance, and hierarchies of power. They composed personal narratives exploring their own experiences as subjects of observation in a public sphere. Geismar’s choreography students transformed this writing into embodied narratives and shared them with their peers in a live performance. Miller’s English Composition students composed a digital essay exploring the collaboration and its implications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aliza Atik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aviva Geismar
    • 2
  • Benjamin Lawrance Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishQueensborough Community College, CUNYBaysideUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health, Physical Education, and DanceQueensborough Community College, CUNYBaysideUSA

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