Faculty Mary Fridley and Marian Rich reprised their popular performatory workshop, Laughing Matters: The World Ain’t as Funny as It Used to Be (That’s why we have to keep laughing!) with about 30 participants, who spent a few hours engaged in pointless play, philosophical conversation, watching videos of comedic greats and performing
The Institute welcomed four Japanese colleagues to NYC (shown above at a briefing for Institute staff) for a close-up look at some Vygotskian-inspired performances of community development. Natsumi Gunji (front row, center) a doctoral student in education at Tokyo Gakugei Univ. and her professor Norifumi Arimoto (back row, third from r.), who teach
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Institute director Lois Holzman issued a report today on a pilot study conducted by the Institute and The Social Therapy Group that investigates what people think about whether diagnosis helps or hurts when it comes to handling emotional distress, and what alternatives they use to feel better. It posted today at DxSummit (Global Summit on Diagnosti
Some 150 qualitative researchers from around the U.S. gathered at Nova Southeastern University to discuss the transformation of the qualitative research field at a conference sponsored by the journal, The Qualitative Report. Among them were Institute faculty Carrie Lobman and Christine Helm who discussed their brand of “performance research” and it
Vygotskian educator Eduardo Vianna is profiled today in The New York Times for his empathic, effective work as a college instructor at LaGuardia Community College. You can read reporter Ginia Bellafante’s Raising Ambitions, The Challenge of Teaching at Community Colleges HERE. The profile captures Dr. Vianna’s developmental focus in the classroom
More than 400 participants from 34 countries attended Performing the World 2014 (PTW) at the All Stars Project’s national headquarters in New York City. The biennial autumn conference, co-sponsored by the Institute and All Stars Project, Inc., brought together performance activists, educators, therapists, artists, community organizers, social worke
Educators from the US and several other countries, in town for the 11th International Transformative Learning Conference, at Teachers College, Columbia University, spent a pre-conference afternoon with Institute director Lois Holzman. Her workshop, entitled Spaces to Become A Head Taller introduced the Vygotskian-influenced, performatory psychology
The Institute’s director of pedagogy and Rutgers Univ. early childhood education faculty Carrie Lobman was among presenters at The 4th Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research in Sydney, Australia. The conference drew some 400 scholars and researchers in the cultural historical tradition to the Antipodes.
Institute Director Lois Holzman recently returned from an invited speaking tour to Japan organized by colleagues there with whom she has been building relationships since her first visit to Japan organized in 2012 by Professor Yuji Moro of the University of Tsukuba. Moro was joined by Professor Takashi Ito of Hokkaido University andMasayoshi Moriok
This report just in from 2008 International Class alumna Ishita Sanyal (second-from-right in photo above). Her new documentary film project, Open the Doors, which she co-directed with Abhishek Ganguli, recently premiered at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata. Special guests on hand for the premiere included American Consul Ge
An enthusiastic Performing the World 2012 participant and Institute colleague, Dr. Hiroyuki Imai (professor on the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan) was eager to make a creative match: He sought to bring together Japanese educators working in the tradition of Reflective Practice with Institute and Perform
Institute pedagogical director Carrie Lobman was a recent keynote speaker at the International Conference on Cultural-Historical Theory and Human Development: Key Issues for School Education, at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Marilia, Brazil, and organized by the University’s Association of Marxist Educators.
This report just in from International Class (2008-9) alumna Celiane Camargo-Borges, recounting her recent trip to Uganda to volunteer with Hope for Youth Uganda, founded by fellow International Class colleague Peter Nsubuga.