I arrived at room 5080 which was bustling with energy (and snacks) 20 minutes before the official start time and was surprised to find a lot of Faculty amongst a few grad students. I jumped right in as I thought to myself, this is a wonderful way to meet and speak with professors I usually wouldn’t get a chance to interact with.
One of the first people I met was Dr. Gillian Judson who is the Executive Director of the Center for Imagination in Research Culture and Education (CIRCE). I was so deeply engrossed in conversation that I hardly noticed the session starting.
“Visceral imagination is like building a sand castle as a child – it is messy and rooted in our bodies.” Celeste’s metaphor was a great way to begin the session and what began as an extended reflection gave way to an incredible dance which poetically reminded us that our bodies are both the pathway and threshold for finding an optimal psychological state for deep engagement, concentration and focus. The performance also reminded us how we bully our bodies by scrunching it up for hours on end in chairs and behind desks while our bodies yearn to expand, extend and inspire.