I have presented in the following conferences
Conference on Teaching Excellence, New Orleans, July 2016
Session Title: Teaching Dance to Engage Students, Explore Cultures, and Reduce Prejudice
Session Description: Presenters will share the positive effects of using dance in schools as a powerful vehicle for prejudice reduction and cultural exploration, as well as ways to use dance during teacher preparation to differentiate instruction that helps students develop their identities
Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning - 2017
Session Title: Writing as a way of Dancing with Others, and with Life: A Metaphor to Move Us from "The Argument Culture" to a Culture Centered on Active Empathy.
Session Description: This workshop was a way to discover whether using the metaphor of dancing as a foundational for future teaching and learning and for the teaching of writing would be an effective tool. This workshop and its results were used in a chapter for the book "Writing as a way of staying human in a time that isn't."
Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Denver, June 2019
Session Title: Many Voices Become One Through Dance
Session Title: Tattoos, Silence and Other Awkward Matters: Groping for Voice Within The Individualist-Collectivist Divide (Presented along side Peter Huk, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Session Description: This interactive session offers a perspective on issues that instructors face in a classroom of students of mixed domestic and international identities. Since 2010, institutions of education within the US have seen a tremendous influx of Chinese international students. Traditionally, Chinese students have conformed to the stereotype of proponents of a collectivistic culture. However, influenced by capitalistic factors, these international students are now bringing in concerns that have marked those facing students of an individualistic culture. These may have to do with the intrusion of social media into everyday communication and recreation, the pursuit of materialistic ideals, apathy towards politics, or the onset of anxiety and depression for a number of other reasons. In any case the dynamic - what we may consider the culture, energy, or dominant voice - within a classroom has been disturbed. For those of us teaching in a setting that is multi-national, we face pedagogical challenges. We will consider the underlying reason for these challenges. Fuad will present exercises, taken from theories on addressing diversity, to nudge us to think about our own daily practices and how our unexamined values lead to interpersonal difficulties. Peter will provide observations from teaching domestic and international students and introduce exercises he used to explore and bridge the divide between collectivist and individualist factors in the classroom.
Conference in Malaga Spain, June 2020
Session Title: TBD
Session Description: TBD
Dance as a Contemplative Practice for Anyone
Diversity Through Dance is a contemplative practice that allows one to develop focus as one works with a partner within the context of a larger community, and outside of the classroom. We, the facilitator and the participants, work within this setting to align ourselves in full awareness of the environment around us, including the music and the movement of the group. We can thereby create a safe space in which we sense connection between ourselves, develop self-confidence within our bodies, and feel empathy for all those around us.