Maryland Day - Alumni Luncheon
Naked Truth: Brain and Brawn in Dance
Guest Speaker: Judith Lynne Hanna
Judith Lynne Hanna, Research Professor, University of Maryland Department of Anthropology, has a MA in political science, but research in Africa convinced her that anthropology would be more welcoming to the study of dance as political. In Columbia University‘s anthropology doctoral program she explored how the four fields (archeology, linguistics, physical, and social) would shed light on dance. The class papers she wrote evolved into her first book, To Dance Is Human: A Theory of Nonverbal Communication. She will sketch her odyssey from flat feet to pointe to pole, illuminated by her studies of the power of dance in education, politics, health, theaters, strip clubs, and neuroscience.