Humanities Dialogues at Poly: Embodied Movement in Writing Classrooms, and Surfing Irish Identity

Hands symbolizing embodied movement juxtaposed with flag of Ireland waving on flagpole

The second in the fall 2020 series of Humanities Dialogues online @ Poly features CISA Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication faculty members Allison Ellsworth and Andy Mara:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1–2 p.m.

Allison Ellsworth: Instructor of Rhetoric and Composition

"Using the Body to Teach Grammar and Syntax for Rhetorical Purposes: Embodied Cognition in the Writing Classroom"

Cognitive linguists suggest that both cognition and language are strongly influenced by the relationship between our brain and our body. I’ll discuss embodied cognition and my ongoing study examining how students can use their bodies to learn abstract linguistic concepts, and also invite you to try some activities designed to help students understand grammar and syntax.

Andrew Mara: Faculty Head, and Associate Professor of Technical Communication

"Surfing Irish Identity"

In recent years Ireland has shifted economically to adjust to the rise of a digitally-connected world. The Irish experience offers relevant strategies to deal with our post-national moment. I’ll compare two Irish bands’ music videos — U2’s 1984 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and Walking on Cars 2015 “Don’t Mind Me” — and relate them to parallel shifts in Irish marketing strategies.  


Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Professor Ian Moulton
Wed., October 21, 1–2:00 p.m.
Online Zoom Dialogue

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