Summer 2021 Educational Programs

Developmental Movement

Taught by James French and Tara Fenamore

The Summer 2021 Developmental Movement Series will guide students through an experiential study of a developmental movement sequence. Each class will explore a position of mechanical advantage based upon a developmental posture. These postures are more fully supported by the ground, which encourages muscular release and the reintegration of musculoskeletal structures. We will practice a kinesthetic thinking skill to link up the parts of the neuromuscular-skeletal system into a functional whole with elastic, springy properties. We will also develop our faculties of kinesthetic awareness to observe habitual patterns of musculoskeletal shortening. We will build towards studying more complex and dynamic movements as we cultivate a practice of self-observation and acquire tools for the prevention of musculoskeletal shortening and mechanical imbalance. Together, we will explore the possibility of coordinating and maintaining a lengthened musculoskeletal state as the basis for voluntary action.   

Class meets on six consecutive Thursdays at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST)

Dates: May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10

Registration for this event has closed.

Click here for the direct links to the Developmental Movement class recordings, available until October 1, 2021

Human Evolution and Design:

Our Transformational Potential

Lecture series by Dr. Ted Dimon

Although humans are unique among the living beings on the planet, it is now well understood that we are simply one of many life forms that have emerged from the process of natural selection. But can the Darwinian model fully explain the complex features that make us human, such as free will, creativity, and the ability to create art? What sets us apart from other animals are not our singular cultural and intellectual achievements but our unique upright design, which has led to a series of dramatic shifts in our perceptual, motor, and cognitive abilities. In this series of talks, Dimon will discuss human evolution and design. Drawing from anatomy, biology, psychology, education, and neuroscience, Dimon identifies and describes the remarkable systems—anatomical, motor, cognitive, and emotional—that make up the human being, and how these systems have combined to produce new forms of apprehension and learning. 

Class meets Monday-Wednesday at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST)

Dates: May 24, May 25, May 26, June 1, June 2, June 7, June 8, June 9

Registration for this event has closed.

The series was live streamed on YouTube @DimonInstitute