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Social Somatics: The Alchemy of Returning to Embodied Campus Co-existence
Many have balked at the notion that we will be "back to normal" this fall. We have witnessed and experienced myriad traumas and upheavals over the past 16 months. Moreover, the uneven impacts of COVID, compounded by economic and racial inequalities, have underscored that whatever "normal" had been pre-pandemic, it wasn't equitable.

This means that we will all be coming back to campus with a range of different memories, experiences, and losses that will generate a variety of feelings and shape our returns and relationships to place. Social somatics, practices that recognize that humans experience space, time, and interactions with the world as embodied beings, provides interesting ways of thinking through questions of place, labor, othering and belonging. This talk led by Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Associate Dean Catherine Squires brings together concepts from social somatics and anti-racist research on work, health and wellbeing to explore how we might re-enter campus with more awareness and get curious about the range of ways we can create a more supportive community in uncertain times.

Cost: Free
Noon to 1 p.m. Central

Please contact Molly Buss (bussx057@umn.edu) as far in advance as possible if you require accommodations or if you have any questions or comments.

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Jun 17, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Catherine R. Squires
Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor of Communication Studies @University of Minnesota
Catherine R. Squires is Associate Dean in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of multiple books and articles about race and the politics of media, including Dispatches from the Color Line (2007) and The Post-racial Mystique (2014). For the past seven years, she has collaborated with staff, youth, and local leaders to build the Hallie Q. Brown Center Community Archive to expand understanding of Black history in the Twin Cities. Currently, her work focuses on cultivating intergenerational storytelling and healing across a variety of genres, spaces, and embodied practices. Professor Squires earned her PhD from Northwestern University and was Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1999-2007. She lives in St. Paul with her family and is always on the lookout for interesting birds.