2015 Clifford Symposium

The "good" Body

September 24 – 26, 2015

Our bodies play a large role in defining our public and private identities.  The ways we use them—and the way others react to them—give clear indications of our beliefs, access, and culture values.  Which is why at this historical moment it’s problematic that the body has been deemed, both figuratively and literally, bad.

Our symposium will center on the good body.  We’ll use the topic to explore central questions in the liberal arts.  What counts as a good body?  Who has one?  Who doesn’t?  And why? These questions—and their varying answers—impact everyone in our Middlebury community and beyond. As technological and medical innovations have shaped our concepts of worthiness, beauty, health, and bodily function, we have to examine how broader contexts matter—how cultural forces, systems of power, privilege, time, and place contribute to how we define “good,” how we define “body,” and, ultimately, how we define the “good body.” 


Thursday, September 24          

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch: Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Sponsored by CTLR

Facilitated by Catharine Wright, Miguel Fernandez and Maya Doig-Acuna, '16

Grille Conference Room (please rsvp to Michaela Davico by Monday September 21 at mdavico@middlebury.edu)

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

*Keynote Lecture by Barak adé Soleil: "The 'good' Body: An Unfinished Legacy"

MCA, Concert Hall; Reception to Follow in MCA, Lower Lobby

7:00 p.m.

Screening: Phoenix Dance, Followed by Facilitated Discussion

MCA, Dance Theater, 110

Friday, September 25

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

*Lecture by Eli Clare: “Defective, Deficient, and Burdensome: Thinking About Bad Bodies”

MCA, Concert Hall

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

MCA, Lower Lobby

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

*Lecture by Lisa Hall: “Bodies of Knowledge: From Junipero Serra to Kumu Hina”

MCA, Concert Hall

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

*Lecture/Lunch by James A. VanDyke: “Off the Wall”

MCA, Concert Hall; Lunch in Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Movement Workshop and Discussion with Toby McNutt

MCA, Dance Theatre, 110

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

*Performance, Screening, and Lecture by Esther Baker-Tarpaga: “#BodyAsPlaceForAction: To Examine White Supremacy, aka Writing on the Body Revisited”

MCA, Concert Hall

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Coffee Break and Physio Espresso

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Movement Workshop and Discussion with Barak adé Soleil

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Snack Chat: Participants and Facilitators Chat Over a Light Dinner

MCA, Lower Lobby

8:00 p.m.

Screening of Fixed and Post-Screening Discussion with Leslie Freeman and Scotty Hardwig

Twilight Auditorium

Saturday, September 26

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

*Student Presentations

Stevie Durocher, 15.5

Debanjan Roychoudhury, 16

Aoife Duna, 16.5

MCA, Concert Hall

11:30 - Noon

Coffee Break

MCA, Lower Lobby

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

*Faculty Speakers, Part One

Ellery Foutch: “Life Is Movement: Eugen Sandow, Living Sculpture, and Petrification”

Scotty Hardwig: “Custom Skins: Cyberdancers, Avatars, and Posthuman Anatomies”

MCA, Concert Hall

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Lunch MCA, Lower Lobby

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

*Faculty Speakers, Part Two

Pam Barenbaum: “The Body under Hostile Takeover”

Anson Koch-Rein: “Have You Seen Him As Her?: Gender, Clothes, and the Body in ABC’s Guided Tour of Caitlyn Jenner’s Closet”

MCA, Concert Hall

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Workshop with Andrea Olsen: “Body Stories: Embodied Writing Workshop”

MCA, 109

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Movement Workshop- Gaga Class taught by Maree ReMalia

Wilson Hall

8:00 p.m.

Keynote Performance by Barak adé Soleil, with a Post-Performance Discussion Moderated by Christal Brown

MCA, Dance Theater, 110

9:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

MCA, Lower Lobby

*ASL Interpreted Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Movement Matters, Queers & Allies, Community Engagement, Anderson Freeman Resource Center, Director of the Arts and Living Dance