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MEDIA CONTACT:  Gisele Galoustian
561-297-2010, or
Polly Burks

FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture Presents
‘Bodies in Motion: Explorations in
Perception and Performance’

BOCA RATON, FL (November 17, 2008) – The Center for Body, Mind and Culture in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University is hosting an international conference titled, “Bodies in Motion: Explorations in Perception and Performance,” on December 4 and 5 in the Senate Chambers, Majestic Palm Room and Live Oak Pavilion of FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The conference, which is open to the public, will explore the body’s role in perception and performance from a variety of humanistic perspectives, with special attention being given to the fine arts, ethics, and education.

A distinctive feature of the conference is bringing together international and interdisciplinary perspectives. Presenters will include scholars from Japan, Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Canada, as well as from FAU, University of California, Berkeley, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Marquette University, and City University of New York.  

Papers will cover the arts of painting, theater, dance, music, photography, and design from the perspectives of artists and art educators in these fields; and there also will be contributions on the role of embodiment in cognition, ethics, and education from the standpoints of philosophy, linguistics, and literature.

“This conference will advance the Center’s mission of advancing humanistic study of the body’s role in cognition, action, and the arts and culture,” said Dr. Richard Shusterman, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and director of FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture. “Such scholarly research aims to serve the Center’s wider goal of providing the public with insights for improving embodied experience in their own lives through heightened somatic understanding and somaesthetic awareness.”

There is no registration fee for the conference. Advanced registration and reservations are not required, but to register to receive conference updates and be added to the center’s email mailing list, send an e-mail to or contact 561-297-0851. For more information, visit  and click on “conferences.”  

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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