"Intelligence in the Arts" lecture this October

Guest Lecture Title: Intelligence in the Arts
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Henley
When: Friday, October 19 from 2:10-3pm
Location: Cal Poly Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Building 180, Room 101)
Who should attend: Arts Educators, Advocates and Artists of all genres

A special lecture sponsored by the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts and Theatre and Dance Department.

In this lecture, Dr. Matthew Henley will discuss philosophical, cognitive, and neuroscientific justifications for viewing artistic practice and arts education as environments for the manifestation of intelligence. Adopting a neurodiversity framework, Dr. Henley will frame the revaluation of artistic ways of knowing and being in the world as a diversity and inclusion strategy, leveraging individual aptitudes in the arts as a way to support academic, professional, and personal success.

More information about Dr. Henley's research can be found in this Dance Magazine article:

“His goal? For starters, he hopes his research will affirm that dance students are smart. 'Dancers sometimes feel dumb because we don't have access to language in the way that other people do,’ Henley says. He theorizes this is because many dancers process things holistically and spatially, rather than linearly and logically (which are typically more valued in our culture).” - Jennifer Stahl, Dance Magazine Dr. Matthew Henley, M.F.A., Ph.D., received a B.A. in religious studies and B.F.A. in dance at the University of Arizona where he studied with Dr. John M. Wilson. While in Tucson, Matt worked with Orts Theater of Dance, an aerial modern dance company. After graduating in 2001 he moved to NYC and began working with Randy James Dance Works for whom he taught extensively throughout the NJ and NY public school systems. In 2004 Matt became a member of the Sean Curran Company where he danced until moving to Seattle in 2008. In 2010 he completed the M.F.A. in dance at the University of Washington. In 2013 Matt completed the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Learning Sciences and Human Development, also at the University of Washington. His dissertation investigated perceptual-cognitive skills associated with dance. His research, more broadly, focuses on the relationship between movement and the brain, the role of the body in cognition and idea expression, and the cognitive and social-emotional benefits of an arts education. Dr. Henley is an assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman’s University.

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Questions? Please feel free to email Prof. Christy Chand.

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