Explorative Symposium-The Intersection between Art and Science 

March 15, 2013
The Sharpe Refectory - Chancellor's Dining Room
12:00pm - 7:00pm

In this upcoming forum, we gathered people from the arts and sciences (those who create, research, and regulate the fields) and encourage dialogue between participants to further explore the relationship between the two fields. In addition to open up channels for further research, we intend that this forum will lead to the establishment of an Arts/Science collaborative council at Brown.

The forum will be held on March 15, 2013 at Brown University.  The event will consist of a keynote speaker, Dr. Sara Houston, and luncheon; a panel discussion between selected persons from the arts and sciences; a breakout session consisting of breakout groups discussing 1) art, science and public engagement, 2) our own research on the arts and their use in addressing Parkinson’s disease and autism, 3) differences in assessing, critiquing and communicating between the two fields; and a wrap-up session reflecting on the day and brainstorming further collaboration between the sciences and arts at Brown University and beyond."

Limon etude by dancers from Connecticut and Rhode Island with Parkinson's Disease, led by Rachel Balaban

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Sara Houston is Principal Lecturer in the Dance Department at University of Roehampton. Her interest is in community dance, particularly with people marginalized in society. She is currently leading a 4 year, mixed-methods study on the experience of dancing for people with Parkinson's Disease. Sara won the Bupa Foundation Vitality for Life Prize in 2011 for her work in this area. Working with ethnographic methods and with socio-political concerns at the fore, Sara has conducted studies examining dance within a variety of community settings, including a two year project within an adult male prison. She was awarded her doctorate from Roehampton in 2002 examining the political and philosophical conceptions of community dance during the New Labour Government. Sara trained as a dancer and choreographer at the Laban Centre, afterwards working as a movement coach and choreographer with actors and singers, as well as in the community.


Babette Allina is an artist and research policy expert at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she serves as Director of Government Relations.

Dr. Jay Baruch, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He also serves as the director of the ethics curriculum and co-director of the medical humanities and bioethics scholarly concentration.

Dr. Jane Carlson is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, is the Vice President of day and residential programs at the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Joseph Friedman is the director of the movement disorders program at Butler Hospital, Professor and Chief, division of movement disorders, Dept of Neurology at WAMS of Brown University.

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Manager for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group. He is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn.

Alice-Anne Harwood is a poet and playwright as well as the director of development for the Neighborhood Music School (NMS), one of the top ten community arts schools in the United States.


Friday's Schedule:

12:00-1:00 --- Luncheon - Keynote address by Sara Houston, Rats Can't Dance: Challenges to researching dance for people with Parkinson's Disease
1:15-2:30 ----- Panel Discussions
2:45-4:00 ----- Breakout groups
4:00-5:00 ----- Next steps
5:30-7:00 ----- Wine & Cheese reception in Granoff Creative Arts Center, featuring the gallery opening of an exhibit painted by Tom Gleason.
8:00 ------------- ADLI Mini-Fest Concert, a journey through nine decades of American dance at the Granoff Creative Arts Center Studio One.

Saturday's Schedule:

10:45-11:45 --- Dance for PD Master Class led by David Leventhal and Rachel Balaban, in the Ashamu Dance Studio. Registration for the class is necessary for participants only.

ADLI Mini-fest 2013 - a tour of dance through viewing, experiencing and exchanging
Of special interest will be the Dance, Access, and Arts Literacy showcase. with a presentation of diverse populations including people with PD.