I had a wonderful time at the 11th AT Congress at Loyal University Chicago. It was a week of continuous learning in the Alexander Technique, working and meeting people around the world who are interested in deepening our awareness of the well being of our life, health, and connection to the world around us.
With this year’s theme focusing on Advancing Global Perspective: Making New Connections with Science, Performance, and Education.
Keynote Speakers included:
- Dr. Norman Doidge, who wrote the ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ and the ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’, will be joining us for a 3-hour presentation. His research in the field of neuroplasticity and his insights into the body, brain, mind connection will be stimulating and challenging. A real “wake-up call” for innovation.
- Dr. Neil Shubin who is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and associate dean for the academic strategy of the university’s Biological Sciences Division. He’s also the author of two popular science books — The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body (2013) and the best-selling Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008). Your Inner Fish was named best book of the year by the National Academy of Sciences.
- In Performance, Emmy Award-winning actor, director, and comedian David Hyde Pierce. He is currently starring on Broadway in Hello Dolly with Bette Midler. He won four Emmy Awards as a lead actor in the hit series Frasier. He has been studying the AT for the many years and thrilled to join us in Chicago!
- In Education, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. She is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist Practice; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and her forthcoming Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, to be released May 1, 2018.
- Kevan Martin. Kevan is a Director of the Institute of Neuroinformatics and a Double Professor of Systems Neurophysiology at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (‘ETH’). His research is on the structure and function of the circuits of the neocortex where he studies the physical basis of perception, cognition, and action. One of his longstanding interests is the physical basis of thought. He explores many aspects of performance to find an answer to the simple question: What is the relationship between thought and movement? His own performance is as a member of 4-Brain, a formation skydiving team that trains in Switzerland.
Within our Alexander Community for Plenary Speakers:
Joan Schirle (Performance), Ted Dimon, Ph.D. (Education), and Dr. Rajal Cohen(Science). We will also be having two days of Panel Discussions in the fields of Science, Education, Performance, and Business, which will be both insightful and informative.
Not to mention all the wonderful CL Sessions and Workshops! It was a great week!
Photo Credit: 11th AT Congress