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Arts & Design Research Incubator Announces Spring Schedule

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The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) announces its spring calendar of events, which includes dialogues, performances, and ongoing workshops, all free and open to the public.

“We’re very excited about this semester because it is the most robust calendar we have ever had. We curated it in response to the programming, attendance, and support we received in the fall. We now have three categories of events – Lunchtime Dialogues, events that include several performances, and ongoing workshops,” said Andrew Belser,­­ director of the ADRI, which provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. 

Spring semester programming begins on January 17 with the first session in the Mindful Movement workshop series, taught by Elisha Clark Halpin, ADRI embedded faculty researcher and associate professor and associate director for instruction, School of Theatre. The series continues on February 7 and March 14.

“Movement is a wonderful way to introduce mindfulness to our lives. We can get out of the story that 'I can't meditate' or 'I don't know how to sit still' through a movement practice. The other really important aspect of this time of mindful practice is that it is not about escaping the body or life. We are bringing breath, awareness, and presence to our body and our mind,” explained Halpin.

Other upcoming events include a guest lecture on “The Blue Collar Brain;” a Story Slam with the theme of “Lessons Learned;” a performance of School of Theatre professor Bill Doan’s play, Drifting; and the continuation of the “Mechanisms of Mind” lecture series that began in the fall.

The ADRI will also host a groundbreaking symposium on “Embodied Cognition and Communities of Practice” on March 22, which will be led by noted neuroscientist Michael Anderson, with panelists representing neurology, medicine, music education, art education, dance, and architectural design.

“We’re using the occasion to create an approachable gateway for people to integrate embodied cognition into their practice,” stated Belser, noting its usefulness in understanding how the body, brain, and environment work together and how that understanding can relate to any discipline. “This symposium is meant to be pragmatic, rather than just theoretical, helping people shape their practice, whether that be teaching, studio practice, neuroscience, kinesiology, psychology, music, art and design, theatre, or dance. I can’t begin to express how essential embodied cognition is to everything we do and experience every day.”

For more information about the ADRI and to view a calendar of upcoming events, visit or call 814-863-5126.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 16 Borland. All events are free and open to the public, but some do require registration, as space is limited.

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ADRI Schedule of Events:


Tuesday, January 31, 12 – 1 p.m.

The Invisible Elephant Project: 1000 voices of the Chronic Commons

Marina Tsaplina, Founder, CEO and Creative Director, The BETES Organization


Tuesday, February 7, 12 – 1 p.m.

Preview of 2017 International Conference of Auditory Display (ICAD)

Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology and conference chair


Tuesday, February 21, 12 – 1 p.m.

Integrating Play into Pedagogy: A Research Project

Sandi Carroll, ADRI Research Fellow, Carla Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education, and Stephanie Velegol, Instructor in Engineering


Tuesday, March 21, 12 – 1 p.m.

The Blue Collar Brain: How Your Mind Really Works

Michael L. Anderson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College


Tuesday, April 4, 12 – 1 p.m.

Storytelling through the One-Person Play

Presented by Donal Courtney, Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland, and Bill Doan, School of Theatre, Penn State


Tuesday, April 18, 12 – 1 p.m.

Changing Mindsets: A New Perspective for Cross-Disciplinary Researchers

Joe Julian, MD, Artist in Residence, School of Visual Arts, Lead Investigator Applied Neuroscience, ADRI


Wednesday April 19, 12 – 1 p.m.

Unfixed Research: On Letting Others Lead in Arts-Integrative Work

Kevin Hamilton, Professor of Art and Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois



Mechanisms of Mind

Wednesday, February 15, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Right from Wrong: Creating Robots Which Learn How to Behave

Alan Wagner, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Wednesday, March 29, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Charles Geier, Human Development and Family Studies

Friday, April 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Origins of Meaning: A Philosophical Perspective

Dorit Bar-On, Philosophy Department, University of Connecticut


Symposium: Embodied Cognition and Communities of Practice

Wednesday, March 22, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Story Slam: Lessons Learned

Thursday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. 

Hosted by Pamela Monk, Senior Lecturer in Journalism


God has no country

Written and performed by Donal Courtney; followed by post-show discussion

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Pavilion Theatre


Steel Valley Rhythms

Michele Dunleavy, Choreographer

Thursday, April 6

TWO SHOWS: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Drifting: A New Play in Development

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.

Written by William Doan, Directed by Andrew Belser



Mindful Movement Workshops

January 17, February 7, and March 14, 5:30 – 6:45pm

Led by Elisha Clark Halpin, Associate Director, School of Theatre


Embodied Mindfulness Workshops

January 19 and 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Led by Elisha Clark Halpin, Associate Director, School of Theatre


The Invisible Elephant Project: 1000 voices of the Chronic Commons

Performance & Discussion:  Tuesday, January 31, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Wednesday, February 1, 4 – 6 p.m.


Physical Imagining: An interactive workshop to engage the imagination.

Saturdays, February 11 and 18, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

Hosted by Elisha Clark Halpin Associate Director, School of Theatre and Led by Natalie Griffith Robichaux, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) Series of 4 Lessons

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.


IN-bodied Integration

March 28, April 4, 11, and 18, 6-8 p.m.

Led by Elisha Clark Halpin, Associate Director, School of Theatre