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Guest Talk: Including the Bully: Perception, Development & Peace, with Martha Eddy

Join us as we warmly welcome Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT, CMA, Ed.D, founder and director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education, on Tuesday, October 9th, as she shares her exemplary work on infusing conflict resolution and bullying prevention into the curriculum. Says Martha Eddy, "If you don't include the bullies (in anti-bullying programs), they will stand apart, be angry, and feel alienated. They probably have their own history of trauma, of being bullied. Until we really help that bully, nothing is going to change at that school. Often bullies are leaders, but they have to be told they are bad or never do [things] right. We have to get them into rules about human caring and set some rules with the group." (Dance Studio Life, November 1st, 2011).

Dr. Eddy's "Performing Peace: Including the Bully" is just one of the creative tools with which she guides children, or adults, towards a greater understanding of bullying, and helps them adopt peaceful behavior through movement games, dance, improvisation, and choreography. Using a cooperative, developmental approach, she draws upon dance, theater, creative movement, somatic education, and reflective thinking to make a difference in how we approach bullies and bullying. Dr. Eddy's "Embodying Peace" classes are attuned similarly to helping individuals with conflict resolution, violence prevention, body awareness and language, stress reduction, and the use of the arts for social and emotional education.

Martha Eddy earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in movement sciences and education with Bill Anderson, a masters in arts in applied physiology with Bernard Gutin, and a BA in dance education from Hampshire College. She served for ten years as adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College Dance Program. She is also Co-founder and Director of Somatic Studies at Moving On Center, of Oakland, California and NY which she has affiliated with the State University of New York through her relationship on the faculty of the Graduate Center of Empire State College-SUNY. She teaches Conflict Resolution through Movement and Dance with the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She has extensive experience teaching at numerous American colleges and universities, institutions worldwide, and dance festivals in Europe and North America. Eddy's Center for Kinesthetic Education provides Arts Education Services to NYC public schools.

Let's consider our perception of the bully, of bullying, and how we -- as educators, parents, citizens can usher the bully, or the one being bullied, into a more nurturing learning environment using compassionate, developmental, and neuro-scientific resources for a better, more tranquil life.

Dr. Eddy's talk is part of the Bullying Awareness program which is planned for the month of October in collaboration with the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities.

Where: 104b Russell


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