In this dreamy program we’ll cross-pollinate studies in neuroscience and the arts of storytelling to discover together how these domains of knowledge and practice might illuminate and animate each other. We’ll explore our mammalian capacity to dream in both literal and figurative senses, and we’ll learn how the brain creates narratives.
The psychology module of this program includes an introduction to the human brain and nervous system. Topics include: the structure and function of neurons; the nervous system; sensory and perceptual systems; control of movement; learning and memory; and diseases of the brain.
The literary arts module of this program includes the study of prose forms that draw upon the dream as a figure for imaginative possibility, and mutable futures. We’ll also explore memory, perception, agency, and performativity in storytelling, through readings and our own writing.
Students will attend The Art Lecture Series Spring Fora occurring on alternate Wednesdays, remotely.
This program is hybrid with two sessions a week held in person on campus, and one session a week held remotely. Participants in Mammal Dreams must have access to a computer and the internet for our weekly remote session on Wednesday mornings.