I was reading Brookfield’s Skillful Teacher (2015) on using imagination, play and creativity inside the classroom and came across a brief mention on page 126 about John Bohannon’s TED talk proposal for science PhD candidates to present their dissertations through …dance.
I knew I had to look up his talk, and here it is! Bohannon proposes that we use dance to justify major policy decisions: “Rather than dancing our Ph.Ds, we should use dance to explain all of our complex problems. Imagine our politicians using dance to explain why we must invade a foreign country or bail out an investment bank. It’s sure to help.” What a different world it would be!
And if you would like to read more about the Dancing for Your PhD competition, and see some very creative entries, you can see a good article here. And if you have a PhD thesis that you wish to submit to dance, the competition opens every year with a deadline in June, with details here.
Bohannon, J. (2011). Dance vs. PowerPoint, a modest proposal. TEDx Brussels. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/john_bohannon_dance_vs_powerpoint_a_modest_proposal
Brookfield, S. (2015). The Skillful Teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.