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12aprAll DayTEDxFSUFeaturing IA+D Professor Jill Pable and School of Dance Assistant Professor Tiffany Rhynard(All Day: friday)


april 12, 2019 12:00am - april 12, 2019 11:59pm

Event Details

Jill Pable, a professor at the Department of Interior Architecture and Design, will be presenting at TEDxFSU on April 12th, 2019.

In her talk, Professor Pable will discuss how we might leverage built environments to better help the homeless using research-informed ideas from environmental psychology, neuroscience and other areas to create a practice of ‘trauma-informed design’. Pable has traveled across the country observing shelters, supportive housing and other places, gathering ideas both positive and detrimental to residents’ self-identity. This talk will identify six fundamental human needs that have emerged from these visits and associated research, as well as identify tangible, practical ways that architecture and interior design can more effectively help people exit homelessness by supporting their dignity.


Tiffany Rhynard currently works as the Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at FSU, and her research focuses on the intersection of technology and social dance practices, and the potential of these systems enhancing human empathy.

In “Shared Space: Destabilizing Practices for Social Change,” Rhynard examines notions of community, human connection, and identity within the context of the physical and social practice of Contact Improvisation, a dance form utilizing athletic and spontaneous partnering. How can the skills of falling, being off balance, and fully trusting a partner prepare us for the daily actions of navigating social spaces where the dynamics of race, class, and gender are bumping up against each other? How can the practice of destabilizing the body in an improvisational dance setting help prepare us for adapting to unfamiliar environments and unpredictable circumstances? Can the act of trusting and supporting another person be a space to process through historical and ancestral trauma?