Exploring the Roles of Aesthetic Experience in Human and Environmental Well-being Across Interdisciplinary Cultural Borders

Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:45am-12:15pm

This panel discussion explores the roles of aesthetic experience in human and environmental well-being across interdisciplinary and cultural borders. It also considers the roles of aesthetic experience in learner self-transformation, to enhance resilience and promote sustainable growth, focusing on music , dance, nature, and narrative arts in application of these concepts.


Aaron Colverson is currently studying the intersections of Psychophysiology and Ethnomusicology. He recently completed his MM degree in Ethnomusicology and was accepted to continue his research towards a PhD starting fall 2018. Aaron recently presented his research at the 2017 International Conference for Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art and Creativity, Valencia, Spain, where he and his group members earned third-place overall in the IEEE Brain Hackathon. Aaron is an active performing musician focusing on the violin and is currently part of Jacare Choro, a five-piece Brazilian jazz ensemble comprised of saxophone, percussion, guitar, mandolin, and violin.


Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig created the archives for the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and is the Director of Medical Humanities at the UF College of Medicine. She teaches medical humanities including narrative medicine, literature and medicine, the use of arts in developing observational skills, reflective writing and nature writing with a focus on history of medicine, and is involved with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism Honor Society’s efforts to promote humanism in medicine. At UF, she also teaches in the Center for African Studies, having c o-developed a course on the arts and health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also serves on the Center’s Advisory Council and teaches Uncommon Read courses in the UF Honors College, including a one credit course on Harry Potter and Medical Humanities – a clinical practice course for undergraduates. Ms. Stoyan-Rosenzweig’s research interests include environmental history, the history of the human-animal relationship, and the history of science and medicine, especially eugenic s and medicinal herbs.


Paulette Hahn is a physician in the University of Florida Department of Medicine and Division of Rheumatology. She is currently active in both patient care and medical education. Her experience as a nurse prior to entering medicine, nurtured her interest in inter-professional health care collaboration, and she continues to meld the practice of nursing and medicine. She has taught courses in biomedical ethics, evidence-based medicine, Interdisciplinary Family Health, and Introduction to Clinic al Medicine with a focus on communication and patient-c entered interviewing. She has a longstanding interest in medic al humanities that enhances the understanding of the patient and family life experience. Dr. Hahn’s other educational involvement includes her work as portfolio advisor for the Medicine Clerkship, which incorporates reflection as a key pedagogic al method. She is interested in enhancing the physic al diagnostic process and critic al thinking through the arts, utilizing concepts from the classic work of Rudolf Arnheim in Visual Thinking and Art and Visual Perception. She has designed an elective for medic al students, T he Art and Scholarship of Physic al Diagnosis and Clinic al Reasoning, with a capstone educational experience in visualization and observation at the Harn Museum of Art. She was inducted into the Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and received the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator three-year Grant Award, which has allowed her to develop a curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents.


Jill Sonke, MA, is Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF). She serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Jill is also an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the UF Warrington College of Business and a College of Fine Arts Teaching Fellow. Jill studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Florida State University, in London, Paris and Athens with teachers of the Horton and Duncan techniques including Bella Lewitsky, Lynda Davis, Milton Meyers, Joy Kellman, Lori Belilove, Julia Levine and Hortense Koluris. She has been a principle dancer and soloist with Lori Belilove & Company in New York and a guest performer and choreographer with Dance Alive! and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre. She is a soloist and regisseur of the historic works of Isadora Duncan as well as a recognized teacher of the Duncan and Horton techniques. Jill holds an MA in Human Services from the University of Illinois. With over 20 years of experience and leadership in arts in medicine, Jill is active in research, curriculum and program development and international cultural exchange. Her current research focuses on dance and Parkinson’s disease, the arts and health messaging, the arts and epidemic response, and the effect of music on cost and quality of care in emergency medicine. Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a UF Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, and over one hundred grants for her programs and research at UF Health and the University of Florida.


Amanda Concha-Holmes explores the sensuality, impressions and communications that are evoked through senses of place, people, multispecies encounters and touch through emerging practices of experiential and experimental devices. Her work highlights lived experiences where dichotomies and divisions are blurred, attending instead to emotional textures of intimacy, soundscapes of embodied, sensous ways of knowing and local knowledge that does not privilege solely the agency of human actors nor rely primarily on a linear narrative and didactic logic. This academic-artistic endeavor is aimed at bringing feminist, decolonial ways of knowing the world to the forefront. Toward this effort, she proposes a methodological intervention called Evocative Ethnography, which favors a sensorial realm to explore, interpret and share research.  Her current research projects include Embodiment & Emplacement as Integral to Knowledge Construction, Somatic Communication, African Descendants in the Americas, Multispecies Ethnography, Decolonial and Feminist Epistemologies, & Visual Anthropology Methods (collection, analysis and dissemination).


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