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David Shorter, Professor

Director of Wiki for Indigenous Languages

Director for the Archive of Healing, Ritual, and Transformation

Personal Website: http://www.davidshorter.com

BA Religious Studies with Minor in Women's Studies, Arizona State University (1993)

MA Religious Studies, Arizona State University (1996)

PhD History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz (2002)

Dr. Shorter's first book, We Will Dance Our Truth, evolves from decades of learning about indigenous lifeways, primarily among the Yoeme communities in northwest Mexico.

His research website, Vachiam Eecha/Planting the Seeds, was the first ethnographic website built in collaboration with Yoeme people from various pueblos.  Originally designed and "published" in 2003, this site was edited and updated into a second edition in 2012.  With support from the National Science Foundation, he has filmed tribal rituals pertaining to both collective and individual healing.

His Wiki for Indigenous Languages project offers a digital alternative for indigenous language revitalization by offering a language translator, wiktionary, games, and social media site to indigenous communities.   

 

Dr. Shorter's work explores other-than-human relations and the history of science, particularly the social sciences. At UCLA, his course on Aliens, Psychics, and Ghosts introduces students to the borderlands of science, exploring what gets to count as knowledge, what methods lead to "truth," and what are the power structures that enable some voices to count as factual and others as fictions. His course on Colonialisms and Resistance explores the relationship between 16th Century exploration, neo-liberalism, and contemporary extractive practices around the world. 

 

Between 2011 and 2015, he received three grants enabling him to make a documentary film, apprentice with a Yoeme healer, and start the Archive of Healing, Ritual, and Transformation.   

 

Among his favorite classes to teach at UCLA are “Ethnographies of/as Colonialism,” "The Art of Being Human: Living the Philosophy of Martin Buber," and "Healing: Ritual and Transformation."

Shorter also co-edits (with Dr. Randolph Lewis) a book series on Indigenous film and film-making.

 

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Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM
Fall Quarter Begins
Mon Sep 23 @11:00AM
WACD Undergraduate Welcome Session
Tue Sep 24 @12:00PM
New WACD Graduates Meet with Dr. O'Shea
Tue Sep 24 @ 2:00PM
New WACD Graduate Students Meeting
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

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For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
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After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

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Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

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Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
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