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Veta Goler

Veta Goler, Ph.D.

Veta GolerTitle: Associate Professor of Dance
Co-director of Teaching Resource and Research Center
 The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, Room 409
Campus Box: 1499
Office: 404-270-5473

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Ph.D, Emory University 
M.F.A., B.S. University of Michigan 

Courses Taught

DAN 209 Contemplative Practices and the Arts 
DAN 241 Black Presence in American Dance 
DAN 377 Women in Dance: Sexism, Sexuality and Subversion

Research Interests

African-American modern dance; dance and spirituality; contemplative studies

Holding the MFA in dance and a Ph.D. in African-American studies, Dr. Goler has worked as a modern dance artist — performing and choreographing nationally and internationally. As a dance historian, she focuses her research on contemporary African-American modern dance artists, particularly women choreographers. In recent years, her research interests have expanded to include the intersection of dance and spirituality in popular culture and to explorations of spirituality and contemplative practices in education and the workplace. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and is published in a number of journals and anthologies.

Goler is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal, offering personal and professional development retreats and workshops based in the work of education innovator and public intellectual Parker J. Palmer.

In her 24th year at Spelman, she appreciates the College's commitment to offering excellent educational opportunities that will help students live as free thinking black women and thrive in our changing world.

Recent Publications 

"President & Faculty Dinners: Opportunities for Conversations and Relationships to Flourish," in The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal. Ed. Parker J. Palmer, Arthur Zajonc, and Megan Scribner. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010: 200-204. 

"A Beacon for the People: The 1960s in Dianne McIntyre," in Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture and the 1960s. Ed. Avital Bloch and Lauri Umansky. New York: New York University Press, 2005.