Anita Hayashi (Art History/Studio Art '05) writes via email that she is studying Japanese Tea Ceremony at Urasenke Tradition of Tea.
In addition to studying Japanese ceramics, calligraphy, poetry and history, she explains that "It is also a place to learn how to live. How to be a good person, how to be considerate to other people, how to live beautifully. It sounds more like monastery and I think it is. Teachers also teach you how to walk, bow, use finger tips and so on in the tearoom. A tearoom is a sacred space where everyone is equal."
She recommends The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura to people wanting to learn more.
Jodi Kushins (Art History/Studio Art '97), completed an M.S. in Art & Design Education at Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. in Art Education at The Ohio State University. Once a high school art teacher, she is now a visiting professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cinncinati.
Nick Capasso (Art History/Geography, '81) is curator at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the largest museum of contemporary art in New England. He has worked extensively with contemporary art, outdoor sculpture, and commemorative public art as an art historian, curator, critic, lecturer, private consultant, and design selection panelist.