Multimedia — Oct 29, 2009

MFA Lecture: Ellen Dissanayake


Scholar Ellen Dissanayake speaks as part of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture Series.

Independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake presented a lecture at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building. Dissanayake’s writings about the arts synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments. Dissanayake is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

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