Ethnodramatist to lecture on 'Evidence of the Advancement of the Creative Arts'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cheryl McLean, independent scholar, writer and ethnodramatist, will give a lecture on “Evidence of the Advancement of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice: Voices of Survival and Care Working Together for Change," on Thursday, Nov. 19.

The lecture will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by responses and an audience question-and-answer period from 4 to 5 p.m.

Those designated to respond to the lecture include the following:

  • B Stephen Carpenter II, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture; professor of art education and African American studies
  • William Doan, director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator; professor of theater, artist-in-residence in the College of Nursing, and 2019-20 Penn State Laureate
  • Kimberly Powell, professor of education (language, culture and society), art education, music education and Asian studies
  • Darrin Thornton, interim associate dean for academic affairs; associate professor of music

Registration is available at this link.

Attendees are invited to join by viewing the recorded lecture and participating in the question-and-answer period on Nov. 19, or by viewing the recorded lecture in advance and joining for the panel responses and question and answer portion beginning at 4 p.m. Those who would like to receive a link to the recorded lecture prior to this event may email

This event is sponsored by the Arts & Design Research Incubator and the Hamer Center for Community Design in the College of Arts and Architecture, and was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, during the Arts, Design, and Health Research Summit.

McLean has edited three books on arts and research, "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine" (2014), "Creative Arts for Community and Cultural Change" (2011) and "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice" (2010), Brush Education Inc., Edmonton. She was founder and publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (IJCAIP). She taught the courses "Problems in Education Research in Creativity" Summer Institute, MEd Acadia University, Nova Scotia, "Creativity in Death and Bereavement," University of Western Ontario, London, and has facilitated the workshop, "Living Stories for Hope and Change" for allied health professionals, physicians, psychiatrists, mental health counsellors as well as sex abuse survivors. She wrote and performed a solo ethnodrama, "Remember Me for Birds," about aging, mental health and autonomy. She has written and performed plays based on dietetic research about aging, care and food issues. She is currently writing a new book, "The Walkers: Contemporary Stories of Life in Transition Challenge and Change," with essays that explore the contemporary realities of modern living, change and survival.


Last Updated November 12, 2020