The values of the Critical Studies program are fundamentally rooted in Critical Pedagogy and principles of equity and social justice. We strive to create change and cultivate leadership within ourselves and our students. Anti-racist work is a core element of the pedagogy we practice in the Graduate School, and this anti-racism work includes acknowledging historic and ongoing systemic and institutional violence.
Three Critical Studies dual degree students are presenting their research the first two weeks of May. Kate Baker, Qamuuqin Maxwell, and Hannah Bakken all chose to add an additional year to their program so they could complete two degrees. Each paired their Critical Studies MA with another PNCA graduate degree.
Congratulations to all the CS 2020 Graduates!
Dr. Sloane McNulty presents "Debt & Parasites: On Viral Ethics" for Critical studies students via zoom
Description: This talk confronts the ethics of debt, arguing how neoliberal policy, viral contagion, and humanism converge in our contemporary moment in the form of the parasite, exposing the violence of the state and capital in their mutual mobilization of responsibility, sacrifice, and austerity.
Current MA in Critical Studies candidate Krista Anara Cibis will present at the Lewis & Clark College Gender Symposium Thursday, March 12, 9;30am
MFA in Visual Studies, The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition are excited to welcome curator, writer and artist Legacy Russell for a lecture on her work and practice as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Spring 2020 Lecture Series.
Feb 5 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the PNCA Mediatheque
The Critical Studies class of 2020 recently spent a week at Caldera for a writing retreat!
Please join the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at our Annual Open Studios, November 9th, 5:00-9:00pm!
November 6, 2019: Lecture by Emi Koyama
PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies Program in partnership with PICA, is proud to present a free public lecture by Emi Koyama, a multi-issue social justice activist, writer, and rogue intellectual, on November 6th, 6:30pm.
"Better Than Nothing" the work of MA Critical Studies/MFA Visual Studies candidate Krista Anara Cibis, in the PNCA 157 Gallery
Now on view in the PNCA 157 Gallery: Better Than Nothing, the work of MA Critical Studies/MFA Visual Studies candidate Krista Anara Cibis!!
Pacific Northwest College of Art is now accepting graduate applications for Fall 2020! Applications are available online and the priority deadline is February 1, 2020 for all of our programs!!
The Critical Studies Program is pleased to announce guest scholar, Michael Stone-Richards, recently the recipient of a Warhol Foundation Grant, will be teaching a Graduate Seminar in the upcoming Fall Term!!
Wednesday, November 6:30pm in the Mediatheque
The MA in Critical Studies program in collaboration with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art is excited to welcome Emi Koyama to present a public lecture on her work and research as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series.
Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist, writer, and rogue intellectual. Emi often writes and speaks out about feminism, sexual and domestic violence, sex work/trade and trafficking, queer and trans liberation, intersex and disability issues, among others.
Free and open to the public. ASL interpretation provided.
Dr. Sami Schalk will be a visiting scholar in the Critical Studies program for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester
Macarena Gómez-Barris to keynote PNCA's 2019 Graduate Symposium
Her lecture is Friday, November 22, from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Mediatheque
Recent Critical Studies alum, Sean Yeager, just presented their research on Assata Shakur's autobiography at the 2019 International Conference on Narrative in Pamplona, Spain.
Many congratulations to the first graduating class of the MA in Critical Studies program! Having completed their thesis projects, the members of our graduating cohort are stepping out into the world.
This week, the first year MA candidates and dual MA/MFA students in the Critical Studies program proposed their thesis topics. We are very excited to have a cohort which will be covering such a wide variety of topics.
Class of '19 Critical Studies MA Candidate, Ellena Basada, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Germany
Follow Ellena on Twitter: @vaginihilism
Call for Proposals: Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies 2019 Graduate Symposium on Art and Environmental Justice
The documentary short film A Normal Girl produced by Shawna Lipton is a Finalist in The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Kate Baker Williams, Ashley Couch, and Laura Nash led the round table discussion Concerning Care in Institutions.
PNCA’s Critical Studies and Creative Writing Programs Sponsor AWP Conference in Portland, March 28-30
PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies, BFA and Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing programs are Patron Sponsors of this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference being held at the Oregon Convention Center from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30th.