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Juhani Pallasmaa to speak at U of Minnesota lecture series.

World-renowned Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa and critically acclaimed American playwright Leigh Fondakowski are headlining the University of Minnesota Imagine Fund’s inaugural 2010 visiting scholars lecture series. At six events, which kick off on 5 April, Pallasmaa and Fondakowski will meet for thought-provoking conversations as they explore their fields and share ideas about the creative process.

Pallasmaa is widely regarded as Finland’s greatest living architect. His exhibits on Finnish architecture have been shown in more than 30 countries, and he has written extensively on architectural, environmental and cultural theory. Among Pallasmaa’s many books on architectural theory is “The Eyes of the Skin - Architecture and the Senses,” which has become a classic of architectural theory and is required reading at schools of architecture around the world.

Fondakowski was head writer of the critically acclaimed play, "The Laramie Project," which dramatizes the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, in Laramie, Wyo. Her internationally recognized work highlights the experiences of society’s outsiders and of individuals in tragic public events. Fondakowski’s latest work is “The People’s Temple,” a theatrical examination of the 1978 Jonestown massacre (Guyana).

Established in 2009, the university’s Imagine Fund program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and is a system-wide effort designed to support the arts, humanities and design.

The series is free and open to the public. Details on the discussion dates and themes are available at the program Website.

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