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    May 30| Academic Dates
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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson

 

Derek Thompson (’94) first learned to tell stories in his major, Illustration. Many years later, as storyboardist for Pixar’s WALL-E, he and his team turned out more than 157,00 drawings. His early career included stints as a freelancer at Electronic Arts, Dark Horse Comics and Maverick Studios before he joined Industrial Light and Magic, and then Pixar in 2005. He finds the collective studio experience exciting, stating “The storyboard artist has to wear a lot of hats, thinking like a director, actor, editor, cinematographer, production designer, art director, and more. Then you have to be able to draw your ideas to communicate them.”

Since the age of five, Thompson has been obsessed with drawing dinosaurs and monsters. In a recent workshop on character and creature development he led with more than 150 Otis students, the topic was the psychology of fear. He reviewed the students’ sketches of aliens, bugs, and dark closets, and explored with them ways to create pathos and emotional responses using characters and narrative.

photo: Debby Coleman 
           

 

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