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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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In 2007, William B. Major’s (‘52, Fine Arts) works appeared beside those of Otis colleague Tyrus Wong ('32) (and Lillian Michelson) as part of an exhibition, “The Art of the Motion Picture Illustrator,” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.AMPAS notes: “The impressive skills of these men define an era when the film industry prized art school training and an ability to paint and draw quickly at the highest professional levels. These accomplished fine artists sketched and painted innumerable scenes for each film, drew hundreds of pages of storyboards, and illustrated key sets; they enabled production designers to convey their ideas to directors, facilitated set construction, and helped directors and cinematographers alike visualize their most important shots."

A formative early experience for Major was working for Paramount on Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956). He spent most of his career at Paramount and Universal, with a brief stint at Disney. Other films he left his indelible mark upon included Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Dick Tracy.

“Major’s work seems especially refined and detailed,” writes FilmJourney, “not only sketching in atmospheric widescreen possibilities, but also incorporating highly detailed sets, props, and lighting suggestions, thus allowing directors like Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) and Mike Nichols (The Graduate) to pre-visualize important shots long before animatics became the norm."

 

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