Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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Blogging at Otis

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Can anyone at Otis start a blog?

Yes. The Otis Blogosphere Community is where you go to start an Otis blog. You will find policies and instructions. Anyone within the Otis Community may participate. You'll need an Otis email account to sign up. For directions on how to set up a Blog at Otis, you may also go here.

You only need one account for the Otis Blogs, i.e. any site with the URL http://blogs.otis.edu. You may choose your own username. We recommend that you use your email username or a variation; this will make it easier for readers (especially faculty members) to know who has written the post or comment.

What happened to my old Otis blog?
In January 2011, we upgraded our blogs to the Otis Blogosphere Community. Older Otis blogs are still available at the Otis Blog Archives.

If you want to move your old blog to the new system, please follow these directions. If you have any trouble, please reply in theSupport Forum topic.

Is there any support available to users of the blog system?
Yes, there is support from the staff of the Library and the TLC. Also check out the Help section of the Otis Blogosphere Community and the Support Forum.

If you have any questions or comments about the service please email hcleary(at)otis.edu. Please also try to find answers to your questions using the WordPress help and forums. Library staff are also more than happy to give a presentation to any group that wants to learn more about blogging and managing blogs.

What is a weblog or blog?
A blog is a website updated frequently with links, commentary and anything else you like. Posts are usually listed in reverse chronological order.

Why is Otis hosting blogs?
Blogs are an excellent tool to rapidly dissiminate information as well as discuss opinions, issues, and ideas. In many ways, it is a easy method to create a personal website.

Who can use the service?
Anyone with an active Otis email address may set up an account and start blogging! The service is for faculty, staff, and students of the Otis.

The Otis Times: Alumni and visitors do not need an account to leave comments or submit Class Notes and Opportunities.

Why should I use the blog service at Otis? Why not Blogger or WordPress.com?
You are free to use whatever blogging system you wish. However, our system will not insert advertising. We may also promote you in our list of Otis blogs.

How can I move my blog from Blogger or WordPress.com to the Otis blog service?
Basically, you will export your existing blog into an XML file, and then import it into Otis blog space. Although simple in principle, it can be quite complicated in practice. Each blog site, though, structures its information differently, so you will need to find directions specific to your current blog host. Information on importing data from some popular sites is available from the WordPress Importing Content page.

Information is also available within the Otis blogspace within the Tools - Import section of the Admin module. You may need to get help from your current blog host on how to export your data. The Library will gladly help you with this process. Just contact us.

What are some specific ways I can use blogs at Otis?
People use blogs for all sorts of things. Here at Otis, English teachers are using blogs for journalling. Various departments are using blogs as as a means of communicating with students. Some staff are using blogs to publish news about their areas. And faculty are publishing blogs about best teaching practices for other faculty.

Courses using blogs
Communities and department with blogs
Recently active blogs

You may decide to set up a blog to track areas of research or interests, web sites about a particular topic, or happenings in a particular field. With the categorization functionality of WordPress software, you can quickly and easily manage entries. In addition, each blog comes with its own search engine so you can quickly find past entries.

How much control do I have over my blog? Can I edit entries I make?
You have complete control over your blog. You may add, edit, or delete any entries you make into your blog. You may also delete your entire blog if you feel that is necessary. You may also change the appearance of your blog by choosing from a limited number of themes. If you use the MistyLook theme, you can change the header image.

How long can I have access to my blog?
The College intends to provide access to a blog as long as the blog owner is at Otis and perhaps after graduation as well. If you wish, the content may be migrated to another service at a later time.

I’ve been writing in my blog for a while and no one is reading it.
There are many things you can do to increase the readership of your blog. One way is to tell your family and friends that you have a blog. Blogs are an excellent way to keep your loved ones informed about what you are up to. Another way to get people to read your blog is to link to other blogs you are interested in. Then tell those blog owners that you have linked to them and ask for a reciprocal link. They don’t have to if they don’t want to, but sometimes they will link back to you. You should definitely add your blog to the blog directories like Technorati. Don’t expect hundreds of visitors and comments just because you started a blog. It takes time to build an audience.

Is there a recommended theme for the Otis blogs?
Yes, the TwentyTen theme. Besides having a clean look, you can upload a custom image for the header. The original image has been replaced with an image of Otis students. When uploading the image, make sure that it is exactly 940 x 198 pixels.

Can I suggest a theme?
Yes. If you find a theme you would like in the WordPress themes directory, please contact the blog administrator (hcleary@otis.edu). She will let you know if the theme is chosen.

Where can I get more information about blogging?

Thisfollowing is a very easy to understand Youtube Video about blogging.

Also check out:

Anatomy of a Blog Quick easy tutorial.


Can I see some examples of Otis blogs?

The "O" Observed  by Marc Meredith, Director of Admissions

Otis Fit to Print, by Nancy Jo Haselbache, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Department

Where are guidelines for what is appropriate to post in OSpace?
Guidelines for Publishing to Otis Web Spaces

 

 

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