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  • Memorial Day

    May 30| Academic Dates
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    Closed for the Holiday.

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  • Campus Closed for the Holiday.

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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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Convocation 2013

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Renowned psychological researcher Dr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Dr. Twenge will discuss data from 1.3 million young people and what it reveals about teaching today's college students.

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Dr. Twenge writes, "We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young people have more freedom and independence than ever, but also far more depression, anxiety, cynicism, and loneliness . . . More than any other generation in history, the children of Baby Boomers are disappointed by what they find when they arrive at adulthood." Dr. Twenge's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Chair of Fine Arts, Meg Cranston, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Heather Joseph-Witham, Adjunct Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Foundation, Rob Spruijt, and Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Student Affairs, Laura Kiralla.

 

The program concludes with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members:  Bill Kelley, Renee Petropoulos, and Harry Mott.

 

Following a community luncheon, all faculty and staff will convene for a special message from President Hoi.

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