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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Natural Science

Natural Science
NSCI 307
 
Natural Science Requirement
Fashion Design, Toy Design, and Product Design offer Natural Science courses that are specific to their
curricula. All other majors choose one course from the following offerings:
 
 
The Psychology of Seeing
NSCI307 — 3 credits
This course explores the mechanisms we employ in understanding and interpreting visual information. Through lectures and exercises students gain understanding of various visual phenomena. Psychological and physiological topics include the complexity of the eye, brain structures, optical illusions, as well as the perception of brightness, movement, color, and form.
 
Imagination and the Brain
NSCI307 — 3 credits
This course explores various aspects of the phenomenon of visualizing (mental imagery) by combining insights from neurology, psychology, and philosophy. Topics include visualizing in relationship to other visual phenomena, visualizing as one form of sensory imagination; visualizing as a component of nonconceptual cognition; and the continuities and discontinuities between mental images and the artistmade images (drawing, painting, and photography), which are based on such visualizations.
 
The Science of Sleep and Dreaming
NSCI307 — 3 credits
A multidisciplinary natural science class about sleeping and dreaming, focusing on the content and structure of dreaming and “dream logic.” Students will learn about the physiology of sleep and sleep disorders, and about the neurology and phenomenology of dream content.