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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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How to Sponsor a J-Visa Scholar

The Center for International Education in collaboration with the Institute of International Education will work with you to bring over an Visiting Scholar. Please review the step by step process below to view your role and responsibilities.

 

PRE-ARRIVAL

Step 1
Department:

  • Correspond with potential Visiting Scholar regarding appointment, clarifying expectations regarding work space, staff support, faculty availability and cooperation, and benefits.

    Note that Federal regulations require all J visa holders to have health insurance coverage for themselves and their families at the following minimum level of coverage:

    If the scholar is not eligible for benefits, she/he may purchase a policy upon arrival. "Health Insurance for Visiting Scholars" is available online. Please communicate with the Visitor before arrival about this important issue.
     
  • Submit a DS-2019 Request, along with the necessary supporting documents to the Center for International Education three months prior to the start date of the J-1 scholar's arrival.

 

Step 2
Department:

  • Upon arrival the scholar may need help with transportation, housing or banking. Please arrange within the department for assistance in these matters before the scholar's arrival.


POST-ARRIVAL

Step 3
Department:

  • Upon arrival of the Visiting Scholar please submit the Arrival and Address form (with supervisor's signature) to the Center for International Education (with-in 10 days of Visitor arrival).

 
Step 4
Department

  •  If there are any changes in the scholar's situation, including significant changes in job duties, transfer to another institution, or leaving Otis College, please notify the Center for International Education to obtain pre-authorization as soon as possible.
     
  • If the department intends to extend the scholar's appointment, please contact the Center for International Education three months before the expiration on the scholar's DS-2019, for assistance with the extension process.


BEFORE DEPARTURE

Step 5
Department + Visitor

  • Submit a mid-year and year-end report describing the success (or lack of success) of the exchange program to the Center for International Education.
     
  • Submit departure information and a final report form when the exchange program is completed to the Center for International Education. For programs of less than 3 months only the final report is required.