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  • Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures
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    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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How to Sponsor a J-Visa Scholar

The Center for International Education at Otis (CIE) in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE) which is a third party provider, will work with you in an effort to help procure you a J-Visa. Please review the step by step process below to view your role and responsibilities. Completed support documents, and Application for J-1 Exchange Visitor and Sponsorship Services listed in STEP 1 must be submitted to the Center for International Education, via email to Darren Grosch, dgrosch@otis.edu

 

DECISION PROCESS

  1. A prospective visiting scholar should send an application to the Department of office of their choice. 
  2. The application should include:(1) application letter, (2) academic vita, (3) research plan, (4) statement of faculty support needed, and (5) potential benefits to the department and/or the college.
  3. Department Chair will review application and render a decision.
  4. Department Chair may set up a committee to review application and provide her/him with more information.
  5. Department Chair will submit a DS-2019 Request form to the Center for International Education for final approval
  6. No application will be approved unless a department member is willing to sponsor the visiting scholar. 
  7. Departments normally supports one visiting scholar at a time.

 

STEP 1: Application & Supporting Documents

The visiting scholar will work with the sponsoring Otis Department and complete the IIE Application for J-1 Exchange Visitor and Sponsorship Services, download HERE.

In addition to this application, the sponsoring sponsoring department will also need to submit:

  • A letter detailing the "Exchange Activities"
  • An "English Language Verification Letter"
  • A letter detailing the "Selection Process"

 

In addition to the application, and letters of support from the sponsoring department (the Visiting Scholar) must also submit the following documents in English:

  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Document of Highest Degree
  • Passport Data
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Letter of "Motivation"

 

TO VIEW ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT THE VISITING SCHOLAR MUST TAKE TO PROCURE A J-1 VISA CLICK HERE

 

SPONSORING DEPARTMENTS MUST INFORM SCHOLARS ABOUT

  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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