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    May 30| Academic Dates
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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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About Liberal Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences provides art and design students with a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment cultivating the critical tools that enable them to become informed, creative artists and designers who are prepared to meet global challenges. The curriculum addresses the themes of creativity, diversity, identity, sustainability, and social responsibility.

 
Department Goals / Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department will:

  • Communicate ideas in a coherent, logical, and compelling way for different purposes and audiences.
  • Identify issues clearly, synthesize and contextualize relevant sources, and make connections across experiences and disciplinary perspectives to create well-reasoned and imaginative approaches to issues, problems, and challenges.
  • Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and use information resources from both traditional and emerging technologies appropriately effectively, and ethically.
  • Develop collaborative skills to construct knowledge, negotiate effective outcomes, and generate new insights.
  • Forge interdisciplinary connections among the liberal arts and sciences, studio, and community.
  • Develop cultural awareness in a global context.

 

Themes
  • Creativity: Creativity is an ability to produce work that is generative, novel, innovative, original and unexpected.  Hallmarks of the creative process include generating expansive and imaginative alternatives, viewing the familiar in extraordinary ways, investigating mistakes as potential pathways to success, as well as persevering in curiosity and critical inquiry beyond assumed limitations.
  • Diversity: Diversity is a value and practice of actively recognizing the plurality of positions, methodologies, and practices around people, groups, objects, and ideas. It also refers to acceptance and respect for individuals and groups regardless of and sometimes because of their differences. In a global world that is complex and multidimensional, diversity often involves a convergence of multiple identities, moving beyond tolerance to an appreciation of diversity as a rich resource with significant benefits.
  • Identity: Identity generally refers to those qualities or characteristics that define us and distinguish us from others. It can have many values, personal or collective, innate or constructed, permanent or changing, often because of situational perspectives.
  • Social Responsibility: Social Responsibility is an ethical commitment to sensitivity and empathy for the consequences of our actions. The practice of social responsibility assumes the connections between individuals and communities, and a concern for humanity.  Social responsibility recognizes the importance of activism in engaging members of a community and/ or institutions to make a difference.
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