Events
  • 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.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

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

     

  • 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.

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

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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What is it?

The LAS capstone course offers you a unique opportunity to reflect on your education, artistic practices and/or interests. Through discussion and reflection, you will identify, articulate, research, write about, and discuss specific issues and concerns that you believe are the most critical in understanding and evaluating an engaging issue and its dynamic relationship to you
as an artist and designer.

The capstone is a blended class which means that about 30% of the course will be communicated online.  Some weeks you will meet as a class, some weeks you will meet individually with your instructor, and some weeks will you will work independently posting work online instead of going to class or having meetings.  You will work closely with your instructor discussing and reviewing all posted work to help you revise and be successful.

 

What will be expected of you?

You will be researching and writing a paper that is approximately 12-15 pages or 3750 words, post this paper, along with a cover letter, a bibliography, and an annotated bibliography on your eportfolio, and will present this work to your class.  You will have much support from your instructor, the library staff, the SRC, and your peers.

 

Why should you want to do this?

Your ability to critically think, to research, to utilize visual literacy, to analyze, to demonstrate mastery of a particular topic, to write in an articulate manner, and to skillfully present your work to an audience are all demonstrated through your capstone experience.  In other words, this class and what you produce “caps” or completes your Liberal Studies and Otis experience.

 

What can I do over the summer?

Write down a list of topics you are interested in researching.  You will be asked to bring this list with you the first day of class in the fall.  Should you wish to get a head-start on your semester, you should choose a topic, email a LAS instructor from the list below for commentary, work with that instructor to write and revise a thesis statement (perspective or argument for your paper), and do some research using the Otis Databases (linked through our library page).    There will be a pathfinder or link on the Otis library page available before summer break which will take you to an eportfolio which has some helpful advice and useful links.

 

Who can I contact?

The following are professors in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dept.  Their specialties are listed although they all have other interests and expertise.  Feel free to email them this semester or over the summer with questions.

 

Parme Giuntini, Art History
pgiuntini@otis.edu
 

Heather Joseph-Witham, Folklore and Mythology
hwitham@otis.edu
 

Jeanne Willette, Art History and Critical Theory
willette@otis.edu
 

David Bremer, Literature and Theology
dbremer@otis.edu

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