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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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Michele Jaquis: 2013-14 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpt:

In Spring 2014 I received an Otis Faculty Development Grant, which covered the cost of mounting 26 light jet prints on 8x10” wood panels.

“26 Passports” is a series of digitally manipulated scans of my expired passport in which I edited out my face, surname and signature replacing them with a social- media-like avatar and common surnames (with new signatures to match) from a range of cultures around the world, one for each letter of the English alphabet. This involved extensive anthroponymastic research in the global practices of family naming, and detailed PhotoShop work including recreating the colors, textures and font from the original passport. The project invites viewers to imagine how their perceptions of what this person looks like might change based on her surname. It was conceived of in response to often being told "You don't look Jewish; your last name isn't Jewish," but also references the racial profiling of our post 9/11 era.

--Michele Jaquis
Assistant Professor, Integrated Learning / Creative Action
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies & Artists, Community and Teaching

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26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate

26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate Cultural Center

26 Passports Installation Detail View Angels Gate

Detailed View of 26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate

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