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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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Sustainability Radar

Mar 15, 2016
Sustainability
Otis3_web_t600Originally published by: By Deborah Belgum  | Thursday, March 10, 2016  | California Apparel News Despite more subways and light-rail train options than ever in the Los Angeles area, ridership has slipped 4 percent in nearly two years. So last year, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority—which runs the mass transportation systems in Los Angeles County with [more]
Mar 8, 2016
Sustainability
ilaria-mazzoleniThe Science and Sustainable Design class presents a lecture by Ilaria Mazzoleni, Wednesday March 9th at 9:45am in Ahmanson 512.  All are welcome. IM STUDIO Milano/Los Angeles, founded by Ilaria Mazzoleni, focuses on issues related to sustainable architecture and building technologies at all scales of design. Using new concepts, ideas and techniques, derived from bio-inspired investigation, the office is committed [more]
Feb 3, 2016
Sustainability
OliverKellHammer-flyer2016Feb. 16 11:00am-12:15pm in the Forum Creative Action, Foundation and Fine Arts present a lecture by visiting artist Oliver Kellhammer. Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial [more]
Dec 11, 2015
Sustainability
Today’s post comes a day late, as I am reporting on the Sustainability Capstone presentations that the seniors just gave Thursday evening. In this class, taught by Claudia Hernandez Romero, students reflect on their studies over the past three and a half years with a particular focus on an aspect of sustainability that informs their [more]
Dec 9, 2015
Sustainability
AmericanAnarchyposterAlthough the Communication Arts department does not explicitly offer classes that focus on sustainability, many of the students recognize the power of graphic design and advertising to influence culture towards making positive changes. Matthew Velarde’s advertising designs focussed on issues of health and safety in food and cleaning products.   Melvin Alvarez‘s work was made in response to the [more]
Dec 8, 2015
Sustainability
portfolio_jdruffner3_Page_09Product Design is another department at Otis that challenges all students, whether they are in the Sustainability minor or not, to create work that is both socially and environmentally responsible. Students work in a range of materials, designing everything from decorative and functional objects, furniture, fashion accessories, and consumer products, to the packaging for such items. Jasmin Druffner, Product Design junior minoring [more]
Dec 7, 2015
Sustainability
planters1Human Ecology, taught by Elektra Grant, is the first required course for Otis students enrolled in the Sustainability minor. The course is designed to engage students in the practice of collaborative, integrative and multidisciplinary research needed for creating sustainable futures while introducing them to the relationship between cultural, social and ecological systems and the current and historical critical sustainability [more]
Dec 6, 2015
Sustainability
otis-expansion-Aerial-Dusk_7pmSo how is Otis addressing sustainability through its current campus improvements and expansion? rendering by Ehrlich Architects and Frederick Fisher and Partners Andrew Armstrong, Otis alumnus, Director of Technical Support Services, and co-chair (with me) of the Environmental Steering Committee has been working the Senior Administration to address sustainability issues as the campus expands. Ehrlich Architects and Frederick [more]
Dec 5, 2015
Sustainability
NSCI305HexLifeOne of the required courses for the Sustainability Minor at Otis is Science and Sustainable Design, taught by Lara Hoad and Sam Stier. In this course students learn about climate change, biodiversity, cradle to cradle, Life Cycle Analysis and Biomimicry, which is studied in depth and used to inform the final project. Last semester, students from [more]