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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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

O-Tube

Information Literacy = Survival

As this video demonstrates so well, we are living in a rapidly changing world where the amount of information is staggering. Through technology, we now have access to constantly expanding multiple media information sources.

The ability to find, identify, evaluate, and use information has become a survival skill for college, work and daily life.

Information Literacy is an important component of the Otis curriculum, particularly in Liberal Studies, and is woven through all four years. The Core Competency states that Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

In Liberal Arts and Sciences, in studio, in future workplaces, and in students' personal lives there is a need constantly expanding skills to successfully negotiate information spaces and to filter what is found.

 

By the end of an Otis education, students should be able to:

  • Define and articulate each various need for information.
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • Use the information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues that surround the use of information and use that information ethically and legally.

Information Literacy is a critical skill that will support success both during time at Otis and after.

All students are required to complete a series of online Tutorials and use the skills learned for research in all courses. Otis Faculty members have collaborated with the Otis Librarian to create Course Pathfinders and other Guides located on the Library web site.

Librarians are readily available to answer questions and provide additional instruction and assistance when asked.

Information literacy actually involves the integration of many literacies: library expertise, computer skills, media literacy, technology, ethics, critical thinking and communication.

 

Video: Thanks to Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Xplane. Sources.

 

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