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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Links to Speeches Online

ANC Speech Archives: Texts of speeches delivered by African National Congress officials including Nelson Mandela.

Douglass Archives of American Public Address: Excellent archive of American oratory intended to serve general scholarship and courses in American rhetorical history. Searchable and browseable.

Famous Speeches: Patton, Gandhi, Malcolm X, Kennedy, Hitler... They're all here!

History and Politics Out Loud: Searchable archive of political significant audio materials, including "Nixon tapes," Martin Luther King speeches, etc. (from Northwestern University)

History Channel Speech Archives: Searchable archive of historic speeches in the areas of politics, science, and the arts. Selected audio clips are available.

UC Berkeley Lectures and Events: Interesting collection of Audio and Video Recordings from the Online Media Department.

Presidents: Texts of major speeches by US Presidents.

TED Talks: Brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).

Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century: Compiled by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M University, this list reflects the opinions of 137 leading scholars of American public address.

Online Speech Bank: 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, etc.

Women's Speeches from Around the World: Dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary, women from around the world.

Links to Quote Sites

Quotations are excellent because they can be imbedded in speeches to give insights, increase pace, and serve as sound bites.