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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • 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.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

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

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Ombudsperson

The Faculty Ombudsperson is available to talk informally and confidentially with any Otis faculty member—parttime, adjunct, or full-time—about any Otis workplace issue, concern, problem or dispute. Talking with the Faculty Ombudsperson may be a first step, a middle step, or even a last resort. The Ombudsperson will listen to you, discuss your concerns, and explain policies and options. As a neutral party and without talking sides, the Ombudsperson will help you develop strategies for solving problems and confiicts.
The Faculty Ombudsperson is not a decision maker and does not have the power to establish, change, or set aside College rules or policies. The Ombudsperson does track trends and challenges, and makes recommendations to the College concerning improvements in policies or practices.


What the Faculty Ombudsperson Does:

• Does: Listen to you, which may be all you want
• Does: Act as a sounding board for your concerns
• Does: Explain institutional procedures and policies and how
they affect you
• Does: Help you develop strategies and resources for solving
problems or confiicts
• Does: Facilitate conversations when appropriate, freeing you to
focus on your concerns

 

When You Should Contact the Faculty Ombudsperson:

• When you need to talk through a challenging workplace situation
• When you are not sure which policy or procedure applies
in your circumstance
• When you feel that you have been treated unfairly by anyone
in the College
• When you are not sure whether your concerns are appropriate (just ask)

 

What the Faculty Ombudsperson Does Not Do:

• Does Not: Make decisions for anyone
• Does Not: Offer psychological counseling
• Does Not: Serve as an advocate for anyone
• Does Not: Testify in formal or legal actions or offer legal advice
• Does Not: Keep records concerning you or your specific concerns
• Does Not: Act as an agent or office of notice to the College

 

Meetings With the Faculty Ombudsperson Are:

• Confidential: The Faculty Ombudsperson will not identify you or discuss your concerns with anyone without your permission. All communications with the Ombudsperson are privileged and others cannot waive this privilege. The only exceptions are when such disclosure is necessary given an imminent risk of serious harm, or if required by law.
• Neutral: The Faculty Ombudsperson advocates not for any individual, but for fairness, equity, and the mission of the College.
Informal: All meetings with the Faculty Ombudsperson are voluntary. They are also separate and apart from the formal processes of the College. The Ombudsperson does not make decisions on behalf of the College. Speaking to the Ombudsperson does not constitute legal notice to the College that a problem exists. The Ombudsperson will not participate as a witness nor agree to be subpoenaed in any formal institutional or legal proceeding. The Ombudsperson does not keep any records.
• Independent: The Faculty Ombudsperson is not part of the Administration of the College, nor responsible to any department in his role as Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson reports solely and directly to the Provost. These reports are statistical in nature. The Ombudsperson subscribes to the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association.


Contacting the Faculty Ombudsperson:

LAS Faculty; David Bremer

The Faculty Ombudsperson is David Bremer. He can be reached at 310-665-6861

A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and Wittenberg University, David has worked with Otis for sixteen years in a variety of both classroom and project situations. He was a founding member of the Otis Academic Assembly, and directed the Otis FIPSE project for faculty development.

In addition to serving as Faculty Ombudsperson, David is an Associate Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

The Faculty Ombudsperson will arrange a confidential meeting at a time and place convenient for you. The Ombudsperson believes that it is most effective to meet with you, but will also work with you over the telephone. The Ombudsperson does not work through e-mail, although he can be contacted at ombuds@otis.edu. You are reminded that e-mail is not a secure communication and are discouraged from sending any confidential information through e-mail.

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