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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.

     

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Otis Art Tour: Brazil 2014

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Kathleen Melez, a pediatrician and lawyer, and Javi Diaz, a graphic design student from San Francisco, visited Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18th through 25th, 2014 as part of Continuing Education Division’s Otis Art and Design Tours: Brazil 2014. Javi enrolled for Continuing Education Certificate credit, and produced a travel brochure as a graphic design project. Kathleen participated in the tour for non-credit.

After the tour, Javi posted this on Facebook: Brazil, you were very good to me. I will forever cherish all the adventures and experiences in this beautiful country!

Tour sites in Brasilia included: Paranoa Lake, Itamaraty Palace, Estudio MRGB architecture office, Mane Garrincha Stadium (a site of the 2014 World Cup), several Super Quadras, Three Powers Plaza, the National Congress and Brasilia’s Cathedral.

Tour sites in Rio included: Jorge Mario Jauregui contemporary architecture office, AECOM Rio (which is completing the 2016 Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca), Sugar Loaf Mountain, Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Capanema Palace (Rio’s Ministry of Education and Health), Cinelandia Plaza, Museu de Arte Moderna, Aterro do Flamengo, Copacabana’s and Ipanema’s boardwalks, the Museum of Image and Sound in Copacabana (which was under construction), the Cantagalo Favela, Christ the Redeemer, the Rio Scenarium nightclub and the Maracanã stadium (site of the 2014 World Cup final), where the group watched a soccer game between São Paulo and Flamengo.

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