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  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     

  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures
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    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

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Book Ordering: FAQ

 

 

All required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered.

Please check both MBS Direct (http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/otis.htm) and University Readers (http://www.universityreaders.com) to see what is required, and look for your courses listed on each site.

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
What is a course reader?
How do I order required textbooks?
How do I order required course readers?
Why are there two different websites for ordering?
How do I return an item or request a refund?
Can I have my book delivered to Otis?
Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
Why don’t we have a campus bookstore?
I need more help...

 

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
All of your required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered. You will need to check both MBS Direct and University Readers to see what is required and look for your courses listed on each site.

What is a course reader?
Course readers or course packs are custom-published packs compiled by your professor with materials that are relevant to the course. Course packs allow professors to include up-to-date articles and readings and are customized for each class. Usually an instructor will choose to use a course reader when there are multiple readings they wish to use for class, and it becomes too costly to have students purchase all the books. Course readers must be purchased through University Readers and cannot be purchased through other vendors.

How do I order required Textbooks?
The online bookstore is accessible at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/otis.htm and can be used after you are registered. You will need the Student Schedule printout (sample below) provided by the Registrar.

1) Go to the General Info page of the Books and Readers section. (Web addresses also appear throughout the site.) Follow the link for textbooks.

2) From the Bookstore Welcome page, copy and paste the red link next to textbooks into a new browser window and wait for the page to load.

3) Click Order My Books, select the Term and Year (i.e. Fall '08), and Continue to access the course list.

4) Using the SUBJ, CRSE, SEC, and TITLE information from your Student Schedule printout (see example, below), find each course on the online list, and select each using the check boxes.

5) Then click Submit Course ID Selections (If you do not see a course listed, it means no books are required for that course).

6) The next page will display textbooks and/or Readers required for each course selected, and you can Add them to your Cart.

7) Follow the directions according to how you will pay for them.

Sample Student Schedule Printout

CRN SUBJ CRSE SEC CMP TITLE CREDITS
30396 FND 110 A G Form and Space I 2.0
30425 FNDT 180 A G Life Drawing I 3.0
30090 AHCS 120 C G Visual Culture 3.0


CRN – a number you use to register online
SUBJ – stands for subject
CRSE – stands for course
SEC – stands for section
CMP – stands for campus (G is the Goldsmith Campus on Lincoln)
TITLE – course title
CREDITS – number of credits or units course if worth

NOTE: You may begin purchasing your books in July. If you register in June or July, you may order your books as of August 5th, and have them in time for the first class meeting. lf you register in August, you must order your books immediately upon completing registration, so they will arrive in time for the first week of school. If you delay, you may have to pay additional shipping charges!

How do I order required Course Readers?
Students order online at www.universityreaders.com and follow these exact steps:

1. Click the GOLD Students "BUY HERE" button on the top right side of our home page

2. Click the "Create New Account" button (or enter your existing login information and skip to step 6)

3. Select your State from the dropdown menu.

4. Select your University from the resulting dropdown menu.

5. Enter the fields on the page such as a "login/password" you’d like to use and all applicable "address" info.

6. Click the "Save" button to create your account, and you'll automatically be taken to your university page.

7. At your university page, click the "Add to Cart" button to the right of the course pack you want to purchase.

8. Click on the "Checkout" button on the next page.

9. Review your address info and click on the "Continue" button on the next page.

10. Review our service agreement page and click the "I Agree – Continue Checkout" button on the next page.

11. Select shipping and payment preferences from the dropdown menus. Click the "Continue" button.

12. Enter payment details and click the "Place Order" button to finalize your order. The authorization will take about 5-10 seconds. You’ll be prompted with an Invoice screen once your order has been authorized and completed. You will also receive confirmation via email regarding your order.

Please direct all ordering questions to webmaster@universityreaders.com or call (800) 200-3908. Thanks!

NOTE: When you purchase a course reader, you will automatically be able to download the first 20% for free. This will ensure you have the necessary material for your course WEEK 1 while you wait for the reader to ship.

Why are there two different websites for ordering?
The college looked at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and other online text book suppliers and found MBS to have the overall best service and the cheapest prices for textbooks. University Readers offered low pricing and quick turn around time for students ordering course readers.

How do I return an item or request a refund?
Textbooks: Certain conditions apply to returning your materials for a full refund. BEFORE you open or write in anything, please check the Returns FAQ for refund policies and restrictions.

Course Readers: Please see the Student Help FAQ section on University Readers website.

Can I have my books and readers delivered to Otis?
If you will be in transit when your course materials are going to be delivered, have not established a residence, or if you are in the Otis Housing program, you may qualify to have your orders shipped to the College. To see if you qualify and find out how to arrange this, contact the office of Student Affairs at (310) 665-6960 or check with the Student Affairs Office on the 1st floor.

Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
To sell your book back to MBS, go to the MBS Direct site and click on Sell Your Books for information and shipping directions. To sell your course reader, contact the department representative for the course to see if the reader will be used again next term.

Why doesn’t the college have a campus bookstore?
Although we would love to have a campus bookstore, present space constrictions prohibit it. Contact Student Affairs Office to pursue this further.

I need more help...
For questions concerning availability and shipping, call MBS Direct at (800) 325-3252 or email them at vb@mbsdirect.net.

Check the FAQ on the MBS Direct Online Bookstore. The FAQ button appears in the grey header on every page.

Check the Help & FAQs on University Readers website.

If you have questions about the courses or required course materials, contact the department where the course is being offered. For non-studio courses, please contact the Liberal Studies Office at (310) 665-6920.

Other general questions may be directed to either the Library or Student Affairs staff who can help you or direct you to the appropriate area.