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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences

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"Through the themes of creativity, diversity, identity, sustainability, and social responsibility, the Liberal Arts Curriculum cultivates an understanding of context and culture, a persistent self-reflective stance, a willingness to rethink traditional categories, and an opportunity to explore newly evolving realities, questioning the obvious and reaffirming that which is of enduring value. Through the power of articulate expression and skilled critical evaluation, you can enrich your understanding, appreciation, respect, awe, and pleasure at the incredibly diverse record of human creativity and the immense vista of imagination that preceded you and shaped the world you inherit."

Debra Ballard, Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

 

Question the Obvious Reaffirm Enduring Values

Courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) will enhance your ability to construct meaning as an artist or designer.

You will develop an understanding of context and culture, a persistent self-reflective stance, a willingness to rethink traditional categories, and an opportunity to explore newly evolving realities.

As you develop skills in articulate expression and critical evaluation, you will gain a deep respect and awe for human creativity and imagination.

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