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  • Guthrie Lonergan was born in 1984 in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.

  • Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures
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    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • 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.

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About Liberal Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences provides art and design students with a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment cultivating the critical tools that enable them to become informed, creative artists and designers who are prepared to meet global challenges. The curriculum addresses the themes of creativity, diversity, identity, sustainability, and social responsibility.

 
Department Goals / Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department will:

  • Communicate ideas in a coherent, logical, and compelling way for different purposes and audiences.
  • Identify issues clearly, synthesize and contextualize relevant sources, and make connections across experiences and disciplinary perspectives to create well-reasoned and imaginative approaches to issues, problems, and challenges.
  • Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and use information resources from both traditional and emerging technologies appropriately effectively, and ethically.
  • Develop collaborative skills to construct knowledge, negotiate effective outcomes, and generate new insights.
  • Forge interdisciplinary connections among the liberal arts and sciences, studio, and community.
  • Develop cultural awareness in a global context.

 

Themes
  • Creativity: Creativity is an ability to produce work that is generative, novel, innovative, original and unexpected.  Hallmarks of the creative process include generating expansive and imaginative alternatives, viewing the familiar in extraordinary ways, investigating mistakes as potential pathways to success, as well as persevering in curiosity and critical inquiry beyond assumed limitations.
  • Diversity: Diversity is a value and practice of actively recognizing the plurality of positions, methodologies, and practices around people, groups, objects, and ideas. It also refers to acceptance and respect for individuals and groups regardless of and sometimes because of their differences. In a global world that is complex and multidimensional, diversity often involves a convergence of multiple identities, moving beyond tolerance to an appreciation of diversity as a rich resource with significant benefits.
  • Identity: Identity generally refers to those qualities or characteristics that define us and distinguish us from others. It can have many values, personal or collective, innate or constructed, permanent or changing, often because of situational perspectives.
  • Social Responsibility: Social Responsibility is an ethical commitment to sensitivity and empathy for the consequences of our actions. The practice of social responsibility assumes the connections between individuals and communities, and a concern for humanity.  Social responsibility recognizes the importance of activism in engaging members of a community and/ or institutions to make a difference.
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