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May 23, 2014
LAS Blog
THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN Part Six of a Six Part series on Theories of the Postmodern, Postmodernism and the Meaning of Art was posted on March 14, 2014. This post examines the state of a “work of art” once it is de-defined as “work” and is redefined as “text.” All meanings in literature are plural, [more]
May 21, 2014
LAS Blog
Ah humility. Not my first – to use a word bouncing around in our department these days – mode. I’m a teacher. I like to know what I know and tell you what I know. But I have a confession. I don’t know that much about integrating tech in the classroom, and at EduSocal on [more]
May 16, 2014
LAS Blog
photoFarewell Celebrations for Sammy A “Farewell Celebration” is an oxymoron, like a graduation, which is an exit, being called a “commencement.” But it is also customary to say “Good-by and Good Luck.” Our beloved President, Samuel Hoi is stepping down and is leaving Otis College of Art and Design for Maryland Institute College of Art. [more]
May 12, 2014
LAS Blog
THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN Part Three of a Six Part series on Theories of the Postmodern, Postmodernism and the Trail of the Floating Signifier, was posted on February 21, 2014. The post discusses the introduction of pluralism into philosophy, a linguistic critique of the idea of a fixed meaning, now disrupted by the “floating signifier.” [more]
May 2, 2014
LAS Blog
WASC SIG SCHA group of Otis faculty and administrators recently attended the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Academic Resource Conference. The theme for this year’s conference was “As Others See Us: Higher Education 360.” The others, students, parents, policymakers, employers, etc., are increasingly asking for more accountability and transparency about the costs, outcomes, meaning, and integrity [more]
Apr 28, 2014
LAS Blog
THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN Part One of a Six Part series on Theories of the Postmodern, Postmodernism and Intertextuality, was posted on February 7, 2014. This post creates a foundation for the concept of intertextuality by introducing the ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin and tracing the impact of the thought of the Russian literary theorist through [more]
Apr 23, 2014
LAS Blog
On April 1, 2014, Steven Heller, former art director at the New York Times, author/ co-author, or editor of 200 books on graphic design, illustration, and political art, and co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design Criticism Department at School of Visual Arts, joined Communication Arts sophomores in their History of Graphic Design, Advertising, and [more]
Apr 21, 2014
LAS Blog
DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH Part Five of Five Part series on Michel Foucault, Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish was posted on January 31, 2014. An influential book, Discipline and Punish discussed how in the 18th century, modern society shifted from “punishment” to “discipline” as a way to control growing populations. This series can also be accessed [more]
Apr 17, 2014
LAS Blog
Sammy_Flores-PenaPlease join us in congratulating the following LAS faculty members for their wonderful contributions to the college and the Liberal Studies Department. Heather Joseph-Witham Noted folklorist and cultural studies faculty member Heather Joseph-Witham, will be appearing on the Weather Channel as part of their Tornado Week at the end of April. She will be discussing [more]
Apr 16, 2014
LAS Blog
876612075_12d1e81eab_oShepard Fairey at Subliminal Projects This week I had the privilege of doing a review of Shepard Fairey’s latest exhibition at his Echo Park gallery, Subliminal Projects. The essay, SHEPARD FAIREY: 50 Shades of Black, will be published on line and in print by Artscene in May. This is a socially activist street artist I [more]

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