Events
  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

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Courses and Curricula

Recognizing the innovative role artists and designers can play in solving pressing challenges, the Sustainability Minor provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity and our planet. Students will study and develop strategies and systems, as applicable to art and design, which can meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. Courses fulfill requirements in Integrated Learning and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as electives across all studio departments.


Eligibility

The Sustainability minor is open to all majors. Fashion Design and Toy Design must take Sustainability electives in their home department in order to complete this minor while fulfilling their major requirements. 


Required Courses
CAIL201 Human Ecology 3.0
NSCI305 Science and Sustainable Design 3.0
LIBS441 Sustainability Capstone* 3.0
  Sustainability electives** 6.0
Total Credits   15.0

*Fine Arts majors will take Sustainability Capstone in place of LAS Upper Division elective in order to also fulfill the Fine Arts Capstone/Senior Thesis requirement. 
**A minimum of 6 credits of Sustainability Electives are required, including at least 4 studio credits. A limited choice of CAIL, LAS and Studio courses in each department and Continuing Education will count towards the Sustainability minor electives, as determined each semester by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and Department Chairs.

See Liberal Arts and Sciences Department for course descriptions.


Sustainability Electives

The following departments offer courses that focus on Sustainability:
Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Continuing Education
Creative Action
Fashion Design 
Foundation
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Product Design 
Public Practice
Toy Design

Download one of the following PDFs to see how the Sustainability minor requirements fit into your chosen major
For students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2012-13 (class of 2016):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 12-13
For Students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2013-14 (class of 2017):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 13-14
For students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2014-15 (class of 2018) and 2015-16 (class of 2019):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 14-15 and 15-16


Course Proposals

 

Faculty members who are interested in proposing new courses or tagging existing courses as Sustainability Electives must complete the Sustainability Checklist and submit it to the Interdisciplinary Studies Director. (PDF) Proposals for Sustainability Electives are due March 15 for Fall courses and October 15 for Spring courses.

Learn more about Interdisciplinary Studies, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

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