• In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.


Teaching Learning Center Available Workshops

These workshops are available by request:


Join us for an informative session in which we will discuss the basics of assessment, from crafting strong Learning Outcomes to creating a Signature Assignment and rubrics for evaluation. This session will support department assessment efforts already underway. For more information, check out the Otis Assessment siteFacilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Information Literacy (Basic Database Searching)

Introduction to the various online resources purchased by the Otis Library and the methods for finding needles among the haystack of billions of pages of data. Discussion of strategies for faculty to use in teaching students how to appropriately research. Facilitators: Sue Maberry, Heather Cleary


Start a blog and use it in class or for a group with a common interest. Create and customize your own. Enhance your blog with images, forums, public and private profiles, and chat rooms.  Discuss pedagogy of using blogs. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

Capturing Your Own Photos

Learn how to scan a variety of image formats as well as capture your photos from your own camera. Once you have your images, learn Photoshop basics on how to save the photos to use for your own class or project. Facilitator: Derek McMullen

Computer Applications

Want to learn PowerPoint, Keynote, Excel, Word, Photoshop, GarageBand, etc. If we don’t know the program, we can refer you to the online software-training database, Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

Engaging Students

Come learn about best practices for teaching less-skilled, less motivated, or potentially less-engaged-than-average students. Join us in the TLC for a screening of a dynamic keynote presentation by Michael Wesch. His presentation highlights ways in which faculty can engage students and deepen learning. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

ePortfolio Innovations

We will focus on innovative ways to use the O-Space ePortfolio as a teaching tool for presenting dynamic course content and display professional work. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Gameplay in the Classroom (Gamification)

Join us to explore the way game structure and game play can encourage learning within the classroom. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


Join us to learn about a new web tool to support student writing in any class. Grammarly provides automated grammar tutorials, text-revision assistance as well as citation audit tools. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


This workshop will focus on the use and creation of infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and effectively) as well as eTools that can help you. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

iPad Apps for the Creative Process

Stop by the TLC to learn about some top iPad Apps being used in higher education. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Jumpstart Your Semester

Stop by the TLC to receive assistance on O-Space, email, Grammarly or with any other questions. We have the answers! Facilitators: JM Venturini, Heather Cleary and Kathleen Forrest

Learning ePortfolios

Learn about this specific type of ePortfolio. Students will start using their Learning ePortfolios during Foundation year and maintain it throughout their years at Otis. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their own learning and make various connections among their experiences at Otis. Facilitators: Heather Cleary, Jean-Marie Venturini

Motivation in the Classroom

This workshop and discussion will focus on strategies and techniques for keeping students engaged and motivated to get it done! We will explore intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivations and ways faculty can transform the classroom.  Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Navigating the Curriculum Map

We will discuss department efforts in using Institutional Learning Outcomes, rubrics and making connections to your coursework with O-Space Signature Assignments. Attendance is recommended! Facilitator: JM Venturini

OHKR - Instructional Technology Strategy

Unsure what technology to use in your classroom? Overwhelmed by the ever-increasing number of apps and tools? Not sure where to start? This session is for you! Meet with the Instructional Designer to get one-on-one support specific to your class and needs. Facilitator: JM Venturini

O-Space CMS (The Basics)

The online work-space for Otis Classes and Community Groups. Upload your Syllabus, articles to read, movies to watch, links to websites, or quizzes to take. Have online class discussions, use the grade book, or track attendance. Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

O-Space ePortfolios

An Electronic Portfolio (e-Portfolio) is an online multi-media collection of written and visual work. Faculty, students, and staff may create e-portfolios for a wide variety of uses, such as a class that requires posting artwork for review. Individuals can also use personal e-portfolios as they build their body of work. Graduating seniors can direct potential galleries or employers to their site. Otis students have begun to create their own Learning ePortfolios as part of their coursework at Otis. It is an opportunity to reflect on their own learning and make various connections among their experiences at Otis. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

O-Space Short-cuts

This workshop will focus on shortcuts and time-saving tips for using O-Space. Learn about what features are available and how best to integrate such features into your class! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


General introduction to our Otis Digital Image Database (DID). Create slideshows for your classes. Learn how to sign in, search the databases, and select images to create a presentation. Practice with the presentation viewer. Organize your slideshows. Upload your personal images to supplement ours. Create canned searches. Burn your slideshow to a CD. Export your images to PowerPoint. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

PowerPoint for Beginners

Learn the basics so that you can give presentations with style! Learn about uploading PowerPoint study guides to O-Space and other fundamentals of this very versatile software. Facilitator: Shelley Forbes. Appointments are available for 60 minute one-on-one coaching.

Punch-Up Powerpoint/Innovative Presentation Tools

It is time to dust-off the powerpoint and learn new tools to give your presentations an extra kick. We will discuss converting powerpoint presentations to video podcasts as well using new tools like Nearpod to increase interactivity. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Quick Video

Join us for a demo on how to turn your desktop computer into a video demo tool. Will include an introduction to screencasting! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Rebooting the Syllabus

Learn about crafting a syllabus and strategies for presenting your syllabus content in a dynamic way! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Teaching Tips

Review Chickering and Gamson’s "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education." Since these points were developed in 1987, new communication and information technologies have arrived. Discuss how you can apply these valuable techniques today and share what may have worked for you in the world of the Net Generation.Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

Webforms for the Classroom

In this workshop we will explore classroom applications for webforms. Webforms are useful tools for online quizzes, coordinating classroom activities and collecting material. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

What's Your Game Plan?

Join us for an interactive session in which we will play a brainstorming game to enhance the traditional lesson/lecture. Faculty will learn how to integrate educational games effectively into the classroom to increase student engagement. This is a collaborative session; we will be working in teams. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Time to Zoom!

This session will explore all the many uses of Otis' new online web conferencing platform Zoom. Zoom is a user friendly system that allows you to communicate with your students online from office hours to live synchronous instruction - the possibilities are endless! Come find out more! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini