Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Anti-Semitism Debates Distract Campus from Larger Problems

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 29
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Donald Trump once triumphantly shouted that nuclear destruction is the world’s greatest threat, not Obama’s ecological challenges. Both are right, especially if we add wars, diseases, etc. to the list of humankind’s enemies crying out to be in our crosshairs for solutions. President Kr...

Knee-Jerk Reactions Imperil Good Politics

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies
April 29
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Identity politics are crucial, but they are not one size that fits all. Our current crisis shows us the dangers of kneejerk identity politics. The criticism of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s Facebook posts has nothing to do with her race, gender o...

Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity

Meredith M. Gadsby, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: On April 10, my colleague Marc Blecher sent an email addressed to me and carbon copied to a select group of tenured Africana-identified faculty, along with Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega. The note reads as follows: “Hi, Meredith. I see you’re ‘Still...

College Fails to Address Antisemitism on Campus

Sidney Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus of German
April 23
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: Professor Rosenfeld prefers using “antisemitism” instead of “anti-Semitism,” the latter of which he considers a misnomer. To the Editors: Twenty years ago, in March 1996, invited to campus by Third World House, Kwame Ture ([previously known as] Black Panther leader Stokel...

College Must Examine Karega Case without Bias

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Oberlin College faculty members meet this Monday to address the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry on campus. At least to some extent, Professor Joy Karega’s posts on the internet that have been deemed anti-Semitic, not just anti-Zionist, with calls coming from many quart...

In Wake of Anti-Semitism Debate, Oberlin Must Remain Inclusive

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 15
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin College is the institution that pioneered education for women and blacks in the 19th century and deserves to be forever renowned for those early footprints of justice. But it is a college today that seeks to deepen and broaden those footprints by its feats of translating int...

Alumni Encourage Student Voices, Leadership

Lorri Olán, Oberlin College Alumni Association President
April 15
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As a first year student, I am sure I never considered what it would be like to be an alumnus of Oberlin College. I am equally certain I did not notice alumni who visited campus throughout the year, let alone make it a point to engage in conversations with them to hear their stories,...

College Must Openly Condemn Bigotry, Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
April 15
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: In the wake of revelations about anti-Semitic Facebook posts by Professor Joy Karega, our College community finds itself once more on a precarious edge. Sometimes it seems like we live here full-time. This is not itself a bad thing, though it is difficult. Precariousness can be a si...

Faculty Letter Leads to Substantive Administrative Response

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics
April 15
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Thanks to my colleagues [Professors Kozol, Lee, Pérez and Romano] for writing [the above letter to the editor, “Professors Urge Campus to Engage in Inclusive Discussion”]. I’m sure I join those who did sign the statement in saying that we too fully respect the decision of [tho...

Professors Urge Campus to Engage in Inclusive Discussion

Wendy Kozol, Shelley Lee, Gina Pérez, and Renee Romano
April 15
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Regarding the recent statement on anti-Semitism written by Professor of Politics Marc Blecher and signed by over 170 faculty, we would like to add our voices to the conversation and explain why we did not sign our names. While we agree with many of the statement’s sentiments and on...

Tourist Experience of Israel Doesn’t Show Whole Picture

K.S., College junior
April 8
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editor’s note: This letter references a letter to the editor from David D. Gladfelter, OC ’58, published April 1. To the Editors: To those alumni no longer on campus who refuse to consider claims that the State of Israel participates in colonialist behavior, who out-of-hand reject Israel’s ...

U.S. Election Will Affect More than Residents

Melissa Cabat, College junior
April 8
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When I arrived in Australia in late January for my semester abroad, I foolishly expected to spend the next couple of months somewhat separated from the mayhem of the American political system. Yet, on my first night in Brisbane, upon hearing my accent, I was accosted by two businessmen...

Established 1874.
Letters to the Editors