The Oberlin Review

Poetry Event “Afterwords” Reflects on Allen Exhibition

Poetry Event “Afterwords” Reflects on Allen Exhibition

March 6, 2020

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Allen Memorial Art Museum for “Afterwords: An Evening of Poetry at the AMAM” this past Tuesday. The event was in tandem with the “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic” exhibition, also at the AMAM. “Afterwords’’ featured spoken word poetry by nine students who not only responded to the exhibition, but added to the art and left the audience with more to reflect upon.  The event was co-organized by members of OSLAM and the Oberlin Creati...

Oberlin Remembers Author and Artist Toni Morrison

Oberlin Remembers Author and Artist Toni Morrison

February 21, 2020

Only a few weeks after the beloved writer and Lorain native Toni Morrison passed away last August, Professor of Studio Art and Africana Studies Johnny Coleman began planning an event to commemorate Morrison’s first birthday after her death.  The culmination of Coleman’s efforts was a nine-hour remembrance service hosted by the Oberlin College President’s office. The event turned out to be a huge collaborative effort, with support from Africana Studies, the Art department, the Lorain Co...

Book Nook Reviews: Lasser and Kornblith’s “Elusive Utopia”

Book Nook Reviews: Lasser and Kornblith’s “Elusive Utopia”

December 6, 2019

In the third grade I, like every other elementary-school student in Oberlin’s public schools, received a copy of an Oberlin history textbook. The book portrayed Oberlin as a utopian community that had transcended issues of gender and race from its inception. Yet my lived experiences and the stories I heard growing up as an Oberlin resident often contradicted this idealistic narrative. I was introduced to the monograph Elusive Utopia: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Oberlin, Ohio last semest...

Book Nook: Elusive Utopia

Book Nook: Elusive Utopia

November 22, 2019

We’re back with Book Nook, our Arts & Culture book club! In our Dec. 6 issue, we will publish the final installment in our series reviewing books linked to Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — roughly 300 words — with your thoughts on the book and send it to [email protected] You may be published alongside some of our other readers! This month, we’ll be reading Elusive Utopia: The Struggle fo...

German Department Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

German Department Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

November 8, 2019

 Visiting German Writer-in-Residence Nora Gomringer gave a public reading of her book Hydra’s Heads on Thursday, Nov. 7, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence Program’s partnership with Oberlin College. The book, released in 2018, contains the first official English translation of her poetry. The publisher, Burning Eye Books, describes the book as “poems about the darker times of Germany’s modern history, reworkings of myths and fairytales and a...

Book Nook Review: Ill Will Presents Gripping Mysteries

James Cato

November 1, 2019

 Dan Chaon’s novel Ill Will follows a conspiracy through an Ohio haunted by insidious police, opioid addictions, and fractured families. Through the hazy eyes of 40-year-old Dustin Tillman, two murder mysteries unfold. One mystery comes from Dustin’s past; the other from his present. It left me chilled. Dustin is a psychologist, father, widower, and court witness to the savage killings of his parents by his abusive older brother Rusty. Thirty years after Dustin’s testimony, Rusty is exonerated by DNA testing, allowing him to potentially wreak havoc in revenge. Simultaneously, one of Dustin’s patients begins to convince him that a cult is behind the fatal overdoses of supposed binge-drinking frat boys. After hi...

Book Nook: Ill Will

Book Nook: Ill Will

October 11, 2019

 We’re back with Book Nook, our Review book club! For the month of October, the Arts & Culture Section will feature a book written by Obies or about the town of Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review that encapsulates your thoughts about the book. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — roughly 300 words — with your opinions and send it to [email protected] You may be published alongside some of our other readers. This month, we’ll...

Book Nook Monthly Reviews: Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”

Book Nook Monthly Reviews: Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”

September 27, 2019

Kate Fishman I read Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic twice, once in high school at my mom’s recommendation, and once after getting to Oberlin, when it was on the syllabus for my first-year seminar. I think Alison Bechdel is one of the most touted celebrity Obies because she did something that feels quintessentially Oberlin: She wrote a memoir that was not just a memoir but a graphic novel, and one about queerness at that. Not only that, but Fun Home was turned into a musical!  The book is riddled ...

English Department, Library Staff Team Up to Read Banned Books

English Department, Library Staff Team Up to Read Banned Books

September 20, 2019

 “Censorship keeps us in the dark, keep the light on!” is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week, a national anti-censorship campaign that began in 1982. Banned Books displays will appear in Mary Church Terrell Main Library from Sept. 22 to 28. Additionally, there will be a read-aloud in Azariah’s Café on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This new event, which is open to the public, involves reading passages from an extensive list of books that had previously been banned from...

Now Introducing: Book Nook

Now Introducing: Book Nook

September 6, 2019

Join Book Nook, our new Review book club! Every month, the Arts & Culture Section will feature one book written by Obies or about the town of Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review. The Review is asking its readers to write a short response that encapsulates their thoughts about the book. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — about 300 words – with your opinions and send it to [email protected], and you may be published alongside some of...

Creative Writing Seniors Give Dazzling Reading at the Cat

Creative Writing Seniors Give Dazzling Reading at the Cat

May 10, 2019

 Graduating seniors in the Creative Writing Program read their work aloud to an audience of about 70 at the Cat in the Cream on Monday, May 6, their final chance to present their work as undergraduates.  The event was organized by Madi Mettenburg, Creative Writing major representative and graduating senior. Mettenburg credits the large crowd with the fact that she booked the event at the Cat, a popular venue on campus, as well as advertising the event in advance with enticing memes. She said ...

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