The Oberlin Review

Omid Shekari, Visiting Professor & Artist

Omid Shekari, Visiting Professor & Artist

November 8, 2019

Omid Shekari is a visiting assistant professor in the Studio Art department. His exhibition, Of Aggression and Domination, focuses on the lacking media portrayal of United States military occupations abroad. His work looks into the militarization of the government, the violence committed against civilians, and the meaning of nationalism and patriotism. Shekari’s art has been exhibited around the world, and he has participated in residencies at MASS MoCA and OMI, among many others. He spoke wit...

Michelle Belanger, Occult Researcher and Psychic Medium

Michelle Belanger, Occult Researcher and Psychic Medium

November 1, 2019

Oberlin resident Michelle Belanger is a prolific author and researcher of the occult, who has published many books on the supernatural and paranormal. Her work ranges from religious research to occult young adult novels. She is best known for The Psychic Vampire Codex and The Dictionary of Demons. Belanger has also appeared as a psychic medium on a variety of psychic and ghost-hunting TV shows, including Paranormal State. The Review sat down to talk with her about the origins of her interest in the...

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, Bon Appétit Food Editor

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, Bon Appétit Food Editor

October 11, 2019

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, is a Deputy Food Editor at the lauded Bon Appétit magazine. While at Oberlin, Morocco majored in French and took great interest in photography. Now he is Deputy Food Editor at Bon Appétit, where he develops recipes and appears frequently in their popular cooking videos on YouTube. Morocco spoke with the Review about his time at Oberlin, his experience cooking in a co-op, his career explorations after college, and Bon Appétit’s transition from a print publication to a ...

Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks, OC ’09

Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks, OC ’09

October 4, 2019

Raphael Sacks and Neva Cockrell, two Oberlin alumni, performed their dance-theater work Prime in the Warner Main Space this past Wednesday. The two created their own ensemble company, Loom Ensemble, and have also worked with the Art Monastery Project, which they now run out of a communal living farm in Vermont. Cockrell also dances with the renowned company Pilobolus. They spoke to the Review about their focus on collaborative art making, and the paths they have taken building careers in a creative fi...

Danny Prikazsky, OC ’14, “Are You the One?” Cast Member

Danny Prikazsky, OC ’14, “Are You the One?” Cast Member

September 27, 2019

Danny Prikazsky, OC ’14, was a cast member on the most recent season of Are You the One?, a reality dating show in which 16 cast members attempt to find their “perfect match.” In Prikazsky’s season, which was filmed in Hawaii, the show broke tradition by featuring 16 sexually-fluid cast members and matching many of them with same-sex partners. Since the show’s conclusion, Prikazsky has started a YouTube channel, and he has a platform on the gaming network Twitch. This interview has be...

Jacques Rutzky, Meditation Teacher

Jacques Rutzky, Meditation Teacher

September 20, 2019

Jacques Rutzky is the Buddhist Affiliate to the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oberlin or ORSL. A student of Thai Meditation Master V.R. Dhiravamsa, he leads multiple Vipassana meditation groups on campus every weekend, including an intensive Winter Term retreat in January. Rutzky worked in California for twenty-five years as a psychotherapist for adults suffering from childhood trauma. He retired at Oberlin, where he has taken on many roles, including owning a woodshop dedicated to cr...

Maxwell Addae and Barnaby Woods, Obertones

Maxwell Addae and Barnaby Woods, Obertones

September 13, 2019

Double-degree fourth-year Maxwell Addae and College third-year Barnaby Woods are the respective music director and president of the Obertones, Oberlin’s premier a cappella group for people who identify with the experience of manhood. This summer, the group released their first single, “Dream On,” which Addae arranged during his first year at Oberlin. They discussed the single, last year’s iteration of their annual spring tour, their legacy as a group on campus, and their goals within the Ob...

Mikaela Fishman, This Week Editor

Mikaela Fishman, This Week Editor

May 10, 2019

Mikaela Fishman is a senior Visual Arts major and the This Week editor for the Review. She researches, writes, and creates the graphic design for the centerfold spread of each issue. Her spreads have covered fun topics from creative dorm rooms, student doodles, bathroom reviews, to informative topics like election information and grassroots activism at Oberlin. She has been a beloved member of the Review staff and will be missed next year.  Editor’s Note: This interview contains mentions of the death of a family me...

Talise Campbell, Director of Dance Show “Tracing Our Roots”

May 3, 2019

Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Dance Talise Campbell is the director of this weekend’s Oberlin Dance Company show, Tracing Our Roots: A Look Into the Past As We Move Into the Future. The show, which will also includes work from her two other classes this semester, features the Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, a Cleveland-based organization where Campbell is the artistic director and founder. Djapo is a Wolof word meaning “come together.” Campbell has had an impressive career as...

Andrea Lawlor, English Professor, Author, and Poet

Andrea Lawlor, English Professor, Author, and Poet

April 26, 2019

Author Andrea Lawlor is a visiting lecturer of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor at Fence magazine. They published a chapbook of poems, Position Papers, in 2016 and their first novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, in 2017. A 2018 finalist for the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards, Paul tells the story of a queer shapeshifter as he makes his way across the United States, navigating a series of complicated relationships. Last week, Lawlor visited Oberlin for a r...

Robert Owen, Musical Acoustics Professor

Robert Owen, Musical Acoustics Professor

April 19, 2019

Robert Owen is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Oberlin. He specializes in gravitational theory, astrophysics, computation, and general relativity. Currently, he is involved in studying black holes in spacetime and working with supercomputer simulations to build codes that mathematically simulate the collisions of black holes. Tightly tied to his interest in physics is his interest in music, instruments, and acoustics. Along with his upper level Physics classes, Owen also teaches Musical Acoustics or...

Jason Dorwart, Director of “Body of Bourne”

Jason Dorwart, Director of “Body of Bourne”

April 12, 2019

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Jason Dorwart specializes in theater history, dramaturgy, disability studies, film theory, and improv. He served on the Board of Directors and as an acting company member of the award-winning Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, which exclusively features actors with disabilities. Dorwart earned his Ph.D. at UC San Diego, where he helped develop and perform in the Workplace Interactive Theatre, a touring diversity initiative which promotes discussions about hi...

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