The Oberlin Review

Darren Hamm is the Executive Director of Oberlin Center for the Arts, founded two years ago as a platform for greater community outreach through the arts.

On the Record with Oberlin Center for the Arts Executive Director Darren Hamm

September 28, 2018

Darren Hamm currently serves as the executive director of the Oberlin Center for the Arts. The not-for-profit organization was founded in July 2016, with help from both College students and community members. Hamm has been executive director since March 2017. The organization seeks to connect students and community members to different opportunities in the arts around Lorain County. With the mission of cultivating lifelong creativity and engagement with the arts, OCA leadership has spent the last tw...

Professors Emily Barton and Tom Hopkins, new staff in the Creative Writing department, are quite proficient in the art of the selfie and taking family portraits around Oberlin.

Emily Barton and Thomas Israel Hopkins, Oberlin’s Newest Creative Writing Faculty

September 21, 2018

Professors Emily Barton and Tom Hopkins are the two newest faculty members of Oberlin’s Creative Writing department. Barton is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing — one of the two recently hired tenure-track faculty, the other of whom is Chanda Feldman, who was hired as a visiting assistant professor last year. Hopkins is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. The professors are married with two children. Both Barton and Hopkins graduated from Harvard College. Ba...

Chrysanthemum Tran: transfeminine Vietnamese-American poet, performer, and educator

Chrysanthemum Tran, Performer, Poet, Teaching Artist

May 11, 2018

Chrysanthemum Tran is a transfeminine Vietnamese-American poet, performer, and educator. She is well-known for her role as a teaching artist for the Providence Poetry Slam youth team and becoming the first transfeminine finalist at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2016. Her accolades include Slam Champion at the Rustbelt Poetry Slam in 2016, FEMS Poetry Slam Champion in 2017, and Best Poet at the National College Slam in 2016. Tran is a queer POC icon and a Pink Door Fellow, and her work has...

Deborah Kamen, Associate Professor of Classics

Deborah Kamen, Associate Professor of Classics

May 4, 2018

Deborah Kamen is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. She is also an adjunct professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and the graduate program coordinator at UW. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College; a Master of Studies in Greek History from New College, Oxford; and a Ph.D. in Classics from University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include Greek and Roman social history, sexuality, slavery, and status. Kamen is widely published and he...

Ruby Ibarra, rapper.

Ruby Ibarra, Rapper

April 27, 2018

Ruby Ibarra is a rapper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in the Philippines, Ibarra immigrated to the United States when she was 4 years old in the 1990s. Growing up, she was introduced to hip hop by listening to rappers like Tupac, Eminem, and Wu Tang Clan. Ibarra started rapping as a teenager, and is known for her sharp lyricism and rhythmic flows. In 2010, she started releasing YouTube videos, which have since been featured in XXL Magazine and Worldstar Hip Hop. Her debut mixtape, Los...

Stephanie Wiles, recently appointed Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery.

Stephanie Wiles, Yale Art Gallery Director

April 20, 2018

Stephanie Wiles, currently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, has been appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, beginning in July. She has spent the last 20 years working at several university museums, including a stint as the director of Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum from 2004 to 2011. She is acclaimed for her expertise in old master drawings, prints, and British and American art, and has bro...

Audrey Horning, Professor of Anthropology.

Audrey Horning, Anthropologist

April 13, 2018

Audrey Horning is an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. Her career has spanned from the directorship of an archaeological dig at the colonial site of Jamestown to extensive work studying and chronicling the relationship between culture and conflict in Northern Ireland. A fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, Horning came to Oberlin Wednesday for a talk funde...

Mary Ann Newman, translator and keynote speaker for the 2018 Student Translation Symposium.

Mary Ann Newman, Translator

April 6, 2018

Acclaimed translator Mary Ann Newman is the executive director of the Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S., co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee, a board member of the Catalan Institue of America, and a member of the North American Catalan Society. She translates from Catalan and Spanish and has published works by Quim Monzó, Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Josep Carner, and Josep Maria de Sagarra. She was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi in 1998 and the 2017 North American Catalan Society ...

sam sax, queer Jewish writer, performer, educator, and organizer.

sam sax, Writer, Performer

March 30, 2018

sam sax, OC ’09, is the author of four chapbooks and the 2017 poetry book Madness, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is also the poetry editor at BOAAT Press. sax has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Lambda Literary. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Buzzfeed, PANK, Tin House, and more. His latest collection, Bury It, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, is forthcoming...

Dr. Shelley Perlove, author and Professor Emerita of the History of Art.

Shelley Perlove, Professor Emerita of Art History

March 9, 2018

Dr. Shelley Perlove is a Professor Emerita of the History of Art at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her work has focused on 17th-century Italian and Dutch art — particularly on its incorporation of religious and material culture. She has published a number of scholarly works, including Bernini and the Idealization of Death and Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, which won the Brown-Weill Newberry Library Award and the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize sponsored by the...

Brendan Baylor, assistant professor of art and head of the print media division at Old Dominion University.

Brendan Baylor, Interdisciplinary Artist

March 2, 2018

Brendan Baylor is an interdisciplinary artist whose work in printmaking, digital media, drawing, and installation is fueled by research and conceptual investigation. His Wednesday talk, “Landscapes of Power,” focused on the political ecology of place and several of his recent projects have investigated “extractive industry, settler colonialism, and white supremacy across the upper Midwest and East Coast.” This week, he will be working with Professor Corinne Teed’s reproducible media class. Bay...

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Fredara Hadley

Fredara Hadley, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

February 23, 2018

Fredara Hadley is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin. She received her Masters degree in Arts from Clark Atlanta University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Indiana University. Professor Hadley is involved with the Society of Ethnomusicology, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Experience Music Project’s Popular Music Conference. She is also the founder of Jooksi, a company that provides music education and music-based walking tours of...

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