The Oberlin Review

Fashion Show “Look Black At It” Celebrates 50 Years of Africana Studies

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2020

The 50-year anniversary of Oberlin’s Africana Studies department was celebrated in style at the Black History Month Fashion Show last Saturday. This year’s event was themed “Look Black At It: 50 Years of Fashion.” College third-year Jasmine Mitchell was one of the event’s key organizers. Sh...

Shit Pit’s Spring Opening Welcomes New Stand-Up Comedians

Alice Koeninger, Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

The requirements for Oberlin’s stand-up open mic are simple: Keep it to five minutes and use your best judgment when it comes to offensive jokes. The underground stand-up collective was started by Sophie Zucker, OC ’15, and Maya Sharma, also OC ’15, during their fourth year at Oberlin. Today, Zucker’s...

“Bridging the Gap” Encouraged Dialogue Across Campuses

Oberlin College and Spring Arbor University participants of the “Bridging the Gap” Winter Term project in front of the state Capitol in Lansing, MI before they met with elected officials to discuss prison reform.

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

February 28, 2020

Oberlin College is no stranger to critiques of our political leftism. In an effort to reach across the aisle and encourage dialogue across difference, the Winter Term project “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue Across Campus in a Time of Political Polarization” brought together a group of 10 Oberlin students...

Melissa Floyd, OC ’91, NASA Astrobiologist

Melissa Floyd, OC ’91

Abigail Kopp and Kushagra Kar

February 28, 2020

Melissa Floyd is currently a NASA research biologist who specializes in environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry, and astrobiology. After graduating from Oberlin with a Russian major in 1991, Floyd decided to pursue an M.S. in Environmental Science at George Mason University. Fl...

“Parasite’s” Success is a Triumph for Expanding Global Cinema

Jaimie Yue, Arts & Culture Editor

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers for Parasite. It’s no secret that Parasite, the latest film from South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, has swept the globe. With its shocking twists, its meditated commentary on wealth inequality, and its historic accolades, Parasite is not only a critical ...

New ExCo Course AstroCo Nurtures Campus Interest in Astrology

New ExCo Course AstroCo Nurtures Campus Interest in Astrology

Allison Schmitt, Production Editor

February 28, 2020

On Oberlin’s campus, astrology — the study of celestial bodies’ impact on humans — is often the subject of both deep discussion and check-in questions. This semester the common conversation starter has been turned into an Experimental College course called AstroCo, taught by College second-year...

The Body Behind the Art: Figure Models Discuss The Job

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

February 21, 2020

Walking through an art museum, it’s easy to find the names of the artists whose work hangs on the walls, but it’s rare that a museum-goer can name the models depicted in the artwork. Figure models serve as muses for artists, visual references that both the creator and the viewer appreciate, but these...

Emerging Artists to Perform at WOBIE Fest 2020

Jaimie Yue, Arts & Culture Editor

February 21, 2020

 Over the next week, experimental, electronic, and rap genres will collide in WOBIE Fest 2020, a live music festival celebrating underrepresented and up-and-coming artists. The concerts will kick off tonight at The ’Sco with performances from HOOK and BKTHERULA. White Fence and L’Rain will p...

Oberlin Remembers Author and Artist Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison International Day of Remembrance last Tuesday.

Alice Koeninger, Senior Staff Writer

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 rem...

Dr. Bernard C. Perley, Cartoonist and Anthropologist

Bernard C. Perley.

Nina Auslander

February 21, 2020

Dr. Bernard C. Perley is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he teaches anthropology classes such as American Indian Societies and Cultures and Applications in Anthropology: Native American Oral Traditions. In addition to being a professor, Perley is...

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