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The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff with Helene Gayle

John Light, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

I hear from our College president that your brother went to Oberlin, and attending his Commencement weekend helped influence your decision to go into public health. What’s the story there? D.A. Henderson was the Commencement speaker, and I heard him and I was in medical school at the time. I had been thinking about public health as an option, and Henderson was one of the co-founders of the smallpox eradication program. And I’ll talk about this at Commencement, but he kind of verified what I thought I wanted to do, which was — Wow. You can eradicate diseases off the face of the earth. You can work with people. You can do something that makes — not just as a physician, you know, in medical school you th...

Off the Cuff with Kathleen DeBoer, “Gotta Job Yet?!” Panelist

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 15, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

The OECD has a long and interesting history, starting with the overseeing of the Marshall Plan after WWII. Can you explain its purpose then and how it’s evolved until now? If you’re familiar with George Marshall’s speech, you know that Europe needed to be rebuilt after WWII. I overheard someone at the State Department say that, “Well, if we hadn’t helped them rebuild, we would’ve been supporting them.” I’d never really heard that in school, but if you think about it it’s true. The U.S. and Canada were the funders of the Marshall plan, and they needed to have an organization to actually disperse the money properly, so that was the [Organisation for European Economic Cooperation]. During the Eisen...

Off the Cuff with Tom Rosenstiel

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

How did you get into the field of journalism? I knew from the time I was in high school that I was considering journalism as a career, and I was editor of the Review as a junior. About three months before graduating, I got a call from the Washington columnist Jack Anderson with whom I had interned between my junior and senior years. I was intending to take the summer after graduation off and maybe go to graduate school, but Jack woke me up one morning in April and offered me a job. [I headed straight to Washington] the day after graduation. I piled everything I had into an old, beat-up Toyota Corolla and made my way there. I worked for Jack Anderson for about a year and a half and then I went to graduate school at Columb...

Off the Cuff: Stanley Nelson, Documentary Filmmaker

Off the Cuff: Stanley Nelson, Documentary Filmmaker

March 18, 2011

When did you first get into documentary filmmaking? I got into it when I was in college. I was bouncing around film school and I took a film class and liked it, and it kind of stuck. Then when I got out of school I got a job with a documentary film company in New York. How do you go about gathering footage for a historical documentary like *Freedom Riders?* We start looking for footage from the very first day we start production, and we keep looking through the whole production process. You...

Off the Cuff: Nell Irvin Painter

Carolyn Bick, Staff Writer

February 25, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

I was wondering about The History of White People. You’ve said before that we’re actually all black. Did I? Yeah. Well, in the sense that we all have African ancestry. The earliest homo sapiens are from Africa, and so everybody’s carrying around little bits of their DNA. If you want to assign race or geography to your DNA, I prefer to say it’s just all human, but if you want to put it somewhere it comes from Africa. What I did find fascinating as I was working on The History of White People was the degree to which migration is typical of human history — that people have been moving ever since people have been people, and that the demographers trace where people have come and gone and so forth. ...

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

February 11, 2011

What got you interested in sex education? Rachel Dart: My best friend in high school was a sex educator. I thought what she did was awesome, and went to her with all of my questions. Later, when I was in school at NYU, I started working with their peer educator program and began teaching sex education workshops. Marshall Miller: When I was a sophomore at Brown they announced a new major: sexuality and society. I was immediately interested. I wrote my thesis on HIV prevention and after I fi...

Off the Cuff: Beejhy Barhany

February 11, 2011

Why did you decide to form BINA? We formed it in the beginning to network and help one another any way we could -- with a job, with housing. We just wanted to create a network for newcomers, which we knew from experience that it isn’t easy to be. So we said, “Why don’t we form a small organization?” And then as time went by, we decided to incorporate and we said, “It’s about time that people know more about the culture and heritage, and we need to spread the beautiful culture we have....

Off the Cuff: Lee Doren, “Crasher-in-Chief”

Ian Seeley and Sam Jewler

December 4, 2009

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

So, you had no hesitation coming to Oberlin? No, not one bit. I really enjoy speaking to students because I had very similar experiences, obviously. You can tell I’m not that much older than all of you. Do you have any personal experience with [professors using their classrooms to promote their political views]? [In my college experience] you only heard one political perspective in the classroom. If you heard the other side, it was only essentially used to ridicule it. It wasn’t really used to ... explain the alternative point of view. Do you think this is systematic or more unintentional? It is unintentional for a lot of professors. ... If those professors are always seeing themselves, you know, in their o...

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