The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Theodore M. Shaw, Civil Rights Lawyer

Off the Cuff: Theodore M. Shaw, Civil Rights Lawyer

December 2, 2016

Theodore M. Shaw is the director of the Center for Civil Rights and the Julius L. Chambers Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. He previously served as the fifth director-counsel and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund from 2004 to 2008, spending a total of 26 years at the Legal Defense Fund. Shaw also worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department during the Carter and Reagan adm...

Off the Cuff: Todd Baker, OC ’90, Medical Association CEO

Off the Cuff: Todd Baker, OC ’90, Medical Association CEO

November 18, 2016

Todd Baker, OC ’90, was recently named CEO of the Ohio State Medical Association after working as co-CEO of the organization since 2014. The Ohio State Medical Association lobbies for Ohio doctors in Columbus and helps them cope with changes in the medical industry. Prior to working as co-CEO, Baker was the association’s senior director of professional relations. Baker graduated from Oberlin in 1990 with a degree in Economics and went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. ...

Off the Cuff: Professors Shelly Lee and Gina Pérez

Off the Cuff: Professors Shelly Lee and Gina Pérez

November 11, 2016

Professors of Comparative American Studies Shelley Lee and Gina Pérez held a teach-in on immigration, education policy and the rights and opportunities afforded to undocumented students Monday. The event took place as part of UndocuWeek 2016, a series of events sponsored by Obies for Undocumented Inclusion to raise awareness of the struggles that undocumented students go through. Pérez specializes in Latinx studies. Lee, a history professor who authored A New History of Asian America, focuses o...

Off the Cuff: Eboo Patel, President of Interfaith Youth Core

Off the Cuff: Eboo Patel, President of Interfaith Youth Core

October 28, 2016

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that works to promote interfaith dialogue on college campuses. In 2007, Patel published an autobiography titled Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Patel was a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and in 2011 helped develop his administration’s Interfaith a...

Off the Cuff: Gregory Kulacki, Nuclear Weapon and Control Expert

Off the Cuff: Gregory Kulacki, Nuclear Weapon and Control Expert

October 7, 2016

Gregory Kulacki specializes in cross-cultural communication between the United States and China. He has been working for the Union of Concerned Scientists since 2002, promoting dialogue amongst experts in the U.S. and China on nuclear weapon control and security. He has worked with the House of Representatives’ U.S.-China Working Group, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the U.S. National Academies, NASA and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kulacki, who is fluent in Mandarin, has...

Off the Cuff: Cindy Frantz, Psychology Professor

Off the Cuff: Cindy Frantz, Psychology Professor

September 30, 2016

Cindy Frantz is a Psychology professor who studies social psychology with an emphasis on bias and discrimination. Frantz teaches classes about implicit bias and ran a workshop with faculty and staff on reducing implicit bias Thursday. Frantz also researches environmental psychology, works with the Environmental Studies Program and directs the Community Based Social Marketing Research Project, an initiative that finds ways to help reduce carbon emissions at the College. This interview has been edi...

Off the Cuff: William C. Strange, Urban Economist

September 23, 2016

William C. Strange is a professor of real estate and business economics at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. His research has focused on the real estate market, with an emphasis on commercial real estate. Strange served as president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in 2001. The paper that he presented Thursday was titled “The Vertical City: Rent Gradients and Spatial Structure....

Off the Cuff: Michele Norris, Author and Former NPR Host

Off the Cuff: Michele Norris, Author and Former NPR Host

September 16, 2016

Michele Norris is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist who spent nine years as the host of All Things Considered, NPR’s longest-running program. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Norris began working as a print journalist at the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Norris then accepted a job at ABC News, where she worked for 10 years. Norris was NPR’s first African-American female host, and was awarded Journalist of the Year by...

Off the Cuff: Brett Walker, Montana State University History Professor

Off the Cuff: Brett Walker, Montana State University History Professor

September 9, 2016

Brett Walker is a Regents Professor of History at Montana State University with expertise in Japanese health and medicine and its environmental history. After graduating from the College of Idaho in 1989, Walker spent several years traveling and studying Japan before earning his doctorate in Japanese History from the University of Oregon. Walker has written books on a number of topics in Japan such as the indigenous Ainu people, the disappearance of Japanese wolves in the last century and the hi...

Off the Cuff: Megan Doherty, New Jewish Campus Life Affiliate

Off the Cuff: Megan Doherty, New Jewish Campus Life Affiliate

September 2, 2016

Rabbi Megan Doherty is beginning her first semester as Oberlin’s Jewish Campus Life Affiliate. The position involves reaching out to Jewish students to help them connect with the Jewish community, as well as making sure the community is welcoming to all. Doherty spent four years (2010–2014) as the senior Jewish fellow and associate rabbi at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University, and has most recently spent two years as a rabbi in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Doherty graduated from Eve...

Off the Cuff: Charles “Chip” Hauss, OC ’69, Peacebuilder, Author

Off the Cuff: Charles “Chip” Hauss, OC ’69, Peacebuilder, Author

May 6, 2016

Charles “Chip” Hauss, OC ’69, is Senior Fellow for Innovation at Alliance for Peacebuilding, a membership organization of about 110 peacebuilding groups. He is also the author of Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems, which addresses the changing nature and increasing multidimensionality of international security concerns. Hauss came to campus Thursday to give a talk, “Ending the ‘Permanent War’: Peacebuilding through Human Security.” Traditionally, security has been discuss...

Off the Cuff: Miriam Zoila Pérez, Radical Doula, Activist, Blogger

April 29, 2016

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a queer Cuban-American doula, reproductive rights activist and blogger. In 2007, she founded the Radical Doula blog, which unites doula work with birth activism and social justice. Pérez wrote and self-published Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support, which has sold more than 2,000 copies. She came to campus to host the “Radical Doulas + Reproductive Justice” talk and workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Wha...

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