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The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Chloe Bird, RAND sociologist and professor

Off the Cuff: Chloe Bird, RAND sociologist and professor

September 25, 2015

Chloe Bird, OC ’86, is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School who specializes in the differences in healthcare between women and men, particularly in regard to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. She is also the editor-in-chief of the medical journal Women’s Health Issues. On Thursday, Sept. 17, she gave a talk in the King Building titled “Mapping Gender Gaps in Quality of Care for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.” What have you found i...

Off the Cuff: Steve Volk, Professor of History

Off the Cuff: Steve Volk, Professor of History

September 18, 2015

Steve Volk is a professor of History and founding director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence at Oberlin. In 2011, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him U.S. Professor of the Year. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Latin American Perspectives. Volk recently gave a lecture at Spanish House titled Salvador Allende: Life and Death. What made you interested in studying Salvador Alle...

Off the Cuff: Justin Emeka and Yveline Alexis, assistant professors of Africana Studies and Black Lives Matter panelists

Off the Cuff: Justin Emeka and Yveline Alexis, assistant professors of Africana Studies and Black Lives Matter panelists

September 11, 2015

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Theater Justin Emeka, OC ’95, and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Yveline Alexis led a panel about the Black Lives Matter movement on Oberlin’s campus and abroad on Thursday evening. Professor Alexis teaches a number of courses about Caribbean history and is currently writing her manuscript “Haiti Fights Back: Charlemagne Péralte and the Structures of U.S. Empire.” Professor Emeka pursues acting, writing, directing and capoeira and tea...

Off the Cuff: Jan Thornton, professor of Neuroscience

Off the Cuff: Jan Thornton, professor of Neuroscience

September 4, 2015

Jan Thornton is a professor of Neuroscience at Oberlin. She recently co-authored a review for Hormones and Behavior with Veronica Burnham, OC ’14 on the way hormones impact Alzheimer’s disease. The review arose from research Thornton presented at the International Congress on Neuroendocrinology in Sydney, Australia. I should warn you, I’ve forgotten most of the biology I learned in high school. I started in journalism in college. I started more in humanities, journalism and then actually commu...

Off the Cuff: Wang Yongchen, Chinese environmental activist and reporter

Off the Cuff: Wang Yongchen, Chinese environmental activist and reporter

May 8, 2015

Wang Yongchen is the founder and president of the environmental NGO Green Earth Volunteers and the Senior Environmental Reporter for China National Radio. Wang hosted two pioneering radio programs on environmental concerns: “Classroom on Wednesday” and “Journalist’s Salon”. In 1994, she was the first winner of the Prize for Environmental News. Wang also won the Earth Award in 2001 and was selected as the World Environment Figure by Conde Nast Traveler in 2004. Wang has reported on and eng...

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

May 1, 2015

Gabe Schivone is a U.S.-Mexico border activist, volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths and co-coordinator of UNIDOS ethnic studies youth group in Tucson, AZ. He has written articles for The Huffington Post opposing the violence on the U.S.-Mexico border and in Palestinian territories. This week, Schivone visited Oberlin to give a talk titled Gaza in Arizona: Colonial Technologies and the Transnational Military Industrial Complex and to join Amanda Rose, OC ’13, in leading Environmental Justice...

Off the Cuff: Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center

Oliver Bok, News Editor

April 24, 2015

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Rajeev Dhawan is a professor and the director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Dhawan frequently publishes economic forecasts for the metro-Atlanta economy, the regional Southeast economy and the broader U.S. economy. Dhawan has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC and The Bloomberg Report, as well as other TV programs. He is also the author of Firm Size, Financial Intermediation and Business Cycles. He gave a talk on Monday as part of the Economics department’s Danforth-Lewis Speakers Series. What’s your economic forecast for the upcoming year in the U.S.? Basically, my forecast for the year’s economy is continuation of the same old. We’ve be...

Off the Cuff: Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project

Off the Cuff: Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project

April 10, 2015

Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project and reproductive justice activist, gave a lecture at Oberlin this Wednesday as part of the Sexual Information Center’s Radical Explorations of Sexual Health and Personal Experience week. Matos, originally from the Bronx, graduated from Columbia College in 2013, just over a year after she started the Bronx-based WomanHOOD project, a program that educates high school women of color about intersectional feminism. Matos sat down with the Review to discu...

Off the Cuff: Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times

Off the Cuff: Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times

April 3, 2015

Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The New York Times and the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Baquet started his career as a reporter at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, his hometown. Baquet later won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism with his reports on corruption within the Chicago City Council for the Chicago Tribune. Before becoming executive editor, Baquet worked at the Times as a reporter, managing editor, national editor and the Washington Bureau Chief. As execu...

Off the Cuff: Susan Ackerman, professor of religion, Jewish studies and women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth College

Off the Cuff: Susan Ackerman, professor of religion, Jewish studies and women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth College

March 13, 2015

Susan Ackerman is the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion as well as a professor in Jewish studies and women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth College. Ackerman is also president of the American Schools of Oriental Research. She spent the past week at Oberlin giving three lectures that made up this year’s Haskell Lecture Series, a prestigious lectureship for the Religion department that was established in 1899. Ackerman has written books about a variety of topics, including When Heroes L...

Off the Cuff: Peter Mansoor, military historian and Iraq War colonel

Off the Cuff: Peter Mansoor, military historian and Iraq War colonel

March 6, 2015

Professor Peter Mansoor is the current Raymond E. Mason, Jr. chair of military history at the Ohio State University. Mansoor served in the early years of the Iraq war as the commanding officer of the 1st Armored Division of the 1st Brigade, before later serving as the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge. He was invited by the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians to take part in a discussion alongside Professor Zeinab Abul-Magd of ...

Off the Cuff: Fred Kuwornu, filmmaker and activist

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

February 27, 2015

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Fred Kuwornu, an Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist, visited Oberlin earlier this week as a part of Black History Month. His visit included the screening of several of his documentaries and a talk about his upcoming film Blaxploitalian. Kuwornu’s films explore little known histories and political issues surrounding people of African-Italian descent. The Review sat down with Kuwornu to discuss history and race in Italian cinema and politics. Your documentaries Blaxploitalian and Inside Buffalo focus on uncovering relatively unknown histories. How did you select these subjects? Just because I became much more [interested in] historical subjects — the historical background of the African Diaspora. I was ...

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