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The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Tamika Nunley, Assistant Professor of History

Off the Cuff: Tamika Nunley, Assistant Professor of History

November 20, 2015

Tamika Nunley is an assistant professor of history who specializes in the Civil War era, specifically surrounding issues of race, gender and slavery. Nunley joined the faculty this fall after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia earlier this year. She currently teaches a first-year seminar called Women Behaving Badly, which explores the reasons and results of women who transgressed societal norms in the 1800s. Nunley delivered a talk titled “Historicizing the Criminalization of Black...

Off the Cuff: Martine Rothblatt, CEO and Futurist

Off the Cuff: Martine Rothblatt, CEO and Futurist

November 13, 2015

Martine Rothblatt is one of the founders of Sirius Satellite Radio and the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company. Rothblatt founded United Therapeutics in 1996 to find a cure for her daughter’s rare lung disease. In 2013, she was the highest paid female CEO in the United States. Rothblatt wrote her dissertation for her Ph.D. in medical ethics of xenotransplantation, the act of transferring cells, organs or tissues from one species to another species. She is also the f...

Off the Cuff: David Makovsky, Washington Institute Fellow

Off the Cuff: David Makovsky, Washington Institute Fellow

November 6, 2015

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute, a foreign policy thinktank. He worked as the senior advisor on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Israel-Palestine peace team from 2013–2014 and has written extensively about conflict in the Middle East. Makovsky is also an adjunct professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. The Review sat down with Makovsky before he gave a talk titled “Se...

Off the Cuff: Sonia Shah, Investigative Reporter and Science Journalist

Off the Cuff: Sonia Shah, Investigative Reporter and Science Journalist

October 30, 2015

Sonia Shah, OC ’90, is the author of several books, including The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients, a 2006 exposé on how the pharmaceutical industry uses patients from developing countries to conduct clinical trials. Shah’s journalism has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Her new book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, will come out in February. The Review sat down ...

Off the Cuff: Marcus Rediker, author of Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

Off the Cuff: Marcus Rediker, author of Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

October 9, 2015

Marcus Rediker is a professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and an author of many books relating to maritime history, including Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age and The Slave Ship: A Human History, which won the George Washington Book Prize in 2008. Rediker’s last book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, inspired him to collaborate with director Tony Buba to make a prizewinning follow-up documentary titled Ghosts of Amistad. The ...

Off the Cuff: Douglas Rohde, forensic scientist

Off the Cuff: Douglas Rohde, forensic scientist

October 2, 2015

Douglas Rohde is the supervisor of chemistry and toxicology at the Lake County Crime Lab. He delivered two lectures on a campus visit Wednesday about his experience in the field and generational differences in the laboratory. The Review sat down with Rohde to discuss the strangest cases of his career and how television shows like CSI and Law and Order have infiltrated the courtroom in recent years. Editor’s Note: This article discusses sexual assault. What are the responsibilities of a forensic scientist in ...

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...

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