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Off the Cuff: Scott O. Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs professor of psychology at Emory University and psychopathology expert

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

February 20, 2015

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Content Warning: The following interview contains ableist language, including discussion of terms used in the work of the interviewee. Scott O. Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs professor of psychology at Emory University, will be presenting his talk “Beneath the Mask: The Search for the Successful Psychopath” next Friday. Lilienfeld researches personality disorders and specializes in psychopathy. He spoke with the Review via phone to discuss manifestations, common misconceptions and causes of psychopathy. How did you become interested in studying psychopaths? Well, I am one, so — just kidding. But I do get that a lot... It was really by happenstance. I took an undergraduate course with Bob Dworkin at Cornell...

Off the Cuff: Steven Salaita, pro-Palestinian activist and professor of American Indian studies

Off the Cuff: Steven Salaita, pro-Palestinian activist and professor of American Indian studies

February 13, 2015

Steven Salaita is a professor of English and American Indian studies and a pro-Palestinian activist. Last August, he had his offer of employment with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rescinded when he made a series of tweets that sharply criticized the Israeli government during Operation Protective Edge. Salaita had not yet begun teaching at UIUC but had received a formal offer and had already resigned from his previous position at Virginia Tech when the Board of Trustees at UIUC vot...

Off the Cuff: Eugene D. Schmiel, Civil War historian and author

Off the Cuff: Eugene D. Schmiel, Civil War historian and author

February 6, 2015

Eugene D. Schmiel first came to Oberlin in 1969 as a graduate student at the Ohio State University writing his dissertation about Jacob Dolson Cox, OC 1850, a Civil War general who left his papers to the College archives. Cox later became governor of Ohio and secretary of the interior. Schmeil worked in the Foreign Service for 24 years. He served in five different countries during his career before retiring five years ago. He has spent the last four years writing Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and ...

Off the Cuff: Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies

Off the Cuff: Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies

December 12, 2014

Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies and affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Institute, recently released an article in The American Historian titled “Beyond ‘Self-Congratulatory Celebration’: Complicating Civil Rights Anniversaries.” Romano sat down with the Review to discuss the historical narrative of race and systematic violence in America. What does it mean to “complicate” civil rights anniversaries? ...

Off the Cuff: Eric Stover, law professor and faculty director of the Berkeley Human Rights Center

November 14, 2014

University of California, Berkeley Adjunct Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Humans Rights Center Eric Stover presented the talk “The Long Game: Forced Disappearances, Land Mines and Child Soldiers” this Thursday. Stover has used forensic anthropology and other methods to investigate human rights issues around the world. He is the author of six books and helped to launch the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Land Mines. Stover sat down with the Review to discuss empiri...

Off the Cuff: Dr. Joy Karega-Mason, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Elizabeth Dobbins

November 7, 2014

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Dr. Joy Karega-Mason, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition, gave a lecture this Thursday in Lord Lounge titled “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: The Politics of Black Language Practices in Academic Writing.” Karega-Mason sat down with the Review to discuss the perception of black language, expectations in academic spaces and rethinking approaches to writing. First, could you tell me a little about the current politics of black language practices in academic writing? We’re still asking black students to think about the ways in which they use language and discourse in ways that are contextually strict. By that, I mean there’s a way of talking and writing in academics, and then there’s a way ...

Off the Cuff: Pele IrangLaden, organizer for 15 Now Philadelphia’s student branch

Off the Cuff: Pele IrangLaden, organizer for 15 Now Philadelphia’s student branch

October 31, 2014

Pele IrangLaden is a campus coordinator, Temple University student and organizer for 15 Now Philadelphia’s student branch, a part of the greater 15 Now movement. The 15 Now campaign, which was launched in January by Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant fights to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour. IrangLaden spoke with the Review about the stigma attached to fast food workers and the detrimental impact of student apathy. Let’s start with the basics — what is th...

Off the Cuff: Michael Dirda, OC ’70, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic

October 10, 2014

Michael Dirda OC ’70 is a Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic for The Washington Post, and a published author. Dirda will give two public talks this coming Thursday: one at the Oberlin Public Library at 4 p.m. and another in the Ken- dal at Oberlin Haiser Auditorium at 7 p.m. He sat down with the Review to discuss his tumul- tuous academic career, feelings of inadequacy and how life in Lorain inspired him to become a literary journalist. Can you tell me about growing up in Lorain...

Off the Cuff: Patrick Michaels and Judith Curry, climatologists, acclaimed authors and experts on climate change

Off the Cuff: Patrick Michaels and Judith Curry, climatologists, acclaimed authors and experts on climate change

October 3, 2014

Patrick J. Michaels is the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, a contributing writer and reviewer of the United Nations Association of State Climatologists and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Judith Curry is a professor and former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves as president and co-owner of Climate Forecast Applications Network LLC. The two sat down with the Review to discuss scientific s...

Off the Cuff: Gilda Rodríguez, visiting assistant professor of Comparative American Studies and recent keynote speaker

Off the Cuff: Gilda Rodríguez, visiting assistant professor of Comparative American Studies and recent keynote speaker

September 26, 2014

Oberlin Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies and Politics Gilda Rodríguez participated in the Sept. 24 Comparative American Studies Keyword: Citizenship panel discussion. Rodríguez joined fellow Oberlin professors Steven Williams, Harrod Suarez and Gina Pérez in Wilder 101 to discuss the many dimensions of citizenship. She spoke with the Review about the concept of citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico. What was the goal of the Keyword: Citizenship panel? To open up dialo...

Off the Cuff: Frank A. Farris, professor of mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

September 19, 2014

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Frank A. Farris, associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University, is a mathematical artist and author of the upcoming book Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns. His talk on Thursday, titled “Seeing Symmetry: A Talk About a Mathematical Art Show,” discussed the mathematical concepts behind art. What interests you about the intersection of mathematics and art? That’s a hard question. What I found is that my study in mathematics led me to situations where I was wanting to produce illustrative diagrams. And it was only very gradually, over a course of really almost 20 years, that I realized that there was artistic potential in these mathematical di...

Off the Cuff: Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, human rights activist and best-selling author

Off the Cuff: Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, human rights activist and best-selling author

September 12, 2014

Human rights activist and Sierra Leonean author, Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, rose to fame with his best-selling memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. One of the world’s leading advocates for children affected by war,  Beah sat down with the Review to discuss his rehabilitation experience, the narrative structure of Mende, his native language and his perception of beauty. Obviously you’ve experienced more tragedy and brutality in the span of a few years than most people have in a lifetime, th...

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