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The Oberlin Review

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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