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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

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

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...

Off the Cuff: Hannah S-P and Lonnie Bass, Slow Train baristas

Off the Cuff: Hannah S-P and Lonnie Bass, Slow Train baristas

May 9, 2014

College senior Lonnie Bass and Hannah Scharlin-Pettee OC ’13 are baristas at the Slow Train Café. Bass has been a barista for two years, while Scharlin-Peettee began brewing this past fall. Bass and S-P sat down with the Review to discuss coffee, the Vengaboys and their strangest moments on the job. How did you land the job here? HSP: I graduated [last spring], then I applied, but I was smart about it. I applied several months before I wanted to start, because I knew this place was very competi...

Off the Cuff: Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor and LGBTQ advocate

Off the Cuff: Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor and LGBTQ advocate

May 2, 2014

Frank Schaefer is a former United Methodist pastor from Lebanon, PA. After performing the marriage ceremony for his gay son in 2006, Schaefer was stripped of his credentials and excommunicated from his congregation. Schaefer has since become an ally and advocate for LGBTQ Christians and delivered a lecture at the Oberlin First Methodist Church yesterday evening titled, “Defrocked: Still Faithful”. He sat down with the Review to discuss his road to religion, the Bible and his next steps. Can you ...

John Byrne, OC ’03, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and Founder of The Grape and The Raw Story

John Byrne, OC ’03, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and Founder of The Grape and The Raw Story

April 25, 2014

Before Greg Walters, OC ’03, spoke to the Review about his experience working as a journalist in Moscow earlier this month, he indulged a question about the origins of The Grape, which was rumored to have as its creator a former Editor-in-Chief of the Review. John Byrne, OC ’03, who went on to create the left-wing independent journalism outlet The Raw Story, talked about The Grape, how his staff once mutinied against him and how to make it in journalism. Why did you choose to come to Oberlin?...

Off The Cuff: Emily Troiano, senior director in the Information Center at Catalyst

Kate Gill, News editor

April 19, 2014

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Emily Troiano is a senior director at the Catalyst Information Center, a nonprofit organization based in New York. Her research explores the role of women in the workforce, and she authored an online tool, “First Step: Women in the World”. On Tuesday, she gave a talk titled “Women at Work: A Conversation with Emily Troiano”. Troiano sat down with the Review and discussed her career path, unwritten rules and Sheryl Sandberg. How did you first become involved with the Catalyst Information Center? It’s a long story, [and] a long road [to] my career path. It’s funny to share it [and] to realize how many different turns I’ve had; it’s not unusual. [Certain] students have a very straight path — grad sc...

Off the Cuff: Chris Crass, author, activist and anti-racist organizer

Off the Cuff: Chris Crass, author, activist and anti-racist organizer

March 14, 2014

Author, educator and organizer Chris Crass is often at the forefront of multiracial and feminist movements. Crass sat down with the Review this week to talk about his experience as an activist and his thoughts on antiracist organizing.  The topic of your talk, “Anti-Racist Organizing in White Communities,” is something that our college has been struggling with, both as an institution and as a student body. Could you begin by talking about the difference between racist and anti-racist organiz...

Off the Cuff: Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian scholar of philosophy and politics, human rights advocate and member of the European Parliament

Off the Cuff: Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian scholar of philosophy and politics, human rights advocate and member of the European Parliament

March 9, 2014

Leonidas Donskis is an author, politician and leading Lithuanian public intellectual. A strong advocate for civil rights, Donskis sat down with the Review to discuss his thoughts on European politics and on the lecture he gave Thursday, titled “Antisemitism Old and New: East/Central European Nationalism, Western Anti-Zionism. How did you come to Oberlin? Well, I knew many good things about Oberlin. I knew it was a major place in terms of liberal arts education [and] music. Incidentally, I had ...

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