The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Kai M. Green, Author, Scholar and Activist

February 19, 2016

Kai M. Green is a writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist and feminist. He has a Ph.D., in English and American Studies and Ethnicity, and he has also received graduate certificates in Gender Studies and Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California. Green is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies. He is active in the Black trans and LGBT communities.  What drew you to Oberlin and its community? F...

Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire

Off the Cuff: Jason Sokol, History Professor and Author

February 12, 2016

 Jason Sokol, OC ’99, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Sokol has written two books, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights and All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn, and is working on a third. On Tuesday, Sokol gave a talk at Afrikan Heritage House titled “America’s Long History of Racial Hypocrisy,” which addre...

Lori Young, Career Center Director

Off the Cuff: Lori Young, Director of Oberlin College Career Center

February 5, 2016

Lori Young is the new director of the Oberlin College Career Center. She comes to Oberlin from ReadyNow!, a leadership training and consulting business that she founded in 2014. Young holds a BA in communications from Ashland University and a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. She has worked in career services at Case Western University, Baldwin-Wallace University and the University of Georgia, and in leadership development departments at the Cleveland Cli...

Off the Cuff: Thais Francis, Actor, Writer and Producer

Off the Cuff: Thais Francis, Actor, Writer and Producer

December 12, 2015

Thais Francis is an actor, dancer, singer, writer, producer and instrumentalist who recently released a short film called Late Expectations. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Francis grew up in suburban Maryland before graduating from the Tisch School of Arts at New York University with an acting degree. Francis has performed at the Historic Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., Radio City Music Hall and Yankee Stadium in New York City. A recipient of the NYU Nia Award for Lorraine Hansberry Arts...

Photo courtesy of Kate Doyle

Off the Cuff: Kate Doyle, Analyst at the National Security Archive

December 4, 2015

Kate Doyle is a senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive, an organization that uses declassified U.S. government documents to shed light on American foreign policy. Doyle is featured in the documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, directed by Pamela Yates. Granito depicts activists trying to bring justice to crimes against humanity committed during the Guatemalan Civil War. The documentary was screened in the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studi...

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...

Martine Rothblatt, Founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and CEO of United Therapeutics

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...

David Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and former senior advisor on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Israel-Palestine peace team.

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...

Sonia Shah, science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

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 ...

Marcus Rediker, professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

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 ...

Douglas Rohde, forensic scientist at the Lake County Crime Lab

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 ...

Chloe Bird, OC ’86, senior social scientist and
professor at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND
Graduate School, spoke about the gender
gaps in quality of care for cardiovascular disease
and diabetes at Oberlin last week.

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...

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