The Oberlin Review

Sonia Shah.

Q&A: Sonia Shah, OC ’90, Investigative Journalist

April 22, 2020

Sonia Shah, OC ’90, is an investigative journalist and award-winning author. She has written several notable books, including The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, set to release in June 2020. Her writing is focused on the intersections of science, environment, human rights, and international politics. Shah has lectured at top-tier universities and appeared on global platforms such as BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and NPR. She has also been featured in acclaimed publicatio...

A photo of the author’s research group in Cuba. Author pictured first row, second from right.

Engaged and Applied Science is the Future of Environmental Research

April 22, 2020

After a mass transition away from industrial monoculture to organic agriculture in the 1990s, Cuba has rapidly become a model for organic agriculture research. The island remained largely inaccessible to American scientists until the Obama administration lifted embargo restrictions on National Science Foundation funding for collaboration with Cuban scientists as part of reestablishing diplomatic relations in 2014. For the first time in more than half a century, a joint Cuban-American scientific...

The Jordan River Valley.

Environmental Peacebuilding in the Middle East

April 22, 2020

When Jordanian General Mansour Abu Rashid was a soldier in the Arab-Israeli wars, he never thought that one day he would help bring peace to the valley between Jordan and Israel. General Mansour, who was involved in the Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty of 1994, has been working toward peaceful cooperation with Israel for decades. The signing of these treaties opened a space for peacebuilding opportunities and environmental collaboration. It was from the pairing of these two fields that environmental peacebuilding...

A forest in eastern Germany.

East Germany in 1980s Gives Example of Effective Environmental Activism

April 22, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of working as an activist is that of mobilization — developing ways to inspire people to do work that they do not have to do. A precious few people get out of bed wanting to call 100 strangers to inform them that their senator is opposing a bill that would ban offshore drilling. Even fewer want to come home from work and make an agenda for a community meeting about how to tackle poor air quality. Environmental activists frequently turn to scientific data to mobi...

Photo Essay: Hunan, China

Photo Essay: Hunan, China

April 22, 2020

Editor’s note: The passage by Shen Congwen is translated from the original Chinese by the writer. For me, Hunan, China is not only a place of memories — it is where my maternal family lives and where I spent many of my childhood days — but also a place of surprise, as new ways of life are gradually replacing the old. This sentiment, one that is commonly felt by people who have left familiar places behind, is vividly described by Chinese writer Shen Congwen in his sanwen, or lyrical prose,...

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