The Oberlin Review

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

April 10, 2015

This year’s Convocation Series ended on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the solemn tones of Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, reading his Pulitzer Prize– winning poetry. Born in India but raised in nearby Columbus, OH, where his father worked as a chemistry professor at Ohio State, Seshadri showed strong inclinations toward poetry and philosophy at a young age. At 16, he enrolled at Oberlin as a Math major but transitioned into Philosophy after an inspiring encounter with Pultizer Prize–winning poet Galway...

OC Alumnus Counsels Students on Art, Post-Oberlin Careers

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer

May 2, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

Composer, cultural producer and musician Nick Hallett, OC ’97, couldn’t stay away from Oberlin for too long. On Tuesday, April 29, he delivered a talk titled “The Impossible Convention: Hybrid Music-Art Practices in Gotham and Beyond,” which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Ellen Johnson Fund. Hallett described his art-making journey since his time as a double-degree student majoring in Linguistics and Vocal Performance at Oberlin. Professor of Integrated Media Julia Christensen introduced Hallett to the group of College and Conservatory students. Throughout the spring semester, the Art department has invited manyOberlin alumni who currently work as artists to come speak to students who are...

Irwin Quotes Beckett, Demonstrates Versatility in Vaudeville

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor

May 2, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“I want to show you now what happens when I put baggy pants on,” actor and clown Bill Irwin, OC ’73, told the Finney Chapel audience Sunday night. He’d taken the stage in an old-fashioned but safe ensemble of a white shirt and loose gray pants — the only thing unusual about his appearance was a brown fedora — but that would change over the course of the night. Once Irwin donned the baggy pants (and later, the even baggier pants), everything became fair game, from classic clowning to dramatic monologues to musical comedy. Toward the beginning of the show, Irwin, who spent the year after he graduated from Oberlin at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, declared that half of physical comedy...

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