The Oberlin Review

Art and Gender: Behind Japanese Noh Theater

Carson Dowhan, Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

Last weekend, Oberlin students and residents had the chance to experience Japanese Noh theater, presented by Hisa and Hikaru Uzawa, during the mother-daughter duo’s college campus tour. On Wednesday, they also led a Noh music workshop that taught chant notation, breathing, and posture. Developed by Zeami Motokiyo, Noh theater has been around since the late 14th century. Noh stages, constructed with Japanese cypress, are tailored specifically to the needs of the play. A bridge called a hasigakari protrudes from stage right, where actors walk onstage through a curtain called an agemaku. There are three pine trees in front of the hasigakari which lead to the butai, the main stage, designed to give a sense o...

Shigeko Sasamori and Professor of Japanese at Purdue University Kazumi Hatasa gave a lecture last week about Sasamori’s experience in Hiroshima in 1945.

Sasamori Revisits Past in Hopes of Promoting Peace

April 19, 2019

Shigeko Sasamori, 87, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima, visited campus last Friday to share her experience and journey into peace advocacy with the Oberlin community. Approximately 130 students, faculty, and community members attended Sasamori’s talk and many were moved by her honesty, courage, and powerful memories. Japanese Language Instructor Sachiko Kondo was the driving force in bringing Sasamori to Oberlin. She worked in collaboration with a professor at Kenyon College and secured t...

Scholars of Japanese literature convened in Oberlin last weekend for a conference on “Violence, Justice, & Honor in Japan’s Literary Cultures.”

Japanese Literature Sheds Light on Issues of Violence

February 23, 2018

The two-day annual conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies was themed “Violence, Justice, & Honor in Japan’s Literary Cultures” this year. Panel topics ranged from written Japanese literature, manga comics, gaming, and photography, among various other forms of visual art, all revolving around the theme of violence. “Minds are brutal places,” said Norma Fields, University of Chicago Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies and East Asia...

Faculty and administrators enter King Building Room 306 for Wednesday's General Faculty meeting. With impending administrative turnover, faculty is reckoning with the viability of the Strategic Plan.

Administrative Turnover Stalls Plan Implementation

April 21, 2017

With significant turnover in senior administrative positions at the end of this year, faculty members are navigating different avenues of maintaining the Strategic Plan implementation committees’ goals during a major transitional period. Wednesday's faculty meeting opened with President Marvin Krislov's announcement that Vice President and General Counsel Sandhya Subramanian will depart Oberlin at the end of the semester to serve as Dartmouth College's general counsel next year. With Krislov...

CES Faculty Support Divestment from Fossil Fuel

Committee on Environmental Sustainability

May 1, 2015

To the Oberlin Community: Faculty members appointed to serve on Oberlin College’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability unanimously support the student proposal that Oberlin College divest its holdings in the enumerated corporations whose operations are particularly counter to the College’s greenhouse gas emissions goal. In 2004, Oberlin College adopted a comprehensive environmental policy that called for a move towards zero net emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Committee on Environmental Sustainability was created through a motion by the General Faculty of Oberlin in 2006 with the express purpose of overseeing implementation of this environmental policy. In that same year the College was the first of its...

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