The Oberlin Review

Students Help Africatown Fight for Environmental Justice

Students Help Africatown Fight for Environmental Justice

December 8, 2017

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies Janet Fiskio added a new facet to the Environmental Studies program when she led a group of students to historic Africatown in Alabama during the spring semester of 2015. This semester, Fiskio expanded this project by teaching Environmental Justice and Local Knowledge, a course dedicated to the environmental justice movement through community-based research with organizations in Africatown. Fiskio and Assistant Professor...

Academics, Communities Benefit from Developing Relationships

Chie Sakakibara, Contributing Writer

March 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Academics who study marginalized communities often wonder whether their research will actually benefit the communities they study. It wasn’t until I traveled to Alaska as a doctoral student 14 years ago that I was forced to confront this question as an academic myself. “Promise us that you are not going to disappear,” Iñupiaq elder Martha Aiken said to me on my first day in the Arctic. As a Geography doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma, I had flown into Utqiaġvik, AK — formerly Barrow — the northernmost town of the U.S., to introduce myself and my research proposal to the Iñupiaq community. I did not hesitate to introduce myself and my research agenda with vim and vigor. “So, you want to i...

First Permanent Exhibit of African Art Opens at Allen

Lucy Haskell

February 3, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The first permanent exhibit of African art awaits returning students at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in the new year, one of six new installations. Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of the arts of Africa of the black Atlantic, assembled the exhibit with his seminar students last semester. “The Allen has had pieces of African art in its collection since 1904,” Rarey said, which makes it one of the oldest college collections in the U.S. In 2015, a donation of African art made in honor of Alexandra Gould, OC ’12, approximately doubled the museum’s collection and was “the impetus to get these pieces on display,” Rarey said. Andria Derstine, director of the AMAM, approached Rarey to put together a permanent exh...

After Climate Symposium, Faculty Plans Ahead

Jackie McDermott

April 15, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Oberlin’s inaugural Global Issues Symposium was organized by the International Studies Concentration around the theme of “Climate Change Consequences: Disruption, Migration and the Development of Resilient Communities” this year. The symposium brought together scholars, scientists and activists to discuss climate change and shine a light on the often ignored perspectives of indigenous communities. Across the three days of panels and other sessions, faculty, staff, students and community members discussed with experts how indigenous populations are contributing to the fight against climate change, despite being marginalized in the conversation. “An objective of the symposium is to bring to the table voices...

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