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Protesters raise their fists during “Bloody Tuesday” protests at San Francisco State College. The San Francisco Express Times ran this image on the front page of its December 4, 1968 issue.

Reflecting On 50 Years of Africana Studies

November 15, 2019

Africana Studies Program Created Against Backdrop of National Activism Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief In the fall of 1969, Oberlin College launched an Afro-American Studies program, following significant student activism inspired in part by students at San Francisco State University; the University of California, Berkeley; and elsewhere. In creating the program, Oberlin joined a wave of more than 500 colleges and universities across the country that instituted similar academic departments or...

Library Renaming Caps Inauguration

Library Renaming Caps Inauguration

October 12, 2018

Mudd’s main library center has been renamed to honor renowned feminist and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell, OC 1884. Terrell was a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The renaming ceremony took place last Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of Oberlin President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s inauguration festivities. An exhibit honoring Terrell and her work is currently on display in Mudd library. In...

Professor Renee Romano discusses the nationally-touring exhibit “Courage and Compassion” with sophomores Justin Godfrey and Abe Kuhn.

Exhibit Highlights Japanese Internment Injustice

February 23, 2018

“Courage and Compassion,” a historical exhibit that details national and local histories of Japanese Americans during World War II, opened at the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery last Saturday. Related lectures, film screenings, and concerts will run throughout the month, recounting the work of the local activists concerning Japanese-American incarceration during WWII. The Go For Broke National Education Center — a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded by Japanese-American veterans in the 1980s — is sp...

Just Ask Us: Revolutionary Voting Practices

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz, Columnists

April 10, 2015

Welcome to another week of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know you’ve been missing us, but get used to it, because we’re getting ready to leave The Oberlin Review and go out on our own as an independent premiere newspaper in Detroit. You can catch us there this time next year. Speaking of Detroit, Mike is a finalist for a Challenge Detroit Fellowship (yes, that’s right, our very own Mike Plotz is a finalist for the most prestigious post-grad opportunity of all time. You might have heard it referred to as the “New Rhodes”). To make it to the next round, Mike needs to garner a certain number of votes, so we’ve thought a lot about voting and formed some opinions. We believe that v...

Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies and Comparative American Stud- ies and affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Institute, who discussed the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases on the NPR program “The Takeaway” last week

Off the Cuff: Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies

December 12, 2014

Renee Romano, professor of History, Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies and affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Institute, recently released an article in The American Historian titled “Beyond ‘Self-Congratulatory Celebration’: Complicating Civil Rights Anniversaries.” Romano sat down with the Review to discuss the historical narrative of race and systematic violence in America. What does it mean to “complicate” civil rights anniversaries? ...

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