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On the Record with Robert Spano, OC ’84

On the Record with Robert Spano, OC ’84

Interview by Kate Fishman

September 15, 2017


Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Professor of Conducting Robert Spano, OC ’84, delivered the Convocation on Thursday night, a moderated Q&A session with Dean of the Conservatory, Andrea Kalyn. Spano is currently in his 17th season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has won six Grammy awards under his leader...

On the Record with Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91

On the Record with Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91

Transcribed by Tyler Sloan, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Comedy, On the Record, Recent Stories

Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91, hosted this academic year’s final convocation Sunday night, “What’s the Point of Comedy? (And other pointless questions).” Helms, whose most iconic roles include an outlandish Andy Bernard on The Office and an equally obnoxious but fun-loving Stu in T...

‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

Julian Ring, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

“There’s been a lot of negativity,”Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, acknowledged toward the end of her Saturday night set. “But this is Oberlin. We ain’t watering none of this down.” Giddens and her collaborators — singer-guitarist Bhi Bhiman and singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla...

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

October 2, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Renowned novelist, essayist and author of short stories Zadie Smith met with loud applause from an audience in Finney Chapel at the beginning of her convocation Tuesday evening. “You don’t know what I’m going to say yet. You might hate it,” Smith responded. Yet clearly many audience members had...

Off the Cuff: Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times

Off the Cuff: Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times

Oliver Bok, News Editor

April 3, 2015


Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The New York Times and the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Baquet started his career as a reporter at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, his hometown. Baquet later won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism with his reports on corruption with...

Departure Weakens Arguments of Sachs Protesters

Jesse Docter and Ethan Aronson

November 7, 2014


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Fifteen minutes into last Wednesday’s convocation, the activists had exited, the banners had been removed and the last vestiges of neoliberal criticism were absent from Finney Chapel. For those unfamiliar with the events of Wednesday night, here’s a brief synopsis: Jeffrey Sachs,...

Sachs Convocation Exemplifies Biased, Neoliberal Agenda

Ana Patricia Robelo, Megan Gisela Bautista, and Gian-Carlo Toriano Parel

October 31, 2014


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear President Marvin Krislov: We are three of the students who helped organize a direct action in opposition to the convocation that took place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. We cannot speak for everyone who organized, participated or wanted to but were not able to engage in the action, but we —...

Students Protest Economist’s Actions, Not Views

Students Protest Economist’s Actions, Not Views

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

October 31, 2014


Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Those who expected developmentalism to be the only policy deconstructed at Jeffrey Sachs’s convocation Wednesday night were in for a surprise. Sachs, an American economist and former economic advisor to a number of governments worldwide, began the first few words of his convocation speech in front...

Feature Photo: Art Spiegelman at Convocation

Feature Photo: Art Spiegelman at Convocation

Jeremy Reynolds, Arts Editor

October 10, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman peers over the shoulder of saxophonist Phillip Johnston during their joint convocation, titled “Wordless!”, in Finney Chapel Wednesday. Despite technical difficulties, the pair combined their respective art forms in a display of collaborative mastery. Spiegelman is best...

Radiolab Event Highlights Best of Oberlin College

Marty Frazier, OC '07

September 26, 2014


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As a high school teacher, I’m constantly regaling students with the wonders of Oberlin and encouraging them to apply. Posters and pennants fly from my classroom windows, and the new viewbook sits prominently on my front table. Students grow tired of these entreaties, and when I begin...

Off the Cuff: Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, human rights activist and best-selling author

Off the Cuff: Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, human rights activist and best-selling author

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

September 12, 2014


Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff, Recent Stories

Human rights activist and Sierra Leonean author, Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, rose to fame with his best-selling memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. One of the world’s leading advocates for children affected by war,  Beah sat down with the Review to discuss his rehabilitation experienc...

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor

March 7, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

To call James McBride, OC ’79, a writer is to capture only a small fraction of what the man is capable of. While his 1995 memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list and his most recent novel, 2013’s The Good Lord...

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