The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Alum Explores Family, Food, Humanity in Memoir

Oberlin Alum Explores Family, Food, Humanity in Memoir

September 15, 2017

In his new book Heavy: An American Memoir, Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, OC ’98, discusses his “family’s relationship to food, sexual violence, and weight.” Heavy explores Laymon’s interpretation of the lessons he learned as a child from his mother and grandmother, and the role of language as a powerful protective force for Black folks in white spaces. Last Monday, Oberlin was fortunate enough to host Professor Laymon for a ...

Off the Cuff: Jim Collins, Professor of English, Film, TV, Theatre

Off the Cuff: Jim Collins, Professor of English, Film, TV, Theatre

March 4, 2016

Jim Collins is acting dean for the arts, a professor of film, television and theatre and concurrent professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches courses on postmodernism, media theory and digital culture. He is the author of Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Postmodernism, Architecture of Excess: Cultural Life in the Information Age and most recently Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture. His next book in progress is called Pl...

Including Marginalized Authors in English Classes Expands Canon

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

September 11, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A recent discussion in my Women and Politics course got me thinking about the intricacies of accessibility and oppression in academia. When asked about potential concerns for the course, a student commented on the whiteness of our class. Someone else suggested that our demographics might be the result of a conflicting African American Studies class, African American Women’s History, which also meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. This might cause some students to prioritize an aspect of their education or identity — race, gender or class, for example — when choosing between two courses they might be interested in. While not an intentional transgression on the professors’ parts — class time slots are chos...

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