The Oberlin Review

Oberlin’s Friendship Festival Celebrates 10th Year

Jaimie Yue

April 5, 2019

Oberlin’s annual Friendship Festival, now in its 10th year, will take place this Monday in Wilder Main Space. Featuring crafts, guest speakers, free food from Aladdin’s, and raffle prizes, the event is sponsored by the Oberlin Friendship Circle. It comes out of of 12 years of friendship studies at Oberlin and aims to celebrate friendship as the antithesis of war, prejudice, isolation, and hate.  For Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and the Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies, the annual Friendship Festival is also a culmination of over three decades dedicated to studying international relations and friendship. Before coming to Oberlin, Mahallati served...

Annual Friendship Day an Artful, Varied Meditation on Companionship

Clara Shannon

April 11, 2014

Despite the chaos that always ensues after spring break, Oberlin students and faculty alike came together to celebrate and honor the meaning of friendship at the Cat in the Cream on Tuesday afternoon. Friendship Day showcased student performers of many forms and genres, including spoken word, jazz, folk, didgeridoo, speech and poetry, all of which focused on the topic of friendship. Along with the entertainment, attendees were encouraged to eat free food, doodle with a friend, make friendship bracelets and relax in the warm, positive environment. Friendship Day was originally created in the spring of 2010 and has remained an Oberlin tradition since then. The two-anda-half hour event was organized by Oberlin’s Friendship...

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