The Oberlin Review

Symposium Honors Kornblith, Showcases Obie Historians

Elizabeth Dobbins

February 24, 2012

A symposium titled “Doing American History” will be held in Craig Lecture Hall tomorrow, Feb. 25, to honor Professor of History Gary Kornblith’s retirement after 30 years of teaching at Oberlin. Instead of using the symposium to showcase scholarly papers, 12 of Kornblith’s former students are coming back to give speeches on becoming American historians and the future of the field of American history. “My idea here is to have some fun, not just serious academic stuff,” said Kornblith. Many of the speeches will draw on the speakers’ autobiographical experiences pursuing careers in history. Kornblith says that this will provide ideas for students as to what to do with their history major after graduation....

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