The Oberlin Review

President Ambar: We’re Still With You

Editorial Board

October 5, 2018

Today’s inauguration of Carmen Twillie Ambar as Oberlin College’s 15thpresident gives our community a moment to reflect both on the first year of Ambar’s presidency and the collective challenges and opportunities now in front of us. In some ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year. Ambar has assumed the reins at a time of great turbulence, true; but she has stepped fully into the moment, and her commitment to tackling the challenges Oberlin faces has not wavered. She’s become an integral part of this campus— certainly to the point where it feels like she’s been here for a while. Be it conducting the Oberlin orchestra, being a regular face around Philips gym, sharing her playlist with the...

“Boldness. Tradition. Vision.”

“Boldness. Tradition. Vision.”

October 5, 2018

Carmen Twillie Ambar was inaugurated as the 15th president of Oberlin College in a historic moment today. The weekend’s inauguration events are spread out over three days are inspired by themes of boldness, tradition, and vision. Ambar hopes that her career also embodies these principles. “For me, the notion of trying to lead higher education and to be bold in our efforts to reimagine liberal arts is a part of how I thought about my own efforts,” Ambar said. “How can I make...

Johnnetta Cole, OC ’57

Johnnetta Cole, OC ’57

October 5, 2018

Oberlin alumna Johnnetta Cole, ’57, delivered the opening remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony of President Carmen Twillie Ambar earlier today. Cole was the first female African-American president at Spelman College and also served as the President of Bennett College. She has been the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and was awarded the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education from the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute earlier this...

Let’s Celebrate, Together

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor, Africana Studies Department

October 5, 2018

There is a celebration in Oberlin this weekend worthy of at least a moment’s note, as Oberlin College inaugurates its first black and second female president in its history, Carmen Twillie Ambar. Some 250 years ago, America’s founding fathers were men of towering courage and intellect, but they saw no need to free blacks or compensate Native Americans fairly, if that had been possible. Nor did they perceive the wrong inflicted upon white women by subjugating them, not allowing them to vote. However, the founding fathers of Oberlin College — in the midst of a nation insensitive and complicit in its inhumane treatment of others — did take an amazing stance by becoming the first college to admit women and blacks. Oberlin...

On The Record with Sir David Adjaye, Architect

On The Record with Sir David Adjaye, Architect

October 5, 2018

Acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, designer of the Museum of African American History and Culture among other notable projects, gave a keynote lecture yesterday as part of President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s inauguration weekend. Born in Tanzania, Adjaye is a global citizen whose work balances both the needs of surrounding communities and his own fascination with material science. Adjaye was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017 and named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People la...

Inauguration Protests Set Tenor for Trump’s Presidency

Russell Jaffe, Columnist

February 3, 2017

On the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, I joined thousands of people from across the nation to voice our disapproval of the incoming administration. Many, including myself, had been protesting all month. At 5 a.m. on the morning of Inauguration Day, I met with The Future is Feminist in D.C., a nonviolent group devoted to combating misogyny and promoting gender equality. Our goal for the day was to shut down one of 14 inauguration checkpoints, in coordination with other groups who would succeed in shutting down another five of these checkpoints. Many members of the Future is Feminist received and continue to receive death threats from various neo-Nazis and conservative operatives who had been attempting to...

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