The Oberlin Review

In Memory of Adrienne Jones, Pioneer of Africana Studies

James Millette, Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies

November 2, 2018

Editor’s note: Adrienne Lash Jones, emerita professor of Africana Studies — formerly known as the Black Studies Department — passed away Aug. 28, 2018 at the age of 83. Her husband, L. Morris Jones, died in 2015. The following was written in their memory. I was sitting at my desk at Denison University in 1991 when I received a phone call from Adrienne Jones. She identified herself as the chair of the Black Studies Department at Oberlin College and asked me whether I would be interested in paying a visit to the Oberlin campus to consider the possibility of an appointment in Caribbean history. We talked for a bit, and at the end of it all, she told me that we should talk again. We did, and she informed me tha...

Off the Cuff: James Dobbins, Author, Professor, Translator

Off the Cuff: James Dobbins, Author, Professor, Translator

April 8, 2016

James C. Dobbins is a Fairchild Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at the College. He has studied Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki who wrote about the pure land Buddhist tradition. Dobbins’ talk, "D. T. Suzuki and the Rise of American Buddhism”, addressed Suzuki’s life and controversies that arose around his modern approach to Buddhism. The Review sat down with Dobbins to discuss his study of Suzuki, Pure Land Buddhism, and his new book: Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume II: Pure Land. ...

Off the Cuff: Gary Shteyngart, OC ‘95, Author and Professor

Off the Cuff: Gary Shteyngart, OC ‘95, Author and Professor

April 1, 2016

Gary Shteyngart, OC ’95, has written several novels and recently published his first memoir, Little Failure. His novels include works such as The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart previously taught writing at Hunter College and now teaches at Columbia University. He is a Jewish Russian-American immigrant, an experience that often comes through in his novels, and was born in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia. Shteyngart has been awarded the Stephen...

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...

Off the Cuff: Chloe Bird, RAND sociologist and professor

Off the Cuff: Chloe Bird, RAND sociologist and professor

September 25, 2015

Chloe Bird, OC ’86, is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School who specializes in the differences in healthcare between women and men, particularly in regard to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. She is also the editor-in-chief of the medical journal Women’s Health Issues. On Thursday, Sept. 17, she gave a talk in the King Building titled “Mapping Gender Gaps in Quality of Care for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.” What have you found i...

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