The Oberlin Review

Students Reflect on Conflict Kitchen Talk

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

A week after their event at the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Thursday, May 2, Conflict Kitchen still remains very present on students’ minds. The collaborative art installation, created by artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, doubled as a functional restaurant in Pittsburgh from 2010 until 2017. Rubin and Weleski, as part of the Allen’s First Thursday series, came to Oberlin to discuss the story behind their long-running piece. Based between the North and Central Oakland neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen was an attempt by Rubin and Weleski to allow people to explore and interact with various cultures that the United States was in conflict with. The restaurant had a rotating menu inspired by contemporary...

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

March 8, 2019

Empathy Café is an initiative of the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue, designed to help students develop positive communication skills. The program was started last year, and grew out of the YBCD’s drop-in hours after staff members recognized the need for more programs that help people practice conflict resolution.  Ombudsperson Kim Jackson Davidson spoke about the inception of this program. “We felt like there was something missing as the core reason for people to walk to this...

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