The Oberlin Review

Symposium Showcases International Perspectives

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

March 1, 2019

Oberlin’s first Public Intellectuals in a Changing World symposium launched this week, with a mission to foster impactful interdisciplinary and intercultural conversations. The event will consist of five panels and 15 different speakers and runs from Feb. 28 through March 2. “This might be the first time that the College hosts an event that has a really grand ambition of combining all the different fields — arts, sciences, and music — together,” said Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, director of East Asian Studies, professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies, and the organizer of the symposium. “So it really works with the two broad goals for liberal arts educatio...

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

February 15, 2019

Eric Wagenfeld, Oberlin’s director of Disability Resources, delivered a talk Monday afternoon called “Understanding the ADA,” which explained the implications and meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law passed in 1990. The talk was the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Student Senate Health and Wellness Working Group. The series is just one component of a growing resurgence of discussion surrounding disability rights on campus. Several upcoming events...

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: Kai M. Green, Author, Scholar and Activist

February 19, 2016

Kai M. Green is a writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist and feminist. He has a Ph.D., in English and American Studies and Ethnicity, and he has also received graduate certificates in Gender Studies and Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California. Green is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies. He is active in the Black trans and LGBT communities.  What drew you to Oberlin and its community? F...

Talk Underscores Intersection of Political Activism, World Music

Talk Underscores Intersection of Political Activism, World Music

February 20, 2015

Aviva Blonder Staff Writer Rebekah Moore was still getting used to speaking in English again at her talk this past Monday, “Music and Activism and Ethnomusicology in Action: Lessons from the Field.” At the talk, Moore discussed her work in Indonesia over the past six years and delineated connections between music and activism. “[Music] can help us to understand a lot about what it is to be human,” she said. Moore first visited Indonesia while completing her master’s degree. “I was...

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