The Oberlin Review

Stephanie Wiles, Yale Art Gallery Director

Stephanie Wiles, Yale Art Gallery Director

April 20, 2018

Stephanie Wiles, currently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, has been appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, beginning in July. She has spent the last 20 years working at several university museums, including a stint as the director of Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum from 2004 to 2011. She is acclaimed for her expertise in old master drawings, prints, and British and American art, and has bro...

New Technologies Foster Improved Sensory Experience at Museums

Katie Lucey, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017

For thousands of years, museums have existed as the sole repositories of certain kinds of knowledge and culture. However, in this era of technological innovation and change, the sum of nearly all human knowledge, history, and widespread information can be accessed on the internet. Despite the leaps made by the likes of Google Images, technological innovations do not have to consign museums to obsolescence. New technology that makes art more widespread can raise fears that no one will want to go to physical museums anymore. But a great deal of the technology that raises these fears — such as technology that allows for the reliable, inexpensive replication of artworks — can also be integrated into museum exhibiti...

Students to Give Feedback on Blackboard, Other Technologies

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

May 1, 2015

After finals end and students move out, most activities on campus will shut down, but efforts to evaluate and expand the ways technology is used in the classroom will be powering on. On May 27, Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching will host a day of instructional workshops for faculty on subjects ranging from the presentation software Prezi to Blackboard to the use of clickers in the classroom and — right in the middle of this day — will host the first official student-led panel focused on providing feedback and suggestions regarding technology in the classroom. Director of OCTET Albert Borronni views this panel as an opportunity for his organization, as well as professors, to gain a better understanding...

Controversial Albums Reflect New Challenges in Music Business

Kevin Sloan, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2014

Up until this fall, few people might utter the names U2 and Barry Manilow in the same sentence. Someone who rocks out to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” probably doesn’t also boogie to “Copacabana.” But in 2014, these two artists have much in common. They have both seen careers studded with platinum-selling records, conferring upon them substantial wealth and influence in the music industry. They are both, for lack of a better word, old. But most importantly, they both released new albums this fall that challenge existing conventions. U2’s release strategy and Manilow’s recording techniques raise important ethical questions about privacy, intellectual property and the acceptable limits of digital technology’s...

Just Ask Us: National Library Day

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz

November 21, 2014

This article is a little sentimental for us because it is how this whole column began. One day, early in the semester, before the temperature with wind chill was negative 6 degrees and the albino squirrels were still alive, Mike was sitting in the Charles W. McCandless Main Level of Mudd library (in the area commonly known as the Robert Lemle ’75 and Roni Kohen-Lemle ’76 Academic Commons) and thinking about how amazing it was. It was then that Mike bumped into Jolie — you could say it was fate — and together they began to Marvel© at Mudd, and then at the idea of libraries in general. We are of the opinion that libraries are grossly underrated, and we’re here to show you why you should never take the Seeley...

Luminary Jaron Lanier Unites Digital Media, Music, Democracy

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

November 11, 2011

Few public figures nowadays could be called a Renaissance Man, but computer scientist, writer, philosopher and musician Jaron Lanier exemplifies the true sense of the phrase. Lanier's legacy is vast and multifaceted: He is both a musician who has played alongside Yoko Ono, Philip Glass and George Clinton, and the creator of some of the first virtual-reality technology in the ’80s (he is, in fact, credited for coining the term “virtual technology”). As part of the 2011-2012 convocation series, Lanier spoke in Finney Chapel on Nov. 9 about a multitude of social and technological transformations of the past two millennia, all of which are inextricably bound to each other. Lanier, who was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most infl...

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