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Toni Morrison International Day of Remembrance last Tuesday.

Oberlin Remembers Author and Artist Toni Morrison

February 21, 2020

Only a few weeks after the beloved writer and Lorain native Toni Morrison passed away last August, Professor of Studio Art and Africana Studies Johnny Coleman began planning an event to commemorate Morrison’s first birthday after her death.  The culmination of Coleman’s efforts was a nine-hour remembrance service hosted by the Oberlin College President’s office. The event turned out to be a huge collaborative effort, with support from Africana Studies, the Art department, the Lorain Co...

Member of the college and campus met at Oberlin's Bench by the Road for a tribute to author Toni Morrison.

Toni Morrison Honored at “Bench By the Road” Ceremony

October 4, 2019

Campus and community members gathered at the Toni Morrison Society’s “Bench by the Road” to celebrate the life and work of the late Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison last Friday. Attendants honored Morrison, who grew up in Lorain, Ohio, by reading passages from the author’s seminal works, The Bluest Eye and Beloved. “The tribute was wonderfully warm and solemn — exactly the atmosphere you’d want to honor an amazing writer and intellectual who is now transitioning into our cultural an...

Toni Morrison & Oberlin: A Timeline

Toni Morrison & Oberlin: A Timeline

September 7, 2019

The Bluest Eye showcases the harm of mainstream white beauty standards on a young Black girl in Depression-era Lorain, Ohio, in Lydia Diamond’s stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel.

Emeka Directs Nuanced, Musically-Textured Production of “Bluest Eye”

December 1, 2017

The Bluest Eye, Lydia Diamond’s stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel about a young Black girl who prays for blue eyes, opened last night in Hall Auditorium. The production, directed by Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka, OC ’95, is a richly textual and musical experience that tests the boundaries between prose and stage. One of the reasons that this play is especially resonant with Oberlin communities is that The Bluest Eye ...

Bob Dylan Showcases Radical Innovation in Art

CJ Blair, Columnist

October 28, 2016

It has long been rumored that Bob Dylan could win the Nobel Prize in Literature, but when the Nobel Committee announced his win two weeks ago, literature enthusiasts and laypeople alike were shocked. New York Times columnist Anna Smith wrote, “When the Nobel committee gives the literature prize to a musician, it misses the opportunity to honor a writer” (Oct. 13, 2016). In response to Dylan’s win, the poet Alex Dimitrov said, “Rock stars want to be poets. But sorry, not everyone is a poet.” Dylan’s victory renewed discussion about what constitutes literature, and has led many to question whether Dylan deserves a spot in the winners’ circle with literary giants like William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. ...

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