The Oberlin Review

Community Gathers For Feve Meal Dedicated to Nepali Support

Vida Weisblum, Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2016

Patrons enjoy Nepali food on the first floor of the Feve as part of a fundraiser led by Students United for Nepal. Participants enjoyed Nepali music and meals Tuesday from 9–11 p.m. in an effort to raise money to build classrooms in Nepal. A portion of each guest’s bill was donated to Nepal’s first free private school, Maya Universe Academy. The event comes in response to a visit home to Nepal by Oberlin Shansi fellow and College sophomore Bikalpa Baniya, who volunteered at Shighadevi Secondary School located in the rural Sindhupalchowk District after the devastating 2015 earthquake that killed 8,000 people. After bearing witness to the immense destruction, Baniya hoped to raise awareness of difficulties faced by Nepa...

On the Record with Kazim Ali, Associate Professor

On the Record with Kazim Ali, Associate Professor

November 18, 2016

Oberlin’s own Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature Kazim Ali’s new book Uncle Sharif ’s Life in Music made its official release Tuesday. A poet, novelist, essayist and translator, Ali’s writing has appeared in prestigious publications such as The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, Jubilat, The Iowa Review and in The Best American Poetry 2007. Ali will read selections from the book Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Review chatted with Ali to discus...

Complex Questions Drive Choreography at Intimate Fall Forward

Vida Weisblum, Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

Last night commenced Fall Forward, the Dance department’s premiere production that takes place every November. In past iterations, Fall Forward has boasted lengthy setlists with large group pieces, but this year, under Professor Carter McAdams’ direction, the show will include smaller works by just seven choreographers and will run for two consecutive nights rather than the typical three. Despite its shorter runtime compared to past shows — 45 minutes without intermission — the presented material will showcase an extensive breadth of styles composed by a talented roster of artists, with performances tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. “Last year, many of Oberlin’s student dancers and choreographers graduated, a...

On the Record with Artist Christi Birchfield

On the Record with Artist Christi Birchfield

October 28, 2016

This past Wednesday, 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship award-winning artist Christi Birchfield visited Oberlin for a talk about her work as a multimedia artist with a passion for printmaking. Having received her BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in visual art at Columbia University in New York City, Birchfield has participated in artist exchanges in Skowhegan, Maine and Germany. In 2006, she held a residency with the Cleveland print shop Zygote Press, where she now wo...

On the Record with Peter Coviello

Vida Weisblum, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2016

A professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Peter Coviello specializes in 19th-century American literature and queer studies and formerly served as Chair of the departments of English, Africana Studies and Gay and Lesbian Studies at Bowdoin College. Coviello recently penned Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth- Century America, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies and an Honorable Mention for the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the Modern Language Institute’s GL/Q Caucus. His writing has appeared in noted venues including the LA Review of Books, Frieze and The Believer. Coviello chatted with the Review via email about his upcoming talk at Oberlin, ti...

Professor Picks

Professor Picks

September 16, 2016

Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

Feature Photo: Student Composers Concert

April 8, 2016

Conservatory senior Alex Tasker plays the didgeridoo, an indigenous Australian instrument, as part of an original eight-minute-long TIMARA composition by Conservatory senior Hunter Brown. The piece, “Bent and Blunted,” was included in the Student Composers Concert that took place in Warner Concert Hall last night, which included rousing performances from various instrumentalists. Composers showed off an impressive range of styles. The concert included Conservatory sophomore Yizhang Liu’s music...

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor

March 11, 2016

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily self-taught musician dabbling in a multitude of genres and mediums. At 21, he is in the process of scoring an independent horror movie called 30 using only his keyboard and Logic Pro software. Scoring 30 served as Askin’s primary project during his time off from school last semester. Over the summer, he scored a clip for an environmental science documentary produced by a small company that he had sent some samples...

Feature Photo: Guerrilla Girls

Feature Photo: Guerrilla Girls

December 11, 2015

Two “broads” of Guerrilla Girls Broadband, a sister organization to the group of women known as Guerrilla Girls, address an audience of largely Studio Art and Art History majors and student activists at a talk in Wilder Hall on Tuesday. Founded in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls’ goal has always been to confront sexism and racism in art, politics and pop culture and to serve as the “conscience of the art world.” The group likens its activism to guerilla warfare. Initially, the members comprised...

Feature Photo: Nature Revealed

Feature Photo: Nature Revealed

October 2, 2015

Through Nov. 8, the gallery at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts will display papercut art by regional artist Julie Friedman. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit organization located in the heart of Oberlin strives to enhance accessibility to the visual arts by holding various art exhibitions and community programming. Friedman, a graduate of Kent State University, studied under book artist Walter Hamady while pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and now focuses...

Feature Photo: OSlam

Feature Photo: OSlam

May 8, 2015

College sophomore Annika Hansteen Izora passionately delivers a spoken word poem at OSlam’s final slam showcase. The showcase was a cumulative display of all the hard work that OSlam members have invested in creating a repertoire of moving, powerful poetry. Poets reprised old favorites and presented fresh material at the event, which took place in Third World lounge on Friday at 8 p.m. The team has emphasized the importance of giving precedence to marginalized voices, including but not limited...

Feature Photo: Spring Back

Feature Photo: Spring Back

April 17, 2015

Dancers Leah Newman, College sophomore, Alana Reibstein, College junior, and Jesse Wiener, College senior, slide across Warner Main’s beloved wooden floor while emitting tired sighs in a stunning dance choreographed by College senior Ellen Askonas. Her piece, a bright highlight of the program, appeared in Spring Back, the spring companion to the Fall Forward show. The performances took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Spring Back featured a sound selection of contemporary ...

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