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Faculty and Staff Notes
for the Week of April 30, 2001

Leslie Braat

Jill Medina

David Cleeton

Gregory Hess

Stephan Jost

Leonard Smith

Steven Volk

Leslie Braat and Jill Medina, assistant directors of admissions, recently gave a talk, "Is there a Future for High School Visits?" at the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling conference held in Toledo April 23 and 24. They detailed recent data indicating that most high-school students found information about Oberlin College on line or by visiting the campus. Conference participants--college admission counselors and high-school guidance counselors--then discussed the outlook for visiting high schools as an effective tool.

David Cleeton, professor of economics, has been appointed a Fulbright Lecturer for January through June 2002 at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium. In view of the work he has done on the political economy of European integration, it "seems only appropriate," says Cleeton, that he be in Europe for the debut in January of the euro. Cleeton will lecture in the college's Department of European Political and Administrative Studies, leading a seminar on transatlantic relations focused on economic issues of trade and competition policies. He will also direct a thesis seminar supervising a small number of student research projects on more specialized aspects of international financial-market integration and regulation.

Gregory Hess, Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics, was quoted in the April 21 edition of the Atlanta Journal–Constitution in the article "Greenspan Credited for Big Wall Street Week." Hess told the newspaper that he didn't think the Federal Reserve Board was "too concerned about the stock market, per se." A far greater concern is the major decline in investment spending, he said.

On Friday, May 4, an exhibition that Stephan Jost, curator of academic programs and exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, co-curated with Carter Foster of the Cleveland Museum of Art will open at Spaces art gallery in Cleveland. The exhibition, Drawing on Language, features the work of 18 artists from around the world who create drawings that investigate language. One of the artists whose work is featured is Oberlin artist Audra Skuodas, who frequently teaches in the art department. The opening is from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Spaces is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct off West 25th Street near the West Side Market. "Mapquest.com gives good directions," says Jost.

Leonard Smith, associate professor of history, was recently awarded two fellowships: a semester-long Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship at the Institute on Violence, Culture, and Survival at the University of Virginia, and a month-long Mellon Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He will take the first fellowship during spring semester 2002 and the second in summer 2002. According to its literature, the University of Virginia institute supports several fellows a year who explore "the belief systems and metaphysics of war-torn worlds." With additional funds from Oberlin College, the Rockefeller fellowship will allow Smith to extend his fall sabbatical to an entire year. On the Mellon fellowship Smith will research University of Texas-owned manuscripts by French authors who wrote about their experience in World War I. Smith will use the fellowships to finish his second monograph, whose working title is "The Embattled Self: Combat, Identity, and the History of the World War I Book in France."

Peter Silberman, visiting instructor of aural skills, presented a paper, "Large-Scale Tonal Coherence in Scott Joplin's Rags," April 20 at the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest, held at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Steven Volk, associate professor of history, will present a paper, "Entre Bigotes y Cejas: The Challenge of Nationalist Iconography in the Work of Frida Kahlo," at a conference called Images of Power: National Iconographies, Culture and the State in Latin America, to be held at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London (England) May 2 through 5. The paper considers the ways that the Mexican artist both produced and challenged nationalist conceptions in her work and person.




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