Oberlin in the News - Winter 2004
Talks about Opera Exchange Program
The Cleveland Free Times recently ran an
interview with Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin College's
Opera Theater Program and the upcoming production of Dido and
Aeneas, which will be performed at Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral
with a cast of Argentinian singers. Field is also part of the production
team that will travel to Argentina with a group of vocalists from
Oberlin, where they will perform Gianni Schicchi at Barcelona's
26--Oberlin Alumna Appears on The National Geographic Channel
Tami Blumenfield '00 will appear on National Geographic's
Taboo II: Blood Bonds, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the
National Geographic Channel. This presentation documents Blumenfield's
work in China with the Moso people.
26--Opera Exchange Receives Press
Newsnet5.com ran a
brief article about this weekend's opera performances at Episcopal
Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. The performances, which will feature
students from Oberlin College and singers from Argentina,
are the culmination of five years of exchanges involving the arts
between Ohio and Argentina.
Volunteers with Dean Campaign
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer ran an
article about the hundreds of college-aged volunteers who have
flocked to New Hampshire to support Howard Dean in next week's primary.
Tom Hoberg '04 has been working with Dean staffers to get
the word out about his candidate. "I recognize that this is
now a very different campaign with very different dynamics,"
Hoberg said. "So he's the underdog now. Let's just talk issues,
like health care and jobs. That's what matters."
25--Alumna Has the "Wright" Stuff
In today's Dayton Daily News, columnist Roz Young commented
on the Oberlin Alumni Magazine's recent portrayal of Katherine
Wright. It was Katherine who supported her brothers while Orville
and Wilbur struggled to invent a "flying machine," and
Katherine who managed their business accounts after they gained
notoriety. A passionate member of the Oberlin alumni family, Katherine
served as an Oberlin College trustee during the 1920s.
23--Oberlin's Athletics Director Talks Track
Sports Illustrated.com has hailed the beginning of U.S. track
and field's Olympic year with an
article assessing the chances of our nation's top runners, and
commenting on the recent doping scandal that has rocked the running
world. Oberlin College Athletics Director Vin Lananna commented
on the scandal, predicting that it will adversely affect the public's
perception of athletes during the Olympic games.
21--Obie Author Featured in New York Times
New York Times was on hand to cover Tracy Chevalier's
visit to the Big Apple, where she discussed her latest effort, The
Lady and the Unicorn. Chevalier (OC '84) is also the author
of the international bestseller (and now film), Girl with a Pearl
19--Oberlin Professor Recalls Landmark Events of Civil Rights Movement
Professor Booker Peek remembers growing up in the segregated
South and hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. He also remembers
driving six hours to attend King's memorial service after the Civil
Rights leader was shot and killed. Peek, who teaches African American
studies at Oberlin College, recently shared his memories in an
article that ran in The Lorain Morning Journal.
18--College Students Flock to Iowa to Help with Candidates' Campaigns
With the Iowa Caucuses fast approaching, newspapers around the country
have been focusing on the frenzy in Iowa. Today's Dallas Morning
News ran an
article about the volunteers that have descended on the state
to work for the candidates they support. The article included a
quote from Cecilia Hayford '07, who drove 1,000 miles from
her Virginia hometown to help with the Howard Dean campaign.
16--Civil Rights Advocate Recalls Life-Changing Meeting at Oberlin
Today's Los Angeles Times ran a feature
story on former Oberlin student and civil rights advocate James
Lawson. Lawson left his studies and travelled South to join
the Civil Rights Movement after hearing Martin Luther King, Jr.
deliver a lecture at Oberlin. Now a retired pastor, he is currently
serving as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference.
16--Author Tracy Chevalier's Latest Works Court Media Attention
Author Tracy Chevalier '84 has been receiving a lot of attention
lately; over the weekend, articles about the novelist appeared in
Chicago Sun-Times and Cleveland's Plain
Dealer. In the articles, Chevalier talks about the success
of her book, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and its transformation
into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Chevalier
also talked about her newest literary effort, The Lady and the
Unicorn, which hit U.S. bookstores earlier this month.
16--Conservatory Graduate Debuts Latest Composition
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently featured an
article on composer Garrett Fisher '91. Fisher's latest
theater piece, "Dream of Zeus," will debut this weekend
at Seattle's Consolidated Works. "Zeus" is a two-part
work, the first of which, "Agamemnon," premiered in 1998
at the Nippon Kan Theater.
Book Selected for Citywide Reading Program
Philadelphia Inquirer reported that The Color of Water,
authored by James McBride '79, has been declared this year's
selection for the city's One Book, One Philadelphia reading program.
The 46-year-old writer and saxophonist will talk and perform at
serveral of more than 100 events organized by the Philadelphia Free
Library and held around the region through March 15.
11-Crain's Cleveland Business Salutes Oberlin Business Inititative
This week's issue of Crain's Cleveland Business highlighted
Oberlin's Business Scholars Program, an initiative designed
to prepare students for careers in the business world. The program,
which runs through the end of January, includes lectures by alumni
who work in these areas, as well as trips to Cleveland-area businesses
and to New York City, where students will visit the New York Stock
11-Conservatory Graduate Finds Her Niche
Sunday's Wichita Eagle featured an
article about Esther Noh '99, who will replace John Harrison
as a violin instructor at Wichita State University and as concertmaster
of the Wichita Symphony while Harrison attends grad school. Noh,
who was born and raised in Chicago, landed the job after auditioning
for university officials and symphony conductor Andrew Sewell. "She
played really technically well," said Jacquelyn Dillon, assistant
professor of string pedagogy at WSU. "She is a very emotional
player. She can really belt it out when she needs to. For her age,
she is really a mature musician."
9--Obie Connects with National Geographic
Mike Heithaus '95 appeared on the Today show to promote
a new National Geographic television series. Heithaus, an
assistant professor at Florida International University, traveled
the globe last year deploying "crittercams" on wild animals.
The new series, Crittercams, premiers on the National Geographic
channel January 17, at 8 p.m., with an episode about humpback whales.
9--Folk Legends Covers Obie's Song
Folk legend Joan Baez has taken many young musicians under her wing,
including Josh Ritter '99. In a recent article
published online, Baez comments favorably about Ritter's work
and explains why she chose to cover "Wings," a single
from Ritter's latest CD, Hello Starling. "It has to
do with seeing the world through the eyes of the generation below
me--and the one below that," she says. "They write differently
and see things differently. Like Josh Ritter's 'Wings.' I haven't
a clue what it's about, and if I did come up with an explanation,
he'd deny it. But that doesn't bother me at all because its appeal
has something to do with the imagery and poetry."
9--Allen Memorial Art Museum Features New Exhibit
Cleveland's Plain Dealer focused its attention on the Allen
Memorial Art Museum, advertising the museum's latest exhibit,
"Modern Art in America: 20th-Century Works on Paper,"
which includes more than 70 prints, drawings, and photographs by
leading artists of the past century.
4--English Professor Quoted in Reference to Author Anne Rice
With the release of Blood Canticle, author Anne Rice has
closed the book on Lestat and his vampire friends. William Patrick
Day, author of Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture:
What Becomes a Legend Most, reflected on Rice's
literary career in
an article written by Janet McConnaughey of the Associated
Press. "Before her books, the vampire was a purely mythic
figurethe monster, the othereven when they had personalities
and background," Day said. "What [Rice] does in Interview
is say, 'You really want to know about the inner life of the vampire?'
That is where the full vampire as us, as an image of our own identities,
comes into part of the popular culture."
4--Conservatory Grad Shares Spotlight with Harpsichord
The Seattle Times recently featured an
article about Jillon Stoppels Dupree '79 and her harpsichord,
a new replica of a 1624 Flemish original. Dupree, who often performs
at Seattle's National Gallery as part of their Gallery Concert Series,
is preparing a solo recording of works by J.H. Fiocco that will
be released soon on the Centaur label.
1--Boston Globe Reviews Tracy Chevalier's Lady and the Unicorn
Today's edition of The Boston Herald includes an article
about Tracy Chevalier '84 and her recently published book,
The Lady and the Unicorn. Chevalier, who admits to being
"obsessed" with unicorns as a young girl, turned her passion
for the mythical beasts into a work of fiction, imagining the lives
of the people who created, and inspired, a series of tapestries
that now hang in Paris' Musée National du Moyen-Age.
December 30--Obie Tops 2003 "Best of" List
With the old year drawing to a close, insiders scurried to produce
the music industry's annual "best
of" list. Josh Ritter '99 made the cut for 2003,
with popmatters.com listing him as one of the top 10 artists
of the year and ranking Wings (the latest single from his
CD Hello Starling) as one of the top five songs of the year.
Professor Quoted in Smithsonian Magazine
Assistant Professor of Jazz Percussion Billy Hart is quoted
at length in the December
2003 issue of Smithsonian magazine in an article about
drummer Roy Haynes. "Roy may have been the first avant-garde
jazz musician, in terms of his freedom with the rhythms," says
Hart. "He was so far in the future, way ahead of his time,
but he was natural and traditionally grounded too."