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Fall 2005


Oberlin Joins More Than 240 Private Colleges in National Prepaid Tuition Plan
December 13, 2005—Oberlin College is participating in Independent 529 Plan, a prepaid college tuition plan tailored specifically for private colleges. Responding to a national call to make higher education more affordable, Oberlin has joined more than 240 private colleges and universities to offer a tax-advantage way for families to save for tuition.

Oberlin Receives Largest Gift Ever for The Support of Jazz Education
December 14, 2005--Oberlin College President Nancy Dye has announced that Cleveland businessman Stewart Kohl and his wife, Donna, recently committed to facilitate the funding of a $5 million gift to the College. Stewart, a 1977 graduate of Oberlin College, is a managing partner of The Riverside Company. Believed to be the largest gift ever given specifically for the support of jazz education at a college in the United States, it will enable Oberlin to construct a new facility for the Jazz Studies Program.

Charles Schlueter, Principal Trumpet of Boston Symphony Orchestra, to Present Master Class and Recital at Oberlin Conservatory of Music
December 5, 2005—Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will present a master class and recital at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, respectively. Both events take place in Warner Concert Hall, and are free and open to the public. The Saturday master class begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Sunday recital begins at 1:30 p.m. Joseph I. Markoff, a 1965 graduate of Oberlin and a member of its Board of Trustees, is sponsoring Schlueter's visit to Oberlin.


Asian-American Poet Marilyn Chin to Give Reading at Oberlin College
November 28, 2005—Oberlin College's creative writing program will present a reading by poet Marilyn Chin, a leading voice in contemporary Asian-American literature, Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Oberlin College Republicans Present Talk by Dinesh D'Souza December 8
November 28, 2005—The Oberlin College Republicans (OCR) will present a talk by Dinesh D'Souza Thursday, December 8 th at 8 p.m. in the Oberlin Science Center's West Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland St. The lecture, "Iraq and the Dilemma of the American Empire," is free and open to the public.

Conservatory Orchestra to Embark on a Tour of the People's Republic of China
November 21, 2005—Ten concerts, nine days, six cities--the numbers add up to an intense tour schedule under ordinary circumstances. But for student-musicians from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the intensity is heightened by the fact that the six cities are in the People's Republic of China.

Helen Vendler to Deliver Oberlin Lectures on Yeats and Lyric Form
November 7, 2005—Helen Vendler, regarded by many as the most influential and probably the most widely read critic of poetry in the United States, will deliver the newly endowed Oberlin Lectures in English and American Literature November 14 through November 18. Vendler is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor of English at Harvard University. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Oberlin Third Annual Veteran's Day Reading for Peace and Hope November 11
November 4, 2005—The Oberlin College and Community Poets Against War will present "The Third Annual Veterans' Day Reading for Peace and Hope on Friday, November 11.


Member of President's Council on Bioethics to Ask, "Why Not Embryonic Research?"
October 31, 2005—Theologian Gilbert C. Meilaender, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and a former Oberlin faulty member, will address the question, "Why Not Embryonic Research?" in a guest lecture Monday, November 7 at Oberlin College.

Passing on a Legacy of Social Change and Conflict Resoultion
October 26, 2005- Oberlin College graduates Bernie Mayer '68 and Leah Wing '84 are widely considered to be two of the country's leading experts on conflict resolution. Since leaving Oberlin, they have worked extensively with many international and non-governmental organizations, corporations, and federal and local government entities in Europe, North America, and Asia. Cases they've taken on have involved the resolution of labor management, public policy, ethnic, business, family, community, and intergovernmental conflicts.

Dialogues of the Carmelites to be Staged November 16 -20
October 21, 2005—Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des Carmélites), Francis Poulenc's tragic opera about fear, faith, and courage in a Carmelite convent during the French Revolution, will be staged by Oberlin Opera Theater in November. The production opens on Wednesday, November 16, at 8 p.m. in Oberlin College's Hall Auditorium, located at 67 North Main St. on Route 58, between the Oberlin Inn and the Allen Art Museum. The three-act, 12-scene opera will be sung in French with English supertitles. There will be two intermissions.

Acclaimed Oberlin Contemporary music Ensemble to perform with Violinist Jennifer Koh at New York City's Miller Theatre
October 17, 2005—The award-winning Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME), under the direction of Gardner Professor of Music Timothy Weiss and featuring violinist Jennifer Koh '97, will present an all-Ligeti program at New York City's Miller Theatre on Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m.

World's Top Classical Guitarists to Showcase Artistry at International Convention Hosted by Oberlin Conservatory of Music
October 5, 2005—When the world’s leading guitarists gather at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from October 21st through the 26th, for the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention, they will perform the broadest range of classical guitar music imaginable. At the centerpiece of the convention is the 23rd Annual International Solo Guitar Competition, the largest and most prestigious such contest in America. Since its inception in 1982, the convention has been held in Ohio just one other time; several Oberlin alumni are registered for the competition.


Acclaimed Russian Poet to Give Reading at Oberlin October 11
October 5, 2005—Sergey Gandlevsk, considered one of Russia's greatest living poets, will read from his work Tuesday, October 11 at Oberlin College. Joining Gandlevsky in the reading will be his translator, the poet Philip Metres.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music Hosts a Benefit Concert for Hurricane Katrina Relief
September 27, 2005- The Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College will host a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief, the proceeds of which will go to the American Red Cross. The concert, which will feature the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, the Oberlin Musical Union, and student jazz ensembles performing the music of New Orleans, will take place on Monday, October 3, at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel and will be broadcast live on 104.9 FM-WCLV, Cleveland’s classical music radio station, and simulcast on www.wclv.com.

Halloween's Trick or Treat Bumps Oberlin Community Candidates Night
September 19, 2005—Oberlin's Candidates Night Planning Committee has announced that the 2005 Oberlin Community Candidates Night will be held Tuesday, November 1, instead of Monday, October 31, as previously announced. This will avoid a conflict with the city's scheduled trick-or-treat night.

Oberlin College Presents Poetry Reading by Thomas Sayers Ellis September 29
September 19, 2005—Oberlin College's creative writing program will present Thomas Sayers Ellis - "a new and original voice in American poetry" ( Midwest Review) - in a free, public reading Thursday, September 29 at 4:45 p.m.

Oberlin College Focuses Hurricane Relief Efforts on Dillard University
September 12, 2005—Oberlin College is reaching out to assist Dillard University, a historically black college in New Orleans that was devastated by hurricane Katrina.

Pianist Richard Goode Opens Oberlin's 127th Artist Recital Series September 25
September 12, 2005—Oberlin College's Artist Recital Series, one of the oldest continuing concert series in the United States, opens the 2005-2006 season with renowned pianist and Beethoven interpreter Richard Goode Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m. in Finney Chapel, located on the southwest corner of Lorain St. (Route 511) and N. Professor St., across from Tappan Square. Finney Chapel is wheelchair accessible.

Oberlin College Admits Tulane University Students
September 7, 2005--" Our hearts go out to all of the people on the Gulf Coast whose lives have been severely disrupted by the disastrous Hurricane Katrina," says Oberlin President Nancy S. Dye, "and we are exploring ways to be of service to the many colleges and universities that have been hardest hit."

Marilyn Horne to be Distinguished Professor of Voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
September 7, 2005—The legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, whose five-decade career in opera, concert, and recital has been celebrated throughout the world, will be in residence as Distinguished Professor of Voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from October 14 through 17, 2005.

Extended Orientation Lets Students Take Things at Their Own Pace
September 6, 2005—Of the many meanings of orient, perhaps the one that best describes OC Extended Orientation, Oberlin College's new pilot program for first-year students, is the following: to work out where you are and in which direction you need to travel.

Oberlin College Invites Area NonProfits to Fall Connections Fair September 13
September 6, 2005—Area nonprofit organizations interested in recruiting Oberlin College students to serve as volunteers are invited to the Fall Connections Fair Tuesday, September 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Public Health Expert to Discuss Women and HIV-Prevention Research
September 6, 2005—Pamela Brown-Peterside '86, a New York-based public health consultant who has spent the last decade conducting HIV-prevention research on women at sexual risk of infection, will give a public talk Friday, September 16 at Oberlin College.

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