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The Oberlin History Project

March 7, 2014

Currently, the Oberlin History Project is being shown in the Science Center atrium until Monday. It's a collection of stories and photos collected by Cuyler Otsuka, Lillian White, and Sarah Cheshire in response to the events that occurred on this campus March 4 last year. The culmination of the project was this past Tuesday, when the Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, gave a reading and had a small Q&A, after which she had a book signing. In the entrance of Finney (where Trethewey was speaking) the stories and images collected for the project were displayed, printed on rectangular metal plates and strung together, and more information was out for people to learn about the project. It is my understanding that the project will be archived, possibly displayed in other public areas in the future so these stories are shared. This is a great project and the process of healing doesn't stop here, but I don't know what else to add, so here are some pictures of the Convocation speech and the project in Finney that night. I'm so proud of this community and the legacy we are building - this is a thank you to the project's coordinator and backers.

A plaque with a picture and text that is too small to be visible A man speaks at a podium A woman speaks at a podium

Students watch the stage in Finney pews

Photos and text hanging from string People view Photos and text hanging from string People view Photos and text hanging from string
Photos and text hanging from string Photos and text hanging from string A sign that reads "book signing here"
Photos and text hanging from string A sign that reads "Oberlin History Lessons" A sign of the support that brought the installation
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