Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

Each year we present a range of intellectual voices and artistic and performance visionaries through the Artist Recital Series, Convocation Series, and our opera theater, theater, and dance productions. Additionally, the Allen Memorial Art Museum enriches the community’s educational and cultural life.

Review program offerings from the most recent academic year.


Additional Series

30 Years of the Jazz Studies Degree

Monday, April 15, 2019 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Join us as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Jazz Studies degree through conversations with key figures in jazz, fascinating films, and scintillating performances.
A pianist and singer under stage lights

Alumni Conversations

Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Alumni Conversations support events that bring distinguished Oberlin alumni to campus for panel discussions, lectures, performances, career conversations, and more.
two alumnae siting in cushy chairs discussing their work.

Artist Recitals

Friday, November 22, 2019 to Friday, February 28, 2020
Since its inception in 1878, Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series has presented more than 1,000 of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished artists, who enhance the arts and culture of Oberlin and Northeast Ohio.
punch brothers band on Finney Chapel stage

Black History Month

Monday, February 1, 2021 to Sunday, February 28, 2021
Black History Month at Oberlin, recognized since 1967, has helped to foster greater awareness of the history, politics, culture, and economics of the African diaspora. Our annual celebration features prominent civic and political leaders, scholars, and musicians of African descent, as well as events in arts, literature, and performance aesthetics that make our observance more enriching.
student dancers

Commencement/Reunion Weekend

Friday, May 15, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020
Oberlin College’s annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend (CRW) celebrates the accomplishments of new graduates and welcomes alumni back to campus for four days of arts, social, intellectual, and musical events. CRW offers alumni in particular a chance to reminisce with former classmates, reconnect with former professors, revisit old haunts, and welcome new graduates to the alumni ranks.
Illumination event on Tappan Square


Friday, November 1, 2019 to Friday, December 20, 2019
The Oberlin Convocation Series, presented by the Finney Lecture Committee and the Office of the President, presents free, public discussions of cutting-edge issues by some of the country’s most prominent thinkers from an array of disciplines and professional fields.
Michelle Norris Convocation (photocredit: Yevhen Gulenko)

Global Issues Symposium

Friday, February 15, 2019 to Thursday, March 14, 2019
Oberlin College is pleased to host the fourth annual Global Issues Symposium. Organized by the International Studies Concentration Committee, the symposium brings renowned scholars, policy practitioners, and activists to campus to discuss crucial transnational issues with the college and community.
two soldiers cheking identification of two men at checkpoint

The Ring Family Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020
The Ring Family Jewish Film Festival presents three to four films during the fall and spring of each academic year. The film festival is funded by the Ring Family Fund and sponsored by Oberlin Hillel and the Jewish Studies Program Committee.
woman dressed in white wedding gown looking down.