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Alumni Conversations

Alumni Conversations support events that bring distinguished Oberlin alumni to campus for panel discussions, lectures, performances, career conversations, and more. Past visits have featured New York Times best-selling author Peggy Orenstein ’83, politician and attorney Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ’92, musician and drummer of Deerhoof Greg Saunier ’91, and southern writer Kiese Laymon ’98. 

Funding for this speaker series is provided in part by the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Additional partners include academic departments, programs, and student groups through the Alumni in Service to Oberlin College program. 

Past Events

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Guest Master Class: Mark Sparks ’82

Monday, September 30, 2019
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Conservatory Central Unit

As part of the Alumni Conversations and Careers series, the Oberlin Flute Association and the Office of Alumni Relations welcome guest artist Mark Sparks ’82 for a master class. The session...

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Introduction to Argentine Tango: Mira Barakat ’08

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Warner Center

Participants will be invited to learn and practice both roles of the dance: leading and following. The workshop will cover basic principles for connection and communication between dance partners,...

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Pathways: Studio Art Alumna Helen Levi ’09

Monday, October 28, 2019
4:30 pm
Clarence Ward ’37 Art Building

Please join the art department for this lecture with alumna Helen Levi ’09. Senior Studio and Thesis prepares our majors to launch into the competitive art world. Meet art department alumni and...

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Guest Recital: Carlos Santelli ’14, tenor

Sunday, November 17, 2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Kulas Recital Hall

A guest recital by Carlos Santelli ’14, tenor and Thomas Bandy, piano, sponsored by Alumni in Service to Oberlin Program and the Alumni Association. Program: Cinco canciones populares...

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Career Conversation with the Apple Hill String Quartet

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Bibbins Hall

Called “dashing and extraordinary” by the Strad Magazine , the Apple Hill String Quartet is the resident ensemble of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. They serve as the...

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Pathways: Hannah Vaughan ’09

Monday, December 9, 2019
4:45 pm
Venturi Art Building

Please join the art department for this lecture presented by studio art alumna Hannah Vaughan ’09. Senior Studio and Thesis prepares our majors to launch into the competitive art world. Meet...

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The Creative Writing Career Fair: Pathways

Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Oberlin Center for Convergence (StudiOC)

Please join us for a day of panels with Oberlin College alumni. 10am - 11am: Publishing and Journalism Panel 11am - 12pm: Teaching and Education Panel 12pm - 1:20pm: Lunch (RSVP required @ jmarsha2@...

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Dialogue Lunch with Dr. Patricia Kapur ’72

Monday, February 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wilder Hall (Student Union)

Thinking about entering into the health professions? Come enjoy lunch and network with Patricia Kapur, MD, Senate Emeritus Professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and former...