Event Series

Black History Month

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. The theme of Oberlin’s 2021 Black History Month celebration is “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”. Our theme is inspired by the Nina Simone song of the same name, which was an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement and written in memory of playwright and writer Lorraine Hansberry.

Noted scholar Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, now known as Black History Month. His extensive research on black life and culture continues today through the organization he founded: the Association for the Study of African American Life and History or ASALH.

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Past Events

Guest Recital and Q&A: Nathalie Joachim, flutist

Friday, February 5, 2021
8:00 pm
The Oberlin College Black Musicians' Guild presents "Innovative Minds: Exploring the diverse careers of Black musicians" with flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim . The...
black woman in gold dress standing outside in front of a tree

Symposium: Decentering the Canon in the Conservatory

Saturday, February 6, 2021
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Zoom webinar link will be posted here soon. Oberlin Conservatory's Division of Musicology will convene a symposium, “Decentering the Canon in the Conservatory,” on Saturday, February...
street corner view of Oberlin Conservatory with painted keyboard crosswalk

Power, Policy, and the Black Agenda

Monday, February 8, 2021
7:30 pm
We’ve witnessed what can happen when we come together as a community to demand the democracy we rightfully deserve – the first Black Vice President of the United States, the first African...
Power, Policy, and the Black Agenda.

Marisol LeBrón ’07 Zoom Lecture: Policing Solidarity

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
7:30 pm
Policing Solidarity: Race, Violence, and the Lessons of the University of Puerto Rico Strikes In 2010 and 2011, students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) went on strike to protest government...
Marisol LeBrón.

A Celebration of Black Artistry: Faculty Recital

Thursday, February 11, 2021
7:30 pm
A presentation of Oberlin Stage Left. Tune in for this concert streamed live from Oberlin’s Warner Concert Hall featuring violin faculty Sibbi Bernhardsson and David Bowlin in collaboration...
street corner view of Oberlin Conservatory with painted keyboard crosswalk

Soul Session Allstars: The Alumni Edition

Friday, February 12, 2021
7:30 pm
Before gaining international fame as a contestant on The Voice, Tamara Jade Fingal '12 returned to the Afrikan Heritage House in 2018 to host the BHM Soul Session Allstars. Her performance that...
Tamara Fingal.

Where the Money Reside: A Financial Literacy Workshop

Saturday, February 13, 2021
3:00 pm
After leading a very well received financial wellness workshop while still students at Oberlin, due to student demand we have invited brothers Jabree and Jubreel Hason ’20 to do their workshop...
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The Journey of a Black Jewish Man in America

Monday, February 15, 2021
8:00 pm
Come join Yonason Perry and hear his story about growing up Black and Jewish in America and his experiences in a post Ferguson America. Text “events” to 440-557-3868 to register.
The Journey of a Black Jewish Man in America.

WNBA: A Full Court Press for Social Change

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Kathleen M. Kunkler, who is the Senior Vice President and Global Sports and Entertainment Director, at Morgan Stanley will facilitate the panel discussion with 13-year WNBA veteran Essence Carson and...
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Black Queer Nightlife Panel

Thursday, February 18, 2021
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Dr. Kemi Adeyemi , Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington and Director of the Black Embodiments Studio. Her writing theorizes the contours of...
Pictures of panelists Dr. Kemi Adeyemi, Dr. Julian Kevon Glover, and Dr. Theodore Greene.

Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics

Thursday, February 18, 2021
7:00 pm
“Kinethics” riffs on the words kinetic, aesthetic, kinship and ethic, to bring attention to different kinds of shared sensory relations that movement produces within dance communities, as...
Naomi Macalalad Bragin.

Lecture: Fused: Pop Ideas & Classical Sounds

Saturday, February 20, 2021
3:00 pm
Presented as part of the OCBMG series, “Innovative Minds: Exploring the Diverse Careers of Black Musicians” Join on Zoom . Meeting ID: 878 7855 0362 In this lecture, Dr. Meghan Bennnett...
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Quarantine Couture: The Black History Month Fashion Show

Saturday, February 27, 2021
7:00 pm
The Black History Month fashion show has become one of the signature events of Oberlin’s Black History Month celebration in recent years. In addition to showcasing fashionable and creative...
Picture of a model in a black, leather jacket, wearing sunglasses.

A Celebration of Black Artistry: Faculty Recital

Sunday, February 28, 2021
4:30 pm
Tune in for this concert streamed live from Oberlin’s Warner Concert Hall featuring faculty members Francesca DePasquale , violin, James Howsmon , piano; Darrett Adkins , cello; and David...
street corner view of Oberlin Conservatory with painted keyboard crosswalk